Holly Holiday Crazy Pouch

Hello everyone!! I’m here today to show you my new holly holiday crazy pouch I created using some new fabric from Riley Blake Design!

I love making pouches, they are easy to make, and they make fabulous gifts. I know for many people working with the zipper is challenging, but it shouldn’t be. You have to get over that fear and just do it. Zippers are fun to work with, and they make any project that much more FABULOUS!

Let’s take a look at my holly holiday crazy pouch:

Holly Holiday Crazy Pouch: Finished Product

Cute right! Check out that patchwork. Isn’t it fantastic?! Guess what I didn’t use a pattern or ruler to accomplish this. I used a piece of fusible paper.

Holly Holiday Crazy Pouch: Finished Product

Yes, it’s a fusible paper called Crazy Quilt Paper by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Design. It is so EASY to use. I love it. As a matter of fact, the designer of this fabric collection, Christopher Thompson, introduced me to this fun way to patchwork.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

This collection is called Holly Holiday. It is full of a bright, bold palette of red, green, pink, and charcoal. Tons of festive florals, Santa faces, snowflakes, holly, geometric trees, and text prints that will warm your holiday heart.

Holly Holiday Fabric Collection

This collection has 24 prints. I love all of the pretty pinks, reds, and whites.

Here’s how to create the holly holiday crazy pouch patchwork:

Materials:

Note: Some of the links below contain affiliate links.

Holly Holiday Fabric
Crazy Quilt Paper 10″ x 10″
Lori Holt Trim It Ruler 8.5″ x 8.5″ 
Creative Grid Perfect 10 Ruler
Sewing Machine
Thread
Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter
Clips

Step One: Cutting fabric

Cut (5) different 10-inch squares out of the fabrics you selected for the patchwork.

Cut 3 pieces of fabric using the 8.5-inch ruler for the back of the pouch.

Step Two: Prepare the fabric

Note: the instructions are on the packaging on how to use the crazy paper

Take one crazy quilt paper and press each paper shiny side down on the right side of the 10-inch fabric square.

Cut the line marked “cut first,” then cut the line marked “cut second.”

Then make the rest of your cuts according.

Step Three: Sewing the front panel

Now that each piece is cut mix up the numbers and pull 5 different pieces.

Start with numbers 2 and 3, pull the paper off, and sew them together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Then sew number 1 to that piece.

Then sew 4 and 5 together.

Finish it off by sewing the two bigger pieces together.

Step Four: Trim the square

Use the 8.5-inch ruler and trim the square.

 

 

Step Five: Sew the pouch together

Using your favorite pouch pattern, sew the pouch using the patchwork panel and the back panel.

Completed pouch!

Now it’s your turn!

 

Supplies used:

 

Holly Holiday Fabric Collection      Bernina 570QE
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Easy to Make Toddler Dress and Top

Hello everyone!! I’m here today to show you an easy-to-make toddler dress and top!

For May, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at garment sewing. I’ve made a shirt and jeans in the past and love it. This month I wanted to make clothes for my three-year-old niece.

Take a look at the toddler dress and top that I made:

 

I am truly blown away by these cute garments. I used Dana from Made Everyday First Day Dress and Top. 

The fun part about them is the ease I had in making them and the cute button closure on the back.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

It’s called Rainbowfruit, a perfect name for this colorful collection designed by Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love.

It’s made up of 20 different pattern fabrics in pink, yellow, white, and blue. All so cheerful and fresh.

I can’t wait for my niece to try these on. She is going to love them. She is such a girly girl.

 

So what do you think? What will you make with this pretty vibrant fabric?

Supplies used:

     

 

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Flannel Receiving Blanket

Hello everyone! I’m here to show you how to make a quick and easy flannel receiving blanket.

This project is sure to please since it takes on time to create, and it’s for a baby, and we all love babies.

Take a look at this Flannel Receiving Blanket:

I love baby gifts! Giving them brings me much joy.

The two-tone color is perfect for the holiday season. Plus, it’s so warm since it flannel. The little bundle of joy will not be cold.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

It’s Christmas time! LOL, no, not yet, but before you know it, it will be here. Say hello to the Gnome for Christmas Flannel collection by Tara Reed. It’s a soft, warm, and cozy collection for those cold winter months.

This collection comes with 12 flannel prints in white, green, red, and black. Classic Christmas colors.

Here’s how to create this baby blanket:

Materials:

Note: Some of the links below contain affiliate links.

Gnomes for Christmas
Sewing Machine
Thread
Cutting Mat
Pins
Rotary Cutter

Step One: Cutting fabric

Cut two different pieces of the collection to 35 inches by 35 inches.

Step Two: Sew the panels

With a quarter-inch seam allowance, stitch all four sides leaving a three-inch hole for turning.

Step Three: Clean up and turn

Cut any edge that isn’t even, clip the corners and turn.

Step Four: Quilt the blanket

Free motion quilt or ruler quilt the blanket to your liking. I used a longarm and a heart ruler for quilting the edges of the blanket.

The blanket is finished!

Now it’s your turn!

Supplies used:

     Bernina 570QE

 

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How to Create Flannel Floor Pillows with an Invisible Zipper

Hello everyone!! I’m here today to show you how to create flannel floor pillows with an invisible zipper.  Floor pillows, you say? Yes, I recently refinished my hardwood floor and wanted to provide my nieces and daughter with a place to sit comfortably when hanging out.

Floor pillows are easy to sew, and with a zipper, you can even wash it when it gets dirty. Now, that is a great reason to make some.

Let’s take a look at my floor pillows:

What do you think? Aren’t they cute? My nieces and daughter will enjoy these.

Let’s take a look at this fabric collection:

This cozy and soft flannel collection was created by Ben Byrd for Riley Blake Design. It comes in a palette of earth tones – green, orange, brown, navy, and parchment. Some prints have forest animals and trees.

It’s full of fun and playfulness.

Here’s how to create these pillows:

Materials:

Note: Some of the links below contain affiliate links.

Woodland Flannel Fabric
Aurifil White Thread
Pins
Cutting Mat
Ruler
Rotary Cutter 
Quilting Ruler
Matching Invisible Zipper
Pillow Form

Instructions

1/2 inch seam allowance unless otherwise noted.

Step 1: Measure Pillow Form

Measure the pillow form to determine how big you want to make your pillow cover. If you’re going to make your own pillow form, determine what size you want the pillow.

Step 2: Cut the fabric

Cut 2 pieces of the woodland fabric to the size of your pillow form.

For the orange pillow, I made the pillow form 30 inches by 30 inches. The blue pillow, the pillow form is 27 inches by 27 inches. I cut the fabric according to these measurements. 

Step 3: Mark the fabric for zipper placement

Place your zipper teeth up (remember this is an invisible zipper) at the raw edge of the fabric in the center.

With a pen, mark the fabric where the zipper teeth begin and behind the zipper stopper.

Remove the zipper.

Step 4: Prepare the zipper casing

With right sides together, sew a straight stitch to the first marked line and backstitch. Without cutting the thread, increase your stitch length to 5.0, stitch a basting stitch to the second line, and backstitch again. Without cutting the thread again, decrease your stitch length back to the original length and continue stitching to the end.

Finger press the seams open.

Find the line you drew and place the zipper back in place with the zipper teeth up. Make sure the zipper teeth are in the center.

Step 5: Sew the zipper in place

If your machine comes with an invisible zipper foot, attach that to your machine. If you only have a zipper foot, use that.

Start sewing at the beginning of the zipper tape. You want to stitch as close to the zipper teeth as possible.

Repeat on the other side of the zipper.

Note for the invisible zipper foot: when you sew the other half of the zipper, open the basting stitch so that the foot does not butt up against the zipper foot.

Once your zipper is sewn in place, open and close the zipper to ensure the fabric does not get in the way.

Step 6: Sew the pillow cover closed

Open the zipper halfway, and with right sides together, sew the three remaining sides.

Step 7: Turn and insert the pillow form

Trim the edges of the fabric if it shifted and round the corners to reduce bulk.

Turn inside out and insert the pillow form.

Enjoy your floor pillow!

How many pillows will you make? I would love to see your pillows.

 Supplies used:

There are some compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you.

 Bernina 570QE       

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The Garment District is in my Hometown

Hello everyone!! Did you know the garment district is in my hometown? Yes, I live in NY and love that there are a million and one fabric shops right at my fingertips. This brings me to why I’m here today. I wanted to show you an awesome garment district project that I had so much fun making.

Have you ever tried foundation paper piecing (FPP)? Well, let’s say it was a mind-blowing experience. This was my first time trying, and I’m totally sold. It’s an easy way to complete any project.

Let’s take a look at my mini quilt:

Garment District: Finished Product

Let’s take a look at this fabric kit:

The garment district quilt is one in a series of New York Mini Quilt Series named after some of Christopher Thompson, the designer of these series, favorite neighborhoods where culture, art, and the latest food collide. He did an amazing job on this design.

It’s full of four bright colors with an ombre look.

Here’s how to create this quilt:

Materials:

Note: Some of the links below contain affiliate links.

Garment District Mini Quilt Kit
Aurifil White Thread
Pins
Cutting Mat
Ruler
Rotary Cutter 
Quilting Ruler
Foundation Piece Paper

Garment District: Materials

Step 1: Print the pattern pieces

Print out each of the four foundation paper pieces on separate pieces of paper.

Step 2: Cut the fabric according to the pattern

Cut out each piece of fabric according to the pattern.

Garment District: Cut the fabric

Garment District: Cut the fabric

Step 3: Start the foundation paper piecing

Use a light source to place each piece of fabric on their coordinating number. Place one and two first and sew on the line that connects the two.

Garment District: Start foundation paper piecing

With the fabric in place sew on the line.

Garment District: Start the foundation paper piecing

Cut the excess fabric piece at 1/4 inch.

Garment District: Start foundation paper piecing

Repeat for each of the four pieces.

Step 4: Sew the pieces together

Follow the pattern directions on how to sew each piece together.

Garment District: Start the foundation paper piecing

Step 5: Quilt the top

Sandwich the top, batting and back to be quilted.

You can use gloves to help with the quilting,

Garment District: Quilt the top

or gripper rings. Which over is most convenient.

Garment District: Quilt the top

Step 6: Add Binding

Now it’s time to add the binding to the quilt.

Garment District: Add Binding

Now the Garment District Mini Quilt is done.

Garment District: Finished Product

Garment District: Finished Product

Garment District: Finished Product

Garment District: Finished Product

Garment District: Finished Product

Garment District: Finished Product

Foundation Paper Piecing is so much fun and easy to do. I love the look of the sharp corners. Would you give this a try? I would love to see your mini quilt.

Supplies used:

There are some compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. 

Bernina 570QE       
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Easy To Make Baby Bibs

Hello everyone! I’m here today after a bit of a break for some much-needed rest and relaxation, to show you some easy-to-make baby bibs!

Baby’s are so much fun to make things for. They are small in size and need so many different things to keep them clean, safe, and warm. Bibs help with all of that. They keep the spit up and food off of their clothes. That extra layer can keep them warm.

Let’s take a look at some baby bibs:

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Now, tell me you don’t think these bibs aren’t cute. Perfect for a newborn baby.

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Let’s take a look at this fabric collection:

Sleep Tight by Gabrielle Neil for Riley Blake Designs combines two different colors, mint and coral, with teddy bears, modern painterly textures, and highlights of sparkle. Totally beautiful. It comes with eighteen prints and two fabric panels.

Here’s how to create these bibs:

Materials:

Note: Some of the links below contain affiliate links.

Sleep Tight Fabric
Terry Cloth
Aurifil White Thread
Dritz Pearl Snaps
Dritz Pearl Snaps Pliers
Pins
Cutting Mat
Ruler
Rotary Cutter

Step 1: Create your pattern template

Take a bib that you like and trace around it onto a piece of cardstock.

Cut that template out.

Step 2: Cut the fabric

Using that template, cut out 1 front panel from one of the prints from the Sleep Tight Fabric and 1 back panel from the terry cloth.

Step 3: Prepare the fabric for sewing

Place the pattern piece and the terry cloth right sides together and pin.

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

 

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Leave a 4-inch hole at the bottom for turning.

Step 4: Sew the bib

Use a quarter-inch sewing machine foot, and sew a quarter inch seam allowance around the entire bib leaving the hole at the bottom.

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Step 5: Turn the fabric

After sewing the bib together, turn the entire thing around and stitch up the opening using an edgestitch foot.

Step 6: Attach the pearl snap for closure

With the Dritz snap tool, attach the pearl snap to the bib flaps to have a pretty closure.

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Nicely done! Very simple and easy to make.

Let’s Take a Closer Look:

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Now it’s your turn! How many of these will you make?

Supplies used:

There are some compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. 

Bernina 570QE       

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Baby Hats, 2 Ways!

Hello everyone! I’m here today with a super cute project, baby hats, yay!! It’s getting colder, and we definitely want to make sure our little ones’ heads are covered at all times. 

Do you remember those hats babies are given in the hospital when they are born? They were striped make out of a loose-knit material. Well, the ones I’m going to show you today are much more stylish and super easy to make.

Let’s take a look at these baby hats, 2 different ways:

Baby Hat Designer Knit: Finished Product

How cute are these? They are warm too. This knit fabric is amazing and fun. 

Let’s take about this fabric collection:

 

These prints are apart of the Cute Cuddle Knit collection for Riley Blake Designs. They are a stretch cotton jersey knit fabric with about a 50% four-way stretch for added comfort and ease. They have 36 different knits in this collection. 

Both hats are a perfect match for this fabric collection. I have to be honest with you, I wanted to make a ton of baby clothes with this fabric to go along with these hats, but that’s a conversation for my next blog post. Let’s just say I’m still ripping out a sleeve, LOL!! Stay tuned for that. 

Now, back to the hats!

Basic Baby Hat:

This hat is so the easiest hat to make, and you can make tons of them in an hour or so. I used a free pattern from Dana at MadeEveryDay. You can find it here.

Baby Hat Designer Knit: Finished Product

I love this pattern because of the dart that you create in the hat. It gives the hat more structure. 

Baby Hat Designer Knit: Finished Product

Knotted Baby Hat:

Check out that knot! 

Baby Hat Designer Knit: Finished Product

Now, this hat is fun. Instead of the dart, just alter the pattern by adding a tube to the top of the pattern, sew and tie the top.

 

Baby Hat Designer Knit: Finished Product

These are perfect gifts to give a mom to be for the baby’s stay in the hospital. It beats the one the hospital gives you. Perfect for those first pictures. LOL!

Take another look:

Baby Hat Designer Knit: Pair

Baby Hat Designer Knit: Pair

Baby Hat Designer Knit: Pair

 

So what do you think? Would you make these hats for a loved one, as a gift, or for your own baby? Please let me know.

Supplies used:

There are some compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. 

  Bernina 570QE       

 

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GRL PWR Tote Bag and Pouches

Hello everyone! I’m here today with a brand new GRL PWR Tote Bag and Pouches! This fabric collection is so vibrant and full of joy. It was fun cutting into and creating.

I’m always in need of totes and pouches, especially since we cannot use plastic bags here in NYC. So why not go to the store with a fashionable tote or pouch! On top of that, it says GRL PWR, which makes a statement everyone I go.

Let’s take a look at my reversible bag and pouches:

Tell me these aren’t cute! I’m so giddy. The best part is the tote is reversible. Yes, you can turn it inside outside.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

Grl Pwr is a fantastic fabric collection from Amber Kemp-Gerstel. This collection celebrates Amber’s love of quirky, colorful patterns and the beauty of diversity. This fabric collection is made up of 24 pattern prints.

Tote:

I used a free pattern created by Very Shannon called the Reversible Box Tote. You can find the pattern here. To create this bag, follow the direction in the pattern.

I will share my process photos below:

Prepare the pattern and cut your fabric.

 

 

Here are the cut pieces and thread. I changed my mind and went with white thread instead.

Sew the pocket.

You should have two pockets—one for the outside of the bag and one inside the bag.

Sew the pocket to the exterior fabric.

Sew the exterior and interior pieces together according to the pattern—Box the corners.

Now it’s time to put the bag together.

Fold the top edges down on both pieces.

Sew them together.

Once the bag is complete. Add a design to both pockets.

Let’s take another look:

Pouches:

For these pouches, cut the fabric, lining, and fusible fleece to 5 inches x 10 inches.

I used this beautiful colorful fabric for these pouches.

They are simple pouches with a plastic zipper.

Inside has a matching print.

 

The tote and pouches turned out so beautifully. The fabric is a perfect selection for this. What will you create?

Supplies used:

There are some compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. 

Bernina 570QE       
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It’s A Crayola World Curtains

Hello everyone! I’m here today to show you my brand new It’s A Crayola World Curtains!

Yes, I made some curtains for my small craft space. The great thing about them is the color. They match the colors on my wall. They were so easy to make, I know for sure you can create some for yourself.

Let’s take a look at my curtains:

Finished curtains

I’m giddy with glee. Look at how cute they are.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

     

Five amazing fabric panels were inspired by nature and loaded with color. The amazing thing about these images, you will find Crayola® crayons blended into the artwork. It’s amazing. My sisters stopped by when I was working on the curtains; they were blown away by the crayons they spotted in the flowers.

This collection is the newest official licensed fabric line from Crayola®.

Here’s how to create these curtains:

curtain materials

Materials:

Note: Some of the links below contain affiliate links.

It’s a Crayola World fabric
Sewing Machine
Matching Thread
Cutting Mat
Pins
Rotary Cutter
Curtain Grommets
Scissor
Ruler

Step 1: Cut the panels

Cut the panels into two pieces. They measure 36 inches by the WOF.

cut the fabric

Step 2: Prepare the panels

Double hem three sides of the panel by a 1/2 inch.

double hem

For the top hem, fold the raw edge over a 1/2 inch and press. Fold 3 inches and press again.

Step 3: Sew the hems

Using the 10D# Edgestitch Bernina presser foot, sew on the panel’s right side as close to the folded edge.

sew on the right side

Repeat on all sides.

Step 4: Prepare the top edge for grommets

Measure the width of the fabric and multiply it by the number of grommets you want to use.

The grommet will be placed at 4.25, 8.50, 12.75, 17.25, 21.50, 25.75, and 30.25 inches.

equally measure grommets

equally measure grommets

Using the template that comes with the grommets, draw circles at the points above.

draw circles

Cut the circles out.

cut circles

Step 5: Adhering the grommets

adhering grommets

Place one side of the grommet underneath the circle and one on top.

adhere grommets

Snap the grommets into place.

adhere grommets

adhere grommets

Repeat for all of them.

Step 6: Finish the curtains

Press both curtains and snip any loss threads.

Done!! This is an afternoon project, and you can do it.

finished curtains

Now it’s your turn!

Supplies used:

  Bernina 570QE              
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How to Create Pillow Covers with a Snap Closure

Hello everyone! I’m here today to show you how to create pillow covers with a snap closure.

I have to admit, I’ve never spent this much time in my home. The stay at home orders all of faced has given us permission to lounge on our couches more. 

That causes me to realize that I don’t have enough pillows on them for everyone to be comfortable. So, I decided to make some.

Take a look at my new Pillow Covers:

pillow covers finished product

Aren’t these cute? The colors in this fabric match perfectly with my couch.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

bees life fabric

Bee’s Life was designed by Tara Reed, a good friend of mine, for Riley Blake Design. This collection comes with 15 pattern prints and 1-panel print in yellow, black, and parchment. Perfect for all kinds of projects. 

Here’s how to create these pillow covers:

Materials:

Note: Some of the links below contain affiliate links.

Bee’s Life Fabric
Sewing Machine
Thread
Cutting Mat
Pins
Rotary Cutter
Plastic Snaps
Snap Pliers
Pillow Forms

Step 1: Cutting fabric

Cut one front panel to 18″ by 18″.

Cut two back panels to 11″ by 18″. 

pillow cover Cut fabric

Step 2:  Prep for sewing

To hide the raw edge of the back panel, fold over an inch on both panels. 

pillow cover edge

Press in place.

pillow cover pressing

Step 3: Sew the edge.

Sew the folded edge 1/8 inch from the edge.

pillow cover sewing edges

Repeat for the second panel.

pillow cover sewn edges

Step 4: Sew the pillow cover together

Once both of the back panel edges are sewn, lay the front panel right sides up. 

Place the back panels right sides down on top of the front panel, overlapping the sewn edges.

Pin in place.

pillow cover pin

Sew all the way around the pillow cover—no need to leave an opening because the back panel has an opening.

Turn the pillow cover inside out.

You can leave the pillow cover like this and just insert the pillow form, but adding snaps or buttons adds to the decoration. 

Step 5: Adding Plastic Snaps

Determine how many snaps you want to add to the outside flap on the pillow cover. I added five snaps.

Use the awl to create a hole where you want the snaps to go.

Place the snaps in the hole and use the snap pliers to attach them to the fabric. 

Follow the instructions that come with your snap pliers. 

pillow cover snap plier

pillow cover snaps

Step 6: Insert the pillow form

Insert the pillow form and close the snaps!

pillow cover finish product front

You’re done, and it took less than an hour. 

Now it’s your turn!

Supplies used:

bees life fabric    Bernina 570QE

 

          

 

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