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: 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.

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.