DIY Halloween Embroidered Trick or Treat Bag

DIY Halloween Embroidered Trick or Treat Bag

Looking for an easy DIY project for Halloween?  Check out this Trick-or-Tread embroidered felt bag. This is a fast and easy project and the kids will love it 🙂

Supplies

  • Inside of bag:  cut 1 cotton fabric 27” by 14” and cut a 9” circle
  • Outside of bag: cut 1 black felt 27” by 14” and cut a  9” circle
  • Strap:
    • cut 1 black felt and cut 1 orange felt 2 ½” by 19”
    • cut 1 orange felt 1  19” by 11”
  • Plastic or watersoluble embroidery stabilizer –  cut 1 piece 19” by 11”
  • Medium weight Tear-away adhesive embroidery stabilizer 
  • Halloween embroidery designs (I used designs in my Brother Dream Machine; there are other cute designs in ibroidery
  • Embroidery thread
  • Universal thread for sewing bag
  • Faux fur or feather trim (optional)

Embellishing the Bag with Applique & Embroidery

in this step I decided to change the embroidered letters into applique so I could add the contrasting colored felt. You might consider other fabrics such as satin, metallic, or lace for a completely different look.  I will show all the steps on my Brother Dream Machine:

  • Go to the embroidery screed and type in letters “TRICK”.  Click the ARRAY.
  • Change the word into a semicircle.
  • Move the letters into the upper section of the embroidery screen. Edit the letters a little more by spreading the letters out.  This will give us a little more room for the applique.
  • Edit the letters a little more by spreading the letters out.  This will give us a little more room for the applique.
  • ADD the letters “OR”.
  • ADD the letters “TREAT”.  Click on ARRAY to alter the curve of the word and spread the letters out.

To read the full blog, head over to my post as a Brother Expert Consultant on the Brother Stitching Sewcial. Be sure to share photos of  your bags #angleawolf #brothersews

Cheers,

Sportswear: Embellishing a T-Shirt with Coverstitch

Sportswear: Embellishing a T-Shirt with Coverstitch

One of my favorite items to make is a simple t-shirt.  It’s fast and easy when sewn with a serger. Then I use the Brother Coverstitch machine for hemming.  But what about embellishing the tee with coverstitching!  If you have used the Coverstitch before you will notice the back side of the coverstitch has a sporty look, similar to what we see in sportswear.  For this tutorial, I am going to show you how to utilize the 3-thread Coverstitch to create this fashionable look!  Let’s get started:

Materials:

  • Angela Wolf Ruched-T Pattern  (Click 👉🏻 here to order and use coupon code BROTHER20 for a 20% discount)
  • Stretch Fleece Fabric
  • 4 spools of serger thread
  • Tailors chalk

 

DESIGNING THE LOCATION FOR THE STITCHES:

Cut out the pattern. My T-shirt pattern pieces consist of 1 Front, 1 Back, 2 Sleeves, and 1 Collar. There are not princess seams, but I want to add the illusion there are princess seams.  Starting with the front pattern, on the wrong side of the fabric, draw a line from the armscye to the hem.  Use a curved ruler if you need help drawing the curve .

Fold the fabric in half and use your hand to brush the fabric.  This will trace the chalk mark to the other side of the fabric.

Open the fabric back up and you should see a faint line from the first chalk marking.  Use the chalk to trace over this line, making it darker and easier to see. Do the same thing for the BACK pattern piece.  For the collar and sleeve, draw randomly placed chalked lines.

SET UP THE COVERSTITCH MACHINE

Choose the color of thread for the decorative stitch.  Ideally the color should be in the same color family as the right side of the fabric, but enough of a contrast that you can see the stitches.

Decide which stitch looks the best on your fabric:

  • Stitch a swatch of fabric with a wide coverstitch (using the left and right needle)
  • Stitch a sample with the triple coverstitch.

Keep in mind you will be stitching with the wrong side of the fabric facing up.  Check the look of the stitch on both sides.

I prefer the triple coverstitch on my fabric, so I will set up the coverstitch machine with all three needles using 4 spools of thread.  It’s a little faster to stitch from piece to piece, so start stitching on a scrap of fabric and then add another piece of fabric.  This allows me to check my stitch quality and I won’t have to worry about threads falling off at the beginning or end of my garment pieces.  (All of these stitches rows will be sealed in a seam, so no worries on threads unraveling).

For the full tutorial, check out my post on the Brother Stitching Sewcial blog.  I always love to see what your are working on, be sure to share photos of your sporty tops using #angelawolf #brothersews

Cheers,

Brother Expert Sewing Consultant. This blog post may contain affiliate links.

DIY Halloween Embroidered Trick or Treat Bag

Looking for an easy DIY project for Halloween?  Check out this Trick-or-Tread embroidered felt bag. This is a fast and easy project and the kids will love it 🙂 Supplies Inside of bag:  cut 1 cotton fabric 27” by 14” and cut a 9” circle Outside...

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DIY Upcycle & Recycle 2 Denim Shirts into 1 Dress

Upcycle Denim Shirts My husband was cleaning out his closet and handed me a couple of denim shirts to donate.  I couldn’t help but notice the logo on one of the shirts from a marina we frequent on our summer boating trips – I couldn’t bear to allow that one to go.  A...

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DIY Upcycle & Recycle: Designing Shoulder Cutouts

DIY Upcycle & Recycle: Designing Shoulder Cutouts

How to Design and Sew Shoulder Cutouts

Spring cleaning time again and I have a stack of clothing items that I haven’t worn in a LONG time. You know the rule, if you haven’t worn the item in 2 years, it has to go!  What happens if you love the fabric, the print, or even just the buttons? Why not recycle or upcycle the items into something I might actually wear!  Here is an upcycle project for spring and summer and it’s right on trend … adding shoulder cutouts to a button down shirt.

Let’s Get Started!

Lay the shirt flat.  Locate the top of the shoulder and outside arm. Measure along the shoulder seam from the neck edge to where you want the edge of the hole to start.  In my case I am going to start 2” to 3” from the neckline.

With a fabric marking pen, mark the top opening of the hole at the shoulder position.
Mark the bottom of the hole opening. Choose a spot above the elbow along the outside edge of the sleeve.
Draw an oval like the one I have here.  The oval doesn’t have to be perfect, just free-hand draw the curve.  Keep in mind this includes the ½” seam allowance, so if you think you need a smaller opening after sewing draw a smaller oval.
Cut along the markings.

For the full tutorial, check out my post on the Brother Stitching Sewcial blog.  I always love to see what your are working on, be sure to share photos of your upcycles shirt using #angelawolf #brothersews

Cheers,

Brother Expert Sewing Consultant. This blog post may contain affiliate links.

Episode 36 Behind the Scenes LIVE

Episode 36: Behind the Scenes LIVE This week's Behind the Scenes LIVE show includes: Hand dyeing antique crocheted lace NEW Eloflex stretchable thread by Coats Towel hoodie pattern measurements Draping Lace on a dressform Canvas tote bag sewalong part 1 - 4 Upcycle a...

DIY Upcycle & Recycle 2 Denim Shirts into 1 Dress

DIY Upcycle & Recycle 2 Denim Shirts into 1 Dress

Upcycle Denim Shirts

My husband was cleaning out his closet and handed me a couple of denim shirts to donate.  I couldn’t help but notice the logo on one of the shirts from a marina we frequent on our summer boating trips – I couldn’t bear to allow that one to go.  A friend mentioned making a quilt, but I don’t foresee that on the shortlist anytime soon.  Then it occurred to me – UPCYCLE!  I do need a sundress for the boating season and what better than a couple of denim shirts to play with!

Supplies

Let’s Get Started – Designing the Tank!

Try on the shirt and check the fit. Start by marking the width of the desired tank onto the shoulder seam

 

As I am holding up this sleeve, notice how wide the top is and how low the armscye falls. This will all be changed J

Measure from the back of the neck to your natural waistline and draw a line. Measure on the front of the top as well.

From the waist marking, measure down an additional 3” and place another mark.  (I am adding the 3” to allow a little blousing when the dress is belted).  Measure down another ½” to allow for a seam allowance.

Next, draw a line from the underarm seam up to the shoulder mark as shown.

For the full tutorial, check out my post on the Brother Stitching Sewcial blog.  I always love to see what you are working on, be sure to share photos of your upcycled shirts using hashtags #angelawolf #brothersews

Cheers,

Brother Expert Sewing Consultant. This blog post may contain affiliate links.

DIY Upcycle & Recycle: Designing Shoulder Cutouts

How to Design and Sew Shoulder Cutouts Spring cleaning time again and I have a stack of clothing items that I haven't worn in a LONG time. You know the rule, if you haven't worn the item in 2 years, it has to go!  What happens if you love the fabric, the print, or...

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DIY Upcycle & Recycle 2 Denim Shirts into 1 Dress

Upcycle Denim Shirts My husband was cleaning out his closet and handed me a couple of denim shirts to donate.  I couldn’t help but notice the logo on one of the shirts from a marina we frequent on our summer boating trips – I couldn’t bear to allow that one to go.  A...

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Fringe Skirt Sewalong Part 4: Sewing & Fitting Darts

Darts have a unique role in clothing.  The obvious reason for adding darts would be for fitting purposes, but they are also used as a design element.  After you try on your muslin, you might find that you need to add additional darts to the front or back waist - this...

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Fringe Skirt Sewalong Part 4: Sewing & Fitting Darts

Fringe Skirt Sewalong Part 4: Sewing & Fitting Darts

Darts have a unique role in clothing.  The obvious reason for adding darts would be for fitting purposes, but they are also used as a design element.  After you try on your muslin, you might find that you need to add additional darts to the front or back waist – this is common if you have a tiny waist.

Any easy way to determine if you will need to add darts is to measure your waist and hips.  A standard pattern will have the waist and hips with a 10 inch difference.

For example:  your natural waist measurement is 26″ and your hips are 40″

A standard pattern would have 40″ hips with a 30″ waist, you would probably need to add 2 darts in order to take in that extra 4″ or your waistband would have a big gap.  Get the idea 🙂

TRANSFERRING DARTS TO THE FABRIC

 

  • Start by clipping small notches at the waistband at each dart location: a snip at each dart opening.

 

 

 

  • Place a pin through all the layers of muslin and fabric at the tip of the dart

 

 

 

 

 

  • On the wrong side of the fabric, find the pin marking the tip of the dart

 

 

 

 

  • Fold the fabric with right sides together at the dart location

 

 

 

 

  • Match up the snips at the waistline

 

 

 

Sewing the Darts

 

 

  • Start stitching at the largest part of the dart

 

 

 

  • When you get toward the tip of the dart, instead of back-stitching, shorten the stitch length and stitch.  This is less bulk than back-stitching.

 

Pressing Darts

Pressing is the most important part of sewing!  Here is a “Dressmaker Ham”.   On the main side of the pressing ham, the curve matches the curve of a dart.  Why not just press the dart flat on the ironing board?  Because the point of the dart is to accommodate your curves, so you need to press the same curve. Remember to use a lot of steam and the tailors clapper for a crisp edge.

Angela Wolf’s Weekly Facebook Live Show … Lets Talk Dart’s

In case you missed last week’s show, I discussed fitting darts on a dress form and couture sewing tips for altering the curve of the dart for your shape. Click on the video below …

Fringe Skirt Sewalong

It’s not too late to join the fringe skirt sewalong!  Here is the full list of lessons.  See you in the Angela Wolf Facebook Group for comments and questions!  Can’t wait to see your skirts coming together!!!

Cheers,

Let's Talk Darts!

Angela Wolf's Live Facebook Show - Let's Talk Darts

Posted by Angela Wolf on Friday, February 24, 2017

The Fringe Skirt Sewalong Schedule:

  1. Fabric & Sourcing (February 10. 2017)
  2. Fitting & Patternhacking  (February 16. 2017)
  3. Cutting & Prep  (February 21. 2017)
  4. All About Darts  (February 23. 2017)
  5. Quilting the Lining  (February 28. 2017)
  6. Invisible Zipper’s  (March 2. 2017)
  7. Waistbands  (March 7. 2017)
  8. Hemming & Fringe  (March 9. 2017)
  9. Show off in the Angela Wolf Facebook Group! 

Fringe Skirt Sewalong Part 1: Choosing Fabrics

Fringe Skirt Sewalong Part 1: Choosing Fabrics

The Fringe Skirt Pattern


The Fringe Skirt Pattern: The Angela Wolf Fringe Skirt Pattern is available here in print and digital format. You can also find the pattern at many local retailers.

Garment Fabric: tweed, boucle, join the facebook group of resources on choosing fabrics.

Lining: Any lightweight fabric will work for the lining polyester, acetate, satin, cotton – my favorite is bemberg rayon, silk charmeuse, and china silk.  If you plan on adding a touch of couture by quilting the lining choose a natural fiber fabric for the lining.

Interfacing: A lightweight fusi-knit interfacing is used in the zipper area and in the waistband

Notions: 9″ invisible zipper, hook and eye, universal all purpose thread or silk thread, hand sewing needle, pins, scissors, sewing machine needle size 80/12, awl or something to unravel the fabric to make the tweed, zipper foot,

 

Fabrics & Supplies


The fringe on the skirt is made with three layers of fabric. A tweed or boucle is an ideal fabric for this pattern, simply because it’s easy to unravel the fabric as shown below.

 Pre-Shrink the Fabrics


It’s important to pre-shrink the fabrics before cutting, especially if the fabric is a natural fiber.  Do this by steam pressing.  You can also take the fabric to the dry cleaners and ask them to “steam press” the fabric.  Note: Just dry cleaning will not pre-shrink the fabric, it has to be STEAM PRESSED.  If you plan on washing and drying the finished skirt, then wash and dry the fabric the same way.

Join Angela Wolf’s Private Facebook Group!


We are all sharing fabric sources in the Angela Wolf Facebook Group. Join the fun 🙂

The Sewalong Schedule:

  1. Fabric & Sourcing (February 10.2017)
  2. Fitting & Patternhacking  (February 16.2017)
  3. Cutting & Prep  (February 21.2017)
  4. All About Darts  (February 23.2017)
  5. Quilting the Lining  (February 28 2017)
  6. Invisible Zipper’s  (March 2 2017)
  7. Waistbands  (March 7.2017)
  8. Hemming & Fringe  (March 9 2017)
  9. Show off in the Angela Wolf Facebook Group! 

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