Saturday, April 1, 2017

Fabric Carrot tutorial

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Sew your own Fabric Carrots with this tutorial from Ameroonie Designs
Sewing fabric carrots is simple and fun. Don't be surprised if you end up sewing a whole lot more than you think you really need.

Supplies:
Fabrics- large scraps of orange and smaller scraps of green
Fiber fill or other stuffing material
Sewing machine and tools
Needle and thread

Make the Carrots
Fabric carrots can be made in any size you want
 The first thing you will need to do is decide how big you want your carrots to be. You will need two rectangles in the sizes shown for each carrot. (unless you are making multiple carrots of the same fabric, then see tip below) Fold the rectangle along the length and then cut from the top outer corner to the fold point to create the pennant shape. You can really use any measurement you want, the wider the rectangle, the fatter the carrot, the taller the rectangle, the taller the carrot.
cut and sew the body of the carrot before stuffing
  1.  Cut a pennant shape that is the height and width you want for your carrot. Most of the carrots I made were 3" across the top and 9" tall. **A tip for cutting out multiple carrot bodies from the same fabric is to alternate the direction of the carrot so you can get more out of one piece. Cut a length of fabric the height of the carrot body you want, then fold it over so the right sides are facing. Use a rotary cutter and plastic ruler, or draw your lines for cutting to create the pennant shape- the point of the pennant will be at the half-way point of the width of the top. For example: To make the medium size carrots I would cut a length of fabric 9" wide. Then, I would fold over that piece so the right sides are facing. Next- using a rotary cutter or ruler, measure from one corner at the top, to a marking 1 1/2" (1/2 of the 3" width I want) in on the bottom and cut an angled line. From that bottom point, measure over another 1 1/2" (so you have 3" from the top corner) and cut your second angled line. Continue this process- measure 1 1/2" from the last point you cut on the opposite side so you create more pennant pieces that are 9" tall and 3" across the top until you reach the end of your fabric piece.
  2. Sew along the two angled sides at 1/4" seam allowance. Back stitch at the beginning and ending.
  3. Trim off the fabric around the tip to allow the point to be easier to turn.
  4. Turn the carrot right side out. Tip* use a blunt, pointy tool (like a chopstick) to push out the point of the carrot.
Sew the Leaves:
fabric leaves for your stuffed carrots add a bit of whimsy to your project
  1. Cut the green fabric into the size of leaves you want. For the larger carrots I used 2" X 3" rectangles, for the smaller ones, I used 2" X 2" squares. You need two pieces of fabric for each leaf. For the larger carrots I made 3 leaves, for the smaller carrots, I made 2.
  2. Round the two top corners of the leaf pieces. (note: the larger leaves are 3" tall and 2" wide)
  3. Sew around three sides of the leaf- leaving the bottom (straight) edge open. I do back stitch at the beginning and ending of each leaf so the stitches don't pull out when you turn.
  4. Clip the rounded parts of the leaves. You can use scissors to cut notches out, but I like to just use pinking shears to trim it. Just be careful to not clip your threads.
  5. Turn the leaf right side out and press.
 Assemble the carrots:
Use fiber fill to stuff the bodies then close the top with a needle and thread, adding the leaves at the end.
  1. Stuff the carrot with fiber. I like my carrots extra firm, but you do you. Leave a bit of space at the top to turn the edges over and add the leaves.
  2. Fold the top edge of the carrot body over a scant 1/4" and stitch a running stitch around the top. Bring the thread to the inside of the carrot. Pull the thread to begin to gather the top, but don't close it all the way- you still need to add the leaves. *tip: I used button thread which is thick and strong, if you use regular thread, just make sure to double it up so it's strong enough to pull tight to close the top of your carrots.
  3. Add the leaves. You can either run a gathering stitch along the bottom of the leaves, or fold the leaf and then just push the needle through the bottom- which is what I do. I accordion fold the leaf into fourths and then just add it to the thread. I add all the leaves at the same time. Pull the thread to gather the top of the carrot closed, make sure the bottom of the leaves are all enclosed in the carrot.
  4. Stitch around the top of the carrot again, catching the leaves as you go to keep them securely in the carrot. Tie off the thread when you are done.
Tie your fabric carrots into a bunch with a bright ribbon to create a fun accent piece
 Tie a group of carrots together with a bow.
Add fabric carrots to a bucket and use as a decoration with a bunny for spring or Easter.
See- even the Easter bunny loves these fabric carrots!

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out! I'm happy to help or clarify anything.

Have a wonderful Spring!
xoxo,
Amy

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Scalloped skirt and floral garland with Lily fabric from Penny Rose

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A scalloped skirt, mini tote and fabric bunting are fun spring projects to sew
I am so excited to participate today on the Lily fabric tour for Penny Rose Fabrics. I had so much fun sewing up this scalloped skirt, mini tote and darling fabric banner using the pink and yellow colorways. The first thing I thought of when I saw this fabric was pink lemonade. It's just so happy and bright.
This scalloped skirt would be perfect sewn up for Easter
It was almost exactly 6 years ago that I first published this skirt tutorial. I love the full scallops and the bell-like look of the skirt. Please bear in mind this was one of my first tutorials and the pictures are tiny- if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me! We still have that first skirt I made and it has held up beautifully. The skirt will fit from 2-4T just by adjusting the elastic in the waist. I couldn't resist making this for my sweet little almost 2 year old. It will be her Easter dress for church. This plaid is just so great!
sew up a dimensional flower to add character to a tote
I knew I needed to make up a mini tote for her, this little girl LOVES her totes. I wanted to make it special, so I added one of these dimensional flowers. I just love how it pops off the tote.
use dimensional flowers to add volume to your banners
I wanted to create a little banner backdrop for these pictures and had the thought to add some of these fun flowers to the banner as well.
Dimensional flowers add texture to fabric spring banners
I love how the flowers add dimension and a bit of saturated color to these light, springy pennants. The pennants measure about 4" X 5" and for this size of flower, I used short strips of 1" and 3/4" widths to create the flowers. I am excited to add it to my spring decorations.
Someone else is so excited she can't stop dancing! :) If you have any questions- please don't hesitate to ask! Happy Spring Everyone!
xoxo,
Amy

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Simple St. Patrick's Day decorations with felt and embroidery

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Simple St. Patrick's Day decorations you can make this weekend
 I don't know if you're like me, but I don't have a ton of decorations for St. Patrick's day.  However, I have kids who love when things look festive, so this year, I came up with a couple of simple (and cheap!) decorations that don't take long to make, but add a bit of fun to my decor.
simple st. patrick's day decorations to make
Today, I'm going to share with you how I made the felt circle banner, the felt shamrocks and give you the pattern for the lucky stitching. The rainbow embroidery hoop is an old project I re-used in my set up. If you want to see it a little closer up, you can check it out here- but sorry, there's no pattern- I just drew it right on the fabric and stitched it up. Rookie blogger mistake. lol.
felt shamrocks and lucky embroidery pattern
I'm always a fan of a simple embroidery project, and this one is just the ticket for a little bit of holiday fun.
I originally intended to keep it in the 3" hoop I stitched it in, but then I found this fun shaped frame in my stash and decided to use it instead. I love the pop of color it adds. You can find the embroidery pattern here. I used three strands of floss for all of the stitching.
simple felt shamrock tutorial

The second project I decided to tackle were these simple shamrocks out of felt. I love how they add some height and whimsy to my decorations.
Make a simple felt shamrock with Ameroonie Designs
As you can see, the steps are pretty simple.  All you need is some felt, scissors, hot glue gun with glue and floral wire.
1. Start with a small square of felt, I used 1 1/2" squares.
2. Cut heart shapes out of your squares of felt. I just free hand cut them, but if you are more comfortable- you can create a template and trace them.  Place a dot of hot glue on the bottom peak of the heart as shown in the picture.
3. Pinch the bottom of the heart in half, hold in place for a few seconds to allow the glue to cool.
4. Trim the bottom of the heart off to give you a flat edge on the bottom of the heart, just be sure not to trim off all the glue.
5. Put a small bit of glue on the flat edge of one heart and match it up to the bottom of a second heart. Then add glue to the edge of a third heart and center it over the joining of the first two hearts.
6. Cut a small circle of felt that will be hidden behind the shamrock. Put some glue on the circle and place the top of your floral wire in the center of the circle. While the glue is still warm, put the shamrock on top of the wire. Aannnd- you're done!!
St. Patrick's Day garland using felt circles
The last project I'm going to share is this fun circle garland. I love making these for every holiday. They are quick to put together and can easily fit any theme by switching out the colors.
All you need is a bunch of circles in the colors you like and a sewing machine. I use my very old school sizzix machine with a circle die to cut out my circles, but you can always just use scissors. Then, I just run them through my sewing machine, one after the other. I try to vary the size of the circle and the color, but I usually just keep the order random. Depending on the look you want, you can leave some space between the circles, or run them rapid fire through the sewing machine. One last tip is to sew them about 1/3rd of the way down from the tops of the circles, this way they hang flat and don't twist like they do if you sew through the centers of the circles.
simple tutorials for St. Patrick's Day crafts
I love hanging them from my window frame, I also have some branches in a vase that I string them in too. They would be fun on a window sill, a mantle or a bookshelf. These are addicting, so consider yourself warned!
And there you have it! Three simple St. Patrick's Day decorations that add a bunch of fun with just a little bit of effort.
I hope you enjoy getting your green on!
xoxo,
Amy
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