Earlier this week the children and I were sorting through all of their little school supplies and getting them ready to start a few pre-school classes at home. We had everything we needed minus a pencil case for Madeleine. Of course no little girl should have to have her supplies in disarray, so this was immediately put at the top of my to-do list. (Quick little projects like this are my favorite kind!)
A little patchwork…
A small leather tag…
A few hand- stitches…
…and some really cute fabric makes the perfect combination for a little patchwork pencil case.
I originally had a few scraps picked out for the project, and then my awesome mail lady, with perfect timing, dropped off my bundle of Bloom and Bliss by Nadra Ridgeway. Nadra blogs over at Ellis and Higgs and her entire blog is bright, cheerful and full of so many fun projects and ideas. Her new fabric collection is nothing less!
This ended up being a really fun little project, and I just love how it turned out. I am planning on writing up a quick tutorial in the next week or two for anyone who may like to make their own.
A while back I shared with you the patchwork bibs I had made for Madeleine. I really, really love these bibs. They wash up great, are made to last and are really quick and easy to make. I was in need of a couple of smaller ones for Finian so decided to write up a tutorial for you this time around.
On all of the bibs I have made I have used linen and cotton scraps. I love the clean look the linen gives and the way it helps the scrap pieces stick out, but even better it washes up amazingly! For Finian’s bib, I decided to use all pieces cut from Sweetwater’s collection The Boat House.
Here is the tutorial. Enjoy!
Patchwork Bib Tutorial
17 scrap pieces each made into 1 1/2″ squares
18- 1 1/2″ squares of your solid color
6″ X 8″ piece of your solid color
2 – 2″ x 15″ matching fabric pieces (for the ties)
1. Using the bib pattern, cut the bib top and bottom out of your 6″x 8″ piece of solid fabric.
2. Lay out your squares as you would like them to be in your bib. 5 rows of 7 squares, as seen below. 3. Sew each row of squares together and then sew your rows together. 4. Sew the top and bottom bib piece to your patchwork square.
5. Lay your bib on top of your batting. Pin and quilt as desired. Add any extra little touches that you may want. For the little sailboat I drew it on with a fabric pencil, and hand-stitched over it with 2 pieces of embroidery floss.6. Make your bib ties as follows:
On one edge of both strips, press 1/4″ towards inside.Fold your strips in half wrong sides together and press.Open up and fold each outer edge to the middle. Press. Fold along center line again and press.Sew along top and outer edge.7. Sew your ties to top of bib sewing along top edge of ties and making sure to back stitch a couple of times to hold it securely.
8. Keeping your ties to the inside, lay your bib face down on top of piece of backing fabric. (Don’t pay any attention to the back side of my hand-stitches. Yikes!)
9. Pin and sew around bib, leaving a small opening on bottom of bib. Cut excess backing fabric off and turn inside out. Press.
10. Finish bib by sewing very close around the outer edge of entire bib.
If you have any questions on any of the steps, feel free to let me know! I am more than happy to answer any questions. If you are on Instagram, share your picture with the hashtag #fhpatchworkbib. I would love to see what you make!
I originally started making these spools as softies for Madeleine. She loves everything in my sewing room and can’t seem to keep her hands off the pretty spools of color. I dream of the days I can fill her little hands with all sorts of fun sewing items and tell her to have at it, but for now my little one-year old is going to have to settle for sewing softies.
After making a couple I ended up liking these so much I wanted one for a pincushion!
What you’ll need:
5- strips of colored fabric: 1″ x 7″
4-strips of neutral fabric: 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
1. Using a 1/4″ seam, sew your 5 strips of colored fabrics together lengthwise. Open seams and press.
2. Cut your piece of sewn strips exactly in half, so each half measures 3 1/2″ lengthwise.
3. Sew a neutral strip on top and bottom of each set of colored strips leaving a 1/2″ overhang on both sides. (If you are making the jumbo pillow version, leave a 2″ overhang on each side.)
4. On one corner of the spool, draw how you would like your spool to be shaped and cut around that shape.
5. Fold the spool piece with the cutout top over sideways and in half to use as a pattern and cut out all 4 sides of your spool piece.
6. Lay your shaped spool piece on top of your second spool piece*, right sides together, matching up seams. Pin.
*No need to cut around second piece until after you have sewn them together.
7. Sew around entire spool leaving a small opening about 1 1/2″ on top, or about 5″ for the jumbo pillow. (You can mark the opening before sewing for easy reference, as seen above.) Trim. Clip curves. Turn right side out and press.
8. Stuff to desired amount. Using a ladder stitch, stitch the opening closed. (Click HERE for an excellent tutorial on the ladder stitch.)
Now step back and enjoy it!
If you have any questions on any of the steps, feel free to let me know! I am more than happy to answer any questions. If you are on Instagram, share your picture with the hashtag #spoolsoftie. I would love to see what you make!