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.

Crochet Fox Book Buddy/Bookmark Pattern

After making my Yoda book buddy I wanted to try something similar but with a slightly different approach, rather than creating a square from rows I decided to use a granny square as the basis for the square. I decided to do a slightly different square pattern from the traditional granny square and changed colour during one of the rounds to add in the ear detail rather than sewing that on afterwards.

I wasn’t too sure if I had done the right thing until I added the nose and eye detail and was super happy to see the idea had worked! (There are many failed ideas in my projects bag that haven’t been as successful!)

This pattern is available for free for my Patreons over on Patreon – along with lots of other free patterns:

Sewing Tutorial: Folded Fabric Christmas tree bunting decorations

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 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.

Crochet Ladybird Storage Baskets Pattern

Flying by are some ladybird crochet storage baskets

Whenever I’m halfway through a set of crochet storage baskets I always seem to get an idea for the next set, and halfway through my summer storage baskets the idea to make some ladybird themed storage baskets came to mind. I got started on these not long after fishing my summer storage baskets but they have been sat in my work in progress bag making very little progress since then.

To be honest I had almost forgot they needed finishing until I was looking at all my half finished projects and saw them in there. I decided it was about time I got them finished and so set about getting them completed and now I have three completed storage ladybirds! Also on clue I now have my next basket idea!

Pattern for this is now available on my Etsy and Ravelry shops.

Sewing Tutorial: Easter Bunny Tote Bag – Complete With Fluffy Tail!

Keep your eggs safe this Easter with a bunny ears tote bag

I wanted to make a bag for putting some Easter eggs in and wanted to do something a bit different to a plain tote bag, then I had an idea of using bunny ears instead of normal handles and a bunny handle tote bag was born!

Once I had got the bag made I knew it was missing something – a fluffy tail! So I made a Pom Pom tail to add to the back of the back and I think it really finishes it off well.

Now to go find some eggs!

Bunny Ears Tote Bag Tutorial:

Materials

  • Pom Pom Collection fabric by The Craft Cotton Company (Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company)
    • One colour for the bag with two pieces measuring 30x42cm
    • One colour for the lining of the bag with two pieces measuring 30×41 cm
    • One colour for the ears
    • One colour for the inside ears
  • White wool
  • Pom Pom maker (7cm) or card circles 7cm in diameter
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pins
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Thread

Assembly

  • Draw out a template on paper for the bunny ears, with one larger template piece for the outer ear and a smaller template for the inside ear detail.
  • Cut out the templates and use them to cut out 8 large ear pieces leaving a 0.5cm seam allowance, and 2 smaller ear pieces leaving no seam allowance.
  • Sew the smaller ear piece onto the front of one of the larger ear pieces 1cm up from the bottom edge.

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  • Place the front ear piece right sides together with another large ear piece and sew around to secure leaving the bottom edge unsewn, turn out the right way, press and repeat with the remaining smaller ear piece. Sew the remaining ear pieces together by placing two large ear pieces right sides together and sewing around leaving the bottom edge unsewn.
  • Turn out the right way and press.
  • Take one of the main bag fabric pieces (30x42cm) and fold the top edge over by 2cm, place the two rabbit ears with inside ear detail along the top edge with the bottom edge of the ear 1cm down from the top edge of the fabric and the inside ear detail facing out. Pin to secure then sew along the top edge. Repeat with the other main bag piece using the two remaining rabbit ears without inside ear detail.
  • Place the front and back of the main bag right sides together and sew around to secure. Do not turn out the right way.
  • Take one of the bag lining pieces (30x41cm) and fold the top edge over by 2cm and sew along the edge to secure. Repeat with the other lining piece. Take the two lining pieces and place wrong sides together and sew around to secure.
  • Place the main bag inside the lining of the bag and sew around the top edge to secure using a slip stitch. Then turn out the right way.
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  • Sew the top edges of the bunny ears together using a slip stitch.