Riley Blake Blog Tour {Baby Play Mat Tutorial with Matching Zipper Pouch}

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I am so excited to be participating in the Riley Blake Designs Quilted Cotton Blog Hop.


6/10 – Nancy Zieman

6/12 – The Sassy Quilter

6/17 – Just Let Me Quilt

6/19 – Simple Simon & Co.

6/24 – Haberdashery Fun

6/26 – Sew We Quilt

7/1 – Jina Barney Designz

7/3 – Leigh Laurel Studios

7/8 – Riley Blake Designs

Today is my day for the blog hop so WELCOME and thanks for stopping by!  I can’t tell you how in love I am with Riley Blake’s new quilted cottons.  They come in a variety of  patterns and colors.  I choose the black chevron which has polka dots on the reverse side.  I love giving hand made baby gifts but sometimes it gets a little challenging to create a new quilt from scratch for every baby gift; as much as my heart wants to.  The quilted cottons are perfect for sewing for baby: I appliquéd some flowers, added extra wide binding and it’s an adorable play mat or changing mat or quilt for baby.

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I also used what was left of the quilted cotton to make a diaper change zipper pouch.  It holds all the essentials: diapers, wipes, sanitizer, etc.  Continue reading for the instructions….

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1 yard Riley Blake Quilted Cotton

6 fat quarters flower appliqué fabric

3/4 yard fabric for wide binding

Therm O Web Spray n Bond basting spray.

Download the flower patterns HERE (for large flower, you will have to enlarge on your computer – it measures about 10.5″ across)


Cut the quilted cotton 35″ x WOF (Of course you can cut whatever size you want)

Cut the 3 sizes of flower and flower centers out to make the pattern.

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Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric and cut out.

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Spray the Spray n Bond to the wrong side of the fabric appliqué pieces and place on the quilt.  It is a bit of a challenge to appliqué on such a large piece of fabric – there was some pushing and pulling involved.  I found it easier to spray baste the flowers after finishing sewing the one before.riley blake quilted applique quilt_tutorial_5

Stitch around each flower and flower center 2 times using black thread.
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To make the extra wide binding…. cut 4 strips 5″ x WOF.  Sew together and press in half.  Continue as you would with regular binding, only line up the raw edge of the binding  1″ from the edge of the quilt like this:

I machine sewed the binding so it would hold up nice in the wash.  I am hoping this will be used more as a changing mat or crawling mat so it will be getting laundered often!  I love how it turned out!  This could easily be changed up for a boy – the navy and white chevron would be cute with anchors or fish!!

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Of course I needed to sew a matching zipper pouch.  I like the idea of having all the diaper change stuff in one handy pouch.  I used one of my favorite tutorials from my good friend Jennifer.  I changed the measurements from 9″x11″ to 8″x11″.  The rest of the tutorial is exactly the same.

Cut (2) quilted cotton pieces 8″ x 11″

Cut (2) lining fabric pieces 8″ x 11″

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Applique the smallest flower from the quilt pattern above to the side of one of the quilted cotton pieces.  Then follow the rest of the tutorial.

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I need one of these for myself!!
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They make such a darling set!  I can’t wait to give this to my friend who is expecting her very first baby!!
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Thanks for stopping by!  I can’t wait to see all the projects on this fun Blog Tour!!

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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!


Baby Octopus Zipper Pouches

If you know me at all, you know I LOVE zipper pouches!  Since all the fabric is still out from my Octopus Tote Bag, I thought I would sew up a few pouches.  They sew up super fast.  I made 2 versions and I will explain them both below.
My Favorite Zipper Pouch”  This is modified from my tutorial posted here.  Follow those instructions except for these changes:
Use the same measurements for the outer bag and the lining  (9’x 6.5″)  This bag is canvas so omit the fusible fleece.
For the accent strip, cut (2) 3″ x 9″ and press edges to the center.  
I used basting spray to hold the folded edges in place.
Pin the accent strip 3.5″ from the top and make sure it’s straight.  Topstitch both sides of the accent strip onto the canvas pieces.  Do this on the front and back pieces.

Prepare the appliqué by tracing the octopus pattern HERE on Heat n Bond Lite.  Iron to the wrong side of the fabric.  Cut on the pattern line.

Position the octopus as placed above.  I like to use an open foot like this Bermina #20 when sewing around my images.  It lets me see the image better.  Sew around the octopus twice with a straight stitch.  I had some fabric with words on it and sewed the word strip on.

Once the bag front and back are finished, sew the bag together as in the tutorial here.  I added a swivel lobster clasp to the side.  Also, when notching the bottom corners, instead of a 1.5″ square, use a 1.25″ square.

Version 2 Rounded Zipper Pouch
This zipper pouch is super easy – there is no lining and no zipper tabs which means you can make it in about 15 minutes!  The weight of the canvas gives it enough strength.
Cut (2) rectangles from the canvas 5.5″ x 7.5″
Using a bowl or plate, round the bottom two corners of the 2 rectangles.
Using basting spray, place one of the bag pieces to the wrong side of your fabric.  Spray in place.  Cut around the bag shape.  This is now your bag back.

Applique the octopus on the bag in the same manner as the first zipper pouch.


These are the two bag pieces.

Lay the zipper in between the bag pieces, right side up like this:

 Flip the zipper over and align with the top edge of the back piece.  Sew using a zipper foot.  Then sew the zipper to the bag front in the same manner.  Press and top stitch along zipper seam.

With the zipper pull in the center of the bag, trim off the excess zipper.  Place bag front and bag back right sides together.  Pin.  Sew using 1/4″ seams.  Zig zag the edges so they won’t fray.

Turn right side out and press.


Fishy Fourteen Birthday Party

This weekend I threw a surprise party for my daughter – we totally got her and she was totally surprised!!!!  It was worth all the stress and planning for sure!  She LOVES fish so the party had a fish theme.

 I ordered all these funny blow up fish to float in the pool.  My dear friend let us use her back yard for the party – it was perfect!  It feels like a resort!

The fountains and the pool lights change colors!

We had a nacho bar for dinner.

 And our FAVORITE “Nothing Bundt Cake” for the cake.

For the party favors, I sewed 15 of these little fishy zipper pouches.
I filled the zipper pouches with Swedish Fish, Aqua Blossoms B&BW hand sanitizer, a piece of fish jewelry, a fish keychain, and a blue elastic ponytail holder.
I think all the girls liked them.  It was a fun party!!


A few more zipper pouches

My sister needed a few birthday gifts so I made here these.  I just can’t get enough of these little pouches.  {tutorial}


My Favorite Zipper Pouch {tutorial}

I am excited to share the pattern for my “Favorite Zipper Pouch”. 
I love my fabrics from xo.gigi fabrics!   I needed a few gifts and whipped up some zipper pouches.  I have made lots and lots of zipper bags.  This is the one I always go back to.  It holds a lot but isn’t huge.  I have probably made over 50 of these! 

Are you ready??
Prepare the bag:

Iron the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the outer bag fabric.
Measure a 1 1/2″ square and cut a notch out of the bottom corners of the outer pieces and the lining pieces.  This will create the pleat in the bottom of the bag.
Prepare the zipper:
I like to put little tabs on my zipper so the zipper is not directly sewn into the seam of the bag.  It reduces bulk and helps it lay flat.  I always measure my tabs larger then cut them down.
As you can see, I like to buy larger zippers than I need.  You can always cut them down for smaller projects!
Cut off the metal ends of the zipper.
Sew one of the prepared tabs to the end of the zipper.  Backstitch several times over the zipper teeth.
Now measure over and sew the tab on the opposite end of the zipper.  There should be 1″ of tab on each side.  The excess will be cut off in a minute.
Use your zipper foot and sew along the zipper.

Now you do the same process to the other side of the zipper.  Place the zipper face down on the right side of the outer fabric.  Line up the edges.  Layer the lining on top right side down. (pictured below)
Sew the zipper using the zipper foot.  
Finish the bag:
Top stitch about 1/8″ next to both sides of the zipper.  This will hold the fabric in place and it won’t catch in the zipper.

Make sure the bag is unzipped!!!

Turn the bag right side out.

Stuff the lining down in the bag and press the bag as needed.  Done!!!


Diaper Change on the Go – Baby Shower Gift

 I have seen different versions of this idea all over Pinterest.  Here is my take on this fun idea!!

 I sewed 5 zipper pouches.  The measurements for the rectangles are 11″x10″ with a 1 1/2′ pleat in the bottom.  They are each lined.  For instructions on making a basic zipper pouch, look HERE, HERE or HERE.  I choose to sew 5 because 10 seemed like a lot!

 Each zipper pouch holds 1 diaper, 1 disposable changing pad, 1 Ziplock of wipes, 1 bottle of hand sanitizer and a trash bag.  This is essentially all the things you need for 1 diaper change.  The idea is the mom can grab one of these on the go and know she is prepared.  As the child grows, you can add in things like baby food, spoon, disposable bib, etc.

 Put them all inside and you are good to go!

 I bought a basket and placed all the pouches in.

Print out a tag & tie it onto the basket

Click HERE for the pdf of the Blue Tag Instructions.
Click HERE for a Pink version

 No, off to the baby shower you go!!

ipad case tutorial

I found this darling tutorial from Freckled Whimsy. I want an ipad just so I can make a case for it! I followed the instructions and sewed this one for my sister.

ipad case tutorial

I found this darling tutorial from Freckled Whimsy. I want an ipad just so I can make a case for it! I followed the instructions and sewed this one for my sister.