Tuesday, February 9, 2016

super soft quilted blanket


Remember that pretty stack of fabrics I showed you in my last post? Yep, I turned it into this super, super soft, squishy, and beautifully warm quilted blanket over the weekend.


It was such a quick and satisfying sew. I started by cutting my fabric into 10" squares, arranged in a 6 x 7 layout. I'm sure you can imagine how fast a quilt top like that came together :).

 
My daughter wanted this to be a soft and warm blanket, so we decided to go with a 3/4" high loft polyester batting and Luxe Fleece (which is thicker and feels more luxurious than your regular fleece) for backing.


 I followed my tutorial for making a quilted comforter to join all the layers together. I then used perle cotton #8 to stitch all the way around the perimeter of the blanket, and then I tied it using white yarn I had on hand. I love these little ties, they are such a fun, cozy addition to this pile of softness.

Kiki has been "testing" the blanket ever since I finished it. Can you tell she approves, and probably thinks I made it just for her? :). More importantly though, my daughter loves how it turned out and has already whisked it away to keep in her room.

A quick note before I go: I made a mistake of not pre-washing cotton fabric which caused the top to shrink during final wash and thus the backing sags a little. Which is really not such a huge deal, but next time, if I were to combine cotton top with polyester backing, I'd definitely pre-wash my fabric.

Thanks for stopping by, friends. Svetlana

Thursday, February 4, 2016

squishy goodness


I made this super soft and squishy baby blanket the other day. It was a quick project, just simple 6" squares in pretty girly fabrics randomly stitched together. Pure joy, I'm telling you :).


I used polyester high loft batting to make it extra poofy ...


...and simple stitch all the way around the perimeter and turn right side out through the hole method (proper tutorial here) to finish it off without any need for binding.


I hand quilted it using perle cotton #8. I even hand stitched the opening closed using same big stitches and I absolutely love how it looks.


And, after seeing this comfy little blanket my oldest daughter asked for one of her own, which I'm more than happy to make, of course. She even chose her fabrics already. I think they'll make a stunning blanket.

Have a lovely day, everyone. And thanks for stopping by. Svetlana


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

more pouch kits in stock

You guys, I was so happy to see you liked my idea of Sotak Kits. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the support, encouraging words, and for buying the kits, of course.


As promised, I'm here to let you know I added quite a few new kits to my Etsy shop.

I hope you'll like my new plus design printed on linen. I must admit, this combination of screen printed linen, waxed canvas, and metal zipper makes my pouch loving heart do happy skips every single time :).


You can see all the kits listings by clicking here.
 
Enjoy your day. Svetlana

Monday, February 1, 2016

super sized broken dishes pillow {a tutorial}

Happy Monday, friends.

I'm quite a fan of simple patchwork projects using super sized blocks and today I'd like to share my take on a traditional broken dishes block.




Pretty fun, isn't it? I like how graphic and modern looking these pillows turned out. And, to top it off, they were incredibly easy and quick to make. Just my kind of a project these days :).

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Here's how to make your own super sized broken dishes pillow.

To make one 16" pillow you will need:
two 9" squares in solid fabric
one 9" square in darker print
one 9" square in lighter print
one 16.5" square backing fabric (you could use quilting cotton or cotton/linen blend fabric)
one 16.5" square fusible fleece
one 16" or longer invisible zipper 
one 16" pillow form

1. Place two solid squares right side down on a flat surface, use disappearing fabric pen to mark diagonal lines as shown in pic. below.

2. Lay dark print square and one solid fabric square right sides together, align all the edges and pin to prevent shifting.

3. Use 1/4" seam allowance and stitch along both sides of drawn line. Take the pins out, press to set the stitches. Cut your block along the drawn line, you will now have two hst (half square triangle) units. Press seams towards darker fabric.

4. Make a second set of hst units following the same direction, this time placing light print square and remaining solid square together. Once finished you will have four hst units as shown below. Trim your units to 8.5" square each.

5. Arrange your trimmed units to form a broken dish block. Piece together, press the seams.

6. Follow manufacturer's directions to adhere fusible fleece to wrong side of your finished block. Quilt your preferred way (I did straight lines about 1/2" apart). 

7. Install invisible zipper (there are tons of really good tutorials online if you're not sure how to do this). Press the finished pillow cover. Stuff a 16" pillow form inside and you're all finished.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. And, as always, if you make a project using any of my tutorials please add it to my Flickr group or use #sotakhandmade if posting on IG. I love seeing all the fun projects you make.

Svetlana

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

sotak kits

You guys, I'm so super excited for today's post. Because you know what? I get to show you my newest "crafty brain child".


What do you think?

I designed pouch making kits featuring my own screen printed fabric. Eeeek!!! This project has taken months to come to fruition, mostly because I was too obsessive about how to package it all. I wanted to make sure I would be proud to show you these kits. I wanted something pretty, crafty looking, something I'd be happy to gift or to receive myself.


This is what the packaging looks like on the front and back of this perfectly sized little brown paper box.


And here are all the goodies included inside the box - waxed canvas, screen printed fabric, cotton canvas lining, zipper, and zipper leather pull. Plus a full color booklet with pattern and instructions, of course.


I think these kits would make wonderful presents for an experienced sewist as well as someone who'd like to give pouch making a try for the first time.


The finished pouch is 7" wide on bottom, 8.5" wide on top x 5" tall x 1.5" deep. My girls keep their special markers and drawing supplies in their pouches.


I have a limited number of these kits available for sale in my etsy shop. Click here if interested.

All the kits are sold out. I'll try to have new ones in stock soon. Thank you for your support.

Thanks for reading, friends. Svetlana


Monday, January 25, 2016

qayg scrappy trivets {a tutorial}

I'd like to share a super simple scrappy project with you today.


Don't these scrappy trivets/ snack mats look fun? And you know what? All you need to make them are some fabric scraps, leftover batting, backing fabric, and just a little bit of time.


Each trivet finishes at 8" square and I absolutely love how they all turned out (I do have to admit gray and gray and mustard ones are my favorites, though).

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Here's a quick how to in case you'd like to make a few of these yourselves.

To make one 8" trivet you will need:
scraps (either random ones or separated by color)
two 10" squares of batting (use cotton only, or you could use one batting and one Insul-Bright if you want your trivet to be heat proof)
10" square of backing fabric

1. Sort and press your scraps.

2. Make one approximately 10" qayg block using one batting square and assortment of scraps and following this tutorial.


3. Trim your finished block to 8.5" square. (I usually draw an 8.5" square on the block and use 1/8" seam allowance to stitch inside the perimeter of  the drawn square to secure my quilting stitches before cutting out the square). Cut your square out.

 

4. Lay remaining batting (or Insul Bright) square on a flat surface. Place backing fabric right side up on top, then place finished block right side down. Align the edges, pin all the way around.


5. Use 1/4" seam allowance and stitch all the way around the perimeter of your trivet "sandwich" making sure to leave about 3" opening in one side for turning. Clip the corners, press the seams open.


6. Turn your trivet right side out through the opening, push the corners out, smooth out the edges, press. Clip/ pin the opening closed.


7. Use 1/8" seam allowance to stitch all the way around the perimeter of your trivet (you'll stitch the opening closed as you sew). Backstitch at the end. Trim any stray threads, press, and you're finished.

Super easy, wasn't it? And such great fun to use up some scraps. 

I hope you give these trivets a try. And, as always, if you make a project using any of my tutorials please add it to my Flickr group or use #sotakhandmade if posting on IG. I love seeing all your amazing creations.

Happy Monday, friends! Svetlana

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

not a sampler baby quilt

A few months ago I jumped on the Moda Modern Building Blocks Quilt band wagon. I loved all the gorgeous quilts popping up all over IG and blogland so I got to work as soon as my pattern arrived. And then, after finishing just one giant block, I was done. I suddenly realized that while I liked seeing sampler quilts, I simply didn't want to make one, so the block joined my other orphan blocks and I completely abandoned the idea of a sampler quilt.


And then, the other day as I was looking for something totally unrelated, I came across this one lonely block and decided it was time I gave it a new life. It was a large block (finished at 36" square), so I simply added two thick-ish solid borders and my quilt top was done.


I pieced a super simple backing using fabric from my stash. I think it contrasts quite nicely with the super graphic front. As far as quilting goes, I went with my absolute favorite for when I want the finished quilt to be nicely squishy and cozy - straight lines about 1 1/2" apart.


The quilt finished at 36" x 48", perfect size for some baby snuggles.

Svetlana
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