Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Super C

My son is your typical little boy. He is going on 5, loves robots, candy, and can get dirty from head to toe in 2.3 seconds! He has always been the hardest for me to make things for. My girls are easy there is always something I want to make those two. But my son always seems to get left out. Which has made this years Christmas even harder. I wanted all of my kids to have a few hand made gifts, other then the typical pj's, pillowcase, and blanket. While searching for ideas I ran across this Cape tutorial on The Long Thread. It was perfect! I knew that my son would LOVE a superhero cape for Christmas. I only hope he likes it as much as I do! Anyway I loved this tutorial so much I had to share it with you guys! Happy crafting!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Fabric Treat Boxes

I am sure i am not the only one with a list of people I still need gifts for. Do you need a gift for someone still? These little fabric boxes are perfect! You can make a set for someone or make one and fill it with some home made treats! They can be used all year round. I have mine out for all of our Christmas cards! These boxes are so easy to make you can easily make other sizes too.

Two pieces of fabric (I like the basic quilting fabrics)
Something to seal your ribbon ends (Heat tool, candle, or Fray Stop)
Sewing machine

I cut my fabric to 16x16 squares

I attached fusible interfacing. This will help stabilize the boxes shape when it's complete.

Cut 8 pieces of ribbon, 8 inches each

The ends of your ribbon will fray. So it is important to seal the ends of the ribbon so it stays neat. I use a wood burning tool. Just slide the edge of the ribbon to the heat tool and it melts the ribbon together, making it a neat sealed edge for you.

Next we need to pin the ribbons in place. I pinned each 4 inches from each corner on one of the fabrics, facing right side up.

Place your other fabric on top, right side down and pin the fabrics together.

Sew the fabrics together, being sure to leave one space open so you can flip it right side out.

Snip the corners. This makes the fabric lay better once it has been flipped.

Flip the fabrics right side out.

Press the edges.

Sew around the edge to finish the edges and close the hole we left open. I used a zig zag just because I like how it looks. You can use any stitch you'd like.

Fold the the fabric in half at the corners, making the two piece of ribbon meet, and tie a bow.

Once you have tied all four corners you should have an adorable fabric treat box!

I hope this helps you knock a few gifts of of your list!