Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Little Stocking Ornament Tutorial

This past week I worked very hard to get my annual ornament completed. With the help of my Mum I was able to get them sewn up and most of them sent out. I think they came out pretty cute. 

 To make these little cuties you need one charm pack, 1/2 yd of coordinating fabric and my Stocking Pattern. You will also need 48 inches of ribbon cut into 4 inch lengths. (not pictured.) This will make 12 little stockings. 
 Fold your fabric so you have 6 layers. The selvage should be at the top. 
 Use your scissors and cut out the first set. Then you will re-pin the pattern and repeat 3 more times. 
Now you have a stack of cut our stocking shapes.  
 Choose 12 sets of coordinating charm squares. Because I am using one charm pack I don't have matching tops but I tried to choose ones with the same primary color for each set. I think this adds to the versatility of the stocking. You can hang it on the tree either way. 
 Fold the squares in half. 
 Center them on the top of your stocking piece. Sew across with a 1/4 inch seam. 
 Do the same with the coordinating charm square on the reverse of the stocking piece. You should have a set like this when you are done. They are basically a mirror image. Do this step with all your stocking pieces. 

 Iron each piece pressing away from the stocking body. Go ahead and press all your stockings. 

I am sorry but this picture is not quite right. I finished all of mine before I realized that my picture was incorrect. I am going to explain the proper way to trim these up. The theory above is right. The only difference is you are going to take the two mirror stocking pieces and place them face to face (pretty sides of fabric touching) before you trim. The picture shows them stacked properly. It is just hard to see that there are two stocking units there. I try to angle my cut a little outward if possible so I can have a tiny flair at the top of the stocking. 
 Now after you trim you should have two mirror pieces stacked on top of one another ready to sew. 
 Place your piece of 4 inch ribbon between the two layers and pin in place. This is your hanger. Pin the rest of the way around your stocking. 

 Sew around the edges leaving the top open. 
 You are almost done. It is looking great. 

 This step is very important to make your stocking look nice and smooth. Make little snips around the edges on all the curved areas. make sure not to cut too close to your stitching. Only snip about an 1/8 of an inch in. 
 Turn your stocking right side out and press. Yay! You now have  a great ornament for your tree. Or, you can fill with candy and give to a neighbor or friend. 

The first person who makes this ornament and sends me a picture along with any pattern corrections. I will mail you a fat quarter of your choice.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hard Candy Quilt

This is my newest pattern. I taught this quilt for the first time as a mystery earlier this year. I was so pleased with the results. This quilt is made from one jelly roll and 2 1/2 yards of background. You have enough strips left over to complete the binding as well. I get frustrated when I pick up a precut pattern and they want me to have various amounts of multiple fabrics. I want someone to be able to pick up my pattern along with a jelly roll and background fabric and be able to make a beautiful quilt.
Roger did the quilting on this one. I love how he did circles on this very square quilt. I think it added a whole other element to the quilt. He has an amazing eye for things. I am always so surprised at what he comes up with. 
This is a view of the back so you can have a better idea of how the circles look.  I hope to have the pattern in my etsy shop before the end of the year. 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Handmade Christmas gift ideas

I love to spend time looking thru tutorials online for inspiration. I have made quite a few things since I  happened upon this great creative outlet a little over a year ago. I used many different ones last year to help me make some special homemade gifts for family and friends. Over the last year I have taken the time to compile a list of my favorites. Or I could call it wishlist of the many things I would like to make.  I have been asked numerous times to share my list. I don't mind sharing it even though I add to it almost daily. If you make any of the great things listed be sure to thank the ones who wrote the tutorial. What makes blogs so appealing to me is the willingness of so many ladies and men to share their creative ideas. So without further ado I give you THE LIST! Enjoy!! 

Quilting tutorials Links

piped binding

gathered clutch

bright hope Blocks

beach bag and towel all in one

scrappy Stars quilt

lunch bag

patchwork wrist pouch

denim skirt

painting with kids

buttercup bag

cloth softies book tutorial

lawn chair quilts

play diaper bag

Quiet book

Bento box jelly roll quilt

bucket bag

Snuggly Squares Baby Quilt (Layer Cake)

sleep mask

alphabet rocks

storybook puzzle blocks

poochie bag

friend bag

cart caddy

fabric basket

Snowman candy bars

word blocks

picture box

piano bag

great recipes for the holidays

chef's hat

pencil bag

messanger bag

pencil case


laundry soap

flower pin cushion

coffee photo sleeve

fabric potato head

ruffled skirt

decorative pins

ipod cover


boxy pouch

bento box quilt

double hourglass blocks

mini zippered bag

paper snowflakes


hedgehog pincushion

stuffed animal

two sided apron


marshmellow gun

travel pillow case


Eye mask

felt food

candy bags

shopping bags

cute pincushion

puffy pouch

cardboard stars

rag rug

spider web quilt


pot holder wallet

Shoulder bag

lined zipper pouch

bag with zipper on front.

metal top clutch

table runner

juice pouch pencil case

binky clips

handmade flowers

crayon bag


oven mitts

crochet flower magnets

lollipop cookies

fabric card and envelope

baby Mac quilt

Stacked coins quilt

ruffle top


machine cathedral windows.

lunch bag

tutorial round up

tank top tote

Ironing board cover

small purse

flower tote

bloom quilt

Royal icing

Shopping Bag

easy square baby quilt

kids car mat

disappering nine patch I Spy

shopping bag out of a T-shirt

potato bag

bag sew along

flower cupcakes

1/2 yard bag

Love bird

Stroller bag

Hexie pincushion


play mat

monster pillow

oragami folded bag

recycled field bag

small messenger bag


box pouch

fat quarter bag

drawstring bag

house pouch

tiny treat bags

snow globe soap

mug rug

lunch money cuff

mushroom lunch bag

trinket bags

kitchen towel apron

hair wrap towel

various bag sizes

Please remember that these are for personal use only. You can not make any of these items to resell without permission from the artist.