What to do when you don’t know what to get [Project #3]

Number 3 in our Christmas is coming Blog series! When the person you are thinking about for a gift already has book covers and placemats sometimes a gift card is the way to go. But just because you are buying a shopping spree or adventure doesn’t mean you can’t still make it special…

Fabric gift card holders

This cute little holder adds a little extra to the gift card experience. It’s quick and easy and can use up the left over scraps from other projects.

All you need is 2 – 5 coordinating prints.
cut three 3″ x 3″ squares
cut two 3″ x 8″ rectangles
optional items ie ribbon, beads and buttons to decorate if desired.

Step 1: Press the 3″ x 3″ squares in half on the diagonal.

Step 2: On the right side of the rectangles place two of the triangles on the bottom of one and one on the top of the other. The raw edges of the triangles will match the edges of the rectangles. using a long stitch baste in place.

Step 3: Pin and baste the ribbon in centre top and bottom of one of the rectangles

Step 4: Place the rectangles right sides together, pin and sew using 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 3″ opening to turn out.

Step 5: turn right side out and press. make sure the single triangle is on the opposite side to the double triangles then topstitch all the way around.

And you are done. a cute little holder for the gift card

And yes we do gift cards so if you need to give family and friends a clue just share this post with them!!

Homemade Christmas gift ideas continued … [Project #2]

Our next project in our quick and easy gift ideas blog series is probably my favourite! One because the fabric range we used is just stunning and two because I love having picnics and there is no better way to make a picnic a classy affair than by putting out your own set of placemats and cutlery.

Picnic placemats

These placemats are designed as a quick and easy project that you can roll and take anywhere you want to go – or just a beautiful way to decorate your table. I used the Imperial collection by Robert Kaufman for my set ( found here on our website while stocks last – Imperial Collection 16)

As with the book covers, in our previous post, you can use any patchwork block or any fabric you like. You can even make your placemats a different size, you are only limited by your own imagination!! Our finished placemats are 17″ x 11″. We use a 1/4″ seam unless otherwise stated.

To make the placemats as we have you will need:
1 x feature fabric 9.5″ x 11.5″
2 x side panels 4.”5 x 11.5″
1 x pocket panel 4.5″ x 6.5″
1 x backing fabric 17.5″ x 11.5″
2x ribbon 14″
1 x fusible pellon or foam 17″ x 11″
coordinating thread

Step 1:
Fold down the top of the pocket piece 1/4″ and press, then fold down again and press. Topstitch fold.

Step 2: Baste the pocket piece onto the bottom of one of the side panels. This is just to keep it in place for the next step.

Step 3: With right sides together stitch the side panels on to your feature fabric.

Step 4: Centre your fusible foam or fleece. Carefully turn over and press until fused to your fabric.

If you wish to do any quilting on your placemat you can do it now which will leave the back plain or you can wait till step ?????

Step 5: Centre, pin and baste your ribbon in place – the opposite side to your panel with the pocket.

Step 6: Place your backing fabric right side down on top of your feature fabric. Pin and stitch all the way around, leaving a 3-4″ gap for turning. Clip your corners and turn out the right way using your gap.

Quirky Tip: – Change the directions of your pins so you remember to stop and leave a gap!! Don’t forget to backstitch/lock your stitch so it stays in place while turning.

Step 7: Press placemat well and pin closed opening. Top stitch using 1/8″ seam all the way around the placemat. If you wish to quilt now so the backing is quilted as well, now is the time.

Step 8: Ready to roll! Now off to a picnic with you:)

We would love love love to see your placemats! Share them on our Facebook album……*****can we make a special album for customer projects on fb??****

Christmas is how close?!? [Project #1]

All of a sudden its October and we here at The Quirky Quilting Co have realised just how close Christmas is!

Many of us have a variety of gifts to think about for teachers, colleagues, hobby groups, friends and family so we thought we would give you some quick and easy gift ideas you can sew up in an afternoon.   We’ve done up a series of blog posts to give you some ideas that are fun to make and can be made to suit the individual that you are giving the gift to. This is the first of a series of posts for you with photos and instructions on how to whip up some fabulous gifts.

Notebook covers

Who doesn’t like stationary???  The first project is a fabric book cover that will suit notebooks, diarys and sketch books. This project can be made to suit any size book by easily adjusting the measurements to suit your book.

The very first step is to measure your book. Our A5 book measured 11.5” wide (when open) and 8.25” high.

For the size of the main fabric and lining we will add 1.5” to both measurements so for our book we need 13” x 9.75”.
3.5” is a good size for the flaps on the A5 notebook so we will need 4 pieces cut at 4” x 9.75”   You can make them as wide or narrow as you like.  Not to narrow or the book may pop out of the cover.

Once you have the measurements it’s time to cut your fabric pieces you will need:
Lining fabric – cut one (ours is 13” x 9.75”)
Outside fabric – cut one (ours is 13” x 9.75″)
Flaps – cut four (ours is 4” x 9.75”)
Quirky Note: We used 2 colours for the flaps so cut four pieces at 4” x 9.75” and stitched down one side and then pressed ( watch out if you are using directional fabric!!)   You could also use one piece and fold it back in half – You will just need to cut two pieces at for example ours would have been 6.5” x 9.75”
Fusible Fleece – cut one 12″ X 8.75″ (cut the fusible fleece 1 inch smaller to avoid bulky seams)

****TO MAKE THE APPLE PATCHWORK COVER I USED****;

7.” x 9.75” piece of Lost Treasures – Apples
1.5” x 9.75” and  3.25” x 4” of Light Pink, Spearmint, Noosa and Sunny Side up  

click on the colour to find these on our website (while stock lasts)
ApplesLight Pink    spearmint
Noosa   Sunny Side up

You can of course use your imagination and create any kind of patchwork you like so long as your final block equals 13″ x 9.75″

Step 1: stitch your flap pieces together down the long side. fold back and press. Be aware of which side you are putting the flaps is your fabric is directional!



Step 2. Center the fusible fleece on the wrong side of the outside fabric.
Carefully flip the fabric and fleece over. Press the outer fabric and fleece together. If you would like to add a quilted look to your notebook cover, now it is the time for a bit of quilting.

Step 3. Pin the flaps to the right side of the outside book cover fabric.
Baste the flaps in place using a long stitch on your sewing machine.

Step 4. Place the lining right sides together with the outer cover and pin.

QUIRKY TIP: Place your pins in a different direction to indicate where to leave the opening for turning the fabric book cover right side out.
And don’t forget – if you are using a directional fabric, make sure to place the opening at what will be the bottom of the book cover.

Sew all the way around using a 1/4″ seam allowance, backstitch or lock your stitch at the beginning and end of the seam.

Step 5: Clip your corners and then turn out the right way using the opening. Use a chopstick other pointy tool to push the corners out.

QUIRKY TIP: It’s a good idea to pop your book in now to check out how it fits. My first attempt as you can see was a little large!! I’ve since perfected the measurements but by checking you will get a good idea for what size allowance you will make for your topstitching.

Step 6: Press your cover and pin the opening.
Topstitch all the way around using a 1/8″ seam allowance (or as determined by the size of the book)

And now you are done! An individual gift that you can personalise for anyone 🙂