Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tutorial Time: The Little Dancer Ballet Bag + Fabric Giveaway!


Let's wrap up April with two fun things: A new tutorial AND a new fabric giveaway!!  Today's tutorial is for a sweet bag that's designed to get feet moving: the Little Dancer Ballet Bag.


The handy 16 inch wide by 9 inch high size provides plenty of room for dance slippers, tutus and anything else a ballerina could need.  


Full length zipper top closure means it's easy to get everything in and out of the bag:


The sides feature custom piped pocket sides with coordinated fabrics.  Perfect quick spots for tucking away small items:


I created this as a guest project tutorial for Timeless Treasures' blog to showcase their new Ballet Collection last week.   Now I'm sharing it here at Sew Can Do and giving you a chance to win a bundle of this graceful & gorgeous fabric:


Now, let's get to making the The Little Dancer Bag!

Materials:
- 1/2 yard Ballet Collage
- 1 yard Studio Basic Blush
- 1/2 yard Ballet Dot Grey
- 1/2 yard Ballet Dot Pink
- 1/2 yard Ballet Slippers
- 2 yards 1/2 inch wide piping 
- 1 yard Fusible fleece
- 16 inch zipper 
- Notions (zipper foot, pins, rotary cutter, iron, hand sewing needle, matching thread)

Seam allowance is 1/2 inch unless otherwise specified.

Cut the following pieces:
From Ballet 
(2) Main pieces 17 inches wide by 15 inches high

From Ballet Shoes
(2) Circles 9 1/2 inches in diameter

From Grey Dot
(2) Circles 9 1/2 inches in diameter
(1) Rectangle 11 inches wides by 3 inches high - for bow
(1) Strip 12 inches wide by 2 1/2 inches high - for bow ties
(1) Strap piece 34 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches high
(1) Bottom panel 19 inches wide by 6 inches high

From Pink Studio 
(2) Main pieces 17 inches wide by 15 inches high
(2) Circles 9 1/2 inches in diameter

From Fusible fleece
(4) Main pieces 17 inches wide by 14 1/2 inches high
(4) Circles 9 1/4 inches in diameter 
(1) Strap pieces 34 inches wide by 2 high
(1) Bottom panel 17 inches wide by 5 inches high


Iron fusible fleece onto wrong side of all pieces, centering the slightly smaller fusible so there is even spacing on the sides of the fabric.  With right sides facing, stitch together the bottom edges of the two main outer pieces with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Repeat with the lining pieces, but leave a 3 inch gap for turning.  Press seams open.  

For the decorative stripe, fold the fabric lengthwise and stitch along the edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Pull right side out and press so seam is in the center .


Take outer and pin the stripe 5 inches from one end, center seam facing down.  Edge stitch together:


Take bottom panel and press the long sides under 1/2 inch.  Center the bottom panel over the main bag's bottom seam, pin, then edge stitch in place.


For the outer pockets, take the grey circles and cut them to be half moons, about 5 1/2 inches high.  



Make bias tape from the Pink Dot and apply to top edge.  Baste to the Ballet Shoe circles around the curves only.



To make the custom piping, cut (2) 1 inch wide strips on the bias from the Pink Dot fabric.  Note: Cutting can be done at a 60 degree angle, instead of the usual 45 degree, to get the full length needed out of a 1/2 yard cut.  Trim the strips and two pieces of basic piping to be at least 28 inches long.  Wrap strip around piping and pin into place.  Stitch close to cording of the piping using a zipper foot.


With raw edges together, stitch piping to outer bag circles, again using a zipper foot, starting 1/2 inch from the starting end (this will be key for finishing):  Upon reaching the end, overlap the raw ends, slightly downward and stitch into place as shown:


Now the outer circle sides are pocketed & piped:


Time to attach the zipper.  With zipper facing downward, pin zipper tape along the top raw edge of one side of the main bag.  Stitch along close to zipper teeth, leaving 1/2 inch length unstitched at start & end.


Pin other side of zipper tape to the other top side of the main bag.  This will make a tube shape.  Keeping the body of the bag out of the way (so you are only sewing the seam allowance area), stitch zipper tape & fabric together, again, leaving 1/2 inch length unstitched at start & end.  Open zipper a few inches - this will be needed for turning later.


Now to make the shoulder strap.  Fold the strap piece in half lengthwise and stitch 1/4 inch from edge down one side.  Turn right side and press strap so that seam is in center.  Edge stitch along each side of the strap.  



Pin raw edges of strap, seam side facing up, to either end of the zipper section.  Baste into place.



With right sides facing, pin each side circle to the newly made cylinder.  Stitch on top of the stitching of the piping.  Clip around curves, careful not to clip into stitching.  


With the right side of the fabric facing down, pin one side of lining body to the seam allowance, along the zipper, of the already sewn main bag.  Stitch over existing stitching with zipper foot.  Pull remaining raw side of lining to other side of zipper seam and repeat. Now the lining will appear to be a tube connected at the zipper to the main bag.  Attach side circles as done previously.  It will now look like to bags connected at the zipper. Carefully pull the right sides out through the gap in the bottom of the lining.  


Slipstitch the gap closed by hand and push lining inside of the main bag.  



To make the decorative bow, cut the bow strip in half to get two 11 inch pieces.  Fold one in half width-wise and stitch along the short side with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving a small gap in the middle for turning.



Press the seam open so that it is in the center of the loop just made.  Then stitch across the top and bottom edges with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Turn right side out.



Pinch bow in center and secure with a pin:



Take remaining strip and cut into three equal 4 inch pieces.  Fold each lengthwise and stitch along the length and one short sides.  Turn right side out and press.  Wrap one piece around the center of the bow.  Hand stitch tail pieces to stripe on bag and then bow on top.



Now the bag is ready for a little ballerina!


And now for a chance to win this lovely fabric prize pack!  Four full yards and three 1/2 yard cuts from the Ballet Collection:





Sunday, April 24, 2016

Craftastic Monday Link Party Time!


Welcome to the party everybody!  Can you believe it's already the last week of April?  It's madness how fast time is going by!  I was scrambling to take care of a bunch of things last week, so I didn't have time to share what I've been up to, but quality is better than quantity, right?

The good news is that it's time to announce the winner of the Double Set of Timeless Treasures Charm Pack Giveaway:

~~ Genevieve C. ~~

Congratulations Genevieve and enjoy the fabric goodies.  A big thank you to Timeless Treasures for providing this lovely prize.  And for everyone else, fear not fabric lovers - I've got another awesome fabric giveaway coming up soon:)
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Now let's see the lovely Craftastic picks..

Howling At the Moon created this gorgeous crochet rainbow rose.  LOVE it!


This Silly Girl's Kitchen showed how to make this pretty Jell-O cloud mousse.  


Busy Being Jennifer made this beautiful quilt from vintage sheets.  So colorful and Spring-y!


Houseful of Handmade shared how to make this ombre screen-printed pineapple shirt:


Dazzle While Frazzled had a how-to for turning melted beads into colorful bowls:


And The Crafty Blog Stalker showed how to make these pretty pendants in next to no time:


If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 Want to be Featured?  
Remember to link back to the party somewhere.

I can't feature your link if you don't share the party in some way.

I also feature these projects on Sew Can Do's Craftastic Picks Pinterest board 
AND share each of them on Twitter too for even MORE exposure!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   
Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple:
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to giveaways, shops, link parties or other people's work).  Add the link to your specific post (not the main page of your blog).  Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post or blog somewhere.  Party pages are fine.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!
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Promote your blog/shop for FREE:  Join in the Craftastic Facebook Mixer!

Give your YOUR site/Facebook page a little boost. Crafty blogs AND shops are welcome.  It takes just seconds and gives you a chance to get more page likes & followers.  It's a great way to discover new sites to love too.  You can even add crafty giveaways 


How It Works:
Head over to the Craftastic Mixer post on Sew Can Do's FB page.  Instead of a specific post, share your main blog, crafty shop or Facebook page link in the comments there.  It means even more exposure for your crafty site every week!  Click HERE to go link up now!



   

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Time for the Craftastic Monday Link Party!


Happy Monday Everyone!  The weather around here has been so amazing I've had to be outside enjoying it (and finally getting to some yard work).  Not much crafting as a result, which means I'm living vicariously through your lovely additions to this week's party!

Last week I shared my adventure making a Doctor Who Quilt:


And don't forget, today's the LAST Day of my fabric giveaway for this Double Set of Timeless Treasures Charm Packs:

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Now let's see the lovely Craftastic picks..

Frau Tschi-Tschi created a great tutorial for making this adorable amigurumi dancer:


Moois Van M(i)e showed how to make these stylish crochet hoop earrings:


Happy Girly Crafty made these pretty beaded ponytail holders:


A Dish of Daily Life shared how to make some delicious marinated olives that rival those from a fancy olive bar:


Happier Than A Big In Mud had an easy recipe for making fermented sauerkraut than won't take up tons of room in the fridge:


If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 Want to be Featured?  
Remember to link back to the party somewhere.

I can't feature your link if you don't share the party in some way.

I also feature these projects on Sew Can Do's Craftastic Picks Pinterest board 
AND share each of them on Twitter too for even MORE exposure!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   
Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple:
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to giveaways, shops, link parties or other people's work).  Add the link to your specific post (not the main page of your blog).  Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post or blog somewhere.  Party pages are fine.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!
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Promote your blog/shop for FREE:  Join in the Craftastic Facebook Mixer!

Give your YOUR site/Facebook page a little boost. Crafty blogs AND shops are welcome.  It takes just seconds and gives you a chance to get more page likes & followers.  It's a great way to discover new sites to love too.  You can even add crafty giveaways 


How It Works:
Head over to the Craftastic Mixer post on Sew Can Do's FB page.  Instead of a specific post, share your main blog, crafty shop or Facebook page link in the comments there.  It means even more exposure for your crafty site every week!  Click HERE to go link up now!



   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   

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