28 February 2014

Pillow Case Tutorial with French Seams

I have been having sew much fun!
Playing with scraps, my Aunt Elna and I have been sewing up doll quilts and matching pillows.




It has been a really long winter.... Again.
Don't these bright, happy colours remind you of spring?


Scrappy Medallion doll quilt and matching Pillow Case

This is actually the first Medallion quilt I ever made!





Don't you love the texture created by this fun zig zag quilting?
I was inspired by this tutorial by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts.
She calls it Honeycomb quilting!




There were a few of you who expressed an interest in a tutorial for the little pillows.
So I made one more quilt and matching pillow.
This pillow case was made a little bigger and fits nicer.



The quilts are all 18" wide by 20" long and will fit any 18" doll,
such as American Girl or her Canadian counterpart, Maplelea Girl.
The pillows are approximately 9" long and 4" wide.


For the pillow, you will need one piece of fabric 8.5" x 8.5"



Fold this in half with right sides together.
Using a 1/4" seam, stitch around the raw edges, leaving an opening for stuffing.



Trim the corners to reduce bulk.
Turn right side out, through the opening.
Use a blunt ended instrument to carefully poke the corners into nice sharp points.
Stuff the pillow with polyester batting.



Fold in the raw edges of the opening.
Pin the seam closed.



Top stitch the opening closed and backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam.



For the pillow case, you will need a 10.5" x 7" piece for the main portion of the case, a 10.5" x 6" piece for the cuff, and a 10.5" x 1.5" piece for the trim.



Press the trim fabric in half lengthwise, with wrong sides together, as you would for making binding.
Lay the cuff fabric, face up.
Then place the main fabric face up.
Place the trim fabric on top, with all the raw edges alined at the top.
Sew a scant 1/4" seam.



Trim the side edges even.



Roll up the main fabric, as shown.



Fold up the edge of the cuff fabric and line up the raw edge with the edge you just sewed.
Pin in place.
Sew a 1/4" seam.




Carefully pull the rolled up main fabric out of the tube and turn the whole thing with right sides out.



Press the cuff flat.



Fold with wrong sides together.
Carefully line up the top of the cuff and the trim to match.
Pin in place.



Sew a scant 1/4" seam along the raw edges, backstitching at each end.
Trim the raw edges to 1/8" and trim the corners to reduce bulk.



Turn the pillowcase inside out.
Press the seamed sides.
Sew a 1/4" seam backstitching at both ends.



Turn the pillow case back right side out.
Press the seams.



Place the pillow into the case.
This photo shows the seam, made using this french seam method, and all raw edges are enclosed.
No stray threads!



Hope you enjoy playing with some scraps and make some cute little pillows, too!


All of these little quilts and pillows are now for sale in my Etsy shop.

If you have an Etsy shop, leave me a link in the comments.
I would love to come browse around!



Keep On Quilting On!

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25 February 2014

Let's Bee Social #9

Welcome to this week's social linky party!

After finishing the quilting on the third quilt in a row last week, I was looking for some play time.

I dug into my Kate Spain Sunnyside scraps and worked on piecing a pair of doll quilts.  Each quilt is 18" x 20" and are suitable for any 18" doll.  I know the American Girl dolls are very popular.  And up here in The Great White North, the Canadian girls I know all have Maplelea Girl dolls.

My 'little' girl is now 14 years old, and does not have any dolls.  She actually never did like playing with dolls.  So I don't have a pretty dolly to model these little quilts to show how they measure up.

While I was at it, I decided to make matching pillows for these quilts.  And plan to post a little tutorial in case anyone is interested in how I made them.  They have french seams, so they won't fray or have any loose threads!


The quilting was done using the serpentine stitch that comes on my Aunt Elna.


I used my favourite binding method to give those edges a little extra zing!


Each little quilt was made with a pieced backing and both are almost identical!

Sew what is new with you???



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24 February 2014

Fat Quarter Frenzy GIVEAWAY!

Sew Sisters is having a BIG Sale!!!

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Sew Sisters is having a sale!  And a GIVEAWAY!


Up for grabs in the giveaway contest are 5 fat quarters of Kona Solids!


Here are the details for the Sew Sisters sale....
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22 February 2014

Sunday Stash Yum Yums

This Sunday Stash post is dedicated to the Fat Quarter!
It's a Fat Quarter Frenzy filled post!

Look what landed in the mail box this past week!

First up is Basic Shades by Riley Blake.
I got this sweet 16 piece bundle from Pam at Mad About Patchwork.


Basic Shades from Riley Blake


Yum, yum!

Basic Shades from Riley Blake

Next up is a fat quarter bundle of 23 Kona solids in the Sunset Palette.


Both of these bundles are on sale this month!
Head on over and get yours at Mad About Patchwork

23 Kona cotton fat quarters in the sunset palette

Spring has finally arrived!!!
Well, in my mail box..... at least!
Thank you, Pam.  You have made me sew happy!


23 Kona cotton fat quarters in the sunset palette

Well, since the mailbox was stuffed full of this spring themed goodness....

The UPS guy came right to the front door!



Look what my sponsor sent!
Newly arrived from AccuQuiltMy GO! cutter and all these dies!





Big Clam and Hexie!




I am more than a little excited....




I am ECSTATIC!



Looking forward to using that Triangle die!!!

Paula of The Sassy Quilter is hosting a Triangle Quilt Along beginning  on MARCH 21st!
My only advice is to join us!
The Sassy Quilter
Be there or be square!
Keep On Quilting On!

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Linking up this week's Sunday Stash with Sarah from Mila + Cuatro.
Swing on over and link up some of your stash!


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Keep On Quilting On!

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