Friday, January 23, 2015

Novelty Prints Blog Hop: Day 4

Happy Friday! This blog hop is all about novelty prints from Kanvas--fun designs that make you smile--and our talented designing friends are offering up great ideas for using them! Be sure to stop back Monday for one last novelty print tutorial, and see the links at the bottom of this post in case you missed one of the earlier tutorials.


Today Wendy from Ivory Spring is here, using the whimsical Leap Frog prints to make a pillow storage project. This handy design will help reduce random clutter in the car; the bonus is that it's made from such cute fabrics that it's useful and fun to look at! Enjoy the tutorial, and then scroll to the bottom of the post to see how you can win a fat quarter bundle of the Leap Frog prints.

Hello Benartex fans, it's good to see you here again!  I am Wendy from Ivory Spring, and it is fun to be able to share a quick project with you again.
Today, I am sharing with you a pillow storage project that is easily customized for your needs.  You all have seen pocket storage system like this to store things on the road or just things in general.  They work great!

However I find that sometimes it is hard for a child to transfer the storage system from one place to another without spilling out the contents (like markers etc) with the strictly pocket system.  I know my daughter has done her share of spilling!   So, I came up with the idea of using the pillow form to sort of provide a "snug" fit for the stuff she is storing in the pockets.

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This project is easily customized for your own needs.  All you need is fabric and a piece of hanging ribbon to length.  For this tutorial, I am using a 12" x 16" pillow form.  SO... from these fabrics 

You will need to cut:
3 (12 1/2" x 16 1/2") rectangles (focal print)
1 (6 1/2" x 16 1/2") rectangle (blue fly print)
4 (4 1/2" x 6 1/2") rectangles (blue fly, orange fly, light lily pad, dark lily pad prints)

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Let's get sewing, shall we?
1.  Sew the 4 (4 1/2" x 6 1/2") rectangles into a row.  Add 1 (6 1/2" x 16 1/2") blue fly rectangle to the top of pieced row.  

2.  Press seam open.  And matching wrong sides together, fold and press so that on one side, you have the pieced row, and the blue fly rectangle.

3.  Place the unit made in step 2 on 1 (12 1/2" x 16 1/2"), right sides together, with the blue fly rectangle facing downward.  Pin to hold the fabric layers in place.

4.  Sew along the seams of the pieced rows to make pockets.  You may sew along all the seams to make 4 pockets.  I only made 3 pockets for mine because I needed 1 larger pocket.


5.  You now have the completed pillow front assembly.

6.  Tack hanging ribbon in place on pillow front.

7.  Completing pillow.  You may use method of choice to complete your pillowcase.  
a.  Place pillow top wrong side down.  Then lay the pillow backing rectangles (two 12 1/2" x 16 1/2" rectangles) on pillow top, right sides together.  Adjust the pillow backing rectangles accordingly, and trim off any excess from the 12" x 16” area that is not covering the pillow top.

b.  Pin and stitch the pieces together.  

c.  Trim around the corners.  Finish by zig-zagging the seam allowance to reduce the bulk of all the pieces stitched together.

d.  Turn the pillowcase right side out.  Press and insert pillow form.

8.   I used mine as a stitching pillow/pseudo-purse for my daughter as she likes to have a pillow to rest her little hands while she stitches.  The big pocket holds her hooped piece.  The rest holds her notions etc.  Even turned upside down, the pillow form holds the pillow contents nicely... we no longer have spillage problem!  


I hope you have enjoyed seeing how the Leap Frog fabrics are used in this tutorial.  Have you seen my Hoppity Hop quilt featured in Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts (Winter 2014), as well as the free-to-use downloadable design In The Pond?

"Hoppity Hop" by Wendy Sheppard; featured in Easy Quilts winter 2014


"In the Pond" by Wendy Sheppard; free pattern download

Thanks Wendy!
Head over to Wendy's blog to learn more about her work and these designs featuring the Leap Frog fabrics. For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Leap Frogsign up to follow our blog either by email or through a blog reader (see both options in the right hand sidebar) or follow us on Facebook. Leave a comment letting us know that you follow, and let us know--do you sew in the car? The giveaway is open through Wednesday, January 28 at 11:59 pm EST.


Don't miss our other novelty print tutorials!
Day 1: Reverse applique pillow by Lisa from Stubbornly Crafty
Day 2: Boxy make-up bags by Jennie from Clover & Violet
Day 3: Drawstring camera bag by the Benartex blog design team
Day 5: Children's vests by Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts


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83 comments:

  1. I've made Wendy's 'Teething Ring' for the newest family member. I follow with GFC.

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  2. I follow you and Ivory Spring by email. I haven't figured out how to plug my sewing machine in in the car yet.

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  3. Great tutorial. I'm a follower with Bloglovin'. Thanks.

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  4. I follow both you and Ivory Spring by emails. Thank you for sharing this cute tutorial with us. I have nephews that I know will totally enjoy this one. These tutorials are so easy to follow and to understand that I will have one made in no time at all. It takes time and we couldn't do it without you. This is the most adorable fabric to use for this project.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  5. I follow by email and blog lovin. I have sewn in the car when I have a driver but I am usually the driver .

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  6. I follow by email and Facebook. This is a great project! I need to make 3 for my older granddaughters. Yes, I like to do handwork in the car, especially on long car trips.

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  7. This line is so cute! I don't really hand sew, so unless I can find an adapter to run my machine in the car I don't see myself sewing in the car. I also get motion sickness fairly easily. I follow you on bloglovin'. Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

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  8. I follow by email. Since I am usually the driver, I do not sew in the car. I knit or crochet when I am a passenger on long trips. Very cute fabric. It would a welcome addition to my stash.

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  9. Great and cute! I follow via bloglovin'

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  10. I follow you on FB and by email. Would love to win this fabric

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  11. Thanks!
    I follow by email and GFC
    I sew in the car - but only when I'm a passenger!!

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  12. How cute is that!!!
    I follow by email!
    mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. I follow by email. Very cute fabrics! No, I don't have the concentration to sew in the car.

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  14. I follow by e-mail and FB. I do sew in the car, a lot of pokes that way, but I always have a project going! Love the Leap Frog fabric. Thank you for the hop.

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  15. I follow you via e-mail. I have done x-stitch on trips in the car, but no "sewing." :) And how cute are these fabrics?!
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  16. I follow via Blog Lovin! Thanks for the giveaway! cherisetoweratgmaildotcom

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  17. Following on bloglovin', love sewing in the car. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  18. I follow your blog by email. I've tried, but can not sew in the car b/c it makes me car sick. Besides that, my husband will get lost if I don't keep an eye on where we are going. LOL

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  19. I follow your blog by email and GFC. I'm loving this novelty prints hop -- I've seen so many cute projects and fabrics! I generally don't sew in the car but last weekend I spent most of a 5 hour car ride stitching down binding on a baby quilt that needed to be done when I arrived at my destination. Thank goodness my husband doesn't mind doing the driving.

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  20. I follow you on Facebook and also subscribe.
    I do not sew in the car, it would give me carsickness for sure! But what I am loving is this line (leap frog) and the excellent idea of thie pillow/caddy hybrid. We have a car trip planned for this weekend, and I am wondering I can whip this up this afternoon!

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  21. I follow via email.

    senstrings(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. I follow with Bloglovin and FB! I would love to sew in the car but I get car sick very easy....I could definitely get a lot done if I could. Leap Frog is so adorable!

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  23. I follow thru email. pjrcontest(at)msn(dot)com

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  24. I just signed up with my Bloglovin feed and yes I do sew in the car. Usually knitting or making hexies

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  25. I am already following your blog, as well as Wendy's via email notification and BlogLovin'. I am also a follower on Facebook.

    This fabric is just too cute. All three of my Grandchildren would absolutely love it.

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  26. I follow via bloglovin. I will sewing bindings in the car!

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  27. I follow via email and GFC. Yes I sew in the car.

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  28. I follow via email and facebook. I have tried sewing in the car, but I don't really enjoy handwork so I don't do it anymore.

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  29. This is so adorable!!!! I have my first great nephew on the way and this would be perfect!!!!! sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

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  30. I follow on Bloglovin! This is such a cute and useful project!

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  31. I have been following with email and GFC. I don't sew in the car.

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  32. I am a follower of Wendy's. Her work is amazing and this is such a great idea.

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  33. What a cute design, Wendy! I don't often sew in the car, but used to crochet often, especially when my son was learning to drive. Thanks for the idea! I follow via email and bloglovin.

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  34. What a great collection. Very cute for a picnic quilt. I follow via email subscription. Thanks! Notwendy gmail

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  35. I follow your blog by email. Once I did hand sew the binding on a queen sized quilt on one of our driving trips.

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  36. I follow your blog via email. No, I don't sew in the car--it makes me queasy!

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  37. I follow via Feedspot (giddy99)! I do quilt in the car (and in planes, trains, airports, etc); I do EPP or sometimes I'll bind a quilt, too.

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  38. I follow via Facebook. I don't sew in the car - it makes me feel sick!

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  39. I follow with bloglovin. This fabric is adorable! sarah@forrussia.org

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  40. I follow Wendy via email. Love her patterns. I also follow SewInLove via bloglovin and I think even by email as well! Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    I don't sew in the car. I don't spend enough time in the car to make it worthwhile!

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  41. I am following via GFC & Bloglovin'. These prints are way past adorable!!! I don't sew in the car -- oh, my, even Dramamine would not keep me in order if I tried that!

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  42. I follow via Bloglovin and FB!! I don't sew in the car because I am the co-pilot and as a duty I must be on the lookout for moose, black bears, and other wildlife!!!

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  43. I follow your blog through Bloglovin and on Facebook.

    I have never tried sewing int he car, but have on a train and airplane!
    Sandy A

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  44. I already follow you via email. I just signed up to follow the Ivoryspring blog. Oh, and I don't sew in the car. Have a great day. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. I am a blog follower on Bloglovin' and love every post! I have sewn small details (buttons, snaps, some hemming) in the car, but prefer to do it in good light and a stable seat.

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  46. I follow by email, and no, I don't sew in the car because I'm always the driver. But I do bring projects with me when I'm in waiting rooms. This project is insightful, isn't it? The pillow idea is so smart.

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  47. I follow thru Bloglovin & Email!! I have stitched/sewn in the car on a few trips &
    did okay with it...but am better at crocheting in the car! lol Alot less messy!

    Loooove the pillow tho...might make sewing on a trip better for me! :)

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  48. Cute, cute fabric!! I follow you on Facebook and through your blog.

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  49. Love the fabric, so cute. Yes I am a follower. You can never have too many organizers.

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  50. I am a follower on email, Facebook and blog, and am a preview pack subscriber. I have had 3 grand babies in the last two years and all of them would love to have one of these!

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  51. I follow through email, reader and on Facebook. I don't sew in the car, too much movement that I'm afraid will make a mess. I love that fabric, I think it's perfect for the next two quilts I've been asked to make.

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  52. I sew in the car when I am on long trips. I follow on bloglovin.

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  53. I follow the blog via email and also follow on facebook. Not able to sew in the car - I'm the driver !

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  54. These are such cute fabrics and Wendy did a great job showcasing them. I signed up for her newsletters but can figure how to post on her site

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  55. This fabric collection is adorable! Thanks for the tutorial too! I'm a facebook fan!

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  56. i'm an email follower,,,and i like you on FB. i finished sewing the ring bearer's cushion in the car on my way to my son's wedding service!

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  57. I love the Benartex Leap Frog fabrics and I have just the kiddo's that will love the portable pillow storage. Thank you Wendy this is awesome! I was just looking for the same for those in/out of the car- to -house carry-all.

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  58. I'm already a follower by email and Bloglovin.
    ALso I've signed up by email to receive Ivory Spring newsletter.
    Wendy has thee best tutorials. Thank you so much.

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  59. I am following you with Google Friends. I always have a sewing project with me in the car when we travel. I'm currently embroidering birdie scenes on blocks that will be sewn into a quilt.

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  60. Oh...I cross stitch and knit in the car. Guess I've also quilted-that actually counts as sewing! :-)

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  61. I follow you on bloglovin' and CAN NOT sew in the car, it makes me totally car sick, wish I could though, imagine how much more work I could get done on all of my EPP projects.

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  62. I follow on Bloglovin. I do sew in the car if it is a long trip and I have time to kill as a passenger. It is always EPP

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  63. Oh that fabric is adorable! I love through bloglovin.

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  64. I am a follower of your blog by email, and I follow on Facebook as well. I think I would be in big trouble sewing in the car - because I am usually driving! They seem to be clamping down everywhere on 'distracted driving' LOL

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  65. I'm an email subscriber (crafts[at]oursideofthemountain[dot]com.

    I do most of the driving, so no sewing in the car for me!

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  66. bloglovin follower! I don't sew in the car but I do knit and crochet.

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  67. Great tutorial! So clever to have the pillow included, adds lots more ways to use it. I do sew in the car. I follow Ivory Spring by email and you by BlogLovin.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. I follow your blog via Bloglovin. I do not sew in the car but...... thinking of the possibilities. :)

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  69. I follow by email. I do not sew in the car as I am usually the one driving :)

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  70. Yes, I follow you and the I sew hexies in the car while traveling.

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  71. Yes, I follow you and the I sew hexies in the car while traveling.

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    1. Oh, and I don't usually sew in the car, but I do crochet in the car.

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  73. I follow you via email. Don't quilt in the car because I am the one driving most of the time!

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  74. Hi! I'm following you on facebook & bloglovin. I usually crochet in the car because it's too hard to keep sewing stitches nice! Thanks so much for the chance to win! :)
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  75. I follow with GFC. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  76. I do English paper Piecing in the car - easy project to carry in purse! I enjoy following Ivory Spring and just signed up to follow you too by email. looking forward to your inspiring posts :)

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  77. HI, yes sometimes I've sewed in the car; depends on the light and where we are. Follow you on gmail+Blog lovin'! Thanks for your Blog+Giveaway!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  78. I've basted EPP hexagons while in the car but that's all I can handle. I follow with RSS Feeds. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  79. I follow via email, and I'm usually the driver, but when I used the take the train to work, I would sew then.

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