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!

Knitting Notes

I have picked up my knitting again.

My knitting basket just sat over the Summer.  But after writing yesterday’s post, I want to knit again.

 

basket of yarn

 

I really had good intentions of knitting during the Summer months.  And to practice the purl stitch.  But this past Summer flew by so fast.

And I’ll admit that I did not even bring my knitting along on camping trips.  On the last camping trip, I mentioned to my husband that I should have brought my knitting with me.  But instead, I packed along some books to read.

I really like the garter stitch.  But have not quite figured out the purl stitch or circular needles.

This is a goal of mine for the Fall and Winter months: to practice the purl stitch.

Over the next few months, you’ll see a sprinkling of knitting posts on this blog.

And for sewing, I may have to make some kind of bag to put my knitting in.  Could be a tutorial!

Do you like to knit or crochet?

 

October Melody

As I sat at my desk writing today’s post, I gazed out the window.

The sun was shining so warm and bright.  I had thought it was supposed to rain.

But not at that moment.

 

colorful trees

 

I reached for my camera.

My dog and I went outside into the nice Fall sunshine and walked around our yard.

How about fabric in colors of greens, reds, and orange?  I can just picture the sewn project, whether it is a bag, scarf, or quilt.

 

more colorful trees

 

Today is No-Sew Tuesday.  I had a project planned, but wanted to share these photos with you.

And the sweet October song of:

- Tree branches swaying in the wind

 

yarn,knitting needles

 

- Knitting needles weaving yarn into a warm scarf or cowl

- Leaves falling gently to the ground

- Savoring a cup of coffee as some items can be checked off our list of “to do before Winter”

- My laptop keys as I type blog posts

- The rustle of cookbook pages as I search for new recipes to try

- And the hum of my sewing machine.

 

Crayon Bag

It’s Monday Series time!

Here is a simple crayon bag!

 

crayon bag

 

This project also uses up your fabric scraps.

 

another crayon bag pic

 

Materials

- 8″ x 8″ square piece of light weight denim
– 8″ wide by different lengths fabric, after sewn together equals 8″ x 8″.  I chose a light weight denim and home décor fabrics.
– 7″ zipper

First, let’s make the front patchwork piece.  Here is what I did:

I cut 3 different lengths of fabric that were 8″ wide.  I serged them together along the 8″ edge with 1/4″ seams.  I pressed the seams toward the bottom of the bag.

 

front of crayon bag

 

Then topstitched the seams down on the right side of the fabric with contrasting thread.  And I trimmed the front piece to 8″ x 8″.

On the bottom front piece, I sewed a couple of decorative stitches along the 8″ edge, keeping away from the bottom edge for the seam allowance.

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

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

 

sew zipper in crayon bag

 

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

 

zipper and crayon bag

 

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

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

 

zipper sewn in crayon bag

 

Open up the zipper.

 

crayon bag inside out

 

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.

Turn right side out through the zipper opening.

This is also great for traveling and camping trips.

Fill with crayons!