Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sewn Gift Tags


For the past few years I have made printable gift tags for you to print out for tagging your gifts. I had some fun with them and made them into stitched gift tags. They are great for using up lots of little trim scraps as well as buttons and fabric.

Here's what you'll need.

Gift Tags Printable
Printable fabric
Fabric and Trim Scraps
8" Ribbon for hanging
Fusible Webbing
Fusible Fleece


First of all, this is kind of a free for all project, anything goes so there aren't real specific instructions. But here's basically how to make the tags.

Print the tag document out onto the printable fabric sheet.


The tags measure approximately 3" x 3.5" so I cut the fabric for the backing to be 4" x 4.5". You'll need to pieces per tag as well as a piece of fusible fleece the same size.


Iron the fleece to the back of one of the squares.



 Using the paper backed fusible webbing adhere the sheet of printed tags. Trim the tags to size. Iron  on to the front of one of the squares.


Place the front of the tag onto the fleece. Cut a piece of ribbon for the hanging part of the tag, fold it in half and slide it in-between two layers of the tag. Pin this in place.

Using your machine sew around the edges of the tag and the printed tag to secure. Here's a great chance to use some of this decorative stitches on your machine.



Sew any trims or ribbons on as well. Hand stitch any buttons or embellishments on and you are finished!


Happy Holidays!


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fabric Postcards

Here's a fun project for you today. Did you know that you can mail fabric? I received a fabric postcard a few years back and I thought it was the finest thing to get in the mail. How about surprising some of your sewing friends with one?

I chose to make mine as a package with a bit of a modern look. You could always sew on appliqués, more trims, etc. The secret to not delaying your postcard is keeping it flat. That way it can make it through the post offices machines easily. Keeping the postcard around an 1/8" thick is best. If you got over 4" x 6" then it will be considered oversized and you'll need to add extra postage.


Here are the basics to making a fabric postcard.

Supplies:

Front and back fabric
Binding Fabric
Heavyweight Fusible Interfacing
Ribbon
Thick paper

Instructions:
1. First decide on what size you want to make your postcard. I chose to cut mine 6" x 8". Cut the front, back, and interfacing this size.

2. Iron the interfacing to the backside of the backing fabric and set aside.


3. Sew trims, appliques or whatever you would like on the front of the fabric.

4. Place the from and back side of the fabric together so the right sides are both facing outward. Sew a 2.5" binding around the outer edge of the postcard. Fold over the binding and press in place. Instead of hand sticthing the binding on, I used my machine.

Note: If you wanted to be quicker, leave off the binding and just stitch around the outside, leaving the raw edge showing.

5. Now cut a piece of paper to fit inside the binding of your postcard. Write your message and the address on the paper. You could always write directly on the fabric, but I thought it would be easier to read on paper so that's why I went this way. Topstitch the paper onto the backside of the postcard.

You're ready for a stamp!

Enjoy!








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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Oversized Coasters Pattern


Here's a great gift for just about anyone. Make them to match their decor or in a fun print of something they like. These coasters are six inches wide, that way they can hold the biggest of mugs and still show off a little fabric while being used.


Supplies for 6" coasters:
4 fabrics each 8" x 16"
1/4 yard for binding
1/4 yard batting
coordinating thread

Instructions:
1. Begin by finding a circle the size you would like your coasters to be to use as a pattern. I used a spool of ribbon to trace that was six inches in diameter. The measurements are based on this size circle for a finished coaster but they can be easily adjusted to fit your needs.

2. Cut 16 4" x 4" squares to use for the coaster fronts.

3. Sew two together, do this 7 more times so you have 8 sets.

4. Now sew the sets of two together, lining up the seams in the center to make the four coaster fronts. Press flat.

5. Using a fabric marker, transfer pen, or pencil trace you circle onto the patchwork piece. The marking will be hidden by the binding so don't worry too much about them showing.



6. Make a quilt sandwich with the patchwork on top, then batting, and then the backing. Start in the center and quilt in a spiral out to the circle. (I found it helpful to have the circle drawn on for this part to use as a stitching guide.)

7. Trim around the drawn circle.

8. Using 2.5" binding, sew it on around the outer edge of the coaster. Clip around the outer edge of the circle and the raw edge of the binding, this will help your coasters lie flat. Finish by hand stitching the binding.

Helpful tips with circle and binding: Binding a round abject can be a bit trickier than a straight edged piece. If it really scares you, you could always make square coasters. If you're up for the challenge(I promise it's not that hard), then here's what I found to be helpful.... First don't pull the binding to tight when sewing it on. If you aren't using stripes like mine that you want to go a certain way, then cut your binding on the bias, it will stretch better. Clipping the quilt sandwich around the edges helps a lot. When I pressed the coasters before hand stitching the binding on, I gave them a good spray of starch. This helped tremendously.


Have fun!



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Friday, November 28, 2014

Free Shipping Black Friday thru Cyber Monday


Hey, Hey, it's very rare I offer free shipping so get it while you can! Enter Holidays starting today and running thru Cyber Monday to recieve free shipping on your US orders. Sorry international fold, I can't offer you free shipping, but to make up for it, I will refund 10% off of your order once it is placed.

If you need to print out a list to plan out your holiday gifts here's a freebie.


Have a great day,
Jennifer

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you and your family and friends have a wonderful holiday together. We all have a lot to be thankful for. I know I am thankful for my family.



my pups,



and you. You make it so I get to do what I love everyday.

Have a great day,








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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Applique Glasses Case


Hey Hey, so far there have been lots of holiday decorations on the blog and in the holiday projects. Today, were going to start gearing up for some gift making. Here's a case for glasses, I'm sure everyone knows someone who could use a case for their reading or sun glasses. Her's the how-to.

Supplies:
Printed glasses applique
Two pieces of cotton fabric cut to  4 1/2" x 8 1/2" for outer case
Two pieces of cotton fabric cut to  4 1/2" x 8 1/2" for inner case
Two pieces of bating cut to  4 1/2" x 8 1/2"
One piece 3" x 7" for frames
One piece 3" x 6" for lenses
Paper backed fusible webbing



1. Begin by cutting the fabric according to the sizes listed in the supplies. 

2. Trace the frames and two lenses onto paper baked fusible webbing. I used Heat n Bond Lite for the project. Roughly cut out the pieces and then iron them on to their corresponding fabrics. Cut the pieces out on the pencil lines.


3. Arrange and iron into place on the center of one of the outer case pieces. Using free motion or an appliqué stitch, sew around the fabric appliqué to secure.


4. Place the two short sides of an outer fabric to one of the lining pieces with right sides together. Arrange a pieces of batting on top of the fabric. Sew down the one short side, press open and set aside. Repeat these steps for the remaining two fabrics and batting piece.

5. Pin the two case pieces together with the outer pieces aligning and the inner pieces together. Starting on the short side of the two lining pieces, sew around the entire outer edge. Leave a 2" opening in the short side of the lining for turning.

6. Clip the corners and turn right sides out.

7. Hand stitch the opening in the lining closed.

8. Tuck the lining into the case.


Have a great day!









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Friday, November 21, 2014

Some Gift Ideas, Holiday Shipping Dates, and a Free Printable


Hey Hey,

I thought I would pop in a do a quick little post to get you in the know for the holidays on shipping dates, coupons, etc. Then since I needed to have some photos in this post(because a whole bunch of words would just be boring) I decided to show you some gift ideas.


First of all, Happy Thanksgiving a little early. Second, I will be spending some time with my family so shipping will be scaled back a bit. Any orders placed today until Tuesday (Nov 25th) will go out the studio door on Wednesday the 26th. Orders placed Wednesday through Sunday will go out Monday Dec 1st. Shipping will pick back up to it's normal everyday "thing" until December 23rd.


If there is ever a time when you need something quick, I am happy to upgrade shipping to something speedier, just contact me before the order and I am happy to help out.


On to gifts, it's time to get serious, so I made you this printable. You can download it and print off as many copies as you would like to make your holiday gift buying and making organized.


Have a great day,









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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lollipop Decorations

                      


These lollipops were featured in Quilts and More a few years ago, just in case you're thinking they look familiar. The pattern was available through the magazine only but now I can share it with you. These are fun to make are are a great scrap buster.

If your new to sewing or piecing, this is a perfect project to try. If your center points don't line up, it's okay, they're covered with a button. There are only two pattern pieces for this project, so I do hope you sew some up.


The printable pattern pieces are here.

Supplies:
2 squares of cotton quilting fabric 10" x 10" each
1 yard ribbon
1" button
1 paper straw
Instructions:
1. Using the printed pattern pieces, cut 1 back and 4 triangles from one fabric and 4 triangles from your second fabric.
2. Start by sewing 4 sets of triangles together using two different fabrics. Make sure each set is sewn on the same side. This will insure that your pieces alternate fabrics.

                                                 


3. Press the seams open. Sew two of the sets together to make a half circle. Sew the remaining two sets to make a second half circle.

4. Press open the seams. Now sew the two half circles together to make the complete front circle.  

                                        

5. Align the front and back of the lollipop together with right sides facing inward. Take a 8" piece of ribbon, fold it in half and insert the loop side in between the two fabric layers. Leaving approximately 1/2" sticking out, pin into place. Sew around the outer edge using a 1/4" seam allowance. Leave a 2" gap for turning.

6. Clip the edges and turn right sides out. Fill with fiberfill.

7. Slide the paper straw approximately 2" into the opening of the lollipop. Hand stitch the opening closed. While you're stitching, sew through the paper straws one or two times to secure.
8. Using the remaining ribbon, tie a bow at the base of the lollipop around the straw. Tack stitch in place.


9. Sew a button to the center of the lollipop. While sewing it on, send your needle all of the way through to the back of the lollipop and pull the thread snug. Do this several times to secure it.

Hope you had fun!



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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey Potholder


Thanksgiving is in just a couple of weeks and if your not hosting this year, then a hostess gift would be nice to bring along to your gathering. How about a Thanksgiving Turkey Potholder?

Here's what you'll need:
Printed Pattern, (can be found here)
1/4 yard Brown Plaid Fabric for Feathers and Backing
Scraps of Brown Wood Grain and Brown Vine Fabric for Feathers
3" x 6" Cream Dot Fabric for Body
4" x 4" Gold Plaid Fabric for Wings
1" x 1" Red Fabric
5" Ribbon for Hanger
10" x 10" Fusible Fleece
1/4 yard Paper Backed Fusible Web
Black or Brown Thread

Instructions:
1. Begin by tracing the four feathers(marked by numbers on pattern), the body, the wings, beak, and waddler onto the fusible web. Iron feather 1 and 3 onto the vine fabric and feathers 2 and 4 onto the woodgrain. Iron the rest of the pieces to the corresponding fabrics using the image above.



2. Cut out two full turkeys/full feathers from the plaid. The full turkey/full feathers is the outer line of the printed pattern. Cut one of these from fusible fleece as well.

3. Peel the paper backing off of the four feathers and arrange them onto the full turkey. It will be opposite of the pattern that you traced. Iron in place.



4. Next, iron the body, followed by the wings, beak, and waddler.

5. Iron the fusible fleece to the back of the fabric. Place the backing on top of the turkey so that right sides are facing.

6. Fold the ribbon in half and tuck the folded side in between the two layers of fabric on one side for the hanger. Pin everything in place.

7. Leaving a 3" opening at the bottom of the turkey, use a 1/4" seam allowance to sew around the outer edge. Clip all of the curves and turn right sides out. Press.



8. Using free motion embroidery or a straight stitch sew around all of the appliqués to secure. Make a smile and two eyes with the thread as well.

Happy Thanksgiving!











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