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quilted zipper pouch tutorial


Zipper pouches are one of my favourite world. They are both practical to use and also perfect as gift. When I am not quilting, I like sewing zipper pouches. What is more, you can also exgibit your quilting skills with zipper pouches by adding some quilting on them.


Here is one of these quilted zipper pouches that I have made. I used that lovely paper pieced butterfly at the front. I added a 1" yellow frame to the butterfly and added 2 1/2" purple frame to make the front piece of the pouch. I used purple fabric at the back. The finished size of the pouch is 9x12". It is pretty bigger than the other ones.
If you would like to make a quilted zipper pouch, the tutorial is HERE. It is quite practical with easy to follow instructions.



If you like the paper pieced butterfly and want to make one for yourself, it is also HERE with free pattern.




witch quilt block


If you are a quilter, upcoming special days are more special to you since you look for the appropriate quilts to make relating that day. Since it is Halloween time, I feel excited about making quilt blocks related to Halloween. So I have been searching for some witch patterns to make. Below is one of what I have found and made. That witch is lovely and may inspire you too.

A paper pieced pattern which is released for free suitable for the spirit of Halloween. You can download the free witch pattern below.

Witch quilt pattern by Sonja Callaghan

 It is designed by Sonja Callaghan. Here is mine. I preferred to use orange as background colour. I thought it qould be good with Halloween spirit and made the witch dark blue. I like the result. I haven't decided whether to make it a cushion ör mini wall quilt yet. I enjoyed making mt Halloween Quilt. Hope you enjoy your witch quilt, too.

Happy Halloween!




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 pieces of 6 1/2 x 11" straps. Take one piece fabric and fold it in half vertically and sew along. 

  • Press the strips flat, pay attention to the photo below. The sewing line will be in the middle. Sew along the top side of the strap and flip right side. Turn the open edge inside and sew closed.


  • Sew 3" velcro on each strap. When you have stitched them, one will be on the top of the front and other will be on the bottom of the back.



  • Sew straps on the cover. Fold the cover in half, pin the straps in the middle, 5" apart and centred. Sew them on, just below the upper velcro. To define the exact place of straps you can use the measurements below, as well. Scraps will be 14 1/4" from the top, 10 1/2" from the sides and 19" from the bottom.



  • Finally I made a sailor bow and put it at the top of front opening. 
It is ready to be gifted now. You can make one for your baby or it is also perfect to be gifted.





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 fabric on top. Then lay lining piece right side down on top. Pin them together. Using the zipper foot with 1/4" seam allowance sew over. Continue stitching along the fabric until the edge. 
  • Flip so the wrong sides of fabric are facing and press. This is how it looks now:
  • Flip as shown below. (Zipper is hidden in the middle) Open the zipper in half way. Sew around all edges leaving around 4" opening at the bottom of the lining.
  • Box the corners by pinning each corner. By using a ruler and marker, mark a line of 3.5" long. Sew along the line and trim the excess piece. Do the same for all four corners.

  • Pull pouch right side through the opening you left in the lining. Sew in lining by machine with very little seam allowance. Press around all opening and the zipper.
  • Topstitch around the opening of the pouch.
  • Trim the excess zipper tall. Make a zipper pull tab (of 2x3" fabric) fold in half and sew around all four  edges of the tab.
That's it!
Enjoy your pouch!