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Bandana Tablecloth Tutorial

Bandana Tablecloth Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Bandana Tablecloth Tutorial

A friend has a BBQ party for the 4th of July every year. This year I am making the decorations; simple, patriotic, and fun is on my agenda. To start we need a Tablecloth. Of course I wanted red, white and blue for the colors and you can never go wrong with bandanas. The 4th of July Bandana Tablecloth Tutorial is born.

Wonderful picinc table cloth for the 4th of July. Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com
Materials:
8 Bandanas
Pinking shears
Pins
Basic sewing supplies
Wonderful picinc table cloth for the 4th of July. Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com
Step 1
Layout your bandanas in the pattern you want for the tablecloth.
Wonderful picinc table cloth for the 4th of July. Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com
Step 2
Line up your seams. Bandanas are not all exactly the same size so match up the best that you can. (You will trim the excess away later.)
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Pin in place
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Step 3
Straight stitch leaving at least 1/2″ seam allowance.
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You can chain stitch this step. I match up one top and one bottom and stitch each together one after the other. Then trim the thread between each pair.
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You now have 4 rectangles. Lay each out in the original order.
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Step 4
Match up each pair the same way you decided at the beginning. Layer them right sides together.
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Match up the center seams. Fold the seam allowances in opposite directions marrying the seam.
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Pin at the seam allowance then out from there on each side.
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Remember the bandanas are not all the same size so keep the bandanas straight from the center out and pin. You can cut away the excess later.
Wonderful picinc table cloth for the 4th of July. Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com
Step 5
Straight stitch. Remember to go slowly over the seam marriage.
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Back stitch over each adjoining seam.
Follow the same steps adding the other rectangles one at a time. Refer to the original design to make sure that you do not flip your order.
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Step 6
Trim away the excess fabric from the center seam. Try to leave 1/4″ to 1/8″ seam allowance
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Optional: If you are worried about the strength of the seam or it you accidentally clip a thread. (Yes i did clip through my straight stitch 🙁 ) Zig zag stitch the edge.
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Step 7
To clean up and even out the edges you can hem all the way around or you can do what I did and use pinking shears.
Star by measuring the shortest distance from the center.
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Measure up from the center and mark along both sides.
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If you choose pinking shears cut along the line. If you choose to hem the edges you will need to fold along the line, trim the excess, and iron in place. Then hem as usual.
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As you can see measuring out from the center when trimming the edges squares everything up nicely. Marrying the seams helps the tablecloth to lay flat.
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Remember to trim the short side too. If the short sides are not even follow the same steps. Find the shortest point and mark on both ends and trim.
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Save your scraps from the table cloth and I will show you how to make a door decoration Base on Wednesday and Stars on Friday.

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Picnic Basket Liner Tutorial

Picnic Basket Liner Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Picnic Basket Liner Tutorial

My Aunt gave me a big picnic basket recently and I wanted to dress it up a little for memorial day. I had this Beautiful dessert fabric that worked out great.

I did make a mistake when I positioned the casing that folds over the sides and holds the ties. Just another time when I’m reminded we all make mistakes. And all mistakes can be fixed.

Materials:

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Materials

Fabric:

1 yard print for sides, 1/2 yard for the bottom and casing

Ribbon for ties (I was going to use this rope ribbon and instead went with red shoe laces)

Basing sewing supplies – Pins, scissors, etc.

Step 1

Find your measurements. My basket was thick so I did not have to add a seam allowance because the thickness did that for me. If you are not sure add an inch to the number. If the basket has a lid tape the lid up and out of the way.

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Tape basket lid up
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Ready to measure

54″ around top (Measure the outside top circumference of the basket)

50″ around bottom (Measure the outside bottom circumference of the basket)

10″ height add an inch or 2 for seam allowance.

Step 2 Cut Fabric

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Line up bottom fabric
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Top view position basket

Position the basket over the bottom fabric.

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Trace bottom of basket

Trace the bottom of the basket. You will have to add a seam allowance if the basket does not have a lip like mine. Tip for seam allowance: rubber band two pencils together (or two pens, a pen and a pencil what ever combination you choose) trace the line and you have your seam allowance.

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Cut out the oval

I washed and ironed the fabric when I bought it, a few weeks ago, and did not Iron the fabric again before I cut it out. I would recommend ironing first to have a smoother and more accurate measurement.

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My Helper

Strudel decided to watch my progress from inside the basket.

Step 3

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Measure liner sides 27″ top 25″ bottom 11″ height

Cut the fabric in two  27″ x 11″ rectangles. Best way to do this is to fold the fabric in half. Right sides together. I photographed it right side out because It showed up better. To get this measurement I took the 54″ top and divided by 2 = 27″ and the bottom 50″ divided by 2 = 25″.

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Cut the angle 1.” in on the bottom angle up.

To find your angle subtract top and bottom 27-25=2 divide the answer by 2 = 1″.

Measure 1″ (or your number) over on each side of the bottom and mark.

Line up that mark and the top corner and either draw a line and cut or cut with a rotary cutter.

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Angles cut

I ended up cutting a little extra (1.5″ instead of 1″)so that you can see the angle better.

Step 4 Casing

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Iron casing in half along the length.

Cut your 2 casing strips the length of the top if the lining. Cut the height to at least 4″. My height is a little shorter because I used scraps for the casing.

Fold it in half and iron.

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Fold under the ends by 1/4″ to 1/2″ (The amount turned under determines the gap for the handles to fit through) and Iron. The folds will be on the outside while stitching so that they will tuck under when you turn the tube out.

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Stitch casing right sides together and turn out. Iron flat

If your are using a patterned fabric be sure to sew the tubes right sides together. I used a chop stick to help turn out the strips after stitching along the length.  Iron the strips flat.

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Iron to make a smooth opening

As you can see the folds are securely tucked under when turned out.

Step 5 Assembly

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Iron oval in 4’s
Strips for casing 4″ to 6″ Ironed in half
Sides positioned right sides together

A. Lining sides

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Pin sides

Pin the liner sides right sides together.

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stitch the side seams

I fake serged (straight stitch then zig zag edge) the seams to make clean edges.

B. Attach bottom to lining

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Find the center point of the lining by folding it in half

Fold in half and iron a crease down the center. The crease then marks the center of the top and bottom.

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Match center points

Line up the center points of the bottom and sides. I lay it out like this first to make sure I am pinning the right sides together (Long sides together). then pin with the right sides of the fabric together.

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Pin bottom to sides right sides together
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Stitch remember to back-stitch. I fake surged.

Take your time sewing the curves and remember to back-stitch.

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Fake serge

C. Casing

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Pin the casing in place. Lining up the center points. Remember the opening will line up with the handles.

Here is where I went wrong. Normally I would position the lining in the basket to test out placement. I did not do it here and lined up with the wrong center points.

You will double check that the openings line up with the handles.

Pin the correct center point to the center point of the casing right sides together.

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Pin all the way around lining up the edges. You will notice there is a gap between one casing and the other. The handles fit in this gap. and the ribbon will tie around the handle.

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Stitch in place. You can do a straight stitch but I almost always zigzag or serge the seams.

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Turn out
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Iron casing flat

Iron the casing flat and turn under the raw edge of the opening.

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Opening for handles
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Top stitch casing down. Stitch opening.

You can use a straight stitch but I chose a decorative stitch for my top stitching.

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Top stitch
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Lining back of top stitch. Neat edging

The top stitching leaves a beautiful seam on the inside of the liner as well as the outside.

D. Ties

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Shoe String Tie

I used two red shoe strings for the ties. One for each casing.

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Thread casing
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insert lining and tie in place

Insert the lining and position the ties around the handles. Tie in a beautiful bow.

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Liner in place
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oops

To fix the mistake I trimmed away part of the center of the casing and re threaded the shoe string over the handle. I could have ripped out the seams and realigned the whole thing but I decided not to worry to much. I think I will go pick up some more ribbon and cut it in 4 pieces to tie a bow at each gap to cover the raw edges. I may get some frey check to clean up the raw edges (But if the bow covers it I will not worry to much.) If I were giving it as a gift I would realign the whole thing.

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Fix

Ready to go on a picnic!

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Ready to go

 

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Fourth of July Mini Bunting Tutorial

Fourth of July Mini Bunting Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Fourth of July Mini Bunting Tutorial

Have I ever mentioned that I love Pinterest. I get lots of ideas and inspiration from wasting massive amounts of time conscientiously scrolling through the delightful pins on Pinterest. Honestly this is how I find trends. One of the big trends for home and party decor is Bunting/Banners. Triangles of fabric chained together with ribbon, bias tape etc. Most of what I found was large 7″ to 9″ triangles. Some are stitched on two sides (right sides together) and then turned and ironed flat before chaining together. Others are stitch right sides out and trimmed with pinking shears. I decided I wanted a smaller bunting for the table decoration at the 4th of July Party and that is how the Fourth of July Mini Bunting Tutorial began. I hope you like it and let me know what you think. Continue reading Fourth of July Mini Bunting Tutorial

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Toiletry Roll Tutorial

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Toiletry Roll Tutorial

The Kiddo is going to sports camp this summer and I have a ton of stuff to pack for her. I decided I would do a few camp tutorials this week. If you kids are anything like mine packing can be a nightmare and you know they will not come back with everything they left with. I found that if she has a place for everything she will remember everything.
Here is a great travel tote idea.
Materials:

15 minute Toiletry roll tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

1 hand towel – (A wash cloth will make a great small roll)
Ribbon – grosgrain is the most durable
Marking utensil – I started with a pencil then chalk but pinning as I went worked best with this towel color.
ruler
Basic sewing supplies
Step 1

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Lay out the towel wrong side up.

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Fold towel up leaving a lip at the top of at least 2″.
Step 2

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Measure the ribbon based on the size of the towel. I choose 1 and a half-length. The long side will wrap around the roll and tie to the short side.

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Pin the ribbon in place.
Step 3

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Straight-stitch both ends be sure to back-stitch securely along the folded edge.

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For added security I 3 point zig zag stitched the edges.
Step 4

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Measure and place Items. You can use your items to decide your measurements.

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Or you can measure basic pocket sizes.

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I choose four 4″. Two 3″ and two 1.5″ pockets. (You can see a few of the chalk lines. They help to stitch in a straight line)
Step 5

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Stitch from top down and back-stitch top, seam and bottom of each line.

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Step 6
Ready to pack.

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It is easy to fold and put away when not in use.

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I used a vanilla yellow for the embroidery of the name.

Wishing You Luck and Love,

                                                          Heather

Natural Air Freshener and Deodorizer

Natural Air Freshener and Deodorizer Home Hack from H&P Artistry

Natural Air Freshener and Deodorizer

Natural Air Freshener and Deodorizer Home Hack from H&P ArtistryNatural Air Freshener and Deodorizer

It’s time for a good old-fashioned Home Hack. I like to make Homemade products when I can because it is safer for the environment and lighter on my wallet. This Natural Air Freshener and Deodorizer recipe is both. The key to making these items at home is to know what to expect from the final product. Most store-bought products have artificial colors and fragrances that are enhanced to last longer and smell stronger. Natural air fresheners have a very light scent and because of the backing soda absorb more scent than they release. This mixture is best placed in bathrooms, closets, or any area that tends to smell musty, closed up, or damp.

Recipe

Natural Air Freshener and Deodorizer Home Hack from H&P Artistry

1 8 oz or smaller jar with canning lid
Burlap to fit lid (Can use decorative paper and poke lots of holes)
1/2 – 3/4 cup baking soda
1 tbsp Lavender dried
5 – 15 drops essential oil depending on scent strength
Scissors
Pencil

Step 1

Natural Air Freshener and Deodorizer Home Hack from H&P Artistry

Fill the jar with 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup baking soda.

Baking soda absorbs and helps to eliminate unwanted odors. It is a good idea to place an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator to absorb food odors. Do Not Use The refrigerator baking soda for cooking once stored in the refrigerator.

Step 2

Natural Air Freshener and Deodorizer Home Hack from H&P Artistry

Add in 1 to 2 tablespoons of dried lavender. You can use any aromatic herb as well as any citrus peel or zest to add to the fragrance.

Step 3

Natural Air Freshener and Deodorizer Home Hack from H&P Artistry

Add 5 to 15 drops of essential oil depending on the strength of the scent you want. You can eliminate the essential oil if you want a deodorizer only.

Step 4

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Screw the lid on to the jar and shake well to mix the ingredients.

Step 5

Natural Air Freshener and Deodorizer Home Hack from H&P Artistry

Remove lid and center seal from the jar and set the jar aside.

Step 6

Natural Air Freshener and Deodorizer Home Hack from H&P Artistry

Trace the sealing lid on to the Burlap and cut the circle out.

If you do not have burlap you can use a piece of decorative paper and poke holes in it to let the scent through.

Natural Air Freshener and Deodorizer Home Hack from H&P Artistry

Put the burlap into the open lid with out the seal.

Step 7

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Replace the lid and place in the chosen room to freshen the air. You may need to add essential oil occasionally to boos the scent. You will also need to replace the sealing lid and shake the mixture every week or so to keep the baking soda from clumping up.

Replace the mixture every 30 days to 3 months depending on the moisture in the room being deodorized.

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Natural air fresheners have a very light scent and because of the backing soda absorb more scent than they release. This mixture is best placed in bathrooms, closets, or any area that tends to smell musty, closed up, or damp.
Prep Time
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Natural Air Freshener and Deodorizer Home Hack from H&P Artistry
Natural Air Freshener and Deodorizer
Print Recipe
Natural air fresheners have a very light scent and because of the backing soda absorb more scent than they release. This mixture is best placed in bathrooms, closets, or any area that tends to smell musty, closed up, or damp.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Fill the jar with 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup baking soda. Add in 1 to 2 tablespoons of dried lavender. You can use any aromatic herb as well as any citrus peel or zest to add to the fragrance. Add 5 to 15 drops of essential oil depending on the strength of the scent you want. You can eliminate the essential oil if you want a deodorizer only. Screw the lid on to the jar and shake well to mix the ingredients.
  2. Remove lid and center seal from the jar and set the jar aside. Trace the sealing lid on to the Burlap and cut the circle out. Put the burlap into the open lid with out the seal. Replace the lid and place in the chosen room to freshen the air.
  3. You may need to add essential oil occasionally to boos the scent. You will also need to replace the sealing lid and shake the mixture every week or so to keep the baking soda from clumping up. Replace the mixture every 30 days to 3 months depending on the moisture in the room being deodorized.
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Elastic Kitchen Towel Holder Tutorial

Elastic Kitchen Towel Holder Tutorial

Elastic Kitchen Towel Holder Tutorial

One thing that drives me up the wall is finding my freshly laundered Tea Towels on the kitchen floor. I fold them, drape them prettily over the stove handle and then all it takes is someone brushing Past and they slide off. I have a few ways to combat this situation. I thought a fun, quick, and useful mothers day gift idea would be the elastic towel holder.  It is a really quick project. I think it took 15 minutes and that included the ironing time.

Materials:

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This is a great scrap buster and you can get the elastic for $1 at the dollar store.

bottom piece (I used duck because it is sturdy) 10″ x 6″

top piece (I used a light cotton for the ruffle) 9″ x 4″ You could use 10″ x 4″ but I like the little bit of extra wiggle room at the ends.

1 piece of elastic. I did not measure the elastic because I pulled it through to get the ruffle I wanted, but you will need at least a 9″ piece.

Step 1

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Fold the pieces in half right sides together and stitch to make two long tubes. I chain stitched them and them trimmer the thread.

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Step 2

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Turn the tubes right side out.

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Iron flat with the seam running down the center of each tube. This will help with lining up the center of the tubes and running the elastic.

Step 3

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Layer the pieces seam line down. If you do not want the seams to show at all you could line up the seams facing together.

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Pin in place. I pin both ends along the sides of the seam. The pins mark where I sew the casing for the elastic.

Step 4

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Stitch straight down one side of the seam.

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Stitch down the other side of the seam and that makes the casing for the elastic.

Step 5

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Time to thread the elastic. pin a safety pin to the end of the elastic and thread it through the casing.

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Pull the elastic all the way through the casing and flatten the fabric.

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Stitch the safety pin side in place. I back stitched a few times to make sure the elastic was securely in place.

Step 6

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Pull the elastic from the opposite side to create a ruffle. You will need two hands for the project but to take the pic I had to use one. Remember that you need to leave room for the towel to fit through the loop and for the elastic to stretch and contract. Pull enough to create a nice ruffle.

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Pin the pulled elastic in place.

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This is where the extra fabric comes in handy. Stitch the elastic in place (I like to flatten the end while sewing the make sure the elastic does not twist or bunch). Make sure the pin is far enough away from the stitch line that it can stay in place the entire time you are stitching. You do not want the elastic to get away from you.

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Step 7

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Trim the excess fabric from both ends.

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Fold in half right-sides together.

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Step 8

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I stitched the end together with a straight stitch and a zig zag for stability and strength.

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Turn right-side out and pull the ruffles apart.

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Step 9

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Position the tea towel and slide the holder in place.

Your towel is now secure and it is easy to remove when you need the towel.

Wishing you Luck, Love, and a Happy Mother’s Day.

                                                                                           Heather

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Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3

Today’s Baby Bath Set Part 3 Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial is part 3 of a 3 part set. The Bath Set consists of a Bath blanket and wash cloth with a terry towel material on one side and a soft Minky fabric on the other. The bath blanket has the baby’s name and initial appliqued with an embroidery machine. The beauty of this type of gift is that you have many uses from one set. The bath blanket can be a hooded towel or a swaddle blanket. The Washcloth is both a wash cloth and burp cloth. When you are a parent the best items in you arsenal are the ones that do double and sometimes triple duty. Do you have a favorite baby item or gift that works for multiple uses? If so what is it and did you or someone else make it? I made this set as a gift for a friends baby and I hope they like it. The embroidery adds just a little bit of heart to any baby project and makes it unique to the child.

Click here for part 1 Wash Cloth

Click Here for part 2 Embroidery

Materials:

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Terry cloth – inside fabric 1 yard
Minky – outer fabric 1 yard
you will have some of each left over for wash cloths.
Basic sewing supplies
*Do not iron minky – You will loose the dots

Step 1
Measure 32″ x 32″ with 1/2″ seam allowance.
mark on the Terry cloth and cut.

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Step 2
Cut a 12″ by 12″ square from the terry cloth and cut in half. This will be the hood.

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Step 3
Use the terry cloth pieces as templates to cut out the minky.

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Here are the cut pieces
1 terry cloth and 1 minky 32″ x 32″
1 terry cloth and 1 minky triangle 12″

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Step 4
The hood
Layer the hood pieces right sides together.

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Straight stitch the long edge

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Turn right sides out

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Top stitch down. This forms the edge of the hood.

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Step 5
Layer blanket
place the 32″ pieces right side together and fold back the corner for the hood.
Place the hood raw edges out and right sides facing. Minky to minky and terry cloth to terry cloth.

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Step 6
Pin being sure to leave an opening for turning.

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Step 7
Sew
Back-stitch the corners and the edges of the hood. You will need extra stability and structure in these areas.

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Step 8
Trim the corners and turn out.

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Step 9
Hand stitch the closure. Normally I would top stitch a closure and all the way around the edges, in this case it is better to hand stitch.

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Here is the completed blanket minky side out

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Terry cloth side out

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Folded

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With Wash cloth

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My Helper shows up anytime I use soft fabric.

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Baby Bath Set Part 2 Applique Embroidery

Baby Bath Set Part 2 Applique Embroidery

For part 1 – Wash Cloth tutorial click here

Materials:

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Minky fabric cut to the dimensions of your blanket or towel.
tear away stabilizer
Water soluble stabilizer I use it because it is clear and can tear away easily
Coordinating fabric for the applique. A scrap will work as long as it is bigger than the applique size.
Basic Machine materials – hoop, embroidery thread etc.
*Do not iron minky – You will lose the dots
Step 1

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Decide where you want your design. Most machines or software come with this wonderful tool to help with positioning. You can also use the top of the hoop.
Remember to leave space for seam allowances when you sew the blanket together.

Step 2
Hoop the fabric

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Step 3

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Stitch the outline layer. (I do not use the water-soluble stabilizer in the applique step because the fabric layering covers the nap of the fabric.)

Step 4

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Layer the scrap fabric over the first set of stitches. Make sure the fabric covers all of the stitch outline.

Step 5

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Stitch the second outline and trim the excess fabric.

Step 6

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The machine satin stitches around the outside.

Step 7

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Lay your clear or water-soluble stabilizer where you plan to stitch the name. This stabilizer helps to keep the nap of the fabric from tangling in the thread and warping or covering the stitches. You will have more support for the lettering and a clear name.

Step 8

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Embroider the name.

Step 9
Trim all loose threads.

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Remove all stabilizers

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The Applique Embroidery is complete.

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Stay tuned for Fridays Tutorial Part 3 the Hooded Blanket/Towel.

Wishing you Luck and Love

Applique Embroidery
The Applique Lettering is from Designs by Juju www.designsbyjuju.com

 

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Baby Bath Set Part 1 Wash Cloth Tutorial

Baby Bath Set Part 1 Wash Cloth Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Baby Bath Set Part 1 Wash Cloth Tutorial

Today’s Baby Bath Set Part 1 Wash Cloth Tutorial is part 1 of a 3 part set. The Bath Set consists of a Bath blanket and wash cloth with a terry towel material on one side and a soft Minky fabric on the other. The bath blanket has the baby’s name and initial appliqued with an embroidery machine. The beauty of this type of gift is that you have many uses from one set. The bath blanket can be a hooded towel or a swaddle blanket. The Wash cloth is both a wash cloth and burp cloth. When you are a parent the best items in you arsenal are the ones that do double and sometimes triple duty. Do you have a favorite baby item or gift that works for multiple uses? If so what is it and did you or someone else make it? I made this set as a gift for a friends baby and I hope they like it. The embroidery adds just a little bit of heart to any baby project and makes it unique to the child.

Part 1 is the wash cloth.

Part 2 is the Baby Blanket Embroidery tutorial.

Part 3 it the Baby Blanket/Bath towel tutorial.

Materials:
Terry cloth 12″ x 12″
Minky dot 12″ x 12″
Do not iron Minky – You will loose the dots

Step 1

Cut fabric in 12″ x 12″ squares.

Baby Bath Set Part 1 Wash Cloth Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Baby Bath Set Part 1 Wash Cloth Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Step 2
Layer right sides together and pin.

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Step 3
Stitch – Be careful and go slowly the minky is slippery. If you need a little grip layer a strip of plastic grocery bag over the top. When you finish the edging all you have to do is tear the plastic away. I curved my corners but you can keep then squared, just back-stitch the corners.

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Step 4
Trim the corners and turn out.

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Step 5

Pin closure and top stitch around the edges.

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Wash Cloth Complete.

Baby Bath Set Part 1 Wash Cloth Tutorial from H&P Artistry

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Part 2 is Blanket Embroidery

Wishing you Luck and Love,

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Hooded Towel Tutorial

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Hooded Towel Tutorial

One of my favorite baby gifts is a full-sized hooded towel. Babies grow so fast that the baby size towels don’t last long enough. I deal with this problem by giving a gift that the child can use as they grow, a hooded towel. The towels in this tutorial have names appliqued to individualize the gifts. You can also buy towels embroidered with designs or trim the towels with matching ribbon to add a pop of color.

Materials:

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1 full-sized towel
1 hand towel
basic sewing supplies
(each hand towel makes two hoods so buy 2 towels and then you can make 2 hooded towels and not waste fabric.)

Ribbon for decoration of hood

Step 1
Find the center of the hand towel and cut in half.

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Step 2 (optional)
Measure and cut ribbon for decoration and stitch in place.

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Step 3
Fold in half to make the hood. (I made a mistake in the photo. The ribbon side should be inside the fold. If you cut like this you will have to fold right-side together before pinning and sewing.)

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Cut- I used a cake plate to cut my curve in the back of the towel. You can leave the towel squared in the back, but it does not look polished.

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Step 4
Ribbon side together. Pin the hood and stitch.

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You can fake surge if you want to add durability.

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I trim the bottom corner at an angle to help ease sewing the hood to the base towel.

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Step 5
If you want a lip to the hood fold to the edge of the ribbon. (If you want a thicker lip you can put the ribbon on the inside of the hood and fold it over.)

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Pin in place.

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Step 6
Pin the hood to the towel.
Find the center of the towel and pin.

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Match the center point of the towel with the center seam of the hood. Right Sides together.

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Pin out from there, be sure to pin the folded lip in place.

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Step 7
Stitch hood to towel with a straight stitch.

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To create a finished look and durability to the hood fold the seam down and stitch with a zig zag stitch.

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The hooded towel is complete.

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A great way to package the towel is to fold in threes, roll the towel and secure with a ribbon. Add a wash cloth and a bottle of baby shampoo or a small set of shampoo, lotion, and baby powder.

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Draft Stopper

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Draft Stopper

One of the doors in my house has a large gap between the floor and the bottom of the door.
I decided that it was past time to make a draft stopper. My father had some pipe insulation and that is what I used for the core. You can use anything from a pool noodle to rice for the interior of the draft stopper. The same goes for the outer shell, I chose a towel because I had large scraps from a previous project. Continue reading Draft Stopper

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St Patrick’s Day Wreath DIY

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St Patrick’s Day Wreath DIY

Since St. Patrick’s day and Easter are so close together this year I decided to start sharing St. Patrick’s Day crafts and DIY’s early. I’m starting with a super cute door wreath made from Continue reading St Patrick’s Day Wreath DIY