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Belated Birthday Bag

June 14th 2015

I said I would make her a bag for her birthday. And I did. Almost a year later but in time for vacation! That has to count for something, right?

gray and gold bag done

I remember that summer afternoon last year, I was obsessing over this gold and gray fabric variety Julie from Stitchin’ Stash had in her shop. She was so gracious and patient with me (helping me match combinations) as I selected the ones I wanted to purchase. The flower fabric is from my first visit to Hobby Lobby!

gray and gold fabric

I knew the general exterior design would be similar to my vacation tote from last year.

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For the patchwork, I used the technique from the Scrappy Trip Along. You sew strips together, cut them horizontally so you have squares. Sew end to end (like a tube) and unpick the seam where you want the color pattern to continue. You can select random or patterned. I did patterned this time but I REALLY prefer random.

gray and gold patch technique

I was trying to imitate the style from a bag I already have from Marshall’s. I won’t tell you how much it cost and how that compared to the cost of time and fabric for this one, but way more enjoyable and prettier for sure! Once the outside was done, the lining was easy to choose.

gray and gold lining

I decided early on that I would add inner pockets and a zipper (like the bag I had) first I thought about three pockets, but later decided two would be better. I’ll have to ask the owner how that worked out!

gray and gold inside

The construction was tricky. I  had to quilt the pocket units first then sew them into the lining pieces. Then I quilted the outside of the bag flipping the pockets one way, then flipping them the other way to quilt the bottom and other half of the bag.

gray and gold pocket plan

Once it was all quilted I sewed the sides together. It was too thick to do a French Seam (pictured below) as I had wanted so

french seam

I sewed a 1/2 inch seam to make sure and catch the multiple layers. I also serged (zig-zag stitched) them to make them as secure and tidy as possible. I didn’t even notice the pockets were uneven until…. It must have been around 2 am at this point. 🙂

gray and gold serged seams

bag side view

I did a boxed bottom and I am happy to say that came out perfect!

gray and gold box bottom

It also had a zippered top and handles inserted between the patchwork and top panel with extra stitching so it would hold when the bag was full.

gold and gray bag

Of course I added a little label.

gray and gold label

Overall, I think it got two thumbs up, but I still need to practice zippers in all it’s forms.

gray and gold bag

You can tell it’s a pretty big bag, 18″ by 16″ by 6″ (estimate) I love the happy yellows.

Scrappy Kisses

February 4th 2014

Welcome to day four of the Valentine tutorials here at Summercrafter.

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Who doesn’t love chocolate on Valentine’s Day?

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This is really the only day we can eat it “guilt free” since it was a gift, right?  Well, chocolate was the inspiration for this little project. Chocolate Kisses that is!  I started with this little template I drew out and let my thoughts simmer for a few days.

I was thinking about something along these lines, even though it’s a curvy sort of candy, but I really did not want to bother with applique, More thought simmering…

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The subconscious always sorts it out for me.  I came up with some cute units that make this kiss a scrappy work of art!  You just need some half square triangles (HSTs)  some corner units and the rest is just patchwork!

This runner has three 12 inch blocks. I did 3 different colors so for each color or “kiss” you will need the following pieces: READ don’t just go by the picture : )

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26- 2 1/2 inch (color) squares

Five- 2 1/2 inch neutral/white squares

Two-3 inch squares (each color/newutral)  for HSTs

1 each (color/neutral) 2 inch squares for smaller HSTs

One-1 1/2 x 2 1/2 rectangle

One- 1/1/2 x 1 1/2  inch color square

Three- 1 1/2  x 1 1/2 inch neutral squares

One- 2 1/2 by WOF strip for top sashing

Three- 2 1/2 by WOF strips for binding

Backing and batting fabric 20″  by 42″

Six- 6-8 inch pieces of light blue ribbon

First make your HSTs using the 3 inch squares. With right sides together, draw a diagonal line on the lighter fabric.

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Sew 1/4 each on either side of the line, trim on the line and press to darker side.

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Trim your HST to 2 1/2 inches, line up the seam with your mat.

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Now make your corner units by adding a small white square to a 2 1/2″ colored square (3 per block), any corner will do and add the small colored square (1 per block) to a white 2 1/2″ square.

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Sew the smaller HSTs together and then to the rectangle as pictured above.

Lay out your pieces, oops there’s a row missing!

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That’s better! Sew row by row pressing the rows alternately.

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Adding the “tags” is optional since it’s bit tedious. You’ll have to open the seams as indicated by the arrows and insert the ribbon and sew it closed very carefully.

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Once the seam is closed straight stitch or zig-zag right over the ribbon until you get to the end. You can quilt over it later.

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Once your top is done, assemble your quilt sandwich with top, batting and backing. With light blue thread, “quilt” a word or phrase between the ribbons.

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Then quilt the rest as desired and bind.  If you need a paper pattern you can click on Scrappy Kisses Runner. It’s FREE until Feb. 14th, then it will go into for sale at my Craftsy shop called Summercrafter.

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I think a cross hatch quilting pattern would have been perfect but it proved cumbersome for me with the tags in the way, so I stipple quilted instead.

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I used a “Littlest Pet Shop” with hearts fabric on the back, which my daughter enjoys.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES Please remember to post your projects over on the FlickR page. Thanks for stopping by I have another tutorial tomorrow, see you then!

Pink Patchwork (mostly)

January 20th 2014

You may remember this little diddy I shared a while ago.  I am so sorry I couldn’t show more but now that all the gifts have been delivered…

rolled patch

My niece is a teenager now and she got new furniture so of course, I had to make something to protect her dresser and well, dress it up a little.

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This scrappy gem consists of most my leftover 2 1/2 inch squares.  It’s true that patchwork, such as this, is very addicting and also therapeutic!

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Now she doesn’t have to worry about perfume leaking, stains or scratches!

And her mom said this was too pretty to put on the table.

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