Notebook Keeper Tutorial

Are you a note-taker and a list maker?  Do you constantly find yourself jotting things down?  I most certainly do!  Who doesn’t love a daily to-do list?   I even make a list for my kids and husband!  As I strive to stay more organized, I wanted a place to keep my lists!  Check out this tutorial for my Step by Step instructions to make your own Notebook Keeper!

Notebook Keeper - Pinterest Pin 1

To get your cutting measurements, you have a couple choices:

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Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

Notebook keeper tutorial

Iron your cotton lining fabric 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.  Not pictured below are the cotton batting and Peltex materials.  Go ahead and cut those as well.

 

Notebook Keeper - Step 1a

Notebook Keeper – Making the tab closure

First, we will make the tab closure.  Take the tab closure vinyl fabric and place it right side down.  Fold the long sides towards the center so that both long ends meet in the middle, evenly.  Next, measure 4″ down from one of the short sides of the tab piece and install the magnetic male closure.  With the long sides still folded in, fold the tab piece in half so that both short ends are flush.  Sew along both long sides to enclose all raw edges on this tab piece.

Notebook Keeper - Step 2 Notebook Keeper - Step 3 Notebook Keeper - Step 4

Notebook Keeper – assembling the exterior pieces

Next, we will install the tab & female magnetic closure onto the exterior of the Notebook Keeper. Place the exterior vinyl fabric, right side up.  Place the tab, magnet side up, on top of the exterior vinyl fabric piece.  Measure about 3 3/4″ from the bottom left of the vinyl fabric to the bottom edge of the tab.  The raw edge of the tab can be adjusted to either be flush against the raw edge of the exterior vinyl fabric, or further out.  Secure in place with Clover Wonder Clips.  On the right side of the exterior vinyl fabric you will attach the female magnetic closure directly across from the tab piece and 3″ – 4″ away from the right raw edge of the exterior vinyl fabric.

Notebook Keeper - Step 5

Fuse the Peltex piece to the batting piece.  You can either sew this together by basting around the perimeter or you can fuse in place with Spray Adhesive.  Turn over the vinyl fabric (ensuring the tab piece is still in place), and secure the batting/Peltex piece to the wrong side of the exterior vinyl fabric.  The batting side should be laid against the wrong side of the vinyl fabric.

Notebook Keeper - Step 6

Notebook Keeper – adding all the layers

Now, we will layer the Notebook Keeper.  Fold the cotton lining fabric in half (wrong sides together).  Place the right side of the notebook lining on the right side of the exterior vinyl fabric.  Next, place the top piece of the vinyl lining flush against the top of the exterior vinyl fabric, right sides together.  Now, place the bottom piece of the vinyl lining flush against the bottom of the exterior vinyl fabric, right sides together.  Secure all layers with Clover Wonder Clips.  Turn over the layered project so you are looking at the side with the Peltex.  Sew around the entire perimeter of the project.

Tip:  Make sure your stitch length is less than 2 and that your thread weight is lower than 50.  You should make your stitches right next to the Peltex, without sewing through the Peltex.  I would also recommend backstitching over the tab area as well as the sections where the top and bottom vinyl linings meet.  Trim away excess fabrics, at least 1/4″ from seam.

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Using the opening, turn the Notebook Keeper right side out.

Notebook Keeper - Step 10

Notebook Keeper – the Final Touches

Use your The Purple Thang and push the corners out.  Using 40-30 weight thread, top stitch along the outside perimeter of the Notebook Keeper.  Using your Omnigrid Acrylic Ruler, find the center of the Notebook Keeper and mark a line from the bottom to just past the top of the cotton lining.  Sew along marked line.

Notebook Keeper - Step 11   Notebook Keeper - Step 12

Place your small Legal pads and even a pen or pencil in your lining pockets and you are all set!

I just love how fun and easy these are to make!  Using faux leather (or vinyl) makes these notebooks very durable!

You can still use Quilting Cottons if your sewing machine cannot handle the thickness of all those vinyl layers.  I would just recommend reinforcing it with some Shapeflex by Pellon.

Thanks for checking out this tutorial!  Don’t forget to get your FREE Pattern and let me know if you have any questions.  I would love to hear from you!

Also – Remember………..Note-Takers are History Makers!

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

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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

To get your cutting measurements, you have a couple choices:

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!

(PS – if you have trouble finding the pattern as a subscriber, please contact me)

Option 2: Purchase this PDF pattern

Use this link to purchase a pattern file. 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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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!

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Churn Dash Quilt Block

The Churn Dash Quilt Block is a very basic block which has stood the test of time. The Churn Dash is a very old 9-Patch quilt block pattern, originating between 1800 and 1849. Its name is a result of the resemblance of the triangle and rectangle perimeter of the block to a butter churn and the center square to the stick (or “dash”) of the butter churn.  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 this Churn Dash Quilt Block Tutorial!

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Pinterest Pin 2

To get your cutting measurements, you have a couple choices:

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!

(PS – if you have trouble finding the pattern as a subscriber, please contact me)

Option 2: Purchase this PDF pattern

Use this link to purchase a pattern file. 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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Churn Dash Quilt Block Supply List

  • Quilt Block Pattern
  • Qty (2) Fat Quarter of Contrasting Fabrics (I used Add It Up and Yours Truly by Cotton + Steel)

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

Churn Dash 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.
Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 1

Sew your (2) long strips of fabric together like in the image below (right sides together).  Next, cut your sewn strip of fabrics into (4) equal parts.  For exact cutting measurements, please reference your pattern.  Press open.

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 2 

Take your large square fabrics and line up, right sides together.  Sew a 1/4″ seam allowance all around the perimeter of the square.  Next, make (2) diagonal cuts and press each piece open.

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 4 Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 5

Now it is time to assemble your blocks.  I recommend sewing each row together first and then assembling the three rows.  I have shown below the recommended pressing direction for optimal assembly.

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 6 Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 7

Such a fun and easy quilt block!

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 8

Have fun with this block and try all kinds of fabrics!

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Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon Patterns

I love making bags and I love a great bag pattern!  When I bought my digital copy of the Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon Patterns, I couldn’t wait to get started!  I will admit that this project might intimidate even the most skilled bag maker.  Whether it is the fear of all that piping or the curved shape – I knew I had to just jump right in and give it a try!

Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon Pattern - Pinterest Pin

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Betty Bowler Bag Supply List

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

Making the Betty Bowler Bag

One of the things I love about Swoon Patterns is how straight forward the patterns are written.  I recommend that you read through the entire pattern before you get started.  This will give you an idea of how the pieces go together.  The first thing you will do is cut and prepare your fabric, foam and interfacing.  If this is your first time making this bag, I would recommend you cut and prep your bag at least a day before you start assembling.

Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon Patterns

If you have a directional fabric, I encourage you to take your time and cut with intention.

Betty Bowler Swoon Pattern - Cutting it out

As shown above, I cut my fabric pieces at the same time.  I separately cut my interfacing and foam.  As you can imagine, the thickness can become too much for a precise cut.

I would recommend that you make your own piping.  Making your own piping is easier than you think!  When you make your own piping you can be sure to get the precise color or pattern to match the rest of your bag.  Take a look at the great tutorial that the Swoon Pattern company has given. (linked above in the supply list)

Betty Bowler Bag - making Piping 1

Betty Bowler Bag - Making Piping 2

Now you get to put your bag together!  I would recommend you watch the step by step tutorial that BirdCage and Thread made in 2016.  I have linked her video below.

I plan to make several more of these bags.  I’m even contemplating some faux leather accents!  Wouldn’t that be grand!

Comment below with any questions or tell us your experience with making your own Betty Bowler Bag.  I would love to hear from you!

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Hashtag Quilt Block Tutorial

The Hashtag Quilt Block is a Modern Quilt Block and very simple to make!  The first use of the Hashtag (as a means to search) became popular with Twitter.  Now Instagram, Facebook and just about every social media platform has integrated this symbol to help users to quickly find their keywords.  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 this Hashtag Quilt Block Tutorial!

Hashtag Quilt Block Pinterest Pin

To get your cutting measurements, you have a couple choices:

Option 1: Download for free.

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(PS – if you have trouble finding the pattern as a subscriber, please contact me)

Option 2: Purchase this PDF pattern

Use this link to purchase a pattern file. 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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Hashtag Quilt Block Supply List

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

hashtag 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.  
Hashtag Step 2Hashtag Step 1

Sew all your light fabrics and only 2 of your dark fabrics together like in the image below.

Hashtag Step 3 Hashtag Step 4

Next, cut your block 3 times.  Your cutting measurement will match the width measurement of your original strips.  You will discard one of your strip sets.

Hashtag Step 5

Finally, you will add the remaining dark strip pieces in between your (3) units (as pictured below).  Sew these together and press.

Hashtag Step 6 Hashtag Step 7

Such a fun and easy quilt block!

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Ohio Star Quilt Block Tutorial

The Ohio Star Quilt block has an interesting history.  During the Civil War, we don’t know what they called this quilt block.  Since then, this block has been called many names.  Other published names include Variable Star,  Eastern Star and Western Star. Carrie Hall gave it several names in her 1935 index to patterns, The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt, among them Texas Star and Ohio Star.  One of the things I love about this quilt block is it’s simplicity and how it can easily make a beautiful statement!  Let me show you how it’s done!

Ohio Star Blog Graphic

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(PS – if you have trouble finding the pattern as a subscriber, please contact me)

Option 2: Purchase this PDF pattern

Use this link to purchase a pattern file. 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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Ohio Star Quilt Block Supply List

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

ohio star 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 your water soluble marker, mark two diagonal lines on each Dark Pink square.  Draw a second line on either side of just one of the lines, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. These will be your sewing lines.  Take both Dark Pink and Teal Blue fabrics and place them right sides together.  Sew along the sewing line and cut at the cutting line for both units.

OhioStar Fabric is cut
Ohio Star single diagonal line image Ohio Star right sides together image
Ohio Star sew on line and cut on solid diagonal line image Ohio Star make second cut image

Open each sewn unit and iron to the Dark Pink side.  You will have a total of 8 sewn units.  Next you will sew these units together, making sure that touching colors are contrasting.

Ohio Star contrasting sides together image Ohio Star 4 sewn units image

Now you have four sewn units that should measure 4.5 inches.  Double check your measurements and trim down if necessary.  Now is also a good time to trim off those pesky dog ears!  Once you have everything measuring correctly, you can lay out your quilt block to prepare for assembly.

Ohio Star layout image

The block comes together easily!  Don’t you just love it!

Ohio Star completed block image

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DIY Fabric Pennant Banners

I love to decorate my home!  Whether the decorations are store bought or handmade, there is a great amount of satisfaction in making my home beautiful.  Since being blessed with the love of sewing, I prefer to make my own home decor, if possible.  Making some DIY fabric pennant banners took my home decor to a whole new level!  I was able to create seasonal decor with ease, decorate for a birthday party and even have some swanky ambiance for our NYE celebration!  Once you try these DIY fabric pennant banners – you will want to make more and more!  Let me show you how it’s done!

DIY Fabric Pennant Banner Pinterest Pin 1

First – you need to get your FREE Pennant Template.  Click HERE and I will email this to you!

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DIY Fabric Pennant Banner Supply List

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

diy fabric pennant banner tutorial

Iron your fabrics nice and flat.  Print out your Pennant Template and lay this over a few pieces of fabric and cut these out.  Cut out as many pennants as you will need.  I love using Fat Quarter Bundles for this project because the fabrics are already coordinated!

Cut the fabric

Because these pennants are double-sided, you will decide which fabric will be on the front and on the back.  Place your cut fabric RST (right sides together) and sew along the 2 long sides of the triangle (leaving the short side open for turning).  Repeat this step for each pennant in your banner.

sew along dotted line

Next, you will turn each pennant right side out and get the tip of your pennant to a point.  I have found using a Purple Thang is the perfect tool to get these pesky points out!  Do this for each pennant and then press any wrinkles out.

turn pennant RSO

Once you have your pennants pressed out, you will take your Double Sided Bias Tape and situate this along the open raw edge of each pennant.  Enclose the raw edges with the bias tape.  Use pins or Wonder Clips to situate each pennant placement before you sew these in place.

clip bias tape to pennant

That’s it!  Easy Peasy!  

Even our cat, Sox, loved it!

NYE wall decor

This project is an easy sew and the perfect project to help take your home or party decor to the next level.  Most noteworthy is how you can make these banners for seasonal decorations and then pack them away for the next year.  Consider making these for a great Baby Shower gift!  Because these are so simple to make, you can even make these for graduation parties!  The possibilities are amazing!  Get your free Pennant Template and make DIY Fabric Pennant Banners today!

Happy Sewing!

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Ironing Board Makeover

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Have you ever looked at your ironing board surface and thought – “Man, I really need to change the cover!!!”  Well, that is what I have been putting off for the past year.  It took a little embarrassment at a recent sewing weekend to finally motivate me to go ahead and switch out the cover.  The process was so easy, that I am really mad at myself for not doing this sooner!  It took me less than 20 MINUTES!!!  Yes – that was it!  I had to try an Ironing Board Makeover!

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I know – you want one of those ironing boards!  One of my Guild sister’s husband handcrafts them.  While they are not interested in making boards to ship, I am looking for an online alternative to the one I have of my own.  If you know of a similar product, that you have and love – please comment with that info (and link) below!  I will send out an email to my subscribers once I found one that would be a similar product to my own.  Be sure to sign up for my emails so you will be the first to know!

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I first shared this process on Facebook and had many questions about the fabric and batting I used for the replacement cover.  You can use any fabric that you like.  I would only recommend a high quality 100% cotton fabric (the kind you get a quilt shop).  Sometime the fabrics that are offered at the big box stores are lower thread count and may even contain other fibers than cotton.  Remember that this surface will be getting HOT, so you want to make sure the fabric you use is of good quality.  The batting I used is a high quality, 100% cotton batting.  I know you saw that I was replacing a double layer with a single layer of batting, but the replacement batting I used is SUPER DUPER thick.  For your convenience, I am including these affiliate links of the materials I used to finish this makeover.

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Also, if you want to get yourself an electric staple gun – they are available on Amazon.  They have the heavy duty manual kind as well.  Super easy!!  Just add it to your cart with your other items.

This project was very rewarding!  Since I use my side table ironing board everyday – I am getting to enjoy my new cover right away!

I hope you found this tutorial helpful!  Let me know if you have any questions or other suggestions for recovering ironing boards.  I would love to hear from you!

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Mad Weave

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Have you ever seen something and said, “WOW, how did they do that?”  That is what I thought when I first saw Tara Curtis’ Instagram account (back in 2016).  You see, Tara invented this awesome tool for weaving fabric strips so the weave would stay nice and tight.  She began posting pictures of her fabric weaves and projects she made with her weave panels.  I was amazed at the complexity and the overall statement these projects made.  I started stalking the #madweave hashtag on Instagram and soon I knew that I had to try this for myself!

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The first thing I needed to understand was the materials that I needed to successfully create a Triaxal Weave (or Mad Weave).  It turns out you only need a few things, and you may even have most of this already!

Materials List:

  • 1/2 yard of base fabric
  • 1/2 yard of 2nd layer fabric
  • 1/2 yard of 3rd layer fabric
  • 1″ bias tape maker
  • large foam board (approx 18″ x 24″)
  • lots and lots of sewing pins
  • 1″ Wefty Needle
  • 1 yard of ShapeFlex 101
  • Masking tape or blue painters tape
  • Basic Sewing Supplies, including a long acrylic ruler with a 30 degrees mark

Begin by cutting all your fabric into 2″ strips of fabric.  There is no need to cut these on the bias since this weave does not contain curves.  Simply cut this along the grain.  For your typical 1/2 yard of fabric, you should get about (20) 2″ x 18″ fabric strips.  Once you cut all your fabric, you should have a total of 60 fabric strips.


Next, you will pull each fabric strip through the bias tape maker.  This is essentially fold each strip into a 1″ x 18″ size.

I would also recommend using a nice fabric starch, which will help the fabric stay nice and flat during the weaving
process. My favorite starch is Best Press. I love the Lavendar scent the best!

Once you have all your fabric strips folded and ironed, you will pin down your first layer.  Before you start lining out your bottom layer, you will need to lay down some ShapeFlex onto the foam board.  Make sure you face the fusible side up so the back of your fabric strips will be in direct contact with the waiting glue.  Line up, side by side, all your 1st layer of fabric strips and pin both the top and the bottom of each strip.  You will need to ensure that there are hardly any gaps or spacing.

Craftsy

Before you add your second layer, you will need to identify your 30 degree angle.  Take your acrylic ruler and identify the 30 degree mark on your ruler.  Place either masking or painters tape onto your ruler to help you see the degree line better.

Hold the  marked ruler flush with the bottom edge of your foam board.  Using your Wefty needle, begin to integrate your second fabric layer into the panel.  The repetition is simple: Over one, under two.  You will stair step each fabric strip after the other.  For example; if you begin your 2nd layer with OVER ONE, UNDER TWO…. your next fabric strip will be UNDER TWO, OVER ONE. UNDER TWO – OVER ONE, UNDER TWO – OVER ONE… your third fabric strip will be UNDER ONE, OVER ONE, UNDER TWO, OVER ONE, UNDER TWO.  See image below is this is tricky to understand in writing (watching the video really makes sense of what I am writing).  Continue this until the entire panel is filled with the 2nd layer.



The third layer is probably the trickiest, but definitely the layer that has the most impact.  The third layer gets added at a 30 degree angle as well, but you will go UNDER ONE – OVER TWO.   Identify what may appear as a “BIRD” shape in the two layer weave.  Using your Wefty needle, you will travel under the wings and the body, over two strips and then under first wing of the next bird.  Continuing in this fashion thru the rest of the line and panel.


Fons And Porter

Once you have the final layer in place you will carefully iron the panel so that the fusible interfacing becomes active to adhere to the back of the fabric strips.  Be sure you don’t overdo the ironing (as the foam board shouldn’t want to get too hot)!

Take your fabric panel and sew around the perimeter of the panel (about a quarter inch from each edge).  This will help to secure your fabric weave.  Once you have secured your weave panel, you can incorporate this into many different projects!

Join the fun!  Get your Wefty Needle and start weaving!


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I’ve taken this weave process and made another weave panel into a Tote bag!  Instead of using only 3 colors, I used a wide variety of Kona Solid Cotton Fabrics.  I was very intentional about the color gradation and created this ombre effect.  After I completed my weave panel, I used the weave panel and made a Tote Bag.  This Tote bag pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman and is called the Perfect Quilted Tote.  I love how it turned out!


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DIY Travel Pillow Cases

With summer vacations quickly approaching, now is a perfect time to make a few 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!

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

Materials List

  • Qty (1) 12” x 16” Pillow Form
  • ½ Yard of Fabric for your Main Print (*Royals Fabric)
  • ¼ Yard of Fabric for your Pillowcase Band (*Solid Blue)
  • 1/8 Yard of Fabric for your Pillowcase Trim (*Solid White)

Basic Supplies

  • Sewing Machine & sewing machine manual
  • Sewing Machine pedal with attached cord
  • Thread that coordinates your project
  • Loaded bobbins for your specific machine
  • Seam Ripper
  • Sharp Fabric Scissors
  • Straight pins or wonder clips

One of my favorite things is selecting the fabrics to make my own pillow case.  Here is one of my favorite combinations!  I used Cotton & Steel’s Persistence Prevails by Sarah Watts, Moda Grunge for the trim and Kona Solids for the band.  Perfect!  This particular print is out of production, but you might be able to find some on Etsy or your local Quilt Shop!  I personally love the selection of Deer and Antelope fabrics that I found on my affiliate’s website – Click HERE to check these out!

I recently taught this class at my Local Quilt Shop for the Kids Sewing Club.  We had a great time and all the students made some wonderful travel pillow cases.

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Here are some snapshots of previous classes – Such a great time!

 

I will definitely have this class again – be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you can be the first to know about new class schedules!

Happy Sewing!

~Nicole~

 

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