Pirate Costume: The Candy Tote Bag

candy_bagThe last task of the pirate costume is the Trick or Treat tote bag of black canvas with pirate pumpkin appliques on the front and back.

I found simple pumpkin templates on First Palette, with or without jack-o-lantern faces.

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Back to sewing season

After a break this summer, it’s Halloween costume season again, but to get back in the sewing mood, I’m first going to make a couple of these denim bins from an old pair of my husband’s jeans and some of his cast-off golf shirts—he assures me that he is not going to golf much anymore and will never wear these shirts again. It looks to me like he never wore them in the first place. Continue reading “Back to sewing season”

Small Quilted Crossbody Bag

I made this little bag by request for my granddaughter. It was supposed to be wallet-sized, whatever that is.

I made up the pattern as I went, but started with the idea of an 8″ x 8″ square, finished size. I thought about leaving it open at the top with a snap or magnet closure, but went with a flap, instead, with a button closure. It was just serendipity that the dog pattern on the flap matched the pattern placement on the bag front. How or whether to close the flap was an issue, and since I couldn’t find lightweight magnet closures, I went with a button shaped like a dog bone. Continue reading “Small Quilted Crossbody Bag”

Coiled Fabric Easter Basket

I made the Fabric Easter Basket from 2009 on the Moda Bake Shop site and I have some tips to save your fingers if you are thinking of making one, too. I used the Bandana honey bun by Me & My Sister Designs, which has very nice spring colors/patterns, including a repeated basket weave pattern appropriate for a basket.

The tutorial on the original site is very good, and I found that the fabric is enough to do exactly as it states, contrary to one comment from someone running out of fabric. I had some left over, yet covered all the piping. I was careful to save strips of varying colors and patterns to make the handle fit in with the patchwork nature of the basket—you could accidentally end up with three or four strips of the same pattern in different colors if you don’t think ahead, but you might choose to make the handle stand out that way.

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