Valentines Day Mug Rug

Valentines Day Mug Rug

I love Valentines Day!  Not just because it is a day dedicated just to LOVE, but also because this special day is a great reason to make something for someone you love!  Making a Valentines Day Mug Rug is a great way to show someone you care.  These fun and simple sewing projects are just the thing to make for your special Valentine!  Let me show you how!

Valentines Day Mug Rug Main Picture

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Valentines Day Mug Rug materials LIst

Qty (1) Charm Pack (check your Local Quilt Shop)
Qty (1) Acrylic Template (I used this template)
Qty (1) The Purple Thang
Qty (1) Fat Quarter background fabric
Qty (1) piece of 18″ x 24″ batting  (this is my all time favorite brand)

Valentines Day mug rug Basic Supply List

Sewing Machine (here are some machines I recommend)
Cotton Thread (I have a recurring order for this thread – I love it!)
Rotary Cutter with sharp blade (I use this brand – 45mm)
Rotary Cutting Mat (I recommend this rotating mat – it’s amazing!)
Iron & Ironing Board (I’m currently using this brand of iron)

Valentines Day mug rug Making the dresden PLATE

One of the cutest things about these mug rugs are the Dresden plates!  These are super easy to make.  Just use your acrylic template and cut out as many as you would like.  For each Valentines Day Mug Rug, you will need approximately 7-8 Dresden Blades.  If you plan to make a bunch of mug rugs you can cut out lots more!  You can get 1-2 blades out of each Charm Square.  Be sure to cut a variety to make your project even more interesting!

Valentines Day Mug Rug Step 1

Once you cut out the Dresden blades, you will fold the right sides together and sew a straight line across the top.  I like to chain piece these together.  The sewing goes quickly and before you know it, you will have a garland string of dresden blades!

Valentines Day Mug Rug Step 2

Clip the threads between each blade and turn the top of each blade right side out.  Use your Purple Thang to achieve a nice crisp point at the top.  Press each blade and then sew them together as shown below.

Valentines Day Mug Rug Step 3

Valentines Day mug rug – machine APPLIQUÉ 

Once you have about 7-8 of these blades sewn together, you can machine appliqué them onto your background fabric.  The amount of blades you use in each mug is relative to the size of your background fabric.  I typically cut my background fabric to 10″ x 8″.  It’s okay if the blades extend past the background fabric.  We will trim that down later.

Valentines Day Mug Rug Applique 1

You can cut a circle from one of your charm squares to add your center.  I like to zig-zag appliqué those in place.  Use whatever fancy stitches that your machine can do.  You will want to make sure you cover the exposed dresden tips at the bottom.

Valentines Day Mug Rug Applique 5

Valentines Day mug rug – the finishing touches

Trim around the background fabric to your desired mug rug size.  Sandwich your batting between your Mug Rug top and backing.  Add your binding and before you know it – you have a really cute Valentines Gift!

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Valentines Day Mug Rug

You really don’t need to have a Valentine to make these fun Mug Rugs!  These make great gifts for everyday as well!  Use up your scraps and make one for everyday use!  Check out these fun and scrappy Dresden Blade Mug Rugs!

Scrappy Dresden Blade Mug Rug

Cant you tell that I have a thing for Cotton + Steel fabric and Starbucks YAH Mugs?  I keep most of my fabric scraps and have well over 20 different YAH (You Are Here) mugs!  I love the black background on this one!  What about that striped binding!  Hello Tula Pink!!!

Scrappy Dresden Blade Mug Rug with fun prints

If your scrap pile is anything like mine – I bet you will have plenty of materials for these little projects!  Grab your acrylic template and start making some today!  Let me know how it went for you in the comments below!

Happy Sewing!

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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:

Option 1: Download for free.

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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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notebook keeper Supply List

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.

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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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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.

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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!

Happy Sewing!

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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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Option 2: Purchase this PDF pattern

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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.  
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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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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
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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!

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Sewing Pajama Bottoms

Have you ever wanted to make some pajama bottoms, but felt intimidated by the written patterns?  When you open up the pattern and see all the tissue paper, does it give you anxiety?  I completely understand how that feels!  A few years back, I was fortunate to have my Mom show me the basics of sewing a pair of pants.  Since my first lesson, I have practiced several times.  During my practice, I tried several different patterns and found one that I really liked!  I found the directions pretty simple, the illustrations are good and the tissue pattern is easy to understand.  The pattern even has a pocket!  Let me show you all about this project so that you can get the most out of sewing pajama bottoms for yourself and others!

Simplicity Pattern 2481 PJ Bottoms

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Sewing Pajama Bottoms – TIP #1

Having enough fabric for a project is important.  The amount of fabric you get will obviously depend on your body size and if you choose directional or non-directional print.  The outside of your pattern will help you determine how much of the fabric and elastic to purchase.  If you are not sure how to measure yourself, please grab your measuring tape and refer to this guide:

Sewing Pajama Bottoms - How to measure yourself for a pattern

Sewing Pajama Bottoms – TIP #2

Make sure you pre-wash or soak your fabric before you cut it out!  Most fabrics will shrink during the first wash.  Garment sewists are usually pretty savvy about preshrinking because of the variety of fabrics they work with to create clothing. The majority of folks in this group are advocates of preshrinking because if the fabric shrinks after the fact, the garment won’t fit. Plus, garments need regular cleaning and care.

A big part of sewing is knowing your fabric. A big part of knowing fabric is understanding how to care for it. The key is fiber content. The manufacturing process that fiber goes through to become fabric is often what makes it shrink. Take the time to learn about fabric and how to identify quality, as this directly relates to the amount of shrinking you may witness. We’ve all been guilty of finding and falling in love with fabric before we even have a use for it. If you buy and add to your stash, always include a few care and content notes before you put it away. You can find this information on the end of the bolt.

Sewing Pajama Bottoms – TIP #3

Check out the General Directions (located on the top right area of the 1st page).  You will find all sorts of valuable information that may help you “decode” the pattern.    Pay close attention to what the Symbols mean.  You will want to know how they mark the following:

  • Cut Line
  • Grain Line
  • Fold of Fabric
  • Notches
  • Dots
  • Lengthen or Shorten lines

In the General Directions section, you may also find information about your seam allowance, Cutting Layout/Marking notes as well as special pressing or trimming notes.

Sewing Pajama Bottoms – TIP #4

Tracing your pattern onto Swedish Tracing Paper is a great way to reuse your patterns.  All you need to do is identify your pattern pieces, lay the tracing paper over the original pattern and then lightly trace the pattern with a pencil.  You will want to mark down all the notches, dots, fold arrow symbols.  You will also want to mark the pattern number and how many cuts you need to make.  Copying your pattern onto a traced template is a great way to get the most out of your patterns.  I love this pattern because I can make one for just about everyone in my immediate family!  Since my boys are constantly growing, I can be sure to have the original pattern to make the next size up, when needed.

Sewing Pajama Bottoms – TIP #5

Study and review the cutting layout diagrams on your pattern instructions.  I would recommend that you review the images on your pattern to see how best to layout your pattern on your fabric.  The pattern will provide cutting layout instructions for both common measurements of fabric, which are 45″ and 60″.  Pay close attention to how the fabric should be folded together.  Should it be rights sides facing or wrong sides facing?  Should the pattern be right side facing up or wrong side facing up?  You will also want to make sure you have all your pieces laid out before you being cutting.  This will help to ensure that you have accommodated each pattern piece while making the most of your fabric.  Make sure you have a very sharp pair of scissors.

Cutting out Fabric for PJ Bottoms

Sewing Pajama Bottoms – TIP #6

Serging your raw edges will help you get the most out of your handmade garments.  Sergers use multiple spools of thread (anywhere from two to eight, depending on the manufacturer and model). While it can seem intimidating, most stitches I use frequently only require three spools of thread. And if you think about it, that’s just one more than a sewing machine!  My advice is to master one or two basic things with a serger, and then move on to more complex functions. Start with a 3-thread overlock, which is probably the most basic and most used overlock stitch. Once you learn how to vary the stitch length, the knife cutting width, the thread tensions, and the differential feed on a variety of fabrics, then branch out and experiment with other stitch options available on your machine. You’ll be a pro in no time!  You can check out my favorite serger right HERE.

Sewing Pajama Bottoms – TIP #7

Hemming your pants is the last step in this pattern.  Hemming is easier if you have someone to help you, but this is not always the case!  If you are hemming by yourself, I recommend you take the following steps:

  1. Determine the pant length.  Put on your pants inside out.  Fold the excess length of the pant cuffs toward the inside of the pant leg and pin the pants to the appropriate length. Pin the pant cuffs at the proper length or mark the pants with a small mark of Tailors Chalk.
  2. Iron the hem. Still working with the pants inside out, iron the hems to make a crease at the correct length. Keep measuring as you position the pant legs for ironing to make sure that the length is uniform.Sewing Pajama Bottoms - Measuring the hem
  3. Trim the pants. Be sure that you have measured properly before cutting. If you cut too much you may spoil the garment. Keep the pants inside out. Extend the pants to their full length and trim them depending on the type of hem: For a simple straight hem (e.g. jeans or pant lining), trim about one or two inches below the crease
  4. Start sewing. Load your bobbin and top spool with the same color of thread. The thread should match as closely as possible the original thread used on the pants.  FoSewing Pajama Bottoms - Straight stitching hem pantsr a simple hem with straight stitching, set your machine for a small to medium straight stitch.  Fold the hem so that the cut edge is folded in toward the crease. Begin stitching 1/8 inch from the top of the hem and go all the way round.

Once you get your hemming done, then turn your pants right side out and try them on.  Voila!  Yay!

Give this pattern a try and let me know what you think!  Do you have favorite pajama bottoms pattern that you use?  I would love to know!

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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!

Happy Sewing!

 

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Mad Weave

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!  Let me show you how to do the Mad Weave so you can start weaving fabric too!

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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:

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.

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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.


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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!

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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Happy Sewing!

~Nicole~

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