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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

Aluminor Tote Bag

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Aluminor Tote Snapshot

Aluminor Tote Bag

Aluminor Gold & Silver – 1 ½ yards each

Sewing & Craft Tape – ¼ inch wide by Prym

Snap Fastener – Size 10 by Prym

Black Thread

Plastic or other stiff material for bag bottom support

Sewing Machine

Getta Grip® Sewing Clips by Prym

Sheer Pressing Cloth by Prym

Basic Sewing, Cutting, Measuring & Pressing Tools

Cut the following:

Gold                                                                                                      Silver

One 16 inch x 30 rectangle –  bag bottom                              Two 20 inch x 30 – front and back of the tote

One 8 ¼ inch x 20 ½ inch rectangle – front pocket

One 12 inch square –  inside pocket

Two 6 inch x 30 inch rectangles –  handles

All seams are ½ inch unless otherwise notes. Use sewing & craft tape to secure items before sewing whenever possible. Sewing clips should be used in place of pins so as not to leave marks in the fabric. Always use a pressing cloth between the fabric and your iron. Iron should be on synthetic setting.

Using the diagrams as a guide; cut notches into front and back sections of the tote and tote bottom. Diagram A

Press sewing tape to the wrong side of the tote bottom along the inside edges. Remove the paper backing from the tape and turn under both edges ½ inch, pressing tape to secure. Apply tape to the top of the folded edge. Diagram B

With wrong sides together stitch the tote front and back together along the bottom edge. Use the pressing cloth and press the seam open. Diagram C

Place the tote bottom right side up onto the tote front and back, lift the top edge of the tote bottom, remove the tape and then press to secure. Repeat securing the opposite side in the same manner. Top stitch the tote bottom to the tote front and back. Diagram D

Press sewing tape to the wrong side of the inside pocket along one edge. Remove the paper backing from the tape and turn under 1 inch, pressing tape to secure. Fold the pocket right sides out with the hemmed edge 3 inches below the unfinished edge. Top stitch down either side of the pocket. Diagram E

Press sewing tape to the wrong side of the tote back and front along the inside edges. Remove the paper backing from the tape on one side, fold the edge over 1 1/2 inches, before pressing the tape into place, insert the top edge of the inside pocket against the fold, centering it and placing it against the fold line, press the tape into place. Remove the paper backing from the tape along the opposite side of the bag and press into place. Topstitch; 1 ¼ inches from the top edge and again 1 inch from the top. Diagram F

Press sewing tape to the wrong side of the 3 edges of the outside pocket. Turn the edges in ½ inch, fold back and remove the paper backing from the tape, refold and press tape to secure. Press sewing tape to the wrong side along the remaining edge. Turn the edge in 1 ½ inches, remove the paper backing from the tape and refold pressing the tape to secure. Top stitch; 1 ¼ inches from the top edge and again 1 inch from the top. Diagram G

Center the pocket on the front of the bag, against the bag bottom. Use sewing tape to hold in place if desired. Top stitch. Diagram H

Fold each of the handles in half lengthwise, open the fold and fold each of the edges towards the center fold. Refold in half and use sewing clips or sewing tape to secure. Topstitch down either side. Diagram I

Sew straps to the front and back of the bag, placing them 5 inches in from each edge. Sew an ‘x’ to secure straps. Diagram J

With right sides together stitch the side seams of the bag. Take the time to match the bag bottom seams carefully for a professional look. Press the seams open using a pressing cloth. Diagram K

Fold the bottom corners of the bag and stitch. Diagram L

Turn the bag right side out. Measure the bottom of the bag and cut a piece of cardboard or other stiff material ¼ inch smaller all around and insert into the bottom of the bag to provide additional support.

Sew snap closure to center front opening of the bag.

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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

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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

New Class Just Added – Embroidery Collage

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Embroidery Collage

I just heard back and I have been asked to teach at the upcoming Bella Crafts Connection event at Mall of America in Minneapolis this September. Embroidery Collage will be just one of the classes I will be offering. The Bella Crafts Connection is a brand new undertaking by the gals over at Bella Crafts Quarterly and I am told the list of teachers is vast with experts from all areas of the creative industry. I am honored to be included in this group.

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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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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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

 

Microwave Heat Bowls

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Microwave Heat Bowls Final

 

With the cold weather approaching, it seems like the perfect time to stir up some of your favorite soups and stews for family and friends. Straight from the pot to my bowl is my favorite way to eat hot foods but my second favorite is leftovers. I use my microwave to heat up those delicious leftovers and I must admit I have burnt my fingers a time or two while retrieving that hot bowl of goodness from the microwave. These Microwave Heat Bowl covers fit perfectly around a soup bowl and stay cool enough to protect your fingers and your hands. I like to heat and eat my soup with the cover wrapped around my bowl. When finished I simply remove the cover and wash out my bowl. If I manage to spill a little, remember the covers are totally washable. Here’s how to make some of your very own….

Supplies:  100%Cotton everything – Two 10 inch squares of coordinating 100% cotton fabrics, Two 9″ squares of Soft & Toasty  100% cotton batting, 100% cotton thread, Sewing Machine, Iron, Fabric Marker, and Basic Sewing Supplies.

How To:

A.  Cut out fabric and batting as directed above.

B.  Layer batting on top of each of the fabric squares wrong side. Mark, then Stitch an x and + through both the layers of the batting and the fabric. Repeat using the second piece of fabric and batting.

C.  Fold the stitched square in half and place a mark 1″ out from the centerfold along the top edge. Place a second mark 2 1/4 inches down the center stitching line. Draw a line connecting the two marks, creating a dart. Stitch along the marked line. Repeat marking and stitching, creating a total of four darts. Repeat to create darts using the second piece of stitched fabric.

D.   Trim away the bulk of the darts and press.

E.  With right sides together, stitch the two pieces of fabric together, leaving an opening along one edge. Trim corners and turn right side out. Press well.

F.  Hand stitch the opening closed. Top stitch around the Microwave Bowl Cover, sewing 1/2″ away from the outside edge to secure all layers of the fabric and the batting together.

 

Microwave Heat Bowls