How To Projects — Sewing
3-4 coordinating prints of fabric
Cut 2 pieces 3x3"
Cut 2 pieces 3x8"
Fold each 3x3" square in half on the diagonal and press
Place one of the 3x8" rectangles, right side up, on the work surface.
Place one triangle on each of the two corners at one end of the rectangle, raw edges matching
Place second rectangle, wrong side up, on top of first rectangles with raw edges matching and pin in place
Stitch 1/4" all the way around the rectangle leaving a 3" opening along one side so it can be turned right side out
Trim corners and turn
Press raw edges to the inside and finish pressing
Use 2 pins to mark 1 1/2" from the end with the triangles on both sides; this will be your starting and ending spot for top stitching
Top stitch around the rectangle, 1/8", starting at one pin mark (you'll need to pull back a triangle to stitch underneath) and go all the way around to the next pin mark (pulling triangle back). Be sure to stitch back and forth at the beginning and end to secure thread
Trim and you are ready to use to store business card, gift cards or to give as a gift.
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 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.