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Love Letter Cushion

February 5th 2014

Another day of Valentine tutorials! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Today’s tutorial is a Love Letter Cushion.

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For this cushion you will need some linen 2 rectangles 8″ x 20″ and enough Jumbo Rick Rack to go around, 60 inches, some decorative beads (optional), printable fabric and a 2″ x 2″ scrap for stamp.

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First print out your return and address labels with whatever message and color you like. **Color was drained when printed, just sayin’.

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Iron on the selected labels to your “envelope” I marked the envelope with invisible ink so they would not catch in the 1/2 inch seam.

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Using a spray baste, I added some batting smoothing it over with the ruler or straight edge to avoid bubbles.

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I even used scrap batting.

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I did a blanket stitch around each label

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and linked heart patterns all over the envelope.

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If it needs a little “bling” like mine did, go ahead and add some, I  added mine after turning it.

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With right sides together, measure and pin the Rick Rack, remember we are using a 1/2 inch seam.

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Pin in place all the way around and leave an opening for stuffing.

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When I got to the corners, I cut the Rick Rack  and started with a new piece for neater corners.

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Before turning, cut off the ends to avoid bulk in the corners.

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Stuff generously with Poly-fil. Closing pillow stitches tell it all! I like to pin the opening closed and stitch that way for more consistent stitches. Use a blending color thread.

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So there is your Love Letter cushion. Another option instead of labels would be to use embroidery! I may try that next year.  The font I used is called Fiolex Girls, complete with hearts!

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Now share them with those you love the most!

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Sheri from Sunshine in the Attic has also joined int he Valentine tutorial fun and she has the cutest projects to share, check it out here!

Love, American Style

February 3rd 2014

 Welcome to day three of the Valentine tutorials!  I hope you are enjoying these projects and are making some of your own. I’d love to see them! There is a Flickr group where you can add your projects too!

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Today’s project was inspired by that show from the 70’s “Love American Style” I was very young, but I remember the song.

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What you’ll need:

A template of a heart (optional)

Needle and thread, sewing machine

Star embellishments or buttons

An assortment of red and white ribbon

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5 1/2 inch squares in denim and white and a 10 1/2  inch rectangle also in white

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Once you have your squares lay them out like this.

(Let me just say right now, that I am so happy with how this turned out!)

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Approximate the size of your ribbons by laying them over the white fabric, you’ll want them to get “sewn” into the seam, arrange them in whatever order you like.  Before you start sewing the ribbons on, make sure you leave the ribbons lying on the mat the way you planned it.

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 As you sew each ribbon on, you will stitch on each end of the ribbon as indicated by the arrows.   **IMPORTANT:  You will want to loosen the tension on your machine (I did 2 numbers less) to reduce puckering and give you the smoothest look. You may also lengthen the size of the stitch as well, for best results.

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Once the ribbons are attached, trim off  the ends and sew your squares together, then the rectangle.  Don’t  forget to press ON THE BACKSIDE, just in case your ribbons can melt!

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Now place your stencil over your flag for cutting.

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CONFESSION: This came out so nice, I did not have the courage to cut my flag. So I kept it whole.  Maybe that disqualifies it as a Valentine project? But I do love the USA! I guess I’ll re-post this for the Fourth of July!

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Next, sew on your star embellishments. I saw a cluster of stars in my mind instead of rows, love that!

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I added some fusible interfacing to the back of the “flag” to give it some body.  Add a nice patterned, patriotic back and sew your pillow closed. You can use this zippered back tutorial from this post over at Amy made that!  I didn’t have a zipper so I opted for velcro!  I  like the freedom to take off the cover if I want to.

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Then I measured the backing. The top panel measures 4 plus 1 3/4 for overlap and seam and the bottom 6 inches plus 1 3/4 inch for overlap and seam:  

Notice below the 1/4 inch seam I pressed for the overlap piece

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 I inch overlap for the Velcro.

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 Pay attention to how you sew the Velcro on. See below:

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I made my own pillow insert.  You can also skip the Velcro and forget the insert and just stuff and close your pillow. I don’t like outward pillow seams though.

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Close your Velcro, then with right sides together, pin back and front together and sew

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using a 1/2 inch seam.
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Turn simply by separating the Velcro, easy peasy!

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Put your insert in the pillow.

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 I was going to add Rick Rack or trim to the opening on the back, but I like the “invisible” look just fine.

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Now I wish had an “All American” room…. Maybe in the Summer I can work on that!

Soft Valentines

February 1st 2014


 Welcome to the first day of Valentine tutorials!  As you go through each day and make your own projects from the tutorials, feel free to post your pics here, on the Flickr group called Valentine Tutorial Projects.

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Today’s tutorial is what I like to call a “soft” Valentine since they are a couple of heart pillows. The first one is made from red corduroy and of course lace, what’s a Valentine without lace? I really wanted this one to be about texture.

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What you’ll need for corduroy pillow:

Needle and thread, sewing machine, scissors

Card stock or cardboard for stencil or template. (I scanned them and couldn’t turn the JPG into a pdf I Hope you can at least print them, sorry! They are half hearts that you put on the fold and trace to get 2 equal sides)

Red corduroy enough for two 10 inch squares (you will trim these)

Lace or trim about 24 inches to go around (you’ll have some extra)

A ribbon for hanging (about 10 inches)

Poly-fil for stuffing

Some pearls for accenting (maybe 20)

And I bought metal “key” embellishment to hang with the ribbon (Key to my heart)

First, I used some card stock to make a template of the heart shape I wanted.  Remember when you make a pillow, it loses some of the size with the three dimensional effect, so I always make it a little bigger than the actual size you want, maybe 2 inches bigger. Here are some templates for you to use if you like. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

1. Trace your template on the WRONG side of your fabric.

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2. Cut it out carefully.

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3. On one side of the heart, I marked one inch intervals, alternating so the pearls would be evenly spaced out. Don’t get too close to the edge or sewing it closed on the machine will be a problem.

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I tied each pearl on individually stitched through a couple of times with a double knot on the back then I dabbed it with glue, just to make sure they won’t come out. When I pack it with poly-fil, they should be okay.

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Mark you opening so you know where you will start and stop sewing.

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Now add the lace and ribbon (easier said than done!)

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Pinning helps but you still have to sew slowly and make sure the ends of lace and fabric line up.

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The center of the heart is the most difficult. I had to change that ribbon out because it kept sliding and tearing. Remember to cut into the curved seams so they’ll “open” when you turn it.

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Since you are sewing wrong sides out,  your ribbon will be between the hearts and the ends should be pinned and sticking out from the center.

If you have attached a key or another token, (I tied mine on so it wouldn’t bulge out from the “fatness” of the pillow.

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But it should lie in the middle of the heart, not near the ends while you are sewing.  Flip your heart inside out, you may have to clip a little more when you turn it and make sure the curves are smooth.

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Sew your pillow closed, the corduroy is very forgiving with closing stitches. You can hardly see them!

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For denim heart pillow you’ll need:  6 inch square of denim, and other fabric, 8 inches square for backing, an accent, ribbon and some poly-fil.

Trace template on back of fabric adding 1/4 inch seam allowance in the center.

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Cut your templates out sew down the middle with 1/4 inch seam.

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Add your embellishment.

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Add the backing with the ribbon in the center (for hanging) and stuff.

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Close the opening.

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So there you have it, the first tutorial in this series!

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I love heart pillows! Please come back tomorrow for another Valentine tutorial. I hope you enjoyed this one!

Simply Retro Quilt Along

September 9th 2013
Sweet Life.
That’s the name of this super easy and fun pattern from Camille Roskelley’s book Simply Retro. It’s the next project on the Quilt Along hosted by Jana, hop on over to her blog and see what other people have made. We are almost done with the book!!
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I opted out of making a full quilt since I already have done one baby quilt and I am working on another baby quilt and one full sized quilt, both from this book.
So I decided to make a pillow using these Kate Spain Fat Quarters I got this summer.
And I used some “word” fabric full of Christmas cheer, I already had for the back.
Wondering what that flap is for?  It’s a zipper cover.
I used to be a Zippophobe (to use the word from The Patchsmith, Amanda.) It means “someone who has fear or anxiety at the thought of inserting, installing, attaching or assembling a zipper into any type of sewing project.”
So yep! I finally faced my fear and did a zipper, I used Amy’s tutorial  from her blog Amy Made that! It was really a cinch! I think I am going to buy zippers in bulk now! : )
And as an added bonus for me, this project also serves as my Christmas Once a Month Project hosted by Julie the Crafty Quilter. YAY!!
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So I have two great Christmas pillows ready for December.
It’s time to start cranking out more Christmas Crafts.