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Make your own Ultimate Travel Bag

Have you made the Ultimate Travel Bag yet?  I have always loved the look of this bag and was initially intimated by this pattern when my local Quilt Shop asked me to teach this class.  This bag pattern (from byannie.com) has a lot of bells and whistles!  I love the detachable adjustable strap, the exterior pockets and compartments and I especially love the interior!  The inside is full of all the good things!  Who doesn’t love an interior that is lined with mesh pockets and zippered compartments?  This interior provides easy visibility of contents, extra stretchiness and, best of all, adds absolutely no bulk to the seams.  Let me tell you all about it how to make your own Ultimate Travel Bag!

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This bag is the perfect travel companion.  It is very functional and  is carry-on compliant and sure to turn heads wherever you go.  I already mentioned the carrying strap and the inside pockets with mesh. I forgot to mention that it has a handy strap across the back that helps secure the bag to rolling luggage.  Yay!

The Ultimate Travel Bag measures 18½” long x 13¾”H x 8″D.

The Ultimate Travel Bag is the perfect size to carry a small sewing machine.  I can fit my little Kenmore or my Featherweight!   If you intend to carry something heavy such as a sewing machine in your bag, I used a foam core board for the base.  It worked perfect!

The Ultimate Travel Bag SUPPLY LIST

  • The Ultimate Travel Bag Pattern + Online Class
  • Main fabric (for body of bag, pockets, carrying-strap pad): 11⁄2 yds of 45″ wide
  • Lining fabric (for lining of bag): 11⁄2 yds of 45″ wide fabric
  • Coordinating fabric (for stabilizer sleeve, bindings, carrying strap, handle, zipper pulls): 11⁄2 yards of 45″ wide fabric
  • Mesh fabric (for inner pockets): 1⁄2 yd
  • Foam stabilizer:11⁄4 yds of 58″ wide product (I use this brand of foam)
  • 11⁄2″ wide strapping (webbing): 51⁄4 yds
  • 9″ x 5″ piece of fusible interfacing (recommended: Pellon ShapeFlex 101)
  • 3⁄4″ – 1″ wide hook-and-loop tape (Velcro): 6″
  • Zippers (I get all my zippers from HERE.  You can send her a message and she will create a listing for exactly what you need)
    • Handbag zipper, 10″ (25.4 cm) or larger;
    • Handbag zipper, 20″ (50.8 cm) or larger
    • Double-slide handbag zipper, 30″ (76.2 cm)
  • Two 11⁄2″ (3.8 cm) rectangle or triangle rings
  • One 11⁄2″ (3.8 cm) wide-mouth slider
  • Two 11⁄2″ (3.8 cm) swivel hooks
  • Acrylic base stabilizer, 1⁄8″ (3 mm)-thick, 8″ x 15″ If desired, substitute foam-core board
  • 6 buttons (I used purse feet)
  • Thread to complement the main fabric


Basic Sewing Supplies & Tools Needed


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The Ultimate Travel Bag – construction

I recommend you read the entire pattern before you start making this bag.  This will help you understand where and how all the pieces fit together.  After review of all the materials, you should quilt your fabric sandwich and cut all your pieces.  This pattern comes with some awesome pattern piece markers – so nice to keep organized!

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I took the first day to cut and prep all my fabric and materials.  The next day, I started with assembly.  This bag has lots of parts and pieces.  You don’t want to skip ahead or assume too much!

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I mentioned in the supply list that I used purse feet instead of buttons.  I like the look of these feet and they are super easy to install.

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I think the interior binding was the trickiest part.  I will admit that having a stiletto was completely necessary.  I would recommend taking your time and going slow.  The video even has a place where folks have asked questions and received answers.  That’s very handy!  Here is a sneak peek of what you can expect in the Pattern/Video.

The Ultimate Travel Bag – all finished!!!

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I really love how my Ultimate Travel Bag turned out.  I already have my next bag’s fabric already set aside – These will make a FANTASTIC gift!

I hope you take some time and enjoy this fun pattern!

Happy Sewing!

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Make a Memory Pillow from a Men’s Shirt

Have you ever wanted to take a piece of clothing and repurpose it into a pillow cover?  When my Father passed away, we were not sure what to do with all his clothes.  So many of what he wore reminded us of different days or events that we shared in his life.  I wanted to take some items and find a way to keep a hold of his memory while utilizing his clothing in the process.  In this tutorial, I will show you how I took my Father’s button-down shirt and repurposed it into a Memory Pillow to cherish for years to come!    Let me show you how to make a Memory Pillow from a Men’s Shirt!

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Memory Pillow – MATERIALS LIST

  • a Button-down shirt
    • Preferably made from cotton (but it is not required)
    • My Dad’s shirt was a size XL, so that gave me a bigger pillow form option.
  • Custom Embroidered Patch
  • Pillow Form
  • Shape flex or SF101
    • This is not required, but it definitely gives the pillow cover a sturdier hand

Memory Pillow – SUPPLY LIST

Memory pillow – CUTTING & prepping

The size of your pillow cover is going to be limited to the size of your shirt.  Measure the length and width of your shirt to determine the size of the pillow form you can use.  My shirt measured 30″ in length and 26″ in width.  I had a 20″ x 20″ pillow form on hand – so that worked out great for this project!

Before I cut the shirt apart, I buttoned the front of the shirt closed.  Using my favorite fabric scissors, I cut the front of the shirt away from the collar and the back.  I also omitted the sleeves.

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I cut the back away from the collar and sleeves as well.  Then I used the following measurements when I cut apart my Dad’s shirt.  Again, my pillow form was 20 x 20, so I used the measurements listed on the below chart.

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Memory pillow – sewing and finishing

Next, I followed these steps in assembling the pillow cover.

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  • Step 1 – Sew the front of the shirt closed
  • Step 2 – Fuse the Shapeflex to the wrong side of the front and trim to size
  • Step 3 – Fuse the Shapeflex to the wrong side of both back pieces.  Fold a 1-inch hem on each side.  Trip to size.
  • Step 4 – Place one back piece on top of the other so that both hemmed edges will overlap.  This is the envelope opening.  Secure with stitches along the bottom and top edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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  • Step 5 – Follow the instructions to iron the patch onto the front of the shirt
  • Step 6 – Sew the patch to the front of the shirt.  This is optional (since the patch is technically iron-on).
  • Step 7 – place the back assembled pieces on top of the front (right sides together).  Pin along the edges.
  • Step 8 – Sew the perimeter of the pillow cover, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  You can choose to serge this at the end.  I think it adds a nice touch and finished the cover nicely!

Now all you need to do is turn the cover right side out and install the pillow insert!  Yay!  This repurposed shirt is being gifted to my big brother.  You guessed it, his name is Shad!

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You should make a Memory Pillow cover too!  These custom patches are the perfect addition to your next Memory Pillow project.  Be sure to check them out right HERE.

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Until next time – Happy Sewing!

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The Amethyst Project Bag

Being a member of a Modern Quilt Guild has it’s benefits!  Our local Modern Guild, KCMQG, arranged to have Sara Lawson come for a lecture and workshop!  Sara’s lecture was very informative and she even gave us each a swatch sample of many different kinds of interfacing.  Sara’s workshop was sold out and all the attendees were excited (and some were a little nervous) about making the Amethyst Project Bag.  Let me tell you all about it!

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Bag made by Sara Lawson – Image provided by Sew Sweetness

This bag features ample storage space for any project or hobby – quilting, drawing, hand-sewing, and so much more! The lining features a zippered pouch, mesh zippered pocket, and elastics for holding pens or other items. The bottom of the case has an elastic buckle strap to hold quilt blocks, books, and rulers.  I plan to put some current UFO’s in mine and easily take it to a Sew Day or Quilting Retreat!  Let me tell you what you will need to make your own!

Amethyst Project Bag SUPPLY LIST

  • Amethyst Project Bag Pattern
  • 3/4 yard of Exterior Fabric
  • 1 yard of Lining Fabric
  • 1/2 yard of foam interfacing  – like by Annie’s Soft and Stable
  • 2 yards of 20” wide Pellon SF-101 Shape Flex fusible woven interfacing
  • 1-1/2 yard of Pellon #71 Peltex fusible ultra-firm interfacing
  • 40” handbag zipper (I get all my zippers here)
  • 9” all-purpose zipper
  • 14” all-purpose/dress zipper
  • 14-1/2” x 5” piece of mesh (lots of color choices here)
  • 1/2 yard of 1/4” wide elastic
  • 1 yard of 1” wide elastic
  • Plastic side-release/parachute buckle (it should be able to accomodate 1” wide strap) – check out the color choices here.

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

Amethyst Project Bag – construction

As I mentioned above, we constructed this bag in a workshop.  There were close to 20 of us gathered together.  Prior to class, we were instructed to pre-cut and fuse all our fabrics.  I had a tough time figuring out what fabric to use for my exterior, so I decided to sew a bunch of my saved selvages together to create my own exterior fabric!

Amethyst Project Bag Making the Selvage fabric

Do you save your Fabric Selvage too? Can’t you tell that I’m obsessed with Cotton + Steel?

We got started at 9:00 am and worked through the early afternoon.  The first thing we did was assemble the interior.  Many of the class participants went outside of the pattern and made some custom modifications to the pattern.  Some added more pockets while others made their elastic spaces wider to accommodate different sized tools.  I followed the pattern and love how it turned out!  Here is my interior.  I added the elastic after I took this picture…

Amethyst Project Bag Interior 1

Again – I’m loving these Cotton + Steel prints from a few years back. It’s so nice so sew from my stash!

I think the most challenging part of the pattern is fitting the long zipper around the bag.  Sara to the rescue!!!!

Amethyst Project Bag Sara Lawson to the Rescue

Thanks for all your help, Sara!

If you ever have the opportunity to host Sara at your local guild, you will definitely want to also book a workshop.  We all had such a great time and Sara is a wonderful instructor!  Sara also explains this pattern in a video.  She takes you through the pattern (step-by-step) and helps you finish!  Check out this little trailer that explains her instruction video.

You can learn more about getting her full video (over 2 hours of instruction) right HERE.  Several of us finished and most of us were REALLY close to finishing.  Whenever I take a class, I am usually a Chatty Cathy and finish mine after the class is over.

Amethyst Project Bag – all finished!!!

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I really love how my Amethyst Project Bag turned out!

Update (one year later):  I still use this useful bag!  It currently holds my “forever” UFO.  I take it with me to sewing retreats so that I can be sure to work on it each time.

And who can resist a group photo!???!!

I hope you take some time and enjoy this fun pattern!

Happy Sewing!

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One of my good friends asked me to make her some mug rugs.  She was looking for a “Back to School” theme and I came across the perfect pattern!  The Colored Pencils pattern by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play is a fun and easy foundation paper piecing pattern that is just perfect for using up your precious scraps!  I am a HUGE fan of Kristy’s patterns.  She totally gets the need for fun and contemporary patterns.  She even has quite a few modern patterns as well!  At the time I made this project, her Colored Pencils pattern was free.    Let me show you all about the Colored Pencils Mug Rug that I made for my friend Janelle!

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Colored Pencil Mug Rug – Materials List

Colored Pencil Mug Rug – supply List

Colored Pencil Mug Rug – choosing the scraps

Colored Pencils Mug Rug Collage

If you have been quilting for a little while, it does not take much time to start accumulating scraps of fabric.  I love the fabrics that I buy and tend to keep many of the scraps that are generated with my various projects.  This project was fun to make because the scraps reminded me of all the past project I originally made!  Using some selvage edges, I added to the pattern along the bottom of the mug rug.  I think that really “MADE” the mug rug!

Colored Pencils Mug Rug - Finished 1

I highly recommend you try this pattern.  It is super fun and easy.  If you need some help with foundation paper piecing, I recommend you take this online course by Carol Doak.  She is an excellent virtual instructor!  I finished this project off with some leftover binding from a previous project.  I didn’t cut into any new fabric to make this fun Mug Rug!  My friend Janelle loved her new Mug Rug!

Janelle and her Mug Rugs

I had a hard time remembering all the names of the fabric that I used in this mug rug.  If you recognize one and know the name of it – please leave me a comment below!

Happy Stitching!

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The Betsy Travel Bag

There are so many duffle bag patterns out there.  It is difficult to know which pattern to try and which to save for another day.  I found a wide selection of free duffle bag patterns, but none really gave me all the things I was looking for in a duffle bag.  You see, I like to take little weekend get-away trips and needed a bag for a couple days change of clothes.  Nothing major.  I wanted my duffle bag to have lots of separate compartments and options for putting my items in order.  I finally found a great pattern and started gathering the necessary materials to make this pattern into a reality!  I decided upon the Betsy Travel bag, by Kristi McDonough with Schnitzel & Boo.

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Betsy Travel Bag – Materials List

Now, I know what you are thinking – That’s a lot of materials!  Yeah, it is!  I have pulled together some links to help you find your hardware.  There is a bunch you will need for this pattern.  Getting the right stuff is important!

Betsy Travel Bag – Tips & Tricks

After I acquired my materials and supplies, I started sorting and labeling my fabrics.  The below picture is just me sorting thru all the fabric that I had (of this particular line).  I bought some bits of yardage a while back and (at the time) did not know what I would be using it for.  It was at this particular project that I learned how fabric prints are retired (oh no!).  I ended up scrounging around Etsy and Instagram for some missing bits, but finally pulled all the fabrics together.  In the end – I pulled together all the fabrics I needed for the project.  The fabric line I chose is called Juggling Summer by Zen Chic for Moda fabrics.  They may have a TINY bit left right HERE.

I did my cutting in stages (because there was so much to cut and keep track of).  I made sure that I labeled everything as I cut.  This was a HUGE time savings when I got ready to start sewing things together.

The best advise I have for you, when putting this bag together is to take it slow and don’t expect to finish this in one day.  In fact, I gave myself an entire weekend to assemble the bag (I had already had it all cut out and prepped ahead of time).  I am really happy with the results!  I also found that talking to myself helped with the construction of this bag.  Do you do that too?

I use this bag for every quilting retreat, when I make a quick trip to visit family or any other time I need a bag for the weekend.

Have you made this bag?  I would love to hear from you!  What was your favorite part or some things that you would have done differently or changed?  Let us know in the comments section below!

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Goosed Up about Rainbows

I love rainbows!  Rainbows remind me of God’s promise and new beginnings.  Not to mention they are beautiful!  When I found out about a Mini Quilt Swap that was themed on rainbows – I was in!  What is a mini quilt, you ask?  A mini quilt is like a regular quilt, only much, much smaller!  The Mini Quilt swap that I joined was called #RainbowMiniQuiltSwap. This swap was hosted by Kate Basti.  A swap host is called a “Swap Mama”.  All swap participants were sent an email with their secret partner’s name, mailing address and basic interest info. This email also contained reminders about checkpoint info and mailing date deadlines. The basic interest info contained the person’s fabric and design likes and dislikes and any other info they decided to include in their submission form. Once I received my partner info, I immediately started trolling her Instagram feed.  My secret partner was an accomplished quilter.  Her Instagram feed was full of lovely creations.  She posted a mosaic, which I used as inspiration for choosing the pattern and fabric for her Mini Quilt.  In her mosaic, I spied the Goosed Up foundation paper pieced pattern by Jeli Quilts.  I was definitely goosed up about rainbows!  Let me tell you what you need to make your own!

Goosed Up about Rainbows - Fabric Pull

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Goosed Up – Material List 

  • Goosed Up pattern by Jeli Quilts (sorry her patterns are no longer available)
  • Fabric from your stash
  • Foundation Paper for your printer (I used this paper – It’s my favorite)
  • Add A Quarter Ruler – this is a MUST have for foundation paper piecing!
  • Seam Roller (this is especially handy if you want to skip all that ironing)

Goosed Up – Basic Supply List

Once I got my pattern all printed out, I decided it would be a good idea to make a practice block.  I was still waiting on a few fabrics to arrive from my online orders, so I used my scraps and made this trial block, which is about the size of a coffee cup coaster.  The block was easy to make and my practice piece turned out great!

Paper pieced coaster

Finding all the right fabrics was my favorite part!  I already had many in my own stash to choose from.  For some reason, I was low on yellow and red choices.  I had an abundance of teal and blue (no surprise there)!  I got all my final selections organized and in ROYGBIV order!

Since I had already made a practice block, this one was a lot easier to put together.  It was exciting to watch the mini quilt take shape!  I decided to make the small geese shapes with the darker color and have the shadow of that color be a lower volume of the base.  I love the effect!

In progress Goosed up Rainbow Mini Quilt
Fons And PorterI had seen so many people use a plain white background, so I wanted to make this one a little differently.  I love how this low volume red fabric added a note of interest to the rest of the fabrics!  Once I had the sections all together, I sandwiched this all together and did some very intentional straight line quilting.  I was extremely pleased with the finished mini quilt!

Completed Goosed up Rainbow Mini QuiltFor the backing, I used a fun rainbow dot fabric.  I stumbled upon this at my LQS (local quilt shop).  I had to scoop it up and it turned out PERFECT!

As with all my swap packages, I love to send extras!  Going overboard was easy, but I just love rainbows (I think I mentioned that earlier).  Who doesn’t love handmade goodies!  I covered up my label to hide some sensitive info, but you can get the general idea of my secret partners swap package.  She loved it!  She loved all of it!!!

Complete swap package plus extras for the Goosed Up Rainbow Mini Quilt
I hope you decide to try this fun pattern.  One day, I would love to make an entire quilt from it – it is sooooo good!

If you would like to learn the Foundation Paper Piecing technique, I recommend you reach out to your local quilt shop.  I hope someone there would be able to offer this in a class for you.  If this is not available for you, or if you would like to learn at your own pace – Check out my YouTube Video on Foundation Paper Piecing!

I would love to see some of your paper pieced projects!  You can share your creations on my Facebook page, or tag me on Instagram!  If you are looking for some more Foundation Paper Piecing inspiration – checkout my Pinterest Board!

Goosed Up Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern

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Spring Fling Mini Quilt

Several years ago, I joined Instagram and started following creative quilters and sewing enthusiasts.  I found this platform to be a very inspirational source and through this platform, I was actually introduced to many new fabric designers and ideas. I had to learn a little about hashtags and how to use them. After being on Instagram for a few months, I decided to join a Mini Quilt Swap. What is a mini quilt, you ask?  A mini quilt is like a regular quilt, only much, much smaller!

The Mini Quilt swap that I joined was called #SpringFlingMiniQuilt swap. This swap was hosted by Nelma Bell with Beach Baby Couture.  A swap host is called a “Swap Mama”. Since this swap gained a large number of participants, the swap Mama recruited some friends to help with managing the participants.  All the participants were divided into teams.  I was assigned to the “HaveAFlingWithJen team, which was managed by Team Mom Jen Lanak (also known as Quilter In The Closet on Instagram).

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All swap participants were sent an email with their secret partner’s name, mailing address and basic interest info. This email also contained reminders about checkpoint info and mailing date deadlines. The basic interest info contained the person’s fabric and design likes and dislikes and any other info they decided to include in their submission form. Once I received my partner’s email, I immediately started trolling her Instagram feed.  My secret partner did not have any sewing or quilting pictures on her feed, so I kept an eye out for her mosaic.  This proved to be a challenge because she did not end up posting a mosaic.  Some folks could have found this to be a hindrance, but I saw this as an opportunity for a creative license!!!  Since I love foundation paper piecing, I found a great beginner pattern on Etsy and used the Tula Pink collection called Bumble.  I also mixed in my favorite fabric Kona solids by Robert Kaufman.

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supplies to make this mini quilt

Materials List:

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Happy Cloud Quilt Batting by Fat Quarter Shop

The mini quilt came together very quickly!  I will definitely recommend using Carol Doak’s foundation paper for the pattern.  This makes ripping out the paper SOOOOOOO much easier!  I would also recommend using a special ruler for your trimming.  The Add-A-Quarter ruler makes the trimming so much faster.  It has a lip on it that nests nicely to your project so you can achieve the perfect quarter-inch trim each time.

Once I had all four sections of the little quilt pattern sewn together, I joined all the sections to complete my mini quilt top.  I was very intentional about the fabric placement in order to create a nice contrast between the print and solid fabric pieces.

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For the quilting, I used the “stitch in the ditch” technique around the star pieces.  For the background area, I used a simple meandering style.  I made sure to select a thread color to match the background fabric.  I used quilters dream supreme batting which gives this project a nice thickness and loft.

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Oliso Smart Iron

I counted down the days until we were allowed to ship off the mini quilts.  I made sure to send my package with a few little notions and goodies. Who doesn’t like extras?!?!  Believe me, it was difficult to send this off to it’s new home!  My secret partner posted this picture and was pleased with her swap package.  I love a happy swap partner!

Make this lovely Springtime Mini Quilt! Get the pattern and materials list and get started! #Tutorial #Free #Pattern #Printables #Quilts #Pillows #Easy #Templates #Star #ForBeginners #Beginner #Art #Design #ArtDesign #Block #Hip #Trendy #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

Quilty Box

If you ever want to join an Instagram swap, I would recommend you follow a couple guidelines:

  1. Only join swaps with deadlines and rules that you know you can follow
  2. Maintain a public Instagram profile during the swap
  3. Interact with your assigned hashtag to create a fun and relevant community
  4. Have fun and enjoy getting to know some really wonderful and creative folks!

Happy Sewing!

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Tips & Tricks for the Sew Together Bag

A couple years ago, my sister put a fire under me and I finally purchased the pattern for the Sew Together Bag.  I was honestly quite intimidated by this project, even before I read the pattern! There are 4 zippers in this bag and it just looks very complex! The only way to try something new is to jump right in!

I decided on my fabric, for my first bag, and followed all the cutting instructions. Here are the items you will need to make your own Sew Together Bag (plus some tips & tricks)!

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Sew Together bag SUPPLY LIST

  • Sew Together Bag Pattern
  • Main fabric: 1 fat quarter
  • Lining fabric: 1/2 yard
  • Pocket lining fabric: 1/3 yard
  • Binding fabric: 1 fat quarter
  • 1/2 yard lightweight fusible interfacing (I use SF101)
  • Qty (1) 18″ zipper & Qty (3) 9″ zippers (I love this kit – super easy)
  • wool roving or similar stuffing for pin cushion
  • wool felt for needle landing

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

sew together BAG – CONSTRUCTION

The first bag took me about 2 days to make. I would have finished it sooner, but finally stumbled upon a great tutorial. This helped immensely, as I am a visual learner.  I love pictures!!  Go check out the tutorial by Quilt Barn – She breaks everything down for you!

 

These take a while to make, but are completely worth the effort!  I had to keep one for myself and I use it everyday!  Every now and then, I have several available in my shop.  Usually around Mother’s Day and Christmas!

Sew Together Bag Collage

I hope you try to make one of these yourself.

Happy Sewing!

~Nicole~

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Fancy Fox Pattern Review

I was fortunate to take a Fancy Fox class with Pattern designer and quilter, Elizabeth Hartman.  Elizabeth Hartman is a quilter, pattern designer, and fan of color from Portland, Oregon.  Elizabeth has been making things her whole life but, when she made her first quilt in 1999, she was hooked and has been making quilts ever since. For Elizabeth, quiltmaking is the perfect combination of creativity and technical challenge, all in the service of making a useful object.

I first noticed Elizabeth on my Instagram Feed.  I fell in love with her Fancy Fox pattern immediately!  During my class, I made 2 small Fancy Fox blocks.  I really didn’t have a plan for what I would do with them, I just wanted the experience of the making (alongside the pattern designer).  Elizabeth helped me with the directional fabric cuts and placement for the blue fox.  The aqua fox was a little easier because of the versatile print.

I kept hold of the blocks for a few months, with the intention of making more!  Isn’t that always the intention?  Well, the end of the school year was upon me and I was in need of a Teacher gift for my son’s 4th Grade Teacher.  I used Elizabeth’s Perfect Quilted Tote’s pattern and incorporated these blocks on each side.

I used essex linen for the top and base fabrics.  The rest of the fabrics were various scraps from my scrap bin and of course the blue Fancy Fox on the below image.

Fancy Fox Quilt block incorporated into a tote bag side panel

This next panel, I used the aqua Fancy Fox and some more of the fabric scraps from my scrap stash!  I knew there was a reason I keep all those little bits of fabric.  They really came in handy for this tote!

Once I had the side panels together and quilted down, the rest of the tote went together really quick!  Needless to say the Teacher LOVED it!  I wanted to keep it for myself, but lucky for me – I can make another one!

Here are a couple pictures of the finished tote.  It was fully lined and complete with an inside pocket and magnetic closure.
Completed Fancy Fox Tote bag

Fancy Fox

From Quilt Blocks to Tote Bag!

Pinterest Pin for Fancy Fox Tote Bag

Fancy Fox Tote Bag (Front and Back)

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Jelly Roll Quilt Race

On your mark, get set, SEW!!!!

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Making a Jelly Roll Quilt Top is a great project to try!  Even if you are not a first time quilter, these projects are extremely rewarding and made very easy because of the pre-cut fabrics available to the masses.

What is a Jelly Roll?  Jelly Rolls are collections of 2 1/2″ x 42″ strips of fabric.  Jelly Rolls typically include 40 – 46 strips of fabric (but the number of strips can vary, so pay close attention to what you get). Other fabric manufacturers offer similar products such as Pops, Twice the Charm, Rolls, Roll Ups and Rolie Polies – you get the picture!  Below is a lovely Roll-Up by Kona for Robert Kaufman.  Who doesn’t love a rainbow?

Here is a picture of a Jelly Roll Quilt Top that I finished, while at a KCMQG sewing retreat.  I used some leftover Kona jelly roll strips and whipped this up in a few hours.  I have plans to rent some time on a Long-Arm and finish this up so it can be donated to The Linus Project.

One of the great things about a Jelly Roll Quilt Top is picking out the fabric!  There are several local quilt shops that carry quality Jelly Roll Fabrics.  If you don’t have a local quilt shop nearby, you can also get these online.  Here are a few of my favorite local shops and online resources for quality Jelly Rolls:

We had a really fun workshop and everyone finished a quilt top!  Yay!!!

Sewing together is such fun!  Get a group together and make an evening of sewing!   Here is a link to a video on how these can come together quickly!

Once you make your first Jelly Roll Quilt Top – you will want to make more!  The precut Jelly Rolls are a fun way to enjoy your favorite fabric line.  Check out this online class to discover all sorts of possibilities!

If you prefer patterns in either hard copy or book form, here are some excellent resources!

I would love to hear what projects you have made (or plan to make) using Jelly Rolls!  There are ‘sew’ many possibilities!!!

Until next time – Happy Sewing!

~Nicole

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