Jan 29

Make Romantic Burlap Silverware Holders

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Romantic Burlap Silverware Holders are so easy and quick to make.  They make any place setting look romantic.  Gosh you could even use plastic silverware and these holders would make them look cute and sweet.  Wanna make your own?  If so, follow along.

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Look how crooked my burlap was.  It is easy, however to straighten it.  Simply take a fiber from the edge and pull completely out of the fabric.  You can see the lightened line.  Cut there.  Straight burlap. :)  That is your first step, straighten your burlap.

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Springs Creative Mustaches Printed Burlap

 


Springs Creative Damask Small Leaf Printed Burlap

You now have a straight edge and from that edge, measure in 4 inches and pull a fiber again to have another straight edge.  You need one 4″ x 16″ piece of burlap for each silverware holder. Be sure to cut off any salvages too.

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Take a 4″ x 16″ piece of burlap and fold in half.  I pressed mine to square it up since burlap can get wiggly on you.

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From your piece folded in half, fold down one side 2-1/2 ” and pin in place.

Romantic Burlap Silverware Holders @ wowilikethat.comUsing a very narrow zig zag stitch, stitch all raw edges. You must stitch the folded one edge first.  Unpin if necessary, stitch along the edge with the zip zag stitch.  Use the edge of your presser foot as a guide. Pin back in place.

Now stitch both sides and the top.  I start on the bottom of one side, stitch up and off the fabric.  Rotate the fabric, stitch along the top, starting at one edge and stitching off the fabric. Rotating the fabric again and stitching all the way down and off the fabric again.

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Pull all the fibers out up to the zig zag stitching.  This gives the silverware holder that nice country chic look.  Before to pull the fibers out on the piece you stitched down too.  They pull right out from under the stitching with a little tug.

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I followed these instructions for making the flowers.  I didn’t put felt behind them though.  I hot glued them down.  That is it. You are done.  These take only a couple minutes to make from start to finish.  Not only are they perfect for Valentine’s Day, they would be a perfect hostess gift or for selling at craft fairs.  I made these last week and just yesterday I saw some almost exactly the same in an Etsy ad.  They were selling for 4 for $18.00.  That isn’t bad for only a few minutes of your time.

Springs Creative Mustaches Printed Burlap

Springs Creative Scattered Dot Printed Burlap

Springs Creative Damask Small Leaf Printed Burlap

I made these with what I had on hand. It was snowy and oh so cold here and I wasn’t going anywhere.  Today I was looking for fabric for a quilt and was looking at Online Fabric Store and came across this burlap fabric. Oh my gosh. I almost gasped out loud. Are they not spectacular?  These would be so beautiful with the printed burlap. And this burlap is only $3.95 a yard.  Beautiful. (Click on the fabric swatch and it will take you to the site.)

As always, if you have any questions, just ask.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

Jan 27

Kiss Me, I’m Yours Pillow Tutorial

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I was sitting in the dentist’s office patiently waiting my turn for pain & suffering. Had to get a root canal and a molar pulled in one visit.  Am I crazy or what?  Rather than sitting there thinking over and over “This is gonna hurt” I opted to read to occupy my mind. I bypassed the 6 month old edition of People Magazine probably as I already knew who gained weight, who entered rehab and who is no longer dating or married.  Oh the exciting lives of the rich and famous. NOT. I’m guessing they don’t know that the richest person isn’t the one who has the most but rather who needs the least.  Anyway, I opted for the only other choice, a decor magazine that I had never seen before.  Pretty cover, pretty pictures. The magazine featured homes filled with furniture that cost more than my house.  Who lives in these houses?  I would not want to live there because I would never want to clean that much space.  Anyway as I sat and thumbed through one pretty picture after another, I came to an article about decorating a teens room. This beautiful lip pillow was sitting on the bed. How cute and only $58.00. Wow. Only $58.00. Gee gas for my car for 2 weeks or a lip pillow? Guess what?  I managed both because I made the lip pillow. Ok, in their defense the one in the magazine was made from velvet, mine is felt. I think fleece would work perfectly too but I didn’t have any red fleece on hand.

If you want to make one too, here is how you do it.

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The dimensions are approximately 23″ x 9″.  To make your pattern tape together 4 pieces of copy paper. Short side to short side.  Then tape the two long pieces together. Free hand draw your lip.  After drawing, look & see which half is better, fold in the center and cut the two halves together so they are exactly the same on both sides.

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Cut two pieces of fabric using your pattern.  Place right side to right side of fabric.

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See how I have marked a spot on the top and bottom of the lips with pins?  You need to stitch the whole way around the pillow except where the pins are.  Leave a 3″ opening for turning and stuffing. Stitch using a quarter inch seam.

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Snip the curves and point as shown. Snipping the fabric makes it lay smoother when turned and done. And no, that isn’t a professional hand model holding the fabric.  That is just I being embarrassed at how rough my hands look.  :(

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Once stitched and snipped, give it a good press and turn down and press the opening. See how I pressed the turning points down so you can’t tell where the opening is?

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Sorry but try as I might, I couldn’t get my marking for the center of the pillow to photograph.  You can see here how I stitched it.  I tried marking with chalk and the felt just gobbled it up so I used a disappearing marking pen.  Draw a wiggly line like above and stitch.  Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of the line.

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Stuff the top and bottom of the pillow with fluff.  Stuff firmly. Stitch your opening closed and that is it.  Cute $58.00 pillow.  Nope super cute pillow for pennies.

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This pillow would make a great Valentine’s Day gift for anyone.  It would also be a great product for sale at a craft show.  Super easy, quick and inexpensive to make.

Yesterday was bitter cold and snowy so I stayed in and sewed.  I have 6 more Valentine appropriate projects that I’ll be posting during the week so be sure not to miss any.  Sign up for my email notifications of new posts or follow me on Bloglovin.

Any questions, email me.  See you next time.

Debbie

 

 

 

 

Jan 16

Scrappy Happy Heart Key Chain

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These key chains are so darn cute they make me smile.  Quick, easy, and inexpensive to make. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or also great to make for selling at craft fairs.  The instructions take 10 times longer to write than it does to make one.

What you need to make: scraps of fabric,  Pellon Peltex, key rings, snips of ribbon and buttons.  Nothing needs to match. If it doesn’t match, it looks better.  You don’t need great sewing skills either. If it gets crooked, doesn’t matter as it only makes it look scrappier. Too cute.

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Gather up some scraps.  Any ole fabric will do for the top. I used mostly cottons. For the base, you need something a little more stable.  I used some wool fabric that someone gave me. The fabric was in good shape but wool makes me itch so I wasn’t going to use it for a suit but I didn’t want to waste.  Denim works well too as does scraps of decorator weight fabric.

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To make the heart, sandwich together two 3″ squares. Fold in half and cut out your heart shape.  You want them the same so cut out together.  Once cut, take one heart and cut around the edges to make slightly smaller than the other. You now have your two pattern pieces.

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Use the larger heart to trace the hearts on the Pellon Peltex (which is a very stiff interfacing that feels almost like card board but you can stitch right through it). Also, use the larger heart for your base fabric – mine was the suiting.  Two pieces of base fabric are needed for each heart and making is much easier if you trace and cut these two pieces together. One on top of each other, wrong sides together. Try as you might, small pieces are hard to cut perfectly and if you cut together you know your set matches perfectly. Use the small heart piece to trace the top heart.  Cut a piece of 3″ ribbon for each too.

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Lay your sets together as shown above. Take to the sewing machine. Remove the top piece.  With your base fabric, rights sides facing out and with the Pellon Peltex in the middle, place your folded ribbon as shown and stitch very close to the edge. If you think it will shift or if you are unsure of your sewing, place a pin in the center to keep it together. I did for the first one but after that, I didn’t pin.

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Center your scrappy heart on top and again stitch very close to the edge.Scrappy Happy Heart Keychain @ wowilikethat.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut a small square of a different fabric and place on the top of the heart opposite the ribbon.  Zig zag or stitch randomly in place.

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Sew a button at the top of the heart, same side as the ribbon.  I sewed mine using my sewing machine.  Some machines come with special feet to do this.  Mine has one but I simply remove my foot, drop my feed dogs, set my machine to zig zag and stitch down. Much quicker than hand sewing.

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That is it, all done!  One little note, I didn’t like that white Pellon Peltex showing on the sides therefore, I colored the white with a Sharpie. :)

These cost almost nothing to make.  My only cost was the Peltex which I get from Amazon.  You get a lot out from a small pack.  The rings I bought for something else at JoAnn Fabrics.  I don’t remember the cost but they are inexpensive.

I have sold these for $5 and $6.  They sold quickly.  They are cheap and cute.  If you plan your time and do the tracing and cutting while you watch TV, you can easily make 50 in an afternoon.

Any questions, just ask.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

Jan 07

Now that is a Mug Rug

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Now this is a mug rug.  Something cute and sweet to sit your cup of deliciousness. These little mug rugs use snippets of fabric and are a breeze to make.  This is a great beginning sewing or quilting project since anything goes and you really can’t go wrong. There are also great to make as a gift.  Pair one with a new coffee mug and some flavored creamer for a little hostess gift.  Or pair several with a little sign (Tutorial coming soon so sign up for email notification so you don’t miss.) and they make an adorable housewarming gift for next to no money.  I have also made this for a craft show and they were good sellers.  I paired 4 with a sign and sold them for $25.00.  I had no cost involved since I used scraps and old fabric and my time per mug is about 5 minutes once my fabric is cut.

So here is how you can make your own.

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Pick some scraps.  I started with some fabric I had left over from this quilt.  The black fabric I bought last week at the thrift store.  I got 12 yards for $.99.  Yea! Once I started making my squares, I wanted even more random looks so I picked and found some snippets here and there and added them too.  There are no rules. Just sew a snippet here or there and then cut out your squares.

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I am fortunate enough to have the Go Baby.  I got the Go Baby because when I wanted to quilt but my cutting skills weren’t the best. I am however getting better at it. Cut four 2-1/2 inch squares for each mug rug.

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I cut enough squares to make six mug rugs. Lay all your squares out little puzzle pieces and match together sets that you like.  Make a stack of your squares. Two top pieces, two bottom pieces, two top pieces, two bottom pieces, etc. Take them to your sewing machine.

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When I start sewing small thin pieces of fabric, without fail my machine will try and eat the first piece.  To prevent this, start sewing on a scrap piece of paper. The paper rips right off when done.

Place your two top pieces right sides together and stitch a quarter-inch seam. When you get close to the end, place your two bottom pieces, right sides together up to the edge and keep stitching.  This will chain all your pieces together and stop the machine from eating your fabric.  It also makes it quicker by not stopping your stitching flow.  No need to back-stitch.  When done, snip the connecting threads and you have sets of two squares. Press seams flat, then press all seams open.

If your pieces got mixed up, lay them all back out and make your sets of mug rugs.  Place 2 sewn top pieces to 2 sewn bottom pieces right sides together.  Make another stack and go back to your sewing machine.  Same process. If needed, use paper to start and continue stitching and chaining your pieces together.  Match your center seam when placing them together.  I didn’t pin  but you could or when your iron is hot, place a small drop of white school glue on the seam and press, it will hold the fabric enough so you don’t need to pin. It washes right out too.  When done stitching, snip connecting threads and you have 4 pieces sewn together for a 4-1/2 square.  Press all seams flat  then press all seams open.

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For every mug rug you need one 4-1/2 piece of backing fabric and one 4-1/2 piece of batting.  If you don’t have  batting, a piece of flannel works too.  If you have the GO Baby with the square dies, the 4-1/2″ die is included.

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Place pieces together. Batting, backing fabric-right side up, pieced square -wrong side up.  See above.  It is a bit hard to tell on the backing but you want the fabric right sides together and the backing behind.

To make the cup, make a pattern from a piece of 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ paper.  Fold square in half and trim the corners on one side only.  See example above.  This is now the pattern.  Put pattern on top of your stack of fabric (batting, backing right side up, stitched square right side down) and trace the corners and cut on your marking line.

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Cut a 4-1/2 inch piece of 1″ wide ribbon for each cup handle.

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Remove the pieced top piece. (They are place altogether and cut so that the pieces match up when sewing).  With batting on the bottom and backing face up, measure 3/4″ from top of cup – one side only.  Place the top of the ribbon against this marked line.  Stitch using narrower than the regular 1/4″ seam.  Making sure the same side of the ribbon is facing up, give some space for the handle and stitch the other side down.

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Pin the pieced side on top of the backing and batting.  This needs pinned down as the ribbon makes it too hard to stay in place otherwise.  I prefer to leave the top open, but you can always leave a 3″ opening on the side opposite of the handle for turning.

Stitch using a 1/4″ seam. Be sure to leave either the top open or a space for turning.  Clip the curves.  Turn & Press.

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That is it.  When giving the final press, turn under the opening and press too.  You can either top stitch to close or do like I and do a quick little hand stitch.

5 minutes.  Super duper cute gift.

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Any questions, ask.

See you next time.

Debbie