Easter crafty projects

Easter bunny basket

Do you have a lot of fabric scraps? This is your project then. I recommend using stronger interfacing for the ears, something you’d use for a handbag, to keep them up longer.

Funny bunny softie

I made this softie a long time ago but it’s still cute. It is easy enough as your first softie.

 

Spring chicken

This is a very funny chicken softie. The pieces a very large so it’s very easy and quick to make. It makes a great gift all year round too.

Romantic floral lap quilt free pattern: easy pattern for beginners

This quilt is as easy as it gets. The blocks are easy four patch. To make it even easier use pre cut charm squares.

For tips on how to sew accurately this block if you’re a beginner quilter, check out Quilt basics article. There is a section called Matching Intersecting Seams half way down the article that shows how to make the perfect 4 patch block.

Quilt finished size: 41 3/4 in x 53 1/4 in.

Materials

  • 2 charm packs (usually each pack contains 42 x 5 in squares) or 80 x 5 inch fabric squares
  • 1 yard of cream fabric for sashing
  • 45 in x 55 in backing fabric
  • 45 in x 55 in quilt batting
  • half yard for binding. You will need a long strip 2 in x 192 in

Instructions

This quilt has 20 four patch blocks.

Arrange the charm squares to your liking ensuring there’s enough contrast in the chosen fabrics.

You will be making 20 blocks like this one:

Stitch left and right squares together in two rows. Then stitch both rows together.

Once you have all 20 four patch blocks stitched, it’s time to add the sashing.

Cut and add the sashing

For the sashing you’ll need to cut

  • three 3 in x 53 1/4 in strips and
  • sixteen 3 in x 9 in strips.

Now let’s add the sashing.

Before you start, arrange the placement of the blocks on a flat surface.

Now take one block and  stitch a short strip to the bottom of the block.

Add the next block, and another short strip.

Do this 5 times until you have stitched 5 blocks in a column. Ensure that there is no sashing at the top and bottom of each column.

Do the steps above for make 3 more columns.

Now stitch the 4 columns using the long strips as per picture.

 

You’re almost done.

You just need to cut the batting and the backing fabric and quilt the three pieces together.

Machine binding

I have been machine binding my quilts lately. It takes a small fraction of time as compared to slip stitching them at the back.

To machine bind a quilt, you need to place the binding on the back of the quilt, aligned to the edge of the quilt, as opposed to stitching it to the front first.

For small lap quilts I don’t use binding cut on the bias but just cut straight from across the grain of the fabric.

To start, cut a strip about 225 in x 2 1/2 in. You’ll need to cut several strips and piece them together to obtain this length.

Fold the strip in half and iron well.

Take the quilt on the back and place the raw edge of the strip aligned with the quilt edge.

Mitered corners

Stitch all the way to the corner stopping at 1/4 in from the edge.

Now fold the strip up in a 45 degree angle as per picture.

Then fold the strip back aligning the fold with the top edge as per picture. Pin.

Now stitch all the way to the end again, stopping at 1/4 from the corner and do the same again for the next corner.

Once you have done the stitching your top will look like this.

Now fold the strip back over the top of the quilt. The binding will cover the raw edge all the way to covering the stitching line.

When you reach a corner, with your finger fold the mitred corner as per picture.  First fold in a 90 degree angle the binding at the corner.

And then fold back again as per picture making sure you align both corners.

Pin the whole quilt binding this way.

And now top stitch as close to the edge as possible.

The binding is done.

 

The quilt is finished!

Sweet Christmas tray cover

This is a tutorial for a pot holder or tray cover.

Materials

  • White linen fabric
  • Variegated embroidery floss for the lettering
  • Embroidery floss in pastel colours
  • Bias tape. Mine is homemade and is 1 7/8 in wide

Embroidery pattern

I used one of the 300 embroidery motifs in the last Aimee Ray’s last book: Doodle Stitching: The holiday motif collection. The words Sweet Christmas (pdf) are mine.
Embroidery stitch: stem stitch (watch video).

Measure your tray
All the measurements are for my tray. Yours will likely be different so you will have to measure it in the following way.
First measure the inside width and length.

The measurements of my tray are 12 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches for the base.

Cut a 13 in x 17 in rectangle from the linen fabric.

Trace the embroidery on the fabric.

Stitch using stem stitch and back stitch.

 

Trim the rectangle to the size of your tray base + 1/4 in.

 

Now cut the backing fabric using the embroidery piece as a measure and add 1 inch all around.

 

Use the backing piece to cut the batting roughly.

 

Pin the three pieces together and with the help of something round such as a bowl or a glass draw around each corner.

 

Quilt as desired. I used stipple quilting.

 

Then cut the round corners.

 

I made my own bias tape but you can use store bought bias tape. Make sure you measure all around your piece and cut enough tape to cover all sides plus 2 extra inches.

 

I will be stitching the bias tape by machine on both sides so I’ll start by pinning the bias tape on the backing side of the quilted piece.

 

You will need to use lots of pins for the corners.

 

Stitch all around and turn over.

Now pin the binding to the right side.

 

Use your machine to finish.

 

Done!

 

This binding method can look very neat.