Sewing is one of my more regular craft-type pursuits. Quilting is a more recent one and I’m willing to experiment with my sewing machine. Specifically the quilting, free-motion, or darning foot.
Without getting too technical when using this particular foot, the feed dogs are lowered and the pressure on the foot is set to light. This allows the sew-er to gently maneuver the fabric in any direction while sewing, not just in a straight line.
I wanted to experiment with free-motion quilting and our heating pad needed a new cover. No one would ever see this so what better way to learn than to practice!
I layered a piece of 100% cotton batting between two pieces of cotton fabric and pinned this all together before taking it to my sewing machine. The total size was 12 inches by 27 inches. I began stitching in the center and made my way out toward the edges.
My stitches aren’t even as I moved the fabric around. Going slowly gave me better control of stitch length. You can see some longer stitches and very short stitches as I tried to make this star.
I drew a leaf with pink chalk and tried to go over the lines here.
More leaves and a heart.
Can you see the hidden messages below?
I added binding around the entire piece (don’t look at the horrible corners!) then folded it in half to make a padded envelope for our heating pad. I also made a new flannel cover to conceal it all and make it removable for washing.
I do need lots more practice using this foot on my sewing machine before I tackle a regular-sized quilt. It was fun and I learned a few things.
Do you sew and have you tried using all of the feet that came with your machine?
A dust cover would be more like it.
Now that I’m semi-retired (I went back to work two days a week. Shhh.) access to a copier is very limited. I don’t know about you but I prefer to have my knitting patterns stay flat as opposed to being curved in a book that likes to close. Anyway, we needed a copier at home. And a scanner. And one that does both. In color. And maybe a fax. Just because. But not necessary. And it had to be laser for crisp, clear print.
No tutorial because every printer-copier-scanner-fax is a different size.
Fabric from my stash and fusible fleece.
Quilted in a grid. Just followed the print on the fabric. Muslin lining. (It must have been in my stash a l-o-n-g time as it was only 36 inches wide!)
Sewed up the side seams. Added my label.
Earlier this year I designed and purchased sew-in labels for things that I make.
Sometimes I got the labels sewn in,
sometimes I forgot, and sometimes I couldn’t figure out how or where to attach them so I left them off.
So where or how would one attach a label? That’s why I left them off.