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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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.

 

Crocheted Bulky Bowl

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Crocheted Basket

Recently I had the good fortune to receive a skein of Bernat® Mega Bulky™ yarn. The gorgeous golden color simply entitled Gold 88607  inspired me to pull out my crochet hooks and create this fun bowl.

Supplies:

One skein of  Bernat® Mega Bulky™ yarn

Size P 11.50 mm crochet hook

Scissors

How To:

Note: If you need a refresher course on Slip Stitch, Single Crochet and Double Crochet check out some of the wonderful  videos online. You will be crocheting in no time at all. 

Attach yarn to your crochet hook. Chain 5 and form a ring with the stitches by Slip Stitching into the first stitch

Chain 3, Double Crochet 12 stitches into the ring and join with a Slip Stitch into the top of the Chain 3.

Chain 3, then Double Crochet in the same stitch as the Chain 3. Double Crochet into each stitch all the way around. Join with a Slip Stitch to the top of the Chain 3.

Chain 3, Double Crochet in the same stitch as the Chain 3. *Double Crochet twice in the next stitch. Double Crochet once in the next stitch. Repeat from * all the way around. Join with a Slip Stitch to the top of the Chain 3.

Chain 1, Single Crochet into the back loop of the next stitch and continue all the way around. Slip Stitch to the beginning of the Chain 1. Note: This will create the ledge, perfect for the bottom edge of the bowl.

Single Crochet all around the edge of the bowl, joining with a Slip Stitch. Repeat to create a second row.

Chain 3, Double Crochet in the same stitch as the Chain 3. Double Crochet into each stitch all the way around. Join with a Slip Stitch to the top of the Chain 3.

Chain 1, Single Crochet into the back loop of the next stitch and continue all the way around. Slip Stitch to the beginning of the Chain 1.

Single Crochet all around the edge of the bowl, joining with a slip stitch.

Using the remaining yarn, thread it through the top edge of each stitch, wrapping it around and over the next stitch. Hide the end of the yarn by threading it down  through the stitches along the side of the bowl and trim.

Turn the bowl inside out and form into desired shape.

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

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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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™

 

 

 

 



Mason Jar Christmas

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A Merry Mason Christmas Wallhanging

A Merry Mason Christmas Wallhanging by Lorine Mason

Supplies - CopyThe Supplies:

Sizzix Dies: Canning Jars 3-D by Eileen Hull #658453 & Serif Essentials Alphabet & Snowflake Hanging 3-D #2

Fabric:  One Yard each of Green Dot and Natural Snowflake, 1/4 yard of Green Plaid and Red Stripe, 1/4 yard of Aluminized Fabric (ironing board cover)

Felt: One 12 inch x 18 inch Scarlet Wool Blend Felt

HeatnBond™ fusible interfacing & SpraynBond™ basting adhesive

Steam a Seam2® fusible web & Warm & Natural® cotton batting

Non Stick craft sheet, 1/4 inch ribbon, assorted buttons

General sewing supplies

Die cut pieces

Following the manufacturer’s directions iron fusible interfacing to the back of snowflake fabric and cut out mason jars. Layer fusible web between plaid fabric and felt and iron. Apply fusible web to the back of the felt and cut out letters spelling out your message. Apply fusible web to the back of the aluminized fabric and cut out mason jar lids.

basting spray

Spray the back of the mason jars with basting spray and place on top of the green dot fabric, arranging the jars to spell out your chosen message. The size of the backing fabric (green dot) will be determined by your message.

Ribbon pieces - CopyCut ribbon in to four inch lengths to wrap around the jar tops and create the same number of  bows to be added to the jars later in the project.

blanket stitchFold under the ends of the ribbon and tuck underneath the neck of the mason jar. Sew a blanket stitch around the outside edge of the mason jar, tacking the ribbon in place as you sew.

jar top - CopyRemove the paper backing from the mason jar lids and fuse on top of the mason jar. Stitch across the top of the jar lid.

Bows and ThingsCreate a sandwich by placing the backing fabric right side down on a flat surface, next place similar size piece of cotton batting and finally the wallhanging top. Pin all layers together.  Using a rotary cutter, mat and ruler, straighten the ends of the wallhanging, squaring up all of the corners. Fuse the letters to the fronts of the mason jars and hand stitch the bows to the front of the jars on top of the ribbon, stitching through all layers of fabric and batting.

Snowflakes - CopyOptional: Press fusible web to the back of  leftover Snowflake fabric and cut out snowflakes. Remove the paper backing from the snowflakes and fuse to the front of the wallhanging as desired. Sew buttons to the centers of the snowflakes. This step is optional as it depends on your finished designs ‘open’ space.

bindingCut four 2 inch wide strips from the striped fabric. With right sides together pin the strip to the bottom edge of the wallhanging. Sew using a 1/2 inch seam. Press the strip away from the edge of the wallhanging.

finishing binding - CopyTurn the binding towards the backing fabric and folding under the raw edges. Hand stitch in place. Repeat to bind the top of the wallhanging.

binding2Use the third and fourth fabric strip to bind the sides of the wallhanging.

A Merry Mason Christmas Wallhanging

A Merry Mason Christmas Wallhanging

The Mason part of the wallhanging is obviously a nod to my family name. Whatever message you choose to add to your banner will make it yours. Have fun and be sure to hop along to the other great Handmade Holiday Bloghop offerings. To get back to Eileen’s blog to continue the hopping fun  go to http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/

It takes a village wallhanging

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It takes a village quilted wallhanging by Lorine Mason

It takes a Village quilted wallhanging by Lorine Mason

I attended a baby shower for my niece, Serena recently and decided that along with a selection of books to start a library for her upcoming additions to the family I would give her a quilted wallhanging I call It takes a village. Each and everyone of us has been touched by our neighbours, our family members and our surroundings. It helps make us who we turn out to be in then end. The fact that Serena and her husband John will be travelling the world due to his commitment to the US Air Force, made this gift perfect in my eyes. I hope the twins enjoy the fun buttons, hand stitching and whimsical nature of this wallhanging as much as I did while stitching and embellishing it….

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I added a StoryPatch iron on label to the quilt backing to finish off my project, to make it just that little bit more special. Serena and her husband will be uploading their thoughts to the QR code very soon and it will remain with their family as the years come and go.

Lorine

 

 

July 4th Pillow with Craft Attitude™

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Fourth of July Pillow (2)

Have you tried QuiltAttitude™ a print at home, transfer to just about anything product. I recently received a package of Quilt Attitude™ and had to just give it a try. With July 4th around the corner and my love of sewing I decided a pillow to sit on one of the chairs outside the front door would be the perfect project. I gathered my supplies and set to work.

Supplies:

Two sheets of Craft Attitude™, Quilt Attitude™, Floral Attitude™, Shoe Attitude™, Jewelry Attitude™ or Scrapbooking Attitude™ (This product is so versatile it has numerous names. They all work for this project.)

Three coordinating fat quarters of fabric

Two Steam-a-Seam2 fusible web sheets

One Crafter’s Choice 16″ Pillow Insert

Rick Rack, Embroidery Thread & Needle

Computer & Printer

Basic sewing supplies

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I choose to play with fonts on the computer and words that described not only the United States but the Fourth of July specifically. My plan was to have two panels of words and then balance the project with fabric in the opposite corners. I drew two 8 inch squares on my computer and filled in the space with phrases using a variety of font, font sizes and three colors of ink. I also added a star or two to each square to balance everything. Next I read the printing directions and chose to reverse the wording of my designs on the computer rather than set up my printer to print them mirror image. You need to do this one way or the other as the words will transfer backwards if you skip this step. Here are my two printed panels….

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After letting the ink set for a couple of hours, I trimmed the transfer sheets leaving a 1/4 inch border. Next step…go back to your instructions and read carefully how to transfer to fabric. I chose the fusible web method and pressed my transfer sheets to Steam-a-Seam2 fusible web. I achieved success the first time out which goes to show you that great instructions are key, I however did go over the instructions a couple of times.
USA Pillow Close Up

I cut eight 4 1/2″ squares, cutting four from a striped fabric and four from a dot fabric. Using 1/4″ seams I quickly sewed four squares together to create one of the quarter panels. Repeat to create the second panel using the remaining four squares. If you would like to add rick rack or another trim, now is the time to do so. I choose to attach the rick rack using french knots. Stitch the fabric quarter panels to the Craft Attitude™ transfer panels, alternating their placement and referring to the project photo. Press seams towards the fabric panels. Stitch the two halves together and press. Reminder: to do let your iron touch the Craft Attitude film, always use a pressing cloth.

Once the pillow front has been completed, embellish with buttons or other items of your choice. Measure the pillow front and cut a backing fabric using this measurement. With right sides together sew backing fabric to pillow front leaving a six inch opening along one side. Turn right sides out and press. Insert a 16″ Crafter’s Choice pillow form and hand stitch the opening closed.

Fourth of July Pillow Close Up

That was pretty simple and very Patriotic. Have fun this 4th of July,

Lorine