Four free tote bag tutorials

Are you looking for a free pattern for a large bag? Here you have 4 free tutorials to choose from.

All 4 bags use 5 inch charm squares and are easy to make.

Perfect as gifts for family and friends.

Clockwise from top left:

Flickr group

If you have made a tote bag using my tutorial, why don’t you share your pictures on this Flickr group?

Tablet stands: 3 free tutorials

I have done 3 iPad stands or bean bags so far:  one with patchwork, a simple one using some embellishments and the last one with hand painted fabric.

iPad stands

Patchwork iPad stand

This tablet stand uses 5 inch charm squares. Useful when you have fabric scraps from other projects. Make an iPad stand to match your quilt!

iPad beanbag

This is an even simpler beanbag. It uses just a piece of fabric folded in half and stuffed with batting or polyfill. I added a little flower at the back just for fun.

iPad mini beanbag

iPad mini beanbag

For this stand the fabric has been hand painted with Inktense blocks and a black Sharpie. Derwent Inktense blocks are supposed to be colourfast but I won’t wash the stand just in case.

 

 

 

 

 

Hand painted silk slippers pattern

The pattern is by Prudent Baby.

I made a couple of changes. First of all the pattern says it’s for size 9 but when I printed it the sole was a fit for size 7. As a result I didn’t use elastic on the back.

I decided to use hand painted satin silk and needed to add some body to the slippers so I added a layer of batting between the silk and the lining.

I couldn’t find the type of fabric suggested for the sole so I used some imitation leather I had.

I also decorated them with some silk flowers. I have seen this type of flower on the internet before but never tried it. I didn’t follow a tutorial so maybe I did something wrong. I cut some smaller and larger circles and then burned the edges. Since the silk wasn’t synthetic I’m not sure if the burning will keep the silk from fraying for a long time.

I placed the circles together and put some stitches through.

Then I pulled and did a few more stitches to keep the gather in place.

Then I added some sequins and beads in matching colours.

These slippers aren’t for every day use. They look fragile and probably are due to the use of silk but they look cute don’t they?