Hello everyone! This week I’ve got another fun patchwork pouch pattern like some of the ones I’ve shown before. It really helped me use up some of my quilting cotton stash, and I love the finished look of them! They’re patched together with lots of skinny strips and the seam allowances are left raw and exposed. It gives it this lovely frayed edge look that … Continue reading Free Pattern Friday! Ragged Strip Pouch
Hi everyone! Some exciting news 😀 I have a new book that’s released recently! It’s called Wonderful One-Block Quilting and is kind of a spiritual companion to Quilting Simplified. It’s a great book for beginners to quilting, but this one focuses on patchwork projects that can then be transformed into quilts. Just like Quilting Simplified, it covers all the uncommon and underrated techniques that I’ve … Continue reading A new book! Wonderful One-Block Quilting!
Today I have another addition to my arsenal of tiny patchwork projects! This time it makes use of super small patchwork strips. So if you’re the kind that holds onto even the littlest fabric bits then you’re in luck! As you’ll see from the dimensions of the project, this one’s a little tiny and dainty, probably best for holding onto a few essentials during a … Continue reading Free Pattern Friday! Ruffled Strip Clutch
I mentioned in the past few months that my cotton stash has gone down quite significantly 😀 Especially the big pieces – which leaves lots of little scraps leftover. That’s part of the reason why I came up with today’s project. I wanted to revisit the look of the pleated clutch I made a year or so back while still incorporating the scrappy look that my cotton stash is leaning towards.
I made these pouches super-stabilized with some Pellon SF101 interfacing so they’d stand up on their own. I also added contrast corner patches to make the finished product look a bit more put-together. All in all, they were a lot of fun to make ^-^ I wish I could make more in loads more colors.
This project was a lot of fun to play around with 😀 It’s kind of a triple threat in that it helped me use up some cotton scraps, I got to try out some more travel bag ideas for my upcoming trip to Metrocon, and I got to experiment with quilting in bags and pouches (and how it holds up as a stabilizer). With all that in mind I’d say it was a rousing success! They come together super fast and allow a lot of room for fun improvising. They’re a lot more forgiving to make than most train case patterns, because they’re not done the conventional way. You’ll see you use a box dart to make their shape instead of sewing curved seams or having to bind edges.
While you might be tempted to make this in whole cloth without any patchwork, I found that the finished case isn’t as sturdy without the extra quilting stitches going through it for support. So I would definitely recommend doing the quilt-as-you-go method in some fashion to get those extra seams going through your case.
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.
I must admit, while I really like the finished look of this tote bag, I think its purpose was more to destash little leftovers than anything else. I just started grabbing little bits of fabrics I had leftover and found that they really started to look good together! This especially goes for the store-bought wooden handles, the braided cording, and the velvet ribbon (used to attach the handles). I was able to finally get them out of my stash, but on the plus side they all match beautifully 😀
This bag itself is made out of strips of various fabrics for this awesome layered look, the top has purchased handles that are attached via velvet ribbon, and the sides cinch up with some braided cording that gives some texture to the final tote ^-^