Who Can Sew A Zippered Pouch? – You!

Who can sew a cute Zippered Pouch? You can! It’s easy:)! All it takes is a few small scraps, a zipper, and a few buttons. It is the perfect size to hold make up, sewing supplies, pencils, or many other goodies:)

Are you ready to join me? Here we go!

Supplies:

  • (2) 4.5″ x 9″ rectangles for outside
  • (2) 2.75″ x 9″ rectangles for accent on outside
  • (1) 1.5″ pinked edged strip from lining fabric
  • (2) 6.5″ x 9″ rectangles for lining
  • (2) 1.5″ x 2″ rectangles for zipper stops
  • (3) buttons
  • (1) 9″ zipper
  • Scrap batting

Directions:

  • Sew 4.5″and 2.75″ rectangles together.
  • Press toward accent piece
  • Place batting under each sewn piece
  • Top stitch the edge of the accent piece along the fold

  • Sew accent strip to edge of front fabric piece
  • Trim the strip even to the edges

You are doing great!

  • Cut the bottom of zipper to 8.5″
  • Using a 1/2″ seam allowance Sew small rectangles to ends of the zipper. Back stitch tightly
  • Fold open rectangles
  • Trim side edges to the same width as your zipper.
  • Trim length of zipper to 9″ making sure to trim from both ends so your zipper is centered.

  • With right sides together, sew zipper to top piece of pouch

  • With zipper still facing down, place lining piece on top and sew together along zipper edge

  • Pull the front and lining pieces open
  • Fold zipper toward lining
  • Top stitch next to zipper on the front of pouch
  • Repeat the last five steps for the back pieces of the pouch.

Now it is time to sew on the buttons:)

  • Making sure to sew only the front of the pouch, NOT to the lining as well, center the buttons and sew them down. Hint: decorative thread looks nice here, but isn’t necessary

It’s looking good! Do you see how your tab pieces are sewn in nicely between the zipper and your pouch pieces? Great job:)!

  • OPEN THE ZIPPER. This is important. If you don’t, you won’t be able to turn your pouch right side out after the next step.

  • Pull right sides of pouch front together and right sides of lining pieces together. You may want to use pins here to hold on place.
  • Starting at the center of the lining pieces, back stitch and sew around your pouch.
  • Stop about 3″ from your starting point. Back stitch to secure your threads

  • Reaching inside of the hole you created in the bottom of the lining, pull your pouch inside out.

  • With your finger or a pointed object, push all of the corners out to crisp points.

  • Fold the opening of the hole in the lining and sew it closed

  • Push the lining inside of your pouch.
  • DONE!

Go ahead and zip it up and admire your perfect zipper stops. SWEET!

Isn’t your pouch so pretty?! You deserve a big HOORAY!! Good for you:)!!

I think I am going to make up a few more of these and put them in my car to organize the clutter in my arm rest.

I am happy to be linking this scrappy zippered pouch up with Kate’s ScrappHappy June 😊❤️

Until next time,

How to Shade Fabric

Good morning! I have had several people ask me about how I add the rosey cheeks to my Be-Attitudes quilt blocks. It is really much easier than you might think!

I use two different methods for shading. It usually depends on which item is closest to me at the time. Lol!

Method #1– Blush

This is the easiest method. All you need to do is go into your make-up drawer and get a cotton swab and your blush.

Who knew?! Well, now you do! It’s as easy as placing a bit of blush on the swab, and gently rubbing the color onto the cheeks or area that you want color.

How cute is that?! I used this method on a doll I made for my daughter years ago. She slept with, and played with that doll for years, and the blush stayed on.

Method #2 – Crayon Color

This method is a little bit trickier, but I like this method because the colors are only limited by your selection of crayons:)

It is not really hard, it just takes a light hand. I suggest practicing on a scrap fabric first. Once you get the hang of it, it is very simple to do.

Once you have colored your shading, there is an added step of heat setting the crayon. Place a paper towel on top of the color and then iron it.

There you have it! Isn’t she so SWEET?! I added a bit of color to her hands as well.

I hope these shading techniques will help you with your next appliqué project. Here are the pictures of my final two Be-Attitude blocks.

Woo hoo! The next time I post about this quilt will be for the final photo shoot. Yea!! I think joyful and happy is a good description of how I feel about it😊

Thank you so much for dropping by today. I hope you have a wonderfully SWEET rest of your day!

Mystery Quilt Along Photo Shoot and Update

I am so excited to say that I am finally finished with my MYSTERY QUILT ALONG quilt from last quarter! Woo hoo! Better late than never, right?

My wrist cast came off a bit sooner than I expected and I am feeling great!! I was able to sew these blocks together in no time. YEA! I am so thankful for good doctors and for all of your kind words and concern. Thank you, thank you!

I love how these Purse Strings blocks turned out with the MYSTERY Fluffer Nutter fabric as the background. I mean really, look how cute this is!

SWEET! But I don’t think the name “Purse Strings” fits this quilt. I am going to call my quilt the “It’s a Mystery” Quilt. Now that’s more like it!

I always like to wash and block my throw quilts after quilting. It gives the quilt that soft, crinkly, cuddly feeling that says “Relax! Come and snuggle. You deserve it”

Blocking — The way I block my quilts is by washing and drying them as usual.

When you take your warm quilt out of the drier, it will be wrinkly and puffy along with a wavy kind of look. Take it to your ironing board and give it a nice press with a steam iron. It will flatten and smooth right out.

This picture shows the difference between blocked and not blocked quilts.

The left side of the quilt is not blocked and is more wrinkly and wavy, while the right side has been blocked and has a lovely flat crinkle to it. — I hope you can see the difference. The real quilt seems to show the blocking better than my picture.

I am very pleased with this Terra Cotta backing fabric. I think it really matches everything so well. I had a harder time choosing the binding, but I am pleased with this navy blue print. When in doubt, go with the complimentary color:)

I had a tricky time taking these pictures because of our new puppy named Tally. He seemed to think I made this quilt just for him! Lol!:). “Think again Tally! This quilt is not for you!”

This was such a fun MYSTERY QUILT! I also loved seeing what beautiful blocks and quilts the other quilters made. Every one was so unique!

MYSTERY QUILT ALONG #2 is going on right now, but it’s not too late to join in the fun.

Cindy @In a Stitch Quilting and I are the hosts of the MYSTERY QUILT ALONG. It is different from other quilt alongs in that all of the quilters use the same focus fabric, and the quilter decides on the pattern and ways to use the fabric.

This quarter’s MYSTERY focus fabric is from Connecting Threads and is called Tea Flowers (Tomato) #91329. Just go to the fabric section and scroll down.

I sew, so, sew enjoy finding sneaky ways to use the MYSTERY fabric. Here is a peak at where I am using a bit of my MYSTERY fabric. How fun is that?!

This is how the MYSTERY works–

I am always happy to quilt along with so many fun and talented quilters. We would LOVE to have you join in the fun too!

Cindy @ In a Stitch Quilting

Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Edith @ Edis Crafting Life

Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us

Abbie @ Sparkle On

Lori @ quilting needs

Kathy E. @hazels-daughter

Velda @freckledfoxquiltery

Karla @mysewfulretirement

Thank you so much for dropping by today! You really do make my day SWEET:)

This is my first finish of this quarter’s Finish Along. Yea!!

How to Fold Fat Quarter Triangles

Giving a Fat Quarter or two to your favorite quilter for a special occasion like their birthday, Christmas, or just because is always a good gift. Making triangle packages is a fun way to fold them so they look a little more dressed for the party!

It is very easy to do. Here is how:

  • Start by ironing your fat quarter nice and smooth.
  • Lay it length wise on a flat surface with the wrong side up.

  • Fold the fabric in half LENGTH WISE. This is very important! Fat quarters are 18″x22″. Your fat quarter will now be 9″x22″ folded.
  • Fold the length again to 4.5″x22″
  • Now it is time to fold the bottom edge up on itself to make a triangle

  • Try to make the corner points as crisp and pointy as possible

  • Keep folding back and forth making angled folds until you reach the top of the fabric
  • The top is 7 folds up and has only a few inches of fabric left to fold
  • Time to fold the free fabric on an angle– do you see the angled side of the folded fabric? That is the side where you will fold your free fabric over. This will make another point.

  • Fold the free fabric edge back into the folds of your already folded fabric .

  • Push the fabric in nice and tight.
  • FINISHED!!

How easy was that?! Who knew folding could be so much fun?! In just a few minutes, you can fold quite a few fat quarters into SWEET little packages for a friend. –Mother’s Day is right around the corner!❤️❤️

Until next time, I hope you have a creative, wonderful day!

Thought for the day—

Crazy Quilt Hearts

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I want to have a small heart quilt to display on my front porch to wish everyone who drives by a LOVELY 💕 holiday! As I started planning, my creative juices went crazy in all different directions. Then I thought, “Since I’m going crazy, why not a Crazy Quilt Heart quilt ?”!

I went to my fabric closet and took out this jelly roll called “Kissing Booth” that I bought on sale a few years back. PERFECT!

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………………I took out different complimentary whites, but decided on just the plain white. I'm glad I did:). I sewed and cut and ended up with a Victorian romantic style heart that I absolutely LOVE ❤️💕

I had fun using those rarely used decorative stitches on my machine too!

Would you like to make a Crazy Quilt Heart? It’s easy! Here’s how:

Fabric:One jelly roll

  • Light and dark Complimentary background fabric.
  • Fusible interfacing

  • Sew four sets of three strips together.
  • Cut them into crazy, wonky pieces.

So far so easy, right? Now the next part may seem a bit tricky, but don’t fuss or worry. It’s your sewing room and there are no rules in Crazy quilting so relax and just go with it:)

  • Grab two of the pieces you just cut, pick different shaped ones, and sew them back together at odd angles. Don’t worry about the tops and bottoms matching. Just sew.
  • Press the open
  • Sew these odd sized pieces together. You may need to straighten a side or two as you go, but no worries.
  • Cut and sew, press, cut, and sew!

You will end up with a large piece of Crazy fabric that looks like this–

SWEET!!! Now it is time to make our hearts.

  • Out of paper, draw and cut out two different sized hearts. Cut one 5.5″ heart and one 4.5″ Heart. They don’t have to be exactly those sizes, just cut them close.

  • Trace the hearts onto the non-sticky side of your fusible interfacing. I drew 31 small and 31 large
  • Cut these out making sure to leave at least 1/4″ all around the marking.

  • Place your small interfacing heart onto your crazy fabric with the sticky side touching the right side of the fabric.
  • Sew on the line
  • Cut the heart out with a 1/4″ seam allowance
  • Clip at the top of the heart in the center making sure not to clip the sewing thread
  • Clip an opening in the back interfacing
  • Carefully turn the heart inside out.
  • Done! Now repeat this with the large hearts and the dark complimentary fabric.
  • Cut your white fabric into 6.5″ squares
  • Press your dark hearts to the center of the white fabric
  • Press the small hearts to the center of the dark hearts. So pretty!!

Now it is time for the really fun part!

  • Using the decorative stitches on your sewing machine, sew over the seams of your crazy quilt heart
  • Use a button hole stitch to sew around the edges of the heart.

Finished! I am so happy with how they turned out:)❤️❤️❤️

I am using the rest of my jelly roll to make a bunch of nine patch squares as well so I can have a whole Valentines Day quilt

I’m excited to get it all sewn together and quilted to show you next week. Yea!!!

I am really so glad you stopped by today. I hope you have a LOVE-ly rest of your Day!

Why You Need a Portable Design Board and How to Make One!

It is Scrap Happy Time and I have just the project for you!

Moving cut scraps from the cutting board to the sewing table can be a bit tricky. The pieces can shift and move or even fall to the floor! I like to place my pieces on a fabric covered board as I cut and design my block.

The batting makes it so I can design my block and move it with ease. How cool is that?!

I have been using my old design boards for over five years and they are still going strong. They have quite a few strings attached, but that just shows that they are well used and well loved.

A reader of mine asked me about them a day or so ago and I thought that maybe a few more of you might be interested in learning how to make one or two of these fantastic boards for yourself. Plus, I was just thinking I could use a few more boards. They are so quick and easy!

The items needed are probably all just lying around your house anyway, so why don’t you gather them up and let’s get started? 🙂

  • A large cardboard box
  • Scraps of leftover fabric and batting
  • A marker
  • A razor blade
  • Clear packing tape
  • Spray glue

Now that’s not much, is it? This is going to be EASY!

  • First choose a box with a piece that is large enough to cut a square from.
  • Mark the size of square you would like. I cut two. One is 12.5″ and the smaller one is 7.5
  • With a ruler and a razor blade, cut your squares out
  • Next we will be using the packing tape

  • Cover one entire side of the square with packing tape. This is so you can layer them on top of each other without the fabric sticking to the cardboard back of the board above.

  • Now we are going to be using our scraps of batting and spray glue.
  • Cut your batting the size of your boards
  • Lay a piece of scrap paper down to cover your work area
  • Spray the non shiny side of your board with glue

  • place your batting on top of the glue on the board

They will look like this. Now it is time to make some binding from your fabric scraps

  • Cut 2″ strips the width of the fabric.

  • Sew the strips together by placing the fabric together as shown above and sewing from corner to corner.

  • Fold the edges to meet in the middle and press.

  • Fold the strip in half and press to make binding.

Next we are going to be sewing the binding to the boards. You will be sewing through the cardboard. Don’t worry, it will work! 🙂

  • Set your machine to a wide zig zag stitch and starting in the middle of one side, fold the fabric over the board. Stitch through the fabric and board. If the left side of your stitch is at the edge of your binding, it should easily catch the back of the binding as well.
  • Stitch just to the edge of the board. Back stitch and cut your thread
  • Pictures 3 and 4 go together. Lift the board and pull the fabric down on the next side making a miter. You may want to add a drop of glue to hold the corner in place. I just held mine. Sew the next side down . Repeat for all four sides.

  • When you come to the end, cut the binding about 1.5″ over the starting point. Fold the binding back on itself and stitch to the end.

Yea! You are finished! Don’t they look great?!

I can’t wait to use them with my next Delilah project. There are always so many pieces to cut and carry!

And how do I store all of these boards? I have a fun Totally Tipster tip for you today as well. SWEET!

I have a letter holder next to my wall that holds my favorite rulers and these boards.

It takes very little space and they are all ready to be used at any time. I just love multipurpose objects!

I hope you will make a few of these boards for yourself. I would love to hear about it if you do:)

Until tomorrow!

A Hooded Towel for Christmas!

It has finally come, that time to put away the other projects and focus on my Christmas sewing. Yea! I love Christmas!

When my oldest son was born, a beautiful lady from my church made a hooded towel for him. That towel was WONDERFUL! It was large enough to wrap him up in and absorbent enough to really get him dry. I just LOVED it!

As I was thinking about gifts for my grandsons this year, I knew that I wanted to make a large, soft, hooded towel for them too. I wish I had kept that old towel to use as a pattern, but it has been long, long gone. I searched the internet and Pinterest for patterns that were similar or that I liked, but I couldn’t find one that gave clear enough instructions. So… to make this long story short — I just designed my own!

The pattern is EASY!! And the tutorial makes sewing the towel a breeze :). If you have any babies or toddlers on your Christmas list, you might want to try your hand at sewing them a Hooded Towel. 🙂

Supply List:

  • One Bath Towel
  • One Hand Towel
  • Matching Thread

Instructions:

  • If you want to add embroidery or ribbon or appliqué etc., add it to your hand towel first. Make sure that the embellishments are between 6” – 9” from the bottom of the towel. You can add bows and buttons or more after the towel is sewn.

  • With the right side of the towel facing down, fold the bottom of the towel up about 5”. If you are adding embellishments, Check to make sure that the fold covers the whole thing. If not, make the fold larger.
  • On the front of the towel, sew a top stitch close to the fold.
  • On the back of the towel, sew the top of the folded flap down.

The front will now look like this.

  • With the right side facing up, fold the edge you just sewed back on itself 6.5”
  • Sew these sides closed

  • Find the center of the towel on the fold and place a pin there.
  • With a ruler, place the 3’ mark at the pin and mark 3” on either side with a pin.

  • Sew from the pin to the end of the flipped edge.Back stitch and secure this edge quite a bit. I have marked in chalk your sewing line from the pin to the end of the flipped edge. You do not need to mark your towel

  • Cut the corners of folded edge next to the angled stitching.
  • Cut the free edge of the towel 3” from the fold as in the above picture.

This next step is the only somewhat tricky part, but it really just feels a bit awkward. It’s not hard. You can do it!:)

  • Mark the center of the folded, top of the hood with a pin.
  • Fold the back of the towel lengthwise starting at the pin. Fold the hood evenly in half lengthwise pinning as needed.
  • Sew from the top pin down to the bottom about 1” over. I have marked in chalk your sewing line

You will have a hood with a dart on the back when you are done . Yea! You did it:)

  • Finish all of your cut edges with a serger or with a zig zag stitch.

  • Sew the side wings down that are barely below the hood

  • Find the center of the long or wide side of your towel.
  • Pin the hood to the towel
  • Sew the hood down making sure to really back stitch and the beginning and end for added strength. You may even want to sew this seam twice.

Oh my goodness! You are done! Isn’t it the cutest thing?

And since I blog about my creative journeys, there are rarely any real homemade surprises under our Christmas tree. I figure it gives added anticipation. Lol:)! Here are the three towels that I made. After the initial embroidery, which took forever, these towels whipped up in no time!

And of course I had to grab my SWEET grandson and take quick photo to show you how truly adorable this towel really is! Just look how snuggly he is:).

I will not be posting the rest of the week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. I hope those of you in the States have a wonderful holiday filled with family and delicious food. I am Thankful for all of you, my online friends.

“Tying” Up a Scrappy Quilt

Good Morning to you!  It is Scrap Happy time again:).  I always look forward to linking up with Kate over at Tall Tales from Chiconia each month.  

This month’s project is one that I actually feel guilty about.  My sister-in-law’s father passed away back in 2015.  She gave me his ties and asked if I could make a quilt from them for her.

I carefully deconstructed them,  lightly pressed them and placed them in a box to work on after Christmas presents and wedding preparations, and then more quilts, and then they just kind of got forgotten.  I feel so bad!

I was cleaning through things and looked in the box,  and uh oh! I knew that now was the time.  No more waiting for this one!

  • I took the piles of deconstructed ties and cut them into  1.5″ to 2.5″ strips.  I didn’t care how many.  I just cut until I had cut the whole tie.
  • I cut 30 – 8.5″ Scrap fabric from some of my sub quality fabrics.  They really do make great stabilizers!
  • I started sewing strips from the center corner out on both sides.   I didn’t care at all about what width of strip I was using. 

  • When I was finished sewing strips to a block, the whole base was covered as in the top left photo.
  • I turned the block over and trimmed the block nice and square.
  • I then sewed around the edges to keep the ties from shifting.


Here is a picture of my neatly stacked blocks.  Aren’t they pretty?

  • Next I cut 36- 2.5″x8.5″ strips from a complimentary brown fabric (manly of course!) 
  • Then I laid out my blocks going in opposite directions.  A beautiful diamond design magically appeared!
  • I labeled each row with tape to make sewing the rows easier.   I could easily take them all piled together by row to my sewing machine and not get mixed up as I sewed along:)
  • I measured the length of the strips and cut 7 more 2.5″ strips that length and sewed the quilt together.

Here it is all pieced and ready for quilting.


While it looks nice before quilting, it looks especially fantastic after quilting!


The added texture and binding really help to “tie” it all together.  Lol:)!


I backed this quilt with an olive green plaid flannel.   I was surprised with how much I liked it:)


Now it is time to fold it up and get it to my sister-in-law, FINALLY!  I know she is going to be overjoyed❤️


Thank you for dropping by today.  I hope you have SWEET, Scrap Happy day!

Want To Match Up Prints?


Working with checks or large patterns can be  tricky when sewing large pieces together.  Many people like to use checks on the back of quilts, but if you don’t plan ahead, you will end up with something that looks like this:


With a little bit of planning, you will never have this happen to you!  It’s easy!  Here is how:

  • Press the edge of one of your fabric pieces along the edge you want to sew. 

  • Grab your trusty School Glue and place a small line of glue along the edge of the other piece of fabric 

  • Match your folded fabric pattern to the glued fabric.  Don’t worry about matching bottom or side edges.  Just match the pattern.  Press and repeat across the length of your fabric.

  • Take your glued fabric to your sewing machine and sew on the folded line.

Done!  How easy is that?  SWEET❤️!


I hope you will give this technique a try the next time you need to match up a print on your sewing adventures.

Until next time!

By Jove, I Think She’s Got it!

Appliqué has been my quilting nemesis for years.  My stitches always show and the thread really tends to stand out.  

Because I have been so frustrated, and not very patient, I usually just opt to embrace the visible stitches and use my sewing machine with either a small hem stitch or go all out and use a buttonhole stitch with contrasting thread.

I am not at all against machine appliqué, in fact I am a big fan of the speed and consistency of the stitches.  BUT  (I’m sure you knew that was coming) I really WANT to be proficient at appliqué.  I feel that any really good quilter should know how to needle turn.

Well this is it.  This is the quilt where I learn the appliqué ways!  I started out with my usual try to take a small stitch, but the stitches still show technique.   Ugh!  No matter how hard I tried, those stitches showed!

Then I looked at the back and had a brilliant thought—


I said to my myself, ” look at those tiny pinpricks. Why can’t they be on the front?”   Wait a minute–why can’t they?  I know, I know, I’m very slow to the rodeo with this one!   I think everyone else had this figured out long ago.  Where have I been?!


This time I entered my quilt top completely next to where I came out on the last stitch. Do you see where I put the arrow in the above picture?


Here it is again.  The picture on the left shows what I WAS doing. I was entering the fabric a few stitches ABOVE where I came out on the last stitch.  The totally correct awesome way is once again to go back down RIGHT NEXT to where I came out of the fabric on the last stitch.


Look at how pretty that looks!  You can BARELY see the stitches at all!❤️❤️. The back has the long stitches and I’m ok with that:)

I should be quite the proficient when I am done with this Down the Rabbit Hole quilt.  In fact for the next few days I am really going to be stitching and stitching on these leaves!  There are about 50 of them!


Yep,  I think I will have the hang of it for sure by the time I’m done with them:)

Now I have to get the curves a little smoother, but I will get there!  No one is going to be looking that close except me and you:)!

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope my appliqué journey helps any of you who are new to appliqué:)

Life is SWEET!