This quilt was an excuse to improve my hand sewing skills and try out 25 different fabric manipulations. Often fabric manipulations look hard to do but in fact they are quite straightforward. The manipulations on this quilt are 5″ square. That satisfies my 2 main criteria: the piece, while small, it’s large enough to learn the technique and it’s quick to make too.
I have been asked many times how the quilt will withstand wear. I made this quilt in 2012 or 2013 and it’s still in good shape. I had it on a wall for a couple of years, and it’s been on a couch since I took it down. It survived a transcontinental move.
It’s true, I don’t handle it much and I haven’t washed it either.
You can see for yourself on the video that the fabric manipulations are still in very good condition.
This quilt is perfect as a fidget quilt.
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This is a quick project that particularly French teachers will enjoy. To complete the project you will need 5 store bought napkins and some stranded cotton for the lettering and drawings.
A few fabric scraps are enough to make this quick project. Use fabric with a large print for best results.
This project is very easy and perfect for a teacher or anyone who enjoys reading. I used felt die cuts and stranded cotton in matching colours.
This potholder is not difficult to make but it is time consuming so if you intend to make one set an afternoon aside to concentrate on it.
Fabric scraps and some batting is all you need to make this quick project.
I seem to have a soft spot for Christmas tree craft. I have done 5 types of Christmas trees using different techniques in the past three or four years.
One of my favourites is the Patchwork tree softie. This tree softie is made with the smallest of scraps and is super easy to make. You can even make a little forest in different sizes!
The easiest and quickest by far is possibly the Christmas tree softie. I recommend you use the Patchwork tree softie pattern instead of the one provided as the patchwork tree sits a lot better.
There’s a third tree softie I made last year using embroidery as the main technique. It is the Embroidered Christmas tree softie. I like the effect of using long and short stitch in a gradient.
Finally, if you prefer a no sew project I have made two trees this way using head pins and polystyrene cones.
The Snowed top Christmas tree was my first of this kind. Unfortunately I don’t have a pattern for this tree as it belongs in a book I contributed this project for.
And finally there is the No sew Christmas tree ornament that I made as I got into fabric manipulation (see my 41 fabric manipulations I have used in the making of 2 textured quilts). It uses fabric scraps, ribbon and sequins pinned to a polystyrene cone.
I hope you enjoy making these. And if you do please share a photo in my Flickr group.
Fabric, ribbon and heaps of headpins is all you need to make these 4 Christmas decorations. All of them are easy enough to make with young kids.
All four Christmas ornaments are made using a polystyrene shape, fabric or ribbon and head pins.
No sew Christmas tree
This treel is made with polystyrene cone, head pins, fabric, ribbon and sequins.
No sew Christmas ornament
This Christmas ball is made with with a ball covered by wide ribbon in matching colours attached to the ball using head pins.
No sew Christmas wreath
Use wide ribbon to make this wreath though it can be made as well with fabric folded as per instructions. For a more country look use checks fabric.
Quilted Christmas ball
These are called quilted Christmas ornaments and you can make them in different ways. My post shows you the simplest way to make a quilted Christmas ball.
Enjoy making these ornaments and show your pictures at TeresaDownUnder flickr group.