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Self-Trimming Tissue Cover TUTORIAL

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As promised several Talk to Me Tuesdays ago, we have a super simple tutorial to make a self-trimmed tissue packet cover.

Don’t want trim? I have instructions for that, too!

I needed some instant gratification, so #tissuecovers.

Please note that this tissue cover is sized to fit Kleenex Facial Tissues. Mine are a generic version but are the same size as the Kleenex. Use the brand works for you.

Adjust the dimensions if needed. You can also play with quilt blocks and directional fabric as desired.

 Last minute tissue packets for a couple of #carepackages.

These little packets make great gifts, swap additions, and are perfect for keeping your tissues clean and safe in your bag or purse.

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First up! Self-Trimming Tisue Cover…

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You’ll need fabric in two colors. I’m using contrasting colors to make the lining and outside very obvious. For both the trimmed and non-trimmed version, the outside will be orange.

For TRIMMED Cover:

  • Lining/Trim – 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
  • Outside – 5 3/4″ x 6 1/2″

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With right sides together, line one end of OUTSIDE to one end of LINING/TRIM on the side that measures 5 3/4″.

Stitch a 1/4″ seam with backstitching at both ends.

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Line up opposite ends and repeat the 1/4″ seam with backstitching along the other 5 3/4″ side.

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Turn so that wrong sides of the fabric are together. Adjust so that each end of TRIM is approximately the same size.

Press.

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Using a ruler or rotary mat, fold right sides of the OUTSIDE together so that it is 3″ wide. If you’re using a rotary mat, you can align easily use the markings on your mat for this part. Edges should overlap in the approximate center.

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Once adjustments have been made to your liking and the width is 3″, pin or clip with sewing clips. Wonder Clips or Magic Clips work great. (I have both.)

Because this version has TRIM, you will not see the overturned edge during this step.

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Sew each end with a 1/4″ seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and end.

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Clip corners & turn.

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Done!

See how the Lining/Trim makes a lovely accent? You can have fun playing with stripes, dots or other fun fabrics.

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Now, let’s make one that isn’t trimmed. We’ll use the same technique, but the fabric sizes will be reversed.

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You’ll need fabric in two colors. Just as before, the orange fabric is the OUTSIDE.

For UN-TRIMMED Cover:

  • Outside – 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
  • Lining – 5 3/4″ x 6 1/2″

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With right sides together, line one end of LINING to one end of OUTSIDE on the side that measures 5 3/4″.

Stitch a 1/4″ seam with backstitching at both ends.

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Line up opposite ends and repeat the 1/4″ seam with backstitching along the other 5 3/4″ side.

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Turn so that wrong sides of the fabric are together. Adjust so that each end is approximately the same width.

Press.

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Using a ruler or rotary mat, fold right sides of the OUTSIDE together so that it is 3″ wide. If you’re using a rotary mat, you can align easily use the markings on your mat for this part. Edges should overlap in the approximate center

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Once adjustments have been made to your liking and the width is 3″, pin or clip with sewing clips.

Because this version doesn’t have TRIM, you’ll see the overturned edge during this step.

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Sew each end with a 1/4″ seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and end.

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Clip Corners & Turn.

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Done!

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Catnip Lightsaber – Free Tutorial

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In between Much More Important Things, I’ve been making kitty toys here and there for our cat family members.

Last weekend, I made something new, tubes of fabric filled with Poly-fil & catnip. They were easy to make and the cats love them.

Your kitten pic for the day. The Kitty Kickers have gone over extremely well!

While watching this little guy, 8 month old Iliad, and his brother Ramses, play with their catnip tubes, it occurred to me that they could be much, much more fun to watch!

Enter, CATNIP LIGHTSABERS!

Have I seen The Force Awakens recently?

Yes, twice. Why do you ask? 😉

These aren’t much more complicated to make than the original single piece of fabric version. I made both shown here in about an hour, and that includes stopping to take pictures. Easy peasy!

As usual, this tutorial is for your personal & non-profit use. I would LOVE for you to make these both for your own kitties and your local shelter!

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You’ll need:

  • 2 – 5″ x 8 1/2″ pieces of fabric in blue, red, or the lightsaber color of your choice
  • 2 – 5″ x 1 1/2″ pieces of grey or silver fabric
  • 1 – 5″ x 6 1/2″ piece of black or black printed fabric
  • Poly-fil or batting scraps
  • catnip (I used a leftover packet from a cardboard scratcher)
  • funnel
  • sewing machine
  • iron (not absolutely necessary, but helpful)

EDITED TO ADD: To make a solid cat kicking tube, use a 5″ x 23″ish piece of fabric and skip to the third instruction.

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Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew together pieces as shown:

Blue>Grey>Black>Grey>Blue

Backstitching is recommended for stability.

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Press all seam allowance in one direction.

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Fold in half, with the black fabric in the center.

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Lock the seams in with the opposite-facing seam allowance. Press.

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Fold in half lengthwise. You now have a right sides both inside and out, giving you a “lining” for your lightsaber.

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Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, stitch around. Start on the “saber” end with raw edge to the end and nearest you.

Be sure to backstitch where the thread crosses in the corner.

Leave the folded end (black fabric) unstitched. This is where the stuffing will go.

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Here’s what you should have now.

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Trim seam allowance to a scant 1/4″ or so, cutting corners close. Here’s where that backstitching comes in!

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Using the method of your choice, turn the tube so the seam allowance is inside.

I use a large crochet hook to help with the process.

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Here it is, ready to stuff!

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Alternate catnip and Poly-Fil, stuffing as needed. A funnel will make this much easier. A cat will not!

(This tutorial is Marie approved.)


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The crochet hook I used earlier worked a treat for squishing everything in.

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I used two or three tablespoons of catnip total, making sure there was plenty at each end.

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To save yourself a little grief, make sure you end with stuffing or you’ll have catnip all over your sewing machine.

Don’t ask me how I know. 😉

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Keeping the seam to one side, flatten the end. Because this is a fold, you don’t have to worry about raw edges.

This can be hand stitched, but I chose machine stitching for durability.

Are you the happy owner of Wonder Clips? They are not necessary, but very helpful to hold the end closed.

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Stitch across and back a few times.

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A very secure closure and we’re done!

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Iliad is a Jedi, like his father before him.

Sith Ramses

Ramses is too cute to be a Sith Lord.

Ramses & Iliaid Catnip Lightsaber face off

Hours of entertainment for kitties and humans alike!

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31 Days of Halloween – Easy Felt Bat Tutorial

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It’s been a tutorial kind of week here on Sewhooked, so I thought we’d keep it up by revisiting another old favorite for 31 Days of Halloween!

Bats flying out from under I35 and old McNeil Rd in Round Rock, Texas.

Bats are a fact of life here in Austin. Even though they aren’t just for Halloween around here, they are one of my family’s favorite way to decorate!

Easy Felt Bats

For almost 20 years now, my family and I have decorated our front door with felt bats. They are fun, fast and easy to make!

You’ll need:


Fold the acrylic felt lengthwise in half. Pin the Bat pattern on the fold.


Cut around the bat shaped pattern, leaving the fold intact. Fold fabric out.



Use hot melt glue to attach google eyes, being careful to use only a dot of glue. Use pattern placement as a guide.


 
Use the same method to add the magnets to the back of the bat, using the placement shown on the pattern.



Two sizes of eyes.

I do love spelunking in old blog posts!  My front door hasn’t been this color since 2013!

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31 Days of Halloween – TARDIS Treat Bag

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We’re back again with 31 Days of Halloween! Today, we’re revisiting a tutorial I originally posted way back in 2010!

Enjoy the TARDIS Treat Bag…it’s bigger on the inside for all that candy!

TARDIS treat bag tutorial

You need:

  • 9″ x 12″ acrylic felt sheets – 5 dark blue, 1 white and 1 glitter black
  • scissors
  • thread (I used navy blue)
  • ruler (rotary, if you’ve got one)
  • rotary cutter (optional)
  • sewing machine (optional)

You can definitely do this project without a rotary cutter and ruler and even without a sewing machine, so those items are optional. If you do hand stitch, make sure you make tight, even stitches and use heavy-duty knots so you don’t lose your candy!

Cutting Instructions:

from 1 sheet of blue felt (the other 4 sheets of felt stay 9″ x 12″), cut:

  • 9″ x 9″ square  -bag bottom

from 1 sheet of white felt, cut:

  • 8 – 2 1/2″ x 3″  – Windows
  • 1 – 1/2 x 2″ – Notice
  • (optional) 4″ x 5″ – cell phone pocket
from 1 sheet of glitter black cut:
  • 2 – 2″ x 12″ – Handles
Note: On all acrylic pieces, 9″ is width 12″ is height, so pieces are arranged with the 9″ width being the top and bottom.
 
1/4″ inch seams are used throughout

Using your ruler, arrange the window pieces on the 9″ x 12″ sheets of felt so that they are 1 1/2″ in from the sides and 2″ down from the top.  For the TARDIS front, center the notice under the left window, leaving about 1/2″ in between.

Arrange window pieces on remaining three 9″ x 12″ blue felt.



Stitch windows in place, 1/4″ in from outside of white felt. The TARDIS windows have six panes. My windows are estimated, but you can measure and divide your stitching if you choose. Repeat for the two sides that are NOT the front of the TARDIS.

For the Notice on the front, sew some random stitching onto the  1 1/2″ x 2″ piece of felt (as shown). This gives the illusion of writing from a distance. Stitch on each of the four sides with a short zig-zag stitch in each corner (forgot to take a close up…look about three photos down and you can see what I mean!).


OPTIONAL – After stitching all the windows on, choose a blue side that is NOT the TARDIS front. Align the 4″ x 5″ piece of felt under the window stitching. Straight stitch on the two long sides and across the bottom, making sure to backstitch at the start and stop.

For handles – Fold in half lengthwise and zig-zag down the open side.


Your TARDIS is now ready for assembly!



Find the front (windows with notice) and back (cell phone pocket – or without if you didn’t make one) and bag bottom.  With the insides facing/right side out, place the bottom of the front piece along one side of the 9″ x 9″ bottom piece. Stitch across, leaving 1/4″ at the beginning and end of the seam unstitched (see below).

Seam allowance will be on the outside of the bag.



1/4″ unstitched on the end of the seam (both ends).

Repeat stitching for the back side, making sure the bottom of that side meets the bottom of the bag.



Sew the remaining two pieces on opposite sides, continuing to leave 1/4″ open at each end of the seam.



Find the front and the piece immediately to the left. Bring the two long sides (wrong side) together, right side out.



Stitch from corner to corner.



Repeat for the remaining three corners.



You now have a TARDIS with no handles. That’s the last bit and then you’re done!



The handles attach to the front (windows + notice) and back of the bag. Use a ruler to line up the handles 2 1/2″ in from each side of the bag, with about 2/3″ inside. Pin in place.



Starting at a corner seam, stitch all the way across the top of the bag, backstitching when you get to the handles. For added strength, continue stitching all the way around the bag, flattening out the seam allowance with your fingers before you stitch across it.

Handles…and you can see the cell phone pocket, too!



Snip above and below the top stitching to make the little notches (optional).



The TARDIS Treat Bag is easy to fold, just fold in the bottom and it will fold in on itself.
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And… DONE!

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It’s wibbly wobbly, timey whimey…

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TTMT #331 – Pillowcase Tutorial

In which I share a variation on the Hot Dog Pillowcase Tutorial (2010).

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Coming in September, the EQ7 Seasons Row-A-Long! I’m super excited to be part of a talented group of EQ Designers for a fun, seasonal Row-A-Long. I’ll be posting more about that very soon!

 

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Paper Piecing Art: Beginner and Beyond

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Way back in 2011, I was invited to be an instructor for STITCHED, a subscription-based online classroom community that offered workshops by experts in different craft-related areas. The entire shebang was conceived of and hosted an extraordinary artist, Alma Stoller.

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My own workshop Paper Piecing Art: Beginner and Beyond, was geared to take students step-by-step through the paper piecing process.

I shared every tip and technique that I myself use when paper piecing. Now, over a year after the completion of the STITCHED 2012 Workshops, I offer my own class here, free for you.

If you’re already a paper piecer, you might pick up a trick or two; if you’re new to paper piecing or have tried before and it didn’t quite click, I hope this helps you on your paper piecing journey!

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Paper Piecing Art uses Waiting for Rain, a pattern designed by myself especially for the workshop.

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You can find Waiting for Rain in my Craftsy shop for just $4.
Looking for a text-based tutorial? I have that here! Questions? Comments? I’m always happy to chat in comments!
Remember to stop back by tomorrow for the Paper Piecing Vintage February update! Have an extraordinarily happy Friday!

Learn to Paper Piece with Sweet Skating Sue!

This one is by request!

Learn to Paper Piece with Sweet Skating Sue is now available as a printable PDF download.

AND IT IS FREE.

What do you get?

The step-by-step tutorial includes 23 pages of paper piecing goodness perfect for beginners.

You get photos and easy to understand instructions for paper piecing one of my most popular free patterns, Sweet Skating Sue!

The pattern is also included in the tutorial, so you get everything you need to get started on your own Sweet Skating Sue!

Once you learn the basics using Sweet Skating Sue, you can tackle any project that includes paper piecing. There are thousands of patterns out there, making the possibilities of creating a special quilt project just for you absolutely endless.

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Crafts of Halloweens Past: Easy Felt Bats

Easy Felt Bats

Here’s another fun craft from Halloweens Past!

What better way to decorate for Halloween than a flock of adorably spooky felt bats?

Halloween Bats

These guys are about as easy as it gets, needing only a few supplies and maybe half an hour of your time! We have lots of these cute little guys and have used them to decorate both inside and outside our front door.

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The Easy Felt Bats Tutorial dates from October 2008.  Enjoy!

To make reliving the Crafts of Halloween Past even more fun for you, I’m offering a challenge with a prize!

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Make any of my Halloween projects or patterns posted during the course of the month of October and post a photo to the Sewhooked flickr group tagged “halloween.”

At the end of the month, I’ll draw a winner to receive a free copy of Quiltmaker’s Quilts from 100 Blocks, which includes my pattern Corn Maze!

Heck, I’ll even sign it, if you like! ;)

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Pocketses

Make a pocket for workout pants from an old tee.

I am not an athlete and I never have been. I kind of loathe exercise and would rather be sewing. Ehem. That said, I do try to take care of myself. Seriously, I’m 40 and I’d rather not fall apart as I get older.

I have a fabulous collection of yoga pants and jersey shorts of varying ages. These are my favorites for taking a long walk in the morning, something my hubby and I have been making an effort to do on a regular basis (see above comment about falling apart).

One of the best parts of these walks is that I usually text with my best friend while we’re out.  My best friend, my husband and I have all known each other for about twenty years. We all shared a house in college and we’re all friends. Eli and I live in Austin. Jewells lives in Albuquerque. Texting gives us a way to walk together despite the geographic distance. It’s kind of awesome and I look forward to it every day.

What’s driven me crazy for ages is that my favorite workout pants have no pockets. No place for keys. No place for a phone. That’s great if I’m not leaving my house, but for a long walk when I want to take my phone and I want easy access to it? Not so much. I’ve tried pouches, hip bags, and neck slings. They all make me crazy. I just want a pocket!

And then this happened…

My hubby has been cleaning out his closet. He’s 6’5″ and I’m 5’5″. I love his big tees for sleeping in and sometimes I do things like turn them into pants or girl shirts for myself.

He pulled out a plain grey tee that had a pocket on it. I looked at that pocket and it hit me that it’s the perfect size for my cell phone, so I grabbed my handy Havel seam ripper (best seam ripper EVER!), and removed the pocket.

When I flipped it over, WHAM!, I realize it I can use the bottom of the tee to make more pockets just like it!

This was a serious case of “Why did I not think of this before?!”

Make a pocket for workout pant from an old tee.  Make a pocket for workout pant from an old tee.

This is the pocket I Removed from the tee. It is an approximately 6″ square before the bottoms and sides have been folded in, including the seam.

Make a pocket for workout pant from an old tee.

I cut a 6″ strip from the bottom of the t-shirt, leaving the hem intact. I then subcut that 6″ strip into 6″ squares. Using the original t-shirt pocket that I removed from the same shirt, I pressed the squares to match. I used Best Press and steam to get them seams to stay. My iron was a little over enthusiastic with the steam…

Make a pocket for workout pant from an old tee.

This is the original t-shirt pocket on navy yoga capris. I lined it up just below the elastic and the string in the waistband.

Make a pocket for workout pant from an old tee.

Pins are good, just to keep everything in place.

Make a pocket for workout pant from an old tee.

I stitched around each pocket using a ball point needle and a stretch stitch. Ball point needles are made for stitching through stretchy fabrics like jersey and makes stitching it much, much easier. Stretch stitches have “give” so that when the fabric stretches, the thread doesn’t snap. Most sewing machines will have at least a basic stretch stitch. A narrow zig zag works just as well.

In the end, I placed all the pockets in the same spot, on the left hip. It’s been a couple of days since the addition of the pockets, and I LOVE them. My phone fits perfectly and it’s easy to grab when I get a text from my bff. I can even keep my house key in the bottom and it doesn’t interfere with my phone at all.

So, what became of the rest of the shirt?

XXL Tee to Tank TopI used one of my favorite tank tops to as a template for this. This was the length after removing the 6″. I cut off the sleeves and just serged up the side seams so it matches my other tank top. Wallah! One new work out top and 5 pockets from one t-shirt! I still have the sleeves and a few squares from the bottom, just in case I need to add spontaneous pockets to anything else!

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Welcome Paper Pieced Swappers!

Sweet Skating Sue Mini Quilt Swap

Welcome Quilting Gallery friends!

Long time, no see!

The last time you stopped by might have been the Ties That Bind Blog Hop in the spring of this year. Or maybe it was the Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along & Super Deals for Christmas in 2011. However long it’s been, or if it’s your very first time to visit Sewhooked, I’m glad you’re here!

The fabulous Michele is always creating new ways for quilters to connect and have fun! This Swap is one of them and I hope you have as much fun creating a fun mini quilt for your partner as I did creating this quilt pattern for you!

I’m a sucker for Sunbonnet Sue. When Sue visits my house, she plays by my rules, which means she’s paper pieced!

Sweet Skating Sue Sweet Skating Sue, Purple and Green

And now, what you’re here for,  Sweet Skating Sue, the pattern for your Paper Pieced Mini Quilt Swap!

12″ (12 1/2″ unfinished)

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In addition to sharing your photo with the Quilting Gallery’s flickr group, I would love to see your Paper Pieced Mini Quilt Swap project in the Sewhooked flickr group! Three participants will win autographed copies of Spring/Summer 2012 Quilt Sampler Magazine, a generous donation from Honey Bee Quilt Store in Austin, Texas!

The following is a quick paper piecing tutorial specifically for Sweet Skating Sue.  Keep scrolling to see detail quilting photos and how I prepare my mini quilts for hanging!

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How To Sweet Skating Sue (1)

Step one is the easiest! Print your pattern.  For best results make sure scaling is set to none so the pattern will print at actual size.

How To Sweet Skating Sue (2)Gather your fabric. Your scarf can be one color or two, it’s up to you!

In this sample, both parts of the scarf are made using one batik fabric. In the pink version, I used two different fabrics to represent the front and the back of the scarf.

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Let’s prep that pattern! Cut the pieces apart using paper scissors.

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Units B1 and B2 will need to be joined to create one Unit that we will call B. I like to use glue for this. Just a little does the job, and unlike tape, you don’t have to worry about accidentally melting it to you iron!

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Using a light source will help you line up those pieces!

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Set your  sewing machine for a short stitch. I like 1.5 on my machine.  A shorter stitching will make removing the paper easier at the end and will also help to keep those stitches in place when taking the paper out.

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Time to sew! For Unit A is a great place to start! You will need background fabric, Sue’s coat fabric, a rotary cutter, a postcard, an Add-A-Quarter Ruler, an iron and an ironing surface. If you don’t have the ruler, you can use a regular rotary ruler. No rotary cutter? Just use scissors!

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Now we’re ready to go! Your first piece of fabric (A1) will go RIGHT SIDE UP on the BACK of the pattern paper. Use a light source to make sure your fabric covers all the way around. Paper piecing is a great use for scrap fabrics. You can also cut a piece out that is slightly larger than your shape. Pin this piece of fabric to the paper.

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Place the pattern with the printed side up and place your postcard (mine is spiffy and from Australia!). Using the postcard as a straight edge, fold along the line that is between the 1 and 2 on Unit A.

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With the paper folded back, place the Add-A-Quarter Ruler on top of your fabric. The ruler has an edge that will butt right up against the paper, making it super easy to get a perfect 1/4″.

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Use your rotary cutter to trim!

Note: If you’re using scissors, just estimate 1/4″. Paper piecing is absolutely doable with just scissors! It’s stitching on the paper that makes your block come out perfect!

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This is your 1/4″ seam allowance after using the Add-A-Quarter Ruler.

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And this is what it looks like from the other side!

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***On the side of the fabric you just trimmed, place the next piece of fabric RIGHT SIDE DOWN. You will repeat this and the following  few steps for every pattern segment from here on out.

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I like to audition my fabric pieces before stitching. Simply fold the fabric up along the stitching line to make sure it will fit. If the fabric is too unwieldy, you can also pin along the stitching line before opening the fabric.

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Stitch exactly on the line, taking one or two stitches before and after the lines that intersect the 1-2 line.

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Be sure to snip those threads!

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A1 and A2, stitched together! Press open as you go.

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And this is what it looks like from the pattern side.

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Repeat from the instruction marked *** for the  rest of the pieces on Unit A.

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Unit A, all stitched!

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And from the paper side!

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We’re going to repeat the process on Unit B. I will go through a couple of extra steps here to show you how to deal with the crazy angels.

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Remember, that first piece of fabric goes right side up!

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Trim with your Add-A-Quarter Ruler & rotary cutter!

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1, 2 and 3, stitched together

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Now, here is where it gets a little tricky. We’re going add piece 5, which is long, skinny and pieced at an angle. If you know the following shortcut, no paper pieced pattern will ever daunt you!

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Place a long strip of fabric, wrong side up on your cutting surface. Place the pattern on top, making sure the edge between 2 and 5 will be covered. Center the fabric so there is plenty of fabric to go over the long edges.

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Fold back the paper using your postcard.

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Cut the fabric with your rotary cutter.

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Turn the fabric so that it is right sides together with the edge you just cut lined up to edge where 2 meets 5. Center the long piece of fabric over the fabric already stitched to the paper. It’s going to look wonky and sideways, but I promise, this is right!

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Here is what it looks like from the front. If you’re not sure, remember you can audition your fabric!

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Stitch along the line.

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Fold out the paper, and guess what, it covers perfectly!

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Pin the fabric to the paper so that it doesn’t flap around.

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Unit B, with all the fabric stitched in place!

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Continue with the above instructions for each remaining unit until they all look something like this.

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Find the edge where Unit A will join Unit B. Using a rotary ruler, trim along the seam allowance that is printed on the pattern. If your seam allowance is not perfectly 1/4″, use your ruler to make adjustments and find the appropriate width.

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Trim the seam allowance on Unit B where it meets Unit A, just as you did above.How To Sweet Skating Sue (47)

Push a pin through Unit A at the corner adjacent to Unit B.How To Sweet Skating Sue (48)

With the fabric sides of the pattern pieces facing, push the pin through the adjacent corner on Unit B.

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Line up the seam allowance and stitch. If you need to, you can pin before this step. (This is Sewing order A>B, as listed on your pattern.)

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Remove the paper in the seam allowance. It will tear off easily. Repeat for both sides.How To Sweet Skating Sue (51)

Press open as you piece the units together.

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A & B, stitched together. Repeat the above steps using the straight pin to stitch together the rest of the pieces. The sewing order is on your pattern.

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AB>C

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E>F; G>H

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EF>GF

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D>EFGH

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DEFGH>I

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ABC>DEFGHI

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If you have a 12 1/2″ ruler, now is the time to use it! If you do not, use your rotary mat to square up your block.

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Ta Da!

And now…a little bonus! I will show a little of the quilting process for the pink version of Sweet Skating Sue!

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Quilt Sandwich. Yum!

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I used a combination of FMQ and straight line quilting on this project.

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Mmmm, metallic thread!

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Sue, you look fabulous!

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And a little white Fairy Frost to finish!

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Motion commotion!

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Another shot of that yummy silver thread!

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This Sue’s scarf comes in two colors!

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On small projects like this, I like to add fabric squares that have been folded in half to the back top corners before adding my binding.Sweet Skating Sue

This gives me a super easy label…

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And an easy way to add a dowel rod for hanging!

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