Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tiny World Tutorial

Hello Friends,
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.
If you have a specific toy you want set it in the middle of the fabric and bunch up around it to get the approximate size circle you need.

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!
 There you have it my friends! I hope you enjoy this. I'd love to see photos if you make one up. Please use them for personal use only. If you have any questions or a step wasn't clear, please ask away in the comments and I'll do my best to answer.


Debi_myhappysewingplace said...

This is SO AMAZING! Thanks so much for the tutorial!!! I just love it!

Kristin Jones said...

I thought they were cute until I saw that it closes up into a pouch - AMAZING!! I really love this and need to find some children to play with...

EmSewCrazy said...

Thanks! So glad you like them. Let me know how the car trip goes!

EmSewCrazy said...

I know! So fun! Hope you find some children soon. If you have cool toys like this I bet they'll find you! :)

EmSewCrazy said...

You are welcome. I figured it was something original I could contribute.

EmSewCrazy said...

Thanks Debi! Thanks for hosting this and giving me the push to get it finished and up!

Borsmenta said...

Hey Em, thx for the tutorial. I´ll do a few of these for charity I think (and later for my son when he´ll be old enough for this :)) Megacool. :D

EmSewCrazy said...

So glad you like them. I look forward to seeing them!