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How To Projects — fabric

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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Table Runner and Napkins from Toweling

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Table Runner and Napkins from Toweling

Supplies:

Toweling for runner – desired length plus 2 ½”
Toweling for napkins – width of towel plus 2 ½” for each square napkin
Matching thread and needle or sewing machine

Directions:

  • Cut toweling for runner, press end up 1 ¼ “, open and turn raw edge in and press again, pin and stitch so that hem distance is the same as hem already on toweling long edge.
  • Repeat at opposite end of runner
  • For napkins use the exact same technique on each raw edge

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Baby Block Container

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Baby Block Container

Supplies:

½ yard (or fat quarter) of fleece/minky for outer container
½ yard (or fat quarter) of cotton or flannel for lining
1/8 yard for binding (2 3/4 x 44”)
18 x 18” square of extra firm fusible interfacing

Directions:

  1. Lay 18” square of extra firm fusible interfacing on wrong side of 18” square of fabric for outer container
  2. Follow manufacturer’s directions and iron in place
  3. Fold in half with right sides of fabric touching and pin along the sides, stitch 1/4" seam along each side
  4. Cut 4” squares from the bottom corners measure 4 ” from side seam and 4” up from the fold, draw lines and cut
  5. Open container (right side should be on the inside, fold becomes the bottom) and container takes a squared shape
  6. The two sides (with the stitched seams) should be touching the bottom of the container – these 2 touching edges are where you just removed the 4” corner
  7. Fold one of these sides to the inside and pin the 2 cut edges together, repeat with the other side, stitch ¼” seam along each edge to form container base and turn right side out
  8. Repeat steps 3-7 to make lining except don't turn right side out in step 7
  9. Place lining inside of container so that wrong sides are touching, match seams along the top edge and pin in place
  10. Prepare binding by folding in half lengthwise and pressing
  11. Pin binding to outside of container with raw edges matching being sure to leave about 6” of “tail” before you start pining, stop pinning about 6” before you reach the starting point
  12. Stitch using a 1/4” seam around the top edge, stop about 6” from the starting point
  13. Trim ends so they overlap 2 ¾”, miter the ends (sew together at right angles), then continue stitching binding in place
  14. Fold binding over the raw edge and whip stitch in place
  15. Fill with Soft Baby Blocks

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