Lined Drawstring Ballet Bag

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My two have recently started ballet classes. Super cute they are too, running around flat footed thinking they look like the sugar plum fairy. I’d been hauling all their stuff to ballet lessons in a plastic bag, so I decided I should make a bit more effort and make them each a little bag. I tried quite hard with these ones. They better like ballet! This lined drawstring bag is super easy and quick to make. And the applique comes with a free template! All seams are sewn with a 1cm seam allowance unless stated. You will need:
  • 20in x 15in outer fabric
  • 20in x 15in lining fabric
  • 20cm square matching fabric for applique
  • 20cm square bondaweb
  • 2.6m yellow cotton tape or ribbon
  • yellow embroidery thread
  • Applique ballet shoes template
  • safety pin
1. Attach bondaweb to the back of the appliqué fabric. Trace the template onto the paper backing of the bondaweb and cut out. Line the appliqué onto the front of one of the outer pieces, in the centre and iron to adhere.   2. Blanket stitch the appliqué onto the fabric using coordinating embroidery thread. I cheat and use my machine for speed but I do think a hand stitched finish looks nicer. Laziness won for me (mainly because I was making 2)! I realised at this point, with my spotty fabric, that this looks a little bit like a ninja! I quite like it, ballet bags in disguise…   3. If you want to personalise the bag by stitching a name onto the front, now is the time to do that. As I was making one for each of my girls I wrote their names under the ballet shoes in pencil then backstitched using yellow embroidery thread. 4. Pin the two outer pieces right sides together. Sew along the bottom of the bag. For the 2 sides, leave 2 (3cm wide) gaps – one 3cm from the top and one 3cm up from the bottom of the bag (as shown in the illustration below) and sew. These are for the drawstring. Pin and sew the lining fabric right sides together as well, leaving an 8cm gap in the centre of the bottom of the bag to allow you to turn the fabric (as shown). Trim the corners and any excess fabric and press the seams open.  5. With the seams flat – you can pin if you want to be sure – sew a neat box 5mm around the top drawstring openings of the bag. 6. Turn the lining fabric the right way out and insert it into the outer fabric so that the right sides are facing. Make sure the seams are lined up, then pin and sew around the top of the bag. 7. Turn the bag out through the hole in the lining fabric. Stitch the hole closed and insert the lining into the outer fabric. Press, then neatly top stitch around the opening. 8. To make the channel for the drawstring, sew another line all the way around the bag, just underneath the drawstring opening. 9. Cut the length of strap in half to create 2 x 1.3m lengths. Attach a satefty pin the the end of one and feed it into one of the openings. Bring it all the way round and back through the original hole. Repeat with the other piece in the other hole. 10. Take one of the pairs of straps, make sure it isn’t twisted, and pin the end inside the corresponding bottom hole on the bag, with about 2.5cm of the strap in the hole. Hand stitch in place.   Hooray! Un petit sac de ballet! Tia x P.S. If you also have a little ballerina, you might like this ballet duffel bag from Laura – super cute.

DIY Duffel Bag

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When I was little I used to go to dance classes. I was always the slightly dumpy kid who was doing their ‘naughty toes’ when everyone was pointing their ‘good toes’, or was on the shuffle when everyone else was on the hop step part. Let’s just say I sucked at dance. Anyway, my mum dug out my old ballet bag recently which was this cool 80s duffel bag, so I wanted to use the style of it to create a bag for Harper’s ballet things. She’s been doing ballet for a year and thankfully it doesn’t look like she’s taken after me in the grace stakes.

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Summer Crochet Bag

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We’re really excited to bring you something a little different for us. Our good friend, Ashley, from Little Time Design makes gorgeous things for her kids and home and is a dab hand at knitting and crochet so we wanted to get her to share a crochet make for summer. Over to Ashley…

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Easy Felt Rainbow Purse

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We’ve just done a guest post for our lovely friend Jess over at Let’s Do Something Crafty – a fab blog with loads of cool kids crafts and lots of lovely crochet projects. This easy felt rainbow purse is perfect for pennies when you play shops. Which, in our houses seems to be every day. Every opportunity. There are only so many ways you can sell a toy turnip!

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Belle & Boo Camera Bag

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This snappy little camera bag is from Belle & Boo’s book of Craft which Belle & Boo kindly sent us to review, along with S is for Sewing (Laura made the pull along duck toy last week which you can read about here).

So, no tutorial I’m afraid for this one – you’ll just have to get the book!  The bag was easy to make and inexpensive because it’s made from felt. I’m not great at following instructions (in fact I am BAD and I get bored easily and would much rather wing it) but this was straightforward and a lot simpler to make than it looks, thanks to the wonders of bond-a-web. Amelie loves snapping away with it. I was kind of hoping she wouldn’t like it because secretly I wanted to keep it for myself.  Damn.

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Craft Trends #4: Flamingos

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Yippee, its Friday! And we’re celebrating with another round up of awesome things to make over the weekend. It seems the craft world has been flamingo-ing mad (sorry…) for these beautiful pink birds recently. Here are our favourite flamingo makes.

1. Now Sew Flamingo Pillow by Sugar & Cloth

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Potato Print Flamingo Bag

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There’s been a flamingo outbreak recently. Not literally, of course – but in style magazines and all across Pinterest. In a bid to shamelessly jump on this bandwagon (but also to try out a new crafting skill) I thought I’d try potato printing a plain tote bag with some of these beautiful birds. For this project you will need:

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Felt Scrap Alphabet and Drawstring Bag

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I have a tremendous amount of scrap bits of felt and fabric that lie in a box waiting to be used. After having a Spring clean I decided to use up my scrap felt to make an alphabet for my Little Button, along with its own fabric bag.

To make the alphabet you will need:

  • Enough scrap felt to make 52 letters
  • White thread
  • Pins

To make the bag you will need:

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Nap Time Crafts – Mini Market Shopping Bag

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My Little Button is really into shopping at the moment. When she’s at home she likes to fill up little paper bags with objects and then show me what she ‘bought’ at the shops. So I decided to make her a personalised felt shopping bag in which to store all her ‘purchases’. I’m not sure it really counts as a ‘bag for life’ but it’s a step in the right direction, and it will definitely do her until she gets a new obsession!

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A little girl’s rucksack

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My little girl LOVES bags. And lip balm. And anything on the planet that is pink. How has this happened? I didn’t do it! We made some adorable strawberry bags in the spring and she loves hers, but she needs more space to stuff her “treasure” in, so I decided to make her a little rucksack that she can carry around.

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An Easy Lined Zip Purse Tutorial.

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I’ve always been a bit of a guess worker when it comes to sewing. I don’t really follow patterns, I cut corners and I skip things like lining and finishing seams. But recently I’ve been wanting to do things ‘properly’ so I’ve been trying to teach myself the correct way to make things! I started with a little make-up purse, I love it! If you want to make one too…

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Upcycled Leather Bag (Made From a Sofa!)

Who knew that you could make a bag from a sofa? Well you can! If you have one you don’t want that is (otherwise don’t do it, you might regret it). About 3 years ago we decided to get rid of an old leather sofa we had in our loft. It was an ugly black beast and we were just going to sell it. But, due to structural changes we’d made to the house the only way we could get it out was to axe it apart! In doing so, I discovered that the reverse of the hideous black was this really lovely soft blue suede. so I stuffed it in a black sack and stored it. For three years. Waiting for inspiration. And then in a moment of chuck-it-or-use it I decided I should turn the leather into a bag.

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