Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tutorial: Halloween Candy Baskets For That Last Minute Touch {by Christina McKinney}

We're excited to share this fantastic tutorial with you from Christina McKinney!  You procrastinators need not worry!  Christina lays it down simply for a quick-sew project you'll turn to again and again.  This project is sewn up quickly for a fun DIY touch to Halloween.  Take it away Christina!

So, who is still working on some last minute Halloween sewing? Allow me to add one more must-have project to your list. If you have 30 minutes to 1 hour, you’ve got time to make at least one of these. When you’re little one is walking the neighborhood in their ADORABLE costume, you need to have an equally adorable candy bin! These were made using the spooky & adorable Ghastlies collection By Alexander Henry.

Fabricworm has a pretty large assortment of Holiday/Seasonal fabrics here.  It's definitely too late to buy in time Halloween sewing.  But maybe you have some fabric from your stash that will work out. :)

**I’m patting myself on the back a little, but I’ve actually been done with kiddo costumes for over a week!! This is not normal for me - I am typically a last minute costume maker. Happy to be a little ahead of the game this year!**

If you’ve followed my previous tutorials, this one is going to look familiar. It’s my fabric bin tutorial, we’re just adding straps and changing it up a tiny bit. Still every bit as useful, cute, and EASY!

In my original tutorial, I laid out three sizes for you. These three sizes can all be used for this project, but I chose the largest bin. If you are using any of the other sizes, be sure to shorten your straps accordingly. I’d estimate that subtracting 2 inches per smaller size would be just right, but of course adjust them as you see fit. I did shorten the body by 1/2in since it’s not going to be folded over, but that’s the only dimension I changed. You could actually leave it the same, you’ll just end up with a slightly deeper bin than I did. (So on the largest bin, the 8.5in side was cut as 8in.)

There are two methods that can be used for cutting the bin pieces, click on over to the original tutorial for a more detailed explanation of that. In this tutorial, I will be using/explaining the Non Continuous method.

Outer fabric, 1/2 yd (You may need more, if your fabric is directional)
Lining fabric, 1/2 yd (You may need more, if your fabric is directional)
1/2 yrds fusible Pellon®, I used Décor Bond 809 for this.
Template (Created using the measurement above, I cut mine from poster board)

2 outer pieces
2 inner lining pieces
2 Pellon body pieces
2 strap pieces 2 1/2in X 16in
2 Pellon strap pieces 3/4in X 16in (I cut mine from the main print, but for a little contrast you could cut them from the lining fabric)

**Pay attention when cutting your outer pieces. The smaller side of the bin is the bottom, so orient your fabric properly so it’s right side up when done. I cut my liner right side up as well since it’s not going to be flipped down in this version. (But really, will anyone care if your liner is upside down?? I don’t think so!)

So let’s get started!! Use a 1/2in seam throughout unless otherwise stated

First, iron your Pellon® to the wrong side of your lining pieces. Quick note here - I know that typically you’d attach the Pellon® lining to the outer piece. However, I found that by attaching it to the inner pieces, you create a very stable inside that holds the outer piece tight as well.

With right sides together, sew your main body pieces along the short bottom edge. Repeat with your lining pieces as well.

Press this seam open.

With right sides together, sew up the long sides of your outer bin pieces. Repeat with the inner lining pieces.

Press the side seams open on both pieces.

Now, sew up each corner forming your bin bottom.

You will leave the pieces inside out and open up each corner. Press them flat together matching up your bottom seam and your side seam. Do this for each corner of your outer pieces and each corner of your lining pieces.

Pin each side in place so that the seams stay matched. Sew in place.

Once sewn, your corners should look like this:

Next, you’re going to join your inner and outer body pieces. With your lining piece inside out, and your outer piece right side out, put them right sides together. (The outer piece should be down inside the outer piece) Make sure to line up your side seams! Pin this in place and set aside.

Now you’ll need to assemble your straps. I am NOT a fan of turning tiny tubes right side out, SO, this is how I assemble the straps to avoid that. Take each strap piece and turn the edges under 1/4in toward the wrong side and press.

Fold each piece in half and press.

Take your strip of Pellon and lay it under the fold edge of one side of your strap and press in place. (You may want to add a strip to both sides for extra sturdy straps)

Once the Pellon® is in place, topstitch along the open edge to enclose your seams using a 1/8 seam allowance. You may also want to topstitch along the other side to make it even. Your short sides will still be open with raw edges. These will be buried in your seams, no need to worry about finishing them.

Once your straps are assembled, you’re going decide how you want them to lay and slip them between the layers of your bin. I’ve decided there’s not really an exact way to do this, it just depends on how you would like the straps to end up positioned. For this large sized tote, I took a ruler and measured 5 inches from each side seam and made a little pencil mark.

Then, I decided how I wanted the straps to lay. (DON’T sew them like this! Just a shot to show you what they will look like in between the two layers.)

Using my pencil mark for the outside edge of the strap, I slipped the strap between the layers and pinned in place. **Be sure to not twist your straps on this step!** I left about 1/4 of the strap above the bin edge. This isn’t necessary, but I prefer doing it this way to make sure the straps are sewn into the seam completely. Repeat this on the opposite side so that both your straps are in place. You may want them closer/farther apart, it’s up to you! Just make sure to mark the placement so that they end up even.

You need to leave a gap for turning your bin right side out. I found it best to do this between the straps on one side. Make sure you reinforce your stitching on each side of your stop and start point.

Sew around the top of your bin.

Turn your bin right side out.

Fold in your turning gap and press the edges under. I also press the rest of the bin at this point to make sure all the seams are completely turned out and to smooth everything out.

Topstitch around the top one time to close your gap. You might want to do a second row of stitching, just for decoration.

DONE! Wasn’t that super fast & easy?

You’re now all ready for a fun night of Trick or Treating!!

Clearly, he’s wondering how much candy he can fit in his awesome new tote.

Happy Halloween,

Thank you Christina for sharing your adorable son, and this fantastic trick or treat bin! 


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It's time for a Coupon Code! This week, use code "Fall10" to receive 10% off orders of $25 or more. That's right 10% off ANY order of $25 or more. Hurry - the sale ends Wednesday, November 7th at Midnight PST.


Legacy by Angela Walters for Art Gallery Fabrics

Angela Walters's Legacy collection was inspired by the traditions and heritage her cherished grandfather left her. Angela explains the creative backstory for this beautiful collection:

"As a machine quilter, I drew a lot of my inspiration for Legacy from the quilting designs and sketches that I use for my craft. But as I compiled this collection, I was reminded about the reason I began quilting in the first place. My Grandpa left me a great legacy, and the encouraging belief that I could be successful in any area of my life. It is because of him that I found my passion for quilting, which then turned into my passion for fabric design. That legacy is what fuels my passion today. I hope that this collection inspires you to create and to share your own legacy with others!"

Angela Walters


Image courtesy of Art Gallery Fabrics


Image courtesy of Art Gallery Fabrics


Image courtesy of Art Gallery Fabrics


Click here or on the image to download the free PDF pattern for the "Roots" pattern, courtesy of Art Gallery Fabrics!


Click here or on the image to view the tutorial for the adorable and functional Christina Clutch, courtesy of Art Gallery Fabrics.






Scrumptious by Moda

Gorgeous blooms, sweet petals and a classic paisley design are just a few of the prints featured in this country-chic collection from Moda. The bundles come in three separate colorways: Orange/Lime, Aqua/Red and Pink/Aqua. Enjoy!








Image courtesy of

Click here or on the image to view the Tutorial on how to create this "Scrappy Chevron Picnic Quilt" courtesy of the Moda Bake Shop.


Little Things Organic & Eco Organic Cotton

Sometimes we all need to take a moment and get back to basics - sit back and appreciate the Little Things. And with this collection, you can do just that. Sweet bicycles, falling dandelions and drops from the sky are some of the prints that are coupled with luscious solids. And to make this collection even more enticing, these fabrics are 100% Organic Cotton!

Little Things:Eco Solids

Moda, Organic Sampler featuring Little Things and Eco Organic Solids




Bicycles Aqua




Bicycles Cream/Mustard


Drops Cream


Dandelions Grey


Critter Patch Organic by Alyssa Thomas

Critter Patch is one of our new favorite collections around here. We simply cannot get enough of it! Not only does this set feature some of the cutest woodland friends we have ever seen it's also 100% Organic Cotton!


Critter Patch Entire Collection


Bunny Brigade Orange


Sylvan Stripe Gray


Foxy Friends Honey


Clover Sunshine by Alison Glass

Alison Glass continues to prove herself as one of the most stylish designers in Modern Fabrics. Clover Sunshine showcases some new spins on old favorites, such as the Party Streamers but introduces us to other fabulous new prints. Here's what Alison describes as her inspiration:

"Clover Sunshine is a collection celebrating love and favorite things. To honor my daughter, Anna and I talked about her favorite things, ideas that make her happy, which makes me happy, but it’s not really about things. It’s about relationships. When someone loves someone else, and wants to celebrate the other, that can be expressed in many ways. This is my expression of love, however it represents ties and commitments in whatever form they are for different people. Clover Sunshine is inspired by the important idea that people are connected, and the goodness that can come from knowing others. "






Snow Globe Teal


Party Streamer Charcoal/Mustard


Kite Tail Spectrum


Free "Cobblestone" Pattern. Click here!

Click here to download this free PDF for the Cobblestone pattern featuring Clover Sunshine, courtesy of Andover Fabrics.


Sun Prints Corsage by Alison Glass

We now have another layer to add to the beautiful Sun Prints collection. Say hello to Corsage! These new prints coordinate wonderfully with the rest of the Sun Print collection or they can be used on their own. Check out our Corsage Sampler below!


Corsage Sampler








Peppered Cotton Solids by Studio E

Studio E has stoked the flames of our Cotton Solids obsession. We are pleased to present the Peppered Cotton Solids collection. Highlighted in two distinct colorways, Bright and Cool, are representations of the entire Spectrum of Color.


















Gladys by Anna Griffin

Say Good Morning to this new collection from Anna Griffin! Bright and cheery colors are matched with farm chic prints to create this Country Classic bundle.


Gladys Entire Collection


How to Cook Orange


Good Morning Pink/Orange


Watermelon Pink


Deep Sea from Timeless Treasures

Journey to the fathoms below with new collection from Timeless Treasures, Deep Sea. Coral reefs, starfish and anchors may be present on this journey, but watch out for the Octopus lurking beneath!


Deep Sea Entire Collection


Starfish Navy


Octopus White


Anchors Navy


My Sunshine by Zoe Pearn

Miss Zoe Pearn has done it again with her latest collection, My Sunshine. Sweet flowers, bright dots and colorful paisley are perfect for any little girl. But you may want to stash some away for yourself as well. The Bundles are available in three colorways: Blue, Green and Pink!




Raindrops Pink


Paisley Cream


Floral Green


New Atomic Prints from Alexander Henry

New from Alexander Henry are the Atomic prints. This retro, geometric fabric comes in three distinct colors: Chocolate, Light Tea and Pink.




Light Tea




Our newest Custom Bundles were a joint effort between two of our Fabricworm Gals, Corinne and Jesslynn. The Sweet Dreams bundle features organic fabrics from Jay-Cyn Designs and the Jungle Jamboree brings a new spin to the classic 2D Zoo print from Alexander Henry. Go on an imaginative journey with A World of My Own, take a stroll with Garden Sunset and swim in the deep with Under the Sea.

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Jungle Jamboree

Jungle Jamboree

A World of My Own

A World of My Own

Garden Sunset

Garden Sunset


Under the Sea


Field Study Linens from Anna Maria Horner

We are so glad that the Field Study Linens are back! These prints are so versatile and the linen material is perfect for any Home Decor project. Get swept away by Ghost Wings or fly off with the Parenthetical prints.


Ghost Wing Luscious


Ghost Wing Aqua


Parenthetical Potpourri


Parenthetical Berry


Parenthetical Deep


Wrens and Friends by Gina Martin for Moda


Image Courtesy of Gina Martin Designs


Dandelions Cream


Butterflies Cream/Tangerine


Blossoms Cream/Robin's Egg


Perched Robin's Egg


Twigs Cream

You can view this sweet collection and the many more we are expecting in our Coming Soon section.


What an exciting week for fabric! Thank you all for loyally reading our newsletter. Enjoy this week's coupon code, Fall10 and new arrivals.

Have a fun and safe rest of your week!

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