Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Sewing| Monogrammed Mug Rugs

Hello friends, my April 2018 Crafting Goal is to bust my Pre-Cut Stash.  My first project towards meeting this goal was making these cute little Monogrammed Mug Rugs!

I am a lover of mini charm packs!  Whenever the Fat Quarter Shop has a Flash Sale on mini charm packs I am a sucker to purchase them immediately.  What is a mini charm pack you may ask?  It is a fabric collection cut into 2.5 inch x 2.5 inch squares often containing 42 squares to the pack!  I stitched up these mug rugs for my office co-workers using:

  • Mini Charm Pack
  • Backing Fabric
  • Bias Tape
  • Batting
  • Ribbon
  • Thread
I used the monogram stitching feature on my Brothers SQ 9050 sewing machine to stitch the names of my co-workers on the ribbon.  I learn that it is helpful to have a stabilizer under your ribbon when machine monogram stitching.  I used plain old white tissue paper!

To quilt these little mug rugs I simply stitched in the ditch of the seam lines.  I then finished the edges with purchased bias tape.

My husband has asked that I make a set for his office co-workers!

Take joy in your crafting adventures and thank you for visiting my blog!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sewing| Cross-Stitch Sampler Apron

Hello friends! This is my handmade Cross-Stitch Sampler Apron!

What I Did: I enjoyed combining my crafting loves of needlework and apron-making in one simple project.  See my hand-stitched cross-stitching at the hem and pocket!  

What I Used:
  1. Black and White Gingham Fabric from Hobby Lobby
  2. White Jumbo Rickrack
  3. Cotton Embroidery Threads in Yellow, Red and Blue
Something I Learn: I wanted to use cotton gingham fabric for this project.  I was surprised to find that the "big box craft and retail stores" only carried polyester gingham fabric in their collections!  I used the polyester for this project but I plan to mail order cotton gingham fabric for future use.

Wishing everyone Happy Crafting.  Thank you for visiting my blog!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Sewing| Bunny Circle Pocket Apron with a Circle Pocket Tutorial

Hello friends, now you knew I was making a cute apron for Easter.  I happily present my handmade Bunny Circle Pocket Apron!

I just love the pink bias-trimmed circle pockets which are faced with a layer of plain royal blue fabric to give an attractive contrast to the little bow-wearing bunnies!  Notice that I stitched tiny bows onto the pockets above the heads of the little bunnies!  

Here is a Circle Pockets Tutorial:
  1. Cut two circles in printed fabric and two in plain fabric, using a 6 1/4 inch diameter plate as a template.
  2. With the wrong sides together, place one print circle over one plain circle and stitch together 1/4 inch in from the edge.
  3. Cut a 21 1/2 inch length of 1/4 inch double fold bias binding and gently steam press. 
  4. Neatly inset the raw edge of the pocket circle fabric to be bound into the folded binding.  Pin, baste and machine stitch in place.
  5. Repeat with the remaining pockets circles.
  6. Fold down the top section of each pocket and press in place.
  7. The pockets are now ready to be pinned or basted onto your project and topstitched over the existing stitching!
Wishing everyone a Happy Easter Holiday!  Thank you for visiting my blog.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sewing| Folk Bird Cushion

Hi friends, take a look at my handmade Folk Bird Cushion using thrifted yellow pom-pom trim and newly purchased Michael Miller Melodies Folk Bird Navy Fabric.

Now for something a little different this blog post.  Here is a picturerama of the construction of my Folk Bird Cushion!

Cut-Out Step1

Applying Pom-Pom Trim Step 2

Adding Yellow Envelope Backing to Folk Bird Front Step 3

Inserted 24 Inch Pillow Form Step 4
Hope you enjoyed my little picturerama!  Thank you for visiting my blog.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sewing| Sweet Little Patchwork Pillow

Hello everyone,  I have made a Sweet Little Patchwork Pillow!

I have learn that I really enjoy making small pieced patchwork projects.  This Sweet Little Patchwork Pillow is a great example of working a project that is simple to stitch and fits easily into a crafting schedule.  The beauty and style I wish to capture in my patchwork is not lost because I use eye-catching colors in a mix of flower patterns and geometric in my piecing.  

What I Used:
  1. A Farmer's Daughter Mini Charm Pack, Lella Boutique for Moda Fabric purchased from the Fat Quarter Shop. (Click Here.)
  2. A Farmer's Daughter Apricot/Pink Shell Fat Quarter, Lella Boutique for Moda Fabric purchased from the Fat Quarter Shop.
  3. A package of Wrights Bias Tape Extra Wide Double Fold, .5 inch, Black.
  4. Maker's Holiday Ribbon, Natural, purchased from Joann Fabric.

In the future, I plan to share with you a tutorial on how to make this pillow!   Please come back and visit with me.  Comments are always welcomed.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Needlecraft: Be Kind Wooden Cross Stitch Banner

Howdy friends!  Made this Be Kind Wooden Cross Banner which was a bonus gift with the Number 89 Mollie Makes Magazine issue.

This tasseled slogan wall hanging is going in my work office space as a positive daily reminder!

Stay positive and keep crafting my friends.  Thank you for visiting my blog!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Sewing| Shamrocks Apron

Hello friends!  In celebration of St. Patrick's Day I have stitched up this sweet, handmade Shamrocks Apron.

St. Patrick's Day, or the Feast Of St. Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.  The shamrock, a young sprig, is said to have been used by Saint Patrick as a metaphor for the Christian Holy Trinity.  See this celebration is more than just drinking green beer!!!

What I Did:  I drafted the apron pattern from the book, "The Perfect Apron" by Rob Merrett.  I was pleased that the silhouette of the apron was similar to a shamrock!  So I chose a dainty green with specks of purple shamrock print in cotton and set it off by a wide, petal-shaped border in purple cotton.  I applied the petal-shaped border to the apron using a wide zigzag or satin stitch in purple thread, so that the raw edge of the scalloped border strip is completely covered!  The dainty pocket is shaped to echo the scalloped edge of the apron.  

What I Used:
1.  Susan Winget St. Patrick's Day Fabric - Green Shades of  Clover, from Joann Fabric. (Click here.)
2.  Keepsake Calico Cotton - Purple Marble Blender, from Joann Fabric. (Click here.)

Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Thank you for visiting my blog!