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Table Toppers

Kim Schaefer C&T Publishing ePub

Dots and Stripes Runner

FINISHED RUNNER SIZE: 20½˝ × 50½˝

Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

It’s all about dots and stripes in this easy-to-piece runner with a contemporary look.

Materials

•1½ yards light green for runner center, borders, and backing

•1 yard total assorted dots and stripes for pieced rows

•25˝ × 55˝ batting

•⅓ yard for binding

Cutting

CUT FROM THE LIGHT GREEN

1 lengthwise strip 8½˝ × 50½˝

2 lengthwise strips 2½˝ × 50½˝

CUT FROM THE ASSORTED DOTS AND STRIPES

59 rectangles 3½˝ × 5½˝

Piecing

1. Arrange and sew together the rectangles in random order at different angles. Each pieced row should measure at least 50½˝ in length. Press. Make 2 rows.

2. Trim the pieced rows to 4½˝ × 50½˝.

Piece rectangles at different angles. Make 2 rows.

Putting It All Together

1. Refer to the putting it all together diagram as you sew the center piece between the pieced rows. Press.

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Remake: Boxy Tee Makeover

Suzannah Hamlin Stanley Stash Books ePub

Remake

Boxy Tee Makeover

This is one of the first revamp techniques I taught myself. I kept getting cool lettered tees that were several sizes too large during my college years and I learned to bring them down to size without leaving the shoulder seams in a weird place or causing the sleeves to fit badly. This is a fun and easy way to make just about any tee custom fitted!

I like doing this makeover to make huge tees into a more close-fit, women’s style, but you can also create a boxy pajama top or gym tee this way. This project uses a French seam technique similar to the one explained in Infinity Scarf Makeover. The result is smooth, finished seam allowances on the inside of the tee.

Note

To simply take in the side seams of a sweater or tee that is a little loose in the waist, refer to Take In a Sweater or Knit Top.

You Will Need:

•Loose, boxy tee

•Perfectly fitted tee to use as a pattern

•Standard sewing supplies

•Walking foot (recommended)

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Suite 2: Olive Leaves

Judith Baker Montano C&T Publishing ePub

SUITE 2: Olive Leaves

JSBK2001 Olive Leaves Element (Available from the link in computer-assisted quilting and embroidery formats)

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK2001V1 Olive Leaves Block

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK2001V2 Olive Leaves Block

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK2002 Olive Leaves Circle Block

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK2002V1 Olive Leaves Wreath

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK2002V2 Olive Leaves Wreath

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK2003 Olive Leaves Element (Available from the link in computer-assisted quilting and embroidery formats)

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Refashion: Dress-into-Peplum-Top Makeover

Suzannah Hamlin Stanley Stash Books ePub

Refashion

Dress-into-Peplum-Top Makeover

Take a knit minidress that you never wear and transform it into a fitted peplum top. This project is a great way to salvage a dress that’s a little too short, like the gray dress featured on the cover! This is a true refashion. You’ll end up with a comfy peplum top or tee with custom waist and peplum lengths.

You Will Need:

•Straight (no waist seam) dress or tunic (or tee and extra fabric)

•Lingerie elastic or other lightweight elastic

•Fabric pen or chalk

•Standard sewing supplies

Get It Done

Refer to Removing Stitches for guidance.

1. Try on the dress and find where it hits your natural waist (or wherever you want the peplum to begin). Place pins on either side to mark the desired position.

2. Make sure both sides match and mark the waistline of the new top, using a quilting ruler and fabric pen. Cut ½˝ (13mm) below the marked line.

3. Try on the tunic bottom or dress skirt you just cut off. Hold it up around your waistline, and decide where you want the hemline to fall. Place a pin at this point on both sides. Lay the skirt flat, make sure both sides match, and cut ½˝ (13mm) above the desired waistline.

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On the Web

Riel Nason C&T Publishing ePub

A single spiderweb is the basic decoration on these pieces. Either selvages or ribbons can be used in a simple appliqué. Selvages are fun to incorporate, as they are white, just like a real web, but they also lure you in for a closer look with their unexpected bits of text. Choose selvages from Halloween fabrics and your wordy web may be filled with scary seasonal statements. Using ribbon allows you to choose any color—or even pattern, such as polka dots.

basic spiderweb design

Instructions are for making a single spiderweb.

MATERIALS

Background fabric: To fit the size of your project

Selvages or ribbon

Marking pen

Ruler with 45°-angle marking

Glue stick: For fabric use, nontoxic, washable

Thread: White (if using selvages) or colored (to match ribbon)

The length of ribbon and selvages needed for the projects will vary, depending on how you draw the web. The pattern estimates for the ribbon will be close to accurate, as ribbon can be cut continuously from a roll. For selvages, however, it is difficult to estimate because your selvage collection will likely consist of many pieces in various sizes. Before you start a project using selvages, look at what you have and do a trial-run layout to be sure you will have enough.

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