I am so excited to share this new Christmas fabric that is perfect for technology lovers!
Fabric Name- Ghosts of Christmas Future Circuitree by Michael Miller
Material- 100% cotton fabric
Background color- Green
Theme- Christmas, Technology
I love this design by Michael Miller featuring circuits in the shape of Christmas trees! The green background matches a typical circuit board. The wires are light green with golden yellow ends. They make the shape of a tree with yellow lights or ornaments. How clever!
When I saw this fabric, I immediately thought of my son who is really fascinated by technology. He loves pulling old electronics apart and examining the circuit boards inside. This fabric is great for anyone who enjoys circuits, electronics or technology in general. I’ve made a gift bag using this fabric to hold a special Christmas gift for my technology-loving child. What will you use this fabric for?
Ever wonder how to make a bag three dimensional? Learn how to sew boxed corners in this blog.
Corners are tricky. Whether you are painting them, moving furniture around them, trying to see around them, or sewing them- corners always need some extra attention.
There are several ways to sew corners. In this blog I’ll show you the method that I like to use when sewing my bags. I use this method because I reliably get the same size corner on both sides of the bag.
To begin, sew two pieces of fabric, right sides together, with a quarter inch seam allowance. Sew down one side until you are a quarter inch from the bottom, turn your fabric 90 degrees, and continue to sew along the next side. (You can use whatever seam allowance you want, just make sure you keep it the same on both sides of your corner.)
The next step is to determine how deep you need your corners to be. If you want a two inch deep corner, you’ll need a one inch square: Use half of the desired depth to draw a square on the corner of your fabric*.
Cut out the square.
Now, pinch the corner of your cut out square to open it. Roll your fabric, so that the seam from the side of the bag lines up with the seam on the bottom. Your fabric should be in a straight line, with the seam in the middle of the fabric edge, perpendicular to that edge. I push my seam allowance to one side. Pin in place.
Sew along the straight edge to close your corner. I use the same quarter inch seam allowance. Flip your fabric right side out. And there you have it! A three dimensional piece of fabric, with aligned seams!
*The fine print: Cutting a corner at an EXACT depth requires some more careful measurements. In the example above, the hole that was cut for the corner was two inches deep, but then I sewed it another quarter inch away from the edge. Technically, the resulting corner is about 2.25 inches deep. To get EXACTLY two inches deep, cut your corner hole slightly less than one inch, roll your fabric and pin as above. Place a ruler parallel to the edge of the hole and move it away from the hole until the fabric measures two inches from top to bottom. Draw a line on that spot and sew on top of this line. Now your finished corner should be two inches deep.
What does a chemistry blackboard look like? Take a look at this fabric.
Fabric Name- Chemistry Blackboard
Material- 100% cotton fabric
Background color- Black
Theme- Science, Chemistry
Chemistry Blackboard fabric is back in stock! This black and white fabric features chemistry drawings on a black background. There are many chemical names written in different fonts. The drawings include test tubes, flasks, DNA, elements from the periodic table, ball and stick molecules, a microscope, atomic rings, and a laboratory experiment involving flasks, a ring stand, and a Bunsen burner.
This fabric is perfect for a scientist, chemistry teacher or a young science lover. You could make a pencil pouch, lunch sack, tote bag, apron, book cover, pillow case, napkins place mats, even a lab coat! I made a 7 inch x 7.5 inch tote for a small gift or loot bag for a science themed party that you can see here.
Classic Halloween characters have their pictures hanging on the wall in this adorable fabric.
Fabric Name- Haunted House Main Orange by Carta Bella for Riley Blake Designs
Material- 100% cotton fabric
Background color- Orange
This Haunted House fabric features portraits of all your favorite Halloween characters! There’s a green-faced witch giving the stink eye to the portrait above her. A little monster wearing a monster mask. A side profile of an elderly witch. Also, there is Dracula’s face, a witch wearing large circular glasses, ghosts waving hello, and all of the feisty black cats in the family. Shown in the second picture is one of my favorite portraits- a beautiful young witch, but her shadow shows a woman with a big, ugly nose and crooked chin. Also shown here are Frankenstein and his bride.
This fabric is so much fun! I hope it gets you excited for Halloween!
Ever wonder how to sew fabric handles for a tote bag? Read this blog for step by step instructions.
Today I will show you how to make a tote bag handle that is one inch wide and 22 inches long.
Cut a strip of fabric 4 inches by 22 inches.
Fold the fabric in half the long way, wrong sides together. Iron along the fold to make a straight line at the center of the fabric. Open the fold.
Fold one long edge of the fabric down to the center line, wrong sides together. Iron the crease. Fold the second long edge up to the center line and iron.
Fold the top down again along the center line. You should now have a one inch wide strip of fabric.
Pin the handle together, including the short edges. Sew along the edge, starting at the short end, along the long, open side, and up the other short end. I found that the key to keeping my fabric together while sewing was to pin the short edges in place. Otherwise, my fabric starts to unfold as I’m sewing the long edge, and it’s a mess by the time I get to the other end.
There you have it! A clean, sturdy handle for a tote bag!