Mar 03

Tuesday’s Tutorial Round Up – Easter

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Hi All,

Happy Tuesday – Today’s Round Up features the best free Easter quilting tutorials, patterns and how-tos from quilting blogs and websites! Enjoy.

Free Quilt Tutorials & Patterns

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Patchwork Bunny by The Crafty Quilter

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Bunny Bricks Quilt by Jedi Craft Girl

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Hop Along Spring Pillow at Thermo Web

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Carrot Tablerunner at Better Homes & Gardens

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Easter Table Runner by Amanda Murphy Designs

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Fabric Carrots by Clare’s Craftroom

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Peep Bunting by Dana of Made

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Bunny Hop Block at Quilter’s Newsletter

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Easter Pillows by Peppermint Patch

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Bunny Pillow by Crafty Carnival

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Fabric Easter Eggs by Positively Splendid

Easter Placemat by the Heart of Sewing

Feb 24

Tuesday’s Tutorial Round Up – Quilting Pillows

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Hi All,

Tuesday’s Tutorial Round Up is a weekly round up featuring  the best free quilting tutorials, patterns and how-tos from quilting blogs and websites! Enjoy.

Free Quilt Tutorials & Patterns

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French Window Pillow by Mod Kid

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Rd Quilted Pillow by Little Miss Shabby

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Charming Window Pillows by My Three Sons

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Easy Quilted Pillow by Melly Sews

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Flag Pillow – Quilt as you go by Patchwork Posse

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Scrappy Owl Tutorial by Eternal Thread

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A Cute Triangle Pillow by Retro Mama

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Modern Hexagon Quilted Pillow Tutorial by Reanna Lily Designs

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Easy Double Hexagon Pillow Tutorial by Lovely Little Handmades

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Cascading Chevrons Pillow Tutorial at Camelot Fabrics

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Diamond Lattice Pillow by Sew Sweetness

 

Feb 17

Tuesday’s Tutorial Round Up – Quick Quilting Projects

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Hi All,

Tuesday’s Tutorial Round Up is a weekly round up featuring  the best free quilting tutorials, patterns and how-tos from quilting blogs and websites! Enjoy.

Free Quilt Tutorials & Patterns

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Circular Quilted Placemats by Imagine Gnats

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Rag Quilt by Bright Green Door

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Half Square Triangle Potholder by In Color Order

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Quilted Potholder by Jacquelynne Steves at Craftsy

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Microwave Bowl Pot Holder by Seams Happy

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Log Cabin Hexi Potholders by Sew Can She

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Quilt As You Go Improv Pillows by Quilting in the Rain

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Patchwork Pillow at Sew4Home

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Fabric Box Tutorial by Seaside Stitches

 

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Scissor Case by Dawn Cornell

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Quilted Hexagon Placemats by Crafty Pod

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Mug Rug or Hot Pad from Scissortail Studio

Jan 19

Wonky Stars Quilt – Make it your own

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I made a new quilt. It was quick & easy to make.

I started with an idea I saw in the Fresh Quilts magazine. Here is the inspiration quilt.

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The pattern for this is in the Fresh Quilts magazine but I didn’t follow the directions. The pattern was for a quilt with a finished size of 38″ x 50″ and I wanted a larger quilt. Therefore, I started with their idea and made it my own.

To make mine, I started with a wonky star block and laid them out to appear they were shooting off the quilt.

Here is a great video on how to make a wonky star.

I made various sizes of wonky stars. I laid them on the floor and played with the stars until I liked the look. I have a large star in the bottom left corner and the rest are as if they were shooting off the quilt.

Starting with the large star being my bottom piece, I added fabric to the sides of the blocks to make a 50″ wide piece.  (My finished quilt was 50″ x 75″. It is a large throw.)  I stitched them together with a 1/4″ seam and moved on to the next strip doing the same. As I finished each strip I stitched it to the previous one. That is it. No rocket science here. Nothing hard about it. No pattern to follow. Simply go with the flow. Keep adding rows until you reach your finished length.

I quilted my quilt on my regular machine using a curved line stitch.

Wonky Stars Quilt 2 @ wowilikethat.com

I had a couple wonky stars left and made a piece for the back.  I used up all my fabrics by piecing them together.

Wonky Stars Quilt @ wowilikethat.com Sorry I didn’t take a picture of just the binding. This is enlarged from another photo. It is a pieced binding.

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To make binding, stitch together various sizes of different color fabrics and then cut into 2-1/2″ strips. I did not cut the binding on the bias. The last 3 quilts I made I didn’t do bias binding. I have not a clue where the notion came from that binding had to be on the hard to cut out bias. I even bought one of those bias cutting machines and it is still hard to cut. Unless you had curved edges on your quilt, there is no need to struggle with bias.

Wonky Star Quilt @ wowilikethat.com

If you would like to make your own and have a specific question, just ask.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

 

Jul 04

Baby Quilt – Part 2

Hi All,

I needed a baby quilt and couldn’t find the right pattern so I made my own. You can read Part 1 here on my inspiration for the quilt.

Baby Quilt instructions @ wowilikethat.com

To make the baby quilt, I bought 2 yards of pink polka dots, 2 yards of grey polka dots and 1 yard of the focus elephant fabric. If I hadn’t messed up on my binding there would have been about 1/2 yard extra elephant fabric, but since I did mess up, I had nothing left.

Cut 

1 – 22-1/2″ x Length of fabric strip from the pink

1 – 3″ x Length of fabric strip from the pink cut into four 3″ x 4-1/2 rectangles

1 – 9″ Length of fabric strip from the grey

1 – 3″ x Length of fabric strip from the grey cut into four 3″ x 4-1/2″ rectangles

1 – 8″ Width of fabric strip from the focus fabric – cut into five 8″ squares

6 or 7 1-1/4″ strips of fabric to frame the focus fabric. I had scraps of white fabric that I used.  If framing fabric is needed, 1/4 yard would be enough if the store cuts it straight. If not, again better to have more, 1/3 yard would be more than enough. Cut ten 9″ pieces from the 1-1/4″ strips and ten 11″ pieces from the 1-1/4″ strips. Keep any smaller pieces as they are needed for the block connector pieces.

Sew

Frame the blocks first by sewing the framing strips to the sides of each block. Sew the 9″ strips to the sides of all 5 blocks using a 1/4″ seam. Press seams open and trim the top and bottom of the block.

Baby Quilt @ wowilikethat.com

Sew the top and bottom framing pieces to the blocks with the side pieces using 1/4″ seam. Press seams open and trim all edges.  The blocks with framing pieces should measure 9-1/2″ square. If needed, trim all squares the exact same size.

Baby Quilt @ wowilikethat.com

Sew one 3″ x 4-1/2″ pink piece to a left over framing piece.

Baby Quilt @ wowilikethat.com

Sew one 3″ x 4-1/2″ grey piece to the other side of the piece. Always sew using 1/4 seam. Press seams open and trim and extra of the framing fabric off making a nice smooth 3″ x 9-1/2″ piece.  Repeat 3 more times using the 3″ x 4-1/2″ pieces.

Baby Quilt @ wowilikethat.com

The connector pieces need centered in the middle of each framed block. Rather than measuring and pinning, I pressed each block in half to find and see the center.

Sew one connector piece (the pink 3″ x 4-1/2″ piece, 1-1/4″ framing piece and 3″ x 4-1/2″ grey piece) to one framed focus fabric square.  The connector piece will be slightly larger than the square but this will be trimmed off. Center the middle of the 1-1/2″ strip to the center of the framed focus block. Repeat, repeat, repeat and repeat. Again these are sewn with 1/4″ seam. Press seams open and trim off all excess of the connector pieces.

Sew your pink 22-1/2″ x length of fabric piece to one side of your blocks and connectors. Sew your grey 9″ x length of fabric piece to the other side. Press seams open and trim the top and bottom even with your block piece.

That is it. Your quilt top is done. So easy and oh so cute.

Baby Quilt @ wowilikethat.com

To make the back, my strips go width wise rather than length wise. Sewing 2″ squares together, I added interest in the middle of solid strips.  EMMA I cut out using my Accuquilt Letters which make the quilt super duper cute  but you could also make by printing a template off the computer, tracing and cutting out.

Darning machine now FMQ Machine.

I quilted swirls using my homemade mid-arm quilting machine which I made for free. You can see how I made my machine here.

Baby Quilt @ wowilikethat.com

To made the binding, I pieced together random size pieces of all three fabrics. I followed these instructions for attaching.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Happy Fourth of July.

Be sure to check out the Giveaway List here or at the top of the page. I missed posting last Saturday but regardless I update the page daily and giveaways come and go daily and there are tons of great things being given away now.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

Apr 08

Quick & Easy Retro Chair Makeover

Quick & Easy Retro Chair Makeover

How to recover an old office chair @ wowilikethat.com

I admit it, I have a chair fetish. I love any lost and lonely chair that no one else wants. One would think I didn’t have any chairs when I was growing up.  We did have chairs but it doesn’t matter what the cause, chairs I love them and I really loved this chair. So much so that I paid for it at an antique flea market.  I paid $35 for it too. I thought that was a bargain since he wanted $85 for it. One must barter at a flea market, correct?  I was delighted with the chair and the price.

Lost & Lonely Industrial Retro Chair @ wowilikethat.com

That was until I got this chair for FREE. Can you believe someone was throwing this chair away? I thought, “Are you crazy, I would have paid you for this chair” but I didn’t say that and gladly took it as part of my chair hording collection.

I have upholstered industrial chairs before and they are a devil to get apart and I didn’t feel like putting up a fight and thought I will slip cover them and they will look like sisters.  Step sisters maybe, but they are close enough in looks to pass as family.

Lost & Lonely Industrial Retro Chair @ wowilikethat.com

Here is a finished chair.

In a few days I will show to how easy it is to do the seat cushion and in another day or two I’ll show to how to cover the back the quick and easy way. If you have a lost and lonely chair of your own, pull it out and follow along.  Two hours and have a super, duper cute chair to call your own.

If you are new to my blog, be sure to check out the Giveaway List at the top of the page. There are so many great giveaways going on this week, I wouldn’t want you to miss a chance at winning something great.

See you next time.

Debbie

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.

Romantic Burlap Silverware Holders @ wowilikethat.com

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 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.

Scrap Happy Heart Keychain @ wowilikethat.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

How to make an adorable mug rug at wowilikethat.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Easy, quick sewing project. Make a mug rug @ wowilikethat.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

How to make a mug rug @ wowilikethat.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

How to make a mug rug @ wowilikethat.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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