Monday, March 20, 2017

Scr-alphabet!

Oh... Pinterest. So damned many ideas. So very little time! This edition of nap time sewing features another Pinterest find - scrappy fabric letters!
Nope. That's not meant to spell anything. Most of the time DT aren't too accurate in their spelling either. At least not yet!

This project is a great way to use up scraps of fabric and batting. A 5 inch square will pretty much work for the top and backing. I figured I didn't need to re-invent the wheel, so I used letter templates from Sugar Bee Crafts. One less thing to take up valuable sewing time!


And when the batting scraps got too small, I made some Franken-batting! Gotta love that zigzag stitch and using up nearly unusable bits!

I decided to stick to prints that were predominately one colour. It would be cool to use a charm pack or a treasured stash collection to make a custom (and coordinated) alphabet.

All stacked up and ready to sew. One wee caveat if you decide to copy my method. Take care to only pull one letter stack (paper, print, batting, backing) off the pile at a time!
Instead of all that pesky cutting out of templates and tracing described in the tutorial, I decided to sew right through the paper. One dull needle is worth that saved time!


It took a little digging to unearth these beauties... my Mom's pinking shears. I can almost hear her scolding me for cutting paper with them. All those fancy scrapbooking scissors weren't around when I was a kiddo!

I can hardly wait to whip up another batch! You can't spell much with just one set of letters! BT and GT can't even spell their names at the same time!
I'm linking up with Monday Making @ Love Laugh Quilt and  Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts. Pop on over and see what others have been cooking up!

J

Friday, March 03, 2017

Friday Finish - Hexie Madness!

Happy Friday all!!! I'm more than a little excited that we've reached the end of the week! Sometimes one just NEEDS a week-end. The project I'm sharing with you this week combines a whole lot of fussy techniques. But isn't it cute?
Way back in the summer, I went a little crazy making woodland themed paper-pieced hexies from Tiny Toffee Designs.  Given that they were hexies, some EPP was most definitely required to get them into a finished project.
I don't know why, but these little Carolyn Friedlander Crosshatch zipper caps make me smile. If you've never used a cap when installing a zipper, I highly recommend it. I like that it just looks a little more finished (and it gives you a margin for error with your zipper length!)
And because those zipper caps couldn't be alone, I used that same CF print for the inside. The pouch isn't lined... it's more like a quilt backing. And I should probably do something about finishing those seams. Sometimes finished is better than perfect!
I'm linking up today with TGIFF @ Celtic Thistle Stitches as well as Finish Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts. Amanda made some cute zipper pouches this week too! Why not head over for some inspiration?

J