Sunday, February 26, 2012

Honey Do: Ruffle Front Toddler Dress

I'm starting to gear up for spring and summer sewing, and this absolutely adorable dress caught my eye on Pinterest.

I have to make it for my little lady. SO simple, and SO cute!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Crochet Granny Square Bag Tutorial - Part 3

Finally finishing the granny square bag! Today, it's all about sewing in a liner.

First, you need to measure each of the panels of your bag. They will vary since crochet is not an exact science. Add about 1/2 inch to each of the measurements to give yourself plenty of room for seam allowances. 

Cut 2 large side panels (mine were 10 x 14 inches). 
Cut 2 short side panels (mine were 10 x 5 inches).
Cut 1 bottom panel (mine was 5 x 14 inches).

Sew them together. I sew down the length of each of the sides first, which creates sort of a tube. I also do a zigzag stitch over the raw edges. Then, I sew the bottom on. (I didn't bother taking a lot of pictures since it is black fabric and black thread.) I match up the long length of the bottom panel with the right side of the bottom of the tube. I sew from approximately 1/4 inch in to the opposite side, at about 1/4 inch in, backstitching on each side. I repeat this process for the other long length. Then, I sewed the short sides together, sewing over the openings left in the corners and backstitching. I zigzagged around all of these raw edges.

It produces this bag shape.

Place this liner inside the bag.

Fold down the top edge and pin it, matching with the top edge of the crochet bag. Try not to stretch the crochet too much, as the fabric will not stretch as far as the yarn will. 

Set your stitch length to a longer stitch. I used 4.5. Sew around the top edge of the bag, crochet side UP! Backstitch at the beginning and end.  All done!

Now you have a fun, funky, fully lined crochet granny square bag!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sew Vintage: Dritz Dainty Dot Snappers Kit

Today's Sew Vintage is an original 1950 snap fastener kit. It is made by Dritz and called the "Dainty Dot Snappers Kit." I have the original directions and everything!

I love that the size is actually called "dainty."  If you want to attach some snaps, 1950s style, hit me up!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Honey Do: BEAUTIFUL Crochet Rug

Can you IMAGINE the size of crochet hook you'd need to make this!??! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sew Vintage: Children's Cross-Stitch & Applique Designs

Happy Valentine's Day, Loves! :)

This week's Sew Vintage is a $0.35 "Children's Cross-Stitch & Applique Designs" book from the Butterick Company in 1962.

Doesn't that make you want to cross-stitch every single thing you own!?!? :) 

Lots of LOVE!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Crochet Granny Square Bag Tutorial - Part 2

Now that you've made your 19 squares and 2 straps, it is time to assemble them! There are many methods for assembling granny squares. I played around for awhile and finally decided that I wanted them to be close together, more than I wanted the joins to appear invisible. So, I simply sandwiched the squares, wrong sides together, and worked a slip stitch down the edges. I then used a simple whipstitch to connect each of the panels to one another.

Below is an example of slipstitching the squares together.

If you'd like to have an invisible join, use this method.
Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

Back to work on our bags.

Lay out your squares in the following groupings.

There should be two groups of 6 squares, two pairs of 2 squares, and one group of 3 squares.

This will comprise the front panel of the bag.

This will be the bottom panel of the bag.

This will be the back panel of the bag.

This will be one of the side panels.

And this will be the other side panel.

As I said, join the squares using whatever method you like. Once the panels are assembled, then join them together. I just used a yarn needle to whipstitch it all together. Then, I continued to use the yarn needle to sew the straps on to the bag. I used the middle of the squares to mark my strap placement. VOILA!

You can leave your bag like this, but I will be sewing in a lining next week. Too many holes! I'll be dropping everything. :)