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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

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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.

Follow me napkins

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

A set of 6 napkins of my favourite media services.Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

I’m not the most active crafter in social media though I use several services to share my work. That’s how my Follow me napkins came about. Follow me!

Materials

  • 6 store bought white napkins
  • Double sided iron on interfacing
  • Fabric scraps for the icon background
  • White fabric for the logo

Download Follow me napkins (pdf) pattern.

Instructions

Print and cut out all the pattern shapes.

Trace 6 squares using the pattern.

Cut 6 squares.

Cut all icons with care.

Important:  All icons need to be traced over double sided iron interfacing from the wrong side. See photo below.

Then iron double sided interfacing on to the white fabric.

Cut logo carefully on the line.

Remove the paper to reveal the adhesive side.

Place logo on the background square making sure placement is in the right angle. And press following manufacturing instructions.

Now using black thread and machine free motion, embroider around the edge of the icon. I went around the edge about 3 times, maybe 4 in some areas.

You could use some fabric stabiliser to top fabric from puckering. My stabiliser of choice is just plain printer paper.

Now applique the square to the napkin.

Use printer paper as stabiliser placing it on the wrong side of the napkin.

Pin 3 layers well.

Stitch around the edges 3 times.

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

Turn over.

Remove the paper.

Pinterest napkin is done!

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

5 more to go.

In order to save iron on double sided interfacing -it is quite expensive after all- I traced all the other icons on one single line as per picture, pressed on fabric and then cut out the shapes.

Now Twitter’s turn.

Same deal as before. Use some paper as interfacing.

The paper is easy to remove.

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

Skype’s logo is a bit tricky to cut. Make sure to use a small pair of scissors.

Tumblr.

LinkedIn.

And Facebook.

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

Tutorial and patterns for social media napkins - Follow me napkins

Doodle Stitching: the holiday motif collection is out! And I’m in it!

Doodle Stitching: the holiday motif collection was out last month and now that I’ve seen the book I can say it’s a truly beautiful book with heaps of embroidery motifs to use and 21 full projects, including my own!

This is the second book I contribute to and it is particularly special because this is a book by Aimee Ray, my favourite embroidery designer.

So if you like embroidering, or even if you’re a beginner, head out to Amazon, look inside the book and read the great reviews the book has received so far.

If I had to choose one word to define this book it would be adorable.

You can see more of this book on Lark crafts website.

 

Hexy coin purse tutorial

A couple of tutorials back I made a very simple coin purse. This time the coin purse is a bit more involved but it’s still an easy purse to make.

Materials

  • Scrap fabric for hexies and lining
  • 2 1/2 inch round purse frame
  • Matching stranded cotton to stitch frame to purse

Downloads

How to make English paper piecing (EPP) hexagons

Instructions

Print hexies pattern and cut 57 shapes. Now, if you’ve never made a hexagon before check out my Scrappy flower hexagon quilt for instructions on how to make them.

Keep the papers in until you finish stitching the hexagons in the required purse shape.

Print the purse pattern and place over the hexies to make sure it is big enough. If your hexies are printed accurately there shouldn’t be any problem. In any case, adjust the size of the purse if necessary.

Place the pattern over the back of the hexies pieces.

And draw around.

Trim excess fabric off.

Now cut the lining pieces. Fold the lining in half to cut both pieces at the same time.

Cut the fusible interfacing in the same way.

Iron the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the purse exterior.

Now make two markings where the purse hinges end.

Place both pieces right sides facing together and pin.

Do the same with the lining pieces.

Pin and stitch from marking to marking.

Now stitch marking to marking the exterior.

Time to trim off excess fabric and pinking the curved sides. Trim to about 1/8 inches from the edge.

Do the same with the lining but this time leave a 1 1/2 inch gap on the bottom to turn the purse inside out.

Turn exterior around.

Now let’s stitch exterior and interior together.

Place the exterior inside the lining as per picture.

Align the lining and exterior curves well.

Stitch around the curve on both sides and trim off excess fabric and make some cuts as you did before.

Turn purse  inside out through the opening in the lining.

Stitch the bottom of the lining.

The purse is done.

Now attach the frame with matching stranded cotton.

The hexie coin purse is done!