2 skirts (of different colors) from 2 charm packs.
2 skirts (of different colors) from 2 charm packs.
I’m a mom of twins, a boy and a girl. A friend of mine just had twins herself and I decided it might be fun to find a way to use the same fabric line to make a boy and a girl version quilt. I got the idea for this quilt from a pillow I made for Moda Bake Shop last year. You can see it here, it would be fun to make one to match the quilt using your scraps.
1 Layer Cake: (you can use 1 layer cake for both quilts) I used Tweet Tweet by Keiki
1 yard white fabric per quilt for the center
1 yard fabric per quilt for backing
1/2 yard fabric per quilt for binding
Heat N Bond Lite
Buttons, colored thread to embellish applique
Smiley Monster Font (can be downloaded free)
Sew one of the 3 block strips to the 29 1/2″ side of the white fabric. Repeat by sewing the other 3 block strip to the other side.
Sew the 4 block strips to the other 2 sides of the white block. Press. Trim off excess if necessary.
Quilt as desired. I quilted mine with a walking foot in straight lines approximately 2″ apart.
Using a word processing program and the font Smiley Monster, print your name approx 4″ tall. You may need to make it slightly smaller if you are printing a large name.
Trace the letters backwards onto the slick side of a piece of Heat n Bond Lite. Cut out roughly and iron onto wrong side of fabric. Cut out. You can see photos of my applique method here.
Apply to lower right hand corner of the quilted top approx. 2″ from the bottom border.
Two or three personalized baby quilts from one layer cake.
All fabric is Chez Moi, Hunky Dory
1 Layer Cake
1 Charm Pack
1 Jelly Roll
*note you will not use all of your fabric from each, you’ll have plenty of fabric left over for other projects*
Pearl Head Pins, white and colored
White covered floral wire
5 yards Burlap Upholstery Tape (buy it next to the upholstery tacks at your fabric store)
White Glitter Fun Foam (yep, You read that right!)
Other pins, shapes, colored buttons or pins… it’s up to you!
After you have wrapped your wreath set it aside.
Pick out some charm pack and layer cake pieces that you like. I used 6 layer cake pieces and 8 charm pack pieces for my flowers. I put them in stack of 2 based on color (i.e. 2 blue ones, 2 yellow ones)
Cover the back half of the pieces (you will cut your wonder under to 10×10 or 5×5) of them entirely with wonder under. Peel off the backing and press the other fabric piece to it wrong sides together. This will give you double sided fabric.
At least 3 maybe 4 wreaths if using a layer cake, charm pack and jelly roll.
1 Layer cake, I used Hunky Dory by Chez Moi
1/2 yard fabric for binding
Cotton Batting (I use quilters dream cotton)
2 yds Snuggles for backing
thread to match backing fabric
Applique letters or machine embroidery
Sort your layer cake into piles based on the predominant color. It is very important to pick out all of your layer cake pieces before you start cutting, otherwise you won’t have enough of each color to complete the pattern.
The colors I chose were pinks, creams, yellows, blues, greens.
Save out one layer cake piece that you really like (one with a large or unique print) for your center block.
Set aside 6 each of 3 different colors for your strip blocks.
Set aside 8 blocks of one of your other colors (blue in my case)
Set aside 8 blocks of your last color (green in my example)
Take your 3 strip colors of and begin cutting the layer cake pieces into strips. Cut them to 3 1/3″ wide (leave them 10″ tall for now).
When you are done you should have
18 pink strips
18 creams strips
18 yellow strips.
With the cream in the center, begin sewing the 3 colored strips together, taking care to vary the patterns so that you do not have 2 blocks that are exactly the same.
Press your seams to one side.
Trim your entire block to 9″ x 9″
Repeat until you have 18 sewn blocks.
Take 8 blue blocks and trim them to 9×9. Do the same for your 8 green blocks, and your center feature block.
If desired applique or machine embroidered a name to the center of your center feature piece.
Begin sewing the blocks into rows using the diagram below.
Press seams to one side, alternating each row (example press the seams of all of the odd rows to the right and the seams of all the even rows to the left).
When your quilt top is assembled, cut a piece of cotton batting and your snuggles about 3″ wider on each side than your quilt top.
Using basting spray, assemble your quilt “sandwich”.
With a fabric pen/pencil (something that will wash off) draw diagonal lines on the quilt top according to the diagram above (the dashed lines are your stitching lines).
I chose to use a thread that would match the snuggles but contrast the top of the quilt. Using a walking foot, first quilt a stitch in the ditch down the long side on each side of the center column, then once down the short side on both sides of the center row. This will stabilize your quilt to help prevent stretching as you finish quilting it. Stitch in the ditch the remaining rows/columns of the quilt. (you are quilting around each square).
Then quilt along the diagonal lines you drew.
Bind as desired.
Finished quilt measures: 42″x57″ (after washing)
Hi, My name is Melissa Mortenson, I love all crafts, but my two favorite by far are Scrapbooking and Sewing. In this project I was able to combine both of them. There is a huge trend right now in scrapbooking to use fabric in your book, or to make embellishments out of fabric. When I got this layer cake I thought “funny, I have this scrapbook paper!”… Then I started thinking that the layer cake looked like pages in a book, so I thought, why not make a fabric scrapbook?
A layer cake makes a perfect base for a book!
I added canvas for sturdiness and fun ribbons & embellishments. I even printed words on fabric.
I think this would be perfect for highlights from a baby’s first year, or a grandparents album (nice and soft for little hands) or use Valentine’s themed fabric and make a Love album.
1 Layer Cake, I used Eva by Basic Gray
4 10.5″x10.5″ squares of canvas
Cotton Batting (I used quilters dream cotton)
Heat n Bond Lite or Wonder under
Quilt Basting Spray
Fusible Printable Fabric I used, June Tailor Quick Fuse
Pinking attachment for rotary cutter
Binder rings (I used 1″ but would recommend 2″)
Grunge Board, by Tim Holtz, Buttons, Ribbons, Flowers, and other scrap booking supplies
Digital Scrapbooking elements, mine came from Ali Edwards & House of 3.
Here are a close up of all of my pages. You will want to embellish and construct the pages to your liking, depending on your photos.
I’ll show the photos close up of the pages, then give step by step instructions for constructing each page. Feel free to use whichever “patterns” of pages that you like best.
Insert binder rings and you are done!!
Hi there! It’s Melissa Mortenson from the Polkadot Chair, today I am going to share with you a tutorial for a Christmas Tree Skirt & Runner. I think this is my favorite project for Moda Bake Shop yet.
Do you have a cute little table top Christmas tree? Why not make a quick and easy tree skirt for it? Plus you will have enough fabric left in your honey bun to make this cute table runner to match!
1 Figgy Pudding Honey Bun
1 Moda White Jelly Roll
2 yds white fabric for backing
1/4″ yd. or 1 fat quarter, blue fabric for binding on tree skirt
Heat n Bond Lite
Batting (I used quilters dream cotton)
Very IMPORTANT! Before you begin to sew, if you want to make both the runner and the tree skirt make sure that you pick out all of your fabrics first! Otherwise you might run out of a color that you want.
To begin, you need 11 honey bun strips. You need to set them up in a color pattern that starts in the center and mirrors out to the edges. You want to match rows 1 & 11, 2 & 10, 3 & 9, 4 & 8, 5 & 7 and row 6 will be your center row.
You need them to match because your are going to cut them into triangles, and flip the template after each cut. (if you are confused now, don’t worry just keep reading it will make sense with the photos).
Sew all rows together with 1/4″ seam. Press all seams to one side.
You need to make a template. To do this you need 1, 12×12 piece of scrapbook paper. Cut it to 9×12, find the center of the 9″ side, measure from the center down to the opposidte corners, cut. Repeat for other side. For photo instructions to make the triangle click here (NOTE: your triangle will be 9×12, NOT 6×9 like in the photos)
Next, flip the template 180 degrees. Line up the edge of the template with the cut edge of the fabric strip. Cut out your next piece.
Flip template again and repeat, until you get 9 triangles… (note your last triangle you may be a little short, don’t worry still cut it, that will be the edge piece of your tree skirt).
Arrange your cut pieces into a circle, alternating patterns. (you will have 2 next to each other that are the same pattern, use this as the “seam” or opening of your tree skirt).
Sew pieces together with 1/4″ seam. Leave one seam open, this will be the openeing of your tree skirt.
Cut out center of the skirt, leaving 1″ of the red strip still showing. (if your tabletop tree has a wider trunk, cut a larger hole).
When finished with the embroidery, layer with batting and backing and quilt as desired. I just did a stitch in the ditch.
Cut 6 pieces of ribbon about 10″ long. Pin to opening of tree skirt. Sew in place before you bind it.
Sew on binding, making sure not to catch ribbon in binding.
Now onto the table runner. This runner is LONG. It is 14″x 105″. I wanted a long runner to fit my big table. If you want it shorter just elimante some of the blocks.
From your honeybun, collect 5 strips each of 4 different color ways. I used the blues, greens, reds & browns.
Arrange how you like, and sew togther with 1/4″ seam. Press seam to one side.
1 runner and 1 tree skirt
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
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.
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.
1/4″ wide ribbon
Buttons of various sizes
1 piece of foam core (buy it at your local craft store)
1 package of cork tile squares
I designed my memo board to fit in a 12×16 frame that I already had (I spray painted it to match the fabric). This is the layout that I came up with to fit best in the frame. It seems like you will have extra squares, but you need to have enough give to wrap around the back of the cork and secure to the back of the frame.
Hello! I’m so excited to share this cute pillow with you! Feel free to ask me questions, I’ll be glad to answer them.
Stop by my blog and say hi.
Melissa at http://www.polkadotchair.blogspot.com/
1 Birdie Charm Pack
1/2 yard white fabric OR use a white twin sheet (great way to get a lot of fabric!)
Heat and Bond Light
Warm and Natural Batting
1 button for eye
1 12×16 pillow form
Pink Ric- Rack
Grosgrain Ribbon Ruffle Trim
The finished pillow size will be 12×16.
Cut 1 piece of white fabric to 6.75×10.75.
Since this is a pillow to be used on a bed I just used a white sheet. It’s a great way to get a lot of fabric for cheap!
Next on your computer print out the name you like in a good bulky font. (I used Font Diner Loungy). In your word processing program set the type to outline and print backwards.
Print the name. I like to use a light box to trace it but you can also just use a bright window.
Trace the name onto paper side of Heat and Bond.
Next pick the fabric pieces that you would like the letters on.
Arrange cut letters on white fabric piece. Iron on.
From the charm squares cut 42 strips 1.5 ” x 3″.
Next you will need to quilt your pillow. You can do this to your liking. I used 1 layer of warm and natural and a piece of scrap fabric for the back (since it will not show).
I used a walking foot and did a decorative stitch in each seam. Then quilted wavy lines down the center panel.
To make bird embellishment:
Trace a shape of a bird onto a piece of Heat and Bond. I used a piece of chipboard that I had in my scrapbooking stash. Trace the wing also.
Iron bird onto wrong side of a 2nd piece of fabric. The bird is double sided because you can see the back of it when sewed on the pillow.
(you are pretty much making a warm and natural sandwich… with a piece of fabric on each side)
Stitch around the edge of the bird, as close to the edge as you can.
Cut out bird. Sew on eye.
Pin Bird onto completed pillow top. Stitch though all layers (bird and pillow top) of the bird ONLY on the wing. Stitch around it 3 times to give it a nice dimensional touch.
Sew trim to edges of pillow. Attach back of pillow (also used a sheet) insert pillow form and stitch opening closed.
You will need approximately 20 charm squares for the pillow (depending on how you do your name) so you should be able to get 2 pillows out of one charm pack.
Hi, my name is Melissa Mortenson and I’m very excited to share the tutorial for this fun diaper bag! It is made from 1 charm pack and 1 layer cake… that’s it! No other yardage required … just some interfacing and fusible fleece! I made this for a friend, Angela, thus the name.
I hope you enjoy it! I loved making it. Stop by my blog the polkadot chair and say hi!
1 pkg fabric lamination sheets- I used Heat n’ Bond Iron on Vinyl Matte. It comes in a package and is sold at the fabric store next to the Heat n’ Bond products.
First lay out the pieces for the front and back of the bag.
These are charm pieces. (5″ pre-cut squares)
You will need 8 uncut charms for the front and 8 for the back
You will then need 4 additional charms for the top border.
Stitch together bag front and back pieces.
Next the layer cake pieces. Hold on this one’s a biggie!
Okay now you are going to cut some of your Layer Cake Pieces. SAVE ALL of your scraps. We will use some of them later. (note: in this photo the pieces look to be different lengths, they are not, they are both 10″ long, they just are laid out and not sewn yet that is why they look different)
The side panel of the bags are 8” wide.
Cut the following to 8” wide (do NOT cut the other edge, leave it at 10”)
2 side panels
2 side linings
1 side panel border
1 side panel border lining
Cut 2 side pockets to:
Cut 2 side pocket linings to
Now for bag lining pieces:
Cut front and back lining border- to do this, Cut 1 layer cake piece into
4 pieces each 10”x 2.5” (you can use 2 different patterns if you like, that is what I did)
Now you are ready to start sewing!
Start with the lining:
Sew front lining piece (uncut layer piece) to lining border piece (10×2.5) Press seam up.
Sew 2nd front lining piece to lining border piece. Press seam down.
Matching seams sew 2 lining pieces together. (you will end up with a piece that is approx. 19.5 wide x 12.25 tall)
Repeat for back lining pieces & borders.
Due to seam allowance differences you need to trim the bag front piece (made out of charms earlier) and the lining piece to the same size.
Match centers and lay bag front over bag front lining. Trim excess off bag lining so it is the same size as bag front.
Repeat for back lining and bag back
Sew side lining pieces (8×10) to side lining borders (2.5×8)
Cut a piece of fusible fleece the same size as the pieces and iron on to the following pieces:
2 side panels
2 pockets (8×8) do NOT put fusible fleece on the pocket lining pieces.
Bottom of Bag
Make the outer pockets:
Baste a 8” piece of piping to the top pocket
Pin pocket lining piece to pocket right sides together
With fusible fleece facing up…stitch pocket to lining on the SAME stitching line you used to baste the piping on.
Place pocket on top of side panel. Match edges and baste pocket to side panel
Sew bag front to side panel
Sew same side panel to bag back
Sew 2nd side panel to bag back
Sew bag front to 2nd side panel
(photo shows bag front, 1 side panel and bag back)
You will get something that looks like this:
Next sew bag bottom on. Sew 2 long sides first stopping ¼” from the edges. Then sew short sides.
Next inside pockets.
Repeat the following steps for inside pockets for front & back of bag
Sew 3 pocket pieces together. (uncut layer pieces)
Sew 3 pocket lining pieces together
(photo shows pocket lining side)
Sew inside pocket pieces to pocket lining pieces at top (right sides together)
Press seam open. Turn right side out.
Measuring down ½” from the top of the pocket sew a casing for elastic.
(photo shows pocket side)
Lay pocket onto bag lining
Match side seams centers and bottom.
Form a pleat in the bottom of each pocket so that the top and bottom are the same width
Baste bottom to hold pleats in place. Baste sides.
Making sure to back stitch several times, sew down each panel to divide pocket into 3 separate compartments.
Sew lining front to side lining
Sew lining bottom into lining.
Sew 2 pieces together at short seam. Do this so you have 4 pieces 2”x 19.75
Press seams open
Apply heavy weight fusible interfacing to 2 of the handle pieces.
Sew 1 handle piece (with out interfacing) to one with interfacing. Sewing along one long side. Press seam open. Press raw edge of handle piece under ¼” on both pieces.
Fold in half (wrong sides together) and top stitch down both of the long sides of the handles.
Assemble the bag
Cut a piece of fusible peltex to fit inside of the bottom of the of the bag.
Pin & sew handle to front and back of bag. Sew over handle several times since this is a “stressed” area of the bag. Lining them up with the seam of the 5” squares
Pin & sew ribbon (cut it long, you can trim it later) to front and back centers of bag
On BOTH bag lining piece and bag pieces press under top seam ¼”
Insert peltex into bottom of bag
Put bag lining into bag. Match top seams and pin well. If for some reason the seams do not match up… adjust the side seams so that they do.
Very SLOWLY and carefully… top stitch bag to bag lining. Being careful not to catch the handles or the ribbon in the seams.
Put your iron INSIDE the sewn bag. Iron the inside bottom of the bag to fuse the peltex to bag and bag lining.
Measure the width of your bag. Mine was 17.5. Cut a piece of peltex 17.5×9.5.
Take your 4 matching LC pieces. Sew 2 pieces together forming divider front and and 2 pieces to form back.
Sew divider front piece to divider back (right sides together) piece along 3 sides. (leaving short side open). Press well.
Slide peltex into divider.
Fold raw edge of divider in. Press. Top stitch around all 4 sides of divider.
Place divider inside finished bag. By hand, whip stitch divider into place at the top and bottom corners.
Optional Changing pad: You have enough pieces left over so why not make one? 🙂
Cut 1 layer cake piece into 4 pieces, each 2.5 x 10
Sew to edges of 2 LC pieces.
Sew 2 pieces together and Press .
Laminate using iron on lamination sheets according to package directions.
Place laminated/pieced fabric on top of hand towel. Cut hand towel to size of laminated fabric.
Attach 2 loops of ¼” elastic to top of changing pad. Stitch down and back stitch… (these pop off easily if not stitched down properly)
Whip stitch opening closed.