Hi all! My name is Jess, and I blog over at Quilty Habit. I also just started an etsy store called Purple Strawberry Handmade, where I'm selling fabric lanyards right now (they make great stocking stuffers :) ). Anyway, I'm a senior undergraduate student who would just rather be crafting. I want to thank Kitty for having me guest blog!
When I started my blog last year, I ran a tutorial on fabric magnets. This post remains one of my most popular to-date. I thought you might want to try it - they make great gifts, or something cute for your own fridge :)
What you need:
-Fabric scraps, in any shape, or fussy cut around a character/animal (like the owls in the picture)
-Fabric scraps for backing
-Sewing machine (you could hand sew them if you'd like, but machine is much faster)
-Scrap pieces of batting (this is a GREAT way to use the batting that you cut off when you make a quilt) or polyfill
-Magnets or a magnet roll - can be found at Michael's and Joann's
1. First, decide which scraps you will use. You'll want to cut them into the shape you want.
2. Next, cut a piece of backing fabric. This won't really be seen at all, so you can use a piece that doesn't match, if you'd like (even though this does :) ) I tend to use solid fabric for mine.
3. Turn the backing face down, and make sure the front fabric is face up - just like a quilt sandwich. Start to sew around the outside - I would use less than a 1/4th inch seam allowance, but make sure you are far enough away from the edge.
Also, reinforce with a couple of backstitches when you start, and make sure you leave a 1.5 or 2 inch gap. Backstitch when you stop.
4. Now, you are going to stuff that opening you left with the scrap batting or polyfill. You may need to use a scissor or chopsticks to poke the stuffing through, especially for heart-shaped magnets.
5. Sew the opening shut (don't forget to backstitch when you start and stop), and then trim any backing fabric that sticks out from the magnet.
6. Cut a piece from a magnet roll. If it's like the one I have, you'll peel off the back and simply stick it on the back of the fabric. You may have to use fabric glue or some other kind of adhesive if the magnets you have are not from a roll. I think that hot glue would work as well, though I haven't personally tried it yet.
They are so addictive to make!
Make a set for yourself and your friends :) I hope you try my tutorial, and I hope you'll come visit my blog. Thanks again, Kitty!