Spoonflower Handmade Holiday Blog Hop


Spoonflower asked me to take part in their Handmade Holiday Blog Hop by creating a holiday project to share. Inspired by vintage holiday mail bags made of felt I created a cut and sew mail bag that you can use to either store all those holiday cards as they arrive, or to hold your own holiday mail writing tools (cards, stamps, envelopes etc) You can find my design here, and Spoonflower is offering 10% off with the code PaperCrane and is valid until December 31 for one order of fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. It can not be applied with any other promotional offers.
My project is designed to print up on a fat quarter of lightweight cotton twill. When your fat quarter arrives it will look like what you see above. While there are instructions printed on the fabric itself, I wanted to walk you through the process here so you can see just how easy it is.
The first thing you will do is cut out all three pieces. Front, back, and pocket. I like to leave some of the pink around the front and pocket so you can sew right on the edge of the illustration. There is no need to leave any extra around the backing piece since its slightly larger then the design.
Take pocket and iron the top of pocket down at the green line (green will be on inside of pocket) Then top stitch across top as shown. Now use a piece of ribbon, or cord and make a loop to hang your snowman mail bag. Stitch this in place at top of hat. I like to stitch this in the pink area so the stitching will be hidden once sewn. Then line your pocket up on front of bag using sides as a guide. Pin pocket in place and you’ll notice a small line in center of pocket along the area you topstitched. Sew a few stitches to tack the bag in place, this way when you put in your cards and envelopes the pocket does not hang open.
With right sides facing once another lay the front of the bag on top of the red backing. I like to use a pencil to trace any of the illustration edges that are not easy to see through the fabric. Mostly around the face. Pin in place and sew around entire thing on edge of illustration leaving a 3 inch opening in bottom for turning. I like to pay special attention to curves and do a little extra stitching so that when I trim and turn they lay flat. Trim around entire bag with pinking shears and turn right side out.
Tuck in raw edges of fabric from turning, iron in place, and then top stitch along entire curved edge of pocket sewing the opening shut. Now you are ready to hang your holiday mail bag.

Jo-Ann “Celebrate The Season” Santa Favor Cup DIY

I’m back with my third and final DIY for Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft’s Celebrate The Season. This time the theme was “fabulously festive”. These santa favor cups can not only be used to hold small treats, but you could also add tiny flags with names to use them as place holders. I think they would make any table festive, and they are very easy and quick to make.
Supplies:
-1 empty toilet paper tube for each Santa, you could cut paper towel roll tubes down to size too.
-felt in pink, red, and white
-black ribbon
-paper cups found in baking supplies area of Jo-Ann
-red embroidery floss
-sewing needle
-black seed beads
-sequins
-small red pom poms
-glue, I used hot glue
First you will need to cut strips of red and pink felt. Since I used synthetic sheets of felt, I cut my strips long enough to go around the tube twice, so the brown of the tube did not show. If you use wool blend felts they are thicker and you will only need to cut them long enough to go around once.
Next attach your eyes. Thread your needle with 3 strands of embroidery floss, and tie a knot on one end. Push you needle through the back of the felt so that the knot is hidden on the wrong side of the felt. Your needle should then go through a sequin, through a bead, and then back down through the sequin and felt. The seed bead will hold the sequin in place. Sew on both eyes.
Now stich of glue pom pom nose in place, and with red embroidery floss stitch a little smiling mouth.
The next step is to glue your face felt and body felt in place. Since I am wrapping mine around twice I made sure my face is right side up and glued the felt onto the paper tube, securing the end with more hot glue. Then glue the body on so that the felt meets up.
Add a bit of glue to the outside of your paper cup and push it down into the top of the paper tube. Hold in place while glue dries.
Now cut a beard and eyebrows from white felt. To make beard cut a half circle from felt, then fold in half and cut another half circle from the center, start small and check against your face, if they cut out area needs to be larger to show more of your face trim a bit. The eyebrows are simply a oval cut in half. Glue the beard on just on sides, and eyebrows in place.
Glue a black ribbon around the center for his belt, and fill the cup with candy or small toys. Here is a coupon from Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft stores to help purchase your supplies. If you end up making some Santa favor cups, I’d love to see them!