Sewing Tutorial: Swimming out of the craft pile – a fish drawstring bag!

I wanted to make a drawstring bag as a gift, but wanted to make something a little bit different to usual, so while thinking few some ideas I came to think about the possibility of making something ocean themed and from that I came to the decision to make a fish themed drawstring bag. I had also thought of a octopus or squid theme but the thought of all the legs put me off a little….maybe something for another time!.

I added a little eye detail to the bag to make it really stand out but I think it would good without the eye if you didn’t want to be looked at!

Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

Fish Drawstring Bag Tutorial:

You will need:

Fabric:

  • One colour for the main bag.
  • One colour for the bag lining.
  • One colour for the strip of fabric for the drawstring top section.

Ribbon for the drawstring (50cm).

White felt for the eye.

Grey felt for the eye.

To Make the bag:

  • Draw a fish body template (with the top edge 22cm wide, and 30cm long) and a separate wide paper strip (24cm long by 7cm wide).
  • Cut out 4 fish body pieces (two in each of the 2 colours so you have two main bag pieces and two lining pieces) and 2 pieces of the fabric strip with a 0.5cm seam allowance.
  • Take the wide strip of fabric fold in the side edges by 1cm and fold in half with right sides facing outwards.
  • Take one the of fish body pieces and place the raw edge of the folded fabric strip against the raw edge of the top of the fish body and sew along to secure.
  • Fold out and press.
  • Place the two fish body pieces right sides together and sew around the edges to secure leaving the top edge and the fabric strip section unsewn. Turn out the right way.
  • Take the two lining pieces, place right sides together and sew around to secure. Do not turn out. Fold the top edge over by 1cm.
  • Place the lining inside the main bag so the top edge of the lining is just below the drawstring fabric strip and sew around to secure.
  • Cut out 2 circles (4cm diameter) from the white felt for the eye, and 2 circles (2cm diameter) from the grey felt.
  • Take one white and grey circle and sew the grey circle onto the white and then sew onto the bag. Repeat with the remaining 2 circles.
  • Take the ribbon and thread through the drawstring section.

Sewing Tutorial: Fabric Halloween Pumpkin Bunting

Time is flying by and it wont be long until Halloween is here, with that in mind it was time I got cracking and finished off some halloween makes!.

I have been needing some new halloween bunting so set about making some Halloween themed bunting. When it comes to Halloween I think a traditional pumpkin takes quite a bit of beating, so it was time to make some pumpkin themed bunting.

I used the same pumpkin shape throughout the bunting but opted to alternate between orange pumpkins with faces and some patterned fabric pumpkins. I had thought to do different faces on the pumpkins but after a play with some different layouts I opted to stick with just the same eye details on each of the pumpkins.

Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

Fabric Pumpkin Bunting Tutorial:

Fabric is by The Craft Cotton Company.

Materials:

  • Orange fabric.
  • Patterned fabric.
  • Green felt.
  • Black felt.
  • Ribbon or binding for attaching the pumpkin bunting.

To make the bunting:

  • Make a paper template in the shape of a pumpkin.
  • Using this template cut out the fabric for your pumpkins leaving a 0.5cm seam allowance around the template. Each pumpkin requires two pieces of fabric, with two pieces of orange fabric for the orange pumpkins and two pieces of patterned fabric for the patterned pumpkins.
  • Using the green felt cut out the stem detail using the stem part on the paper template and sew onto the orange fabric – you only need to add the details to the pumpkin front pieces.
  • Using the black felt cut out face details for the orange pumpkins and sew onto the orange fabric – you only need to add the details to the pumpkin front pieces.
  • Take two of the pumpkin pieces (front and a back piece) and place right sides together, sew around the edge leaving a 4cm gap for turning.
  • Turn out the right way and sew to secure. Repeat with the remaining pumpkin pieces.
  • Once you have all your pumpkins made you can attach them to your ribbon by placing the pumpkin stem onto the ribbon and sewing along the top edge to secure.
  • You can also use fabric binding for the bunting: You could make your own using joined 6cm wide strips of fabric and folding in the side edge by 1cm, press, then fold in the top and bottom edge so they meet in the middle, press, then fold again and press.

Sewing Tutorial: Folded Fabric Christmas Tree decorations – Part 3: Christmas Tree Bunting

While making some fabric Christmas tree decorations recently (after a ridiculously long break from the previous Christmas tree makes) I suddenly realised that the smaller tree decorations would be perfect to make some bunting with. So with that in mind I got making a few extra Christmas trees so I could attach them to some ribbon to make some bunting.

The instructions to make the trees can be found on my previous Christmas tree decoration post and to make my length of bunting I used 8 trees and attached them to some cream ribbon I had. You could use some binding to attach the trees to – which would also look great, I decided to use ribbon this time as I wanted something a bit different to the bunting I have been making recently. I will definitely be making a few more lengths of this bunting to gift over Christmas.

Sewing Tutorial: Folded Fabric Christmas Tree Decorations – Take Two!

Since making my Christmas tree decorations two years ago (how 2 years have gone by since making them is crazy!) I have been meaning to make a few more, but rather than doing them the same as the previous trees I wanted to make them a little smaller so I could use them for tags on smaller gifts and to just have some smaller sized decorations for about the house. There is also a pattern available for a crochet version of these trees.

I made these using fabric gifted from The Craft Cotton Company – there is a random assortment of pattern designs which I have collected.

The trees are 7cm (at their widest point on the bottom square) by 12cm (from top of the tree to the bottom of the trunk.

Materials

  • 2 pieces of fabric of each of the following sizes:
    • 4×4cm, 5×5cm, 6×6cm, 7×7cm (for the main tree).
    • 1 piece of fabric 2x5cm (for the tree trunk).
  • 3 buttons.
  • 1 piece of ribbon 5cm.

Making the trees

  • Take each of the two fabric pieces and placing right sides together sew around leaving a gap for turning.
  • Turn out the right way, press and slip stitch the gap closed.
  • Take the biggest fabric square and overlap the next slightly smaller square on top, repeat with the remaining squares decreasing in size as you go.
  • Now starting with the smallest square fold up the bottom point and sew to secure, repeat with the remaining squares.
  • Take the 2x5cm piece of fabric and fold in half (placing right sides together) so you have a folded piece of fabric 2×2.5cm, sew down each side leaving the top edge unsewn.
  • Turn out the right way and slip stitch the gap closed.
  • Take this tree trunk piece and place on the back of the tree 0.5cm up from the bottom edge of the largest square and sew along the top edge of the trunk to secure.
  • Take the ribbon, fold it in half and sew onto the back of the top of the tree.
  • Sew a button onto the folded up part of the square of the bottom three squares.

Sewing Tutorial: Appliqué Hexagon Patchwork Cushion

Time for some patchwork – it’s been way too long since I did some patchwork so after receiving some fat quarters from The Craft Cotton Company I decided it was about time I did some! I had an idea in mind to do something with hexagon shapes but also wanted to do something a little different with them so I decided to use some patchwork sections as appliqué onto a cushion.

I used the English Paper Piecing method for this cushion and created a main section with a few extra smaller details around it. This gives the effect of the hexagons moving together. I love how this cushion turned out – it’s great how many different effects you can achieve using patchwork.

Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

The tutorial is available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog:

Sewing Tutorial: Crocodile Storage/Pencil Case

I received the ‘Everglades’ fat quarter set by The Craft Cotton Company and soon as I saw the crocodile design I had an idea to make something crocodile themed.

I always need storage for stationary and especially for crochet hooks as I leave them all over the place and then wonder why I can’t find them anywhere! I decided to for a crocodile themed storage case – I didn’t want to go for a traditional zip topped case so I opted for a top opening case with a fold down top – which was perfect for the crocodiles head!

I tried a few different options with the eyes, but having them pop out the top I think looked the best – it gives a little more character to the case.

The tutorial to make this is free over on The Craft Cotton Company’s Blog

For more fabric pencil/storage case ideas, check out my Shark and Crocodile fabric rolls.

For crochet storage case ideas check out my Minecraft storage cases (Mooshroom Cow, Steve, Creeper, Ghast).