Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Project Teen Study pillow and Color block notebook from Game Day Fabrics

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Game Day fabrics are perfect for sewing projects for boys and teens
Today is my turn on the Game Day blog tour and I could not be more excited!  I love the fun color ways and the sports theme is perfect for my teen and tween boys! I was provided with fabric from Riley Blake Designs to create a couple of projects to show off this fun collection. I decided to sew a Study Pillow from the book Project Teen by Melissa Mortenson as well as a fabric notebook cover that I designed.
Study pillow and color block notebook cover from Game Day fabrics
The Study Pillow is a hit with my boys and I foresee it getting a lot of use this summer when they head outdoors to read and hang out on the deck. I love the pockets and the down pillow inside will be a favorite of my kids for sure. Just as a note- if you have the book, the instructions for cutting the back are incorrect and should read 19" X 27"
Use Game Day fabrics to create a color block notebook cover
I wanted to create a notebook cover to go along with the study pillow so I designed this one to mimic the color blocking of the Study Pillow. I love the addition of the piping to bring out the navy in the numbers fabric. You can find the tutorial for the notebook cover HERE.

I had a blast sewing with this fun fabric and hope you enjoy the projects I created!
XOXO,
Amy

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Color Block Fabric Notebook Cover Tutorial

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Sew a color block cover for your composition notebook with this tutorial
color block fabric covered notebook tutorial
I love sewing notebook covers from fabric. You can customize them to match your style and add to the function by adding a pocket for pens and an elastic to keep the pages closed.  This is not the first notebook cover tutorial I have posted (you can see them HERE and HERE), but I realized that I didn't have one for a composition notebook that added a pen pocket, so I thought I would correct that.

Supplies:
You could make this from two fat quarters, but if you want to have the variety, you will need small pieces of other fabrics as well. I used fabric provided by Riley Blake Designs for participation in the Game Day blog tour.
fusible fleece
You will also need elastic and piping (optional)
Sewing supplies are a given. ;)
You will probably also want a composition notebook 

Cutting:
For the inside of the notebook cover 1- 10 1/2" X 16" piece
For the two flaps to hold the notebook in the cover 2- 5" X 10 1/2" (I cut this from the same fabric I cut the inside piece from)
For the front accent piece (the numbers fabric in this example) 1- 7" X 11" piece
for the front main piece (the orange fabric) 1- 10" X 11" piece
for the pen pocket  2- 3" X 6" 
1- 10" X 15 1/2" piece fusible fleece
cut 1- 11" piece of elastic
optional- cut 1- 11" piece of piping

Assembly:
*all seams use a 1/4" seam allowance
Assembling the front of the color block notebook cover
(from left to right)
  • Attach piping to the main front piece (the 10"X11" piece)
  • Place the front accent piece (7"X11") right side down on the main piece and sew
  • press the accent piece to the side
  • fuse the fleece to the back of the front piece, following manufacturer instructions
  • Trim the front piece to 10 1/2" X 16"
  • Top stitch the front accent piece where the piping is attached
  • Take pocket pieces and place right sides together, sew around all sides, leaving an opening for turning.
  • Clip corners of pocket piece and turn right side out.
  • press and top stitch the top of the pocket
  • position the pocket on the front of the cover- 1" to the right of the piping and 1 1/2" up from the bottom.
  • Stitch around the two sides and bottom of the pocket.
assembling the color block notebook cover
  • place the front cover piece face up on your work surface
  • Position the elastic 2" in from the left side- pin in place (this pic shows it on top of the flap, but that's just so you can see the positioning, it should be UNDER the flap)
  • Press the flap pieces (5" X 10 1/2") in half along the length to create 2- 2 1/2" X 10 1/2" pieces
  • Line the raw edges of the flaps with the two sides of the front cover
  • place the lining of the notebook cover right side DOWN on top of the cover, pin in place
  • sew around all the edges of the cover, leaving an opening in the bottom for turning 
  • clip the corners and turn the cover right side out and press
  • stitch the opening in the bottom closed.

Slide in your composition notebook and enjoy!
These would be great for teacher appreciation or for keeping notes on your projects. I plan on making them for each of my children for our summer activities so they have a place to keep writing over the school break.
As always, if there are any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
XOXO,
Amy

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Fabric Carrot tutorial

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Sew your own Fabric Carrots with this tutorial from Ameroonie Designs
Sewing fabric carrots is simple and fun. Don't be surprised if you end up sewing a whole lot more than you think you really need.

Supplies:
Fabrics- large scraps of orange and smaller scraps of green
Fiber fill or other stuffing material
Sewing machine and tools
Needle and thread

Make the Carrots
Fabric carrots can be made in any size you want
 The first thing you will need to do is decide how big you want your carrots to be. You will need two rectangles in the sizes shown for each carrot. (unless you are making multiple carrots of the same fabric, then see tip below) Fold the rectangle along the length and then cut from the top outer corner to the fold point to create the pennant shape. You can really use any measurement you want, the wider the rectangle, the fatter the carrot, the taller the rectangle, the taller the carrot.
cut and sew the body of the carrot before stuffing
  1.  Cut a pennant shape that is the height and width you want for your carrot. Most of the carrots I made were 3" across the top and 9" tall. **A tip for cutting out multiple carrot bodies from the same fabric is to alternate the direction of the carrot so you can get more out of one piece. Cut a length of fabric the height of the carrot body you want, then fold it over so the right sides are facing. Use a rotary cutter and plastic ruler, or draw your lines for cutting to create the pennant shape- the point of the pennant will be at the half-way point of the width of the top. For example: To make the medium size carrots I would cut a length of fabric 9" wide. Then, I would fold over that piece so the right sides are facing. Next- using a rotary cutter or ruler, measure from one corner at the top, to a marking 1 1/2" (1/2 of the 3" width I want) in on the bottom and cut an angled line. From that bottom point, measure over another 1 1/2" (so you have 3" from the top corner) and cut your second angled line. Continue this process- measure 1 1/2" from the last point you cut on the opposite side so you create more pennant pieces that are 9" tall and 3" across the top until you reach the end of your fabric piece.
  2. Sew along the two angled sides at 1/4" seam allowance. Back stitch at the beginning and ending.
  3. Trim off the fabric around the tip to allow the point to be easier to turn.
  4. Turn the carrot right side out. Tip* use a blunt, pointy tool (like a chopstick) to push out the point of the carrot.
Sew the Leaves:
fabric leaves for your stuffed carrots add a bit of whimsy to your project
  1. Cut the green fabric into the size of leaves you want. For the larger carrots I used 2" X 3" rectangles, for the smaller ones, I used 2" X 2" squares. You need two pieces of fabric for each leaf. For the larger carrots I made 3 leaves, for the smaller carrots, I made 2.
  2. Round the two top corners of the leaf pieces. (note: the larger leaves are 3" tall and 2" wide)
  3. Sew around three sides of the leaf- leaving the bottom (straight) edge open. I do back stitch at the beginning and ending of each leaf so the stitches don't pull out when you turn.
  4. Clip the rounded parts of the leaves. You can use scissors to cut notches out, but I like to just use pinking shears to trim it. Just be careful to not clip your threads.
  5. Turn the leaf right side out and press.
 Assemble the carrots:
Use fiber fill to stuff the bodies then close the top with a needle and thread, adding the leaves at the end.
  1. Stuff the carrot with fiber. I like my carrots extra firm, but you do you. Leave a bit of space at the top to turn the edges over and add the leaves.
  2. Fold the top edge of the carrot body over a scant 1/4" and stitch a running stitch around the top. Bring the thread to the inside of the carrot. Pull the thread to begin to gather the top, but don't close it all the way- you still need to add the leaves. *tip: I used button thread which is thick and strong, if you use regular thread, just make sure to double it up so it's strong enough to pull tight to close the top of your carrots.
  3. Add the leaves. You can either run a gathering stitch along the bottom of the leaves, or fold the leaf and then just push the needle through the bottom- which is what I do. I accordion fold the leaf into fourths and then just add it to the thread. I add all the leaves at the same time. Pull the thread to gather the top of the carrot closed, make sure the bottom of the leaves are all enclosed in the carrot.
  4. Stitch around the top of the carrot again, catching the leaves as you go to keep them securely in the carrot. Tie off the thread when you are done.
Tie your fabric carrots into a bunch with a bright ribbon to create a fun accent piece
 Tie a group of carrots together with a bow.
Add fabric carrots to a bucket and use as a decoration with a bunny for spring or Easter.
See- even the Easter bunny loves these fabric carrots!

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out! I'm happy to help or clarify anything.

Have a wonderful Spring!
xoxo,
Amy
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