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Monthly Archives: November 2012

  • Christmas Tree Shaped Napkin

    November 27, 2012

    Decorate your holiday table with appropriately shaped napkins. Most people will recognize the shape, but depending on your fabric selections, some may wonder “what were you thinking when you picked those fabrics?”

    Materials: – ½ yard of 2 different fabrics - will make 2 napkins – template stock – poster board, cardboard, or heavy paper

    Instructions: 1. Create a circular template by cutting a 17” diameter circle from the template material. 2. Place right-sides of the two fabrics together and pin. 3. Trace around the circle template with a fine-line fabric marker. Be sure to leave at least an inch between the two circles. You don't have to make continuous lines. Dashed lines are fine. You will be able to make 2 circles on a ½ yard sandwich of 45 inch wide fabric. The black 'worms' are weights that hold the pattern down on the fabric stack. You don't need to have pattern weight 'worms', but they are useful if you have some. 4. Do NOT cut on the line you just drew. Separate the circle sandwiches by cutting between them.

    5. Sew on the traced outline around each circle. Leave a 2” opening for turning. 6. Trim the seam allowance 1/8” to 1/4” of stitching. Pinking shears work great for this. 7. Turn right-side out and press. 8. Edge stitch around the napkin, this will close the opening. 9. Fold the napkin roughly in half with a little of the contrasting fabric showing at the open end.

    10. Locate a point on the straight fold that is 5 inches in from the circular edge. Measure along the curve about 3-1/4 inches and fold so the contrasting fabric stripe shows.

    Make a reverse fold, aligning the new fold to the 'loose' edge.

    Continue the alternating folds to make 5 pie-shaped wedges. Adjust the folds if needed to form the the tree shape.

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  • Glass SLIPPERS - not GLASS Slippers like you might wear or have worn

    November 20, 2012

    Glass SLIPPERS – not GLASS Slippers like you might wear or have worn

    Having a party? Do you prefer that your guests wouldn't put their wineglasses on your tables without a coaster? If you answered yes, then this fast project is for you.


    - Batting: one 4 inch square of cotton/poly blend - Fabric: five 4 inch squares, 3 of one print, 2 of a second print - Note: If your wineglasses have large bases, you will want to use larger squares.


    1. Fold two squares of each print in half, wrong-sides together. Press. 2. Place the remaining fabric square right-side up on the batting square, and align the raw edges.

    3. As the fabric pieces in the photos are difficult to identify, the graphic above shows the sequential placement of the folded fabric triangles. For the sample with two triangles of each fabric, the odd numbered pieces are from one fabric and the even numbered pieces are from the other fabric. Lay the first three pieces down in order, rotating the pieces as illustrated. Slide the fourth piece under the exposed half of piece number one as indicated by the arrow.

    4. Align all the raw edges and pin as needed. 5. Sew a ¼: seam allowance around the square. 6. Trim off the corners.

    7. Turn the slipper right side out.

    8. Slip in the base of your wineglass.

    Now that you know how fast and easy these are to make, why not make up some for your use and some more for gifts.

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  • Embroidered Candle

    November 13, 2012

    A simple process enables you to coordinate your candles to every season, holiday, or special event.

    Supplies: - candle - tulle or organza fabric that closely matches the color of your candle - kk2000 temporary spray adhesive - permanent multipurpose spray adhesive - Floriani water soluble stabilizer - embroidery design that fits on your candle. Choose a light to medium weight design without a lot of small detail. High stitch count designs don't work well on tulle or organza. If your design has running stitches you will get better results with organza than with tulle.

    Stitching the design: 1. Cut your tulle or organza and two pieces of stabilizer to fit your embroidery hoop. 2. To help prevent the fabric from slipping, spray the stabilizer with a small amount of kk2000 temporary adhesive. 3. Make a fabric sandwich - stabilizer, tulle or organza, stabilizer. 4. Hoop the three layers together. 5. Attach hoop to the machine and embroider the design. 6. When the design is finished, remove from the hoop and trim away excess stabilizer. Be careful to avoid cutting any of the design stitches. A close trimming is not necessary. Do not trim the tulle or organza. 7. Soak the design in warm water to remove the remainder of the stabilizer. 8. Let dry.

    9. Trim excess fabric around design. A dense design may be trimmed closely, whereas a loose design may need the supporting tulle or organza to stabilize parts of the design. 10. Spray the back of the design with permanent adhesive. 11. Align the design on the candle. To hold the design in place while the adhesive dries, wrap a strip of plastic wrap around the candle.

    If the design doesn't stick to your candle, you can use some small pins to hold it in place.

    Crystals can add a special touch. Applying crystals to the embroidery design before attaching the design to the candle is probably the best approach. If you check the pictures closely, you may notice that the crystals were added after the design was attached to the candle.  This second-thought application worked on the dense design, but probably would not work on a loose design.

    When the candle begins to burn down, peel the embroidery off and reapply to a new candle.

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  • Casserole Carrier

    November 6, 2012

    With the holidays approaching, it is time to make a handy item for yourself and maybe for others as a gift to facilitate transporting a contribution to a family or friend get together. This is a carrier you can make to simplify transporting your plate of cookies or pie or a hot dish. The specified size will hold a 9 inch pie plate or a 1 ½ to 2 quart casserole dish. You can adjust the size to fit your needs.

    Fabric: ½ yard of fabric ½ yard of medium weight fusible interfacing. Instead of using interfacing, you can use a cotton batting to help keep your dish warm.

    Cut: 2 – 17” squares from fabric 1 – 17” square from interfacing 1 – 5 ½: x 17” strip of fabric for handle 2 – 2 1/2” x 5 1/2” strips of fabric for loops


    The body -

    1. Fuse interfacing to the wrong-side of one 17” square of fabric. 2. Place both 17” squares of fabric right-sides together and pin as needed. 3. Sew together with a 1/4” seam allowance leaving a 4 inch opening along one edge for turning.

    4. You will get a sharper corner if, at each corner, you don't stitch right into the corner. Instead, stop sewing before getting right into the corner, turn the fabric 45 degrees and take two stitches to get to the ¼ “ seam line, then turn the fabric another 45 degrees to line up with the fabric edge and resume sewing parallel to the fabric edge. 5. Turn the big squares right-side out. Use a point turner to push the corners out. 6. Top stitch at 1/8” from the edge. This will close the opening and make your fabric lay nicer. Handles and loops -

    1. Press a 1/4” hem along all four sides of the 2 ½” x 5 1/2” strips of fabric. 2. Fold in half lengthwise and press. 3. Repeat on the 5 1/2” x 17” strip of fabric. 4. Top stitch at 1/8” from folded edges on all three strips. 5. Sew a short strip onto a corner so it forms a loop as shown in picture above. 6. Sew the other short strip to opposite corner. 7. Sew the long strip to the other two corners. 8. Place a pie plate or casserole in the center of the fabric square and slip the two short loops over the long handle strap to close the square around the dish.

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