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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Merry Word Pillow with TOW

Merry {Christmas} Velvet Holiday Word Pillow
Hi! This is Jenifer here with you today to share a very simple pillow.  I have seen these at some of the more expensive stores and so I thought I would make my own.  Using a velvet scrap for the front and an old sweater for the back makes this a quick and easy project for sure.  I did this one for Christmas but just imagine the possibilities are endless.
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JeniferCowles HeatNBond Soft Stretch Word Pillow
Merry {Christmas} Velvet Holiday Word PillowSupplies:
 Fabric Cutting:
15″x15″ of Main fabric and backing ( I used an old sweater for the back)
Scrap or Scraps of fabric for the Lettering
 Other Supplies:
Erasable marking pen, Iron (Oliso Pro), sewing machine, sharp scissors, other general sewing supplies, yarn for pom poms (optional)

Merry {Christmas} Holiday Word Pillow Instructions:JeniferCowles HeatNBond Soft Stretch Word Pillow

Step One: Trace out the letters, making sure they are mirrored onto the HeatNBond Soft Stretch.  Press the letters on to the fabric and carefully cut them out.  If you have a machine that cuts fabric then this step is easier for you.  Hand cutting these letters didn’t take very much time at all.
JeniferCowles HeatNBond Soft Stretch Word Pillow
Step Two:  Fuse your word to the top of the pillow as desired. The HeatNBond Soft Stretch works perfectly on velvet.
JeniferCowles HeatNBond Soft Stretch Word Pillow
Step Three:  Sew down the word.  My word was pretty small so I slowly went around the edge.
Step Four:  Sew the pillow together by stitching around all the sides leaving a 5″ opening to turn and to stuff in the pillow form.  Hand stitch the opening shut.  I added Pom Poms but I also tried out some tassels.  The Pom Poms won this time.
Merry {Christmas} Holiday Word Pillow
I hope you have enjoyed my project today.  If you make a pillow I would love to see it.  Leave a link for me in the comments and I will be sure to check it out.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Quilt Market Bags for Blend and TOW

JeniferCowles HeatNBond CraftFusible fusible Fleece Blend QM bags
Hi, this is Jenifer here with you today to share a set of bags that I made for the Blend Fabrics Quilt Market Booth using the Hill and Dale fabric line.  These fabrics were so much fun to use I love how the bags turned out, my daughter has already claimed them when they make their way back from Houston.

Hill and Dale Fabrics Basket Tote & Trinket Case with HeatnBond Interfacing

Both of these items are free patterns that I have included the links in the supply list.  These patterns are very well written and I would recommend both of them.  What I did want share with you is a tip that I did because I did not have any of the fusible foam.
JeniferCowles HeatNBond Craft Fusible Fusible Fleece Blend QM Tote
The Basket Tote:
Erasable marking pen, Iron (Oliso Pro), sewing machine, sharp scissors, other general sewing supplies, zipper and bias tape supplies or packaged bias tape.
JeniferCowles_TOW_Blend QM Tote supplies
This is a perfect project to try out some of those specialty threads.
JeniferCowles HeatNBond Craft Fusible Fusible Fleece Blend QM Tote stitching
Tip: I substituted HeatnBond® Craft Fusible on both of the main fabric and the lining and then I used the HeatnBond® Fusible Fleece sandwiched in between the main and the lining fabrics. You could also add 2 layers of the Fusible Fleece if you want extra volume. This left me with a nice weight bag that is very sturdy and will last a long time.TooltipText

Trinket Case:
JeniferCowles HeatNBond Craft Fusible Fusible Fleece Blend QM zip case
HeatnBond® Craft Fusible 
Blend fabrics Hill and Dale
 Other Supplies:
Erasable marking pen, Iron (Oliso Pro), sewing machine, sharp scissors, other general sewing supplies, zipper.
JeniferCowles_TOW_Blend QM zip case supplies
JeniferCowles HeatNBond Craft Fusible Fusible Fleece Blend QM zip case layer 1
The trinket bag did not ask for a fusible foam but I still did the same technique that I did with the bag.  I love the results and I already have plans to make several more of these convenient little cases.  In this picture, you can see all of the layers.  Those fabrics are just too beautiful.

JeniferCowles_TOW_Blend QM zip case layers
JeniferCowles HeatNBond CraftFusible fusible Fleece Blend QM bags

Friday, November 3, 2017

Fall Lola Top-TOW-Blend

Fall Lola Top with HeatnBond
JeniferCowles HeatNBond Woven Fusible Blend Lola Top

Fall Lola Top Made with HeatnBond and Blend Fabrics

It is no secret that I love Cori Dantinis Fabrics from Blend.  I would be in heaven with a bolt of every fabric she ever comes out with.  One of my favorite things are Cori’s fabric panels with her cute drawings that put a smile on your face.  Sometimes I’m not sure what to do with them so this time I decided to take a beautiful pattern and use the panel as the main focus of the top.
Blend Lola Top Supplies:JeniferCowles HeatNBond Woven Fusible Blend Lola Top
Ribbon and Lace for front ruffle (scraps)
Other Supplies:
Erasable marking pen, Iron (Oliso Pro), sewing machine, sharp scissors, other general sewing supplies

 Fabric Cutting and sewing instructions for LolaTop:
  1. Follow the pattern cutting and sewing directions.
  2. For the bodice I choose to use HeatnBond®  Woven Fusible to give it a little more stability with the extra weight of my lace and ribbon. The pattern used fabric for the center ruffle but I chose to use some scrap pieces of lace and ribbon.  Don’t be afraid to go in your own direction, it is the best part of making your own items.
JeniferCowles HeatNBond Woven Fusible Blend Lola Top3. To make it a little bit easier attaching the lining to the bodice I used HeatnBond®  3/8″ Hem Tape.
JeniferCowles HeatNBond Woven Fusible Blend Lola Top
  JeniferCowles HeatNBond Woven Fusible Blend Lola Top
Fuse the HeatnBond®  3/8″ Hem Tape to the edge of your folded over seam.
JeniferCowles HeatNBond Woven Fusible Blend Lola Top
Peel off the paper backing and fuse the folded seam to the bodice. Top stitch on the front side knowing that your lining hasn’t slipped, giving your garment a beautiful professional finish.
Fall Lola Top with Heatnbond and Blend Fabrics