Felt Easter Bucket-TUTORIAL

 Easter is right around the corner.  Here's any easy way to add something handmade to your Easter tradition.

Download Pattern for the bottom HERE
(or you can draw a circle with a diameter of 9 inches)

Here's what you'll need:
1 piece of felt for exterior - 8  x 28 inches
1 piece of medium weight fabric for interior - 8 x 28 inches 
2 circles - one from felt, one from interior fabric
about 1 yard of double fold bias tape 

By the way, this is a great project to try out making your own bias tape.  You don't need much, so you can grab any fun fabric off your shelf and give it a try.   
 I added a cute bunny applique. If you are going to add your own, be sure to do it now.  The side with your applique will be the right side of your felt.  If you don't add applique, there is not right side.

Okay, so match up the shorter sides of your felt rectangle, right sides together, and sew with a 1/2 inch seam.
Pin the felt circle to the felt rectangle, with right sides together.
TIP: if you mark the quarter points on the circle and quarter points on the felt tube and match them up, it is much easier to make it fit together nicely. 
 Clip the seam allowance to help it sit flat.
 Do the same for the interior fabric.
Then place the interior inside the felt bucket.  Trim the interior so it matches nicely to the felt exterior.
Pin the bias tape all around the raw edge at the top of the basket.  Overlap the ends and fold one raw edge over.
 Sew around with a wide zigzag stitch.
 I was ready to stop here with this bucket, but then my son saw it and wanted a handle.  The handle is definitely nice for egg collecting.  But, I think I'll probably take them off later so the kids can use them as storage buckets.  Anyway, here's what I did for a handle.
 Cut 2 handle pieces, one from felt and one from your interior fabric, 2.5 x 20 inches
With right sides together sew around the exterior with a 1/4 inch seam, leaving a few inches open along a side.
Turn right side out.  Pin the opening closed and top-stitch.
 Pin the handle to the sides of the bucket and sew in place.
 Too cute!
 What will you fill your Easter buckets with?


Kid Sized Lunch Bag Tutorial

I recently made myself a new lunch bag from my own tutorial, and had a bit of an aha moment.  My kids both have store-bought lunch bags that get really dirty.  They get wiped clean, but are never as clean as I would like and they aren't machine washable.  So I took my current lunch bag tutorial and adjusted the size to be more kid and backpack friendly.
Now, the kids have lunch bags that are cute, the right size, and totally machine washable!  Woo-hoo!

Approximate finished dimensions:
10 inches tall, 7x5 inches at base, 9.5 inches at the top

Here's what you'll need:
2 pieces 13"x13" exterior fabric (I used a quilting weight cotton, so I added a medium weight interfacing.  This isn't necessary if you use a heavier weight fabric)
2 pieces 13"x13" sport nylon for lining
2 pieces 13"x13" Insul-Bright insulation  
10" zipper
2 pieces of cotton strapping, 15" each (or make your own straps - HERE)

Use this diagram to shape all pieces; exterior, lining and insulation.  First cutout a 2.5"x2.5" square from each bottom corner.  Then measure 1 inch in from each top edge and draw a line from the top of the square cutout to the 1 inch mark.  Cut along this line.  If you cut the line before cutting out the bottom square, you won't get the correct shaping.
Here's how it should look when you're done shaping.

Everything from this point on is the same as the original tutorial HERE.  The nylon simply replaces the PUL for the lining.

I've washed my lunch bag many times and it holds up great. 
The size is perfect for a 1st grade lunch.  We make our lunches in the evening, refrigerate overnight and then add a frozen ice pack in the morning.  My daughter reports that her lunch is nice and cold and the ice pack is actually still cold at the end of the day!
Let me know if you make one and if you have questions.  I think this lunch tote is great.
I'd love to hear what you think.


Stripey Plantain


I've had the Deer and Doe Plantain pattern cut out and sitting on my table for quite some time now.  I'm so glad I finally took the time to make it. If you haven't seen it yet, it's a free pattern and it's really great!
 I couldn't decide what fabric to use and finally settled on this blue and white striped knit from Girl Charlee.  I bought the fabric this summer intending to use it for a jersey  summer dress (tutorial HERE).  But it ended up being a bit too slinky and so on the shelf it sat. 
 I'm not sure how I feel about the elbow patches.  Maybe I should have done them in something more subdued. 
Overall, I love this pattern and will definitely make it again.  The fabric ended up having a really nice drape and is very comfortable.  I even got a compliment in the hall at work.  Check out the Deer and Doe Pinterest page for more inspiration.