Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Kitty Christmas Apron ~ Tutorial

I can't believe it's been a year and a half since I've blogged!  Life gets crazy... and it doesn't help when it's been so long you've forgotten your sign in.  That's one reason it's been forever.  I'm so glad I figured it out and I'm back!

Today I get to be part of the Meow-y Christmas blog tour that Amanda of Jedicraftgirl is hosting!  With kitties as the theme I've made an apron out of a vintage tablecloth, vintage fabric, and created an embroidery pattern out of a vintage postcard.

Here is what you'll need ~

Ornament kitty embroidery pattern
Embroidery hoop
DMC embroidery floss, red, grey, light grey, green, light aqua
Water soluble marker
16' x 24' cotton print for main apron fabric
Lace, ric rac or pom poms (optional) for trim
10' x 10', white cotton solid for pocket
7' x 17 3/4', cotton print for waistband
Two, 6' x 22' of fabric, cotton print for apron ties
2 1/4' x 7', cotton print for pocket trim

Lets get started!

Save and print the embroidery pattern.  Transfer the embroidery pattern onto the 10' x 10' fabric with a water soluble marker.  You can use a window or a light box.  I created a light box by using a vintage window, lamp and ottoman.

Use a back stitch to embroider the pattern, and then trim the fabric to 7' x 8'.

Take the 2 1/4' x 7 piece and fold in half lengthwise so raw edges meet and press.  Place raw edges on the top of the backside of the embroidery piece and stitch a 1/4 inch seam.

Turn the embroidery over to the front and bring the trim up and over and pin in place.  Stitch close to the edge.  Set the pocket picture aside.

Take your main apron piece and fold the left side in 1/4 inch and press.  Fold it in another 1/4 inch and press.  Repeat with the right side.  Stitch close to the edge on both both sides.

To make the pleats follow these steps ~

1.  Fold the main apron piece in half width-wise.
2.  Pin 1 inch in from the center fold.
3.  Make a "T" shape with your finger by pressing at the center fold into the pin.  Pinch one side of the ‘T’ and bring the edge back to meet it. Pin in place, repeat with the other side of the ‘T’.
4.  To make the second pleat, fold the outside edge of the towel into the center to meet the pleat you’ve just created. Repeat steps 2 and 3.
5.  Repeat with the opposite side of the towel. Now you have 3 pleats evenly spaced.

Baste the pleats in place by stitching a 1/8th seam along the top raw edge.

Take your pocket piece and fold the two side edges in a 1/4 inch and press.  Fold the bottom edge up a 1/4 inch and press.  Pin the pocket piece to the apron front and then stitch around the sides and bottom.

To make the apron ties follow these steps~

1.  Fold one of the short ends in a 1/4 inch and press.
2.  Fold the strip length-wise so raw edges match and press.
3.  Open the strip and then press the top edge down to the fold line and the bottom edge up to the fold line.
4.  Press the strip up so the edges match and press.
5.  Repeat to make your second apron tie.

Repeat steps 1-4 to make your waist band.  The only thing you do different is step one.  With the waistband you fold both of the short ends in a 1/2 inch instead of just one of the ends a 1/4 inch.

Stitch around the apron ties as close to the edge as you can.

Place the top of the apron inside the waistband piece and pin in place.

Remove the two pins on the ends of the waistband.  Take the apron ties and place the raw edge end inside about a 1/2 inch into the waistband and pin in place.

Stitch around the sides and bottom of the waistband to complete the apron.  If you would like you can add some trim to the bottom of the apron as a special touch.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Happy Holidays and I hope you have a Meow-y Christmas!!



Thursday, June 5, 2014

vintage planter pincushions

I need to warn you, I have a new obsession.   I love finding cute little vintage planters!   I am always on the look out for them at thrift shops and antique shops.  If I can find them for a reasonable price I snatch them up.    Awhile back after I found my first one I put a pincushion in it so I could enjoy having it on my sewing table and look at it all the time.

Now with the new ones that I find I'm starting to make them into pincushions too.  I just did a little Instagram sale last night and sold these four.  

Aren't they just the sweetest!   I've got some more in the works so will have more available in couple weeks.  :)

I hope you have a lovely Thursday!  See ya soon!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sailaway, Sailaway, Sailaway!

The last few weeks I've loved watching Jessie make her sailboat quilt on Instagram.  I knew right away that I wanted to make a sailboat quilt too.    Summertime and the beach is my absolute favorite!    With living in walking distance to the beach we go there quite a bit and it is such a peaceful place for my family.  So what better way to bring that into our home than with a lovely sailboat quilt.  :)

The free pattern can be found here.  I've changed it up a bit and am doing scrappy sailboats.  So the 2 1/2 X 4 1/2 print on the bottom of the sailboat I did 2 1/2 inch squares to keep with the scrappy look.   Also for fun I'm using the cute Mendocino, Swimming Sisters and Swim Class for the bottom strips.

I duplicated my aqua and navy blocks and made a cute little sailboat pillow.   I love being able to whip something out, especially when working on a quilt.

Then this last week-end I took my kiddos to the beach and made my first beach hexagon of the season.   I love stitching hexagons at the beach!

I thought I should also let you know why I've been absent for quite awhile.  I feel so bad I missed all of May blogging and even hadn't gotten on to let you know the winner of the Granny Square book.   I now have a little shop in a local vintage marketplace.  It has been fun creating things for a shop, and to combine my love of vintage in my space.     Also since last week, before I bring things into my little shop I've been offering them up to my Instagram followers first.   The sweet sailboat pillow went to an Instagram friend instead of going in the shop.   I'll be having a little Instagram sale hopefully tomorrow or Thursday before I head out of town on Friday.  I'll have some handmade items and some of my vintage finds.  :)  If you want to follow me on Instagram I'm sewdeerlyloved.

Now to finally let you know who the winner is of the Great Granny Square book...

Wendy, I don't see an email in your profile so please send me an email with your address.  My email is sewdeerlyloved at hotmail dot com.

Thanks so much for being so patient for me through my absents.  I'm hoping I can get better and blog more regularly.  :)


Monday, April 28, 2014

great granny sew along & giveaway!

Welcome to my blog!  I'm so excited to be part of Lori' of Bee in My Bonnet's lovely sew along again, hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop!   I adore Lori's sweet new book The Great Granny Squared.

For the sew along we are making the sweet sampler Mama's Crochet Quilt, and this week we'll be sewing the yarn and crochet hook block.

For the instructions go here, and turn to page 22 in your Great Granny Square book.  Now lets get our supplies ready.

My pieces are cut and I'm ready to sew!

My six snowball blocks.  Aren't they so cute!!

And my gingham crochet hook.  :)

I had sew much fun making this sweet block!  Now I need to catch up and make last weeks basket block.  

Now for the giveaways!  The Fat Quarter Shop sent me an extra Great Granny Squared book to giveaway on my blog.  All you have to do is leave a comment here and a winner will be chosen at random on Friday the 2nd.

You can also win one of three Stitchy Fun Sampler Patterns if you submit your Crochet Hook & Yarn block photo to the GGS Flickr Group. 

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Flowers in Vintage Bottles

Did you know that Heather and I started a new swap on Instagram?  It's called I Yarn, U Stitch, swap.   Half of the swappers are quilters, and the other half are knitters/crocheters.  We matched everyone up so quilters would receive a knitted/crochet item and the knitters/crocheters would receive something quilted.    Doesn't that sound like fun!!

This week was the deadline and I was working like mad to get my item all finished up.  I paper pieced some flowers in vintage bottles and then added a sweet pinwheel border.

I decided to make it into a pillow so my partner could either use it as a wall hanging or a pillow.

 A bit of a close up of the quilting.

These pinwheels are made the same way I showed in my easy peasy pinwheel tutorial.  They are 2 1/2 inches unfinished.  I love these cute little things!!

With having 28 to make for the border I made 6-8 at a time to help it go a bit faster.

The pattern "Flowers in Vintage  Bottles" is from my sweet and talented friend, Charise.   I adore all her patterns.  I have several others that I've purchased and am hoping to work on them soon.

A simple and quick envelope backing that is durable when you have little ones. 

After I finished the pillow I went to a couple antique shops and found a vintage bottle and a pretty crochet floral doily.     Then I stopped at Joanns to get some pretty silk flowers for the vintage bottle.  Now my swap package was complete.  :)  The crochet doily came in a set of 3 so I was even able to keep a couple for myself.  Yay!!  Win, win!!

I hope everyone has a fabulous day!!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

quilty barn wall quilt!

After I finished quilting my Farmers Wife Quilt I didn't feel ready to give up my farmers wife days.  I decided to make some fun quilty barn blocks and it was the perfect project too keep the farmers wife in me alive.  :)

The tutorials to the quilty barns are from Lori of Bee in my Bonnet.   I checked this morning and the link to the tutorials are still on her blog.   They will only be there for a short time as the barn quilt will be in her next book that is being released in the fall.  Yay, Lori!!  I can't wait for your next book!!

My first barn block is the Weathervane Barn.  This is the tutorial where it gives all the dimensions for the barn.  I wrote that all down so I could refer to it when making my other three barns.  (Please remember the tutorial is only going to be on Lori's blog for a little longer.)

The second barn is the Easy Pinwheel Barn.

The third barn is the Postage Stamp Barn.  I think this may be my favorite!!   :)  Also this is the block that gives instructions on adding your white sashing around each of your barns. 

The last is the Scrappy Maple Leaf Barn.

For the scrappy sashing I did it a little different than in Lori's tutorial.  I made nine, 9 patch corner stone blocks.  Each 9 patch block is 3 1/2 inches unfinished.

The scrappy sashing strips I cut 3 1/2 inches X the size of the barn block.

Stippling the quilt sandwich!   One of my favorites part!!

All done!!  Yay!!

Thank you, Lori for creating the barn blocks!!  They were so fun to make!!  They remind me of my short time living in Iowa where many of the barns had painted quilt blocks hung on the front or side of them.  Here is a picture I found that I had taken a couple years ago when I went back to visit some of my family in Iowa. 

See you soon!  Hugs,