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Tutorial: Fabric art blocks

For Christmas gifts for my colleagues, I needed something quick but handmade. I had a couple of designs in my head, I needed to get out (they were keeping me awake at night). I had an idea to make those blocks into hanging art blocks.

I had a few folks ask about how I mounted the blocks. Here are the steps I used.


  • One (1) Canvas Frame (eg. 12 x 4″)
  • One (1) Fabric Block (eg. 16 x 8″)
  • 1 1/2″ Fusible Batting Tape
  • Staple Gun


  1. When making your block, add two inches to each side (allowance for wrapping around the canvas).
  2. Cut four (4) pieces of batting tape the length of each side. The batting tape will be used to stabilize and finish the edges of the block.
  3. Fold the batting tape over each edge (one at a time). Iron to adhere the batting tape and hold it in place. Take the pre-made canvas board and place it on the back of the block face down.
  4. Take the first long edge of the fabric block and fold over the frame. Staple in the middle, in place. Repeat on the opposite side, stretching the block flat. Fold the corners (try folding a 45 degree angle), pull lightly to stretch the block smooth, staple in place. Repeat with each corner. If needed, add additional staples to provide the appropriate even stretch over your frame.
    NOTE: Check as you add the staples, that the block is laying flat and have smooth edges with each addition of a staple.

  5. Turn your block over….your block is all done. This block is a 12 x 4″.

Reusable coffee cup sleeves – SOLD!!

It’s so nice to take a 5 minute break, so I can do some blogging instead of sewing :-).

As I mentioned last week, I signed up to my company’s Christmas craft fair (December 5th); but I was realizing the work I would need to do, to get stock to sell in the craft fair.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Things are coming along with the reusable coffee cup sleeves, and they are looking good. I have put in a significant amount of work into design, patch working and the quilting of these, but the most important thing…I am having a lot of fun doing it. You won’t believe this but I am having trouble keeping the sleeves for the fair – I have already sold 6 of them!!!

Here are some of the finished ones which I am keeping for the fair.

1. Coffee themed sleeve and coaster (coffee bean fabric from Spoonflower, designer: glimmericks)


2. Earth-toned sleeve  (coffee cup featured material from Spoonflower, designer: heidikenney)


3. Blue, green and grey block sleeve

4. Red and Black Sleeves – SOLD!!


Here are some that are still a work in progress (take a look at last week’s blog for additional design’s):


I plan on making 10 coffee cup sleeve + coaster sets, and 20 individual coffee cup sleeve….that is in addition to what I just sold.  All of them are either cut out or have the top at least sewn. This weekend, luckily with the long weekend, I should have them all done.

More placemats for Christmas – Project 2

I was asked by a friend to make some placemats for a christmas gift. We found some great New York themed Home Essential Fabric from Joann’s which will work great for the recipients.

These are simple placemats – New York fabric used for the front, Striped fabric for the back, dark brown binding and straight line quilting used to join everything together.