How To Sew Easter Treat Bags That Look Like Carrots

How To Sew Easter Treat Bags That Look Like Carrots

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drawstring carrot bags with jelly beans

Sew Easter Treat Bags with a Drawstring and Lining

fabric carrot bags as home decor with a ceramic bunny and kitchen scale
drawstring carrot bags with jelly beans
fabric easter treat bags in an easter basket

sewing supplies

MATERIALS:

  • Orange Fabric
  • (4) 6″ x 7″
  • Green Fabric
  • (4) 3½” x 6″
  • String or twine
  • (2) 20″

BASIC SUPPLIES:


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🐰🥕 Happy Easter!  Tara Reed

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How to Sew a Dog Leash with Fabric Scraps

How to Sew a Dog Leash with Fabric Scraps

scrap fabric dog leashes by Tara Reed

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fabric and cutting supplies to make DIY dog leash

MATERIALS:

BASIC SUPPLIES:


Watch the video & see how easy these dog leashes are to make

🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS IN THE VIDEO:

00:00 Introduction
00:07 Supplies
01:19 Using directional fabric
03:16 Decide dog leash length
04:06 Sew fabric scraps
05:09 Press seams open
05:29 How to use a quilter’s clapper
06:44 Add fusible fleece

07:54 How to use multiple pieces of fusible fleece
09:15 Press to enclose raw edges
10:50 Sew the leash
11:00 Add swivel hook
11:36 Make the dog leash handle
12:28 Add a D-ring
13:11 Make dog leash from one fabric
13:26 3 ways to make fabric dog leashes


Dog leashes come in a variety of sizes.

  • Standard: 6 feet
  • Hiking, Training or for larger dogs: 10 feet
  • Hiking, backyard, beach, outdoor play: 15 feet

The best way to decide what size to make is to measure the leash you love! (Or find out what length the person you are making a leash for likes)

Calculate the length of fabric you need:
Desired Leash Length + 10 inches


how to line up directional fabric for a dog leash
figure 1

fold in half lengthwise and press
figure 2
add fusible fleece
figure 3
fold and press over the fusible fleece
figure 4
fold raw edge into center and press
figure 5
fold in half again and press
figure 6
use tailor's clapper to set fold and remove heat
figure 7


🐶 Tara Reed

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The easy way to Sew a Wine Bag with Drawstrings

The easy way to Sew a Wine Bag with Drawstrings

how to sew a drawstring bag

🍇✨ DIY Wine Bag Tutorial: Sew a Stylish Wine Gift Bag with Drawstring Closure! ✂️🍷

Wine bags are great for gifting and I’m going to share the easy way to Sew a Wine Bag with Drawstrings! Whether you are going to a friend’s for dinner, a holiday party or planning a weekend away the added touch of a fabric wine bag that matches the occasion is always appreciated. I previously posted about how to make reversible wine bags where you add a separate bow or tie but in this post I’ll show you how to take it up a notch with a built in drawstring. (It’s easier than you think!)

This is the perfect pattern for beginners – no bias tape, no round bottoms. You can also get an ad-free, printer friendly PDF of these instructions in my Etsy shop.

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🪺 In this tutorial I’m using my Happy at Home fabric from Riley Blake Designs.

I’ve made more than a few wine bags so I’ll share all my tips to get them done as quickly and efficiently as possible. I always keep a few on hand as these are great to have on hand for last minute dinner invitations, thank you bottles of wine and more.

Disclaimer: Some of the links this post may be affiliate and Amazon Associate links where I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

🎯 video shortcuts

00:00 introduction
00:26 Supplies
01:27 Cut fabrics
01:48 Tips for using directional fabric
02:12 Cut box corner notches
04:52 Sew front & lining fabrics
05:31 Make the boxed bottoms

06:46 Assemble wine bag
07:45 Turn right side out & close opening
08:58 Sew drawstring channel
11:40 How to pull up your bobbin thread
13:00 Open drawstring channel
13:50 Add drawstring

Drawstring Wine Bag – written directions

sewing supplies to make a drawstring wine bag

SEWING SUPPLIES

FABRICS

For each bag to hold a standard size wine bottle:
(more details about fabric to follow)

  • Outer Fabric 1
    (2) 6½” x 16″
  • Lining Fabric 2
    (2) 6½” x 16″
  • Drawstring (cord, ribbon, twine, etc)
    (2) 19″

Do you want an ad-free, printable copy of this online tutorial? Find it in my Etsy shop for just a few dollars. You won’t need to access the internet every time you want to make it.

If you are using directional fabrics, be sure the print follows the grainline and that you align the print with the top as noted before cutting notches in the next step.

STEP 1: CUT YOUR FABRIC

Cut (2) Outside fabrics to 6½” x 16”.

Cut (2) Lining fabrics to 6½” x 16”.

Cut 1½” squares out of both bottom corners of all 4 fabrics. (figure 1)

Cut (2) 19” pieces of your preferred drawstring material. Set aside.

diagram to squares out of both bottom corners

figure 1

STEP 2: SEW EACH SET OF FABRIC TOGETHER

Red arrows in figure 2 denote where to sew.

OUTSIDE FABRICS

Place outside fabrics RST. Pin or Clip.

Sew down both long sides and across the

bottom.

Leave the top and the notched areas unsewn.

how to layout directional fabric to make a wine bag

figure 2

LINING FABRICS

  • Place lining fabrics RST. Pin or Clip.
  • OPTIONAL: If you have a tag you want to add to your bag, put it in between the lining fabrics on one side, lining up the unfinished edge with the raw edges of the fabric.
  • Sew down one long sides and across the bottom.
  • On one long side, sew but leave 3” open, about 1-2” above the notched area, open for turning.
  • Leave the top and the notched areas unsewn. Press seams open. (figure 3)

STEP 3: SEW BOXED BOTTOMS

  • The notches you cut out of the fabric pieces will form the box bottoms.
  • Take a notched corner (figure 4) and match the seams (A & B) then pull out points (C) to form a straight line. (Figure 5)
  • Pin or Clip.
  • Repeat for all 4 notched corners.
  • Sew with ¼” seam.
  • Turn the outer fabric right side out and leave the lining fabric inside out. (figure 6)
preparing outside and lining fabric with boxed bottoms

figure 3

match seams of notched corners for wine bag boxed bottoms

figure 4

line up seams and create boxed bottom

figure 5

sewn boxed bottoms for a DIY wine bag

figure 6

STEP 4: ASSEMBLE THE BAG

  • Place the outer bag inside the lining bag, RST, matching seams. (figure 7)
  • Line up top raw edges and pin or clip. (figure 8)
  • Sew with ¼” seam allowance. (figure 9)
put outer fabric inside lining, right sides together

figure 7

Line up top raw edges and pin or clip

figure 8

Sew with ¼” seam allowance.

figure 9

  • Find the opening in the lining (figure 10) and turn the wine bag right side out. (figure 11)
  • Sew the opening closed by hand or machine.
  • Push the lining inside the outer fabric, (figure 12) lining up the seams and box bottoms. Press the top edge.
opening in lining to turn right side out

figure 10

turn wine bag right side out

figure 11

Push the lining inside the outer fabric of the drawstring wine bag

figure 12

STEP 5: ADD THE DRAWSTRING

  • To form the drawstring channel, sew 2” from the top edge of the wine bag and then¾” from that stitch line. Match your top and bobbin threads to your fabrics if you want the channel stitching to blend in.
  • You can use guides on your machine but I find it easier to draw the lines on my fabric with a heat erasable pen.
  • Draw on whichever side of the bag will be up when you sew around the bag.
  • If your machine has a removable extension table and you can feed the bag around the machine to sew, draw your lines on the outside fabric. My machine doesn’t so I draw on the lining fabric (figure 13) then turn the bag right side out and sew with the outer fabric facing down and the lining fabric facing up.
  • Stitch all the way around on the lines, going back and forth over the seams to reinforce the seam stitching. (figure 14)
draw sewing lines on the lining

figure 13

sew on the lines

figure 14

  • Use a seam ripper to pick out the outside fabric side seam stitches between the two casing seams. (figure 15) Don’t remove the stitches from the inner bag.

  • Put a safety pin on one end of drawstring and feed it through the channel (figure 16) until it comes back out at the same spot. Make sure you keep the other end outside of the channel.

  • Repeat with the other drawstring, starting from the opposite side of the bag. (figure 17)

  • Knot the drawstring a few inches from the bag when the it is fully opened.

use a seam ripper to open the drawstring channel

figure 15

use safety pin to put drawstring through the wine bag channel

figure 16

putting drawstring into wine bag

figure 17

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🍷 Cheers!  Tara Reed

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how to Make your own Pillowcase with Directional Fabric

how to Make your own Pillowcase with Directional Fabric

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oversized coasters featuring Happy at Home fabric by Tara Reed

How To Sew A Pillowcase With Directional Fabric

One day I received a message on Facebook from a woman wanting to make a pillowcase with directional fabric. Not just one directional fabric but with ALL directional fabric: the main print, the cuff and the trim.  She was having a hard time finding directions and not ending up with things at 90 degree angles. Did I have any suggestions?

I’d done a tutorial with the main fabric being a directional print but not the cuff and accent fabrics being directional too… so I let it spin around for a bit. I might have dreamt about it. (OK yes – I did. You do that too, right?)

JUMP TO THE VIDEO TUTORIAL | GET WRITTEN DIRECTIONS ON ETSY

In the video I’m going to show you how to use sew a pillowcase with directional fabric for all three pieces of a pillowcase: the main print, cuff and optional accent fabric. I’ll also show you how to put the cuff on the right or left side – on purpose! I can’t tell you how many times I had one intention and ended up with a cuff on the other side but now I have the secret sauce to share with you.

I used my Happy at Home fabric from Riley Blake Designs for this tutorial. You can find more projects and ideas and see the full collection here.

You can of course use non-directional prints for any of these pieces but you will be armed with the knowledge to get it all down with directionality if you so choose.

FABRIC PRINT DIRECTION

First let’s talk about the direction the main print should go. I once bought a kit at a local shop and the fabric wasn’t big enough for the print to go horizontally across the pillow. I took it back thinking there had to be a mistake! They tried to tell me that there wasn’t, but I wasn’t buying it.

If sheets you buy in stores don’t have the images going towards the cuffs then they aren’t supposed to. I understand why thy kitted it that way – you need 3/4 yard vs 1 1/8 yards but to me, it’s not right. When you are looking at the pillows from the bottom of the bed, the print should be in the right direction (figure 1), not sideways (figure 2).

birds going in the right direction on a pillowcase

figure 1

birds going in the wrong direction on a pillowcase

figure 2

One thing to note about using all directional fabrics:

If you don’t have long strips of fabric for the cuff and accent pieces, you will need to buy 1 1/8 yards but only use 9″ or 2″ strips. You could mix and match using one print on the main fabric for one pillowcase and the cuff on 2 other pillowcases if you have a few to make. Consider your options and check your scrap pile!

heart quilt block mug rug supplies
heart quilt block mug rug supplies

MATERIALS:

Main Fabric – A

  • 1 1/8 yards if using directional fabric
  • 3/4 yard if non-directional
  • Cut to 40″ x 27″

Cuff Fabric – B

  • 40″ x 9″

Accent Fabric – C (optional)

  • 40″ x 2″

BASIC SUPPLIES:

 

🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:

00:00 introduction
01:13 What direction the fabric should go
02:16 Fabric requirements
04:30 Prep cuff and accent fabrics
05:30 Pin pillowcase fabrics together
05:50 How to make a cuff on the right or left
06:50 Add main fabric
07:57 Burrito fold pillowcase technique

09:09 Sew tube together
09:18 Pull main fabric out of the cuff
10:05 Add optional decorative stitching
10:47 Finishing with a serger
11:11 How to sew a French seam
12:59 How to use a magnetic seam guide
13:30 Turn right side out

If you like written directions you can find a PDF pattern with lots of photos in my Etsy Shop.

heart quilt block mug rug supplies

Sewing a pillowcase with directional fabric takes a little more yardage and a more attention to detail when cutting and assembling the pillowcase but sometimes it just needs to be done! If that perfect themed fabric is directional you can now make that pillowcase with ease.  Happy sewing!

Love this idea?

If you post on Instagram be sure to tag me (@artisttarareed). Follow my YouTube channel for new sewing projects and tips every week.

🛌 Tara Reed

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Heart Mug Rug – A Quick and Easy Sewing Project

Heart Mug Rug – A Quick and Easy Sewing Project

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Grab your fabric scraps – let’s make a heart mug rug for Valentine’s Day or any day!

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to make a quick and easy mug rug a 6″ heart quilt block! A mug rug is basically an oversized coaster – in the shape of a rug – with room for snacks – who doesn’t like a snack?

☕️ 🏷️ Get the free tag printable if you will be making mug rugs as gifts

JUMP TO THE VIDEO TUTORIAL 

Mug Rug Size

There is not specific size for a mug rug and there are no mug rug police (that I know of!) wandering around letting sewists know they got it wrong.

My mug rug goal size is 6 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ – all but 1 worked out correctly. (See the video at the 2 min 21 seconds mark for more about that) To achieve that size I started with a Quilt-as-you-go base of 7 /2″ x 11″ but you can do any size. You always want the front to be a little larger than your goal size as things might shift a little as you quilt. So you do the front bigger then trim to the backing size. And if you need to trim both – that’s ok too!

 

heart quilt block mug rug supplies
heart quilt block mug rug supplies

MATERIALS:

  • 6″ Heart Quilt Block (click here for the tutorial)
  • Fabric scraps for front
    • 7 /2″ x 11″ for this tutorial but you can do any size
  • Back fabric
    • 7″ x 10″
  • Quilt-as-you-go backing fabric
    • Quilt Batting and muslin or cotton
    • fusible fleece
    • Pellon flex-foam
    • and more. Get creative and use your scraps!
  • FREE tag printable

BASIC SUPPLIES:

 

🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:

00:00 introduction
00:17 Mug Rug Supplies
00:46 Supplies
02:12 Quilt as you Go
04:51 Tips for adding trim
05:59 Quilting the heart
06:06 Trim to size
07:37 Pin front to back
08:07 Sew
09:17 How to gift a Mug Rug

You can find more detailed written directions for making a mug rug on this blog post. It uses a fabric square instead of a quilt block but the basic technique is the same. This is what I love about mug rugs – they can be spontaneous and creative and use up those fabric scraps!

Love this idea?

If you post on Instagram be sure to tag me (@artisttarareed). Follow my YouTube channel for new sewing projects and tips every week.

💌  Tara Reed

P.S. Is there a sewing tutorial you’d love to see? Leave me a comment and I’ll add it to my idea list!

 

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