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Create a fox pencil case, a perfect stocking filler gift

Create a fox pencil case, a perfect stocking filler gift

Today is challenge 10 of the #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges

The challenge – Make a small stocking filler gift from your fabric scraps.

I have to admit to a love of stationary, pencils, pens, pencil cases and so on. This has inspired me to design a pattern for a fox pencil case. They are such cute looking creatures, who wouldn’t want such a cute zip bag in their stocking? You could always fill with nail varnish, sewing items, in fact anything the gift recipient would love.

Fancy a fox zip bag? Makes a great pencil case, lip balm, in fact anything! Click trough to the blog for tutorial and free downloadable template


The zip opening is part way down the back of the bag. I have machine stitched the lining in as I went. I suspect there is a better way of doing this. I am very open to suggestions to improve this.

To start download the free template here. The template does not include seam allowance.

Prepare your fabrics, you will need one piece for the front, two pieces for the back (see dotted line for the zip). I suggest using iron interfacing for both the bag and lining.


Layer up the fabric applique design for the foxes face. Use fabric glue to hold in place and secure with machine stitching.

Before you sew the nose on hand stitch whiskers on. I have used chain stitch.


Add the nose.


Stitch the ears together, place fabric right sides together, stitch round and trim. Turn right side out and press.


Place the zip on top of the right side of the lining fabric, place the main fabric on top (wrong side facing you).


Stitch in place. Repeat for the other side of the zip. Press.


Now for the part I am not sure about, I suspect there is a better technique for inserting a zip midway on the back of a bag.

Partially open the zip. Pin the ears in place.


Put the right sides together of the outer bag.  Pin. Stitch round, ensuring you do not sew in any of the lining fabric. Stitch as close to the zip as you can but not straight across (as you will inevitably capture the lining).


Repeat for the lining, but allowing a turning gap. Turn right sides out. Hand stitch to close the turning gap.



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Fabric scraps as gift wrap – drawstring bag tutorial

Fabric scraps as gift wrap – drawstring bag tutorial

Today is challenge 6 of the #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges

The challenge – make some gift wrapping from your fabric scraps.

It’s incredible just how much gift wrap is thrown away each Christmas, much of it into landfill. Today I am going to show you how to make a simple drawstring bag using fabric scraps.



Scrappy fabric drawstring bag

Gather your fabric scraps.


Gradually piece them together – try sewing two or three in a row then adding a piece diagonally.


Build up two pieces of fabric, one for each side of your bag. Sew one side together. Place bias binding approximately 2cm down from the top edge. Stitch in place


Place the right sides of your fabric together. Stitch along the bottom and the other side seam.

Create your lining, forming a slip bag the same size as your external bag.

Box in the corners (see this post for instruction re boxing corners).


Turn the outside of the bag wrong side out, place the lining inside the outer bag with the right sides facing each other.

Stitch around the top of the bag leaving a turning gap. Turn right sides out. Press, pressing in the turning gap.


Top stitch around the top of the bag. This will finish the turning gap for you.

Thread piping through the bias binding and tie.


The only question is what gift are you going to put in the gift bag?? I have made my niece a fabric scrap memory game – see how here.


Are you busy sewing up gifts? Once I have finished making a gift I just want to give it away straight away!!



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Upcycled Denim Apron – DIY Gift

Upcycled Denim Apron – DIY Gift

Welcome to Day 2 of #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges

The video for today’s challenge stars yours truly, be kind, I’m not a natural!!

The challenge – Take an old pair of jeans and turn them into a Christmas Gift

It is no secret I love reusing denim, it is such a versatile hardwearing fabric. Plus it is so easy to source, a quick plea on Facebook usually results in five more pairs to play with!!

These are some of my favourite denim upcycled makes –


Sashiko Bag


Large Denim Tote

Denim Tablet Case

Denim Toddler Bag

Denim Foot Pouf

Today I’m going to share with you a quick gift – whip up an apron in less than an hour. Pair the apron with DIY tools or cooking accessories and there you have it one thrifty homemade gift:)


Upcycled Denim Apron

You will need:

wide legged jeans

Complimentary fabric for pocket

bias binding

webbing for straps


5yr old-

Straps   Neck strap

Pocket Piece

58cm along the bottom
58cm high
18cm along the top
38cm along the sides

9 yr old –

Straps   Neck strap

Pocket Piece


60cm along bottom
65 cm high
19cm  along the top
38cm for side


Straps   Neck strap

Pocket Piece

62cm along bottom
89cm high
21cm along top
61cm along sides


To Make:

Start by cutting along the inside seam of the trouser leg, cut off the leg near the pocket.


lay out your denim – alter the trouser leg seam so the fabric lays flat if need be.


Cut out your apron – if you find it easier make a paper template with measurements.



Fold over twice the top of the pocket and press.


Stitch in place. Fold in once the side and base of the pocket. Pin centrally onto the apron.


Stitch round the pocket twice, encasing the raw folded edge between the two lines of stitching.


Fold and press your bias binding. Pin the side straps and the neck strap in place. Work your way around the apron pinning the bias binding in place to finish the raw edge of the apron.


Stitch round, when you reach the strapping fold over so it lies in the right direction for use.


Hurray – your done:) One quick and easy DIY denim gift:)


If you would love to see more Apron ideas why not visit All Free Sewing for some great free tutorials.

Stay tuned for more #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges

Please do link up, I would love to see what you ave been making.



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I am inspired by our wonderful world, creation is constant and yet changing. I feel it is important to respect the environment and where possible to upcycle/recycle. Blessed with creativity I try to appreciate it and develop it:) Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, please do sign up to follow my journey:)

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