Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Ruffle Headband

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving!  Today I wanted to share with you a great idea I had for a ruffle (or more accurately - a gathered) headband.  It's very simple and a it would make a great stocking stuffer or gift for a friend in the office.

You'll need:

 22" x 4" piece of fabric (or 42" x 4" for more gathers as in the red/white headband)
15" x 3" piece of fabric, interfaced
light weight fusible interfacing (15" x 4") 
6" piece of 1/4" wide elastic (4.5" for child size and 3.5" for toddler size)
the ruffle headband pattern (found here)

To gather the fabric, set your sewing machine to the longest stitch length and sew two parallel lines 1/4" and 1/2" away from the edge of the 22" long (or 42" long) piece.  Sew all the way to the edge and don't back stitch.

Pull the bottom threads and gather the fabric to be approximately 15" long.

Lightly iron in place and iron the interfacing on the wrong side.

Take your pattern piece and cut out the headband from the top (ruffled) and bottom (15" x 3" plain) pieces.  The pattern piece I've given you is only half.  Either cut on a fold or make a larger pattern with a file folder.

Pin the two pieces (right sides together) and sew along the sides with a 1/4" seam allowance creating a long tube.

Turn right side out and press.

Turn ends inward about 1/4" and press.

Insert a 6" piece of elastic inside and sew to close and secure elastic.  Pull the elastic around to the other side of the headband, making sure it doesn't twist and sew into place.  NOTE: For a child's size use a 4.5" piece of elastic and for a toddler use a 3.5" piece.

And here's the result:

If you start with a 42" piece of fabric, your ruffles will look more like this:

There you have it!  They're really quick and lots of fun!  Happy Sewing!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Connor's blanket

This little tied fleece blanket was Connor's gift to Gwyneth for her birthday.  He made it (almost all) by himself.   He needed a little help with laying out the fabric and the cutting of the ties.  

He tied it all by himself though.  It took him about five days (during naptime, when Gwyneth was asleep) to finish it. 

I used safety pins to help hold it together for him so that the ties stayed lined up and we could easily put it away when he got tired of working on it.

It was the perfect little project for him and he was so PROUD that he made it for her.  And of course with Cinderella on it, she loved it!

Lil Cutie Pouch

I sewed this up last night with some bits of fabric I had sitting around.  It's a little coin purse for my mother-in-law - Hope she likes it!

The pattern is the lil cutie pouch from Anna of Noodlehead.  The exterior fabric is Amy Butler and the interior is from David Walker's Hopscotch line.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Birthday Girl

Yesterday my daughter turned 3!  We had a little party with 9 little munchkins running around the house.  They had so much fun!  One of her presents was a Cinderella dress I made for her.

The pattern is from Simplicity 2563.  I used Kona Cotton in Baby Blue and Cotton Candy.  The pattern called for satin or crepe, but I'm a fan of cotton and it worked out just fine.  I intentionally made it a size too big, but it turned out really big.  She still loves it and wouldn't take it off after the pictures. 

Happy Birthday Gwyneth!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Freezer Paper 101

A lot of you have asked me about a freezer paper tutorial, so here it is.  Using freezer paper to paint images on clothing is an easy, inexpensive way to spice up a plain shirt.

You'll need:

Freezer paper (also known as butcher's paper - it has a waxy feel to one side)
X-Acto knife + cutting mat
Fabric Paint + brush
Painter's Tape (optional)

Images I used: T-Rex and Triceratops, Dala Horse, ladybug - hand drawn

First you'll need to decide on an image.  You can draw one free hand or just copy one.  If you're copying one, simply place the freezer paper over your image and trace with a pen or pencil.

Next tape your freezer paper down onto the cutting mat (so it doesn't move) and cut out your image carefully.

Iron the freezer paper on your shirt (waxy side down).

Next we paint!

There are a few different ways you can do this.  Each yields different results.  The first is to simply paint with a paintbrush covering the open space.  Don't worry if you get paint on the freezer paper, it won't go through.

Let it dry.  (Do another coat if it needs it).  Once dry simply peel off the paper.

Heat setting your image (when completely dry - I like to wait at least a day).  With your iron on the hottest setting your fabric can take, simply iron the painted section until the paint feels smooth (usually 10 seconds or so).  You can actually feel the difference in texture with your fingers.

To get a more faded/washed out look, simply use a paint roller and paint to your desired look.

Adding washable fabric glitter: First paint a single coat of paint on.  Once dry (and before you've removed the freezer paper), you can apply some fabric glue and then the glitter.  Once the glue has dried, remove the freezer paper.

You can also you use the positive part of the image (and paint around it leaving the shirt unpainted where your image is).  I used a roller and some metallic paint and painted with a very small amount of paint around the freezer paper.

For a cracked aged look:  Simply paint with a brush as explained above.  Two to three coats works well here.

Don't heat set it.  Wait 36 hrs (or whatever time your paint needs to be washable - per the instructions on the bottle), then start washing the shirt.  You'll need to wash it at least a dozen times (or more) depending on how aged you want it.  Once it's cracked the way you like it, heat treat it (as explained above).

I added sleeves to this shirt using this tutorial.  A friend saw my son's version and wanted an adult size for himself.

Let me know if you have any questions.  Happy painting!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Busy, Busy

Here's a little peek at what I've been busy with......

Yup, it's a tiny part of a very large quilt.  I have to say, I have new admiration for quilters who make large quilts - especially those who make quilts with such tiny details.  This one is for a twin size bed.  It took me a very long time to cut all the fabric and lay it out so that it looked good, while trying to not waste anything.  I'm finally going to finish the top today (yay!).  I can't wait to see what it looks like in my daughters room.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

It snowed!

It snowed here yesterday!  Ten inches!  I awoke yesterday to the sounds of Connor, age 5, jumping up and down screaming (with genuine bliss) "It snowed! It snowed!" 

My rosemary, which has survived a few frosts, covered in snow.

The kids spent many hours outside with their dad building an igloo.  They had a blast!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Last Minute Thanksgiving Placemat

Here's a re-post of a guest blog I did last year on Noodlehead.  I didn't actually have a blog at the time and Anna was kind enough to post this.  Shortly after this post, I got into blogging and started Punkin Patterns.

This placemat was inspired by one I saw at a friend’s house. I used felt to make it a quick last-minute project to decorate my kids’ Thanksgiving table. This project can be done on the machine or by hand. I stitched it up by hand.

Materials Needed:

This makes enough for 3 placemats.

½ yard dark red felt (72” wide)
¼ yard dark brown felt (72” wide)
3 9” x 12” pieces of tan felt
Remnants of black, red, and gold felt
Coordinating thread
Turkey Placemat Pattern (PDF)


Cut out the following pieces:
Feathers A: Cut one on fold in dark red felt
Feathers B: Cut one on fold in dark brown felt
Body: Cut one on fold in tan felt
Eyes: Cut two in black felt
Beak: Cut one in gold felt
Wattle: Cut one in red (or dark red) felt

Place Feathers A and Feathers B together centering B in A, making sure that the bottom straight edges line up. Pin together. Sew from edge of bumps on feathers down to center of turkey leaving pockets in the feathers. (See diagram). Sew along bottom straight edge also. Set aside.

Sew beak, wattle and eyes on body.

Sew body onto Feathers (A and B) in the center, lining up straight edges on the bottom. You’re done! Place on the table with knife, spoon, and fork in the pockets and a plate on top. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoy this.


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