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Make Something Monday

14 May

It has been a while since my last Make Something Monday, but this one I’m pretty psyched about, because it was sooooo easy and the results are way too cute!

I made a bow tie for my nephew for his six month milestone following this tutorial and I love it!

I don’t have a little bitty baby of my own to be my model but I found a substitute and let me tell you, it’s insane how CUTE he is.

So here he is…

and one more bit of cutness!!!

I have no words…

Make Something Monday

16 Apr

I did it! I made my first article of clothing! Yes, I’m jumping for joy or at least I did for quite sometime and I felt the urge to just prance around in it for a disturbing number of hours. πŸ™‚

I followed this tutorial but being a new seamstress I messed up quite a bit, probably because I need a picture for every single little step but you know what, it turned out and that’s all that mattered.

Also, mine doesn’t lay quite as lovely as hers but I still LOVE it!

Here’s just a quick pic of it laying flat, but I promise I’ll get a shot of me wearing it soon.

Here’s the front.

and the back.

 

Sorry about the shadows and overall bad pictures. It is late and I’m tired so I don’t really want to lug out the camera and stuff. So here it is, first invisible zipper, first time to do a blind hem, first time to do pleating, actually my first time for everything on this skirt. πŸ™‚

Anyway, have a Happy Monday!

 

Crossing My Fingers

10 Apr

I thought I’d give you a little sneak peek on what I’m working on now.

I’m just constantly crossing my fingers that it turns out because it will be so lovely if it does.

Can’t wait to share when I’m done.

Have a lovely Tuesday!

Make Something Monday

19 Mar

So for my nephews blessing I made him a blanket and stitched his name and date of blessing in the binding and it did not turn out so good but I’ve never done anything like that so I guess I can’t be too mad.

All I did was take two yards of fabric, wrong sides together and I very sloppily made my own satin binding. I won’t be doing that ever again or at least not for a long time. πŸ™‚ It was so hard for me, but anyway, I followed this tutorial for the binding, but it didn’t turn out as pretty as the last one, because I measured everything wrong so I had to put the binding farther on the blanket. Anyway I think instead of making this a tutorial because it’s pretty messy, I’ll just share some pictures.

Here’s a couple shots of how it turned out.

I told you it was messy. πŸ™‚

Β 

Please excuse my lack of make-up and my overall rumpledness (like my new word) from sitting hunched over a sewing machine for hours.

Well there’s my nephews new blanket for his blessing. Whew… That was not an easy task, because of that satin binding. It really will be a very long time before I attempt something like that again. If you decide to tackle it, or have done it before, let me know how it went for you or what tricks you used to make the experience a lot better. πŸ™‚

Enjoy your week!

Make Something Monday

13 Feb

I’m continuing on with the the quilt so lets move onto Part Two.

Supplies for Part Two

Batting Crib Size
Fabric for Backing and I forgot to write down how much I bought, just make sure it’s bigger than the quilt size.
Quilting Pins (unless you purchase batting that has the glue in it. I failed to notice if mine had it and so I pinned.)

Step One

Lay your quilt out just so you make sure you have your squares in the right order. Then start on the first row and grab the first two squares, put right sides together and sew up the edge just like you did the strips.

Continue with the squares in that row until you they are all connected and you have a pretty little row like this.

Step Two

Sew the next row and next row and so on until you have 5 rows.

Step Three

Lay row one on row two, right sides together and sew down the side. Continue to connect all five rows until you have one side of your lovely quilt!

Sorry, holding it up was a bad idea, the light kind of made it see through, but here is the finished one side. Ta Da!

Step Four

Lay your back fabric right side facing the floor. Lay your batting down and your quilt top, right side facing up. It’s like a fabric sandwich.

Pin away! I actually don’t know how much you need to pin, I’m betting I’ll need more, but I don’t actually know how much you need. Just enough to hold it together when your sewing your design on the top.

Well I’m hoping to have the finished quilt next Monday so look for the final product then. I’m pretty psyched! I’m loving how it’s turning out so far. It’s pretty small but I knew I wanted a small quilt in case I totally ruined it. πŸ™‚ Maybe next time, if this finishes well, I’ll have the guts to make a nice big one for our bed.

Anyway, if your attempting this with me, good luck and feel free to ask me any questions you have along the way. I’ll try my best to answer them for you.

Happy Sewing!

 

 

Make Something Monday

30 Jan

Okay so I thought I’d share the success of my quilt in steps. I’m not that far sadly, but I’m moving along. I’m still following this tutorial, but I did things a little different just because, silly me I didn’t have a glue stick or the motivation to go buy one. So I improvised. Anyway here’s what I’ve done so far and if any of you are attempting to make a quilt now with her tutorial feel free to join me and follow along. I’ll try to post this quilts progress in parts so everyone can keep up.

Part One: Preparing Our Squares

Supplies: for part one

So I over bought a little to make sure that I didn’t have to go back.

5 coordinating fabrics 1 yard each
Matching Thread
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat

Step One

Wash and Dry your fabric just in case so you don’t have to deal with shrinking, later on. Iron, so your strips don’t look ugly. πŸ™‚

Step Two

Cut all your strips. I cut mine 3″ wide. Here’s all five fabrics.

Step Three

Now I’m not a seamstress, so please forgive me for not using technical language or doing almost anything the technically correct way. πŸ™‚ So, I laid my first two strips down, right sides together and lined the edge of the fabric up with the edge of the foot. Sew all the way down.

Then open those up and ta da you have your first two strip connected!

Now take your third strip and lay the fabric right side down, in the order you want them and sew down the side again.

Repeat for the last two strips.

Step Four

Now all five of your strips should be attached and looking great. Continue to do this with all of the strips you cut. Once you’ve finished this, cut yourself a 8″ square out of paper.

So this is where I did things differently then the tutorial I’m following. I laid the square on my fabric and used my rotary cutter to cut out a perfect square. Then I pushed the paper aside and laid my fabric square on top of the fabric lining up all the seams and cut the rest of my squares this way. It turned out really easy and all the squares are exactly the same because I line up the seams.

So here’s what your finished squares should look like. With all the fabric you bought you will have extra squares, I just did that because I was nervous about messing up and wanted the extra fabric around in case of an emergency, but if your following me and the tutorial, you only need 20 squares.

Reminder: It is a small quilt. Just perfect for a baby and a beginner seamstress/quilter.

This is all I have for part one of how to sew a quilt. If your looking to join in the fun then get those squares made and we’ll move onto step two next week.

Good luck!

Make Something Monday

16 Jan

Well, the quilt isn’t done yet, I’m moving slower than I had hoped. Allergies got me real good this year.

However, my mother bought this cute little pre-made quilt that had unfinished edges so I took up the challenge and used binding for my first time and sewed mitered corners. I decided for my Make Something Monday that I would teach those of you, if there are any of you who don’t know how to use double bias tape and do mitered corners.

Well here it goes:

Step One

 

Open your bias tape all the way up and pin the edge of the bias tape right up to the edge of the quilt.

Also please excuse my half painted nails. Yikes, I need to redo those.

Step Two

Sew down the closest line to the edge of the bias tape/quilt edge.

Step Three

Okay, here goes the trickiest part. As your approaching the corner with your sewing machine stop just a little bit before the edge and take your needle out. Fold the bias tape diagonally back away from the blanket and press it down with your fingers creasing it a little.

Step Four

Right after pressing the little crease fold back over making sure the bias tape is parallel to the raw quilt edge. If you can see in the right side of the picture, the lines are going in different directions now, we’ve turned a corner and now you’ll put the needle back in and start sewing down the same ditch/line that is closest to the edge.

Step Five

Once you’ve sewed all the way around the quilt, this is how it should look. Everything is attached and the bias tape is all on the top side of the quilt.

Step Six

Simple enough, fold the bias tape over the quilt. The corners may take a little finessing. Just kind of pull and work them into place. It only takes a minute for them to take shape.

Step Seven

Sadly I failed to take a picture of this next step but it’s easy. Just fold the bias tape back to it’s original pre-packaged state on the back side of the quilt and pin in place from the top. Then what most people say is from the top side stitch in the Β ditch which is right where the bias tape meets the quilt, but I actually just sewed right on the bias tape to make sure I caught the underside and didn’t mess up. If this doesn’t make sense I do have a final picture of my mitered corners and you can see how far in I stitched on the tape.

Here’s the final picture.

I’m pretty sure this sounds much more confusing than it actually is so as I keep moving along with my quilt I will try to get better pictures so hopefully we can all master binding and mitered corners together. If you’ve been doing this forever, please excuse my non technical language and any tips would help.

It really is much easier than it sounds, so don’t worry I will provide us with much better pictures in the near future.

Good luck if you attempt it and let me know how it goes.