March 30, 2010

Guest Post with Taylor from MaryJanes and Golashes

Welcome!  Today I am super excited to introduce you to a new blog friend of mine....Taylor from MaryJanes and Golashes.  You may have seen some of her fantastic projects floating around out there in the blogosphere.  She showed how to make a faux antique glass window a couple of weeks ago when she was visiting at V and Co and it will definitely be a project I'm going to tackle on a Feature Friday.  I'm over at her place making this t-shirt with bubble wrap:



You are in for a treat today!  Here is Taylor.....     

Hello you roaring mammas!  I'm Taylor from MaryJanes and Galoshes.  I'm excited to be here talking to you all today, Cheri is over at my place today with one of her amazing projects so make sure you go check her out, but we are going to have some fun here too.  I'm the mom of 3 kids under 3 years old.  I have a 2 1/2 year old boy and 16 month old boy/girl twins.  So I make lots of stuff both boy and girl.  Today's project is perfect for either and quick enough to do in a naptime.  So how this came about.... With Easter egg hunts every weekend for three weeks solid we needed something a bit more than the typical plastic shopping bag (well that's typical for us anyway) and with the kids being so little they really have trouble with getting eggs (halloween candy, what have you) into the bag.  You know those poor kids that ring your doorbell at halloween and can't get their bags open enough for you to fit their goodies in, those are MY kids!  So I wanted a bag that would hold itself open for them to drop their eggs in.  This is what I came up with and they take about 30 minutes to make!


I love that you can just alter the fabrics to make girls or boys.

What you need-
1/4 yard of each~
     Pattern fabric
     Plain fabric
     Lining fabric
     fuse-able interfacing 
Sewing machine
Iron
** All seam allowances are 1/4 inch**
1. Cut your pieces.  From the pattern fabric You will need two rectangles 8 by 13 and one piece 2.25 by 16

From plain fabric cut two rectangles 6 by 13
From lining fabric two rectangles 14 by 13 (if you choose to alter the dimensions of the outside, adjust this measurement to the size of outside pieces added together, in this case 8 plus 6) and one piece 2.25 by 16

From interfacing cut two pieces 13.5 by 13 and one piece 2 by 16

Working with your outside fabrics, place the plain piece and pattern piece right sides together and sew along the 13" end.  Repeat with other two pieces.
Iron your seam flat and iron on your interfacing to the wrong side of the two panels you just created.

With your lining fabric, right sides together, sew along three sides (making sure that the longer sides are on the side and shorter sides are top and bottom) leaving a 3 inch opening at the bottom.  So you will have a pouch with a hole in the bottom like Dear Henry, do you remember that song?  There's a whole in my bucket dear Henry dear Henry... anyway, I'm getting off track.

Now you need to box all your corners.  Flatten each corner and measure 2.5 inches from the tip and make a line.
Do this on BOTH the outside and lining (while still turned inside out) and sew on this line.  You will cut the corner triangle off once you've sewn this.

Leaving your lining fabric inside out, turn the outside fabric right side out and place inside the lining pouch.  Your fabrics from the outside and lining should be right sides together.  Set aside and grab your handle strips.

Iron your interfacing stip onto one of your handle fabrics, either one is fine.  Now with right sides together sew down each long side leaving the short sides open creating a tube.
Turn your tube right side out and topstitch along each side as close to the edge as you can.
With the lining fabric out, place the handle between the two puches and pin in place making a handle sandwich. Make sure it isn't twisted after you get done pinning it.
Pin around the top and sew all the way around the top edge reinforcing the areas by the handles.
That hole we left in the bottom of the lining fabric, that's where you now pull everything through until the lining fabric is right side out again and can be tucked back where it belongs.  Once you have it pulled all the way right side out, stitch the hole shut, tuck the lining in to place, and topstitch around the top where you just sewed the layers together.  Your done!
Thanks for having me here today guys and gals.  Don't be a stranger! -Taylor

2 comments:

  1. What a fabulous idea Taylor! Thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading your blog.

    Cheri--I have a little something for you over on my blog. Be sure to stop by and pick it up! :) http://yankeebellehome.blogspot.com/2010/03/sunshine-award.html

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  2. Cheri, saw your posting over at MJ& G and love the shirt -SO Cute . I will be giving that a try.. ANd Love the basket as well.. You are a great sewer..
    Love the butt pic. Very Cute, YOu sound like a fun gal...
    I just became one of your newest followers..
    karryann

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