Make it Sew | Stitched Valentines

KB_VD4This 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.

KN_VD1Mo Willems’ Knuffle Bunny was a great fabric to use for young ones since it combines a favorite character and hearts!KB_VD5

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.

KB_VD33. 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”.KB_VD2

Press | Quilt Trends and Quilt It… today

The Pigeonholed Quilt, designed by Michelle Engel Bencsko and pieced and quilted by Linda Spiridon.
Quilt kits available from Quilt Basket of Wappingers Falls, NY.

Two great projects with some recent releases: Mo Willems’ Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Fanfare by Rae Hoekstra – both available in kits! See more info in the link below the photo.

Animal Fair Quilt by Jocelyn Ueng.
Quilt kit available from The Fat Quarter Shop.

At the Library | Mo Willems’ Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! | Drawing Stuff

Future illustrators? Artists in the making? They could definitely use a few of these items.

Drawing Drawing
Crayon Roll
Fancy Crayon Roll – nice use of the border print in the project panel.
Crayon Roll
Colors are inspiration.
Crayon Roll
Gianna chooses her colors wisely.
Pencil Case
Pencil case that holds plenty. Drawing by Rosie.
Pencil Case
Tools of the trade.
Pencil Case
A work in progress.

At the Library | Mo Willems’ Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! | Girl Stuff

More items featuring the Pigeon in this fun new range featuring Mo Willems’ beloved character.

Layered Skirt
At the library. What better place?
Lunch Bag
Ready for the day!
Layered Skirt
Pretty tiered skirt by Karen LePage (sorry, theres no pattern for this!) A simple elastic waist and 3 equally tiered layers.
Lunch Bag
A good sized lunch bag or just something to carry gear in.