Monday, November 30, 2015

Bag It - Triangle Bags

It is day 11 of my Elm Street Quilts Bag It 2015 series!

For overall information on the series, visit the main Bag It page.

We've done rectangles and boxes - today we are going to make a triangle!

This bag looks harder than it actually is.  And it is so cute - I've made a whole bunch of these to give away as holiday gifts!

Ready to get started?  

triangle zip bag tutorial

You'll need the following:

triangle zip bag tutorial
  • Fifteen (15) mini charms at 2½''
  • Lining fabric at  6½ x 10½''
  • Two (2) pieces of fusible fleece each at 6½ x 10½''
  • Six (6) inch zipper

Sew the 15 mini charms together to create your outer fabric measuring 6½ x 10½’’.  Iron on two (2) pieces of fusible on the wrong side and then quilt as desired.  For this sample, I quilted lines about 3/8'' apart.

Pin 6'' zipper to quilted outer fabric with two pins on either end making sure either ends of the zipper are the same distance from the edge. As always, you can start with a larger zipper and then add a fabric zipper tab at the bottom to size it correctly.

Pin the lining fabric (right sides together) to the zipper and sew zipper.  Make sure you start and stop roughly 3/8 '' from each edge.

Open zipper and pin quilted outer fabric to the other side of the zipper.  Pin the lining fabric (right sides together) to the zipper and sew zipper.  Remember to start and stop roughly 3/8'' from each edge.

This is an important step and if you are used to making bags with two pieces of fabric, it could be confusing so take a moment to really look at the photo below.  See how the quilted outer fabric is right sides together and how the lining is right sides together - each making a shape like a tear drop?

Once things are sewn, it will look like this.  Look carefully in the photo below.  The zipper is open all the way and you can see how the lining and the outer fabric are attached.

On the edge of the bag with the closed zipper end, find center of quilted outer fabric by folding and putting pin in fold to mark center..   Fold over aligning center of zipper tape with the pin marking center of the quilted outer fabric.    Fold back the lining similar to what was done in the boxy bag.  Sew.

Repeat for lining, again this is the same technique we used in boxy bag to first sew the outer bag and then the lining. You do want to catch the zipper tape in both.

Now you've got a nice neat seam on the bottom of your triangle bag.

To secure the top, you are going to fold the lining and the outer bag fabric in half and pin.   Leave about 2 or 2½'' from folded edge of lining open and sew from this point across lining, zipper tape and to the edge of the quilted fabric.    See where that blue pin is on the lining fabric?  That is the staring point.

This is what it will look like before you turn it right side out.

Carefully push the bag right side out through the gap in the lining.  (Always feel like there should be a drum roll for this step!)

Ta Da!!  Look what you made!

triangle zip bag tutorial

Secure the gap in the lining either by hand or machine.

I had some leftover flying geese blocks lying around - they made a quick and fun triangle bag!

triangle zip bag tutorial

And since I had more charm squares left, I just need to made another!

triangle zip bag tutorial

There are lots of options here.  For this last bag, I used a piece of twill tape to make a handy pull to hold onto while you unzip the bag.  I just sewed it into the seam on that last step.

Aren't these fun?  I'll be back with one more post on triangle bags to discuss some size options.

triangle zip bag tutorial

This post was sponsored by Zipit, an Etsy store as part of the Bag It event in 2015.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, November 27, 2015

Finishing up week 4 of Bag It!

Even I can't believe how many bags I made to create this Bag It series!  

And you know what? I'm still making them!

This picture is only some of them!   There is one more tutorial coming on Monday for the bags I call triangle bags.  It is a neat fun shape that you can make in all different sizes.

In case you missed it - maybe getting ready for Thanksgiving - this week posts covered two kinds of bags that incorporate clear vinyl.  They've got all sorts of uses but I personally use mine to keep my headphones secure and to keep jewelry from getting tangled.

The tutorial for the headphone pouch is here and I put together a supply kit to make two of these - you just add fabric!  Check out my Etsy store where I've a limited set of supply kits available. 

The pattern for this jewelry travel roll can be found in my Craftsy store. It is one of my most popular patterns.  

And don't forget, once you make and share a bag, follow the instructions below to enter the giveaway. ANY bag you make and share counts - it doesn't have to be one that I've written a tutorial on.

Ready to enter?
  1. Visit the sponsor post.  (You can earn up to 9 entries.)
  2. For each bag you create and share between now and 8pm on December 14, you earn 10 entries into the giveaway!   Entering is easy!   Just share a photo of your bag (or bags) on your blog, on Instagram (#elmstreetquilts), on the Elm Street Quilts Facebook page or send to me via email (elmstreetquilts at gmail dot com) and then go here to officially enter.  Enter as often as you want as you make new bags.  Any bag you make and share counts!   

See the Elm Street Quilts Bag It information page for more information.

I'm carrying forward the linky from last week so keep adding to it.  It is great to share those bags with everyone.  (Don't forget however, to officially enter the giveaway.)

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Bag It - Jewelry Roll

jewelry travel bag tutorialWelcome to day 10 of the Elm Street Quilts Bag It series.   It has been so very exciting to see all the photos of bags posted and fun to share this series with everyone!

For more information about the series, including sponsors and giveaways, visit the main Bag It page.

If you've been following along through the series, you might remember the post where I used fabric strip scraps from my AMB fabrics and created new fabric for a bag?  (The post was called Make your own fabric.)

I used that fabric to make the outside (back) of a Jewelry Roll.

Inside, I've got 3 nice big pockets which have been further divided.  Hard to see in the photo but the top and bottom pocket have been divided in half and the middle one into thirds.

jewelry travel bag tutorial

Before your next trip, zip your bracelets, necklaces and rings away safely and then roll up the jewelry travel roll and tie.  It will tuck into your suitcase quite easily and all your jewelry will stay in one place and will not get tangled!!

jewelry travel bag tutorial

These make wonderful gifts.  I first designed these several years ago and gave them to each of my sisters for Christmas.  For those, I choose this pretty print that was left over fabric from a quilt back.  (I've still got some of this left and now it is being used in my Farmer's Wife quilt!)

jewelry travel bag tutorial

You can see the pockets a bit more clearly in this photo.  See how all the jewelry tucks in quite nicely?  I still get thanks from my sisters about these - they use them all the time.

jewelry travel bag tutorial

And look how nice my new jewelry roll matches two of the other bags I made for this series.  (This post and that post for more information.)  Looks like I am ready to travel ... just need somewhere to go!!

The pattern for this jewelry travel roll can be found in my Craftsy store. It is one of my most popular patterns.

jewelry travel bag tutorial

This post was sponsored by Zipit, an Etsy store as part of Bag It 2015.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, November 23, 2015

Bag It! - Headphone pouch

headphone pouch tutorial
Welcome to day 9 of the Elm Street Quilts Bag It series.  I hope you are having as much fun as I am!  For overall information on the Bag It series including sponsors and giveaways, visit the main Bag It page.

I've made myself a whole collection of bags and pouches and this one is probably the most useful.  Instead of throwing my headphones in my purse allowing them to get tangled, I use this pouch with the clear vinyl pocket. Don't they look great in there?

Want to make one for yourself?  Or maybe make a whole bunch of them as gifts?  They go together very fast!

But before we get started, I am excited to announce that I opened an Etsy store!!  I assembled a headphone pouch supply kits for these headphone bags.  I've only a limited supply of these so don't delay if you want one.  (I've only figured the shipping costs for US.  If you want one for outside of the US, email me and will figure it out.)

headphone pouch tutorial


In these instructions, the term 'back' will refer to the part of the bag that is not visible through the vinyl.   The term front will refer to the fabric that is visible through the vinyl.  You can choose the same fabrics or different fabrics.  A leftover layer cake square works great to get a match between front and back.

In my sample, the solid green will be the back and the green flowers will be the front.

You'll need the following:
headphone pouch tutorial
Iron the piece of fusible onto the wrong side of the back fabric and quilt as desired. For this sample, I did a set of straight lines one inch apart.

I've made headphone pouches with and without zipper fabric stops.  I like them better with the fabric stops so that is what I'll cover in this tutorial.  (I'll put a photo at the end to show the alternative without zipper fabric stops.)

Cut off the end of the zipper and sew and flip a piece of contrasting fabric.  Although I did not do this in this photo, I highly recommend you fold over that bottom edge of the fabric stop so that you aren't left with a raw edge.  You'll see why later.

Open zipper.

Lay rule so that the top of the fabric stop is at 5 1/2 ''.   On the other end, mark a line at the 1/4 '' mark.   Cut your zipper at your pencil mark.

Sew and flip to add another fabric stop.

Trim to 6'', having roughly 1/2" of the fabric stop on each end of the zipper.

Sew the smaller piece of fabric (1 x 6'') to the top of the zipper.

Lay the zipper right side down and place the vinyl along edge of zipper so that you are sewing it to the wrong side of the zipper.   The vinyl piece will be trimmed at a later step.

For some of these, I actually made two trips across the zipper tape and vinyl to make sure the vinyl was really secure.  The two stitching lines look just fine and blend right into the zipper.

Alternatively, if the vinyl is statically clinging to the paper tissue, go ahead and leave this on and sew through it.  It can make the vinyl easier to handle. (And made things easier to see in this tutorial photo!)  Once you sew it to the zipper, remove the paper tissue.

headphone pouch tutorial

Sewing vinyl isn't difficult just take it slow and don't use pins (they'll leave permanent holes.)  One reason the vinyl pieces are cut larger than the fabric is so that you've got some 'wiggle' room.

Open the zipper slightly and lay this unit on top of the front fabric.  Sew across the top at a seam slightly less than 1/4 ''.

Carefully sew across the other 3 sides of the bag again at something less than 1/4 ''.  Think of this as basting the vinyl piece onto the lining.

I sewed each side first and then went across the bottom.

NOW trim the vinyl carefully with scissors.

Make a sandwich - lay the back (quilted) fabric right side facing up and place the front fabric (with the vinyl) facing down.   Use Clover clips to secure. Sew around the bag, leaving an opening at the top for turning.

You seam should be 1/4''.  Slightly larger is fine - you just want to make sure you are sewing bigger than your basting seam.

Leave an opening in the top about 2 inches so you can turn inside out.

All sewn.

Trim off as much of the excess batting as you can and turn inside out.  Because of the bulk, these corners will be slightly rounded.

Close the opening by either hand or machine.

Carefully top stitch around the entire unit to create  a polished look.

Doesn't it look pretty?

headphone pouch tutorial

Now I made a bunch of these without adding that fabric stop to the zipper.  You can compared these two photos to see the difference. You get a little more bulk in that seam because the zipper coils are in there.

headphone pouch tutorial

This is what it looked like when the zipper was attached to the vinyl without those zipper fabric stops.  The first thing I did after this photo was cut off that zipper stop to the right.

Now grab your headphones and welcome them to their new home!!

headphone pouch tutorial

With one done, it is time to make more - maybe for every teenager on your list?   Makes a great teacher gift too!

headphone pouch tutorial

So far I've made 6 - they go together so quick I'll be making some more!

headphone pouch tutorial

This post was sponsored by Zipit, an Etsy store as part of 2015 Bag It

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, November 20, 2015

Bag It Inspiration from around the world!!!

It is the end of week 3 of my Elm Street Quilts Bag It series!  

For overall information on the series, visit the main Bag It page.   A list of suggested supplies can be found here.

By popular request, I am thrilled to share just some of the bags that have been made and shared by talented people from around the world as part of the Bag It series.

Some people are sharing via Instagram - #elmstreetquilts

Others have shared on their blogs.  Here are just a sampling of these photos.  Credits and links to the blogs are below.

Row 1:  Martina from Sunshine Quilting;  Jocelyn from Happy Cottage Quilter;  Kathy from Both Sides of the Pond

Row 2:  Heidi from Red Letter Quilts;  Kathy from Running with Rocket;  Val from Val Spiers Sews

Row 3:  All bags by Sandra from Sandra Sews

Row 4:  Another from Kathy from Running with Rocket;  Pam from Threading my Way;  Janine from Crafty Tokyo Mama II

There have been beautiful photos sent in through email - here are the bags made by (left to right) Diane, Donna & Lisa.

And because they keep coming in, here are just a few more. - credits left to right to Kathy from Running with Rocket;     Pam from Threading my Way; and Anne via email.

There are almost 70 entries so far and still plenty of time to make more and submit them for more entries in the giveaway and more gifts for your friends and family completed!

I'm in love with so many of these.  Just love the fabric choices and lots of new shapes and sizes.

To make it easier to share your bags with others, come join today's linky party.

Please feel free to link up photos of any bags you've created and shared from November 2 through December 14.

Posting a photo in the linky does not - however - count as an entry in the giveaway.   You still need to  go here to officially enter!!

So create and share any bag between now through December 14 - each bag shared earns you 10 entries into the giveaway!   Entering is easy!  

 Just share a photo of your bag (or bags) on your blog, on Instagram (#elmstreetquilts), on the Elm Street Quilts Facebook page or send to me via email (elmstreetquilts at gmail dot com) and then go here to officially enter.  Enter as often as you want as you make new bags.  Any bag you make and share counts!   

Next week, I'll be featuring two kinds of bags that are great for storing headphones and jewelry.  I think you'll find more than one person on your holiday list that will love these!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Bag It - Mini Storage Bags

Mini storage bag tutorial

(This post was originally published as part of the 2015 Bag It event.)

You'll find many, many uses for these mini storage bags. Put them next to your sewing machine to corral seam rippers and other tools.

Put one in the bath to collect makeup together.

Make some in holiday fabric and tuck some small gifts inside.

These bags are made identically to the large storage bags we talked about on this post.

Just the dimensions are different.

Mini storage bag tutorial

The technique for assembling these bags will seem very familiar if you've already made a zipped pouch.

For this Mini Storage Bag, you'll need the following:

  • 2 pieces of outer fabric cut at 5 x 7''
  • 2 pieces of lining fabric each cut at 5 1/2 x 7'' (the lining is cut slightly bigger so it will roll and be visible on the outside of the bag)
  • 4 pieces of fusible fleece each cut at 5 x 7''

That's it.  No zipper!

Iron 2 pieces of fusible fleece onto each of the outer fabric and quilt as desired.  This sample has 1'' quilted lines.

Put lining and outer fabric right sides together and sew a seam across the top.   No zipper to sandwich in between!

Already loving it!

Take each of your two units and put them right sides together, lining up the edges of the outer and lining fabric.

Sew around the entire unit leaving 2 to 3 '' open in the lining to allow for turning it inside out.

Box the corners of the outer fabric and the lining at 1'' from the sewn lines.

Mini storage bag tutorial

Turn inside out.

Sew the opening in the lining closed by hand or by machine.

Mini storage bag tutorial

Top stitch the top of the outer fabric to the lining.

Now make more.... and more of these.  They are seriously addicting.

Mini storage bag tutorial

Quick and easy.  They make good little thread catchers next to your sewing machine.  Put them all throughout your house to collect little items.  Fill them with candy and now you've made a great gift extra sweet.

Mini storage bag tutorial

They don't take much fabric and you can even fussy cut so the Grinch peaks around the corner!

I really love the fabric I used for the lining with the Grinch - reminds me of all the decorations in Whoville.

Mini storage bag tutorial

I hope you've got great plans to make and share bags.

Mini storage bag tutorial

See the Elm Street Quilts Bag It information page for links to more tutorials.

Have a wonderful day! Patty