Monday, July 11, 2022
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Hi Christmas! I'm ready for you! Hello, it's Karen from Creamcraft Goods. Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday, so I'll take any kind of Christmas fabric anytime of the year. The new collection Christmas Joys by Lindsay Wilkes of The Cottage Mama is so sweet and it's hard to resist the vintage cuteness! Using her adorable retro designs, I thought my Pincushion Station Pattern would work lovely in showcasing her new collection.
I created this Pincushion Station pattern with organization and compact size in mind. There are multiple pockets to hold all your sewing notions - small to medium scissors, small rotary cutter, seam ripper, clips, and of course pins and needles! It is also weighted with crushed walnuts, so it stays put around your sewing area. I also use it as a weight to hold down fabric when I'm cutting. All my essential notions are easily accessible, making sewing more organized and fun! This Pincushion Station also makes great gifts, or even Christmas gifts! Shop the pattern here:
The Pincushion Station is great for fussy cutting your favorite prints to make it extra special. Here, I fussy cut some of the cute Christmas animal images for the top of the pincushion and paired it with the text prints.
This Pincushion Station can hold many things and helps to keep you organized, while still being cute! I added button embellishments and handmade tags to make the pincushion cute and unique.
I hope you enjoyed my Pincushion Station for Christmas Joys. You can shop the pattern here:
Christmas Joys is arriving soon into stores, so check your favorite quilt / fabric shop to see of they will carry it!
Thanks for reading along!
Saturday, April 9, 2022
Hi friends! I’m so excited to share my latest project creating with this adorable new fabric line – Little Women by Jill Howarth for Riley Blake Designs! Jill's take on classic stories is always unique, sweet, and just plain cute! She sweetly illustrates the main characters and scenery to perfection, while adding her own creative spin.
For this project, I wanted to create a something that complemented her story, so what better way than in books! This is my take on a book bag, making it into a Book Bag Purse. I created a book style purse using main character prints and complemented it with Jill’s beautiful floral, pattern, and notion prints. I added leather elements and metal hardware for the handle and it also has a detachable bag strap.
I also made a pretty, useful book cover, which surprise, is a free tutorial down below! I love making book covers for special books I collect or it would even make a beautiful gift to give to one who loves collecting or reading books too.
Book Bag Purse:
I used leather and metal hardware for the handle and bag strap. I added a zipper to the top of the bag to hold everything together.
It's hard to chose a favorite print in this collection, so I ended up making two bags to showcase the fabric!
This is the lovely book cover I made using the portraits print from the collection. The book cover fits a 8.25" x 5.5" book. You can easily adjust the sizing to meet your book size needs.
Book Cover Tutorial:
You will need the following materials and tools -
- One cotton fat quarter (for the inside and inside pockets), two cotton fat eights (for the front, back, and spine, in different prints), one cotton 1/4" yard for the binding, one fat eighth of fusible interfacing, and one fat quarter of foam interfacing (I used Annie's foam interfacing for this project)
- Button embellishment and a 6" piece of elastic
- Cut two 5" x 9 1/2" cotton print (for the front and back cover)
- Cut one 4 3/4" x 9 1/2" cotton print (for the spine)
- Cut one 13.75" x 9 1/2" foam interfacing (for the body)
- Cut one 13.75" x 9 1/2" cotton print (for the inside)
- Cut two 6 1/2" x 9" cotton prints and two 6 1/2" x 9" fusible interfacings
- Cut one 46" x 2 1/4" for the binding (cut from the 1/4" yard of fabric, if cutting from a fat quarter, you can just two pieces to make a 46" x 2 1/4" binding strip and trim accordingly)
|Pieces sewn together|
|Sandwich the interfacing between the front cover |
and inner piece
|It should look like this once quilted|
|Add elastic to the left middle side|
|Align the left and right sides onto the inside cover|
At this point, I like to baste around all the edges. This just ensures a cleaner edge when attaching the binding. You can also add any extra embellishments to spine if desired.
|Add optional embellishments to the spine|
|Fold in bindings right edge by 1/4" and press with an iron|
|Attach the binding to the left side (back ) of the cover|
Once you get to the first corner, create a mitered corner. Stop 1/4" before the corner, lift your sewing foot up and turn the fabric to a 45 degree angle and sew to the edge (I also backstitch). Now, take the piece off of the sewing machine. Take the binding and fold it up and finger press along the 45 degree seam. Next, fold the binding downwards, matching the folded seams to to the top of the corner edge. Clip in place and continue to sew a seam along the raw edge down to the next corner, continuing this same method to miter each of the remaining corners (see pictures below).
|45 degree seam|
|Press the binding up along the 45 degree seam|
|Turn the binding downward, matching the folded |
seam to the top edge corner, clip in place and
continue to sew a seam along the raw edge
|Add the button to the right side of the cover|
You are now done!
|Finished Book Cover|
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a joyous holiday. I'm starting the New Year with a new project to share with you using adorable upcoming fabric - Easter Parade by Lindsey Wilkes of The Cottage Mama for Riley Blake Designs. If you are a huge fan of Lindsey's work (as I am), you will expect cute, retro designs with adorable kitschy animals, mixed with florals and nostalgic prints, using sweet color palettes. Easter Parade is perfect for the Easter holiday and beyond, if you are looking for a design that invokes this spirit.
In this project, I created a sweet Drawstring Bag and Stand Up Pouch. As a thank you for following along, I included a free tutorial for the Stand Up Pouch, so you can make them in time for you Easter baskets!
The Stand Up Pouch is the perfect size to included in Easter baskets or to hand them as little gifts on it own to the recipients. The bottom is gusseted, making it roomy for all the things you can add such as candy, a few Easter eggs, or a small toy. You can also stand the pouch up when you display it.
To make the Stand Up Pouch, here is the Tutorial:
Stand Up Pouch Tutorial
You will need the following materials and tools -
- Two cotton fat quarters in contrasting prints, fusible interfacing in medium weight, one yard of drawstring (thin type), bodkin (to thread the drawstring), point turn tool or chopstick, water soluble marking pen
- Adhere the
inner pouch lining to the fusible interfacing (I find having the interfacing
on the inner liner gives a smooth finish to the outer pouch while still giving the pouch body).
- To make the bottom gusset, from the bottom corners, fold the ends up along the marked lines and clip in place. Sew up to the top marked line on the top on each side, making sure to backstitch once you get to the marked line.
Fold up the bottom ends along the marked lines
- To make the the channel for the drawstring, open the top side seams (you will have an open side here from the 1 1/2" unsewn seam). Press the open seam back by ¼”, using the sewn seam as a guide. Pin in place and sew using a 1/8” seam around the opening (see picture). Repeat for the other side.
- Now fold the top seam down by ¾” (to about where the open side seam ends). This will create the channel for the cording. Sew a 1/8” seam along the bottom of the folded edge (take off your sewing arm to sew around the pouch).
Fold the top inner seam down by 3/4"
- To insert the cording, starting on either side, use the bodkin to thread the first cording piece into the channel, passing thru the gap to the other end. Take the second cording piece and repeat starting on the opposite side. Once both ends are out, tie each end to secure in place. You are now done!
I hope you enjoyed this project and make many of these little pouches for Easter or any holiday, or even for yourself!
Easter Parade will start to arrive soon into stores, so check your favorite quilt or fabric shop!