Bridal Shower Gift/Activity

April Showers…. generally that means rain to get the ground ready for Spring.  But around my house, it recently meant baby showers.  My daughter was hosting a shower for a friend who was having twins – these were her first children, so of course there were not any ‘leftovers’ in the essentials department (namely onesies and burp cloths).  The expectant mother had asked for those types of items as part of the gifts being brought to greet her little darlings.

So, being inventive, that’s what my daughter and the girls decided to do for the baby shower.  They purchased a bunch of plain onesies, and cloth  diapers to use as burp cloths.  Then (with permission) they raided my stash of small fabric pieces.  Each particpant at the shower was given a blank canvas (onesie or diaper) to work with – and they created appliques to go on their ‘canvas’.  The applique was made using fusible webbing (Wonder Under in this case).

Everyone had lots of fun exploring their creativity, even though many of them had never touched a sewing machine.  Here are some pictures of what they came up with (click the picture to see the larger image).

After the shower, I got to do my part – doing the actual applique stitching on the projects.  So as you can see, this is a shower idea that even a group of non-sewers can do!  (Just make sure you have at least one person willing and able to do the final stitching!)

Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing
Sheila

Chenille Heart Table Toppers

Spring? We’re still looking at snow on the ground here in the midwest, so I can’t exactly say that spring is in the air – but Valentine’s day is coming and that does tend to give people a ‘spring’ feeling for a few days.

With that in mind – I thought this might be a good time for a new valentine project. So here it is, and I hope you enjoy it!

Chenille Valentine Table Toppers and Hot Pads

In addition to your sewing machine, you will need:

  • 2 yards of a pink/red plaid homespun fabric
  • 2 yards of a solid pink or red fabric (I used pink)
  • 1 Olfa Chenille Cutter
  • 1 acrylic ruler
  • Erasable fabric marker/pencil
  • Heart Template (I made a free-hand template that measured 13”x 18”)

Cut the solid fabric into two one-yard pieces.

Cut one of the yards of solid fabric in half (so it becomes two pieces, each 45” x 18”), set the other one-yard piece aside to make the bias tape later.

Cut your homespun plaid into 4 pieces, each 45” x 18”.

Layer the fabrics as follows: 2 layers of solid pink, with 4 layers of plaid homespun on top. Remember to keep your right sides up on all these fabrics.

For those who have not read my blog post on dealing with prints when making a chenilled fabric, I suggest checking that post out now: Chenille Baby Blanket.  If you want the plaid to show properly, you need to stack the plaid fabric pieces so the print will match.

Once all fabrics are stacked to your satisfaction, pin the layers in place and using the acrylic ruler, mark your first stitching line for your channels. If you are making your first piece of chenilled fabric, please see this link for more information on stitching channels: Make Your Own Chenille.   Make your channel stitches ½” apart for this project.

Channel Stitches

Channel Stitches

Chenille Cutter

Chenille Cutter

Once all your channels have been stitched, select the foot of your chenille cutter that best fits into the channels (not too tightly or loosely) and cut through the top four layers of fabric in each channel. (In other words, you are only cutting through the four pieces of plaid, not the solid.)

Cut out your two hearts – mine measured 13”x 18”.

You should also have enough fabric to make two potholders – I made mine 8”x 9”, but they can be square if you want.

Using the layer of solid pink that was set aside previously, make a bias-cut seam binding and bind each of the pieces, you may want to leave a loop on the pot holders to hang them.

Finally, wash and dry your projects to allow the chenille to ‘bloom’.

Interested in more about making chenille fabrics?  Check out these posts:

Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing
Sheila

Free Pattern: Crochet Turkey

Hello everyone – it’s almost Thanksgiving, and for many of us here in the US, that means family gatherings – decorating the table, and turkey!

So, what better post for this coming holiday than my new friend Tom? He’s another great pattern from Lion Brand® Yarn!

Tom is a crocheted amigurumi (stuffed animal), made using continuous rounds.

Tom Turkey

Pattern Difficulty
Easy (and here is a link to the pattern difficulty chart used by Lion Brand)

Size
Approximately 7 inches

Supplies

  • Color A – 1 skein of Vanna’s Choice Yarn: Chocolate (860-126)
  • Color B – 1 skein of Vanna’s Choice Yarn: Mustard (860-158)
  • Color C – 1 skein of Vanna’s Choice Yarn: Cranberry (860-180)
  • Color D – 1 skein of Vanna’s Choice Yarn: Honey (860-130)
  • Lion Brand Crochet Hook – Size G6
  • Large Eyed Blunt Needle
  • 1 pair plastic Safety Eyes: 6mm diameter
  • Fiberfill Stuffing

GAUGE:

EXACT GAUGE IS NOT ESSENTIAL FOR THIS PROJECT. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

STITCH EXPLANATION:

sc2tog (sc decrease) Insert hook into st and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.

NOTES:

Work in continuous rnds; do not join or turn unless otherwise instructed.

HEAD AND BODY

  • Beg at top of head, with A, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch. Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
  • Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
  • Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around – 18 sc.
  • Rnds 4 -8: Sc in each sc around.
  • Rnd 9: *Sc2tog, sc in next st, rep from * around – 12 sts.
  • Following package instructions, attach safety eyes.
  • Rnds 10 -13: Sc in each sc around.
  • Begin stuffing piece, add additional stuffing as work continues.
  • Rnd 14: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, rep from * around – 15 sts.
  • Rnd 15: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts, rep from * around – 18 sts.
  • Rnd 16: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts, rep from * around – 21 sts.
  • Rnd 17: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 6 sts, rep from * around – 24 sts.
  • Rnd 18: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 7 sts, rep from * around – 27 sts.
  • Rnd 19: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 8 sts, rep from * around – 30 sts.
  • Rnd 20: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 9 sts, rep from * around – 33 sts.
  • Rnd 21: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 10 sts, rep from * around – 36 sts.
  • Rnds 22 -26: Sc in each sc around.
  • Rnd 27: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 4 sts, rep from * around – 30 sts.
  • Rnd 28: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 3 sts, rep from * around – 24 sts.
  • Rnd 29: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * around – 18 sts.
  • Rnd 30: *Sc2tog, sc in next st, rep from * around – 12 sts.
  • Rnd 31: *Sc2tog * around – 6 sts.
  • Fasten off.

BEAK

  • With B, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: Work 3 sc in first ch. Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
  • Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st around – 6 sc.
  • Rnd 3: Sc in each st around.
  • Fasten off.

WATTLE

  • With C, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch. Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
  • Rnd 2: Sc in each sc around.
  • Rnd 3: Sc2tog, sc in each of next 4 sts- 5 sts.
  • Rnd 4: Sc2tog, sc in each of next 3 sts- 4 sts.
  • Rnd 5: Sc2tog, sc in each of next 2 sts- 3 sts.
  • Fasten off.

WINGS (make 2)

  • With A, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch. Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
  • Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc.
  • Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around –18 sc.
  • Rnds 4 -9: Sc in each sc around.
  • Rnd 10: *Sc2tog, sc in next st, rep from * around – 12 sts.
  • Rnd 11: *Sc2tog, rep from * around – 6 sts.

TAIL

  • With C, ch 5.
  • Row 1: Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across – 8 sts.
  • Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
  • Row 3: Ch 1, turn, *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * across – 12 sc.
  • Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. Change to D.
  • Row 5: Ch 1, turn, *2 sc in next st, sc in each of the next 2 sts, rep from * across – 16 sc.
  • Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
  • Row 7: Ch 1, turn, *2 sc in next st, sc in each of the next 3 sts, rep from * across – 20 sc.
  • Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. Change to B.
  • Row 9: Ch 1, turn, *2 sc in next st, sc in each of the next 4 sts, rep from * across – 24 sc.
  • Row 10: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
  • Row 11: Ch 1, turn, *2 sc in next st, sc in each of the next 5 sts, rep from * across – 28 sc.
  • Row 12: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
  • Fasten off.

FEET (make 2)

  • With D, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch. Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
  • Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc. Stuff foot lightly.
  • Rnd 3: Sc2tog, 2 sc, sc2tog, sc2tog, 2 sc, sc2tog- 8 sts.
  • Rnd 4: *Sc2tog, rep from * around – 4 sts.
  • Rnds 5 -7: Sc in each st around.
  • Fasten off.

FINISHING

  • Flatten Beak, add a tiny amount of stuffing, and sew to to head.
  • Stuff Wattle lightly, and sew below Beak. Flatten Wings and sew to Body. Sew Feet to body.
  • Sew Tail to back of body.
  • Weave in ends.

Now, here’s a turkey that won’t require a Presidential Pardon to be able to enjoy the days after Thanksgiving!

I’ll have another fun pattern for you tomorrow!
Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing
Sheila