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31 Days of Halloween – Jack-O-Lantern Dishcloth Tutorial!

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s Talk to Me Tuesday, we continue with the fun of 31 Days of Halloween by sharing a new tutorial!

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Hot off the sewing machine, a festive, Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel topper!

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

You’ll need:

  • Pumpkin Template
  • Dish Towel of your choice
  • small amount of batting
  • small amount of orange fabric
  • scrap of black fabric
  • 2 – 2″ x 22″ strips of green fabric (fat quarters work great or you can sub-cut a WOF)
  • fun thread color (optional)
  • pinking shears (optional)
  • sewing machine
  • iron

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Press both 22″ strips in half, pressing one end of each strip under 1/4″. Press in half again.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Stitch across the turned under end and down the length of each green strip.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Now you’ll have this!

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Depending on the size of your towel, you may need to cut it in half. My towel was 23″ long. If you don’t cut your towel in half, then cut the seam allowance off the top end.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Run a long basting stitch along the raw edge, being sure to leave long tails on each end.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Use the basting to gather the towel. Now, set aside for the fun part!

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Cut your orange fabric into two pieces approximately 7″ square (mine was a little wider, so I just left it). Cut out and trace the Pumpkin Template onto the right side of one piece of orange fabric with an erasable fabric pencil. I used my white Sewline pencil.

I marked a four inch space to help with the opening later on. This is optional.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Baste the orange fabric you just traced on to the batting with a few dots of washable school glue.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Using your fun thread and a wide stitch (I used a 3 on my Juki), trace the pumpkin line.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Starting at the top of the pumpkin, echo the shape  an inch or so inside the line. You don’t have to be perfect here, every pumpkin is unique!

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Mine looks like this.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Using your black fabric scraps and a pair of scissors, cut out the face you’d like for your Jack-O-Lantern. I decided to go super simple, trimming as needed until it was just the way I wanted.

Baste these pieces on with the washable school glue. Hit it for a few seconds with your iron to dry the glue.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Using the same stitch as before, stitch around each facial feature, being sure to back stitch as needed.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Trim the entire thing with pinking shears. The face is done, yay!

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Place completed face right side up on the remaining piece of orange fabric.

Slide the unstitched ends of the green ties into the top center and secure with a pin.

Measure a 4 inch opening at the bottom (this is what those marks were for back when I was tracing), Mark each side with a pen or erasable fabric pencil, marker, etc.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Sew around, on top of the original stitch, leaving the 4″ opening at the bottom. Back stitch at the beginning and end.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Insert the previously prepared towel in the opening (the back fabric is still untrimmed).

Adjust as needed until it is as even as possible.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Sew the opening closed. Depending on your machine, you may need to raise your presser foot or use a walking foot. You know your machine best, so do what works best for you.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Now, it’s time to trim off the back! Use scissors or your pinking shears to trim close to the stitching, being sure not to cut the front fabric.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Here we go, all done! What a happy Jack!

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TTMT #327 – Back…again

Summer shenanigans have been keeping me away from home. Today’s video is another short one, but I hope to be back to full speed by next week!

Three Patronuses Stitched by Jennifer Ofenstein

Three Patronuses Free Pattern

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Free Pattern: Three Patronuses

Three Patronuses Stitched by Jennifer Ofenstein

Three Patronuses

7″ embroidered

It’s been quite some time since I’ve shared anything other than Talk to Me Tuesday here on Sewhooked and Project of Doom updates on Fandom in Stitches.

Unsurprisingly, I still have Harry Potter on the mind!

Today’s offering is a free pattern that comes from a sketch I did years ago when imagining Harry, Ron and Hermione’s patronuses.

I love it so much, I’m thinking it might go in a frame.

My version is entirely backstitched. I do hope you’ll enjoy!

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TTMT #323 – Making Things

Have a crafty day!

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A Few of My Favorite Things

A few of my favorite things...

There’s been fairly regular conversation over on the Project of Doom Facebook group about favorite tools for different aspects of quilting and paper piecing.

I thought I’d take that idea and share a list of some of my personal favorites.

Disclaimer: These are my favorites.  I personally use and recommend every single one of things. This is not a paid ad, though there are some affiliate links.  If you have a tool that you like better, or one I didn’t include, I’d love to hear about it!

I love my rotary mat, rulers, etc., which are all fairly basic quilting supplies, so I’m not including those here. I have a variety of different ruler brands and I enjoy them all. These are my special favorites, the things that I wouldn’t want to live without in the sewing room!

  • Add-A-Quarter 6″ Ruler &  12″ Ruler  (the 12″ is by far my most used ruler) – for trimming seams to 1/4″ as you go. These are ideal for paper piecing and make quick work of trimming as you go! More about paper piecing here.
  • Add-An-Eighth Ruler – also great for paper piecing, especially when there are lots of overlapping seams that need to be graded to avoid bulk.
  • Olfa 45mm Ergonomic Rotary Cutter – great for constant cutting and for anyone that forgets to close the blade on their standard rotary cutter. My first rotary cutter was not ergonomic, which I found harder to deal with as I began using it more and more (and let’s be honest, as I got older!). The Olfa is easy to use and has a squeeze grip that closes the blade when not in use.
  • Mary Ellen’s Best Press – Excellent starch alternative to get out stubborn wrinkles and to give fabric body without flakes or stickiness. Use sparingly when paper piecing if the paper is still attached to your block or you will end up with a soggy mess. I love the lavender, it smells just lovely!
  • Superior Top Stitch Needles – THE BEST. I can’t give these enough praise. Smooth stitching, especially when free-motion quilting and easy to thread. Best yet, they last longer for me, especially with paper piecing, which tends to dull needles faster.
  • Havel’s Ultra Pro Seam Ripper – ideal for serged seams, but it also cuts like butter through seams that need to be “unsewn,” including the small stitches that are best for paper piecing. Do be very careful with this, though. It’s a super sharp blade that will pierce your fabric (or you!) if you’re not careful! Refillable blade, which is a bonus!
  • Fiskar 5″ Softgrip Scissors – I keep these handy little guys hanging on a 3M Command Wire Hook right on the side of my sewing machine. I always know where they are and they are useful for everything from trimming threads to snipping corners.
  • Black & Decker Classic Iron – my favorite iron of all that I’ve used, including the different places I’ve worked, taught and other places besides home where I’ve had the opportunity to try different irons. The Black & Decker has a nice heft to it, which I find I really prefer to lightweight irons when pressing. I use it without steam to press when piecing. It has a safety feature that will turn the iron off when it hasn’t been picked up after about 10 minutes, but turns on and heats up quickly once it’s moved again. That’s a great safety feature if you, like me, tend to get distracted and forget that the iron is on! I also like the Hamilton Beach Retro Iron. It’s nice and simple and gets the job done.
  • Variera Iron Holder from IKEA – keeps the iron off the ironing board and safe from jumping and grabbing critters like cats and kids. I have had my iron holder for years and I couldn’t live without it. My iron stays safely mounted and out of the way when not being used and is a safe place to keep the iron even when it’s on.
  • Recycled Printer Paper – The number one supply question I’m asked is what kind of paper I use for paper piecing. There are a number of products out there specifically for paper piecing, and if those work for you, that’s absolutely brilliant. My personal favorite is recycled printer paper. It comes in reams, is reasonably priced, it runs easily and smoothly through my printer, it’s easier to remove than regular printer paper, but it has enough body that it stays in tact while you sew (and occasionally rip!) seams. After paper piecing, I recycle it again, making the circle complete!

Is your favorite tool not listed? I’d love to hear about it!

My Kitchen Window

In honor of my mother-in-law’s memory, I will be giving away one free copy of My Kitchen Window to a Sewhooked Flickr Member that shares photos of projects made from my patterns during February 2015. This wall hanging pattern was inspired by a stained glass piece made by Carol and gifted to my family many years ago.

My patterns can be found on Craftsysewhooked.comfandominstitches.com,  & various Quiltmaker Magazines. Photos must be shared with the Sewhooked flickr group to be entered to win the monthly giveaway.

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Summer 2014, Stitched

Summer of Stitching 2014, A Design Invitational on fandominstitches.com

The Summer of Stitching has concluded on Fandom In Stitches!

Next week, there will be a BIG wrap-up post that includes the winner of the Free FiS t-shirt as well as every pattern submitted for the event. Be sure to stop by Fandom In Stitches on Wednesday for that!

At the beginning of the summer, I challenged to design one new pattern for each SoS theme. There were 12 in all, and in the end, I’d designed 15 patterns, though I only stitched 14 of them.

Underachiever, right?! 😉

All of my designs are entirely free, all are hand embroidered and each design works up to approximately 7″ (my blocks are trimmed to 8 1/2″ after stitching).

I hope you find one among the lot that you’ll enjoy!

All of these patterns and more can be found under Free Fandom Patterns:

Kiss The Girl (embroidery)
from The Little Mermaid
Week 12:  I ❤ Disney
Game of Thrones: The Eons
C3P0 - We're Doomed
C3P0 – We’re Doomed
(with bonus quote – “Let the Wookiee Win”)
Week 10: Star Wars
Mos-es Sup-pos-es
from Singing in the Rain
Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain.
from Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets
from Star Trek: The Next Generation (t.v. & film)
Week 7: Star Trek
Aslan: Not A Tame Lion
I see, said the vampire thoughtfully
“I see,” said the vampire thoughtfully.
The first line of Interview With The Vampire, by Anne Rice
Week 4: I ❤ Books
Our Little Infinity
Our Little Infinity
inspired  by The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
Week 4: I ❤ Books
from Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Week 3: Monty Python
from Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Week 3: Monthy Python
from The Dresden Files: Storm Frontby Jim Butcher

 

Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast

Smoke Me A Kipper
From Red Dwarf
Week 2: I ❤ Sci-Fi & Fantasy
untested pattern /not yet posted on FiS

Holmes Has A Look
Holmes Has A Look (Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes)
Week 1: Sherlock Holmes

We have a new prize for September! Share your projects made from any Sewhooked pattern with the Sewhooked flickr group, including Paper Piecing Vintage, and you’ll be entered to win a free copy of Sunbonnet Sue’s Magical Friends, Set 1: Monster Madness. The set includes 5″ patterns for all the classic monsters shown…just in time for Halloween!