Showing posts with label Tutorial Tuesday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tutorial Tuesday. Show all posts

August 26, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!

I recently purchased a new pair of embroidery scissors that came with a not-so-cute case from the manufacturer. Because these scissors are a bright red, I felt that they deserved a bright and colorful case or sheath to protect them from getting scratched or damaged when not in use. There are some really amazing embroidery scissor cases available out in the world, but I decided to make my own out of felt, and I am sharing the tutorial with you here.

To make your own embroidered scissor case/sheath you will need:

- felt in assorted colors
- embroidery supplies (floss, scissors, needles)
- pinking shears or decorative scissors

Felt is a fabric that holds its shape very well, so a hoop is not necessary.

Step One: Pick a felt color for the body of the sheath or case. I decided on a grey wool felt so that the colors would show up and really pop. 

Step Two: Use your scissors as a guide and cut an oval or egg shape around the scissors out of two pieces of felt. I trimmed the felt at 0.5 inches away around the handles and 1 inch away from the blades. From top to bottom the felt is 5.5 inches, at the widest mark it is 3.5 inches and it tapers down to about 1.5 inches at the bottom point or edge. Your scissors might be smaller or larger than the ones shown here, follow their length and width as a guide when cutting your felt. 

Step Three: Once the felt is cut, trim around the edges of both felt pieces using pinking shears or scissors with decorative blades. I have scalloped pinking shears, which I used here. 

Step Four: Take one of the felt pieces and fold the top edge over 1.5 inches. 

Use a running stitch to tack it down. 

Step Five: Cut 5 tear drop shapes out of felt pieces in the colors of your choice, plus two more in green. I cut out a few pieces before deciding on a color I would want as a flower. 

Step Six: Once you have decided on a flower petal color, thread your needle with a contrasting color, and use a running stitch to attach the petals just below the folded top.

Step Seven: Add french knots or a small felt circle for the center of the flower. Use a backstitch to attach the green leaves to the felt, just off center of the flower. (Please see photo in next step for the green leaves with a backstitch). 

Step Eight:  Place this folded and stitched piece of felt on top of the blank piece of felt. Thread a needle with a different contrasting floss color. Pull the needle and floss in between the two pieces of felt to hide the knot in between them. Use a running stitch to attach both pieces of felt together. Work your way around the whole case or sheath and hide the knotted end in between the front and back pieces of felt, as you did in the beginning. 

Step Nine: Place the scissors in their new sheath/case, and they are ready for stitching, or will at least look cute when not in use!

Hope you enjoy and have a great Tuesday!

August 12, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday

Hello and Happy Tuesday, everyone!

It's back-to-school time for many of us and today's tutorial is a fun way to add some stitchery to the school supplies either you or the kiddos might have to tote around. This pencil roll came together in one afternoon, it fits 10 pens or pencils, and is a fun way to keep all your writing instruments in one place.

To make your own pen/pencil roll, you'll need the following supplies:

- Two pieces of fabric for the exterior and interior measuring 12 inches wide by 7 inches tall
- Two pieces of fabric for the interior pocket measuring 12 inches wide by 4.5 inches tall
- 30 inches of Ric Rac or ribbon  
- Embroidery hoop, floss, needle, and scissors
- Iron and ironing board
- Sewing machine with necessary supplies
- Scissors

I used the "Make Something" pattern available from Urban Threads, and only transferred the pencil, marker, and felt tip pen. The pattern was only $1 and is available as an instant download. 

Step One: Print out your pattern, make sure to select that it is at 100% scale and not scaled to fit the page. Transfer the pattern to one exterior piece of fabric, keeping it one inch or more away from the edge of the fabric. I used osnaburg for the exterior because I like the natural look of the fabric and it's great for embroidery. 

Step Two: Embroider your pattern. I had to use a smaller hoop and embroider the pattern in two sections since it was on the edge of the fabric here. I used a back stitch for the whole pattern with 6-strand floss in 3-ply.

Step Three: For the pen/pencil pocket, take the two 12 by 4.5 inch pieces of fabric, place them right sides together, and stitch along the top long edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. 

Press this seam open.

Fold the fabric in half with the wrong sides together and press. 

Top stitch the folded seamed edge. 

Step Four: Place this pocket piece on top of the interior piece of fabric. Using a ruler, mark one inch lines along the pocket to create spaces for the pens and pencils. I used a pencil to mark the lines so they would show up in the photos, but I recommend using a water soluble pen to mark these lines.

Step Five: Stitch the pocket lines. These will create pockets for each individual pen or pencil and firmly attach the pocket piece to the interior piece of fabric. 

Step Six: Fold the Ric Rac in half and place it at the center of the short edge near the embroidery. With right sides together, place the fabric with the pocket on top of this. Pin in place. 

Stitch around the exterior of the fabric, leaving a 2 inch opening for flipping. 

Step Seven: Clip the corners of the fabric and flip so the right sides are facing out. Use a blunt object to push the corners out. Press the corners and use a pressing cloth to lightly press the side with embroidery. 

Step Eight: Top stitch the exterior of fabric. This will finish of the exterior edge, close up the space used to flip the roll, and add a second secure stitch to the Ric Rac.  I switched my sewing machine thread out to white, so that the edge along the outside wouldn't be too noticeable. 

Step Nine: Add pens and pencils, roll it up, and you are ready to go!

Hope you give this tutorial a try and have a very happy Tuesday!

July 29, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Today I have a round-up of some great tutorials with techniques and stitches that are definitely worth a try! If you are looking to diversify your stitches or exercise your stitching fingers, these tutorials are sure to be of interest.

If you have mastered the chain stitch, how about trying the Hungarian Braided Chain StitchSarah of Rocksea and Sarah has quite a few stitching tutorials for you to browse through, enjoy, and try out!

French knots are always fun and add great texture to an embroidered piece. The Colonial Knot, looks just as good, too! Monika Kinner-Whalen offers a great tutorial for Colonial Knots over at her Sweet Prairie Studio.

Tinting embroidery designs is a great way to add depth without having to layer on too many stitches. Urban Threads offers a fun tutorial for embroidery tinting with crayons!

A really great looking surface embroidery technique is the Casalguidi Stitch, or as they call it over at Needle'n Thread, the Really Raised Stem Stitch. There are quite a few steps involved with this technique, but the end result is phenomenal to admire. 

Hope you enjoy some of these techniques and tutorials and give them a try!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

July 15, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Today's tutorial comes to you courtesy of all the good things summer brings, especially camping, roasting marshmallows around the fire, and pitching tents in the woods. I like to call this the Summertime Campfire Shirt, featuring a free firefly embroidery pattern from the So September blog. Some of you may know Corinne's embroidery patterns from her September House shop.

Not only is today's tutorial good for making your own Summertime Campfire Shirt, it's also good for reviving some older shirts that need a little mending or brightening up. 

To make your own Summertime Campfire Shirt you'll need:

- a shirt that needs some new life
- an 8.5x11-inch piece of muslin or cotton fabric
- quilting ruler or ruler from a rotary cutting mat
firefly embroidery pattern from So September
- embroidery floss, hoop, scissors, and needles
- water soluble marker or pen
- iron and ironing board
- sewing machine and supplies

Step One: Print out your pattern and transfer to fabric. This particular pattern fits perfectly in a 4-inch hoop.

Step Two: Embroider your pattern. I varied my stitches throughout this pattern with a split stitch for the little branch, stem stitch for the leaves, french knots for the holes on the jar lid, back stitches for the jar, and satin stitch for the fireflies. You can choose any stitches you like and really have fun with it!

Step Three: Using a quilting ruler and cutting mat, measure out one inch away from the design. Use the cutting mat to ensure the line is straight, and mark with a water soluble pen. Repeat on all four sides. 

Step Four: Using the 1-inch line as a guide, measure .5 of an inch below the line you created in the previous step. You'll want to measure inward toward the design, and mark this line. Repeat for all four sides. You'll end up with a grid, that I am hoping you can see in the photo above. 

Step Five: Using a running stitch, trace the inside line to create a square frame around the main embroidery design. 

Step Six: Using a contrasting floss color, use a running stitch on the outer line to further frame the embroidery design. 

Step Seven: Lightly press around your embroidery to create a flat even surface. Trim around the edges of the fabric to create a 7.5 by 7.5-inch square. 

Step Eight: Fold over the edges of all four sides of the fabric by .5 of an inch and press. Fold this pressed edge over again and press to seal the raw edges. 

Step Nine: Take your shirt, and place the fabric where you like. I need to cover this hole I have above my pocket, so I am going to place the embroidered fabric just along the top edge of the pocket. 

Once you have your fabric where you like it, pin it in place and sew around the edges. 

Step Ten: Clip away the threads, and your Summertime Campfire Shirt is ready for the summer fun!

Hope you enjoy and give this a try!