Since we've all been talking about things we love, let me add in a couple more of mine: Tea and making gifts for people!
This project using up some of my leftover scraps is just perfect. These were the first half square triangles I attempted for my previous Moda block. I had done something wrong so they came out a little crazy and just bigger than the 2" end result I was hoping to achieve. In fact, somehow this strip of seven "2" blocks" measures 11" in length???
Well, that is what I call a happy accident, because 11" is just what you want to go around a mason jar! I added 1 x 11" inch strips on either side to make a 3 x 11" strip. Then I cut a matching piece to line the cozy.
Using a mason jar lid as a pattern I to cut two circles for the outer and lining base.
Then I cut one 3" x 11" strip of batting and one circle of batting. Now, we're ready to roll!
With 1/4" allowance, sew the short ends of your lining strip together, right sides facing.
Layer the batting over the wrong side of the pieced strip. Fold the pieced strip right sides together and sew the short ends.
Clip the excess batting to reduce bulk.
Pin the lining circle to the lining strip and the outer circle, with batting against wrong side of fabric, to the pieced strip. Notice how I pin from the backside and then from the frontside alternating each pin. This will help you set your circles without gappin or puckers.
PS: Those painted pins double as doll earings. Yes, we pierced their ears right through the plastic and into their poor heads!
With right sideds together, place one "cup" into the other. Sew along top edge, leaving an open space for turning.
Turn it right side out. Pin the open area closed and the seam straight. Top stitch close to the edge.
All you need to do now is pick out your favorite tea. I topped it all off with a Cosmo Cricket Show Topper lid in black. It's the perfect touch for a gift!