Project-Cotton Gauze Swaddling Blanket

Cotton Gauze Swaddling Blanket-A great gift and super easy to make! Find out more on how to make it at Everything PuddingJust recently there was a baby shower for a young mom expecting her second, a boy (He has since been born and is absolutely adorable!). I knew I wanted to make something but wasn’t sure what. My mom suggested a cotton gauze swaddling blanket. I know they’re pretty expensive in store so I found a tutorial through pinterest and made one.

This tutorial from the blog MADE was extremely helpful. I ended up using Method 2 which I found pretty easy. I at first attempted to do mitered corners but that was difficult so I just ended up doing regular ones instead. Since I was using a white fabric I used blue thread in a zig-zag stitch to sew it in order to dress it up a little more. Sewing the edge seemed to make the edges stretch which created a slight ruffle effect on the edges. But I think that looked nice too.

So here’s the details:

Cotton Gauze Swaddling Blanket-A great gift and super easy to make! Find out more on how to make it at Everything Pudding

Cotton Gauze Swaddling Blanket

Tutorial: Gauzey Swaddle Blankets from MADE

Fabric: 1 1/4 yds of White Cotton Gauze from JoAnns

Stitch: Zig-zag Stitch in Blue Thread

Finished Size: 43″ x 44″

Total Cost: $5.50 (I got the fabric on sale)

Time Required: 2 hours

Fabric Note: JoAnns was the only store in my area that sold cotton gauze and they had a very small color selection (white, brown, and black, that’s it). I looked around online and found several stores that carry cotton gauze. Fabric.com has a good selection of cotton gauze and it is only $3.95/yd which is much better than JoAnns ($6.99/yd regular). If you want patterned fabric, Fashion Fabrics Club has lots of different patterned ones, though they are more expensive.

All in all it was a super easy blanket to make and a lot less expensive than it’s bought counterpart.

Another Note: Later my mom actually found these sets of four blankets in Costco for $20 a piece. Buying it that way ($5/blanket) means it isn’t worth it to us to make them. However since they tend to be expensive, unless you can find a deal like we did you’ll probably end up better off by making them.

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Tutorial-Hot Chocolate Wallet (Christmas Wrap-up #5)

Hot Chocolate Wallet-A Free Tutorial from Everything Pudding, Use up your fabric scraps with this easy wallet that holds four hot chocolate mix packets and is perfect for travel or a camping trip

We’re down to the last Christmas Wrap-up post and this time I’ve got another free tutorial for you, a Hot Chocolate Wallet. This wallet is designed to hold 4 hot chocolate mix packets. You could use this when you’re going on a camping trip or visiting friends to ensure that you always have your favorite hot chocolate mix with you.

Hot Chocolate Wallet-A Free Tutorial from Everything Pudding, Use up your fabric scraps with this easy wallet that holds four hot chocolate mix packets and is perfect for travel or a camping trip

This is a really easy project to make and is great for using up small pieces of leftover fabric. I’ve already made three of these using leftover fabric so I’m starting to make a dent into my large stash. I made my first one in order to figure out whether the idea I had in my head would work out exactly as I thought it would. I picked this cute flower pattern to use for my first go and it worked out really well. I didn’t have to change anything when I went and made the next two that I gave as Christmas gifts.

Hot Chocolate Wallet-A Free Tutorial from Everything Pudding, Use up your fabric scraps with this easy wallet that holds four hot chocolate mix packets and is perfect for travel or a camping trip

So now it’s your turn. Download the tutorial here: Hot Chocolate Wallet Tutorial and start sewing!

As always, this tutorial is for personal use only. You may not reproduce this and you may not make items from this tutorial to sell. Thanks for respecting my hard work!

Project-Hand Sanitizer Jacket (Christmas Wrap-up #4)

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I’m getting down to the end of my Christmas Wrap-up posts. Only one more post (with a new tutorial) after this one. Today I’m sharing with you the hand sanitizer jacket I made based on a tutorial by The Inspired Wren which you can also download for free from Craftsy. It’s a practical project and is also great for using up scraps. I’ve already got plans to make some more of these to use up some of my large remnant stash.

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The original tutorial called for a 2 oz. bottle of hand sanitizer. However, when I went to Walmart they only had 2.5 oz. bottles. You can see the difference in size between the one I got (on right) and a 2 oz. bottle my sister had. Because of the size difference I made my fabric pieces slightly bigger than called for in the tutorial.

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I made a number of changes to the materials I used due to what I had on hand and due to the larger size bottle. Below is a breakdown of the difference with the original materials called for in parentheses:

What I Used
(What It Called For)

2.5 oz. bottle of Hand Sanitizer
(2 oz. bottle of Hand Sanitizer)

2 – 2 3/4″ x 10 1/2″ piece of lightweight fabric
(2 – 2 1/2″ x 10″ pieces of indoor/outdoor canvas)

2 – 2 3/4″ x 10 1/2″ piece of medium-weight interfacing – additional interfacing used to strengthen the fabric since it was a lighter weight fabric
(2 1/2″ x 10″ piece of medium-weight Interfacing)

5 1/4″ x 3″ lightweight fabric – for handle, see method used below
3″ of 3/4″ elastic – for belt
(8″ of 3/4″ fold-over elastic – for the elastic belt and the elastic handle)

5/8″ button – without a shank
(1/2″-3/4″ button – preferably with a shank)

Handle

As mentioned above, the tutorial originally called for a handle made using elastic (specifically she used fold-over elastic). I really liked the look of the fold-over elastic used as a handle however decided not to do this because I didn’t have any on hand and because fold-over elastic stretches out really easily so being used as the handle for the jacket meant it would probably stretch out over time. Instead I used a piece of fabric. I’m sure you’re probably familiar with this way of making handles/straps, but I’ll just quickly brief you on the way I did mine.

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  1. Fold piece of fabric in half, press.
  2. Unfold and fold both sides into the middle, press.
  3. Unfold and fold down 1/4″ on one end (so that you have a finished edge), fold along middle crease, and press.
  4. Sew all the way around to make one large rectangle (sewing the bottom edge isn’t necessary but I decided to do it anyway).
  5. Insert buttonhole following tutorial’s instructions. I did find that I had trouble doing the button hole because there was nothing which I could hold onto to “feed” it through my machine. It took me several tries but I finally figured out that I had to do the buttonhole slightly farther from the end than called for (it was still long enough and didn’t cause a problem) and I stuck pins into both side of the end of the piece so I could push the fabric through when it got caught while making the buttonhole.

This project did take me longer than I thought it would. This was due to the fact that I used some different materials (required more time to figure out what to use and cut out fabric) and that I had to redo the two different buttonholes several times. But I finally finished it, it turned out well, and best of all the recipient, my little sister, really liked it.

There are only two things that I plan on doing differently next time I make these.

  1. Find a 2 oz. bottle. The 2.5 oz bottle was oddly shaped and seemed large, while the 2 oz. bottle my sister had was better shaped and slightly smaller. (Note: If you end up using a 2.5 oz bottle I would alter it like I did but instead of 10 1/2″ long piece which is what I originally did, I would make them 11″ long. It was a little tight lengthwise.)
  2. Use coordinating fold over elastic for the elastic belt (didn’t have any on hand, otherwise I would’ve used it originally).

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This project is great for using up little scraps, and once you’ve mastered the art of buttonholes, shouldn’t take you too much time. So grab some fabric from your stash, pick up the tutorial from The Inspired Wren on Craftsy, and start sewing!

Project-Compact Groceries Tote (Christmas Wrap-up #3)

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It’s taking me an awful long time to post about the different projects I made as Christmas gifts. But eventually I’ll get through them all, though you may still be seeing a Christmas Wrap-up post in July (hopefully I’ll get them done before that though). This time I’ve got a Compact Groceries Tote that I sewed for one of my sisters to show you.

About six months ago I got Lisa Lam’s book, A Bag for All Reasons, at JoAnns. The book has 12 different bag patterns, several of which I’ve already got plans to make. The Compact Groceries Tote is the first bag that I’ve tried out of the book. It was really simple and the instructions and pictures were clear, so I had no trouble putting it together.

This bag uses three different fabrics, one each for the inside and outside of the bag and one fabric for the handle. Since I knew the recipient of this bag likes green I picked out three different green fabrics at JoAnns.

Fabric for Compact Groceries Tote

The only other materials needed was a snap set (had on hand) and a swivel hook. I couldn’t find one that met the dimensions described in the book but found this one at JoAnns which worked well.

The pattern pieces for the bags are included in the back of the book. However, because I didn’t want to cut into the paper for fear of losing the pattern pieces, I copied the one pattern piece I needed from the book for this bag onto lightweight interfacing. The other pattern pieces that I needed were just rectangles which the book gave dimensions for and I cut out of a brown paper sack.

Compact Groceries Tote ~ Everything PuddingCompact Groceries Tote Pattern Pieces

After I had all my pattern pieces cut out it was a simple matter of sewing it up. It was time consuming but it was really easy.

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The thing I really like about this tote is that it reversible and rolls up. It also has a little swivel hook which is meant to go on the outside so when rolled up you can hook it to something. However, if you put it on the inside (or turn your bag inside out, it’s reversible) you can clip your keys or something small to it.

Handy Swivel Hook lends a hand in the Compact Grocery Tote

It was an easy tote to make and really fun since I haven’t made very many bags. It’s perfect for a trip to the grocery store or a stop at the library. If you want to make your own Compact Groceries Tote you can do so by picking up your own copy of Lisa Lam’s book, A Bag for All Reasons, grabbing some fabric, and spending a couple hours at your sewing machine. Happy Sewing!

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