Archives for December 2016

Jewelry Travel Set {Zipper Pouch}

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What do you give someone who has everything?  It can be challenging!  I thought my mom would love this fun travel jewelry bag!  It has little individual pouches to put bracelets and necklaces.  They all fit into this quilted zipper pouch.  I used the Wildwood collection from Blend Fabrics.

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Instead of rewriting this tutorial, here are the links so you can make your own!!

For the little jewelry button pouches I followed THIS tutorial.

For the zipper pouch, I used THESE measurements.  I used quilt batting for the stabilizer and quilted the fabric before sewing the zipper pouch.

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Captain America Child’s Apron

Do you have a little kitchen helper at your house?  Sally bakes everything with me!!  At 8 years old she has a few recipes she can make all by herself!  For Christmas I thought she needed her own measuring cups and spoons and Captain America Apron!!!  This is a basic pattern that can be made in 30 minutes.  You can get creative and add a pocket, ruffle, or fabric accent.  I kept it simple because its all about “Cap” for Sally.  This is a big kids size – would fit from a 6X up to a kids 12.

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Place the pattern on the fold – I made sure to center the Cap 🙂  Cut one front and one lining.fullsizerender2Once you make the straps, baste them according to the pattern.  Then pin them to keep them from getting in the way of the apron seam.

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Pin right sides together and make sure to leave a 3″-4″ opening on the side for turning.

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I love how it turned out – and it’s reversible!!!

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Vinyl Covered Fabric Pencil Pouch Tutorial

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I love sewing zipper pouches!  This one is the perfect size to keep pens, pencils, and art supplies in.  What’s even more fun is I used Heat n Bond Vinyl to make the outside of the zipper pouch waterproof – it kind of has the look of oil cloth!  The kids were so excited!  They each choose a Marvel fabric for their pouch.  They literally stood by the sewing machine waiting for me to finish them!  These are such great gifts and are so useful!!

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They go great with my Marvel composition book and Marvel key fob!!  Here’s how you can make one:

Supplies

1/4 yard outer bag

1/4 yard lining

zipper, at least 12″ long

Heat n Bond Vinyl

Instructions:

Cut the following:

(2) 5″ x 10.5″ for outer bag Marvel fabric

(2) 5″ x 10.5″ for lining

(2) 2.5″ x 2″ for zipper tabs

(2) 5″ x 10.5″ Heat n Bond Vinyl

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Cut the outer bag and lining pieces.

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Peel off the vinyl and place the sticky side to the right side of the outer bag pieces.  Cover the vinyl with the paper that was just removed and heat set (on medium heat) according to manufacturers instructions, about 8 seconds then flip over and press for 4 seconds.

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The outer pieces are now covered in vinyl and have a whole new look!!!  It’s so much fun!!!!

Now it’s time to sew in the zipper.

Press the zipper tabs 1/4″ in on the top and bottom and then press in half:

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Trim the metal end off the zipper and insert the end into one of the tabs.  Sew 2 seams along the edge:

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Cut open the zipper tab and cut out the zipper.  Trim the zipper tab to be the same width as the zipper.img_7972

Now measure the zipper to the zipper pouch.  You need to have 1″ of zipper tab on each side.  Measure the zipper and cut the other end off to where it needs to be.  Sew the second zipper tab on.  Make sure not to cut the zipper pull off 🙂    Cut open the zipper tab and cut out the excess zipper.img_7974

Lay the zipper right side on top of the Marvel piece.  Lay the Lining piece on top of that right side down.  Match all the raw edges.  See photo below:

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Using a zipper foot, sew the zipper in.  Finger press.img_7976

Now position the second Marvel piece right side down and the lining piece on the bottom, right side facing up, like this:img_7977

Basically you are making sure each piece is right sides together with it’s matching piece.  Line up all the raw edges and sew using the zipper foot.  Finger press.img_7978

Sew 1/8″ along both sides of the zipper.img_7979

With the zipper partially open, match the Marvel pieces right sides together and the lining pieces right sides together.  Pin all the way around.  Sew using 1/4″ seam all the way around leaving a 3 inch opening in the bottom of the lining.  Clip corners and turn right side out.  Top stitch the opening closed.  The vinyl gets a little scrunched while turning, so place the pressing paper on top of the vinyl and lightly press out the wrinkles.

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Ta Da!!  Now go sew up a bunch of these!!!!

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Marvel Covered Composition Book

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If you know me at all you know I LOVE Composition Books!  I use one for everything: sewing notes, Christmas planning, Young Women Camp Planning, Journals, Gospel study notes, To Do Lists, and on and on!  I love sewing covers for these fun books to give them personality and also add durability!  I am loving the latest Marvel Fabrics from Camelot Fabrics available at Fat Quarter Shop.  These would make great Christmas or Birthday gifts! img_8037

Cut Center piece 7″ x 16.5″

Cut (2) accent pieces 2.5″ x 16.5″

Cut Lining 11″ x 16.5″

Cut flap pieces (2) 10″ x 11″

Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece 11″ x 16.5″

To make the outer book cover, using 1/4″ seams, sew the top and bottom pieces to the center Marvel piece.  Press seams.

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Fuse the Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece to the wrong side of the fabric according to the manufacturer instructions.

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Sew accent stitching 1/8″ along both sides of the seam.

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To finish the composition book cover,  follow this tutorial.  I omitted the button closure.

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The book tucks easily inside the cover.

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It’s the perfect addition to my collection of Marvel fabric items!!!

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Marvel Padded Sketchbook Case Tutorial

sketch-book-case-tutorialI love sewing for my kids!!!!  They are totally into Marvel right now so I’m so excited for this new line from Camelot Fabrics available at Fat Quarter Shop!!  This fun project is for a padded sketch book case with button closure (Sketch book measuring 9″x12″).  This case is also great for coloring books, journals, music books, and magazines.  The Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece gives it soft stability.  You can whip one up in about 30 minutes!  So it’s a great gift.img_7893

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I made four Sketch Book Cases for my daughter’s artsy friends.  The four of them sketch all day and nerd out at lunch with their sketchbooks.  They were thrilled to receive them!!img_8001

Let’s get started!

Supplies
1/2 yard lining fabric

fat quarter backing

fat quarter flap fabric

fat quarter front sides

fat quarter front center

1 yard Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece

Button

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First have your cat sleep on all the fabric so it needs ironing when you are ready 🙂

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Cut the front side pieces (2) 5″ x 12″ and center 6″ x 12″.

Sew together as pictured above with 1/4″ seams and press.

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Cut the back 15″ x 12″

Cut the flap (2) 15″ x 6″

Cut the lining (2) 15″ x 12″

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Cut the Fusible Fleece (2) 15″ x 12″ and (1) 15″ x 6″

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Match up the Marvel pieces with the fleece pieces and fuse to the wrong side of the fabric, according to manufacturers instructions. (only fuse one of the flap pieces)

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Sew accent stitching 1/8″ along both sides of the seams.

Prepare the flap:

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Take the fused flap piece and round the corners of the bottom two corners by tracing a small plate.  Cut with scissors.

Lay the rounded flap piece on top of the second 6″ x 15″ piece and pin, right sides together.  Sew 1/2″ seam around the side, bottom, and side.  Leaving the top open.

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Trim down the seam allowance and clip the curves.

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Turn right side out, press and top stitch along seam 1/8″.

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Find the center of the flap and mark.  Sew a button hole that matches the size of your button.  Sew the button hole 2″ above the seam.

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Place the front pouch piece on top of the back pouch piece right sides together.  Pin the sides and the bottom.  Sew the sides and bottom using a 1/2″ seam.  Clip corners and turn right side out.

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Pin the sides and bottom of the lining pieces in the same manner.  Sew 1/2″ seam along the sides and bottom.

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Pin the flap to the back of the pouch, matching raw edges.  Make sure to center on the back piece.  Baste 1/8″ along flap .

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Place the outer pouch inside the lining, right sides together.  Match at side seams and pin all the way around.  Sew using a 1/4″ seam all the way around.

Unstitch a 3″ section on one of the sides of the lining.  Turn right side out.  Top stitch the lining closed.  Press lining down inside the pouch.  Top stitch using a 1/8″ seam around the “mouth” of the case.  Hand sew the button on.sketch-book-case-2

They were so much fun to make and the fabrics were fun to mix and match!  I can’t decide which is my favorite!

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Christmas Ornaments and Art on Etsy

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Proud Mommy Alert!!!!  I just want to take a moment and give my sweet daughter, @Ellasketch,  a shout out!  She has been working so hard this holiday season to paint amazing ornaments and decor for her Etsy shop!  She has been spending every moment in her room painting ornaments to fill orders.  She decided to open an Etsy shop instead of getting a regular “teenager job” to save money for college.  Thank you to those who have supported her – we both appreciate you so much!!  If you would like to see her work, visit her Etsy shop here 🙂

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Not only does she have ornaments, but she has painted these wonderful 7″ wood squares.   img_7430

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Five Fat Quarter Fun {Free Quilt Pattern} Fresh Eggs

5 fat quarter fun logofresh eggs It’s so fun to loose yourself at the local quilt shop!! Sometimes it’s hard to know what to buy with so many amazing choices! Fat Quarters are a fun way to bring a little sampling home with you! This pattern was created after Amber, from Gigi’s Thimble, and I met up at a quilt shop while in St. George, Utah. All you need is 5 fat quarters and some background fabric to put the top together! It’s even more fun when you shop and sew with friends!!  You can download the PDF by clicking HERE.

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The finished quilt measures 34″ square and is perfect for a table or to hang on the wall!

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Or it makes a purrrrrfect cat bed 🙂

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I love Amber’s version – she did straight line quilting 🙂

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Click HERE for an index of all the Five Fat Quarter Fun Patterns!!

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Very Merry Wall Quilt {Free Pattern}

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Today I’m sharing the pattern for this festive little Very Merry Wall Quilt!  This is such a fun project to whip up!  You can use fat quarters or better yet – just get out the Christmas scrap box!  I appliqued a tree die cut with my Sizzix Fabi machine in the center of the quilt.  You can add your favorite motif to the center!  The quilt is made up of 4 blocks.  I created a PDF pattern that you can download HERE.  These would make great little gifts as well!

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This is the state of affairs in my sewing room – projects everywhere and not enough time to get it all done by Christmas!!!

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I love this fabric Little Joys designed by my friend Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics!!  Such a classic!!

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Mufasa loves this project too and was super sad when I hung it on the wall where he couldn’t nap on it!img_7326

I collect little vintage Christmas decorations – and I love how this quilt fits in nicely!

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