Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Tag / Ornament Tutorial


Hello friends! 

Today I bring a tutorial to you that is really easy and can be used for a couple different things! 

I love to put tags on gifts but what if you could make a tag that you could repurpose and use year after year? 

What you will need:
Fabric Scraps
Felt
Ribbon
Buttons
Big Shot or Fabi Die Cutting Machine

Begin by cutting out the following:
1 felt circle that is 3"
1 Heat n Bond circle that is 3"
7 fabric scrap circles at 3" each
4 fabric scrap curcles at 2" each
8" piece of ribbon

Take the ribbon and fold in half and sew on to the front of the felt circle.  The color of thread really doesn't matter as you will be covering up both sides so no one will know :)


Now we need to make our first layer of "petals".  Taking 6 of the 3" circles you cut from your fabric scraps, fold them each in half and press them.  (not shown because I forget to take a photo)

Lay the half circle (since you folded it) so the straight edge is facing you.  Take the right corner and pull it to the left about 1/3 of the way, maybe a smidge less.


Now take the left corner and fold it BEHIND to the back so the edge peeks out on the right side just a smidgen. So your "petal" should have folds peeking out on each side. If your's does not, you will need to adjust your folds.  Begin by trying to make your first fold smaller until you get the below result. 


Now you can pin all 6 to the felt on top of the ribbon. Make sure you snug them up against each other and pin each one in place.


Time to tack them down by sewing a circle around the middle.  As you can see, my circle isn't anywhere near perfect (hahahahaha) so you don't have to be precise.  Just be sure you try to keep it with in a 1/2" of the center. Again, this will be covered up so thread color doesn't matter. 


Time to take those 2" circles and fold them in half, wrong sides together and then in half again so you have a quarter wedge. 


Lay them out on top of the petals you already have down, matching up the center points. 


You can try to do another circle here to sew them down, but I chose to do two straight lines. This was much easier using this thickness.


Next sew on your button using your favorite method. I just used a needle and thread and sewed it on.


You will notice the back isn't so pretty, hm?  Let's fix that.  Take your last circle that is 3" and the 3" circle that is Heat n Bond and bond it to the wrong side of your fabric circle using the manufactures directions.  Lay down a layer or two of batting or something squishy, then a piece of fabric, then your ornament face down.  You need these squishy layers so the button will sink down and you get a good adhesion of your Heat n Bond to the back.  Lay the circle with the Heat n Bond on it and bond it to the back of the ornament!


Now what I love the most is you can now write on the back of it to make it a tag to put on a gift.  If using Christmas fabrics it then can be used as an ornament!!  



Time for me to get started making a bunch of these for Christmas!!  Just remember, these don't just have to be for Christmas!!! What a lovely little keepsake when giving a gift!!!! 

Much Love!!!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Giveaway Winner!!!

Edited to choose a new winner.... the original winner was a no reply blogger so i could not email them to claim the prize and they did not contact me.

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Hello everyone!!!

I have a winner for my Kona Giveaway!!

Drum roll please......

Through the very technical choosing by Random.org....

The winner is.............


Congratulations!!! Please email me with your snail mail information so I can get that to Robert Kaufman! They will ship out your fabric pack and pattern! 

Much Love!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kona Cotton Solids ~ 30 Quilts For 30 Years + Giveaway!

Hello my friends!!  I have something really exciting to share with you today!


Today is my stop on the incredibly inspiring Kona Cottons 30 Quilts for 30 Years blog tour! Several months ago, I was asked to participate in a celebration of 30 years of Kona Cotton Solids by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Thirty quilt designers created quilts and patterns using this huge range of solid colors. The quilt I designed is my Cosmic Delight quilt.  I altered it a bit to use multiple neutrals for the background and lattice strips and I just adore how it turned out!  (Pattern is available HERE)

Robert Kaufman put together an amazing look book with all of the quilts.  I highly suggest that you take a gander at it. So many talented designers and their quilts all in one place.  One stop shop for inspiration!!  Have a look HERE

In celebration of these 30 Years of Kona Cottons, Robert Kaufman Fabrics and I are doing a little giveaway! Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win a set of 5″ charm squares of the new 2014 Kona Cotton Solid colors, as well as a copy of my Cosmic Delight quilt pattern.

The Giveaway will be open for 24 hours, ending at 10 am on November 19th CST.  This is also open internationally! Yay!  Giveaway is now closed...winner announced shortly!

I must say I adore all of the quilts in this book, but to give you an idea of the talent, here are a couple of my favorites! 

Josephs Coat Quilt by Darlene Zimmerman


And Paint Drip by Erika Jackman
You can also check out all of the other quilters and their posts, past and up and coming, so be sure to stop by and have a looksie!! :)



Week 1:

Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko

Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of  Aria Lane

Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks

Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations

Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs

Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts

Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon

Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts


Week 2:

Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny

Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman

Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez

Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts

Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced

Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts

Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer


Week 3:

Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman

Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting

Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy

Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells

Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments

Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl

Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs


Week 4:

Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing

Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine

Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color

Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine

Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander


Week 5:

Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy

Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks

Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman

Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!




Much Love!!!!
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