I swear I am in complete and utter love of this technique and making more of these beautiful creations of Tara Rebman’s Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags
I love using up my scraps, making them work together or just throwing whatever with whatever and seeing how it goes.
That’s how I’ve pieced the scrappy wallets I make and I love how they turn out with so many bright colours and patterns.
They look absolutely fantastic if you go the extra mile and make your own bias tape. It is time consuming and a bit finicky but the results are great.
Hand stitching the second side of the tape on is the best way to go. Keeps it really nice and tidy. But beware! Thimble recommended.
Here’s how it all started!
Since I’ve been chronicling the progress of my rag rug on my Facebook Page and Instagram but here are some of the pics all put together. It’s nearly done so there will be one last “KABOOM! lookit it’s all finished” pic coming soon. There are instructions around online but I used Creativebug’s class.
I’m not a great crocheter, as illustrated by my attempt at an ‘apple cozy’ years ago.
This project is great and goes quickly once you’ve got your fabric ready to go. But you’ll need some muscles for tearing up sheets or lengths of fabric. They look pretty neat all balled up.
I had a really hard time getting my rug to lay properly. I struggled with it curling up, then being warbly and I’ve sort of been making my own pattern up as I go. Laying the rug down here and there to see how it falls. And I’ve been writing down what I do on each round so that *if* I do have to do some ‘reverse crochet’ I’ll know where I left off.
Why hello there! I’m giving away one scrappy wallet to some lucky winner! I will ship internationally (that’s anywhere in the world because you’re worth it). Please leave a comment below and make sure there’s a way for me to contact you. These are stock photos of some of my past wallets but I assure you the wallet will be adorable and meet all your accessorizing needs. We can chat about colours and patterns later.
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Giveaway open until December 12 at 5 p.m. PST.
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Yeah I love these things.
Scraps and fun fabrics. Some of my favourite things.
Also, storing them in this fun container I found while thrifting.
Well after I finished construction on this on Sunday I decided to make myself one. I used the techniques I learned in this patchwork bags course from this wonderful lady when I made this bag. Using scraps I pieced together my own fun cozy.
I even used the left over bias tape I made from the Tinkertote.
Keeps my tea pot super warm, oh and funkily cute.
Ok so I’m pretty proud of myself and this lovely tote I made. It used up a bunch of really fun scraps, thank you swaps and Tabatha’s beautiful scrap donations, and I learned some really neat stuff.
I made it with things I had on hand. It’s not hard to find scrap fabric in my house. I cut up a fleece blanket I had lying around in a donate pile, I was just finally about to run out and buy some batting when I remembered that Diego blanket was there and decided it would do. For the bottom of the tote I cut up the legs of a pair of jeans that were too big. I had interfacing and plenty of fabrics lying around to make pockets and line it.
I found the quilting as you go part really cool. Before starting Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags I assumed I’d be quilting all the pieces together and then quilting them to the batting. But this whole, just grab a piece and do it as you go was really fun and the effect is great!
I chose a green thread for the denim bottom, I thought it would show up and add some fun contrast but once I got sewing it just disappeared into the fabric anyway, oh well.
I also did something wonky because when I cut a lining piece it didn’t match my outer piece. I messed something up. My bag does seem shallow so I’m not sure what I did but I just kept that lining piece and figured I’ll make another outer tote for it!
Now I knew about the zipper trick already thanks to Lisa Lam’s book, but the quilting technique was brilliant and the bias tape part of this class was just amazing. It’s forever changed how I’ll attach bias tape. I’ve always hated using the stuff but this was super easy and I love the finished look. I’ve made my own tape before but I used Tara’s tutorial on her blog just to be sure I was doing it right.
I have to say I love Tara’s teaching and her sewing style is so laid back and fun, totally like me. Must be a teachers named Tara thing. I went into Fabricland with my tote on my shoulder the other day and shocked a lady in line. She said, a bit insultingly with what sounded like disbelief in her voice “You didn’t make that did you?”. I informed her that yes indeed I did and then suddenly the rest of the line up and the teller were admiring my bag. Tara Rebman- Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags“>This class is soo worth buying.
I’m completely and utterly enjoying my Craftsy Patchwork Quilt as You Go class, it’s ridiculously fun and informative.
I’m still working on my bag but I was looking through the mountain of scraps that was laid out in my workspace and I glimpsed this girl and was insipired to use the techniques to whip up a scrappy cup cozy.
I even got brave and tried some free motion quilting outlining on the girl and unicorn. I wasn’t very precise wiht it, just wanted to sort of go around the outline and big features. It’s such a cool effect. It didn’t take long to quilt some straight lines and free motion parts but boy does it make a big difference on the cozy. Sort of turns it into a little one of a kind work of art!
I think I may have found a new favourite quick and scrap busting project!
I got some beautiful Marimekko fabric cuttings from my elementary school friend Annhy! Thanks to the wonders of Facebook and now other such social media we can be in touch with all sorts of people we wouldn’t konw a thing about otherwise! So while we went to school from grades 3-7 together in Toronto she now lives in sunny Miami. Strangely she’s got 2 adorable little boys just like me.
A while back she wrote asking if I’d like some odds and ends of Marimekko fabric she had lying around. Free fabric? I’m in! I pulled them right out of the package and photographed them. I suppose in hindsight I could have ironed it all. Oh well.
This particular piece is HUGE. Not sure what I’ll do with any of it yet but I’m sure something will pop into my head.
So I mentioned making magnets and sometimes while crafting things go a bit wrong.
These lovely magnets are indeed, lovely, however they have a few bumps and bruises.
A few have spots on the back where the fabric didn’t quite catch in the button machine. And while this doesn’t effect the look from the front, or the fact it’s still a magnet they’re a touch substandard for selling. Soooo I’ve decided to do some clearing out and give them away. They’ll be fine holding things onto magnetic surfaces and with normal use. If you start poking at that little sticky outtie bit of fabric it’s going to fray and possibly peel off the magnet.
So if you would like to win either the 7 little magnets or the 7 big magnets leave a comment below! I will choose 2 lucky people and get them mailed out next week. Leave a comment before Friday, March 22nd. I’ll draw the winners on the weekend and send the emails!
Well I went a little nuts over the March Break making and packaging magnets.
It was easy work, just time consuming, and it resulted in me taking over the kitchen table many times while the kids played with friends or came in for a game or snack.
I just used some little baggies and cut some cardstock to fold over and staple. Then I use a MOO sticker to cover the hideousness of a staple. Pretty simple and easy. Now I just need to order more stickers. I use the MOO MiniCards for giving away SewTara magnets, price tags and just usual business cars. I love their stuff.
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