How To Projects — Sewing
Fabric (6 or 7 different prints/solids)
Quilt batting (8x10”)
Printable fabric sheets for inkjet printers
Ruler, pins, scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- Print words onto printable fabric sheets (follow manufacturer’s instructions).
- Cut out fabric according to measurements on diagram. Cutting binding strip 2 ¼ x about 36”
- Lay down your backing fabric, wrong side facing up and place batting on top..
- Put custom printed fabric (or just regular fabric print/solid) about 1 3/4” from the left side and about 1 3/4” from the top edge; be sure it is aligned straight and pin in a few places. If this piece is crooked the whole thing will be crooked or not fit on the backing. *Optional Pocket: if making a pocket now is the time to add it. Cut fabric 3 3/4x3 1/2" fold in half, press and line up raw edges along the bottom and sides of (A).
- Take (B) and lay it right side together along the top edge of (A) and stitch a ¼” seam.
- Use a pressing cloth if you are working with polyester batting, it can just be a plain piece of cotton fabric; press (B) open.
- Take (C) and place right side down along the (AB) edge, pin and stitch a ¼” seam. Press (C) open. YAY you are getting the hang of it!!
- Place (D) right side down along the (AC) edge, pin and stitch ¼” seam. Press as you did above.
- Line up (E) along (BAD) being sure that (BAD) is totally smoothed out with no wrinkles including the backing, and repeat above process.
- (F) will line up along (CD) and G will line up with (F) stitch each and press as above.
- With ruler and scissors or rotary cutter and mat trim edges so they are straight and corners are right angles; will be about 6 x 8”.
- Take binding fabric, fold wrong sides together and press so that you have a 1 1/8” strip.
- Pin binding along bottom (raw edges matching) start about 1 1/2” from the left corner with about a 4-5” tail (don’t pin down the tail just leave it hanging.
- Stitch up to ¼” from the corner, miter the corner and then continue stitching a ¼” seam along the side and continue all the way around till you have mitered all corners.
- Just after having turned that last corner and stitched about 1 ½” from the corner, cut threads and pull away from the machine.
- Overlap the binding so that it overlaps 2 1/4” and trim excess from each end as necessary.
- Open binding, right sides crossed stitch side to side so that when trimmed and folded your seam will be at an angle.
- Pin remaining binding to the edge and finish stitching on machine.
- Fold binding over the edge and whipstitch on the back with matching thread.
2 yards of fabric (1 yard of each color)
Pins, scissors and ruler
- 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
- 2 coordinating fabrics each 3x13"
- Coordinating thread and sewing machine
- ¾” D ring and key ring
- Press fabric in half lengthwise.
- Open fabric and fold each side to the center fold line and press, fold in half and press. Repeat with the other piece of fabric.
- Line up one fabric on top of the other with fold openings on opposite sides.
- Pin and stitch close to the edge along both sides, trim ends so they are even.
- Slide strip thru the D ring, stitch right sides together and back stitch at both ends to secure.
- Trim close to seam and flip right side out; slide the flat side of the D ring into the seam and stitch as close as possible to the D ring; go back and forth several times. Trim threads.
- ¾ yd. of fabric for pillowcase (45” wide)
- ¼ yd. of fabric for header (45” wide)
- Sewing machine, ruler, and scissors
- Matching thread
- Cut fabric for pillowcase 27” x width of fabric (A).
- Cut fabric for header 9” x width of fabric (B).
- Pin right sides of A and B together along the width of the fabric. Trim selvages off both pieces being sure that A & B are of equal widths.
- Stitch ½” seam. Press seam towards B.
- Fold in half with right sides together. Pin along the side edge of header and pillowcase being sure to match seams. Pin along bottom edge.
- Stitch ½” seam down the side and bottom. Press seams open. *Optional to finish with zig zag stitch or use serger.
- On wrong side press raw edge of B down ½” all along the entire upper edge. Now fold B so that this pressed edge lines up with the seam (where A and B were stitched together); press in place all the way around. Header will now be 4” wide.
- Turn pillowcase right side out with half of the header folded to the inside. Pin along the seam line and stich ¼” inch above the seam. Press.