Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tea Bag Wallet Tutorial

I've been wanting to make myself one of these for a while - just because I think they're cute and a neat idea, and I think they'd make a great stocking filler gift!

It wasn't until I'd finished making both of these that I realised I'd made them so the closure is on the left side instead of the right. 

When I showed them to my younger daughter she said, "They're Japanese!!" (Japanese books open from the left!)

So here's how to make your own, 'Japanese' Tea Bag Wallet.

You will need two different fabrics, some elastic (I used a hair tie) and a button. I also used a left over scrap of appliqué fabric for the "T"
Cut 2 rectangles of your main fabric  26 x 22 cm (10.25 x 8.75")
2 rectangles of  inner fabric 26 x 7 cm (10.25 x 2.75")

First take your smaller rectangles - these will be your pockets.
On one of the longer edges for each piece, double turn the edge and stitch to completely hide the raw edges.

Now place these pieces face up on the top and bottom edges of one of your main fabric pieces. The double hems you just stitched should be facing the middle. Pin, then stitch around the 3 outer edges on each

Now to stitch the pockets.
Measure 3 pockets each 8 cm (3.25") wide. Mark with pins then stitch lines to form the pockets.

Take your elastic and fold in half. Place it on the top left side at the edge of the pocket. The folded elastic loop should be around 3.5 cm (1.5") long. Stitch securely in place.

Now take your other outer fabric piece. Fold it in half lengthways and place the pocketed piece below it like this. Now you can see where your middle panel will be on your outer fabric. This is where you want to stitch your button and if you want, your appliqué.

Now it's time to put your wallet together. Lay your two main pieces face up next to each other.

Place one piece face down on top of the other.

Pin then stitch around all four edges, leaving a gap in one side to turn the wallet right sides out.

After stitching. trim the corners before turning right sides out.

Iron the edges flat and the opening neatly closed.

Then top stitch all the way around all four edges.

To close your wallet, fold the bottom half up.

Then fold the right side in.

Then the left side over.

 Finally, loop the elastic over the button to secure.

There you have your very own Tea Bag Wallet!

Fill with six of your favourite Tea Bags!

I made another wallet with travel fabric and appliquéd a tea cup on the outside.

I plan on taking this one on holiday with us, with my favourite Earl Grey Tea Bags inside!

What kind of Tea Bags would you fill yours with?

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fabric Baskets and Accessories - more clothes upcycles

I'm into the final three weeks of clothes upcycling for my daughters' school carnival. I'm starting to get down to the smaller pieces of fabric and scraps, so I've been trying out some fabric flowers and attaching them to some waistband wrist cuffs and also a necklace as you can see in the above picture.
Here are the wrist cuffs I've made so far.

I think these are a good start, but I have a huge pile of waistband pieces to make these cuffs from.

And plenty of fabric scraps to embellish them with!  This is one project I'm also going to be taking into school and getting the kids to help with. It will be fun to see what they come up with to embellish these simple wrist cuffs!

I also made a few fabric baskets with some trouser legs too!

Today is also the first day back at school for my girls' final term of the year!  It's been wonderful having them home with me for the past two weeks, but I've now got the house to myself and a BIG to do list to get through - lots of sewing and plenty to share on the blog! I hope you'll come by each day to see more upcycling, tutorials and plenty of inspiration!

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Monday, October 5, 2015

A Round Tuit 278

Today is the last day of the school holidays, my girls go back tomorrow for their last term of the year.
It's been great having them home, but I'm also looking forward to having the house to myself and getting things done!
Last week my girls helped a lot with making things for the upcoming school carnival stall. One thing they did was to name all the soft toys I've made and give them labels for the stall - like this turtle.
They had lots of fun doing it and the creatures all have great characters now and I'm sure they will be snapped up.

My favourite thing that I made last week was some
Reusable Denim Upcycled Christmas Cards. I'm so pleased with how they turned out and will definitely be making more!

So how about you? What have you all been up to this week? Let's get this party started and find out!


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Tuits are very hard to come by, especially the round ones. For years people have been saying, "I'll do it as soon as I get a round tuit". Well now you can have one of your very own, and all those jobs that have needed doing will finally get done!
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