Saturday, February 23, 2013

Nancy Zieman Hobo Tote Bag



I had a lot of fun deciding what fabrics to use and learning to read Nancy's simple instructions and diagrams. Nancy provided the pattern and clover supplies to make this Hobo Tote Bag look like it was made at a factory instead of on my home machine. 


Her templates can be used over and over again.

Trace 'n Create Templates Nancy's Hobo Tote Nancy Zieman
Trace 'n Create Templates Nancy's Hobo Tote Nancy Zieman

Of course, I used Riley Blake Designs fabrics and I chose Geekly Chic. These fabrics are a fun, unique collection of Geekly Chic prints with bright bold colors and patterns.



One of my favorite tools to use is the bias tape maker by Clover. I love doing vines for needle turn applique when I'm quilting and it worked just fine making the bias strips I needed for the front of the bag, handles and curves of the bag.


I loved how professional the bag turned out by using the Sew Lazy Interfacing that was provided by Lazy Girls Designs.Their product stood the test of being turned in and out and around about as I was sewing the outside and lining together.


Love, Love, Love all the pockets! This is a great bag for traveling because there is plenty of space and pockets to hold all your nick nacks.


Make sure you check out Nancy's free blog giveaway HERE! There are some fun prizes you will want to win, so you too can make this wonderful Hobo Tote Bag.

Nancy Zieman Hobo Tote Blog Tour Prize Package from Clover


Thank you so much for visiting. I had so much fun sewing this Hobo Tote Bag and joining in the fun with Nancy Zieman and all the others who were invited to come and play!


Happy Sewing!

Jina

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Nancy Zieman Blog Tour

                                             

Nancy Zieman is hosting a blog tour beginning today. The blog will be showcasing her lovely hobo tote template.  Ten designers use the template adding their own style to inspire you. I will be showing my hobo tote on February 24. I hope you will stop by to see what I've been sewing so you can win the wonderful prize packages. Visit Nancy’s blog to see more details and the tour schedule.

Baby Burp Cloth

These are a simple cute gift for any baby using your scrap fabrics. I buy most of my cloth diapers from Walmart in a package of 12.


Measure your cloth diaper. Cut your decorative fabric about 1" larger than the cloth diaper.


Piece your decorative fabric however you would like to this same measurement: one inch larger than the cloth diaper.


With right sides together sew all the way around the four edges leaving a 2" opening on one side.
Note: I do not clip my corners on the diaper because the fabric is so thin and can pull through if cut too close.


Top stitch the opening closed and continue around all four sides of the burp cloth.


This step is optional but I like to stitch down the seams on the cloth diaper through all the layers. It gives the burp cloth that finished look.


Here it is folded and ready to go. You could make several and bundle them together with a ribbon. You can never have too many burp cloths.




This is another option for a girl. I used ribbon and ric rac on the edges to make it look cute.


Another simple way would be to sew a cute piece of fabric down the middle of the burp cloth.
This is a great way to use up scrap fabrics and embellishments.

Any new mum would love getting these cute burp cloths as a gift.

Happy Sewing!

Jina


Mystery Block of the Month - February 2013

Cindy and Jina show how to make their February block of the month. Download the pattern for this block here: http://bit.ly/ThayLg

Monday, February 18, 2013

Baby Bib and Flower Embellishment

This is from a new pattern called " Baby Couture." I am showing a simplified version.


You will cut a fabric for the top and bottom. I added a ruffle in between the layers to create some embellishment on the bib front.


Once those layers are sewn. Press. Top stitch through all layers.


Trace pattern onto the wrong side of the bib back.


Sew on traced line. 

Trim very close to the edge. Leave about an 1/8" seam allowance. 



Turn right side out. Top stitch close to edge of bib front.


Embellish with yoyo's or the flower from the baby hat.


Sew a piece of velcro to each side as a closure.


Adorable!
                                

Super easy! Super fun! Match to the baby burp cloth, baby onsie and hat.

They make great baby gifts.

Happy Sewing!

Jina

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day 2013!

                                             
    #Vintage Valentines

I love Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines to everyone!

Happy Sewing!

Jina

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Baby Hat

This little baby hat is the followup to yesterdays baby gown. They make wonderful gifts and are so easy  and quick to make.
Everything that I will be showing you this week is in a new pattern called "Baby Couture" based on my lecture at Ruby's Inn.


The first thing you need to do is cut out 2 hat templates. The rectangle is double the length of the hat. The width is about 7". This rectangle is approximately 14" x 7". Sew WRST

                                       

Turn hat right side out. Turn rectangle with wrong sides together.


Divide both the hat and the rectangle into four sections and place a pin. Match pins and pin WRST .


Stretch and sew as you go. Knit is so wonderful to work with because it is so forgiving. I like to use my serger to sew knits but if you don't have one use a straight stitch followed by a zig zag stitch for the edges.



Turn the trim of the hat just up past the seam. Stitch a few stitches on each side seam of the hat.


The flower embellishment is very simple and adds that finishing touch. You could also make all these baby items for a boy, only use boy fabrics and there is no need to embellish.


Cut 5 large circles for the bottom and 4 small circles for the top of the flower.


One circle is placed on the bottom. The next four circles are folded and placed on top. Stitch a circle around the middle catching all four petals.


Fold the next four petals the same. You fold each circle in fourths then place next to each other. Layer the petals. The second layer will be in the middle of the first layers seam.


Sew around all the petals starting on the outside edge of the middle. Keep swirling your stitches in a circle towards the center. This is about a 1/2" stitched circle in the middle of the flower.



Stitch the flower to the side of the hat and you are finished.


These cute hats are cozy and warm. In the pattern there is a small and large hat size. All for infants.




I hope you enjoyed making this cute baby hat to go with the adorable baby gown yesterday.
Simple to make. The fabric used in this hat is The Sweetest Thing knits by Riley Blake Designs.

Happy Sewing!

Jina

Monday, February 11, 2013

Baby Gown, Hat and Flower Embellishment

I taught some classes at Ruby's Inn last week and promised that I would post some visual instructions for the patterns I talked about.
I love using Riley Blake knits. Flannels work well also for this project.



Measuring from the front neckline of the onsie I cut straight across at about 5 1/2"


The knit or flannel piece for the Gown bottom is cut approximately 40" wide by 22-25" in length. 
Sew WRST. (with right sides together)


Serge or zig zag the bottom of the hem. Turn to the wrong side of the Gown about 2-3". This forms the casing for the elastic and the ruffle at the bottom of the Gown. Sew 2 rows about 1/2" apart. Leave a small opening in the top row for threading the elastic.


Thread a 14'15" elastic through the opening. Zig zag the elastic closed. Finish top stitching the top seam closed.

    

Ease the elastic around the bottom of the gown.


Gather the upper edge of the Gown. The gathering needs to be about 4" longer than the onsie. 

                                                  
          A little note that is handy when working with knits is to divide the onsie and the gown into four                                                                                  sections with pins. Match the pins and stretch in between the pins as you sew.

                                                 
                                                   Sew WRST. Stretch and sew as you go


 Now for embellishing.

                                               

I like to add a little flower and ruffles. The flower is 5 circles for the bottom layer and 4 circles for the top layer. Fold the petals in half. Layer on top of each other and sew.



I will show how to make this flower in more detail on the Hat tutorial tomorrow.


When working with anything that goes on babies I like to sew and not use glue. The sewing lays flat against the babies skin.





The ruffles are 1" strips of the knit. You could also use cotton. When I use cotton I rip the 1" strips because I like the raw edges. Gather down the middle of the strip. Zig zag in place.


Stretch and sew as you go.






Such a cute, fun and easy gift. I love giving gifts like this! They come from the HEART and the receiver appreciates the love that was sent along with it.
Stay tuned for tomorrow. I will post the tutorial for the cute baby hat tomorrow along with the flower embellishment.

Happy Sewing!

Jina