Hi! I'm Jana Kigin and I blog over at Confessions of a Cross-stitch Drama Queen. When I started my blog, cross stitch was my first love. Over the past few years, it has been replaced by quilting. I live in Maryland and have 3.5 kids, a dog, a cat, and a super-busy husband I call Curly.
Today, I'll be walking you through how to make this Hanging Chair Sign:
Sew cute, right? Please ignore the crooked photo. The sign is straight, I just couldn't get the photo to look that way. And photoshop? Puh-leese. I don't have time to shower everyday. I'd rather spend time quilting! So pour yourself a Diet Coke (or two) and let's get started!
1. Gather your supplies. This will look best if made with Sweet Divinity. It might look okay if you use other fabric, but why? This is the perfect project for fat quarters as it finishes 16" square. You'll need:
An eighth of a yard each of: Blue Sweet Dot, Cream Sweet Dot, Pink Sweet Trinkets, and Cream Sweet Vine.
A fat eighth, or quarter yard of cream
A fat quarter of Blue Sweet Main Petals for the back
5" square each of Pink Sweet Dot and Cream Sweet Stripe for the cupcake
40" of ribbon, preferably chartreuse
1 cute red button
Heat and Bond Ultra, or other similar product
Thread, needles, cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter
Diet Coke, preferably in a giant mug
2. Cut your cream fabric into an 8.5" square.
3. Now we're going to make 8 4-Patch blocks. I like to strip piece because I think it's faster and uses fabric very efficiently. Cut 2.5" strips of your blue sweet dot, cream sweet dot, and pink sweet trinkets.
4. Sew together one pink sweet trinket strip with one blue sweet dot strip, and one pink sweet trinket strip with one cream sweet dot strip. Press toward the pink sweet trinket, and then subcut into 2.5" pieces.
5. Matching the centers RST, sew 8 4-Patch blocks. I like to line up the center seams, then pin on either side of the seam, not through the seam. I find that this produces perfectly matched corners each time.
6. Now sew 2 4-Patch blocks together 4 times.
7. Cut 4 4.5" squares out of cream sweet vine. Sew one onto each end of 2 4-Patch strips. Press toward 4-Patch strips.
8. Sew one strip to each side of the 8.5" cream square. Press toward 4-Patch strips.
9. Sew top and bottom strips to the block. Remember to line up the seams and pin to create perfect points. Press the seams away from the center. Your block should now measure 16.5" square.
10. Now we're going to prep the applique. I used Heat and Bond Ultra so that I wouldn't have to sew around my cupcake, but feel free to applique the cupcake using any method you choose. It will be wrong, but that's okay. Just kidding! With my busy family, I save steps wherever I can. Some may call me lazy, but I don't mind. If you use a fusible material, just remember to draw on the smooth side and iron on the bumpy side. Not that I've ever done it wrong or anything. FYI: it's really easy to blame needing a new iron on the cat.
I traced a cupcake I had in a pattern. You could also use a die cut machine (Holla, Cricut luvas!), or find one online. You could also draw one by hand, but that is really showing off. If you use Heat and Bond, trace the pattern onto the smooth side. Then, cut around the drawn lines, but not on them.
Finally, place the cut out patterns on the wrong side of the fabric and press. I used the cream sweet stripe for the base, and pink sweet dot for the frosting. Cut on the line and peel off the paper. That little one on top is for a future tutorial. I like to keep you wanting more, even before I'm finished!
11. Now that your cupcake is cut out, center it on the cream block and press.
12. Sew on a cute button. Riley Blake makes the cutest ones ever. And, bonus, you can get them in Amanda's store!
13. Now we are ready to quilt. Cut your batting to the size of your front, which is 16.5" square. I like to spray baste instead of using pins. Less chance of getting injured. Plus, while you wait for the spray to dry, you can check your email. Or fold your laundry. But email is more fun.
14. Quilt as desired. You can go all free-motion if you want, but I think it can overwhelm a smaller project. I stitched in the ditch, and then did cocentric squares around the center using a variagated pink thread.
15. Cut out 4 10-inch lengths of ribbon. I used a fun chartreuse to match the green in the fabric. You can also make your own bias tape. Finish the edges of the ribbon by slightly melting with a match (be careful not to catch it on fire) or with fray check. Pin 2 ribbons to the center of each corner seam along the top.
16. Measure the top and cut out your backing fabric. Tops tend to shrink after they are quilted. Mine ended up being close to the original measurement, but just a hair off. If you need to piece the back, make sure you pay attention to directional prints. It will look more cohesive if all your flower heads are pointing in the same direction.
17. Sew the back to the front RST, leaving a 6-8" gap for turning. Be careful not to sew the ribbon into the side seams.
18. Clip the 4 corners and then turn right side out. Press.
19. Press the open end under about 1/4" and pin.
20. Topstitch about 1/8" all the way around, which will close the hole.
21. Tie onto a chair, and enjoy!
Thanks for making it to the end of my first tutorial! Boy, do I need a Diet Coke! Come to my blog on Monday to learn how to make a Slipcover Chair Sign as an alternate way to finish this cute accessory.