Sunday, November 8, 2015

Handmade Holidays Hop 2015

For Christmas this year I am making a special something for each of my kids. I thought I would share one of my projects for the Handmade Holidays Hop. This fun bag will be a gift for my sweet tween who LOVEs her Ukulele. Adding a quilted Ukulele applique to a bag just takes a few simple steps.


You will need:

Suiting fabric
Cotton fabric (I used Blend Fabrics: Turkish Delight by Josephine Kimberling)

to match fabric for construction
12 wt, Covered Cotton OR embroidery floss for hand-stitched details (I like it BOLD) 

Shiny for the string

Pattern McCalls 4400 Or your choice of tote that needs a Ukulele Applique!

Basic Sewing Supplies: Sewing Machine, iron, needle, ruler…

Here is what you do:

I loved the lines on this a pattern from McCalls 4400 view C but it was a little big for my sweet tween I had in mind. So I scaled it back a bit. So if you desire the smaller size reduce. This is my fancy high tech pattern reducing method…painters tape and a ruler.

Cut pattern pieces as indicated by pattern. 

Sew the front and back of bag together at one side. Press seam open and lay bag flat.

Press  HeatnBond® Lite to wrong side of cotton print. Remove backing and press to Sew-In High Loft Fleece Interfacing. Cut Ukulele from these pieces.

Use SpraynBond® Basting Adhesive to adhere Ukulele to side of bag.

Stitch Ukulele in place. Add handstitched details of bridge and where the neck meets the body of the Uke.

Machine stitch 4 strings. ½ inch apart. 

Finish the bag construction following the pattern instructions.

Happy Sewing!

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  1. Cute idea! Thanks for sharing the How-to!
    Janelle R

  2. What a fun idea, Jennifer! And even if you're not putting a ukulele in it, it's a lovely bag design!

  3. Very cool. Your child is going to love this bag:)

  4. First of all I am glad she loves her Uke. Second, I love your reducing method. Made me smile.
    Last - you have earned a BEST MOM EVER award.

    1. I don't know about best mom ever...but I sure am excited to give it to her! ;)

  5. This is so cute!!! I love the shape of this tote and am off to order the pattern now!!! TFS!

  6. this is great, wish I knew how to sew well

  7. I love how you personalized this for your daughter. So cute! Tfs Patricia B

  8. Thanks for the detailed instructions. I'd love to applique some designs onto some totes for some friends.... thanks for the inspiration!

  9. FABULOUS, THOUGHTFUL and PRACTICAL gift idea Jennifer!!!
    LOVE IT!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing ... I'm thinking of all the nieces and nephews who this would be perfect for, with a different theme to personalise for each one, from action heroes to animated cuties :)

  10. Awesome! I so wish I could so. I would love to get a bag like this. Thanks for sharing!

  11. How many ways to use these materials are familiar to me . I like your ideas !

  12. What a fun tote bag. I have a friend that plays another instrument, just have to find the pattern for it!

    Carmen L