DIY Toilet Paper Holder

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Many of you don’t know it but we bought a new house a few months ago and we are still working on some re-decorations and painting. I have painted our powder room recently and installed some accent shelves. Now I have to design a fancy toilet paper holder to make it look even better.

What do you think about reversible DIY Toilet Paper Holder? I think this is a great idea to prevent boredom and since I have introduced two colors of towers I can switch the look of my powder room around dependence on my mood.You can see this big transformation of my powder room in photos. If you plan to refresh yours make sure you are well prepared and if you are it shouldn’t take longer than 1 day. But I should go bask to the main subject of this post and tell you my DIY Toilet Paper Holder design and very simple pattern to follow. I didn’t take measurements with measuring tape, I have simply rolled toilet paper over the sheet of fabric and kept some 2 inches on each end of the additional finish. I have also cut two longer pieces which were about an inch wide and half longer than the main strip of fabric.First I have prepared strings. You will have to double fold it and then sew all along. Once I did the same with both of the strips I cut them in half to have the total of 4 strings. Each of them should have an ending knot on one side.Now I have created gathering on the piece of the white window curtain. I did it about 2 inches wide. Put your top tension setting on zero (0). The sewing machine will start gathering for you. Sew it all the way and then see if you would like to have more folds. I did like to have quite a lot of it, so I have pulled one of the threats to push fabric closer to each other.
Once you have completed gathering and you have cut it off from the rest of the fabric you can start sewing it on once of the wider strips. Make sure to position the thrill on the right side of the fabric.This is how it looks like after completing.Now when you flip it, the thrill will be neat and clean and the stitch will be on the inside.Then you have to repeat the same on the other side of the first fabric strip. Once done you can sew on the second strip as shown in the photo below. Both fabric strips should face each other and thrills on the inside between the strips. Make sure to keep the spare fabric on each end so you can fold it in later and close the gaps.This is how it looks after flipping it all on the right side. I have sewed it through again along of each side.Now you can fold in ends and add strings. You should have two of them at each end.
This is how finished product looks like. Now you can attach it and your DIY toilet paper holder works like a charm. Now you can reverse it on the other side and pretend you have two 🙂

T-shirt DIY Pattern

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T-shirt pattern (32)How great would it be to have a lovely T-shirt on every occasion? A great T-shirt means right color, right length, right sleeve length and right pattern on the fabric. The biggest problem is that T-shirt designers don’t come up with too many interesting designs and if you will happen to find some interesting T-shirts it is going to be expensive and it is simply not worth it. With Summer in the full swing, it is absolutely necessary to have a wide variety if colorfully fun T-shirts. I will show you how to get it done with a little of time. You will need a pattern of your favorite T-shirt design and super cute jersey fabric to work with. To get sewing done quickly make sure to follow this T-shirt DIY and let me know how it worked out for you. The easiest way to make a T-shirt DIY pattern is to use baking paper and trace individual elements of the item to be copied. You need to be careful and patient to get shapes right and remember to allow  a centimeter for the seam. Now it is easy to copy favorite T-shirts one after another. Sewing doesn’t take more than 40 minutes with an overlock machine and 90 minutes with a standard home machine (please remember to zig zag the ages of fabric before using the home machine in order to reduce stretch of the fabric otherwise needle may skip some stitches).

The best part of your new pattern is that now you can make some small adjustments without any worry if the final result is going to fit you as a dream. You can change your T-shirt design by modification of sleeve length, length, neckline, and shape on the hips. From straight finish to triangles on the sides or maybe a wave?

Let’s get started with our pattern. Make sure to fold the T-shirt in half and aligned with an edge of the baking paper.T-shirt pattern (1) Take your time and cut off the shape carefully. I’m going to cut it a bit longer because the original T-shirt seems to be a bit short in my opinion. The neckline was too deep as well so I made some correction on it.T-shirt pattern (2) T-shirt pattern (4)Now cut the little sleeve and we are ready with two the piece pattern and we can start cutting the shapes from fabric.

T-shirt pattern (6)Remember to cut from folded fabric to get left and right side of front and back. T-shirt pattern (7)The back and the front is exactly the same with one small difference. You will have to cut about a centimeter below the shoulder line. This will create a small shift of  the stitch on the shoulder like on the original T-shirt design and it will help us to make a clean finish of the neckline.T-shirt pattern (8)Once you got the sleeves cut out, you can get on sewing.T-shirt pattern (9) T-shirt pattern (11)First, you need to connect the front and back on the top of the shoulders. Then you can add sleeves. If you work with the home machine remember to zig zag fabric before sewing it together.T-shirt pattern (13) T-shirt pattern (14)Can you see how the top of the shoulder got shifted? Now I can recognize where is front fo the shirt. Oh yes, I should mention that my front and back got the same depth of neckline so this little shift on the shoulders is the only way to recognize where is front and where is back of this T-shirt design. Next time I will cut high neckline for the back side of the T-shirt.T-shirt pattern (15)Now you need to zig zag the bottom of the T-shirt and sew along both sides to close it in.

If you have a triangle cut on each side, like I do, you will have to be careful while folding up the edges. I usually start away from the pointy corner and work toward it slowly pulling on the fabric a little bit. Then you need to make a smart fold like on the photos below.T-shirt pattern (16) T-shirt pattern (19) T-shirt pattern (20) T-shirt pattern (18)It looks really good and clean inside out.T-shirt pattern (21)T-shirt would be almost finished at this point if not my daughters last minute idea to make a twist on the sleeves and change them from straight short to open and longer. It is a bit tricky to change it at this point but what are you going to do? This T-shirt is for her so I need to manage somehow. T-shirt pattern (22)I have cut off a piece of the sleeve and sew a wider piece of the fabric as an extension. Then you need to gather the fabric to match the width of the sleeve and extension.T-shirt pattern (23)Yeah, it looks pretty good. To hold those little waves in place I have run it on my home sewing machine otherwise, it is all moving around and it is difficult to hold it for an overlock machine.T-shirt pattern (24)Make sure that stitch of sleeve and extension are in line. Pin it all together and you are ready to stitch it together.T-shirt pattern (25)

T-shirt pattern (26)It looks like a little bell sleeve, so adorable. My daughter had a good idea, I really like it this way.T-shirt pattern (27)T-shirt pattern (30)My model did her best and all 3 T-shirt designs turned up fantastic from my T-shirt DIY pattern. I know there are lots of free t-shirt templates in the net but it is not easy to take a copy from screen size picture. I really wish somebody could show me how to make this paper patterns when I was taking my first steps in sewing, I would have been more successful for sure. T-shirt pattern (31)It is so much fun to make small adjustments and it really makes you feel like a designer for a day. Now I have to sew some of those T-shirts for myself! It would be so great to have a couple of them but I will have to go for fabric shopping first. Have a great weekend and fun with your T-shirt design.

DIY Old Clothes into New

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With spring around the corner it was about time to pull out spring and summer clothes which I have kept after my older daughter and have them refreshed for the younger one. Everything got washed and ironed but unfortunately a couple of dresses had quite stubborn stains which didn’t go away even with stronger detergent. I really didn’t want to throw the dresses away, so I came up with an idea to save at least pieces of them. This DIY Old Clothes into New project will show you how I have tackled stains. Just look at this white dress, so pretty or should I say it was pretty…dress refreshment (1)…. but when you look closely you will see so many yellow stains…. There was no other way like using scissors and some new fabric to fix that lovely dress.dress refreshment (2)Before I can start with sewing I will show you how to change the thread in my overlock sewing machine. I need to have those two pink changed in to white threads, beige will not be visible much so I will leave it as it is.dress refreshment (3)First we need to cut the thread and tie end of the white thread to it. Then we will have to slowly start pulling the pink end through the machine parts.dress refreshment (4) dress refreshment (5) dress refreshment (6)Work with one thread at the time. Can you see on the pictures how the knot is passing individual parts of the machine?dress refreshment (7) dress refreshment (8)When you get to the point where the tie is not going to pass through the eye you will need to cut just before it and feed the thread manually. Then you can start with the 2nd thread. dress refreshment (9) dress refreshment (10)The same situation here, you will have to cut it and feed it manually. dress refreshment (11) dress refreshment (12)Now, when the machine is ready I can show you what I did with the dress and how to turn old clothes in to new. I have kept the bottom of it, top and lining. All the middle section got cut off and now the stains are gone for good.dress refreshment (13) dress refreshment (14)I have kept about 1.5 to 2 cm width of the main section. Now we will need it to connect the new replacement fabric into it. I have aligned width of both pieces in the best possible way like on the picture below. Fabric type goes with it too. I didn’t have white but this creamy colour will be just fine.dress refreshment (15)I sew the ends together and then sew across the hem on the right side to make it nice and flat.dress refreshment (16) dress refreshment (17)I have sew on a new fabric with bottom flowery part of an old dress and then sew on the top through, the same way like the above photo, to make it nice and flat.dress refreshment (21) dress refreshment (23)Next we have to add the top edge of new fabric in to the little piece which was left after cutting off stained section of the dress, but this time we will have to make quite a lot of gathering to fit it all in, as the bottom of the dress was much wider than the top of it. I’m working on the overlock machine but you can easily use regular machine and I think sewing maybe even a bit easier on it than on the overlock.dress refreshment (18) dress refreshment (19)This is how it looks underneath and below picture shows how it has turned on top. Now I have sew it all over with regular machine to press underneath seam. Since I wasn’t 100% happy with the line of connection between an old part and new part on the front of the dress I have covered it with some elastic decorative tape and I have sew it on by had as machine had hard time to work straight through to many layers.dress refreshment (22)I think it is very well visible on my little model Anna. She is getting more and more patient with posing hahahaha It took about 30 pictures to get those few and we both got very tired of chasing each other around the room.dress refreshment (24)This is going to be super nice dress for summer days and it wasn’t really hard to turn old clothes into new. You need a bit of imagination, that’s all. Funny part is that she didn’t want to take it off later on, so we chased around the room a bit more.dress refreshment (25)dress refreshment (26)I was so happy with results I have fix another dress in a bit different way. You will have to customize your designs as each dress, or maybe a top, may have damages in different places and you will have to get creative and come up with solution to it. Try to use similar type of fabric or at least similar thickens of it. Play with colours, you may get better design result than the original clothes used to be. This plain pale blue dress was so boring before, sorry I didn’t take a picture before I have turned it into a new one.dress refreshment (28)dress refreshment (27)Sweet, sweet dress refreshment (29)Anna, so adorable on her little bike in her gorgeous flowery dress. I have to go over other boxes stashed with clothes, maybe I can show you more tricks on how to turn old clothes into new.

 

Cat Stuffie Pattern

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I have decided to stop for a moment with my projects and sew something special for my younger daughter Anna. She loves a couple of cartoons and I have wide selection of different characters which could become her favourite toy. I think best will be cat stuffie pattern as this little fellow is adorable and so fabulous and cuddly. I prepared a photo of all pieces which we are going to need for this cat sewing pattern.stuffieI have started with ears which should be pointy and quite firm. I  sewed on a on pink triangle first and then connected two white parts on the left side. Once turned on the right side I have stuffed a bit of pillow stuffing. You can also get stuffing in the fabric stores but I got mine in the Walmart on sale, it came cheaper than fabric store and there is no difference between them.stuffie 2We need to sew on a little nose in the middle. As you can see it is not a perfect round nose. I did two small cuts on the sides to remind nose holes. Then we need to sew some fabric on the back of the face to add a little of volume and shape. With just a few stitches we can avoid the face to be so flat once we stuff it.stuffie 3Please see how it looks like on the back. We have to tie all those little threats. Stitches are about 1 – 1.5 cm long dependence on the size you are planing to make. I’m aiming for 25 cm long toy but I have to admit that cat stuffed animal patterns are much more difficult when you are trying to make them small. If I would go any smaller I don’t think there is a point to use sewing machine any more, it would be much easier to sew it by hand.stuffie 4Now we need to combine the front and back sides of the head and ears at the same time. You have to make sure ears are inside and in the right position so pink will be on the same side as nose. You can check it picking between pieces of the head.stuffie 5All looks good so now you can sew it together. You need to be careful around the ears. Make sure nothing will slip out. If you are sewing with thicker fabric like mine, sewing machine will crank on you in those multi layer places so you need to be very careful and slow.stuffie 6When we turn it on the right side and put some stuffing in head should have oval shape. If you want to have it more 3D shape then you need to cut both front and back of the head bigger and make those 3 or even 4 small triangle stitches on the inside. This will give more volume to the fabric and more space for stuffing.stuffie 7Now we need to make hands and legs. If you are sewing from thick fabric please make a bit bigger shapes than I have originally presented. This size was good for hand sewing not a machine and when I have sew it with machine it became very slim and too small, so I had to cut it again, this time a bit bigger as per below photo.stuffie 8Now we can combine the body of stuffie with its hands. We will do it on the left side again and hands have to be already inserted in the right position. You can also make few of those small triangular stitches to make body a bit more round or go flat as I did. I thought it will be good enough and more stuffing will create desired shape.stuffie 10Please be careful with your sewing machine in those places where hands are attached. I have left opening from the bottom to turn it all on the right side.stuffie 11Now I have added stuffing and the head. I have attached it by hand stitch and went around two times to make sure it holds well.stuffie 12Once the stuffing was in I could position the legs and close it down. Hand sewing did come in handy again. I don’t think my machine would be able to manage through it especially legs are also stuffed so all become far to bulky to sew with machine.stuffie 9Each cat stuffie patter must have a tail! This is one of the most important parts to underline characteristic of the animal. I wanted my tail slim and curvy, so I did some more of hand sewing. To make it more interesting to play with I have added small bell at the end of it before I have pushed in some stuffing. It will be more fun to play with it.stuffie 13Ok, tail is in its place now and it looks perfect. I did double stitch again as I’m sure my daughter will hold this part of toy for most of the time.stuffie 14Now we have to add some more details on the cat’s face and belly. Does this stuffie look familiar to you? I hope it does and I’m sure Anna is going to love it.stuffie 16I think this cat stuffed animal patter is quite easy and since mine is quite small it took me just an hour to make it. If you have any other cat sewing patter’s to share please e-mail me. Just look at this fabulous face, he is little movie star and will be softest plush to cuddle.stuffie 17If you didn’t like it so much or maybe cat stuffie is not an easy patter for you please try this super easy owl stuffie and if you wish I can make separate tutorial on it. Most important thing is to try, and you may surprise yourself with an awesome toy for your kids.owel soft toyI hope you had fun and I will see you reading my next post very soon. Keep up your great work and remember there is no difficult sewing pattern until you actually try it and this cat stuffie patter has proven it to me as well

How to Shorten Pants With a Zipper

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how to shorten pantsEvery sewer should know basic clothes operation like shortening pants. I have decided to show you How to Shorten Pants With a Zipper which is probably a bit more complicated than just shortening regular pants but it is not as much complicated like shortening pants with zipper and lining.how to shorten pants (1)First you have to mark desired pants length. It is best to unzip the zipper and straighten the fabric. You should mark the place where the fabric touches the floor right on the heel, with shoes on the foot, the pants will lift about an inch over the ground which is what you want to achieve.how to shorten pants (2)We will cut the leg about 1 inch below the mark so we have enough of fabric to fold it up nicely.how to shorten pants (3)Then you have to remove extra zipper parts. First I have remove a stitch on 1 inch length of it and cut half way through. We will need a bit of zipper left to sew it inside of the fold.how to shorten pants (4)Now we need to secure end of each side of the zipper on the bottom of it. You should look for a place where zipper will bend and disappear in the fold of the fabric.how to shorten pants (5)I have put pins all around the fold. When you start sewing on your machine please remember to sew back and forth with reverse gear. how to shorten pants (7)Do the same on the beginning and the end where zipper is folded in to the fabric. It will make sure to keep all parts in the position. To make it even stronger I used stitch size 2 while on the fold around the leg I used stitch size 4 which matched the length of the stitch used originally.how to shorten pants (6)Now you can do the same with second leg. When both are done iron it neatly. This is how to shorten pants with a zipper. It is obviously much easier when you do it with the machine. For those who doesn’t have a sewing machine you can follow same steps but you will have to complete all sewing by hand. how to shorten pants (9)Good luck with your sewing and I hope my post was useful.

Pattern Making Tutorial

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pattern making (3)I have finally came to the conclusion that it is the right time to start collecting my designs in the form of patterns which can be stored in some decent way and then reused with some small adjustments. I have studied in this matter a bit just to make sure I’m not making some terrible mistakes. I prepared first sewing pattern with pictures to show you how to make a pattern from an existing clothes. This way saves a lot of frustration while trying to find right size while sewing for yourself, family or customers (especially when you are just starting up your business). I thought that pattern cutting will be rather difficult and I will probably miss out some details which will affect final result but I was mistaken. Pattern making is actually very easy and this is a truth reason of this post. I want to encourage all of you to make your own patterns and sew more beautiful clothes much quicker not mentioning they will all fit perfectly. Oh yes! I forgot that possibly most of the new tailors would start their sewing carrier from purchasing ready patterns and sewing from them. Next step would be pattern making and then sewing without patterns just from the measurements. I have started opposite way. First I have worked on sewing straight from the measurements and only now I’m doing my own patterns. To be honest with you it is simply from need of sewing faster and sewing patterns definitely helps with it. You can just imagine how fast you can cut individual pieces of top or dress when you have simple paper form to follow.pattern making (1)I have decided to cut first pattern for my daughter’s dress. I have used other dress which fits her perfectly to trace it the pattern from it. You will also need baking paper, scissors, sticky tape (just in case if need them wider) pen or marker and measuring tape.pattern making (2)I will need only single strips of paper. You need to remember that we are cutting only half of the pattern if both sides of clothing (left and right) are symmetrical. You have to make sure that edge of the paper is right in the middle of the dress and then cut external line of the clothing.pattern making (3)Please make sure you are as detailed as it can be. You have to watch for every curve or sharp edge. Please flatten the fabric of clothes you are using to make your pattern. It maybe a challenge sometimes so it is a good idea to iron clothes before copying.pattern making (4)Can you see how paper have to overlap a bit to reach stitching line of this dress? This is where paper have to be cut to make pattern correct for further stitching to meet in right way.pattern making (5)Since I have started to cut back first I need to keep line of it all the way including collar. You can see on the pictures that paper lies under full shape of the dress. This is how I have started thinking that maybe I should make a pattern for full back and front and then I have realized that only half of it needed so I have removed other half later.pattern making (6)Now we need to make front of the dress which is a bit more difficult as you can’t see all the shapes properly. This time I placed the paper over it and marked shape before I cut. I picked under and over to mark in the right spots and I have also pressed paper to fill the edge of the fabric through it.

Both parts are ready. Now I have signed them as front and back and marked width, length ect.pattern making (7)Since this dress didn’t have a sleeves (I did pick this one on purpose to have clear picture of shapes) I had to take anther top with sleeves and trace them from it. I hope you can see pen marks to trace top edge of the sleeve.pattern making (8)Now I have 3 pieces of pattern which can be adjusted if needed. For example I can shorten the sleeves for summer dress or I can change waist line from very low to tall and adding small gathering we can make a top instead of the dress.pattern making (9)Once I have completed my pattern I had to give it a try and test it out.pattern making (11)Dress came out just lovely. It fits well but I did have small problem to be fixed. Front neck line came a bit to low so I fixed it adding single gathering and pretty bottom on the top of it. pattern making (10)For next piece of clothing I have to remember to cut an inch taller neck line or I will simply re-do the front part of my pattern. Now I will use same base pattern to different types of clothes and I will show them to you for sure. If you have any questions or maybe some of my instructions were unclear please go ahead and write to me. Pattern making is not hard at all and sewing from patterns is even easier. I hope I helped you to learn how to make a pattern.

How to Downsize a Shirt

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Resizing any kind of clothing is quite easy most of the times. All dependence on the pattern and how much it has to be resized. I have prepared this small tutorial on how to downsize a shirt with use of simple pattern, full size resizing and overlock serger machine.downsizing shirtI got this shirt on-line last year and even I have selected correct size (as per charts) when it has arrived I have find out that it was size to big plus it had finish defects, so I didn’t wear it even once. It is simple DIY fabric with a bit of stretch in it so I believe all process should be quick and easy.

First I have put it on left side out to properly mark how much smaller it should be for perfect fit. Then I have removed some stitching on the end of sleeve, on the bottom of the shirt and under pits.downsizing shirt 1

First I have sew around the sleeve. If you didn’t work on the overlock serger yet you should definitely try. It is huge save of time. I have used just few pins, it did cut, hem , stitch – all at the same time.downsizing shirt 2Next step was to downsize side stitch from the end of the sleeve to the bottom of the top. I just had to follow the shape with market distance from the original edge of the shirt.downsizing shirt 3Now we have to fix finish of selves and this very unfortunate finish of bottom of my shirt.downsizing shirt 4Since I didn’t want to lose any fabric on the length I have decided to remove all original stitch and sew it on fresh hoping that my finish will look better than “professional” on-line store quality.downsizing shirt 5This type of stitch you can achieve on your regular machine with double needle. downsizing shirt 8You will also need second fit for a thread which can be done in at least 3 ways. First and second one is by purchasing an additional holder which can fit on the top of your bobbin wider or in the spicily cut whole on the top of your machine (most of machines does have this attachment). downsizing shirt 6I got mine for bobbin winder in the local machine store and repair shop. Third idea is “home made”. You can attach pencil or other slim round object which can hold a roll of threat up right. I have used wide duck tape to keep it on strongly and firmly.downsizing shirt 7I have turned shirt on the left side and put footer in so I can try to monitor feed of fabric under and stitch over. Go slow to have better control and avoid corrections.downsizing shirt 9

 

 

Dress from Baby Onesies

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dress from to small onesies 12I have so many things going on which I would love to share with you. Let’s start with my new fantastic sewing machine! I was waiting for it a while and I couldn’t believe I finally got it. It obviously had to be tested right away and yes it does work perfectly fine. One hour of practice at store was enough to run through all of basic options. How cool is that? I got one hour free training with purchase of my overlock machine. dress from to small onesies 14Isn’t he beautiful? Works like a dream too. I have completed a small sewing project under an hour. Dress from Baby Onesies was so quick and easy.dress from to small onesies 1I have used baby onesies which is already to small but has very good quality and I simply love this flowery embroidery on the top. I have managed to buy fabric with a matching patter.dress from to small onesies 3I have cut out the bottom of it. Then from a long strip of fabric I have added gathering to create a small skirt. Length of one part was as 3 widths of onesies.

First I have connected back and front of fabric strip to create a loop.dress from to small onesies 4Please look at this stitch. It is perfectly straight and 100% professional.dress from to small onesies 6Then I added gathering all around. You have to make sure it has been spread evenly on each side and left to right. dress from to small onesies 7I really think picture tells it all 🙂 Now we need to add long sleeves. I have measured length and depth. Then I have sewn it along. dress from to small onesies 8Now tricky part. You need to add top of the sleeve on the inside of onesies on the original stitch. I have used pins to keep it in place.dress from to small onesies 9Sew around slowly and make sure to keep it straight and equally deep.

Now we can hem it all around on the bottom of the skirt and around bottom of the sleeves.

dress from to small onesies 10I sewn some clothing left with this kind of hem on the bottom but I don’t like it too much, so I have used my regular machine and straight stitch to fold it under.dress from to small onesies 11Doesn’t she look gorgeous? Dress from Baby Onesies in no time. My little girl will be best dressed baby coming spring and summer.dress from to small onesies 13My second surprise for this post is a sticker with address of my website on the back of my car.dress from to small onesies 15How do you like it? It has been already noticed and it reflex in number of visits as well. I guess it was a good idea.

Fabric Tote Bag Tutorial

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Fabric Tote (14)A few weeks ago my daughter signed up for language course and she asked me to sew some nice fabric tote for her books and notes. I didn’t think much on designing it. It did some up quite nice, so I have decided to make this fabric tote tutorial to show how easy is to sew it.

Start from preparing two strips of fabric measuring 11 cm by 60 cm and one large strip 38 cm by 96 cm.

I have used tapestry which is much stronger and resistant to wear and tear and tapestry threat.

Fabric Tote (1)You can start with either bag or ears of it. We will use French stitch to cover fabric edge and prevent from pilling. First we sew on the left side leaving opening on the end in order to turn it on the right side. I have used this pretty flower mark to show where my opening is.Fabric Tote (2)Once you turn it then you sew it all around again and opening should be folded inside in order to close in the same way like all around. Fabric Tote (3)Now you can’t really see where my opening was in the first place.

Now we need to sew main part of tote. This time we will start on the right side of fabric. Cut off a bit of fabric in the corners, so it can fold nicer when we turn it on the left side.Fabric Tote (4)Then we need to turn it on the left side and sew it again on left and right. Make sure to keep distance from the edge so all extra fabric will hide inside of covering.Fabric Tote (5)Can you see how nice and straight it is?

Now we need to sew through the corners. it will create some volume at the bottom and fabric will not be under a lot of stress when you load some wide and heavy items like 2l bottle of water.

I have decided to make about 6.5 – 7 cm wide corners.Fabric Tote (6)To make sure both corners are aligned perfectly you can try to create a square and measure each side if they are identical, and then mark and sew through.Fabric Tote (7)Once this is done you can turn your main part of tote on the right side and see effect of it. Some sewies are cutting off remaining part of those two corners and then sewing with zig-zag to hem it but I prefer to leave it as it is. I feel base is stronger this way.

Next step is to fold top opening of tote. I have asked you to cut quite long piece at the beginning just because I think this top fold should be quite wide to create space for ears. Mine is 5 cm wide.Fabric Tote (8)Now we can add ears. You could do it on the inside or on the outside of your tote.Fabric Tote (9)I feel that on the inside makes more proportional impression and finish is neater.

I stitched it all around and across, to create nice square, and it will make sure strong attachment, and I do hope tote can carry at least 6 kg without any damage. Fabric Tote (10)I wouldn’t be myself if I have left off with my tutorial right here. I always love to add something special which makes item more unique. This time I have added handmade jewelry.Fabric Tote (12)Simply collect different types of beads which you think will match (or contrast) your tote. Then compose them in to an interesting elements which complete each other in the desired shape (I simply mean that when you put it together each side of decoration will have similar amount of beads attached to it).Fabric Tote (13)

Then I made one more fabric tote with different set of colours and while I was working on it I have realized that some fabrics have pattern going in the same direction, and you will have to cut main part of fabric in half and turn one of the pieces 180 degrees around so for example, flowers, will not be showing upside down. Now you can create any favorite color combination with beautiful key chain attached to it.Fabric Tote (15)Fabric Tote (16)What is your dream color? If you are looking for more inspiration please e-mail me, and I can add more customaries items just for you.

Sinbad Pants Pattern

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With hot weather comes more “at home” time. I like it so much because it gives me a chance to complete some of my projects and ideas.

This one is especially adorable because I made it for my baby girl. At the same time you can see how she grows.

sinbad pants 10This Sinbad Pants Pattern is simple and doesn’t take time due to the size, and to be honest, I like it so much I’m going to make one for myself once we are back home and I can work with my sewing machine.

This little piece was hand sew (machine which we bought here got broken) so please don’t laugh if some stitching doesn’t look straight. What is important here, that you don’t need to buy anymore pants for your baby with this easy to follow baby pants pattern. You can use almost any type of fabric ends piling up on your shelfs and result will be astonishing each time.

First you need to prepare two squares of fabric. Make it long enough to create an adorable bell shape around the ankles and wide enough to allow space for diaper and comfortable move.

My baby is 8 months old now and I have cut fabric which is L: 47 cm and W:50 cm.

sinbad pants 1To create a desired pattern I have used other pants and after putting both pieces of fabric together (left side of fabrics inside facing each other) first I have cut left side with print of back shape of pants and then right side with print of front shape of pants.

sinbad pants 2sinbad pants 3I hope you can see how left and right sides are different from each other? This will be our front and back of pants.

sinbad pants 4Now we need to stitch pieces in correct order. I have used French Stitch so pants can look pretty inside out.

sinbad pants 5We need to start from those curvy parts. The fabrics were already correctly aligned, if you have followed my instruction carefully, so you don’t have to move anything. First we stitch on the right side. Then we turn it inside and stitch on the left side.

sinbad pants 6Once both curves are done we need to turn the fabric on the right side again and open it flat to form the legs.

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We stitch it on the right side all the way and then turn on the left and stitch it all the way again. I love the French Stitch. It is so clean and organized and prevents fabric damages in the washing 🙂

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Now we need to fold ends of pants and top of it forming space for elastic. I have used elastic 0.5 cm wide for legs and 1 cm wide for waist line.

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I have put it on my little model but taking pictures was almost impossible. She has started crawling couple of weeks ago and we simply can’t hold her in place. I had to wait for a nap time and then it was much easier!:)

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Lucky girl, sleeping so nicely and peacefully. Have a sweet dream Anna!