Celebrate National Sewing Month with Fiskars and WIN!

HAPPY NATIONAL SEWING MONTH, CRAFTERS! September is National Sewing Month and to celebrate, we’d like to invite you to post your favorite fabric projects to the new Community section of the Crafts ‘n things® website. You’ll need to register on the site; just click here and you’ll be on your way to sharing your favorite sewing projects with a community of creative souls just like you. While you’re there, click on the Newsletters tab to sign up for our free Craft of the Day emails, as well as notification when each new issue of Crafts ‘n things Weekly goes live. We don’t want you to miss a minute of crafting inspiration!

Join in the excitement this month by visiting great craft industry manufacturers like Fiskars®. They’ll be celebrating all month long on their website, as well as on Facebook and other social channels. They are running an Instagram/Facebook contest in September which features ways to find inspiration for your sewing projects. It promises to be lots of creative fun! You’ll also find loads of inspiration on the Fiskars site. The Fiskars design team is one of the best, and they always provide great project ideas and tips.

Fiskars has just released their new Amplify™ RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears, which were used to create the darling upcycled Denim Pocket Banner shown above. Here’s a link to the project.

Amplify RazorEdge Fabric Shears are designed to cut thick and heavy fabrics. These premium fabric shears feature ultra-sharp blades ideal for all-purpose cutting tasks. Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, the shears sense blade separation and force the blades back together to cut cleanly through heavy materials. This amazing innovation in scissors technology means that sewing and quilting enthusiasts can expand creative boundaries and work with more adventurous materials than ever before.

The shears are fantastic with denim, canvas, and a host of other heavy-duty fabrics. Here’s another fabulous project available on the Fiskars site; it’s a floor cushion made from a rug! Pricey floor cushions can cost $40 and up, even at discount stores, but you can now make your own from a $5 throw rug and a few everyday supplies. How cool is that?! Here’s a link.

For a chance to WIN a pair of the new 8” Amplify RazorEdge Fabric Shears for yourself, leave a comment on this post by September 29th at midnight PST telling us what current sewing project you’re working on. Limit one entry per visitor, please.

For an EXTRA CHANCE TO WIN, be sure to “Like” Fiskars on Facebook. Click here. Add “I liked Fiskars” to your blog comment and you’ll be entered twice. Two lucky winners will be announced on our blog on Monday, September 30th.

Retail value of the shears is $29.99 and they can be ordered now on the Fiskars site www.fiskars.com or purchased at JoAnn stores. Shears feature a protective sheath to keep the blades safe and the shears come with a lifetime warranty.  Softgrip® touchpoints enhance comfort and control. The Amplify RazorEdge Fabric Shears belong in every fabric crafter’s toolbox.

Good Luck and Happy Sewing!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Dog & Cat Treat Mix Jars

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Surprise a pet lover with these adorable treat mix jars. Fill with their pets’ favorite treats or the ingredients to whip up a batch of homemade munchies.

Materials

  • Recycled quart jar
  • Burlap, 1/4 yd.
  • Wooden tags, 1-1/4”x2-3/8”
  • National Nonwovens Wool Felt: Brown Sugar, Country Red, Beige, Buttercream, White, Grass Skirt, Orange
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Country Red, Olive Green, Admiral Blue, Snow White, Spa Blue
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Floss: Ultra Dark Beige Gray (3790), Black (310), Light Parrot Green (907), Very Dark Salmon (347), Ecru
  • Ribbon, 7/8”, 1/2 yd.

Tools

  • DecoArt Duraclear Varnish
  • Alphabet rubber stamps, 1/2”
  • Black pigment ink
  • Embroidery needle
  • The Warm Co. Lite Steam-a-Seam
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paintbrush, sanding block, iron and pressing board

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 4-1/2”x8” rectangle from burlap to fit around jar. Fringe long ends.

STEP 2

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse wool felt to fusible webbing with iron. Print and cut out patterns from fused felt. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) For dogs, cut head from Brown Sugar or White, muzzle from Beige or White, nose from Brown Sugar, and collar from Grass Skirt or Red. For cat, cut head from Buttercream, and nose and ears from Orange. Fuse patterns to center of jute rectangles, using photos as placement guide.

STEP 3

Use Black, Beige or Ecru floss to blanket stitch edges of heads, muzzles and ears. Blanket stitch dog collars with green or red. For eyes, use Black floss to make French knots. Use Black floss to backstitch noses and whiskers. Apply glue to back of burlap and wrap around jar, securing at back.

STEP 4

Paint jar lids Country Red, Spa Blue or Olive Green. Dry brush Spa Blue lid and Olive Green lid Admiral Blue. When dry, apply varnish. Paint wooden tags Snow White or Spa Blue.

STEP 5

Stamp treat name on tag. Thread 12” ribbon length through tag and tie around jar. Fill jar with treats. Replace lid.

Tip

  • Search the internet for tasty and nutritious homemade pet treat recipes.

by Melony Bradley

Summer Shopper Tote

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Whether you’re heading to the farmer’s market or perusing your favorite boutiques, don’t forget this stylish, functional tote!

Materials

  • Canvas cloth, 1 yd.
  • Decorator-weight fabric: large floral, 1/2 yd.; stripe, 1/8 yd.; small floral, 1/8 yd.
  • Dark pink rick rack, 1 yd.
  • Pink assorted buttons, 11
  • Pink embroidery floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine and dark pink thread
  • Iron and pressing board

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins

Directions

Size

13-1/2”x15-1/4”

Tote Bag

(Note: Use a 1/4″ seam allowance throughout.)

1. Cut fabrics as follows: 13-1/2”x2” small floral; 13-1/2”x3” stripe; 13-1/2”x6” and two 20”x 2-1/2” large floral; 13-1/2”x17”, 13-1/2”x5-1/2”, and 13-1/2”x12” canvas.

2. Using photo as guide, machine-sew stripe and small floral strips to 6” large floral strip, creating one patchwork piece. Press seams open. Finished patchwork piece will measure 13-1/2”x10”.

3. Pin wrong side of patchwork piece to 12” canvas strip along sides, keeping side and bottom edges even. (Note: Canvas strip will extend 2” beyond patchwork on top of piece.)

4. Machine sew rick rack onto patchwork seams.

5. With right sides together, pin 5-1/2” canvas strip to bottom edge of patchwork piece; machine sew. Press seam downward. Finished tote front will measure 13-1/2”x17”.

6. With right sides facing, place tote front and 13-1/2”x17” canvas backing together. Starting at top, machine-sew around sides and bottom of tote, leaving top open. Clip corners and turn right side out.

7. Press top edge of canvas down 3/4”. Fold down 3/4” again; press and pin in place. Canvas will overlap top striped strip 1/4”. Machine-sew zigzag stitches 3/8” from top edge of bag.

8. For straps, press 20”x2-1/2” floral strips in half with wrong sides together. Press raw edges under 1/4”; press. Press ends of each strap under 1/4”.

9. Machine sew 1/4” from edge of strap. Repeat for remaining strap.

10. Center and pin straps 3” apart to inside of tote. Machine-sew straps to bag with cross stitches.

11. Use three strands of floss to sew buttons to large flower centers.

by Rebekah Meier

Wool Felt Pie Carrier

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Mmmmm! You’ve just baked one of your luscious homemade pies and need to transport it to a special event. Your dessert will be a stand-out when you deliver it in style in this colorful, eye-catching pie carrier.

Materials

  • Wool felt: bright pink, 3/8 yd.; black, 3/8 yd.; light brown, turquoise, light gold, med. gold and white scraps
  • Brown flat buttons, 9/16”, six
  • Six-strand embroidery floss: bright blue, two skeins; black

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, straight pins, pencil, transfer paper

Directions

Size

12-1/2”

Pie Carrier

(Note:  Put a few dabs of glue under felt pieces to temporarily adhere them to felt circles in place of pins, if desired. Use three strands of floss for all embroidery.)

1. Print and cut out patterns. Cut: 12-1/2” circle and six 1”x3” strips from pink felt; two 12-1/2” circles and one half of 12-1/2” circle from black felt; top of pie shape from brown felt, cutting out slits; bottom of pie shape from white felt; “PIE” lettering from light gold felt; 3/8”x10-3/4” strip (pie crust) from medium gold felt; seven 1/2”x2-3/4” strips from turquoise felt.

2. For top of carrier, pin or adhere black half circle to pink circle with round edges even. Use photo as guide to pin or adhere white and brown pie pieces, and lettering to top of carrier.

3. Use blue floss to blanket stitch around outside edges of pie, including slits in top, and over straight edge of black circle. Stem stitch around “PIE” letters close to edges.

4. Pin or adhere turquoise strips across white pie shape with center strip straight and outside strips angled outward. Trim ends of turquoise strips even with white edges of pie. Pin or glue gold crust strip across top of white pie shape, covering cut edges.

5. Use black floss to single feather stitch over gold crust strip, and blue floss to straight stitch through center of turquoise strips.

6. Transfer “homemade” centered above pie. Use black floss to stem stitch letters.

7. Pin pink and both black circles together with front side of pink circle facing out. (Note: There will be three layers: one pink and two black.)  Use blue floss to blanket stitch around edges of circles to join them, leaving 14” opening at bottom. (Note: Center opening under “PIE” letters.) Blanket stitch over open edge of top of carrier separately; blanket stitch open edges of both bottom pieces of carrier together.

8. For buttonholes, cut 1/2” slits in pink strips, 1/2” from one end. Stack strips together in pairs with slits lined up. Use blue floss to blanket stitch over edges of strip pairs to join them.

9. Wrap embroidered strips over edge of carrier, centered under “PIE”, and on both sides of pie. Use blue floss to sew buttons to strips on bottom of carrier to attach them with buttonhole on opposite end. Sew buttons to top of carrier, matching them up with buttons on bottom. (Note: Do not sew buttons through strips on top.)

10. Insert pie into carrier. Wrap pink strips over edge of carrier and button strips.

by Mary Ayres

Tea Caddy

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

A small piece of linen or any fabric you choose, a few strands of thread, and a needle—these are the only supplies you need to start embroidering! Sew and embroider this cute cozy for any teapot, courtesy of Harper Crafts.

Materials

  • Two types of fabric
  • Unbleached linen
  • Felt
  • Binding
  • DMC Embroidery Threads
  • Scrap paper

Tools

  • Mechanical pencil and eraser
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needles
  • Embroidery scissors

Basic Supplies

measuring tape

Directions

(Note: The blue words listed in this blog are links. To access, select these links, then download and print.)

STEP 1

Using photo as guide, draw a pattern on paper. Try it on your teapot. Adjust if necessary. Cut a piece of linen two times for the top and a piece of fabric two times for the bottom, adding a 1/2 inch (1 cm) seam allowance. Embroider the design on the linen.  See “Tea Caddy Design Chart“.  (Note: See “Secrets of Embroidery” for additional information and stitch diagrams.)

STEP 2

With right sides facing in, sew the top and bottom of each side together. Using one side as a pattern, cut out two matching pieces of felt.

STEP 3

For the decorative handle on top, sew two 2-3/4 x 4-1/4 inch (7 x 11 cm) rectangles of cloth together, right sides facing in, leaving an opening. Turn right side out and close the opening. Fold 5-1/2 inch (14 cm) length of binding in half and make a 1-1/4 inch (3 cm) seam in the loop. Place the fabric rectangle between the two sides of the binding. Sew together, gathering.

STEP 4

Place each side on its felt lining, then place them right sides facing in while inserting the binding, passing through the decorative handle. Pin the four layers together. Sew the top section between the cut-outs for the spout and handle.

STEP 5

On the right side, sew a binding around each cut-out. Turn over and sew on the reverse. Close up the sides and sew binding all around the bottom.

Reprinted with Permission

by Sylvie Blondeau for Harper Collins Publishers

Necktie Flower Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Recycle Dad’s old ties into this fun flower pillow to add a memory-filled conversation piece to your home décor. Flea market or vintage ties work great too!

Materials

  • Printed fabric, 3/8 yd.
  • Neckties, eight
  • Cording, 1-1/2 yds.
  • Fiberfill stuffing

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Dritz Aluminum 1-1/2” Cover Button Kit

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

For pillow front and back, cut two 11-1/2” squares from printed fabric.

STEP 2

Using 1/4” seam allowance, machine-sew around squares, leaving 3” opening for turning. Trim seam allowance; turn pillow right side out. Stuff; slipstitch opening closed.

STEP 3

Cut eight 3-1/2” lengths from end of each tie. Arrange “petals” in center of pillow, forming flower. Adhere petals to pillow, gathering cut petal edges as needed.

STEP 4

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to cover button with printed fabric. Adhere button to flower center.

STEP 5

Sew cording around pillow.

by Rebekah Meier

Decorative Jam Jar Cover

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

A small piece of linen or any fabric you choose, a few strands of thread, and a needle—these are the only supplies you need to start embroidering! Stitch this sweet design, courtesy of Harper Crafts, to decorate jars of homemade preserves.

Materials

  • Printed fabric
  • Unbleached linen
  • Braid trim or lace
  • Ribbon
  • DMC Embroidery Threads

Tools

  • Mechanical pencil and eraser
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needles
  • Embroidery scissors

Directions

Size

Size of stitched area: 1-5/8” diameter; size of finished design: 3” diameter

Jam Jar Cover

1. Cut out a circle 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) in diameter from the linen and embroider the berry basket or desired design. See Photo 1 and “Decorative Jam Jar Cover Design Chart“. (Note: See “Secrets of Embroidery” for additional information and stitch diagrams.) Fold edges under 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) all around.  (Note: The blue words listed above are links. To access, select the link, then download and print.)

Photo 1

2. Cut out a circle 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter from the printed fabric. Center the embroidered fabric on top and sew together. Then sew the braid or lace around the edge of the circle.

3. Cover jar and tie with ribbon.

by Sylvie Blondeau for Harper Collins Publishers

Reprinted with permission from Embroidery pour le Jardinier: 100 French Designs for the Gardener by Sylvie Blondeau (Harper Collins Publishers), ISBN: 9780062250049 (http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Embroidery-Pour-Le-Jardinier-Sylvie-Blondeau/?isbn=9780062222657)

 

Hankie Coasters

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

If you have a collection of pretty hankies just sitting in a drawer, showcase them by creating these darling coasters.

Materials

  • National Nonwovens Wool Felt: Cream, colors of choice
  • Buttons, assorted

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • The Warm Co. Steam-A-Seam2
  • Pinking shears
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 4-1/2” square from each hankie. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply Steam-A-Seam2 to wrong side of each hankie square. Remove backing from each square.

STEP 2

Place hankie wrong side down onto cream felt and use iron to fuse in place. Using pinking shears, carefully trim around each felt/hankie square.

STEP 3

Machine-sew zigzag stitch 1/8” from edge of hankie.

STEP 4

Adhere cream felt/hankie to another coordinating wool felt color. Use pinking shears to trim around edges, leaving 1/8” border.

STEP 5

Adhere buttons to coaster.

by Rebekah Meier

Sunflower Wall Hanging

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create this bright Sunflower Wall Hanging as a cheery addition to your summer décor. Not only is the center panel colored with crayons, but it’s also tea dyed. Just follow the steps in our “How to Tea Dye Fabric” tutorial to learn this simple technique.

Materials

  • Cotton fabrics, 45” wide: muslin, 1⁄4 yd.; blue print, 1⁄8 yd.; flower, 1⁄4 yd.; fabric of choice for backing, 1⁄3 yd.
  • Low-loft batting, 12”x16”
  • White quilting thread
  • White flat-backed buttons, 3⁄8” diameter, six
  • Raffia
  • Twig, 14-1⁄4” long

Tools

  • Quilting needle
  • Crayola Crayons
  • Black fine-line permanent marker
  • Tea dye items (optional): tea bags, saucepan, water, wooden spoon, old towel

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, plain paper, glue gun, sewing machine, matching threads, straight pins, iron and ironing board, freezer paper

Directions

Size

11-1⁄2”x15-1⁄2” (not including hanging tabs)

Wall Hanging

1. If you want the muslin to have a vintage look, see “How To Tea Dye Fabric,” tutorial located at the end of this craft. Mark 6”x10-1⁄2” rectangle on muslin with pencil. Do not cut out.

2. Iron freezer paper to wrong side of muslin. Freezer paper should remain on wrong side of muslin. (Note: If freezer paper does not stick to fabric, pin muslin to freezer paper just outside of rectangle.)

3. Print pattern and cut along dashed lines. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Using pattern and marker, trace pattern onto fabric panel. The letter “I” should be about 1” from top 10-1⁄2” pencil line and 5⁄8” from side pencil line. (Note: To easily trace pattern, tape pattern to window during daylight hours. Position and tape fabric over pattern; trace pattern.)

4. Color design with crayons as desired. The designer used the following colors: Yellow, center of sun; Golden Rod, outline of sun’s rays; Laser Lemon, sun’s rays; Granny Smith, two sections of beach ball; Orange, two sections of beach ball; Wisteria, two sections of beach ball; Blue, sand pail; Periwinkle, inside sand pail; Brown, shading around entire center panel. (Note: Color intensity depends on pressure used while coloring.) When finished, peel off freezer paper and discard.

5. Place plain paper on ironing board. Place design, right side down, onto paper. Press carefully to set colors. Cut out center panel on pencil lines.

6. (Note: Sew 1/4″ seams with right sides facing. Press seams away from center panel.) Cut a 1-1⁄2”x45” strip from blue print fabric. Sew strip to top of panel; trim even. In same way as top, sew and trim strip at bottom, then sides of panel. Side strips will cross over top and bottom strips.

7. For flowered border, cut two 2-1⁄2”x45” strips from flower print fabric. Sew one strip to top and one strip to bottom of panel; trim each strip even. In same way, sew strips to sides of center panel; trim even. Again, side strips will cross over top and bottom strips. Press all seams.

8. For hanging loops, cut three 2”x6” rectangles from remaining blue print fabric. Fold each rectangle in half lengthwise, right sides facing. Sew long raw edge together. Turn right side out. Press each hanging loop, with seam center in back. Fold each loop in half with raw edges even. Pin one loop to center back of top. Pin remaining loops 2” from each side of wall hanging.

9. For backing, cut 12”x16-1⁄2” rectangle from fabric of choice. Place batting on flat work surface; smooth away bumps. Place backing, right side up, on top of batting. Lay center panel, right side down, on top of backing fabric. Pin layers together. Leaving 5” opening at bottom edge, sew around edges, catching hanging loops as you sew. Trim batting close to stitching; clip corners. Turn right side out; press. Fold in excess seam allowance at opening; whipstitch opening closed.

10. To make quilting easier, pin through center of border edges. Using white quilting thread, hand-stitch around center panel, 1⁄4” from blue fabric border. Stitch around both edges of flower fabric border, 1⁄4” from each edge.

11. Use photo as finishing guide. Adhere buttons to corners and centers of long sides of blue fabric border. Slide twig through each fabric loop; adhere in place. Tie two-loop bow around each hanging loop with raffia; trim ends as desired.

Things To Know About Tea Dyeing

1. The size and number of projects will determine the amount of tea needed. For the Sunflower Wall Hanging, two cups of tea should be plenty. For larger projects, a gallon or more of tea may be needed.

2. Brewed coffee can be used instead of tea for deeper color.

3. Fabric that is 100% cotton generally works best for tea dyeing. It’s always a good idea to test a fabric scrap for color results.

How To Tea Dye Fabric Tutorial

1. Fill a saucepan half full with water and bring to a boil. Remove pan from stove: add one or two tea bags for each cup of water used. (Note: The more tea bags used, the darker the final color.) Let tea bags steep for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags from pan and stir.

2. Place fabric into tea. Stir fabric occasionally, using wooden spoon. Check every 5 minutes until desired color is achieved. (Note: Fabric appears darker when wet. If fabric appears too dark, rinse in clear water to remove some color.) Remove fabric from tea and squeeze out excess liquid.

3. Fabric may be line-dried or placed in the dryer. If using the dryer, place old towel in with the fabric to absorb the tea. Be sure to wipe out the dryer before drying other items.

4. For some tea dyeing projects, you may wish to leave the fabric wrinkled for a vintage look. Otherwise, press the muslin when dry.

by Shirley Hudson

Vintage Pillowcase Shirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

At first glance, you’d never guess this shirt is made from a vintage pillowcase! Search flea markets or garage sales to find pillowcases with pretty patterns or embroidery.

Materials

  • Vintage pillowcase
  • Double-fold bias tape, 1/4”, 48” length
  • Non-roll elastic, 1/2” wide, chest measurement at armpits minus 1”

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Safety pin

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

(Note: Measurements are approximate. Adjust lengths as needed for desired size.)

1. Wash and dry pillowcase. Place pillowcase on flat work surface. Cut 11” from closed end.

2. Fold under raw edges 1/4”; press.

3. Fold edges again 1-1/4”; press to form top hem.

4. Topstitch around pressed edges 1” from fold. Leave 2” opening to insert elastic.

5. Use safety pin to thread elastic through casing. Overlap elastic 1/2” and stitch to secure. Check for proper fit before continuing.

6. Place any protruding elastic into casing; sew opening closed. Set shirt aside.

7. For straps, cut two 24” bias tape lengths. Machine-sew zigzag stitch down center of each strap.

8. Straight stitch strap to inside, front of shirt, 4” from armpit. Repeat for remaining strap. Knot ends.

9. Tie straps around neck.

by Lisa Bychowski