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Chibitronics® Fabric Card

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Chibitronics Fabric Card

 

Supplies for Chibitronics® Fabric Card

Chibi Lights LED Circuit Stickers by Chibitronics

Fabric & Felt scraps

Stick fusible web by Fairfield Processing

Cardstock for backing

Thread

Spellbinders dies and die cut machine

Sewing Machine

Non-stick crafting sheet

Basic sewing, cutting, measuring and pressing tools & supplies

How to for Chibitronics® Fabric Card

Following the manufacturer’s directions; apply fusible web to the back of the green felt, green, and gold fabric.

Cut the following:

Cardstock: one  4 by 6 inch rectangle,

Green felt: one 4 by 6 inch rectangle, one 1 1/4 inch circle, One Bird and Birdcage using Spellbinders® dies and die cutting machine

Green print fabric: one 4 by 6 rectangle

Gold print fabric 3 by 5 inch rectangle

White fabric – one 1 1/4 inch square

Place the white fabric behind the opening in the birdcage and fuse.

Using a 1 inch circle die, cut out the bottom right corner from the gold fabric.

Place the birdcage on top of the gold print fabric and mark the location of the white fabric square. Cut a 1 inch square from the gold fabric.

With the crafting sheet behind the gold fabric, press the birdcage, bird to the front of the gold fabric.  Top stitch the birdcage and around the edge of the fold fabric as desired

Following the manufacturer’s instructions; place the copper tape, and LED sticker on top of the green print fabric, being sure to center the LED sticker under the birdcage. The cell battery will be placed within the circle cutout on the bottom right corner. Note: The copper tape at the start of the circuit will be placed directly on top of the green print fabric and then covered with a piece of the black conductive plastic sheet, then the battery, it will end with the copper tape being placed on top of the cell battery. The cell battery will then be covered with the 1 1/4 inch green felt circle. 

Using the point of your iron, fuse the green felt circle around the outside edges of the battery to secure temporarily. Carefully stitch around the 1 1/4 inch circle, encasing the battery permanently. Press your finger over the circle and apply pressure and the birdcage should light up. Test this before stitching the circle.

Trim the edge of the green fabric using pinking shears and cutting slightly away from the gold fabric and battery, leaving a border approximately 1/4 inch wide.

Fuse the green print fabric to the top of the green felt rectangle. Fuse the green rectangle to the cardstock backing. Do this very carefully so as not to damage the circuit.

This post is part of the Designer Crafts Connection bloghop. To see what my designer friends have created click on:  Designer Crafts Connection  You will see a list of designers involved in this project.  Great ideas using Chibitronics® LED Circuit Stickers.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer WindowScape Pillow

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Summer Pillow WindowScape

 Summer WindowScape Pillow

Nothing says Summer like laying  in a hammock, whether at the beach or in your very own backyard. Our backyard hammock has honestly seen better days as our yard is filled with trees and all that comes with that type of landscape. The covers quickly become sun worn and just plain dirty from yard debri. I’ve tried scrubbing and pressure washing them and frankly just got tired of buying new covers so decided to make my own ‘slipcover’ for our existing hammock. This way I can take it inside when not in use as well as throw it in the wash when the need arises. Stay tuned for the hammock post coming soon on the Fairfield World site. Back to the Summer WindowScape Pillow. Once I finished the slip cover I knew I needed a new pillow so this post is about that pillow. I love birds and I love window panes and frankly with the heat index so high lately I just might do the bird watching from my air conditioned house. Anyway when I found this fun ‘bird on a twig’ fabric I decided to combine it with my love of window panes and create this fun addition to my hammock makeover. Full step by step diagrams and measurements as well as a detailed list of supplies will have you up and sewing in no time at all. Good Luck dear friends and be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this post as this project is part of the Designer Crafts Connection BlogHop and you won’t want to miss my fellow designer’s posts as you hop back and forth.

Supplies:

½ yard Outdoor Fabric – Pillow Front

1/8 yard Outdoor Fabric – Window Framing

½ yard Outdoor Fabric – Backing & Ties

Poly-Fil® Soft Touch® 16 inch x 20 inch Pillow Insert

Velcro® Sew On tape – 12 inches

Thread

Sewing Machine

Basic Sewing, Cutting, Measuring & Pressing Tools/Supplies

How To:

Cut the following:

  • Window Panels: Two 10 ½ (w) x 13 ½ (h) rectangles from print fabric. Note: take the time to space the design within the window framing. ie: In example the birds are spaced within the window panes.
  • Framing Strips: One 1 ½ inch strip x width of the fabric and one 4 ½ inch x width of the fabric from the framing fabric.
  • Backing & Ties: One 16 ½ inch (w) x 17 ½ (h) and one 10 ½ inch (w) x 17 ½ inch from the backing fabric. Additionally cut four 1 ½ inch x 20 inch strips for the ties.
  1. Cut a 13 ½ length from the 1 ½ framing strip cut earlier. With right sides together stitch it between the two window panels.  Press the seams towards the window panels. Diagram A  Note: All seams are ½ inch wide.
  2. With right sides together and pressing after each seam, pressing the seam towards the inside of the window panel; sew a framing strip along the top edge of the pillow front, then the two sides. Trim excess materials before adding the next strip. With right sides together, sew a 4 ½ inch strip along the bottom edge of the pillow. Press the seam towards the inside of the window panel. Trim excess material even with the edges of the pillow front. Diagrams B & C
  3. Top stitch along the inside edges of the window panel, stitching 3/8 of an inch in from the framing strips. Diagram D
  4. Fold each of the 1 ½ inch strips cut for the ties in half lengthwise, right sides out and press. Open the fold and bring each of the raw edges in towards the fold line, refold and press well. Top stitch each of the folded strips to secure folds.  Diagram E
  5. Pin two strips side by side with the first strip placed 4 inches in from the center framing strip on the right side of the pillow front. Pin well. Repeat using the remaining two strips and pinning them to the opposite side of the pillow front. Diagram F
  6. Using the 16 ½ inch x 17 ½ inch backing piece, turn under the left side 1 inch. Repeat turning it under a second time. Press well. Center the hook side of the Velcro® on top of the seam, on the wrong side of the pillow backing and top stitch along either side, catching the edges of the Velcro® as you sew. Using the 10 ½ inch x 17 ½ inch backing piece, turn under the right side 1 inch. Repeat turning it under a second time. Press well. Center the loop side of the Velcro® on top of the seam, on the right side of the pillow backing and top stitch along either side, catching the edges of the Velcro® as you sew.  Diagrams G & H
  7. With right sides together, pin the pillow front to the pillow back. Stitch around the outside edge using a ½ inch seam. To reinforce, stitch a second row ¼ out from the first row. Clip corners. Diagram I
  8. Turn the pillow right side out and press well. Insert Pillow.

 

Summer WindowScape Pillow

This post is part of the Designer Crafts Connection bloghop. To see what my designer friends have created click on the Designer Crafts Connection badge on the left side of my page. You will be able to hop forward and backward and see inspirational projects using Fairfield World’s wonderful pillow inserts.

 

Sewing Accessory Tote with JOY lettering

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Sewing Scissor ToteOne can never have enough bags and totes to carry all those necessary items one needs when going to a sewing retreat. I thought since I used this fun scissor fabric I would utilize this tote for my cutting tools. I liked the idea of placing a bold monogram on my tote and the iron on letters provided by JOY USA worked perfectly. 

Supplies:

Joy letters of your choice

1/4 yard natural canvas fabric

1/4 yard of cotton print fabric

1/4 yard iron on medium weight interfacing

One 10″ zipper

1/4 yard of 1/4 inch ribbon or cord

Basic Sewing, Cutting, Pressing and Measuring supplies and tools

How to:

Cut the following:

Canvas Fabric (top panels) – cut two rectangles of canvas fabric 6″ x 12″

Print Fabric – (bottom panels) cut two rectangles 6″ x 12″,  (lining) one rectangle 21″ x 12″ , (zipper tabs) two rectangles 1″ x 3″

Interfacing – cut four rectangles 6″ x 12″

  1. Following the manufacturer’s directions, fuse the  interfacing to the back of the canvas and print fabric of similar size.
  2. With right sides together, stitch the top panels to the bottom panels. Press the seams towards the bottom panels. Note: All seams unless otherwise noted are 1/2″
  3. Top stitch along the horizontal seams, stitching 1/4 inch away from the seam line.
  4. Attach a zipper foot to your machine. Place one zipper strip on each end of the zipper, right sides together. Open up the zipper and stitch right up against the tabs on either end. Stitch the zipper tabs in place, sewing the seam along both the top and bottom zipper stops. Press the zipper tabs away from the zipper at each end.
  5. Turn under 1/2 inch along the top edges of the front and back panels. Center the zipper between the two panels. The zipper should be placed appx. 1/4 inch away from the zipper teeth. Stitch the zipper in place..
  6. Trim away excess fabric from the tabs, trimming them even with the sides of the tote.
  7. Open the zipper halfway. With right sides together, fold the two panels, aligning the bottom hem and sides. Pin, then stitch.
  8. Center JOY lettering on the front of the tote and following the manufacturer’s directions fuse in place.
  9. Boxing the corners: Fold the corners of the tote so the side and bottom seams align, forming triangles. Measure 2 inches in from the points of the triangle and draw a line across the corners. Stitch along the drawn lines.  Trim 1/2 inch away from the stitched lines. Turn the tote right side out.
  10. Fold the lining in half, right sides together. Stitch along both sides. Press a crease line along the bottom edge. (this will aid in the next step)
  11. Following the instructions above, box the corners of the lining.
  12. Turn under the top edge of the lining 3/4 of an inch and press.
  13. Insert the lining into the bag, wrong sides together and slip stitch the lining in place next to the zipper. Note: Leave the inside corners of the lining free to allow for some ease.
  14. Fold ribbon or cord in half and insert into zipper pull. Tie the ribbon ends together.

This post is part of the Designers Craft Connection bloghop. To see what my designer friends have created click on the Designer Craft Connection badge on the left side of my page. You will be able to hop forward and backward and see inspirational projects using JOY lettering.

 

 

 

Wedding Scape with Decorative Trimmings

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Decorative Trimmings Outdoor Wedding Scape Final

Two of my four brothers were married in April, so April just says wedding to me. Through the combination of burlap ribbon in two widths, and assorted trims from Decorative Trimmings I created a table runner, napkin rings, chair bows with place cards and covered a lampshade for intimate lighting. Whether you choose to sew or glue your own table accessories, choosing the right trims for your project might not be so easy as the selection is just wonderful. In my post I will walk you through how to create your very own napkin rings and table runners.

Decorative Trimmings Outdoor Wedding Scape Closeup

Supplies:


Assorted trims from Decorative Trimmings

4 & 6 inch wide burlap ribbon

Two 1/2 inch buttons

Glue gun & glue sticks

Sewing machine as well as ironing, measuring and sewing supplies.

Napkin Ring How To:

Cut one 6 inch length of 4 inch burlap ribbon for each napkin ring.

Stitch trims to the burlap ribbon, starting at the center point and working your way to the edge of the ribbon. The number of trims will be determined by the width of each trim you have chosen.

Fold the burlap ribbon in half, right sides together and stitch using a 1/2 inch seam. Turn right side out.

Create a figure eight loop of trim. Glue the bow, topped with a button to the center top of the napkin ring.

Table Runner How To:

Determine the length of the table runner by measuring the table and adding the drop down each side. Add 2 inches to the measurement and cut a piece of 6 inch wide burlap this length.

In the sample project, trim was stitched 1 inch from either edge down the length of the ribbon. A second row of trim was then stitched along the inside edge of the first rows.

Fold each of the runner ends in half right sides together and stitch using a 1/2 inch seam. Turn right side out and press carefully, forming a point at each end.

 

Sew simple yet so elegant,  Lorine

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This post is part of the Designers Craft Connection bloghop. To see what my designer friends have created click on the Designer Craft Connection badge on the left side of my page. You will be able to hop forward and backward and see inspirational projects using a variety of elegant trims from Decorative Trimmings.

 

Giant Spring Flowers with oly-fun™

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Making giant flowers to use as chair back accents, to hang in trees, place on your front door or used as a table centerpiece is sew simple and a great idea to dress up your table or your home for Spring. I used oly-fun™ as it is cost effective and comes in so many delightfully Spring-like colors. Full size patterns and step by step written instructions as well as diagrams will help you achieve success from your first flower to your tenth. I would love to see these flowers utilized as wedding decor. They would look great as an alternative to the traditional pew bow, but honestly the options are limitless as changing the size is simply a matter of placing the pattern on your copy machine and creating whatever size you can imagine. Have fun!

 

Supplies:

oly-fun™ – Orchid, Lemon Drop, Bubblegum, Sea Green, Snow Drop

Floral wire & Wire cutters

White thread

Glue Gun

Basic sewing, cutting and pressing tools

How to:

A.  Using the patterns* and measurements provided cut out the flower petals, center ruffle and stamen strips.

B.  Top stitch using white thread around each petal

C.  Using a needle and thread with a knot on one end, stitch the five largest petals together using a large gathering stitch. Draw up the thread and distribute the gathers. Stitch back into the flower center to secure the gathers and trim away any excess thread.

D. Repeat stitching and gathering together the four smaller petals.

E.  Using a needle and thread with a knot on one end, stitch along one edge of the center ruffle using a large gathering stitch.

F.  Draw up the thread and distribute the gathers. Stitch back into the ruffle to secure the gathers and trim away any excess thread. Using the glue gun, add a drop of glue to the open edge of the center ruffle.

G. Wrap one of the  1/2″ strips around itself to form 8″ wide loops, continue until all three strips have been used. Wrap a piece of wire around the center of the loops and twist the ends together, gathering the loops together tightly at the center point. Trim away excess wire and flatten the wire ends against the back of the flower.

H. Stack the flower layers on top of each other, adding glue and pressing until the glue sets between each of the layers.

Depending on the intended use of the flowers you may want to add a tie or hanging loop. Finish your flower with a 3″ circle of matching oly-fun™ to cover the center back of the flower.

*If you would like a copy of the patterns, leave a comment with your request and I will send the pdf to you…..

 

 

Giant Spring Flower

 

This project is part of the Designer Craft Blog Connection so please take the time to see what my fellow designers have come up with to show off  all things possible with ribbon.  The icon is along the side of my blog post. Simply click forward or backward to check out what they have created.  Leaving a message is always appreciated.

Lorine

Pleated Ribbon Pillow

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Offray LogoFinal Offray Ribbon

Turn simple grosgrain ribbon into a gorgeous pleated pillow masterpiece. A little math and you are on your way with complete diagrams and step by step directions.  I promise it is not that difficult.


Supplies:

Offray grosgrain ribbon – 3″ wide Navy & White, Buttons,Poly-fil® pillow form or Poly-fil® premium polyester stuffing, 1/2 yard of cotton fabric plus basic sewing, cutting and ironing supplies.

How to:

Determine the finished pillow size. To do this, take into consideration the width of the ribbon ie: Ribbon that is 3″ wide when folded will create folded  designs 3″ square. Use multiples of the 3 inches when deciding the finished size of the pillow you wish to create. The featured pillow is 15 x 21 inches.

A.  Cut ribbon three times longer than the width of the finished pillow plus 6 inches. ie: finished pillow will be 21 wide , cut ribbon 3 x 21 + 6 = 69 inches.  The pillow will be 15 inches in height so you will need 5 rows of ribbon. Starting 3″ inches from one end, place marks on the top and bottom edges of the ribbon, spacing the marks 3 inches apart. Note: If you were using a different width of ribbon you would alter the length of the spaces to match the width of the ribbon.

B. Fold the first set of markings to match the second set of markings and pin. Fold the third set of markings back towards the second set and pin. This is the first box pleat. Continue folding from left to right and then right to left until you have created the required number of box pleats. In the case of the project pillow that number would be seven.

C.  Using a thread and needle; Stitch through the center of each pleat, being sure to stitch through all layers of the ribbon. Note: The stitching is marked in red on the diagram.

D.  Turn the pleated ribbon over to what will become the front.

E.  Bring the top and bottom edges of the ribbon to meet at the center point, secure by stitching a button through all layers of the ribbon.

F.  Lay the completed strip of pleated ribbon over the top of another length of ribbon. In the case of the project, a contrasting color was used.

G.  Cut a length of fabric for the pillow front 1″ larger than the length and width of the pillow. ie: Finished pillow will be 15″ x 21″. Cut pillow front 16″ x 22″. Center the ribbon strips on top of the pillow front fabric. Stitch between and at the center of each of the pleated areas. Be sure to stitch through all layers of the ribbon and fabric.

H.  Cut two pieces of fabric for the pillow backing. Cut one the height of the pillow plus 1 inch x the width of the pillow plus 8 inches. Cut the second piece the height of the pillow plus 1 inch x the width of the pillow + 3 inches. ie: The project pillow is 15″ x 21″, cut one piece 15″ + 1″ = 16″ by 21″ + 8 = 29″ cut the second piece 15″ +1″ = 16″ by 21″ +3 = 24″. Turn over 1 inch along one of the side edges of each piece and press. Turn over a second time and top stitch.

I.  With the pillow front laying face up on a flat surface, cover with the two pillow back sections, overlapping the center edges. Stitch around the outside edge. Clip corners and turn right side out. Insert pillow form.

Depending on the finished size of the pillow you may not be able to purchase a pillow form. To make a custom size of  pillow form; cut two pieces of cotton fabric 1 inch larger than the width and length of the finished pillow. With right sides together, stitch around the outside edges, leaving a 4 inch opening. Clip corners and turn right side out. Fill with poly-fil® premium polyester stuffing to desired fullness. Stitch the opening closed. Insert the pillow form into finished pillow.

Pleated Ribbon Pillow

 Pleated Ribbon Pillow

This project is part of the Designer Craft Blog Connection so please take the time to see what my fellow designers have come up with to show off  all things possible with ribbon.  The icon is along the side of my blog post. Simply click forward or backward to check out what they have created.  Leaving a message is always appreciated.

Lorine

Smoothfoam™ Holiday Ball

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Bowl Full of Jelly

Supplies:

One 3 inch diameter Smoothfoam­™ Ball, Red Acrylic craft paint, Paintbrush,Twelve inches of 1 inch wide Black Nylon Webbing, One White Buckle, Three 1/4 inch black buttons, Glue gun, Hot Air gun or blow dryer.

How To:

1.  Paint the ball using the paintbrush and acrylic paint. It will take more than one coat, be sure to let paint dry between coats. HINT:  Insert a needle into the top of the ball and insert a piece of thread through the eye of the needle. Hang the ornament to dry between coats of paint.

2.  To achieve the stippled look. Heat the surface of the ball using a hot air gun. Do this very carefully, starting at least six inches away from the ball and moving closer as you watch the ‘cells’ puff up from the heat. If the cells puff up and reveal the white surface of the ball, simply apply another coat of paint. (See closeup photo below instructions)

3. Slide the buckle onto the webbing and turn under the end of the webbing and glue.

4. Attach the belt to the ornament with glue gun.

5. Attach buttons to the front of the ornament, centering them above and below the belt.

6. Insert a hanger into the top of the ornament.  Note: This particular brand of hanger was spiraled on both ends with a bead. In this case, I opened up one end of the spiral and inserted it into the ball, removed it,  inserted glue into the hole and then reinserted the hanger.  Add a ribbon hanging loop if desired.

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by. I love comments…..

Lorine

 

Holiday Hot Pads

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Robert Kaufman Fat Quarters WatermarkedNothing says the holidays like homemade whether from your sewing machine or your oven and giving from your heart is always a good thing. Using these beautiful Robert Kaufman Winter’s Grandeur by Studio RK prints made choosing the prints to incorporate somewhat difficult. Creating sets of these fun hot pads is fairly simply, follow the step by step directions and in no time you will have a set all your own.  



Supplies:  Robert Kaufman Winter’s Grandeur by Studio RK, poly-fil®Natural Cotton Batting, Jumbo rick rack, Double fold bias tape or create your own, Sewing machine, iron and basic sewing and cutting tools.

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How to:

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Create a pattern using a piece of paper and cutting two 10″ x 7″ rectangles. Round the corners. Set one pattern piece aside (hot pad) and trim away 3 ” from the top edge of the second rectangle (hot pad pocket). Using the 10″ x 7″ pattern cut four rectangles from the fabric assortment and four pieces from the batting. Using the 7″ x 7″ pattern cut out four rectangles from the fabric assortment and two pieces from the batting. If creating your own bias tape, cut multiple 2″ wide bias strips.

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Lay the two pocket pieces right sides out  with the batting between.  Open the folds of the bias tape and sew to the back side of the pocket. Stitch, then press up from the seam line. Sew rick rack to the front side of the pocket using the seam line as a guide for placement.

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Refold the bias tape and topstitch over the seamline, securing the rick rack trim. Layer the hot pad pieces right sides out with the two layers of batting between. Lay the pocket on top of the hot pad and baste around the outside edges.

Robert Kaufman Fat Quarters2Pin or use clips to secure the bias binding to the edges of the hot pad, gently stretching the binding around the corners of the hot pad. Press as you work. Turn under the raw edge of the bias tape and overlap the ends. Top stitch around the circumference of the hot pad.

Robert Kaufman Fat Quarters

Topstitch along both edges of a 16″ length of bias tape. Fold in half and stitch to the top of the hot pad, covering the overlapped seam.

This project is part of the Designer Craft Blog Connection so please take the time to see what my fellow designers have come up with to show off this brand new line of cords.  The icon is along the side of my blog post. Simply click forward or backward to check out what they have created.  Leaving a message is always appreciated.

Lorine