Christmas might be over this year, but if you're like me, you start early! I actually made this in November, but couldn't share it with you all until now because the gift is for Mama LOC, and she's one of my biggest fans when it comes to this blog! haha!
Today, I am sharing my foot warmer tutorial. I was struck with the idea when I ran across something similar on the internet, but I did not care for the shape or style. Keeping with the "use what you got!" theme, I decided to create my own.
Fair warning: this post is quite picture heavy and quite long!
I am slowly getting better at visualizing steps in my head and figuring out what is supposed to happen next when it comes to sewing. I have helped other friends get acquainted with their sewing machines and I have told them that sewing is really, truly not that hard - the hardest thing, that gets easier with practice is visualizing the next step. If you can visualize the next step, you've got it made. So to start, I wrote down everything and had my paper ready to go when I though of something else. Behold, my chicken scratch:
|Hey, no one said I could actually draw...|
Today, we'll be ending up with this:
• A piece of 1" deep, 12" long and 12" wide foam. (I used high density)
• 1/2 yard to 3/4 yard of fabric ( Cotton duck cloth is best) (you'll eventually be cutting this into two 14"x14" pieces of fabric)
• Two 8"x15" pieces of fabric (this can be the same or contrasting as the 14" x14" - mine is the same.
• One piece of 8"x15" piece of quilt backing type fabric. See below.
• 37" of bias tape
• Snaps or Velcro (Buttons as well if you're using snaps)
• Two pieces of 11" x 7" cotton fabric or muslin (I used cotton)
• A small amount of polyfill
• Rice (about 1 cup or so)
• Thread/Needle/Sewing Machine/Seam ripper
1) Start by folding your 1/2 yard to 3/4 yard fabric in half so that your fabric is two layers deep, right sides facing each other. Take your 12"x12" piece of foam and set it so that is an inch of fabric on each side. Measure out the other two sides (arrowed) so that there is an inch around the fabric around the entire foam block. Cut around. You can see my dots where I cut, also pointed out by the arrows. You'll have two pieces of 14x14 fabric when you're done with this step. This is your foot base.
Note: I am using what I had on hand - I am not sure how large this piece of fabric was before I began, hence the 1/2 to 3/4 yard measurement.
6) So this is where I had made the tiny mistake, but it's not a huge deal. Since we're going to be putting bias tape along the edges, I had to open my little pocket about 1" down on each side. I had started right at the beginning of the fabric and you can't attach bias tape very well that way.
What you are doing, basically, is covering the raw edges so that they don't fray. It seems like we're making a big pocket at this point, which we are, kind of.
|Is it possible to take a leg picture like this and not look awkward?|
Thank you for following along! If you have any questions, please let me know and I'll be happy to answer the best I can.