Thursday, June 27, 2013

Fabric and Vinyl Do All Bags

Happy Thursday...

Two post in one day... I am on a roll....LAUGHS!!

This post is about these really cool bags I have been making. I just love them...they can be used for so many things..I am currently using for project  bags...You know too many Projects...NOT ENOUGH TIME!!

These are too simple and fun to make, you will be making them just for the fun of it.

First the sizes...for the large it measures 21" x 21" when finished...That is a pretty large bag!! and only uses 5/8" of fabric, 5/8" of interfacing, and 1/2" yd of vinyl...Cool huh...WINK, WINK

The seam allowances are 1/4" and 1/2".

I am making the large in this post so we will go off these measurements for that.
Cut  TOP (2) 4 1/2" x 22  fabric and interfacing  BOTTOM (1) 10 1/2" x 22   fabric and interfacing  VINYL  (2) 13 1/2" x 22
On the TOP allow 1 1/4" extra for Velcro so you will be actually showing 3" when finished.

Handles: (2) 4" x 22" fabric and (2)  2" x 21 1/2" interfacing.

If you have never worked with vinyl, it likes to STICK!! There are feet made of Teflon made for working with material like this. However, I don't have one of these so I make due...LAUGHS...I just take scotch tape and attach to the bottom of the foot I am using at the time and NO STICKING PROBLEMS....SIMPLE ENOUGH...SMILES

So apply your interfacing to WS of fabrics...I like to use CraftFuse for is not to stiff, but adds just enough support. Follow manufacturers directions on whatever you decide to use. You will want it firm enough to add support to the bag.

Take your top fabric and iron down a small 1/4" allowance and then fold down another 1" press and then stitch close to the edge to secure. This will be like a hem line and this is where your Velcro will be attached. And I like to use Velcro that matches my fabric. You can buy different lengths at Wal Marts for .79 to .89 and depending on the bag size can get 1-2 bags from one strip. And of course....PINK was the color I used...BIG SMILES!!! You can attach your Velcro now if you like.

Leave 1/2" allowance on each side for seam allowance when attaching Velcro.

If you want to save a step and not have extra stitching showing you can attach your Velcro and secure your top hem at the same time...WINK, WINK


Attach same strip to Vinyl on the 13 1/2" side and using a 1/4" seam allowance stitch in place. Make sure to secure at the beginning and end of your seam.

**You cannot iron so you finger press all seams that are on Vinyl**
Fold under seam and top stitch to secure to fabric strip. this keeps your seams hidden behind the fabric.
Attach other top strip to 2nd Vinyl piece.

Now bottom fabric to both vinyl pieces, this will leave one solid piece of fabric for the bottom of the bag. Make sure to top stitch all your seams when attaching to Vinyl...

Now make your handles, fold the fabric strip in half with raw edges together and WST and then fold in the sides to the middle and press. This is where I attach my interfacing to my handles. I just unfold the sides and press into the center of the strip and then fold the sides back in and then fold together again and you will have a 1" strip to stitch around all the edges.

From raw edges in 7" towards center and 2 1/2" down all the way to top of where fabric and Vinyl attach.

I attach with a simple square around the bottom of the handle and then a Crisscross to secure.

Turn bag RST and stitch 1/2" seam allowance down the sides of the bag.

Turn bag and shape the corners and the sides of the bag .

Your 1st Bag is complete...

This bag is LARGE enough to hold the LAP TOP bag I just made for my Mom's Birthday...SMILES...And with ROOM TO SPARE!!!!

I have the measurements for 2 other sizes if you would like them...drop me a line...

I am making good use of mine...SMILES!!!

Glad you stopped by...Until next Time...
Stitch a little each day....

"A Touch of Hink"

Janome Machine Pad Tutorial

Hello Friends,

We are having HOT, HOT Weather, I hope you all are finding relief...SMILES!!

As promised I am back with the full Tutorial on the Sewing Machine Pad..
I have all my measurements and calculations and Here We Go...Wink, Wink

Supplies Needed:
Fabric of Choice: A few different prints, or all the same, it is what you prefer. You will need 1 for the pad top, 1 for the pad backing. And 3-4 other prints for the pocket panel piece.
1/4" seams allowance

Binding: Approximately 5 yards
Batting: (1) 31 x 15 1/2" (1) 5 1/4" x 20 1/2" (1) 3 3/4" x 20 1/2" (1) 6 1/4" x 20 1/2"

Other Supplies:
Thread to match Fabric
Embroidery Thread (for quilting)
Sewing Machine (Recommended Janome MC 8900
Rotary Cutter & Mat
FMQ Foot / Walking Foot
Clover Wonder Clips
Marking Pen - Removable
Buttons (5) to match
Button Hole Foot for Sewing Machine
Binding Tool (if preferred)

Measure the sizes you need for your machine, this will vary from machine to machine
Measure sizes needed for pockets, width, drop

Cut Pieces:
Pad top (1) 31" x 15 1/2"  I allowed 1" all around for quilting allowance
Pad Back (1) 31" x 15 1/2"
Button Strip  (2) 3 1/4" x 20 1/2"  Back panel (2) 6 1/4" x 20 1/2"
1st pocket (2)  5 1/4" x 20 1/2"  2nd Pocket (2) 3 3/4" x 20 1/2"

Place button strip (3 1/4" x 20 1/2") fabric RST and sew along one raw edge, turn and iron seam flat. Continue with sewing front and back panels (6 1/4" x 20 1/2" fabric pieces) to the button strip. You will have a finished piece of two fabrics one measuring 3" and the other 6". Top stitch above and below the seams that attached the panel to the button strip. I then used a decorative stitch below the bottom top stitch just to add a little BLING. SMILES.

decorative stitching
Make your 1st pocket strip. Take the pocket fabrics 5 1/4" x 20 1/2"  and make a mini quilt fabric RSU then batting and back fabric RSD. You can either make your binding for this step or use a prepacked binding. Attach binding along the top raw edges leaving 3 raw edges.

Follow the same steps for the 2nd pocket strip.

Layer your panel and strips, pin them together and bast stitch down the sides. Attach binding to the 2 sides and Bottom. Measure where you want your pockets to lay. I did this by what I wanted in my pockets. Small scissors, seam ripper, quilting gloves etc.  Lay aside for later.
Pocket panel complete
Make your quilt sandwich with the pad fabric pieces. Your top piece RSU / batting /  backing RSD. Quilt as preferred. I simply stippled with a contrasting embroidery thread (PINK) all over.
You can FMQ here or use your walking foot and quilt however your are comfortable.

Square up your pad and bind all raw edges.

stipple stitch shown 

Now I took to my table and placed under my machine, because I tend to keep handy items accessible, I allowed for this & measured where I wanted my buttons & marked with a removable pen.

Attach your button hole foot to your machine and make your button holes. Mine were placed at from the left" 1 1/4" 6 3/4" 10 1/2" 14" 19 1/2".

Now I laid my button panel atop my pad and marked with a removable pen where my buttons need to be. Just simply marking through the button hole onto the fabric below. I then used my machine to sew them all on...A WONDERFUL FEATURE...BIG SMILES!!!

Now place your pad under your machine and attach your pockets / FILL THEM FULL / and You have a NEW MACHINE PAD WITH POCKETS...

Glad you stopped back by...

Until next time...
"A Touch of Hink"

Thursday, June 20, 2013


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Janome Machine Pad with Pockets

Hello Friends, 
I hope you all have had a good week...I know I have been busy as usual. Not only sewing but working in the yard...that is a full time JOB!!  LAUGHS!!

I wanted to share something new with you today. 
Recently I was Blessed with a new Janome Horizon MC 8900...I AM IN LOVE!!!

When I got the machine home, well it was larger than my old Brother and nothing was gonna fit...SMILES!!
I am one of those who like things to I have made all kind of things for my sewing room including a machine pad and cover...etc..All those won't work anymore with my new BABY!! 

I have been busy with other projects & finally I am getting around to making new accessories for my Janome. 

Lately I have really been into Black & White and always PINK...WINK,WINK

I lucked up the other day at Joann's and found a fabric that HAD IT ALL...well that got my wheels to turning and inspired me get to designing..

 I measured how much area I wanted covered and what kind of pockets I needed, you have to have your work space organized and accessible...SMILES...I already have a bag that catches scraps so I was not sure if I wanted to incorporate another into it.

My base layer needs to be 14 x 30, I am going to bind it, so no extra for seam allowance. But I will cut an 1"
larger for Quilting allowance.
My pockets are going to be attached along the front and will have 2 rows or pockets. I will cut extra for seam allowances when attaching pocket bib.

So I cut my fabric and laid out roughly.  THIS IS GONNA BE A LEARN AS YOU GO PROJECT...LAUGHS...Surprisingly most of my new designs are and those turn out to be the best ones..BIG LAUGHS!!!

I decided I was gonna made separate pieces so I could removed the pockets if needed and also it would make easier to travel with... I can detach and roll up into the mat. 
Really liking that Ideal!!!

I cut all my batting and made my binding and everything was ready to START!!

I made my pocket section first..I was still unsure how it as gonna attach to mat so I decided if I got that piece done, Hopefully it would come to me..WINK, WINK..

I made each strip of pockets separately and then laid then all together and marked where I wanted my pockets...the width.. I stitched through all layers at one time on each marked line. And then attached binding around the whole piece. 

Now the Mat Piece. I laid it out and quilted with embroidery thread...I like using embroidery thread, it makes strong beautiful stitching.  A BOLD STATEMENT...LAUGHS...and of course I used PINK THREAD...SMILES!!


When all finished, I squared up my mat and attached binding around the whole piece. 

It was perfect!!!! 

So I set my machine up for button holes and got started...I marked each place I thought I would be best support, I ended up with 5 buttons. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT

I made my button holes and then marked for my buttons. My Janome is GREAT! not only does it do 9 different button holes...It sews on the buttons as well...OH HAPPY ME!!!

So after I got all that whipped up and attached...
There you have it a New Sewing Machine Pad with Pockets to Boot!!

Sorry no a lot of pictures or measurements but I am planning a detailed pattern on this one. So please check back soon, or EVEN BETTER, HIT THE FOLLOW ME TO KNOW WHEN I HAVE NEW POST...BIG BIG SMILES!!!

Thanks for stopping by, Until next time...




Thursday, June 13, 2013

Paper Pieced Pillow Tutorial

Good Morning, I am back with the final pillow in the bedding makeover. A Beautiful Paper Pieced  8 Point Star.

You can find a free template on Craftsy Or you can find the whole pattern in Simple Quilts Spring 2013 Issue.

The template has a A & B section, you will need to make 4 copies of each section. The cut along the exterior lines to get your 2 template pieces.  
Then pick your fabrics. I wanted to use as many of the fabrics I had already used on my bedding to bring this pillow into the theme. So I gathered them up and started cutting. You want your fabric pieces large enough to cover the assigned area. Don't get skimpy want to make sure you have enough to cover all the area as well as the seam allowance area etc.  
Now this is the fun part. Lay your A template face down and place your first fabric piece face up covering the #1 area. Then take your #2 piece and lay it face down on the #1 piece and line up with the stitch line. 

You will want to use a good light so you can see through the paper and fabric so you can get everything perfect.

Then off to your machine and stitch on the #2 line, this will catch both fabrics. 
Then fold your paper along the stitch line and trim your fabrics to 1/4". 

You want to use a very small stitch length, this will make it easy to remove the paper when finished. 

Iron the fabric seams down and #3 fabric is next. 

 As you did in the first two, line your #3 fabric up along the #3 line and then sew to the paper. And trim your 1/4" allowance. 
Iron down your seams and continue to the next piece. You should see your star panel coming to life as you add each piece. 

Continue to add,  trim and iron until you get all pieces sewn to your paper template.

When all pieces are attached trim your panel along the outer lines (seam allowance lines).
I like to keep a small ironing surface by my sewing machine so that I am not up and down so many times, there is many steps in each panel. 

I have this cool little notebook style pad, a ironing pad on one side and a cutting mat on the GREAT....SMILES!!! 

This is my little iron that I use for these projects as well as my applique projects. I did a lot of research before I purchased a small iron, and I think I got it right!! It gets as hot as you need..has 4 heat settings, and is small enough to get into the tightest little places. 
You can find these at Wal Marts or Joann's. I am sure there are other stores that carry them, these are the two where I have seen them. 
After you finish your A template do the same for the B template. You want your fabrics to match up. 

As you progress with your panels your star will come together.

Here is all the panels finished and ready to be sewn together. 

Now you take the A & B sections and sew them together. 
Here is the front all sewn together and now I am adding the side panels to finish off the size I need for the pillow form I have.

I am using a 16 x 16 pillow form. 

I will then add the top and bottom panels as well.

I allowed 2" extra allowance on my panels. I will end up trimming these down after I am finished quilting.
This allows for squaring up and any other you might need. 
And my front of my pillow is ready. 

Now you remove the paper from the back of your panels.
I start with one area and work my way around there will be some areas that are near impossible to get out due to the seams. But the pattern I followed said to do this step now. Other paper pieced patterns I have done I remove the paper as soon as I finish the panels before I sew them together. 
 I like to use a really small crochet hook to get the paper started tearing and to tear along the seams. It works great.

And finally all the paper is gone and the panel is ready for quilting.

View of back side of panel with paper gone
 Now I make my quilt sandwich, and off to the machine to quilt my front panel together. 

Quilt Sandwich
As with any quilt sandwich, you want to allow extra on your batting and backing fabric for any quilting slippage.  I gave myself an extra 1" all around with the batting and back panel. 

You can quilt anyway you prefer. I quilting in the ditch around the star and all the areas in the star and then around the added panels. 

I also quilted extra to add dimension to the star. 
This is the back view of the front panel. Here you can see the quilting a little better. I use Embroidery thread to quilt. I love the way it makes the stitching stand out.  On this I tried a new one. 

Floriani Embroidery is a lot like Isacord and I am loving the look. I feel like I will be using more of this wonderful thread.
You can find this sold at your local Quilting Stores, or on line.

You will want to fill your bobbin with the same thread. 

Now it is time for the back panels of the pillow. 

I cut 2 panels for this step, and allowed extra on each to make a envelope style so I could just slip the pillow form into the cover and no hand sewing....BIG SMILES!!

I knew I wanted to do something to coordinate with the front quilting so I decided on angled straight line quilting. 

I made my quilt sandwiches as I did with the front panel  and started in one corner of each panel with a 45 deg angle mark. I carried this design all the way down the panel to the end corner. 

I spaced the lines about 2" apart. 

After I got my back panels done, then it was on to the binding. I decided to make my own (instead of store bought) out of some of the fabric to coordinate with the bedding. 

I cut my strips 2" wide and the width of my fabric. I attached them together like I mentioned in my earlier

I used a couple methods to make my binding, I am experimenting to see what I like the most. SMILES...   The first is a ironing mat, I must say I really like this, the padded mat helps your iron along and your fabric is crisp. However it does not turn in the outside edges. It is strictly for binding that you would use as it comes off the mat.

 The other method was the binding tools you can purchase in different sizes. This is a little hard to get started, but in the end it was the best tool for the binding I needed. 
I then attached to each back panel along one side and stitched into place. 
First step of attaching binding. 
The way I do my binding...I open it all up and stitch down the first side to the back of the panel, and then wrap and iron the binding into place to the front of the panel, clip and stitch along the very outer edge to secure to the panel .
2nd step attaching to front side. 

Many people like to attach to the front first and then to the back, but I just like the other way is your preference.
I love to use the little Wonder Clips, they are a great tool for binding!!!
My problem, I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH!!! So I use clips that, well they are large hair clips...WINK, WINK.. 
Finished binding. 

This is how to recycle your toilet paper rolls...LAUGHS!!!

I use them to store my binding until I am ready to use.  

Now I am attaching my back and front panels together with binding. Follow the same steps as with the binding on the back panels, except you will be completing your pillow cover in this step. 

You will finish with attaching to the front and you have the finished pillow. Now just insert your pillow form and YOU ARE DONE!!

Front view with hair clips attached ....SMILES

Finished view Back Side

 And here is my Final Pillow for my New Bedding!!!

I think I am LOVING IT!!! I really like the way it turned out. 

And the stitching on the back matched up perfect BIG BIG SMILES!!! I LOVE WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER.

Here is my finished pillow and the finished pillow in Simple Quilts...

And Finally the Finished Product on my bed...IT BELONGS!!!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I know there are some points I did not touch on. You can find more information about Paper Piecing on Pinterest and Craftsy or if you have questions, please feel free to drop me a line...

Also information about envelope style pillows can be found on Pinterest as well as most of the quilting sites on the internet.

Please if you do make one of these, let me know and I would love to add your project to this post...

Thanks so much for Stopping by...

AKA "A Touch of Hink"

Until next time....HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!

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