Easter Bunny Bags

Happy Easter!  I didn’t get a chance to have this posted until Easter because I didn’t finish putting the draw string on the bag until last night.

I’m looking for something different to do this year for Easter, so I did my usual and took to Pinterest for inspiration.  I was thinking of getting a big stuffed animal for each kid with a bag (instead of a basket) with the other goodies in it.  With the larger stuffed animal I wanted a smaller bag, but one big enough to hold some candy and other small goodies.

I came across this blog that has an adorable bunny bag!: http://judith-justjude.blogspot.ca/2016/03/bunny-bags-part-2-tutorial.html 

The instructions on the blog are really good, so I ended up “forgetting” to take a few of my normal pics.  I did make one change in how I did one part, so I will go into more detail during that part.

The first change I made was increase the size.  I outlined how big I wanted to cut each piece, and how many pieces.  I made four bags because kids ask questions if the Easter Bunny doesn’t bring THEM stuff too…and aren’t we all kids at heart anyway?  I didn’t have any fabric that screams “EASTER” and I wasn’t about to run out and get some, so I found fabric the kids would like.

After picking out the fabric, cut the pieces to size.  I made my ears in between making the bag part, I like to always have something on the sewing machine, for me it saves thread.  The quick overview is don’t sew the top two inches on both sides, but sew along the edges and bottom.  Then line up the two seams to “flatten” out the bottom, and draw a 2 inch line.  I used clips to keep the bottom in place and drew the line on both ends of each piece.

To take quick side trip to complete the ears!  I used pattern paper and traced (on my iPad screen) the ear.  This was frustrating because it’s a touch screen and kept changing…BUT I only drew half the ear, folded in half and cut it out.  Make sure your front fabric is faceing each other, then draw the ear shape on all ears.  Sew along the line, trim the extras, and turn inside out.  I used a chopstick to get the shape of the tip of the ear crips.  Then I ironed the tip of the ear while I made sure the end was flat along the seams.  I let the Iron sit on it for a few minutes, then I quickly pushed in the open end so I could. Easily sew along it.  Then sew along each end to finish the ears.

This is where it gets slightly different.  I still clip/pin the flaps together (forgot to take this pic).  Make sure to always only sew two pieces of fabric together at all times!  I started at the end of one flap, this would be the back flap that I would iron and sew it closed while I sew it against the bag.  Then the tricky part gets when you sew along the short side you will start to hit the edge of the bag that you’ve already sewn, so you need to flip fabric over to move onto the next flap.  (Top left) Once you get right up to the part already sewn, stop and leave the needle in and lift up th foot.  (Top right) Carefully flip over the top piece.  (Bottom left) as you can tell there is still one more piece, do the same and pull that piece over to the back.  (Bottom right) As you can tell you now only have two pieces.  You need to do that twice on each piece.  When you get to the end, make sure to leave a space to flip the bag right side out.

Turn the bag right side out, this can be challenging if you leave too small of a hole to flip right side out.  I tend to leave about a 2 inch hole and it worked great.

Then, use a chopstick to finish turning the flaps right side out, making the corners nice and crips!  After using the chopstick to get the corners turned out, use the iron to make the seam nice and crisp.

Find the side with the hole you used to flip the bag right side out.  Fold that piece inside to the seam and sew along the edge, that will attach the piece to the side and it will finish the open hole.  Make sure to pin this straight, if you don’t you may end up like me and not have a straight line sewn on the outside.  After you finish sewing the one side, flip it over and fold over the other end.  Then place two ears on top of the end, making sure the end of the ear lines up with the bottom of the piece folded over.  I used clips to keep the ears in place.  Sew along the bottom edge, just like you did with the other side.

Here is what mine look like at this step.  At this point it was almost time for the kids to get home, so I set it aside and finished the last part later.

Run two pieces of string through the top, I ran one string through one side, then two strings through the second side.  I tied the first string closed on the end and ran the second string through the last piece and tied it closed on the opposite side.  

They turned out SO Cute!  

Cloth Basket

I added shelves to my closet a month or two back and I’ve loved how it’s working out!  I just need more baskets, so I decided to finally try my hand at a cloth basket.  I also want to make a cloth basket for my trunk, the elastic net is just not working like it used to (it was for my previous car anyway so it’s OLD).  I wanted to give my closet baskets a try first so I can try them out and see if they would work for the trunk.  While I LOVE these baskets, and they work great for my closet…they just aren’t the basket for the trunk.  I will be making some slight adjustments to get stiff sides, I just need to design it. 

So, to get started, I used the basic basket idea from this blog post: http://haberdasheryfun.com/fabric/diy-reversible-fabric-storage-bin

I measured the size of the baskets I have and mapped out how to make these baskets.  I wanted the base to be 9 1/2 by 13, I also only wanted one piece of fabric folded in half (instead of sewing to pieces together, basically I didn’t want a seam on the bottom of the basket).

Figuring out the math wasn’t too difficult.  For the width I needed 13 + 9 1/2 + 2 seams, when folding it in half you will need to add 1/2 of each of the sides, plus two seams.  The second measurement will need the height of the basket plus 1/2 of the base and two seams, so 8 + 4 3/4 + 1/2 = 13 1/4.  I didn’t want the bottom seam so I doubled the number to get 26 1/2.  You will need to cut three pieces, an outside fabric, inside fabric, and Pellon 809 Bond.

Take the Pellon 809 bond and iron that onto one of the pieces of fabric, I chose the outside fabric.  Then fold in half and sew along the two edges.  After sewing I ironed the bottom edge flat so I would have a crisp line to line up the side seam with.  Then take one of the side seams and line it up against the inside iron line, do that with the other side and you will end up with a diamond.  Finally on each side draw a 9 1/2 inch line, I lined up the 10 inch mark on my ruler against the seam.  After drawing that line on both sides of each piece sew along the line.

Now that you have the base of the basked completed, take the inside fabric and turn it right side out.  Take the two pieces and tuck the inside piece inside the other, so the outside fabric is faceing eachother.  Take clips or pins and clip the pieces together, be sure to line up the seams first and add other clips around.  Sew around the edge leaving a gap, mine ended up larger than normal (about 6 inches?) due to the stiff fabric.  

After sewing, turn right side out.  The blog I used as a tutorial had you ironing the sides, I skipped that part.  I tried, but it just wasn’t working well.  I clipped the open fabric down so that is ready to be sewn around and closed up.

Sew along the outer edge to finish the basket!  That’s it!  It’s a pretty easy basket, and if you wanted to add handles you could easily do so without taking too much more time.  The baskets really did turn out great, I’m sure I will be making a few more for my closet.  

Macbook Pro Cover

We recently purchased a Macbook Pro and needed a sleeve to help protect it from scuffs and dings.  I finally had a little time on my hands so I spent less than an hour to whip out two Star Wars sleeves.  

I picked out some flanel material and decided to put some scrap batting in between to give it just a little extra protection.  The material was wide enough that folded over it would work for both the inside and outside pieces.  I cut 17 inches long, but in the end could have easily cut it about 15 inches.

Take each piece and flip it inside out then lay the batting on top of the top layer.

Sew along both ends leaving about 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam and trim each end of any excess fabric.  Flip the piece right side out and iron along both seams, to give it a nice finished look sew along both seams.

Take the MacBook Pro and fold over.  Make sure the side you want facing out is on the inside.  Use pins or clips to show where to sew along the two sides.  For me, this ended up being about 14 3/4 inches.

After sewing along each side, turn it right side out and see how it fits.  At first I made a few adjustments to both before I got the right fit.

Once you have the right fit, trim the sides and turn right side out.  That’s it!  It’s a pretty easy project and would work with many different electronics.

Bi-Fold Wallet

I am still around. I am still sewing…Well more so I am finally back to sewing. I was just finishing up my last semester of school and one thing led to another. The good news is I am finally back on track with my hobbies!

I was in the middle of working on my next sewing project when my oldest asked if I could make him a wallet. We sat down and looked on Pinterest and he picked out this pattern: http://modestmaven.blogspot.com.br/2012/02/bi-fold-wallet-tutorial.html

I think the blog did a great job explaining how to do things, so if you decide to give this a try check out the tutorial for step by step instructions. While I love the blog, the design of the wallet is not something I would make again. I should have looked at the measurements to see how big it really is. The wallet does not fit well inside my son’s pockets, but that does not stop him from loving it! I was surprised by the size so I compared it to my husbands bi-fold wallet and it was larger. I think if I made it again I might make a few more modifications to make it a little smaller like rotating the cards inside section 90 degrees.

I decided to give that a try, but knew I had one modification I had to make. He needed a place to put his change. I followed the pattern exactly, except for that one modification.

Here is the fabric we choose. He wanted airplanes, and I had some scrap Mickey fabric that went very well with his airplane choice.


After cutting all the pieces out I decided to start with the coin section first. I found a rectangle scrap that I folded in half then left a hole while sewing to turn it inside out.


After turning it inside out I made sure the hole was tucked in, then I ironed it flat.


Next, I used Velcro to keep the pocket closed. I found another spare piece of the airplane fabric that was used as the back of the coin section. I wanted to make sure that no coin was lost, so I sewed the entire coin section together before sewing on the wallet. I also decided I didn’t need the fabric to be folded over the entire back, just enough to make sure the front part folds over nicely. Note that in the first picture I folded over the sides and bottom to make it the right fit. When I sewed it on the wallet I pinned both pieces down and sewed over it, the airplane fabric is larger because it folds over.



This is what it looks like after I sewed both inside sections on. Also note that I left the coin section to be smaller in width. This was just a guess on my part, the size of it seemed to work out well.


Here is the final product! I love the color, its really cute and my little man just loves it!





Small Messenger Bag

As I look through my images I found one of my favorite projects, a small messenger bag I made for my daughter and a few others.


The bag itself was pretty easy, you can find a million different templates out there. I decided to do a basic format with two rectangles inside out. I sewed two long sides and one short side. I then turned it inside out. The short side that wasn’t sewn yet I folded both sides and and ironed it and set it aside. For the front side of the bag I cut two rectangles slightly smaller than half of one of the rectangles.

The flowers on the bags are the highlight of this project. To start with, I cut out several different petals out of two different fabrics, one of my other fabrics had circles, so I cut a circle out for each flower as the center. I then placed the flower upside down on a towel where I plan on ironing it. Then I took a piece of the fusible fabric and placed it on top of the upside down flower. The fusible fabric will then fuse itself to the towel if you don’t trim it. The key is just to have all the pieces together so it’s easy to sew, it does not need to be perfect.

Then I took the front of the messenger bag, only the top part, so you didn’t see the sewing. I very slowly stitched around the flower, I would do one or two stitches, then adjust the fabric. Once the flower was done I put the two pieces inside out and stitched around all but the top part. I turned that piece right side out and ironed flat. Then I took the big rectangle from before and I put the small piece into the end that hasn’t been sewn yet. Then I stitch that end closed. Once I was done with that I folded the rectangle in half so the bag would be inside out. Then I sewed along both ends and finished it off by hand stitching the handles.


After I was done, I decided that I wanted a little more, so I decided to try out one of the 3-D flowers I found on Pinterest. Once I made the flowers I hand stitched them onto the final product into the center of the flower I already had sewn onto the bag. I was sure to sew through the first piece of fabric and tried to be very careful not to sew though both pieces.

Here is a close up of the flowers:



The two bags with flowers:



I really like Pandas, so I made with with pandas instead of the flowers. It was from an old sock that had a hole in it. I was hoping some day I could find a use for it!


Quick Toddlers Purse

Most of our old kids clothing gets passed down, but every now and then some of the clothing gets a little too worn out. If the material is still in decent shape a new sewing project is born! A pair of overalls with snaps that no longer stayed snapped is just asking to become a quick purse as a last minute Christmas gift. One thing to note, as I sewed this project I did not use the basic stitch, I chose to use a box looking stitch to help reinforce all seams, ends, etc.


First step is to take it apart. The overall part I use a stitch remover for, the rest I just cut. On the outer seams of the front I used a stitch remover to help reduce the layers of jean material I end up sewing through.


Notice that the back has nothing on it, so I decided to take the design from the top and sew it to what will be the back of the purse.


Next, sew the two overall pieces together.


Then I sewed the front and back of the purse together. Once I was done I trimmed any extra fabric, and turned right side out.


I really liked the button holes, so in order to keep that as part of the purse I decided to sew the pink bow with the button holes as the top of the purse. Before going too far, I laid out how I wanted it to look and pined the strap and top pink bow section to the front. Be careful not to pin to the back of the purse.


I started by sewing the strap to the front of the purse. I adjusted my sewing machine and made sure I was only sewing on the front. I sewed the two sides and bottom on both ends of the strap because I thought it would help ensure that it would be sturdy.


Once that was done, I sewed the top pink bow section. I decided to sew a rectangle around the bow. Then because the back didn’t have anything on the top I folded over and reinforced the top seam. I did not do anything to keep the purse closed, depending on how it ends up getting used I might sew on a piece or two of velcro. Here is the finished product!



This is my first attempt at taking a piece of clothing (and thick jean material!), it’s nothing too special but I think it turned out great!4

Burlap Bag

Thanks to Pinterest I have rediscovered my passion for sewing, and crafting in general. I’ve decided to better track some of my crafting I would post the various projects here. I’m not going to start with my first project (I’ll back fill those as I get around to it), lets start with this weekends project.

Burlap Bag. I saw a post on Facebook about Dunn Bros Coffee having burlap bags so I started to think of different craft ideas and picked a few up. I wanted to start with a simple bag because I haven’t sewn with burlap before. A few things I learned:

1. The burlap bags were really wrinkly, Ironing them was a chore but a necessity. If there is ink on the burlap iron the back. I found that letting the iron get hot worked the best, this was a challenge to me as I’m so impatient that I normally give it a 5 second head start. Once the Iron was hot enough I would also iron very slowly while also applying pressure.

2. I found 1/2 inch was about the right size for folding over the edges. This was a challenge for some parts because the text was so close I didn’t really have that option. The extra fold over allowed for a cleaner edge.

3. I’m thinking that the burlap would need a stabilizer fabric. My purse has a seam showing on the inside (I prefer my work to look a little more “finished”.

Overall I think it turned out pretty good. Here it is!