Sewing Tutorial: Cute Mini Patchwork Triangle Easter Rabbits

Happily hopping out of the sewing pile are some rather cute Easter rabbits.

I wasn’t too sure whether I would have enough time to get all the Easter makes I wanted made in time this year, but despite my initial worries I am slowly starting to make some progress on my ‘to do’ list so hopefully I will get most of them completed in time – the rest will have to wait until next year!.

The next completed make out of the sewing pile (which is ridiculously big at the moment!) is some very cute Easter rabbits. I made some triangle chickens a few years ago and have been wanting to do a few variations on these ever since – scarily that was over 4 years ago – I really need to stop adding more projects to my to do list!,

These little rabbits are perfect for using up fabric leftovers – I love a project that can use fabric leftovers as it means they wont go to waste. The great thing with these rabbits is that even really small fabric leftovers can be used since you could make each part in a different colour or even use patchwork pieces for the parts for the really small fabric leftovers. I used fabric leftovers from The Craft Cotton Company fat quarters for these rabbits.

I cant wait to make a few more of these – and hopefully I will have time to make a few more variations – hopefully it wont be as long a wait for the next ones!

Triangle Rabbits Pattern:

Materials:

Fabric – This project is great for using up fabric leftovers from other projects as all the pieces could even be in different colours.

Pins

Needle

Thread

Pencil

Paper

Toy stuffing

Embroidery thread for face details

Scissors

1- Make the templates for the rabbits.  On to paper draw out:

A triangle with 14cm sides.

An outer ear shape 12cm high.

An inner ear piece 8cm high. 

2- Cut out the templates and use them to cut out your fabrics, each rabbit needs 4 triangle pieces (3 body pieces and a base), 4 outer ear pieces and 2 inner ear pieces.

3- Take an inner ear piece and place onto one of the outer ear pieces with both pieces with right sides facing upwards.  Sew around the edge of the inner ear to secure. 

4- Take another outer ear piece and place right side down on top and sew around leaving a 4cm gap for turning on the side of the ear.  Turn out the right way and sew the gap closed. Repeat with the remaining ear pieces to make the second ear.  

5- Take two of the triangles, place right side together and sew down the side to secure leaving a 1cm gap at the bottom.

6 – Take one of the ears and turn in the side edges at the base of the ear so they meet in the middle then place right side down on top of a triangle piece. Pin to secure, then place the joined triangle pieces on top and sew down the side to secure.  Repeat with the other ear on the other side.

7- Take the remaining triangle and pin to the bottom of the joined triangle pieces.  Sew to secure, leaving a 5cm gap for turning. 

8- Turn out the right way and place the stuffing into the rabbit.  Sew the gap closed.

9- Using embroidery thread and a running stitch sew on eyes, nose and mouth details.

10- Make a pom pom with white wool and a 2.5cm pom pom maker (or pieces of card).  Sew to the back of the rabbit.

Sewing Tutorial: Monster Reading Cushion With Book Storage Pocket

This monster reading cushion is perfect for keeping a close eye (or two or maybe even three!) on your books!

I wanted to make a reading cushion and wanted a slightly different design, my eye then spotted the Cutest Little Monsters fat quarter set which I was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company and I knew I had to make a monster themed cushion!

What I love about this cushion is you can use the base cushion pattern and change the face details completely to get what ever monster you want just by adding a few more (or less) eyes, changing the hair or even the teeth. Even just changing the colours around will give a completely different looking monster.

The pattern to make this is now available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog.

Sewing Tutorial: Woven Love Heart Cushion

I wanted to make a heart themed cushion – but wanted something a little different than normal, and after a bit of thinking and a few sketches of ideas I decided I wanted to try and do a woven heart appliqué cushion. I wasn’t too sure whether it would work as it’s been a long time since I made any woven paper hearts and I didn’t know I’d it would look as good using fabric instead. After a few disasters with making the paper templates I got my paper pattern for the heart sorted and got cracking on with cutting it out and sewing it to the cushion front.

I am really glad I went with this woven heart idea as it’s worked out really well – I’m thinking of doing a cushion with a few smaller versions of the hearts in different colours next!

The fabric is from the Nursery Basics fat quarter set and was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company, and the tutorial to make one is available over on their blog:

Sewing Tutorial: Christmas Patchwork Tree Table Runner

Perfect for Decorating your table this Christmas

It’s great to add a little Christmas sparkle to your table over Christmas and when I saw the Snowy Woodland fabric which was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company I knew I had to make a table runner using it.

I decided to go for a tree theme as two of the fabrics were perfect for this – the green mistletoe and the white pine cone.

I really enjoyed making this – despite having a bit of a disaster half way through when I sewed it all together and realised I had one of the fabric pieces backwards, but luckily that wasn’t too tricky to fix!

The tutorial to make one is now available over on The Craft Cotton Company’s blog

Mini Sewing Tutorial: Fabric And Button Christmas Tree Ornament

The last few months have been filled with Halloween makes and now that Halloween is finished for this year its time to move on to probably my most manic time of the year. I always have more ideas for things I want to make for Christmas than I ever get chance to make, and I don’t think this year will be any different – not helped by the fact i’ve got a massive cross stitch project on the go that I need finished in time for Christmas and I think has at least 3-4months of stitching left in it at the rate i’m currently going……..things could get interesting this year!

However, its not all bad as I have managed to get one of my first Christmas finished – only a small one but at least it is a start!.

I wanted to make a little fabric tree and I always like to use buttons in decorations so decided to combine them both in a fabric strip tree ornament with details added in by the buttons! I like this little small version, but think I will also make some larger ones using longer strips of fabric.

This would be a great way to use up scrap fabrics and spare buttons.

I need to make a few more of these to go with gifts so I had better I get a move on!

To make these little trees you will need:

  • Buttons – for the trunk and to go in-between each fabric fold.
  • Fabric – for this smaller tree a strip of 45 cm x 5cm, to make a larger sized tree just increase the length and width of the fabric.
  • Ribbon – piece of ribbon 10cm long.

Making the trees

1- Take the fabric strip and fold in half lengthways with right sides together so you have a strip 45×2.5cm wide, sew along the bottom and up the side edge to secure, leaving the top edge unsewn. Turn out the right way and slipstitch close the gap.

2- Fold the fabric into the tree shape by folding it backwards and forwards.

3- Take two of the buttons which will form the trunk and sew onto the middle of the bottom layer, then take two button for the next section and sew in the middle, fold the fabric back over the buttons and stitch to secure, then sew the next two buttons. Repeat this process with the remaining buttons and fabric layers. Leaving a 1cm strip of fabric loose at the top.

4- Once at the top of the tree fold the 1cm loose strip of fabric over, then take the ribbon, fold in half and place the raw edges under the folded strip. Sew to secure.

Halloween Tote Bags Sewing Tutorial

These tote bags are perfect for gifting in this Halloween.

Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

Spider bag

Materials

Thread

Paper to make letter templates (10×30 cm)

Pins

Scissors

Fabric:

Bag

2 pieces orange fabric – 30 x 40 cm

2 pieces spider netting – 30 x 40 cm

Handles

2 pieces orange fabric – 8 x 60 cm

2 pieces spider netting – 8 x 60 cm

1- Hemming the front and back piece –

Place a piece of netting (30×40 cm) right side down, then a piece of orange fabric (30×40 cm) right side down on top. Fold the top edge (the shortest edge) over by 1 cm twice to create a hem. Sew along this edge. Repeat for the other netting and orange piece.

3- Make the handles –

Place a piece of the orange fabric (8×60 cm) right side up, then a piece of netting (8×60 cm) right side up, followed by another piece of netting right side down, and finally a piece of orange right side down. Fold in half to make a long skinny handle, pin and sew down the side, along the bottom, up the other side leaving the top edge unsewn. Turn the right way out and tuck in the raw edges by 1 cm and sew song to seal. Repeat for other handle.

4- Sewing the handles on to the bag – with the handle 7 cm from each edge, machine along the same line as the hem stitch, then you won’t see the line of stitching.

Monster bag

Materials

Thread

Pins

Scissors

Fabric:

Bag

2 pieces monster fabric – 30 x 40 cm

Handles

2 pieces monster fabric – 6 x 50 cm

Letters

Orange fabric 10×30 cm

1- make the letter templates – Draw letters on paper, cut out and use them to cut out the fabric

2- Sewing on the letters – Place the fabric letters onto the front bag piece where you want them. Pin and sew in place with either blanket stitch or a zigzag stitch.

3- hemming the front and back piece – Take the front piece. Fold the top edge over by 1 cm twice to make a hem and machine along. Repeat for back.

4- Sewing the bag together -Place front and back right sides together and sew down the side, along bottom, up other side

5- making the handles – Take a piece of handle fabric. Fold in half to make a long skinny handle with right sides together, pin and sew down the side along bottom and up the other side. Turn out the right way. Fold in the open end by 1 cm and sew to seal.

6- Sewing the handles to the bag – Take the handles and sew in place on the front and back of the bag, with each handle end 7cm from the edge. Machine along the same line of stitching as the hem.