Archives for July 2014

Whaley Zipper Pouch

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If you know me at all, you aren’t surprised that a whale zipper pouch would be apart of “Whale Week”!  I have gotten so much use out of my 1/2 yard of True Blue Whales fabric by Blend!!!  I love the little anchor charm I found to use as the zipper pull.  The lining of the bag is super cute with lifesavers and anchors on it!!

This tutorial is more of an overview, if you want extra details and you are new to making zipper pouches, check out My favorite zipper pouch tutorial.

 

Supplies:

Fat quarters or large scraps for the outer bag and lining

scraps for zipper tabs

Medium or light weight fusible stabilizer

Heat n Bond LIte

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scrap of ric arc

Cut the denim outer bag, bag lining and stabilizer 8″ x 11″ (2) of each.  Fuse the stabilizer to the wrong side of the lining fabric.

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Iron the heat n bond lite to the wrong side of the desired whale.  Fuse and cut the whale out.  Position the whale as pictured below.  Sew an accent piece of ric rac.

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Cut 2 zipper tabs 1.5″ x 4″.  Pres the ends under 1/4″ and then press in half.IMG_9650

Here you can see the 2 zipper tabs.  (Sorry about the lighting, it was 11:00 pm).

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Measure the zipper and the tabs so you have 1″ on each side of tabs (there will be extra).  Sew the tabs to the ends of the zipper. Again, click HERE for more details on this process.  Cut the folded piece of the tab and cut out the excess zipper.  The goal with this is to reduce bulk in the seams.

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Flip the zipper over and match with the top edge of the whale piece.  Place one of the lining pieces right side down and align all the edges.  Don’t worry about the zipper tabs, we will even them up in a minute.
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Sew using a zipper foot.  Press and do the same thing to the other side of the zipper so it looks like this:whale ziper pouch tutorial_4

Top stitch 1/8″ along the zipper.  Trim the excess tab fabric.  Match right sides with right sides and pin all the way around.  MAKE SURE ZIPPER IS OPEN  Sew using 1/4″ seam leaving a 2.5″ opening on the side of the lining fabric.whale ziper pouch tutorial_5

After you’ve sewn all the way around cut a 1.5″ notch out of each corner of the bag.whale ziper pouch tutorial_6

Match bottom seams and sew a 1/4″ seam:

 

 

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Turn right side out and top stitch side opening.  Yea!  It’s done!

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It’s the perfect little pouch to tuck inside a beach bag with all the little stuff that might get lost.whale ziper pouch tutorial_11

Sewvivor – Jedi Craft Girl

 

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Welcome to the Jedi Craft Girl Blog!  I’m Amanda and this is my submission for the Sew-Vivor Sewing Competition over at Family Ever After.  Thanks Rach H for putting so much time and personality into this fun online sewing competition!!  I have been quilting for 16 years and I love quilts in any shape and size .  I couldn’t decide on a quilt to enter so I thought a quilted pillow would be fun and mix things up in the competition.  Meet my Modern Pumpkin Throw Pillow.  This is an original design.  October is a super busy time of year, so to get my fall quilting fix I came up with this 18″ 18″ pillow.  I love it because it has my 2 favorite colors, it involves half square triangle piecing,  and uses machine appliqué.

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I love the tightly quilted meanders in the background and the black “loop de loo” accents on the pumpkins…..loop de loo is a real word, right?

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I had some fun with the back by adding an appliqué spider below the zipper.

applique_spider_pillowI can’t believe fall is just around the corner – yikes!!!  Thanks so much for stopping by – this is such a fun competition!!!

Whale Composition Book Cover

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I love composition books and I have written several tutorials for them.  I use these cute covered books for everything: journals, notes, reminders, etc.  Do you use a sewing journal?  I am always writing patterns or changing existing patterns and I take notes as I go.  This has totally saved me as I have all the notes in one place.  Here is my current sewing journal – with only a few pages left in it:
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This is an example of how fabulous my notes and sketches are 🙂  After I have all my notes and the project is finished, I type it up as a tutorial or pattern online.  It’s time for a new composition and I’m feeling “whale-y!whale_composition_book_true_blue_12

 

This is the composition book I am using – make sure you measurements are 9 3/4″ x 7 1/2″
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Supplies:

composition book

scraps of fabric

1/3 yard fabric for lining and flaps

batting

spray n bond basting spray

hair elastic

button

You can create any design as long as it measures 16/5″ x 11″ when you are finished

Anchor fabric 3″ x 16.5″

pink accent fabric (2) 1.25″ x 16.5″

whale fabric 4.5″ x 16.5″

flower fabric 3″ x 16.5″

Piece them together in this order using 1/4″ seams:

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Press the seams in one direction.  Using basting spray or pins, baste the top to the batting.  Quilt as desired.  I quilted 1/4″ lines on both sides of the seams.  Square up the batting after quilting.

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Take the hair elastic and baste it 1/8″ in the center on the left side of the book cover.  Like this:

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For the lining, cut a piece 16.5″ x 11″

For the flaps cut (2) 11″ x 10″ and press in half

Lay them out like this:

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Lay right sides together and pin all the way around.  Sew using 1/2″ seam allowance leaving a 3″ opening at the bottom to turn.

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Turn right side out and press.  Top-stitch the opening closed.

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Insert the composition book and mark where you want the button.  Remove the book and sew the button on with a needle and thread – inside the flap.  It’s hard to see my button because it is blue.

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And you’re done!!  Perfect gift for just about anyone!!

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True Blue Whale Skirt & Top

 

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I can’t get enough of these whales from Blend Fabrics!! We are all sporting whale shirts!  I think we will be wearing these to Sea World when we go 🙂
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The fabric is cute enough that all you need to do is add some Heat n Bond to the back side of the whale, cut it out and then iron it to what ever you want!
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After I ironed the whale to the T-shirt, I top-stitched around the whale twice.  Sally needed a complete whale outfit (I am pretty sure if I had enough fabric I would have sewn myself a whale skirt!!)

true_blue_blend_fabric_skirt I used skirt “A” from the pattern book Little Sassy Skirts.

sassy skirts I have made these skirts over and over.  The patterns are easy to follow and everything is done with rotary cutter measurements (a quilters dream!).  This skirt is fun because you don’t have to have a lot of yardage, I only had half yards of the True Blue prints and I love the 4 prints all pieced together!
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We had such a fun day at the beach!  It was beautiful!  I love summer and I love whales 🙂 whale skirt whale shirt true blue

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I Heart Whales Throw Pillow

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Isn’t this the cutest fabric?  It’s from the True Blue fabric line by Blend.  Everyeday this week I will be featuring a project using fabrics from this fabric line – all with a whale theme!!i love whales pillow tutorial_2

I totally LOVE whales and I have loved them since I was like 4 years old 🙂  I thought this pillow was super fun and I love the colors!  My tutorial is over at the Therm O Web blog – so hop over there if you want the instructions to make your own!!

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Whale Week

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I’m so excited to kick of Whale Week tomorrow!  Everyday I will feature a new whale project: pillow, book cover, skirt, shirt, quilt, and more!  I can’t get enough of summer and I can’t get enough of whales!! 

I’m Back

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When I came home from our Young Women’s Camp (which I was the director of) I literally hit a wall and wend into hiding.  I was completely exhausted spiritually and physically.  I turned 40 that next week.  My children were all away at my parents.  My good friend and her family moved away.  I think I had some kind of break down or something.  It was the hardest week of my life!!!!  I am writing to say I am getting back to my usual self – but it’s been hard.  Has anyone else freaked out when they turned 40?  I really didn’t see it coming!!

 

Here is a little recap….

My friend invited my husband and I to the Kenny Loggins concert on my birthday.  It was super fun and we got to meet Kenny afterwards.  It was a good place to turn 40 – I was the youngest person there!!!
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My friend and her family moving away from Southern California to Utah – not a good day at all.

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I finally made it up to my parents house to for a family reunion.  They surprised me with another birthday party.  40 – really?IMG_9181

We had fun at the beach:

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and fun dinners!!
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I hope everyone is having a great summer.  Summer is my favorite for sure!!  It’s good to be back 🙂