Scrap-Busting Holiday Crafts

Scrap-Busting Holiday Crafts

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Hamilton! With wreaths and candles in every window, a living tree adorned with lights, ornaments and ribbons, and window displays in all the shops, our little town is overflowing with Christmas cheer!

On Saturday, we celebrated the season with a town-wide Christmas festival, featuring make and take fabric crafts in the Missouri Star Quilt Co. shops. Some of our talented team members showed off their creativity with mug rugs, fabric bracelets, felt poinsettias, fabric scrap ornaments and fabric holiday cards.  

We enjoyed diving into our scrap stash and creating these festive projects so much that we wanted to share with all of our friends far and wide how to create a couple of them as well! Read on to learn how to create our Felt (or Fabric) Poinsettias and Fabric Bracelets.

Fabric Bracelets

Courtenay from our Sewing Center showed us how to create these fashionable fabric scrap bracelets that would be awesome to show off remnants of those most loved fabrics you have in your scrap bin.

Supplies

Cotton clothesline

Strips of fabric (½ inch. 30 inches long)

Hot glue gun or fabric glue (either will work)

Assorted beads and trims

Scissors

Painter’s Tape  

Steps

1. Measure wrist with clothesline. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and be sure to allow a little room to slide the bracelet on and off of your wrist.

2. Tape the two ends of the clothesline together with painters tape to form a ring (make sure you use about a two-inch wide tape, such as painters tape or duct tape to ensure the ring holds).

3. Put a small bead of hot glue to one end of the fabric strip.

4. Start wrapping the bracelet.

5. Once you are finished wrapping the entire ring with fabric, add another bead of glue at the end of the fabric strip to secure it on the clothesline

6. Embellish as desired. Courtenay added a thin metallic cord or thin craft wire to her bracelet. Just add a dot of glue to one end and start wrapping it around like the fabric and voila, a fashionable fabric bracelet!

You may have noticed that we filmed a Facebook Live of Courtenay creating these darling accessories, and you can watch the video below or on our Quilting Deals Facebook page!

 

Felt or Fabric Poinsettias

Heidi, a member of our Product & Sales Team, and who you may recognize from our Facebook Live videos created lovely Felt Poinsettias in the Main Shop. She used felt and a Sizzix Fabi machine along with a circle die cutter to make these beauties, and was inspired by the DIY Candy tutorial that you can view here.

We recreated the poinsettia ornament using some leftover batiks from another project. You don’t need very much fabric to make this, and although we used Christmas-themed fabric, we would love to see these flowers made in other colors too!

Supplies:

Fabric or felt (2 colors preferably)

Jute, twine or string

A circle template (we used the bottom of a spool of thread)

Scissors

Buttons

Hot glue gun

Mini orange peel template

 

Steps

1. Cut out 18 circles from one of the fabrics. We used 16 circles to create the petals and 2 more in later steps. Depending on the size of your circle you may need more or fewer than the number we used.You can use a Sizzix like Heidi did, but we traced our circles and cut them out with a pair of fabric scissors.

2. Fold the right side of one circle over to the left side to create a cone shape. You will alternate folding one side to the other, so left to right and then right to left to create the petals. Be sure to keep the end of cone fairly tight, and add a small dot of hot glue to secure it. 

3. Arrange the petals in a circle shape to make sure you have enough to make a flower.

4. Glue the petals together, and be sure to use as little of glue as possible.

5. Turn the petals over and glue a fabric circle to the back to add stability to the flower.

6. Using a mini orange peel template, cut out two leaves and glue them to the back of the flower.

7. Cut off a 6 to 8 inch piece of jute, string or ribbon, create a loop and glue it to the back of the flower. Using the last circle cut out, cover the glued ends of the string on the back of the poinsettia.

8. Turn the poinsettia over and glue buttons or a small circle of fabric to create the center of the flower, there you have it, a fabulous fabric poinsettia ready to adorn a Christmas tree!

All of us from Missouri Star Quilt Co. want to wish you happy holidays and a very Merry Christmas! We hope you enjoy these fun, fast and festive fabric scrap projects!

Be sure to share your scrab-busting holiday crafts with us on social media using #msqcshowandtell!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Quick and Easy Ribbon Block

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Quick and Easy Ribbon Block

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that more than 250,000 women will be diagnosed this year? Many of us have been touched by this terrible disease in one way or another, and when those hard times come, we search for ways to help.

Quilts are a beautiful way to show support and give comfort. Jenny has a tutorial from a few years back for a Ribbons of Hope Quilt but this year as Jenny was brainstorming ways to show her love and support for two of the Missouri Star Family’s very own Breast Cancer Survivors, she was able to come up with an even easier way to make a Ribbon Quilt Block.

Breast Cancer Awareness - Ribbon Quilt Block from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Isn’t this Ribbon Block so stunning and powerful? It’s as simple as snowballing a few corners. Jenny got the idea from the X’s and O’s Quilt Tutorial and we want to share how it was done with you. Watch the video below for a mini tutorial on how to make this Ribbon Block and to hear Betty and Sherry’s stories of how they won their battles against Breast Cancer.

Check out the block diagram below. Use one block to make a pillow like Jenny or multiple blocks to make a table runner or quilt!

Ribbon Quilt Block from Missouri Star Quilt Company

While October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we know that there are many out there affected by other types of cancer. You can make this Ribbon Quilt Block in another color to show your support to those battling other forms of cancer as well. Stitch by stitch, we can make a difference.

Easy No Sew DIY Fleece Blanket

Easy No Sew DIY Fleece Blanket

Here in Hamilton, Missouri, the first hints of fall weather are upon us, and we know winter weather will be here soon. Short days and long nights can be chilly, and there is nothing better than curling up with a cup of hot cocoa and a warm blanket.

One of the best ways to add some snuggle to your fall and winter days is with fleece, and Missouri Star Quilt Co. has a wide selection of solids, prints and licensed designs that will warm you up in no time!

With so many fun designs, there is something for everyone! Check out our full array and patterns for using this fuzzy material HERE (pajama pants, need we say more?!)!

Perhaps the most popular way to get your fleece fix is by creating a No Sew Fleece Blanket. When we want a quick break from the sewing project we’re working on, this blanket is a fan favorite here at Missouri Star! It is a fantastic way to make a quick and easy gift, and a fun project to make with your children or grandchildren. 

We have such a great time making these blankets that we wanted to share some quick tips on how to make one…or a dozen! If you would like to see how Jenny Doan makes her no sew fleece blankets, check out her tutorial HERE.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a blanket like ours:

Supplies Needed:

Optional:

Supplies for No Sew Fleece Blanket

Easy No Sew DIY Fleece Blanket

Step 1: Find your Fleece: To create a throw-size blanket, you will need two yards of two different fleeces. We suggest using a fun pattern for one side, and a coordinating solid on the back. The options are endless, so mix and match to find the combination you are looking for!

Step 2: Put fleece together, right sides facing out. You’ll know which way the right side is for a print, but if you are ever confused, fleece has a bit of a nap to it, so when using a solid, make sure the fuzzy, slightly textured side is the side you’ll be snuggling up to.

Step 3: If your two pieces of fleece aren’t exactly the same size, now is the time to square them up if you would like, and don’t worry if they aren’t perfect…we think that finished is better anyway. 🙂

Step 4: Cut out the corners. Our first cut is at the corner. For this example, we wanted to make our fringe 5 inches long, so we cut a 5-inch square out on each of the corners. (Tip: Jenny suggested we use the cardboard square from a charm pack as a template for this step, and it works wonderfully!)

DIY No Sew Fleece Blanket

Step 5: Cut the fringe. After cutting out the four corners, we cut the fringe using the Fringe Cut Express template to ensure our fringe was uniform around the edges. Our fringe was 5 inches long, but you can definitely make yours a little longer or shorter if you like!

Make a DIY No Sew Fleece Blanket

Step 6: All knotted up! Once all 4 sides are completely cut out, it is time to start tying some knots! We discovered that there are a couple of ways to tie the edges that give each a different look.

Option 1 Balloon Style Knot:

1. Keep both pieces of fringe together (print on top of solid).

2. Place index and middle finger of your left hand at the base of the fringe.

3. Wrap tail of fringe around the two fingers, looping the tail over the top like you are tying a balloon.

4. Bring the tails through the loop, keeping the print side (or whichever you would like) facing up.

5. Secure the knot, and position it closer to the blanket.

Option 2 Shoe Lace Style Knot:

1. Take one piece of fringe in each hand.

2. Cross the pieces of fringe and make a knot like you would if you were beginning to tie shoelaces.

3. With the solid fleece crossed under the print, bring the print fleece (or whichever you would like on top) up through the solid loop.

 4. Secure the knot, tightening as necessary.

Once you’ve tied your last knot, your DIY No-Sew Fleece Blanket is ready to be enjoyed! We recommend it for keeping you cozy under Friday night football lights, snuggling up with it with a good book and/or an extra layer of warmth when you are enjoying a fall bonfire.

Missouri Star Quilt Co. has fleece for the entire family, fur babies included! Be sure to check out all of the fleece offerings HERE, and once you’ve made your No Sew DIY Fleece Blanket, share it with us on Instagram and Facebook using #msqcshowandtell!

 

Amy Smart’s Patchwork Forest Using 10″ Squares and Fat Quarters

Amy Smart’s Patchwork Forest Using 10″ Squares and Fat Quarters

CLICK HERE to watch the Facebook Live video that teaches this project!

A few years ago, our friend Amy Smart (Diary of a Quilter) came out with a free Patchwork Forest Wall Hanging Tutorial that people are still talking about and making in every which way they can imagine! We love it, especially the free improv method she uses for creating the tree shapes! Every tree is slightly different and that’s what makes it so fun to make and such a cute finished project! So, we’ve collaborated with Amy and are excited to be able to share these new cutting instructions so that you can make the same great Patchwork Forest blocks using precuts! We’re focusing specifically on 10″ squares and fat quarters and hope this makes you even more excited to try out this fun, improv pattern!

First, let’s start with the 10″ squares.

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 Pack Holiday Themed 10″ squares (42 squares)
  • 1/4 yard Brown/Gray fabric for tree stumps
  • Backing Fabric
  • Binding Fabric

If you think about the ultimate shape of your blocks, they are not square, but are taller than they are wide. so, if you start with 10″ squares, you will cut off a 2.5″ strip to save for border, binding, or another project. Once you’ve done that, you will cut another 2.5″ off the bottom and then divide those into 2 parts, which makes your fabric look like this.

Patchwork Forest with 10" Squares

These cutting instructions feature The Cat in the Hat Christmas Ten Squares by Dr. Seuss for Robert Kaufman. Isn’t it adorable?

At this point you will want to divide your fabrics into complementary pairs.

When you start to cut your trees, you will stack your 2 fabrics together first, then cut out your tree shape.

Patchwork Forest with 10" Squares

When you create your tree shapes, make sure to leave enough room for seams on the sides and at the top. Once you’ve cut your desired tree shape, swap the center fabrics so it looks something like this (Each pair should be cut slightly differently to achieve the improv effect).

Patchwork Forest with 10" Squares

To make the tree stump (1.25″ x 2.5″), you will want to sew it to the (2) 2.5″ x 3.75″ rectangles as shown. Here are some great fabric options for your tree stumps:

In Amy’s original tutorial, she shows that you should sew your tree to the short side of the background fabric first, then to the long side. Make sure to place your point past the edge to allow for the 1/4″ seam allowance. There will be some trimming required, but I like to wait until I’ve sewn all the blocks to make sure I’m trimming them all to the same size!

Finished Block Size: Approximately 6.75″ x 9″

If you use your entire pack of 10″ squares, you can make a wall hanging or small quilt that is 7 blocks across and 6 blocks down (42 total). That will make your finished project approximately 43″ X 60.5″ (or bigger if you want to use your leftover 2.5″ strips to make a piano key border! The result is so fun!

You can see that this project makes a really adorable, whimsical project, but I want to assure you that it can also be very elegant and beautiful with different fabrics!

Now, let’s talk about the cutting instructions when you’re making this project out of Fat Quarters!

I whipped up a table runner using a few fat quarters that has a completely different feel to it! I used this Holiday Flourish 10 Holiday Metallic Fat Quarter Bundle for Robert Kaufman.

Supplies Needed

  • 3-6 Fat Quarters (depending on the variety you would like in your design)
  • Brown Scrap Fabric measuring 2.25″ x7.5″ (divide into 6 strips that are 1.25″ x 2.25″)
  • Backing Fabric
  • Binding Fabric (1 Fat Quarter cut into 2.5″ strips is plenty)

Cut each fat quarter into (4) 8″ x 10.25″ rectangles (If you’re only going to make one table runner, then you can just use half of each fat quarter and cut TWO of the 8″ x 10.25″ rectangles. If you cut it in half lengthwise to get the two, then you could use the remaining fabric for binding or even a pieced backing)

Finished Block Size: Approximately 7.25″ x 9.25″

The table runner is made up of 12 blocks. The Finished Table Runner size is approximately 17″ by 39.5″

Patchwork Forest Christmas Trees Table Topper

Using 6 fat quarters, I was able to make 24 blocks (I wanted the variety of 6 different fabrics), so in addition to the finished table runner shown, I have 12 more blocks ready to make a second table runner for a gift! Or, of course, you could certainly make a larger wall hanging with your 24 blocks. With some of the remaining fat quarters, I cut them into long strips to make a scrappy backing. This is a fun, carefree, improve project, so have fun with it and make it your own! #holidaypatchworkforest

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Now that summertime is in full swing, you’ll definitely need something to keep you cool. Today is National Ice Cream Day and there’s no better excuse to celebrate with one of your favorite treats! We’ve gathered up the whole gang and whipped up a batch of banana splits with all the trimmings, complete with cherries on top. And of course, it’s not an MSQC party without something sewn special for the occasion!

If you’re looking for a fun, festive project, look no further. Get inspired by THIS perfectly pastel color palette and create your own matching ice cream cone table topper and cute-as-can be reversible napkin set with a few simple supplies. Plus get ready for the totally free pattern coming your way this August! In the meantime, this free download is sure to help you celebrate! Make an adorable applique project using this ice cream printable! DOWNLOAD IT HERE

Update 7/27/2017: The Free Pattern is Here!! Click on the Image to see the free PDF, then save it to your computer!

Free Ice Cream Table Topper Pattern from MSQC

How are you celebrating today? Share how you celebrate National Ice Cream Day with us by including #nationalicecreamday in your social media posts!

Table topper perfect for ice cream socials!

Gather around the table with your family and friends to enjoy some delicious ice cream this summer and give it a little flare by adding this cute table topper and darling napkins! They are sure to bring a little bit of extra “sweetness” into your home.

Ice Cream inspired D.I.Y project

Just use a fabric pen to trace the shapes and cut them out in your favorite fabrics with delicious hues!

Just grab a pair of scissors, a fabric pen, and a cutting mat!

Here’s the scoop. You’ll be done with this project lickety split! Here are some of the supplies you’ll need for the applique ice cream cones.

Click here to get the Tula Pink – Straight Scissor 6″

Choose a fabric pen from our selection HERE. 

Choose a cutting mat from our selection HERE.

Reversible ice cream themed napkins

Ice cream can be quite a messy treat! That’s why it’s always smart to keep a napkin close by. This ice cream themed napkin is not only cute, but is also reversible. It’s the best of both worlds!

Learn how to make this adorable napkin HERE.

Find the fabric that we used to make this napkin HERE.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with MSQC With just a little bit of time and effort, you can have the perfect table setup for your next ice cream social! Be sure to check back with us in August when we’ll have the pattern for the ice cream table topper available. Happy National Ice Cream Day!