Market Tote Sewn From a Pillowcase. These reusable shopping totes are made from recycled pillowcases. They're fully lined, machine washable, compact and cute. And as it turns out, they're also really easy to make.
The pattern is completely flexible as far as size goes – you can make it as big or as small as you like. as such, i can’t tell you exactly how much fabric you will need because that will depend, but my bag is smallish, so two fat quarters were more than enough.
Binding Quilts: Binding finishes the edges of a quilt and there are quite a few variations on how it can be done. The majority of quilters use double-fold straight-grain binding unless the quilt has curved edges, in which case they opt for bias binding.
Here’s a visual guide to some of the most common hand-embroidery stitches found in quilts and other sewing projects. Pattern instructions usually tell you what type of thread to use, but if you’re venturing out on your own, use embroidery floss or pearl cotton with a wide-eye embroidry needle.
Quilt Dictionary. Every craft has jargon, and quilting is no different. If you're new to quitting, it can be Like ordering from Starbucks for the first time. But instead of an "extra-hot skinny grande mocha with whip" you may ask for "fat quarter tone-on-tone batiks for a foundation-pieced crazy quilt." Both produce very different, though delicious, results! This dictionary will help you make sense of quilting terminology.
Your knitting friends are sure to love this little treasure true of knitting goodies. You can easily customize the double-pointed needle roll, circular-needle hanger, and ditty bag to reflect your friends' fauorite colors. This group is easy to complete and requires just a little fabric, so in an afternoon or two you can whip up a chic gift on a budget.
This is a great project for gifts—all straight lines, little cutting, and simple to stitch up. To make your very own quilted tote bag, you will need (based on a fabric width of at least 35”) ½ yard for lining; ¼ yard for backing and quilter’s batting; ¼ yard and 1/5 yard coordinating fabric for the front and pocket; 1 yard strap.
Not so much. In reality, my first (second, sixth…) attempt to use a twin needle resulted in a headache and a desire to hurl myself out of my first-floor sewing room window. I would have given up many moons ago, but I had developed a bit of a stubborn vendetta. (You’re shocked, I know.)
The most impactful way to customize your tote is to adapt the size. This simple change takes the same shape from a tiny party favor bag to a large shopping sack. In this episode of Rock the Tote, I’ll show you a few size variations and provide you with easy equations to tweak your next tote to perfectly fit its contents.
Unequivocally, my favorite trim is piping. I like it in a solid color or any variety of print, with cording or without, delicate or chunky. And now that I know about that awesome way to make it from scratch, I doubt I’ll buy it pre-made again. (Well…not often.) I also adore rickrack and the perfect vintage feel it brings to its host project. In this post and in part 2, I’ll walk you through the process of using either of these on the top edge of your next tote.
Last week, I posted a tutorial showing how to trim the top of your tote with corded piping. Today, we’ll follow a similar process to install rickrack.