fat quarter friday {fabric gift wrapping}

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I would have to say that this is my favorite use for all those little scraps of fabric that I hoard. I am a sucker for a pretty packaged gift and with Mother’s Day right around the corner why not use some of those scraps to wrap with.

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Use long strips of fabric to tie bows around your packages instead of ribbons.

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Or you can use a little piece of fabric just to fancy up a paper hang tag. Everything looks cuter with a little piece of fabric right?

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Make some drawstring bags for your gift. Then they get two gifts instead of one.

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You can even wrap the whole gift in fabric.

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Then add a few more layers of fabric and your package is pretty as can be!

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But what I love most about using fabric scraps to wrap with, is that even those awkwardly shaped gifts look pretty and neatly wrapped.

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And don’t forget those little extra pieces of tulle. They are fun to wrap with as well!

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So, am I the only one who loves to wrap with fabric scraps?

fat quarter friday {up-cycling plastic bags}

twolittlehooligans_tutorialToday I wanted to share one of my favorite things to do with the plastic bags that sheet sets come in. With just a few scraps of fabric you can turn those plastic bags into a really cute bag for the kids…or yourself. You can use these bags for just about anything. I like to use mine in the car. I like their storing snacks, an extra change of clothes and all of their coloring supplies in them.

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Supplies Needed: 

*Plastic bag that sheet sets come in

*Scraps of fabric or 1 fat quarter

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Start by making a handle for the bag. I cut my strip about 4″ by 10.”

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Fold the two ends in about 1/2″ and iron flat. Now iron the piece like you would if you were going to make bias tape.

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Top stitch the strip. I like to top stitch mine with a few rows. You now have your handle.

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Tape the handle onto the bag in the desired location with masking tape or washi tape. Make sure to tape it and not use pins!

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Sew handles in place. This may be a little tricky. I like to use my teflon foot when sewing on plastic or tricky fabrics. You may want to use some wax paper between the plastic bag and your feed dogs. It will feed the plastic through much better. I ran out of wax paper so I just flipped the bag over so that my fabric was laying on the feed dogs and the plastic was on top. I had no issues sewing it this way but wouldn’t really recommend it.

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If you want, keep those little pieces of cardboard that come in the pockets. You are going to pretty them up and add a little color to the bag. Just cut out some fabric the same size as the piece of cardboard.

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Stitch around the edges of the cardboard. Or course you could glue the fabric on as well. I think sewing it on is much quicker though.

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And there you have it, a cute new little bag…perfect for storing anything! Now you will never throw those plastic bags away again!

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Any other fun uses for those plastic bags sheet sets come in? What do you do with yours?

Handmade valentines day cards

 

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In honor of Valentine’s Day I decided to bring home my post that I first posted over at Welcome to the Mouse House as part of her sewing with kids series. Today I am sharing a fun way for your little ones to make Valentines Day cards while working on their cutting and sewing skills. Plus they can use up a bunch of those little scraps while doing it! I have a wooden crate in my sewing room that is full of all my fabric scraps. The kids can go and use whatever they want out of it and they love being able to do that.

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* Small scraps of fabric

* Paper cutting scissors & fabric cutting scissors

* Card stock and envelopes

* Ribbons, ric-rac or any other embellishments your kids would like to work with

IMG_4634Before starting make sure you reiterate all of the safety rules for sewing and scissor use. This is so important! This is also the perfect time to teach your kids about the difference between sewing scissors and paper scissors. I will not lie, I used to mix and mingle my scissors all the time and it is a really bad habit. So teach your kids to cut paper with the paper scissors and cut fabric with the fabric scissors. If you need to, label each pair or tie a little piece of fabric onto the fabric scissors as a reminder. At this time also talk to them about proper handling of the the scissors if they will be walking or carrying them. It seems crazy, but it is honestly something they need to learn. So the easiest way I have found to make and cut out hearts with little ones is to make a little paper template. To do this, simply have your kids fold a piece of paper in half and then draw a half-a-heart shape like below. Then have them cut out the shape. IMG_4638Now have your kids take the piece of fabric and fold it in half. Take the folded heart and sandwich the fabric inside of it. Now have your kids cut the fabric around the template. The paper gives the fabric a little more stability and makes it easier for younger kids to cut the shape out. If your kids are older you can have them trace the whole heart shape onto the fabric and then cut it out. Do what you feel is appropriate for your child.
IMG_4647 IMG_4650 Once the heart is cut out, grab a piece of card stock and let your kids sew the heart onto the card stock. IMG_4653Encourage them to sew around the heart to get used to the curves but if they rather sew straight lines like my 3 year old did, then just let them be. Yes, the bobbin thread is a different color from the spool. Are my kids the only ones who love to do that?IMG_4655For some reason after she sewed the fabric onto the card stock she decided to cut the heart out again…?
IMG_4669Her vision of Valentines Day cards was much different from mine and I just love that! Don’t forget, we are here to encourage and teach our children but if they have their own vision of what they want to make…then let them go with it. It is so important for us to not only teach them but also let them use their own creativity! We have actually been working on these Valentines Day cards for a few days now so when they seem to get bored or are not being safe around the machine anymore I take that as my cue. I have them pick up their mess and we save it for another day.
IMG_4674 I think anyone would love getting these little hearts in the mail in for Valentines Day. Nothing says love like a heart card made from little hands! Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Fat quarter friday {clasp coin purse}

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Today I am sharing those little clasp coin purses that I was talking  about the other day. Aren’t they so cute?!

IMG_4081 I made about 15 of these for Christmas. Below are just a few of them. These little coin purses are so great because they use up all those little scraps that we always seem to accumulate, plus they are pretty quick to sew up. Oh and did I mention they are super cute and make great gifts?photo (36)Instead of putting together a tutorial of my own I am sending you over to Caila-Made. Caila has two great tutorials on how to make them and her little purses are just so adorable. Caila was more then willing to share her tutorial with all of you. She is such a sweet person that I had the pleasure of meeting this past year. If you are not following her yet, you really should!

Metal Frame Purse Tutorial and Pattern: This pattern shows you how to make a basic clasp coin purse like the ones pictured above.

Clutch Pattern for any frame: This tutorial shares a little more in depth on how to make your own unique shape. This is basically what I did to make the clasp pencil pouch that I shared the other day.

fat quarter friday {keepsake bags}

twolittlehooligans_tutorial_colorWhat do you do with all of the handmade garments and items that you make for your kids?

Do you hand them down to others or do you keep them? I give some of mine away to others and some of them I have to keep. I don’t know why but some of them I just cannot part with. I have to admit, I have visions of my grandchildren wearing them one day. I know that is probably just a dream but who knows, but I would rather keep them just in case then regret it later. Now of course it is impossible to keep every single thing I make for my kids. There is just too much stuff now, but there are a certain few items that I just loved or were the girls favorites. So I was thinking one day that it would be fun to make each of the items a little drawstring bag of their own and then add a little plastic sleeve to the front. That way there was a picture of my kids wearing or playing with the actual handmade garment or item that was inside. It would be a little keepsake bag of sorts.

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Materials Needed:

* 1 piece of fabric cut into a rectangle shape. The size of the piece of fabric depends on the size of your bag you want.

*Ribbon or fabric for ties ties

*Clear Vinyl just enough for make little picture pockets with.

*Pictures of you children with the item or garment.

*Seam ripper and Fray Check

IMG_3327Start by cutting out a rectangular piece from your clear vinyl. Make it a little larger then the size of your picture and factor in sew seams. You want to make sure you have enough space to insert a photo once sewn onto the bag. Sew the vinyl onto the bag. Make sure you only sew the sides and bottom. The top is where the photo will be inserted. If you are having a hard time sewing the vinyl switch to a Teflon foot and make sure you use masking tape or washi tape to anchor the vinyl in place onto the fabric. You do not want to pin the vinyl onto to the fabric, it will leave holes.

IMG_3332Fold the fabric in half with right sides facing. Sew along the bottom and side. Finish off all raw edges that were just sewn. Make sure you leave the top open and is not sewn shut.

IMG_3338Now take the top edge of the bag and fold over 1/2″ and iron flat. Fold over another 1/2″ and iron again. Now top stitch all along the top edge of bag.

IMG_3339Turn bag right side out. Iron flat. ***Just make sure not to iron the vinyl!***

IMG_3341 Grab your seam ripper and some fray check.

IMG_3344 Make a little hole at the top of the bag for the ribbon to go through on one side. Add a little Fray Check if you want  and let it dry.

IMG_3345Tie the ribbon onto a safety pin and insert into the hole you just made. Pull the ribbon all the way through till it comes back out the hole in went into.

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IMG_4600My girls went crazy over these bags…hopefully they will in about 25 year as well!

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Fat Quarter Friday {tooth fairy pillow}

twolittlehooligans_tutorialA few days ago I made a tooth fairy pillow for one of my niece’s who has her first wiggly tooth. I thought this was the perfect time to make a tutorial for one. After all, I have been severely neglecting my fat quarter fridays haven’t i?! Plus, every little kid needs a special pillow for the tooth fairy. pillow and 60s dress 017 Materials Needed:

*2 pieces of fabric for the main pillow. I used a minky fabric but you can use whatever you have on hand. Cut the pieces to your desired size.

*2 pieces of cotton fabric cut a little bit smaller then the pieces of fabric for the pillow. These pieces are going to be used for the pocket.

*1 small piece of felt. Draw and cut out a tooth shape.

*Batting. Enough to fill your pillow with.

*Extra embellishments if desired.pillow and 60s dress 002Start by taking your felt tooth and sewing it on to one of the pieces of cotton fabric. Just top stitch all around the edges of the tooth.pillow and 60s dress 003 Now take the other piece of cotton fabric and lay it on top of the fabric that has the stitched tooth on it. Make sure the pieces are right sides together. Stitch around all the edges while leaving a 1″ opening for turning right sides out. pillow and 60s dress 004 Turn right sides out. Iron flat. Now pin the cotton fabric piece onto one of the pillow pieces of fabric. pillow and 60s dress 005 Sew around the sides and bottom. Make sure you leave the top open. This is your pocket now.pillow and 60s dress 006 Take the other pillow piece of fabric and lay it on top, right sides together. Pin in place. Sew around all the edges while leaving a 2″ opening to turn right sides out. Turn right sides out. Iron flat. pillow and 60s dress 007Stuff the pillow with batting. Hand stitch the opening closed.
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Fat Quarter Friday {Pattern Weights Tutorial}

It’s Friday which means it is fat quarter friday over here! twolittlehooligans_tutorial_colorA few months ago I saw some pattern weights at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores and thought that they were such a great idea. So I added them to my Sewing To Do List. Well after cutting out fabric for some dresses last week I decided it was time to make those pattern weights. They really are super easy to make…and super cute to look at. I’m really hoping that they will make cutting out patterns and fabric more fun. For some reason that is always my least favorite part.pattern weights 013

Materials Needed:

* Small fabric scraps cut into 2″ square pieces

*Quinoa, rice, bolts or anything else that is small and will fit into the hole whiling give it some weight. The hubby suggested using bee-bee’s or fishing line weights and I thought those would be a great option too. **Just keep in mind that these are small and could be a choke hazard for little ones.**

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Take two squares and place them right sides together. Stitch all around while leaving a 1/2″ hole to turn right side out. Trim and square off corners. Turn right side out and iron flat. Make sure you push out the corners.fireflies 006Use a small spice funnel, piping bag or a plastic baggie to fill up the fabric pieces or you could just use your hands depending on what you fill it with.
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And that is it! Super easy right?!pattern weights 013Now make a bunch of them.pattern weights 015 pattern weights 016They are too cute not too! Even the kiddos can’t keep their hands off them.
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Fat Quarter Friday {Dish Towel Tutorial}

This week I decided to share a tutorial for another one of my favorite items to make…dish towels. A nice set of dish towels is something that everyone loves, but will rarely splurge on for themselves. This is also a great beginner sewing project. So if you have been wanting to start sewing for the first time or needed a refresher project this is the perfect one to start with! dish cloths 022

Materials Needed:

*1 fat quarter of cotton fabric cut to preferred size. I leave mine pretty close to the size of a fat quarter.

*1 fat quarter of velour terry cloth or terry cloth. Cut the terry cloth slightly larger then you cut the cotton fabric above.

*small scrap piece of fabric that measures 8″ x 3″

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dish cloths 011 Now gather your cotton fabric and terry cloth. Layer the fabrics like so: terry cloth on bottom-right side up, then cotton fabric right side down. Pin in place. dish cloths 012 On one of the corners place your bias strip like pictured below. Pin in placedish cloths 013 Sew all around edges, but make sure to leave a 2-3″ opening for turning right side out. Trim off excess fabric and square off edges.dish cloths 014 Turn right side out. Iron flat and top stitch around edges. I top stitch around the edges twice with my dish towels, but you can do it only once if you prefer. dish cloths 015And that is it, super easy right?!
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Fat Quarter Friday {Wrapping Paper Organizer Tutorial}

I’m so excited about today’s Fat Quarter Friday project. Like, I’m mildly obsessed with it, seriously! It just may be my most favorite thing I have ever made. See, I have been wanting a wrapping station for like… well, for forever. But all the ones I have wanted are just way too pricey for me. So the other day when I was reading my Flea Market Style magazine I saw the most in-genius wrapping paper bin made from an old wooden kitchen stool. Oh yes, I was in LOVE with this idea! It is cheap, practical, and oh so cute! I really should have taken a picture of the stool for you, but truly you should all just go and buy this magazine. It is great! I hardly buy magazines these days, but this one is always a must!So basically their wrapping paper bin was an old kitchen stool turned upside down. On the bottom of the seat part they added casters so that it could easily roll around. Inside of the stool they placed a bag made from fabric to hold all of the wrapping paper. Then they added some little S-hooks to the rungs of the stool to hold scissors in place. Yes, their idea was simply brilliant! BRILLIANT! So I came up with my own design inspired by their wrapping paper bin. My wrapping paper organizer fits my needs perfectly and hope it will fit your wrapping needs as well or at least inspire you to make one that will fit your needs. So enough explaining about this wrapping paper organizer, lets make one!

Wrapping Paper Organizer Tutorial

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Materials Needed:

* Kitchen stool. Keep your eyes open for one at the thrift store or yard sales. I used a stool we had but were no longer using. I actually bought it a few years ago at Walmart for about $20.  

* Fabric: To make two larger bags and two smaller bags like I did you are going to need about 2 1/2 yards of fabric or one $5 twin flat sheet from Walmart. Of course you will need more fabric depending on the size of your stool and the design of your fabric chosen. Read below to see how to determine the amount of fabric needed.

* 4 Casters. You can buy these at any hardware store.

* 2 packages of bias tape or about 4 yards of homemade bias tape. (Of course you could use ribbon as well.) And really the amount needed depends on how long your want your ties to be.

My stool was a light colored wood that I no longer like so I sprayed it white. Now here is how you determine how much fabric you are going to need. Take and lay your stool on its side. Measure from right under the seat part to the bottom of the last rung. Mine measured 18″ long. Now measure the length between the legs at the widest part of the legs. Mine measured 12″ at the widest part. Another way to measure is to lay a piece of fabric down on the table and then lay the stool (on it’s side) on top of that piece of fabric. Then trace onto the fabric right under the seat and then trace on the bottom of the last rung. Then trace on the outer edges of the legs of the stool. Confused? It’s actually really easy and once you see the second picture below you will totally understand what I mean. See the piece of fabric below? This is the piece that I traced out and cut. You are going to want to cut out a piece of fabric like so as well. Now you are going to need 4 pieces cut like so to make one bag. Which means you are going to need 12 pieces the same exact size to make a gift wrapping organizer just like mine. So measure your piece of fabric or use your measurements to determine the amount of fabric needed. I actually used a $5 sheet from Walmart, but by my calculations I came up with about 2 1/2 yards needed per stool for a stool my size. But to be certain, do the math yourself by your measurements.Cut out your 12 pieces of fabric per your measurements. Take two pieces of fabric and sew right sides together on the sides and the bottom. Leave the top (widest part of bag) open. See picture below.Now you want to square off the edges to give the bag shape. To do this, fold your bag out like shown below.  Now measure in about 1 1/2″ from the tip of the bag. Draw a line across. Sew on the lines you just drew.Trim off the excess fabric.Now your bag has shape. Make 3 more bags like you just did. You will want a total of 4 bags with 4 pieces of fabric left over. The remaining 4 pieces will be cut later to make the smaller bags.Now gather your bias tape.You are going to cut your bias tape or ribbons to the length that you want your ties to be. I cut 6 pieces of bias tape 24″ long. Now top stitch your bias tape shut.Measure in 2″ from the edge of your bag on both sides. This is where you will want to attach your bias tape. Fold bias tape in half. Place folded part of bias tape on top of marks and tack in place. Now take one of your bags and turn it wrong side out. Place right side out bag that has ties inside. Pin both bags together at top.Sew around top while leaving an opening for turning right sides out.Turn bag right side out through opening.Press and top stitch around top edge.Now tie the bag onto the stool.Repeat with the other two bags.Now gather the remaining 4 pieces of fabric and fold in half like below. Cut on folded edge.Now you have 4 pieces of fabric in two different sizes. 4 smaller pieces and 4 bigger pieces. The two different sizes will give you the two different sized bags. So just like before, you are going to make 2 bags from the four pieces of fabric. Just make sure you are sewing the same sized pieces together.

Attach all of the bags to the stool and attach your 4 casters to the seat of the stool. Space them out evenly on the edges of seat.Now gather all of your wrapping supplies and start filling those bags.Use the rungs of the stool without a bag to store your folded tissue paper on.Place your wrapping paper in the middle.Use the smaller pockets to hold your siscors, tape, hole punch, cards, tags, pens, markers or any of your smaller items.And use the larger pockets to hold your ribbons, boxes or bags.

So what do you think? LOVE it?I know I do! Big Thanks to Flea Market Style for the great idea!*Just remember all of my tutorials are for PERSONAL use only! Please feel free to use any of my pictures, just link back and give credit where credit is due, thanks!*

Switching to wordpress and Fat Quarter Friday is returning!

First of all, I wanted to let you all know that things are going to be looking a little different around here soon. I’m finally taking the big leap into the world of wordpress. I have been debating it for some time and after having issues with blogger I finally decided to do it. I’m a bit nervous and excited at the same time. I’m feeling like I need a little change with the looks of my blog and I’m looking forward to the security that wordpress offers. So hang in there with while I learn how to navigate my way.

And my next little bit of news is that you will be seeing this again!

That’s right, I’m finally bringing Fat Quarter Friday back. For those of you new here, I started Fat Quarter Friday a little over a year ago and sadly had to say goodbye to it only a few months into it due to some health issues. But now that I am feeling better, I think it is time for us to start showing those fat quarters some love again!
To see what I and some other guest bloggers shared in the past take a look at the Fat Quarter Friday tutorial page here. A few of those projects are still some of my favorites. I guess that is why I love the idea of sharing all of these projects with you, they are not only quick and fun to make, but they are also practical and useful.

So who wants to be a guest? Have a great tutorial you want to share?

Please send me an email at twolittlehooligans@yahoo.com. All I ask is that you try and make it be a new design or idea along with a detailed tutorial.

So now I have to ask, what would you like to see for Fat Quarter Friday? I’m always open for new ideas.