Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Faux fur slip through scarf tutorial

My, oh my!  Sorry that it has been so long since my last post.  The holidays are always such a busy time for me.  This year, my husband and I traveled to Germany at the beginning of December to visit the holiday Christmas markets.  I'll tell you about that in my next post.  Today, I want to share a really cute faux fur scarf that I discovered at Aesthetic Nest.  It is easy to sew and would be perfect for the cold weather that is ahead...it is 16 degrees here today in Western New York!  I love the slip through feature of this scarf.  It will stay put- nice and cozy.

The sizing is perfect for a child but easily could be enlarged for an adult.  I'm thinking animal prints or some of the neat textured furs. Check out the well written tutorial at  http://www.aestheticnest.com/2013/02/sewing-faux-fur-slip-through-scarf.html and stay warm!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Last minute table runner- free pattern

Are you getting nervous because the holidays are coming so quickly?  Are all those ideas for projects still on the cutting table with no hopes of being completed?  I know the feeling!  Sometimes I just long for a quick and easy project that looks good when it is finished.  I don't want to give a gift that looks like I just threw it together.  With that in mind...

The Last Minute Table Runner

This little runner is quick to make and is a free pattern!  Start with three different fabrics.

Cut the center panel according to the dimensions in the pattern.  For this focus fabric, I left a 1/4" edge to account for the seam allowance.

Add the end strips and cut the triangles for the ends.

Place the completed top and the backing piece right sides together and sew around the outside edge, leaving an opening for turning.  Clip corners, turn, press and slip stitch the opening closed.  Edge stitch around the outer edge.

For you free pattern check under the free pattern tab on this site, download and start sewing!


Friday, December 6, 2013

Professional looking pillows- Part Three- Piping

Finally!  I know that I have been promising part three of this pillow talk but these holiday preparations and sewing for hire have been taking more time than I thought they would.  Does that ever happen to you?  Anyway...lets talk about adding piping to a pillow.  I like to make my own piping.  It is really pretty simple and it adds a nice designer touch.  I figure the length by measuring the total outside edge of the pillow.  If my pillow is 16", I multiply 16" by 4 for a total of 64", then I add about 4".  I cut a bias strip 1 1/2" by that length.  Cutting bias strips is easy.  Just line up the 45 degree line on you ruler with the selvage of your fabric and cut.

Join strips together to equal the total length needed.  Next, you will wrap the strip around 1/4" cording and stitch.  I try to stitch about 1/8" away from the cord because I don't want this stitching to show when I stitch the piping onto the pillow.

Pin the piping to the pillow front, matching the raw edge of the piping to the raw edge of the pillow.

When you get around to the starting point, overlap your end by about one inch and clip.

Open the seam of the bias overlap about one inch and snip off the cord.

Fold under the edge of this overlap about 1/2 inch and tuck the starting edge inside. Pin.

Sew the piping onto the pillow front, getting as close to the cording as possible.  A zipper foot is helpful for getting nice and close.

Lay the back of the pillow right side up on your work surface.  If you have inserted a zipper or buttons, be sure that the back is partially unzipped or unbuttoned so you will be able to turn the pillow right side out. Place the front (with piping) on top of the back, right side down so right sides are together.  Pin well.  Sew all the way around, sewing precisely over the piping stitching.

 Clip the corners.

Turn the pillow right side out, push out the corners and insert the pillow form.

Striped fabric, cut on the bias, makes an interesting piping, as do other prints.  Don't be afraid to try something a bit different!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Easy gift bag- nice!

Oh dear!  It is December already....are you ready for the big day?  No matter how early I start, I always find something at the last minute that I want to make for a gift.  I think my holiday sewing is just about complete but I did find these little gift bags that are just so darn cute!

To download the free pattern, click here.  I am thinking that these would be great for small gifts for friends or filled with candy for a hostess gift.  Have fun!