Fleece Hat Friends Book Review + Giveaway

When a review copy of this book, Fleece Hat Friends (Lark Crafts) arrived in the mail, I instantly knew it would be a hit with our 3 year old! It’s full of fun, full cover photographs that we looked through several times before deciding on our favorites (more on that later). There’s a total of 28 projects in the book. This includes 24 hats and 4 coordinating projects like a giraffe scarf that goes with a giraffe hat.

We decided to make the dinosaur hat and the mouse hat. The beginning of the book has a basic hat template in multiple sizes. The smallest “youth” size fit my 3 year old pretty well. It’s a tiny bit big, but I like that it comes down and covers his ears. You begin with the basic hat pattern, then jump to whatever hat you’ve chosen to add the custom eyes, ears, etc. Just read the instructions a few times to make sure you understand them exactly. I would have preferred an illustration for every step of the process rather than descriptions but I managed fine. Once you get the base pattern down these hats are fun and fast to make.

Both hats came together quickly and were easy to customize. Adding the details sometimes requires a bit of hand sewing but the fuzz of the fleece hides any imperfect stitches. The patterns are part of the book so you’ll need to make copies of them. I prefer this so I know I’ll always have access to the patterns and won’t risk losing pieces. But if you don’t have a scanner/printer or copier it could be an issue.

There are a couple eye style options, you can choose to add earflaps and one of the things I most enjoyed were the coordinating pieces. For the dino hat above, there’s a matching dinosaur bag! Not every hat has a coordinating piece, but the patterns are easy enough you could change one around to match anything, like adding a tail to the bag below to match a bunny or a monkey.

Now that I can make the base hat pretty quickly, I’ve been making these as gifts for my son’s friends. It’s a perfect project that isn’t too time consuming, it’s personalized, and it’s something that kids love! If you want to check out more, you can preview the book at Amazon.com.

Giveaway!

Are you interested in owning this book yourself? Just leave any comment below (like who you’d make a hat for) to win! Open to US and Canada only. Giveaway will be open through Sunday, March 17 at midnight EST. Winner will be chosen by random.org, notified by e-mail, and announced on this post. Only one comment per person please! Our lucky winner was #35, Michele! Michele, I’ve sent you an e-mail with more information.

 

Jungle Lattice: Free Baby Quilt Pattern

Lattice - Free Baby Quilt Pattern

I’ve been on a kick with baby quilts lately. I’ve put together a free baby quilt pattern that’s totally doable for beginners and intermediate quilters, too!

This baby quilt tutorial uses charm squares (5″ x 5″ precut squares, which you can also cut from other fabric in your stash) and crisp, white sashing, for an effect that looks like a lattice fence, with pops of bright color popping through! I chose “jungle colors” with a pop of brightness to match a baby boy’s nursery, but you can customize this pattern and colors to fit the size and look of your preferred quilt. Bright, monochromatic (all one color) prints look great with this quilt pattern, and the white lattice really brightens up whatever colors you choose.

I hope you enjoy this free baby quilt pattern! Let’s get started.

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Lattice - Free Baby Quilt Pattern

Finished Quilt Size: Approx. 40″ x 48″

Materials:

– 40 fabric squares 5″ x 5″ (5 each of 8 assorted prints)
– 1 3/4 yards of white fabric for sashing, corner and side triangles and border
– 3/8  yard of binding fabric
– 1 1/2 yards backing fabric
– 44″ x 52″ batting

Cutting Instructions:

– Cut 10 strips 1 1/2″ x WOF  (width of fabric / selvage to selvage) for sashing (the lattice).
– Cut 4 white squares 9″, and cut each in half TWICE diagonally to make 16 quarter-square triangles.
– Cut 1 white square 9 1/2″, and cut in half ONCE diagonally to make 2 half-square triangles.
– Cut 4 strips 3 1/2″ x WOF for borders.
– Cut 5 strips 2 1/2″ x WOF for binding.

All seams are 1/4″ and pressed open, unless otherwise noted.

 

1) Chain stitch your charm squares to the white sashing strips, sewing them onto the white strip one after another. Don’t worry about leaving much space between them, because you will later cut them apart. Leave 8 squares without a white strip. You should be able to sew 8 squares each onto 4 strips, for a total of 32 squares with a border, and 8 squares without a border strip.

 

2) Cut apart the charm squares, trimming the white side borders equal with the sides of the square.

3) Arrange your charm squares on point (like a diamond) in a color arrangement that’s pleasing to you, with the white stripes resting between adjacent blocks. If you used a design wall to arrange the blocks, you can refer to a photo for block orientation. Arrange the squares without the stripes toward the ends of the rows, as pictured.

Print

 

4) Stitch together the rows as pictured above (rows are diagonal starting at the top left corner):

Row 1: 2 squares / 3 strips
Row 2:
4 squares / 5 strips
Row 3: 6 squares / 7 strips
Row 4:
8 squares / 9 strips
Row 5: 8 squares / 9 strips
Row 6:
6 squares / 7 strips
Row 7: 4 squares / 5 strips
Row 8:
2 squares / 3 strips

5) Arrange the white half-square triangles at the ends of each row, to make the quilt rectangular in shape. The long side of each triangle should face out toward the border of the quilt top. Stitch the triangles to the rows.

6) Place the larger triangles in opposite corners of the quilt, with the long side of the triangles facing the pairs of two squares. Stitch the triangles to the two wide corners.

 

7) Trim the sides of the corner triangles even with a ruler and rotary cutter. (Note: With a 9 1/2” square cut along the diagonal, you shouldn’t have to trim like I did here. You’ll have extra fabric in the corners! I used a 7 1/2” square.)

8 ) Lay out your remaining sashing strips between each row, and stitch to between neighboring rows to join them. Sew the longer strips first. Trim the excess sashing strips and join them to other strips to get the length you need.

9) Continue adding sashing strips to the rows, pressing your seams as you go. I pressed the seams open, which gives this quilt a crisp, clean look with sharp angles.

 

10) Add a 3 1/2″ border to the left and right sides of your quilt. Trim off the excess. Add a 3 1/2″ border to the top and bottom of your quilt. Trim. Press the seams toward the border.

11) Baste and quilt your baby quilt. Trim the borders even around the edges of the quilt, measuring 3″ from the seam. Sew on binding.

Lattice Baby Quilt

I chose wide, wavy lines and a slight woodgrain pattern for quilting this baby quilt. I would have added an extra layer of quilting between each of the wavy lines to make it tighter and more textured, but I ran out of white thread and was on a deadline. I am excited that this quilt gets to stay in the family! It’s fun to sew for people you know, isn’t it?

Lattice - Free Baby Quilt Pattern

I hope you enjoyed this free baby quilt pattern and photo tutorial. If you make this or any projects from Craft Buds, we’d love to see them in the Craft Buds Flickr group!

 

Quick Triangles Baby Quilt

Quick Triangles Baby Quilt Tutorial - Craft Buds

Quick Triangles Baby Quilt - Free Pattern

If you are looking for a crib-size quilt top that you can piece together in one evening, this half-square triangles quilt pattern is perfect for you. It features 6 fat quarters of assorted fabric prints and large, 8″ x 8″ half-square triangles (HSTs), that you can make 8 at a time.

Finished Quilt Size: 38″ x 53″

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Fabric Requirements:

– 6 fat quarters (18″ x 22″) of coordinating fabric prints
– 5/8 yard white border fabric
– 2 2/3 yards backing fabric (allows for 4″ of overage on each side when quilting)
– 3/8 yard binding fabric
– Crib size (45″ x 60″) quilt batting… I like a high-quality crib batting like Warm & Natural (affiliate link)
To get started, break your fat quarters into three sets that match well together. Look at the colors as well as the scale or size of the design.

Spread out and stack two of your fat quarters, and trim to an 18″ x 18″ square.

Now, stack your 18″ x 18″ squares with right sides facing. Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on one wrong side with a ruler and pen. Pin together the fabric squares at the corners to hold the fabric in place while you sew.

Take your fabric to the sewing machine. With the marked side facing up, stitch a line 1/4″ from the edge of one marked line, to both the left and right of that line. Repeat with the other marked line.
After you’ve stitched the four long lines, notice how the stitch lines go right through the center of the block. With your ruler and rotary cutter, cut the block into four equal quadrants using this center and the block’s straight edges as your guide. For more tricks on making HSTs at a time, visit my guest post at Sew Mama Sew.

Use your ruler and rotary cutter to cut along the line you marked earlier, through the center of your stitched lines. Repeat with the other blocks, and you’ll have 8 half square triangles.

Press the seams open with an iron. This is my Panasonic Cordless Iron (affiliate link) which I love!

Using a square ruler and your rotary cutter, trim each block to 8″ square. Line up the 45-degree line of your ruler with your half square triangle before you cut.

Here are the eight 8″ half square triangle blocks from just two fat quarters. Repeat with the other fat quarters, and you should have 24 total blocks.

Arrange your blocks in a 4×6 grid. I kept my blocks in a set order, with the colors pointing to the upper-left and the grays pointing to the lower-right.

With right sides facing, pin together the blocks in each row and stitch. Press the seams open.
Next, join together the rows with right sides facing, and pin at each seam. Stitch together the rows and press the seams open.

To make the border, cut your border fabric 5″ x the width of fabric, for 4 strips total. Starting in one corner, attach a border strip to the top, then trim the excess. Repeat with the bottom. Stitch the ends of these strips to the other to border strips you’ve cut for the sides, to lengthen them. Press the seams open, then stitch the left and right border strips to the quilt and trim.

Quick Triangles Baby Quilt - Free Pattern

Press the seams open. Baste, quilt and bind as desired. After quilting and before binding, I trimmed the borders to 4 1/4″ to keep them even all the way around. This pattern is very beginner-friendly, and I’d recommend it for showing off strong prints. I hope you’ve enjoyed my tutorial, which I originally posted at Sew Lux Fabric!

Quick Triangles Baby Quilt

Introducing: Pinterest Community Boards! Sewing and Quilting

Pinterest Community Board Quilting

Have you heard of Pinterest community boards? These are inspiration boards that allow any member of the group to add pins, so you can share a great quilt or sewing tutorial that you’ve run across! This is also a great way to promote your latest and greatest blog posts, tutorials, and patterns. You may add up to 3 pins per day when you join one of the groups below!

We’re just getting our feet wet with with community boards, but we invite you to pin with us.

Follow Fresh Modern Quilts
A place for quilting tutorials and modern quilting inspiration!

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Follow Both Community Boards
Join both boards when you follow me, @LindsaySews
!

Pin with Us!

1) If you’d like to be added as a pinner, just leave a comment on this post with your e-mail address and I’ll send you an invite! Alternately, you can e-mail lindsay(at)craftbuds(dot)com.

2) You may add up to 3 pins per day. Note that we are looking for tutorials and blog posts at this time, and not shops/items for sale.

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Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers + Giveaway!

If you like making fabric flowers, today’s blog book tour should be right up your alley! I’m excited to introduce Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers, a book by Amy Barickman.

The book covers 25 different techniques for flowers you can wear or use to decorate with. The flowers can be made easily with coordinating tools from Clover Needlecraft, which takes the guesswork out of making so many different types of flowers. The flowers in this book can be made from regular fabric, silks, wool, upcycled sweaters, denim, T-shirts or ties.

 

The book even teaches some needle felting techniques (using tools from Clover), so you can find great patterns in this book even if you don’t sew. Don’t miss the wedding bouquet of felted roses.

Today, I’m sharing a flower from the book, the Winter White Poinsettia. You may think about poinsettias only around the holidays, but this felt flower could also look great on a fabric wrap belt, hair bow, springtime wreath (think bright colors!) or as decorations for a wedding or bridal shower. You may want to pair it with a felt version of the ruffly flower for a pretty pairing.

Red felt poinsettia from the book Fabric Flowers

Here’s my version! I made it with red felt, and covered the center stitches with a couple of artificial flower petals and a button. This rice bag is ready for the next holiday season!

Indygo Junctions Fabric Flowers

Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers & the Flower Frills Template from Clover! Leave a comment letting us know, “What are you working on right now?” for your chance to win. Giveaway ends Tuesday, 3/5 and we’ll announce a winner on 3/6! Open worldwide.

Congrats to commenter #96, Susan, who said: “I’m working on a quilted table runner for a friend. Thanks for the chance to win.”

A flower a day & 25 chances to win! Don’t miss a stop on Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers Blog Tour:

2/2/13 – Indygo Junction Kick Off Post
2/4/13 – Kollabora
2/5/13 – CraftFoxes
2/6/13 – Sewing Secrets
2/7/13 – Princess Lasertron
2/8/13 – Dollar Store Crafts
2/11/13 – Tatertots & Jello
2/12/13 – Family Ever After
2/13/13 – This Mama Makes Stuff
2/14/13 – Amy’s Creative Side
2/15/13 – Today’s Creative Blog
2/18/13 – Lazy Girl Designs
2/19/13 – Skip to My Lou
2/20/13 – The Sewing Loft
2/21/13 – The Crafty Cupboard
2/22/13 – Fishsticks Designs
2/25/13 – Taradara
2/26/13 – Diary of a Quilter
2/27/13 – Craft Gossip
2/28/13 – How Joyful
3/1/13 – Lindsay Sews
3/4/13 – Flamingo Toes
3/5/13 – In Color Order
3/6/13 – See Kate Sew
3/7/13 – Handmade Charlotte
3/8/13 – Sew Caroline
3/9/13 – Indygo Junction Wrap Up Post, Bonus Giveaway & Free Flower Project

P.S.   Use discount code: FFBK8 for 20% off your next IndygoJunction.com order (expires 5/1/13)

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