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Monthly Archives: September 2012

  • Tee Shirt Knit Fabric Scarf

    September 25, 2012

    It is time to start thinking about cooler weather and gifts to cope with the lower temperatures. This scarf is made from tee shirt knit fabric. It's a great project for beginner sewers.

    Supplies: Knit fabric: 5/8 yard minimum of 60 inch wide fabric

    Cutting instructions:

    Cut 3 long strips of knit fabric 6 1/2” wide across the fabric width, remove the selvage edges. From one of the long strips, cut across the short dimension to make 28 pieces, each 3/4” wide by 6 1/2” long. If your desired scarf length is less than the length of one of the two remaining long strips, cut these two strips to the desired length.  If you want a longer scarf, use the remainder of the strip used for the little pieces to add to each of the remaining long strips to produce the desired length.

    Construction Instructions (reminds me of “Conjunction junction, what's your function?”):

    1. With the right-side of one of the long strips up, measure in 1 1/2” from the end and pin a 3/4” strip, curled edges facing up, to the long knit fabric strip. 2. Sew down the center of the strip. Note: having cut the strips 3/4” wide, they will be the width of a common presser foot. If you are using a common presser foot, just keep the edge of the foot running along the edge of the strip (while keeping the strip reasonably straight).

    3. Continue adding strips and sewing until you have seven strips on the end of the long strip. 4. Repeat the process on the the remaining ends of the long strips. 5. Place the long strip assemblies wrong-sides together and pin as necessary to keep the edges aligned.

    6. Sew along all four sides running the presser foot edge along the fabric edge. Be careful to keep the narrow 'decorator' strip edges flat as you sew over them. 7. Trim any ragged edges. Your scarf is now ready to wear.

    With this simple sample completed and the 'experience' under your belt, think mixed colors of front and back, or decorator strips, or complete hodge-podge of color for your next scarf creation.

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  • Peeking Jack O'Lantern Table Runner - Part 2

    September 18, 2012

    This week we continue with the fabrication (fabric-cation—is this working with fabric while on vacation?) of the Peeking Jack O'Lantern table runner from last week.

    Applique: 1. Trace designs on the paper side of the fusible web. 2. Providing a small margin, cut out each piece. 3. Following the manufacturers' instructions for time and temperature, iron the fusible web pieces onto the wrong-side of the selected fabrics. 4. Cut out the applique pieces on the traced lines and remove paper. 5. Arrange the pieces right-side up on an applique Teflon pressing sheet. Place background pieces first, then work forward, overlapping the pieces to create the design as it should appear when finished. 6. Following the fusible web manufacturers' instructions, fuse the pieces to themselves. Let the design cool before removing from the Teflon sheet. 7. Using a blanket stitch, sew around all applique pieces that are totally surrounded by one or more other pieces. Eventually you should have two applique 'assemblies,' one for each end of the table runner. 8. Position applique design onto the strips. 9. Following manufacturers' instructions, fuse with iron. 10. Sew down the exterior of each applique assembly and any unsewn overlap edges with a blanket stitch.

    11. Use a permanent marker or embroidery thread to add details to the windows.

    Border: 1. From one 42” border strip, cut two 12” long pieces. 2. Lay the 2 1/2” x 12” border strips along the raw edges of the applique design and color strips, right-sides together, aligning raw edges. Sew through all layers with 1/4” seam allowance. Fold out and press.

    3. Now the long border edges must be attached.  If you cut your strip lengths correctly and aligned strip ends to the long 3” reference line, the long lines of strip ends will be relatively straight and parallel. For each long border strip, lay the 2 1/2” x 42” border strip along the raw ends of the color strips, right-sides together, aligning raw edges. Pinning the border strips in place will make the next step easier. Sew through all layers with 1/4” seam allowance. Fold out and press.

    4. Use a square ruler to trim excess batting/backing at the corners. Trim excess batting/backing between the corners establishing straight and parallel edges (unless this is a whimsy table runner).

    Binding: Follow the directions in the book or use your favorite method for attaching straight edge binding.

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  • Peeking Jack O'Lantern Table Runner - Part 1

    September 11, 2012

    Not enough time to make a quilt? A table runner just may be the project for you. “My Runners Keep Going” is a wonderful book by Disa Designs. This book is available through your local Moore's Sewing Center.

    The book features 12 fun table runners that are fast and easy to make. With Halloween coming, I chose to make the Peeking Jack O'Lantern pattern.

    Supplies: 5” x 12” rectangle for center background 8 different 2 1/2” x 42” strips ¼ yard for border ¼ yard for binding 18” x 42” for backing 18” x 42” batting 1 fat quarter black fabric for applique 9” x 21” orange fabric for pumpkins and windows scraps of green fabric for stalks 2/3 yard fusible web

    Cutting: Center strips: from each of the 2 1/2” x 42” strips cut two pieces 2 1/2” x 12” Border: Cut three 2 1/2” x 42” strips from border fabric Binding: Cut three 2 1/2” x 42” strips from binding fabric

    A quilt-as-you-go method is used for this project. With this method, you stitch through the batting/backing sandwich as you sew each strip.

    Assembly: 1. Place batting on wrong side of backing fabric. Quilt basting spray works best to keep them together.

    2. Adding some marking lines makes it easier to line up the fabric strips. On the backing/batting sandwich, use a felt marker pen to make the following guide lines on the exposed side of the batting: - Mark the short center line parallel to the short edges. - Mark a continuous line, short edge to short edge, 3” in from one long edge. - Mark 2 lines, each 2 1/2” from the short center line, to aid in placement of the center rectangle.

    3. Place the 5” x 12” rectangle exactly in the center of the backing/batting, right side up. 4. Place two matching 2 1/2” x 12” strips, one on each long edge of the rectangle, right-sides together with rectangle, aligning raw edges. Make sure one short end of each strip lines up with the 3” reference line. Sew through all layers with 1/4” seam allowance. 5. Press out. The short end near the reference line should closely match the reference line if your seam allowance stitch is uniform width along the entire length. 6. Continue adding matching strips to the strips on each side of the base rectangle until you have eight strips on each side of the center rectangle.

    To be continued next week. Click Here for a Printable Version of this Blog

  • Napkin Ring With A Button Cover

    September 4, 2012

    Many years ago, someone decided that plain buttons on a blouse needed to be covered up, and button covers were invented. What does this have to do with a napkin ring? While looking for buttons to sew onto my napkin rings, I found some old, unused button covers (in one of those containers that we won't discuss). That was when the light bulb came on. By sewing on a plain button and using these button covers, I could change the look of my napkin rings.

    Items required for each napkin ring: strip of fabric about 7” x 9” 1 button – I realize not everyone kept their button covers, so if you don't have a button cover, pick a button about 3/4” in diameter.

    1. Cut two 8” x 3” strips of fabric for each napkin ring. 2. Place right-sides together.

    3. Sew around all four sides with a 1/2” seam allowance, leaving a small opening for turning, approximately 2” in length, along one of the long edges. 4. To make turning easier, sew from the 1/2” stitch line towards the fabric edge on each side of the opening.

    5. Clip the corners at a diagonal.

    6. Trim seam allowance to 1/4” except at the opening. 7. Turn right-side out using your favorite point turner. Turn in the raw edges at the opening and press.

    8. Top stitch near the edge all the way around. This will close the opening that was left for turning.

    9. Mark center of napkin ring for button placement. 10. Sew a button at the mark.

    11. Wrap ribbon or cording around the button and tie a knot. Trim the short end so it does not extend beyond the button cover or button. Cut the long end approximately 15” long. 12. If using a button cover, slip it into position. 13. Close button cover.

    14. Wrap the fabric strip around the folded napkin, overlapping the strip ends to fit. Wrap the cord around the napkin ring (it should go around twice) and secure the cord by wrapping it around the button.

    One button – one cover – many looks

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