Thursday, January 7, 2010

Sewing pattern: Guitar shaped bag

Guitar Shaped Bag

  • Completed Project: Guitar Shaped Bag Picture #1
make a rockin' guitar bag

A step-by-step guide into making your own guitar bag.

  1. Step 1 Print a guitar image onto an A4 paper. Trace your image; 2 for the body, 2 for lining, 2 for your scratchplate.

  2. Step 2 Out of silver-y fabric, cut and sew rectangle and tear-shaped pieces. The rectangle would be your whammy bar while the tear-shaped piece would serve as your input jack.

  3. Step 3 Take your scratchplate pieces, right sides together, and sew all the way around. Leave a 2-inch gap for turning inside out.

  4. Step 4 After this, clip all the way around so that the curves would be better-defined. Turn inside out and sew on top of the front body of your bag. Use the image you printed for the position of the scratchplate.

  5. Step 5 Now sew the whammy bar and the input jack. Take three strips of bias tape (or any fabric that matches the color of your scratchplate). Their length should be the same as your whammy bar. These strips would be your single-coil pickups. Position them according to the image and sew. Mark the parts of the scratchplate where the screws are. Embroider these with silver thread. Handsew circles on the strips you just added. Remember,these circles should be aligned.

  6. Step 6 Mark the volume and tone controls. Sew on buttons for these.
  7. Step 7

    Step 7 Now position your front and back pieces, right sides together. Sew from the highest points of the curved tops on both sides. Do the same to the lining, leaving a gap at the bottom. (If you want, you can add a pocket or two before doing this.)

  8. Step 8 Turn the outer body inside out and place it inside the lining. Sew the opening of your bag.

  9. Step 9 Pull out your outer body through the gap at the bottom of the lining.

  10. Step 10 Your bag is starting to take shape. Topstitch the top part.

  11. Step 11 Attach one end of the strap with the rectangular ring for the adjuster. Sew the other end. Do not forget to sew the gap in your lining shut.

  12. Step 12 And you’re done!

Sewing pattern: Easy tote bag

This sturdy tote features a large, comfortable strap, handles and a pocket to store your change. It can be embellished with appliqu├ęs, embroidery or fabric paint. It doesn't take a lot of time to sew and makes a nice, practical gift for friends and family.


Sewing pattern: Crochet hook roll

This cute crochet hook roll is quick to sew.  Decorate it with embroidery of fabric paint for a more sophisticated look.

A: cut 1 in main fabric and 1 in contrast fabric. You can cut it longer if you have lots of hooks to store (make sure piece B is the same length).

B: cut 1 in main fabric
C: cut 1 in main fabric
D: ribbon or yarn, cut 1

1. If you want to embellish your roll with embroidery or fabric paint, do it before you start sewing (on right side of piece A, main fabric).
2. Fold, press and topstitch pieces B and C as shown.

3. Fold and press pocket as shown. Sew pocket on piece B, right side up. Topstitch vertically to create divisions.

4. Place piece B over piece A (both must be right side up). Pin. Topstitch as shown to create divisions.

5. Assemble the roll, right sides together. If you embroidered or painted the fabric, make sure your art isn’t upside down (I made that mistake twice!) Sew as shown, leaving 10cm open for turning. When you’re done, trim the corners a little to make turning easier.

6. Turn the roll inside out and press. Topstitch all around. Attach the ribbon.
If you find your crochet hooks have a tendency to slide out, you can either roll it tighter or fold the top part over the hooks before rolling.

Sewing pattern: Recycled wool patchwork quilt

Eco-friendly recycled wool quilt

This warm and comfy quilt is made entirely from recycled materials.
You can play with patterns and textures, make it small or large, muted or funky. It's a fun, creative and inexpensive project.

Several wool sweaters (don't use cotton or synthetics, they won't felt)
A sheet or blanket for the lining
Another sheet or large fabric scrap that will be cut in strips for binding the blanket edges
If you're using a sheet or thin fabric for the lining, you could use quilt batting to make it thicker. I used fleece as my lining so it wasn't necessary.

The number of sweaters you'll need depends on the final size you want for your quilt. Keep in mind they'll shrink a lot when felted.
For a baby quilt like the one in the picture, I used 6 large sweaters.


1. If you don't have enough old sweaters on hand, try garage sales or goodwill.
Don't forget to look through men sweaters, they're usually larger which is good.
Machine wash them in hot water with soap and put them in the dryer.

2. Cut the felted sweater into squares - the size is up to you. They will be easier to combine and sew if they're all the same size.
Of course you can use other shapes if you prefer.
Place the squares on the floor and decide how you'll combine them.

3. Sew the squares together as shown using a zigzag stitch, letting them overlap just a little. Assemble the squares into strips.

4. Sew the strips together using a zigzag stitch.

5. Place your work on top of the lining, wrong sides together. Put your batting in between if you chose to use some.
Pin and assemble by sewing over the zigzag stitches with a straight stitch.
Pinning is important so that both layers remain flat against each other.

6. Edges:
Cut four fabric strips. They should be 6 times larger than your desired binding width and a bit longer than each corresponding blanket edge.
Fold the strips in two and press. Sew the first strip along one edge as shown, on the lining side of the quilt.

7. Fold against the right side, pin and edgestitch as shown. Do the same thing with the opposite edge.

8. Finish with the two remaining edges, folding and sewing the ends as shown.

Sewing pattern: Scoodie (scarf with a hood)


This comfy and easy to sew scoodie will keep you warm all winter.


PLEASE NOTE: this pattern is sized for an adult and has enough ease to wear a hat under it. If you're making it for a child or if you prefer a smaller hood, scale the pattern down when printing and check the measurements before sewing.

Cut the pieces as shown (use a single fabric if you prefer):

A: cut 1 in main fabric, 1 in contrast fabric (lining)
B: cut 2 in main fabric, 2 in lining fabric
C: cut 2 in main fabric, 2 in lining fabric. This is the scarf part and you may change its size if you'd rather have it longer or shorter.
The allowances are all 5/8" unless otherwise specified.

Sew piece A with both pieces B right sides together. Do the same for the lining.

Sew the hood and its lining, right sides together. Turn right side out and edge stitch as shown.

Sew both pieces C right sides together. Do the same for the lining.

Align the unfinished hood edge, lining side, with the scarf lining edge (right side). Make sure the hood is well centered on the scarf lining. Place the other scarf part on top, right sides together, forming a "sandwich". Sew together as shown, leaving a space for turning.

Turn right side out. Fold the remaining raw edges inside the scarf, pin and edge stitch all around, making sure the opening gets closed.