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Sunday, May 31, 2009
Do you need new potholders at home? Why not sew your own potholders instead of purchasing new ones. Not only will it save you money but you can use any scrap fabric that you may already have at home and it is a lot of fun. Just follow my step-by-step instructions on how to sew a potholder.
These potholders will also brighten up the day for any of your family members, friends and loved ones so don't forget to sew them some potholders as well.
I chose three types of Amy Butler Fabric for my potholder projects:
Amy Butler Full Moon Polka Dot Camel
Amy Butler Garden Maze Brown
Amy Butler Trailing Cherry Brown
In addition, you will need some thick interfacing as well.
I wanted a different Amy Butler fabric design for each side of my potholder. I cut two squares measuring 9" X 9":
Now iron on the thick interfacing on each fabric square:
Place the two fabric squares left side together and sew them together using 1/4" seam allowance:
For the binding and the loop, I cut a fabric strip measuring 2" wide and 44" long (width of the fabric). Fold the fabric strip in half and iron it. Once iron, "open" the fabric strip and fold the outer edge towards the middle and iron again:
Then fold the fabric strip in half again and iron:
Now open up the fabric strip and pin it up along one side of the potholder using 1/4" seam allowance as shown in the below picture. Start sewing 1/2" from the outer edge and ...
...end sewing 1/2" from the below outer edge as shown here:
At the corner, fold the binding strip at a 45 degree angle:
Refold the binding strip back onto itself so that it turns the corner - see following three pictures for clarification. It sounds a lot more difficult than it is:
Now sew the binding strip on to the next side of the potholder:
Repeat the last couple steps and continue to sew the binding strip around the entire potholder. Once you have completed all four sides, your project should look like this. The binding strip should be sticking out at the end which will be made into a loop at the end.
Now fold the binding strip around the edge onto the other side of the potholder and pin it all around like this:
To make sure you end up with nice corner, pin the corners just as shown here:
Continue to fold the binding strip and all edges and once you get to the last corner and the "tail" end of the binding strip, your project should look like this:
Sew a seam at the end of the binding strip:
Turn the end of the binding strip inside out - see next two pictures on how your binding strip should look now:
Now fold the tail end of the binding strip and make a loop. Top stitch the loop to the "main body" of the potholder and continue to top stitch all around the potholder.....
...and once you have top stitch all side of the potholder, you are done!
Now that was not as difficult as you may have thought it would be, is it?
Aren't these potholders absolutely gorgeous? It sure does not take a lot of fabric to make them. Once you practiced sewing the binding strip a couple of times, it's a piece of cake. Now go through your fabric stash and pick out the fabrics for your very own potholders.
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Sunday, May 24, 2009
Today we'll show you step-by-step on how to make a fabric coffee sleeve. It is a wonderful project that can be done in one afternoon and the fabric coffee sleeve makes a great gift. A fabric coffee sleeve is reusable, washable and environmentally friendly. Furthermore, you need only a little bit of scrap fabric. That's as good as it gets!
If you don't drink coffee, then use it as a tea sleeve. Who does not like to drink their tea without burning their hand?
First of all, save your next paper sleeve that you get with your daily morning coffee. Use the coffee paper sleeve as your "pattern".
Add 1/4 inch to your pattern for seam allowance.
Cut out your paper pattern. Use it to trace the coffee sleeve pattern on to your desired fabric and cut two fabric pieces. In this case, I used a beautiful Moda fabric polka dot design from the Bistro fabric collection (we are unfortunately sold out of this design and collection).
Place the two fabric pieces right side together. Start to sew along the top (long) edge of the sleeve leaving 1/4 inch at the front and back of the edge in addition to leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Then sew along the bottom / short edge of the sleeve leaving about 2 inches at the front and back of the edge in addition to leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. See below picture.
Now turn the fabric sleeve right side out.
Now sew the sides of the sleeve together leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Once you have stitch the sides together, you are almost done.
You just need to top stitch at the opening that we used to turn the sleeve inside out. Voila, another fabric project completed successfully.
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Saturday, May 23, 2009
Marimekko is known worldwide for its screen printed cotton fabric that features bold and organic patterns in the most fantastic colors. Marimekko was founded in 1951 by Finnish designer Armi Ratia and her husband Vijo. The then small textile printing company became the center of the fashion world when Jackie O. Kennedy wore several Marimekko cotton fabric dresses during JFK's presidential campaign.
Marimekko fabric designs are as popular today as in the sixties. No matter if you are planning on framing Marimekko fabric, stretch it over a wooden canvas or if you want to make some clothing with Marimekko fabric, keep the design simple and give the Marimekko fabric designs the opportunity to shine.
We have multiple Marimekko fabric designs on SALE for more than 50% off. You will not be able to find the following Marimekko fabrics for cheaper than here at Imagine Fabric:
Marimekko Onnen Apila was designed by Teresa Moorhouse. "Onnen" means "Happiness" in Finnish and that is what this Marimekko fabric design will bring to you if used to decorate and enhance the beauty of your home.
Marimekko Fabric Poimulehti
Marimekko Poimulehti was designed by Erja Hirvi. "Poimulehti" means "Lady's Mantle" in Finnish and this Marimekko fabric design features a beautiful leaf pattern in red and orange. Simple yet absolutely beautiful.
Marimekko Fabric Matkalle Maalle
Marimekko Matkalle Maalle is another simple yet stunning design by Teresa Moorhouse as part of Marimekko's Spring 2008 collection.
Marimekko Fabric Sarastaa
Marimekko Sarastaa was designed by Erja Hirvi and features a contemporary and botanical design. The simple sketch like leaf pattern on a cream colored background makes this Marimekko fabric perfect for so many projects that you have in mind.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009
Moda and its fabulous designers don't just release the most beautiful fabric collection but they also provide all of us with free Moda quilt patterns for various fabric collections. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow. You can't help but be inspired by these Moda Quilt patterns - just print them out and you are ready to go.
Here are a few of the of my favorite Moda Quilt Patterns:
Moda GLORY Quilt Pattern by Kathy Schmitz
Available Moda Glory Pre-Cut Fabric:
- Moda Glory Fat Quarter Bundle
- Moda Glory Charm Pack
- Moda Glory Jelly Roll
Moda Basket of Flowers Quilt Pattern by Mary Engelbreit
Available Moda Basket of Flowers Pre-Cut Fabric:
- Moda Basket of Flowers Charm Pack
- Moda Basket of Flowers Honey Bun
- Moda Basket of Flowers Jelly Roll
Moda SULTRY Quilt Pattern by Basic Grey
Available Moda Sultry Pre-Cut Fabric:
- Moda Sultry Honey Bun
- Moda Sultry Layer Cake
Moda SWANKY Quilt Pattern by Chez Moi
Available Moda Swanky Pre-Cut Fabric:
- Moda Swanky Fat Quarter Bundle
- Moda Swanky Honey Bun
- Moda Swanky Jelly Roll
- Moda Swanky Layer Cake
Moda SWEET Quilt Pattern by Urban Chiks
Available Moda Sweet Pre-Cut Fabric:
- Moda Sweet Honey Bun
- Moda Sweet Jelly Roll
- Moda Sweet Layer Cake
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
If you want to inspire and stimulate your creativity, just take a look at all the hundreds of Amy Butler fabric designs that are available. When I laid my eye on the Amy Butler Lacework Grey fabric design from her Lotus Collection, I fell in love with its various floral patterns. It did not take me long to come up with the idea of making a beautiful Amy Butler fabric key chain.
The project is as simple as it gets and it allows the beauty of this Amy Butler fabric to shine. I picked two Amy Butler fabric designs for my key chain: Amy Butler Lacework Grey and Amy Butler Floating Buds Sage. In addition to the fabric, you need a metal key chain with ring and some double sided glued interfacing.
I cut out one of the flowers from the Lacework fabric which will make one side of the key chain.
Place the cut out flower on to the interfacing.
I used the Amy Butler Floating Buds Sage fabric to make a loop which is going to connect the flower and the key ring.
Lightly zig zag stitch the loop to the flower. Now put the Floating Buds fabric on the other side of the flower and iron all pieces together which is being held together by the double sides glued interfacing.
The last step is to zig zag stitch all around flower the outer edge of the Lacework flower. I choose a green thread that perfectly matches the Amy Butler Floating Buds sage fabric but provides a beautiful contrast to the Amy Butler Lacework grey fabric. Now you are done!
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