Monday, January 3, 2011

my first tutorial

i've been whipping these hats out like crazy, they are super-cute, and super-easy. an awesome beginner project, so maybe an awesome beginner tutorial? in theory, yes. we will see.
1. measure the head of the person you are making the hat for. cut two pieces of coordinating fleece 15"x21"(head measurement).
2. sew the two pieces along the 21" length.
3. sew this into a long tube. turn the tube half way right side, so the solid is inside the print with the seams on the inside. this is when i sew on my tag.

4. sew a seam about 1.5" up from the bottom. i like to zig-zag.
5. put the hat on any child willing to hold still for two minutes. (even if it happens to be a boy child wearing a girl hat.)
6. gather the top of the hat on the top of the head (like a pony-tail) and secure with a rubber band.

7. tie a piece of 15"x1" fleece to cover the rubber band.
8. cut the top "fluff" down in 1/2" to 1" strips. do both layers, one at a time.
9. sew a cute button if you want. and you're done!

Friday, June 19, 2009


The Piece of Scrap bag was born to solve two problems:
First, my scrap pile was overwhelmingly HUGE. I have a little problem with throwing anything away, let alone a beautiful piece of fabric too small to do anything with.
The second problem was that every time I bought fabric, I wanted to make a bag for myself out of that fabric. Literally every single piece of fabric that I buy, I LOVE. I want that bag on my shoulder everytime I go out, not somebody else's. Everytime I would go shopping, I would come home and show my husband all my fabulous finds. I'd hold up the fabrics and say "I think I'm gonna make myself a purse out of this one, I LOOOOOVE it." His response, "Kezlee, you cannot have a purse out of every single fabric that you LOOOOOVE." Me being me, I HAD to prove him wrong. I made myself a bag out of every fabric that I love. (not every fabric, but a lot of fabrics- 120 different squares for the big bag, and 78 for the small)
So, the Piece of Scrap bag was born- and both problems are solved!
This bag is a small Piece of Scrap Bag. The lining and two interior pockets are a muted yellow print. Approximate dimensions for this bag are 3"x8.5" at the base of the purse, and 10" tall.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Day 49

This mid-size purse is made with a red and cream houndstooth canvas. I accented it with a chocolate brown grosgrain ribbon, and lined it with brown pin-dots. There are two interior pockets, and the handles are canvas. Approximate dimensions for this bag are 3"x10" at the base, and 10" deep.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Day 48

This is a simple little girl purse. Light pink fabric with dark pink and sea green accents. I used dark pink ribbon for the handle, and sea green for the lining. Approximate dimensions are 2"x6" at the base and 8" deep.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Day 47

This is a mid-size bag made with cream, pink, and brown stripe canvas fabric that has been topped off with a cute ladybug polka dot print. The lining is light pink, and the two interior pockets are brown swirl. The handles are cream canvas straps. There is a small velcro closure out of the ladybug print. Approximate dimensions are 4"x9" at the base of the purse and 12" deep.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Day 46

This is a fun little handbag made from a great green and brown paisley fabric. Accented with brown grosgrain ribbon, lined with a cute brown swirl cotton print, and finished off with cream canvas handles. The two interior pockets are made with the paisley print. Approximate dimensions are 3"x9.5" at the base of the purse and 11" deep.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Day 45

This is one of my favorite Amy Butler prints EVER! I turned it into one of my mid-size hip bags, and I am in LOVE with this purse! I accented it with two stripes of red grosgrain ribbon, an extra long handle, and a small velcro closure. Approximate dimensions for this purse are 10"x4" at the base and 12.5" deep.