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How To Projects — Sewing

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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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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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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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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