Design: Monica Rodriguez for Dear Stella
Fabric: Confetti Dot by Dear Stella
Only 1/4 yard of fabric will get you three of these cute spring baskets! Use them for Easter baskets, sewing room decorations, or gifts for your friends and family. This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.
Materials for One Basket:
- 2—6-1/2×9″ rectangles polka dot fabric (matching or contrasting)
- 1—6-1/2×9″ rectangle thin batting (cotton or polyester)
- Water-soluble marking pen
Finished basket: about 3×2-1/2×3″
Sew this project with 1/4″ seams. (Note: For easy viewing in this tutorial we used lavender polka dot for outer basket, pink polka dot for basket lining, and dark thread for stitching.)
1. Stitching about 1/8″ from edges, machine-baste 6-1/2×9″ batting rectangle to wrong side of 6-1/2×9″ lavender rectangle.
2. With right side inside, fold Step 1 rectangle in half matching short edges; pin.
3. Sew sides of folded rectangle; press.
4. Clip seam allowance at fold.
5. Press seam open.
6. Shape a flat bottom. At one corner, match seam line with pressed fold, creating a flattened triangle. Measuring 1-1/2″ from point of triangle, draw a line across triangle.
7. Sew on drawn line. Trim 1/4″ from stitching. Repeat with remaining bottom corner.
8. Turn right side out to make basket body.
9. Repeat steps 2–8 with matching or contrasting polka dot rectangle, leaving a 1-1/2–2″ opening along one side to make basket lining. Do not turn basket lining right side out.
10. Insert basket body inside basket lining with right sides together.
11. Align top edges and side seams; pin together top edges of basket body and basket lining.
12. Using a 1/4″ seam, sew together top edges of basket body and lining.
13. Turn right side out through opening in lining.
14. Hand-stitch opening closed.
15. Insert lining back into basket body and press top edge.
16. Topstitch 1/4″ from top edge through all layers to complete basket.
17. Turn top edge over at basket top to make narrow cuff to complete basket.
Stitch two hems, sew two seams, and you’ve made an amazing pillow. Here you’ll find complete instructions for making pillow covers in four sizes! This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.
Fabrics: Stonehenge Out Of The World collection by Linda Ludovico for Northcott
- 1/2 yard print fabric
- 12″, 14″, 16″ or 18″ pillow insert*
*Instructions for sizes larger than 12″ are in parentheses.
Finished pillow cover for a 12″, 14″, 16″, or 18″ square pillow insert
Sew this project with 1/4″ seams.
From print fabric, cut one of the following:
- 12×29″ rectangle for 12″ pillow cover
- 14×33″ rectangle for 14″ pillow cover
- 16×37″ rectangle for 16″ pillow cover
- 18×41″ rectangle for 18″ pillow cover
Make Pillow Cover:
1. Turn under each short edge of print rectangle 1/4″; press. Turn under edges 1/4″ again and stitch each in place.
2. Place hemmed rectangle print side (printed side) up on work surface. Fold hemmed edges of rectangle to center, overlapping hemmed edges by about 4″ to make an 11-1/2×12″ (13-1/2×14″, 15-1/2×16″, or 17-1/2×18″) rectangle; pin top and bottom.
3. Sew across pinned edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance, removing pins as you go.
4. Turn right side out; press. Insert pillow form through opening to complete pillow.
Fabrics: Flora-C1793 in Gold from Timeless Treasures
Coasters are so simple and fun to make! You can ues scraps of your favorite fabric to coordinate with your decor or add color to an office! Plus, they make perfect gifts for all coffee and tea lovers! This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.
Fabrics: Mixed Bag collection by Studio M for Moda Fabrics
Materials for One Coaster:
- 2—41/2″ squares
Finished coaster: 4″ square
1. Layer the squares with right sides together. Pin in place.
2. Sew around the squares using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 3″ opening on one side for turning.
3. Clip the corners. Make sure not to clip the stitches.
4. Turn coaster right side out. Push the corners of the coaster out using a eraser end of a pencil. Press flat.
5. Fold the opening inside the coaster 1/4″. Pin in place.
6. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the open edges together and continue around the other three sides.
All you need is two fat quarters to make this simple stocking! Sew one for every member of your family and fill them with fun surprises! This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and lots of holiday decorations and gift ideas!
- 2 fat quarters (or two 18×22″ pieces of fabric) for stocking and stocking lining
- Stocking pattern (find PDF here)
- Scrap of lining fabric for hanger
Finished stocking: approximately 7×16″
Assemble the Stocking:
1. Fold lining fat quarter in half lengthwise with right sides on the outside. Pin the stocking pattern to the stacked fabric.
2. Cut out around the pattern. You will have two stocking lining shapes facing opposite directions.
3. Repeat steps 1-2 with the stocking fat quarter.
4. Layer one stocking and one stocking lining on top of each other with right sides together.
5. Pin the top of the layered stockings together. Sew the top of the stockings using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seams open.
6. Repeat steps 4-5 with the other two stocking shapes.
7. Layer the two pairs of stocking sets on top of each other with right sidestogether. Make sure the two stocking linings are laying on top of each other. Pin together.
8. Sew around the stocking shape using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 4″ opening on the lining side.
9. Clip notches on the toe curve to prevent bulk.
10. Turn the stocking right side out through the 4″ opening in the lining. Sew the 4″ opening closed using matching thread.
11. Push the lining into the stocking; smooth out.
12. Cut your saved scrap of lining fabric to 1-1/2×3″. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise with right sides on the outside and sew the long side. We used white thread so you can see, but you should use a matching thread.
13. Fold the rectangle in half again to form a small loop. Position the loop approximately 2-1/2″ from the top on the inside of the stocking on the heel side. Sew the loop in place.
Note: You will have a small stich line on the back of your stocking. If you use a matching thread, it won’t be too noticeable.
15. Fold the top over and press in place with an iron to give it a crisp finish. The hanging loop will stick out the top.
Personalize a bottle of bubbly or wine by enclosing it in a special gift bag. This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and lots of holiday decorations and gift ideas!
Fabric: Sphere collection by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics
2—8×15″ rectangles white burlap
7×8″ rectangle blue-and-white print
7×8″ rectangle fusible webbing
Blue-and-white gingham ribbon
Finished wine bag: 7x12x3″
**Sew this project with 1/2″ seams. (Note: Unprinted burlap is the same on both sides.)
Assemble Wine Bag:
1. Following manufacturer’s instructions; press a fusible web rectangle to wrong side (back) of blue-and-white print rectangle; let cool. Peel off paper.
2. Cut fused rectangle in half to make two 3-1/2×8″ print rectangles.
3. Fuse a print rectangle to one burlap rectangle about 5″ from a short edge.
4. With right sides together, join fused rectangles along side and bottom edges.
5. To shape flat bottom for bag, at one corner match bottom seam line to side seam line, creating a flattened triangle.
6. Measuring 1-1/2″ from point of triangle, draw a line across triangle. Sew on the drawn line. Repeat with remaining bottom corner to make the bag body.
7. Turn bag body right side out.
8. Create fringe at the top edge by pulling threads from each seam until the fringe is about 1/2″ long.
9. Add bottle of bubbly. Tie bag top with ribbon.