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Toiletry Roll Tutorial

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:

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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.

15 minute Toiletry roll tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

15 minute Toiletry roll tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 6
Ready to pack.

15 minute Toiletry roll tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

15 minute Toiletry roll tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

15 minute Toiletry roll tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

15 minute Toiletry roll tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

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

15 minute Toiletry roll tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

15 minute Toiletry roll tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

15 minute Toiletry roll tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

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

Wishing You Luck and Love,

                                                          Heather

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

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:

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

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.

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

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

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

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

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

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

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

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

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

Straight stitch the long edge

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

Turn right sides out

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

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.

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

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

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

Step 8
Trim the corners and turn out.

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

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

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

Terry cloth side out

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Folded

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

With Wash cloth

Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial Part 3 from H&P Artistry.com

My Helper shows up anytime I use soft fabric.

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Wishing you Luck and Love

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

 

Towel to Baby Bib Up-Cycle Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Towel to Baby Bib Up-Cycle Tutorial

Towel to Baby Bib Up-Cycle Tutorial

A great up-cycle for baby is to take your well laundered towels and turn them into Baby bibs.
Materials for Pattern:
a baby bib
paper – I use large drawing pad paper or used wrapping paper (recycle). You can also tape together sheets of paper.
Step 1
lay bib out flat on sheet. I do not pin down because it warps the paper and pattern.

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Step 2

Trace

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Step 3
Cut out pattern.
Materials for Bib:
Pattern
old towel
Pins

Step 1
Layout pattern and pin

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Step 2
Cut out bib
All you need to do now is attach Velcro on opposite sides and you are done. I choose embroidery and button holes. I also choose not to trim the edges, but you can add bias binding, ribbon, even lace would be beautiful.

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Optional – You can use sticky Velcro and hand tack stitch or Hot Glue it into place and use an Iron on Design patch instead of embroidering a design. A fun idea is to put your child’s hand print on the center of the bib with fabric paint and write their age in puff paint. When the child grows out of the bib you have a keepsake.

If you have an embroidery machine or like to hand embroider, these are the steps I follow and stabilizers I used.
Hoop and Embroider designs on bib front. The terry cloth I used was thin and easily hooped. If you use a thicker terry cloth you may want to use a sticky stabilizer instead of hooping the towel.

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Crankenstein, All you Need is Love and Cupcakes and I love You Deerly.

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I embroidered button holes using sticky stabilizer because you can not hoop the small part of the bib.

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Here are the completed bibs.

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The embroidery designs purchased from Urban Threads and www.urbanthreads.com

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

Baby Bath Set Part 1 Wash Cloth Tutorial

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.

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

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.

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

Step 4
Trim the corners and turn out.

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

Step 5

Pin closure and top stitch around the edges.

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

Wash Cloth Complete.

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

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

Part 2 is Blanket Embroidery

Wishing you Luck and Love,

Wishing you Luck and Love

Hooded Towel Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Hooded Towel Tutorial

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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Check out the adorable and useful Hooded Bath Towel Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

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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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Check out the adorable and useful Hooded Bath Towel Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Wishing you Luck and Love,