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Applique

Tutorial: Goldfish Bowl Poodle Skirt with AccuQuilt GO! Big

Tutorial: Goldfish Bowl Poodle Skirt with AccuQuilt GO! Big | The Zen of Making

Tutorial: Goldfish Bowl Poodle Skirt with AccuQuilt GO! Big | The Zen of Making

Disclosure: AccuQuilt kindly provided the GO! Big electric fabric cutter and GO! Big circle die for this project.

Love the look of retro 1950s-inspired style? Be the belle of the sock hop with this fun and flirty DIY goldfish bowl “poodle” skirt!

It’s surprisingly easy to create your own custom version of the iconic poodle skirt, and, in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make my quirky aquatic variation. But, before we get to the tutorial, I’d like to introduce you to my new favorite toy, the AccuQuilt GO! Big electric fabric cutter. The GO! Big definitely saved me a ton of time on this project—I’m kind of a perfectionist, so circles are probably my least favorite shape to cut out—and I couldn’t recommend it more highly. I was already in love with my AccuQuilt GO! Baby, and, I have to admit, the GO! Big really blew my mind too!

** This post is part of the AccuQuilt GO! Big Blog Hop! Scroll down to the end of the post for 10 whole days of AccuQuilt-inspired fun!**

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Sunday Snapshot: Mr. and Mrs. Fox Masks

Sunday Snapshot: Mr. and Mrs. Fox Masks | The Zen of Making

Sunday Snapshot: Mr. and Mrs. Fox Masks | The Zen of Making

Halloween was mostly cancelled this year in the Pierson-Cox household. Jeremy had a cold, the cats had just gotten home from the vet, and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy made it nearly impossible to get around in NYC anyway, so we surrendered. Instead of running amok with the costume-wearing hoards, we spent the evening sewing our own Mr. and Mrs. Fox masks. (Look! Mine was made to fit under my glasses!)

Sunday Snapshot: Mr. and Mrs. Fox Masks | The Zen of Making

Just for the record, Jeremy sewed the Mr. Fox mask himself. This is yet another reason why my husband is awesome. Plus, men at sewing machines=totally hot.

Now, who’s going to throw a Wes Anderson costume party so we’ll actually have an excuse to wear these?!

Tutorial: 2-in-1 Flower Pincushion

Dreaming of a pincushion that’s both useful and pretty? My 2-in-1 flower pincushion tutorial will show you how to make an appliqued pincushion that attaches easily to either your wrist or your sewing machine, combining maximum convenience with plenty of style!

Supplies:
* Wool felt, two 2¼" x 3" rectangles and 55 ¼" circles
* Fold-over elastic, one 8" piece and one 14" piece (adjust as needed to fit your wrist and sewing machine)
* 2 Metal snaps
* Wool roving, one small handful
* Embroidery floss
* Fabric glue

Tools:
* Fabric scissors with detail blade
* ¼" paper hole punch
* Snap pliers
* Embroidery needle
* Fabric clips or straight pins
* Sewing machine (optional)

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Step 1
Use fabric scissors to cut out two 2¼" x 3" felt rectangles, then use a paper hole punch to punch at least 55 small felt circles.

Step 2
To create the flowers, use fabric scissors with detail blades to cut 4 notches out of each circle as shown.

See the full tutorial…

Craft Tip: Felt and Cork Pad Embellishments

Felt Pad Tote Bag

Next time you’re in the mood for a quick applique project, look no further than the felt and cork pad aisle at your local hardware store!

For CHA Winter 2012, I designed a whole series of craft-meets-hardware-store projects for Waxman Consumer Group using their surface protection line. When I started brainstorming ideas for the self-adhesive felt and cork products, easy appliqued embellishments seemed like a natural fit. The shapes are ideal for crafting—you can pick up circles, squares, and triangles in many different sizes and colors—and you don’t need stick pins to hold them in place while you’re sewing.

Cork Pad iPhone Case

Tips and tricks for crafting with self-adhesive felt and cork pads:

  • Even though the felt pads are thick, don’t use your lowest gauge sewing needle. A thick needle is hard to pull through and will get coated in adhesive easily, so resist your urge to break out the chenilles. A size 5 or 6 embroidery needle should do the trick.
  • If you’re working with cork, use a size 7 or 8 needle to prevent crumbling and breaking.
  • Use a quilting thimble with a good grip to make pulling the needle through the felt easier and to keep your fingers from getting sticky.
  • Keep a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball handy in case your needle gets too sticky.
  • When sewing, bring the needle up from the back on outside edge of the pad, then stitch into it. (See my straight stitch video below.)
  • Felt and cork add padding to a project, so they can be used as both decoration and an extra layer of protection for electronics sleeves and cases.
  • Felt and cork shapes aren’t washable, so they work best on accessories and fabrics that won’t be laundered.
  • For quick and easy no-sew projects, you can attach the pieces with a high temp hot glue gun instead of sewing.

In my designs, I used straight stitches to sew the shapes in place. To see how it’s done, check out the video above or head over to my Perfect Straight Stitches photo tutorial.

Felt Pad Laptop Case

Ready to start your own project? Here are some of the products that I used:

Waxman 1″ Self-Stick Round Felt Pads, Oatmeal
Waxman 1″ Square Felt Pads, Oatmeal
Waxman 1″ Round Felt Pads, Brown
Waxman Cork Pads

For even more options, check out the surface protection aisle in your local hardware store!
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What are your favorite crafty hardware store finds?