Thursday, December 03, 2009

One Yard Wonders Picnic-Tastic Lunch Mats

One Yard Wonders Picnic Placemats

This set of picnic placemats deserve more than your ordinary ham and cheese sandwich with chips and a pickle. These cuties cry out for a Lemon Basil Shrimp Salad followed by a rich three-layer turtle cake - all from Cafe Latte of course.

Mmmm, I love Cafe Latte. Do they have a restaurant like this where you live? It's filled with mouth-watering to die for desserts (Which you have to order them first. And they know it. That's why they're are prominently placed at the beginning of the food line.) followed by an array of wondrously delicious sandwiches, or salads or soups. Mmmmm, I'm getting hungry just writing this.

But enough about food. I want you to know about another great project I just completed from the One Yard Wonders book.

On page 60 you'll find the instructions for this set of black and white placemats aka the "Picnic-Tastic Lunch Mats". They have a small pocket to place your eating utensils as well as a loop to keep your napkin in place.

While these are intended as placemats for a picnic, I think a set of these would be great for someone who carries their lunch to work everyday. Like me! But sadly, it's not from Cafe Latte. It's just a big ole boring salad from my own kitchen. And there's no three-layer turtle cake, or melt-in-your mouth cheesecake, or sinfully delicious flourless chocolate cake in my lunch either.

Don't you think these placemats, along with some of your favorite recipes (handwritten on cute cards naturally) would make a great gift? Heck, you might as well throw in a set of silver wear since you only need one yard of fabric to make four placemats. Cute and easy on the budget! And I saved the best part for last. You can measure, cut and sew them in less than one hour.

This project was designed by one of the authors, Rebecca Yaker. You can see more of her work at

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Sew a snuggie type blanket for Barbie and other fashion dolls

You've seen the snuggie (tm).

You've seen the snuggie (tm) for dogs.

But what about a snuggie type blanket for fashion dolls, like Barbie? She's always been up on the current fashion trends, so she certainly wouldn't want to miss out on this one.

Wait no more! Now you can sew your very own snuggie type blanket for an 11-1/2" fashion doll, such as Barbie, using only a small piece of fleece, thread, Velcro and about 30 minutes of your time.

It's easy. Let me show you how with this sewing tutorial.

1) Download the PDF pattern here. (Let me know if you have problems as this is the first time I've tried Google Docs. )

2) Print pattern. Pattern is set to print on four sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 paper.

3) Trim sheets where marked and tape together to form one pattern sheet.

4) Cut out one blanket from fleece. Cut out two sleeves from fleece.

5) Transfer markings to wrong side of fleece. Cut along solid lines and circles as shown.

6) Hem bottom edge of sleeve. NOTE: you can eliminate these hems if you want as fleece will not ravel.

7) Sew sleeve onto the blanket placing the dot at the top of the sleeve at the center of the circle. Don't worry if this doesn't match exactly. Fleece has enough stretch that you'll be able to make it fit.

8) Sew underarm sleeve seam continuing to the bottom of the blanket.

9) Hem all edges of blanket. NOTE: You can eliminate this hem if you want as fleece does not ravel.

10) Cut a 1" piece of Velcro. If desired, cut that strip in half lengthwise creating a narrower strip.

11) Sew the Velcro strips on the wrong side of the blanket along the top center back edges.
Done! She's now ready to cozy up on the couch for some late night tv viewing.

If you're really feeling ambitious, you can eliminate that side and underarm seam. Just cut the circles out of the blanket without cutting along the solid lines. Sew the underarm seams of the sleeves. Pin the sleeves in the circle and sew the sleeves to the blanket. Add Velcro as described above. This takes more time, but the end result will be more "authentic."

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The Burda 02-2008 103 "Tippi Hedren" dress

As promised, here's the modeled version of the Burda 02-2008 102 "Tippi Hedren" knit dress.

This particular one is too tight to wear to the office, but I am working on another version in a solid color. And this time I remembered to add seam allowances before cutting my fabric :-)

My review of the dress is in this post. Pin It


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