Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Love Autumn Days!

Here is little something to whip up today!

 My house was taken over by leaf's!
So what is one to do?
Make them for everyone else!

Here is a little tutorial.

 Started with a placement from Walmart.

 Trace the leaf onto scrap batting, using a sharpie marker.

 I did not want to add a binding later.
So after it was traced on one side,
I held it up (towards the light), aligned the leaf to
 trace it on the reverse side.
(there is a reason for this--you will see later)

Gather fall scraps. Cut into strips.
Most of mine are 1-1/2 inches.
But you can have up to 2-1/2 if you want. 

 Lay 2 strips facing each other, somewhere
around the center. Sew 1/4 inch down one side. 
 I like mine to be slanted on the leaf.
Make sure the black marker is covered with fabric at both ends
 and also that it will be covered when you open
at the seam.

 Keep sewing your way out (flip and stitch technique)
 till you go off the leaf and then start back in the middle and work your way out to the other side.

Make sure whole leaf is cover with fabric. 

Turn leaf over and trim about 1/4 inch
from the black line. 

Should look like this.

 Up Close.

 Lay right sides together with backing fabric.
Sew around the leaf on black line,
leaving about a 2 inch opening to turn.
right sides out.

After turning, whip stitch opening closed.
I finish it off with a 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam around the 
whole edge. 

Here are some gifts that will be going to
friends and family!

But I can't stop there.
I wrap a sewn leaf or two around
 a bottle of
Turning Leaf Wine.
What a great Hostess Gift!

Till We Quilt Again,


soren2go said...

Super great gift idea and not too difficult. Coupling it with the Turning Leaf wine is perfect.

NancyinSTL said...

This tutorial is awesome! I have huge leaves in my yard from very tall trees. So I won't have to buy a placemat and can make different types of leaf placemats. Thanks so much for sharing! What a fabulous hostess gift idea!

bernie said...

Great idea and beautiful leaves. You did a great tutorial too. Thanks Bernie

Terry said...

What a great idea! Looks like you had a bunch of fun and I loved the name of the wine! Terry

Mary said...

Love this tutorial! These leaves really caught my eye!

mycreativeheart said...

I love the leaves! Great idea. Your blog looks beautiful, I like your heading!

redfly said...

Very Nice. You have a great blog.


The Sunflower Patch said...

My sis loves leaves,these will make an awesome gift!

QuilterLaura said...

lovely project, thank you!

Judith said...

What a great idea! Hope you do not mine if I borrow it for my empty table. I have a gord sitting on it and needs company. I never finished my basket but this I can whip up. Thanks for sharing your tutorial today. Judith, Texas said...

Love this idea! Especially the ending. I share a link to your tutorial on my blog.

Nancy Lannom

Mara said...

This is beautiful, I love it and what a wonderful hostess gift it would be.

WhimsicalMadCap said...

Splennnndiferpus! Thanx 4 this tutorial!