Another Party Added…October 16th-Sold Out! Halloween may look a little different this year, but you can still celebrate and share your favorite treats with your closest ghouls and goblins. Come sew some snack bags, fill them with treats and “boo” your besties. Pizza and drinks will be served! Parents enjoy a night out! This a a great beginner class!
When: Friday, October 16th
You can register via venmo! There are only 6 spots available!
Cut one piece 9 1/2″ x 7 1/2″, Cut two pieces for the inside pocket 7″ x 5 1/4″
Fold over both pocket pieces ½” and sew.
Lay the outside fabric piece and the inside pocket pieces right sides together.
Sew 1/4” from the raw edges and across the top and bottom.
Unfold the fabric pieces and iron.
Turn over and sew a casing for the wire about 1/4” from the top.
Pinch the fabric, fold over and pin into place….3 times. When you are finished with the pleats the width of the mask should be 3 1/2 inches,
Sew the pleats into place. Be careful not to sew over the casing you created at the top or you won’t be able to feed your wire through!
Cut the wire 8”. Fold the ends of the wire in to prevent poking through the fabric. Feed the wire through the casing at the top.
Fold over the edge twice (on both sides) and sew to create a casing for the elastic.
Sew the casing, but be careful not to sew over the wire! I pushed the wire in and folded the top of the casing down, so I wouldn’t hit it. Make sure you back stitch!
Cut two pieces of elastic 11” long. Feed the elastic through the sides of the mask.
Or jump ahead to see how we use bias tape. You can buy bias tape in the store or you can make it. Go to Made for an awesome tutorial about how to make your own bias tape.
Sew a zig zag stitch and adjust the elastic so the ends are inside the casing.
Now stitch across the bottom and top of the mask to hold the elastic in place.
Congratulations! You are finished!
If you are using bias tape…cut two 40″ pieces of double-fold bias tape. Fold the bias tape to find the center. Line up the center of the bias tape with the center of the mask. Sandwich the mask between the bias tape and pin in place.
Sew across the mask and then finish sewing to secure the rest of the bias tape.
Repeat for the bottom of the mask. And then you are finished!
‘Tis the season to welcome our elves back from the North Pole! What a better way to ring in the holiday season than an elf on the shelf sewing party! I decided, in addition to my weekly sewing classes, I wanted to host a workshop for kids to make accessories to give to their elves as welcome back gifts.
Now, what to make?! I knew it was a possibility that some kids who were going to be in attendance had never sewn before. I wanted the project(s) to be fun for those who knew how to sew as well as easy for beginners. After some research, I decided on a sleeping bag/pillow, elf-sized tree skirt and gingerbread costume! Who’s elf wouldn’t want to dress up to be the gingerbread man?
I went to work creating each accessory. I made a couple prototypes for each until I had the perfect pattern! I bought a mini tree I found in the $1 spot (which has slowly become the $3 and $5 spot) at Target and used it to help me gauge the size of the tree skirt. Then, I had to search for the perfect fabric. I love buying fabric from my favorite little store here in Tampa…Keep Me in Stitches. It happened to be 50% off…score!
After the patterns were created, fabric had been bought and samples made it was time to create an invitation. I found the cutest invitation (for free!) from Daisy Celebrates. I downloaded it and used pixlr express to finish creating the invitation.
Now I love to sew, but I also love to plan parties, especially themed parties! Every party has to have ssnacks and something to take home…right?! I decided that a hot chocolate bar would be the perfect treat! I set up the Keurig and put out candy canes, chocolate chips, marshmallows and whip cream! I also served donut holes and Christmas cookies!
Now if we were going to have a hot chocolate bar the kids would need something to put their hot chocolate in. I began looking for some ideas online and found a cute elf mug. It was $15 (out of my price range). So, I did the next best thing. I purchased plain white mugs from the dollar tree and used my silhouette to create a personalized elf mugs. They made the perfect take home gift and it only cost me a little over $1 a child.
While at the dollar store (one of our favorite places to frequent), I found some cute Santa and elf hats, but I couldn’t resist the adorable elf headbands! So, those too became gifts the kids could wear while they were sewing and take home after the party ended. I was happy to hear many of them say that they were going to wear them for future holiday parties or gatherings!
It’s all about the presentation! When the girls came in the house I wanted everything to look inviting and get them excited for what they were going to me making. I had a table set up with their names written on the table cloth (brown paper from Walmart), a bag with an elf tag and their sewing supplies. The bag would be what they put their finished projects in and serve as a gift bag for their elf. The tag (which I also got from Daisy Celebrates) is so cute, but I wanted to create a poem to add to the back. This poem lets their elf know that the gift was handmade especially for them!
Now, all I needed were my sewists! They all arrived ready to work and brought their Christmas spirit! We had a great morning stitching up accessories for their elves, sipping hot cocoa and listening to Christmas tunes. I can’t wait for my next group!
What elf wouldn’t want to dress up as a Gingerbread boy/girl while visiting from the North Pole? This tutorial will guide you through making a gingerbread costume for your elf. It’s quick, easy and will bring a smile to your little one’s face.
-1 package of heat and bond fusible
For this project, the bottom of the bag is 15 1/2 inches wide and the sides 16 inches long. You can make it any size. You would just need to adjust fabric requirements.
1. Cut two 15 ½” x 16” pieces (outside)
2. Cut two 15 ½” x 16” pieces (inside)
3. Cut one 4” x 44” of fabric (outside
fabric). Then cut it in half. This will be your handles.
4. Cut two pieces of fusible fleece (15 1/2 x 16 1/2) This is optional if you want your tote to be stiff.
Now take the 4” x 44” piece…
-Fold fabric in half and press.
– Then fold both sides to the middle crease and then over again.
-Top-stitch down each side of strap close to the edge.
Now take your outside and inside pieces of fabric…
-If you want your bag to be stiff you need to use the heat and
bond stabilizer. If you want your bag to be floppy you will skip this step.
Iron the rough side of the stabilizer to
the wrong side of the fabric you will use for the outside of your bag.
-Lay inside fabric right sides together and sew on three sides.
Leave one side open for the top!
-Next, sew your outer fabric pieces right sides together on three
-Now we are going to “box” the corners of the bottom of the bag. To do this pinch the corner, iron and sew 1 ½ “ from the corner. You will do this for both the inside and outside.
– Place inside fabric inside the outside fabric right sides together.
I slipped the inside fabric up a bit so you can see how it slips in.
– Place straps in between right sides of fabric on each side about three inches from the side edge.
– Pin or clip
straps and the top edge of bag well. Stitch around the top of bag 1/2 inch from
the edge. Leave a 3 inch opening. We will need an opening to be able to turn
the bag right side out!
-Turn bag right
side out and press with an iron.
-Close up the opening used for turning.
-Top stitching not only makes your bag look more finished, but
also makes the seams more durable.