Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mauby's Binding Series. Part Seven: Satin Blanket Binding

Tailoring Thursdays™, Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Sewers

Satin Blanket Binding 

My sister had this "blankie" growing up it was a waffle fleece.  Reminds me of long john material but it was so soft and then it was wrapped in satin binding.  After I started sewing I saw that satin blanket binding at the store and I bought it.  Had NO idea how to use it but I knew that I wanted to put it on a blanket.
Once I learned how, the secret is a multi-stitch zig-zag stitch, I was unstoppable!
You can use this technique on a quilt, flannel, or fleece to create a beautiful satin bound blanket. 

For this how-to, I used a smaller rectangle so that you could see each step in one photo.
This is made up of one rectangle of cotton fused to a thicker piece of fleece, to resemble the look and thickness of a quilt. 

This would be the quilt Front:
Back:

1.  Take your Satin blanket binding and starting at the center of one of the longer sides. 
2.  Place the binding around the blanket with the blanket pressed into the fold. 
3.  The important part to all of this is the pinning.  Place the pin through the binding near the very edge and through the quilt to the other side. 
4.  On the other side make sure the pin goes through the edge of the binding at the same distance as the pin went through the top of the binding. 
5.  Place the pin back through the binding on the back AGAIN at the same distance from the edge of the binding. 
6.  And finally push that end back through the front of the binding at the SAME distance. 
7.  Keep pinning the binding in place down the one side. 
8.  At the end of the edge of the quilt pin off the binding like so:
9.  About 8 inches from the start of the binding use the multi-stitch zig zag stitch (the best setting for this is a length of 2.0 and width of 5.0) to attach the binding to the quilt, stitching right up against the edge of the binding. 
Here's how the edge stitching should look:
10.  After stitching to the end, fold the corner into the un-stitched edge making the edges of the binding to meet and creating the look of a mitered corner. It's easiest to do this first on the front then on the back.
11.  Press corners gently, being careful not to melt the satin binding. 
12.  Pin the corner to hold in the miter.
13.  Pin the next side down to the quilt in just like in steps 2 thru 8.
  14.  Sew binding to the quilt just like in step 9. 
15.  "Miter" the next corner like in step 10.
16.  And again pin and stitch the binding to the quilt.
17.  Repeat each corner and side until you get to the side you started on.
18.  Stitch down the side until you get about 8" from where you started pinning the binding on at the beginning.  
19.  Place the edges on top of one another and trim the top edge down so that there is a 1/4" seam overlap.  Turn the short edges of the binding up and place right sides together.  Stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance.
 20.  Turn edges over and press.  Refold over edge of quilt and press.  
21.  Finish by edge stitching along the quilt.
And voila! Sooo beautiful! 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Felted Tic Tac Toe To Go Tutorial (to do with kids!)

This is all done with hand stitching.  And is a super fun project to do with little one's as well! 

Originally I was going to do a series of tutorials where you use hand stitches and then have how-to's on Thursday's for the hand stitches.  

Then the fabulous BariJ started, www.welovefrenchknots.com.  Bari does such an awesome job that here is no reason to reinvent the wheel. So, for this tutorial you will want to review how to do a blanket stitch by hand. Check out the tutorial video that Bari did here: http://www.welovefrenchknots.com/2011/07/blanket-stitch-how-to.html .

If you are nervous...don't be! My little man could even do one!

Now back to this week's project.  When I was little my great grandma had a tic tac toe set made out of felt and  I've wanted to remake it for a while now.  I called up my mom to see if she had a picture of the original one or if she knew anyone who did.  She told me that one of my cousins had made it!  My cousin, whom we always affectionately referred to as Auntie Aye. :)  Hi Auntie Aye!  *waves* 
said, 
"that was just something I whipped up-- make it anyway you like !!!! I have one here at the house .. I made them out of 2 pieces of felt .....sewn together --inside the # outside 2 pockets for the x and o all made from felt--- I bet you could really make a cool one out of quilting !!"
Later I may work on a cool quilted one!  For now though here is my replica, because I loved playing with the one at my great grandma's house and the memories that go along with it. 

MATERIALS
  • 3 Pieces of different colored felt
    • 1 Piece for X pieces & pocket
    • 1 Piece for the O pieces & pocket
    • 1 Piece for the base
  • Scraps of felt in another color
    • For the "game board" 
    • For the closure
  • Matching embroidery floss, I really like a thicker one for this project.
  • Button
DIRECTIONS
1.  Print the Template Sheet
2.  Cut out the template pieces then cut out pieces on the felt.
For the pocket, cut out 1 in your X color and 1 in your O color.
3.  Set template pieces aside. 
4.  Take your base piece and fold in half width wise.  Press with your fingers.   

5.  Unfold.
6.  Place each pocket on the side of the fold line. 
Do this with the curved edges of the pockets pointing towards and parallel to the fold line.
Keep the pockets equidistant from the fold line.
Pin in place.
7. Then with your little helper use a blanket stitch to attach the pockets to the base.  
the needle should only go through the middle of the base felt, not all the way through it.  Then it will only show slightly through the other side.  
8.  Using the blanket stitch, edge stitch around the base. 
9.  Cut a button hole near the curved edge of the closure tab. 
The nice thing about felt projects is that felt does not fray, so you can cut a button hole and leave it unfinished...or if you like you can finish it! :) 

10.  Edge stitch around the closure tab.
11.  Attach the closure tab to the base at the center of one of the shorter edges.
The straight short edge of the closure tab should run parallel to the base edge and the pocket opening. 
This is a fagoting stitch, which allows you to connect the two blanket stitched edges:
 
12.  Fold base in half with the pockets on the outside. Fold closure tab over, closing the base.  
13.  Draw a line on the base through the button hole. 
14.  Sew the button on over the line. 
15.  Unfold base.  Take two strips and place them parallel to the fold line, about 2-3" apart.  Glue with fabric glue or use your choice of fabric fuse product to attach. 
16.  Place other two strips on top, perpendicular to the first two, creating a tic tac toe board.  
17.  Place pieces inside matching pockets! 
 And voila!   Fun on the run.  Plus, felt is so inexpensive you don't have to worry about losing pieces.  You can just remake 'em.  Wouldn't a bunch of different travel felt games be great kid's party favors?  
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