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.

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.