I Love Black Cats {Roundup}

It’s that time of year!  I’ve gathered up all my patterns and tutorials that involve black cats so you can find them easier!    Click on the photo for the link.

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Cats & Scraps {a free quilt pattern}

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I’m getting my “crazy cat lady” on today!!!I am so totally smitten with the Woof Woof Meow fabric line from Moda! I knew I wanted a fun throw quilt using all the cat fabrics from this fabric line.  Grab your cat and let’s get sewing!!

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You will love how easy this quilt comes together and I love the scrappy feel it has!  It’s the purrrrrfect size for you and your fur baby to cuddle with!!

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I choose to use HeatnBond Featherlite for the applique because the cat head appliqué pieces are larger and I didn’t want to add bulk to the quilt.  I love this weight because you can hardly tell it’s there.

You can download the cat head pattern, 2 per sheet by clicking HERE.  Put the HeatnBond EZ Print Featherlite sheets in your printer and no tracing needed!!

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Scraps and Cats Quilt by Amanda Niederhauser

Finished Quilt 60″ x 70″

Block Size 10″

All seams 1/4″

Scraps and Cat Quilt Supplies:

HeatnBond EZ Print Featherlite Adhesive Sheets

3  yard solid white/cream

assortment of 10 or more fat quarters, lights and darks – Woof Woof Meow line

For the cat head block cut (21) 10 1/2″ squares from the solid white fabric.

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Scraps and Cats Quilt Instructions:

Once you’ve got the pattern, heat set it to the wrong side of the cat head.  Cut around it and fuse to the 10 1/2″ solid blocks.  Then sew around each cat head 2 times with dark thread, I used navy.

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For the chain blocks, cut a variety of fabrics (for a scrappy look) into 2 1/2″ squares.   You need:

(84) white low volume print 2 1/2″ squares (I used the low volume prints that were in the fat quarter bundle) for the 9-patch

(189) dark print 2 1/2″ squares

(84) solid white 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles

I used navy just to show color, mix up all the different fabrics for a scrappy look!!!

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Sew the 9-patch unit together.

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Then add the borders by sewing a rectangle to each side and pressing.  Sew the corner squares to the ends of the remaining 2 rectangles.  Press.  Sew on to the top and bottom of the 9-patch unit.  Press.  Make 21 blocks.

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You might have to wrangle the blocks away from your cat late at night 🙂

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Lay out blocks in 6 blocks across by 7 blocks down.  Sew each block together in rows, press toward the cat heads.  Sew the rows together, matching seam intersections.  Press.
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Now you’re ready to quilt!  I’m sending mine to the quilter and I’m sure she’ll come up with something purrrrrfect!

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Star Spangled Pillow

Create a Star-Spangled Pillow

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Here is a fun and fast pillow to make for your 4th of July/Americana decor!  You’ll love how fast this canvas & denim pillow come together!!

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I’m thinking when it’s not summertime this pillow might live in the super hero kids room!!!

Star Spangled Pillow by Amanda Niederhauser aka Jedi Craft Girl

star pillow 6Star Spangled Pillow Supplies:

(2) 20″ squares of canvas/duck cloth

1/4 yard denim (mine is by Indigo Junction Crossroads Denim)

HeatnBond® Lite Fusible Adhesive

20″ pillow form

22″ or longer zipper

Star Pattern

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[line]Star Spangled Pillow Instructions:

Begin by tracing 10 stars onto the HeatnBond® Lite.

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Fuse to the wrong side of the denim.  Cut out each star and peel off the backing paper.IMG_2120

Arrange stars as desired.  Make sure that a few hang off the edges to create a continuous pattern look.  Heat set in place.  Trim off the excess star.
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Top stitch around each star.  I used a shiny taupe/gray color.IMG_2123

Once complete use this tutorial to sew an invisible zipper in the bottom and finish the pillow.IMG_2124

I am ao in love and ready for summer!!!!!

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Tutti-Fruitti Market Tote Bag

This tote bag is by far my most used tote bag I own!!  What I love about it is that it is super big but folds up small so you can keep it in our purse or in your car.  My goal is to sew a bunch of these and use them when I go grocery shopping.  When they get dirty, just toss in the wash!!

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This fabric is called Tutti-Fruitti from Blend Fabrics – it just screams summer!  You can click on this link to see all the fabrics in the collection!
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My friend, Rachel from Little Fish, and I made them together and she loves taking hers to the pool!  (She also makes these adorable euro style swim trunks for little boys). You can fit a ton of beach towels in this bag!!

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The bag is also reversible – I love the pineapples!!!  So click HERE and download the free pattern and get ready for summer!!!IMG_1379

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Circa 1974 Quilt Pattern – Featuring Gingham Girls

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It’s a 1970’s sunshiny day over here!!!  As soon as I saw Diary of a Quilter’s Gingham Girls new fabric line I knew it was for me!!  She did an amazing job of packaging up my childhood into a fabric line!  (And yes, all of you now know how old I am!!!)

DSC_0269 2You can read all about Amy’s inspiration for the fabric line by hopping over to her blog.  I created this quilt to be your new favorite that you would take to the beach, the park, a game,  or snuggle with on the couch.  It’s 60″ x 76″ so a perfect throw size. You can customize the date to fit any occasion: birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc.

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This quilt is just for me!  And it’s my new favorite pattern – you’re gonna love it!

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DSC_0286The blocks are 8″ with a little appliqué insert.  You can purchase the PDF pattern in my Etsy shop and get sewing today!!

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Aren’t these fabrics just amazing!!!!!  There are so many more things I want to sew!!!

Gingham Girls fabric by Amy Smart, inspired by vintage 1970's prints and colors.

Here are a two little dresses my mom sewed for me when I was 2 & 3 years old.  I got them out to inspire me when making this quilt!

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Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a groovy day!!

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Four-Patch Heart Mini Quilt

I can’t get enough valentine sewing!  I think its just the pick-me-up I need during wintertime!  I created this fun mini quilt that is perfect to hang on a wall, put on a table or give to someone you love.

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The finished quilt measures 26″ square and is made up of 4 quilt blocks that measure 10″.
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These fabrics from Moda are sure to brighten your day!  The line is called Just Another Walk in the Woods – and it’s ADORABLE!!! Don’t you just love cracking open a Jelly Roll!  It’s a little bit magical!

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4-Patch Heart Mini Quilt Featuring Heat n Bond Lite

Here’s what you need to get started:

1/2 a Jelly Roll (or equivalent)
1/3 yard background fabric
Aurifil Threads – 2530 &
Heat n Bond® Lite EZ print sheets
Heart pattern, click HERE
1/2 yard for backing
1/3 yard binding – or you can use left over Jelly Roll Strips

All seams 1/4″


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Begin by cutting 15-18 of the jelly roll strips into 2 1/2″ squares.

Cut the background fabric:

  • (4) 6 1/2″ squares
  • (16) 2 1/2″ squares for block corners
  • (32) 2 1/2″ squares for Half Square Triangles (HST)
4-Patch Applique Hearts

Select (4) groups of (4) fabrics for the hearts.  I selected like colors for each heart but you can make it scrappy if you want!  Sew the group of 4 fabrics together in a 4-patch, pressing seams.

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Print (or trace) 4 hearts onto Heat n Bond Lite.

Cut out 1/8″ around each heart.

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Center the heart on the wrong side of each 4-patch.  Heat set.

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Cut out each heart and peel off the backing paper.  Fuse hearts to the center of the (4) white 6 1/2″ squares. Sew 2 times around each heart with a straight stitch.  Set aside.

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HSTs –  Half Square Triangles

You can make the HSTs however you prefer.  I used my Sizzix machine for quick cutting.  They need to measure 2 1/2″ when they are finished.  You will need a total of 32 HST to make the 4 blocks.

(Quick HST instructions: Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the (32) 2 1/2″ back ground squares.  Pair right sides together with a 2 1/2″ square cut from the jelly roll fabric.  Sew along the diagonal line.  Trim 1/4″ along the seam and press toward the dark.)

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Follow the chart below to construct the block:

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Use the (16) background 2 1/2″ squares for the block corners and (16) low volume 2 1/2″  squares from the Jelly Roll for the center squares.

Make 4 blocks.  I chose a color for each block, but you could totally mix up the colors and make them all scrappy!!

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Once the blocks are finished, take the remaining 2 1/2″ squares from the Jelly Roll and piece the sashing and borders. Press all seams open.

Sew (2) strips of 5 squares for the short sashing.  Press

Sew (3) strips of 11 squares for the top, middle, and bottom sashing. Press

Sew (2) strips of 13 squares for the side sashing.  Press

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Make sure to match each seam and pin.

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Use Spray n Bond® for quick basting!  I can’t live without it!!!

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Quilt as desired.  Bind.
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Preppy Plaid Tote Bag & Quilt Tutorial

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I am so totally excited to be a part of the Enchanted Blog Tour sponsored by Riley Blake Designs!  You can see the entire collection designed by Dodi Poulsen of Two Sisters at Squirrel Hollow by clicking here 🙂
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When I saw this new fabric line from Riley Blake Designs called Enchanted, my heart stopped.  I took one look at this pink, navy and white plaid and immediately I was transported to a Cape Cod dream!  Sailboats, lobsters, quaint homes and preppy boys on vacation from Harvard 🙂

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Ok Ok, so I’ve never been to the Cape but a girl can dream right?  I knew I wanted to design something that let this preppy plaid be the focus and something that would be perfect for my sailboat (hahaha).

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I came up with a simple quilt pattern that uses plaid, navy and white.  When only two prints arrived in the mail I began to panic wondering if I had made a terrible decision to make a quilt using only two prints!  I decided to go with my instincts and make the quilt……and I am totally in LOVE!!!!

This quilt really lets the plaid shine in and it’s a great pattern to use if you fall in love with a single fabric print.  The accent blocks are made of 4 half square triangle blocks.

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…..and the quilt fits nicely inside this preppy plaid whale tote bag – made with denim, plaid, and Heat n Bond Fusible fleece.  So, are you ready to set sail for the Cape?  Grab your fabrics and lets get sewing!

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Preppy Plaid Quilt

1/4″ seams 

Supplies

2 yards plaid print

1 yard navy print

1 yard white

Begin by cutting the plaid into (40) 6.5″ squares.

Using the navy blue print and white print sew (160) half square triangles (HST) that measure 3.5″.  You can use any method you like.  I use my Sizzix half square triangle dies!  It is super fast, super easy and no squaring up – just perfection!!

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Die cut 160 navy HSTs and 160 white HSTs.

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Sew the navy and white HSTs right sides together using 1/4″ seam.

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Press seams open.  Continue until you have 160 HSTs.  It’s probably a good idea to put on a movie while doing this!

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Lay out 4 HSTs to make the pattern above.  Sew together as you would a 4-patch.  Press seams open.  Finished block will measure 6.5″.  Make 40 of these blocks.

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Cut 40 squares measuring 6.5″ out of the plaid.

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Sew the blocks together (1/4″ seams) as you would a checkerboard, alternating each block.  Make sure the pieced blocks are going the same direction.  Press the seams toward the plaid.  There are 8 blocks across and 10 rows down.

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Baste (I always use Spray n Bond basting spray)

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Quilt.

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Bind.

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Love.

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Mufasa and I love sewing on rainy days!!

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Tote Bag Instructions

I used my pattern, Quilted Tote Bag, for the measurements.  I followed the pattern pretty closely with the following exceptions:

  • I added an appliqué to the main bag.
  • I used denim.
  • I did not quilt the bag; I stabilized it with fusible fleece.
  • I came up with a new way to sew the handles (continue reading)
  • I omitted the inside pocket
  • I simplified how to make the bag bottom

Supplies

Denim (2) 20″ x 10.5″

Plaid (2) 20″ x 9.5″

Lining (2) 20″ x 19.5″

Plaid for handles (2) 5″ x 28″

Heat n bond medium stabilizer (2) 5″ x 28″

Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece (2) 20″ x 19.5″

Piece of plaid for the whale

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Appliqué the whale  Click HERE for the whale pattern.

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You can print the whale directly on Heat n Bond Lite EZ print sheets, or trace the whale onto Heat n Bond Lite.

Heat set the whale to the wrong side of the plaid fabric.

Cut out the whale.  Peel off the backing paper.

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Press it onto one of the denim pieces, centering.  Using 1/4″ seams, sew the denim piece to the plaid piece to make the bag front and back.  Press seams.

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Fuse the Heat n Bond Fusible fleece to the wrong side of the bag front and the bag back.  Add some accent stitching along the seam.

Bag Handles

Fuse the stabilizer to the wrong side of each of the handle strips.

Press in half lengthwise.  Open up and press the long ends in to meet the center.  Press.  Then press in half again.  This makes a super sturdy handle!

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Topstitch along both of the long edges of each handle.

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Continue following the bag instructions from this tutorial to complete the bag.  To make the bag bottom, cut a 3″ notch out of the bottom corners of the bag and the lining.

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Together they make the Perfect Preppy Plaid Pair!!!!!
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Be sure to check out these amazing designers to see what they’ve created using Riley Blake’s Enchanted Fabric!!!

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, Jan 23rd – Little Londyn

Tuesday, Jan 24th – Jedi Craft Girl

Wednesday, Jan 25th – Loose Threads

Thursday, Jan 26th – Meags and Me

Friday, Jan 27th – Pretty by Hand

Monday, Jan 30th – Tie Dye Diva

Tuesday, Jan 31st – Two Sisters as Squirrel Hallow

Wednesday, Feb 1st – Striped Swallow Designs

Thursday, Feb 2nd – Izzy and Ivy

Friday, Feb 3rd – Ellis and Higgs

Monday, Feb 6th – Aurifil

Tuesday, Feb 7th – The Crafy Quilter

Wednesday, Feb 8th – Two Sisters at Squirrel Hallow

Thursday, Feb 9th – Jina Barney Designz

Friday, Feb 10th – Riley Blake

You could win a bundle of Enchanted fabric by visiting Dodi’s blog, Loose Threads (www.sashgals.com) and leaving a comment.

One entry per blog post, per day of the Blog Tour, there on Loose Threads.

Enter every day to increase your chance of winning!!!

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.

To insert the “Open Wide” zipper, follow THESE instructions.  img_8138

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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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