Hi there! I am Terri of Blue House Joys and I am SO SO excited to be participating in Bonnie’s forest floor fabric blog tour. It is pretty much a dream of mine to have people send me fabric so I can make pretty things and share them with others!
If you are new to what a blog tour is I will fill you in. It is basically a group a bloggers that are all sent fabric from a designers line to show loads of amazing ways to use the fabric. It is so fun to follow along and get the creative juices flowing if you love a print but aren’t sure how to use it, or if you like a type of fabric but want to see what it looks like in use rather than just on the bolt.
You can find the entire line up of bloggers here.
For my project I am going to show you two simple projects that are absolutely perfect for the canvas print, Day Break. I also used Firefly Beam in a knit because I loved Art Gallery knits and can always find a use for them. I had not had a chance to try out their canvas before this project so I was really excited to get my hands on some. It is amazing! It has that classic Art Gallery softness that I’ve grown to love, and yet still very study for the projects I had in mind.
For my first project I made a quick mini book sling out of half of the half yard I got in Day Break. I have a pattern for it you can find in my shop and if you want to make your own feel free to use the coupon code BLOGTOUR for $4.00 off! I typically hang these in my kids rooms, but they also work great above a desk to hold sewing manuals, the latest pattern you are working on, a drafting pad to sketch up your latest patterns etc.
For the second half of my project I wanted to share a free pattern and tutorial that I came up with last week for these cute little hanging storage bins.
You can right click on the image below, save it to your desk top and print it out to use as your pattern.
For this project you will need:
- a rectangle 15 inches long by 7 inches tall (preferably in a canvas or upholstery weight fabric)
- a 5 inch diameter circle
- an accent piece 15 inches long by 2.25 inches tall
- an optional lace or trim to be sewn onto the accent piece 15 inches long
- a small piece 1 inch wide by 2.5 inches long for the strap to hang it (optional you could use ribbon instead)
- a second circle cut out of scrap cardboard 4.25 inches in diameter
Start by sewing your strap and turning it right side out. For such a small piece here is a little trick to turn it inside out without using a safety pin. sew down the side and across one end in the shape on an L. Then use a strap turner or sturdy straw with a small crotchet hook or tiny flat head screw driver to push it inside out. It works so well!
Now fold that strap in half to make a little loop.
If you want to add a little trim at the bottom of your accent piece then this is the best time to do that. I’ve made some with a little scrap of cute selvage sewn on, a piece of lace, or you could even add some tiny pom poms. Whether or not you want to add a trim you will want to fold the edge of one long side under and stitch it down to have a finished hem.
Lay your large rectangle face down with your small rectangle face down on top of that lined up on the top edges.
Find the middle back spot and sandwich your folded loop in between the two fabrics also lined up at the top.
Now you are going to sew straight down that top side that everything is lined up on.
When you are done you should be able to open it up and have it look something like this.
Next fold it ” hamburger style” with the large rectangles right sides together. Sew down this side with a 3/8″ seam allowance all the way until you reach the top accent piece. At that point back stitch and stop.
Turn it right side out so that the accent piece is facing right sides together and sew down the open edge stopping when you reach the piece that has already been sewn.
It should flip down to look like this.
At this point you will flip it inside out once again and pin the 5 inch diameter circle piece on to the bottom .
Now sew all the way around using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. (If you have a serger I recommend serging over all of your seams to prevent fraying. If you do not you can either do all of the seams as french seams so they are enclosed or you can cut the edges with pinking shears. )
Flip it right side out one last time and it should look something like this.
For added structure I slipped some cardboard circles into the bottoms of each of my bins and they really help it hold the shape well. Below you can see a photo of it without the cardboard and then with the carbboard. It really does help alot!
If you are having trouble with the top of your circle keeping its round shape try adding a flexible piece of boning under the accent piece.
This really helps give it a nice round look. The Day break Canvas was sturdy enough to not need the boning, but it might be helpful if you are using a thinner fabric or using it for something like kids legos or a daughters hair bows.
Now screw a little cup hook into the wall where you would like to hang your bin, slip it on and fill it up with whatever your heart desires. Mmm…vintage zippers.
I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing more about the Forest Floor Fabrics that Bonnie designed and will give them a try for yourself! If you have any questions about the tutorial feel free to ask in the comments, or if you make your own I would love to see a photo, you can post one in the comments, or share it on Instagram and tag me @bluehousejoys.
If you want to check out the most adorable bag made out of the forest floor fabrics then be sure to check out yesterdays post by, Maxie who also happens to be Bonnie’s mom! You can find her post here at Maxiemakes.com. If you are looking for a place to purchase the Forest Floor Fabrics then you can also find the entire line at Maxie’s shop, A Stitch In Time, as well as searching for shops that carry Art Gallery Fabrics and specifically the Forest Floor Line.
Also be sure to stay tuned for tomorrows post where, Sarah, will be sharing her project at sarahbertochi.com.
Lastly, you can all join in the fun as well by sharing your own projects made with the Forest Floor Fabric line! Simply share your own projects on Instagram with the hashtags #ForestFloorFabrics & #ForestFloorBlogTour.