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Sewing Accessory Tote with JOY lettering

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Sewing Scissor ToteOne can never have enough bags and totes to carry all those necessary items one needs when going to a sewing retreat. I thought since I used this fun scissor fabric I would utilize this tote for my cutting tools. I liked the idea of placing a bold monogram on my tote and the iron on letters provided by JOY USA worked perfectly. 

Supplies:

Joy letters of your choice

1/4 yard natural canvas fabric

1/4 yard of cotton print fabric

1/4 yard iron on medium weight interfacing

One 10″ zipper

1/4 yard of 1/4 inch ribbon or cord

Basic Sewing, Cutting, Pressing and Measuring supplies and tools

How to:

Cut the following:

Canvas Fabric (top panels) – cut two rectangles of canvas fabric 6″ x 12″

Print Fabric – (bottom panels) cut two rectangles 6″ x 12″,  (lining) one rectangle 21″ x 12″ , (zipper tabs) two rectangles 1″ x 3″

Interfacing – cut four rectangles 6″ x 12″

  1. Following the manufacturer’s directions, fuse the  interfacing to the back of the canvas and print fabric of similar size.
  2. With right sides together, stitch the top panels to the bottom panels. Press the seams towards the bottom panels. Note: All seams unless otherwise noted are 1/2″
  3. Top stitch along the horizontal seams, stitching 1/4 inch away from the seam line.
  4. Attach a zipper foot to your machine. Place one zipper strip on each end of the zipper, right sides together. Open up the zipper and stitch right up against the tabs on either end. Stitch the zipper tabs in place, sewing the seam along both the top and bottom zipper stops. Press the zipper tabs away from the zipper at each end.
  5. Turn under 1/2 inch along the top edges of the front and back panels. Center the zipper between the two panels. The zipper should be placed appx. 1/4 inch away from the zipper teeth. Stitch the zipper in place..
  6. Trim away excess fabric from the tabs, trimming them even with the sides of the tote.
  7. Open the zipper halfway. With right sides together, fold the two panels, aligning the bottom hem and sides. Pin, then stitch.
  8. Center JOY lettering on the front of the tote and following the manufacturer’s directions fuse in place.
  9. Boxing the corners: Fold the corners of the tote so the side and bottom seams align, forming triangles. Measure 2 inches in from the points of the triangle and draw a line across the corners. Stitch along the drawn lines.  Trim 1/2 inch away from the stitched lines. Turn the tote right side out.
  10. Fold the lining in half, right sides together. Stitch along both sides. Press a crease line along the bottom edge. (this will aid in the next step)
  11. Following the instructions above, box the corners of the lining.
  12. Turn under the top edge of the lining 3/4 of an inch and press.
  13. Insert the lining into the bag, wrong sides together and slip stitch the lining in place next to the zipper. Note: Leave the inside corners of the lining free to allow for some ease.
  14. Fold ribbon or cord in half and insert into zipper pull. Tie the ribbon ends together.

This post is part of the Designers Craft Connection bloghop. To see what my designer friends have created click on the Designer Craft Connection badge on the left side of my page. You will be able to hop forward and backward and see inspirational projects using JOY lettering.

 

 

 

New Class Just Added – Embroidery Collage

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Embroidery Collage

I just heard back and I have been asked to teach at the upcoming Bella Crafts Connection event at Mall of America in Minneapolis this September. Embroidery Collage will be just one of the classes I will be offering. The Bella Crafts Connection is a brand new undertaking by the gals over at Bella Crafts Quarterly and I am told the list of teachers is vast with experts from all areas of the creative industry. I am honored to be included in this group.

Pleated Ribbon Pillow

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Offray LogoFinal Offray Ribbon

Turn simple grosgrain ribbon into a gorgeous pleated pillow masterpiece. A little math and you are on your way with complete diagrams and step by step directions.  I promise it is not that difficult.


Supplies:

Offray grosgrain ribbon – 3″ wide Navy & White, Buttons,Poly-fil® pillow form or Poly-fil® premium polyester stuffing, 1/2 yard of cotton fabric plus basic sewing, cutting and ironing supplies.

How to:

Determine the finished pillow size. To do this, take into consideration the width of the ribbon ie: Ribbon that is 3″ wide when folded will create folded  designs 3″ square. Use multiples of the 3 inches when deciding the finished size of the pillow you wish to create. The featured pillow is 15 x 21 inches.

A.  Cut ribbon three times longer than the width of the finished pillow plus 6 inches. ie: finished pillow will be 21 wide , cut ribbon 3 x 21 + 6 = 69 inches.  The pillow will be 15 inches in height so you will need 5 rows of ribbon. Starting 3″ inches from one end, place marks on the top and bottom edges of the ribbon, spacing the marks 3 inches apart. Note: If you were using a different width of ribbon you would alter the length of the spaces to match the width of the ribbon.

B. Fold the first set of markings to match the second set of markings and pin. Fold the third set of markings back towards the second set and pin. This is the first box pleat. Continue folding from left to right and then right to left until you have created the required number of box pleats. In the case of the project pillow that number would be seven.

C.  Using a thread and needle; Stitch through the center of each pleat, being sure to stitch through all layers of the ribbon. Note: The stitching is marked in red on the diagram.

D.  Turn the pleated ribbon over to what will become the front.

E.  Bring the top and bottom edges of the ribbon to meet at the center point, secure by stitching a button through all layers of the ribbon.

F.  Lay the completed strip of pleated ribbon over the top of another length of ribbon. In the case of the project, a contrasting color was used.

G.  Cut a length of fabric for the pillow front 1″ larger than the length and width of the pillow. ie: Finished pillow will be 15″ x 21″. Cut pillow front 16″ x 22″. Center the ribbon strips on top of the pillow front fabric. Stitch between and at the center of each of the pleated areas. Be sure to stitch through all layers of the ribbon and fabric.

H.  Cut two pieces of fabric for the pillow backing. Cut one the height of the pillow plus 1 inch x the width of the pillow plus 8 inches. Cut the second piece the height of the pillow plus 1 inch x the width of the pillow + 3 inches. ie: The project pillow is 15″ x 21″, cut one piece 15″ + 1″ = 16″ by 21″ + 8 = 29″ cut the second piece 15″ +1″ = 16″ by 21″ +3 = 24″. Turn over 1 inch along one of the side edges of each piece and press. Turn over a second time and top stitch.

I.  With the pillow front laying face up on a flat surface, cover with the two pillow back sections, overlapping the center edges. Stitch around the outside edge. Clip corners and turn right side out. Insert pillow form.

Depending on the finished size of the pillow you may not be able to purchase a pillow form. To make a custom size of  pillow form; cut two pieces of cotton fabric 1 inch larger than the width and length of the finished pillow. With right sides together, stitch around the outside edges, leaving a 4 inch opening. Clip corners and turn right side out. Fill with poly-fil® premium polyester stuffing to desired fullness. Stitch the opening closed. Insert the pillow form into finished pillow.

Pleated Ribbon Pillow

 Pleated Ribbon Pillow

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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Frozen Blooms Wreath Photo Watermarked

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

Christmas Greenery Storage with oly-fun*

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Christmas Greenery Storage with oly-fun™ Final

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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Handmade for the Holidays – Holiday Apron Panel

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NOVEMBER 9 – post at 7am PST (10am EST)
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Welcome to the final day of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We hope you enjoyed the projects from the last 2 days! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

 

Robert Kaufman Apron with Logo

Pre-printed fabric panels are very popular throughout the year, however they are especially pretty during the holidays. What to do with them can be a little more challenging. How about a quick apron project! No pattern needed, some easy measurements and few cuts and you are set to go. Let’s get started.

 

Supplies:

Rectangle fabric panel, Double folded bias tape, Jumbo rick rack, Sewing machine, Iron, Basic sewing and cutting supplies.

How To:

Trim the apron panel following the diagram. Note: that not all fabric panels are the same, adjust measurements as needed.  Diagram A Turn over the top edge of the apron one inch, press and repeat to create a double turned hem. Top stitch along the top and bottom edges of the folds. Measure 1 1/2″ from the side edge along the top and place a pin, measure 1 1/2″ from the first pin and place a second pin. Form a tuck by bringing the two pins together. Stitch across the tuck. Repeat for the opposite side. Diagram B & C Open the folds of the bias tape and pin to the sides of the apron. Starting from the top edge, release a pin and insert rick rack and repin. Continue inserting the rick rack along each of the apron sides. Diagram D Turn under the bottom of the fabric panel 1″ and press. Repeat to create a double turned hem. Top stitch along the top and bottom edges of the folds. Diagram E Cut two 60″ lengths of bias tape. Measure down 20 inches, open the fold of the bias tape and  pin along the raw edge of the apron front. Release the first pin and insert rick rack, turning under the raw edge and repin. Continue inserting rick rack along the apron front , turning under the raw edge of the rick rack when you reach the end. Top stitch down either side of the bias tape to secure the rick rack and bias tape to the apron, as well as creating the neck and waistline tie. Diagram F Holiday Apron Panel   NOVEMBER 9 – post at 7am PST (10am EST) Handmade Holidays 2014 Hop Logo Welcome to the final day of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We hope you enjoyed the projects from the last 2 days! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out. WRITE YOUR BLOG POST HERE Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects?? Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away! Clearsnap  Westcott  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L  Ellison Educational Equipment  ICE Resin  Neat and Tangled  Therm O Web  Walnut Hollow  Elizabeth Craft Designs  Rowland Technologies  Graphic 45  Hydrangea Hippo   Pink and Main  The Buckle Boutique  Tami Mayberry Art & Design – Tami Mayberry  Jamie Dougherty – Jamie Dougherty Designs  Elizabeth Craft Designs – Raquel Mason  Meagan – The Charming Farmer  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Angela Ploegman   Carolyn Dube – A Colorful Journey  Pink and Main – Mistyana Wright  The Buckle Boutique – Niki Wilson  It’s Sew Lorine – Lorine Mason   ‎ Therm O Web – Andy Knowlton  L. Grace Lauer – Uniquely Grace  Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu Oh Snap Lizzie – Lizzie Sanchez Graphic 45 – Katie Zoey Ho Charity Wings ICE Resin – Tatiana Allen Polly Carlson – Pieces by Polly Ellison Educational Equipment – Jan Hobbins  RoseRedd Paper Studio – Rochelle Washington a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow our Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Follow Jennifer Priest of RainMaker Media Works + Hydrangea Hippo’s board Handmade Holidays on Pinterest.

 

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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™

 

 

 

 



Punkin Heads

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HALLOWEEN BASH BLOG HOP – TUESDAY

Over 110 fabulous Halloween Ideas shared by bloggers. #halloweenideas #halloween

Halloween is absolutely one of my FAVORITE holidays and to celebrate I pulled together the creative minds of some of my talented blogging friends to bring you over 110 fabulous Halloween ideas! From costumes to parties, crafts and home decor, recipes and free printables, we have so many fun ideas to share! I guarantee you’ll find a project (or 10!) that you would love to incorporate into your Halloween festivities. All week (Monday through Saturday) myself and my blogging friends will be sharing our fun creations with all of you. Each day will include approximately 20 Halloween projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

Here is my contribution (Lucky #13 – how appropriate for this time of year) to this fun Blog Hop. I call these little guys Punkin Heads.

PumpkinheadsA  by Lorine Mason

 Let’s get started! First of all you will need to gather up your craft supplies. Here is a quick shot of the items needed to create your very own Punkin Heads.

 

Step 1

You will need: Glue, T-shirt yarn or cut your own strips, beads, google eyes, pompoms, leaf cutouts, foam balls (I used 2 and 3 inch balls), a measuring tape, scissors and bottle caps for the bases. If you are planning on creating your own t-shirt stirps. Cut strips  1  1/4″ wide, cutting across the width of the t shirt and pull to form tubes. You will need fifteen orange strips 20″ long and one 12″ green strip.

Step 2

Set one strip aside and lay the fourteen  strips onto a flat surface. Use the remaining strip to tie them together at the center point.  Fan out the strips as shown in the photo.

Step 4

Center the foam ball on top of the knot and wrap strips up and around the ball, being sure to cover the entire surface of the ball and tie using a  green t shirt strip. Tie a bow and trim. Glue bottle cap over the knot to create a level standing surface. Use glue to attach the eyes, nose etc to your Punkin Head. Create a fun hairstyle for your Punkin Head by trimming and tying knots. Beads may also be added to individual strands of hair before tying a knot. Add leaves. REfer to the project photo for ideas on decorating and styling your Punkin Head.

 

Join in our blog hop! Just like yesterday, simply click on each of the links below, for the Halloween projects you’d like to see in more detail and it’ll take you right to that post with additional information and photos on how to create it. Have fun and pin away!

110+ fun and fabulous Halloween projects and ideas. #halloweenprojects #halloween

1. Football Field {Dollar Store} Costume
2. Glowing Boo Pumpkins {Dollar Tree Makeover}
3. Frankenstein Treat Boxes
4. Halloween Notepads
5. Glamorous Feather Halloween Wreath
6. DIY Baby Carrot Costume
7. Pumpkin Macarons
8. Washi Tape Pumpkin
9. Twisted Halloween Sugar Cookies
10. Halloween Trick or Treat Tree
11. Halloween Drink Label Printables
12. An Old-Fashioned Family Halloween Party
13. Punkin Heads
14. Pottery Barn Knock Off Trick or Treat Banner
15. Embroidery Hoop Spider Webs
16. Jack o’Lantern Drinking Glasses
17. Witches Spell Halloween treat & printable
18. Steam Punkin Party Favor
19. Host A Pumpkin Picking Picnic
20. Spiderweb No Bake Cheesecake

Follow our Fabulous Halloween Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Follow Design Dazzle’s board Fabulous Halloween Ideas on Pinterest.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for another 20 awesome Halloween ideas!

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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

 

Parks and Rec WM

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!