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summer sewing

summer sewing

Nothing really says Summer like berry picking at the farm. The taste of a warm, sun ripened black raspberry is heavenly, and spending the day picking fruit with my kiddos (+  niece) is an activity that I look forward to as the warmer weather sets in.

June brings about strawberry picking, then pie cherries, red currants, black raspberries, etc. Every few weeks we pack a picnic, grab plenty of water, and pick fruit while dreaming up different ways that we can eat it (besides in the car on the way home). Ice cream, jam, pie, etc. are always discussed and voted upon, and we spend the next few days loving every last berry.

This year, in addition to our favorite teal blue berry basket, we added in a sewing project I had been meaning to make for  years. The Harvest Basket from the Autumn edition 2010 of Rhythm of the Home is a favorite of many, and certainly a great project for anyone who has some fruit of veggies to gather this season. I used a repurposed piece of linen that I loved as the outer fabric, and it brought a smile to my face to see it in use.

The pattern is very simple, takes under 30 minutes to make, and my kids spent the entire day arguing over who got to use it (note to self, make enough for all your children).

Now the best part, the eating. I think I see some coconut milk and black raspberry ice cream in our very near future.


Tiny Treasure Bags

June 5, 2012

I love quick and easy summer sewing projects. At a recent picnic with friends, Elwood asked me if we could host a nature treasure hunt. It seemed like a fun and easy game, and there certainly are some great ideas around the web for ways to do it.

Originally I had considered baskets for the kids to use when they found their treasures, but then a little sewing seemed in order to bump it up a bit, and add a gift for everyone to take home.

These tiny treasure bags are super quick, and I love the fact that the kids can wear them around their wrist for ease. We had 8 kids participate, and the bags in total took a little over an hour to do. If you are making more than two of these at a time, I would suggest doing them all at once, and each step together.

A tiny bag is the perfect way to collect treasures on hikes, picnics, the beach, or the backyard.


Light weight fabric of your choosing (you will need no more than a 1/4 of a yard)

Square ruler

Rotary cutter or scissors

Ribbon for the wrist

Seam rippers


Sewing Machine

Cut two squares of fabric to your desired size. I used an 8×8″ square for 6 year old kiddos, and he bag held around 5-10 treasures, depending on the size they found.

On one side of each square, fold and press down 1/2 inch. This side will be the side that we open the bag, and folding it down this way ensures that the bag will not fray. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the fold closed.

With right sides together, pin three sides of the bag, and using a 1/2 seam allowance, sew around those sides. Clip your corners.

Turn the top of your bag down by 1″, and sew around the entire bag, leaving enough room for the size ribbon that you will be using to fit.

On one of the side seams, open the seam up using a seam ripper.

Using a pin to thread the ribbon, draw it through the opening and all the way around the bag.

To create a wrist hold, measure your child’s wrist, cut the ribbon accordingly, and using a ziz zag stich, sew the ribbon closed.

Your little one is now ready to go exploring!

Tiny Treasure Bags PDF