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Materials

  • 1 brown felt sheet
  • 1 color felt sheet
  • 1 brown embroidery thread
  • Colored embroidery thread for sprinkles
  • Polyester fill
  • embroidery needle

Instructions

  1. Cut your pieces following the pattern provided.
  2. Stitch the “icing” piece on top of one donut piece using different colored thread to create sprinkles.
  3. Place the top donut on top of the bottom donut wrong sides together and use a blanket stitch around the inner hole of the donut.
  4. Begin stitching the outer edge of the donut with a blanket stitch.
  5. Start stuffing the donut before finishing stitching. Close the donut and tie a knot.
  6. Fill your donut with pins!

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DIY Sewing Caddy

Whether you are looking for a mat to avoid your machine slipping or need some accessible storage, this sewing caddy is perfect for any sewing room! It’s easy to make and will leave you feeling organized and ready to sew.

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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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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.

It’s beach season! There are so many hidden delights in Western Canada that are often forgotten or taken for granted. B.C. is blessed with ocean access but also beautiful forests that often lead to lakes. Not to mention the beauty of the Shuswap! The run-off from the mountains needs to go somewhere and Alberta is full of beautiful lakes. From Sylvan lake to lake Minnewanka we are only a short drive away from a beach day! Although Saskatchewan is known for their Prairies they are still able to enjoy a beach day at little Manitou lake or even lake Athabasca. Be sure to throw in some fishing rods with these visits. Manitoba is home to Canada’s 13th largest lake, Lake Manitoba and is full of little cottages among the bodies of water.

Okay, so maybe a Canadian beach isn’t quite the same as a Mexico beach but they are beautiful, and still require a beach bag!

Beach Bag Materials
Materials

Materials

  • 0.8m fabric (140cm wide)
  • 1.5m lining (60cm wide)
  • 0.6m vinyl
  • 4 O-rings 38mm
  • 1.5m trim for handles
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • scissors
  • iron
  • Optional: magnetic clip, 8″ invisible zipper
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