I've been wanting to do a tutorial ever since my tiny worlds were so well received during last January's Stashbusting. Sew Grateful week was just the kick in the pants that I needed to get this done. Let's make Tiny Worlds together!
A circle template (mine was about 7 1/2 inches)
Scissors and/or rotary cutter
Fabric for front and back
Fabric scraps or markers for decorating
Ribbon for drawstring
|1. Trace and cut two circles on inside and outside fabric.
|2. Create landscape.
Use fabric markers first and iron down scraps of fabrics using double
sided fusible. You could also use a print for your scenery.
|Make sure you keep details 1/2 inch away from edges so they don't
disappear in seam allowance.
|Using three strands of yarn, (mine was that loose weave crewel yarn) layer it across area you wish for grass.
|Using a very small stitch length sew as many rows as needed to attach the "grass".
Carefully clip apart between stitch lines and all the loops.
|Fluff grass with fingers revealing pattern underneath. Steam iron into shape if desired.
|3. Take outer fabric and stitch a small buttonhole a bit more than a 1/4 inch from the edge. Use a scrap of interfacing if using a stretchy fabric. But don't use stretch velvet on your first bag like I did in this example. Horrid shifty stuff.
|4. Pin right sides together and sew 1/4 inch seam, leaving an opening for turning. Don't worry about the poof in the middle just make the edges match up.
Clip curves and turn right side out.
|5. Press flat and top stitch close to the edge and a 1/4 inch away from edge stitch making sure buttonhole falls in between these lines. You've just made your drawstring casing!
|6. Cut ribbon to fit around circle lying flat. Thread through and tie off close to opening.
|Give it a pull and TaDa! You're done!