Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Little House Virtues Woolen Pillows...

Gather Supplies Needed:
Stitched Piece
Wool (or Felt) for pillow
Jute (or fiber of choice for cord making)
Cording Drill
Fiber fill
Needle and thread
Floss color of choice for Button Hole Stitch
Chenille Needle

Step One:
Gather items and prepare.
  • cut two pieces of wool to dimensions you prefer (in this tutorial I cut my wool to 6 inches square)
  • trim your stitched with 3/4 inch margins left on all sides






 
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Step Two:
iron you stitched piece from back; while still hot, fold margins and finger press; then iron from back to make edges clean.
 
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Step Three:
center and pin the stitched piece to your wool; using coordinating thread, tack the stitched piece to the wool on all four sides.
 
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Step Four:
  • take whatever fiber you wish to make into cording, I used single strand of jute found in hardware section of Walmart.
  • view cording tutorial here: Cording Tutorial
  • to find length fiber to cord, drape around edge of piece to get initial length then make it 4 lengths of that initial length long
  • twist with Krenik cording drill
 
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Step Five:
  • take folded end of cording, place at the top middle of stitched piece and tack down
  • continue tacking the cording in place around all four sides until the cording meets at the top center
  • cut the cording end and then sew ends by wrapping, sewing through and tacking down at top of stitched piece at the met end
 
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NOTE: Don't forget to tie off the end of the cut-off cording and set aside, this will be used for the bow!
 
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Step Six:
  • Make bow by folding ends in an "X" shape
  • sew middle to hold together
  • wrap middle to make secure
  • sew middle again
  • tack on to top center, hiding met ends of cording
 
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Step Seven:
  • Stack top wool piece onto bottom wool piece
  • pin in place
  • button hole stitch together (I used 3031 DMC - all six strands to button hole stitch; using Chenille needles)
 
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**BUTTON HOLE STITCH:**
 
Take length of thread (I used 6 strands of DMC in this example on a Chenille needle); knot at one end, and place it at the corner on the inside (between two pieces sewing together).
See pictures to follow how I button hole stitch:
 
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Step Eight:
  • Continue to button hole stitch all around until about 1/2 of pillow remains open
  • stuff with fiber fill to desired plumpness
  • pin together and finish stitching together with the button hole stitch
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Step Nine:
I iron my button hole stitched sides so that they are perfectly flat and not curled.
Then I iron (the back) of the pillow, using steam, to sort of shrink down the fiberfill and make it appear smooth and not clumpy.
 
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PERFECTLY FINISHED!
 
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Scarlett House "Orts and Ends Box"...

Supplies Needed:
Stitched Piece
Cotton Batting
Foam Core
Painted Box (painting instructions included in The Scarlett House "Orts and Ends" Pattern)
Trim
Ruler, Rotary Cutter, Cutting Mat
Spray Glue
Craft Glue
Scissors


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Decide on what size the foam core needs to be, I measured right up next to the design sides.
(For the count of fabric used in this model the form core turned out to be 3 1/2 inches X 3 3/8  inches)

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Spray a bit of Spray Glue on the Foam Core and then stack the cotton batting on top.
(we are using a lot of batting because Tanya wanted the topper to be a pincushion as well! of course if you didn't want this option, then just omit 3 of the cotton batting layers and use only 1 layer)

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Next lay and center your stitched piece on top of the cotton batting layers which sit on top of the foam core.
*as shown*

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Take your craft glue, lay down a line on the bottom and fold back the sides until the front is perfectly centered and the sides are all glued back and down to the backside of the foam core.


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Once you get your top mounted as shown below, then spread some craft glue onto the top of your box lid, center and press the Orts and Ends topper onto the box top. Lay aside to dry.

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Once top is dry, lay a thin line of craft glue,and press the trim into it around the box topper.
Enjoy!

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