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TTMT #398 – An Unexpected Project & A Winner!

My Favorite Things #favthingsbom now available as a set in my Craftsy shop! #bom #paperpieced #somanyoptions

60” x 72” (for 12” blocks) or 30” x 36” (for 6” blocks)

The entire set of My Favorite Things patterns, January – December, plus bonus blocks, and these four layouts in two sizes is available in one .zip file in my Craftsy Shop. Prefer Etsy? The set is available there, too.


Thanks to your feedback & requests, Paper Piecing Vintage will be returning as a Quilt Along during the first half of 2017!


Our November winner receives a free PDF copy of Paper Piecing Vintage!

The final prize for 2016 will be announced next week! Want a chance to win? Simply share your Sewhooked project photos with my Flickr group (any project designed by me). You’ll have one chance to win for each project photo you share!

Want to keep sharing? 2017 giveaways will take place in the Sewhooked Facebook Group!


Fun Photos from the Sewhooked Flickr group!

11-23-16 with rhys

11-23-16 - 1
by mssms1

Glue Gun


I finished and sandwiched this quilt back in March...my very first quilt, and my first try at #paperpiecing as well. It received it's first quilting stitches today. This is the back side. Some might say #afterallthistime and I'll simply say #ALWAYS!  #HP
by Anita McDowell

Book Quilt

by Amy Miller

Needle and thread
by Jodie Tawn

My Favorite Things BOM - November - Hot Glue #sewhooked

by Jennifer R (Playful Piecing)

Butterfly pillow slip
by Vanda Chittenden


TTMT #392 – Terribly Mysterious

In which I talk about Halloween, a very special quilt, and quilting practice on some projects for The Linus Connection!

I have a TON of Halloween content right here on Sewhooked. You can find it all here.

My Favorite Things. a Block of the Month by Jennifer Ofenstein

Free Pattern Day is the first of every month during 2016! Come back Tuesday, November 1, 2016 for the next Free Pattern Day.

Wednesday through December on Fandom in Stitches!

Quirky Qwerty Alphabet!

October Prize – .pdf copy of Quirky Qwerty Alphabet!

Get it now from my Craftsy Shop.

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TTMT #348 – Stuff & Sundry

I will taking next week off to spend at home with my family. If I’m feeling inspired and have something to share, I’ll post a video. Otherwise, I’ll “see you” again on December 29!

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 12, Fall 2015

I’m down to my FOUR copies of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol 12 in my Etsy shop! Get one now before they’re gone!



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Coming in January 2016!

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I Want To Believe: An X-Files Quilt & Stitch Along coming 2016 on fandominstitches.com

31 Days of Halloween – Tri-Wizard Tee Costume

31 Days of Halloween on sewhooked.com

Crack open the WAY BACK MACHINE for today’s 31 Days of Halloween!

Today we have a fast, easy costuming option for the Harry Potter fans out there.

TriWizard Tee Tutorial sewhooked.com Craftster Swap - HP for our kids

Originally created in 2006 for a Craftster Swap, I’m breaking this tutorial out today for anyone that might not have a costume in mind, or, like me, might need something a wee bit cooler to wear come Halloween!

The best part about this project is that you can sew it by hand if you don’t have a machine or use a serger to finish it even faster!

You’ll need:

  • 1 red t-shirt
  • 1 black t-shirt in the same size and style as the red t-shirt
  • Rotary cutter, 24″ rotary ruler & cutting mat
  • OR a straight edge, pencil and sharp scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine, serger or needle and thread
  • Freezer Paper, cut into 2 8 ½” x 11” sheets (print Hogwarts Crest Stencil & Potter/Star Stencil on these sheets)
  • fabric paint in red, green, blue, yellow, white and gold
  • foam paintbrushes


t-shirt black t-shirt red

  • Find the center of each shirt by folding in half towards the front and matching the sleeves.
  • Mark the top and the bottom with a pin.
  • If using a rotary cutter, this is your cutting line.
  • If using a straight edge, draw a pencil line from top to bottom.
  • Cut as straight as possible.

Sleeve Reconstruction

t-shirt left right sleeves

  • Select the red shirt right (right side when the shirt is worn) and black shirt left and carefully remove the sleeves from each side of the shirt using a seam ripper. Be very careful to not stretch the fabric.

t-shirt left right sleeves2

  • Swap the sleeves so that red sleeve is with black shirt piece and the black sleeve is with red.
  • Turn the shirt half you are working on inside out and place the sleeve, right side out inside the
  • sleeve hole (right sides will be together), matching the top and bottom creases. Pin the sleeve in place, being careful not to stretch the fabric.
  • Using a serger or a stretch stitch on your sewing machine, stitch in a 1/4″ to 1/2″ seam all the way around.
  • If stitching by hand, take small stitches.
  • Repeat for second sleeve.

Shirt Body Reconstruction

t-shirt 2

  • Place one shirt half inside the other, right sides together so that the wrong sides of the seam lines will be on the outside. You will have two seams, a front seam and a back seam.
  • Carefully pin every few inches starting at the t-shirt ribbing and work your way down, trying not to stretch the fabric.
  • If the bottoms hems do not meet, pin the bottom edges together and ease along the middle of the shirt (t-shirts can be really wonky, but you can make it work!).
  • Carefully stitch along this line as for the sleeves.
  • Snip the corners of the inside seams on the diagonal.
  • Turn the shirt right side out.

Stenciling the front (Hogwarts Crest)

  • Cut out the four sections of the Hogwarts Crest stencil.
  • Place cardboard or newspaper inside the t-shirt to protect from bleed through.
  • Using a warm iron, carefully place the stencil on the upper left side of the shirt (the black
  • side).
  • Stencil the upper left section red, the upper right section green, the lower left section yellow and the lower right section blue*.
  • Gently peel stencil away and allow to dry.
  • Optional: Paint a cursive “H” over the four sections in gold paint.

Stenciling the back (Potter & Star)

  • Cut out the Potter and Star stencil.
  • Optional: Create a stencil with your own name using a Sans Serif font OR use purchased iron on letters.
  • Place cardboard or newspaper inside the t-shirt to protect from bleed through.
  • Using a warm iron, carefully place the stencil in the middle of the back of the shirt, matching center lines.
  • Stencil the name and star with red paint.
  • Gently peel away and allow to dry.

*I recommend testing your paint on dark fabric before you start. Some paints will need multiple layers. If the paint doesn’t cover, you can start with a white base coat.

TriWizard Tee Tutorial sewhooked.com

Need more information on stenciling? Check out my post from last week!

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TTMT #266 – It’s A Vacation

This video comes to you from the past while I’m out of town enjoying the company of a very dear friend! More on that next week. 😉

In this video:

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

Share your Paper Piecing Vintage photos with the Sewhooked flickr group for a chance to win fun prizes all year long. The June prize is a free PDF copy of my original pattern, Poppies from the Past! Winner to be announced the first week of July.

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Summer Costuming

Creating Striped Fabric for Eridan pants

Making fabric for Eridan’s pants

Costumes…in the summer?

Why yes, it does seem like that’s what I’ve been working on!

My family will be going to  Anime Overload in July and my kids, both of whom are awesome Cosplayers, will be going in character.



Elena is bring out Kagome (from InuYasha), her Halloween costume from 2009. Elena has changed considerably since then, so the costume has been receiving a reboot!

I reconstructed the top for a better fit and I’ve almost finished new forest green pleated skirt. The original skirt was an altered broomstick skirt, and I didn’t like that fabric the last time I worked with it, so I started fresh. I did try to follow a tutorial for the pleated skirt, but it was written by someone not terribly familiar with garment construction, so I changed quite a bit of the way the skirt was made, only following her guidelines on how to measure the pleats.

I’d never made a pleated skirt before and I can honestly say it was much easier (and more fun!) than I expected. It was also nice to flex my skirt making skills, something I haven’t done in a long, long time!



Gareth  is going to be a character from Homestuck named Eridan (incidentally, Elena’s favorite character from the series!). It’s completely outside my zone of understanding, but both my kids and the hubby read Homestuck and love it, so who am I to argue?

We’ve already stenciled a shirt (Elena made the stencil!) and picked up some inexpensive fabric shoes to paint. I’ve already made the pants using a pajama pattern and by creating my own fabric from strips of blue and black broadcloth (thank you, new serger!).

He needs a scarf, which Elena started knitting for him yesterday. We still need to figure out the horns and the ears. He and I both have ideas, we just need to work out the best way to go about it.


Pleated skirt, in progress

Tomorrow’s will be a very costume-y Talk To Me Tuesday!

Sewhooked 2012 Summer Challenge

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It’s super simple, just make a project from one of my patterns or tutorials and share a photo with my flickr group. Full details and deadlines are here.

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Thread and Paint

Union Jack Patches made using a zig-zag stitch.
I’ve been talking a lot about Halloween lately. I hope you all don’t mind, that’s where my head is at the moment!

First off, let me tell you this: I do not have an embroidery machine. I’ve thought about it, toyed with it, and in the end decided that I really don’t need one. I don’t, really. It would be fun, but, firmly, no.

Enter the need for Union Jack patches for Gareth’s Halloween costume.

Hum. I checked around online and two things were obvious to me. 1) they’re kind of pricey on top of the cost of the rest of the items for his costume and 2)I could make that. 2) Happens to me all the time.

Just about now, an embroidery machine would be handy. Still, no. Don’t even think about it…

Onward, then! I love making ATCs and my thinking was that the patches are the same basic size and shape.

So I pulled out the stiff, fusible interfacing that I keep for ATCs and…

Union Jack Patches made using a zig-zag stitch.

The Stuff: Blue fabric, stiff/fusible interfacing, white and red threads and a picture for my guide. Not shown, blue thread, scissors, an iron and an hour and a half of time.

Union Jack Patches made using a zig-zag stitch.
First, I cut the blue fabric to size (in this case 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″), then marked the center of each on the horizontal with a ceramic pencil.

Union Jack Patches made using a zig-zag stitch.
Next, I ironed the blue fabric to the fusible interfacing. The muslin is to keep the other side from sticking to my ironing board. As long as I don’t apply heat to that side, it won’t fuse, but it will get a little warm. Better safe than sticky.

Union Jack Patches made using a zig-zag stitch.
Then, I started stitching! The entire project is done with a zig-zag stitch on my regular home sewing machine. This is a 6 width on my machine and the shortest I could make it.

Union Jack Patches made using a zig-zag stitch.
It wasn’t quite wide enough, so I stitched again on either side of the center line, overlapping each. This was a “figure it out as you go” project.

Union Jack Patches made using a zig-zag stitch.
Much better!

Union Jack Patches made using a zig-zag stitch.
Repeat for the vertical line.

Union Jack Patches made using a zig-zag stitch.
I switched to white thread and started shadowing the red cross. If I had been very, very clever, I think I would have done all the red stitching first. My tension was a little weird with all the thickness, so I ended up stitching the white lines twice. Union Jack Patches made using a zig-zag stitch.

White shadowing done! Diagonal lines drawn for the next step.

Union Jack Patches made using a zig-zag stitch.

Not bad, not bad!

Union Jack Patches made using a zig-zag stitch.

The patches were slightly stretched and lumpy from all the thread when I was done, so I pressed them flat, adding muslin to the back while I was at it.

Union Jack Patches made using a zig-zag stitch.
They look much better all trimmed up!

Union Jack Patches made using a zig-zag stitch.
I wanted to give them a finished edge and catch in all the threads that I trimmed, so I used a shiny blue rayon.

Union Jack Patches made using a zig-zag stitch.
All done! Are they perfect? No way! Does my son think they’re awesome? Why yes, yes he does! Am I happy? Yeah, pretty much. It was a fun experiment, but I will say this: about half-way through I realized it would have been much faster to just stencil them. Oops.

Speaking of stencils…

Ghost Balaclava

This scary looking critter is the balaclava for one Simon “Ghost” Riley, which you may remember from the very end of this post as part of the Halloween costume for my darling 13-year-old son.

He really is darling, despite his XBox tendencies. He says please, and thank you, and has repeatedly given me hugs for creating this scary persona for him.

Ghost Balaclava

While researching this costume, I looked everywhere for a stencil. There was none to be found, so I made my own. Shown above is the 1.0 version, which is the one I used for the balaclava shown. I’ve cleaned it up considerably so I can share it with anyone else looking to make the same thing.

Ghost Balaclava Stencil PDF

This stencil was specifically sized to echo the size of my son’s face, so if you use it for yourself, you might need to scale it up or down a bit.

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And now, on to more quilty endeavors!


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