Sunday, January 21, 2024

Wonder Woman Tote Bag

I decided to start the year by making something useful and cute. I also wanted the satisfaction of finishing a project in a few days, so I made a tote bag. It was inspired from a jute bag given to me. It's the perfect size to carry stuff at home (I don't like putting stuff in my pocket). I'm now using the one I just made to house my portable air purifier and fan which I bring whenever we go out. I love it. 





For this project I wanted to start strong so I chose to use the Wonder Woman fabric I got from Spotlight. I matched it with pseudo demin fabric to bring out the colors. Figuring out the size of the pieces and piecing them together was easy. I couldn't find my stash of bag straps, so I ended up learning how to make bag straps for this project. You can also watch the video here.

Here's how I made the tote bag:




Materials:

fabric with design
solid color fabric (I used pseudo jeans)
fusible interfacing
wadding
backing fabric
thread

If making the strap:

solid color fabric
1.5" fusible interfacing (the thicker one for straps)
thread

Size: 8.5" x 4" x 9.5" (bag); 16" x 1.5" (strap)

Steps:

1. Measure and cut pieces of fabric.
2. Piece together fabric of main bag (top + middle + bottom + base). 
3. Iron the main bag and then add on fusible interfacing. Do the same for the sides of the bag. 
4. Sandwich with wadding and backing fabric. 
5. Stitch in the ditch the main bag. I used parallel lines for the sides. 
6. Assemble the main bag and the sides.
7. Bind the exposed parts. Start with the sides of the bag and then the top. 
8. Add the straps.

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

How to Make a Bag Strap

I wanted to start the year with a fun project. I decided to make a bag inspired by a jute bag a friend gave me. I love the shape and size of the bag. I use one daily at home to carry stuff from room to room. While making the bag, I discovered I couldn't find the straps I've collected over the years! I didn't want to waste time looking for the straps, so I decided to just DIY it. 




Here's the tutorial:



Luckily, I had all the materials on hand. Here's what you need:

fabric

1.5" interfacing 

thread

iron

Here are the steps to make it:

1. Cut fabric, two 3.5" x 16.5" strips

2. Fold the fabric in half.

3. Position the interfacing in the middle.

4. Fold in the sides. 

5. Sew all the sides.

Monday, December 18, 2023

Santa Potholder

I love Santa and I just had to make a Santa-inspired potholder. One can never have enough potholders, so why not have one just for the holiday season! I honestly started making this last September, but I got distracted with other projects. I set it aside in my scrap fabric stash and forgot about it. Found it the other day while organizing stuff and decided to finish it. Easy peasy. It just took one session to finish the project.




Here's the tutorial:



Materials:

red fabric with Christmas design

black fabric 

red fabric for wadding and backside of the potholder

backing fabric

insulation wadding

regular wadding (I like my potholders a bit thick)

gold thread

red thread

Size:

8.5" x 7"

Pattern:



Monday, December 11, 2023

Holiday Pinwheel Potholder

I finished this project in a few hours. I rushed to finish it for a friend who was visiting. I used red and green a layer cake (10" square pre-cut fabric) to make the process faster. It's a good idea to make this also for Christmas/holiday gifts since it's pretty easy to make. I made 2 variations since I couldn't decide whether I liked green or red binding for it, haha. 




Here's the tutorial:



Materials:

2 layer cakes (green and red)

fabric for binding

wadding

insulation wadding

backing fabric

thread

Size:

10" x 10"

Line Pattern:

 


Red line: sewing line
Black line: cutting line




Monday, December 4, 2023

Pinwheel Baby Quilt

I rushed to make this pinwheel baby quilt for my grand niece. I was after a free ride to Australia for the blanket since my brother is heading there. Well, it's currently stuck in Indonesia and will hopefully reach my grand niece by New Year. 





I finally busted out the fabric I got in Ginza, Japan a few years ago. I wanted to use it for a special baby, so I was ecstatic when my nephew and his wife had a baby girl. The sashing and binding fabric is from Singapore and the wadding from Australia (yes, I used to hoard stuff from abroad whenever I got to travel). I thought about my Mom while I was choosing the color for the sashing and eventually asked for my son's opinion. Sweetie said it looked like a quilt my Mom would put together. 

Here's the tutorial:





Materials:

floral fabric
white blender fabric (with vines)
apricot solid fabric (for sashing and binding)
wadding
backing fabric
thread
pins

Size:

36" x 52"
pinwheel is 8" x 8"

Monday, October 30, 2023

Scrap Fabric Project: DIY Tablet Case

Just realized I need to catch up writing about the other scrap fabric projects I did. Most of the time I have so much fun sewing I forget about the documentation part. I've been documenting and filming my projects so in case I want to do it again I can take note of points I can improve on. Quilting and sewing is a continuous learning journey for me. It's also been helping me heal from losing my Mom. 




I unearthed all my scrap fabric a few weeks ago. Gathered them up and sorted them. It was actually harder to plan scrap fabric projects. The challenge lay in the sizes of the scrap fabric and how it could fit what I wanted to do. For this project, I got some inspiration from a quilting magazine on bags. I just wanted a simple design that would work on the scrap fabric I had on hand. 

Here's the tutorial:




Materials:

scrap fabric and scrap binding

thick wadding

backing fabric

thread

pins and clips 

Size:

9" x 11"

Monday, September 11, 2023

Scrap Fabric Project 1: Potholder

I decided to work on the scrap fabric I collected over the past few years. Aside from small pieces, I have some that are already pieced together. I set aside the excess pieces and thought it would be useful eventually. Found some of the pieced together denim-like fabric I used for the cat quilts. 




Decided to make a potholder since I need new ones. I finished the project in one sitting since it was practically ready to be quilted. I also used scrap wadding and scrap insulating wadding for the project. I also had leftover bias tape. I would have finished faster if I didn't need to film, lol

Here's the tutorial:




The steps:

1. Measure and cut the fabric.

2. Sandwich with wadding, insulating wadding and backing fabric. (I doubled it just to make it a bit thicker, but the insulating wadding would have been enough to keep heat out). 

3. Stitch in the ditch.

4. Prepare the backside of the potholder. Split into two pieces and fold in one side of both pieces. 

5. Align the front side with the backside, then bind with bias tape.

Materials:

scrap fabric

wadding

insulating wadding

backing fabric

fabric for backside of potholder

thread

Size:

8" x 6"


Sunday, September 3, 2023

Quilted Pouch with Sleeve

I felt I needed to add a small item with the laptop sleeve I made for my friend. I really want to learn how to install a zipper on my projects, so I thought a small pouch would be nice. She could use it as a pencil case or other knick-knacks. It would fit the pocket of the sleeve too. 

I decided to match it with the laptop sleeve, so I didn't change the design anymore. I had the fabric on my sewing basket, so I finished everything in one evening. It was a small piece, but nonetheless challenging when it came to adding the lining. I had to re-watch my quilted tote bag video to figure it out. I did it wrong the first time, so ended up doing it again, haha. Just remember to slip in the right side of the pouch with the lining facing the wrong side out (note for myself!). 




Here's the tutorial:





The steps:

1. Plan, design and cut the fabric.

2. Piece together. Start with the middle part, then add the outer sides.

3. Iron both sides. 

4. Sandwich with wadding and backing fabric. 

5. Pin to stabilize and stitch in the ditch.

6. Clean the sides.

7. Add the zipper.

8. Sew the edges together from the wrong side. 

9. Add the lining. Pull out the pouch from the open side of the lining. 

10. Close the open side of the lining.

Materials:

Little twin stars fabric

4 pastel solid color fabric

backing fabric

wadding

thread

zipper

Size:

9" x 5"

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Little Twin Stars Quilted Laptop Sleeve

I have a friend who loves Little Twin Stars. I knew about this Sanrio character because my sister had it on her dresser (jewelry boxes). I'm glad I found Little Twin Stars fabric online. I only got a meter because it's expensive! There's probably a lot more options available in Japan. 

After storing the fabric for a few months, I finally decided to make a laptop sleeve for my friend. I asked her what kind of laptop she was using. Then I worked out the measurements and design. I asked help from my son to help me choose the colors of the fabric. I wanted to make sure the colors would complement the Little Twin Stars fabric. 




I made the design simple, to make sure the Little Twin Stars fabric is noticeable. The challenging part in assembling this quilted laptop sleeve is figuring out how to properly add the pocket. I wanted the wadding to be continuous to add strength to the sleeve. 

I'm glad I didn't rush to finish the project because I was able to make the sleeve stable. I was also able to add velcro discreetly. I didn't want stitches for the velcro to show on the flap. I'm happy how it turned out, I just hope my friend's laptop fits!

Here's the tutorial:




The steps:

1. Plan and design.

2. Create the inner panel and pocket. Sandwich the pocket with wadding and bind the top. Join the inner panel and pocket at the bottom.

3. Piece together the flap.

4. Piece together the back panel. 

5. Join the back panel and flap. Then join the inner panel with pocket. 

6. Sandwich with wadding. Stabilize with pins and then quilt. Don't quilt the flap yet. 

7. Add velcro to the flap and pocket, then quilt.

8. Finish with binding. 

Materials:

Little twin stars fabric

4 pastel solid color fabric

backing fabric

wadding

thread

velcro

Size: 

13.5" x 10" 

Pattern: 




Wednesday, August 9, 2023

DIY Blender Quilt Cover (Cat with Tail)

Decided to use the "cat with tail" pinterest inspired design to make a cover for my blender. The challenge in making this project was figuring out how to attach the tail to the cover, so I procrastinated for awhile before I continued the project. 

Finally finished the quilt cover early this week. I added a back pocket for the cover for added storage. I just used the same denim strips to combine the two ends of the cover. It worked out pretty much like the KitchenAid quilt cover and the food processor cover. Now I have three cute cat quilt covers in my kitchen! 






A friend suggested I should make cat potholders to match the quilt covers. I think I'll do that too! 

Here's the tutorial:




The steps how I combined the different sides:

1. Create the following parts of the cover: front cover with design, the back cover with pocket, and the main cover (this is the one that combines the front and the back).

*I've included in the tutorial video above how to make the bowtie.

2. Attach the tail to the cat. 

3. To make it easier to bind the whole cover. Sew the three parts together. 

4. Bind :)

Materials:

fabric (various blue denim patchwork fabric)
buttons for eyes
white fabric for the bowtie
fabric for binding
wadding (I used a comforter we retired)
backing fabric
thread

Size:

6" x 9.5" x 16.5"

Pattern:




Sunday, June 11, 2023

Food Processor Quilt Cover Assembly

I worked on the front cover first of this project. I was inspired by a pinterest pin to create two cute cats. See previous posts on how I created the base and put on the cat face. I took my time to finish it since I had to figure out how to create it from scratch. 




The trick to making quilt covers for your appliances/gadgets is to create it in panels. That way it's easier to bind them together. Binding the panels just took one afternoon. It helps to prepare your bias tape ahead of time.

Here's a short tutorial -



Steps

1. Finish the front panel. 

2. Create the back panel with pocket. 

3. Make the main panel that will combine the front and back panel. 

4. Clip and sew the front panel. Do the same for the back panel.

5. Clip wrong side of binding. Sew.

6. Finish the binding. 

See also part 1 and part two of this project:

Part 1: https://www.needleadventures.com/2023/05/another-pinterest-inspired-cat-quilt.html

Part 2: https://www.needleadventures.com/2023/06/making-cat-face-and-quilt-cover-pocket.html

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Making a Cat Face and a Quilt Cover Pocket

It was quite a challenge to add the face of the cat on my Pinterest inspired cat quilt. I want to use the design for a kitchen appliance cover. The design though is more intricate than other cat quilts. For other cat quilts you just need a button for the eyes. The design for this quilt requires eyes with a background, plus eyelashes. 





Decided to make it easy for me and used felt fabric and a button for the eyes. Also just added a tiny embroidered eyelash. For the nose and mouth, I just embroidered a small nose and mouth. I skipped the whiskers since that's the interesting feature of my KitchenAid cat quilt cover.

One thing I had fun with was the placement of the button for the eyes. I moved it around to find which ones were cute. It was hard to select, so I just made it all different. It turned out well. After completing the face I realized the cat is stouter than the Pinterest inspiration. Our feral kitties do have wider faces, so I guess I took inspiration from that, hehe. 

Here's a tutorial 




Steps on Adding the Cat Face

1. Find an appropriately sized coin. Use this to measure the outer eye on felt fabric.
2. Embroider the outer eye on the face using blanket stitch.
3. Add black button for the eye. 
4. Draw the nose the lips. 
5. Embroider nose and lips with back stitch.
6. Add whiskers (optional).

Materials

Felt fabric (white)
white DMC thread
black buttons
black DMC thread

Monday, May 22, 2023

A Cat with a Tail Quilt

I'm on a roll trying out cute Pinterest inspired cat quilts. It's a good way to learn new skills since you're forced to learn how to make templates and figure out how best to piece a design. I'm also a lot iffy when it comes to curved designs and I certainly struggled a bit when I made the tail. 

Figuring out the template for the cat was fairly easy. I still ended up piecing the back area upside down, so I ended up re-doing it. The tail though was harder to put together and it took me awhile to turn it inside out. I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw I correctly cut the fabric (front side down when you cut the fabric!). The secret to my success? Making templates!




Here's the tutorial:




Here are the steps on how I made the cat quilt:

1. To get the right measurements, I drew the design on graphing paper.

2. Rendered the design and it's actual measurements on manila paper to make sure I got it right. 

3. Created a template on a board. 

4. Used the board to cut fabric. Make sure to add 1/4" around the edges. 

5. Pieced together the cut fabric. 

6. Ironed both sides and sandwiched with wadding. 

7. Quilt the cat! I decided to use white thread to highlight the shape of the cat. 

How to make the tail:

1. Asked my son help draw me a right sized tail using manila paper. 

2. Used the drawing to make a template. 

3. Drew the tail right side facing down and added 1/4" around the edges. 

4. Sandwiched the tail with thick interfacing (I reused from a bag leftover). Sandwich should follow this order: tail wrong side up, backing fabric and interfacing at the bottom. 

5. Sew together and leave the base of the tail open. 

6. Once done, pull inside out.

7. Quilt the tail with the same white thread. 

Materials:

1 print fabric

1 solid color fabric

thread and needle

pins

graphing paper

manila paper

ruler

scissors

interfacing (the thick one for bags is a good one)

Size:

6" x 9.5" x 16.5"

Pattern:




Will assemble and turn the cat quilt into a kitchen gadget cover next week!