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Rag Quilt

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Rag Quilt

Supplies:

8" squares of flannel (a 35" square blanket will take 1/2 yard each of 5 flannel patterns) Quilt dimensions will be determined by # of squares chosen.

Spring action scissors recommended

Sewing machine

Optional: 1 1/4 yards of batting

Directions: Read carefully before beginning

DO NOT PRE-WASH FLANNEL OR BATTING

1. Cut 8" squares out of all your prints.

2. Take two squares of same print (wrong sides together) and stitch together with a 1/2" seam. (Optional - put 8" square of batting between the 2 pieces before stitching. After stitching a 1/2" seam around edge, open seam and trim away batting close to seam without cutting seam. Top stitch an "X" over block going from corner to corner.)

3. Lay your sewn squares out to create a design (this quilt is 5 squares by 5 squares).

4. Sew the blocks together in strips. Do this by sewing the squares together with a 1/2" seam placing the backs of each square together and stitching. (I pinned my squares into strips and then sewed them together.)

5. Once strips are sewn together, sew them to one another with 1/2" seams and back sides together. Pin strips together being sure to match seams. (When matching seams pin first strip with seams pressed down and second strip with seams pressed up.)

6. Snip each seam and entire outer perimeter of quilt edge. Snip at 1/2" intervals and to within 1/8" of all seams. Be careful not to cut into the stitching.

7. Now wash your rag quilt in warm water and detergent. Use no fabric softener (yet).

8. Shake quilt before drying (no dryer sheet). Clean lint trap once/twice during drying.

9. Repeat wash and dry only this time use fabric softener or dryer sheets. Clean lint trap half way thru.

 

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Zipper Pouch

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Zipper Pouch

Zipper Pouch

Supplies:

Sewing machine with zipper foot

Fabric 2 pieces for outside 8.5x6” and 2 pieces for lining 8.5x6”

Coordinating 7” zipper and thread

Pins and scissors

Directions:

Lay one piece of lining right side up on work space.

Zipper right side up – unzipped half way and placed on lining fabric along the top edge.

Outside fabric wrong side up and laying on top of zipper.

Pin lining, zipper and outside fabric in place along top edge of pouch.

Stitch with needle on the left side of the zipper foot. Pick a place to be your guide (mine is the far right side of the feed dog tread) and stitch along the zipper teeth.

Repeat entire process for the other side of the pouch. Lining fabric, other side of zipper and pouch fabric.

Press with iron, pulling fabric away from the zipper teeth. On each side of the zipper you will have lining and outside fabric stitched close to the teeth of the zipper.

Topstitch on both sides of the zipper.

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Reversible Apron

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Reversible Apron

Supplies:

2 yards of fabric (1 yard of each color)

Coordinating thread

Pins, scissors and ruler

Pattern (print download)

Directions:

  • Lay pattern on the fabric following measurements in the diagram; draw lines to complete pattern on fabric
  • Cut out apron.
  • Along bottom edge of the fabric that is left cut 2 strips 3x30” each, along the side cut 2 pockets 13x7” each
  • Fold each pocket in half, right sides together, (so it is close to a square shape)
  • Stitch 1/2” seam on both sides and just around each corner, leave about a 3” opening so that you can easily turn it right side out
  • Trim seams and corners, turn right side out and press
  • Along the open edge of the pocket turn raw edges inside and press
  • Repeat for all pockets
  • Pin pockets to apron. Each pocket should be about 3 ½” from the side and 5 ¾” from the bottom
  • Top stitch all pockets close to the edge being sure to back stitch at the top for extra strength
  • To make the ties fold one short end up ½” and press, now fold in half lengthwise and press, open and fold long edges to the inside and press both folds, fold again so that the 2 folded edges meet and press again.
  • Top stitch close to the edge with the 2 folds and around the end, repeat for all 4 ties (2 from each print)
  • Pin ties with raw edges of apron and tie lined up at the waist and at the top; follow marks on the pattern for placement being sure that ties are not sewn into the seam.
  • Pin both aprons right sides together matching corners and edges; be sure all ends of ties are in the middle and not going to get caught in a seam
  • Stitch ½” seam all the way around the apron leaving a 10” opening along the bottom edge to turn the apron right side out
  • Trim seams and corners; do not trim along the bottom opening; and turn apron right side out
  • Turn raw edges at bottom of apron to the inside and press around entire apron being sure to press along all seams
  • Top stitch ¼” around the entire edge of the apron, this will close up opening at the bottom
  • Give one final pressing and you are good to go!! Enjoy

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Reversible Tote

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Reversible Tote

Reversible Fabric Tote

Supplies:

Tote fabric 5/8 yard

Lining, handles and inside pocket 7/8 yard

Fusible Fleece 2/3 yard

Coordinating thread

Pins, ruler, scissors, sewing machine

Tote fabric

-2 pieces 17x18”

-Cut away 2” square from each bottom corner (4 total)

Lining fabric

-For handles and pocket cut 1 piece 10x45” (or the width of your fabric). Take this strip and cut it to 10x26” and then in half again for 2 handles each 5x26”. Remaining piece from the strip (about 10x17”) will be for the pocket

-2 pieces 17x18” and cut away 2” square from each bottom corner (4 total)

Fusible Fleece

-Cut 2 strips 1 1/4x26”

-2 pieces 17x18” and cut away 2” square from each bottom corner (4 total)

Instructions: Use ½” seams

Make handles by folding in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press. Open and fold each side towards the center crease and press. Open one side and lay fusible fleece inside with rough textured side towards wrong side of fabric laying between the first crease and center crease. Fold fabric over to cover fusible fleece and iron to secure in place (follow fusible fleece manufacture instructions). Bring 2 folded edges together, pin, press and top stitch close to the edge. Also top stitch close on the other edge of the handle. Repeat for second handle.

To make pocket, fold in half right sides together. Pin sides and about 1 ½” from each corner along the bottom (leave opening to turn) Stitch along pinned edges, trim corners, turn, press and stitch closed the bottom opening.

Lay one lining piece facing right side up. Pin pocket to lining centering pocket right to left and about 4” from the top. Stitch ¼” along both sides and bottom.

Take one handle and place one end along top edge of lining 6” from left corner being sure that raw edges are lined up. Pin in place and baste. Curve handle up so that the end of the handle comes to the top edge of the tote and pin 6” from right corner being sure raw edges match. Baste in place.

Now pin lining pieces’ right sides together matching raw edges along sides and bottom. Stitch along the sides and stitch about 2” from each corner along the bottom, back stitching at the end of each section. There will be an opening at the bottom of the lining in order to turn the tote later.

Press seams open and match the side seam with the bottom seam and pin across the opening, it will be about 4” across. Stitch. Repeat with the other corner and set lining aside.

Iron fusible fleece to back of each tote piece following manufacture instructions. Pin tote pieces’ right sides together matching raw edges along sides and bottom. Stitch along the sides and bottom, back stitching at the end of each section.

Press seams open and match the side seam with the bottom seam and pin across the opening, it will be about 4” across. Stitch. Repeat with the other corner and set aside. 

With right sides together put the tote inside of the lining and pin raw edges together around the top. Stitch. Put hand inside lining opening and fold bag in half and pull thru the lining opening. Along the top edge press the lining to the inside and pin around the top edge. Top stitch along the top edge of the tote for a finished edge. Pull lining out of bag, press opening along the bottom with ½” seam folded in. Stitch it closed and push the lining back inside the tote!!

 

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Shadow Box

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Shadow Box

Supplies:

Shadow box

Decorative paper, ephemera and chipboard cut outs

Washi tape and baker's twine

Double sided foam tape and/or foam dots

Glue dots

We R memory keepers (R) Frame punch board

Glitter, beads and tiny bottles

Directions:

Cut paper and glue into back of each section

Use washi tape to attach ephemera to box

Attach chipboard pieces using several layers of double sided foam tape

To stand ephemera in box glue a folded 1/2 x 2" piece of cardstock (it will form an "L") to back of ephemera and then attach to box with foam tape

Use punch board to create frame for photos

Fill tiny bottles with beads and glitter and attach to box using glue dots

 

 

 

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