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Mini Charm Baby Bib {free tutorial}

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April Rosenthal

Hello friends! As part of the #minicharmpackchallenge over on Instagram, I designed a baby bib pattern.

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalSo simple, you’re going to want to make about a billion of them,

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April Rosenthaland give a few to each new baby you meet.

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalIt’s a fun quick project,

and a great excuse to buy those ridiculously adorable mini charm packs.

(Not that we need an reason though, amIright?)

Basically, it goes down like this:

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalLay out 16 mini charm squares, in rows of 4.

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalStitch those rows together, press seams in alternating directions by row. (AKA, 1st and 3rd rows press to the left, 2nd and 4th? Press to the right.)

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalStitch rows together. Press seams to one side.MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalLay patchwork on top of a microfiber or terry washcloth. (I got a pack of 8 at my local grocery store for under $5) Only, center it on the washcloth…I just put mine like this so you could see both parts.

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalUse a small bowl or large cup to mark rounded edges,

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April Rosenthaland a neck hole.

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalSet bowl aside.

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalCut on lines.

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalGet 1 yard bias tape.

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April Rosenthal(Bias tape can be purchased in packages, or made. I made this by cutting bias binding at 1 1/2″ and then pressing both edges to the center, and pressing in half.)

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalPlace bias tape along neck edge. you can pin in place, or use a glue stick. Stitch down, making sure you catch the edge on the backside. For this reason, I chose to use a decorative stitch, it’s a little wider. Trim bias tape at the edge of the bib.

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalPlace (pin or glue stick) bias tape along the remaining raw edge of the bib, leaving an equal amount of “tie” on each side. You can either fold the end edge under, or tie a knot in each side, an inch or so from the end. :)

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalStitch down.

Voila.

Literally, you could make 3 or 4 of these in an hour, and only use 2 mini charm packs and a few washcloths!

Perfect last minute baby gift.

xoxo

April

PS Want more Mini Charm projects? Check out the other ladies on this fun challenge!

Sept. 14 – Jennie (cloverandviolet.com/blog
Sept. 15 – Lisa (L1sapeterson.blogspot.com)
Sept. 16 – Sarah (goer.org/sarah)
Sept. 17 – April (aprilrosenthal.com)
Sept. 18 – Nina (ninawithfreckles.wordpress.com)
Sept. 19 – Konda (moosequilts.com)
Sept. 20 – Mary (seemaryquilt.com)
Sept. 21 – Kylie (sewkylie.com)Mini Charm Challenge



Pillow Collective: Beautiful Bolster Pillow

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Sooooo….

Today I get to be a part of the Pillow Collective!

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Amy and I thought it would be fun to highlight some fun, fast projects that you can use to spruce up your living space during these cold dreary months before spring comes.

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I’ve been wanting to make a bolster pillow for some time, and I always have need to use up my leftover Half Square Triangles, so I figure a bolster made from HST’s is perfect, right?

Now, I know we’re supposed to share a tutorial for our pillow, but in this case I’m going to have to give you rough instructions, because so much about this pillow depends on your pillow form. Sorry for the lack of pictures, it was late when I was sewing and the pictures didn’t turn out at all. I’ll snag you some as soon as I can.

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So, HST bolster pillow…here we come!

First off, snag a bolster pillow form. Mine was pretty big, but I’m sure they come in all different sizes.

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Measure the length and the circumference of the pillow, write those numbers down.

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Then, trace the end of the pillow on a sheet of paper.

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Make (70) Half Square triangles by cutting (35) 3″ colored squares, and (35) background squares. Using my quick HST method, make (2) HSTs with one colored and one white square, by sewing two season either side of the midline, and cutting the pieces apart. Press toward darker fabric.

Cut (6) 2 1/2″ strips and (2) 6″ strips th

at are an inch or two longer than the bolster.

Lay out your half square triangles in your desired pattern, using 2 1/2″ strips in between the rows. Place 6″ sashing on the top and bottom of the rows. Stitch blocks together in rows, pressing seams open. Stitch rows to sashing, press toward sashing. Finished panel should be large enough to cover the bolster with about 6 inches of overlap. (Remember when you measured the circumference and length, those will come in handy here.)

Layer quilted panel with batting and backing and quilt as desired. I used metallic thread and quilted it in a wavy line.

Hem the 6″ top and bottom sashing strips by folding under 3/4″, and then folding 3.4″ again. Press and topstitch in place.

Cut out 2 circles for the ends of the pillow, using the traced circle from the end of the pillow. Layer circles with batting and backing and quilt as desired.

Pin panel to the circle, right sides together, allowing the panel to overlap about 3 inches.

On my bolster, I placed a few pleats in my panel, to help it lay more smoothly.

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Stitch around the circle. Repeat on opposite side.

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Turn pillow cover right side out, and place pillow form inside. It should be snug.

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On my pillow, I finished with a large button, which helps the envelope style closure from gaping open.

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Plus, who needs an excuse to use a 2″ button?

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Hope you love my bolster as much as I do!

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Have so much fun on the rest of the Pillow Collective stops today, and throughout the week!

xoxo

April

PS Visit the other stops on the Pillow Collective today and throughout the rest of the week!

 

 



Twelve Words Block of the Month #12: December Celebrate

Twelve Words Block of the Month: September Bloom by April Rosenthal http://www.aprilrosenthal.com

December. My favorite month of the year. A time to celebrate.

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When I was a little girl, I remember believing anything that was good was going to happen to me in December.

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That’s not to say that the rest of the year was bad at all, but December! December held my birthday AND Christmas AND snow, and well, that’s quite a bit for one little month to contain without bursting.

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December was full of parties, and heavy snowfalls, and treats, and music, and baking. So, so, much baking.

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Did I ever tell you about the year I made over 2000 sheets of gingerbread with my Grandfather?

Twelve Words Block of the Month: September Bloom by April Rosenthal http://www.aprilrosenthal.com

We should talk about that sometime.

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Then, I grew up, and married a man who celebrates Hanukkah. And so we celebrate that too.

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My December got even more full of twinkle lights and magic.

Twelve Words Block of the Month: September Bloom by April Rosenthal http://www.aprilrosenthal.com

Celebrate, lovelies. Whatever fills your heart to bursting. Celebrate that.

xoxo

April

December Celebrate-11Instructions:

Cut the following:

(1) 6 1/2” linen square

(2) 6” x 1 1/2” strips

(2) 8” x 1 1/2” strips

Trace letters onto fuse able web, adhere to back of letter fabric, and cut out.

Fold linen square in half both ways and press lightly so you can see the middle lines. Use these as guides to lay out the letters. Iron on, and then stitch around. Square up to 6” square, centering the letters.December Celebrate-05

Stitch (1) 6” strip to left and right of block. Press toward strips.December Celebrate-06

Stitch (1) 8” strip to top and bottom of block. Press toward strips.

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Using the pattern provided, paper piece (2) side blocks (C & D), and (2) top/bottom blocks (A & B).

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Stitch left paper pieced block (D) to the left of center block, making sure the arrows are pointing up. Press toward center.

Stitch right paper pieced block (C) to the right side of center block, making sure arrows are pointing down. Press toward center.December Celebrate-09Stitch top paper pieced block (A) to top of center, making sure arrows point to the right. Press toward center.

Stitch bottom paper pieced block (B)to bottom of center, making sure arrows point to the left. Press toward center.

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Download paper piecing templates and appliqué letters here.

 



Quick and Easy Half Square Triangle (HST) Hack

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The other day (or like, two months ago) on QuiltCast, Amy and I were talking about shortcuts and tools we use in our studio. I mentioned blue painter’s tape, and how I use it for making Half Square Triangles (HST) quick and easy. WITHOUT MARKING. Yes, you read that correctly. I don’t mark the back of my half square triangles. I’m a quilting rebel, what can I say. (By the way, have you been listening to QuiltCast? It’s a podcast for quilters that I’m doing with Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side. We’re getting some great feedback on it, and I’d love yours. Head on over and download it and let me know what you think? xoxo)

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Anyway, I figured you’d want to see this awesome little hack, because hey, it saves me a ton of time…and who really loves marking the back of HSTs anyway? *crickets*

That’s what I thought.

So get yourself some blue painter’s tape, and let’s do this thing.

Mark one line right down the middle of the tape, and another line 1/4″ away on either side, for a total of 3 lines.

Put the tape on your extension table, lining up the middle line with your needle. Be sure not to place the tape over the feed dogs.

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To sew a standard HST, line up the top corner with your needle and place under your presser foot. Align the other corner with the middle line.

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Start sewing,

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keeping the bottom corner on the middle line as you sew.

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Sew all the way to the other corner…

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set your seam, trim your excess,

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press toward the dark, and VOILA!

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To make 2 HSTs, simply align your top corner with your 1/4″ seam allowance (I use the edge of my patchwork foot) and the right or left line.

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Sew,

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then rotate and repeat…

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on the other side of the diagonal.

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Cut between the two seams…

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Set seams, press toward dark, trim up, and check it out! Two HSTs and NO marking!

Seriously people, it’s like magic. (However, it is not magic taking photos in the basement.)

On my table, the biggest HSTs I can do with this method is 3″ square–but for those of you lucky ducks who have a custom table where your machine is inset, you may be able to go even bigger. Just make sure your tape is straight out from the needle.

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What do you think? Will you try my Half Square Triangle Hack? Do you have any fast and easy methods of your own? I’d love to hear them!

Also. YOU GUYS. New Patterns and a Black Friday coupon code coming tomorrow!! I’m crossing my fingers you love these new ones as much as I do.

xoxo
April

 



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