Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Hideaway Two-fer

I recently got a piece of this oh so cute Hideaway fabric from Lauren and Jessi Jung, love the little village among the trees. I knew the minute I opened it I needed something for me in addition to the totes I would be making for the shop.

I had seen a table runner from this line so I went in search of that, thinking I would place an order. However I found this free pattern for this window box pillow so I immediately made this for my living room window seat. You can find the pattern for this free pdf pattern here. I followed the pattern dimensions exactly, then quilted the top to some batting as this is how I make all my pillows. I just did simple echo quilting on the brown around all the windows.

The pattern then called for 9 raw edge yo yo type of flowers. I am not a big fan of raw edge applique and I have pretty much every size of the Clover yo yo makers so I used the large and the medium for mine. It called for 9 of these in the pattern I figured double that would be even more fun, embellish with some buttons and my garden is complete. Now the Two-fer, a matching bookmark! Some fabrics are just so cute you cannot even toss the smallest of pieces, so I whipped up this bookmark, a few simple directions below if you want to make one yourself. Sorry about the dark pictures, it was seriously so bright that day but my camera had the wrong setting, I think you can still see.
Leftover pieces of fabric, rick rack and ribbon, a piece of fusible fleece, a 1/4 inch smaller on the length and the width. Trim the corners and a "notch" on one side, about 2 inches long, 1/4 inch deep.
Cut ribbon and rick rack about 12 inches, I find sewing one side down, then folding trims back and sewing a second time the easiest way to manage this bulk. Be sure your pieces are not twisted, and layered nicely. Also, it may help to pin the ribbons down so they don't get caught in the stitching.
Pin fabrics right side to right side, layer fleece on top of this, I put the fusible side down, so it is to the wrong side of the back piece of your book mark. Start sewing at one side of notch, sew around all side stopping at notch, this is where yo will turn your bookmark right side out.
Use your favorite corner turner, I often use a chopstick, or a corner turner, a handy notion to have around, or a few as these always go MIA.
This is where the notched out fleece will be very helpful, fold in the seams, the notche eliminated the bulk in this stitch you will find the fleece can be caught in the fold of one of the seams. Pin and sew a topstitch all around the bookmark in coordinate/contrast thread, I often use monofiliament, this will close the bookmark so it is ready to use. Once turned it will help to press.

5 comments:

SisterBatik said...

You should enter your pillow in the Bloggers Pillow Party- visit my blog and join in :)

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

This is super cute. I know exactly what you mean about not wasting favorite fabrics too! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

Wendy said...

Very creative! And I'm with you...not a fan of raw edge applique. The yo-yo's are great with the added buttons!!

Quiltstory said...

cute project! Love the yo-yo's! Thanks for linking to Quiltstory!

Tricia @ SweeterThanSweets said...

That is such a cute fabric and I love the window pane look!

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