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Monogrammed Bunny Bags

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Supplies for Monogrammed Bunny Bags:

Fairfield oly-fun in a variety of colors

Stick fusible web

14 inches of 1/4 inch ribbon for each bag

Sizzix® Big Shot™ die cut machine and lettering dies

Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies

How to make Monogrammed Bunny Bags:

Note:  All seams are 1/4 inch

Cut four 7 inch by 9 inch rectangles, two from white oly-fun (lining) each from two additional colors.

Cut four ears using the pattern, two from white and two from another color of your choice.

Cut out two 1 inch by 5 inch rectangles for the ribbon channels from white oly-fun.

Center white ears on top of  the larger ear cut out and stitch around the outside edge of the white. Fold the ear in half and stitch the dart closed. Repeat to create the second ear.

Place the ears onto the of the back bag pieces and baste in place. Cover with one of the lining pieces right sides together and stitch across the top edge. Turn right sides out and press.

With right sides together, stitch the bag front and lining pieces together along the top edges. Turn right sides out.

Press fusible web to the back of  oly-fun and cut out desired monograms using the die cut machine and dies.  Alternately you may hand cut monograms or other decorative shapes. Fuse to the bag front.

Center one of the drawstring channels on top of the bag front and top stitch along either side. Repeat to add the remaining ribbon channel to the bag back piece.

With right sides together, stitch the bag front and backs together along the sides and bottom edges.

Fold each of the corners together matching the bottom and side seams and draw a line 1 inch in from each of the corners. Stitch along these drawn lines. Turn the bag right side out.

Insert the ribbon through the channels, fill with goodies and tie a bow.

For a full size pattern of the bunny ears, contact Lorine directly at masoncreation@msn.com

 

 

 

Monogrammed Bunny Bags

Giant Spring Flowers with oly-fun™

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Making giant flowers to use as chair back accents, to hang in trees, place on your front door or used as a table centerpiece is sew simple and a great idea to dress up your table or your home for Spring. I used oly-fun™ as it is cost effective and comes in so many delightfully Spring-like colors. Full size patterns and step by step written instructions as well as diagrams will help you achieve success from your first flower to your tenth. I would love to see these flowers utilized as wedding decor. They would look great as an alternative to the traditional pew bow, but honestly the options are limitless as changing the size is simply a matter of placing the pattern on your copy machine and creating whatever size you can imagine. Have fun!

 

Supplies:

oly-fun™ – Orchid, Lemon Drop, Bubblegum, Sea Green, Snow Drop

Floral wire & Wire cutters

White thread

Glue Gun

Basic sewing, cutting and pressing tools

How to:

A.  Using the patterns* and measurements provided cut out the flower petals, center ruffle and stamen strips.

B.  Top stitch using white thread around each petal

C.  Using a needle and thread with a knot on one end, stitch the five largest petals together using a large gathering stitch. Draw up the thread and distribute the gathers. Stitch back into the flower center to secure the gathers and trim away any excess thread.

D. Repeat stitching and gathering together the four smaller petals.

E.  Using a needle and thread with a knot on one end, stitch along one edge of the center ruffle using a large gathering stitch.

F.  Draw up the thread and distribute the gathers. Stitch back into the ruffle to secure the gathers and trim away any excess thread. Using the glue gun, add a drop of glue to the open edge of the center ruffle.

G. Wrap one of the  1/2″ strips around itself to form 8″ wide loops, continue until all three strips have been used. Wrap a piece of wire around the center of the loops and twist the ends together, gathering the loops together tightly at the center point. Trim away excess wire and flatten the wire ends against the back of the flower.

H. Stack the flower layers on top of each other, adding glue and pressing until the glue sets between each of the layers.

Depending on the intended use of the flowers you may want to add a tie or hanging loop. Finish your flower with a 3″ circle of matching oly-fun™ to cover the center back of the flower.

*If you would like a copy of the patterns, leave a comment with your request and I will send the pdf to you…..

 

 

Giant Spring Flower

 

This project is part of the Designer Craft Blog Connection so please take the time to see what my fellow designers have come up with to show off  all things possible with ribbon.  The icon is along the side of my blog post. Simply click forward or backward to check out what they have created.  Leaving a message is always appreciated.

Lorine

Frozen Blooms

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This post is all about things you love….I love oly-fun by Fairfield Processing and to add to that, the color palette is just yummy. I came up with this wreath because I also love winter. OK – I understand it is not everyone’s favourite season but I am originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and man you better love winter or you are in a whole lot of trouble. Now living where I live now (Virginia) might play a factor into my continued love of Winter a bit more but to me it is all about the white, clean crispness of the weather and ultimately the snow.

You might at first glance think this wreath has something to do with the Disney® movie entitled Frozen®…..I have never seen it and while I have heard it is wonderful, trust me it is about ice and snow and nothing more. Here is the diagram of step outs to walk you through the process. If you would like a detailed set of instructions check out the post on the Fairfield blog

Frozen Blooms Wreath

 

This project is part of the Designer Craft Blog Connection so please take the time to see what my fellow designers have come up with to show off their favourites….  The icon is along the side of my blog post. Simply click forward or backward to check out what they have created.  Leaving a message is always appreciated.

Lorine

Cuddle Twins Pillows

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Kinda cute and Kinda goofy, these pillow stuffies are for the child with an edge. A personality that says I like my cuddle twin and they’re going with me wherever my journey might take me today. My daughter, loved Miss Piggy®  from the popular show  The Muppets® and insisted on wrapping her up like a baby doll and carrying her around for months as she was growing up. People would stop us and ask to see her baby – well let me say they were quite taken aback when Miss Piggy®  was revealed. What can I say she was a child who knew what she liked. I think she would have liked a Cuddle Twin.

Ok – what are these adorable little guys all about. Well the folks over at Shannon Fabrics got together with the great people at Fairfield and challenged us, the Master Makers of Fairfield to come up with something using their cuddle cakes. Cuddle cakes are pre-cut 10 inch squares of their warm and wonderful cuddle fabrics. Want to know how I made these cute little people?  Here you go, step by step diagrams and instructions. If you would like a full size pattern for the arms and legs, leave me a comment and I will send you a pdf.

Cuddle Twins by Lorine Mason

Supplies:

cuddle cakes 10″ pre-cuts by Shannon Fabrics, Poly-fil® 100% premium polyester fibrefill, oly-fun™ Snow White, Buttons, Ribbon, Embroidery thread, Rick Rack and Basic sewing, cutting and ironing supplies.

How to:

Cuddle Pillow Twins

A.  Gather your supplies. Choose a color from your cuddle cakes for the front and back of the pillow.

 

B.  Cut two 2 1/2 inch circles from oly-fun™. Sew oly-fun™ and buttons in position on the square of cuddle fabric that will become the front of your pillow. Sew a button for the nose and stitch rick rack for the mouth. Add large stitched X’s at the corners of the mouth. Refer to the project photo for placement guidance.

 

C.  Using the pattern provided by me if you send me a comment or cut your own version of legs . Depending on whether you are making the female version of the pillow or the male the legs/shoes vary. Once again refer to the project photo for guidance. With wrong sides together stitch the legs to the shoes and then stitch the leg fronts to a leg backs. Turn right side out and press carefully using a pressing cloth.

 

D.  Repeat to create the arms for your pillow.

 

E.  Pin the arms and legs to the pillow front, right sides together.

 

F.  Cover with the pillow back, right sides together and stitch leaving an opening between the two legs.

 

G.  Turn right side out, stuff with fibrefill and hand stitch the opening closed.

 

H.  Cut a 5 inch by 4 inch rectangle for the hair bow. With right sides together, fold the rectangle in half to measure 2.5 x 4 inches. Stitch along the 4 inch length, leaving an opening of  2″ at the center. Center the seam line and stitch across each end. Turn right side out and press carefully. Using a needle and thread, stitch across the center of the bow, using large stitches. Pull the thread taught and wrap in around the center of the bow. Cut a 1″ x 2″ rectangle of cuddle fabric. Fold into three lengthwise and wrap it around the center of the bow. Stitch the ends closed at the back of the bow.

 

I.  Stitch the bow to the top left of the pillow front.

 

As I mentioned previously, if you leave a comment and ask me for the pattern, I would be happy to send you a pdf containing the full size patterns. Have fun…. One last thing, I am a Master Maker for Fairfield and they were generous enough to supply the oly-fun™ and poly-fil for this project. Shannon Fabrics provided the cuddle cakes (C3 Very Vibrant). 

Ok – one really last thing.  There are some great prizes in conjunction with this project challenge.  Here is the information , be sure to enter for your chance to win some great prizes from Fairfield and Shannon Fabrics.

 

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Christmas Greenery Storage with oly-fun*

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The holidays are officially over and it is getting close to the time for our annual family event entitled ‘ Mom is having us over to dinner so we can help put away Christmas ornaments”. I will say however that the family is getting harder and harder to convince that they should help as they now have their own homes. Oh well, I guess it just might be my husband and I at this upcoming annual event. Now what to make for dinner to convince him this will be a good idea.

Part of the holiday tradition is packing the decorations up in nice, neat storage containers. I wanted something special for the lighted garland I purchased this year and oly-fun* was the perfect fabric to use when creating this simple drawstring bag. I created this quick tutorial just in case you would like to make one as well.

Supplies for Christmas Greenery Storage:

  • oly*fun™ Cherry Pop, Kiwi & Clover
  • Grosgrain Ribbon – 1 1/2 yards of 1 inch wide
  • Materials to make tag (optional)
  • Basic Sewing Supplies; Sewing machine, Iron, Pressing cloth,  Needle & Thread, Large safety pin, etc.

Instructions for Christmas Greenery Storage:

When pressing oly*fun:  Set your iron to the silk setting and always use a pressing cloth. Never touch a hot iron directly to oly*fun™. Both sides of oly*fun™ may be considered the right side of the fabric, the choice really is yours to make, however be consistent for a more finished look. All seams will be 1/2 inch unless otherwise indicated in the instructions.

A:  Cut the following pieces from oly*fun™  Cut two 20 inch by 42 inch lengths of  15(h)” x 22(w)” rectangles, one each from Cherry Pop and Clover. Cut one 1 1/2 inch by 44 inch rectangle from Kiwi.

B.  With right sides together; stitch together the Cherry Pop and Clover rectangles, stitching along the 42 inch sides.

C.  Press the seam to one side and top stitch.

D. Turn over the top edge of the bag 2 inches and press.

E.  With right sides together, stitch the center back seam.

F.  Press the seam open and finger press a crease along the sides of the bag.

G.   Box the bottom corners of the bag by folding the bottom seam line flat matching it to the sides (creased line made earlier). Stitch across the bottom fold on either side, measuring down 2 1/2 inches from the point.

H.  Turn under 1 inch at either end of the Kiwi rectangle cut earlier. Pin it to the bag, 1 1/2 inches down from the top edge. Top stitch along either side forming a casing. 

I.  Insert the ribbon through the casing. Thread the ribbon through the casing using a large pin attached to one end of the ribbon.  Decorate your bag with a handmade tag if desired.

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Shoe Stuffies

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photo7aAre you looking for a special gift for yourself or a dear friend? Did you happen to make the Shoe Bags featured recently in the Fairfield World blog post? If so, perhaps this is the project you have been looking for…..

Supplies for Shoe Stuffies:

  • oly*fun™ Bubble Gum
  • poly-fil® polyester fiberfill
  • Embellishments; Buttons
  • Ribbon; 16″ of 1″ wide ribbon for each pair of shoe stuffies
  • Potpourri
  • Basic Sewing Supplies; Sewing Machine, Iron, Pressing cloth, Needle & Thread etc.

When ironing oly*fun:  Set your iron to the silk setting and always use a pressing cloth. Both sides of oly*fun™ can be considered the right side of the fabric, the choice really is yours to make, however be consistent for a more finished look.

Creating your Shoe Stuffie custom pattern

Using the shoe of your choice, trace the outline of the shoe onto a piece of paper. Be sure the marker is perpendicular as you trace around the shoe to achieve a clear pattern. Using a copy machine, increase your pattern 140%.

Cutting out pattern pieces for Shoe Stuffies

Lay the pattern on top of your color choice of oly*fun™ and cut out four pieces (two for each stuffie).

Sewing and Trimming Shoe Stuffie

Using a 1/4″ seam, sew around the outside edge of the Shoe Stuffie leaving the top edge open. Trim close to stitching line.
photo1Turn Shoe Stuffie right side out and press.  Fill the stuffie with Poly-Fil® and potpourri. Turn under raw edges 1/2″, insert an 8″ length of ribbon folded in half and then stitch across the top edge of the stuffie. Add a button if desired to finish your Shoe Stuffie.

Matching Shoe Stuffies & Shoe BagsCreate a matching set for yourself or a dear friend. For detailed instructions on how to make the shoe bags refer to the previous post entitled Shoe Bags featuring oly*fun™

 

 

 

 



Parks and Recreation Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Parks and Recreation EPIC Blog Hop! I’ve joined together with 8 other bloggers to create and share crafts inspired by the NBC show, Parks and Recreation, starring Amy Poehler. This fall the show enters it final season! We’ll miss Parks and Rec but the show will live on in “craft”!

Check out this great Team Ann versus Team April tote bag I created, inspired by the Parks and Rec Characters

 

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Have you watched Parks and Recreation lately? It is entering it’s seventh season and it promises to be just as much fun as past seasons. Sometimes we work we people that are just for one reason or another not our cup of tea. I cannot honestly say I have ever felt this strongly about my dislike for a person but the challenges between Ann and April are what led me to design this fun tote bag. Yes, of course I was influenced by the popularity of the Team t shirts worn by teens and adult ladies alike who outwardly declared their loyalty to one or the other character from the teen vampire movie a few years ago. It’s all in fun so let’s get started……

 

Supplies for Parks and Rec Team Tote:

 

  • oly*fun™ Kelly, Black, & Snow White
  • HeatnBond® Feather lite iron-on adhesive
  • One yard of 1″ wide woven trim for handles – cut in half to create two 18″ handles
  • Three 1/2″ black buttons
  • Sizzix Big shot machine and Alphabet dies of your choice
  • Basic Sewing Supplies; Sewing machine, Iron, Pressing cloth,  Needle & Thread etc.

 

Cut the following pieces from oly*fun™

 

Kelly – cut one 20″ inch x 4o” rectangle for the tote body

 

Black – Cut one 12″ x 40″ rectangle for the tote bottom, Cut one 2 1/2″ x 40″ rectangle for the tote top band

 

Press HeatnBond® to the back of a piece of  Black and Snow White oly*fun™ and cut lettering using the Sizzix Big Shot and alphabet dies of your choice.

 

Instructions for Parks and Rec Team Tote:

 

When pressing oly*fun:  Set your iron to the silk setting and always use a pressing cloth. Never touch a hot iron directly to oly*fun™. Both sides of oly*fun™ may be considered the right side of the fabric, the choice really is yours to make, however be consistent for a more finished look. All seams are 1/2″ unless otherwise noted.

 

A.  Round the two right corners of the Page fabric, cut out. We are looking to create a page right out of your school binder. Using different colors of thread stitch the borders and lines on the Page. Cut out lettering to spell out Team Ann and Team April. Follow the instructions above, carefully fuse the letters to the front of the Page. (Note: The buttons are shown as stitched on at this point in the diagram. It is much simpler to stitch the buttons on after applying the Page to the Tote front. Do as I say not as I draw (oops).

 

B.  Center the Page onto the front of the Tote and top stitch around the outside edge.  Sew three buttons to the left side of the Page, stitching through all layers of the Page and the Tote.

 

C.  Stitch the Tote Bottom Band to the bottom of the Tote.

 

D. Fold the Tote right sides together and stitch the center back seam.

 

E.  Fold the Tote so that the back seam in centered and stitch across the bottom of the Tote.  Carefully press the Tote flat, creating creased lines along each of the sides.

 

F.  Box the bottom corners of the Tote by folding the bottom seam line flat matching it to the sides (creased line made earlier). Stitch across the bottom fold on either side, measuring down 4 1/2″ from the point.

 

G. Fold the Tote Top Band right sides together and stitch.

 

H.  Pin the two Handles to either side of the Tote.

 

I.  Stitch the Tote Top Band to the Tote right sides together.

 

J.  Turn the Tote Top Band to the inside, aligning it with the seam line and top stitch along the top and bottom edge, stitch through all layers of fabric and the handles.

 

Parks and Recreation Team Tote

Finally add lettering to spell out Parks and Recreation on the front of your bag using die cut letters. Remember to add a pen to your tote bag so that if you meet someone who would like to cast a ballot, you will be prepared. 

Now head on over to the other 8 blogs in the hop to see what Parks & Rec inspired crafts they created!

Jennifer Priest

Lorine Mason

Katie Priest

L. Grace Lauer

Tatiana Allen

Rina Gonzalez

Jessica Wilson

Nicole Waldron

Scrappin Madge

For more Parks and Rec inspiration, follow our Pinterest board.

Dog Collar Ruffles with oly*fun™

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Me and 80+ blog buddies got together to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes, including Dog Ruffles! I’m teaming up with Jamie Dorobek and her handmade Halloween costume site, Really Awesome Costumes to bring y’all tons of easy ideas to craft up DIY Halloween costumes for everyone including your pets, family costumes, and even a trunk or treat idea!

Along with my Halloween Dog Collar Ruffles #28, I’m sharing 88+ more really awesome handmade costume ideas from talented bloggers everywhere!

 

101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

 

Here’s my contribution to the Handmade Costumes BlogHop. A big Thank You goes out to Izzy, my daughter’s dog for being the best model ever. It seems if you leave your pet under my care for a week you just never know what they might be wearing when you get them back!  I would love to hear your comments as would my fellow contributors to the hop.

Ruffled Dog Collar

Supplies for Dog Collar Ruffle:

Cut the following pieces from oly*fun™

Orange Crush – cut one 5 1/2″ inch x 48″ rectangle for the ruffle

Jelly – Cut one 6 1/2″ x 48″ rectangle for the ruffle lining
& one 5″ x 24″ rectangle for the collar slide & one 3″ x 3 1/2 ” rectangle for the collar tab

Snow White – Press HeatnBond® to the back of a piece of  oly*fun™ and cut three 1/2″ x 20″ strips to be used to cut the accent triangles

Instructions for Dog Collar Ruffle:

When pressing oly*fun:  Set your iron to the silk setting and always use a pressing cloth. Never touch a hot iron directly to oly*fun™. Both sides of oly*fun™ may be considered the right side of the fabric, the choice really is yours to make, however be consistent for a more finished look. All seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.

Dog Collar Ruffles

With right sides together stitch the ruffles together along the 48″ length.   Slide the fabric so that the short ends of the fabric match along each of the side edges. B  One side will be purple the opposite side will be orange with a purple stripe. Stitch both ends. Turn right side out and press carefully.  Top stitch through all layers, sewing 1/2″ down from the purple stripe.

Remove the paper backing from the Snow White oly*fun and randomly cut triangles of different shapes and sizes, fusing the triangles to the right side of the ruffle (Orange Crush).  C  Sew two rows of gathering stitches along the top edge of the ruffle spacing them 1/4″ apart.  D

Turn under the short ends of the collar slide 1 inch, folding the fabric to the wrong side and press.  Stitch 1/4″ away from both the cut edge and the folded edge. E  Fold under 1″ to the wrong side of collar tab, then fold into thirds so that the finished tab measures 1″ x 2 1/2″.  F  Cut two 1″ lengths of Velcro® (hook side- yellow) and two 1″ in lengths of (loop side – blue). Sew one Velcro® hook and one loop to either side at one end of the collar tab. Stitch a loop section of Velcro to the opposite side of the collar slide. (Note: this section of Velcro® is added only if you intend to add the optional bow to the collar.) Measure up 1″ from the edge and stitch the tab to the  top of the collar slide.  G & H

Pull the gathering threads and pin the ruffle to the collar slide right sides together. Stitch using a 1/2″ seam. I & J Press carefully. Turn under the opposite edge of collar slide and pin it on top of the gathers. Top stitch.  L & M

Optional Bow: Cut a 3″ x 36″ strip of oly*fun in desired color. Top stitch 1/4″ away from the raw edges of the bow tie  to add additional color. Tie a floppy bow and hand stitch a 1″ section of Velcro (hook-side) to the back of the bow.

 Insert the dog collar into the collar slide and use the Velcro® closure to secure. Fluff up the ruffle and your pet is ready for the PARTY!

 And now it’s time for tons more DIY Halloween costume inspiration! Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on the links below each collage to get the detailed instructions about how to make the costume pictured, just like mine above. Don’t forget to follow the Handamde Halloween Costumes Pinterest Board for even more DIY costume greatness!

 

88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

1. Handmade Baby Hamburger Costume

2. DIY Baby Game Boy Costume

3. DIY Minecraft Steve Costume

4. Football Brothers Halloween Costumes with DIY Pads and Onesie

5. Star Trek Halloween Costume for Kids

6. A Bee and Her Keeper

7. No Sew Magician Costume

8. Flint Lockwood Costume

9. Pinocchio

10. Marty McFly

11. Princess Wedding Dress Costume

12. Handmade Lalaloopsy Doll Costume

13. Homemade Toothless Costume

14. DIY Mermaid For Less Than $20 (No-Sew Option)

15. Easy Tinker Bell Costume

16. Mario and Luigi Go Kart Costumes

17. Dog The Bounty Hunter and Beth

18. Family Monsters University Costumes

19. Scooby Doo family costumes

20. DIY Storm Cloud Costume

 

88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

21. Cheap and Easy DIY Spider Costume

22. Easy Tin Man Costume

23. No Sew Bee Costume

24. Planet Halloween Costumes

25. DIY Cheshire Cat Costume

26. DIY Instagram Board

27. Elsa crown

28. Dog Collar Ruffles

29. DIY Pineapple Baby Costume

30. DIY Lego Movie Costume

31. Weeping Angel Costume

32. Disney Planes Costume: Dipper

33. Easy Pirate Costume

34. Easy Costume Idea – Renaissance Girl

35. 10 Minute Homemade Jellyfish Costume

36. DIY Cat Costume

37. Lucy And Ricky Costumes

38. Easy Frozen Costumes (Carrisa!!)

39. Easy Greek Goddess Costume

40. DIY Family Willy Wonka Costumes

101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

41. DIY No Sew Maleficent Costume

42. No Sew Pineapple Halloween Costume

43. Graveyard Bean Bag Toss: Trunk or Treat Car Costume

44. DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costumes

45. DIY Raccoon Costume with Printable Mask

46. Easy WildStyle Lego Movie Costume

47. Simple Hello Kitty Costume

48. No Sew Minnie Mouse Costume

49. DIY Inspector Gadget and Penny Costumes

50. DIY Frozen Elsa Dress Baby Edition

51. Fairy Princess Dog Costume

52. DIY Hashtag Halloween Costume

53. Toddler or Baby Egg Costume

54. Easy No Sew Olaf Costume

55. DIY Baymax Costume

56. DIY Tooth Fairy Costume

57. Baby Short Stack Pancake Costume

58. Elephant and Piggie Halloween Costumes

59. Instagram Halloween Costume

60. Peter Pan & Mr. Smee Halloween Costume

 

 

88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at ReallyAwesomeCostumes.com

61. Wildstyle Costume from the Lego Movie

62. Fred and Wilma Couples Costume

63. Viking Family Costumes

64. DIY Cruella de Vil Costume for a child

65. Disney Frozen Olaf Halloween Treat Bucket

66. How to Make a Minecraft Steve Head

67. DIY Harry Potter Costume

68. DIY Duck Dynasty Costumes

69. No Sew Cupcake Baker Halloween Costume

70. DIY Skunk Mask

71. Ghostbusters Proton Pack DIY

72. Frozen Anna Costume Tutorial

73. Candy Corn Costume

74. Paw Patrol Halloween Costume

75. No Sew Toothless Dragon Costume

76. DIY Robot Costume

77. Wonder Woman Costume

78. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Costume

79. Thrifted Gentleman Spy DIY Halloween Costume

80. DIY Boy Garden Gnome Costume

81. Group Costume: Bob Ross, Happy Tree, & Squirrel

82. DIY Blues Brothers Costumes

83. Snow White Costume

84. Peacock Princess Costume

85. Scarecrow Costume

86. Easy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume

87. Handmade Teddy Bear Costume

88. Princess Elsa and the Spy Kid

89. DIY Baby Koala costume

What handmade costume ideas did you love the most?! Be sure to click over to get the costume instructions, pin the costume, and let them know you love it! Also, follow the Handmade Halloween Costume board on Pinterest!

 

Sewing Shoe Bags with oly*fun™

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Shoe Bags with olyfunDesigner purses are packed in flannel bags to protect the finish, the buckles, closures and more. When packing your best shoes whether designer name brand or simply your favorite pair, why not treat them as you would your designer purse.

Supplies

Supplies for shoe bags:

  • oly*fun™ Bubble Gum & Jet Black
  • HeatnBond® Feather lite iron-on adhesive
  • Embellishments; Buttons & Lace Trim
  • Ribbon; 30″ of 1″ wide ribbon for each bag
  • Basic Sewing Supplies; Sewing machine, Iron, Pressing cloth,  Needle & Thread etc.

Cut the following pieces from oly*fun™

Jet Black and/or Bubble Gum

Cut on 15(h)” x 22(w)” rectangle for each bag. Cut one 1″ x 20 strip using the opposite color for the drawstring channel.  Note: (h) height (w) width of the bag.

Instructions for Shoe Bags:

When pressing oly*fun:  Set your iron to the silk setting and always use a pressing cloth. Never touch a hot iron directly to oly*fun™. Both sides of oly*fun™ may be considered the right side of the fabric, the choice really is yours to make, however be consistent for a more finished look.

Press HeatnBond® to the back of a piece of  oly*fun™. Using clipart of shoes downloaded from your computer, hand draw your favorite or leave a comment on my personal blog and I will send you the patterns as soon as possible. Trace onto the paper backing of the iron-on adhesive that has been ironed to the oly*fun (remembering to reverse the shoe, if the direction the shoe points, is a concern) and cut out. Remove the paper backing and press to the center of the bag front 4″ from the bottom edge. Embellish the shoe cut out. 1. Stitch lace and a button to the shoe top. 2. Use a blanket stitch on your sewing machine and stitch around the outside edge. Sew a button to the toe front.

Applique

Hem the top edge of the shoe bag by folding over the top edge 1″ and stitching . With wrong sides together, stitch the center back seam using a 1/4″ seam. Turn right sides together and sew a 3/8″ seam. This will create a French Seam which not only looks professional but provides additional strength to the seamline.

Center Back Seam2

Center the back seam. With wrong sides together, stitch the bottom edge of the bag using a 1/4″ seam. Turn right sides together and stitch using a 3/8″ seam.   Once again this is a French Seam treatment.

Bottom Seam

Turn under each of  the ends of the drawstring channel 1/2′ and stitch. Fold the drawstring channel in half and mark the center with a pin. Pin the channel strip to the top of the bag, aligning it along the hemline at the top of the bag. Match the center pin to the center back seam of the bag. Top stitch along either side of the channel strip.  Thread ribbon through the channel and tie a bow.

Drawstring Channel

Turn right side out and enjoy!

Tags are sew easy with oly*fun™

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Summer Totes Go Big or Go Small TagLet’s make that tote bag or piece of luggage just that more identifiable by attaching a fun tag to the handle. The brighter the better I say….

The Supplies

Oly*fun™ Kiwi & Blueberry

Heavyweight Craft Interfacing

Sizzix Die and Die Cut Machine

HeatnBond® Feather lite iron-on adhesive

One 1/2″ Button

Sewing Basics: Machine, Iron, Thread etc.

All seams are ¼” unless otherwise stated. Set your iron to the silk setting and always use a pressing cloth. Both sides of oly*fun™ can be considered the right side of the fabric, the choice really is yours to make, however be consistent for a more finished look. 

The Instructions:

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Cut out three 4″ circles from the oly*fun™ and craft weight interfacing; cutting one each from Kiwi and Blueberry oly*fun™ and the craft interfacing. Cut one 1″ x 20″ strip from Blueberry oly*fun™ for the tie. Using either a pattern or the die cut machine and die of your choice; cut out accent pieces from oly*fun backed by HeatnBond® Feather lite iron-on adhesive.
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Fold the 1″ wide strip in thirds and top stitch down the center.

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Fuse the accent pieces to the top of the 4″ circle following the pressing instructions given above.  Stitch a button to the center. Fold the tag strap in half and place the fold on top of the tag backing fabric, lay the interfacing on top of the backing and then cover with the tag front. Top stitch around the outside edge of the circle, stitching 1/4″ away from the edge and stitching through all layers of fabric. Voila you are finished.

Summer Totes Go Big or Go Small

There is a step by step  tutorial on making the small version of these fun totes on the Brand New FairfieldWorld blog. Check it out as I am now one of there official Master Makers.

NOTE:

As I mentioned above I am a Master Maker with Fairfield. They have supplied the oly*fun™ used in this project.