Dates Added

I just added dates to the patterns under "Links to my patterns" so you will know where to find the tutorials that go with them. Please find the tutorials under the year, month and day listed next to the pattern listed. Thanks and enjoy! If you have any questions please feel free to write me at the address in my profile.

Remember these are my own patterns that I drew the patterns for and wrote the tutorials for. I offer these patterns for free for you to make for yourself, as gifts, or even to sell BUT please do NOT claim my patterns as your own or put them on your website. You may put a link to my site on your website. Please be respectful. You would want the same respect for your patterns. Thank you. God bless.

Monday, October 10, 2011

October's placemat is a Scarecrow...

This cute, happy scarecrow is happily waving 'hello' to you, welcoming you to the golden glow of Autumn and to the harvest time of the year.  This is our very cute placemat project for this month.  I hope you will enjoy making him.

Some of the projects will feature and teach a particular technique, some textures, and others certain fabrics.  This month it is fabric and the fabric is burlap.  BURLAP ON A PLACEMAT???  Yup!  It is cute as you can see by the picture.


All these placemats that I offer the patterns for I have made a couple of years ago for my Sons and Daughters-in-love for Christmas.  It was so much fun watching them open the box and pulling out 2 placemats for each month.  It was fun to watch their faces.  One of my Daughters-in-love told me that now each couple has a daughter I need to make more placemats for their families!!  So I made two this month and of the past months that I posted I need to make another for them!!  But actually I need to make 3 for we are going to have another little one coming into our family!!  We are so excited that our family is growing---from 2 to 4 to 6 to 8 now to 9.  And I am sure there will be more!  It just adds to the fun of the Life God has given us on this Earth!

Here is what you will need for each placemat you make:

1 fat quarter of Autumn moon color fabric
1 fat quarter of fabric for backing
1 fat quarter sized stiff stabilizer such as Timtex, Peltex or something similar
1/4 yard of plaid for collar and sleeve
1/3 yard of flesh color burlap for face and hand
1/4 yard of brown or tan (with gold metallic flex, optional) for hat
10-1/2" by 2" fabric for hat band
Small scrap of orange for nose.

Step one:  Download and print off pattern.  The pattern is on the right on this page under "Links to my patterns".  All the pattern pieces are printed on one sheet and are color coded.  Don't be alarmed.  Print the download and on separate sheets of paper trace each pattern piece.  Most will say 'place on fold'.  Just follow the appropriate lines.  A light box will help, but if you do not have a light box tape the sheet to a window with good light coming through, place another sheet of paper over it and copy each piece.  Where it says to place on fold you can do one of two things:  turn your sheet around to get the full pattern or just simply fold the fabric in half and place the straight line--the 'place on fold' line on the fold.   This will give you the full pattern.  The placemat pattern piece itself has two fold lines.  You will take your fat quarters and fold them twice, once horizontally and once vertically.  Place the pattern piece on the appropriate fold lines and cut.  When you open it it will be the full size.

Step two:  Autumn moon color fabric, backing, and stabilizer using the pattern or cut 19-1/2" by 17" and round out the corners.
Step three:  When working with burlap there are some things you much remember:  Burlap is a very loosely woven fabric and will fray very easily so be careful not to pull too much on it.  Use very sharp shears.  And place each pattern piece on the straight of grain as much as possible especially the hat.  Keep the bottom edge of the hat straight with the fibers because you will be fraying the bottom edge and it will not fray straight if you get the pattern cock-eyed.  Do not place the bottom edge of the hat pattern on the selvege, it won't fray.  Cut out remaining patterns.

Step Four:  Place Autumn moon color fabric on the stabilizer.  You will keep this layered for stitching on pieces.   Place face and hand as in the the following pictures:


Before sewing on the face trace the placement of the eyes, nose and mouth onto the face.  Without the hat, satin stitch the hand and face in place.

Step five:  Put hat into place but before stitching it down the hat band will be stitched down first.  Cut the band fabric 10-1/2" or 11" by 2".  Place on the concaved curve of the hat, adjust until you are satisfied with the placement.  Carefully turn down so the right side is with the right side of the hat as following.   Stitch 1/4 inch from the edge.


Turn back up and turn under edge 1/4" and stitch down.










Step six:  Pin hat in place.  Use satin stitch and stitch from above the band on one side to above the band on the other.  Stitch below both sides of the band from the band to bottom edge.  DO NOT stitch across the bottom edge of the hat.


Step seven:  Begin to unravel the bottom edge of the hat until under the band


or until desired place..

then stitch across just above the unravel place with small satin stitch.






Step eight:  Collar.  Cut 4 pieces of the plaid 4-1/2" by 2-1/2".  Cut 2 pieces of stabilizer the same size.    Layer 2 stacks like this:  one plaid face up, one face down, stabilizer. 

Stitch on two short sides and one long side 1/4".
 Trim, turn.
Step nine:  place collars under face

sew in place with satin stitch



Step ten:  Sleeve.  Cut of the same fabric for collar a strip 7" by 4-1/2".  Across top of short edge, turn under 1/4", bring down measuring 2 inches and stitch down.  



Fold under 1/4" on the sides of the sleeve and stitch down.






Step eleven:  Put nose in place and stitch with satin stitch.


Step twelve:  use embroidery floss and hand stitch the face or use black thread and machine stitch following the pattern for eye brows and mouth.  For machine stitched mouth use small satin stitch.

Step thirteen:  place this on the backing fabric and bind in your favorite way, with binding or my favorite is to serge with decorative thread in the upper and lower loopers.



Step fourteen:  Thoroughly enjoy your new placemat!!  

I hope you enjoy making this.  I enjoyed making this for you and sharing it with you.  God bless.

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Dates Added

I just added dates to the patterns under "Links to my patterns" so you will know where to find the tutorials that go with them. Please find the tutorials under the year, month and day listed next to the pattern listed. Thanks and enjoy! If you have any questions please feel free to write me at the address in my profile.

Remember these are my own patterns that I drew the patterns for and wrote the tutorials for. I offer these patterns for free for you to make for yourself, as gifts, or even to sell BUT please do NOT claim my patterns as your own or put them on your website. You may put a link to my site on your website. Please be respectful. You would want the same respect for your patterns. Thank you. God bless.

Pre-Op for Sweaters and Shrugs

This "Pre-Op for Sweaters and Shrugs" is to help you with sizing. There is a place for arm length, body length, wrist size---every thing you need to keep track of to make my sweaters and shrugs. The download button is on the right. You can copy off as many as you need sweaters and shrugs for. If you have any questions about this please let me know and I will try to help.