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!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Jelly Bean Quilt

Jelly Bean Quilt

I just love this pattern!  This is a Thimbleblossoms pattern, made with jelly roll strips.  I used Heather Bailey's Up Parasol collection as well as some Cotton + Steel fabrics (Mustang, Harajuku Aqua, Basics) and even some Kate Spain.  I have this bad habit, you see, of feeling like my quilt does not have enough variety as I'm piecing it, so I continue adding fabric to my (increasingly crazy) collection!

For the backing, I used a Serena & Lily sheet that I bought at an outlet they popped up in Berkeley last summer.  It was WAY wider than the standard 45" and is so soft.  It was a really lucky find.

I had this quilted by the lovely Abby Latimer in a Dragonfly panto - as chosen by Big Sister.  (She also chose the color palette, by the way.)

This was a really fun one to make & I highly recommend any of Camille's patterns!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Alex Quilt

A Quilt for Little Brother

I have spending most of my time quilting lately.  For this quilt, I was inspired by Camille Roskelley's Zipper quilt.  I saw this fabric, Rocket Age by October Afternoon for Riley Blake, and knew it was right for a little boy!  I followed the Zipper pattern, but recreated the template to 8.6" x 4".  I'm happy to send you the template (in a Silhouette file [SVG] or PDF) - just leave your email in the comments, then head on over to Thimbleblossoms to get the pattern!

This was a really fun quilt to make.  There are a lot of strips to piece together, but the seams fit together so nicely, it is really gratifying!

I am waiting for Big Sister's quilt to come back from Abby Latimer, and as soon as it does, I will post, I promise!  Also in the queue is a pattern I'm working on - which I will be selling on Etsy as soon as I can.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Little Brother's Cars Party

Hello Friends!  I apologize for taking so long to post!!  In my defense, I am on Instagram @jbeck2000 much more often, trying to post my weekly progress on projects.  So please visit me there!

That said, I have been wanting to post Little Brother's Cars birthday party for awhile now!

We welcomed our guests with lots of fun decorations.  I love the retro "Radiator Springs" images that often appear with Cars, so I recreated it in Little Brother's name with my Silhouette Cameo. 

 Everyone was given his or her own "Pit Pass" before being ushered to the jumpy house.  We also had a coloring page table, a temporary tattoo station and a scavenger hunt available for kids who wanted to take a break from jumping.  

Lots of fun finger foods:


 And some other random decor:

Then cake time! 

Before long, it was time to set out the favors: little gold trophies.  I also had some stickers and plastic cars in there...

 I can hardly believe my little boy is 5!

There is so much inspiration for Cars parties!  Most of mine come from/were inspired by this blog and this blog.

Thanks for reading!

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