7.09.2015

Pocket Party Pouch PDF Sewing Pattern!

Pocket Party Pouch PDF Pattern

Are you ready for a party?!

Today I'm very excited to share with you my newest PDF sewing pattern -
The Pocket Party Pouch!

These three little pouches have everything I look for in a classic, favorite, go to project:
they're quick to sew, super stash friendly, and make fantastic gifts.

So whether you're looking for a swap extra,
a quick gift, or a treat yourself project this weekend,
the Pocket Party Pouch is perfect!

Pocket Party Pouch PDF Pattern

I first started thinking about this pattern when I was working on some quilty swaps.

I was looking for a quick but versatile extra little gift
that would use all the scraps I had left over from my last project.
But I also wanted something that would be useful for my partner.

That's when the Pocket Party Pouch was born!

I have already sent a few out to swap partners and bee mates,
and plan on sending out a whole lot more!

Pocket Party Pouch PDF Pattern

With three different sizes to choose from,
3” x 4 ½”, 4” x 5 ½”, and 5 ½” x 7 ½”,
you can make one, or make all three,
to hold everything from business cards to hand sewing supplies.

And requiring only a fat quarter or two of fabric,
you can use your favorite fabric or test out fun new combinations,
all with fabrics you already have in your stash.
(Although think of what a perfect excuse this can be to buy more fabric!)

Pocket Party Pouch PDF Sewing Pattern!

My team of testers did an amazing job helping me perfect this pattern
and explore all the ways you can make and use a Pocket Party Pouch!

Be sure to look up the #PocketPartyPouch on Instagram for all the adorable pouches!
Here are some of the highlights -

Pocket Party Pouch PDF Sewing Pattern!
Pocket Party Pouch PDF Sewing Pattern!

The small pouch is made to fit a credit card or business card,
but it could also be used to hold a gift card for a gift.

The medium pouch is just a bit bigger,
but with two pockets can make an adorable crayon holder,
manicure set, or hair accessory pouch
for the little person in your life.

The large pouch, especially when made with heavier interfacing,
can be used more like a clutch to hold
your latest handsewing project, planner supplies, or phone and money.

The uses for these guys are limitless!

Pocket Party Pouch PDF Sewing Pattern!
Pocket Party Pouch PDF Sewing Pattern!

The pattern and construction for the Pocket Party Pouches
are purposefully simple to give you the opportunity to customize.

Try making a pouch with a bit of patchwork,
or use more intricate piecing and quilting for an extra special gift.

I also loved seeing all the different fabric combinations
my testers came up with when making a complete set of three pouches.

Pocket Party Pouch PDF Pattern
Pocket Party Pouch PDF Pattern

So what are you waiting for?!

Hop over to my Craftsy Shop to download your copy 
of the Pocket Party Pouch and get started!

And just because I am so excited for you to start sewing,
this weekend until Sunday July 12th,
you can download the Pocket Party Pouch for 25% OFF!


When you have finished all of your amazing pouches,
be sure to tag me on Instagram with #PocketPartyPouch or #MichaelAnnMade
so that I can see all of your fantastic work!

Good luck, and have fun sewing!

7.06.2015

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

Boy do I have a tutorial for you today!

Remember my Tiny Geese Keychain PDF Pattern?

Well my husband put it in my head that I should make a lanyard,
and then a couple of you on Instagram said you were thinking of trying a lanyard,
and then I just couldn't stop fantasizing about what an entire lanyard
of adorably teenie geese would look like!

So I bit the bullet and today I have a tutorial to share with you
so you can hack your copy of the Tiny Geese Keychain to make your very own lanyard!

There is also information on how to lengthen your keychain just a little bit,
in case you need extra length than the 8" finished keychain.

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

As a disclaimer, this tutorial is not for the faint of heart!
To make this lanyard I ended up piecing almost 200 of those 1/2" x 1" geese!

But I've got to say, the end result is pretty stinkin adorable.
I'm headed to the Swapaholics Retreat to teach in September
and will definitely be bringing this guy along.
I think I'm going to stick my quilt guild name tag on it too and wear it to meetings.
And hello, this is almost a necessity for QuiltCon!

In order to make the construction of this lanyard as easy as possible,
there are a couple instances where this tutorial breaks 
from the Tiny Geese Keychain pattern instructions.
Those instances are highlighted in bold,
but be sure to read through this tutorial carefully before you begin sewing!

So grab your scrap bucket, print off your pattern,
put in a good, long movie, and let's get started!

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

Materials ::

- For the Keychain you need 1" hardware (either D Ring or Keyfob Hardware)
but for the Lanyard you will need 1 1/4" Hardware 
(D ring, Keyfob Hardware, or Swivel Lanyard Clip Hardware)

- You may also wish to use a leave in Paper Piecing Foundation
so you don't have to rip out the paper in the end.
Cristy of Purple Daisies Quilting sent me some of her Applique Foundation
to try and it was perfect for this project!

- You will also need a much longer piece of fabric for the backing
(2 1/2" by the length of the lanyard)

- And a copy of the Tiny Geese Keychain Pattern!

To Make The Lanyard ::

First print off your pattern pieces, enough to make your lanyard.

If using a leave in foundation, cut the foundation to size and put that straight through your printer.

In hindsight, I wish I would have printed mine lighter
because the dark lines showed through the light colored fabric I used for the lanyard backing.
Consider playing with the brightness/contrast or printer grey scale settings
if you are using a light colored backing fabric and the leave in foundation.

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

Start with two of your pattern pieces, with both cut along the seam allowance line.

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

Cut the seam allowance OFF of the second pattern piece
so the pattern ends at the design line.

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

Layer the second pattern piece on top of the first so that the design lines match up,
completely covering the seam allowance.

Use a spot of white glue and heat set with your iron, or a couple pins to hold them together.

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

Decide on the final length you would like your keychain/lanyard.
Keep piecing patterns together (each pattern is 8" long) until you reach your desired length.

If you want a length that is not a multiple of 8,
count out two geese for every additional inch you want added (each geese is 1/2" tall)
Mark directly on your pattern the new design line (where you will stop sewing).
Also be sure to mark a 1/2" Seam Allowance!

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

Cut off the additional pattern at the Seam Allowance line.
It can help you to remember the last 1/2" is seam allowance by scratching out the design.
Now you're ready to piece!

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

Piece your lanyard using standard paper piecing techniques
or the keychain pattern instructions.
If you're making a lanyard, get yourself comfy and have fun!

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial
Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

When you're done, we will be trimming the side seam allowances to 1/8"
as opposed to the 1/4" drawn on the pattern.

Just line up your ruler along the finished geese, 1/8" away from the design line and trim.
Make sure you trim both sides.

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

Now you should have a whole string of adorable tiny geese!
If you used paper as a foundation, go ahead and tear all your paper out.
If you used a leave in foundation, continue on!

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

Cut your piece of backing fabric 2 1/2" wide by the length of your keychain/lanyard.

Press both long sides down 1/2", trying to be as accurate as possible.

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

Lay your backing fabric right side down.
Lay your geese panel right side up on top,
so that the raw edges of the backing fabric are covered
and the folded sides extend 1/4" on either side of the geese.

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

Bring the folded edge of the backing fabric down, over the geese panel,
so that the fold lines up with the edge of the geese,
or where the design line/seam allowance line would be.

Be very careful not to pull the fold too much and take fabric width away from the other side.
You want to make sure the geese panel stays centered on the background fabric.

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

Use your favorite method to baste the folds in place - pins, Wonder clips, or glue basting.

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

Top stitch down each side, right alongside the fold.

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

And you're almost there!

Finish off your keychain/lanyard following the pattern instructions for your type of hardware.
If using the D Ring hardware finish (which could also be used for a swivel clip),
be sure to add an additional 1" to the width of the attachment fabric piece.

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

Now look at that!

You just made the world's most adorable quilty lanyard!

Tiny Geese Lanyard Tutorial

You should definitely go celebrate by taking your lanyard
for a spin to the fabric store to buy more fabric ;]

Good luck sewing, and if you make one, I'd love to see!
Be sure to tag #tinygeesekeychain, #michaelannmade or @michaelannn on Instagram!

Have fun!

(PS - I did receive a sample of the Applique Foundation for free,
but all opinions mentioned in this post are my own
and I would totally buy it again for this project!
If you're interested in working together with me on a project or tutorial,
just let me know!)

6.25.2015

Mesa Mini Quilt - FREE PDF Pattern

Mesa Mini Quilt Pattern

Have you done any mini quilt swaps through Instagram?

Just this week I finished up my mini for the Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt Swap,
and of course I have to share it with you all.

The added bonus - I wrote up a FREE Mesa Mini Quilt Pattern for it
so you could make one too!

Mesa Mini Quilt Pattern

This mini quilt was inspired by a print in the Mesa fabric line
by Cotton and Steel designer Alexa Abegg.

I have always loved the design of this print,
but the colors are ones I never really use.
Then I thought, what if I used the design to make my mini quilt,
and then I could pick whatever colors I wanted?!

The Mesa Mini was born!

Mesa Mini Quilt Pattern

I drew up a paper piecing pattern so all I had to do
was decide on the colors I wanted, and then sit down and sew.
No fussy measuring and cutting crazy weird triangles, just sewing.

I also included in the PDF Pattern the piecing template I used
to write down which fabrics I was using where.
It really helped me to keep it all straight!

Mesa Mini Quilt Pattern
Mesa Mini Quilt Pattern

I used all Cotton and Steel basics for this mini
so that I could really concentrate on the colors and how to use them for the best effect.
I think this would look really neat in a fun combination of prints!

I made sure to include in the pattern a few blank coloring pages
so that you can experiment with a bunch of fabric combinations before you decide!

For the quilting, I just did some simple straight line echo quilting.
Next time I want to get crazy and try some matchstitck quilting,
or really intricate free motion designs.

Mesa Mini Quilt Pattern

If you would like to make your own Mesa Mini Quilt,
just pop over to my Craftsy store
and download the Mesa Mini Quilt Pattern for free!

Be sure to tag any quilts you make with #mesaminiquilt on Instagram
so that I can see what you come up with!

Hope you have as much fun as I did playing with colors and fabrics!

6.12.2015

The Tiny Geese Keychain - A PDF Sewing Pattern!

The Tiny Geese Keychain - A PDF Pattern

It's time for a new pattern - how about with some teenie tiny paper piecing?!

I'd like to introduce you to the Tiny Geese Keychain PDF Sewing Pattern!

This adorable, 4" long, quilty keychain is the perfect weekend project:
small, simple, and cleans out your scrap bin!

The Tiny Geese Keychain - A PDF Pattern

Over Mother's Day weekend we bought a new car,
and I knew that I was going to need to make a fun new keychain for my keys.

So while my boys took a little Sunday nap,
I holed up in my sewing room, playing with all my scraps,
and the Tiny Geese Keychain was born!

Now I can take my favorite scraps with me wherever I go, haha!

The Tiny Geese Keychain - A PDF Pattern

This paper piecing pattern makes a long row of 1/2" x 1" flying geese.
These geese use the tiniest bits of fabric,
so you can showcase those beloved minuscule scraps you just can't bear to get rid of.

And with two hardware options, key fob hardware or a D Ring,
you can use what you have on hand to finish in no time.

Color photos and detailed instructions will walk you through constructing your keychain.
A brief refresher on paper piecing techniques is also included,
so even a timid paper piecer will have success.





I had an amazing team of testers help me perfect this pattern -
Just look at all those amazing color combinations!

Be sure to check out all of their keychains on Instagram
with the tag #TinyGeeseKeychain.

The Tiny Geese Keychain - A PDF Pattern

Now for the best part -

For this weekend only, Fri June 12 through Mon June 15,
the Tiny Geese Keychain PDF Pattern will be 25% OFF!

There is no coupon code needed, just pop on over to my Craftsy store to get it!

I can't wait to see what fantastic keychains you all come up with,
so grab your scraps, print out your pattern, and let's get sewing!

The Tiny Geese Keychain - A PDF Pattern


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