Get ready for the sand and the waves with this fast and fun sewing project. Make yourself and your friends a beach mat tote bag with easy to find supplies. The beach mat tote bag is an easy sew project that you can make in an hour or two depending on your sewing skills.
Supplies for beach mat tote bag:
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Instructions for Beach Mat to Tote Bag
1. Cut 3″x width of fabric strips of small print fabric. Cut enough strips to go around outer edge of towel. Press in 1/2″ seam allowance on long edges of strips; press strip in half lengthwise with right sides out. Pin in place around edging of towel on all four sides, mitering corners as needed. Sew in place.
2. For pillow, cut two 13″x17″ panels of floral fabric. Sew right sides together on three sides, leaving 1/2″ seam allowance. Turn pillow cover right side out and stuff with insert. Sew pillow bottom closed with whipstitch by hand or by machine. Machine straight stitch pillow edge to top end of towel “front” as shown.
3. For pockets, cut four 9-1/2″x11″ panels, two each of floral and small print fabrics. Pair panels as desired with right side out. Press 1/4″ seams in all four edges, machine sew, then repeat to hide raw edges. Repeat for second pocket.
4. On towel “back” on opposite end from pillow, pin first pocket in place, centered on short side of towel with pocket facing away from edge. Pin second pocket in place with pocket openings facing each other, 4-6″ away from first. Cut twill tape into two 18″ lengths; pin in place beneath pockets. Machine sew in place.
5. Roll towel to form tote and determine closure position. Hand-sew frog closure in place.
An easy sew pot holder trivet is a fast and fun gift to make using your fabric scraps. Add a little color to your home decor that is budget friendly. The theme for this months #mycreativechallenge is Spring and I chose floral scraps from another project. Click the link for the decorative flower-pot sitting on the pot holder trivet. It is a 15 minute craft and could also be perfect for Spring.
If you would like to play a long with the challenge use the hashtag on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. We would love to see what you create and it does not have to be anything complex it can be simple like this pot holder or flower-pot.
Out of curiosity would you call the project a pot holder, trivet or something else?
Supplies for the Easy sew pot holder trivet:
How to make the easy sew pot holder trivet:
- Cut fabric scraps into strips 2″x8″ and sew the strips together right sides facing each other.
- Press the seams open or to the darker fabric. Pressings important for a clean look.
- Square up the fabric by using a sewing ruler.
- Cut the batting and the fabric backing to the same size as the top and pin or clip together for sewing.
- If you want to be fancy sew along the edges of each strip. If you want to be quick sew a simple X. You do this by sewing a straight line from one corner to the next corner and repeat for the other side.
- Once the layers are sewn together you can square up again. Somehow I always need to.
- Sew the bias tape around the edges. You will want to pin in place or sew very slowly to make sure you are sewing on both sides.
Sometimes I use a sewing cheat when working with bias tape. I use a washable glue stick to hold the bias in place before I sew it on. Voila! you now have yourself a pot holder trivet. Make sure you visit Jen and Carla for their projects.
Jen Goode – 100 Directions – printable Spring floral image
Carla Schauer Designs – printable family chore chart magnets.
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Make a key chain – a quick crafty gift that you can make with ease. These crafty key chains make a perfect Valentine gift for your girlfriends, guy friends or for any day of the year. I made 5 in about an hour. The ribbon and the belting came from Hobby Lobby and were on sale for 50% off. Since the ribbon was on sale I had to purchase multiple designs. Really I did becasue hey know how to get me with a sale and a coupon. The metal hardware came from Dritz and are packaged as Key Fob Hardware Sets. I would never have thought to call them a key fob. They can be purchased at most big box stores and online. The hardware was the most expensive part of the project and I think a single set was maybe $2 and the 5 set package was around $5. Naturally I purchased the 5 pack and had to make 5. That was how I justified buying all the different ribbon.
Supplies to make the key chain:
To make the crafty key chain:
- Cut the belting and the ribbon to desired length. I used about 10 inches of each. You can make them larger or small to fit your needs.
- Adhere the ribbon to the center of the belting with a quick slide of the glue stick. This way you don’t have to pin the ribbon.
- Sew along the edges of the ribbon on both sides.
- Trim off any loose fibers
- Fold in half and follow the packaging directions to affix the key fob hardware to the belting.
- Attach the ring to the rectangular piece.
- Place in a pretty package.
Voila, it really is that simple. Create your own crafty key chain using your favorite ribbons. You can make 5 key fobs in under an hour and you can keep them on hand for when you need a last-minute gift. This quick craft is a part of the Craft Lightning Series. Click the image below to see may other projects.
An easy sew DIY star ornament tutorial using stamps, scrap fabric and embellishments from your craft stash. Handmade ornaments are a great beginner project too. The charming striped material combines with a little bling to create a sweet ornament for your holiday tree. You can make a trio and give as a gift or make a bunch and use them as package toppers for your christmas gifts. They are also fun for an ornament swap.
Directions for a handmade easy sew DIY star ornament
Access pattern by selecting the info button near the main image, then select the pattern icon. Download and print pattern. Transfer two star shapes to wrong side of striped fabric; cut out.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse webbing to text and muslin scraps using iron. Draw 2-1/2” circle on paper side of fused text fabric; cut out. Draw 2”- circle on paper side of fused plain muslin fabric; cut out.
On firm surface, stamp “believe” on plain muslin circle; heat set with iron.
Peel paper backing from circles. Fuse text circle to center of right side of one star. Fuse stamped circle to center of text circle.
Couch Black braid to outer edges of both circles using black thread, overlapping braid ends 1/4”. (Note: Ends can be secured with tiny dot of fabric glue.)
Place right sides of star together. Using 1/4” seam allowance, machine-sew edges together, leaving 2-1/2” opening for turning. Turn right side out. Lightly stuff with fiberfill stuffing. Whipstitch opening closed using needle and white thread. Knot ends.
Trim holiday sprig to 3” length using wire cutters. Couch sprig to star using white thread. Knot ends.
Adhere gems to star using fabric glue. Let dry.
Loop jute twine; hand-sew to back of star using white thread to hang.
Make a weighted door stop that is weather friendly using a washable fabric and Poly-Pellets and Polyfil fiberfill on the inside. We live in a older home and the doors do not have springs and need to be held open when carrying items inside. The weather does not always cooperate so I needed the door stop to be washable and also not too heavy and something that would not scratch the floor. We used a rock for a little while but it was starting to leave marks.
The decorative door stop also doubles as a table cloth holder when we eat outside on the back patio. I wanted a fabric that was pretty and durable so I chose a printed canvas. The pattern I made on my own and will share a printable version with you too.
Materials use for Door Stop:
- Canvas fabric
- twill tape or ribbon
- Crafter’s Choice fiberfill stuffing
- Sewing machine or needle and thread.
- Straight pins optional
Instructions for Door Stop:
- Cut 4 panels of fabric to the same shape. I used a gothic arch that was hand drawn.
- Place two panels wrong sides together and sew on side from top to bottom. Repeat for next two panels. Pin if needed
- Place the newly sewn panels wrong side together and pin the twill tape at the top.
- Sew the two panels together along both sides.
- Measure the bottom opening and cut a piece of fabric slightly bigger than needed.
- Turn piece wrong side out and pin the bottom piece of fabric to 3 of the 4 sides.
- Stuff the top two thirds or more with Polyfil. Sew opening almost closed. Leave an opening large enough for a funnel tip.
- Pour in PolyPellets and sew opening closed.
Now you have a weather friendly door stop that can be use all year long and looks pretty while you are using it.
Harry Potter Pillow – Ticket to Hogwarts tutorial is a part of a Harry Potter series where over 50 awesome bloggers bring the best Harry Potter crafts, tutorials, recipes, book lists, giveaways to you and more. The series is organized by Rae Gun Ramblings who has done the series for a few years. I hope you enjoy all of the fun ideas and there is even a giveaway that has some amazing Harry Potter gifts. I really wish I could enter because there are some seriously awesome things.
Materials to make the Harry Potter Pillow – Ticket to Hogwarts:
Instructions for Harry Potter Pillow – Ticket to Hogwarts:
- Print the ticket and follow the manufactures directions on setting the image.
- Trim the excess fabric off of ticket.
- Sew the two striped strips of fabric to the ticket.
- Cut the back fabric to match the size of the front.
- Place fabric right sides together and sew around 3 of 4 sides. On the 4th side leave a small opening to stuff in the PolyFil.
- Turn pillow right side out and iron. Stuff pillow with stuffing.
- Sew opening closed using a whip stitch.
I am a heavy user of Polyfil and I purchase it in bulk. If you are interested in the big size you can order it here.
Pin the image above to Pinterest so you can remember to make the project.
This year’s series will run until August 1st and every day from now until them we’ll have a bunch of bloggers sharing awesome Harry Potter inspired creations. You’ll have more chances to enter the fabulous giveaways! Scroll all the way down to enter the giveaways.
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