I decided to make mini aprons for all my single girlfriends this Valentine’s with Alexander Henry’s “Game of Love” fabric paired with Moda’s Pink Ombre fabric. I mean, who wouldn’t want to receive this on Valentine’s right? Right.
– 1/2 yard for the front, cut 22in x 18in
– 1/2 yard for the back, cut 22in x 18in
– 4 ft of coordinating ribbon
Place front fabric and back fabric right sides together. Cut the 4 ft of ribbon in half. Place and pin one ribbon in the upper left corner 1/2 in from the top (between the front and back fabric), with about an 1in of the ribbon sticking out. Repeat the same process on the right hand side.
Pin the rest of the sides together, sew the fabric with a 1/2in seam, but remember to leave an opening at the bottom of the apron. Turn apron right side out. Iron bottom seam close and top stitch with 1/4in seam.
CityCraft is hosting Modern Patchwork Mini Quilt club – a monthly meet-up to showcase mini quilts made from unique patterns in Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman. Our second meeting was last night, I was running late and caught the tail end of it – as in I ran in to show Callie my mini quilt, she snapped a pic and then I headed home due to the fact everyone else had already left.
Initially, the pattern called for 9 swatches of fabric (you can view Elizabeth’s write-up here), but the graphic designer in me decided to simplify the pattern and only use 5 colors. I have to say, I’m really happy with the way it turned out and can’t wait to make a full size quilt.
When it came time to quilt the block, I decided to keep it simple and use straight line stitching. Didn’t take as long as I thought and will more than likely use straight line stitching for the full size.
Hope you guys enjoy the post. Will let you know how the next mini quilt goes. Cheers! xo Kristi
A slew of my friends are having babies this summer, so I’ve been a busy bee on the weekends making various baby blankets. I haven’t had a chance to properly photograph the current quilt that I just completed, but wanted to post a snap shot. I am absolutely loving the pattern and color combo. It’s the perfect quilt for a summer picnic in the park, right?! Cheers! xo Kristi
I made the Wiksten tank over the weekend with a fabulous print from Liberty of London (which I had purchased 3 years ago while traveling) and couldn’t believe how easy the pattern and step-by-step instructions were. Seriously, start to finish it took about 2.5 hours (due to tracing the pattern out first). Initially, I envisioned myself wearing this tank with white skinny jeans and heels, aka typical summer attire in Dallas. Once I tried it on though, I realized it was just a bit too short in the front on my frame for jeans. Happy to say though, the tank looks great tucked in to a pencil skirt!
CityCraft blogged about the Wiskten Tova Top last week, which will be my next weekend project as well. If you’re in Dallas you can purchase both patterns at CityCraft, otherwise they’re available online here. Cheers! xo Kristi
Color blocking has been all over pinterest lately, so I decided to make 2 color block clutches this weekend. I worked out the kinks last night with the template and the color block clutch tutorial is now ready to download.
I’m so excited to make additional clutches – the color possibilities are endless. Please send us pics of your clutches at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers! xo Kristi
One of my creative resolutions this year is to finish my first chevron quilt and I’m happy to say it’s almost finished folks! Yes, it’s taken me 9 months to piece to together the quilt front and back, but that’s what happens when working full time and trying to have a social life in the interim. Regardless, I’m really happy with the way the quilt back turned out and can’t wait to show you guys the final result. Cheers! xo Kristi
After my sewing debacle earlier this week, I decided it was time to repair and finish the Chevron Stripe pillow. Boy am I glad I did, I love this bad boy.
As I mentioned on Monday, the original back to this pillow was supposed to be black, white and grey striped but as you can see in the picture above, I failed to calculate and measure properly and ended up with a back that was 2 inches too short. Of course, I figured this out after I had already sewn in the invisible zipper. I knew I didn’t want to go back and have to start over, so I decided to repair it with a quick and easy fix. I simply measured the black section of the first back and cut it four inches from the zipper.
I then cut another piece of black fabric 4 x 20 to be the bookend on other side. Then I measured and cut the center panel so that it was 13 x 20. This gave me 1/4 inch seam allotments to sew the center panel to the left and the right to the center resulting in a 20 x 20 back. If you measure correctly the first time, you won’t need to do this. I recommend that you simply cut a 20 x 20 piece to start with and skip this whole headache. But if you do happen to screw up like I did, realize for the most part there are ways to save a project.
If done properly, pillow covers are a cinch to make. Start with two matching sizes panels, my pillow form was 20×20 so that’s the size of the panels I used. Sew the invisible zipper along one of the sides. For more on how to do this, see this post here.
Then once the zipper is in, pin the panels right sides together along the remaining three raw edges. Make sure that your zipper is open at this point.
Sew using a 1/4 seam allotment. Trim the excess fabric and turn the pillow right side out. Insert form and there you go. Houston, we have a pillow.
To learn how to make your own chevron stripe fabric, check out our tutorials here and here.
Let us know if you make these, we’d love to see your new pillows. Enjoy the weekend!
This old sewing adage finds it way into my life more often than I care to admit. I have a running joke with my friends that it usually takes me two times to get something right the first time. My sewing, crafting and baking adventures tend to fall into the trial and error category. I feel like I’ve made so many mistakes, that I should be used to it by now, expect that I will make them but instead, I feel like I should be mistake free. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Last night was no exception, I sat down to sew a pillow cover using the zigzag/chevron fabric we showed you how to make last week, it was like a British farce. Everything that could go wrong did. I only had 18 inches of fabric left for the back, which needed to be 20 inches. I sewed the zipper in wrong. ON BOTH SIDES. I decided to sew together fabric pieces to make the back. Cut sewed and after I finally got the zipper in, realized that I had cut it two inches short. At that point, I had to just walk away.
Sometimes you have to just let go, pick yourself up and try again tomorrow. Because the thing is, everyone makes mistakes. Everyone. Martha, Julia, Nigella, everyone. Mistakes Happen. Shit Happens. We are all just trying to get it right.
So while I know I’m supposed to always make sure to measure twice, so that i cut only once, it doesn’t always happen. But tomorrow, I will try again.
Now that you know how to create the squares for your chevron fabric (thanks Katie!) I’m now going to show you how to assemble your fabric into a chevron pattern with a quilt that I’m currently working on. Step one, figure out how many squares will be in one row and then place the squares in two piles (indicated below). My Chevron quilt consists of one row of ten squares = 5 squares in two piles.
Step two: Place the squares in a row, creating the top half of the chevron pattern. Then stack the squares on top of each other, starting to the left. I’ve found this is a great way to keep your squares in order when sewing them together.
Step 3: Take the top two squares, place right sides together and sew with 1/4in seam. Then take square 3 and place it right side together with square #2 and sew with 1/4in seam. Continue down the line accordingly until your stack is complete.
Step 4: Place your completed row right side down and begin to assemble the second row underneath row one. Once row two is complete, repeat steps 1-3.
Step 5: Place row one and row two right side down (to double check that the chevron pattern is correct) and then pin the rows right side together and sew with 1/4in seam.
Steps 6: Congrats, your chevron pattern is now complete! For those of you who want a step-by-step illustration on how construct a chevron row, download the MDG_ChevronSteps PDF. Below is a sneak peak of my chevron quilt that is halfway finished. Quilt top is done, now it’s on to the back. xo Kristi