Journaling

An Autumn walk

outside around our home.  The leaves falling  to the ground,  the trees look almost ready to face the Winter winds.

 

outside on a Fall day

 

 

This happens to be my favorite time of the year.  I may have mentioned that before, sorry to keep repeating myself.

My husband pulled a disc behind his garden tractor on the garden soil yesterday.  And some garden thoughts came to mind.  We would like to plant pumpkins, lettuce, and potatoes for next year.

On these crisp October days, it seems that I’m outside quite a bit, instead of sewing.

 

fabric on a chair

 

Here is a sneak peak at what I’m working on.  It’s the Sew Journal!

I started this in July.  Wow, has it been that long ago?

 

fabric for sew  journal

 

Here is the fabric I originally picked out last Summer. I’m now leaning toward the same fabric as for the Denim Pocket Organizer.

This is a “Project in the Works” for October.  I’m one to start many  projects and set them aside.

This month my goal is to finish some of them, and November’s right around the corner!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

 

 

Buttons and Fabric

A  quart size wide mouth Mason jar

with buttons and fabric!

 

buttons and fabric

 

Here is a simple no-sew project.   It seems that I can’t stop blogging about fabric on No-Sew Tuesdays!  But I’m trying!  I even walked away from my  sewing machine for this project.

At first I made this as a decoration for my sewing table.  Then a bridal shower game came to my mind.

Let’s pick out some cotton fabric scraps!

 

fabric strips for jar

 

I cut 1 1/2″ wide fabric strips in various lengths.  Cut as many fabric strips that you would like to go inside the jar.  I cut 28 strips.

 

supplies to make project

 

Put the fabric strips inside the Mason jar.  If the strips are quite long, fold them in half wrong sides together.

Toss a few buttons inside the jar, however many that you would like.  I put 17 buttons inside.

 

buttons and fabric jar

 

Cut a fabric scrap that is 8″ wide by 16 1/4″ long.  I wanted to sew fabric pieces together to make the tie, but left my cover on my sewing machine.

Add a lid and ring to the Mason jar.

 

fabric tie around jar

 

Fold the fabric scrap in half lengthwise and wrong sides together.  Tie around jar in a knot.

For a bridal shower game or a door prize drawing,  have your guests guess how many buttons are in the jar.

The guest wins a prize with the closest guess to the correct amount.

And the bride receives a pretty fabric Mason jar!

 

Crafty Days

It’s Monday!

And I wanted to share with you a few projects that I am working on.

 

practice purl & knit

 

Here is the practice purl piece.  I’ve been working on this stitch and I think I got it.  I started out knitting a row and then purling a row.  Then I realized it was the Stockinette Stitch.  And I didn’t know that the edges curled like this.  Oh well, that is ok.

My husband asked me what I was knitting.  I said that this was a practice piece.  But ya know what?  Maybe, just maybe, it could be a Winter cowl!

 

start of baby patchwork

 

After posting the Sweet Baby Patchwork Blanket,  I began looking for more fabric pieces in the scrap bag.  I started another blanket top for a Christmas gift.

 

October bag series

 

And the Marker Bag from last week concluded the Monday Series for 2014.

I started the series in February of this year.

 

Monday series projects

 

From doll accessories to bags, it was really fun posting projects of the same theme on Mondays.

2015 will bring different sewing themes and series!

I’m back to working on “Projects in the Works”.   The Winter Throw sounds like  a good idea for today.

Have a great day, friends!

Sweet Baby Patchwork Part 2

It’s part 2 of the little, sweet little blanket for baby!

 

sweet baby patchwork  pt 2

 

Last Friday in part 1, the blanket top was made from fabric squares.

Today, we’ll finish this little blanket.  Then it’s all ready for a baby shower, for play, or to toss in the diaper bag.

 

blanket front and back

 

Materials:

- the constructed blanket top.  Here are the directions for the blanket top.
– 13″ x 13″ Cuddle or Minky fabric for the back

Place your blanket top and the back fabric right sides together.  I used a lot of pins.

 

sewing baby blanket

 

Pin and sew all around the blanket with a  3/8″ seam allowance. I used a regular pressure foot.

Leave a small opening in 1 side.

Turn right side out through the opening.  Pin and sew the opening closed.  I used my sewing machine.

Then I switched to my walking foot for my sewing machine.

 

stitch in the ditch

 

And I stitched in the ditch down the 3 middle seams.

 

baby patchwork blanket

 

And you have a little, sweet baby patchwork blanket!

 

 

An Autumn Home

Happy No-Sew Tuesday!

With the  Autumn days, we’ve been getting our home ready for Winter.

 

fall color prints

 

And I searched through my bag of scraps and pulled out some Fall looking prints.

After looking at all the wonderful colors around our home, I decided to make a bunting or fabric garland out of scraps.

 

pretty fall trees

 

I have not even thought of the dimensions for the fabric strips on the bunting or where to hang it when I’m finished. It will probably go in our kitchen or dining room.  After a cup of tea and a few more strolls outside, I’m sure I’ll come up with something.

And here is a “Project in the Works” for October.

 

window seat curtains

 

I have finished the Window Seat Curtains!  I can cross them off my list of unfinished projects. Let’s see, what else is on that list:

- Picnic Blanket/Winter Throw
– Sew Journal
– Placemats

My husband cut down 2 more trees.  And I just put the last of the washed Summer clothes back in our camper.  Our camper is all set for a long Winter’s rest.  Oh, but I do have a long list of stuff to sew for next year’s camping trips.

So, for today on No-Sew Tuesday, I’ll work on the Fall Fabric Bunting dimensions and will share that with you shortly.

Have a great day!

Marker Bag

After last Monday’s post,

I just had to make a Marker Bag!

 

marker bag

 

Materials:

- 10″ wide by 7″ long light weight denim fabric, for the back piece
– 2 – 3 fabric scrap pieces, of a sturdier weight, for front patchwork piece
– 10″ zipper

The 10″ edges are the top and the bottom of the bag.

Let’s make a patchwork front bag piece.

 

sew bag front

 

I cut a denim scrap and a home décor scrap.  I serged the two pieces together with 1/4″ seams.  I trimmed this piece to 10″ wide.

 

bag front

 

Then I serged a home décor piece on top of the 2 sewn pieces from the previous step.  Then I trimmed this front patchwork piece to 10″ wide by 7″ long.

I topstitched the seams down on the front side of this fabric piece.  I also sewed a Rick-rack decorative stitch down the front of the denim with a contrasting thread.

 

marker bag front

 

Let’s round the bottom corners of the front and back pieces.

 

round bottom corner

 

With the front piece right side up, I placed a large spool of thread on a bottom corner.  I traced around the spool just on the bottom with a disappearing marker.  And cut the edge off.

Repeat this step for the other side of the front piece and both bottom corners of the back piece.

Finish the raw edges, if you wish, on the top 10″ edge of the front and back pieces.

 

marker bag zipper

 

For the zipper:

On the top edge, fold over 1/2″ to the wrong side and press.  Repeat for the other top 10″ edge.

With your zipper closed and right side up, place the back bag piece with the fold you just made, right along the zipper teeth.  The fabric is also right side up.  Center the zipper along the fabric piece.

Sew a 1/4″ from the fold of the fabric down this long edge. Since you are stitching a 1/4″ away from the fabric and not touching the zipper teeth as you sew, you can use a regular pressure foot.

 

sew bag zipper

 

Repeat for the left side of the zipper and the front piece of the bag.

Open up the zipper.

Place the front and back pieces right sides together.  The zipper is at the top. Stitch or serge with 1/4″ seams on the 2 sides and the bottom.

 

finished marker bag

 

Turn right side out through the zipper opening.

Fill with markers!

Sweet Baby Patchwork Part 1

Do you have some small fabric squares?

Here is a Fridays Fabric Leftover project for a sweet baby.

A little, little patchwork blanket.

 

sweet baby patchwork pt 1

 

I have written this project in different stages.  Today we are going to make the patchwork top.

Materials for part 1:

- 3  5/8″ x  3  5/8″ cotton fabric squares, you will need 16 squares

I used 16 different fabric squares.  The top of this little blanket is made up of 4 squares to a row and a total of 4 rows.

 

fabric squares for blanket

 

Lay out the cut fabric squares how you would like to sew them.

Place 2 fabric squares right sides together and sew along 1 edge with 1/4″ seams.  Attach 2 more squares to create a row.

 

patchwork row for blanket

 

Press seams to one side.

Repeat above steps to create a total of 4 rows.

Now it’s time to sew the rows together.  Place 2 rows right sides together and sew with 1/4″ seams down the long edge.  I try to have the pressed seams from the previous steps in the opposite direction when I sew the rows together.

Press this long seam open.

 

sewing patchwork squares

 

Repeat the above steps 2 more times attaching the rows.

 

sewing blanket top

 

Trim your blanket top, if necessary, to 13″ x 13″.

 

patchwork top

 

And you have a sweet baby patchwork little blanket top.

Part 2 will be next Friday!