Dewberry Bird Quilt

My second quilt will be a Joel Dewberry quilt using the Aviary 2 fabric line. This one will go in the “master bedroom” so as not to clash with the Darla Jane quilt.  I was able to get a kit with 1/2 yard in each of the fabrics from the colourway. I’ve decided to do the Double Slice Layer Cake quilt from  Moda.  I love Moda’s quilting philosophy where they provide you with pre-cut pieces, but you pay extra for the pre-cut luxury. I’d rather buy the yardage and cut it myself into the 10″x10″ layer cake squares.

Here is my inspiration quilt, isn’t she cute and nature-y?

Darla Jane Quilt

I have two double bunks and a queen bed in the camper, and I figured the best way to infuse to vintage loveliness into our camper would be with homemade quilts.  I completely fell in love with this Ava Rose and Darla fabric from Grand Revival…

  

I am a bit of a fabric hoarder so I already have the fabrics on hand. My first quilt will be a Jelly Roll Jam Zig Zag quilt from fat Quarter Shop.  I  knew I would need a size larger than the 36″x 36″ that this tutorial is for, so I simply figured out how big a square was and then mapped out how many squares wide plus how many squares long my quilt needed to be. I’ve chosen 3 fabrics, Heather Bailey-Nicey Jane  , and Grand Revival-Darla & Ava Rose.

Here’s what I’ve gotten done so far…

Vintage Pie Iron Yummy-ness

I was browsing my favorite antique store this weekend, and looky what I found! A vintage pie iron, a Toast Treat. It’s aluminum so I only plan to use it over the propane stove. I tried it out over the stove at home, works awesome! I love my vintage finds and I love using them!  I found a great website that sells replicas of the Toast-ite, and their page is filled with recipes!  I just love the cute vintage-inspired printable recipe cards! I tried the Applie Pie, Nutella & Strawberries and S’mores.  I love the Smore’s one, it’s way easier and less messy than traditional Smore’s.

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DIY Custom Pillowcases

In my previous post, I showed you how to modify existing flat bed sheets to custom camper bed sheets. You could also do them with custom fabric of your choice if you can find fabric wide enough.  Now if you used store bought flat sheets, you can match them up with the store bought pillow cases. If you made them from fabric or want to jazz up your bedding with custome pillow cases, here is a great tutorial from Momtastic!

DIY: Perfect Pillowcase

DIY Camper Sheets

Most camper and popup beds sizes do not correspond to “real” bed sizes. So you can make your own sheets! Most fabric stores do not carry fabric wider than 60″, but if you need a width larger than that, I recommend starting with flat sheets (I buy mine at Ikea).  I used this method to make custom sheets for my daughter’s toddler bed, and I found a very similar great tutorial from Amanda at Kitschy Coo here.

Fitted Sheet

Materials:  2.5 yards of  70” or wider fabric or appropriate sized flat stock sheet

Determine what size of fabric you will need for your mattress. Measure the length, width and height of your mattress. If you used mattress toppers, be sure to account for this in your height. Amanda at Kitchy Coo had a mattress that was 4″ thick and 24″x63″. You will then use the formula below to cut out a rectangle for your sheet.  I have found that the most popular camper mattresses measure 3″ thick and are either 60″x80″ Queen or 48″x80″ Double. So start with 2 double flat sheets, or two Queen flat sheets since finding fabric on the bolt that is wider than 60″ is tough.

Template used by Amanda at Kitschy Coo

 

  1. Cut a rectangle of fabric measuring the width as the [width of mattress + 2 x height + 1 1/2″].  Then measure the length of the sheet as [length of mattress + 2 x height + 1 1/2″]. For the double size listed above you would need a rectangle 55 1/2″ x 87 12″. A Queen would be 67 1/2″ x 87 1/2″.
  2. Cut out a square at each corner that is [mattress thickness x 2 + 3/4″].  Match up the 2 sides of each cut out square – right sides together – and stitch. This makes the fitted corners.  For the Double and Queen sizes I listed, you will cut out squares measuring 6 3/4″ on each side.
  3. Match up the two 6 3/4″ cut sides and sew shut, creating a pocket or box. You can finish the sheet edge in several different ways :
  1. Turn under the edge 1/4 “, then another 1/2″ to make a casing, leaving an opening to insert the elastic. Cut a 90″ piece of 3/8” elastic, insert into the casing, stitch the ends of the elastic together, and sew the opening closed.
  2. Overcast the edges all the way around with a serger. Sew the elastic on the wrong side with the edge of the elastic even with the edge of the fabric. Stretch the elastic as you sew it on, sewing with a 3 step zigzag stitch.
  3. Hem the entire sheet, then use elastic only at the corners. Cut four lengths of elastic 15″ long. Stretch from the corner seam 12″ in each direction and sew on using a zig-zag or 3-step zig-zag.

Flat Sheet

Materials:  Start with a similarly sized flat sheet. You will not find fabrics wider than 60″ at the fabric stores, so if you have a fabric you love in mind, you will have to  piece some together (leaving an uncomfortable seam down the middle). It’s easiest and cheaper to start with a store bought flat sheet. But if you can find fabric that is 70″ or wider on the bolt, that is what you will need.

  1. Cut a rectangle of fabric measuring the width as the [width of mattress + 2 x height + 1 1/2″].  Then measure the length of the sheet as [length of mattress + 2 x height + 1 1/2″].
  2. For the double size listed above you would need a rectangle 55 1/2″ x 87 1/2″. A Queen would be 67 1/2″ x 87 1/2″.
  3. Turn under the edge 1/4 “, along each side and press with iron. Again, along 3 sides,  turn under another 1/4″ to make a hem, sew the hem. Along the top edge of the sheet you can turn down the top edge of sheet to make a 2” hem along the top.

 

DIY Envelope Toss Cushions

 

I am addicted to Ikea fabric. Nowhere else can you find quality heavy duty decor fabric for $7-$10 a meter! I have made so many pillow covers this week I could do it blind folded. I found the fastest easiest way to make a pillow over with minimal sewing. I should have taken pictures but it’s so easy anyone who can sew a straight line could do it. I love the FJADRAR pillow forms. They are feather filled, washable and fluff up so nicely. I love that fluff & karate chop look you get with these pillows, looks like the decorating shows on HGTV. I made some cute ones for the popup to give a little decorating flair on the cheap.

For this project you will need a sewing machine, fabric, thread, sissors, quilting ruler or square

 

So there are three sizes of pillow forms I like to work with, and the length of fabric you will need for each.

*FJADRAR 20″ x 20″ >> 0.75 meters or 3/4 yard of fabric

*FJADRAR 16″ X 24″ >> 0.5 meter/ half yard of fabric (for vertical flap overlap)for one pillow – OR 1 meter/1 yard of fabric (for horizontal flap overlap, and you can get two pillows from this piece of fabric

*GOSA ASTER 26″ x 26″ (from bedding department) >> 0.75 m or 3/4 yard of fabric

 

I like making envelope pillows, they are fast and easy and if you are using Ikea decor fabric with a width of 58″, minimal cutting is required. Start by washing and drying your fabric first. Then iron it. This is important, you want your pillow cover to be washable and not shrink after sewing. I recommend that you zigzag or serge the cut ends before washing so they dont fray in the wash. Then “square up” your piece of fabric by using a quilters square to make sure the cut sides are square to the factory selvedge edge.

 

Zigzag or serge the cut ends to prevent fraying on the finish pillow when it gets washed. This saves you a step later.

 

Next follow the directions for the size of Ikea pillow form you have. We are going to make pillows with 1/2″ seams, a 1 1/2″ double fold edge on the flap and a 4″ overlap on the back envelope. To figure out the rectangle you need for you pillow form, use this formula:

 

Height = pillow side measurement + 1″

Width = (Pillow width x 2) + 8″ inches I’ve done this for you if you are using Ikea pillow forms.

 

FJADRAR 20″ X 20″ (vertical flap overlap)

1)Lay your fabric on your work surface pattern “good” side down. Cut a rectangle 48″ wide by 21″ high. The long sides are your top and bottom and the short side is the sides of the pillow.

 

2)Fold over one side 1/2″ and iron. Repeat for the other side.

 

 

3)Fold over the side again 1 1/2″ and iron, repeat for other side.

 

I just leave these as is. I don’t like topstitching, I think pressed looks cleaner. If you want you could iron on some SY iron-on hemming tape to glue the double fold flap down instead. Or you could topstitch it now if you wanted to.

 

4)Next, mark the center of your fabric along it’s width and draw a line vertically along the pillow. From this center line, measure over 10″ to the left and mark another line. Then on the other side of the center line, mark 10″ over to the right. Fold your fabric on these right and left lines to make the envelope, right sides together. Iron the folds.

 

5)You will now have a 20″ x 21″ F folded square that looks like your pillow inside out. Line up your flaps nicely and pin the top and bottom in place. Pin along the 21″ sides. Sew a 1/2″ seam along each side. You are sewing up your short side across the overlapped fabric of the pack of the pillow. Your pillow is now finished and inside out. Turn right side out and use a sharp object or turning tool to poke the corners out.

 

GOSA ASTER 26″ x 26″

1)I only cut the length and I use the entire 58″ width of the fabric to save cutting time since the little pit left over only goes to waste anyway. So I cut a rectangle the width of the fabric and 27″ high.

 

2)Follow the steps 1-3 above, and when you get to step 4, mark the center. This time when you get to step 4, mark your lines over 13″ on each the left and right of the center. Continue on with steps 4 and 5 above, except you are measureing out a 26″ x 27″ folded square.

 

FJADRAR 16″ X 24″

1) This is a rectangular pillow and you can have the top and bottom overlap (which is nice if you want the overlap to be horizontal across the front of the pillow. You can add decorative buttons to the top flap. Or, you can do it the same as the square pillows have a vertical overlap along the back.

 

2) For a horizontal overlap, you will need a rectangle that measures 25″ wide, and 40″ long. If you are using a meter or yard of fabric, you can get two pillows out of it. Make sure your pattern runs vertically along the long side. Follow the steps above with these modifications. Fold the fabric over by 1/2 ” along the 25″ wide edge and iron. Repeat for the other 25″ wide edge. Fold over again 1 1/2″ inches and iron to create a double fold. Repeat for the other side. Find your center of the fabric horizontally. Measure up 8″ from the center line, and another line 8″ below. Fold on these lines right sides together. Iron. You will now have a folded rectangle measuring 16″ x 25″. Sew up the short sides with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Complete the pillow by turning inside out.

 

3) For a vertical overlap, you will need a to cut a rectangle 17″ high x 56″ wide. If I am using Ikea fabric that is pre shrunk and washed, it ends up being pretty close to the width I need, so I dont cut it. I just use the entire width, and cut 17″ high. Make sure your pattern runs vertically along the short side. Follow the steps above with these modifications. Fold the fabric over by 1/2 ” along the 25″ short edge and iron. Repeat for the other 25″ wide short edge. Fold over again 1 1/2″ inches and iron to create a double fold. Repeat for the other side. Find your center of the fabric along the long side. Measure over 12″ from the center line to the left, and another line 12″ from the center on the right. Fold on these lines right sides together. Iron. You will now have a folded rectangle measuring 16″ x 25″. Sew up the long sides with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Complete the pillow by turning inside out.

RV in Love

I originallly, very,really badly wanted a vintage camper. Maybe a Shasta, Cardinal or Airstream. I love reading all the vintage camper blogs. But all the vintage campers I looked at were several thousand dollars and they were a complete mess.  For the amount of money we’d spend to bring it up to par, we almost be better of buying a used newer model from a dealer.  The Hubby would have gladly helped me restore one, but in the end time was the issue. We wanted to go on longer trips this year and The Hubby really wanted air conditioning so we could leave the dog in the camper and go swimming or sightseeing places where our retriever wouldn’t be allowed. I also really wanted an indoor bathtub to bath the kiddo in. Neither one of these things could be found in the vintage lovlies we looked at.  So when I saw the Z-1 with it’s retro-inspired rounded front, I was in canned-ham love!

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So we took the plunge and went to the dark side! It’s -40 Celsius in these parts so we figured it would be a great time to buy a travel trailer and we were right! We saved tons of money on a brand new 2014 Crossroads Z-1! We got it for a great price since the dealer bought a few of the 2014 models late last year before the canadian dollar tanked and passed the savings on to us.

I’ll miss the PUP, but I’m sure I won’t be too hard done by with a microwave and a TV. And before y’all get all judgmental (it ain’t camping if there’s a TV and microwave- is it?), I dare you to camp with children for a week in the rain. Monopoly and UNO can only get you so far.

And so this blog is about bringing vintage loveliness to our new trailer!