Monthly Archives: December 2012

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A Winner & 2 New Projects!

It’s been a heck of a December and we’ve had SO much fun! Thank you so much for following along with our Handmade Holiday series. Next up? Valentine’s day!!

Our final Handmade Holiday winner is… #124, Susan718!! Congratulations:). We’ll be in touch via email to get your shipping address.

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And now, two 2 fab new projects to keep you busy before we ring in 2013!

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The Hot Mess Casserole Carrier comes to us from the lovely Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. It was proudly displayed on the FreeSpirit/Westminster Blog throughout the month of December as Week 9 of their 12 Weeks of Christmas series. It’s the perfect gift for traveling foodie. Need something to keep your favorite lasagna hot while en route to your best friend’s house? Do it in style;). Or perhaps you’ve got a New Year’s Soiree lined up and need a last minute hostess gift? Here it is! If you’d like to make one just like Sara’s, check out Salt Water by Tula Pink for Freespirit/Westminster.

Hot Mess Casserole Carrier

Materials Needed
1 yard exterior fabric
1 yard lining fabric
1/4 yard strap fabric
1-1/2 yards Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1 yard Pellon® TP971 Fusible Thermolam® Plus
3/4 yard Pellon® 520 Deco-Fuse™
1/2 yard Pellon® 975 Insul-Fleece™
1-1/4 yard Pellon® 810 Tru-Grid™ (optional)
One 36″ zipper
One package double-fold bias tape
Thread

Tools Needed
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies

A free downloadable pdf for this project is available on our website — click here for the project page.

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This super cute It Hurts/All Better Heating Pad Cover was designed by Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt. It’s a cozy little cover to help you feel better. Sample used fabrics from Riley Blake‘s Hope & Shannon‘s Cuddle Fabric.

Heating Pad Cover

Materials Needed
Two 10″ x 12″ rectangles of white background fabric
1/2 yard of ‘All Better’ border & cuff fabric
1/4 yard of ‘It Hurts’ border fabric
3/4 yard Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
3/4 yard Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®
Thread
Ribbon (optional)

Tools Needed
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies

A free downloadable pdf for this project is available on our website — click here for the project page.

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We’d love to see what you make, so be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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We Love Batting!

How much do we love the Holiday Season? So much that we’ve teamed up with Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft to bring you a super HOT deal on batting!! This is your chance to grab a great product for an even better price, and it’s the perfect way to use that gift card you just got for Christmas. So… set your alarms for EARLY tomorrow and make sure to head to your local Jo-Ann or simply head to their online store. For easy shopping tomorrow, follow these links for the big deals:  Nature’s Touch & Quilter’s Touch.

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If you’re looking for some ways to use all of the fabulous new batting you’ll grab tomorrow, we’ve got you covered. Check out some of our free quilt patterns on our website, or browse through our favorites on Pinterest.

And now… back to Christmas cookies and hot chocolate;).

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pssssssssst!!! Have you entered-to-win in our last Handmade Holiday Giveaway? You’ve got until midnight tonight! Good luck:).

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A Handmade Holiday Giveaway, Part 3

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We’re here at our final giveaway of the Handmade Holiday with Pellon® series and it’s hard to believe that Christmas just a few days away! Are you ready? Are you working on some last minute projects? Or perhaps you’re already looking ahead to 2013, making plans for new projects and challenges. Whatever the case, we hope that you’re having fun and we can’t wait to see what you’re making!

Today, you have a chance to win the Pellon® products needed to create the projects featured on any one day of this week:

Monday: Snowflake the Snow Chick
Tuesday: Christmas Tree Table Runner
Wednesday: Holiday in Paris Gift Set & Insulated Wine Tote
Thursday: Embroidered Ornaments

OR

The Artisan Apron by Rachael Gander & the Cathedral Window Pillow by Kim Niedzwiecki

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To enter-to-win, tell us which project you’d like to make the most. Please let us know in the comments and make sure we have a way to get in touch with you in case you’re our winner! For added entries, you can do any of the following:

1. like us on Facebook
2. follow the blog (click the follow button in the right-hand sidebar)
3. follow our boards on Pinterest
4. follow us on Twitter
5. follow us on Instagram

Just make sure to post a separate comment telling us what you did for each entry.

Since we understand that many of you do travel for the holidays, we’ll accept entries up through midnight on Thursday, December 27th. Winner will be announced on Friday, December 28th.

Thanks and good luck!

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** please note that due to shipping restrictions, this contest is only open to participants in the US & Canada.

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Embroidered Ornaments

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It’s the last project day of our Handmade Holiday series and we’re going to do things a little differently;). One of our designers, Caren Adams, has a cute little embroidered ornament project to share. It’s easy, fun to do with the kids and would be an excellent weekend project leading into Christmas Eve & Christmas celebrations. The project isn’t yet available in pdf form, but Caren will tell you how it’s done. Just scroll down for all the info. We’ll still launch our final giveaway tomorrow, so make sure to come back and enter-to-win!

Welcome Caren!

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Hi everyone!  I’m Caren Adams from cadamsCREATIONS, and today I’m going to share a great way to make customized embroidered ornaments from your pile(s) of fabric scraps.

Do you have a creative child (or children) in your life? My son has been gifted with an amazing imagination. He thinks up stories that last for hours and hours, draws aliens that are too adorable to throw away, and has actually started to do bits of embroidery himself… with a real needle. Oh, and he’s only five.  Ok, I’ll stop gushing about my son, and start teaching you how to turn sketches (even the bits that kids have dreamed up!) into ornaments.  (Don’t be intimidated by the hand-stitching – just use simple backstitches and you’re set!)

How To Make A Custom Embroidered Ornament

Materials
— Muslin, linen, or other cotton fabrics (pre-washed) for the embroidered side
— Scraps of other festive backing fabrics
— Legacy™ by Pellon® 100% Bleached Cotton Batting
Pellon® 542 Stick-N-Washaway™ or Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®
— Bits of ribbon (I used 1/8″)
— Embroidery Floss & Needle

note: Use whatever size circles you prefer.  Mine are about 2-1/2″ (finished size), but I am terrible at math (and seam allowances).  I used the outside of a roll of packing tape as my circle template!

1. Find a picture you want to use. Try to use a line drawing if possible. Simple images are the easiest to re-create in small scale. One of the images I wanted to use was too big for an ornament, so I took a digital picture of it, resized it on my computer, and printed it.) Your image should be about 1/2 the size of the circle you’re using so that you don’t cut off an antenna or something. [Experience talking here, folks!]

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2. Copy your picture onto a transfer medium. In the past I have drawn directly on the fabric, but I mess up too often for that, so here are some other ways to get your image onto the fabric:

Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®: This is a double-sided fusible interfacing. To use this you’ll want to reverse the image, draw it on the paper side of the Wonder-Under®, iron it onto the back of the fabric, & sew through it. Carefully peel off the backing paper (making sure not to pull the stitches out) and then iron it on to your backing fabric.
Pellon® 542 Stick-N-Washaway™: (This is how I do mine.) Stick-N-Washaway™ is one of the products by Pellon® that I just love. Simply copy the image directly onto the fabric side of the product (or print it in your printer!), peel the paper backing off, then stick it on the front of your fabric. No reversing the image, no ironing, and no pulling the stitches when you’re finished. As a great perk – it acts as a stabilizer so you don’t need to use an embroidery hoop. When you are finished embroidering, just soak it in a bowl of warm water to wash it away!

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3. Cut out your circles. Now, I know some of you have a nifty machine to do your cutting, but if you don’t, you can just do what I did and use a template. I used a roll of packing tape, but you could use a cup, small plate, or even the spool from the ribbon. Draw the circle on the back of the fabric and then cut the circles out and stick (or iron) on the transfer medium (see above).

4. OK, now that you’ve got your transfer method all figured out and your circles all cut, let the embroidery begin! Use the simplest of stitches – straight stitches and back stitches are typically all that are needed. You may choose, if you are adventurous, to throw in some other types of stitches as well.

5. Take off the paper. If you’re using Wonder-Under®, CAREFULLY remove the paper so you don’t pull the stitches. As I mentioned, I used the Stick-N-Washaway™, so at this point I gave my little guys a bath. Here they are drying off:

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6. Make a fabric sandwich: batting, back, then front (right sides together). Insert a loop of ribbon for hanging at the top. Put the ribbon between the front and back pieces of fabric with the cut edges hanging outside the circles. Make sure to pin the whole loop INSIDE the fabric sandwich so you don’t sew it into the seam!  I used about 10″ of ribbon and looped them in half, so with the seams that makes them about 4-1/2″.

7. Mark where you want your gap (for turning). Stitch around the edges with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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8. Turn your ornament right side out and iron flat. Hand stitch the opening closed.

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Added Embellishments
At this point, you could call your ornaments finished.  Mine appeared to be lacking something, so I started playing with embellishments.  I used a knotted blanket stitch around the edge of my son’s “space dog.”

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I did a running stitch along the edge of the “Space Mouse” – the running stitch shows on the other side, too, for a nice bordered effect.

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I had two of the same “Space Mouse” images, so I whipped the running stitch around the edge to make it look somewhat braided.  See?

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Then there was what I call the “Space Carrot”.  He’s a bit off-center, but I like it that way.  I think I may use a fabric pen to write the year on it! (I didn’t stitch this one in orange on purpose!)

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So there you have it.  A quick, easy, and unique way to use up some of your scraps!  Think of what a sweet gift this would make for teachers, extended family, friends, etc.  Also, kids love these. You could play games with them if you want to.  My two kids have been having lots of fun playing with them! If you’re not one to celebrate Christmas, these would still make fun decorations.  Like I said, just a fun way to use up some of those scraps.

-Enjoy!  :) Caren

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Thanks so much to Caren for sharing this one! We’d love to see what you make, so be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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Totes for the Holidays

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Five days left until Christmas means there’s still time for more sewing!! Today’s featured projects are easy to make and perfect for that last name left on your list. Maybe it’s for that dear friend who just happens to be hosting a Christmas Eve dinner, or perhaps even for your sister who always appreciates that handmade touch.

Jenelle Clark of Echinops & Aster created this Holiday in Paris Gift Set last year, but it’s so cute we had to share it again. The tote holds essential oil infused bath salts & a lavender eye pillow to help your giftee relax after the hectic holiday season.

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Holiday in Paris Gift Set

Materials Needed: Tote
2 yards Pellon® 931TD Fusible Midweight
2 Fat Quarters Coordinating Patterns
2 Fat Quarters Coordinating Solids
1/2 yard Lining Fabric
Small piece of fabric for 10-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ strips
1 Large Button
7″ Zipper
Erasable Fabric Pen
Double-Sided Tape
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies

Materials Needed: Eye Pillow & Bath Salts
Two 9″ x 4″ Fabric Rectangles
Two 9″ x 4″ Rectangles Pellon® 931TD Fusible Midweight
1-1/4 cup Flax Seed
Lavender, Rosemary & Peppermint Oil
2 Small Canning Jars

A free downloadable pdf for this project is available on our website — click here for the project page.

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Kiera Vanella of Simply, Kiera designed this handy Insulated Wine Tote. It’ll keep that bottle of White Wine nicely chilled on the way from your house to your Holiday dinner + it makes a fabulous hostess gift!

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Insulated Wine Tote

Materials Needed
6-1/2″ Quit Block, trimmed to 6-1/4″
Two 1/2″ x 6-1/4″ Fabric Rectangles
Two 1-1/2″ x 14-1/4″ Fabric Strips
One 8-1/4″ x 14-1/4″ Fabric Rectangle for Back
Two 8-1/4″ x 14-1/4″ Fabric Rectangles for lining
One 4″ x 18″ Fabric Rectangle for handle
Two 8-1/4″ x 14-1/4″ Rectangles Pellon® 975 Insul-Fleece™
Two Buttons

Tools Needed
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies
Ruler

A free downloadable pdf for this project is available on our website — click here for the project page.

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We’d love to see what you make, so be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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Christmas Tree Table Runner

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Christmas is just one week away and we’re getting a little bit closer to finishing up all of the handmade gifts on our lists. Close enough to make something for ourselves? Absolutely! Alexandra Henry of Alexa’s World designed this festive Christmas Tree Table Runner to add a bit of cheer to your holiday table. We’re loving that it’s foundation-pieced and think that the Kona Bay fabrics she used are just perfect.

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Alexandra’s table runner used the following Kona Bay Fabrics:

Fabric A — Kona Bay SHAD-04 Forest
Fabric B — Kona Bay GT0039-01
Fabric C — Kona Bay SANC-06 Red
Fabric D — Kona Bay DaGama Raindrop GT0046-02
Fabric E — Kona Bay GT0036-02

Kona Bay Christmas Tree Table Runner

Materials Needed
1/4 yard Fabric A — Tree
3/8 yard Fabric B — Background
3/8 yard Fabric C — 1st Border & Binding
3/4 yard Fabric D — Outer Border
1/8 yard Fabric E — Tree Trunk
5/8 yard Backing Fabric
1 pkg Pellon® 835R Stitch-N-Tear Lite™
5/8 yard Legacy™ by Pellon® 100% Bleached Cotton Batting
Thread

Tools Needed
Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies

A free downloadable pdf for this project is available on our website — click here for the project page.

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We’d love to see what you make, so be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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Snowflake the Snow Chick & a Winner!!

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Thank you to all who entered our latest giveaway. I truly love seeing your comments and look forward to hearing all about what you end up making this holiday season! This week, our big winner is Lori Morton — Congratulations Lori!! We hope that you have fun making the Frippery Coasters by Rachael Gander & the Cupcake Mug Rug by Vanessa Wilson:).

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Kicking off our 3rd and final week of Handmade Holiday goodness, we’re pleased to introduce Snowflake the Snow Chick!! Anjeanette Klinder of ByAnjeannette sent this adorable little gal in just over a week ago and we’ve all been ooh-ing and ahh-ing over how lovely she is. A perfect mix of batting + cluster fill, this gal would be the perfect addition to your holiday décor.

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Snowflake the Snow Chick

Materials Needed
1/4 yard Legacy™ by Pellon® 100% Bleached Cotton Batting
1 16oz. pkg Pellon® Perfect Loft™ Cluster Fiber Fill
1 15oz. can — emptied, cleaned out and wrapper removed
Embellishments for the face
Buttons for the eyes, hat and front band

Tools Needed
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
General Sewing Supplies

A free downloadable pdf for this project is available on our website — click here for the project page.

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We’d love to see what you make, so be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!