Posts tagged ‘left-over fabric ideas’

February 26, 2013

special specs

Inspired by a BHG glasses case project:

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  • 7 inch felt square
  • 7 inch square of iron-on fusible webbing
  • fabric strips, ribbons, embroidery thread
  • Layer felt, fusible webbing, fabric strips.  Iron in place.

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Attach ribbon, finish top edge, add stitches as desired.

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Fold right sides together & machine stitch on side & bottom edge.  Dab a little fray-check on ribbon & embroidery thread edges, turn right-side out.

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“My grandmother is over eighty & still doesn’t need glasses.  Drinks right out of the bottle.”  ~ Henry Youngman

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March 28, 2012

prairie skirt

A cute doll clothes project putting left-over fabrics to work.  One young crafters & seamstresses can handle as well.

  • select 3 fabrics
  • cut one 17″ x 4 1/2, one 22″ x 4″, one 25″ x 4″ (adjust lengths depending on doll size or desired skirt fullness)

  • on top-tier skirt piece, make a tunnel for a 1/2″ elastic waistband
  • sew gathering stitch on upper edges of pieces 2 & 3

  • sew piece 2 to 1, then piece 3 to 2

  • thread 10″ piece of 1/2″ wide elastic through tunnel – sew in place on each side
  • check length of skirt & finish bottom edge with zig-zag hem (ignore the fact that this step was done earlier in shown pics…hindsight is 20/20!)
  • sew length of skirt together – right sides together!
  • add ribbon or button

To make coordinating headband:

  • cut one 2″ wide x 12″ long piece of each fabric
  • stack & sew them all together on one end
  • braid fabrics – measure against doll’s head to know when to stop
  • sew braided end together
  • attach small piece of elastic
  • cut 3″ x 4″ piece of one fabric, sew long side together to make tube – slip onto head band
  • sew remaining elastic end on other side of braid
  • slide tube over elastic & sew into place on each end, tucking in ends to finish edges
October 20, 2011

java hugger

A fun little project for the coffee lovers out there:

  • use one of the disposable cardboard sleeves as a pattern
  • cut a little wider all around to account for seam allowances
  • orient the reverse fabric correctly before cutting

  • cut one piece of fusible interfacing & iron on to one of the fabric pieces
  • sew each section right sides together at short ends

Slide one into the other as the finished product will appear:

Finish edges with a simple hem, bias tape, zig-zag & let it fray, blanket stitch, etc..  I used a strip of old jeans sewing it to the edge & then folding over to finish with a straight stitch.  Denim ended up being a bit bulky, but it works.  The butterfly side has a “finished” look whereas the peace side is imperfect & will fray (character!).

Peace-out.

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