Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hanging Organizer Tutorial

Today we have Jayne from Twiggy and Opal sharing this super cool and functional organizer with us! 

I'm excited to share my latest tutorial with you! I love to organize! Finding new, efficient and creative ways to make the 'chaos' not so chaotic is a never ending job! My space is limited, so I have to be smart about it! And frankly, the inside of my supply closet door is (or was) frightful mess! What I came up with is a Hanging Organizer! It's perfect for quilting tools & supplies, but certainly could be used for any number of things!




Finished Size: 18" x 28" Fabric Requirements: 


You will also need:



Cutting:
Backing: 2 - 19" x 29" 
Fabric Pockets: Interfacing: 1 - 10" x 18" 1 - 5" x 18" 1 - 14" x 18" 1 - 7" x 18" 1 - 18" x 18" 1 - 9" x 18" Vinyl Pockets: Vinyl Pocket Binding: 1 - 4" x 18" 3 - 2 1/4" x 18" 1 - 5" x 18" 1 - 7" x 18" Binding Pocket Bottom: 2 - 2" x 18"

***Helpful Hints*** When working with clear vinyl it's important to increase your stitch length, do not use pins and keep it away from the iron! It isn't hard sewing with vinyl, but it can be slippery. Take your time, go slow!


Step 1. Cut two (2) 19" x 29" pieces, make a quilt sandwich and quilt as desired. Trim your quilted back to 18" x 28". Quilting will give extra stability to the back panel. Set aside.
Step 2. Fold and press each of the three (3) fabrics for the pockets. 

Step 3. Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric, lining up at the fold. Top stitch 1/4" across top. 5" x 18" folded - use - 5" x 18" interfacing 7" x 18" folded - use - 7" x 18" interfacing 9" x 18" folded - use - 9" x 18" interfacing
Step 4. I use a permanent marker and ruler to measure my vinyl, and use non-fabric scissors to cut it.
Step 5. Press the two (2) 2 1/2" x 18" strips in half (binding). Stitch one (1) 2 1/2" x 18" binding (just like you do on quilts) to the top edge of each vinyl pocket using 1/4" seams. This is where your wonder clips come in! Fold the binding over the edge and clip across. You can see through the vinyl to the back where the binding has been folded. Using a longer stitch length, sew through the vinyl, catching the binding from the back. You'll have a perfect top stitch on the front! Step 6. Fold and press the two (2) 2" x 18" strips in half. With raw edges at the bottom, stack one (1) fabric pocket, (1) vinyl pocket and one (1) folded 2" x 18 strip. Clip together, sew 1/4" seam across the bottom.
Step 7. Using your wonder clips, clip the 9" x 18" fabric pocket and the 7" x 18" vinyl pocket to the bottom of the quilted backing. Stitch 1/8" around all three sides.
Step 8. Using the diagram below, measure and clip the sides of your pockets to the backing.
Step 9. Fold the binding on the pocket bottoms towards the bottom and backing. You can use pins to hold it down, just don't pin through the exposed vinyl pocket. Top stitch 1/8" across the top and bottom edges of the binding. Step 10. Mark your pocket widths. I used painters tape to make sure the lines were straight. Back stitch at the top and bottom of each section.
Here's a diagram for the widths that I used:
Step 11. For hanging, I went with a basic and very effective method. Corner triangles and ribbon tabs. The tutorial is available on my blog Twiggy & Opal: Hanging a Mini Quilt. Add your binding around the edges and it's ready to fill with treasures, tools and goodies! You can use your favorite hanging method, or even use grommets in the corners. Be aware that after your organizer if filled with goodies...it can get heavy!







Clear vinyl is available at your local fabric craft store and on-line. If you find you haven't any options...a clear vinyl shower curtain would work perfectly. While I love the clear pockets on my organizer, you could substitute fabric instead. Customize your hanging organizer to your personal needs! You can easily change pocket sizes, width, depth or even the overall size! You can always find out what makes me tick by visiting my blog: Twiggy & Opal or find me on Instagram: twiggyandopal! Have fun and play with it!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Fabric Frenzy Friday Features


Happy Monday friends! We had some great projects linked up on Friday! Here are this week's features:

The Inquiring Quilter shared this great technique to trim half-square triangles!  I don't know about you, but I am always looking for ways to trim those pesky blocks! :) Be sure to check out her tutorial! 
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Seriously...I think it needs stitches - shared this fun Pop heART quilt! Love this fun design and all that fabulous quilting! 

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 Christine from Triangles and Squares is sharing this lovely Posy 16 Patch quilt! I love the patchwork in this quilt, and of course those darling prints! :)
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Be sure to stop by the link party and check out all the great projects shared on Friday!

If you were featured this week - go HERE to get an "I was featured!" button! :)

Talk to you soon,



Friday, February 5, 2016

Fabric Frenzy Friday #99

Happy Friday friends! I hope you all had a good week! I am sooo looking forward to a weekend full of sewing! :)

Today's bundle batch has me dreaming of a warm day on the beach!  I love these monochromatic bundles because they are great stash builders!  They also can be used as blender fabrics in your quilts or other projects!  I loved sewing with this bundle!  Scroll down to find out what I made using this dreamy fabric! ;)


Caribbean Dream - Fat Quarter Bundle 
Caribbean Dream is this week's Bundle Batch!  Monochromatic bundle inspired by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. 

Fat Quarter & Half Yard bundles include 8 different prints.

10 inch squares - each pack contains 16 squares (2 of each print listed below)
Included in each bundle:
  1. Blueberry Park Little Stitches Capri - Robert Kaufman
  2. Fab Friendzy Aqua Swirl Vine - Henry Glass
  3. Ocean Ta Dot - Michael Miller
  4. Monster Mischief Tonal Chevron Turquoise - Northcott
  5. Essentials Washart Aqua - Henry Glass
  6. Painter's Canvas Mermaid - Michael Miller
  7. Melba Gum Nuts Aqua - Ella Blue
  8. Mini Confetti Dots Turquoise - Dear Stella



Caribbean Dream - 10" squares

I have wanted to make my kiddos some drawstring bags for a while now! I thought these lovely shades of aqua would be perfect for this project! I ended up using this tutorial - and instead of doing patchwork - I did strips!   I also used a lovely white accent fabric - Dot Dot Dash from Moda.  I used it for the lining in the bags as well.  It coordinated so well with these prints!


I love how they turned out! They are the perfect size for my kids to store their favorite toys in or whatever treasures they can find! 



Now that we shared our fabric for the week, we want to see yours!

Here is your chance to link up anything to do with fabric! You can link up finished quilts, a work in progress, a new fabric you just bought, a project made with fabric, or maybe you just want to show off some of your stash.  Anything goes--as long as it has to do with fabric! 

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Gigi Blooms Zipper Pouch Tutorial


Hi there! I am excited to share another Gigi Blooms project with you guys!  I just love this new line from ADORNit.  It is so fresh and makes me excited for Spring! 

I love making zipper pouches! You can't have enough of these handy little pouches in my opinion! I am always getting requests to make these for gifts!  This zipper pouch is a little larger and would be perfect to put all your everyday necessities in! 

Or if you like to take some handwork wherever you are going - it is perfect for those projects too! Just pop the pouch in your purse and you have your handwork with you wherever you go! 


Alright, let's get started!

Supplies:

3/8 yard of Fresh Picked (main)
1/4 yard of Clusters (accent strip)
1/2 yard of Gray Burnish (lining)
1 - 14" zipper
Scrap batting or interfacing


Cutting:
2 - 3.5" x 12" of fresh picked (main)
2 - 5" x 12" of fresh picked (main)
2 - 2" x 12" of clusters (accent strip)
2 - 9 1/4" x 12" of Burnish (for lining)


 Sew your three strips together and press. (do this to the front panel and the back panel)

Place your front panel and back panel on a piece of batting and do a couple of top-stitches above and below the blue strip, and then trim away excess batting.

Take your front panel and place your zipper pull side down at the top of your front panel.  I like to use larger zippers and then trim them to the size I need.

Place one of the lining pieces right side facing down.  Pin securely, and then sew a seam from top to bottom.  The seam is about 1/4" maybe even less, you want to stay close to the middle of the zipper, maybe an 1/8" from the middle. Use your zipper foot, to help you with this.  You will have to stop before you reach your actual zipper pull, and unzip it a little so you can sew your seam.   





Flip over so your zipper pull is right side up and press: 

This is what the back looks like:

Top stitch right about 1/8" - 1/4" from the zipper:

Now you will layer all your pieces.  You will place your back panel right side up, and then your front panel with the zipper on - so the zipper pull is face down.  Then place your last piece of lining right side down. Line up all the edges at the top and pin.  Then sew using your zipper foot along the top.

Once it is sewn, lay your pieces out flat and press, and don't forget to top-stitch the other side!

Now you are going to place the lining fabrics so they are right sides together on the right side.  You will have all the front fabrics to the left.  Pin all the way around.  You are going to sew a 1/4" seam all the way around except for a small opening so you can pull everything right side out. **Make sure your zipper is half-way open when you do this step!

Trim off excess zipper tape and trim your corners:

Pull right side out:

Sew the opening in the lining shut:

That's it my friends! A super easy and functional project! :)

Talk to you soon,


Monday, February 1, 2016

Star Wars Quilt {Free Pattern}

Hi there! Today we have Melanie here to share this awesome Star Wars Quilt!  I have some major Star Wars fanatics in my family who would LOVE this quilt! :) 

Star Wars Quilt Free Quilt Pattern

I'm super excited to share my Star Wars Quilt today! I think this quilt might be my Star Wars loving family's favorite!

I really loved sewing with the new Star Wars Fabric by Camelot Cottons. The print quality and fabric softness of this collection is fabulous.  The hardest part of this quilt was choosing which fabrics to use.

Purchase KIT HERE! 
This is a really quick and easy quilt top to make! I really wanted The Force Awakens Rebels fabric to standout so I kept the block simple by fussy cutting and adding borders.

Purchase KIT HERE! 


This large lap size quilt is the perfect size for watching Star Wars movies and playing the Lego Star Wars video game. I think it will be our fave quilt for picnics this spring too! 

Purchase KIT HERE! 


I started straight-line quilting the off-center strip first about 3/8" apart and LOVED it! So I thought....why not quilt the entire quilt with straight-lines 3/8" apart too. After MANY hours and bobbin changes, I finished and love the amazing quilting texture!





May The Force be strong with you as you make this quilt!


Be sure to tag us on instagram @fwfabricstudio and #sewingwithfwfabricstudio and me @mellierc

Thank you!
Melanie



Friday, January 29, 2016

Fabric Frenzy Friday #98

Happy Friday friends! I hope you all had a great week! It's going to be a busy weekend here! I am hoping I can squeeze in some sewing time! ;) 

I can't wait to share this week's bundle batch! I love the prints included in this darling bundle.  I was so excited to create a project with these beautiful prints! Be sure to scroll down to see what I made!


Farmer's Market Blooms 
Farmer's Market Blooms is this week's Bundle Batch!  Blooms, patchwork, and polka dots!    

Fat Quarter & Half Yard bundles include 8 different prints.

10 inch squares - each pack contains 16 squares (2 of each print listed below)
Included in each bundle:

  1. Fab Friendzy Black Floral - Henry Glass
  2. Daisy Flowers Red - Michael Miller
  3. Fab Friendzy White Floral - Henry Glass
  4. Quarter Dot Black - Michael Miller
  5. Bloom & Bliss Red Stripe - Riley Blake
  6. Fab Friendzy Black Checker Board - Henry Glass
  7. Vintage Market Red Text - Riley Blake
  8. Mini Confetti Dot Black - Dear Stella
Farmer's Market Blooms  - 10" squares

I decided to make some placemats with this bundle of fabrics.  I got my inspiration for the design of these placemats from the Checkerboard print from this bundle.  With that print in mind, I designed a block and then added some strips to either side to make it a placemat! These are quite easy to put together and they will definitely brighten up your table!


I had so much fun making these cute placemats! I hope you will too! Let's get started!

Supplies (for 2 placemats)



Cutting: 

  • 4 - 3" x 3" squares (A)
  • 10 - 3" x 3" squares (B) *cut in half diagonally
  • 4 - 4" x 4" squares (C) 
  • 2 - 4" x 11" rectangles (D)




Assembly:

Start with an (A) square and take two (B) triangles.  Sew a triangle onto the top and bottom of your square.  Your (B) triangles will over go over the sides of your (A) square.   Do not trim fabric that hangs over!  Press. 
Now take two more (B) triangles and sew them on to the left and right sides.  Press, and trim your block to a 4" square.  Make 5 blocks. 

Now  take your blocks and your (C) squares and lay them out in a 9-patch.  Sew them into rows of three and press. Then sew your rows together and press.  Block will be 11" x 11"

Now add your (D) strips to the left and right side.  Press. 

Now you are ready to quilt and bind! :) 




Now that we shared our fabric for the week, we want to see yours!

Here is your chance to link up anything to do with fabric! You can link up finished quilts, a work in progress, a new fabric you just bought, a project made with fabric, or maybe you just want to show off some of your stash.  Anything goes--as long as it has to do with fabric! 

*Please link up a specific post, not your main page
*Please link back or use a button on your post, or blog. 
*Please visit some other links and leave a comment! :) 

 Go HERE for different sized buttons!

Fort Worth Fabric Studio

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