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Forest Friends Pouch Tutorial

Free tutorial to make Forest Animal Pouches from Skirt Fixation

Free tutorial to make Forest Animal Pouches from Skirt Fixation

Did you fall in love with those sweet little forest friends pouches like we did yesterday?  With the leftover scraps from the Forest Floor Fabrics blog tour, we created these cute animal pouches, and today we’re going to teach you how!

Forest Friends Pouch Tutorial

Supplies:

Forest Friends Pocket pattern from Violette Field Threads.

Fabric Scraps (our specific fabric information at end of post)

Interfacing  (I used Pellon SF-101)

4 inch zippers – I used these:  

Buttons, ribbon, fake flowers, embellishments

Instructions:

Before you begin sewing, cut out interfacing for the head pieces and iron them onto the wrong side of the fabric.  This will enable your pouches to be structured rather than floppy.

Make the pockets as instructed, not including sewing on the buttons and embellishments.

Free tutorial to make Forest Animal Pouches from Skirt Fixation

Then, sew a 3 inch zipper to one side of the face. Gently curve the zipper to match the curve of the face.

Free tutorial to make Forest Animal Pouches from Skirt Fixation

Sew the other side of the zipper to the other side of the face, carefully lining up the ends and curving the zipper along the face as before.

Now, sew on the button eyes and any other embellishments you desire.

Cut a short length of ribbon and pin it in a loop just behind the animal’s ears.  This will be the handle.

Free tutorial to make Forest Animal Pouches from Skirt Fixation

Next, fold the two halves wrong sides together, sandwiching the zipper in between, and topstitch around the whole pouch, beginning at one end of the zipper and ending at the other end.

Finally, sew on the nose buttons.

One additional note: we embedded pipe cleaners in the rabbit’s ears because they are long and could be floppy without the pipe cleaners.  Unless you want floppy ears, of course!

Here is a list of fabrics we used to make these Forest Friends pouches:

Art Gallery Forest Floor Wild Posy Flora: Deer Head, Raccoon Ear

Art Gallery Forest Floor Luna Rising Shadow: Fox Head, Bunny Ears

Art Gallery Forest Floor Timber Nightfall: Raccoon Head, Fox Face

Art Gallery Forest Floor Capped Dim: Raccoon Eye, Deer Ears

Art Gallery Forest Floor Maple Mill Fog: Fox Ears

Art Gallery Forest Floor Jersey Knit Laced Moss: Deer Face

Art Gallery Forest Floor Jersey Knit Flourish: Rabbit Head

Free tutorial to make Forest Animal Pouches from Skirt Fixation

Let us know if you use this tutorial, we’d love to see your Forest Friends pouch creations!

Affiliate links have been used in this post because after all our hard work of sewing, we like to relax with a little fabric shopping…and every penny helps!

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Fast DIY Kimono Tutorial In 4 Easy Steps

Fast DIY Kimono Tutorial in 4 Easy Steps

Fast DIY Kimono Tutorial in 4 Easy Steps

DIY Kimono Tutorial in 4 easy steps.

During Kids Clothes Week, I made a kimono for my tween and promised a tutorial.  That’s what I have for you today, a quick and easy DIY Kimono Tutorial in 4 easy steps.  Why another DIY Kimono Tutorial, when the internet is full of them?  Mine’s easier, I promise!  How do I know this?  Well, a few weeks ago, my printer was out of ink (trust me, I’m getting there!) so I couldn’t print and make the skirt for All The Skirts that I wanted to, so I decided to try a kimono and started looking over all the tutorials out there.  Many were too complicated or confusing to even follow, but I muddled through enough of them to know there was an easier way to do it.  You see, kimonos are usually made out of some slightly sheer material like chiffon or something that frays and is hard to work with.  So the best way to do it is to make the least amount of exposed edges.  Less exposed edges means less fraying and fewer edges to have to keep from fraying.  So here’s the easy 4-step DIY Kimono Tutorial:

DIY Kimono Tutorial in 4 quick steps.

Pretty easy, huh?  But in case that leaves you with a few questions, here is a picture tutorial.

DIY Kimono Tutorial in 4 quick steps.

Begin with a rectangle of fabric double your desired finished length X width of fabric.  Fold this rectangle in half, right sides together.

DIY Kimono Tutorial in 4 quick steps.Cut an “A” shape through ONE layer only, with the top of the “A” hitting in the center of the fabric.  (Eyeball it!)

DIY Kimono Tutorial in 4 quick steps.

On one edge, measure down 12-18 inches from the fold, and start pinning there.  Pin across 12-18 inches, then down to the bottom edge of the fabric.   Repeat on other side.

DIY Kimono Tutorial in 4 quick steps.

Sew the two layers together following the pins.  Repeat on other side.

Step5

Cut away the excess close to your seam.

DIY Kimono Tutorial in 4 quick steps.

If you don’t have a serger, zigzag the edge.

DIY Kimono Tutorial in 4 quick steps.

Fold over two times to make a tiny hem around the sleeves.  Fold and hem around the bottom and up and down the front opening all in one continuous seam.

DIY Kimono Tutorial in 4 quick steps.

Strut it in your new kimono baby!  I realize my kimono fabric is a lot like Annie from The Enantiomer Project,  but I do think her kimono is the prettiest I’ve ever seen and wanted to duplicate it as close as possible.  I found my fabric at JoAnns.

DIY Kimono Tutorial in 4 quick steps.

I didn’t know I needed a kimono until I made this one!  Now I wear it a lot.

Easy DIY Kimono Tutorial

It’s a great way to be able to nurse discreetly in public…all that flow-yness is so awesome!

DIY Kimono Tutorial in 4 quick steps.

This DIY Kimono Tutorial is so fast you’ll have time to make it and a decent supper tonight…what are you waiting for?

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How to Make a Pattern From a Skirt

Today I’m going to show you how to make a pattern from a skirt and then tomorrow I will show you how to modify that pattern into a skirt for every season!  Do you remember this skirt?

thrift store skirtI used it to make the lining for Annie’s raincoat.  But if you remember, I loved it and wore it and wore it and finally wore it out!  So before I cut it up to make the lining of Annie’s raincoat, I took a pattern off of it.

lining cut from a skirtGood thing I did, because when I was done it looked like this!  Making a pattern from a skirt is very easy to do.  You will only need a piece of lightweight, non-glued interfacing.  Fold your skirt in 1/2 and trace over the top of the skirt onto the interfacing.  Then add any extra needed allowance at the top for the darts.  There was one dart on the top of my skirt 1/2, so I tapered the top out an extra inch away from the skirt and added a dart marking where the dart was on the skirt.

dart and zipperYou can see where I have marked the dart and the bottom of the zipper here.  Now cut out around your markings on the interfacing.  For a waistband, you need to cut out a rectangle 2.5 inches wide and 4 times as long as the top of your interfacing pattern.  For example, the top of my pattern was 9 inches across, so I cut out a 2.5” x 36” rectangle.   Because of the 4 pleats around the skirt, and the seam allowances, this will allow you plenty of  length to make the overlapping ends of the waistband.

interfacing patternThere you have it!  A pattern from a skirt!  you didn’t think it was going to be that easy did you?  With this very basic skirt pattern you can make so many variations, and tomorrow I’m going to show you 4 different skirts I made, one for every season, from taking this pattern from a skirt.  How about you, have you ever made a pattern from a skirt or any piece of existing clothing?

Make it beautiful,

Audrey