This month I'm hostessing the Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew linky party, so you've dropped by at a great time! ;) Ho Ho Ho is a fun party for getting organized and prepared for Christmas :) I've written up a tutorial for a cute (I think!) project for you to try out. BONUS - there's a prize available, and anyone who posts a project to the linky party is eligible to win it. It doesn't have to be a snowman bag - it can be a Christmas gift, or a Christmas decoration - think Christmas prep! :)
The sponsor of this month's giveaway is the lovely Stephanie at Elephant in my Handbag. She's offering a one-off 10% discount on purchases made during the term of the September link party (00.00GMT Sept. 18 to 23.59GMT Sept. 30) using code HOHOHO - sweet! The link to the party is at the very bottom of this post :)
The prize for the linky party winner is awesome - thank you so much, Stephanie! One of you link party uploaders will get this adorable pattern - YAY :)
Snowman Drawstring Bag - A Tutorial :D (measurements in inches/Imperial, listed width x height. Seam allowance 1/4")
- 2 X 11 x 12 outer main (white)
- 2 X 11 x 5 outer accent (black)
- 2 X 11 x 16.5 lining (I used grey)
- 60`` black rattail (I used 2mm) or thin cord
- scrap orange for nose - about 4 1/2" x 2"
- 7 X 1" buttons (I used all black)
- scrap of lightweight sewable iron on adhesive, about 2" x 4 1/2" (I use Heat n Bond iron-on adhesive - Sewable)
- thread - I used white, black and orange
- nose - either draft a carrot nose about 4" long, and 1.5" wide at the fattest end, or you could do what I did - I printed off the pattern from this mug rug, and enlarged it to 125% :)
- a round plastic garbage can or plate
- marking pen of your choice - I use those Frixion erasable ones
Because there so many tutorials available online I'm not going to go into detail about basic drawstring bag construction. Instead, I'll try to show you how I snowmanified (new word :D) a run of the mill handmade bag to make it more Christmassy and Ho Ho Ho-y :D
here - step 4. She measured up 1 1/4" and 2 1/4" from the seam - YOU will measure 1/4" and 1" because we want the casing near the very bottom of the black section, near the face.
tutorial - steps 11 and 12 explain this nicely.
OK - that's it for my tutorial - I hope you like my bag, and I hope my instructions (and links to instructions) are easy enough to understand. Give me a shout if I've missed anything, or made a goof! If you make a bag, PLEASE please send me a picture! :)
Speaking of goofs ... here's my first try at this project - remember I said he was doofy? It's like he got in line 3 times when Old Man Winter was handing out foreheads. Silly snowman! :)
|Forehead snowman :D|
Before I close off, I wanted to give a shout-out to the lovely sponsors of the Ho Ho Ho linky party - they're very generous to our stitching community, and deserve a big thank you, and a visit!