Category Archives: easy sewing project

Stipple quilted hot water bottle cover tutorial

Note: I’ve made these in two slightly different ways. Check also the second tutorial for a hot water bottle cozy.

Materials

2 coordinated fat quarters, one for the cover and 1 for the bias tape for the border.

Instructions

The cover will have an opening at the back.

The cover is made of 3 pieces sewn together with a border.

Cutting

Fold the fat quarter in 2 right sides together and place exactly half of the hot water bottle on top of the fold.

Draw around  half the bottle leaving 1 inch all around.

Cut the fabric to obtain a symmetrical piece.

To cut the 2 pieces for the back use the front piece as a model but cut across 2/3 of the way on the long side and  and add 1 1/2 inch to the small piece that goes on the bottom part.

Stipple quilting

Make a quilt sandwich with some muslin at the back and proceed to stipple quilt the 3 pieces.

When finished, cut off the batting edges.

Bias

Buy ready made bias or make your own. For double folded bias, strips should be 2 inch wide.

Sew bias to the edges of the opening at the back.

Assemble

Put the 3 pieces wrong side together. The long back piece should be placed over the short piece.

Sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Once the 3 pieces are sewn together, sew the bias all around the edges.

See my other hot water bottle cozy tutorials

Quilted hot water bottle cozy


Patchwork hot water bottle cozy tutorial


Embroidered hot water bottle cover

Rainbow pencil roll tutorial

Pencil case with 24 pockets for 24 colour pencils. Use each pocket for a different colour and find the right colour quickly!

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Materials

24 strips of fabric measuring 1 1/12 x 11 inches

24′ x 7′ for the pocket, folded in half

24′ x 11′ for the back

24′ x 11′ one sided fusible interface or flannel

Stitch strips together and iron resulting rectangle with seams open.

Fuse to the fusible interface.

Fold pocket fabric in half and stitch the top at 1/4′ from the top.

Elastic band

Button

1

Place backing and stripped and pocket side facing together.

Place elastic band on one side with hoop facing inside.

Pin and stitch leaving a 1/4 seam allowance and leaving an opening in one side of about 8-10 cms.

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Turn inside out and iron flat. Top stitch around the rectangle  very close to the edge.

Make pockets for each pencil following the strips and stitching up and down in a continuous fashion.

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Sew a button on the back, close to the elastic band.

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This tutorial is based on ideas and instructions collected from these sites:

Tutorial in French: Housse à crayons

More headbands and Tooth Fairy pillows

Heather Bailey’s Freshcut reversible headband

Two Tooth Fairy pillows for some friends

Spring chicken softie

My daughter and I made this spring chicken. Based on a Sew, Mama, Sew pattern using Heather Bailey’s Freshcut range of fabrics.

Free-motion stipple quilting: take 2

I had done a bit of free motion quilting a while back and then I quilted 2 17′ cushions last weekend.

I was a bit scared at first because it looked hard but I’ve changed my mind. It’s actually quite easy… after you get the hang of it.

I read somewhere you need to do about 100 hours before you are good at it. Now, I don’t think you need 100 hours but you probably need to do about a surface of about 45′ x 45′ to start developing a reasonable technique. At least that’s how much I stipple quilted before I became confident.

These Heather Bailey cushions will match my Quilt Along quilt. I think that my technique has improved since the last weekend’s cushions.

Cushion I
Detail from cushion I
Detail from cushion I
Cushion II
Detail from cushion II
Detail from cushion II
Detail from cushion II
Cushion III
Detail from cushion III
Detail from cushion III