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Make It Tonight: Shower Curtain

Fabrics: Jack and Jenny collection by Laurie Wisbrun for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

 

A shower curtain is easier than you think! Choose your favorite fabric and turn it into a one-of-a-kind shower curtain to match your decor! This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.

 

Materials:

  • 4-5/8 yards donkey print for the curtain
  • One package curtain rings with attached hanger clips
  • Purchased waterproof shower curtain liner

 

Finished curtain: 72″ square

 

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42″ of usable fabric width.

Measurements include 1/4″ seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

 

Cut Fabrics:

From the donkey print, cut:

  • 2—39-1/2×81″ rectangles

 

Assemble the Shower Curtain:

1. Using a 1/2″ seam allowance and with right sides together, sew the rectangles along a pair of long edges to make a 77×81″ pieced rectangle. Zigzag-stitch the seam allowances to prevent fraying. Press the seam in one direction.

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2. With wrong side inside, fold a long edge over 1-1/2″; press.

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3. Fold the same long edge over another 1-1/2″; press again.

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4. Topstitch (sew a straight line) along the first folded edge to hem.

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5. Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 on the remaining long edge and the top edge of the pieced rectangle.

6. With wrong side inside, fold bottom edge over 3″; press. Fold same edge over another 3″; press again. Topstitch just inside the first folded edge to hem as you did before.

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7. Reinforce top and bottom corners by stitching an X in each corner to complete your shower curtain.

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8. To hang your shower curtain, slide curtain rings on shower rod and clip curtain and waterproof liner together.

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Make It Tonight: Easiest Tote Bag

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Fabrics: Nana’s Pantry collection by Mama’s Cottons for Connecting Threads

 

Here’s a good first tote bag project that will instatntly become your go-to pattern! Plus, the bag is made with a doubled seam so no unfinished fabric edges show. This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.

 

Materials:

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  • 4—18×21″ pieces (fat quarters) assorted prints (bag, bag lining)
  • 1-1/3 yards 1″-wide webbing (straps)
  • 2—17×20″ pieces paper-backed, iron-on fusible web (such as Steam-A-Seam 2 or Wonder Under)

 

Finished tote bag: 15″w x 14″h (not including straps)

**Sew this project with 1/4″ and 1/2″ seams.

 
Prepare Fabrics:

1. Press all fabrics to remove wrinkles and fold lines.

 

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2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, center and press a paper-backed, fusible-web piece onto wrong side (unprinted side) of one bag fabric piece; let cool. Peel off paper backing.
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3. Layer a bag lining piece wrong side down on first fabric piece; smooth out from center to edges. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse pieces together.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with remaining bag and bag lining fabric pieces to make two prepared fabric pieces.

 

 

Cut Fabrics:

From each set of prepared fabrics, cut:

  • 1—16-1/2″ each square

From webbing, cut:

  • 2—24″-long pieces

 

 

Assemble Tote Bag:

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1. Turn under one edge of a 16-1/2″-square prepared fabric piece 1/2″; press.
2. Turn under same edge again 1″; press.

 

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3. Insert ends of 24″-long webbing piece under last fold of prepared fabric 4-3/4″ from outer edges. Sew webbing in place.

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4. Fold and press webbing toward top edge. Topstitch 1/8″ and 7/8″ from top edge to make a bag unit.

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5. Repeat steps 1–4 to make second bag unit.

 

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6. Layer the bag units with lining sides together. Pin in place. Using 1/4″ seam allowance, sew together bag units along sides and bottom edge.
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7. Trim  corners close to the seam line.
8. Turn to opposite side (lining side out); press.
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9. Using 1/2″ seam allowance, sew along sides and bottom edge to complete bag.
10. Turn bag right side out; press.

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Make It Tonight: T-Shirt Rug

 

Design: inspired by a design by Taryn Boyd

 

Wiggle your toes in this oh-so-soft rug. It’s hard to believe it’s made of cast-off T-shirts. Sew knit strips to a canvas backing; the strips flop over each other for a plush effect. This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.

 

Materials:

  • Canvas (available by the yard in fabrics stores)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or yard stick
  • Heavy-duty sewing machine needle
  • T-shirts (number needed depends on desired size of rug)
  • Rotary cutter, mat, and acrylic ruler (optional)
  • Rug gripper or non-skid carpet tape

 

Finished size:

Determine desired finished size of rug. Rug shown is 18×24″ (takes about 10 adult-size T-shirts).

 

 

Cut Fabric:

  • Cut canvas 1″ larger on all sides than desired finished size. (The canvas for an 18×24″ rug is cut 20×26″.)
  • Cut T-shirts into 2×6″ strips (see Step 6)

 

 

 

Assemble the Rug:

 

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1. Zigzag-stitch cut edges of canvas. (Dark thread is used in photos; for your project, use thread to match T-shirts.)

 

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2. Fold edges of canvas under 1″; pin.

 

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3. Sew folded edges in place, using a straight stitch about 1/8″ from the first stich line. (Shown is the view of the top after sewing.)

 

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4. Using water-soluble marker or a chalk marker, draw parallel lines across the top of the hemmed canvas (long edge to long edge), 3/4″ to 1″ apart.

 

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5. Fold canvas so four or five lines show; pin. (You will work from left to right across the marked canvas, keeping the unstitched canvas to the right of the needle and the bulk of the covered canvas to the left.)

 

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6. Cut T-shirt into 2×6″ strips. Due to large quantity of strips needed for this project, we recommend cutting strips with a rotary cutter and an acrylic ruler.

 

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7. Fold one T-shirt strip in half so it measures 1×6″.

 

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8. Starting at top left edge of marked canvas, place center of folded T-shirt strip atop first drawn line, just inside the canvas edge. Sew across the center of the strip to secure the strip to thecanvas. (It doesn’t matter if you sew across folded edge or cut edge first.)

 

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9. Without lifting the presser foot, add a second folded strip in the same manner, butting it up close to thefirst strip.

 

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10. Continue adding and sewing strips in the same manner to cover drawn line. (Each line on our marked canvas required 18 T-shirt strips.)

 

T-shirt rug

11. Move to the next drawn line and continue adding strips in the same fashion until the canvas is covered. Repeat all the way across marked canvas. Adjust folded and pinned canvas as you proceed from left edge to right.

 

When the entire canvas is covered, shake the rug and use your hand to brush strips outwards over the rug edges.

 

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12. Place a layer of rug gripper or strips of double-sided carpet tape between completed rug and hard surface floor.

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Make It Tonight: Spring Baskets

Design: Monica Rodriguez for Dear Stella 

Fabric: Confetti Dot by Dear Stella

 

Only 1/4 yard of fabric will get you three of these cute spring baskets! Use them for Easter baskets, sewing room decorations, or gifts for your friends and family. This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.

 

Materials for One Basket:

 

  • 2—6-1/2×9″ rectangles polka dot fabric (matching or contrasting)
  • 1—6-1/2×9″ rectangle thin batting (cotton or polyester)
  • Water-soluble marking pen

Finished basket: about 3×2-1/2×3″

Sew this project with 1/4″ seams. (Note: For easy viewing in this tutorial we used lavender polka dot for outer basket, pink polka dot for basket lining, and dark thread for stitching.)

 

Assemble Basket:

 


1. Stitching about 1/8″ from edges, machine-baste 6-1/2×9″ batting rectangle to wrong side of 6-1/2×9″ lavender rectangle.

 


2. With right side inside, fold Step 1 rectangle in half matching short edges; pin.

 


3. Sew sides of folded rectangle; press.

 


4. Clip seam allowance at fold.

 


5. Press seam open.

 


6. Shape a flat bottom. At one corner,  match seam line with pressed fold, creating a flattened triangle. Measuring 1-1/2″ from point of triangle, draw a line across triangle.

 


7. Sew on drawn line. Trim 1/4″ from stitching. Repeat with remaining bottom corner.

 

8. Turn right side out to make basket body.
9. Repeat steps 2–8 with matching or contrasting polka dot rectangle, leaving a 1-1/2–2″ opening along one side to make basket lining. Do not turn basket lining right side out.

 


10. Insert basket body inside basket lining with right sides together.

 


11. Align top edges and side seams; pin together top edges of basket body and basket lining.

 


12. Using a 1/4″ seam, sew together top edges of basket body and lining.

 


13. Turn right side out through opening in lining.

 


14. Hand-stitch opening closed.

 

15. Insert lining back into basket body and press top edge.

 

16. Topstitch 1/4″ from top edge through all layers to complete basket.

 

17. Turn top edge over at basket top to make narrow cuff to complete basket.

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Make It Tonight: Pillow

Stitch two hems, sew two seams, and you’ve made an amazing pillow. Here you’ll find complete instructions for making pillow covers in four sizes! This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.

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Fabrics: Stonehenge Out Of The World collection by Linda Ludovico for Northcott

 

 

Materials:

  • 1/2 yard print fabric
  • 12″, 14″, 16″ or 18″ pillow insert*

*Instructions for sizes larger than 12″ are in parentheses.

 

Finished pillow cover for a 12″, 14″, 16″, or 18″ square pillow insert

Sew this project with 1/4″ seams.

 

Cut Fabrics:

From print fabric, cut one of the following:

  • 12×29″ rectangle for 12″ pillow cover
  • 14×33″ rectangle for 14″ pillow cover
  • 16×37″ rectangle for 16″ pillow cover
  • 18×41″ rectangle for 18″ pillow cover

 

Make Pillow Cover:
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1. Turn under each short edge of print rectangle 1/4″; press. Turn under edges 1/4″ again and stitch each in place.

 

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2. Place hemmed rectangle print side (printed side) up on work surface. Fold hemmed edges of rectangle to center, overlapping hemmed edges by about 4″ to make an 11-1/2×12″ (13-1/2×14″, 15-1/2×16″, or 17-1/2×18″) rectangle; pin top and bottom.

 

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3. Sew across pinned edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance, removing pins as you go.

 

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4. Turn right side out; press. Insert pillow form through opening to complete pillow.

 

 

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Fabrics: Flora-C1793 in Gold from Timeless Treasures

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