Keeping It Simple – Easter Table Runner and Towel Set

Aside from Christmas, I’m not much of a holiday decorator; but as I watched all of the adorable decorations and home accents for spring begin to flood the stores, I decided I wanted to do something simple and sweet for Easter this year.   I happened to find a plain table runner and a simple dish towel in the clearance bin at one of our local discount stores.  I knew they would be perfect for embellishing and they would add just enough Easter joy to my otherwise not so festive kitchen.  I hope they inspire you to add some easy additions to your holiday décor (or lack thereof)!

Here is what you need:

-table runner

-kitchen towel

-3 pieces of cotton fabric (1 approx. 6”H X 6”W; 2 approx 11”H X 9”W)

-3 pieces of Heat n Bond Lite (cut the same size as fabrics as stated above)

-3 pieces soft tearaway stabilizer (1 cut to fit a 5 X 7 hoop, 2 cut to fit an 8 X 12 hoop)

-40 wt. embroidery thread

-2 bunny applique designs provided below  (The large bunny is provided in two sizes since not everyone has the larger hoop.)

Here is what you do to embellish the towel:

1.       Choose your applique design (I used the smaller bunny included below) and print a template from your software or mark the center for placement.

2.       Adhere the Heat n Bond lite to the back of your 6 X 6 fabric according to the package instructions and peel away the paper backing.


Pin Pin your template to the desired area of your towel.

4.       Hoop the smaller piece of stabilizer and the towel, making sure to roll and pin the excess fabric as needed so that it stays out of the way while embroidering.

5.       Load your design into your machine.

6.       Slide the hoop into your machine, center the needle and remove the embroidery design template.  Sew out the placement (first) run of your design.

7.       Place the 6 X 6 fabric face up over the sew out, making sure cover it completely.  You can use an adhesive spray or lapel stick to hold the fabric down, if desired.

8.       Sew the tack down (second) run.

9.       Remove the hoop from the machine and lay on a flat surface. Carefully trim the excess fabric from around the outside of the tack down run, making sure to trim as closely as possible to the stitching.

10.   Return the hoop to the machine and sew the applique stitch (last color run).

11.   Remove the  towel from the hoop and carefully tear away any excess stabilizer from around and within the applique.

12.   Iron the towel to finish setting the Heat n Bond Lite..

For the table runner:

Follow the above instructions using 11 X 9 inch pieces of fabric and Heat n Bond, the larger pieces of stabilizer, the larger bunny design and one end of your table runner.  Repeat the process for the other end of your table runner.

Just making these has put me in the mood for pastel Easter eggs, ham and family gatherings!

Take care,


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Keeping It Simple - Quick and Easy Monogrammed Kindle Cozy

Keeping It Simple - Quick and Easy Monogrammed Kindle Cozy

My friend received one of the new smaller Kindles for Mother's Day.  She loves crafty things but has little time right now and she just couldn't bring herself to pay the price for the one she liked.  As you know I have lots and lots of scraps in my sewing room just waiting for little projects like this.  I told her to email me the measurements and I would see what I could do.  Here is the finished case:

Here is what you need:

Note: This is for the new smaller Kindle.  At the bottom are the fabric requirements for the original one.

One rectangles of cotton fabric 13" X 5 1/2" for the outside.

One rectangle of cotton fabric 7" X 5 1/2" for the outside.

One rectangle prequilted fabric 13" X 5 1/2" for the lining

One rectangle prequilted fabric 7" X 5 1/2" for the lining

three inch length of 1/4" wide elastic

One large button

Sewing thread

Initial that is about 1 1/2" high ( I made mine in Alphabet Xpress using the Precious Font)

Cut away stabilizer

Lapel stick or other temporary adhesive

Embroidery thread

Here is what you do:

0. This is optional but is what I did.  Layer the two 13" X7"  pieces and cut the top two corners at an angle using a choice from your quilting ruler so that both sides are the same.  If you prefer a square top flap you can omit this step.  If you want a curved top use a CD and trace the edge and cut it.

1.  Lay both outer pieces face up, with bottom edges aligned on your workspace.  Fold the longer piece down about 5" and center your design here. (In Alphabet Xpress you can print a template to use.)  If using a template pin it in place through the top layer of the folded fabric.  Open the fabric flat.

2.  Hoop your cut away stabilizer.  Center your fabric with the template and use the lapel stick to adhere it to the stabilizer.  Slide the hoop onto your machine and make sure the needle is over the center of the template.  Remove the template and embroider your design.  Remove from the hoop and cut away the excess stabilizer.


3. Place the embroidered rectangle face up with the embroider at the top on your workspace.  Fold the elastic in half.  Center and align raw edges along the top edge and pin.  Sew in place about 1/8" from the edge with several passes to secure.

4.  Place the embroidered rectangle face up with the embroidery at the top on your workspace.  Layer the 7" X 5 1/2" outer fabric rectangle face down aligning the bottom edges.  Mark this piece on each side 1/4" from the top edge.  Using 1/4"seam sew around the edge beginning and ending at these marks.  Repeat this step for the lining rectangles.

5.  With right sides together pin the flap of the outer fabric to the flap of the lining.  Fold the 1/4" that you did not sew earlier on the pocket out of the way.  Using a 1/4 seam sew the flaps together beginning and ending where the pocket seams begin and end.  (do not sew over the previous stitching.)


6.  Trim all corners.  Turn flap right side out.  Push corners out.

7.  Turn outer pocket right side out.  Tuck the lining pocket inside the outer pocket.  Fold in the 1/4" edges and top stitch just across the pocket top edge.  (This was the hardest part of the whole project)  Then topstitch about 1/4" around the outer edge of the flap.


8.  Measure up about 1" from the bottom and center your button.  Sew in place being careful not to sew through the pocket. 

  Click here to download a pdf file of these instructions.

The little cozy is really easy to make and provides the perfect protection while traveling around in a purse or backpack. And it can be personalized to match the personality of the one you are making it for.  My granddaughter wants one in hot pink - with a horse on it of course.  An I might put a pretty ribbon strap on hers since she rarely carries a purse.

If you have a regular Kindle here are the fabric measurements:

For the long rectangles 14 1/2" X 6 1/4"

For the short rectangles 8 1/2" X 6 1/4"

This would be a great little case for lots of things that go inside a purse, so try it even if you do not have a Kindle to sew for.  If you like making purses and bags try here are some other tutorials you might enjoy.

Designer Grocery Bags

Reusable Snack Bags

Totes made from placemats

Really big all-purpose tote

A quick wristlet

A little pocket with strap (great for keepin pacifiers clean and close, storing the camera lense and much more)

Have fun sewing and take care,


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