Monday, February 27, 2012

What can you make with a jelly roll? Project six. Car insurance keeper.

Today we're making a car insurance keeper.
First, choose two strips from your jelly roll and cut three 14" pieces off each strip {giving you six 14" pieces}. Sew three strips together. Sew the other three strips together. Iron your seams. Add fusible web to one of your fabric panels.

Now fold the bottom part of the panel up to figure out where your flap will be. Cut the extra off, this will be your flap.

Sew your car insurance keeper together the same way the eyeglasses case was sewed together. I sewed at an angle on the corners of my flap. You can choose to leave it straight.

You will have small pieces of strips leftover when you're finished. Set these aside, along with all your other leftover pieces, because we're going to use them up later.
I'm going to continue to work with Reunion for this series, but remember you can find a bunch of different jelly rolls here. And if you're not too keen on using your jelly roll for all these little projects, Fat Quarter Shop also sells Jelly Roll Patterns.

Other projects in this series can be found here.

Friday, February 24, 2012

What can you make with a jelly roll? Project five. Camera strap cover.

Did you think I was out of jelly roll strips? I'm not!! There are still plenty left. After today's project you'll have about 14 strips left, and if you're wondering: we've used 26 so far, including today's project.
For our camera strap, which is probably the easiest thing you will ever make, choose two strips of fabric. Again I'm using Reunion Jelly Roll Sweetwater for Moda, still working with the same roll.

Measure your camera strap, the part I wanted to cover for mine was 24 1/2" so I cut a piece off each strip that was 25 1/2".

Iron an sew both ends of both strips, wrong sides together, making sure when it's ironed it will be as long as you'd like your strap.

Take the two strips, right sides together and stitch down both sides. Turn your tube right side out, iron and put it on your camera strap. Easy peasy. If you're a ruffle kinda gal, which I am not, you can add a ruffle using another strip, or maybe sewing your two remaining pieces together to make a multi-colored ruffle.
I'm going to continue to work with Reunion for this series, but remember you can find a bunch of different jelly rolls here. And if you're not too keen on using your jelly roll for all these little projects, Fat Quarter Shop also sells Jelly Roll Patterns.

Other projects in this series can be found here.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Best kielbasa recipe... ever.

First, I do realize that people in the south call this "sausage". That is weird to me, because it says kielbasa on the package, so I call it kielbasa. We once asked our friend's from Texas if they liked kielbasa and they looked at us like we were crazy. They had no idea what we were talking about til we showed them. So funny.

Anyway, the first time I had this recipe was when my cousin made it for my wedding. I think she made two crock pots. Everyone loved it and kept asking for more. When it was gone people were still looking for it. It was that good. So I asked her how to make it and now we eat it at least twice a month.
All you need is two packages of kielbasa, one small jar of grape jelly and two 18oz jars of BBQ sauce. I use one regular and one honey.
Slice the kielbasa, throw everything into the crock pot around 10am and it'll be ready by 5pm. I usually cook it on low until about 2 or 3 then put it on high. Sometimes when I'm feeling frisky I cook it on high all day long, which makes the kielbasa... hmm... I want to say soggy but that is not the right word. The kielbasa absorbs more of the BBQ sauce the longer you cook it... I guess that's the way to put it.
Try it and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What can you make with a jelly roll? Project four. Eyeglass case.

Continuing my "What can you make with a jelly roll?" series, today I bring you: an eyeglasses case!
For this project you'll need to choose four strips from your jelly roll. Again I'm using Reunion Jelly Roll Sweetwater for Moda, still working with the same roll... project number four and still more to go! There really is a lot of fabric in one jelly roll. It's pretty amazing, really.

Basically you're going to sew your strips together, in whichever way you choose, to make an 8" x 8" square. Make two of these, one for the outside, one for the lining. You'll also need an 8" x 8" piece of fusible web for the outer case.

For my flap I sewed two 6" strips together, sewed along the sides and the bottom, then went back and sewed diagonally across the corners to get that shape. Turn right side out and iron.

Using two pieces of another strip, each approximately 4 1/2", sew those two strips right sides together at the sides and one end, again I went back and sewed the end into a point. turn right side out.

Place the 4 1/2" point centered on top of the flap and stitch about 1/8 - 1/4" from the sides of the point, this will both finish the point so it looks nice and attach it to the flap at the same time.

Take your 8" x 8" outer bag and fold it in half right sides together. Sew along the two sides. Do the same with your lining.

With your outer case right side out and your lining wrong side out, create a 1/4" cuff on both.

Drop your lining bag into the outer case, wrong sides together. Pin around the front. Slip your flap in between the lining and outer bag and pin in place. Stitch about an 1/8" from the top. Attach your velcro pieces (I used iron-on velcro because I couldn't find my stitch in place velcro).

Here you have your eyeglasses case and leftover strips.
I'm going to continue to work with Reunion for this series, but remember you can find a bunch of different jelly rolls here.

Other projects in this series can be found here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What can you make with a jelly roll? Project three. Thread catcher.

Today's "What can you make with a jelly roll?" project is a thread catcher using four strips from your jelly roll. I am still working with the same jelly roll as the other projects: Reunion Jelly Roll Sweetwater for Moda. Remember the point of this series is to see just how much you can make with a single jelly roll, other than a quilt.
First, pick four strips of fabric from your jelly roll that you'd like to use for your thread catcher.

Take strip one and cut two 16" long pieces.
Take strip two and cut two 16" pieces.

Sew the four strips together, alternating them, to create a single panel of fabric. Iron your seams and iron on a piece of fusible web.

Fold your panel up, matching strip seams:
Sew down the two sides, leaving the top open. Box your corners at 1 1/4". With the right side out, fold the top of your bag to the inside creating a cuff... about 1/2". Iron the cuff.

Repeat for your lining fabric, without the fusible web, and make sure the wrong side is out when folding the cuff. Fold the cuff to the outside this time.
Take your two remaining strips, the strips that match the lining, and sew those two strips, right sides together, down both long ends. Turn your tube right side out, iron, and sew about 1/4" from each edge. Fold this in half and cut at the half mark, creating two hanging panels.
Take your remaining two strips, the ones that match the outside of the bag, and sew them, right sides together, down one long end. Do not open the pieces. Fold them in half, so that the short ends meet, and cut at the half mark. Iron your seams.

Next, sandwich your hanging panels between your pillow pieces, making sure the pillow pieces are right sides together. The hanging panels are long so I folded one end up and pinned so that I would not sew thru it accidentally.

Sew around your pillow pieces, leaving an opening at the end opposite the hanging panels. Clip your corners, turn right side out and iron. Your pillow piece should look like this:
I added a 1/4" of rice to my pillow to weigh it down. I'm not 100% sure this was necessary but I did it anyway. Then I filled the pillow the rest of the way with batting. Either hand sew the opening closed, or if you despise hand sewing like I do, take it to your machine to sew the opening closed.

Put your lining inside the outer bag, wrong sides together. Pin around the front and the sides. Insert your hanging panels into the back side of your bag between the two layers and pin in place. Take the whole contraption to your machine and sew around the top edge.
You will not have any leftovers from the strips you choose for this project.

** side note: I did notice that because the table I sew on is wood that my thread catcher wanted to slide off the table. I'm thinking I need to maybe add a few dots of hot glue to the bottom of my pillow to make it non-slip. **

I'm going to continue to work with Reunion for this series, but remember you can find a bunch of different jelly rolls here.

Monday, February 20, 2012

What can you make with a jelly roll? Project two. Reversible tote.

Continuing the "What can you make with a jelly roll?" series, today I made a reversible tote/purse.

Again, I'm still working with the same Reunion Jelly Roll Sweetwater for Moda. Again, the point of this series is to see how much we can make with just one jelly roll of fabric, other than a quilt, of course.

First, choose six strips for one side of your bag:
You want to cut those strips in half, then sew them together so you have a striped panel of fabric.

Next, once you've ironed your seams flat, you'll iron on some fusible web. Once you've done that, fold your fabric panel in half matching strip seams. Sew a seam on long end and across the bottom. Box your corners at one inch.

Now pick six more strips and do the same as above, minus the fusible web.

Fold the top edges of your bags toward the wrong side, making a half inch "cuff". Iron well. Drop the bag without the fusible web inside the bag with fusible web, wrong sides together.

Now pick four pieces from your leftover strips as a handle for your bag. You'll want two that match one side of the bag and two that match the other side of the bag.

Sew your two strips together on the short end, creating one long strip. Add fusible web to one of the strips. Sew your strips, right sides together, lining up the center seam. Turn right side out, iron well and stitch about a quarter inch along each end.

Pin your strap, making sure that the sides match {if your bag is red on the inside, make sure the red part of your strap is also on the inside}. Adjust your strap to the length you want and pin in place. Also pin your bags together all the way around.

At this point you should basically have your finished bag, only not stitched together. Take this to your machine an stitch around the opening about an eighth of an inch from the top.

Once you're finished, you should have something like this, and leftover strips:
Remember it's reversible!!
I'm going to continue to work with Reunion for this series, but remember you can find a bunch of different jelly rolls here.

Other projects in this series...

Sunday, February 19, 2012

What can you make with a jelly roll? Project one. Coin purse.

I'm going to be completely honest with you here and say this: I have never worked with a Jelly Roll before! Honestly, I've been scared. I don't make a lot of quilts so I thought, what can I make with a jelly roll... with all these... strips?

I'm going to share with you on my blog a little series I'm calling "What can you make with a jelly roll?" If you're new to sewing you'll learn right along with me!

I'm starting this series with: Reunion Jelly Roll Sweetwater for Moda, which you can purchase at the Fat Quarter Shop. The shipping is super fast.

First, I laid the strips out on my table.

That's a whole lot of fabric.
For my first project I choose four strips (I think that's the hardest part... choosing! It's so hard to choose, they are all so scrumptious!!). I wanted to use strips and nothing else. I added a zipper and some fusible web, of course, but other than that, the only fabric used was the strips.
You can see, of the four strips used, what I have leftover.
How cute is that, the striped coin purse!? I think it's totally adorable. Mr Panda thinks so too.

I'm going to use Reunion for this entire series, but you can find so many different jelly rolls here.

Other projects in this series can be found here.

Friday, February 17, 2012

In Progress: Quilt from Baby Clothes

I started this quite a while ago and still have not finished it!!! I keep forgetting to buy a backing fabric... oops.

I started with this:
And here's what I've got now:
Not sure what I'll do with it once it's finished, since Hannah's no longer a baby. Maybe add hanging tabs to the back and hang it on her wall?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Teacher Gift: Mug Rug. So cute!

Matthew really likes his teacher and really wants to give her something for Valentine's day. This is what I've come up with.
I figure she can keep it on her desk or something. I attached a tag that explains what a mug rug is, which is an idea I found on Pinterest.
I am not very good with applique, but I think this came out really nice.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Upcycled: A fold-up bag.

I have this book called "A Perfect Handmade Bag". This is my first time making anything out of the book... And I didn't follow the directions. I looked at the photo, checked the rectangle bag measurements and went from there.
I used a sheer curtain my neighbor had given me a few days before, he said because he figured I'd end up sewing something with it. Haha. There is plenty of curtain left, so this weekend I'm going to make another and write up a tutorial for it.

I also used some scrap cotton I had laying around, a small piece of elastic and a button from Close to my Heart.

Completely adorable.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Car visor CD holder

I wish I could write a post to go with this but there's not much to say about it. It's pretty self-explanatory I think.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Operation Cookie Drop: donation boot

I'm a Girl Scout leader, in case you didn't know, and it's cookie season. I made this donation boot for our cookie booth! Admittedly, it was not my idea. One of my parent's said her daughter's old troop did it one year, but all she could remember was that they had a boot for donations.

I cut the sleeve of one of my husband's old ratty, really-shouldn't-wear to work uniforms and used that to sew a small bag. I hemmed the top of the bag so when I slip it in the boot and fold the top over the boot there are no cut lines.

Clever isn't it!?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

In progress: Waving Flag

Saw this in one of my books:
And I had just enough scraps to get this far:
All I have left to do is buy the lining and the backing fabric... And some red bias tape.

It came out looking a lot better than I was expecting.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Fabric checkers board!

I made this fabric checkers board out of scrap pieces of green fabrics I had lying around. Same color green, two different patterns.
The board was so small I couldn't sew circle pieces, they just weren't working. So here's what I used: cardboard from a priority mail shipping box, fabric, Modge Podge, acrylic sealer, Prima flowers and a hot glue gun. I think they came out pretty cute. Except for the backs, they aren't so pretty...
I made a matching cinch bag, stitching one Prima flower on the bottom corner then hot gluing a smaller flower on top of it. I used Martha Stewart ribbon as the bag tie.
I don't usually pat myself on the back but this came out pretty darn cute!!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Fabric trash bin for the car.

I am proud to say I designed this little trash bin for my car because I was sick of the plastic bags I was using, they just aren't pretty. My center console has this little compartment and I have no idea what they are for. They are 4" long, 1" wide and 1 1/2" deep. I decided to make use of that random little space.

My cousin saw mine and asked me to make two for her van. I made hers longer, since they will be hanging in her random compartments on her doors instead of the center console close to the floor.

First decide how long you'd like your trash bag. For mine it was 12" from the compartment lip to the floor so mine is less than 12", my cousins is about 12" when finished.

You'll need:

  • one 26" x 10" rectangle with outer fabric

  • one 26" x 10" rectangle with lining fabric

  • one 7" x 10 1/2" rectangle

  • piece of ribbon approximately 4" long (or make your own bias tape like I did)

  • two pieces of fusible web 10" x at least 1"

  • 1/2 cup of rice

Iron your fusible web about 1/2" down from the top of the short edges of your outer fabric, on the wrong side.
Fold your outer fabric in half, right sides together, matching short ends. Sew along both long edges.

Box the two bottom corners.
Repeat with your lining.

Flip your outer fabric right side out and fold your seams in. Iron the seams. Repeat with your lining.
Slide your lining into your outer bag, wrong sides together, lining up the side seams. Pin at the side seams and around the front. Leave the back unpinned for now.
Take your 7" x 10 1/2" rectangle and fold it, right sides together, so the short ends meet.
Stitch along one short end and the long end, leaving the other short end open. Flip right side out, iron, then add approximately 1/2 cup of rice.


Push your rice to the bottom, squeeze the fabric above it and pin. This will keep the rice down and out of your way while you're sewing.
Pin and stitch your ribbon or bias tape approximately 3 1/2" from the closed end of your rice pouch.
Put your rice pouch, ribbon side up, in between your unpinned front and lining layers, centered between the side seams, like so:
Pin in place. Take your bin to your machine and sew around the edges, approximately 1/4" from the edge. Voila!! Your car trash bin is complete!!!
** edited to add:

So I was thinking about it and you could add some essential oils or herbs to the pouch with rice in it, to make your car smell nice. Wish that had occurred to me before I finished mine!!!