The Guilt of Using Single Use Plastic

Is the message starting to sink in with you too?  I have been looking for ways to cut the use of single use plastic in our home.  One thing that has been bugging me for ages in that I use a Ziploc bag every time I bake a loaf of bread, which is quite frequently as we don't eat regular shop bought bread!  

So I decided to track down some food safe waterproof lining fabric and make a drawstring bag for the purpose instead.  That way I can just chuck it in the wash when needed! Instead of chucking it in the bin and reaching for another bag!

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I was lucky to find some kitchen themed fabric that matched in with some of my kitchen's colours!  I think it's an old Andover fabric.

I've written this up as a tutorial that I'm sending out as an exclusive gift to all my lovely email subscribers!! So if you want to get your hands on it you can sign up HERE.

Simple Tree Free Foundation Paper Piece Pattern & Video Tutorial

I've released a Foundation Paper Pieced pattern recently and have a few more scheduled for release soon.  So given that lots of people are new to this technique I thought it would be fun and useful to release a free pattern with a video tutorial to get you familiar with the process.

Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) is a great patchwork technique that produces accurate piecing for even the smallest pieces.  For FPP you have a template/s that you stitch the fabric onto and then rip out later when fully pieced into a block.  There are various ways of doing FPP and I will be showing you the way I do it.  You’ll need to download and use the supporting sheets and pattern from my PATTERN PAGE in tandem with watching the You Tube video tutorial.  

I would LOVE to see what you make using this fun FREE pattern so if you are on social media be sure to use the hashtag #thecraftynomadsimpletree and please tag me: on IG I’m @thecraftynomadfleet and on Facebook I’m @thecraftynomad.

If you liked this pattern then do check out all my other patterns HERE.  Hope you've learned something new!

In the video I talk about some of the products I use for FPP here are some useful links for you:

Patchwork Christmas Tree Cushion

Do you remember last month I posted about a free tutorial I had written for The Sewing Directory website? You can find that by clicking here.

 

 

Well, I decided to use the same pattern to make a cushion.  I just added extra borders to make it up to 18 inches square.

Patchwork Christmas Tree Cushion The Crafty Nomad Jo Westfoot Holly Quilting

I quilted it with a holly leaf and berry design I made up.  I've added this video tutorial so you can see how I did it!  Let me know if you have a go!

Holly Quilting Design by Jo Westfoot The Crafty Nomad

I chose to add piping to the cushion.  I love a piped edge on cushions it gives them a really professional finish.

Patchwork Piped Christmas Tree Cushion by Jo Westfoot The Crafty Nomad

If you don't know how to do piping and want to give it a go, you might want to check out my Trimmed Cushion Tutorial which shows four different way to trim the edge of cushions: piping; lace; giant ric rac; and bobble or pom pom trim! Lots of tips and tricks to get good results.

How to use Pre-printed Stocking Advent Panels - Part 2

In the last post I showed you how to make up one of the regular advent panels.  In this one I'll show you a quick way to sew up the cute little advent stocking panels.  

Advent Stockings Panel Tutorial The Crafty Nomad

They do have very brief instructions printed on the edge but if you need more detailed instructions then look no further!

You can find a link below to download my full tutorial for how to make up these sweet little advent stockings.

To download the full tutorial click HERE

Thanks for stopping by!

How to use Christmas Advent Panels - Part 1

It's about this time of year that everyone starts getting busy with their Christmas Sewing.  When I was teaching I used to run a class showing people how to make advent calendars using those gorgeous printed panels!

Advent Panel Tutorial The Crafty Nomad

They do have very brief instructions printed on the edge but if you need more detailed instructions then look no further!

You can find a link below to download my full tutorial for the standard type of advent panels.  In the next post I'll show you how to deal with the sweet little advent stocking panels.

To download the full tutorial click HERE

Thanks for stopping by!

Christmas Tree Pot Holder Tutorial

So excited to let you all know that one of my tutorials is being featured on The Sewing Directory.  If you aren't familiar with The Sewing Directory, it's a fabulous resource!  Full of free tutorials and information about Sewing shops and classes.

I have written a tutorial for them that is a really fun Christmas themed one!  It's a Patchwork Pot holder with a Christmas Tree design.  Click on the picture for the full tutorial.

So why not protect your table from heat marks in style!  If you have a go at making one I'd love to see a picture of it!

Tutorial Tuesday - Single Fold Quilt Binding

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I've been meaning to add a binding tutorial to the website for a while now.  So today's post is for single fold binding.  I will be adding a post on double fold binding soon too! 

Single Fold binding is how I was first taught to bind a quilt by my friend Lorraine, on more recent quilts I have used double fold binding.  But for all my classes on patchwork and quilting I taught single fold binding.

First up measure all the edges of your project, add these numbers up and 10 inches.  This is the length of binding you need to make.  Cut strips that are 1 and 7/8 inches wide - I know it's a very specific figure!  Piece these strips together.  I like to do this on the bias to spread the bulk of the seam.  Lay the strips crossed over right sides together as shown. So lay one strip right side up and lay the next one right side down crossways at the corner.  Using an acrylic ruler with a 45º angle marked on it draw a line as shown.  Stitch directly on the line.  Trim to quarter inch seam allowance.  Press seams open.  Repeat until you have the necessary number of strips sewn together.  Using a bias tape maker (these gadgets are fab for preventing burnt fingers!) feed the strip of fabric in wrong side facing up.  Use a pin to help it through or if necessary cut the end into a point.  Gently pull it through and iron the folds into place, the raw edges should meet in the middle.  Now fold together so raw edges are inside and folded edges meet perfectly and iron in place.  Wrap around a piece of cardboard to help keep the folds in place and keep it clean and off the floor.

Open out all those folds.  Starting in the middle of an edge away from a corner, leave about 6 inches free, pin the binding right sides against the right side of the front, as shown, all around the table runner.  When you reach a corner, fold the binding as shown below and continue all the way around.

When you reach the place you started lay the left hand tail on top of the right hand tail.  Using your acrylic ruler mark a 45 degree line.  Fold back the top layer carefully and mark a corresponding line on the binding underneath.  Trim to a quarter inch past this line on both ends.  Pin together lay flat to check you've pinned it correctly.  Sew on the line.  Trim away the dog ears.  Lay flat, finger press the seam open and pin in place.  Using a walking foot stitch in place, along the first fold or just ever so slightly to the right of it.  When you reach a corner, stop when you can feel the extra layers of fabric beneath, you don't want to sew over those.  It should be about half an inch from the end.  Secure your stitches.  Fold the flap of fabric out of the way.  Insert the needle a half inch from the edge and continue.

Re-form the folds and flip the binding to the back.  Mitre the corners neatly.  Pin in place and hand stitch all the way around with an invisible ladder stitch.

I'll post a tutorial soon for the double fold binding.  The main benefit to single fold is that it uses less fabric.

Interested in the tools I used?  Here are some affiliate links.

Tutorial Tuesday - Wraparound Quilt Binding

Hi guys.  So as some of you will have seen over on my Facebook page last week, I made a quilt for my lovely aunt who turned 80 this year.  I'll share that with you on here soon.  Whilst making that quilt I was kind of up against it time-wise! So instead of doing traditional hand sewn binding like I normally do, I did wraparound binding instead.  So today I'm going to show you how to do that.  I know that those of you who groaned during classes when I mentioned hand sewing are going to LOVE this!

  • OK so first you'll want to make sure that your quilting stops about half an inch from the edge of your quilt top.  Any ends will need to be buried, as the back won't be covered by binding.

  • With scissors carefully trim away the excess batting / wadding.  Leaving the backing in place.

  • Trim the backing so there is an inch excess on all four edges.

  • At each corner fold the corner in at corner and finger press.  Open up and fold the corner into the fold line and finger press.  Open out and cut along the second fold line you made.  This reduces some of the bulk at the corners when a lovely mitred corner.
  • Using an iron, fold and press the backing fabric in half and inch along one edge so that the raw edge of the backing fabric meets the quilt top.  Press in place.  Now fold it over another half inch so that it has wrapped around and is now sitting on the front covered the raw edge of the quilt top.  Press in place along one edge.  Pin.
  • At the corner fold in at a 45 degree angle as shown.  Then repeat the process above: folding the backing in half and inch, pressing in place, then folding in again another half inch and pressing.  
  • Repeat this process until all four edges and corners are done and pinned in place.
  • Now edge stitch in place with your sewing machine.  Ideally using a walking foot.  Pivot at each corner.  Your stitching should be no more than an eighth of an inch from the quilt top.  I would not recommend reverse stitching, instead bury your ends inside the quilt.

Hope that all makes sense?!

Luggage Strap Tutorial

Off on holidays soon? Struggle to spot your plain black suitcase in the midst of hundreds just the same? Then make a colourful luggage strap to help you spot your case easily!  Download the PDF HERE.

Materials:

  • 40cm fabric
  • 40cm interfacing
  • Buckle 50mm
  • Thread & Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins and/or fold back clips
  • All materials available in Sew Busy!

Preparing the fabric

Measure around your suitcase and add 10 inches (mine was 52 inches plus the 10, gave 62).  Cut fabric - given that the length needed will be longer than the standard width of fabric, you will need to cut two pieces to stitch together.  These should measure 7 inches wide. When stitched together along the short edge they should measure the full length you calculated above. Mine were: 7x42 inches; & 7x20.5 inches.  I added half an inch for the seam. 

Stitch together along the short edge to get one long skinny piece (Fig 1).  Press seams open (Fig 2). Attach interfacing to the wrong side of your fabric to give more structure. I used medium weight iron on interfacing.  Again you will need to use two pieces. (Fig 3).

Pressing in place

Press the two short edges in, half inch wrong sides together (Fig 4).  Press wrong sides together along the long length (Fig 5). Open out & press outer long edges to the centre (Fig 6). Then fold and press along the centre line so that all raw edges are hidden inside.  Pin or clip together (Fig 7).

Sewing together

Stitch using an eighth inch top stitch along all four edges (Fig 8).  You may also like to add further lines of stitching along the length to add interest and structure (Fig 9). 

 

Attaching to the Buckle

Thread one end through the end of the buckle that only has one gap (the female end) (Fig 10).  Clip in place (Fig 11).  Stitch in place with two lines of stitching reinforced well Fig 12 & 13)

Thread the other end through the other side of the buckle (Fig 14) and secure onto the case (Fig 15).  All done.  Now all you need to do is pack and fly away somewhere warm!

If you would like to download a PDF of this tutorial then click HERE.  If you liked this tutorial then check out my other tutorials HERE.

Easter Bunny Bunting and Easter Egg Decorations Tutorial

How to Make an Easter bunny garland by The Crafty Nomad

Are you starting to get ready for the Easter Holidays.  Some schools broke up today and some are later but either way we are on the count down now.  

So I've put together some fun little decorations you can make.

First up is this cute Bunny Bunting.

You Will Need: Hessian/Burlap; White Fleece or Felt; Giant white Bobble Trim; pretty Bias Binding; Fabric Glue; Thread, Template

  1. Use the template to cut your shapes out of hessian (burlap) - you could use fabric instead if you prefer.  
  2. Pin the hessian shape to the fleece/felt.  
  3. Sew in place about an eight inch in from the edge of the hessian.
  4. Use some fancy scallop fabric scissors or pinking shears to trim the fleece so you have a cute border.
  5. Cut a bobble off your bobble trim and apply some fabric glue to it
  6. Stick the bobble on to act as the bunny's tail!
  7. Stitch your bunnies' ears onto the bias or some fancy ribbon and string up somewhere!

Easter Egg Decorations

You Will Need: Fabric; White Fleece or Felt; Buttons; Pretty Ribbon; Thread, Template

  1. Use the small egg template to cut your shape out of fabric
  2. Pin to a double layer of  white felt or fleece, using decorative scissors cut around the edge allowing a small border.
  3. Cut a piece of ribbon for hanging about 6-8 inches
  4. Sandwich the ribbon between the two layers of fleece and stitch the fabric on, securing the ribbon as you stitch.
  5. Add some pretty buttons or ribbon to the front to decorate.

I have given a larger template for the eggs as well as the small one so you could use that to make bunting!

DOWNLOAD the Templates HERE.

Want to sew more fun Easter stuff! Check out my other Easter sewing Ideas: