Sweetcakes Baking Party Set Tutorial
Posted by HeidiS on Monday, January 7th, 2013
My name is Heidi Staples, and while you can usually find me blogging about my latest sewing projects at Fabric Mutt, today I’m thrilled to be sharing a tutorial with you here at Riley Blake Fabrics. When I first saw the new Sweetcakes collection (by Doodlebug designs), I instantly thought of a little girl’s baking party — something that would definitely appeal to my own three daughters! An event like this would be perfect for a birthday or even Valentine’s Day, and I put together a group of items that are fairly quick to assemble so that this won’t be an overwhelming project even if your guest list is a large one. The set includes a party bag, cake bunting, a cake rug, and a child’s apron. Ready? Let’s party!
The Party Bag
Stuff this quick-finish bag with all sorts of goodies: cookie cutters, silicone baking cups, spoons or spatulas, and even a recipe or two. Cute buttons and ribbon add a touch of whimsy.
(4) 9 x 9” pieces of fabric for the bag – two each of the interior and exterior prints
(2) 2 x 15” pieces of fabric for the handles
Buttons and/or ribbon for decoration if desired
Step 1: Make the handles. Fold the pieces in half lengthwise and press. Unfold them and press each long side in half toward the center fold. With sides still folded, fold the entire length in half again and press. Stitch along each long side of the handles about 1/8-1/4” from the edges.
Step 2: Make the bag. Stack an exterior bag piece and interior bag piece, right sides together, with a handle sandwiched between them (be sure that there’s no twist in the handle, by the way) whose ends extend about 1/4” past the top edge, each about two inches from the side edge of the bag pieces (refer to the photo above). Pin in place and sew 1/4” from the top edge. Fold the bag pieces back from the handle so that the wrong sides match up together, and press.
Top stitch 1/4” from the top edge of the bag. Repeat all of step 2 with the other set of bag pieces and handle.
Step 3: Pin the bag pieces with the interior pieces together, exterior pieces out, just as the bag should look when it’s done. Sew 1/4” all the way around the outside of the bag. Trim the corners a bit around your stitching to cut down on bulk.
Now turn the bag inside out and press. Sew 1/2” all the way around the interior of the bag. Turn the bag right side out and press.
Step 4: If desired, sew decorative buttons or ribbon to the outside of the bag.
The Cake Bunting
You can use this same technique to make longer garlands for decorative purposes if you like. This one is designed to fit on top of a birthday cake, but you can go even smaller to decorate cupcakes too.
(1) piece of string or baking twine, about 24” long
(5) 1 x 3” fabric scraps
Step 1: Fold the scraps in half so the short ends meet and press. Sew 3/8” from the folded end of each scrap.
Step 2: Thread a darning needle with the string or twine and then thread the bunting pieces onto the string through the loops at the top. Tie the ends of the string to a pair of bamboo skewers, adjusting the length of the ends to fit the size of your cake, and insert the skewers into the cake top.
The Cake Rug
This little rug, meant to go under the party cake, is a fun way to use the selvage strips off your fabric, but it’s just as nice with regular fabric strips if you prefer them. Adjust fabric sizes to make your rug larger or smaller as needed.
(6) 2 x 18” strips of fabric
(1) 20 x 12” piece of fabric for backing (extra added to size in case of shifting during quilting)
(1) 20 x 12” piece of batting (extra added to size in case of shifting during quilting)
(1) 2½ x 40” length of fabric for binding (smaller pieces can be sewn together to make this length)
Step 1: Make the rug top. Sew the strips of fabric together. I used a 1/8” seam allowance because I wanted to show as much of the selvages as possible, but you can use a 1/4” seam allowance if you’re using regular strips of fabric. My final quilt top size was about 10 x 18”
Step 2: Make the quilt sandwich. Stack the backing (right side down), the batting, and the top (right side up). Pin them together using basting pins and quilt as desired.
Step 3: Bind the cake rug. Trim off the extra backing and batting around the edges. Use the binding fabric to bind the edges of the cake rug. If you need extra information on that process, I personally follow the steps of Elizabeth Hartman’s tutorial which you can find here.
If you would rather save time by making half aprons, just eliminate the fabric for the bodice and neck loop and skip those steps below. Shorter than usual waist straps are joined together by velcro, saving you the chore of tying and untying those apron strings time after time!
(1) 9 x 17” piece of fabric for the bodice
(1) 18 x 24” piece of fabric for the longest skirt layer
(1) 18 x 18” piece of fabric for the middle skirt layer
(1) 18 x 12” piece of fabric for the shortest skirt layer
(2) 5 x 34” pieces of fabric for the waistband and neck loop
(1) 3/4 x 3” piece of sew-in velcro
Fabric glue stick
Step 1: Make the waistband and neck loop. Fold both pieces of fabric in half lengthwise, press, unfold, and fold each long end halfway to meet at the middle crease, pressing again. Fold in the short ends about a half inch and press. Then fold both long sides together along the original half fold and press one last time.
Step 2: Make the skirt. Fold each skirt piece in half so that the 18” ends meet. Topstitch 1/4” from the fold on each piece. Stack the pieces in order from biggest to smallest with the largest piece on the bottom, pin them together at the top, and sew ¼” from the top edge. Flip the skirt upside down and fold the left and right sides in 1/2”, press, fold both sides in another 1/2", and press again. Sew two seams 1/4” and 1/2" from the side folds to secure.
Step 3: Make the bodice. Fold the bodice piece in half so that the short ends meet. Top stitch 1/4” from the fold at the top. Take the neck loop and place the ends of the piece on either side of the open end of the bodice, looping it around the sides of the bodice and leaving a neck hole at the top. Fit the sides of the bodice inside the fold of the neck loop and stitch 1/4” from both the inside and outside edges of the neck loop all the way around.
Fold the bottom edge of the bodice toward the back 1/2”, press, fold in another 1/2", and press one last time.
Step 4: Attach the bodice and skirt. Center the skirt within the fold of the waistband and stitch all along the bottom edge of the band, 1/4” from the edge.
Turn the skirt right side down and center the bodice (also right side down) along the waistband so that the top edge of the waistband is aligned with the top of the half inch fold at the bottom of the bodice (refer to the picture for this).
Pin in place, flip so that the apron is right side up, and stitch 1/4” from the top of the waistband along its entire length to secure it in place.
Step 5: Add velcro to the waistband. Attach the two halves of the velcro to the ends of the waistband straps using a fabric glue stick. Remember that one half goes on the front of the strap and the other half goes on the back, otherwise it won't fasten correctly. I highly recommend that you test that it will work before you sew it in place!
Stitch along the outer edge of each piece of velcro and then stitch an x in the middle of the piece as well to secure it firmly.
Thanks so much for joining me today and be sure to share any photos if you make a party set of your own. We’d love to see your sweet creations!