Tutti-Fruitti Market Tote Bag

This tote bag is by far my most used tote bag I own!!  What I love about it is that it is super big but folds up small so you can keep it in our purse or in your car.  My goal is to sew a bunch of these and use them when I go grocery shopping.  When they get dirty, just toss in the wash!!

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This fabric is called Tutti-Fruitti from Blend Fabrics – it just screams summer!  You can click on this link to see all the fabrics in the collection!
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My friend, Rachel from Little Fish, and I made them together and she loves taking hers to the pool!  (She also makes these adorable euro style swim trunks for little boys). You can fit a ton of beach towels in this bag!!

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The bag is also reversible – I love the pineapples!!!  So click HERE and download the free pattern and get ready for summer!!!IMG_1379

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Circa 1974 Quilt Pattern – Featuring Gingham Girls

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It’s a 1970’s sunshiny day over here!!!  As soon as I saw Diary of a Quilter’s Gingham Girls new fabric line I knew it was for me!!  She did an amazing job of packaging up my childhood into a fabric line!  (And yes, all of you now know how old I am!!!)

DSC_0269 2You can read all about Amy’s inspiration for the fabric line by hopping over to her blog.  I created this quilt to be your new favorite that you would take to the beach, the park, a game,  or snuggle with on the couch.  It’s 60″ x 76″ so a perfect throw size. You can customize the date to fit any occasion: birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc.

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This quilt is just for me!  And it’s my new favorite pattern – you’re gonna love it!

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DSC_0286The blocks are 8″ with a little appliqué insert.  You can purchase the PDF pattern in my Etsy shop and get sewing today!!

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Aren’t these fabrics just amazing!!!!!  There are so many more things I want to sew!!!

Gingham Girls fabric by Amy Smart, inspired by vintage 1970's prints and colors.

Here are a two little dresses my mom sewed for me when I was 2 & 3 years old.  I got them out to inspire me when making this quilt!

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Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a groovy day!!

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Preppy Plaid Tote Bag & Quilt Tutorial

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I am so totally excited to be a part of the Enchanted Blog Tour sponsored by Riley Blake Designs!  You can see the entire collection designed by Dodi Poulsen of Two Sisters at Squirrel Hollow by clicking here 🙂
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When I saw this new fabric line from Riley Blake Designs called Enchanted, my heart stopped.  I took one look at this pink, navy and white plaid and immediately I was transported to a Cape Cod dream!  Sailboats, lobsters, quaint homes and preppy boys on vacation from Harvard 🙂

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Ok Ok, so I’ve never been to the Cape but a girl can dream right?  I knew I wanted to design something that let this preppy plaid be the focus and something that would be perfect for my sailboat (hahaha).

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I came up with a simple quilt pattern that uses plaid, navy and white.  When only two prints arrived in the mail I began to panic wondering if I had made a terrible decision to make a quilt using only two prints!  I decided to go with my instincts and make the quilt……and I am totally in LOVE!!!!

This quilt really lets the plaid shine in and it’s a great pattern to use if you fall in love with a single fabric print.  The accent blocks are made of 4 half square triangle blocks.

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…..and the quilt fits nicely inside this preppy plaid whale tote bag – made with denim, plaid, and Heat n Bond Fusible fleece.  So, are you ready to set sail for the Cape?  Grab your fabrics and lets get sewing!

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Preppy Plaid Quilt

1/4″ seams 

Supplies

2 yards plaid print

1 yard navy print

1 yard white

Begin by cutting the plaid into (40) 6.5″ squares.

Using the navy blue print and white print sew (160) half square triangles (HST) that measure 3.5″.  You can use any method you like.  I use my Sizzix half square triangle dies!  It is super fast, super easy and no squaring up – just perfection!!

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Die cut 160 navy HSTs and 160 white HSTs.

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Sew the navy and white HSTs right sides together using 1/4″ seam.

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Press seams open.  Continue until you have 160 HSTs.  It’s probably a good idea to put on a movie while doing this!

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Lay out 4 HSTs to make the pattern above.  Sew together as you would a 4-patch.  Press seams open.  Finished block will measure 6.5″.  Make 40 of these blocks.

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Cut 40 squares measuring 6.5″ out of the plaid.

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Sew the blocks together (1/4″ seams) as you would a checkerboard, alternating each block.  Make sure the pieced blocks are going the same direction.  Press the seams toward the plaid.  There are 8 blocks across and 10 rows down.

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Baste (I always use Spray n Bond basting spray)

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Quilt.

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Bind.

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Mufasa and I love sewing on rainy days!!

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Tote Bag Instructions

I used my pattern, Quilted Tote Bag, for the measurements.  I followed the pattern pretty closely with the following exceptions:

  • I added an appliqué to the main bag.
  • I used denim.
  • I did not quilt the bag; I stabilized it with fusible fleece.
  • I came up with a new way to sew the handles (continue reading)
  • I omitted the inside pocket
  • I simplified how to make the bag bottom

Supplies

Denim (2) 20″ x 10.5″

Plaid (2) 20″ x 9.5″

Lining (2) 20″ x 19.5″

Plaid for handles (2) 5″ x 28″

Heat n bond medium stabilizer (2) 5″ x 28″

Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece (2) 20″ x 19.5″

Piece of plaid for the whale

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Appliqué the whale  Click HERE for the whale pattern.

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You can print the whale directly on Heat n Bond Lite EZ print sheets, or trace the whale onto Heat n Bond Lite.

Heat set the whale to the wrong side of the plaid fabric.

Cut out the whale.  Peel off the backing paper.

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Press it onto one of the denim pieces, centering.  Using 1/4″ seams, sew the denim piece to the plaid piece to make the bag front and back.  Press seams.

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Fuse the Heat n Bond Fusible fleece to the wrong side of the bag front and the bag back.  Add some accent stitching along the seam.

Bag Handles

Fuse the stabilizer to the wrong side of each of the handle strips.

Press in half lengthwise.  Open up and press the long ends in to meet the center.  Press.  Then press in half again.  This makes a super sturdy handle!

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Topstitch along both of the long edges of each handle.

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Continue following the bag instructions from this tutorial to complete the bag.  To make the bag bottom, cut a 3″ notch out of the bottom corners of the bag and the lining.

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Together they make the Perfect Preppy Plaid Pair!!!!!
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Be sure to check out these amazing designers to see what they’ve created using Riley Blake’s Enchanted Fabric!!!

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, Jan 23rd – Little Londyn

Tuesday, Jan 24th – Jedi Craft Girl

Wednesday, Jan 25th – Loose Threads

Thursday, Jan 26th – Meags and Me

Friday, Jan 27th – Pretty by Hand

Monday, Jan 30th – Tie Dye Diva

Tuesday, Jan 31st – Two Sisters as Squirrel Hallow

Wednesday, Feb 1st – Striped Swallow Designs

Thursday, Feb 2nd – Izzy and Ivy

Friday, Feb 3rd – Ellis and Higgs

Monday, Feb 6th – Aurifil

Tuesday, Feb 7th – The Crafy Quilter

Wednesday, Feb 8th – Two Sisters at Squirrel Hallow

Thursday, Feb 9th – Jina Barney Designz

Friday, Feb 10th – Riley Blake

You could win a bundle of Enchanted fabric by visiting Dodi’s blog, Loose Threads (www.sashgals.com) and leaving a comment.

One entry per blog post, per day of the Blog Tour, there on Loose Threads.

Enter every day to increase your chance of winning!!!

Jewelry Travel Set {Zipper Pouch}

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What do you give someone who has everything?  It can be challenging!  I thought my mom would love this fun travel jewelry bag!  It has little individual pouches to put bracelets and necklaces.  They all fit into this quilted zipper pouch.  I used the Wildwood collection from Blend Fabrics.

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Instead of rewriting this tutorial, here are the links so you can make your own!!

For the little jewelry button pouches I followed THIS tutorial.

For the zipper pouch, I used THESE measurements.  I used quilt batting for the stabilizer and quilted the fabric before sewing the zipper pouch.

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Marvel Covered Composition Book

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If you know me at all you know I LOVE Composition Books!  I use one for everything: sewing notes, Christmas planning, Young Women Camp Planning, Journals, Gospel study notes, To Do Lists, and on and on!  I love sewing covers for these fun books to give them personality and also add durability!  I am loving the latest Marvel Fabrics from Camelot Fabrics available at Fat Quarter Shop.  These would make great Christmas or Birthday gifts! img_8037

Cut Center piece 7″ x 16.5″

Cut (2) accent pieces 2.5″ x 16.5″

Cut Lining 11″ x 16.5″

Cut flap pieces (2) 10″ x 11″

Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece 11″ x 16.5″

To make the outer book cover, using 1/4″ seams, sew the top and bottom pieces to the center Marvel piece.  Press seams.

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Fuse the Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece to the wrong side of the fabric according to the manufacturer instructions.

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Sew accent stitching 1/8″ along both sides of the seam.

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To finish the composition book cover,  follow this tutorial.  I omitted the button closure.

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The book tucks easily inside the cover.

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It’s the perfect addition to my collection of Marvel fabric items!!!

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Marvel Padded Sketchbook Case Tutorial

sketch-book-case-tutorialI love sewing for my kids!!!!  They are totally into Marvel right now so I’m so excited for this new line from Camelot Fabrics available at Fat Quarter Shop!!  This fun project is for a padded sketch book case with button closure (Sketch book measuring 9″x12″).  This case is also great for coloring books, journals, music books, and magazines.  The Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece gives it soft stability.  You can whip one up in about 30 minutes!  So it’s a great gift.img_7893

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I made four Sketch Book Cases for my daughter’s artsy friends.  The four of them sketch all day and nerd out at lunch with their sketchbooks.  They were thrilled to receive them!!img_8001

Let’s get started!

Supplies
1/2 yard lining fabric

fat quarter backing

fat quarter flap fabric

fat quarter front sides

fat quarter front center

1 yard Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece

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First have your cat sleep on all the fabric so it needs ironing when you are ready 🙂

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Cut the front side pieces (2) 5″ x 12″ and center 6″ x 12″.

Sew together as pictured above with 1/4″ seams and press.

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Cut the back 15″ x 12″

Cut the flap (2) 15″ x 6″

Cut the lining (2) 15″ x 12″

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Cut the Fusible Fleece (2) 15″ x 12″ and (1) 15″ x 6″

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Match up the Marvel pieces with the fleece pieces and fuse to the wrong side of the fabric, according to manufacturers instructions. (only fuse one of the flap pieces)

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Sew accent stitching 1/8″ along both sides of the seams.

Prepare the flap:

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Take the fused flap piece and round the corners of the bottom two corners by tracing a small plate.  Cut with scissors.

Lay the rounded flap piece on top of the second 6″ x 15″ piece and pin, right sides together.  Sew 1/2″ seam around the side, bottom, and side.  Leaving the top open.

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Trim down the seam allowance and clip the curves.

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Turn right side out, press and top stitch along seam 1/8″.

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Find the center of the flap and mark.  Sew a button hole that matches the size of your button.  Sew the button hole 2″ above the seam.

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Place the front pouch piece on top of the back pouch piece right sides together.  Pin the sides and the bottom.  Sew the sides and bottom using a 1/2″ seam.  Clip corners and turn right side out.

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Pin the sides and bottom of the lining pieces in the same manner.  Sew 1/2″ seam along the sides and bottom.

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Pin the flap to the back of the pouch, matching raw edges.  Make sure to center on the back piece.  Baste 1/8″ along flap .

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Place the outer pouch inside the lining, right sides together.  Match at side seams and pin all the way around.  Sew using a 1/4″ seam all the way around.

Unstitch a 3″ section on one of the sides of the lining.  Turn right side out.  Top stitch the lining closed.  Press lining down inside the pouch.  Top stitch using a 1/8″ seam around the “mouth” of the case.  Hand sew the button on.sketch-book-case-2

They were so much fun to make and the fabrics were fun to mix and match!  I can’t decide which is my favorite!

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Very Merry Wall Quilt {Free Pattern}

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Today I’m sharing the pattern for this festive little Very Merry Wall Quilt!  This is such a fun project to whip up!  You can use fat quarters or better yet – just get out the Christmas scrap box!  I appliqued a tree die cut with my Sizzix Fabi machine in the center of the quilt.  You can add your favorite motif to the center!  The quilt is made up of 4 blocks.  I created a PDF pattern that you can download HERE.  These would make great little gifts as well!

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This is the state of affairs in my sewing room – projects everywhere and not enough time to get it all done by Christmas!!!

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I love this fabric Little Joys designed by my friend Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics!!  Such a classic!!

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Mufasa loves this project too and was super sad when I hung it on the wall where he couldn’t nap on it!img_7326

I collect little vintage Christmas decorations – and I love how this quilt fits in nicely!

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Quilt Petite Blog Hop

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I’m so excited to be the next stop on the ‘Quilt Petite’ Blog Hop!!!  Sedef Imer of Down Grapevine has just released this adorable little quilt book! It is filled with the cutest projects and ideas – it’s just fun to look through again and again!

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It was difficult to choose just one project to feature here.  Since I am in full Christmas decorating mode, I thought a holiday twist would be fun!  I chose the Petal Burst Table Topper pattern, used traditional red and green colors, and turned it into a quilted pillow!  The fabrics I chose are from a variety of Bonnie & Camille fabric lines.

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To speed up the pillow making process, I choose to applique the petals with Heat n Bond Lite.

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Once the petals were fused, I sewed around each petal with matching thread.

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I quilted around the flower and then cut the pillow top down to 20″ square.

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To finish the pillow, I cut the pillow back 20″ and inserted a zipper toward the bottom.  I placed the pillow top and back wrong sides together and basted 1/8″ all the way around the pillow.  I then added binding – just like a normal quilt.  Once it was done I popped a 20″ pillow inside.  I LOVE it!!

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The blog hop goes until December 11th.   Check out this amazing list of quilt bloggers participating in the blog tour!  Be sure to visit Down Grapevine Lane for a chance to win a lovely package full of all kinds of goodies, including a copy of Quilt Petite! 
November 6: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane
November 7: Wynn at Zakka Art
November 8: Sarah at A Little Happy Place
November 9: Bridgette at The Family Hearth
November 10: Heidi at Fabric Mutt
November 11: Minki at Minki’s Work Table
November 12: Ange at A Little Patchwork
November 13: Lauren at Molly and Mama
November 14: Michelle at Cole & Taffy
November 15: Nadra at Ellis & Higgs
November 16: Amy at Nana Company
November 17: Faith at Sarana Ave
November 18: Debbie at Happy Little Cottage
November 19: Erin at Why Not Sew
November 20: Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl
November 21: Melissa at Oh How Sweet
November 22: Stacy at Stacy Olson Design
November 23: Ayda at Cafe Nohut
November 24: Peta at She Quilts A Lot
November 25: Amanda at A Crafty Fox
November 26: Keera at Live Love Sew
November 27: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane
November 28: Kate at The Homemakery
November 29: Jemima at Tied With A Ribbon
November 30: Jodie at Ric Rac
December 1: Anorina at Samelia’s Mum
December 2: Alisha at Ministry of Fabric
December 3: Xanthe at Wife-made
December 4: Cheri at Tinker With This
December 5: Kristyne at Pretty By Hand
December 6: Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop
December 7: Veronica at Vivid Felicity
December 8: Shari at Doohikey Designs
December 9: Jina at Jina Barney Designz
December 10: Emma at Emma Jean Jansen
December 11: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane

Trick or Treat Table Runner

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Just when I thought Halloween sewing was over, these cute fabrics jumped into my cart at Michael Levine!  I got out all my scraps of Halloween fabric and started cutting!  Before I knew it I had made this super fun table runner!  I added a variety of black lace and ric rac trim to give it more interest!

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Project Supplies:

Scraps of orange prints and black prints – at least 20″ long

Black fabric for applique

Heat n Bond® EZ print sheets

SpraynBond® Basting Spray

Trick Treat PDF pattern

Scraps of black trim, ric rac, and lace

1 1/2 yards backing

1/2 yard black fabric for binding

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Begin by cutting your strips into random widths: 2″, 2.5″, 3″, 4″, 5″, etc.  No need to plan – they are all going to get sewn together.  Once you have a nice assortment of fabrics, cut them all to be 20″ long.  (If you prefer a narrower runner, you can adjust this measurement.)

Begin sewing the strips together – I didn’t plan it out – I just did the grab and go method – which makes this project super fast.  Keep sewing strips until you are happy with the length.  I have a super long farm table so mine measures 92″ long!

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For the applique section…..

Cut (2) 6.5″ x 20″ white or off-white rectangles.

Sew an orange or black 20″ strip to each white rectangle.

Print out the letters onto the HeatnBond® EZ print sheets.

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Iron the letters to the wrong side of the black fabric.  (The letters will be reverse)

Cut out each letter, peel off the backing paper.  Position the letters like this and heat set in place:

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Sew around each letter in black thread. Confession: I didn’t sew around each letter – I quilted over the letters pretty good and caught most of the edges.

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Sew the “trick” section and the “treat” section to opposite ends of the table runner.  Press all seams in one direction.

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Once the runner top is complete, use Spray n Bond® Basting Spray to baste the top, batting, and back, just like you would a quilt.

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Next measure your desired trims 20″ and cut.  Position them throughout the table runner.  Some I placed over the seams and others I placed on the fabric.  I used different widths of lace and large ric rac.

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Once you have the trim how you like it, use the Spray n Bond® and spray the back of each piece of trim and re-position it.  This will hold it in place while you sew.

Tip: I like to use old wrapping paper to spray my lace on.  You need something behind the lace or the spray will go through onto your work surface.  The wrapping paper works great because it it large and then easy to throw away!

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Once the trim is in place, use a walking foot and sew with black thread along the edges of the trim to secure.

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I switched to cream thread and quilted random wavy lines throughout the quilt, even over the letters.  Square up the runner after you’ve quilted it to get it nice and even.

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Once the quilting is finished you can bind the runner as you would a quilt.

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I am so in love with this little project!  And it was a quick too!

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Black Cat Pillow Tutorial

black-cat-pillow-tutorialI need another pillow like I need a hole in the head!!  hahahaha!!   Who doesn’t need this silly cat pillow on their couch during the month of October!  I love looking into the family room and this kitty face is always smiling at me 🙂  Want to whip one up?  You only need about 1 hour!!

Supplies:

Heat n Bond® Lite (may use EZ print sheets)

(2) 20″ squares orange ticking for pillow body

Fat quarter solid black

scraps of white fabric, green fabric, and orange fabric

2.5 yards pom pom trim

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20″ pillow form

Cat Pattern, click HERE

Project Instructions:

Begin by printing or tracing each of the pattern pieces to the Heat n Bond® Lite fusible applique. Cut around each piece about 1/4″ away from pattern.   Press the pieces to the wrong side of the desired fabrics with hot, dry iron.

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Peel off backing paper and position the cat head and face pieces on the right side of one of the 20″ orange ticking squares.  Center the cat.  Heat set in place.

With black thread, straight stitch around each of the applique pieces 3 times.  I only stitched around the cat head once because you can’t see the stitching.  Following the picture, add detail stitching for his teeth.

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Sew black buttons for the center of his eyes.

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He needs whiskers!!!!  I used a shiny light gray thread to stitch the whiskers.  You can draw them with a pencil first so you don’t mess up 🙂

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I only stitched the whiskers once and used a stay stitch to start and stop.

To finish the pillow, baste the pom pom trim around the pillow front, starting and stopping at the bottom center.

To finish the pillow, cut a 3″ strip off of the remaining 20″ square.

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This is where the zipper will go.  (If zippers make you run for the hills, you can finish this pillow using your favorite method. This just happens to be my favorite way to finish a pillow!)

Simply sew the zipper in and press.  This is now the pillow back!  With the zipper part way open, pin the pillow front to the pillow back, right sides together.  Using a 1/2″ seam, sew around the entire pillow.

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Turn right side out.

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I love silly black cats!!!

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