A fabric tablecloth is a perfect DIY project for your craft table, dinning table, or patio table. It has elastic hems, like a fitted sheet, that allows it to fit snugly on your table. Leave on your table all year round for a washable table cover or make a few different ones for every season!
I used this wonderful sewing comic fabric that is a favorite around here!
First measure your table. Add two inches to the measurements on all sides.
example: table size is 33″x40″ so cut a 37″x44″ rectangle from your fabric.
Fold over your edges a half inch and iron down. Then fold another half inch again so all raw edges are encased. Then stitched the hems down.
Wrap your elastic around the table to measure how much you need. Make sure to pull the elastic tight so the tablecloth will fit snuggle around the table.
Then using a safety pin in the edge of your elastic, feed elastic through the casing you created in the tablecloth. Feed it all the way through and then sew the ends together using a zig zag stitch on your machine.
I went shopping last week with my sister and all we saw at the mall were lace dresses, lace shirts, lace skirts and lace scarves. My sister even bought a lace dress to wear to a friends wedding. I came home inspired to make something out of lace for myself. We just got in so many new laces at the store and lace is obviously in fashion right now, so I thought what a perfect time to bust out a lace skirt tutorial.
This stretch lace pencil skirt is sooo easy to make that I finished mine in under an hour. We will not be using a pattern, all you need is your favorite pencil shaped skirt, which we will trace for a skirt pattern. You will not need any zippers or elastic either! How awesome is that?!
You could either match the color of your lace to the jersey lining or you could go for a contrasting color like I did. These were the two lace fabrics that I was debating between. After a couple co-workers opinions and much debating I finally decided to go with the navy interlock for the lining and the turquoise stretch lace for the outside of the skirt.
Step #2: Trace your pencil skirt
Lay your favorite pencil skirt down on your fabric in the direction you would like it to go and trace around the skirt with chalk 5/8″ around the outline of the skirt. The reason we are chalking it at 5/8″ beyond your skirt is for your seam allowance. I loved how the selvedge edge looked on the lace and wanted to make that the bottom of my skirt. I thought it would look great and it would be less work because now I do not have to sew the hem. Yea!
Step #3: Cut out the Fabric
As you can see I am cutting through two layers of fabric. (for the skirt front and skirt back) This will save you some time cutting two layers at once. Repeat for the lace fabric too.
Step #4: Pinning the Fabric
Pin the front and back of skirt panels with right sides facing each other up the side seams. Pin lace to lace and jersey to jersey as if you are making two separate skirts.
Step #5: Sewing the side seams
Stitch each side seam along where you pinned, sewing each skirt sides separately right sides facing in. Remember to sew with a zigzag stitch when sewing with stretchy fabric so your thread will not break when you put the garment on.
Step #6: Putting it together.
Turn sewn skirt to the right side facing out. Then insert lining (face out) into the lace skirt (face out) and pin along the waist band matching the lining to the lace. Then sew a zig-zag stitch around the the waist joining the two layers together.
Step #7: Cutting out and inserting the skirt facing.
Cut two 5″ Strips of fabric from your leftover lining fabric and chalk mark the waist line on each side. Then match front and back facing right side together and pin down the sides. Next zig-zag stitch along chalk marks on each side of facing. Pin the facing right side of facing to the lace on the outer edge of waist band and stitch all the way around the waste attaching the facing to the skirt with a zig-zag stitch.
After you stitch the facing to the skirt you will then zig-zag stitch the leftover seam allowance down to the facing so it will lay nicely inside the skirt. The pics below give you a visual of what this will look like.
Making your own grocery bag is quick and easy and these days, who can have enough. I don’t like using those flimsy nylon bags because they aren’t very strong and the shape doesn’t allow for maximum groceries. A a rectangular bottom bag made out of a nice weight home decor fabric it much better. It only take half a yard of fabric and about 2 yards of webbing to create this fun bag!
Take your half yard of fabric and fold it in half along the width so you have a rectangle that is 18″ by about 27″. I took off about 5 inches from the top of the bag because I didn’t want it to be so big. Next sew along the side seams.
Next hem the top of the bag by folding over 5/8″ then sew down. Place your webbing where you want it and top stitch it down on both sides.
With right sides together, sew the bottom edge of the bag. On the bottom seam, measure about 3″ in from the corner and mark on both ends.
To create the rectangular bottom, fold the bag so the bottom lies flat with the seam laying in the center. Draw a straight line from your mark and sew. Then trip the access or simply fold it down to the center inside the bag.
Do you need a quick holiday craft idea? Or do you just need a pair of gloves? This weeks tutorial will teach you how to sew up a cute pair of fingerless gloves with a removable mitten top! No pattern needed, just use your hand (or a friends hand) as a pattern.
Here are the supplies you need:
1/4 yd. Fleece
1/4 yd. Elastic (the elastic will be showing, so make sure it matches your fleece)
Hand Sewing Needle
The first step is to trace your hand onto your fleece. You don’t need to trace your whole hand, you can leave out the finger tips if you want fingerless gloves. Keep in mind you can do alternatives to fingerless gloves. You can do regular gloves, mittens, etc.
****Keep in mind the stretch of the fabric. Fleece does have a stretch, all fabrics with stretch will stretch from selvedge to selvedge. Just be sure that when you cut out your gloves, they will stretch from side to side so that your hands will fit inside!! *****
Great! Now cut out 4 of these hand shapes. Next, we will trace the tops of our hands to make the removable mitten cover.
All right, now that we have our pattern pieces cut out, we can start sewing! Sew up your gloves first like so;
Next, we will sew up our mitten tops. Be sure to sew in your elastic in a loop on the tops of your mitten tops. They will loop onto a button to hold the mitten top open when you don’t need it!
Great job! Now we will hand-sew our mitten tops to our glove.
The last step is to sew on our buttons. We will put one button on per glove