Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Winner of the Read-A-Thon Quilt Kit

I'm so excited to announce the winner of this beautiful spring quilt kit.
Lisa Marie wrote the most wonderful things about spring and why we sew.
Read below her comments.



Lisa Marie:

Here is just one example of why I love sewing. At a recent family gathering I saw one of my husband's second cousins. We seldom see each other but that night we had a chance to chat a bit and I really enjoyed it. A few days later I was still thinking of that and decided to send her a couple little things to let her know I was thinking of her. I made a quilted potholder and an infinity scarf, which are both quick little projects. I threw in a few handmade notecards and sent it all to her. A week later I got a gushing thank you note from her about how I had made her day and her week by sending the little gifts. Not long after that, my MIL talked about this cousin going on and on about this fabulous package I had sent to her. Just knowing that you can do something, even a small thing, to brighten someone's day is one of the best things about sewing!



Lisa, send me your address so I can mail this kit to you 
and you can start some spring sewing!

Happy Sewing!

Jina

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Union Jack Blog Tour Project Bag



I used the small Union Jack panel from the Riley Blake Designs collection. There are so many fun colors to choose from. You might need to do what I did and make several of your favorite colors.
Supplies needed:
1 union jack
1 rectangle 10” x 13” fusible fleece or batting
1 rectangle 10” x 13” coordinating fabric
1 rectangle 2 ½” x 10” for the handle
1 rectangle 5 ½” x 9 ½” thick premium vinyl
10” or larger zipper



1.   Sandwich the batting between the Union Jack 
and the coordinating fabric.


2.   Quilt desired pattern on the Union Jack through all layers. Trim around the outside edge, leaving a ¼” seam allowance.

           Note: Union Jack measures approximately 9 ½” x 11 ¾”


  3.   Cut 2 sections 1 ¼”.                             


 4.   With right sides together place zipper on top of the first 1 ¼” section.



5.   Topstitch on right side of fabric.


6. With right sides together sew 
other side of zipper.



                                                             7.  Topstitch.



8. Sew plastic to the right side of the Union Jack. Finger press seam toward fabric not the plastic. Zig zag edge. Topstitch.



9.Sew plastic to the zipper side of the Union Jack. Finger press seam toward fabric not the plastic. Zig zag edge.



10.Topstitch.


11. Press long handle edges into the center. Press in half again.


12. Topstitch along both folded edges.


13. Pin handle in place.
Note: about 2” in from each side.


14. Sew bottom edge to zipper edge. Zig zag edge. Note: I like to backstitch across both handles
 to secure in place.


 15. Sew and zig zag side seams.
                Note: be careful when going across the zipper to 
                       slow down so you don’t break a needle.



 16. Turn right side out. 
Push all four corners out.


 Aren't they adorable? 
Have fun making many more Project Bags. 
They are so quick and easy to make.


















These are so simple you will want to make one for each of your friends. They are wonderful gifts and a great way to store all your on the go projects!

Happy Sewing!

Jina