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Make It Tonight: Easy Fabric Ornament

 

Fabrics: Holiday Hoot Flannel collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott

 

Make a list and check it twice for must-have holiday ornaments you can finish in a snap using festive novelty prints. This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.

 

Materials

  • 3-1/2″ square fabric (ornament back)
  • 3-1/2″ square fabric (ornament front)
  • 3-1/2″ square batting
  • 6″ length of ribbon: (hanger)
  • Pinking shears
  • Circle Template (see bottom of blog for download)

 

Finished ornament: 3″ diameter

 

 

Assemble Ornament

 

1. Layer ornament back right side down, batting, and ornament front right side up.

 

2. Using the circle template (click here), trace around the circle with a marking tool. Pin all layers in place if desired.

 

3. Using a decorative stitch on your sewing machine (we used a zigzag stitch), sew layers together about 1⁄4″ from edge of each circle.

 

4. Using pinking shears, trim around edge of the circle, cutting through all layers, to make an ornament.

 

5. Fold a 6″-long piece of ribbon in half. Position raw ends on ornament back about 3/8″ from top edge of unit. To attach hanger and complete ornament, hand-stitch ribbon ends securely to back and batting only, making sure no stitches show on front of ornament.

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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!

 

 

 

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag Pattern from The Cottage Mama

Personalize cute (and super easy) treat bags for your kids. They’re perfect for holding candy, but also double as spooky decor through the season. We love the little embellishments!

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

Diamonds Pillow from Malka Dubrawsky for Sew Mama Sew

Solids and geometric designs are an easy way to add a modern (and totally livable) accent to your home. It may look complicated, but the tutorial is so easy and might get you a little out of your comfort zone.

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

Face Cloth Tutorial by Freckled Whimsy

We’ll never argue with an excuse to pamper ourselves! Not only are these face cloths so adorable, but they’re also the softest ever. Make multiples for easy gifts (or save them for yourself!).

Click here to get the free pattern.

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Make It Tonight: Pot Holders

Bring a touch of DIY to your kitchen with handmade pot holders. These reversable accessory is perfect for adding a punch of color and style to every meal!This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.

 

Materials:

  • 8″ square Print A
  • 9×11″ rectangle Print B
  • 7-1/2 square insulated batting (such as Insul-Bright)
  • 8″ square cotton batting
  • Basting spray
  • Chopstick or pencil
  • Matching or contrasting thread
  • Water-soluble marking pen

 

Finished pot holder: 7-1/2″ square

 

Cut Fabrics:

From Print B, cut:

  • 8″ square
  • 2×5″ strip

 

Assemble Pot Holder:

 

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1. Fold Print B 2×5″ strip in half lengthwise with right side out; press.

 

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2. Unfold strip. Fold long edges in to meet at center fold; press again.

 

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3. Fold in half lengthwise aligning folded edges; press again. Stitch folded edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

 

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4. Fold strip in half to make loop. Using long, removable hand or machine stitches, sew ends of loop to top left-hand corner of Print A square (the pot holder top).

 

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5. Cover work surface with newspaper. Place insulating batting square on work surface. Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply basting spray to “dull” side of insulated batting.

 

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6. Center cotton batting square on insulated batting square. Apply basting spray.

 

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7. Layer Print A pot holder front, right side up, atop spray-basted batting.

 

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8. Layer Print B 8″ square wrong side up, on top. Pin layers together.

 

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9. Beginning in the middle of one edge (not the corner), sew together pieces using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 5″ opening along one edge for turning (marked here with water-soluble marker).

 

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10. Clip corners close to stitching to reduce bulk.

 

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11. Turn right side out through 5″ opening. Use chopstick or the eraser end of a pencil to push out corners; press.

 

12. Using a needle and thread, sew the opening closed.

 

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13. Using a water-soluble marking pen and ruler, draw a stitching line 1″ from outer edges of pot holder.

 

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14. Stitch along marked line to complete pot holder. Spritz marked lines with cold water to “dissolve” lines.

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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!

 

 

 

Patchwork Pumpkin Pillow + Table Runner from Diary of a Quilter

Blogger Amy Smart gives great step-by-step pictures to make a simple pumpkin block. You can make it into a pillow like above, but she also gives instructions for a seasonal table runner. Plus, this scrappy look is a must for fall!

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

Journal Cover for Composition Notebook from Snapdragon Studios for Dear Stella

We’re always looking for new ways to dress up our boring notebooks in our favorite fabric! It has an inside pocket for extra notes and an outside fabric pouch for your pen. It’s so cute and easy — and perfect for last-minute gifts.

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

Spooky Witch Hazel Halloween Quilt by Jedi Craft Girl for Riley Blake Designs

This quilt is the perfect way to use your favorite Halloween fabric! It has a vintage look and combines a variety of materials — cotton, lace, and pom-pons — for a textural and bright wall hanging.

Click here to get the free pattern.

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Perfect Your Skills: Curved Piecing

Each month, learn a fun trick or tip to make your quilting easier and more polished! This month, learn to sew perfect curved seams. It’s the perfect way to add motion to your quilt!

 

1. Joining pieces with curved edges presents challenges. Cutting a small notch in the center of a curved edge makes it easier.

 

 

2. With right sides together, match the center notches of curved edges. Pin together at the center point, at seam ends, and liberally in between, gently easing the edges as needed to align.

 

3. Sew together the curved edges. Clip into the seam allowance of the edge that curves in (concave) as needed, but do not cut into or beyond the seam lines. Do not clip the convex edge.

 

TIP: Some quilters prefer not to clip curved seams. Instead they use a longer stitch length and sew slowly, which helps ease the fabric layers together (the center notch is still necessary).

 

4. Press the seam allowance toward the piece that has the inner (concave) curve.