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
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.
Hoop the fabric
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.)
Layer the scrap fabric over the first set of stitches. Make sure the fabric covers all of the stitch outline.
Stitch the second outline and trim the excess fabric.
The machine satin stitches around the outside.
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.
The kids love having new ways to carry their valentines. It is even more fun to have a cool delivery method. A few years ago we made large envelopes to go on the backs of the kid’s classroom chairs and each child delivered their cards and goodies by dropping the treats into each persons envelope. This year Continue reading →
I love decorating for all Holidays but I do not like storing the decorations. How do I fix that problem? Edible decorations! This centerpiece is simple and the main decoration is chocolate so once the holiday is over the candy is gone. Continue reading →
Part 2 of the journal series is the Homemade journal. My nieces are going to love these monogrammed Journals. It takes a little lime to complete the journals but the time is well worth the final outcome. The design is super simple and the process is easy to complete. The Kiddo even helped on this one.
16.5″ x 10″ piece of vinyl fabric (leather or fabric with heavy interfacing works great.)
20″ piece of ribbon for closure (you will cut the ribbon to size once finished)
1 buckle (you can omit the buckle if using vinyl or leather)
Paper – I used a 12″ x 9″ sketch paper.
basic sewing supplies, you can use a machine or hand sew.
Step 1 – Paper prep
I used a sketch book for my paper because it is a more heavy weight and has a better feel. The down side is having to tear each peace from the pad. tearing 3 at a time worked 5 not so much.
Organize into groups of 10 sheets.
Fold each 10 sheet group in half. This makes a booklet of 20 pages. 9″ x 6″
I made 60 sheet journals by clipping 3 folded sets together. The clips keep the pages together and the crease well defined. If you make a few journals at a time grouping the page sets together makes keeping the projects organized easier.
Measure the width of the page set for an exact measure of the spine. I used a generic 1″ spine to allow for a pin and whatever else the girls may carry in the journal.
Step 2 – Placement and sewing
Use 1 of your page sets to decide on spine placement. I measured .5″ from the outer edges to the raw paper edges.
Using chalk I marked the spine edge and the corners to help with placement later.
I marked 1″ over from the spine edge to define the full spine space.
Test the spine and closure fold. Decide if you want the flap on the right or left of the journal. I decided on the left.
For an added detail you can add a curve to the corners. Use a curved object and mark the curve then cut carefully.
Step 3 – stitch pages
You can work from right to left or left to right of the spine.
I lined my paper fold up to the right spine chalk mark. Open the set keeping the center line on the chalk line.
I used painters tape on both sides of the paper to keep it in place.
There are 2 ways to stitch the paper in place.
1. Set your machine to the longest straight stitch and carefully stitch the sheets in place. Remember to back stitch.
Tip: a zipper foot works really well to keep the lines straight, especially when adding the next few sets of paper.
2. Hand stitch the paper in place. This is a little harder because you may need to use a hammer and a nail to preset the stitching holes. Use an extra large needle or leather needle to stitch the paper in place. Make sure the stitches are equal distance apart and you may want to stitch over a few times to make sure the paper is secure. Hand stitching looks beautiful on the outer spine.
Hand stitching is around 2 or 3 inches apart while machine stitching is much closer together.
Line up the next bundle and tape in place. If using a zipper foot the page lines up quite well. Continue with the same stitching process.
Step 4 – closure
There are 2 closure options for a buckle style. Use a button buckle or cut 2 parallel 1″ slits in the cover for the ribbon to go through.
I choose 2″ in from the edge of the inner cover and the center point.
You can machine stitch or hand sew the buckle in place. I tried it both ways and it worked either way. Be careful when stitching with your machine (close zig zag stitch). If the needle hits the buckle the needle will break.
To attach the closure ribbon or cording fold under the raw edge and stitch it in place. Make sure you line it up with the buckle and pin in place.
To close the Journal
Slide the ribbon through the buckle and wrap it around the journal. Slide the ribbon back through the buckle for extra security. Trim the ribbon to fit.
I embroidered an initial but you can leave it solid and it is elegant and beautiful. You could sew on a patch, buttons or decoration. You can also cover the inside cover by gluing in an end paper. I have not tested out glues because I decided to leave the inside as is. You could also stitch in end papers jut make sure the stitches are even and straight because they show on the outside.
I like to gift box my soaps for the holiday season and I thought I would share one of my Homemade Gift Box Tutorial’s with you for the holidays. You can change up the measurements to fit your gift these measurements fit my soap perfectly. Watch the YouTube video below or follow the written tutorial to make your own boxes.
8.5 x 11 card stock
template (if you have one)
Trace out the box using a template or measurements.
Side 1 – Score 3″, 6″, 9″
Side 2 – Score 1.5″, 2.5″, 6″, 7″, 8.5″
Use a ruler to have straight edges.
Score the lines and the points for the hole punch. I use a finger nail polish Dot tool and a ruler to score my lines.
Cut out the box along the outer lines.
Punch the holes in the edges along the punch marks.
Lay out the gift wrapping paper. Use a template or cut out a 9″ x 3.5 rectangle.
Fold along the scored lines
Line up the center edges with the wrapping paper edges.
Glue the paper in place. (the gluing photos turned out blurry.)
Punch the holes in the wrapping paper along the hole punches in the card stock.
Center the gift or soap in the box.
Close the center flaps.
Wrap the ribbon around the center of the box.
Thread the ribbon through the bottom punches.
Thread the ribbon through the top punches.
Tie the bow.
The box is now ready to gift.
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The Kiddo’s Aunt and Uncle are having a baby, The Kiddo and I wanted to make them something Special for the Baby. Sewing a Simple Baby Quilt was perfect. The Kiddo picked out the fabric and set up the design and I did the sewing. I realized, after we organized the pattern for the blocks, that you may want to make one yourself. Continue reading →
The How to Make a Homemade Soap Stamp tutorial began because I needed a way to emboss my soaps with the H&P lettering. I watched a lot of tutorials on how to make a soap stamp but most of them involved using clay and a polymer or resin to make the stamp. I still think that the polymer and resin is a great idea for a long-lasting detailed stamp, but for my use it was a little too much cost for something so simple. I decided to do a few experiments and this is the one that worked the best. Oddly enough it is also the most simple stamp to make. You can use these stamps to make wedding favors and housewarming gifts. Continue reading →