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Rolled Hem Hanky

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I love creating handmade gifts.  For Father’s Day, I decided to step up my game and make up for my lost crafting years (aka law school) and get back to basics to create a special surprise for my step father.  He is the best dressed guy around, so a fun summertime handkerchief that would be a festive pocket square was the perfect project.

I started with a tutorial from the Purl Bee Blog.

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I used a great fabric called Liberty of London Tana Lawn Classic.  It is so luxuriously soft and silky, yet 100% cotton.  It was the perfect fabric for this project because it is silky enough to be displayed as a pocket square, yet soft enough to be used as a handkerchief as well.  This pattern reminds me of The Great Gatsby – which seems to be a hot trend this season.  IMG_6462

I also picked up hand sewing thread in white (for a great contrast on the rolled hem) and size 10 hand sewing needles.

IMG_6460It was useful to acquire a quilting square for this project.  It seemed like the appropriate time to add one to my toolbox, so I found this Quilt Square on Amazon by “Quilt in a Day”.  And of course, my handy rotary cutter was a blessing for this project (as cutting the perfect square on an exact pattern was necessary).IMG_6463

The rolled hem was really fun to make!  The tutorial makes it SUPER easy and straightforward.  I opted to use a few lengths of thread (about 20 inches each).  The instructions also recommend using one long 60″ thread as an alternative.IMG_6506

For a personalized touch, I added this embroidery detail.  I am still enamored with my new Brother 4200 PRW Sewing Machine that does all these fancy stitches.  I attached Scot’s initials in the bottom right corner.  I hope this handkerchief will be a useful addition to his dapper wardrobe!

Happy Father’s Day!

 

Karma’s New Dog Bed


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From FabricWorm.com, I found the most adorable print for my dog, Karma.  I purchased a unit (1/2 yard) without a real plan for how I would use it.  It has all of Karma’s mannerisms captured in the cartoon dogs in this modern playful print, so I knew I just had to have some! It’s by Michael Miller called “Dog Speak Multi”.

On sale last week at Target, I found a dog bed insert (poly filled) for less than $10.00.  It’s from Target’s Boots & Barley line.  Target sells many covers, but I ventured to make my own!  The bed measures 36 inches by 29 inches, so I needed a complementary print to cover the entire face of  the pet bed.  I paired this designer fabric with a inexpensive light grey chevron print that I found at my local JoAnn store.  I only needed 1/2 yard.

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I also picked up a solid light grey fabric to use for the backside.  Instead of a zipper, I used overlapping back pieces to hold in the insert.  To finish each edge of the overlap, I used a “Loopy” decorative stitch.

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I had some scrap fabric from a recent project called Stampin’ Up Tea for Two Fabric that I used to create a “K” on the bottom right of the dog bed.  I used a decorative zig-zag stitch to tack it in place.

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  It was my first time to add applique like this – daring to wing it on my own but I think it worked beautifully!

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BIG YAWN!  Now, Karma is ready for a nap!

 

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