Saturday, February 18, 2012

Dress Up Your Roll challenge

Oh no!  You mean you don't cover your roll?  LOL!  Over at QuiltJane she is having a Dress Up Your Roll contest.  I decided to play a little with some fabric as it's a great stress reliever.  I was a little stumped at first.  I mean what in the world could I design to cover a toliet paper roll?  So I perused my shelves and pulled 3 coordinated fat quarters off the shelf that I had bought at the shop hop last fall.  I added an orange leaf print from DS Quilts Aunt Edna.

I used my EZ Dresden ruler and cut out 2.5" segments from the gray, orange and aqua print.    

They are so easy to sew.  Then just turn out the end and press.

Match up the sides and sew all the pieces together.  Easy peasy.  I cut a circle plus seam allowance for the center.  I use a thin interfacing to sew wrong sides together all the way around.

The cut a slit in the interfacing, turn, poke out the edges, and press!

I love the way this turned out!  I will use it on the top of the roll cover.

I used this tutorial by Barb at Bejewled Quilts as a general guide for the roll structure.  I layered circles for the top-inside plain gray fabric, between some thicker interfacing, the gray fabric, and the dresden flower and circle on top.  I appliqued around the center of the dresden using a zig zag stitch.  I didn't sew any other way through the top  layers.  I cut out a 10x20.5" strip of fabric and folded it layering a piece of batting inside.  I quilted straight lines through all layers.  

The putting wrong sides together I attached the top to the raw edge of the side leaving about 2 inches or so for sewing the side seam later.  I didn't pin but just lined it up as I fed it through the machine. 

 I think If I did this again I might sew a scant seam around the top's layers to hold them together as I did have to go back and resew two places where the top layer didn't catch.

After I checked all the seams I turned it using a plastic knitting needle.  I bought 3 different size sets on clearance at Joann's last year for about $.50 each.  I keep one of each size by my machine and one set on my cutting/work table.  They have rounded ends and are great for turning tiny corners or large, wide or narrow openings.  They are one of my favorite sewing tools.

Tada!  Finished.  Very quick and easy to make.  I may have to make some gifts.  Easter, Mother's pretty.  
Sorry the colors are too dark in the above photo.  
But yes there is a large size Scott toilet tissue toll in there.

Here it is in the upstairs bathroom.  The bathroom is painted a pale Heirloom spa blue that leans toward the aqua.I have four vintage shoofly blocks in deep aquas, browns, and orange in a vintage wood frame hanging in the bathroom too.  

So this holder matches very nicely.

Yes, MY roll is very nicely dressed.

Keep dreaming...Colleen,
Finally a real picture of my Habitat challenge top.
 I'm working on quilting this so it can be in next months quilt show.


Leah said...

Awesome! Love the Dresdon top.

WoolenSails said...

I love it, what a creative idea to decorate with and have it handy.


piece peace said...

That is definitely the best dressed roll I have seen. Also, I love your Habitat quilt.

Nancy@OwensOlivia said...

That is too funny! A dressed up toilet roll? I'm gonna have to step up my game!