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DIY Fabric Planter

April 26, 2017

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Hi friends! Today I have another tutorial for you ( I seem to be on a roll here with the tutorials!). See those fabric planters there? Well today I’m going to teach you to make one for your very own plant! They are so easy you can even make two or three in an afternoon or over a weekend!

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If you don’t already know, my favorite color is green. I love almost any green but grass green is my happy place. I’ve tried to love other colors more (green hasn’t always been “cool”, ya know?) but I always come back to green and it always, always makes me smile. So you can imagine how sad it is living in Chicago through Winter, when all the grass is covered in icky snow ( I know, I know! Snow is beautiful… for about a week then it’s just cold and gray and yucky- FOREVER! Until wonderful Spring comes along!). So last Fall, in an effort to bring more green inside for the Winter, I bought a bunch of plants! At one point my husband was worried he would come home to a jungle! Well over the next six months, I lost a number of plants (not the biggest green thumb over here). I figured I would make new “clothes” for the plants that did survive! Also, ceramic planters are pretty pricey when you need more than a couple.

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When I saw Botany Fabrics by Hawthorne Threads I knew it was the fabric I wanted to use for my planters. It’s a bit modern with a touch of a vintage feel to it. I chose six of my favorite prints and Hawthorne was kind enough to send them to me. SO without any more ramblings, let’s get started!

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DIY Fabric Planter

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Things you will need:

2 fat quarters of coordinating fabric

Pellon Peltex ultra firm sew-in stabilizer

(Seriously, that is all the ingredients you will need!)

The size of the planter you are working with will determine how you will need to cut your fabrics.

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Lets start by measuring the height and width of your planter (this one is from Lowes last year and you can use my measurements if you happen to have the same one).

Once you have your measurements, cut your Peltex to size, you want the two ends to touch but not overlap. I made mine just a bit taller than the plastic planter making my cutting measurements 6 x 19 1/2.

Next, cut your top boarder print 2 x 20 inches and your main fabric 5 x 20 inches which will give you your seam allowance to work with.

Sew your boarder print and main fabrics with right sides facing together, press seam open. Center on top of your Peltex and use clips to hold your seam allowance over the long sides.

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Here you can get creative with your stitching! I added several lines of Aurifil Thread stitching on the boarder print and one along the bottom making sure to catch the fabric on the back side so it stays folded over the edges nicely. You could also do some fancy free motion quilting or even sewing illustration! Just make sure to have fun with it 😉

Once the “quilting” is done, fold it so the short ends are lined up.

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Sew along the short edge making sure to back-stitch at the beginning and end. Trim any excess fabric from the short edge. Turn right side out.

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Next you will need to make a circle out of Peltex to make the base of your planter. For this I was able to place a container lid in my planter to hold the shape and trace around the circle, you could also use one of those fancy pencil things that makes circle marking easier. Your circle does not have to be perfect, just make sure its not bigger than your planter bottom and you will be fine.

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Cut out your Peltex circle and place on top of a coordinating fabric. Fold fabric edges over and sew around the circle.

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Turn your planter bottom up and place circle on top, use pins to hold into place. This last step is the longest part of the process, so put on some Netflix and enjoy a little bit of whip stitch action. Using coordinating thread, make a small whip stitch around the bottom, making sure to catch the top and bottom of your planter, removing pins as you go. Knot and hide your thread tail at the end and you are DONE!

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Isn’t that boarder print great? Make as many as you can and brighten up your home or someone else’s! Perfect gift for Mothers Day too!

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Note: The pots that are shown here have built in water trays in the bottom, however my green and pink planter one did not and let’s just say things got a little messy even a day after watering my plant. So if you don’t have a tray in your planter pot, I would recommend placing a plastic liner around your pot before placing it in your fabric planter, something like a freezer bag would probably do the trick.

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I just love these prints from Hawthorne Threads! If you haven’t already seen their in-house designs, make sure to check them out HERE! (Oh my goodness, they have two new lines I hadn’t seen before!!) I swear they just keep getting better and better! This is a fun way to incorporate your favorite fabrics and colors into your home, because who doesn’t want to look at pretty fabric all day!? I know I sure do!

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Would you just look at all that pretty green? I just love it! Also, I love me a good Snake plant and they’ve survived this long so I guess they like me back.

If you make your own Fabric Planter using my tutorial, I would love to see it over on Instagram under the #faithsfabricplanter hashtag.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you leave here encouraged and inspired to try some sewing of your own.

Special thanks to Hawthorne Threads for their beautiful fabrics!

Happy sewing, friends!

Tea Wrap Tutorial and Giveaway

April 18, 2017

The other week Clover reached out to me and asked if I would like to try some of their products and I was like “New toys? Um, Yes please!”. I am a Clover lover! My absolute favorite most reliable marker is their Water Erasable Marker, I go through them like candy when I’m making my Heartstrings. I also love their seam ripper and Hera marker for marking quilting lines. And honestly, I can not sew without their Wonder Clips! Love them!

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I was eager to play with my new toys so I figured a sweet little make and a new tutorial was called for, with the cutest fabrics too, of course! So I made a little Tea Wrap!

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Tea Wrap Tutorial

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What you will need:

3- 2 1/2 inch square fussy cut prints

4- 2 1/2 x 1 1/4 mint dot fabric

2 – 9 1/2 x 1 1/4 mint dot fabric

1- 9 1/2 x 2 3/4 floral fabric for pocket

1- 9 1/2 trim for pocket

1- 4 x 9 1/2 dot print for pocket backing

1- 5 1/2 inch trim or ribbon for closure strap

Batting: 4 x 9 1/2 inches

Cut all fabrics to size.

To make the front cover, start by sewing one 2 1/2 x 1 1/4 dot print to your fussy cut square, add another dot rectangle to the other side of your fussy cut print. Repeat until you have all three squares in a row framed by the dot fabrics. Add the long dot strips to top and bottom. Press seams to one side.

Note: by using the Roll and Press tool from Clover, I no longer have to run downstairs to iron a few seams at a time. I can press seams from the comfort of my chair and I was pleasantly surprised at how flat my seams got with just this small roller tool. I actually didn’t use my iron at all on this project and that is awesome in my book!

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Place your front section onto your bating and add any hand sewn details at this point. I used a simple outline stitch for each fussy cut square.

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Set your front panel aside and sew trim to the top side of your floral print pocket. I used a crochet bias binding strip. The Mini Wonder Clips came in perfect for this tiny edge.

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Set aside. Next you will clip your 5 1/2 strip of binding or ribbon for the closure strap. Center between two of the fussy cut squares (depending on what side you want your wrap to open on).

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Next you will make your ever famous “sandwich”. Place the front cover facing up, then your floral print pocket facing down and lastly your dot print pocket lining face down.

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Using Wonder Clips, clip around your whole sandwich to hold in place for sewing. Sew around, leaving a 2 inch opening at bottom center for turning.

Turn right side out and use a Point 2 Point Turner for corners and edges.

Note: this tool has a point turner on one end and a Hera marker on the other. I used the Hera marker to push out my edges and make them nice and flat.

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Next, clip the edges and top stitch around for a nice flat finish.

Note: I was pleasantly surprised at how much grip these Mini Wonder Clips have and I can see myself reaching for them on most of my projects!

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Lastly sew down the center between each fussy cut square, starting at the bottom and working to the top so the pocket doesn’t get snagged. Back stitch at each end.

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You now have yourself a cute little Tea Wrap!

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Perfect for taking on the go and makes a sweet and quick gift for your tea loving friends!

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These adorable fabrics are called Lighthearted by Ayumi Takahashi for Kokka and are hard to find but so worth it when you do 😉 The dots are from Riley Blake in mint and they pretty much go with everything (I need to order more!).

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The sweet back, because I love milk with my tea!

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Decisions, decisions! I am always up for trying new teas and gifting them to friends too! That trim just happened to match my fabrics perfectly and the fabrics matched my sweet Liberty dishes too! Oh goodness, and my nails matched too! Haha, I honestly didn’t plan it that way!

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The outside of my little wrap is just too cute if I can say so myself! Now, to keep it for myself or gift it to a friend? Hmm.

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Well at any rate, it can keep me company and look cute while I do some hand sewing. Tea and hand sewing just go together, don’t they?

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and seeing a few fun Clover tools too. Make sure to stop back at my Instagram later today to enter for your chance to win a set of your own Mini Wonder Clips from Clover! I would love to see if you make your own Tea Wrap so make sure to tag me on Instagram and use the #faithsteawrap hashtag!

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Have a wonderful week!

An Easter Advent Tutorial 

March 24, 2017

It’s about that time of year again, when the world (or at least this side of it!) comes back to life. The dark of winter is behind us and warm sunny days are just around the corner. I can hear birds chirping as I sit here writing and it’s enough to put a smile on my face. For the past few years now I have wanted to celebrate Easter in a bigger way with my family and when I saw Hawthorne Threads new in house fabric collection called Lamb, I knew just what to do.

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I just love the modern Spring feel to this bundle, like a grown up Easter look. Hawthorne Threads was kind enough to send me several of their Lamb prints, including two “cheater” prints which are perfect for whipping up quick quilts and in my case, gave me a wide verity of prints and colors to work with almost like a charm pack or layer cake would.

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My simple wall hanging with pockets, which I’m using as an Easter Advent Calendar of sorts, is perfect for putting little treats into or even fun little note cards for your kids. My boys are excited to have 20 days of treats leading up to and following Easter and this gives us the perfect opportunity for daily Bible readings on the life of Jesus (from our super fun Jesus Storybook Bible, of course! Which you can read more about HERE).

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What is it about fabric designs that capture young and old eyes alike? Here is my youngest checking out mommy’s newest make. He was pretty excited to find it was actually something for him!

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In an effort to bring more Spring into our home, I made a simple Spring banner using some of my favorite Lamb prints. I just love the contrast between the deep blue, green and gold to the ever so soft pale blue and whispering pink. A perfect balance of color range. Another great thing about Hawthorne Threads fabrics is their coordinating prints that go along with any of their collections. You could literally make up a whole quilt using different prints from just one color way! See a print you like but it’s not the color you need? Chances are they have it in just the right shade to match your project! You could easily get carried away in the coordinating prints section alone 🙂

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Easter Advent Tutorial

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What you will need

20- 3 1/2 x 3 1/2  prints for front side of pockets

20- 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 solid white for inside of pockets

20- 3 1/2 x 4 1/4 solid white for pocket backing

15- 1 x 4 1/4 short sashing between pockets

2- 1 x 17 long side sashing

1- 1 x 15 bottom sashing

1- 5 1/2 x 15 top border panel

Batting 17 x 25

Backing 16 x 24

Binding 2 1/2 x 56

Cut all fabrics to size.

To make the pockets, place your 3 x 3 1/2 square on top of your print sew a 1/4 inch seam across the top edge. Repeat to make all 20 pockets. Fold so your print is on the front side and use a hot iron to get a nice crisp edge. Repeat with all 20 pockets.

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Take your first pocket and lay it facing right side up on top of your 3 1/2 x 4 1/4 white piece, place a 1 x 4 1/4 shashing piece on the right side of your top pocket print, making a sandwich. Sew  with a 1/4 inch seam. Note, the first and last pockets will have one side “open” until you add the long edge sashing at the end. See picture below:

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Press flat. Place your second pocket on top of a solid pocket backing and top with the first pocket section making sure to line up the left side of the second pocket with the sashing from the first pocket. See picture below:

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Press flat and you have the start of your first row. Continue until you have five rows of four pockets each.

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Once you have all your rows finished you will add them together the same as you would a row of quilt blocks. Use sewing clips or pins to line up pockets as you sew the rows together. When all the pocket rows are sewn together, add the sashing starting with the side pieces and ending with the shorter bottom piece. Add the top panel print and iron flat. Make a mini quilt sandwich with the backing print facing down, the batting and then the pocket piece facing up. Pin well and quilt between the pockets on the sashing. Trim any excess batting and fabric, bind as you would a mini quilt (Pintrest has loads of tutorials!).

You now have a beautiful Easter Advent ready to be used and loved for years to come! Stock up on little goodies and treasures for your little ones to discover each day leading up to Easter.

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Tiny Heidel chocolates, jelly beans and mini eggs. Someone is excited over here! Actually all my boys are excited to start a new tradition in celebration of Easter and that warms this mama’s heart!

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This scene from the Lamb panel print is so sweet on the pale blue. Have you ordered any of Hawthorne Threads in house designs? I loved how they came all on one piece of fabric! So different and fun! Keep an eye out for some of their other lines like Parapluie and Monteverde. Next month I will have another tutorial using their gorgeous Botany prints (my green loving heart is so happy!).

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Thank you for stopping by, I hope you like what you’ve seen and feel inspired to make your own! Feel free to ask if you have any questions!

Happy Spring and happy sewing!

Easy Oven Mitt Tutorial

September 27, 2016

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Fall is here! And along with it comes cooler weather, shorter days, and the urge to bake ALL the things; namely all the Pumpkin Spice things! Today however, we will be cooking up an oven mitt. Not quite as tasty as say, pumpkin muffins but it will help you in your actual baking later. So without further ramblings, I give you my Easy Oven Mitt Tutorial!

For this recipe you will need:

Your main fabric- 2 pieces measuring 9 x 11 inches

Cotton Batting- Also 2 pieces (one for front side and one for back) 9 x 11

Insulbright- You guessed it, 2 pieces both measuring 9 x 11 (see how easy this is already!)

Accent trim fabric- measuring 2-1/2 by 14 inches, folded in half length wise and ironed.

And of course the usual- thread, scissors, sewing machine, and minimal sewing experience.

Print out my Easy Oven Mitt Template HERE (personal use only, thanks!) and cut template out. I find it best to use card stock as it will last longer if you plan on making a few of these babies.

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Layer your 9 x 11’s in this order (top picture), Cotton batting, Insulbright, and your main fabric. Repeat with second set of 9 x 11’s. Next, cut out mitt shape for both your front and back side of mitt making SURE to flip the template once so you don’t end up with a mismatched hand shape! I am supper lazy (or genius) and use my rotary cutter to cut around the template.

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Once you have your two sides cut out, place them together with right sides facing (top picture) and clip. Using a generous 1/4 inch seam allowance sew around mitt leaving just the bottom open. Next, make three small snips in the corner of the thumb (bottom left picture) making sure to not clip through your seam line. Zig zag stitch around the mitt (not the bottom) so you have a nice clean inside. Turn right side out using a turning tool to get the thumb out (I use an extra large knitting needle). Attach your accent fabric as you would any binding, just think of it as a very tiny strip of binding! You know the drill: raw edges aligned, tuck your binding tail when you finish, fold over edge of mitt and clip, then stitch in the ditch on the front making sure to catch the trim on the back as well. Just give a shout if you need any help!

Now you have a complete oven mitt!

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I should mention that this mitt is a smaller fitting one. For years I never used my mitts because they were so big and always got in the way when baking, nothing worse than a over sized oven mitt thumb print in the edge of a nice pie crust or not having a good grip on a massive pot of boiling water! I had all but given up on oven mitts until my sister-in-law gave me a smaller one a couple years ago. That poor mitt is so ratty and used now. I absolutely love its smaller size and snug fit.

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Now you may think I was lazy again or forgot to line my mitt, and as nice as it looks to have a lining; I left it out on purpose. I tried lining on my first one but I just couldn’t get a good grip with that lining, so I have left it with the cotton batting on the inside. Not only is it soft and fluffy but also helps you get a good grip which is ideal when you are a serious baker/cooker like I am 😉

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Make one or two for yourself or as gifts for friends (dare I say Christmas yet?). These are so fun that I’ve made a few as gifts, and I *might* even have a few listed in my Etsy shop in the next couple days. Feel free to Pin it for future reference, tag me on Instagram or Facebook when you make your own and use the #easyovenmitt hashtag so we can all see.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

 

 

 

High Tea Party and Reversible Skirt Apron Tutorial

August 15, 2016

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Hi and welcome to my stop on the High Tea Party Blog Tour! My name is Faith Essenburg, I am a newish maker/blogger/Etsy shop owner and mostly just a home maker for a house full of boys! Most days you can find me on Instagram which is where Jera of Quilting in the Rain found me and asked me to be a part of this tour showcasing her first fabric line; High Tea! Jera is just the sweetest and I knew right away what I wanted to make with her beautiful fabrics.

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First up is my Reversible Skirt Apron! It’s a super quick and easy make that takes all of an afternoon to whip up (including multiple interruptions from kids!). For this project I chose three different half yard cuts. I kind of fell in love with the pale blue colorway in this line, it’s just the perfect crisp yet soft shade and really lets those strawberries and roses pop.

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Here are some simple steps to making your own Reversible Skirt Apron:

Starting off with the pockets, cut two 5×5 inch squares, fold all edges under 1/4 inch, finger press and clip to hold in place. Add a length of crochet trim along the top edge, folding edges under and sewing into place, set aside. Make two pockets, one for each side.

Trim your two main fabrics for front and back to 34 x 18 inches. Pin your pockets into place roughly 8 inches from one side and 8 inches from the top edge. Sew into place, use a back stitch at the top of each pocket to lock your stitches in.

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Next align your two fabrics with right sides facing using clips to hold in place. If you like, add crochet trim along the bottom edge as shown below with the fancy edge facing in and the boring edge aligned with raw fabric edges. My trim is pretty narrow so I have spaced it about an 1/8 inch from the edge so more trim will show on the outside.

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Sew along both sides and bottom using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Turn right side out and iron.

Set your machine to the longest length stitch and baste along top edge of apron leaving thread tails at each end.

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Taking one of the thread strands (either top or bottom one) pull carefully making even gathers in the fabric as you go until your top edge measures roughly 20 inches across. Clip both ends to hold stitches in place and set aside. Note, you can also hold the fabric up to your waist at this point to check for sizing.

Now to make the sash! Cut two strips of fabric 4 1/2 by width of fabric, with right sides together, mark a line and sew on an angle as shown below:

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Trim your excess fabric and press seam open. Using your iron, turn both long edges under 1/4 inch. Fold in half length ways and press, turning both short edges under. you should now have a long sash with all sides folded under like this:

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The last step is just a bit tricky and requires my least favorite sewing item: PINS (insert horror face emoji here!). Fold your sashing in half to find the center. Once you find the center match it with the apron center and pin so the sash covers over the front and back top edge of the apron by at least 1/4 inch.

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Continue pinning along making sure the sash covers the basting stitches on both the front and back. Starting at one end of the sash, sew using a 1/8 seam going slowly making sure your stitches are catching the back side of the sashing as well. Sew all the way to the other end of sashing and you now have an apron!

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You can add a cute patch, embroidery stitching or buttons to give your apron the sweet little details we all love.

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I love a big bow on the back of my apron and I like that this reversible apron has a little thickness that will help it hold up over time. Don’t be afraid to actually USE a apron this pretty either! Use and enjoy it!

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And what cute apron is complete without a matching oven mitt?  I used the same trims and fabrics to make a pretty little pair. Gift set anyone?

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These prints are just adorable! There are six color ways in High Tea and this mitt features just a few prints from four of them. There is also a sweet yellow and a pale tan color that all play nicely together. Lecien Fabrics sure picked a winner with Jera!

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That tiny teapot and cup are just the sweetest! Patchwork is 1 1/2 inch squares and these prints are perfect for fussy cutting! I imagine we will be seeing them popping up all over in patchwork projects. Also how pretty are those roses and “lace” prints?

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Be sue to check out all the other stops for High Tea Party for loads of ideas and inspiration.

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I will be working on a tutorial for this oven mitt in the coming weeks, so get started on your Reversible Skirt Apron and stay tuned for an easy oven mitt tutorial, before you know it you will have a nice set for yourself or a gift for a friend!

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to ask any questions. I’ll see you again soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruffle Zipper Tutorial

March 13, 2016

The other week I got an idea for making a ruffle zipper to use on pouches to be kind of the focal point. Though I’m sure I am not the inventor of this idea, I couldn’t seem to find any tutorials or even pictures of this. So here we go, bear with me as I am new to instructions.

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Here is what you will need to start:

-Two strips of fabric 18 x 2 1/4 inches

-8 inch zipper

-Clover clips

-Fabric glue

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Start out by ironing your long strips in half length wise. Next, leaving a little “tail” at the end make a small fold (pictured top left). Your ruffle will vary depending on how big of a fold you make and how close together you place the folds. Also keep in mind this is a hand made ruffle, it doesn’t need to be exact or perfect to look great. Clip the first ruffle fold to hold in place. In the bottom left picture you can see how I pinch the fabric to make the fold. Continue making ruffle folds and clipping in this method until you reach the end leaving a bit of a tail.

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Next, use a little fabric glue and align the ruffles raw edge with the zippers edge. I used the clips to hold it in place while the glue sets. After the glue has set, use a very scant 1/4 inch seam to sew it down. As you can see, I still have yet to use an actual zipper foot. Instead I just hold on tight and take it slow. Now you can see the one side is done and ready to be top stitched onto your project. Repeat for the next side.

Tips:

-Use Clover clips to hold the first ruffle back as you sew the next side on to keep it out of the way.

-Before you sew the second ruffle side down check to make sure your ruffle folds are going in the same direction.

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Now you have a ruffle zipper ready to make any project extra special! There are lots of tutorials for sewing with lace zippers which should help with any questions (I am no pro when it comes to sewing with zippers but if I can figure it out then so can you!). I will quickly show you how I added this one to my little boxy pouch.

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Place your outer fabric right side up on top of the edge of the zipper with the ruffle part standing up (top left picture), use a glue stick to hold it in place. Turn it over and place the lining fabric face down aligned to the edge of the zipper (top right picture). Hold carefully in place and sew along the edge using a 1/4 inch seam. The bottom left picture shows how it will look after both sides are attached. The next step is top stitching the ruffle down. Once again I am using my normal sewing foot here so I just take it slow. I went with about a 1/8 inch seam for the top stitch and tried to keep the ruffle close to the zipper teeth instead of a more exposed zipper look.

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Here is my finished ruffle zipper pouch!

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I just love how the ruffle zipper is the focal point of this bag.

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Find the tutorial I used for the bag part here. And of course I couldn’t stop with just one, here are the others I started out with.

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Denim and Liberty ruffle zipper pouch with ruffle wristlet.

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This one placed along the top of my bag was applique stitched down so the ruffle didn’t stick out. Looks cute but I prefer the zipper to lay flat on the bag.

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And my favorite one so far!

I hope this was helpful for you, please let me know if you have any questions. I would love to see your own ruffle zippers!

 

 

 

 

Little Notebook Cover Tutorial 

June 10, 2015

   
 Here is a quick step by step tutorial for a easy notebook cover. These are just very basic instructions and can be tweaked to meet your needs and desires. I must apologize in advance, I am a visual learner and am not very detailed in my instructions. If you have any questions I am happy to answer and explain more as best I can. That being said, this is very easy and I don’t think it can be messed up too bad😉 

*You will need:

 two fat quarters of fabric or less depending on how big your notebook is, a piece of batting and basic sewing knowledge.

  
Start with a notebook of your choice, I used a simple white Moleskin about 4×6 inches. Place about an inch of extra fabric going around and fold fabric over to line up. Use a ruler to cut fabric (for best results remove book before you cut😉).

  

For the inside left pocket:

Take two cuts of fabric, wrong sides facing and double fold the top of the back edge over the front fabric then fold the side edge as shown. Clip in place. 

 
To make the notebook pocket fold the edge of your fabric to make a nice edge and line up, trim to size.

 
Sew the top of the pocket and the side of the notebook sleve .

  Next up, fold in half and finger press so you can see where the center of your book is. Layer batting, then your inside fabric and pockets, placing them where you want them to go. Pin a piece of ribbon in half just off of the center so when you sew the center seam it will catch and you will have a loop for your pen to go in. Last place your outside fabric on top facing in. Pin or clip around so it’s ready to sew. Using a 1/4 seam allowance stitch around leaving an opening to turn right side out.

  
I like to use a knitting needle to get my corners nice. Before stitching closed, I added snaps to the inside so they wouldn’t show on the front. (Other options would be a cute botton with elastic loop or ribbon for tying closed. Both of those options would need to be added and sewn in the steps before this one.) The snap on the right is attached inside the pocket and the one on the left is attached on the inside by the batting. 

 
Fold your opening in nice and clip around. Top stitch with a 1/8 inch stitch all the way around. 

  

Using your center fold line as a guide stitch the center, backstitching at both ends and making sure to catch the edges of your ribbon pen holder.

  Now that the inside is all done you can have fun filling it up with things you will use or make it a cute gift for someone else. I’m thinking that pocket would make a good gift card holder too😉 My original idea with this was for a grocery list and coupon holder but the options are endless depending on your needs.

 
I decided to appliqué hexigons to the front of mine but a sweet patch or hand embroidered “journal” note would also be sweet. 

  

And one last little touch of sweetness on the back.  

I hope you have fun making your own!