Saturday, October 31, 2015

POTHOLDERS MADE FROM SCRAPS - WITHOUT BINDING!

Nothing like new potholders! I  added a grommet to each one. 

You probably recognize the fabric from the little bag I just made.

INSTRUCTIONS
1.) Sew strips of fabric together to make two  10" squares.    Cut 2 back pieces - 10" x 10".
2.)  Add quilt batting to the back side of the front.  I used only one layer, but two can be used if you wish.  Pin in place.
3.) Quilt the front -  straight lines.   Click on the picture  to see the lines.
4.)Place the insul-brite (same size) on to the back  of the front & batting piece, shiny side facing away from the front.  You could add this  as in step 2 with the batting and then  go ahead with the straight line quilting.5.  Place the back piece on  the front, right sides facing.  Pin all the pieces in place to prevent shifting of the fabric.   6.)  Sew a 1/8" around the outside, leaving a 2" opening.  7.) Turn it right side out,  pressing the small open area seams inward. Line them up with the closed area. 8.) Sew around the potholder  using a 1/4 "seam allowance.  9.) Sew down each strip seam, called stitch in the ditch.  You can see how it is done HERE! 10.)  Measure for each grommet and add. 

 Note:

 - When adding the grommets,  have BOTH potholders facing up the same way ( the pieces running in the same direction).  HERE  is a good tutorial for grommets.

I hope this  tutorial is simple to understand!  Potholders are fairly easy to make, and quick.  I really like this  way of making them, as I don't have to attempt binding.

They would really make a nice little gift!

Thank you for visiting!

Linda


Friday, October 30, 2015

CHRISTMAS MUG RUG













A simple mug rug!  Make one or as many as you like!  I quilted my four mug rugs because I like the look, and added the binding in a way that is easy for me! You can find the tutorial for the mug rugs  HERE. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sew Together Bag


The Ta-Daah is my introduction to a "finally" finished bag!  Hope you like it!  (I've taken off the green buttons...didn't do anything for it!

The pattern for this can be found on Craftsy!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Baby's Crib Quilt



The crib quilt is very similar to the other quilt I made, except it was smaller, for a stroller.  I used the same fabrics/charm pack, but used a different pattern for this one.  I won't give you the pattern as there is an error in it, and if you look closely, you will be able to see it!  Have fun!! : )  I reported the error, but I'm not sure whether they have corrected it.

Next comes the crib skirt, and I was thinking a  white eyelet fabric would look nice.  Perhaps I'll make a long pillow (round/oblong) to use...no soft stuff though.   What do you think?

THE POUCH

                                                                                                                                                         
This is a new pouch, which I completed a couple of days ago!  It has a front pocket with flap, zipper
pocket on the outer back,  two inner pockets, and a zipper closure.  It's just the right size to use as a clutch or as a pouch.  It's approximately  10" x 5 3/4".

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Carry-It-All Hipster Bag Tutorial

       
 This is my latest bag. I’ve called it the Carry-It-All Hipster, as you can carry most of your essentials in  this bag.

It features:

    -  Outer front  zipper pocket.
    -  Outer front pocket with flap closure.
     - One outer large back pocket which can be divided into two.
    -  A medium sized inner pocket.
    -  Two straps.  The longest, is the perfect length for over your shoulder, hand’s free, while the hand/wrist strap is great option should you desire to use it. Both are removable.
    -  Metal grommets/eyelets have been placed on both sides for the straps.


This Carry-It-All Hipster bag is 9 ½” x 8 ½ “, large enough for make-up, glasses, cell phone, what have you. Who knows, you might even want to add a pocket book or reader to your Carry-It-All.

The tutorial has plenty of colorful pictorials, to assist even the novice.  It is easy to follow.

The tutorial can be found on Craftsy at  My Pattern Store.
A special thank you to Terry P.  Appreciate all your valuable input!

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Lipstick Pouch!


I recently had a bunch of fabric given to me, including this lipstick fabric   I just love it!.  I added the pink as it was the only fabric I had that really matched.   There still enough of the lipstick fabric left over  to make a tote bag or even a couple of cosmetic pouches!

 This is pretty well your basic pouch, certainly nothing fancy.   I originally was going to make a pouch with two pleats, but  I didn't have enough fabric, so had to scrap that idea!!

I was thinking how it is so much easier and quicker to make pouches.  It's sure different than even a few years ago, when I would have to keep checking back to see what the next step was.   (Can't believe I'm saying this, but zippers and binding are easy as well).  There are still mistakes made, and the old seam ripper is put to work, but I  enjoy sewing.

It seems like quilting captivated me for a while.  Although I'm making another quilt, I would like to sew  tote bags or purses again.

I've added a large pocket to the inside of the pouch.  I used a checkered fabric in the inside, which is totally against "matching fabrics" for me, but I love it.  Hope you do to!!

What would be the ideal pouch for you?  Would you like more zipper pockets, a pocket with a flap, a long strap? or???  What about the size?


Sunday, October 4, 2015

No More Saggy Linings









Have you ever had a problem with fitting your lining into your tote bag?  Here's just the information you need, and it's really easy to do!  You can find it at SWOON SEWING PATTERNS.