Bleach Dyed Denim Costa Tote

Does anyone else have to curb your enthusiasm for tote bag sewing? I love me a good tote bag pattern, but a gal can only use some many bags, right? I keep just a couple of favorite bags around, but when the free Costa Tote pattern showed up in my email from Helen’s Closet, I knew I had to make one soon.

I loved the cool denims that were used for the samples on the pattern, but I was having a hard time finding some and I wasn’t willing to spend much money to buy fancy denim. And that’s what spawned my recent bleach dying denim adventures! Kinda cool how projects roll into each other and new ideas are hatched when seeking creative sewing solutions.

I put two of those denim pieces to use to make a Costa Tote and I think I’m in love.

Costa Tote bag pattern from bleach dyed denim. || Pin Cut Sew Studio

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I know this bag is pretty simple, but there are elements that make it just perfect. I absolutely love the deep pockets on both sides and the slanted shape of the pocket top adds interest. It’s also reversible, so those pockets can be inside if you want.

Costa Tote Bag pattern with bleach dyed denim. || PIn Cut Sew Studio

I really like the deeper hems at the top and on the pocket piece, I think the top stitching there looks really nice. You can see that I used straps purchased by the yard from Hobby Lobby for this version. I also shortened the top by 2”, just due to personal preference. This was easy to do, since sewing the top seam is the final step, so you can try it on for size before deciding to shorten it or now.

One more thing to note, it’s a big bag, so it takes more fabric than you might imagine. Keep that in mind when shopping around!

All in all, this bag is PERFECTION. Grab the pattern from Helen’s closet and go make yourself one! I’ve taken it to the pool and the library more than once already and I can definitely see it going on trips with me in the future, plus being put to use for my homeschool co op, where I’ll be teaching drama and creative writing this year. I also think I’ll sew a few for Christmas gifts, I know the ladies in my family would love these. If I were going to purchase some denim to make another, it would definitely be this one!

Do you have a favorite bag pattern? Please share!

I tie-dyed denim with bleach and used it to make a Costa Tote bag! Come see the details :) || Pin Cut Sew Studio
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Drawstring Pouch Sewing Tutorial

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I have such a fun little tutorial for you today! My girls’ dance recital is coming up and Natalie and her friends like to give “cast gifts” to each other. We came up with the idea to make small drawstring pouches to hold their hair pins and other hair accessories. (If you have a dancer in the house, you know how important these things are and how hard they are to corral!)

We based our little pouches on one I made probably 15 years ago to hold my jewelry when I travel. That one has pockets for necklaces and things inside, but we don’t need pockets for this purpose.

If you’d like to come back to this idea later, I’d be happy for you to pin this next image on Pinterest! And don’t forget you can follow me over there too, I’m always pinning the best of the best sewing inspiration.

How to sew a drawstring pouch, by Nikki Schreiner of PIn, Cut, Sew Studio.

This is a very easy project! We made 11 total and it really didn’t take very long at all.

Supplies:

  • Two coordinating fabrics in at least 1/2 yard cuts OR two coordinating fat quarters. Fat quarters come precut 18”x18” and often come in a set like this super cute one. If you go with 1/2 yard cuts, you can cut three pouches per fabric. If you like the fabrics we used in the photos, we got most of them at Hobby Lobby (like the cute strawberries!)

  • Cording or grosgrain ribbon. I recommend grosgrain over other options of ribbon because it’s strong enough to hold up to lots of use. Here is the cording we used, it’s only $1.99 per spool at Hobby Lobby (although it’s on sale this week for .99!) and it’s the perfect size.

  • Fray Check.

That’s it! Let’s get started.

Instructions:

First things first, you’ll need to create a pattern. I taped two sheets of printer paper together and used a protractor to create a half circle pattern, 13” in diameter. Then, cut out your two circles (one for the outside, one for the inside) by folding your fabric and placing the straight edge of your pattern on the fold.

Drawstring Bag tutorial by Pin, Cut, Sew Studio.

Next, place your circles right sides together and sew around the edge with a 1/4” seam, leaving a couple inches open for turning.

Turn your circle right side out through your opening and press the edges, using a chopstick or turning tool to get the edge perfect by running it along the inside of the circle. Press the opening edges in as if they’d been sewn.

How to make a drawstring bag, a tutorial

Now you’re going to make three rows of top stitching around your circle. The first will be edge stitching, 1/8” from the edge, which will sew shut your opening. The second will be 1” inside from the edge. The third will be 1/2” away from the second, or 1 1/2” from the outer edge. Your casing for the cord is between this second and third line.

Pouch sewing tutorial

You’re done with the sewing part! To cut the holes for your cord or ribbon, find opposite sides of the circle by folding it in half and pressing a line. You’re going to use sharp small scissors to cut slits in the 1/2” casing. You’ll have four slits total, one on each side of your pressed line and on both sides of the circle. Use Fray check to keep those slits sturdy and let it dry for a couple minutes.

Drawstring pouch tutorial

Now for the cords. You’ll need to cut two pieces of cording or ribbon, each one 24” long. This is the trickiest part if you’ve never made this kind of bag where the drawstring pulls from both ends. To thread the first cord through, tie a knot in one end and put a safety pin through the knot. Begin by inserting the safety pin in one slit and thread it all the way around to the other slit on the same side as you started. Remove the safety pin, tie the ends in a knot and trim. For the second cord, do the same thing, but use the slits on the other side of the circle. This will be a little harder since your first cord is already in place and the bag is gathered up, but you can do it!

How to make a drawstring pouch, a sewing tutorial by Nikki at Pin, Cut, Sew Studio

When you’re done, open and close the bag using the strings a few times to even out the strings and that’s it! Natalie’s ballet recital has a Candyland theme, so we chose fabrics with treats on them, super fun. I was browsing Amazon though and I think Art Gallery’s Summer Side line of fabrics is so cute (especially the little sunnies, oh my gosh) and would make great little bags!

Drawstring bag sewing tutorial by Nikki at PIn, Cut, Sew Studio

Of course, you can use these little pouches for lots of things other than hair accessories. Use it for a first aid kit for your purse, maybe? Give them as gifts with little goodies inside? Or use it in your sewing room, so store little things like your Wonder Clips or your quilting safety pins.

What would you use yours for? I’d love to hear about it and if you make one, I’d love to see! Just tag me on Instagram :)

How to sew drawstring pouches, a sewing tutorial by Nikki at Pin, Cut, Sew Studio
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Warrior Quilt

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Several months ago now, I finished a new quilt for Natalie and haven’t yet shared it here! She really, really loves it, it matches her room perfectly and I’ve since made matching pillow shams.

Warrior quilt pattern

The pattern is called Warrior Quilt and you can download it for free! I will say, I did have a few issues, but nothing that couldn’t be easily overcome. The quilt is constructed in strips and some of my finished strips didn’t measure the correct length when I was finished them. Perhaps I didn’t print all the templates at 100% or maybe my seam allowances were slightly too large, or maybe it’s just a flaw in the pattern, I’m not sure. Either way, it was no big deal to just creatively add to the strips and no one would be the wiser that it’s not exactly like the pattern photo.

Natalie and I chose the fabrics together. We started with this print at Hobby Lobby and added to it from there, choosing a few solids and a few more subtle prints.

We think it turned out so beautiful and she absolutely loves it!

Quilt sewing

If you are new to quilting, or have been getting into it, but could use some tips, you may find this post useful.

Warrior Quilt pattern. Girl’s quilt by pincutsewstudio
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How to Sew A Pencil-Shaped Pencil Pouch

I have such a fun video tutorial to share with you! I like to call this a "literal pencil pouch”, haha. You can learn to sew a pencil-shaped pencil pouch with this beginner friendly tutorial. It’s fun to get creative with the fabrics and stitches. Not all pencils are yellow, after all, so think outside the box with your fabrics!

You can watch the video below and if you need to save this post for later, just pin this next photo to Pinterest and be sure and share with your friends! Under the video, you’ll find some links to the supplies that you’ll need, or that would be helpful for this project.

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Free pattern and video tutorial

Here’s your tutorial! I try to make these videos as beginner friendly as I can. If you have ideas for other back-to-school sewing projects, let me know in the comments! And be sure and check out my back-to-school sewing ideas here. Enjoy!

Other than some cute fabrics, you’ll need a good zipper for this project. I love these zippers best and always keep a stash of them in my sewing room. And for interfacing, this kind is what I almost always use. And as always, Wonder Clips are always handy, along with a rotary cutter and mat.

And of course, you’ll also need the pattern! Complete the form below to receive the free printable pattern in your inbox.

As always, if you use this tutorial, I'd love to see! Find me on Instagram and share your creation with me! Feel free to tag me on Instagram @pincutsew

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Sewing Star Wars

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I live in a household of Star Wars fanatics. I grew up a Trekkie, but am a Star Wars person by marriage and my kids insist that no other space story could ever be better than Star Wars. My husband reads the books, refers to the "canon" and eye rolls at the movies that mess up the story. 

Over the years, I have gifted him many Star Wars things, and I've even made a few (well, more than just a few, I realized after typing this out!) For example, I bought Star Wars fabric and made him a couple pillow cases. This is the method I use for pillow cases. And, I made some ornaments out of the ships on a certain fabric. Maybe when I dig the Christmas stuff out, I'll write a tutorial on that! I've even made my husband and son Obi Wan and Yoda costumes for Halloween! I used this pattern. I made Layla a Rey costume too and my son a Kylo Ren cloak, but today is one of those days when I just can't wade through photos to find all these old pictures, ha! Sorry. 

But there are so many good ideas out there for sewing Star Wars that I just had to write a post and link you to the best ones! These are all FREE and include tutorials and/or patterns. See below that photo collage for the links!

Star Wars free sewing tutorial roundup || Pin, Cut, Sew Studio
  1. Storm Trooper doll on crafting-news.com. Ridiculously cute.

  2. Bugaboo Studio's DIY Star Wars pillows.

  3. Quiet Play's Star Wars quilt is so amazing. She has lots of free paper piecing patterns for Star Wars on Craftsy. I'm currently working on the At-At! So much fun, I can't wait to show you.

  4. Free patterns for felt Star Wars ornaments on diygeekery.

  5. Oh my goodness, Wild Olive's Chewbaca and Maz Kanata plushies are too cute.

  6. R2-D2 apron by so-sew-easy.

  7. Pattern for a fleece Yoda costume on fleecefun.com.

Those are the best free Star Wars sewing patterns I've found on the web so far. Have I missed any?? Feel free to link us in the comments! 

Recently I checked out this book from the library and we all got a huge kick out of it. Especially the Jabba the Hut body pillow, soooooo funny. I actually made that crochet R2 hat for my nephew last year! 

Have you sewn anything Star Wars related? I want to hear about it! 

Cheers :) 

 

 

 

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How to make an emoji sleep mask. Free pattern!

We have a some long flights and accompanying jet lag in our near future and Kelby and I wanted some sleep masks. We thought emoji sleep masks would be super funny! Everyone needs a chuckle on a long flight, amiright?? Enjoy our video tutorial and you can print the free pattern below the video for both sizes of sleep masks! 

Here's your pattern! Just click to save and print :) 

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Mason Jar Pin Cushion Tutorial

I have sewing classes coming up so I needed a fast way to make extra pin cushions! I was at WalMart of all places and they had some cute jar pin cushions that I thought I could copy pretty easily. While I was at it, I made a tutorial for you! I've tried to make this very beginner friendly, but if you have questions, don't hesitate to ask :)

Learn to make DIY mason jar pin cushions with some fabric, trim, a jar and a glue gun! || Pin Cut Sew Studio #pincushion #tutorial #howtosew #easysewing

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These are super easy, free to make (if you already have jars lying around, that is) and don't even require any machine sewing! 

Let's get started. You'll need a mason jar with a lid, a scrap of fabric, a hot glue gun, stuffing and some fun trim. Plus a needle and thread. My favorite is this short, wide style of jar!

The first step is to hot glue the flat lid piece into the lid rim. Don't burn yourself like I did! I got this glue gun from a thrift store, still in its 90's packaging and it gets waaaaay hotter than the newer glue guns. The thing is dangerous, haha. I wonder if someone lobbied to get the temperature of glue guns regulated, hahahaha! 

Next, cut a circle from your fabric. I made my circle about 1.25 inches larger on all sides than my lid. For the small size lid, my circle measured 5 1/2 inches in diameter if that helps you, but it's not rocket science. 

Next, take your needle and thread, (thread your needle and knot the end together) and add long basting stitches all the way around the circle, about 1/4" from the raw edge. These long stitches allow you to gather the fabric up by pulling on the thread. Like so:

Do this all the way around!

Do this all the way around!

When you get back around to where you started, don't knot or cut your thread, just leave the needle attached! Then pull up the gathering stitches until your pouf is about the size it needs to be to fit over your jar lid. Adjust the gathers so they're generally even all the way around. 

Begin hot gluing the fabric onto the lid, starting where the knotted end of your thread is and working around to where your needle is hanging. You want to leave that end loose until the end so you can pull the needle to adjust the fit as needed. Stop gluing once you have about a 2 inch space to fill with stuffing. 

Next, add the stuffing, small pieces at a time. You want to fill it pretty full so it's nice and firm! 

Once it's filled, pull on the end of your thread to make the gathers fit snug and then knot your thread and snip. 

Then, finish gluing the opening to the lid. 

Almost done! All you have to do is glue your trim around to hide the thread and raw edges. 

That's all! Screw the lid onto your jar, where you can store extra pins, quilting pins or other little sewing gadgets. 

Mason Jar Pin Cushion tutorial

Mason Jar Pin Cushion tutorial

I've made two, but think I'll need to make a couple more. I think using the tiny jars would be super cute! If you make this tutorial, be sure and let me know, I'd love to see!

Cheers and happy sewing :) 

Mason Jar PIn Cushion tutorial|| Pin Cut Sew Studio #masonjar #crafts #diy #pincushion
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