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TTMT #488 – Surprises!

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TTMT #394 – Quilt Fest Squee

In which I talk about the International Quilt Festival and some of the goodies I picked up while there!

And now, for a little announcement! I’ve been promising details, and here they are:

2017-quilt-along

Paper Piecing Vintage will be returning as a Quilt Along during the first half of 2017! If you already have the pattern or were thinking about making the quilt, please do join me as we Quilt Along in 2017!

Please also consider joining my Sewhooked Facebook group for community fun & support for all of my sewhooked.com patterns, including Paper Piecing Vintage. This is optional & not at all required to participate.

Still need the pattern? Get it here.

Questions? Feel free to email me: sewhooked@gmail.com.

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My day is November 18! Be sure to stop by to see my block and for a chance to win a free copy of the magazine!

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

My Favorite Things is almost at an end! Be sure to come back December 1 for the final FavThingsBOM Free Pattern Day!

Wednesday through December on Fandom in Stitches!

Paper Piecing Vintage with bonus pieced borders

Get ready for the January – May Quilt Along for 2017 right here on Sewhooked by entering to win a free copy of Paper Piecing Vintage! Already have it? The winner will get the chance to choose a different prize of equal value!

Entering to win the 201 6 monthly prize is easy, just share your photos with the Sewhooked Flickr group, making sure your photos are set to share. You’ll have one chance to win for each photo you share!

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TTMT #369 – ALL THE THINGS

MASSIVE technical difficulties today. I didn’t think this would ever upload! Whew!

In this video:

Pre-order a personalized copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol 13 from my Etsy shop. My supplies will be limited, so order now! 

NOTE: I AM STILL WAITING FOR MY ORDER FROM THE PUBLISHER. MAGAZINES WILL SHIP THE DAY I RECEIVE THEM. Thanks so much for your patience. 🙂

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We have a fun new prize for May: a charm pack of Moda La Belle Fleur by French General with two, fun, Texas-themed charms! Big thanks to Susan & Janis for sharing these goodies.:)

Entering to win is easy, just share your photos with the Sewhooked flickr group, making sure your photos are set to share. Once a month, I’ll share your photos right here on Sewhooked and announce that month’s winner.

You’ll have one chance to win for each photo you share!

Want to sponsor a prize? Please drop me an email.

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

Free Pattern Day is the first of every month during 2016!

Find that fabric! – ETA FOUND!

Bonnie Blue Black Background fabric

I’ve been promising a new Sewhooked Shop pattern for several weeks now.

What’s holding me up?

This little bit of fabric!

I need about 1/6 of a yard, let’s say 1/4 yard to cover all the bases. All the online shops I’ve found that still have this lovely, out-of-print, Bonnie Blue fabric, sell 1/2 yard cuts per minimum. I’m totally okay with that and would happily buy a 1/2 yard cut.

Then I hit a stumbling block. Priority Shipping is the only option on every site I’ve visited that still has the fabric I need. That drives the total price to well more than what a 1-yard cut would be in a quilt shop. I know a little about shipping prices and online quilt store shopping, being that my day job involves maintaining a quilt store website, and I much prefer actual shipping cost, which is what Honey Bee charges.

SO, why am I rambling on about this? Well, this is where you come in! If you, by some small miracle, have 1/4 yard of this lovely Bonnie Blue fabric in your stash that you would be willing to swap, I will give you one of the following in exchange – either an equivalent amount of rare Harry Potter fabric, a free copy one of my for sale patterns (hardcopy or PDF) version, OR 5 free 1.5″ pin back buttons with the image of your choice.

First come, first serve! I’ll post an update here as soon as I have what I need.

And…thanks in advance!

ETA: Thank you to my fabulous friend Amber who has solved the fabric shortage! YAY, I can finish my new design in just a couple of days!

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Upcycled Accordion Folder


This whole “business owner” thing has a lot of learning curves. Taxes…blech! Legal stuff..blech! Unforeseen storage issues…creative opportunity!

After a couple of months of getting the Sewhooked Shop off the ground, I had a whole tote bag full of receipts, paperwork and odds ‘n ends that I need to keep track of.  There isn’t a spare foot anywhere in my workspace for a filing cabinet and, as they say, have laptop will travel. I need to be portable.

After contemplating what to do with the mess of papers and such, I headed to our family storage location for paper, folders and general office/school supplies. A giant figurative light bulb danced gleefully over my head at what I’d found.

An accordion folder. Really? How did I not know we had that? The answer is, I did, but I forgot. It was tucked away with the kids’ school supplies. It’s something I used when both of them were very early in their school careers, before I realized that no mere accordion folder could ever cope with the massive amount of tree carnage that is elementary school.

I think this folder was probably around when I was at least in high school. In another lifetime, my dad was a school supply buyer. The bonus of that when I was a kid was all kinds of nifty and creative supplies! I’m pretty sure that this was a remnant from that time that my mom passed on to us when our own kids were little.

Supplies:

  • Accordion folder with with a cardboard shell
  • Fabric Remnant
  • Batting Remnant
  • Spray adhesive
  • Glue Gun
  • Ribbon
  • Mailing Labels
  • Pliers, if needed

Accordion Folder Upcycle Project

So, I find this. Cutesy and functional. I like the functional, but not so much the cutesy!

First thing’s first, tear away the cardboard exterior, doing as little damage as possible.



There’s an elastic band that is used to close the folder. Yank that out from behind and put it aside. We’re going to do something totally different for our closure!




On the opposite side is the button that the elastic goes around. We’ll bend it and wiggle it until we can pull it out of the hole with minimal destruction.

Now, that glue needs cleaning up. We’ll peel all that away.

Much better!

Now, the fabric. How about a remnant from another project? This fabric made the centers of the blocks on my Friendship Star quilt.

Oh no, it’s too short! Ideally, it needs to be a few inches bigger on each side. And, it definitely needs to be ironed!

Not to worry, just add a bit of another fabric to one end. That’ll create a lovely front!

For a touch of magic, spray basting. Because this is a permanent application, regular spray adhesive will work, too.

I think a little padding will be nice, and I just happen to have this bit of leftover lightweight batting from another project.

Now, we’ll spray baste the fabric to the batting. Spray the batting and not the fabric and, of course, we follow manufacturer’s instructions!


Add spray baste to the outside of the decorative cardboard. It doesn’t matter at this point which end of the folder is front or back, as long as we get it even!

Hmm, now about some pretty ribbon? This was saved from a gift The Big Guy gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago.

There are lots of adhesive options at this point, but after seeing how the folder was originally constructed, I think we’ll break out the trusty old glue gun!

We’ll make it extra pretty by gluing each corner down first.

Glue and repeat!


Nice, all four are in place now!

Now, we’ll fold the four sides and glue those in places. This bit might be tricky because we want it taut, but not too tight.

Lots of glue is necessary to make sure all the layers stay in place.

With all the seams glued, it looks so pretty!

It’s all ready for ribbon now!

The ribbon cut in half and glued in the center of each side is just the ticket! Gluing it directly to the cardboard gives it some extra durability.

Both sides are in place, so now it’s time for the final steps!

Let’s put the accordion back in the folder! We’ll sit it right in the center.

Let’s get it all straight so that we don’t have a weird end sticking out or anything! Start at the bottom and swipe the glue back and forth just like it was originally. Be fast, the glue dries quick!*

*Do not, repeat, do not glue the bottom of the file to the outside cover! It needs to be able to expand and contract, or, ehem, accordion. 😉


For extra security, we’ll add more glue up the sides and around the top.


Squish the side hard!

Keep smoothing it until it feels like it’s set. We want the bonds to be nice and firm! With all the glue in place, we’re done! Wow, that was quick.

We’ll change the categories up with some leftover mailing peel and stick labels. A couple of the originals still apply!

Isn’t that nice?

This is a file folder I can travel with. I might even bring some crayons.

Happy Crafting!

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Hot Dog, A Pillowcase!

Isn’t it a beauty?

Printable PDF Tutorial!

Now available as a free video tutorial!

Honey Bee is participating in American Patchwork & Quilting’s 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. The first batch of gorgeous handmade pillowcases that Honey Bee has collected is going to the Texas Baptist Children’s Home, located in Round Rock, Texas.

I knew as soon as I heard about it that I wanted to participate.

Early on in the pillowcase drive, Honey Bee had a demo for the “Hot Dog” pillowcase method, which rumor has it is super-duper easy.

Only, I missed the demo.  Oops.  You see, it was on a Friday at lunch time.  Every Friday, I have a date lunch with my awesome hubby, so obviously going to a free pillowcase how-to demo was not going to win out over date lunch!

Well, I’ve made pillowcases before, so I wasn’t too fussed about it.  Then, a couple of weeks later, my sewing friends and I had a sewing day at our friend Linda’s house.  Osie, who happens to be one of the Goddesses of Honey Bee, was working on pillowcases for the drive and took a few minutes to show us how the mystical “Hot Dog” works.

Hot dog!  Seriously, hot dog!  This is the easiest, fastest and cleanest-looking pillowcase method I’ve seen.  Including the pillowcase used in this tutorial, I’ve now made 11 of these bad boys.  So easy, so fun…and excellent for stash busting!



Pillowcase 1 – 10, on their way to Honey Bee, all made from fabrics I had in my stash.

This was not my invention and there are a couple of tutorials floating around out there, but this is too good not to post again.  This is my take on the instructions.  I hope you enjoy, make lots of pillowcases and donate them to charity!  (Oh, okay, you can keep one or two for yourself!)

Pillowcases donated through Honey Bee!  The last I heard there were over 200!

Read more on the Honey Bee Blog.

They’ve even made it easy by offering pre-cut kits with

free how-to sheets for the Hot Dog method!

You’ll need:

Three lengths of fabric in three coordinating colors.  Makes one standard size pillowcase.

  • BUN (cuff) – 12″ x WOF (width of fabric ~ 44″)
  • MUSTARD (flange) – 2″ – 3″ x WOF (you can also use leftover quilt binding for this)
  • HOT DOG (body) 24″ – 26″ x WOF

You can vary the bun/hot dog size up or down, just make sure that the total yardage between those two is 36″ – 38″. 9 – 12″ for the bun is ideal.

If you use two yards of coordinating fabric, plus 6″ of a third, you can make two coordinating pillowcases with opposite colors!



My colors for this tutorial – a pre-cut kit from Honey Bee.  Isn’t the fabric just delicious?



Hot Dog, Bun & Mustard!   Once your fabric is cut and pressed and you’re ready to go!



Roll out your BUN, right side up.



Press the MUSTARD in half



Place MUSTARD with raw edges matching along one side of the BUN.



Place HOT DOG on top of MUSTARD, face down.  Align raw seams.  Add a few pins to hold in place.



Roll the HOT DOG (hey, now it looks like a hot dog!) to within a few inches of the pinned edge.



Fold the BUN over the HOT DOG and pin along the raw edge, making sure to catch all layers of fabric.



Stitch along raw edge using a 3/8″ seam allowance.



Remove any pins and birth your HOT DOG!  Roll BUN back, gently tugging the HOT DOG out of the center.



Continue tugging and rolling until the HOT DOG is all the way out.



Your pillowcase should now look something like this.



Smooth out the fabric, then press the BUN and MUSTARD, tugging gently so it’ll lie flat.  I like to press on both sides.



Square up your pillowcase by removing the selvage.



With WRONG SIDES together (yes, I said wrong sides!), align the MUSTARD and corners of the pillowcase.



Pin in several places.



Stitch around raw edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance (yes, yes,  really, right sides out, wrong sides together!).



Turn the corner and sew across the bottom.

Trim corners (raw edges only, please!).



Turn the pillowcase wrong-side out.  Look how nice the BUN looks next to the HOT DOG!



Press the side and bottom seams flat.



Stitch using a 1/2″ seam allowance.


Look at that, you made French Seams…no raw edges!



Turn right side out and press.



See how nicely the MUSTARD lines up?   Did you notice that your condiment made a lovely little flap, too?



It looks good outside and in!

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And hey, action shot!

Now, let me know if you’re as addicted to these as I am!  This beauty is number 11 and I know I’ll make more.  In addition to donating to the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge, they also make great gift bags for quilts!

Need a hardcopy? Printable PDF Tutorial!

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