Friday, February 27, 2015

Fabric Frenzy Friday #52


Happy Friday!! Oh my goodness, another Friday is here! I don't know about you, but I am so ready for the weekend!  Last night I was busy working on some "secret sewing" for the blog! I can't wait to show you guys--so stay tuned! ;)

We had a busy week on the blog! Trina shared a very functional and cute Fabric Basket Tutorial! You have to check this one out--you will want to sew up one of these baskets ASAP! :) (I've already picked out my fabric for mine, just need to try and squeeze in some sewing time to make one!)




Heather showed us these amazing Quilted Oven Mitts!  I am going to have to make a set of these as well! My oven mitts, have definitely seen better days! ;)   Go here to check out the tutorial!




I shared the last of the green "Mystery Projects" earlier this week.  I had a lot of fun with this series, and can't wait to do it again!  :)  Go here to see the tutorial!






Now let's get to this week's bundle!


Citrus Blast
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CITRUS BLAST is today's 8 piece Bundle Batch!  A juicy bundle packed with oranges, limes, and some white tonal blenders!  There are 2 white blenders in this bundle - the bottom white piece is a white grunge (Cotton Shades Snow), and is difficult to see in the picture.

Included in each bundle are one cut of each  (in order from top to bottom):
  1. Daisy Mae Orange Floral - Benartex
  2. Kona Cotton Sprout  - Robert Kaufman
  3. Pinhead Garden - Michael Miller
  4. Whisper Prints Circles - Robert Kaufman
  5. Daisy Mae Orange Floral - Benartex
  6. Sketch Nectarine - Timeless Treasures
  7. Oval Elements Tangerine Tango - Art Gallery
  8. Cotton Shades (grunge) Snow - Riley Blake

Need more than a fat quarter? You can purchase this bundle in 1/2 yard cuts rather than fat quarters.


Now that we shared our fabric for the week, we want to see yours!  

Here is your chance to link up anything to do with fabric! You can link up finished quilts, a work in progress, a new fabric you just bought, a project made with fabric, or maybe you just want to show off some of your stash.  Anything goes--as long as it has to do with fabric! 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mystery Project Three {Lucky Table Runner}


Hi there! I am here to share my final green Mystery Project.  This last project is as simple as it gets! I decided on a simple table runner.  I love easy projects like this table runner, it takes no time at all and it's great for those leftover scraps!  


 I embellished mine with some fun shamrocks, but you could leave those off if you prefer.  Or you could add more and scatter them about your runner! This is where you take your creativity and run with it! 




I quilted this with a simple meandering pattern.  I didn't go over my shamrocks, because I stitched those down before with a simple straight stitch, but everything else I meandered.  I also did a scrappy binding and my mom was kind enough to bind it by hand for me.  :)
Finished Size: 12" x 33"

Alright, get out the remaining of your Mystery Bundle and let's get started!


Supplies:

Strips cut anywhere from 1.5" wide to 3" wide x 13" long.
Fusible Web (for shamrocks)
4" x 12" piece of background fabric (Print 8)
Shamrock Pattern - Download HERE
Backing - I used print 5 for my background piece.  I had a piece just big enough for my backing, if you don't have a big enough piece left, then you can piece your backing!
Binding: 2.5" strips -- I had to do a scrappy binding so I just pieced a few of my longer strips together.


Step 1: Cut lots of strips.  I cut mine anywhere from 1.5" wide to 3" wide.  I made sure all my strips were at least 13" long.


Step 2:  Sew them together.  I sewed mine together until I had a 33" piece.  The only reason I chose this length is because that's how big my backing piece was.  So if you have a bigger backing piece, then you can make yours longer, if that's what you prefer! I also trimmed mine down to 12" wide by the time I was done sewing them all together.  I did this so I knew I had nice straight edges.


Step 3: Iron the fusible web onto your background fabric.  Cut out shamrock pattern, and then trace onto your background fabric and cut out three shamrocks.  Iron your shamrocks on.  I chose to do mine on the bottom right corner.



Step 4: Stitch around your shamrocks.  I decided to to a plain straight stitch, but you could do an appliqué stitch if you prefer or even hand stitch around them


Step 5: You are now ready to baste, quilt and bind with your preferred methods!


I hope you enjoyed stitching along with me!! :) I would love to see your projects, please email me or use #sewingwithfwfabricstudio on instagram!

Talk to you soon!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Quilted Oven Mitt Tutorial

Hello again, I'm Heather from Quilts Actually.  You can also find me on Facebook.  This month I am sharing a tutorial for quilted oven mitts with you.


Download the pattern template HERE!

Materials: 
1/2 yard Moda Mochi Solid Unbleached Linen
1/2 yard Pam Kitty Garden Red on White ads Lakehouse
1/2 yard Petit Point Red from Michael Miller
1/2 yard Insul-Bright heat resistant batting
1 yard regular batting (if using 2 layers of batting)*
Elmer's Washable School Glue

Equipment: 
Clover Clips

Instructions:
Wash fabric.  Once dry, press and square up the pieces.

I used the Moda Mochi Solid Unbleached Linen as my top and pieced a 2 inch stripe of Petit Point Red into the linen.  To do this, cut a 2 inch strip off the linen along the WOF.  Sew the polka dot fabric to the strip of linen and to the main piece of linen.  This will be top of your oven mitt.

Cut a 2.5 inch strip of the binding fabric along the WOF and set aside for later.

I used Pam Kitty Garden Red on White ads Lakehouse and Petit Point Red for the back/inside of my oven mitt.  I had to piece it together because I needed extra backing to attach it to my longarm.  If you are quilting this on your domestic machine, you won't need that extra backing fabric.

Once you have the front and backed pieced, make them roughly equal in size rectangles.  My rectangle ended up being 36" x 14".

Next, we create a quilt sandwich.  The bottom layer is your backing - the lining for the oven mitts.  The right side of the lining needs to be facing down.  The next layer is regular batting.  The Insul-Bright will be the next layer (with the shinier side facing down).  The outer fabric is the final layer with the right side facing up.  Baste this sandwich using your favorite method.  You can find the FWFS tutorial for basting here.
  • Note about batting: Insul Bright recommends using two layers of normal batting with their product.  I have a previous set of oven mitts that only uses one layer.  It gets warm if I am trying to hold a pan straight out of the oven more than about 30 seconds.  I used two layers of batting in this set and the downside is that this project gets very thick, but does provide a bit more heat resistance.  
Once this sandwich is basted, it is time to start quilting.  The FWFS tutorial for quilting is here.  A couple of easy options are to just use straight line quilting or to set your machine up with a large wavy stitch and that is a more decorative version of straight line quilting.  This is also a great way to practice free motion quilting.  The sandwich is small enough to move around easily but still get a pretty cool design that you will be able to see daily.


Another option to consider is to have it longarmed.  It is not very cost effective to send a half yard piece of fabric to be quilted by a longarmer, but if you are sending another quilt in, make the backing about 2/3 yard too big and include the 1/2 yard of fabric you want to use as the outside of the oven mitts.

As a longarmer, I am happy to do additional quilting of smaller items with a quilt as long as they are all on the same continuous backing.  If you are changing the colors in your kitchen, you can send a backing large enough for placemats, a table runner, and a new set of oven mitts all at once.  Or, make these for Christmas presents and send a couple yards of Christmas fabric to be quilted.  There are multiple ways to make the most out of what you send out to be quilted.

Print out the oven mitt pattern at 100% scale.  It is two pages, so align the mitt and tape it together.  Place it on the quilted sandwich to cut out.  If you do the stripe like I did, align the printed dashed line along the bottom of the stripe.  Place washers or other patterns weights on the pattern, and cut out.  I was able to use my rotary cutter for most of it, but at the inside of the thumb I traced the pattern and used my scissors for that part.


If you want the top of the fabric to be for both sides of the oven mitt, make sure to flip the pattern before cutting out the second side so that you have two mirror images to make one oven mitt.

Next, do a zig zag stitch around the entire outline of the oven mitt.  Once you finish, turn it over to make sure you caught every bit of the edge of the fabric on both sides.  I had a couple areas I had to over twice because I missed them as fabric shifted.  This will make this project washable.


I used clover clips to hold the two sides together while sewing because this project is thick!  Align the two sides of the oven mitt with right sides together.


Sew together the oven mitts.  There are a lot of layers to sew together, so just take it slow.  Use a 1/4 inch seam.  If you use a larger seam it will make the thumb extremely difficult to turn inside out later.  Make sure to do a reverse stitch to secure both the beginning and end so that it won't start to unravel when it's time to turn the mitt.


Once the oven mitt is sewn together, it is time to turn it inside out.  Due to the multiple layers, it is thick and not the easiest thing to turn inside out.  I found it easiest to start by push the thumb inward first, then starting the top of the hand.  Once those are started, it is just a matter of pushing and pulling the rest of the way.


Place the 2.5 inch strip of binding with face down around the opening of the oven mitt.  Fold one edge up 45 degrees as shown and iron to create a crisp edge.  Place a thin line of Elmer's washable school glue along that edge, and then lay the other edge of the binding strip over it.

You want the binding strip to be flush against the oven mitt with no gaps because this is how we are attaching the binding to make it the exact size it needs to be.  Press where the line of glue is to dry the glue.


Carefully remove this ring of binding from your oven mitt.  Take it over to your machine and sew exactly on the folded line.


Once that is sewn together, cut 1/4 inch away from the seam.  It will look twisted, but it needs to be to lay flat on the mitt.


Fold the binding in half and place around the opening to the oven mitt, with the edges of the binding lined up with the opening of the oven mitt.  Sew together with 1/4 inch seam.


Iron the binding upwards.  Place a small line of Elmer's washable school glue along the inside edge of the oven mitt.  Pull binding down over that line of glue and iron in place.


Work your way around the inside edge of the oven mitt, gluing in 2-3 inch sections.  Press each section to dry the glue.  Once you are done it will look like the picture below.


The binding will be held in place by the glue so that you can sew the binding down.  The first time you wash your oven mitts, the glue will wash away.  Alternately, you could use the clover clips to hold the binding down, but with this small opening it becomes a lot to maneuver to sew.

Next, put matching thread in your sewing machine if it isn't already, because I used my stitch in the ditch foot to machine stitch just below the binding all the way around the opening to the oven mitt.  The binding will be caught on the inside of the mitt.


Once you have stitched down the entire way around the oven mitt, you are done with your first oven mitt!  This tutorial gives you enough materials to make 2 oven mitts so that you have a set to use everyday.


If you make a set of these oven mitts, please share a photo with Lindsey at lindsey@fortworthfabricstudio.com or on Instagram using the hashtag #sewingwithfwfabricstudio.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Fabric Basket Tutorial

Hi there! I'm Trina from Will Cook for Shoes and this is my first blog post for Fort Worth Fabric Studio. And I'm so excited to be here sharing this project for a fun fabric organizer basket with you!

The finished size is, 6 1/5" wide by 8" high by 10" long. (inches). 

"Everything in its place and a place for everything!"

I can't remember who told me this but this is my organizing mantra.

I think that's why I love these fabric baskets so much. They are a fairly quick project, and you can customize and make as many as you need to organize pretty much anything!

Folklore - Camelot Cottons

I love this line of fabrics from the Folklore line by Heather Rosa for Camelot Cottons. It's good to choose some fun prints for this project that contrast so you can play around with exterior and interior fabrics.

To make one basket, you will need:

  • Exterior fabric, 2 pieces - 12 x 16 inches each
  • Exterior quilting batting, 2 pieces - 12 x 16 inches each
  • Interior fabric, 2 pieces - 12 x 16 inches each
  • Interior medium weight fusible interfacing, 2 pieces - 12 x 16 inches each
  • 2 pieces coordinating fabric,  4 x 8 inches each (for handles)
  • 2 pieces medium weight fusible interfacing, 4 x 8 inches each  (for handles)



To make the handles, secure interfacing to the wrong side of each 4 x 8 piece of fabric. Fold each piece in half, wrong sides together, so they are 2 x 8 inches. Press.


Open up and fold edge of each long side a 1/4 inch and press.


Fold back so this piece is once again 2 x 8 inches and finish by sewing down each long side, stitching 1/4 inch in from each side.


Repeat with the second piece. These will form the handles of your basket.

Next fuse the interior interfacing to the wrong side of the interior fabric. And lightly press the quilting batting to the wrong side of the exterior fabric.

If you wish to do any quilting to the exterior of your basket, now's the time to do it. I recommend at least doing a little bit of quilting - straight lines is a fun project. The quilting will give a little extra structure (and detail) to your finished basket.


I find it's helpful to attach your handles at this point. Position the ends equally apart from the centre of the top of the exterior fabric. Stitch to secure using a scant 1/4 inch seam. Do this for each of the exterior pieces.


Now it's time to assemble the basket. Place exterior pieces and interior pieces each right sides together. Stitch around three sides (sides and bottom) on each section using a 1/2 inch seam.

To make the flat bottom of the basket which allows it to stand on its own, mark 3 1/2 inches in from the side and bottom of both the exterior and interior pieces on both sides.


Open up the bottom corners so that the seams match and the lines on the front and the back line up. If you are unsure if the lines you drew on the front and back are lining up, use a straight pin and stick through the fabric on the line to make sure it comes out on the other side on the line. Once these are lined up, pin in place and sew straight down the line. Trim 1/4 inch from the new corner.


Do this for both the exterior and interior corners.

Now we need to match up our exterior and interior pieces! (Meaning: we are almost done!)

Turn in exterior piece right side out. Place the interior piece into the exterior piece so you are matching up the fabric right sides together. Pin together making sure to line up your side seams.



Sew around the top using a 1/2 inch seam, leaving a large three to four inch section open. 

Turn right side out. If your interfacing is stiff, it may take a little cajoling to get your pieces to turn out but take your time and just slowly work the fabric through the section you left open.

If needed, press the top edges so they meet evenly. Pin closed the section you left open. Top stitch all the way around the top using a scant 1/4 inch seam to finish off the basket and close the section you left open.



I love these baskets so much! They are super roomy and so cute! You can get really creative and do all kinds of different fabric arrangements on the exterior to customize, just make sure the finished exterior panel is 12 x 16. On the two colour version, I used a 6 1/2 x 16 darker piece and a 6 1/2 x 16 lighter piece. Once they were sewn together on the long side using a 1/2 inch seam, my finished piece was 12 x 16.

These baskets are so practical for organizing so many things. These two baskets are headed to my crafting room, but I'm already planning baskets to organize the remote controls in the living room, and a basket for the dogs' leashes at the front entrance. What will you organize with your fabric baskets?



Friday, February 20, 2015

Fabric Frenzy Friday #51

Happy Friday!  I am so ready for the weekend! :)  It's supposed to be another warm weekend, so hopefully we'll get to spend some time outside and enjoy it while it lasts! :)

This week on the blog, I shared my second Mystery Project! Click here for all the details! 

 I am also going to share a "bonus" project on Instagram today! So be sure to follow us on IG, so you can follow along! 

Now let's get to this week's bundle!


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INTO THE WOODS is today's 10 piece Bundle Batch!  Highlighting some of the Riding Hood prints by Blend Fabrics, we chose some of our favorite coordinates to create a bundle with Scandinavian flair!  

Included in each bundle are one cut of each  (in order from top to bottom):
  1. Riding Hood Babushka Light Blue - Blend
  2. Essentials Sparkles Medium Gray - Wilmington
  3. Happy Flappers Circles Pink - Riley Blake
  4. Grunge Basics Sky - Moda
  5. Sketch Grey - Timeless Treasures
  6. Riding Hood Granny Squares - Blend
  7. Calico Sky - Dear Stella
  8. Cherie Telegrammes - Art Gallery
  9. Riding Hood Babushka Light Blue - Blend
  10. Riding Hood Painted Woodgrain Grey - Blend

Need more than a fat quarter? You can purchase this bundle in 1/2 yard cuts rather than fat quarters.


Now that we shared our fabric for the week, we want to see yours!  

Here is your chance to link up anything to do with fabric! You can link up finished quilts, a work in progress, a new fabric you just bought, a project made with fabric, or maybe you just want to show off some of your stash.  Anything goes--as long as it has to do with fabric! 

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