Posts Tagged ‘Tutorials’

Easy Mini Ruffled Purse Tutorial

November 20, 2009

Hey all!  Been awhile since I posted a free tutorial and thought I would share how to make this bag that I did for my Daughter! 😀

Materials needed:

  • 15.5 inch by 19 inch piece of woven for the body of the bag
  • 4″ x 44″ (full width) of coordinating woven for handles/trim
  • iron
  • marking pen is really handy for this 😉

Step #1 – After cutting the above pieces.  Take your strip for the trim/handles fold in half long ways and IRON.  Then unfold and fold both raw edges into the center and iron!   Pic here:

Step #2 – Cut this strip into 2 pieces.  One measuring 18 inches long for the trim, then whatever you have left (should be about 26 inches) will be the straps

Step #3 – Now I like to do french seams for the purse bottom since we arent lining this bag.   With french seams I sew on the RIGHT sides of the fabric using a 1/8″ seam allowance, turn my material with RIGHT sides TOGETHER and sew on the WRONG side using a 1/4″ seam allowance to enclose the raw edges as seen here:

Step #4 Now we RUFFLE the top edges of the bottom of the bag!   Here is what I do on my machine:  Turn your tension dial all the way up *mine goes to 9* and make your stitch length as long as it will go *mine goes to 5*   The using a 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch along the top raw edge.  I hold my finger behind the foot like so and then release every 3-4 inches sewn.  You can also pleat the top, use a ruffler foot, or even stitch then pull the threads to gather like many patterns tell you too 😉

Step #5- Set that piece aside and pick up your long STRAP piece.  Stitch 1/8″ along both edges to finish the strap

Step #6 – Set that aside and grab your “TRIM” piece.  Open the ends and match them like shown below and sew 1/4″ away from edge.  I did farther in so I didnt include that selvage edge you see 😉

Your piece should gladly go back to the “double fold” position when tucked back in so it will look like this:


Now with your seam in the center, use your marking pen to put marks at the “half way” marks on both ends.  These will be where we line up the straps and the side seams of the bottom of the bag!!!

Step #7 – Line up each end of your strap *making sure you dont twist it* with the marking pen marks you made.  Open your “trim” piece and fold the end of your strap into the inside of your trim piece and baste into place like so:

Step #8 –   Keeping your trim piece open line up the side seam of the main bag piece with the mark you made as well.  Tuck all the raw edges and stitching  you made to ruffle the bag piece well into the trim piece and fold the trim piece closed:

Step #9 – With your trim piece securely folded over all the ruffled raw edges of the bag piece, sew along the edge like so.  Make sure your strap is folded up and out of the way as seen above in the picture.  Tuck the edges in as you go.  When you get a few inches away from the other strap, be sure to line up the side seam with your strap & mark.

Step #10 – Now with the straps folded up, Topstitch along the trims top edge:

Step #11 – OPTIONAL   You are done at this point unless, like me you want to add a little more shape to the bag.  Here is the bag BEFORE SHAPING:

 Here is what I did to square the bottom a little.   Iron the corners of your bag piece FLAT.  Then open the ironed corner and match the side seam with the ironed line made at the bottom.  Measure in with your ruler 1.5″ from the tip and sew this line!

I then folded up the “triangle odd piece and tacked it to the side seam allowance.  DONT SEW THE BAG just along the seams 😉  You could also cut the piece off and zig zag the edges but I wanted to keep the inside clean!

Here is the results with my 9 year old!

Scrappy Paper Bookmark Tutorial

November 12, 2008
Scrappy Paper Bookmark

OK this is going to be so simple you will probably laugh and not really think it is worth much, lol. But this is a great way to use scraps and make something simple and giftable.

You will need cardstock and scraps!

  • Cut your 8.5 x 11″ sheet of cardstock into 5- 2″ x 8.5″ strips.
  • Cut your scraps into 1.5″ x 8″ pieces.
  • Zigzag or deco stitch around the edges while centering. *You could use fabric adhesive to keep it in place if you wish.*
  • Then I deco stitched around the edges.

You could finish it by laminating, or just leave!
Great freebies for fairs or to give with cards, books, etc.

Tutorial: Gift Card Holder

November 6, 2008

Need something a little personal to put your gift card in for someone?  This is super simple.  Took me all of 10 minutes to cut and make it.  And makes a great use of your scraps!   It would also hang on your tree at christmas or be used as a “gift TAG”



  • 2- 3.5″ x 8″ pieces of cotton woven material
  • 1- 3.5″ x 6″ piece of cotton woven material for POCKET
  • Ribbon:3/8″ grosgrain, 1-6″ and 1-2.5″ piece


1~Cut all pieces out 


2 ~ Fold pocket piece in half with Right Side OUT and Topstitch along the folded edge.

3~ Baste Pocket on RIGHT side of one end of ONE 3.5″ x 8″ piece.  I baste 1/8″ from edge

4~Baste 2.5″ ribbon folded as pictured onto pocket end and baste 6″ ribbon folded as pictured on the other end


5~ Align the other outer 3.5″ x 8″ piece on top of the pocket/ribbon piece with RIGHT sides TOGETHER!
I start about 1″ from corner on long side where there is NO pocket. Use a 1/4″ Seam allowance and stop after leaving about a 2″ opening.


6~Trim corners slightly and TURN

7~Tuck in seam allowances at the opening and topstitch all the way around using a 1/8″ Seam Allowance.


VIOLA!  You are done! 😀

Quick Ribbon Ring Teether Toy Tutorial

August 20, 2008

OK, I promised some of you I would get this wrote up, so here it is! 






Materials Needed:

  • 6 pieces of cotton woven fabric cut 2 x 3.5″
  • 3 pieces of fusible fleece interfacting cut 2 x 3.5″
  • 6 ribbons cut to 2.5 to 3 inches long
  • 2.5 to 3″ Unfinished wood ring
  • Iron
  • Sewing Machine

Step #1

Cut all pieces above. Iron Fusible Fleece to WRONG SIDE of 3 pieces of your cotton woven material.

Step #2

Sew 2 piece together RIGHT SIDES together using no more than a 1/4″ Seam allowance.  Start on the long side just 1/2″ from edge.  Be sure to go back and forth when you start to secure stitches.  Continue around and add a FOLDED piece of ribbon to each SHORT edge by folding and tucking it between the layers as shown in the picture.  I pinned them to stay in place but I actually tuck them in the ends as I sew along.   Stop sewing about 1/2″ from the edge on the long side you started on leaving a 1.5-2″ hole. 

Step #3

Trim the corners as shown and turn your pieces right side out through the hole you left on the long side.  Push corners out with a sharp object.  A pen or end of a pair of scissors works nicely.  Be sure not to poke through the fabric.   Turn the raw edges in along the hole you left.  Sew around the whole piece  1/8th” from edge.



Step # 5

I use a zipper foot and put my needle in the farthest left position.  Wrap your piece around the ring and match the edges.  Stitch along the edge of the wood ring as close as  you can.  Make sure to go back and forth to secure stitches when you start and finish.   Trim ends.  Repeat steps 2-5 for each piece!

Step #6

GIve to the baby of your choice and admire your work 😉




If you have any questions, just let me know!! 😀

How I do the lap shoulder on a Baby Gown :D

March 6, 2008

Here is a not so short visual picture tutorial of how I do the necklines mainly for the lap over the shoulder Baby gowns.  This is a modified Kwik Sew 3090 pattern.  This particular one is the X-small/Newborn size and I left off the hand covers and I used ribbing for the neckline which I will show you.

First cut your pieces out.   Here are mine all prepped for sewing. LABEL either (or both) the front/back pieces so you dont have to keep looking at the length to be reminded which is which.

Sew/Serge on the Ribbing to each neckline and sleeve.. stretch the RIBBING only and not the shirt with it.  And stretch only slightly.  I use one 17″ piece for ONE neckline and then one SLEEVE cuff.

IF you have any questions, feel free to post. 😀

Quickie “How To” Hooded Towels.

February 8, 2008

I dont have pictures of the pieces/process… but this is pretty simple.  If you want a full tutorial with pictures, let me know! 😀 

Here is what I made:


Materials needed:

  • 1 yard Double sided 100% cotton Terry Cloth like this  *PREWASH THIS*
  • 5 yards of Double Folded bias tape.  I made my own 1″.  I suggest WIDE like “quilt binding” bias tape if you are going to purchase it!
  • Ruler
  • Cutting Mat *handy but not necessary*

First thing is first:

  1. Cut a 30x 30″ square from the terry cloth
  2. Then cut a 12″ x 12″ square and cut it diagonally to make a TRIANGLE for the hood.  I make 2 towels at a time so I use the other triangle for the other towel 😀
  3. Apply Bias  Tape to the long straight edge of the triangle first.   Trim the ends to be even with the short edges of the triangle. 
  4. Sit this on one corner of your towel and pin each bias tape end to the edge and the corner.
  5. Then start applying the bias tape to the single layer square of terry cloth at the corner BEFORE your “hood”
  6. Continue around the towel, removing the pins on the hood as you include the edges of the triangle.
  7. I miter my bias tape corners by straight stitching all the way to the edge, then trimming the threads and folding my bias tape down the opposite edge and mitering the corner. THen I sew starting at the new corner of the bias tape making sure to catch the top and bottom of the new fold.  Then stop and continue sewing down the next side..
  8. I finish by trimming my bias tape about 1″ overlapping the start of the bias tape and then folding over twice.. Then I stitch across the edge and then turn and stitch out toward the edge to sew the fold of the bias tape down.


Giveaway time again!!! *Just comment with your fave tutorial link*

January 25, 2008

I just love to give things away!! I have an envelope with some  fabric scraps, FOE, bias tape, zippers, etc.. Just some miscellaneous things that are getting NO love here!!!   Love to send it on to someone that could use it!!

 All you need to do is comment on this post with your favorite tutorial LINK and I will draw a winner on MONDAY!   **AND** make sure you check back here to see if you have won!!  The last fabric giveaway is still sitting here as I cant get ahold of the winner!! ACK!

 Cant wait to see the links as I just LOVE browsing through free tutorials!! 😀

Oh and just so this post isnt picture free (hate that, hehe), here is my 29 week belly picture from this week!!