Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Free Tutorial Tuesday - Santa Mail!

I love to give handmade gifts for Christmas, so I will be posting gift ideas over the next few weeks to help inspire your handmade holiday gifting.

Today is a free tutorial for a project I called Santa Mail.  Whether incoming or outgoing, keep your holiday mail organized with this pocketed hanging.  Goes together quickly and easily and makes a great gift. 

We have kits available on the website http://www.lovequilting.com/shop/kits/santa-mail/that include everything you need to complete the top, including backing, binding, ribbon and Christmas buttons.

Santa Mail

Approximately 12” x 20”

Background Fabric – 12-1/2” x 20-1/2” – 1 EA
Pockets – 8-1/2” x 10-1/2” – 2 EA
Fusible Stabilizer – 5-1/4” x 8-1/2” – 2 EA
Grosgrain Ribbon – 30”
Fabric for back and binding


Fold pockets in half right sides together and press.  Place fusible stabilizer on pocket at pressed line and fuse into place.  The stabilizer will occur on only one half of the pocket. 

With right sides together, stitch 1/4" on each side of pocket.  Turn, press and repeat for other pocket.  Top stitch the top of the pocket 1/4" from the top.  Set aside.

For the background fabric, layer with batting and backing and quilt as desired.  Apply binding using your preferred technique.

Measure 1-1/2” up from the bottom and make a line with removable chalk or marker.  Find the center of the background and the center of one pocket.  Place the raw edge of the pocket on the line, matching up centers.  The top of the pocket should be facing the bottom of the background piece.

Stitch into place at the raw edge on the line with 1/4" seam.  Press upwards and stitch each side of the pocket with 1/4" seam.

Repeat for the other pocket, measuring 8” from the top of the background to mark your line.

Take the grosgrain ribbon and fold each edge 1/4" and stitch down.  Place on edge of the ribbon on the backside of the binding at the top, 1” in from the edge.  Stitch in place with a zig zag stitch.  Place the other side of the ribbon on the other side 1” in from the other edge and zig zag into place.  Sew a Christmas button at each upper corner to cover the zig zag stitches.

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