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Bottled Water Carrier Sling

Bottled Water Carrier Sling Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Bottled Water Carrier Sling

I told you guys about the Kiddo going to camp this year. I have a crazy list of stuff that she has to bring. 14 of every clothing item, then shower shoes, water shoes, 3 pairs of tennis shoes, all of her volleyball stuff. I am making as much as I can (as much as she will let me). She needs a drink carrier for her water during hikes (I did not like the ones with the rubber o-ring and a carabiner – and I had fabric scraps) so I decided to make her one. (and I made one for me.) We tried them out at the Renaissance Festival last weekend and they worked great.

The pocket design is from Urban Threads

Materials:

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This is a great up cycle for old jeans and fabric scraps.

2 rectangles of fabric 10″ x 12″  (I based my measurements on a store bought water bottle and the Kiddo’s water bottle. Just measure around + 1 or 2 inches and Measure the height – an inch or so depending on where you want the top of the bag to be.)

I used Jean fabric for the outside (I recommend a sturdy fabric for the outer layer) I used a left over piece of cotton from a baby dress project. (The lining is not necessary but it add a pop of color and makes the project look finished.)

Pocket – I used a pocket from an old pair of jeans. A cargo pocket would be cool too. If you are embroidering the pocket remember Embroider First. (The pocket is not necessary either but It is nice to have to carry a snack or iPod.)

Strap – I used a belt I made out old ribbon for the Kiddo and repurposed it. You could use ribbon, belting, cording. Really and strappy material you like.

Basic sewing supplies

Step 1 The Pocket

If you choose a pocket carefully use a seam ripper to remove the pocket from the pants. I use a piece of tape to remove the little threads after snipping the seams. If you choose to embroider or use an Iron on decal do it now before you start the project.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryA.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryI chose to trim the pocket and allow the edges to eventually fray with time and use. If not fold under the edges and iron

B.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryPin in place in the center of the outer fabric. To find the center fold both pieces in 4 and mark the center point with a pin or chalk. Then line them up. Be sure the height is the 10″ side and the width is the 12″ side.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryStraight stitch in place.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryBack-stitch your corners and zig zag stitch over the straight stitch for more stability.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryBottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryYou may want to back-stitch the top corners a few times to add structure so the pocket will not tear away with use.

Step 2 Outer Layer

A.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryFold the Rectangle in half along the 12″ side.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P Artistry

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryStitch around the bottom and side seams. I straight stitched and then zig zag stitched (or you could serge). You want your seams to hold up really well.

B.  Square up the Bottom

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryFold the corners flat and pin 1″ in.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistrySew the corners the same way as the seams and trim the excess fabric.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryNow your outer shell is ready.

Step 3 Inner layer

Do the same thing to the inner layer as the outer layer.

Step 4 The Strap

You can make the strap adjustable by adding an o-ring and a slider ring. I choose to measure it to her body. (As a cross body strap landing at her hip.)

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryI layered two pieces of ribbon for her belt so I just kept them together.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryI zig zag stitched down the center to hold the two pieces in place.

Step 5 Assembly

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryTurn your inside shell right side out and you are ready to assemble the carrier.

A.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryFind your four quarter points. Decide which of these points will hold your straps.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryPin Straps in place right sides together. Be sure not to twist the straps when placing them inside the shell.

B.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryPin the inner shell in place matching up the seams right sides together.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryPin in place at all four points. Be sure to keep the straps in place. (I leave an inch or so above the seam line to be sure I ketch the straps.)

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryMark your opening for turning.  When working with a small area you want to be sure to mark the start and stop points or opening so that you do not accidentally sew the seam closed.

C.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryStitch around the top. Back stitch the beginning and end points.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryBack stitch over the straps.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryTrim the excess strap fabric.

D.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryTurn out the carrier. It is a little easier to start with the straps.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryTuck the lining inside the carrier and fold the opening in.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryE.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryTop Stitch closed. I choose a 3 point Zig Zag because it is my favorite.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P ArtistryI went around the top twice to make sure the straps are well in place and sturdy.

Bottled Water Carrier Sling tutorial from H&P Artistry

Now you are ready for a day of hiking, craft fairing, or shopping.

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Ready with a snack
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Drink Sling Water Bottle carrier with pocket.

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Toiletry Roll Tutorial

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Toiletry Roll Tutorial

The Kiddo is going to sports camp this summer and I have a ton of stuff to pack for her. I decided I would do a few camp tutorials this week. If you kids are anything like mine packing can be a nightmare and you know they will not come back with everything they left with. I found that if she has a place for everything she will remember everything.
Here is a great travel tote idea.
Materials:

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1 hand towel – (A wash cloth will make a great small roll)
Ribbon – grosgrain is the most durable
Marking utensil – I started with a pencil then chalk but pinning as I went worked best with this towel color.
ruler
Basic sewing supplies
Step 1

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Lay out the towel wrong side up.

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Fold towel up leaving a lip at the top of at least 2″.
Step 2

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Measure the ribbon based on the size of the towel. I choose 1 and a half-length. The long side will wrap around the roll and tie to the short side.

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Pin the ribbon in place.
Step 3

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Straight-stitch both ends be sure to back-stitch securely along the folded edge.

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15 minute Toiletry roll tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

For added security I 3 point zig zag stitched the edges.
Step 4

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Measure and place Items. You can use your items to decide your measurements.

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Or you can measure basic pocket sizes.

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I choose four 4″. Two 3″ and two 1.5″ pockets. (You can see a few of the chalk lines. They help to stitch in a straight line)
Step 5

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Stitch from top down and back-stitch top, seam and bottom of each line.

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Step 6
Ready to pack.

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15 minute Toiletry roll tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

15 minute Toiletry roll tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

It is easy to fold and put away when not in use.

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I used a vanilla yellow for the embroidery of the name.

Wishing You Luck and Love,

                                                          Heather

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Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3

Today’s Baby Bath Set Part 3 Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial is part 3 of a 3 part set. The Bath Set consists of a Bath blanket and wash cloth with a terry towel material on one side and a soft Minky fabric on the other. The bath blanket has the baby’s name and initial appliqued with an embroidery machine. The beauty of this type of gift is that you have many uses from one set. The bath blanket can be a hooded towel or a swaddle blanket. The Washcloth is both a wash cloth and burp cloth. When you are a parent the best items in you arsenal are the ones that do double and sometimes triple duty. Do you have a favorite baby item or gift that works for multiple uses? If so what is it and did you or someone else make it? I made this set as a gift for a friends baby and I hope they like it. The embroidery adds just a little bit of heart to any baby project and makes it unique to the child.

Click here for part 1 Wash Cloth

Click Here for part 2 Embroidery

Materials:

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

Terry cloth – inside fabric 1 yard
Minky – outer fabric 1 yard
you will have some of each left over for wash cloths.
Basic sewing supplies
*Do not iron minky – You will loose the dots

Step 1
Measure 32″ x 32″ with 1/2″ seam allowance.
mark on the Terry cloth and cut.

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Step 2
Cut a 12″ by 12″ square from the terry cloth and cut in half. This will be the hood.

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Step 3
Use the terry cloth pieces as templates to cut out the minky.

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Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

Here are the cut pieces
1 terry cloth and 1 minky 32″ x 32″
1 terry cloth and 1 minky triangle 12″

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Step 4
The hood
Layer the hood pieces right sides together.

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Straight stitch the long edge

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Turn right sides out

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Top stitch down. This forms the edge of the hood.

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Step 5
Layer blanket
place the 32″ pieces right side together and fold back the corner for the hood.
Place the hood raw edges out and right sides facing. Minky to minky and terry cloth to terry cloth.

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Step 6
Pin being sure to leave an opening for turning.

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Step 7
Sew
Back-stitch the corners and the edges of the hood. You will need extra stability and structure in these areas.

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Step 8
Trim the corners and turn out.

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Step 9
Hand stitch the closure. Normally I would top stitch a closure and all the way around the edges, in this case it is better to hand stitch.

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Here is the completed blanket minky side out

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

Terry cloth side out

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Folded

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

With Wash cloth

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My Helper shows up anytime I use soft fabric.

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Baby Bath Set Part 2 Applique Embroidery

Baby Bath Set Part 2 Applique Embroidery

For part 1 – Wash Cloth tutorial click here

Materials:

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Minky fabric cut to the dimensions of your blanket or towel.
tear away stabilizer
Water soluble stabilizer I use it because it is clear and can tear away easily
Coordinating fabric for the applique. A scrap will work as long as it is bigger than the applique size.
Basic Machine materials – hoop, embroidery thread etc.
*Do not iron minky – You will lose the dots
Step 1

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Decide where you want your design. Most machines or software come with this wonderful tool to help with positioning. You can also use the top of the hoop.
Remember to leave space for seam allowances when you sew the blanket together.

Step 2
Hoop the fabric

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Step 3

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Stitch the outline layer. (I do not use the water-soluble stabilizer in the applique step because the fabric layering covers the nap of the fabric.)

Step 4

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Layer the scrap fabric over the first set of stitches. Make sure the fabric covers all of the stitch outline.

Step 5

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Stitch the second outline and trim the excess fabric.

Step 6

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The machine satin stitches around the outside.

Step 7

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Lay your clear or water-soluble stabilizer where you plan to stitch the name. This stabilizer helps to keep the nap of the fabric from tangling in the thread and warping or covering the stitches. You will have more support for the lettering and a clear name.

Step 8

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Embroider the name.

Step 9
Trim all loose threads.

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Remove all stabilizers

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The Applique Embroidery is complete.

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Stay tuned for Fridays Tutorial Part 3 the Hooded Blanket/Towel.

Wishing you Luck and Love

Applique Embroidery
The Applique Lettering is from Designs by Juju www.designsbyjuju.com

 

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Towel to Baby Bib Up-Cycle Tutorial

Towel to Baby Bib Up-Cycle Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Towel to Baby Bib Up-Cycle Tutorial

A great up-cycle for baby is to take your well laundered towels and turn them into Baby bibs.
Materials for Pattern:
a baby bib
paper – I use large drawing pad paper or used wrapping paper (recycle). You can also tape together sheets of paper.
Step 1
lay bib out flat on sheet. I do not pin down because it warps the paper and pattern.

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Step 2

Trace

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Step 3
Cut out pattern.
Materials for Bib:
Pattern
old towel
Pins

Step 1
Layout pattern and pin

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Step 2
Cut out bib
All you need to do now is attach Velcro on opposite sides and you are done. I choose embroidery and button holes. I also choose not to trim the edges, but you can add bias binding, ribbon, even lace would be beautiful.

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Optional – You can use sticky Velcro and hand tack stitch or Hot Glue it into place and use an Iron on Design patch instead of embroidering a design. A fun idea is to put your child’s hand print on the center of the bib with fabric paint and write their age in puff paint. When the child grows out of the bib you have a keepsake.

If you have an embroidery machine or like to hand embroider, these are the steps I follow and stabilizers I used.
Hoop and Embroider designs on bib front. The terry cloth I used was thin and easily hooped. If you use a thicker terry cloth you may want to use a sticky stabilizer instead of hooping the towel.

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Crankenstein, All you Need is Love and Cupcakes and I love You Deerly.

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I embroidered button holes using sticky stabilizer because you can not hoop the small part of the bib.

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Here are the completed bibs.

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The embroidery designs purchased from Urban Threads and www.urbanthreads.com

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Hooded Towel Tutorial

Hooded Towel Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Hooded Towel Tutorial

One of my favorite baby gifts is a full-sized hooded towel. Babies grow so fast that the baby size towels don’t last long enough. I deal with this problem by giving a gift that the child can use as they grow, a hooded towel. The towels in this tutorial have names appliqued to individualize the gifts. You can also buy towels embroidered with designs or trim the towels with matching ribbon to add a pop of color.

Materials:

Check out the adorable and useful Hooded Bath Towel Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

1 full-sized towel
1 hand towel
basic sewing supplies
(each hand towel makes two hoods so buy 2 towels and then you can make 2 hooded towels and not waste fabric.)

Ribbon for decoration of hood

Step 1
Find the center of the hand towel and cut in half.

Check out the adorable and useful Hooded Bath Towel Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Check out the adorable and useful Hooded Bath Towel Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 2 (optional)
Measure and cut ribbon for decoration and stitch in place.

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Step 3
Fold in half to make the hood. (I made a mistake in the photo. The ribbon side should be inside the fold. If you cut like this you will have to fold right-side together before pinning and sewing.)

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Cut- I used a cake plate to cut my curve in the back of the towel. You can leave the towel squared in the back, but it does not look polished.

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Step 4
Ribbon side together. Pin the hood and stitch.

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Check out the adorable and useful Hooded Bath Towel Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

You can fake surge if you want to add durability.

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I trim the bottom corner at an angle to help ease sewing the hood to the base towel.

Check out the adorable and useful Hooded Bath Towel Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Check out the adorable and useful Hooded Bath Towel Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 5
If you want a lip to the hood fold to the edge of the ribbon. (If you want a thicker lip you can put the ribbon on the inside of the hood and fold it over.)

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Pin in place.

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Step 6
Pin the hood to the towel.
Find the center of the towel and pin.

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Check out the adorable and useful Hooded Bath Towel Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Match the center point of the towel with the center seam of the hood. Right Sides together.

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Pin out from there, be sure to pin the folded lip in place.

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Step 7
Stitch hood to towel with a straight stitch.

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To create a finished look and durability to the hood fold the seam down and stitch with a zig zag stitch.

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The hooded towel is complete.

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Check out the adorable and useful Hooded Bath Towel Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Check out the adorable and useful Hooded Bath Towel Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Check out the adorable and useful Hooded Bath Towel Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

A great way to package the towel is to fold in threes, roll the towel and secure with a ribbon. Add a wash cloth and a bottle of baby shampoo or a small set of shampoo, lotion, and baby powder.

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Wishing you Luck and Love,

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Quilted Tablet Bag Tutorial

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Quilted Tablet Bag Tutorial

A Friend gave me a tablet he no longer used. I was super excited and immediately terrified that I was going to break it. I decided to make a case for it so that I could carry it with me without worrying about scratching the screen in my monster purse. I have been tentatively learning to quilt so the thought train went something like this…. don’t scratch the screen…. padding… interfacing…. QUILTING!!!!  And the quilted tablet bag is born.

Materials
1/2 yard duck fabric
1/2 yard batting
1/2 yard lining fabric
14″ webbing (strap material)
Sewing Materials: pins, rotary cutter, grid ruler, etc.
Optional
Closure – I choose Velcro

Step 1
Measure the tablet. Be sure to add the side measurements and give enough space for sliding the tablet in and out of the bag. The first time I made one of these I used exact measurements and seam allowances and the fit was to snug. I then gave my daughter a clutch purse instead of a tablet bag.

I write everything down and make my own pattern on paper. This way I can make changes as needed on the paper and have it for future reference. I ended up changing the 11″ to 8.5 to make a better fit and it allowed me to get the pocket out on the same rectangle of fabric, but this is how the design started.


Step 2

Cut

Bag Body: 3 rectangles 22″ x 15″
Duck, Batting, and lining
Pocket pieces: 5″ x 15″
Duck and lining
Wrist: 1 14″ strip of webbing (You can make the webbing match the bag by cutting a strip of fabric twice the width of your webbing. You can use either fabric, I choose the Duck.)

Step 3

Quilting
(I only quilted one side of the bag. Next time I will add batting to both sides for the extra cushioning, or get thicker batting because I like the puffier quilt feeling.)

  1. Line up your batting and Duck layer.

  1. Place your pins. I chose 2″ apart, but you can choose whatever distance or free motion quilt it.

  1. Begin sewing your lines from Pin to pin. I choose to sew on a diagonal. Keep your 2″ spacing.

I made a little mistake here and stitches a 1 inch spacing because I had a 1 inch pin in the corners to start the second set of lines. I stitched to that pin instead of the right one.

  1. Flip the fabric and start stitching in the other direction.

Finished top

Finished bottom

Step 4

Layer you body fabric right sides together and set aside. (Do not pin because we have to add the pocket. You can omit step 5 if you would rather not have a pocket.)


Step 5

Pocket

  1. Line up the rectangles right sides together

  1. Pin. (I only pin the top)

  1. Stitch the top and bottom of the pocket and turn right side out .

  1. Iron

  1. Top stitch the top portion of the pocket. (I used a decorative stitch.)

  1. Place the pocket. Fold the body of the bag at the 8.5″ mark. The bottom of the pocket should line up with the fold in the body of the bag.

(I do not have a pic of this step because I put the pocket in upside down and had to rip the seams and readjust the pocket. Here is the final bag. to help with placement.)

Step 6
Wrist handle (You can omit this step if you do not want a handle on the bag)
1. Iron the fabric piece like you would bias tape.
Iron the fabric in half wrong sides together. Open up the fabric right side down and fold the sides in to meet the center crease. Iron the sides down.

  1. Line up the fabric and the webbing

  1. Pin together

  1. Strait stitch around the edges. I also used a decorative stitch down the center for extra hold and to make it match the stitch on the pocket.

Step 7

Pin the body of the bag. Be sure to leave an opening to turn the bag. I like to make an X with pins at the start and stop point. I will keep you from sewing the bag closed.

Step 8

Stitch

I used the foot as my guide for the seam allowance.

Step 9

Zigzag stitch (fake surge) around the bag for extra stability and don’t forget to clip your corners before turning.

Step 10
Turn out and top stitch the opening. I used a zigzag stitch. (I should have matched that stitch to the decorative stitch on the pocket and wrist handle.)

Step 11
Stitch the bottom of the pocket to the body of the bag. I used two straight stitches for stability.

Step 12

Strait stitch both sides of the bag together.
Be sure to position the handle before stitching or you will have to rip the seams and add it.

I back stitched and used the decorative stitch to add strength to the handle seam. You want this to be secure because this seam will hold the most weight.

Technically complete.

You can fold the top flap into the bag and use that as your closure.

Additions
I added a Monogram. (Because I just got the machine a few months ago and I love it.)
You can also buy the Iron on monograms.

Velcro

I used industrial strength tabs because I have an irrational fear of the tablet falling out.
You could put in any closure you want I would not choose a button. If you were to put the carrier in a book bag or lay something on top of it, the pressure could damage some tablets. If you do choose a button, select a flat thin one.

I placed 3 tabs and sewed them by stitching horizontally and vertically. If you use tabs that have a tacky glue, stick them together and place them on the flap. Remove the film from the opposite side and lower the flap. Perfect placement.

Bag complete!

If you try it out let me know or post some pics. I would love to see it.

Sending out Luck and Love.

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St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirt Tutorial

St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt Tutorial from H&P Artistry

St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirt Tutorial

I had a lot of fun working on this project and there are so many ways to mix and match designs and colors to fit any holiday.
The Kiddo has to have a green shirt for St. Patrick’s Day at school so I decided this one would work. I got lucky and Hobby Lobby had a sale on their t-shirts and I got the two for $2.50 each. A tank top would work for the undershirt as well. This project is a great way to upcycle your old t- shirt.

Materials:

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2 cotton t-shirts of different colors
Ruler
Scissors
Template – I printed a shamrock design
Sewing machine and basic supplies

Step 1

Fun Lucky Shamrock T-shirt Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Fun Lucky Shamrock T-shirt Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Be sure to wash and dry the t-shirts before sewing. Tuck one shirt into the other and smooth out the creases.

Step 2

Fun Lucky Shamrock T-shirt Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Fun Lucky Shamrock T-shirt Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Decide where you want to have the design. My design template was too small so I free-handed the design using the printout as a reference guide.

Step 3

Fun Lucky Shamrock T-shirt Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Pin around the design through both top layers of the t-shirts.

Step 4

Fun Lucky Shamrock T-shirt Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Slowly stitch the outline on your machine keeping the layers pinned and flat.

Step 5

Fun Lucky Shamrock T-shirt Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Draw lines through the design, mine is an inch apart.

Step 6

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Fun Lucky Shamrock T-shirt Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Stitch following the guide lines and be sure to back-stitch the beginning and end of each line.

Step 7

Fun Lucky Shamrock T-shirt Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Cut in-between each line. Only cut the top layer of the t-shirt.

Fun Lucky Shamrock T-shirt Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

If you want the fabric to roll more cur along the outer edges.

Step 8

Fun Lucky Shamrock T-shirt Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

To finish the shirt you can trim the edges of the sleeves and the hem of the top t-shirt fold over and stitch in place.

Fun Lucky Shamrock T-shirt Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

The T-shirt is ready

Fun Lucky Shamrock T-shirt Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

I embroidered the word lucky to the t-shirt to add a little fun.

Fun Lucky Shamrock T-shirt Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com
Full Lucky Shamrock T-shirt

Depending on the type of marking pen you used wash the t-shirt and you are ready to go.

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Valentine Kitchen Towel Tutorial

Valentine Kitchen Towel Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Valentine Kitchen Towel Tutorial

I made my Mother a set of Valentine Kitchen Towels and of course used them as an excuse for a tutorial. I may have to put a few on my etsy site. They are really fun to make and do not take long at all. If you can sew a straight line you are good to go. I embroidered 2 Designs by Juju designs on one but you can use Iron on or applique transfers if you want that look. I also saw some cute Dollar Store towels that were screaming to be decorated. Be creative and have fun!

Materials:
Towel: I used a Bar towel.
Ric Rack: I used Large, Medium and Baby size.
Lace Ribbon

VTT Materials 1-1

Step 1
Line up and pin your Ric Rack and ribbon. I played around with the order and design. The towels were great because I used the lines in the terry cloth to measure my distance between the pieces.

VTT Ric Rac layout

VTT Ric Rac pin

VTT Ric Rac layout 2

Step 2
I made sure to match my thread with the ric rack and ribbon and used a straight stitch. Be sure to fold you edges over for a clean look on the back of the towel. Also be sure to back-stitch at the start and finish.

VTT Thread change 1

Complete!

VTT Final project 1

I made a second towel.

VTT Materials 2
I embroidered a Valentine design that I purchased from Designs by JuJu. www.designsbyjuju.com I love the designs.

Follow the same steps as above.

VTT Layout2VTT Pining 2

VTT Final project 2         VTT set 1

Wishing You Luck ,Love and a Happy Valentines Day

 

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Handmade Journal Tutorial

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

Handmade Journal Tutorial…

Part 2 of the journal series is the Homemade journal. My nieces are going to love these monogrammed Journals. It takes a little lime to complete the journals but the time is well worth the final outcome. The design is super simple and the process is easy to complete. The Kiddo even helped on this one.

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

Materials:

16.5″ x 10″ piece of vinyl fabric (leather or fabric with heavy interfacing works great.)
20″ piece of ribbon for closure (you will cut the ribbon to size once finished)
1 buckle (you can omit the buckle if using vinyl or leather)
Paper – I used a 12″ x 9″ sketch paper.
basic sewing supplies, you can use a machine or hand sew.

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

Step 1 – Paper prep
I used a sketch book for my paper because it is a more heavy weight and has a better feel. The down side is having to tear each peace from the pad. tearing 3 at a time worked 5 not so much.

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

Organize into groups of 10 sheets.

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

Fold each 10 sheet group in half. This makes a booklet of 20 pages. 9″ x 6″

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

I made 60 sheet journals by clipping 3 folded sets together. The clips keep the pages together and the crease well defined. If you make a few journals at a time grouping the page sets together makes keeping the projects organized easier.
Measure the width of the page set for an exact measure of the spine. I used a generic 1″ spine to allow for a pin and whatever else the girls may carry in the journal.

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

Step 2 – Placement and sewing
Use 1 of your page sets to decide on spine placement. I measured .5″ from the outer edges to the raw paper edges.
Using chalk I marked the spine edge and the corners to help with placement later.

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

I marked 1″ over from the spine edge to define the full spine space.

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

Test the spine and closure fold. Decide if you want the flap on the right or left of the journal. I decided on the left.

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

For an added detail you can add a curve to the corners. Use a curved object and mark the curve then cut carefully.

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

Step 3 – stitch pages
You can work from right to left or left to right of the spine.
I lined my paper fold up to the right spine chalk mark. Open the set keeping the center line on the chalk line.
I used painters tape on both sides of the paper to keep it in place.

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

There are 2 ways to stitch the paper in place.
1. Set your machine to the longest straight stitch and carefully stitch the sheets in place. Remember to back stitch.
Tip: a zipper foot works really well to keep the lines straight, especially when adding the next few sets of paper.
2. Hand stitch the paper in place. This is a little harder because you may need to use a hammer and a nail to preset the stitching holes. Use an extra large needle or leather needle to stitch the paper in place. Make sure the stitches are equal distance apart and you may want to stitch over a few times to make sure the paper is secure. Hand stitching looks beautiful on the outer spine.

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

Hand stitching is around 2 or 3 inches apart while machine stitching is much closer together.

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

Line up the next bundle and tape in place. If using a zipper foot the page lines up quite well. Continue with the same stitching process.

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

Step 4 – closure
There are 2 closure options for a buckle style. Use a button buckle or cut 2 parallel 1″ slits in the cover for the ribbon to go through.
I choose 2″ in from the edge of the inner cover and the center point.

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

You can machine stitch or hand sew the buckle in place. I tried it both ways and it worked either way. Be careful when stitching with your machine (close zig zag stitch). If the needle hits the buckle the needle will break.

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

To attach the closure ribbon or cording fold under the raw edge and stitch it in place. Make sure you line it up with the buckle and pin in place.

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

To close the Journal
Slide the ribbon through the buckle and wrap it around the journal. Slide the ribbon back through the buckle for extra security. Trim the ribbon to fit.

Handmade Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

Front cover
I embroidered an initial but you can leave it solid and it is elegant and beautiful. You could sew on a patch, buttons or decoration. You can also cover the inside cover by gluing in an end paper. I have not tested out glues because I decided to leave the inside as is. You could also stitch in end papers jut make sure the stitches are even and straight because they show on the outside.

Friday’s Pocket Journal Tutorial

Handmade Pocket Notebook Journal Tutorial from H and P Artistry

Check out the video tutorial on Youtube.

Did you have a favorite journal growing up? What made it your favorite?

Wishing you Luck and Love,

                                                     Heather

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Adorable Quick Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial

Adorable Quick Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Adorable Quick Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial

The Next few post will be all about Babies starting with the Adorable Quick Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial. For some reason a large number of people I know are having Babies in the next few weeks to months and I wanted to be sure everyone is covered. I choose the burp cloth today because it is quick easy and a super useful gift. Continue reading Adorable Quick Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial

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Spiral Notebook Journal Cover Tutorial

Handmade spiral notebook Journal cover Tutorial from H and P Artistry

Spiral Notebook Journal Cover Tutorial…

The third and final journal option is the spiral notebook cover. The Kiddo loves to write and goes through journals quickly, so I decided to make her a different journal that she can replace regularly. There are a few options for customization and I will mention them as we go along. Continue reading Spiral Notebook Journal Cover Tutorial