DIY.. Velcro Kids Activity Bag

My husband and I like to dine out and usually bring our 2 1/2 year old son Tanner with us. Over the last 12 months it has gone from an easy dinner to total chaos.

We always bring a bag stuffed full of goodies for his entertainment. It’s messy and irritates us everytime we use it. For quite some time I’ve envisioned sewing a special bag that keeps everything nice and neat. The sides would “open” and be secured with strips of VELCRO® Brand product.  Tanner could see everything inside because of clear pockets.

So with another family night looming on the horizon, I knew it was the perfect time to get my project rolling!

 

Materials needed:

  1. Cotton fabric – 2 colors, 1/2 yard of each
  2. Fusible interfacing - Pellon SF works great, 1/2 yard
  3. VELCRO® Brand Soft & Flexible Sew-On Fasteners - 1 box
  4. Clear vinyl – 8 gauge, 1/2 yard
  5. Webbing for straps – 1/2 yard
  6. Bias tape – store bought or home-made
  7. Sewing supplies
  8. Disappearing fabric ink pen
  9. Cutting mat, rotary cutter and quilting ruler
  10. Wonder clips – optional
  11. Sewing machine
  12. Iron and ironing board

Before we get started you will need to do the following:

Cut your pieces:

  1. Main and lining fabric - cut 2 rectangles measuring 29″ L x 13-1/2″W
  2. Fusible interfacing – cut 2 pieces measuring 29″ L x 13-1/2″W
  3. Clear vinyl - cut 1 piece measuring 22″L x 13-1/2″W
  4. VELCRO® Brand Soft & Flexible Sew-On Fasteners  - cut 2 pieces 12″ long
  5. Webbing – cut 2 pieces 16″ long
  6. Bias binding – cut 2 pieces 13-1/2″ long

Fuse the interfacing to the wrong sides of the main and lining fabrics.

Alright, let’s get started:

Step 1-  Turn and fold 1/2″  the short ends of both the main and lining pieces. Press in place with an iron.

Step 2 – Place the clear vinyl onto your working surface. Along the longer edge, measure inwards 5/8″ and make a small mark. Continue along the entire length and mark a very light dashed line. Open up the VELCRO® tape. At the 5/8″ dashed line, place one side of the VELCRO® tape. Continue on the same side and now place the other side of the VELCRO® tape. Secure with a pin. Place into your sewing machine and stitch the VELCRO® down. Repeat for the other side.

Step 3 – Now place the bias tape along each short side. Cover the VELCRO® ends. Place into your sewing machine and sew down. Cut off any extra bias tape off each end.

Step 4- Sandwich your materials. Lay the lining fabric down on your working surface, right side facing up. Next lay the vinyl rectangle down.  The right sides of the VELCRO® tape should be facing the lining fabric. Lastly, lay the main fabric on top of the vinyl. Main fabric should be facing right side down. Use wonder clips or pin in place. Remember that pins will leave holes in the vinyl, so pin carefully.

Step 5 – Place into your sewing machine and stitch the long sides together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Backstitch at each end. Gently pull the fabric right side out. Smooth in place.

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Step 6 – Decide on strap length. Make sure each short end is still folded under 1/2″. Measure inwards 3″ from each side and insert the webbing strap. Pin in place. Stitch along the end to secure the straps. Repeat for the other side.

Step 7 – Fold and find the centre of the bag. It should be where the VELCRO® tape ends and begins. Place a ruler down along the center and mark a dashed line. Place into your sewing machine and stitch following the line. This completes the bottom of the bag and the stitch line will hold all your goodies securely in each side.

That’s it.  A super easy project and a perfect bag for a family on the go! VELCRO® Brand provided me with the materials for this post, but all opinions are my own. If you remember from many previous blog posts.. I use their products quite often and love sewing with them.

Fabric – I LOVE this fabric, so I thought I would share the info.. It’s from Dear Stella Designs and the fabric collection is called “Seaworthy”.

Happy Sewing!

Inspired By.. Dear Stella Designs

I had to share this cute photo..

I was outside taking pictures for a future project and my 2 1/2 year old son photo-bombed the shoot!! He was so excited about the “boats” on the fabric that he got down to get a closer look. Perfect opportunity for a fun and unique picture, right!? The best part is that it wasn’t staged..

The fabric is from Dear Stella and the collection is called “Sea Worthy”. I bought the fabric with Tanner in mind, so it makes me happy that he actually likes it! I’m sharing an easy kids activity bag tutorial with the stars and stripes on it tomorrow. A post is in the works with the boats and fishies… Come on over tomorrow and check it out.

DIY.. Pillowcase With Pom Pom Trim

A few months ago, Tiny Prints reached out wanting to discuss the possibility of a DIY collaboration.

I was floored and ecstatic.. After a few emails back and forth, we decided on a tutorial featuring their photo pillows and adding a pom pom trim. If you have visited my blog over the last few months, you’ll remember that I am addicted to sewing with pom poms.

I’m happy to be sharing the full tutorial over at the Tiny Prints blog today. Head on over and check it out… It’s only 10 steps and in a few hours you can make this a one of a kind printed pillow!

Only a few materials and you are good to go…

I know, I know.. I’ve said this a few times before.. But I LOVE sewing with pom poms. This tutorial is a little different, so there are a few things to consider before you get started in adding pom poms to your Tiny Prints pillow:

  1. The pillow comes with an invisible zipper.. Depending on how comfortable you are with zippers, this DIY can be super easy or on the more difficult side..
  2. For the easy DIY route, chose a rectangular pillow and add trim only to the short sides. The invisible zipper is at the bottom, so you won’t have to fuss too much with it.
  3. Did you know there are many sizes of pom pom trim?  Try Googling “pom pom trim” and “ball fringe” and see all the options that pop up. I bought a large 5/8″ diameter pom pom because I wanted the pom poms to jump out at each end..

I couldn’t decide on my trim color, so I bought both black and white. I went back and forth on what color, but in the end chose the black. The white trim felt like it was a little too safe.

Head on over and check out my tutorial. They have incredible posts full of inspiration on their blog..

Happy Sewing!

Photo credit – Family image on pillowcase by Margot Thornton Photography

Family Photo Shoot For Upcoming Project

I went home to Canada at the beginning of July. While on vacation, we had a family photo shoot in Calgary, Alberta. Here are a few of my favorites. Aren’t they fun..?

 

The really great news is that I have a super duper collaboration coming up on Monday. I will be using one of these photos in a tutorial..

I’m looking forward to sharing the tutorial with you. It’s pom pom, pillow and home-decor related. Make sure to check back in on Monday!

Also, my friend Margot of Margot Thornton Photography took the images. I adore these photos and they come at a time when I could use a little cheering up. If you are in/around Calgary and are looking to have photos taken – give her a shout. She is great to work with.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week-end.

Happy Sewing.

Top 3 Fabric Storage Bin Tutorials

Today I’m sharing my top 3 fabric storage bin tutorials. I love making storage bins and it seems that you guys all love these tutorials as well!! So when my life calms down and September rolls around, I promise to share a few more storage bin projects.

So here we go. Drum roll… You can click on the link or image and it will take you over to the tutorial.

Fabric Bin With Handles

Reversible Fabric Storage Bin

Cotton Canvas Storage Bin

Happy Sewing!

Top 5 Sewing Tutorials For Baby

I thought it was time to sift through my baby tutorials and gather my top 5..

If you’ve read my About Me page, you can see that I’ve never wanted to sew for babies and kids. I studied fashion design and it was all about handbags and apparel. However after my son was born, I was newly inspired to sew baby items. It was a huge turnabout and suddenly it became baby baby baby. Interesting how life changes, right?

I’ve loved sewing these items and look forward to having another baby and adding to this list. Hint Hint. Here they are in no particular order. Click on the link or picture and it will take you to the tutorial.

Baby Bib Trio:

On The Go Changing Mat:

Hooded Baby Towel:

Toy Bath Bag:

Fabric Storage Bin:

I know it’s been quiet over here. I’ve had a few things go on over the summer months that bogged me down and made blogging every week a tad difficult. I’ve had to deal with it and just be ok with not being here. I promise to be back in full swing this September! I can’t wait to get back to start sharing my DIY’s again. I hope you are all having a wonderful summer.

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July Round Up

Hello August!

August always makes me a little sad.. It means summer is ending and fall is near. While I love the fall season, summer is full of adventure and play and fall means back to work and school..

Enough said. We still have 30 days of fun ahead of us!  I had an interesting July. We went home to Canada for 10 days. I was back traveling to Birmingham, AL 2 days after my return. I am still dizzy from the workload that keeps piling up. Unfortunately, my sewing took an unexpected hit and my machine has been gathering dust.

Here are my highlights for the month:

Sewing Perfect Boxed Corners.. I’ve wanted to share these super duper easy steps for quite some time. I hope this helps all of you!

Beach Bag with Cord Straps.. This is an EASY beach bag that I shared over at Momtastic. I loved figuring out the tutorial and adding the Dritz eyelets! Buy a pack of the eyelets, you’ll be amazed at how easy they are to use.

Row By Row Experience.. Get local! I loved learning about The Row by Row Experience. If you have a chance, check out the their website and hit a few quilting stores in your area.

Isn’t this a cute picture? We had some photos taken while back home. The photographer is Margot Thornton and if you live near Calgary, give her a shout.

Well, that’s it today. I’m off to Salt Lake City next week, but plan to get some much needed sewing in over the weekend and start sharing tutorials again.

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Inspired By.. Row By Row Experience

I was traveling for work and happened upon a quilting store. I had a few minutes and thought I would drop in and see what they were up to. They had Lotta Jansdotter fabric displayed in their front window.. Agh-ha! Right away I knew this was a fabric shop for me! Work appointments, what?  Work could wait a few minutes while I popped into the quilt shop.

I bought a few fat quarters of Lotta’s fabric and while I was speaking with the owner she told me about the Row by Row Experience.. Wow, have you heard of it? What a great way to get out and take a tour of your local quilt stores!

The Row by Row Experience started in 2011 with 20 stores in the New York state and has grown to over 1200 store across the country [plus Ontario, Canada - yay!].  Each shop in the experience designs a mini quilt/ a row that is inspired by the seasons – this year’s theme. You can travel to each store and get their free “row” pattern. And there are prizes to be won..!  A stash of fat quarters!

If you are traveling this summer, check out the Row by Row website and see if the city/town you are visiting has a participant. They organize the states by license plates and you can purchase a license plate from the store you visit. Of course I bought one from this store – Deborah called her license plate “Seaside Quilter”. You still have time – the Row by Row experience runs July 1 – Sept 2. What a great way to get out, support local shop owners and find new goodies for your stash!  I love this kind of stuff.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

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A Blog Gift Exchange

A few weeks ago I took part in a blog gift exchange. I was lucky enough to be paired up with Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects.

She requested an apron for her daughter. I had a lot of fun coming up her with her gift and decided to send a matching bag with the apron. Doesn’t every little girl need a pint sized bag? Adrianne’s apron had adjustable straps which is key when you don’t know the exact size of the child. The gift exchange inspired me and I wrote a simple toddler apron tutorial the same week. It’s a perfect gift and you can check it out here.

I received the most amazing gift in return. She made me a necklace with my son’s name on it. Isn’t it adorable?

Head on over to her website to see more of her amazing work!

Happy sewing and I promise to have more sewing tutorials soon.

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DIY.. Beach Bag With Cord Straps

I’m happy to be over at Momtastic today sharing another project.. Do you want to make the perfect summer bag? How about adding cord straps and eyelets? Well, this easy tutorial is for YOU!

A few supplies and you are good to go.. Fabric, rope and an eyelet kit. The eyelet kit is from Dritz. Not only is it super affordable and easy to use, but it is OH SO Fun…

Just a few stitches on your sewing machine, a little pressing with an iron and a few bangs using a hammer. And that’s it. The best part, just size up the rectangle and you can sew the bag into any size. I chose to make a super small tote that will hold my beach essentials – phone, sunscreen, sunglasses, lipgloss and a book. I promise that you can complete this trendy bag in just a few short hours!

Grab a cup of coffee and head on over to the Momtastic blog. You’ll have this bag completed in just a few short hours.

Happy Sewing!

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