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Capes and capelets are so cute and fashionable for fall! Sew one for yourself or your daughter (or grand-daughter or friend...)
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As winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, it's the perfect time to upcycle an old sweater or two for a stylish bag! Here are a few I found from around the web!
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Cute little totes for gifts or small items, made from 2 fat quarters of 44" wide fabric. These totes are quite easy and quick to make. Follow the picture tutorial below and let me know if you have any questions or if anything is confusing.
A few notes to start:
The straps are made with excess fabric from each fat quarter. I used the selvedge edge of one fat quarter for the inner side of one strap. This works as a design decision with Circa 50 fabrics because the selvedge is very wide (see below). On a typical fabric, the sevedge may be smaller and will be folded into the strap.
Let's get started!
Hanging on a Chair:
On a 9-year-old's Shoulder:
For last minute handmade gifts!! A fairly easy scarf with ruffle trim. The only reason I say "fairly" is because the ruffle requires a small amount of gathering, which isn't hard but is sometimes frustrating. However, there are only two small ruffles, so the gathering isn't very time-consuming. This scarf is made on one side with organic cotton gingham fabric and the other side soft, medium-heavy weight organic cotton flannel. It is super-soft and incredibly warm!
The dimensions of this scarf are such that you can make 4 scarves from exactly 2 1/2 yards of 44" wide fabric with no waste. Hmmmm, multiple Christmas gifts? See diagram below!
You will need:
:: For 4 scarves: 2 1/2 yards 44" wide cotton fabric (I used yarn-dyed organic gingham - advantage: no wrong side!) For one scarf: 1 3/4 yards of 44" fabric (you will have extra fabric) or 1/2 yard of 60" fabric
:: 1 1/2 yards med-heavy weight 59" flannel (I used un-dyed organic cotton)
:: Thread, needle, sewing machine, scissors, etc
Cut gingham fabric according to diagram above. (Note: the cutting diagram is assuming you plan to make 4 scarves, cut accordingly if you plan to make one)
Cut flannel fabric into 4 pieces, 11" x 59" each. (Assuming you are making 4 scarves, cut accordingly if you plan to make one)
Fold each ruffle piece (22" x 7.5" pieces) in half legthwise, right sides together, and press. Sew along each short side with a 3/8" seam allowance. Turn right side out. You will have 2 ruffle pieces for each scarf you make.
Sew gathering stitches along one long side of the ruffle piece (the non-folded side). Gather to 11". Repeat with other ruffle(s).
Find great instructions on gathering here: The Handmade Dress: Little Gathering Tutorial (video)or here: Tinylicious: Tiny Tutorial: Easy Gathering (photos & instruction)
Lay scarf piece right side up and place one ruffle on each short end. Align raw edge of ruffles with edge of scarf. Pin and sew using a 3/8" seam allowance, keeping gathering stitches inside the seam allowance.
Hint: use your seam ripper to help guide gathered material through the sewing machine.
Repeat with other side(s).
Pin ruffles to side as shown above to prevent them from getting caught up in the seams. Lay flannel scarf piece on gingham scarf, right sides together. Pin. Sew around scarf using a 3/8" seam allowance, checking and double checking that the ruffles are not getting caught up in the seams when sewing near the ends. Leave a 6" gap on one long side. When sewing the short ends, place the stitches from the ruffle inside the seam allowance, even if it means creating a bigger seam allowance, for a clean and professional look.
Turn scarf right side out. Hand stitch the gap closed. Admire your work and keep warm :)
Green Craft Magazine is published by arts and craft magazine publisher, Stampington & Company, so you know it will be chock full of stunning and artistic craft projects. Here is a little sampling of some of the sewing projects from the Autumn 2011 edition. There are also fantastic non-sewing projects as well. I'm in love with that clutch made from an old tea-towel calendar. How clever! Find more information on the Green Craft Autumn 11 web page.
Alegria is the newest organic cotton fabric collection from Cloud9 Fabrics. Designed by artist Geninne D. Zlatkis of Geninne's Art Blog, Alegria mean Happiness in Spanish. Expect to see this beautiful collection in January or February of 2012.
Honestly, this looks like the type of fabric that would be difficult to cut into! I might get it just to sit and stare at!
You can find me over at Skip To My Lou with a tutorial on how to sew fabric coasters! This is, of course, a really easy and quick project - perfect for a hostess gift for the upcoming holiday season. My tutorial is a part of the Holiday Sew Along being hosted by Skip To My Lou. There's a different sewing tutorial every day! And the Holiday Sew Along is a part of the Holiday Bake Craft and Sew Along, where you can find craft and food ideas every day as well. Go here to see what's been posted so far!
My fabric coasters are reversible and made with Daisy Janie's Shades of Grey organic fabric collection. The solid grey is an organic shirting fabric from Bishopston Trading Company. The peach fabric is an organic cambric from Adya International. I received the Daisy Janie fabric complimentary to be used in an upcoming post for another blog, but had some left and decided to make these coasters with it. The other fabrics are left overs from my old shop.
I'm working on two projects that will be revealed on different blogs within the next week or two. So I can only show sneaky peeks right now. What are you working on?
Birch Fabrics is releasing a large collection of "basics" printed on organic cotton fabric. The prints include solids, dots, abacus, birds and elephants in a variety of color palettes. This collection is expected in stores in January.
Betz White has designed a new, organic cotton fabric collection for Robert Kaufman called Stitch. It is due in shops in November. From Betz:
Stitch is inspired by all types of stitchers and the beautiful handiwork created by them. ... Stitches and textures from crochet, embroidery and crewelwork and more are interpreted as bold and graphic motifs.
A new organic cotton fabric collection from Birch Fabrics. Commute, as the name implies, features various modes of transportation with a gender-neutral color palette. The designs are sophisticated enough to work for older children as well as in the nursery. Expect to see this collection in stores in January 2012.
Amy Butler's Organic Soul collection is now available in fabric stores. It is a lovely collection that is derived and rescaled from some of the prints from her Soul Blossoms collection. The fabrics are printed on 100% certified organic cotton using low impact inks and dyes. This collection is a really beautiful addition to the organic fabric marketplace.
(all inspiration photos above from Amy Butler's website)
I'm just finishing up a little mini-vacation with family, so I thought I'd post a picture of some pretty fabric until I return to my regular blog-posting schedule (tomorrow). This stack has some Shades of Grey organic cotton fabric by Daisy Janie, some organic cotton shirting fabric from Bishopston Trading Company and herbal-dyed organic fabric from Adya International.
We have nothing against China, India, or any other country, and if we lived in India we would be encouraging the development of a local sustainable fabric industry. We simply believe in the ... local sustainable fabric industry; we think the environment, the economy, and consumers all benefit when fabric isn't shipped around the world three and four times before it ends up in the US to be sold.
All fabrics sold on our American Grown•Spun•Milled site meet the following criteria unless expressly noted in the fabric's description:
- The fabric is made from certified-organic fibers
- The organic fibers from which the fabric is made are grown in America
- The fibers are processed (spun into "yarn," which is very different from knitting yarn) in America, in an eco-friendly fashion
- The yarn is milled, that is, woven or knit into fabric, in America
- Any finishing (dyeing. flannelling, etc) also takes place in America
We try to contain all the various steps within as small a geographic area as possible. The majority of US organic cotton is currently planted in Texas; from there it's a fairly short trip, using established transportation systems, to the Carolinas and thereabouts, where most of the fabric creation (the spinning, milling, and finishing) takes place. Rest assured that as innovation makes it possible for other parts of our system to be further streamlined, we will eagerly take advantage of any such options.
Find out more information and see the fabrics on their website.
More organic fabric! There really can't be enough, in my opinion. Robot Factory by Caleb Gray for Robert Kaufman is due to hit shops in October. There is also a blue color palette, see the entire collection here.
It's true! This really is an easy and fast quilted throw! Perfect for beginners who feel a bit intimidated about quilting, or for the more experienced who want to put something together super-quick! This quilt utilizes the "pillow-case" method of binding, so there are no bias strips to make. Please note, however, this method of binding quilts is best only for small quilts like throws and baby blankets.
The 3-2-1 Quilted Throw is made with organic fabrics and organic batting. I used fabric from the My Happy Garden collection by Cloud9 Organics. (Found at Modern Organic Fabrics Shop)
~My Happy Garden organic cotton fabric as follows:
~Organic cotton batting:
Approximately 40" x 50" (cut a little large, will be cut to size when the front is finished)
~Rotary cutter & cutting mat (or scissors)
~masking or painter's tape
~sewing machine (or needle & thread)
***1/4 inch seam allowances are used, unless stated otherwise***
Cut pieces for quilt front. Do not cut back to exact size yet.
With right sides together, pin Speckle Sky and Toadstools together on one short side and stitch. Place Flock on Toadstools, right sides together, pin and stitch on short side.
With right sides together, pin Meadow and Speckle Sun together and stitch on one short side.
Place each column on the batting in it's approximate finished spot. Remove the 3-piece column and the 1-piece column. Pin the 2-piece (middle) column to batting.
Stitch the middle row to the batting by stitching around the edge.
Place the 1-piece column right side down on the 2-piece column. Pin and stitch long sides together (you are also stitching it to the batting).
Flip the 1-piece column back, pin wrong side to batting. Stitch around edge.
Place the 3-piece column face down on the 2-piece column. Pin and stitch long sides together (you are also stitching it to the batting).
Flip the 3-piece column back, pin wrong side to batting. Stitch around edge.
Trim the batting to the quilt top. Make sure the quilt edges are straight and corners are squared up, trim if necessary.
Tape the backing fabric to a table or the floor right side up. Place the quilt top right side down on the backing and pin. Trim the backing to same size as top, keep quilt pinned together.
Stitch front and back together, leaving a 4-inch opening on one short side.
Trim the corners. Turn quilt inside-out and use a dull, pointed instrument (such as a chopstick) to turn out corners.
Press edges. Sew opening closed (the best way is to hand sew it closed).
Sew around edge of quilt using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
You can be finished, if you'd like. This quilt is small enough that you don't have to quilt the back. However, this is a great little quilt to practice some machine quilting. I used a walking foot on my machine and stitched random diagonal lines.
Wash the quilt in cold water with a mild, eco-friendly detergent. Hang dry, or put in the dryer on low heat.
If you've been looking for an organic cotton fabric collection with a nature theme, Timeless Treasures may have what you're looking for. Love A Tree organic fabric collection will be nice for those marketing towards the "nature" and environmentalist crowd. I don't think it has been released to shops yet, so keep your eyes open for it.
Today, a look at comfy, cozy organic cotton quilts.
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