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“Never Been Stitched: 45 No-Sew & Low-Sew Projects” is out!

This is quite exciting for me.

Yesterday I received a complimentary copy of Never Been Stitched, a crafts book with 45 no- and low-sew projects to which I contributed the Merry no-sew ornament and the suggestion of a quilted Christmas ball, both made only with folded fabric pinned to a polystyrene shape (see pictures of the projects above).

From the Barnes and Noble site:

Imaginative, inventive, and filled with beautiful things to make, Never Been Stitched is the ultimate collection of no- and low-sew projects. Thanks to fusible webbing, fabric glue, grommets, and other fun materials and techniques, crafters barely need a needle. Forty-five fast and simple items range from a folded market bag to a cute kid’s apron to a plush pillow. A short basics section plus templates help even beginners create quick and stylish garments, home décor, and other accessories.

If you’re interested in purchasing the book a quick search will take you to Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

The publisher, Lark Crafts, is also giving away free downloads from Never Been Stitched.

Tooth fairy cushion: handmade Christmas present

This tooth fairy pillow can either be given to a boy or a girl. Just adapt the fabric pattern and embellishments you use.

Materials

  • two 8 inch squares of cotton fabric
  • one 3 inch square in felt
  • 15 inch ribbon 1/2 in to 3/4 in wide for the hanger
  • 45 inch x 2 inch wide bias tape for the border
  • a small piece of white felt for the tooth
  • small 3 inch store bought organza bag
  • embellishments of your choice: buttons, felt cutouts, sequins, bows and the like
  • download tooth template (pdf)

Instructions

Cut two 8 inch squares.

Cut a 3 inch square in felt.

Fold it in half and pin.

Cut out on the corners as per picture.


The pocket is done.

Print the tooth template (pdf).

Cut the template around the tooth not too close to the line and place it over the felt. Hold tight with your fingers and start cutting along the lines.

Make sure you don’t move the felt.

Your tooth is ready to be stitched.

Place the tooth at an angle over the pocket.

Add some embellishments to the cushion. I chose to add a felt flower made out of cutouts.

There are many ideas you can do with felt flowers. This is just one very simple flowers but you can do more involved flowers too. Check out my tutorial on felt flower embellishment.

Play with placement of flower and pocket before you start stitching.

Stitch tooth and sequins to pocket and stitch all flower layers together.

Pin pocket to square and handstitch flower to square.

Place both squares wrong sides facing together and stitch all around the edges at 1/4 in from the edge leaving 1 1/2 inch opening to insert the polyfill.

Fill in the cushion.

Now add the bias tape to bind the edges.

Pin around.

I did mitered corners. This tutorial explains clearly how to do mitered corners (pdf).

Stitch all along. Turn bias over and pin again.

itch

Top stitch around.

Add ribbon to hang cushion. I cut the ribbon edge in a funky way and then lightly applied heat with a match to stop it from fraying.

To hold in place stitch a button through all layers of ribbon and fabric.

The cushion is done.

Insert the bag in the pocket.

Voilà! Another handmade gift ready for giving.

Handmade Christmas gift: girly tooth fairy pillow

Materials

  • two 8 inch squares of cotton fabric
  • one 3 inch square in felt
  • 15 inch ribbon 1/2 in to 3/4 in wide for the hanger
  • 9 inch ribbon with beads for the bottom
  • a small piece of white felt for the tooth
  • small 3 inch store bought organza bag
  • embellishments of your choice: buttons, felt cutouts, sequins, bows and the like
  • download tooth template (pdf)

Instructions

Cut two 8 inch squares.

Embellish the ribbon with buttons and felt cutouts.

Cut a 3 inch square in felt.

Fold it in half and pin.

Cut out on the corners as per picture.

Print the tooth template (pdf).

Cut the template around the tooth not too close to the line and place it over the felt. Hold tight with your fingers and start cutting along the lines.

Make sure you don’t move the felt.

Your tooth is ready to be stitched.

Place the tooth at an angle over the pocket.

You can plan embellishments to the pocket before you stitch the tooth.

Machine stitch the tooth and hand stitch the bow.

Add a few more embellishments before stitching to the cushion.

Pin and stitch to one of the squares.

Now get the beaded ribbon and place on the bottom of the square.

Pin in place.

On the opposite side, fold the ribbon you embellished earlier and fold it in half, wrong sides facing together and place in the middle of the top edge as per picture.

Place the other square on top with right side facing down.

Stitch all around at 1/4 in from the edge leaving 2 inches opening to turn cushion inside out.

Nearly done.

Fill in the cushion with polyfill or batting bits and pieces.

Stitch the opening closed.

The tooth fairy pillow is done!

No sew Christmas ornament tutorial

No sew Christmas ornament - polystyrene ball and ribbon

No sew Christmas ornament - polystyrene ball and ribbon

No sew Christmas ornament - polystyrene ball and ribbon

This project is made with fabric folding techniques.

  • 2 squares of 2 1/2 inch wide ribbon for each side in sparkly red
  • 1 1/2 yards of ribbon 1 1/2 inch wide in gold. Use ribbon that has malleable edging
  • 1/2 inch red ribbon
  • a 2 1/2 inch polystyrene ball
  • headpins

Take one 2 1/2 inch square and pin to the ball as per picture.

From the gold ribbon cut 18 1 1/2 inch squares.

Fold in a triangle once.

And then again

Place the triangle against the edge of the red square and in the centre and pin on each side.

Do the same on each side.

Now fill in the gaps.

Continue to do another row placing the triangle points in between each triangle bellow.

When you’ve pinned all triangles do the other side in the same way.

There will be a gap in between both sides.

Now take the rest of the ribbon and mark it at 1/2 inch intervals.

The markings will be your guide to make the box pleats.

Check out my tutorial on peekaboo pleating for a guide on how to make the pleats.

This is what the edges of the pleating looks like.

If using malleable ribbon you don’t need to stitch the pleats so that they stay into shape.

When you have done enough pleats to cover the ball, about 9 1/2 inches, wrap the pleated ribbon around the ball to cover the gap and pin on each pleat. Then place a narrow red ribbon on the middle and pin to the pleated ribbon all around the ball.

No sew Christmas ornament - polystyrene ball and ribbon

Now, look at the picture and fold each opposite corners of each pleat as per photo. To achieve this effect, your gold ribbon has to have malleable edges so that the corners stay in place after folding.

No sew Christmas ornament - polystyrene ball and ribbon

Closeup

No sew Christmas ornament - polystyrene ball and ribbon

View from the top.

No sew Christmas ornament - polystyrene ball and ribbon

Using the red narrow ribbon, make a couple of loops with it as per picture and then a larger loop to hang and pin to the ball.

No sew Christmas ornament - polystyrene ball and ribbon

The ornament is done.

No sew Christmas ornament - polystyrene ball and ribbon

If you are interested in fabric folding, check my other fabric folding tutorials.