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

Supplies:
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.

Cutting:
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.

Assembly:
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!
xoxo,
Amy

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

Friday, October 19, 2018

Jelly Roll Pillow

Friday, October 19, 2018
This post is part of Nancy's Notions Holiday Blogger Gift Program.


I love the idea of the Jelly Roll Rugs I have seen popping up on the internet and decided I wanted to make something using that method. The first project I made was this gorgeous Jelly Roll Pillow! I absolutely love the texture and feel of this substantial pillow. In this tutorial I will teach you how you can make one of your own. These would be wonderful for watching movies, propping up in bed or just lounging around. If you would like to download the directions, you can find them on Nancy's Notions Inspiration Page.
You can follow along in the video, or the directions can be found lower in the post.

Jelly Roll Pillow
 
The directions are for a 26" pillow form. If you want to make a smaller pillow, reduce the length of the strips to 1" longer than the width of your pillow form you are going to use. You will also need fewer strips.

Supplies:
1 roll of 2 1/2" precut strips- I am using a Rolie Polie of Wild Bouquet by Citrus and Mint Designs for Riley Blake
2 rolls of 2 1/2" Bosal batting strips (you will not use the entire second roll)
fabric for back of pillow
26" pillow form

Assembly:
Cut your fabric strips into 27" lengths, you will need approx. 40 strips. If you would like, take some of the leftover strip lengths and sew them together on the bias to make scrappy strips to add to your pillow.
Cut the Bosal batting roll into 27" lengths as well.

 Once all the strips are cut, place a strip of fabric wrong side up. Place a strip of batting on top.
Bring the long sides into the center of the strip, and then fold the strip in half.
Use wonder clips or biding clips to hold the folded strip together.
Sew along the side with 2 folds to hold the strip closed. Repeat for all the strips. If desired- arrange your strips in your preferred order. I just grabbed my strips as I went, I wanted a more organic scrappy feel.
Place 2 strips next to each other- I like to place the sewn edge of one strip next to the folded edge of the second strip. Pin in place.
Change your stitch on your machine to a wide zig zag stitch. Center your stitch so it catches both strips of fabric. * I like to chain stitch at this point creating a few different groups of strips I am adding onto. Just make sure you don't create a group that is too big to sit flat on your machine as you sew them together.
 Once your piece is 26" wide, take your pillow front to your cutting mat. Square up the pillow front to 26" square.
Make a back for your pillow using your favorite method. Sew pillow back onto pillow front- I like to use a 1/2" seam allowance to create a firmer pillow. If you like a softer pillow, use a 1/4" seam allowance.
Turn your pillow cover right side out and press the seams.
Insert your pillow form and Enjoy!!
 
The resulting pillow is soft and luxurious with an incredible feel! My children are already fighting over who gets to use this pillow. I think I will have to make one for each of them!
If you decide you would like to make one of your own- Nancy's Notions is offering readers free shipping on orders over $49 if you enter the code: 189501-1139 at checkout! So get all your gift making supplies in one shot and you'll be ready for the upcoming holidays!
I'd love to see your beautiful Jelly Roll Pillows- so please tag me on Facebook or Instagram if you share, or feel free to e-mail me a picture, I just love seeing your work!
xoxo,
Amy

Monday, October 15, 2018

Batty Felt Pillow Tutorial

Monday, October 15, 2018
*I was given a Cricut Maker to use and create tutorials with, and this post contains Cricut Affiliate links. That being said, the opinions and projects are all mine.
If you have been around here since the beginning, you may remember this pillow from 2010. It's one of my most popular projects.
Well, this year, I was contacted by a magazine who wanted to include my project in their Holiday Crafts edition for this fall. Of course I was thrilled. Especially since that magazine was by Better Homes and Gardens!!
That's my pillow peeking out!!

I ended up needing to re-make the pillow, since I had given the original away. And because I was in kind of a hurry, I decided to make the process more efficient by cutting out all the felt bats with my new Cricut Maker!

Here are the easy directions to make your own Batty Felt Pillow!

Supplies:
Felt- I bought some wool blend felt to use, you will need 3/4 yard.
Bat Pattern- you can purchase mine in my craftsy shop (SVG or PDF file), or use your own.
Sewing machine and sewing tools
20" pillow form or fiber fill.
Cricut Maker or scissors and time. ;) (and seriously, no judging if you cut yours by hand- that's how I cut mine the first time!)

Directions:
  • Cut 2- 20" squares out of felt (I find it easiest to make a full pillow and not a pillow cover because felt stretches and will lose its shape. If you prefer to make a removable pillow cover, you will need to cut 1- 20" square for the front and cut your back to create your desired type of pillow cover back)
  • Cut out 21 bat shapes (the pdf has 4 copies of the bat shape- I like to print off my shapes onto freezer paper if I'm cutting them out by hand)
  • Arrange your bats in 7 rows of 3 on one of the 20" felt squares. Start approx 1" down from the top and place the first row of 3 bats across the top of the square. The tips of the wings should touch the edges of the pillow front. If you use the bat shape I designed, the tips of the bat wings in the row will overlap just a bit. Pin the bats in place. Next evenly space the first column of bats (use 7 total), ending 1" from the bottom of the pillow front. Line up the tips of the bat wings with the edge of the felt square. Use your ruler to keep the bats lined up. Now fill in the rest of the grid. I turned the last bat in the 4th row at an angle just for fun!
  • Sew down the center of the bats. I just used a narrow triangle to attach the body of the bat. I wanted the wings to be free and flappy!
  • Pin the pillow back to the pillow front- make sure you fold all the bat wings in toward the center so you don't catch them in the side seams!
  • Sew around all sides, leaving an opening in the bottom of the pillow for turning and stuffing. I like my pillows to be firm, so I use a 1/2" seam allowance even though I'm using a 20" pillow form, If you like your pillows softer, or are stuffing the pillow- feel free to use a 1/4" seam allowance to sew around your pillow.
  • Turn pillow right side out and insert pillow form or stuff. Hand sew the opening shut.
Enjoy your new pillow!!

xoxo,
Amy

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Skull Color Block Halloween Pillow

Thursday, October 4, 2018
 *This post is sponsored by ThermOWeb as part of my participation on their design team. The fabrics were also provided to me by Riley Blake Designs. The project and opinions are my own.

Looking for a spooktacular way to dress up your pillows or walls this Halloween? I have the perfect tutorial for you! This color block pillow with skulls is a fun and creepy way to add some festivity with your favorite fabrics! Using ThermOWeb Heat n bond printable sheets makes quick work of this fun project. You can find the free tutorial on how to make the pillow over on the ThermOWeb blog. The skull image is a separate download you can find in my Craftsy shop for only $0.99!!

The pillow sews up so quickly once you have the appliques ready. You can make it even faster by using Heat N Bond Ultra so you don't have to sew the appliques on!
That being said, I love the look of stitching on the appliques!!
And, I'm not the best quilter, but I love the little bats I added to my free motion quilting! Can you spot some?
The fabrics I used are various pieces from the last two years. You can see some Cats, Bats and Jacks, and some EEK, BOO, Shriek. All are from Riley Blake Designs though.
It's sure to be loved by witches big and small!!
Let me know if you have any questions, or if you make one, I'd love for you to tag me on social media or use hashtag #skullblockpillow.
Happy Sewing!
xoxo,
Amy
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