Archive for December, 2011

Facial Tissue Holder

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

School closed for winter break – kids around the house? Do you need a project to do with your children or grandchildren? This is a perfect first sewing project.Facial tissue (generic for you-know-what) holders are a great way to use fabric scraps.

The measurements used for this tissue holder will fit most brands.

Fabric:
2 pieces  – 7” x 5 1/2”

Directions:
If the front fabric is thin, you can give it more body by ironing a piece of lightweight fusible interfacing to the backside.

Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together and sew or serge the short edges using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Turn right side out and press.

With the front fabric up, fold and align the short edges, then finger press to create a crease.

Unfold, and then fold each short edge to the crease. Pin.

Sew or serge across the two open ends using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Turn right side out and the holder is ready for a package of tissue to be inserted.


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The holidays are upon us. If you’re reading this, you are probably taking a break from holiday shopping.

For the November Sew Fun Club meetings, members brought cookies to share with their friends. The leftovers were taken to the local fire departments and retirement communities. Vickie Carter, a customer from the Huntington Beach store, made her mother’s recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. They were very popular and Vickie has agreed to share the secret recipe.

If you don’t know about Sew Fun Club or haven’t attended a meeting yet and would like to attend, check with your local Moore’s store to get details or sign up online here.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cream:
- 1 cup shortening
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup white sugar

Add:
2 eggs

Sift together and add to above:
- 1 ½ cup flour
- 1 teaspoon soda
- 1 teaspoon salt

Add:
1 teaspoon hot water

Fold in by spoon:
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1 6oz package chocolate chips

Add:
1 teaspoon vanilla

If cookie dough is too moist, add more oatmeal. Roll dough into a log. Wrap in aluminum foil and wax paper. Refrigerate overnight. Slice and put on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

To double the recipe use 5 cups of oatmeal and one more teaspoon of hot water.

Thanks Vickie for sharing it with us.

While the cookies are baking, maybe you would like to stitch out an embroidery design.

The new 10-needle machines sure cut down on manual thread changes – - leaving you more time to bake and quality control the cookie results.


Mug Rug

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011


Mug Rug n. – a small place mat on which to place a cup with enough room for a small snack.

No matter what size you make your mug rug, it is a great way to use those fabric scraps left over from making holiday gifts.

These directions are for a 9” x 6” finished size.

Front side:
One piece of focus fabric 4” x 6 1/4”
Seven strips coordinating fabric
- center strip 2” x 9”
- two strips 1 1/2” x 8”
- two strips 2” x 6 1/2”
- two strips 2” x 4 1/2”
- Your strips can be narrower or wider and you can cut the strip lengths as you go.
One piece of cotton or 80/20 batting 6 1/2” x 9 1/2”

Back side:
One piece of backing fabric 11 1/2” x 8 1/2”

Making the Mug Rug top:

1.    Draw a line 3 1/4” from the right edge of your batting.

2.    Draw a line from upper left corner to the bottom of the line you drew. (Optional)

3.    Fold the longest strip, right sides together, along its length and place the fold against the diagonal line. Open fabric strip out so it is centered over the line, right side up.

4.    Place one of the 8” long strips, right side down, on the center strip and stitch with a 1/4” seam allowance. Extend your stitching line approximately 1/4” past the line marking off the 3 1/4” rectangle.

5.    Flip the top strip over and finger press, or use your wooden iron.

6.    Continue working towards the corner.

First half of diagonal strips are now complete.

7.    Add strips from the center strip and work towards the opposite corner.

Diagonal strips are now complete.

8.    Trim the fabric strips and batting on the 3 sides where the fabric sticks out past the batting. The mug rug should now measure 6” x 9 1/4”.

9.    With the batting side up, fold the batting back onto itself at the 3 1/4” line.

10.    Trim the strip ends 1/4” from the folded batting edge.

11.    Place the 4” x 6 1/4” piece of fabric right side down on strips and stitch with a 1/4” seam allowance.

12.    Flip the fabric over and finger press.  Trim the mug rug to the final measurement of 6” x 9”.

13.    Center the mug rug on the backing fabric and pin in place, or use kk2000 to hold in place.
14.    Trim the backing fabric so it extends 1” on all sides of the mug rug.

Binding:

1.    Cut a 5/8” square from each corner of the backing fabric. This will reduce bulk.
2.    Fold a cut edge of the backing fabric to the cut edge of the mug rug.  Fold backing fabric over again to cover the mug rug raw edge. Press with iron. Pin to hold binding in place.


3.    Turn a corner edge over to form a 45 degree angle, press.
4.    Fold backing fabric as before. Adjust the corner so it forms a 45 degree angle. Press and pin.
5.    Repeat this process on remaining sides.
6.    Top stitch near the inside folded edge of the binding. This is a good place to use one of your machine’s decorative stitches.

Now, sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, pull out your Moore’s catalog and make your wish list.


Holiday Gift Card Holders

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Still looking for one or more perfect gifts after Black Friday? Gift cards can be a great solution, but they seem pretty impersonal. To make a gift card special, make a card holder for it.

Holiday Gift Card Holders
If you have an embroidery machine, you can create some wonderful last-minute gift card holders. They take less than 15 minutes to complete, and better yet, the entire process is done in the hoop.

Supplies:
Dakota Christmas Gift Card Holders embroidery design CD
Floriani Wet N Gone stabilizer
One 3” x 6” piece of plain fabric for pocket front. This is where your design will be stitched
Two 3” x 4” pieces of fabric for the pocket back
Sulky kk2000 temporary spray adhesive or glue stick
Painters tape or Scotch brand tape
Ribbon or small cord

The front pocket piece is embroidered first.


1. Hoop two pieces of Wet-N-Gone stabilizer.
2. The outline of where to place your fabric will stitch out first.
3. Fold the 3” x 6” piece of fabric in half with wrong side together.
4. Spray back with kk2000
5. Lay the fabric with folded edge lined up with the top of the outline.
6. The tack down stitch will stitch out next.
7. Trim the fabric 1/4” from the outside of the tack down stitches.
8. Embroider the design.


9. Remove from hoop.


10. Trim the stabilizer close to the fabric.

Back pocket piece:
Hoop two pieces of Wet-N-Gone stabilizer
The outline for the fabric placement will stitch out first.
Lightly spray the wrong side of the two pieces of 3” x 4” fabric, and place them wrong sides together.


Place them on the outline stitch and tape in place.
The tack down stitch will stitch out next.


Trim the fabric close to the tack down stitches.
Trim out the hole area, I used an awl.
The next color change will stitch out the front pocket placement line.
With the embroidered side up, tape the front pocket onto the back pocket piece.
The next stitch will hold the front pocket in place.
Trim close to tack down.


Top and bobbin thread should match.
The last color change will do a satin around card holder.
Trim excess stabilizer away.


Use a wet sponge to remove remaining stabilizer.

Don’t forget to tuck in a ‘one-size fits all’ Moore’s gift card.