“Tiffany” iPad patchwork shoulder bag

This is my third iPad carry bag. I take my iPad with my all the time and the fabric just wears out.

The first iPad carry bag I made had a patchwork flap. The second one I used embroidery for. And this time I just made a quick one. I called it Tiffany because the charm squares are from a Moda fabric collection with the same name.

Materials

  • 12 x 5 inch charm squares for the exterior
  • 20 1/2 x 9 in fabric for the lining
  • 2 pieces of batting measuring 21 1/2 x 10 in each
  • 45 inch strap
  • velcro

Instructions

Arrange your charm squares by twos as per picture and stitch together.

Now fold at 10 1/2 inch as per picture.

And draw a short line on each side as per picture. This mark is where the flap starts.

To make the flap, take a dessert plate or a plate that is almost as wide as the panel and place it on top as per picture.

Draw around the plate close to where you drew the short line. Then finish the drawing by adding a straight line between the curve and the 10 1/2 in marking on each side.

If you click on the picture below you’ll see a larger picture and will be able to understand what I mean.

Using the exterior rectangle as a guide, cut the lining piece.

Now you have both pieces, you’ll be cutting the flap at the same time.

Pin well and cut both pieces along the curve.

I wanted to add extra padding to the bag so I used 2 pieces of batting instead of one. You coud use heavy weight interfacing instead.

Cut the pieces of batting using the exterior as a guide. I trimmed off the flap on one of the batting pieces but as it turned out two would have been ok. Your choice.

Pin batting to the exterior.

Quilt any way you like. Lately I kind of like quilting in narrow lines. They look neat.

Trim off the extra batting.

Now place a piece of velcro about 2 inches from the top edge. I don’t like use velcro with adhesive because it always comes apart eventually. And if you stitch it as well as stick it, it ruins the needle.

Stitch around the velcro piece.

Now place the other piece of velcro on the lining part. To find the exact place where to add velcro, place the lining flap over  the exterior as if closing the bag.

Pin and stitch all around.

Now fold the lining piece making sure the straight edge aligns with the line marking where the flap starts.

Mark a 3 inch opening on one side to turn bag inside out.

Stitch around both sides leaving the gap as per picture below to turn the bag inside out.

Now do the same with the exterior. Sorry no photo. I forgot to take one.

Just fold the exterior piece right sides together making sure you align the straight narrow edge with the start of the flap markings. Pin well and stitch around both sides. Trim corners and turn inside out.

Adding the strap

For the first time I purchased a strap. Hopefully it’ll hold the shape better than the homemade ones.

Place the strap about 1 3/4 inch from the edge and pin on each side.

Stitch strap well on each side going up and forth several times. Do not stitch higher than 1/4 from the edge. We need 1/4 inch seam allowance when attaching the lining.

Now place the exterior inside the lining. Pull the strap down.

Align top straight edge and flap from exterior and lining. Pin well.

Stitch all around. Make sure the strap is out of the way.

Now turn bag inside out through the 3 inch opening.

The bag is almost finished.

Stitch the opening.

For neatness’ sake stitch around the flap as close to the edge as possible as per picture.

The bag is finished!

 

 

Felt flower corner bookmark

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A while ago I posted a tutorial on how to make felt flowers with felt die cuts. This time I’m using one of the felt flowers to make a bookmark.

Materials

  • Flower die cuts
  • One 3 inch felt square
  • Stranded cotton in matching colours

Instructions

Cut a 3 inch square.

Now cut it on the diagonal.

Take the flower die cuts.

And try different combinations.

Settle for a design.

Now choose matching stranded cotton.

Now let’s start doing the embroidery.

Use any stitches you like such as long stitch.

French knots.

Embroider each layer individually.

Stitch all the layers together.

Now stitch flower to one side of the triangle.

Now let’s stitch both triangles to make the bookmark.

Done!

Hand embroidery projects and ideas

In this post I’ll resurface some of my favourite hand embroidery projects and ideas. Each project comes with a tutorial to make an object as well as a novel way to use embroidery in a non traditional way.

1. Using the fabric design as an embroidery template

The first project is an iPad carrybag. The embroidery pattern is the outline of the fabric I used for the tab and the back scaled down. This is an idea that can take other directions and in future I intend to explore further.

2. Embellishing a quilt with embroidery

This tutorial shows you how to make a Christmas quilt using 5 inch charm squares. The quilt is completed by an embroidered French Christmas poem.

3. Gradient embroidery

This tutorial is for a notebook cover. This type of embroidery can be done with numbers, initials, names and the like. It’s easy though a bit time consuming.

4. Extending fabric print with embroidery

This cozy tutorial is embellished with embroidery. Check out the tutorial and look closely at the fabric. The pattern in the fabric has been filled in with embroidery. I intend to explore this type of embroidery further in the future.

5. Embroidery lettering

These napkins are made as a set. Each of them contains an embroidered line belonging to a French nursery rhyme.

6. Pillow embroidery to match duvet cover

This tutorial contains an embroidery idea for a matching pillow case. The idea was born out of need. I bought a doona cover without matching pillows. I then drew some of the doona cover flowers on the pillow and embroidered them.

7. Embroidering on felt shapes

This tutorial contains instructions on how to make flowers with felt cutouts. I used embroidery to embellish the flowers.

8. Mixing improv patchwork with embroidery

This is a tutorial for a reversible tray cover using basic improv patchwork and embroidery. The words on both sides are in French as well.

If you make any item based on my tutorials pleas share in my Flickr group.