My Huge Bedroom Remodel

My house is old.  I probably shouldn’t say that, because it’s actually a couple of years younger than I am, but I’m not still wearing stuff from the 70’s.  We bought it because it has a phenomenal view and good bones.  It’s been a lot of work, mostly for my industrious husband, but we’ve brought the better part of it into this century.  The most recent transformation was our bedroom.

My Huge Bedroom Remodel - Crafty Staci

Before I give you a tour of what it looks like now, you need to fully appreciate where it started.  When we took our first tour of the house, this room was lemon yellow with a pastel wallpaper border.  There were very dark, sliding, louvered closet doors and carpet that had been subjected to whatever the previous homeowners’ pets wanted to do to it.  At least, I’m assuming it was pets, based on the crazed scratch marks on the inside of the bedroom door.  One wall was covered in wood paneling.

We didn’t make it any better by buying furniture that was way too big for the small room.  I had the wallpaper border down before we moved in, and we threw on some paint (which looks green in most of these photos, but is actually a pretty depressing grey).  We eventually took the closet doors off and pulled up the carpet, but that’s as far as improvements got in that room.  We had an entire house to deal with, and as long as the door closed, it got bumped to the bottom of the list. 

We finally decided last Christmas that updating our bedroom would be our gift to each other.  Our budget was $3500 for the entire room, so Ikea was our friend.  We started gathering supplies like closet organizers and a new bed.  I agonized over paint colors.  We splurged a little on the flooring, choosing a gorgeous Acacia that I love more than I can tell you.  My husband started gutting the room the day after Christmas and was finished with everything by the new year.  Yes, I was amazed too.

You can’t fully understand the differences without seeing them side by side, so here’s a few before-and-afters.  Let’s start with what we were faced with just walking into the room.  That entry had not one, but three doors.  There was the one entering the room, the bathroom door to the right, and a pocket door that slid out just past that.  We really aren’t sure why it was there, but that slider is gone now.  Removing that door and the surrounding unnecessary wall really opened it up and made it feel bigger.

before and after - walking in

The closet.  Oh, the closet.  It was oddly shaped inside, had no sort of organization whatsoever, and was just plain ugly.  Because of the weird interior, my husband was able to bump it back a couple of feet and gain us more floor space. 

before and after - the closet from the doorway

It’s nice to have a full-length mirror in the room without having the entire closet mirrored.  The extra lights he installed above the doors make it so much easier to find what I need inside the closet.

before and after - the closet

I think this photo says it all.

before and after - inside closet

The giant furniture I mentioned?  I was so happy when our Craigslist buyer hauled it away.  We were constantly dodging that footboard, and the two dressers took up most of the room. 

before and after windows and foot of bed

We knew we didn’t want another dresser if we could help it.  Instead, we opted for drawers under the bed and a wall cabinet above.  We didn’t plan the cabinet originally, but I actually love how it fits into the room.  The answer to the question everyone asks is, no, we don’t hit our heads on it getting into bed.

before and after - headboard

There wasn’t much in the room that was salvageable, but we were able to update our early 2000’s blue ceiling fan.  Joel took the blades off and spray painted them tan and we replaced the blue glass with bubbled clear.  I love it now!

refurbished ceiling fan

After Joel had finished the construction and assembly, it was my turn to add some softer touches.  I made the blue quilt you see on our bed in the before pictures, but that wasn’t going to match our new color scheme, and we were ready for something new anyway.  I didn’t want to make a queen-sized quilt again, so we started searching for something ready-made to buy.  We found very few that we liked, and our price range and quality standards were miles apart.  I got out my graph paper and we took a trip to the fabric store. 

I thought it would be interesting to make the quilt from microfiber, or faux suede, but I wasn’t sure if that was even possible.  I contacted GenClare, the quilters I would be sending the quilt to, and they didn’t foresee any issues, so I went with it.  It turned out exactly as I envisioned, and was even better after the quilting was done.  And it can be thrown into the washer and dryer!

Microfiber quilt

In an odd twist, I intended to also make the curtains, but wound up buying them instead.  I should say, I made the curtains, hated them, and found some I loved at Target.  Go figure.  The windows are two different sizes, and odd sizes at that when it comes to curtains, so I bought some that were too long and hemmed them.  Look for a project coming soon using the part I cut off.  And don’t worry about those reject curtains.  With a little reworking, they were perfect for our guest room.

curtains

The last thing I added was these pillows, although we still plan to hang a map somewhere in the room.

Map Pillows - Crafty Staci

I’m sure by now you’re all tired of hearing how amazing I think my husband is, but this was quite a feat, and one he pulled off in a short time but exactly the way we hoped.  Best Christmas present ever!

Hot Pad of the Month–March Bunny

Call it what you will – hot pad, mug rug, trivet – but I’m sure you can find a spot in your home for this little guy.  The second in my Hot Pad series, this bunny is easy to make and would make a perfect spring gift.  As I promised, he has the same shape as the Mug Hot Pad from last month.  I thought about calling him March Hare, but seriously, look at that face.  He’s definitely a bunny.

Hot Pad of the Month - March Bunny by Crafty Staci

To make one yourself, you’ll need:

  • this pattern, with the head pieced together
  • 2 heads cut from cotton fabric
  • 1 head cut from InsulBright
  • 1 head cut from cotton or cotton blend batting
  • 1 head cut from medium weight fusible interfacing
  • 4 outer ears cut from the same fabric as the head
  • 2 outer ears cut from medium weight fusible interfacing
  • 4 inner ears cut from pink cotton fabric
  • craft thread
  • embroidery pattern transfer pen

Supplies to make bunny hot pad - Crafty Staci

Adhere the interfacing to the back of one of the heads and two of the outer ears.  If you’re using different prints, the interfacing goes on the side with the face.

Attaching the interfacing

Trace the face on the paper pattern with the embroidery transfer pen, then iron onto the fabric side of the head with interfacing.  If you want to skip the embroidery, just use a fabric marker and a light source to trace the pattern onto the fabric.

Transfering the embroidery pattern

Use the craft thread to embroider the features.  I added a little pink to the nose, but that part is optional. 

Embroidered bunny face

Pin two of the inner ear pieces with right sides together.  Stitch 1/4” from the edge, leaving the bottom open.  Clip the seam at the tip, turn right side out and press.  Repeat with the remaining two pieces.

Bunny's inner ears

Pin the inner ears to the center of the outer ears with the interfacing.  Stitch around the inner ear, close to the edge.

Attaching the inner ears

Pin the remaining outer ears to these, with right sides together.  Stitch with a 1/4” seam, leaving the bottoms open.  Clip the tip, turn right side out and press.  Topstitch close to the edge.  There’s no need to topstitch the bottom edge, as it won’t be seen.

Finished bunny ears

Lay the InsulBright bunny head down, shiny side up.  Lay the embroidered fabric head, face up, on top.  Add the ears, each 3/4” from the side with the pink side down and the tips facing inward.  After pinning them at the top edge, pin the rest of the ears back with safety pins so they won’t get caught in the side seams.

Pin ears back so they don't get caught in the side seams

Lay the back head over the top of the ears, right side down.  Add the batting on top and pin all the layers together.  Stitch around 1/4” from the edge, leaving 3” open at the bottom.  Clip the corners, turn right side out, unpin the ears and press, turning in the opening.  Stitch all the way around, close to the edge.

Topstitching the bunny

The reason we didn’t put any batting inside those ears is so that he can either wear them up…

Bunny Mug Rug from Crafty Staci

…or down!

Bunny Hot Pad from Crafty Staci

I’ll bet you know someone who wouldn’t mind finding this bunny in her Easter basket!

March Bunny Hot Pad from Crafty Staci

Shopping and To-Do List Printables

I came here today to share some colorful, cheery printables, but I have a bit of breaking news first.  I heard from Mary, the winner of the Uncommon Goods gift certificate in my recent giveaway, and you HAVE to see what she made!  If you’re thinking “Made?  I thought Uncommon Goods sold ready-made items, not supplies,” you would be correct.  However, that didn’t stop Mary, who made some adorable quilts using tea and coffee themed towels.  She was kind enough to send me photos, with her permission to show them to you!

This is the coffee quilt:

Mary's Coffee Quilt

And the tea quilt:

Mary's Tea Quilt

In case you missed those corners, check out the adorable paper-pieced coffee cup:

Mary's Coffee Quilt Corners

And tea cups:

Mary's Tea Quilt Corners

She has one more towel, with a beer theme, that will also become a quilt with mug corners.  I love that a handmade project unexpectedly came out of this giveaway.  My thanks to Mary for letting us see her creative idea!

Back to our regularly scheduled program.  I made some printable to-do and shopping lists a couple of years ago, using this great padding compound from Chica and Jo (no Amazon affiliation here, I just love this product).  I thought it would be a fun thing to include in the giveaway but when I sat down to print them out, I couldn’t do it.  Miss an opportunity to play around and make something new?  Not me!

Free Printables - Craft Room To Do List or Grocery and Menu Pad from Crafty Staci

I’ve mentioned before (or many times) that I love a list.  I have different sorts all over my house.  I don’t know if I make lists because I can’t remember things, or if I can’t remember things because I’m so used to making lists.  Hmm.

Anyway, I’ll start with the do-to list.  I made it to include in the DIY giveaway set, but I think I might need one of my own.  I used a rainbow of colors, and inspirational words.  You know, to keep you moving when you’re crafting.  You can find the printable here, which consists of 7 sheets, for a total of 28 lists.

Colorful To-Do Lists by Crafty Staci

I used the same technique as before, cutting a piece of medium weight cardboard to fit the size of the pages and clamping it all together with large binder clips.  I slipped a wide popsicle stick under the clips to prevent them from denting the pages. 

How to make a to-do list pad - Crafty Staci

I brushed a heavy coat of padding compound across the top and hung the pad up to dry for about a day.

Allow padding compound to dry for a day - Crafty Staci

I especially love the shopping list.  It was included in the Kitchen Set, but I can’t wait to try it myself for ease of weekly menu planning.

Shopping List and Menu Pad - Crafty Staci

On each printable page there is a shopping list and a matching menu page.  The file includes 12 pages.

Menu and Matching Shopping List Pad from Crafty Staci

I hope these bright. easy-to-make pads make the beginning of your week a little sunnier!

5th Anniversary Celebration Wrap-Up

Three giveaways, three new sewing projects and lots of reminiscing filled the last month and helped me start off year six with a bang.  I had so much fun, and I hope you did too.  I’m so grateful for the very sweet, motivating and constructive comments on all of those posts.  You had some fantastic ideas, and I’ll be integrating many them into this space over the next year.  You are amazing.

I’ve already heard back from the winners of each of the giveaways and their prizes are on the way.  Mary won the Uncommon Goods gift certificate, and has plans to use their beer and coffee kitchen towels as center panels in her quilts.  What a great idea!

Coffee Kitchen Towel from Uncommon Goods 

Christi will be receiving the Kitchen Set, which includes the Mug Hot Pads and Quilt-as-You-Go Table Runner.  Hopefully it will warm her up over there in North Carolina.  If I could have figured out how to send her a little of the sunshine we’ve been enjoying here lately it would be on its way too.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway - Kitchen Set

The DIY Set, which includes the Alphabet Block Pincushion, will be arriving at Elizabeth’s doorstep in a few days.  You can find her writing about her adventures with her adorable boys over at Elpalchica.  Check out her Batman projects – you know we’re big fans over here!

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary DIY Set Giveaway

I’d also like to send out one last BIG thank you to my giveaway sponsors!

Uncommon Goods

Tuttle Publishing

Craft Warehouse

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Book Review: Cut Out and Keep–Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects

This book was provided to me for review by Laurence King Publishing Ltd.  All opinions are my own.

I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of Cut Out and Keep’s Crafty Superstars a couple of years ago.  I was very familiar with their long-running craft community, and it was a huge honor for me.  When I found out they had published Cut Out and Keep – Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!

Cut Out and Keep Book Review by Crafty Staci

The authors, Kat Morley and Tom Waddington, are the duo behind the website and authors of the book.  They are from Scotland, and had never visited the United States before.  They set aside 8 months and traveled all over the country, visiting all 50 states.  I’m so completely jealous.

Cut Out and Keep Book Intro

Besides the fun travel photos and experiences throughout the book, each state is represented by a craft tutorial.  The flavor of each state is reflected in its project.  One nice consideration by the authors is that many of the same crafting materials are used for multiple projects, so you can make lots of them without buying different supplies.

The book happens to start off in my neighborhood:  the Pacific coast.

Cut Out and Keep Book - Pacific Coast

It’s funny to see a snapshot of your own state through the eyes of newcomers.  I wasn’t surprised to see Voodoo Doughnuts and Powell’s Bookstore make the must-see list, but I liked the fact that the Oregon Caves were mentioned over the usual Multnomah Falls or Crater Lake.

And the Sasquatch Slipper Boots to represent us here in Oregon?  Well, it’s hard to argue with that one.

Cut Out and Keep Book - Oregon

I like the way the project instructions are laid out.  There’s a small photo for each step, making it much easier to understand if you’re a visual person like me.  On a side note, if you hope over to Cut Out and Keep, you’ll find the full instructions for this License Plate Notebook!

Cut Out and Keep - License Plate Notebook

There are a broad range of difficulty levels represented, so there’s something for everyone here.  There are even a few recipes thrown in.

Cut Out and Keep Book Bunting

I was glad to see the projects listed by region in the front of the book, then broken down into project category in the back.  It makes searching very efficient.

Cut Out and Keep Book Project Index

My husband and I are hoping to eventually visit every state ourselves.  We’re up to a little over a third of the way through the list, so we have a good chunk of them left to go.  Reading this book just made me want to reach that goal that much more.  In the meantime, thanks to Cat and Tom, I can craft my way across the country!

Cut Out and Keep Book Back Cover

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I hope you were all able to get your entries in for my anniversary giveaways.  Entries are closed now, and I’ll be notifying the winners today!

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Alphabet Block Pincushion

I’ve been wanting to make a new pincushion for a few years now.  I know, a basic pincushion is about as simple as it gets, so what was the hold up?  I wanted something different.  Something I hadn’t already seen out there with pins sticking out of it.  I starting thinking about what kinds of shapes would lend themselves to pin stickery, and I’m not sure how I got from there to here, but I’m happy with the results.  Do you want to know how to make one?

Alphabet Block Pincushion by Crafty Staci

You’ll need:

  • 2” square block of foam
  • 6 pieces of wood print fabric cut 2 1/2” square
  • 6 pieces of fusible fleece cut 2 1/4” square
  • 4 pieces of stitch witchery or Wonder Under cut 2 1/2” square
  • 4 pieces of felt 2 1/2” square
  • Craft thread
  • These letters and numbers (the font is Cooper Black)

I tried this first with regular stuffing and ended up with less of a block than a ball, so I switched to foam.  Some foam is springier than others, so you might want to try a pin-stab test before you choose one.

Lightly trace a number onto the front of one fabric square.  Iron a square of fleece onto the back.  Stitch the number on with craft thread, using the embroidery stitch of your choice.  I used a simple back stitch.

Trace the frame and reversed letters onto the paper side of the stitch witchery.  This flat light table my husband gave me for Christmas is AMAZING.  It’s not even a quarter of an inch thick.

Tracing letters on light table - Crafty Staci

Iron the letters onto the felt squares. 

Letters ironed onto felt - Crafty Staci

Cut out the letters and the inside of the frames.  I found it was easier if I cut the inside of the frames first, then the inside of the letters (like the D), then the outside of the letters.

Cut out felt letters - Crafty Staci

Peel off the paper and iron the frames and letters onto four of the remaining fabric squares.

Felt letters ironed onto fabric - Crafty Staci

Add some decorative stitches to the letters to hold them to the fabric.

Number and letters stitched - Crafty Staci

Iron the fusible fleece onto all five remaining fabric pieces (the four with letters and one blank).

Attach fusible fleece - Crafty Staci

Pin the number and one of the letters with right sides together and the tops of the characters pointing the same direction.  Stitch together with a 1/4” seam, beginning and stopping 1/4” from each end.

First seam - Crafty Staci

Do the same with the opposite letter, but with the bottom of the number and top of the letter pointing the same way.  Be sure to continue leaving 1/4” open at both ends of each seam.

Second seam - Crafty Staci

Add the two side letters with the tops of the letters closest to the number.  Add the blank square to the bottom of one of the letters.

All sides sewn on - Crafty Staci

Stitching one seam at a time, pull the sides of two letters together, with right sides facing each other.  Begin the seam where the two previous seams meet at the top (which should be 1/4” from the corner) and end it 1/4” from the bottom. Repeat for all four sides and the top.

Side and top seams sewn - Crafty Staci

Fold the edge of the open flap under 1/4” and press.  Do the same with its matching side on the cube.  This will make it easier at the end when you’ll be hand stitching that seam closed.

Fold edges under - Crafty Staci

Stitch the two sides as you did all the others.

Sewing side seams - Crafty Staci

Carefully clip the corners to reduce bulk.  Turn the cube right side out through the opening.  Push out the corners with something pointy.

Cube turned right side out - Crafty Staci

Compress the foam cube and push it into the opening.  Use your fingers and/or your pointy tool to align the corners and straighten the sides. 

Adding foam cube - Crafty Staci

Pull the two folded edges together and hand stitch closed.

Hand stitching final seam - Crafty Staci

Just add pins, and you’re finished.

Alphabet Block Pincushion from Crafty Staci

I made one of these that has already found its place next to my sewing machine.  The other one is part of the DIY Set I’m giving away on March 9th to one lucky reader.  If you haven’t had a chance to enter, be sure to head over and do it before midnight on March 8th!

Alphabet Block Pincushion - Crafty Staci

5th Anniversary Giveaway–DIY Set

Here we are, at the last of the three big giveaways celebrating my 5th anniversary here at Crafty Staci.  If you missed the first two, you still have time to enter.  Visit the Uncommon Goods Giveaway and the Kitchen Set Giveaway and get your entry in by Sunday evening.

Crafty Staci 5th Anniversary Celebration

I’d like to thank Tuttle Publishing for the fun book included in today’s giveaway package!

My goal for this blog is to encourage readers to make and/or enjoy handmade things.  It’s always fun for me to show you things I’ve made, but I’d love for you to create as well.  That’s where this week’s giveaway set comes in.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary DIY Set Giveaway

Those are not six fat quarters, they are half-yard cuts, so that’s THREE YARDS of fabric!  I love the floral print, and I was so in love with that red wood grain I ended up buying a bit of it for myself.  Shhh.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway fabrics

You can’t sew anything without thread, so I’ve included four spools of coordinating Gutermann thread.  It’s my sewing machines’ favorite.  I also threw in a couple of packages of buttons, just in case you need them for whatever fabulous thing (or things) you create from the fabric.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway thread and buttons

Even if you aren’t big on sewing, with this Wrapping with Fabric Book from Tuttle Publishing you can make some amazing things by simply hemming the fabric edges.  In fact, I’m pretty sure some of the wraps could be accomplished without even doing that. 

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway Wrapping with Fabric book

I don’t know about you, but my sewing and crafting would not be possible without keeping a list of what I need to do.  I also have a list of what I need to buy next time I’m in a fabric store.  I’ve included this craft room checklist in case you also enjoy the feeling of deep satisfaction in checking off those little boxes.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway checklist

Last, but not least, I couldn’t let this set go without sewing something.  I’ve been wanting to come up with a pincushion for years now, but I didn’t want to do something that someone else already had out there.  I think I’ve finally made something unique, and I love it so, so much.  Come back on Wednesday, and I’ll show you how to make one yourself!

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway - Alphabet Block Pincushion

Whew!  Now, how can you win all of this amazing stuff?

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Here’s how to enter:

1st entry: Leave a comment telling me something you’d like to see here on Crafty Staci in the future.  It can be anything your heart desires.

2nd entry: Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or email (right sidebar). Leave a second comment here letting me know.  If you were already following me just leave a comment telling me so (you don’t need to follow somewhere else just to enter).

This giveaway opens on March 2, 2015 and will remain open for entries until midnight Pacific Time on March 8, 2015. I will email the randomly selected winner on March 9th. If I don’t receive a response by midnight on March 15th I will randomly select a new winner.

All three giveaways close this Sunday, so be sure to get your entries in!

Friday Favorites–Top Ten Crafty Staci Recipes

I don’t consider this a food blog.  I spend my fair share of time gawking at legitimate food blogs, and I do not qualify.  That’s very unlikely to ever change, since I usually only cook because my family needs to eat.  Every once in a while though I feel inspired to go into the kitchen and make something for fun, and it usually involves sugar.  These are the top ten most popular recipes I’ve shared here, in spite of myself.

10

Habanero Caramel Sauce

This is something I made entirely for the benefit of my husband.  He tends to like things on the melt-your-face level of spiciness, and he was pretty pleased with this sauce.

Habanero Caramel Sauce from Crafty Staci

9

Cowboy Caviar

This recipe came from my friend Melinda.  We’ve tried it as originally written, with some tweaks, and we even have it for dinner once in a while with shrimp mixed in.  Yum.

Cowboy Caviar from Crafty Staci

8

Gluten-Free Fried Cheese Curds

My daughter gave up a few things she loves to go gluten-free.  One of those was fried squeaky cheese, until her dad swooped in and saved the day with this flour-free version.

Gluten-Free Fried Cheese Curds from Crafty Staci

7

Cow Pie Cookies

I can’t help the name now.  It was the first thing I thought when I looked at them.  But if you can get past that, they are definitely tasty.

Cow Pie Cookies from Crafty Staci

6

Cake Pop Parfaits

I need to find an excuse to make these again.  All the yumminess of a cake pop without the stick.

Cake Pop Parfait from Crafty Staci

5

Easy Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Looking back at all these recipes is making me hungry.  These little jars of carrot cake were delicious.

Easy Carrot Cake Cupcakes from Crafty Staci

4

Breakfast in a Jar

One thing many of these recipes have in common:  jars.  I ate this for breakfast every morning for months. 

Breakfast in a Jar from Crafty Staci

3

Caramel No Bake Cookies

I just made these again last weekend.  I learned that if you’re trying to make a half batch and accidentally put the full amount of peanut butter in at the end, you can still add the second half of all the other ingredients and cook them and they come out the same.  Even making more than I intended, they all disappeared.

Caramel No Bake Cookies from Crafty Staci

2

Spiced Chai Tea Mix and Salted Caramel Cocoa Mix

My kids loved these mixes.  To think, I only made them so I had something to put in my newly etched jars.

Spiced Chai Tea Mix and Salted Caramel Cocoa Mix from Crafty Staci

1

Microwave Homemade Caramels

These candies are one of my favorite foods.  They’re also the first recipe I ever shared here.  If I had the ability to not eat them, I’d make them more often.  Easy, sweet and amazingly delicious.

Microwave Homemade Salted Caramels from Crafty Staci

Be sure to click over and get entered to win the Uncommon Goods giveaway and the Kitchen Set giveaway – another great giveaway will open for entries on Monday!

Quilt-As-You-Go Table Runner

Spending most of my days sewing, I tend to have a lot of fabric scraps.  I have a box of them that will eventually be cut into 2” squares and made into some sort of amazing quilt.  If they’d just take care of that square thing on their own it would go a lot faster, but they seem to be waiting for me.  This batch of scraps didn’t make it into the box though, and instead became this springy table runner.

Quilt-As-You-Go Table Runner by Crafty Staci

You have until March 8th to enter to win this, along with the Mug Hot Pads I showed you last week, my Craft Warehouse Design Team apron, some great cookbooks from Tuttle Publishing and a grocery list/menu pad I’ll be sharing here soon.  If you haven’t entered, get over there!  You can also still enter to win the gift certificate from Uncommon Goods.

In the meantime, I’m going to show you how to make this easy table runner.  It’s a great way to use up small pieces of fabric, and they don’t even need to be uniform in size.  In face, I think it’s better if they aren’t. 

To make this, you’ll need to cut a piece of cotton fabric for your backing in the approximate size you’d like your runner.  You may find it shrinks a bit as you sew it together.  You’ll also need a piece of thin batting in the same size.  I went with 12 by 30”.  Cut strips for the front that are slightly longer than the back (14”) and in varying widths.  You’ll need to account for seam allowances, so you’ll probably need more strips than you think. 

Pieces to cut for Quilt-As-You-Go Table Runner - Crafty Staci

Lay the backing face down.  Add the batting on top, then pin the two layers together with safety pins.  And pin some more.

Pinning first two layers - Crafty Staci

You don’t want those two layers shifting while you complete the remaining steps.  Another option would be to use fusible fleece, and just iron it onto your backing.

Lay one fabric strip, right side up, in the center of the runner.  Add a second strip on top, right side down, lining up the raw edges on the right.  Pin in place and stitch down the right side with a 1/4” seam.

Sewing down first strips - Crafty Staci

Fold out strip on right and press the seam.

Press first seam - Crafty Staci

Add another strip, face down, even with the edge of the first strip.  Do the same with the second strip.

Adding third and fourth strips - Crafty Staci

Stitch both sides with a 1/4” seam.  Flip them out and press, just like the first two strips.  Continue, adding one strip to each side and removing the safety pins as needed.

Several strips added - Crafty Staci

Stop when the batting is completely covered.  Trim the edges so they are even with the backing and batting.

Trim front to match back - Crafty Staci

To finish the edge, I cut binding strips from one of the fabrics.  Because of the direction I had to cut them, based on the fabric I had available, if I stitched them into one long strip the diagonal lines were going to go in two different directions.  Instead, I bound one edge at a time, starting with the long edges and folding the ends of the binding in 1/4”.

Binding the long edges - Crafty Staci

After those sides were finished I added binding on the short edges so the lines would all run in the same direction.

Binding the short edges - Crafty Staci

That’s it.  No additional quilting is necessary, because all the layers are bound together between each strip, as you can see on the also-usable back.

Quilt-As-You-Go Table Runner back - Crafty Staci

I have to admit, I really loved how this little runner brightened up the table, and it’s going to be tough to give it up.  That’s how much I appreciate you guys!

Quilt-As-You-Go Table Runner from Crafty Staci

5th Anniversary Giveaway–Kitchen Set

Welcome to the second of the three giveaways to celebrate my 5th blog anniversary!

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Hopefully you had a chance to enter last week’s giveaway – if not, pop over before March 8th.  I’m excited about this week, because I made lots of what you can win today.  I owe a big thanks to Craft Warehouse for the cute apron pattern and fabric, and Tuttle Publishing for the beautiful cookbooks included in today’s package.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway - Kitchen Set

You know I cracked the cover on these cookbooks when they arrived from Tuttle Publishing.  You really want these – trust me.

Cookbooks from Tuttle Publishing - Crafty Staci

You might recognize the reversible Chatterbox Apron from my Craft Warehouse Design Team project.  This fabric is so cheerful, and I’ve been anxious to make more things to match.

Apron for Craft Warehouse - Crafty Staci

The Mug Hot Pads are the first in my newest series.

Mug Hot Pads - Crafty Staci

I’ll show you how to make this quilt-as-you-go table runner on Wednesday.

Quilt As You Go Table Runner - Crafty Staci

I’ll be sharing this printable shopping list and menu pad soon.  To make life easier, each shopping list page is followed by a menu planning page.

Shopping List and Menu Pad - Crafty Staci

All this can be yours!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Here’s how to enter:

1st entry: Leave a comment telling me your all-time favorite project from my blog.

2nd entry: Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or email (right sidebar). Leave a second comment here letting me know.

This giveaway opens on February 23, 2015 and will remain open for entries until midnight Pacific Time on March 8, 2015. I will email the randomly selected winner on March 9th. If I don’t receive a response by midnight on March 15th I will randomly select a new winner.

Crafty Staci 5th Anniversary Celebration

Good luck everybody!