11 April 2017

Aurifil Bag

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I took my Mini and turned it into a Bag, made a little tutorial for you if you would like to make one as well.
Warm colored side.

Cool colored side
You can get the free Sew Many Colors Mini pattern here.

To make your own bag, make the mini, I used Fat Quarter Shop's easy tutorial for using the backing fabric as your binding.  And now let's make the zipper closure.
2- 14" Separating Zippers (in Greece they call them Jacket zippers)
4- 2" x 15" pieces of fabric

 We are going to take the fabric and fold them like we would when making binding, first fold the short ends in by 1/4", then fold lengthwise in half (press with an iron) and then open out and fold it into the middle, you will end up with a thing strip of fabric like the one on the right.

I found it easier to unzip the zippers and then opened the fabric strip up aligning one edge and sewing as close as I could to the zipper.  Folding the fabric back around the edge of the zipper and then sewing it down again, getting the back side.
Be careful when sewing around zippers, I always change my needle to an old one, and leave a long tail of thread at the end so I can go back and hand sew a few extra stitches for where I tucked in the head of the zipper.
Start at the seam of where the Paper Pieced A is.
Wrap it around the sides, you can put a handle in if you like, mine is the selvedge (2) 2.5" x 9"

Place handles 1" from the seam created by piecing C and D together.
Hand sew the zipper to the binding just like you would when sewing on binding by hand.

If you have any questions let me know, it's a pretty easy adaption to the pattern and can open up fully and you can even put it back up on the wall, this picture was taken after adding the zipper and you can't even tell it's there.
And from the backside
It fits my box of Aurifil perfectly and I will be making a little fabric tray to go next to it, perfect for taking along on sewing retreats.
Would you like to have an Aurifil Bag? What colors would you use?

08 April 2017

Bunny Easter Bag

I made one Bunny bag and then they just multiplied like, well rabbits!
Table runner pattern and blog post, can be found here.
I had to make them in ALL the colors, using V and Co. Spectrum fabrics with some of their ombre solids.
My daughter doesn't like her dolls or toys to have their eyes closed, so I made a special face for her bunny.  The lower lashes are the same shape as the upper lashes, I just turned the pattern upside down and added the lashes only to the exterior parts of the eyes.
The heart shaped eyes are a smaller version of the nose pattern.
They turned out so cute, I bet you want to make your own, right!
You can find the pattern and information here on how to make your own Bunny Bags.
Looking so pretty on my new table runner.
But 2 are going to be gifted to my nieces, they will be a little late for Easter, 
but I think that will be okay :)
adding a label is always important.

04 April 2017

Easy Easter Table Runner

This is a free pattern from Me and My Sister Designs, I used a mini jelly roll of V and Co. Ombre Color Theory solids with a few prints from their Spectrum fabric line.  Originally I was going to applique a bunny onto the runner, but then I thought that would limit the table runner to being only used during Easter.
Or course Aurifil was used and since I was using Ombre fabric, what better than ombre thread (aka. variegated)
4660 Pink Taffy, 3320 Spring Green, 4662 Spotted, 4669 Stonewash blues, 4670 Silver Fox
I also changed the pattern slightly to do a little bit QAYG (Quilt As You Go) style, since I have a hard time keeping my batting to stay in place while sewing (read here: I hate pinning)  So I sewed the 5 color groupings together and then sewed each one onto the batting.
Above you can see the Pink is down using wonder clips, I sewed just an 1/8 of an inch to the right of each seam and when I got to the 5th strip, I sewed on my light green (5) strips, right sides together, flipped it over, gave it a good iron and then continued by sewing just a smidge to the right of each seam and when I finished the light green I added the blue green and etc.
Then I followed the directions to add on the back/sides of the table runner.  I used the dark blue V and Co ombre for that.
It fits my table perfectly!
Just making a few more Easter things for the table and we will be ready for a great holiday, kids start school break this Friday for 2 weeks.
The cute Easter bunny basket is a pattern Hack from Molly and Mama's Darling Daisy Bag, find more information here.
I just might make an Easy Table runner for all the seasons, mmm.... summer hear we come!
Check out the hashtags #meandmysisterdesigns #easytablerunner or #12contestmeandmysisterdesigns on IG to see what other people have made