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Leaf Garland Tutorial

About 10 years ago we planted our first Virginia Creeper vine at our previous home. Known for being a fast growing and hardy plant (likely to survived our snowy winters) my husband selected it mostly for its vivid fall color change. We loved it and it grew several feet in the first year!

So when we moved to our new home 6 years ago, we agreed on side of the house needed a good climbing vine to give our “cape-cod, Victorian cottage in the mountains” a little romance. I stopped by the local nursery and selected several vines. Upon my return home, I excitedly planted them and when my hubby returned home was informed that they were NOT what he wanted. They were not Virginia Creepers (I think they were English something or others which in my mind some how correlated with Virginia-yup that is how my brain works-eek!)

So we agreed to see if the new vines survived. I suspect he poured salt on them or something because not one of those vines survived the winter leaving us with no vines the next spring. The new homeowners of our old home agreed we could stop in and take a few slips to replant.  We have successfully transplanted the Virginia Creeper vines which are now thoroughly taking over the one side of the house giving it a charming feel that all “cape-cod Victorian cottages in the mountain” should have. And now that we are into fall, the foliage is changing from green to yellow to red…just beautiful. The hubs was right again! (don’t tell him I said that).

So today my boys ran into the house with handfuls of large red and yellow leaves. They wanted to do something with them. Still in a fog of sickness, I just couldn’t get into any king of major art project. So we made leaf garland….here’s how you can make your own!

Time: 10 minutes-maybe
Materials:
Leaves
Yarn (I think jute string would have been better but was too sick to go rummaging for it!)

1. Cut approximately 3-4′ of string/yarn

2. Begin making a knot (my husband, the master knots-man would know the name of this knot, half-hitch maybe?)

3. Slip stem of leave into open knot.

4. Tighten string around stem.  Repeat a few inches down the string. I would make the knot and then the boys slide the stem in place and tighten the string themselves. They really like doing things for themselves!

5. Continue until you have made a garland to your desired length.

Coasters II

So my oldest son (Big W) is so excited about coasters. I have a plastic cover I’ve made for our table so that my 2 boys under 5 years old cannot do much damage to it. Despite the table already being adequately protected, Big W insists that everyone use a coaster at the table.  So here is coaster idea number 2 in what might be a series!

Level: If you can sew a straight line….

Time: 1/2-1 hour

Materials

Scrap fabric in 5 1/2″ squares

Iron-on interfacing lightweight (I used Pellon 911FF)

Iron-on batting interfacing – 5″ square per coaster

Miscellaneous scrap fabric for decorative sides

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1. To create the coaster shown above I used a solid 5 1/2″ square of fabric on one side. To create this striped side, cut 4 pieces of fabric 2 1/2″ wide x 8″ long. Iron on lightweight interfacing (pellon 911ff) to the wrong side of each piece.

2. Stitch 2 pieces lengthwise together, press open and then topstitch 1/8″ from seam. Continue until all 4 pieces are stitched together to form one larger piece.

3.To get the diagonal effect of the stripes, place the 5 1/2″ square on the larger striped section at an angle. Using the square as a template, pin in place and cut along the edge. You now have 2  squars that are 5 1/2″

4. Place batting on the wrong side of 1 square. Have the iron-on side facing the wrong side of the fabric. Press following manufacturer directions.

5.Place square with iron on batting right side facing on second square. Pin in place. Stitch 1/2″ around the edge leaving a 3″ opening on once side for turning right side out. Clip the corners.

6. Turn right side out, press. Topt stitch 1/4″ from edge around all 4 sides closing up the opening as you sew.

For this set I made 4 diffrent coasters – one as shown above.  I added a band to one side of a solid square before stitching by taking a 3″ wide strip of fabric, fold the ends lengthwise towards the center and press, then stitch the band to the  square at an angle (you could also make it go vertical or horizontal).  I made one with a solid square on each side and then a different coaster using 2 triangles. I folded the 5 1/2″ square diagonally to make a triangle then added a 1/2″ seam allowance to the longest side. With right sides facing match up the longest sides and stitch, press and topstitch. You now have a 5 1/2″ square

Use your imagination. Create hexigons, circles, hearts, etc…have fun!

Hey there Hot Dish!

Let me confess, I do not quilt. I have attempted a quilt or two but recognize that I do not possess the patience needed for quilting.  Or maybe I use up my allotted patience with my boys and therefore am left with none for quilting.  Right now, I enjoy the project that can be completed within a few hours leaving me with an accomplished feeling.

This need to feel as I have accomplished something probably stems from the chaos of living with 2 toddlers where nothing ever feels accomplished, not the laundry, not the dishes, not the cleaning, organizing, etc.  As quickly as one task is checked off my list, the same task is added back to the bottom of the list….

Oh well….these darling Mug Rugs and Hot Dish pads are the perfect project to leave you feeling like you’ve accomplished something today!  They make fun little gifts for all occasions, new home, new job, new baby, wedding, or just because!  And I LOVE that they put all my beautiful little scraps to work!

Level: If I can do you it you can do it-no quilting experience necessary

Time: About 1/2 hour – 45 minutes per rug depending on size

Materials:

Lots of scrap pieces cut 1 1/2″ wide by at least 4″ long

2 pieces of fabric for the border about 2 1/2″ x 7″

Backing piece of fabric 7″x7″

Fleece or natural cotton quilt batting for the interfacing 7″x7″

Bias tape (see how here https://justcutthescrap.com/2012/03/07/scrappy-bias-tape/)

1. Select 9-10 of the 1 1/2″ pieces.Stitch them together lengthwise to create a 7″ x 4″ panel.

2. Stitch one border piece to the top (long side) of the pieced section. Do the same with the other border piece and stitch to the bottom of the pieced section.  You now have a square approximately 7″ x 7″. Note: if your piece is larger than this, trim to 7″ x 7″

3. Place fleece/batting on the wrong side of backing.  With fleece side up place the pieced square WRONG side down on top of the fleece.  Pin.

4. Here’s the fun part. Set your stitch length to about 4.  Now have fun. As you stitch move the square around creating swirls, zig zag, circles, whatever you want. Have fun with it. If you are more familiar with using a walking foot for quilting please do so.   The wavey lines I created here remind me of the bamboo forests in Hawaii.

5.  Fold bias tape over the raw edges, pin in place. Topstitch through all layers of the bias tape and quilted square. Fold end of bias tape under so there are no raw edges and back-stitch to secure.

Create a larger pad to use as a Mug Rug, serve tea and cookies on it, use as a traveling mouse pad, trivet for larger pans or mini table runners for your side tables in your living room or bedroom.  Get going and be creative!

Shown here at about 13″ x 10″ I made the pieces in the center 1 1/2″ x 5″ long and used 2 extra border pieces about 10″ x 3″

Here’s a sample of a variety of pads I made last night using a very small shoe-box size box of scraps from my studio and whatever material I had on hand at home.  I even created a mini pad 4″ x 4″ perfect for a coaster!

Cruisin’ Coaster

So much scrap fabric so little time, so here’s a quick project to use up some squares. Get crazy and cut out some appliques!  This was inspired by my friend Keeli, who gave me a set of coasters for Christmas….genious!

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Level: Super Easy

Time: 1/2 hour-1 hour

Materials:

4 ceramic tiles 4″ x 4″

4 pieces of scrap fabric cut 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ (just a little smaller than the tile)

Ribbon and applique Optional

Mod Podge Hard set glue

1″ foam brush

Cork (I used some cork squares I had left over from a previous project)

Hot Glue

1. Clean tile with soap and water or rubbing alcohol

2. Cut fabric squares a little smaller than the tile

3. Use the foam brush to apply a thin layer of glue to the tile. Position fabric on the tile, apply another thin layer of glue over the fabric and tile. Let dry.

4. Position ribbon or applique on fabric and tile and apply another thin layer of glue. Let dry.

cut out your applique

5. Cut cork a little smaller than tile about 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and using a hot glue gun, generously apply glue to bottom side of tile. Press cork and let set.

Wrap set with a ribbon or better yet, some scrap fabric and give to a dear friend. I love the set I recieved!