This is a fab easy activity to do with kids….I saw something like this on someones head at a Christmas fair one year and thought it such a good idea
You will need cards roughly the same size as each other - Tear the cards in half along the fold
Fold the side edges toward the right side roughly 1cm in
Make a template on one side of a card – any simple shape will do – I made this shape
Copy and cut out the cards according to the template – I needed three and a half cards for this crown
With sticky tape or a stapler stick/staple the sides together
Adjust to fit head size
If you like – use only the front of the card or, if you have some unused cards which you don’t care for, you could get your kids to decorate the blank half with glitter and felt tip pens.
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I love this bag, fashioned on the shop bought Gift bags I thought I would have a go at making one out of Oilcloth and …. it looks great.
Cut out a piece of Oilcloth measuring 42cm wide by 45cm long or 16.5″ by 18″
Fold in half and sew up the two side seams (one will be a seam along the fold)
Cut out two 4.5cm square at each corner on the bottom
Sew up the bottom seam then place the side seam and bottom seam of one corner together and sew up
Repeat this step on the other side
Fold over the raw edge at the top and hem.
If you like – top stitch from each base corner to the top edge (this will help square the bag and it stands nicer too)
Pierce 2 holes on all sides equidistant from eachother (approximately 2.5cms apart)
Thread some ribbon through for handles, tie the loose ends on the inside one corner of the bag.
Now you have an extra cute gift bag to fill with a bottle of Christmas cheer and put under the tree:)
Happy Monday. X
I made some of these some time ago, and thought I might do a tutorial on them as they are easy to do and look fab on the table. Fantastic to keep clean by just using a damp cloth and they take the heat of pots surprisingly well…
For six place mats you will need:
12 pieces of oilcloth measuring approximately 15″ by 11″ or 38cm by 28cm for the front and back of each mat
Trim corners into a curved shape if desired
Place top piece and bottom piece of oilcloth right sides together and sew around the edge leaving an opening big enough to fit your hand in (roughly 5″ or14cms)
Snip four vertical cuts toward the seam of the corners for a flatter finish
Careful not to cut the stitching
Turn the oilcloth the right way round
Finger press the opening closed and starting at this point, top stitch around the whole place mat
Now repeat all steps for the other five place mats
I love them, simple and effective:)
Have a good week where ever you are.
This is another easy peazy idea and tutorial for Halloween or a birthday or another ‘gifty’ type day. Use what ever fabric you have in your stash….or I have used a plain unbleached calico for these so I can get the young party goers involved in the decoration of the bag with some fabric pens:) I made six of these to the following measurements:
For the Body of the Bag:
Cut out a 34cm by 68cm piece of calico cotton or fabric of choice
Fold in half and on the fold line cut out one inch squares at each corner
Sew up the side seams
Fold the side seam to the middle of the fold on the bottom and sew this up for the base of the bag
Repeat on the other side
Iron down quarter inch at the top of the bag
Iron a further half inch to fold in the raw edge
Sew to secure leaving a gap big enough for your tape/rope for the drawstring to go through, fold bag ‘width ways’ in half and snip a small hole at this point for threading your drawstring through
For the Drawstring:
Cut a strip of cotton 3″/8cm wide and long enough to go the diameter of the bag top plus 8″/20cm (I used a strip of 34″/86cms)
Fold in the raw edges, iron and sew into a strip
Get a safety pin- put this into the strip and thread your drawstring through the hole
Tie a knot at each end
Pull closed and there you have a lovely drawstring gift bag -
Ready for drawing all over with fabric pens, come Halloween :0
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PS. Please comment if you have any questions;)
This is another quick project which takes little time to make. All you need is roughly 200cm by 150cm wide of canvas or other strong material. And approximately 12mm diameter by 6 meter standard builders nylon rope, which wont rot. oh, and two trees between four and five meters apart.
Pin the shorter ends folding in the raw edge leaving 3cm-4cm between the fold and the stitching for your rope to be pushed through.
Sew the seam.
Repeat for the other side.
I seamed each side twice with straight stitch and once through the middle with zigzag, for added strength, as the little ones and friends like to swing FAST AND HIGH.
Thread the nylon rope through each side and gather the material in the middle.
Find two trees close enough together and tie around a strong branch or the trunk.
Get the biggest in the house to lie in it to test the hammocks height off the ground and adjust if necessary and to your preference.
Lie down again and reach for a good book, alternatively grab the nearest toddler for a test flight, or a sleep…maybe?
I love this little project. Quick and Easy and you end up with a lovely cover for your phone:)
Cut out two pieces of oilcloth and two pieces of felt/fleece measuring approximately 3.5″ – 4″ by 6″ – 7.5″ or to the rough measurement of your phone, allowing for seams
Right sides together of one piece oilcloth and one piece felt – sew across one of the short ends
Fold over and with wrong sides together top stitch
Repeat with the other piece of oilcloth and felt
Now place the two sewn pieces wrong sides together, using straight stitch sew up the case leaving an opening at the top end (where previously stitched and top stitched) I rounded the corners of the phone cover as I went.
Cut away excess fabric and put your phone inside, adjust if neccessary.
I made mine a snug fit to stop the phone falling out in my bag or when in my hand.
If anything is unclear, please feel free to e-mail me, or comment on this post:)
I am not sure if this is how others do this or whether I have one step extra in the whole process but because the oilcloth is thick and the piping even thicker - stabilizing the piping by means of pins or paper clips is a bit tricky. So I tend to sew the piping onto one edge of the front and back face of the bag before sewing the bag pieces together.
Place raw edges together, leave 2.5cm free off piping at the top, sew through piping and then sew as close to the piping as possible all the way around the bag.
Leave a 2.5cm space at the top of the other side and sew through the piping again, as seen below. Do clip the piping around the rounded corners of the bag, this helps to stop it puckering and creasing.
Now you are ready to put the centre panel into your bag, right sides and all raw edges together.
Now repeat the piping steps for the other bag face and then add this to the centre panel.
My finished bag now looks like this:
Do you like it? If I can help further with any of these instructions please feel free to comment or email me with questions.
This is a great little trick and it can make a bag look really smart as well as holding the bag’s shape even more. Choose what diameter you would like to make your piping and select the ‘inner piping’ for it. I found some plastic garden tubing from the pound shop which does the trick perfectly for the diameter I like.
I read some where and think this a good tip – try to choose a diameter that balances with your bag, as sometimes if the piping is to thick it will over power the bag itself.
Another tip – if you want to make your piping feature strongly choose a contrasting bold colour for it.
Here is how I do it:
Loosely measure the fabric around the piping of choice.
Cut a strip of fabric to this measurement leaving roughly 1cm either side for sewing purposes (mine measured roughly 2.5cms altogether)
Cut the fabric to the length of piping you will need for your project. I cut the inner piping longer than the fabric for leverage.
Put your zipper foot on the machine and cover the inner piping so the fabric lies evenly on either side.
Sew as close to the inner piping as you can (tip: use same colour thread as fabric, I didn’t and this can show if your bag sewing is not as close to the piping)
There it is……Piping ready for your bag making – tomorrow I will show you how I put the piping into my bag project.
This is a great little project to do. Easy to sew within a half hour slot. Suitable size for 4-7 years - size it as required to fit a different age group. Mine was meant to be for a toddler and because of its size and weight it is too big – a little growing is required – do I add water?
Take large towel, cut off 12″ of the width – you will use this to make the hood.
Take the 12″ strip and trim off excess so your hood measures 12″x22″.
Fold this in half and sew up one side.
Cut a hole in the centre of the towel – I made mine 10″ wide and was oval in shape.
Add the hood (raw edges to the towel) – put a pin in the center back of the hole.
Pin your hood in place lining up the seam on the hood with the center back, pin hood in place before sewing it in.
Trim the raw edge of towel base and top stitch around the hood folding in the front raw edge to stop fraying.
The rest of the 12″ strip can be made into a pretty flannel for the bath – I trimmed mine with sky blue for a bit of contrast.
PS: If you are interested in a promotional offer on the sale of a gorgeous Mexican Oilcloth Wallet please see previous post.
This is so easy – and it really takes no longer than 5-10 minutes.
Select your fabric
Cut your fabric using a hanger to measure out the width adding 1cm on each side for seams, my fabric measures 33″ long By 12″ wide
Hem both width ends
Fold the material so that you have a deep pocket on the bottom for your pegs and enough of a fold at the top to cover your hanger
Make sure that the smaller half’s fold is on the outside when the turned the right way round
Right sides together sew up the side seams
Make a hole in the middle on the short sided fold. Turn your peg bag right side out and put your hanger through the center hole -put your pegs in the deep pocket, hang on the washing line and it’s all ready to go
PS: Don’t forget the sew mama sew give away tomorrow