This is a simple idea that’s full of possibilities. They could be made for any holiday or occasion. What’s really wonderful though is that it’s perfect for scraps and your little sewists. The directions are vague which is nice because it leaves room for interpretation. We had 4″ envelopes so we worked backwards from there.
Mo Willems’ Knuffle Bunny was a great fabric to use for young ones since it combines a favorite character and hearts!
1. We printed out some sayings for a computer onto a stiff paper stock. This isn’t necessary, since you can always handwrite your Valentine’s Day wishes. As for size, we made the paper portion smaller so we could use fabric as a frame. So in this case, the finished size is for a 4″ envelope and the paper squares are about 3″ leaving 1″ in fabric border.
2. We cut fabric scraps roughly at about 5″ squares – enough so we didn’t have to line things up too strictly before sewing. Layering fabrics wrong sides together and placed the paper on top. We did not pin things because we didn’t want to leave a mark in the paper, but you could use spray glues if thought it would help for littler hands.
* We took the extra step in adding a layer of white fabric between the prints so they wouldn’t show though.
3. Using any stitch you like and sewing with the paper facing up, stitch around the edge of the paper. Trim loose ends.
4. Finally, trim the fabrics to the desired size with pinking shears.
5. For a finishing touch, we added fabric “stamps”.
Quilter and teacher, Charles Johns’ interpretation for a seasonal makeover in Dem Bones really impresses us!
Firstly, he did this duo of pennant projects, which can really translate for any season, but work so nicely with the scale of Dem Bones. It’s subtle and easy to live with paired with a variety of gourd-colored solids.
|Valance comprised of triangular pennants bound by binding tape tacks into the top of the window frame with ease.|
Quilter and teacher Charles Johns created this quilt-as-you-go table runner. This somewhat improvised project is great a great scrap-buster, too. Here’s a great tutorial on this style of quilting for this simple project if you’re looking for a starting point on making one for yourself!
After the success of my Peep Boots (and the approval of my family) I was inspired to make a coordinating tree skirt. I found this great tutorial on Sew 4 Home– only I wanted to be able to see all 8 patterns in this collection – mainly because I can’t really say which 4 I like best and because my tree is nestled into a corner, you only ever get to see the front of the tree skirt… so I devised a simple pieced pattern that just introduces an extra step and allows for the showcasing of more patterns. Click here for the .pdf pattern piece. There is a full size for people who can print out large format 13×19 pages, or a version for letter-sized 8.5 x 11 which will require piecing and taping. Once you’ve sewn together the pieces (inner panel to outer panel) and have your slices of the pie ready to sew together, go back to this tutorial to finish through.
Couple of things to note: My skirt measures 48″ wide. I used store-bought bias tape – just didn’t have it in me to go the distance in such short time, though the red ditsy would’ve look marvelous!… I found Coats & Clark double-fold 1/2″ wide bias tape in Taupe was an excellent match. I needed 3 packages (3yds ea). I backed my skirt with flannel, but it could be anything, really. I used a layer of thin organic cotton batting between and stitched it up as noted on the tutorial, plus I stitched in the ditch of the horizontal seams I made.
Because of the timing for the International Quilt Market, I won’t be able to enjoy Halloween with my kids this year. But at least a bit of me will be with them that day with this Halloween take on our HOOT! Tote pattern.