I love to use the foundation piecing technique to sew quilt squares for little bags, pot holders, etc. I was talking to a friend about it recently and she had never heard of it. I thought I’d post a helpful link that explains the easy process, which gets you gorgeous results and is so easy to do! This link has helpful photos and an explanation.
While I didn’t get to make as many handmade gifts as I wanted to, I did get a few things done and even remembered to take some photos before I wrapped them. The purses were made using the “two zip hipster
” pattern, they were fun to make.
The baby bonnet was from the purl bee
, and the scarf was just crochet without a pattern. I probably picked a bad yarn for the baby bonnet and had some problems with pulling, and then kind of improvised near the end. Following knitting patterns is something I’d like to improve upon this year.
Here are the last two crafternoon things I’ve created, the houses are from templates I found here
The felt ornament I just made up to look like a little elf, but just kept forgetting to take a photo. I still hope to get a chance to sew some more before Christmas arrives, I think they’d be fun to attach to the tops of gifts.
It appears as though it’s becoming a new tradition for me to sew myself a new bag before a trip. My trip to Chicago was no exception. Since I have already sewn a couple of tote bags from the perfect quilted tote
pattern, I didn’t do any measuring for this bag and just made it in a similar style.
I had a piece of Ruby Star Sparkle
that I have been saving for a purse, and then wanted to use a different fabric for the reverse side (like two bags in one) I decided to use a piece of Pennycandy’s King Of Cups
fabric since it has a similar theme, and I have been saving it for something special. Now it’s my ode to vintage dishware purse, and I love it.
I used the info found here
to add a zippered closure to the top, and it worked out so well that I will use it again in the next bag I make.
The photos on the bottom are while the bag was in use on my Chicago trip. To the left are amazing cute things I bought at Mitsuwa Marketplace outside of Chicago, and to the right is a Rayola plush by Travis Lampe
which I’ve wanted for awhile and finally bought at Rotofugi.
I was going to save all this for September (ya know a little closer to Halloween) but my fabric
arrived and a few people have purchased it on Spoonflower, so I wanted to post the instructions so anyone who wants to make a Halloween bunting can get it done in plenty of time for Halloween decorating. You can purchase the fabric here
. It is designed to be printed on a fat quarter and I ordered my on Kona cotton.
1. Once your fabric arrives cut your triangles out leaving extra white fabric around each triangle (this will be cut off later) Choose a backing fabric, and to make it easiest to sew cut these pieces larger then your bunting triangles (like the photo above on the left). It’s easy to see the design through the wrong side of the fabric, stitch along the design on either side leaving the top open. Trim the sides only (leave the top area long for now) and turn right side out.
2. Once your triangles are all sewn and turned right side out, iron them flat.
3. Now take some double fold bias tape (I used 1/4″ wide in black 4 yards) Open the bias tape up as pictured and pin in place so the edge of the bias tape lines up with the edge of your design.
4. Now stitch along that pinned area, and then cut off the excess fabric.
5. Once stitched in place and the bias tape is folded back around you’ll see how the stitches are all hidden.
6. You can either stitch across all the bunting with black thread once all the bunting are attached, or (as I did) use some fabric glue to adhere the bias tape to the back of each bunting triangle.
You’ll notice there is some silly characters at the bottom of the fabric featuring the same characters. I hate to print up fabric with a strip of white fabric, so I added this for fun. I used mine as stripes on a little storage bag for my bunting. This way while it’s all stitched up in time for Halloween, I can keep it safe and sound in between the holiday.