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.
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.
I have just become acquainted with bowl covers. I LOVE THEM! You can even put your plastic wrap over the bowl and then the cover and everything stays in place. A friend bought a pair from a home-goods store and I immediately thought I can make those. When she told me what she paid for them I knew I could make them for way less. I will say hers had extra ruffles and special frills that I’m sure made the cost more acceptable but I like simple so here you go.
1 fat quarter – For a large bowl You will have some left over. A fat quarter should also work for a large salad bowl.
Elastic – I used 1/4″ elastic for both small and large bowls.
Marking Utensil – (chalk, pencil, marker)
Basic sewing supplies
Position Bowl open side down on the wrong side of the fabric. Leave a 2 to 3 inch gap along the edges.
Trace the bowl and add an inch or 2 to the outer circle.
Small Bowl trace edge the same way. Depending on how much ruffle you want on the edges depends on how much space you add to the edges. I chose 1″.
Draw a second line by marking .5″ on your marking tool and follow the first line. Then do the same thing again with the outer line.
As you can see the extra spacing is 1″. Cut along the outer line and line up your elastic along the middle line.
Trim the edges with pinking sheers
Measure the elastic by stretching it around the bowl. You want to stretch a bit or subtract an inch to add extra snugness to the final product. Stitch the ends to make a circle.
Stitch the elastic in a loop. Do not twist the elastic. Mark the fabric round and the elastic in 8ths. Fold each in half and mark the points then in half again and mark those points. Find the center of each of those points and mark it or pin it. For a more detailed example click here.
Pin the elastic matching up the 8th points in the fabric and elastic. Line up the elastic with the inner line markings.
Stitch the elastic in place using a stretch stitch. (Zig zag, honeycomb etc.) Pull the elastic between the pin points. this will help the puckers evenly space. You will have to go slowly to keep the elastic lined up with the middle line. Stretching both sides of the elastic and fabric helps You may also have to stitch in smaller segments.
Don’t forget to back-stitch.
Ready to go. By stretching the elastic and stitching slowly the fabric bunches with the elastic.
You are ready to go to your next picnic with security and a little flare.
Wishing you Luck, Love, and a Peaceful and Happy Memorial Day!
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.
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.
Fold the pieces in half right sides together and stitch to make two long tubes. I chain stitched them and them trimmer the thread.
Turn the tubes right side out.
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.
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.
Pin in place. I pin both ends along the sides of the seam. The pins mark where I sew the casing for the elastic.
Stitch straight down one side of the seam.
Stitch down the other side of the seam and that makes the casing for the elastic.
Time to thread the elastic. pin a safety pin to the end of the elastic and thread it through the casing.
Pull the elastic all the way through the casing and flatten the fabric.
Stitch the safety pin side in place. I back stitched a few times to make sure the elastic was securely in place.
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.
Pin the pulled elastic in place.
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.
Trim the excess fabric from both ends.
Fold in half right-sides together.
I stitched the end together with a straight stitch and a zig zag for stability and strength.
Turn right-side out and pull the ruffles apart.
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.
I made my Mother a set of Valentine Kitchen Towels and of course used them as an excuse for a tutorial. I may have to put a few on my etsy site. They are really fun to make and do not take long at all. If you can sew a straight line you are good to go. I embroidered 2 Designs by Juju designs on one but you can use Iron on or applique transfers if you want that look. I also saw some cute Dollar Store towels that were screaming to be decorated. Be creative and have fun!
Towel: I used a Bar towel.
Ric Rack: I used Large, Medium and Baby size.
Line up and pin your Ric Rack and ribbon. I played around with the order and design. The towels were great because I used the lines in the terry cloth to measure my distance between the pieces.
I made sure to match my thread with the ric rack and ribbon and used a straight stitch. Be sure to fold you edges over for a clean look on the back of the towel. Also be sure to back-stitch at the start and finish.
I made a second towel.
I embroidered a Valentine design that I purchased from Designs by JuJu. www.designsbyjuju.com I love the designs.
I Love Coffee, Tea, and Coco. I also love not paying an arm and a leg for it. So I fix my yummy warm drinks at home. I have a few utilitarian travel mugs around and change them up according to my mood. I also have a few Cozies and sleeves. Here is one of my favorites for Mother’s Day.
2 pieces for fabric (Mine were 10″ x 5″)
1 piece of batting (or fleece) 9.5″ x 5″
6″ piece of elastic (I choose decorative elastic)
Basic sewing supplies.
You can always start by measuring your favorite mug. width around and height minus an inch at each end. (My measurements should work for any tall travel mug. You can adjust the elastic to fit your needs.)
Layer your fabric remember that you want right-sides together with the batting on top.
Cut the elastic in half and position on either side of the edge. .5″ to 1″ depending on what you like and your seam allowance.
Pin in place and stitch around three sides. Back stitch over the corners and elastic. Leave the opposite short side open for turning and inserting elastic later.
Trim corners and excess elastic.
Turn under your opening and Iron in place. This is the reason I left 1/2 inch from the batting. Not having the extra bulk makes turning the end down easier and less bulky.
Insert elastic in the open end and pin in place.
Stitch the elastic in place and close the seam. I used green so that you can see the stitches. Usually I would use matching thread. Sewing this side closed was a bit of a pain. You can straight stitch the edge a little at a time. Stopping to reposition the elastic as you go. I just folded the elastic under and used a 3 point zig zag to secure everything in one go.
You can see the little lip created by folding the elastic over.
Here is another option. Use 4 pieces of Ribbon instead of the elastic for the closure. This version works great on mugs with handles or odd shaped carry cups.
Embroidery designs purchased from www.designsbyjuju.com
I love this tutorial. Why? Because it is great for any time of year and makes a wonderful hostess gift, Holiday gift, and when you bring your dish to the pot luck or picnic everyone will think it is super neat and want one. And you can either make one for them yourself or send them my way and I can sell them one.
There are many ways to adjust the size to fit a larger dish or to quilt a different design on each side. The sky is the limit with most sewing projects. Today I will show you how to make a carrier from two fat quarters. Continue reading Fat Quarter Pie Carrier Tutorial
I made a few cloth napkin sets weeks ago and then saw some beautiful embroidery designs from www.urbanthreads.com and used them on the napkins. I was really proud of the work but something was missing. Napkin Rings. And now you have a super simple napkin ring tutorial with two closure options.
1 fat quarter for each set of 4. (you will have scraps)
Velcro – for a simple closure
Button and ribbon – for a wrap closure
Basic sewing supplies – An iron is needed for crisp folds.
Cut 6″ x 9″ rectangles (I cut 8 pieces 4 pink and 4 blue to make two sets with different closures.)
Fold the side seams in 1/2″ to 3/4″ on each 6″ side.
Fold and iron the sides. (Ironing in necessary to keep all the folds in place.)
Fold in half and iron. Then unfold and use the center fold as a marker.
Fold the sides into the center point and iron.
Fold along the center seam and iron flat.
Stitch 3 or 4 sides depending on the design you want. (Just make sure to close the open sides.) A decorative top stitch would look beautiful.
The blue is sewn on 3 sides and the pink is all 4.
Step 6 – Button closure
I decided on mix match pink buttons and thin satin ribbon for the wrap closure.
Measure the ribbon a little shorter than the ring, double the ribbon over and cut 4.
Hand stitch the ribbon in place.
Stitch the button at the same time as the ribbon.
Lay the ring flat and make sure the ribbon is not twisted and faces the right direction.
I sewed the ribbon on the opposite side for the elevated buttons and on the underside of the button for the flat buttons. Either way works, but I like the ribbon on the underside of the button.
Step 7 – Velcro closure
Cut the Velcro in 1″ strips
Stitch the Velcro in place. Make sure to place the Velcro so that it closes in a ring. The pieces of Velcro will be on opposite ends and opposite sides.
Step 8 – Close the rings
Velcro for storage. You can connect one to the other with the Velcro and store it together.
I love quick projects that are super useful. Today’s project is both and all you need is a trip to the $ store or whatever cool kitchen towel store you like. I use kitchen and tea towels every day. I would rather not use a bunch of paper towels when a kitchen towel will do to job. The only problem is if I drape the towels over the stove handle or through the refrigerator handle they tend to end up on the floor. My first stop for that little issue id the elastic Kitchen towel holder, the second is this fun combination of kitchen towel and pot holder. My Best friend gave me these towels and potholders and I love them bunches so of course I used them for this project. Continue reading Hanging Kitchen Towel with Potholder Tutorial
The Mans Shirt to Wine Bottle gift Bag Tutorial is a continuation of the Man’s Shirt to … series of tutorials. This is a great way to gift wrap a bottle of whiskey. Your only limitations are the size of the bottle and the size of the sleeve you are using. Talk about a great Husband gift for Father’s Day or a Birthday. Continue reading Mans Shirt to Wine Bottle Gift Bag
I decided to dress up the kitchen table with Easter eggs for Easter this year; starting with the placemats. I made them a little smaller than usual because I took the center leaf out of the table and there is less room. I could have made to regular size mats but I like having 4 mats on the table.
Fabric- a little over 1/2 a yard each in yellow and Easter egg print. If you want larger mats you will need a yard each.
Batting- Baby blanket batting you can also use felt
Pattern. I had an old pattern from a project my daughter did but you can print one from the internet and then make it the size you need.
Basic sewing supplies – Scissors, pins sewing machine, thread etc.
Lay out your pattern and cut.
I added a little for a seam allowance.
Cut 4 eggs from each fabric
First layer right sides together for the outer fabric and then the batting on top. This makes sure the mat can be turned right side out for the finished product.
Pin and sew
I used 1/4″ seam allowance and slowly followed the curve.
Trim or notch the edges. I used pinking shears.
Turn out and iron. Fold your openings in and iron down. This helps to close the openings neatly when top stitching.
Top stitch around the edges. Be careful and go slowly if you use a decorative stitch because some send to become misshapen or are harder to follow the curve.
I hope you enjoy these quick and easy Easter Mug rugs. They are great for Easter but you can also make them for any time of year. The beauty of fabric coasters and mug rugs is that if they get dirty you can wash them and dry them. Remember to always prep your fabric by washing it before you start the project. If the mug rugs wrinkle after washing just Iron them flat. They make wonderful Teacher gifts, Gift Basket fillers, and Easter Decor for Continue reading Reversible Easter Mug Rugs
Today I thought I would show you a fun way to jazz up your table for Valentines day. This goes great with the heart shaped place mats tutorial. Have fun with it and choose fabrics you love or the scraps from other projects. The sky is the limit and the fact that you are cutting two rectangles and 8 strips of fabric makes it super easy. Continue reading Valentine Table Runner