Cash Cab with The Shaffer Sisters

I love the Shaffer Sisters! One day I hope to meet them for real! They seem like so much fun and I love how they all craft together! They joined in on the fun last year with a fantastic dress and I’m so excited to have them back this year. I don’t remember how we ‘met,’ but I sure am glad we did! And I didn’t plan this, but they are competing in Project Run and Play with a hugely talented group of women this season!

Welcome Al!

Hello I’m Feelin’ Crafty Readers,

I am Al the youngest of the Shaffer Sisters. It is always our goal to encourage, inspire, uplift, and create with you. If you think that sounds like you or something you need in your life please don’t hesitate to follow us. We could really use your support as we compete in Project Run and Play in the upcoming weeks.

We are so tickled to be back at Sew Ready to Play. The parameters of this series always make it easy to say yes. Despite the fact that we love it, it always takes us forever to decide on project.

I love this series because each year it gives me a great opportunity to reflect on my kids and family together time. Life with kids is like getting to see the full spectrum of colors. Without them in my life things would be much more bland and predicable, but with them there is a flooding of emotions. Moments to treasure like a first smile, or something that becomes funny just because of your child’s uncontrollable laughter that leaves everyone feeling good inside.

Lately things have been crazy busy and it has been hard to notice those glorious moments in the stress of deadlines. But I was given my glimpse of heaven this week as my husband came home from school and began playing with the kids. They didn’t need a special toy for entertainment, just the presence of someone special giving them love and attention.

To be honest this dress only came after 3 failed attempts to make my son, Heber, a sweatshirt that I could make Uno themed. It was going to be witty and funny, but it didn’t work out. He has a sway back and massive head so each pattern I attempted either didn’t fit over his head or they had such a narrow fit that they almost looked girly.

Right now is such a busy time with real life, a new baby, and Project Run and Play that I really didn’t have time for these failures. Scary offered up the idea of a Pictureka as a final backup plan and I thought that we could put the “girly sweatshirts” on Boston who is a girl and have her model it. But I was feeling so down. The option felt plausible but was also a let down to the creative process.

So I went back to the drawing board and figured out this look. Without a doubt, of all the games our little family has, Cash Cab is definitely the most used and loved. The kids don’t yet get the trivia of it, but they love rolling the dice, moving the cars around to different destinations, and playing with money. I have to keep this one at the top of the closet because it is so interesting to the kids.

I love how fun and modern this look is. I feel that if you didn’t have the context of cash cab you could still really like the dress. The design of the skirt was inspired by the logo on the TV version of Cash Cab. I made it by just doing a little math and planning out the exact size I wanted of my finished squares. Then I added seam allowances and cut out my pieces. It’s a little complicated, but if you take the time I’m sure you can figure it out. After piecing the skirt together, I pressed open my pieces and top stitched inside each box with a coordinating thread.

I made it using the Caroline Party Dress (affiliate link) from Mouse House Creations. I thought the lines of it could read city if it was paired with the right fabric. It was a first time sew for me and I seriously loved it. The pattern (affiliate link) gives such a nice finish and fit. It’s wonderful to have the capped sleeve as just part of the bodice. For the most part, I’d rather make dresses with some kind of a sleeve so I don’t have to find a sweater to pair it with later.

The skirt was lined with the same mustard yellow as the squares to give it a stronger color and stability to the piecing. All the fabric was just basic colored broadcloth that you can get at about any fabric store for pretty cheap. I loved using it because I was able to go to the store with an exact plan and be in and out in about ten minutes as opposed to walking the rows of fabric debating the right one for an hour. Works better for 3 kids don’t you think? Also I didn’t have to spend a lot and feel guilty about it later.

P.S. I have a funny story I want to share that came up in creating this project. When the last sweatshirt didn’t work out, I realized that I wouldn’t be able to have Scary around to take pictures. I would have to resort to using the camera on my phone.

When I told Ty that I was making her a dress and that I would be taking her pictures, she got this confused and slightly betrayed look on her face and said, “Not Scary?!” I told her I could take pictures, but I think in her mind Scary is her own personal photographer. You can’t take a model away from their photographer. I love four-year-olds!

So instead, the kids woke up at 5:50am so that we could drive to Scary and be at her house in time for good lighting and to get this blog post done.

Here is a picture with the little darling and her photographer on their way back from the photo shoot.

 

Name That Tune! A Boombox Pillow Tutorial

Today it’s me here at Sew Ready to Play! I don’t think I need to introduce myself, do I? So we’ll skip that part and move right in to my project! We’re all pretty excited about how this one turned out!

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I’ve been wanting to make this for a while. Maybe 2 years now… So when I was thinking about my Sew Ready to Play project, it hit me! Name that Tune is a game! We try to play it, but the kiddo always sings the same song and I’m horrible with song names! So it’s not our favorite, I’ll admit, but it’s a cool project!!

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It’s kinda a Land of Nod knock off. A few years back I saw that they had this boombox pillow (it’s not on their website anymore) and it was pretty cool. But it was just a pillow… Why wouldn’t a boombox pillow play music??? Our night time routine is typically a couple of books and then a book cd. And I have a bunch of books on my iphone… So… Combine the pillow, cd’s and iphone and you have a perfect boombox pillow! Yep!

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Dad loves to fall asleep listening to the radio and I like to fall asleep to white noise after reading. Needless to say, we had a little problem. So I bought Dad a speaker pillow. It’s perfect! He can listen and I don’t have to hear it! So the kiddo is super excited to have his own pillow so he can fall asleep listening to music too! Just like Dad!

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So I got to making my own! And it’s a hit! When he was modeling it, I told him, ‘Back when I was a kid, people used to walk around with them on thier shoulders.’ So we took some pictures and then a few minutes later he said, ‘Hey, let me carry it like they did in the old days!’ hmmmmmmmmmmm…….. The old days…. Really?

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The pillow has real hidden speakers behind the stenciled speakers.

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And a pocket on the back to hold the iphone (or mp3 player of your choice!). And a handle to make it easier to take to your next dance party!!

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OK! Does it look like so much fun that you want to make one? I’ll show you how!

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Your materials- 15x10x3 piece of foam (or how ever big you want to make it), you can use my template (but I warn you the file is very low resolution, but it works!), a zipper (I started with a 25 inch one), grey fabric, a little bit of black fabric, cutting supplies, speakers and freezer paper.

And not shown in the picture, but I also used a scrap of interfacing, a scrap of batting, fabric paint, 3 inches of velcro and about 10 inches of webbing. Also, I just happened to have a super big pipe cleaners for my ‘antenna’. But if you don’t happen to have those, I’d use a regular pipe cleaner wrapped in batting.

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First, cut out your pieces of fabric. For my 15x10x3 pillow, I cut:  2 pieces at 16×11, a 4 inch strip about 40 inches long, 2 strips about 2 inches wide and 25 inches long. The pocket was a scrap about 10 by 10ish. The pocket really just needs to be big enough to hold the mp3.

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Cut out the pattern in the freezer paper, iron it on and then paint it. For more freezer paper stencils details see this tutorial!

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Next we’ll prepare the back. Iron on your scrap of interfacing. I made mine centered and down just a little bit. Then draw on a rectangle, mine was about 3 inches long and 1/2 inch tall. Cut the inside lines, but not the outside rectangle. Then iron over and top stitch around the rectangle.

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Time for the pocket! Fold over the fabric (RST), add the batting on top and stitch along the short sides. Trim the bottom with pinking shears and snip the top corners. Turn right sides out, iron flat and fold over the bottom. Sew on the velcro to the pocket and the pillow back. Then sew on the pocket to the back of the pillow, covering the hole you just made.

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And the sides! Sew the two skinny pieces of the fabric to the zipper, using a zipper foot, and iron flat.

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Sew the zipper piece and the side piece together. Then, to get the best fit, I wrapped the piece around the pillow and marked exactly where the other ends get sewn together. I overlapped the zippered by one inch on each side. This helps with getting the cushion into the pillow case!

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Sew together the black fabric to make the antenna. And stuff it!

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Prepare the pillow! Carve out a spot for for the speakers. It doesn’t have to be pretty! Then cut a slit to slide the speakers through.

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Sew together the top, bottom and sides, RST. Turn right side out. This is where I decided to sew on the strap to the top for the handle! Then insert the pillow! You’re done!

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Just pull the cords through…

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plug in the player!

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Adjust the volume and you’re ready to go…

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Just like in the old days, namin’ that tune!

 

Puzzles with Filles a Maman

Today’s guest is another amazing designer, Mel of Filles a Maman!  You’ve seen her pattern work around this here blog a couple of times. She is the pattern designer behind the Rose Skirt and the Mimi Top! Be sure to check out her other awesome patterns in her etsy shop! She has been such fun to work with and I just love her sense of design.

Welcome Mel!!!

I’m so happy to be a part of Louise Wackerman’s Sew Ready to Play series. My house is full of toys, for sure, as I have 3 girls. Most are pink, but anyway, they tend to hang around. I saw an opportunity to do something useful and fun. I was inspired by the outrageous amount of puzzles that we own. We love to do puzzles, but it is frustrating to realize that there is a missing piece because the box is broken. Because of this, I created the Puzzle Pouch.

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The pattern is available here: Puzzle pouch

Print the pattern at 100%, without scaling. Check the 1 inch square on the first page to make sure that your printer is correct.

Assemble the pattern following the layout.

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You will need a 6 in zipper and a 2.5 in X 2.5 in square of clear vinyl.

Don’t worry if you have never sewn vinyle, I will show you how!

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1-Cut 2 pieces to make the shell and 2 more to make the lining.

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3) Sew the zipper of half of the fabric with the right side of the zipper facing the right side of the fabric.
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4-Sew a half lining over the zipper.casse tete tuto-065-Turn to the right side and topstitch along the zipper at 1/8 in.

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11-Sew over the paper on the sides and on the bottom of the pocket.

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13-Open the zipper. Place the fabric (green) right sides together and the lining wrong sides together with the fabric, making a sandwich.

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15-Cut the corners and snip the rounded corners to be able to turn the pouch properly.

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16-Turn to the right side and press. Be careful not to press the vinyl.

Fill it with your treasures.

Enjoy!

Mel xx

Dominos with Simple Simon and Company

Today I’m so excited to welcome liZ, one of the two, from Simple Simon and Company! The ladies behind one of my favorite blogs! I’ve read for so much beautiful inspiration for those times I decide to sew for the nieces. There’s just a real elegance going on over there! I’m sure I’ve said it before, but my all time favorite project from their blog is the Audrey Cape! So pretty and so simple to make!
Welcome liZ!!!
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I’m liZ (one of the two Elizabeth’s) from over at Simple Simon and Company and we are so happy to be joining Louise again this year for her Sew Ready to Play series!
I had visions this year of what I was going to make….and I was in love with my plan…and then real life happened, plans were changed, and Grace ended up choosing what we made for the final project.
Which I still like…but people….I’m telling you my other idea was awesomeness…so I guess Louise will just have to invite us back again next year :)
Anyways, back story aside, the outfit we put together today for Sew Ready to Play is a Domino inspired look.
Our kids are into playing Dominos right now.  (So much so that we made them a giant set for Christmas last year.)  And Grace thought this giant polka dot fabric that I had in my stash was perfect for a Domino skirt.
The skirt we made is a simple colored blocked skirt with an elastic waistband and then she paired it with her favorite leggings (from Target, not handmade), a hand-me-down T-shirt, and a black blazer from last year.
She was pretty proud of the styling.  Her whole outfit was black and white….and it has the dots on the skirt….and the stripe on her leggings….and the solid on her blazer….
This is how she looked when she wore it to school this morning.
And I can’t argue with that face.
She loved her “Domino Clothes”.
Thanks Louise for inviting us to your series.  It’s just so much fun!  We love it!
-liZ

Chutes and Ladders Superhero Edition by Begin With B

And today it’s another Project Run and Play star joining us today!! Today’s guest is Jacqueline from Begin with B! If you didn’t follow along for our season of PRP, you should check out her projects here! they were fanatstic! We bonded pretty fast since we live in the same city! And we’ve been trying to get together ever since…. One day soon…. Jacqueline sews for her three boys and runs runs runs with them! I love watching thier escapes on IG!

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Oh games….I LOVE games. I have many childhood memories playing games with my family, especially my grandmother. To this day my boys will ask to get a game out and I get excited. Mouse Trap, Don’t Break the Ice, Chutes and Ladders, and Rock, Paper, Scissors are the most frequent requests. So when I had to pick one- it was hard!

I almost went with Mouse Trap but we don’t ever actually play the game. We set up the crazy contraption, we crank, hit the stop sign and watch the marbles roll to drop the trap. But as far as the actual game….I have no idea how to play! We never did as kids either- the contraption was the biggest draw.

Decided to go with Chutes and Ladders instead. Our version isn’t the old school one though- it’s superhero. Mae picked it out long before he was old enough to be into superheroes. Long before he started introducing himself as Captain America or Batman. But it is easily one of the most played games we own.

What I love about this game it is always so much more than just the superheroes climbing ladders and sliding chutes. Every time we play it turns into these heroes hoping onto toy firetrucks and rushing to a fire. Or driving the crane truck to rescue the mice stuck under the trap. The game pieces become alive for our boys and the game board is left behind.  I wanted to create something that would extend this play even further but be wearable everyday.

With the Dark Knight image in my mind I set to work to create a tee that was not a costume but would still allow Mae to pretend. I started with a black burnout knit that I ironed a knit interfacing onto the backside. This allows sewing to go much more smoothly and gives the knit (which is so thin!) a bit more weight.

Next I created a half batman drawn on freezer paper- to make sure that both sides were symmetrical. I then ironed the freezer paper onto the knit/interfacing piece and then cut. At this point you should have a sandwich with interfacing, then knit, then freezer paper- all in the shape of batman. Tear off the freezer paper and you’re ready to move to the tee.

Before sewing I used wonder tape to attach the points- knowing they would be finicky under the feed dogs of my machine. Then sewed with a zigzag around the the edges- working slowly.

This shirt is much loved. It has gone through the wash a few times already and the appliqué has held up great. And of course a few other tees have been requested.

Thanks so much for having me!!

Alpha Bandits by A Jennuine Life

First up, to start the Sew Ready to Play series off is my new blogging pal, Jenn from A Jennuine Life! You might remember her from her amazing Project Run and Play (which is kicking off again, too!) outfits! You’ll notice a theme this season… I got the group back together for this series, so you know it will be awesome! If you don’t know Jenn, you’ll have to check out her blog and her beautiful new pattern line, Jennuine Design!

Welcome, Jenn!

 

Hey there, I’m Feelin’ Crafty readers! I’m Jenn and I share my sewing and other adventures at A Jennuine Life. Today I’m bringing you a quick project and an amazing new game – Alpha Bandits!

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I’ve got a little secret – I haven’t actually played this game. But I know it’s going to be amazing because it was created by my brother in law and his game company, Wiggity Bang Games! They recently held a successful Kickstarter campaign and are in the process of producing the game.

As written in a review on Board Game Geek, “Alpha Bandits is a fast-paced word-building game featuring double-sided letter tiles. Players race to score the most points by building words of three or more letters. Each letter tile has a blue side and a red side. Players can mix and match colors when forming their words to receive different types of score bonuses. The game is played in rounds, with scores being based on the letters played at the end of each round. This sounds simple, but beware of the Alpha Bandits! These sneaky tiles allow players to block, swap, flip, grab, or even end the round early for the win! Each game also contains a few rare “Gemstone” tiles that are worth extra points and may be used as any letter in the alphabet, making them very valuable indeed!”

It’s for ages 12 and up, but I know my nephew Jack who is in third grade plays, so I’m planning to begin playing with Arden as soon as our copy arrives!

 

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My interpretation of the game was to make a hoodie with the bandit eyes applique’d onto the hood. I’d love to tell you that I made the hoodie – and had planned to, but we’re in the process of moving and I’m flying solo at home right now and had to get realistic about the time I had available.

 

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I have a quick tute to show how I did the easy applique for the eyes:

 

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  1. Gather supplies – hoodie, materials for applique, and double-sided fusible webbing; I used Heat n’ Bond.
  2. Trace the shapes onto the paper side of the fusible webbing. If your design is not symmetrical, be sure to trace it in reverse as this will become the backside of your applique.
  3. Cut out the shapes.
  4. Peel the backing off the shapes and fuse them to the garment following the instructions on the fusible webbing. With matching thread, sew around the edge of the shape. I used a straight stitch for the whites of the eyes.
  5. Repeat Step 4 for the second shape. I used a narrow zig-zag for the pupils.
  6. Step back and admire your fun embellished hoodie!

 

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My five year old daughter Arden took a little time warming up to the photo shoot, but once she got into character as a bandit she really pulled out all the stops!

 

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If you think your family would like to check out Alpha Bandits, you can pre-order a copy at Wiggity Bang Games. Games are expected to delivery November 2014, so in plenty of time for the holidays!

La Petite Pouch

La Petite Pouch! The name just sounds so fancy doesn’t it??? Ah, it makes me smile!

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You might remember this one from last year. It’s a Go To Sew Tutorial that I’m bringing home!

I needed a little special something to send to someone and I thought and thought about it. I almost just bought something. but then realized the error of my ways and decided to make something. And that’s where the La Petite Pouch was created!

I’ll tell you how I made it! It’s pretty simple! Ready?

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Let’s get our Materials: Fabric, thread, snaps (or buttons or Velcro…) and a cutter. You can also use interfacing to give it a little more stability.

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Step 1: Cut your pieces. 2 pieces for the flap that are 3in x 6.5in. And 2 pieces for the pouch that are 4.5in x 16.5in.

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Step 2: Assemble the flap. Sew together the two flap pieces, right sides together. But be sure to only sew three sides. The turn it right side out and press.

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Step 3:  Start assembling the pouch. Take one pouch piece, fold it in half and iron a little spot at the center. This pressed piece is only for locating the flap! Open the pouch piece flat and center the flap on one side of the center. And pin.

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Step 4: Sandwich the three pieces together. Pouch pieces right sides together with the flap in the middle. Sew along the top long length of the pouch pieces.

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Step 5: Open the pouch pieces and fold over. Short sides of the pouch pieces to the short sides of the pouch pieces. And then sew along the two short sides.

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Step 6: Sew the bottom of each pouch piece. And don’t forget to leave a hole on the lining side!

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Step 7: Miter each corner. Align the side seam with the bottom seam so that it makes a triangle and then sew across. I made it so that the sewn line across was about an inch. Then clip the corners!

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Step 8: Pull Through.

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Step 9: Sew closed the hole in the lining.

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Step 10: Topstitch.

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Step 11: Add your closure. I used my favorite Babyville snap set. But you can use and kind of snaps, buttons, Velcro or any other closure you can think of!

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And Viola! You have a La Petite Pouch! Did you notice my switch-a-roo? I changed to orange snaps right at the last-minute!

So what would you use your La Petite Pouch for??

Simple Duffle Bag Tutorial

Typically when we go camping we have a little trailer at a little campsite that we go to. But every now and then we bust out the tent. It’s a huge tent! It’s a huge tent that was also busting out of it’s bag. we took it out last year and felt like we were getting some eye rolling from the fancy pants motor homes we were camping next too! And we probably were, the bag was shredded and being held together with rope.

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This is the new one I made. I’m kicking myself for no before pictures. I took some, but my camera was acting up, so deleted it. Then I forgot to get a pick before my husband took it out of the old bag and into the new one! And once it came out of the old, I don’t think it was going in again. Yes, it was that bad!

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Have you made a duffle bag before? They are so simple. I’m sure you can make it more complicated. Like lining it, etc. But this one doesn’t need it! You only need a zipper the length of your bag, the fabric and the webbing for the strap.

And please excuse the pictures, they are horrible, I admit…. But they work!

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First, cut! You need one rectangle for the body of the bag and 2 circles for the end. I made mine 40 inches long x 36 3/4 inches wide. And my end circles are 12 inches diameter.

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The easiest way I cut circles is to fold the fabric in half and in half again. At the corner, draw a quarter or your circle, then cut it out.

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Next is the zipper. Sew the zipper, right sides together, along the 40 inch side.  Then again along the other side. Then turn right side out and topstitch along each side of the zipper.

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The handles are the next step. Sew the webbing together so that you have one huge loop. I used approximately 3 1/2 yards of webbing for this one. Unzip the bag and lay it out flat. Then pin the webbing to the right side of the bag.

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Topstitch the webbing to the bag, stopping about 2 to 3 inches from the zipper.

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Then comes the ends! Pin the ends. I fold and crease the ends and the bag in quarters. Start pinning at the quarter marks then infill.

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Then sew the ends on! I do a lot of back and forth at the zipper to really secure that part. And that’s it! You’re done!

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Ready for the next camping trip! Or for whatever your bag is for. Did you know duffle bags were that easy? I had a feeling it was easy, but then didn’t fully realize how easy it was until I made it! What will you make a duffle bag for?

 

Fabric Bunting Tutorial

Today I am working hard on projects to get done before we head out on a spur of the moment vacation, so I thought I’d bring home another tutorial I did last year for Go To Sew! I know it’s a repeat, but I’ve got some other fun things in the works to share so just bear with me!  A fabric bunting! Quick and easy! A sweet thing to hang in the house or give as a baby gift (or any sort of gift for that matter)!

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I made a bunting a LONG time ago and I made it too big! But this version is a smaller one with a little something extra. Quilting! Recently a colleague asked me to make one, so I did! And I thought I’d tell ya how I made it so you can make your own!

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The materials you need… You’ll need fabrics for the bunting pieces and fabric for the binding, a cutting tool, pinking shears, and batting. And if you’re wanting to add letters you’ll also need something like heat and bond (two sided fusible adhesive) and your letters. The pattern for the triangles is here.

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step 1- Cut and cut and cut! Your fabric and your batting into triangles.

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step 2- Stack your bunting pieces. Lay the back side right side down, then your batting and then your front side right side up.

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step 3- Sew the three pieces together on the two long sides. You don’t need to sew the top side.

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step 4- Trim the two sewn sides with pinking shears.

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step 5- If you’d like to add letters you can here. Iron on the interfacing to the back of the fabric you want the letters cut out of. Then trim the fabric to the right size of the letter. remove the backing from the interfacing. Then iron on the letter. Depending on the interfacing you use, you can stop here if it’s a no sew interfacing.  If it’s a sew on interfacing, topstitch now.

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step 6- Now for the binding. You could use premade binding if you’d like. Or you can make your own. I cut two inch strips, sew-ed them together at an angle and then folded it in half and ironed. Then folded the sides in again and iron again. And lastly, sew it to the flags.

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And you’re done! See? Simple! What fabrics would you use? What occasion would you make one for? Enjoy!

The 10 Minute Bow Tie- A Tutorial

I loved the bow tie I made the kiddo back at Easter and I said I’d show you how I did it! So now I will!

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The kiddo loved his, but was playing with the first one I made him. And lost it at church that morning. So he asked if I could make another one. Of course I could! He needed it! That’s when I realized it really only took me about 10 minutes!

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First, You’ll need hair clips, fabric, hot glue, pinking shears and cutting supplies.

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Secondly, cut the pieces. You’ll need one piece for the bow that’s  10.5 x 4 inches. And another piece that’s  5 x 2 inches for the middle, tie, part.

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Step 3, sew both pieces together, right sides together, along the long side.

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Step 4, Turn the pieces right side out and iron with the seam centered on the back.

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Step 5, Pinch the bow fabric together in the front and I like to put a little hot glue here to hold the folds together.

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Step 6, Fold the bow fabric together with the ends overlapping about 1/4 inch or so.

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Step 7, Hot glue the hair clip and one end of the tie fabric together on the back.

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Step 8, Pull the tie fabric tight around the front. Make sure the tie is situated how you want it to be.

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Step 9, Add another spot of hot glue on or right past the hair clip. Pull the tie fabric through and secure it.

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Step 10, Trim the extra fabric with the pinking shears. And you’re ready to go!

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Ok… Me and my red hair that’s turning white WAY to early didn’t really wear the bow tie… But it could be a hair bow too!

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Kids Clothes week is coming up, so be sure to add a bow tie to your list!

 

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