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Flag Day T-Shirt Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Flag Day T-Shirt Tutorial

Flag Day T-Shirt Tutorial

Today’s Flag Day T-Shirt Tutorial is a fun way to Celebrate Flag Day by making a A Flag t-shirt. You can follow the sewing tutorial below or use hot glue or fusible webbing to apply the design. Sewing is the most durable and detailed way to apply the Rick Rack and fabric. Continue reading

Quilted Tablet Bag Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Quilted Tablet Bag Tutorial

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.

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.
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


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

(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


  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


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.

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.


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.

Valentine Goodie Box Tutorial

Valentine Goodie Box Tutorial

Valentine Goodie Box Tutorial

Here is the promised goodie box/bag that you can put your wrapped cookies in and make a great Valentine’s Day gift. My daughter likes to give her best friends goodie bags and this is a great one. It would also be wonderful for wedding or holiday take-aways.
12″ x 12″ scrap booking paper (A stiff paper works best to hold the folds and stand up to the weight of the goodies.)
Ribbon or raffia
Hole punch

GB Materials

Step 1
Measure 6″ in on both sides and make a mark.

GB Measure 1

GB Measure 2

Step 2
Fold your sides into the center.

GB fold to center

Step 3
Measure and mark 5″ in from both edges.

GB Measure side 1
Do the same on the other side. These are the fold marks.

GB Measure side 2

Step 4
Fold along the marked lines on both sides. this makes the bottom of the bag.

GB Fold sides up 2

GB Fold sides up

Step 5

Place your finger on the closest fold line in the center and fold that point to the outside edge and crease. This is the hardest part. The thing to remember is to create a right angle with each corner.

GB Fold box sides 1

GB Fold box sides 2
This is the right angle to make the side of the box.

GB Fold box sides 3

Do the same with all four corners.

GB Fold box sides 4

GB Fold box sides 5

This makes the sides and opening of the bag.

GB Fold box sides 6

Step 6
Match the top corners together.

GB side and top line up 2

GB side and top line up 1

Step 7
Mark 2″ in on both sides

GB Measure top 1

Step 8
Use the hole punch to punch holes through both sides of the box at each mark.

GB Measure top 2

Step 9
Thread your ribbon or raffia through one side of the box and fill with goodies.

GB Complete open

Step 10
Thread the ribbon/raffia through the other side and tie a bow. I creased the sides inward for a cleaner look.

GB Complete side view

Click here for the printable pattern

Check out the Video Tutorial on YouTube

Wishing You Luck and Love,


Folded Love Note Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Folded Love Note Envelope Tutorial

Folded Love Note Envelope Tutorial

Below is the YouTube video including the Heart Envelope fold.

When I was in school I took an Origami class. The teachers thought it would be a fun way to learn about another culture; it was. It was also an awesome-cool way to learn to fold the notes we passed during class. This was of course before the days of cell phones and text messaging. I still use the skill today and decided to share some of it with you for valentines notes.

LNE love notes

I have to different size notes for you the first is a lined sheet of 11.5″ x 8.5″
I used the poem from the movie 10 Things I Hate About You.

“I hate the
way you talk to me,
and the way you cut your hair.
I hate the way you drive my car.
I hate it when you stare.
I hate your big dumb combat boots,
and the way you read my mind.
I hate you so much it makes me sick,
it even makes me rhyme. I hate it,
I hate the way your always right.
I hate it when you lie.
I hate it when you make me laugh,
even worse when you make me cry.
I hate it when you’re not around,
and the fact that you didn’t call.
But mostly I hate the way
I don’t hate you.
Not even close,
not even a little
bit, not even
at all.”


Step 1
Fold in half along the 11.5″ side to find the center.

LNEP fold in half
Step 2
Fold the corners into the center line to make a triangle.

LNEF Fold to center
Step 3
Fold the bottom edge up to meet the bottom of the triangle.

LNEP Fold up
Step 4
Fold each side in to meet at the center line. This forms the sides of the envelope.

LNEP Fold to side to center 1

LNEP Fold to side to center 2
Step 5
Fold the top down to form the envelope closure tab. You can seal it with a piece of tape or sticker.

LNEP Fold top down

The second sheet of paper is a 12″ x 12″ sheet of scrap-book paper. Follow the same steps as above.
I used lines from Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
“You have bewitched me
body and soul
and I Love, I Love
I Love You.
I never wish to be parted from you,
from this day forth.”

Next week I look forward to sharing heart-shaped place mats, a valentine table runner, and felt valentine envelopes.

Wishing You Luck ,Love and a Happy Valentines Day

Wishing You Luck ,Love and a Happy Valentines Day



Paper Folded Cookie Wrap Tutorial

Paper Folded Cookie Wrap Tutorial…

I love this little paper craft because it can make a package of regular cookies a wonderful treat. You can make the holders smaller or bigger depending on the cookie or goodie you want to put inside.

Special treat wraps

Velum paper. You could use any paper (including parchment or butcher paper)
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Sock Monkey Tutorial www.HandPArtistry.com

Sock Monkey Tutorial Time!

Sock Monkey Tutorial Time!

Okay, guys this was a fun project. I have shared this project before but someone asked if I would please share it again with a little more information. With out further ado the new and improved sock monkey tutorial. BTW I love sock monkeys, they bring back a piece of child hood that for some random reason gets lost. When I was little sock monkeys freaked me out. I think it was the button eyes. They were also made of dull grey, black, or beige. Now my sock monkeys are bright and colorful and full of joy. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and if you do share it with your friends.

Socks (I used knee socks because my daughter likes the long-legged/armed monkeys. An ankle sock will make shorter legs.)
Fiber fill – some form of soft stuffing
Buttons – eyes
Red embroidery floss – mouth
Basic sewing necessities – needle and thread …

SM Materials
Step 1
Turn socks wrong side out. Turn the body sock heel up. My socks had a crease up each side and I used that to line up my center point.

SM Turn and line up center
Strudel decided he wanted to help today.

SM my helper

Step 2

Measure 1 inch from the flattened heel of the sock.

SM Mark 1 from Heel
Mark .25″ on either side of the center point

SM mark .25 from the center fold

SM mark .25 from the center fold 2
Connect the dots from the 1″ line to the top of the sock. I curved the bottom marks to make feet.

SM Straight line connecting the dots for legs
Stitch each line be sure to back-stitch the top and bottom of each line. As you can see Strudel likes sock monkeys too.

SM Stitch on the lines for legs
Don’t forget to curve the feet at the end of the sock. Go slowly when sewing the curve. You may have to stop and re-position each curve because the sock wants to stretch. It’s OK if the fabric stretches a little.

SM curve the bottom for feet
Cut .5″ above the 1″ line.

SM Cut the center line .50 past the top line
This is the opening to add the stuffing.

SM opening for turning
Trim the feet

SM trim around the feet
Turn right side out. Be sure to push the feet out.
I made the mistake of waiting to stuff the legs and when I did stuff them it was a pain to get even. My tip is to stuff the legs as you turn them out to make the size more uniform. Yo may even have to roll the legs and arms between you hands to even out the fiber fill.

SM Turn out
Set the body aside.

SM set aside the body

Second sock
Step 3
Cut the mouth from the heel of the second sock. I cut a little outside the heel to give me room to turn under when stitching the mouth on.

SM Cut mouth fron second sock heel

SM Cut mouth fron second sock heel 2

Step 4
Follow the same steps as the legs. You can adjust the length if you want shorter arms.

SM follow same leg process to make the arms but shorter
Stitch and cut the arms out.

SM cut and trim arms set aside

Step 5
I wanted a longer tail so I marked my line Straight down the top of the sock.

SM Mark your tail
Stitch and cut.

SM Sew and cut tail

Step 6
Cut ears
I marked 1.25″ marks and connected the dots with an arch to make the ears.

SM Draw and stitch ears
Sew and cut
SM Cut ears
Turn right side out.

SM Turn ears

Step 7
Stuff the body.
I stuffed the legs at this point and it was a pain. Again try to stuff the legs as you turn them right side out. A tip is to roll the tubes against the table or between your hands to get a more uniform look.

SM Stuff and roll legs

SM Stuff body

Step 8
Stitch the body closed. I used an invisible stitch. I do not have a lot of patience for hand sewing and I try to use my machine as much as possible. In this case You have to hand stitch the closure and the extremities to the body.

SM stitch body 1

SM stitch body 2

SM stitch body 3

SM stitch body 4
Body complete.

SM Body ready

Step 9
The mouth
Pin the mouth in place. I recommend using more small pins. As I stitched the mouth became a little off-center and I had to work to get it positioned correctly when I stuffed and closed it.

SM Pin Mouth
Use thread that matches the mouth or an invisible stitch. I used white because I want you to see the stitching.

SM Stitch mouth
Stuff the mouth carefully.

SM stuff mouth
Remember to turn the raw edges in as you sew for a cleaner edge.

SM Stitch mouth 2

Step 10
The Tail and Arms
As you turn the tail/arms out stuff them. This is what I meant when I wrote stuff as you go.

SM Stuff arms

Turn your edges in.

SM prepair tail and arms by folding raw edges in

Position the tail.

SM stuff and stitch tail
Stitch in place.

SM Stitch tail 1

SM Stitch tail 2
Position and stitch arms in place.

SM position ans stitch arms

Step 11
Fold the ear in half.

SM Fold ear in half
Stitch the open ends together. I tried to turn in the edges as I went and it was tricky.

SM stitch bottom of ear
Once stitched you have an ear shape. Some people stuff the ears I like the little dip to be more clear.

SM ears ready

Position the ears and sew.

SM position and stitch ears

Step 12
Sew the buttons for eyes.

SM place buttion eyes

Step 13
Sew the line for a mouth. I initially stitched it on the sewing machine before attaching it to the face. It just did not look right so I added a line by hand.

SM Stitch mouth 1

Sm stitch mouth smile

Step 14
If you choose to make a neck for the sock monkey you can use a ribbon and tie a bow at the neck.

SM bow neck

Sock Monkey Complete.

SM Criss cross applesauce

SM Valentine side

SM Valentine front

I did not tie the bow around the neck for these pictures. A few additions that you could make to the monkey. If he has long arms like mine put Velcro on the hands and feet so that he can hug, or wrap around a gift. Stitch a heart on his chest for Valentines day. You can even stitch buttons down the front to give the illusion of a shirt and a bow tie with the ribbon. Have fun and be creative I may even try to make different animals next. Enjoy!


Wishing you Luck and Love,


Ear Warmer Headband tutorial with make your own pattern instructions. www.HandPArtistry.com

Ear Warmer Headband Tutorial

Ear warmer Headband Pattern and tutorial.

This is an updated tutorial with a no sew option using fusible webbing.

I decided to give a gift set to my sister and nieces last year that would get a lot of use. The set included hand warmers, a boa scarf and a Head band ear warmer. My sister likes the pin-up/rockabilly hair styles so instead of using elastic I added a button closure. This closure allows her to turn the band around with the decorative button in the front and the larger area in the back. I enjoyed making the sets and the only thing I would do differently next time is to add a lining. If you do not like buttons you could add elastic to the ends. You can also replace elastic with ribbon that can be tied in a bow in the back to add snugness over the ears.
The Pattern

Ribbon or tape measure
Paper (Anything will work. wrapping paper, newspaper, I use drawing paper that comes in a large pad)

No Sew:

Fusible Webbing and an iron

Step 1
(I made mine extra wide. You may want to take the added 1.5″ – 2″ out of your pattern for a slim fit.)
Take your ribbon or tape measure and wrap it around the person’s head (or yours) the same way the band will wrap. Add 1.5″ – 2″ to the length for adding the button. 25″

Measure the width of the band by holding the ribbon over the ears and adding 1.5″. This will be the widest part of the band 3.5″

Step 2
I used a sheet of paper as close to the size of the pattern needed. This saves on paper and is easier to maneuver.
I folded the paper in half horizontally and vertically to find the perfect mid points on the edges and center of the pattern. I marked each with a dot.

Step 3
I chose the 2.5″ ear measurement for the smallest part of the pattern and measured 1.25″ from each side of the center point and made a dot.

Step 4
I did the same with the widest part of the band at 2″ from the center point and marked and connected the dots. (I used a 2″ measurement because I cut a curve in the center and that will remove the extra .25″ on each side.)

Step 5
Fold in half and cut the pattern. Be sure to round your center edge this removes the .25″ on each side of the center.

Ear Warmer Headband

Flannel fabric
(If adding a liner I would use either fleece or another piece of flannel)
Step 1
Pin the pattern to the fabric and cut out. (Do the same with your lining fabric.)

Step 2
Hem around the band. (Do the same with the lining, or pin them right sides together and stitch around leaving one end open for turning.)

I used a zigzag stitch but you can strait stitch if you want.
(Once you turn out the band with the lining you will want to iron and top stitch around the band and that will also close your turning opening.)

No Sew:

Fuse the edges down with the fusible webbing instead of sewing.

If using a double layer:

  1. Sandwich the webbing between the outer layer and the lining.
  2. Iron in place. The webbing will melt and fuse the layers together.

Step 3
Add your buttons
My machine has a button-hole foot.
You can make your own button holes by using a satin stitch and sewing a two lines of satin next to each other the length of the button and then widening the satin stitch to close each end.

I used the different buttons to match each of their personalities.

No Sew:

Use ribbon instead of a button.

  1. Fold the top edge of the ribbon down wrong sides together.
  2. Use the fusible webbing to attach the ribbon to the edges of the headband.
  3. Do not use satin or sheer ribbon with fusible webbing. The iron will melt the ribbon and ruin your iron. Believe me I have done it.

Project Complete.

Here is the set I made my daughter.
I will post the boa scarf and Hand warmer tutorials soon.

Here is a photo of my lovely Sis wearing hers with the button in front.

Wishing you Luck and Love,