Make an easy sew scrap fabric tea towel. It is a fast and simple gift perfect for almost any occasion. The scrap fabric tea towels are an easy sew project that you can make in under an hour. You can purchase pre-made tea towels online or in store. My very favorite brand of towels is from the Dunroven House and their products are all made in the USA. You can find the tea towels and other quality kitchen items from them in stores like Tractor Supply, Missouri Star Quilt Co and a limited variety on Amazon.
Iron tea towel to remove any wrinkles or seams and set aside.
Trim fabric scraps into 2.5″ x 2.5″. If you want to use random lengths make sure the height is all the same.
Start by placing 2 of the 2.5″ squares wrong sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam along one side. Repeat this step until you have a strip of fabric long enough to go across your towel when it is open.
Square up your fabric strip by placing a ruler along the edge and trim of any excess.
Iron one edge of the fabric strip 1/4 of an inch. This side will be used for the last step.
Draw a line across the towel where you would like the fabric strip to be located. Pin the trim and the fabric strip wrong side up. You will be folding it over so make sure the trim is on the right side so it will show when the fabric is flipped over.
Sew along the pinned layers using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Fold fabric over and carefully press the fabric. The pom-pom trim will melt if the iron touches it.
Sew the previously ironed edge down using a 1/4″ and then a 1/16″ and do the same for the edges.
Shibori style dyed pillows you can make in any color, not just indigo. Fabric dyeing is a fun and creative activity that yields one-of-a-kind results. The shibori fabric folding technique originated during the 8th century in Japan using indigo dye. It looks as great today as it did hundreds of years ago! What is even more fun is that with the availability of dye colors you can use the shibori style folds and get a huge variety of looks.
Supplies for shibori style dyed pillows:
White cotton fabric
Indigo dye kit
Fairfield Processing Smooth Fusible Fleece
Sewing machine and coordinating thread
Needle and thread
Iron and pressing surface
Rubber bands or binder clips
Project Instructions for shibori style dyed pillows:
Pre-soak your fabric in hot water to open up the fibers. 10 minutes is enough to loosen the fibers.
Fold entire fabric like an accordion. Bind together using string, rubber bands or binder clips. The bind folds will prevent dye from penetrating parts of fabric. To see more fabric and less dye, use larger folds and more binder clips or rubber bands. To see more indigo/dye and less fabric, use smaller folds and fewer binder clips or rubber bands.
Soak fabric in dye according to manufacturer’s directions. Use hottest water possible when soaking. Rinse dye out of fabric with cool water then wash and dry. Refer to photo to see the color variations based on soak time.
Cut shibori fabric, muslin and fleece to desired pillow size. Add seam allowance to measurements. Iron fleece to wrong side of shibori fabric.
Place right sides of front and back fabrics together and pin in place. Sew only three sides together. Sew along fourth side leaving a small opening for stuffing.
Turn pillow cover right side out and stuff fiberfill into opening. Once desired pillow firmness is achieved, whip stitch opening closed or machine-sew.
Make a fabric scrap mug rug for a fast and simple gift that is perfect for Mother’s Day or as a teacher’s gift. The fabric scrap mug rugs are an easy sew project that you can make in under an hour. They are great to have handy at home if you like to read and have a snack too.
Supplies needed for the fabric scrap mug rug:
iron and safe ironing surface
cotton batting scrap
scissors or rotary cutter and matt
needle and thread or sewing machine and thread
Instructions for the fabric scrap mug rug:
Trim fabric scraps into 2.5″ x 2.5″. If you want to use random lengths make sure the height is all the same.
Start by placing 2 of the 2.5″ squares wrong sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam along one side. Repeat this step until you have a strip of fabric with 4 squares.
Repeat this step 4 times.
Join the strips together to form a square by sewing like you did with the earlier pieces.
You can repeat this for the other side or use a fabric piece that is at least an 9×9.
Square up your fabric front and the piece of batting by placing a ruler along the edge and trim of any excess.
Place the layer of fabric and batting on top of the other fabric.
Use your sewing machine to sew the layers together. You can make a design or you can sew along the seams to make a grid.
You can use binding to join the pieces or you can use the bottom layer to make the binding.
Trim the backing fabric, leaving 1” around all sides of the quilted top.
Start anywhere, and fold the binding over halfway. Then in half again, and pin. You can do this on your ironing board and press it as you go. Fold all the way down to the next edge.
When you get to a corner, fold the corner up and continue to the next side. You might have to play with the corner a bit, but once you actually do this it will make sense.
Continue until you’ve folded and pinned the binding around the whole mug rug.
Sew it down using a walking foot if you have one. If not go slow with a regular foot. Sew right along the edge of the binding. Sew to the corner and leave the needle in the fabric as you lift the presser foot and turn to go down the next edge. Repeat for all sides and VIOLA a mug rug!
Get ready for the sand and the waves with this fast and fun sewing project. Make yourself and your friends a beach mat tote bag with easy to find supplies. The beach mat tote bag is an easy sew project that you can make in an hour or two depending on your sewing skills.
Supplies for beach mat tote bag:
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Instructions for Beach Mat to Tote Bag
1. Cut 3″x width of fabric strips of small print fabric. Cut enough strips to go around outer edge of towel. Press in 1/2″ seam allowance on long edges of strips; press strip in half lengthwise with right sides out. Pin in place around edging of towel on all four sides, mitering corners as needed. Sew in place.
2. For pillow, cut two 13″x17″ panels of floral fabric. Sew right sides together on three sides, leaving 1/2″ seam allowance. Turn pillow cover right side out and stuff with insert. Sew pillow bottom closed with whipstitch by hand or by machine. Machine straight stitch pillow edge to top end of towel “front” as shown.
3. For pockets, cut four 9-1/2″x11″ panels, two each of floral and small print fabrics. Pair panels as desired with right side out. Press 1/4″ seams in all four edges, machine sew, then repeat to hide raw edges. Repeat for second pocket.
4. On towel “back” on opposite end from pillow, pin first pocket in place, centered on short side of towel with pocket facing away from edge. Pin second pocket in place with pocket openings facing each other, 4-6″ away from first. Cut twill tape into two 18″ lengths; pin in place beneath pockets. Machine sew in place.
5. Roll towel to form tote and determine closure position. Hand-sew frog closure in place.
An easy sew pot holder trivet is a fast and fun gift to make using your fabric scraps. Add a little color to your home decor that is budget friendly. The theme for this months #mycreativechallenge is Spring and I chose floral scraps from another project. Click the link for the decorative flower-pot sitting on the pot holder trivet. It is a 15 minute craft and could also be perfect for Spring.
If you would like to play a long with the challenge use the hashtag on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. We would love to see what you create and it does not have to be anything complex it can be simple like this pot holder or flower-pot.
Out of curiosity would you call the project a pot holder, trivet or something else?
Cut fabric scraps into strips 2″x8″ and sew the strips together right sides facing each other.
Press the seams open or to the darker fabric. Pressings important for a clean look.
Square up the fabric by using a sewing ruler.
Cut the batting and the fabric backing to the same size as the top and pin or clip together for sewing.
If you want to be fancy sew along the edges of each strip. If you want to be quick sew a simple X. You do this by sewing a straight line from one corner to the next corner and repeat for the other side.
Once the layers are sewn together you can square up again. Somehow I always need to.
Sew the bias tape around the edges. You will want to pin in place or sew very slowly to make sure you are sewing on both sides.
Sometimes I use a sewing cheat when working with bias tape. I use a washable glue stick to hold the bias in place before I sew it on. Voila! you now have yourself a pot holder trivet. Make sure you visit Jen and Carla for their projects.
Mini Charms are collections of 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares of fabric. You can make your own from your stash or purchase them. These are great for small projects, easy reference or just for collecting! Nah, kidding, who would collect them? LOL You must use them! This particular mini charms pack was given away as a sample from Quilt Market so you cannot purchase it but you can buy the fabric and make your own. The line is called Jasmine from Valori Wells by Robert Kaufmann. I snagged this image from Missouri Star Quilt Company who carries the fabric collection.
You can use many of the same patterns with mini charms as you can charm pack. Charm packs are 5×5 squares. Originally, I made this pillow for an oversized antique chair I have in my studio. Once it was finished it was all wrong and I did not like it there. I tried it on my sofa and it is not quite right there either. I thought about turning it into a tote bag with a stripe running up the center but my friend came over and decided it was perfect for her front room.
Above is the sofa that it did not work on and below is the vintage chair that it did not look right on either.
Choose your fabric and pillow size and determine the measurements to cut your fabric. The front of the pillow will be 1/2″ bigger on all sides than the pillow measurement, for example my pillow is 16″x38″ so my front piece is 17″ x 39″. Sew the mini charms together to form a long strip. Mine needed to be about 39″ long. Sew the fabric to both sides to make the size of fabric you are going to need.
The back is divided in half, the two pieces for the back of the pillow will overlap to create the “envelope” closure. The vertical measurement will be the same as the front so and the horizontal measurement is determined by dividing the pillow in half and then adding 2.5″ for the overlap.
It does not matter the size of your pillow a 2.5″ overlap will work for even larger pillows. To cut your fabric you can use a clear ruler and fabric marker and draw on the back side of your fabric.
Next, fold and iron the edges of the back pieces that will be overlapping to create the envelope closure. Fold the edge of both pieces over 1/4″ and then 1/4″ again. Pin and sew both pieces at 1/8″.
Pin the front and 2 back pieces together with the right sides facing each other. The two back pieces will overlap. Pin all the way around the entire cover and ew the front & back together with 1/2″ seam allowance.
It is a good idea to finish the raw edges on the inside of the pillow cover. You can serge the edges or use pinking shears as I did to prevent fraying.
Turn the pillow cover right side out and use your finger to press the corners out and insert your pillow form through the envelope opening and your finished!
Make a key chain – a quick crafty gift that you can make with ease. These crafty key chains make a perfect Valentine gift for your girlfriends, guy friends or for any day of the year. I made 5 in about an hour. The ribbon and the belting came from Hobby Lobby and were on sale for 50% off. Since the ribbon was on sale I had to purchase multiple designs. Really I did becasue hey know how to get me with a sale and a coupon. The metal hardware came from Dritz and are packaged as Key Fob Hardware Sets. I would never have thought to call them a key fob. They can be purchased at most big box stores and online. The hardware was the most expensive part of the project and I think a single set was maybe $2 and the 5 set package was around $5. Naturally I purchased the 5 pack and had to make 5. That was how I justified buying all the different ribbon.
Cut the belting and the ribbon to desired length. I used about 10 inches of each. You can make them larger or small to fit your needs.
Adhere the ribbon to the center of the belting with a quick slide of the glue stick. This way you don’t have to pin the ribbon.
Sew along the edges of the ribbon on both sides.
Trim off any loose fibers
Fold in half and follow the packaging directions to affix the key fob hardware to the belting.
Attach the ring to the rectangular piece.
Place in a pretty package.
Voila, it really is that simple. Create your own crafty key chain using your favorite ribbons. You can make 5 key fobs in under an hour and you can keep them on hand for when you need a last-minute gift. This quick craft is a part of the Craft Lightning Series. Click the image below to see may other projects.
Faux Flokati – a fuzzy Pouf in Black and white can be made with ease if you follow these directions. It was so much easier than I thought it would be to make this. I did not use a pattern and made it up as a went along. The faux fur makes it really easy to hide any mistakes you might make. I thought sewing the fur would be really difficult and it was not. Just go slow and take your time and you should not run into any issues.
Place the tuffet cushion or the wood base in the centre of the fabric, and trace the circle 2 inches bigger than needed. Repeat for the cushion wrap.
Secure the two tuffets together by adding a layer of hot glue between the two cushions.
Measure the two stacked cushions plus the wood disk and 2-3 inches to the length and cut the side panel accordingly. Pin the two together.
Line up the side panel with the edge of the top panel. Start sewing with a basting stitch about 2” down from the top. You will be sewing a 5/8” seam.
When you’ve sewn around the perimeter, remove the pieces from the machine and line up the edges for a custom fit. Do this by marking a straight line on both ends of the panel where they should be sewn together and pin them in place.
Use a regular stitch to sew the pieces together.
Trim off the excess seam allowance.
Place the fabric over the cushion. Pull taught but do not distort the shape. Place the wood base on top of the cushion. Pull fabric up over edge firmly but not so much you pull the pattern out of shape. Place three staples approximately two inches from outside edge.
Place three more staples on the opposite side of the first three then do the same on the left side and the right side
Pull firmly on the unstapled sections, smoothing as you go and staple in place after one section is stapled and smooth.
Repeat step 11 until all the fabric is smooth and stapled into place. If you make any errors remove the stapled area and rework.
Cut off excess fabric up to about 1/2′ from staples
Add the brackets for the feet and then add the feet. You can add the brackets before or after you staple the fabric. Your choice.
I painted my feet with polyurethane to protect it from spills. How you finish the feet is your choice.
An easy sew DIY star ornament tutorial using stamps, scrap fabric and embellishments from your craft stash. Handmade ornaments are a great beginner project too. The charming striped material combines with a little bling to create a sweet ornament for your holiday tree. You can make a trio and give as a gift or make a bunch and use them as package toppers for your christmas gifts. They are also fun for an ornament swap.
transfer paper, pencil, ruler, scissors, sewing needle, iron and pressing surface
Directions for a handmade easy sew DIY star ornament
Access pattern by selecting the info button near the main image, then select the pattern icon. Download and print pattern. Transfer two star shapes to wrong side of striped fabric; cut out.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse webbing to text and muslin scraps using iron. Draw 2-1/2” circle on paper side of fused text fabric; cut out. Draw 2”- circle on paper side of fused plain muslin fabric; cut out.
On firm surface, stamp “believe” on plain muslin circle; heat set with iron.
Peel paper backing from circles. Fuse text circle to center of right side of one star. Fuse stamped circle to center of text circle.
Couch Black braid to outer edges of both circles using black thread, overlapping braid ends 1/4”. (Note: Ends can be secured with tiny dot of fabric glue.)
Place right sides of star together. Using 1/4” seam allowance, machine-sew edges together, leaving 2-1/2” opening for turning. Turn right side out. Lightly stuff with fiberfill stuffing. Whipstitch opening closed using needle and white thread. Knot ends.
Trim holiday sprig to 3” length using wire cutters. Couch sprig to star using white thread. Knot ends.
Adhere gems to star using fabric glue. Let dry.
Loop jute twine; hand-sew to back of star using white thread to hang.
Make a fabric scrap big tree table runner for your fall table. Vibrant fabric scraps , burlap, and wool felt combine to create this colorful autumn-inspired table runner. The runner is whimsical and freestyle so if you make a mistake no one will know. Use your die-cut machine to cut the leaf shapes or freehand draw and cut out from fused fabrics. You can find printable images online if you are not comfortable with freehand drawing. You could even ask your child do draw them for you. Then it will be a joint piece of art for your home or to give as a gift.
Materials for whimsical tree table runner:
Natural burlap, one yard
Blue/yellow print fabric, scrap
Wool felt: yellow, blue, brown
Prima Dynasty Flower Centers (536138), five
Tools to make whimsical tree table runner:
Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Bigz Leaves Die
Sewing machine and thread
Adhesives: Stick by Fairfield Processing, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Glue
scissors, ruler, pencil, rotary cutter and self-healing mat, iron and pressing surface, straight pins
Directions for making whimsical tree table runner:
Use rotary cutter and mat to cut 50”x14” burlap strip. Use sewing machine to sew zigzag stitch 1/4” from edge to prevent burlap from fraying.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse wool felt and fabric scraps to fusible webbing with iron and pressing surface.
Access pattern by selecting the info button near the main image, then select the pattern icon. Download and print pattern onto cardstock. Cut out pattern. Trace tree on paper side of fused brown felt five times; cut out.
Use die-cutting machine and Leaves die to die cut four large, medium, and small leaves each from blue, yellow, and print fused fabrics for total of 35 leaves. Remove paper backing and position leaves randomly in place on tree branches. Pin in place. Use iron to fuse leaves on trees, removing straight pins after adhering.
Use sewing machine and straight stitch to sew around edges of leaves and trees.Adhere flower centers onto tree trunks using fabric glue. Let dry.