Sunday, September 30, 2012


This made my run from Target to the car in the pouring rain worth it!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Super-sized snack sack tutorial

Remember these
After making a few for friends and the girls, I made 20 for little A's birthday!  I think I have the process down, and so am here to share it with you!
You will need:
one piece of duck cloth 8" x 20"
one piece of cotton quilting weight 8" x 20"
one set of Velcro 3" long
1 yard 1/2" double-fold bias tape in coordinating color
optional (for label): 1" wide cotton twill tape
iron-on transfer paper

Step 1: Baste cotton quilting fabric to duck cloth.  I'm a big fan of the basting spray!
Step 2: Baste short ends together with a 1/4" seam allowance (or less). 

Step 3: Round corners on Velcro.  I just found my scrapbooking corner rounder and it works on Velcro!  Much easier than eyeballing and cutting with scissors.

Step 4: Mark center of each short end.

Step 5: Sew pokey Velcro to front and soft Velcro to inside top.  Be sure to leave at least a 1/2" from the raw edge to the top of the Velcro.   If you have a directional print, make sure it is facing UP where you sew the pokey Velcro.

Step 6: Sew bias tape across top front.  Trim any bias tape sticking out on either side.

Step 7: Fold snack sack up from bottom to 8".  Flap should measure 4".  Press in place...

...and baste sides to above bias tape.

Step 8: Using a round object (can you tell I sew in the playroom?), trace a curve at each flap corner...

...and cut along this curve.

Step 9: Fold in end of bias tape (like this), tuck snack sack in between bias tape, and overlap the tape about 1".

Fold the bias tape toward the back.

Step 10: Sew around the entire snack sack, stretching bias tape gently around corners.  When you get close to the other bottom edge, fold in the ends of the bias tape...

...fold towards the back, and finish sewing. 

Here it is! 



Optional: To make a label for the bag, follow this tutorial from Patchwork Pottery

Cut the twill tape and fold the ends under.

Sew the label onto your snack sack and you are done!

Now, be crazy like me and decide to make 20 for party favor bags!

Have fun making these and deciding how to use them (makeup, puzzles, art supplies, gift bags, etc!)


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Long time no post

While absent from posting, I have been busy behind the scenes.  Since the summer, I have been developing patterns for and teaching sewing classes at Beehive Sewing Studio and Workspace.  It's an amazing drop-in studio developed and run by one very talented lady (you go, T!).

It has been such an exciting endeavor for me - combining my professional (teacher, pre-kids) and crafty lives.  It has been a good challenge to think of projects that are appropriate for a workshop format, and then writing up directions to support beginning sewists.

If you are a local reader, be sure to check out Beehive Sewing - there are all sorts of classes, both project-based and technique-based, for every level of sewist.  And, the new Halloween calendar is up!  I'll be sharing an adorable trick-or-treat bag perfect for your little one's loot, as well as an appliqued bunting for your Halloween decoration stash.

Last but not least, stay tuned for an AWESOME giveaway coming up at the beginning of October. 

Hope you are finding new creative outlets this fall!

P.S. In the midst of all the sewing classes and back-to-school frenzy, somebody in our house turned 3!  I'll be posting photos and a new tutorial soon!  


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