Monday, September 23, 2013

French Press Cozy

 We make coffee in a French press, so I sewed up a little cozy to keep the coffee warm a little longer. I cut different coffee cup shapes out of red ticking, used fusible web to adhere them to a 7" x 12" piece of linen.

Then I hand appliqued them and embroidered some little details on them. I sewed that to 2 layers of batting and a 9" x 14" piece of red backing fabric. Then I folded the backing over the edges to bind the linen.

 I sewed on 4 red buttons and 4 elastic loops to close the cozy around the french press.

Here is a close-up of the embroidery detail on one of the cups. This one is my favorite :)

I think it turned out pretty well for my first time, but I should have made it just a little bit longer, maybe 1/2". And I should have attached the batting and backing to the linen before I embroidered the cups so the embroidery stitches would be quilting stitches too. Also the binding turned out a little bit funny, so I should have just used binding strips, I think the backing fabric I used was a little too thick to be a good binding fabric.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A little bit of fall

I wanted to make a new fall wreath, but all the wreath ideas I pinned on Pinterest weren't quite right. I wanted something simple, but still cute. I bought a styrofoam wreath form, the striped fabric, and some brown linen at Joann fabric's during their Labor Day sale.  After playing around with a lot of different ideas I settled on wrapping the wreath form with the striped fabric and making rosettes out of the linen to add a special touch. I love the way it turned out!

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Too cute Tuesday and Handmade Tuesdays