Reversible fabric baskets

Hello everyone,

since it’s summer break I’ve been in the sewing mood, so today I have another easy sewing project to share with you guys: reversible fabric baskets. I did a post similar to this 2 years ago, which you can find here. Back then I only gave you some links to some tutorials, but now I decided to make my own. I hope you enjoy!

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What you need:

  • 2 different fabrics (enough to cut two 13″ x 13″ squares from each fabric)
  • (fusible) interfacing (enough to cut two 13″ x 13″ squares)
  • scissors
  • sewing machine & matching thread
  • pins or clips
  • iron

Instructions:

 

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  1. Trace out 13″ x 13″ squares onto your fabric and interfacing. You will need two squares of each of your fabrics and two squares of interfacing. If you need to, make a pattern from cardboard. That usually helps me, because I can trace around it with a pen, which helps me cut out the pieces neatly.

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2. After tracing your squares, cut out all of the pieces. I used pinkish fabric for the one side and blue fabric for the other. I ended up with two pink squares, two blue ones and two squares of interfacing. Each should be about 13″ x 13″.

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3. Now iron the interfacing onto two the wrong side of two fabric squares. Make sure to iron it onto two of the same squares. I ironed mine onto the back of my blue material, but it doesn’t matter which side you chose. You don’t necessarily need to use fusible interfacing. If you are working with non-fusible interfacing skip this step.

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4. Once you have attached your interfacing, it is time to lay the two matching squares good side to good side and pin/clip three of the four sides, as shown above. If you are using regular interfacing, just lay out one square of interfacing, then one fabric square (right side facing up), the other fabric square (the right side facing down, so the right sides of the fabric are facing each other) and lastly your second square of interfacing, basically creating a fabric sandwich 🙂

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5. Next, sew along the three edges you have just pinned/clipped together and cut off any excess material. Then repeat with the other fabric, only that the other one shouldn’t have interfacing.

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6. After having sewed along three sides of both squares, it is time to trace out 3″ x 3″ squares in the corners you have just sewed.

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7. Then cut them out. Don’t worry, you have to cut through the seam you have sewn earlier.

8. After cutting out all four squares, open up the squares and line up the opposing edges and pin/clip. Do this to both sides of each fabric. Then sew along the pinned/clipped side.

20160817_164519[1].jpg 9. After sewing all sides your basket is almost done and should look like in the picture above. One of the sides should be sturdy since you have inserted the interfacing (my blue side) and the other should be slack (my pink side). Unlike in the picture only flip the sturdy side to the good side, leave the other one flipped inside out.

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10. Now, fold in about half an inch of the raw edge of the outer fabric (blue) and fold out half an inch of the raw edge of the inner fabric (pink) and press with an iron. If necessary, you can pin the edge temporarily.

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11. Next, place the inner fabric into the outer “basket”, wrong side to wrong side. Make sure the seam of the inner and outer fabric are together. Then pin/clip the top edges around the whole basket and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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12. You are done! I made two and just flipped the one around to make two opposite colored baskets. You can fold down the top of your basket as far as you want to have a taller or shorter basket.

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I love this project because it takes less than an hour and you can be creative with your color combinations. These baskets are also great to give away since you can put any gift inside and the recipient can use them for anything, such as holding magazines and books or even scarves or sewing utensils.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know in the comments which basket you prefer. The blue one with the pink trim at the top? Or the pink basket with blue trim? I personally do not know, but since they are reversible I can switch them around every once in a while 🙂 Till then!

Saskia

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AG Hoodie Part III

Hey guys,

here is the post you’ve probably all been waiting for: the sewing instructions for the American girl doll hoodie I posted a while back. Let’s get right into it!

What you need:

  • jersey material (enough to cut out all pieces from my post AG Hoodie Part II)
  • a sewing machine & thread
  • scissors
  • pins or clips to hold fabric in place
  • iron (optional)

Instructions:

20160816_165141[1]1. Trace and cut out all pieces from the pattern (one back piece, one front piece, two sleeves and two hood pieces). Make sure your hood pieces are not identical, so when you lay them parallel one has the right side facing up and the other one the wrong  side. Also make sure to mark the front and back, so you don’t mix them up. (I secured little pieces of paper on the front of the fabric with washi tape.)

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2. Now line up the two sleeve pieces good side to good side with the front piece as shown above. Then clip/pin the pieces and sew along the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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3. Repeat the same step on the other side, so when you open the top it is shaped like a rectangle. (as shown in the picture)

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4. Now it is time to fold in and sew the raw edges of the sleeves. You can use an iron to make a crease where you want to fold the edge. Do this on both sides.

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5. Next repeat the previous step on both, front and back pieces, to create a nice hemline at the bottom of the hoodie.

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6. Now it is time to lay out the hoodie in it’s correct shape. Then, pin/clip the sleeves and sides, as shown in the pictures. After that, sew along the edges on both sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure the hoodie is still wrong side out at this point.

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7. At this point it is time to lay the two hoodie pieces good side to good side. Now you will understand, why they shouldn’t be identical. Pin/Clip the round edge and sew along the side.

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8. Next, flip the hood around (right side facing out) and fold in a small edge. Then, pin/clip the edge (raw edge towards the inside of the hood) and sew.

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9. Once your hood is done, insert it into the middle of the sweatshirt, which is still inside out. Make sure the hood faces the hoodie good side to good side. Now line up the middle seam of the hood with the middle of the back piece. It is important to mark which piece is the back/front in the beginning, so the back of your hood doesn’t end up in the front of your hoodie.

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10. Next, you’re going to line up the edges of the hood with the edges of the main part. Before pinning anything else, find the middle of the front piece and pin/clip the ends of the hood to this spot, letting them overlap a bit, as shown above. Don’t worry, if the hood is much smaller than the opening of the main part.

11. After securing the hood to the center of both, the front and back of the hoodie it is time to pin/clip the remaining edges together. Above I mentioned how it didn’t matter if the “circle” of the hood, so the edges of the hood, are smaller than the opening of the main part. This is why you need to overlap the outside edge a few times around the sleeves, as shown in the picture above.

12. Now, all you have to do is sew around the edge and you’re ready to flip the whole hoodie around, so the right side is facing out.

Extra tips:

  1. I forgot to mention to cut off any excess fabric after sewing along the edges. This might make it easier to continue, especially when sewing along the sleeves and sides of the hoodie.
  2. It is fun to mix and match fabrics, especially if you are working with scraps. For this hoodie I chose a greyish graffiti style fabric for the main part (front and back) and then some plain light grey fabric for the sleeves and hood. These were both leftovers of some other projects. If you prefer a more neutral style, check out the other hoodie I made in one of my previous posts AG hoodie Part I.

Here are some pics of Grace modelling the final hoodie:

 

 

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I love that you can actually read the words, even though the pieces of fabric are so tiny 🙂

 

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Of course, I can’t leave out a picture of her hair. It’s a 5-strand braid. I just learned how to do it today. What do you think?

I hope you enjoyed this post, even though I made you wait for months. Please let me know if you try out this pattern. I can’t wait to see your creations.

Saskia

AG Hoodie Pattern Part II

Hi everyone,

I know you have been waiting forever for this post to come and I  finally have time to upload pictures of the pattern. Since I don´t have the software to convert my pattern into a PDF this will have to work and I hope you can make the pattern without any problems. If you have any more questions, just leave me a comment.

I would recommend to draw the pattern onto thinner computer paper and then paste it onto some thicker paper, so it´s studier. Here are pictures of the 4 pieces you will need:backpattern

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As I wrote on the pattern you will need the Front and Back piece only once each.

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The hood and sleeve piece you will need to cut out twice (of your fabric).

I hope this pattern is ok to recreate. I know a PDF would be better, but as I said I was not able to convert the pictures. The instructions on how to sew the fabric pieces together to make the hoodie will be coming up soon!

Saskia

 

AG Hoodie Part I

Hello everybody,

I know it has been a while since my last post, but with school starting I just didn´t find the time. Lately I have been working on my own hoodie pattern for my AG dolls. I was inspired by a pattern for people and tried to recreate it in small. It took me some time and it didn´t work out on my first try, but I finally managed to create a pattern that works and is super cute. Today I will only post some pictures, but if you would like, I can do a post on how to make the pattern and sew the hoodie. My models are Grace and Isabelle, so let´s get on to the pictures:

First is Grace. Her hoodie was my first try. I made the hood too small and the neckline to wide, so I had to take a scarf to hold it up 🙂 Other than that it turned out ok. I think it still looks cute. Grace is also wearing turquoise 3/4 length leggings, I sewed a while ago, and Mia´s hightops. The picture of her hairstyle is the #CGHLatticeBraid from cutegirlshairstyles 🙂

Next up is Isabelle. This was my second and final try with my pattern. I think it turned out pretty cute and will look great with all different kinds of outfits. Together with the hoodie Isabelle is wearing Our Generation jeggings from the Mad about Plaid outfit and Grace´s cute ancle boots.

I hope you liked the hoodies! If you want me to do a post about the pattern and sewing, let me know in the comments.

Saskia

Photoshoot with #13

Hello everybody,

as promised here are pictures of the My AG (Truly Me)  #13, but before I get to those I wanted to let you know which name I chose for her. I decided to name her Skyler. What do you think? Does she look like a Skyler? Let me know in the comments. Now, on to the pics:

I hope you enjoyed!

Saskia

Announcement!!!

Hi everybody,

I know it’s been a while since I posted last. I was on vacation and visiting family, so I really didn’t find the time. So, in my last post I announced that I got 2 new American Girl dolls. Now I want to announce who they are……

  1. Grace (GOTY 2015)

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2. My AG #13 (she doesn’t have a name yet)

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Pictures will be coming soon, so check by again 🙂 Do you have any name ideas for My AG #13 ? Let me know in the coments. Here is the link to her, exept for that she is the My AG wearing the True Spirit outfit: http://www.americangirl.com/shop/truly-me-doll-13-light-skin-brown-hair-bangs-brown-eyes-cld38

Saskia