How to Make No-Sew Fabric Pinwheels

How to Make No-Sew Fabric Pinwheels

The 4th of July is for Pinwheels!

Learn how easy it is to make fabric pinwheels without even sewing – a great craft for Independence day and to do with kids.

Fabric Pinwheels with Let Freedom Soar fabrics by Tara Reed

Whether you are having a 4th of July party or just want to add a patriotic punch to your indoor or outdoor decor, these fabric pinwheels using my Let Freedom Soar fabrics are quick, easy and CUTE! Here’s how to make them.

MATERIALS LIST:

 

  •  Two 8″ squares of fabric for each pinwheel
  • 7 3/4″ square of Heat ‘n Bond ULTRAhold Iron-On Adhesive (You can make 8 pinwheels from a 17″ x 1 yard package)
  • dowel rods 
  • glue gun
  • iron

STEP 1: PREP YOUR FABRIC

For each pinwheel, CUT two 8″ squares of coordinating fabric and CUT one 7 3/4″ square of Heat ‘n Bond ULTRAhold Iron-On Adhesive.

Following the manufacturer’s instructions, adhere the Heat ‘n Bond to the wrong side of one of the fabrics with your iron..

Slowly remove the paper – making sure the adhesive is fully bonded. It will be shiny on the fabric – if you don’t see the shine then it is probably still on the paper. Lay the paper back down and heat with your iron again.

Place the wrong side of your second fabric on top of the wrong side of your first fabric that now has adhesive on it and use your iron to adhere both pieces together.

Trim to square your fabric – making sure it is smaller than the 7 3/4″ square of Heat ‘n Bond or you will have a bit of fraying of the fabric that doesn’t have adhesive on it.

STEP 2: CUT & GLUE YOUR PINWHEEL

One on side of your fabric square, DRAW LINES diagonally in both directions.

CUT along the lines from each corner of the square to about 1/2″ from the center where the two lines intersect.

DECIDE which fabric you want to be on the points of the pinwheel and place the square with that fabric facing UP.

PLACE a small drop of hot glue in the center (on the point where the two lines you drew intersect). 

FOLD one corner point over and down onto the glue – you need to do this quickly as the glue doesn’t stay hot long. I used my Flamingo Toes stiletto to press the fabric onto the glue so as not to burn my finger. You can also use a chopstick, a closed pen, etc

REPEAT with the remaining 3 corners to form your pinwheel.

GLUE a button or other decoration in the center to hide the points of fabric and the glue.

TURN the pinwheel over and place a line of glue where the fabric isn’t cut and put the dowel rod on it. (I got a set of 12″ long dowel rods at a craft store but you can use whatever length you want for your project.)

Fabric Pinwheels in flower pot

STEP 3: ENJOY!

Simple as that! I hope you have fun with these and if you share them on social media, be sure to tag me so I can see what you did!

🇺🇸 Tara Reed

A few things I learned along the way:

  • I don’t recommend using the Heat ‘n Bond for pinwheels over 7 1/2″ square as they will get a little floppy. I made a bigger one with Pellon Fuse-N-Shape, Heavy Weight 2-sided Fusible Interfacing. It was stiffer but I had to sew the pieces in place because the glue gun glue wouldn’t hold (and definitely use a thimble as it gets thick with all those layers!)
  • Smaller is good too! Sometimes a variety of sizes makes a more visually pleasing display so try smaller pinwheels too.
  • You don’t have to put them on sticks! Some people glue or sew them to ribbon to make garland. They would also be festive napkin rings! (I’ll let you know if I try that too.)

 

P.S. Click here to see more free projects and patterns using my Let Freedom Soar fabrics >

FREE TUTORIAL: Patriotic Microwave Bowl Cozy

FREE TUTORIAL: Patriotic Microwave Bowl Cozy

Microwave Bowl Cozy Tutorial

How to make Microwave Bowl Cozies has been one of my most popular tutorials to date – and for good reason!

Bowl cozies are THE BEST! Not only do they protect your hands and furniture but they double as built-in potholders when used with hot food. (And they are cute!)

Quick and easy to sew, bowl cozies make great gifts and are also a way to add seasonal fun to your home. They take up little space so why not make them for the holidays, season, special occasions and more?

Don’t forget these are great gifts for a hostess, teacher, co-worker or anyone!

Have a happy & creative day!

– Tara Reed

P.S. If you make this pattern I’d love to see it and hear how you used it!

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P.P.S. Want to see more FREE patterns and projects? CLICK HERE >

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Scraps are for Dogs! (leashes that is)

Scraps are for Dogs! (leashes that is)

Sewing Tutorial: Make your own dog leash from fabric scraps

Make your dog a Patriotic Leash with fabric scraps and 1″ webbing

Don’t leave all the fun to humans – dogs like to show their American pride for 4th of July or any day too! When my Let Freedom Soar fabric collection came out from Riley Blake Designs I just knew I needed to whip up some dog leashes for my favorite 4-legged friends.

With 1 1/2″ scraps of fabric and 1″ webbing & a hook, you can  these sew up in a jiffy!

Sewing Tutorial: Make your own dog leash from fabric scraps
Sewing Tutorial: Make your own dog leash from fabric scraps
Sewing Tutorial: Make your own dog leash from fabric scraps

If you make and post any on social media using these instructions I’d love to see – be sure to tag me!

🐶 Tara Reed

P.S. Want to make a Dog Collar too? CLICK HERE for the tutorial >

P.P.S. Want to see more projects using the patriotic Let Freedom Soar fabric? CLICK HERE >

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FREE TUTORIAL: How to Sew Key Fobs

FREE TUTORIAL: How to Sew Key Fobs

Sew Your Own Key Fobs

Key Fobs are quick and easy to make and a great way to use fabric scraps (as long as you keep some key fob hardware on hand!) They make great gifts for teachers, neighbors, friends and family.

Since you can sew them up in about 10 minutes they are a great way to make some extra money by selling them at craft fairs or online!

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How to sew your own key fobs
figure 1 (note: I used 1″ key fobs for this tutorial)

STEP 1: PREPARE THE FABRIC 

How to sew your own key fobs
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CUT fabric based on the chart above (fig. 1)

  • For Key Fobs with the same fabric on the inside and outside, you will cut one piece of fabric, 3 ½” x desired length. (fig. 2a)
  • For Key Fobs with different fabric on the inside and outside, you will cut two pieces of coordinating fabric – each 2” x desired length. (fig. 2b)
    • PLACE the two fabrics right sides together and sew down one long side with a ¼” seam. PRESS seam open.

CUT fusible fleece (I used Pellon 987F) based on the chart above (fig. 1)

PLACE the fabric on your ironing board, wrong side up.

CENTER the fusible fleece and iron-on following manufacturer’s instructions.

FOLD the fabric over along the edges of fusible fleece and iron in place. (fig. 3)

FOLD in half and iron. (fig. 4) PIN or CLIP together.

How to sew your own key fobs
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How to sew your own key fobs
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STEP 2: SEW

SEW around all four sides, 1/8” from the edges and then down the center for extra stability (fig. 5)

FOLD in half, matching the short, raw edges, and sew together, . from the edge.

TRIM any loose threads or uneven fabric at the end. (fig. 6)

How to sew your own key fobs

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How to sew your own key fobs

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STEP 3: ATTACH KEY FOB HARDWARE

While you can attach key fob hardware with needle nose pliers (which are more common to have around the house) I HIGHLY recommend you buy a set of clamps that includes the key fob pliers with it. They are the perfect size and come with the rubber tips so you won’t dent or knick the metal. If you do want to save a few dollars and use needle nose pliers be sure to put fabric over the metal before squeezing it shut.

These directions assume you are using the Key Fob Pliers sized to match your hardware.

PLACE the raw edge of the fabric evenly in the key fob clamp. Trim any loose threads that might stick out.

SQUEEZE the clamp securely to hold the fabric in place. (You can remove the key ring or leave it on for this step as long as you make sure it doesn’t get in the way of the pliers and clamp.)

After trying a few ways I found it easier to put the pliers on the clamp from the side and squeeze a little (fig. 7).

Next, put the pliers straight from the end to cover and close the entire clamp. (fig. 8) (If you leave the key ring on, make sure it is out of the way before squeezing.)

Check both sides of the clamp to make sure it is closed well so your fabric doesn’t come loose.

How to sew your own key fobs

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How to sew your own key fobs

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Love to learn from videos? Watch below!

If you make and share these on social media I’d love to see! Be sure to tag me! (My social media links are at the bottom of the post)

This tutorial features fabric from my Let Freedom Soar collection – manufactured and sold by Riley Blake Designs. Ask for it in your favorite quilt shop!

Click here to see more projects with the Let Freedom Soar fabrics >
How to Sew a Lip Balm Holder with Key Fob Hardware >

 

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Let Freedom Soar fabric by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs

Ask for Let Freedom Soar fabrics in your favorite quilt shop!

Hearts & Stars Quilt Pattern

Hearts & Stars Quilt Pattern

Looking for a patriotic quilt pattern that is both beautiful and easy to complete?

The 40″ x 40″ Hearts & Stars Quilt Pattern is a great quilt for beginners and it’s for sale in my Sewing with Tara Reed shop on Etsy.

Combining simple 9 patch blocks and a heart appliqué it can be finished in a day if you put your mind to it!

This pattern features the Let Freedom Soar fabric collection designed by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs – fabric codes are noted in fabric requirements if you wish to use these prints, although it isn’t necessary.

The 14 page PDF pattern includes 12 pages of detailed instructions with photos, diagrams and paper piecing templates to create the heart appliqué.

Below are some photos of the work in progress – it was fun to piece and quilt and will be a staple in my home.