May 27, 2016

The 2 1/2" Square Series - Mug Rug


If you've hung around with me for any length of time either here or on Instagram, you know that #ilovelittlesquares. The 2 1/2" square is without question my favorite shape. There are an abundance of projects you can make with them, and over the course of the next months they're going to be the focus of some weekend inspiration.

Today lets use them in their natural state. Simple patchwork!

Today I am going to show you how to make an easy peasy mug rug that you will use all the time. Do you want to know a secret? I will share how to "piece" all of these little squares without breaking a sweat.

1. Here's what you'll need
(16) 2.5" squares (mini charms or cut scraps)
(1) 10" piece of fusible featherweight interfacing. You can get some that is printed with grids to keep things super straight, but I like to live on the edge :)
(1) 10" square of batting (SAVE THOSE SCRAPS!!)
(1) 8.5" square coordinating fabric
(1) Package medium ric rac

2. Grab your interfacing, and with the bumpy side facing up, place all of your squares with edges touching and as even as you can. Make it cute and iron them in place once you're happy with the arrangement.

3. Here's the fun part. Fold the strip over right sides facing and sew a 1/4" seam.

4.Repeat twice more.

 
5. Then using a small pair of scissors, cut the center of the seam.

6. Open it up and press. Repeat the steps 3-6 going the next direction.

See! Easy peasy patchwork.

7. Now take your batting scrap and place it underneath your cute little patchwork. Quilt as desired. You are only quilting the top and batting. The bottom layer will come later.

Trim and square up your little quilt.

8.Cut your ric rac in 4 pieces slightly longer than your square. I baste mine to the edge so it's easier to sew on the backing. Simply match the edge of the ric rac with the edge of your patchwork.


9. Now we're ready to add the backing. Cut your backing fabric 8.5" square.

10. Put your quilt and backing wrong sides facing and pin or use your clover clips to hold together. Leave about a  3" opening for turning. Stitch, using a 1/4" seam. Clip the corners and any bulky ric rac that might be in the corners. Turn your patchwork right side out through the opening and give it a good press, paying special attention to the opening.

11.Top stitch all the edges and give it another press.

12. Jump up and down that you have a cute little mug rug for your sewing space!!

Hope you'll give this a try and make a bunch for you and for your non-quilty friends!!

Happy Holiday Weekend!!





May 20, 2016

Weekend Inspiration - Everyday Hipster

Happy Friday!! It's time for some weekend inspiration and I have to admit that I am on a bag kick!! Today I am sharing two really cute patterns in one project!!


First up is the sewing illustration by Minki Kim. I changed it up just a bit because free motion handwriting is scary!! :)  How cute is this mason jar?? I totally cheated and just left my regular foot on my machine, and stitched around the jar. I also traced the design onto the lid and top of the jar with a Frixion pen, and just stitched over the lines. If you are a confident FMQer, you could have fun adding more designs. If you need help Minki has lots of information on her blog. You can find the pattern for the mason jar here. It is actually part of a pincushion, which I really want to make. But as soon as I saw it I knew it had to be on the flap of the Everyday Hipster.

The Everyday Hipster by Three Owls Handmade is one of those cute and small bags that you will use all summer long. Trips to zoo, amusement park or farmer's market will leave you hands free. There is enough room for your phone, keys and a coin purse.

The flap portion of the bag is so fun as you can customize it any way you would like. Hexies or patchwork would be so cute. I decided to make a pocket and use the cute mason jar applique.
You could also make this super simple and make the entire bag in one of your favorite prints!
The pattern is really well written, and a confident beginner would have no problem making this as their first bag without any modifications. An advanced sewist would have fun making this as scrappy as they would like. You can find the pattern here.
Scrappy handles are a must! Fabric is Fog City Kitty by Pam Kitty Morning. Linen is from Joann Fabrics.

Happy sewing!!


May 16, 2016

Pretty Playtime QAL


I am so excited to be part of a quilt along featuring Elea Lutz's adorable book Pretty Playtime Quilts. The QAL is hosted by the fun people at Fat Quarter Shop and will focus on the Garden Fairy Sampler Quilt.



Over the next 16 weeks, I will be sewing along with 15 amazing bloggers!! I hope you will join us!!
The QAL will feature one block or section of the quilt each week.  You can find the complete schedule here.

The book is full of super cute projects from pillows to mini quilts to the amazing sampler quilt we will be making.

You can find the book and a complete kit to make the quilt at Fat Quarter Shop. Really, they think of everything!!

May 13, 2016

Weekend Inspiration - Playdate Bag

Sometime last summer I found the most amazing feed on Instagram and became an instant fan girl. The feed belongs to an amazing lady named Minki Kim who makes THE most lovely things and takes photographs that make my heart go BOOM! We have since become IG friends and she recently asked me to test her latest pattern called the Playdate Bag. I think you will want to make one too!!

This is such a great way to use those little pieces of fabric that you absolutely adore. You can also use a mini charm pack with the addition of a few extra pieces. If you need some more cute fabrics you can find some here.

Working with little squares is one of my most favorite things to do, especially with some simple quilting. How cute are these little prints from Little Ruby? They are so perfect for projects just like this. The pincushion in the background was made by Minki. It is my most treasured object on my sewing table.



Little Ruby plays really well with Hello Darling, Ruby and Mochi Linen.


Minki's pattern has so many opportunities for adding your own little touches. She has such amazing attention to detail. She gives instructions on adding embroidery and cute patches. I love the patchwork strap.


This bag is the perfect size for running around town. It will easily hold your phone, keys and debit card. I know I'll be using it all summer. For those of you who are joining in on the Weekender Bag Sew Along, this is a great bag to start with.

Please visit Minki here, and you should definitely follow her on Instagram (@zeriano). The pattern can be purchased here.

May 6, 2016

Weekender Bag Sew Along


Are you ready for the ultimate Weekend Inspiration?  I posted on Instagram that I would love to make the Weekender Bag by Amy Butler and so many of you asked if you could sew along!! YAY!!

Chrissy at Sew Lux Fabrics jumped on board and I am so excited because:
1. She is awesome.
2. She has made this bag before and can guide us through the tricky parts.
AND 
3. She has the pattern and everything we need in her shop. 
Not to mention there may be prizes at the end.

If you want to sew along, order the pattern here and start thinking about what fabrics you want to use. You can also order all the supplies you will need here. Chrissy is offering an amazing deal to everyone who is sewing along. Use the coupon code WEEKENDER to save 15% on your supplies. The code is valid through May 20, 2016.

Inspiration abounds on Instagram and Pinterest. Search "weekender bag" and prepare to be amazed at the bags that so many talented ladies have made!! The sew along will start Monday, June 6th, so don't actually start sewing yet!

Leave a comment below if you are joining in on the fun, and let me know if you have any questions. I will still be posting Weekend Inspiration on Fridays, but consider this our summer project!!

May 4, 2016

Weekend Inspiration - Cute Owl Project Bag


I know it's only Wednesday but I couldn't wait to share! Plus I have something fun to announce on Friday!!

It's time for more weekend inspiration and this week we are going to make a project bag using a cute quilt block.

This block is called the Cute Owl Block by Homespun Handmaiden. You can find the pattern for the block here. It's fun to put together and the pattern includes directions for both a 6" and 12" block. I am going to assume that you already have a favorite way to make a pouch. I'm giving you the sizes I used, and a few tips and tricks. I'll also give you a few links just in case you've never made a bag.

For the project bag we are going to use the 6" block. I'll wait while you make one. Go pick out some super cute fabric and have fun!! You can find lots of cute fabrics here. The only variation I made was to NOT attach the last bottom piece. My block ended up at 6.5" x 6" so my pattern is going to start with those dimensions.

Done with your cute block?? Let's get started on your bag. Here's what you will need:


(1) 6" Cute Owl Block
To complete block and bag front:
(2) 2" x 6" linen (side pieces)
(1) 4" x 9.25" gingham (bottom piece)
(1) 2.5" x 9.25" linen (top piece)

Bag Back Exterior:
(1) 9.25" x 8" linen
(1) 9.25" x 4" gingham
OR
(1) 9.25" x 11.5" linen

Bag Lining
(2) 9.25 x 11.5" chevron stripe

You'll also need
(2) 9.25" x 11.5" batting or interfacing or both, depending on how structured you want your bag.

(1) 9" zipper
(1) 3/4" lanyard kit, or 3/4" D Ring and Split Ring
(1) 2.5" X 11" gingham


Attach your 2 side pieces to each side. Then attach your bottom and top pieces.
Stitch together your bag back pieces or use the solid linen.  Attach your interfacing/batting as desired. I used batting in my bag because I like how soft and sturdy it becomes.

Now we are ready to add the zipper. Here is a great  zipper tutorial and is how I do mine. Don't be afraid. It is easier than it looks.

Now we can stitch it all together. I love using my wonder clips to hold everything together. Make sure you leave a 2" to 3" opening in the lining so you can turn it inside out. Also remember to unzip the zipper halfway. Don't forget this step!! :) Also make sure that your outside seams are lined up. Using a generous 1/4" seam stitch all around the outside. Take care sewing over the zipper tape. You may want to stitch a few times over to make it secure.

Let's make boxed corners. You are going to line up the seams on each corner and measure 2" across. Sew directly on the mark you just made. Trim your seam 1/4". You will do this on each of the four corners of your bag.

Turn your bag right side out through the opening you left in your lining. Open the zipper all the way and make sure your corners are pushed out as far as possible. You can carefully trim your zipper tape to reduce some bulk. Once you're happy with how everything looks you can either hand or machine stitch the opening closed. The next step is probably the most important to a nicely finished bag. Press your bag, paying close attention to the top of the bag.

I added a cute zipper pull to my bag using a 3/4" lanyard kit. You can also use a small split ring and a 3/4" D-Ring. These can be found in the notions department of your local craft store.
Here's how to make the strap. Take your 2.5" x 11" fabric and fold each short side in 1/4" and press. Now fold in half wrong sides together and press. Open and fold each side in to the center fold and press. Top stitch closed and add top stitching to other side to make it extra cute. Attach to your D-Ring by slipping the ring onto the strap. Sew the ends together and then turn right side out. Slip the ring to the sewn end and sew closed. It's a bit fiddly, but I love the matching strap.

This bag is the perfect size to hold your latest sock knitting project, or cosmetics, or really almost anything.

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments! Here is a link to a wonderful bag tutorial just in case. If you make one, please post it on Instagram #cuteowlprojectbag
Happy Sewing!!


April 29, 2016

Weekend Inspiration - Hexie Pouch and Pincushion

 
Hi! Are you ready for more inspiration?

This week I thought we would stick with a hexie theme, but this time go tiny!!

My daughter has been using a sad excuse of a zipper pouch for her double point knitting needles and crochet hooks. It was time to make her something cute. She has loved hexie flowers since the first time she saw them, so I knew I wanted to include one on her pouch. She's a big linen fan so that was a must as well.

I measured the dimensions of her old bag because she said it was the perfect size. Mini hexies were the perfect size, so the first thing I did was punch some templates out of card stock using my Fiskars medium size punch. You can find one at Joann Fabrics and use a coupon. I think I had a 60% off so it was really affordable. Sometimes they are already on sale too!

Stitching hexies is an enjoyable way to spend a half an hour and is about the amount of time it took to make my hexie flower. You can find a great mini hexie tutorial here.


The only zipper I had on hand that would fit was metal. I really love the way it looks and will buy more to have on hand when the urge to make a pouch hits.  My only advice is to make sure that the zipper is the exactly size you need. This was a 7" zipper and was just a tad too small, but I made it work. You want to make sure the fabric zipper ends are what you are sewing over, not the metal teeth. Your sewing machine will thank you.


Those hexies were so dang cute that I decided to make something for me. I kept seeing the Deluxe Pincushion on Instagram and knew that's what I wanted to make. It's from the book Sew Organized For The Busy Girl by Heidi from Fabric Mutt.  I always seem to modify patterns and switched the pocket to include a hexie. I also added binding to the top of the pocket.

I improved at stitching the hexies onto my project :)

Hope you try one or both of these projects. Let me know if you do and if you have any questions!! You can find a great selection of fabric here.

The winner of the Diamond Walk pouch kit is Linda who said  "So pretty, this reminds me of mermaid scales! 💙💚💜I'm working on binding a quilt, and I have the perfect zipper for this bag!!!!" I'll send you an email to get your mailing address. Thanks to everyone who let me know what they are working on. It's so fun and inspiring to find out what everyone is sewing!!