Monday, November 28, 2011

patchwork needle book

Remember this post.
I finally used that little block, sewed up another one, and made myself a needle book.
I got my inspiration from and loosely followed Amy's tutorial.

needle book

needle book

needle book

needle book

needle book

needle book

It came in handy this past Thursday when I took it along on a 2 1/2-hour road trip.
I was able to tuck my needles and embroidery floss in it.  

It matches my zipper pouch too!

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving


As I am originally from Canada,
it still seems a little strange to be celebrating Thanksgiving so close to Christmas.
I will be enjoying the day with my husband's family!
I hope to get some embroidery done on the drive to my sister-in-law's home.

Embroidery Hoop Turkey


Thanksgiving Table Appliqued Quilted Runner + Fringed Napkins

Monday, November 21, 2011

patchwork skirt tutorial

So I thought I'd try write up a little tutorial for the patchwork skirt I made for my daughter.

patchwork skirt tutorial

Supplies:
- fabric squares (I used 4 1/2" squares)
- fabric strip (for bottom ruffle)
- 3/4" elastic
- thread
- scissors/rotary cutter

patchwork skirt tutorial

* The skirt I made is approximately size 6-12 month.  To make a bigger skirt, add more fabric squares to the rows, add more rows, and make a longer strip for the bottom ruffle.

Cut out fabric.  I used 14 - 4 1/2" squares and one strip of fabric measuring 4" by the wide of fabric (42").

patchwork skirt tutorial

Lay out fabric squares how you want them on the skirt.
I used 6 squares for the top row (waistband row) and 8 for the middle.

patchwork skirt tutorial

Sew the squares together in a row using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
I also zig zagged the edges to prevent fraying.  Press.

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

Then sew the two ends together to form a circle.

patchwork skirt tutorial

Do the same for the second row of squares.

To create the waist band, fold the top of the skirt under 1/4 inch and press.
Fold down another 1 inch and press.  

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

Stitch the waistband close to the edge leaving about a 1-inch opening to insert the elastic. 

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

Increase your stitch length and baste along the top edge of the second row.

patchwork skirt tutorial

Gather the second row making it the same circumference as the first row.

patchwork skirt tutorial

Pin it to the first row.

patchwork skirt tutorial

Sew the two together using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.  Zig zag and press the seam up.
Top stitch along the bottom of the first row.

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

Sew the 4" x WOF strip of fabric together creating a circle.   To make the hem, fold the bottom edge under 1/2 inch and press.  Fold up another 1/2 inch, press again, and stitch.

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

Baste the top edge of the bottom ruffle and gather just as you did for the second row.  Pin to the second row and sew.  Zig zag the edge to prevent fraying.  Press the seam up and top stitch along the bottom of the second row.

patchwork skirt tutorial

top stitching
patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

Using a bodkin (I love this little tool) or safety pin, pull the elastic through the waistband overlapping the two ends.  (I used 16 inches of 3/4" elastic.)

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

Sew the ends together.  I used a zig zag stitch and stitched back and forth several times to make sure the elastic is held together tightly.  Tuck the sewn elastic into the waistband and finish sewing it closed.

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

And that's it... You have a cute patchwork skirt!

patchwork skirt

Clear as mud?! :) This is a quick skirt to make (although it may not seem like it with the amount of pictures I included). If you have any questions, let me know!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

patchwork skirt

The Christmas outfits are done!
Such a good feeling to see the to-do list getting shorter!
I made a patchwork skirt for my youngest daughter using the fabric left over from making the other dresses.

patchwork skirt

I tried to find a tutorial online for a patchwork skirt but didn't find one to match what I was looking for so I just designed my own.  Check back in a few days... I may attempt a tutorial showing how I made it in case anyone out there is looking to make a quick skirt for their little one.

Also, a look at my cutting table.  Working on some more Christmas gifts!

cutting table

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

new home

The little people have a new home thanks to Jeni's drawstring bag tutorial!

drawstring bag

drawstring bag

I'm thinking they look pretty pleased about their new residence! :)

bag

Friday, November 11, 2011

Christmas dresses

I had a productive day yesterday!  I was able to start and finish a Christmas dress for my oldest daughter.
I don't think I have ever been able to start and finish a bigger project like that in one day.
A good feeling - now I can concentrate on getting other sewing done!

Patterns I used for the dresses can be found here and here.
I used Strawberry Fields fabric by Fig Tree Quilts for these dresses

Christmas dresses

Christmas dress

Christmas dress

dresses (11) (Medium)
I am in love with those little flower buttons!  :)

Now I would like to try make a patchwork skirt for my youngest daughter!

Also got some Christmas gifts checked off the "to make" list. Made some zipper pouches using Noodleheads tutorial and headbands using this tutorial for some little nieces.

Christmas pouch gift (2) (Medium)

headbands

Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday's works in progress (WIP)

First of all...I'm thinking whoever invented Daylight Savings did not have little kids!  Things are starting to get a little more normal around here (the girls were up at 7:20 this morning instead of 6:45).  I like to have a little bit of time to myself in the morning but just not getting as much of it since the time change!

Anyhow...  Here's a quick look at my sewing desk with the morning sun streaming in the window.
A few projects are on the go.  I have been busy making Christmas presents - would like to try make many of the gifts I am giving this year.

work in progress

Also made this cute little quilt block.  It is really fun to work on something so tiny.  The finished block measures about 3 3/4 inches square.   I have plans for this little lovely - hoping to show you later this week or early next! 

quilt block

pinwheel quilt block