Archive for the ‘Make this:’ Category
Cicada Daydream has put together a tutorial for a tote bag using a fat quarter of fabric. It uses every bit of it, so you want to make sure everything is squared and true, which may mean you need to trim a little bit here and there to get perfect measurements. The tutorial works around the various widths you encounter with fat quarters: narrow goods (45″ wide) have a width of about 20″ to 22″ usable, and wide goods (54″ wide) might have a width of 26″ to 28″ usable. Check out her other tutorials while at her site.
j carolyncreative has posted this tutorial for a tote bag. This is a 14 x 11 x 3-1/2 deep tote with one exterior pocket and two interior pockets—one zippered. It’s designed for hard wear with two layers of fabric at the bottom and straps that won’t rip off. While you’re there—and I know Valentine’s Day is gone for this year—look at her tutorial for a Valentine’s pennant and card. A neat idea!
For the animal lover, activist, or anyone with a warped sense of humor, this buck will make anyone proud. Use his antlers to hang your scarf or hat, your necklaces, or use him as wall art and dress him for any holiday you celebrate. Chronicle Books showsyou how. You make this guy is made from foam core and wrapping paper; however, that perfect hunting or camo fabric will work like a charm.
Made by Rae is offering this tutorial for her Buttercup Bag. The pattern uses a fat quarter of fabric for the outside of the bag and a little less of another fabric for the lining. You’ll also need a magnetic snap and a couple of buttons, although it looks pretty cute if you leave the buttons off. You could also try piping or ric-rac over the pleats. If you have little ones, be sure and look at her tutorial for star dust shoes. And it doesn’t take much to whip up a pair for your cutie patootie!
With Easter just around the corner, here’s AllSorts bounding bunny pin. He’s really teeny tiny, less than 3 inches across, but he looks very cute pinned to your sweater. He stitches up quickly, so you can make yourself a whole bevy of bounding baby bunnies for your Easter outfit…or Easter basket.
Finally, Amy Butler has put out two new patterns: her August Fields duvet cover and Nora’s Mid Mod 2 quilt. I love that fabric in the duvet cover. My problem is that I live in a small town, and I have one quilt shop that sells Amy Butler fabric, and not her complete line. I just know that I’m going to have to go to Houston or Austin to find this.
Once Wed shows how to make these pretty hanging handkerchief vases. Laurie has collected handkerchiefs for a while and has tried to figure out a way to incorporate them into a project. Handkerchiefs come in all different patterns and every color under the sun. You could coordinate these vases with any wedding, function, or just to dress up a room. After you’re finished with them they could easily be disassembled and the handkerchiefs and jars could be used again for their original purpose.
This next one isn’t sewing, but these cupcakes are so cute I couldn’t pass them up. And who doesn’t love the Cookie Monster? Actually, any ‘critter’ from Sesame Street would make a cute cupcake. Made by Cynthia Rae gives you the instructions right here. Be sure and check out her other tutorials for a little boy’s camping lantern made out of a peanut butter jar and a battery operated votive candle, and her how-to on how to customize coasters.
Taffy Talk has a tutorial to make a Mickey Mouse hotpad or potholder. Anything Mickey becomes a favorite to me, so I know I’ll be making some of these up for my own kitchen. Another suggestion is to shrink down the pattern and make coasters. Be sure and check on the right side column for links to other tutorials they offer…cute ones!
Here’s another cute one: the Tag Monster. CraftSchmaft gives you the pattern and instructions here. He’s a cute little guy, but just the thought of sewing on all those ribbons makes me shudder. It’s a toy but after putting in all that work I’d probably be sitting the little guy on a shelf…up high away from little fingers or puppy teeth.
Here’s a neat pin cushion. It’s a perfect way to separate all your pins and needles by size and color. The great thing is that everything used to make it can be found around your house right now. You can make something functional out of scraps and trash! You can shut the lid when you’re not using it to keep out little fingers. Check out the instructions on Whipup here.
Until next time!
Okay, I know we just celebrated Valentine’s Day, but I couldn’t resist giving you this link. The web site for the International Chapter of the Junior Society gives instructions how to make your own Valentine Vermin. These little felt mice sit on slices of heart-shaped Swiss cheese, and are incredibly simple to make. What kid wouldn’t want to take these to school instead of those store bought cards? What better way for them to show their friends how much they care about them and value their friendship? You have plenty of time to make dozens of these before February rolls around again.
Here’s a spot kids will like. Joe, from Toy-A-Day, has started a year-long project where he plans to design, construct and post a new paper toy from a basic template each day for one year. So you’ll have 365 toys at the end of the year. All the toys are free to download if you want to make them. You can also design and make your own by getting a copy of his blank template here. An easy way to keep kids occupied.
Many of you already may be familiar with Wild Ginger. Wild Ginger has a free program, Wild Things, that you can download to your computer. Wild Things! is a free software program that you can use to easily design and print patterns for hats, bags, shoes, and wraps. All of the patterns in Wild Things! allow you to specify the dimensions for each item you draft and prints them to the dimensions you specify. It has an embroidery design tool to help you place your design. Wild Things! comes complete with a ‘Help File’ as well as sewing instructions for each and every style of pattern. You do have to register in order to download the program.
Until next time!
Nostalgic NeedleART shows you an easy technique to make ribbon pansies or violas. You can use them as an embellishment on a crazy quilt block, a purse, or a shirt. The pansy is made with the fine wire removed from the edge of both the flower’s ribbon and the flower center’s ribbon. Be sure and look at her crazy quilt blocks. She’s posted one for a birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween. A great idea for a quilt. You can order a CD of her vintage postcards that she uses in her quilt blocks.
Okay, here’s a different project. Get yourself a cute bra and a couple of yards of fabric, and you can make yourself a new party dress. DIY Style gives directions here. Just make sure that when you purchase a bra for this project that you make sure the back of the bra is made with similar fabric or trim as the front. Nothing worse than having one with elastic that looks like your standard bra!
Bitty bits & pieces has posted this tutorial for her love notes heart. The pillows are like a little Valentine card mailbox (remember making those in school?) that you can hang on a chair, a doorknob, or a bedpost. Just stick your love notes in the pocket. At the bottom of the tutorials she’s posted some photos of hearts she’s made using decorator fabric, tassels, cording, braided trim, ribbons, and metallic charms.
Chickpea Studio has a new tutorial for a pocket bag. Chickpea loves pocket bags because they are useful in preventing scratches from other things in your purse, they can be made in any size with no effort, they keep things clean, they use up all kinds of scraps, they use a ponytail elastic that comes in a lot of color options, and they need a button but no button holes! That last one is the best reason to like pocket bags. She has two different tutorials listed: one is a PDF and the other is a Word document.
I hope you’ll try some of these great tutorials. Until next time!
Goodness, where should I start? My apologies to all for being away so long. An explanation is surely in order but, unfortunately, there isn’t one. No broken sewing machines, no lack of fabric or patterns, no major family or work emergencies, and no exotic trips to far off locales (unless you’re one of those who count Oklahoma in December as exotic).
I’ve decided that I’m one of those people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression or winter blues. We have normal mental health (which, of course, depends on your definition of ‘normal’) throughout most of the year, but we experience depressive symptoms in the winter and, get this, we may sleep too much, have little energy, and crave sweets and starchy foods. Now I have a reason (with no guilt!) to eat my way through every bag of cookies, bag of candy, tub of cake icing, and carton of ice cream in the house.
I’ve not done a bit of sewing since late October/early November. I haven’t turned on my sewing machine, although I’ve heard him calling my name from time to time. The same with my poor, poor laptop. The little guys are missing me so.
I found these projects on the internet the few times I turned on my computer. You may want to try some of them.
Craftstylish has a tutorial showing how to make this fabric basket. You can use this soft coiled bowl to stow all your notions, threads, jewelry, and more. There are step by step instructions with photos. With Valentine’s Day just ahead, check out their tutorial for this heart sachet. A set of of these are a great gift and a good way to use up your fabric scraps.
As I’ve said previously, we’re in the process of painting the inside of the house. Yes, we’re still painting the house. And, yes, we need to finish this project so we can move onto something else. We acquired quite a collection of chip cards from our days of picking colors for the house. Here’s a neat way to use them. How About Orange used old paint chip cards to make bookmarks. She says to just trim them to a size you like, paste two colors back-to-back with some rubber cement, attach a string or ribbon, and you’re done! They’re especially sturdy because the paper stock they’re printed on is very tough. Now you have no excuse to use old receipts, toothpicks, or food crumbs as bookmarks.
Check out these two new Valentine projects from The Purl Bee. She gives these instructions for making your own sewn paper Valentines. These pretty little cards are a great way to use up the last little pieces from stash fabrics and any leftover thread you might have. Her other project is for these little Valentine pins. These little pins look like they are as fun to wear as they are to make, and is a perfect project for the kids to make for their class valentine swap. Each one takes just minutes to make so you can whip up a bunch in no time.
This site, Cherrymix, has patterns for little food items made from felt. Aren’t these little cupcakes cute? Cherrymix has been around since 2001. It was originally just a gallery site showcasing their personal work. In 2003 it opened a store selling plush toys. The store closed in 2006, but the free patterns have stayed online. You can download patterns for a fortune cookie, a cupcake, a marshmallow, a loaf of bread, and three for sushi: shrimp tempura, mini mochas, and onigiri.
Until next time!
Poppy Lane shows how to make these little flower bowls that you can use in your sewing room, office, bathroom, or bedroom…any place where you need a little storage. They are easy to make with two pieces of fabric and a piece of fabric interfacing. Also check out her tutorial to make a heart wreath for Valentine’s.
Craftstylish makes these nifty quilted flowers to add to a tote, make into a pin, or make a bunch for a bouquet. A great way to use up your scraps, and they’re really fast and easy. All you need are fabric and batting scraps, thread, and some small buttons. And a sewing machine, of course. You can find the instructions here.
The blog dearfii has a couple of projects I found interesting. The first is for these little pin cushions. A sewer can never have too many places to put their pins…right? You can find the link to the PDF here. The second is for this fabric bowl or a wee little Easter egg bowl. This is so easy with fabric and glue. A nice project for kids and your fabric scraps. Here are the instructions.
Flower Garden gives instructions to make a ready threader, which is a handly little holder to carry a spool of thread and some pins and needles when you carry a project along with you to the doctor’s office, the dentist, or a trip out of town. It’s also neat to carry a tube of lipstick or chap stick. Another great idea to help use up all those scraps we all save.
And finally, we can’t end without a new purse project. Heart of Mary has a nice project for her ‘finish it your way’ patchwork bag. You can find the how to’s here. The idea of ‘finish it your way’ means you have the choice about how to do the final bag assembly. You might want to leave the top open, as in a simple tote, or close it with a magnetic snap, button loop or zipper. You might add a flap. It’s up to you. Notice the ‘download tutorials’ button on the right side of the page? Be sure and click on it and check out her patterns for both a large and small messenger bag, a backpack, and her little angel doll. A great site!
Until next time!
My dog, Hemi, has an obsession with kitties. We can’t tell if he loves them or hates them. I found this tutorial for kitty ornaments. I’m thinking if I make several and place them in his favorite places, I may be able to help him overcome his ‘little’ phobia. You can find the pattern at Annie’s Cupboard. If you like primitive this is the place to go. The site has everything from Raggedy Annie to Christmas and Halloween items. She has a lot of free patterns that you can download, and she lets you sell what you make.
You find charm packs everywhere these days. I’m sometimes at a loss what to do with them, other than make quilts. Buttonberry has this tutorial to make a nice charm tote. She also has this tutorial for a Posh Pick n Mix bag that takes very little fabric and very little time.
I haven’t bought a pumpkin in a couple of years. I always say I’m going to but never get around to it. Probably because I feel obligated to make pumpkin pies or something out of those disgusting innards. And Roger always wants to toast or roast or bake…whatever it is you do with those seeds. However, I’ve found this pumpkin pattern at Schlosser Designs, which will satisfy my yearning for a pumpkin but won’t do much for Roger’s seed toasting/roasting. While you’re downloading the pattern check out her other tutorials. She’s got some neat ones!
Until next time!