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Here are a number of Quilting ideas that you can try yourself.
bag is a stylish way to carry all your essentials. Perfect
for day trips around the city, but big enough to pack a few
more things for your trips out of town. It's reversible too, giving you
two bags in one!
- For outside of
tote, cut 2 peices 25" x 20". Cut 2
peices the same size for the lining
- Cut 2 strips, 4
ฝ x 20"
of the paisley fabric for the top band.
Cut 2 strips, 2 x 20 for the solid
- Stitch solid brown band to each end
of main body fabric. Stitch paisley band
to solid brown stripe. Press. This is
the outside of the tote. Fuse
interfacing to wrong side of the
- For the front pocket, cut 1 piece,
20 x 20. Fold 1 down from top. Press
and topstitch in place. Place pocket on
bag front, right side up, aligning raw
edges. Baste in place. Stitch
horizontally across the bottom of the
bag for the bottom of the pockets.
- For straps, cut 4 strips, 4 ฝ x the
width of the fabric. Stitch 4 strips
together to make one continuous
strip. Fuse interfacing to wrong
side. Fold and press ฝ in on long
side. Fold strip in half and press. You
may use a fusible web to keep the strap
folded in place if you wish. Topstitch
strap ผ from both outside edges.
- For pocket segments and strap
placement, fold the side section of the
bag in thirds, and mark creases with
chalk. Center strap over chalk mark and
pin in place, creating a continuous loop
over the right side of the
bag. Overextend the strap approximately
24 off the top and bottom of bag for
handles. You may make handles shorter or
longer to your taste. Pin and topstitch
- Stitch bag front to back, right
sides together, using a 3/8 seam
- To box the lower corners, fold and
crease the bottom between the side
seams. With the bag wrong side out,
arrange each lower corner to form a
point. Stitch across the point,
approximately 1 ฝ above the point,
stitch perpendicular to the seam.
- Stitch lining front to back. Box
corners. Add a small inner pocket if
desired. Cut a piece 7 x 5. Turn ฝ
down from top edge and topstitch in
place. Press 3/8 around other 3 sides
of pocket. Pin and topstitch in place on
inside of lining approximately 4 below
- Place the lining, wrong side out,
into the finished bag. Align top edges
and handles and pin in place. Topstitch
lining to finished bag.
Material and Tools needed
- 3/4 yard each of 2 coordinating fabrics for bag and lining
- 1/4 yard contrasting fabric for top band
- 1/4 yard solid fabric for middle band
- 1/2 yard contrasting fabric for straps
- 1/2 yard fusible interfacing
- Olfa 24 x 36 Rotary mat or larger
- Olfa 45mm Deluxe Rotary cutter (RTY-2/DX)
Designer: Debra Green
Idea#2: Reversible Table Cloth
A cheerful table cover is just the thing for
the winter months ahead. Because it is reversible, this
one is double the fun! A great way to showcase your beautiful fabrics.
- From large
print fabrics, cut a 40" square, and
- From border
stripe fabrics, cut 4-40" strips
- Sew a border
stripe to either side of green
- Attach a
cornerstone to both ends of the
remaining border strips and attach to
top and bottom of tablecloth
Repeat for the
- With right
sides together, sew the green and blue
tablecloths together, leaving a 6"
opening for turning.
- Turn right
sides out, press, and slip stitch
- Top stitch
around the outside edges of the
tablecloth to secure.
Materials and Tools needed
- 1-1/2 yards green large print fabric for tablecloth center
- 1/2 yard green stripe fabric for borders
- 1-1/2 yards blue large print fabric for reverse side of tablecloth
- 1/2 yard blue stripe fabric for reverse side borders
- Olfa 24" x 36" Self-Healing Rotary Mat (RM-MG)
- Olfa Rotary Deluxe 45mm Rotary Cutter (RTY-2/DX)
- 6" x 24" Non-slip, Frost Advantage
Essential" (QR 6 x 24)
Designer: Debra Green
Idea#3: Sheer Patchwork Window Shade
Use this unbacked patchwork shade to let a little
light into any room in your home. The lovely sheer framed windows are cut away
to allow the natural light to come through, creating a soft glow sure to warm
- Wash and press fabrics before use.
- Use the OLFA 6 1/2" ruler to cut 17
3 1/2" squares from each of the
home-spun fabrics. You will end up with
a total of 102 136 squares depending
on how many different cottons you begin
with and the desired finished size.
- Cut the sheer organza into 2" and 1
1/2" strips. Cut strips into squares.
- Stitch sheer square in the center of
each homespun square on the right side
using a 1/4" seam allowance from the raw
edge of the sheer square. Do not turn
under raw edges but simply sew in place.
- Using your OLFA scissors, cut away
the fabric from behind the sheer square
on each block, leaving approximately
1/8" seam allowance on the wrong side.
This creates your little window.
- Arrange blocks randomly to your
taste and sew together into rows. Sew
rows together, pressing seams open.
- Sew a 1/4" hem around the entire
perimeter of the shade.
- For hanging tabs, cut 5 2" x 6"
rectangles. Turn and stitch a 1/4" hem
on each of the long sides. Fold tab in
half and stitch evenly spaced along the
top of shade. Press entire shade
carefully. Hang in your favorite window
and let the sunshine in!
Materials and Tools needed
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