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!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hapy New Year! and latest project

        I somehow got through the whole of 2014 with out posting even once.  Not a good thing.  2014 was a HARD year with major illnesses and lots of interesting thing that seemed to take up most of my time.  I have resolved to do better this year. 
       This is my latest project.  The goal is to create 6 different pillow covers which can be interchanged with one another, so you only need on pillow form.  The 6th one is still under construction.  I will post it as soon as it is done.  I think I am going to make another one of the owl for MDH for Valentines Day no lace, just piping.  We shall see.  I started all of these last November and they will all be given as gifts to the same person over the 2015 year.  If I get my act together, I will show you in detail how I will make the last one.  Have a Happy New Year!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Lap Quilt

First a disclaimer; I am NOT a quilter. I keep thinking back to the day that an acquaintance asked me, "What can't you do?" At that time, the answer was, I can't spell and I can't cut hair, everything else is requisite to learning how." I have added quilting to that list. So why in the world did I even attempt to create this quilt? I was introduced to paper piece quilting many years so and I just had to try it. Oh my word, I cannot get everything even and straight, a requisite for paper piece quilting.     
I got this one project (that is the Mount Timpanogas Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located one mile from my home) completed about 2 years ago and I swore that I would never do another one. Meanwhile, I turned that quilt square into a pillow top, put it in a plastic case and it has just sat in the top of my closet. Then some things, very happy things, happened in our lives and I decided to make that lone 12"x12" quilt square the center of a lap quilt, to give to MHD for Christmas.
 I bought fabric which you can run through the printer, and then sew the picture onto a project. I printed off two pictures one of MDH and myself and one of all of our family which were with us on that special day. I used the fabric which I had used to create the pillow cover, then I added more fabric to make it lap quilt size. I have a friend who has a quilting machine and she machine quilted it for me. I hand hemmed the edges down, and it is done.   Now it is sitting in a box in the top of my closet.   I am doing my best to make this a complete surprise for MDH.  So if you know him, please do not tell him about this quilt or show him the pictures.  Thank you!


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

DIY Fitted Crib Sheets

This last Sunday our granddaughter made us great grandparents, 8 weeks early.  Kaylee and Sophia each weigh less than 3 pounds.  They are healthy but very tiny.  We went through this once before when a grandson was born 7 weeks early, and he weighed just over 3 lbs.  Well, when we went to see the new little ones at the hospital, the other grandparents and great grandparents were all shook up about things that were not ready for the girls to be here.  One of the things mentioned were sheets for the two cribs.  Well I know how to make them, they are easy.  So I went home bought fabric and made 4 sets.  They are white, so that they can be bleached as needed.  This is how to make fitted crib sheets. 
70” x 45” (178cm x 114 cm) 100% cotton materials (buy 2 yards and preshrink it)
2 yards (183 cm) - ¼” (6mm) elastic
Sewing machine (not shown)
Thread (not shown)
9” x 9” (23cm x 23cm) square piece of paper
Straight pins
If you haven’t, already, wash and dry the material, for this preshrinks it, so that it will not shrink any more, when washed again.  Next I took the iron and on “cotton” heat ironed the fabric so that the edges will be flat and easy to work with.  To make the next part easier, I fold the four (4) corners of the soon to be sheet together, one on top of each other lined up as evenly as possible.
Next cut a piece of paper to be 9” x 9” (23cm x 23cm) square.  I put the paper on top of the corners as evenly as possible.
Using the square as my pattern, I cut out all 4 corners at once.
Now comes the part, where you grab the two sides left over from the cut out square corner and pin them together from the edges to the center of the cut.
Sew this closed with a ¼ inch (6mm) seam.
Repeat with the other 3 corners, making sure the seams are all on the same side of the sheet.   
Now fold down the edge of the sheet, ¼ inch (6mm), and sew this edge down.  This does not need to be perfect because it will be under the mattress and will rarely be seen.
Final step: change your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch, then starting on one of the corners, on the inside of the sheet, place the end of the elastic and tack it down by running the stitch back a forth a few times.  Then holding down the fabric, stretch the elastic as far as it will go and zigzag it to the edge of the material.
When the material goes past the sewing needle, the elastic relaxes and gathers the material. Stop as need to re-stretch the elastic and keep going until you get to where you started.
I don't have access to a crib so I don't have a picture of it on a crib. Sorry about that.
This is how to fold this sheet, so that it can be stored on a shelf until needed.  Lay the sheet out on a flat surface the elastic side up and in the middle. 
Fold it in half length wise. 
Then fold it in half, bottom to top
and fold it in half one more time.  Now it is neat enough to be put on a shelf in a linen closet, or where ever it is you store sheets.  Enjoy!