Monthly Archives: November 2014

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Tote-ally Pimpin’ Project

Welcome to the Tote-ally Pimpin’ Project. It’s the first project I’m helping to host in the Facebook group The Sew Quilty Workshop, with the help of Linden (Vine Lines Quilting) and Rachael (Sew Today, Clean Tomorrow), and we’d love to have you there. Follow the link and request to join.

The bag we’re starting with is perfect for customization and would be great to make for a market stall or to sell online (YES you have my permission to use the pattern – go for it!)   The bag is a good size for a library bag, a lunch bag to take to work or as a gift bag instead of paper. First lets start with the basic tutorial.

Download the pattern here – it’s only 4 pages. The dimensions are written on the pieces if you’d rather draft it yourself.

Cutting instructions
1. Take notice of any pattern repeat on the fabric or any one way designs.
2. cut 1 pair main bag pieces 27cm x 34cm
3. cut 1 pocket piece 27cm x 16cm
4. cut 1 pair strap pieces 8cm x 50cm  OR
cut 2 x 50cm lengths of cotton webbing.

Fold and stitch a double 1cm hem on top edge of pocket piece.image one (image 1)
Position pocket on the main bag and stitch a row down the centre. (Image 2 and 3) image 2
With right sides together sew sides and bottom of main bag pieces together, catching the pocket on the three sides. image 3 (Image 4)
Neaten. (Image 5)
Fold the fabric strap pieces in half lengthways and finger press. Open and fold the two raw edges in to meet at the centre fold.image 4 (Image 6 and 7)
Fold in half lengthways again and sew down both edges.image 5 (Image 8, 9 and 10)
Locate the notches for the straps, and tack (either by machine or hand) to the top edge of the bag ON THE OUTSIDE. image 6(Image 11)
Fold a double 2cm hem on the top edge of the bag and stitch – catching the straps ends as you go. image 7 (Image 12)
Fold the straps out and pin.
Topstitch the top edge and catch the straps as you go. (Image 13)

And that’s it for the basic bag – now for the fun part – remodeling!

You could try quilting

or stitching























or even appliqued.

















Join Rachael, Linden and myself over in the Facebook group – The Sew Quilty Workshop – as we roll out our own versions of the bag and see what everyone else has been making. I’d love to see yours.

Aussie AQAL

Aviatrix QAL Border 4

Welcome to the next installment of the Aviatrix quilt a long. Thanks to Linden from Vine Lines Quilting for organising and motivating everyone. Last fortnight Esther from Werkelei showed us border 3 and today I’m going to show you my quilt progress and share some tips I thought might be helpful for border 4.

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I have to admit I wasn’t too sure if I was going to love my quilt enough to warrant all the work involved. The fabric was beautiful and I like the design, but I just wasn’t sure if the two were going to work together. But after this border I can easily say I love it!

The instructions for border 4 say to sew the neutral strips together in a certain order and that one of your strips will be shorter (because you trim a 1.5″ square off the ends) I’ve added a photo here so you can see what it will look like – it took me a few read throughs to understand, but maybe that’s just me. 6 border 4

So onto my tips – nothing too radical, but I wish I’d thought of them earlier!

Tip #1 – make sure you check your seam allowance is exactly 1 quarter inch. I switched machines halfway sewing these and the foot on the second machine gave me a different seam allowance and I had to unpick. Not fun!

Tip #2 – make your stitches a bit smaller as you’re going to be sub cutting these pieces and you don’t want them to fall apart.

Tip #3 – pressing the seams open DOES take longer, and I nearly didn’t do it – but I’m glad I did because it’s sitting so beautifully and will help with any bulk when I come to quilt later on.3 border 4

Tip #4 – use the blocks from the previous border to help line up the squares. As you can see in the photo above, the blocks on border 3 are 8″ so you should get 8 squares between.

Having a border with all neutrals is going to add some zing to the overall design and I can’t wait to see what neutrals everyone else has used.2 border 4

Next fortnight you’ll be able to pop over to visit Leanne Elliot from Daisy and Jack who’s going to show us border 5. And don’t forget to check out the hashtag #aussieaviatrixqal on Instagram for more behind the scenes photos.

Fabric – Dreamin’ Vintage by Art Gallery Fabrics

Pattern – Aviatrix Medallion by Elizabeth Hartman

Pattern Testing – Threading Rainbows

I had the pleasure of being part of the testing group for Threading Rainbows new pattern recently.  Jaala’s “Scrappies” have the brilliant feature of a fully customizable side panel where you can let your imagination go wild. Check her website for all the different variations the tester came up with.

Scrappies are a bright and colourful  festival/ lounge pant for both boys and girls. They are fun, funky and functional. These pants are the perfect project to use up all of your gorgeous scraps that you haven’t wanted to throw out. Let you imagination run wild with the inset panels. I have made them very wide so they provide the perfect canvas for your inner artist. Make them in whatever style tickles your fancy – modern, colourful, vintage,retro, classy and more.

Here are mine – modeled by my skinny-mini Mr 10 TR shorts 1

Yeah – such a poser! The side panel can be made from matching fabric, or follow the included instructions for creating a patchwork style panel – thus the name “Scrappies”

TR shorts 4The wide stretch waistband, which can be folded or kept flat, is so much softer on young skin than denim and heavy cotton, and doesn’t have the adjustable elastic that always digs into kids hips.

TR shorts 2

They are sized for newborns to 10 years and include options for 3 lengths – shorts, capri and full length. And if you’re a fan of One Thimble you’re going to happy to hear that the Scrappies are included in the next issue – Issue 5 – on sale November 14.