Prime Day Deals for Sewists and Crafters

I don't usually write a whole blog post about sales you can find on one site for a day and a half, but it's hard to argue with the shopping experience that is Amazon. There are a lot of great deals starting tomorrow on sewing supplies that I use and love, so I really couldn't let the event go by without sharing those with you!

Prime Day Deals for Sewists and Crafters on craftystaci.com

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Prime Day goes live at noon Pacific time, so I will be updating the deals here every half hour throughout the day, and again on Tuesday. If you're an email subscriber, you'll need to visit my blog to see what's current, as this email won't show the updates, and this is the only email you'll receive.

To be able to take advantage of these prices, you do need to be an Amazon Prime member. If you aren't, you can start your 30 day trial right now, so you're all set for the sale on Monday and Tuesday.

While we wait for the big sale to start, let me tell you about a couple of Amazon Prime tools I use while I'm sewing.

I can't work when it's quiet. Some sort of sound in the background seems to force me to stay focused. I started with music before Amazon Music Unlimited was available, but it might be time to step up with a free trial.

I started adding some podcasts in, which I still love, but then I discovered I could listen to books! I can't even tell you how many I've been through so far, and my wish list is very long. In my opinion, Audible might be one of the best things available through Amazon Prime and, like most services during this sale, you can sign up for a free trial of it as well.

The last one is the Kindle Reading App. This one is free, and what I love about it is that I can pull up a sewing, craft, or even business book on my phone anywhere I am. All you have to do is download the app. Did you know you can also open PDFs with it, and not just Kindle-specific books?

Watch this space starting on Monday for can't-miss deals on sewing tools and supplies!

Hexagon Mug Mat

When I'm working on a monthly series like these mug mats, I have a list of potential ideas I work from all year, but I also have some spur-of-the-moment patterns that make their way in. This month, I suddenly wanted to make one shaped like a hexagon. 

How to Make a Hexagon Mug Mat from craftystaci.com #mugmat #mugrug #epp #easysewing

I'm so in love with the tiles that are made in this shape. It's making me wish we needed to re-do a floor or something. We don't, so I'm working with fabric instead, which I'm okay with.

This particular mug mat is a great way to test out your English paper piecing skills, but it's quick to finish because much of it is sewn on the machine. Let's get started!

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You'll need:

  • this pattern (page 1 -2 printed on regular paper and page 1 printed on cardstock)
  • cotton fabric in a print for the center
  • coordinating cotton fabrics (3) for the triangles
  • cotton fabric for the back
  • fusible batting

Carefully cut apart all of the cardstock pieces. Cut the center out of the hexagon on the paper page 1. Cut out the back and batting piece from the paper, cutting on the outside of the thick black line.

Supplies needed for hexagon mug mat

Use the paper hexagon with the center cut out as a guide to determine where you'll place piece 1. 

Fussy cut center

Place your piece 1 in the center and carefully pull away the guide. Cut around the piece at least 1/4" away, and I like to go just slightly larger than that. It doesn't have to be precise.

Cutting out piece 1

Cut the remaining pieces from the coordinating fabrics, adding the 1/4"+ on each. Cut the backing fabric and two pieces of fusible batting using that pattern piece.

Pattern pieces cut

Write the pattern numbers on the back of each piece so you can still see them in the next steps. With that written number face up, lay the pattern piece in the center of the wrong side of the fabric.

Using fabric glue (this pen is my favorite) and working with one straight section at a time, glue the edge of the fabric to the pattern.

Glue edges of fabric to pattern

Repeat with the remaining pieces.

All pieces glued

It doesn't hurt to lay the whole thing out before you start to make sure it looks right.

Lay out pieces

Line up the touching edges of pieces 1 and 2 with right sides together. Make sure the corners are matched exactly. Using a small hand stitch, sew the two pieces together. Stop when you reach the corner on piece 1.

Hand stitch first two pieces together

Sew on piece 3 in the same manner, sewing all the way across. 

Sewing on piece 3

Repeat with pieces 4 through 7.

Sewing on 4 through 7

Pull the remaining edges of 2 and 7 together, with right sides facing each other, and stitch.

All pieces stitched

Pull the fabric all the way around the outer edge away from the pattern pieces. The glue holds well while you sew, but I don't usually have an issue getting it to release the fabric when I'm ready.

Trim the outer edge 1/4" away from the pattern. Press with a dry iron, using a pressing cloth on top so none of the residual glue gets on your iron.

Trim outer edge

Remove the pattern pieces.

Pattern pieces removed

Fuse the one of the pieces of batting to the back. Fuse the other piece of batting to the wrong side of the backing.

Pin the front to back with right sides together. Stitch 1/4" from the edge, leaving 2 1/2" open for turning. Make sure that opening doesn't land on a seam.

Clip the corners. Turn right side out. Press, turning in the opening.

Turned and pressed

Topstitch all the way around near the edge.

Topstitch around edge

Stitch near the edge of the hexagon in the center. 

Topstitch around center

You're done - grab a mug!

Hexagon Mug Mat from craftystaci.com #mugmat #mugrug #easysewing #epp.JPG

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