DIY.. Folder Over Clutch With Ribbon Detail

Today I’m working with Renaissance Ribbons and sharing my southwestern fold over clutch.

I’ve wanted to sew a fold over clutch for quite some time. They are very simple to make and basically a large rectangle that folds in half… However, as most of my sewing projects go, I wanted to add an extra detail that would give my pouch some punch.

My husband recently visited Texas and as a result our family has Texas on the brain – cows and horses, ranching, branding, eating and hunting [ although I don’t understand or quite like the hunting part..]. While looking at his pictures I realized that a southwestern motif might be the perfect embellishment for my clutch..

Ribbon Top

I’ve had a yard of Robert Kaufman’s Chambray Union fabric sitting in my stash and when I placed Amy Butler’s “Hapi” ribbon on top of the indigo fabric – I felt I had captured the spirit of the southwest.


  1. 1/2 yard –  cotton fabric
  2. 1/2 yard – lining fabric
  3. 1/2 yard  – fusible lightweight interfacing
  4. 1 yard colorful ribbon
  5. Sewing machine
  6. Sewing supplies
  7. Zipper –  9″
  8. Iron and ironing board
  9. Velcro – iron on or sew in
  10. Marking pen, pencil or chalk

Before we get started, you need to prepare your fabric pieces:

  1. Main / clutch – Draw a letter size rectangle [ 8 1/2″W x 11″L ] on a large piece of paper and add 1/2″ seam allowance around the outside edge. Cut out 2 pieces from the main fabric, cut out 2 pieces from the lining fabric and cut out 2 pieces from the interfacing. Fuse the interfacing to wrong side of main fabric pieces.
  2. Pocket – Draw a rectangle measuring 8 1/2″W x 5 1/2″ L. Add 1/2″ seam allowance around the outside edge. Cut out 1 piece from the main fabric, cut out 1 piece from the interfacing and cut 1 piece from the lining fabric. Fuse the interfacing to wrong side of main fabric piece.
  3. Zipper Tabs – from the main fabric cut out 2 rectangles measuring 2″W x 3″L. Note – use interfacing if the fabric is lightweight and flimsy.
  4. Ribbon – cut 3 pieces width of the fabric

Ok. Let’s get sewing:

  1. Prepare the zipper – cut  the zipper to be 1 1/2″ ” less than the width of the fabric [ this gives wiggle room and also allows for the seam allowance ]. Turn and fold each side of the tab inwards. Place over each end of the zipper and stitch in place. Repeat for the other end.
  2. Place the zipper face down on the main fabric. There should be about 3/4″ less on each end. Pin. Change to the zipper foot on your machine and stitch in place. Press. Cut extra fabric from tab ends.
  3. Lay the lining fabric piece on top of the main fabric, sandwiching the zipper. Pin. Stitch in place. Press with a warm iron. Be careful to not touch or melt the zipper teeth. Repeat for the other side. Lay everything face up. Press wrinkles out.
  4. Place the ribbon on either side of the zipper. Turn up the lining fabric, pin and then stitch the ribbon down. Note – Do not pin or stitch through to the lining fabric. Repeat for the other side. Press with a warm iron.
  5. Sew the pocket pieces together. Place right sides together, pin and sew together [ short side] Press the seam. Open up the seam allowance and press again. Fold over at the seam, roll the lining back just slightly so that is sits a slim 1/8″ from the pocket edge. Press again.. Iron or stitch a small piece of  velcro along the top edge on the lining.
  6. Place ribbon along the top pocket edge. Pin in place and sew down along both sides. Press.
  7. Find the velcro placement for main clutch front piece. Iron or stitch in place. Pin pocket to main front clutch piece. Do not pin though to the lining.
  8. Open the zipper. Place right sides of main fabric pieces together and right sides of the lining fabric together. Pin along outside edge. Place into sewing machine and stitch together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Note – Make sure to open zipper before stitching the clutch together.. otherwise you will have issues turing the clutch right side out.. Trust me on this one..
  9. Trim excess fabric from the corners. Pull everything right side out. Wiggle the corners into place. Press with a warm iron.

Clutch open pocket

That’s it for today. Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving.

Please note that Renaissance Ribbons sponsored the ribbon for this post. However, I selected the ribbon to match the clutch design and appreciate contributions such as these. Several trips to the fabric store each week add up.. All opinions are my own. Have a great day.

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Featured In Stitch Magazine

I’m happy to announce my first feature in the Winter 2014 edition of Stitch magazine.

The issue is now on newsstands. I submitted an iPad carrier called a “Tablet Folio”. It uses fusible batting and Pellon Peltex for extra stability. The design idea came to mind when I was traveling for work and jamming folders into my bag. I’m always thinking of ways to travel smarter and the image of a “fold and go” tablet carrier popped into my head. I’m in love anything from Lotta Jansdotter, so thought her MorMor fabric collection would work perfect for the project’s new vintage theme.

Great news – you have everything you need to make the tablet folio. The flap templates are also included in the magazine. I’d love to hear if you plan to make one. Send me pictures please!

Happy Sewing.

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DIY.. Sew Heart Shaped Baby Burp Cloths

Happy Monday..

Today, I’m sharing my heart appliqué baby burp cloth tutorial over at Hello Wonderful.

This baby burp cloth came to mind when I thought of the instant love that parents feel when their children are born. My mom always said it, but nothing compares to the love we have for our kids.. Ok, so now I get it. This heart shaped burp cloth popped into my head to capture that love. Square on on end and pointed on the other, the heart shape fits perfectly on both the bib and Mom’s heart.

Even though my son is now 2.5 and into trucks, diggers and Buzz Lightyear, I still love sewing anything baby related. ..So I was thrilled when Agnes, the founder of Hello Wonderful, asked me to join their team and share baby and kid focused tutorials.

Head on over to Hello Wonderful for the easy steps. I promise you can have a few of these burp cloths cut and sewn in one afternoon.

Happy Sewing.

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DIY.. Quilted Turkey Bread Basket

The holidays are inching closer and closer.. As a Canadian living in the USA, I love this time of year.  From mid November until Christmas there are so many festivities that it makes me giddy. Parties, TV specials, turkey, food, hot chocolate, wine ..

Timeless Treasure Turkey

Well hello turkey! Timeless Treasures and Pellon loved my Quilted Chicken Bread Basket from last year and asked me to come up with a Thanksgiving version.. I had to wrap my head around this one and find the differences between a turkey and a chicken. I wasn’t sure what this quilted version should look like. I googled “what do turkeys look like” [ yes, I did..] and came up with a bunch of images for inspiration. After I figured out what my turkey should look like, this became a lot of fun.

Timeless Treasures sent me a selection of their holiday line of fabric to use for this little guy.  Their gold patterned fabric was PERFECT for the turkey body while their tonal solids were great for everywhere else.

Materials Needed:

  1. 2 colors cotton fabric – 1/2 yard each
  2. Fabric scraps – for the features and tail
  3. 1/4″ elastic
  4. 2 small buttons for the eyes
  5. Double fold bias tape – home-made or store bought
  6. Rotary cutter, cutting mat and quilting ruler
  7. Chaco quilting marker
  8. Quilt basting spray
  9. Fusible Batting – Pellon TP971F
  10. Heavy Duty Wonder-Under
  11. Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  12. Iron and ironing board
  13. Small oval basket – no handles

A few things to consider before we get started…

  • This is more of a inspirational post.. Check out my full chicken tutorial from last November. You can also download the PDF version from the Pellon Projects website.
  • I quilted the turkey body and wing fabric. Want to quilt your own fabric?? No problem, check out my easy tutorial here.

Ok.. Let the fun begin.

Step 1 – Lay the chicken and wing pattern pieces on the quilted material and cut out.. Important – mirror your pieces.

Step 2 – Cut bias tape for each wing and also the ovals. Pin, sew the bias tape around the oval and then tuck the tail under/towards the back and backstitch.

Step 3 – Make little fabric sandwiches for the face and tail pieces.. Cut out 2 small pieces of fabric, iron interfacing to one side and then place a piece of Wonder-Under on TOP of the interfacing. Peel the lining from the Wonder-Under and lay the other fabric scrap on top. Press together. “Sandwich”

Step 4 –  Cut the turkey face and tail pieces from the “sandwich” fabric. I used the chicken pattern pieces [found on the Pellon website] for reference and tweaked the details. Topstitch around the outside edge for stability.

Step 5 – Fold the beak in half. Place the beak and wattle [ little dangly thing] pieces onto the turkey’s face. Place the tail at the back. Note that all pieces face INWARDS.. When you sew the turkey together and turn right side out, they will pop outwards.

Step 6 – Pin the wing in place just above the oval. Adjust accordingly and make sure it fully covers the oval hole. Stitch down. Start the stitch approximately 1″ from the wing tip and end 1″ from the the oval center front. Repeat for the other wing.

Step 7 – Place turkey right sides together. Make sure the face and tail features do not sit in the 1/2″ seam allowance. Pin. Place into sewing machine and stitch with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press seams. Measure and turn up bottom seam 1/2″. Pin. Place into sewing machine and edge stitch. Leave a small 1″ opening for the elastic. Turn right side out. Wiggle the corners into place. Press.

Step 8 – Cut approximately 15″ of elastic. Place a pin at one end and insert into the opening. Pull through entirely. Adjust gathers. Sew elastic together as well the the opening shut.

Step 9- Sew your button eyes in place.

That’s it. While this is a bread basket cover.. think of all the different uses. I thought I’d try cookies this time around. Not sure the cookies will last in my house, my toddler found the turkey last night and sure had fun pulling a cookies out.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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DIY.. Chalkboard & Fabric Door Banner

It’s the season for hanging with friends and family.. Attending parties and events. If you are hosting a gathering, why not greet your guests with a warm hello?

I’m happy to be sharing this fun tutorial over at the Momtastic blog today.

This fabric banner is perfect for your front door – the oval is made with chalkboard fabric and the rest of the banner is made with oilcloth.  Chalkboard fabric is just like regular chalkboard – you can write and erase on it. I love it because you can sew with it and create pretty interesting projects. The oilcloth is durable, wipes clean and is great to use outdoors.

Think of all the fun you can have using chalkboard fabric – Try using it on pillows, placemats and even on apparel and accessories.

Find all your chalkboard fabric and oilcloth fabric over at Oilcloth By The Yard.

That’s it for today. Happy Sewing.

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October Round Up

I can’t believe October is almost over..The year is cruising by at lightning speed! October was a great month for sewing and tutorials – DIY items ranged from handbags to baby and on to home decor. Here are my tutorials for the month. Click on the image or the link to get to the tutorial..

Reversible 1 Hour Tote  – This bag is near and dear to my heart.  I call it the “Jolly” bag and have sewn it a million times. It’s quick and easy and oh-so handy! It’s the perfect on-the-go back. I’ve had many requests for the pattern and I promise to share the pattern very soon. I hope that everyone enjoys the bag as much as I do.

Riley Blake Flannel Showcase - I love participating in blog hops. It’s a great way to try new collections that are about to come onto the market and also fun for me to test out new techniques. For this blog hop, I created a a half square triangle baby blanket with pom pom trim.  I’m fairly new to the “HST” quilting world and am loving coming up with interesting layouts! I enjoyed sewing this blanket and hope to add a small addition to our family in 2015. Perfect for a new baby!

Storage Bins with Piping Trim – I love storage bins. Who doesn’t have clutter around the home? These are great anywhere – bathroom, home office, bedroom or the new nursery. I’ve sewn many bins and thought it would be fun to see what piping looked like along the top edge. A perfect way to add color pop or a soft subtle transition of fabrics.

That’s it. Next week, I’m back at Momtastic sharing a fun project. Happy Halloween!

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DIY.. Storage Bins With Piping

If you’ve been hanging around for awhile you can see that I have a thing for storage bins. Well, I think what I really have is a thing about clutter.


I’ve posted a few tutorials on storage bins, and I plan to keep posting until the clutter is gone! Lol. Not going to happen. What really happens is that I get all wonky and excited about adding trim to something and then it becomes another tutorial.. On this bin, I wanted to add a contrast or subtle pop to the top edge.  Piping was perfect to use!

Main Bin bottom close up copy

Wouldn’t these bins be perfect in your home office? How about the new nursery?

This is a perfect fat quarter project.. You will need 2 fat quarters, so make sure to select FUN prints and colors. Then all you need to do is trim each fat quarter down a little, fold in half and you are almost done.. Really it’s that simple.

I love the mixing and matching options with a fat quarter bundle.  I have had April Rhode’s “Arizona” collection fat quarter bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop in my stash begging to be used… Perfect – One bin with color pop and the other with a soft subtle trim.


  1. Fabric in 2 colors – 1/2 yard each
  2. Interfacing for outside – Pellon 809 Decor-Bond 
  3. Interfacing for the lining – Pellon SF101 Shape-Flex
  4. Piping – contrast color
  5. Disappearing fabric ink pen
  6. Sewing materials
  7. Piping Foot
  8. Rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler
  9. Iron and ironing board

Before we get started you need to do the following:

  1. Cut your bin fabric – cut 2 rectangles measuring 22″ L x 14 1/2″W.
  2. Cut your interfacing – cut 1 rectangle in the same dimensions as above in the SF101 Shape-Flex and another in the 809 Decor-Bond.
  3. Iron the interfacing to the fabric – Iron the 809 Decor-Bond to the outer fabric and iron the SF101 Shape-Flex to the lining.

A couple things to consider:

  • If you are using fat quarters, you might need to trim the ends a bit. If you are making a few bins, this may make them slightly different in size.. As mine ended up being.
  • You need to really fuse the Decor-Bond to your fabric [backside..]. Test a small piece before going full tilt on your main fabric. Also, as you work with the fabric, it tends to gets wrinkly. Just tell yourself that this gives your bins a little more character.
  • Want more bin tutorials? Click here for a larger size and here for a bin with handles

Alright now that we have the boring stuff covered, let’s get sewing:

Step1: Lay the rectangles onto your work surface. Fold one of the rectangles in half, it should measure 11″L x 14 1/2″W Pin. Place into sewing machine and stitch together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seams closed and then open and press again. Repeat for the other rectangle. NOTE – this step is not shown.

Step2: Create your boxed corners – Check out my boxed corner tutorial here. It breaks down the process into very easy steps. on the 45 degree angle, measure inwards 3″. Mark with a disappearing fabric ink pen. Place into sewing machine and stitch following the line.  Repeat for the other 3 sides.

Step3: Cut the tip off, leaving about 1/4″ –  1/2″/

Step 4: Turn the outside bin to be right side facing in. You will be sewing the piping onto the outside bin top edge.

Step 5: Cut your piping – it should be the circumference around the top edges, plus approx 2″. Start at a side seam and pin in place, over lap the side seam 1″ Note that the raw edges face each other/piping faces into the bin.

Step 6: Pin the piping around the top edge.

Step 7: There are a few ways to finish the ends of the piping. One these bins, I inserted one end of the piping into the other end. It gives it a super clean finish. If that scares you, you can just lay the piping on top of each other, criss cross and have the raw ends run into the seam allowance.

Step 8: Turn the lining bin to be right side facing in and the outside to be right side facing out. Place the lining into the outside bin. Pin along the top edge. Place into your sewing machine and stitch together. Remember to leave a 3″ – 4″ opening. Press.

Step 9: Pull the bins right side out through the opening. Press.

Step 10: Turn under the opening seam allowance. Press. Pin. Place into your sewing machine and topstitch around the outside edge.

Want to know what fabric I used? Check out Art Gallery Fabrics - the collection is called Arizona from April Rhodes – the mustard yellow print is called “Canyon Wall” and the mint is called “Triangle Tokens”.

This post was brought to you in collaboration with The Fat Quarter Shop. They provided me with the fabric to create this post. I appreciate the support that allows me to create new and unique content for my blog. That’s it for today. Happy Sewing.

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WIP.. What’s In Store Showcase

Gift giving season is just around the corner.  Did you know there are only 64 days until Christmas? Yikes.

I love this time of year. The upcoming weeks are about family, friends and giving thanks to all the great stuff we have in our lives. Plus a few pumpkins here and there.

I thought I would share what’s in store for me over the next few weeks. After an extremely busy few months of blogging and sewing, I’ve ended up in a slight design slump. This sometimes happens to me after a whirlwind of activity and pulling out these products got me excited to get in action again.

Silhouette Pix Scan mat -  My husband and I were both delighted when we read about the Pix Scan mat. Click the link I provided and you can read about their technology..Hello. Amazing, right? I love the idea of taking a picture of something and then sending it off to get cut. Silhouette recently had a 40% sale. I bought the mat and added some colored vinyl while I was at it. My husband wants me to make pillows featuring cars, planes and truck images that he drew. It would make a great gift for the little guy in our life. I’ll keep you posted.

Renaissance Ribbons –  You really need to check out this online shop. I have a few project collaborations that I’m working on and can’t wait to share them.

Art Gallery Fabrics – I love this print. It is from the “Chromatics” collection and designed by the AGF In House Studio. I’ve had this fabric my stash for awhile and it’s time I made a gift out if it. Although, I might have a hard time even cutting this fabric up. Or giving the gift away..

Clover Bias Tape Maker – I already have one of these guys.  While brainstorming ideas for my Art Gallery Fabrics project, I got the urge to make really small bias tape… I was shopping online and couldn’t help it and bought 2 sizes – 1/2″ and 3/4″ bias tape makers. Smile.

That’s it for today. Happy Sewing.

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RBD Flannel Showcase – HST Baby Blanket

Today is my turn on the Riley Blake Designs Flannel Blog Tour. I’m super excited to be sharing my half square triangle baby blanket…

The Riley Blake Designs flannel is unbelieveably soft and cuddly. Once I felt it, I knew I and to sew a baby blanket. When my husband gave my finished blanket a feel he said.. “Wow, NICE fabric”. He can be incredibly picky, so anything that is given his seal of approval must be pretty great.

I added a mini pom pom trim to the edge of the blanket. The pom poms give the blanket that extra sweet feeling. They are so tiny, they look like a strand of pearls. I bought a few yards at JoAnn Fabrics and have been waiting patiently to sew with them. I knew a perfect project was just waiting for these little guys.


  1. 4 colors Riley Blake Designs Flannel – 1 yard each
  2. Mini pom pom trim – 4 yards
  3. Quilting ruler, cutting mat and rotary cutter
  4. Sewing supplies – scissors, pins, measuring tape
  5. Sewing machine
  6. Iron and ironing board

I shared my super colorful half square triangle pillow the other week and now I am addicted to sewing triangles!  I love this shape and the modern, geometric pattern that can be created. Plus, with a HST there are so many color combinations that a project can take many different directions.

I couldn’t decide on the size to make for my baby blanket. Initially I wanted to make a small receiving size blanket. Then, late one night I was inspired by my kitchen tiles and decided to use them as a reference for the square size.

Ok, let’s get started.

Step 1: Cut your fabric.  Cut a strip of fabric and then recut it into 16″ x “16 squares. For more information on how to sew a HST, check out this awesome tutorial from Stitchery Dickory Dock.

Step 2: Piece the front and back together. I decided on a different front and back design.


Step 3 and 4: Sew pom pom trim to blanket. There are a few ways you can do this. The easiest/cheating way is to cut the mini pom pom trim to the length of each side. Pin the trim along each edge, pom poms facing inwards. Pin at a 1/4″ seam allowance. Cross the pom pom trim over each other at each end. MAKE SURE that 2 pom poms do not sit right on top of each other. Place into sew machine and stitch down. Backstitch. Repeat for the remaining sides.  Press in place with an iron. Trim the excess pom pom off at each end. NOTE: An alternative method is to place a continuous piece of pom pom trim around the outside edge. Clip into the trim seam at each corner. Pin around outside edge. Place into sewing machine and stitch in place.

Step 5: Place right sides together. Pin at each side seam. Place into sewing machine and stitch together. Make sure to stitch following the PREVIOUS stitch line. This makes it super easy and very clean. Leave a small opening along one side to turn right side out. Press with an iron.

Step 6 and 7: Turn right side out. Press the seams again with an iron. Topstitch around the outside edge and anywhere else as desired.

So that’s it. What do you think? Are you going to try out the Riley Blake Designs flannel? It’s the perfect time of year to get inspired by this warm cuddly fabric!

Happy Sewing. Make sure  to check out the other amazing bloggers on the tour:

9/5 – Riley Blake Designs

9/9 – Quiltscapes

9/12 – Fishsticks Designs

9/19 – Stitching Scientist

9/23 – Sassy Quilter

9/26 – Simple Simon & Co

9/30 – Fabric Mutt

10/3 – Just Let Me Quilt

10/7 – Jedi Craft Girl

10/10 – Rose and Odin

10/14 – Sew We Quilt

10/17 – It’s my turn

10/21 – Leigh Laurel Studios

10/24 – The Cottage Mama

10/28 – Flannel Queen

10/31 – Lucy Blaire

11/4 – Back to Riley Blake Designs

Want to know what fabrics I used? The fabric is from Riley Blake Designs and their flannel collection and the print is called “Flannel Honeycomb Dot”

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DIY.. Top 5 Vinyl Sewing Projects

I love sewing with clear vinyl. Have you wanted to give vinyl a try, but don’t know where to start?  From business products to travel accessories to a children’s activity bag.. I’ve got you covered on 5 easy projects. Click on the image or link and it will take you to the tutorial:

Trade Show Badge Holder

Colorful Vinyl Pouches

Business Card Holder

Double Sided Vinyl Pouch

Velcro and Vinyl Kids Activity Bag

Happy sewing!

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