Luggage Tag Tutorial

Well, I’m sewing up a storm before I head out on vacation and thought it’s perfect timing to bring home another one of my tutorials I did for Go To Sew. This is our last year before school starts to take our vacation without the crowds! Did you go somewhere fun for Spring Break?


And if you’re going, you probably need a bag. And if you have a bag, you might need a tag on your bag! So let’s make one!TravelTag-fabric-ImFeelinCrafty

There has been this fun fabric on sale at the fabric shop where I work and I’d been eye-balling it! Then someone bought some, so I just cut another piece for myself! That’s what inspired me to make this project! It’s by Moda and part of the Salt Air line. I’m feeling that it’s meant for making luggage tags, but I’m not 100% sure!


You’ll need fabric, heavy fusible interfacing, clear plastic, snaps or buttons and a tag holder thingy. You can make it any size, but if you want it kinda big like mine, you can download the pattern template here.


First off, cut all your fabric! You’ll need a back and a front (sized from the template), (6) 1.25 x 4.5 strips for the sides and bottom, (1) 3.25 x 4 top, (1) piece of fusible interfacing the size of the front and (1) 1.5 x 2.5 piece of fusible interfacing for the top and (1) 2.5 x 5 piece of clear plastic vinyl.


Next, start sewing! Line up 2 of the strips with the edge of the vinyl and sew a 1/4″ seam, then fold over and topstitch. Do both sides and then the bottom. For mine I cut 2 pieces for the back, sew-ed them together and made the right size for the back piece!


Add your fusible interfacing. Yep, I switched my front fabric piece from yellow to red mid project! For the two little pieces add the interfacing in the middle and iron over a 1/4 or so seam. And add the larger fusible interfacing to the back of the front piece of fabric. The interfacing is to give some stability, but also to help with the snaps!


Fold over the top piece and top stitch it to the vinyl. I inserted the vinyl into the top fold of the top fabric. You can see in the picture above how the sides go all the way to the top of the fold.


Trim the front and back if you haven’t already!


Add your snaps!


Topstitch your ‘Window’ onto the front. This keeps your card from sliding around. It was hard to see my stitching, so I drew it in for ya!



Stack the front and back pieces, right sides together, leaving a hole to pull it through. Then pull it through the hole! After you pull it through, you can iron it flat. BUT BE CAREFUL! You don’t want to melt your vinyl! I just gave it a little hit of the iron from the back side and along the edges.


Make a button hole and add your  tag holder thingy. I don’t know what they are really called! I just happened to have one!


Stitch the hole closed!


Pack your bags (hopefully you have a larger bag than this one!), get your travel books, add your tag and get ready to hit the road!


A Couple More Quilts for Oso

Have you been reading along with my collecting of Quilts for the Oso Mudslide Victims? here and here


Well, I finally got mine done!


I made two kid sized, fleece doggy themed quilts. These light look familier, e=because Santa made the kiddo one a couple of years back. And then Santa left the scraps at my house…. They have been in a bag taking up too much space since.


I tried to sell them on Craigslist… No takers.  And on my parents listserve thing. And, you guessed it… No takers. So then I thought maybe I’d donate them to out local fabric shop for Project Linus and get a discount on fabric… But I just couldn’t give it away. Yes, maybe I have some hoarding tendancies… But ys know what? It’s perfect that I never got rid of it because I made it into two quilts and 2 doll quilts!


The original one that Santa made was a disappearing 9 patch, so there were a couple of already pieced 9 patches in the scrap bag. There was also a ton of already cut pieces for more 9 patches. So I decided to go with that and make a few more for another disappearing 9 patch!


Do you see the pattern? Basically for the disappearing 9 patch, you piece together 9 blocks, each of the same size. then cut it in half 2 times and turn them all around. So the pattern is a bit tricky to find! Such an easy apptern that almost doesn’t look like a pattern!


And for each one, I made a little doll or stuffie quilts to go ao;ng with it. This one used a little bit of the nine patch!


For the second one, I used all my scraps. Just total improv scrap piecing. Piecing until I had nothing left and actually had to reach into my fleece stash to finidh it off! I ended up making four little pieces and then put them all together and then kept going around to the back.


And of course, it needed a little one to go along with it!

And now I need to go back to getting some kids clothes together before vacation!!!

Quilts for Oso Update

Last month, I know you heard of the horrible mudslides here in Washington.


And then I posted about the wonderful woman behind the blog, Layers of Hope, who is running a quilt drive for the victims of the mudslides!  Well, I had a great response. Some quilters contacted me and we ended up finding ways for them to donate without the quilts actually going through me to get to Layers of Hope.


But then this big box showed up with some fantastic goodies for the quilt drive. A lady in California quilts and also spends time in Texas with another group of quilters, the Rayburn Crafters.


The box was super full with quilts and knitted blankets! I was like a kiddo on Christmas morning going through the box and seeing all the fun pieces. And as I was looking at each one, these cute little things kept falling out….


Hats! Adorable little hats were packed in throughout the blankets!


Most of the quilts are baby and toddler sized. They are small in size, but not in detail or love! Each one of these quilts are hand quilted, which I know is a labor of love.





I picked some of my favorite details to show ya! I love the retro little girl fabric and the funny lady bugs! The embroidery and hand stitching is just always fascinating to me as well!


Then there was also this quilt in the box. It’s nice and big and I’m totally in love with it! It’s made to look older than it really is. Doesn’t it look like something you’d and in an antique shop? Love it!


and I’ve started my donations as well, but more to come on that!

I’ve been in touch with Layers of Hope and am dropping of the box this weekend!



Happy Easter!

I hope everyone had a happy Easter! We did! A nice relaxing day and some Easter egg hunting!


At the last minute we decided to join some friends at their church and I realized the kiddo didn’t really have anything to wear… So what does any crafty mom do? I sewed up some pants, made a bow tie and did some shopping!


I have been meaning to make the kiddo another pair of Surfer Slacks. I was sewing something else and as I was ironing my eye struck the seersucker on my shelf. So I put two and two together and out came a seersucker surfer slack!


I think I mentioned before, but the knit elastic waist is a huge hit with the kiddo! I love that you can dress them up or dress them down.


Then I needed a spring sweater. Um… Has anyone been shopping for a spring sweater for boys lately? I went to 5 stores. Nothing. Absolutely Nothing. So I switched gears when I saw this little jacket at Old Navy. Totally ended up hitting the spot!


So I finished the pants, the kiddo went to bed and I knew a bow tie would tie it all together… So, a quick little sew and some hot glue… And you have a bow tie! I’ll make a quick tutorial to show ASAP!


He loved it! Having everyone he saw tell him how handsome he looked helped! He didn’t take it off all day!


After the egg hunts, I asked if he wanted to take off his jacket and he said no. Then he did, but I found it on the floor and not in his closet where he was supposed to put it. He didn’t put it away, because he wanted to wear it to do our late afternoon dog walk!


We had fun getting dressed up and enjoying the sun on our lovely Easter Sunday! Hope you did too!

Surfer Slacks Redo

KCW is over, but I have one more project that I made! Well, I should say, that I updated!


This is my last project for KCW and my mending bag is pretty much done!


About a year ago I made the Surfer Slacks by See Kate Sew. Love the pattern! Aren’t these pants cute?


They were much cuter when they actually fit! Unlike the pj’s he wanted super long, these he didn’t care that they were about two inches too short.


But I had to take them away to figure out what to do with them!


Shorts! Perfect!


My son loves comfy pants, but, like I’ve said before I have to make cute comfy pants or he’d wear sweat pants every day! And these still fit just fine everywhere except the length, so I hated to put them in the garage sale pile or something like that…


I just had to throw in this picture because it totally makes me laugh. It looks like he’s trying to escape from my photoshoot!!


What did you get done for KCW? Everything you were planning on? Anything?

A Perler Bead Easter Card (printable)

Not long ago, the kiddo picked out this huge bag of perler beads at Goodwill. And a few other things… I told him he had to pick one thing, so he picked the Hulk gloves and put the perler beads back…. Then I put the perler beads back in the cart. A huge bag of Easter colored and another bag of neon? For less than 3 bucks? How can you pass that up?


I knew there was an Easter project in there somewhere! Yep, it turned into a Easter egg card!


We ended up making a bunch of Easter eggs and a bunny.


Here’s a close up in case you want to make your own. We used a square template for the eggs.


And the bunny! I used a hexagon template for the bunny.


Then we made the cards. You can print the card here. It’s a three page PDF. You have to print the front. Then flip over your paper and print page 2. The third page is the address labels. The inside says, ‘Hope you’re having an Eggcelent Day!’ Somehow I didn’t take a picture…


Trace your egg.


Draw a real egg shape.


Cut out the egg.


Poke holes on the inside. I used two, then switched to one. Either way, string the egg, then through the holes (or hole) and lastly, tie the knot!


Hang your egg. I used a bit of double sided tape to keep the egg from flopping around in transit.


Sign, label, and mail!

Have you played with perler beads in a while? I love them! Maybe even more than the kiddo…



More KCW Mending

Another boring post about my mending progress! Sorry…  I think it took longer to edit the photos then it did to do the mending!


My son has these pj’s that he loves. No, I didn’t make them…


But… They are huge! His aunt gave them to him, not last Christmas, but the one before. And they are too big, but he loves them. He has refused to let me make them fit. Unfortunately he looks kinda like a hobo when he wear them. He loves them too big, but he trips over them. and falls.


So I put my foot down and he finally agreed that we could make them fit a bit better!


Although I did hem the sleeves a bit shorter then we agreed upon. And of course he noticed!


The pants needed a bit of a hem too. And they got it!


Even now that they fit he still loves the pj’s. He can even to his ninja moves without worrying about falling down!

More T’s for KCW

Like I said on Monday, we’re fixing the things in my mending bag this week! I don’t think I’ll be featured on any of the KCW features, but it needs to get done!


Here’s another one you might remember! About a year ago I made the monster tee! I was so proud of myself for sewing with knits! I loved this shirt. I was kinda rigging my machine to use the double needle and it was a pain! the thread kept getting twisted and breaking….


Then the hem came out. I threw it in the mending bag and forgot about it!


But it’s back! And I figured out how to set my machine up properly to do the double needle and it went so smoothly! And the hem is fixed.


And the kiddo is excited to have him monster shirt back!


So then I moved on to the taxi shirt! I wish I could find a picture of the kiddo wearing this when they were pj’s. We bought this in NYC about 3 years ago. The pj’s fit then. It was kinda like a onesie with legs.


It fit, but it was kinda funny, because it was so wide! The legs and the sleeves were the right size for a 2T. But the width wasn’t. It was super wide! And three years later, the sleeves are a bit short for a 5T.


So I cut off the legs and it still fits! 3 years later! I hemmed the bottom. I was going to take off the sleeves and add red ones, but then decided that since the arms still fit, I just made it a short sleeved t-shirt instead!


More KCW done. You?

A Sewing Fail Revived!

Do you remember this project?


It was my Tic Tac Toe game shirt I made for Season 2 of Sew Ready to Play. The Tic Tac Toe game itself was designed by my husband and is totally cool. The game itself wasn’t a fail. It gets played with still. But as a shirt…. Never got worn…. I should have known from that look on the kiddos face, huh?


So for my first day of Kids Clothes Week, I’m bringing it back as a plain old t-shirt. I didn’t make the shirt. But I did use my seam ripper to remove all the Velcro. So that’s partly sewing right?


Ok, here’s the deal. This is my sewing room. Piles ‘o projects! See the shelves of fabric? See all the piles in front of the shelves of fabric? That’s all projects in the works. I’m really trying to finish all these projects this year. One thing that isn’t in the picture is a bag of projects that needed mending. So my first night of KCW was spent planning and going through my mending bag to see what I needed to fix. A couple of things just went away.


And then there were these two sweaters… Both had holes in them at some seams. So no knitting involved, just two quick stitches. The one on the bottom has been in the bag for over a year and it took a whole 2 minutes to fix… Why do I do this??? Wait so long for a 5 minute project??? I don’t know!


And then I found the orange striped t-shirt!


I saw that it was actually a 4T. Not so sure why I had my2 year old wearing it back then, but it still fits. Maybe not for long, the sleeves are getting a bit short. but Hey for the rest of spring, my son has a new shirt and it’s so soft. He wouldn’t take it off!


So day one of KCW, I did some planning and mending and reviving a failed project. It might not be new from scratch, but it’s Kids Clothes!

Did you make anything?

The Eared Earflap Hat! a tutorial

Bringing another tutorial home today! Things are crazy here! I’ve missed sharing with you this week! I’ll be back to normal soon, I hope! But while I’m doing too much at once, why don’t you make a fun hat!!

EarFlapHat-Main-ImFeelinCraftyI was competing in Project Run and Play and got behind in other things. If you are following along this season of Project Run and Play, this hat might look familiar… It’s my ‘Eared’ Earflap hat for the kiddos!


It’s a quick one that you can do with some larger fleece scraps you might have around the house! All you need is two pieces of fleece (or you could use just one color too) and cutting tools! And you can download the pattern here.


Step 2: Cut out the pieces. You’ll need 2 of each color/print for the main pieces and the little ears. And a 3 inch strip about 15″ long (you’ll trim this later, so it doesn’t need to be exact!)


Step 3: Cut the slit in the outside fabric. You can do it on the inside pieces, but I’ve found with fleece that it doesn’t really need the darts on the inside.


Step 4: Make your ears. Sew the ears together and then turn right side out.


Step 5: Place the ears in the hat.


Step 6: Sew it together! First sew the ear slit closed. Then sew the middle 3″ slit between the two side pieces. And sew the middle strip and side pieces of the inside pieces together too.


Step 7: Trim the excess of the middle piece off. I trim it in a slight curve between the two sides.

Step 8: Put the inside and outside together, one inside the other, with right sides facing.


Step 9: Sew along the side edge. You do need to leave a hole, about 2 inches.


Step 10: Optional, but you can trim the curved pieces. With fleece it’s not quite as critical, but if you were sewing it with a different fabric, this really helps to get the fabric to lay flat. Since the fleece kinda stretches around, it’s not as critical.


Step 11: Pull through the hole.


Step 12: Hand sew the hole.


And you’ve got a hat! Pretty easy! It would also be fun to recycle a sweater for this project!



And what about in green?? Do you see it? A frog hat? hehehe!