Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Busy Busy Summer!!!

I am amazed that tomorrow will be July 1st, I am still trying to figure where June went! We have been enjoying the warm days here swimming! Here is my little guy, I think the summer is going so fast because he will start kindergarten this year, I am just not ready for that! Thank you for all of the great feedback on the purse pincushion tutorial, I hope everyone is having lots of fun with that pattern! To answer a few of your questions the fabric I used in the red one is by Alexander Henry and it is called Juicy Bloom! The wonderful pin toppers are by GiGi Minor she has Pinks & Needles on etsy and she form all of the designs by hand, the detail is just amazing!

Hope you are enjoying the summer! Meg

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pretty Little Purse Pincushion Tutorial

Materials Needed:
1- 10" x 6" Fabric Piece for Exterior
1- 10" x 6" Piece Fusible Fleece
1- 5" x 6" Coordinating Fabric for Interior
2- 8" x 2" Fabric Pieces for Straps
Sewing Machine
Straight Pins
Pencil/Marking Pen
Hot Glue Gun
Poly fill/fiber stuffing
Ric Rac or Fun Trims

*Optional but Very Helpful Items
Self Healing Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter Begin with all of your fabric pieces cut.Iron exterior fabric to fusible fleece. Then fold in half, pin and sew 1/4" straight stitch down each side, back stitch.Trim off corners at the folded end (make sure not to cut into stitching)Fold bottoms corners at the side seam flat and pin into place, with your ruler measure 2" mark with a pen, and sew the 2" box seam. I run my machine forward and back stitch a few times!Snip the corners off.
Turn the body inside out.For the Straps. I use the a double fold bias tape method.
With your 2- 2" x 8" pieces fold long ways in half, iron, then
fold the strip in half so the two folded edges meet. Iron into place. Then run a straight seam to close the edge in place, I add another seam to the opposite side as well! Measuring 1" from each end side seam, position 1 end of the strap and pin into place. Repeat for the opposite side.
Stitch into place. Measure 1" from the top of the bag, fold down and pin into place. Now you can either run a straight stitch or add some fun trims, like ric rac! Do some touch up ironing at this time!Time to stuff!
I like to add a 1/2 cup of rice to the bottom to help weight the pincushion down! Add a nice hand full of poly fill. Taking the 5" x 6" fabric piece of fabric gently fold it down over the poly fill. Take your time and work with it to lay nice and flat!Now with a hot glue gun run a small bead of glue around the top edge to hold fabric in place. Again take your time as you do not want the glue to show!
Add some more fun trims or flowers and you are finished!
This makes a great gift or party favor!

An original pattern created by
Boutique NutMeg Designs 2009
Reproduction not permitted

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This pattern is intended for home use and gift giving. Please do not use this pattern for retail sales.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sneak Peek.........

Here is a sneak peek at what is in the works for a new pincushion tutorial!

Have a Happy Day! Meg

Monday, June 15, 2009

T Shirt/Tank Top Make-Over.......

Take an old or new t shirt or tank top and make it over in to something fun!
Here I started with a plain red round neck tank top!
I found the center and measured 5" down .You can not tell so much from this photo but I pined back the sides 1/2" and stitched in placThen I added pink ric-rac around the opening.
Using wonder under I choose a fun flower and fused it on to the shirt and sketchy appliques around it!Now I have a fun new summer top!Get creative and have lots of fun!
Check out Brassy Apple Summer Craft Series for more ideas!
Happy sewing! Meg

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Quilt Along Progress

I was a week behind on the Old Red Barn Quilt Along so thanks to a few rainy days here I have gotten all caught up!

I really like how it turned out with the mix of colors!Looking forward to next week!

Have a Happy Day! Meg

Monday, June 8, 2009

Time flies when your having fun.......

Well I just got back from a mini break vacation with my family, lots of fun! Lets just say after 30 years I thought I would be past getting car sick, well unfortunately not so.....
Anyway I have discovered a great business in the town I live in called the Dresden Junkshun, lots of great vintage & older items in need of some love & care! I have found some great buys and I am becoming addicted to "making over" chairs and other pieces of furniture!

Here is a chair I bought for $10.00!
Some paint and a new fabric covered cushion & I am in love!
This is a wire rack I bought, it was black and painted it aqua with an over lay of green!
I love how the finish turned out!
These I found at a yard sale pink melamine/plastic tea cups all six for $2.00! I see visions of some pretty pincushions in these!
They are just so sweet!
I so need to get on track with my quilt along! I will post more pics soon!
Have a happy day! Meg

Monday, June 1, 2009

And the winner is....

Thanks for all of the great comments and tips on so many great sewing products, I now have a new list of thing I want to try!
The winner is

Sara said...
how cool, i've never heard of that stuff. i'd love to win!
May 29, 2009 11:25 PM

Thanks again to everyone and remember to check back soon for another giveaway and I will be looking for some test sewers for my new ebook!

Have a Happy Day! Meg