Have you caught the Tiny Box Zippy Bug yet?!
There have been so many adorable Tiny Box Zippies popping up on Instagram,
I am just so amazed by the wonderful bags you guys have been sewing!
Today I would love to share with you a little pattern hack I came up with
to make a quilted version of the Tiny Box Zippy.
With this skill added to your arsenal,
we are going to have the world covered in little zippies in no time!
Last month, I was able to be part of the hexie swap on Instagram.
We were instructed to make 30 hexies for our partner, as well as a little bag to put them in.
Well what better bag to make for a fellow hexie enthusiast than a Tiny Box Zippy!
I decided to take things one step further by making a quilted, patchwork, Tiny Box Zippy,
full of adorable hexies on the top,
and bits of lovely scraps on the side panel.
So what are we waiting for!
Download your copy of the Tiny Box Zippy PDF Pattern at my Craftsy shop,
and then read on for the instructions to make your very own
quilted version of the Tiny Box Zippy!
First, create patchwork panels for the pattern pieces you want.
In this example, I made patchwork for the Bag Top Piece
and the Zipper Panel pieces,
(For the Bag Bottom and Back Panel pieces, I just used a single piece of fabric.)
When building your patchwork, give yourself plenty of wiggle room
and make sure that your patchwork piece is a couple inches larger than the pattern piece.
You can make sure that your patchwork is large enough for your top piece
by printing out the pattern and placing it over the patchwork.
In order to make the hexies work, I had to undo the basting on the outside hexies
and stitch their sides together, all the way to the end of the fabric.
This made sure that there was enough seam allowance for the bag piece.
Once you have your patchwork set,
cut out a scrap piece of quilt batting,
and a scrap piece of lightweight interfacing (I used Pellon SF101)
for each of the pattern pieces you want quilted,
an inch or two larger than your fabric.
For each piece, layer your fabric, then batting, then interfacing on the bottom.
Pin and quilt as desired!
Again using your pattern pieces,
trim all quilted pieces back to the sizes specified in the pattern.
Make sure that you have your patchwork centered and all seam allowances fit.
To make the patchwork zipper panel,
I made one piece of patchwork that would be large enough
for both zipper panel pattern pieces (including an inch or two of wiggle room).
After the piece was quilted,
I was then able to cut both the Wide and Thin Zipper Panel pieces from the same piece.
Here is what you should have when you are done -
One quilted top, one quilted bottom, a back panel, and two zipper panels!
Now just take these pieces and continue making your bag as the pattern states!
Because of the additional bulk the batting adds,
be cautious when sewing the curves and lots of layers in one seam.
You may also need to trim and grade your seam allowances a little more.
Take your time and you should have no trouble at all!
I had so much fun making this little quilted bag,
I definitely think another is in order.
Maybe with a teenie Dresden plate on top?
Or a row of tiny paper pieced flying geese?
I can't wait to see what designs and patterns you dream up for your Tiny Box Zippy pouches!
Keep sharing them on Instagram, and have fun!
I am so excited for today you guys!
I'd like to finally introduce you to my new favorite bag,
and newest PDF sewing pattern,
the Tiny Box Zippy!
After quite a few weeks of work by both me and my fabulous team of pattern testers,
the Tiny Box Zippy pdf pattern is ready for you to make your very own.
And I just can't wait to see what you guys do with it!
This bag was inspired by a dopey old cosmetics bag full of buttons
my two year old son found in my craft closet and would not stop playing with.
When I actually stopped to look at the bag,
I realized it's petite dimensions yet boxy style would make a perfect case
to carry around a little hand sewing kit.
So with a couple improvements, including an optional and completely adorable handle,
inside pocket to hold additional accessories, and options for fun accent fabric choices,
the Tiny Box Zippy was born!
This boxy little zippered bag finishes at 7.5"x4"x3",
making it the perfect size to hold your scissors, thread and mini pincushion,
as well as fabric and templates for your latest paper piecing project,
yet it will still easily fit inside your purse.
The simple design makes this bag the perfect opportunity to showcase a new favorite fabric,
especially since you only need 2 Fat Quarters worth of fabric to complete it!
You also have the opportunity to play with coordinating prints on the pocket and back panel,
as well the chance to get creative with your zipper and bias binding choices.
I keep finding fun new combinations I need to try in my own fabric stash!
Written for the confident beginning sewer,
this easy to follow pdf pattern has detailed, step by step instructions and clear color photos
to help you finish your bag in no time.
Expert tips are sprinkled through the pattern on everything
from choosing interfacing to working with zippers
to make sure your finished bag looks like it was made by a pro.
There is no need to fear the zipper!
Also included is a set of "Abbreviated Instructions" for you to print out,
allowing you to save paper yet still have all the information you need to complete your bag.
Because I am just SO excited to see all the adorable bags you make with this pattern,
the Tiny Box Zippy pattern will be on sale for 25% off this weekend!
On Monday, April 27, 2015 it will jump back up to full price,
so be sure to grab it on sale while you can!
If you need a little inspiration to get started,
look through the hashtag #TinyBoxZippy on Instagram
to see all the incredible bags my fabulous group of testers made.
And be sure to tag your own bags when you make them to show off your hard work!
If you'd like to get a copy of this pattern for yourself,
then all you have to do is click on the link below
to purchase your copy from Craftsy.com!
Get it here >>> Tiny Box Zippy Available At Craftsy
PS: If you get it before Monday, April 27th,
you can snag it for 25% off!
Good luck sewing and Have FUN!
I have a dear friend who had a set of twins just a couple months before I had my baby boy.
Needless to say, I never got around to making baby quilts for her girls!
When I found out they were expecting a little brother, I knew I had to make something,
but I couldn't just make the little brother a quilt and have the girls be left out!
So I decided I'd make an extra big and snuggly quilt
for my friend, her husband, and their three little baby bears to share.
It is always such a fun challenge to design a quilt for a friend.
I love trying to transcribe their personality into colors and pattern.
She is such a fun mix of modern and traditional,
and she and her family love being outdoors, camping, and adventuring.
(I mean, she used to teach college geology - this is a family that knows how to adventure!)
I thought the bear paw block would be the perfect traditional pattern
(with it's outdoorsy name and long quilting history)
and loved how graphic, bold, and modern it looked blown up to a large scale.
Of course the color scheme had to be green!
But it needed to be a warm combination of dark, humble, earthy greens,
and bright, youthful, spring greens.
Well we all know how much I love scrappy quilts, so scrappy it was!
Since this was going to be a quilt for the whole family,
I also wanted to try and bridge the gab between
"baby quilt" and "company is coming let's put our best quilt on the couch" quilt.
So I kept the bold, extra large, bear paws in a clean white
and made the background the scrappy element.
I love how large areas of scraps like this look like they shimmer!
For the babies, I thought it would be fun to sneak some I-Spy novelty prints in with the scraps.
Unfortunately, my green novelty stash was severely limited.
Here comes my favorite part of this quilt -
I put a shout out on Instagram to see if anyone had green I-Spy scraps they could trade me,
and I was so astonished by the result!
About a dozen of you fabulous quilters sent me the most adorable and precious little bits
of bears, and mushrooms, and little camper vans -
they could not have been more perfect for this quilt!
I will be so forever grateful to everyone who sent a little bit for this quilt,
thank you all again.
For the backing, I used a whole lot of Kona Pickle,
and a strip of leftover scraps to piece it together.
Pickle might be one of my new favorite colors,
such a perfect mix between happy spring green and yummy 70s green!
I knew I wanted to be able to quilt it on my domestic machine at home,
which meant I had to do something with straight lines (haha!).
I used a variegated green thread and made 1" stripes back and forth on the green areas,
but left the white areas mostly un-quilted to help them pop.
The quilting was definitely NOT my favorite part of the process,
but I think it came out pretty dang well considering.
This is the second quilt I've bound in the Cotton + Steel dots print
(which is really saying something considering I've only finished two quilts in the past while!).
I just love how it adds the perfect amount of interest.
Overall I am SO very pleased with this quilt!
It finished at 76"x76" (had to make sure it fit the whole family!)
and used just under 300 Half Square Triangles,
and all of the green I had in my stash!
When my friend came over for me to give it to her and we laid it out on the ground,
there were immediately babies crawling, jumping, and dancing all over it.
So I'm pretty confident in saying that they like it too.
Hello friends and Happy April!
Because I seem to have taken a bit of a "break" from blogging,
I have ended up with quite a list of projects that haven't been properly posted and shared!
Of course just about everything I do is documented on Instagram,
but Instagram can't replace the ability to fully share a project's story on your blog.
I hope you'll join me as I spend some time
catching up on the past year of sewing and quilting.
Who doesn't love looking at more quilted pretties right?!
During January and December,
I participated in the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt swap through Instagram
and had such an absolute blast!
I was given a secret partner, a list of her likes, dislikes and inspiration,
and was sent on my merry way to create a mini quilt that she would hopefully love forever.
A huge task for sure, but it was so much fun!!
My partner wrote that she was quite inspired at the moment by
abstract, angular, very fractal looking quilts and designs.
She is also quite spiritual and I wanted to try and include a nod to that.
So I decided on a prism/fractal/however you would describe it paper pieced star!
Having never tried paper piecing before, I first turned to a great resource -
PMQG member and paper piecing superstar Cath of Wombat Quilts.
She has a whole list on her site of free paper pieced star block patterns,
as well as some great tips on learning how to paper piece.
I found this pattern for the Twinkle Star,
which looked exactly like the star I made when trying to sketch out an idea.
The fact that it looked like stained glass was such an added bonus!
For my mini quilt, I made one star using the paper pieced pattern,
and then set in on point.
Then I made another star with lighter teals for the center points,
and broke it up into quarters,
putting each quadrant in a different corner.
For the fabrics I used a scrappy combination of blues, teals, aqua and navy,
and some Tula Pink birds and bees as the center star.
This is the first quilt where I really feel like I nailed my "fabric style".
I love tone on tone geometric prints,
so that when I combine them in a scrappy way it becomes much more
about playing with their color than with their design.
The background is a scrappy mix of different toned greys.
I bound the quilt in the lightest aqua,
and LOVE that when you first look at the quilt,
the corners almost seem to disappear,
making the quilt look hexagonal instead of square!
I knew I wanted to emphasize the star with the quilting,
so I just did some simple straight line echo quilting.
I just adore how the back looks,
and think it would look so cool do do a whole cloth quilt with a great star pattern like that!
I included a little pincushion for an extra, using scraps from the quilt,
and a little lightning bolt design.
My partner's last name is Bolt, so they call their family Team Bolt!
How cute is that! I just had to make something with a bolt!
(the fact that I was listening to the Harry Potter books
the whole time I was working on this didn't help, haha!)
It all got wrapped up and sent on it's way,
and I just love thinking about the fact that a little something of mine is out in the world
hopefully making someone's home, day, and life a little bit brighter.
This is only the beginning of swapping mini quilts!
I am definitely hooked!