tutorial {wreath ornament with felt scraps}

Pinterest is filled with tutorials for all sorts of holiday decor and ornaments. This little ornament tutorial was inspired by a few felt scrap variations I have seen floating around pinterest and instagram lately. Here’s a few pics that formed my inspiration:

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from This Old House

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and here’s my version

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Wreath ornament tutorial with felt scraps

You will need to gather up…
a 4 inch hoop
black (or whatever color you want) fabric for the top
twine for hanging
needle/thread
sewing machine
scissors
wool felt scraps in a variety of greens
a selection of red buttons

Wreath ornament tutorial with felt scraps

Take your felt scraps and trim them into roughly one inch wide strips. Then snip off little 1/4 inch pieces to make your wreath with.

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Take a chalk pencil and outline the top part of your hoop to use as a guide for your wreath. If you are using white or light colored fabric, use a water soluble marker.

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Now here’s the tricky part. I laid out just a few green strips and then stitched slowly over them. When I came near the end of the last strip, I lifted up my presser foot and laid down some more. Just go slowly and stitch along as you go around the circle. I never laid down more than about an inch or so of strips as I was going around the circle.

Wreath ornament tutorial with felt scraps

Now that you’ve made it once around the circle, take a a few little strips to add a second “layer” and fill in some of the holes that might have happened while stitching around the first time.

Wreath ornament tutorial with felt scraps

Stitch around a second time.

Wreath ornament tutorial with felt scraps
Now it’s time for buttons. Gather up a few red buttons, some red thread and stitch them down. I find it’s much easier to stitch them down if you go ahead and set your wreath in the embroidery hoop.

Use your pretty christmas fabric for the back and make a hoop sandwich. The hoop circle without the bolt goes on the bottom, then your pretty fabric (right side down), the sewn wreath (right side up) and top it off with the bolt part of the hoop.
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When I finish my hoops, I trim off the back fabric down to the hoop and then trim about a 1/2 inch off the top fabric around the circle. Then using a glue gun, I tack that 1/2 inch all around the inside of the hoop.
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Hang your little ornament on your tree or gift it to a friend! Happy Holidays!

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throwback thursday {a lunchbag}

It’s Thursday again and time to pull from the archives. This post back from 2009 is probably one of my favorite tutorials and finds on the web. I love this pattern and it always turns out super cute. So for all of you looking for a new lunchbag as school ramps up…this is a great one!

I made this lunch bag from Skip to My Lou a while back for my husband and have been wanting to do one for myself since I am taking my lunch somewhere again.

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Making this pattern again made me realize how super easy it is and how much fun you could have with it. The first time I used iron-on vinyl for the inside and outside and it was a booger to sew. It has also gotten wet and all the vinyl has unattached and I’m not sure how to salvage it.

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That said, I was out of vinyl this time so I had to figure out another solution. I ended up heat’n bonding 2 fabrics together to give it some stiffness and I LOVE how it turned out!

a tutorial & stitch along {pillowcase skirt}

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I’ve had this pillowcase for a while and was going to make a pillowcase dress, but the other day decided to try my hand at writing a tutorial for a pillowcase skirt. I made a skirt out of vintage & thrifted cases a while ago, but only having one case this time decided to add a little something to the bottom. It was also time to participate in the monthly feeling stitchy stitchalong so I decided to make a little apron for the skirt and “kill two birds with one stone” as they say. The instructions are for a size 5 skirt, but can easily be adapted for smaller sizes. So here goes…

a pillowcase skirt tutorial:

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First, gather up all your materials:
– one standard pillowcase
– 3/4 yard of coordinating tulle
– coordinating ric rac
– thread
– roughly a fat quarter of white (or coordinating) fabric for the apron and embroidery
– embroidery pattern (found here)
– 3/4″ wide elastic
– small piece of interfacing

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Lay out your case on a cutting mat and measure 14″ from the open end up and cut across.

After cutting you should have something like this:
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Next you are ready to cut your tulle strips. Strips are cut width of fabric x 5″ wide. I folded my width of fabric in half to fit it on my mat for cutting. Cut 3 strips.

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**This is where I did things a little backwards. Typically you would now sew your 3 strips together short ends to short ends to make a large loop and then baste. I opted to indent my basting a little bit and make the loop last.**

Next baste your 3 tulle strips together. This is where going slow pays off in order to keep all the layers on top of each other while you sew. After you sew, pull the basting a little bit to make it fit around the inside of the case. After fitting it almost together, sew the short ends together to make a loop.

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When you get ready to sew the tulle strip to the case, match up the basting stitch with the hem stitch on the case.

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Flip the skirt right side out and you should have something like this. The tulle should hang down about an inch below the case bottom.
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Here’s an inside view of the tulle strip after it has been sewn on:
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Now you are going to cover up the hem seam and seam from the tulle strip with some ric rac. Line up your ric rac on the seam and you can go ahead and measure out how much you need and sew!

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Your skirt bottom should now look something like this:
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Next it’s time to measure the apron pieces and trace your embroidery. (obviously this picture was taken after I embroidered. Just use your imagination)

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Cut 2 apron pieces 7.5″ x 9.5″ and using a water soluble pen, trace your embroidery design and sew.

After you are finished with your embroidery, clip the long ends of your threads on the back and “seal” your embroidery by ironing on a small piece of interfacing. If embroidery isn’t your thing, you could always cut two pieces of coordinating fabric and use those as your apron piece.

Next, you will add ric rac to the edges of the apron pieces and sew them together. Sandwich the ric rac in between the apron pieces, right sides facing. Sew the two long sides and bottom, leaving the top open.

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Turn right side out, use a chop stick to poke out the corners and press. You should have something like this (sorry it’s blurry):

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Now you are going to line up your apron piece with the top of your skirt. Mine measured roughly 6.5 inches on each side.

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Pin apron in place.

Now it is time to finish the top edge of your skirt. If you have a serger, use your serger to finish the top, while at the same time attaching the apron piece. If you do not have a serger, you can use a zig zag stitch to finish the top edge and attach the apron OR you can baste the apron piece and fold the top down 1/4″ and press.

Now it is time to make the casing for the elastic.

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Fold down the top 1″ and press. You might want to pin the apron piece in place so that it doesn’t shuffle around while sewing the casing. Make sure to leave an opening in the casing to insert the elastic.

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Cut your elastic 21″ inches and insert elastic into casing.

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When you have pulled all your elastic through, sew the ends together.

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Stretch the elastic all the way through and then sew the seam closed.

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Voila! Now you are done!

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little house pouch

Finally a little sewing done! At least I can say I finished one item in my Monday basket!

little house pouch (modified from the long thread tutorial)

I’ve made these Little House Pouches last year and decided to try my hand at the tutorial again. I don’t remember having this many snafus with this tutorial when I made them before, but it could be because I messed with the dimensions some.

I made one of these to fit a Kindle Fire and the other one I made longer to fit a small notebook and pencils inside. I added the straps and this time opted to just stitch them on the outside. The first time I made these I made a buttonhole and them knotted them inside…honestly I think I like that option better. I had a big issue with the roofs lining up correctly and if I made these again I think I would lengthen the roof so that it might lie down better. The tutorial mentions you could easily add velcro to keep it closed, but I like the idea of just lifting up the flap. Overall this is a great pattern and tutorial and one I’ll keep stashed away for birthday gifts!