Quilt As You Go Spiritual Mug Mats by June Tailor | a Shabby Fabrics Tutorial


[ Peaceful musical intro ] Hi, it’s Jen from Shabby Fabrics. I have
another amazing project from the June Tailor Quilt As You Go collection. We have shot many videos on June Tailor’s projects, and they just keep coming and
they’re so much fun to make. We’re getting a lot of great feedback. These are just so fun to make, and they’re so practical. Now what we have today is actually a set
of seven of these inspirational mug mats. This is the spiritual collection, which I
love. I’m a Christian, and if you’re a Christian, sometimes it’s hard to find
products that we want to adorn our home with that really just proclaim our faith.
And I love this collection. It’s called Amazing Grace, and we’ve got a quilt behind us, and we’ve also done the Inspirational Mug Mats. So the quilt itself is
available for what’s called a ‘reserve’— if you’re watching at a time when this
quilt is still available—where you can reserve your kit. There’s limited fabrics
available, and we’ve put in our order and we’re just waiting for the fabric to
come in. But if you want one of those kits, go ahead and reserve that because
there are limited quantities. We’ve also held back some of the yardage for making
the Inspirational Mug Mats, and the kit makes seven of them, one for every single
day of the week. I love that! Something new to read on your inspirational mug
mat. There’s always an inspiration piece on each of the mug mats and they’re all
different, which I love. They’re different in their arrangement, they’re a different
saying, they use different fonts, they truly look different. So I’ll just be
showing you one of those today, but the instructions in the kit are for all
seven that are included. So let me show you what your kit will look like. If
you’ve never seen a June Tailor batting kit before, it’s a beautiful cotton
batting and it’s printed with lines. Those lines have very specific placement
and instructions for you, and a numbering system that helps you know how to place your fabrics. And you can literally quilt as you go, as it suggests. So you don’t
have to quilt later, like we do once we make a quilt top and then we take
it out for longarm quilting or we quilt it ourselves. So this is what the batting
will look like, and it’s wrinkled. Don’t worry about that. You’re very tempted—I’m always tempted to want to iron that but June Tailor’s instructions are very specific. They recommend that you do not iron at this point, because it could
potentially shrink and distort, and then your pieces will be a little bit too big,
if this shrinks and you cut the fabrics to the sizes included in the pattern
they won’t fit the batting. So don’t—don’t worry, those wrinkles will come out
as you handle and use the fabric. Or, it—use the batting, excuse me. Now of course,
you also have your inspirational mug sayings and they have the dashed lines
where you would be cutting out. Feel free to go ahead and use sizing. Iron those as
you normally would any other fabric, so that—you can go ahead and use that iron
you so want to use for that. Once you cut your batting apart, and the
instructions are very specific on how they want you to do that. Notice this one
right here. They wanted us to go ahead and cut a quarter inch outside of our
outside lines. So this is the one we’ll be making today,
so I’ve went ahead and I’ve cut my batting to be a quarter inch outside
of that line, and I’ve cut my backing. Be sure that your backing fabric is facing
down, the right side is down, because that’s going to be the back of your
project. And speaking of that, since you’ll be sewing through to the back of
the project, you’re going to want to use a coordinating thread. This is a
beautiful thread, here. This is a 50 weight cotton, I think it’s color 1095,
and that’s what we used in our bobbin. I’m using just a Konfetti cotton in the
top for my piecing, so to speak. Later on, though, when I’m attaching my binding, I
will once again be using this on the top as well, because that stitching will be showing. So as you would suspect, we need to start with our inspirational saying. And as we look at the batting, you can see there’s a number one right there. I’ve cut my piece out and it fits exactly inside the framework of that. And our instructions will lead us to cutting out, depending on which one we’re doing, it will tell us what size to cut our fabrics to. And we’ve cut those ahead of time. You might want to go ahead and use sizing in your fabric. One of the reasons I like to
use sizing with June Tailor projects, is I know I’m not supposed to be ironing, and it seems like when I use sizing it gives my fabric a little more body. So when I am pressing, either with finger pressing or with the Clover Roll & Press, it’s more likely to stay in the position that I’m looking—we’re not—what
I’m hoping it will—will do, is stay— stay where I want it to stay, and lie nice and
flat as if I had ironed it with a hot iron. So after piece one, of course, piece two
will come. I’ve pre-cut my pieces to the size included inside the instructions
which are in your kit. And you can see where that’s naturally where that’s going to go. Now, you’ve got plenty of fabric in your kit where if you want to do a little bit of fussy cutting— where you particularly, you know, maybe you want to get a piece where you get a full cross in one of those, and you have enough fabric to do that, go ahead and do that. Be sure you’re checking to make sure you’re not overusing any one fabric, and you end up short. But this—this may be an opportunity where you might want to do a little bit of fussy
cutting, if you desire, so we definitely want that to be in position too. So as we
see, that’s going to go there. we’ll just go right sides—and I’ll start with a
standard quarter inch seam allowance. And let’s get started here. Normally we would, of course, be ironing like we always do, but that’s just a good habit of quilting. But, in this case we won’t. So I’ll start off with a finger press. I’m always gonna be pressing away. So we’ll start with a finger press, and this is where I love to use the Clover
Roll & Press. It just seems to be that— somewhat of my substitute iron when I
can’t grab for that hot iron that I so want to grab for. Now, piece three is down here. I always like to first check—is that the right length? Yes. Okay. So
let’s go ahead and we will go right sides together— Actually, let me check
that piece. That looks a little bit long to me. Yes, and that’s one of the thing—
reasons that I like to check. So let’s go look at our pattern. Let’s go double check. Any time I have a discrepancy, I like to go double check. And this is the
one that we’re building. Piece number three should be four and a half inches long, let’s look at that. And you know, I’m over that. So let’s go ahead, I’m gonna
take my ruler—this was not planned! I’ve got my—I had my ruler out because I have
to trim my backing. So I’m gonna go to my four and a half inch mark, which is on
this side of the ruler. I’m gonna lay that down. I’m not even lining up with
the table at this point, I’m lining up with my ruler— and I’m gonna trim that.
Okay. Now let’s go check this, let’s go see if everything’s fitting the way that
we were expecting it. Now! Now it’s correct. So that’s a perfect example of
going too fast in the sewing room and over-cutting a strip. Double check before
you sew it down, because you don’t want to seam rip. And now let’s go ahead and sew that together. Okay! So just like before, I will finger
press. I do like to get rid of those threads, though. I do. Even though it’s all going to be tucked in, I still like to get rid of those threads. I don’t want
them kind of just dangling inside this project. Okay. So as you would expect, I’ve
done piece 1, 2, 3. Now I’m looking for— Let’s see. Piece 4 is here, 5, piece… I
should probably have my glasses here, huh? 6 and 7 and 8 and 9. You continue on in this progression, where you are laying the
piece down, confirming it’s the right size, right side together, to press to the
outside. We’re going to repeat that. So when I can repeat that, here, up here, up here, and we’re gonna continue following in that sequence. I’ll go ahead and do that off camera. So when we come back, I want to show you how to finish. First off, trim your backing, and how to finish the binding which will actually wrap around
to the front. So when I come back, I’ll take you to that next step. Now that I have all my pieces down, this is what it looks like so far. And one of the things I noticed, I did not do a basting spray with the back of
my batting to my background fabric. That is something they do recommend in the pattern, and it does stabilize it where it’s not gonna move. I had enough tackiness—enough contact between the batting and the backing that I did not
use a basting spray, because it kind of doesn’t work in the studio here, but my—I notice my backing shifted just a little bit while I was sewing, so, but I also
didn’t pin. So I was trying to kind of hustle the project along a little bit, so just be aware that that may be an option you might want to consider, is to use a basting spray that locks that backing into position and it’s not gonna go anywhere. Okay, so now those pieces are all sewn down and finger pressed or
roller pressed to the outside. The next step that they want you to do is to go
ahead and trim one inch away from the edge of your batting
on all sides and that’s trimming your background. So I just like to use, now, the white dots on my ruler, because these are my whole numbers. And I’ll be just laying that line with the number 1 right along there, and I’ll go ahead and trim it. If I had my spinning mat, I would certainly be using that, so I don’t have to keep
picking up my project. But I don’t have that one handy at the moment. And I’ll
just slide that ruler along and trim that side. It’s always nice to do
projects that are kind of like, I think— I think I call this kind of self-binding, where the binding isn’t a separate piece of fabric that you bring in later. It’s just a faster process, and it really kind of saves fabric, I think, because you know,
it’s all contained, it’s all one thing. So, how they recommend to you to do the
backing, I really like this technique. I would definitely have an iron nearby, and I don’t have one with me today just to save on a little bit of space, but here’s how they recommend. Go ahead and press after you’ve trimmed that to that one inch. You’re going to press all the way to the edge of that batting. Just fold it in, and you can finger press until you get your nice hot iron. And iron that into position, and then you’ll come over here all the way on top of the project. So now I’m just going to put a Wonder
Clip in here. You can use the regular size Wonder Clips, you can use the Mini Wonder Clips, whatever you prefer, but I definitely love using the Wonder Clips.
Okay. So that would be securing that edge down. And again, I definitely recommend
kind of pressing as you go. It just kind of keeps everything in position. You might want to just go ahead and start with your sides first, then down here, turn 90 degrees. I would press so that’s good and crisp right there. Come up a quarter of an inch, press, and then bring that up. And that’s gonna create that
nice miter for you right there in that corner. Let’s put a clip right there, so
that doesn’t go anywhere. And you would just continue to do that, all the way up. And again, I’d recommend you go ahead and
bring your sides in first, and then that way the bottoms and the tops will work equally, and you’ll have beautiful miters in all four corners. That’s when—and I would top stitch it, but I don’t have the right color in the top right now, I have the white. And of course you’ll be seeing that, because now the stitching is gonna be on the top. Hopefully you can see that from the overhead camera. We came just inside this edge, just inside, even less than an eighth of an inch, and we’re just
stitching. Just start here. Pivot in the corners and sew around all four sides.
And you already have one mat done! These go together very quickly, it’s easily
just a half-day project. They’ll look beautiful in your home, beautiful for—
maybe a gift for a friend from church, or maybe a pastor or a priest. So I think
they’re wonderful for gift giving as well! So, I hope you enjoyed learning how
to make these mats today! If you haven’t already subscribed to the YouTube channel, be sure to do that! That way, you’ll never miss a video from Shabby Fabrics. I’ll see you next time! [ Relaxing instrumental outro ]