Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sew Illustrated Zipper Bags

Have you seen the new book, Sew Illustrated, by Minki Kim and Kristin Esser?

I follow both authors on Instagram, so when I saw the pictures coming from their posts, I threw down my needle and thread and frantically ran to the bookstore bought myself a copy.  Because how cute is a little sewn house??!!

Of course, I went a little crazy and made some Halloween houses...


And some Christmas houses...

Tasha Noel's fabrics are pretty much perfect for the fussy-cut details...

And I'm not sponsored by them, or anything!  Just a big fan!  So many cute projects for the future!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Zipper Bag Pattern & Tutorial

Hello friends!


I wanted to share a fun little zipper bag pattern with you today.  I was inspired by a similar zipper bag I saw on Pinterest (of course).  Have you seen this Pin?  I saw this and wanted to make one, but it is only a tutorial in pictures.  

So here is my version - pattern and tutorial!  Note: this tutorial assumes knowledge of Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP).  If you would like more information about FPP, please search YouTube for tutorials and then come back here to create. 

Cut linen into 8 - 2.75" x 3.5" strips.  
Cut floral fabric into 8 - 2.75" x 4.5" strips.
Sew each linen piece to a floral piece and press open:

Now prep the template by setting stitch length to 1.6.  Take the thread out of your needle and sew perforations into the pattern.  It should look like this:


Take your first strip set and lay it face down on top of your second strip set face up.  You will need to line up the fabrics in two ways: First, the edge of the fabric should match the 1/4" seam allowance mark on your template. Second, the middle line of the first section of the template needs to line up with the seam allowance on your fabrics.  See the line that the pins go under?

Since the template's middle lines are on an angle, your face-up fabric will now be on a bit of a diagonal.  Make sure that you have plenty of fabric within the lines of the second section of your template.  Trim the fabric to 1/4" seam allowance, pin, fold your template back over to the front and sew.

 Flip the fabric over and iron.  Repeat this step for each section and it should look like this from the back:

And flipped to the front:

Trim around the template so you have a square:

Make two.

Then place both pieces right-sides together and sew:

Remove the paper and voila!

My finished piece came to 7.5" wide x 4" high.  Now to make the zipper pouch!  First, I should say that there are LOTS of ways to make a zipper pouch.  Feel free to use your own favorite method.  Here is what I did: sew this piece to a  7.5" x 6" rectangle.

Now, cut batting and a lining fabric to match the size.

I made little tabs to cover the ends of the zipper: these were rectangles of about 1.5" x 3".  Fold in half and place on the ends of the zipper, about 1" in from the edges of the fabric.

Sew the zipper tabs in place with a straight stitch.  Now put all of the layers in place: first the batting, then the bag front, then the zipper face down, then the lining fabric, face down:

Using a zipper foot, sew along the top edge of the bag.

Flip the front over and you should have this:

Now unzip the zipper.  To attach the zipper to the other side of the fabric, I folded the front of the bag and the batting to the other side of the zipper, and the lining up to the other.  Sew again using a zipper foot.

I ended up with a tube:

Sew down each side of the tube to make your bag

To box out the corners, I folded the sides down and stitched 1.25" across the bottom of the bag.  Turn inside out and your bag is ready!

I got the cute little strawberry pattern here.

Enjoy and do let me know if you have any questions!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas Truck Block - Free Pattern!

Hello friends!

I thought it would be fun to make a quilt block of one of my favorite motifs: a truck that delivers the Christmas tree.  Then, since it is December - a time of giving - I thought it would be fun to share for free!  So: here is the pattern for a Christmas Truck.  It includes a fun variation!  I am thinking of making a Christmas quilt from these two blocks with Tole Christmas by Gina Martin for Moda Fabrics.  December is moving very quickly but I'd love you to quilt along!  (I may even get inspired to make more variations...)  This pattern also makes pillows or mini quilts - please share if you make one!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fall Activities

Hello friends!
I have been spending most of my time on Instagram lately, I admit!  But wanted to post a few tid bits about my crafty activities.

Most importantly, I finished my Granny Square Quilt!

 I have to say, this may be my favorite one yet.  I made it entirely of Bonnie and Camille fabrics - a little Daysail, a little Miss Kate, and some scraps of April Showers and Scrumptious.  Abby Latimer did the quilting, which I love:

 Then I finished it off with a scrappy binding.  I used Emily Denis's tutorial found here.  Really helpful!  Also, I highly recommend Lori Holt's Great Granny Squared book!!

Then I fell in love with Milk, Sugar & Flower fabric and made big sister a Thimbleblossoms Salt Water mini!

All warmed up, I got ready to make my Bonnie and Camille Dream Mini Swap Quilt.  This was a mini quilt swap on Instagram and So. Much. Fun. My partner requested Thimbleblossom's Red Letter Day quilt, so I made that and a few goodies.

Have you found Fat Quarter Shop's free Coffee Koozie pattern?  I made a bunch to sell at the school's Harvest Fair.  People love this one!

And then I made a potholder from Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage book.  I.  Love.  This.  Book.  Go out.  Buy it.  You will thank me.  And her.

Thanks for reading along and I hope that this is a warm-up for a crafty December!!