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Pillow Wrap

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Pillow Wrap

Supplies:

9 1/2" x width of fabric (44/45")
7" of iron on hook and loop tape
Ruler, scissors, pins, sewing machine and matching thread

Directions for Wrap for an 18" pillow (can be modified for other sizes):

  • Cut off selvages along both short ends
  • Press up 1" on each long edge
  • Open and fold to press line and press, fold again and repress along original fold line
  • Stitch 1/4" along both edges
  • Press up 1/2" on short end that will be the bottom edge when wrap is overlapped. Fold up another 1/2", press and stitch close to edge
  • At other short end press up 1/2" and then 1 1/2" and stitch close to edge.
  • Attach hook and loop tape (soft fuzzy half) to 1 1/2" inch strip close to stitching. (Now there will be about 1/2" space before the edge of  wrap)
  • To determine placement for other half of hook and loop tape put wrap on pillow and pin in place being sure it is snug and secure.
  • Mark along edge with a row of straight pins. Take other pins out and lay wrap flat. Measure to be sure your pins are in a straight line, adjust accordingly.
  • Attach hook and loop tape (rough side) to fuzzy edge of hook and loop tape. Remove protective backing and lay down this edge of  wrap lining it up with other edge along pin line. Finger press in place.
  • Carefully separate hook and loop tape and attach rough with iron.
  • Remove pins and wrap your pillow.
  • This project can be done with many fabrics: burlap, felt, wool, cotton, flannel, fur, paint canvas, embroidery fabric; the possibilities are endless.
  • Video online with more details. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS5l1L_PDaw

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Envelope Pillow Cover

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Envelope Pillow Cover

Supplies:

Fabric 19" x width of the fabric (44/45")
18" pillow form
Coordinating thread and pins
Scissors, ruler and sewing machine

Directions:

  • Trim selvage off both short ends of fabric
  • Turn each short end under 1/2" then 1/2" again, press, pin and stitch close to edge
  • With fabric strip laying right side up fold ends over each other, overlapping ends and continue overlapping until pillow measures 18 1/2"
  • Pin along both raw edges
  • Stitch 1/2" seam on both sides
  • Turn right side out and press if necessary
  • Stuff with pillow form and smooth out edges
  • Video instructions online https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zO4mtbF7-M

 

 

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No Sew Blanket

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No Sew Blanket

Supplies:

Two pieces of contrasting fleece or other plush fabric
Scissors and ruler

Directions: READ THRU ALL DIRECTIONS BEFORE BEGINNING

  • Cut away selvages and trim both fabrics to same measurements (you decide size of blanket)
  • Measure and cut away 3” squares at each corner
  • Cut fringe 3” deep and 1” wide along each side
  • Pin matching fringe strips every so often to guide your work especially if this is not going to be completed in one sitting
  • Tie front fringe strip to corresponding back fringe strip in a tight single knot (same knot used to begin tying shoes). Continue all around until blanket is complete.
  • *NOTE: Other options for tying include taking each front and back fringe strip, keep them together and tie into a knot. If using this option, it is recommended to cut 4” corners and 4” strips about ½” wide
  •  For more details about cutting and measuring view our online video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ft1L1jZNEvc&t=2s 

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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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    Deco Mesh Christmas Wreath

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    Deco Mesh Christmas Wreath

    Supplies:

    • Deco Mesh (champagne color)
    • Wire wreath 14"
    • Chenille stems (about 32)
    • 3 rusty jingle bells and jute for attaching
    • Wire Edged Ribbon
    • Ruler
    • Wire cutters

    Directions:

    1. Take a chenille stem, bend in center, place center spot on edge of wreath and twist a couple of times so that each end sticks up from wreath about 5 1/2”. Leave chenille stems open so deco mesh can be put in center and stems twisted to keep mesh in place. Put 14 around outer ring and 14 around the inner ring.
    2. Gather up the deco mesh along the 10” edge and attach to one of the chenille stems on the inner wire ring. Measuring about 9” along the deco mesh. Gather again and attach to the next chenille stem on the inner ring. Continue working around the inner ring and then move to the outer ring without cutting the deco mesh. After twisting chenille stems around the deco mesh leave them open on the front of the wreath so that the ribbon can be attached in the next step.
    3. Cut ribbon 12” long and cut a “V” out of each end. Take one of each of the 3 styles and crisscross in the center, gather and attach to a chenille stem in the inner ring. Continue around the wreath alternating in a zig zag pattern from the inner ring to the outer ring of the wreath. (In the inner ring you will go every other one and same for the outside ring for a total of 14 groups of ribbon)
    4. Attach the 3 bells around the wreath with chenille stems spacing them an equal distance apart.
    5. Move chenille stems to the back of the wreath. Twist together chenille stems from the inner ring with stems from the outer ring making 14 pairs on the back. Now trim excess with wire cutters.
    6. Use jute to attach bells to wreath form.
    7. Use a chenille stem to make a loop on the back of the wire form to hang the wreath.

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