How to make a double sided cutting & pressing mat

Today I’d like to show you how to make a double-sided cutting & pressing mat.  These are handy to have if you are undertaking a small sewing project with lots of small pieces that need regular pressing.  No need to keep getting up and ironing between stitching a seam.

There is a video tutorial linked on our YouTube channel showing you each step.

You will need:

Plywood or cardboard, Duck tape, Staple gun, staples, hot glue gun, glue sticks, cutting mat of any size, quilting cotton, lightweight iron-on interfacing, wadding, toy stuffing (optional).

  1. Cut a piece of plywood or 2-3 pieces of card that measure 1/2″ less all round to the size of your mat

 

2. Cut a piece of wadding 1.5″ larger all round than the size of your card or wood

3. Wrap your card or wood with polyester wadding or a layer of toy stuffing and a lightweight wadding

4. Secure with duck tape

5. Cut a piece of quilting cotton 3″ larger all round than your mat.

6. Interface the back of your quilting cotton

7. Wrap your fabric around the padded board and staple gun in place

8. Secure the stapled edges with more duck tape

9. Hot glue your mat onto the back of the padded board

 

Granny Squares Claires way – A simple crochet pattern

So I’ve tried loads of Granny Square patterns and never found the one that was right for me, so I thought come on Claire write your own!!

And here it is.  Written in UK terms using the appropriate hook for your wool size.  (Photos show 4mm hook and DK yarn).

Feel free to share it about and use it for your own projects but please credit back to my blog.

Abbreviations:

CH – chain

TR – Treble

SS – Slip Stitch

Round 1

CH4, Join with ss to form a ring, CH3 (this forms your first TR)

TR twice into the ring, CH1, TR 3 times into the ring, CH1, TR 3 times into the ring, CH1, TR 3 times into the ring, CH1, Join with SS to top of first 3 CH.

Fasten off leaving tail end to darn in later.

NOTE – You will have formed a circle which will become the centre of your square.  The gaps between each of the 4 Treble clusters you have created will become the corners of your square

Round 2

Join new colour into any space between treble cluster, CH3, 2 TR into same chain space, 3 TR into the next chain space, CH1, 3 TR into the same chain space, 3 TR into the next chain space, CH1, 3 TR into the same space, 3 TR into the next chain space, CH1, 3 TR into the same chain space, 3 TR in your starting chain space, CH1, Join with SS to top first 3 chain

Fasten off leaving tail end to darn in.


Round 3

Join new colour to any corner chain space, CH3, 2 TR into same space, 3 TR into next chain space (middle pace on the side of your square), 3 TR, CH1, 3 TR into next corner chain space, 3 TR into next middle chain space.

Repeat all the way round with 3 TR, Ch1, 3 TR in the corners and 3TR in the middle spaces until you reach your starting corner, where you can finish with the 3TR CH 1 and join with a slip stitch to top of first 3 Chain, fasten off leave tail end to darn in.

Round 4 and beyond

Repeat as per round 3 adding treble clusters along the sides and 3Tr, Ch1, 3Tr in the corner spaces and stopping when your square is as big as you would like it to be.  Alternatively keep on going until your square starts growing into a nice sized blanket!

 

Teabag Holder Tutorial

The lovely people over at the Sewing Directory very kindly asked me to do a tutorial for them.

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I decided to write up a tute for my famous teabag holder.  So many people have loved this product over the years I have been making them to sell that the time has come to share the love.

Pop over to the Sewing Directory to view the Tutorial HERE