Scrappy Nine Patch Throw Pillow

Have you ever used your fabric scraps to make something new?  I made a scrappy nine patch throw pillow with some of fabric scraps.  It was fun and easy to do.  Along the way, I was re-introduced to some of the fabric bits that I kept.

I have sooooooo many fabric scraps!  I try not to keep EVERYTHING, but I also don’t like to waste much either!  At one point, I told myself that I was not going to keep a scrap unless it measures at least 5″ x 5″.  While that was a noble thought and worked for a little bit, but eventually I found myself keeping smaller pieces more and more.  That leads to my next thought….. How large do you consider a ‘scrap’ piece of fabric?  Some folks buy yardage, while others prefer Fat Quarters and pre-cuts.  Ever since I started organizing my fabric on comic book boards, I consider items to be ‘scrap’ if it will not completely cover the front and back of a comic book board (with a little bit of overlap for pinning).

Needless to say, I had several scraps to choose from!  After auditioning several choices, I decided on a few of my favorites for my scrappy nine patch throw pillow!  I have a fair assortment of Cotton & Steel, Tula Pink, & Elea Lutz plus several others as well.  I was only pulling from my Red, Orange and Yellow scrap bin, so most of the scraps seemed to play well together.

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I made some minor changes in the final layout of the pillow front.  I tried to balance the lights and darks, but in the end – I think this random layout worked out just fine!  I added a contrasting border to make the pillow top the correct size for a 20″ x 20″ pillow form.  I sandwiched this all between some really great batting (I love Quilter’s Dream Supreme) and backed it with some muslin I had left over from a mock costume I made a couple years ago.  I added some simple straight line quilting.  Such a cute and simple pillow top!

I wanted the pillow back to have an envelope closure (which is probably the simplest type of closure you can make).  I pulled more of my fabric scraps to make an oversized panel.  I trimmed and sewed and got everything to fit just right.

I sandwiched this panel with more Quilter’s Dream Supreme batting and the rest of the left over muslin on the back.  I added more simple straight line quilting which was basically some stitches placed 1/4″ away from each seam.  Really fun and easy!

For the envelope closure, I cut the back panel in half and added a scrappy contrasting binding to the cut edges.  I used the same Mustard Colored fabric and some similar Striped Mustard Fabric for the binding which played nicely with the front of the pillow cover trim border fabric.

After installing the binding, I lined up the front and the back panels.  Placing them right sides together, I sewed them up using a 1/4″ seam allowance and returning with a tight zig zap all the way around the perimeter of the pillow cover.  I gave the envelope opening points a few more passes with the needle and thread to ensure the pillow would stay together nicely.

I am really pleased with how fun and easy this project turned out!  It was a great way to be creative and use up some of my fabric scraps as well!  I think I will make a blue/green pillow cover next!

I hope you try this fun project and use up some of your fabric scraps! 😊

Happy Sewing

~Nicole

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Moroccan Vibe Quilt

I know!  Sewing curves seems scary, but it doesn’t have to be!  I first learned how to sew a curve when my local quilt guild hosted a Schoolhouse for the Quick Curve Ruler, by Sew Kind of Wonderful.  All the students learned how to sew curves, using this incredibly fun and easy ruler – and you can too!  Let me show you all about our project, called the Moroccan Vibe Quilt!

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  • One Wonderful Curve (book by Sew Kind Of Wonderful)
  • Qty (8) fat quarters assorted prints (I used Tula Pink Tabby Road and coordinating solids)
  • Qty (1) fat quarter for block centers
  • Qty (2) yards background fabric
  • Qty (1/2) yard fabric for center diamond sashing
  • Qty (2/3) yard for binding
  • Qty (3.5) yards for backing (I went scrappy and pieced some of my leftover Tula)
  • Quilter’s Dream Supreme Batting (because it’s the best and I love it so much)

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Cutting the Fabric

 

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I’m inserting this video, which demonstrates the pattern book and also shows how the Quick Curve Ruler works.  For this pattern, you will be cutting all your fabric in preparation for sewing.  Once you sew your first curve set together, the video also demonstrates how to square up your piece.  The more you make these blocks, the easier it becomes!

I spent some time (and money) on Tula Pink fabric because I love to fussy cut!  I wanted to be sure the kitties were all facing the correct direction.  This meant some wasted fabric, but I save my scraps for my 100 Modern Quilt Blocks project.  Yay!  I was able to get my first block done during our Schoolhouse.

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Assembling the Quilt Top

Making the remaining 3 blocks was fun and easy.  Like I said, once you start making these – you won’t want to stop!

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I used my Juki Miyabi to quilt this up.  I also invested in some Quick Curvit Quilting Rulers to help me with the Quilting. These rulers helped me follow the curve on the Moroccan Vibe Quilt top.  I love how the finished quilt turned out!  Instagram was a great way for me to get some feedback, so I took a poll to help me decide upon the lovely striped bias binding.  I ran out of the dark pink strip and pieced in some of the light pink stripe to finish it off!  Also, I used up my remaining Tabby Road Fabric pieces to make the backing.  Isn’t it scrappy and happy??!?

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As Helen Robinson says, “The curves created with the Quick Curve Ruler remind us of the Middle East and its iconic curved dome buildings.  The Moroccan Vibe has a variety of layout options – a long runner or a runner with each large block rotated a quarter turn.”

I hope you make a Moroccan Vibe Quilt for yourself. When you do – don’t forget to share your project in our Facebook Group!  See you there!

Happy Quilting!

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DIY Travel Pillow Cases

With warmer weather quickly approaching, now is a perfect time to make a few DIY Travel Pillow Cases!  This fun and easy method will allow you to make one for each person in your family.  They make great gifts too!  Let me show you how!

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Get your cutting measurements!

Option 1: Download for free.

To download the cutting measurements for free, you can subscribe to the Sew Much Moore Newsletter.  AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern access email. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free patterns. Woot!  (If you are already a subscriber, all you need to do is enter your info in the email subscribe box.  You will automatically be directed to your free cutting measurements – plus you won’t be double subscribed!)

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Option 2: Purchase this PDF pattern

Use this link to purchase the fabric cutting instructions. You’ll be emailed a download link for a file that references the instructions in this tutorial and provides the cutting measurements for this pattern.  You’ll also be able to download this file in my shop.

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Here are the materials you will need to make a Travel Pillow Case:

DIY Travel Pillow Case – Materials List
  • Free Pillow Case Pattern
  • Qty (1) 12” x 16” Pillow Form
  • ½ Yard of Fabric for your Main Print (*Royals Fabric)
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  • ¼ Yard of Fabric for your Pillowcase Band (*Solid Blue)
  • 1/8 Yard of Fabric for your Pillowcase Trim (*Solid White)
DIY Travel Pillow Case – Basic Supplies
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread that coordinates your project (I use Aurifil 50 wt)
  • Sharp Fabric Scissors (I love these scissors)
  • Straight pins or wonder clips

Download my pattern for your cutting instructions and have a great time making your DIY Travel Pillow Case!  If you like video instructions; check out this video, which follows the same steps.  Please note that the video is showing you how to make a full sized pillow case.  The steps for the DIY Travel Pillow Case size are the same (just smaller).

Let me share a few pictures of some great group sewing events we had.  All the participants made their own DIY Travel Pillow Case!  Aren’t they fabulous??!?

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I hope you make lots and lots of these fun DIY Travel Pillow Cases!

Happy Sewing!

~Nicole~

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Dresden Plate Quilt Block

The Dresden Plate quilt pattern was one of the most popular quilts made during the 1920s and 30s. It was first published in the 20s but not always under the name Dresden Plate. … This block is made with fabric sewn in a series of radiating “petals” with flat sides.

 

The Dresden Plate Quilt Block is a fun and easy block to make with either pre-cut squares or even using your own fabric scraps! Let me show you how!
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For this quilt block, I cut my fabric pieces into these petals (or blades), sewed the top of the blades to create the point, and then joined them together.  Then I created and adhered a middle piece.  Finally, I will either hand appliqué or machine appliqué the plate onto the background fabric.

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  • Sewing Machine
  • Cotton Thread (I recommend Aurifil 50 wt)
  • Rotary Cutter with sharp blade (no kidding about a sharp blade)
  • Cutting Mat (I love my rotating mat for this project)
  • Iron & Wool Pressing Mat (if you don’t have one – get one!)
  • Sewing Pins or Wonder Clips
  • small piece of cardboard for the circle template
    • I used a glass from my kitchen as the template

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Here is a fun video, that shows you how to make the Dresden blades quickly and easily!

Happy Quilting!

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Valentines Day Mug Rug

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Quilt

I just love sewing for Valentine’s Day!  The fabrics are so fun and cheerful!  I have been working through my list of UFO’s, which include utilizing some fabric that I purchased a LONG LONG time ago (like 2-3 years ago).  When I came across a fun and free heart block tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew, I was inspired to use my beloved fabric panel in this quilt.  Let me share with you how I made this fantastic Valentine’s Day Quilt!

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Check out this fun and EASY Valentines Day Quilt! Using a fabric panel and a free heart block tutorial – this quilt came together FAST! #ForBeginners #easy #quilt #Quilts #Quilting #ideas #modern #ToMake #Designs #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial #quilting #sewing #handmade #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #DIY #Fabric #Bedding #Hip #Trendy #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

Using Allison’s tutorial was super fun and easy.  The hearts came together easily.  The fabric that I used for the hearts really worked well for the Fabric Panel in the middle.  I used the medium size heart block to frame the bordered panel and it turned out cute!  I would highly recommend using a Frixon Pen for the snowballing and also squaring up your hearts before you sew them together.  That just makes for a nice and straight quilt top!  I made several blocks and even had a few left over.

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I loved using my Juki 350QVP to finish this quilt.  I also used my Quilting Disks to help me move the quilt under my needle.  If you haven’t learned about my fantastic Long Arm Quilting Machine, you can read more about that HERE.  I simply love using it!

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Since I had some leftover blocks, I decided to use these in the back of the quilt.  This worked out perfectly because I was a little short on the backing anyway.  I used a quick and simply loopy free motion quilting design.

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When my husband asked me who I made the for, I told him that I honestly didn’t have an intended recipient just yet.  But for now, our cat is enjoying it as she perches on the back of our couch!

Happy Quilting!

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Foundation Paper Piecing Tutorial

I love foundation paper piecing!  I think it is the easiest way to get perfect quilt blocks.  Unfortunately, the technique is not as straight forwards as patchwork and requires us to think a little backwards!  I wanted to take the mystery out of the foundation paper piecing technique for you.  Let me break it down for you by showing you what you need and how to do it.  Soon enough you will be wanting to make everything using this technique.

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tools and supplies needed

I used a free pattern from the Valentines Day Table Runner post.  You can find that right here.  Most of that pattern is patchwork, with the exception of a few end border hearts.  You will find those on page 2 of the pattern.

I am a visual learner and could never figure out how to perfect the FPP technique by reading instructions.  I figured it would be better if I made a video to explain the process.  I hope you find this video helpful!

I just love that little heart block!  I think I might make more and turn them into a cute little Mug Rug!

What would you do with a few of these little blocks?  

Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Sewing!

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The Perfect Tools & Accessories for Free Motion Quilting

When I bought my Juki Miyabi 350 QVP, I didn’t know what kind of accessories that I would need!  Although I had experience using a Longarm Quilting Machine, I had never owned one before.  When the owners of Quilter’s Headquarters came out to deliver my machine, they recommended some basic accessories.  Let me show you some of my favorite tools & accessories for Free Motion Quilting on my Juki Miyabi 350 QVP.

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Needles and Thread

The needles that came with my machine are the brand Groz-Beckert.

They are simple to install in the machine and easy to take out of the needle case.  I like this brand because I use the same brand for my Juki Industrial DU-1181-n.  There are several codes and numbers listed on the front of the needle case.  I found this diagram, which helped me understand what all the numbers meant.

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One of the things I love about my Juki Miyabi 350 QVP is that it is not picky about the thread you use.  I have heard many seasoned quilters tell me that their machines will only perform well with a particular brand or type of thread.  With the Juki Miyabi, I have been able to use the thread I already have on hand.  I learned how to use the TOWA tension gauge to easily make adjustments.  It’s great to be able to use my existing thread stash!  As you can see, I have a large variety (especially Aurifil 50 wt).

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Bobbins and Bobbin case

I decided to purchase extra bobbins for my new Longarm Quilting machine.  I like to have options and found that only having the standard 3 bobbins was not enough.  I also purchased an extra bobbin case and calibrated the tension for a 40 wt thread.  My other bobbin is used for any other type and I can change the calibration easily with the TOWA bobbin calibration device.

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Quilting feet attachments

My Juki Miyabi 350 QVP came with a standard Free motion presser foot used for free-motion sewing and ruler work.  With a distance of ¼” (6.5mm) from the needle entry point to the outer edge, I can use this presser foot for free motion quilting and to sew with a quilting ruler as a guide.

The Open Toe presser foot is for free-motion sewing and is open at the front so that the needle area is easy to see.  This presser foot is useful for quilting small designs or anytime visual of the needle area is needed.

The glide foot is a bowl-shaped type foot intended to be used for quilting when gliding along applique and other slightly three-dimensional embellishment.

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Accessories storage case

I needed a separate place to store my new accessories for my Juki Miyabi 350 QVP.  I didn’t want anything too big or bulky.  Just something to fit my needles, bobbins and various feet.  I found a totally functional see-through case that fits everything perfectly!  I even have room leftover for more bobbins and needles.  You can get your own Accessories Case in my SHOP.

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Quilting Disks

By far, my favorite accessory for my Juki Miyabi 350 QVP are the Quilting Disks.  Joan, with the Quilter’s HQ’s gifted me a pair and I just love them!  At first, I wasn’t too sure what they were for or how they could help my quilting.  But after using them, I can’t see myself using my gloves again!  These little quilting disks truly give me all sorts of control.  Holding them, while quilting is a very natural feeling.  They really hold onto that fabric too!  I made a video to show you how easy it is to use these quilting disks!

What’s so great about these quilting disks is that you can use these with your domestic sewing machine too!  They work for any machine that can do free motion quilting.  Everybody needs to try these!  You can learn more about these quilting disks by visiting my SHOP.

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I love these quilting disks so much that I partnered with the creator of these quilting disks to offer a give away!

While this giveaway has already ended – I encourage you to try this wonderful tool in your quilting journey.  Thanks to everyone who participated!  A big THANK YOU to Ellen, with Clever Craft Tools for offering this giveaway!

Happy Quilting!

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Perfect Thread Tension

How to achieve Perfect Thread Tension

Have you ever wanted to have perfect thread tension every time you sewed or quilted?  Are you confused with how your bobbin case works or how to calibrate the settings?  Sometimes those tension knobs at the top of your machine are confusing too!  I have been in the same boat, but recently discovered a wonderful trick to help me achieve Perfect Thread Tension no matter what type of thread, fabric or batting that I decide to use!  In this article, I will show you how I thread my Long Arm machine and what I do to get that perfect tension!

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Winding the Bobbin

The Juki Miyabi J-350 QVP uses M sized bobbins (which are larger than domestic machine bobbins).  I typically like to use a 40 wt thread when quilting, but I seem to always have the 50 wt thread in more color variety – so I am using that quite a bit right now.  Here are some basic steps to winding the bobbin on the J-350 QVP.

  1. Begin at the thread spool and pull the thread through the thread stand guide.
  2. Bring the thread through the Thread Guide Base and then have the thread come back toward the bobbin.
  3. manual wind thread around the bobbin several times.
  4. Place the bobbin on the Bobbin Winding Shaft and move the Bobbin Presser towards the bobbin.
  5. Hold the thread end while the thread winds into the bobbin.
  6. When you get enough thread on your bobbin, the Bobbin Presser will fall back.
  7. Take off your bobbin and place it in the Bobbin Case.

Calibrating the Bobbin tension

Unlike the top tension of a sewing machine or longarm machine, which requires significant rotational movement to adjust tension, turning the bobbin case screw 1/4 turn in either direction can have a large impact in bobbin tension.   I was recently introduced to a nifty tool to help me calibrate my bobbin tension.   The TOWA Bobbin Tension Gauge associates a numerical value for bobbin tension.  It is easy to dial the bobbin tension in with each new bobbin or when swapping top threads. When I use my TOWA Bobbin Tension Gauge, in my quilting routine, I have saved time and it helps me to start each quilt with proper bobbin tension.  Check out this video to see how easy it is to adjust the bobbin tension.  Also check out this handy day reference chart by Superior Threads!

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Threading the Machine Head

I found that threading the head of the J350QVP is just like threading my DU1181N.  This threading is also similar to most sewing machines as well.  Threading the head of the machine is super easy, but in case you are new to threading this type of machine, here are the step by step instructions and a nifty diagram (thanks to my owner’s manual)

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Ensuring proper overall tension

Proper needle thread tension is like a game of tug of war.  When both sides are equal neither sides are winning.  When one side is winning and one is losing your tension is off.   The key to finding out which way to turn your tension dial is to find out what side is winning and losing.  Is your top thread loose and bottom too tight?  Or is your top thread tight and your bottom loose?  One way that makes this easy to tell is to use a white piece of fabric to test with two different color threads that will show nicely against one another. The graphic below explains this nicely.  I would actually suggest printing the below picture and keeping it with your sewing machine for a quick reference.  Trust me it will come in handy!

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I hope you have found this guide helpful in order to achieve the perfect thread tension for your machine!  Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section and I will be sure to try and help!

Happy Quilting!

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Sarah’s Choice Quilt Block

Sarah’s Choice Quilt Block is a wonderful star quilt block. Sarah’s Choice incorporates a lovely pinwheel in the center and can be made in a number of combinations.  Using squares and half square triangles, this fun and easy block comes together in a breeze!  In this picture tutorial, I will show you how to put together this fun and easy quilt block.  Grab your pattern and let’s get started with Sarah’s Choice Quilt Block Tutorial!

Sarah's Choice Quilt Block

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Option 2: Purchase this PDF pattern

Use this link to purchase the fabric cutting instructions. You’ll be emailed a download link for a file that references the instructions in this tutorial and provides the cutting measurements for this pattern.  You’ll also be able to download this file in my shop.

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Sarah’s choice Quilt Block Supply List

  • Quilt Block Pattern
  • Qty (2) Fat Eighths of Contrasting Fabrics (I used Add It Up and Robert Kauffman Kona)
  • Qty (1) Fat Eighth of Background Fabric (I used Add It Up)

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

Sarah’s Choice quilt block tutorial

Iron your fabrics nice and flat to remove any and all wrinkles.  Sometimes, I like to spray my fabrics with my favorite spray starch to make it easier to manage.  Use your cutting measurements to get your pieces all cut and in order.
Using the cutting measurements in your pattern, cut out your background and contrasting fabrics.  Set your (4) smaller background fabric squares (corners) aside.

With a water soluble marking pen, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each larger square piece.  With right sides together, place the following fabric pieces together:

  • (2) Background Fabric with (2) Contrasting Fabric 1
  • (2) Background Fabric with (2) Contrasting Fabric 2
  • (2) Contrasting Fabric 1 with (2) Contrasting Fabric 2

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew 1/4″ on each side of the marked line of each square set.

Sarah's Choice Quilt Block - Step 2 Sarah's Choice Quilt Block - Step 3

Cut each sewn set along the marked lines.  Press each set open and square these blocks to the measurements indicated on your pattern.

Sarah's Choice Quilt Block - Step 4 Sarah's Choice Quilt Block - Step 5

Gather your Background squares (corners) and your sewn half square triangle sets.  Line up your pieces, as indicated in the image below.  Sew these pieces together, row by row, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Press each row seams opposite of the last row.  This will help you match your points.

Sarah's Choice Quilt Block - Step 6

Simple and Beautiful!  Once you have your block assembled, you can square this up to 12.5″.

Sarah's Choice Quilt Block

The fabric combination possibilities are truly amazing!  Check out these fun Sarah’s choice quilt blocks that I have pinned on my Pinterest Board:

Sarahs Choice example 1 Sarah's Choice example 2
Sarah's Choice Example 3 Sarah's Choice Example 4

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We would love to see your work!

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ps – If you can tell me the origin of this quilt block – I would soooooo appreciate it!  I could not find this in my research and love to know the history of quilt blocks!  Comment below!

Until next time, Happy Quilting!

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Learn to Make a Lanyard

Lanyards are such a useful item to have and to make!  You can attach them to small wallets and hang around your neck (like the Kristine ID Wallet), or you can make a smaller version to use as a wristlet!  I have even seen many people use lanyards as a key chain!  Lanyards can make a fun and simple gift!  Teachers LOVE them!  One year, I gave all my kid’s teachers a lanyard and they were pleased as punch!

In this post, you will learn to make a lanyard, without having to use a Bias Tape Maker.  Let’s get started and don’t forget to watch the video too!

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Learn to make a Lanyard – Supplies List

  • Lanyard Fabric (I recommend 100% quilting cotton)
  • SF101 – Pellon Shapeflex (you can get this from Amazon or your local Quilt shop)
  • Thread (I recommend using a 40 wt thread)
  • 1/2″ Swivel Lobster Clasp (I buy a large pack because these make EXCELLENT gifts)

Learn to make a Lanyard – Tools Needed

Learn to make a Lanyard – instructions

  1. Cut Lanyard Fabric and Shapeflex to length  (2″ x  38″)
  2. Fuse the glue side (the bumpy side) of the Shapeflex to the wrong side of the Lanyard Fabric
    1. Be sure to leave a few inches at each end without any Shapeflex.  This will make it easier to sew together at the end.
  3. Fold and press the entire length of the fused Lanyard fabric in half (lengthwise) with wrong sides together.
  4. Open this fold and fold the long raw edged sides toward the middle crease and press.
  5. Straight stitch along the both edges (starting with the open side first).
  6. Insert lanyard tape through the Swivel Lobster Clasp Dring and sew both ends in place (enfolding all raw edges)

Sewing Tip!

  • Use a longer stitch length when sewing your lanyard tape together.  I use a 3.0 stitch length and it gives it a nice Top Stitch effect!
  • Use a thicker thread – I use Aurifil 40wt.

I created a YouTube tutorial to help you learn to make your own lanyard.  Enjoy!

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I would love to know how you are going to use this technique in your next project.  Are you going to make these for yourself or maybe as gifts?  Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Sewing!

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