Tuesday, January 14, 2014

We Have A Winner Adronit Fat Quarter Give Away

I have notified Katie that she has won she has 24 hours to contact me or I will need to pick another winner. Congrates to Katie and thanks to everyone wo entered

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Daisy Bag

Hello. My name is June and blog over at Sew Mama June. I am so excited to be here with The Ribbon Retreat and share with you my bag; The Daisy Bag. I used the Evening Blooms line to make my bag.

4 sets of grommets
1/2 yard for outside of bag
1/2 yard for inside of bag
1/4 yard for top ruffle
1 fat quarter for side pockets and ruffle on handles
1 fat quarter for straps/handles ruffles
1/2 yard for straps/handles
2 yards heavy weight interfacing
1pkg 3/8" elastic

First thing you'll do is cut out all your pieces.
From the outside, inside fabric and interfacing cut 2 pieces 13"x14".
From the top ruffle fabric cut 2 pieces 5"x 21"
Side gussets from fabric and interfacing cut 2 pieces 3 1/2"x13 1/2"
Bottom gusset fabric and interfacing  cut one piece 3 1/2"x14 1/2"
Side pockets cut 2 pieces at 5"x14"
Inside pocket cut one piece 12"x15"
Handles cut 4 pieces 12"x40" and 2 pieces of interfacing the same size
Ruffles cut one from each color at 1 1/2" x 53"

Now that we got the cutting done we can get started sewing.
Take your 2 strap pieces and make a sandwich with the interfaicing the middle and serge raw edges. If you don't a serger then put your right sides together with the interfacing on one side. Sew down the length on both long sides. Once you have sewn both sides turn inside out and press. Repeat this process to make your second handle.

 Do the same with the fabric that will be the ruffle on your handles/straps. Make 2.
 Sew a basting stitch (the longest stitch on your machine) down the center of your ruffle. Then pull your thread to ruffle the ruffle. Pull until it is the same length as your strap. Repeat with second ruffle strip.
 Center your ruffle on the middle of you strip and sew in place on top of the basting stitch from previous stitch. Repeat with both straps.
 Set your straps aside and get the fabric to make your inside pocket.
Fold your pocket piece in half so that it measures 6"x13" and press. Cut a piece of interfacing the same size.  I chose to serge my short end. But you can fold in half with right sides touching, sew down short sides. Then turn inside out and press. Line bottom raw edge up with bottom of inside fabric piece in the center. Sew in place on the 2 short sides. I sewed one 3 and two 4 inch pockets. Decide what will work for you. Draw a straight line and sew straight stay stitch to divide up the pockets.
 Sew your side gussets to the side of one lining piece and the interfacing repeat on the other side. Attach the other big inside piece to your side gussets. And now you should have a circle. The interfacing is only on your big pieces not your gussets. The interfacing will go the gussets on the outside of the bag.

 Then line up your bottom gusset piece to the bottom of the circle that is your lining and sew in place. You should now have what looks like a bag. Leave a 2" opening to turn the bag later.
Now we will put the outside of the bag together starting with your side panels or gussets.
Make a casing at the top on a small side of your pocket fabric. You will need a 5/8" casing. Cut your elastic to 3 1/2". Feed through your casing and attach at each side so it doesn't pull through. Run a basting stitch along the bottom and gather it so that it measures 3 1/2".
 Place your pocket piece on the front of your outside gusset and line the gathered edge up with the bottom of the gusset and sew down the 2 sides. Repeat with your second side.

 Sew the outside of the bag like you did the inside. Sew your side gussets first. Make sure you have the interfacing attach to the gussets. Side and bottom.

 Now it is the top ruffle. Take your 2 pieces and attach at the short edge. Fold in half length wise and press. Sew a basting stitch along the bottom raw edge and gather until it is the same size as around your bag.
 Pin the ruffle to the top of the outside of the bag lining up raw edges and sew or serge in place.
Turn the lining right side out and place inside the outside of the bag so the right sides are touching. Line up seams and pin place. Then sew around the top.
 Pull the outside through the inside opening.

 To attach your grommets measure in 2 1/2" in from the side and 1 1/2" from the top. Place grommet on fabric and trace the inside circle with a pencil. Then cut out on the pencil line and attach grommet. See pictures. Repeat with 4 grommets.

 Sew your inside hole closed either by hand or with your machine.

 Feed strap through grommet hole and stitch in place just above the grommet. Repeat with all grommets and straps.

 And now you have your bag! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Adorn It! Wildflower Quilt & Giveaway!!!

I am so excited to share this quilt with you. It was my first time working with Adorn It! And it was a lot of fun.
I made this quilt as a wedding gift for son who is getting married next month. I used the Marbles pattern from the Simply Fat Quarter book by Its Sew Emma. I wanted to make a queen but they only had a twin or a king so I altered the pattern a little to make it smaller. I took one row of off each side.
I think it turned out FANTASTIC! I had Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting quilt it for me and she did such a great job. This was the first time I had her quilt for me, but I had heard such great reviews about her that I wasn't worried. And I will use her again in the future. I did a scrappy back to save fabric and I love how it turned out.
The Adorn It collection I used was Wildflower. I love this line. Its so fun and bold. With bright colors and designs. I love the quality of fabric that Adorn It puts out. Its so soft. I love the designs that they do for their lines as well. Everytime a new collection comes out I want/need to make something with it.
So here is the best part. Adorn It is going to give one of my readers a fat quarter bundle of this super cute line. I am so excited for you guys to be able to make something with this. Just feel out the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win. And as a reminder to enter this giveaway, or any giveaway on my blog, you MUST be a public follower of this blog using Google Friend Connect. To become a follower click on the blue link on the side that says "Join This Site". You just need an email address to follow. If you have any questions let me know. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Count Down to Christmas

T'was the night before Christmas, well it's not that far off. When I was little my mom had an advent calendar for me to count down to that special day. When my kids were young I carried on the tradition with them. A couple of years ago I made one for each of my kids homes. I then decided that this year Grandma needed one for her home so this is what I created. This was a lot of work; but also a lot of fun.
1/2 yard front
1/2 yard back
1 yrd green for tree
fat quarter for bag
fat quarter for tree trunk or just use scrapes
1 yard of heavy pellon
1/2 yard of heat and bond
2 yards of rick rack to trim your tree.
scraps for applique words
1 1/2 ribbon for your numbers
For the ornaments:
I used 1 pkg small clothes pin.
1 1/2 yards ribbon
24 Christmas buttons

Lets get started; you will want to do this in sections;
Sew back and front together with heavy pellon in between.

Cut your tree out. Cut two of each branch section (a front and a back) and sew together with heavy pellon in between. Repeat and make three branch section. See picture.

I put 3 button holes on the bottom section, 2 in the middle section and 4 on the top. Theses buttonholes will be used to hang the ornaments on. You can decide how many and where you want them. The rest of the ornaments will hang off the edges. Sew the rick rack onto the bottom of each section.

Cut your trunk out of the brown fabric  3"x5" cut 2 fabric & 1 pellon

Cut a 6"x7" piece out of your red for your bag. Fold down 1" on the top and fold each side over 1/2" to create a pocket. Do a stitch along the top to create a 1" casing. Thread a 4" piece of elastic and secure at each end. You can make a little bow from leftover ribbon to put in the center top of the bag.

Now lets assemble the advent calendar;

Place bag in lower left corner sew on three sides to create a pocket. Above the bag and in the middle of your background fabric place the trunk of tree and sew into place.
Then add the bottom branch of tree, then middle, then top. Sew each section before adding the next. When sewing the branches on just sew down the 2 outsides. Leave the bottom open so that you can hang your ornaments off.

Once the tree has been placed added your "ho ho ho" or what ever you want it to say. This is done with cutting each letter out of fabric and attached with heat and bond. Trace your letters onto the smooth side of your heat n bond and then iron the rough side of the heat n bond to the wrong side of your fabric. Once you have it pressed on cut the letters out and arrange them how you want them. Press them into place and iron onto your background. Use your favorite applique stitch to keep them in place.
Repeat this same process to make the numbers. I used ribbon to make my #'s and I didn't stitch them in place but you can if you want to make them a little more secure.

To make your ornaments cover each clothspin with ribbon and then glue buttons on to the side of the clothspin. Once you have them all done and they are dried put them into the bag you made.

Hang up and count down to that special day. Every day pick an ornament and hang it on the tree on the number for day.

Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night.