Sunday, October 26, 2014

Badge Holder Tutorial

I sewed up this badge holder for Quilt Market this weekend and thought I'd share a quick tutorial with you all.


It was inspired by a badge my friend Felice made, who was inspired to make hers based on one our other friend Stephanie made. I love the idea of a protected, zipper compartment for my cash/credit cards, but I also wanted a pocket on the backside to keep my phone for easy access. And as I'm notoriously bad with damaging my phones, I decided to quilt my fabric pieces with layers of batting instead of using interfacing.

Here's what you'll need:
Fabric
Batting
Clear vinyl (mine is from Joann's, in the upholstery fabric section)
6" zipper (or larger and cut it down)
Seam allowance: 3/8"

Here are all the parts:





1. Quilt and cut out your various pieces of fabric and plastic.
You can quilt your fabric before you cut your pieces or after. I quilted mine after and there was a tiny bit of distortion/shrinkage after quilting but these pieces are so small that with a 3/8" seam allowance it didn't really make a difference after all was said and done.

Front top: 5.5" x 1.5" cut 2 fabric, cut 1 batting (quilt these together)
Front base:5.5" x 5.5" cut 2 fabric, cut 1 batting (quilt these together)
Front Pocket binding: 1.5" x 5.5" cut 1 fabric
Clear Vinyl: 5.5" x 4.5"cut 1
Back: 5.5" x 6.5" cut 2 fabric, cut 1 batting (quilt these together)
Back pocket: 5.5" x 5", cut 2 fabric, cut 1 batting (quilt these together)
Back pocket binding: 1.5" x 5.5" cut 1 fabric
Necks strap: 1.5" x 21"

2. Prepare your double fold binding. Take your pocket binding pieces, and wrong sides together, press them in half lengthwise. Now open them up and press each long edge in towards the center line you just pressed.



3. Prepare your double fold neck strap. Follow the same instructions as above, but finish by top stitching close to the edge on both long sides.

4. Attach bindings to front and back pockets. Using the bindings you made in step 2, take the one you want for the front clear pocket and sew it to the top edge of the plastic piece. Make sure to sew close to the edge as shown in the assembly diagram. Do the same thing for the back pocket, sewing the binding to the top edge of the pocket piece.

5. Zipper assembly. I found this to be much easier than sewing a zipper into a pouch. The zipper I used was actually twice as long as necessary, so I just lined up the head of the zipper 3/8" in from one edge of the pouch (just this side of the seam allowance) and let the end trail off the other side. It eventually gets cut off.

Take the top front piece and line it up face down against the edge of the face up zipper. Sew a line as close to the teeth as possible. (I used my regular foot for this and had no problems, but you can obviously use a zipper foot, too.) Press the fabric away from the zipper and top stitch close to the edge. Repeat with the bottom fabric piece.



5. Add neck straps, assemble layers and sew together! Take your neck strap and line up two ends with the top of badge front and tack edges in place by sewing a line of stitches 1/8" from edge. Then layer your clear pocket on top of the zippered piece and make sure the neckstrap is safely away from all seam allowances.



Assemble back pieces and lay face down on top of front pieces. Helpful Hint: make sure your zipper is OPEN, you will be turning your badge holder right side out through this opening, you will be very disappointed if you don't remember this step! :)

Now simply sew along all four sides with a 3/8" seam allowance, clip your corners, zig-zag the edges and turn inside out. Gently poke out your corners with the handle end of a paint brush, a chopstick or any thin but blunt tool and you're done. Now go tackle that trade show!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Finish - Kitty Mini Quilt Swap

I think this might be my favorite swap so far, the Kitty Mini Quilt Swap hosted by my friend, Felice, of SewScatterbrained.

my Puddy posing with the mini quilt top.

My partner, Sue Mariotti, aka suesewcrafty on IG, (who has since received her package, so I can show you all here) said her favorite colors were green blue and yellow and I thought those colors would work well as a  gradient for the background... so why not sew together itty bitty 1" squares, that'll be fun right?



I'm not sure if fun is exactly the right word, but it definitely was satisfying to finish it and see all those squares come together just the way I imagined it.




There were moments when I was piecing it together where I second guessed my choices. Was the cat going to stand out enough or would it look like a jumbled mess?? I've worked on projects before where I changed course halfway through, to mixed results. I decided to just follow through with my original plan and if it didn't turn out the way I expected I could make a new one. Luckily, I loved the end result!



It's just how I pictured it and if I hadn't already embroidered Sue's cat's name onto the banner I might be tempted to keep it. :)


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Holiday Fractal Block Wreath

If you follow me on instagram or my facebook artist's page, beckandlundy, you'll know I've put a few quilt block patterns for sale on Craftsy recently. One of them is called "Fractal Block" and I originally envisioned it with multi-colored scrappy tones. Well, the other day I was looking at it and thought, that kinda' looks like a wreath. If I made it out of scrappy greens and added a red bow it would totally be a Christmas Wreath! And as someone who is frequently behind, especially when it comes to the holidays, I thought I'd better get a jump start, so here it is!



If you'd like to make one, too, here's what I did.

Basically, I just made up the 16in version of my Fractal block and added a 1.75 in. border along all four sides to give the wreath a little visual breathing room. I chose the same scrappy whites I used in the background of the block for visual consistency. See my quick (and not quite square) illustration showing the dimensions below.


I made the bow out of fabric, but you could also just use ribbon. Wire ribbon would work especially well because you could shape the bow exactly how you want it and it would stay that way.

I cut a piece of fabric 5.5 in by 34 in, then folded and pressed it in half longways with right sides together. I then sewed along the three open sides leaving a 3-4 in opening on the long side. Use this gap to turn the fabric right side out, give a good pressing and either top stitch close to the edge along both long sides or simply hand stitch the opening closed.




Now simply tie your length of fabric into a bow, pin on with a safety pin (or sew it on permanently) and voila! You've just made a gorgeous Christmas wreath!





Some alternate color versions.


If you'd like to see the original, non-holiday version of my Fractal Block you can view it here.


...and my second block pattern, "Engagement Ring".


I've seen a few photo of my blocks sewn up on instagram and would love to see yours. Tag me or send me a pic of yours because I'm planning a special blog post showcasing them!

Happy Sewing!





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