Friday, December 14, 2018

Jelly Roll Stocking Tutorial

Friday, December 14, 2018
These Jelly Roll Stockings are so gorgeous and fun! They will surely become heirlooms in your family! This free tutorial shows you how to put them together. Once you start, they actually come together pretty quickly!

This post is sponsored by Nancy's Notions. The project and tutorial is my own.

Let's get sewing!

Jelly Roll Stockings

  • Jelly Roll- I am using Christmas Delivery by Carta Bella by Riley Blake Designs
  • batting- Bosal precut batting rolls are great for this project
  • yardage- you will need about a 1/3 yard for each stocking- depending on what your stocking pattern is.
  • Stocking Pattern- you can download the pattern I used for free here.
  • sewing supplies and tools- including Wonder Clips if you have them- they are really handy with this project!
  • Determine how wide and tall your stocking is. I like to make 2 at a time, so I factor that in with these measurements.
  • Add 1" to the width measurement- this will be the length of your strips of Jelly Roll fabric and batting- My length for 2 stockings is 17"
  • Take the height measurement and divide by .65, now add 3 or so- this will give you an approximate number of strips you will need. The exact number will be determined by how tightly you sew your strips together- so you may need a few more at the end. The height of my 2 stockings is 25"- divide that by .75 and I get 33.333- I rounded that up to 34 and added a few to 40. I ended up adding about 4 additional strips at the end.
  • Cut the needed number of strips to your determined length.
Prepare your strips:

  • Place one fabric strip wrong side up in front of you.
  • Place a batting strip directly on top
  • Fold the two long sides into the middle
  • Fold the strip in half- the raw edges of the long sides of fabric should be in the middle
  • I recommend using Wonder Clips here to hold the strips folded together, but if you don't have them, pins work as well.
  • Sew an edge stitch down the side with 2 folds
  • Repeat for all of the strips
Sew strips together:
  • Place two strips next to each other. I place the folded side of one against the sewn side of the other
  • Change your stitch on your machine to a wide zig zag stitch
  • Position your strips so that your sewing machine catches both strips in the stitching to hold them together.
  • I usually start making groups of 2 strips and then add those groups together until all the strips are assembled to make one large piece.

 Some useful tips:
  • I like to vary my fabrics, but you may also choose to create a pattern with your strips.
  • if there are any obviously directional prints (like the text print in this line) you may need to pay attention to the direction you are attaching the strips together.
  • You will notice that the edges of the final piece are a bit jagged- this is normal because of how many layers you are sewing through. This is why we added an extra 1" to our strip length.
Cutting out your Stocking Pieces:
  • Add 1/2" to the height of your stocking pattern- if you are using the template from me- the 1/2" has already been added.
  • Cut out 2 stockings from your fabric yardage- making sure they are mirror images of each other.
    • I find it easiest to do this by cutting them both out at once with the fabric folded in half.

  • Trim the extra 1/2" off of your stocking pattern, or fold it under.
  • Place your stocking pattern on your jelly roll strip piece
    • When placing your stocking pattern on the Jelly roll strip piece, make sure the top edge is lined up with a finished edge of a strip. We are not going to sew on the top of this piece, so it needs to be a full strip on the top. Use a seam ripper to detach the top strip from the next strip if it is not the top of your full piece (as in this picture- because I am making two stockings at once, my first stocking needs to be lined up with the bottom of the piece. I line up my pattern with the bottom of the stocking, and then adjust it up so that the top of the pattern lines up with the next closest seam between two strips)
  • Cut out 1 stocking piece from your jelly roll piece
Stocking Assembly:
 Sandwich your stocking pieces as shown, with the right sides of your back and lining pieces facing toward the jelly roll piece (the stocking front)
  • Line up the pieces starting at the bottom and pin all the way around. There is quite a bit of bulk in this step- make sure you are not folding over any of the layers as you pin. Also, pins work better than the wonder clips at this step.
  • Sew around the entire piece starting on one side of the stocking and then around to the other side. You WILL NOT sew across the top yet. Back stitch at both the beginning and the end of your stitching. Use a 1/4" seam allowance.
  • Check both sides of your stocking to make sure all layers have been sewn together. Again- with all of the bulk of so many layers, things tend to shift as you sew.
  • You DO NOT need to clip curves. Just turn your stocking right side out. You should end with the jelly roll piece in front and the two yardage pieces wrong sides together on the back side of your stocking.
    • Use your fingers to push out the seams as well as you can. Create creases in the sides using an iron and steam to set them. This will probably take some time and effort to get the seams even and flat.


  • Once you are happy with your seams, turn the seam allowance of the top of the lining and back pieces in between the two pieces. Use the front seam as your guide for getting them even. 
  • Press the seams down and then pin in place.
  • If you want to add a loop for hanging- I prefer to do it at this step, just place a 5" length of ribbon folded in half against the outside seam, tucking the raw edges in between the two layers of fabric.
    • If you would like to use a scrap of fabric to make your hanger- you can take a 1.5" X 5" piece of fabric and fold it in fourths, similarly to how you folded your jelly roll strips. Sew down both sides of your strip and then fold in half to use as your hanger.
  • Sew an edge stitch across this back piece from one side seam to the other.

free pattern for jelly roll stockings
 All that is left is to embellish and enjoy! I like to add pom poms to mine, but you could also add name tags, tassels or anything else your heart desires!

I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did! Please tag me if you share them on social media @amerooniedesigns on both Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtag #jellyrollstockings if you do!!
Happy Holidays friends!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Floral Crown Ornaments

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
The fabric for this post was provided by Riley Blake Designs/Penny Rose Fabrics. The project and opinions are my own.
Pinewood Acres is a beautiful woodland themed fabric line that immediately reminded me of the cabin my grandparents built and where I spent many weekends of my childhood. We would spend hours in the trees, looking for treasures, making up games and going on adventures. There were always lots of deer to be seen, and fortunately, never any bears!
I decided to take the animals and tree from the main print of this line, as well as a small set of antlers and make some ornaments for my grandmother, as a thank you for the many wonderful memories I have of the beautiful place they built.
The colors in the fabrics are rich and warm. They would make a wonderful cabin quilt!

I used 2 three inch hoops and 2 four inch hoops as well as one oval hoop to make the ornaments.

I used a combination of woven wheel flowers, french knots and lazy daisy stitches to create the flowers. I also added pine boughs to the flower crowns to give them more of a holiday feel.

 I love wrapping hoops in fabric to finish off the project. To keep the fraying in check on these, I pressed a 1 1/2" strip of fabric in half and then wrapped the hoop leaving the folded edge exposed and the raw edges hidden under the next layer.

I think the tree might be my favorite! I think it just looks so majestic with her lovely sprays of flowers!
I can't wait to give these to my grandma to thank her for the many sacrifices she and my grandpa made for so many years to give us a priceless opportunity!
What does Pinewood Acres make you think of?
Happy Holidays!

Create a DIY Holiday with the Cricut Maker

This past summer we sold our home and moved in with my in-laws. It has been a wonderful opportunity for us, but it means that many of our things, including our holiday decorations have been put into storage. And, since I don't have the main living part of the house to decorate, I decided I could finally get around to making some holiday crafts to decorate my daughters' shared bedroom. This DIY your holiday makeover is brought to you by Cricut, but the projects and opinions about the products I have used are mine. Everything from the ornaments on the tree, the tree skirt, stocking countdown, pillows, stuffed trees and the art were made by me and all used the Cricut Maker in some capacity. Prepare yourself for image overload, I couldn't help but try to capture all the cute details in this room! And, I share the file and steps to make your own felt ornaments- they are super easy and fun!
*this post contains affiliate links
DIY Holiday projects
I had the little wooden houses cut out years ago, but never got around to finishing them. I'm so glad I had them ready to paint and embellish with a few pieces of vinyl to mimic the house ornaments inspired by the fabric, which is Way Up North by Jill Howarth for Riley Blake Designs. The stuffed trees were made just like I shared here. You can find the file in design space for these specific shapes here. One tip to share is don't over fill your trees with batting, it will distort the shape, especially on the points. Put enough in them to give them shape and hold them up, but don't make them too stiff!
You can also find the Spread Christmas cheer, tree shaped word art, and Merry Christmas cut files on Design Space.
felt flowers decorate a Merry Christmas sign
You can find the tutorial for the felt pine boughs on my Instagram page under the highlights!

The tree is by far my girls' favorite thing! They were so excited to have the lights on all night and I love the cozy feeling it gives their room! The felt ornaments are a blast to make using the Cricut Maker and I don't have to worry about them breaking.
A couple of tips for choosing which images to use to make your own felt ornaments- pick simple shapes. The rotary blade can only cut so small, make sure you aren't going to damage your mat! Also, tiny, thin details may be lost when cutting and pulling the image off the mat- you might need to beef up those areas- I had to go back in and make the brims of the snowmen's hats a bit thicker. You can totally make these no-sew by backing the felt with heat n bond first, but personally, I love the added embroidery details! Here's the low-down on how to make your own:

Felt Ornaments with the Cricut Maker
Use your Cricut Maker to make felt ornaments
Select the image you want to cut out. If you want to make the houses I made, you can find the file in Design Space here. You will need one solid shape for the back of your ornament and then the front and any details you want to add. If you are making this a no-sew project, add your heat n bond BEFORE cutting out the shapes- but DO NOT add it to the ornament back.

Cut out your shapes on your maker. I love the rotary blade for felt! I like using wool blend felt, but you can also use Cricut felt or acrylic felt as well.

Arrange the details you are adding to the ornament and stitch them down. Add any additional embroidery details at this stage.
Make a hanger for your ornament using ribbon or twine. I just used a length of embroidery floss and tied the ends together to make a loop.

Place the loop between the back of the ornament and the front (that now has all details sewn on) and stitch around the entire ornament, making sure to secure your hanger well. ** If you are doing the no sew version, place the back on your fusing surface (i.e. the ironing board) arrange the loop where you want it, place the front of the ornament and any details you are adding and THEN Fuse! The Easy Press 2 makes this process super easy- I use the temp set at 305 and then set the times according to the manufacturers instructions on your fusible adhesive.

The tree skirt is one of My favorite parts! I will be sharing a tutorial on how to make it later this week!

The stocking countdown was a cute way to show off the fabrics of this darling line! I used chipboard covered with vinyl to make the numbered tags. I'm excited to fill them with little treats, activities and gifts for my girls to build excitement for Christmas!
The last project I made was this darling pillow set. I almost decided not to make them as I was running out of time, but I'm so glad I pushed through! I can just see my girls snuggling up with a blanket and a book next to their tree.
I hope you enjoyed this tour of my daughters' Holiday bedroom makeover! They are delighted with it, which makes it super fun for me! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send me an email- and for more details and tutorials, follow me on Instagram- I love hanging out there!
As the pillow says: Stay cozy my friends!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
felt house ornament tutorial

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Should I pick the Cricut Maker or the Cricut Explore Air 2

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Are you in the market for a new cutting machine? Wondering if you should upgrade from the Explore Air 2 to the Maker? Not sure at all what I'm even talking about? Well, this post is for you! Today I'm going to tell you why the Cricut Maker is my new favorite sewing tool and some things you should think about if you're considering a new Cricut. Plus, I'll give you the how-to on these darling stuffed pumpkins- all cut out with my Cricut Maker! *this post contains affiliate links and is sponsored by Cricut. Opinions and patterns are mine.

First, let's talk about the differences between the Cricut Maker and the Cricut Explore. If you've never seen or used an electronic cutting machine- you are missing out! They make crafting so much fun and open up so many creative doors. The Cricut Explore can cut a wide variety of materials, including cardstock, vinyl, iron-on and much more. But, the Cricut Maker can do all of that and much, much more! With the adaptive tool system, the Cricut Maker has a lot more versatility! The added pressure the Maker has allows the machine to cut through materials such as leather, chipboard and balsa wood! But my very most favorite thing about the Cricut Maker is its ability to cut FABRIC!!! I have had a couple of Cricut machines over the years, and used them for lots of projects, but as my creativity turned more and more toward fabric, I found I was pulling out my Cricut less and less. The Cricut Explore technically can cut fabric- but it has to be backed with something, like interfacing or freezer paper, and even then, it's not always a clean cut because the blade drags across the fabric to cut it. You can see the pouf I made with my Explore in my post here. Cutting fabric with the Explore is limited to cotton fabrics and usually I found that it was simply easier to cut out the fabric by hand than to go through the process of backing my fabric and then attempting (and not always succeeding) to cut it.
Enter the Cricut Maker!! You guys, this machine has made me so very, very happy! The rotary blade is a teeny tiny dream come true!

You can see here how cleanly it cut through this embossed upholstery weight velvet fabric!

And this wool fabric was no problem at all! look at the details it can cut! I will say that the rotary blade is not meant to cut curves smaller than 3/4", especially interior curves, it can damage the mat. And, the rotary blade is small, but not that small, so there are limitations to the shapes it will cut, but I have yet to find a fabric this machine won't cut. (you can see the left over fuzzies from the chenille I cut too! Anyone else hate working with chenille because of all the lint??)
I decided to pull out my bin of thick fabric and sew up a bunch of different textured pumpkins- just to test out the Cricut Maker and see if it would tackle them all. And boy did it!

 First, I made the shape for the pumpkin sides in design space (that's the app that runs the Cricut Machine- it's free to download and play with and you don't even need a machine to give it a test run to see if you like it) if you want the file you can find it here. I adjusted the size of the pumpkin sides to make a variety of pumpkins starting with 2.5" (W) X 5" (H) (the small cotton fabric pumpkin) all the way up to 4.125" x 11" (the chenille one). I placed a dot to be marked at each end of the panel so I would know where to start and stop stitching, but if you adjust the size of the piece, you will also need to adjust the placement of the dots. They should be 1/4" away from the ends and centered. Set your machine to cut 6 panels and watch the magic happen!

Once you have all 6 of your pumpkin pieces cut out, you will begin by sewing 2 sets of 2 pieces together on ONE side, from marked dot, to marked dot. Then, take a third piece and sew it to one side of your pair, again sew from dot to dot. Finally you will take your 2 pieces of 3 panels and sew them together around the open edges. Make sure to leave an opening for turning!

Turn your pumpkin right side out and stuff. Once you have it full, add a bit more stuffing! You want your pumpkin really firm! Use a needle and thread to sew the opening shut.

I wanted my pumpkins a bit more tufted, so I took a long needle and some yarn and embroidery floss (depending on the pumpkin) and stitched through the panels pulling it tight to create more ridges in the pumpkin. I finished off my little guys with a wooden knob painted green and the wool leaves I cut out with my maker. (those images are also saved with the project)

I tried chenille, a tapestry thickness upholstery fabric (the gray dot), canvas, and a velvet upholstery weight fabric in addition to cotton and wool. The Cricut Maker cut them all! It is everything I hoped it would be when I first learned about a new cutting machine that could cut fabric!

So, back to our original question, what should you pick, the Cricut Explore Air 2 or the Cricut Maker? If you want versatility, and especially the ability to cut fabric- you have no choice but to get the Cricut Maker. If fabric scares you and you haven't ever touched a sewing machine in your life? Get the Maker anyway and I will teach you to sew! ;) But seriously- with adaptive tools like the knife blade, the scoring wheel and my very best friend- the rotary blade-  you just can't go wrong with the Maker!
So tell me, what's the first thing you're going to sew when you get your Maker?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Sew Christmas Stockings with the Cricut Maker

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
 This post is sponsored by Cricut and contains affiliate links. The project and opinions are all my own.

Christmas just wouldn't be the same without Stockings, right? For years I have been wanting to make matching stockings for all of my children, but I never managed to find the time. Well, this year, I don't have an excuse, these simple stockings made using the Cricut Maker are so simple and quick, I will have all 6 of them sewn up in no time at all! I have all the instructions so you can sew some too- are you ready to make some DIY Holiday decorations?

Simple Stocking Tutorial using the Cricut Maker

1/2 yard of 2 different fabrics- I am using a gorgeous embossed velvet upholstery fabric for the outside of my stockings and a darling quilting cotton from Riley Blake Designs Christmas Delivery line for the lining. The beauty of the Maker is not just that it cuts fabric- it cuts ALL KINDS of fabrics. This thick upholstery fabric was no problem at all for this machine!

optional- lightweight fusible interfacing *I like to use the interfacing to give my stockings a little more body and also to fade the colors of the lining print so they don't show through my stockings- this is totally optional

Cricut Maker- you can find the pattern for the stocking in my Cricut Community profile here. It is an image I modified from an Access Image in design space by slicing off the cuff and hanger in the original image file.

12" X 24" Fabric Cutting Mat for the Cricut Maker
Sewing machine and sewing tools.

Cut 2- 11" X 16" rectangles out of the exterior fabric
Cut 2- 11" X 16" rectangles out of the lining fabric
*optional Cut 2- 10 3/4" X 15 3/4" rectangles out of lightweight fusible interfacing, then fuse to the wrong side of the lining fabric
You will need to cut 2 sets of stocking pattern pieces- one set of exterior fabric and one set of lining fabric. Use the fabric setting that best fits the types of fabrics you have chosen. If you have fused the interfacing to your lining, place the fabric right side down (so the interfacing is up) on the mat when you cut. I recommend using the rotary blade for all types of fabric cutting. (*note: I chose bonded cotton for my lining since I added interfacing to my fabric, the Maker defaults to the bonded fabric blade, but I chose to go into the tool options and change it to the rotary blade, which is what I always suggest if the cut isn't too intricate)

Take some of the leftover fabric from one of your lining pieces and cut a 2"X 6" rectangle to create a loop for hanging in a later step.

Pin your 2 sets of stocking pieces right sides together. On the set of lining pieces, you will leave an opening in the bottom, straight part of the stocking for turning in the final steps- I find it's easiest to mark this with double pins, so I don't forget as I'm sewing.
Sew around both sets of pieces using a 1/4" seam allowance. Go slowly around the curves, putting the needle down and pivoting your fabric as you go. Back stitch each time you start and stop sewing.

When you are done sewing, clip notches in the curves of your stockings using either a small pair of sharp scissors or pinking shears. **BE CAREFUL to not clip your thread!! Trim all of the seam allowance on the lining piece except where the opening for turning is to reduce bulk inside the stocking.
Take your 2"X6" strip of fabric and press in half (not shown). Open up this fold and bring the sides in to the center line. Press. Re-fold the first crease to create a strip that is now 1/2"X6" and press well. Stitch down both sides of the strip.
Turn the outer stocking piece right side out. Push out the seams and press.
Fold the strip you just sewed in half, bringing both raw edges together. Center this loop on the side seam of the exterior stocking piece and pin in place. 
Slide the outside of the stocking into the inside of the lining. 
Line up the side seams and pin in place.
Go around the top of the stocking, lining up the two layers and pinning into place.
Sew around this top seam using a 1/4" seam allowance. *I like to back stitch over the hanging loop to reinforce it. Santa can be generous and you don't want all the treasures spilling out because your loop fell off!!
Turn your stocking right side out through the hole in the bottom of your lining. Fold the seam allowance of the opening under and stitch closed.
Push your lining inside the exterior stocking. Smooth out the fabric and make sure the top seam is lined up. Press your top seam and the entire stocking. If desired, top stitch around the top of the stocking. *I did not do a top stitch because of the embossed design of the fabric I was using.

I cut chipboard snowflakes out using the knife blade on my Maker to embellish the stockings. Once they were cut out, I covered them with glue and glitter and hung them on the stocking using monofilament thread. I love the fun element they add!!

So, are you ready to DIY your holiday with the Cricut Maker??  What will you make first? I can't wait to see! If you make these stockings, use the hashtag #makerstockings so I can see them all- don't forget to tag me too!
Happy Making friends!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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