Friday, December 4, 2015

Handmade Holiday Blog Hop: Day 3

It's Handmade Holiday Blog Hop time! Over the next days, we'll be sharing both gift and decor ideas here on the blog. Make them now; bookmark them for later. Either way, we hope you'll enjoy the inspiration and ideas to help you get in the holiday spirit and/or cross a few names off your gift list.


Today's project idea uses the Sew Easy collection from Kanvas. And yes, it's a gift idea, but we're pretty sure you'll want to make one for yourself too! This travel case will safely transport your rotary cutter, scissors, seam ripper, and other sharp objects any time you sew on the go (or head to a retreat, sew-in, etc.). No more tucking a scissors in a tote pocket and hoping you don't poke yourself when you reach in--keep your tools secure and organized! Scroll down to the bottom of this tutorial for a chance to win a bundle of this super-fun fabric collection!


This case includes a top flap that folds over so tools can't slide out the top:

Sew Easy fabrics:
(Ok, we didn't use the pin fabric in this project, 
but it's so cute we had to show it anyway!)

Materials:
1 fat quarter of the stripe
1 fat quarter of the needles on white
1 fat quarter black/white print
1 fat quarter button print
1 coordinating button
5-1/2" length of 1/4" wide black elastic
12-1/2" x 9-1/2" piece of Pellon Flex-Foam 2-Sided Fusible*
5" x 12-1/2" piece of Craft Fuse or other lightweight fusible stabilizer

*If you're not familiar with Flex-Foam, find out more here. You could use fusible fleece if you prefer, but the case won't hold its shape and will be much floppier.

Cutting:
From the stripe:
One 12-1/2" x 9-1/2" piece, fussy-cut to center the design you prefer

From the needles on white:
One 12-1/2" x 9-1/2" piece

From the black/white print:

Three 2-1/2" x 22" strips for binding
One 10" x 12" piece

From the button print:
One 12-1/2" x 10" piece

Make the Travel Case
Step 1: Press the button print piece in half wrong sides together so it measures 12-1/2" x 5". Unfold and position the 12-1/2" x 5" interfacing piece as shown. Following manufacturer's directions, press to adhere. Refold the button print piece. 




Step 2: Following manufacturer's directions, fuse the needles on white piece to the Flex-Foam piece. 
Step 3: Lay the folded button piece on top so raw edges align on sides and bottom. Pin or use Wonder Clips to secure. (Wonder Clips work better than pins with the thicker Flex-Foam.) Measure 3" in from left edge and mark a line on the button print pocket. Measure 6-1/4" in from left edge and mark another line. Stitch on both lines, backstitching at top edge of pocket to secure. Tip: Use a walking foot when stitching on Flex-Foam.


Step 4: Fuse the stripe piece to the remaining exposed side of the Flex-Foam.
Step 5: Fold the black elastic piece in half and pin to the center of the left edge of the stripe side. Stitch back and forth across the elastic several times (as shown by red line below), staying within 1/4" of the fabric edge.

Step 6: Fold the 12" x 10" black/white print piece in half right sides together to measure 12" x 5". Use a spool or other curved object to mark and cut rounded corners on the folded edge. Stitch the short edges of the folded piece with a 1/4" seam allowance, following the curve until you reach the fold.

Step 7: Turn flap right side out and topstitch along short sides and folded edge. Leave long raw edge open.
Step 8: Prepare binding from three 2-1/2" x 22" black/white print strips.
Step 9: Pin and/or baste the long raw edge of the flap to the top of the inside case (needles on white fabric). Stitch raw edge of binding to the outer edges of the case, making sure to catch top flap edge and side and bottom pocket edges. Be careful not to catch the side flap edges as you stitch.

Step 10: Hand or machine stitch binding to the opposite side. Be careful not to catch the side flap edges as you stitch. You can even pin them out of the way as shown, just in case.


Step 11: Fold travel case closed. Pull elastic across opening and mark position for the button. Stitch button in place. Use button and elastic to keep case closed.

Back side of travel case (love this fabric!)

Travel case with flap folded back:




For a chance to win a bundle of Sew Easy, leave a comment letting us know how you follow our blog (email or blog reader; both options are in the right hand sidebar!) and telling us which is your favorite Sew Easy fabric. This giveaway is open through Thursday, December 10 at 11:59 pm EST. 


Don't miss any days of our Handmade Holiday Blog Hop!
Day 1: Table Runner by Ann Lauer of Grizzly Gulch Gallery featuring Butterfly ForestDay 2: Nesting Pocket Dolls by Debby Kratovil of Debby Kratovil Quilts using Little Katerina Day 4: Firewood Tote by Mary on Lake Pulaski featuring Shades of WinterDay 5: Evergreen Pennant by Jessica of Quilty Habit featuring Snow DaysDay 6: Patchwork Apron by Kristen of KD Quilts featuring Frosty ForestDay 7: Christmas Adorned quilt by Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation featuring Santa's Here
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  2. Sorry, I forgot to mention how I follow in my comment before...I am a follower via bloglovin'.
    Oh beautiful! My favourite is the fabric with all those pins! Just cute!

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  3. Great project to make. LOVE the fabrics.
    I think my favorite has to be the Geo Stitch Black/Multi

    I am a follower via email, as well as with Bloglovin'

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  4. I love this project, thanks! My favorite print is the black and white print, but all of the prints are cute. I follow via email.

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  5. HELLO, very neat project! Thanks for a great giveaway too!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  6. How sweet, you know by looking at the travel case it is a to-go projects carryall. Love it thanks for sharing. I follow via e-mail and Facebook. Love the colored pins fabric. Btw changed my favorite fabric in the bundle twice. Ha Thanks for the giveaway.

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  7. Love this project! My favorite fabric is the needles on white (reminds me of the mess I have when sewing on quilt bindings). I follow by email. Thanks for a great giveaway. rnwillis@velotech.net

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  8. I follow through a blog reader. Great fabric and project! Thanks!

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  9. I follow by email!
    I love the button fabric

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  10. Fantastic tool carrier! Thanks for the project. I follow via email.

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  11. So cute and useful!My favorite fabric is the one with buttons.
    I follow by email!

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  12. I love the Needles and Threads in black the best. I follow on Bloglovin. Thanks!

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  13. I follow on bloglovin'.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  14. Lovely case! I follow on email mumbird3atgmaildotcom

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  15. I like the Tossed Spools. I follow with email and GFC.

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  16. What a great travel case (another project on my to-do list!). I follow by email and look forward to each of your posts. The Needles and Thread on black is my choice -- I like swirlies! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. I follow via blog lovin. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  18. I love this collection ... such possibilities!! I can narrow favorites down to 2: Needles & Threads on White and Geo Stitch Black/Multi, both of which have new design ideas flying. I follow via email. Thanks as always for inspirations, ideas, and opportunities! (janeherbst at roadrunner dot com)

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  19. I follow by email and GFC. Love the print with the colorful buttons on black!

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  20. I follow through email. That fabric is super cute and the case looks so useful.

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  21. I like them all, but the pins on black is my favorite; any of the prints would make great little gifts for my sewing friends. I follow by email.

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  22. Following on Bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  23. I follow via email and I'm in love with Kanvas Sew Easy Stripe Black!!!

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  24. The Travel Case is gorgeous, and my favorite fabric is the needles on white background. I follow via email.

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  25. I subscribe via email...and enjoy it! Your pin fabric is my favorite! What a useful project...love it! Happy Hoildays!

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  26. Follow you by e-mail! So enjoy your blog!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  27. I like the 'needle pulling thread' the best! Follow you by email.
    basaran.family@rogers.com

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  28. I like the fabric with all the colorful spools of thread.

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  29. Great project and a perfect gift!!! I follow via email and Bloglovin!!

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  30. I like the needle and threads print, both of them. I follow via email notification.
    I love the flap idea on this project. I've seen other cases of this type that don't have that and I always wonder how the items don't just slip out.

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  31. Great project. I absolutely love the multi colored buttons on the black background! I follow on a blog reader - Feedly. Happy stitching!

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  32. I like the multicolored pins the best. Cute project. I follow via Bloglovin.

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  33. I follow by email. I love the stripe fabric. Get project for my sewing buddies.

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  34. I love the needles with thread fabric. I follow your blog via email

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  35. I follow via email! I have many of the fabrics in this line--love it!

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  36. I follow you in Bloglovin. My favorite has got to be the needles on white but they are all fantastic! Thanks for the give-away!

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  37. I follow with Bloglovn and adore the cute pin fabric!

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  38. I like the fabric with the buttons. I follow via email!
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  40. I follow via bloglovin', and I receive your emails.. . WOW.. what colorful and interesting fabrics.. love them!!!

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  41. I love the buttons and needles on white, with the threads flowing. That's unique and really fun. I follow via email.

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  42. This Sewing Case is AWESOME! The fabrics are grrrreat fun! Thanks for chance to win! :)

    I already follow thru Email & Bloglovin too...

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  43. I love Benartex fabric. This group is so beautiful. Following your blog keeps my sewing interesting.

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  44. What a great pattern! I love the striped fabric and I receive your emails.
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  46. I follow via email and my favorite fabric is the black and white print as it looks like my safety pins to me. Thank you for the tutorial and blog hop
    Colleen

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  47. I follow on BL and E-mail. This is a great project.

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  48. I follow on Bloglovin. I love the pin fabric, really cute!!

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  49. Black and white button! I follow via bloglovin

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  50. Love the print with the circles. I follow via email.

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  51. I follow via email and Bloglovin. Love, love, love the cover fabric. Will have to find some of this fabric line.

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  52. i follow on blog lovin' my favorite fabric is the pins one.

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  53. I follow with Bloglovin and the pins fabric has to be my favourite!

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  54. I follow your blog by email. My favourite fabric is the colourful button fabric. So pretty. Linda.

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  55. I follow your blog by email. My favourite fabric is the colourful button fabric. So pretty. Linda.

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  56. I follow by email. Love the needle & thread fabric!

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  57. I follow Sew in Love with Fabric via Bloglovin. I like the button fabric best, and I absolutely love the combination of all these fabrics together. The pouch is gorgeous!

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  58. I follow you on blogovin and facebook.
    Nancy Hilderbrand
    gandn74@ymail.com

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  59. I follow on Bloglovin'. I really like the fabric that combines all the designs.

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  61. I follow this blog on Bloglovin'! My favorite fabric from the Sew Easy collection is Needle and Threads White. What a fun collection! duchick at gmail dot com

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  62. I follow via email....How can I choose just one, I love them all and the case is great.
    bartonsandra@msn.com

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  63. I'd love to win. I follow by email. The fabrics are so cute - the pins are cute!

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  64. I forgot to add my eamail address. Howlandquilt@gmail.com. Thanks.

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  65. I follow via e-mail. Choosing which fabric I like best in this group would be like choosing which of my children I liked best. Not possible. However, if I could only buy a few of the prints in this group I would definitely come home with the Diagonal Stitch Multi, the Needle and Threads on black, the Stripe, and the Geo Stitch multi. Love both the designs and colors.

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  66. I follow via Bloglovin. What a beautiful collection!
    ~Brandy
    brandizzle7133 at gmail dot com

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  67. I follow by email. My favorite is the button fabric.
    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

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  68. I follow through Blog Lovin'. I love the needle and threads fabric and the buttons!

    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  69. I'm following you on Blogloving and I really like the fun "TOSSED SPOOLS BLACK" pattern! Too cute! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  70. I follow by email, bloglovin, Facebook and get the preview packs, I'm a little obsessed. I love the multicolor main pattern, there's so much you can do with it!

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  71. I follow by email, bloglovin, Facebook and get the preview packs, I'm a little obsessed. I love the multicolor main pattern, there's so much you can do with it!

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  72. I'm now following on Bloglovin. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  73. Following on bloglovin' Such a cute Travel Case. I have saved the tutorial. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  74. I follow on Bloglovin and this is a great idea for Crochet hooks or knitting needles too! thx

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