Moda DIY Design Party

Moda DIY design party Appliques

You may remember the Onesie Party I threw for my best friend, Jessica, a few years ago.

Group Onesies

Well now her sweet baby girl, Liv, is 2 years old and expecting a little brother in April!

DOCK LOOKING

You know I just HAD to make her something special to wear at the hospital. 🙂

So I ran to Target and got this adorable white denim jacket and began my BIG SIS project.

LIV BACK OF JACKET

I followed the same instructions from the Onesie Party just using a jacket and a Moda Layer Cake instead of onesies and Moda Charm Packs.

Moda Fabric used on jacket: Avant Garden (coming in July!!)

It was so fun to make and I love how it turned out. And Liv loved it too!

She is so excited about her new brother if you can’t tell…  

MIY big sis jacket

I couldn’t leave little Landry out so I made him a few onesies.

MIY lil bro onesie

I can’t even begin to tell you how EASY and addictive these are to make. (Don’t worry, I will tell you my secrets. And even give you some free printables! )

I discovered this Iron-On Transfer Artist Paper that made this project so fast.

LITTLE DUDE

For more precious photos visit my BeauTiedAffair blog.

Ok, are you ready to learn how and make your own?! 🙂

I have designed 2 easy to follow PDF’s with designs included for you to make EITHER

1. AppliqueDesigns (such as the BIG SIS jacket) -this set includes holiday and birthday designs too!

OR

2. Iron-On Designs (such as the LIL BRO & little DUDE onesies).

Head over to our DIY Onesie Party post for instructions on the jacket and to download the PDF!

 

Moda DIY design partyTransfers

And now for your Transfer HOW-TO…

Start by gathering your supplies. 

Transfer Supplies

YOU WILL NEED:

1. OUTFITS & ACCESSORIES – get an assortment of onesies, shirts, bloomers, bibs, swaddle cloths and any other accessories you can think of to decorate.
Make sure to get a variety of colors/patterns/sizes. This makes it more FUN! 🙂

2. DESIGNS – These are included in my set for you. The designs are mirror image but will come out correctly when ironed down.

3. IRON ON TRANSFER PAPER – I use C&T’s Lesley Riley’s TAP Transfer Artist Paper– Iron-On Image Transfer Sheets.
***Make sure your paper is an iron on transfer paper.***

4. INK JET PRINTER – You MUST use an INK JET printer.
Laser printers will heat the paper too much and destroy it.

5. SCISSORS – I love my Karen Kay Buckley scissors.

6. IRON & IRONING BOARD

MIY onesies

STEP 1
PRINT DESIGNS – Load your INK JET printer with the transfer paper. You want your designs on the WHITE side of the paper so make sure to load your printer accordingly.
My Transfer Artist Paper has a white side and a slightly creamy purple side. Follow the printing instructions on your transfer paper package to ensure you print on the correct side. The designs will appear backwards but that is how they should look. You can print any design of your own as well but make sure it is the mirror image.
TIPS:
1. If you are unsure which way to load your paper try a TEST page with regular printer paper.
– Label the bottom facing side FACE DOWN and the top facing page FACE UP. Print the designs and see which side they printed on. Then you will know which way to load your transfer paper.
2. Choose “Fit to Page” when printing so the designs do not get cut off around the edges.
STEP 2
Cut around designs Cut closely around your designs.

Little Dude 1

STEP 3

POSITION Using a sturdy, smooth surface, position your design on your onesie, shirt or accessory
exactly where you want it.

Little Dude 2
IRON With your pre-heated iron on the hottest setting (with NO steam), iron your design down.
Iron for approximately 10-30 seconds.

Little Dude 3

Test it by peeling the paper back to see if the design has transferred.

If not, gently put the paper back down and keep pressing until the design has completely transferred.

Little Dude 4

Some areas and colors may take longer. It is normal for some ink residue to remain on the paper.
PEEL Make sure to peel the paper off while it is still heated.

*Note that some fabrics will not take the ink as well as others. Notice on the bib below that some parts didn’t take but I actually really like the way it looks because it looks a little vintage and roughed up. 😉 My onesies and other cottons worked just fine though.

Little Dude 5
IRON Once the paper is removed iron the design again, making sure to apply sufficient heat and uniform pressure. This will fully bond the design, which impacts colorfastness. It may feel a littl stiff but it will soften when washed.

STEP 4
SHOW OFF Show off your finished design!
CARE
To protect your design, wash inside-out in cold water, on a delicate cycle, and hang to dry.

Here is the PDF to download and use for your DIY Design Party!

PDF Moda transfers

 

Have we inspired you to make anything?! The possibilities are endless! What will you make? 🙂

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Draft Patterns and Templates with ease using the fast2mark Quilter’s Rulers

National Sewing Month 2013Hello – my name is Allison Rosen and I am delighted to be here on behalf of C&T Publishing, the home of Stash Books and FunStitch Studio!

In November, we are debuting a ruler duo named  fast2mark 6″ & 18″ Quilter’s Rulers that have a beveled edge to accurately measure, mark & draft for perfect patterns & pieces every time.

Created by Mary Knapp, the author of Star Quilts, these rulers have been designed for accuracy every time.

Star Quilts by Mary Knapp for C&T Publishing 
I have been bitten by the paper piecing bug big time and love using the freezer paper paper piecing method (let’s call it FPPP for short, OK?) combined with these rulers to achieve great results!

 The inspiration for this project came from the block above (hint: this block is from the book Modern Blocks!)

 With the fast2mark 6″ & 18″ Quilter’s Rulers in hand, I started drawing lines on the paper side of the freezer paper.

 The width of the ruler seemed like the perfect way to easily measure and draw out the block.

 For the FPPP method, you need to pre-score all the lines you draw.

 Make sure you pre-score the line all the way across the paper. Above, these is a drawn line, so that’s a definite place to pre-score.

 In this photo, you can see that I extended the scoring line right across the page.

 see?

 And then you look at it again, and sometimes you just have to make a design decision (and yes, in this case, a time-sensitive decision!) and cross out some of the lines to make it simpler for this method. (note: I have done really complicated patterns with FPPP and it holds it own quite well!)

 see ya’ later alligator.

 Fabric! I chose a Jelly Roll from Eric and Julie Comstock (aka Cosmo Cricket) called ‘Baby Jane’

 I divided them up by color.

 Red in the center just felt right! The freezer paper is shiny side up and the fabric is laid on top with right side up.

 Use a pres cloth to secure the fabric to the shiny side.

 Press.

 Fold back on the line between #1 and #2

 The freezer paper that was ironed down releases quite easily so you fold it away.

 Flip the whole thing over, and lay down the fabric for position #2 with right sides facing.

 At the sewing machine – use a teflon presser foot so that it doesn’t get stuck on the shiny side of the freezer paper. (trust me). And then you sew just NEXT to the paper, going only through the fabric.

 Flip open, press.

 Trim down the seam allowance to 1/4″ for the next seam in position #3.

 I love how flat it lays down!

 Now fold the freezer paper away again, take it back to your sewing machine, and once again, sew just NEXT to the paper.

 Time to add #4.

 Peel back the freezer paper. Trim the seam allowance.

 Add the next piece of fabric – again right sides together.

 Sew – flip open, and press.

 And just keep repeating these steps until you have sewn all the way around.

 An in progress shot.

 Everything is sewn, and now you trim!

 I like to use the add a quarter ruler.

 The trimmed block.

 And from the back.

 And now for the absolute best part of freezer paper paper piecing!! You just life off the whole piece – and you can use it again! No tugging out little papers!

 So about the fast2mark 6″ & 18″ Quilter’s Rulers — a couple of things to note. The measurements start in from the end – see above, where I’m pointing to? I thought that the edge was a 1/4 inch mark at first, but it is actually better than that! It is moved in a little so that you always know where to start and where to stop the pencil, pen, etc.

 No more sliding off the end of the ruler with a curve. arg.

 A beveled edge to keep your pencil close.

 But a perfectly sharp edge as well.

And see? I told you that the freezer paper could be used more than once! I did 3 blocks with just one sheet and it’s ready for more!
Whew! That was fun!
A huge thank you to Moda for allowing us to post this information about our upcoming fast2mark 6″ & 18″ Quilter’s Rulers! Look for it in November.
We will be giving away one of our fast2mark 6″ & 18″ Quilter’s Rulers to one lucky winner! Since this is a pre-release item – you will receive your prize directly from C&T Publishing as soon as it is available!
To enter please leave a comment telling us your favorite measuring device!
You will have until September 30th at midnight to comment. All winners will be randomly selected and announced on Moda…The Cutting Table Blog on October 2nd.
Make sure to visit the blog every day for the opportunity to win each giveaway!”

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