New Green Mama: Reversible Messenger Bag Tutorial Here's what you will need: Main body -2 pieces of home dec weight fabric or corduroy measuring 14" x 12" (Fabric A) Main body-2 pieces of contrasting home dec weight fabric measuring 14" x 12" (Fabric B) Flap- 1 piece of Fabric A- 12" x 11.5" Flap- 1 piece of Fabric B- 12" x 11.5" Back Pocket- 1 piece of Fabric A- 14" x 8" Back pocket- 1 piece of Fabric B- 14" x 8" Small Pocket- 1 piece of Fabric B- 7" x 12" Strap- 1 piece of Fabric A- 6" x 42" Depending on the weight of your fabric, you may want to interface it. I purchased 1 yard of each fabric and had plenty of fabric left over. Let's get started. Cut out all your pieces. Cut a 1 inch square out of the bottom corners of all 4 pieces. Interface pieces. Take your strap piece and iron each side towards the middle. Then fold in half and iron. Round the corners of the flap pieces. With right sides together sew the flap pieces together leaving the top open. Clip the curves. Turn right side out and iron. Stitch across the bottom of the pocket.
2 Pocket, Ultra Slim Fabric Card Case A few weeks ago, I went to Dallas for the wedding of a friend of mine from college, and unsurprisingly, the reception ended up doubling as a mini college reunion. Some of those people I literally hadn’t seen since graduation day. Naturally, the experience got me thinking about the thing I am always thinking about: sewing. (really). I already make a cute little single pocket card case/wallet thing that people love to impulse-buy at craft shows, but occasionally I get asked about one with two pockets, that would fold in half. why 19th street? Remembering our 19th street adventures made me think of that critical accessory (nobody carried purses when we went out), and how a handmade version would be pretty cute, and super useful. I also used lightweight fusible interfacing, but that’s also optional, especially if you use something a bit heavier for the outside. the pattern…is really just two rectangles. time to start sewing! 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. And viola!
10 Beautiful Fabric Flower Tutorials It is spring! If the flowers are not blooming yet here is a round-up of awesome tutorials to help you make your own flowers! Here you will find 10 beautiful fabric flowers, but don’t miss these five fabric flower tutorials! 1. How to make lovely fabric flowers 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. ..And how about updating your spring wardrobe with this beautiful rolled rose bracelet. 10. Just had to add one more! 11. If you need more flowers don’t miss the round-up of crochet flower tutorials and these darling fabric flowers!
Stepping Thru Crazy: Round Braid Bracelets I've got another EASY tutorial. GASP! This one is pretty easy, but since I watched a video on how to do a round braid, I won't take credit for the instructions. Here's the video I watched on YouTube: Instead of using leather, like in the video, I cut up four pieces of scrap fabric, in this case patriotic for the Fourth of July. I followed the instructions in the video, and once the braid was long enough to be a bracelet that I could slip my hand through, I sewed the ends together and trimmed the excess fabric off. I made three more the same way, and then using a piece of white scrap fabric, I tied them all together with a bow.
Fully lined zippered box pouch - pattern and tutorial - it's a Pretty Modern life I love the look of a zippered box pouch...so incredibly cute. I found many tutorials on the internet, but was disappointed after making pouches following these tutorials to find that they were not fully lined; looks so much nicer when you open your pouch and there are no seams. It took me a long time to figure it out and I thought and thought and thought...then I got it♥ I don't want to keep this knowledge to myself, so here it is. I'd like to thank Jane at Projects by Jane (the only other tutorial like this that I was able to find on the internet - wish I'd found it sooner). Her photos may help you out too if mine fail to communicate properly. ♥♥♥Thanks so much! The finished pouch is 3 high x 4 wide x 7 long (inches) Here's what you need: 1 twelve inch zipper 2 10x7 inch panels for the lining (my lining fabric is the green one) 2 10x7 inch panels for the exterior (my exterior fabric is the brown floral one) 2 4x3 inch pieces of complementary fabric for the pulls at the end of the zipper
6-Pocket Mini Pocketbook I’m sure that many of you, like me, are on an eternal quest for organization. I know I’m not alone in finding the Container Store’s promise of a perfect, organized life utterly seductive. But here’s the thing…I don’t really like purging, I love my stuff. Therefore I also love pretty things in which to stash my stuff, so I get to enjoy my fantasy of being organized and contained. This tutorial is about helping you stay organized, in a quick, easy, and super-cute way. the pattern …is only four rectangles. the body is 7.25″ tall.the large pocket is 5.5″ tallthe medium pocket is 4.25″ tallthe small pocket is 3″ tall materials needed I chose a vintage cotton canvas for the body in a bright retro floral, and quilting weight cotton in a matching color for the interior. You’ll also need a button and a bit of elastic for the closure, and a bit of ribbon for the pen. I used two layers of mid-weight interfacing on the body to give it some heft. start with the pockets 1. 2. the closure 3. 4. 6. 7.
The Promised Skirt Hemming Tutorial Step 1. Choose a good skirt to work with. This particular technique works best with wool-like skirts. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. Step 10. Step 11. Your final folding should look like this. Step 12. The key to getting a good blind hem is to barely catch the edge of the folded fabric. Step 13. All right, that's it. Edit: If you hem a skirt using this tutorial, be sure to let me know. Pretty Felt Flowers At the book launch party, there was a table devoted to crafting with felt. I made several flower pins and some templates for others to use. I thought it would be fun to show you how to make a couple of those flowers. I drew inspiration from two Japanese crafting books: this book and this book. I love working with wool blend felt! Tools Needed wool felt pin back scissors, embroidery scissors are excellent hand sewing needle thread glue gun, optional For both flowers Draw your templates. Cut out the felt using your templates. Flower 1 Fold the rectangle lengthwise and snip into it all the way across. Repeat the previous step for the smaller piece. Keep the felt folded over and sew a basting stitch through the bottom layers. Pull the thread tightly to gather. Repeat the previous steps for the smaller piece. With a couple of stitches, sew the smaller piece into the middle of the flower. Using a glue gun, attach the pin back to the flower. Flower 2 Hand stitch the flowers together at the base.
Sew a simple backpack Click here for a larger photo of the finished backpack. Cut pieces of cotton fabric as per diagram, below. Measurements are in cm, 1cm seam allowances included. Pin and stitch flaps together, curving stitching at lower edge, and trim. Turn right side out and press. Topstitch close to edge and again 6mm away. Press down 1cm on to wrong side on long edges of loop and straps. Pin and stitch bag at side edges, leaving a 3cm gap in stitching 5cm below top edge. Stitch base to bottom of bag, trimming ends of base into curves to fit bag. Cotton fabric from Cath Kidston (0845 026 2440). You might also like... Find more bags to sew for every occasion - from shopping to nights out Find all of our fabulous fashion makes here See all of our free sewing projects here