Monday, October 20, 2014

12 Days of Christmas: Day 10

Christmas is only 65 days away!

Welcome back! It's day 10 of our 12 Days of Christmas fun here on the blog, and we've got some show and tell featuring Judy Hansen's Nutcracker Christmas collection--a downloadable tutorial, plus two quilts made featuring the fabric! Be sure to check out the other holiday decor-themed tutorials and fabric lines we're featuring, and don't miss the giveaways--win some of our favorite holiday fabrics to get your own project started!

On the tenth day of Christmas, we have:
A tissue box featuring Nutcracker Christmas (+ two quilt designs!)
Download the tutorial for this easy project here!

Looking to make a quilt using the Nutcracker Christmas collection?
Judy designed the "Nutcracker Christmas Sampler," a 40" x 40" wall sampler.
 You can order it on her website (as well as sign up for her newsletter or find the link to follow her on Facebook).

Here's a close-up of the center appliqued blocks:

Or try this Nutcracker Christmas table runner, "Center Attraction," designed by Diane Tomlinson for the Nov-Dec 2014 issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine.

Find the magazine and kit for this project here.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

12 Days of Christmas: Day 9

Christmas is only 68 days away!

It's day 9 of our 12 Days of Christmas celebration, and we've got a tutorial for making everyone's favorite winter wearable: flannel pants! Be sure to check out the other holiday decor-themed tutorials and fabric lines we're featuring, and don't miss the giveaways--win some of our favorite holiday fabrics to get your own project started!

On the ninth day of Christmas, we have:
Flannel pants featuring the Christmas Flannel collection

This pattern works for any size because you use a pair of existing pants as your template! Then we use the pillowcase burrito method to add a contrasting cuff--no exposed seams! Just flannel coziness for your legs for those chilly winter days!

Here are the flannels we used, making three different sizes of kids' pants (but these don't have to be just for kids--we tell you how to calculate your fabric needs for adult pants below):

Main fabric:
Yardage needed varies based on pants size.* You'll need to fold the fabric over and fit a pair of folded pants on it (see photo below under Step 1). In general, a folded pair of pants that measures 19-20" wide or less will fit on half the fabric width between the selvedges, folded in half (you'll need to cut two), and your required fabric will be the length of your pants plus 4". If your folded pants are wider than 19-20", you'll need double the length of your pants plus 4".

Contrasting fabric: 
1/4 yard for kids' pants;  1/2 yard for adults

1/2" or 3/4" wide elastic: enough to fit your waist

*As a frame of reference, the pants featured in the photo below are boys' size 5/6. You can see how they fit on fabric--they are narrow enough to fit on half the width from selvedge to selvedge, folded in half.

Step 1: Fold the pants in half so the outer seams match up as shown. Fold the fabric in half, noting fabric pattern directionality if that's an issue. Your doubled fabric should be at least 2" wider than your folded pants. 

Step 2: Cut out around the pants. Leave an extra 2" above the waistband. Leave an extra 1" along the folded pant edge and the inner leg seam. Using a ruler, trim the bottom fabric edge 1" shorter than bottom of pants (this trim not pictured below). Cut 2.

This is what your unfolded pant leg will look like.

Step 3: Cut a strip of contrasting fabric for the cuff. The cuff will be folded in half, so choose your width with that in mind. The cut width on the size 5/6 pants is 7". Do not cut a width less than 5", as it makes the burrito method tricky. Note: For kids' pants, you can get both cuffs out of one WOF strip. Depending on width of pant legs, adult pants may require two strips (one for each cuff). 
Step 4: Trim a cuff strip so it's just slightly wider than the pant leg. Lay the strip right side up and pant leg on top, right side down. 

Step 5: Roll the pant leg tightly as shown.

Step 6: Fold the bottom edge of the red strip over the rolled fabric, matching raw edges of top of strip and the aligned pant leg edge. Pin in place. Make sure the fabric roll is clear of your pinned edges.

Step 7: Sew along the long pinned edge. Turn right side out, pulling rolled fabric out of the tube. Press the tube to create the finished edge cuff. Trim excess cuff even with the pant edges. Repeat with remaining strip on opposite pant leg.

Step 8: Align the two pant pieces right sides together and pin along the curved edges as shown. Stitch between the arrows, backstitching at beginning and end.

Step 9: Adjust the pants so the seams sewn in Step 8 align. Pin the raw edges together to create the pants' two legs as shown. 

Step 10: Stitch along the inseam to finish the pant legs. 
Step 11: Square up the top of the pants as close to the raw edges as possible. With the pants still wrong side out, fold the top edge down 1". (You can just eyeball it--we did!). Fold over 1" again and pin in place. 

Step 12: Sew along the bottom folded edge to create a casing along the waist of the pants. Leave a 2" opening for inserting the elastic (see arrow).

Step 13: Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic piece. Feed through the casing and pin the ends together. Turn the pants right side out and try them on. Find the right elastic length for a comfortable fit, trim ends, and sew together to secure. Stitch the opening in the casing closed.

Pants in action!

Which fabric do you like best for flannel pants?

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

12 Days of Christmas: Day 8

Christmas is only 69 days away!

Hello there! It's day 8 of our 12 Days of Christmas festivities, providing you with plenty of holiday inspiration through our fabric collections and free patterns, as well as tutorials by some of our favorite blogging designers! Today Rebecca from Our Busy Little Bunch is sharing a quick and easy table topper design using our Season's Greetings collection (we especially love the ornament print she used!). Make sure to check out all 12 days of fun and watch for opportunities to win a fat quarter bundle of some of our Christmas fabrics!

On the eighth day of Christmas, we have:
An easy kitchen table topper from Rebecca of Our Busy Little Bunch, featuring the Season's Greetings collection

For this project you will need:
  • fat quarter of each reindeer print
  • half yard ornament print
  • half yard blue tonal print (for sashing, binding, and backing)

Season's Greetings fabrics

reindeer prints - 12.5" square from each
ornament print - Three 10.75" squares, one 10" square
blue tonal print - 1.5" sashing - six pieces 10" long, six pieces 12" long
(use rest of blue tonal for binding and backing piece later)

Start by cutting your reindeer prints into quarters, corner to corner. You will only need three, so discard one of them.

Now take your 10" long pieces of sashing and sew to one short side of each triangle. Start at the top point, and let the strip extend past the bottom. Press.

Using your ruler and rotary cutter, trim the strip as seen below to make the edges even:

Add the 12" long pieces of sashing to the other short edge of each triangle and trim, just as you did above. You will now have six half triangles that have been sashed on the two short sides.

Now take your 10.75" ornament squares. Cut two of them in half to form two triangles like below:

And cut one in quarters to form four triangles:

Lay out your sashed triangles and ornament triangles in the following pattern. Sew the top row, then the bottom row, pressing as you go along. Then sew the two rows together.

Make sure to match seams when sewing, and let points overhang:

Take your remaining 10" square and cut in half into two triangles and add to ends of runner. 

And there you have it, a quick and easy table runner that you can quilt and bind and get on that table before Christmas! Finished measurements are 14" x 56".

Using the scraps, and another coordinating print from the collection, I also made a little matching runner for my coffee table. It was the perfect size for practicing a new method of quilting before quilting this one. Come pop by my blog Our Busy Little Bunch to have a look. And I'll be back with another Christmas table topper tutorial for a round kitchen table soon!

 Rebecca @ OurBusyLittleBunch

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

12 Days of Christmas: Day 7

Christmas is only 70 days away!

Greetings from Christmas inspiration central! We're on day 7 of our 12 Days of Christmas extravaganza, featuring our favorite holiday fabric collections and free patterns, plus easy-to-follow tutorials by some of our favorite blogging designers! 

On the seventh day of Christmas, we have:
Christmas card holder by Dawn Stewart of Spring Water Designs made using prints from the Christmas Basics collection

Fabri-Quilt asked me to use one of their lines to make a Holiday project, and I was happy to play with some of their Christmas fabrics!  I wanted to go with lots of reds and greens so I chose the Christmas Basics line to make my quilted Christmas Card Holder. 

Here's what you will need to make it:
 (The following cuts of fabric are minimum amounts needed ~ If you want some wiggle room, start working with 1/2 yard cuts instead of 3/8 yard)

3/8 yard Cream Background fabric
       - From the Cream cut, (1) 12-1/2" x 36-1/2" rectangle
Approx 1/3 yd each of assorted Red & Green Prints (I used 4 Greens, 3 Reds & 1 lighter Holly Print)
       - From each Green cut, (1) Triangle for Tree* & (3) 6-1/2" squares
         (Cut your triangle for the tree first as some of them are larger than the squares)
       - From each Red & the Holly Print, cut (3) 6-1/2" squares
       (Ultimately you'll want a total of (24) 6-1/2" squares)
6" square of Yellow for Star*
6" square of Brown for the Tree Trunk*
3/8 yard Red/Green Check print for the top and bottom border
3/8 yard of one of the Greens for binding
       - Cut (5) 2-1/2" strips to make your binding
1-1/2 yard of backing fabric
Approx 40" x 52" rectangle of batting
24 Buttons (I used 12 Red and 12 Green)

*Applique Templates and printer friendly instructions can be found Here on the Free Pattern Page of my website (or you can just cut your own shapes ~ there's no right or wrong to this :)  I used the Fusible applique method, but you can use any method that you wish for the applique tree.  For needle turn applique, you'll need to add seam allowances. 

To start, sew the 6-1/2" squares together in 6 rows of 4 squares per row, alternating the colors for a scrappy look.  Press the seam allowances in each row toward the green squares so that all of the seams will nest nicely when joining the rows together.

 Then sew the long cream colored background rectangle to the left side of the unit of squares.

Arrange the Tree shapes on the Cream rectangle in any manner that's pleasing to you, and fuse them in place with a hot iron.

 Then sew the Red/Green Checked borders to the top and bottom. 

Stitch down the edges of the applique to finish them.  I used a machine blanket stitch.

Layer with backing and batting and quilt "as desired" ;)  Next, sew a button to the top of each of the 24 squares ~ I put a Red button on the Green squares, and Green buttons on the Red and Holly squares.

 Finally I found yet another use for these little Wonder Clips by Clover...

I cut a 5" length of ribbon, and tied it in a loop through the little hole in the clear part of the Wonder Clip.

 ...Then clip the Wonder Clip to your Christmas cards as they arrive, and hang the loop over the buttons ~ simple, but effective.

Your quilted Card Holder makes a great decoration as you load up your 24 squares with Christmas Cards that you receive, or use your imagination to hang little goodies, notes, or daily devotions/prayers/Bible verses for a festive quilted Advent Calendar :)

I'd love to see some of the ideas that you come up with ~ Merry Christmas!

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

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