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.

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: 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.