Episode 706

Jessie G

Color Me Mine by Jessie Giardino

Technique by Carol Ingram, courtesy of Sulky of America

Embellish fabric with a unique sandpaper and crayon color transfer technique. Then make a place mat or coaster to showcase the technique.

Road Sign

Create a place mat incorporating fabric print motifs as crayon color embellishments.


Supplies listed are enough to make two 12"x17" place mats.

1/2 yard each of light-colored solid & coordinating print cotton fabric (front & backing)

Two 13"x18" rectangles of insulated batting or fusible fleece

2 packages of 1"-wide matching bias tape or four 2 1/2"x44" strips of coordinating fabric (binding)

Removable fabric marker

Temporary spray adhesive (See "Sources.")

Thread: coordinating all-purpose & 30-wt. decorative (See "Sources.")

Size 90/14 topstitch needle (See "Sources.")

Crayons in coordinating colors

#60 grit general-purpose sandpaper

Disposable "sandpaper-only" scissors

Muslin fabric scraps

Cut It

From the front and backing fabrics, cut two 13"x18" rectangles each.

If using self fabric for the binding, piece together two strip short ends, and then press open the seam. Fold one strip end 1/4" toward the wrong side; press. Fold the strip in half lengthwise with right sides together; press. Repeat to create a second binding strip.

Color It

Choose a motif from the fabric print to transfer onto the front fabrics. Trace the shape onto a piece of paper and enlarge as desired. Cut out the motif template. The featured place mat incorporates two motifs. Create as many templates as desired.

Position the template(s) onto one front fabric right side until satisfied with the placement. Keep each template at least 1" away from the front fabric edges to account for binding. Trace each template using a removable fabric marker (1). Remove the templates.


Trace each template onto the sandpaper wrong side; cut out using disposable scissors. Cut out the sandpaper over a piece of paper to avoid stray pieces of sand spilling onto your workspace.

Using the crayon color of choice, color the sandpaper shape thoroughly on the right side, pressing hard to transfer as much color to the sandpaper as possible (2). If desired, use several colors on each shape. Or use only one color, as showcased on the featured place mat.


Shake excess crayon dust from the sandpaper once coloring is complete.

TIP: Don't hold the colored sandpaper template over the fabric until ready to heat-transfer. Tiny specks of sandpaper grit and crayon will spill onto the project, causing unsightly specks on the fabric.

Cover the ironing surface with a piece of muslin. Place the front fabric right side up over the muslin. Carefully position one colored sandpaper template right side down over the corresponding template marks (3).


Place another piece of muslin (or two) over the front fabric and sandpaper template. Heat-set the template using a hot, dry iron with no steam. Don't move the iron while pressing or the template will shift.

Lift up one template corner to check the color transfer. If it's to your liking, remove the template and repeat to heat-set each remaining template. If more color is desired, add more heat or recolor the template and carefully reposition to heat-set again.

Place a new, clean piece of muslin over the transferred motifs; press to melt any residual color and extract excess oil. Repeat using new muslin until little or no residue is transferred to the muslin when pressed.

Repeat to embellish the second front fabric rectangle.

Sew It

Position one backing fabric wrong side up on a flat work surface.

Position one insulated batting or fusible fleece rectangle over the backing. If using insulated batting, use temporary spray adhesive to secure it to the fabric. If using fusible fleece, fuse the fleece to the backing fabric wrong side, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Spray the fleece or batting with temporary spray adhesive. Position one front fabric right side up over the batting or fleece, aligning the corners and edges.

Thread the machine with 30-wt. decorative thread and install a size 90/14 topstitch needle.

Outline stitch each motif perimeter through all layers using a straight stitch (4).


Evenly trim the place mat to 12"x17".

Bind the place mat using bias tape or self-fabric binding.

Repeat to create the second place mat.

DIY Self Fabric Binding

If making your own binding, cut a fabric square according to the instructions in "How Much Do I Need" below.

Fold the binding-square lower-right corner diagonally to meet the upper left corner, with right sides together. Fold the lower-left corner to the upper-right corner (5).

Using a removable fabric marker and a clear ruler, draw a line 1 1/2" from the left folded edge. Draw another line 3" from the first, and then continue marking lines 3" apart across the entire triangle (6).

Cut along each line using a rotary cutter, mat and clear ruler. With right sides together, piece the strips along the short edges to achieve one long strip, making sure to extend the strip-end corners to account for a 1/4" seam allowance (7). Press open the seams, and then trim off the extending corners (8). Fold one binding end 1" toward the wrong side. Fold the binding strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together; press.

Position the binding along the quilt-top perimeter, matching the raw edges. Begin pinning the binding 2" from the binding folded end along the quilt-top lower-edge center (9).

End the stitching 1/4" from each corner. Raise the needle, rotate the quilt 90º, and then fold the binding up and back down over itself, aligning the binding raw edge with the adjacent edge to form a miter (10). Lower the needle and continue stitching 1/4" from the adjacent edge.

End the stitching 1" before the binding beginning. Trim the binding end to fit inside the beginning fold. Insert the raw end into the fold, and then finish the binding stitching.

Wrap the binding long folded edge around the quilt raw edge, mitering the corners on both sides; pin. Slipstitch the binding fold to the quilt back.

How Much do I Need?

You may think that a ton of extra fabric is needed in order to achieve the very long fabric strips needed to create bias binding. However, a small fabric square may be all you need. Use this simple calculation to decipher how much binding fabric to purchase based on the place mat, table cloth or quilt size. The numbers below represent the requirements for a 45"x60"quilt.

Project length + width x 2 = 210

+ 15" for piecing & mitering = 225

x desired cut width (3") = 675

Square root of total = 25.98 (round up to 26")

/36 = .72 yard; round up to 3/4 yard or 27"

Making your own bias binding has its benefits. The fabric will match perfectly, has a nicer hand than prepackaged binding, and the process of cutting, sewing and pressing is very therapeutic. If you're short on time, purchase premade bias binding in the color of your choice. Prewash, dry and press it flat before applying.

Rock On

Stitch a cute coaster set for a music lover.


Supplies listed are enough to make two 4"-diameter coasters.

1/4 yard each of light-colored solid & coordinating print cotton fabric (front & backing)

Two 6" squares each of insulated batting or fusible fleece & 6-gauge clear vinyl or oilcloth

Removable fabric marker

Temporary spray adhesive (See "Sources.")

Thread: coordinating all-purpose & 30-wt. decorative (See "Sources.")

Crayons in coordinating colors

#60 grit general-purpose sandpaper

Disposable "sandpaper-only" scissors

Muslin fabric scraps

Scrap paper

Pinking shears

Cut It

From the front and backing fabrics, cut two 6" squares each.

Using the sandpaper-only scissors, cut two 6"squares of sandpaper.

Color It

Download and cut out the Color Me Mine templates here. Cut out the inner circle of "Template B."

Select a motif from the backing fabric. For the featured project, a vinyl record was chosen. To create a vinyl record, trace "Template A" onto the sandpaper right side using a black crayon. Center "Template B" within the first circle and trace the template's inner and outer circles using a teal or green-yellow crayon. Place the sandpaper templates onto scrap paper to protect your work surface. Color in the outermost ring using black crayon and the middle ring using teal or green-yellow (11). Or, select a crayon color. Color the sandpaper motif as desired, transferring as much crayon color as possible.


Repeat to trace and color in the remaining sandpaper circle or template.

Follow the previous instructions to transfer and heat-set the crayon to light-colored fabric square.

TIP: Using a matching crayon, lightly color each section of the motif. This provides shading and fills in gaps in the speckled sandpaper areas. Heat set the shading with muslin over and under the fabric.

Sew It

Use 1/4" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

Place the color-transferred square wrong side up on a piece of scrap paper. Lightly spray the fabric with temporary spray adhesive. Adhere one batting square to the fabric.

Thread the sewing machine with decorative thread. Stitch over and around the crayon transfer as desired through both layers.

Using a removable fabric marker, trace "Template C" onto the batting, centering the motif. Cut out the circle. Trace "Template C" onto the vinyl or oilcloth and backing fabric wrong side; cut out.

Place the color-transferred circle right side up on a flat work surface. Position the backing circle wrong side up over the color-transferred fabric circle. Place the vinyl or oilcloth circle over the backing circle. Pin the layers together through only the seam allowance.

Thread the machine with all-purpose thread. Stitch the circle perimeter, leaving a 2" opening for turning.

Pink the coaster perimeter. Turn the coaster right side out, folding the opening raw edges toward the wrong side. Topstitch the coaster 1/8" from the edge, closing the opening with the stitches.

Repeat to complete the second coaster.


Schmetz Needles provided the topstitch needles: schmetz.com.

Shop Sew it All provided the Sulky KK2000 temporary spray adhesive: (877) 821-4767, shopsewitall.com.

Sulky of America provided the decorative thread: sulky.com.

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