An easy serger scrap catcher!

server scrap catcher

An easy serger scrap catcher will put an end to this nightmare! My sewing area, which is on the way to the kitchen, is a terrifying sight almost every day.  It’s only when I finish a project that I look around to find the embarrassing pile of scraps, paper and thread all over the table and floor.  Sometimes I use a plastic bag or a cereal box, to catch the mess, but after a while the bag or the box falls off the table because of the weight of the scraps and it’s a mess all over again.   To be frank the plastic bag ends up being a sore site anyway and really brings down my sense of order in my humble work room.  Since I know I am not the only one that happens to inflict this nightmare … Continue reading

February Mug Rug Tutorial – Swishes and Hearts

mug rug tutorial

Mug rugs have become so popular lately! For the past couple years they are by far my biggest pattern sellers. This is probably for many reasons. They are super easy to make, they can be made using your favorite techniques (hand or machine), they make great gifts, and they can be decorative as well as functional. Most of all, they are so much fun! I hope you will follow us along here on our Mug Rug of the Month Tutorial.  For more holiday mug rug patterns, as well as everyday patterns, stop by my Craftsy Shop or Etsy Shop. Lets get started! What you will need for one mug rug: Small scraps of fabric for appliqués 1/8 yard of light weight paper backed fusible webbing 6 1/2 x 10 inch piece of fabric for background 6 1/2 x 10 inch … Continue reading

Easy trick to perfectly join quilt binding

I've always struggled to get the perfect join and fit when joining my binding but with this tip it was perfect first time - and every time!

I know that for many of us, sewing on binding is our least favorite part of a project.  It usually comes at the end after all the other hard work and investment, and is a very visible part of the end result. If it doesn’t look good, then it can leave you feeling let down  🙁 I’ve recently been practicing my binding skills and especially this week practicing on how to join the two ends of the binding at the start and finish, where they meet. I don’t know what I was doing wrong, but I just couldn’t get it right.  It was always wonky somehow, or I’d measure what I thought was the correct amount but then it would end up just that little bit too long and I’d get puckers trying to make it fit.  Arggh.  Frustrating.  Until … Continue reading

January Mug Rug Tutorial – It’s SNOW much fun!

Mug rugs have become so popular lately! For the past couple years they are by far my biggest pattern sellers. This is probably for many reasons. They are super easy to make, they can be made using your favorite techniques (hand or machine), they make great gifts, and they can be decorative as well as functional. Most of all, they are so much fun, or in January’s case, it’s SNOW much fun! I hope you will follow us along here on our Mug Rug of the Month Tutorial.  For more holiday mug rug patterns, as well as everyday patterns, stop by my Craftsy Shop or Etsy Shop. Lets get started! What you will need for one mug rug: Small scraps of fabric for appliqués 1/8 yard of light weight paper backed fusible webbing 6 1/2 x 10 inch piece of … Continue reading

My Caribbean Carnivale Bright Quilt Top

All the bright and crazy colors of the Caribbean combined in a single easy quilt for beginners. Don't like it bright? You can make this from any 6 inch strips.

I love living here in the Caribbean.  The sunshine, the relaxed lifestyle, no income taxes and of course the color. Bright color everywhere.  From the ocean and beaches, to the homes, the beach bars, the tourist attractions, (the tourists themselves!) and the wonderful bright and colorful nature of our islands. So when I saw this pack of fabric, it HAD to be mine.  Everything about it just screams Caribbean and I had to make a new quilt top.  If you’ve been following along with my previous quilt top attempts, you’ll know that I’m very much still a beginner and enjoy the simple patterns with the quick results, and of course the very bright colors and contrasts.  This pack came with a free pattern as a quilt ‘kit’ on Craftsy and it was a quick and fun sew. Materials The whole … Continue reading

The Best Free Baby Quilt Patterns

So many perfect baby quilt patterns and all free. From the very simple but striking to more complicated and everything in between. Love the panel quilting ideas.

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says and I have the most fun round-up to share with you today: baby quilts! I still have the baby quilt that my Grandma made me, I shared it here. Baby quilts are the best – smaller size, faster to sew, super sentimental, and they’ll definitely be used. If you’re in the mood for a quicker project, use up some scraps and make a quilted rainbow burp cloth! Babies love colors and shapes, so I picked bright, modern quilts with lots of things to look at, perfect for a baby shower gift.  Simple shapes and bright contrasts work well for the little ones, as well as the more traditional nursery and cartoon style prints.  You can also ‘cheat’ using a ready made panel and simply add batting and backing without any piecing at all.  Some of … Continue reading

Christmas Baking – December Mug Rug of the Month

OOh this is so 'sweet'. A Christmas baking gingerbread mug rug pattern. I love how the details and icing are created.

There is still time to throw together some quick and easy gifts, and this is a perfect gift to give along with a matching mug and some snacks, or even alone. What a perfect teacher, pastor, or hostess gift. With my December mug rug pattern of the month, I though it would be fun to use lots of embellishments to give it more of a 3-dimensional look and make the gingerbread boy look a little more real. Sometimes the embellishments you add can really bring your project to life! For more holiday mug rug patterns, as well as everyday patterns, stop by my Craftsy Shop or Etsy Shop. I hope you are following along on our mug rug of the month tutorials! Materials for the Christmas Baking Mug Rug What you will need for one mug rug: Small scraps of fabric for appliqués 1/8 yard of light … Continue reading

November Mug Rug Tutorial – Autumn Harvest

Sew this Autumn Harvest mug rug pattern. Nice for Thanksgiving tables too.

When I think of November, I think of harvest time, pumpkins, gourds, squash, and other vegetables surrounded by leaves and acorns. When I designed the November mug rug, I had all these images floating around in my head. For this harvest mug rug, I chose to use a straight stitch with black thread. I felt this would give the best look since some of the pieces are so small. I was afraid that a satin stitch, zigzag stitch, or buttonhole stitch would be to much and overwhelm the small pieces. I’m so pleased with the way it turned out, I’ll be using this method more often! I hope you will follow us along here on our Mug Rug of the Month Tutorials. Lets get started! What you will need for one Autumn Harvest mug rug: Small scraps of fabric for appliqués 1/8 to 1/4 yard … Continue reading

Potholders with pockets – QAYG fun for fall

Ideal for beginners. Full video tutorial on how to make a quilt as you go scrappy pot holder with binding. Anyone can do it!

Every now and again an older project needs a facelift.  (Don’t we all!) My kitchen accessories are no exception.  I’ve made plenty of potholders in the past, but I’m a messy cook and they get dirty, then stained, maybe even a little burned on the stove and of course washed over and over again. Time to make some new ones! This time, pocket potholders. I wanted these new ones to have some new features: Bigger so they cover my wrists and full spread out hand A pocket in the back for my hand so they are easier to use Large enough to use on the table or counter tops to put hot plates or pans on Scrap-happy so they can use up smaller pieces of fabrics Easy to make with no-fuss binding 🙂 Quilt-as-you-go piecing (QAYG) Materials needed for  9 … Continue reading

How To Make A Baby Quilt

Hi everyone!  It’s Jann from Newton Custom Interiors again.  I love sewing for my  grandchildren, and I especially love sewing something for them when they’re newborns.  Today, I’m going to share with you how to make a baby quilt.  This is what I made for my newest grandson when he was born, and I love how it turned out. How To Make A Baby Quilt The finished size of the baby quilt is 33″ wide x 38″ long Materials needed: 1/2 – 3/4 yards of 4 coordinating fabrics 1 1/4 yards of fabric or lining for the back side 1 1/4 yards of Warm & Natural Disappearing ink marking pen Thread to match binding fabric Thread to match quilt fabrics Instructions: Pre-wash all of the fabrics and the Warm & Natural (following package instructions).  Cut out your back piece of … Continue reading

Bargello Style Halloween Table Runner

Bargello style quilted Halloween Table Runner. Great idea to try out bargello patterns.

Just in case you missed this, last year I took part in a Halloween sewing blog tour over at GYCT and made this Bargello style reversible table runner.  Well, that was a year ago and no doubt there’s a lot of new readers here now so here it is in full again. You know how one thing on Pinterest leads to another sometimes.  Well I stumbled across this board on Bargello Quilts and was fascinated.  One link lead to another and before you know it husband was home and no dinner was ready.  Although I’m by no means a quilter, I wanted to just give this a very basic try so when my Halloween Jelly Roll arrived, I knew what it was destined to become. Making the Bargello Halloween Table Runner You will need: Moda Eerie Jelly Roll or 2.5 inch … Continue reading