Sunday, August 17, 2014

Art Caddy Tutorial

Hi there! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! It was our last weekend before school starts! I can't believe it's already that time again.  To celebrate school starting, I thought I would share this fun tutorial with you. 

I made this sweet caddy for my niece for Christmas, and I will definitely be making more for my kids.  It was relatively easy to put together, and I know my kids are going to love them! 

These art caddy's are so portable, they would be great to take for the kids on long car rides!  Or have them take them to church, to help keep them busy and quiet! :)  

With two pockets, a crayon pocket, and pencil holder--this will hold plenty to keep your child busy coloring and drawing. 

I decided to add a little embellishment to the front to just add some more cuteness! You could really add anything here, I think when I make my kids their caddy's I will embroider their names on the front.   The options are endless on changing up the front! 

Alright, let's get started! 

Step 1:  Cut out your pieces. 

  • 2 - 10" x 10" squares.  (back panels) 
  • 2 - 10" x 10" squares of INTERFACING.  (back panels) 
  • 1 - 10" 19" piece (Front panel)
  • 1 - 10" 19" piece of INTERFACING (Front panel)
  • 1 - 7" x 10" strip (Crayon Pocket)
  • 1 - 9" x 10" piece ( small pocket)
  • 1 - 11 x 10" piece (large pocket)
  • 2 - 12 x 5" strips (straps)
  • 1 - 2.5" x 5" piece (pencil holder)
Step 2:  Line your back panels, and front panel with interfacing.  (purchase here)  This will give your caddy some structure, so it's not so flimsy.

Step 3:  Fold all your pocket pieces (crayon pocket, large and small pocket pieces) in half wrong sides together and press so that you have the following pocket sizes: 
  • Crayon pocket size - 3.5" x 10"
  • Small pocket size -- 4.5" x 10"
  • Large pocket size -  5.5 x 10"

Step 4:   Sew a 1/4" top stitch along the folded side of each of your pockets.  This will give it a more finished look.  

Step 5: Sew the Crayon pocket on, by lining up the raw edge of the pocket with the right edge of the bottom layer. You will sew along the right, left and bottom sides.  Leave the top (the finished edge open).  

Sew your large (blue) pocket on first.  Line up the raw edge of the pocket, with the bottom edge of the bottom layer.  You will sew along the right, left and bottom sides.  leave the top (the finished edge open)

Step 6: Sew your smaller pocket on (the stripe). Line up the raw edge of the pocket, with the bottom edge of the bottom layer.  You will sew along the right, left and bottom sides.  leave the top (the finished edge open)

Step 7: Mark your crayon pocket with lines 1" apart, then stitch from the top of the pocket to the bottom of the pocket on each of your marked lines. 

Step 8: Lay out your back panels like this:

Place your pieces right sides together and pin on the right edge and sew a 1/2" seam all the way down.  Once sewn, press your seams OPEN. This will prevent a lot of bulk later.

Step 9:  Take your small pencil holder piece, and fold in all sides 3/8" and press.  Then fold it in half and press again.  So that you have no raw edges. 

Step 10: Sew an 1/8" top stitch around the entire piece and then mark an 1" from either side and then mark the center from the two marks--which ends up being about 3/4".  These will be your sewing lines when you sew it on your panel.

Step 11: Sew your piece so that it is 4" from the bottom edge and 1" from the crayon pocket.  Sew a the right and left sides on and then sew on your marked lines:

Step 12: Making the straps:  Take your strap pieces and fold them in 1" on either side and press:

Fold in half again, so that you have no raw edges, and then sew an 1/8" top stitch on both sides of each strap:

Step 13:  Pin your straps into place on both sides of the back panel.  You will pin them 1 1/2" from the edge. Sew them on with a 1/4" stay stitch.

Step 14: Add your velcro pieces.  1" from the top and bottom edges and 3/4" in from the sides. 

Step 15:  Now you will add your flower to your top panel.  Print off the template -HERE.  Cut out and trace onto fabric (that you have lined with fusible interfacing)  

Step 16: Iron your flower on.  I folded my top panel in half, so that I could figure out where I wanted to put the flower, you can put the flower wherever you'd like.  Then stitch around the the flower with an appliqué stitch, or straight stitch (whatever you prefer)
Step 17: Place your front and back panels right sides together (making sure you tuck your handles in) and pin all the way around.  Sew a 1/2" seam all the way around, leaving a 4" opening so you can turn it right side out.  Once you have sewn all around, clip your corners so that when you turn it right side out you can have crisp corners.

Step 18: Turn right side out and press.  Sew the opening shut, with a top stitch all around the perimeter of the caddy. 

And there you have it! A fun art caddy! 

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! I am off to make three more of these! :) 

Talk to you soon,

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fabric Frenzy Friday #27

Happy Friday! These last few weeks of summer are just flying by! My kiddos start school next week, and we have been busy getting all the school shopping done and trying to get back on school schedule! 

I shared this cute little Reversible Apron Tutorial on the blog this week! Go here for the free pattern and tutorial! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sales and Pre-Order!

We have a few things to share with you today! 

We are having a 40% off sale on Marie Antoniette by Northcott. 

Use code: marie40 at checkout.  Good through August 14, 2014

We are also having a 40% off sale on  Morning Mist by Henry Glass with code morning40 good through August 14, 2014

You can now Pre-Order Kate Spain's newest line, Horizon! 

I am a huge fan of Kate's fabric's and my first quilt was in fact made with one of her lines! :) I just adore her stuff! Can't wait to get my hands on this!

Talk to you soon,

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Reversible Apron Tutorial

Hi there! Today I have a fun little pattern to share with you all! A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law asked me if I could make a few things for her little girl for Christmas.  One of those items was an apron.  

Well I got to work and found this cute little apron pattern here.  I thought it was so adorable, but I wanted to change it up a little bit.  Plus my sister-in-law requested a larger pocket.  

I made my own pattern because I needed the apron to be a bit smaller since it will be for a two year old,  I also added prairie points on the edge of the apron to add a little extra embellishment! 

 Avie, my little girl was my apron model for me.  She is just about 9 months older than her cousin, so they are pretty close to the same size so she was the perfect little model for me. :) 

This apron is reversible so you can have two different fabrics for each side.  Or you could keep it the same on both sides. It's up to you! 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fabric Frenzy Friday #26

Happy Friday!  I am so happy it's the weekend! I have a date with my sewing machine most of the weekend, and I am pretty excited about it! :) I'm going to be sewing up some fun projects, and can't wait to share them with you guys. 

This week I shared my Birdie Sling  bag I made! Which I absolutely love! Can't wait to make some more! 

I also shared a fun round-up of 10 Skirt/Dress tutorials! This is a fun list of easy to sew skirts and dresses! I can't wait to try my hand at a few of them!

Now let's get to this week's bundle:

SUNSHINY DAY is today's 8 piece Bundle Batch!  Sunshine, cute flowers, and pretty turquoise blue!

Included in each bundle are one cut of each  (in order from top to bottom):
  1. Summer Breeze Yellow Main - Riley Blake
  2. Mini Confetti Dots Turquoise - Dear Stella
  3. Summer Home Small Checks - Red Rooster
  4. Cotton Couture Turquoise - Michael Miller
  5. Summer Breeze Yellow Main - Riley Blake
  6. Summer Breeze Blue Stripe - Riley Blake
  7. Small Chevron Yellow - Riley Blake
  8. Ink Blossom Swirls - RJR

Need more than a fat quarter? You can purchase this bundle in 1/2 yard cuts rather than fat quarters.

Now that we shared our fabric for the week, we want to see yours! 

Here is your chance to link up anything to do with fabric! You can link up finished quilts, a work in progress, a new fabric you just bought, a project made with fabric, or maybe you just want to show off some of your stash.  Anything goes--as long as it has to do with fabric! 

*Please link up a specific post, not your main page
*Please link back or use a button on your post, or blog. 
*Please visit some other links and leave a comment! :) 

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Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog

If you need a different sized button--click here for different sizes.

It is going to be a frenzy of fabric around here and we can't wait to see what you have been creating with your fabric! So please, grab a button or share a link and let's party!!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

10 Skirt Tutorials

Hi there!  Ever since I stepped out of my comfort zone and sewed a bag, I have felt like it's time that I broaden my horizons even further! I want to start making skirts and dresses for my girls.  I have always shied away from making clothing because I just thought that it would be way too complicated.  

So my new goal is to sew a skirt or dress.  I thought it would be a good idea to round-up a bunch of skirt and dress tutorials that I think I could handle!  Here are 10 of my favorite! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Birdie Sling Bag

Hi there! Wow, this weekend just flew by! We went on a little trip to Las Vegas to visit family and to also celebrate our anniversary over the weekend.  We had a great time, but it's great to be back home! 

While we were there, I took this bag I made with me!  Let me tell you how much I love this bag.