carseat canopy tutorial

Learn how to make a carseat cover for your little baby so that s/he can be protected from the germs and the changeable weather conditions.

Before you start, wash, dry and iron the fabric that you are going to use.

Cut the two fabrics (top and back) 35" wide and 42" long.Line up your fabrics, right sides together.Fold the top fabric vertically to find the center and iron a crease. Then cut the crease 19 1/2" (from the bottom) to make the front slit.

Place top and back fabrics right sides together and cut the slit up the back fabric so that both have an identical slit. Pin them together.

Sew together around the whole fabric, leaving a little space so that you can turn the fabric's right side out.After sewing, flip the fabric right side out and then iron around the edges. When you come to the part that hasn't been sewn yet, fold the raw edges under and iron smoothly, as in the photo below. And topstitch all the way around.

Now it is time to sew the strips. Cut two pie…

Open wide zippered pouch tutorial

I made this zippered pouch the other day and prepared a tutorial. I have made some other zipper pouches before but this one is with open wide which will make it easier to find inside what you are looking for. So it is quite practical to use.

Here we go!

You will need 1/4 yard fabric, zipper at last 10" long or longer, thread, interfacing of your choice.

Directions:If you prefer to use interfacing, fuse on or baste on interfacing of your main exterior pieces.Lay one exterior piece (12"x 9") right side up, lay zipper on top. Align zipper tape edge to the raw edges of the top of exterior piece. Layer lining fabric on top, right side down on top of zipper.

Pin and using 1/4" seam allowance, sew over. At around 1" before the end of the fabric stop sewing, pull the zipper away from the seam and continue stitching along the fabric until the edge. Flip so the wrong sides of fabric are facing. Press.
Lay the other exterior piece right side up, lay zipper attached fabri…

sashiko denim bag

Learn how to make a sashiko denim tote bag using scraps of denim left from previous projects.
I like how sashiko bags look and making them are all fun. You play with fabric and stitches. Though it is a slow process, you will enjoy making it since it is one of these projects that make you relax.
I like working with denim and for such projects I recycle the jeans that aren't used anymore. This sashiko denim tote bag is also good for recycling your old jeans.
I like the look and texture of the method of Japanese sashiko technique.

How to make the bag:
Lay out pieces of denim in a design that looks good to you. You can use larger or smaller size pieces. It is all up to you.  Make sure  that your design is about 43x47 cm.

Use pins to hold the pieces together before starting stitching. In order to make stitching easier, I basted the pieces together.

Next step is just making lines of running stitch through all the layers to hold every piece together. Before starting stitching it may be …

snail's trail quilt pattern

Snail's trail is a traditional pattern with a lot of fun in it. At first look it seems a bit tricky to construct due to its spiral pattern. It also looks hard but it actually isn't. Snail's trail quilt can also be foundation pieced, if you prefer but I think there is no need for this pattern. This quilt block lets you do many things considering fabric placement and color choices. You can make it scrappy and it is also ideal for charm packs.

These blocks I have made are 12" x 12". The snail's trail block is absolutely one of my favourites. You need at least two different fabrics and it is important to pay attention to the contrast in value. I made this block with two fabrics. 1/4" seam allowance is used for all the seams.

Cutting instructions
Cut 6 7/8" squares from each of your fabrics ( one light fabric and one dark fabric square)Cut 5 1/4 " squares from each of your fabricsCut 3 7/8" squares from each of your fabrics.Cut two 2 5/8" squ…

card trick quilt block tutorial

A card trick quilt block is made of half and quarter square triangles. Card trick quilt block is a bit tricky if you are new to quilting when it is made with all triangles. There is an another method of making card trick quilt using squares and rectangles, which is easier to make, but it does not give the same effect. So I prefer making the block with half and quarter square triangles. 
I also prepared the tutorial, keeping it as simple and clear as possible. With this tutorial learn how to sew a card trick quilt block. It isn't as tricky as you think now!
Instructions You will need four different fabrics and a background fabric.Choose your fabrics, pay attention to the colour contrasts for it to give the right effect. I chose bright colours for card trick quilt block.Cut your pieces; - 5 1/4" square from each of the card fabrics and the background fabric (total 5 pieces)                                                   - 4 7/8" square from each of the card fabrics and …