Koala Cross Stitch Storage Bin

I actually made a cross stitch project and turned it into something all in less than a year! Maybe even less than a month start to finish!

Remember back when we were worried about the fires in Australia? It seems like a lifetime ago with everything going on in the world these days. Way back then in January, I think, I bought a bunch of koala patterns. And I’ve made a couple of them!

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Including this sweet one by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, With Love!

It went faster than cross stitch usually does! I wanted to do something with it besides hang it on a wall and decided to make a storage bin.

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First I sewed the cross stitch to the fabric with the circle cutout, like usually do, using this tutorial.

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For the storage bin I decided to use the Faithwell Storage Bin pattern by Sew Sweetness. It’s a free pattern with a video tutorial. Super simple. And I made it more simple by eliminating the open hole handles. I picked my fabric and laid it out on the foam interfacing and did a quilt as you go before turning it into the storage bin.

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With the quilting I did, it doesn’t stand up in a perfect circle, but I’ve learned that the more stuff you put into, the circular shape starts to show better!

I was going to take it to work for a pencil holder. I obviously didn’t pay much attention to the directions and the finished size, because it’s a bit big for a pencil jar! So now it sits on my sewing table holding the pieces to my temperature quilt that I’m working on.

What’s your favorite thing to do with cross-stitch projects?

Curtains are so Easy Tutorial

If you are a sew-er you already know how easy curtains can be! If you are starting to sew, let me tell ya something… Curtains are so Easy! When friends ask for a sewing favor, I’m always happy to help with curtains. Why? because they are so easy!

Some friends once asked me to make cushion covers… It took me a couple of years. They were big and they intimidated me. They did finally get their cushions, but just think… If only they had asked for curtains! Anyway… Once again I digress!

Do you want to know how I make curtains?? Well, since you’re hear, I’m gonna tell ya!

Step 1: Gather materials. easy. Fabric, thread and a cutting utensil are all ya need!

Step 2: Cut! Which also means measure… You need the width and height of your window. The width is the easy part, double the width! So if your window is 20 inches, you need 40 inches of fabric. If you want 2 panels, you’ll have (2) 20 inch panels. For the height, add 7 inches to the desired finished height. The 7 inches is for a typical skinny curtain rod. If your rod is thicker, then you’ll need to add more length depending on the thickness of the rod.

Step 3: Sew sides. Fold over a 1/2 inch and fold over a 1/2 inch again. I use hair clip to hold the hem in place, but you can pin if you’d like. Mostly I don’t do either, but this is a longer curtain, so it helped. And then stitch.

Step 4: Sew top. Like the sides, you want to start with a 1/2 inch fold over and another 1/2 inch fold over. Stitch that hem. Then fold over 1 1/2 inches and stitch again. A little tip…. When I’m sewing a wide hem, I always put down a piece of painters tape to help me stay straight!

Step 5: Sew the bottom. Fold the hem over 2 inches and turn the corners over 45 degrees. Then fold it over 2 inches again. And stitch. I like to add a little rectangle detail at the corners to help keep down the 45 degree fold.

And Wah-la! Now see… so Easy!!

ok, I have to admit something… These curtains aren’t actually made for this window! You were probably thinking they look a little short, huh??? Well, yes, for this window they are short. But for the window they are actually made for, they fit perfect! I can hear the sigh of relief….

Hopefully this helps you overcome any fear of curtains. They really are soooo easy!

 

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