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Bite Sized Sewing: Halloween Dish Towel Tote

Halloween Tote Sewig Ideas
Hi everyone!  I am Elizabeth, one half of the duo of sisters-in-law who blog at Simple Simon and Company.  We love all things family, sewing, the art of homemaking and in between try to maintain our own sanity!  But that’s one of the reasons we love to sew….it gives us something to do everyday that cannot be undone.  And we love to use the phrase that anyone can sew because we truly believe it!

One thing that we love at Simple Simon and Company is a quick afternoon project—and today’s feature is no exception to that rule.  It is a dishtowel turned Halloween Tote that took me just over 15 minutes to complete—so it is totally doable before Halloween for your little ones!  And they turn out so cute…..perfect for gathering lots of loot on Halloween night. Let’s get started shall we?

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SUPPLIES

DISH TOWEL HALLOWEEN TOTE

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Step One: Fold dishtowel in half width-wise with right sides together.  Sew up side seams.

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Step Two: Turn bag right sides out and glue on felt embellishments with fabric glue.  Pin in place to hold until the glue dries (or you can stitch the embellishments on).

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Step Three: Turn bag wrong-side out and find the bottom seam.  Place the bottom corner into this shape to form bag gusset.  Mark 2-3 inches in from point with a straight line.  Stitch.  Repeat for other bottom corner.

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Step Four: Find where you want your tote handles to be.  Mark with a pencil.  Using your buttonhole foot, make a buttonhole.  Repeat 3 more times for all tote-handle-holes.

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Step Five:  Cut your cords 3/4 yard long and slip through tote, tying knots at both ends to keep the cord in place.  Repeat for other side of tote.

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And you are done!  Now, it’s time for the CANDY!!!!! Thanks again for having us!!!! We would love to see your finished totes over at Simple Simon and Company’s facebook page.

Bite Sized Sewing: Wallet Pattern

Hello, Hello Craft Snob Readers! Heather here from The Sewing Loft and I’m so excited to share this Mini Scrap Wallet Pattern with you. This is an easy sew project can be finished in a flash!

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To be truthful, I thought it would be fun to make something from our scraps. You know, those amazing left over bits of fabric goodness that we could not bare to part with. Come on, I know you have a stash somewhere!

MINI SCRAP WALLETS

Mini Wallet Pattern via Craft Snob

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TOOLS

  • Sewing machine
  • Basic sewing supplies

BASIC INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Download pattern template. Prepare the main fabric by attaching fusible fleece. Each brand is different so be sure to follow manufactures instructions.
  2. Cut out mini wallet pattern from main fabric and lining.
  3. Sandwich the main fabric and lining with right sides together. Pin in place.
  4. Starting 1″ away from the bottom corner of wallet, straight stitch all around to the other side. Leave a 2″ – 2 1/2″ opening for turning. Clip corners.
  5. Turn wallet right side out and press. Push out corners as needed to create a straight lined corner.
  6. Fold under the seam allowance at opening and edge stitch closed.
  7. Flip up the bottom straight edge of wallet to match the fold line on pattern. (Approximately 3″.) Pin sides in place and all around straight stitch 1/4″ from edge.
  8. Mark snap placement and attach snaps as per manufactures instructions.

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These mini wallets are perfect to make in batches. Plus, they are the perfect little gift to have on hand. This way, the next time you forget it was your neighbors birthday or need a teacher gift, you just have to slip in a gift card inside and you are all set!

I hope you enjoyed my quick and easy bite size project. Thanks so much for having me as a guest today Sara!

Heather blogs at The Sewing Loft where she offers weekly sewing tips and fun projects to help you Reclaim your creativity, one stitch at a time. Be sure to follow her stitching adventures here: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

 

Bite Sized Sewing: How to Make a Tie

How to make a tie via Craft Snob

Hi everyone. I am so excited to be here today. My name is Kiki and I blog at Kiki and Company where you will find fun printables, projects and plenty of art to cover your home in color!

There are so many things I love to do, but sewing is by far one of my favorites! I adore small projects that can be done quickly, so this series was right up my alley! I have 5 kids and 3 of them are boys. I don’t know about you, but I find OODLES of fun things to sew and make for my girls. It takes some searching for my boys, but these are one of those things I pump out all of the time for them. These are perfect to make for holidays, for family photos, and for gifts BIG and SMALL…and if you can believe it, once you get the hang of them, you can make several in an hour.

How to make a tie via Craft SnobThe best part of this pattern, is that you can make it fit a newborn (just by shortening the pattern a bit) and my 9 year old even wears them (just by adding a bit to the length of the pattern). It is super versatile and super quick to make.

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To get started you will need:

  • THIS free template
  • 1/4 yard tie fabric- this will make 2 ties
  • 1/4 yard of neutral fabric
  • elastic
  • velcro (not the sticky kind)
  • wonder under
  • sewing machine
  • needle
  • iron

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Directions:TIE INSTRUCTIONSLike I said, the more ties I made, the easier and faster I have become at it. My kids LOVE to pick out the fabric that will become part of their wardrobe..and it makes a super adorable baby gift to give as well!

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I hope your adventures with making these ties are as fun as mine..

Thanks so much for having me! Happy tie making!

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 What a great project for beginner sewing!

Wee Little Grapevine Costume for Infants

Grapevine Costume for Infants via Craft Snob

Oh yummy grapes! I was hoping to get a good picture of my infant (he’s 5 week old already!) in this grapevine costume, but he had other things on the agenda like… sleeping and eating. I used two recycled t-shirts to make the hat and the base of the grapes.

Materials:

  • Purple and green stretch material
  • Purple pom poms
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Glue gun and hot glue (for those who don’t want to sew the pom poms)

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Steps to Make the Hat:

Hat Steps

Step 1: Cut a square (12 in x 12 in) of stretch fabric, fold in half, then sew along one side. Leave the top and bottom open.

Step 2: With the hat right side out, wrap a hair tie (or other elastic) about one-third of the length from the top.

Step 3: Using scissors, cut about 5 slits in the top portion of the hat. Measurements for this don’t need to be perfect.

Step 4: Fold the top part down to create a leaf-like top.

Steps to Make the Grape Body:

Measure the length of the infant you want fitted from the armpits to the toes. Add a couple inches for allowances. Let’s use 15 inches (including allowance).

  • Step 1: Cut a piece of purple stretch fabric in a square (15in x 15in).
  • Step 2: Fold in half.
  • Step 3: Sew along the side and bottom, leaving only the top open.
  • Step 4: Turn right side out and either hand sew or hot glue the pom poms onto the right side of the body.

Grapevine Costume for Infants via Craft Snob

What costumes are you making this year?

handmade costumes for infants

Or find more awesome crafts at C.R.A.F.T.!

Bite Sized Sewing: Easy Quilted Baby Blanket

How to make a baby quilt

I am so excited to be here today to share a bite sized sewing project with you all! My name is Michelle and I am from Delicate Construction. I love quick, under one hour sewing projects because I rarely have more time and attention available! I enjoy sewing, but I don’t create the most complex and intricate projects because if I don’t get them done in a day, I find that it can take me years to complete them. No, really, I have been working on a puffy quilt for my daughter for a year and a half already!

Today, I have a much quicker and easier chevron quilted baby blanket. This project came when the cashier at my local Vons told me she was going to be a grandma. Yes, I become friends with all the employees at the stores I frequent- when you are the lady with the giant coupon binder, you like to find the nice people and gravitate towards them. Anyways, I followed the whole pregnancy and when little man was born I was as thrilled as you can be when you only talk to the Grandma-to-be a couple times a week! I wanted to make something for her and I enjoy the feeling of actually completing a quilt so I thought I would come up with a quicker version that I could make more often for all the babies being born around me. What do you think?

It is a super simple 24 inch square blanket using two different flannel fabrics that I fell in love with at the craft store.

Materials:

  • Flannel fabric – two 24 inch squares
  • Batting – one 24 inch square
  • Double fold bias tape – about 8 feet long

Steps:

First I cut the 24 inch by 24 inch piece of both fabrics and a piece of batting and then layered them bottom fabric face down, batting and top fabric face up. You could cut and piece together a quilt top, but I wanted this to be quick and easy so I just have the one fabric on each side.

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Then I pinned all over the fabric to hold it in place while I quilted. I loved the chevron fabric so I thought I would just make my life easier and follow the chevron as my quilting template. I did five rows equally spaced and then still felt it needed something. That is when I went back to add the larger chevron in between all the smaller ones. I love the way it came out! Last, all I had to do was pin the bias tape around and sew that on and it was done!

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I love the way it came out and can’t wait to make another one!

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Michelle is the author behind Delicate Construction, a blog for woman and moms trying to get it all done on a budget while not compromising the wow factor. She has a husband of 5 years, 3 year old daughter and 23 year old with Autism and one crazy imagination! Follow her on Facebook, and Pinterest.

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