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  • Crafts bags: Knitting Bag Tutorial

    Bags, Sewing  |  0 Commentcrafts bags: knitting bag tutorial

    With all the knitting goodies that I make around here I'm always needing just one more bag to keep myself just a little more organized…well as organized as a right-brained girl can get! The best part is that there isn't any Velcro, snaps, zippers or buttons! Yup, no stressing about the closures at all. Woo Hoo! So let's get started. What you'll need: 1/2 yd fabric* 1/2 yd fabric* for lining1 yd heavy fusible interfacingthreadpins pencil or fabric marker ruler safety pin   *Note: Fabric must be at least 44 inches wide (before washing) for you to get this

  • Mom gift: UTILITY TOTE tutorial

    Sewing  |  1 Commentmom gift: utility tote tutorial

    The most functional yet basic of bag designs. A book bag, a market carry-all, the perfect everyday tote. Carry in your hand, on your shoulder or across your chest. Brings home everything from a laptop to groceries. Dimensions: 18″ high / 12″ wide / 6″ deep with a 42″ [1.1 m] adjustable shoulder strap and interior pocket. [45.75 cm x 30.5 cm x 15 cm] Construction Method: Turned finish – this method may be recognized by noting the lack of machine-stitching that is visible at points of assembly on the exterior side

  • Crafts for summer: Snappy Toddler Top

    Sewing  |  0 Commentcrafts for summer: snappy toddler top

    Snappy Toddler Top & Free Downloadable Pattern I often make things that don't turn out as planned and never make it to the pages of PB, then gulp a glass of champagne, send Jacinda numerous whiny emails, and stew over the wasted time and my own lameness. But this was not one of those times! This shirt left me feeling energized and thrilled with the results, so I'm really excited to share the pattern with you! And drink more champagne! It's a snap collar top, but you can make yours a dress. AND

  • Lace Belt Tutorial

    Sewing  |  0 Commentlace belt tutorial

        If you are looking for a sewing project that you can finish quickly though - like in half an hour - then keep reading for my Lace Belt Tutorial... I have a great love for doilies, lace, vintage linens and when I was thinking of a quick and easy tutorial for Versus, I knew that I needed to work with this love... We are heading into winter here in Australia - which means the jeans have started to make an appearance again. I wear a lot of plain tops with jeans and

  • Gift presents: CHIC LUNCH TOTE

    Bags, Sewing  |  0 Commentgift presents: chic lunch tote

        A chic way to brown-bag it. You will need: approximately 1/2 yd. [0.5 m] plastic-vinyl coated fabric, 54″ wide [137 cm] approximately 1/3 yd. [0.3 m] insulated thermal lining, 36″ wide [90 cm] approximately 1/4 yd. [0.25 m] ripstop nylon, 44″ wide [112 cm] 2 draw-cords, 30” long [76 cm] coordinating polyester thread kraft paper Dimensions: 7” wide X 7.5” high X 5” deep [11.5 cm X 19 cm X 12.5 cm] Construction Method: Turned finish – this method may be recognized by noting the lack of machine-stitching that is visible at points of assembly on the exterior side

  • Crafts for summer: The MODify Dress Tutorial

    Sewing  |  0 Commentcrafts for summer: the modify dress tutorial

    downloadable pdf! Materials: - 2 yards (plus depending on your size) of main fabric. I used light weight cotton. - scraps of contrasting or same fabric for pockets, to cover buttons and to make your own bias tape if you choose to. - coordinating thread - sewing machine - bias tape maker (optional) - bias tape (optional) - buttons - embroidery thread - sewing needle - scissors or rotary cutter/mat - washable/disappearing fabric pen or dressmakers chalk - 3 buttons that are made to be covered with fabric (& your little kit that came with them) - drawing paper (Optional) - Freezer Paper/Pattern Paper

  • Body gifts: Night Reversible Scallop Skirt Tutorial

    Sewing  |  0 Commentbody gifts: night reversible scallop skirt tutorial

    Here's what you'll need:   2 different fabrics - 2/3 to 1 yard of each   a cup or round object to use as a stencil   contact paper (the kind you use to cover books or line drawers)   elastic for the waistband (I used 1" wide, but if I did it again I think I'd use 2" wide)   a pen   rulers All seam allowances of 1/2" What to do: 1) The first thing we'll have to do is cut our 2 fabrics. We will basically be cutting 2 rectangles. Where the height will be the length of the skirt but seam

  • Crafts bags: PANNIER TOTE

    Sewing  |  0 Commentcrafts bags: pannier tote

    PANNIER HANDBAG Hard sided Pannier handbags are basically soft-sided cloth baskets with a molded liner which acts as a framework. Plastic and metal liners are often super tough, roto-molded construction. Sides are curved to fit your bag and allows for a lower slide clearance. It makes for a neat, clean interior. Dimensions: approximately 6.5″ high / 8.5″ wide / 5.5″ deep with a 18″ [45 cm] carrying strap. [16.5 cm X 21.5 cm X 14 cm]   Construction Method: Combination Faced-edge & Turned Finish -  this construction has 2 turned-over edges placed together and

  • Crafts for summer: Summer Flower Tee Tutorial!

    Needle crafts  |  0 Commentcrafts for summer: summer flower tee tutorial!

    So! Let's make one! Start with a plain tee, two 33"x3" strips of knit fabric, one 9"x2" strip of knit, and seed beads or sequins. 1. Gather the first 33" strip to a 15" length and sew the ends together to make a circle. Pin to the middle of your shirt and sew around the gathered edge. Repeat for second strip, gathering to a 10" length, and 3" length for last strip. 2. Cut a 1/2" knit strip to the length of your shirt, pin and sew on with a wide zigzag stitch. 3.

  • Gift ideas for women: CABOCHON ROSE HANDBAG

    Bags, Sewing  |  0 Commentgift ideas for women: cabochon rose handbag

    Patchwork rose tutorial ‘Cabochon Rose Handbag’ This little evening handbag resembles a corsage and is carried on the wrist. It can be made up in colours and fabrications to compliment the lady’s dress.   Dimensions: approximately 6 ½” in diameter X 1½” deep  [16.5 cm X 4cm ] Construction Method: Turned finish – this method may be recognized by noting the lack of machine-stitching that is visible at points of assembly on the exterior side of the bag. This is possible by placing the material, or parts, face to face, machining and turning right-side out.

  • Recycling ideas: Ruffle Waist Skirt tutorial

    Green crafts, Recycle, Sewing  |  0 Commentrecycling ideas: ruffle waist skirt tutorial

    I'm a little self-concious about the fact that I'm doing another skirt. How many skirts have I made?? Goodness! But I've always wanted to try the paper bag waist skirt, and as long as I'm making it, I may as well share it with my dear friends, right? So, this is pretty easy in concept. Shorten a long skirt and use the excess fabric to make a ruffle and a sash! See? That is probably all the instructions many of you will need. I started with this vintage polka-dotted skirt that I've had for a

  • Eco gifts: ECO TOTES

    Natural crafts, Sewing  |  0 Commenteco gifts: eco totes

    You buy organic, ride public transit and recycle. It’s time to achieve the truly ultimate green lifestyle. Create your own reusable canvas shopping tote bag to replace your plastic and paper bags. Eco-friendly and reusable, you can design a wide-range of fashionable organic totebags — numerous styles, sizes, and colours. These sustainable alternatives to your traditional shopping bags are often made using hemp, bamboo or, most popular of all, organic cotton. Dimensions: approximately 18″ H x 20″ W x 4″ D  (46 cm H x 51 cm W x 10 cm D) Construction