Fat Quarter Friday {Dish Towel Tutorial}

This week I decided to share a tutorial for another one of my favorite items to make…dish towels. A nice set of dish towels is something that everyone loves, but will rarely splurge on for themselves. This is also a great beginner sewing project. So if you have been wanting to start sewing for the first time or needed a refresher project this is the perfect one to start with! dish cloths 022

Materials Needed:

*1 fat quarter of cotton fabric cut to preferred size. I leave mine pretty close to the size of a fat quarter.

*1 fat quarter of velour terry cloth or terry cloth. Cut the terry cloth slightly larger then you cut the cotton fabric above.

*small scrap piece of fabric that measures 8″ x 3″

dish cloths 009Take your 8″ x 3″ piece of fabric and make it into a bias strip.
dish cloths 010 Top stitch down the middle of the bias strip. Set aside.
dish cloths 011 Now gather your cotton fabric and terry cloth. Layer the fabrics like so: terry cloth on bottom-right side up, then cotton fabric right side down. Pin in place. dish cloths 012 On one of the corners place your bias strip like pictured below. Pin in placedish cloths 013 Sew all around edges, but make sure to leave a 2-3″ opening for turning right side out. Trim off excess fabric and square off edges.dish cloths 014 Turn right side out. Iron flat and top stitch around edges. I top stitch around the edges twice with my dish towels, but you can do it only once if you prefer. dish cloths 015And that is it, super easy right?!
dish cloths 016 Make a bunch to give away as gifts or make a bunch for yourself.dish cloths 017Cute little tabs keep those dish towels hung nearby and dry.
dish cloths 019Pair it with some homemade vanilla extract and you have yourself the perfect little gift.last day of school 004Happy Friday!

A Birthday Bow Tie

I made this cute little bow tie for a friend of mine who’s little one just turned 1.
I used this tutorial here from Natures Heirloom. It was so easy to follow and I think it came out great! I’m pretty sure I will be making a few more of these. My son has already requested matching ones for himself and Fire Dog, Piggie and Chippie.
I’m pretty sure I can manage to make some more of these…a lot of these! They are just so dang cute and fast to make. Plus, what little boy wouldn’t look absolutely adorable in one of these?! Ok and maybe Fire Dog, Piggie and Chippie will look cute in them too.

Ruffled Baby Lovey {Tutorial}

Moving on with the last of the baby basket tutorials, today I’m showing you how I made this cute little ruffled baby lovey. These are becoming one of my favorite blankets to make. They are the perfect size for the car seat, stroller or for baby to hold and snuggle up to. They are super easy to make and take just a few hours to put together. This is one of those projects that uses up those little but long scraps or you can use a fat quarter pieced together.

Ruffled Baby Lovey Tutorial

(allow 2+ hours to complete)

Materials Needed (cut to the following):
*Long strips of cotton fabric that are 30″ x 3″ or use fat quarters and piece them together to make a 30″ x 3″ strip. I used four different fabrics, but you can use as many different fabrics as you want.

*One strip of cotton fabric that is 120″ x 5″ (ruffled edge). Again, you can use smaller scraps pieced together to make one long strip.

*One piece of minky fabric about 21″ x 24″.

Start by making sure you have the 8 strips cut out to the size of 30″ x 3″.

Take one of your strips and sew down the middle and make it ruffle with your sewing machine. This is a new little trick I just learned from the gals over at Simple Simon & Co. Set the tension on your machine to the highest setting and the stitch length to the highest setting. Trust me, once you ruffle your fabric this way you will never pull a thread to make it ruffle again. It is so much quicker! And looks neater and the ruffles are more uniform. But of course you can ruffle your fabric the other way by just pulling one of the threads to make it ruffle. By doing it this way you can get a more ruffled piece of fabric then just ruffling it with your machine. So its up to you here.

Repeat with the other 7 strips of fabric.

Take your iron and gently press on top of the ruffled pieces to press them flat. This will make it easier to sew together.

Now lay out the ruffled pieces into the desired pattern.

With right sides facing pin together the two fabrics that are beside one another. Sew in place. Unfold and gently press flat.

Lay your fabric pieces out again to make sure you keep the fabrics in the right order.

Pin the next two rows together and sew. Just make sure you are sewing on the correct side so that your fabrics line up correctly.

Press flat. Pin and sew the two last pieces of fabric together. Now you have the top of your lovey.

Press flat again.

Trim off any loose threads and neaten it up on the backside.

You should have this now.

Take your seam ripper and pull out the threads in the middle of the ruffled pieces.

Use the back of your seam ripper or an iron to fluff out those little marks down the center of the ruffled pieces.

Square up your edges and make sure they are straight.

Round the corners.

Top stitch if you want.

I just used the edge of my foot as a guide and top stitched both sides of each fabric.

Take your 120″ x 5 ” piece of fabric and fold wrong sides together. Sew all the way down the open edge of the piece to make a ruffled piece. **Make sure you use a 1/4″ sew seam here.**

Take the ruffled piece and pin it all the way around the top of the blanket. Where the two unfinished edges line up just fold each of the unfinished edges in opposite directions. Then place one on top of the other with the folded edges touching and sew in place. That way you will have a finished edge that is quick to do.

Now place on top of minky fabric with right sides facing. Place a few more pins in. I know this is a lot of pins, but it does make a huge difference.

Sew around outer edge with a 1/2″ sew seam while leaving at least a 2″ opening for turning right sides out.

Trim excess fabric.

Be careful of all the pins and turn right side out. Iron and sew opening shut.

Trim off all of the little threads.

And that is it! One cute little lovey for the baby!


Baby Basket Cake Bunting {Tutorial}


Baby Basket Cake Bunting Tutorial
(allow 1/2 hour to an hour)
Materials Needed:

*small fabric scraps
*1 package of bias tape or make your own

I used only 3/4 of a yard when making my bunting but you can make yours longer depending on how long you want it to be. I think it would be super cute to drape it around each of the tiers instead of just the bottom basket like I did. Once you have decided how long you want your bunting to be, top stitch the bias tape the entire length. Take and cut up your small scraps into all different sized circles, flower shapes and squares.

Layer the different sized pieces on top of each other to make the desired designs. Sew in place onto the bias tape.

Add as many circles and flowers that you want. Have fun with it!

Not only with it add a little extra special touch to the baby basket cake, it will also look so cute hanging in the nursery afterwards.

Knit Baby Hats {Tutorial}

Knit Baby Hats Tutorial

(allow 15-30 minutes to complete one hat)

Materials Needed:

*Small pieces of knit fabric or use outgrown baby clothes.

*Small pieces of contrasting knit fabric for the flower or a 30″ x 1/2″ piece of fabric for the ruffle.

*Buttons

Print off the templates below. Make sure you click on the highlighted link and print the template off from the Scribd website. Tape the two pieces of paper together making sure that the lines match up perfectly. Trim extra paper if needed to match up the lines.
Knit baby hat template 1

Knit baby hat template 2

Use the template to cut out two pieces of knit fabric.

Pin right sides together. Sew around edges leaving the bottom open.

Trim edges. Searge edges if you want, but you don’t have to. Knit fabric will not fray. Searging just gives it a more professional look. I don’t have a searger, so I left mine as is. Fold the hat in half to find the middle. Measure 2″ down from the top of the hat. Draw a line. Repeat on the other side of hat.

Now refold the top of the hat so that the marks you just made are on the outer edge. Pin in place like so. You are now going to sew on top of the marks you just made. I sewed using a 1/4″ sew seam here. You are sewing here just to give the hat a little more shape.

This is what the hat will look like now.

**What you do in the next step depends on the size of the hat you are making.**

If you are making a 0-6 month hat fold the bottom of the hat up 1 1/2″

for a 6-12 month hat fold the bottom of the hat up 2″

and for a 12-24 month hat fold the bottom of the hat up 2″.

Since this a 0-6 month sized hat, I folded the bottom of the hat up 1 1/2″.

Press and pin in place. Sew.

Turn right side out.

To make the flower cut 7 pieces of knit fabric into little circles.

Set up the circles overlapping like so. Just make sure that the middle circle is overlapping all of the other circles (petals) in the middle.

Pin in place.

Sew.

Make a button or use a button you have on hand.

Attach the button to the petals and through the top of the hat.

Inside of hat.

And the finished product.

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Now to make the ruffled knit hat.

Follow the same steps as above to make the hat. Cut a strip of knit fabric 30″ x 1 1/2″ wide. Sew ends together. Now ruffle the piece of fabric with your sewing machine. Work with the ruffled piece until it is the same length as the distance around your hat. Pin ruffle around hat about 1/4″ or 1/2″ up from the bottom of hat. Zig-Zag stitch ruffle in place. Attach a little button on the top of hat if you want.

And that is it.

They are so quick and easy to make you will never buy a knit hat again.

Plus it is a great way to use up those outgrown baby clothes.

Baby Wash Cloths {Tutorial}

So moving right along with our little baby basket cake…
Today I am going to show you how to make the little baby wash cloths. These wash cloths are by far the most used item in our household that I make. I just love them! For the tub I make them with a minky backing and for the kitchen I use a terry cloth backing. When making these for a baby or myself, I don’t usually add a flannel batting. You know, little wash cloths and little baby parts just go together better. But some people prefer a thicker wash cloth and that is fine, just use flannel as your batting. This is a great beginner project! So those of you that want to start sewing, then this is the one to start with. So grab that machine and some fabric and lets get sewing!
Baby Wash Cloths (8″ x 8″) Tutorial
(allow 15 minutes to complete)

Materials Needed:

*Small scraps of cotton fabric and minky about 9″ x 9″.

*Flannel scraps 9″ x 9″ to use for batting (optional). I prefer to make my wash cloths without the flannel just because my kiddo’s are little and they prefer little lighter weight wash cloths for their hands.

*Card stock to make an 8″ x 8″ template with rounded corners.

Trace around the template onto the wrong side of your cotton fabric.

Pin together the cotton fabric and minky fabric, right sides together. (If you are using flannel as a batting, layer it underneath the minky fabric now.) Sew directly on the marks while leaving a 1 1/2″ opening for turning right side out. Trim off excess fabric except at the opening.

Use your lint roller to remove any fuzzies and spray to remove your marks.

Turn right side out and iron flat. Top stitch around edge of wash cloth.


Pretty easy right?

Just in case you cannot tell by the photo, I made 15 of them. They are great to use in the tub, washing up after meal time or for cleaning those little heiny’s if you are a cloth diaper using momma.

Round Nesting Baskets {Tutorial}

So are you all ready to start sewing your Baby Basket Cake?

Let’s start things off by making the round nesting baskets, after all those cute baskets are what make this a cake. Now I made templates (below) for all of you to use. Just click on the highlighted link above each template and it will bring you to Scribd where you can print the templates. For those of you that have never used Scribd before it is really easy to use and just let me know if you run into any problems. I also want you to realize that these baskets may sound small but they hold a lot of goodies, trust me! So if you want to make a smaller cake, just make your baskets smaller. You can do that by shrinking the size of the templates. Just keep in mind that if you do shrink the size of the baskets you will also have to re figure the length of each piece of fabric cut which is easy to do. Just take a tape measure and measure all around the circle and then just add 1″ for the sew seam allowance. And of course you can make your own templates at home by using a protractor and bowl. Just make sure the distances and between the three circles are evenly spaced or you will end up with wonky baskets not stacking perfectly.

Round Nesting Baskets Tutorial
(allow 2+ hours to complete)
Below are the links to the three templates that you will need for the bottoms of the baskets. You will want to print all three pages off and tape them together so that they make a complete circle. The circle should line up perfectly with just some minor trimming of the boarder on the paper. Once taped together, start by cutting out the large circle. Then use the large circle to cut out your two pieces of fabric and one piece of batting. Then cut your template into a medium sized circle and cut out your two pieces of fabric and batting. Repeat with the small circle. That way you only have to print off one copy of each. 

Round nesting basket template 1

Round nesting basket template 3

Materials Needed:
*1 1/2 yards fabric (I used two different fabrics just because I didn’t have enough fabric for the inside and outside of baskets, but you can use just one fabric.)
*1 yard batting or stabilizer (I had to use insul-bright because that is all that I had on hand, but it worked great.)


**To make things easier for you, keep the pieces of fabric and batting cut out organized by basket sizes.**

 

Cut the following from the cotton fabric:

Large 11 1/2″ basket: 2 pieces 38″ x 6 1/2″ & 2 large round pieces by using template above.

Medium 9 1/2″ basket: 2 pieces 30″ x 6 1/2″ & 2 medium round pieces by using template above

Small 7″ basket: 2 pieces 23 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ & 2 small round piecse by using template above

 

Cut the following from batting or stabilizer:

Large 11 1/2″ basket: 1 piece 38″ x 6 1/2″ & 1 round piece by using template above

Medium 9 1/2″ basket: 1 piece 30″ x 6 1/2″ & 1 round piece by using template above<

Small 7″ basket: 1 piece 23 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ & 1 round piece using template above

We will start by making the large 11 1/2″ basket. Gather all of the pieces that you cut out for the large basket. Now take one round piece and one 38″ long piece of fabric, along with the round and 38″ long pieces of batting.

Place the 38″ long piece of fabric right side up on top of the batting. Now fold the two edges together so that the fabric is right sides facing. Pin in place on edge.

Sew edge and make sure you backstitch. Now place the round piece of fabric right side up on top of the round piece of batting. Place a few pins in the middle of the circle. These are just to keep the two pieces together while you pin them the onto the tube in the next step below.

Pin the circle piece with the tube you just made together, right sides facing. Take your time and use lots of pins. This will make it easier to sew. Sew edge.

Your basket should look like this now.

Now take the remaining two pieces of fabric. Remember I used two different fabrics to make each basket.

Make a tube with the 38″ piece of fabric by sewing the edge together.

Pin right sides together. Sew. Your piece will now look like this.

Turn right side out and carefully iron the edges of the circle. Pin the two baskets together by placing right sides together.

Sew, but make sure you leave a good 3″ opening for turning right side out.

Turn right side out.

Iron edges flat.

Top stitch around top edge two times.

Now repeat the same steps with the medium and small basket pieces.

**Please feel free to use this tutorial for your personal sewing projects…not to sell in your etsy shop. You may link this to your blog and use any photo’s. Just please be kind and give credit where credit is due. I put a lot of time into my designs and tutorials.**

Any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me. If you make one using this tutorial, please add it to my flickr group. I would love to see it!

 

See you in a few days with a tutorial so we can start filling your baskets!

Fabric Curly-Cue Ribbon {Tutorial}

The other night I was packaging up some gifts and orders that needed to be shipped out. Usually when I package up my gifts and orders I place them into a drawstring bag that I have made. I first started doing that with my bibs and large orders and have decided to do this with my jewelry sales as well. (I guess sewing is still my love, since I spend more time sewing these little bags then making the pieces of jewelry.) Anyhow, I was working through my scrap pile when I decided to use long skinny strips of fleece as my ties. But when I cut the long strips of fleece and pulled on them to string them through the bag they immediately turned into these sweet little curly-cue ribbons. Oh yes, I was giddy as any crafty momma would be. This is kinda like that cheap plastic rolls of ribbon that you buy in the store and use your scissors to curl…but waay cuter! So you wanna make some too?

Just grab a piece of fleece. I used anti-pill fleece. I’m not sure if this works with regular fleece as well, sorry but I didn’t have any regular fleece to try it on. You don’t need a very wide piece of fleece since you will be cutting off a very skinny piece. And as far I could tell, once the fabric is pulled it at least doubles in length, if not more.
Now line up the fabric so that it stretches vertically when pulled on. When you pull on the fleece horizontally it should not stretch.
Now grab your rotary cutter and cut a tiny little strip. I cut mine about 1/8 of an inch by about 10″ or so.
Now hold the top of the strip and slowly pull on it starting from the top to the bottom. That is it, easy right? Now you have some cute fabric curly-cue ribbon to tie around those homemade packages. Unfortunately the curly-cues don’t last forever…I know, stinker! The more I played with the ribbon the more the curls started to get larger and eventually became wavy. But luckily you are left with a cute little fleece cord. Either way, I think it is a great way to use up fleece scraps and add a cute little curly-cue to your gifts.
This definitely adds a whole new way of wrapping gifts with curly-cues without using that cheap looking plastic ribbon.

Fabric Luggage Tags from Auntie.

When I made this luggage tag for Fat Quarter Friday a few months ago I had good intentions of making a bunch of them for my sister in law and her daughters. Unfortunately is was one of those projects that got put on the back burner, until the other night.
While I was sewing these I realized that my sister in law has been the recipient of more 2 little hooligans handmade goodies then ANYONE else. She even has more of my homemade goodies then I do…seriously!
I have made her a tote bag, casserole carrier, wash cloths, dish towels, a wristlet, an apron, diaper and wipes bag, burp cloths and A TON of bibs.
Even my 3 little nieces have received lots of handmade goodies from this Auntie. Peasant dresses, crayon rolls, pencil wrap and case, a tote bag, princess play tent, hair accessories, purses, a beach robe and drawstring tote bags. I’m pretty sure there are even more that I’m forgetting.
I never realized how much I had made for them until I started listing them all out. And it made me chuckle about the numerous times their gifts have given me something crafty to blog about.
But isn’t it more fun crafting for others especially when you know they love your handmade goodies so much?!

I made The Beach Robe

Once Dana posted The Beach Robe pattern for sale I snagged it up immediately. I already knew I was going to be making this for my niece’s birthday. Dana’s pattern only goes up to a size 4 and my niece wears a 6, so I just gave myself an extra 1/2″ all around the size 4 pattern. My niece has not tried it on yet, but I have no doubt it will fit her. I tried the robe on before sewing the arms on and it fit me (snugly of course) and it was a bit big for my 3T wearing boy. So you can adjust the pattern if need be. I decided to put contrasting fabric inside the hood.

And on the underside of the tie. I just love that little pop of surprise!
I ended up having to purchase two large beach towels to accommodate for the larger size, while the 3 packages of bias tape still worked perfectly.
Her pattern was extremely easy to follow and I would recommend it to anyone. The only issue I had was with sewing the bias tape on the tie. For some reason I just couldn’t get the bias tape to look good on the edges. I tried and tried to get it perfect but just couldn’t. So the perfectionist in me finally gave in and left it looking a little wonky. I really don’t think my niece will notice and I’m ok with admitting defeat…this time. So lesson learned, make your tie first and don’t leave it for the morning when 3 kids are running around at your feet!
Thanks for a great pattern Dana, I forsee lots of these being made!