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Lap Quilt Made Out of Woven Ties

Lap Quilt Made Out of Woven Ties

Double D’s mom made these ties for him when he was in high school. They dressed up for game days, assemblies, and other events so he wore a tie on those days.  Now, when he does wear a tie, it is always with suits, so these were in storage waiting for me to come up with an idea to use them.

I saw some ideas for tie quilts on Pinterest, but those involved taking them apart, adding interfacing, etc.  I finally saw one idea that was similar to this, but it was just the picture with no instructions. I decided to go with that design, but let me tell you, this quilt was pretty much me winging it, and hoping it would come out okay:) Fortunately, Double D’s were made out of cotton fabric, so washing them wouldn’t be a problem.

To start, I counted up how many he had, and then put them into color groups. There were 20, and the predominate colors were blue and black. I decided to use those two colors for the base, and added a random purple one to make ten lengthwise.  I laid those out, alternating fat end and skinny end.01 Ties laid out

For the remaining ten, I cut each in half.  I started laying the half pieces across the long pieces, again alternating thick and thin ends.02 ties cut for short side

Once I found an arrangement that I thought looked okay, I started weaving the pieces with each other. In this picture there’s a grey tie that I ended up not using.  It wasn’t one that his mom had made, and I couldn’t find fabric information to make sure it was safe to wash it. 03 Woven ties

Finally, this was the end result of the arranging. Since the cut ends had to be finished somehow, I decided to move them farther away from the tie points, so that I could just sew right over them when it was time for binding. I went ahead and pinned everything, just to make sure they didn’t come apart when I moved them.04 All laid out

I did take a picture of the back of the quilt when I finally got it turned over. 05 Back side of tie quilt

From here, I laid a single sheet of fabric over the backs of the ties, and sprayed some fabric adhesive on it. This made the ties stick to the fabric, although I did re-pin everything together when I turned the ties back over.

Now it was time to sew each tie to the fabric. I did so by running a straight stitch down the middle of each tie, starting with the thin ends first, so alternating every other one.  Then I did the same with the thicker ends, finishing with the ten long ties. I like that you can see the backing through the holes in between the ties too.06 ties sewn

Next was pinning the long sides for binding. I mentioned earlier that I needed to have the cut pieces under the binding, but that I still wanted the tie points to be visible. I was really glad I moved the cut pieces down to go under the binding.  Winging it, people!:) I’ve included a close up of the finished binding. I just used the extra on the backing to fold it and pin it. 07 completing the sidesDetail of tie points The short sides were next.  These were a bit of a challenge too, because they were all different lengths. I finally decided to just sew the longer ones on top of the binding.  I still wanted it to look like ties.09 Short side pinned

And here is the finished lap quilt.  I didn’t measure it, so I’m not sure how big it turned out.  Definitely more long than short though.  Also, I’m really glad I decided to only use one piece of fabric for the backing, as this is pretty heavy.  It’s going to keep me warm this winter! Now Double D can see part of his childhood, and they won’t be in storage. 10 Completed Tie lap quilt

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Two Quillows for Two Cuties

Two Quillows for Two Cuties

I came across two quilt tops in an antique store last summer, and I thought I had to save them.  They were a smaller size, and had some really fun fabric. I immediately thought they would be perfect for two of my favorite young people, with the blue checkers going to the boy, and the polka dots to the girl.

I decided to make quillows out of them, for when they watch movies.  I had never heard of a quillow until my MIL gave me and Double D two of them for our TV room years ago. They work perfectly, with a built in pocket to put your feet.  When you’re done, you fold them up, and make a pillow (unless you’re like us, and are lazy).

Here’s what I started with.  Both quilt tops were bigger than the size required, so I had to rip out some stitches. I used one that I got from my MIL for a template, which was about 68″ long and 40″ wide finished. A original quilt top

K original quilt top

After that, I started working on the pocket.  I decided I wanted to have their initials on each, so I found an Spell It With Fabric board on Pinterest.  I followed the patterns to make an A and a K.  The K was the hardest, since not all of the pieces lined up correctly.

I added a white border to the finished letters, and completed it with another border that was made out of the leftover fabric for each. I also used the leftover fabric for the back of the pocket.  Then I put the two right sides of the fabric together, and added batting to one side. After sewing around 3 1/2 sides, I used the remaining 1/2 to pull the fabric through to the right side. I ironed the seams, and closed the remaining 1/2 seam with a sewn line on the top.  Then I quilted the letters. The blocks turned out to be about 16″ x 16″. A pocketK pocket

Once I had the pocket complete, I started with the body of the quillow. One side was already done obviously, so I just used a plain navy blue fabric for the other side. I had enough for one solid piece, and had to splice several pieces together for the other one. After I got the blue fabric sewn together, I was able to cut batting to fit both of them.  I sandwiched them together the same way I did the pockets: lay the two right sided fabrics together, add batting on one side, sew along three sides, flip right side out, and iron on the new seams.A Sandwiched quillowK sandwiched quillow

The next step was to pin everything.  I closed up the top side that hadn’t been sewn, checked for half way on the bottom side, pinned the pocket on, and pinned a line up from each corner of the pocket. I started sewing at the top that had pinned, and ran a simple stitch along all four sides.  This included the bottom edge of the pocket. Once I did that, I went back to each side of the pocket, and ran a straight line all the way up to the top of the quillow.  This attached the sides of the pocket, as well as created a bit of quilting.

A pinned for quilting

I didn’t get any pictures of the actual folding of the quilt into a pillow, but I did find this picture on the internet.  It probably explains it better than I can anyway:)

And here are the finished projects. I liked the patterns for the top side, so I kept the solid color for the bottom. The pictures can be clicked on to be viewed larger.A completed QuillowK completed quillow

Also, here is a close up of the quillows folded.  The K was backwards once it got folded up, so I just turned it over so it was right side up. Quilt folded into pillows

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Mug Rugs: The 2014 Christmas Gift Project

Mug Rugs: The 2014 Christmas Gift Project

My sister and I always try to do something crafty for Christmas gifts.  We both have co-workers, and of course our family members, that we like to make items for.  When I found the idea for mug rugs, or snack mats, on Pinterest, it just seemed like these would be fairly easy, and would be great to give as gifts.

Between the two of us, we had 21 people to give these to, and two for ourselves. After doing some research, we decided a good size would be 10″ x 7″, and that a lot of traditional quilt blocks could be turned into a mug rug size. Some examples of patterns were a rectangular log cabin, disappearing 9 patch with two additional fabric strips sewn to it, zig-zag, rail fence, wedges, an actual mug pattern, numerous big blocks, and lots of strip fabrics. I got the tops made, and kept texting my sister pictures as I went. Feel free to click on the pictures for a larger view.Mug rug tops 1-12Mug Rug tops 13-23

I didn’t really work off of a pattern to make the actual mug rug.  I just knew I wanted it to be roughly 10″ x 7″ when finished. I started by putting them together just like I would an actual quilt.  My sister came over one afternoon and cut fabric for all the backs at 12″ x 9″, enough to give an inch overhang on each side. She also cut the batting, but kept that the same size as the mug rug tops. Mug rug topMug Rug Batting

Mug Rug sandwiched togetherWhile she was cutting the backs, I started quilting the mug rugs.  I didn’t do anything fancy, mostly just doing a stitch-in-the-ditch method. Stitch in the ditch

Once I had them all quilted, I started closing the sides up. I started with the long tops and bottoms, and folded the back fabric in half to meet at the edge of the mug rug top, and then folded it again to pin to the top.  This created a nice line.Sides  pinned on mug rug

For this one, I used yellow thread, and just sewed a straight line.Long sides sewn on Mug rug

Next, I started working on the short side. I folded the sides in, and ironed them to create triangles.  This was somewhat like wrapping a gift. Iron Triangles on short sides of mug rug

Then I ironed the backing fabric in half to meet the side of the mug rug top, just like on the longer sides.Iron Half of backing

And folded it again to pin it to the mug rug top. This should create a nice corner for your mug rugs.Short side pinned on mug rug

I sewed both of the short sides, and clipped any loose threads to finish the mug rugs.Finished Mug Rug

And here is a picture of all 23 done.  Whew! These are great because you can create so many different ones, and use up some of the scraps we all keep on hand. My sister made some biscotti to give with the ones that she kept to hand out to her people, while I gave packets of hot cocoa with mine.  We also gave a piece of paper that explained what it was, so that people weren’t confused when they opened them.Combined pic of finished mug rugs

When I was making them, I kept saying, “Ooh, I like that one”. I think I had four different ones that I wanted to keep.  Ultimately, I decided to stick with the orange and green one. I’m not sure why, but I kept gravitating to that one, so I had to keep it.  Here’s a picture with some Cherry Basque cake, and of course, coffee.  Yum!Mug Rug with Food

Because I used other’s blog posts for ideas, I’m including links to those blogs, which were all found on Pinterest. Thanks for making my mug rugs successful!

Art Gallery Fabrics: Disappearing 9 patch

Sew Mama Sew: Ziggity

Fairy Face Designs: Wedges

All People Quilt: Mug pattern

Quilting Tutorials: Rail Fence

The Taylor House: Modern Cross

Galloping Pony Studio: Modern Blocks

Freshly Pieced: Zig-Zag

13 Spools: Bargello block

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