Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fabric Panel Project Ideas

Have you ever bought a panel because you loved it, but didn't know what to do with it when you got it home?  Today I'm going to show you three projects I made with panel parts, and share some other ideas.   Here's the panel I used in my projects:

Moonlight Manor panel by Deb Strain/Moda

I chose three of the motifs and made a place mat, snack mat and kitchen towel.  Each of them were simple, easy projects.

For the kitchen towel, I chose a square motif with a black background, then purchased a very inexpensive black kitchen towel ($1.50) at my local big box store.  (It's hard to see the motif background in the photo, which is kind of the point).  I adhered Heat-n-Bond Lite to the back of the motif, ironed it onto the towel, and used a narrow zigzag stitch to finish.  I added a band of fabric at the bottom by cutting a 2 1/2" strip, pressing it in half lengthwise, stitching the raw edges approx. 1/2" from the bottom, flipping it downward and stitching it down.  So easy and I really like how it turned out. I did pre-wash both the fabric and towel before I began, so the fusible film would adhere properly.

In making the place mat and snack mat, I chose motifs and then just kind of built around them.  I did have an idea (from Pinterest) on what sizes I wanted them to be.  I layered them with cotton batting and backing, and did some simple quilting.  Then applied binding which I finished by machine.  Each one didn't take long at all.  I plan on giving them to my grandkiddos.  

8 1/2" x 11 1/2" finished size

9" x 13 1/2" finished size

As I cut the individual motifs apart and started playing around with them, I could see the possibilities were endless: 
  • For the kitchen - snack mats, place mats, potholders, embellished towels, table runners
  • For the home - small and large pillows, banners, quilts, wall hangings
  • For kids - treat sacks, small treat bags, baby bibs, appliqued t-shirts
  • For you - gift bags, tote bags, zipper bags, aprons
 All of these items would make great gifts too, especially with all the great holiday panels available. 
Individual pieces

I applied fusible web to this one, before cutting, so it can be used as an applique

The panel used for these projects is available in my Etsy store for 25% off, if you'd like to make any of these projects for your own little goblins (or yourself).

Linking to Quilt Story Fabric Tuesday
                My Quilt Infatuation Needle & Thread Thursday 
                Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday


  1. Such cute stuff thanks for sharing!

  2. What great idea! And I love the owl. I probably would have bought the panel just to have that owl... lol.