Sewing Tutorial: Stitch a Fabric Memory Matching Game

Sewing Tutorial: Stitch a Fabric Memory Matching Game
This quick and easy project is perfect for using up little scraps of fabric.  Kids will love playing with and when it gets dirty you can just toss the squares into the wash.
 Look for prints that kids will love.  For me, that means raiding my fabric bins.
You will also need a fabric for the backs.
You will need:
backing fabric
(i used birch trees – this will be the same for each square)
fun bold prints
cotton batting
sewing supplies
You will need to make two matching squares per print.
You can make as many pairs of squares as you wish.
For each set of matching squares:
Cut two 5″x5″ squares of a matching print, a background print and cotton batting.
Position one backing fabric square and one matching print right-sides together.  Place onto of the cotton batting square and pin around the edges.
Sew around the edges.  Make sure you leave a small opening for turning.
Clip the corners to remove bulk.
Turn right-side out and top-stitch around the outer edge.  Repeat for all the remaining squares.
I also stitched up a little zipper bag to hold all the squares.
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Sew This: T-shirt Applique Apron!

 Sew This: T-shirt Applique Apron!
I needed a crafty uniform for an event we did last month so I decided to whip up an apron using my Mod Podge t-shirt and some fabrics.  BTW – the uniform was my idea….sometimes I get sick of packing new outfits. I traced an apron that I had for the pattern and got busy stitching!  I used lots of pom-pom trim and rickrac trim.  I think this concept would be pretty cute with old rock and roll tees or sports tees.

Instructions after the jump…..

 First, I placed my fabric on the fold.  I placed my apron on top of the folded fabric and traced around the apron with a chalk tracing wheel.

 Be sure to add seam allowance when tracing.
 Cut out along the chalked lines.
 Repeat for the lining.

 Next I added a strip of webbing that I embellished with rickrac trim to the center front to work as a neck strap. Working right-sides to right-sides, pin the apron fabric to the lining fabric around the outer edge.  Sew around the edge.  Be sure to leave a 7″ opening in the seam for turning.

Next, I cut out the graphic from my Mod Podge t-shirt.  I folded over the edge and attached to teh front with pins.

 SEWING TIP!!!  If you are having trouble sewing over sticky iron-on graphics, silk screened images or transfers, place a strip of tissue paper over the image.  The presser foot will glide smoothly and your stitches won’t get stuck.

 Next I added some trim around the applique.
 The finished upper section.

 Next, I hemmed some webbing to be the side ties.  I made mine extra long because I like to tie in the front.

 I pinned them to the sides of the apron and stitched them in place.
 I stitched some pom-pom trim to the apron.
 Next, I drafted a pocket shape.
 I sewed a lining to the pocket.

 I stitched the pocket to the apron and added some rick-rac trim around the edges.

I added more trim to the hem!

I love Ruffles! DIY tutorial on a ruffle and corduroy pillow…. SEW easy!

sewing project diy craft ruffled pillows

Ruffles are all the rage – soft and sweet with tons of texture.  I designed this project after I fell in love with the grey baby whale corduroy {from Jo-Ann fabrics}.  I paired it with the vibrant yellow linen.  I whipped it up fast and even if you a beginner stitcher – I know you will have success with this pillow.

Gather This:
1/2 yard fabric for pillow
1/2 yard fabric for ruffles
Pillow Stuffing
Let’s Get Stitching!
 Cut three pieces of the pillow fabric.
1 front – 18″x18″
1 backing – 6″x18″
1 backing – 14″x18″

Place the two backing pieces right sides to right sides.  Pin to secure.  Position the zipper across the center.  Place double pins at the stop and start of the zipper.

Begin stitching with a regular straight stitch.  When you get to the first double pin, do a back-stitch and then sew a gather stitch (set your straight stitch on the longest setting) until you reach the second double pin.  Repeat the back-stitch to secure and continue with a regular stitch until you reach the end.

Open the seam and press the seam flat.  On the wrong side of the fabric, pin the zipper across the gather stitch area.

 Using a zipper foot, sew the zipper in place.

Use a seam ripper to open the gather stitches and expose the zipper.

Cut your ruffle fabric into strips.  You will need one per ruffle.  {{I used two ruffles for this design}} My strips measured 4″x30″ – you can make them as wide as you want.
Fold the strip over (right side together) sew down the side seam – this creates a tube.
 Turn the tube right side out and press flat.  Using contrasting thread, sew a gather stitch down the center of the tube. (DON’T Back-stitch)  Pin across the pillow front fabric (non zipper piece).  As you pin determine the ruffle design that you like.  To create the ruffles you will just gently pull the threads.
 Using matching thread, sew the ruffles to the front of the pillow.  Stitch as close to the gather stitch as possible without sewing over it.
 Use a seam ripper to remove the gather stitch.
 Open the zipper.  Place the two pieces right-sides to right-sides, sew around the outer edge.  Clip the corners.  Turn right-side out and stuff with a pillow form or stuffing.
Cathie and Steve

SEW EASY: Faux Christmas Stockings Made From a Vintage Bedspread and Place-mats.

 DIY Faux Stockings
Can you believe this was once a bedspread and a place-mat?

Faux Stockings?  Yes faux!  I decided to make these sox as decorations.  No need to line them – just a super quick and easy decorating idea.  We each have our own personal stockings that Santa fills and those sox are tucked under the big tree and opened on Christmas morning. These stockings are just for looks!

This is our third Christmas in our new house and this year I decided to up-size and down-size at the same time.  Sounds funny!  I gotta get my holiday decorating under control – so I am planning on boxing the ornaments and accouterments by room or tree.  I am setting a look for each space and I am gonna try to stick to it for a few years.  I am positive that this will make holiday decorating easier and faster next year….(haha) I currently have 5 trees decorated and a gazillion little mini trees.

I decided that for the front living-room, I wanted an off-beat color palette.   So I went with gold, deep teal, olive green and silver.  I had lots of items in this color family and needed to make some new.  I am making faux stockings (quick and easy) for decorations, a small tree skirt, cone trees and a few toss pillows.  For the fabric I am using a vintage gold bedspread that was given to me by my MIL and teal place-mats from Target (a few years old).  I have matching runners for the place-mats so I can use them as decorations too.

First I made a stocking pattern.  For this I traced a stocking that I made for my hubby 11 years ago.  I have no idea if I used a pattern or just free-handed it.

Working with the fabric in a double layer and right sides together I pinned the pattern in place.

Next, I cut out the stocking pattern.  I am making 3 faux sox for across my mantel…so I cut 3 sets.

 Pin the pieces together along the edge.
 Stitch the seams.  I only allowed for a small seam allowance.
Clip the seams every 1/2 inch.  This allows for soft curves.
Turn the stocking right side out.

I had to trim down the place-mat to a small size.  I decided to loose a section in the middle and seam up.  To do this I trimmed away a few inches.  BTW – I like to use matte scotch tape for quick markings.  Super simple.  Works great on cotton etc.  Not good on silks.

Trim away the center.  I’ll saving the scraps to incorporate into the pillows.

Pin the edges.
Sew the seam.

Open the place-mat with the seaming running vertical in the center and position the top of the sock in the far left corner.  Make sure the toe of the sock is pointing to the right.  Pin and sew into place.

Flip the place-mat in half.  Pull the fabric so it has an inch over hang.  See the edge in the picture.

Fold the place-mat in half.
Hand sew the side seam closed.
Love this gold ribbon.  Leftovers from Creative Juice.
Grab some buttons.

Hand sew a loop hanger to the corner.  A silk flower with a rhinestone button to the left corner.  BTW the silk flower is from my shop….. Silk Flower Section at Cathie Filian Supply Shop.

Hand sew buttons to the top of the stocking.

Hang across the mantel.  You can see from the picture that I still need to sew the buttons to the center stocking.  Time to get stitching!

Happy Holidays…XO!

make it: 4th of July Table Runner w/ recycled jeans

4th of july table runner recycled jeans Recycled Denim – 4th of July Table Runner

In under 2 hours you can whip up this project! All you need is some scraps of red, white & blue fabric, old pair of jeans, some folk art fabric paint and a sewing machine. This is an easy breezy quilting project that is perfect for beginners.

The table runner can be customized to any table size and with different fabric choices, this project could be for any holiday or everyday.


FolkArt Fabric Paint – Brush On – Pearl White
Star foam stamp
Foam paintbrush
Denim Jeans
Various Red White & Blue printed fabrics (at least 18″ wide)


1. Cut the leg portion off a pair of jeans. Slice up the side seam and place the leg flat. Use a ruler to square the leg to 18″ on one side. The other side can be as long as you wish. For the design I made, the leg piece measured 18″ x 18″.

2. Apply the fabric paint to the foam stamp with a foam paintbrush and stamp all over the denim. Reload with paint as needed. Allow the paint to dry and heat set with an iron.

3. Cut the printed fabrics into strips that are 18 wide and as long as you wish. For added interest, make each piece a different length.

4. Sew the printed pieces and the painted denim together to form a long strip. You will be sewing them right-sides to right-sides.

5. Press the seams flat.
6. Continue sewing until you have formed a piece that is 18″ wide and as long as you wish.

Sew a backer for the runner in the same fashion as step 2. Next, place the backer piece (right side down) on top of the runner. Sew around the edge leaving a small opening for turning. Trim the corners on an angle. Turn the runner right side out and press. Topstitch around the outer edge.

101 Tees: Skull and Crossbones Pillow recrafted from an old Tee!

101 Tees: Skull and Crossbones Pillow

This seasonal slip cover can be whipped up in under 1-hour! Perfect for adding a little haunted decoration to your living room for Halloween or any day.
Begin with an old Halloween or skull themed T-shirt.

Choose a pillow to make a slipcover for. Remember you can remove the cover after Halloween.

Make sure the pillow measures smaller than your tee.

Cut up the side seams of the tee.
Now you have two pieces of tee fabric. 1= front 2=back

Place the front and back on top of each other. Use a fabric marking pen and a ruler to mark a square shape.

Make sure the square is slightly larger than your pillow.

Cut out the square shapes.

Pin lace trim around the outer edge. You can use flat or ruffled trim.

Pin the front and back together with right sides facing right sides.

Let’s Stitch!

Stitch around the edge. Remember to leave an opening for turning and stuffing.

Clip the corners to remove excess bulk.

Turn right side out and stuff the pillow inside.

Hand sew the opening closed and place on your sofa.

How easy is that???

Happy Halloween,