Quilter’s Tote Bag – Tutorial

Ask and you shall receive.  Many of you feel in love with our “Quilter’s Think” tote bag.  Here is the tutorial so you can make one for yourself.

Supplies:

Steps:

  1. Iron panel flat and cut out according to the lines.  You will end up with (12) 3.5″ squares.totebag1
  2. Cut (12) 3/5″ squares of each of the polka dot fabrics. totebag2
  3. Iron onto piece of grid in the pattern shown in the picture.  (I ironed both sides of the bag at the same time and will trim it after sewing.)totebag3
  4. Flip and sew each row, leaving the middle seam unsewn for trimming.  (Check out our video HERE to see how to use the Quilter’s Grid).
  5. Cut down the middle, unsewn seam to separate into 2 equal pieces. totebag4
  6. Measure across the middle of each piece to determine the size of top and bottom borders.totebag5 totebag6
  7. Cut (4) 4″ wide strips by the width of the main piece.  If you are going to add the accent strip, you will want to cut (4) 1.5″ strips the width of the main piece as well.totebag7
  8. Fold accent piece in half and iron.totebag8
  9. You will now sandwich the accent piece, the 4″ border strip, and the main piece together, with right sides together and raw edges towards the seam.  The Wonder Clips are great for this step – NO PINS NEEDED 🙂totebag9
  10. Sew and iron with the accent piece facing the desired direction.totebag10
  11. Repeat for 3 other seams.
  12. Measure you main body pieces and cut (2) squares of Soft & Stable to match.  I used Basting Spray to attach the stabilizer to the main body piece.  You can now quilt these pieces or just leave the way they are.  I just ran a straight stitch across the seam of the border pieces.totebag12
  13. Cut out (2) 4″ x the height of the main body piece & stabilizer.  Spray bast these pieces.totebag13
  14. Cut out (1) 4″ x the width of the main body piece & stabilizer for the bottom of the bag.  Spray bast this piece.
  15. Sew the 2 side pieces to the main body pieces to create the body of the bag.  Then carefully sew the bottom piece, making sure you get the corners attached.totebag14 totebag16
  16. Cut out (2) pieces of the Pink Polka Dot fabric to the same size of the main body pieces.
  17. Cut out (2) 4″ x the height of the main body piece.
  18. Cut out (1) 4″ x the width of the main body piece.
  19. Cut out  (1) 10″ x 12″ piece.  Fold, right sides together, to create a 6″ x 10″ rectangle – press flat.  Sew 3 open sides, leaving a small gap for turning.
  20. Turn right side out and press.
  21. Line up the pocket about 4″ from the top of the bag liner piece and centered, making sure the gap for turning is at the bottom.totebag17
  22. Sew on the pocket on 3 sides, leaving the top open.  You can also add an additional seam in the middle of the pocket from top to bottom to create a double pocket.totebag18
  23. Sew all liner pieces together to create the bag lining.
  24. Insert liner into main body, matching seams.  Sew a small hem to keep the liner in place.totebag19
  25. Create a “binding” for the top of the bag by cutting a 2″ strip and ironing it to create a double folded strip.
  26. Using the Wonder Clips, attach. the binding to the top of the bag.  Machine stitch this on, covering all raw edges.totebag20
  27. Once done, you will hand stitch the leather handles on.finished bag
  28. The last step is to show off your beautiful new bag to your friends 🙂finished bag2

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I’m still new to writing directions, so please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for future tutorials.

~Happy Sewing!

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Kaylin the Amazing!

I have an awesome in-law family (as you might know, Karen is my mother-in-law and partner in crime).  I’m married to the oldest of her 4 children, and 3 of them all decided to get married in a 5 month time frame.  Because of that, naturally we all had children together – there are 14 of them ranging from almost 13 down to 3-1/2.  Christmas time with all these kiddos are super fun and crazy.  Because of the number, we all draw names so each kid buys for one of their cousins.

Long story short, this year my oldest picked Kaylin, one of my adorable 4 year old nieces.  She has always been a kid who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to tell you.  So I decided to ask her what she would like me to make her.  She very specifically told me she wanted a pink and purple cape with a heart on with a “K”.

So, I found a great (and easy) tutorial on Pinterest and got to work.  I dug through my stash of Moda fabric and found the perfect pink and purple combo, along with a cute printed fabric.

Her nickname is “Bird” so we decided to use a decorative bird stitch to finish off the edge.

This project also allowed me to play with my new embroidery machine, so it was a double win for me!

~Happy Sewing!

A Snuggly Quilt for my Dad

My dad, like a lot of dads out there, is really hard to shop for.  So this year for Christmas, I wanted to do something for him besides just buying another gift card.

When we got our “Generation Gap” panel in featuring the Pickles comic by Brian Crane, I just knew it would be perfect for my dad.  So, I got out some of my Moda Jelly Roll strips and other coordinating fabrics and got to creating.

The smaller comic strip blocks weren’t completely square so I decided to do a reverse applique technique.  Hope this inspires you to make something for that special dad/grandpa in your life!

~Happy Sewing!

Karen has been sewing!!!


Karen has been busy making quilts for 3 of her friends that have been in the hospital the past few months!  She went crazy designing new patterned quilts as she went.  Her first one she made was for Sue… her neighbor and friend.  Sue is fighting esophagus cancer.  Karen made her a quilt with lots of chenille and airplanes (since they live on a runway for airplanes) their husbands are both pilots… AND of course she added the “Survivors” panel from our Say it with Words

Next quilt she made for her bestest friend’s (next to her husband, that is…)husband, Mark.  We all just this past month found out that Mark has lung cancer… It is a hard and long road to recovery… but he needed to have a quilt and a pillow that was for him!!! So… Karen made him a “Survivors” panel from our Say it with Words… but used the layer cake precuts from Timber Trail Flannel by Holly Taylor … of course by Moda.  Mark and Dianne live in a woodsy area out in the country and this line was PERFECT FOR THEM.

She combined a few older flannels to complete his quilt and then made Dianne a “Hers” quilt to compliment his… she used similar fabrics with the extras from that layer cake… added a few others and used “Friends Indeed” panel from our Say it with Words… It turned out great!  Still need to make her a pillow to complete the set… but this is how they look…  It’s a card in a quilt!!!  F-O-R-E-V-E-R! 

Check out our flannels and precuts!  Lots of new ones!!!

Christmas Manger Wall Hanging

Are you looking for a fun and easy Christmas project or gift?  Look no further!  We have created a beautiful wall hanging using our “Christmas Manger” panel and the Winterlude fabric line by Moda.  We have this kit for purchase on our website for $49.99 – it includes everything but the batting!

Kit Includes:

  •  (1) Christmas Manger Panel (approx 17”x20”)
  •  (1) 1-1/2” x 108” strip of Red Fabric
  •  (3) 4-1/2” x 44” Strips of Green Fabric
  •  (1) 4-1/2” x 22” Strip of Tan Fabric (for squares)
  •  (1) 36” x 54” Piece of Red Fabric for Back/Binding

STEPS:

  1.  Iron panel flat and cut per lines.
  2.  Measure the width of the panel down the CENTER section.
  3.  Cut (2) strips of 1-1/2” wide Red fabric the width of the panel.
  4.  Pin in place and sew to the top and bottom of panel with 1/4” seams.
  5.  Press towards darker fabric
  6.  Measure the length of the finished piece down the CENTER section.
  7.  Cut (2) strips of the remaining 1-1/2” strip of red fabric the length of the finished piece.
  8.  Pin in place and sew to both sides of finished piece with 1/4” seam.
  9.  Press towards darker fabric.
  10.  Measure the width of finished piece down the CENTER section.
  11.  Cut (2) strips of the green fabric the width of the finished piece.
  12.  Measure the length of finished piece down the CENTER section.
  13.  Cut (2) strips of the green fabric to the length of finished piece.
  14.  Pin in place and sew the strips to the top and bottom of the finished piece with 1/4” seam.
  15.  Press towards darker fabric.
  16.  Cut (4) 4-1/2” squares of tan fabric.
  17.  Sew the squares to the top and bottom of the strips for the length with a 1/4” seam.
  18.  Press towards darker fabric.
  19.  Pin in place and sew strips to the sides of the finished piece.
  20. Quilt and bind to your preference.

If you would like to purchase the quilt kit, click HERE

~Happy Sewing!

Happy Birthday!

A few weeks ago, my amazing god-daughter turned the big 18!!!  I can still remember the day she was born like it was yesterday.  She has grown into an beautiful young lady, both inside and out.

She was my flower girl when she was 2-1/2 years old 🙂

Since I wasn’t a quilter when she was born, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make a special quilt for her.  And what a better thing to use than our “Say it With Words” panels.  I chose to use the Prayer Shawl panel because of the great sayings it has.  But I’ll admit that is was also because it was charm pack friendly.  I chose the new LOL charm pack because of the great selection of colors, and her favorite is purple.  That, along with our quilter’s grid and basting spray, made this a wonderful handmade, but quick project (I did the entire thing on a Sunday afternoon).

 Happy Sewing!  ~Jill

The Perfect Little Summer Dress (and it’s super easy)

Recently, one of my adorable nieces celebrated her 4th birthday.  She truly believes she is a princess and insists on wearing dresses every day.  So, what is a better gift than a new dress.  I didn’t really follow a pattern, but by using tips and tricks that I learned using Angela Yosten’s Rags to Ruffles pattern.

My girls thought is would be fun to make her a matching dress for her doll as well. 

I found a tutorial for this pillowcase-style dress on the “Creating Kidstuff” blog.  Click here for the tutorial.

Happy Sewing!  ~Jill