Binding and Hair Clips

Charm Pack – featured is Spring Magic by April Cornell
{a honey bun could also be used for the binding clips}
Binding & Hem Clips – featured are Collins No. C136
3/4″ Cover Buttons – featured are Dritz #13-30
Craft glue or Hot glue

Yo-Yo maker
Mary Ellen’s Best Press in a Spray bottle
{water would work too}

Select four charm squares

Cut the charm squares into 1 1/2″ squares. Honey bun strips could also be used since they are precut into 1 1/2″ strips. Just cut down to 1 1/2″ squares.

Spray once on the fabric square to dampen it with Mary Ellen’s Best Press. This helps the fabric stay around the cover button when working with it.

wrap the fabric around the cover button until all the ends are on the inside of the button. Then press the back of the button firmly into place until it snaps down.

Bend the button hole down so that it will not be in the way when applying to the clip.

Add a glob of hot glue or craft glue.

With the clip opened, carefully glue the end of the clip to the back of the covered button.
Let dry before closing clip.

Now follow these steps for the rest of your clips.

You can get 9 clips out of one charm square.

For an extra added touch… add a yoyo to the underside of the button before attaching to the clip.
Following instructions for the Yo-yo maker, make a yoyo from a charm square.

Hand sew on a covered button… you do not want to bend the button hole if you are making them this way.
With a thin piece of ribbon, fold it over a couple times creating a leaf.

Stitch on the leaf to the back of the yoyo and then glue the clip to the ribbon while the clip is opened.

You now have one adorable little Hair clip.

A few variations of hair clips that you can make using binding & hem clips.

Lots of adorable binding and hair clips to coordinate with everything.
Angela Yosten

21st Century Window Beads

Remember those groovy plastic window beads of the 60’s? They were my inspiration for this quick and easy way to get some great new fabrics in your decorating design. Go to the moda fabric website with your own decorating colors in mind and I’m sure you’ll find they have just the line you need!

One honey bun (I used Sultry by Basic Grey to go in my pink & brown bathroom )
Wood craft beads with large holes
First off, a little bit of math is required. My window measured 37 inches wide. I divided that by 1.5″ (the width of the honey bun strips) . The result was 24 point something so I rounded up to 25 strips. I picked 25 strips from the roll and laid them out in a pleasing manner.

Now, before we do the tiny amount of sewing that is required, I will show you a couple ways you can get this done with no sewing at all. One way would be to tie them on to your curtain rod

Another idea would be to attach each strip with various buttons
For this window I sewed the top “sleeve”. I would fold over the same amount on each, working one strip at a time as I sewed.
After a quick measure, I’d flip it over and sew continuously, never cutting the thread from the previous strip.
You’ll see I applied a piece of low-tack tape to the machine as a temporary sewing guide so that my line stayed straight. Now I have 25 strips sewn together. I then ran them through for a second line of stitches
Mainly because I’ve just always sewn window curtains with that top ‘pleat’. So, in less than 20 minutes you have your strips ready to hang. Now we move on to the beads.

I can’t tell you how badly I wanted to do fabric covered beads for this. OH I tried and tried. Different glues. Different applications. It just wasn’t going to work for me. And I needed fifty beads so for heaven’s sake I didn’t want to spend an hour messing with each one! There are great tutorials to be found online, and you may have better luck with it than I did, but I cut my losses and moved on to spray paint.

The above picture shows how I first started trying to spray in a box (not so great) but then I made a jig with a scrap piece of wood and lots of nails. Over the course of a day and a half I’d go out in the garage and spray a coat whenever I remembered to. True sign of a craft supplies junkie: I already had six cans of paint that would coordinate with my fabric!

You can arrange the beads in an allover random effect, or in a pattern as I did. Then just trim the ends of the strips so they sit nicely on the sill. My window was just tall enough that I only trimmed about an inch off the 45″ length, but if your window is even longer, you could attach strips end to end and hide that spot inside a bead.

Voila! Simple as that; you are done.

submitted by jen duncan

Fabric Frame Tutorial

1 patisserie honey bun.
wooden 4×6 picture frame. {not plastic or metal.}
elmer’s glue-all multi purpose glue. {mod podge works just as well.}
foam craft brush.

decorative ribbons, selvages &/or buttons.

pick out 4 of your fav prints from your honey bun.
{this is a teacher’s gift, so i chose the 2 map-ish ones along with 2 that coordinated.}

cut your 4 honey bun strips in half.
{i cut mine right on the fold.}

now it’s time to prep your frame.
i cleaned mine with some lysol all purpose cleaner.
make sure you let it dry really well.

pour your glue {or mod podge} in a bowl.
trust me it’s much easier this way.
{and a wet wash cloth is very handy to have near by.}

start by brushing on some glue.
it’s okay to be liberal because you want the fabric to stick.
just don’t goop it like crazy and you’ll be fine.

place the end of your strip on the back side of the frame.

you’ll need to hold the end while you start to wrap the strip around.

and just keep wrapping.
make sure that you are wrapping the fabric tight up against the wood.
if you don’t the glass and frame backing won’t fit properly.

and don’t be intimidated by the corners.
just add some extra glue on the folds.

when you come to the end of your strip just overlap to the next one.
and make sure that the end of the 1st strip ends up on the back side.
{you might have to trim it like i did.}

at this point you might be thinking, “why am i doing this to my fabric???”
please trust me that once it’s dry you’ll ♥ it.

just continue wrapping until your whole frame is done.
take your wet wash cloth and rub it gently over the whole thing.
this is to make sure there isn’t a big dot of glue somewhere.

this is important:
before your glue/fabric dries, you need to fit the glass into the frame.
this will ensure that your glass & the frame backing will fit back in correctly.

set the frame aside for it to dry completely.
mine only took about 20 minutes because i set it out in the sun.

while your frame dries, go ahead and get your pic ready.
in this case i made up a little quote pic for jackson’s teacher.

and after your pic is ready if you’re still waiting for the frame to dry…
you can whip up one of these…

you can transform aluminum cans into cute holders by doing the same thing!!!
it’s SUPER quick to do. and easy peasy.

and don’t stop at those honey bun strips!!!
{i knew i was keeping all those moda decorative ribbons for a reason.}

and now…the moment you’ve been waiting for…
once your frame is completely dry, assemble it all together…

and voila…you have just made your very own fabric frame!!!
pure cuteness huh???

these little quote frames & pencil holders make the perfect gifts for teachers.
{and quilty pals.}

but don’t forget to make some for your family pics!!!
cute, cute, cute!!!

p.s. i quilt

Weights and Measures

Did you know that there is more than just recipes on our Moda Bake Shop? We have tried to come up with the necessities you might need to cook up something tasty by providing you with some Weights and Measures to compliment your Recipes.

Want to know how many strips are in a Jelly Roll or Honey Bun? Check out our Equivalent Measures chart to tell you what is contained in all of our baked goods.

Ever wonder what is the best way to cut a Layer Cake or Charm Pack? The Layer Cake and Charm Pack cutting guides have several different ways that you can cut your fabric.

Also, don’t forget to check out the Basic Setting Size Chart for more great ideas.

Get these plus more great Weights and Measures by clicking on the Weights and Measures section in the top menu.

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Baby Blanket

 the soft colors of the aviary line is a perfect line for a timeless baby girl quilt.

one aviary honey bun find them in my etsy store.
1 yard of cream cut into 5 strips of 5 1/2 inch strips (you’ll have a little left over)
a little less than 1/2 yard of fabric for binding
2 yards of back fabric

first you’ll want to separate your colors. you’ll want 8 strips for each block (i used 2 colors of each color for each block)once you have your 8 strips you are going to sew your strips together 2 at a timepress the seams. once you have two of them together sew 4 together and so will end up with all 8 strips sewn together.cut off the excess so you have a nice clean linenext you are going to cut your strips to 8 1/2 inches in length (which should be your width as well)once you have all your blocks cut out, you want to place your stripped blocks horizontal and perpendiculari wanted a square quilt so i laid out 5 squares by 5 squares.

sew your blocks together.

remember the cream fabric that were cut into 5 (5 1/2 in) strips? well take two of them and trim them to 40 1/2 inchessew them to left and right side of your blocks.then you will sew the last three 5 1/2 inch strips together (end to end)to make one long strip. (these will make your top and bottom borders.)

cut two strips of 50 1/2 inches. (you will have a little left over )cut your back fabric to fit the finished front.
you are now ready to quilt your quilt.
my quilt was quilted by the talented Felicia of The Quilting Bee.
She knows that my machine quilting looks like scrambled eggs gone bad…
thanks Felicia for saving my butt on this one and making the quilt that much cuter with your skills! once all that is done you are ready to bind your quilt.
i have step by step instructions on my blog here

one super cute quilt. And when washed, shrunk and crinkled up mine came out to measure approx 47″ x 47″
instructions and pictures by Vanessa of V and Co

Note Cards and Note Pad

Left over Honey Bun strips or left over Layer Cake piece
Card Stock
fusible web
For Note Pad you also need:
3″ square sticky pad, I used generic ones, you could use colored
Photo anchors from your scrapbook store

Sticky back scrapbook jewels

Do you ever wonder, “What can I make with these little left over strips?” I personally hate to throw them away. You will need 2 pieces at least 7″ long.
Cut a piece of card stock 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Fold in half.

Lay your strips on a piece of fusible web that is 5 1/4″ x 6 1/2″. Over lap the one edge onto the next piece a scant quarter of an inch. Press to the fusible web. Cut with a ruler and rotary cuter, one of the 6 1/2″ edge.

Peel the fusible web from the back.

Place the cut edge along the fold line of the card. Iron the fusible web to the card stock. Press hard. I let mine cool, then press again. Trim from the inside of card all the way around the edges to fit the card.

Stitch along the edges of strips 1/4″ from the edge as show.

You can leave your cute note card plain, or add embellishments like a sparkle press-on embellishments from your scrapbook store. It will mail better if you don’t use a 3D embellishment.

NOTE: You could make a set of 6-8 and give as a gift.
This next part is a little note pad to keep in your purse, or give away!
Trace this pattern on a piece of card stock and cut out along the outside lines. Make a small dot where the 4 score lines go. You will score it later.
Use a layer cake piece, or 5″ x 10″ scrap. Cut the fabric 1/2″ bigger all the way around the card stock pattern. Iron the cut fabric to fusible web. Peel off back and fuse the fabric to card stock pattern on the opposite side where you marked the scoring.

Trim all the way around the piece, and then zig-zag around the entire piece.

Turn piece over and with a ruler, score the 4 score lines.

Tear in half a regular pad of sticky notes, to about 48-50 papers.

Add a small dab of glue just to the bottom page on the sticky part along the top.

Press the sticky pad onto the piece between the score lines.

It should close like this along the score lines.

And look like this when open.

These are the what the photo anchors look like. They come in one package and have two parts.Notice where the photo anchor is. The pad should just close naturally along the score lines, so position the anchor so the top flap will just fit under the anchor…then make a small dot with a pencil as in the next photo.

Hold the top closed where it would be naturally.

You can write sentiments inside the flap.

These are the sticky jewels I have been wanting to use, they work great for these projects.

One little note pad, or note cards.

Dreaming of South Carolina Tablerunner

1- Charm pack Moda Swanky

3/4 yard of Swanky Hamptons Peacock #16037-15

1/4 yard or fat quarter of a solid pink

Omnigrid tumbler template

Choose 30 charms from your pack. Using a rotary ruler and cutter cut a 3.5 inch strip. Since a charm is 5 inch square, a 1.5 inch strip will be left.

Using the Omnigrid template or make your own out of cardboard. The Omnigrid tumbler is 2 inches at it’s narrow end and 3.75 at it’s widest. The height at the center is 3.5 inches.

Here is what one charm will yield. A tumbler, 2 scraps, a 1.5 X 5 inch strip and a 1 1/4 inch X 3.5 inch strip. Set the 1.5 inch strips aside for the prairie points. FYI….I cut all my tumblers and lost the pictures. I re-made the photo using a different fabric line…the cutting result is the same.

The trickiest part of the tumbler is aligning the pieces before sewing. Offset the sides about 3/8 of an inch…
Continue to piece so that you have 6 strips of 5 tumblers. Piece rows as shown.
Trim the top by making a straight edge on the 2 longest sides. The short sides will be straight.

Measure your top and cut 2 peacock fabric strips 1 1/4 inches by that width ~ approximately 18 3/4 inches. Add to the longest sides of the top.

Pin, Pin, Pin….

Continue on to adding the sides 1 1/4 X 12.5 inches.

Cut 2 solid border strips 12.5 X2.5 inches. Sew to short ends of topper.

Let’s make the mini prairie points, Choose 26 of the 5 X 1 1/2 inch strips and cut a square 1 1/2 X 1 1/2 inches from each.

Fold in half length-wise and iron.

Fold the piece inward so that the raw edges meet.

Do this for both sides and iron. These are very small so accuracy is important.

Pin, Pin, pin the the solid pink border as shown. Then baste about 1/8 inch from the raw edges. The raw edge will be covered by binding. NOTE* start your point placement about 3/8 inch from the edge and overlap the side edges about 1/4 inch.

There are 13 prairie points on each end.

Now you can layer and quilt the runner.

I stitched a 1/4 inch inside each tumbler.

And added a couple of quilting lines on the end border.

To finish I cut 2 – 1.5 inch X width of fabric (42-ish) strips for single fold binding. I like to use single fold for small quilt projects that won’t have a lot of wear and tear.

Notice the binding did cover the prairie points raw edge.

Dreaming of South Carolina Table runner 12.5 X24

I made most of this table runner while we were on vacation in South Carolina. This week as I finished quilting, my thoughts kept wondering back to the ocean…hence the name.

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