Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Teaching Kids to Sew - Project #3

Project #3 - Hand Sewn Felt Heart Ornament

Here is our first hand sewn project. You will need 2 different colors of felt and either cookie cutters or card stock for patterns.

We will be using cookie cutters for our patterns. I traced the heart shape onto paper and cut around it adding a generous 1/4", traced that onto card stock and created the larger heart in that manner.

Materials needed:
2 Large Heart Shapes
1 Smaller Heart Shape
7" of 1/8" or 1/4" Ribbon
Embroidery Floss or Pearl Cotton and Needle
Needle and Thread

Trace the pattern - cut 2 large and 1 smaller heart shape

Fold the ribbon in half and tie in a knot

Pin to the back of the large front heart

Tack in place using needle and thread (I have used white so you can see it)

Place the smaller heart in the middle of the front heart and pin in place

Using the embroidery floss or pearl cotton, begin with the knot in the back and hand sew the 2 hearts together approximately 1/4" from the outer edge of the small heart

Knot in the back

Place the back and front together (wrong sides together) and pin or clip in place - begin with the knot in between the hearts

Hand sew the large hearts together approximately 1/4" from the outer edge

Be sure to catch the ribbon with the needle (you might want to do this a couple of times)

Once you have sewn completely around the heart, knot in between the hearts 

Slide the needle to the left side of the heart catching both sides to help hide the knot

You can add buttons and include many different shapes to create some fun ornaments

Thank you for joining us - stay tuned for more projects!

Lavonna ZWB

Monday, July 10, 2017

Teaching Kids to Sew - Project #2

Project #2 - Pincushion

For our second kid's project, we are going to make a simple 4 patch pincushion.

Materials needed:
1 - 4 1/2" square
4 - 2 1/2" squares
OR 3 - 5" charm squares *(which will be shown in the instructions)
2 buttons
Polyester stuffing
Embroidery floss or pearl cotton and Needle
Needle and thread

*For this project we will be selecting 3 5" charm squares and trimming them down to size for our needs. It can also be made out of the sized squares that are listed above, but the following instructions will use charm squares.

Select 2 charm squares for the top and 1 for the bottom

Cut the 2 squares in half so they measure 2 1/2" x 5"

Trim 1 to 4 1/2" square

Sew the 2 rectangles together length-wise using a 1/4" seam and iron them open

Cut the 2 rectangles in half creating 2 "2 patches" measuring 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"

Flip one 2 patch - put right sides together alternating colors

Sew together using a 1/4" seam and iron them open

Put together the 4 patch and backing, right sides together

With a pencil, mark 1 1/2" opening on one side

Beginning at the bottom marking, sew around to the next marking with a  1/4" seam

Trim the corners

Turn right side out and stuff with polyester stuffing

Hand sew the opening closed with needle and thread

Using embroidery floss or pearl cotton, sew the buttons in the center (one on top, one on the bottom)

Thank you for joining us!

Join us again for the next project!

Lavonna ZWB

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Teaching Kids to Sew - Project #1

Project #1 - Tissue Holder

I will begin teaching a couple of kids how to sew this week at my Quilters and Crafters meeting at the Church and I have decided to share the projects we will be working on here on my blog with complete instructions and photos for us to reference as I teach them. Feel free to sew along!

We are going to start with a simple Tissue Holder using the tissues you can find at the dollar store (8 for $1). I am sewing in orange thread to help for you to see the sewing examples. I have green thread in the bobbin for the same reason.

Begin with 2 pieces of fabric measuring 6" x 7"

Place the right sides together - pin together to keep them from slipping

Mark with a pencil a 2" opening along the middle of one side

Beginning at the bottom marking, sew around all sides with a 1/4" seam leaving the 2" open on the side to turn

Trim the corners

Turn right side out and iron - don't forget to fold in the opening 1/4" and iron

Topstitch, zigzag, or use a decorative stitch across both the top and bottom edges

Mark the center of the sides with a pin

Fold the top and bottom, right sides together to the center and pin or clip in place

Sew 1/4" seam along both sides 

After sewing one seam, turn the project over and zigzag the edge of the seam for extra stability

Turn right side out

Fill with Tissues

I will post pictures as we begin working on our sewing projects. Hope you find these ideas helpful and fun!

Lavonna ZWB