Friday, April 28, 2017

Padded Tissue Pack Cover

Someone gave me a tissue pack cover once, and I thought it would be a nice little item to make for others as well.  I found an free easy tutorial by Two Brown Birds here.  I followed their instructions and made one, but it added batting to mine, and the result was a little tight for the Kleenex travel pack of tissues I had, so I made the next ones a little larger.  I like the new resulting little padded tissues covers.

 Here is the instructions I followed:

- Piece of fabric for lining and accent.  Measure and cut at 5-3/4" x 8"
- Piece of fabric for outside.  Measure and cut at 5-3/4" x 6-3/4"
- Piece of batting.  Measure and cut at 5-3/4" x 6-3/4"


  1. Place the outside fabric, right-side facing up, on top of the piece of batting so that the size matches up.
  2. Place the piece of lining fabric, right-side facing down, centered on top o the other two pieces.
  3. Sew a 1/4" seam down both the shorter 5-3/4" sides.  The lining fabric will obviously be larger, but that is good!👍🏼
    Fabrics sewn together along shorter side.
  4. Turn the fabrics out and press it smooth.  The lining piece will show on the two shorter sides.
    Turn and press.
  5. Fold the shorter sides into the center so the lining piece is showing.  
  6. Pin and sew 1/4" seam along both shorter ends. 
    Sew along the shorter sides.
  7. I trim the stray threads, corners and edge to made a smooth edge when turned out.
    Trim threads and clip corners.
  8. Turn your cover inside out and you're done!
You can keep the tissues inside their plastic wrapper and just pop them inside the cover, with the package opening facing up.

Happy Stitching!

Print Friendly and PDF

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Easy Chemo Cap Head-Scarf

My friend has been fighting her battle with leukemia.  Losing her hair has been understandably traumatic.  Wishing I could do something more for her, I searched online and found an easy free tutorial to make chemo-cap head-scarfs.  I like these because they are a cap with full coverage, but also a scarf that looks pretty.  You can find the instructions from Daydream Believers here.  Following her instructions, with just a couple changes. I've made several chemo cap-head scarfs for my friend.  Also made a couple to give my sister, who is an oncology nurse.

  • 1/3 yard of silky print polyester fabric for scarf.
  • 1 piece of ribbed knit fabric for band. Measure and cut 6" x 21", with the "ribs" of the knit following the short (6") side.

For the most part, I followed Daydream Believers Adult-size cap tutorial for silky polyester fabric.

Fabric for band and scarf.
  • I wanted the scarf to have longer tails to work with, so I used the entire width of the fabric for the scarf.  Just straightened the long edges of the 1/3 yard fabric piece, and trim off the selvage. 
  • Round the scarf fabric edge.  The edge of a dinner plate works well.

  • Finish the edges of the fabric with a rolled hem.  I used the Narrow Hemmer Foot all along the edge of the scarf to do my hem.

Fold the fabric over as it enters the foot, and it will tuck in the edge and stitch it down.
Side-view of narrow-hemmer foot in action.
Finished edge using the narrow hemmer foot.

  • Create the head band by folding the 21" x 6" knit fabric piece in half (right sides together) and sew the two short sides together using an overcast stitch for stretch fabrics.
  • Then fold the long sides together (wrong sides touching) and sew with an overcast stitch along the long edge.
Step 1 of band - sew right sides together to make 10.5" x 6" piece.

Step 2 of band - fold long edge (wrong sides together) and sew long edge.
Finished Band

  • Lay scarf fabric right-side up.  Pin the raw-edge of the band centered along the long edge of the scarf fabric that will be the bottom of the scarf (the part worn at the nape of the neck).  Place the seam of the band at the center point so it will be hidden under the scarf when worn. 
  • Sew a straight stitch 2.5" on both sides of the center pin, for 5" total.  See pin marks in picture below. (Original instructions show a shorter 2.5" length seam.)
Sew band  5" centered on edge of bottom of scarf fabric.
This is what the first sewing step looks like when complete.
Bottom of scarf is finished.  Now sew the top seam:
  • Bring the top long edge of the scarf over and pin to the rest of the head band (Right sides together).
Fold the top edge of the scarf over to meet the headband.
Pin the top edge of the scarf to the rest of the head band.
The arrow points to were the top of the scarf meets the the bottom sewn edge.

  • Sew the pieces together along the headband edge with a straight stitch.  Use a 1/4" or slightly wider seam to cover the overcast stitching done on the band in the first steps.

  • The scarf is done!  It has two long tails that can be gathered at nape of neck and gently tied.

I'm sharing this with Funky Polkadot Giraffe Tuesday Linky Party, The Quilting Room Fiber Tuesday and Free Motion by the River.

Happy Stitching.

Print Friendly and PDF

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Leukemia Awareness for a Friend

Cancer Awareness - Items to Sew.
My friend has been in a battle with leukemia.  Hope and pray for her recovery.  I made her a few essentials for some support.

I found the leukemia cancer ribbon fabric at

Made a hand-sanitizer and a tissue cover.  I will post instructions later this week on making an easy tissue cover.

Found an in-the-hoop cancer-awareness mug rug on etsy from the HenZEmbroidery.  Personalized it for my friend.
In-the-Hoop Mug Rug.
The backside of the mug rug is the cancer ribbon fabric.

And a leukemia awareness cancer ribbon tea light cover.  Just because.

Made her a zipper bag for her personal items while she is in the hospital.  The cancer ribbon embroidery design was found on etsy by Pixel2Threads.

Of course, I made her a few chemo bag-covers too.  My friend had not seen them before, but the one with the wine bottles made her smile.  😃

Cancer stinks. 🎗 It effects all of us.  So wish it didn't exist.

I'm sharing this with Funky Polkadot Giraffe Tuesday Linky Party and The Quilting Room Fiber Tuesday and Free Motion by the River.

Print Friendly and PDF

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Many Recent Projects

Been stitching whenever  I can, but haven't posted the pics of many projects.  For project ideas and inspiration, here is a collection of what's been under my needle, but not shown before.

Easter Table Runner
From Advanced Embroidery Designs, I made this Easter Table Runner with free standing lace.  This project took a lot of thread!  Each design took well over an hour to stitch.  I used the same Floriani polyester embroidery thread in the top and bobbin for each.  Each designs required a few bobbin changes as well.
The website included detailed instructions on how to make this table topper.  Finished it in time for Easter.  🐣

I monogrammed a quilt patch blanket from Target, and made a stuffed bear for my sister's neighbor.
New BabyGift Set

Monogrammed my new backpack purse purchased at Target.
This font came from The Itch 2 Stitch.

Digitized a logo for my friend's husband's company.

Monogrammed a fleece pullover for my girl.  ❤️
This font came from The Itch 2 Stitch.

Made potholders and a hotpad for a housewarming gift.  Found the bakeware at Target.

Made a mirror and treat pouch gift set.

Embroidered a wide ribbon for a Game Night Gift Basket:
This design came from Embroidery Designs.

Made a variety of zipper bags:
This font came from The Itch 2 Stitch
This font came from The Itch 2 Stitch.

I digitized myself, a design for my friend's daughter at VCU.

Monogramed a circle font for my friend's daughter:

Embroidered a set of napkins for a teacher gift:
This design came from a $5 weekly set at Anita Goodesign.

No sewing required on this.  I completed two Quilt Magic kits that complemented the Nativity scene I had done over the summer:
These no-sew quilt kits came from Tuck-N-Go.

Made a Nativity tea-light set for my mother-in-law.

Made a Falling Leaves table runner with appliqué and embroidered-quilting.
The table runner and leaf appliqué, and embroidery design
came from American Sewing Guild's membership page.

I made a fall tea-light set for our own Thanksgiving display.

Happy Stitching!

Print Friendly and PDF