Maker’s Gift Guide

As Makers, we love to have all the latest tools and techniques to keep us evolving and creating!  I’ve been a Maker for some time now and have worked in and around the Sewing and Quilting industry long enough to see many of the newest and latest trends & notions on the market.  I have divided this Gift Guide into several categories.  Whether you are looking for everyday essential Tools, a great Pattern, Notions, Equipment or simply some inspiration – There is a little bit of everything for every Creative Person.  Let’s dive right in!

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Essential Everyday Tools

This is the time to take stock of what you have for essential, everyday tools. What items do you use everyday that might be getting worn out. Does your cutting mat have deep grooves or do your rotary blades need replacing? Have your rulers seen better days? Maybe you are just looking for a good reason to get that size you always wish you had! Whatever the case, click on the images below to get a better idea of this products and how you can use these for everyday sewing or quilting.

OmniGrid Ruler Pack is perfect for everyday use!

TrueGrips keep my rulers from slipping!

I’ve used my 17″ Rotating Cutting Mat for YEARS!

The 45mm Rotary Cutter is my Go-To size!

Press it Real Good

We all know that pressing is an important part of our making process. Heat and steam play a vital role in the results we hope to achieve! Getting those fantastic results is much easier when you have the right tools. Take a look at my favorite tools and notions that help me achieve flat seams and take my pressing to the next level!

The Oliso Mini Iron is one of my favorites!

Wool Pressing Mats can make all the difference!

Best Press is my favorite spray starch.

Snip Snip Here, Snip Snip There

Gingher Embroidery Scissors are the perfect size!

Gingher Shears are perfect fabric scissors!

Do you see what I see?

Slimline 3 illuminates your sewing machine!

Luminos Adjustable Lamp is the brightest!

Take your projects to the next level with a Wafer 1 Lightbox!

Cricut Makes it Easy!

The Cricut Maker even cuts your fabric!

Restock your Cricut Fabric Mats!

Grab your favorite Cricut Tool Set!

Level Up your Quilting!

Use these Quilting Disks to help with Free Motion Quilting!

Curved Safety Pins for Quilting

Don’t forget the Basting Spray!

Cutest Fabric Bundles in Town

Patterns to Keep You Sewing

Make Your Own Scalloped Placemats

Make this classic Quilt Block – Drunkard’s Path Quilt Block Pattern

Inspiring Projects

I hope you found some inspiration and ideas in this collection of goodies! I hope you can get yourself, or someone you love, something very special this year!

Happy Stitches!

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Personalized Zipper Pouch

Personalized Zipper Pouch

Everyone loves personalized gifts! Having your name or your initials on an item is a great way to personalize any handmade gift! This Personalized Zipper Pouch is the perfect size for pencils, markers or pens. You can also fill it with makeup or anything to help keep you organized in style. Let’s take a look how to make this fun and simple project!

personalized zipper pouch

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Materials List

  • Qty (2) Exterior fabric pieces: 9′′ x 5.5′′
      • I used 100% Cotton Duck Canvas Fabric
  • Qty (3) Accent/Interior fabric pieces: 9′′ x 5.5′′
      • I used fabric from my online shop
      • We will use one of these pieces for the exterior Letter and Accent
  • Zipper Tab fabric: 2′′ x 4′′ (I used the same fabric as the interior/accent)
  • Qty (1) 9′′ Nylon zipper – I get all my zippers right HERE
  • Optional label – Check out Dutch Label Shop

Supply List

Cutting The Personalized Letter

Place the accent fabric on your Circuit FabricGrip Machine Mat, right side up. Use a seam roller or a brayer to secure the fabric onto the mat. Program your Cricut Machine to cut your Personalized initial. I made sure the size did not exceed 4” in height. Once you cut the shape, remove your mat from the machine. Use your Cricut weeding tools to remove your cut shape.

Cutting The Personalized Letter

Clip off a piece of your Misty Fuse and Parchment paper to prep the wrong side of your cut shape. Using your iron, fuse the Misty Fuse and remove any access residue. Place your cut shape onto one of your exterior fabric pieces.

ps – If you don’t have or use a Cricut Machine, you can simply print out a letter, trace and fuse as well. Don’t let the machinery stop you from making this fun project!

Making the Zipper Tab

Cut your zipper to 8”. Fold and press fabric rectangle in half lengthwise , wrong sides together. Open it back up and fold each side to the center; press. Trim the ends of the zipper. Slip the zipper end in between the folded fabric to create a sandwich.

Making the Zipper Tab

Straight stitch along the edge. Trim off ends of fabric from zipper tab. Open zipper and repeat steps 3 & 4. Be sure to line up the zipper straight across the top opening before attaching the zipper tab.

Assemble the Personalized Zipper Pouch

Place the front of the exterior fabric piece, right side up. Place the zipper along the top raw edge, the wrong side down. Clip in place and cover this with the interior fabric piece. Clip all together and sew along the top edge with your zipper foot. Be sure to secure this side with topstitching. Next, follow the same steps on the back side of the pencil pouch.

Assemble the Personalized Zipper Pouch

Finally, OPEN YOUR ZIPPER! (This is important). Secure the exterior and interior pieces together (right sides together) and secure with clips. Sew along the entire perimeter of the project, but leave a 3-4′′ opening on the middle of the interior fabric side. Now you can flip your project right side out and sew the opening closed.

Just take a look at this video and see how fun and easy it is to make these Personalized Zipper Pouch!

I got carried away and decided to make several of these for my family. They really make great gifts. I filled them with age related items. Colored Pencils for my young niece and some makeup compacts for my older nieces. So much fun to make them special for each person!

Let me know in the comments who you would make a Personalized Zipper Pouch for. I would love to hear from you.


Just Keep Sewing!

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Daylight Wafer Lightbox

Daylight Wafer Lightbox

Ever since I started using the Daylight Company Wafer 1 Lightbox, my Foundation Paper Piecing projects have elevated to the next level. The Daylight Wafer 1 Lightbox is sleek, modern, compact and brilliantly bright. This is not your Grandma’s Lightbox. You know the one I’m talking about! The old lightbox that is big, bulky and emits yellow light. Let me show you all the smart and useful ways to incorporate the Daylight Wafer 1 Lightbox into your sewing studio.

Using the Best Daylight Wafer Lightbox

Daylight Wafer Lightbox

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Tracing Images using Daylight Wafer Lightbox

I recently used my Daylight Wafer 1 Lightbox to trace an image for a Holiday quilting project. I needed the image to be reversed and the only way to do this was to turn the paper over and trace the outline.

Tracing image - Wafer One Lightbox

Thanks goodness I had my Daylight Wafer 1 Lightbox. With the lowest ultra light setting, I was able to easily trace the outline for a transposed image and finish designing my masterpiece.

Foundation Paper Piecing

Before I had my Daylight Wafer 1 Lightbox, I had to make sure I had adequate natural sunlight in order to see through the pattern paper. This isn’t always possible if you are a night owl, like me. Using the Daylight Lightbox, in conjunction with my Perfect Piecing Paper, Add-A-Quarter Ruler and Seam Roller, made quick work of an otherwise tricky project!

Foundation Paper Piecing

I love being able to see the lines of my pattern and the designs of the fabric at the same time. It was a bonus to also have the Daylight Wafer 1 self healing cutting mat as well.

Weeding Vinyl for Cricut projects

An unexpected bonus was when I discovered I could very easily use my Daylight Wafer 1 Lightbox to help with weeding the vinyl I had cut with my Cricut Maker. If you are a Cricut user, you know how tiresome weeding vinyl can be on your eyes.

Weeding Vinyl - Wafer One Lightbox

When I place my cut Vinyl sheet on top of my Ultra Illuminated Daylight Wafer 1 Lightbox – it was like the angels in heaven were shining through the project and showing me where to lift and peel. Talk about a game changer!

Just take a look at this video and see how much easier your life can be when you add a Daylight Wafer 1 Lightbox to your Sewing Space!

These Lightboxes come in 3 different sizes and each size also has an optional cutting mat, which can be added separately. I am using the Daylight Wafer 1 Lightbox and Daylight Wafer 1 Cutting Mat in this video. This size is perfect for my small sewing space and provides a nice size for fussy cutting. If you need a larger size, not to worry. These also come in 2 bigger sizes.

Checkout the Daylight Wafer 1 Lightbox and be sure to use my special coupon code to receive 20% off your order!

Coupon Code Graphics

Let me know in the comments how you would use a Daylight Wafer 1 Lightbox and Daylight Wafer 1 Cutting Mat in your next sewing project. I would love to hear from you!

Just Keep Sewing!

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BRIGHTEN YOUR SEWING STUDIO

Are you sewing in a dark or dimly light area?  Do you wish you could Brighten your sewing studio and relieve stress on your eyes?  Do you want to see better when you are sewing or quilting?  I know exactly how you feel and have been working on this problem for a while now.  I’m so excited to share my 7 tips to brighten your sewing space!  These are practical ideas that can make an immediate difference to your time in your sewing room.  Let’s dive in and don’t forget to watch the video too!

Brighten your sewing studio

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Natural Light

Using natural light is one of the easiest ways to brighten up a room.  You can have the sun shine even brighter in your room when your windows are clean!  Yes, we know. This one seems a tad obvious, but simply cleaning your windows can have a major effect on how much sunlight streams into the room. The less dirt, dust, and splatters on your windows, the more sunshine can peek into your room. (Plus, cleaning a window is way easier than installing more windows.)  This is also a good time to dust the window sill and blinds (if you have them). 

Natural lights

I use white blinds in my window and this works well to reflect light in the room, allows light to come in and also provides adequate privacy when closed.  In the image, you can see what a difference it makes to have lighter colored window treatments!  Consider changing to a lighter shade of window treatment too!

Wall Paint

Since light is easily reflected, it is recommended to have very light (or even white) walls in your sewing space.

Wall Paint

This isn’t the space to try out a moody, dark color palette. Think back to sixth-grade science: The lighter the color of your walls, the more light they’ll reflect.

Flooring

There are tons of choices for flooring, but when a space is in need of additional light, it’s best to choose light wood (or carpet) flooring to brighten up the room.

If changing out the carpet or flooring is not in your immediate budget, consider adding a large white or cream colored area rug. 

Ceiling

Aren’t most ceilings white?  I think so, but it’s worth mentioning that having a white ceiling is another way to ensure that you maximize the light being bounded around the room.  Most of us have the builders grade popcorn ceiling, and that is just fine.  If you ever want to upgrade, they have some amazing Ceiling Tile Accents that would take your space to the next level.

Ceiling
Ceiling
ceiling

Although my ceiling is packed full of video equipment, I chose to use white PVC Pipes and brackets.  To learn more about my ceiling setup, check out this article.

Change Your Bulbs

A simple thing, like changing your light bulb, can make an instant and amazing difference!  The difference between Daylight Bulbs and Soft White bulbs is simply remarkable!  I recommend using Daylight Light Bulbs for your Sewing Studio!  These are white lights that really brighten your sewing space!

change your bulb

Another great thing about the Daylight Bulbs is that they do not emit heat.  We all know how warm it can get in a sewing room.  I mean, that iron isn’t cool and can really heat up a space.  So, don’t add to the hot box by using the soft white bulbs.  Switch to Daylight Light Bulbs ASAP!  Ps – they even make Daylight bulbs for your sewing machine!!!!

Embrace Minimalism

Let’s face it.  We all have a lot of stuff!  We have even more stuff when it comes to our sewing and quilting supplies!  We have fabric, tools, notions, machines (not to mention the cutting tables, ironing boards and more).  And then we pack it all into a single room!  Take a look at my space before I switch to minimalism.

Embrace minimalism
Embrace minimalism
Embrace minimalism

We also love to showcase our work by hanging up our mini quilts and sometimes trying to fill up all the empty spaces.  While this is very pretty and can also be fun, all these colorful projects can absorb the light in the room.  Take a look at the difference when I remove most of the mini quilts and change to a minimalistic decor.  The space has definitely brightened.  I did leave a single mini quilt on my wall, but will keep my other mini quilts handy so I can change them out on rotation.

Add the Slimline 3

I just love my Slimline 3 Table Lamp.  I have this clamped on the side of my Sewing Table.  My light illuminates my sewing machine.  Because  it has a swivel base, I can swing it around to my ironing board as well!  This lamp has two flexible joints so I can position it in the perfect place for my task. 

Slimline

My Slimline 3 from the Daylight Company has 4 different brightness levels.  I use the lower setting for sewing during the daytime and crank up the brightness for evening sewing and quilting.  And because I am a Daylight Brand Ambassador, I can offer you my coupon code for 20% off your purchase!  Just head over to the Daylight Company website and get your Slimline 3 today!   Use Coupon Code SEW20 for 20% off!

Watch the video to see all the ways to brighten your sewing studio!

I hope you can take some of these ideas and use them right away.  I would love to know in the comments which idea you like best!

Keep Sewing Brightly!

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Oh, Christmas Tree

Oh, Christmas Tree Pattern and Tutorial

Making Christmas Tree quilt blocks is a fun and simply way to add cheer to your home. You can turn these blocks into a simple mug rug (perfect for gifts), create a festive table runner or even make a bunch for your very own Christmas Quilt! How ever many you decide to make, I’m sure we can all agree that these blocks are timeless and fun! Be sure to check out the
video tutorial at the bottom of this article!

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MATERIALS LIST

BASIC SEWING SUPPLIES NEEDED

Oh Christmas Tree - I love using the Add-A-Quarter Ruler when Foundation Paper Piecing!

Prelude to piecing

To make the Christmas tree foundation paper pieced block, you’ll print your patterns on copy  paper. Take a look at the one inch mark and measure it with your ruler. I really like to transfer my copies onto foundation paper. I like the Perfect Piecing paper. It is really  transparent and rips out easily. I also like using the Add a quarter ruler. It has a nice quarter  inch which makes foundation paper piecing really easy using this ruler.

Oh Christmas Tree Pattern - Using a Daylight Wafer 1 Lightbox and cutting mat is a perfect way to make quick work of all your FPP patterns!

Starting the Christmas Tree Block

Each of these blocks have seven pieces and we’re going to start in numerical order. Piece  number one is the tree trunk and piece number two is the background. To start the block you’re  going to have the right side of your fabric be right against the backside of your foundation  paper piece pattern. And then you’re going to put block number two fabric (right sides together  with fabric number one), directly behind fabric number one. Sew the line between number one  and number two.

Now, fold that pattern paper piece back and use our add a quarter ruler. This little lip helps  hold it against that folded edge and gives you a one quarter inch seam allowance. Cut off the  excess fabric and then the seam roller to press out that seam.

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Just keep sewing

Next we’re going to work through the remaining pieces. 

You’ll line it up to make sure you have at least a quarter of an inch past the line. And make sure  that you have enough fabric all around the edges also. 

We’re going to fold that back and trim away the excess and we’ll use our seam roller and press that back. And piece number four is done just like  piece number three.  

Using the Daylight Wafer 1 Lightbox comes in really handy for things like this. You can see all  the pieces behind you, even when there’s multiple layers. 

Pieces five, six and seven are larger and you might find it helpful to test the fabric placement,  before sewing. To do this, simply use sewing pins in lieu of stitches. Test the placement, make  adjustments if necessary and proceed with sewing.

Oh Christmas Tree Pattern - Since I used Perfect Piecing Foundation Paper - tearing away the pattern is easy!

Finishing the block

Now all that’s left is to trim away the excess fabric around the perimeter of the block. Now  you’re not going to want to trim right on the exterior line. You’ll give yourself a one quarter inch  outside of the line. I’m using the Add a quarter ruler for that I can see the lip of the one quarter  inch mark. 

Now all that’s left is to rip out the paper because the stitch length was 1.5″. It really makes a nice perforation on the paper. And this  paper is the perfect piecing paper because it’s a lot thinner than regular paper.  As a bonus – Perfect Paper is super easy to rip out!  

This was a super easy and quick foundation paper piece block. Be sure to get a copy of the  pattern and start making your own Christmas Trees today! 

Happy Stitches, 

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Making a Handmade Christmas

It’s never too early to start sewing and quilting for Christmas!  As makers, we are always thinking of ways to share our Handmade gifts with those we love.  Making a Handmade Christmas is the perfect way to show someone you care!  You can make a small, cherished mug rug, or even an entire quilt!  The choice is yours!  And talk about choices!  There are so many!  I recently went on an online scavenger hunt for some tried and true Handmade Christmas ideas and patterns.  I am super excited to share this collection of gems with you!  This collection of patterns is super amazing and sure to get you into the Holiday Spirit!

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Handmade Christmas – Foundation Paper Piecing

These patterns are fun and simple.  If you’ve ever tried foundation paper piecing, you will know how great these projects can be!  Not only do they turn out PERFECT, but they can also be added to other blocks to make a larger project!  I just loved these different patterns:

Christmas Gnome Paper Pieced Pattern

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The Christmas Gnome pattern is an intermediate to advanced FPP pattern that assumes a basic knowledge of paper piecing. The pattern is clearly labeled, has colored graphics, and full size pattern pieces with a 1/4″ seam allowance included.

Geometric Christmas Tree FPP Pattern

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Geometric Christmas Tree Foundation Paper Pieced (FPP) PDF Pattern Block finishes at 6″ x 6″ Basic knowledge of FPP is expected for this pattern – however – the Geometric Christmas Tree is a very simple pattern and perfect for beginners! The pattern is labeled clearly and includes a 1/4″ seam allowance plus a few tips to get you going.

Christmas Tree Quilt Block Pattern

Christmas Tree Quilt Block Pattern by Joe June and Mae. Check out all their patterns! They are so cute!

Handmade Christmas – Gifts for Everyone!

If you are like me, you have a list of loved ones that you would like to make gifts for Christmas!  It’s so hard to pick and choose who gets handmade, so maybe we should try some smaller projects?  Mug Rugs, Table Runners, Hot Pads and Child’s Aprons are PERFECT quick projects!  Give these to your friends, neighbors, teachers, stylist (the list goes on and on)…  Here are a few ideas that should get your creative juices flowing!

Deer w/ Antlers Mug Rug

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Who needs a Christmas tree when there are such wonderful antlers to be had? Imagine a whole herd of reindeer dressed in their best stockings and baubles. But don’t just imagine it -create this wonderful scene with this quick and easy Christmas mug rug pattern from the Patchsmith.

Star Crossed Christmas Table Topper

Start Crossed Christmas Table Topper is the perfect pattern to dress up your Holiday table!

This digital download pattern, by Primrose Cottages, is the perfect project to dress up your Holiday Table. This piece finishes at 30″ x 30″.

Snowman Table Runner PDF Pattern

Digital Snowman Table Runner Pattern by Patterns by Vicki.

Digital Crochet Ornament Pattern

Make these lovely Crochet Ornaments, with the help of Greta Tulner's digital pattern. These would be super cute on your own home and also make an excellent gift!

Make these lovely Crochet Ornaments, with the help of Greta Tulner’s digital pattern. These would be super cute on your own home and also make an excellent gift!

Handmade Christmas – Who is “Quilt Worthy”?

Let’s face it – not everyone is “Quilt Worthy”!  We all know how much work goes into making a quilt!  Quilts take lots and lots of time and a whole lot of supplies!  I mean, the fabric isn’t cheap!!  So, if you have a loved one that you want to make a Christmas quilt for, I have some fun recommendations for you!  Some are smaller Mini Quilts (which make a really pretty table or wall decor) and some are full-blown Quilts!  I found a fun patchwork project and a few improv patterns as well.  Let me show you my favorites!

Geese in the Forest Quilt Pattern

Pattern by Twiddle Tails. This quilt consists of 6 different foundation pieced blocks.
The pattern includes the numbered foundation piecing diagrams for all blocks in the quilt, as well as a layout diagram.

Snowflake Quilt Pattern

Snowflake Quilt is the designer’s take on a modern and minimal winter quilt. There are two ways to assemble this quilt. You can follow along with the larger block assembly style on the 1-color or 4-color version or stay simple with the square and HST scrappy version.

Modern Christmas Tree Quilt

Modern Christmas Tree Quilt

Check out my finished Modern Christmas Tree Quilt. I grabbed some coordinating fabric prints and also traded with fellow quilters. Isn’t it fun? Super easy too!

Well, I’m pretty excited about this year’s Handmade Christmas possibilities!  I already have my fabric purchased for my Swell Christmas Quilt.  I even bought extra coordinating solids and now sell this in my online fabric shop!

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I hope you find this collection of ideas inspiring as well!  Now, let’s get to work and start making a fabulous handmade Christmas!

Happy Stitches!

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How to Install Purse Feet

Purse Feet are some of the easiest additions to install into your Handmade Bag, Tote or Purse!  These little gems can take your handmade bags and purses to the next level while keeping the bottom of your item off surfaces.  I love how this hardware comes in different sizes and finishes too!  Let me show you how to install purse feet and you can start adding these to your handmade goodies too!

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Purse Feet Supply List

  • Bucket Purse Feet
    • (Check out all the different finishes right HERE)
  • Stabilizing swatch
    • (I used Pellon Peltex)
  • Sharp blade
    • (You can get something like THIS on Amazon)
  • Marking tool
    • (I just used a pencil)
  • Fray Check
    • (you should only need this if using cotton or knit fabric)

Installing your purse feet

Deciding which hardware finish to use on your handmade bag is really fun!  I like to try to match all my hardware.  If I am using a metal zipper, then I try to match the teeth on the zipper.  If I am using Swivel Snaps or Adjustable Sliders, then I will try to match those as well.  I think a nice bag or purse will have all matching hardware finish.

Pictured below is the bottom side of my Ansel Camera Bag.  To learn more about how I made this fun bag (and about using cork fabric) – Head over to my post about Sewing with Cork Fabric.

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Once you have chosen your hardware finish, you just need to install your hardware!  It is important to do this before you assemble your bag.  I usually install purse feet when I am done adding the interfacing to a bottom panel.

In the bag pictured below, the designer wanted to add buttons instead of purse feet.  While buttons would have added a cute touch – I really like how the purse feet look instead.  This bag is called the Ultimate Travel Bag and there is LOTS of hardware in this bag.

 

Purse Feet are some of the easiest additions to install into your Handmade Bag, Tote or Purse! Let me show you how to install purse feet and you can start adding these to your handmade goodies too! #Sewing #DIY #PurseFeet #VideoTutorial #Totes #Bag #Handmade #Designer #Custom #BagHardware #Purses #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

Watch the video Tutorial

For this video tutorial, I have used a scrap piece of soft vinyl.  You can use just about any type of fabric.  I have used cotton, knit, vinyl, cork, and leather (just to name a few). Check out this step-by-step video to see how easy it is to install your own hardware to your handmade bag, tote or purse.

 

I hope you found this video tutorial helpful.  Be sure to head over to my online shop to get your own purse feet (in your favorite finish).  I cant wait to see your finished projects!  Be sure to share these on my Facebook Group.

Comment below and tell me what your favorite finish is!  Currently, I love the Gun Metal finish!

Happy Sewing!

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Purse Feet are some of the easiest additions to install into your Handmade Bag, Tote or Purse! Let me show you how to install purse feet and you can start adding these to your handmade goodies too! #Sewing #DIY #PurseFeet #VideoTutorial #Totes #Bag #Handmade #Designer #Custom #BagHardware #Purses #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore
Purse Feet are some of the easiest additions to install into your Handmade Bag, Tote or Purse! Let me show you how to install purse feet and you can start adding these to your handmade goodies too! #Sewing #DIY #PurseFeet #VideoTutorial #Totes #Bag #Handmade #Designer #Custom #BagHardware #Purses #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore
Purse Feet are some of the easiest additions to install into your Handmade Bag, Tote or Purse! Let me show you how to install purse feet and you can start adding these to your handmade goodies too! #Sewing #DIY #PurseFeet #VideoTutorial #Totes #Bag #Handmade #Designer #Custom #BagHardware #Purses #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore
Scalloped Placemats Supply list and video tutorial

Scalloped Placemats Tutorial

In today’s video I will be demonstrating a scalloped placemats tutorial using the pattern by Poorhouse Quilt Designs. I’ll be using a wonderful line of designer fabric called Night of the Nutcracker by PaintBrush Studio Fabric’s. These fabrics feature playful mustaches, contemporary holiday foliage including Hollie leaves and berries and of course the Majestic nutcracker himself.These placemats have a unique scalloped shape which may appear intimating to make.  I don’t know why, but sewing curves can be scary!Not to worry because The Bosal double sided fusible precuts make this project a snap. You can find this pattern and all of your supplies in my online shop which I’ve linked in the Supply and Materials List below. 

This project is especially great for creating unique and custom placemats for your home. These are perfect for upcoming holidays and even for every day. Let’s get started and you’ll see just how easy it is to make these scalloped placemats!

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Materials List

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

Prepare the Accents and Borders

Preparing the accents and borders for Scalloped Placemats.

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, you’ll take your accent pieces over to the ironing board. Fold the accent pieces lengthwise, wrong sides together. I like to pre-treat mine with spray starch.

Once you have all of your accent pieces starched, folded and ironed, you will pin the accent to the border pieces. Pin all of these in place and then take these units over to the sewing machine.Sew these pieces together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. I love using my quarter inch seam presser foot for jobs like this. 

Once you have that sewn in place you will press the seam allowance towards the border strip, extending the accent beyond the border edge. 

Create your Mitered Corners

Creating Mitered Corners for Scalloped Placemats.

Now, If you’re not comfortable with miters, let me show you how easy they actually are.  I’m using a 4.5″ x 8.5″ ruler by Creative Grids.  This is a really great size ruler for this project. You can see a very obvious 45° angle markings.  

Layout your project in the proper orientation, with the accent flange towards  the middle.  Place one border unit on top of the other, right sides together. Make sure you match the raw and finished edges. I add a pins to keep the units from slipping around.

I place the 45° line along the long raw edge of the stacked border pieces. I’ll take my friction pen and mark my angle. You may find that you need to be very specific with your measurements when making mitered corners. Go ahead and take your time lining up your fabrics and making your mark. 

We’re going to sew all corners exactly the same way. Before we cut any of the excess fabric away, we’re going to ensure that we liked the miters. If you don’t like how it looks, then you’ll have to see to seam rip and try again. Once you’re happy with how they turned out you’re going to give yourself a quarter inch seam allowance from the seam and trim away the excess fabric. You’ll do this on all corners.

Press your seems for each mitered corner open. I like to use my Wool Pressing Mat and spray starch to get them nice and flat. 

Scalloped Placemat Assembly

Scalloped Placemat Assembly

Pin the border strips set right sides together to the backing fabric. Stitch around the entire perimeter, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. 

Now we will work on the front part of the placemat.

Attach the double-sided foam fusible scalloped placemat to the wrong side of the Front Fabric. Secure with Clips and take this over to your Wool Pressing Mat. Place your teflon sheet on your pressing surface. Lay your exposed fusible side on top and against your teflon sheet. Make sure that non of the fusible materials are exposed to your pressing mat.Without the Teflon sheet, you may accidentally fuse the opposite side of your project to something that you don’t want it to be fused to. 

Once you have your Front exterior fabric fused to your placemat, you’ll take some sharp pointy scissors (I recommend these scissors) and trim away the excess fabric. Follow the edge of the foam scallops and trim out away the excess. 

Next, Center the wrong side of the backing unit on the unfused side of your placemat. Your foam placemat should be facing right side up. Clip all around the exterior of the placemat. Flip the placemat over, take your project to the pressing mat, and fuse from the right side of the back. Using the zipper foot, you’r going to sew right along the edge of the foam scallop placemat. Sew around the entire perimeter of the scalloped placemat. When you come to a corner, make sure your needle is in the down position. Lift up your zipper foot, pivot your project, and then put your zipper foot down and continue sewing along the scallops.

Finishing Touches

Topstitching the Scalloped Placemat for finishing touches

Once you have everything assembled, you can trim away the excess fabric. I recommend trimming about an eighth inch away from your scallop seams.  You’re gonna want to get close enough to where you won’t have excess of bulk when you flip this, but you don’t want to get too close where the seam will fall apart in the wash. Remember, these are placemats and you will be washing these so don’t make your cuts any less than 1/8 inch. Once you have everything trimmed, take your sharp snips and clip the corners. Then take Fray Check and put a drop of Fray Check around each of those snapped crevices.

Now it’s time to flip the project. The magic is happening. Flip the corners first and then continue flipping the rest of the placemat. I love using the Point 2 Point Turner to help get the curves all the way turned out. After your placemat is turned out, you are going to do some top stitching.  I changed my presser foot to the regular presser foot, I changed my thread color to match my fabric, and I also changed the stitch length to three.  You may change your thread a couple times. Once for the accent top-stitching and again for the border stitching. Remember to match your bobbin thread also! This project is done best when you pay attention to the details.

This is it fun and easy project to do, they make great gifts and perfect for creating your own custom decor for the Holidays and everyday as well!

Checkout my YouTube video tutorial and make a placement set for yourself!

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15+ Fabulous Patterns for Fall!

Sewing and Quilting for the Fall Season is a perfect time to make something special for yourself or for others.  While we watch the leaves drop and the sky turn to grey, now is the perfect opportunity to use up some scraps or cut into that special fabric you have been saving!  Let me share some really great patterns and inspiration with you so you can start creating!  Check out these 15 fabulous patterns for fall!

Check out these 15+ sewing and quilting patterns for Fall! There is something for everyone!

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let nature inspire you

Most of these patterns are fun and simple.  Some patterns require a little more “know how”.  If you’ve ever tried foundation paper piecing, you will know how great these projects can be!  Not only do they turn out PERFECT, but they can also be added to other blocks to make a larger project!  I just loved these different patterns:

Mushroom Foundation Paper Pieced Pattern Set

Mushroom Foundation Paper Piecing Sewing and Quilt Block Patterns by EtiveAndCo. Perfect for Fall Projects! I love how these finished blocks are set in embroidery hoops! #simple #TableRunners #AutumnLeaves #JellyRolls #WallHangings #FallQuiltBlocks #Quilting #ColorCombos #Fabric #PaperPiecing #Fun #Easy #Quick #pattern

Mushroom Foundation Paper Piecing Patterns by EtiveAndCo

Paper Pieced Squirrel FTW!!!

15 Fabulous Patterns for Fall - Paper Pieced Squirrel - Let me share some really great patterns and inspiration with you so you can start creating! Check out these 15 fabulous patterns for fall! #simple #TableRunners #AutumnLeaves #JellyRolls #WallHangings #FallQuiltBlocks #Quilting #ColorCombos #Fabric #PaperPiecing #Fun #Easy #Quick #pattern

This cute squirrel has lots of character and is a challenging but fun make. Use the finished block as a mini quilt or as part of a larger creation. Think of all the scraps you can use up!!  The PDF also includes instructions to scale-up the pattern to make a quilt of any size.    Pattern by Diane Lawrence with Etive & Co.

Maple Leaf Quilt Block

The Maple Leaf Quilt Block is the perfect block for the Fall Season! This pattern includes 3 different sizes, plus a video tutorial to help you along! Pattern by Nicole with Sew Much Moore

The Maple Leaf Quilt Block is the perfect block for the Fall Season! This pattern includes 3 different sizes, plus a video tutorial to help you along! Pattern by Nicole with Sew Much Moore

Small projects make quick finishes!

There is no need to make a huge fuss about these fun and seasonal projects!  Just pick one or two of them and get started!  They are fun and addicting!

Hazel the Hedgehog

15 Fabulous Patterns for Fall - Hazel the Hedgehog - Let me share some really great patterns and inspiration with you so you can start creating! Check out these 15 fabulous patterns for fall! #simple #TableRunners #AutumnLeaves #JellyRolls #WallHangings #FallQuiltBlocks #Quilting #ColorCombos #Fabric #PaperPiecing #Fun #Easy #Quick #pattern

Elizabeth Hartman’s Hazel Hedgehog Pattern – While they might not be as soft and cuddly like a kitten they certainly are cute whether in real life or interpreted in fabric on a quilt

Geometric Fall Leaf FPP Pattern

Geometric Leaf Foundation Paper Piecing FPP Quilt Block Pattern by Center Street Quilts.

Geometric Leaf Foundation Paper Piecing FPP Quilt Block Pattern by Center Street Quilts.

Barn Mini Quilt

Make this Barn Mini Quilt and hang it on your wall for the season! This also makes a great Table Topper!

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scrap busting projects ftw!

If you keep your fabric scraps (like many of us do) – these simple projects are perfect for you!  Grab your Oranges, Browns, Greens and Reds to create something Fabulous for Fall!

Pumpkin Paper Pieced Pattern

This is a cute pumpkin paper pieced quilt pattern. This block comes together in 10 sections, and finishes to either 12x12 or 20x20 inches. Patterns By Shaley

This is a cute pumpkin paper pieced quilt pattern. This block comes together in 10 sections, and finishes to either 12×12 or 20×20 inches. Patterns By Shaley

Gobble Gobble Turkey Pillow Cover

The Gobble Gobble Turkey Pillow Cover uses traditional piecing techniques (no foundation paper piecing) and finishes at 18" x 18".

What’s Thanksgiving without a turkey? The Gobble Gobble Turkey Pillow Cover uses traditional piecing techniques (no foundation paper piecing) and finishes at 18″ x 18″. Instructions for turning the Turkey quilt block into a pillow cover are included, although the turkey would be darling as a mini quilt, table topper, or as a block in a throw quilt, too. Pattern by Center Street Quilts

Mod Owls by Sew Kind of Wonderful

15 Fabulous Patterns for Fall - Mod Owls - Let me share some really great patterns and inspiration with you so you can start creating! Check out these 15 fabulous patterns for fall! #simple #TableRunners #AutumnLeaves #JellyRolls #WallHangings #FallQuiltBlocks #Quilting #ColorCombos #Fabric #PaperPiecing #Fun #Easy #Quick #pattern

Sew Kind Of Wonderful QCR Mod Owls Pattern- This pattern uses both the Quick Curve Ruler and the Quick Curve Mini Ruler (both sold separately). These adorable owls have a very modern look with their clean lines and simplistic design. All curves are pieced

ps – you will need the Large Quick Curve Ruler and also the Mini Quick Curve Ruler for this pattern.  You can check these out in my SHOP.

Fall Felt Ornament Pattern

This is an adorable pattern for two felt ornament designs. A folksy candy corn and a pumpkin with mushroom.

This is an adorable pattern for two felt ornament designs. A folksy candy corn and a pumpkin with mushroom. Both designs are included. Finished Ornaments measure approximately 4” x 7” without ribbon hanger. Pattern by Simply Eilene.

Fall Quilt Block Pattern Bundle

These are the perfect Fall pattern bundle for NOW! Leaf, Squirrel, Pumpkin, Lantern, Scarecrow, Fire, Owl, Turkey, Hedgehog, Picnic, Roast Turkey, and Pie. Patterns come in both 6" and 12" sizes. Patterns are by Burlap Blossom Patterns.

Set of 12 Quilt Block Patterns: Leaf, Squirrel, Pumpkin, Lantern, Scarecrow, Fire, Owl, Turkey, Hedgehog, Picnic, Roast Turkey, and Pie. Patterns come in both 6″ and 12″ sizes. Patterns are by Burlap Blossom Patterns.

Candy Corn Quilt Block

The Candy Corn quilt block pattern is a beginning FPP pattern that assumes a basic knowledge of paper piecing.

The Candy Corn quilt block pattern is a beginning FPP pattern that assumes a basic knowledge of paper piecing. The pattern is clearly labeled, has colored graphics, and full size pattern pieces with a 1/4″ seam allowance included. It finishes as a 3″ x 3″ or 6″ x 6″ block and would be perfect to add to your next Halloween or Fall project. This block is by Center Street Quilts.

Two Sizes in this Acorn Quilt Block!

15 Fabulous Patterns for Fall - Acorn Quilt Block Pattern - Let me share some really great patterns and inspiration with you so you can start creating! Check out these 15 fabulous patterns for fall! #simple #TableRunners #AutumnLeaves #JellyRolls #WallHangings #FallQuiltBlocks #Quilting #ColorCombos #Fabric #PaperPiecing #Fun #Easy #Quick #pattern

Gather up your fabrics to make lots of these adorable Acorn Quilt Blocks! There are two sizes included in this pattern! This pattern is by Ellisa and Higgs

Fancy Fox Tote Bag

15 Fabulous Patterns for Fall - Fancy Fox - Let me share some really great patterns and inspiration with you so you can start creating! Check out these 15 fabulous patterns for fall! #simple #TableRunners #AutumnLeaves #JellyRolls #WallHangings #FallQuiltBlocks #Quilting #ColorCombos #Fabric #PaperPiecing #Fun #Easy #Quick #pattern

I incorporated a Fancy Fox Quilt Block into a panel for a Tote and I couldn’t be happier! Click the picture to see my finished project!

Botanicals Embroidery Pattern

This pattern is ideal for intermediate level stitchers as well as beginners with some knowledge of common embroidery techniques. She include lots of step by step photos to guide you through the entire stitching process. The pattern is designed for a 4" hoop (it can be used with a different size hoop - you can resize the pattern sheet in your printer settings. Pattern by Matryoshka Doll Shop

This pattern is ideal for intermediate level stitchers as well as beginners with some knowledge of common embroidery techniques. She include lots of step by step photos to guide you through the entire stitching process. The pattern is designed for a 4″ hoop (it can be used with a different size hoop – you can resize the pattern sheet in your printer settings. Pattern by Matryoshka Doll Shop

I don’t know about you, but I am excited about all the Fall sewing and quilting possibilities!  I’ve already made the Fancy Fox Tote and the Barn Mini Quilt…..  I think my scraps are beckoning to be made into something Fabulous!!

Tell us in the comments if you have tried any of these fun projects!

Happy Stitches!

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The Ooo Quilt is a fun and Modern Quilt! Make one for yourself! Check out the video tutorial and start making today! #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modernquilt #modern #sewmuchmoore #sewmuchmooreinstore

The Ooo Quilt

The Ooo Quilt is a modern and fun project!  This is another custom quilt I made for a very lucky High School Graduate!  The Ooo Quilt was chosen from one of my Missouri Star Quilt Company Block books.  This was from Volume 1, issue 4.  In the book, this quilt was called “Jump Rings”.   We decided to use the school colors (orange and black), so the quilt could also pose as a Halloween Quilt.  The school mascot is a Pirate, so the skull and crossbones fabric worked out perfectly!  Let me show you all about this quilt so you can make one too!

The Ooo Quilt is a fun and modern quilt! This quilt is a super easy pattern! There is even a great video tutorial! #quilt #modernquilting

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THE ooo QUILT – MATERIALS LIST

  • Missouri Star Quilt Company Block Magazine (Volume 1, Issue 4)
  • Qty (1) Jelly Roll
    • I cheated and cut up my own fabric and some specific Kona Solids that my client chose.
  • Qty (2.5) yards of background fabric (Pewter)
  • Qty (1.25) yards of border fabric (Carrot)
  • Qty (.5) yards of binding fabric (Pewter)
  • Qty (2.5) yards of backing fabric (more Pewter)
  • Cotton batting (this is the exact batting I used)

THE ooo QUILT – SUPPLY LIST

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The Ooo Quilt is a fun and modern quilt! This Quilt block is just one of many to make the entire quilt. Just make this quilt one block at a time and you will be thrilled with the results! This Modern Quilt is a super easy pattern! There is even a great video tutorial! #quilt #modernquilting

THE ooo QUILT – ASSEMBLY

Be sure to get yourself a copy of the Block Magazine.  In the pattern, you will find all the details for assembly.  The process is really simple.  Deciding upon the layout was fun.  It took me several times to finally settle upon a layout!

The Ooo Quilt is a fun and modern quilt! This quilt is a super easy pattern! This is the layout I tried before I sewed it all together! There is even a great video tutorial! #quilt #modernquilting

I numbered my rows, after I decided on the layout.  That really helps me to keep things straight when I get the blocks back to the machine for sewing.

THE 000 QUILT – ALMOST FINISHED!

The Ooo Quilt is a fun and modern quilt! This quilt is a super easy and F-R-E-E pattern! There is even a great video tutorial! #quilt #modernquilting

Once I had my quilt top assembled, I drove to my friend’s house to rent some time on her wonderful long arm quilting machine.  Once you use a long arm quilting machine – it’s difficult to go back to quilting on your domestic (just sayin’).  I know everyone doesn’t have a long arm option, so you can always use free motion quilting on your domestic.  It’s simple!  Be sure you have a Darning Foot!  There are different kinds, based upon the shaft of your specific machine.  I always love my time with my friend’s long arm machine!  I would love to have one of my own, but I have NO ROOM!  Maybe someday!  Until then, I hope to keep Tia Curtis as a close quilty friend!  She is so helpful and wonderfully talented!  She even took this fun picture of me (with the pile of quilts I accomplished in one day)!

The Ooo Quilt is a fun and modern quilt! This quilt is a super easy and F-R-E-E pattern! There is even a great video tutorial! #quilt #modernquilting

Once I sewed on the binding, I could not wait to take some pictures of this amazing quilt!  I convinced my husband to help me take some pictures of the finished quilt.  We took a drive to the Powell Gardens for some scenic pictures.  It is such a great location!  I liked this picture the best!  What do you think?

The Ooo Quilt is a fun and modern quilt! This quilt is a super easy and F-R-E-E pattern! There is even a great video tutorial! #quilt #modernquilting

Making The Ooo Quilt was fun and easy!  I just loved making it and my customer loved the result!  Yay!

If I were ever to make this quilt again, I think I might simply use a Jelly Roll.  That would certainly make the process much quicker.  I hope you try to make one of these quilts.

Happy Quilting!

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