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Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

Because you needed another placemat tutorial. You were desperately looking for something else to make from all those gorgeous placemats you couldn’t pass up in the Target aisle. I got your back, friend.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagThis is EASY! Perfect for beginners for a quick project, easy enough to do the day of giving, too (guilty!). Why present a wine gift to the host/hostess in a boring gift bag when you can MAKE one that is wayyyyyy cooler?

Find yourself a lovely placemat. The one I chose has a lining on the back, but don’t fret if yours doesn’t — it isn’t necessary. Just be sure to read the notes below.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagFold your placemat in half lengthwise so the right sides are facing together.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagMeasure in 3-6 inches, start there and sew back and forth a few times, then sew down the length, turn and sew down the short end, and sew back and forth again.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

It should look like this when you’re done!

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

***Now take your scissors and cut off the fabric to the right of the seam you just made on the short end. NOTE: I did this because the existing seam was too thick with the lining. If your placemat isn’t lined, you won’t need to do this. I also forgot to take a picture. Woops. But you can see it in the next one.

Now, take your scissors and cut off the fabric to the right of the long seam you just made, just down at the bottom where it meets the short sewn end. This will just make it easier to put in the gusset on the bottom of the bag.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagGrab the bottom of the bag and squeeze it! Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

Squeeze from the folded side so the bottom pops out and use your fingers to fold over the corners toward the center. They will go in about an inch or so.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagGet your needle & thread ready, and hand stitch those corners down.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagDoesn’t have to be fancy. Clearly. They won’t see this so feel free to just wing it.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagDo both sides so it looks like this!

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagTurn the bag right-side out. Isn’t she pretty?

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagDepending on the kind of ribbon you have, you may need to seal it so it doesn’t fray. Ever hear of this stuff?

Fray Check is AWESOME – I use it all the time. Perfect for ribbon ends & sealing off small bits that you don’t want to fray.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagInsert bottle, tie a bow…

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagVOILA!

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

A thoughtful handmade gift to go with your pal’s favorite vino.

Enjoy! Hope your pal share’s her wine with you… :o)

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Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Infinity Scarf Tutorial

Infinity ScarfWhy buy a scarf when you can make one yourself in about 15 minutes? It is really that easy. You can use any type of fabric you like, make it as long or loopy as you like and add whatever embellishments you like. Sew much fun.

This tutorial is for an infinity scarf – you know, the circle ones you wear like a necklace? And this method creates a nice, finished tube — no exposed ends. In my example, the fabric I used measured 18×28″ and makes one loop, perfect for a simple accessory. If you want it to hang low, add length. If you want to wrap it around a few times and make a big, bold scarfy statement, add even more length (double or triple or quadruple!).

infinityfancyA Note on Fabric: Knits work best for scarves since they are stretchy and drape nicely. You can also use fancy fabrics, chiffon, etc., but they will not stretch so be mindful of that (you do need to get it over your head, you know). Regular cotton can work as well, but it is stiff (also does not stretch), and gives your scarf a totally different look. So if you want it to hang nicely, go with a knit or something lightweight and drapey. Is that a word? πŸ™‚

The fabric I used in the tutorial is Modern Jersey from Spoonflower — it’s one of my designs, and I used only a fat quarter!Β They are generous with this fabric given that their fat quarter for it is 18×28″…bonus! It’s a lovely weight as well – thick, but very soft and stretchy – I absolutely love it.

A Note on Needles: If you are going to use a knit fabric, CHANGE YOUR NEEDLE. Yes, there are different needles for different types of fabric. You may not think you need to use a different needle, or you may be afraid to try to change it, but it is worth it! Trust me. It takes only a second and makes a world of difference. Just refer to your manual for instructions and make sure the flat side of the needle faces the back when you shove it in. If you need some ball point knit needles, here you go!

To make your scarf:

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Start by laying out your fabric right side up. Fold in half lengthwise, right sides together, and pin in place. Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Take your tube to the sewing machine and simply zigzag stitch all the way down the end of the tube to sew it together.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

The zigzag stitch will allow for stretching the fabric without breaking the threads.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Now reach inside to the other end and pull it through. Don’t turn it all the way right side out, just pull it towards you so you can line up the the two tube ends, one inside the other, the right sides of the fabric facing each other.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Pin around the edges to hold them together if you need (most of the time I don’t need to pin, just depends on the fabric).

If your machine has an end that comes off like mine, you’re in luck – this will be super simple. Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Start to sew the edges together – I always start where the seams line up.Β  Just turn the fabric as you sew, going all the way around, but STOPPING about 2 inches before the end (or the start, since it is where you started).

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

–> If your machine end doesn’t come off, that’s OK! Just work with the fabric and sew around as far as you can – you’ll have more than a 2″ gap, but that’s perfectly OK.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Reach inside and turn your scarf right side out — it will all come out, don’t worry. You’ll have a nice circle tube with a hole in it.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Now you have two options —- hand stitch the hole closed (a ladder stitch would be great here), OR fold the edges in, pin and sew it shut on your machine. I use my machine. Everytime.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

You’ll have a small seam but that part goes underneath and sits on the back of your neck anyway — just turn it around.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

And you’re done. Applaud yourself and wear your new scarf with pride, my crafty friend!

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

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DIY Fabric Tutu

DIY Fabric Tutu

First of all, let me say I can’t take credit for this one, I sawΒ  this pin on Pinterest, and I nearly died. THE CUTENESS!!!!

Now, you know I don’t have a girl, this is an all boy house, but I’ve been dying to make some girly things lately…. and it just so happened that one of my bestie’s daughters was turning 5.

So the timing was just perfect.

I had to do it.

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I followed the tutorial behind that pin from Create Kids Couture

She has it all figured out by age — how much elastic to cut, how many fabric strips and how long they need to be. SO EASY! Kudos and thanks to this gal for figuring it all out for us.

Since my giftee was turning 5, I cut a 20″ piece of knit elastic (3/4″ found here), and I went withΒ  44 3×23 inch strips of these gorgeous batik prints I’ve been hanging on to for a special occasion.

batik prints

They were in a fat quarter bundle I purchased years ago, similar to these here. Confession: I bought the Batman shirt first because I’m a total nerd and decided to match the fabric to the shirt. Lucky lucky me, I had these batiks stashed away that matched just perfectly!

rotary cutter for fabric strips

For my own sanity, I used a rotary cutter to cut all 44 strips. You can certainly use some good fabric scissors but it will definitely take much, much longer!

rotary cutter for fabric strips

Notice that I didn’t bother pressing the fabric. I didn’t see the point. I like the super ragged look with the fraying and strings and wrinkles — that’s what makes this tutu so dang cute, right?

pile of batik strips

After cutting allllll of my strips, I quickly stitched the elastic together on my machine (going back and forth several times for stability and to lock in my thread). Forgive me, for I failed to photograph this part, but I didn’t even pin it. I Just overlapped the two ends and sewed it with a zigzag. I took the elastic off the machine…

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..and stuck my legs through to have a “base” to work off of, because who has a child’s sized dress form? Not me….. and yes, that’s a piece of washi tape on my shoe!

Following the tutorial’s knotting instructions I began attaching my strips one by one after deciding my pattern/order of prints. legs2

The idea being that you want to keep the front, or right side of the fabric facing outward on the tutu. You will get fuzzy so have a lint roller handy!

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It starts to look really cool once you get several of the strips tied on. legs4

Before you know it, you’re done! I was surprised by the weight of the tutu, but if you think about how much a fat quarter bundle weighs, it makes sense!

Fabric Tutu Tutorial

Here is a closeup of the knots – you can see the imperfect fabric cuts, the frays and jagged edges…. I just love it!

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This was a lot of fun and I was able to get the whole tutu done in one afternoon naptime!

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So go forth and do! This is one of the projects that I decided to dive into after reading that book I mentioned in my last post… it really inspired me. Just get out there and create, people!

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DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

If you’ve been following me for a while, you KNOW I can’t pass up pretty fabric… even if it’s not really meant to be sewing fabric. But, pretty colors and patterns and textures are abundant these days in so many basic items that us creatives find inspiration everywhere, right? Yep.

So here we go with another gorgeous Target find!

DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

These napkins have the most gorgeous print ever and I couldn’t pass them up. I recently got around to using ONE of them to make a super cute clutch that I gifted to my son’s awesome teacher, and I’m giddy to think that I still have THREE napkins left to play with — YAY!

Oh and by the way, whilst visiting my store the other day I noticed that they now have the matching placemats too…so you could also make a clutch like this one here!

Supplies:

  • 2 Cloth napkins – mine are about 19.5″ square
  • Interfacing – I used a stiff one, cut to 9×19″
  • Ribbon or bias tape – mine was cut to 29″ but it depends on how you want to use it. If you want the decorative detail like mine that runs up and down the whole clutch, cut it to 29″ — if you just want it to tie off the button, cut it to 13″
  • A great button – in my opinion, the bigger the better!
  • Pins, thread, scissors…
  1. Fold napkin in half, insert your ribbon or bias-tape in between the two layers and pin it closed. I put the open end of the bias-tape facing out, and left a long 10″ tail. I did this just for appearance, there is no value other than it’s a cute detail. You can leave this part out if you want and just sew the two edges of the napkin together without the ribbon/bias-tape, but you’ll need to shorter piece of ribbon for the closure.
    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Fold napkin in half, insert ribbon/bias-tape if using, and pin closed

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Fabric sandwich – napkin edge, bias-tape, napkin edge

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Leave a long tail – mine was 10″

  2. Sew down the length of the pinned edge, going back and forth a few times at each end to tie off the thread. Be sure you’re catching the ribbon/bias-tape in your stitch if you’re using it, and continue to sew all the way down it’s length or it will open up on you.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    If using bias-tape sew all the way down the length of the tail

  3. Open your new tube of a napkin and lay it out so that the seam you just made is in the center — you can press the fabric to keep it steady.
    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Open the new napkin tube and shift it to lay flat with the seam in the center

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Seam in center of new napkin tube

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    I just love this detail!

  4. Insert your interfacing! It should fit nicely in between the two layers of fabric. Go press again, following the instructions of the interfacing (or not, whatever – you’re going to sew it in place and it’s just for structure).

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Insert interfacing

  5. Sew along the bottom edge, sewing the tube shut, catching the interfacing in your stitch.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Sew along bottom edge, making sure to catch the interfacing

  6. Sew along the top as well — BUT if you’re using a short piece of ribbon or bias-tape, this is where you’ll insert it in the center of the edge and sew it in place. If you did it like mine, it will already be there and you’ll need to either sew over the top of it or sew up to the sides of it depending on your preference.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Sew along the top edge – add ribbon if you haven’t already

  7. Now fold your clutch. Place it face down (ribbon/bias-tape detail down) and fold up from the bottom to where you like it, pin in place, and then fold the top down. You can play with it a bit to get the right spot. Once you have it, PRESS!

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Lay detail face down,Fold and pin the bottom half up

  8. Take the clutch back to the machine, lift up the top flap and sew up the bottom side edges just to where the pocket fabric ends. Be sure to go back and forth a few times to ecure and close the stitch.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Sew up the bottom side edges

  9. Now hand-sew your button on the bottom portion of the clutch. Tie a knot in your bias-tape or ribbon, or seal it with some fray check.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Sew on button, knot the tail

  10. Ta Daaaaaaa! DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch
  11. ***I later went back and added some decorative stitching in another color thread just for fun, but didn’t get a good picture of it (of course) — you can kind of see it here, I did it on the top and bottom edges. DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

Affiliate Disclaimer: You know how much I love Target – that’s WHY I am an affiliate, I’m happy to promote their awesome stuff. If you buy anything online using my links, I’ll get a few pennies! πŸ˜‰

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Sew Easy Placemat Clutch

Sew Easy Placemat Clutch

When you really get into sewing, you start to see fabric everywhere. Seriously. Everywhere. I don’t get rid of clothes anymore if the fabric is sew-worthy, as evidenced by my upcycle/recycle/refashion posts! But now I can’t even go through the grocery store without eyeing the tiny section of kitchen towels that are in the baking aisle.

And Target? FUHGHETTABOUDIT. Towels, kitchen towels, napkins, shower curtains, sheets, placemats, table runners…. there is fabric everywhere, and lots of super cute prints, too!

Guess how this tutorial came about? Yep. Walking by the kitchen linen aisle and spotted this GORGEOUS placemat.

Placemat Clutch

I mean seriously, it is so beautiful and has such great texture.

Placemat Clutch

I ended up buying two – one in this coral color and another in a lovely mustard for a later project!

So anyway, this placemat happens to be lined (bonus!) which made my mind start shouting ideas at me in a tourette-like fashion: BAG! Pillow. Coasters. CLUTCH!Β  Ah, yes, I think a clutch is perfect.

I wanted to make a very stiff, structured clutch – not the floppy kind (I feel like stuff would fall out of a floppy clutch, but you can skip this step if you want a floppy one for yourself), so in lieu of interfacing I used stiffened felt.

Placemat Clutch - Stiffened Felt

WHAT, you say? Stiffened felt. I love this stuff and I use it all the time! The placemat is 14×19 and a sheet of the stiffened felt is 12×18 so it fits perfectly inside. You can get it at your local craft store, or by all means, use some interfacing that is stiff if you want more structure to your clutch.

You’ll also need some velcro. There are several kinds of velcro, and truth be told I would have preferred sew-on velcro instead of the kind with the sticky back (gums up the needle!) but you use what you have on hand sometimes… so if you’re going to get supplies, get sew-on velcro instead of sticky! πŸ™‚

Placemat Clutch - Velcro

So now the fun begins. Slice open one of the short ends of the placemat…

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Stuff the felt inside…

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Push it all the way in, there will be a little room on all sides.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Set your machine to a zigzag stitch…

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

..and sew that baby back up! Be sure to go back and forth a few times at the top and bottom to seal off the thread. You won’t sew through the felt since it is shorter than the placemat.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Now isn’t that lovely? Hold up the placemat and shake it around a bit so the felt makes it back to the center.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Next you’re going to fold your very stiff placemat into a clutch. Get ready, you’ll need some muscle.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

You can fold it to where you want it, what looks good or feels comfortable to you, but if you’re a stickler for measurements (I am NOT), I measured for you and folded up to leave 4.5 inches on the top flap, as you can see pictured here:

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

I put pins to mark my place and went back to the sewing machine. Using a straight stitch, I started at the pin and went straight down to the bottom. Since the placemat is lined and you have the felt in there, your machine and needle will basically tell you where to sew and give you your seam allowance – it’s about 1/4 -1/2 inch. Be sure to go back and forth a few times at the top and bottom again, to secure your thread.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

This fabric hides your thread & seam so nicely!

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Now go sew up the other side, too..

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

..and check your work out — you now have a lovely pocket!

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Next step: use your muscles to fold that top down. Press it really well, it’s going to want to pop back up on you. I set my laptop on mine for a while just to tell it who is boss.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

This is where the velcro comes in. AGAIN – I want to reiterate that sew-on velcro is much preferred over the sticky-back velcro I am using here. Trust me. I went through 2 needles!

Pick your spot where you want the velcro placed and pin it in place.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

I joined the velcro once pinned and folded the top of my clutch over to get my spot for the second piece on the main body of the clutch like this..

Placemat Clutch - Make it!Placemat Clutch - Make it!… and then secured the second piece of velcro.

Break out your needle and thread and sew those puppies on!

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Be sure to go through the placemat and the felt or interfacing if you used it — you’ll want it to be secure and not to pull away from the structure of the clutch. I used a contrasting thread, I thought it would be cute!

Placemat Clutch - Make It!Since I used the sticky-back velcro, I had to use all my power to push the needle through. But the end result was worth the sore thumb muscles!

Placemat Clutch - Make It!Once you’ve sewn both pieces of velcro on..

Placemat Clutch - Make It!You’re done!

Placemat Clutch - Finished!Isn’t she pretty? Dramatic, but still so very classy!

Placemat Clutch - Finished!Β Makes a great gift, too – and they will be SUPER impressed when you tell them you made it yourself! πŸ˜‰

Happy Sewing!

Sew Easy Placemat Clutch

 

 

 

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