Monday, February 27, 2012

Easter Egg Hunt Bag

I thought it would be fun to make Bug an Easter egg hunt bag that would match his Easter basket. I made a square bottomed tote bag.  I learned to make lined tote bags by following this tutorial.  I used one long strap so it can be worn like a messenger bag.  I thought it would be fun for the top to be open like it would for a basket.  To ensure the top would remain open I added some boning to a casing made from leftover lining fabric.

It was easy to make the casing.
 I cut a strip of fabric three inches wide by twice the width of the bag plus two inches. 
I folded the strip in half right sides together to make a long skinny tube. 
I sewed one short side and the long side of the tube shut.
I turned the tube inside out and ironed it flat.
I measured about an inch and a half from the top of the outer bag and attached the tube beginning with the short end that had been sewn shut.  There should be a bit of an overlap.
I inserted the boning into the tube and cut it so it just fit inside the tube.
I slip stitched the opening shut.  
Because the boning is overlapped a bit it stays open nicely.

I'm hoping it won't look too much like a purse.  I'm thinking about adding an applique to make it a bit more boyish.  Does anybody have any suggestions?

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Fabric Easter Baskets

Last year I made Bug an Easter basket.  This year I thought it would be fun to make coordinating Easter baskets for Bug and Ladybug.  I chose to make simple lined rectangular baskets because I like the modern look of them.  I also thought they'd be much easier to store than baskets with tall handles. Both baskets are polka-dots lined with the same green solid cotton.  
Ladybug has a pink polka-dot basket.
Bug has a blue polka-dot basket.

I made the base of Ladybug's basket 8" by 10".  I made Bug's just a smidge smaller (7.5" by 9.5") so that it would fit inside Ladybug's for storage.
They won't be great for egg hunts, but otherwise, I think they they'll do nicely.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Pinterest Inspired Chevron Stripes Brother and Sister Outfits

I seem to spend more time gathering ideas on Pinterest than I do actually making things lately.  I decided it would be a good idea to challenge myself to complete one project inspired by Pinterest each week.  I found a really neat tutorial for making Chevron stripe appliques  and decided to give it a try.  Bug loves it when he matches his little sister so I made brother and sister outfits. I think they'll like them.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fabric Bunting

Sometimes I wonder where the time all goes. On Friday I noticed that I still had a pile of fabric sitting around waiting to be turned into triangles to sewn into a bunting to decorate my sister's home for Valentine's day.  I decided to sew it together even though I didn't know if I would be able to get it in the mail in time to arrive for the holiday.  I didn't enjoy the rushing very much so I decided to take some time this week to sew up buntings for a bunch of holidays.  I think I will probably send one for St. Patrick's Day, Flag Day/ Fourth of July, and Halloween.  Any ideas of other themed buntings to make?  I'm bad at sending mail promptly so I plan to send them all at once this month.  So far I've made one for St. Patrick's Day.
I decided that it would be a good idea to come up with a plan to store the buntings so they don't get all tangled. 
I thought it would be fun to sew a drawstring bag with some fabric leftover from the project.  I had some extra triangles so I decided to make it fun by decorating the bag with its own bunting.