Quilted Log Cabin Pillow

No tutorial for you today, just a shot of the quilted log cabin pillow cover I finished up yesterday.  At the moment I’m trying to brighten up a colorless rental house, and all those small bits and pieces of fabric I’ve collected are finding a purpose here.

For this project I constructed 4 easy log cabin quilt blocks. Sewn together, they finished to a 12″ top.  I simply quilted the top to a piece of Warm & Natural batting (no backing here), using straight lines.  I added a back, and inserted a 12″ pillow form.  The cover is removable for washing.

Next up on the sewing machine – perhaps another pillow cover using just large squares, or maybe a pieced pillow case.  Then I may be ready for a new bag.

Bag Tutorials

I’m back.

Those are dangerous words.  Perhaps I should have said, “I think I’m back.”  The last several months have been a wild ride, and have included the illness and death of a parent, packing up a house, moving over 600 miles further north, applying for graduate school, getting settled again, and some freelance web design work.  (This site is due for a huge redesign as well, but that’s probably several weeks down the road.)  So, while I hope to be posting much more frequently now, I won’t make any scheduling promises that I can’t keep.

I would like to write some more tutorials, but my sewing machine still hasn’t seen the light of day since the move.  Soon, though.  Meanwhile, I have some links to share with you.

First, a reader pointed out to me that The Buttercup Bag Pattern from Made by Rae is now available with a commercial license.  Your purchase will include the bag pattern in two sizes.  Thank you, Mayya, for letting me know about this!

i have to say always has great tutorials!  Here’s one for a laundry sack that is really too pretty for dirty laundry.

Elizabeth has a free pattern and instructions for the Diana Hobo over on her blog. I think this will be my next bag project.

And the fabric scraps pictured at the top of this post?  I’ll be making a patchwork pillow cover out of those.  Soon.  I hope.

Fabric Basket


I found this fabric basket tutorial (courtesy of vlijtig) a couple of weeks ago and have been saving it for when I needed a simple but effective project. Tonight I carved out some time and completed one of these in less than an hour.  That time included doing some calculations to convert metric to inches, plus taking a phone call from my mother.  You can probably complete yours in about 30 minutes if you have all your materials ready to go ahead of time, and if you don’t forget to do things like attaching the interfacing before you sew up the lining.  Not that I ever do stuff like that (actually, yes, all the time). I’m blaming that on my heavily medicated condition at the moment, which is a result of refusing to seek medical attention when I knew I was too sick to get well on my own.

The tutorial measurements are metric, so I converted them to inches (sort of) before cutting my fabrics.  Since it’s hard to measure decimals on the typical U.S. ruler, I adjusted the measurements a little bit.  I cut my pieces as follows:

Fabric A: 8-3/4″ x 2-1/2″ (2 pieces)
Fabric B: 8-3/4″ x 7-7/8″
Fabric C: 8-3/4″ x 11-7/8″
Interfacing: 8-3/4″ x 11-7/8″

Instead of ribbon I made tabs out of fabric, finished to 1″ wide.

And here’s a photo of what I’m really using this basket for – to organize the pharmaceutical chaos on my desk.  You didn’t really think I have baskets of pretty thread sitting around on my sewing table, did you?

Tutorial: Another Fabric Flower

Fabric flowers are always an easy way to embellish bags and accessories, and there are dozens of ways to make them.  The one pictured here isn’t unusual, but I thought I’d photograph the steps for you while making this one last night, and give you the directions that I typically use.  I also made a very easy ribbon flower, and I’ll try to show that to you this week. [Read more...]

Tutorial: Fabric Bracelet

This fabric bracelet is another one of those easy accessory projects that you can make quickly and easily, and with minimal investment if you already have fabric scraps on hand. For the version with buttons pictured here, I only needed 2 strips of fabric, each about 1-1/4″ wide, 2 d-rings, and a few stray buttons. You can use smaller scraps as well, as I did with the blue crazy-pieced bracelet. Other variations are limited only by your imagination. [Read more...]