12 Days of Thanksgiving Advent Calendar

Some friends and I have had the idea to make a Thanksgiving Advent Calendar for a few years. When I saw the Gobble Gobble charm pack I knew that it would be perfect for this! Here is a fun project for a countdown calendar for Thanksgiving. Instead of the 12 days of Christmas, why not the 12 days of Thanksgiving?

In each pocket you could put a treat, a quote, or a small activity for your family to do to prepare for the holiday. Hop on over to my blog, the polkadot chair, to visit me, Melissa Mortenson, for a list of activity ideas for your pockets!

2 Gobble Gobble Charm Packs
1 20×30 piece of wool felt
fabric for backing
Fusible fleece or Warm & Natural Batting
Wooden dowel
Heat and Bond Light (or your favorite fusible)

To begin, pick out your favorite 12 prints from your charm pack. Using your favorite applique method and font, cut out and adhere the numbers 1-12 to these charm pieces. If you have questions about doing this, check out my method on a previous tutorial here.

Cut out 12 pieces of fusible fleece to 5×5 (the same size as your charm pieces).
Adhere these pieces of fleece to the backs of the squares.

Sew around the number though all layers of fabric and fleece. I like to use a straight stitch, but use your favorite one for applique.

Pick out 12 more charm pieces. These will become the backs of your pockets. Sew around the 4 sides of the pocket leaving a 2″ hole in the bottom of the pocket to turn the pocket right side out.

Clip the corners of the pocket.
Turn pocket right side out.

Tuck unsewn portion of pocket in and press, if it won’t stay, use a bit of iron on seam tape to keep it closed.

Pick out 12 more charm pieces. I chose to keep them in the green/brown/red/orange family.

Alternating colors and patterns, sew these 12 pieces together, using 1/4″ seams into one long piece. Press seams all to one side.

Cut the strip of charm pieces in half lengthwise so that you have 2 strips, each 2 1/2″ wide.

Attach one strip to each long side of your piece of felt, cut off extra and save.

Attach saved strips to top and bottom (short sides) of felt.

I chose to embroider “give Thanks” to the top of my Advent Calendar. Don’t worry if you don’t have an embroidery machine. If you want “give Thanks” on your calendar, use your extra charm pieces and the same applique technique used on the pockets.

Cut a piece of fusible fleece smaller than the calendar piece. You will want to leave a 1 1/2″ – 2″ border around the fusible fleece piece. Put the “sticky” side of the fusible fleece down towards the calendar front.

Cut a piece of backing the same size.
Turn over and using saftey pins, secure all layers together.

Press to adhere the fusible fleece to the felt piece.

Using your walking foot, stitch around the entire border (in the seam between the felt and the charm border). I used a blanket stitch but you could also just use a straight stitch or any decorative stitch you like.

Next you are going to lay out your pocket pieces.

I found it helpful to first lay out all of my pocket pieces to “eyeball” where I wanted them to go and get a good idea of spacing. After this, I pulled off all but one row.

Working from the left side one row at a time, pin the pocket pieces to the calendar front. Use a ruler to make sure the pieces are lined up properly. My pieces ended up being 1 1/2″ from the side and 1 1/2″ apart from each other. Incase your pockets have “curved” in at the centers, measure from the corners to assure proper placement. Pin WELL.

Making sure to backstitch at the top of each pocket sew, using your walking foot, around each pocket, doing your best to keep your layers flat. Sew around the 3 sides of your pocket, leaving the top open.

When you finish the 1st row, pin on the 2nd row and sew it. When you finish the 2nd row, sew the 3rd row.

Using 6 charm pieces make 3 leaves using the technique outlined here: (it is the same method I used to make the bird). I just traced 3 leaves from my yard, but if you’d like the pattern I used for my leaves you can get it here.

Sew “veins” into your leaves, crinkle the leaves up in your hands to give them some dimension.

Pin the leaves onto your calendar, sewing though all layers, sew the leaves to the calendar.

To make a pocket to hang calendar from:
Sew a 2″wide piece of ribbon to top of calendar. (you are going to sew the ribbon the fabric border piece, it will be as wide as the felt). Put a bit of fray check on the ends of the ribbon.

Press and turn towards back.
Pin in place.
Hand sew ribbon through along the top AND the bottom.

To finish sides and bottom of calendar:

Turn calendar over. Turn border under 1/4″, turn under again and pin in place. Turn your calendar over and double check that the border is even all the way around, if not adjust on the back of the calendar. Hand sew in place.

1 calendar per 2 charm packs.

Peppermint Swirl Pincushion


(featured in the Simple Abundance Moda ad in the Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Publication)

1 Layer Cake square- red
1 Layer Cake square (or 8″ square)- cream
1 Layer Cake square- aqua
1 Layer Cake square- green
2-3 small red buttons
1 large button
Warm and Natural batting scraps
2 cups crushed walnut shells or other filling

1. Cut two pieces of batting, one 5″ x 10″, and one 5″ x 5″.
2. Fold the red Layer Cake square in half. Place the 5″ x 10″ piece of batting inside. Cut the green layer cake in half to make a 5″ x 10″ rectangle. Fold it in half. Place the 5″ x 5″ piece of batting inside.

3. Print out pattern pieces from this pdf file. Trace 5 swirls onto the red fabric, and 1 of each leaf onto the green fabric with a water soluble fabric marking pen. (Having some problems with the pdf file- it will be up a little later.)

4. With matching thread, sew around each shape on the lines you marked with the pen.

5. Do the same with the leaves. Sew around the whole shape, then add a small line down the center of the leaf, about 2/3 of the length.
6. Remove all the pen lines with a damp cloth. Cut out the shapes 1/8″ from the stitching. (Yes, there will be raw edges!)
7. Using the circle from the pdf, cut one cream circle, one aqua circle, and one circle from your batting.
8. On the cream circle, Fold it in half, then in half again to find the center. Pinch it to make small creases. This will mark your center.
9. Place the swirls around the center, evenly (or not!) and pin them to the cream fabric.

10. Stitch them to the cream fabric, following the stitching on each shape, up one side and down the other. You don’t need to stitch along the outer edge. The swirls will hang over the edges a little bit.

11. If you’d like, you can jazz it up a little bit with your darning foot and a few squiggles.

(here’s a close up of mine)
12. Layer the 3 circle pieces in the following order: Batting, Aqua back (right side up), Cream with swirls (right side down). Pin around the edges. Sew a slightly bigger than 1/4″ seam around the circle through all three layers (making sure to catch the edges of the swirls), leaving a 1″ opening so you can turn it.

13. Trim the swirls so they are flush with the circles. Clip around the shape, every 1/4″, up to the seam, making sure you don’t clip into the seam!!

14. Turn right side out, trim any fraying threads. Fill with crushed walnut shells about 3/4 of the way full. (Use a funnel to do this part, unless you want a big mess!)

15. Stitch the opening closed.

16. Stitch the leaves on in the center, going all the way through to the back of the pincushion.
17. When you get to the back, add the large button, and bring the needle back through to the front. Repeat each time you add a button to the center. When you finish, tie the thread off on the bottom, hiding the extra thread behind the bottom button.
18. Enjoy your sweet little peppermint pincushion. Or give it away and make another. And then another, and one more after that. 🙂

One sweet little Christmassy sewing treat.
And there you have it! Enjoy!
Simplify (blog)

Lap Quilt "In a Jiffy"

My name is Kari Ramsay and I am the designer of Fresh Cut Quilts Pattern Co. I am new to the world of posting Tutorials here, and it is a great pleasure of mine to bring you this one. This is a great lap quilt to make when you need a gift or a fun project in a jiffy! It goes together very quickly, and I think you are going to love it!

1 Arcadia Layer Cake or a different equally cute Layer Cake!
1/2 yard Binding
3 yards backing fabric

6 1/2″ Acrylic square ruler
Mary Ellen’s Spray Starch or other spray starch product

1. Separate your Layer Cake into two stacks of light and dark fabrics. Some may not be considered a ‘dark’ fabric, but if the color has a strong contrast to the light fabrics it will work great.
2. Choose 12 of the light fabric 10″ squares, and 12 dark fabric 10″ squares. Set aside.
3. The remaining 16 squares will be used for the outer border.
4. Take one light and one dark square and place them with right sides together. Pin around the squares in several places to secure the squares.
5. Sew the squares together on one side with a 1/4″ seam.
Then continue to sew around the squares until all four sides have been sewn.

6. Spray both sides of the square with Mary Ellen’s Spray Starch and press the block. This will help keep your bias edges from stretching or moving in the next steps.
7. Take your long acrylic ruler and line it up to cut the square block diagonally from corner to corner. Then make one more diagonal cut from the opposite corner to corner. This will yield four Half Square Triangles that are identical.

Press the seams toward the darker fabric. Repeat steps 4-7 with the remaining squares.
8. Trim the Half Square Triangles (HST’s) to 6 1/2″ square if necessary. (I did not trim mine and all of the blocks came out just right for me.)
9. Choose 4 different Half Square Triangles. Place two of the HST’s with the right sides of the darker fabric facing. Pin into place. Sew a 1/4″ along the raw edge. Repeat with the remaining two HST’s. Press the seams in opposite directions.

Be careful not to push or pull on the triangles when they are moving through your machine. Let your feed dogs do all the work and you won’t have any trouble with the fabric stretching. Also, be sure with these blocks not to use your thread cutter on the side of your machine- that will stress the fabric in the wrong directions.

With these blocks you will be placing all of the darker fabrics to face the center of the block.

10. Place the two halves of the block with right sides together and pin in place along the raw edge. Sew the two halves of the block together. Press the seam.
11. Repeat with the remaining HST’s to create 12 blocks measuring 12 1/2″ square.
12. Sew the blocks together into 4 rows of 3 blocks each.
13. Take the 16 squares set aside for the border and cut each square into (4) 2 1/2″ x 10″ pieces.

14. Pair up different border pieces and sew them together along the 10″ length of the pieces. Press the seam.
15. Sew 5 of these border segments together on the 4 1/2″ side end to end to create one long border piece. Repeat and make one more with 5 border segments, and two more with 7 border segments in each. These are your borders.
16. Measure the quilt horizontally from side to side to determine the top and bottom border lengths. Cut the two borders with 5 segments to that length. Pin and sew them to the top and bottom of the quilt top.
17. Measure the quilt top through the center vertically to determine the side border measurements. Cut the remaining two borders to that length and pin and sew them to the quilt top. Press the seams and you are all done with the piecing! Quilt and bind and enjoy!

1 Lap quilt measuring 45″ x 58″

Thanks for checking out my tutorial and if you want to check out my blog or website, that would be great too!
A special thanks to the great folks at Moda/United Notions for all of your support!

Simply Modern Quilts

Boy (Route 66) Quilt…
1 Moda Jelly Roll Basics in Milk
1 Authentic Jelly Roll by Sweetwater
3 1/4 yards of coordinating fabric for backing, binding and pillow case
1 1/2 yards of Pellon Wonder-under fusible web
Soy Soft by Luna Batting
coordinating thread
Route 66 templates (located at the end of the Printable Version below)

Girl (Eva Flower) Quilt…
1 Moda Jelly Roll Basics in Sugar
1 Eva Jelly Roll by Basic Grey
3 1/4 yards of coordinating fabric for backing, binding and pillow case
1 1/2 yards of Pellon Wonder-under fusible web
Soy Soft by Luna Batting
2 yards Trim Trends Jumbo Ric Rac (1 3/8″) in Light Pink
coodinating thread
Large and Small Eva flower templates (located at the end of the Printable Version below)

1. Sew 32 of the basic jelly roll strips together using a 1/4″ seam allowance creating a background fabric for your appliques.

HINT: When sewing your Jelly Roll strips together make sure your strips match up end to end so you don’t get a curve in your finished piece. As you are sewing match the very tops together… sew a little bit… make sure your needle is in the down position, then pull the strips so that the folds match with each other holding it in place while sewing to that point… then while your needle in the down position again on the fold… pull the strips again so that the bottom of the strips match up together holding it in place while you finish sewing to the bottom of the strips. Repeat for each strip until all 32 strips are sewn together.

2. Iron the seams down all going in the same direction.

3. Separate your Authentic or Eva (or any other collection you wish to use) into color groups. Set aside 1 Jelly Roll strip that you wish to use on your coordinating pillowcase.

Sew the strips together in groups. For example… sew all the blacks together then set that group aside. Then sew all your creams together and then set aside.

For the Route 66 quilt… I stitched 9 black strips together and 9 cream strips together
For the Eva Flower quilt… I stitched together 10 purple strips, 6 pink strips and 6 green strips
4. Iron your seams down in all the same direction on both color sets. Top stitch your seams down as shown below.

5. Print out the template you wish to use (route 66 or eva flower or your own design), tape the templates together and then layout on your background fabric to see placement.

6. Iron on Pellon Wonder-under or your favorite fusible web to the back side of the colored fabrics. (just enough to fit your applique templates for each color.)
7. Cut out the templates you wish to use and trace them UPSIDE DOWN to the back side of your fused fabric. Cut out the pieces. Shown are the black pieces for the Route 66 applique.

8. Remove the paper backing and fuse in place to your background fabric.

9. On the paper template, cut out all the black parts so you should now be left with only the white section of the template.

10. Trace the template UPSIDE DOWN to the back side of your fused cream fabric strips.

11. Iron the cream applique in place. If you are using the Eva template then you can use the images towards the end of the tutorial of the flower quilt as a guide.

12. Sandwich your backing fabric, batting and quilt top together and safety pin in place. Please note… the width of your backing fabric may be slightly shorter than the quilt top. This is okay. Just try to match them up as close as possible. You will trim all the sides down to match up once your quilting is done.
13. Machine applique your iron-on pieces down. This will also help create the quilted look on the back side of your quilt.
14. To complete the quilting of your quilt, top stitch the seams down on the basic jelly roll strips. I skipped over the appliqued pieces since there is stiching around each of the pieces when you machine appliqued those pieces down. Bind and your quilt is done.

You will need your coordinating backing fabric, 6 strips from your basic jelly roll, and the 1 strip you set aside from your other jelly roll.
1. From your coordinating backing fabric, cut 27″ x Width of fabric.

2. Just like you did with the background fabric for your quilt, sew 6 strips together to use as your pillowcase flange. Iron the seams down 3 seams in one direction and 2 in the opposite direction.

3. Fold the sewn strips in half on the middle seam with wrong sides together. Press.

4. Top stitch the seams down using a 1/8″ seam giving the flange a quilted look.

5. Fold and Iron the coordinating Jelly Roll Strip in half lengthwise.

6. Match up all the raw edges of your coordinating pillowcase fabric, then the coodinating jelly roll strip, then the basic jelly roll strip flange.

7. Pin and sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Finish the edge with a zig zag stitch so you don’t have raw edges.

8. Open the seam so that the coordinating jelly roll strip folds down towards the pillowcase fabric. Top stitch the seam down on the coordinating jelly roll strip to keep the strip staying down.

9. If you wish to add applique to your pillowcase, do this now. I placed my stop and go appliques 4″ from the bottom and 4″ from the side.

10. Fold the pillow case in half with the raw edges matching up and the flange edges matching up. With a 1/4″ seam sew the raw edges down WRONG sides together.

11. Flip the pillowcase wrong side out and press all seams. Stitch again on the raw edges now with a 1/2″ seam. You are now creating a French seam. This will enclose all your raw edges so you will not have any visible threads.

Flip the pillowcase right side out and WA-LA a new pillow case to match your new quilt!

Simply Modern Boy and Girl Quilts for your special little ones.

Designed by Angela Yosten

1800’s Vintage Quilt

by Sheryl Johnson of Temecula Quilt Co

This quilt is a reproduction of a 1800’s doll quilt. It has been very popular at our shop and is not as difficult as it might look.

1 Charm Square Pack – Alliance – Collection for a Cause by Howard Marcus
1/2 yard Moda Bella Solid – Ivory
2/3 yard coordinating fabric for backing
1/4 yard binding

Instant Vintage – Our special formula for giving a new project a vintage feel.

From Charm Squares cut:
each charm square into 4* 1-1/4″ strips.
Divide strips into 2 piles.
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From background fabric cut:
8* 1-1/4″ x wof strips of background fabric.
3* 2-3/4″ x wof strips – subcut into 16 2-3/4″ squares
8* 2-3/4″ x 7-1/4″ rectangles
Using 6 of your 1 1/4″ x wof background strips attach charm square
strips to one side using a chain piecing technique.
Here are the strips with half of the charm square strips attached.

Cut each segment apart – Press toward dark

Add another dark strip to create 24 dark – light – dark strips.
Press toward Dark
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Subcut into 70 1-1/4″ pieces.

Add another light strip to create 11 light – dark – light strips
Press toward dark.
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Subcut into 49 1-1/4″ pieces
Add another light strip to create 4 light – light – dark strips
You will only need 4 pieces but if you sew 4 strips you
will not end up with the same fabric in your corners
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Subcut into 4 1-1/4″ pieces
Create 9-patch units as follows –
29* – 9-patches with dark corners
8* 9-patches with light corners
4* 9-patches with 3 dark corners and 1 light corner

Using 2-3/4″ squares of background fabric
piece 4 units like this.

Piece 1 block that looks like this

Using 2-3/4″ x 7-1/4″ rectangles of background fabric
piece 4 units like this.
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Piece 9 blocks together to complete top
Quilt as desired, bind
Tea dye your quilt to give it a vintage feel.

One darling doll quilt with a vintage feel.
Finished Size 20″ x 20″

The quilt shop meets YouTube

The moda bake shop is full of ideas and projects to use the moda pre-cuts,

however YouTube is full of videos on quilting.

The Moda Bake Shop featured shop this month is

Sarah has a video on everything… quilting.

It also happens to be Jelly Roll week in her store.

( I thought every week was jelly roll week!)

You can visit in real life in Hamilton, MO … maybe you will show up in one of the next videos.

I have included links to just a few of their videos.

Grab your favorite Moda Jelly roll, sit at your machine and start one of the videos.

Sew, Sew Sew!

Rail Fence quilt from Jelly Rolls

4 Patch Block from Jelly Rolls

Doing the laundry can wait!
Let us know which is your favorite project!

Ribbon Blanket and Block

I thought this would make such a cute gift for a new baby. I’ve never had one for any of my babies, (and wouldn’t you know it I’m having a boy so this cute girly one won’t work) but I’ve heard babies just love them. Both are easy and quick to make. Ribbon blanket measures approx. 18 1/2″ square, block is about 4″ square.


6 squares from Hushabye charm pack by Tula Pink.
6 Five inch squares of thin batting (I used Warm and Natural).
12 pieces of different ribbons cut into 5″-6″ pieces.
Your favorite fiber fill or stuffing to fill the finished block.

Ribbon Blanket
16 squares from Hushabye Charm pack by Tula Pink.
1 – 20″ piece of thin batting (I used Warm and Natural).
1 – 20″ coordinating piece of minky fabric.
12 – 16 pieces of different ribbon, cut into 5″ – 6″ pieces.


Step One –
Pick 6 – 5″ square pieces from your Hushabye charm pack.
Cut 6 – 5″ squares from batting
Cut 12 ribbons into 5″ – 6″ pieces.

Step 2 – Layer pieces for sewing. Layer batting, fabric, ribbon pinned in the center, fabric (right sides facing together on fabric pieces), batting and pin.

Step 3 – Measure in 1/2″ on all corners of batting and make a mark. This will need to be done to all pieces of batting.

Step 4 – Starting on the side of the fabric stack that you pinned, start sewing at the 1/2″ mark using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Sew until you get to the next 1/2″ mark on the same side.

Step 5 – Follow steps 2 through five until you have sewn four 5″ squares together with the ribbon pinned in the middle.

Step 5 – Sew the 1st and 4th squares together. Below is how it should look when this is done.

Step 6 – Pin ribbon onto top and bottom of block. Four on the top and four on the bottom.

Step 7 – Open top left corner at the 1/2 mark and pin on 5″ fabric piece and 5″ piece of batting. Next do the same at the top right corner, also pin again where the ribbon is.

Sew across the top starting and stopping at the 1/2″ marks. Next, pin the bottom the same way and sew, and then repeat process on the sides.

It should look similar to this on the corners. Repeat step 7 for the bottom of the block. Be sure to leave a 3″ opening on one of the seams on the bottom so that you can turn the block right side out. Use your favorite type of stuffing and fill block, then hand stitch the opening on the bottom closed.

Ribbon Blanket

Step 1 – Pick 16 of your favorite squares from your charm pack and lay them out how you want them to look.

Step 2 – Sew together one strip at a time, then sew strips together pining at the seams.

Step 3 – Once all blocks are sewn together start pining the ribbon on the out side of the block in the center. On the corners I only used one ribbon, but it would look cute with two also.

Step 4 – Cut your minky fabric and batting to match the size of the top of your blanket. Place right sides of minky fabric and the top of your ribbon blanket together pinning on the seams. Sew around entire blanket leaving about a 4 – 5″ opening on one of the sides so you can turn it right side out.

Step 5 – Using one of your favorite stitches on your machine sew around the entire ribbon blanket, using about 1/2″ seam allowance. I’m not sure I would choose the stitch I used again. You really have to pull the fabric through the machine, and it was hard to make this stitch look uniform.

And ta da, your finished.

A very cute ribbon blanket and ribbon block for your very favorite baby. If you’d like to make one of these for yourself, be sure and come visit my blog. I’m having a giveaway for a free Hushabye Charm pack and enough ribbon and batting to make your very own block or. I think I’ll throw in another surprise charm pack as well. I also have another fun Halloween giveaway going on right now you’ll have to check out.