Saturday, November 15, 2014

Twist & Turn Hexie Jar Opener Tutorial


Twist & Turn Quilted Jar Openers!


I have arthritis in my hands and find these so useful in my kitchen.

The shelf liner grips smooth metal caps and rough edge plastic caps comfortably and easily.

I can even open tough caps on small necked bottles with one of these.

~ <3 ~

For a basic tutorial for an easy sew square opener for sewing both openers, read the

Tips and Tricks Here




To make the hexie ones I used some of my "Sunnyside"Honeycombs.
which I was lucky enough to win in a giveaway from the lovely

Amy @ Sew Incredibly Crazy

during the hexie hop last year.

I also cut strips from the lovely birthday fabric gift from my friend,

Dorian @ Ridge Top Quilts

and I also cut some strips from my treasured Kate Spain stash.


Cut all strips WOF and sew as you go,
trimming them down as needed as you go along.

I cut 2.5" strips.

Next time I may cut narrower strips.




The grippy side is cut from silicone type shelf liner.


For the back I  used my hexagon ruler to cut the



Making the twisted hexie one, requires sewing a  partial seam.

Partial seams are easy.

Here is the method I use:



I cut all my strips oversize and cut them down after I sew.


Line up your first strip on top of one side of the honeycomb hexie.

Measure about one inch from the beginning edge of the seam and 
insert a pin to mark the beginning of your first seam.



Remove the pin and press needle down at this starting point.

Stitch to the other edge as usual.


Here is a close-up of the beginning of the seam.

You will close this seam after your last strip is added.

Press inward toward the hexie.


Continue adding a strip to each side of the hex closing all other seams as you usually sew,


For this one, the orange strip was the last added.
In the picture above I have folded the first strop with the partial seam over the last orange strip.


 Needle down a few inches before the end of your partial seam 
and sew to the outside edge of the last strip added,
closing the partial seam.



Cut away the extra fabric. 


Your hexie will be oversized and you will need to cut it down to size.


I used a 6.5" Fons and Porter Hevie ruler to cut all my hexes.


A straight edge ruler  can also be used.
In this photo I laid my regular 6.5" cutting ruler on top of the hexie ruler to cut the long edges.
If you do not have a hexie ruler, use the lines on the ruler and mat to cute the hexie shape.


Here is the pressed back of the hexie showing all the trimmed to size seams.


To make the jar opener,
sandwich the hexie right side up with the 
shelf liner hexie.
Place the liner on top.

The grip is cut from 

easyLiner  shelf liner.

I use a plain white cotton liner.
Flannel also works if you would like a little more cushion in your jar opener.
I have not tried thin batting, but this might also work. 


I like to place one pin on each side to hold the layers together
and remove the pins as I go.


Leave an opening on one side to turn your jar opener right side out.

Trim the corners to make getting the sharp points easier.


Press the TOP SIDE ONLY!

You do not want to melt the shelf liner onto your iron.


Topstitch close around all the edges.

I like to put a pin in the open edge to hold it closed until I remove the pin and sew.


I added one echo line of quilting in the center.


Enjoy using your new nifty jar opener!

Thank you to all who have left lovely comments.

My daughter and grand-darling are flying in today for an extended holiday visit ...

... which is the best Christmas present of the year!

I have been busy cleaning up my shared sewing space and tucking stuff in closets.

I hope to respond personally to all the kind words as soon as I have time ...

well ... when I am not cuddling the baby girl .... ;) 

<3





Friday, November 14, 2014

Twas the Night ~ Tis the Day!



My wonderful gifts!

An adorable mini quilt,
tree die cuts to add to make it Christmasy if I want,
a cupcake pincushion and pin jar,
a sweet stuffed and hand stitched strawberry in a basket,
delicious homemade grape jelly,
a new notebook,
a pattern booklet,
and some lovely fabrics and tape measure trim for future projects

 Received from Kris @ Kris Loves Fabric 

Thank you, Kris!


Here are all the stops on the sleigh ride today ... 

Friday, November 14th

Life In The Scrapatch (you are here)


It is a great day of gifting!


I love making small gift items on my sewing machine.


Here are three easy to make items with free tutorials:

One of my favorite "go-to"  nifty gifty is one I found on one of my favorite blogs ... ;)



"Comfort and Joy with Jacque" @ Sew We Quilt

These are sew useful for personalizing with coffee or tea
or even as a small sewing kit.
They also make good business card holders.


Another one is this cute and easy to make ...



"Snap Bag" @ Sweet P Quilting and Creations




... and I love to use scraps to make my own



Quilty Key Chains


These tiny blocks also make cute refrigerator magnets by tucking a a button magnet between the batting and the backing fabric.

Here is my newest idea for a small and useful  and easy to make gift ...



Quilty Jar Openers!

These are made with a square or fabric (or you could make a small quilt block),

a square of flannel or cotton, and a square of rubberized shelf lining.

Click Here
or scroll down to my next post for a tutorial 
for these easy kitchen helpers
and a Giveaway!

I had so much fun making these jar openers that I played some more with the idea and the fabric 
and I created ...



"Twist and Turn" Hexie Jar Openers, too!



The tutorial for the hexie jar opener will be up at midnight!

Thanks to 


and


for playing Quilty Santa.

The gifts are flying around the world!

How wonderful!


Katniss has picked her favorite gifty from Kris's treasure box ...


... the cute hand stitched strawberry ...

... and has chased it around the room a few times.

I keep having to retrieve it.

This one will be a special ornament on my Christmas Tree this year!



I cannot possibly pick a favorite.

All these giftys are so nifty!!!

Thanks, again, Kris!


Katniss and I say "Purrrrrr!"

May your season of gifting be merry and bright!




Thank you to all who have left lovely comments.

My daughter and grand-darling are flying in today for an extended holiday visit ...

... which is the best Christmas present of the year!

I have been busy cleaning up my shared sewing space and tucking stuff in closets.

I hope to respond personally to all the kind words as soon as I have time ...

well ... when I am not cuddling the baby girl .... ;) 

<3


:)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Easy Sew Jar Openers


An Easy Sew Kitchen Jar Opener


Cut one 6" Square each of:
 top fabric,
lining fabric 
and 
(or you could use  a small quilt block)

The grip is made from rubberized shelf liner,
which is machine washable on cold and may be put in the dryer on low heat.
I found this easy to work with and am considering using it for coasters and non-slip table runners and maybe even slipper soles.

I assembly lined these and made several in an hour. 


I like to pin the layers together with one pin on each side which I remove as I sew.  


Make a sandwich by

placing the top fabric square front side up,

then the rubbeshelf liner in the middle

then the flannel or cotton.


Stitch around all corners and three sides leaving an opening on the fourth side ...

Katniss supervised my work.


Trim the corners to cut down on bulk.


Turn right side out.




Topstitch around the square to secure all layers.


I used my walking foot and had no trouble feeding the liner through my machine,


I also tried stitching with the gripper liner up and this also worked well.


I have a couple of these in my kitchen drawer and use them all the time.


These are sew easy to make that soon you will 
have a stack of nifty new giftys or bazaar table items.



Giveaway Time!

If you would like one of these for your kitchen,
leave a comment and let me know what color you would like.

I will be making more of these as stocking stuffers and would be happy to make one just for you!

I will pick three winners to receive a jar opener.

I will mail anywhere in the world.

You do not need to be a follower to win.

You do need to leave an email address where I can contact you to let you know 
if you are a lucky winner and to get your mailing address.

My blog does not allow anonymous comments to keep away the robots.
If you do not have an ID to leave a comment, you may email me
at the address under "Contact Me" at the the top of my blog 
and I will enter your comment for you.

This giveaway closes on the last day of the hop,

November 21st,  at Midnight EST

I will use a random number generator 
to choose the winners and 

I will announce the three winners on November 22nd.

May you and yours have a blessed season of gifting!




Thank you to all who have left lovely comments.

My daughter and grand-darling are flying in today for an extended holiday visit ...

... which is the best Christmas present of the year!

I have been busy cleaning up my shared sewing space and tucking stuff in closets.

I hope to respond personally to all the kind words as soon as I have time ...

well ... when I am not cuddling the baby girl .... ;) 

<3


:)