Welcome Sew-Along Friends, we get to sew this week! Today I have the pattern pieces, cutting list and tutorial so you can finish your first Quiet Book page. I remember feeling a great sense of excitment, accomplishment and beginning when I finished my first page and I hope you will feel the same once we are finished this page. It’s all going to proceed a lot faster now and we’ll be finishing up a page every 2 or 3 weeks!
Here is my finished Sew-Along page, beside the original quiet book page for comparison. Ready? Let’s go!
You will need:
- 1 Small Safety Pin
- Thread: 4 colours that match your cloud, sun, house and grass fabric
- your normal sewing gear, including a ruler and iron
- House Page Pattern Pieces (click to download the pdf)
- Week 2 Shopping List items
- Download and print the pattern pieces pdf on letter size (8.5″ x 11″) or A4 paper. Important:Make sure scaling is set to ”None” or “Actual Size” when printing. Once you have printed the page, measure the 1″ test square (it should measure 1″ in both directions) to ensure the pattern pieces will be the correct size.
- When you are sewing this book it is good to remember that some of the edges will be covered after the book is completed and sewn together. 1/2″ on the top edge of your page and 3/4″ on each side edge will not show in the final project. The illustration below shows these edges.
- Remember to use your iron liberally when you are sewing this book. It is going to be a work of art when you are done! Since it is thick and some of the pages will not be iron-able once you are finished with them it is advisable to take all of the care you can to remove wrinkles so they are not accidentally permanent in your final book.
- Check your printed pattern page for a cutting list of all pieces you will need to complete this page.
- Pre-wash (if possible, a baby might be chewing on this book!) and iron your fabric well before beginning.
- If you are cutting the cloud shape out of fur it is easiest to trace the pattern piece on the back of your fur fabric and then cut it out. BE SURE to trace the pattern piece upside down so it is facing the correct direction when it is turned over.
- Cut your pieces according to the list on the pattern page. If possible, cut the pieces that require fusible web/interfacing together with the webbing/interfacing. This will make them exactly the same size and it will be easier to iron them later.
Applique the Sun: (24) Change your thread to match the sun fabric and use the same satin stitch to finish the rounded edge of the sun.
Applique the House: (25) Change your thread to match your house. Begin stitching around the house in the centre of the right side of the roof. (26) Continue stitching around the house shape until you reach the top of the door. Open the door to avoid stitching over it by accident. (27) Make sure to stitch as close as you can get to the door without stitching over it. (28) Raise your presser foot with the needle in the fabric and close the door. (29) Turn the corner as usual and continue stitching down the left side of the door and around the house until you reach where you started. (30) Brush the cloud fur (if using) to one side while stitching next to it. See the photo below for a finished view of the house applique.
Satin Stitch the Grass: (31) Change your thread to match the grass. Satin stitch along the edge between the grass and the sky. Stop and re-start stitching to avoid the areas where the house and the grass are already satin stitched together. You will need to open the door to stitch that area. (32) See the photo below for a finished view of the grass stitching.
Apply the Cap Snap: (33/34) Choose the location for your snap carefully and apply it following your manufacturer’s directions. I generally place mine on the far right, centred top to bottom so it looks like a door knob. Please take care when attaching the snap. If it is not attached properly and a child is chewing on the page it may become loose and create a choking hazard.
Finish with the Ribbon: (35) Use your small safety pin to attach the ribbon to your finished page. Since this is a long Sew-Along you would hate to lose it!
Finished! How do you feel?! Put your page somewhere safe or leave it out for a while where you can see it. I’m keeping all of my Quiet Book things together in one of my many handmade bags that doesn’t get nearly enough use. It’s really handy to have it all together.
See you again next week!
When I started this blog I figured I would eventually tidy up my space enough to let you see where I work. After all, I’m always super curious about where other people sew, naturally I think some of you might be too! Since my machine went in for maintenance earlier this year I caught a break and a little time and I was able to clean and clear out the whole space. I have also discovered while looking at these photos that I love colour, comfort and being able to see everything. Just in case that wasn’t already obvious. (hee hee!) It’s interesting because I spend a lot of time making the other parts of my house as minimalist and simplistic as possible. I likely have too much to say about my space, so I hope you are okay with a bit of a novel today. I edited it down to this – really!
My husband and I share this 10 x 10 ft room. We used to take up space in the basement, with some of the kids toys and our TV. Since we both work from home we decided about a year ago that it was healthier to have a door on our work space. That way we could make our basement and main floor into a relaxing space instead of being reminded of work every time we were in them. After much discussion with the girls (who agreed it would be fun to move in together) we bought bunk beds for them and took over this little “nursery room” on our third floor. The result has been a much better home/work balance – so nice! It’s been especially nice that I’ve been able to keep my space clean for a month now, amazing for my husband who takes up only a little more than 3 square feet of one corner of the space and likes to work in a clean environment!
My desk is actually a mash-up of 2 Ikea Expedit shelving units along with some hollow core doors from our hardware store. Somewhere out in blog-land is the wonderful woman who suggested using a door for an inexpensive table-top and I will be forever grateful – if I could only find her again! We have cut the doors into multiple pieces and mounted the centre one on two Ikea table legs. The back of each door is screwed into one long 9 ft pre-primed piece of mdf that holds the whole thing together. Quite a feat in a small room, but it’s so heavy it doesn’t have a chance of falling apart! One day I will paint the edges of the doors, and maybe the tops too, but since it is a work-space the chances are slim on that one. This also means the counter is table height and I mostly sew standing up. I love the freedom I feel to move around, iron things when needed and generally feel more active.
The side wall holds my favorite framed book cover – the Singer Sewing Book from 1972. Another one of my husband’s grandmother’s things I was lucky enough to acquire. Eventually the frame will be painted – maybe black? I’ve also hung my thread holder and a drawing of a sewing machine that my oldest made, probably 2 years ago now! This wall is also where I try to stay organized and the clipboards hold my schedule and thoughts in check. They are move-able so I can take them down for scheduling and then put them back up as needed.
Stash much? As much as I love fabric, surprisingly I don’t have more than one shelf length of gorgeous quilting cottons! All my fabric is folded onto boards as mini-bolts and shelved on this bookcase I found my local Re-Store for only $20. It sits in the room’s closet space, though we have removed the closet door. It was pretty dark in there and the colour matching wasn’t going so well! Everything is loosely arranged in rainbow colour order. Flannel/Canvas on the top shelf. Quilting cottons and fleece on the 2nd shelf. The third shelf is dedicated to apparel fabrics and the 4th is for knits, though I ran out of room on this one and had to start a basket on the floor! The bottom shelf holds fabrics that I have rolled up because I have lots of them, and all of my interfacing, batting and fusible web. Outside of the shelving I’ve got rolled up vinyl to the right and my ironing board and iron are stored on the left wall. I’ve also got a bin for things I have made that don’t have a purpose yet. What do you do with “extra” projects? Do you have any?
The top of the closet holds the clothing I want to re-purpose, stuffing and all of my daughters’ flannel receiving blankets that I hope to one day make something from. Oh, and you get to see the lovely colour the walls were when we moved into our house. Very “unisex nursery yellow”.
The back of the door is right next to the closet and opposite my sewing area. I’ve hung the artwork my mom made me and I keep some sewing projects there. Especially my cargo duffle, which is really one of my most favorite projects that I have made to date. I think the artwork was meant for my kitchen, but I love it here, it reminds me of my family (my parents live quite far away in Texas) and the saying is so true. I need to be reminded that keeping a clean house is not worth the effort sometimes!
Back to the desk area then? I’ve got so many bins and containers here it’s pretty crazy, but they all have a purpose. The flowered tins hold my scissors and seam ripper, camera, miscellaneous receipts and my calculator – among other things. The blue box was my grandmother’s and I have an office divider to hold all of my rulers. Inspiration and my Canadian Online Fabric Store business cards are kept on the bulletin board I made at least 7 years (and no blog) ago that just happens to perfectly match the wall, I must like that colour!
The bottom shelf holds all of my re-purposed 80 oz pickle jars, and the jars hold everything from ribbons and elastic to zippers and Velcro. I’m slowly expanding my book collection and I’m excited to hopefully pull off a top from the Stylish Dress Book soon… we’ll see!
The top shelf is saved for storing my girls’ quilts-in-progress and my fat quarters are stored in a shelf that used to hold diapers and nursery items. I’ve also put up some pretty things, ribbon and my selvage jar, which will one day become useful and make itself into something!
Last but not least it’s my sewing machine. It’s not fancy, but it does everything I need it to and I love working with it. I’ve also got my favorite cartoon character to stare me down while I sew – Marvin the Martian is hilarious. I’m not sure why I like him so much, but it was a bit of an obsession when I was just out of high school and I may or may not have 3 stuffed ones hiding in the girls’ closet (one of them as tall as my kids!). The handsome face on my bulletin board is my husband, such a fun Instagram pic he posted I had to print it out.
That’s about it I think. I’ve got baskets of scraps and drawers with fabric paints, pencils and bias tape makers under my machine. One dedicated to all of my patterns tucked neatly into dollar store yellow envelopes. Too many bins of projects waiting to be finished hiding everywhere and of course more thread and tracing paper too. More things than you would ever care to read about I’m sure!
I’m such a curious person – where do you hide/keep all of your things? As I sew more I wonder where and how people without a dedicated room keep their stuff. Of course, if I didn’t collect projects so easily I would have less stuff, something to think about!
I hope you enjoyed the tour. I’d love to hear about your space. Do tell!
I’m calling it – I’m officially BACK and not sick at all! Even if I’m not, maybe acting like it will force the last tiny germs to take flight? (I think I can hear their little voices yelling as they run away right now. Yep – that’s them… I think… )
I figured an easy something cozy was finally in the works this morning and I got to finish up my plans for my lovely infinity scarf from last year. Turns out I could make it, but I couldn’t make it comfortable, or “not wrinkly” or easily look good. All three things being important parts of my usual wardrobe – though I do tend to hold lightly to the wrinkly bit. The scarf just frustrated me until I saw something at one of my local stores that I figured might help.
Someone had the brilliant idea to attach a light linen-weight scarf to the side of a chunky knit scarf. Two-for-One. Perfection! You CAN have cozy and a pretty print at the same time. So I folded up my lovely piece of Liberty and un-stashed my perfect shade of light coral-ly pink knit and then they sat… for months… until today. It was finally the perfect project to do when feeling slightly under the weather. Lots of pins and a couple of straight lines of sewing can’t be messed up easily, and thankfully for me it went well. I decided to encase the pre-hemmed Liberty fabric edges with the knit, sort of like self-binding a quilt.
Now the whole thing is even more super-soft and has a bit more weight, so it lays better when I put it on. It is also a perfect weight for a warmer winter day, and I can imagine it being a perfect early-spring jacket scarf. I might even take it into the Fall knowing me, colour knows no season over here. White belts year-round for everyone! (Within reason of course!)
Anyone else feel like they go through winter hiding in scarves and trying to forget that it’s -15 degrees (Celcius) outside? I’m not a winter person and was definitely super glad to go inside after the photos!
Welcome back to Week 2! We get to find the fabric for our first page today. I’m excited to have some of you along for the Flickr ride and many more pinning the Sew-Along on Pinterest. A couple of other exciting things have happened since Week 1′s post.
- If you missed the Flickr invite you can find out more in this tutorial on how to join Flickr. We’ve got a group page for updates and photos so we can all sew-along together.
- I’ve created a specific page for the Sew-Along – just click “Sew-Along” at the top of this website. It will detail all of the information you need to know to sew with us and help you keep track with a full post list as they are published. (Including buttons and ideas for sharing your book.)
The first page we will make together is the same one I started the book with when I made the original – the House page with the peek-a-boo snap door. I love the mismatchiness of the sky and stripey/paisley house on this page. My new page is going to be a tad more “civil” looking, but still with a three-tiered sky. (Cohesive Look Sewers Note: You will not need your cohesive page fabric for this page.)
Before I go into the details – here is your scrappy shopping list for Week 2. (Click the list, Print it, Find your fabrics!) If you have a large scrap bin it is likely that you won’t need to by any fabric this week. This page is made up of small pieces of your favorite scraps. (Don’t forget to read the other details below so you don’t miss any information!)
For each of these fabric pieces I have given you a scrap size that is larger than you will need EXCEPT for the fussy-cut peek-a-boo scrap that hides behind the door. This piece needs to be cut carefully because the snap you apply will cover part of the fabric – take a look at the page photo above and make sure your fussy-cut scrap has a “snap space” on the centre right side. You don’t want your elephant to end up with a snap for a tusk like mine did!
All of these fabrics (except the cloud fabric) should be quilting cotton weight to get the best look for this page. If the fabrics are too thick they will not work well when they are layered together. Match the fabric’s number in the photo with the description below for more detail. As you can see, I stitched the grass together from lots of small scraps to make a piece of fabric large enough to use, be creative!
- Matching ribbon for the “tab” on the side of this page: 3.5″ long (any width)
- Fussy-cut peek-a-boo scrap:2 1/4″ wide by 3 1/2″ high
- Note: 1/4″ on each side of this fussy-cut piece will be hidden under the house edges and will not show
- Sun: 3″ square
- Cloud: 4″ wide by 3″ high
- can be made from fleece, fun fur or similar ” fuzzy cloud-like” fabric
- Sky: 3 pieces each 10″ wide by 3″ high OR 1 piece 10″ wide by 7″ high
- House: 5″ wide by 6″ high
- Door: 4 1/2″ wide by 4″ high
- Grass: 10″ wide by 4″ high
You will also need a few other things for this page. Again, match up the numbers with the descriptions below for more detail.
- Cap Snap: You will need 1 snap.
- Use any type of snap, as long as it has a cap you can attach to the front of the door to look like a door knob.
- Also make sure it can be opened by small fingers, some snaps are heavy duty and can’t be opened by a child.
- Door Interfacing: 1 piece 4 1/2″ wide by 4″ high, medium weight fusible interfacing (you have this from your Week 1 shopping list)
- Page Interfacing: 1 piece exactly 9″x9″ square, medium weight fusible interfacing (you will have this from your Week 1 shopping list)
- Fusible Web: 1 piece each sized the same as the cloud, house, sun and fussy-cut peek-a-boo pieces noted in the fabric list
- I recommend using Steam-A-Seam 2 Fusible Web from the Warm Company.
That’s it for this week! Have fun finding your fabrics. I’ve made a spot for mine in my handy Cynthia Frenette Pouch so they won’t get lost before I stitch them together. I had to fussy-cut my peek-a-boo fabric twice, so I learned… boo! I will provide pattern pieces for cutting next week and we will also sew the whole thing together. As usual, please let me know if you have any questions: email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment.
So, I’m been sick, which is a bit of an understatement. Especially for my husband who has been AMAZING and has run our house for about 5 days straight now while I lay on the couch. Thankfully after a lovely IV from Emerg last night I am hydrated and (more) ready to get feeling better.
I did have a burst of energy on Sunday and so I managed to make a new winter hat for my oldest – not sure it was a smart decision, but it got finished anyhow. I was rewarded with a very pleased 6 year old who refused to take her hat off on Monday, and wore it all the way until bedtime. Way to make me feel good! That is what sewing is about. She told me that she loves her hat, but it was the fact that I made it for her that she likes the most. (Tears anyone? Maybe that’s my sickly self speaking!)
It is a pretty simple construction method that I have used in the past to make this pink one. The “cat” part of the hat is interpretive, since now that I have made it I’m not sure if it looks like the intended cat or maybe a squirrel or an (ever popular) fox?! Either way my daughter is most definitely convinced it is a cat! Which is good, thankfully. The whole thing is fleece and goes together pretty quickly. I decided not to photograph it as I sewed due to obvious reasons on Sunday, but I will gladly make another if someone would like a tutorial.
Hooray! Our Quiet Book Sew-Along now has a Flickr group to hold all of your progress photos! I debated a link system on each post, but I think this will work better and it has bigger pictures, so we can see all of your hard work better! (I know there are mixed feelings on Flickr, but it seemed best seeing as how both blogger and non-blogger friends have joined up and it will be easier for the non-bloggers to use Flickr to share their work.)
If you already use Flickr you can access the Quiet Book Sew Along group here.
If you don’t have a Flickr account it is easy to set up, join the group and add photos. I’ve written out the steps, so you have no excuses – kidding! In reality, I was frustrated the first time I tried to join a Flickr group, so I thought it would only be fair to let you know how if I was going to invite you over!
Step 1: Go to Flickr and create yourself an account.
Step 2: Once you are in, click on the “Communities” menu item. Choose “Search Groups”.
Step 3: Type “Quiet Book Sew Along” into the search bar and press “Search”.
Step 4: Click the small “Join?” text under the Thread Riding Hood “Quiet Book Sew-Along” Group.
Step 5: It will ask you if you really want to join. Click “Join This Group”!
Step 6: You’re In! Now to add Photos… Click the white button that says “+ Add Photos” next to the title.
Step 7: Click “Upload Something Now”.
Step 8: Drag & Drop your photos onto the screen or select “Choose photos and videos” to find them on your computer.
Step 9: Name and caption your photo by clicking on the text.
Step 10: Add your photo to the “Quiet Book Sew-Along” group by clicking “Add to groups” on the left menu bar.
Step 11: Choose “Quiet Book Sew-Along” in your groups list and click the “Done” button at the bottom of the box.
Step 12: You should now have a little Red and the Wolf button under “Groups” indicating the photo will be added to that group.
Step 13: Look at the top right hand side of the screen to find the “Upload Photo” button. Click it to save your photo.
Step 14: Flickr will double-check that you are sure. Click “Upload to Photostream”.
Step 15: You should now be in your main screen with your uploaded photo(s).
Step 16: To get back to the “Quiet Book Sew-Along” group page click “Communities”-”Groups List” on the menu bar.
Step 17: Select the “Quiet Book Sew-Along” group button.
Step 18: Comment and favorite all of the amazing Quiet book page progress!
That’s all there is to it! Hope the little tutorial helped inspire you to share your book. Come on over and join. It’ll take you about 10 minutes but you’ll be using it until the end of November. The amortization of time on that transaction is amazing! Please let me know if you have any questions, I’d love to help.
We had a great holiday yesterday. A few years ago they invented “Family Day” and decided to give us an extra day off in February – not complaining about that! Our family enjoyed a busy day at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Lots of fun to be had by all! The new project? Honestly,”Quilted Classroom Mat” is not the catchiest name. But my daughter uses it in her class for their daily Yoga-time, Snack-time, Reading-time and Story-time, we tried “The Quilted Y-S-R-S-time Mat” – not so good!
I bought a single bed size Vyssa Tulta quilted mattress pad from Ikea about 8 months ago because it was on sale for $5. I figured I would eventually find something I could sew with it. When my daughter’s teacher asked that everyone bring in a mat to use in class, I knew what it was for. It makes a perfect mat, thin enough to roll easily and thick enough to be comfortable.
Of course it was very important to my daughter that the mat to be made in some kind of rainbow-related fashion, so I pulled out my longer scraps and the only 3 purple fabrics available in my stash and thankfully they worked out well! I also happened to have about 1/2 a fat quarter of rainbow fabric to make the binding from, which apparently is very exciting also – remember, she’s in grade 1! She also picked the ladybug flannel for the back. I had this one stored in my fabric shelf waiting to make some pj’s. I think I picked it up at Fabricland for about $3 in the ends bin.
I used the quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) method to put together the quilt top. And a bias tape folded binding for the edges. I think it is quite possible that this might actually count as a quilt finish?? (Maybe? Yippee!?) And it used up large scraps of about 5 of my fabrics too – bonus! I really love QAYG, it’s quick and simple to understand. Since it turned out so cute I thought you might want to make one too? It would also make a quick cute little baby playmat!
You will need:
- 36″ x 18″ piece from a mattress pad or similar thickness
- 13 fabric strips – 3.25″x 20″
- 145″ (about 4 yards) of 1/2″ double fold bias tape
- backing fabric – aprox. 22″ x 40″ (I used flannel)
- strap fabric – 1 piece 6″x12″
- your regular sewing supplies
Here we go:
Step 1: (a) Cut your mattress pad down to 36″x18″. Mine was crib size, so I still have lots left over to play with again sometime! (b) Trace a round object to create rounded corners on the mat and cut them out.
Step 2: Arrange your 13 fabric strips so you are happy with their placement on the mat. If you have a digital camera/phone around, take a photo so you remember the order they go in. Either way, stack them in order so that the left-most pieces are on the bottom of the stack. (You will notice I had 14 fabric strips in the photos. I found my measurements were off and I couldn’t fit the last strip on as I finished the mat. Don’t worry, I fixed up the measurements for this tutorial!)
Step 3: (a) Place your first fabric strip on the end of your mattress pad. Place the next strip on top, right sides together. Pin the inside edge. (b) Roll up the other end of the mattress pad and secure with clips or clothespins to make it easier to handle when sewing.
Step 4: (a) Stitch along the inside edge of your fabrics with a 1/4″ seam. (b) Open up your fabrics at the seam and smooth them down. (c) Place the next fabric strip on top of the one you just stitched, right sides together. Pin and then stitch the inner most edge with a 1/4″ seam.
Step 5: (a) Continue to place, pin and stitch each strip until you have sewn on all 13. (b) Baste the outside edges of the beginning and ending strips to the ends of the mattress pad.
Step 6: (a) Smooth out your backing fabric and place it right side down on a large flat surface. Place the quilted mattress pad in the centre, right side up. (b) Draw a line down the centre of each strip with a water soluble marker (blue in the photo). Pin the mattress pad securely to the backing fabric. I pinned down the centre of each strip. (This is where I wished I had bent safety pins instead of quilting pins – ouch!)
Step 7: Stitch down each marked line. I used my regular sewing foot with a slightly longer (basting-style) stitch. Be careful to avoid pins. Check that you have not created any tucks in the backing fabric.
Step 8: (a) Make/Unwrap your bias tape. (b) Pin the bias tape around the edge of your mat. Begin and end in a straight section and leave a 3″ tail on each end. Note: Let 1/8″ of your bias tape hang over the edge of the mat when you are pinning. This will help everything to fit when you finish the edge.
Step 9: (a) Stitch the bias tape on by sewing along the fold line closest to the edge of the mat. (b) Begin and end 3″ apart, leaving the extra bias tape at each end. (c) Match the bias tape ends neatly as per this Sew Essential tutorial - but do not fold/stitch it over the edge of the mat just yet.
Step 10: I followed this Cluck Cluck Sew tutorial to attach my bias tape. This mat, however, has rounded corners and needs a bias cut binding so it is a bit different. (a) Fold the bias tape all around the edge of the mat and pin as per Allison’s directions. I pinned horizontally and vertically to the fabric edge depending on where I was pinning. (b) Stitch around the binding as she instructs, ignoring the directions for the mitered corners.
Step 11: (a) Fold/Iron under 1/4″ on the short ends of each strap piece. Hold it down with pins or a glue stick. (b) Fold the piece lengthwise in half and then fold the edges into the centre. (c) Fold the entire strap in half again along the centre line. (d) Stitch around all edges of the strap close to the edge.
Step 12: (a) Cut the strap in half so you have two equal lengths. (b) Attach 2 pieces of Velcro 2″ long on each end side-by side. I like to make an X to hold it in place better. One strap will have 2 pieces of hook-side Velcro, the other will have 2 pieces of soft-side Velcro. (c) Stitch the soft-side Velcro strap along the first quilting seam. Leave 1/2″ of the strap on the side closest to the end of the mat, as per the photo. (d) Fold the strap over itself (hiding the raw end) and stitch it to the mat. Again, an X shape will secure it well.
Step 13: (a) Attach the hook-side Velcro strap to the soft side. Roll the mat up so you can mark the placement of the strap. (b) Roll the strap around the rolled mat to find where it needs to be attached. Pin as per the photo – marking edges and 1/2″ up from the end of the strap.
Step 14: (a) Unroll the mat and place the hook-side Velcro strap within your pinned markings. The end should be 1/2″ past the pin marking the end placement. (b) Stitch the end of the strap with a 1/2″ seam. (c) Fold the strap back on itself (hiding the raw end) and stitch it to the mat using an X shape.
All finished! Go and get your yoga (or reading, or story, or snack) on!
I hope your favorite little person likes their new mat! You can share your projects on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #alongforthreadride, or post them on the Thread Riding Hood Facebook page. And, of course, if you have any questions please be sure to contact me on any of the above or email email@example.com. I’d love to hear from you! (And, as usual – this tutorial is for personal use only! Thanks.)
Last Week’s Survey Results:
You all are super helpful, thank you! A few weeks ago we asked what you did with your fabric scraps. Over half of you put them in a bin and ignore them like I do, but I was impressed by the suggestions made in the comments. I got some great ideas, and here are some of my favorites. Giving the small scraps to a daycare or kindergarten for crafts. Sorting them by colour and size into bins. Keeping the tiny scraps for stuffing. Donating your scrap bin to your quilting guild’s charity committee. Now I suppose that I can’t do all of those as some of them conflict with each other… but I really don’t like throwing something out that may be useful to someone else (or myself!)
As far as follow-up. I have (just barely) started a scrap basket for small skinny cuts of fabric. I figure these will be good for stuffing small things if I ever collect enough! I also think I might throw my thread ends in there – even though that might be crazy! They would be good for stuffing as well, and I am always surprised at the amount of thread I find in my garbage bin. (and on my floor!)
This Week’s Question:
This week I’ve finished tidying up the last few spaces in my sewing area, and have put all of my patterns into envelopes. This made me wonder how you get most of your patterns. I am always impressed by the patterns I’m seeing offered online, but haven’t bought many because I can’t justify the cost very often. I am a tad conflicted, because I would love to support the online community more. Simple patterns like Rae’s Geranium and Washi Dresses (+ the expansion pack!), Oliver and S’s Fairy Tale Dress and April Rhode’s Staple Dress have been on my list for just about forever. I buy few patterns at the fabric store anymore – they are too “proper” in their instructions and almost irritatingly complex. So… Please let me know by filling out the survey below, I’d love to hear some of your favorite patterns you’ve bought, and what is on your wish list as well! (Want your sewing project or blog featured on Sewing Survey Saturday? It’s easy! Find out how at the bottom of this post!)
This Week’s Survey:
How to get your Sewing Project or Blog featured on Sewing Survey Saturday: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes your sewing related multiple choice question, your name and where you live (if you’d like it included). Please send your question with 3 to 5 multiple choice answers. Also send your blog information including which post you’d like me to link up to if you are featured! If you do not blog I would love to post a photo of one of your recent projects, so please send it along with your question. (Note: I may also feature a photo from your blog post (if applicable), if you do not want a linked photo please let me know in your email.)
I had a whole bunch of extra pictures from the Bunting Tee tutorial that I couldn’t pass up – so I decided to save them for today, lucky you! I truly hope you feel loved and have a happy day today. Don’t forget that all of the chocolate will be on sale tomorrow! Happy Valentine’s Day from our house to yours.
Here we are – the first official Quiet Book Sew-Along post. How excited are you?! This post has a lot of beginning information, but I promise we will be sewing in no time. Besides, choosing fabrics isn’t bad ever, right?!
Today we are going to get ready by making sure you have thought through your fabric choices. You will need a bit of time to collect yardage for the page backgrounds and cover, and also pick up some interfacing and binding for the pages. I’ve included helpful information on what to buy for each of these below. I would also recommend not cutting any of your fabrics until you need them. However, you can pre-wash them, it’s important that a kid-friendly book be washable!
There are lots of helpful hints in this post – but since is information heavy I have give you the shopping list for week 1 first. Just click, print it and go. Remember, just like a pattern, all of this information is important so be sure to read over it so you don’t miss anything!
You have two choices for the page background fabrics. The starting size of each page is 9″ x 9″. I would recommend using a quilting cotton weight fabric for them. Since we are building more fabric onto each page they can be hard to finish and bind if they are too thick. Here are your two options:
Page Background Yardage:
- Scrappy Look: If you take a look at my book, you will see that none of the background pages use the same fabric. I love the scrappy look and I also love using pieces from my stash that are too small for other projects. 6 of the pages for this book are based on a scrappy look anyhow and wouldn’t use a coordinating fabric background. You can buy or use your scraps for the page background fabrics as we get to them, some have specific colours.
- Cohesive Look: If you like a more cohesive look it would be fun to order enough fabric now to cover all of the page backgrounds. Eight of the 12 pages can use the same background fabric. There are 6 pages that won’t need it due to their construction. You will need to buy 3/4 of a yard of fabric for the page backgrounds.
Once you have decided on a scrappy or cohesive look you need to choose a cover fabric. You have two options for the cover:
- Cohesive Look: Cover matches the pages. Buy 1 yard of 44″ wide fabric. This is enough fabric for your pages & cover (see diagram below).
- Scrappy Look: Cover is different. Buy 1/2 yard of 44″ wide fabric. Note: You can still choose to match only your pages as per the “pages only cohesive look” above.
Both yardage recommendations are below and in the shopping list. The cover is 11″ high by 21″ wide. You need 2 pieces, one each for the inside and outside of the book. I found it helpful to buy this at the beginning because I think it influenced my colour decisions as I went. Even though my book is scrappy, I tended towards a more colourful look because the outside fabric was black and white. This gives you quite a bit of extra fabric to play with later! (Hooray for stashing!)
Cover Fabric Yardage:
You will also need a few “boring” things like interfacing and binding. To be honest, I don’t remember if I used heavyweight or medium weight interfacing in my book. However, I am recommending that you use a medium fusible interfacing for this Sew Along because that is what it feels like I used. Also, I think I only interfaced every other page, so one of each pair of pages that are sewn together has interfacing. This time around though I think I am going to interface both – it will make the pages a bit stiffer, which would be nice. This is what I have included on your shopping list.
- You will need 3 yards of 20″ wide medium-weight fusible interfacing.
As far as the binding. I used what I had last time and stitched half of the pages with white 1/2″ double-fold binding and half of them with black grosgrain ribbon folded in half. This time around I want them all to match, so I am going to recommend the 1/2″ double-fold binding. You don’t need the binding until the end of October, but again, if you like to have everything planned out you can buy it now and I will remind you again later! You can also choose to make your own binding, and if you do it does not have to be cut on the bias, which will make it a bit easier to sew.
- You will need 3 yards of 1/2″ double-fold bias tape exactly to bind all of the pages. Buy 1/2 yard extra if you want to be safe.
So – which are you choosing to make – A Scrappy or a Cohesive look? What colour are you using for your binding? I’ve got to decide on my cover fabric this week too. Since I’m trying to make a unisex book it’ll be a more interesting challenge!