Archive for September 2014

Tutorial 30 – Upcycled Denim Mug Rug

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Step 1 -You need the pocket(s) of an old pair of denim pants, felt, picker and a pair of scissors

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Step 2 – Embroider a design on the felt. We used the Tea and Coffee Monograms from www.astitchahalf.com

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Step 3 – After you embroidered the design, place the felt on top of the pocket (you unpicked/removed from the pair of denim pants). Place right side together or back to back. This will ensure a perfect mirror image. Cut the felt to match the denim pocket. We used zigzag scissors for a decorative edge, but normal scissors are fine.

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Step 4 – This is what your 2 panels looks like at this stage.

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Step 5 – Pin the embroidered felt to the pocket (back to back). Insert a ribbon. We used a piece of ribbon (5″ long and 0.6″ wide) folded in half.

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Step 6 – With a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine, stitch the 2 panels to each other. We matched the thread color to the felt.

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Step 7 – Your mug rug is complete. What a great gift to your best friend! and while you have your cup of coffee or tea drop us an email at annemarie@astitchahalf.com to share how you plan to use your old pair of denims.

Tutorial 29 – Frugal Tablet Cover – Trendy in Denim

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Step1 – Use any old pair of denim pants (I used my Hubby`s…hope he likes his upcycled denim)

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Step 2 -You can make a few covers from 1 pair of pants. Use your TABLET to measure the desired width. Allow 1″ extra on either side.

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Step 3 – For a soft lining we used a piece of felt. Use any soft fabric eg. fleece, felt etc. Cut the lining approx. 1/2″ smaller than the denim fabric (all around). This way it will fit snugly on the inside of the denim sleeve.

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Step 4 – Unpick the seam in your denim fabric to allow easy hooping for embroidery.

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Step 5 – Hoop and stitch the design directly onto the denim. Remember to use a stabilizer for best results.

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Step 6 – We used “take care Polar Bear” from http://www.astitchahalf.com/take-care-polar-bear.html Choose from our cute range of Quotes and Rhymes.

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Step 7 – Denim turned inside out. Close the side seam (the one you unpicked) after embroidery and close one of the 2 remaining seams. This will be the bottom of the Cover.

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Step 8 – Do the same with your lining. Closing all seams except where you will insert your tablet (once complete)

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Step 9 – Insert the lining inside your denim “pocket”. Ensure the lining goes all the way to the bottom.

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Step 10 – If the lining is still longer than the denim. Simply draw a straight line and cut away the excess lining.

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Step 11 – Use a trendy fabric to finish off the top of your TABLET COVER. Cut the fabric to approx a 1/3 of the length of your denim sleeve. Make sure the trendy fabric fits around the top, with a bit extra to allow for a seam.

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Step 12 – Stitch the trendy fabric on the line where you measured.

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Step 13 – Insert the denim in the trendy fabric to align at the top. Pin all around.

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Step 14 – Once you secured the trendy fabric to your denim sleeve (with a straight stitch on your sewing machine) you are nearly done!

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Step 15 – Fold the trendy fabric to the inside and pin. From the outside stitch all along the “ditch” (the area between the denim and trend fabric) using a straight stitch on your sewing machine.

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Step 16 – Add a button to the outside and elastic to the inside and your FRUGAL TABLET COVER is complete! Send us photos of your Beautiful creations to annemarie@astitchahalf.com