Wednesday, October 22, 2014

12 Days of Christmas: Day 12


Christmas is only 63 days away!


We've reached the twelfth day of our 12 Days of Christmas celebration! We hope you've enjoyed all of the fabrics and tutorials that we've shared. Today we're featuring a round-up of additional holiday tutorials that have been featured here on our blog. Wherever your holiday sewing takes you, we hope you enjoy it!

On the 12th day of Christmas, we have:
Holiday garland, fabric gift bags, place mats, and stockings!

Find the tutorial for the Holiday Garland here.



Find the tutorial for the fabric gift bag and wine bag here.



Find the tutorial for the Christmas star place mats here.



Find the tutorial for all three Christmas stockings here.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

12 Days of Christmas: Day 11


Christmas is only 64 days away!

It's the second-last day of our 12 Days of Christmas feature, 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. 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 eleventh day of Christmas, we have:
A hexagon table topper made by Rebecca from Our Busy Little Bunch using the Season's Greetings collection (Did you know you can turn a rectangle into a hexagon with only one cut? Rebecca will show you how!)


For this project you will need:
  • 1/4 yard cut of three prints: center, border, binding/sashing
  • 3/4 yard cut for backing (or make it reversible for a year-round table topper)


Cut:
center print - 14" x 12.5" rectangle
sashing - three strips 1" x 8" and three strips 1" x 9" (save extra fabric for binding)
border - three strips 6" x 9" and three strips 6" x 22"

Making the table topper:
Start by taking your center print, press it half, and then in half again so it is now in quarters. Place the 60 degree line on your ruler along the long folded edge of the fabric (you may have to flip your ruler like I did if your degree marks are not on both ends), with the short folded edge towards the bottom. Cut across this line. 


Open up your piece of fabric and press - it should now be a hexagon.


Take your three 8" pieces of sashing, center and stitch on every second edge. Press. Now take your ruler and trim the edges so that they extend the straight edge of the remaining three edges. 



Take your remaining three pieces of sashing, center and stitch on remaining edges. Press and trim with ruler.
Now repeat these steps to attach the borders. But when trimming off the excess, make sure to line up your ruler with the center hexagon to ensure straight edges.



And there you have it - your hexagon table topper just needs quilting and binding and it's done! The shape of this topper would look great on a round table, or a side coffee table. And if you'd like to see how I made mine reversible, and enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the Season's Greetings prints from Fabri-Quilt, just hop over to my blog Our Busy Little Bunch.







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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):



Materials:
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?



Want to win a 3-yard cut of one of our Christmas flannels to make your own pants? Leave a comment below letting us know that you follow our blog via a blog reader or email (both options in the right hand sidebar) and/or that you follow us on Facebook. In the comment, also let us know which print you like best of the three flannels we used for these pants. This giveaway will remain open through Tuesday, October 21st at 11:59 pm EST.


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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

Cut:
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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