Sewing Tutorial: Sewing Pattern Weights – Perfect Scrap Busting Project

A huge help for pattern cutting and made only with fabric scraps, these pattern weights are a must have that I wish I had made sooner!

I’ve been meaning to make some pattern weights for a while now and just haven’t got around to doing them. Now that I have got them made I wish I had got them made sooner – they are absolutely brilliant for holding patterns in place while cutting out without having to mess around with pins which also often leave marks in the fabric. In fact I was so pleased with how well these worked I went on a bit of a making spree and at current count have about 30 of these little gems! 


What’s even better about these weights is I made them all with just scraps of fabric out of my stash and anything that can help use up some scraps is a winner with me!

Fabric Pattern weights pattern:

I made two different sizes of these weights, so had had some longer ones for long pattern sections. The method to make both sizes is the same, the only difference being the size of paper template used.

Materials:

  • Fabric scraps.
  • Ribbon scraps.
  • Thread.
  • Pins.
  • Scissors.
  • Paper.
  • Pencil.
  • Ruler.
  • Aquarium gravel.

  1. Make your paper templates: 7×7 cm for the smaller weights and 10×7 cm for the larger rectangular ones and cut out your fabrics.
  1. Cut 7cm lengths of ribbon.

  1. Fold a piece of ribbon in half and place with its raw edges just over the raw edges of a piece of fabric placed right side up. Place a second piece of fabric right side down on top of this and sew down the side, along the bottom and up the other side.
  1. Cut Diagonally across at the bottom 2 corners to help with getting a nice sharp corner after turning.

  1. Turn the right way out, and fill with gravel.

  1. Fold in the top edge by 0.5m and match the two side seams together, slip stitch to close.
  • Now make as many as you need, and maybe just a couple more incase you run out while cutting out a pattern…think I definitely got carried away, don’t think I will be running out any time soon! 

Minecraft Crochet Corner To Corner Block Series: Part 7 – Pumpkin Head/Jack-O-Lantern Block Pattern

Its been a little while since I have done a Minecraft block update but I have been busy working away and now have a few more completed blocks to share. First up is a Pumpkin/Jack-O-Lantern Head block. I really need to make some snow blocks so that I can make a stackable snow golum!.

Previous Crochet Corner To Corner Minecraft Block Makes include:

TNT Minecraft Block, Emerald Ore Block, Magma Block, Chest Block, Redstone Ore Block, Diamond Ore Block.

Minecraft Crochet Corner To Corner Pumpkin/Jack-O-Lantern Head Block Pattern:

  • Size: 17x17cm.
  • DK Wool.
  • Made using a 3.5mm crochet hook (if you want a bigger cube, you can use a bigger crochet hook, or smaller hook for a smaller cube).

Once you have made the 6 sides sew the pieces together down the sides, you can use a piece of foam or stuffing to fill the cube.  If using a cube sew the pieces together around it, if your using stuffing sew all the sides together but leave a 10cm gap so you can then put the stuffing in then sew the gap closed.

Sewing How To: Finishing A Completed Embroidery Hoop Project – Backing And Hoop Decorating. Perfect Scrap Busting Project

Wrapping an embroidery hoop: A perfect way to finish off completed embroidery/sewing makes when displaying them in an embroidery hoop

So you’ve got your embroidery hoop design competed it’s now time to get it in its display hoop and show it off.

I often just leave the embroidery hoop plain or paint them to add a little more colour into the project. Another great way of decorating the hoop is to use fabric, this is also a great way of using up scrap fabrics.

And finally once your happy with you hoop it’s time to finish off the back to project it. the following ‘how to’ will show how to wrap an embroidery hoop with fabric and how to back it and create a loop ready for display.

How to – Covering/wrapping an embroidery hoop:

  1. Cut strips of fabric 4cm wide and sew them together.
  2. Fold the raw edges inwards and press.
  3. Wrap the folded fabric around the hoop using a clip to hold the start in place.
  4. Once the whole hoop is wrapped secure the start and end with a few stitches.
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How to – Backing an embroidery hoop:

  1. Take your finished project and place into the hoop.
  2. Leaving a 5cm gap from the edge of the hoop cut away the excess fabric.
  1. Sew around 1cm from the edge of the fabric and pull tight to close the gap. Sew to secure.
  1. Cut a circle of felt big enough to cover the gap in the back of the project and sew on to cover. You can also cover the entire back of the project if you prefer.

To create a display loop:

  1. Cut 2 strips of 20x4cm wide fabric.
  2. Place pieces right sides together, sew around leaving top edge unsewn, turn out the right way and slip stitch the gap closed.
  3. Thread the fabric strip through the metal clasp section and sew the two edges together to secure and complete the loop.
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Embroidery Hoop Sewing Tutorial: Hot Air Balloon Design Using Fabric Yo Yos – Perfect Nursery Decoration/Baby Gift

I love using fabric yo yos on a project, they are great fun to make, add texture to a design and are perfect for using up scrap fabrics.

I have put together a little how to make fabric yo yo tutorial so you can see how to make lots of yo yos for this and future projects.

I received some amazing Peter Rabbit fabric from The Craft Cotton Company which I knew would be perfect for a nursery make/baby gift. I have been wanting to make a nursery themed embroidery hoop for a while now so decided to combine the fabric and some fabric yo yos to make a hot air balloon themed embroidery hoop.

This would also make a great cushion, or wall hanging if you don’t want to use an embroidery hoop. You could always use buttons for the balloon top instead of yo yos, or do a mix of both.

You can find this tutorial along with lots of others over on The Craft Cotton Company blog.

Fabric gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

Hot Air Ballon Embroidery Hoop Nursery Decoration

Materials:

  • Peter Rabbit fat quarter set by The Craft Cotton Company.
  • Paper.
  • Pencil.
  • Scissors.
  • Compass/some thing round with a 5cm and 7cm diameter to make the fabric yo yo template.
  • Needle.
  • Thread.
  • Embroidery thread in 2 shades of brown.
  • Embroidery hoop (25cm).
  • Felt to cover the back of the hoop.

Making the hot air balloon

  • Choose one of the fat quarters the form the background fabric. Place into the embroidery hoop.
  • Using the lighter brown thread sew a basket shape onto the fabric using long running stitches.
  • Fill in the basket shape using long stitches.
  • Using the darker thread, weave in and out of the long stitches to create the basket effect.
  • Make a paper template for the fabric yo yos using the compass/something circular to create two sizes of yo yo 5cm and 7cm in diameter.
  • Using the template cut out the fabric yo yos, with 9 large (7cm) and 5 small (5cm).
  • Fold in the edge of the yo yo by 0.5cm and sew around, pull together and sew to secure (more details on how to make a fabric yo yo can be found on this fabric yo yo how to).
  • Sew 4 long lines to create the balloon ropes.
  • Sew on the yo yos to make the balloon shape.
  • Cut away the excess fabric from around the hoop leaving 10cm remaining.
  • Sew around the edge and pull to close, sew to secure.
  • Cut a piece of felt big enough to cover the gap. Place over the gap and sew to secure.
  • Create a hanging loop using the embroidery thread.

Crochet Summery Garden Makes, Part 2: Crochet Hanging Plant Basket Pattern – Granny Stitch Theme

Following on from my previous hanging plant basket make I decided to make a few more (as I have a load of plants that need a place) and make each with a different pattern.

This next pattern uses a granny stitch pattern theme.

Crochet Hanging Plant Basket Pattern

Fits Pot Size:

  • 8cm diameter base, 10cm diameter top, 9cm high.

Materials:

  • 100g ball of 4ply in purple.
  • 3.5mm hook.
  • Darning needle.
  • Stitch marker.

Crochet Hanging Pot Holder Pattern

Using 2 stands at the same time:

ch5, ss into 1st ch to make a round.

Round 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 8sc into ring, ignore ss and ch1 at the end of previous round, ss into 1st sc of the round (8).

Round 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc into same stitch (2sc into next stitch)x7, skip ss and ch1 at end of previous round, ss into 1st sc of the round (15).

Round 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc into same stitch (ch5, skip 2 stitches, sc into next stitch)x4, ch5, skip 2 and skip ss and ch1 at end of previous round , ss into 1st sc at start of the round.

Round 4: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc into same stitch (6htr/hdc into ch5 space, sc into sc)x4, 6htr/hdc into ch5 space, skip ss and ch1 at end of previous round, ss into 1st sc at start of the round.

Round 5: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc into same stitch (ch7, skip 6 stitches, htr/hdc into next stitch)x4, ch7, skip 6 and skip ss and ch1 at end of previous round, ss into 1st sc at start of the round.

Round 6: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc into same stitch (8htr/hdc into ch7 space, sc into htr/hdc)x4, 8htr/hdc into ch7 space, skip ss and ch1 at end of previous round , ss into 1st sc at start of the round.

Round 7: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 2sc into same stitch (8sc, 2sc into next stitch)x4, 8sc, skip ss and ch1 at end of previous round, ss into 1st sc of the round (50).

Round 8: ch2 (doesn’t count as a stitch) tr/dc into same stitch (3tr/dc, ch2, skip 2)x9, 3tr/dc, ch2, skip 2, skip ss and ch1 at end of previous round, ss into 1st tr/dc of the round.

Round 9: ch4, skip 3 (3tr/dc into ch2 space, ch2, skip 3)x9, 3tr/dc into ch2 space, skip ss and ch1 at end of previous round, ss into 1st tr/dc of the round.

Round 10: ch2 (doesn’t count as a stitch) (3tr/dc into ch2 space, skip 3)x9, 3tr/dc into ch2 space, ch2, skip 3, skip ss and ch1 at end of previous round, ss into 1st tr/dc of the round.

Round 11: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc into same stitch, 2sc, (2sc into ch2 space, 3sc)x9, 2sc into into ch2 space, ch2, skip ss and ch1 at end of previous round, ss into 1st sc of the round.

Round 12: ch2 (doesn’t count as a stitch) tr/dc into same stitch (skip stitch, tr/dc into next, tr/dc into previous skipped stitch, skip stitch, tr/dc into next, tr/dc into previous skipped stitch , tr/dc into next)x9, skip stitch, tr/dc into next, tr/dc into previous skipped stitch, skip stitch, tr/dc into next, tr/dc into previous skipped stitch, skip ss and ch2 at end of previous round, ss into 1st tr at start of round.

Round 13: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc into same stitch, sc around, skip ss and ch1 at end of previous round, ss into 1st sc of the round.

Round 14: ch2 (doesn’t count as a stitch) tr/dc into same stitch (3tr/dc, ch2, skip 2)x9, 3tr/dc, ch2, skip 2, skip ss and ch1 at end of previous round, ss into 1st tr/dc of the round.

Round 15: ch4, skip 3 (3tr/dc into ch2 space, ch2, skip 3)x9, 3tr/dc into ch2 space, skip ss and ch1 at end of previous round, ss into 1st tr/dc of the round.

Round 16: ch2 (doesn’t count as a stitch) (3tr/dc into ch2 space, skip 3)x9, 3tr/dc into ch2 space, ch2, skip 3, skip ss and ch1 at end of previous round, ss into 1st tr/dc of the round.

Round 17: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc into same stitch, 2sc, (2sc into ch2 space, 3sc)x9, 2sc into into ch2 space, ch2, skip ss and ch1 at end of previous round, ss into 1st sc of the round.

Round 18: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) ss into same stitch, 6ss, ch3, skip 3 (7ss, ch3, skip 3)x4, skip ss and ch1 at end of previous round, ss into 1st ss of the round.

Fasten off.

For the hanging strings (make 5):

Using 1 strand and the 3.5mm hook, ch the length required and fasten off.

Tie the strings in the ch3 spaces from round 18.

Sewing Tutorial: Solar System Embroidery Hoop Decoration

This Solar System themed embroidery hoop makes the perfect decoration for a space themed room and would be a great gift for any space fans out there.

I received the Outer Space fat quarters set by The Craft Cotton Company and soon as I saw it I knew it would be perfect for some sort of wall decoration, I have already made a space themed wall hanging previously so decided to do something a little bit different and make an embroidery hoop decoration with a solar system pattern.

I opted to use the star pattern fat quarter from the fat quarter pack but it was a tough choice as the quarters with planet details one would also look good – might have to make another one using that at some point!

Fabrics gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

This would also make a great cushion, you could make a round one or a square. If making a square one – instead of sewing the planet names around in a circle you could sew them around the square edge.

Solar System Embroidery Hoop:

Materials:

  • Felt – in various colours for the planets/sun.
  • Felt – to form a backing piece for the hoop.
  • Embroidery hoop.
  • Scissors.
  • Fabric for the background – I used the star detailed fat quarter from the Outer Space fat quarter set by The Craft Cotton Company.
  • Needle.
  • Thread.
  • Ribbon to create loop at top of the hoop.

Assembly:

  • Cut out 8 planets from the different felt colours, and one large semi circle for the sun.
  • Choose a fat quarter from the set and place into the embroidery hoop.
  • Sew on the sun and planets.
  • Sew on details to the planets.
  • Using French Knots add in an asteroid belt.
  • Sew the names of each of the planets around the edge of the hoop.
  • Leaving a 5cm gap cut around the edge of the hoop.
  • Sew around the edge then pull to close the fabric around the back of the hoop.
  • Cut a circle of felt to cover the back of the hoop, then sew to secure.
  • Create a loop at the top of the hoop using thread/ribbon.