create your own sewing tags [tutorial]

Great tutorial! This is something I want to do in the future. Re-blogging so I don’t lose it 😉 Thanks Vicky!

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Spoonflower is offering free (worldwide) shipping for 24 hours today. This is the perfect chance to order your personalized sewing tags and pay very little money for it, especially if you’re based outside of the US like I am.

So here’s my tutorial I originally contributed to The Cozy Pumpkin’s Tuesday Tips installment. Check out the wonderful tips and tricks Amanda has been collecting in this series!

Maybe you’re like me and have been meaning to get personal sewing tags for a long time? After some research I found I couldn’t justify ordering 500 at a time or spending a fortune on a small amount with an uneconomic ratio. Since I had my logo ready, all that I needed was someone to print it on the right textile for me. The layout and even the cutting I could do myself.

What you need:
digital layout program (can be Creative…

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Partial Seams Tutorial

Last week I picked back up on my Plus Quilt and pieced together block 2. I photographed my way through it to write up a tutorial for you showing my process and in the back of my mind I was holding on to the idea of an easier way… Luckily, I decided to take one more look at Partial Seams on the web. With my mind refreshed, I read through Partial Seams by Jinny Beyer and then it dawned on me…My block is the exact same layout, it’s just going in a different direction! All of the Partial Seam tutorials piece their blocks clockwise and if I pieced my block this way, I’d have 3 partial seams! However, if I piece my block counter-clockwise I only have 1 partial seam — YAY! Ideas always come to me like this 😉 With this new realization, I photographed my way through Block 3 and here’s my tutorial:

1. Here’s my block, laid out as shown on my pattern’s diagram

block 3 laid out2. I’m going to begin with my top rectangle and start the partial seam here. The red butterfly pins indicate where my stitch will be made. Beyer advises starting this stitch in the center of the middle square. Begin by locking your stitch and sewing off the end as you normally would.

beginning parial seamstarting partial seam starting partial seam 23. Here is the block now with the top rectangle and a partial seam. I went ahead and pressed this partial seam away from the center square (tutorials will suggest finger pressing) and laid out my next rectangle on the design board. I’ve pinned my hanging, un-sewn portion up for visual reference. My rectangles are a little longer so I ensure sewing with the tail on the outer edge. This way I can easily trim these off at the end.

Now sew this next rectangle on as you would normally, right sides together, seam pressed away from the center square.

adding rectangle 24. Now I have my top and left side rectangles in place. Next, I’ve laid out the bottom rectangle. With right sides together, sew this rectangle on next. Press seam away from center block.

adding rectangle 35. Now we have top, left, and bottom rectangles in place. You’re ready to add the last rectangle! With right sides together, sew the right rectangle in place. Press seam away from the center block.

Be sure to move the top, un-sewn portion of the rectangle away as you sew the right seam.

adding rectangle 4sewing rectangle 46. Almost done! Now let’s complete the partial seam that was sewn in step 2. You will fold the top rectangle down so right sides are together.

top rectangle down partial seam markedThe butterfly pin above is to show you where my partial seam began in step 2 and where I will start again to complete this seam. Begin sewing by locking your stitch (just one back-stitch to avoid bulk where we’ve back-stitched previously) and sew off the end. Press the last seam away from center block.

completing partial seamIf your rectangles are long like mine, trim these ends to square up the block and you’ve completed a block using the Partial Seam technique!

complete before trimming

block 3Now I can continue making the rest of my blocks. I’m really loving the color combination of Block 3. Looking forward to showing you the completed quilt top…stay tuned!

Fabric Coaster Tutorial

I have these adorable vintage floral scrap squares that have been sitting in a basket waiting to be used… I decided fabric coasters would be the perfect way to display them. We have an old set of bamboo coasters that needed replacing and even better, the wooden coaster holder will continue to be used to hold the new fabric ones. I drew out my plan on graph paper, originally thinking I wanted a 5″x5″ coaster, but the wooden holder is a bit smaller so I moved forward with a 4″x4″ design. I photographed my process to give you this tutorial that makes 7 coasters…I would have made 8, but I didn’t have an 8th floral square :p


1/4 yard fabric for border and backing

Scrap fabric for middle of coaster

Scrap batting material

coaster fabric

Fabric Cuts:

3 – 1″ x WOF strips from the border/backing fabric

Sub-cut strips into 14 – 1″ x 3.5″ and 14 – 1″ x 4.5″ rectangles

1 – 4.5″ x WOF strip from border/backing fabric

Sub-cut into 7 – 4.5″ Backing Squares

7 – 3.5″ Middle Squares for Front of Coasters

7 – 4.5″ Batting Squares

cut fabricStep 1:

Chain piece a 1″ x 3.5″ rectangle to the right of a 3.5″ square.

Snip the squares apart.

Chain piece a 1″ x 3.5″ rectangle to the left of the same square.

Snip the squares apart.

Then press seams open.

border1border 2press seams1Step 2:

Chain piece a 1″ x 4.5″ rectangle to the top of each unit.

Snip the squares apart.

Chain piece a 1″ x 4.5″ rectangle to the bottom of each unit.

Snip the squares apart.

Then press seams open.

border 3_4final seam pressStep 3:

Create the Coaster sandwich – Front and backing right sides together, then batting square on the bottom.

Place layers as shown… It doesn’t make sense I know, but go with it…

coaster sandwichStep 4:

Sew 1/4″ around the coaster sandwich leaving a 2″ opening for turning. Start with a back stitch and end with a back stitch. The front of your coaster is hiding in the middle.

back sidebatting sideStep 5:

Clip your corners, careful not to cut your seam. This helps to smooth out the corners when turning right side out.

Now turn your coaster right side out! Keep the Coaster Front and the batting together as one, while turning the back fabric over to turn inside out. Use a pointy device to push the corners out.

Batting is now in the middle 🙂

Press your coaster to remove the wrinkles and to also press the opening a 1/4″ in.

turn inside outStep 6:

Sew around the top of your coaster 1/8″ away from the edge. Use a small back stitch at the beginning and end to secure. While top stitching, you will go over the 2″ opening, closing it and completing your coaster!

Press again to set the seam and removing any other wrinkles.

completed coaster front and backcompleted coastersFinished coaster measures 4″x4″

Border and backing fabric is Lumiere de Noel by French General for Moda Fabrics. Vintage floral prints unknown.