Wonky 9 Patch How to and BONUS Tips for Better Quilt Blocks



Last week I finished a scrappy quilt project I started 3.5 years ago!  How awesome is it to finish WIPs from your stash?!?  Successfully finishing one quilt top made me want to start a new one, so I decided to finally make a wonky 9 patch design.

I went to work gathering 9 coordinating fabrics from my stash (since I am doing the Sew Your Stash Challenge this year!) and set to work!  I have an adorable piece of mermaid fabric I wanted to feature so I fussy cut my square using a rotary cutter and square ruler.  Then I made sure all my cuts framed the center mermaid.  This gave my wonky blocks a very symmetrical look, but you can make all your cuts at different angles for a totally different look.

Check out the full step-by-step video tutorial HERE!  Make sure to stick around for the end of the video because I share 4 tips to make your quilt blocks more successful!

Let me know in the comments if you have made wonky style blocks before!  Also make sure to leave any other quilting tips you have so we can all learn from each other.

If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the Sew Your Stash group on facebook and come back here next Wednesday for another new sewing tutorial! Until then, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Sewing Denim, Broken Serger, and More Sewing Space



A Sew Your Stash update is sooo long overdue!  It seems like we’ve been busy or sick every single day since my last update, but I still have a lot to talk about!

If you’re new and don’t know what Sew Your Stash is, it is a challenge I started this year to focus on sewing using fabric and supplies from my stash without buying new materials.  I am also trying to finish WIPs that have gone unfinished for far to long.  There is a facebook group for the challenge full of inspiration and almost 8,000 members!

Since my last update I have been busy making aprons, skirts, a denim rag quilt and more! Check out the video HERE to see what I made!

I also managed to break my serger (watch the video to hear how that happened!).  But the most exciting thing that happened is I’m taking back my sewing space!  My younger daughter had been sleeping in the sewing room for a couple of months and she has been transitioned back into the same bedroom as my older daughter!  This means I have more space and can sew after the kids go to bed!

What have you been working on in the past couple of months? I would love to see pics!  You can share them on the Whitney Sews facebook page or on instagram with #WhitneySews

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

 

Cast Iron Skillet Handle Cover



My mother-in-law gave me some cast iron skillets a few years ago, but it wasn’t until recently (because of watching lots of homesteaders on youTube!) that I finally started using them.  The problem is that I’m pretty forgetful and have been known to grab many hot handles.  So I tried to keep a small potholder draped over the handle as an IT’S HOT! reminder.  I finally just decided to make an actual handle cover.

I traced around my handle and did some measuring and came up with a pattern measuring 6 1/8 by 3 1/2 inches with a curve at the top.  (This ended up a little too long so I recommend going with 5 3/4 inches for the length if you have a similar skillet).

I used one layer of THIS batting on each side of the handle cover.

You can definitely use two layers or a heat proof material (like THIS one) if you want.  Besides the pattern and an insulating layer you will also need 4 pieces of fabric measuring about 7 x 4 inches.  These can be solid pieces or pieced from scraps.  I went with two scrappy for the outsides and two solid for the lining.

Check out the full tutorial HERE!

What items do you like to make with your scraps?  Want to see more scrappy projects from me?  Check out an entire playlist of them right HERE!

Make sure to come back next week for another new video and until then, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Tiered Skirt How to



I’ve been wanting to make a tiered, patchwork skirt for a while. I was putting it off because I was afraid I would start the project and loss steam partway through, then it would forever sit in my WIP pile.  So when I found a beautiful plaid patchwork curtain at the thrift store I knew it was meant to be!  All the plaids were already nicely pieced together and all I had to do was cut it into rows and gather them together into the tiers of my skirt.  I added an elastic waistband which makes the skirt so comfortable to wear.

Check out the full how to HERE to see how I easily turned a curtain into a cute, lined skirt in only a few hours!

I had a little bit of fabric left over so I made a matching skirt for my daughter!

Of course I know not everyone was a great curtain to start with.  In that case you can use regular fabric yardage and cut several strips width of fabric to use.  You can also piece several fabrics together to make your own patchwork material if that is the look you want.  I will have another video coming in a couple of weeks showing the quickest and easiest way to do that.

I’m actually planning on sharing several videos this Summer and Fall showing how you can transform old clothes in your closet and thrift store items into new clothes for yourself!  I’m very excited about all the videos and hope you are too!  Make sure to subscribe if you haven’t already so you don’t miss out on any of those videos.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!
-Whitney-

Reversible Apron – Kid Size

Last week’s how to was all about my daughter Skyler.  So this week I have a project just perfect for Peyton!  I started wearing aprons a couple of months ago when cooking and cleaning and Peyton took an interest in them.  So I wanted to make a special apron just for her.

If you know toddlers you know they LOVE pockets!  So I made sure to not only include a pocket on each side (did I mention the apron is reversible?!?), but also give the pockets some dimension with pleats in the bottom so it is easier to take things in and out.  I also made sure the neck strap is easy to adjust so it can grow with Peyton.

I made my apron from several fabrics from my stash, but you can make the entire project using as few as 4 fat quarters.

You will need to start by drawing out your apron pattern.  Below is a graphic showing the pattern shape and dimensions.  It’s easiest to mark a center line, the top edge and bottom, and the straight sides.  Then free hand the curved areas on one side.  Fold the pattern along the vertical center line and cut through both layers of paper at once to make your pattern symmetrical.

Once you’ve created your pattern cut out all of the pieces listed below.

Once you have all the pieces shown here and you are ready to start sewing!

Follow along with my step-by-step video tutorial to put your apron together.  Click HERE to watch!

You can use a button and button hole for the closure on the neck strap, but I wanted to use snaps for mine.  I use THIS snap setting kit.

Snaps are easy to install and use.  If you don’t know how to install a snap, click HERE to learn how.

I didn’t mention in the snap video, but if you are installing a snap through a couple of layers of thin material the snap post can sometimes end up taking up too make space in the female side of the snap after it’s set.  This is because there wasn’t enough thickness of the materials to use up that length of the post.  This can keep the male side from having enough room to fit inside and securely snap in place.  You can remedy this by cutting the tiniest bit off the end of the post before installing the snap.

If you give this or any other of my tutorials a try please share a pic with me on the Whitney Sews facebook page or on Instagram with #WhitneySews.

Come back next week to learn how I made 2 cute gathered skirts out of one curtain!  Until then, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

DIY Pacifier Leashes in 2 EASY Ways

My daughter Skyler has entered a stage where she likes to drop things for fun. This has resulted in countless lost pacifiers at stores, the zoo, and everywhere else. It finally dawned on me that I should make some pacifier leashes for her.

I decided to create two very different style of leashes that serve the same purpose.  The first uses a scrap of fabric, a plastic clip, and a snap.  The second is a no sew version made from a piece of leather, two rivets, a plastic clip, and a silicon pacifier holder.

Both versions are easy to make and work perfectly.

Check out the full video tutorial HERE!

Interested in any of the supplies I used?? Check out the links below:
Snap Setter – http://amzn.to/2jOG6r9
Rotary Cutter – http://amzn.to/2ohydPI
Hole Punch – http://amzn.to/2rS0mek
Pacifier Clips – https://ilikebigbuttons.com/collections/pacifier-supplies
Silicone Pacifier Holder – https://ilikebigbuttons.com/collections/pacifier-supplies/adapters
Rivets – http://amzn.to/2nDEAdj
Setting Kit – http://amzn.to/2nqRESr

**My daughter is already a year old and mobile so I made her leashes longer than I would have for a younger baby, so feel free to adjust the lengths to better suit your needs.  As with any project intended for children, please use caution and if anything seems wrong don’t use it!**

I hope you all enjoyed this project! Let me know in the comments if you want to see more baby/kid how tos.  A new sewing tutorial is coming next Wednesday!  Until then, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Viking Costume and New Channel!


Last month Jeremiah and I went to our local Medieval Faire and had a blast!  We are the kind of people who can’t just attend a faire or festival…we are the kind who go all out and dress for the occasion.

This year Jeremiah requested a viking style costume for the event (there is a viking festival in Oklahoma we are considering attending later this year).  So I pulled from my stash and made his a costume.

The red material is a bleached muslin fabric I thrifted (14 yards for $3.50!) then Jeremiah hand dyed it.  We were planning on using it for a different costume, but we measured wrong and didn’t dye enough of it.  However it worked out perfectly for this costume!  The pants were made from an old black sheet.

Check out the video HERE to see how I created the tunic and pants!

Doesn’t Peyton look adorable in her Snow White costume?!?  Click HERE to see how it was made!

Skyler wore the green dress I made two years ago for Peyton.  HERE is a video about that dress!

I made a super simple dress for myself to wear with a purple Damsel in this Dress corset.  I also made leather Celtic inspired shoes that I wore to the faire!  I will have a separate video coming soon showing how I made the shoes.

Since going to the Medieval Faire we also made a trip to Sea World!  My dad took the entire family and we had a great time!  We got to try out our new vlogging camera and its waterproof case while at the park.  Check out the vacation video HERE!

That video is actually on my new channel that I just launched called Whitney’s Tiny Life.  There have been lots of things I’ve wanted to film/share lately that doesn’t really fit into my Whitney Sews channel so I decided to start a separate channel for family videos, vlogs, etc. If you’re interested in any of that make sure to subscribe to Whitney’s Tiny Life!

Well, I think that is everything for this week!  Make sure to come back next Wednesday for another new video. Until then, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Lined Tote With Outer Pockets

It’s pretty safe to say that bags with pockets are the most highly requested tutorials!  So I am here today to teach you how to make a tote bag with outer pockets.  I will have other types of bags and pockets in future how tos.

This bag features a pocket on the front and back of the bag with piping at the top edges.  I chose to use 5 different fabrics on mine because I’m using only fabrics from my stash (see more about that challenge here).  I think it gave the bag a fun, colorful look, but you can use as few as 2-3 fabrics.  I also show a different way to make fully finished straps that I have never shown before.

Check out the full video tutorial HERE!

Like the structure of my tote bag?!?  I do too!  It’s all because of the Bosal In-R-Foam Plus double sided fusible stabilizer that I used.  I really love the structure the foam gives to bags and other projects, but it is still easy to sew through.  You can fuse fabrics onto both sides of the foam as long as you have your iron’s steam turned off.  I forgot to turn the steam off so I did have a little difficultly with the double sides, but it was user error on my part.  You can see this on the yellow side where it is a little rippled looking.  There is a single sided version that would also work great for this project if you don’t want to deal with the fusible on both sides.

Once you have your stabilizer and fabrics selected you are ready to start cutting out all the bag parts.  Below is a chart you can PIN to refer back to when cutting your pieces for the bag.

Here’s how all your pieces should look after they are cut.  Then you are ready to start sewing.

If you chose to use piping like I did you will need two pieces measuring at least 13 inches each.

Below is a list of all the supplies I used for this project if you want to check them out-

Bosal In-R-Foam - http://amzn.to/2qfNrlz
Craft clips (small and large) - http://amzn.to/2oxtsm0
Fiskars Rotary Cutter - http://amzn.to/2ohf1C5
Dritz Cutting Mat - http://amzn.to/2onxtWJ
Omnigrid Rulers - http://amzn.to/2oF4bSH

What other kinds of projects do you want to see how tos for??  Make sure to come back next Wednesday for another new DIY.  Until then, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

 

 

Busy Book Show and Tell



It’s finally finished!!  I started making a busy book long before I even had kids and now that my daughter is 2 I finally finished it! It was a lot of work, but I’m so happy with how the entire book turned out.

I show off every single page and detail in the video HERE!

Below is a chart full of measurements and info to use if you want to create your own busy book.

Want to learn how to make the cover??  Watch the full tutorial HERE!

If you want to make a busy book the same size as mine use the measurements listed below:

Cover and Inside of Cover - 9 x 9 1/2 inches (working space 8 x 8 1/2)
Pages 1/8 & 2/7 - 9 x 9 1/4 inches (working space 8 x 8 1/4)
Pages 3/6 & 4/5 - 9 x 9 inches (working space 8 x 8)

The pages have to be sewn together in a specific order so they are on the right sides. The chart shows those layouts.

Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance to attach the pages in pairs. Then add a layer of fusible fleece (here’s the one I recommend)

Pair up your page spreads according to the sets shown above (Ex. 1/8 & 2/7) and place them right sides together.  Sew around the outer edges to attach leaving a few inches open to turn through.  Turn right sides out and top stitch all the way around.

Sew the first set to the cover with two straight lines of stitching about 1/4 inch to either side of the center line.  Then add the center page spread on top and sew a line down the center to attach.  Be very careful because you will be sewing through a LOT of layers!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my completed busy book and gained some inspiration for your own!  Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Lined Tote Bags – 2 EASY Ways!


Last week someone asked me a question about tote bags in the Sew Your Stash facebook group.   I quickly realized that I had never made a tutorial for lined tote bags that did not have boxed corners.  So I decided what is better than one tutorial for a basic lined tote bag….two lined tote bags!

I show two very easy ways to create tote bags.  This is a great project for sewers of any skill level.

For the first method you sew the lining and outer together and turn over the top edge to take care of the raw edges, then add the straps.  This way is best for basic cotton fabrics and store bought strap materials.

This second method is sewn together with the outer and lining right sides together then flipped through an opening in the lining.  The straps are added when the outer and lining are sewn together.  This version is the one to use if you have heavier fabrics and want to make your own fabric straps.

Click HERE to learn how to make both versions in the step-by-step video tutorial!

Want to see how easy bag how tos??  Check out the entire playlist HERE!

Let me know in the comments what other tutorials you would like to see on Whitney Sews and until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-