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How To Projects — DIY

DIY Reversible Fabric Bins

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DIY Reversible Fabric Bins

Supplies:

Outside and lining fabric – ½ yard of each
Heavy Pellon® - 2 yards (fusible or non fusible)
Sewing machine, related supplies, clear ruler and pencil for marking

Directions:

  • Cut 18”x24” rectangles out of each print  and 2 from Pellon® (for large bin)
  • Cut 10”x17” rectangles out of each print and 2 from Pellon® (for small bin)
  • Iron Pellon® to back of each piece or sew ¼”  from edge to attach pieces 
  • Fold and pin each piece (RST) to form rectangles (lg. 18”x 12”, sm. 10”x 8.5”)
  • Crease bottom fold and stitch ½” seam along each side, press seams open;
  • To make boxed corner - open each bin and pinch fabric so that the bottom crease and the side seam are perfectly aligned (place a straight pin in the crease and poke thru to the middle of the seam to double check) this will form a point
  • Lay this piece on a flat work surface and measure 4” for the large (2” for the small) from the point up the seam being sure your ruler is level with equal amounts of fabric on each side of the seam and at the 4” mark.
  • Draw a line along the ruler at the 4” mark (2” for small) and stitch along the line; trim ½” from this stitching line. Repeat for all corners.
  • Open project so they sit as bins. Bin should be facing right side in and lining bin is facing right side out. Place lining bin into main bin. Side seams should match as well as corners. Pin around top edge. Stitch all the way around the top with a ½” seam and leave a 4” opening along one side for turning. Stitch then press with iron.
  • Gently pull bin through opening, make sure corners match, press top edge so it lies flat, (turn 4” opening seam under) now  stitch around top close to edge. Press bin. Top edge can be turned down for a decorative finish or to shorten the sides.

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Mini Rag Quilt

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Mini Rag Quilt

Supplies:

¼ yard of 3 different flannel prints (cut 3 8" squares from each print)
½ yard of flannel for the back (cut 9 8" squares )
Spring action scissors (small)

Directions:

  • Take each front square and put wrong sides together with a back square 
  • Stitch 1/2" around the 4 edges of each square (an "X" in the middle is not necessary)
  • Repeat with all the other pairs for a total of 9 squares
  • Lay out squares in desired pattern, be cautious if using a directional print
  • One row at a time pin 3 squares wrong sides together and stitch ½” seam. 
  • Repeat with second and third rows. 
  • Pin rows together. Where seams match up be sure to pin seams in opposite directions; stitch 1/2" seam. Watch video for more details. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-LQfYXrG_Q&index=43&list=UUPxjnslIQVwKStoOLUbS_0Q
  • Snip around all edges about 1/3” apart being careful to not snip blanket. 
  • Wash rag quilt in warm water with detergent. Use no fabric softener (yet) 
  • Shake quilt before drying (no dryer sheet). Clean lint trap after drying. 
  • Repeat wash and dry; this time use fabric softener or dryer sheets. 

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Baby Towel and 2 Washcloths

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Baby Towel and 2 Washcloths

Supplies:

1 ¼ yds of terry cloth using 2 different colors
Cut a 32” and 12” square from both terry cloth pieces 
Cut 2 10” squares from each of the fabric colors (for washcloths)

Towel and Washcloth Directions:

  • Place 2 12” squares RST (right sides together), cut a diagonal line thru both (one pair of triangles will not be used for this project)
  • Pin and stitch ½” seam, thru both pieces along the longest side of the triangle
  • Turn triangle right side out, press along fold, let under side color show for contrast
  • Stitch ¼” from edge and trim 2 sides so they are even 
  • Pin 2 towel pieces RST leaving one corner open. Peel top corner back, place triangle in between 2 pieces, match raw edges and pin.
  • Stitch ½” seam all the way around the square leaving a 4” opening for turning.
  • Trim corners, turn towel right side out, gently push corners for smooth curved points.
  • Finger press edge, pin where necessary, tuck ½” seam to inside along opening
  • Stitch ¼” around the entire edge for a clean finish.
  • RST stitch 2 washcloth squares with ½” seam leaving 3” opening for turning
  • Trim corners, turn right side out, press edge, tuck ½” seam to inside, stitch ¼” around edge for a clean finish; repeat for second washcloth.

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Flower Pin Cushion

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Flower Pin Cushion

Supplies:

Felt
Needle felted ball
Sewing machine or needle and thread
Stuffing
Glue gun and glue
Card stock
Download Pattern

Directions:

  • Print patterns onto card stock and cut out
  • Cut 12 leaf petals out of felt (fold felt in half and cut 2 at a time)
  • Cut 2 leaf/centers out of green felt
  • Cut a strip of brown felt 1 x 6”
  • Take 2 leaf petals and stitch close to the edge being sure to leave a tiny opening close to the center point to stuff, repeat for the other 5 petals
  • Carefully stuff each petal using a knitting needle to poke stuffing thru opening
  • Place both pieces of leaf/center on top of each other, stitch all the way around AND add stitching to mimic the veins of the leaf
  • Place stitched leaf/center on work space and place 3 petals coming of the “center”, leaf will be to one side. Place additional 3 petals alternating between the first 3 petals. After experimenting with placement remove petals and then attach using glue gun starting with 3 petals and then layering the last 3 on top
  • Take brown felt strip and fringe-cut all along one edge down to about ¼” from the other long edge, be careful and snip fringe pieces about 1/8” apart
  • Glue fringed piece around the felted ball being sure the felt strip goes all the way down to the work surface so that the bottom of the ball does not show, trim excess felt, mold felt to curve of ball
  • Glue flower/ball center on top of petals being sure to cover the center points of all petals
  • Fill center with straight pins

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Plaid Stocking Topper with Buttons

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Plaid Stocking Topper with Buttons

Supplies:

Plaid fabric (see below for amount)      Fabric glue
Bias tape piping                                    Ready-made stocking of your choice
3 buttons

Directions: READ ALL THE WAY THRU BEFORE BEGINNING

  • Measure cuff height and add 3.5”. Measure around top edge, add 3"; now cut
  • To make curve in cuff wrap new cuff around top of stocking. Cuff will overlap in front. Cut bottom corners to form curve 
  • Fold under ¼” on along curved edge and press. 
  • Pin piping to curved edge of cuff. Stitch using matching thread, trim excess piping
  • Place cuff on stocking keeping the bottom edge straight. Overlap curved edges. Fold top edge to inside and pin to secure.(remember to remove original hanger)
  • Top stitch along the top edge about ¼” from the fold. Sew buttons along edge
  • For hanger take 2” x 8” fabric, fold in half lengthwise and press, open and fold both edges to center & press again, top stitch then fold and sew loop to stocking

 

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