Monday, January 22, 2018

Get Creative Using The Sizzix Coin Purse Die

My grandmother had a coin purse stashed in every corner of the house (or so it seemed.)
Each one was filled with different things including money, sewing items, and candy.
I decided to get creative and make some coin purses for every corner of my house using the
Sizzix CoinPurse die to cut out a big and small purse. It was so easy to use and sew together!


I'm over at the Therm O Web blog today sharing what I made...check it out HERE.
Take some time to look around at all the other amazing projects they have on their blog.

The Heat n Bond Fleece Fusible High Loft was perfect in between the outside fabric
and lining of the coin purse. It gave it stability without being stiff.
That purple Oliso makes ironing way more fun, too!


Of course, I used Aurifil 50wt to sew the purse together. It's my favorite go-to thread.
The magnetic pin holder is from Riley Blake...cute, cute, cute with those scissors!


Sizzix Coin Purse


To make a coin purse you'll need:

Heat n Bond Fleece Fusible High Loft, cut into two 8” x 9½” pieces
1 – fat quarter for exterior coin purse, cut into two 8” x 9½” pieces
1 – fat quarter for lining of coin purse, cut into two 8” x 9½” pieces
Sizzix Coin Purse Die, 2 cutting mats, and cutting machine
Heavy-duty glue like Beacon 3-in-1 or E6000
(No need to sew the frame to the coin purse using one of these glues...they are strong!)

Step 1:
Iron Heat n Bond Fleece Fusible High Loft to wrong sides of
exterior coin purse fabric following manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 2:
Using the Sizzix Coin Purse die cut two exterior fabric coin purses with
adhered Heat n Bond Fleece Fusible High Loft. Cut two lining fabric coin purses.

To cut out coin purses using the die and cutting machine, fold exterior fabric purse in half,
wrong sides together. Place fold along the edge of Sizzix die that does not have a blade.
Be careful…the blade is sharp! 


Sandwich the cutting die between two cutting mats being careful to keep fabric in place.
At a slight angle, run die with fabric through your cutting machine. Repeat to make a total of two
exterior fabric purse pieces with Heat n Bond Fleece Fusible High Loft, and two lining pieces.
Note: If you're using directional fabric, be sure to place the folded fabric correctly on the die!


Step 3:
With exterior fabric coin purses wrong sides together and using a 1/4” seam allowance,
sew edges from the notch to edge of coin purse and along straight edge as shown.
The top rounded area and notched area is not sewn.


*Using a water-soluble marker helps to clearly mark the notch. There’s two on each piece.
(The notches are there, you just have to look for them because they are tiny.)


Step 4:
Repeat Step 3’s instructions for the lining fabric, but leave a 3” opening in the
middle of the straight edge to enable turning it inside out.

Step 5:
Pinch the small unsewn opening together and match seams on both sides.
Sew 1/4” seam allowance across edge as shown below. Repeat on the lining fabric.


Step 6:
Turn exterior fabric coin purse right side out. Place exterior coin purse inside lining fabric
coin purse, right sides together, lining up seams and top edge. Pin or use clips to hold in place. 


Step 7:
Begin sewing from center of coin purse and stop at side seams. Turn coin purse and repeat
on other side. Do the same on the other side of the coin purse.


Step 8:
Cut notches on the curved edge or trim with pinking shears.


Step 9:
Turn coin purse right side out. Using a pointed tool, push the corners out. Press around
the seam edges of coin purse. Press lower corners to create a flat bottom.


Step 10:
Stitch lining opening closed with slipstitches or by folding in seams and
stitch 1/8” from folded in edge.


Step 11:
Apply glue in the slotted area of the coin purse frame on one side. Gently push edges
of coin purse into the frame. Let dry. Repeat on other side of frame. If you get a bit of
glue on the metal frame like I did, it should just rub off...mine did.


Step 12:
Optional – Attach flower to one side of coin purse.
Use Heat N Bond Fusible Interfacing – Light Weight on the wrong sides of fabric to add stability.
Cover fabric and interfacing with pressing cloth. Press and hold iron with medium pressure for
10-15 seconds. Repeat and overlap to cover all areas. Let cool. Cut out flower shapes using
fabrics, felt, lace, etc. Layer pieces with Fabric Fuse between each layer to hold them together.
Let dry. Apply flower to coin purse with Therm O Web Fabric Fuse Adhesive. Let dry.


I used the smaller coin purse on the Sizzix Coin Purse Die to make a pincushion.


To make the pincushion you'll need:

Sizzix Coin Purse Die, 2 cutting mats, and cutting machine
Heavy-duty glue like Beacon 3-in-1 or E6000
2 - 4” x 9” pieces of Heat n Bond Fleece Fusible High Loft
2 – 4” x 9” fabric for exterior coin purse
2 – 4” x 9” lining for coin purse
Walnut shells or other filling for pincushion

Step 1:
Create the small coin purse following the instructions above for the larger coin purse.

Step 2:
Attach small flower, if desired, following flower assembly instructions above. Let dry.

Step 3:
Fill the finished coin purse with walnut shells.


Step 4:
Place a thin line of heavy-duty glue on inside of coin frame. Close purse frame
and clip with clothespins to hold closed until glue dries.


You can find these instructions in a PDF format at my Craftsy store HERE.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Riley Blake Designs Boots And Spurs Blog Tour

It's my day for Riley Blake Designs Boots and Spurs Blog Tour. Boots and Spurs was
designed by Samantha Walker...it is so cute and would look great in any project.!

My Pony Quilt and Pillow 


This sweet fabric had me donning my cowboy boots and spurs as I sat at my sewing machine.
Okay, so maybe there were just pictures of boots and spurs on my flannel pajamas, but I was 
definitely feeling the spirit of the great outdoors, hay, and cowboys with this adorable fabric!

The fabrics I used for My Pony quilt and pillow...


I love all the colors and designs in the entire fabric line including that sweet pink!



My Pony Pillow


The back of the pillow has a zipper that opens to put in the pillow form
and it could even store some pajamas in there.


I used ThermOWeb's Fabric Fuse to attach the zipper to the right side of the pillow back.
It was so easy!

Fold 19” squares in half, wrong sides together. Press folds. Lay folded edges side-by-side with
about a 1/2” gap between them. Use Fabric Fuse to secure zipper edges in place on the side that
will be facing out. It helps to turn it over as shown below to glue it without getting the glue on
the zipper teeth. Let dry. Using a straight or zig-zag stitch, sew one side of zipper on one fabric 
fold, right sides up. Repeat on other side of zipper. Trim fabric so front and back are the same size.
Baste around edges of pillow backing. Sew binding around the edges.



Even though we were tempted, we obeyed the sign.

The back of the quilt is nice and cozy with fleece backing.


I love my photo shoot helper!


Without a horse, we didn't ride off into the sunset. 
We rode off in our car instead.

You can find the quilt pattern HERE and the pillow pattern HERE.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Finished Sun, Sand, And Sea BOM Quilt

The Sun, Sand, And Sea BOM quilt has taken a year to get sewn together and now
it's quilted (by Quilted Works) and ready for a trip to the beach.
Thanks, Amy from Sew Incredibly Crazy, for such a great BOM!


I love the quilting and red dotted back (Riley Blake fabric, too!)


All of my blocks are made with Riley Blake Design's Crayola fabrics.


I use Therm O Web's Heat n Bond EZ Print Lite sheets to prepare 
my applique pieces. I love that all I need to do is run the design through
 my printer, iron it to the wrong side of my fabric, cut out the pieces, 
and then press them in place. It is so fast and easy...I love easy! 


Are you joining us for the next Sew Incredibly Crazy Block of the Month?
I hope so! It starts on February 1, 2018.

Sew Incredibly Crazy

There's also a blog hop you can join...there's still time to sew something for it!


Saturday, December 30, 2017

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen to 2017

Where the heck did 2017 go? 
The older I get, the faster each year passes by. 
I don't like that!


At least my family had a smash-up Christmas celebration to send off the year.
Lots of food, games, laughter, and photos filled the days.
Insanity runs in my family.



Like father, like daughter.
They JUST HAD TO climb that tree! Yikes!


Yesterday I picked up my Sun, Sand, and Sea quilt from Quilted Works.
It looks amazing! I finished putting the binding on today and I'll post it on January 1st.


We're already gearing up for next year's BOM...I'm so excited!

I've taken a stab at making Brimfield blocks (EPP), but I'm so slow at it because of
some stiffness in my hands. It may be next year (as in 2019) before I finish even one!


Can't show this one until January 9th, but the fabric is Boots & Spurs by Riley Blake Designs.


And the blog hop is coming, of course...