Lee & Thee Camp

Last weekend, the guru forwarded me a message from one of her friends. She was looking for a kid sewing camp for her granddaughter. After calling all the local shops and discovering that their camp was either not this week or full, I volunteered! I don’t usually teach kiddos, but Elisabeth was very anxious to learn more about sewing. I was in! It was dubbed “lee & thee camp”.
We needed to choose a project! I suggested a pouch or mini coin purse. Or maybe a dress? And she said…yes! Yes! And yes!! So we chose this free pattern from Anna Maria Horner.

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We altered the pattern to be dress length. And we did seven rows of elastic instead of four. I might have to make one for myself!! Elisabeth was REALLY excited!

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She learned proper pinning:)

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The in progress version!

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And she’s back for day two! We finished up her dress and started her American Girl’s dress.

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Next up…the pouches!!

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Look at that top stitching!! She’s awesome:) Cool fabric flower courtesy of my lesson from Chrissy last weekend.

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I think she likes it!!

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And the photoshoot! She’s adorable!!

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We added a scrap so her doll dress could be a dress:) She didn’t have much fabric left from her dress.

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Two pouches AND two dresses…not bad for two days!! She was a wonderful student; I think she learned a lot!!

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Hopefully she has a lifetime of sewing ahead of her!
xo LC

Two Hour Tote TUTORIAL

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Welcome back to Twelve MORE Weeks of Christmas, the Friday edition! Today, I’m going to show you how to make my two hour tote. If you have the supplies on hand, you can make this in about two hours! I once taught two fun students and with all the snack breaks and decision making, it became the two DAY tote! But that’s another story for another day! Gail & Peggy do look pretty cute with their totes:)

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Let’s get started!

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1. Fabric & Supplies: You need 1/2 yard for the main fabric, 1/2 yard for lining, 1/2 yard for straps, 1/4 for pocket & lining and 1 yard of fusible fleece.

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2. Cutting: Cut three 6″ x wof (width of fabric) for the straps.

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Cut the main fabric & the lining both to 18 x 40″.

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Cut the pocket & pocket lining to 8 x 10″.

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Cut three strips of fusible fleece to 1 3/8″ x wof. Cut a 18 x 40″ piece for the main fabric and an 8 x 10″ piece for the pocket.

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3. Making the Strap: Trim off the selvage ends of the three strap strips.

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Sew them together end to end with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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You will make a giant loop measuring approximately 126″.

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Press the seams open.

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Press the entire loop in half lengthwise.

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Open it up and press the raw edge to the center.

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Press.

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Repeat with the other raw edge.

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Fold it back in half. You should have this!

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4. Fusing: Fuse the 8 x 10″ piece of fusible fleece to the pocket.

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Also fuse the main fabric to the fusible fleece.
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Lay the fusible strips in the open strap.

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Press.
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Overlap the ends slightly to connect the strips. You’ll trim off a bit of excess when you complete the loop.

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Once you’ve attached the fusible fleece all the way around, go back and press the whole loop.

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5. Making the Pocket: Lay the pocket lining right sides together with the pocket.
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Sew the top and bottom (the 8″ sides) with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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It should look like this.

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Turn it right sides out.

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Press. TIP: If you press the seams open before you turn it right sides out, it will help the lining lay towards the back and not peek out.

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Topstitch one 8″ side. This will be the top.

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6. Attaching the Straps & Pocket Topstich all the way around the loop on both edges. Sew the open edge first. I used Sulky 30 wt with a slightly longer seam. I recommend using a walking foot for the rest of this project if you have it.
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It should look like this!
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Fold the straps in half and then in half again.
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Mark with pins.
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Take the main fabric and fold it in half so that it measures 18 x 20″.
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Lay the pocket on the main fabric. It should be 4 3/4″ from each side.
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And 4 1/4″ from the top.
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Pin. Only pin through the top layer of the main fabric.
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Topstitch the bottom of the pocket. I suggest two rows of stitching.
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Lay the straps on the main fabric. You will overlap the raw edges of the pocket.
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The straps should be 4″ from the edge.
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Pin in place.

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Place pins horizontally from the top at 2″ & 3 1/4″.
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Pin on both sides.
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Pin the back of the tote using the same measurements.
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Attach the strap by sewing along the same seam line. Start at the bottom stitching towards the pocket.
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Using the horizontal pins as markers, make a box to secure the top of the strap. I cross the boxes for added stability.
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Sew down both sides. This what you should have!
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7. Finishing the Tote: Fold the tote right sides together.
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Pin the sides.
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Fold the lining fabric so that it measures 18 x 20″.
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Pin the sides.
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Sew up the sides of both the main fabric and the lining. Start at the bottom and sew towards the top on all four sides; this will move all excess fabric towards the top.
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Press the crease along the bottom of both the lining and the main fabric.
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Fold the corner so that the crease aligns with the seam.
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Mark 2″ from the tip and pin. Mark all four corners.
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Sew along the marked line. Back stitch at the beginning and end. Sew all four corners. I do not trim the corners because I think they add stability to the bottom.
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Turn the main fabric right side out.
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Align the seams of the main fabric with the lining and pin.
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Pin around the top leaving a 6-8″ opening that is NOT to be sewn. I leave the opening on the back of the tote (the side without the pocket). Make sure the handles are out of the way.
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Sew with a 1″ seam allowance around the top. Back stitch at the beginning and the end. Do NOT sew the 6-8″ opening.
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Turn the tote right side out.
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Press the lining.
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Make sure the corners are neat and pressed out.
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Place the lining inside the tote.

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Press the tote neatly around the top edge. Make sure the lining does not peak out.

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Press the opening.

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Pin carefully.

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Topstitch around the top edge. Start behind a strap to hide your start/stop.

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You’re done!!

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This tote makes a great gift for anyone on your list!! Please add pictures to my Made with May Chappell Flickr group! See you next week for more Twelve Weeks!!
xo LC

All Sewn Up GIVEAWAY

It’s a really exciting day on the blog…I’ve been so anxious to tell y’all about my new pattern!! Who needs a sewing kit to organize their travel sewing?!

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It holds all your supplies for class or a trip! There’s a pocket for a small cutting mat as well as a place for a pen or seam ripper. Lots of little pockets:)

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And a convenient vinyl pocket! I do love to organize.

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The pattern includes detailed directions with illustrations for each step. It’s perfect for an advanced beginner or intermediate sewist! It’s available as a pdf on both Etsy & Craftsy!! And will soon be in local quilt shops!

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By now I’m sure you’ve noticed the AMAZING fabric that I used!! It’s Laurie Wisbrun’s new line for Robert Kaufman. It’s called Sew Pretty! (Obviously the perfect name because it is SEW PRETTY!!) When Laurie sent it to me, I immediately knew it was perfect for this pattern! These fabrics will hit your local quilt shop this Fall. (For the local folk, I know Sew Original will have them!)

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Look at the selvages! I’m hoarding them for my next selvage pinnie:) So cute!!

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Swoon! Look how adorable they all are!!

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These safety pins are such a great staple for your stash. The colors are great!! The pink is the perfect shade that goes with everything:)

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In celebration, we are both hosting a GIVEAWAY! There will be one winner here and one winner on Laurie’s blog!! The winners will receive a fat quarter set of Sew Pretty amazingness from Laurie and a copy of the All Sewn Up pattern from me!
To enter, just post a comment about which Sew Pretty fabrics you’ll use for your All Sewn Up sewing kit! Sign up to follow my blog via RSS, bloglovin or email for a bonus entry! If you’re already a follower, you get the bonus entry too! Post a second comment for the bonus entry. International entries welcome. Entries open until next Monday, July 15.
Make sure you head over to Laurie’s blog Scarlet Fig to enter her giveaway!
I’ve also made kits of all the supplies you need: the clasp, the zipper & all the interfacings. They’re here in my Etsy shop!
Please add pictures to my Made with May Chappell Flickr group when you make your sewing kit! I can’t wait to see them!!
xo LC

Mod Tree Wall Hanging TUTORIAL

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Welcome back to Twelve MORE Weeks of Christmas! This tutorial is a fun wall hanging to help you deck the walls! I made a similar pillow last year for a swap and I’ve been wanting to make it a wall hanging for my house!

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Let’s get started!
1. Fabric & Supplies: You need 3/4 yard of white background fabric, five 6 1/2 x 12″ pieces of green, a 3 3/4 x 12″ piece of brown, 1/4 yard of red for border, 7/8 yard for backing and 1/4 yard of green for binding. Additionally, you’ll need 1 yard of Wonder Under or similar double sided fusible interfacing and a 30 x 30″ piece of white batting.

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2. Cutting & Fusing: Start by folding the white background in fourths (fold in half, then fold in half again). Press the folds.

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Cut the two raw edges 12 1/2″ from each folded edge. You are cutting a 25″ square with registration lines pressed in at 12 1/2″ in both directions.

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Fuse the Wonder Under to the BACK of the five green pieces and the brown piece. Trim any excess so that all green pieces measure 6 1/2 x 12″. Cut the brown piece into five pieces measuring 3/4 x 12″.

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3. Making the Trees: Mark the center lengthwise of the five green pieces.

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Cut from the center line to the corner on both sides to make a triangle. Repeat for all five green pieces.

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Trim off the bottom of four trees to make your trees different heights. Trim 1 1/2″, 2″, 2 1/2″ & 3″. Leave the fifth tree untrimmed.

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You should now have five different size trees!

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4. Attaching the Trees: Remove the paper backing from all five trees.

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Plan your layout with a pressing board beneath; this way you won’t have to transport it.

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Lay out your trees! Vary the height. The top tree should be about 2″ from the top and 6″ from the bottom. Leave 1 1/2″ on each side.

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Mark the sides of each tree using a frixion or similar erasable marking pen.

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Press the trees to the background.

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5. Attaching the Trunks: Fold up the bottom of the background fabric 3″ and press.

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Lay a trunk in the center of the bottom of a tree.

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Press just the top of the trunk, leaving the rest loose.

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Trim the bottom of the trunk even with the press line.

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Press the rest of the trunk.

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Repeat for all five trunks.

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6. Adding the Borders: Trim 1 1/2″ off each side and square up your piece to 22″ square.

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Cut your borders. They should be 2 1/2 x 22″ and 2 1/2 x 26 1/2″. You’ll need two of each.

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Attach the borders.

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Press neatly using starch. I recommend Best Press. Spray the starch on the back and press the front; this will help the starch penetrate the fabric.

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7. Quilting & Finishing: Make your quilt sandwich of backing, batting and your top. Press the layers together.

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Baste the quilt.

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Don’t pin through the trees or trunks. The holes in interfacing will not self heal as they do in fabric.

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The trees and trunks need to be stitched around the edge to secure. Use a heavier weight thread.

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Stitch around the trees using a blanket stitch (or another stitch you like!).

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Try another stitch for the trunks! I used #83 on my Bernina.

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Quilt. Free motion quilting or straight lines will look great! The stitching around the trees is enough if you prefer to skip this step.

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Attach the binding.

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And voila!

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I cannot wait to see what you make!! Please add pictures to my Made with May Chappell Flickr group! See you next week!
xo LC

Quilty Duffel

Mel is one of my favorite online sewing folk:) We’ve done tons of fabric swaps, bees, and of course Sew Sew Modern together! She has a ridiculous stash…it makes mine look like a beginner!! And EVERY TIME I have a hard to find Tula or out of print Laurie Wisbrun that I want, Mel has it! And she’s generous!!
Soooo, in exchange for tons of awesomeness sent my way, I made her a duffel. I saw this Simplicity pattern and loved the shape. I have made tons of other bags. I must say that this is my new favorite travel bag. The directions are very clear! And if you’re a quilter, the directions on quilting will give you a good laugh! And if you’re not a quilter, you could follow those directions and quilt it:)

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I made a few adjustments because…well, I can’t resist! I’d initially planned the piping, but it was just not looking right, so I used binding on the edges of the pockets and nothing around the ends. I removed the inside pocket because it seemed too small to be helpful. And I bought nylon webbing for the straps. Two reasons: 1. I think they look more polished, are sturdier and last longer. 2. Making straps is not in my top ten list. Or my top 100 list. Or my top 1000 list. Okay, it’s not on any list. I don’t like it:(

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This is the other side!

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I used lots of fun prints that I thought Mel would like!

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Mel loves Melody Miller so I had this signed for her when Melody was here. Mel has told me that this picture looks like her Mom:)

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A little surprise for a fellow dog lover.

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I quilted each of the panels differently with my developing FMQ skills. I love to practice on busy fabrics.

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And a tote that I’d made to match!

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With a little appliqué Charm School:)

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Lots of fun quilty goodness!
xo LC

Scrappy Journal TUTORIAL

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Today is the first day of Twelve MORE Weeks of Christmas and I’m pretty excited! This tutorial is a scrappy journal; it will make the perfect gift for anyone on your list. I first made one for myself. Lets just say that I learned a lot:) And then I made one for the guru. And then I made tons more as gifts! They’re addicting AND they use up scraps!!

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Let’s get started!!
1. Fabric & Supplies: You need a hardbound book. I buy the 8 1/2″ x 11″ version. I’ve found the smaller ones are more difficult, but any size will do! I bought this one at Michaels for $9.99. You’ll need a half yard of flannel. (If you’re local, go to Sew Original for this. They have the best kind. It’s called heavy chamois flannel. Chamois is pronounced shammy:) You’ll also need one 2″ x wof (width of fabric) for binding.

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And a bunch of scraps!! It’s the perfect time to use all those small hoarded pieces of precious fabrics.

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2. Measuring: Measuring the book properly is key to your success! I’ve made a worksheet to help you measure.

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3. Cutting: Cut a piece of flannel to Measurement One + 1″ x Measurement Two + 1″. You’re adding 1″ because you’ll want excess to square up after you quilt.

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4. Piecing: This is an anything goes section! You could make blocks, use hexies or even use one fabric you love. I’ve chosen to scrappy piece. There are a couple “blocks” that I used as well. Start by selecting some fabrics to fussy cut.

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Square in a Square: Here is how I make these; there are lots of ways. My center will be the bunny. I cut him 2″ x 2″. Because the center of this block is on point, I cut him out on point. For my outside square, I cut 2″ larger on both sides; in this case, it’s 4″ x 4″.

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Cut it in half diagonally in both directions.

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It will frame the bunny like so.

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Sew two opposing corners with a 1/4″ seam.

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Press and you should have this.

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Trim off the excess.

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Sew on the other two opposing corners.

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Press and you should have this. This background is oversized so that you can square it up and get perfect points.

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Square up the block 1/4″ outside of the points.

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This is what you should have!

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When you attach another piece to this block, you want to sew through the intersection.

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This will give you the perfect point every time!

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Log Cabin: I prefer to accurately cut all my pieces before making a log cabin. It ensures a more accurate block.

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Sew piece by piece.

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You can trim it so that the sides are different widths for added interest.

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Frame (Courthouse Steps): This is a variation on the log cabin. As with the log cabin, I prefer precutting all pieces to what they should be. Easier to piece AND more accurate!!

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Sew the shorter pieces first and then add the other two sides. Voila!

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Layout all your pieces and blocks and just start piecing! You cannot mess this up!

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This is a great time to use selvage! Lay it 1/4″ on top of the piece you want to connect it to.

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Topstitch about an 1/8″ from the edge.

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This is what it should look like.

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Keep piecing! Lay it on your flannel as you work so you’ll know if you have enough.

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You’re done when your piece covers the flannel. Do not trim.

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5. Basting & Quilting: I prefer safety pins for basting.

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Use your walking foot for straight line quilting.

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And some free motion quilting if you like!

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Practice different designs in each square.

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6. Trimming: Trim the quilted piece to Measurement One x Measurement Two.

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It should look like this.

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7. Binding: Press the 2″ strip in half lengthwise. Cut this piece in half so you have two pieces of binding measuring approximately 20″.

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Attach each piece of binding to the short ends using a 1/4″ seam.

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Finger press the binding.

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Press.

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Turn over the whole piece. And finger press it from the top.

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Press again. Make sure the binding is tightly wrapped around the edge.

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Use wonderclips (or pins) to hold the binding in place.

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Topstitch the binding. If you’re a Bernina user, use a #10 foot:)

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This is what it should look like.

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Trim off the excess binding.

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Ta-Da!

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8. Finishing: Fold in the bound edge 4 1/4″. Fold right sides together.

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Measure in from the raw edges 1 1/4″ and mark a line.

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It should look like this. Mark and pin both ends.

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Sew along the line. Back stitch front and back a few stitches at the binding to lock the stitches. Sew all four lines.

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Turn the piece right side out.

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I use this corner tool. Chopsticks also work well!

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Press.

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Insert the book putting excess fabric to the outside. It will be snug.

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You’re done!!

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These are great fun to make! Please add any that you make to my Made with May Chappell Flickr group! See you next week for the Mod Tree Wall Hanging!!

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Summer Fun

It’s time for another newsletter of my classes! I’m excited to announce that I’ve added two new shops. I’m going to be teaching at Papanana in King and Sewingly Yours in Lewisville! Both shops are wonderful and well worth a visit if you’re in the area. I’ve also added quite a few new classes. As always if you see something that you want to take, but the date/time don’t work for you, please let me know! Here is a pdf of my schedule that you can download or print!!

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I hope to see you in class soon!!
xo LC