New Resources and New Project Ideas

My order arrived from C & T Publishing this past week. It was very exciting to open it and scope out the books I ordered on their Spring Sale. Many cost only $3 or $5. I can't wait to get started on a project from one of these books. 

I looked through Wonky One-Block Quilts by Marlous Carter and I think I want to work on one of her designs. I don't want to put a lot of thought into the fabrics I choose, I would like to simply take some from the shelves that work into her suggestion. 

I have one quilt top to finish sewing borders and I will choose some fabrics. 

Earth Day Re-Purposing Project
I made this little child's apron a few years ago with some leftover lace, some 2-1/2" fabric strips and one leg from a pair of jeans. 

Here is a tutorial: 

Take 1 pant leg. Fold in half lengthwise. 

Mark a 12" section, curving upward slightly from bottom center to side edges. 
Also, mark waist with a slight upward curve. Angle from side bottom edge to side top edge. 
Cut on lines. 

Make curved corners at bottom. 

I used a glue stick to adhere the right side of lace to the front of the apron. Allow to dry, or press with iron. 

Use glue stick on back of apron edge and turn edge hem under so it adheres to glued edge. 
Again, let dry or press with iron. 

No pins to deal with when topstitching!

Use zig-zag or decorative stitch to stitch hem under and allowing lace to protrude from under apron. 

Sew together 2 fabric strips (2-1/2" x WOF) to create a long 2-1/2" strip. Press under 1/4" on each long edge. I used water soluble basting tape on the bottom edge to help with the 1/4" seam. 

Pin center of strip to center of apron, right sides together, and sew one edge of tie to the apron waist. 

Fold seam allowance of tie to back side of apron and pin to cover seam allowance at waist. Pin the tie ends so the 1/4" seam allowances match. Fold ends in. 

Topstitch beginning at one end and along tie seam to secure. 

Add a pocket if you wish. 
One little helper will be very happy with this apron. 


Jo said...

This is a great idea. Like the way you use glue first. Well done & thankyou

Val's Quilting Studio said...

Love the idea of recycled jeans! CUTE! Thanks for the Tut!