Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Strippy Rag Quilt Tutorial: SO EASY!

Strippy Rag Quilt Tutorial by Gina's Craft Corner

One of my most popular post is my Baby Rag Quilt Tutorial I did a while back.  In that quilt I used squares and pieced them together.  For this tutorial I thought I would show you how to make a a rag quilt using strips.  The idea is basically the same, but it goes together even faster.  Let's make it!


Before you get started you will need to plan out your design.  It is best to do this before you go to the quilting shop.  If I do not have a plan, I always end up buying more fabric than I need and thus spending more money than I have.

Here is what you need to determine:

a. SIZE- Most standard crib quilts are around 52"x27".  My quilt is around 50"x36".  I like making baby blankets that are big enough for them to sit and play on.  You can make yours whatever size you like. 

b. PATTERN- You will need to determine how many different types of fabric you want to use and if all the strips will be the same width.  You could make some strips narrow and some wider.  It is really up to you!

c. FABRIC- Most rag quilts are made up of flannel and cotton (broadcloth-quilting fabric).  For my quilt I used a solid flannel for the back in yellow and blue and a lightweight cotton for the front in three different patterns (Curious George/Yellow/Blue)

d. BATTING- You have the option of also purchasing a solid color of fleece to use for batting.  Batting is just an inner layer of insulation that goes between the top and bottom layers of your quilt.  The fleece is cut the same size as your strips and simply placed between your front and back pieces.  I did not use any batting for my quilt, but if you want to add this to your quilt, I will tell you how to add it in my instructions.


     *FRONT: Cut 17 strips @ 38"x5"  (Note: I used 3 different designs in a quilting cotton)
     *BACK: Cut 17 strips @ 38"x5" (Note: I used blue and yellow fleece)
     *BATTING (OPTIONAL): Cut 17 strips @ 38"x5" (Note: Use a solid color of fleece)


*At this point I usually lay my cut strips out on the floor to make sure I like my pattern.  Once your front looks good, then grab your back strips and begin matching one back strip for every front piece.  If you are using a batting, at this stage you would make your quilt sandwich (front strip on top-batting/fleece in middle-back strip on bottom. (Right side of fabric should be facing out on the front and back)  Pin the pieces together all the way around the outside.

Strippy Rag Quilt Tutorial by Gina's Craft Corner 
You can see in the picture above that  I have my pins holding my two pieces (3, if you are using batting) together.  You should now have 17 strips pinned and ready to be sewn.


*At this point you have a couple of options on how to sew your strips together.  

Option 1:  Sew a 1" seam all the way around each strip.  This secures your strip together and will keep it from moving around when you start piecing the strips together (at least I think that is why people do it).

Option 2: (my way) After I pinned all the way around each strip, I then realized that I really did not want to waste the time and thread to sew around each rectangle.  So, I skipped this step and just started sewing my strips together.  It worked just fine and the world did not end.  I think it did help to have the entire strip in pins so that the fabric was not moving on me too much.  So I would recommend still pinning all the way around each strip. 

Option 3: Well, if you used a middle layer of fleece for you batting, then you need to sew a straight line down the center of each strip.  I would not skip this step.  You will be sewing through six layers of fabric once you start piecing your strips together and you do NOT want that batting moving around while you are sewing.

Strippy Rag Quilt Tutorial by Gina's Craft Corner
*You are now ready to sew your strips together!! Yay!!  You can see in the picture above that I am sewing WRONG SIDES together.  WRONG being the fabric that will end up being the BACK of  my quilt.  Whichever side you want to be the front is where you want the seams to actually show, which is weird for those of us who sew a lot and know that you always sew right sides together.

*Sew a 1" seam allowance down the length of the strip.

Note: You can also play with the seam allowance to get different looks.  On my Baby Rag Quilt tutorial where I used squares, I used a 1/2" seam allowance.  Just remember to add the seam allowance in when you are doing those calculations in the planning stage and trying to figure out how big your quilt will be.  My strips were 38" long and 5" wide, but in the final quilt they will be shorter because I will be loosing and inch on every side.

*Here is what it will look like after you have sewn that first strip together with a 1" seam allowance.

*Open up your seam and finger press or iron.  This is what my back looks like after sewing my first two strips together. (above picture)

*Now take your next strip and pin it to your first two pieces that you just sewed together.  Make sure to grab the correct strip so that you keep your desired pattern.  In the above photo you can see that I am placing my 3rd strip (backs together) to my second strip.  Pin it well so that your strips do not move on you. 

*As before, sew a 1" seam allowance.

*This is what the front of your quilt should look like at this point

Strippy Rag Quilt Tutorial by Gina's Craft Corner
*This is what it should look like after all 17 of your strips are together.  You also may notice that your edges are uneven.  You can even those edges up with a straight edge.

*You still have one more thing to sew at this point, and that is to sew a 1" seam around the entire quilt. 

Strippy Rag Quilt Tutorial by Gina's Craft Corner

*The last thing to do is to grab a pair of really sharp scissors and start snipping down each row and all around the edge.  I make a snip about every 1/2".   Be sure to not cut through your seam.  You will notice that you will have to do some extra snips at the corners where the strips meet.  You will know what I mean when you get there-just cut where it looks like it needs cutting.

Note:  I got a blister after snipping this quilt!  If you plan on making a lot of quilts, I would invest in a pair of special rag quilt scissors that are easier on your hands.  You can find them in the quilting section of most fabric stores. 

*Throw your blanket into the washing machine and wash and dry 2-3 times to fray the cut edges.  After each wash and dry time I also take the blanket outside and shake it really well to remove any loose strands.  Tons of strands will come off, so don't forget this step.

Strippy Rag Quilt Tutorial by Gina's Craft Corner
This was a gift for my husband's niece.  She's having her first child within the next couple of weeks!!  We're so excited for her and her husband!

I hope you have enjoyed and understood this tutorial on how to make a strippy rag quilt.  If you have any questions or if something is unclear, please send me a message.

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Have a blessed day!

For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.  Ephesians 2:8, 9


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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Electronic Device Crossbody Bag

Electronic Device Crossbody Bag

I have a new bag to show you today! This bag was made from a McCall's Pattern (M6477).  I purchased this specific pattern because I have an interest in crossbody iPad bags.  This pattern, in paticular, contains patterns for carrying cases for electronic devices in two sizes and e-reader covers in three sizes.  For this project, I chose to go with the larger carrying case (9" x 11" x 1 1/2").

Electronic Device Crossbody Bag

Electronic Device Crossbody Bag
The closure for this bag is a simple Velcro strip sewn into the exterior of the bottom of the bag and to the flap.
Electronic Device Crossbody Bag
The pattern also called for a decorative button and a strip of ric rac trim for the closing flap.

Electronic Device Crossbody Bag

Electronic Device Crossbody Bag
The inside has two pockets and there is even a pocket in the front that easily can hold my little flip phone, but I'm sure it would hold an iPhone, as well.  The bummer is that I do not have an iPad to show you how it looks in the bag!

This is a very basic bag and would be great for a beginner sewest.  You will get the chance with this pattern to use fusible fleece and fusible interfacing, as well.  

This bag has been donated to a local school for a fundraiser.  It will be part of a silent auction! 

Have you guys come across any cool crossbody bags lately?  They seem to be popular with the tweens-teens.  I think the tweens-teens would be my target audience for the electronic carrying bags.

Love bags?  Check out all the bags I have created on my Pinterest Board-Gina's Craft Corner Bags, located at the very top of my sidebar.

Have a great week! 


Monday, March 24, 2014

Hobo Diaper Bag: The Sterling Owl PDF Pattern

 Ahhh...my first post for Spring!!  Even though it still does not feel like Spring where I live, it just makes me feel better somehow.  It is also so nice in the fabric stores to see all the Spring fabric arriving!  When I saw this bright and cheerful chevron material, I just had to have it for my next project....a Diaper Bag!  Well, it's not a typical diaper bag, but it is the type I always loved after we got through the "let's just take the entire baby room with us!" stage.  I made this bag for my husband's niece who is having her 1st baby in May! 

While I was searching all around the web for a quick and easy diaper bag, I came across a fantastic shop on Etsy called The Sterling Owl.  Katie is the owner of this cute little shop and she has a variety of cute bag patterns AND bags for sale.  

 This bag was very easy to assemble.  It goes together very quickly, mainly because there is no interfacing, so less cutting.  I am SO slow at cutting!  You can see that it has pockets lining the interior of one side.  I purchased some diaper wipes to make sure they fit in the pocket before I sewed it up.
I also love that this bag has side pockets on both sides.  It holds a bottle perfectly for quick acccess.

 The top of the bag as a magnetic snap for easy closure.
 On the opposite wall of the interior is a zipper pocket for your personal items.  Love zipper pockets!
 Another great feature of this bag, and any bag, are the adjustable straps.  I think it will be hard for me to not use adjustable straps on any of my bags now, because it really is easy to install.  If you have never made an adjustable strap before, don't worry.  Katie has great instructions and color picture diagrams for every step of construction.

 The flower is not part of Katie's pattern, but I just wanted to add a little something to the front of this bag.  I just love making these little frayed fabric flowers.  It was an afterthought, which means I did not sew it directly to the outer fabric before I stitched the bag together.  I ended up just adding a few stitches to attach it to the bag.  I could not add too many stitches or it would have looked real ugly on the lining side.  Hopefully my niece will not mind.  You can see the tutorial on how to make a flower like this HERE.

 I was very pleased with this bag and the pattern from The Sterling Owl.  I'm sure I will purchase more patterns from her in the future!  So, go find a cute Spring fabric and make yourself a new bag for the season!

(I am not an affiliate of The Sterling Owl.  I did not get compensated for this post at all.  I just really loved this pattern!)

My next post will be on another gift I brought to the shower!   A Strip Rag Quilt!


Monday, March 17, 2014

Save Up to 50% on Craftsy Classes For One More Day!

Save Up to 50% on Craftsy Classes For One More Day!
If you forgot about the incredible Craftsy Endless Creativity Sale going on for the last few days, don't worry! You can still get some of your new favorite classes for up to 50% off until tomorrow night! You won't see hundreds of classes with prices this low again soon. Hurry, offer expires March 18 at midnight MT.

Craftsy Endless Creativity Sale

And don't forget to enter for your chance to win a free Craftsy Class:  DESIGN YOUR OWN HANDBAG. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Pressed Flower Necklace for St. Patty's Day-TUTORIAL

I really was not expecting to have a 'St. Patrick's Day' themed post, but every time I look at this necklace it just makes me think of March, so I had to share.

I've had this necklace for about 4 years now.  It is made with some dyed green Hydrangeas, white Queen Anne's Lace and another flower/leaf I just cannot remember. 

Do you want to make one?  It is really simple.  I was just going to show you my St. Patty's necklace, but I decided that I would do a short tutorial for you in case you ever feel like making one.  

First, you will need to gather your supplies.

Bezels- purchase these at your local craft store in the jewelry making aisle
Chain-also at your local craft store
Tweezers-for handling delicate flowers
Pressed flowers-Here is a great source
UV Light (Sun or a light box)
Magic Glos by Lisa Pavelka-This seals in your flowers (here is one on Amazon)

Step 1: add a small amount of Magic Glos to bezel and spread around w/ tip

Step 2: Use tweezers to carefully lay out a background.  Here I'm using dyed hydrangea petals.  As you place the petals in the gloss the tops of the petals will be getting a thing layer of glos on them as well.  That is good. 

Once you have covered as much of the area as you can you then need to place it in UV light.

Step 3: Place in UV light box or outside in the direct sun to harden the Magic Glos (~15min)

Step 4: Add more flowers to cover up the edges or any bare spots that your first layer did not cover.  I like to put down a few drops Magic Glos first and then add the flowers.  This is where you will want to use the toothpick to keep your flowers in place as you add them.  Try to get a layer of the Magic Glos over the entire surface so that is is just covered.  We want to build the layers slowly.    

Step 5: This is when I use a lighter  to carefully wave back and forth over the surface.  This process will pop any air bubbles that may be on the surface.  This step is VERY IMPORTANT! 

Step 6:  Place back in the UV light for 15 more minutes.

This is what mine looked like at this stage.  Not so pretty, but don't worry!

Step 7: Add a centerpiece flower.  Once again, I do not know the name, but isn't she cute?  I think it looks like a little ballerina.

Step 8: At this stage I fill the bezel with the Magic Glos so that the entire surface is covered.  I also tilt the bezel side to side to let the gloss  slide into the corners and edge (don't spill!).

Step 9:  Use the lighter to pop the air bubbles.

Step 10: Place under UV light for another 15 minutes.

If it looks like any of your flowers are not perfectly covered or if your surface just does not look level, then add another small layer of gloss until you are happy with the results.

So here it is!  I like the Magic Glos because it gives a dome effect.  I'm really pleased with this necklace!  I hope you give it a try.  These necklaces make great gifts and they come together really fast as long as you have all the supplies gathered up ahead of time.

I have a TON of empty pendants lying around so I'm thinking about trying something different with the ones I have left.  I just saw on Pinterest a pendant with a map section cut out focused on a specific city.  I think I might have to try it.  Here's the Etsy site of the lady I got the idea from.  More than likely she does not use Magic Glos, but I'll give it a go and let you know what I come up with. 

Thanks for stopping by today! I also wanted to let you know I have a GIVEAWAY going on right now..