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Hi! Tutorial for coasters and mug rugs is ready. When I made these coasters I realized that even it’s so small project, it has all the same basics as a big quilt. I took lots of photos and now I hope that you find this tutorial helpful. If you haven’t made any quilt yet, but would like to try, I hope this little patchwork inspires you to start!
This time I have made the tutorial so that you can upload or print it. Because this is my first time using this method, I would love to hear your opinions. All the feedback is welcome – if there is anything you think should be explained better or any mistakes, please let me know.
This link will take you to the tutorial:
I made these coasters with small patchwork block. Squares are 2″ x 2 “. There is white around and the backing is white. Binding is double foulded quilt binding.
First coasters I made, where with raw edge applique. I had made the ‘Butterflies’ quilt and it gave me idea to use that theme also for coasters.
There is endles way to make these tiny quilts! Fabrics, prints, colours, binding, quilting … all these change the look!
I made the tutorial with the patchwork block, but it’s very easy to make also something with raw edge applique. Just take a piece of fabric, cut any picture or shapes you like, and stitch them around as you like.
If you are interested about tutorial for raw edge applique, please let me know and I shall make that, too.
Enjoy making mini quilts and coasters! If you make some, I would love to see them!
Have a wonderful time and hope to see you soon!
Hello my dear friends! One more “2 in 1″ Make-up Bag is ready and lots of photos taken, so I’m ready to show you how I make these bags. If you see these first time, have a look here, what I mean ’2 in 1′.
Lets start! Fabrics that I have used for these bags, are from Ikea. They are a little bit thicker fabrics like ‘canvas’ which is great for bags.
First we cut all the pieces we need. If your fabric has some cute and funny pictures, take care how to cut your pieces so, that you can have those special parts of the fabric in a place where you like.
These pieces we cut from the main (print) fabric, fleece and thin cotton:
- front piece 8″ x 6,5″
- back piece 8″ x 6,5″
- bottom & sides 21″ x 4″
Pieces for the lining are:
- front 8″ x 6,5″
- back 8″ x 6,5″
- bottom and sides 21″ x 4″
- pocket 8″ x 6 1/4″
Piece for the cover (valve) from the main fabric: 6,5″ x 8,5″
Binding: 3″ x 24″ (about 23″ but I cut a little bit more to be sure that it’s long enough)
Pin all three materials (print, fleece, thin cotton) together.
Quilt as you like and trim the edges.
Now find the middle of every piece. Start to pin the front piece to the ‘bottom & sides’ piece from the middle and continue to the sides.
Sew this and then do the same for the back piece. Corners are a little bit difficult – sew slowly and move your fabric so that you can turn in the corner.
Then we make the cover. If you like to put a label, sew that first. Then fold the piece double and sew two short sides. Before you close the long side, add the loop for the button. I made the loop with hair-loop.
Sew first the pocket. Fold the piece double, sew two sides, turn around and sew the last side to close ‘the pouch’. Then sew the pocket on its place.
Sew the lining like you made the main bag. Trim the edges if the sides are longer than the front and the back.
Catching the bag with the lining, I begin from the side seams. Like that it’s easy to get the lining in the right place.
Fold double the piece for binding and iron it. Pin it inside the bag. Now you have there the bag, lining and the binding all together.
Cut the binding for the right lenght and sew the edges. (You need to remove some pins and then add them again after sewing the edges). Sew around from inside.
Now it starts to look like a great fabric basket …
Now turn the binding outside and pin it around.
Pin the ‘cover’ piece with the binding on the backside.
Sew all around and there you are …
Well done! Your ’2 in 1′ make-up bag is almost ready! Only button is missing and I guess that you can find from you ‘button tin’ … find a big one!
This make-up bag / basket is so wonderful! I’m surprised how great it became – and really practical! As you can see I have made already many of them. The little crab and one bird will stay with me but the others are going to find new homes. I have now a little bit passion and obsession with this bag – I want to make many more!
What you think, could I name these bags ‘Tsantaki’ – or does it sound too strange to you? Small bag in Greek is ‘tsantaki’. Or perhaps it could be simply ’2 in 1′ Make-up Bag? You have helped me many times with names so I would like to hear your suggestions again!
I hope this tutorial helps you to make your bag! If you have any questions, I am more than happy to answer! If you like this bag but don’t have inspiration to make on your own, after my holidays I shall fill my etsy shop with new bags!
I shall fly to Finland for new ideas and inspiration and my shop will be closed 20.4 – 7.5.2012. I have still enough days for few posts and I shall show you finally my ‘Dream Quilt’!
Hello! Thank you so much for all your lovely wishes – I am much better!
Time to show you how I made this mini quilt. This time I have made short and simple tutorial with ‘photo blocks’!
I have 6 different prints and dark blue fabric for the base. First we cut pieces like this:
- 1 square 3″ x 3 ” from each print = 6 squares
- 2 triangles 3,5″ x 3,5″ from each print = 12 print triangles
- 12 triangles from the base fabric
All these pieces you can see in the first picture of this mosaic:
Then we sew the print triangles with the blue triangles. Press the seams open and iron. Check that your squares are 3″ x 3″ and trim them if needed.
Next we sew the lines together like you see in third photo. Again remember to press the seams open and iron.
Then we sew these lines together. Now it’s good to use pins so that the corners stay exactly together when sewing. Add also the last two triangles for the two corners. Again open the seams and iron them.
Now your quilt top is finished. Trim it around. Cut 2″ stripes from the base fabric for the borders. Sew them, press open and iron the seams.
I have used white fabric for the backing and for the badding I have used piece of fleece. Cut them a little bit bigger than your quilt top. Put safety pins to keep these layers together while stitching. And now it’s time for fun - quilting! Make any figures, lines or what ever your imagination brings to you! You can stitch by hand or by machine.
After you have finished the quilting it’s time to make the binding. Cut from the fabric you have chosen for the binding 3″ stripe – if you need several, just sew them together like in the fourth photo. Fould your stripe double and iron. Pin the binding so that the foulded side is towards the centre and the raw edge with the edge of the quilt. Put first pins in the beginning and at the end of the side – this helps not to stretch the fabric.
This is the traditional way to add binding and I think it’s the best way. It’s easy to make and the result is beautiful. Look from the photos how to turn the binding in the corners. It may look first complicated but it’s really easy. If you like to see more photos how to put the binding and how to sew it, look from my Baby Quilt tutorial.
When you have sewn the binding on the rigth side of your quilt top, you can iron it so that it turns nicely to the back side. Pin around or use your hair clips! If you like to hang your mini quilt you can add small triangles in the corners. Cut two squares and fold them and then just add them under the binding. This time I sew the binding by hand because I didn’t want to see the stitching on the front side. You can sew it also by machine, like I did with my small mini quilts.
Now your mini quilt is ready! If you have any questions, I am more than happy to answer! If you haven’t made patchwork yet, I really recommend you try! It is so much fun! Enjoy and create!
Thank you for your visit! Happy sewing!
Posted in Christmas, Decoration, Just delightful, Patchwork, Quilting, Sewing, TUTORIAL, tagged Christmas mug rug, Christmas patchwork decoration, patchwork, Quilting, sewing, small christmas mat - tutorial on October 23, 2011 | 37 Comments »
Hello my Dear Friends! I’m happy to see you and hope you are fine!
I have made my first Christmas sewing – a small Christmas mat! This kind of tiny quilts are so fun to make! I want to show you how I made this because this is just the perfect project even you haven’t done any other patchwork yet!
First I make the base and here it is about 16 x 16 cm.
Then I cut from the border fabric 5 cm stripes and sew them around the center piece.
Then I cut the horse and the star. You can draw them by yourself or using the coocie bolds. Cut the backing fabric and fleece for wadding. (You can use any wadding you like).
If you like to add a label or perhaps one more star on the back side, do it now. Remember to mark where you are going to stitch/quilt not to stitch over the label.
Now the ‘quilt sandwich’ is ready. There is the backing fabric, then the wadding and on the top the patchwork piece like this …
Put pins around your work to keep all the pieces together. Now I sew the star and the snow. I use mostly white thread, so first I sew everywhere I need white thread.
Use quite small zik-zak for the star and sew some free lines for the snow.
Now I change to red thread and sew the horse.
Then I trim the edges staight and cut about 8 cm wide stripe for the binding. I fold and iron it.
In this work I pin the binding on the right side, raw edges together like this …
If you like to see more detail photos how to sew the binding, look my BABY QUILT 2. TUTORIAL. Notice that there I have sewn the binding first to the back side and then hand stitched it on the front side!
After sewing the binding on the rigth side, it looks like this. Then I turn it to the back side, pin and sew around. I stitched also one line around the green border.
I’m really fond of this cute tiny quilt! It has Christmas feeling but can be used also any time of the year.
Hmmm … where to use this? Here are my thoughts : mug rug for a coffee/tea cup or for a Christmas drink. This would be beautiful with the glass of ‘glogi’ = hot, spicy wine-juice drink which is so lovely during the Christmas time! A small mat for a side table, for a candle or for a tv-control. Wall decoration – add small ribbon with the safety pin on the back side for hanging. Christmas card and potholder. I would be happy to hear if you find more ways to use tiny quilts!
It’s too months till the Christmas – enough time to make lots of wonderful decorations and presents!
Thank you for your visit, I’m so happy you stopped by! I hope I gave you inspiration to start your Christmas preparations and hopefully I woked your interest if you haven’t made patchwork yet! I am more than happy to answer if you have any questions about this small Christmas mat tutorial!
Hey ! Could we have those bisquits now! Pleeeease!
Posted in Dogs, Patchwork, Sewing, TUTORIAL, Uncategorized, tagged BABY QUILT WITH PINWHEELES, MAKING A BABY QUILT - 2. TUTORIAL, Patchwork baby blanket, RED AND WHITE BABY QUILT on August 28, 2011 | 20 Comments »
Hello and Welcome to have a sunny moment with me!
I have finished the baby quilt and I have lots of photos for the 2. tutorial. While making this quilt, I had some doubts if these colours are too strong, but now when the quilt is ready I think it’s quite happy and good for a sweet little girl! I like also the idea that she can use this even she gets bigger – over her bed or armchair!
And now for the tutorial.
I have made the quilting around the pinwheeles with white, light pink and orange. Also I made straight lines around the border.
Now we can continue with the binding and first we need to cut the edges clear and straight …
Prepare your binding fabric by cutting it (for this quilt I have cut it about 4,5 “) and turn it double and iron …
Pin it to the right side of your quilt – raw edges are outside …
For the corners there is a great way to turn your binding fabric to make them beautiful – look futher photos …
Now your corners look like this. There where you need to continue your binding fabric and where the binding starts and ends you can sew it diagonal or just simply like this …
Time to sew the binding. I start from the middle and when you come to the corner stop stitching here …
… and begin the next side like this …
Now the corners look like this …
Turn the binding to the back side and pin it. I made the binding a little bit wider back to give more colour for the quite colourless fabric.
Now we can go out?! I shall sew the binding by hand so I’ll go to do that in the garden!
I shall stitch the binding like I have made the quilting to get one more quilting line. You can sew the binding also by machine. This white fabric I have used is so thick woven that my sewing machine had difficulties – the needle just didn’t pass easily!
Like I have told to you – Hanna is always with me!
FINISHED! Baby quilt is ready and it was really fun to make this girlish colour small blanket!
I know that some of my dear friends and readers are thinking to start patchwork and quilting – start, don’t wait anymore! I don’t know why I was waiting so long time. Even I have been sewing cloths, bags etc. since I was young, I started to make patchworks and quilts just about 2 years ago. Now it has became a passion, enjoy and therapy! But be aware, you may get hooked and perhaps you can’t stop!
I hope you enjoyed your visit and found inspiration! I also hope that I was able to help someone to start or continue her quilt! If you like to ask something, I am more than happy to answer!
If you like to learn more and see other great tutorials, visit Rebecca at ‘Chasing Cottons’! She has made ‘The Quilt Class 101′ with lots of information and every lesson has also links to other quilters and their tutorials and tips! You find the button from my sidelist.
Now I think I go to find some blue fabrics for a change! Too many ideas in my mind … many things to tell you … see you soo again!
Thank you for your visit and your sweet words!!! Have a sunny sewing time!!!
Posted in Patchwork, Sewing, TUTORIAL, Uncategorized, tagged BABY QUILT WITH PINWHEELES, MAKING A BABY QUILT - 1. TUTORIAL, patchwork blanket, RED AND WHITE BABY QUILT on August 25, 2011 | 16 Comments »
Hello! You thought you hear from me on Friday but I wanted to tell you about my new project!
Also you thought that I’m making a double size quilt – but my days have often suprises and I never know what program I have the next day (or even the same day). Tuesday I got a custom order for a small quilt for a baby girl!
I like to take photos during the progress, so I make a simple tutorial.
To make pinwheeles, I began with 6 ” squares …
This is great and easy way to make pinwheeles and dear Benta has teached this to me! So first you cut 6″ squares. I have here white squares and different red squares. You sew white and colour square together all around and then you cut it like you see above.
Put them like this to cut quicker! You will have lots of double triangles …
Open them and iron the seams open and you have all these beautiful bright squares!
Now you are ready to fix them as you like. I like a lot pinwheeles and also my friend who will get the blanket liked my earlier ‘PicNic’ blanket so this will be similar.
Do you use trays in your sewing space? I have found them very practical to keep and move pieces and blocks. They are also great extra space on a chair or your fabric boxes/baskets.
And here is the finished quilt top …
I thought that I have worked enough with orange and red and it’s time to make something blue … but I’m still very fond of these sunny, bright colours!
Also the back of the quilt looks interesting. I have already fixed the wadding and the back fabric …
… and this is ready for quilting. I enjoy stitiching the quilt – it’s like decorating it! I have put some safety pins, but most of them are in an other quilt which has became a nightmare (it waits now inspiration to continue), so I was stitching also a little bit to keep the layers together and that will be removed at the end.
I’m on my way to quilt now! The second part for making a baby quilt is coming soon!
See you tomorrow – can’t wait to see who’s name Nero is going to pick from his lottery basket!
Have a lovely time!!!
Posted in Decoration, Patchwork, Sewing, TUTORIAL, Uncategorized, tagged 'SUMMER' TUTORIAL HOW TO MAKE A WALL HANGING QUILT, HOW TO HANG A QUILT, PATCHWORK STAR, red-white wall hanging quilt, wall hanging quilt with star on July 27, 2011 | 39 Comments »
Hello my sweet friends and readers! I hope you are fine and enjoying your summer – hopefully with sunshine and lovely weather! Today my post is full of HOT SUMMER and SUNSHINE and lots of photos!
A while ago I wanted to make a sun with some triangles I had already cut and made squares.
As known, numbers are not my friends and I don’t like measuring, so I thought it goes better if I sew first the patches around the centre and then count the piece for the centre. Like this …
Now it is easy to cut the right size pieces for the center and the corners.
The SUNSTAR is ready and it’s time to continue with the borders. I used different orange and red colours to have the feeling of hot sun and summer!
When I was taking these photos, I had just got a lovely present! This amazing beautiful jewellery is from our dear friends from Athens who visited us here in Crete. Thank you again – this is my favourite!
Here you see that I have cut a circle for the center of the sun. But – before sewing and quilting this, we need to prepare the backing. Now it’s also good moment to make the label. I sew these three patches to the back fabric. I wrote with a pen the text and stitched the letters by hand.
Now we can put the quilt top and the backing together. With this quilt I didn’t use wadding because I didn’t want it too fat. I wanted this quilt to be a wall hanging but also possible to be used as a table cloth. So I have put only a small amount wadding to the center to make the round quilting more visible.
This is one of my favourite parts – stitching and quilting ! Now you can use all your imagination!
After the stitching, it’s time to make the binding. It is going to be the frame for the wall hanging quilt. For these strong colours I wanted strong binding, too and even I’m not fan of black, I felt that it was good colour for this.
I had some black/white Marimekko’s firm fabric and chose it for the binging. My dear aunt and friend has inspired and helpped me to start patchworks and quilting. From her I have learnt to begin the binding from the back side. So first I sew the binding to the back side (right side of the binding against the right side of the backing) and then I turn it to the front side. Like this you can have the stitching more easily good on the front side.
I try to collect selvages because I have seen so great patchworks made with them. My dear blog friend Riel makes amazing quilts using selvages! Marimekko’s fabrics has lovely names – this one is ‘Orchestra’.
When making the binding, it’s good to think how you want to hang your wall quilt. I have learnt two ways. The other one is to leave the binding open from two up corners for the wood, like this …
The other good way is to make triangles in the up corners. This is good for small wall hangings but if you make bigger it’s better to use other method. I saw this idea for the corners somewhere in the internet – but I’m so sorry, can’t find it now. Please excuse me not linking to the lady who showed this great way to hang a quilt!
I have made two almost similar quilts. The stitching is a little bit different. The other one has flyied to my sister to remind her about summer and hot sun during the English rainy winter and the other one flyied to dear friend to an other Mediterranean country to remind about the Greek summer.
I enter this ‘SUMMER’ quilt in the ‘Summer Fair’ Quilt & Recipe Show that ‘Gen X Quilters’ is hosting. Visit to see all the other entries – beautiful quilts and delicious recipies!
I hope you had time and patience to read all this long post! My computer has fever after being so busy! I enjoyed and had fun making these quilts and I’m sure there is going to be more – already I have lots of ideas! I hope that these photos helpped if you haven’t done something like this before and gave you inspiration to start!
Thank you for your visit and for all the lovely messages I get from you! I send you lots of SUNSHINE and I hope you have a looooong summer with great weather!!!
Posted in Bags, Patchwork, Sewing, TUTORIAL, tagged bag with patches, MY FAVORITE BAG, patchwork, sewing, sewing bags, tutorial for a favorite bag, tutorial for a patchwork bag on March 18, 2011 | 42 Comments »