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Make It Tonight: Tissue Pack Covers

Fabrics: Bunny Tales collection by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

 

Survive seasonal colds and allergies with cute and colorful tissue-pack covers! This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.

 

 

Materials:

  • 3–3-1/2×5-1/2″ rectangles of fabric
  • 3×5″ tissue packet

 

Finished tissue cover: 3×5″

 

 

 

Assemble the Tissue Cover:

 

1. Fold one long edge of a fabric rectangle under 1-1/2″; press. Repeat with a second rectangle.

 

2. Lay your remaining rectangle right side up on your work surface. Position the two folded rectangles on top, with right sides facing down and folded edges overlapping.

 

3. Pin in place.

 

4. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the rectangles together. Clip corners just outside the seam line. Turn right side out and insert a tissue packet through the opening.

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We Heart It, It’s Free

Once a month, we highlight our favorite free quilt and sewing patterns around the web! Here’s a round-up of the cutest Valentine’s Day projects. They’re great as gifts and decor (and are so quick to make!).

 

Lovely Mug Rug by How To Sew

A few appliqué hearts are all you need for this super-quick addition to your Valentine’s Day table! Use it to hold a cup of coffee or a mimosa. Or display it all year round with a candle on top!

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

Making a Candy Heart by Pfaff

These large candy heart pillows are perfect for spreading love! Don’t have an embroidery machine? No problem! The instructions include easy alternatives!

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

Simple Heart Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew

This quilt is so sweet! It would look perfect in a baby’s room or as wall decor for the season! Or make one heart block to give as a gift!

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

Hugs and Kisses Quilt by Amy Harward for Moda Bake Shop

Say “I Love You!” with a quilt made of X and O blocks! The big heart in the corner is so cute!

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

Simple V-Day Sachet by Crafty Pod

Fill a sachet with lavender for a romantic (and relaxing) gift for family and friends! The hearts on top are perfect for using up your felt scraps!

Click here to get the free pattern.


Transforming Black-and-White Prints by Over-Dyeing

Over-dyeing black-and-white prints is a concept that has intrigued me for years. I was inspire by an article on the Marcus Fabrics website by Lisa Shepard Stewart and then discovered another article by Lisa on the RIT dye site where she overdyed zebra prints. I’ve wanted to experiment with this technique, so I finally did, making the Log Cabin block in Valerie Krueger’s Get Comfy quilt (American Patchwork & Quilting, April 2015, page 98). While Valerie’s quilt is very traditional in fabric colors, I made a version of the Log Cabin block using black-and-white prints for the “lights” of the block and the same prints overdyed for the strips for the “darks”.

 

Since I was only dyeing enough fabric for a few blocks, I used a disposable plastic container and the microwave technique outlined on the RIT studio website. I used powder dye, but only used a portion of the pouch as I wanted this light shade.

 

While I was thrilled with the results, I did learn several things, so here are some tips to ensure your success:

 

1. You may find that different fabrics, even if they’re 100% cotton, may take dye differently, resulting in a different hue of your color. As you can see below,  all of the fabrics dyed beautifully, but one came out a slightly different shade than the others.

 

2. Match the amount of fabric you’re dyeing to the technique you’re using, because if you want the same intensity of color for each piece, they should be put into the same bath for the same length of time. So if you’re doing yardage or multiple larger pieces, use the stovetop method, pail method, or washing machine method and follow the instructions on the packaging or website for those techniques.

 

3. If you’re using a partial pouch of powder dye, measure your powder dye, don’t just eyeball it. The chances that you’ll make the next dye bath the same exact color is slim if you’re guessing. When the one fabric came out a different color, I thought maybe I needed to make a new dye bath. The result was some beautiful more-darkly-dyed fabric, as I was guessing at how much powder to add. Unfortunately, neither piece came out the same color as the other cut strips shown.

 

4. If you’re dyeing fabric for piecing, dye the fabric before cutting, as you’re putting fabric into a hot-water bath which might cause shrinkage plus you can expect your fabric to ravel a bit as you handle it during the process.

 

5. Do as they say: wear gloves!! Teal fingers aren’t attractive (at least not on me!), though mine only lasted a day. There’s a phrase that says, “If you can’t be a good example, be a horrible reminder.” Let me be your horrible reminder.

 

Next up, I might have to try to dye white-on-white prints! I’ll keep you posted…

 

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Perfect Your Skills: Bias Binding

 

Quick-Cut Bias Binding

To quickly cut binding strips on the bias, start with a fabric square or rectangle. We used a stripe fabric, resulting in a barber pole effect.

Diagrams below show a 5/8-yard length of fabric. If your fabric piece is a different size, the folded fabric may look different, although the instructions will be the same.

 

1. Lay out the fabric so the selvage edges are in the upper right and lower left. Fold the lower selvage edge to the cut edge, creating a 45º angle.

 

2. Fold the bottom corner up on top of first fold.

 

3. Fold top corner down on top of first and second folds.

4. Using a rotary cutter and acrylic ruler, trim off left-hand folded edge.

 

5. Cutting from trimmed edge, cut the desired-width bias strips.

 

6. Strips will be a variety of lengths; piece strips to equal the desired length of binding strip.

 

 

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Make It Tonight: Square Pincushion

Fabric: Winter’s Kiss collection by Lonni Rossi for Andover Fabrics

Choose a favorite fabric and make this quick-to-sew pincushion. Stack two buttons to top of your cute creation for bright accents. Make a bunch for your sewing friends or keep one handy for on-the-go sewing. This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.

 

Materials:

  • 2–4-1/2″ squares red print
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • 1–1-3/8″ diameter white button
  • 1–5/8″ diameter yellow button

 

 

Assemble the Pincushion:

 

 

pincushion

1. Layer two red print 4-1/2″ squares with right sides together. Pin pieces together.

 

 

 

pincushion

2. Beginning in the middle of one edge, sew together pieces using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 1-1/2″ opening along one edge for turning.

 

pincushion

3. Turn right side out. Use a chopstick or knitting needle to push out corners; press.

 

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4. Use a chopstick or knitting needle to gently push small tufts of fiberfill through the 1-1/2″ opening.

 

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5. Using a needle and matching thread, sew the opening closed.

6. Stack and sew buttons through all layers to complete pincushion.

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