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Monday, May 26, 2014

Themed notebook covers - a tutorial

I'm always looking for cute handmade presents, and themed notebook covers are my latest experience.


I have some more on the way, but this was this was the fist one I made (after a lot of mental planning), so bear with me through all the pictures.

Why am I calling it a themed notebook cover? Because the cover is supposed to match the print in the notebook. Confused? Let me talk you through it.

First, start with a notebook. You can buy one, or you can make one, like I did (with a picture downloaded from the net and some PowerPoint work). The main idea is for the notebook to have an image that you can replicate in the cover, in fabric, felt of any other way. I used felt because it doesn't fray and because, honestly, I love to work with felt.

Here is my notebook, with a colorful banner printed on it (please excuse the slightly wrinkled front page):


Cut a piece of felt bit enough to make the cover and still accommodate a pen:


Overall you will need two similar pieces of felt for the cover (same colors or different color, whatever you prefer), felt in the colors needed to replicate the picture in the notebook, a small piece of elastic and two pieces of ribbon.




Decide how you want your cover to look. I started by placing all felt pieces (in the same order as in the notebook) in the shape of a banner and then sewed them with black thread, to replicate the picture. You can use fabric glue to help keep the small pieces in place, but be careful not to place the glue where you are going to sew afterwards (learned by experience: glue and sewing machine needles usually don't go well together).



If your notebook is homemade like mine, you can give it a better finishing by covering the staples with fabric or matching felt:






(I forgot to add previously, but if you print your notebook pages yourself, you should add cardboard or thicker paper in the back and then staple it all together).


Now focus on the second piece of felt (which will be the lining of your cover). Check and mark the position of your notebook in the felt and cut an horizontal slit through which you can pass the back of the notebook.




Once you are done, you should have something like this:



Now mark the place where you want your pen to be and now cut two small vertical slits, just big enough to pass your elastic through:





Pull the ends of the elastic and sew them in the back of the felt, making sure the stitches don't show though the front.

Back: 


Front (lining):



Now pin both pieces of felt (outside and lining) wrong sides together, with one piece of ribbon on each side and top stitch:





And you are done!



This it cute either to keep in your purse or to give as a gift, with the advantage that you can adjust sizes as you see fit. I'll be making more  and coming back here to share. Let me know if you make one too and if you have any questions leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible.


Enjoy,
Teresa

Little Monkeys Crochet

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Mario Kart cupcake toppers

Remember this post about the Mario Kart memory game? Well, I'm still in the process of making the memory games (7 finished so far, eight more to go).

Mario Kart cupcake toppers


In addition, I'm also working on other party accessories for my son's birthday in July (I like to plan ahead...), so today I'm sharing with you the double sided Mario Kart cupcake toppers:

mario kart cupcake toppers free printable, party supplies


They are fast and easy to assemble. Print and cut the circles keeping front and back together and glue then on the sticks (download the file here).

mario kart cupcake toppers free printable, party supplies
(sorry about the poor quality of the pictures, I had problems with the light and no time for a better photo session)
mario kart cupcake toppers free printable, party supplies

mario kart cupcake toppers free printable, party supplies

mario kart cupcake toppers free printable, party supplies

mario kart cupcake toppers free printable, party supplies

Cupcakes still to come.

Enjoy,

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Clutch or messenger bag - tutorial and pattern

Can you tell I'm into bags lately?

Last weekend I was toying around with the little girl bag pattern and decided to try to make a messenger bag. Halfway through testing the pattern, I realized that without the strap the bag could also be used as a clutch.

So here you have it, my latest experience, which actually came out as a 2-in-one pattern.

clutch or messenger bag tutorial and pattern

If you want to make one, download the pattern here. Note that the back piece of the bag is too big to fit into one page, so you will have to cut along the dotted lines and glue part A to part B after you print the pattern.

Once your pattern is ready you will need to cut one front piece and one back piece from your exterior fabric, from your lining fabric and from batting.

clutch or messenger bag tutorial and pattern

For this type of bag I don't recommend an exterior fabric with a pattern that must be sewn in one particular direction. Since you will be folding the back piece in order to make the bag flap, part of your pattern will always be upside down.

Start with your exterior fabric. Lay one front piece and one back piece right sides together (the back piece is symmetrical, so there's not need to worry about top and bottom), with the the batting on either side.

clutch or messenger bag tutorial and pattern

Sew around the sides and the bottom and turn inside out.

clutch or messenger bag tutorial and pattern

clutch or messenger bag tutorial and pattern

Do the same with your lining (minus the batting) but leave an opening in the bottom. This time I positioned my opening in the corner because I found that it will give you more room to turn the bag inside out once everything is sewn).

clutch or messenger bag tutorial and pattern

Slip the outside part into the lining, right sides together and sew along the top and sides of the back piece and the top of the front piece.

clutch or messenger bag tutorial and pattern

Turn inside out through the hole in the lining, hand sew the opening closed and tuck the lining back into the bag.

clutch or messenger bag tutorial and pattern

Pin along the edges and top stitch (this is not essential, but it will give your bag a more "professional" look).

clutch or messenger bag tutorial and pattern

Sew a snap to keep the bag closed and embellish as you want (this time instead of yo-yos I added fabric flowers and matching beads)

clutch or messenger bag tutorial and pattern

At this point you have a finished clutch.

clutch or messenger bag tutorial and pattern

In this version I did not add an interior pocket, but if you want to have one, please refer to this tutorial and follow the instructions there.

clutch or messenger bag tutorial and pattern

Add a strap and you have a messenger bag.

clutch or messenger bag tutorial and pattern

Note 1: my patterns are drafted in A4 size paper (210 mm large by 297 mm high). If you are printing the pattern in a different paper size you may need to make adjustments. I have added a scale in centimeters in one of the pattern pages to make it easier for you.

Note 2: this time I did not take as many pictures as in the previous tutorial, so if you have any questions either refer to this post or leave me a comment and I will get back to you.

And last but not least, here is the pattern again, in case you missed it above. 


Enjoy,

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Little girl bag: tutorial and pattern

After making two girl bags using someone else's pattern, I decided to come up with my own pattern.

Mostly, I was looking for a cute way to close the bag. Little girls are always jumping around and a bag that does not close is an invitation for them to spread its contents all over the floor every five minutes.


So I spent a couple of days testing sizes and closing flaps and this is what I came up with.
 
                              DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

This time, I also made an effort to document the steps it took me to get to the finished product, in order to provide you with a simple (but long, bear with me) tutorial. So, if you want to make a similar bag, download the pattern here.

You with need to cut six bag pieces, two from the outside fabric, two from the lining and two from batting. If your exterior fabric has a pattern, try to cut both pieces in a way that the pattern matches on both sides once you sew the front to the back.

                                DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

For the flap you will need to cut three pieces, one from batting and two from your exterior fabric. If you decide to add an inside pocket (marked as optional on the pattern), cut two pieces, one from the outside fabric and one from lining. If you're very picky, you will also try to cut the flap pieces in a way that allows you to match the pattern of the fabric once the flap is attached to the bag.

Step one: pocket
If you do not want to add a pocket, skip this step and go directly to step 2. If you decided to make a pocket, that is the first thing you will have to sew. Pin fabrics right sides together and sew around the edges, leaving an opening at the bottom.

                               DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

Trim excess fabric, clip corners and turn inside out through the bottom opening.


                              DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

Pin the pocket to one of your lining pieces, making sure it is centered.

                              DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

Sew around the sides and the bottom, taking care to close the initial opening.

                             DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern 

Step two: body of the bag
Start by pinning the two lining pieces right sides together. Sew around the sides and part of the bottom, again leaving and opening. Don't sew the top.

                           DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

Next, do the same with the exterior fabric. Pin right sides together and then lay the batting on each side. Sew around the sides and bottom. This time you do not need to leave an opening. Again, don't sew the top.

                         DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern


Trim excess fabric and turn inside out.
                       DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern


Insert the outside piece into the lining, matching both fabrics right sides together and sew around the top. Pull the outside piece though the bottom opening of the lining.

                   DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern


Hand sew the bottom opening shut and tuck lining back inside the bag.

                 DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

Step three: flap
Pin flap pieces right sides together, with the batting piece pinned to what will be the outside of your flap (trust me, it does make a difference. If you pin it to the other side, the seams will show through the fabric and your flap will be sporting visible bumps).

                DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern


Sew around the sides and the bottom. Turn inside out and press it flat. Fold each of the top edges and tuck it into the flap. Top stitch.

                          DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern 

Step four: finishing the bag
 Pin around the edge of the bag making sure the the lining falls strait on the inside. Pin the flap as well, making sure it is centered.

                DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern


Top stitch around the top.

              DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

Step five: the strap
In all the bags I made, this has always been the most difficult step. With first one, I sewed the fabrics right sides together and then turned the strap inside out. But since I'm making the bags child-size, the strap is not wide enough to making the turning inside out an easy task. On the second one (this one), I discarded the two initial straps and, in despair, ended up using a matching ribbon. This time I used a different approach - a bias tape maker:


DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

The end result? Not perfect, but not too bad either.

DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

In any case, sew the strap the way you feel most confident about. Let me know if you have any good suggestions, since I will be testing the pattern again as soon as I can find the time. Attach the strap to the sides of the bag.

DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

Step six: the snap
In order to keep the flap closed, sew or attach a snap in place.

DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

At this point, you will have a finished bag. See how the fabric pattern in the flap almost matches the rest of the bag? To be honest, I never thought I could pull this through until the very end...

DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

If you're like me, however, you will take it one step forward and add some sort of embellishment.

                      DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

I added yo-yos and buttons in front of the flap and on each side (this can be useful if the seams attaching the strap are not very pretty and you need to hide them out).

                     DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

This is my first pattern and I do have some improvements I want to test, but overall I'm happy with the results. I hope you enjoy it as well.


                    DIY girl bag tutorial and pattern

Now let's see if I can make some matching accessories to go with the bag...

And in case you missed the link to download the pattern in the middle of all the text above, you can find it here.

This project was featured as part of AllFreeSewing's Top 100 sewing projects list for 2017. Yay!

Enjoy,


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