Monday, December 4, 2023
Monday, October 30, 2023
Just realized I need to catch up writing about the other scrap fabric projects I did. Most of the time I have so much fun sewing I forget about the documentation part. I've been documenting and filming my projects so in case I want to do it again I can take note of points I can improve on. Quilting and sewing is a continuous learning journey for me. It's also been helping me heal from losing my Mom.
I unearthed all my scrap fabric a few weeks ago. Gathered them up and sorted them. It was actually harder to plan scrap fabric projects. The challenge lay in the sizes of the scrap fabric and how it could fit what I wanted to do. For this project, I got some inspiration from a quilting magazine on bags. I just wanted a simple design that would work on the scrap fabric I had on hand.
Here's the tutorial:
scrap fabric and scrap binding
pins and clips
9" x 11"
Monday, September 11, 2023
I decided to work on the scrap fabric I collected over the past few years. Aside from small pieces, I have some that are already pieced together. I set aside the excess pieces and thought it would be useful eventually. Found some of the pieced together denim-like fabric I used for the cat quilts.
Decided to make a potholder since I need new ones. I finished the project in one sitting since it was practically ready to be quilted. I also used scrap wadding and scrap insulating wadding for the project. I also had leftover bias tape. I would have finished faster if I didn't need to film, lol.
Here's the tutorial:
2. Sandwich with wadding, insulating wadding and backing fabric. (I doubled it just to make it a bit thicker, but the insulating wadding would have been enough to keep heat out).
3. Stitch in the ditch.
4. Prepare the backside of the potholder. Split into two pieces and fold in one side of both pieces.
5. Align the front side with the backside, then bind with bias tape.
fabric for backside of potholder
8" x 6"
Sunday, September 3, 2023
I felt I needed to add a small item with the laptop sleeve I made for my friend. I really want to learn how to install a zipper on my projects, so I thought a small pouch would be nice. She could use it as a pencil case or other knick-knacks. It would fit the pocket of the sleeve too.
I decided to match it with the laptop sleeve, so I didn't change the design anymore. I had the fabric on my sewing basket, so I finished everything in one evening. It was a small piece, but nonetheless challenging when it came to adding the lining. I had to re-watch my quilted tote bag video to figure it out. I did it wrong the first time, so ended up doing it again, haha. Just remember to slip in the right side of the pouch with the lining facing the wrong side out (note for myself!).
Here's the tutorial:
2. Piece together. Start with the middle part, then add the outer sides.
3. Iron both sides.
4. Sandwich with wadding and backing fabric.
5. Pin to stabilize and stitch in the ditch.
6. Clean the sides.
7. Add the zipper.
8. Sew the edges together from the wrong side.
9. Add the lining. Pull out the pouch from the open side of the lining.
10. Close the open side of the lining.
Little twin stars fabric
4 pastel solid color fabric
9" x 5"
Sunday, August 20, 2023
I have a friend who loves Little Twin Stars. I knew about this Sanrio character because my sister had it on her dresser (jewelry boxes). I'm glad I found Little Twin Stars fabric online. I only got a meter because it's expensive! There's probably a lot more options available in Japan.
After storing the fabric for a few months, I finally decided to make a laptop sleeve for my friend. I asked her what kind of laptop she was using. Then I worked out the measurements and design. I asked help from my son to help me choose the colors of the fabric. I wanted to make sure the colors would complement the Little Twin Stars fabric.
I made the design simple, to make sure the Little Twin Stars fabric is noticeable. The challenging part in assembling this quilted laptop sleeve is figuring out how to properly add the pocket. I wanted the wadding to be continuous to add strength to the sleeve.
I'm glad I didn't rush to finish the project because I was able to make the sleeve stable. I was also able to add velcro discreetly. I didn't want stitches for the velcro to show on the flap. I'm happy how it turned out, I just hope my friend's laptop fits!
Here's the tutorial:
2. Create the inner panel and pocket. Sandwich the pocket with wadding and bind the top. Join the inner panel and pocket at the bottom.
3. Piece together the flap.
4. Piece together the back panel.
5. Join the back panel and flap. Then join the inner panel with pocket.
6. Sandwich with wadding. Stabilize with pins and then quilt. Don't quilt the flap yet.
7. Add velcro to the flap and pocket, then quilt.
8. Finish with binding.
4 pastel solid color fabric
13.5" x 10"
Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Sunday, June 11, 2023
I worked on the front cover first of this project. I was inspired by a pinterest pin to create two cute cats. See previous posts on how I created the base and put on the cat face. I took my time to finish it since I had to figure out how to create it from scratch.
The trick to making quilt covers for your appliances/gadgets is to create it in panels. That way it's easier to bind them together. Binding the panels just took one afternoon. It helps to prepare your bias tape ahead of time.
Here's a short tutorial -
1. Finish the front panel.
2. Create the back panel with pocket.
3. Make the main panel that will combine the front and back panel.
4. Clip and sew the front panel. Do the same for the back panel.
5. Clip wrong side of binding. Sew.
6. Finish the binding.
See also part 1 and part two of this project:
Part 1: https://www.needleadventures.com/2023/05/another-pinterest-inspired-cat-quilt.html
Part 2: https://www.needleadventures.com/2023/06/making-cat-face-and-quilt-cover-pocket.html
Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Monday, May 22, 2023
I'm on a roll trying out cute Pinterest inspired cat quilts. It's a good way to learn new skills since you're forced to learn how to make templates and figure out how best to piece a design. I'm also a lot iffy when it comes to curved designs and I certainly struggled a bit when I made the tail.
Figuring out the template for the cat was fairly easy. I still ended up piecing the back area upside down, so I ended up re-doing it. The tail though was harder to put together and it took me awhile to turn it inside out. I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw I correctly cut the fabric (front side down when you cut the fabric!). The secret to my success? Making templates!
Here's the tutorial:
Here are the steps on how I made the cat quilt:
2. Rendered the design and it's actual measurements on manila paper to make sure I got it right.
3. Created a template on a board.
4. Used the board to cut fabric. Make sure to add 1/4" around the edges.
5. Pieced together the cut fabric.
6. Ironed both sides and sandwiched with wadding.
7. Quilt the cat! I decided to use white thread to highlight the shape of the cat.
How to make the tail:
2. Used the drawing to make a template.
3. Drew the tail right side facing down and added 1/4" around the edges.
4. Sandwiched the tail with thick interfacing (I reused from a bag leftover). Sandwich should follow this order: tail wrong side up, backing fabric and interfacing at the bottom.
5. Sew together and leave the base of the tail open.
6. Once done, pull inside out.
7. Quilt the tail with the same white thread.
1 print fabric
1 solid color fabric
thread and needle
interfacing (the thick one for bags is a good one)
6" x 9.5" x 16.5"
Will assemble and turn the cat quilt into a kitchen gadget cover next week!
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
I wanted to explore more cat designs on Pinterest. I knew it would help me hone my skills more on making templates and figuring out how to re-create a design I see online or on a book. Pinterest is a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration for quilting. I have pinned many ideas which I hope to try making. Follow me on Pinterest if you have one: https://www.pinterest.com/aileenapolo/.
Here's the tutorial -
Here are the steps on how I made this cute cat quilt -
2. Rendered the design on manila paper to get an idea of the size. I adjusted a couple of times.
3. Draw the design on a chip board. Cut based on how you will piece together the design.
4. Cut the fabric. Make sure to add 1/4" around the template.
5. Piece together. Best to start with the ear area and complete the face and chin.
6. Add the "background" around the cat face.
7. Add sides as needed.
8. Iron both sides.
4 print or solid fabric
thread and needle
colored pencils (optional)
9" x 9" x 16"
Monday, May 8, 2023
I turned the Pinterest-inspired cat quilt into a KitchenAid cover. It now sits proudly on our kitchen counter. I've been making rainbow colored quilts using standard shapes. I made the cat quilt to gain more skills and to have fun.
I made the KitchenAid cover by part. I started with the front cover, then the main cover and the back cover. I thought it would be easier just to make the main cover like a tent. I just used strips of denim-like fabric since I wanted to stick to one color. I used the same fabric for the back cover pocket. I made it that way so I could switch the front and back whenever I felt like it. For now, the cats are watching over my kitchen.
Here's a tutorial -
Here are the steps how I made the cover -
1. Create the front cover (follow the process here).
2. Make the main cover
- Cut 7 strips of 3" x 39"
- Sew the strips together
- Iron both sides
- Sandwich with wadding and back fabric (I used an old bed protector)
- Pin and quilt
- Clean up the sides
- Cut the base, same size as your front cover 10.5" x 14.5"
- Sandwich base with wadding
- Pin and quilt lines from top to bottom
- Cut 7 strips of 2" x 6.5"
- Combine and iron both sides
- Sandwich with wadding and quilt
- Add binding to the top of the pocket
- Attach the pocket to the base
4. Make binding (how-to here)
5. Assemble the three sides and combine with bias tape
scraps for the back cover pocket
8 strips of fabric for main cover (or use jelly roll)
fabric for binding/bias tape
back fabric for sandwich (optional if you re-use a bed protector)
*see cat quilt post for materials needed for front cover
Total: 10.5" x 14.5" x 14.5"
Main cover: 14.5" x 38"
Front cover: 10.5" x 14.5"
Back cover: 10.5" x 14.5"
Pocket: 10.5" x 6.5"
Sunday, April 23, 2023
I wanted to learn how to do non-block quilting, so I turned to Pinterest for inspiration. I saw a lot of designs I want to try making, but I had to learn how to quilt odd shaped fabric. I started by making mug rugs. I made a cupcake and butterfly mug rug, so I could practice sewing curves. Eventually found several cat designed quilts which I thought should be challenging to make.
I chose from the different cat designs I pin and decided to start with this pin. I couldn't access the website where it came from, so I just made it from scratch. I made a bag the first time I tried this pin and thought I'd use the design again for a kitchen project I'm making. In time I plan to combine this cat design with other cat designs to make a lap quilt.
Here's a tutorial:
Here are the steps on how I made the quilt:
1. Draw the design based on the measurements of your project.
2. Trace the design with tracing paper and cut it by piece.
3. Use the cut piece to make a template using a board (I just used an old box).
4. Select your fabric.
5. Use the template wrong side up to draw the piece.
6. Cut with 1/4 inch allowance.
7. Piece together the cut fabric.
8. Iron both sides and fold in the head and ears.
9. Put the design on your base fabric.
10. Sandwich with batting and pin.
11. Quilt :)
12. Add the buttons.
13. Embroider the whiskers and nose.
14. Embroider a message, I added "meow" at the bottom (optional)
7 blue printed fabric in different hues
4 blue thread in different hues
black embroidery thread
10" x 14"
Monday, April 17, 2023
Most quilts require edges to be binded. I used to make it by hand. It was hard to make it even. I eventually discovered a bias tape maker and ordered one online. It came as a set which meant I could make different sizes. I know there are fancier tools, but this one works for me. Buying ready-made binding is also expensive! You can make a lot for the price of one.
Here's how I make binding:
Materials and Tools:
Bias tape maker
A napkin roll
1.5 inch of fabric*
*You can make it smaller or bigger, just check the size at the back of the bias tape tool
Saturday, April 8, 2023
I love using essential oils and through the years I've been using a case a friend gave me. I set it aside a few weeks ago since I wanted to measure it to make a new one. Finally decided to make a new one for an upcoming trip and my trusty EO case went missing! I just then made my own measurements so I could proceed with the project.
Found some leftover pieced fabric from my KitchenAid quilt cover project and decided to use it. I originally wanted to use a cute design, but decided to use strips since I'm just learning to do this. You can also use a jelly roll to make this.
Finished size: 10.5" x 4"
Unfolded size: 10.5" x 6.5"
5 strips, cut each at 1/2 meter x 2.5"
How to Video:
I love how it turned out. I made a few more for friends who use EOs :)
Monday, April 3, 2023
Summer rolled in so fast! Needed to make new curtains for our kitchen window. I shied away from having our curtains custom made because it's so expensive! Found out I could make my own for a small fraction of the cost. Making my own curtains also allows me to experiment on the fabric.
Found some Swissdot fabric on Lazada. I thought it was cute. The shop had 26 different colors. Settled for "oatmeal" since it would go with anything. Here's how I made the kitchen curtains. It only took me two nights to finish it.
5 yards Swissdot fabric
Base (height of window) - 115 cm
add for fold (top) - 3 cm
add for fold (bottom) - 3 cm
add for rod fold - 10 cm
Monday, March 27, 2023
Custom curtains are very expensive. I researched on what kind of fabric I should use to make blackout curtains since it could get scorching hot during the summer. I bought Philipps curtain fabric at PhP99 per yard and lace embroider fabric at PhP95 per yard. It just cost me PhP2,500 to make a set for our living room since labor is free.
Here's how I made it:
Step 1: Cut fabric based on the measurements. Make sure to add 16 centimeters to the length of your window.
Step 2: Fold in 3 centimeters across all sides. Iron, then sew.
Step 3: Fold in 10 centimeters from the top. Iron then sew.
*You can optionally add a "frill on top" if you wish, just add 21 centimeters to the length.
Saturday, March 11, 2023
Saturday, March 4, 2023
My doctor required me to have my own oxygen concentrator. I didn't expect it to be so big! I don't use it often, so thought it would be good to keep it covered. I took it as an opportunity to make a new quilt project.
I was raring to finish my t-shirt memory quilt at that time, so wanted to quickly finish the cover for my huge appliance. I used my favorite rainbow colored fabric and just cut it in squares for easy piecing. My measurement for the size was wrong, so I just added a black strip to make the cover a bit bigger.
Like the food processor cover I made, I decided to add pockets. In case of emergency it would be useful to have the components of the O2 concentrator accessible. It took me less than two weeks working on this project off and on. My favorite part was quilting. The difficult part was getting the measurements right and binding the whole project together. It got quite heavy.
Here's a tutorial video on how I made it:
Rainbow fabric, cut into squares
black fabric for the base and binding
lots of pins and clips
Saturday, February 25, 2023
A vinta is a traditional outrigger boat in the Philippines. They are made by people in the Sulu Archipelago, Zamboanga peninsula, and southern Mindanao. A vinta is usually made with colorful sails. I took the photo below in Mindanao.
I've always been drawn to the sea because my ancestors were involved in maritime work and traveled the world to reach the Philippines. I was inspired to make the vinta designed hand quilted throw pillow from a photo by Mohd Sarj (more about it here).
Here's a step-by-step video on how I made it -
The materials I used:
various pink printed fabric
white with tiny prints fabric
dark brown fabric for the base of the vinta
plain pink fabric for binding
fabric for the back part of the pillow
thread and needle
lots of pins and clips