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Festive Fabric Baskets

Festive Fabric Baskets

Who doesn’t need a festive fabric basket? These adorable baskets can be used to create a fun gift basket or to use as decoration throughout your home during the holiday season! Or, just change up the fabrics and make them to use all year-round!

This festive fabric basket project was originally found on the Husqvarna Viking website and the project sheet can be downloaded here. (We didn’t include the project in the text of this site at this time because of the diagrams that were included.)

Monogrammed Holiday Towels

Monogrammed Holiday Towels

Monogrammed holiday towels are a great way to personalize your holiday gifts! These towels are quick and easy to put together! Spell names or even your favorite holiday words and have a fun and functional gift in no time!

This project was originally designed to do on the Baby Lock Destiny II but you can alter it to use practically any embroidery machine.

Materials:

  • Flour sack towels 24” x 38”
  • Christmas colored fat quarters
  • Madeira ® sewing and embroidery thread
  • Tear – Away Stabilizer
  • Baby Lock Positioning Stickers

Tools:

  • Baby Lock ® Destiny II Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Steps:

  1. From the flour sack towels, cut three pieces that measure 18” x 24”.
  2. Set up the machine for sewing.
  3. Hem the two long sides and one short end. Fold the ends in ¼” and press. Fold in again ¼” and press. Top stitch close to the edge on all three edges. Set the stitch length to 3.00.
    1. Repeat for the other two towels.
  4. From the three Christmas fat quarter fabrics , cut three sections that measure 18” x 8 ½” . Turn under ½” on one of the 18” edges and press.
  5. With right sides together, place the unfolded edge on the Christmas fabric to the unhemmed flour sack towel edge.
    1. Sew the two together using a ½” seam allowance.
    2. Press the seam toward the Christmas print fabric. Fold the opposite edge of the Christmas fabric to the back side with the folded edge even with the seam line.
    3. Pin in place.
    4. Top stitch on the right side of the towel.
  6. To determine the placement for the letters, measure 3 ½” up from the top edge of the flour sack fabric and place a Baby Lock Positioning Sticker.
  7. Set the machine up for embroidery. Hoop the tear-away stabilizer in the 200mm x 200mm along with the towel. Center the cross-mark on the Position Sticker in the center of the hoop.
  8. Click on the letter that you wish to embroider on the towel. These letters are about 6 ” tall. In the sample, the word “JOY” was used.
  9. To ensure the design is centered, in the Edit field click on the Positioning icon. The machine will scan the area inside the hoop and position the letter so that it lines up the sticker.
  10. Embroider the letter. Remove the towel from the hoop. Repeat for the remaining towels.

This monogrammed holiday towel project was originally found on the Baby Lock website. To view the original project, please click here. The project was created by Diane Kron for Baby Lock.

Pieced Hot Pad

Pieced Hot Pad

This pieced hot pad project is perfect to keep in your arsenal in case you ever find yourself needing a last minute gift. Only have a short amount of time before you need to go to a party and realize you didn’t pick up a hostess gift? Instead of stopping by the grocery store to pick up a plant, toss this project together for a more personal gift!

Although it was created for a serger, you can alter this project just a bit to make it on a sewing machine.

Materials:

  • Four spools of Madeira® Aerolock thread to match fabrics
  • Two spools of Madeira® Decora 6 (decorative thread) to complement fabrics
  • One spool of Madeira® Aerofil Polyester sewing thread
  • Six 2” x 10” strips of several different fabrics
  • One 9” square of fabric for the backing
  • One 1.75” x 6” strip for the hot pad loop
  • Two 9” squares of Insul-Bright insulated lining/batting
  • Large-eye needle

Tools:

  • Serger
  • Serger Clear Foot
  • Sewing machine
  • Optional: walking foot is helpful when quilting

Steps:

  1. Set your serger up for a 4-Thread Overlock stitch with a 2.5mm stitch length and the smallest width (for a ¼” seam allowance) with serger thread.
  2. Line up your 2” strips in the order that you want. Place the first 2 (pretty sides) together and run them through your serger next to the blade, not clipping any fabric.
  3. Press your seam towards the darker fabric and continue stitching the next strip to the previous one until all 6 strips are serged together. Square up your fabric to 9” x 9”.
  4. Change your serger stitch width to the widest width. Layer the two layers of Insul-bright together and serge around the entire square, cutting off 1/8” from each edge.
    1. Stitching the Insul-Bright together will make it easier later and will also allow the serger stitch and fabric to completely conceal the Insul-Bright batting.
    2. I also put a couple sewing machine basting stitches throughout the middle of the 2 layers of the Insul-Bright to hold them together.
  5. Take your 6” strip and fold pretty sides together along the length of the strip. Serge the long raw edges together.
    1. Then turn right-side-out with a skinny loop turner and press.
  6. Layer your backing, your Insul-Bright and your topping. Using a sewing machine, with your needle in the center position (and a walking foot if desired).
    1. Stitch in the ditch along the seams of the quilt-pieced top. Then, stitch ¼” from the edge and around the perimeter of the square to hold everything in place.
  7. Using the same 4-Thread Overlock stitch with the widest stitch width and 2.5mm-3mm stitch length, place your Madeira Decora 6 spools in the Upper and Lower Loopers.
    1. You may need to use a thread cradle for these thicker threads to pass through the loopers. Stitch out on some test fabric before stitching on your project.
    2. When using decorative threads on a serger, slow down and take your time. If you are having trouble with the quality of the stitch, you may need to adjust and loosen the looper tensions.
  8. Serge three sides, the right side first, then the bottom, followed by the left side of the hot pad, saving the top side for last and leaving long thread tails at the beginning of each.
  9. On the final side, take the hot pad loop and place the right side down on the top left corner (aligning raw edges) and stitch with your sewing machine about ¼” in.
    1. Then, loop the other side of the loop down and around to the back (right side of loop facing right side of backing, not twisted).
    2. You may need to adjust the loop to the size you like by pinning it and flipping it up to see if you like it.
    3. Once you have the loop size that you desire, flip the loop back down, right sides together and lined up where the front part of the loop is stitched and sew in place.
  10. Without clipping your loop, serge along your fourth and final side of your hot pad, leaving a long thread tail at the beginning and end of this serge.
  11. Take a large-eyed needle and thread your serger tails into the serger stitch (tunnel through the backside of the stitch) on the hot pad about 1-1.5” and cut off excess.
    1. This will lock your serger ends into place without causing any fraying of your thread.
  12. And finally, flip your loop up and you’re done!

This pieced hot pad project was originally found on the Baby Lock website. To view the original project, please click here. This project was created by Stephanie Struckmann for Baby Lock.

Quilted Tree Ornaments

Quilted Tree Ornaments

What’s a group of holiday projects without an ornament? These adorable quilted tree ornaments can be made in no time at all! You can have a whole forest of them before you know it!

These ornaments are an easy way to clean out the scrap basket and create an easy Christmas gift. These mini ornaments are perfect for hanging on the tree or decorating gifts and presents! Draw your own pattern so you can determine the size of your ornaments, and you’ll have enough to decorate your holiday home in no time!

Materials:

  • Free-handed tree pattern
  • Thread
  • Woven Fabric Scraps
  • Felt Square
  • 10” Ribbon
  • Pinking Sheers

Tools:

  • Sewing Machine

Steps:

  1. Using the felt square as the backer, place your first scrap print side up. Position your second scrap print side down. The two scraps will be right sides together.
  2. Straight stitch strips of fabric in place. Turn the top layer of fabric over and finger press flat. Repeat until you have a large enough patchwork for your desired shape.
  3. Add decorative stitching in contrasting thread.
  4. Trace and cut out your shape. I used pinking sheers.
  5. Fold ribbon in half and insert at the top edge between the backer felt and scrap layers.
  6. Straight stitch all around to keep the ribbon and fabric in place.
    1. Reduce or enlarge tree outline as desired. Ornament pictured is approximately 4” tall.

This quilted tree ornament project was originally found on the Baby Lock website. You can view the original post here. Project created by Heather Valentine for Baby Lock.