Handprint Quilt Part Two: Binding the Quilt

Yesterday you saw the quilt all ready for binding and today we will finish it! There are many different binding methods but this is a simple way to bind quilts without using a bias tape binding or hand stitching so you can catch both edges.

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This method of binding uses the backing of the quilt essentially wrapped around the front of the quilt to bind all the layers. It’s a fairly simple method and is relatively quick.

You need excess around your quilt of at least 4 inches (you’ll have a 1 inch binding; if you want a larger binding increase your excess).

You will be working on one edge at a time, rolling two edges first (from opposing ends of the quilt) then we’ll miter the corners.

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Fold the raw edge in to meet the edge of the top of the quilt. (Bottom left photo)

Fold over again meeting the edge of the top of the quilt. (Top right photo)

Roll over the edge of the quilt enclosing the raw edges of the top. (Bottom right photo)

Pin like crazy!

Time to miter those corners…it’s not that hard I promise!

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I mark the point where the quilt top ends in my previously rolled binding (the side I already rolled up). You will be folding a triangle down without passing this point.

Now you are going to roll the side like you did for the previous sides that you already rolled. Pin and sew!

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Here is a picture of the girls gifting the quilt to their teacher!  It was such a fun project even if it did take me weeks to finish!

Sorry if my explanation wasn’t clear. I hope the photos help where my words fail. Ask questions if you have any!

~Hope

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Handprint Quilt Part One: Embroidery Work

For Sister’s teacher, I made a keepsake quilt with each students handprint and their name embroidered over the top of the print. It turned out beautifully and I wish that I could share a full image with you all but I can’t for privacy reasons. But I can show you snippets and give you the tips and tricks of doing your own quilt.

I also plan to save Sister’s handprints and names so that I can make her a quilt at the end of her high school career. Each year around the middle to end of the year I’ll collect her print and name to save for her own quilt later on. I’ll do the same for the other kids as well. I’m pretty excited about that!

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Each hand was traced onto printer paper cut into an 8″x8″ square. I actually cut the squares out so that parents would know that it needed to fit inside that square. None of the kids have huge prints but some did spread their hands out fairly wide so I am glad that I designated the size. I then taped the page directly onto the muslin that was stretched in my hoop. (I did cut away the excess paper prior to stitching.) Embroider the entire print and then carefully begin tearing the paper away. I found that it was easier to pull away large sections first then to actually hold the stitch line between my fingers while pulling away the remaining paper. When using 3 strands of embroidery floss you will see more stretching (bubbling) of the stitches, with 6 less. Just a tip you might want to take into consideration. 🙂

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Here is the corner label I did. Straight lines are much easier to pull paper away from, of course.

I did give the kids a strip of paper for their name that was 2 inches by 8 inches. Some filled the whole space, some wrote large letters, and 2 wrote their names at less than a half inch tall…I had to use tweezers to get the paper away from some letters, especially e’s or any letter with a center.

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Here is a photo prior to the edge work but after it was pieced and tacked. I love how it turned out.

Come back tomorrow to find out how I did the binding!

~Hope

{Tutorial} Foot Pocket Blanket

Super late post today but since I don’t normally post on weekends I think you can forgive me! Right? I’m also going to help you with a present for the hardest group of people to buy for…men!

If you’re looking for a quick to make, semi homemade, men love them type gift, you’ve found it!

This project starts with a basic throw that you can buy at most box stores. Mine is made using a holiday throw that I bought for $4.97 at Walmart. I(‘m actually making 5 of these!) I originally planned to start with fleece purchased in the fabric department but after figuring up the cost these blankets were much cheaper! It saved tons of time too!

Foot Pocket Blanket
Supplies needed:
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• Throw Blanket (mine is 50″x60″ so all further dimensions will be based of those initial measurements)
• Fleece for pocket (see step one!)
• Cutting supplies
• Sewing supplies

1) Determine sizing and cut your fleece.
–width: divide your short side by three and then cut one inch wider; for example: my throw is 50″ wide, divided by three that equals 16.67″ which I decided to utilize as 16.5″ (side) 17″ (middle) 16.5″ (side)
–length: divide your long side by four and then cut one inch taller; for example: my throw is 60″, divided by four is 15″
–18″ wide by 16″ long for my throw!

2) Optional: Hem one long edge.

3) Find the exact center of the bottom edge of the short side and the center of the bottom edge of the fleece square (the unhemmed edge). Match those and pin around the edges (if hemmed, place the finished edge towards the inside of the blanket).
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4) Draw stitch lines on the fleece. (I find fleece never really cuts straight.)
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5) Stitch around the three edges using the shortest stitch on your machine. (This makes them less noticeable I promise!)

6) Trim the edges of the fleece!
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You’re done!! Here are my feet in it!
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It’s upside down but this is how it works!

Another cool aspect of this pillow is that you can easily fold it into itself creating a pillow! So here are the instructions for folding!

Lay the blanket out flat with the pocket facing down.
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Fold into thirds. (Long sides are being fold in.)
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Fold in half.
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Fold in half one more time (you’re folded square should now be the size of the pocket).
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Stick your hand into the center of the pocket.
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Pull the bottom of the blanket through the pocket basically flipping the blanket into the pocket.
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Here is the blanket side after pillow stuffed!
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This is why you place your hemmed edge towards the blanket so when it’s a pillow the pretty hemline shows.
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I love these suckers and it’s thanks to a college friend that I was introduced to these wonderful blankets! Have fun keeping those tootsies warm!!

{Tutorial} Felt Rice Packs

Around our house someone is always in need of a boo-boo bag. There always seems to be a mashed finger or toe that needs an ice pack. We also always have our share of cold fingers and toes. Since I wanted an item of dual purpose I decided to make a pack that could be both heated and cooled.

I don’t know if any of you had corn bags when you were you but I distinctly remember on cold winter afternoons heating up a corn bag and cuddling up for warmth. I also distinctly remember that corn is awful at capturing cold.

I’ve heard of using buckwheat as well but since I don’t regularly shop at locations selling buckwheat nor did I want to have purchase 25+ lbs at one time that wasn’t one that interested me either.

That’s when I discovered rice. Actually G discovered rice. I love that little man with all my heart but dang can he get on my last nerve sometimes. One night as I was cooking dinner he decided to help by throwing random pantry items in the bottom drawer of the freezer while I was looking in the other drawer. I didn’t realize until the next day that he had managed to stick rice, a jar of salad dressing, and some dry beans in the freezer despite my knowledge. This was when the realization of cold packs filled with rice began.

I also needed to test the heat quality of rice. So I got out another bag, nuked for 30 seconds and warmed my fingers in a wonderful cup of warm rice. Who knew rice was a super cheap, super wonderful possibility?

These could be made using fabric or felt, which is what I opted for. They can also be made in simple squares, rectangles or a fun shape, like I made.

Supplies:
-basic sewing supplies (machine, thread, pins, etc.)
-felt (or fabric)
-heart template (optional)
-rice (1lb did six hearts for me, but this is dependent on how full you fill them and the size of your shape)
-needle and thread (for blind stitching the seam)

Tutorial:
1. Determine your shape. I wanted a heart, so I got on the computer, accessed Word and entered a smart art shape. I resized my heart to be 6.5″ tall by 5.5″ wide. This way it was a fatter, not skinnier heart.

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2. Gather your felt in piles of three.

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3. Trace the heart pattern onto the back (not patterned, if using patterned felt). I used a regular ink pen which you couldn’t see after sewing it up!

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4. Pin those suckers together! It’s very helpful!! Then cut!

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5. Match a front to back with right sides together (important if you have patterned felt). I used a simple cream on the back, three pretty pattern ones and three plain fronts. (I made six.)

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6. Sew around the edge leaving a turn hole.

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7. Clip and turn.

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8. Poke out the seams otherwise you get a blob. My mom gave me this super tool, I’m not sure what it’s called but it works well to push out the ends.

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9. Grab your filler. I used 1 lb of brown rice for the six hearts I made.

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10. Whip stitch or blind stitch the seams closed. I still haven’t perfected my blind stitch so no pictures of that one!

You’re done!!

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Remember when heating that too long and it’ll burn you. You assume all risk here!

They are also great cold too!

{Tutorial} Drawstring Bag for Ballet

B was in desperate need of a new ballet bag. She outgrew her mini reusable bag this year when she starting dancing tap and had those clunky clickers to carry too. One of the other girls carried a cute little drawstring bag to class which got me to thinking. I knew I could come up with a simple drawstring bag for B that would hold her expanding dance needs. So I set to work!

Let me say previous to sharing, I am not advanced in the art of sewing. After completing the project I thought more about it and realized that I should have created an inner shell and outer shell but I didn’t. Oops! That’s okay though this project turned out super cute and B loves it!

Supplies Needed:
-sewing basics (machine, thread, cutting mat, rotary cutter, seam ripper, etc.)
-fabric (two coordinating colors: one inner, one outer -or- one color for the whole project)
-paracord (optional, fabric or another cord could be used)
-webbing (optional, fabric could be used)

Directions:
1) Cut fabric. I used a scrap piece of broadcloth for one of my inside panels which was already at the dimensions of 13″ wide by 18″ long. Cut two inside and outer panels.

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2) Place right sides together of one inside and outer panel leaving a space to turn. Pin and sew.

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3) Clip the corners and turn!

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4) Repeat on the second panel.

5) Iron.

6) Close the hole with either a blind stitch, a slip stitch, or a straight stitch.

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7) Cut a length of paracord equal to the perimeter of your panel. Mine is 18+13=31*2=62. (if you’re using fabric create a tube of fabric the link of your perimeter)

8) Fuse the paracord into loop (if fabric sew into loop).

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9) Holding both loops together place them at the top of one panel (on the inside). Determine the size you want to make your casing, fold over, pin and sew. The paracord should be run through the casing.

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10) This step may be confusing. The pictures should help. Butt the top of panel two up to the casing on the first panel. Criss-cross the loops and lay them on panel two. Create a casing over the paracord.

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11) Cut two 3″ pieces of webbing. Seal ends with a lighter. On each side, loop the webbing around one of the paracord strands (check out the picture for clarity!) Zig zag stitch the webbing to hold it together (not necessary but helpful!)

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12) Place panels right side together. Stuff paracord into the center of the bag. Position the webbing tabs through the panels so that there are even on both sides. The looped portion of the webbing should be on the inside.

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13) Stitch around the outside of the panel starting and stopping 3/4 of an inch from the casing on each side.

14) Flip the bag. Here’s the inside:

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Here are the dance goodies!

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And here is the frozen ballerina modeling her new bag!

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