If you love football as much as I do, you ARE ready for some football! A chill in the air (unless you live in Florida!), cheerleaders, drill teams and school bands…and NFL Fantasy Football! I love it all – getting together with friends to watch the games, nibbling on not-so-healthy snacks, and maybe sipping on a beer. There’s just nothing like it!
If you have a favorite team, or have a favorite fan in your life, check out Team Spirit – a really fun quilt pattern or kit that is SO easy to customize.
The pattern is available as download or paper pattern HERE.
Pattern includes templates for the helmet featured, but you don’t have to stop there! Follow my easy tutorial and create your own logo pattern for the center panel. Click on this link to view the tutorial.
Show your team or school how much you care. Create your Team Spirit quilt today!
Have you ever seen a really cute applique pattern and thought “If only I could sew….” or “I wish I could find a pattern like that for (insert your favorite crafty pursuit here)!”? Well, get ready for some great news – you can use just about any applique pattern for painting, paper crafts and more!
Take my “Love Those Shoes!” collection of patterns: Over the Rainbow, Fashionista, Oh, So Coco! and Meeow! – now available in my Craftsy pattern store. I designed these fun, colorful shoes almost ten years ago, when I tried my hand at hand painted needlepoint canvases, and they were so cute! I’ve used them on note cards, in calendars…even Christmas cards. A few years ago, I decided to focus more on sewing and quilting patterns and “Poof!” they magically transformed into applique patterns that make really sweet pillows, wall hangings, quilt blocks, and more. If you can sew, you can easily follow these patterns to create pillows and wall hangings.
Late last year, I started thinking about other uses for applique patterns, and came up with a pretty good list. Here are just a few:
Trace and paint them onto canvases, wooden signs, walls, floors, even furniture and plates
Create a stencil by tracing the pattern onto stencil plastic and sponge-paint them on all of the stuff above.
Roll out fondant and use the pattern or stencil to cut out decorative accents for cakes.
Create banners, table signs and more by tracing on card stock, cutting and assembling pieces.
What else can you think of?
Here are a few other applique patterns that are great for multi-purposing – these are even free!
A little decorative cord can really dress up a pillow! There are so many beautiful decorative cords available – visit your local fabric store (home decor and fashion trims) and I’m sure you’ll find the perfect finishing touch for your project. Follow these simple steps to apply your purchased cord like a pro. If you’d like to make custom bias covered cord, visit my tutorial (click here) and you’ll find it’s a breeze!
If you’re using purchased decorative cord, stitch around the pillow using desired seam allowance, leaving 5-6” on the bottom edge for stuffing. Round your corners as shown in this illustration for square (but not too pointy!) finished corners. NOTE: If using a pillow form, I suggest you leave an 8-10” opening.
Trim and clip corners. Turn pillow right side out. IF corners are too sharp, restitch them. Stuff with Polyfill to desired fullness or insert pillow form. Slip-stitch bottom closed, leaving about 1″ open to insert cord end.
Insert starting edge of cord in opening space.
Slip-stitch cording around pillow.
Wrap tape around the end of cord to prevent raveling. Cut off excess in the middle of tape.
Insert end into opening and finish stitching cord to pillow. Close opening and connect ends smoothly.
Bias covered cording is SO much easier than most people think, and it’s really not scary at all! DIY cordings allow you to use matching or coordinating fabric to create the perfect accent. Simply cut the bias strips, fold them around cord filler and stitch. For a 14″x14″ pillow you will need about 64″ of bias strips, so you’ll need about 5/8 yard of 42″ wide fabric and 1 7/8 yd of 3/8″ cotton piping filler cord. Follow the steps below to make covered cord and add it to a pillow top. Add custom covered cord to any project – just measure around the piece and visit one of the many guides available online to calculate the yardage you need.
Let’s get started!
Lay your cording fabric wrong side up and flat on your work surface, selvage edges running vertically. Fold one corner over on a diagonal to create a 45° angle. (The ruler here just shows the correct angle).
Press along the diagonal fold to crease the fabric. This provides a guideline for cutting your strips.
Open up fabric to see the ironed crease. I’ve marked it here to make it easier for you to see.
Cut 1 1/2” wide bias strips with a rotary cutter and quilter’s ruler, or draw parallel lines and cut with scissors. I’ve switched to a solid fabric for this step.
Stitch the two strips together at a 45° angle to make the seam “disappear”. Lay one strip on surface, right side up. Lay second strip on top at a right angle, right side down.
Use a ruler to mark a 45° line from corner to corner. Pin and stitch strips together along the marked line, using a straight stitch.
Trim seam to 1/4”.
Press seam open.
Center cord filler on top of strip. Fold strip over firmly, matching raw edges. Pin in place. Stitch close to cord filler using a zipper foot and straight stitch, being careful not to catch cord filler. You’ve just made custom bias cording!
Lay pillow top face up on work surface.
To reduce bulk at seam line, pull back bias strip at starting edge. Cut about 1″ off the end of cord filler.
Pull bias strip back over, creating a flattened section at starting edge.
Pin covered cord to pillow top, raw edge to the outside, corded edge to the inside. Pin in place. Leave about 1 1/2” free at starting edge. Align starting edge with raw edge of pillow top.
Clip into bias binding at each corner to help cording lay flat and curve sweetly around the corners, being careful not to clip into your stitching.
Continue pinning cord to pillow top, leaving about 1 1/2″ at end point. Stitch close to cord filler using straight stitch and zipper foot.
An envelope pillow cover is designed to be removed and used as an easily changed decor accent. Use one pillow form (or an existing square pillow) and switch out covers depending on the season, your decor, or a whim. Easily remove the cover for cleaning. Follow these easy steps to create an envelope back for your next pillow project!
This tutorial is for a 14″ square pillow.
Cut two pieces of selected fabric 14 1/2”w x 9”l
Fold over 1/4” on one long edge of each piece and press, then fold over another 3/4” on the same edges and press.
Stitch close to Inner Fold using a straight stitch.
Measure 2” down on one piece and mark across.
Place one piece over the other, aligning outside edge of top piece with marked line on bottom piece.
Baste to hold pieces together. I’ve used different patterns to help you see the pieces.
I recommend attaching a few snaps or Velcro to the envelope opening. This will help keep the pillow closed if you’re using a firmly stuffed pillow form or pillow.