Tag Archives: Christmas

VISIONS OF SUGAR-PLUMS

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A CHRISTMAS PILLOWCASE FOR EVERYONE

 

Christmas fabrics usually go on sale in the days leading up to December 25th.  Yesterday, with that in mind,  I stopped in to a local store to see what was left on the shelves that I might be able to use. I was rewarded for my effort with the lovely piece shown above  which I brought home and quickly turned into a set of cases.   My favorite material for pillowcases is flannel, but soft cottons are also suitable.

It takes a full yard to create a pillowcase.  They are an easy project and perfect for a beginner… even the youngest sewer can have success as I will demonstrate below.

HOW TO MAKE A PERFECT PILLOWCASE

Begin by trimming the selvage edges from the 1 yard piece.

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Press back  4.5 to 5 inches at the top.

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Fold 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the folded edge and press.

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Stitch into place.

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With right side out, stitch the side seam at 1/4 inch.

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Turn and press seam to one side.

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On wrong side stitch at 5/8 inches.  This creates a (modified) French seam with the raw edge contained within the seam.

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Optional:  Press the seam down and stitch on the finished edge creating a flat fell seam.  I take this step to help eliminate bulk that sometime happens with washing.  When the seam is stitch down it decreased need for ironing… if you’re not keen on ironing pillowcases.

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Turn the fabric right side out and stitch both at 1/4 inch as done for the side seam.  Follow the same instruction for creating side seam at the bottom seam line.

Give the pillowcase a final steam press stretching on the bias to square up the corners as needed.fullsizeoutput_c72

And voila, a perfect pillowcase for yourself or someone else.

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CHRISTMAS CUPCAKES

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Peppermint Delights

Here is my contribution to the Christmas potluck being held tomorrow at work.

I made yellow cupcakes and frosted them with mint flavored frosting and then crushed peppermint candies for the topping.

Christmas Cupcakes

They look delicious to me; too bad I’m off desserts.

I’ve been off sugar for so long that just the little bit of frosting that I licked off my fingers sent me into a sugar overload… really it did. 🙂

I hope you all are having fun preparing for the big day.  Wishing all the best of best holidays!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Woof-Woof – fabric art

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Project Pooch

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WoofWorks Fabric Mosaics

Merry Woof Woof

Having just finished an extremely intensive sewing marathon this past week, I was feeling the need to de-stress a little.

After having so much fun making  Little Frank, I’d been thinking about starting another pooch project.  Here is what I’ve come up with.  With the help of PicMonkey, I added a few seasonal snowflakes  and voila, Merry Woof-Woof  came into being.  🙂

Merry Christmas To All!

Merry Woof-Woof  framed print

Merry Woof-Woof framed print

Sewing – A New Coat By Christmas

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The Race Is On

Coat Making Under Pressure

There’s nothing like a deadline to help me get going on a project.  After re-working my red melton coat a few weeks ago, I thought it would be nice to have another one over the same pattern to wear for Christmas.  I’ve been procrastinating both because I’ve been busy, but also because I feel a little daunted at the prospect of ironing on all that interfacing, making patch pockets and flaps, doing a set of bound buttonholes not to mention all the other little details that a well-tailored garment require. I began by going through my fabric stash; there I had a nice piece of charcoal coating perfect for what I needed.  Next step was to find buttons, coat lining and something interesting for the collar.  So far so good.

Charcoal coat supplies

I have already started and hope to add mini-tutorials and tips for those of you who may have never made a coat before and would like to.  I am still learning to navigate my way through the maze of widgets, categories and the like; if I can figure all that out, I will be posting them under “Tricks of the Trade” so that they are easily accessible… but you may have to bear with me on that for a bit.   🙂

Creative Photo Editing – The Great PicMonkey Adventure

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Tales of Photo Editing

OK, I know my last post was a showcase for Lady Christmas, but since publishing that entry, I’ve been deep diving into the depths of the PicMonkey pool.   I’ve uploaded, downloaded, and am pretty much overloaded, but after much trial and error and hours sitting in front of the computer screen (I’ve been at it for two days straight. well, PicMonkey and Spoonflower both), I’ve managed to create some interesting photo-collages that I want to market for Christmas.  I’m really quite excited about the potential for application of this very cool online tool and if you’ve never used it, be sure to visit PicMonkey and check it out.

Here is the result of my PicMonkey adventure… an 8″ x  8″ print that is just in time for the holidays.  I hope you like her!  And if you do, you can help me by sharing my RemnantWorks link on your favorite social media site.   That would be soooo nice of you all… I will “heart you” forever.   🙂