Tag Archives: easy sewing

Origami bag tutorial

All you need to make this bag is 6 fabric squares, 3 for the outer and 3 for the lining.

Learn how to make an origami bag

The bag is approximately 19″ wide x 23″ high.

Fabric collection

The Nerida Hansen fabrics on the video are 100% GOTS certified organic cotton printed with low impact dyes. A joy to work with.

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Bag tutorials roundup

Check out my other bag tutorials that I’ve made over the years:

  1. Expandable tote bag
  2. Patchwork beach bag
  3. Tote bag tutorial
  4. Laptop slipcover with straps
  5. Charm pack tote bag with inside pocket tutorial
  6.  Charm squares and embroidery tote bag
  7. Spirit tote bag

All the tutorials are free.

If you make any of the bags, please upload a picture to TeresaDownUnder tote bags and my other sewing projects Flickr pool.

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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How to make an origami bag video tutorial

Beeswax wraps

Beeswax wraps

These beeswax wraps have been around for a while and they use different ingredients.

I’m sticking to the two basic ingredients: beeswax and jojoba oil.

1. Grate the beexwax or use small pellets

2. Place a piece of oven paper on a tray or plate. Then place the fabric right side up on top of it and sprinkle with jojoba oil and a layer of beeswax.

3. Ensure the edges and corners have enough beeswax, but don’t worry. You can always add more later.

4. Place the tray in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 100 C.  The beeswax will melt. Once it melts make sure that the wrap is completely covered in beeswax.

Remove from the over. You can just hold it from two corners and place it on a piece of oven paper. It’ll dry very quickly.

It’s ready to use.

That simple!

If you omit the resin the wrap isn’t as tacky and doesn’t adjust as well but I don’t find that to be an issue.

To clean, you can use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe it clean.

Tote bag tutorial

We learned to do crumb quilting some time ago. This time we’re going to use the crumb quilt pieces to make a tote bag.

If not interested in making the bag with fabric scraps you can make it with fabric squares or just a favourite print.

Learn how to make a tote bag with crumb quilting

How to do crumb quilting

Did you miss my crumb quilting tutorial? Here it is again.

Bag tutorials roundup

Check out my other bag tutorials that I’ve made over the years:

  1. Expandable tote bag
  2. Patchwork beach bag
  3. Tote bag tutorial
  4. Laptop slipcover with straps
  5. Charm pack tote bag with inside pocket tutorial
  6.  Charm squares and embroidery tote bag
  7. Spirit tote bag

All the tutorials are free.

If you make any of the bags, please upload a picture to TeresaDownUnder tote bags and my other sewing projects Flickr pool.

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

Do you wish to receive my tutorials in your inbox?

Share your work!

If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there
Tote bag tutorial

Notebook cover – video tutorial

Patchwork notebook cover

This tutorial is for a notebook cover that measures 9″ x 15″ but you can make it for any size.

Check out how it’s made.

 

Materials

Fabric

Lining: 1 rectangle 16″ x 10″

Pockets: 4 rectangles 10″ x 5″

Cover: 1 rectangle 16″ x 10″. Mine is made of 3 pieces patched together with the following measurements:

  • 1 rectangle 16″ x 6 1/4″
  • 1 rectangle 16″ x 3 1/2″
  • 1 strip 16″ x 1 1/4″

Fusible interfacing (iron on one side)

  • Lining and cover: 2 rectangle 15″‘ x 10″
  • Pockets: 4 rectangles 10″ x 5″
  • 1 elastic ban (optional)
  • 1 fabric covered button (optional)

Stitch all three rectangles together to make the cover.

Iron with the hems open.

Cut all your other pieces.

Stitch your pockets to make 2 squares. Iron with the hems open.

Fold the cover in two along the long side and make a marking in the middle. Stitch the elastic band where the marking is with the elastic band placed facing inside the fabric (see picture).

Iron the interface to the inside of the fabrics. Getting the interfacing to stick to the fabric when the cover is turned inside out is tricky.

Iron the pocket in half, wrong sides together and pin to the sides of the lining as per the above picture.

Place the cover on top, right sides together, as per the picture.

Pin in place and stitch all around leaving a 4 inch gap to turn the cover inside out.

The corners need to be trimmed after stitching to reduce the bulk after turning inside out.

After turning the cover inside out you end up with a neat cover. The turning is quite tricky because the fusible interface tends to come loose. Pinning it in place temporarily may work.

Try to fit the notebook in the cover now. This may give you an indication of how closely you need to stitch around the cover.

Top stitch around very close to the edge, about 1mm or 2mm depending on how tight you want the cover to fit.

The corners are almost inevitably round unless you have removed much of the fabric on the inside hem.

The book cover is finished.

Place the notebook inside.

Voila!

I used a fabric covered button because I think it looks smart but you could use a plain button. Also, instead of an elastic band you could use a ribbon, in which case it would need to be stitch to both sides of the cover.

Other notebooks

See also the notebook cover PJ did based on this tutorial.

Two techniques to make half square triangles

Half square triangles or HSTs are the foundation for many blocks. You can see many different ones on the video.

HSTs can be made in many different ways. The techniques I demonstrate make 2 HSTs at once using 2 squares of contrasting fabrics and 8 half square triangles at once.

The 8 at once method sheds units with bias seams. Some quilters don’t like bias seams because they can be stretchy.

How to make 2 half square triangle blocks and 8 half square triangles at once

Order my book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

Order Turnabout patchwork by Teresa Mairal Barreu - TeresaDownUnder

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2 half square triangles block tutorial