Mother's Day Little Something--Happy Sewing!

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Happy Sewing!

J is for... "J" Monogram Door Hanging

The "Sew Up A Storm" Alphabet Series continues...

J is for "J" monogram door hanging.  I saw something like this on someone's front door and decided to give it a try. This is what I came up with:

Here's What I Did:
1. Acquire a huge embroidery hoop--sometimes you can find these at thrift stores, otherwise they may be found with quilting notions at a fabric store.
2. Acquire enough burlap or fabric of choice to frame inside the embroidery hoop--amount of fabric will depend on size of hoop. Frame your burlap or other fabric--try to get it nice an tight.
3. Decide what fabric you will cut a letter from, and find a font you really like for the letter or initials you will use; view it in "outline" form or free-hand it onto some paper--transfer your pattern onto fusible interfacing to stabilize your letter fabric.
4. Then use basting spray* to "stick" the letter onto the burlap.
5. Tear a strip of fabric from your letter fabric or fabric or ribbon of choice to attach and form a bow for the top of the hoop. Attach another strip/ribbon to use to loop over a door hanger.

*If you use Wonder-under, or something like it for the back of the letter, instead of basting spray to "stick" it onto the background fabric, I recommend ironing it on to your background fabric before you frame it in the hoop.

I is for... Ironing Board Cover

I is for...Ironing Board Cover. (Make-Over). When your ironing board cover appears to be on the way to becoming as old and stained as mine (left), consider re-covering with really cute fabric, OR fabric from your stash that you are probably never going to use (I chose the latter type of fabric).

Short instructions:
Cut your new cover fabric around your ironing board about 4"-6" away from the edge, sew a casing and fit it to your board by cinching and tying off a cord or drawstring.

Here is what I did:
1) Fold fabric, matching selvage edges, right sides facing out (so wrong sides together) & lay out across a flat surface---floor, table, counter).
2) With ironing board closed, lay over fabric with the board facing the fabric.
3) Taking fabric shears, about 4"-6" out from the edge of the ironing board, cut all the way around the board.
4) (Then I used a serger to serge around the entire edge, to keep the layers together, but you could skip this part or use a zig-zag stitch on your machine).
5) Create a 1/2"-1" casing around the entire fabric edge, leaving a 2"-4" opening along the straight, bottom edge of the ironing board--this is where you will cinch up your cording/drawstring and tie a bow or knot (see photo). By the way, fun fact: a "proper" casing is 1/4" wider than the width of your drawstring/elastic.
6) Thread your cording or drawstring (I just used about 2 1/2? yards of a double strand of some red yarn I had and it seemed to be strong enough) through the casing; even out where it gathers and make sure it fits tightly over your ironing board.
7) When you have your new cover all situated where you would like, tie it off, and you're done!

This is the third "re-cover" this board has experienced so I did not bother with re-padding it. However, that would work too! You would just sandwich it between your 2 layers of fabric.

Free Pattern & Tutorial For Mini Fabric Purse/Card Holder

Free Pattern & Tutorial for "M" is for...Mini Fabric Purse/Card Holder in the
PostalThreads "Sew Up A Storm Alphabet Series."

Just in time to make a stack of these pretty little things for Mother's Day. This might be a fun teacher appreciation gift as well. After you make one, you may be asking yourself why not make a dozen??! Mix and match your fabric scraps or coordinate with a special color scheme for seasonal purses or for a party favor or special occasion. The possibilities are seemingly endless and fun.
I broke it down into 8 parts, with instructions corresponding with photos below. You can apply the tutorial for making one mini fabric purse or many. Please comment below with questions or links to your finished Mini Fabric Purse/Card Holders. Thank you!

Free Pattern & Tutorial for Mini Fabric Purse/Card Holder The "Sew Up A Storm" Alphabet Series 


Part 1: Pattern Prep: Click here to access the free pattern PDF file. Print on to card stock for easier tracing. When going to print, in printing properties, do not select "Fit to Page"--doing so will make the pattern pieces smaller than intended. The intended measurements are on the pattern pieces.
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Part 2: Cutting Out the Fabric: Using the pattern pieces (Main Purse, Pocket 1, Pocket 2, and Pocket 3) lay out your fabric right sides together, trace around pattern pieces, and cut out. Multiple pieces can be cut out by layering the fabric. Note that the grainline should be on the lengthwise grain, parallel to the selvage. If working with scraps and you do not have a selvage to go off of, note that the direction of the lengthwise grain has the least amount of stretch, the crosswise grain has some stretch, and the bias has the most stretch.
trace & cut out pattern pieces

Side Note: I cut out these Main Purse pieces
from 14" length of fabric.
If I would have had another 2 or 2 1/2"
I could have cut out another stack
to make 3 more purses!...oh well.
(See photos below).
You can see what I did with the
remaining larger scrap--I prepped it for
making 2 scrunchies. I really like
It's easy & fun. Talk about
another scrap buster winner!
Scrunchies are back!

Part 2: Cut Out the Fabric: (Optional: When cutting out multiple pocket pieces, I like to mark where the Velcro will go, on the top piece of each Pocket 3 stack. This helps me quickly distinguish between Pocket 3 and Pocket 2. However, to clarify, the Velcro will be sewn on the right side of the fabric.)

When you are through cutting out however many you decide to cut out, you will have something that looks like the bottom right photo below (all your pretty pieces, right sides together, ready to sew):

Part 3: Chain Stitch All the Pocket Pieces: Using a longer than regular straight stitch (1/4" seam allowance), chain stitch all the pocket pieces. Back stitch when you begin and end stitching each pocket seam, but don't take the time to lift your presser foot and cut the thread for every single one; just keep sewing!
straight stitch, longer than regular stitch length, 1/4" seam allowance, chain stitch pocket pieces

Part 4: Press All the Pocket Pieces: Take your long strand of pocket pieces to the ironing board, lay out about 5 at time: Flip open pocket pieces, wrong sides facing up; press seams down to one side; then flip so right sides are facing up, press again; repeat until you have prepped all your pocket pieces.
pressing pocket pieces

Note:  Do a nice job pressing the pocket seams. :)

Part 5: Mark & Stitch Velcro: Mark where Velcro goes on one right side of the Main Purse piece & one right side of Pocket 3. Cut Velcro pieces all the same length (I used 1/2" pieces). Center the soft side of the Velcro over the mark on the Main Purse piece, and stitch, pivoting at the corners. Back stitch when you come back to where you started. Do the same for the Pocket 3 piece, but with the rough side of the Velcro.

Part 6: Putting it all together! This is my favorite part. With right sides of Main Purse pieces facing up, stack the 3 pockets--one on top of the next, lining up bottom edges.  Stack the pockets on the Main Purse piece that has the soft Velcro sewn to it. Then with the other Main Purse piece, turn it over and place it on top, matching Main Purse piece edges (see photos below). 
Main purse pieces "right" sides together with pockets, stacked & enclosed

Time to Sew It Up! Okay, this is my favorite part! Using a regular stitch length, or shorter, straight stitch (1/4" seam allowance) through all the layers, around the purse, leaving an opening (shown on the pattern piece). Remember to back stitch at beginning & end to secure the seam.
stitch around purse, leaving opening

When stitching up the purse, you may want to use reinforcement stitching, on each side (left & right), at the tops of each of the pockets, see photo below--example of reinforcement stitching on left side of purse):

Part 7: Trim, Notch, Clip, Flip, Smooth Out Seams & Corners, and Press: Check your stitching and make sure you caught all the layers of fabric. Then trim, notch, and clip where needed. Flip right side out through the opening. Using a chopstick to smooth out seams, and work on corners a bit. Then take it to the ironing board. Make sure the seam allowances are evenly tucked in at the opening, and press in place. Also press all around the Mini Fabric Purse, working around the Velcro.

Trim, Notch, Clip, Flip, Smooth Out Seams & Corners, and Press

Part 8: Hand Stitch Opening & Final Press: Using matching thread, hand stitch (blind stitch or tunnel stitch) the opening closed. Then give the front and back and inside one final press. 

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Ta-Da! You did it.
The possibilities are endless.
Mixing & matching fabrics is fun!

Please comment below with questions or link to your finished Mini Fabric Purse/Card Holder.
Thank you!

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