Pins & Needles NG Page

Pins & Needles is led by Lorraine PotterFor more information or to be added to the P&N NG Member email list please contact her.  Meetings are on the 1st Saturday of every month from 10:00 until 3:00. Bring your machines, lunch and project supplies to the Manatee County Central (Main) Library located at 1301 Barcarrota Blvd West in Bradenton.

 

2019 Charity Projects are: Making monthly post-op pillows for the Manatee Hospital Breast Care Unit and making & filling gift bags for Hope Family Services.


Feb16: We 
will be having our February meeting after all, on the third Saturday of February rather than the first Saturday. We will be making a Storage Box and Fold Away Bread Platter. 


Here is what you need:
Storage Box
Tools: Iron, ruler, tape measure, tailor’s chalk or erasable fabric pen, fabric scissors, pins, sewing machine
Materials: 
1. Heavy weight iron on interfacing 18 inches by 18 ¾ inches
2. Outer heavyweight cotton or linen fabric 18 inches by 18 ¾ inches
3. Lining heavyweight cotton or linen fabric 18 inches by 18 ¾ inches 
4. Small piece of calico 4 inches by 2 inches 
5. Coordinating polyester Thread

Fold Away Bread Platter
Tools: Tape measure, iron, ruler, tailor’s chalk or erasable fabric pen, fabric scissors, pins, sewing machine
Materials:
1. Two pieces of medium to heavyweight cotton or line fabric 20 inches by 23 ½ inches.  You could use tea towels cut to size if you prefer.
2. Heavyweight iron on interfacing 20 inches by 23 ¼ inches
3. Cotton tape ¾ inches by 60 inches long 
4. Coordinating thread.


The directions and photos of both items are below and I will also bring them to meeting.

Storage Box

Tools: 

Iron, ruler, tape measure, tailor’s chalk or erasable fabric pen, fabric scissors, pins, sewing machine

Materials: 

1. Heavy weight iron on interfacing 18 inches by 18 ¾ inches
2. Outer heavyweight cotton or linen fabric 18 inches by 18 ¾ inches
3. Lining heavyweight cotton or linen fabric 18 inches by 18 ¾ inches
4. Small piece of calico 4 inches by 2 inches 
5. Coordinating polyester Thread

Instructions:

1. Lay the interfacing onto the wrong side of the outer fabric shiny (glued) side down, iron the interfacing onto the fabric following the manufacturer’s instructions.
2. In each corner of the outer fabric make a square 5 inches by 5 inches using the ruler and the tailor’s chalk or fabric pen and cut out. Cut squares out of the lining fabric corners in the same way.
3. Position the calico piece on the right side of the outer fabric, it will be on the front of your box.  Pin in place.  Set your machine to straight stitch and sew in place, stitching ¼ inch around the edge.
4. Take the outer fabric and fold in each of the side flaps toward the Centre, wrong sides facing. Iron in place (the creases make sure your finished box sits neatly) repeat with the lining but his time with the right sides fabric.
5. On the outer fabric, right sides facing, draw together the two cut edges of the square at one corner, to start forming a box shape. Using straight stitch again, machine stitch these edges together with a ¼ inch seam. Repeat on the other three sides of the outer fabric and then repeat for the lining.
6. Turn the outer fabric box right side out and place the lining fabric box inside the outer, matching up the four corners and edges carefully. Turn the raw edges in toward each other by 1/4/ inch. Pin in place, iron and then topstitch all the way around, leaving a ¼ inch seam allowance.  Take care to catch all the layers as you go. 
7. Iron the corners of the fabric cube if necessary, so that the box sits squarely on a flat surface. Once you are done, you can personalize the box by stamping a message, label or name on the calico if you wish.

Fold Away Bread Platter

Tools:

1. Tape measure
2. Iron
3. Ruler
4. Tailor’s chalk or erasable fabric pen
5. Fabric scissors
6. Pins
7. Sewing Machine

Materials

1. 2 pieces of Medium to heavyweight cotton or line fabric 20 inches by 23 ½ inches.  You could use tea towels cut to size if you prefer.
2. Heavyweight iron on interfacing 20 inches by 23 ¼ inches
3. Cotton tape ¾ inches by 60 inches long
4. Coordinating thread.

Directions:

1. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of one of the pieces of fabric, following the manufacturer’s instructions. 
2. Measure, mark and cut out a 3 ¾ inch by 3 ¾ inch square at each corner, Repeat with the second piece of fabric. 
3. Cut the tape into eight equal length pieces and pin each piece of tape to the center of one of the raw edges on the right side of the interfaced fabric Pin the trailing ends in toward the center so they won’t accidentally get caught in a seam.
4. Place the second piece of fabric on top, right sides together and matching the raw edges. Pin in place. With your machine set to straight stitch, sew round the edges with a ¼ inch seam allowance, leaving a 6 inch gap on one of the long edges. Make sure you don’t accidentally catch any pieces of the cotton tape in your stitches.
5. Clip all the corners and then turn the platter right side out, making sure you push fully into all the corners. Iron flat.
6. Turn in the raw edges of the 6 inch gap. Pin in place then hand sew in place (or machine sew if you desire)
7. To neaten each of the ends of the tape, make a double hem, turn the tape in by ¼ inch and then another ¼ inch. Machine stitch the hem through all the layers. Reverse stitch at the beginning and end to secure. 
8. Top stitch where you will fold up the platter through the layers. This will help the platter to sit neatly when being used. 
9. Fold each of the four side pieces toward the center and iron in place. This will ensure a neater finish and give the shape a helping hand. When you want to use the platter, simply tie up the tapes,

Mar 2: Placemat made with fat quarters with Jeanne
Apr 6: Check with NG Leader
May 4: Quilt as you go T Shirt with Mary Jane
Jun 1: Christmas Ornaments
Jul 2: No Meeting/Holiday
Aug 3: Collect items for the Library Windows/ Tutorial on Needles/ with demonstration
Sep 7: Community Sew
Oct 5: Check with NG Leader
Nov 2: Check with NG Leader
Dec 14: Holiday Party with CSS at Library on 26th Street

MAPS and Directions to Pins & Needles Meetings

(We meet at the Central Manatee Library)