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! 🌷

I'm sharing this post with Show Off SaturdayFreeMotion Linky Tuesday and Sew Can Do.

Happy Stitching!

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Spring Table Runner with IQ Designer

Thought I would help welcome in spring with a little bird & floral table runner.  🐦🌸  I shared this  photo in the Destiny Owners group on Facebook.  Received several questions on how it was done with IQ Designer's help.  So here is how I did it:

This runner was made similar to the Saint Patrick's Day table runner I made recently.
The bird blocks are 8" finished, the sashing is 2" finished and the binding is .5".

  • Four 8.5" squares of light background fabric (I chose to embroider the bird first, then cut to size)
  • Thirteen 2.5" x 8.5" strips of dark green fabric
  • Ten 2.5" squares of light green fabric for corners
  • Backing fabric (I bought one yard of a complimenting floral)
  • Cotton Batting
My fabric choices.  All found at my local Jo-Ann store.

I like to design everything in EQ7 first, just so I can get a good visual of what I'm aiming for. :) 
Preview of table runner done in Electric Quilt 7.

To Make the Table Runner Top:
  1. Embroider the birds.  Embroider a bird for each block on the light background fabric. I hooped cutaway stabilizer along with the fabric.  After the bird embroidery finished, I trimmed both layers to 8.5" square, centering around the design.

  2. Piece your table runner quilt top.
    • Use 1/4" seams.
    • Lay your blocks and pieces out they way you want to table runner to appear.  Piece your top together.  Here is how I did mine:
      • Stitch two dark green 8.5" strips to the left and right sides of your first and last embroidered block.  I pressed the seams to the dark side. 
    Add side borders on first and last blocks.

      • Stitch one dark green 8.5" strip on the right side of your second block.
      • Stitch a side border to your second block.

        • Stitch two small light green 2.5" squares to both sides on four dark green strips.
      Make four of these.

        • Stitch these strips to the top and bottom of the first and last blocks to complete them.
      First block with borders

      Last block with borders.

        • Stitch one small light green 2.5" squares to the right side on two dark green strips.
        • Make two of these.

        • Stitch these strips to the top and bottom of the second block to complete it.
          Second block with borders.

          • Stitch two 8.5" green strips to top and bottom of the 8.5" third block.
        Third block with borders.

          • Stitch the first, second, third and forth block together in order. (matching up seams)  to complete your table runner row.
        Complete table runner top.

      • Quilt Your Table Runner.
        • Lay the backing fabric, face down on your cutting surface. (I had to piece my backing to make it large enough with 4" extra width all around).
        • Add a layer of cotton batting.  I cut mine the same size as my backing.
        • Lay the table runner face-up on top of this.
        • Pin-baste the quilt sandwich.
        • Quilt as desired.  😃  I chose to quilt-in-the-hoop.  Here is how I did mine:
          • I loaded cotton thread and slowed down my machine speed a bit.
          • Once you know the steps, it really does not take long to get the fill stitches drawn.
          • I removed the basting pins that were in the way of the block I was working on.
                               Background Fill using IQ Designer:
          • I hooped the quilt sandwich for each main block and used my Destiny to scan the hoop using IQ Designer.
            Steps to scan in your hooped quilt sandwich.

          • I selected the Line tool key, selecting the zig-zag line type.  Also select the "no-stitch" key so there will not be a stitched border.

          • Use the stylus and tap around the embroidery design.  IQ Designer will connect the dots and form a closed shape.
            Tap around the embroidery image to form a closed-shape.

          • I then selected a Stamp key Outline shape of a square, then enlarged it and moved it to fit the main block.  
            Steps to add a Stamp key shape to define the outer border of my area to fill with quilting stitches.

          • I selected the Drawing Region tool key, selecting the paint can, with a quilting fill.  (In photo step #3 below, is where you can tap on the Select button to see other fill choices.) Tap inside the two shapes to fill the area with quilting stitches.
            Steps to fill the background with quilting stitches.

          • Select the Next key to make any adjustments to the stitches.  I did not make any changes to mine.  Save your file to your machine, just in case.  Then Preview, and Set to go to Embroidery mode.  I stitched with a matching color.  The red in the pictures is just so it can be seen.
          • Steps to get design from IQ Designer to Embroidery Mode.

          • Because these are quilting stitches, I wanted to reduce the thread knots showing on the back of the runner.  I would do one stitch, pause and pull up the bobbin thread to the top of the quilt.  Then hold the thread tails out of the way and continue stitching.  Trim them when the needle is away from the area.   
          • I repeated the above steps for each block to add quilting fill stitches around the embroidered birds.

                                Adding Embroidery Quilting Designs to Borders and Corners:
          • This is the easy part.  Just add embroidery designs as you normally do.  
          • In Embroidery mode, add one of the quilting designs.
          • Hoop and scan the quilt sandwich for the border/corner area.
            Use this button to scan the hooped quilt sandwich.

          • Add another quilting corner and/or border.  As much as can fit for your hooped area.  Drag and drop the designs where desired.  
            About to embroider the border and corners.

          • Embroider as normal - except I would pause after the first stitch to pull up the bobbin thread.  Hold the thread tails and then continue stitching.  Trim when able.  This reduces the thread knots and tails on the backside.
          • Repeat the hoop/scan/embroider steps for the remainder of the table runner.

          •   TIP regarding Scanned Fabric in Embroidery Mode:
            • When you are done with your embroidery work after using the machine's camera to scan in your fabric/quilt sandwich, you may notice the last scanned image is still displayed in the background on the screen.  I noticed it was still on my screen, even after getting out of embroidery mode and back in, and even turning off my machine!
            • The solution is in the Setting Screens, page 9.  Background Image Display can be turned Off.  Or you can press Delete button to remove it.  That is what I did.  :)
              How to remove the scanned image from your display.

                              Bind the Quilt:

            Finishing the last of the self-binding.

          Someone asked to see the back of the table runner, so here it is.  I used a cream colored thread in the bobbin.
          Back side of table runner.

          That's it!

          I'm sharing this post on Show-Off Saturday and Slow Sunday Stitching, Sew Can Do, and FreeMotion Linky Tuesday.

          Happy Stitching!

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