Tuesday, June 27, 2017

America the Beautiful 2017

Hi!  Have you had a good start to your summer? Taking a break from stitching for just one post...

Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, CA
We just returned from a family vacation to start off our summer.  We took the family out west to see several of our nation's National Parks and iconic sites.   We don't have many years left with all our kids to vacation together before the oldest will be off on her own.  I wanted to share some of my favorite shots from our America the Beautiful Tour 2017:

Our kids looking out Taft Point, Yosemite National Park, CA

Hubby and I at Taft Point.  7500' elevation. Yosemite National Park, CA

Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, CA

Junction View, Kings Canyon National Park, CA

Hiking down Moro Rock, Sequoia National Park

Giant Sequoia tree, Sequoia National Park, CA

Zion Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah

Hiking to Angel's Peak, Zion National Park, Utah

North Rim Grand Canyon, AZ

Horseshoe Bend, Page, AZ

Rafting on the Colorado River, Page, AZ

Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ
The only sewing-related thing I did on vacation was collect some souvenir thimbles from the places we visited.   I started buying them a couple of years ago on one of our vacations.  They are not always available, so I like to buy them when I see them.  My collection at home is growing.
My souvenir thimble collection.

Until next year's vacation...
Parasailing on Lake Tahoe, CA

Vacation is done  Back to reality...

Happy Stitching!

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Fabric Grain Cheat Sheet

Need a Fabric Grain Cheat Sheet?  I do.

Seems like I've been looking up "Warp" and "Weft" more times recently when following patterns.  I can never remember which is Length of Grain or Cross Grain, and which has more stretch.  So I looked it all up one more time and recorded it down on a sample piece of fabric.  It is now tacked up next to my cutting area for easy reference.

So if you want to make your own, or print this one for a reference, here is my cheat sheet for fabric grain.  😃

Happy Stitching!

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Pet Pillow made by my Daughter. :)

I recently put a sewing machine on a little sewing desk in our sunroom.  This room is where the kids go to play board games, do crafts or just watch tv.  I thought that if I had a sewing machine out and easily available it may encourage them to just use it when the mood strikes.  That idea may have worked. 😉
Yesterday, my youngest said she had an idea to make a Pet Pillow - not to be confused with Pillow Pets, which are toys available in the retail stores.  Her Pet Pillow is a pillow of her actual pet.

She has been taking lots of photos lately with a camera that has been handed-down to her.  She showed me a photo she had taken of our pet, Shadow that she wanted to use for her pillow.  Sounded good to me.  She was the crafter and I gave her guidance.

I have Electric Quilt's brand of fabric sheets so we printed the photo using their directions.   Printer fabric sheet packs are most likely available at your local craft store.   Most fabric sheets work with ink jet printers, and some work with laser printers as well.

Making a Small Pillow from a Photograph

  1. Choose a photo of your pet.  I helped my daughter get the photo from her camera to our computer.
    Our beloved Shadow.

  2. Remove other paper from your printer, and load a sheet of printer fabric.  
  3. Print the photograph with normal quality printing.
  4. Lay the fabric sheet flat and let the ink dry for about 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the paper backing from the fabric sheet, and soak the fabric in room-temperature water for 10 minutes.  Gently swish occasionally to remove any extra ink.
    Soaking in a sink of water.

  6. Lay the fabric flat on a towel and blot dry.  Allow to lay flat and dry completely.
    Drying out on a towel.

  7. Iron smooth.
  8. Trim the fabric to the size desired.  
  9. Choose your pillow's back fabric.  Place it face up on your cutting surface.
  10. Lay the photo fabric face-down on top of the backing fabric.  Trim the backing fabric to be the same size as the top fabric.
    Front and Back fabrics right-sides together.

  11. Pin both layers together all around.  Leave a opening about 2" wide for turning later.
    Pinned all around.

  12. Start at the opening, and stitch all around the photo, using 1/4" seams.  Tack down the beginning and end stitching at the opening for strength..  My daughter stitched just inside the photographs's edge so the white fabric border will not show.
    Sewing the pillow together.

  13. Turn the fabric pillow out through the opening.

  14. Fold the raw edges of the opening inwards.
  15. Iron everything smooth.

  16. Stuff your pillow with some filling.  My daughter used Poly-Fil. Stuff to desired fullness.

  17. Hand stitch the opening closed using a ladder stitch.  

  18. All done!

    My daughter is so proud of her project.  She loved sewing!  She wants to make more Pet Pillows!  She asked if she could sell them too, so I agreed to list her pillow in my etsy shop on her behalf.  

    She is beyond excited to see her pillows online for sale.   Check out her etsy listing here.  So if you don't want to make one yourself, she'll be happy to do it for you.  😃

    Happy Stitching!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Walker Bag In-the-Hoop for Mother's Day

Walker Bag In-the Hoop

I'm sew happy with the way this bag I made for my mom came out.  Mom likes to use the rollator/walker in the mornings - until she is gets steady on her feet.  I saw the Butterfly Walker In-The-Hoop design from Sweet Pea Embroidery Designs, and knew that is what I would make for Mom for Mother's Day.  🌷

The front panel of the bag is made of three pockets:  one zipper, one long pocket, and one tall pocket with a pen holder section.  The pockets are done in-the-hoop style, and the rest of the bag is constructed at the sewing machine.

Design:  Walker Butterfly Bag 6x10 in the hoop machine embroidery design by Sweet Pea

This bag design is made for the straps to connect in the middle to allow it to be hung on a walker.  It can also be made with regular straps for a traditional tote bag.

My fabric choices.  All found at my local JoAnn store.
Mom loves birds. 

Most fabric pieces cut and ready.
I find the file label stickers handy!
Interior lining fabric and back panel were cut later.

The instructions for putting together the bag are very detailed and easy to follow.  The only thing I did different was to add some batting to the front pockets and additional support to the back.

Trying to preview how the front panel will look.

First panel.  Zipper pocket.

Second and Third Pockets.  I added batitng to the front "bird" fabric.  Also top stitched across the fold of the pock to hold the batting in place.

Better preview of front panel.

Front panel sewn and back panel ready.  The back panel has batting, and I added Peltex as well for structure.

The strap pieces are sewn to the front and back with velcro attached to the ends to allow the bag to be hung on the bar of a walker.

Sew together the inside lining and slip it over the outside of the bag.

Turn the bag out, and top stitch around top edge.

To add to support for the bag, I covered a thin piece of basswood with fabric and Peltex, and laid it inside the bottom of the bag.  It can be removed when the bag needs to be washed.
Using my craft (non-fabric!) rotary cutter, I trimmed the wood to be 0.25" shorter in width and length than the bottom finished size of the bag.  Also trimmed two pieces of Peltex this same size, and use spray adhesive to cover both sides of the wood piece.  To cover the wood, sew a snug fitting tube, stitched close on one end.  On the open end, tuck the fabrics in smoothly with a blunt edge.  No glue required.

Back of bag.

Completed bag.  

Mom loved it! 🌷

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Happy Stitching!

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