Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cube Cat Pin Cushion

My life is a little crazy right now.  Deciding what to do with what little sewing time I have has proven to be difficult.  Once we move into our new apartment and I can get at all my stuff will make a difference, I'm sure.  This what I made this evening.  I call it a Cube Cat Pin Cushion. 

While making the cat, my mind started doing crazy things like how I can turn this basic shape into animals like, dogs, pigs, cows, etc.  I think I have gone just a little crazy.  I also know that when you have more then 3 "like" things you have a collection.  So it is official, I have a pincushion collection.  Only problem is where to display them. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Needle Caddie

 A Needle Caddie:  


I have seen something like this more than once on Facebook and Pintrest.  I finally settled on the one found here:  No tutorial that I could find so it was up to me to create my own.  So here is what I did and how I went about creating it.  I will be giving credit for techniques where credit is due. I rate this as a intermediate project. So here we go.

freezer paper
white/off white fabric
8.5 x 11-inch scrap of fabric for the back
2- 8.5 x 11-inch piece of warm and natural type batting
enough 2-inch-wide fabric for binding
fabric marking pen
sewing scissors
paper scissors
quilting ruler
sewing machine
walking foot
straight pins or quilt clips

I first started with my computer.  I created a paper that had the labels I wanted to have in the inside of my caddie.  If you like mine and don’t want to have to create your own, you can get it here.    Down load it and save it some where you know where it is.

 Next I tore off at least 10-inch piece of freezer paper.  I cut an 8.5” x 11” piece of the freezer paper, so it would fit into my printer. I used this tutorial for printing fabric using freezer paper.  (Thank you Heather) It is a lot easier than I dreamed of.  Cut the freezer paper into a 8.5" x11" rectangle.  With a warm iron press the paper to the white fabric. Using your sewing scissors, cut out the fabric to match the rectangle.  Trim away any little threads.  Put the fabric/paper in the paper tray of your printer, making sure that the fabric is the side facing the ink, and print.  Things I had to figure out myself.  Make sure your freezer paper/fabric sandwich is exactly 8.5” x 11” and try to get the paper to go with the grain of fabric.  Then when you put it in your printer and are ready to print, adjust the printer for “specialty paper” or your printer will have a time with the fabric paper and keep jamming.  Print your fabric, remove the paper from the back and iron the fabric to set the ink. 

Make a quilt sand which of the backing fabric (face down) on the bottom, 2 pieces of batting and then the top piece, printed side face up.  Use whatever method you want to get them to stay stable/together.  I used 505 spray sewing adhesive.

Use a fabric marking pen of your choice to mark a line down the center of the caddie and then I made lines above and below the Titles of the pages.   

Use the walking foot when sewing the lines you just drew on the caddie.   Looks good. 

 Use your quilt ruler and sewing scissors to even up the edges of the caddie. 
Now to bind it.  I discovered this tutorial:   You collect enough 2" strips to go around the edge of the caddie with 6 (+/-) inches extra.  To connect them together by putting two ends at 90 degree angles to each other.
Sew along the angle that will allow you to cut off the two points leaving about 1/4 inch as seam allowance.
Press open.
Fold the fabric in half length wise and press.
Lay the raw edges of the binding long the raw edges of the bottom of the caddie leaving a 4+ inch tail free for future use.  Sew a 1/4 inch seam until you come within 1/4 inch of the edge.  Stop sewing and  fold the binding up along the upper edge and along the next edge and start sewing again.  Do this at each of the 4 corners. I am not very good at the corners yet, but it is getting better.  If you want to see how an expert does it, go the the tutorial above.
Just before you reach the bottom stop and  prepare to make the joint in the middle look good. 

I started and ended near the center of the bottom.  I left a lot space on both sides of the bottom center line.  I opened the free ends of the binding and had them meet in the middle.  I pinned it there.  Because I left enough room I was able open the binding and  sew a seam  along the middle of the line. Cut the extra leaving off a 1/4" of fabric.  Pressed it open and the folded back in half and laid it along the edge and finished sewing it to the sandwich. 

I folded the binding over  to the back of the caddie and because I still prefer sewing the back down my hand if the project isn’t too large, that it how I finished this project with thread, hand needle and a ladder stitch.  

Once it was done I realized that it needed a closure, so I got out my plastic snap kit and made a snap closure. I didn’t put the snaps close enough to the edge, yet for it will do.    You may use whatever type of closure you want or do without.  Well here is the finished product front and back.  Enjoy!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Let's Use Up Our Scraps

It's National Sewing Month and I have made it a personal challenge to use up as many scraps as I can this month on my chosen projects.  Here are some pictures of some of the projects I have done so far this month.  I have included a link to the tutorial where I learned to make these projects.

This is the Charm Square Jewel Bag It was so much fun,  I am working on 3 more to use as Christmas gifts.  The pattern was created by, Madquilter.  The tutorial can be found HERE.

These are Cathedral Window Pin Cushions.  I made a few so that I would have them to use as birthday gifts this coming year.  Yeah,that works.  The tutorial I followed was by Go-Go Life and is found HERE.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cloth Tissue Holder

 This is a complete cloth tissue holder for you purse, tote, or whatever.  When ever I am without a  tissue, I will always need one.  I created this pattern myself.  I am making a pile of these, (say 25) to use as small gifts around Christmas Time. 
 First you start with a 6" x 27" strip of cotton or cotton/poly cloth.  You can make 3 of these from a fat quarter, which is what I used.  Small prints seem to work best.  Fold it in half so that the 6" ends are together.  Sew the 2 edges together.
 Press the seam open, off to a side.  You want this seam to be hidden inside the holder.
 Using a friction pen or friction highlighter, mark a space 3/4 inch to 1 inch wide space in very center and on each side of the holder.
 Sew a line 1/4 inch from the edge and between the two marks.  I promise there is a method to my madness.  Snip the ends of the sewn line.  Do this tow both side of the holder.
 Turn the holder right sides out and press.  You will have a little dip on each side.
 Fold each end toward the center, stopping at the start of the dip.
 Straight pin them in place.
 Sew the 1/4 inch seam along each edge.  That is a total of 4 seams.
 Snip the corners of each seam and if you want trim those seams down to 1/8 inch.
 Fold the seams side into the center of the holder and use a pointed something ( used my scissors) to pock out the corners.
 Press and fold in half.
 Now how to put them to use.  You don't have to buy any fancy tissues for this holder.  Take a tissue from a tissue box and lay it out flat.
 Fold it in 1/3's.
 Fold 9 more so that you have a total of 10 folded tissues.  Make 2 piles of 5 each.
Tuck one pile into each side of the folder. 
Now fold it in half again.  It is now ready to put in your purse, brief case or whatever.  When you have used up all the tissues it will only take a minute or so to refill.  Enjoy!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Envelope Back Pillow

 Here is my latest pillow and how I put it together.  Supplies:  A pillow top (15" x 15" for a 14"x14" pillow form) and two pieces (15" x 10" each) for the envelope back.  A package of piping in a color to match or contrast.  Sewing machine with zipper foot, thread, straight pins
Sew a hem on one 15" side of each backing piece.  Lay the pillow top on your surface with the front facing you and place the  two backing pieces onto of top, so that the hemmed edges over lap each other.
 Open the package of piping and and unwrap it from the card
 Start at the bottom middle of the top and  lay the piping between the top and back layer with the piping roll toward the center and edge along the edges of the material.  Pin all the layers in place with straight pins.

 When you get to the corners, don't even try to make them square, just round the corner and use extra straight pins to hold it in place.
 Continue all the way around the pillow.  Over lap the piping when you get back to your starting place.
 Put your zipper foot on your machine.
 Starting where you over lapped the two ends, sew right along the edge of the piping, all the way around the pillow.  Stay as close to the piping roll as possible (I have been doing this for years and I have yet to get it perfect).
 Check to make sure you don't have any gaps, then trim around the corners.
  Reach in between the two overlapping back pieces and turn the pillow right side out.
There it is, done!
 To stuff the pillow form into the pillow, reach in through the top half of the bottom layer and start stuffing  the form in.  Then pull the  bottom half down and cover the form with the bottom of the pillow cover. 

Here is what it looks like with the pillow form in it.  This method can be done with any size pillow.  Good luck and enjoy!