Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

Welcome to my stop on the Make Believe Week with GYCT Designs! 


Several months ago I had a friend send me a message asking for a tiger tail. Not anything super specific, but just to play around Daniel Tiger style, an luckily at my leisure without a deadline. Then GYCT Designs came out with this neat series, I saw it as the perfect opportunity to work out the snap on (or you can use velcro) Tiger Tail! And, I made a matching set of Tiger Ears to go with the tail! Check out the other awesome Amazing projects from today over at GYCT Designs!

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

Such a fun set! Little man likes it. Actually, he hasn't taken it off for 2 days.

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

The ears a just a strip of fabric covering a headband. Large enough to slide the headband in and out of the tube.
The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

The tail was initially going to be the only thing I made. But it seemed to need the ears. It is made from felt, poly-fil and snaps. 

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

It's been a lot of fun for little man, running around the house and pretending to be a tiger!

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

I decided to make up a tutorial for the tail so you can make one for yourself!

Tiger Tail Tutorial

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Weekwhat you need:
Rotary cutter
2 sheets of felt (I just got the paper sized pieces from my local Joann's store) 1 orange 1 white
1-2 pipe cleaners
1 snap set
poly-fil


The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week



Cut strips off your length of your sheets of felt, 3 each color. In my case, because I had used an inche, I cut 2" by 10".














The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week


Sew the strips together, alternating in color. I used a 1/4" seam allowance here. Top stitch seam allowance down.

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week


Cut the panel in half across the strips. In my case it was 5".








The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week



Sew the two panels together making sure to follow the alternating pattern. Top stitch seam allowance down.

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week


Fold in half, mark seam allowance (3/8"), and using a curved piece (a camera lens cap worked perfectly), mark the end of the tail following from the seam allowance of one side to the fold on the other.  As you can see, I accidentally forgot the seam allowance. That is somewhat important. :)


The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week



Sew down the length of the tail, following your traced curved line and backstitching at the fold to secure. be sure you leave the top open!

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe WeekTrim the excess corners at the end. 












The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week


Taking your pipe cleaners, fold in the ends so not to poke through, and zig-zag stitch them down on the seam allowance from the end of the curve to the last inch of the tail. Backstitch the ends of the pipe cleaners a couple times


The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week



turn the tail right-side out








The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week




Lightly stuff with poly-fill. Too much wont lend to the pliability of the pipe cleaners.












The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week




Stitch the opening closed 3/8" 












The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week




fold the seam allowance down and pinch the ends baste 1/2" down.


The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week


Time for the snap, or velcro, pieces: Cut 2 strips, 2" x 1.5". This image is the finished tab. 


The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week


Fold one end down by 1/2" and stitch in place,








The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week




fold in half long way and stitch down the edge. repeat for the other snap tab








The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week



place the non folded edge on the triangle lining up with the basting stitches.


The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week



Stitch in place. I stitched along the triangle to secure it down. 








Repeat with the other snap tab.

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week


Apply snap according to manufacturers directions. Make sure that you have the snaps facing the correct way! I may or may not have had to re-apply the snap once, or twice...






And, voila! A Tiger Tail you can attach to a belt or belt loop!

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

Happy sewing, and make believing! :)

The Berry Bunch: Tiger Tail Tutorial: GYCT Design's Make Believe Week

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mug Rug Tutorial: Using a Printable Image or Picture

I will say that I am super jealous of you who can print pictures. The color ink on my printer went kaput and I cannot print anything with color. Well, and have it look good. So color images for me is out. But I can still print in black. I decided to give it a try for gifts of the members in my MOPS Discussion Group that I led this past year.

Berry Bunch: Mug Rug Tutorial: Using a Printable Image or Picture


I loved the theme, "Be You, Bravely". It spoke to me. I needed to be brave, and I needed to be me. So I decided to make the ladies mug rugs (I love Mug Rugs) using the theme. At first I wanted to make zipper pouches (hense the zipper pouch round-up a couple weeks ago) but decided to go with mug rugs instead.

So, printable mug rugs was born! You can use your own colored images. and make them especially personal.

Berry Bunch: Mug Rug Tutorial: Using a Printable Image or Picture


First, cut down some fabric into 8.5" x 11" rectangles and an 8.5" x 11" rectangle of freezer paper, this helps the printer grab the fabric, and print cleanly.

Berry Bunch: Mug Rug Tutorial: Using a Printable Image or Picture

Select the image and the size you want, I chose 5" x 7" images, and print. Using paper printer and the best printer quality will result in the best images.

Berry Bunch: Mug Rug Tutorial: Using a Printable Image or Picture


Remove the freezer paper (you can reuse it, in my case I reused it 5 times!) and soak in a vinegar bath to set the ink. I let them sit about 10 minutes (some up to 20 because I forgot... oops). Then let dry (it wont smell really once it is done drying.)

Berry Bunch: Mug Rug Tutorial: Using a Printable Image or Picture


Trim down to your preference. I trimmed down prior because my rectangle pan was dirty so the round one was the only clean one I had.

Berry Bunch: Mug Rug Tutorial: Using a Printable Image or Picture


I was rushing to finish, so I missed the pictures of these steps :(

Berry Bunch: Mug Rug Tutorial: Using a Printable Image or Picture

Frame the images in strips of fabric. In this case I used 1.5" x wof (width of fabric) left overs and scraps. This is a great scrap buster!
Sandwich with backing and batting

Berry Bunch: Mug Rug Tutorial: Using a Printable Image or Picture

Quilt, I just did straight lines so the focus was the print.
Bind... check out the faux binding using the backing over at Made by Rae... it really is easier and quicker for a project like this!

Berry Bunch: Mug Rug Tutorial: Using a Printable Image or Picture

Voila! A beautiful, personalized Mug Rug! Use with coffee or tea and enjoy!

Berry Bunch: Mug Rug Tutorial: Using a Printable Image or Picture

Check out more mug rug inspiration on my Mug Rug Pinterest board...

Happy sewing!