Sewing Tutorial: Personalized Cup Cozy

Personalized Cup CozyLast week we created our own reversible cup cozy.  This week, we’ll learn how to embellish that same cup cozy to make even more personalized.  The embellishment will be done with removable discs so that you can change the look of your cozy to suite your mood.

To embellish your cozy you will need:

  • Fabric.  You can use a fabric that coordinates with the fabric we used for the cozy body or the same fabric.
  • Sewable, fusible stabilizer. I use Heat N Bond Lite sewable.
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Snaps – I use KAM snaps
  • Iron
  • The illustrated and detailed Personalized Cup Cozy PDF:  Personalized Cup Cozy.Embellished Cup Cozy

Sewing Tutorial: Cup Cozy

DIY Cup CozyOne of the best things about being able to sew is that you can add a bit of you to almost everything in your life, beverages included.  If you drink a lot of coffee like me, you know that the cardboard cup cozies don’t do much to protect your hands from the warmth of the beverage.  Luckily, making your own fabric cup cozy is very easy and highly customizable.

Materials

  • Cotton Fabric – don’t need much so raid your scrap bin
  • Felt Fabric
  • Elastic
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Tape Measure
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Safety Pin
  • The detailed and illustrated Cup Cozy Tutorial PDF:  Cup Cozy Tutorial.

*Join us next week and we’ll show you a way to customize your cup cozy!

Sewing Tutorial: Hanging Organizer

Hanging Organizer TutorialI’m an organized person.  I like for things to be tidy and have their place.  With two kids, and an addictive passion for sewing, I have a lot of small items in my home.  Things we use A LOT.  I like to find ways to organize all our ‘stuff’ that is still easy for us to access.  These handy little hanging organizers work nicely for that.

The organizers are very inexpensive to make (you can make one for less than $1) and super quick to sew up (twenty minutes or less).  You can easily customize the fabric print to suit any style and you can change the type of fabric to make them more or less sturdy depending on your needs.
Materials Needed

  • Two pieces of fabric in your preferred sizes. The organizers featured in this tutorial are made with two sheets of felt.  The organizer body piece is approximately 9X12 and the divider piece is approximately 4.5X12.  You can use whatever sizes suit your needs.  It’s important to select a fabric strong enough to support your needs.  For lightweight items, I like to use felt because it’s inexpensive and it doesn’t fray even when cut.  If you’re using cotton or another fabric that frays, you will need to bind the edges or you will get fraying.
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Fabric pen or chalk to mark button holes
  • Ruler (optional)
  • The fully detailed and illustrated (FREE!) Hanging Fabric Organizer PDF available by clicking here: Hanging Fabric Organizer Tutorial

Possible UsesEasy Hanging Organizer

  • Sewing supply caddy
  • Crafts
  • Crochet hooks
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Small toys
  • Kid’s art supplies
  • Hair bows and brushes
  • Fork and spoon organizer
  • Message center
  • Etc…

**This tutorial is provided free of charge, you may do what you wish with the finished project.  We ask that you DO NOT try and sell the tutorial.

Sewing Tutorial: Felt Hamburger Fixin’s

Sewing Tutorial Felt Hamburger Fixin'sWelcome!  This is the second sewing tutorial in a series of four where we will make a felt “We’re Grillin’” set.  Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

This tutorial will focus on creating the set with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.  Do not include the pickles in this set if it is for a small child.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.

Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

MaterialsLet’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Hamburger Fixin’s:

  • Red, yellow, white, dark, and light green felt
  • Scissors
  • Monofilament thread or coordinating thread in red, white or yellow, and green
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing needle
  • The hamburger fixin’s template and tutorial PDF. Do not scale the template to fit, print as actual size:  Felt Hamburger Fixin’s Tutorial.

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You can go back and grab the Felt Hamburger and Bun Tutorial if you haven’t already.  And pick up the hot dog and bun tutorial as well.  Top it off with a tasty milkshake.  Don’t forget to share if you enjoyed the tutorial!

Sewing Tutorial: Bendable Felt Bacon

 

DSCN5211 copyWelcome!  This is the first sewing tutorial in a series of four where we will make a felt breakfast set.  Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

This tutorial will focus on creating the set with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.

Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Bendable Felt Bacon:

  • Any brown colored felt for the bacon body
  • A lighter cream, white, or tan piece of felt for the bacon ‘fat’
  • A pipe cleaner for each piece of bacon
  • Scissors
  • Coordinating thread (monofilament thread is nice because it’s clear and will blend with any color)
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing needle
  • The PDF containing full instructions and photos:  Bendable Bacon Tutorial.

Create the whole set!  You can find the eggs here.  And the pancakes here.  And finish it off with some orange slices.

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