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Autumn Sewing Projects to Start Off the Season

Holiday sewing projects

The leaves are starting to turn in Idaho and there are pumpkins everywhere, so that means it’s now our favorite time of year! Since we’re heading into cooler weather, we thought we’d kick off the season with these three sewing projects that are sure to warm you right up!

3 Easy Sewing Projects for the Season

Reversible Scarf

Reversible winter scarf

One side is warm and cozy wool, the other light, comfortable cotton. You can use one wool fabric paired with multiple cottons to speed up production and make a series of personalized scarves for the whole family.

Materials

  • Lightweight wool or wool-blended fabric
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Fabric cutter
  • Lightweight cotton fabric print
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron

Steps

  1. Lay the wool fabric on the cutting mat; cut it to your desired length using a ruler and rotary cutter. Repeat the same step for the cotton fabrics.
  2. Place the cotton on top of the wool fabric, pinning the ends and sides at regular spaces.
  3. Stitch a seam all the way around, leaving a half-inch opening in the middle of one end.
  4. Clip the corners (without cutting the stitching!).
  5. Turn the fabric inside out.
  6. Press with an iron to remove wrinkles.
  7. Slip-stitch the end that you left open.

Doggy Coat

Winter dog coat

Keep your best friend warm in the winter with a custom doggy coat. This will not only keep your four-legged friend warm but also dry! This doggy coat is water-resistant and adjustable, using coated linen and a fleece fabric lining.

Materials

  • Download the templates – Template 1: Template 2: Template 3
  • Laminated linen fabric (two complementary designs)
  • Double velour fleece fabric
  • Velcro hook and loop fasteners
  • Scissors
  • Bias tape
  • Fabric cutters
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Temporary spray adhesive made for fabric
  • Ruler
  • Disappearing-ink fabric pen

Steps

  1. Cut a 12-inch strip of Velcro hook fastener into two 3½-inch pieces and two 2½-inch pieces. Cut a 10-inch strip of Velcro loop fastener into two 2½-inch pieces and two 4-inch pieces. When attaching strips, stitch around the perimeter of each Velcro strip; refer to the pattern for placement: Cut out and sew the collar, coat body, and belly strap according to the template. Before stitching the two 4-inch Velcro loop strips to the coat body, sew them together along their long sides. Sew the remaining loop strips to the linen side of the collar and the remaining hook strips to the opposite tab of the collar on the fleece side.
  1. Cut a piece of ½-inch-wide bias tape to go around the outer curve of the collar. Pin in place, then stitch. To attach the collar to the coat: Pin the collar, linen side up, to the linen side of the coat. Stitch ¼ inch from edge. Remove pins.
  1. Cut a piece of 1/2-inch-wide bias tape to go around the edge of the body piece, plus 1 inch. Beginning at the tip of one of the neck flaps, pin in place. Fold under ½ inch, leaving ½ inch overlapping. Stitch in place. Remove pins.
  1. Cut a piece of ½-inch-wide bias tape to go around the edge of the belly strap, plus 1 inch. Pin in place. Fold under ½ inch, leaving ½ inch overlapping. Stitch in place. Remove pins. Attach the belly strap to the body piece, as shown on the pattern.
  1. Place the linen for the body piece wrong side up on a flat surface in a well-ventilated area. Spray it with temporary spray adhesive made for fabric. Immediately place the linen, sticky side down, on the fleece for the body piece. Working from the center out, smooth the fabric to remove any ripples or creases.
  1. Repeat step 5 with the linen and fleece for the belly strap and collar.
  1. With a ruler and a disappearing-ink fabric pen, mark diagonal parallel lines 3 inches apart on the body piece. To prevent the fabric from puckering, sew along the lines in the same direction. Draw lines perpendicular to the first and 3 inches apart, and again sew in one direction.
  1. Repeat step 7 with the belly strap and collar.

Stuffed Pig

Handmade pig

Give the kids their own special cuddly argyle pig to play with. These pigs don’t stink, and they make great stocking stuffers and bedtime buddies for young tots.

Materials

  • Pig templates – Template 1: Template 2
  • Pencil
  • Felted wool (multiple colors if desired)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Cotton or polyester filling

Steps

  1. Using the template as a guide, cut the underbelly piece from felted wool.
  2. To make the legs, fold back each one at the solid line and stitch along the dotted line.
  3. Cut out one side piece, flip the template, and cut another side piece that mirrors the first. With right sides facing and leaving a ⅛-inch seam allowance, stitch one side to the underbelly along the lower portion, from snout to tail, curving the underbelly piece to fit.
  4. Stitch the other side piece to the other side of the underbelly, sandwiching the underbelly between the two side pieces.
  5. Cut out the tail; fold it lengthwise and, with right sides facing, stitch along the open side and across one end. Turn right side out. Place a pipe cleaner inside the tail; stitch the open end closed.
  6. Pin the tail, tip forward, inside the body, between the two side pieces. Sew along the top line, leaving one gap at the tip of the snout and one at the back. Cut out the nose and hand-stitch it to the snout, right side in.
  7. Turn pig right side out. Tear cotton or polyester fill into small pieces to prevent lumps from forming, and stuff the pig. Close the back with slip stitches.
  8. Cut out four ear pieces. Sew together two ear pieces, right sides facing, leaving a hole at the base; turn one ear right side out and stitch the hole closed. Repeat for the other ear.
  9. At the base, fold each ear in half lengthwise and tack it to the head to secure. Hand-stitch ears to head.
  10. Twist the tail around a pencil to make a curl. Steam-iron the finished pig to refine its shape and loosen the stuffing.

 

For the love of Embroidery!

Jones Sew & Vac Team

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