TUTORIAL: Button Up Neck Warmer

TUTORIAL: Button Up Neck Warmer

FREE SEWING TUTORIAL: Button Up Neck Wrap

FREE SEWING TUTORIAL: Button Up Neck Warmer

Looking for a quick and easy scarf pattern? A great way to stay warm in the winter and they make great gifts!

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Button Up Neck Wrap supplies

MATERIALS LIST:

TIP: If you want a loser fit or for a wider neck use 10″ x 32-34″

While there are many ways to place buttons and buttonholes I’m going to show you a three-button method. Once you get the idea you can get creative with different sizes and numbers of buttons and buttonhole placement.

FREE SEWING TUTORIAL: Button Up Neck Wrap

With right sides together, clip or pin the front fabric and the fleece backing together.

STITCH around with a 5/8″ seam allowance, leaving a space open for turning right side out.

TIP: I use a different colored clip where I want to stop stitching to leave the open space for turning so I don’t get over-zealous and stitch all the way around!

FREE SEWING TUTORIAL: Button Up Neck Wrap

TURN right side out and press.

TOPSTITCH 1/4″ from the edge.

TIP: I used bobbin thread to match the fleece and top thread to match my top fabric so the stitching would blend with the fabrics.

Add Buttonholes & Buttons

Once you sew the fabric and fleece together and topstitch, it’s time to add the buttons and buttonholes!

MARK  where the buttons and buttonholes go clips or pins as shown below.

 

Button Up Neck  Wrap - button and hole placement

SEW the buttonholes first using the clips as a guide and following your machine instructions.

If you have a Janome machine with an automatic buttonhole foot, CLICK HERE to see my video tutorial about how easy it is to use!

 

adding buttons to the Neck Wrap

FOLD the button holes down to where you put the clips or pins to mark your button placement.

LINE UP the edges of the scarf (shorter buttonhole edge to longer neck wrap edge where the buttons go.)

PLACE a straight pin through the center of the buttonhole to mark where the center of your button should go.

REPEAT for all buttonholes.

adding buttons to the Neck Wrap

Carefully fold back the buttonhole part of the fabric, keeping the point of the pin in the bottom fabric.

Tip the pin and insert into fabric – keeping the point in the center spot you marked.

adding buttons to the Neck Wrap

REPEAT for each button placement pin.

adding buttons to the Neck Wrap

SEW BUTTON(s) in place by machine or hand.

Putting on your Neck Wrap

To put your wrap on, lay the side with the buttons over your left shoulder. Bring the buttonhole enda around your neck and over the right shoulder. Line up the edges of the wrap and button.

Fold down around the neck to let some of the fleece show.

Voila! You are done!

 

putting on your Neck Wrap
putting on your Neck Wrap
FREE SEWING TUTORIAL: Button Up Neck Wrap

Once you create one of these Neck Wraps you will realize how simple it is to create your own variations. Play with button size, number and placement.

FREE SEWING TUTORIAL: Button Up Neck Wrap
FREE SEWING TUTORIAL: Button Up Neck Wrap

SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:

  • 3 seconds: Supplies
  • 1:03 – Prepare to sew
  • 3:26 – Buttonhole Placement
  • 5:46 – Button Placement​

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If you have a Janome Sewing machine I have a video showing how to use the Janome automatic buttonhole foot (it’s pretty amazing!)

If you make any, I’d love to see!

– Tara Reed

Tag me on Instagram: @artisttarareed

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 If you make any, I’d love to see!

– Tara Reed

Tag me on Instagram: @artisttarareed

P.P.S. Want to see more FREE PROJECTS using my Send Me to the Woods fabric collection? CLICK HERE >

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QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL: Economy Block

QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL: Economy Block

FREE QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL: Economy Block

The Economy Block is another classic quilting block that is simple to create and versatile to use.

It’s also a great block to use with the Main Print in my Send Me to the Woods fabric line!  I fussy cut one of the large animals for each block and just love how they look in the middle! 

Click here to see the table runner created from 3 Economy blocks >

This tutorial creates a 12″ finished block. 

How to Make an Economy Block

Example shown creates a 12″ finished block.

Use 1/4″ scant Seam allowance throughout.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:

Economy Block - basic cuts

FABRIC 1: Send me To the Woods Main Tan

  • (1) 6 1/2″ square – for center of the block
  • fussy cut to showcase the animal of your choice

FABRIC 2: Send Me To The Woods Buffalo Plaid Light Brown

  • (1) 7 1/2″ square – for center block triangles
  • Cut across two diagonals to create 4 triangles 

FABRIC 3: Send me To the Woods Forest Green

  • (2) 7″ squares – for outer block triangles
  • Cut each at a diagonal to create 4 triangles from the 2 blocks. (see image below if using directional fabric)
Economy Block - inner triangle cuts with directional fabric

STEP 1: Lay out your pieces before sewing

 

This step is vital if you are using directional fabric. You want to make sure that you sew the directional triangles in the right direction so you don’t have to pull it apart and start again! Working from the pieces laid out how they will be sewn together greatly decreases that risk. (Guess how I know this… 😉)

STEP 2: Add the Inner Triangles

 

The quickest and easiest way to line up the triangles in the Economy block accurately is by folding.

Fold the center block in half and fold the triangles on the top and bottom in half as well.

Using the fold lines as guides, match the fold on the triangle with the fold on the center square, as well as lining up the straight edge you will sew. (see image)

Repeat with the opposite triangle. Clip or pin and sew with a scant 1/4″ seam.

Press the seams (open or towards the darker fabric – whichever you prefer.)

Repeat for the second set of triangles.

Trim points to square.

STEP 3: Add the Outer Triangles to Complete the Economy Block

 

Layout the sewn center block inside the outer blocks you will add next. Again, this step is vital if you are using directional fabric like I am with the forest trees. I want them all going in the same direction!

Using the same technique of folding and sewing opposite corners as outlined in step 2, add the outer triangles to complete your block.

Just like that your Economy Block is complete!

I created three blocks and put them together as a table runner – CLICK HERE to see full directions

Pretty quick and easy – have a creative day!

– Tara Reed

P.S. If you make this block I’d love to see it!

Tag me on Instagram: @artisttarareed
Share it on Pinterest: pinterest.com/artisttarareed

P.P.S. Want to see more Quilt Block Tutorials? CLICK HERE >

P.P.S.S. Want to see more free projects using my Send Me to the Woods Fabric? CLICK HERE >

Materials Used in this Project:

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Look for the Send Me to the Woods fabric in your local fabric store or online.  CLICK HERE to find a location near you > 

FREE TUTORIAL: Lodge Themed Table Runner

FREE TUTORIAL: Lodge Themed Table Runner

FREE TUTORIAL: Send Me to the Woods Table Runner

  • Looking for a quick and easy to bring the wilderness indoors?
  • Need a gift that will make the recipient go “WOW!!!”?
  • Love a lodge decor theme and want to make something new?

Send Me To the Woods Table Runner to the rescue!

Created with three Economy Blocks the finished table runner measures approx. 36″ x 12″

Below are the basic instructions and fabric requirements to put it together once you have created your Economy Blocks.

Click here to see detailed directions for creating Economy Blocks >

Tips for Designing Your Table Runner

As an artist and fabric designer I get a lot of questions about choosing fabrics and hear that that is often the hardest part for many sewists and quilters. So I thought I’d try to give you some tips for designing your table runner while still giving you lots of flexibility to create the colors and look you want!

The three Economy Blocks you create will determine the look of your table runner. The color combinations you choose for the fabrics as well as the animals and how you arrange them all make a difference.

With 21 prints to choose from in my Send Me to the Woods fabric collection from Riley Blake Designs there are a lot of options to choose from!

I recommend choosing three fabrics for your table runner. You want at least one of them to have a lot of contrast from the other two – lighter or darker. You can see how I played with the tone of the fabrics in my table runner.

By creating two blocks in one way and another the opposite, you create a balanced and interesting layout.

In my example, I used the dark forest fabric as the outside triangle fabric and the buffalo plaid for the inner triangle fabric for the end squares and reversed them in the center.

Below are three ideas to show how you can create a variety of looks from the Send Me to the Woods fabrics – I’ve shown the fabric bolts and then mocked up a sample table runner for each.

I hope this helps!

Sample layouts using the fabrics shown above:

Create Your 3 Economy Quilt Blocks

Decide on your fabrics and then create the 3 blocks you will use to make your table runner.

New to Economy Quilt Blocks? Click here and follow the directions in THIS QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL POST >

 

Assemble the Table Runner

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS TO FINISH THE TABLE RUNNER:

  • Backing Fabric:  39″ x 14″
  • Batting: 39″ x 14″
  • Binding Fabric: 3 WOF (width of fabric) strips, 2.5″ wide

(If you are new to quilting, you always want your batting and backing larger than the top of your project or quilt. Once you quilt / sew the layers together you then cut to size. That way you don’t end up with a backing that is too small by mistake!)

Sew the three Economy Blocks together.

Press seams.

Layer the backing fabric (face down), batting and 3 Block topper (face up) together and pin.

Quilt as desired.

After quilting, trim the batting and backing to the size of the Table Runner.

Bind and you are done!

 If you make this table runner I’d love to see it!

Tag me on Instagram: @artisttarareed
Share it on Pinterest: pinterest.com/artisttarareed

– Tara Reed

P.S. Want to see more Quilt Block Tutorials? CLICK HERE >

P.P.S. Want to see more free projects using my Send Me to the Woods Fabric? CLICK HERE >

Materials Used in this Project:

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Look for the Send Me to the Woods fabric in your local fabric store or online.  CLICK HERE to find a location near you > 

QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL: Friendship Star

QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL: Friendship Star

FREE QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL: Friendship Star

Want to learn to sew a quick and versatile quilt block? The Friendship Star quilt block  is a great place to start!

This tutorial creates a 15″ finished block. 

I decided on this size because I wanted to fussy cut one of the large animals from the Main Print in my Send Me to the Woods fabric line – just love how the moose looks in the middle!

How to Make a Friendship Star Quilt Block

Example shown creates a 15″ finished block – see the cutting chart for alternate size finished blocks.

Use 1/4″ scant Seam allowance throughout.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:

FABRIC 1: Send me To the Woods Forest Brown

  • (4) 5 1/2″ squares – for corners
  • (2) 5 7/8″ squares – for HST

FABRIC 2: Send me To the Woods Main Gray

  • fussy cut one 5 1/2″ square for the center of your block 

FABRIC 3: Send me To the Woods Toss Gray

  • (2) 5 7/8″ squares – for HST
  • optional: use this fabric for the center square too instead of using FABRIC 2

If you want to create a different size Friendship Star quilt block, simply change the size blocks you cut and sew based on the chart below.

 

STEP 1: Create 4 half-square triangles (HST)

 

Place the FABRIC 1 and FABRIC 3 HST squares, right sides together. (You will make 2 sets)

Draw a line diagonally on one square.

Stitch 1/4″ to each side of the line.

Cut on the diagonal line you drew originally.

Press towards the darker color fabric.

STEP 2: Arrange the blocks that make your Friendship Star

 

Layout your Friendship Star block as shown. I like to put mine on a felt square or wool pressing square so everything stays in place and I can move it if need be. Pay attention to any directionality of your fabric.

STEP 3: Sew the Friendship Star Block together

 

Sew the 3 building blocks together for each row. Press seams open.

Sew the 3 rows together to make the Friendship Star block. Press seams open and square the block.

Your finished block should be 15.5″ square.

OPTIONAL: Create a Wall Hanging or Large Square for a Table

 

This block is a great size for a wall hanging or to put on a table.

I added a 3″ finished border and binding to the Friendship Star Quilt Block to create a 21 1/2″ square that can hang on a wall or go on a table.

ADDITIONAL FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:

FABRIC 1: Send me To the Woods Forest Brown

  • cut 3 pieces WOF (width of fabric) – 2 1/2″ wide for binding

FABRIC 3: Send me To the Woods Toss Gray

  • cut 2 pieces WOF – 3 1/2″ wide for border sashing

FABRIC 2: Send me To the Woods Main Gray

  • 23″ square for backing

QUILT BATTING – 23″ square

 

 

Sew the sashing on the top and  bottom of the Friendship Star block then press seams open.

Add sashing to the right and left sides and press seams open.

Layer the Friendship Star Quilt top on batting and the backing fabric. Quilt as desired.

Use the Send me To the Woods Forest Brown fabric to bind the quilt.

Pretty quick and easy – have a creative day!

– Tara Reed

P.S. If you make this block I’d love to see it!

Tag me on Instagram: @artisttarareed
Share it on Pinterest: pinterest.com/artisttarareed

P.P.S. Want to see more Quilt Block Tutorials? CLICK HERE >

P.P.S.S. Want to see more free projects using my Homestead Life Fabric? CLICK HERE >

Materials Used in this Project:

Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  It’s one of the ways I support my site.

Look for the Send Me to the Woods fabric in your local fabric store or online.  CLICK HERE to find a location near you >