We always get compliments on our custom duffle patterns, but we realized the one category we hadn’t tackled was a smaller size bag that would work for kids or anyone who wants a space-saving, on-the-go option. We created a soft, quilted exterior so the duffle can gently expand and mold to better fit its contents. And we used Dritz® hardware and polyester belting to pull it all together, adding a fully adjustable and detachable shoulder strap plus Double Cap Rivets to strengthen the pocket tops, and a handy Swivel Hook key lanyard on the inside. It’s true what they say, good things do come in small packages!
One of the hallmarks of a professional job is when the inside of your project looks as great as the outside. We have a full four-part series, and this tutorial (number 3 of 4) reviews a couple of the more unique options: the mock (or false) French seam and the French wrapped seam. The mock French seam uses a standard straight stitch, the French wrapped seam takes the straight stitch in combination with a zig zag stitch. These are basic stitches you'll find on any sewing machine, which means there’s no reason not to incorporate them into your seam finishes toolbox.
English Paper Piecing was a new technique for us when we designed these pretty pillows, but we can now understand how it can quickly become rather addicting. We tested three sets of the Paper Piecing Shapes from Dritz® Quilting: two sizes of Diamonds, two sizes or Hexagons, and two sizes of Tumblers. If you too are new to paper piecing, the first thing to understand is that it's handwork, not machine stitching. Most people associate it with beautifully intricate quilt tops, but the precise, perfectly shaped pieces are wonderful for a variety of embellishing projects. We've used them as appliqués to create a pair of graphic pillows.
Micro organization — tiny but mighty! That’s how we feel about these cute key ring clips. Each has a little pocket that is perfectly sized to fit several credit cards, gift cards, your license, a bit of folding money – or a combination of any of the above. The Dritz® snap and swivel hook let you attach this micro-organization-pocket to a key ring or clip it inside a larger tote. A Dritz® Iron-on Embroidered Letter is the finishing touch that makes it yours!
We love the simple clean lines of these microwavable neck and lap/back heating pads. After under a minute in the microwave, you'll get up to an hour of safe, warm heat without the dangers inherent in electric heating pads: burns, fires, and electrical shock. Electric heating pad cautions actually read: Never use in a situation where you could fall asleep. Hmmm... often falling asleep is my goal. These pads are not difficult to make and are a useful gift for most any adult. They're good for muscle aches or when you feel a chill and don't want to turn up the thermostat. You can also freeze them for a pleasant cooling effect. Although, just typing that made me shiver. Add a drop of essential oil if you'd like a little aromatherapy.
The stars do not always align. The square peg does not fit the round hole. Sometimes the perfect webbing or strapping you’ve selected for a shoulder bag or similar project is simply too dang wide for the D-ring or Swivel Hook you really want/need to use. Try this quick trick to bring your wide webbing down to size.
Your favorite shiny beads and baubles deserve to come along on vacation too. But figuring out how to pack them, without opening your suitcase upon arrival to find a tangled mess, is always a challenge. Our traveling jewelry pouch is up to the task. It has eight, wedge-shaped pockets to hold necklaces, earrings, rings, and watches. The pouch gathers up with a drawstring, safely enclosing the pockets in an upright position.
If you are new to sewing, some of the terminology can be confusing. Doesn't "bolt" mean to run away? Cutting something on the "bias" just sounds offensive. And, "feed dogs" seems more like a command than a sewing machine part. Trying to understand exactly what the various terms mean, how they work, and especially when to use them may seem daunting. But, as you learn each one, they'll become commonplace, and soon "nap" will mean more than dropping off for a little snooze. Today, we meet: understitching, which is not a seam done in a sneaky or under-handed manner and/or by Underdog. Read on to find out what it really is.
Channel your inner Boy or Girl Scout. Our round, canteen-style bag has a great retro look in a classic fall fabric combination: plaid flannel, denim, and corduroy. We even added appliquéd patches on the front. Bold metal hardware for the zipper and the strap adds the professional finish. This time of year there are great selections of all these fabrics in-store and online. We are particular fans of Robert Kaufman's Mammoth Plaid Flannels! Use our free pattern download to create the round exterior panels as well as the matching curved pocket.
Fussy. Cut. We love to have our way with fabric, manipulating it to best showcase motifs and colors. Clever fussy cutting allows you to tell a story with your project. And when you’re working with fabric as amazingly detailed as De La Luna by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics, the options are endless. We’ve created a trio of patchwork pillows that bring the Halloween spirit of this collection to life. Full cutting and piecing instructions are given below for our square, rectangle, and hexagonal set. We worked with fat quarters, but you could also easily start with regular yardage cuts.