I’ve been waiting forever to show you this bag! Well, it seems like forever. Really, just since last summer when Free Spirit asked for some projects using Tim Holtz fabrics and hardware. This large bag is called World Traveler. It measures 21″ wide by 14″ tall and 9″ deep. I love how it turned out! There is a lot of Thermolam, heavy duty stabilizer and Shape Flex in this bag. But it’s worth it.The fabric and the pattern are such a great match. I also made a little toiletry bag with Tim’s fabrics and hardware and Coats and Clark heavy duty threads. You can find the free pattern at MakeItCoats here.Check out the Coats and Clark blog post about the hardware projects. Fun stuff!
Autumn will be here soon. Ridiculous as that might sound, it’s true. Technically, there are less then two weeks left of Summer. And you know what that means, right? The holidays are coming! (These days I feel like that statement has all the impact of “Winter is coming” as intoned by any bloody Stark.)
Making handmade means starting early. It also means keeping things on the small side. Just like these cute pin cushions. Grab some fat quarters of 1/8 yard strips, maybe even raid your scrap bin. I used the Hotel Fredericksted by Jennifer Paganelli which was sent to me by Free Spirit for One Fabric Nation. All you need are six 60 degree diamonds cut with Darlene Zimmerman’s 60 degree diamond template and 3 1/2″ strips. (I like this template because it’s orange and therefore easy to find in my mess.) Sew the diamonds together along their sides. When you sew the last seam joining the first and last diamonds, leave a gap of about 2″ for turning. Trim off the points, turn it inside out and stuff it. Then sew the opening closed. With heavy duty thread (or pearl cotton), sew decorative buttons over the center on both sides. And that’s it! Quick and easy.Hotel Fredericksted will start arriving in stores in November. So there’s time for you to get your list together. Whatever projects you decide to make, you will inevitably have scraps. And now you have something to do with them too!Happy Friday!!
Happy Friday! Things just won’t settle down around here. Try as I might, drama of some sort or another keeps sneaking in and disrupting my routine. Despite that, I’ve managed to make progress with some of the gorgeous Kaffe pre cuts Free Spirit sent me. Isn’t it amazing how a little handwork can help your sanity?The pre cut stack of hexies is extremely convenient. Extremely! All I needed to do was start prepping the pieces and sew them together. All that drama is time consuming, so a smaller project was needed. I choose to make a pillow cover for a rectangular pillow. My pillow is 12″ x 18″ so that’s what I made. You can tailor the field of hexies to suit your pillow size.I chose to float the hexies on a white cotton canvas background. On the back, I added a four column hexie about 4″ off center for a bit of interest on the back. The pillow has a 12″ invisible zipper. There are sufficient pre cut hexies to make two of these pillows. A matching pair would be perfect for opposite ends of a couch. Or on a bed. Or in wing back chairs. Lots of options.
I put together a handy guide so you can make your own. Click here for the pdf. You can find the pre cuts at The Missouri Quilt Shop and on Amazon from Fabric Square Shop. Check your favorite shops to see if they’re carrying it too.
Have a great weekend, everyone! Happy sewing!