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Sewing: Owl Bag

July 8, 2017 |  by  |  Sewing, Tutorials  |  No Comments

Owl Bag: 3ten.ca

This little owl bag is perfect for travelling as a make-up bag, carrying books, or even housing pottery tools! Have you seen the pottery Bryce and I made? Check it out if you haven’t yet. Okay, back to this bright and cheery bag. I made it similar to the make-up bag I made back in 2015, but I did a bit more detail with it. I incorporated what I did with the clutch and added in some topstitching. Time to get started!

What You Need

  • 2 pieces of fabric that measure:
  • 7 inches by 14 inches for the outside top
  • 2 inches by 14 inches for the outside middle
  • 7 inches by 14 inches for the outside bottom
  • 14 inches by 14 inches for the inside
  • 1 piece of fabric that measures 6 inches by 5 inches for the pocket
  • 2 pieces of fabric cut 3 inches by 4 inches for the zipper ends
  • 1 piece of fabric that measures 4 inches by 7 inches for the pull
  • piece of ribbon that is 8 inches long.
  • 14 inch zipper
  • matching thread
  • iron
  • ironing board
  • serger
  • machine

First, gather all of your fabric that’s been pre-washed and cut.

Owl Bag: 3ten.ca

Then, it’s time for the pocket. I’m putting a little pocket with a tag on the inside. Serge all edges of your pocket to reinforce it. Then, turn each side inward and pin. Topstitch all around – all you’re doing is stitching the folded underpart to itself so it stays in place. After that, pin it in place on the right side of the inside fabric, add your label and topstitch all around except the top – the pocket opening.

Owl Bag: 3ten.ca

Owl Bag: 3ten.ca

Up next, use your serger to stitch the outside top to the outside middle. Then, stitch the the outside middle to the outside bottom. Double top stitch along those two seams. Press with a hot iron. Add the two zipper ends to the end of the zipper. The make-up bag tutorial explains that part well.

Zipper Time

Time to sandwich the zipper. Place the inside fabric right side up. Then, lay down the zipper, right side up, and match the top of the zipper with the top of the lining. Sandwich the zipper by placing the outside fabric, right side down, lining it up with the top of the zipper. The tab you made for the zipper ends, they will stick out. Don’t worry, we’ll take care of those later. Use your zipper foot and stitch. Then flip and do the same on the opposite side.

Owl Bag: 3ten.ca

Once the zipper is on, open the zipper. Lay the two inside pieces right sides together and the two outside pieces right sides together. Press. Now serge along all 4 sides, yet leave a 4 inch opening on the two inside bottom pieces. This will allow you to turn the bag right side out. Using the zipper ends is key here, since you’ll serge through those and not your zipper. That’s why it’s important to clip off the excess zipper ends.

Now, before you turn the bag right side out, box off all 4 corners. I used a boxed corner of 4 inches. Press and turn right side out. Press again. Topstitch the opening on the inside fabric together.

Owl Bag: 3ten.ca

Take your time – see how clean the zipper ends are and the boxed corners? Ensure you press your work and line it up well.

Owl Bag: 3ten.ca

Owl Bag: 3ten.ca

Finishing Touch

String your ribbon through the zipper. Fold the piece of fabric that measures 7×4 in half like a hot dog. Press. Now open and fold each side inward to the marked line. You piece will now measure 1 inch wide. Press. Open fully and press each end inward 1/2 and inch. Keep the end fold intact and fold back to 1 inch wide. Press again. Fold in half lengthwise and press. With the ribbon strung through the zipper put the ends inside the open short end of the zipper pull. Top stitch all around.

Owl Bag: 3ten.ca

Done!

Owl Bag: 3ten.ca

Owl Bag: 3ten.ca

This bag is fun and energetic. I just love the brightness of the fabric. Happy sewing and thanks for visiting!

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Project: Holiday Home Tour

December 26, 2016 |  by  |  Projects, Sewing  |  No Comments

Holiday Home Tour: 3ten.ca

The holidays aren’t over – it’s still boxing day. I wanted to share all the projects I worked on this holiday season in once place and I thought, what a better way to do it than a holiday home tour! For this little project I let you into my home and show you how all the sewing tutorials and projects are on display in real life – not just staged. Want to know which projects are hand made? Check it out the list below!

Tutorials

This Christmas we decided to decorate a bit more than usual and it turned our beautifully. My favourite, how awesome the tree looks with more than 120+ ornaments. All but 12 made by me! So cool.

Holiday Home Tour: 3ten.ca

These pillows are so fun – and could be used not just at Christmas. Cozy for sure.

Holiday Home Tour: 3ten.ca

Our music box santa enjoys all the Christmas cards he gets – it’s fun to get joyful mail.

Holiday Home Tour: 3ten.ca

The mantle looks awesome (or so I think). Super festive and just cozy.

Holiday Home Tour: 3ten.ca

Holiday Home Tour: 3ten.ca

Overall, we’re quite lucky to have such a lovely home filled with the most important thing – love.

Holiday Home Tour: 3ten.ca

Holiday Home Tour: 3ten.ca

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you’ve had a love filled holiday, too. Sending you and your family best wishes.

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Sewing: Week Fifty Two: Christmas Stockings and Pillows

December 24, 2016 |  by  |  Sewing, Tutorials  |  No Comments

Christmas Stockings and Pillows: 3ten.ca

Christmas stockings and pillows. It’s time to get sewing.

Christmas is tomorrow! Tomorrow?! That’s flat out exciting. Today I’m going to share my last sewing post of the series 52 Weeks of Sewing. Yes, I’ve done a sewing project a week for the last year and it’s coming to a close. This week I’m combining two tutorials. I’ve already done versions of these, yet I’ve got a bit of an update for this year. These Christmas stockings and pillows are coordinated and festive. Let’s get started!

What You Need

  • stocking tutorial
  • 1/2 a yard of outside fabric
  • 1/2 a yard of inside fabric
  • 1/4 a yard of fur for cuff
  • serger
  • machine
  • matching thread
  • pins
  • iron
  • ironing board
  • pillow tutorial
  • 1/2 a yard of fabric
  • 1/8 yard of fabric for state/province
  • 12 inch zipper
  • serger
  • machine
  • matching thread
  • pins
  • iron
  • ironing board

First – gather all of your supplies and visit the stocking tutorial and the pillow tutorial. I’ll walk you through the changes below.

Stocking

Follow the stocking tutorial with one change. I didn’t splice the fur cuff in half for two reasons – it’s hard to sew and it looks better as one piece.

So, how do you make the stocking reversible? Just leave an opening on the inside (I did mine in grey again) and leave a large 3 inch opening along the back side of the stocking. Then, top stitch the whole inside part of the stocking (don’t catch the plaid side). You’ll top stitch it much like the reversible dog stocking. This will close up the hole and the outside (in my case the plaid) will look polished.

Christmas Stockings and Pillows: 3ten.ca

Christmas Stockings and Pillows: 3ten.ca

Pillows

Okay – this step is right after you cut your squares out. Get an outline of what you want to put on your pillow. It could be a moose head or letters. In my case, the state of Texas and the province of Alberta. Both places Bryce and I have lived together.

Cut out the shape in contrasting fabric. Then press. Pin, and use a lot of pins, the shape in the centre. Top stitch on a medium length. Go slowly so you catch all the little edges. Then, follow the rest of the pillow tutorial as usual.

Christmas Stockings and Pillows: 3ten.ca

Christmas Stockings and Pillows: 3ten.ca

That’s it – just a few modifications on some classic tutorials. The pillows are so awesome and the stockings are great too. These Christmas stockings and pillows turned out so well. I’ll be excited to unpack them again next year, too.
Thanks for stopping by and I wish you and your family a happy holiday!

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