Sunday, August 28, 2011

My Little Soccer Supporter

This is Jules, she is only 2 so she isn't allowed to be on a soccer team like her brother and sister. But I knew the day they handed out uniforms was going to be a bad one for the littlest J that would not get a soccer shirt. So I thought I would applique a soccer shirt for her to wear in her sister's team colors to all the games.

First you start with a drawing. Then you trace the shapes onto the fusible interfacing and you will need a circle for the ball. cut out of the interfacing also.

Iron the paper onto the fabric and then cut out the shapes. Peal the paper off the back side and iron them onto the white ball.

Here is what it looks like with all the pieces in place and ironed on. The white ball still has the backing on the interfacing (you will iron it on to the shirt in the last step).

Next stitch the lines that are the ball seams .

Then stitch around all the black shapes (that way you cover all the starting/stopping lines from the seams). 

Next remove the backing from the ball and iron it onto the t-shirt. Last step is to stitch around the outside of the ball and you're done!

A perfect way to support your team in style!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Texas Drawstring Bag

My husband and I just took a week vacation in Florida, without the kids, to visit some good friends that moved out there a couple years ago. 
We got them a gift to say "Thanks!" for being such greats hosts! But I wanted to include something that was personal, handmade and Texan! And thus the idea of making a drawstring bag to put the gift in... 

The bag was easy to make, I made it with some left over denim fabric, cut it into a rectangle. I sewed the flag design onto the front side before sewing the 3 outsides of the bag.
I used some old T-shirts to make the flag, I think it makes the bag have a nice casual comfortable look. I folded under all the sides of the "triangles" and sewed around the edges. But since the knit wont fray I could of just left the edge raw. I then zig-zagged around the star and I was done.

Next I made the bag:
1. Make 2 button holes on each side of the bag about 1 inch down from the top.
2. Fold down the top of the bag 1 inch and sew along the bottom edge, leaving a casting for the ties.
3. Insert the ties, string the first one through the buttonholes on one side and wrap all the way around to come back to the other buttonhole next to the one you started with. String the second tie the same way but going around the opposite way, through the other button holes.

And you're done!