Sunday, December 14, 2014

Simple bag

All fabric for these bags were purchased at JoAnns.

 Made this simple drawstring bag to hold your special treasure but it can also be used as A custom gift wrap alternative, a travel bag, a knitting project bag take your personal ideas to the hospital when having a baby and the list goes on and on. It sews up in less than an hour and works with any kind of fabric. A perfect use for those fabric scraps or fat quater pieces you have hanging 

 Materials needed

  • 1/2-yard or one or two fat quarters.
  • 45mm Rotary cutter
  • Straight pins
  • Cotton thread that blends with chosen fabric color
  • Non-Slip ruler
  • Two pieces of ribbon or braiding cut to 36"

Materials list for different sizes

To make a x-small (small, medium, large, x-large) drawstring bag, measuring 5 1/2 (8 1/2, 11 1/2, 14 1/2, 17 1/2

The Fabric

Using your rotary cutter and non-slip rulers, cut a rectangle of fabric measuring: 

6-inch wide by 12-inch long

9-inch wide by 18-inch long

12-inch wide by 24-inch long

15-inch wide by 30-inch long

18-inch wide by 36-inch long

Fold the rectangle of fabric in half the long way with right sides together to make a 6 (9, 12, 15, 18) inch square.

Starting at the fold, sew up the left and right side of the bag with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.  Stop 2-inches from the top on each side.

Drawstring channel

Working on only one half of the bag at a time, *fold and iron a 1/4-inch hem on the 2-inch portion of the fabric where you did not sew the seam (on the left and right sides).

Fold and iron a 1/4-inch hem along the top of the bag.

Fold it over another 3/4-inch as if to make a hem and iron (this will be the drawstring channel).

Sew along the bottom edge of the hem with a 1/6-inch seam allowance.

Repeat from * for the other half of the bag.

Make Gusset

Fold both corners of the bag so that the side seam of the bag is running exactly down the middle of the corner point. (Note: You will be sewing your gusset seam exactly perpendicular to the side seam.) You will want both gussets seams to be sewn at the exact same angle.

Line up one side of your non-slip ruler with the drawstring channel edge. Using your water soluble marker, draw a line approximately 1 (1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, 3) inches down from the point of the corner.  Repeat on other corner making sure your marks line up with the first corner.

Sew along the marker lines. Cut off the fabric corners below the seam to reduce bulk. Turn the bag right side out.

Thread ribbon through channel

Attach a large safety pin to the end of one of your alphabet ribbons.

Thread it through the drawstring channel on one side of the bag and then back around the other side so that you have both ends of the ribbon on one side.  Repeat with the other ribbon starting on the opposite side of the bag.Tie the ends in a knot and cut off excess.

The bag will cinch when you hold the knots on either side of the bag and pull outwards.

Have fun sewing!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Hot Cocoa gift giving

Here is a fun stocking stuffer.... Cute hot cocoa pouch.
The cute stamp is from my friend Holly at eat cake graphics.

Christmas is coming

I have been busy make some fun gift giving projects.
To start off I want to share with you a cute stamped card for an ungly sweater party.
All hear stamps can be found by eat cake graphics.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Let's sew pillows

Just finished this cute black, white with some red accent pillow.
After pricing pillows other places sewing is a big time money saver.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Trina Boice
If like to read like I do you will want to hop on over to Trina Boice blog ...
Follow the link above and let me know what you think.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

German Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

German Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Yummy German Chcocolate Sandwich Cookies.
What you will need :
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
5oz. Can evaporated milk
1egg, slightly beaten
1 1/3 cups sweetened flaked coconut
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
Combine all filling ingredients except coconut and pecans in 2quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil and thickens.stir I coconut and pecans. Cover, refrigerate at least 1hour.
Heat oven to 350. Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar and 3/4 cups sugar and 3/4 cup butter beat at medium speed, scraping  bowl often, until creamy. Add milk, eggs and vanilla; continue beating until we'll mixed, Reducspeed to low; add flour, cocoa and baking soda. Beat until we'll mixed.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. Cool completely.
Add filling between to cookies and EAT!

Adorable cookies made by a friend of mine. Someday I want to do this!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Christmas tags

Christmas tags in the making...easy peasy using cute stamps by Eat Cake Graphics and washi tape.

For the Love of buttons

Make the back of your outfit as cute as the front with buttons!

Herringbone fabric 3 ways.

Will I finished my 3 projects using my wonderful black and white herringbone fabric.
Here are the photos and the tutorials will follow.
Pillow with 5 cute buttons, because I LOVE buttons and one cute little gift bag.
This wonderful soft full scarf I am in love with.

Monday, November 10, 2014

New Stamps from eat cake graphics

Supper excited I received these adorable stamps from Eat Cake Graphics and a new die cut from Sizzix!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Mustard yellow leather

Love this cute bag made by my friend Jessica from Craftiness is not optional.
Check out the fun mustard yellow leather she used on the bottom of her bag....Love it !

3 new sewing projects

Keep a look out as I am making 3 yes I said 3 new projects using this lovely black and white check.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Finial step

You can measure how wide you need the waste band to be so you can run your elastic around.
Make sure you leave an opening to run your elastic though. With a safety pin on one end of your elastic run it around your skirt making sure not to let your elastic roll. When it comes out we're your started sew the end together and sew the opening closed.
Yea your got a cute simple skirt !

See in waste band

Do the same for the waste band as you did for the hem only make the first turn in narrow and the next turn wide for the elastic to fit in.

Next step waste band

Do a running stich around the top of your skirt with the linning and top fabric together. This will keep them in place so you can do the waste band.

Next step for simple skirt

Simple skirt

Here you will find the next steps to this quick and simple skirt for our little princess.

Friday, October 31, 2014

                                                             Halloween fun night!!!
                             Supper Man and toothless Elsa, fun children and fun costumes.

New project

Making some new project for our little, keep a watch out as I will keep posting my progess.
This is showing the hem for the lining.
Nice and tiny... You can seer on my sewing foot that I like to press in the hem and then sew close to the pressed edge.

Mother and Daughter flapper

Mother and daughter flapper costume.
Made the mother costume a few years ago so now just need to make our little miss her costume for a fun night memories !