Easy DIY Pennant Flag String

Here is a fun free video tutorial for how to make an easy Pennant Flag String for reusable eco-friendly birthday party or holiday decor. I made a YouTube video to show you how to make it and you can have this project finished in under an hour.

An easy DIY Pennant Flag String tutorial by Daydreams of Quilts.

For this project you will need one yard of fabric for the flags (or four 8 1/2″ strips) and a half yard of fabric for the string. I used a Creative Grids equilateral triangle ruler. You can find one like it at Troll Brothers Quilt Designs here.

Watch my 10 minute tutorial video on YouTube.

Happy sewing!

A Rainbow Bunting Flag String in the prairie winds and my dog. πŸ™‚

Canada Day Bench Pillow

I made this Canada Day Bench Pillow to celebrate Canada Day this year because Canada Day events are cancelled and it’s safer to stay home to celebrate.

O Canada Bench Pillow made by Daydreams of Quilts using a Kimberbell pattern.

I made the pillow using a Kimberbell pattern. This pattern came out a few years ago but Studio 39 Fabrics has some available here.

The pattern uses a variety of techniques so I created a sew along video series on my YouTube channel.

Free Video Series on YouTube

There are several techniques used to create this pillow so I created a sew along video series of five videos. I have gathered them all together for you in this playlist.

3D pinwheels are a fun playful element. I added snaps to mine so they can be removed for washing.

I varied from the pattern for the back of my pillow by creating a zipper back closure.

Zipper back closure for the pillow back. I show how to do this in video five.

I hope you get a chance to make this pillow if you celebrate Canada Day! Stay home and stay safe this year! πŸ™‚

O Canada bench pillow made by Daydreams of Quilts. Pattern by Kimberbell.

How to Make a Patchwork Drawstring Bag Free Tutorial

Hello sewing friends! I am back today with another free patchwork bag tutorial. This is the same bag from yesterday’s post but with a different closure!

Patchwork drawstring bag by Daydreams of Quilts using Heather Ross fussy cuts.

You can download my free zipper pouch tutorial here for all the cutting measurements and then follow along in my YouTube tutorial video to change the zipper closure to a drawstring closure! Make a matching pair if you like. πŸ™‚

Happy sewing!

How to Make a Patchwork Zipper Pouch Free Tutorial

Today I have a free tutorial, video and PDF download for all you wonderful sewing people! πŸ™‚

I have been meaning to sew a patchwork zipper pouch with fussy cuts from Heather Ross fabrics for a long time so today was the day!

Patchwork Zipper Pouch made by Daydreams of Quilts with Heather Ross fabrics.

Download the free tutorial PDF pattern here and then head to the Daydreams of Quilts YouTube channel for a video tutorial.

Happy sewing!

Make an Easy Quilt – The Cogs and Wheels Free Quilt Tutorial by Daydreams of Quilts

Hello! Welcome to Daydreams of Quilts! Today I would like to share with you a free tutorial to make the quilt I am calling “The Cogs and Wheels” quilt. Find out how to get a free PDF download of this tutorial at the bottom of this post. Okay, let’s get started!
Cogs and Wheels Quilt by Daydreams of Quilts

Pattern Notes: This quilt tutorial makes a 68 x 68 inch quilt. All seams are ¼”. Press as directed.

Supplies:
4 charm packs or 104 x 4 ½” squares + 48 light 4 ½” squares
2 yards of background fabric (coral red in the sample quilt)
1 yard of border fabric
1/2 yard of binding fabric
4 yards of backing fabric
2 yards of 96” wide batting
Cutting:
Trim all charms to 4 ½”.  Separate 48 light charms from the charm packs (trim to 4 ½”) and draw a diagonal line across the back.
Cut 12 – 12 ½” squares from coral background fabric.
Cut 13 – 4 ½” squares from coral background fabric.
Cut 8 – 4 ½” by width of fabric strips from border fabric.
Cut 7 – 2 ½” by width of fabric strips from binding fabric.
Sewing the Blocks:
Sew four light 4 ½” squares to the four corners of a 12 ½” background square. Sew on the drawn line, trim a ¼” from the line and press towards the corner.
Tip: Save the off cuts to make a matching half-square-triangle pillow cover later on!
Make 12
Sew 13 nine patch blocks. Choose 8 – 4 ½” squares and one background square. Layout the nine patch with the background square in the centre. Sew the squares into three rows of three. Press seams in opposite directions. Sew the three rows together and press seams from top to bottom.
Make 13

Lay out the quilt top following the quilt layout diagram. Make 5 rows of 5 blocks. Press seams in opposite directions the same as we did in the nine patch blocks. Sew the 5 rows together and press from top to bottom. Sew the border strips into four sets of two pieced end to end. Attach the borders to the side of the quilt. Trim excess fabric from the ends and then attach borders to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press towards the borders.


Quilt Layout Diagram

When the quilt top is finished make your backing by cutting the 4 yards in half to have two 2 yard pieces. Trim selvages off and piece the two pieces together with a long vertical seam. Press well.
Make a quilt sandwich by layering the quilt top on top face up, batting in the middle and backing on the bottom face down. Pin or spray baste the quilt. Quilt as desired. Trim the edges.
Sew the 7 binding strips end-to-end with biased seams. Trim ¼” from the seam and press. Fold the long binding strip in half lengthwise and press. Attach the binding to the front of the quilt with ¼” seam, fold to the back and hand sew to finish.

For a free downloadable and printable copy of this tutorial with more detailed diagrams please subscribe to the Daydreams of Quilts newsletter!

Watch for the download link in the final welcome/confirmation email after you confirm your subscription. If you miss it I will have a link to the download at the bottom of every newsletter along with all the other subscriber freebies! πŸ™‚

I free mtion quilted this quilt with circles on strings to mimic the pattern in the background fabric. I also quilted the feathers in the border.

Canada Day Flag Bunting Tutorial

Hello! I made a rustic flag bunting string for Canada Day this past week and I thought others would like to make one too so here’s a quick tutorial.

Download the free Maple Leaf Template here. You may also be interested in this Canadian Flag Pillow Tutorial which uses the same template.

Here’s what you do:

  • cut five rectangles of burlap 6″ x 8″
  • fold in half on the long side so it’s 3″ x 8″
  • make a mark two inches from the bottom on the fold
  • lay your cutting ruler diagonally from the opposite bottom corner (with two raw edge corners) to the mark on the fold
  • cut with your rotary cutter
  • sew around the edges of the five flags twice to keep the burlap from unraveling
  • applique maple leaves to the bunting using fusible web following the instructions on the fusible, make sure the leaf stem is centered over the peak of the cut you made when the burlap was folded
  • straight stitch around the edges of the leaves about 1/8″ from the edge to secure them
  • take a three yard piece of twill tape, find the center and sew it to the top of a flag
  • evenly space out the other four flags on either side and sew to the twill tape (sew two lines of stitches to be on the safe side)
  • hang your bunting and enjoy! Happy Canada Day!
I have created a YouTube video tutorial to go along with this written tutorial:

Link to video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9_YCTXsDRnY

Close ups of some of the flags on my bunting.

Use all different red prints to make it interesting and fun to look at. πŸ™‚

Update:

Here is a star template for those who enjoy a primitive country look or for my American friends. Right click and select “save image as” to save to your computer.

JPEG file:

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Canadian Flag Pillow or Table Runner Tutorial

Yesterday at about 5:00 in the afternoon I suddenly got it into my head that I wanted to make a pillow for Canada Day. I quickly designed a project using the Canadian flag block in my EQ7 software. I got started tracing the leaves on fusible web and then had to stop to make supper. After supper I made the flag blocks and then my kids wanted me to watch an hour long show with them. I finished my pillow at about 10:50 p.m. All that to say that you can easily do this project in an evening and it will probably take less than four hours to make. πŸ™‚

I started out thinking that my pillow would be 16 x 28 inches but in the end it is quite a large pillow at 18 x 30 inches.

Originally I was not planning to have sashing:

But as you can see… that results in a big block of red in the middle.
So I decided that sashing was a must. If you are doing yours in rainbow colours or using alternating lighter and darker reds than you could skip the sashing and it would look great. Or, if you do not want such a giant pillow you could turn this into a table runner. Maybe have all the flags with the leaf stems facing the border so people on either side of the table would see the flag the right way up.

Okay, so here’s what you need:

1 fat quarter of white or white on white print for white in flags
4 fat eighths of different red prints for flags
1/2 yard for sashing and border
1/2 yard for backing
about a fat quarter size piece of fusible web such as Heat’n Bond Lite Iron-on AdhesiveΒ or Steam-A-Seam
if making table runner:
1/4 yard by width of fabric for binding
1/2 yard of batting
if making pillow:
36 x 62 inch piece of muslin for pillow form (I get something like 3 yards extra wide for under $15 at Walmart)
64 oz. bag of polyfil stuffing (again I buy at Walmart for less than $20)
The maple leaf applique template. Print at 100% (no scaling, do not fit to page). The maple leaf should be about 5 inches square.
Download Maple Leave template here: Canadian Flag Block Applique

Here’s what you do:

Cutting:
from each fat eighth of red fabric cut two 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch rectangles and one 6 1/2 inch square
from the white fat quarter cut four 6 1/2 inch squares and press into quarters with your iron to make registration marks
from sashing/border fabric cut six 2/12 inch strips
Applique:
Trace the maple leaf with a pencil on your the paper side of your fusible web. If using Steam a Seam trace on the side that does not peel off easily.
Cut out around the maple leaf shape with paper scissors and fuse to the back of your maple leaf squares following the package directions for the fusible.
Cut out with paper scissors on the drawn pencil line. Peel off the paper backing and fuse to the front of the white squares using the registration marks you made with your iron to get the leaf centred.
Piecing:
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Sew the coordinating red rectangles to either side of the matching white squares with leaves fused to them. Press seams towards the red fabric. Make four flags.
From one sashing strip cut two 6 1/2 inch lengths to sew between two sets of two flags. Press as desired. I think I pressed towards my sashing but it would probably be better to press towards the red if using lighter sashing.
Sew the two sets of two flags together into a grid of four using another strip of sashing between the two sets. Press towards the red fabrics. Trim excess sashing off ends.
Sew two sashing strips on the side of the grid and two on the top to create the finished quilt top.
Quilting:

If making the pillow lay the quilt top on your batting and quilt. If you wish you can back it with muslin before your start quilting. I just left mine with batting only. My pillow top was quilted with wavy lines about an inch apart and then I free motion quilted around the edges of the maple leaves. If you prefer you could zig zag or blanket stitch your edges. The fusible will keep them from fraying too much and we probably won’t be washing these pillows that often. If you do not like free motion quilting you can also straight stitch leaving your needle in at each corner and pivoting the work to change direction until you get all the way around the edges.

Make the table runner as above but of course layer your backing face down, then batting and then quilt top face up before you quilt.

Trim your top and bind if making a table runner or continue to next step if making the pillow.

Envelope Pillow Back:

To make the pillow back take your half yard of backing and cut it along the factory fold line to make two halves. Hem these edges by folding 1/4 inch and pressing and then folding another 1/4 inch and press again. Then sew down the edges to secure the hems.

With fabrics face up overlap these hemmed edges by as much as you would like. (Mine overlap about eight inches which is probably a bit too much as it was difficult to get my pillow form in.) Then lay the quilted pillow top on top face down and pin. Sew around the edges with 1/4″ to 1/2″ seam. Go around twice to be on the safe side. Trim off excess backing, clip corners and turn right side out.
For more on envelope backs and photos see this tutorialΒ or this tutorial.
Make the pillow form by folding your muslin in half and stitching around the three raw edges with a one inch seam leaving a five inch opening on the long side for turning and stuffing. Clip corners, turn out and press. Then stuff with stuffing to your desired firmness making sure to really get the stuffing into the corners. Hold the opening closed with Wonder Clips and sew it shut with your sewing machine. (It’s tricky, I know… go slow and watch your fingers.) Or if it’s really stuffed and you can’t get it under your needle sew the opening closed with a whip stitch or a ladder stitch.
Then put your pillow form into your pillow and enjoy! Happy Canada Day on July 1st! πŸ™‚
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Free Tea Cozy Pattern and Tutorial

Make a tea cozy in time for Mother’s Day! Or even in time for tea. It’s that easy.

Mother’s Day is coming up and that got me thinking of what to make for my Mom. My Mom loves tea and collects both tea and tea pots. Naturally that leads to a collection of tea cozies as well. So I set to work this week designing a simple tea cozy and I made four of them in one day! Now I have a free tea cozy pattern and tutorial for you.

Find a video tutorial of this tea cozy pattern on the Daydreams of Quilts YouTube channel here.

Easy tea cozies by Daydreams of Quilts.

What you need:

  • half a yard of outer fabric
  • half a yard of lining fabric
  • polyester quilt batting (two pieces about 11″ x 14″ each)
  • two 2 1/2″ strips of binding (of about 55″ of binding)
  • applique motifs of your choosing (such as the hexagons above)
  • tea cozy pattern

A Quick Overview of English Paper Piecing:

The applique on these tea cozies is English Paper Pieced (EPP) but you can applique whatever you would like onto yours. There are many EPP tutorials on the internet so I will briefly go over it here. You can find more detail on this technique in this blog post.

 

Get your 1″ Hexagon Papers. Pin to your fabric and cut out with a quarter inch seam allowance around all edges of the paper. Fold the fabric to the back and baste making sure to catch the overlap at the corners in the stitches. Here is one from the back.
And here it is from the front. The large stitches are easy to cut at the end when you’re ready to take your papers out.
When your hexagons are all basted you can begin whip stitching them together to make your desired shape. Use one strand of thread and catch only tiny bits of fabric with your needle so the stitches don’t show up on the front too much.
Here are the whip stitches from the side view.
Here are the two pieces from the front.If you use only one strand of thread and just catch little tiny bits of your fabric the stitches don’t show. Once all your shapes are made (for example flowers) press them with your iron, cut the basting threads and remove the papers. Pin to the front of your tea cozy and top stitch with your sewing machine to applique to the project.

Making the tea cozy:

To make the tea cozy download the free pattern. Print out at 100% (no scaling, do not fit to page). The tea cozies will be about 10 inches tall by 13 inches wide. The pattern should measure about 7 1/2 inches wide by 10 1/2 inches tall when printed.
Click this link to download the pattern:
Draw a line with a ruler down the left side of the pattern to make a cutting line to follow. Join up between the top and bottom cutting lines.
Cut out your pattern with paper scissors on the outer cutting line. Then, cutting on the fold, cut two outer fabric pieces, two batting pieces and two lining pieces. I just cut quickly with a rotary cutter and didn’t worry about pinning and being too precise. It is a forgiving pattern. πŸ™‚
Layer the lining piece face down, the batting and the outer piece face up and pin along the bottom edge. Do this for both front and back of the tea cozy. Stitch along the bottom edge with a 1/8th inch seam to hold these edges together. We modern quilters usually dislike poly batting but for tea cozies it makes them more… tea cozyish. So go ahead and use the poly batting for this project. (Or batting of your choice if you cannot stand to use this stuff.)Β If you wish to quilt your tea cozy do so now. (I chose not to quilt mine.)
Place the front and back tea cozy pieces together with lining sides face and pin around the outer curved edge. Here I am using Sewline Tulip Straight Pins. They are sharp, they pierce many layers smoothly and their silicone heads don’t melt if accidentally ironed.Β After pinning around the outer edge stitch around the edge with a 1/8th inch seam to baste all the six layers together.
Take a strip of binding, which has been pressed in half wrong sides together, and lay it on the front of the tea cozy matching up the raw edges and sew with a 1/4 inch seam as you do when binding a quilt. Trim off any excess binding. Fold the binding to the back side of the tea cozy and slip stitch in place covering your basting seam and encasing all the raw edges. This creates the look of piping on your tea cozy.
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Sew another binding strip around the entire bottom of the tea cozy by laying it on the outer fabric and lining up the raw edges. Sew with a quarter inch seam and slow down when sewing through the side seams which now have many layers with the binding you sewed in the last step. (I got too hasty and broke my needle on my machine at one point so slow down for those side seams.) I used the folding method (folding beginning tail 45 degrees and overlapping my end tail by an inch) to join my binding ends but use the joining method you prefer when you get back to where you started. Fold the binding to the inside of the tea cozy and clip with Clover Wonder ClipΒ if desired. Hand stitch with a slip stitch as you use when binding a quilt to sew the binding down to the lining fabric. And you’re done!
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Thank you for visiting today. I hope you enjoy sewing your tea cozies! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to write them below. πŸ™‚

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Halloween Houses Quilt Along Week 3 Improv Houses

Hello Halloween Houses Quilter-Alongers. It’s week 3 in the Halloween Houses Quilt Along and I must confess to you that I have not made progress on my Halloween Houses quilt this week because I have been working on other projects. I have also put in many hours volunteering for my kids’ school the past two weeks and this has really taken a lot of my energy. I will have progress to show you next Friday for sure. πŸ™‚

In the meantime, here is my third and final tutorial video in the series of YouTube videos I made for this quilt along. This one is all about the Improv House blocks.

Download the free pattern here Halloween Houses Free Pattern.

Here’s to a productive weekend of sewing! Cheers! (raising my coffee mug to you!)