• Pin your selvedges together matching stripes. This will ensure that your stripes will match all the way across the fabric and on both sides.
  • Place your pattern pieces on the fabric matching seam lines along the same stripe. Pin in place.
  • Do not cut pieces on the fold. Instead, trace your pattern piece and flip it and trace the other side. Again make sure your seams are along the same stripe.

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DIY Laundry Bag

Back to school is sneaking upon us! Some kids are entering University and might be heading off to dormitories. We can only hope they will do their laundry at least once a month and not drag it home every holiday for mom to do. Create this simple and cute laundry bag for them to set-up in their new home and cross-your fingers it gets emptied!

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The kiddos are back to school and it is the perfect opportunity to sew some new back to school outfits! Bring them along to the store and let them pick out their own fabric so they can be rocking in their own style! We have so many great patterns for beginners and advanced sewers, there really is no reason not to tackle a back to school project.

M7737 and Shibori Collection Rayon Knits

Tackle an easier project with McCalls 7737 – learn to sew pattern! Knits can be easy to sew with the right supplies! Make sure to change your needle to a stretch needle or jersey needle. A serger can also make this project easier.

McCalls 7376 and Florals First – Cotton

Get them jumping into this jumper with Florals First – Cotton and McCalls7376. They are going to love the ruffle details and the easy of pulling this one on.

Burda 9354 and Denim

The boys need some handmade clothes too! Burda 9354 offers a pair of shorts and two pairs of pants perfect for running around the playground. Match it with some stretch denim so it’s easier to get the grass stains out!

McCalls 7799 and Mia Cotton Prints

Ruffles are on trend for not only adults but for kids too! These shirts are fun and easy to dress up with fabric. The Mia Cotton Prints are light and comfortable for kids to run around in.

Looking for something easy to sew for your little ones? Look no further than Butterick 3860! These are easy to sew and a great staple for their closet. Our Breezy Cotton Slub Coordinates are light and fun for your little ones outfits.

Materials
Materials

Materials

 •  0.8m cotton fabric
 •  0.8m medium fusible interfacing
 •  0.2m baby lamb fleece
 •  0.2m Heat n Bond Ultra
 •  Scrap pink fabric or felt (alpaca ears)
 •  Scrap felt (alpaca mouth)
 •  Black embroidery thread & needle
 •  0.2m pompom trim
 •  Elastic (enough to loop over button)
 •  Button
 •  Sewing machine, thread, scissors, dressmaker’s pencil and iron
 •  Alpaca pattern
 •  optional – Insul-Shine for insulation

Instructions

Step 1
Step 1
  1. Cut two rectangles from your fabric measuring 15″x30″. One will be for the lining.
Step 2
Step 2

2. Cut one rectangle from your interfacing 15″x30″ and iron onto the wrong side of the fabric. This will be your outer fabric.

Step 3
Step 3

3. Cut out alpaca from baby lamb fleece and extra pieces from scrap fabric.

Step 4
Step 4

4. Adhere pieces to the alpaca using Heat n Bond Ultra or a hot glue gun.

Step 5
Step 5

5. Embroider the eyes and mouth using a satin stitch and backstitch. Glue on pompom trim around the neck and set the rest aside.

Step 6
Step 6

6. Following the instructions of the Heat n Bond Ultra, adhere the alpaca to the right side of the fabric with the interfacing 3″ down from the top and centered.

Step 7
Step 7

7. Fold the outer bag in half lengthwise to mark the centre. Pin the elastic in a loop on the top above the alpaca on the right side and baste. The elastic needs to be long enough to wrap around your button.

Step 8
Step 8

8. Fold the piece up with right sides together and stitch up the side seams.

Step 9
Step 9

9. With the right sides still together pull the bag apart at the corners until the bottom of the bag looks like a diamond. Mark a line 2″ up from each point and sew across perpendicular. Stitch across this line and trim.

Step 10
Step 10

10a. Repeat steps 8 & 9 with the lining piece.

10b. Place the bags right side together and stitch across, leaving a small opening to turn inside out. Make sure you stitch down the elastic at this point.

Step 11
Step 11

11. Turn right side out, press and top stitch edge.

Step 12
Step 12

12. Press in the sides and the bottom of the bag.

Step 13
Step 13

13. Sew the button on 4″ down from the top edge.

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