Monday, November 14, 2016

Ruffle Top Drawstring Backpack

Monday, November 14, 2016
When I was asked to participate in the Anne of Green Gables blog hop, I was thrilled.  I love Anne and her optimism and strength. This ruffle top drawstring bag is a simple project to sew and a great way to use these beautiful fabrics.
Let's get right into it, shall we?

Ruffle Top Drawstring Backpack
2/3 yard main exterior print (green floral)
2/3 yard interior print (raspberry ticking)
1/4 yard accent print for ruffle and pocket flap (light pink quote fabric)
1/4 yard accent print for straps and pocket (raspberry blossom)

(2) 16" X 19" from main exterior fabric
(2) 16" X 4" from accent fabric for ruffle
(2) 7" X 3 1/2" from accent fabric for flap of pocket
(2) 16" X 22" from lining fabric
(2) 2" X 34" from accent fabric for straps
(2) 3" X 18" from accent fabric for straps
(2) 7" X 6" from accent fabric for body of pocket

Sewing Instructions:
*note: all seams are 1/2" unless otherwise indicated.

  • Sew accent pieces to top of main body pieces. Press the seam toward the accent piece.
  • Top stitch the seam on the accent piece.
  •  Take the 2" X 34" strap pieces and press in half along the length
  • Open up the pressed piece and fold the long edges into the crease at the center of the strap
  • Press the strap in half again (should now measure approx 1/2" X 34")
  • Top stitch down both sides of the strap
  •  Take the 3" X 18" strap anchor pieces and fold one short end down 1/4"
  • Top stitch this edge down
  • Repeat steps for pressing the straps- fold in half, press, bring in sides to middle, press
  • Top stitch the strap anchor pieces *beginning 1" from the folded down, stitched end of the strap anchor piece. (you will leave the end open until the last step)
  •  With right sides together round the bottom corners of the pocket flap pieces
  • pin pocket body pieces right sides together
  • using a *1/4" s.a. sew around the flap (leave opening on long, flat side) and body (leave opening on the bottom) of the pocket
  • Clip corners and seams
  • Turn right side out and press out seams
  • Top stitch top of pocket body and short sides and rounded bottom of pocket flap
  •  place front piece of backpack right side up
  • center pocket body 3" up from bottom
  • center flap over pocket body lining the top of the flap 1/2" above the top of the pocket body
  • top stitch around sides and bottom of pocket body, and the top of the flap
  • place the sewn end of the strap anchor pieces 1" in from sides, and lined up with the bottom of the backpack 
  • place second exterior piece of backpack face down, lining up the seams where the accent pieces are attached.
  • sew around the two long sides and bottom of the backpack exterior- leaving a 1" opening on both sides starting 1/2" below the seams attaching the accent piece
  • Turn bag exterior right side out and press seams.
  • Take interior bag pieces and line up right sides together
  • sew around long sides and bottom, leaving an opening for turning (dotted lines are where sewn seams should be)
  • Slide exterior of the bag INSIDE the lining of the bag.  Line up side seams and raw edge, pin in place
  • sew around the top of the bag
  • Turn bag right side out through the opening in the bottom of the bag lining.
  • Sew opening in lining shut.
  • Push the lining of the bag inside the exterior of the bag and press the top seam.  

  • Sew the channel for the drawstring- sew around the bag lining your stitches up with the top of the opening you left on the exterior of the bag (1/2" from the seam of the accent piece) use a piece of tape to keep this line straight around the whole bag.
  • sew the second line for the channel 1" away from the first stitched line (again, using a piece of tape to mark the line)
  • top stitch the top edge of the bag
  • take the small drawstrings and pull them through the channel using a safety pin. One will start and end on one side of the bag, and the second will start and end on the other side of the bag.

  •  Take the two ends of the drawstring on one side of the bag, and place them inside the open end of the anchor piece on the same side of the bag
  • sew the ends of the drawstring into the anchor piece by closing up the opening on the end of the strap. I sew a rectangle with an "X" in it. (you can see it in the picture below)

  • Repeat for the second side.

 You can embellish this bag with buttons or lace, but I chose to leave it plain for now.
Each of my daughters have asked me for one of these bags (even the teenager) so I'm going to call this one a win!  I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Embroidered Mesh Word Art for Nursery

Friday, October 28, 2016
Embroidery was one of my very first crafting loves.  So, when I was invited to try out a new product from DMC I jumped at the chance.  This new stitchable mesh is so amazing and gives me a fun new medium to create on! They also have stitchable cork and cork with gold flakes!  I was able to get my hands on some of that too and I can't wait to play with it.

When I was thinking about what kind of project I would do I knew I wanted to create something inspired by the amazing Cheri of TinkerEllen because I think her work is just amazing.  That was when I decided to create some art for my baby's nursery. I figured it was time I get working on her room, since she turned one in July.
I decided to create some word art that reflected qualities I hope my sweet girl develops in her life- Happy, Brave and Kind.
I wanted to finish the outside of the hoop by wrapping it with yarn, and since the mesh creases, I knew I needed to do the wrapping before I put the mesh in the hoop.  I found it easiest to do this by creating a yarn ball first and then passing that around the outside hoop to create the wrapped texture.
Then it was time to create the patterns and transfer them to the mesh.  The mesh comes in 10" X 10" sheets and it does fray, so I put some tape around the edges to hold it together and flatten out the piece a bit. There are two sides to the mesh as well, a silver side, and a gold side.  I decided to use the silver side. The first piece I transferred I used a ball point pen to transfer the design, but I found it was so faded I had a hard time following the pattern.  For the next pattern I traced, I used a thin Sharpie marker.  I found it was much easier to see when I went to stitch the pattern and it didn't rub off.  The down side to sharpie is that you CAN see it clearly so you will want to be really careful with what you transfer.
 Were I do to it again, I would not trace the circles for the wagon wheel flowers, I would just put dots where the wrap stitches go, that way I don't have to worry about covering up the circles.  Does that make sense?  Even the sprig borders I would probably just add dots at the top of the leaf instead of tracing the whole leaf, just so there wasn't any background black showing through.  I did end up stitching past my marked lines on the flowers and their leaves to make sure they were covered up as much as I could. That being said- I don't really notice any of the markings on my finished pieces.

Once the pieces were finished being stitched, I tightened the mesh in the hoop and just trimmed off the extra mesh as close to the hoop as I could using sharp scissors.
This was my first time stitching wagon wheel flowers and I am in love with the dimension and texture they add to the pieces. I also adore the shine of the mesh and just love how it adds another level of awesome to this art.
I don't know if this is where they will live forever, but I really kind of love how they
match the ribbon mobile I made.
If there is some interest in the pattern for these, I will get them written up, so leave a comment if you'd like to see one.
And, as a bonus, this project got me to finally hang some things on my baby's wall, so we're winning all the way around over here. :)
Hope you have a great day too!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wistful Winds blog tour

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Hi friends!  I'm here today to introduce you to another gorgeous fabric line.  Friends, this is Wistful Winds by Shari Butler of Doohikey Designs for Riley Blake Designs.  Wistful winds, my blog friends!
The colors in this line are just scrumptious and bright and cheery- so totally up my alley! I love the main floral print and the sweet little girls are just adorable.  You can view the whole collection on Riley Blake Designs website here.
I have been systematically going through my house, getting rid of stuff, updating decor and generally overhauling things. When this fabric showed up, I realized it was time to update some of my craft room inspiration.
I originally had this quote on a cupboard door made out of vinyl and paper, but thought it would be so much better in fabric with stitching and patchwork.  I was right!

I love the detail of the buttons and the thick pearl cotton.
 I don't have a pattern for this yet, but if you're interested in the pieces for the fabric applique, just shoot me an e-mail and I'll send you a rough copy.
This fabric, in all of it's bright cheeriness just makes me so happy.  And if you're looking for more goodness using the great line, follow along the blog hop through the links below:

Amy Sinibaldi –
Kristyne Czepuryk –
Amanda Niederhauser –
Amy Smart –
Meagan Taylor/Kristi Jones –
Christine Cook –
Elea Lutz –
Jodie Carleton –
Sedef Imer –
Jina Barney –
Elizabeth Evans –
Kimberly Bourne –
Jemima Flendt –
Nadra Ridgeway –
Amy Chappell –

and coming up in the next couple of days:
October 12th:
Katie Skoog –
Amber Johnson –
Gwen Sager -

October 14th:
Melissa Mortenson –
Jessica Stewart –
Tina -
Shari Butler –
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