I have had sewing projects ready to go both in my mind and sewing area. Its a snowy day out there and perfect for a sewing day so I will share a couple of ideas. I plan to make another chenille type baby quilt. The front panel looks like this
and like this and the back will be the yellow fabric with the coordinating little specs of colour to coordinate. The fabric is a soft cotton.
Also because we are going on a cruise!…in early March,and I’ll write more on that later, I found a McCall’s pattern #8108 that would make a nice little dress to take along. It is one of those 1 Hour Dress patterns. I have been waiting for the spring/summer fabrics so I might make a deek down the road to Fabricland to check on that.
When I made the animal baby blanket in January I wanted to post how I made the edging and corners on the main side. I used to have some trouble making the corners square but after playing around with it this is how I do it. Many of my quilts and blankets use a contrasting material on the back that becomes the edge binding on the right side. This is easy, tidy and is a nice contrast for the front. It works for me.
Looking at the front of my completed blanket I measure the panel/material that runs around the completed blanket/quilt which is the right side of the back piece of my blanket/quilt. I want to leave double the width I want the edge/trim to be and cut it to that size.
Along the long side I fold the fabric in half and then half again on to the blanket and pin at that spot.
Beginning at the left side of the short end I place a sharp fold, temporarily pinning that point and fold the bottom up to the bottom edge of the blanket/quilt and then fold up one more time. You might have to adjust the fold until it meets at a perfect and neat angle with the edge of the left-side longer edge. I fold up the rest of that edge pinning along the way to the end.
Turn your blanket/quilt so that you once again begin at the left side with the sharp fold repeating until all four corners are pinned evenly. I then sew along the folded edge of the trim/edge all the way around. I might use a fancy machine stitch, or small zigzag to close up the fold on the corners, or place delicate hand stitches and sometimes the fabric looks good without doing anything more. The trim is actually the same width all the way around the blanket although the picture didn’t capture this.
Were you able to understand my tutorial?
Let me know how it works for you….I’d love to hear your comments on what you are making.
I used different lovely Amy Butler fabrics for the exterior of the purse and a coordinating yellow/white pattern cotton for the lining. It keeps its form nicely because the interfacing is a medium weight fleece. A handmade felt flower pin sits pretty on the purse or it can be removed and worn to bring together the look. It is another purse I designed and sewed. Spring IS coming and what a great way to feel feminine. This pretty piece is available in my shop.
Last month I made a chenile type Teddy Bear Wallhanging in the same method as the chenille type baby blanket I made in June 2007. The method was the same using 5 panels of fabric, sewing and cutting but its only 20″ square. The more you put it into the washing machine and drier the more the cuts open up creating more chenille. The back has two little rings for hanging it on the wall. It is ideal for the little child or teddy bear lover. You can find it in my shop.
This afternoon I sewed this baby quilt from two lively coloured cotton fabrics. The front is a panel of colourful, lively animals on cotton print. The animal eyes are so cute. The back fabric is coordinating and I’ve quilted batting in between. Instead of washing the fabric before sewing I did so after the quilt was complete because I love the way it creates small puckers. I quilted the fabric diagonally and turned over the back of the material for the trim. It was quick and easy and fun to sew too.
Below is the finished blanket. It was completed in just a few hours ….
I’ve folded over the back at the top to show you the backside.
Baby will have lots to look at in this quilt once he/she is a bit older. Its so colourful.
Love to receive comments…let me know your thoughts… *s*..
This is Beatrice. She was started some time ago but put aside for other crafts. Now Beatrice is waiting patiently for blonde hair, new clothes and Madeline to give her loves. I’m ready to finish her wishes.
I was home on my own which isn’t an entirely nice thing but it was a perfectly productive sewing weekend for a change. Nobody at home..nobody dropped by…just the perfect do what you want weekend.
All total I made 7 tote bags. I made 3 with the Nifty Nurses fabric I had used previously to make pouches, 2 with the Cool Cats and 2 with the Dogs in Baskets. I had quite the production line going. Seven started with the number of each colour I decided I would cut out, and then the production began. Cut…cut…cut..cut..etc… sew sides…sew sides..sew sides etc. …sew lining x 7…cut and sew handles.. x 7 etc. and I was determined not to stop until they were done…except for a trip to Fabricland for more black thread (fortunately…. or not?? they are 3 minutes down the road).
But first Friday night started with 2 great bags with zippers. I loved the look of the blue denim with embroidery fabric I purchased on Friday night. The lining is a great, pink paisley material. I was very pleased with it. Then I made the smaller corduroy purse however, I have to admit I still have the handles to put on. I was so enthusiastic about starting the totes on Saturday that I decided to cheat and not finish.
THEN…because I loved the blue denim I had all kinds of ideas of what to do with it…so…I started out by making Madeline a vest with it on Sunday morning. It was so fun figuring out the placement of the embroidery which I had decided I was not going to use on the whole vest. I cut some of it out of the fabric and zig-zagged it on the back. Then I made a little skirt using the pink paisley as a border on the bottom of the skirt. I used the same paisly to line the vest. I couldn’t stop until I had made a little zipper bag onto which I had zig-zagged an embroidered dragonfly and star cut from the material. I attached a single strap. Its adorable.
Backtracking again to Thursday night while shopping for some yarn to crochet a poncho for Madeline, I happened upon a great bargain on 2 little tops for her. I chose the colours that would go with the poncho, well it happens that one of them will go perfect with the vest and skirt outfit. I’m so excited to get a picture of it and to dress her up. I sure hope its her size. I did call Robyn to ask her for Madeline’s waist size and length from waist to knee. Such little figures for a 3 year old. When I am able to take pics I’ll write more about the poncho…. the colour is called Rustic Rouge and it is making an incredibly nice pattern as the colours change….but….mmmmmm dinner’s ready. Pork chops and new potatoes under cover in the oven with cream of mushroom soup to cover…mixed veggies are boiling on the stove…see you next time!
I couldn’t wait to get home tonight. I had been waiting for the chance to play around with some of my new fabrics purchased a couple of weeks ago from ebay. I cut out fabric for pouches and was able to sew up 3 zippered pouches. I love the colour of Loralie designs “Cool Cats”.
Then I made one pouch with Loralie Designs “Nifty Nurses” . What a great little pouch for a nurse!
They were so fun to make. I plan to sew up some totes with these fabrics as well. These pouches may find themselves at my etsy shop as well unless they get nabbed by people at work first.