Our family is very patriotic. In fact, back in 1998, my husband and I said “I do” on Independence Day! Our two sons simply love celebrating our country’s tradition by shooting fireworks. My eldest son even helps a family friend at a local fireworks stand. Needless to say, it was an easy decision for me to make a Stars and Stripes quilt. Let me tell you how to make your own!
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Stars and Stripes Quilt Pattern by Camille Roskelley for Thimble Blossoms
I am an active member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, which is a highly inspirational gathering of talented quilters. A fellow board member organized a fun activity called “Block Lotto”. We chose this particular quilt pattern and color theme, so that all the blocks would be the same size and shape. In order to play Block Lotto, you need to bring a completed quilt block. In this case, participants would bring a completed flag block in exchange for a drawing ticket. Each completed quilt block would render a separate drawing ticket. At the meeting, there were over 180 quilt blocks turned in! WOW!!! That was enough blocks to make over 11 quilt tops! We did a drawing at the end of the meeting and it was sooooo much fun!
This quilt is a very simple project! I started cutting and assembling my quilt blocks while I was on a visit to my Mom’s house. The cutting was very simple. It is my recommendation to layering a few like colored fat quarters to make quick work of this step. I was actually able to cut, sew AND quilt this project in less than one week! Normally, I don’t start and finish a quilt in that short of a time span, but I really wanted to show a completed quilt at our Guild meeting (which was incidentally Flag Day)! I really love how it turned out.
This will be a great quilt to bring to the city fireworks show. The kids are cuddling up with it already! I hope you make one too!
I’ve wanted to try out the MAGnificent Floor and Table LED Magnifying Lamp for sometime now. You see, I’m becoming more interested with handwork, embroidery, and appliqué and I thought it would be a good idea to have some additional lighting that also offers magnification. The Daylight Company was generous enough to send me to try out. You know me – I have to love it before I would share or recommend it – so let’s get started! Also, don’t forget to watch my un-boxing video at the end!
This magnifying lamp is shipped in a compact box but it has lots and lots to offer, once you start unpacking. Inside the box is an adjustable lamp assembly, power adapter, two poles that help you adjust the weight of your lamp, and a sturdy lamp base.
Assembling the Lamp
One of the things I find really useful about this lamp is that the head assembly is adjustable. So it can be bent or adjusted to whatever position works best for what you are doing at the moment. The lamp base is a good and sturdy weight. It’s not too heavy but it’s solid enough so that you can stretch out your lamp head assembly, and the lamp still won’t tip over. The lamp comes with two poles that you can add. These polls have built-in electronic connectors so that you don’t have to string a cord through the pole to eventually illuminate the lamp head assembly. The lamp base has a thumb screw that needs to be loosened before you insert the polls or head assembly into the base.
When you are connecting either the pole or the lamp head assembly to the base, you need to push down really hard to make that connection. Once you have that connected, grab your power supply. Plug one end into the base and the other into your electrical outlet.
The on and off switch is at the top of the lamp assembly and there is a large semi rimless lens which really helps with the close work activity. This lamp is ideal for hobbies, crafts, and even reading. As I mentioned before you can remove the pole and use the lamp on the table as well.
If you are looking for brightness, then you’ve found it here! Check out the specs for this magnifying lamp!
In this tutorial I’ll show you how to add a zipper end to your zipper tape. Adding a zipper end is an easy way to take your project to the next level. Be sure to watch the video tutorial for your step-by-step instructions. Let’s get started!
I finished my purse but wanted to create a professional finish for the end of my zipper tape.
Because my zipper tape is a number five, which is just indication for the width of the tape, I’m going to trim down the corners to achieve a beveled edge. Once I trimmed down those corners I’m going to add a little bit of Fray Check so that everything stays nice and tidy.
Choosing a Finish
Zipper ends come in a variety of finishes. You just need to choose one that will coordinate best with your project.
The finish I’m choosing is gold because it will match my zipper teeth and the rest of my hardware on this bag. This hardware comes with the end itself and a small screw to help the zipper and stay into place.
Installing the Zipper End
All you have to do is fit the end of your zipper tape into the cavity of the zipper end. Because my zipper tape is wide, I fold in the sides of the tape so that everything fits nice and snug. Once I get the tape inside of the zipper end, we’ll just add the tiny screw to help secure the tape in place.
The trick here is to have the dexterity to handle such a tiny screw. I found that magnetizing your screwdriver is very helpful. You can place your metal screwdriver onto a magnet. This will help you get the screw into the opening. The tiny screw helps to keep the tape in place. If you want, you can add a drop of Loctite before you screw everything together.
Enjoy the Results!
Adding a zipper end to your zipper tape is just that simple and it creates such a lovely finish for a project that you’ve worked so hard on.
Mother’s Day is the perfect time for handmade gifts. Whether you make your own or have them made – nothing says “I love you” like a handmade gift! Mother’s Day gifts aren’t just for our own Mom’s. We can show our love by making and giving gifts to our Daughter’s or Daughter-in-Law’s and even Mom’s to be!. Don’t forget out our Mother-In-Law’s and also those special Nieces and beloved Cousins too! Getting or making the perfect gift can be overwhelming. I know! I wanted to give you several ideas to help you make this the best Handmade Mother’s Day yet!
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Do you want to make a positive difference for the earth? Try using a reusable grocery bag! Making a reusable grocery bag is fun and easy! You may never use the plastic store bags again! Let me show you how you can make your own reusable grocery bag. Let’s get started!
Following the cutting measurements, cut your tote straps and tote body. Trim those to size.
Take your straps to the ironing board and press out any wrinkles. Next, fold your straps in half, lengthwise. Open this back up and then take each long side and fold towards the middle. turn and press each short end in at a 1/4 inch. Fold in both long sides and clip at the ends to secure.
Sew each strap closed being sure that you back stitch at the beginning and the end.
Make the body of your bag
Now that we have our straps done, we can set those aside and work on the body of the tote bag. Give it a nice pressing and then take each end and pin or clip together. We’re going to use a 1/2 inch seam allowance and the easiest way to do this is to use a magnetic seam guide. Sew both ends together, leaving the top open. Press the seams open and then with your seam guage, fold the top edge down by 1 inch and press then clip. Fold a second time so that your raw edge is enclosed. Press and clip and sew this down. Remove your magnetic seam guide and sew the top edge just 1/8 of an inch away from the bottom fold.
Assemble your bag
Now it’s time to add the straps. Our tote body is still inside out. Reference your Reusable Grocery Bag Pattern to determine the placement of your straps. Align the bottom of the strap with the bottom fold and clip in place. Be careful that your strap is not twisted. Let’s take this to the sewing machine and sew a boxed pattern to help secure each strap.
Sewing a boxed pattern is easy. First, you will begin by back stitching and then sew a square. Once you’ve reached the corner of your origin then you will make diagonal stitching to the opposite corner. Stitch your way to the next side and make another diagonal stitch. Be sure to backstitch when you’re finished. Do this boxed pattern stitch for each strap end. Turn your bag right side out and set it aside.
I’ve added this cute design to my online shop you can download those to import into your cutting system. I’m going to use iron on vinyl and my Cricut Maker. Once I have my artwork imported, I will go through the motions of welding items so that they don’t end up in random places on my cutting mat. Since we have text on this particular design, it’s super important that you select the mirror option. You should select that option on all of the mats because they will interact and fit into each other for this particular design. Once you have the images how you’d like them on your mat, will select the every day iron on material option and I always like to set the pressure to more. Now that all the vinyl has been cut, it’s time to do a little weeding. I like to use my Daylight Company Wafer One Light Box whenever I weed my vinyl. The lightbox helps me see exactly where I need to begin weeding. After I’ve weeded all of the vinyl, I’m going to cut apart this first piece because there are several layers that need to be positioned on the project.
Finishing the Reusable Grocery Bag
This design has three layers of vinyl. Now that I have my base layer in place, I can add the ocean and the land which is part of the globe design. There is also a couple fill our spots for the arrows that circle the globe. Adding the second and third layers is quite simple. You just need to take your time and align everything. It’s kind of like working on a puzzle. The last pieces are the blue arrows that circle the globe. I am attaching those one at a time. I’m pressing everything again with my Teflon sheet for good measure.
Watch the Video Tutorial
I hope you have fun making your own reusable grocery bag! If you shop as much as my family, you will need quite a few of these! Be sure to share your bags in my Bag Makers Facebook Group! I can’t wait to see what you make!
Making a T-shirt quilt is easier than you think. Have you been saving all of your shirts? Do you have a pile of garments that you don’t know what to do with but you really want to save? Make a T-shirt quilt! Check out the step-by-step article and don’t forget to watch the video at the end! Let’s make a T-shirt quilt!
Gather your garments
You might be wondering what kind of garments or materials that you can use for a T-shirt quilt. Obviously, you’ll want to use T-shirts. You can also use sports jerseys, hoodies or sweatshirts. Regular button down shirts or even baby clothes. You’ll find all sorts of things that you can use and I’m sure you’ve saved a ton of it. Gather those up and make sure they are laundered. I would recommend skipping the fabric softener as it makes it a little more difficult to fuse interface to softened fabrics.
Choose your T-Shirt Quilt Design
The next thing to consider is how you want to design your quilt. There are several options out there. One of the most popular is the grid quilt. That’s just squares made out of your various materials or T-shirts. You could have these made with sashing. Sashing is the fabric in between the shirts to separate the blocks. You can even add a border around everything, which is the fabric around the perimeter of your quilt.
Another design option is a mosaic quilt. A Mosaic quilt has a variation of block sizes put together. Then the blocks are justified and sewn into vertical rows. Have fun designing your quilt with the materials you have!
Tools and Supplies
You might think you need a lot of fancy equipment and supplies to make a T-shirt quilt but you really don’t. I use my Juki TL 2010 Q and it works wonders. Before I had my Juki, are used a hand me down 30 or old Kenmore. Click this link if you’re looking for a full list of tools supplies and materials to make your own T-shirt quilt.
Cut & Prep Materials
This is the fun part! Turning those shirts and materials into quilt blocks! There’s a variety of ways that you can do this. The simplest way is to just interface a shirt and cut it to the size of your design. Sometimes a T-shirt doesn’t have a centered logo and you can certainly do that by cutting your shirt apart and sewing it back together in just the right manner. Other times you can combine garments to make a single block. Another fun way to use your garments is to sew other materials like quilting cotton to blocks to make them the size you need. Have fun using the garments you have and find creative ways to fit them into your overall quilt design!
Assemble the Quilt Top
Adding vertical sashing to your quilt is a great way to showcase your quilt blocks and it also helps to enlarge the overall size of your quilt. There is some “Quilty math” involved because you have to make all of your blocks fit together. We cover all the “Quilty math” in my T-Shirt Quilt Academy online sewing course. If you’re going to add vertical sashing, you might as well add horizontal Sashing as well. This makes for a very nice design on your overall quilt. If you’re looking to make your quilt top larger, or you just want to finish it off around the edge, consider adding a border to your T-shirt quilt. The wider the border strip, the larger your overall quilt will become. It’s a good idea to do all of that “quilty math” ahead of time (in the design process).
Making your Quilt backing
Once you finish your quilt top, you need to create a backing fabric. Measure your finished quilt-top and do your “Quilty math” to determine the correct size of your backing. Once you determine the size of your backing, you can decide if you want to either piece your backing or use a wide back fabric. There are several options to making your backing, but the most common is to piece your backing fabric.
Choose your Batting
Just when you think all of the quilt decisions have been made, you need to consider the batting. Do you like a thick, heavy quilt or do you like a lighter quilt? Is this T-shirt quilt going to be used all year or just in certain seasons. Consider the recipient of the T-shirt quilt to know if they sleep hot or if they require lots and lots of warmth while they sleep. Choosing the right batting is going to make a difference in your finished quilt.
Quilting your T-Shirt Quilt
You can either send your quilt to your favorite long armer, or you can quilt your own quilt. If you’re choosing to quilter One quilt venue knead to based your quilt. Whether you choose to spray baste your quilt (with a spray adhesive) or if you prefer to use safety pins for basting, either way both steps help you to prepare for your next step. Quilting! One of the simplest ways to quilt is a free motion meandering design. Choose a quilting method that you’re most comfortable with and enjoy the process.
Binding your T-Shirt Quilt
The last thing to do is bind your quilt. Once you trim your quilt, then you’ll measure your quilt again. Using more of your quilting math, will determine how much binding to cut and make. Once you make an attach your binding, you can either do the hand binding method which is very beautiful and rewarding, or you can choose to do the machine binding which works wonderfully as well. Once you’re finished your binding, then your T-shirt quilt is finished!
I’ve been making T-shirt quilts for years and years and I always get asked questions about how to make these. I’m so excited to finally offer an online sewing course so you can make your own T-shirt quilts too!
The Bunny Quilt Block is such a cheerful block! Super cute and easy to sew together. After you make one, you will want to make more! Make them in your favorite springtime color palette! Let me show all about the Bunny Quilt Block!
It doesn’t take much fabric to make just one block. In fact, it takes less than a Fat Quarter of your Bunny Face fabric and less than a Fat Quarter of your background fabric.
I used some really fun solids from my online fabric shop. My original plan was to only make enough Bunny Quilt Blocks for a table runner, but I found the process so enjoyable that I ended up cutting fabric for 30 blocks!
Making the Bunny Quilt Block
A majority of the block construction is snowballing the ears and the face. The rest of it is just adding rectangles and pressing your seams. Since I was making so many Bunny Quilt Blocks, I decided to sew these together in the assembly style method. I would make all my stitches for snowballing and then I would trim the excess of all blocks and then press them all at once. It was a very methodical process and found it to be very relaxing. I was able to sew and watch one of my favorite movies on Amazon Prime in the process!
I decided to make a Quilt Top
This was easy enough to do without a full blown quilt pattern. Simply using more of the Bunny Face fabric (Rice Paper) to add 2 inch sashing in between each block and in between each row. I think the tricky part was deciding how to layout all my Bunny Blocks so that the different colors would look the best. I used some computer software to play with the color arrangement and came up with this:
I’m very pleased with this layout because I was able to use all the colors of the rainbow, even if they were the pastel hue. The layout also worked well because none of the same colors “touched”. Yay!
I was able to sew together all the sashing in no time because my sewing machine was set to “bunny” instead of “turtle”. While learning to operate it, the Juki TL 2010Q can be set to sew as slow as 200 stitches per minute. As the user’s skill level improves, the speed can be increased until it reaches the maximum speed of 1500 stitches per minute. I also sew with a quarter inch presser foot, which helps me keep the perfect quarter inch seam allowance.
It’s no secret that I like to sew at night. Because of this, my studio can become quite dim. I am so grateful to have my Daylight Company Slimline 3 table lamp. This light provides spectacular illumination of my project and doesn’t make my eyes tired! If you are in need of additional light for your sewing machine – be sure to check out the Slimline 3 Lamp from the Daylight Company!
I need to iron this again!
The entire quilt came together very quickly, but I am still deliberating over the border. It would be great to have this on our bed next spring, but this means adding about twelve inches on three sides. I have an idea of what I want to do, but still need to see what that might look like by either sketching it out or mocking it up on my computer. I also want to add some embroidered Bunny Faces before I quilt it. That will take some time, so I’m glad I got this started now and can work on this during the evenings (when we don’t have a baseball game).
Baskets are storage workhorses! They provide easy organization solutions, plus they’re stylish and can add warmth to any room in the house. Making fabric storage baskets takes style to another level. You can make these for any season and even for everyday! I’ve seen these fabric baskets used in many, many ways! These are great for baby shower gifts. Just roll up some newborn diapers and other baby notions into a fabric basket – Voila! Make it even better if you choose a nursery theme fabric! Winning!!! I made one for a recent High School graduate. She chose the fabric of her (soon to be) college and she used it in her graduation party as a collection basket for her greeting cards! Perfect!
One of the best solutions to a lack of storage are baskets! Even better – DIY FABRIC BASKETS!!!
Ask any sewing enthusiast if they have enough storage. You will most likely receive a unanimous “Of course not” for a response! I have several in my sewing studio that I use for various items. One of my baskets is dedicated to all my saved fabric selvages. I used these selvages to make a project bag. You can check that out right here. Am I the only one that saves those?!?! Making Fabric Storage Baskets is super fun and easy! Let’s get started!
I really love the pattern and design of the One Hour Fabric Basket by our friends at Hearts and Bees. This pattern is an instant download and you only need some basic supplies to make your basket. This is a basic sewing pattern with a pictorial tutorial. I love that! You only need to have some basic skills necessary, like how to sew various size seam allowances and how to top stitch. Easy Peasy!
The sizing and finished measurements of the fabric basket are 10″L x 6″W x 7″H. This is the perfect size for storing fat quarters of fabric. The width fits folded fat quarters perfectly! Do you love how mine turned out? I used a retired fabrics by Tula Pink. Sorry – those prints are LONG GONE (unless you want to pay over $30 for a Fat Quarter). I also altered the pattern by adding a fusible interfacing. This gave my basket a nice form and shape. I gave this project a little sass by quilting along the existing fabric lines. Nice!
Why I made Fabric Storage Baskets
My Local Quilt Guild, The Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, hosted a Christmas swap and we chose this pattern. My secret swap partner and I made each other a Fabric Basket. I love all the extra detail that my partner put into the basket that she made. She added some flying geese and coordinated this with the interior arrow fabric! I use this basket everyday to store my extra sporty fabric (which I give to my mother to make baby jackets).
This pattern includes multiple size options! Make different sizes of Fabric Baskets with this additional pattern. The options are really fun!
This basket is perfect to use for everyday storage!
It’s that time of year to start thinking about sewing and decorating for Easter! It’s kind of sad to put away your Valentines decor and quilts. Thank goodness we can make our homes pretty again with some Springtime decor! I have scoured the internet and made some great connections with some lovely folks to share these 20 projects for Easter with you! Let’s all get sewing and have a Handmade Easter!
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If you would like to know more about any of these fun Projects for Easter, just click on the picture!
An adorable Chickie Pattern by Bunny Hill Designs
Mix & Match Bunny Blocks by Shiny Happy World
Bunny Face Bag Tutorial by sewVery
Easter Egg Placemat by Jacquelynne Steves
Bunny Ears Bag by Just Jude
Tulip quilt by Michelle Engel Benscko
Rain Boot Quilt Block – Pattern by Nadra Ridgeway with ellis & higgs
Check out this Chubby Bunny Sewing Pattern on the Fluffmonger Etsy site!
This lovely Easter Themed Quilt was designed by Center Street Quilts. Check out her tutorial!
I just love this Rainy Days mini quilt, which is designed by Nadra Ridgeway of ellis and higgs.
Dress up your little bunnies with these darling DIY Bunny Ears Headbands. Check out this great tutorial by Say Yes!
Fill up these fun Carrot shaped treat bags with all the Jelly Beans! Just love this tutorial by Make It – Love It!
This precious Hippity Hoppity Mini Quilt is perfect to spruce up any space! Check out the pattern by Nadra Ridgeway with ellis & higgs
Don’t you just LOVE these Spring Bunnies? Check out Flamingo Toes tutorial and make one of these for yourself! The poofy tails are just the cutest!
Who doesn’t want a Stuffed Bunny with a cute little pocket? I just love this tutorial by Alice and Lois!
These DIY Felt Carrots, by Apple Green Cottage, are perfect for the little to play with!
You really need to make a Fabric Easter Basket! This quick and simple pattern can be completed in about an hour! Fill it up will all the Easter Goodies!
Whew! That’s a lot of Easter Inspiration! I hope you find something fun to make for Easter this year! Remember, there is nothing better than making Handmade gifts and Home Decor, especially for Easter!
Making a Lucky Clover Mug Rug is fun and easy! These mug rugs are the perfect project for St. Patrick’s Day. In this tutorial, I show you a couple different designs you can make. The first is with the Cricut Machine and the second is by utilizing a solid fabrics to make a rainbow design. I will also share how to quilt and attach your binding. Be sure to check out the bottom of this article where I link my video tutorial. Let’s get started making a Lucky Clover Mug Rug!
For our first Lucky Clover Mug Rug, we will use the Cricut Machine to add this fun text design to our Lucky Clover Mug Rug.
I found this text design on the Cricut Design Space. This was a free pattern and I think it’s just perfect for this mug rug. Re-size the size of the design so it will fit nicely on the square piece of fabric. Adjust the pressure to ‘more’, even though you are only using the iron on vinyl. We don’t want to forget to mirror my image so that it will appear the correct way at the end of the process. Load up your mat and let the cutting begin.
Using my Cricut weeding tool, I removed the excess vinyl from the carrier sheet. This design has quite a few areas that need weeding so I like to use my Daylight Company Lightbox to help me see the microscopic cut lines. I love my lightbox for a variety of things in my sewing room and weeding is just one of them.
Take your vinyl text design and center it on your project. I like to use a small Teflon sheet to cover the project before I apply the heat from my iron. Carefully peel the carrier sheet away from the lettering.
Making a rainbow panel design
This rainbow design is super simple to achieve. Just grab some rainbow fabrics, like the ones I have in my online fabric shop.
I’ve cut these into 1 inch strips and sew them together in rainbow order. Altogether, I made three sets of these strips and sewed them together to make a rainbow panel. After I sewed them all together, I used my Oliso Mini Iron to press the seams open. I can get my seams really flat when I use a hot iron, a Wool Pressing Mat, and I also like to use the Best Press Spray Starch as well.
Laying out the rainbows at a diagonal (instead of a horizontal or vertical layout) was a fun design choice. In order to get an easy diagonal layout, get a ruler that has a 45° mark and lay that against the bottom edge of your rainbow panel.
Make the first cut at a 45° angle and then measure your next cut 5 1/2 inches perpendicular to that. You’ll be basically making a 5 1/2 inch, square to match the size of your unfinished Lucky Clover Quilt Block. Now sew your cut rainbow panel design to your quilt block.
Quilting your Mug Rug
Now it’s time to quilt your mug rugs. Lay your backing fabric wrong side up and cover this with some batting. I’m using some leftover batting from a quilt I had recently finished. Since I’ve made several mug rugs I’m going to be laying these all out at the same time. This helps me to eliminate waste. Next I’m going to spray some fabric adhesive to help keep my mug rug in place while I prepare to quilt them.
Once I have these in place, I’ll take my acrylic ruler and rotary cutter and separate these into single units. When I’m cutting these out, I’m careful to leave an a small excess of fabric around the perimeter of each mug rug. I’d say about an inch or so will do just fine.
Straight-line Quilting on the Grid
Now you can quilt this mug rugs anyway that you’d like, but I think an easy solution is to draw a 1 inch grid with a chalk marker. These refillable chalk pens are super handy and come in a variety of chalk colors.
Quilting along the chalk marks is super easy. I use a 3 inch stitch length and a 50 weight cotton thread. Since the lines are already marked, you can quilt these up in no time. Take your acrylic ruler and rotary cutter to trim off the excess batting and backing.
Attaching the Binding
For the binding, I simply cut a width of the fabric by 2 1/4 and then folded and pressed in half. Leaving about a 6 inch tail at the beginning, I stitched the binding to the perimeter of the mug rug being sure to miter each corner as demonstrated. I like using my quarter inch presser foot for attaching the binding. I also like using a stiletto to help manage the thread when it comes to the corners.
When we come to about 6 inches from where we started, simply stop sewing and connect the two ends of your binding strip.
Bring your longest binding strip and nest it next to the beginning seam of the shortest strip. Using a frixion pen, make a mark at this nesting point and cut the longest strip at the mark. Now, measure the opposite strip to your original binding width. Remember, mine was 2 1/4 inches. Mark this and trim the strip. Start removing stitches from your shortest binding strip until both strips are unsewn evenly. Fold your project, right sides together and place a clip about an inch back from the starting seams. Open and align your seams as demonstrated in my video below.
I like to make a mark to help determine where my sewing line needs to be. I’m using a 1″ x 6″ acrylic ruler and a frixion pen for this. Use sewing pins to hold your strips in place and stitch the two strips together. Take out your clip and ensure the strip is the right length before your trim off the excess fabric. I am using a seam roller to open this seam. You can also use an iron. Now, stitch the remaining binding to your project. Using your fabric scissors, trim the excess from the corners. Be careful not to cut the binding strips.
Finishing your Mug Rugs
The last thing to do is to finish the binding. You can either do hand binding or machine binding. It’s really up to your personal preference. I have video tutorials on both techniques and have hyperlinked them in the previous sentences.
Watch the Video
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