Easy Sewing Project – Fabric Button Flowers

If you have any left over pieces of fabric laying around the house these cute button flowers are simple and quick to make anyone can do it. There is no need for a sewing machine as they stitched up by hand. They take about 5-10 minutes to make and will make the ideal accessory to add to sewing, craft or homeware projects. In fatc they are a perfect first project for children to be introduced to sewing with.

I am thinking of making some girls hair accesories with the ones that I have made, so have ordered some colourful alice headbands and some hair clips. You could add them onto cards, brooches, baskets and throws.

 

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You Will Need:

  • Mixed fabric pieces. Any size will do, depends on the size of the flowers that you want to achieve
  • Buttons. Any colour, be experimental and add patterend ones. Again no size specific.
  • Cotton
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Pen/pencil/marker/tracing wheel

Method:

  • First choose a piece of material and draw around a circular object. I used a big soup mug, but a small serving plate will do. Remember the flowers will be smaller as the edges get pulled into the middle

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Cut out the circle with the scissors and thread the needle with the cotton. Tie a knot in the end of the cotton

  • Using a running stitch, stitch around the edge of the circle, not too close incase it frays. About 0.4 cm away from the edge. Stitch all the way round until you come to the first stitch. You can stitch on either side of the fabric but I like to use the underside

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  • Pull the cotton until the edge gathers into the middle and sew into place just to secure the edge in.

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  • It doesn’t matter if the edge is seen it will be covered by the button. Now attach the button to the middle.

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Go wild with your colours, experiment with different style and shaped button. Depending on the size of the fabric circle you can make small or large flowers.

I’m looking forward to experimenting with my new fabric flowers.

Lego Mini Figure Storage- A sewing project

Are you constantly walking around the house stepping on little pieces of Lego?

It’s like my house is booby-trapped with Lego! I find myself tip toeing cautiously around my boys bedroom, taking care of where i tread. I fear that maybe my boys have planned between them on where to leave the Lego pieces so that their Mum doesn’t enter their bedroom to tidy it up!

These tiny pieces of plastic brick shaped toys can not only be found on the boys bedroom floor but they seemed to have escaped out into landing and down the stairs, in fact there isn’t a place in the house that these tiny little feet scaring critters will go. The worst is in the middle of night, when all of the lights are out and I awake to a crying toddler. As i jump out of bed and race to his bedroom to comfort him, I find myself cursing under breath (in order not to wake the rest of the house up) as my foot comes into contact with a tiny little brick. It maybe tiny but hell does it hurt! I fall into the bedroom and hop over to a NOW sleeping toddler.

I had to think of somewhere for my boys to store their mini figures/Lego creation, either that or I constantly wear shoes in my home, even to bed!

I put my thinking cap on and came up with this

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A folding Lego storage holder.

It is made from red cotton and yellow felt. The red cotton was used for the whole of the storage holder and the yellow felt was used for the LEGO letters. It was my son’s idea to have LEGO written downwards and he asked for all of the pockets. He wanted to be able to fold it up and carry it.

Material needed:

Red Cotton roughly 1m , 150cm wide (cost £3.99 ebay)

Yellow Felt roughly 1m, 150cm wide (not all needed cost £4.49 ebay)

Red cotton thread

Yellow cotton thread

Tape measure

Sewing machine

wooden pole 5mm thick roughly 50 cm in length

Scissors

Instructions:

  • Cut out the LEGO letters. I roughly drew them on with a pencil and then cut them out, size roughly 21cmx33cm
  • Open out the red cotton and lay it flat on the floor/table. Place the letters down one side of the red fabric. Leave about 6cm along the top, bottom and edge side so that there is enough room to stitch and hem. Stitch in place.
  • Cut away any remaining red material from the bottom as this will be used for the pockets. Cut into long strips, 10cm in width I used about 8.

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  • Edge each strip both sides by folding over the edges twice, 5mm each time. Pin in place and stitch

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  • Once you have edged all of the strips You will need to place them on to the red cotton alongside the LEGO letters, so that they are running across the material.

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  • Try to measure out all of the pockets so that they are the same, 10 cm. Each box pleat is about 2cm.

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  • Once the pockets are all pinned down on the red cotton, you will need to stitch in between each pocket

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  • Once they are stitched in place then you will need to stitch the strip of pockets down. Start top left and follow it around the edge, use the foot edge for guidance and try to sink stitch along the bottom.

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  • If you want a handle you will need to stitch it in place now. Stitch a long strip like you did with the pocket strips. attach it in place at the top above the letters.
  • Fold the material in half so that the pockets are touching the LEGO letters.
  • The sides need to be stitched together, the whole item should be inside out.  Remember to leave the top edge unstitched! Once finished turn inside out again so that it is the right way. You should have the LEGO letters on side and the pockets behind.
  • The top edge will need to be strengthened, I used a wooden pole. I stitched across lengthways along the edge of the letter L, making a pocket for the pole.

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  • Now stitch the top together, making sure that the handle is facing out and upwards. Make sure that the edges are poking inwards giving a neat finish.

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My son wanted to be able to fold it up and carry it around so we attached some velcro to it, not sure if it will work as some of the Lego could possibly fall out. He hasn’t tried it yet as it is still hanging up in his bedroom for all to see.

I have thouroughly enjoyed this sewing project and I f you would like to make one yourself please share with me your finished product.

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Thank you for reading 🙂

Sewing with children

Do you like to teach your children skills that may well be needed as an adult?

Do you have a skill that can be passed onto your child?

Since the age of 15, I have always been interested in sewing, that much so that at the age of 16 I studied Fashion at college for two years. I had never used a sewing machine before and once I started the course my Dad bought me a Singer machine for a Christmas present. I remember being over the moon with it and stitching up things that didn’t really need stitching up lol. I went on from college to University to study BA (Hons) Fashion and used my machine at every opportunity (mainly for course work) as the years have passed by and the many houses that I have lived in, the machine has been with me. Now, nearly 20 years on and I am still using the machine, doing the odd alteration and making the children new stuffed toys. Recently I made a tote lunch bag and snack bag and had many friends asking me to make some for them (unfortunately due to not having any spare time, I have only managed to make 2)

With my love of sewing quickly fading away with time 🙁 I asked my eldest son Jak if he would like to learn how to use the sewing machine, thinking he was going to tell me that sewing was girls I didn’t expect him to say “yes” with such enthusiasm.

I cut out a small piece of felt and drew on some lines with tailor chalk

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I showed him where the notch was on the sewing foot and told him that if he kept the chalk marking in line with the notch on the foot, then with a gentle press on the foot pedal he should be able to follow the marking and sew a perfect line.

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He guided the material through the foot, using both hands, gently and slowly he followed the line. He kept focused and concentrated and even managed to follow a zigzag marking

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He done everything I taught him
– Guiding the material with two hands
– Gently pressing his foot down on the pedal and slowly easing off if he felt is was going too fast
– Cutting down the thread as he went
– Holding the thread taut when he was beginning to stitch, making sure thy the thread wouldn’t slip through the eye of the needle as it went into the material
– Making sure that the sewing foot was always down
– Followed the chalk marking
– Lifted up the sewing foot when he needed to turn the material but remembering to keep the needle in the material

He even learnt how to back stitch!

He was really proud of his work from his first sewing machine lesson and is now talking about attempting to make something. I am glad that he wants to learn how to sew as this will help him when he is an adult if he ever needs to darn his own socks 🙂

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The question is what will he make??

Make your own cute little Snack Bag

Do your children have a pack lunch bag? Or are you just looking for somewhere to put your little snacks into?

Why not make your own little snack bag!

It is similar to the Tote lunch bag that I shared with you a couple of weeks ago but obviously smaller and a lot cuter.

You will need:

  • PVC covered material
  • Sewing machine, cotton and scissors
  • Measuring tape, ruler
  • Velcro

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  • Cut out four pieces of your material measuring 8″ x 8″, two pieces are for the outer of the snack bag and the other two are from material that you want for the lining
  • At the bottom of all of the pieces mark out a square on each corner 1″ x 1″, cut out each square

 

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  • Put the two outer pieces together with the right sides touching each other and stitch down the sides DO NOT stitch around the cut out piece and then stitch along the bottom.

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  • On the inner lining mark along the bottom, in between the two notches, 1″ in on either side. Stitch together the sides, leave the cut out notch and then stitch from the edge of the notch to the mark and then from the mark to the edge of the notch, so that there will be a gap in the middle ( This will be where you pull the material of the bag through once finished)

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Pinch the unsewn fabric together making sure that the seams meet up and stitch the edges together

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On the inner lining attach the velcro in place about 0.5cm away from the edge, I used a very sticky velcro so just glued it into place

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Turn the outer lining the right way round and place it inside of the inner lining, line up the seams and stitch the two edges together

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Once sewn together you need to pull through the outer shell through the hole that was left at the bottom of the lining

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You will be left with a little snack bag looking pretty much like this

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It is the perfect size for little hands and ideal to store away snacks in when out and about town, Oliver takes his every day to his childminder and won’t eat his grapes from anything other than his snack bag now. It fits perfectly into any lunch bag/changing bag/handbag and the velcro keeps the snack secured away safely.

Hope you like it 🙂

Stitching up a new Lunch Tote Bag

I’ve not used my sewing machine for a while now and the poor little thing has been gathering dust in the cupboard for far too long, so whilst I have had a few days off of work and due to the weather not being too good over these Christmas Holidays I decided to get a bit crafty and make something out of the oilcloth material that I bought a while back.

After searching the internet I found a pattern to follow on sewmamasew website

I cut out four pieces of square material measuring 12″ x 12″, two pieces are for the outer of the lunch bag and the other two are for the inner lining

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I used the same material for both on this particular project.

At the bottom of all of the pieces cut out the corners 2″ x 2″

Put the two outer pieces together with the right sides touching each other and stitch down the sides, Do Not stitch the cut out piece! Then stitch the along the bottom.

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On the inner lining put a mark along the bottom about 2″ on either side

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(excuse the ruler lol)

Stitch together the sides, leave the cut out notch and then stitch from the edge to the mark and then from the second mark to the edge, the gap in the middle will be used later to pull through the bag and turn it the right way. Do this to all of the corners, your bag will start to show some shape.

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Mark the corners of the notches with a dot on all of the pieces. (The square piece cut out) Pinch the dots and pull the fabric apart, line up the seams and stitch the edges together, Sorry this is hard to explain without showing you, but hopefully the photo will make sense.

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Turn the outer lining the right way round and mark in 3″ on both sides from the edge, this will be where you will sew your straps on. Make a mark with a pencil at the middle of both sides, this will be where your button will go.

Cut out two strips of material, measuring about 15″ long and 2″ width, fold it twice and then stitch together all the way down the middle NB: this will only work if your material does not fray

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Line the straps up with the marks on the bag and stitch them in place with the straps meeting the edge of the bag , keep the nice side of the strap facing downwards.

Place the outer of the bag inside the lining

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Pin the edges together making sure that the seams line up with each other.

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If you are going to apply a button to seal the bag then a thin hair bobble will work as the connector. Pin it in place at the mark that you put into the centre of the back of the bag earlier. Stitch both the bags together around the top.

Once sewn together you need to pull through the outer bag through the hole that was left at the bottom of the inner lining.

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Stitch up the hole of the lining and place it all bag into place so it looks like this

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To finish it off sew all around the top of the bag to give it an edging and add a button of your choice to the front of the bag.

I have made two so far using different materials, one owl and one bunting.

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I have used oilcloth material for both and even for the lining as it is wipeable and strong. Depending on the type of oilcloth you use, it can become quite sticky under the foot of the sewing machine so at some points of making the bag i had to cover the material in tissue paper and stitch it together with it on, so it could go through the foot of the machine easily.

What do you think?

I am off to make a snack bag for the little one to use with his lunch bag and I have orders from my Mum and Aunt to make a shopping bag and wash bag 🙂

My instructions may not be clear