Girl Quilt-Lost & Found Fabric

January 13th, 2012

Playing with fabrics is possibly my newest addiction. Collecting pretty fabric is first…then sewing! I made this quilt for my daughter using most all the red + pink fabric from the Lost & Found collection. My favorite part of quilting is selecting fabric patterns and colors! I may not be a good quilter…but I’d say I’m a pro at colors, no fakin’ it here!

 

 If you’ve never sewn anything, or quilted, the first step would usually be to decide what you are making. In my opinion…I go off color first. Find your inspiration, what stands out and then think of what you could make with it.  I couldn’t have found a more perfect collection to start with! I’ve been looking for a couple years too. I knew I wanted pink, red, and brown to match my other daughter’s quilt. But I just couldn’t find anything until recently…thanks to Jen! Sometimes you just have to wait for something that perfect! Next decide on your pattern. I used Camille’s Shortcake pattern, super cute, and reminds me of a scrapbook page. The most time consuming part for me is arranging the fabrics. This is where I’m super picky and indecisive…because I’m a perfectionist that way, I can’t help it! Here’s where I couldn’t decide to use the red floral fabric or not. They sent me the wrong one…however it was very similiar to what I did want.

Okay…made up my mind!

 Start cutting and piecing fabric together. I had to be extra careful and make sure all the script in the polka.dot and the damask fabric were all the same direction. That may not matter to some…but to me it would drive me crazy! Depends on the quilter.

 This red and pink stripe fabric is my favorite!

 I layed it out on her bed to get the full effect…I can already see where I would have switched a few fabrics around…so hard for me to embrace imperfection!

And that’s it! You can either quilt it yourself, or send it off to a professional! I simply don’t have patience for that.  If you do, wow I’m impressed! Once I get it back, I just have to add the ric rack and then bind the quilt. I can’t wait to see it all done and quilted!  If you’ve never sewn something before…but would like to…I encourage you to just start. Most would say to start on something small…I say go big! It’s much easier to sew a quilt, even if it’s a baby quilt than say…a hot pad! {or maybe that’s just me still having nightmares from sewing stuff in Teen Living back in high school.} You can always take it apart…a seam ripper can be your best friend!

Secret Santa Fabric Bags

November 28th, 2011
Do you participate in a Secret Santa at your work or school?
I do when I can, mostly because I believe in the spirit of giving, the fun of anonymity that Secret Santa brings.
Karen from The Bald Dragonfly here, and I made a few little bags out of the Holly Jolly fabric line available at Riley Blake Designs.
I’m not by any means a sewing fanatic, but these bags were so easy and quick, I let the cute designs shine!
First, cut out twice the length plus one inch of what your bag size needs to be, plus one inch wider.
Fold the fabric so the wrong side of the fabric shows and simply do a straight stitch down two of the long sides.
Snip the bottom corners-this helps remove some bulk.
Next, fold down the top sides and stitch 1/8 inch from the top and 1/4 inch from the edge of the folded flap.
Snip the fabric between the two seams and turn your bag inside out.
Run ribbon, twine or jute through the bag as your tie.
Here’s a close up of one bag using the White Holly Jolly Berries fabric, jute and a black button.
And the other bag, using the Red Holly Jolly Fabric and black grosgrain ribbon.
The fun thing about this project is that I can custom make any size bag I want and fill them with all sorts of goodies.
Think of fun, inexpensive items like the Candies and Hot Cocoa Mix as shown here.
Or, offer up some hand baked holiday cookies.
Use these bags as a wrapper to hold a gift card for the hard to buy for teenager, just to make the gift just a bit more personal.
I’ve already got a stash of these made using some other holiday fabrics
designed by Jen and offered by Riley Blake Designs. Check out all the holiday fabric designs out here!

Tutorial: Personalized Fabric Trimmed Towels

November 17th, 2011

Anyone on your gift list can use a new kitchen towel, I promise! Let’s face it, kitchen towels are extremely functional, but have constant turn over… so, why not make them fabulous too? Hi, Janell here for another  idea for a quick and thoughtful gift–make one for your own home while you are at it.

I am sewing with Jen Allyson’s fabulous Christmas fabric line: Holly Jolly from Riley Blake.

Materials:

  • Fabric for decorating towels
  • Towels to be embellished
    (helpful hint: when possible pre-wash and dry your fabric, especially when using dark colors to prevent them from bleeding color onto your towels)
  • Additional trim such as ribbon, lace or rick rac
  • Scissors, sewing machine, measuring tape, thread and straight pins

Steps:

  • Measure the width of the towel. Cut the fabric strips the width of the towel, plus one inch.  I like to layout my towel with the fabric and trim so I can see what the over-all effect will be.
  • Measure trim the width of the towel plus 1/2 inch and cut.

 

  • Turn under 1/2” on each long edge and press with your iron. Turn under 1/2” on each short edge and press.
  • Load your bobbin with thread that is the same color as your towel and the top thread the closest color to your trim and fabrics.  You may need to switch colors for the same towel, but keep the bobbin thread consistent.

 

  • Pin your fabric and additional trims with straight pins onto your towel.  Now you are ready to sew!
  • Start with the fabric and edge-stitch along front pressed edges of strip, through all thicknesses.
  • Decorate with more fabric strips and embellish with coordinating ribbons, lace, or ric-rac.
Pair your finished towel with your favorite bottle of hand soap and you have a wonderful gift that you’ll be proud of giving and the receiver will be pleased to get!