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Make Quilt Labels with Spoonflower

Recently I decided to try something new and print my own custom fabric labels using spoonflower.com.  I made some basic labels in four colors…

spoonflower quilt labels

You can write with a permanent fabric marker if you want to include your name/date/quilt title etc.

spoonflower quilt labels

I uploaded a simple design of four labels (one in each color) that I created in Adobe Illustrator.  When you upload to the spoonflower site, the pattern is automatically repeated.  Each label is 4.5″W x 3.5″H.  I ordered a fat quarter, printed on kona cotton, which gave me 24 labels in various colors.

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spoonflower quilt labelsThen I just cut them with my rotary cutter…

spoonflower quilt labels

If you like my iQuilt design you can order it yourself direct from spoonflower.com.    Since every order is custom printed expect to wait for your order.  I believe it took three weeks to receive my order, and you can view the order status right on the site.  So give yourself some time if you want to create some labels (or other fabric) and need your order by specific date.

You can go on their site and order yourself some design tools including a swatch kit for $1 and other tools like a color card and color map.

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The fabric swatch book includes a sample of each fabric which is handy when deciding what weight or type of fabric to print your design on. 

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I tried printing some with my name on them too… This time I printed on the Basic Combed Cotton.  It’s a bit stiffer than the Kona Cotton, but for labels it’s a bit easier to write on.

Here is one version with my name that I put on my Sampler Quilt…

spoonflower quilt labels

Another simple design with my name already printed.  I pieced this into a small block with scraps from the quilt top.

spoonflower quilt labels

I like to quilt the outline of the large letters with some perle cotton ~ like the Q for Quilt and here the S…

spoonflower quilt labels

It’s really fun to get your own custom labels printed ~ even if they are simple like mine.  Spoonflower has a great tutorial for creating your own design if your a little computer savy.  

Or you can check out the other quilt labels that have already been designed including my iQuilt design.

This wraps up Finishing your Quilt Sampler…

Complete the block patterns

Assemble/Sew blocks using block layout

Add a quilt border

How to make a quilt sandwich

Hand quilting tutorial √ 

Making bias binding

 Attaching the binding 

And finishing with a label 

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Tutorial ~ How to make quilt labels with Spoonflower

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Finishing ~ How to make Bias Binding

Want to learn how to make Bias Binding for your quilt?

You might need to grab a cup of tea or coffee for this post.  It involves math… need I say more?

You may call me crazy but the binding is really a favorite part of the quilt making process for me… It’s the home stretch after all, and you get to see everything come together… I just love it!!!  And I want you to love it too! 

Although bias binding is stronger (wears better) than straight grain binding, you really only need to use bias binding if your quilt (or other project) has curved edges.   Bias binding strips are cut on the 45 degree angle of the fabric, and therefore stretch easily around curves. There are several methods of making bias binding and I’m going to show you how I make it.  I typically purchase my binding fabric right off the bolt so I like to calculate how much I will need based on a yardage cut rather than a square cut of fabric as some tutorials demonstrate.   We will assume that your standard off the bolt fabric is aprox 42″ wide with selvages removed. So, let’s get started…

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bias binding ~ 1/2″ seam allowance

I’m using my Sampler quilt as the ‘math’ demo, and since it has rounded corners I needed to make bias binding.  You will need to know your quilt top dimensions and the desired width of your binding strips before you begin.

BINDING WIDTH The key to how wide to cut your binding strips is in your desired binding width or binding seam allowance.    The following chart helps to demonstrate what strip width to cut based on the binding seam allowance you are using.  When piecing your quilt top the standard seam allowance is 1/4″, therefore if your pattern extends to the edge of the quilt or you have points on the edge (no border) then you may need to go with a 1/4″ binding seam.  This ensures that your finished results (quilt top) will be correct (and you won’t sew into your points).  Still with me? Here is a chart showing typical seam allowances and possible strip widths:

Seam allowance

Cut binding strip width to:

¼”

2”, 2 ¼” or  2 ½”

3/8”

2 ¼” or 2 ½”

½”

2 ½”, 3” or 3 ¼”

You might be wondering… Why the variations in widths? If your using a low loft batting and quilting cotton (like my example) then you will go with a narrower width.  But if you are using a high loft batting and perhaps flannel or a heavier weight fabric then go with a wider width strip even though you are using the same seam allowance.  This will give you a little extra binding to accommodate the thickness of your quilt. 

Another thing to think about (as if that wasn’t enough) is if you like your binding tight, so when you fold it over to the back side it just covers your stitches or maybe you like it a little looser so it extends beyond your back stitches more.  If you’re a beginner, go with a wider binding that corresponds to your desired seam allowance, it might be the easiest option.  All these things factor into your width choice. Make sense? 

bias binding math

BINDING MATH:

example: 

Math for a 60″ x 74″ quilt top. 

I want to use a 1/2″ seam allowance

My batting is low loft but I have lots of seams along the edge of my quilt top so I’m going a little wider than usual to accommodate a little more bulk ~  3 1/4″ binding strips.

math:

60 + 60 + 74 + 74 = 268″  perimeter

add 12″ extra (for piecing the strips, corners, finishing etc) = 280″ adjusted perimeter#

Now divide 280″ by 42 (useable width of fabric) = 6.6 and round this number up to 7 (next whole number)

Multiply 7 x the 3.25 (width of binding strips) = 22.75″

I WILL NEED 22.75″ OF FABRIC OFF THE BOLT FOR MY BINDING!

DONE! 

Does your head hurt now? I don’t want your head to hurt, so to make this easier, print off this EASY binding yardage worksheet to figure it out ~ just write in your numbers!   :)

Phew! Ok, so how do you cut your bias strips? I’m starting with my 22.75 width of fabric off the bolt and first I like to cut my selvages off ~ and I always cut 1″ off my selvage edge.

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As a side note I save all my selvages for a future project… so throw them in a vase or other fun container in your sewing space… you never know when you may want to make a fun selvage project…

how to make bias binding

Now that your fabric selvages are trimmed off, open your fabric up.

how to make bias binding

fabric is right side down

Fold down top left corner to meet bottom edge.

how to make bias bindingPlace your ruler along the fold edge and cut the edge of the fold off.

how to make bias binding

trim aprox 1/8″ from fold edge

Remove the cut triangle without turning.

how to make bias binding

cut piece is right side up

Important ~ rotate the cut triangle counter clockwise so the bottom edge of the triangle (shown in picture above) is now the right edge of the triangle (see picture below).  Move the rotated triangle over to the right.

place RSD piece on top of RSU piece (now right sides together)and align right edges

place RSD piece on top of RSU piece (now right sides together)and align right edges

Slide the triangle under the larger cut of fabric so they are right sides together and align the right side edges.  Pin and sew the right edge.

triangle on bottom RST with right edges aligned

triangle on bottom RST with right edges aligned ~ sew right edge

Open seamed unit and you should have a parallelogram.  Press seam open.

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seam and press open

Bias strips will now be cut along bias (45 degree) edge. 

how to make bias bindingIf your ruler isn’t long enough to cover length of the bias edge, you can move it as you cut or you can fold your fabric keeping the bias edge aligned.

how to make bias bindingPlace your ruler along the bias edge and cut your desired strip width ~ for the example I’m cutting 3.25″ strips.

how to make bias binding

cut strips on bias edge

The ends of your strips will be ready to piece together to form your continuous bias binding.

how to make bias binding

Place two ends right sides together ~ notice ends are offset slightly ~ sew 1/4″ seam.

how to make bias binding

Press the seam open and trim off ‘dog ears’.

how to make bias binding

Note: If you are piecing together straight grain binding or bias binding with a straight end on your strip,  overlap your ends an sew on a diagonal from outside edge to outside edge.  Trim excess and press seam open

how to make bias binding

Sew all strips together and press all seams open. Take this long piece to the ironing board, fold and press in half on the length to finish making your binding.  I like to use best press, which is a starch alternative, to make my binding nice and crisp.  I’m addicted to the Caribbean Beach scent, but it also comes in other scents or scent free.

how to make bias binding

Now Your DONE with making your bias binding!!!

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Finishing ~ Quilt Sandwich

After your quilt top layout is pieced and you’ve added a border (if you choose to) it’s time to plan out your quilt back and make your ‘Quilt Sandwich’.  My quilt top is scrappy, and I’m determined to use up ‘stash’ (even the big pieces)  so I decided to go with a scrappy back as well.

quilt sandwich tutorial

QUILT BACK

Remember that your backing will always need to be larger than the top (add 6″ to width and length.)  If your going to make it scrappy, you need to plan where your seams fall.  You don’t want them close to the edges of the final quilt.  The excess backing that extends beyond the quilt top is cut away after quilting so your seams will need to be well inside the ‘quilt top’ parameters.

quilt sandwich backing tutorial

QUILT SANDWICH Supplies:

quilt top

backing

batting ~ I’m using warm and natural cotton batting (love cotton!)

painters tape ~ if your pin basting on a surface or floor

quilting pins ~ the bent ones

quilt sandwich tutorial

Your ‘Quilt Sandwich’ consists of three parts:

QUILT TOP 

BATTING ~ I want my batting to extend 2″ all the way around my quilt so I will add 4″ to the length and width of the quilt top.

BACKING ~ I want my backing to be just slightly larger than my batting.  I want it to extend 1″ beyond my batting.  To accomplish this I will add 2 inches to my batting length and width.

QUILT TOP

 

Why do you need to extend the batting and backing?  During quilting there can be some shifting of the layers.  Extending the batting and backing will ensure this isn’t a problem, your quilt back will be large enough and you’re not quilting tiny bits lined up at the edge.  Some quilters are more generous with their extended measurements, so do what suits you and your quilting needs.  If you are sending your quilt to a longarmer they may have specific requirements so be sure to check in advance. 

Making a Quilt Sandwich

(I’m cheating and using a quilt block for my demo so it’s easier to photograph!)

Lay out your batting on a large surface or the floor. Layer your quilt top over the batting so batting extends at least two inches around.  Trim batting to size.

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Roll up batting and quilt top together and set aside while you lay out backing. DSC_0030 700x logoPress quilt back and smooth out on floor/surface with right side down.  Using painters tape (girls best friend) generously tape backing to surface.quilt sandwich tutorial Move your quilt top / batting ‘roll’ on top of quilt back.DSC_0049 700x logo Center, unroll and smooth out batting / quilt top.  This is your quilt sandwich.  quilt sandwich tutorialNow, pin the heck out of it!  Be sure to put a few pins the batting area that isn’t covered by the quilt top.quilt sandwich tutorial Also be sure to fill the pins up.  If they are not ‘full’ they will slide and all that work will be for nothing! (boo)quilt sandwich tutorial

There are other methods of basting your quilt sandwich ~ if you try spray basting be sure to spray outside.

Now Your Ready to Quilt!

Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

 

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Mitten Workshop Weekend!!!

It’s been a Wooly Weekend!  I had so much fun this weekend teaching my Mitten Workshop!  I brought my camera along to take pictures of all the fabulous mittens and do you think I took one picture?  Of course not!  (boo)  This sorta thing always happens to me when I get excited… I completely lose track what I’m doing and just get caught up in the moment.

BUT… All is not lost…  I managed to find some time to make some mittens TOO!

I made this pretty red and pink pair…

felted wool mittens

They have a super warm white fleece lining…. yummy

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They are slightly deeper red than they look in the picture – definitely prettier in person if you can believe it!  Find the red mittens for sale on etsy.

And check out these brown ones… toasty!

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I love the buttons on this pair (is that weird?)

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Earth tones with a little pop of color :o) Find this brown pair for sale in my Etsy shop.

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This pair is a nice hunter green and blue…

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The cuffs have all the colors of the mitten parts mixed in… find the green mittens for sale in my etsy shop.

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Another pair with pink and orange…

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You can find the pink and orange mittens for sale here on Etsy. This last pair I made for myself… I’ve been a purple fan since birth I think… pretty sure it might have been the first word I spoke… purple!  It’s only the second pair I have kept for myself and I love them!

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So there’s the latest!

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If you’d like a pair head over to my etsy shop where I sell the mittens…

or go to craftsy for the Madawaska Mitten Pattern

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Coupon Holder – in Cloud Nine

The Extreme Coupon Holder ~ Organizer sewing Pattern!

I still had some Cloud 9 fabric from the Geocentric Bag Challenge so I made this Coupon Holder!  Want to make one? Here is the Coupon Bag Pattern.

Coupon organizer sewing pattern

This Coupon Bag has all the bells and whistles…

2″ of space for coupons!
a front pocket for grocery list, store cards and TODAY’s coupons!
a back pocket for checkbook and calculator!
a pen holder!
a clasp for keys and store cards!
it even hangs on the seat of your shopping cart!

Coupon Holder Organizer Sewing Pattern

Organize your coupons with space for up to 25 dividers… and a handy pen holder to cross things off your shopping list!  Use the front pocket for TODAYs Coupons, your phone and shopping list!
coupon organizer bag / holderThe other end of your coupon bag has a handy clasp for all those store cards… you’re ready for checkout!  And a second pocket on the back is a great spot for a calculator!
COUPON HOLDER SEWING PATTERN

Check out the Geocentric Bag Challenge post

or

make your own coupon holder with the

Coupon Bag Pattern.

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Extreme Coupon Holder Sewing Pattern.  Bag by RebeccaMaeDesigns.com

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Scrap Happy Sampler #8 Block of the Month

Carpenters Square is the block of the month for August!  Another great block for all those scrappy strips of fabric hanging around.

carpenters square quilt pattern

I chose three colors to work with – red purple and blue.  Then I just picked scraps in each color!  When sewing this block you work from the center out so it helps to press and square up your block as you go…

carpenters square quilt block tutorial

Hope everyone is having a good summer!  Have fun with this block!

As always, this months block pattern is free for the current month (August) and then I will list it.

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 block of the month quilt

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

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Cloud 9 Geocentric II Bag Challenge @ Sew Mama Sew

Challenge, Giveaway AND Tutorial!

It was a little bit hard to contain my excitement when the gals over at SewMamaSew  chose me to participate in the GeoCentric II Bag Challenge!

Cloud 9 Fabric is launching their amazing line of organic cotton canvas (YUM!),  GeoCentric II!  The new line has 3 new fabulous colors and 3 new prints to choose from and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some!  Patiently I waited, stalking  the mailman checking the mail each day… until… it… arrived! (alright, it waaaas in an envelope…)

cloud 9 geocentric fabric

I planned on resisting the Cloud 9 references… I wasn’t going to say anything silly like ‘I was on cloud 9’ but I WAS thinking it!  The quality of this fabric is SO NICE!  Seriously, Cloud 9 Organic Cotton Canvas just sounds Fabulous!   No one else in my house was allowed to touch it (mine all mine) but I couldn’t stop!  It’s very soft and not at all like the canvas I’ve worked with before… I only put it up to my cheek once… don’t be a hater!

I decided to make a Victoria Tote and although the pattern doesn’t call for leather I had some that matched PERFECT!  So I swapped out the canvas bottom in the original pattern and top stitched the leather on instead.  And added leather straps… Could it get any better?  I’m super pleased with how it came out…

cloud 9 geocentric tote bag

I’m in love with the daffodil and metal colors together…

geocentric cloud 9 canvas tote bag

This fabric is really a dream to work with, it presses so nicely and is just crisp and soft and not as heavy and stiff as regular canvas / duck cloth.  And I really think it looks great with the leather accents… check out the bag bottom…

cloud 9 geocentric tote bag

love it!

cloud 9 geocentric tote bag

The pattern has an exterior and interior d-ring and an interior pocket –

cloud 9 geocentric tote bag

All you need is some GeoCentric Fabric! How will you choose what color with so many to choose from?  Really… I don’t know!  I love the interlock/sprout color in this next photo but I also love the diamonds/sky and the interlock/coral…

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I had so much fun working with this organic canvas,  I couldn’t stop, so I made a little zipper pouch!

cloud 9 geocentric tote bag

check out the daffodil lining…

cloud 9 geocentric tote bag

GIVEAWAY – Like me on Facebook and and I’ll randomly choose someone August 10th to win a free Vicotoria Tote Pattern!  Please be sure to comment below that you liked me on Facebook so you’ll be officially entered.

cloud 9 geocentric tote bag

Make your own Zipper Pouch using this TUTORIAL.

You can find the pattern for the Victoria Tote here!

Go check out Cloud 9 and SewMamaSew!

UPDATE!  THE PATTERN WINNER CHOSEN BY And the Winner Is:

Robin August 5, 2013 at 8:53 am

I am following you on Facebook.  Love the bag, love the fabric.  thank you!

sherrips – I haven’t forgotten about the gorgeous Blueberry Cotton!  I made a Coupon Bag!  Find the pattern here… Coupon Organizer Pattern

coupon organizer bag / holder

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Scrap Happy Sampler #4 April Block of the Month

It’s April and I’m thankful that spring is here…  although it’s a little difficult to believe after all the late winter storms.  I’m more than ready for the sun for sure and I’ve seen evidence in the garden that spring weather is coming.

I’ve put together a tutorial for a Burgoyne Surrounded Quilt Block this month that I think is pretty awesome.  I’m really quite hooked on the pattern and just might have to make a full quilt if the free time ever comes!  I hope you enjoy it!

burgoyne quilt bom tutorial

 

burgoyne quilt block tutorial

I hope you enjoy this months tutorial.  Please post pictures to the flickr group I love seeing them!  Thanks again to those of you that have posted your finished blocks or projects already!!!

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Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

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Simple Checkbook Cover Tutorial

My daughter asked me to make her a checkbook cover so she didn’t have to use the ugly plastic one (gasp!) from the bank!  It seemed a shame that someone like myself who can sew,  had been using a plastic one too!   (the horror)

They are quick and easy to put together and great little gifts.  I thought you might enjoy a tutorial.  So here you go…

CUT:

BODY – Fabric A cut 2 – 7 1/4” x 7”

POCKETS – Fabric B cut 2 – 6 1/2” x 7”

Fusible Interfacing cut 1 – 6 3/4″ x 6 1/2”

CHECKBOOK COVER TUTORIAL1) Fold pocket fabric in half matching long ends.

2) Sew 1/8” along fold edge (for decorative purposes only).

checkbook cover tutorial

3) Center and fuse interfacing to the wrong side of one fabric A piece.

checkbook cover tutorial

 4)  Place pockets on ends of second fabric A piece (right side up) with folded edges in middle.

5)  Pin pockets in place.

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6) Place interfacing/fabric A unit from step 3 on top of pocket unit.

7) Pin layers in place.

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8) With all layers together sew accurate 1/4” seam around edges, leaving generous opening to turn.

checkbook cover tutorial

9) Turn right side out.

10)  Sew 1/8” seam along outer edge, enclosing opening.

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11) Enjoy your new checkbook cover!

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Get the PDF Version of the Simple CHECKBOOK COVER PATTERN

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TGIF!

I hope everyone had a nice Valentines Day!  I just wanted to pass on another Craftsy Deal to you…

For Valentines day (through the 17th) Craftsy is offering classes at up to 75% off!  Craftsy is really great about offering deals and promotions – so when a class comes up that I want to take I watch for a discount!  And here it is!!!
Craftsy Valentine's Day Sale

Here are some of the classes I have taken…..

I just finished Design Your own Handbag – I will do a full review of this class but I’ll just say it’s fantastic.  You WILL be able to design your own bag after taking this class… I’m thinking of designing a messenger/laptop bag.  Just saying!
Online Sewing Class

If you like to quilt – Quilts from Small Scraps is a fun class!  Check out my REVIEW.  I really enjoyed this class – and what I really love is that I can go back and watch any lesson again – which is great if your memory challenged like me!
Online Quilting Class

If you are not familiar with Craftsy  – there are a bunch of FREEEEEEEEE classes!   Sewing, knitting, quilting, cooking, cake decorating – it’s endless fun!

This Free course on Creative Quilt Backs is FANTASTIC!

Online Quilting Class

I haven’t taken this Quick Easy Bags one yet – but looks good and it’s FREE!

Online Sewing Class

Another FREE one on my watch list!  Making Perfect Pizza at home!  Who doesn’t LOVE pizza?  Can’t wait to watch it!

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Enjoy the deals!!!

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My Secret Valentine

Thought I’d share with you a little project for my Secret Valentine…

Members of my quilt guild put their name in a hat and much like ‘secret santa’ we all picked a name.  My ‘valentine’ likes music and plays the guitar…  I thought about it and although we all love a hand stitched item I thought maybe she’d like something different… I decided to paint a little valentine decoration for her.  I used some wooden blocks I had kicking around the house.  I was just waiting for an excuse to paint them…

Acrylic Paint Craft

Acrylic Paint Craft

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I used acrylic paints and gave them a quick base coat, painted the letters and symbols ~ and heart notes of course!  I usually sketch out my design on paper that is the same size as my surface so I can get a feel for the placement/size of what I’m painting – then I free hand paint it on the surface.  It’s so easy to clean off any boo boo’s that there really isn’t any worries about mess ups.  I like the organic look of free hand too.   After I finished with all the lettering and notes I added some highlights and floated some dark shading (right side) and light shading(left side) around some of the letters and notes to make them look a little less FLAT.   When I was done painting the blocks I gave it a quick shot of clear coat  (Krylon 6-Ounce Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating Aerosol Spray) This step is SO important as far as I’m concerned because it really makes the colors POP!!

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Easy as Pie!  Now I have a nice home made gift for my secret valentine!  I’m also giving her a pair of pink mittens… it’s so cold in New England right now ~ that’s a no-brainer!

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wool mittens from sweaters

Next I’m painting a sewing sign for my sewing studio!  I’m on a roll!

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How to make a kissing ball

A couple days ago I saw a Christmas Kissing Ball at my friend Suzanne’s house.  It kept catching my eye.  It looked…. traditional, fun, bright, and dare I say, romantic!  It just made me plain old happy!  I like feeling happy!  So I asked her about it, and to my delight she told me she made it!  And that’s not all, she would tell me how I could make one too!  Yippee!!!  I couldn’t help but wonder how many Christmas’ her kissing ball had lit up?  How many people have kissed under it? How many family members had gazed upon it while dreaming about their new years resolutions? (nostalgia!)

Kissing Ball

Kissing Ball

Bottom line was, I had to make one.  I love traditions and I was ready to start a new one…  The Christmas Kissing Ball.

Good news is – You can start one too…  Here’s what you need:

32 – 4.5 oz cone cups

1 set of mini Christmas lights (35-50 light strand) clear or colored

1.5 yard 1″ wide ribbon

32 Christmas ball ornaments 2.5″ – 3″

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glue gun and extra glue sticks

15 feet garland (nothing too poofy)

Start by counting out 9 cups and staple them together.  Staple them 1″ down inside cup (mine shown were only .5″ which wasn’t really enough)

 Next place six cups on top of your set of 9 and staple in place.

 You have now completed 1/2 the ball.  Make another half identical to this half.  Fold ribbon in half and lay across the bottom side of one of the halves and staple on securely.

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Next connect your two halves with staples and it’s time to start stringing your lights.  Take the end of your light string without the plug and start weaving the light string between the cones beginning at the bottom of your ball where the two ribbon tails are.  Depending on the number of lights in your string you may need to have two lights poking out in the same spot – just work them in as evenly as possible.  Use your stapler to close cup gaps up as needed  and to keep cords from poking out.  Finish at the top of your ball where the ribbon loop is.

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Next get your glue gun ready and start gluing your ornament balls into the cups.  Put a thin ‘bead’ of glue around top edge of each cup and place your ornament inside.  Depending on the size of your cup and ornaments – they will sit up higher or deeper into the cup. 

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 When you get to the end, you might have to really snuggle the last couple ornaments in.  I had ornaments of varying sizes so I got to cheat a little here.  If your ornaments are smaller, you may have more wiggle room between them – no worries – it will all fill in nicely when you add your garland.  You can also embellish and fill in with miniature ornaments.  There are no rules here!

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When you are done with your ornaments it’s time for the last step!  Start at the top or bottom and weave your way around with the garland – applying glue from your glue gun here and there to keep it secure.

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Now… Light it Up!  And test it with a KISS of course!  Magic. 

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Here are a couple variations that my kids made for Christmas gifts…

This first one is for a girls room – pink and silver, very cute…

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And another one with traditional Christmas colors…

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SO SO SO FUN! 

I think these would be great in silver to make for weddings!  The sky is the limit… 

Thanks so much to Suzanne for sharing with me!

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Easy Sew in Labels Tutorial

Need to make some quick and easy sew in labels?  Here is one way to get it done…

You will need an inkjet printer. 

First pick up some inkjet colorfast printable fabric (sew on).  It comes in 8.5″ x 11″ sheets that you can feed right into your printer.  Set up your design and do a test print on copy paper first to be sure you have the size etc that you want.   Then simply print onto the printable fabric sheets…

do some slicing…

labels cut

and some dicing… 

labels slice

and some sewing…

label

mitten with label

label in mitten

label on garland

label on garland

Easy!

Don’t forget you can use this for making quick labels for your quilts too!

sherri

Craftsy

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Mitten Factory…. (in overdrive)

I’ve been burning the midnight oil in the mitten factory!  I love this time of year, the holidays, the lights, the Christmas music… pretty sure I was an elf in a former life :o)

Been doing lot’s of cutting… (oH the DusT!!)

 

And lots of sewing….

felted wool mittens

wool mittens

and sewing….

felted wool mittens

felted wool mittens

  and sewing…

madawaska mittens

colorful wool mittens

 Want to make your own? 

Mitten pattern & Templates: MADAWASKA MITTEN PATTERN

Mitten shop:  MADAWASKA MITTENS

or

Click here to see the full gallery of mittens.

sherri

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Blueberry Raspberry Jam – Canning Recipe

August is always the time I get into the spirit of harvesting and canning.  Since the blueberries, strawberries and raspberries don’t seem to be ripe at quite the same time, there is always a little freezing to do for one of them.  But no worries, the flavor is still fabulous!  This year I made Strawberry Jam, Blueberry Jam and a Blueberry Raspberry Jam.   Seriously, I can never pick a favorite they are all so delicious!  If you have never canned, it’s so easy…. just follow along.

jar funnel, ruler spatula, magnetic wand, jar lifter

First things first – you will need some basic supplies:

Hot Water Canner – a large pot with a rack at the bottom to set the jars on.

Jar Lifter – this tool is worth the pennies – lifts hot jars in and out of the water ‘bath’.

Jar funnel – wider and shorter than other funnels, they fit the jar perfect and reduce the sticky mess!

Ruler/spatula – helps measure the space between the top of the jam and top of the jar, also helps release bubbles out of  a filled jar by slipping it down the side.

Jars and clean lids – for jam I use 1/2 pt jars.

check your jars

Gather your jars up and check the tops for any chips or cracks.  Do not use any jars with a chipped rim as they won’t seal properly.

hot water bath

Place your jars into a hot water bath filled with water to sterilize.  Keep jars in hot water until you are ready to fill them.   You will be using this same heated water to process your jars after they are filled.

sugar and pectin

Measure out your ingredients in separate bowls according to recipe.

measure fruit for jam

Add cleaned crushed fruit, pectin and butter to pot and bring to a full rolling boil.

bring jam to full boil stirring constantly

Add sugar slowly and bring to a second rolling boil.

Keep at rolling boil 1 minute.

Take off heat immediately and skim off any foam.

remove jars from bath

Remove your jars from hot water bath and line up to fill.

Put your lids in a shallow dish (I use a glass pie plate) and ladle some of the hot water over them to

sterilize and soften the sealing compound.

ladle quickly into hot jars

Ladle the hot jam quickly into the hot jars.  Fill to within 1/4″ of the top of the rims.

Using a damp sterile cloth (I dip cheesecloth into hot water) carefully wipe all rims clean so they adhere to the lids properly.

add lids and bands

Add sterile lids and bands to jars

place full jars of jam into hot water bath

Place full jars into hot water bath.  Be sure there is at least 2″ of water covering jars.

Cover pot and process 10 minutes.  Start clock when water starts boiling.

Gorgeous AND Delicious!

Remove jars from bath and place on counter to cool!  That’s it!  Simple.

BLUEBERRY RASPBERRY JAM

6  cups  prepared fruit (buy about 2 pt. fully ripe blueberries and 3 pt. fully ripe red raspberries)

1   box SURE-JELL Fruit Pectin
1/2 tsp. butter or margarine
7   cups sugar

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