Friday Favorites–Crafty Staci

First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Usually when my blog anniversary rolls around, I dedicate a set of Friday Favorites to the top ten most popular projects I’ve written about since the beginning.  I planned to do that again this year, until I looked it up and realized it hadn’t changed much since last year.  That’s not very interesting, so I’m going to change it up.  Here’s a glimpse into the stats behind my little space:

I’ve written 156 Tutorials

I couldn’t believe that number until I actually counted.  Here’s hoping I have another 156 in me!  The top four are:

Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeve  Robin Hood Hat  Creamer Bottle Snowmen  Ninja Monkey Sling Bag

I’ve shared 39 Recipes

This is kind of a weird one for me.  I don’t consider this a cooking blog, but sometimes I make food I want to share.  The favorite four:

Microwave Caramels  Spiced Chai and Salted Caramel Cocoa Mixes  Caramel No Bake Cookies  Breakfast in a Jar

I’ve curated 161 Friday Favorites

Since I’ve tried to keep these to about ten per week, we’re talking 1610 projects I’ve featured here!  The top four are:

Friday Favorites - Fat Quarter Projects - Crafty Staci  Friday Favorites - T-Shirt Refashions - Crafty Staci  Friday Favorites - 10 DIY Gifts for Guys - Crafty Staci  Friday Favorites - 10 Projects for the Car - Crafty Staci

Just for fun, these are all the topics I’ve covered so far as Friday Favorites:

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Believe it or not, I have many more filed away for the future – and I’m always open to any topics you might want to see.

Last chance to enter my 4th Anniversary Giveaway!  Entries will be accepted until midnight tomorrow, so make sure to get yours in.  I’ll announce the winner on Monday!

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Coffee Sleeve of the Month–Pennant Banner

Is it snowing where you are?  We have nothing but fog here, not even our usual December rain.  There’s even talk of a sparse ski season on Mt. Hood this year.  I’m not a skier, but I’m so ready for some of that cold white stuff.  Bring it on, Old Man Winter.

Because I’m in such a snowy mood, I decided this month’s coffee cup sleeve would have a bit of a chill to it.  Once I was done, I realized this one would be perfect for so many other uses.  Make it in school colors to show your spirit at the game or in wedding colors for the bride to get her caffeine fix.  Some pink and red would be cute for Valentine’s Day, or some florals or pastels to celebrate the beginning of spring.  But, for now, the focus is on January’s snowflakes.

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To make this sleeve, you’ll need:

  • cotton fabric
  • InsulBrite batting
  • iron-on interfacing
  • 3” of elastic cord
  • 12” of 1/2” bias tape
  • button (5/8 – 1”)
  • this pattern

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Iron the interfacing onto side one of the coffee sleeve.

Fold the small flag pieces in half with right sides together.  If you look at the pattern piece, the dotted lines should be together.  Sew where the dotted lines are shown.

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Trim the corners and seam and turn right side out.  The seam should be centered at the back.  Press.

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Fold the bias tape in half and press.  Beginning 1 1/2” from the end, slip the top of the flags inside the fold and stitch the length of the tape.

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Pin the banner onto side one of the coffee cup sleeve, 1” from the top and with the flags about 1 1/4” from each end.  Stitch the bias tape from one edge of the sleeve to the other.

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Trim the ends of the bias tape even with the edges of the sleeve.  Tie the ends of the elastic cord together with a piece of thread.  Center on the right side with the loop facing in.  Add your tag on the left if you use them.

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Carefully lay side two over the top of that with the right side down.  Finish with the InsulBrite on top and pin in place.  Stitch 1/4” from the edge, leaving 2” open at the bottom for turning.

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Clip the corners and turn right side out.  Press, turning in opening.  Topstitch close to the edge all the way around.

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Stitch a button onto the point where the elastic reaches comfortably with the ends of the sleeve together.

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This does not make me want it to snow any less.

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I’m even all ready with my toasty drink!

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Money Gift Tea Bag

My daughter had a birthday last week.  She and her fiancé were having their engagement photos taken last weekend, so I knew she was planning to buy some new clothes.  I decided to give her cash toward them, but I couldn’t just hand it over or stick it into a card.  She’s a tea fanatic, so I made a fabric tea bag as a money holder.

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Here’s the best part of the story.  She’s a girl after my own heart and loves Fiesta dishes so I was going to buy her a mug to put the money tea bag in.  The only one I could find in the store I was at was $26 and not a tea cup but a latte mug.  Luckily, I walked around a corner and found this instead.

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Do you see that tag?  Only $10.20 for the set at 80% off!  All because the bowl is missing.  And it just happens to be her favorite Fiesta color.  Score.

Anyway, back to the tea bag.  To make one, you’ll need a piece of thin fabric, like muslin.  I used a dotted linen.  Cut a strip 8” by 4 1/2”.

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Fold it in half with the right sides together and stitch 1/4” from the long edge.

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Turn right side out.  Press with the seam centered in the back.

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Fold in half the other direction with the seam facing up.  Stitch across 1/8” from the fold.

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Fold each side back up 1/2” from the stitched fold.  Stitch across 1/8” from each new fold.

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Fold money up and slip inside each side.

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Bring all the raw edges together at the top and zigzag across.

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Make a tag using cardstock.  Cut a 10” piece of string.  Fold the top of the tea bag over 1/2”.  Stitch through all the layers and tie a knot.  I thought I was going to staple it, but it was too thick.  Fortunately, my stapler survived.  Barely.

Cut the string to your desired length and staple on the tag.

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If you’re not a Fiesta person, you could also find a pretty teacup at a thrift store.  Just make sure the recipient knows there’s money inside the tea bag.  I’d hate to find out what brewed cash tastes like.

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Coffee Sleeve of the Month–New Jeans

When I was working on the most recent entry into my Coffee Sleeve series, I was thinking about school.  With my youngest starting his senior year of high school next month, I’m finding myself focused on this being my last year to help anyone get ready.  Of course, one of the biggest tasks to tackle is back-to-school clothes, with new jeans on the top of the laundry pile.

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In order for you to fully understand what I’m about to tell you, I need to show you my fabric shelf.

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It’s not as full as it could be, and definitely not as full as it used to be, but I have a little bit of everything in there.  Except, apparently, denim.  I’ve always had a bit of denim when I needed it, but I took every single thing off those shelves and there was not a scrap of denim to be found.  That’s like having a kitchen with no knives in it.  I even asked my son if he had any outgrown jeans I could have, but no luck.  I actually had to go to the fabric store specifically to buy a piece of denim for this project.  I’m still shaking my head.

Anyway, on to the project.  To make this one, you’ll need this pattern, DENIM, cotton fabric for the back, InsulBrite, a button and a 3” piece of elastic cord.  This will also have a look much closer to a pair of jeans if you use some gold thread made for matching denim stitching.  It’s great for hemming too.  I’d also recommend using a denim needle in your sewing machine.  You need the larger hole for the gold thread to flow through smoothly.

Cut the sleeve from the denim, then flip the pattern over to cut the back from the cotton.  Cut a piece of InsulBrite.  Cut the pocket on the fold.

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Fold the pocket right sides together and stitch 1/4” from the edge, leaving about an inch open for turning.  You can use regular sewing thread for this part.  Tie or stitch the ends of the elastic together.

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Clip the corners.  Turn right side out and press, turning in the opening.

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Thread your machine with the gold thread and add some decorative stitching to the pocket.

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Center the pocket on the denim sleeve.  It should be about 1/2” from the top and bottom.  Pin in place, adding a tag under the edge if you’d like.  Stitch around close to the edge, then again about 1/8” away, leaving the top of the pocket open.

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Layer the pieces with the denim sleeve face up and the elastic centered on the right.

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Lay the cotton piece over that, right side down, then the InsulBrite on top of that.  Pin in place.  Stitch around 1/4” from the edge, leaving 2” open at the bottom for turning.

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Clip the corners, turn right side out and press.  Stitch all the way around with the gold thread, close to the edge.  I added an extra row of stitching at each end to give it the look of seams.

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Sew the button on where the elastic reaches and centered.

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Slip onto a cup and you’ll be the most stylish parent at the bus stop.

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Or, maybe you’re looking for a bribe, err, gift for your kid’s new teacher.  Ta-da!  Coffee gift card fits perfectly.

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Previous coffee sleeves, in case jeans aren’t your thing:

Father's Day Fish Coffee Sleeve  Pinwheel Coffee Cup Sleeve

Sunglasses Coffee Sleeve  Pencil Drink Sleeve and Paper Mat

Love Note Coffee Cup Sleeve  Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeve

What is a Fat Quarter and What Can I Make With It?

I noticed there are lots of bloggers offering fat quarters for Giveaway Day this week, including me.  If you’re a newer sewer (say that ten times, fast), you might not be familiar with the term or what they’re good for.  Welcome to Fat Quarters 101.

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Fabric is sold on bolts, folded in half with the selvage edges together.  Cotton fabric, of the type usually used by quilters and crafters, once measured 45 inches from selvage to selvage, but the size has magically shrunk while the price tag grows.  Most fabrics are now about 42 inches wide.

A yard of fabric is 36 inches, just like a yard of anything else.  That means if you buy an entire yard of fabric, unfold it and spread it out, it will measure 36 inches by 42 inches.  If you request a quarter of a yard at the cutting counter, you’ll receive a piece of fabric as shown below.

Ordinary Quarter Yard of Fabric - Crafty Staci

A fat quarter is the same number of square inches in size, but is cut differently, as shown here.

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If you get the same number of square inches of fabric, why would you care which way it’s cut?  Let’s say you want to make a bag.  The pattern instructs you to cut a rectangle that’s 12 by 20 inches.  You’d have to buy more fabric cut the regular way just to fit your pattern.  There’s less waste with a fat quarter, and they’re sometimes less expensive than buying cut yardage.

Now that you know what a fat quarter is, what can you make with them?  Quilters love these because they’re better suited for squares and other shapes, but they don’t have to be limited to quilting.  You can find gazillions of projects out there that are meant for fat quarters.  Here’s a few of my own projects that are perfectly suited to these cuts.

Squares and Stripes Mug Mat     Disney-Inspired Luggage Tags     Ruffled Oven Mitts     Fabric Daffodils     Fat Quarter Half Apron     Pencil Drink Sleeve and Paper Mat     Flowered Flip Flop Covers     Ruffled Flip Flop Covers     Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeve     Quick and Easy Fabric Coaster     Take Out Wristlet     Oval Mug Mat     Reusable Snack Bags     Patriotic Fabric Pinwheels    

Now that you know what a fat quarter is, what are you going to make?

Shot Put Bag

I’ve spent the last eight springs watching one or both of my kids’ throw the shot put at track meets.  This year, I’ve actually been the official at a couple of my son’s meets.  Let me just say, nothing is more fun than telling teenage boys who are ten times your size what to do.

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When my son told me the bottom had fallen out of the bag they use to carry their shots, I figured I could probably do something about that.  He brought it home and I realized it needed to be replaced, rather than repaired.  The hardware was still good, but the fabric was shot.  Ba-dum-bum.

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The original bag was made from lined vinyl, but I had some ballistic nylon lying around from one of my husband’s projects.  Either one would work, and for that matter you could also use denim or a heavy duck.

I used the old bag as my pattern, leaving out the short zipper on one side and the snaps on the top, since the boys don’t use them anyway.  I cut a circle for the bottom of the bag that measured 7” across and a piece 16 by 22 inches for the rest of the bag.  I also dug up some new webbing for the handles.  The two D-rings, two clips and plastic tube were from the old bag.

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Fold the top edge (one of the 22” sides) under 1/2” and again 2”.  Press.  Stitch close to the inner fold and near the top fold.  Cut a piece of webbing 20” long.  Slip a D-ring on and fold the end under 1 1/4”.  Stitch near the D-ring.  Repeat on the opposite end of the webbing.  Measure 5 1/8” from the edge on both sides of the bag and mark.

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At the mark, lay the D-ring with the ring toward the top of the bag, even with the edge, and the end of the webbing facing up.  Two inches from the bottom of the ring, fold the webbing back up over itself.  Box stitch under the D-ring.  Repeat on the other side, making sure not to twist the webbing.

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Fold the bag right sides together with the handle at the top.  Stitch down the side, 1/2” from the edge.  Zigzag over the edge for added strength and to finish the seam.

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Stitch the circle onto the bottom edge with a 1/2” seam.  I matched the edges as I went, but I’ll admit it didn’t match up perfectly and I ended up having to add a pleat.  It worked out fine, but you might want to pin it into place before you start sewing.  After the bottom is in place, stitch around it again in the seam allowance at least one more time.  I did it twice.  Zigzag over the edge.  Turn the bag right side out.

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Cut a piece of webbing 43 inches long.  Slide a hook on one end, turn under 1/2”, then an additional 1”.  Box stitch.  Repeat on the other end.  If you have the plastic tube for carrying it on a shoulder, be sure to slide that on before adding the second hook.

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Clip the hooks onto the D-rings, throw in the shots and you’re ready to go!

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The bag has already attended a meet or two, and the boys are happy with it.  Because they didn’t buy it, no one has one like it and it’s easy to spot.  Score one for mom.

Squidoo

Have you heard of Squidoo?  Apparently it’s been around for years, but it didn’t hit my radar until recently.  The basic idea is, anyone can go there and write an article about anything.  There’s a bunch of topic categories, some of my favorites being Food & Cooking, Home & Garden, Holidays and Celebrations and Arts and Design.

I’ve been contributing to Squidoo for about a month now.  I was even lucky enough to be interviewed earlier this month and featured in Squidoo Debut!  You might wonder why I’m writing there, since I already have a blog.  There are two reasons.

First, on this blog I talk about crafts, sewing and recipes, which I love.  Once in a while, something else comes up that I might want to write about, but I just don’t feel like it fits in here.  Having another platform where I have different options for topics just lets me stretch my wings a little.  Don’t worry, this is still my first love.

Second, sometimes I’ll look back at a project I’ve shared here and wish I had done things differently or that I could cover it again from a different angle.  While that would make me feel better, I’m afraid it would bore you.  Writing for Squidoo gives me the chance to look at those again and introduce them to new readers.

Here’s what I’ve written about so far:

I started off with a little introduction of who I am and what I do.

Introducing Crafty Staci

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That went well, so I moved on to a favorite recipe with a new twist.

How to Make Homemade Salted Caramels

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Next, I ventured into non-crafty territory with the story of the greatest vacation I’ve ever been on.

Taking a Road Trip with Teenagers

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I wanted to live up to my name, so I shared an all-time favorite, with instructions specifically for Insul-Brite.

How to Sew a Reversible Fabric Coffee Cup Sleeve

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Next, I combined five of my favorite cookie recipes into one article, each easily printable.

Unique Cookie Recipes

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My most recent article, which I just published yesterday, is about my love for Gutermann thread.

Gutermann Sewing Thread

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If you have a desire to write, but aren’t ready to tackle the challenges of your own blog, I’d recommend Squidoo.  They’ve been very welcoming, it’s easy to get started and it doesn’t cost a thing.  I’ve got a big list of future topics to tackle.  I hope I’ll see you there!

Friday Favorites–Crafty Staci Top Ten 2013

After writing this blog for three years now, I’ve learned a few things.  Don’t talk too much.  Be as clear and simple as possible with instructions.  Take good photos.  I’m still working on that last one.

Another thing I’ve learned is that I can’t predict what’s going to be popular.  Some of the things that have taken me the most time and work have been less popular than things that were so simple I almost didn’t even write about them here.  I don’t guess anymore.  If I want to make it, I make it.  If I make it, I write about it.  Simple as that.

My favorites this week aren’t so much my favorites as your favorites.  These are the top ten most popular posts from Crafty Staci over the last three years.  I’m not surprised by some, others floor me. 

10.  Passport Wallet

This was one of the first patterns I drafted myself.  I was asked by another blogger to be a guest (thanks again Always Expect Moore!) and this was the project I contributed.  I’ve been able to use my wallet a couple of times now, so I’m due for a new one, right?

Passport Wallet

9.  Felt and Wire Angel

This is one of those things I was talking about that I almost didn’t even post.  I didn’t make it because I needed it, it just popped into my head and I wanted to see how it would turn out.  Lesson learned.

Felt and Wire Angel

8.  Ribbon Candy Ornaments

I have so many of these now that if I make any more it will have to be as gifts.  Easy and fun, just like a craft should be.

Ribbon Candy Ornaments

7.  Make Your Own Tags

When I first started making things for my Etsy store, it didn’t even occur to me to include tags.  Now, I put them on everything.

Make Your Own Labels

6.  Ninja Monkey Bag

I have made SO many of these bags.  My daughter has been through three of them herself and we’ve made them for many of her friends.  And we still love this pattern.

Ninja Monkey Bag

5.  Fabric Flowers

This is a flower I created for use on the Ninja Monkey Bag, but it took on a life of its own and has been used for lots of other things.

Fabric Flower

4.  Microwave Homemade Caramels

Not a decent photo in the bunch on this one, but these really are easy and delicious.

Microwave Homemade Caramels

3.  Creamer Bottle Snowman

This little guy made me want to be a craft blogger, so I’m pretty happy to see him sitting up here at number 3.

Coffee Creamer Snowman

2.  Robin Hood Hats

I hear from readers about this pattern more than any other.  This hat has been used for Robin Hood, Peter Pan, Green Arrow, Prince Phillip, Prince Charming, Pinocchio, the Woodsman and the Pied Piper.  It’s been in plays, to renaissance fairs, on a pub crawl in England and to Carnaval in Brazil.  But the most rewarding thing for me is all the comments from brand-new sewers about how easy this was to make and that it gave them the confidence to try other projects.  That’s what it’s all about.

Robin Hood Hat

1.  Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves

I didn’t think anyone would care when I posted this.  Lots of people before me had shared their version of a coffee cozy, wrap, sleeve, whatever you prefer to call it.  But this little thing is in the number one slot by a HUGE number.  Works for me – it’s one of my favorites too.

Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves

If you haven’t had the chance yet, be sure to head over and enter my 3rd anniversary giveaway!

Loyalty Card Pocket

Am I the only one with this problem?

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It’s just insane the number of cards we have to keep track of.  None of these are credit cards, they’re just the loyalty cards that retailers offer to give you discounts and cash back on purchases.  Oh, and my library card.  My friend Melinda had a great idea to tame them, which I’ve been using for years.

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So much neater, and I haven’t lost a card.  But there’s still a couple of small problems.  When I visit the gas station, I have to remove the card from the ring.  I also have a couple of cards that are printed on heavy paper, which wouldn’t last long getting tossed around in my purse.  To compliment the ring system, I needed a pocket to store them in.

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Is that more red leather?  Why, yes it is!  After shortening my coat and making a new bag, I still had some leather left, so I thought it would be perfect for this.  I was even able to reuse one of the buttons I cut off the coat.

To make this, you’ll need a piece of leather or other heavy fabric for the outside (old jeans would work well), fabric to line the inside, a button and a 3” piece of elastic.

Cut the leather 4” by 8”.  Cut the lining the same size.  Sorry for the dark pictures, but I’m a night-crafter.

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Fold the leather lengthwise with right sides together.  Stitch down both sides with a 1/4” seam.  Do the same with the lining, but leave a couple of inches open in the middle of one side.

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Turn the leather piece right side out.  Slide it into the lining so they’re right sides together and the top edges are even.

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Stitch the ends of the elastic together to create a loop.  Slip the loop between the leather and lining, centered between the seams.  Stitch around 1/4” from the edge, adding extra reinforcing stitching over the elastic.

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Turn right side out through the hole in the lining.

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Stitch the opening in the lining closed.  Push the lining into the leather and stitch around the upper edge.

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Stitch the button on the front, opposite the elastic loop.  Insert cards, pull the loop over the top and hook around the button.

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This fits perfectly in the pocket in my new bag next to my cell phone.

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I still haven’t used up all that leather, so I made a zipper pull using the rest of the zipper I cut off to make the pocket inside the bag…

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…and a Coffee Cup Sleeve, of course.  I even had one more button left from the coat to use on it.

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I feel like I’ve more than gotten my money’s worth out of this coat.  I still have a couple of pieces of leather left, so I can’t promise this won’t pop up again.  But, for now, I think I’m just going to enjoy all of this.

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Easy Double-Sided Fuzzy Blanket

Today is my daughter’s birthday, so it only seems appropriate to talk about her.  And she’s not here to stop me at the moment.

A few months ago, we talked about making a quilt for her.  She was going to design it based on Sudoku, with each different fabric representing a number.  We gathered black, white and yellow fabrics, and I bought a large piece of bright yellow super-soft, Minkee-like stuff for the backing. 

I kept asking her when she was going to give me the pattern for the top.  “Oh, yeah, I’m going to start on that.”  Uh-huh. 

I finally asked her if she really wanted a quilt.  “No.  Can you just make me a blanket out of the fuzzy part?”  Yes.  Yes, I can.

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The only difficult thing about making this is working with the large size.  Other than that, it’s a piece of cake.  She didn’t even want binding around the edge, because she said that made it look like a baby blanket.  Not sure about that, but it’s hers.

I started with about 3 1/2 yards of fabric.  It’s 60” wide, so that gave me a piece about 60” by 126”. 

Unfold the fabric and refold with right sides together as shown here:

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Pin the selvage edges together and stitch with a 5/8” seam.  I used a narrow zigzag so the fabric could still stretch.

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Make sure the blanket is completely flat, then trim the cut edge so it’s straight and even.  Lots of fuzz will come off that edge, so be prepared.  When I was working on this one it looked like I was the sole witness to a horrible Tweety accident. 

Pin the cut edges together.

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Stitch with a 5/8” seam, leaving a few inches open in the middle for turning.  My opening was about 13”, but I think I could have gone a bit smaller.  I mark the opening with extra pins so I don’t forget to stop and start again while I’m sewing.

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After you’re done stitching, pull the blanket through the opening to turn.

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Push the corners out with your fingers.  The nice thing about this fabric is that the seams turn nicely without a lot of coaxing.

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Stitch around the outside edge, 1/4” away, turning in the opening 5/8”.  That’s it.  This finished blanket measures 58 x 63” and is nice and soft on both sides.

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The two sides aren’t connected in the center, but I don’t think that’s going to be a problem for her, especially with the edge sewn.  If you’re bothered by that, you could always do a little quilting to hold it all together.  Check out this post on Minkee Baby Quilts for some great ideas on working with this fun fabric.

Happy Birthday Codi!