How to Create a Quilted Candy Pouch Tutorial

Hello everyone!! I’m here today to show you how to create a cool quilted candy pouch that seems to be all the craze on my Instagram feed.

These pouches are easy to make and involves some quilting which is always fun. My daughter and nieces love when I make these for them. People think they have candy in them, but they don’t. They keep their money, phone, and whatever young ladies carry in their bookbags.

Take a look at these cute candy pouch:

Candy Pouch: Finished Product

 

Cute right?  We think so over here.

Here’s how you make it:

Materials:

Your Favorite Candy Bag
Thermoweb HeatnBond Vinyl
Aurifil Thread 2024
Quilting Ruler
Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter
Lining Fabric
Batting
Plastic Zipper
Sew Machine

Candy Pouch: Materials

Step one: Cut the candy bag

The bag’s size is determined by how much you cut off the sides, top, and bottom.

I cut very little to preserve most of the bag.

This candy bag has a sealed side that is about half an inch wide. I cut right up against that on both sides. I’m starting with the right side.

Candy Pouch 5: Cut the candy bag

Candy Pouch 5: Cut the candy bag

I cut the left side, but I didn’t cut far enough.

Candy Pouch 5: Cut the candy bag

So I cut again, this time only a slither.

Candy Pouch 5: Cut the candy bag

Now it’s open.

Candy Pouch 5: Cut the candy bag

The top of this bag has the ziplock seal, so do the same and cut right below that.

Candy Pouch 5: Cut the candy bag

The bottom is a bit tricky because it has a square bottom so that it could stand up. So we have to be careful how we cut this. Remember we want to save most of the bag.

Start by cutting a slither at the bottom. It will separate the front and bag of the bag.

Candy Pouch 5: Cut the candy bag

Next, open the bottom to make sure the cut opened the bottom of the bag.

Candy Pouch 5: Cut the candy bag

Once you see the cut, take your time and use a scissor and cut the bottom off at the corners where they met.

Like this, repeat on the three remaining sides.

Candy Pouch 5: Cut the candy bag

Congrats, you have a front and bag panel to make your bag.

Candy Pouch 5: Cut the candy bag

Step Two: Apply vinyl

Lay the top of the candy bag on top of the vinyl and cut the vinyl bigger than the candy bag.

I do this just to make sure the entire candy bag is covered.

Candy Pouch: Apply Vinyl

Peel the paper off of the vinyl and adhere the vinyl to the front of the candy bag.

Candy Pouch: Apply Vinyl

Cut the excess around the edges off. Make sure you do this before you move onto the next step. You will make a mess of your ironing board if you don’t.

Candy Pouch: Apply Vinyl

This is where the magic happens!

Place the paper backing you peeled off back on top of the vinyl cover candy bag, and heat set it.

Follow the manufactures instructions.

Candy Pouch: Apply Vinyl

You now have a sewable candy bag front and back!!

It’s Sewing Time!!!

Step Three: Create a Quilt Sandwich

Place the candy bag front on top of the lining fabric and cut a piece bigger than the candy bag.

Candy Pouch: Create a quilt sandwich

Cut a piece of batting that will sandwich between the front and the lining. You want to see all three layers.

When you quilt this, the layers might shift, you want to make sure you catch all of the layers that is why we cut each layer bigger than the first. Repeat for the back of the bag.

Candy Pouch: Create a quilt sandwich

Step Four: Quilt both pieces

Place the quilt sandwich under the presser foot lining up the right edge of the candy bag with the presser foot’s edge.

I used my patchwork foot because it’s easier for me, and that is what was attached to my machine at the time.

Candy Pouch: Quilt both pieces

Once the first quilted line is down, I attached the ruler guide to equally space out the lines.

If you don’t have a ruler guide, you can use the presser foot as the guide. Just line the right edge up with the previous line to ensure accuracy.

Quilt the entire front and repeat for the back.

Excellent, now you have two quilted pieces.

We are in the home stretch now.

Step 5: Sew the bag

Trim all four edges. Repeat for the second piece.

Make sure both pieces are the same size.

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

Now you can measure the top of the bag to determine what size zipper you should use.

My bag measured 7 7/8 inches by 8 1/8 inches.

I used a 12-inch zipper. I didn’t have anything smaller.

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

I prepare my zippers by folding back the zipper tabs in the front and sewing them in place.

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

 

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

I unzip the zipper so that I don’t have to worry about the zipper pull.

I place the zipper face down on the top of the candy bag, lining the zipper’s edge to the edge of the bag.

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

After you sew the zipper in place, close the zipper. Fold the closed zipper back so that the top of the bag folds back like the picture below.

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

Use your hand to press the front of the backdown. You would normally iron this, but you can’t because of the vinyl.

Topstitching will keep the bag folded at the top.

Place the edge of the presser foot up against the fold and stitch straight down. You can change your stitch length but remember to change it back before you sew the other side of the bag.

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

Place the front of the bag, right sides together with the back of the bag.

Line the zipper edge with the edge of the back panel of the bag. Make sure the right side edge of the bag is lined up as well.

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

Stitch the zipper in place.

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

As you get closer to the zipper pull, lift the presser foot with the needle down and pull the zipper pull out of the way. Continue stitching to the end.

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

Fold the zipper back to create the fold on the top of the back of the bag.

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

Topstitch this side of the bag.

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

This is what your bag should look like now.

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

Open the zipper half-way at this point. Make sure you do not skip this step. If you do, you will sew the bag shut. 

Now, fold the bag right sides together and sew from one side, around the bottom, and back up to the top—backstitch at the beginning and the end.

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

Step Six: Clean up and turn inside out

At this point, if your zipper extends out, cut it off.

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

Cut corners and trim the edges if they don’t match up.

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

Now turn the bag inside out.

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

You will have to play with the corner a bit because of the vinyl touching each other. Just take your time and ease it out.

Candy Pouch: Sew the bag

Done!!! Now it’s your turn to make one!

Here are other bags I’ve made:

Candy Pouch: Finished Product

Candy Pouch: Finished Product

Candy Pouch: Finished Product

What do you think? Will you make a couple for yourself, family, and friends. Let me know.

Supplies use:

Bernina 570QE

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Round Bottom Purse

Hello everyone!! I’m here today with a sweet project called the Round Bottom Purse! It’s perfect for Springtime and holds a lot of goodies.

Making handbags are fun, and when I get a chance to make or use supplies I’ve never used before, I’m thrilled. For this project, I’m using a brand new fabric collection called Moments by Minki Kim.

Take a look at my Round Bottom Purse:

This bag was fun to make and very different. I never used wooden handles before, so it was nice to incorporate them into my project.

Let’s take about this fabric collection:

Moments was created by Minki Kim, a designer that I’ve followed for a while now. Her collections are always soft, subtle, and perfect for warm projects that will delight your soul. This collection has 21 different prints.

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I used Moments Houses Cream and Moments Quotes Gray for this delightful project.

Let’s dive into how to make your own purse:

Materials:

1/2 yard of Moments Houses Cream (outer fabric)
1/2 yard of Moments Quotes Gray (lining fabric)
Fusible Fleece Interfacing
Wooden Handles
Scissor
Magnetic Button Snaps
Pins
Ruler
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Fabric Pen

Instructions on how to make a round bottom purse:

Cutting fabric:

Cut 2 pieces of fabric print to 16 inches x 12 inches (4 in total, 2 outer fabric, and 2 lining fabric).

cutting fabric

Cut 1 piece of interfacing to 15 3/4 inches.

Use a curve ruler to curve the bottom edges of all four pieces of fabric and interfacing.

curve the bottom

cutting outer fabric

Cut the inside pocket piece to 11 inches x 8 inches.

Preparing the bag:

Fold the pocket in half, right sides together, on the 8-inch side.

purse

Make a mark 2 inches from the fold on one side.

purse pocket

Pin and sew around the pocket from the fold to the 2-inch mark.

Turn the pocket inside out.

Fold one of the lining fabric in half and mark the middle using a pin.

mark the middle

Fold the pocket in half and mark the middle with a pin.

Align the pocket on the right side of the lining fabric, matching the centerline. Attach 5 inches down from the top.

sew the pocket

sew the pocket

Sew the fusible fleece to the other lining fabric.

sew the fusible fleece

Place the two lining fabric piece right sides together.

Make a mark 6 inches from the top on the left and right side of the top lining.

marking the lining

Sew the bottom of the lining, starting at one 6.1-inch marking to the other 6-inch marking.

Use the scissors and cut notches at the bottom of the lining. Do not cut the stitch line. This helps with the bulk.

notches at the bottom

Repeat the previous steps for the outer fabric.

Assemble the bag:

Slide the prepped outer fabric into the lining fabric.

Sew the top edge of the purse, leaving a 4-inch opening in the center.

sewing the bag

Turn the entire bag inside out through the 4-inch opening.

Now its time to assemble the magnetic button snap though that 4-inch opening 1 inch from the edge, via the instructions on the packaging.

Topstitch the two sides 1/8 inch from the edge.

Adding the handles:

Fold the top edge over the wooden handle and pin.

Stitch the fabric down under the handle. Take your time due to the bulk of the material and wooden handle.

Repeat on the other side as well.

Done!

magnetic button snap

What do you think? Would you try creating a round bottom purse for yourself? I would love to see them.

Supplies used:

Bernina 570QEwooden handles

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Homestead Life Basket Apron

Hello everyone! I’m here today with a fantastic sewing project called the Homestead Life Basket Apron! This vintage project was so much fun to create.

Are you wondering what a basket apron is? It’s an apron that is designed for double duty. It allows the wearer to keep their hands free while holding garden goodies.

A good friend of mine sent me a photo of a basket apron and asked me to make one for her.

Take a look at a vintage basket apron:


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When I received this photo, I told her sure I can make a stylish basket apron for her and her gardening group.

Take a look at my modern Homestead Life Basket Apron:

basket apron

I’m tickled pink by this basket apron. What amuses me the most is how simple the apron looks when you put it on.

full basket apron

The magic happens when you pull on the string!

Pulling on the string

Then attach the string to the button.

attaching with the button

I loved creating it, and I love trying it on to see how it looks.

Let’s talk about the fabric collection:

This Homestead Life fabric collection was designed by my good friend Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs. This collection has 14 different prints and one placement panel.

Riley Blake Designs fabric

I used Homestead Life Wheat Gold and Charcoal for this fantastic project.

Let’s dive into how to make your own basket apron:

Materials

2 yards of different fabric
Toggle
Button
2 yards of string
Rotary cutter
Cutting Mat
Thread
Rulers
EZ Point and Turner
Large safety pin

Instructions on how to make a basket apron:

Cut each piece of fabric print to 22″ x 22″.

Place each piece wrong sides together.

right sides together

Using a plate or a ruler with a round edge, round the bottom two corners using a rotary cutter.

Round the corners

Round the corners

On the same side of the rounded corners, find the middle of the fabric. To do that, fold the fabric in half and mark the center with a pin.

Measure 3/4″ from the center on both sides and mark with a pin.

Pin the center

Pin from the centerStarting at the 3/4″ pin on either side, stitch around the corner down to the end. Repeat on the other side.

stitching down the side

stitch across

Now you have a small opening at the bottom of the apron. Take the seam and press it back on itself on both sides to line the edges up.

Opening for string

Open up the fabric and stitch around the opening to create a buttonhole. Just sew around the opening. Make sure to reinforce these stitches since you will use pull on this area frequently.

sew the string opening

sew the string opening

Turn the apron inside out and press it.

Now stitch a 1/2″ from the edge all around the apron. This will house the string securely.

Stitch the sides

Using a large safety pin, pull the string through the sewn housing.

string the apron

Pull the string out of the bottom opening, making sure to not loose the ends at the bottom of the apron.

Slide the toggle onto the string and tie a knot to secure it.

add the toggle

Pull the string at the bottom so that the apron is nice and flat.

To close the top opening portion of the apron, stitch one row straight across. Make sure to do a couple of securing stitching over the string.

Cut 4 pieces of fabric to 4 1/2″ x 21 to create the waistband.

cutting the waistband

Sew the strips together. Iron the seams open.

waistband sewn together

iron seams

Find the center at the top of the apron and the center of the waistband. Place them right sides together.

waistband right sides together

Stitch the waistband onto the apron.

Trim the extra string at this point.

cut the string

Match the raw edges of the waistband and pin.

pin right sides together

pin right sides together

Make sure to match the center of the apron as well, but do not pin.

do not pin the center waistband

Sew down the side of each side of the waistband up to the apron.

Turn the waistband inside out.

Turn inside out

Now its time to stitch the back of the waistband to the apron.

Fold it over the same amount of its seam allowance. Press it and top-stitch all the way around.

Stitch the back of the waistband

The last thing to do is sew a button onto the top center of the apron.

machine sew the button

Done!

Let’s take another look:

 

What do you think? Would you try creating a basket apron for yourself? I would love to see them.

Just in case you were curious about the vintage apron, check out the updated 1952 booklet revision of the 1944 US Department of Agriculture Farmer’s Bulletin titled Dresses and Aprons for work in the home.

Super interesting.

Supplies Used:

Riley Blake Designs fabric   Bernina 570QEEZ Point and Turner

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

Sewing Bags, Pouches and Wallets!!

Hello everyone!! I’m excited to be here today.  I found a new craft that I love and its sewing!!!  Yes!  I’m sewing bags, pouches and wallets!!  I can’t believe I was afraid to even touch a sewing machine until my daughter showed me how easy it was to use.

Let’s Take A Look:

Be You Zipper Pouch

I used a pretty fat bundle of fabric from Walmart, Thermoweb Fusible Fuse and Cricut Royal Blue Foil Iron-on to create this super cute pouch! I used the Cricut EasyPress to adhere the foil to the fabric.

Its 100% cotton with a plastic zipper. This tote is washable by hand.

Personalized Becca Bag

I created these bags for my coworkers.  It was a Christmas gift from me to them.

For these pouches, I used fabric and zippers from Joann’s, Thermoweb Fusible Fleece, Cricut EasyPress and Cricut Light Gold Foil Iron-on.

Zipper Clutch Wallet

For this Zipper Clutch Wallet, I used the Cricut Maker, Cricut Fabric Apricot & Persimmon Sampler and Therm0web Fusible Fuse.

I love this wallet.  It is so cute and that zipper is to die for!!

This is just the beginning for me.  I can’t wait to maker more items.  I’m also thinking about opening a store.  Yes, I’m really taking my love of crafting to higher heights.  Stay tune for my new endeavors.

Thanks for stopping by!

Learning How To Sew

Hello everyone!!  I’m here today to share that I’m learning how to sew!!  Yes, my daughter and a couple of online classes are teaching me how to sew.  I have to say I am loving it!!

I use to be so afraid of the sewing machine but my daughter showed me that there isn’t anything I should be afraid of.

Let’s take a look:

First Bag:

This bag is called the Runaround Bag.  I learned how to make this bag by taking the Zip It UP class taught by Joan Hawley.  Super easy and fun class.  Joan made sewing so easy.  When I didn’t understand, my daughter stepped right in and showed me what I was doing wrong.

I used my seam ripper a lot for this project, LOL!!!

Fusible Fleece

I learn how to sew a zipper and it wasn’t intimidating at all.

 

Fusible Fleece

I used Therm·O·Web HeatnBond Fleece Fusible to give this bag some stability but keeps it nice and soft.

Fusible Fleece

The fabric and zipper is from Joann Craft Store. It’s so pretty. I went back the store and they didn’t have any more of this print.  It was one of their quarter fat fabric that they replace only if it shows up on their truck.

Fleece Fusible

Second Bag:

The second bag I created is called the Sweetpea Pod Bag!!  Now this one is super cute.  I made this bag for my mother.  She wanted a little bag to carry her change in.

HeatnBond Fusible Fleece

Doesn’t this bag look like a pea?  I love how it takes its own shape based on the zipper placement.

HeatnBond Fusible Fleece

This fabric is also from Joann.  The outside fabric is called Ah Rain Dots from the Alexander Henry Collection.

HeatnBond Fusible Fleece

Once the bag is open, it sits by itself evenly.  You can see right in the bag with ease.  The HeatnBond Fusible Fleece gives this bag stability to that it could stand by itself.

HeatnBond Fusible Fleece

Look at how the change sits so nicely in the bag.

HeatnBond Fusible Fleece

The fabric inside is called Ah Polka from the Alexander Henry Collection.

HeatnBond Fusible Fleece

Fits right in the palm of my hand.  Perfect!!

What do you think?

I totally love how my bags turned out.  I can’t wait to get back to my daughter’s sewing machine so that I could create some more.

I’m thinking about opening a store for these bags.  What do you think?  Do you like my bags and would these bag sell in a store?  I would love to hear from you and what you think.

National Sewing Month might be over but I’m not done with sewing!!!

Supplies used:

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 Brother Sewing Machine

 

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How To Make A Soft Pencil Case

Hello everyone!!  I have a special guest today on my blog!  Let me introduce my daughter, the sewer to you!

She is here today celebrating National Sewing Month 2017!!

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My daughter fell in love with sewing some years ago.  She was home one day bored and asked if she could learn how to sew.  I wondered were that came from but quickly found a sewing class for her.

She went to her first class twice a week after school.  The classes were pretty full.  15 students to 1 teacher. She learned the basics: how to use the machine, all of the different fabric names and how to do a basic stitch.  She created one pillow but nothing else. So she left that school and we searched for another one.

She attended the Pinner’s Conference in Atlanta back in April of this year and took 8 sewing classes and quickly fell in love again. So much so we bought the machine she used during the conference.

We arrived back home found a sewing school and she has been on the go ever since.  She decided that she wanted to start her own business. In her own words, “Mom, I want to create things that people will see all over the world”!

Totally awesome!  So she went to work!

soft pencil case

Let’s take a look at what she created:

Soft Pencil Case

She had so much fun creating her first soft pencil case.  This was the first time she add a zipper to a project.

She used a new product to her called Therm·O·Web HeatnBond Lite to bond both fabrics without the extra weight or stiffness.  She liked working with this product because it was easy to use and it was sewable.

Let’s Look Inside:

HeatnBond Lite

She uses this pencil case in school. Her friends asked her where did she get it from.  When she tells them she made it herself, they are blown away.  Now they all want one.  She is please to make one for them.

Here’s how she create this bag:

  • She cut two pieces of Waverly Cotton Fat Quarter fabrics and one piece of HeatnBond to 11 x5.5.
  • She placed the outside fabric down right side up.
  • Then she placed the zipper down, zipper side down against the fabric and sew them together.
  • Then she placed the lining fabric right side down and placed the HeatnBond down on top of it.
  • Using the iron, she fused the HeatnBond to the lining fabric.
  • After that she sewed the lining to the zipper and the outside fabric.
  • Once one side of the zipper was sewed, she did the other side.
  • Now it time to complete the bag and sew the outside edges.  Before doing that, remember to pull the zipper to the middle so you can open the bag and flip it inside out.
  • Box the corners and cut off the extra fabric.

Nice and easy.

My daughter did an amazing job and I can’t wait to see what she creates next!!

Wait Before You Go:

Therm·O·Web is having a sale.  It ends in two days, so hurry and pick up some of your favorite sewing goodies.

Supplies used:

(Thank you so much for stopping by. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you.  All products were personally purchased.  This post was not paid or sponsored.)

Walmart Waverly Fat Quarter Bundlesheat n bond liteblack zipper

 

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