Thursday, May 31, 2012

Boxy Travel Bag + Tutorial

Before I came home for the SNAP conference, I decided I wanted to make a little travel bag that would fit my make-up, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. I wanted to be able to wipe down the inside of the bag in case of my make-up spilling, but I also wanted to be able to wipe down the outside of the bag too after staying at multiple hotels (I am kinda a clean freak and hotels gross me out). I came across this Lou Lou Thi laminated cotton the week before I came home and I snatched it up knowing that it would be perfect for this project.

This was my first time working with laminated cotton and I kinda have mixed feelings. I love that it is thinner than oilcloth and definitely not as stiff as oil cloth, but that being said, I still thought it was kinda hard to work with. The main reason being that since I used it for both the outside and the inside of the bag, I had a hard time getting it to feed through my machine since it has a tacky feel to it. It would just stick to the presser foot and also where the feed dogs come up. I figured out a solution to help with it sticking though (I will share it with you in a bit)

I would definitely use it again, but probably not for a front and back of anything like I did this time.

So here is how I made my bag. I am just warning you now that I don't recommend using laminated cotton for both the inside and outside of the bag unless you are experienced with laminated cotton! Consider yourselves warned! ;)

Here is how I made my bag....

-4 pieces of fabric that are 9x14 inches
(This laminated cotton is 58 inches wide, so I bought 1/4 yard of it. That was enough to make the entire bag. If you didn't want to use the laminated cotton, you could just use 2 fat quarters of fabric. one for the inside and one for the outside.)
-2 pieces of leftover quilt batting that are 9x14 inches
(if you don't have leftover quilt batting, then you could use fusible fleece- BUT- you can't not iron the laminated cotton so fusible fleece would only work if you weren't using laminated cotton. You just need something to give the bag a little padding so you could use anything thicker like fleece, felt, etc.)
-One 14 inch zipper
(I used a vintage metal zipper that was 20 inches long so I had to shorten it. Here is the tutorial.)

Step 1: Cut out you fabric. You should have two 9x14 inch pieces for the outside of the bag, two 9x14 inch pieces for the inside of the bag, and then two pieces of quilt batting (or whatever you are using) that are 9x14 inches.

Step 2: Get ready to sew your zipper on. Start by taking one of the outside pieces of fabric and lay it right side up and (When you are working with laminated cotton you can not use straight pins to hold layers of fabric together because it will make a permanent hole in the laminated cotton, so I found that it was easiest to use tape to secure my zipper. If you aren't using laminated cotton than pin away- no worries!)

Once your zipper is taped in place, lay your other fabric piece right side down on top of the taped zipper and then lay your layer of batting on top of that. Now you are ready to sew your zipper in place.

Step 3: Sew your zipper in place. When you open up the fabric it should look like this.

Repeat step 2 for the other 2 pieces of fabric and piece of batting and sew in place. When you are all finished, it should look like this opened up.
Step 4: Top stitch the seam so that the fabric lays completely flat and also has a more finished look.

Ok.. Here is where I used the trick that helped me manage the laminated cotton better. I put masking tape  where I planned to sew. It helped the laminated cotton not stick so bad to the presser foot and things moved much more smoothly. The only downfall is that you have to remove it after sewing through it and it can be kinda tricky.

Update** One of my readers left a comment suggesting painters tape since it is less tacky and would pull off easier- Genius!! ***

Step 6: Fold the bag in half so that the zipper is on the left side and the raw edges are together on the right side. (the right sides of the bag should be facing each other in the middle of the fold). Once it is folded in half, sew a 1/4 inch seam along the raw edges.

Step 7: Lay your bag flat so that the zipper is centered and the seam you have just sewn is centered on top of the zipper. (make sure your zipper is open halfway so that you can turn your bag right side out after sewing) Sew on both sides.

Step 8: Make box corners on all 4 corners of the bag. Here is a great tutorial if you are not sure how to make a box corner. For my bag I made my corners 3 inches tall. If I were to do it again, I would probably do 2 - 2 1/2 inches but having it this tall has been kinda nice.

Once you complete all 4 box corners, turn the bag right side out and you are finished! Ready for travel!! :)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party #40

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!! Hope you all had a great week last week! I can't wait to see what you all have been up to!

Last week, I announced the supply list for the Zig Zag Quilt Along... Be sure to stop by and join in on the fun!!

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So here is to another awesome party!!!

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Zig Zag Quilt Along

I am so excited to announce this quilt along!! I am teaming up with one of my best friends in blog land {and in real life} Rach from Family Ever After!! I decided to do a zig zag quilt and she will be doing a ruffle quilt that is so much fun! I can't wait to make one myself!! So if zig zag's are not your thing and ruffles are- definitely head over to her blog today and get the supply list for the ruffle quilt!

As I am sure you all have noticed, quilting has become one of my new favorite things ever! For the last month or so, quilting has taken over the ole bloggety blog- It started with the baby quilt, then the Hello Luscious quilt, then the Salt Air quilt, the Strawberry Fields quilt and now this one...

I need to start with a disclaimer... I am far from an expert when it comes to quilting! The quilt that I made for this quilt along is my 5th quilt, but I am so excited to share with you all the things that I have learned so far! So if you decide to join in on this quilt along-  I need to let you know now that I {sometimes} break "the quilting rules", I don't know every quilter's term in the book, and I am still very much learning- so keep this in mind! If I teach you to do something a certain way and you were taught differently, definitely do it your way- like I said, I am still learning! 

Ok... with that said- here is the quilt we will be making!
(of course it was super windy the day I try to take a picture of the quilt- sorry it's not perfectly flat to see)

The quilt measures approx. 70 x 80 inches.

I plan to do a step by step directions of exactly how I made this zig zag quilt. This quilt along is definitely for everyone- those that have never made a quilt before, those that have made one or two, and those that have made hundreds of quilts. It is a super fun and easy quilt to make- but if you are nervous to start with a big project like this, you may want to get a "feel" for quilting by starting with something small- like making a baby quilt... I used this awesome tutorial to make my first quilt. I found it on one of my favorite blogs- Diary of a Quilter {Amy is pretty much the "quilting expert" in my book}... She also has an intro to quilting series on her blog and I have learned so much from it... So if you are feeling a little nervous or want to brush up on your quilting skills- definitely check it out!!

I haven't quite finished the stitching on the outside sashing (border)... I plan to ad some hand stitched design to it so stay tuned for that in the last post of the quilt along.

Before I announce the supplies, I wanted to let you all know that the Ribbon Retreat is sponsoring our quilt along. I love the Ribbon Retreat! I buy so much of my fabric from them. They ship their fabric so quickly! (I usually have it within 2 days- which works great for me- especially if I am in a bind and need my fabric quickly!) Plus they are always having weekly {sometimes daily deals} called BIGbuys. If you sign up for their newsletter, they send the deals straight to your email so you don't miss out! Love it!
So that means- good news for us! They are offering all Mommy by day Crafter by night readers 10% off of your entire order. Just use the code Mommy10 at checkout.

****Here is the list of supplies- I tried to keep it as exact as possible to cut down on costs, but there is not much extra left over as scraps or backup in case of mistakes so if you want a little leeway calculate that into your yardage.***

**** Addendum- I have added a little bit of yardage on a couple things because some were running into problems with the initial measurements.****
-1 layer cake or 42 10x10 inch squares
-1/2 to 3/4 yard for binding
-1/2 yard for small sashing (inner border)
-1 1/4 yard for large sashing (outer border)
-4 to 4 1/4 yards for quilt backing
-Quilt Batting (the quilt is approximately 70 x 80 inches so you will need enough batting to accommodate this size. If you need help picking quilt batting- here is a great post about about quilt batting from Diary of a Quilter... I had a pre-packaged twin size batting so I used that for my quilt and trimmed off the excess- but quilt batting is available by the yard so you could figure out how wide the batting is that you like and then calculate your yardage. You will want your batting to be around 2-3 inches longer that your quilt top on each side. My favorite quilt batting is Warm and Natural which is 100% cotton and but I also like the Polyfil 80/20 which is a blend of cotton and polyester- I used the Polyfil for this quilt.)

I got all of my fabric from the Ribbon Retreat. I used the Moda Oops a Daisy line for my quilt. Oops a Daisy Layer cake,  Red Lazy Daisy for backing and large sashing, Cream Ladybug for small sashing, and Orange Gingham for quilt binging.

So are any of you wondering "what in the heck is a layer cake??"
Well... Let me tell ya- but be warned- they are my new obsession when it comes to Moda's Bake Shop.
A layer cake is 42 pieces of fabric that are 10x10 inches big. They are so fabulous because they come precut and usually contain 42 different fabrics in the stack (a whole fabric collection worth- and if there aren't 42 different fabrics in a collection, the layer cake will have some repeats of fabrics- mine did.) The Ribbon Retreat has lots to choose from... They carry layer cakes by Moda, and Riley Blake. (Just keep in mind that our quilt calls for 42 squares so if you buy a layer cake that is by Riley Blake- theirs have 21 pieces per cake so you would need to buy two)

So what if you don't want to use a layer cake?? 
-You totally don't have to! You could choose 6 fabrics and cut out 7 10x10 inch squares of each fabric or choose 2 fabrics and do every other row with each fabric- for instance- if you wanted to do a black and white zig zag quilt- get your fabrics and you could do a white row, black row, white row, black row, etc. The options are endless! I just love layer cakes because you get a bunch of different fabrics without having to buy yardage of each and it saves on cutting time!

-Sewing machine
-Cutting Mat
-Rotary Cutter 
-Seam Ripper
-Iron and Ironing Board
(if you have any question about what any of these are- here is an awesome post from Diary of a Quilter on tools used in quilting)

Depending on how you choose to quilt your quilt at the end, you may want to consider some of these extra tools... I will go into more detail about each of them in the post about quilting our quilts.
(for my quilt, I machine quilted part and hand quilted part as well)

-Walking Foot (for quilting in straight lines)
-Free Motion Foot (for quilting designs such as stippling)
-Embroidery hoop or quilting stand for hand quilting or tying your quilt
-Machiner's Gloves- I feel like these are a must! I can't quilt without them. They are inexpensive and make life so much easier because they help grip the quilt while you are quilting. I haven't ever been able to find them in a store where I live so I ordered mine online at Joann's.
-Hera Marker (this is a nifty tool that you can use to make lines on your quilt to follow while sewing. It will iron or wash away.
-If you are going to be hand quilting you will want quilting hoop of some sort, quilting betweens (needles for hand quilting or embroidery), and pearl cotton thread.

Ok... Do you guys have the quilting bug yet?? Get to shopping and we will meet back here with supplies in hand on Wednesday June 6th bright and early to get to cutting our fabric!!

Feel free to place a button for the quilt along anywhere on your blog to spread the word about the fun we will be having!!

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party #39

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!! Hope you all had a great week last week! I can't wait to see what you all have been up to!

As for me and my blog, we have been a little quilt crazy and will continue to be for the next little bit- I will be announcing the quilt along, the supply list, and will have pictures of the zig zag quilt we will be making up on my blog this Friday- May 25th so be watching for that!

And last week I shared the quilts that I gave my mom and mom in law for Mother's day...

Here are some of the most viewed/favorites of last week:

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So here is to another awesome party!!!

I would love for you to:
1. Become a follower of Mommy by day... Crafter by night and or like us on FB.
2. Link back to my blog, or put the Ta-Da Tuesday Button anywhere on your blog to share the link party love!

Please remember to link to a specific post, and no links to giveaways or etsy shops. And please only link to posts with projects that you have made- No Pinterest roundups please. Thanks!!!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Strawberry Fields Quilt

I mentioned on Wednesday that I made both my mom and mother in law quilts for Mother's day this year. 
Well here is the quilt that I made for my momma...

It is probably my favorite quilt that I have made to date- just because of it's simplicity and vintage feel. There is nothing better than simple charm pack square quilt. The very first quilt I made was a baby quilt made out of charm squares. 

This is my 4th quilt to date and I still have the quilting bug! I am in love with quilting. I think it is so fulfilling because a lot of the projects I make are little skirts that my kids will grow out of, or bags that will get worn out... you get the idea... But quilts are something that are around for years and years. I have an old vintage quilt that was made by my great grandma. Every stitch was hand stitched and it is worn with years and years of loving use. I hope that these quilts I make can become family treasures too. (And if not- at least I had fun making them right??)

For this quilt, I used the Strawberry Fields fabric collection by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda. I am totally in love with this collection. The colors are so great together and are bright but soft at the same time. This fabric is so so soft and I can tell that over time, this quilt will get that soft "old quilt" feel that I love so much. 
(btw... it is an older line so I have seen it in the sale/clearance on many sites so if you like it too, snatch some up while you still can.)

I used 4 charm packs and then added a small border in the middle and a larger border around the edge. I absolutely love how it turned out. I am so happy that I have some leftover scraps to put together a mini/baby quilt for myself (for future use)

One of the reasons I love charm pack quilts are because they are by far the easiest for me to quilt. I love doing a simple "x" through each of the squares. I think it looks so cute and it is so easy to do with a machine... The squares are small enough that I don't even have to mark them at all to see where to quilt- I just eyeball it and go for it. Not every square is perfect, and straightly quilted- but heck.. that's half the fun of it. You can tell it was home made.

Like I mentioned in the post about my mother in law's quilt- My favorite way to give a quilt to someone is folding the quilt in half and then in half again so it is a big long strip (1/4 the width of the quilt) and then I roll it up into a neat, tidy roll and tie it with a cute ribbon.

And last but not least... I have to thanks my dad for holding up the quilt so I could take pictures... We had fun goofing off and I managed to snap this shot- don't tell him I posted it! Always love taking picture of my "quilt models"...
 ha ha

Have a great weekend everyone!!