Paper to Fabric

I had an idea to turn a vintage paper placemat into something that could be used again and again, and of course Spoonflower helped make my idea a reality! You could really do this with any vintage paper placemats you might be holding onto…Christmas, Easter, you name it! Just scan the paper one and upload it to Spoonflower. You can find this one here. It’s intended to be printed on the linen cotton canvas, a fat quarter gives you two placemats, and a whole yard is enough to make 8 (or four double sided).
You could hem the edges, or as I did sandwich them with some white fleece and a backing fabric to give them a nice quilted feel.
I know its just Sept 3rd, but I wanted to post this so there is time to get your fabric & placemats sewn up before October begins :)

Halloween Bunting

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.

How To Tuesday – Spooky Halloween Hand treat bags

halloween craft
Today’s DIY is not really a set of instructions (because it’s super easy) but more of a few helpful hints! I found the idea for these amazing hand treat bags at The Queen’s Card Castle. I decided to make the bags for my son’s class party treat bags, they were super easy and he was able to help.
You need surgical gloves (I found no-powder surgical gloves at Target $2.50 for a 50 pack) Make sure you go with the powder free, most especially if you decide to fill your bags with unwrapped treats! I used Smarties for the fingers, but you could use tootsie rolls (i’d double up the little ones one right after another, or use the long kind)
And then I filled the rest of the bag with assorted candy and chocolate. Tie the top with a ribbon and slip a spider, bat, or skull ring on to a finger. The rings actually stay put really well (I thought I might need tape on the back) but the smarties are the perfect size with the gloves to keep the rings snug in place!
Once the treats are eaten, the hand can be blown up and tied for a creepy hand-balloon!