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Monogrammed Bunny Bags

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Monogrammed Bunny Bags Favecrafts

Supplies for Monogrammed Bunny Bags:

Fairfield oly-fun in a variety of colors

Stick fusible web

14 inches of 1/4 inch ribbon for each bag

Sizzix® Big Shot™ die cut machine and lettering dies

Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies

How to make Monogrammed Bunny Bags:

Note:  All seams are 1/4 inch

Cut four 7 inch by 9 inch rectangles, two from white oly-fun (lining) each from two additional colors.

Cut four ears using the pattern, two from white and two from another color of your choice.

Cut out two 1 inch by 5 inch rectangles for the ribbon channels from white oly-fun.

Center white ears on top of  the larger ear cut out and stitch around the outside edge of the white. Fold the ear in half and stitch the dart closed. Repeat to create the second ear.

Place the ears onto the of the back bag pieces and baste in place. Cover with one of the lining pieces right sides together and stitch across the top edge. Turn right sides out and press.

With right sides together, stitch the bag front and lining pieces together along the top edges. Turn right sides out.

Press fusible web to the back of  oly-fun and cut out desired monograms using the die cut machine and dies.  Alternately you may hand cut monograms or other decorative shapes. Fuse to the bag front.

Center one of the drawstring channels on top of the bag front and top stitch along either side. Repeat to add the remaining ribbon channel to the bag back piece.

With right sides together, stitch the bag front and backs together along the sides and bottom edges.

Fold each of the corners together matching the bottom and side seams and draw a line 1 inch in from each of the corners. Stitch along these drawn lines. Turn the bag right side out.

Insert the ribbon through the channels, fill with goodies and tie a bow.

For a full size pattern of the bunny ears, contact Lorine directly at masoncreation@msn.com

 

 

 

Monogrammed Bunny Bags

Sterling Silver Cuddle Pillow

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 Don’t you want to just reach out and touch this textural pillow. Dimension is achieved not only through the wonderful Sterling Silver Pre-cuts by Shannon Fabrics but the 3D nature of the pillow design itself. Full size petal patterns as well as step by step diagrams will have you ready to sew in no time at all.

Supplies:

Two sets of Sterling Silver Cake Squares by Shannon Fabrics

One 18 inch by 18 inch Soft Touch® Pillow Insert

One yard of Structure Fusible Interfacing

One Half Ball Cover Button – Size 75

Basic Sewing, Cutting, Measuring and Pressing tools and supplies

How to:

Note:  All seams are 1/2 inch. To request the pattern, please leave a comment and I will be happy to send you a pdf of full size patterns.

  1. Choose four squares each from the Sterling Silver Cake Squares selection for the front and back of your pillow. Mix shades of grey as well as textures.

  2. With right sides together, stitch two sets of two squares together, they stitch the two sets together to form a larger square. Repeat to assemble the back of the pillow.

  3. With right sides together, stitch the pillow front and back together, leaving a 8 inch opening along the bottom edge.

  4. Insert the Soft Touch® Pillow Insert and hand stitch the opening closed.

  5. Large Petals: Choose two squares for each of five petals, one lighter grey and one darker grey. Once again mix textures. With right sides together, cover the lighter squares with Structure Fusible Interfacing, following the manufacturer’s directions.

  6. Using the pattern, trace the outline of the larger petal directly onto the interfacing.

  7. Stitch along the traced line. Trim 1/4 inch from the stitched line and turn right side out. Continue until you have created five large petals and four small petals. Note: I choose to feature the darker petals as the large petals and the reverse for the smaller petals.

  8. Using a needle and thread, stitch the five large petals together. Gather and tie off your thread.

  9. Once again using a needle and thread, stitch the four small petals together. Gather the petals and then place the smaller petals on top of the large and stitch the two layers together, sewing through the center of the petals.

  10. Following the manufacturer’s directions, cover a large half ball button with the cuddle fabric of your choice.

  11. Center the flower on top of the pillow form and using a large needle and doubled thread insert needle into the center back of the pillow and come up through the center front of the pillow and shank of the button.

  12. Insert the needle and thread back down and through a button added to the center back of the pillow. Repeat three or four times, stitching through the fabric, pillow form and buttons. Pull threads taught and insert needle back through one of the holes in the button. Wrap thread around the back of the button and tie off.

Sterling Silver Cuddle Pillow

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

Cuddle Twins Pillows

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Cuddle Twins Pillows Final

 

Kinda cute and Kinda goofy, these pillow stuffies are for the child with an edge. A personality that says I like my cuddle twin and they’re going with me wherever my journey might take me today. My daughter, loved Miss Piggy®  from the popular show  The Muppets® and insisted on wrapping her up like a baby doll and carrying her around for months as she was growing up. People would stop us and ask to see her baby – well let me say they were quite taken aback when Miss Piggy®  was revealed. What can I say she was a child who knew what she liked. I think she would have liked a Cuddle Twin.

Ok – what are these adorable little guys all about. Well the folks over at Shannon Fabrics got together with the great people at Fairfield and challenged us, the Master Makers of Fairfield to come up with something using their cuddle cakes. Cuddle cakes are pre-cut 10 inch squares of their warm and wonderful cuddle fabrics. Want to know how I made these cute little people?  Here you go, step by step diagrams and instructions. If you would like a full size pattern for the arms and legs, leave me a comment and I will send you a pdf.

Cuddle Twins by Lorine Mason

Supplies:

cuddle cakes 10″ pre-cuts by Shannon Fabrics, Poly-fil® 100% premium polyester fibrefill, oly-fun™ Snow White, Buttons, Ribbon, Embroidery thread, Rick Rack and Basic sewing, cutting and ironing supplies.

How to:

Cuddle Pillow Twins

A.  Gather your supplies. Choose a color from your cuddle cakes for the front and back of the pillow.

 

B.  Cut two 2 1/2 inch circles from oly-fun™. Sew oly-fun™ and buttons in position on the square of cuddle fabric that will become the front of your pillow. Sew a button for the nose and stitch rick rack for the mouth. Add large stitched X’s at the corners of the mouth. Refer to the project photo for placement guidance.

 

C.  Using the pattern provided by me if you send me a comment or cut your own version of legs . Depending on whether you are making the female version of the pillow or the male the legs/shoes vary. Once again refer to the project photo for guidance. With wrong sides together stitch the legs to the shoes and then stitch the leg fronts to a leg backs. Turn right side out and press carefully using a pressing cloth.

 

D.  Repeat to create the arms for your pillow.

 

E.  Pin the arms and legs to the pillow front, right sides together.

 

F.  Cover with the pillow back, right sides together and stitch leaving an opening between the two legs.

 

G.  Turn right side out, stuff with fibrefill and hand stitch the opening closed.

 

H.  Cut a 5 inch by 4 inch rectangle for the hair bow. With right sides together, fold the rectangle in half to measure 2.5 x 4 inches. Stitch along the 4 inch length, leaving an opening of  2″ at the center. Center the seam line and stitch across each end. Turn right side out and press carefully. Using a needle and thread, stitch across the center of the bow, using large stitches. Pull the thread taught and wrap in around the center of the bow. Cut a 1″ x 2″ rectangle of cuddle fabric. Fold into three lengthwise and wrap it around the center of the bow. Stitch the ends closed at the back of the bow.

 

I.  Stitch the bow to the top left of the pillow front.

 

As I mentioned previously, if you leave a comment and ask me for the pattern, I would be happy to send you a pdf containing the full size patterns. Have fun…. One last thing, I am a Master Maker for Fairfield and they were generous enough to supply the oly-fun™ and poly-fil for this project. Shannon Fabrics provided the cuddle cakes (C3 Very Vibrant). 

Ok – one really last thing.  There are some great prizes in conjunction with this project challenge.  Here is the information , be sure to enter for your chance to win some great prizes from Fairfield and Shannon Fabrics.

 

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Embroidered Baby Ornaments

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Are you looking for some great Handmade Holiday Gift ideas? If so, you have come by at just the right time. Some of my favorite bloggers and generally super creative friends have put together a plethora of ideas for you to choose from when looking for your next project. Here is just a glimpse of what you will find as you hop through the idea catalogue. As you scroll past the 99+ graphic you will find my contribution to the hop. Embroidered Baby Ornaments……

99 Handmade Holiday Gifts from your favorite DIY bloggers

 And here you are…get ready for some fast and easy sewing while creating these sure to be a wonderful edition to any tree…. Easy instructions linked to my step by step diagrams will assure success at every turn.

  Embroidered Baby Ornaments Final

What can be more exciting than a new baby celebrating their first Christmas? Babies are exciting and whether it is their first Christmas or the first Christmas that you get to meet them, it needs to be remembered with a special Christmas ornament. I chose a soft palette of colors for this duo of baby inspired ornaments and Yes, I was thinking of the latest addition to our growing family, who happens to be a girl. Choose your own color palette and with the addition of  some of your favorite embroidery stitches, built right into your sewing machine, this project will take little time and will no doubt become a holiday favorite.

 

Supplies:

 

Pattern, Wool blend felt in assorted colors,poly-fil® polyester fiberfill, HeatnBond® iron-on adhesive, Ribbon, Pompoms, Buttons, Embroidery Floss & needle. Sewing machine, Iron and Basic sewing supplies

 

How to:

 

Note: Directions are the same for both ornaments

 

A.  Cut out a front and back of the ornament from green felt using the pattern provided. Cut out the bib pocket from green felt.

 

B.   Sew parallel lines of decorative stitching on the white felt.  Fuse iron-on adhesive to the back of the embroidered felt.

 

C.  Using the pattern piece labelled ’embroidered front’ cut out from the white felt.

 

D. Fuse iron-on adhesive to the back of a piece of pink felt. Remove the paper backing from the embroidered cut out and iron to a piece of pink felt, leaving a 1/4 inch space around the outside edge.

 

E. Cut around the embroidered felt cut out leaving a 1/8 inch border of pink felt showing.

 

F.  Remove the paper backing from the pink felt. Center the pink felt cut out on top of one of the green felt pieces cut earlier and fuse, creating the ornament front.

 

G.  Lay the ornament front on top of the remaining green felt cut out, right sides out.

 

H.  Sew a blanket stitch using the embroidery thread and needle around the outside edges of the ornament, stitching the two pieces together and leaving the neckline open.

 

I.  Attach the front pocket by sewing a blanket stitch around the outside edges, leaving the top edge open. Fill the ornament with poly-fil stuffing and sew the opening closed. Embellish the ornament using the ribbon, buttons and/or the pompoms. Create a hanging loop using additional ribbon. Refer to the project photo for ideas.

 

 

Embroidered Baby Ornaments

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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

 

Shoe Stuffies

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photo7aAre you looking for a special gift for yourself or a dear friend? Did you happen to make the Shoe Bags featured recently in the Fairfield World blog post? If so, perhaps this is the project you have been looking for…..

Supplies for Shoe Stuffies:

  • oly*fun™ Bubble Gum
  • poly-fil® polyester fiberfill
  • Embellishments; Buttons
  • Ribbon; 16″ of 1″ wide ribbon for each pair of shoe stuffies
  • Potpourri
  • Basic Sewing Supplies; Sewing Machine, Iron, Pressing cloth, Needle & Thread etc.

When ironing oly*fun:  Set your iron to the silk setting and always use a pressing cloth. Both sides of oly*fun™ can be considered the right side of the fabric, the choice really is yours to make, however be consistent for a more finished look.

Creating your Shoe Stuffie custom pattern

Using the shoe of your choice, trace the outline of the shoe onto a piece of paper. Be sure the marker is perpendicular as you trace around the shoe to achieve a clear pattern. Using a copy machine, increase your pattern 140%.

Cutting out pattern pieces for Shoe Stuffies

Lay the pattern on top of your color choice of oly*fun™ and cut out four pieces (two for each stuffie).

Sewing and Trimming Shoe Stuffie

Using a 1/4″ seam, sew around the outside edge of the Shoe Stuffie leaving the top edge open. Trim close to stitching line.
photo1Turn Shoe Stuffie right side out and press.  Fill the stuffie with Poly-Fil® and potpourri. Turn under raw edges 1/2″, insert an 8″ length of ribbon folded in half and then stitch across the top edge of the stuffie. Add a button if desired to finish your Shoe Stuffie.

Matching Shoe Stuffies & Shoe BagsCreate a matching set for yourself or a dear friend. For detailed instructions on how to make the shoe bags refer to the previous post entitled Shoe Bags featuring oly*fun™

 

 

 

 



Sewing Shoe Bags with oly*fun™

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Shoe Bags with olyfunDesigner purses are packed in flannel bags to protect the finish, the buckles, closures and more. When packing your best shoes whether designer name brand or simply your favorite pair, why not treat them as you would your designer purse.

Supplies

Supplies for shoe bags:

  • oly*fun™ Bubble Gum & Jet Black
  • HeatnBond® Feather lite iron-on adhesive
  • Embellishments; Buttons & Lace Trim
  • Ribbon; 30″ of 1″ wide ribbon for each bag
  • Basic Sewing Supplies; Sewing machine, Iron, Pressing cloth,  Needle & Thread etc.

Cut the following pieces from oly*fun™

Jet Black and/or Bubble Gum

Cut on 15(h)” x 22(w)” rectangle for each bag. Cut one 1″ x 20 strip using the opposite color for the drawstring channel.  Note: (h) height (w) width of the bag.

Instructions for Shoe Bags:

When pressing oly*fun:  Set your iron to the silk setting and always use a pressing cloth. Never touch a hot iron directly to oly*fun™. Both sides of oly*fun™ may be considered the right side of the fabric, the choice really is yours to make, however be consistent for a more finished look.

Press HeatnBond® to the back of a piece of  oly*fun™. Using clipart of shoes downloaded from your computer, hand draw your favorite or leave a comment on my personal blog and I will send you the patterns as soon as possible. Trace onto the paper backing of the iron-on adhesive that has been ironed to the oly*fun (remembering to reverse the shoe, if the direction the shoe points, is a concern) and cut out. Remove the paper backing and press to the center of the bag front 4″ from the bottom edge. Embellish the shoe cut out. 1. Stitch lace and a button to the shoe top. 2. Use a blanket stitch on your sewing machine and stitch around the outside edge. Sew a button to the toe front.

Applique

Hem the top edge of the shoe bag by folding over the top edge 1″ and stitching . With wrong sides together, stitch the center back seam using a 1/4″ seam. Turn right sides together and sew a 3/8″ seam. This will create a French Seam which not only looks professional but provides additional strength to the seamline.

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Center the back seam. With wrong sides together, stitch the bottom edge of the bag using a 1/4″ seam. Turn right sides together and stitch using a 3/8″ seam.   Once again this is a French Seam treatment.

Bottom Seam

Turn under each of  the ends of the drawstring channel 1/2′ and stitch. Fold the drawstring channel in half and mark the center with a pin. Pin the channel strip to the top of the bag, aligning it along the hemline at the top of the bag. Match the center pin to the center back seam of the bag. Top stitch along either side of the channel strip.  Thread ribbon through the channel and tie a bow.

Drawstring Channel

Turn right side out and enjoy!

Millie B Bibs – Halloween

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Halloween in around the corner and even the little ones want to celebrate the occasion. Using the Millie B Sunday Dinner pattern and  just a few changes you too will have the best dressed baby at your Halloween event.

 

The Tweaks:

Sunday Dinner Girl’s Bib; Cut out the pattern pieces using two coordinating Halloween prints. Fat quarters of fabric work perfectly. Do Not cut out the skirt pattern and instead purchase 1/3 of a yard of nylon tulle at least 45″ wide. Fold the tulle in half across the width of the fabric. It should now measure appx. 6 inches by 45 inches. Slide the top layer of tulle up 2 inches. The top layer of tulle will now measure 4 inches and the bottom layer 8 inches. Sew two rows of gathering stitches across the folded top edge. Adjust the gathers and pin the tulle skirt to the bib front. Continue following the directions to complete the Sunday Dinner girls bib. Trim each of the tulle skirt layers to the desired lengths. Using a 16″ length of 1/4 inch satin ribbon, tie a bow and sew to the bib front.

Sunday Dinner Boy’s Bib; In this particular case the pattern was not changed – it is simply about the fabric choice.

The Millie B Sunday Dinner pattern is available as a download at my craftsy store so that you can have the pattern in just minutes. Or, if you prefer a printed version of the pattern you can purchase it through the Annie’s catalogue or contact me directly at Lorine Mason

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Sew cute and ready for Halloween!

The Story behind Millie B Bibs

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I just finished uploading the last of the trio of Millie B Bibs to my Etsy and Craftsy (note: this link will not be working until 7/18/14) stores and I can honestly say I am proud of myself. I am not a techy person and while I know setting up one of these stores is certainly not brain surgery it seems that I can become lost in the details and give up, perhaps too easily. But I stuck with it and things are up and running. The patterns are available for immediate download on either site and contain full size patterns, step by step illustrated instructions and a fat quarter pattern layout guide.  They are available as a download direct from the Etsy and Craftsy sites or very soon will be available to order in the printed version through the Annies and Home Sew catalogues. Here is the first pattern; Night at the Ballet – I love this one especially because it is a little over the top while still remaining practical.

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MIllie B Bibs – Night at the Ballet

The name Millie B comes from my dear Mother. It is kind of funny as my Mother hated it if anyone tried to call her Millie, but as she gracefully aged my Brother Bob took it upon himself to lovingly refer to her as Millie B whenever they were together. It caught on and soon a number of us siblings were referring to Mom as Millie B. She would make a face and say that it was a good thing she loved us, so we could get away with it but hoped it would not catch on. My Mother, Mildred Bell passed away a couple of years ago now and she is missed. She loved her six children and she loved her husband, Henry A.

Here we have the second pattern in the series; Sunday Dinner. Sunday Dinners were important. All generations of the same family sitting around the same table. Life goes by quickly and sharing familiar stories is important.

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Millie B Bibs – Sunday Dinner

I would love to say that my children wore wonderful creations such as these styles of bibs, but the truth is that they did not. I was too practical and caught up in the raising of our family, the day to day details, the bills etc. , which always came first. I will say that I have made a number of these cute bibs and given them as gifts and if  there are to be Grandchildren in my future you can bet they too will be sporting only the best. The last bib in the set is; Five O’Clock Somewhere. This set was all about Summer and Vacations, Flirty skirts and Hawaiian themed shirts.

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Five O’Clock Somewhere

Millie B Bibs is the start of a new venture for It’s Sew Lorine. Stay tuned for my upcoming release of  It’s Sew Lorine downloadable patterns, all priced from $.99 to $1.99. Until then enjoy life and enjoy sewing.