Fabric Bunting Tutorial for Go To Sew

This month I thought I’d share a project that I made ealier this summer! 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)!

Bunting-Main-ImFeelinCraftyBe sure to check out Go To Sew for the full tutorial!

Sew Ready to Play Lego Indiana Jones by Max California

Ready for another super fun guest today? Oh, yea! Today I want to welcome Ari from Max California! I’ve been seeing her around the blogging world for a while and when I was thinking of who to invite for the series, I know I had to invite her! I absolutely love her sense of style for her little guy! And her little girl! She’s also a fan of superheroes, just like we are, and one of my favorite things I’ve seen lately is this adorable Green Lantern top she made! And on to the game!!!

Welcome Ari!

When I was first asked to participate in Sew Ready to Play I was all like YES IMMA DO JENGA! But then the only thing I could think of was to appliqué the Jenga blocks to a shirt. And that wasn’t as awesome as I wanted it to be (And all my other ideas about DIYing wooden Jenga planks were just dangerous). So I sat for WEEKS thinking about what sort of games we played here as a family, and in the end I decided I would make a costume for the video game that Vincent loves the most and re-enacts every afternoon on the trampoline with the gym ball.

Lego Indiana Jones!

(obviously not affiliated with Lego or Lucasarts in any way ^_^ )
As our son, there was no question Vincent would eventually enjoy playing Xbox. Don’t worry, he’s only allowed to play it maybe twice a week if he has been SUPER good. He does enjoy jumping around on the trampoline pretending he is Indiana Jones (He used to call him the Lego Cowboy) with the gym ball pretending it’s after him (you know! The big stone boulder scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark?).

So I thought that since the kid has the best imagination, I would make him a Lego Indiana Jones costume! Today I’m going to show you how to make a Lego Indiana Jones shirt. It looks a little complicated, but I promise it’s basically just an embellished t-shirt!

Using freezer paper I made a collared shirt stencil and painted it onto the front panel of the shirt. I stitched a zipper into the sides, and although it’s a real zipper it’s purely for decoration. The shirt also has little a little revere collar and patch pockets.

I have a pattern available for you to download here, which is in a size 4T, however in the tutorial I take you step by step how to make your own too!

You’re going to need:
Paper to make a pattern (or the printed pattern pdf you can download here)
About a yard of brown stretch fabric
A scrap of cream/off-white stretch fabric
Brown zipper, it doesn’t have to work!
Black acrylic/fabric paint
Freezer Paper
The rest of your sewing supplies!

Now there’s a million t-shirt patterns and tutorials on how to make a pattern from a t-shirt, so instead of re-inventing the wheel here, I’m just going to get you to grab a t-shirt pattern you like to use! I have a Pinterest board full of free patterns and tutorials for kids shirts right here, as well as a tutorial on how to make a pattern from a much-loved t-shirt here!

“I hate Snakes!”

Okay you have your t-shirt pattern? Good! If you are downloading the free pattern, skip ahead to Stitch It, if you’re making the pattern, read on…

Making the Pattern

Trace around the front, so we can start cutting it up ^_^  From the neckline side of the shoulder, draw a line down the front of the front piece. I made it kind of wavy, but you can do it straight if you like it really doesn’t matter in the end! I was hoping for the fake jacket piece to look like it was moving, but in the end it made no difference haha.

Once you cut up your line, you will need to add seam allowance on both pieces along that fresh cut. Don’t forget to do this! You can either retrace your pieces and add the seam allowance, or just add it when you cut it from the fabric.

Trace around your centre front piece, then flip it and trace the other side.

trace around the top part of the side front piece. It doesn’t have to be the whole thing, just the armhole, shoulder, neckline and some of the panel line. Sketch out a revere collar shape. Again I used the Indiana Jones lego piece picture for reference. In the sketch below, my curves are wayyyy too curvy. In the pattern piece available I made it mush more straighter.

Add a seam allowance along the side edge and cut it out 🙂

You are also going to need a little pocket pattern. I just freehanded this one, it’s a basic rectangle with a triangular flap on top. Add seam allowance along all edges.

Now it is time to…

Stitch It
Cut the following from dark brown stretch:
2 x sleeves
1 x back with the centre-back line on the fold of fabric
2 x patch pockets
1 x PAIR of side fronts (one left and one right)
2 x PAIRS of revere collars (two left and two right)
2 x pockets

We’ll be cutting out the centre front piece from contrast later 🙂

Grab your centre front pattern piece. Sketch a shirt collar and placket (I also ended up adding a little patch pocket). I used this picture for reference.

Grab your freezer paper and trace your sketched fake shirt. I made the lines extend a little bit further out than the pattern piece JUST in case.

Cut out the lines, making them a little thicker

Iron your freezer paper stencil onto the off-white fabric you have.

Stipple the black paint onto fabric witha paintbrush. Don’t use stroked, just dab at it. I used two coats. Put it the side to dry, or if you’re impatient, hit it with a hair dryer!

Peel off the freezer paper when dry and iron it to heat-set.

We’re finally ready to sew! Let’s start with the little fake collar!

Place the collar pieces right sides together so you have two left and two right. Stitch around the outside collar section leaving the shoulder section, the neckline and the panel line parts unsewn. Trim close to the edge so you can turn them right sides out.

Turn them and give them a bit of an iron 🙂

Now let’s do the pockets! Iron the angle edges up a cm.

Now fold them up so they form a flap.

Stitch along the edge. The pocket flaps are purely cosmetic, like most of this shirt haha, but the actual pockets are going to be pockets. Stitch a button to the centre of the ‘flap’.

Iron the side and bottom edges of the pockets under a cm and then pin them to the bottom section of your side fronts. It’s up to you where you want them. Stitch!

Right. Here is where all the construction is going to go down and your shirt will now take shape very rapidly! Get your fake revere collars and place them ontop of your side fronts. Cut the zipper in half, so the tracks are two separate pieces. Pin them ontop of the collars with the tracks facing down onto the collars.

Cut out the centre front piece now.

Pin it face down over the zip (obviously removing any pins that were underneath). Using a zipper foot, stitch down this line.

Once sewn you will have this!

Do the same for the other side, sandwiching the collar and the zip between the side panel and the centre front. You will be left with this:

Oh hey look it’s already a shirt front! Stitch the front to the back at the shoulders.

We are going to make a neckband now. Measure the width of your centre front piece at the neck, cut a rectangle of fabric this width and the height you want your neckband (remember you will be folding it in half and also seam allowances). Do the same for the rest of the neckline and cut out a matching rectangle from the dark brown fabric.

Sew them into a loop so you have a neckband.

Pin & Sew to neckline and then assemble t-shirt as you normally would!

All done!

Thanks for having me Louise and thank you for inspiring me to finally make a new dress-up costume for Vincent Lego Cowboy. Come by Max California to see the rest of the photos (and stay tuned for an appearance by Short Round in the next week)

Sew Ready to Play Twister with Cook Clean Craft

Are you ready for Day 2? And a little round of twister? Today I’d love to welcome my friend Narelle from Cook Clean Craft! We’ve been blogging friends for a few years now! Let’s just say I remember when her twister model was born! Um, yea! And she’s been a pro with the Sew Ready to Play Series! You’ll have to check out her Impossible Mission shirt and her Uno shorts. And be sure to check out her blog for all sorts of wonderful things!

Welcome, Narelle!!!

It’s funny when I’m invited to a themed event like this, inspiration strikes and I can’t get an idea out of my head. This time around, all I could think about was Twister. I don’t know why – I’ve never owned the game and was absolutely hopeless at playing it (flexibility and balance have never been my strong points!).


After a very literal interpretation of UNO and Commodore 64, I decided to go a little more abstract this time – and to make something for my daughter for a change too! Bright primary colours and circles were what came to mind, and this is what happened:

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A bright, twirly circle skirt with matching applique T-shirt (based on the spinner from Twister).

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I really wanted white fabric with coloured spots, but couldn’t find any in all 4 Twister colours, so I ended up with the reverse prints (with two different-sized spots – close enough!).

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Celeste is a very pinky-pink kind of girl (with the occasional dash of purple), so I’m really enjoying seeing her primary colours for a change. She likes turning the skirt around to have different colours at the front! We’ll have to wait and see whether she keeps wearing it after the novelty wears off!

Here’s the tutorial for how I made it:


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4 different coloured fabrics with spots – for the amount, see calculations below.

Fold-over elastic – waist measurement minus 1”

Kid’s T-shirt

Small piece of Heat and Bond (or similar for applique)


Sewing machine and Serger (optional)


First, a little calculation for how much fabric you need (including what I used for my almost 3yo):


Note: I discovered during this project that my 2yo pokes her belly out whenever I measure her so her waist measurement was way too big!

Using your measurements, measure and cut a quarter circle  of each fabric. I stacked the four fabrics and cut them all at once.

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Then measure and cut the smaller quarter circle from each piece for the waist band.

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Sew the four quarter circles together to make a full circle.

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Press your seams after you’ve sewn them.

Sew your fold-over elastic into a circle.

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Mark the quarter, half and three-quarter marks around your elastic from the seam. Line up each mark with a seam on the waist of the circle skirt, folding the elastic over the raw edges of the fabric. Stitch into place close to the lower edge of the elastic, stretching the elastic as you go to fit the fabric.

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For a professional finish, hang the skirt on a hanger overnight before hemming. Since part of the circle is cut on the bias, the circle may stretch and distort when hung. If this happens, trim to get an even circle. I didn’t do this as I was running out of time and just wanted it finished!

Hemming a circle can be a problem as the section being folded up is bigger than the section above the fold. A rolled hem works well (if you’ve got a rolled hem foot for your sewing machine), or the tiniest hem you can fold. I used a trick on my serger. I set the differential feed higher than normal (1.25) and increased the needle tension to 4 (from my usual 3), leaving the looper tension at the normal values (3). I serged around the bottom of my circle skirt, resulting in the skirt hem being slightly gathered at the very bottom and naturally turning up.

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Press your hem into place evenly around the bottom of the skirt.

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Sew the hem into place.

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For the T-shirt, I used the small circle cut out for the waist of the skirt, trimming it down to a good size for the T-shirt:

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Iron Heat-n-Bond onto the back of the circle quarters.

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Cut each section into 4 even pieces.

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Arrange the pieces into a circle, alternating between the four different colours and press into place.

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With a narrow and short zigzag stitch, sew around the outside of the circle and then the inside circle. This will make a smoother, more continuous circle.

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Then stitch the inside lines between each colour, trying to catch a little of both colours with each row of stitching to hold it all in place. After doing a locking stitch at the end of each section, just move the fabric to the start of the next section, rather than pulling the whole piece out to cut the threads with each row of stitching. It saves a little bit of time and a little bit of thread.

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Trim all your threads give it a good press and admire your handiwork!

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And lets have one last look at my model wearing her Twister-inspired outfit:

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Thanks for having me Louise, and once again, inspiring me to make something a little different! Come visit Cook Clean Craft for more fun craft projects, along with recipes, and cleaning and organisation tips.

Sew Ready to Play Pick Up Sticks

Yea! We’re on! Another series of Sew Ready to Play starts now!! Starting with Pick Up Sticks!


I’ve realized two things about myself and this series. The first one is I make actual games! I invite everyone and tell them to make something ‘inspired by’ their favorite games. Me. I seem to make the actual game! Last year I made a Memory game. This year a giant sized Pick Up Sticks! The second thing… We always seem to come up with the game while we’re camping. I have to say that the family helps me come up with my games!


We have had some fun with this one!


So you throw them up as high as you can…


Watch them drop! And of course, if they fall on you, they don’t hurt!


And then play the game!


They are super simple to make! I’ll show you how. All you need is different colored fabrics, a cutting device, the pattern and some stuffing (ok, a lot of stuffing that I forgot to put in the picture!).


First, Fold your fabric. First in half, so that the seam allowances are together. Then over again.


Secondly, lay out the pattern. Make sure the two sides that say to cut on fold are situated correctly on the folds.


The third step is to cut. After I cut, I was sure I had done it wrong, so don’t get nervous! Just unfold and you should have exactly the right pieces!


Fourth.. Sew the ends and the one side that isn’t the fold. Don’t forget to leave a hole for pulling through and stuffing.


The fifth step is to trim the ends to help get the pointy-est ends possible.


The sixth step is to pull it through itself, so right sides are out.


Seventh Step- Stuff! This is where the whole process slows down a bit. And here are a couple of tips for stuffing the very ends. Don’t use a lot of stuffing at first. And secondly, I used my frixion pen to really get it in the tip. Other pens and sticks kinda go right through the stuffing. But I think maybe it’s the eraser at the end, but it really helps get the stuffing into the very tip.


The last step is to hand stitch the hole closed.


And then repeat! Over and over!


And lastly… Take them outside and play!


And if you decide you’re tired of playing pick up sticks you can always have a super skinny pillow fight!


Or you can pretend you’re a multi colored banana….


And for the Pick Up Sticks Container and lid, we used a concrete forming tube  and wrapped it in poster board. Is Pick Up Sticks a favorite in your house?


Sew Ready to Play- Round 3 Coming up!

Can you believe it??? It’s already time for Round 3 of Sew Ready to Play!


Next week we’ll start the series off again! The series is a series of sewing projects inspired by your favorite games!! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with this year! It’s always so fun to see what games people play and what those games inspire. Be sure to check out all the tutorials from the past years here.

Here’s the list of amazing creators that are playing along this year!

I’ll kick it off on Monday

Narelle from Cook Clean Craft, September 11th

Ari from Max-California, September 13th

Andrea from The Train to Crazy, September 16th

Debbie from A Quilter’s Table, September 18th

Michele from Michele Made Me, September 20th

Al from Shaffer Sister’s, September 23rd

Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts, September 25th

Shannon from Little Kids Grow, September 27th

Anneliese from The Aesthetic Nest, September 30th

Everything Blue Blog Hop, a Tutorial and a Giveaway!

I’m so excited to be a part of Clothworks Everything Blue Blog Hop!


We sell a few of their lines at the shop I work at, Stash, and I have fallen in love with their fabrics. Then when I found out they were a local Seattle company, I was even more in love!


Then!!! I had the opportunity to participate in their Everything Blue Blog Hop to help spread the word about their new line and I was super excited! My new friend at Clothworks, Susie, who set this whole thing up even hand delivers the fabric to my house! Ends up we’re neighbors! How cool is that???


So here’s the deal! I was given about a 1/2 yard of the three fabrics above and was asked to make 1 block (or two). I had to use some of each of the fabrics and then you were allowed to add a little of either blue, red, white or cream. I knew I wanted to add a little red! So I did! A little bit of red from the Clothworks Everyday Organics solid line!


My first block was a little abstract something!



I added a little red stitching around the blocks of color.


And my second block was what I call a ‘Rose Block’, but I’m not sure that’s really what it’s called! I’ve also seen it called a Flip and Stitch block. This is the one I knew I wanted to do as soon as I saw the fabric. I’ve loved the block for a while, but when I saw the fabrics had a floral print to some of them, I knew I had to try this one!


I love the red for the center. Or should I say the ‘off center.’

And for the tutorial… I looked for a tutorial for this block but couldn’t really find one (maybe since I don’t know it’s true name… I should find that out!), so I thought I’d show you how I made mine. Of course, I didn’t make the tutorial when I made the block… So just pretend that the fabrics in the tutorial are the same as the fabrics above! Most of them are Clothworks though…


It’s super easy and might not even need a tutorial, but hey! So start by gathering your fabrics and then cutting strips. I don’t use a straight line, because I don’t want any of my pieces to be the same size!


Then, cut the center piece and start adding the second fabric around. I sew a piece, trim, sew a side, trim, sew a side, trim… Get the pattern here?


Then I go to my second fabric and repeat. The second color is where I start trimming. I lay my ruler over the block and just start moving it around until I get the right corner angle that looks good to me.


And then guess what…. More repeating! Add the third color, then trim. Next color, then trim. Repeat for as many colors as you’d like to use… And trim.

And you’re done! Yea!

And the most exciting part… The Giveaway! Yea!


Clothworks has graciously offered one reader 12 fat quarters of the new Everything Blue line with a little red and coral thrown in for good measure!


Ready to WIN? You have FIVE ways to enter! And come back and leave a separate comment on this post for each entry!

1) Head to Clothworks’s Website  and tell us which fabric is your FAVORITE !

2) Become a fan of Clothworks on Facebook.

3) Become a fan of Feelin’ Crafty on Facebook.

4) Subscribe to Feelin’ Crafty.  

5) Share the Giveaway on your blog.

That’s 5 possible entries! You must comment on this post to win. The giveaway will close on Monday, September 16th at 11:59 p.m. EST, and we’ll choose one winner using Random.org.

And for a couple of extra entries, you can sign up to follow Clothworks Blog, The Works, or follow on Pinterest! Just be sure to leave extra comments if you do!


And also, be sure to follow along and see what everyone else in the blog hop creates!

September 2nd: Anita Peluso // Bloomin’ Workshop

September 3rd: Debbie Vyse, Jean Seamster, Joyce Kronkhite // Clothworks Team

September 4th: Louise Wackerman (+giveaway!) // Feelin’ Crafty

September 5th: Lorrie Franz // Bean Counter Quilts

September 6th: Bonnie Mitchell, Angela White, Kathleen Malarky // Clothworks Team September 9th: Marsha McCloskey // Feathered Star Productions

September 10th: Pat Sloan, Pat Sloan, the Voice of Quilting

September 11th: Meagan Taylor and Kristi Jones: Meags and Me and Bev Getschel

September 12th: Shayla Wolf // Sassafras Lane

September 13th: Toni Bush, Shirl Nelson, Susie Philipsen // Clothworks Team

September 16th: Stephanie Di Cola // September 17th: Sandie Holtman // Sleepy Owl Studio and Anshu Jain: Blooms and Bugs

September 18th: Margie Ullery // Ribbon Candy Quilts and Candice Hoffmann // Clothworks Team

September 19th: Cheryl Kuczek // Paradiso Designs

September 20th: Generation Q Magazine

September 24th: Heidi Pridemore // The Whimsical Workshop Studio and Chandra Wu // Mildy Gifted

September 25th: Cassie // Elegantitus and Kristen Ballou

September 26th: Lynne Shandley // Yarnivorous

September 27th: Scott Hansen // Blue Nickel Studios

And the Summer Thyme e-book Winner is…..

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day holiday!

Thanks to everyone for your interest in the Summer Thyme e-book!

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Now to what you’re waiting for… The Winner is….

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And here’s my traditional drum rolllllllll……

Comment #8!


via Random.org

Yea! LP! You’re the Winner!


And thanks again to the wonderful ladies at Bittersweet Walnut Grove for the awesome giveaway and printable! Thank you!