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Scrap Happy December

Four weeks since my last post… and I really didn’t sew much. But I have a nice little project to share for the monthly Scrap Happy post: I made some cute scrappy Santas!

Santas = Babbo Natale

Santas

The pattern is based on a log cabin quiltblock which I made from SCRAPS! I started with a 2.5″ center piece and added all the strips around.

block for the Santa front

block for the Santa front

The second step is to add the red piece for the Santa’s hat. I did that like I make HST out of squares – put a red square in the same size like the log cabin block on the log cabin block, mark the diagonal line and sew 1/4 ” of both sides from the line, cut on the marked diagonal line. What you’ll get are two blocks like these:

from one log cabin block you will get two Santas

from one log cabin block you will get two Santas

I added the eyes with a small zig-zag-stich using a very small stitch length.

After that you have only to add a red back side and stich the back sides together along the hats. If wanted you can add some embellishments at the edge of the hat and a ribbon at the top.

I found the tutorial on an Italian blog – it is in Italian but there are a lot of step-by-step-pictures… I did it without understanding Italian too 🙂 : http://cucitocreativo.xs4.it/i-miei-lavori/tutorial-babbo-natale-log-cabin/ I added one strip less than the tutorial claims and my Santa is 7.5″ tall.

One of the Santas I sent to  Avis with her F2F blocks – as she told me it is sitting at the top of her Christmas tree… mine is still sitting on my old treadler table on top of a bottle  waiting for a final usage… maybe as gift, Christmas ornament, gift tag, Christmas eve keyhole protector …

Santa waiting

It seems that I am the first one this month with my ScrapHappy post… so I’ll link here to the other participants supposed to publish a ScrapHappy post later:

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)

Susan at https://desertskyquilts.wordpress.com (in English)

Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Kate at http://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/ (in English)

Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com.au (in English)

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ScrapHappy November

I am a little late to the party… but better late than never! I didn’t make any progess with the scrappy project I introduced to you last month. But I have found such a lovely small scrappy project to show … a small handsewn purse. I made several during the last weeks and I love that I can take it with me on the sofa in the evenings! They are so nice with their special shape … and so clever to open – you only have to press the opposite pointy ends together.

best purses for small things

Wonderful small scrappy purses for small things! If you wonder what the wooden thing on the left is… it is a “nose flute”.

I found these small purses with different names – clamshell purse, thimble pip,  precious pods,  pipkins, pinch purse … I think they look a bit like a paranut too.

I used a wonderful detailed tutorial I found in the www – the Thimble Pip Tutorial by Susan Flemming. She published it on her Super Mom – No Cape! blog.

The purse can be made in different sizes – I tried three versions between 3 and 5 inches.

Three sizes

You need just a few materials to make it:

01_Template sheets

Template sheets – you can use these high quality ones…

02_Templates

… or you can take some kitchen plastic to recycle some plastic containers. It shouldn’t be too thin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find the explanation how to trace the shapes with a compass in Susan Flemmings detailed tutorial.

Finally all you will need to make the purses are 6 template sheets, 6 small pieces of batting (perfect to use small leftovers up!), 6 pieces of fabric (3 for the outsides, 3 for the insides).

03_what is needed

Here is all you need for one purse. You can take all the same fabrics for the outside or inside pieces – but you also can use different fabrics or only one different for the bottom piece. The first step of preparation after cutting the templates is to glue the templates on the batting – I used spray basting glue for it.

After preparing the three inside lining pieces and the bigger three outside pieces you connect them to three parts – these parts you sew together to build the purse … I have some photos of these steps… but as I said use the wonderful tutorial I linked with.

With some practice it is possible to finish sewing it on one evening. It is also a wonderful small gift. They are so lovely, aren’t they?

Of course you can take nice embroidered fabrics or felt for the outsides. Or you can add a small keyring or embellish the outsides with ribbons or pearls or something… there are countless possibilities.

I’m linking with the other participants:

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)

Susan at https://desertskyquilts.wordpress.com (in English)

Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Kate at http://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/ (in English)

Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com.au (in English)

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Snoopy Cushion Cover – pictural tutorial

Today evenening it occurred to me that I had to sew a fast Snoopy cushion cover… I didn’t finish it yet but I managed to sew the front part in less than three hours. There was enough time for some pics I’ll share here:

I made it in a size of 18″ – Snoopy is appr. 6″ – if you search the web for “Snoopy” you’ll find enough picures. You only have to print a Snoopy in the desired size, the doghouse roof and landscape can be drawn freehand.

sketched the basic lines on the sticky side of a thin interfacing

sketched the basic lines on the sticky side of a thin interfacing

 

fabric for the middle plank, right side up

fabric for the middle plank, right side up – it must cover the middle field

 

on top of the first fabric is placed the fabrid vor the upper plank - right side on right side

on top of the first fabric is placed the fabrid vor the upper plank – right side on right side… fixed with a needle

 

the interfacing - the first seam is the line between the middle plank and the plank above.

Like foundation piecing you sew on the interfacing – the first seam is the line between the middle plank and the plank above.

the seems have to be trimmed to 1/4"

the seems have to be trimmed to 1/4″

the interfacing is folded back so it can stay undamaged

The interfacing is folded back so it can stay undamaged. The quarter inch line covers the seam.

trimmed seam allowance

trimmed seam allowance

 

After the seam is trimmed you can fold up the fabric for the upper plank and add the fabric for the lower plank in the same way (mark your seam line as showed in the picture with finger pressing).

After the seam is trimmed you can fold up the fabric for the upper plank and add the fabric for the lower plank in the same way (mark your seam line as showed in the picture with finger pressing).

The fabric for the lower plank is added.

The fabric for the lower plank is added.

Now the shape of the roof must be trimmed.

Now the shape of the roof must be trimmed.

 

Fold the interfacing back on a thin ruler wich is placed exactly on the line.

Fold the interfacing back on a thin ruler wich is placed exactly on the line.

I used my "add a quarter ruler" to trimm my 1/4" seamallowance.

I used my “add a quarter ruler” to trimm my 1/4″ seamallowance.

First step is done... that is the roof. Next is to add the landscape beside the roof.

First step is done… that is the roof. Next is to add the landscape beside the roof.

I prepared the landscape out of green and blue fabric (for meadow and sky). The fabrics were connected with curved line piecing.

I prepared the landscape out of green and blue fabric (for meadow and sky). The fabrics were connected with curved line piecing.

I cut my landscape strip in two pieces - for both sides of the doghouse roof. Your landscape strip has to be as wide as the roofs hight is.

I cut my landscape strip in two pieces – for both sides of the doghouse roof. Your landscape strip has to be as wide as the roofs hight is.

Roof and Landscape are joined - they have to be trimmed now: use the lower and upper roof line as guide.

Roof and Landscape are joined – they have to be trimmed now: use the lower and upper roof line as guide.

Add now a large sky-piece.

Add now a large sky-piece.

The ear is sewn from black fabric - two pieces right side on ride side sewn together. I left an opening on one of the long sides and turned right side out. I closed the opening with an small edgestitch around the ear-piece. The ear is only fixed on the upper part and hangs down losely over the roof.

The ear is sewn from black fabric – two pieces right side on ride side sewn together. I left an opening on one of the long sides and turned right side out. I closed the opening with an small edgestitch around the ear-piece. The ear is only fixed on the upper part and hangs down losely over the roof.

The nose... a black oval wich is zigzagged with black yarn - the white gloss strip is zigzagged too. Lower part of the nose and upper part of the ear will be later covered with the head.

The nose… a black oval wich is zigzagged with black yarn – the white gloss strip is zigzagged too.
Lower part of the nose and upper part of the ear will be later covered with the head.

The nose... a black oval wich is zigzagged with black yarn - the white gloss strip is zigzagged too. Lower part of the nose and upper part of the ear will be later covered with the head.

The body silhouette is marked on the sticky side of the thin interfacing. It is ironed on a piece of white fabric and cut out afterwards.

After the silhouette shape had been cutting out it is machine appliqued with a black zigzag stitch.

After the silhouette shape had been cutting out it is machine appliqued with a black zigzag stitch.

Add black zigzag lines for the eye, the arm, a line between body and head and fingers/toes.

Add black zigzag lines for the eye, the arm, a line between body and head and fingers/toes.

Zigzag the outline of the doghouse roof and the lines between the planks. Done!!!!

Zigzag the outline of the doghouse roof and the lines between the planks. Done!!!!

I plan to add a blue back side and a zipper at the bottom … hope to get it done tomorrow.

Linked with Crazy Mom Quilts finishitupfriday linky party and with the TGIFF-party this week over at whatahootquilts .

 

Rag Quilt – update

Sewing a rag quilt part II (for part I see here): I really managed to sew all pieces together yesterday afternoon. The biggest challenge is waiting for me now: clipping every single seam allowance – every seam allowance has to be clipped one snip beside another with 1/4″ spacing. After I had started with my normal scissors yesterday evening, I noticed that it doesn’t work without a special tool (Thank you Kate for your concern about my hands!) … so I ordered a special rag quilter snip to protect my fingers! Because my order have to travel from the US it will probably take until the end of september until I have it…

So here is what it is looking so far – 11 blocks/15 rows – the whole quilt measures now 62 x 84″ (155 x 210 cm).

Do you see my mistake-block… accidentally I have used it in the wrong direction but decided  to leave it that way. So there is one denim block on the front and a multicoloured on the back side… happy accident!

Linked with Linky Tuesday and Building Blocks Tuesday.

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Sewing a Rag Quilt

after cutting the background squares

after cutting the background squares

Yesterday I have cleaned up my wardrobe and found some old Jeans… so I thought I must immediately start trying to sew a rag quilt… I already saved some denim fabrics from my daughters jeans too and some other clothing and upholstery/ decoration fabrics. Because I deceided to use heavy fabrics for the back side, I don’t use any lining/batting. 01a_the fabrics

First step was cutting 6.5″ squares from all these fabrics. For the front side I mixed several fabric leftovers and single fat quarters I thought I wouldn’t use for other projects. I also used some fabrics I got from a friend who has given some fabrics to me because she moved and had too less space for it in the new flat. I ended up with two fabric piles – I thought making a quilt which has 11 blocks in each of 15 rows (appr. expected size is 60×80″ / 150×200 cm) – 165 pieces each:

 

fabrics for back & front

fabrics for back & front

The first step of making a rag quilt is combining a front fabric with a back fabric and sewing two diagonal seams – fabrics – wrong sides together. To make it faster I started today with chainpiecing the first diagonal… on top here a lovely Tula Pink fabric.

first diagonal is sewn

first diagonal is sewn

After that I chainpieced again to add the second diagonal.

added a second diagonal

added a second diagonal

Even now it is time to decide which squares should be connected to rows… I laid all the squares following the colours to look which squares fit together:

ready to sort for the rows

ready to sort for the rows

I tried different layouts on the floor an made a pile at the end to connect the rows. I sewed the squares together wrong side on wrong side so that the 0.5″ seamallowance shows up on the front.

06_building rows

In this way I built 15 rows – each from 11 squares:07_rows

All that took a bit more time I expected – and so I wasn’t able connecting all the rows today. But the first five rows are sewn together:

first five rows connected

first five rows connected

I didn’t care how the different background fabrics were combined – it is looking like that so far:

backside I hope I am able to join the rows tomorrow afternoon when I’m home from work… I’m looking forward to snip all the seam allowances!

Although the quilt isn’t finished after I all in all  invested 10 hours work – the cat already loves it!

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Weekend finish… disappearing fourpatch

rainAfter some days of heavy heat came the rain… it was hot (about 40°C) but time to sew & quilt.

 

 

 

 

 

Last week I used up some fabrics to try a disappearing fourpatch pattern I saw somewhere. I used a Moda-charmpack (avantgarden) and a low volume fabric to make the squares.

 

chain piecing two squares

chain piecing two squares

 

connecting the pairs....

connecting the pairs….

... connecting the pairs to squares...

… connecting the pairs to squares…

cutting the squares and changing / turning the pieces before they were sewed together again

cutting the squares and changing / turning the pieces before they were sewed together again

It was thought  for a colleague who is getting her second grand child… I showed her pictures of the top but she didn’t like it… so I don’t know any other baby to give a receiving blanket away. I finished the blanket – as backside I took a cotton tablecloth from a bargain I bought last year and quilted it with gently curves. I just improvised the binding with the folded backside fabric.

That is what it looks like:

the front

the front

And the back side. It is appr. 30 x 38″

the back side out of a cotton table cloth

the back side out of a cotton table cloth

It took just a few minutes the cat claimed it… so the blanket has an owner now 🙂

GYB-Party-Giveaway… Winner

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe have a winner…

… out of 68 comments telling what could be made out of my stash charmpack the random number generator has drawn a number: 34…

So now we know that these charms will be a babyquilt… made for a baby grandson.

GYB Giveaway WinnerBut before that I will send my charmpack to Ontario, Canada….

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACongratulations Mary Anne from magpiesmumblings.blogspot.com

YOU ARE THE WINNER!!!

I have to honestly say that I am glad that not I had to decide who is the winner… so many brilliant ideas!!! Thank you all – it was such fun to read all your comments (I must admit that I was tempted to strip my whole stash in charmpacks – so that everybody could win 😉 ). I hope MaryAnn will show us what she has finally made out of it.

Thank you again Vicky for hosting the “Grow Your Blog” Party – I discovered so many lovely and inspiring blogs during the past weeks. And there are many blogs waiting for the rest of the year.

post coach fabric from Barbara, US

post coach fabric from Barbara, US

But what did I do the last weeks? First of all I got an enormous feedback for my Postcrossing Quilt – via comments and via messages at the postcrossing platform. I received the first fabrics for my POSTCROSSING QUILT II. It looks as if this time I manage to connect fabrics from all continents in one quilt! But this is a topic for a special post!

 

I made some blocks for my Dear Jane…

 

Carla from grannymaudsgirl told in a blogpost last week about her “pincushion problem” – I absolutely share that. I love sewing small cute little things (like pincushions) – often they are fast made, nice to look at and mostly welcome gifts… although I often can’t stop making it, there are not enough opportunities to give it away – and so I do a little bit of  heard it in the closet. However… during my blog-wanderings I discovered something new… Teresa from fabrictherapy shared a wonderful tutorial on her blog: A Collapsible Thread Catcher to collect all these tiny threads and small fabric snippets…. It was love at the first sight, and I knew I had to sew this… and so I did:

I absolutely love that!!! And at the moment it seems to be an an adequate replacement for more and more pincushions. There is also a very detailed youtube tutorial by AngiesBitsAndPieces.

DEUTSCH: Es gibt einen Gewinner des “GrowYourBlog” Giveaways… das von mir zugeschnittene Charmpack geht nach Ontario, Kanada zu Mary Ann, die eine Babydecke fĂŒr ihren Enkelsohn daraus nĂ€hen möchte. WĂ€hrend ich ĂŒber die GYB-Party viele neue Blogs erkundet habe, habe ich einige Blöcke fĂŒr meinen Dear Jane Quilt genĂ€ht. Außerdem habe ich die ersten Stoffe fĂŒr meinen Postcrossing Quilt II erhalten… ich hoffe, dass es mir diesmal wirklich gelingt, alle Kontinente in einem Quilt zu vereinen. WĂ€hrend meinen StreifzĂŒgen im www habe ich ein tolles Tutorial fĂŒr einen zusammenfaltbaren Fadensammler entdeckt… es war Liebe auf den ersten Blick und ich musste das Ding einfach sofort nachnĂ€hen 🙂 Hier geht es zum Fototutorial und hier zur youtube-Anleitung.

Fast Christmas Ornament… Giveaway, Gift Tag, Keyhole Protector…

Do you know folded Christmas Tree Ornaments out of paper? You can even do this out of fabric to use it as a Christmas ornament, a giveaway, a gift tag or even as a kind of “keyhole protector” – especially in Christmas time: to protect the view through a  keyhole against prying eyes 🙂

You will need two contrasting fabrics – 2 half circles for one ornament; or you start with a circle two make two at the same time:

Cut a circle from both fabrics (right sides together); use any round object as a template. I used a 8,5″ diameter plate – the finished tree turned out appr. 5,5″.

Add 1/4 inch seam allowance… I do that using a round template with a little trick: I use a steel plain washer to draw it. As you see it is exactly a quarter inch (I suppose they are standard sized?).

Fold the circle into a half and finger press to mark the centre for drawing the diameter. Sew on both sides a quarter inch from diameter – leaving about two inches in both lines for turning. Cut the diameter to get to half circles. Trim the corners and turn your half circle.

Turn the inside out. After turning the raw edges of the opening to the inside close the opening by hand. Iron the half circle and fold it as shown – one side of your tree will show both fabrics; the back side shows only one fabric. Try it out until you like what you see and then iron every fold.

Finally sew from the top along the curved edge – use a decorative stitch and a coloured yarn – and add some matching ribbon to the top for hanging. Of course you can add some other decoration (pearls or sth like that) too.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial. I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Linked up here: Show and Tell Tuesday, Linky Tuesday

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Some Baby Equipment for a Friend… and a free tutorial for burpcloths

Today I took time to sew some baby equipment for a friend. I tried the selfbinding babyblanket (pattern by MSQC), two burp cloths (look at the free tutorial in this post) and a baby-soother case.

Detail - the corner of selb binding baby blanket

Detail – the corner of self binding baby blanket

I noticed the MSQC-tutorial for the selfbinding babyblanket at youtube first and after watching it I was curious to sew it…

You only need 2 fabricpieces of 30” and 40” – because of the way of connecting these fabrics the binding arises by itself. It was fast & fun to make.

Finally the blanket’s size is 35”.

 

Baby Blanket

Baby Blanket

There was much of the yellow terrycloth fabric left and so I decidet to make some burp cloths. I drawn a pattern by myself… and it turned out well.

If you didn’t notice – this is the 50th post on my blog! For that I’ll give a free tutorial to my readers: It is the first time I traced a sewing pattern using my computer… so I hope everything is understandable – if not I’ll answer your questions. –> Baby Burpcloth – free tutorial (pdf)

Last but not least  – and because I couldn’t stop making this cute baby stuff – I made a tiny baby-soother case out of some leftover fabric…. if you look closely you can see that it is sewn like a chicken-pincushion (just with a zipper).

Thank you for visiting by blog and reading my posts!

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November Review

Oh yes… November is already gone… here a short post scriptum. As I told in my November posts I finished my first big quilt and we have ha winner for my chicken-run-chicken now. But there were  some other things I did:

1. FABRIC BALLOON COVER

For a working mate’s grandchild I made a fabric balloon cover… that is a really cool thing for little children – the balloon inside is protected by the fabric cover but when it pops the fabric cover will damp the noise and keep all balloon pieces inside…. and it fits in any purse 🙂 – insert the balloon into the cover and blow it up when it is inside (and you can use one balloon several times).

I found the pattern on a German blog and so it is in German language, but there you can find an illustrated tutorial (self explanatory) and a pdf-template. It is for personal use only.

2. THE BIG KNIT

In November I joined a charity campaign of Innocent-Drink-Company… they ask every year for little knitted hats. For every bottle sold with a hat a donation is given for old people in need (in UK it is Age UK, in Germany it is the Red Cross). The campaign is going on in UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. I designed five little woolly hats.

3. Christmas is near… Christmas Ornament

Avis published a Christmas ornament tutorial on her lovely ohsewtempting blog. I couldn’t resist and had immediately to try. You find her detailed tutorial here… I’ll write a long version for German readers. Thank you Avis for sharing this tutorial !

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