Thursday, 5 April 2012

Easter Sewing Project - Cute Easter Bag

Spring has finally arrived and it is the time of preparations for Easter again. Flour, egg, milk and raisins are ready to be turned into hot cross buns. Easter chocolate eggs are hidden in the back of a cupboard waiting to be moved to a garden on Sunday morning and hidden in bushes and flower pots only to be discovered not long after by running and excited children. Decorations are out of the box and displayed all over kitchen and living room. What else can I do to make this Easter even more special?

There is still a little bit of time left for a quick Easter sewing project - Easter bag for all those sweets and chocolate eggs to put in.

If you have already some sewing experience, you will find this sewing project very quick and easy.

You do not need a lot of materials for this Easter bag and you can use any scrap material leftovers you have. The more colourful the bag the better. After all, it is an Easter time and a spring and it is nice to see a bit of colour after the grayness of the winter time.

I used following materials:

  • 2 pieces of 40 x 25 cm blue/green stripe
  • small pieces of pale yellow material (as a backing for ear, legs and tail)
  • 2 x white facecloth (30 x 30cm each) - You can use any old towel
  • apprx 50 cm of beige rufflette webbing (width 2cm)
  • apprx 160cm of yellow rufflette webbing (width 1.5cm) - for the string and a decorative top edge of the bag
  • apprx 20 cm of yellow rufflette webbing (to make the bow)
  • charm or little bell to attach to a bow
  • and a black bead or a button
  • I also used a bit of white material as a backing for the body and head but you do not need to use the backing if the colour of your bag is light

Let's make the Easter bag.

Cut 2 pieces of size 40 x 25 cm for the bag. The next step is to sew the sheep on to one of the 40 x 25cm main pieces.

Here is a template for the sheep:

Cut 2 x legs, 1 x tale and 1 x ear from the yellow material (this will be the inside backing to create a colour contrast). When cutting, add a bit extra for the edge allowance for legs, tail and ear.

Then cut the body and the head from a white material - that material will be between the white towel cloth and the main piece bag material and you will not see it on the end product, but I had to ad this backing as the bag material is too dark and I wanted to ensure that the sheep's body will be pure white and the colour of the bag does not show through the white towel material. When cutting the body and the head, cut exactly as outlined on the template without adding any extra allowance as there is no need for an edge allowance. See picture bellow.

Secure all the cut pieces (legs, tail, ear, head and the body) on to the white towel cloth using pins and cut around.

Side A

Side B
 Make sure that the materials for legs, ear and tail are the right side together. Sew these alongside the template outline (leave the bottom of these 4 pieces unstitched) and then turn inside out.

Take the head cut out piece and secure it with pins to the main bag piece (the white backing material is inside - between the towel cloth and the main bag material). Insert the ear underneath the head so that the head is overlapping the edge of the ear. Then sew around the edge of the head piece.

Take the body cut out piece and secure it with pins to the main bag piece so that it slightly overlaps the head already sewn to the bag (the white backing material is again inside - between the towel cloth and the main bag material). Insert the tail underneath the body so that the body is overlapping the edge of the tail. Then sew around the edge of the body.

 To attach the legs secure them to the body using pins as seen on the picture bellow.  To ensure that you do not sew through the tail when sewing the sides of the bag together, turn the tail onto the body and secure it with the pin to keep it out of the way.

Then take the other main piece (40 x 25 cm) and secure it with the pins to the other piece with the sheep sewn on. Ensure that the right sides are together and sew (right side, bottom of the bag - thus sewing through the legs and the bottom edge of the body, and then the left side of the bag) taking 1 cm allowance. Turn the bag through.

Sew the beige rufflette piece onto the bag as close to both of its edges as possible, leaving an opening for the string on one side. Then pull the yellow rufflette string (apprx 100 cm ) through. Then take the remaining piece of the yellow rufflette and sew it onto the top edge of the bag. See picture bellow.

And now those finishing touches.

Sew a smile on.

Sew a black bead (or a button) on as an eye. Tie a bow from the yellow rufflette and sew it onto the sheep. You can ad a small charm or a bell onto the bow.

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