December 23rd, 2014
After seeing Sarah’s gorgeous stockings on Instagram, I knew I had to make my own.
You have to see her versions – they are amazing. I love her style and how she works black or navy into projects.
I had a vague idea of how she put them together, but the binding was puzzling me. Luckily she put together a tutorial and it’s super helpful. I think the binding gives an old fashioned feel to new fabrics.
I used a Moda charm pack and some Kaufman linen in natural to make these for Tori and Liz. Before this fabric is hard to find I’m going to pick up another charm pack and make a pair for Paul and myself.
Did you get all of your holiday sewing projects finished?
July 16th, 2013
I’m originally from Missouri and wanted to make a pillow with the shape of the state. Luckily it has a cool shape and isn’t just a square like Colorado or Wyoming.
I’ve had my Echino by Etsuko Furuya linen for a while and haven’t really used it. Since it has a patchwork look (and I combined two different prints) I thought it would work well.
This pillow had 2 ‘firsts’ for me. Applique using the Freezer Paper Method* and hand quilting. This was a small quilting job and I didn’t hate either process. Who knows, maybe I’ll try it again.
I made a zipper back because the envelope backs don’t hold up very well around here.
The front blue fabric is Kaufman Quilters Linen and the back is a Moda Bella solid. I did add a strip of a 3rd Echino fabric. Love those blue cars!
For the machine quilting on the back I used Aurifil Mako 2813, it’s a variegated thread that matches the front fabrics perfectly.
I printed a shape of Missouri off Google image search. This is the first time I’ve appliqued like this and I really like how the Missouri shape kind of pops out of the fabric. It would be fun to do a pillow for a kid’s room using the letters in their name.
These are great for all sewing projects and quilts. I purchased them at Ikaprint on Etsy.
Use coupon code 627HANDWORKS for 5% off your order. They are made in France and shipping is really fast!
Freezer Paper Applique Method
- Trace your shape onto the non-waxy side of the freezer paper
- Cut the shape out of the paper (not the fabric)
- Iron the freezer paper onto the right side of the fabric
- Trim your fabric around the shape leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance
- Peel off the freezer paper
- Place the freezer paper non-waxy side down onto the back side of your fabric
- Fold the seam allowance over to the waxy side of the freezer paper
- Iron down the fabric seams onto the waxy side of the paper (At this point your shape should have smooth fabric edges with the raw cut edges ironed under)
- Heavily pin your applique shape onto your main fabric
- Blind stitch all the way around and remove pins
- Turn your fabric over and cut a slit in middle of where your applique piece is, careful not to cut the applique shape
- Trim out the fabric of the main area out leaving a 1/2″ around your stitches and pull out the freezer paper
Thrifty Pillow Tip
Use old sheets or store bought sheets for the interior lining. Only you will see it! I also save scrap batting from quilt projects to use for pillows and smaller projects. The lining on this pillow is part of a sheet set I purchased at Target on clearance. A lot cheaper than fabric or muslin and it’s fun when you unzip it.