Friday, August 22, 2014

"Jungle Eyes" Reader Block Challenge




I created this Block for a Reader block challenge using Batik branches and custom leaves! You had to incorporate circles of some sort so I made eyes for my circles.

Please check out the gallery of quilt blocks and vote for me!

Thank you so much!
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Back to School Chalkboard Breakfast Mat


What a fun way to have breakfast on this Back to School Mat! Just enough room for your little one's breakfast and drink and more room for doodling or maybe a quick math problem....
I'm always trying to come up with new ways to use the piles and piles of jeans I have accumulated. This project is quick and easy and will be sure to put a smile on your child's face!
This mat measures 7"x 15"


Materials List

~Cut from a spare pair of jeans (leg) 1~7"x 15" rectangle of denim for chalkboard front
~Small can of chalkboard paint from Lowes or Home Depot 
~Paintbrush
~Cotton fabric for back 7"x 15" rectangle, plus 4-1/2" x 3-1/2"      scrap for chalk pocket
~Batting 7"x 15"
~Muslin 7" x 15"
~Strong nickel-plated pins for pinning layers together
~Jean sewing machine needle
~Coordinated thread
~optional Teflon foot or walking foot to help sew on top  layer(chalkboard paint)
~Binding
~Chalk

Take your 7"x 15" piece of denim cut from old jeans



Paint top of denim rectangle with a generous layer of chalkboard paint almost to edges, let dry.




Paint a second layer of chalkboard and let thoroughly dry. Curls a little on edges but will pin in place easily with heavy duty pins.



Layer muslin on bottom, batting in middle, and top cotton backing fabric on top.




Pin layers together.



Free motion stitch all over back with any thread you want, set aside.





For chalk pocket~ with 4-1/2" x 3-1/2" scrap fold over one short side 1/4" then 1/4" again, press, stitch close to fold.
Fold right sides together and sew 1/4" across other short side.


Flip right sides out and press.


Lay quilted back, right side down, then lay chalkboard top right side up.


Pin Chalkboard pocket centered to left side matching raw edges of pocket and mat. Pin with heavy duty pins all the way around mat.


Using a jean needle,  sew a scant 1/4 " straight stitch all the way around mat to secure layers and pocket. A Teflon or walking foot helps make this chalkboard fabric feed more evenly or gently pull through.


Sew on binding all the way around.


Clip to 1/8 " of stitching, fold to back, pin, and hand sew in place.


Fun quilted back can be used as well.




Chalkboard mat ready to use while your little one enjoys breakfast!

Any questions or comments contact me at seastar42@msn.com!
Thanks for looking~Damsel


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