Saturday, September 7, 2013
With the kids back to school and now both of them eating lunch there, I thought it would be fun to make some simple napkins for their lunch boxes. These napkins are very, very easy to make. They are a great way to use up large scraps of fabric or just to help reduce your stash.
I raided my oldest fabric stashes and used up a lot of fat quarters. (YAY!). Perhaps I got a little carried away. I said they were simple to make and it felt great to use up all of that old fabric.
I made two different sizes of napkins: a small 10" napkin great for daily use (and lunchboxes) and a larger 18" (17.5" finished) napkin perfect for entertaining guests.
For the small napkins, cut two different pieces of fabric 10.5" square. You can cut 4 squares from 1/3 yard of fabric, or one from a fat quarter.
For the large napkins, cut two different 18" square pieces of fabric. From one yard of fabric you can cut 4 squares. So for a set of four double sided dinner napkins, you will need two one-yard cuts of different fabric.
Place your two squares of different fabric right sides together and pin.
Sew around the exterior of the fabric with a 1/4" seam, leaving a two - three inch opening for turning. (Note: If you're new to sewing, a 1/4" foot is an excellent investment, which makes sewing a 1/4" seam easy. You can also use a larger seam allowance, by just using the side of your normal foot as a guide. This would just make your napkin slightly smaller.)
Trim the corners.
Turn the napkin right side out.
You can use a chopstick or knitting needle to help get the corners poked out and the edges smooth.
Iron flat making sure that the raw edges where you turned it right side out are tucked inside and the edge looks smooth.
Top stitch (using a slightly larger stitch length) around the edge using a 1/8" seam.
Now repeat for the rest! Super simple and they will really brighten up your table (or lunchbox).
If you don't have time to make these, my friend Lisa sells them in her shop ready to use! Check them out. She has fabulous taste in fabrics.
I really love my large sets. These napkins made from Washi fabric are my absolute favorites.
And of course a little Anna Maria Horner on the dinner table isn't bad either.
Monday, February 18, 2013
If you're like me, you've got a collection of books with pattern pages or expensive patterns with multiple sizes and you don't want to cut into them directly. Some pattern pages in books even have overlapping pattern pieces and so pattern transfer is necessary. There is an easy, inexpensive way to transfer them and keep the originals in perfect condition.
Pellon makes a product called Easy Pattern. It's light and easy to see through, but it's stronger than tissue paper and can be re-used multiple times.
To use, simply place the Easy Pattern over the original and trace. I like using a dark pen which doesn't bleed through to the original, but it's dark enough to read clearly on my copy.
Make sure to transfer important information onto your copy such as the grain line, darts, pattern piece name, size if applicable and seam allowance.
Cut out your pieces carefully and they're ready to use.
To store them, I like to put them in a small, easily re-sealable envelope. Larger pieces can be folded easily to fit in.
Finally label the outside of the envelope with the name of the pattern and size.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
I started making this little quilt just for fun to see if I could do really small free-motion quilting. I'm still trying to get the rhythm down (since I'm new to it), but I am really enjoying it. Gwyneth loves the little quilt and it appears her La La Loopsy dolls do to --- for a picnic
or for a nap. I love that this doll gets milk AND cookies before nap time.
The quilt measures a mere 3.5" x 2". The binding is made from the back fabric just folded over and hand stitched in place.
It was a great way to use up some very small scraps.
Monday, April 16, 2012
My niece just turned nine! Yay! Happy Birthday Jana!
She loves tank tops and sleeveless tops. I thought this ruffled halter top would be perfect. I used the free pattern from Oliver+S which you can find here.
It was quick to make and I love how it turned out. I used a striped seersucker fabric which I picked up at Jo-Ann at the end of last summer.
I finished the edges of the ruffles a little differently than the instructions. I like finished edges and I made them quickly by serging them and then folding it up and sewing into place with a straight stitch. I do have a bit more of this fabric, so perhaps you will see another top (or skirt in it soon).
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I finished up this simple dress for Gwyneth just before Easter. I used the same fabric I used for her bunny. By the way, she named the bunny "Easter" which she told me is also his birthday.
I grabbed a few photos before she put her sweater back on. It was a bit chilly Easter morning.
This is the Flower Girl Dress from Heather Ross' book Weekend Sewing. It came together quickly and easily. Since the dress was not lined, I used french seams for the sides of the skirt to finish it nicely.
The kiddos enjoyed a little Easter egg hunt in the backyard before church.
The day before, we had dyed a lot of eggs. We ended up dying eggs for both grandparents (a total of 4 dozen eggs), but the kids loved mixing the colors and we ended up with 18 different colors, so dying all of the eggs went really quickly.
Connor made some great angry bird eggs!
Hope you all had a great Easter!
Friday, April 6, 2012
Easter is fast approaching. I've got lots of things to get done. One more done now. Here's a little bunny for Gwyneth. I found this vintage-looking rose fabric at a fabric store closing a few years ago and managed to grab a couple yards before it was all gone. I thought it would make a beautiful Lovely Lil Bunny.
There's still time to make a bunny of your own! Check out the pattern in my shop. You can use the coupon code "EASTER10" through Monday, April 9th to save 10% on everything in my shop.