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.

Sewing Tutorial: Fabric Halloween Pumpkins….

Pumpkins are a must have at Halloween and I don’t think you could ever have too many of these cute little fabric ones…

Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

Materials

Orange fabric 50×50 cm (18 cm diameter circle, 28 cm diameter)

Black net fabric 20×20 cm (18cm diameter)

Sewing thread

⁃ Orange

⁃ Black

Pins

Toy stuffing

Scissors

Needle

Buttons – black and green, 5 in varying sizes to make a pumpkin stalk and one small button for the base of the pumpkin.

1- Cutting out the pumpkin

Cut out a circle in Orange for your pumpkin. This can be any size you choose, I opted for two sizes: 28 cm diameter and 18 cm in diameter.

2- Adding detail to the pumpkin

Now to add the net detail (I only added net detail to the larger pumpkin). Cut out a circle of netting fabric 18cm in diameter. Place the net piece onto the pumpkin with half on the pumpkin and half off, pin in place and cut. Take the cut off piece and place it on another part of the pumpkin and cut off the excess and sew around the edge of the net to secure.

3- Sewing the pumpkin

Do a tacking stitch the whole way around 1 cm from the outside edge using 2 strands of sewing thread. Tie a knot in the end to start to hold the thread in place but do not fasten off at the end. Put stuffing into the pumpkin and pull the thread from the tacking stitch tight to close. Add more stuffing as it tightens when required. Complete a few stitches to secure the thread.

4- Sewing pumpkin edges

Take three strands of black sewing thread and cast on at the top of the pumpkin, then sew into the pumpkin in the middle of the base pulling the needle back up through the middle to the top of the pumpkin, pull the thread so it tightens slightly and make a small stitch to secure. Repeat 4 more times.

5- Now stack your 5 buttons from smallest to largest sewing each one as you go to secure. Now sew the stack to the top of the pumpkin to cover the hole in the top. Sew the final button in place at the bottom middle of the pumpkin.

Sewing Tutorial: Fabric Notebook Pen Holder

No excuse for any more lost pens or pencils now I have this fabric notebook pen holder.

Whenever I am writing down some patterns or ideas I can never find a pen or pencil and by the time I manage to find one I have almost forgotten what I was wanting to write in the first place! I have books all over the place so despite having a pen/pencil pot it never seems to be where I need it!.

Now pens I can often clip onto the notebooks (which does get a bit tricky if they are those thick covered notebooks without a spiral down the back) but pencils – theres no way of attaching them! I decided to make a small pen/pencil holder that I could attach to the notebooks when I am using them so I have a pen and pencil handy ready for any ideas.

Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company and is from the Under The Sea fat quarter set by The Craft Cotton Company.

Fabric Pen Holder Tutorial

You will need:

2 pieces of fabric 6cm x 20cm

1 piece of fabric 6cm x 30cm (folded in half so it is 6cm x 15cm)

Elastic 32cm long (this fits an A4 sized book)

  • Take one of the pieces of 6cm x 20cm fabric and place right side up, place the folded 6cm x 15cm piece on top.
  • Next place the elastic so the raw edges of the elastic line up with the raw edges of the top and bottom of the 6cm x 20cm fabric pieces.
  • Sew around leaving 5cm gap for turning, turn out the right way and slip stitch the gap closed.

Sewing Tutorial: Christmas Patchwork Tree Cushion

Time for the Christmas makes to start….first out a patchwork tree cushion.

I received some lovely Christmassy fabric from the Snowy Woodland range by The Craft Cotton Company and after laying out all the different patterns the an idea of a Christmas tree cushion came to mind. I initially thought of doing some appliqué trees but then thought a patchwork tree cushion would be something a little bit different and decided to go with that.

I drew out my pattern so I could work out the length of all the pieces I would need to put the cushion together and decided the Mistletoe, Pinecone and Woodland Lodge fabrics would be perfect for the tree and background.

Super pleased with how this cushion turned out and if you would like to make one the tutorial is available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog.

Sewing Tutorial: Shark Pencil/Crochet Hook Case Fabric Roll

Following the crocodile – swimming in is a shark pencil roll

Whilst making my crocodile pencil roll I also had the idea to make a shark themed one as well, and luckily I had the perfect fabric in my stash to make it with.

These rolls are perfect for storing pencils, crochet hooks – or any other loose items you want to keep safely together in one place.

I have a feeling a few more of these may appear in the future!

Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company and is by The Craft Cotton Company.

Pattern is the same as the Crocodile Pencil Roll, except for the teeth and eye details.

Shark fabric roll tutorial:

For the teeth cut 10 out from white felt.

Cut two small 1cm diameter circles from black felt for the eyes.

Cut two small rectangles from the black felt for the nostrils.

Sewing Tutorial: Crocodile Pencil/Crochet Hook Case Fabric Roll

I wanted to make a pencil roll as part of a gift, but wanted to make something a little bit different. After a few sketches and quite a few rejected ideas I settled on a crocodile theme (I also had another idea and have a feeling that may pop up on here soon too!).

I wanted to add the teeth detail of the crocodile along with the eye and nostril detail, I decided to curve the top edge of the pencil roll so it looked like the mouth of the crocodile and added eye and nostril details on the back of the pencil roll.

I used fabric from the Everglades fat quarter set by The Craft Cotton Company – it was perfect for the crocodile theme especially the crocodile pattern which I used on the inside.

Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

Crocodile Fabric Roll Tutorial:

  • Fabric needed:
    • One colour for the pencil roll front.
    • One colour for the pencil roll inside and pocket picece.
  • Ribbon 40cm long.
  • Black felt.
  • White felt.

Assembly:

  • Make a template from a A4 sheet of paper, with the base of the fabric roll 30cm long and start curving inwards to form the top edge 14cm up from the side.
  • Cut two pieces of fabric from this template (using a 0.5cm seam allowance) one from the pencil roll front colour and one from the pencil roll inside colour.
  • Cut a piece of fabric 30x26cm from the inside fabric colour to make the pocket piece.
  • Take the 30x26cm fabric piece and fold in half so it is 30x13cm. Place onto the inside fabric piece and sew lines for the pencils 2cm apart. Fasten off the loose ends.

  • Cut 6 teeth from the white felt with a base of 4.5cm and sides of 5.5cm.
  • Take the 6 teeth and place along the top edge of the roll with the raw edges of the teeth against the raw edge of the roll.
  • Take the ribbon, fold in half and place on the right hand side.
  • Place the pencil roll front on top (with right sides together) and sew around to secure leaving a 10cm gap for turning.
  • Turn out the right way and slip stitch the gap closed.
  • Cut out two 2.5x3cm rectangles from the white fabric and curve the corner edges.
  • Cut two small circles from the black felt to make the pupils.
  • Sew the pupils onto the white felt and sew the eyes onto the front of the pencil roll.
  • Cut two small rectangles for the nostrils and sew onto the front of the pencil roll.