Cathedral Window Pin cushion sewing tutorial

This beautiful technique can be used in many different ways from full size quilts to pin cushions today i am going to show you how to make this into a pin cushion as it looks absolutely adorable in this way

For this tutorial you will need 3 different fabrics

1 solid fabric and two fun  contrasting cotton fabrics

I chose to do white fabric as it give its a nice clean edge but it does look beautiful in any colour you choose (refer to the colour wheel when choosing contrasting colours)

Measurements for this pattern can easily be customized as your first measurement will dictate the second measurements

The solid fabric will be your largest piece measuring at 10″ x 10″

from here you will cut 4 more squares measuring 4 1/4″     make 1 of those squares the contrasting fabric (the fabric you want to see peeking through)

Please refer to the video for a full tutorial as its a little difficult to understand which photos

Now if you dont want it to be this size you can pretty much make the solid piece of fabric any size you wish and the 4 other pieces of fabric size will be determined once you iron your solid piece of fabric so its very easy to make this into any size you wish and use it in any of your projects!

If you make this pin cushion i would love to see it so please share at my instagram twitter or facebook all @charmedbyashley

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Child Carseat Poncho pattern instructions

 This is my circle skirt pattern, i took the circumference of my daughters neck and the length from her neck line to her waist and then did some math...i would like to refer you over to an excellent video that shows you how to make a circle skirt

With a rectangle piece of paper folded in half you will measure from the fold the radius of the circle of you neckline.

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i measured my daughers neck and took that number which is the circumference and input it into my calculator C = 2πr

Radius Calculator – for me its easier to use this calculator

circle skirt tutorial – how to

Once you find the radius then you will measure from the folded edge from one side to the adjacent side leaving ticks along and then lining them up to create a quarter of a circle, measure along those tick marks the length of your skirt and then you will have the bottom of your skirt, cutting these out with the paper folded and then unfold the paper will reveal a half circle pattern

(this is very hard to explain so please click the link is the best way to learn and then come back!)

 to get the hood pattern i laid down a hoodie onto some paper and  traced around it as best i could also adding a half inch seam allowance

 I cut out 4 pieces for the hood, 2 of each fabric

 Sew the lining right sides together along the curved edge

sew the main fabric right sides together along the curved edge

flipping the hoods to reveal the right side of the fabric place the two hood pieces right sides together

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line up the edges that will be the edge that frames the face being sure to line up the seam (be sure the seam lines up as best as possible and pin that while then pinning to the edge.

once you have sewn that push the lining fabric into the main fabric and you will see the hood is in formation, top stitch along the edge that frames the face to finish it off.

lay the circles on the floor lining them up with right sides together, we will be inserting the hood in between the two fabrics

pinning the hood inside the two layers of fabric will allow all the seams to be hidden and no raw edges visible. sewing along this edge with a half inch seam allowance, once finished push the lining fabric through the hole to expose the ponch with right sides out, you should have the last seam left which is the one at the bottom along the entire skirt

I chose to fold in the edges to hide the raw edges and sew a 1/4″ seam allowance around the whole thing. there are many ways to do this and this process might take a bit of time but in the end no raw edges will be visible through the entire poncho and i prefer it this way

if you have any difficulties making this poncho i have created a video that you can visit over at my youtube channel which might fill in some of the gaps as in some situations its hard to explain things with words.

Pinking Shears what are they?

What are Pinking Shears?

Pinking Shears are a type of Scissor used in sewing, invented in 1931 by Sameul Briskman

The saw tooth pattern helps prevent Woven fabrics from fraying to put it simply, it doesnt completely eliminate fraying but it does slow it down giving you time to be able to create your project

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Armed with Pinking shears and fray chek you can combat fraying completely!

These scissors can be found in your sewing scissor aisle at any craft store or specialty sewing store, and even Walmart

Watch to video to learn more!