Tuesday, August 18, 2009

It's Tutorial Time (of the wash cloth Hot/Cold Pack persuasion)





Good afternoon Blogland Neighbor-hood ! We're interrupting Kitty's spa day to take the last couple of wash cloths from that pile she's hogging to bring you (finally) the instructions for making a ......






......Hot/Cold Pack cover (click on any of the pictures to make them bigger)
















So ...... here's what you'll need ...





a wash cloth,
1/2 yd of fabric,
Heat & Bond Lite (oops ...not pictured), &
Re usable cold/hot pack




First draw 2 simple shapes for your appliques (one bigger and one smaller) ... something simple like a heart or flower........follow the instructions on the Heat & Bond and make 2 fabric appliques ....


.....fold the wash cloth in half to determine your applique placement then fuse in place .....



......now unfold the wash cloth and using a zig zag stitch, sew the appliques onto the wash cloth




Next is the binding :

cut 2 strips 3" wide x length of top & bottom edges of the wash cloth + 2"
cut 2 strips 3" wide x length of the left & right edges of the wash cloth + 2"




Place the right side of one of the binding strips along one side of right side of the wash cloth, matching raw edges (the binding will extend 1" on either end)


....now stitch the binding to the wash cloth 1/2" from raw edges....



..Open out and press....



...press under 3/4" along opposite long edge of binding ....(and get some hand lotion for those DISHPAN HANDS !!!)




....Wrap the binding around edge of wash cloth, covering the stitching line on the back of the wash cloth. Pin in place.



...stitch in the ditch on right side of the wash cloth, catching binding on the back. Trim ends of binding even with edges of wash cloth.

Next repeat all of the above steps for the opposite side of the wash cloth.

OK so now you've got binding on sides #1 and #2.
On to sides #3 and #4 ( HEY !!! YooHoo !!! No staring into space .... we're almost finished here !!)


....Place binding (right side ) along right side #3 of wash cloth (raw edges even). Binding wiil extend 1" beyond either end of wash cloth. Stitch binding to wash cloth 1/2" from raw edges .... Open out and press... now press under 3/4" along opposite long edge of binding ....


...press short ends of binding even with edges of wash cloth...



....Wrap folded long binding edge around to the back of the wash cloth , covering stitching line on the back of wash cloth . Pin. Stitch in the ditch on right side of wash cloth, catching binding on back. Slip stitch ends by hand.

Repeat all of the above steps for side #4.

Ties: Cut 4 strips of fabric 2" x 8"




...fold short ends to wrong side 1/4" and press....



.....Fold tie in half lengthwise (wrong sides together) . Press.



...Open out and press long edges to center fold line ...


...then fold again lengthwise on center fold line....


....top stitich 1/8" from folded edges.


...pin each tie about 3 1/2" from sides on inside of top and bottom of wash cloth (if your hot/cold pack is on the smaller side, you might want to move the ties closer together so the hot/cold pack doesn't fall out)



...on right side, stitch in the ditch to secure all 4 ties.


....fold hot/cold pack cover in half, wrong sides together...


...stitch in the ditch along left and right sides through all thicknesses (sewing front to back along short sides (do not sew across bottom binding )







Place the hot/cold pack inside the "pocket" and you're ready to ice down or warm up whatever you might need to ice down or warm up !!


....and so gang, this concludes yet another MBIAJ Sewing Dept Presentation . We hope you enjoyed it ! And now we must definately run along and get a giant vat of some heavy duty hand lotion for those disgraceful dishpan hands !!!

Be back soon!

Toodles,
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

4 comments:

Jan said...

Thanks for the tutorial Mary Ann! It's a keeper :)

PamKittyMorning said...

Very clever!

Lola....L..O..L..A....lo--oh--luh! said...

What a great idea!! I love your tutorial too. You are funny!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Very cute Miss Moonbeam. I need to make some of those. And I have just the perfect washcloths to use.