Great Finds Friday: National Sewing Month Edition

There are two things any seamstress must have: the proper tools and a place to put them. Today, I am pleased to share a few of my favorite “must haves” for any seamstress no matter the skill level. These items are traditional sewing tools but with a fresh new take.

My friends at Clover and Creative Solutions have generously helped me put together the perfect sewing stash. So, on to the fun part of Great Finds: the GIVEAWAY!! If you are the lucky winner you will receive…

Some of my favorite tools by Clover that every sewing basket shouldn’t be without …

and of course the products featured today

And from Creative Solutions the perfect place to store all your new tools

AND a Pillbox Pincushion made by yours truly.

Giving us a retail value of well over $100 dollars, which would put a smile on any seamstress’ face.

All you have to do for your chance to win is comment on this post, then for an extra chance click on over to my blog and comment on my Friday Finds post for 9/13/2013.

Post your comments by 12am PST 9/19/2013.

Everyone needs great storage and Creative Options brings us practical storage solutions with flare. The Tapered Tote is the perfect sewing basket that will fit all your sewing basics and currently comes in two great color choices.

Love the idea of a thimble but never could find a comfortable one that would stay on my finger. Clover brings us the solution.  Protect and Grip Thimbles have flexible rubber for a comfortable fit that stays put and a metal thimble cap to protect your finger.

Wonder Clips and the New Jumbo Wonder Clips hold multiple layers together without damaging or distorting the fabric. Perfect for vinyls, piles, and heavy weight fabrics. Wonder clips all have a flat back that makes it easy to feed to the presser foot. The clips also have seam allowance markings. Check out a few clever ways to use these great tools… here.

And last, but certainly not least, Accuquilt.  Have you ever envisioned the die you need for a project, just to find that no matter how hard you looked and how many companies you look at, your perfect die just doesn’t exist? Well Accuquilt has the solution in Create your own GO! Custom dies. Send them the concept, approve the design, and your die ships in 5 business days! And if you are one of the first 100 you get a little something extra. Go check it out at Accuquilt.com.

Don’t forget to post your comments by 12am PST 9/19/2013 for your chance to win the “perfect sewing stash”.

GOOD LUCK!

by Jennifer Davey (www.bestillmycraftingheart.blogspot.com)

Pillbox Pincushion

Simplicity in quilting and everyday utility make this Pillbox the perfect project to try your hand at quilting. With a few simple seams and a little stuffing, you will be moving your pins into their new home before you know it.

Today, my favorite people at Riley Blake and Accuquilt have provided supplies for one lucky winner to make your own pincushion!

For your chance to WIN an Accuquilt GO! Tumbler 3-1/2″ die and a Riley Blake Medium Dot on Cream Fat Quarter Bundle, leave a comment on this post by September 15th at midnight PST. The winner will be announced here on the Crafts ‘n things blog on Monday, September 16th.

Materials

  • Riley Blake Serenata Cotton Fabric, scraps
  • Riley Blake Buttons, 1-1/2″, two
  • Cotton batting, 1/4 yd.
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Thread

 Tools

  • AccuQuilt GO! Die Tumbler, 3-1/2″ (55015)
  • AccuQuilt GO! or GO! Baby Fabric Cutter
  • Doll needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, sewing machine, pins, hand sewing needle, iron and pressing surface

directions

size

2-1/2″x 4-1/2″

pincushion

1   Cut two tumbler pieces each of three prints using Accuquilt GO! or GO! Baby Fabric Cutter and GO! Tumbler 3-1/2” die. Cut two 4-3/4″ circles from coordinating print.

2   With right sides together, sew two tumblers together along long side with 1/4″ seam. Continue in same manner, alternating prints until all pieces are connected. Press seams to one side.

3   Pin tumbler strip and circles to batting and cut to fit. Machine quilt fabric to batting in desired design.

4   With right sides together, sew ends of tumbler strip together to create ring.

5   Fold ring in half evenly and place pins in either side. Fold matching pin mark ends with pins. Find quarter marks on circles by folding circle in half and marking in same manner. Repeat to find other set.

6   Matching quarter marks of circle and tumbler ring with right sides together; pin in place and machine-sew using 1/4″ seam allowance. Attach bottom circle in same manner, leaving 2″ opening to turn.

7   Turn right side out. Fill cushion with fiberfill until firm.

8   Slipstitch opening closed.

9   Position button on center of circle. Sew through center of cushion using doll needle, adding bottom button on opposite side. Sew back and forth, pulling to make buttons push into cushion; secure.

Tip

For a little additional fun, create a pocket on alternating tumbler pieces by cutting three tumblers from one fabric. Create pocket by trimming 3/4″ from wide end of tumbler. Sew along cut edge with right sides together. Turn fabric right side out and press edge. Pin pocket front in position on matching tumbler piece and sew together into tumbler strip as directed. Add as many or as few pockets as you would like.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post by September 15th at midnight PST for a chance to win an Accuquilt GO! Tumbler 3-1/2″ die and a Riley Blake Medium Dot on Cream Fat Quarter Bundle.

For an extra chance to win, take a quick click over to my blog bestillmycraftingheart.blogspot.com and follow me.

Retail value of these products is about $60.00. To purchase your own, visit accuquilt.com and rileyblakedesigns.com to order or to find a retailer nearby.

by Jennifer Davey (www.bestillmycraftingheart.blogspot.com)

Give Us This Day

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Cross-stitch this beautiful design as a daily reminder to give thanks for the blessings we have received from God’s bounty.

Materials

  • DMC White 28-count Evenweave, 13” x 13”
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 1 strand wrapped twice
  • Straight Stitch: 1 strand

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate Finished Size: 6-5/8”x6-3/4”; stitch count: 94 w x 95 h

Give Us This Day

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads.

3. Frame as desired.

by Kathleen Hurley

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

Grandma Tribute

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Grandma is probably one of your most favorite people. Stitch this tribute to her for Grandparents’ Day or just because you love her.

Materials

  • Zwiegart Antique White 28-count Lugana, 15”x12”
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stich Count

Approximate Finished Size: 8-5/8”x4-5/8”; Stitch Count: 122 w x 84 h

Grandma Tribute

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads.

3. Frame as desired.

by Bennie Harman

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

Crocheted Purse

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Kids, learn how to crochet using our easy-to-follow tutorial. Then crochet this purse as a great beginner project.

Materials

  • Worsted weight acrylic yarn in choice of color
  • Wooden barrel bead, 3⁄4”

Tools

  • Crochet hook, size N (10mm)
  • Yarn needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Abbreviations

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
yo = yarn over

Directions

(Note: Use three strands of yarn held together throughout.)

Purse

1. Chain (ch) 16.

2. Row 1. Single crochet (sc) in next ch. *Yarn over (yo) and insert hook in next ch. Pull yarn through ch, then yo and pull through all three loops on hook. Repeat from * across. Turn.

3. Row 2. Sc in next sc. Repeat from * across, as in Row 1. Turn.

4. Rows 3-20. Repeat Row 2.

5. Rows 21-31. Repeat from * across, as in Row 1.

6. Row 31 (flap “trim”). *Sc in next sc. Skip one sc. Double crochet (dc) four times in next sc. Repeat from * across. Fasten off

Strap

1. Ch 55 to 65 (depending on desired length of strap).

2. Row 1. Sc in each ch. Fasten off.

Finish up

1. To assemble purse, fold bottom edge up, about 7”. Use yarn needle to sew edges together. Turn right side out.

2. Sew straps inside purse on each upper side edge. Sew bead to center front of purse.

Tip

by Nancy Smarinsky

Dog Toy

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Hey Fido! Get ready for hours of chewing, fetching, and tugging fun playing with this tennis ball toy.

Materials

  • Tennis balls, two
  • Cotton twine, one ball

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut thirty-nine 40” twine lengths. Place lengths together with ends even. Tightly knot 4” from one end.

STEP 2

Place ball under knot and spread twine lengths over ball. Tightly knot twine lengths together under ball. Separate twine lengths under ball into three equal sections and tightly braid for 3”. Tightly knot twine together at bottom of braid.

STEP 3

Place remaining ball under knot and spread twine lengths over ball. Tightly knot twine lengths together under ball. Trim loose strands on both ends of balls, 3” from knots.

by Mary Ayres

Was It Worth It?

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stitch this quote as a gentle reminder to enjoy today and not stress out about tomorrow.

Materials

  • JAR Designs Spring Leaf 28-count Jobelan, 17”x12” (available at X’s & Oh’s Designs)
  • DMC Six-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Green fabric, 1/2 yd.
  • Batting
  • Green ribbon, 5/8” wide, 24” length
  • Dowel

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine and matching thread

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 3 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate Finished Size: 10-5/8″x5-3/4″; Stitch Count: 150 w x 82 h

Wall Hanging

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.) Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads. Trim stitched fabric 1-1/2” from stitching.

2. Cut two strips of green fabric 8-3/4”x2-1/2”. Sew one strip to each side of stitched fabric using 1/4” seam allowance. Cut two strips 17-1/4”x2-1/2”. Sew one strip to top and bottom of stitched fabric. Press seams toward green fabric.

3. Cut batting 17”x12-1/4”. Cut green backing fabric same dimensions as sewn top. Cut four 6” lengths of green ribbon and fold in half. Layer batting on back of top (cross-stitched) fabric. Pin ribbon to right-side of top fabric with fold toward center and backing fabric with right-side facing top fabric. Sew around all edges, leaving a 3” opening at bottom. Clip corners and turn right-side out; press. Hang from dowel.

Tip

  • This design would be very easy to convert to any favorite over-dyed fabric and easy to select a complementary color that stands out well against fabric. Remember to make backstitching 2 shades darker than letters.

by Jo Gatenby for X’s & Oh’s Designs (www.xs-and-ohs.com)