#scraptastic challenge

Last month the lovely Sara won the #scraptastic challenge and said she would make some egg cosy’s just in time for Easter! Here’s her great tutorial.


An Easter Egg Cosy Tutorial

Hi – I’m Sara and blog over at sewlittletosay.blogspot.co.uk.

I was egg-cited when my idea was chosen for the Scraptastic Challenge, but also a little appre-hen-sive. My first attempt at a cosy didn’t work, but I couldn’t chicken out of the challenge and had to egg-periment to come up with the ideal pattern. (Right, I think that’s enough of the bad puns, it’s time to sew.)

You will need:

Thin card

A CD or DVD

4 pieces of background fabric, 3” x 4”

16-20 strips of main fabric in various colours, ~1” x 4”

Scrap of ribbon, 2-3” long

Disappearing marker (I used a heat sensitive marker)

Pinking shears

To make the pattern template:

Draw a 2” x 3” rectangle on the card and mark the midpoint on one of the 2” sides. Align the edge of the CD/DVD with the midpoint and along the side of the rectangle. Draw in the curve and repeat for the other side. Cut along the red lines as shown in the picture below to make the template.

To make the foundation blocks:

Align a colour strip with the left edge of the background piece. Align a second colour strip with the right edge of the first strip. Stitch to the background piece (I used a ¼” seam allowance, but you don’t have to be exact). Press the second strip open. Repeat this until the background fabric is covered. Depending on the size of your strips and your seam allowance, this will take 4 or 5 strips. Trim the excess fabric to the size of the background piece. Don’t worry if some of the background fabric is still visible at the edges of the pieces.

Using the disappearing marker, draw around the pattern template on to each foundation block. (I tried to use various angles when placing the template, but they ended up looking very similar.) Stitch ⅛” inside the marker line and then cut along the marker line. If using a heat sensitive marker, iron the pieces to remove any remaining marker lines.

To assemble the cosy:

Pin two pieces together with the backgrounds facing. Stitch along one of the curved edges using a ¼” seam. Repeat for the remaining two pieces. Trim the seam allowance close to the first line of stitching using pinking shears.

Place the two joined pieces together with backgrounds facing. Fold the ribbon in half and insert at the centre to form a loop. Starting at the centre and with the centre seams pushed out of the way, stitch the pieces together using a ¼” seam. Flip the piece over and repeat for the other side.

Trim the seam allowance close to the first line of stitching using pinking shears, taking care not to snip the ribbon. To finish, trim the lower edge of the cosy close to the line of stitching using pinking shears.


Wow! Those Egg cosy’s look great don’t they?

Don’t forget if you’d like to have a go at making something from a Kona Scrap pack, leave your ideas in a comment below and we will pick a winner each month. The winner receives a Kona Scrap pack and a guest spot here on the blog where you write a mini tutorial for your make!

Watch out for a super scraptastic challenge tutorial next month from a very special guest blogger!

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The winner of last months #scraptasticchallenge was the very lovely Sonia who blogs over at www.fabricandflowersuk.blogspot.com

Sonia has done a great tutorial for these totally gorgeous coasters and tray, read on to find out how to make some for yourself!


Wave Coasters and Tray: A tutorial

Inspired by the bright colours I made stripey wave coasters along with a little tray to keep them all together when they’re not in use ‘cos I’m all about the trying to be neat and tidy at the moment (I’m blaming it on being Spring, it’s sure not to last long!). Would you like to see how I made them?!

You will need;

4 x 5.5″ squares (front of coasters)
4 x 4.5″ squares (back of coasters)
scraps for the wave (1-2″ wide by 2.5″ tall)
4 x 4.5″ squares of wadding

2 x 6.25″ squares (for the coaster holder)
2 x 6.25″ squares of interfacing

For the coasters

Sew scraps together into 5.5″ widths to make four waves. Press your seams (I pressed them open)

Lay the strip on top of the coaster front. Use a rotary cutter to make a wavy curve across the width of the coaster. I free hand this so please do mind your fingers!!!!! (I first came across how to sew curves at Lynne’s blog, which might help you out a bit more)

Now to sew the curve together! It’s really not as scary as it looks – promise! Place the fabrics ‘right’ side together, matching the top seam. I find it easier to sew slowly and ease the top fabric into position – moving it backwards as the curve bends away from you and easing it forwards as the curve comes back. It will look all bunched up, but don’t worry. A good press will flatten it all out!

Now to cut your second curve: I did this in two stages firstly cutting a curve on the wave, laying it over the bottom section of the coaster fabric and cutting again along the same wavy line (if you want to cut both curves at the same time I would recommend cutting the front pieces bigger to allow for losing fabric to the seam allowance of the curve). Give it another good press.
Trim each of the coaster fronts to 4.5″ square and back with wadding

Quilt the front of your coaster – I went for a very simple outline of the wave
Place the coaster back on top of the right side of the front and pin in position. Sew around using a 1/4″ seam allowance and leaving a hole for turning. Trim excess fabric from the corners before turning out, using a chopstick to push the corners out if needed.
Top stitch around the top of the coaster and Voila!

For the coaster tray;

Iron the interfacing on to your fabric (I used a soft interfacing to reinforce both bits of fabric, so you could maybe only use one piece of firmer interfacing)
Draw 1″ squares onto the wrongside of the fabric in each of the corners on both pieces of fabric.

Fold the fabric diagonally and sew down the line. Repeat for the other three corners and trim the excess fabric. Repeat for the other piece of fabric.
Place the fabrics right sides together and pin the corners into position. Sew around the top using a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a hole for turning.
Turn the coaster tray right side out, and give it a good press around the top seams. I also folded over each of the sides and gave it a good press to create the base. Top stitch around the top of the tray and give it another good press.
Place your coasters into the tray and congratulate yourself!!!!

I’m so happy with these! And because I had so much fun making them I made two sets……so, it’s Giveaway Time (two giveaways in two days – I really haven’t planned my blog posts very well this week!)!!!!!

If you pop on over to Sonia’s blog you can enter a draw to win a set of these awesome coasters – go on, off you go!

So now we need to choose the next person to receive a scrap pack and get a guest tutorial spot here on the blog!

The winner is:

Sara

What a cheery mat – it is so colourful. I think a scrap bag would be great for some egg cosies that would be simple enough for kids to make (with assistance) during the Easter holidays.

Please get in touch Sara asap and we’ll get your scrap pack out to you!

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Happy Friday everyone!

Today’s blog post comes with a little ‘How To’ from the delightful Kelly who blogs over at A Place of My Own. Kelly received a scrap pack of Kona Cotton Solids from us last month as she was the winning comment on the #scraptasticchallenge blog post!

If you’d like to be in with a chance to win a scrap pack yourself and have your very own ‘How To’ appear on the blog please read on to the bottom of the post.
When Justine sent me a message on Twitter to tell me that I had won a scrap pack as part of her Scrap Challenge I was really excited. I had said that I would like to make a tablemat with it which I really wanted and the best part was that as it would have a deadline I would Get It Done.


Ever since my Improv class at Fat Quarterly Retreat 2013 with Lucie Summers I had been dying to have a go with all solid fabrics and this was my chance. I had a quick browse through her (highly recommended) book – Improv for Beginners and then just decided to go for it.

I cut all of the scrap pack into strips that were between one and three inches wide and then just started sewing them together. For my fiest blocks I used a piece of paper the size the I wanted my blocks to be (in this case 6.5”) as a guide to make sure what I was making was big enough.

When my sewn together strips covered the paper I trimmed them down to 6.5” squares. I made 4 and then played around with the layout until I liked it and then sewed them together.

Next I made some wonky log cabin blocks, which are so much fun and really fast to make. I did four of these, three with the same fabrics in the middle and one extra small one. Finally I decided to just sew strips together in an offset pattern so that I would have a long rectangle block for one side. Then I just played around with the layout until I liked it and sewed everything together.

I chose a backing fabric and cut it to the same size as my improv piece.

I then cut some batting the same and then put them all together – backing fabric right side up, improv block right side down and then batting on top.

I sewed all the way around the edge leaving a gap for turning. I trimmed the corners and the excess batting to make turning easier and then turned it through. The small gap was hand stitched closed and then I quilted it with straight lines just using the edge of my foot to space the lines. I have never quilted anything as densely as this and I really like the effect.

Here is my mat in use on my sewing table. It is just perfect for using in the middle of the table when we are eating and for putting hot dishes on. I am so pleased with it and I still have a few scraps left over for another project. The finished size was 16” square so the fabric scraps went a long way. Also, there were colours in the pack that I wouldn’t usually choose but everything went well together and it was nice to include something different.


Wow! Isn’t that table mat just stunning?

So to be in with a chance of winning your very own scrap pack please do leave us a comment letting us know what you would make with a scrap pack. The winner of last months bundle is:

Sonia Spence – who said she’d like to make some coasters, we’ll be in touch Sonia!