If all goes well, we'll be celebrating Father's Day this weekend by finally seeing the new Wonder Woman movie. I can't believe it's been out this long already and we haven't been. As a lifelong fan, I hope it lives up to both the hype and my high expectations - especially for the sake of the guy spending his big day watching it...Read More
I'm currently sniffling my way through my first cold of the year, so I didn't think I'd have anything new to share this week. Sneezing and crafting do not go well together. Not only do I not feel up to it, but if I tried to make something right now I can guarantee that I will make lots of mistakes. As luck would have it, a project I finished several months ago was just published on the site I wrote it for, so I've got something to talk about after all!
I made this for Cut Out and Keep, using products sent to me from Canvas Corp. I selected the products, so I chose a canvas table runner, canvas ribbon and a variety of scrapbook papers. If you don't have these available, you could certainly make it with some medium weight canvas fabric instead.
To go with that, I purchased some vinyl. I cut the vinyl into squares and made a frame for each piece with the ribbon. I sewed those in place, leaving one side open, and fringed the edges.
The fun thing about this table runner is that you can swap out the paper under the vinyl to suit your mood or the season. I originally made this near Valentine's Day, so I used some papers appropriate to that season, adding some cut outs under the vinyl on top of the paper.
I also tried it out with a calendar page underneath and filed in the dates with a dry erase pen right on the vinyl.
Once that holiday was over, I switched to a nautical theme.
If you spotted my Autumn Leaf Quilted Table Runner last week, you may have seen my comment about saving the scraps. Well, this is what you were saving them for.
You know how much I hate to throw away something that has any chance at getting used, so the leftovers from that project were no different. It took about two seconds to realize they would be perfect for a coordinating hot pad, and they are together in the middle of my dining room table as we speak.
To make this hot pad, you’ll need:
the scraps from the table runner (or eight strips 2 x 6” of print fabric and eight 1 x 6” dark brown, sewn together as instructed for table runner)
1 x 12” dark brown fabric for center
33” dark brown bias tape (again, didn’t cut on the bias. I’m not recommending that because it has no stretch like it should, but in a pinch it can work)
8 x 12” backing fabric
8 x 12” batting
8 x 12” InsulBright
Your scraps should look like this:
Stitch the two long straight edges to either side of the 12” brown strip.
Cut out the leaf shape using the pattern. Cut the batting and InsulBright as well. Flip the pattern over to cut the backing.
Lay the backing down, wrong side up. Layer the batting and InsulBright on top. Lay the leaf on, right side up, and pin the layers well. Quilt using your favorite method. Just like the table runner, I did a free motion squiggle down the middle of the dark brown strips.
Open one side of the bias tape. Starting at the bottom tip, stitch it to the back of the hot pad, lining up the edges and using a 1/2” seam. When you’re almost back to where you started, fold the edge up over the pad, then stitch the final end over. Leave 6 1/2” of bias at the end for the stem.
Fold the end of the stem to the inside 1/4” and press. Fold the binding up over the edge of the pad and press. Stitch over near the fold, continuing down the stem.
Loop the stem up under the pad and stitch the end in place.
You can stitch it by hand, but I just followed the topstitching that was already there. And you’re done!
Okay Autumn, I’m ready. Bring it on.
I think everyone has their own mile post that marks the beginning of autumn. For some it’s the first day of school. Others hold out for boots and scarves weather. I know there are a few of you out there that wait anxiously for a certain pumpkin flavored drink to declare fall is here. For me, it’s all about the leaves. Once those leaves start changing color and hitting the ground, that’s when I feel like autumn has arrived for real. Looking outside today, I’m just about ready to call it. Since it was kind of taking it’s sweet time this year though, I made a little something to bring the feeling of fall inside.
To make this, you’ll need:
this pattern, printed and taped together (or you can draw your own – all that matters is that your top, batting and back all match)
70” dark brown bias tape for binding (2” wide unfolded, and I’ll be honest, I didn’t even cut it on the bias)
18 strips 2 x 12” from various fall prints
16 strips 1 x 12” dark brown
1 strip 1 x 30” dark brown
batting 14 x 26”
backing fabric 14 x 26”
Sew the strips, offsetting each by 1” from the previous strip, alternating print and dark brown. Use half the strips, then start again using the other half. It should look like this:
Press. Trim the edges straight with a ruler and rotary cutter, lining it up with the points on the prints.
They should end up looking like this:
Stitch the two edges in the center to the long brown strip. Press. Pin the pattern on top, lining up the center and cut out the leaf shape.
You’ll end up with a couple of larger pieces of scrap from the top of the leaf. Hang onto those, and I’ll show you what you can make with them next week!
Cut the batting from the leaf pattern as well. Flip the pattern over to cut the backing to it matches the front when they're wrong sides together. Layer the backing right side down, the batting, then the leaf on top, right side up. Pin well.
Quilt the layers together using your favorite method. I did a little wavy free-motion down the middle of each brown strip.
Starting from the bottom tip of the leaf, stitch the binding with one side unfolded, right sides together and raw edges even, 1/2” seam allowance. When you reach the point you started, fold the binding over the edge of the leaf before stitching over it with the remaining end.
Cut off the binding 5 1/4” past the end of the leaf.
Fold the binding over the edge of the leaf and press, continuing down the stem. Fold the end of the stem 1/4" to the inside and press.
Stitch the binding down by hand or machine, and find somewhere you want a little autumn in your house.
As I mentioned, join me next week for a project using those scraps!
I just couldn’t let my Hot Pad of the Month series ride off into the sunset quietly, so as a send-off I want to show you a cute version made by a reader and give you the results of the poll where I asked YOU which one was your favorite. We’ll call this a little goodbye party, but rest assured that the patterns will stay here as long as I do. I’m way too attached at this point to let them go!
I had one brave soul willing to share her version of one of these hot pads with me. Mary Simpson made the February Mug as a mug rug for a friend that loves hot chocolate. Her fabric choice is so sweet. I’ll bet her friend was thrilled to receive this!
And the winner………the most recent entry – Sewing Machine!
Thanks again for joining me for this little journey. It never stopped being fun for me, and I appreciate all of your comments. I’m working on some ideas for another series to start soon!
I couldn’t leave on my vacation without sharing this June’s Hot Pad of the Month! There’s only one more hot pad after this one before this series comes to an end, which makes this number seventeen. There are so many reasons, old and new, that I’m glad I went with this design but I won’t get into all of those right now . Instead, let’s make something!
To make this month’s hot pad you’ll need:
2 strips red fabric 1 1/2 x 9”
2 strips red fabric 1 1/2 x 5 1/2”
2 strips white fabric 1 1/2 x 9’
2 strips white fabric 1 1/2 x 5 1/2”
5 diamonds from cardstock or other fairly heavy paper
5 diamonds from white fabric with 1/4” added to each side
Upper right corner from blue fabric
Back from fabric of choice
craft thread or embroidery floss
Sew the four short stripes together, side by side. Press the seams toward the red. Stitch the set of strips to the bottom of the blue corner. Press the seam toward the blue.
Sew the four long strips together. Press the seams toward the red. Stitch the set to the blue and stripe piece. Press seams toward the blue.
Use the pattern to trim the upper left corner and bottom edge to match.
Apply the fusible interfacing to the back. Set aside.
The next step involves English paper piecing. If you’ve never tried it, don’t be scared. I’m a beginner myself, and this is an easy project. I bought myself a Sewline Fabric Glue Pen (Amazon Affiliate link), which makes it go much smoother in my opinion. Of course, there are plenty of other ways to do it, so do whatever is most comfortable for you.
Lay a paper diamond in the center of the wrong side of a fabric diamond. Run fabric glue around the edge of the paper.
Fold up each side until you have something that looks like this:
Repeat with the other four diamonds. Don’t cut off those little tails.
Lay two diamonds with right sides together and edges even. Stitch the two sides together with a blind ladder stitch (make a small stitch back and forth on each side). I find this is easiest with the tiniest needle you’re comfortable holding.
When you’re finished, knot your thread and fold the diamonds open.
Repeat by stitching another diamond to the lower left edge of the top diamond.
Add the fourth and fifth diamonds in the same manner.
Line up the last two edges to close the star and stitch closed.
Here’s what it will look like from the back at this point.
Crease the folds by running your fingernail over them. The next step is to carefully fold open each section and remove the paper.
Kind of a mess now, huh?
Fold all the edges back into place and press with an iron. Fold the tips under at the same time.
And the back…
Pin the star in place on the blue corner. Remember that you still have seams to sew when centering it.
Stitch around the edges with craft thread. I added a starburst in the center as well.
Layer the Insul-Bright, batting, back (right side up) and front (right side down). Pin. Stitch, leaving 3” open at the bottom.
Clip the corners. Turn right side out and press, turning in the opening. Topstitch close to the edge. Add topstitching on the two inside seams of the blue corner.
You can either display this upright, to match the rest of the hot pads…
…or turn it on its side. Either way, it’s a perfect addition to your 4th of July festivities!
Today is my birthday, so I feel like it’s okay to base this month’s hot pad on one of my favorite things – strawberries. When they’re in season, I can’t leave them alone. The summer I was pregnant with my daughter I threw back so many I warned my husband that she might be born bright red and covered in seeds. Even though I ate my substantially pregnant weight in them it didn’t diminish my love for those sweet little berries. I might not be able to start eating them quite yet this year, but I think this cute hot pad will help me get through until I can.
If you’ve been following along during this series, you know these have varied in difficulty and skill level. This one is definitely one of the easiest, which is perfect for the crazy busyness that is May.
To make this hot pad you’ll need:
2 caps cut from green fabric (flip pattern for second)
2 strawberries from red fabric
1 strawberry from fusible interfacing
1 strawberry from thin batting
1 strawberry from InsulBright
yellow craft thread
green craft thread
Mark the dots on the strawberry as shown on the pattern using a chalk pencil.
Apply the interfacing to the back. Layer the InsulBright, batting, front strawberry (right side up) and back strawberry (right side down). Pin layers together and stitch around, leaving 3” open at the bottom.
Turn right side out through opening. Press, turning in opening. Topstitch all the way around, close to the edge.
Using yellow craft thread, push needle down through all the layers just to the right of a dot. Push it back up on the left.
Tie the two strands in a tight knot and clip the threads about 1/4” long.
Repeat at for all the dots.
I used the tip of my needle to unravel and fluff the ends. I was going for an old-fashioned tied quilt look, but if you want something a little cleaner looking you could always tie the knots on the back. The front would look like this.
Pin the two caps right sides together. Stitch, leaving 2” open at the top.
Clip all of the corners. Turn right side out and press, turning in the opening.
I hand stitched around the edge using green craft thread, but you could topstitch it with a machine if you prefer. Leave the top edge unstitched.
Align the top edge of the cap with the top of the strawberry. Stitch across the top using your preferred method.
I can’t decide if this makes me feel better I can’t get Oregon strawberries yet, or just makes me want them more. Either way, it’s going to look pretty good with a piece of cake on top of it later!
Has it been a month since the Vintage Camper already? Yikes. Well, I’m here today with entry number 15 in my Hot Pad of the Month series! I keep picturing this little guy on a table for a kid’s birthday party, or maybe a baby shower. Of course, there’s always just the “Hey, I just like hippos” excuse too. I’m not going to argue with that one. For those of you following along, I have three more patterns to share before the end of this series. It’s been a LOT of fun making these, but I think after a year and a half it’s time to move on to new projects. I love the of-the-month idea though, so you’re likely to see another series of something start before too long. For now, back to our purple hippo!
To make this hippo, you’ll need:
paper-backed fusible web
craft thread in black, white and pink
From the purple fabric, cut two heads and two ears. Be sure to flip the ear pattern over for the second. From the pink fabric, cut two ears (flipping second or folding fabric). All you need from the white is two teeth, which you’ll need to cut on the fold.
Cut one head shape from each of the InsulBright, batting and interfacing. Cut two ears from the interfacing as well, flipping the second, and two teeth.
Cut the eyes and irises from the fusible web, then iron that onto the back of the white and black felt. Cut out.
Apply the interfacing to the back of the head, purple ears and teeth.
Peel the paper off the eyes and irises. Using the pattern as a guide, place the eyes where they belong on the head with the interfacing and iron in place. Add the irises on top.
Stitch around each section with the appropriate color of craft thread.
Fold the teeth with fabric right sides together and stitch the sides on each, leaving the top open. Turn right side out, press and top stitch. Pin the pink ear and purple ear right sides together that match each other. Stitch, leaving the straight edge open. Turn right side out. Press and topstitch.
I almost forgot to give this guy his swirly nostrils! Transfer the pattern either by tracing directly onto the fabric or using a transfer pen.
Stitch both lines with pink craft thread.
Layer the batting, InsulBright and the face. Place the teeth on the face according to the lines on the pattern. Fold the ear in half, with the fold toward the top of the head. I placed the ears about 1” down from the corner, but you could even go a little higher.
Place the back of the head right side down over the top. Stitch, leaving 3” open between the teeth at the bottom. Trim the corners.
Turn right side out. Press, turning in the opening. Topstitch.
Sometimes I know exactly where these will go when they’re finished, but I’m not sure yet with this one. He kinda makes me want to sit down with a big bowl of popcorn and a Disney movie, so I might keep him around for a while.
And here’s the whole crew:
My husband and I love to travel. We did some when the kids were young, but now they’re out of the house and honestly, it’s less expensive for two than four so we’re excited to be able to increase the frequency of our trips. With one in the Navy, we even have a great excuse!
One of the things we’ve been considering is buying some sort of RV. We spent an entire day at a RV show last weekend, and there are SO many options out there. We ultimately decided to wait a bit longer, but even if I can’t own one, I’m completely enamored with the retro camp trailers. I may have accidentally let out a girly squeal once or twice when we walked by them. Luckily for me, I had already finished this month’s hot pad before we went, so I knew I had a little vintage version of my own waiting for me at home.
For those of you new to this Hot Pad of the Month series, this is the fourteenth entry. You can see all of the previous hot pads at the bottom of this post, or check them out under the Tutorials tab above. Each hot pad is made using the same basic shape, but with lots of different materials and techniques. Let’s make this camper!
cotton fabric (white, turquoise, red, grey and two prints)
felt (black and grey)
1/2” wide silver or grey ribbon
embroidery thread (black and silver or grey)
paper-backed fusible web
I made this camper two sided, so you see the same design on both sides, only one is reversed. You can make it with one side plain, but you’ll need to adjust some of the instructions. All seams are 1/4”.
Cut two tires, two wheels, 2 doors, 2 door windows and two windows from fusible web. Iron the tires to the black felt, the wheels to the grey felt, the windows to the wrong side of the grey fabric and the doors to the wrong side of the red fabric. Cut around all shapes.
Peel the paper from the back of the wheels and iron them onto the center of the tires. Leave the paper intact on the remaining pieces and set aside.
Cut two tops from the white fabric. Cut two bottoms from the turquoise fabric. Stitch each pair right sides together with the edges that meet in the middle of the camper even. Press the seam open. Cut a piece of ribbon to width. Stitch over the seam on the front. I didn’t have any ribbon that would work, so instead I cut a piece of fabric 1 1/2” wide, stitched a 1/4” seam, trimmed the seam, turned it right side out and pressed. You could also use bias tape.
Fold all edges of the door windows under 1/4” and press. Unfold and remove the paper backing. Iron onto the door.
Fold the top and side edges of the door under 1/4” and press. Unfold and remove the paper. Iron onto the camper. Do the same with the window, folding all four sides. Be sure to reverse the location of the window and door for the back side of the camper.
Stitch around all windows and doors.
Cut two campers from fusible fleece and one from InsulBright. Iron the fleece onto the back of each completed camper. I added the fleece at this point to give the embroidery a little dimension, but it does make it harder to pull the needle through. You can also complete the embroidery before that step if you want to make it easier.
Draw stitching lines onto camper top and windows with a removable pen.
Stitch the windows with black embroidery thread and a back stitch. Stitch the lines on the top with silver, grey or white, depending on the look you’d like. I used some metallic silver. Sew the buttons on with a bit of thread.
Cut the hitch from the grey fabric. Fold wrong sides together with the long edges touching. Press. Fold both edges into the center and press. Stitch near the double fold edge. You could also replace this piece with an length of ribbon.
Layer the InsulBright and the camper, right side up. Fold the hitch in half and add on top at the mark on the pattern, with the loop to the inside.
Add the back camper, right side down. Pin well. Stitch around the edge, leaving 4” open at the bottom.
Clip the corners. Turn right side out and press, turning in the opening. Stitch close to the edge, all the way around.
Peel the paper off the back of the wheel. Iron it onto the tire. Peel the paper off the tire. Add some decorative stitching to hold the wheel in place.
Place the tire onto the camper and iron the top to hold. Place the second tire on the opposite side and iron both to the camper. Stitch around the tire, either by hand or machine. On the next one of these I’m going to try adding a bit of fleece between the two tires under the camper so the bottom of the tire to give it a little more body.
To make the bunting, cut 16 one-inch squares from the print fabrics (or use the red and turquoise).
Fold diagonally and press. Fold again to create the triangle.
Cut a strip of white fabric 1 x 20”. Fold in half and press. Fold the edges into the center and press again.
Starting 1 3/4” from one end, tuck the raw edge of a triangle inside the strip. Follow with the remaining triangles. Stitch close to the edge of the strip. If you want to make this step easier, cut felt triangles and sew them to skinny ribbon.
Pin the bunting on the camper.
Add a few stitches where the pins are to hold it in place.
Whew! I know that was a long one, but I felt like this cute little thing deserved the extra work.
Check out the entire collection of hot pad patterns here!
I debated whether to make this pattern this month, since it’s so close to Valentine’s Day, but obviously I decided to go ahead with it. This particular design was actually one of the first I sketched out, but I just hadn’t gotten to it yet. In fact, it’s a lot of the reason I extended this series beyond a year - I just couldn’t not make this one. It would be perfect for the holiday, but not out of place afterward, because really, when isn’t love in season?
For this hot pad you’ll need:
cotton fabric (brown and green)
Using the tree pattern, cut two from the brown fabric, one InsulBright, one batting and one interfacing (I missed the batting in this photo). Cut one heart from felt. If your felt is thin you may want to add some fusible interfacing to the back. Cut four leaves from the green fabric and two from the batting.
Apply the interfacing to the tree and heart. Lightly draw the initials you’d like on the heart with a fine tip marker.
Embroider the letters onto the heart with craft thread using a backstitch.
Pin the heart to the tree and stitch in place. I used a blanket stitch, but any favorite will work.
To make the leaves, layer the batting, one leaf right side up and the other right side down. Stitch around the outside, leaving about an inch open for turning.
Clip the corner. Turn right side out. Press, turning in the opening. Don’t worry too much about that tip, because that will be hidden inside the hot pad. Add some decorative stitching with craft thread. I drew more veins on the pattern, but decided I actually liked the simpler look.
Layer the tree InsulBright, the piece with the heart, right side up, and the two leaves about 2 1/2” down from the top with the tips sticking outside the tree about 1/2”.
Add the remaining fabric tree, right side down, and the batting, Pin in place and stitch around the edge, leaving 3” open at the bottom. Clip the corners. Turn right side out. Press, turning in the opening, and topstitch around the entire tree.
To create the bark effect, add some rows of free-motion quilting. If you’re unfamiliar with that technique, check out this video from Missouri Star Quilt Company. It’s something that gets easier with practice, and it’s been a long time since I’ve done it, so my stitches are pretty wonky. I also forgot to change my presser foot.
Even with all of that, I’m happy with the way it looks. Since we’re going for bark, there’s nothing wrong with it being a little rough.
With that, we’ll add the Sweethearts Tree to our growing collection of hot pads, all made using the same shape!
Technically, since I started this series last February, this should be my last Hot Pad of the Month. I’ve gone back and forth over the last month on whether I should continue, or go ahead and call it. I have more designs I’ve sketched that I’d love to try, but how many is too many? I finally decided that if I had to actually ask myself the question, I should keep going. The day will come when I’ll just bite that Tootsie Pop, but today is not that day. (For those of you too young to get that reference, here’s Mr. Owl to take you on a trip in the Way Back Machine.)
Since we’re all easing back into normal life again (okay, well, I am) I decided to keep it easy this month. What I love about this design is that it can look completely different depending on the fabrics you choose, and you can easily add embellishments like embroidery or trim. I used a fancy stitch on my sewing machine that’s never seen the light of day before.
To make this, you’ll need:
this pattern (print at 100% size)
two cotton fabrics
From the hand pattern, cut two fabric, one Insul-Bright and one cotton batting. For the thumb, you’ll need two fabric (flip the pattern for the second, so they’re opposite each other) and one Insul-Bright. Cut one cuff from the coordinating fabric.
Press one long edge of the cuff under 1/4”. Pin it to the bottom edge of the front hand, with the edges even. Stitch near the fold. This is where I got to try out the fancy stitch.
Layer the thumb pieces, starting with the Insul-Bright, followed by one thumb right side up and the last right side down. Stitch, leaving the long straight edge open. Trim seam. Turn right side out and press. Stitch close to the outer edge.
Lay the hand Insul-Bright out flat. Add the back hand, right side up. Place the thumb between the spots marked on the pattern, with the thumb to the inside and raw edges even.
Top with the front hand, right side down, and the cotton batting. Pin well. Stitch around the edge, leaving about 4” open at the bottom. Clip the corners and turn right side out.
Press, turning in the opening. Stitch around the near the edge.
If you want a pair, simply move the thumb to the other side when you make the second hot pad. Since winter’s really just getting started here, I think this one will be around my house for a while…which is more than okay with me!
Here’s links to all of the Hot Pads so far, for those of you playing along at home. Which one is your favorite?
You would think, out of this entire series, that December would be the easiest of all. There is so much imagery and décor out there for this season, how difficult could it be to pick something? Turns out, pretty difficult. I’ve been agonizing about this one for months, and while I had ideas I was excited about for all the others, December was practically blank. I finally sat down at my desk with an outline of the shape I’ve been basing these on and a pencil. I started looking around my decorated home, and the pieces fell together into this sweet snowman. It was a Christmas miracle. Okay, maybe that’s overstating it a little, but I’m still pretty happy with how this guy turned out.
If you’re new to this series, it started in February, and you can see the previous months here. January is supposed to be the final month, but I’m considering extending it to about a year and a half so I can finish out the rest of my ideas. I’ll let you know for sure when next month’s pattern is out.
To make this frosty fella, you’ll need:
this pattern (be sure to print at 100% size)
black and orange felt
black and orange embroidery thread
a bell, pom pom or tassle
Cut out the pieces as indicated on the pattern and shown above.
Iron the interfacing onto the scarf ends and face piece. Set the face aside. Pin the scarf ends with one interfaced piece and one non-interfaced piece with right sides together. Stitch (all seams on this project are 1/4”), leaving the short end open. Clip the corners, turn right side out and press. Repeat with the remaining scarf ends. Set aside
Pin the two hat pieces right sides together and stitch, leaving the straight edge open. Clip the corner, turn and press. Set this aside as well.
Stitch the seams between the four pieces to assemble the snowman’s head. Press the seams away from the white face section.
Pin the eyes and nose in place and draw the mouth on lightly with a pencil, using the pattern as a guide.
Stitch the eyes and mouth with black embroidery thread and the nose with orange. I used a straight stitch for the eyes and nose, and a backstitch for the mouth.
I feel like I stack these layers different on each of these. Sorry about that, I should probably be more consistent. Since that’s not likely to happen, I’ll just tell you how this one went. Lay down the cotton batting first, followed by the Insul-Bright. Add the snowman face on top of that. Lay the hat face down on top with the straight edge even with the top of the head. Add the scarf ends with the two short ends even with the right edge of the scarf. You’ll need to pin the hat and scarf ends back so they don’t get sewn into the seam. I recommend safety pins. That straight pin on the scarf was a bear when it came to turning this.
Lay the back of the head on top, right side down. Stitch around the edge, leaving 3” open at the bottom. Clip the corners, turn and press. Topstitch around the edge, flipping the hat up so it’s not caught in the stitching.
Stitch a bell, pom pom or tassel to the tip of the hat and you’re done!
I think I actually love this one more because he was so challenging to come up with.
Tell me this guy wouldn’t make that cup of cocoa just a little sweeter.
Here we are, at the tenth in my year-long Hot Pad of the Month series, and I have a confession to make. I really wanted to avoid making it a turkey. I have nothing against them, I just feel like sometimes that’s the go-to when we’re talking about Thanksgiving décor. I mulled it over for a long time, staring at the shape I’ve been using each month and guess what? All I could see was a turkey. Well, I finally gave in and followed my wattle-necked muse, and I couldn’t be happier with it. I guess the lesson I learned is don’t fight poultry. Or something like that.
To make this guy, you’ll need:
this pattern (be sure to print it at 100% size)
cotton fabric, in up to 9 colors
brown, white, black, yellow and red felt
embroidery thread to match felt
Cut out the body and features from the appropriate colors of felt. I usually use ordinary felt for these, but this time I splurged and broke into my wool felt. The regular stuff will work, but I really like the difference this made. The lines are sharper.
Sew the features onto the body using the embroidery thread. I started with the beak so I could make sure it was centered, and moved down to the wattle and up to the eyes from there. One note on the eyes – I added a small, white knot of embroidery thread in the iris to give his eyes a little sparkle.
Set the turkey aside.
Cut 9 strips of fabric that are each 3 x 12”. Cut out the back of the turkey from fabric using the tail pattern. Cut out a piece of Insul-Bright and a piece of the cotton batting using the pattern as well.
If you’re new to paper piecing, check out this post for some references to learn how it’s done - I particularly recommend the video by Crafty Gemini. It doesn’t get much simpler than this pattern, so if it’s something you’d like to learn this would be a good starter project.
Center your first piece behind section 1. Add section 2 with right sides together, making sure it’s positioned in a way so it will cover its section when it’s folded back. Using a small stitch length, machine stitch along the line between 1 and 2, stitching just past the ends of the line.
Fold the paper back and trim the seam allowance to 1/4”.
Press section 2 back so both pieces are right side up.
Repeat the process to add section 3.
From there, you just keeping adding strips using the same method, following the numerical order.
I don’t recommend that you do this though.
I don’t even know how that piece got all folding up like that, because I was using pins and everything. Since I was sewing with paper, I was afraid this was the death of my project, but fortunately I was able to pull it loose and redo it. My seam ripper is never lonely.
Once you’ve added all of the tail strips, your pattern should be completely covered on the back. You can hold it up to a window to see through the paper and make sure. Flip it over to the pattern side and cut around the outside edge.
Next, tear away the paper, one section at a time. There’s something so satisfying about this part.
Press the tail well. Position the turkey in the center, with his bottom edge 3/8” from the bottom edge of the tail. Stitch around the outside edge with embroidery thread.
Layer the pieces with the Insul-Bright on the bottom, followed by the turkey (right side up), the back (right side down) and the batting. Pin well.
Stitch around, 1/4” from the edge, leaving 3” open on one side. Clip the corners and turn right side out. Press, turning in the opening. Top stitch close to the edge all the way around.
He’s holding the menu instead of being on it, so he’s a pretty happy turkey.
And it turns out he looks pretty good with September’s Pumpkin!
When I started this series, I sketched out several hot pads for different holidays and seasons. It wasn’t long before I had at least one or two options for each month, even more for some. It hasn’t been too difficult to decide which one I would make each time…until now. I couldn’t choose between my extra dorky monster and the ridiculously simple ghost, so I made them both. For October, you get an extra, bonus hot pad!
For those of you new to the series, I am making a hot pad each month for a year, using the same basic shape. I started in February and you can see all of the patterns here. Let’s get started on October!
For these hot pads, you’ll need:
this pattern (prints edge to edge – be sure it prints at 100% of its size)
purple cotton fabric
white cotton fabric
embroidery thread (white, black and green)
5/8 – 1” button
For the monster, cut:
2 heads purple fabric
1 head Insul-Bright
1 head cotton batting
1 head interfacing
2 teeth white fabric
1 teeth interfacing
1 each eye white felt
1 each iris black felt
For the ghost, cut:
2 heads white fabric
1 head Insul-Bright
1 head cotton batting
1 head interfacing
2 smaller eye black felt (the white part for the monster)
To make the monster, iron the interfacing onto the back of the face and to the back of the teeth. Stitch the eyes onto the face using the white embroidery thread.
Add the black irises on top and stitch in place with black embroidery thread.
Stitch the scar using a backstitch and green embroidery thread. Add the button nose with sewing thread or embroidery thread.
Pin the tooth pieces with right sides together. Stitch, leaving the long, straight edge open. Clip the corners and trim the seams.
Turn the teeth right side out, using something pointy to push out the points. Top stitch close to the edge.
To layer for stitching, start by laying the Insul-Bright with the shinier side up. Add the face, face up. Lay the teeth over that, with the points up, the interfaced side facing down and the raw edges even.
Add the back over that, right side down, followed by the cotton batting. Pin well and stitch, leaving 3” open on one side for turning.
Clip the corners. Turn right side out. Press, turning in the opening. Top stitch all the way around.
To make the ghost, iron the interfacing onto the back of the face and stitch on the eyes with black embroidery thread.
Layer the Insul-Bright, face (right side up), back (right side down) and batting. Stitch around, leaving a 3” opening. Clip the corners, turn right side out and press, turning in the opening. Top stitch around the edge.
These two would be cute individually, but they’re just so perfect together. Halloween buddies.
And even better – throw in last month’s pumpkin!
I’m not crazy about pumpkin spice lattes. Sometimes it seems like I’m the only person on the planet that feels that way. Everybody keeps talking about how THEY’RE HERE! Have you had one yet this year? Look, you can make them at home! I actually wish I liked them so I could feel like one of the cool kids. But just because I don’t like vegetables in my coffee doesn’t mean I’m a pumpkin hater. Pie? Yes, please. Pretty much any other pumpkin dessert known to man? I’m in. I definitely love me some pumpkin, as long as it stays out of my mug. I’m also all for having one to put under my coffee. You too? Let me help you make that happen!
For this hot pad, you’ll need this pattern and:
Pumpkin – 1 batting, 1 InsulBright and 2 fabric
Stem – 2 burlap
Leaf – 2 felt
green craft thread
Layer the pumpkin batting, InsulBright, one fabric right side up and the last fabric right side down. Pin in place and stitch around, 1/4” from the edge, leaving 4 1/2” open at the center top.
Clip the corners. Turn right side out. Press, turning in the opening. Set aside.
Pin the burlap stem pieces together and stitch 1/4” from the edge with a small stitch. There’s no need to sew across the bottom. Pull the loose threads away from the stitching so they’re straight out from the stem.
Trim the threads so they’re fairly even. Or leave them if you like the pumpkin bedhead look.
Slide the bottom of the stem into the opening at the top of the pumpkin, about 1/4”. Stitch all the way around the pumpkin near the edge.
Add 2 – 4 rows of stitching from the middle of the top to the bottom edge of the pumpkin. Curve the stitching to follow the shape.
Stack the two felt leaves together. Add stitches with the craft thread as shown on the pattern and around the outer edge. I didn’t notice until I was going through these photos that one of my craft thread knots is on the front. Whoops.
Place the leaf on top of the pumpkin near the stem, as shown. Stitch through the button, leaf and pumpkin to hold it in place.
Easy as pumpkin pie!
What’s missing from this photo? That’s right, a nice chunk of pumpkin dessert. Dealer’s choice.
We broke a record here yesterday. Largest number of days above 90 degrees in one year. We’re up to 25, and we normally average 13. We’re also socked in by smoke from the wildfires everywhere. Mt. Hood is obscured and we’re feeling some not-fun effects from breathing it. This summer has been crazy, and to be honest, I’ve had enough of it. Just one more bit of August business, then I vote we move on to September, and boots, and pumpkin and much lower temperatures. Who’s with me?
To make this little guy, the latest in my Hot Pad of the Month series, you’ll need:
Body: Cut 2 fabric, 1 InsulBright, 1 batting
Wing: Cut 2 fabric, 1 batting or InsulBright
Beak: Cut 2 fabric, 1 batting or InsulBright
Tail: Cut 2 fabric, 2 batting or InsulBright
Be sure to flip the pattern piece over to cut the second fabric piece so they’ll fit together properly.
Layer the wing batting first, then fabric right side up, with second fabric right side down on top. Pin in place. Stitch 1/4” from the edge, leaving 1 1/2” open for turning. Repeat with the tail and beak. You can leave the entire side that faces the bird open on the beak.
Clip corners. Turn and press, turning in the openings on the wing and tail. Topstitch near the edge on each piece. I added some extra rows on the tail to emphasize the shape.
For the body, layer the InsulBright, batting and fabric right side up. Lay the beak on top (right side down), 1 1/2” from the top edge and the point in. Add the tail on the opposite side, 5” from the top, also right side down.
Lay the remaining body piece on top, right side down. Stitch around the edge, leaving 3” open at the bottom. Clip the corners and turn right side out. Press, turning in the opening. Topstitch near the edge. Sew the button on where you’d like the eye to be.
Lay the wing on the body, then stitch the remaining button on through all layers as shown below.
By sewing the wing on this way, you can move it into whatever position works best when you’re using it.
Seeing him here, I’m having mixed feelings about that tiny tail. The good news is, if you are too you can adjust the size or shape to whatever you’d like!
One more down, and I think next month it’s time to focus on autumn!
When I started this series, I challenged myself to make these hot pads using the same basic shape every time. I didn’t have any trouble coming up with lots of ways to use it, but the other day I tried something that opened up a whole new set of ideas: I turned it upside down. Why that had never occurred to me before now I cannot say, but that’s what lead to this month’s springy theme.
You’re getting a little bonus this month, because once I’d gone down the umbrella path, the raindrops followed. They’re the easiest thing ever to make, and add a little something to the hot pad. I think this set would be fun to use on a table for a baby or bridal shower. Let’s make it!
To start off, you’ll need this pattern. The coasters are included. If you’re going to paper piece the stripes onto the umbrella, as I have, you’ll need two copies of the first page. If you’d rather make the umbrella from one fabric, just print one.
1 umbrella from cotton fabric for the back
1 umbrella from InsulBright
1 umbrella from cotton or cotton/poly batting
5 cotton fabric pieces for the umbrella sections (or one more umbrella from cotton fabric, if making from one fabric)
2 handles from cotton fabric (flip pattern over to cut the second)
1 handle from InsulBright or batting
For each raindrop coaster:
2 raindrops from cotton fabric
1 raindrop from InsulBright
1 raindrop from batting
Layer the handle pieces with the InsulBright or batting first, a fabric piece right side up and the other fabric piece right side down. Stitch around 1/4” from the edge, leaving the top of the “J” open. Clip the inner curve generously and clip off the corners.
Turn right side out through the opening at the top. Press. Stitch around the outside near the edge. Set aside.
Trace the lines onto the back of the umbrella pattern you’ll be using for paper piecing. On that side of the pattern, lay piece 1 down over the center, right side up.
Lay piece 2 right side down on top, making sure it both covers the stitch line and will cover section 2 completely when turned out. Pin in place.
I like to flip it over to the side I’ll be sewing on and re-pin, removing the first set on the back, so I can easily take the pins out as I sew.
Stitch along the line between sections 1 and 2. Trim the seam, cutting the fabric only. Flip section two right side up and press the seam with a dry iron.
Repeat the process to add section 3 on the other side of section 1. After that’s done, do the same to add 4 and 5. Sections 2 and 3 will want to bump up a bit because of the slight curve, so make sure you force them flat when stitching.
Flatten the sides and pin them to the paper pattern. Cut around the outside edge so you’re left with the umbrella shape.
Carefully tear away the paper.
Press this piece well. It will likely still not lay flat, but don’t be concerned. It will when it’s completely finished.
Layer the umbrella-shaped InsulBright, batting and back piece, right side up. Center the handle at the bottom with the handle to the inside.
Lay the front piece over the top, right side down. Pin generously at the top edge where the front is still trying to curve. Pin around the remaining edges, making sure to catch the handle. Stitch around 1/4” from the edge, leaving 3” open on one side. Clip corners. Turn right side out. Press, turning in the opening.
Stitch around the outside close to the edge.
To make the coaster, simply layer the InsulBright, batting, fabric right side up and fabric right side down. Pin. Stitch 1/4” from the edge, leaving 1 1/2” open on one straight edge.
Clip the top point. Turn right side out. Press, turning in the opening. Stitch around the outside, close to the edge.
It doesn’t get easier than that, and it’s such a cute companion to the umbrella.
You know what they say – April showers bring cute stuff to put on your table that makes getting through the spring rain a whole lot easier. Or something like that.
How did my remodeled bedroom lead to a new tablecloth for my dining room? Well, let me tell you. I mentioned last week that one of my contributions to the room was a rather spectacular curtain fail. I should have taken some photos before I ripped took them down, but I was a little distraught. My husband’s part of the project turned out so beautifully, and I was going to ruin everything with my wonky, wrong-color curtains?
As I said before, I was able to salvage those to make some long side drapes for our guest bedroom, which I actually love in there, but they were oh-so wrong for our bedroom. I didn’t really want to get back up on that particular horse, so I started searching for curtains I could buy. Turns out, our windows are weird sizes, especially since we didn’t want long drapes, so I almost had to give up on that too. A quick trip to Target saved everything. They had some that looked like burlap, but were made from a much more friendly fabric. The problem was, they were way too long.
Hemming was something I thought I could handle, so I cut a bunch off each panel and threw a hem in the bottom. After that they were perfect for the room.
However, I was left with a LOT of fabric.
I didn’t want to toss it, but had no idea what to do with it either. My husband suggested a tablecloth. The fabric is kind of perfect for it, but none of the pieces were even close to covering the whole table. I decided to Frankenstein it.
I could have done this with graph paper and math, but instead I went with the puzzle route. I started laying pieces on the table until I found a combination that would provide an acceptable amount of coverage and would allow me to use the existing hems. They’re already there, so why not?
I sewed the two side pieces together with a French seam. If you’re not familiar with that term, it means you place the pieces wrong sides together, sew a narrow seam, then turn the pieces so they’re right sides together and stitch the seam again. It encompasses the raw edges inside.
I ironed the seam to one side, then stitched next to the seam through all the layers, similar to a flat felled seam, like you’d find on the inner leg of jeans. It helped the tablecloth lay flatter.
At this point I had two halves, so I stitched those together using the same method. A little seamstress trick – the point where the two existing seams met in the middle was very thick, so I laid it on a hard, flat surface and hit it with a hammer. This is a use-at-your-own-risk tip, but it works. I was able to pound it down enough to easily stitch through it. I’d suggest protecting your fabric with a scrap or towel.
This looks great in our dining room, and I doubt most people would notice it matches the bedroom curtains.
The moral of my story is this: just because your piece of fabric isn’t as large as the table you’d like to use it on doesn’t mean you should give up. Piecing and French seams can make just about anything fit. Moral number two: throwing curtains on the floor doesn’t make them prettier.
Call it what you will – hot pad, mug rug, trivet – but I’m sure you can find a spot in your home for this little guy. The second in my Hot Pad series, this bunny is easy to make and would make a perfect spring gift. As I promised, he has the same shape as the Mug Hot Pad from last month. I thought about calling him March Hare, but seriously, look at that face. He’s definitely a bunny.
To make one yourself, you’ll need:
this pattern, with the head pieced together
2 heads cut from cotton fabric
1 head cut from InsulBright
1 head cut from cotton or cotton blend batting
1 head cut from medium weight fusible interfacing
4 outer ears cut from the same fabric as the head
2 outer ears cut from medium weight fusible interfacing
4 inner ears cut from pink cotton fabric
embroidery pattern transfer pen
Adhere the interfacing to the back of one of the heads and two of the outer ears. If you’re using different prints, the interfacing goes on the side with the face.
Trace the face on the paper pattern with the embroidery transfer pen, then iron onto the fabric side of the head with interfacing. If you want to skip the embroidery, just use a fabric marker and a light source to trace the pattern onto the fabric.
Use the craft thread to embroider the features. I added a little pink to the nose, but that part is optional.
Pin two of the inner ear pieces with right sides together. Stitch 1/4” from the edge, leaving the bottom open. Clip the seam at the tip, turn right side out and press. Repeat with the remaining two pieces.
Pin the inner ears to the center of the outer ears with the interfacing. Stitch around the inner ear, close to the edge.
Pin the remaining outer ears to these, with right sides together. Stitch with a 1/4” seam, leaving the bottoms open. Clip the tip, turn right side out and press. Topstitch close to the edge. There’s no need to topstitch the bottom edge, as it won’t be seen.
Lay the InsulBright bunny head down, shiny side up. Lay the embroidered fabric head, face up, on top. Add the ears, each 3/4” from the side with the pink side down and the tips facing inward. After pinning them at the top edge, pin the rest of the ears back with safety pins so they won’t get caught in the side seams.
Lay the back head over the top of the ears, right side down. Add the batting on top and pin all the layers together. Stitch around 1/4” from the edge, leaving 3” open at the bottom. Clip the corners, turn right side out, unpin the ears and press, turning in the opening. Stitch all the way around, close to the edge.
The reason we didn’t put any batting inside those ears is so that he can either wear them up…
I’ll bet you know someone who wouldn’t mind finding this bunny in their Easter basket!
I came here today to share some colorful, cheery printables, but I have a bit of breaking news first. I heard from Mary, the winner of the Uncommon Goods gift certificate in my recent giveaway, and you HAVE to see what she made! If you’re thinking “Made? I thought Uncommon Goods sold ready-made items, not supplies,” you would be correct. However, that didn’t stop Mary, who made some adorable quilts using tea and coffee themed towels. She was kind enough to send me photos, with her permission to show them to you! This is the coffee quilt:
And the tea quilt:
In case you missed those corners, check out the adorable paper-pieced coffee cup:
And tea cups:
She has one more towel, with a beer theme, that will also become a quilt with mug corners. I love that a handmade project unexpectedly came out of this giveaway. My thanks to Mary for letting us see her creative idea!
Back to our regularly scheduled program. I made some printable to-do and shopping lists a couple of years ago, using this great padding compound from Chica and Jo (Amazon affiliate link). I thought it would be a fun thing to include in the giveaway but when I sat down to print them out, I couldn’t do it. Miss an opportunity to play around and make something new? Not me!
I’ve mentioned before (or many times) that I love a list. I have different sorts all over my house. I don’t know if I make lists because I can’t remember things, or if I can’t remember things because I’m so used to making lists. Hmm.
Anyway, I’ll start with the do-to list. I made it to include in the DIY giveaway set, but I think I might need one of my own. I used a rainbow of colors, and inspirational words. You know, to keep you moving when you’re crafting. You can find the printable here, which consists of 7 sheets, for a total of 28 lists.
I used the same technique as before, cutting a piece of medium weight cardboard to fit the size of the pages and clamping it all together with large binder clips. I slipped a wide popsicle stick under the clips to prevent them from denting the pages.
I brushed a heavy coat of padding compound across the top and hung the pad up to dry for about a day.
I especially love the shopping list. It was included in the Kitchen Set, but I can’t wait to try it myself for ease of weekly menu planning.
On each printable page there is a shopping list and a matching menu page. The file includes 12 pages.
I hope these bright. easy-to-make pads make the beginning of your week a little sunnier!