Sunday, August 5, 2018

Bag It...

Cute little bag made of felt....easy to do and fun to decorate.

Your bag items include a sheet of directions, felt, button, pearl cotton, and beads.

Before you start anything make a copy of the directions...then you will have an intact one for your collection.

Cut out the flap detail and pin it securely to one end of the felt. Position it right on the edge.

Sharp scissor make easy work of this.  I like the pointed ones from Hobby Lobby.  Notice they have the dreaded "DO NOT USE" ribbon on the handle for all unsuspecting visitors...ha!

Center snowflake is drawn out for  you....if you want you can sew right thru the paper.  I broke up the long stitches into smaller ones so they wouldn't gap.  I took my first try at this out NUMEROUS times as they were wonky.  Don't stress...every snowflake is different.  I got the snowflake idea off of Pinterest.  They have several examples.  Just wing it and add lots of beads to cover any oops.

Use some "sloppy" x's across the edge of the flap to keep everything in place.  Then measure down according to the directions to mark the bottom of the bag.  I like to do all the stitching and beading before sewing the bag will thank me!

Now for the corner details....a few straight stitches and a couple of lazy daisy stitches or whatever you want your snowflake to look like....after I did mine I decided it looked more like a plant than a flake....go figure!

Mount your stitching on the comic board and trim the outside edge with rick rack.  Embellish ever so often with a can attach it with small stitches before you sew the outside edges together or do like I did and glue it on afterwards.

Blanket stitch along the outside edge...or do a running stitch, or do some x's...or whatever floats your boat.

Pop the stitching on the bag and you have a cute bag for a special gift for a special person.  Or fill it up with winter greenery and sit where you can enjoy it.  This technique was inspired by the absolutely beautiful felt work done by Snowberry....check out her blog or Facebook will absolutely fall in love with felt.

Enjoy and I will hopefully post a couple more techniques this next week.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

“Wooden” it be lovely!

Hubby found a dead tree and sawed it was headed for the burn pile but I had idea...and the rest is history!

This is an easy way to show off your seasonal stitching...and those series.  Easy to pop off and on.

These are the pieces and parts of the project.  Two chipboards "fluffed".  One will be covered in cotton fabric to coordinate with the stitching and the other piece will have the stitching mounted on it.  We also have Lady Dot's wonderful chenille trim and a raffia bow for the top.....and the wood slice for the base.

Mount your stitching on the form.  You can lace or glue it, your choice.  Leave about 1.75 inch opening center bottom in order to slip onto the base and a smaller opening about .5 inch for cord hiding.

Now for the "unloved" portion of this front (stitching) to the back (fabric) pieces together leaving the appropriate areas un-sewn.

The cording is laid along the sewn edge and attached with a whip stitch....don't stress as you will tighten your stitches and the thread will bury itself within the chenille.  To start tuck one end into the opening left for the cord and go all the way around the piece catching a little of the fabric on top of the seam.  Along the larger opening...catch only the linen...otherwise you will sew up the opening.

Now the final touches....see, I told you this was easy.  Bow, pin it in place.  That way it is easy to remove for storage and slip it on the finish nails.  If you have a rough area on the nails put a piece of tape for smooth placement.  If you have trough take a chopstick and open up the opening....teach it to open up wide....and smile!

Wow...I have a post and pictures.  This is a big win for me.  I will post another project tomorrow and hopefully this will get easier.  M

The Pocket

Next comes the pocket....remember  your pocket can be any shape you want.  What we did is just a suggestion. Look at the template and you ...