Category Archives: video tutorial

Tablet stand tutorial

Tablet stand tutorial made with the leg of a pair of jeans

Make this tablet stand in 15 minutes.

I have made a few iPad beanbags over the years but this one has been so far the easiest one to make.

How to make an iPad beanbag

Make this stand using the leg of a pair of jeans and a pretty button or other embellishment. Watch  this short 4 minute video to learn how to make it.

Or use plain cotton fabric


  • leg of a pair of jeans (8 to 10 inches wide)
  • self covered button
  • stuffing
  • a bag of lentils or rice or some stone (optional)
  • a small piece of cardboard (optional)


Download the Denim iPad beanbag pattern (pdf). Using this base is optional.

Print and trace the pattern on a piece of cardboard.

It is recommended that you add some weight to the bag so it sits better. Rice, lentils, wheat, and the like should work well.

If you make this beanbag, share a picture on my Flickr group. I’d love to see it.

Tablet beanbag tutorial

iPad stand tutorial

iPad beanbag tutorial

Tablet stand tutorial

iPad beanbag tutorial

Variation on a disappearing 9-patch block and quilt tutorial

These 2 blocks are made with the video tutorial below.

I have seen different kinds of disappearing 9 patch blocks but this variation is not as common though it is very effective.

Again, this block is quite quick and easy to make as you can see on the video.

Disappearing 9-patch block variation block tutorial

To make this tutorial you need to start with 2 traditional 9 patch blocks.

Some tips to make the most of this block

  • Use 5 inch charm squares for speed
  • Use high contrasting fabrics when swapping the strips
  • Fussy cut the central square or use that fabric you’ve been keeping for a special project.
  • This quilt can be quite striking in colour schemes such as black and white, red and black, red, black and white.
  • Combine blocks in complimentary colours such as green and red, yellow and purple or blue and orange

Disappearing 9-patch variation quilt tutorial

I made a quilt with this variation of disappearing 9-patch block some time ago.

Have a look at the prairie points. I think this was the first time I introduced fabric manipulation on my quilts. I have made many fabric manipulations since.

This is the full quilt. The prairie points add a very nice touch in my view. It makes this quilt particularly special and they’re a great way to use up your fabric scraps.

Disappearing 9-patch variation block

Whirlwind potholder with self binding

If you’re a follower of my blog you probably saw the Whirlwind block video tutorial I posted recently. The tutorial makes 2 blocks at once using 2 strips of fabric sewn together.

This week I’ll show you how to turn those two blocks and two more into a potholder.

I usually turn discarded quilt blocks into potholders to give away as gifts when going for dinner at a friend’s or as small gifts for different occasions.

The potholder is 11 inch square.


  • Two 40 inch x 2 1/2 inch strips of fabric in contrasting colours
  • 11 inch square piece of batting
  • 14 inch square backing fabric
  • One strip of fabric 11 inch x 1 inch for the sashing
  • Two strips of fabric 5 1/4 x 1 inch for the sashing


Make the tutorial below twice to obtain four 5 1/4 inch blocks.

Adding the sashing strips

Take the sashing strips and sew the shorter strips between blocks as shown on the picture below.

Then stitch the longer strip to join both rectangles into a large square.

This is your quilt top.

Assembling the potholder

Place the backing fabric, right side down. Then put the batting on top and the quilt top on top with right side up.

Pin and quilt together. I quilted along all seams in straight lines making a diamonds grid.

Self binding

Now self bind as shown on the video.

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Video tutorial: self binding a quilt or using the back of the quilt to make the binding

Self binding a quilt tutorial. Self binding is making the binding with the back of the quilt

I usually finish my quilts using bias tape or straight binding but when I want to bind a potholder, a wall hanging or similar, I prefer self binding the quilt.

Self binding refers to making the binding using the back of the quilt.

This is how you self bind a quilt:

Next time I will show you how to make the potholder on the video.

Video tutorial: quick and easy whirlwind block

Quick and easy whirlwind quilt block - video tutorial

With this video tutorial you will make 2 whirlwind blocks in no time.

You only need two 20 inch  x 2 1/2 inch strips in contrasting fabrics to make two 5 1/4 inch blocks.

You can make this block in any size provided both strips are the same width.

Watch the video, it goes for less than one minute, that’s how easy this block is. Enjoy!

Next time I will show you what to do with 2 these blocks and two more.

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Quilt layouts you can make with these blocks

Quilt layout 1

Quilt layout 2

Quilt layout 3

Quilt layout 4