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Free Pattern Friday! Supersized Pokeball Pillow

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I’m sure all you nerds like me out there don’t need much explanation for this project 😀 I made it from some scraps I had from some blanket projects earlier. I decided to just let the size of the scraps dictate how large the pillow would be, so I ended up with a whopping 24″ pillow, haha! We love big pillows in our house, so it’s not a problem, but I’ve included a scaled down 16″ pillow in the pattern as well if you want something more manageable. It’s put together the same, you just need to print different pages to get it 🙂

The fabrics are from Joann’s Ultra Fluffy collection. I like it as an alternative to minky since it’s a little thicker, fluffier, it’s double-sided, and a bit stretchier. I think it adds extra squishability to the pillow 🙂 I’ve heard some people have trouble sewing with it, so fleece would be a nice choice too. In the tutorial I’ve also included a little tip about using quilt batting inside the pillow. It’s completely optional, but I’ve found using a layer of batting between the outer pillow fabric and the stuffing inside prevents lumpiness.

If you decide to make it, I hope it works out well for your home!

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Free Pattern Friday! Double-sided Cuddle Blanket

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Cuddle blankets like this one are all the rage lately, so I thought I’d join in the fray with this one I made for the boyfriend 😀 Most of the tutorials I’ve seen out there are for baby-sized blankets – which are so adorable! – so hopefully I’m adding something new to the conversation with this adult-sized one that’s about 59” wide and 70” long. It’s perfect for using some of the amazing flannel prints that are coming out of Joann’s; like this wonderfully geeky electronics print shown here. Down here in Florida, the cuddle fleece + flannel print is a pretty perfect warmth combination. Not too hot, and not too cold!

I feel like I could make a dozen of these and not get sick of them 😀 Working with the huge pieces of fabric is tricky, but aside from that I really this this project could be great for beginners!

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Freebie Friday! Hardback Portfolio

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This was another personal project that I wanted to share with all of you! Every time I attend a convention I always need to be super organized, keeping together all my payment receipts, ledgers, inventory, and what not. I actually have this poor beaten up school folder that I’ve been using for the past few years that’s seen some better days xD I thought maybe it was time to upgrade to something a little more substantial.

It’s true I could have purchased something similar to get what I needed, but this way I know I’m getting exactly what I want and I got to use some pretty floral fabric from my stash (that matched almost nothing else in my collection! Grrr! I can’t be the only one that runs into that problem!)

To give it the right feel of sturdy without the hard edges, I used interfaced cotton with a layer of cotton batting for stabilizing, then inserted some mat board for support. You can use different combinations of stabilizer to achieve your own support, such as using Peltex or cardboard.

In addition to the side pockets, mine also has pen slot and brackets in the middle for holding 3-hole punched paper. This of course is completely optional and just what I needed for all my organizing :B You might want something simpler so you can skip it.

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Freebie Friday! Zipper Wrist Rest

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This is a project I’ve been needing to make for the longest time! I’m sure more of you can sympathize with that kind of situation. I could just as easily have purchased a wrist rest for myself, but I just kept telling myself I’d have time to make one. It took a while, but I finally did 😀

I wracked my brain trying to think of a character I could do that would mimic the shape of a long wrist rest, and nothing seemed to feel natural to me. That was when I realized that I don’t have quite enough stuff that shows off that I’m a seamstress! So I thought a wrist rest shaped like a zipper might take care of that handily. Mine is filled with tiny micro pellets, which seem similar to poly pellets but they’re much smaller and are made of Styrofoam instead of plastic. The outside is made from fleece which is slightly stretchy so when you rest your wrists on it, it has that nice squishy feeling that a woven fabric can’t really match.

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Freebie Friday! Yoshi Egg Potholders

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Putting together this project was kind of a lucky break for me 😀 At my house we’re in desperate need of some more potholders, particularly because I do a lot of baking and cooking and somehow the ones I have always end up disappearing! I had some extra scraps of terry cloth and seeing the colors I had to choose from – white and pastel shades of pink, blue, and green – the boyfriend commented on how much they looked like Yoshi eggs, so it was an easy choice from there! They’re essentially dinosaur eggs, so if you’re not familiar with Yoshi you can just think of them like that ^-^ The egg shape makes it ideal for giving your hand a nice wide area to grip the potholder with, and the pocket on the back is helpful for keeping it on your hand. I know most potholder patterns include a loop for hanging, but I never use those so I kept them off of mine. I hope you agree that the finished egg looks just like it came out of the Mario games 😀

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Freebie Friday! Collapsible Fabric Boxes

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Time for more patchwork! I’m slowly chipping away at my stash of quilting cottons, and today I’m killing two birds with one stone. I made some extra storage boxes for my scraps with my scraps. I’m hoping I won’t need to use them all the time, so I made them collapsible so I can tuck them away when my stores of fabric aren’t quite so huge. The sides are held in place with bits of Velcro, so they come apart and fold up easily. The sides are made stable with Peltex, which is about the most rigid interfacing you can find. I needed two boxes, so I made mine in a brick layout design and a diamond layout design. I’ll show you how to do both here, so just be sure to pay attention to whichever one you want to do.

You could make yours with whole cloth of course, but either way I think they’ll come in handy if you need a temporary storage solution or even if you just like the patchwork design used here. They’re cube shaped, which makes them ideal for a lot of the cube-centered modular furniture you see out there, like stuff from Ikea.

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Freebie Friday! Furoshiki Casserole Carrier

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The patchwork is back again! Just as I warned :B As for this particular project, well, I’ve been in denial about it, but I finally admitted that I need a casserole carrier. The problem was I have a few options to carry food and pans to friends’ homes, an insulated grocery bag, a few totes, etc., but none of them actually worked! I have kind of a ragtag collection of pans, some larger than 9” x 13”, some narrower, some longer; you get the idea. It’s kind of nice when I’m discerning about just how much food I want to make, but not so good if I hope to make it fit into one of the bags I have. That’s why I finally caved and said I would make a casserole carrier. I could have made a fancy one that zips up and has piping and pockets and all that stuff, but considering the strange collection of different-sized pans I have, I thought I’d take this opportunity to try something furoshiki-style.

Furoshiki is the Japanese custom of using large scarves to wrap and carry your goods, tying knots to hold things in place and make handles. It’s incredibly ingenious and economical since a scarf can be tied to carry objects of about every shape and size. This particular carrier isn’t exactly the same, but the spirit is there, definitely. This square of insulated patchwork folds up over your casserole (no matter what size!) and the wide handles make it easy to grab or wrap over your arm. An extra layer of insulated batting makes the whole thing feel like a quilt and keeps your foods warm inside. It’s not as fancy or secure as an actual casserole bag, but I like it for its versatility.

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