How to Decorate a Pouch using Different Thread Weights

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to show you how to decorate a pouch using different weight threads.

When I first started sewing, I had no clue thread came in different weights. I thought all thread was the same until I was introduced to Aurifil.

What a game-changer!

Let’s look at my decorated pouch:

Decorate Pouch with Different Thread Weights: Finished Product

The flowers sewn onto the pouch are all created by the same color but in different weights.  Yes, the weight makes a difference.

I used four different weights when making this pouch. I used natural white (2021) in the following weights: 28 wt, 12 wt, 40 wt, and 50 wt.

Decorate Pouch with Different Thread Weights: Finished Product

Let’s explore some more:

28 wt (gray spool):

It’s the second heaviest weight thread that Auriful offers and is perfect for projects such as hand applique, blanket stitch, Machine embroidery, and quilting.

12 wt (red spool):

The heaviest weight thread Aurifil offers are perfect for hand embroidery, embellishments, Sashiko, and machine art quilting.

I love how thick this thread is. Perfect for Sashiko stitching which I love.

40 wt (green spool):

Is a slightly thicker weight and is used for sewing bags, garments topstitching, and machine applique. This is slowly becoming my favorite.

50 wt (orange spool):

This is my go thread for everything, which might change. It a strong and thin thread that is flat and leaves crisp seams. It’s used for almost everything, such as EPP, machine embroidery, whole cloth, mico quilting, and needle turn applique. I love how this thread sinks into the material.

After using all of these different weights, I now understand what they look like together and will let out and try them instead of always reaching for the 50 wt.

Decorate Pouch with Different Thread Weights: Finished Product

Stitching the design:

Decorate Pouch with Different Thread Weights: Materials

  1. Thread the top thread with one of the three threads: 12 wt, 28 wt, or 40 wt.
  2. Load the bobbin with the 50 wt thread.
  3. Decide on a decorative stitch that comes with your sewing machine. On the BERNINA 570 QE, I used decorative stitch 1108.
  4. With each new decorative stitch, I switch out the different weight threads.
  5. Once the stitching is completed, make the pouch.

Decorate Pouch with Different Thread Weights: Finished Product

Such an amazing layer of texture from the different thread weights. What is your favorite thread weight? What are you most comfortable using? Is there a weight that you would love to try? I would love to hear all about it.

Supplies used:

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How to Make a Quilted Travel Roll

Hello everyone!! I’m here today with a super cute quilted travel roll tutorial as a part of the Aurifil Artisan November Challenge – Hand Quilting!

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. I usually travel at least 3 times a year. I love seeing different places and meeting new people. One of my goals is to visit every country at least once.

COVID-19 has put a halt to my travel plans. I was supposed to take a class in Portland during March, spend my birthday in Aruba in April, and have fun with my sister and our children in Belize and Mexico in August. None of that happened, and I can’t wait till we get to jet-set again.

While we wait for the green light to travel again safely, I am getting ready by making some new cute travel quilted rolls, and I’m going to show you how.

Take a look at my quilted travel roll:

Now I have to say, I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, but when I travel, I want to make sure I have all of the items that I do wear or would like to wear with the outfits in my suitcases. This case stores my jewelry in a safe, scratch-free place.

Quilted Travel Roll: Finished Product

Here’s how I created this quilted travel roll:


2 Coordinating Fat Quarters – Honey Bee Collection
Aurifil Floss – 2140
Aurifil 12wt – 2140
Sewing Machine (BERNINA 570 QE)
90/14 Topstitch needle
Quilting Ruler
Cutting Mat
Studio Carta Tight Weave Cotton Ribbon – Marigold
Studio Carta Cotton Ribbon – Marigold
Fabric Pen/Chalk
Sashiko Sewing Needle

Quilted Travel Roll: Materials

Let’s begin:

Step 1: Cutting fabric

Cut fabric and batting to 20 inches x 10 inches.

Step 2: Create a quilt sandwich

Lay the bottom fabric (exterior fabric) down first, the wrong side facing up.

Then place the batting on top of that.

Place the top fabric (interior fabric) on top of the batting, right side facing up.

Quilted Travel Roll-Create a quilt sandwich

Pin in place.

Quilted Travel Roll-Create a quilt sandwich

Step 3: Prepare the fabric for hand quilting

Using a quilting ruler, draw a centerline horizontally across the fabric using a fabric pen or chalk if your fabric is dark.

Quilted Travel Roll: Prepare the fabric for hand quilting

Measure 2.5 inches from the short edge and draw a vertical line. Next, measure 5 inches from that line and draw another line. Repeat till the end.

Step 4: Hand quilt

Thread a sashiko sewing needle with Aurifil Floss 2140 and begin hand stitching on all of the drawn lines.

Quilted Travel Roll: Hand Quilt

The rule of thumb is to measure the thread by the length of your arm.

Quilted Travel Roll: Hand Quilt

Step 5: Add binding

I used Studio Carta Marigold Tight Weave Cotton Ribbon for the binding. Place one edge of the ribbon against the raw edge of the quilted fabric and pin.

Go around the entire piece, create a mitered corner at each corner.

Quilted Travel Roll: Add binding

Pin the ribbon on the inside of the binding and in the middle of the roll.

Quilted Travel Roll: Add binding

Step 6: Sew the binding

Sew the binding a quarter inch around the entire piece.

Quilted Travel Roll: Sew the binding

When you finish, change the top and bobbin thread to Aurifil 12wt thread.

I sew with a BERNINA 570 QE sewing machine, and they have a high thread tension bobbin case (golden-yellow bobbin case), which allowed me to add the 12wt thread in the bobbin.

Change the needle to a new 90/14 Topstitch needle.

Quilted Travel Roll: Sew the binding

Fold the binding over to the back and stitch in place.

Quilted Travel Roll: Sew the binding

Step 7: Stitch the ribbon on the inside


This step could have taken place when the hand quilting was happening, but I decided to do it now. 

Change out the top thread and the bobbin thread to a microfilament thread so that you can’t see the thread on either side.

Quilted Travel Roll: Stitch the ribbon on the inside

Stitch the two ribbons on the inside.


Quilted Travel Roll: Finished Product

Here’s how I use it:

I tie my bracelets with the hanging ribbon and hanging my necklaces from the broad ribbon.

Quilted Travel Roll: Finished Product


Quilted Travel Roll: Finished Product

I hook my earing to the broad ribbon.

Quilted Travel Roll: Finished Product


Quilted Travel Roll: Finished Product

Super cute and fun!

Quilted Travel Roll: Finished Product

Quilted Travel Roll: Finished Product

So what do you think? I hope this inspires you to try and make your own quilted travel roll.

Supplies used:

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Bernina 570QE
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Aurifil Artisan October Challenge – Bag Making

Hello everyone!! I’m here today participating in the Aurifil Artisan October Challenge – Bag Making! Yayy!!

I’m pretty excited about this challenge because I started my sewing journey with a tote bag. My daughter taught me how to sew a tote bag. I was so excited to see the finished bag. I held it up next to my daughter’s bag and laughed so hard. My handles were all wrong. My daughter said, “Mom, don’t worry, it can go on your bike handles.” I laughed even harder because I didn’t own a bike.

Since that day, I’ve been making bags and loving it.

Take a look at my mini bag:


This mini bag perfect for my daughter. Her keys, money, and ID can fit in this mini bag when we are going out. Now she can put her belonging in my bag and find them when she needs them, LOL!

sashiko stitching back

Bag Elements:

I used 5 different fabric patterns. Matching up the different fabrics was fun, and I need to do it more often.

The lining is just a cute as the outside of the bag.

Inside of the bag

I learned how to do Sashiko stitching some time ago. I love adding it to different projects. It was a must for this one. It adds texture and dimension.

Aurifil thread is perfect for a bag like this. The different thread weights create the texture.

The beaded zipper pull is a fun element that matches the fabric perfectly.


Take a Closer Look:

Sashiko stitiching

sashiko stitching back

Making this bag was fun and took no time at all. I want to make a bigger version and possibly add a wristlet. Now that would be cute.

Pattern found in the Making No. 6 Magazine.

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How to Create a Set of Sashiko Mug Rugs with Aurifil 12wt Thread

Hello everyone! I’m so happy to be here today to show you how to create a set of sashiko mug rugs with Aurifil 12wt thread.

I’ve had some recent bumps in the road, but I’m on the mend in the right direction. I have a lot of catching up to do, but I’ve promised myself to catch up slowly, and that is what I intend to do!!

Today, it’s all about hand-stitching. It’s comfortable and therapeutic to do, especially if getting to your sewing machine isn’t an option at the moment.

Take a look at my brand new Sashiko Mug Rugs:

sashiko mu rug - aurifil 12wt thread

Such beautiful patterns that would look amazing on any coffee table.

I love using Auriful’s 12wt thread because it’s thick and stands out against this pretty blue fabric.

Aurifil 12wt Thread info:

It is the heaviest weight thread that Aurifil offer and is perfect for:

-hand applique
-hand embroidery
-hand quilting
-cross stitch
-handmade lace
-machine applique
-blanket stitch
-machine embroidery (especially for designs that use a longer stitch length)
-machine art quilting
-lower looper serging
-longarm quilting (which I hope to do someday soon).

Imagine all of those projects that this thread is perfect for. Let me show you how I used it on my project.

Materials Needed:

Aurifil 12wt thread white
Sashiko panels
Sashiko needle
Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter
White Linen Fabric
Fusible Fleece Interfacing
Point Turner

Finished size:

5.75 inches by 5.75 inches

Here’s how I created these mug rugs:

Choose which sashiko panels you want to use.

sashiko panels

Thread your needle with Aurifil 12wt thread and tie a knot on both stands.

Stitch using double strands.

Follow the stitch lines on the panel for accuracy.

stitch each line

Once the entire piece is completed, place it on top of the fusible fleece interfacing and square up each panel.

Adhere the fusible interfacing to the panel with the iron.

Lay the sashiko panel right sides together with linen fabric and pin.

Machine stitch or hand-stitch all four sides together, leaving a 3 inch opening for turning.

machine stitch-BERNINA 570QEE

Once all four sides are stitch, turn the mug rug inside out.

Use a point turner to poke out the corners.

pushing out the corners

Turn in the opening and hand-stitch it close using the 12wt thread.

hand-stitch closure

Iron the mug rug to flatten it and take out any creases.


aurifil 12wt thread

aurifil 12wt thread

Aurifil 12wt thread

Here’s my niece using a set of these mug rugs:

Supplies Used:

12wt thread small spoolsashiko panelsBernina 570QE


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