Friday, January 27, 2012

Tee Shirt Tutorial

Tee Shirt Quilt 

A friend at work wanted my mom to make her a tee shirt quilt and gave her these tees.  Unfortunately, mom never got a chance to complete it before passing away in July.  I knew I had to finish it for her.  Tee shirt quilts are my least favorite quilts and I knew if I was going to do it, it had to be interesting or I would be miserable making it.  I decided to use the colors of the tee shirts, see below.  I bought bright primary colors to compliment the tees.  Below is a tutorial if any of you happen to have a bunch of tees you have saved and are ready to do something with them.  Hope you enjoy the tutorial, let me know if you have any questions!  

Tee Shirt Quilt Tutorial 

  1. tee shirts 
  2. fabrics of varied colors, I used 10 different fabrics (8 fat quarters and 2 fabrics measuring 1/2 yd).
  3. Pellon 821 Quilter's Grid or any type of one sided iron-on interfacing, thin or light weight.  
  4. thread to match your fabric, I used yellow, blue, red and white (white in my bobbin)

Pellon 821 Quilter's Grid
is what I used to back the tee shirts, it worked great!

  • Cut out the designs from the tee shirts that you want to use in the quilt.  I cut out each design roughly and left as much fabric around the design as possible.  I used designs from the front and back of the tee shirt and from the pockets.   

  • Trim the designs down leaving about 2 inches around each design using a rotary cutter and ruler.  You will notice that the fabric rolls.  This is why you have to put a stabilizer onto the back of the tee shirt designs that you want to include into the quilt.  
  • Cut a piece of Pellon just smaller than the tee shirt design.
  • Iron the Pellon onto the back of your designs using a pressing cloth.  I use a piece of an old sheet.  
  • Trim the tee shirts down to the size you want them, leaving ample room around for seam allowances.  I only cut off enough to make the similar sizes.  All the small ones I cut to the same width and the larger ones I cut them down to 2 inches around the design on all sides.  
  • Plan your design.  I played around with them before settling on the final layout.  
  • I cut strips of fabric to go around all the big squares.  Each strip was cut 3.5 inches wide.  
  • I then sewed the strips around the big squares and then layed on the design wall to see how they would look.  
  • I then pieced the squares together by centering the squares and trimming off any extra strips that were bigger than the rest.  
  • In the center square, I decided to put all the small designs together.  

  • Quilt it anyway you like.  I did a simple stitch in the ditch to protect the tee shirts.  I didn't want any quilting to interfere with the words on the tee shirts.  

  • I used all the left over fabric and pieced it to make the back and the binding.  

 the finished quilt 

 I love a folded quilt! 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

And the winner is....

Her blog is "Cooking, craft and kids"

She is the winner of my cute little needle book blogged about here

Congrats to Cindy and thanks to everyone who entered.  
Come back to visit again soon for another giveaway!  

True Random Generator: 21

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Needle book giveaway!

Hi everyone, made this cute little needle book for a class I taught last week and would like to put it up for giveaway!  Simple to win.  You have up to 3 chances to win! Reply back with a comment for each entry: 

1. Comment that you are a follower or have started to follow me
2. Comment that you blogged about this post (show me link of your post in the comment)
3. Comment that you Repinned on Pinterest (show me the Pinterest link in the comment)

Needle pages, red felt

Back of needle book

Good luck!  Winner will be selected using's true random number generator. Contest ends in one week, next Sunday Jan 22, 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Only two more blocks to hand quilt!

This is the quilt top in full view.  I have all but the bottom two outside squares and the border completed!

The center says:  "Suzanne Lindsay 1982, quilting by Stephanie Hughes 2010".  I will have to put a block on the back with the actual date I finished it since I decided to hand quilt it.  Mom did the embroidery before giving it me late 2010 and passing away summer of 2011. 

I have been working on this quilt since March 2011, spending a few hours a week hand quilting it.  Only two blocks and the borders are left to quilt!  I can't wait to finish.  I am please with how my hand quilting turned out.  Mom would  be proud.  For those of you who don't follow me, these blocks were my mom's that she made in 1982, this is how she learned applique.  She never did anything with it but saved them and put them away with all the fabric she used to make it.  In 2010, mom showed them to me and I told her I would quilt it if I got to keep it!  She agreed.  She then embroidered the center and gave it me.   She passed away last summer after giving it to me and I am determined to get it done and cherish it for the rest of my life!  Every moment I spend quilting it reminds me of my mom!  Love you Mom!  

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tutorial for my car trash bags

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Green Goose Car Trash Bags
by Stephanie Hughes

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manufacture bags for resale! 

Fabrics you will need:
1.  The main part of the bag can be anything you want!  In this bag I used a wild print but you can quilt or do anything you like in this part, be creative!  
 * cut 1 of front fabric  22" x 13"
 * cut 1 of lining fabric  22" x 13"

2.  Binding:  mine is pink!  
 * cut 1 -  22" x 3.5"  

3.  Handle: mine is the same print here but you can use anything! 
  * cut 1 -  22" x 2.5" 

You will also need:
1.  Peltex 70 (Pellon) - Full width of Pellon (20 inches) x 8 inches tall
2.  Optional button for decoration 

Step 1:  

Fold the main fabric you selected in half lengthwise with right sides together.  Sew the center back seam as shown in the picture (sew all seams in this project at 5/8", secure with a zig-zag stitch, trimming all seams).  Repeat same step with lining.  You will make two separate bags, one out of fabric and one out of lining. You cut the lining slightly smaller than the main fabric so it will be slightly shorter in the width and fit easily inside the main fabric once completed.

Step 2:  

Fold the bag in half and sew the bottom of the bag's seam, centering the side seam as in the picture below.  Do the same of the lining.

Trim all your seams after securing them with a zig zag stitch.

Step 3:  

Open the bottom of the bag and pull the corners out. Press seams away from bulky center seam.  

Step 4:  

Mark 1.5" down from the corner as in picture below and mark of the corner, this is where you are going to sew.  Mark all corners, both on your bag and your lining.  

Step 5: 

Sew both corners and then trim.  Do the same with the fabric and the lining fabric.  Be careful not to sew the corners down onto the bag.  

Step 6:  

Open the bags, both the main fabric and the lining.  Turn the main fabric right side out and iron it to get the wrinkles out.   Keep the lining with the wrong sides out and iron the lining to get the wrinkles out.     

Step 7:  

Now the bags are ready to put together.  There should be no seams showing when the bags are together.

Step 8:

Sew binding end placing right sides together, creating a circle.  After sewing the seam, open up and fold in half with wrong sides together.

Step 9:  

Sew the binding to the top of the bag about 1" below the top of the bag, with the seams all facing up towards to the top of the bag.  You will be folding the binding over the seams on top to the inside of the bag, onto the lining.  

Step 10:  

Pin the binding to the inside of the bag, onto the lining. Hand whip stitch in place or sew on the machine being careful to sew with thread that will match the front side because the stitching will be seen.

Step 11:  

Sew the handle by folding it in half length wise and securing the ends.  Pin the handle to the inside of the back of the bag at the top. Sew the button on. 

Step 12: 

Use Pellon to create a stiff holder for the plastic bag you will be using in the bag. 

Step 13:  

Cut the Pellon to be slightly smaller than your bag.  
 * If you used my measurements, cut the Pellon 8" tall, use the full width of the Pellon.

Step 14:  

Place the cut Pellon into your bag overlapping the extra width.  Mark with a pencil where to sew the overlapped pellon.  While keeping the pellon overlapped, making sure your marks are correct and sew the overlapped pellon on your machine.  Place the tube over the arm of the machine and sew the center first, then the close side.  Rotate the pellon around to the side not sewn yet. 

Step 15:  Place the Pellon into the bag and secure it to the bag by hand sewing it low, leaving room for a bag to fold over the Pellon inside the bag.

Sewing the pellon to the bag low enough that the plastic bag will be able to tuck down behind the it.  

As you can see by this picture, the Pellon is attached to the bag, low in the back middle only.  This gives you plenty of room for the bag to fit over the Pellon.

the back of the bag

That's it!  It is simple to use and fun to give as gifts!  

Finally, this is how it looks with a plastic bag inside for your trash.  Now your car with be clean!  No more car trash!  I use grocery store produce bags inside my trash can.   Enjoy!


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