Make your first patchwork project this summer

Very easy

Headband in 15 minutes or less tutorial

This headband involves just the piecing, no quilting involved. Very easy as your first patchwork project.

Coin quilt

This is a very easy quilt you can make out of scraps or out of your favourite fabrics.

Easy

Wonky log cabin tutorial

A bit more involved than the coin quilt but quite liberating as most of the pieces are asymmetrical. You can skip the small squares in the sashing for an even easier quilt. Just cut quilt long cream strips for your horizontal sashing.

Tooth Fairy pillow

Same block as the previous quilt with some embellishments added. Quite a fun and unique gift for children.

Quilted pillowcase with charm squares

If you don’t feel like making a large quilt, why not making quilted pillowcase(s) instead. They will dress any bed!


Intermediate

Tote bag tutorial

Going shopping or to the beach? This is a very large bag where you can fit almost anything.

Scrappy heart potholder tutorial

If you want to try paper piecing for the first time, here is an easy block to try.

Are you making any of the items above, please share your photos at TeresaDownUnder flickr pool.

Designer fabric embroidery – iPad slipcover with strap

This iPad slipcover or carry bag with strap is actually made out of 2 different projects or ideas.

The first idea is about the embroidery and the fabric. I have already done other embroidery projects with some designer fabric (Embroidered spare toilet roll holder, Embroidered fabric tea cozy tutorial or the Embroidered eye mask tutorial) but this one is a bit different.

This project will work well for larger prints though you can always enlarge small sections of the pattern and use that instead.

If the project is not clear from the picture, keep reading.

Fabric embroidery

My choice of fabric was Peonies by Heather Bailey. It’s a simple large print that can be traced easily.

The flowers in the fabric were too large so I adjusted the size to make them smaller, made the picture black and white, remove the black colour as much as possible and ended up with this.

As you can see, the original fabric has larger flowers than the picture above.

Then I traced it on a piece of linen.

I chose some matching colours in green.

And I started embroidery using chain stitch for the petals and stem stitch for the stems.

Voila the embroidery!

I stretched the embroidery on a ironing board and steamed it to get it as flat as possible.

Detail of the embroidery.

Side to side with the fabric.

Making the bag

Materials

  • 10 1/2 x 9 inch in designer fabric
  • 12 1/2 x 11 in of linen or plain fabric for the embroidery
  • 1 1/2 in velcro
  • 45 in x 2 1/2 in strip in linen for the strap
  • 45 in ribbon for the strap
  • 45 in x 1 in of batting for the strap
  • 3 in x 4 1/2 in linen and again the same size in the designer fabric for the tab
  • 2 1/2 x 4 in of fusible interfacing for the tab
  • 20 x 8 1/2 in of fusible interfacing
  • 21 1/2 x 10 in of batting plus a 9 in x 5 in for reinforcement
  • 20 1/2 x 9 in of linen for the lining

I used Pellon Peltex 71F for the interfacing with is very hard

Cut the embroidery panel to 10 1/2 x 9 inch down from 12 1/2 x 11 in.

Cut another rectangle the same size, ie 10 1/2 in x 9 in.

Sew both panels on the bottom edge paying attention to which way the pattern goes, eg with the flowers up if using flowers.

Pin, stitch and press with seams open.

Attach the interfacing to the fabric using manufacturer’s instructions.

At this stage the bag starts getting a bit harder to handle because of the interfacing stiffness.

Lining

Cut

  • 21 1/2 x 10 in of batting plus a 9 in x 5 in for reinforcement
  • 20 1/2 x 9 in of linen for the lining

Place as per picture and stitch leaving a 1/4 in seam allowance.

Trim excess batting off.

Press the lining well.

Fold it in half to find the middle point.

Pin on the middle line.

Place the small piece of batting in the middle as per picture.

Stitch.

If necessary, trim excess batting off.

Now the lining is ready, cut a 1 1/2 in piece of velcro.

Place one of the pieces in the middle of the panel as per picture, at 2 inches from the top edge.

Stitch around the velcro.

Strap

Cut

  • 45 in x 2 1/2 in strip of linen fabric
  • 45 in x 1 in batting
  • 45 in of ribbon in a matching colour

Start by placing the batting in the middle of the strip of linen fabric.

Fold both sides of the linen strip in as per picture and pin.

Then, over the seam line, start removing the pin, cover the line with the ribbon and pin back. You could do both things at once rather than in two steps but I think it is easier to manage in two steps.

The stitch along each side of the ribbon and again very close to each edge of the linen strap.

Making the tab

Cut

  • 3 in x 4 1/2 in linen and again
  • 3 in x 4 1/2 in designer fabric for the tab
  • 2 1/2 x 4 in of fusible interfacing for the tab

Take the linen piece and attach the other piece of velcro close to the edge and centered as per picture.

Then attach the fusible interfacing as per manufacturing instructions to the wrong side of the linen fabric.

Place the designer fabric and linen fabric right sides together as per picture and stitch leaving a 1/4 in seam allowance.

Turn inside out and stitch around the tab as close to the edge as you can.

Place the tab as per picture centered in the middle of the top edge of what will be the bag.

Stitch along the top.

Now fold the panel in half and pin.

Stitch along opposite sides leaving the top open.

Turn inside out and press.

Fold the lining in half as per photo and stitch along the sides leaving the top open.

Leave a 4 in opening on one of the sides to turn the bag inside out.

Now place the straps on each side of the bag.

Pin.

Insert the bag inside of the lining as per picture.

Pin along the top edge and stitch well.

Turn the bag inside out through the 4 in opening in the lining.

Fold the edges of the lining hole in and pin.

Stitch to close.

Push the lining inside the bag.

Press the bag again.

The bag is done.

Painting brush roll up case tutorial

This painting brush roll up case can be done using the thread sketches I did last two posts or just with plain fabric.

The sizes given are for a roll up case that uses the thread sketches pieces.

Square Miro sketch.

Square Picasso sketch.

Now stitch together.

Iron flat.

At this stage your rectangle will be about 10 1/2 in x 21 3/4 in.

Cut a 4 1/2 in x 21 1/4 in strip.

Pin to the top of the rectangle.

Stitch and iron flat.

You will obtain a 15 in x 21 3/4 in rectangle approximately.

Now cut another rectangle the same size as the previous one for the inside/lining.

Pockets

Cut a 21 3/4in x 7in rectangle for the pockets.

Make a seam on the top edge by rolling 1/4 inches in and then again. Top stitch.

Place the pocket rectangle over the lining piece.

Pin to the bottom edge.

Using a pen, mark the pocket inserts. Make marks at different intervals from 1 1/2 inches to 1/4 inches.

Stitch along the lines.

Now place a 21 inch piece of ribbon over the lining at about the middle of the rectangle’s short side.

Place the sketches side over the lining with both right sides of lining and sketches facing together.

Pin the ribbon in place.

Pin all around.

Stitch all around leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Leave a 3 inch opening to turn inside out.

Trim the corners.

Turn inside out.

Iron well.

Top stitch all around at 1/4 in from the edge.

Stitch a button next to the ribbon.

The roll up is done.

Place your brushes inside.

Fold the top over to prevent the brushes from falling off.

Roll up the folder and you’re done!

Miro thread sketching tutorial

This tutorial follows from the previous thread sketching tutorial I made. I will use both resulting sketches to make an item. If you prefer you can just make a placemat out of this sketch.

To do thread sketching you only need to have a machine that can have the feed dogs down while you stitch away so you can move your piece wherever way you want.

Materials

  • Some fabric scraps
  • Stabiliser (printing paper will do)
  • Thread in a contrasting colour. I used cream because my fabric was black but black on white/cream will work too
  • Miro painting outline (pdf)

Instructions

Print pattern. The pattern will print over 2 pages. You will need to trim one of the pages to the right or left, depending on the page you trim, align pages together and stick together with some tape.

Now cut a piece of fabric as large as the pattern.

Note: My piece of fabric is larger than the pattern because I trimmed the pattern as it was aligned to the top and I wanted it centered but I did that after I cut the piece of fabric using the pattern as a guide.

Pin well.

This time I did not add another piece of paper to the back because I thought it may not be necessary.

Now stitch along the lines one first time using free motion.

This time I only stitch through the design once to see if it was any easier to remove the paper.

Remove paper.

Easier said than done! I almost gave up and threw this piece in the bin.

Some thoughts about using paper as stabiliser

It is not always easier to use paper than it is to use proper stabiliser. This could be helped with shorter stitches perhaps.

This pattern had more lines than the Picasso sketch I did last time so it was more time consuming. I put the whole thing in water in the end and yes, it was easier to remove the paper but bits still got trapped in the stitches.

It looked like this.

In the end I think I had an eureka moment and I decided to turn the piece around. I used a solid fabric and you couldn’t tell which side was up.

This is what the back looked like.

Finishing the sketching

Now it was time to finish up the piece by adding some fancy stitching, mostly zigzag stitch, on different areas.

You will need some stabiliser on the back for this step but that’s fine because if you don’t get it all out it doesn’t matter as it will be hidden.

So pin the paper to the back of the piece.

So I went over all lines and added zig zag stitches here and there and also some straight stitches too.

So this is what the sketched looked like after I finished.

I’ll be using both sketches to make a brush case holder in next tutorial.