Sewing

Beginner Sewing Pocket Tote

I’m sharing my Triplet Tote over with my friend Christine at The DIY Dreamer. This is a fun one for beginner sewers because it’s hard to mess up. Plus you’ll have to see how fun and different the sides turn out!

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I’ve really enjoyed making use of all my new and much needed pockets!

DIY Pillow

Karen from I Always Pick the Thimble is here today making waves with her DIY pillow tutorial. I love the wave effect!

As a fabric store owner, I was thrilled when Amy Butler reissued one of her older fabric collections “Belle”.   My store was relatively new when Amy Butler’s fabrics first burst onto the scene.  It was fun to see our customer’s excitement and reactions when they first saw her fabrics.  Seeing the fabrics reissued again reminds me how much fun we had when the new bolts of fabrics arrived and how we fussed with arranging them “just-so” on the shelves.

For this pillow top I used pre-cut strips of fabrics from an Amy Butler “Belle” jelly roll, but it can be made with any strips of your favorite old (or new!) fabrics.  Stay tuned, because I’m working on a Memory Lane Apron and Memory Lane Market Tote as well!

SUPPLIES

  • 13 strips of 2 1/2″ x 22″ pieces of fabric (or you can use pre-cut strips from a fabric jelly roll)  to make a 21 ” x 21″ pillow top

  • 21″ x 21″ piece of fabric for back

  • 20″ x 20″ pillow form

  • thread

  • marking chalk or wash away fabric marking pen

  • general sewing supplies (scissors, pins, tape measure etc.)

STEPS FOR DIY PILLOW

Pillow Front Instructions:

First lay out the strips in the order you want to sew them.  Stack them in a neat pile, so you are ready to sew with them.

With right sides together, sew all long sides of the strips together using a 1/4″ seam.
On the back side, press all the seams flat in one direction.

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Using a 1/4″ seam, sew seams with wrong sides of fabric together, encasing the original seam. When folding the fabric together, try and keep the just sewn seam centered in the middle of the fold.

Starting in center of pillow, mark a vertical line from top to bottom. Mark 4 more lines on either side of the center line at 2″ apart.

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Pin – Starting with the first strip, find the middle line just made and pin the first seam in the middle facing down. Pin the seam to the left and the seam to the right facing up, then alternate pinning the rest of the seams up and down to create a “wave.”

On the next strip, alternate the direction you pinned to create a “wave” and continue pinning the rest of the seams.  On the side seams, pin in the same direction as the nearest vertical seam.
Sew across all layers and seams following the vertical lines.

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Pillow Back Instructions:

The edges of the pillow top may be slightly uneven after sewing the strips together. Cut off the uneven edges and cut the pillow top and pillow back so they are 21″ x 21″.  (Or as close to this measurement as you can get.)
Pin together front to back with right sides together. Using 1/2″ seam, sew around 3 edges. On the fourth side, leave a 10″ opening to insert the pillow form. Insert the pillow and hand stitch the opening closed.

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And there you have a brand new throw pillow!

You can find Karen Roark blogging at I Always Pick the Thimble and Facebook.

DIY Santa Beard

DIY Santa Beard

Hello, readers of Craft Snob! I’m Onel from Onelmon: Crafting Experiments where I share craft tutorials that I’ve experimented on. With Christmas approaching very soon, I’m sharing this easy Santa Claus’ craft today! We are not going to make the hat, we are not going to make the costume, but we ARE going to make his beard! It’s super easy and it’s a great sewing exercise for a sewing beginner (like me!) Let’s get started!

SUPPLIES

  • White felt or another fabric type of your choice
  • Filling (cotton, polyfill)
  • Washable marker
  • Elastic cord
  • Needle & white thread
  • Scissors

STEPS

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1. Measure the length, from your left ear to your right ear and add approx. 3 cm extra to each side.

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2. Draw a triangle on your fabric. The length of the horizontal line equals the length you measured just now (including the 3 cm extra on both sides). As for the height of the triangle, it depends on how long you want the beard to be (mine was about 15 cm long). The size of the inner triangle would be measured from your upper lip to the jaw.

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3. Cut a circle and trace it along the triangle to have the cloud-like fluffy shape.

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4. Do it for the whole triangle, both big and small triangles.

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5. Cut out the shape. Make another exact copy of it.

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6. Mark where your ears go on the fabric and cut a line.

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7. Sandwich some filling in between the two pieces of fabric and sew them up together.

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8. Sew a piece of elastic cord behind so it won’t fall easily.

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9. Wear it and be a Santa on Christmas Day!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy this tutorial! You can visit my blog or facebook page for more simple craft tutorials. Thank’s a lot for having me here today, Sara! Have a great day ahead!

DIY Headband

DIY Headbands

Hi there! I’m Sara from alice & lois design studios. My twin sister and I share an Etsy shop and blog. I am excited to share this easy and fun sewing tutorial here on Bite Sized Sewing. This tutorial for a little girls fabric headband takes under 30 minutes to complete. This is a great project for beginners.

SUPPLIES

  • Scrap fabric (cotton works best)
  • Fold over elastic
  • Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
  • Headband template

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DIY Headbands template measurements

STEPS

1. Using template, cut 2 headband pieces. Fold fabric and place wide end of template on fold. The headband pieces are 12 inches in length. The oval shape headband is 1.25 inches on the ends and 2.5 inches in the middle. Cut a 10 inch piece of fold over elastic.

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2. Place the right sides of the fabric together. Fold down 1/4 inch and iron one end of headband. Slid in the FOE between the fabric pieces. Pin the pieces together.

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3. Starting at the end of the headband with the FOE sticking out, sew that end and the two long sides. Leave the other end of headband open. Leave a half inch on each side of 2 long sides on the open end.

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4. Next pull the the inside out by pulling the inner fabric through the open end of headband.

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5. Iron the headband flat. Iron in a quarter inch on the open end of the headband.

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6. Slip the FOE in the opening (about 1/2 inch). I recommend measuring your child’s head to determine the perfect fit for elastic.

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7. Topstich all the way around the headband to give a clean look. Make sure and back stitch on the ends to ensure the elastic is secure.

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Now you have a sweet and simple fabric headband for your little girl. Check out more simple sewing tutorials on our blog! Our blog is dedicated to showcasing DIY projects, ideas to celebrate family, curating inspiration and spotlighting goodness. Follow us 0n Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Thanks again Sara for having us on your blog!

 

DIY Organizer

Hi There. I am Marni from Haberdashery Fun. I am happy to be here today sharing my mini holiday card organizer. I love Thanksgiving and the ENTIRE month of December. To me it means receiving Christmas cards from loved ones near and far. Every year the cards pile up on our kitchen counter, so this year I thought I would make a card holder.

DIY ORGANIZER

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Good news, make this organizer in a neutral color and you can use it all year around.. This is a perfect fat quarter project, so it won’t cost too much to create.

SUPPLIES

  • 2 Fat quarters
  • Clear vinyl
  • Double fold bias tape- store bought or homemade
  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Paper and pens
  • Child size clothing hanger

Materials Needed

STEPS

Lay the child size hanger on the paper and trace around the edge. Lengthen the bottom edge approximately 16″. Draw parallel lines from the sides of the hanger. Add 3/8″ seam allowances around all edges, excluding the bottom edge.

1. lay the hanger..Trace

Pin the pattern to each fat quarter and cut out. Cut 2 of the same pieces.

2. Pin the pattern to each fat quarter

Double check the organizer length is even on both fabric pieces. If needed trim the bottom edge with a rotary cutter so they match completely. Turn under the bottom edge 1/2″ and press with an iron. Place into a sewing machine and topstitch. Repeat on the other fabric piece.

3. Double check length..Turn under bottom edge

On one side only – turn under the top curved edge 1/2″ and press with an iron. Place into a sewing machine and topstitch. This becomes the FRONT of the organizer.

4. One side only..Turn under top curved edge one side only

Lay vinyl onto cutting mat. Cut 3 strips measuring 12-3/4″ x 4″. These become the pockets.

5. Lay vinyl on cutting mat

Cut 3 pieces of bias tape, each measuring 13″ in length. Pin bias tape to one edge of the vinyl strip. Place into sewing machine and edgestitch down. Repeat for the other 2 strips of vinyl. Trim ends if needed.

6. Cut 3 pieces of bias tape

Lay front piece of organizer right side up. Place the 3 strips of vinyl on top. Adjust strips evenly, make sure to start first vinyl strip approximately 5″ down from top edge. This is so that the cards do not hang over the top. Place into sewing machine and edge stitch down. Optional – stitch down the center of each vinyl piece.

7. Lay front piece of oragnizer

Cut another piece of bias tape measuring 52″. Pin to one end of the organizer. Make sure to leave a tail at least 1″ long. Place into sewing machine and edge stitch down. Turn tails under and stitch.

8. Cut another piece of bias tape measuring 52

That’s it! Easy right? Now place your hanger inside the organizer and you are good to go!

9. Place hanger inside

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Happy Sewing.

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