Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Appliqued Easter Bag

As promised, bag #2.  You should also check out our Ruffled Easter Basket and possibly the one we did last year.

This one is fun, because it's so versatile.  I love appliqué because of all the different things you can do! It's not just for quilts (though that's obviously our fav.)

So for this bag you'll need:

*1 Fat Quarter for the outside
*1 Fat Quarter for the lining (we used the same fabric)
*1/2 yd. or so of interfacing (15" x 19.5")
*Scraps for applique
*And something to appliqué.  This is not limited to Easter, either! This bag is generic enough for pretty much anything you want to do.  But since we're talking about Easter, I suggest bunnies, chicks, eggs, etc, etc.  These chicks are taken from our Everywhere a Cluck Cluck (and we printed these a little smaller than 100%, for those with the PDF).  But I'll also suggest Little Bunny Foo Foo (I love him), Little Bo Peeps Lambs, and Flowers from Quite Contrary.  If you're stuck on what do to, these chicks would be so great appliquéd. Or,  I really like Ducks, but Ducks aren't a huge part of Easter, ha ha.

1. First, cut your pieces.  All 3 pieces (outer, lining, and interfacing) need to measure 15" x 19.5" (easy, right?)

2. Iron interfacing to the lining. With right sides together, sew across the top (long side) edge using a 1/4" seam.

3. Turn right sides out, iron, and topstitch along the same edge.  From here on out, treat this as one piece of fabric.

4. Fold in half and mark the center (this mark will represent the front center of your bag.  Appliqe desired graphic on front.  This is all preference, though you'll want to stay in the top third, so the appliqué doesn't get cut off by the bottom.  Aim high.

5.  Using a 1/4" seam and right sides together, sew the 15" sides together. Press seam to one side. 

6. Keeping right sides together, match seam to the center front mark.  Press sides well.  Stitch 1/4" seam along the bottom of the bag.

7.  To make the bottom of the bag, pull apart the corners and finger press to the side.  Align bottom seams with creased sides and press each side. (This is a different bag.)

8.  Measure 2" from the point of the corner and draw a line straight across.  Repeat for other side.

9.  Sew on the line and trim. 

10.  Turn back out and tada! One darling Easter bag.  *Optional: Fold down top of bag and/or attach ribbon as handles.

So cute! Perfect for Easter.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ruffled Easter Basket

This year, we've created 2 different baskets.  I'll try to post the other one in the next day or so.  I love fabric bags/baskets.  I think they're so clever and cute.  

For this ruffled basket you'll need:
-1/4 yard for lining
-1/8 yard for outer basket (ruffles not included).
PLUS: 3" x 18.5" (approx. 1/8 yd.) for handle
Strips for ruffles: Three  4" x 42" (1/3 yd. if they're all the same color- ours are not.)
Batting: about 1/2 yard.  We used a thin batting.  You could also use a heavy interfacing.

1.  Cut all pieces.

Cut Inner Basket pieces (this is the lining of your basket):
     *7" circle (Lining)
     *23.5" x 7.75" (Lining)
     *7" circle (Batting)
     *23.5" x 7.75" (Batting)

Cut Outer Basket pieces:
     *Cut Three 25" x 3" (Outer Basket)
     *Cut Three 4" x 42"/width of fabric (Ruffles)
     *Cut 7" Circle

Cut Handle:
     *Cut 3" x 18.5" (Handle)
     *Cut 1.5" x 18.5" (Batting)

2. Fold ruffles in half, wrong sides together.  Press.

3.  Using a basting stitch/long stitch, sew close to the raw edge, and gather gently, creating a ruffle.  Repeat twice more to make 3 ruffles.

 4.  Pin ruffle to a 3" outer basket strip (right sides together).  Stitch using 1/4 inch seam.  Be jealous of the pin cushion.   Repeat for each ruffle.
5. Sew the three ruffles/strips together.  (1/4 inch seam, right sides together)

 6.  Press and trim to 23.5" (basically cutting off any excess ruffles).

7.  Fold in half, right sides together and stitch.  Make sure to line up the ruffles (which is kind of tricky).

8.  Mark the center and sides of the basket by making a small mark on the wrong side of fabric.
Center is directly opposite of the seam

9. Fold your circle (outer) in half, and then in half again.  Press gently (hardly at all, actually- just enough to find the center/sides)

10.  Right sides together (or inside out), line up the marks on your basket with the folded marks on the circle.  Pin and sew. 

11.  Fold the handle right sides together.  Place the batting on top and sew.  Turn right sides out and press. 

12.  Turn basket right sides out and place handle on either side of the basket, raw edges together.  The handle will go around the basket, rather than inside.  Sew together.  Turn basket wrong sides out, so the handle lays inside.  Set aside.

13.  Place batting on top of the wrong side of fabric for lining.  Fold in half, right sides together, and sew 1/4" seam leaving about a 4" opening for turning.  

Mark the center and sides as you did for the outer basket.

14.  Fold your circle (inner) in half, and then in half again.  Press gently. Place batting on the wrong side of fabric. 

15. Right sides together (or inside out), line up the marks on your basket with the folded marks on the circle, as you did for the outer basket.  Pin and sew. 

16. Place the inner basket/lining inside the outer (and inside-out) basket.  Pin and sew top edge.

17.  Turn! Stitch up the opening.  Fill with Easter eggs and goodies and watch your recipient delight in such a sweet gift.  I love Easter!

Update! We filled it!
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