12 Days of Ruby Star

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In the hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

I put down some whisky, some carrots and pies,
All ready for Santa, a feast for his eyes.
Then I looked at the scene with a note of dismay,
“Something is missing”, a voice seemed to say.

“When I ride through the night on my big wooden sleigh,
I could do with a pillow where my head could lay”.
I rushed to my sewing room, quick as a flash,
And rummaged around in my copious stash.

And there just the thing for this big stocking filler,
Was some fabric I’d wangled from Melody Miller.
Ruby Star Rising and Shining so bright,
A perfect  selection for midwinter’s night.

These aren’t Christmas colours”, I said to myself,
But I thought they were perfect for such a great elf.
So I cut out some Kona in quarter inch strips,
Sewed them onto the Ruby Spring quickety quick.

I added some strips about two inches wide,
Then I added a couple more strips on the side.
I was singing some carols about love and peace,
As I ironed the top to some fusible fleece.

Next I rummaged around in my threadbox so nifty,
And settled on some of my Aurifil 50.
I quilted and bound it and backed it at last,
For I heard reindeer approaching ever so fast.

I tiptoed downstairs, placed it right on the hearth,
Just in time to hear Santa Claus’ big belly laugh.
“Ho Ho Ho,” said the big man, “What on earth have we here.
A pillow for me? Why thank you my dear.”

“I get really tired, flying all through the night,
And the pillow you’ve made me is such a sweet sight.
When I’ve stopped at each house and had one or two drinks,
I can lay down my head and enjoy forty winks.”

And thus I began a new Christmas tradition,
A pillow to help the big man on his mission.
And so if you really and truly believe,
Make a pillow for Santa on each Christmas Eve.

I wanted to chat to Saint Nicholas more,
But I saw he was soon heading out of the door.
Pray tarry St Nicholas, chat for a while,
“I’ve got work to do”, he said with a smile.

“I’ve got to deliver all of these toys,
To hundreds and thousands of good girls and boys.
So off I must go without any delay,
And get this lot sorted before Christmas Day.”

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

12 Days of Ruby Star | Melody’s Signature Headscarf

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Happy Christmas Eve!  On this 12th day of Ruby Star, I’m going to show you how to make a classic Melody Miller headscarf out of Ruby Star fabric.

First, download and print your template.  Be sure to print at full scale!  Now, cut along the diagonal line that best describes your head (pixie, melody size, or big hair!)

Fold your fabric in half and align the short end of the triangle with your fold.  Use a straight edge and rotary cutter to cut 1/4″ outside the 2 long edges of the triangle.  (Sadly, the 8.5″ x 11″ paper template isn’t big enough for my seam allowances. You have no idea how this disappoints me:)

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The next part is the easiest ever. For heavier-weight fabrics from my fall lines, simply fold and iron all three edges back toward the wrong side of the fabric by 1/4″. A little starch will give you nice crisp edges. Trim away any wonky points. Then do a nice wide zig-zag stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance around all three edges capturing the folded edge on the back.

Alternately, you can first zig-zag stitch or serge the three edges and then fold back by 1/4″.  If you do this, you can stitch the folds down with a decorative stitch.  See… fancy!

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Now all you have to do is attach a ribbon.  You’ll need about 40″ for this project. For some reason I seem to have a lot of sheer ribbon (probably because it’s always in the dollar bin at Michael’s), so that’s what I like to use.  I would recommend avoiding slippery satin ribbons because it may come untied and awkward social situations will ensue.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Fold your ribbon in half and pinch a crease in the center. Line up this crease with the center of your scarf. Stitch the ribbon down along the longest edge of the triangle, as close to the edge of the fabric as you can get it. I like to stitch both long sides of the ribbon down to the fabric.

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You can see the design of the fabric through the ribbon.  Isn’t that pretty?

And… voila!  You have a classic Melody Miller headscarf!

Okay, I’m gonna show you one more thing: how to make a reversible scarf with a pretty trim. It’s easy-peasy. Cut out 2 fabrics using your template. If you have a pretty piece of trim, pin it to the long side of one of the triangles, about 1/2″ away from the edge.

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Sew the trim down. Put this triangle right-sides-together with the other, and sew all the way around with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Leave a 4″ opening on one of the short sides.  Turn the scarf right side out, and press. Topstitch along all 3 sides with a 1/8″ seam allowance, closing the 4″ opening.  Attach ribbon to the opposite side from the trim according to the instructions above.
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Now, let’s talk about the most important part of this project: how to wear your scarf.  I have many years of experience under my belt, and I’m willing to share some of my best tips here.

1) Do your ears poke out? Mine do. Make sure the scarf sits on top of your ears. See? Problem solved.

2) Does pulling baby hairs out of the back of your neck not sound like a good time?  Pin your hair up quickly before you tie the scarf on.  Then you can tie it happily with all your hair out of the way.  Do you look extra-awesome now? Leave your hair pinned up!  Not so much? Let it back down.

3) Do you look like you’re ready for a day of yard work?  Well, change your clothes, lady. Wear a cute outfit with your scarf… hello.

4) Having weird face or hair shape issues? (We never said this was effortless).  Push the scarf back so the front of your hair will show.  Don’t tie it too tight unless that flatters you, whereupon tie it tighter! Move your hair around until it has the right shape in combo with your scarf.  There, that’s better.

I hope to see lots of pics of people sporting their new scarves… Happy Holidays!

12 Days of Ruby Star | Shruti’s Samosa Wristlet

I am Shruti and I live on the other side of the world (well, from most of you), in India. I blog at 13 Woodhouse Road.I was awed when I opened my blue envelope from Melody. I think its the most awesome-st (is that even a word?) fabric I have laid my hands on… And guess what? Its not even on the market yet!

Yeah, I received 2 wonderful generous fabric cuts of Ruby Star Shining!

Here’s my simple recipe for making some fun “Samosa” wristlets!

Step # 1 : Cut your fabric

You’ll need
Two  6.5″ squares from the outer fabric – I have fussy cut the typewriters
Two 6.5″ squares from the lining fabric – I used the floral fabric
Two 2.5″ x 3.5″ for the zipper ends
One 2″ x 12.5″ strip for the loop
One 7″ zipper – I used a larger one and trimmed it down.

Step # 2 : Pressing

Fold all the 4 squares 1/4″ and press along one edge. If you are using a directional print like me, make sure you press the TOP edge.

Also press two of the opposite edges of the 3″ squares 1/4″

Step # 3 : Zipper

Pin and sew the 2.5″ x 3.5″ strip to the end of the zipper as shown.

Lay the zipper on the 6.5″ square as shown and trim it down to size.

Attach the other 2.5″ x 3.5″ fabric to the other side. And trim it to the zipper width.

Now it looks nice, doesn’t it?

Now attach your zipper foot to the machine and sew the zipper to the lining and outer fabric in that order. Now you’ll know why I pressed that 1/4″ on one side. I just align it with the zipper and sew!

Dont worry if your pouch does not stay flat! It wont matter.

Repeat on the other side.

You do not need to trim the ends of the zipper, but if you must, trim them at least 1/2″ beyond the edge of the fabric.

Step # 4 : Making the loop

Make the loop as you like. I just folded the selvedge over and stitched it. You can use a ribbon or even left over binding!

Step # 5 : Finish the pouch!

OPEN the zipper. (You’ll thank me for saying this)

Lay the pouch as shown (both lining pieces RIGHT side together and both outer fabric Right Side Together) and sew the BOTTOM edges of the lining fabric together leaving a 2.5″ opening to turn out the pouch.

Repeat with the outer fabric without the opening.

Insert the loop one one SIDE and baste it between the two outer fabric pieces.

Sew along the side starting from the bottom edge towards the zipper. Sew as close to the zipper as you can, backstitching at both ends and over the loop.

DO NOT stitch OVER the zipper.
Now fold the other side of the pouch such that the zipper is at the center of the fold

Pin in place and stitch along the edges backstitching at both ends.

Now turn your pouch inside out. Poke the corners out and topstitch the opening.

Your Samosa is ready!

You can even make a coin pouch from 4 charm squares and a few scraps. Or you can use scraps to make a block of your choice and trim it down to 6.5″ square for the outer fabric!
Go ahead! Make those lovely samosas for your dear ones. Once you get the hang of it, you can make one in about 15 minutes!!! And dont you worry about making it perfect… As Takashi Nakamura says, “If you ever come across a piece of pottery that is perfect, you can be confident that it was produced by a machine. With pottery, you must seek near perfection. If you look carefully enough, you will always find some slight blemish that serves to remind us that the piece was crafted by a human hand. The longer you have to search, the greater the craftman, for it was only Giotto who was able to draw the perfect circle.”
Now dont go scratching your brains about who Nakamura was, he is a character in Jeffrey Archer’s False Impression! I just finished reading it!
Merry Christmas!!!

12 Days of Ruby Star | Sha’s iPad Case

Surprise, Fat Quarterly readers!  Today is our second double project day in the 12 Days of Ruby Star, with Sharon’s take on an iPad case to complement the one from Amber posted earlier today.  Between the two tutorials, we hope you can find one to best meet your favorite sewing styles.  Enjoy!

Hi Everyone! I am thrilled to be here on FatQuarterly! My name is Sha and I blog at Craizee Corners.

Here’s a little fact about me…I am ’Craizee’ about zippered bags. I make them in all different shapes and sizes. One of the my favorite bags to make is for my IPad, I like to change the case like I change purses, in other words to fit my mood and maybe to match my outfit. I am going to show you how I make IPad cases.

Materials needed:

  • 1 zipper at least 12“
  • 1 – 1 ½” x 8” piece of fabric to match the zipper
  • Thread to match the zipper
  • 1 – 22″ x 26”pieces of fabric for the inside of the bag
  • 1 – 9 ½” x 11 ½” piece of fabric for the outside back (Piece B)
  • 1 – 22” x 26” batting
  • 1 – 9 ½” x 11 ½” front. This can be pieced however you want, but the end piece must be 9 ½” x 11 ½” (Piece A)
Assembly:
1. Take each 22” x 26” piece of batting and top with the 22” x 26” inside fabric with the right side of the fabric facing up. Cut 2 – 10” x 12”pieces.
2. Turn the pieces you just cut over and put the outside front piece (Piece A) face up on the batting side. Do the same with the second piece, but use the 9 ½” x 11 ½” outside back piece (piece B). You will have two 3 layered piece, with the batting in the middle and the right sides of the fabric facing out. The top piece will be slightly smaller than the batting and inside piece.
Quilt the 2 sandwiches anyway you would like, leaving at least ½” from the outside un-quilted.

Now you should have 2 pieces that look like this:

Note: some of the pics I took with the Ruby Star fabric didn’t turn out well, so I am using other photos for some of the steps.

Trim the top piece (with the fussy cut frame) to 9 ½” x 11” 1/2”. Then place the trimmed piece on top of other quilted piece and trim to match.
Preparing the Zipper:

Take the 1 ½” x 8” piece that matches the color of the zipper and press it in half width wise. Then open it up and press the sides to the center. This will be a double folded piece of bias tape. Cut into 2 – 4” pieces.



Sew across the zipper to keep the 2 pieces in place and then trim the close to the seam you just sewed. Then nestle the cut zipper piece inside the bias tape you just made and sew very close to the left side of the fold. No need for a zipper foot here. Trim the bias tape even with the edges of the zipper.


Measure across the top of the bag pieces, it should be 9 ½”, but measure to be sure. You want to cut the zipper 1” smaller than that measurement.

Note – Make sure the zipper pull is inside the zipper before you sew.

Repeat the steps above to prepare the zipper with the other side. Your zipper should now look like this:

Adding the zipper:

Note – you do not need a zipper foot for this but I do recommend you use your all purpose foot and not your ¼” foot. You will be doing a zig zag stitch and the  ¼”  foot might not be able to do a zig zag stitch.

Lay the front of the bag outside piece up on your surface. Put the zipper with the pull side down along the top edge of the front of your bag. Make sure the zipper is centered along the top (about ½” in from the sides).

Sew along the top edge halfway between the zipper teeth and the edge. Backstitch a few stitches at the beginning and end of the seam.

Now it’s time to finish that raw edge. Set your machine to the zig-zag stitch and sew. The left side of the stitch will be on the fabric and the right side will be right past the fabric so the entire raw edge will be covered. When done select the straight stitch again.


Flip the zipper up so it is above the front of the bag and with a straight stitch sew a line right below the zipper, making sure to catch the finished edge of the zipper underneath.

Repeat with the other side of the bag, being sure to attach the zipper to the outside part.
You will then have a piece that looks like this:
Finishing the bag:
Before you go any further make sure the zipper is at least ½” opened.
With the insides of the bag facing out (or right sides together) pin along the sides and bottom of the bag. At the bottom 2 corners measure ½” from each side of the corner. Draw a diagonal line between those 2 lines. Sew along the side, then along the diagonal, then along the bottom, other diagonal and the other side. Backstitch a few stitches at the start and finish. Trim along the diagonal lines.

Finish these raw edges with a zig zag stitch just like before.

Turn the bag right side out and you have a quilted IPad case.

Craizee Corners to see other tutorials, patterns and some fun giveaways, and tell me that Fat Quarterly sent you!

12 Days of Ruby Star | Amber’s iPad Case

Hello from sunny {well, usually..it’s rainy right now} Hawaii! I’m Amber from One Shabby Chick and I am thrilled to be here today to share this tutorial with all of you for the 12 days of Ruby Star.

I have this tutorial up on my blog but thought I’d change it up a bit with a patchwork front and Melody’s Ruby Star fabric lines are so perfect for that – such fun designs to mix and match!

An iPad cover Tutorial

Material list:

  • 6” piece of Iron-on Velcro
  • Fabric for outside pouch – you will need your improv block piece and one back piece that is 10” x 12” (we will be cutting them down after we quilt them – I like to leave a little room for quilting shrinkage)
  • Fabric for fold-over flap – two pieces that are 5.5” x 8”
  • Fabric for lining –2 pieces that are 9.5” x 11.5”
  • Scrap fabric for optional back pocket (my pocket measures 3” x 7.5” finished)
  • Batting – 2 pieces that are 10” x 12” for the outside pouch and one piece that is 5.5” x 8” for the fold-over flap
  • Fusible Fleece – 2 pieces that are 10” x 12” and one piece that is 5.5” x 8”
  • Matching thread (I used an off-white for the whole thing)

NOTE: Use a 1/4” seam allowance throughout unless otherwise specified

Making your cover:

  • Make an improv block piece that measures approx. 10” x 12”. I started with a fussy cut 5” square and then added pieces in until I got the size I wanted – like a rectangular log cabin block.

I also used some lightweight corduroy for the lining and back to give it a super-soft texture.

  • Iron your fusible fleece to the wrong side of both pieces of your outside fabric and one of your flap pieces.

  • Take your batting pieces that are 10” x 12” and position them under your fleece-lined outside fabric pieces. You can pin in a couple spots to ensure the fabric doesn’t slip.

  • Take your 5.5″ x 8″ batting and do the same with your fold-over flap piece.

  • Using your walking foot (a regular foot would be fine – a walking foot just helps all layers glide through the machine more smoothly), quilt your pieces.


I just started at the middle of my log cabin and sewed lines around the front, using my walking foot as a guide for the next line.

  • Quilt both outside pieces as well as the one piece of the fold-over flap that you attached the batting to.

You could do any type of quilting here – stippling, loops, diagonal quilting – I just chose to go with lines)

  • Trim quilted pieces to 9.5” x 11.5”.
  • If you are adding a back pocket, now it the time to sew it on to the back piece. Sew your pocket pieces right-sides together, leaving a small opening in the bottom for turning.
  • Turn right-sides out and iron.
  • Position pocket on your back piece and topstitch around the sides and bottom.

  • Place flap pieces right sides together and stitch along both sides and bottom, leaving top open. Turn right side out and use chopstick to gently push corners out.

  • Pin fold-over flap to the top edge of the back piece. Baste/sew using a 1/8” seam allowance.

  • Pin quilted fabric pieces right sides together (taking care if you are using a directional print to make sure it’s facing the right way) and sew along the two sides and bottom – re-enforcing the starting and ending points.

  • Leave top open.
  • Turn right sides out through top opening and use a chopstick (or a turning tool) to gently push out the corners. Iron top to help flatten it a bit.

  • Place lining pieces right sides together. Sew along sides and bottom of sandwich BUT leave a 6”-7” opening along the bottom {for turning cover right side out when it is all sewn together}. Do not turn lining right side out.
  • Place quilted fabric pouch inside your newly sewn lining pouch – right sides together.

  • Match up side seams and pin and then pin along the top edge at regular intervals.
  • Sew along the top edge with your walking foot using a 1/2” seam allowance. Go slowly since you are going through lots of layers…you may want to go around twice for added stability.
  • Pull quilted pouch out through opening in lining bottom.
  • Turn pouch right sides out and sew up hole in lining bottom.

  • Push lining into outside pouch and iron along top opening.

  • Topstitch around the entire top opening.

  • Fold over your flap and decide how tight you want your pouch to close – mark where you want your velcro to be on the front of your pouch and your flap piece.

  • Attach Velcro per iron-on instructions.

You’re done! Enjoy your new iPad cover!

12 Days of Ruby Star | Wynn’s Handsewn Organizer Boxes

Hi! I’m Wynn from zakkaArt and it’s my pleasure to share a really easy Christmas gift idea here at 12 days of Ruby Star FQ challenge.

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What you need (for 10cm x 10cm x 10cm box):

-        A fat quarter exterior fabric (or more if you are making bigger boxes)

-        A fat quarter interior/lining fabric (or more if you are making bigger boxes)

-        Batting/Fleece (light or medium weight)

-        Needle and coordinating thread (for handsewing)

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(*Note: 1cm seam allowance is included in the all measurements given)

First of all, cut out 12cm x 12cm squares from both the exterior and interior fabrics as well as the fleece batting. Five pieces each.

Now we’ll make the first wall of the box.

Lay the batting down first followed by the exterior fabric (right side up) and then the interior fabric (wrong side up).

Pin the three layers in place.

Then sew the three layers together using backstitch throughout, leaving a small gap (about 4-5cm).  Trim the corners.

Turn inside out. Make sure to take care of the corners too. Press with hot dry iron.

Stitch close the gap using ladder stitch.

Repeat the same procedure for the other four walls of the box.

Now that you have all the five walls nicely done, the only thing you need to do is to sew connect them together using ladder stitch.

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There you go! You have completed your very own organizer box! There are many sizes you can make and many ways you can jazz up your box such as adding embellishments (i.e. lace, beads, buttons).

Hope you will enjoy making these organizer boxes for your loved ones this Christmas. Thank you Fat Quarterly and Melody Miller for this awesome chance to share this tutorial with you!

Merry Christmas!

12 Days of Ruby Star | Michelle’s Body Pillow Cover

Hello Fat Quarterly readers from sunny, cold, and snowy York Region! :) My name is Michelle Southern and I’m the gal behind Kinetic Quilts. I’m so glad to be writing this tutorial for you today and hope you’ll be inspired to make a project of your own using Melody Miller’s awesome Ruby Star fabric.

Body Pillow - cross-stitch bee panel as sent

I adore my long, comfy body pillow. They are a blessing to moms, people with joint pain, and anyone who likes to lounge around with a novel. The only trouble with mine is that when I bought it the only available pillow case was a polyester fabric that got quite static-y in the wash and wasn’t as pleasant as the crisp, cotton fabrics I use when quilting. I’d planned on making a new one but body pillows are long, and I didn’t want to “waste” the fabric that could be used in a quilt! However, when the opportunity came to use Melody Miller’s Ruby Star fabric in a project – any project I wanted – I jumped at the chance to showcase the big, bold, colourful prints in a quick and easy pattern that is suitable for the holiday gift-giving season.

Body Pillow - sewing a batik to Ruby Star

Pillows have different standard sizes, but body pillows vary in length and fluffability. It’s best to measure your pillow to get correct measurements for yours, and decide on how tight or loose you want the fabric to be around it. Loose is better because the pillows do not slip into the cases as easy as regular pillows, but if it’s too loose (and I say this from experience) your legs will feel wrapped up in the excess. It’s up to you to decide; you’ll get a feel for it when measuring, depending on how loose the current pillowcase is. My pillow measured 53” x 16” but the old case was several inches more on all sides. To make the case I wanted, I would need to use the original pillow measurements, add in a 1/4″ (or more) seam allowance, plus a few extra inches on the sides – and factor in the “hang” of the pillowcase opening.

Body Pillow - slash and sew!

To re-create this pillowcase for yourself, piece together a rectangle that is 2” wider than your pillow and several inches longer with scraps and slices of your favourite fabrics. I used the fabrics graciously sent to me by Melody Miller plus a green cotton from Daisy Janie and a dark purple and black marbled batik. Lay out the stitched panels often to see how they look. Use a matching single panel of fabric for the back of the pillowcase to save time (or do a quick slice and add as I did). Use a single piece for the pillowcase opening if possible because you will be folding it back inside and top-stitching it in place. The best tip I can give you is this: add a long strip about 2″ wide to the bottom of the entire front panel, because when you set the pillow on its side this strip is hidden and your pieced fabrics are visible and centred as you meant them to be.

Body Pillow - layout wherever there's space

Put completed sections over pillow and check for drape, size:

 Put completed sections over pillow and check for drape, size

Add strip along bottom, where pillow will rest

Body Pillow - finishing (top-stitching opening)

This project took about 5 hours to make, and that includes the cutting, planning, and sewing (the scrappier your panels, the longer it will take). If you have a few hours to spare you can make a gorgeous, lounge-worthy body pillowcase that is easily whipped up for special occasions, as a gift, or an anytime treat for yourself. The Ruby Star fabrics, with their cross-stitch motifs and coffee pots and cheerful flowers, could also be used to make a wonderful bench pillow for your kitchen, or a cushion for a bay window reading nook. And you can also use it as a long super-sized gift bag if you need to! Just insert the item and tie a ribbon at the top. May you have a joyful holiday season and a safe, prosperous new year!

Body Pillow - Back panel (opening is on right side)

Body Pillow - Natural habitat

Thanks so much for the great project idea, Michelle!  Michelle Southern is a writer and composer, and the quilter behind Kinetic Quilts and its innovative online quilt label system. She likes most of the same stuff you do and has a dog named Quincy. Visit one or both of them at http://kineticquilts.com

12 Days of Ruby Star | Cindy’s All-Star Stockings

Hey there. My name is Cindy Wright. I’m the owner of Pattern Patti Sewing Patterns and I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the 12 days of Ruby Star FQ challenge. I’ve had such fun coming up with a great way to use Melody Miller’s fabulous fabric. This is what I’ve got for you.

All-Star Stockings in two sizes

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The All-Star is a tube sock style stocking designed for the athlete or anyone who grew up in the 70’s or 80’s and wore tube socks with everything, like matching shorts or a bathing suit, perhaps. I have at least two acquaintances who match that description. I’m sure you do too. There’s no better fabric for such a project than Melody’s Ruby Star Rising. Very cool stuff!

Well, let’s get started. By the way, all seam allowances are ¼” and are included in the pattern pieces.

Materials needed:

Small amounts of fabric and fusible web, also called wonder under, for applying the applique.

Directions:

Print your pattern pages (found here) and cut out the patterns that you choose to use.

pattern pages printed cut

Using the patterns, cut out the fabric and fusible web. Cut 2 pieces of fabric for the exterior and 2 pieces of fabric for the liner. Follow the instructions on the applique pattern pieces for cutting the fabric and fusible web. Make sure you cut the fusible web so that the glue side is the right side. You’ll also need to cut a loop piece: 2”x5” for the small pattern and 3”x5” for the larger pattern.

cut

Press your applique pieces to the fusible web. Once they have cooled to the touch, peel the paper from the back and arrange your applique pieces on the stocking the way you like. Press the pieces to the stocking.

Note: For my example today, I’ve only cut enough applique pieces for one side of the stocking. The instructions printed on the applique pieces tell you to cut enough for both sides of the stocking.

applique pieces

Use your favorite stitch and sew the applique pieces to your stocking. A straight stitch would work. A zig-zag stitch would be nice. I like the blanket stitch. It makes the applique pop.

stitch applique

Next, we need to make the loop. Take your loop piece to your ironing board. We’re going to fold this like a bias binding. Fold the loop in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Open to show the center fold line. Fold the bottom of the loop toward the center, matching the raw edge to the center fold line. Fold the top of the loop toward the center, matching the raw edge to the center fold line. Fold both halves together. Your loop piece is ready for stitching.

steps of loop

Using a 1/8” seam allowance, stitch along both long edges of the loop. This will keep it closed and make it pretty.

stitch loop

Now we’re ready to construct the stocking. Place your stocking exterior pieces together and liner pieces together, right sides together. Stitch around the perimeter of the stocking exterior, using a ¼” seam allowance. Be sure to leave the top open. Repeat with the liner, only this time, you’re also going to leave an opening on the back side that is about 2” long. After stitching together, clip the inside curve of the foot close to the stitches a few times and trim the toe and heel seam allowance to about 1/8”. Do this for the exterior and the liner. This allows for nice, smooth curves.

stocking construction

Turn your liner right side out. Slide the liner into the exterior piece so that right sides are together.

liner turned and in

Make your loop piece into a loop by folding it. We’ll put it in place by sliding it between the exterior and the liner, folded end down, matching the raw edges of the loop and the liner/exterior. I placed mine on the back of the stocking, next to the back seam. Pin the loop in place.

loop placement

Sew your liner and exterior together by stitching around the opening.

stitch layers together

Pull your stocking liner out. Then, pull the exterior through the opening in the liner. Push out the toe and heel and make sure all of your curves are neat.

pulling stocking through

Fold the raw edges of the opening of the liner in and press them. Stitch the opening closed by hand for the neatest seam, or by machine for the lazy girl. That’s me.

opening

Push the liner into the exterior. Press the stocking very neatly, especially the opening. Topstitch around the opening to finish it up.

top

Yay! You’re finished. These stockings will be great for small gifts like gift cards, iPods, candy and other yummy goodies.

finished

Have fun and thanks so much to Fat Quarterly and Melody Miller for including me in the project. Be sure to pop by Patternpatti.com for more patterns perfect for gifts. Merry Christmas all!

12 Days of Ruby Star | Lu’s No-Sew Ker-istmas Ker-ackers

No English Christmas dinner table is complete without the Christmas Cracker – it’s a delightful combination of the tacky and ridiculous – complete with terrible joke, nasty plastic gift and tissue paper paper hat. Using this festive item as inspiration, I wanted to come up with a simple fabric version that could be used in the traditional way, or as an fun way of wrapping a special Christmas or birthday gift…and Melody’s fabulous fabrics are the cherries on the top for this quick and easy make. And the other bonus? They can be used over and over again, so they’re eco friendly as well as cute!

You will need:

  • 2 pieces of fabric 8.5 inches wide by 11.75 inches
  • 2 pieces of cardboard tube (i used the inside of a kitchen towel) 4 inches long
  • Several pieces of ribbon for ties in pretty colours – around 16 inches long
  • Spray starch
  • Iron
  • Rotary cutter and ruler
  • Scissors for cutting cardboard
  • Tape
  • Small amount of fusible web cut into strips
  • Pencil
  • Strong double sided tape
  • Pinking shears or decorative scissors (optional)

Instructions:

1. Take one of the cardboard tubes and cut through it lengthways. Cut around half an inch off then tape back together to make a smaller tube. (See figure 1) Put aside for later.

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2. Spray starch the fabric.

3. Put one of the pieces of fabric in front of you with the wrong side facing upwards and with the short sides top and bottom. Fold the top over by 3 inches and press. Use the fusible web to secure into place. Do the same to the other piece of fabric.

4. With the pencil, draw a line 1/2 an inch underneath the raw edge.

5. Draw another line on the opposite edge, 1 inch from the bottom.

6. Use this as a guide to fold the bottom edge up by 1/2 an inch. Press and secure with fusible web. Repeat on other piece of fabric. (See figure 2)

7. Trim the left hand side of the long edge using pinking shears or decorative scissors if required.

8. Place strips of doubled sided tape all over the fabric, making sure 1 piece is close to the ‘hem’ of the bottom edge, and 1 piece is close to the ‘decorative’ raw edge. (See figure 3)

9. Place one of the cardboard tubes on the edge of the fabric, lining it up exactly with the ‘hemmed’ edge and roll to wrap the tube completely in the fabric, ensuring a smooth finish. (See figure 4) Repeat with the other tube. (See figure 5)

10. Slot the thinner tube into the fatter one to ensure the fit. It should be snug but not tight.

11. Use the ribbons to tie one end fairly tightly. (See figure 6)

12. Tie the other end and admire your handiwork! (See figure 7)

13. Now fill your cracker with treats – and add a paper hat, terrible joke and a cracker snap if desired ;)

TIPS:

You can decorate the top of the cracker any way you please – use fabric flowers, or wide ribbons to add extra embellishments!

Depending on the thickness of the fabric, you may find your cracker ends are a bit floppy – you can either add extra interfacing, or place a screwed up piece of tissue paper in the ends to help keep the shape on the festive table setting.

Thanks, Lu!  You can find Lucie Summers, one of Moda Fabrics’ exciting new designers, at her blog, Summersville, and browse her adorable handmade wares at her Etsy shop of the same name.

12 Days of Ruby Star | Caitlin’s Log Cabin Napkins

Greetings, Fat Quarterly readers! I’m Caitlin, a quilter and crafter, who blogs over at Salty Oat. I’m so excited to be here today to share a project with you as part of The Twelve Days of Ruby Star!

I’ve had log cabin blocks on my mind lately (I’m currently working on a queen-size log cabin quilt!), so when Melody’s gorgeous fabric arrived, I immediately began thinking about ways to use it in a log cabin block. To highlight Melody’s prints, I decided to use coordinating solids for all of my logs, with strips of white to frame everything.

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Rather than making an entire quilt, I decided to make napkins, since they’re great for either gift giving or dressing up your own holiday table. I plan on using mine this Christmas.

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Here’s how to make your own log cabin napkins:

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1. Select a focus fabric (in this case, one of Melody’s awesome prints) and two coordinating solids. For the Ruby Star Shining floral print, I chose Kona Berry and Kona Curry, and for the Ruby Star Spring Flower Dots, I used Kona Coral and Kona Candy Green.

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2. Cut the following:
-one 5 ½” x 5 ½” square of your focus fabric
-two 1 ½” x Width of Fabric (WOF) strip of white
-one 2 ½” x WOF strip of color 1 (the middle log)
-two 2 ½” x WOF strip of color 2 (the outer log)
-one 17” x 17” square of a print or solid for napkin back (not pictured here)

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3. After you trim your selvages, you’re ready to start building your block. First, pin one of the white strips to your center block. Sew the white strip to the block, using a ¼” seam (the same seam you’ll use throughout the project), trim the excess strip of white, and press toward the print (I always pressed away from the white strip, to avoid having it show through to the front of the napkin).

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4. Continue building your block by adding the white strip all around the center print. You can add the strips in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction—just make sure you add them in the same order each time, for each row. In my case, the strip that I had just added was always furthest away from me as I sewed on the next strip.

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5. Once your center block is completely framed in white, you’re ready to add the rest of your logs, using the same technique. Add each row in the following order: color 1, white, and color 2. Be sure to always press away from the white strips.

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6. Once your napkin top is complete, give it a good press and then pin it to the napkin back, with the right sides together. For these napkins, I pulled a plain, natural linen from my stash to use as a backing, since it coordinated beautifully with Melody’s linen-cotton fabric.

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7. Sew all around the edge of the block, leaving a 3”-4” opening in the middle of one side.

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8. Clip your corners and turn your napkin inside out, using a pointy tool (like a knitting needle) to poke out each corner.

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9. Iron the edges flat, pin (to help avoid puckering and folds while you top stitch), and top stitch around the edge of the napkin with matching thread, being sure to catch both sides of the fabric, especially at the opening where you turned the napkin inside out.

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And that’s it! Make a set with all of the same fabrics or mix it up. I alternated the order of my colors, so each of my napkins are unique. If you make a napkin, or eight, please share photos in the Fat Quarterly Flickr pool—I’d love to see them!

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