It is so easy to spend time on Pinterest browsing many lovely ideas and creations. When I questioned my daughter re her teacher and a suitable gift she stated all he talks about is golf in a ugh how boring way. Just visualise a nine year old practicing to be a teenager. Pinterest had limited ideas for sewing for a golfer!! But I did spot a bag similar to this. I decided to borrow the idea, adding in a zip pocket for mobile phone and car keys,
Naturally I reached into my stash for fabric. I found a lovely khaki linen skirt and cotton blouse, perfect for the project. The khaki is complimented with a burgundy zip and bias binding.
If you too have a golfer to sew for this is how to make the bag.
You will need:
Front zip pocket, two pieces – 18 by 24cm and 3.5 by 24cm
Tee pocket 31 * 12cm
Front zip pocket 18 * 24cm
Iron on interfacing
2 pieces for main bag
Front zip pocket 18 * 24cm
1 zip 24cm
Bias binding 80cm
Start by ironing on all pieces of interfacing to reverse of main fabric
Fold a piece of bias binding 31cm long in half. Place edge of tee pocket fabric inside the bias binding and stitch into place. This encloses the raw edge of the tee pocket.
Place centrally along the zip pocket piece with the bottom raw edges matching. Sew down this central line.
Place a tee in and bunch the fabric up to make a tee pocket, mark with pins. Sew into place. Continue until you have a complete row of tee pockets.
Place zip pocket lining wrong side down, then the zip, then place pocket front (with tee pockets) right side down (facing the right side of the lining). Pin and tack into place.
Stitch. Open out, press fabric away form the zip and top stitch. This prevents any fabric becoming caught up in the zip.
Next you are going to enclose the other side of the zip. Either fold in half and press, open out and then press the raw edges in.
Alternatively use a bias binding maker to press the edges in, fold in half. Enclose your zip edge. Pin, tack and then sew – I normally skip tacking but after three attempts with just pins today I suggest tacking first, I wish I had!
Place this zip pocket into the main body of the bag, bottom of each aligned. Pin into place. Top stitch the top of the zipper pocket across the main bag. Baste stitch the other sides of this zipper pocket.
Place the right sides of the main bag together. Stitch the three sides leaving the top open.
Place the right sides of the lining together and repeat. Take care to leave a stretch unstitched along the bottom ready for turning out.
Place the two bags together. Right sides facing each other.
Stitch along the top of the bag. Turn right sides out. Press this top seam. Top stitch along the top of the bag. Slip stitch together your lining along the turning seam.
Final steps!! Using bias binding you are going to create the pocket for the drawstring. Cut two pieces of bias binding 21cm long. Neatly turn in the raw edges and hand stitch to secure.
Place the bias binding a cm down from the top of the bag and tack into place. Be careful to ensure your lining lies nice and flat. Do this for the front and back of the bag stitch into place creating a tube pocket or the drawstrings.
Using a safety pin thread the drawstring through these pockets and knot the two ends together. Repeat with the drawstring going in the opposite direction.
Here’s hoping the teacher likes it.
I can’t quite believe how the time has flown, it doesn’t seem but a blink of an eyelid since my youngest started school. Like all children he has his own little ways and is learning how to manage change – not something that any of us naturally find easy. The settlement into a school routine has been a success in large part due to his supportive teacher and assistants. Its that time of year to create teachers gifts.
I had a germ of an idea which came into fruition when I won some sparkly copper spray paint from Rustoleum. The idea to transform standard terracota pots into sparkly stylish plant pots. Its fabulously quick and gives a great result!
To make your own teachers thank you gift pots you will need:
copper spray paint
blackboard spray paint
Start by spraying your pots copper – I stopped spraying when I realised just how much I loved the speckled effect. If you desire a fully even coat of copper spray a second time.
Leave for 24 hours.
Using your masking tape and newspaper mask off the main section of pot. Spray with blackboard paint. Do two coats to gain a good even coverage.
Write the word thank you onto the blackboard paint.
Plant your plants up.
The only fault with my idea, it wasn’t my sons idea… although thankfully he seems to have come round to giving them as gifts!
Do you have clothes hiding in your stash, just waiting to be refashioned? Oh good, I’m in great company then!! There is nothing better than reusing a former garment for its fabric – I hate fabric going to landfill.
I don’t quite like to admit how long ago my daughter begged me to buy a large knit skirt to be transformed into a garment for her. Today she had the day off school, an unexpected girly day together.
We discussed the skirt and agreed to transform it into a dress for her. We cheated and bought a red t-shirt, much quicker than making our own! As a result the entire refashion took less than an hour.
To make your own dress you will need
a t shirt which fits
a dress which fits as a template
To start trim your t shirt to the length (plus seam allowance) where you wish to attach the skirt.
Trim the skirt so the waist band will fit the waist of the skirt (plus seam allowance). If you wish to shorten the skirt I suggest shortening at the waist so that you can keep the hem.
Stitch the new side seams of the skirt, ensuring you hems align.
Place the t shirt inside the skirt so that the right side are together.
Stitch the skirt and top together.
Its really that simple, unless you have a t-shirt which needs some adjustments. The t- shirt we found was slightly wide on the shoulders.
To adjust this I stitched along the top of the sleeve seam taking in an extra centimter.
My daughter, who was reluctant to have a shower and wash her hair, leapt in the shower and hasn’t taken the dress off. That’s a result!!!
Thanks so much to Magda for providing the motivation to deal with some of my stash, and making my daughter happy:) Please do stop by House of Estrela for the rest of July and see lots of refashioning inspiration.