Sunglasses Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Today I am sharing my tutorial for a zippered sunglasses case over on the Therm O Web Blog.  What is great about this zipper pouch is the lining is made of flannel so it is soft on the lenses.  I love this fabric – it’s the “blue” version of the Clementine fabric by Blend.  It screams summer to me.

 

Here you can see the gray flannel inside the pouch:

For the zipper pull, I took apart some owl earrings and used a split ring to attach the owl to the zipper pull.  I always am on the look-out for cheap dangly earrings!

 

It’s not too late to sew up one of these in time for Mother’s Day.  It should only take about 30 minutes!
For a slightly different version……
 cut a 1″ square notch out of each corner of the bag when it’s in this stage:
Open the notches, and match the seams, sewing a 1/4″ seam.  This gives the bag a “bottom” and allows the pouch to stand up.  I can’t decide which one I like the best!   

Amanda

Bread Blankets: Flour Sack Towel Tutorial

I have had it in my mind to make these “Bread Blankets” for sometime.  I bake a lot of bread, rolls, and especially our secret family recipe Orange Rolls.  I like to cover my rising dough with a light weight flour sack towel.  The white towels are so plain and boring, so I decided to embellish the towels.  The Clementine fabric from Blend lends itself so well to my orange roll making – so I knew I wanted an orange on the towel.  Since the recipe is my mother-in-law’s, I decided to send her one of these Bread Blankets for Mother’s Day.
Supplies:
2 1/2″ x WOF strip of fabric for the ruffle
Small pieces of fabric for the appliqué
22″ lace
Heat n Bond Lite Fusible appliqué
Flour Sack Towel
Orange pattern, download HERE
When you open your flour sack towels, toss them in the wash and dry them, then press them.  They will be very wonky.
The towels are much larger than the cookie sheet trays or a bowl of rising dough.  Cut the towel as desired, I cut mine 26″ x 20″.  Sew a rolled hem on both sides, then sew a rolled hem on the top and bottom.
Cut your ruffle fabric 2 1/2″ x WOF

Sew a rolled hem in the bottom:

Gather the fabric using a ruffling foot – or you can gather by hand.

This will make extra ruffle.  Cut the ruffle 1/2″ longer than the towel on each side.  Fold the ends of the ruffle in 1/4″ and 1/4″ again and sew a little seam.

Pin into place.  You can position your ruffle where ever you like it, of course you can add more ruffles or change up the design.  Stitch along the gathering stitch.

Pin the lace into place and sew using matching thread.

Print the pattern and trace it onto the Heat n Bond Lite.  The pattern is already printed in reverse.  Iron the Heat n Bond to the wrong side of the orange, leaf, and stem fabric.  Cut out along the pattern line, peel off the backing and press into place.  Outline stitch in black thread 2 times around the shapes.

Perfect for covering a delicious tray of orange rolls!

Amanda

Citrus Churn Dash Table Quilt

Today’s Mother’s Day Tutorial is this cute Citrus inspired Churn Dash Table Quilt.  I made this little quilt for my mom (I hope she doesn’t read my blog between now and Mother’s Day!)  My mom is always asking me if I have a little quilt she can put on her table to decorate with and in my parent’s backyard are lemon, orange, and lime trees – sooooo when I saw this Clementine fabric from Blend I freaked out!!
I am so in love with this fabric – I want to rip out all my kitchen decor and replace with these fabrics.  Here is a little close up of some of the prints I used in this quilt.
Let’s get started – you can make this project in a few hours.
Supplies:
fat quarters of spoon print, stripe print, and small fruit print
1/4 yard large citrus print
1/4 yard for binding
3/4 yard for back
batting
Finished Quilt: 25″
Cut (2) 7 1/4″ squares of the gray
Cut (2) 7 1/4″ squares of the stripe
Cut (4) 3 1/2″ squares of the gray
Cut (4) 3 1/2″ squares of the stripe
Cut (1) 3 1/2″ square of the center square, fussy cut if desired
Draw a diagonal line on the back of the 2 stripe 7 1/4″ squares
Layer them right sided together and sew 1/4″ along both sides of the diagonal line.  Cut on pencil line.
Press toward the dark.  These half square triangle blocks finish slightly larger than the desired 6 1/2″.  This is so you can square the block up and it is nice and even.  Lay it on a rotary mat and align the diagonal with the diagonal line on the mat and cut so it measures 6 1/2″ square.  Do this to each of the 4 blocks.

Sew the 3 1/2″ squares in (4) sets like this:  Press toward the dark.

Lay out the churn dash block and sew together in rows.  Press seams.
Now all that’s left is to sew the boarders on.  Cut the small fruit into 2″ strips.  Sew sides, then press, then sew top and bottom.  You don’t need to measure on this part.  Use the block as your guide.
The large citrus print is cut in 4″ strips.  Sew those on in the same manner as the small fruit strips.
Quilt as desired and bind.

I love it!!!!!

Amanda

Mother’s Day Gifts: Zipper Pouch Set

These cute zipper pouches are a darling gift to give someone special this Mother’s Day.  This tutorial is written by my good friend Jennifer.  Jennifer is the one who takes me on crazy adventures to find fabric all over Southern California.   She is an amazing sewist and writes a blog called Jennifer Sews Again.
Her tutorial for these zipper pouches is great – I followed each step and my pouches turned out perfect!  These amazing fabrics are from Blend’s Modern Eclectic line.  I love the prints!!!

I love the lining!  What’s great about these zipper pouches is they unzip all the way so you can have full access to your items.  I always take mine when I travel.

I love that they nest too!

And they make a nice set when paired with a fabric keychain!

Amanda

Bunny Love Pillow

I guess there is no stopping the bunny projects!  Meet my newest bunny creation – Bunny Love pillow! This is a fast and easy project that will add a Folk Art Easter feel to your home.

Supplies:
Backing fabric, 3/4 yard
Scraps of fabric for appliqué – I used Anna Griffin’s Grace line
Pom Pom trim
22″ zipper
Pillow form or fiber fill
Heat n Bond lite

Begin by cutting the pillow front 20″ x 12″
Iron the Heat n Bond lite to the back of your appliqué fabric.  I used the Sizzix bunny die for the bunnies.  The folk art tulip pattern can be downloaded here.

Once you have cut out your appliqué pieces, center them on the pillow front.  Iron to set in place and stitch around each piece twice with black thread.

Cut the pom poms the width of the pillow and baste them into place.

For the pillow back…..
There are a few options to finish the pillow:
1.  You can cut the back piece the same size as the front, sew it, turn it, stuff with fiber fill and hand stitch the opening closed.
2.  I used a pillow form and put an invisible zipper in the bottom portion of the back.  I cut 2 pieces for the back:  20″ x 2″ and 20″ x 2.  Set the invisible zipper joining the two pieces.  For invisible zipper tutorial, click HERE.
Pin the back to the front with right sides together, making sure zipper is open.  My back was a touch larger then the front, so I just trimmed off the excess.  Make sure to tuck those pom pons in so they don’t get caught in the seam.
Sew all the way around the pillow using 1/2″ seam.  Turn and insert pillow form.
OK, now this is my favorite thing in my house 🙂

Amanda

Vintage Bunny Skirt Tutorial

The bunnies keep multiplying!  I knew they would make a darling skirt (what’s next, throw pillows & tote bags??) This is a simple tutorial for a girls skirt size 6/7 that sews up in no time!  The tutorial is being featured over at the Therm o Web blog.  Click HERE to check it out!!

Amanda