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TARDIS Treat Bag Tutorial
I love October and everything the Halloween season has to offer and thought it would be fun to dust off some old favorite crafts and feature them during the course of this month.
Through Time and Space, or at least from October 2010, it’s the TARDIS Treat Bag Tutorial!
I made this fun bag for my daughter back in her freshman year of high school. This year? She’s a freshman in college and the proud owner of the Doctor Who Stitch Along quilt I completed in August of this year.
To make reliving the Crafts of Halloween Past even more fun for you, I’m offering a challenge with a prize!
At the end of the month, I’ll draw a winner to receive a free copy of Quiltmaker’s Quilts from 100 Blocks, which includes my pattern Corn Maze! Heck, I’ll even sign it, if you like! 😉
Two weeks ago, I told you about Lily, the kitten my sister and her husband adopted after finding her abandoned near my parents’ home out in the country.
This is her story, and our thank you.
We now have all the money we need to pay for Lily’s medical expenses. We might even have a little left over to donate to our local Humane Society.
We quite literally can’t thank you enough.
Click here to learn more about Lily’s story.
Here’s a little something I made for Lily. I was lucky enough to act as her post-surgery kitten sitter this week while my sister and brother-in-law were at work. She was a joy to be with every day and I will miss my mid-day kitten break!
Don’t miss my Blog Hop Party Giveaway! I have a free pattern and a fun giveaway, too!
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Marie was my helper for the day!
Have you ever had one of those days where you just really, really needed to get things done? Not a “I have to get this done” day, but a “oh, no, I’m running out of time, I HAVE to get this done!” day?
I had one of those yesterday.
You see, The Linus Connection meets on Saturday, and until yesterday, I did not have one quilt completely finished.
Enter the next five quilts.
I free-motion quilted the two Stars For Linus quilts as well as the blendy floral quilt that I’ve dubbed “Oh no, not *that* quilt.”
I bound those three quilts as well as the other two shown below.
Today? I can barely raise my arms after all that free-motion quilting. Who says quilting isn’t exercise?
Stars For Linus Quilt #1
Stars For Linus Quilt #2
A close-up of my free-motion. I fought with my machine all day yesterday, changing needles, thread and changing my bobbin to get this done. I’m still not great at free-motion, but if I can find the right mix to make my sewing machine (and by default, me!) enjoy it, I think I could get better.
The label I put on each of the Stars For Linus quilts. After all, it was a group effort!
a free 12″ pattern
for best results when printing, set scaling to “none”
Remember, I’m also accepting Wonky Stars…if you’d rather! Please makes sure they are also 12″.
Oh no, not that quilt! I still can’t decide if I like this one or not… Experimentation with fabric samples and the 10 Minute Block.
Zeppelin Threads orphan block quilt. The two house blocks were donated by Cat and Pren. I pieced the rest and did the straight line quilting a couple of weeks ago.
I love how the quilting worked out on this, though you can’t quite see all of it. There’s a lot of stitching in the ditch. I tend to do a lot more straight line quilting because my sewing machine behaves better when I do.
Quilt top donated by JoAnn M. Quilted by my friend Marge, bound by me…yesterday. This was the last quilt I worked on last night before giving up for the day.
Today, I am giving myself the morning off to spend with my bee. I’ve worked extra hard every day this week and am in need of a respite!
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Isn’t it a beauty?
Honey Bee is participating in American Patchwork & Quilting’s 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. The first batch of gorgeous handmade pillowcases that Honey Bee has collected is going to the Texas Baptist Children’s Home, located in Round Rock, Texas.
I knew as soon as I heard about it that I wanted to participate.
Early on in the pillowcase drive, Honey Bee had a demo for the “Hot Dog” pillowcase method, which rumor has it is super-duper easy.
Only, I missed the demo. Oops. You see, it was on a Friday at lunch time. Every Friday, I have a date lunch with my awesome hubby, so obviously going to a free pillowcase how-to demo was not going to win out over date lunch!
Well, I’ve made pillowcases before, so I wasn’t too fussed about it. Then, a couple of weeks later, my sewing friends and I had a sewing day at our friend Linda’s house. Osie, who happens to be one of the Goddesses of Honey Bee, was working on pillowcases for the drive and took a few minutes to show us how the mystical “Hot Dog” works.
Hot dog! Seriously, hot dog! This is the easiest, fastest and cleanest-looking pillowcase method I’ve seen. Including the pillowcase used in this tutorial, I’ve now made 11 of these bad boys. So easy, so fun…and excellent for stash busting!
This was not my invention and there are a couple of tutorials floating around out there, but this is too good not to post again. This is my take on the instructions. I hope you enjoy, make lots of pillowcases and donate them to charity! (Oh, okay, you can keep one or two for yourself!)
Pillowcases donated through Honey Bee! The last I heard there were over 200!
Read more on the Honey Bee Blog.
free how-to sheets for the Hot Dog method!
Three lengths of fabric in three coordinating colors. Makes one standard size pillowcase.
You can vary the bun/hot dog size up or down, just make sure that the total yardage between those two is 36″ – 38″. 9 – 12″ for the bun is ideal.
If you use two yards of coordinating fabric, plus 6″ of a third, you can make two coordinating pillowcases with opposite colors!
Trim corners (raw edges only, please!).
Look at that, you made French Seams…no raw edges!
Now, let me know if you’re as addicted to these as I am! This beauty is number 11 and I know I’ll make more. In addition to donating to the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge, they also make great gift bags for quilts!
Need a hardcopy? Printable PDF Tutorial!
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Deep in the wilds of my backyard lives the ferocious Quiltus Turtleus, called Turkle by his friends.
His markings are wholly unique and set him apart from all other Quiltus Turtleus.
A canny camera person can get quite close to Turkle, just watch out for the super massively strong jaws!
Quiltus Turtleus are known for their pointy and exceptionally cute tails.
When forced to show his belly, Turkle will display a fierce purple leopard print, frighting off predators for fear of a badly dressed…oops, this a “G” rated blog!
Ancestry of the Quiltus Turtleus, decended from the Quiltus Buttericktus Family.
Elena’s Gryffindor Canopy, approximately 2002
Well, we’re way past due for a Way Back Craft!
So, you want a Harry Potter bedroom? The very first thing I think of when I think of Harry’s dormitory, is the four poster bed with house-colored hangings. Wouldn’t that be fabulous?
It definitely would be.
Unfortunately, not all of us have the means or the space for a four poster bed.
This is the problem I encountered when designing a Harry Potter room for my daughter. Her room has a ceiling fan and the room is just too small for a four poster bed. The Gryffindor canopy was on her Must Have list when the room decoration was being planned. I have the great fortune to have two very DIY parents and the first thing that popped in my head was mounting something lightweight on to the wall.
How about a faux canopy that gives the feeling of those hangings without the actual expense or space requirements of a real four poster?
Then I started thinking price. Cheap would be good. Very good. PVC. PERFECT!
A fun aside on this project – when I was buying the fabric, the woman at the cutting table at the fabric store asked if I was making a dress. When I told her I was making a Gryffindor canopy for a Harry Potter bedroom, she stared with her mouth open. It was the first of many stunned looks directed at my fandom crafting!
Note: PVC under 1” is not recommended because it’s too flexible. Make sure the threaded plug & metal flange will work with the pipe you chose. They’re easy to test at the DIY store.
Makes a great window treatment, too!
Also for your Harry Potter room: HP Bookcase Mural
p.s. I made the afghan, too. 😉
also available on The Leaky Cauldron- Crafts
You all know by now that I’m a big thrift store shopper, especially for clothes.
I found a great pair of Gap jeans that fit perfectly, and only paid $1.25 for them! The only drawback was they were too short, even for my average-length legs.
This was my easy-peasy solution. It works with or without the extra trim, I just love adding a little flavor to my thrifted goods!
What to do:
I’ve got several pairs of jeans like this, all of them found for super cheap and all of them with their own distinctive look. Love them!
also posted on craftster
I’ve been making these Santa bags for a lot of years now, but this is the first time I’ve ever shared a how-to for it.
Other similar bags I’ve made include Rudolph, Christmas kitties and Christmas trees. Change the basic bag to any color and add polka dots or stars for an easy birthday bag!
Smiling Santa is reusable, giftable, and darn cute. He’s fast to make with simple embroidered stitches and a button nose. If hand stitching isn’t your thing, fabric paint will work in a pinch!
Find the bottom of your bag and cut 1″ squares out of the opposite corners for each white sheet. This will create a faux gusset and allow your gift bag to stand up.
Cut the flesh-colored felt sheet down to 8″ x 5 1/2″. Fold in half and cut a gentle curve.
Open flesh-colored felt. Align 1″ from top of bag, centering so that each side has approximately 1/2″ of white felt showing.
Using the white embroidery floss, hand stitch a running stitch around the two sides and bottom of the face.
Add button nose with red embroidery floss. Add mouth, also with red embroidery floss, using the chain stitch.
Pin two pieces of white felt together, face inside. Machine stitch 1/4″ seam on two sides and across the bottom.
Optional: hand stitch on the inside OR hand stitch on the outside using red embroidery floss.
Fold the open corners on the bottom together, matching outside seams. Fold seams in opposite directions to reduce bulk. Pin in place.
Machine stitch bag corners.
Turn bag right side out.
Fold 1″ down on top of bag, overlapping face. Pin, then straight stitch around. Stitch under side seam.
Finished stitching on the top of bag.
Cut two 12″ x 2″ strips from red felt.
Fold straps lengthwise. Straight stitch along the length with green embroidery floss.
Pin handle to outside of bag 2″ in from the sides.
Straight stitch snowflake or asterisk to hold handles in place. Repeat for the back of bag.
Stuff with goodies and gift it!
Feeling creative? Try your hand at a Christmas Tree!
fun variations, Dec. 2000
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This is part of my “Way Back Craft” series; patterns, crafts, tutorials and general crafty memories before the days of this craft blog.