Free Pattern: Reversible Liberty Print Sun Glasses Case

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I’ve had a love affair with Liberty print for about 15 years. I still remember the feeling of walking into the Liberty shop on Great Portland Street and seeing bolt after bolt of gorgeous fabric. Any excuse to use this classic beauty is jumped on. I didn’t  quite realize the size of my treasured stash until I was pairing fabrics for this project. Using two small pieces of fabric and a little ribbon, these cases are not only beautiful and practical but a great stash buster. I knocked several of these out in a lazy sunny afternoon.

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Step by step directions:

Iron the fabric then cut two 8.5″ squares.

Lay fabric A with the right side facing down. Place a pin 1 1/4″ from top of fabric on both sides.

A little tip;

I originally left a 1″ opening because I wasn’t sure what ribbon I would thread through for the closure. If you have the ribbon already picked out feel free to alter the size of the opening to better fit the ribbon.

 Fold the top edge over 1/4″ and press with iron.

Fold the fabric in half the long way with the right sides together, matching the pins. Starting at the bottom folded edge, sew along the short side (the bottom) and then the long side with a seam allowance of 1/4″. Stop at the pin. Snip the bottom corner off.

Press open the seams. Make sure you press the long edge seam so it lays over and hides the edge of the top 1/4″ fold.

Repeat the above steps with square B.

Turn piece A so the right side of the fabric faces out. Piece B remains inside out.

Squeeze and wiggle B into A. B should be inside out. It’s a little fiddly. It’s important here to make sure the tops of A and B are lined up, and the 1/4″ seam allowance is sandwiched between the two pieces.

Pin the two pieces together along the top edge.  Here you can either sew A and B together on the machine with as little seam is humanly possible, or hand stitch them together using a ladder stitch. The latter method is actually my preferred way, I think it’s cleaner looking, even if it takes a little more time.

You’re almost done! Do a couple of tiny whip stitches at the base of the opening to join the two halves.Thread your drawstring through the opening, tie the ends off together and trim any excess if needed.

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I also like to hand sew the top 1/4″ above the opening for the ribbon.

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Here & There: Quilting Edition

 

This post was meant to have Florrie’s story about her hexagons, too… but temperamental internet has kept her from finishing.  She will post hers as soon as she can.  Trust me, you don’t want to miss her project.  Read on for my story –hex

Down at the Flat I was wandering through some few of my favorite blogs a few weeks back and I read about Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy starting work on some fabric hexagons. It jogged a memory of my mother, an avid quilter, making hexagons when I was a girl and carefully hand stitching them together into a quilt top.  Alicia’s hexagons were so pretty. Shades of pink and cream, green and blue.  The combination of nostalgia and the twitchy fingers of my craft mania meant that it wouldn’t be long before I started some of my own.

I’m an OK seamstress at best, but this seemed easy enough.  I did a little research on construction and Florrie ordered us a few sets of paper hexagons online.  We ended up with 1 1/2 inch and 2 inch paper hexagons.  I was to go up to the Croakery for a long weekend and we were set to get started.  While I was there we took a trip to JoAnn’s (which is extra exciting for me as we don’t have any of them down in the City) and we spent 20 minutes picking out fabrics. Initially I wanted aqua and browns, but the greens kept creeping in and the palette seemed to sort itself out. I bought a quarter of a yard of eight different fabrics, four green and four aqua of varying shades, patterns and intensities.

I knew I wanted to make a small project (a quilt seemed a bit daunting to start in case it turned out making hexagons made my teeth squeak) so I settled on a pillow cover.  Turns out making the hexagons is a quick, easy and pretty fun process. I cut out rough squares (why be fussy and cut a hexagon when you really don’t need to??) with my teeny Ginghers.  You just need to make sure that your fabric squares are big enough to comfortably wrap around the paper pieces. Basting the fabric to the paper was quick and easy, soon I had a decent sized stack and started the work of composing my layout. I settled on diagonal stripes of a dark and light of each color, and laid them out to alternate green/aqua/green and so on. I thought the flower motif might be a bit too twee for what I had in mind.

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Stitching the hexes together turned out to be a breeze. The instructions said to use a whip stitch, but I somehow fell into blanket stitch and it seemed to be fine.  I picked up a 20×13 inch pillow stuffer and got to work making my piece large enough to cover the front. I’m going to make the back with strips of the remaining fabric.

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I haven’t decided if I want to fuss around with a zipper yet, or just make a flap. I do plan to line the inside with muslin to make sure no disasters occur while inserting/removing the pillow. Should I do a layer of thin batting for the cover and do a little bit of quilting, too? Decisions, decisions… Also, would anyone be interested in directions for the hexagon pillow? Let me know and I may be able to take the time to create a PDF.      -Marie

 

No more knitting!

Yes, you read the title correctly. I have given up knitting. These hands will hold needles and yarn no more, well not until April. It was a combination of Marie sending me a link showing a paper piece quilt and eyeing up a bundle of fabulous fat quarters. My head was swimming with new knit designs, but I couldn’t focus on any one in particular. I decided to take a break and dive head first into sewing.
This is my dining table, as you can see there’s no eating done here at the moment.

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I hoping to knock a out all of my ideas by the end of the month, and then buckle down to knitting. Stay posted for some updates.
Florrie

DIY: Easy Candy Corn Trick or Treat Tote

Done! The marker only looks pale on the left because of the light coming in from the window, its writes quite dark, and it doesn't belld, even on this thin cotton. Now you're ready to fill her up with candy! You can also stitch some scary black ribbon onto the handles if you wanted to....

What you’ll need:

Plain muslin tote

Freezer Paper

Pencil

Ex-acto knife

Iron

Paint brush

Fabric Paint in White, Yellow & Orange

Fabric marker in Black

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Sketch out your design on the freezer paper. If you are making letters, numbers or words, make sure you’re drawing on the dull side of the paper.

I used a sharp Exacto knife to carefully cut it out.

I used a sharp Exacto knife to carefully cut it out.

Cut out and ready!

Cut out and ready!

Position it on your tote where you want it. I decided on the middle, tilted slightly in a jaunty fashion...

Making sure that the shiny side is down, position it on your tote where you want it. I decided on the middle, tilted slightly in a jaunty fashion. With a moderately warm iron, press the freezer paper onto the tote.

You don't need fancy brushes, I used these inexpensive sponge brushes to paint my fabric paint on the tote. I slipped an old magazine inside so that the colors wouldn't bleed through to the back side.

You don’t need fancy brushes, I used these inexpensive sponge brushes to paint my fabric paint on the tote. I slipped an old magazine inside so that the colors wouldn’t bleed through to the back side.

Once its dry, carefully peel the paper off and discard it.

Once the paint is completely dry, carefully peel the paper off and discard it.

So CUTE! Now you are ready to add some detail with your fabric marker.

So CUTE! Now you are ready to add some detail with your fabric marker.

Done! The marker only looks pale on the left because of the light coming in from the window, its writes quite dark, and it doesn't belld, even on this thin cotton. Now you're ready to fill her up with candy! You can also stitch some scary black ribbon onto the handles if you wanted to....

 

I hope you fill it up with loads of your favorite candy! -Marie