Showing posts with label non-quilty sewing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label non-quilty sewing. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

241 Tote Making ~ A Noodlehead Pattern

Non-Quilty Sewing
Arcadia 241 Tote by Red Pepper Quilts
241 Tote ~ A Pattern by Noodlehead
Arcadia 241 Tote by Red Pepper Quilts

Check it out, I made a bag! I know, I even surprised myself. The pattern is 241 Tote by Noodlehead (Anna Graham); I have read so many great reviews of this pattern, and have seen so many versions of this bag all over the internet that I decided I really need to try my hand at this. I can do this.

Arcadia 241 Tote by Red Pepper Quilts

I must admit that I have had the pattern for almost two years so it has taken some time to gather the supplies and more so the courage to try something outside of my comfort zone, but once started I was hooked. The pattern is well written and I was able to download, print and follow the instruction without difficulty. I had a few light bulb moments (including the need to tape pattern pieces together before cutting fabric - too obvious for words, right?) and learned more about using interfacing (like the need to ensure the sticky/shiny side is facing the right way or you'll end it with it pressed onto your ironing cloth. Oops!)

Skinny laMinx 241 Tote by Red Pepper Quilts

Skinny laMinx ~ Cloudbirds
Scallops in Yellow ~ Stamped by Ellen Luckett Baker
Skinny laMinx 241 Tote by Red Pepper Quilts

The Skinny laMinx version of the bag was my first attempt and although the pattern includes several different versions, including different levels of difficulty and detail, I went for all of it - outer pockets, inside pocket, zip, and magnetic snap.
Skinny laMinx 241 Tote by Red Pepper Quilts

What I did differently for my second (Arcadia) version of my 241 Tote:
  • made the should strap 4 inches longer (personal preference only).
  • used a slightly heavier (heavier than Pellon SF101) interfacing for a sturdier bag.
  • paid more attention to the top stitching detail for a nicer finish.
  • spent more time clipping the curved seams for a smoother seam finish.
Arcadia 241 Tote by Red Pepper Quilts

I LOVED making these totes and I learned so much in the process. Truly they didn't take long to whip up - the first tote took a (long) evening of sewing. Once you've made one the second is quicker still. And I think they make for great handmade gift giving. My 241 totes are already being loved ...


241 Tote Pattern by Noodlehead

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Pretty Little Totes

Pretty Little Totes - tutorial available

I made two bags! Oh my goodness, these were so fun to make. Working on something other than a quilt is like taking a short holiday for me. A change is good and although this isn't my first foray into bag making, I did learn some new skills. And there is still so much more that I would like to learn.

Pretty Little Totes - bags.  Tutorial available.

This bag pattern is a free tutorial by Svetlana (s.o.t.a.k. handmade) and is called Pretty Little Tote. Svetlana is an incredible patchworker, quilter, and sewist. A visit there is highly recommended! The tutorial was easy to follow and the pattern is simple - even suitable for a beginner. I happened to have all of the material requirements on hand, including the webbing for the handles, and whipped up both bags in one evening of fearless sewing. For me the most time consuming part was choosing the fabrics!

For the front pocket of the bags I have used beautiful Japanese fabrics by Suzuko Koseki and for the back of the bags I have used a simple black dot fabric (quilting weight) for one bag and a heavier (home decor) weight fabric for the other. The floral home decor fabric is by Alexander Henry (Keely in Black Tea).

The inside of a bag also deserves a beautiful treatment and therefore I have used a green gingham and a black floral fabric, both are quilting cottons. I am not convinced that such a dark color for the inside of a bag is practical - it is dark in there - but I love that pretty bouquet print! (by Pam Kitty Morning).

Even the inside of the front pockets are pretty! The yellow text fabric is also a Japanese import fabric by Suzuko Koseki.

Thank you Svetlana for sharing the details of your pretty totes, and for the time you have taken to write the tutorial. You're inspired me to step outside of my stitching comfort zone, to learn and to experiment, and I had the most wonderful time doing so.

Pretty Little Totes - A Tutorial by Svetlana (s.o.t.a.k. handmade)
Quilt As You Go - patchwork bags

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

More Liberty Tana Lawn Pincushions

First please let me say ~ Thank you, thank you! Your lovely comments and emails regarding the Floating Squares Quilt have restored my confidence in stepping outside of my comfort zone. I am so grateful for having such supportive readers. This online community never ceases to amaze me. Thank you!

Both this week and last week I have spent some time completing custom orders for Liberty Tana Lawn Pincushions. I can't say enough about Liberty Tana Lawn fabric; the high quality cotton is finely woven and super soft to touch. Exquisite. Luxurious. It is a pleasure to work with.

All of the pincushions pictured here are already on the way to their new crafty owners.


Just in case there is anyone else interested in purchasing a Liberty Tana Lawn Pincushion I have prepared a PRE-ORDER listing in my Etsy Store.  SOLD OUT for February 2014 ~ more Pincushions will be available late February for shipping at the end of March 2014.

The pre-order pincushions will not be ready for shipping until the end of February 2014.

The Etsy Listing for Pre-Order Liberty Tana Lawn Pincushions is here.  Numbers are limited. Shipping charges are actual cost.

If demand warrants it I will list more pre-order pincushions in February for shipping in March.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions ~ redpepperquilts at gmail dot com

Thank you for stopping by,

Liberty Patchwork Pillow
Liberty Tana Lawn Oven Mitts and Potholders
Red Pepper Quilts Etsy Store

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Liberty Tana Lawn Oven Mitts and Potholders

A Handmade Christmas

This sunny bundle of Liberty Tana Lawn (from Westwood Acres) arrived at my house late last week. It is such a pretty rainbow of fabric and after one of THOSE days of sewing - where nothing goes to plan and all of Monday's efforts ended up in the bin - I turned to my Liberty Stash and started on some Christmas sewing projects.  
Two sets of Oven Mitts and Potholders.

Some of the details:
  • I have used the oven mitt template from the book Quilts by Denyse Schmidt.
  • Simple patchwork (1.5 inches finished) squares for the outside of the mitts and potholders. 
  • Fabrics used are Liberty Tana Lawn and Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Flax
  • Lined with a layer of 100% cotton batting as well as a layer of Insul Brite
  • Bias binding for the oven mitts and potholders.

They are almost too pretty to use! I am however a very practical person and wouldn't hesitate using these, throwing them in the washing machine and pegging them on the line. These oven mitts and potholders have been made to serve.

It feels good to make and gift handmade this Christmas and there is nothing like leaving it till the last week or so is there? I think I work better under pressure, well that's my excuse anyway. Are you busy making last minute Christmas gifts?


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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Quilty Fun - Lori Holt

In partnership with The Fat Quarter Shop Lori Holt has published her first book.  I am a huge fan of Lori's work and love her colorful style of patchwork and endless creativity.  The book includes the complete set of instructions for Lori's Bee in my Bonnet Row Along Quilt (which is featured on the cover of the book) plus 10 coordinating projects for the home including quilts, pillows, table runners and a sewing machine cover. 
The book is spiral bound (which I rather like as it then lies open/flat as you follow a pattern) and is beautifully presented with photos of all the projects surrounded by vintage goodies collected by Lori.    

The project that caught my eye and made me immediately want to whip out my rotary cutter and fabrics scraps is the Sewing Machine Cover and Mat; this project looked so cute and a cover is exactly what my sewing machine needed.  

The fabric requirements, cutting and sewing instructions were clear, concise and easy to follow; no problems were encountered and I couldn't wait to see it come together. I may have stayed up till the small hours of the morning to finish it. 

And here is the finished Sewing Machine Cover and Mat.  I made this cover for my Juki sewing machine (and as it has a bigger throat space - and therefore stands taller than a standard sewing machine - I did make the cover longer by adding one extra row - a really simple adjustment to suit the size of your machine).  

GIVEAWAY ALERT!  Ah, lengthy post.  I hope you're still reading as the Fat Quarter Shop team are giving away a copy of Quilty Fun by Lori Holt to one lucky RPQ reader!  THANK YOU Fat Quarter Shop!!

To be in the draw for this giveaway please leave a comment on this blog post.  Only one comment per person/per email address - email me if you have any difficulty leaving a comment (redpepperquilts at gmail dot com) and I will leave a comment on your behalf. The draw will take place at 9 am on Sunday 3 November 2013 (USA-EDT).

The winner will be announced by edit to this blog post and will also be contacted by email.

Quilty Fun by Lori Holt is available from The Fat Quarter Shop

Congratulations Lori on such a great publication, and I look forward to seeing more of your scrappy patchwork!

Thank you for all of your 450+ entries!


Congratulations Lesley!  Lesley has been contacted by email.

Thank you for stopping by and good luck with your entry to win a copy of Lori's book! 

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Liberty Tana Lawn Pincushions

It's been a Pincushion kind of week!  I have made a a total of eleven pincushions this week, and ironically have been treated like a pincushion myself this week with tests, appointments, procedures and infusions.  Really, I would rather be sewing ...

These Log Cabin Liberty Tana Lawn Pincushions measure just 6 inches x 6 inches and are from the book Liberty Love: 25 Projects to Quilt & Sew Featuring Liberty of London Fabrics by Alexia Marcelle Abegg. (see my book review here).

Feeling inspired to keep going with the pincushion theme I made another six simple patchwork pincushions, again using Liberty Tana Lawn - cutting and sewing 200+ individual 1.5 inch squares.  A batch of pincushions is easy and fun to whip up and they make a great gift for quilting/sewing friends (and with only 66 days till Christmas now is a good time to get started).
All of the pincushions offered for sale have already been sold.  I know, that's good news for me, but disappointing if you were looking to purchase.  I hope to make a few more pincushions by the end of November and they will then be listed in my Etsy Store.

Well, I am grateful to be back on my feet and look forward to being more (sewing) productive next week.

Thank you for stopping by,

Pincushion Backing Fabric:   Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Flax available from:

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Quilt As You Go - Tiny Tinker Tote

Tiny Tinker Tote - Back
I made another Tinker Tote!  This time though I reduced the size of the pattern by 25% for a smaller bag; not so much a carry-all tote but more like a handbag. Printing the pattern at 75% does not alter the construction process and although I was fairly familiar with the instructions I did refer back to the online class several times just to re-acquaint myself with some of the steps, in particular the zip pocket instructions.

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Fabrics Used:
Flea Market Fancy and Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt (from stash).
Original size Tinker Tote (at the back) and Tiny Tinker Tote.

Notes for the reduced size Tinker Tote:
~  Reduce the width but not the depth of the pockets.  My pocket is only a few inches deep and a little bit more depth would have been handy for a useful pocket.
~  The binding on the original size bag is a little awkward.  On the reduced size bag it is a lot more awkward.  Lifting my sewing machine up and out of the sewing table insert would have helped (I didn't think of that at the time and it probably would have saved me from muttering a few choice words).

Thank you for stopping by,

Quilt as You Go Patchwork Bag - original size Tinker Tote
Tara's Craftsy Class:

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Quilts As You Go - Patchwork Bags!

I made a bag! And I loved making it.
I have made many quilts, some pillow covers with zippers, as well as a few zippered  pouches and that is about the extent of my sewing experience and exposure to various techniques.  I tentatively like the idea of stepping outside of my sewing comfort zone and even have grandiose plans to one day sew clothing but .... One step at a time.

Browsing Craftsy I stumbled upon Tara Rebman's - Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags online class.  This bag - the Tinker Tote -  is made as part of the class using several techniques that I am already familiar with ( such as quilt-as-you-go and patchwork) as well as techniques and products - like interfacing -  which are new to me, and so this was a good transition class for me.  Nothing too daunting.
I purchased the class several weeks ago and have since been sourcing the required materials including a magnetic snap, Decor Bond by Pellon and a fruitless search for Utility Cloth which just doesn't exist in Australia (and which I substituted with a linen/cotton blend fabric slightly heavier than quilting cotton).  Prior to making the bag I spent quite some time watching the class just to familiarize myself with the bag making process.  I again watched the online class as I was making the bag, repeating lessons when needed and carefully watching Tara in action.
The bag is fully lined, with an option for two different style pockets one of which is a zippered pocket hidden in the lining of the bag.  A heavy/firm iron-on interfacing is used to stabilize the bag and the corners of the bags are boxed. The edges of the bag are finished with bias binding with an second option for a hidden binding.
The online class was very comprehensive. Tara showed every step of the process, and made a whole bag from scratch during the class.  The trickiest (most fiddly) part was attaching the bias binding, but it is a technique with which I am familiar, and not unlike binding a quilt but with awkward curves.

The back of my bag (pictured above) is made using the Quilt As You Go technique.  I wasn't immediately taken with the look of this bag panel and made the other side of the bag in a more traditional patchwork style (pictured below) which I spray basted onto the batting and then quilted as a whole (rather than quilt as you go).  Now that the bag is finished I actually really like the Quilt as You Go side, maybe even prefer it!

  • The Tinker Tote pattern forms part of Tara Rebman's Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags  online class.
  • the fabrics used are Flea Market Fancy and Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt.  Feature fabric is Echino Decoro by Etsuko Furuya - Buck in Black
  • I used a 14mm Magnetic Snap (the only size available at my local store).  A larger snap - 18mm diameter - is probably a better size for this tote.
  • There seems to be no equivalent of Utility Cloth in Australia.  Utility Cloth is used as an additional  bag lining which I have substituted  with a handkerchief linen.  If I were to make this bag again I would probably substitute the Utility Cloth with a light weight canvas fabric for a firmer finish - a personal preference only.

I always enjoy time spent tinkering about with fabric and sewing but this project was a little different for me and I had the most wonderful time making it.  I am already planning another!

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Tara Rebman's - Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags

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