Friday, June 29, 2012

More UGA! Go Dawgs!

I can't believe I haven't posted these before now!

We went to my DMIL's over Mother's Day weekend, and I took these little guys that I made for her.  She is a big fan of UGA just like Robbie.  So Robbie wanted me to make these pot holders in UGA fabric.  I had plenty, so I whipped them up in no time.  I don't remember where I found this tutorial and can't find the link.  I'll keep trying; otherwise, I'll post one here.

That's also when my DFIL told me he was giving me his old table saw, because he was getting a new one!  Woohoo for me!!  Imagine the things I can make with that.  The first thing on my list is Robbie's cornice boards, then Britt wants another bench for her kitchen table.  Then I want to make some cute stands for my washer and dryer.  I'll have stuff to keep me busy for a year at least!  It was like Christmas in May!


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cutest Little Apron

I made this cute little apron for my Aunt Marian.  I found it in a pattern book I have at home (otherwise I'd give you the name) and just had to make it.  I'd been eyeing this fabric for a while now but didn't know how I would use it.  Then it hit me!  I would use it for the apron!  Duh!!  It has 5 pockets across, it's lined and the straps are nice and long.  I think she will love it.  It took all of 3 hours from start to finish including cutting the fabric.  I will also be making a table runner from this pattern book, so I'll be sure and post the name when I do!

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

i-Pad Cover Tutorial

As promised, a tutorial for the i-Pad cover.  Read through all the instructions before you begin.  Note:  I do not like the way I sewed in the pocket for this and will be redoing this on another one I'm working on now.  I will update this post once I have it finished.  You have the choice of doing it just like I have outlined here or wait until I have the updated post.  So here we go:

First, get your fabric, batting and interfacing together.  You will also need a 12 or 14 inch zipper.  I used 14 inch just because I don't like working around the zipper pull.  You'll also need a 2" strip of Velcro.  Here are the measurements for the fabric:

Focus fabric:
1 piece cut to 27" x 11"
1 piece cut to 5" x 11"
1 piece cut to 1 1/2" x 11"

Lining fabric:
1 piece cut to 27" x 11"
1 piece cut to 5" x 11"
1 piece cut to 1 1/2" x 11"

Medium weight interfacing:
2 pieces cut to 27" x 11"
2 pieces cut to 5" x 11"
2 pieces cut to 1 1/2" x 11"

Batting (I used warm and natural) - you could also use fusible fleece in place of interfacing and batting
2 pieces cut to 27" x 11"
1 piece cut to 5" x 11"
1 piece cut to 1 1/2" x 11"

Let's begin.

We'll construct the zipper pouch first.
Grab your focus fabric (1 1/2x11) and put your batting piece on the wrong side. Lay your zipper tape on top or your focus fabric right sides together lining up the raw edges.  So your batting will be on the bottom, then the focus fabric and then the zipper.  Pin through all layers.
Use your zipper foot and attach the zipper.  I have my seam very close to the teeth.

Now take your lining piece (1 1/2x11) and lay it on top of your zipper tape that you just attached to the focus fabric.  You will be sandwiching the zipper between the focus fabric and the lining.  Pin in place.

You'll now stitch the lining to the zipper tape.  I flipped mine over and stitched on the batting side and used the stitch line of the focus fabric.

Open up both pieces to expose the zipper and press the seam.  It should look like this.

Now we'll repeat for the other side using the 5x11 pieces of fabric.  Place the focus fabric with the batting on the back face up on your work surface.  Lay the other side of your zipper tape on top lining up the edges and pin in place.  Stitch just like you did the other side.

Now take your lining piece and lay it on top of your zipper tape right sides together and pin in place.
 Another look:

Flip it over and stitch right on the same line as before.  Open it up and press the seam really well.  It should look like this.

Now grab your large focus fabric piece and lay it down on your work surface right side up with the batting underneath.  We are going to position the zipper pouch on this piece.  Fold it up to about 8 1/2" like pictured.

Now determine where you want your pocket.  I measured down about an inch from the top and roughly 2 inches from the bottom.

Now use a water soluble marking pen and mark the top of the focus fabric on both sides right above the pocket.

Now remove the pocket and lay the main piece out straight right side up with the mark at the bottom.

Now make another mark 1/4" up from these two.

Now take your pocket and line up the edge with the top mark you just made. Right sides together.  I know it looks funky, but we are going to flip it over in just a minute, and it will be in the right place.  I promise!  Pin in place.

It should look like this.

Stitch to the main piece using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Then flip it over and press the seam well.

It should look like this.

Now we need to trim away a smidge of the batting on the bottom, so we can turn under that edge and stitch.

I trimmed about 3/8".  Now take it to your machine and run a 1/4" stitch line across the bottom of the pocket.  This will give us a nice neat, even fold line.

Now turn that edge under 1/4" on that stitch line and press well.

Pin it in place and run a scant 1/8" stitch line to secure.

Now it's time to determine where to place our Velcro.  You could also use a button and a pony tail holder or a snap.  Fold your top section down to see where it falls.

I didn't take a picture, but I pushed a straight pin through where I wanted the Velcro and used my marking pen underneath to mark my spots.  I found my center then stitched one piece to the bottom section of the focus fabric.

Mine wound up being about 1/2" from the bottom of my zippered pocket.  You'll sew your other piece of Velcro to the top of the lining portion of the main piece as shown here.  Lay out your batting first, then put your lining piece on top right side up.  Stitch the Velcro at the top roughly 5/8" from the top edge.  Measure this with your focus piece to be sure!

I embellished the front of my main piece with some lace that I had.  You can do that now.  Just pin it to the top edge of the main fabric and stitch in place.

We are almost done.  Hang in there with me.  Now it's time to stitch the two main pieces together.

Lay out your lining piece on your work surface right side up as shown.  The Velcro should be at the top.

Take your main focus fabric and lay it right next to your lining with the zipper pouch at the bottom as shown.  I do this to make sure you have them positioned the right way.

Now just flip the top over and on top of the lining so right sides are together.  Pin all the way around.  Stitch all the way around the piece using a 1/4" seam allowance and leaving a 2" opening for turning.  Clip the corners before you turn.

It should now look like this.

Now press the seams well making sure to fold in the opening.  Top stitch all the way around the cover a scant 1/4" or 1/8" from edge.  Go slowly, because there is a lot of bulk.  You will need a Jeans needle in your machine.

It should now look like this.

Now just fold up the bottom so it measures about 8 1/2" and pin in place.  Stitch the sides closed.  GO SLOWLY HERE.  THERE IS A LOT OF BULK AND YOU WILL BREAK NEEDLES.  I had to use my hand wheel several times to get it to go through the bulk.

And this is how your cover should look.

And how it looks with the zipper pouch open.

And there you have it.  A new little cover for your i-Pad.

I made several mistakes on this one.  I ran out of stabilizer and used craft fuse instead.  Don't do that.  It is too heavy which was one of my problems with the extra bulk.  I also will do the pocket differently next time to eliminate more bulk.  I will post an update on that with the next one I do.  I plan on putting a ruffle at the bottom of the next one and use some ribbon to dress it up.

Have fun embellishing yours.  They would be great with a monogram on the front.  Or maybe you'd like to add flowers or something else fun.  It's your creation, so have fun with it.


**UPDATE**  See this post for another way to attach a zippered pocket.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

i-Pad Cover

I'm working on Christmas gifts already!  I know right?  I have such a long list; if I don't get started now, I'll never finish in time.  I wanted an i-Pad cover for one of my dd's friends.  I searched high and low on the internet to find a tutorial or pattern.  But alas, there were none I liked.  So I sat down late yesterday and came up with my own design, and here she is.  I was quite pleased with the result.  There are a few things I would definitely do differently.  But all in all, I like how it turned out.  I will have a tutorial on this hopefully this week.  I'll have a few other posts this coming week as well.

This is a picture of the inside of the cover.

I wanted a zippered compartment for ear buds and cables.  It is padded like the overall pouch to offer protection for the i-Pad.

Tute soon!  I promise.

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Robbie's UGA room almost finished!

The top picture is both windows almost finished.  I still have a cornice board to make, but I need my table saw for that.  It hasn't arrived yet.

The second picture is his quilt and the bright red wall.  This was taken at the opening of his door.

The third picture is his messy desk.  It shows the baskets we salvaged from his old room.  I redid the liners and recovered his chair all in UGA fabric.  Robbie designed the quilt and the window treatments himself.  I had a little input but not much.  We also replaced the old blue sheets with white.  These are jersey sheets, and I hate them with a passion!!  But he loves them, and I guess that's what matters.

I still have a pillow sham and a throw pillow to make, and I'm waiting on a custom print for above his bed.  And that should be it for his room for a while. Shew!

Now it's time to start on my Christmas list.  The fun continues.

Happy Thursday!

Monday, June 18, 2012

More of Robbie's UGA room.

This is the striped panel I made for one of Robbie's windows.  I have one more to do for the other.  I will be posting a tutorial on these once the other is finished.  Basically, I used random sized stripes for the front, then added black out material lining, and added the back lining.  Easy-peasy.  They are just so long!!  It took many back breaking hours to get these puppies put together.  I also recovered his chair.  I have a pillow sham and throw pillow to make, and I'm waiting on a custom print for his wall above the bed.  Then I still have to build his cornice boards for the tops of the treatments.  I'm still playing around with ideas on that though.  And I think that will be it for his room!  woohoo!

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Belgian Lace

Britt toured Europe for 10 days last month and happened to stop in Bruges.  And or course I had specific instructions to get mama some lace.  She couldn't find exactly what I wanted, but I'd say she did very well for alternatives.

This is the apron she found.

Sorry for the chair model!  I didn't have a real one. lol

And a close up of the bottom.

Aren't those eyelets so sweet?  And the embroidery!  She said they had all sorts of bobbins going in all directions to make the lace.

I haven't decided what to do with the apron yet.  I'm afraid to use it!  I thought it would be precious as a pinafore, or I may just put it on a dress form in my future sewing room.

This is the collar she found.

And a close up.

This one I'll use on a little girl's dress.  I think it would work on a size 5 or 6.  But we'll see.  I might be able to use my yoke dress pattern.  I may have to try another pattern altogether.  We'll see.  I can't wait to try it.  This might be my next project.  I'll be working on Christmas gifts again soon, so I better get it started.  I still have to finish my vintage 70's wide legged pants.  I have the muslin completed.  Now I have to use the real fabric.  Woohoo!!  Progress!

Good job Britt!!

Have a happy Wednesday!