Rag Baskets

Fabric strips, piping cord, a little time and patience….you have made a unique one of a kind rag basket!

Materials:

  • Fabric – torn into strips
  • Piping (cording)
  • Large needle or large safety pin
  • Masking tape
  • Wire 18 or 19 gauge
  • Scissors

Directions:

The piping (cording) that I like to use for my baskets is found in craft stores in the upholstery area.  It comes in different sizes, the cost is around 30 to 40 cents a yard depending on size.  For the multi colored basket (6” round bottom) I used 7 yards of piping and about 1 yard of fabric, the oval basket (9” by 6 1/2″) made of all the same fabric, I used 10 yards of piping, and all use 2 yards of fabric.  So it takes more piping than you think!

The needle: I’m using a plastic yarn needle (it has a large eye) but a large safety pin will work.

First you want to tear you fabric into 1” to 1 1/4” wide strips, if you are using scrap fabric you do need the strips to be at least 18” to 20” long.  With masking tape, tape one end of the cord, then cover and wrap with a strip of fabric, wrapping 4” to 5” on the cord (wrap with a slight angle) and start to roll into circle.  This might take one or two tries, don’t give up, the starting point is the hardest!

Slide on your large needle, or pin a large safety pin to the end of fabric strip, holding fabric wrapped piping in a circle, pull needle through, then push needle back up on other side of fabric strip.  If it is not holding tight, try again…remember this is the hardest part of making the basket….do not give up!!

In the picture below, I have loosened up my circle so you can see where to put the needle. But you do want a tight stitch that will hold!

The picture below shows where to push the needle back up, making sure you are holding on tight to the circle! Now push needle down on other side of the fabric strip and wrap the fabric 2 times around piping and make another stitch!!

This is what up should have!  Now it’s time for a new strip….just lay the new fabric strip under the one you have been stitching and wrap the new strip around (you want it tight)! And keep going!!

Keep going until you have the size bottom you like!! Tip: before you start the sides, count the rows, in the picture above there are seven rows for the bottom, all sides need to be equal, and I’m ready to start up the side! To make the sides going up (no worries the hard part is done), you want to push the piping up on the fabric wrapped cord and keep stitching!!!

You want the sides of the basket to be even also!  So count up on all sides, you want one side to have one row more than the other.  The handle will even out the sides!  But I like to add wire for extra support!  I like the wire to run around the top row and handle of my baskets.  This means you need to start the wire when the side count is 7 on one side and 6 on the other (for this basket).  Cut wire to your size (top rows and handle) and use masking tape to hold in place (it is easy to add more wire if needed).

Now that the wire is in place, go half way around, again the side count is not even. Now we are ready for the handle, this basket has a double handle, below I show a single handle and side handles!! Make a tight stitch and bend up and over to form the handle. The first side you will just wrap with a fabric strip, until it gets to the other side.  Now bend cord with wire back to the other side.  In the bend area make a stitch, keep tight and keep making more stitches around the wrapped handle side, holding the handle together.

Now bring the wired piping down and bend around the top of the basket, this will be the last row….All most done!!  Cut the piping and wire where it meets back to other side of handle.  Cut piping at an angle and wrap tight with tape.

Keep wrapping and making stitches.  When you come to the end, wrap all the way to the tip (you do not want the piping to show through) then back to make the last stitches.  With the needle push through a stitch inside of basket and make a knot and cut off any extra fabric.  Done….now that wasn’t so hard!!!

This is the inside of the basket.

For a single handle basket, again the side count will be off by one!  Add wire before you start the last row on the side, continue the wire for the handle, and for the last row on the other side of the basket.  The single handle you bend over shaping into your handle size and then back the other way, making the last row of the basket.  Make a good tight stitch before and after the handle on each side.

Easter basket!

The oval (oblong) basket, you just need to shape the bottom and then make the sides!  This basket I use smaller size piping and used the same fabric!

This is the bottom. I placed a button so you can see the center, and how I’m making both sides even.

Starting to make the sides!

If you run out of piping, it is easy to add more, cut the piping at angle (both the new and what you are using) fit them together and tape tight and keep going!

No one will know!!

This basket has side handles, and again I used wire to help shape them!

I love making these for gifts!

My next basket I’m going to try using ribbon instead of fabric….I need to find a sale on ribbon!

Hope you will be inspired to make rag baskets!

Fabric Pumpkins

Make your own unique pumpkin patch in an afternoon!

Materials:

  • Fabric (I’m using a piece 14″ by 22″)
  • Natural Jute
  • Poly Pellets
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Poly-Fil (stuffing)
  • Sewing machine, thread, needle
  • Scissors

Directions:

I’m using a piece of fabric 14″ long by 22” wide.  This will make a 6” to 7” tall finished pumpkin.  By changing the size of the fabric, it will change the size and shape of the finished pumpkin!

If you do not have a sewing machine, you can easily make one by just hand stitching!!

Let’s make pumpkins!!  Start folding the fabric in half, right side to right side making your piece 14” long by 11”wide, sew down the 14” side.  Now sew a long gathering stitch across one side which will become the top (stitch by hand or machine).  Cut a piece of jute about 12” long, hand gather the bottom (the end without the gathering stitch).  Wrap and tightly tie the jute around gathered fabric about 2” to 3” in, make a tight knot and cut off extra jute if needed.

Turn your soon to be pumpkin inside out!  Pour in some Poly-Pellets for weight in bottom of pumpkin.  Add some Poly-Fil (stuffing), do not over stuff.

This is the bottom of the pumpkin!

Start pulling the gathering threads around the top.

With needle and thread stitch top closed.  I like to tuck in the raw edge of the fabric down then stitch closed.

Cut 3 pieces of jute, each about a yard long, holding the 3 pieces make a knot in middle.  Spread out the jute to make 6 strands, place the middle of the bottom of the pumpkin on the knot.  Bring up 2 of the jute pieces that are opposite of each other and tie in a knot on the top center of the pumpkin.  You do not want to make it too tight, you might want to play around with it and see how you like it.  Do this two more times, all the jute will now be tied up.

This is the bottom of the pumpkin!

This is the top with one pair tied.

I like to make sure that one of the jute ties is over the seem.

Now you have all 6 pieces of jute on the top, make one big knot, nice and tight.  Do not cut the jute yet, we are going to use it to make the stem!

Pull 2 of the jute strings out, and gather up the other 4. Fold down the 4 making it about 2” tall (this is going to be the stem, so make it shorter or tall to what you like), take the other 2 and tie a knot holding the other 4 in place.

Now fold up the tale, tie another knot, cutting the jute so it fit into the loop.

With one of the long jute piece, start wrapping up and then down (I like to end at the bottom) add a touch of hot glue to hold end of jute in place.  Now do the same with the next piece of jute (I like making the bottom of the stem thicker), glue in place when finished.  If you want a thicker stem, wrap more jute.

You are done!

Are you going to make a pumpkin patch!!

This stem I just folded over all 6 and tie a knot, cutting off the extra jute!

How about using ribbon instead of jute, for a different look!

Hope you are inspired to make your own pumpkin patch!

 

Burlap Flowers

These twisted burlap flowers are the perfect touch for fall.  Group them on a burlap covered wreath, small ones on a name card, napkin ring, or on a gift bag!

Materials:

  • Burlap
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue

Directions:

Start by cutting the burlap into strips, the thicker the strip the bigger the flower, the thinner the strip the smaller the flower.  For a medium size flower cut a 3” to 3 1/2” strip, the best way to get a straight strip with not a lot of raving is to measure, cut that string running the length and pull the string out, this way give you a perfect straight cut (to make all your strips straight start by being this on the end of the burlap, starting you off with a straight side).

Finger fold the strip in half, fold in one end (see picture below), with a drop of hot glue, glue down and roll once.

Keeping the burlap folded with your fingers, start to gently turn/twist the strip, wrapping around center, not too tight.  After a few times stop and glue into place, be careful with the hot glue too much and it will come through the burlap and burn your fingers.  Wrap and twist, take a look, undo it and start again before adding glue.

When you have the flower to the size you like, cut off the burlap, leaving a tail about 1 1/2″ long for gluing.  Just tuck the end to the back and glue.

Now you are ready to add the burlap flowers to a wreath or maybe make napkin rings!

Burlap comes in all colors, check it out next time you are in the craft store.

 

Rick Rack Flowers

Can you believe these flowers are made from Rick Rack? They are so easy to make!

Materials:

  • Rick Rack (medium)
  • Matching felt
  • Hot Glue or Liquid Stitch Glue
  • Scissors
  • Clothes Pin
  • Optional: Sewing Machine with matching thread

Directions:

To make a 2” flower, cut a 40″ long piece of Rick Rack (I used medium for the white flowers above), fold in half.  Start weaving the two pieces together, use clothes pin to hold the folded end to make it easier to weave.

There are two ways to make these beautiful flowers.  One is to glue and the other is to machine stitch the two pieces of Rick Rack together after woven into one strip.  I would do this if the flowers were going on a t-shirt or tote bag, or anything that would be going through the wash.  This is simple to do, you just sew down the center of the Rick Rack strip.

Or the other way is with glue; hot glue or Liquid Stitch glue (I love this stuff!).  Liquid Stitch is washable, but will take longer to dry than hot glue, so it really depends on what you are going to do the flowers.

Lets start making the flower.  Now that you have your strip 20″, start with the end that is folded and run a little line of glue and start rolling tight to make the center.

Keep wrapping the strip around with a little glue (what ever type you like), it is best to keep the glue on the bottom half of the Rick Rack.  Wrap until you have the size flower you want or you run out of Rick Rack.  When you come close to the end, fold the tail to the back (side that will not be seen) and glue in place.  The top of the flower should look like the one below.

This is the back, with tail glued.  Cut a circle of matching felt and glue to back.

With your fingers, pull back or roll back to outer rows to shape the flowers.  Play around until you get the look you want.

How pretty are these Rick Rack flowers? They are perfect on a headband, clip, tote bag or picture frame.

I used one package of Rick Rack to make all these flowers for about $1.70 (without a coupon) and a frame on sale for $4.00 and used clear adhesive dots to hold the flowers in place. It made a great {and inexpensive}  gift!

These pink flowers I used the jumbo size Rick Rack.  Below I have the medium size white, next to jumbo size pink.

How about putting a magnet on the back? Or a rick rack flower on gift tag or gift bag? These are so versatile!

 

Pillow With Button Letter

Add some charm with buttons!  Make your own pillow or add a button letter to pre-made pillow.

Materials:

  • Fabric to make pillow (1 yard for 18″ pillow) or ready made pillow
  • Buttons in different sizes
  • Needle
  • Thread and DMC floss (cross stitching thread)
  • Paper to make your letter pattern
  • Dressmaker’s Marking Pencil or chalk
  • Pillow form (inside stuffing) I’m using a 14″
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine, scissors
  • Embroidery hoop (optional)

Directions:

Start by cutting your pillow front an 19” square ( I’m making an 18″ pillow with a pillow form of 14″). For the back cut two pieces 19″ by 12″.  This is going to be a simple pillow with an opening in the back for the pillow form to side in.  On a piece of paper draw out and cut our letter, I’m doing an R.  Place on top of our 19″ front of pillow, when you have it centered or where you want it, trace the outline with the marking pencil or chalk.

Now I have my R outline, with matching DMC floss (or thread) do a quick stitch on chalk line to outline the letter.

I”m leaving the outline of the R on my pillow but if you wanted to do a quick stitch with thread and then pull out the thread after you sew that buttons that also looks good.  By doing the stitch outline it makes it so much easier.

Now for button fun.  Use your paper letter as a pattern for your buttons.  This will help you see where the buttons should be sewn and just how many button you need before you start sewing.  I did not use a embroidery hoop, I think it would have made it easier to sew on the buttons.

Start sewing buttons and more buttons.  I found when sewing that I needed to shift and add or move some buttons from how I had them on the pattern.  Notice that I stacked a smaller button on top of a larger ones.

Now we need to make the pillow.  First turn back twice and sew down the 19″ side of each back piece.  Place the front of pillow right side up and place on back piece on top with right sides together.

Now place the other back piece on top, pin in place and sew all four sides.  Turn pillow right side out and lay flat (maybe iron around the edges).  With a ruler and chalk  mark each corner 2″ in and down (remember I’m using a 14″ pillow form for the inside).  And sew all four sides of the pillow 2″ in, this will make a 14″ square in center.

All that is left to do is slide in the pillow form and enjoy.

How cute it would be to sew a button letter on a fabric purse or tote bag, too!

 

 

 

 

Holiday Felt Wreath

This beautiful simple wreath is made from felt circles, and can be made in an afternoon.

Materials:

  • Foam Ring (I used12″ ring)
  • Felt 1 1/2 yards
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins: pack with 300 or more (pins with plain heads, no colored tops)
  • 6″ piece of ribbon (for the hanger)
  • 3″ circle pattern

Directions:

Make a 3″ circle pattern from paper or card stock and use your circle pattern cut circles. I cut about 280 circles for mine.  If your scissors are sharp, try cutting 3 to 4 circles at a time.

One circle at a time, fold in half, then fold again.  Push straight pin through tip of felt, then push into the foam ring.  You will want to keep them close together,  try a few to see how close you like them. It took me about one hour to finish.  The great thing about using pins, you can move and adjust the felt pieces, making them closer or change the direction.

To make a hook to hang your wreath, cut a piece of ribbon about 6″ long, using two straight pins make a loop for hanging.

This wreath can be in any color that will go with your color scheme – the possibilities are endless with your fabric and color choi

 

 

Easy Sew Turkey

These fabric turkeys will add festive charm to your table scape, mantel, or bookshelves.  You will need basic sewing skills for these cuties, but don’t worry – it’s not too tough for a novice.  They are made from a simple pattern, only 2 pieces, and the size is very easy to change (bigger, smaller, fatter!).  Get your sewing machine out and gather up some fall fabric!

Materials:

  • Turkey pattern {DOWNLOAD PATTERN PDF HERE}
  • Muslin for body of turkey, 4″ by 13″ for 1 body
  • Fall fabric for tail, 6″ by 12″ for 1 tail
  • Matching felt 6″ by 6″ (to tail)
  • Matching DMC floss or thread for tail
  • Paint: black for eyes, red for gobbler
  • Tooth pick
  • scissors
  • Sewing machine with matching thread to turkey body
  • Stuffing
  • Rice
  • Glue or hot glue
  • Buttons and blush make-up with Q-tip

Lets make a turkey.  Trace and cut the turkey body (cut with fold on bottom).

For the turkey tail you will need one match piece of felt and 2 pieces of fall fabric. Sew around the turkey body with 3/8 seam allowance.  Ok stay with me, I know it looks odd.  Two more seams and done! We are going to make him stand up.  Flatten bottom to make a room to make a seam (I sewed these seams in dark thread making it easier to see).  Hard part done, and I know it still might not look right…but it is.

With scissors cut a slit in back.  And clip with scissors around turkey body.  Turn right side out.  Now do you see what is happening….he will stand.

Fill bottom half with rice (or what ever you might have) and fill upper part with stuffing.  Stitch closed, this is the back no one will see this side.

Now for his tail.  Cut the fall fabric and felt, I cut all 3 at the same time.  Pin all 3 together to make it easier to hand stitch.  You will need to layer the pieces as showed in picture.  I like to use DMC floss, but thread can be used.  Quick stitch around tail through all 3 pieces.  Glue tail to back of turkey body (I used hot glue). With black paint make 2 eyes and maybe eye brow, I find using a tooth pick makes it so easy.  Just dip the tip of the tooth pick in your paint to make the eyes and a quick stock for brow.  If you’re not sure, practice on scrap fabric or paper.   Now red for the gobbler.  I used felt for his beak, paint will also work.

Buttons can be glued on; on one I cut fabric circles and just stitched them on.  One last step – with a Q-tip rub a little make-up blush on his cheeks.

Fall Pillows

A super fast and easy way to change the look of your room from season to season is to create new slip covers for your accent pillows. The possibilities for pillow covers are truly are endless;  I am showing you just one way to make slip covers, but let your creative side out and have fun with this one!

First pick your fabric for the pillow, if you like (or need) to wash the covers often,  just  make sure the fabric you choose is durable and able to be washed often.  I used 2 yards of fabric for the 3 pillows.  I made my 18″, because that is the size pillow foams (the inside stuffing) that looks best in my room.  You might like a different size, in the stores (like Jo Ann) they will carry a range of sizes and shapes.

Start by cutting – since my pillow is going to be a finished 18″, I cut a 19″ square (times 3 for 3 pillows) and for the back cut 12″ by 19″ (times 3) and 10″ by 19″ (times 3).

When creating any design or embellishment details on a pillow, you want to do that before sewing the pillow together, so let’s start with the fun fall designs. I embellished these fall pillows with felt and DMC thread (cross stitching).

Begin by making your design.  I wanted a tree, and tree branch and a flower.  Since my design was going to be large, I used newspaper to draw out my shapes.

Lay out your cut out felt shapes on the top of your 19″ fabric square (top of pillow).  Pin pieces in place.

With matching thread I did a quick stitch around the branch.  Then add the leaves, stitching down the center of each leaf.

Now for the slip pillow with the flower (I always need a flower somewhere 🙂 ).

Cut a quick flower shape – about 3″. You will need 7 and a 2″ circle for the flower base.

Take each flower shape and fold in half and fold again, pin to hold.  Do this to all 7.

Keep the pin in and cut the tip off.  With needle and thread, stitch along bottom (where you just cut).

Place 4 of the flower petals on felt circle and sew (because I’m putting the flower on a pillow sewing on gluing is best).

Sew on the other 3 petals.  For the center, cut a piece about 1/2″ by 2 1/2″.  Roll long ways and stitch in center.

For the flower buds, I made 3 petals ( cutting the flower shape, folding and folding).  This time I did not cut bottom.  I used a half circle, and wrapped the base of flower and sewed in place.

For the smaller bud I used one petal.  Play around and find what you like.

Sew your flower and buds to the pillow top.  I finished by adding leaves and a stem.

To make the stems with a quick stitch, I used straight pin to mark out my stem shape.  Make it so much easier, just stitch along the pins.

 

Now, it’s time to make the slipcovers! Cut a strip (one for each pillow you’re making); I made mine 2″ and 6″.  Fold over the 2″ side and sew down the 6″ side.

Clip the fabric to make it easier for turning. Use a safety pen to pull through.  You have the loop for the back.

Sew  back piece 12″X 19″  down one side of the 19″ side.  You will fold over raw edge and sew and fold that over and sew again (on raw edge).

Take the 10″ by 19″ back piece and fold over raw edge 19″ side one time.  Fold in half, marking the center (the side that you just sewed). Place your loop on the center mark, turn and sew back edge that was just sewn.

Are you with me so far?  We are almost there! Now, think backwards – lay your piece with the loop down first, then the other back piece (they will overlap).  You have a 19″ square and you want to pin all around your pillow to hold all pieces in place.  Start sewing your pillow together( I used a 5/8 seam).  You need to clip around all sides, and I like to cut off each corner (see pic).

You made a slip cover pillow.  Turn your pillow right side out.  Mark where your button goes ( this will hold the pillow together).  Sew your button on.  Done!  Much easier than a zipper (and the back even looks great too).

These simple designs are quick and easy, let your creative side out and have fun designing you own custom slip cover pillows!

 

I’m sharing this tutorial with Happy Hour, Patches of Pink, RoCa & Company, & Kissed by a Frog.

Fall Wreath with Felt Rosettes

Get into the spirit of fall with a unique and handcrafted wreath in warm autumn colors! This fall wreath is super easy and very inexpensive to make – I purchased everything to make this wreath for under $10!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATERIALS:

  • Grapevine wreath
  • Felt (in various colors – use any colors you’d like for your flowers)
  • Hot glue gun & hot glue
  • Double stick tape
  • Fall berry picks {optional}

DIRECTIONS:

Download and print out the Rosette Template. Use the template to cut the “swirl” shapes out of your felt (you can adjust the size of your swirl to create larger or smaller rosettes).

Start at the end and roll it. The tighter you roll it up, the smaller the rosette will be; if it is rolled more loosely, the rosette will end up larger. Once the flower was almost completely rolled, I used a little double stick tape to keep it rolled up (double stick tape is great because you can take it off if you need to adjust your flower and then just stick it back on). Then I finished rolling it up by putting the end on top of the tape, and the whole rosette stays together and keeps its shape.

{Optional}

To make multi-colored rosettes, like the one below, just attach two or three different colors together with hot glue to make the swirl pattern. The just roll it up like the other rosettes!

Make as many or as few rosettes as you’d like. Then just arrange how you’d like them on the grapevine wreath and secure them with hot glue. You can decorate the entire wreath with the flowers, or use other fall decorations – I used 5 sprigs of fall berries (I just stuck them right into the wreath!).

I’m linking this tutorial up to: Tip Me Tuesday, Patches of Pink & Whipperberry

Yo-Yo Flowers

These simple, yet adorable flowers have been around for ages, and they have recently come back into style in a big way! They are great accessories, and look cute adorning headbands, bobby pins, alligator clips – even on clothes and bags!

Yo-yo flowers are super quick and easy to make, and they’re a great project for beginners. Try stacking them for a fun look, and get creative by using them  to embellish napkin rings, t-shirts, decorative pillows, picture frames, or gift bags!

Materials:

-Paper (can be scrap paper)

-Pencil

-Needle

-Scissors

-Strong thread

-Fabric

-Button or beads

Optional to create “slide-on” back for the yo-yo flower:

-felt

-fabric glue or hot glue

 

Directions:

Trace a circle on a sheet of paper – this will serve as the pattern template for your yo-yo flower. Any size circle will work, just keep in mind that the pattern circle you make should be at least twice as big as you want the finished yo-yo flower to be. For example, I traced a 5 3/4″ diameter circle for this tutorial, and the finished flower was 2 1/2″ in diameter. If you don’t feel comfortable free hand drawing the circle for the pattern, try tracing something circular onto the paper – soup cans, cup rims, bottles, jars – there are tons of items around the house that can be used!

Cut the circle out.

Trace the paper circle onto the wrong side (the back) of your chosen fabric. Cut the circle out. Hold  fabric face down (wrong side up) and fold back the right side of the fabric, about 1/8″ – 1/4″ folded back (see picture below). Use strong thread to make small gathering stitches (long stitches that aren’t tight), working your way around the circle.

When you’ve stitched around the entire circumference of the circle, pull the gathering stitch you just sewed, which will gather the center of your yo-yo into the middle of the circle.

 

 

 

 

Add a few stitches to secure the yo-yo, and cut your threads. Sew a button (or anything decorative you choose for the center) into the middle (covering up the hole), making sure to sew all the way through the yo-yo to secure everything into place. Congratulations! The flower is complete!

Now you can use it to accessorize anything you choose. You may want to use the yo-yo flower as a hair accessory – keep reading below to learn how to add a “slide-on” to your flower that will allow it to simply slide on to any headband or hair clip, so that you can use your yo-yo in a variety of different looks. By using this easy slide-on, you can change up the way you wear your yo-yo and switch it between any of your hair accessories, without having to permanently attach it to anything!

You’ll need a small rectangular piece of felt (smaller than the yo-yo you plan on attaching to) – for example, for the 2 1/2″ finished yo-yo that I created for this tutorial, I used a 1 1/4″ x 1 3/4″ rectangle of felt.

Fold the felt rectangle in half lengthwise, and cut two small slits large enough to slide your clips/headbands through – see picture below.

 

 

 

 

With hot glue or fabric glue (my personal favorite is Liquid Stitch), glue around all four sides of the rectangle, but do NOT put any glue in the center. Glue on to the back of your yo-yo flower.

When the glue is fully dry, your flower is ready to slide on to any clip or headband you choose.

 

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