Alice In Wonderland Spool

Alice1 Alice2 Alice3 Alice4 Alice5 Alice6 Alice7I am co-organizing an altered spool theme swap on  It means you receive a partner’s information along with five different themes they enjoy.  You choose a theme and decorate a spool to match.  My partner had Alice in Wonderland near the top of her list so I was inspired to make a tea party.  The base of the spool has a white rabbit, a ‘drink me’ potion, an “I’m Late” pendant,  Alice playing cards, a key and keyhole and lots of flowers and ladybugs.  Alice holds a timepiece on the top of the spool.  The ‘Curioser and Curioser’ locket opens up to display the Cheshire Cat and White Rabbit.  I made the cake and macaroons out of polymer clay.  She was a lot of fun to make and I got to give it to my partner in person when she came for brunch this morning.  Fun times!

Patchwork Halloween Project Bag

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Here is a project bag I made for my friend Lora for a Halloween swap we’re doing.   It can be used to keep a crochet or knitting project intact while in progress, or for a million other things. I took some in-process photos and decided to write a tutorial for it.

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The first thing I did was cut out forty eight 2.5 by 2.5 inch squares, then laid them out how I thought they looked best. 

I started sewing the squares together in rows of four with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Once one row was completed, I ironed the seams, set it aside, and went on to the next row.

When I had all the rows completed, I stared sewing them together with the same 1/4 inch seam allowance.  It came together pretty fast!

I chose linen for my accent fabric at the bottom of the bag, but you could use most anything.  I cut a piece of linen 3 1/2 by 14 1/2 inches and pinned it to the bottom of my patchwork piece.  Another 1/4 inch seam and it’s attached.

I gave it a hand embroidered detail by doing a running stitch with six strands of orange embroidery floss right along the seam I just completed.

Next it’s time to turn your large rectangular piece into a tube which will form the sides of the bag.  Just fold it in half with right sides together and sew a 1/4 inch seam up the edges.  Press the seam open when you’re done.

Using a compass, draw a 7 3/4 inch diameter circle on a piece of paper then cut it out. This  will be your template for the bottom of your bag.  Pin the paper circle to the linen fabric and cut out the circle.  Pin the linen circle to the bottom of the tube.

Sew the round bottom to the sides of the bag with a 1/4 inch seam.  Clip the curve every half inch.

The lining is really similar to the process you just followed to make the exterior of your bag.  Cut a piece of lining fabric 11 by 24 1/2 inches and sew up the short side into a tube.  Cut another 7 3/4 inch circle, pin it right side together to the bottom of your tube and sew it on with a 1/4 inch seam  Clip the curve.

For the drawstring case, cut a piece of fabric 2.5 by 25.5 inches and iron a 1/4 inch seam along one of the long edges.  Turn both of the short ends over 1/4 inch, then another 1/4 inch run a seam down the middle to give the drawstring opening a finished edge. NOTE: the drawstring used in this project was actually 1.5 by 24.5 inches and I decided for future projects, I would increase the width in order to make it easier to sew.

Place the lining inside the exterior bag.  The wrong side of your lining should be touching the wrong side of your patchwork piece.  Now it’s time to attach the drawstring case along the top of the patchwork piece.  With right sides together, pin the un-ironed edge of your drawstring case to the outside of your bag.

Sew the drawstring case on using a 1/4 inch seam.

The final thing you need to do is to fold the drawstring case over and hand stitch the ironed edge to the lining.

Thread a drawstring and you’re done!  This project won a second place ribbon at our county fair!