Preppy Plaid Tote Bag & Quilt Tutorial

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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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Love.

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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

Heat n Bond Lite

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.

IMG_9100I am so in love with this tote bag!  It is such a great size, and if feels sturdy and it is super preppy plaid cute!!
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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

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Thursday, Feb 9th – Jina Barney Designz

Friday, Feb 10th – Riley Blake

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True Blue Summer Satchel


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I love summer! Isn’t it the best!!!! In our family we have lots of outdoor actives and camps scheduled. Sometimes I need to carry a few items around that I can have quick access too, like my clipboard, water, bug spray and flashlight. I came up with this pattern for a cross-body satchel. It’s not complicated and sews up quick – it would be fun to make one for the whole family – you can match at your family reunion!IMG_8140_2

I used Heat n Bond® Medium Weight Fusible Stabilizer to give the bag more stability. Don’t you just love these whales by Blend Fabrics!!!
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Here is how you can make one:

Supplies:

1/2 yard outer bag
1/2 yard lining
1/3 yard bag strap
1 yard Heat n Bond® Fusible staibilizer

Cut:

(2) outer bag 15″wide x 16″ tall
(2) lining 15″wide x 16″ tall
(2) stabilizer 15″wide x 16″ tall
(2) Strap 5″ x WOF


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Fuse the HeatnBond® stabilizer to the wrong side of the (2) outer bag pieces.IMG_8109_2

With right sides together, pin all the way around the outer bag, leaving the top open. Do the same with the lining pieces. Sew using 1/3″ seam all the way around leaving the top open. You should have (2) bags, one outer and one lining.IMG_8110_2

To form a pleate in the bottom, cut a 1″ notch out of the bottom corners of the outer bag and the lining.IMG_8111

Match seams, pin, and sew 1/4″ seam, backstitching to start and stop.IMG_8112

Sew the (2) 5″ strap pieces together end to end. Press the seams open. Measure how long you want your strap. Mine was 48″. Cut at the desired length. Fold in half, right sides together and sew 1/3″ seam all the way down.
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Turn right side out, press and top stitch.IMG_8114

Baste (1/8″) the ends of the strap centering on the side seams on the right side of the outer bag.IMG_8115

Place the lining inside the bag so that right sides are facing each other. Match side seams and pin all the way around.IMG_8116Sew 1/4″ seam all the way around the top of the bag leaving a 3″ opening. Turn bag right side out and press. Sew a 1/8″ top stitch around the bag top, sewing the opening closed.
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To add a little detail to the fabric, I used Deco Foil™ Transfer Adhesive and followed the loops on the fabric. After it dried I rubbed the Deco Foils™ on the adhesive. You can add a little shine to any project this way!!

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Anchor Pillow Tutorial

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It’s feeling like summer here in Southern California with temperatures reaching up to 90 degrees!  Let the fun begin!  I’m such a summer girl – I hate to be cold!  In celebration of the wonderful warm weather we’re having I thought I would share this fun nautical pillow with you.  The fabrics are from Blend’s True Blue line which is in reproduction since it was so popular!  Which is great news because it’s one of my favorites!!

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Let’s get started!

Supplies:

Fat Quarters or quarter yard cuts of a variety of the True Blue Fabrics

fat quarter or 1/2 yard white fabric for center

2/3 yard backing

2 yards ric rac

Heat n Bond Lite EZ Print Sheets

20″ pillow insert

2.5 yards pillow trim

Anchor Pattern, Click HERE

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Cut the center white fabric 12.5″ x 12.5″.  Print out the anchor on the Heat n Bond Lite EZ print sheets or trace the anchor onto Heat n Bond Lite.  Press the Heat n Bond to the wrong side of the anchor fabric.  Cut the anchor out and peel off the backing paper.  Press the anchor in the center of the white fabric.  Top stitch around the anchor.

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Position the ric rac as picture:

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I used Spray n Bond to hold it in place while I sewed.  You can also use pins.  Sew the ric rac on with matching thread.

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Refer to the above diagram for sewing the patchy boarder.  All squares are 2.5″ and all seams are 1/4″.

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Once the pillow top is complete, spray baste it to the batting and then to a backing.  The backing fabric won’t be seen, it just gives the pillow added stability.  Quilt as desired.

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I quilted mine with wavy lines and then “pebbles” in the center.  After quilting square up each side.  The final measurement should be pretty close to 20″.  You loose a little with the quilting.

Baste the pillow trim onto the pillow top.  Finish the quilt as desired.  I always put a zipper in the back of my pillow and you can follow the instructions in this tutorial.

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I love how this pillow turned out and it goes great with all my other nautical sewing projects!  For more nautical projects, click HERE.

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Mufasa was especially impressed with this project 🙂

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Come Sail Away With Me Nautical Quilt

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I LOVE this quilt!  I had the quilt top finished AND quilted and it has been waiting for binding for a long time.  This weekend was cold and rainy and it was the perfect time to finish up a little work in progress.  Today the sun came out and I was able to take a few pictures of the final quilt!  I am so ready for spring and MORE nautical quilts!!!

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I love the fabrics in this quilt: Day Sail by Moda.  They have such a fun feminine-nautical feel.  The pattern is available HERE with a bonus wall hanging pattern as well.

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Since I don’t own a sail boat (which this quilt would be perfect for) it will be a great size for the beach or a picnic or maybe I will just hang it on the wall so it doesn’t get dirty 🙂

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I have the best quilt “modelers”.  So cute and helpful!!!

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Let me know if you get a chance to make this by tagging me on Instagram!sail away with me quiltCome Sail Away With Me!!!

Sizzix Applique Anchor Ornaments

 

sizzix anchor ornamentsMy Sizzix Applique Anchor Ornaments project is over at the Sizzix blog today!  Sizzix has introduced an ANCHOR DIE!!!!  My mind has been blown!  Think of all the amazing projects we can make now!  Pillows, quilts, skirts, shirts, bags, table runners, and the list goes on and on!  I love the idea of nautical and Christmas intertwined.  I cam up with this fun little ornament – you can hang on a tree or on a hook.  It would make the perfect gift for your ocean loving friends!!

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Mufasa’s favorite sewing projects involve the Sizzix machine!

 

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Hop on over for the instructions.  Wouldn’t these be cute tied on packages!!!

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My Favorite Beach Quilt {Blend Sun-sational}

my favorite beach quilt        It’s still August and I am going to enjoy every last minute of summer!  I love the Sun-sational fabric line from Blend Fabrics.  Just looking at them makes me feel like I’m enjoying summer at the beach.  I am a California girl who was raised loving the beach.  Through the years my family has come to love many beaches.  I thought it would be great to include the names of these beaches in the quilt.

my favorite beach quilt blend fabrics 108 It makes it so personal!  I used SoSoft Fabric Paint by DecoArt.  I purchased at my local Beverly’s Fabric and Craft store.  I’ve painted on T-shirts and fabric before with acrylic paint.  It kind of leaves a rough texture after it dries.  I wanted something soft that would blend nice with the fabric.  This totally did the trick!  After it dried I could hardly feel it was paint – it just felt like the fabric!

decoart sosoft paintHere is how you can make this quilt:

51″ x 64″ Finished quilt

Supplies:

Fat quarters of assorted beach prints

1.5 yards white cotton fabric

1/2 yard for binding

3 yards backing

So Soft fabric paint

Vinyl stencils

This quilt is made of up 4 “blocks”.  Two are rectangles and two are squares.  Below is the cutting instructions for each block.  You can make this quilt larger or smaller, or mix up the blocks to create a totally different pattern!

You will need:

(11) Beach Name Blocks

(15) Squared Blocks

(9) 8″ square theme print blocks

(8) 8″ x 15.5″ theme print rectangles

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Once everything is cut prepare the stencil for the beach names.  I cut vinyl on my Cricut and peeled out the inside of the letters to leave a vinyl stencil.  Each beach name is a different font.  I put the vinyl on the 3″ x 15.5″ white strip and stenciled using the SoSoft paint.  I let dry completely then removed the vinyl.  I made sure to heat set the paint while I was pressing the block.

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Once the paint is dry, sew the beach name block together. 1/4″ seams throughout.

sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 6I love how they turned out!  Do you have any of the same favorite beaches as we do?

sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 4Sew the squared blocks together by sewing a white square to both sides of the center blue square.  Press.  Add the top and bottom rectangles, press.

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sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 3Cut the remaining theme print blocks, you can use as many theme prints as you want!

sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 7  Next comes the fun part – laying it out.  I played with several different patterns until I decided on this one.  There is not really a pattern to it, kind of random 🙂

sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 9  It’s always a good idea to photograph your quilt layout, especially if you have a #kittyquilter in your home!  Mufasa!!!!!sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 10Sew the blocks together in rows and the rows together, matching seams that intersect.  Make sure #kittyquilter inspects all finished work!!  Quilt as desired.sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 11I put minky on the back and had my friend use her long arm quilting machine to quilt it.  I love the pattern she did!!

my favorite beach quilt blend fabrics 106The binding is cut on the bias, my favorite way to make binding!!

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my favorite beach quilt blend fabrics 104I’m so ready for a beach vacation now!!!

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my favorite beach quilt blend fabrics 107Thanks for stopping by!!!  Surfs up!!!

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Riley Blake Designs Lobster Pillows

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Home-Dec-Love-AD-01-731x1024I am so happy to be a part of the Riley Blake Designs Home Dec Love Blog Tour!  If you are new to my blog WELCOME!!!!  I love all things nautical and when I saw this RBD Lobster fabric it was love at first sight!  These lobster pillows are the perfect addition to your indoor or outdoor summer decorating.  I like to pretend I have a sailboat and these are the perfect pillows for a relaxing cruise around the bay 🙂  You can find the Lobster fabrics on RBD website.  Let’s get started!

Supplies:

3/4 yard each blue, cream, and red lobster print

1/2 yard natural canvas or denim

2.5 yards trim per pillow

20″ pillow form

22″ zipper

Craft paint

stencil patterns, Click HERE and HERE for Lobster.  Click HERE and HERE for BEACH letters

Begin by creating a stencil.  There are 2 methods I like to use.  The first is to upload the graphic to my cutting program for my vinyl cutter and cut the image in vinyl and peel out the inside leaving a single-use stencil.  The second way is to trace the image on plastic binder dividers and cut it out with and craft knife.  This way you can use the stencil over and over.  For this project I cut the images on my cutting machine.

Cut the fabrics according to the cutting guide below:

pillow cutting instructionsProceed to stencil the letters and the lobster on the corresponding cuts of fabric.

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riley blake lobster pillow 15Once the paint has dried, heat set the image with a hot iron.  Piece the strips together as shown in the picture.  Press seams and top stitch along seams.

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riley blake lobster pillow 12Now prepare the back.  Make sure to have your cat inspect and sit on all fabrics!!

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Cut the back pieces 20″ x 20″riley blake lobster pillow 8

Make a cut at the 4″ mark.  This is where the zipper will go.riley blake lobster pillow 9

Sew the zipper in and press the zipper open.  Trim off excess zipper.riley blake lobster pillow 10   Baste the trim all the way around the pillow, beginning and ending at the bottom center of the pillow.  I rounded the corners as I basted the trim in place.  Place the pillow front to the pillow back right sides together.  MAKE SURE ZIPPER IS OPEN PARTIALLY.  Pin, matching edges all the way around the pillow.  Sew using a generous 1/4″ seam allowance.  Clip excess corners and turn right side out.  Insert pillow formriley blake lobster pillow 13

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Come Sail Away With Me {pattern}

IMG_7534I am sooooo excited to announce the release of my new pattern!  I had so much fun creating it.  I was inspired by all the wonderful prints in the Day Sail fabric line by Moda.  The fabrics are AMAZING!  I didn’t want to cut it up into tiny pieces, I wanted the fabrics to shine!  I feel like they do in this quilt.  I love all things nautical and I NEEDED a nautical quilt!  So meet Come Sail Away With Me!!

This pattern also includes a bonus wall quilt pattern.  The pattern is available to purchase HERE.

day sail nautical quiltThe large quilt measures 59″ square.  The perfect size for a picnic, day at the beach, or to take on your sail boat…..heehee I wish I had a sail boat!  day sail nautical quilt

The Wall Quilt measures 41″ x 48″ – perfect to hang, fold over a couch or lay on a table.

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Baby Mufasa was very helpful in creating this quilt!!  #kittyquilter

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I hope you love these quilts as much as I do!  Thanks for stopping by!
Day Sail Moda Quilt Nautical

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Anchored In Christ Wood Sign {DIY}

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I wanted to share with you how I made this fun wood nautical sign – for under $20!  I am our Stake Young Women Camp Director (for girls age 12-18).  This year our theme is Anchored in Christ. I wanted a large wood sign that I could use to promote our theme at all our planning meetings.  This sign can easily be changed to say was ever you want 🙂

I started by purchasing this cedar fencing at the home improvement store.  You only need 3 boards.wood anchor sign 7

 

Its cheap and rustic – just what I wanted!!wood anchor sign 8

 

We  (my husband cut and I watched) cut them into 3 foot pieces, 6 total.  We cut the little angled pieces off the end so they were all flush.IMG_7361

Then we cut (2) 1″x 2″ pieces of wood slightly shorter than the sign.  I put wood glue along the boards and then screwed the 1″ x 2″ boards in as pictured.  Let dry.

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I bought a dark gray stain and stained the front.  Because I can’t draw or write pretty, I cut the words on my vinyl cutter and made a stencil.  I stenciled the words in white paint. wood anchor sign

I found an anchor outline on the internet and blew it up really big.  I printed it off in sections and then taped it together.  Yes, pathetic – why can’t I just draw!

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Once all the pieces were taped together, I cut out the anchor.wood anchor sign 3

Then I drew around it with white pencil.  All that was left was to paint in the lines (I can kind of do that) with white paint.

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Fish Bubbles Apron and Runner Tutorial

sizzix fish apronI had so much fun sewing my Fish Bubbles Pillow that I wanted to make more Fish Bubbles projects!  Have you seen the toweling by the yard?  It is amazing!  It is hemmed on both edges and it comes in a variety of colors and patterns.  I thought it would be fun to make an apron with it and a table runner.  Here’s how you can make one.

Supplies:

1.5 yards of toweling

Sizzix Fish Die

Sizzix Circles 1 1/2″ Die

Heat n Bond Lite if you want to sew the appliqué or Heat n Bond Ultra if you want “no-sew”

1/2 yard for waist band

Cut the toweling to 1.5 yards.
fish apron 3Hem the cut sides of the toweling by turing under 1/2″ and again 1/2″ and sewing close to the fold.

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Choose some fun fabrics and iron the Heat n Bond to the wrong side of the fabric.  Heat n Bond Lite is a great light weight fusible appliqué but is best if you sew around it to secure.  Heat n Bond
Ultra requires no sewing.  I used Heat n Bond Ultra for this.  Once you have fused the appliqué medium to the wrong side of the fabric, run it through the Sizzix Fabi.

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I appliquéd 4 fish and 5 bubbles.

Now all you have to do is make the apron waist band.  Cut (3) 5″ x WOF strips from the waist band fabric.  From one of those pieces cut it down to 24″ x 5″  The two long pieces will be the ties and the 24″ piece will be the waist band.

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Fold the ties in half lengthwise and sew, leaving one end open, and angling the other end to form a point like this:  Turn right side out, press, and top stitch along both sides 1/8″ from the edge.
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Cut the top hem of the toweling off to reduce bulk while gathering (I tried it with the hem and it was way too thick.)  Run a zig zag stitch along the top edge to cut down on the fraying.fish apron 9

We a gathering stitch along this top edge about 1/4″ from the top.  Pull up the threads to gather.  Pin the gathers to a WRONG edge of the 24″ waist band strip, pinning 1″ from the edge of the strip on both sides.  Sew along the gathering stitch.fish apron 12

Press the other edge of the waist band under a generous 1/4″, then fold it over to the front to cover the gathering stitch.  Top stitch to secure, leaving the edges open.  Take those ends and fold them in 1/2″.  Tuck the ends of the ties in the side openings and sew where the pin is in the photo below:
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Apron is finished!  I love, it’s the cutest ever!!!fish apron 14

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To make the table runner, you need about 5 minutes!  Cut the toweling to the desired length of your table.  Hem the edges by rolling under 1/2″ then another 1/2″.  Sew to secure.

fish apron 2Cut the fish and circles using the Sizzix Fabi with Ultra Hold.  Then Iron the fish and bubbles in place!  This project is great because it adds a nice pop of color and doesn’t take much time at all!!fish apron 19