Autumn is here, Take a deep breath and enjoy
October 3, 2007
This weekend I felt the first crisp, cool breeze of Autumn. Autumn has arrived ushering in visions of falling leaves, apples and pumpkins, sweaters, football games, walking through drifts of gold and rust colored leaves. Not to mention great food! Halloween is coming, then Thanksgiving. This is my most favorite time of the year. I know there are people out there who have already completed their Christmas shopping. I do not intend to rush this season to get Christmas done. I am doing some planning for Christmas, but I will fully enjoy the moment. To help you, I have provided some easy projects to help you celebrate this season.
My first project is a no sew project, involve the children also. I call this my "Potato Chip Project" because you cannot do just one. This is a wacky leaf project. This is also suitable for charm packs ( I used Acorn Hollow which has 39 fabrics in the pack) To add some spice I used some fabric from the Harvest Spice collection.
You will only need 2 different fabrics, freezer paper, Misty Fuse, scissors and an iron. For very young children- you can use comstruction paper. Draw a free form leaf patterm onto the non-glossy side of freezer paper. You can free hand as I did, use cookie cutter shapes, an actual leaf, a stencil, or a color book. You might also find some shapes online or in a magazine. Prepare a fabric sandwich. ( 1 top fabric with the right side facing out, misty fuse and the bottom fabric with right side facing out) Using your iron, apply heat to the sandwich. Allow the sandwich to cool. Your fabric will be bonded together. This the first time I have used Misty Fuse and I was impressed with the weight. It is not a paper backed fusing agent, so it is a one step operation. Iron your freezer paper onto the fabric (shiny side down). You can reuse your freezer paper several times.
You can use these leaf shapes any where. You can sprinkle them like confetti across a table. Paste them to a lampshade or a mirror. Tuck them into a wreath. Create a place card by pasting a small piece of cardstock onto the leaf and writing your guests name on it. I am hanging mine with fall colored ribbon and hang from a chandelier.
My next project is a simple tablerunner ( I have made it in the Butternut Farms collection and Harvest Spice) , This can be done in 1 1/2 hours from start to finish. No patterns required. Determine how wide and how long you would like to make it. For example ,14 inches wide x 54 inches inches long. Cut 2 strips of fabric 14.5 inches wide by 54.5 inches long and a piece of batting such as Warm and Natural. This is also cut to the same dimenions. This is also great to use left over battng Create a fabric sandwich by layering the 2 fabrics right sides together and placing the batting on the top. Pin in place. Stitch around all edges 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch. Leave an opening wide enough to turn - about 3 inches. Turn inside out and using a pencil - gently push the corners to make a square end. The cotton batting should be in the middle. Slip stitch the closing shut. The same basic table runner will look different depending on the fabric you. The Butternut Farms fabric collection is a rich, traditional fabric with accents of gold. This is a classic fabric. It is so beautiful, you hate to cut it. Very good in a formal setting. If you are not afraid of color- Harvest Spice is for you. These sun-drenched colors are so rich that you can almost feel that if you wring it out, the colors will drip like droplets of colored rain. I call this "Whimsical Tuscany". You cannot be sad around these colors.
Reversible napkins (I used the Harvest Spice-- sew easy project, just cut 2 squares of contrasting fabrics the size you would like your napkins to be. Layer the fabrics right sides together- sew around the edges leaving an opening wide enough to turn. Turn, using your pencil to poke the corners out. Press. Slipstitch the open edges together:
I also created a hot pad for my casserole using the Harvest Spice Stripe. Cut 2 pieces of fabric the dimensions you would like your finished hot pad to be plus a 1/2 inch for seams. Cut 2 pieces of batting and Insul-Bright. Create a fabric sandwich by placing the top and bottom fabrics right sides together. Create a layer of batting, insul bright and batting. Place the Insul-Bright sandwich on top of the fabric and pin. Stitch around all sides 1/4 to 1/2 inch leaving an opening for turning. Turn inside out . Use a pencil to square up the corners. Slipstitch the closing.
Next month: Get your Moda runnin, Christmas is comin
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