Pointy kitty softie

Download free pattern by Wee Wonderfuls.

My earlier Pointy kitty.

Laptop slipcover with strap tutorial

This slipcover is for an 11-inch MacBook Air. To adapt this tutorial to your laptop, measure your laptop around for height and width and divide each measurement by 2 and add one more inch to allow for seams. The resulting figure is the front and back rectangles.

For example my laptop is 11.8 inches x 7.56 inches. If I add about an inch, and I square the measurements, I get 2 rectangles of about 9 in x 13 1/4 in.

Fabric needs

Front

  • 2 x 2 1/2 in strips in black and white
  • 2 x 1 in strip in red stripes
  • 1 x 4 1/4 in strip in red with white spots

Back and lining

  • one 9 in x 13 1/4 in rectangle in matching black fabric
  • two 9 in x 13 1/4 in rectangles for the lining

Other

  • Cotton quilting batting
  • 2 x 1 in D rings
  • 2 x 1 in swivel hooks
  • 1 x 18 in zipper in cream
  • Extra black fabric for the strap
  • Double sided iron-on interfacing for the letters
  • Fusible interfacing for the strap
  • Embroidery stabiliser for the applique

Lettering

Font used: Lobster

Assemble the front as per photo.

Follow the tutorial* How to make a lined zippered pouch for instructions on how to attach the zipper and the lining.

* The pouch in the tutorial does not have any batting in it. Insert this step before stitching all around the lining:

  • add a layer of batting to each side between the lining and the outside and stitch to the wrong side of the outside fabric.

The bag is finished.

Now let’s add a strap.

You will need to make 2 small tabs to hold the D rings.

Cut 2 rectangles of 2in x 8in from the black fabric and the fusible interfacing. Iron the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric, then fold 1/4 inch from each side to the inside and told in half again. Top stitch along the sides of the tab tucking in the raw endings. Put the tab through the D-ring and stitch the facing sides of the tabs together as per photo below.

For the strap, cut a 2 1/2 in x 34 in stripe of fabric and fusible interfacing. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric. Do as you did for the tabs ironing 1/4 inch to the inside of the strap on each side and then fold the strap in half. Top stitch strap and tuck both endings to the inside.

Pass the strap through the swivel hook and stitch across to hold the swivel hook in place.

Attach the tabs to the slipcover. I stitched them by hand because my machine couldn’t take that many fabric layers and batting.

Done.

Wonky log cabin tutorial


Materials

Front

  • Scrap fabrics
  • Cream fabric for sashing

Back

  • Scrap fabrics
  • Cream fabric for sashing
  • 1 yard of matching fabric

Wonky log cabin block construction

The final block size is 9 inches.

Cut a wonky piece of fabric for the centre piece.

Cut two more wonky pieces to attach to the side of the centre.

Cut both pieces slightly larger than the sides of the centre square.

Sew and square sides.

Repeat with the other two sides.

Square sides again.

Calculate how much fabric is needed in the last border to complete a 9 inch block.

Repeat as for previous steps cutting and attaching the pieces around the centre.

Cut strips long enough so that some fabric is left over around, particularly for very wonky blocks.

Square finished and ironed block to 9 inches and cut.

Sashing

Cut 24 2 1/2 x 9 inch strips
Cut 12 x 2 1/2 squares scrap fabric photos
Construct quilt as per photo

Back of quilt

Materials

  • 30 4 inch squares
  • 4 x 1 1/2 inch strips cut along the whole width of the fabric in cream for the sashing
  • 2 x 2 1/2 inch strips cut along the whole width of the fabric in cream for the sashing and a bit more for the short sides of the grid

Assemble as per photo.

Quilt as per your choice.

Panda pillow tutorial

I followed the tutorial in French and pattern at Cré enfantin except for the head which I drew myself because I wanted to make it large enough so that a child could use it as a bed pillow.

Materials

  • 2 colour fabrics on white and black
  • felt scraps in black
  • Heat n Bond for the eyes, nose and inside of ears
  • thick cotton thread for the mouth
  • polyfill

The width of the pillow is 17 inches. The size of the head in the original pattern though is proportional to the body. You need to increase the panda head on the pattern to a width of 17 inches or draw one by hand instead like me.

Pieces

You need:

Limbs

  • 4 arm pieces, cut 2 out of each colour (patte superieure) – cut 2 to with the curve facing right and 2 with the curve facing left
  • 4 leg pieces, cut 2 out of each colour (patte inferieure) – cut 2 to with the curve facing right and 2 with the curve facing left

Eyes

  • 2 black felt ovals for the centre of the eye
  • 2 white/cream pieces
  • 2 black pieces
  • 2 pieces for the head, white/cream for the front, black for the back

Ears

  • 4 ear pieces in black
  • 2 ear pieces in white/cream for the inside

Body

  • 2 pieces in black, one for the back and one for the torax (corps and poitrail)
  • 1 white/cream piece for the abdomen (corps)

Tail and nose

  • 1 round white piece (queue)
  • 1 black triangle for the nose

Assembly

All seam allowances are 1/4 inch.

Cut all the applique pieces and iron on the panda’s face and ears.

Stitch pieces in place using cream/white thread.

Stitch around the mouth with thick black cotton.

Stitch panda’s ears right sides together and turn inside out.

Place back and front of head right sides together and pin the ears in place with the ear touching the right sides of the head. Pin sides of head and stitch around leaving a 4 inch opening at the neck level.

Turn head inside out and fill with polyfill.

Assemble the body as per final photo.

Arms are very tiny and quite difficult to turn inside out.

Fill body and attach to head as per photo.

Christmas tree softie tutorial (old version)

There are a number of tree softies tutorials around which I used to come up with my tree softies in 3 sizes. Some of them are listed here

On the other hand, if you’re interested in an improved version of the softie that sits a lot better, see my Patchwork Christmas tree softie tutorial (photo below). If you’re not interested in the patchwork that’s fine, you can still use the method to produce a tree softie just as easily.

Materials for the old version of my tree softie

Fabric scraps in matching colours

Cutting

Make two triangles with the following measurements:

Large triangle

  • Base 6 inches
  • Height 9 inches

Cut a rectangle 9 in x 12 in *

Small triangle

  • Base 5 7/8 inches
  • Height 7 1/2 inches

Cut a rectangle 7 1/2 in x 12 in *

Optional: Larger triangle (see bottom set of trees at the bottom of this tutorial)

  • Base 7 inches
  • Height 10 inches

Cut one rectangle 14 in x 10 in *

I’m using 2 fabrics for each tree to make the rectangles above. When using 2 fabrics, add 1/4 seam allowance to each side of the fabric.

Stitch fabrics leaving 1/4 seam allowance.

Either cut the rectangles in half or fold in half with right sides together.

Place rectangles on top as a guide and cut using a rotary cutter and a square ruler.

Turn inside out and add any embellishments such as ric rac or leave as is.

Fill with polyfill.

Use the cone to draw a circle on carboard and cut.  Use the cardboard to cut a felt round.

Place a stone inside to weight the tree, then the cardboard and finally the felt.

Stitch the base to the sides with matching cotton thread.

The fabrics match the my Little Forest wall hanging.

TeresaDownUnder

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