Patchwork Tree Skirt Tutorial

Patchwork Tree Skirt Tutorial by Stubbornly Crafty

This one will be more of a mini tutorial. I’m assuming if you’ve been reading my blog long enough, you get the workings of putting little fabric squares together. If not, give me a shout out and I can put together a quick tutorial on how to line your squares up to get those perfect butted rows where your corners match up every single time.

If you want a tree skirt to whip up and throw under your tree all in one day, this is not the one for you, haha! Continue reading Patchwork Tree Skirt Tutorial

Craftin’ Away

Tessa Basket

The last couple months have been a bit of a blur. Taking some time off was a must, but it ended up being longer than I expected. I’m so ready to get back to life and blogging. For the month of June I’m going to do something I did on Facebook a while back where I catch up on some of the massive pile of unfinished projects I have and share my progress with you weekly.

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Kid’s Valentine Artist Kit

Kid's artist kit tutorial

I hope everyone had a super fabulous Christmas and New Year’s!

If you are like me you are having a hard time getting back into the swing of things. Today’s project is a simple one to ease you back into it. I’m actually making them for my Primary kids for Valentine’s Day. After not finishing some of the Christmas gifts I had planned this year, I decided I better start getting things going earlier. Continue reading Kid’s Valentine Artist Kit

Toddler Girl’s Apron Pattern and Tutorial

 

girls apron pattern

Hi, friends! Now that it???s the fabulous month of November, I was thinking about Thanksgiving and my daughter???s birthday. She was about to turn two and loves to pull out all of my bowls and a spoon to play with when on the main floor of our house, andξshe also has fabricξplay food in her bedroom that she plays with everyday. What better project to sew up for my little chef than an apron! Continue reading Toddler Girl’s Apron Pattern and Tutorial

Fruit Applique and Embroidery Pattern

fruit applique towels

Good heavens, it’s been go, go, go around here. I’ve been doing a lot of canning which gave me the idea to make some cute simple towels. I’m pretty sure all of our kitchen towels are from our wedding almost nine years ago, so we’re due.

fruit applique

 

I doodled these fun little fruit shapes and my awesome hubby digitized them for me. He even left the little happy face I drew on one of the cherries. I love that cherry. So cheery.

The apple is my favorite of all. I made this one into a little gift with a jar of freshly made apple sauce.

peach jam

 

The previous homeowners planted a white peach tree in the yard. The peaches are so tasty but really hard to bottle because the color turns rather unattractive quickly. So I made a bunch of different types of jam with them. Some just white peach jam, strawberry peach, raspberry peach, and blueberry peach. All tasty and all disguise the browning peach color. The white peach alone didn’t turn out to be all that unattractive this time either.

fruit applique towels alternate view

 

I haven’t had the chance to finish my embroidery set but will share them when they are done. I’m thinking they’ll make a great little gift.

You can download the free pattern for these cuties here:

[Download the Free Pattern]

Monster Bib Pattern & Tutorial

Hi all! After the great response on my girly baby bib post I decided to make a tutorial for my newest bib design:ξthe monster bib.

monster bib pattern and tutorial

I love how they turned out and hope you do too.

So let???s get started.

monster bib supply list

 

Supplies:

  • Pattern (download here: Page 1 | Page 2)
  • Fabric (2 coordinating fabrics plus scraps of black and white for pupils, eyes, and teeth)
  • Batting (optional)
  • Fabric for backing (flannel, fleece, chenille, minky, etc??_)
  • Wonder Under
  • Writing utensil for tracing
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Iron/Ironing board
  • Sewing machine
  • Snaps or velcro

Monster Bib cut shapes with Wonder Under

Download and cut out your pattern. Overlap the top section of the bib on the dotted line of the bottom section of the bib and tape the two pieces together. Iron your fabrics. Cut your main fabric 12??_ x 10.5??_ and the fabric that will be below the teeth to 4??_ x 10.5??_.

Trace the four circles (the eyes) and the teeth onto the smooth side of your Wonder Under. Cut around each piece of the Wonder Under leaving a little extra ???negative space??? and iron them rough side down onto your fabrics following the directions on the back of the package. If you are using felt like I did for the pupils, make sure you use a barrier between the iron and the felt (like a scrap of cotton fabric) or you can scorch the felt and cause it to melt.

remove wonder under backing

I???ve had a couple of readers mention they dislike applique and find it difficult to get the paper off. The Wonder Under can be a pain to work with. Here is what I???ve learned to make it a bit easier to get the backing off without causing the edges to fray.

So, we left a bit of negative space before ironing the Wonder Under onto the fabric. Before you start to cut out around your shape, lift one side of the Wonder Under and peel it away from the fabric exposing the adhesive underneath. Set it back down and then cut around your shape. Now you already have an edge to help you pull off the backing without picking at the corner trying to get a start. You then rip it off fast like you would a band-aid.

monster bib iron sew base fabrics

Place the teeth onto the top of your 4??_ x 10.5??_ piece of fabric and iron it down. Sew around the perimeter (I forgot this step until later). Layout your main fabric front (the 12??_ x 10.5??_) face up. Line up the mouth with your teeth closest to the bottom as shown above. Fabrics should be right sides together. With a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew the two together and then press.

monster bib cutout shape

Fold fabric right sides together in half longways. Line up the bib pattern on the inside crease and trace the bib onto the back (obviously, make sure to keep the teeth towards the bottom of the pattern). This will make placing the eyes in the correct position easier. Take the Wonder Under backing off the eyeballs, iron them down, and then sew around the perimeter. Repeat with the pupils. Instead of back-stitching, pull the front threads to the back and tie a knot.

assemble the pieces of the monster bib

Now we are ready to assemble our bib. Trace and cut out your bib pattern on your batting and your fabric for the backing (in my case, this is minky). Sandwich them together as follows: on bottom your minky right side up, then your monster face right-side towards the minky, followed by your batting on top of that. If you are not using batting, it???s just the two fabrics right-sides together. Pin them together and sew a 1/4-inch seam around the bib, leaving a small opening for turning at the bottom.

Cut notches around your bib making sure not to cut your stitches. Then turn the bib right-side out using a chopstick or other blunt-tipped tool. Iron your monster flat, folding in the fabric from your opening and pinning it to close it up. Top stitch around the edge of the entire bib to finish it off. Now all you have left to do is attach snaps or velcro and you???re finished!

Finished bib measures 8.5??_ wide by 13??_ tall.

I think the one I made for the tutorial turned out looking more like a dragon. See how versatile this fabulous pattern is?ξ:)

monster-bib-aqua monster-bib-greenξmonster-bib-variety

Drop me a line if you have any questions!