Sew A Colorful Printed Zipper Pouch

I’m a bit of a sewing and crafting hoarder. I save all the leftover pieces from my projects – scrap fabric, string and ribbon, tiny pieces of Velcro.. The list goes on.  An item I have an especially hard time discarding is the left over freezer paper bits from when I print on fabric.

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I love using my Silhouette machine to cut unique freezer paper designs, and to my husband’s dismay I always save the little pieces for a rainy day.

While I was using my Silhouette Cameo a few weeks ago my 4 year old wanted to ‘help”.  He loves to feed the cutting mat into the machine and then push all the buttons! I had saved a bunch of arrow and house freezer paper pieces from previous projects and thought it would be an easy activity to do together.. I let him choose the fabric paint colors, create the layout and then he painted the canvas fabric. Ok, I helped a bit. But the perfectionist in me had to sit back as he painted and just let him go at it. The end result was beautiful!

Painted fabric

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After we painted the fabric, I promised him I would sew the canvas fabric into a little pouch. While I’m not sure he will use the pouch.. I will probably  “borrow” it from him because it turned out so cute.

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Want to make a printed pouch? Materials needed:

  • Canvas fabric – outside
  • Cotton fabric – lining
  • Silhouette machine
  • Freezer paper and/or left over cut designs from a Silhouette project
  • Fabric paint, sponge and craft paper – The Tulip brand or Martha Stewart work great.
  • Zipper
  • Disappearing fabric pen
  • Sewing supplies
  • Iron and ironing board

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Let’s get started:

Step 1 – Print the fabric. The arrows in this project are Karla Dudley’s  “filled arrows” design. Lay the left over pieces in a random fashion on scrap fabric. Iron in place. Squirt fabric paint onto a plate, dip the sponge into the paint and dab gently away at the fabric. While the paint is still wet remove the freezer paper bits. Set aside to dry.



Step 2 – Cut the fabric. Cut the outside and lining fabric into rectangles. In this case, I cut the 2 printed outside pieces into rectangles measuring 12-1/2″ x 7″. I also cut 2 rectangles in the lining fabric the same size. For the zipper tabs, I cut 2 canvas rectangles measuring 3″ x 2″.


Step 3 – Cut the zipper down to fit the pouch. For this pouch size, the zipper was cut to 11″ long. Place a zipper tab at each end and topstitch on either side of the tab. Need help sewing the tabs? Check my tutorial here.. From each side seam, measure inwards at the top edge 5/8″” and mark with the disappearing fabric pen.


Step 3 – Place the zipper face down along the top edge. Each zipper tab should hit the 5/8″ mark. Pin. Change to zipper foot, place into your sewing machine and stitch down.


Step 4 – Lay the lining fabric on top of the outside fabric. The zipper should be sandwiched between the canvas/outside fabric and the cotton/lining fabric. Pin. Place into your sewing machine and stitch down. For best results, turn over and follow the first stitch line. Press in place. Open the canvas and lining and press again.


Step 5 – Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other side. Press again. Topstitch along each side of the zipper.


Step 6 – Now it’s time to sew the pouch together. Open the zipper halfway. This is an important step for later, so please remember to open your zipper. Fold the zipper and the tabs in half. Lay the canvas pieces on top of each other, right sides facing and the lining pieces on top of each other, right sides facing. Match at all sides and pin. Place into your sewing machine and stitch together with a 3/8″ – 1/2″ seam allowance. When sewing the lining together, leave a 2″ – 3″ opening along the bottom seam. Press. Trim the corners.


Step 7 – Pull right side out through the opening in the lining [this is where opening the zipper comes into play]. Wiggle corners into place. Press all seams.


Step 8 – Pin the opening in the lining closed and stitch closed.


That’s it.. Cute, right? Plan on saving your freezer paper bits? if so, what would you make?

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Want to see the project where the arrows came from, click here. How about the little houses, click here. I have another project where I saved my little freezer bits.. Click here for the cutest little hello gift bag around!

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Sew An Emergency Travel Pouch

Like most of my projects, I’ve been planning on making this little pouch for years.

Emergency Travel Pouch

My son was hospitalized with RSV when he was 9 months old.  After that he got sick at the drop of a hat.. We were a very busy family, so I made sure to always bring our emergency items everywhere we went. I often thought about making a little pouch to hold everything, but as a busy Mom, I just never got around to it.

With a busy 4 year old and a baby on the way, I thought I should get my butt in gear and make a pouch to hold the good stuff – thermometer, bandaids,  sanitizing wipes, neosporin, etc.

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I’ve made this pouch before and the tutorial today will be about adding the heat transfer vinyl/ symbol to the front. However, give the tutorial a try…

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This is a great pouch.. It’s been a popular tutorial of mine and you’ll be happy with the outcome. I love how this pouch has separate sides with clear vinyl on the inside. While the contents are kept separate with easy access, the velcro strips hold everything neatly in place. Click here for the tutorial.

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Materials Needed:

  1. Silhouette machine
  2. Heat Transfer Vinyl
  3. Silhouette design
  4. Clear vinyl “fabric” – 8 gauge
  5. Canvas fabric – outside
  6. Cotton Fabric – lining
  7. Disappearing fabric ink pen
  8. 3/4″ Velcro Sew on strips
  9. Double fold bias tape
  10. Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  11. Paper scissors, pen and ruler
  12. Iron, ironing board and pressing cloth

Before you get started, cut the following pieces:

  1. Canvas fabric: Cut 1 rectangle measuring 9″ x 11″ and 2 strips measuring 9″ x 2″
  2. Lining: 1 rectangle each measuring 9″ x 11″
  3. Clear vinyl: Cut 1 rectangle measuring 9″ x 10″
  4. Velcro strips:  Cut 2 strips measuring 9″ in length, Cut 2 pieces 1 ” in length

I thought it would be fun to use an emergency symbol and bought the “first aid label” from Lizzie Mayne in the Silhouette Design Store.

First Aid Symbol

Let’s get started:

Step1 – Open the design in Silhouette Design studio. If the design comes in a group, ungroup and delete the parts that are not needed. In this case, I took out the works ” Emergency Kit” and just left the cross symbol. Resize the design to fit the pouch. I decided on the size 4.2″L x 3.2″W.



Step 2 – Insert the HTV into your Silhouette machine with the plastic side facing down. I like using the HTV along with my mat, however using your mat is optional.  Send the file to be cut. Note – If you keep the “Emergency Kit” words within the design -remember to FLIP the design. This is a very crucial step in the whole process! Gently weed the design and pull the negative space away from the mat.


Step 3 – Fold the Canvas fabric rectangle in half. Measure about  1-1/2″ down from the top edge because there will also be a double row of stitching [ when sewing the velcro down] about 1″ apart at the top of the pouch. Also, consider the seam allowances at the sides when figuring out the design placement.  so consider these seams when placing the HTV down. Note – when placing the HTV down, the design/cut side should be facing the canvas and only the clear plastic should be on the top.



Step 4 – When you like the design placement, cover the image with a pressing cloth. Set in place with an iron. Press firmly and hold the iron in place for about 1 minute. Gently pull the plastic away. if you pull the plastic away and some of the HTV comes off the fabric, place everything back down and press with he iron again.



Step 5 – You’re on the home stretch. Sew the double sided pouch as per my instructions here.. New to sewing with vinyl? Check out my other vinyl tutorials here – clear vinyl wallets, ribbon and vinyl pouches and vinyl and fabric cosmetic pouch.

That’s it. Fun right.. My son and his stuffed animals helped me take the photos. He LOVES the emergency symbol and a few times asked if the pouch was for him.. He wanted it for riding his bike with his cousin and and helping all the “hurt” guys in our backyard. Guess it’s time to get working on another project!


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Print Your Own Fabric For Sewing A Pouch

Last week I shared a tutorial on how to make your own printed fabric. This week, I promised a big reveal on the printed fabric sewn into a boxy pouch…

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I have to tell you that printing my own fabric was a blast..  I’ve been planning on doing it forever and finally went for it.  There are so many possibilities when you print your own fabric – colors, patterns, shapes and sizes… You can be really creative with this project. And on top of all the design fun stuff, you then get to sew the fabric into something to use on a daily basis. Talk about showcasing your stuff!

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  1. Cotton or canvas fabric in a light color
  2. Silhouette machine and supplies
  3. Freezer paper, fabric paint and sponge – The Tulip brand and Martha Stewart work great
  4. Iron and ironing board
  5. Craft paper
  6. Sewing machine and supplies
  7. Zipper
  8. Sewing pattern

As noted in my last post, I used a pattern that I bought from Sew LA. They have closed their doors, but the pattern is called ” Box Zip Bag”. If you want to see the full tutorial on how to print your own fabric click here.

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Let’s get started:

Step 1 – Use your Silhouette machine and create the design. In this case I used Karla Dudley’s  “filled arrows” design and added a few more arrows into the mix. I reworked the group until it had a cohesive feel. After finalizing the design, place the freezer paper onto the mat and send the file to be cut. Use the tools provided with your machine and gently pull the design away from the mat. After measuring my fabric and figuring out the layout and overall design, I cut 6 pieces of freezer paper to make up the fabric design.



Step 2 – Iron the freezer paper onto the fabric. Start with one column first and then off set the second column and place the freezer paper in the middle of the first column design. This helps break up the pattern.  Gently press the freezer paper in place by lifting the iron up and down.  Don’t pull the iron around or you risk damaging the cut edges.


Step 3 – Squirt a small amount of fabric paint onto a plate, place the sponge into the ink and gently dab onto the fabric surface. Work fast. Do not “pull” the sponge around, just dab lightly. Do not goop the fabric paint.. I find the more you goop the fabric ink, the more it bleeds under the freezer paper!


Step 4 – While the fabric paint is still wet, gently pull the freezer paper away from the fabric. Set aside to dry.


Step 5 – Lay the pattern pieces onto your fabric.  Look for areas that have visual interest.  If you want the same print and placement on each side of your pouch, pin the pattern pieces in same design areas.  I went for a random look with this pouch, as I really liked different areas of the fabric. Note – As you pin in place, remember the grainline on the pattern piece and your fabric.

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Step 6 – Cut the pieces from your printed fabric. For the outside of the pouch, I only had 2 pattern pieces to cut. Finish cutting the remainder of the pieces – lining, interfacing, etc.

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Step 7 – Follow the pattern instructions and sew the pouch together. For good workmanship and construction, remember to press as you go!


That’s it! What are your thoughts on printing your own fabric? Plan to make some? If so, what colors, shapes and patterns inspire you?

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I’m already addicted to printing my own fabric and have so many ideas up my sleeve.. Can’t wait to share!

Would you like to see more of my Silhouette ideas and tutorials? Click the following links for firetruck party favor canvas totes, easy HTV kids birthday T-shirt, holiday inspired printed tea towels and my fabric advent calendar.

Happy Sewing.

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Easy HTV Kids Birthday T-shirt

There’s something to be said about putting off a project and then never getting around to it.. This was the case with my son’s “4” birthday shirt. So simple in design, super easy to make, yet jam packed with so much meaning.

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The ah-ha moment came a few days ago when we were buying candles for his birthday cake. I pointed out the number 4 candle and he said “that’s what my number looks like”? It was so innocent and warmed my heart. I knew in that moment that I couldn’t put off making the “4” shirt any longer.  Especially when it symbolizes such a BIG day.

Easy Kids Birthday Shirt

Materials Needed:

  1. Pint sized T-Shirt
  2. Heat Transfer Vinyl
  3. Silhouette machine and tools
  4. Iron and ironing board
  5. Cloth for pressing
  6. Tape measure – optional

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A few things to consider:

  • Buying a specialized birthday T-Shirt may cost you more than making one yourself. I bought the T-shirt at Old Navy for under $7.00!
  • Look for fun colors and prints. Don’t just go for a solid color – get a bold stripe or how about polka dots? Buy extra shirts so you can make more.
  • Prewash your T-shirt.
  • New to your Silhouette machine and making stuff? Use items around your house for shape, size and color reference.

Ok, lets get started:

Step 1 – Eliminate the guess work and find an old T-Shirt for reference. Measure the number and distance from neck. I love this sweatshirt of my son’s – so in this case, the numbers were about 5″ long and were placed 2″ down from the center front/neck.


Step 2 – Browse your library or the Silhouette Design store and decide on a number. Open it up in Silhouette Design Studio. If the number comes within a group, ungroup and delete the numbers not needed. Resize the design as per the size you determined.



Step3 – Flip/mirror the design. Remember this step, it may be the most crucial in the whole process! Insert the HTV into your Silhouette machine with the plastic side facing down. I like using the HTV along with my mat, however using your mat is optional. Send the file to be cut.


Step 4 – Use the tools provided with the machine and weed/pull the outside/negative space away the design. Place the design onto the shirt. Use your measuring tape again for placement, measure from the center front neck down and the each side seam to get it centered. When placing the HTV down, the design/cut side should be facing the shirt and only the clear plastic should be on the top.


Step 5 – Use a pressing cloth and press.  Hold the iron and press firmly in place. Press for about 1 minute. Pull the plastic away. Admire your work!


That’s it!! Doesn’t it look easy? I promise yo’ll have lots of fun making a shirt for your little one.

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If you’re putting off using HTV because you’re scared to give it a try or don’t think you have the have time… Give it a try! I promise you can make a shirt in 30 minutes. Maybe less!!

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Print Your Own Fabric For Sewing Projects

I’ve been searching for an arrow fabric for weeks and haven’t found a print that that grabs my attention.  So as most of my projects go, it created the opportunity to design, print fabric and share the results..

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I few months ago I bought a boxy pouch pattern from Sew LA. We moved to Los Angeles last June and I was excited to have stumbled upon this creative sewing space. Unfortunately, just as I found them, they announced they were closing their store.. Boooo.

I’ve wanted to make boxy pouches for ever. You’ve probably seen a gazillion tutorials on Pinterest, I have… So while I could make my own pattern and share the tutorial for a boxy pouch, the samples in the Sew LA store were adorable and I had to buy the pattern. I love supporting other designers and shopping local, so this was a win-win scenario.

It’s been a slow process for me to get blogging again on a consistent basis. Have you noticed? Well, I haven’t shared a lot about it, but I’m pregnant with our second child. It’s been a long road and we are thrilled about having another boy. I’m due April 1st and the countdown is on! My 4 year old son stays home with me a few days a week and let’s just say blogging hasn’t been as easy as before. I’ve stopped and started so many sewing projects it’s driving me crazy..

Printing my own fabric gave these boxy bags such a unique twist.  This has been a blast and I’m sure you’ll love trying it out. I’ll share the pouch next week!

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Lets get started:


  1. Cotton or canvas fabric in a light color
  2. Fabric scissors
  3. Silhouette machine and supplies
  4. Freezer paper, fabric paint and sponge – Try Martha Stewart or the Tulip brand
  5. Iron and ironing board
  6. Craft paper

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A few things to consider:

  • Print extra fabric – My boxy pouch pattern has 2 sizes. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make the large or small pouch, so I cut enough blank fabric to make the decision later on. Yay for extra material for a second pouch.
  • Start small – Is this your first time printing on fabric or printing your own design? Start with a small, simple pattern or project so you don’t overwhelm yourself!
  • Multiple colors – Do you want to print different colors? Use one color fabric paint on the top of the design and a second color on the bottom half. Just make sure to lay out the pattern pieces ahead of time, so you have enough of the one color for all the pieces.

Lets get started:

Step 1 – Pull out your Silhouette machine and find a design in the Silhouette Design store.  I LOVE the work from Karla Dudley. I’ve used her designs before and if you are looking for a fun, whimsical, yet modern shape – she is your go-to lady. Measure your pattern and figure out how much fabric you need. For this pouch I cut a fabric rectangle measuring 29″L x 24″W.


Step 2 – Open Silhouette Design studio and pull up the design. Play around with the design. In my case this is what I did: I enlarged her entire design, ungrouped the arrows and then copied and pasted different arrows to fill the blank space.  For visual interest, I also resized some arrows and made them smaller and larger. I rotated others at different angles. Be aware of the overallI also design to make sure there aren’t any empty areas that the eye gravitates towards.



Step 3 – Send the file to be cut. Place the freezer paper onto your fabric and figure out how many pieces are needed to print the fabric. In my case, I needed 6 cut files.


Step 4 – Lay the freezer paper onto the fabric. First make a column and line everything up. You can either use a ruler, or just eyeball it. I wasn’t overly concerned about it being perfect, so I didn’t use a ruler. Make a second column,  but offset the design and start the freezer paper in the middle of the freezer designs from the first column. This will help break up the print and keeps the eye roaming around the fabric.


Step 5 – Happy with the layout? Press in place with an iron. Note: Make sure to lift and press the freezer paper in place, don’t drag the iron over the cut edges.. This could easily rip or lift the corners. Press any loose corners firmly down. Fabric paint will bleed into any areas that have knicks, cuts or are not set down properly.


Step 6 – Squirt a small amount of fabric paint onto a plate, place the sponge into the ink and gently dab onto the fabric surface. Work fast. Do not “pull” the sponge around, just dab lightly. Do not goop, if you think you are gooping the fabric paint.. you probably are.



Step 7 – While the fabric paint is still wet, gently pull the freezer paper away from the fabric.


Step 8 – Set aside to dry and admire your work!


Printing on fabric can and will become an addiction. Want to see more of my printed tutorials? I’ve made printed tea towels, an adorable advent calendar, fire truck birthday party favor bags, Girls trip swag bagsABC coasters… The list goes on.

Come back next week and I’ll share the pouch!

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Hello 2016.. Best Sewing Projects 2015

Hello 2016!! Wow..Can you believe that it is the year 2016?

2015 was an interesting year. There were some unexpected lows and awesome highs. I won’t talk about the lows, as they weren’t much fun and I prefer not to dwell on them.

A chance change of scenery gave our family a much needed boost. My husband was offered a new job that relocated us across the country from Tampa to Los Angeles.  As a Canadian, I have moved quite a few times, but never thought I would end up in California.  We’ve been here for 6 months and so far so good!

I didn’t blog much in 2015. The year was just way too crazy..  Not only was I super busy with work through the month of May, but the move turned everything upside down. We lived with my husband’s sister and her family for 6 weeks and overall I just lost steam with my sewing, sharing tutorials and blogging. However, our move allowed me to take a leave from my company where I’ve worked for the past 9 years. I’ve had the chance to recharge, regroup AND spend lots of time with my 3 year old.

In the sewing and blogging world, I have a few ideas up my sleeve and look forward to implementing them in 2016!

Well that’s to for me.. I wish you all a wonderful 2016. Here are my top posts from 2015:

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Top row, starting at the left.. Here are the links to the tutorials. Give them a try and let me know if you have any questions.

Art Gallery Fabrics – Go Anywhere Tote bag

Clear Vinyl Receipt Wallets

Asymmetrical Color Block Tote

Vinyl and Ribbon Pouches

Curvy Zipper Pouch

Printed Tea Towels

Mini Planter Bins

Bee In My Bonnet / Cozy Calendar Pillow

Have a great day and Happy New Year!

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Great Granny Twist – Reusable Velcro Gift Pouches

Today is my turn on the Fat Quarter Shop and Lori Holt’s Great Granny Twist Blog Hop.  The blog hop is about taking Lori Holt’s Great Granny Squared book and putting a special “twist” to one of the blocks..

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This blog hop got my wheels turning and churning.. With Christmas just around the corner, I originally thought a holiday inspired table runner, pillow or even a stocking would be great.. But as I was wrapping presents and thinking about how much paper we use/waste around the holidays, re-usable gift pouches came to mind.


I made the Mama block from page 17 in the book. I love this block – it’s simple, geometric and the colors really pop. When trimmed the block measures 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.

I went back and forth on what size of gift pouch I should make and finally decided on one measuring 10″ x 10″.   Perfect in size to “wrap” kids toys, make-up, sewing supplies, kitchen essentials and even goodies for your husband..

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Materials Needed:

  • Cotton fabric – 4-5 colors [ or more! ]
  • Great Granny Squared book
  • Creative Grids ruler, Olfa rotary cutter and cutting mat
  • Sewing machine and supplies
  • Velcro strips
  • Iron and ironing board

Before we get started..

  1. Per the Great Granny Squared book, cut the fabric for the Mama block – cut fabric for 2 blocks.
  2. Cut your lining pieces – Cut 2 squares measuring 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″.
  3. Cut the borders – Cut 2 rectangles measuring 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and 2 rectangles measuring 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″
  4. Cut the Velcro  – Cut 1 strip measuring 9″.
  5. Seams are 1/4″ unless indicated.

Let’s get started:

Step 1 – Make 2 Mama blocks. Trim blocks to match in size. These will be the outside/main pouch pieces.  Sew the borders onto the block. Start with the 2 short rectangles and stitch to top and bottom. Press. Then stitch the 2 long rectangles to the sides. Press.

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Step 2 – Turn the blocks to be right sides facing. Place into your sewing machine and stitch together – stitch side seams and the bottom together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Backstitch. Press seams.  Repeat for the lining pieces, but leave a small 2″ – 3″ opening along the bottom seam.  Backstitch. Press seams. Trim bottom corners on main pouch and lining pouch.

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Step 3 – Trim bottom corners on main pouch and lining pouch.

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Step 4 – Leave the main pouch facing right side in and turn the lining pouch facing right side out. Place the lining pouch into the main pouch, right sides should be facing each other. Match at side seams and wiggle corners into place. Pin along the top edge.  Place into your sewing machine and stitch the top edge together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Backstitch. Press.

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Step 5 – Pull the pouch right side out through the opening in the lining bottom. Press. Pin the opening closed. Place into your sewing machine and edgestitch.

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Step 6 – Place main pouch into lining pouch/ Turn pouch so the lining is right side out. Open the velcro strip and place the hook side 1/4″ down from the top edge. Repeat for the loop side and place the hook side 1/4″ down from the top edge. Place into your sewing machine and topstitch the velcro in place.Wiggle corners into place and align at top edge. Press seams and also press around the top edge.

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Step 7 – Turn right side out and enjoy!

That’s it! Fun right?  I’m a pouch fanatic and these can be used BEYOND gift pouches.  Change up the colors and they can hold your essentials year round.

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I just love this Mama block.. Well, want to watch a unique twist?  The Fat Quarter Shop made a You Tube tutorial showing how to turn the block into an applique circle block. The picture below showcases the original block and the updated circle block quilt. Amazing, right?


Happy Sewing.. I’m sharing today with 2 other bloggers: Melissa of Oh So Sweet and Nadra of Elissa & Higgs. You can check out the rest of the tour here – entire tour.. Hop on over to each blog and see their “twist” on Lori’s Great Granny Squared blocks!

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Make Printed Holiday Tea Towels

Hello Santa..!  This is my favorite this time of year. I love setting up the tree, decorating the house, buying gifts and wrapping the presents.

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I’ve wanted to make tea towels forever!  With Christmas just a few weeks away, it was the perfect time to whip up a few holiday inspired towels. Not only are these an easy project, but a great way to add pop and personalization to your kitchen.

I love my Silhouette Cameo, but don’t use it as often as I would like. Making printed tea towels was a great opportunity to pull it out and get creative! Isn’t the little house adorable? The minute I saw this design in the Silhouette Design store, I knew I had to buy it. It’s a bundle of 3 designs and was created by Karla Dudley. I love that it isn’t particularly a “holiday” image… You can use the house design year round.  Add the colors green and red and it changes everything.

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Great news! A bunch of Silhouette bloggers got together and are hosting a GIVEAWAY!! We are giving away 3 prizes – a Silhouette Cameo, a Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker and an Amazon Gift Card to 3 lucky winners! The contest runs today through December 21st, 11:59 EST.  Scroll below to enter and see all the details.

Materials Tea Towels

Back to making the tea towels, materials needed:

  1. Cotton or linen fabric
  2. Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
  3. Sewing machine and supplies
  4. Silhouette machine and supplies or another cutting machine
  5. Freezer paper, fabric paint and sponge – Try Martha Stewart or the Tulip brand
  6. Iron and ironing board
  7. Craft paper

A few things to consider..

  1. Buy high quality cotton or linen fabric for your tea towels. Remember that you want the towels to last through many washings.
  2. Pre-wsh your fabric.
  3. Never used a rotary cutter? It’s the perfect time to try out my rotary cutter tutorial here.
  4. Want tips on using freezer paper and fabric paint? You can check out my tutorials here and here.
  5. For this tutorial, the towel corners aren’t mitered. Want an awesome sewing tutorial on mitered corners? Check out Purl Soho’s tutorial here.

Ok, lets get started:

Step 1 – Cut the fabric – Cut fabric into a large rectangle. I like using a rotary cutter because it gives an even and precise cut. For 1 tea towel – cut a rectangle measuring 19″W x 24″ L. Set aside.

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Step 2 – Design the towel – Open a new page in Silhouette Studio and pull up the desired design. If there are multiple images in the design [as in mine] and you only want to use one, ungroup the images, delete the unnecessary and keep only the image you are want. Adjust the size of the image for your tea towel and design. I wanted the house to run across the bottom portion of the towel, so I needed a row of houses. I played around with the size and then copied and pasted the design. Note – Remember the width of your tea towel. You want just the right amount of space at each side, plus between the houses.

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Step 3 – Cut the freezer paper to the size of your mat and place onto the mat shiny side face down.  Make sure there are no bubbles or creases in the freezer paper. Load the mat and send the file to cut. I’ve used a few settings, but find the following works the best: Vellum paper, blade of 3, speed of 3, thickness of 10. With freezer paper, I’ve tried blades of 1 and 2, faster speeds and more thickness, but those settings always seems to tear my freezer paper.  Gently and slowly pull design away from the mat. Don’t rush this part!! Use the tools provided with your machine.

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Step 4 – Trim the paper and houses and make a row. Measure from the sides and bottom and figure out your desired placement. Lay the freezer paper onto the fabric, shiny side down. Press with an iron. Don’t pull the freezer paper with your iron, gently lift and press. Make sure to press all corners into place, otherwise the paint will run. Note – Make a mistake and need more houses? Want to adjust the space between the houses..? That’s ok. Cut around the houses and place on towel accordingly. Cut little rectangular pieces of freezer paper to fill in the gaps. See the image below for reference.

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Step 5 – Paint towel – Squirt a small amount of fabric paint onto a plate, place the sponge into the ink and gently dab onto the fabric surface. Do not “pull” the sponge around, just dab lightly. Do not goop, if you think you are gooping the fabric paint.. you probably are.  While the fabric paint is still wet, gently pull the freezer paper away from the fabric.  Set aside to dry.

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Step 6 – Finish the towel – pull out your iron and sewing machine. Place towel right side down. Start at the long sides, turn and fold 1/4″. Press with an iron. Repeat and turn and fold another 1/4″. Pin. Place into your sewing machine and edgestitch down. Trim threads. Repeat and turn and fold on the short sides, turn and fold again. Pin, then place back into into your sewing machine and edgestitch again. Remember to backstitch.

These towels were so cute that I had to make more, many more.. I changed the size and made the houses smaller and also created one large house. Love!

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How about the color black for a modern approach?  And gold, doesn’t the gold look elegant? I wasn’t sure how I would feel about a metallic, but the gold looks pretty great to me. Now I should make silver ones.. With the 2 house sizes as a set, wouldn’t this make a great hostess or housewarming gift?

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Here are the Silhouette house dimensions I used.. Let me know if you have any questions.

  • Small house – makes 7 houses across – 2.01″ H x 2.08″ L
  • Medium house – makes 4 houses across –  3.25″ H x 3.37″ L
  • Large house – makes 1 large house –  5.31″ H x 5.50″ L

Want to check out more projects? My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today. This is an amazing collection of Silhouette tutorials, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

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Sew.. A Curvy Zip Clutch

I’ve been staring at my Geo Pop canvas fabric for months.  I love CANVAS fabric and the the bold, modern prints designed by Emmie K and from Robert Kaufman Fabrics are right up my alley. The fabric has been sitting under my monitor and I’ve had a gazillion ideas on what I should sew. I finally decided to make a versatile clutch / make-up pouch.

Curvy Clutch 2 offset

The details are in the fabric.. This is a pretty basic clutch, but the fabric and a contrast zipper make it pop. Plus, I really love the curve along the top edge!

Curvy Zip Clutch Haberdashery Fun

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  1. Canvas fabric for exterior
  2. Cotton fabric for lining
  3. Interfacing – try Pellon SF101
  4. 14″ metal zipper – try Ziptit on Etsy. They have a great selection of affordable metal zippers.
  5. Disappearing fabric pen
  6. Pressing ham – optional
  7. Sewing machine and supplies
  8. Iron and ironing board
  9. Paper and pen for template

Curvy Zip Clutch Zipper Haberdashery Fun copy

A couple things to consider before we get started:

  • The top curve of the pouch is is a little tricky, so the zipper will be sewn a little differently than my other zipper tutorials.
  • Metal zippers can be difficult to work with. Lengthen your stitch length and sew slowly.
  • Create a hard paper template for ironing the top edge.
  • This pouch has a tab at only one end  Love this, as it makes for a much wider opening.
  • I promise to share the pattern soon! Leave a comment and I will email when it’s ready..

Curvy Zip Clutch Haberdashery Fun

Curvy Zip Clutch Close up open Haberdashery Fun copy

Cut your pieces:

  • Outside – Fuse the SF101 Interfacing to the wrong side of the cotton canvas. Cut 2 pieces.
  • Lining – Cut 2 pieces. Note – if you want an extra sturdy pouch, fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the lining.
  • Zipper tabs – Cut 1 rectangle measuring 3″L x 2″W.

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Let’s go:

Step 1 – Use your ruler and disappearing fabric ink pen and mark a dashed line along the top curve at the 1/2″ mark. Turn and fold the top edge seam allowance under 1/2″. Press. As discussed earlier, create a template for the top edge. This will help make sure that the top edge and side seams are even and match. Lay the 2 pieces on top of each other and make sure everything matches, especially where they meet at side seams. Re-press and adjust if needed. Repeat for the lining pieces.

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Step 2 – Prepare the zipper – Cut the zipper  to measure 12 1/4″. Cut the bottom portion off, as you will add a tab to cover the bottom zipper stop. Fold the zipper tab rectangle in half along the center, fold each end inwards to meet at the center fold. Press with an iron. Insert the zipper tab over the raw edge of the zipper end. Lengthen the stitch length on your machine. Place into your sewing machine and stitch the zipper down. Sew very slowly over the teeth or you can break a needle.  Set zipper aside.

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Step 3 – On the outside pouch piece, measure inwards 1/2″ from the top edge/side seam and make a mark. Measure inwards another 1/8″ and make another mark.  Repeat for the other side.

Step 3 Curvy Clutch

Step 4 – Start at the top of the zipper. Place the top metal stop at the 5/8″ mark and pin the zipper in place along the top edge. The zipper tab should end at the other 5/8″ mark. Turn and fold under the zipper tape at the top stop. Pin the zipper tape in place.

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Step 5 – Place into your sewing aching and topstitch the zipper down with a 1/4″  seam allowance. Start stitching at the 1/2″ pen mark and stop at the other side- 1/2″ pen mark. Repeat for the other piece. Note – You do not need change to your zipper foot. Press. Use your pressing ham and press the zipper curve in place.  The sewing ham helps set a nice, smooth curve.

Step 5 Curvy Clutch

Step 6 – Repeat and now sew both lining pieces into the pouch.  Place the lining piece, wrong sides facing on the back of the pouch piece. Pin along the top edge. Place into your sewing machine and edgestitch in place with a scant 1/8″ seam allowance.  You want to catch both the outside and lining fabric with this seam.

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Step 7 – Sew the pouch together – Open your zipper and fold in half. Fold along the zipper and also fold the zipper tab in half. Place outside pieces right side together and lining pieces right side together. Pin along the outside edge. Place into your sewing machine and first stitch the outside side seams and bottom seam together. Use a 1/2″ seam allowance. Repeat and stitch the lining side seams and bottom seam together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave a small 2″ – 3″ opening along the bottom lining seam. Press.

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Step 8 – Create the corners – For one corner, twist the side seam and bottom seam to lay on top of each other. Finger press to lay flat and match at the seams. Open seam allowance. Pin. Place into your sewing machine and stitch together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Repeat for all corners.

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Step 9 – Turn right side out through the lining opening. Press all seams.

Step 9a Curvy Clutch

Step 10 – Pin the opening at the bottom seam. Place into your sewing machine and sew opening closed.

Step 10 Curvy Clutch

Thats it! Fun right? Emmie K and Robert Kaufman just launched Geo Pop Canvas 2.. so many modern canvas options now.

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Curvy Zip Clutch zippers Haberdashery Fun copy

I’ll be sharing the pattern soon!! Leave a comment if you would like me to email you when the pattern is ready.. Thanks for stopping by

Happy Sewing – Marni

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Delectable Mountains Baby Quilt

The minute I saw the Delectable Mountains block I knew that I had to make a quilt.  I’ve often called myself a quilting resister.. but block by block and quilting magazine by quilting magazine I’ve caught the bug.

Delectable mountains Quilt

My friend Vered had a baby boy a few months ago and I decided that I needed to make her a baby quilt. She loves modern design and I thought the block would suit her aesthetic and baby colors perfectly.  Shades of grey, and add white.. Everything about this quilt was right up my alley!

The quilt took much longer than expected.. I asked Vered about the quilt last spring, we then packed up and moved across the country, lived with my sister and law and her family for a few weeks and moved into our place mid August… I can’t tell you how many times that I stopped and started this quilt.

Delectable Mountains Block

The block is very simple and the quilt can be taken in many directions. Type in “Delectable Mountains” on Pinterest and you’ll see a gazillion beautiful variations. I found this block over at the Fat Quarter Shop, click here for the link to the pattern.  The best part is Kimberly shot a YouTube tutorial for the block. Click this link for the YouTube tutorial. With the amount of times that I had to re-start this quilt, the video got me back into the swing of things each time.


Delectable Mountains Quilt hold up

Delectable mountains Quilt Tanner

Cute model, right? I had my 3 yr old try out his Vanna White skills and showcase the quilt.  He was more goofy than helpful, but I got the images that I needed.

That’s it for today. I have a fun pouch in the works and will be sharing it very soon.

Happy Sewing!

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