Sewing Tutorial: Teddy Bear Onesie

Sewing Tutorial: How to personalize a baby Onesie with a cookie cutter appliqueI'm in the process of putting together a baby shower gift for my sister-in-law who is expecting baby #3. Of course, I knit an afghan, that's kind of my thing. I want to include a couple other little treats for the baby, as well.

Now it's been a long time since my girl was a baby. As memory serves, one of the essentials in our diaper bag was a clean Onesie. As a new mommy, I didn't have much time for personalizing such items for my daughter. Perhaps I was too sleep deprived. However, as an aunt, I have plenty of time to brighten up a basic five-pack of Onesies with some crafty TLC.

My first idea, applique!

Materials



Directions

So, you may be looking at my materials list going, "Huh! Why would you need a cookie cutter for a sewing project?" Here's my crafting secret. Cookie cutters make great templates for applique. Even better, you probably have a stash of them buried in your cupboard somewhere. I used a teddy bear that is about 4-inches tall, but just about any simple shape will work.

Make a pattern by tracing your cookie cutter onto a piece of paper. Too tricky to trace? Tap the cutter onto a stamp pad and "stamp" the image onto your paper.

Tip: If you don't have a cookie cutter handy, there are tons of line drawings available on the internet.
Use an iron to fuse the interfacing to the back of your fabric.
Pin the paper pattern to your fabric.
Cut around the pattern.
Position the fabric piece onto the Onesie and pin.
Finally, blanket stitch, around your fabric with tiny stitches.
Here's a quick refresher on how to Blanket Stitch.

Applique: How to Blanket Stitch


Pulling this little Onesie out of the diaper bag is sure to make any mom smile.

Sewing Tutorial: How to personalize a baby Onesie with a cookie cutter applique


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Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #64

Shop for one of a kind items from the best Etsy, Storenvy, Zazzle, ArtFire, Zibbet and other indie sellers.Welcome! I hope everyone had a wonderful week. I'm excited because this week I got a visit from one of my favorite Etsians and SPS Teammies, Diana from Joliefemme. It's always nice to chat with other artists and learn what's working for them and what's not when it comes to the business side of their craft.

Now, I know that we're officially only a week into spring, but I'm already looking forward to summer. These two creations from last week's link-up made me long for a nice trip to the beach.
Mermaid Journal by Carola Bartz
Narrow Beaded Bracelet by CarolMade
Now let's start linking!



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April Giveaway

I'm super excited because this month I'm teaming up with Serendipitini Jewelry and  Home Staging by Patricia to host a super giveaway! It's open to U. S. residents and will run through April 26, 2015. The winner get's not just one, but all three great prizes!!

From me, you can choose any in-stock knitting needle case, crochet hook case or project bag in the “For Your Hooks and Needles” collection of my my Storenvy shop.


From Home Staging by Patricia - Yours free, a virtual color consultation of a room of your choice by an experienced Interior Color Professional. Patricia Justice will help you with finding the perfect color choice for that one room you really want to make a special place! This package is valued at $150. For more info contact 434-944-9686 or email.
From Serendipitini Jewelry - Genuine turquoise hoop pierced earrings. Silver plated hoops with silver plated lever back ear wires. Turquoise tube beads and silver plated ball beads. Hoops measure 1".

Good luck!

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Sewing Tutorial: Fused Plastic Bag Tote

Sewing Tutorial: How to make a utility tote with fused plastic shopping bags.In my last post, I shared a video showing how to fuse plastic bags together. Now that you are familiar with the fusing process, you may be looking for a project you can make with fused plastic.

I love using fused plastic bags for sewing projects because it is very sturdy and surprisingly simple to cut and machine stitch. Brown fused bags almost look like leather, but you can use just about any color of plastic you can find for this project.

Materials

  • 28 plastic shopping bags
  • iron
  • cutting and measuring tools
  • basic sewing tools
  • 2 - 30-inch long pieces of 1-inch wide strapping with finished edges so they don't fray.
  • paper clips (optional)

Directions

Before you begin, you may want to wash your plastic bags, especially if any food or liquid spilled in them. Believe it or not, you can wash your bags in your washing machine with cold water on a gentle setting. Then, just hang them outside to air dry. DO NOT put them in the dryer!

Make 14 pieces of fused plastic. Here's the how-to video.
Cut 8 squares that are 7 x 7-inches.

Cut 6 rectangles that are 5 x 7-inches.

There's no real right or wrong sides to your plastic. It all depends on what you want to be seen on the outside of your bag.
Next you are going to stitch two squares, right sides together, along one side using all-purpose thread with 1/2-inch seam allowances. Use a moderately long stitch length or you will perforate the plastic. Repeat for the remaining pairs of squares.

Pair the rectangles and stitch one of the short sides of each pair together.
Finger press the seams open.

Stitch all of the seams open, 1/4-inch from the seam.
Next, place two sets of the stitched squares, right sides together. Since you can't pin the plastic without creating small holes, it's handy to use paperclips to hold the pieces together so they don't slide.

Just be careful to remove the clips before you stitch over them so you don't damage your sewing machine.
Again, finger press the seams open and stitch them down 1/4-inch from the seams.
Finger press one edge of each of the square pieces down 1/2 inch and stitch 1/4-inch from the fold.

Repeat along the short edge of two of the rectangle pieces.

The folded down edges will be the opening of your tote.
Position your straps so they are 6 inches apart and centered on the top edge of each of the square pieces.

You can hold down the straps with paper clips, again being careful not to sew over the paper clips.
Stitch the straps in place.
Lay out the pieces of your tote as shown.

Stitch all four sides to the bottom piece, right sides together.

You can finger press the seams open and stitch them 1/4-inch from the seams as before if you choose.
Finally, stitch the sides of the bag together. I chose to stitch the sides right sides together and then turn the bag right-side out and it was a little tricky.

So, I actually recommend stitching the bag sides wrong sides together. It should be a little easier and will still give you a neat finished look. Don't worry about pressing the side seams open.

Enjoy your sturdy new tote for carrying groceries or whatever you choose and smile because you just saved 28 plastic shopping bags from a trip to the landfill!

Sewing Tutorial: How to make a utility tote with fused plastic shopping bags.


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Video Tutorial: Fused Plastic Bags

Video Tutorial: How to fuse shopping bags into a plastic material for crafting and sewingI love crafting with recycled materials. I think it's a creative way to take advantage of often overlooked supplies that are readily available around us.

That's one reason I was so excited when I discovered that you can fuse plastic shopping bags with your iron to create a durable material that is ideal for making embellishments and can even be used for sewing projects.

Materials


  • plastic shopping bags
  • Reynolds parchment paper
  • scissors
  • iron


Directions



I used my fused plastic to create a bag.

Video Tutorial: How to fuse shopping bags into a plastic material for crafting and sewing

What will you make with fused plastic?

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Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #63

We're home from our 6th annual trip to Disneyland. As always, we had a great time, but it's nice to be home and back in the routine of things. It's also good to be sitting at my computer and resting my poor achy feet.

Last week's linky was the most enjoyable spring cleaning I have ever encountered. Everyone has some hidden gems lingering on their virtual shelves. My two favorites from last week were bright and cheery and definitely put me in the mood for spring, which begins here this weekend.

Head Kerchief Set by joliefemme
Macrame Heart Bracelet by KNOTZANDSPARKLEZ
Happy spring!

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5 Sites for Project Inspiration

5 great sites for daily craft patterns, projects, tutorials, ideas and inspirationsI love Pinterest! Really, I do. But I often find that when I go there looking for a little crafty inspiration, I end up spending hours of my time scrolling through an overwhelming number of projects and products leaving me with no time or energy to actually craft anything.

So, when I'm looking for ideas on a smaller scale, there are five sites that I enjoy browsing. All five are feature projects by bloggers from around the web and are frequently updated with fresh new ideas. They are perfect for a small, daily dose of crafty goodness.

Totally tutorials tips tricks recipes how tos Totally Tutorials - The name pretty much says it all. It's a "directory of free craft tutorials" and there's a little bit of everything from sewing and yarn crafts to kids crafts, holiday projects and more.
Fun Family Crafts Fun Family Crafts - This site is a kid-centric "library of free craft tutorials for kids... toddler to teen." Most of the projects can be made by kids but there are also some ideas that are meant to be made for kids.
Im Big Now I'm BIG Now - Not only does this site have kid friendly projects, it also features some clever children's activities and even parenting tips. This is a handy resource for parents, grandparents and teachers.
I love CraftGossip.com Craft Gossip - This is one time that gossip is a good thing. This site features posts about everything from traditional crafting projects (crochet, knitting, quilting) to teacher lesson plans and you can easily browse your favorite category.
Create Happy Crafts - You should know up front, I am a little biased about this one because it is my site. I like to feature a variety of projects, patterns and recipes that just make me smile. After all, crafts and hobbies are supposed to make us feel good.

Where do you look for crafty inspiration?

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Sewing Tutorial: Coin Purse

Sewing Tutorial: How to make a coin purse with a purse frame and fabric scraps.For years, I have seen coin purse frames at Jo-Ann's when I am shopping. I've thought about trying them, but was always a little nervous because they don't come with any sort of pattern or directions.

I don't want to be afraid to try new crafts, so I finally bought one and attempted to make up my own pattern, which I am happy to share with you. The process is really fairly simple and this is a nice project for using up those small scraps in your fabric stash that are too pretty to throw away

Please note, this sewing project may be a little different than others you have done because you don't cut out the fabric until after most of the sewing is complete

Materials

  • coin purse frame
  • fabric scraps
  • fabric marking pen or pencil
  • embroidery floss
  • basic sewing supplies
  • ruler
  • piece of cardboard
  • compass
  • masking tape (optional)

Directions


Begin by measuring the width of your purse frame. Mine was 3 1/4 inches.
Use a compass to draw a circle with a diameter 1 - 1 1/2 inches larger than your purse frame on a piece of cardboard. (I used an empty cereal box.)

Cut out the circle template.
Choose your fabric. You will need four fabric scraps. Two pieces for the outside of your purse and two for the lining.
Place your purse frame on the wrong side of your lining pieces. Mark a line below the frame hinge on each side.
Trace around the outer edge of the frame.
You should have something like an upside down smile. It's okay if your purse frame is a different shape.
Pin one lining piece to one outer piece, right sides together.

Stitch along your traced line from one hinge mark to the other.

Repeat with the other lining and outer fabric pieces.
With one of your stitched pairs of fabric, position your cardboard circle so that it touches both hinge marks on the wrong side of the lining fabric. Trace around the lower part of the circle with a fabric pen/pencil.
With the other set of fabric, position your cardboard circle so that it touches the end of your stitching on the wrong side of the outer fabric. Trace around the lower part of the circle with a fabric pen/pencil.

The lines drawn will be where you stitch NOT where you cut.
Cut around the fabric about 1/4-inch from your marked lines.
Open up both sets of fabric and pin them so that the two lining fabrics are right sides together and the two outer fabrics are right sides together.
First, stitch around your drawn line on the outer fabrics, being careful to start and stop at the end of the frame seams.
Now do the same on the lining side leaving an opening about 1 1/2 inches so you can turn the purse.
It may seem like magic, but turn your purse right side out through the opening in the lining.
Voila!
Before you close the lining, you can use the eraser side of a pencil to push out the seams around where the purse frame will be positioned.
Press the seams around where the purse frame will be positioned.
Open the clasp and position the fabric into the groove of purse frame on each side.
I like to secure the frame with a piece of masking tape so it doesn't wiggle around while I am sewing.
Use embroidery floss to stitch the frame to the fabric.
Happily, the stitches are almost completely concealed in the groove of the purse frame. More sewing magic, I guess.
Once the purse frame is attached, use a whipstitch to close the opening at the bottom of the lining.
Your purse is ready to be filled with coins or other small items. I think I might be making another one to hold my knitting accessories (stitch markers, cable needles, stitch counters, etc.). What will you fill your purse with?

Sewing Tutorial: How to make a coin purse with a purse frame and fabric scraps.


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