Quick Makes 3 – Fairy Wings Bag

I wasn’t sure whether to add this as a Quick Make, but in the end I reasoned that it really is quick to do when you aren’t disturbed by small children wanting to climb on you.


As I mentioned in my post last week, I was commissioned to make a replacement bag for a friend’s daughter’s fairy wings. The one she had was made of chiffon and had finally fallen to pieces. Could I make a replacement which would hold more than one pair of wings?


The original bag was a drawstring affair, so I suggested making a larger version out of cotton. The fabric combined with the use of French seams should make the bag much more robust and suited to a small girl taking her fairy wings in and out of the bag multiple times.


I went back to the drawstring bag tutorial I have used previously as it is straightforward and doesn’t leave raw edges. I probably didn’t need to use the tutorial as I have made quite a few of the bags, but as it is a while since I last made one, I thought I would have a quick read.


I had some lovely fabric from Ikea, left over from covering my pressing board, and some Doodlebug pink stripy ribbon I bought from Prints to Polka Dots in their sale recently.


The only changes I made to Georgina’s version of the bag was to French seams the bottom of the bag as I didn’t have a large enough section of fabric to cut the whole bag on the fold, and I double-hemmed (2 folds rather than 1) the channel at the top.

Double-hemming fold, and sewing the drawstring channel:


French seams on the bottom and sides.  I also stitched a curve on the corners at the bottom (not my neatest sewing, but it did the job):

French seams Picklepiemama

French seams on the bottom and sides


And the finished bag, kindly photographed by the recipient’s mum 😊

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Quick Makes 2 – Mini Tote Bags

There are thousands of tutorials for tote bags of all shapes and sizes available on the internet. I will admit to having read some of them, but I have never yet actually followed one. They can be as easy or as complex as you want, and I have at least one from Crazy Little Projects lined up for Christmas presents.

We have been finding it hard to keep on top of clothing organisation during the week for Mini Mister. Maxi is easy as he just needs plenty of clean, dry school uniform. Because I am now back at work, trying to get Mini’s clothes sorted is proving harder than it should be. Some days I only see him for 20-30 minutes before bedtime, so I don’t always have time to sort his clothes for the next day. Since they are in drawers in his room, I can’t do it once he is in bed, and I can’t leave it to Hubby in the morning as he has himself as well as both boys to get up and ready (I leave before they are up).

I saw a fantastic idea pop up on a friend’s FB feed, of stacking drawers all set up for 3 kids with a week’s worth of clothes etc. We don’t have space for more drawers, so I needed an alternative. I have plenty of scraps of fabric, so small bags seemed like a good idea. And the easiest bags (other than drawstring) are basic totes.

I did make a template, but only so it was quick to cut the fabric the same for 3 bags. If you are only doing one, then you probably don’t need to worry. For each bag I cut a 8x8in square on the fold of the fabric and two 2 1/2x12in pieces.

Tote bag, quilting ruler, rotary cutter

3 bags ready to sew

The straps were made first. I pressed the smaller pieces of fabric in half along their length and pressed them, before folding in the 2 sides almost to the middle and pressed again. This meant I could top-stitch them closed without having to fuss about turning them. I also stitched down the other length so they matched.

bag 1

Another quick tip is to chain stitch the straps together, especially if you are doing more than 1 bag, as you don’t actually need to backstitch the ends as they will be dealt with when the straps are attached to the bag. This is an idea taken from numerous quilting sites.

The bags were next. I could have made it really easy and just sewed up the sides, but I wanted to enclose the raw edges. I used the French seam method, of which there is an excellent tutorial on Georgina Giles’ blog.

bag 3

bag 4

The tops were turned over twice, again to enclose the raw edges and I top-stitched using a zig-zag stitch to make it look more interesting than just a straight stitch. I am actually now undecided whether I prefer it like that or not.

bag 6

Lastly, I positioned the straps approximately an inch from the seams, folding under the raw edges, and sewing round the join. A cross through the middle adds strength.

bag 7

A quick press, and there you have it: 3 mini totes ready for Mini Mister’s clothes this week 😊

bag 8

3 mini totes

Quick Makes 1

Just did a lightning fast make, a random idea after my niece’s tooth fell out this afternoon. Since we are all away from our homes at the moment, my middle sister and her family staying with my Dad, and our little family staying in a gorgeous little cottage 10 minutes from my Dad, the tooth needed to be put somewhere less likely to be lost.

As I had my hexies on me, I thought a would make a pocket for the tooth with scraps of material. It was easier, in the end to make it hexagon shape as everything is already cut.


All I did was baste 2 hexagons, sew them wrong sides together using tiny whip-stitches round 4 sides, and then whip stitch the edges of the 2 remaining sides on each hexagon. I did remove the basting, but it probably could be left since I only basted the seam allowance and not through to the front of the hexagons.

I think it could be improved with the addition of a snap at the top point to hold it closed, but I don’t have mine with me, so it stays as it is, certainly for the moment. It could also have an appliquéd or embroidered name initial on one side, or even make it out of smaller hexies and diamonds. In fact, there are endless possibilities…

What do you think?

Just hope the Tooth Fairy can find her way here…