Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Gift Blog Hop: Day 2

Christmas countdown: 22 days!
Are you ready?

Over the next week, we'll be sharing tutorials for last-minute homemade gift ideas. Skip the stores (well, except your local quilt shop!) and spend time at your sewing machine instead. 

Today Amanda from Material Girl Quilts is here, sharing her tutorial for a little travel sewing kit. We predict you won't be making just one of these as a gift--you'll be making one for each of your friends and a couple for yourself as well! The fabrics she used? The Made with Love collection from Kanvas, of course! Check out Amanda's tutorial and at the end you'll see how you can enter to win a fat quarter bundle of these fun sewing prints.



2 – coordinating fat quarters
1 – 9″ x 17″ piece of batting
2 1/2″ length of sew on velcro
  • From the fabric that will be on the back (and fold over to the front) – cut one piece 9″ x 17″ and one piece 9″ x 16″
  • From the other fabric cut one piece 9″ x 17″ and one piece 9″ x 12″
  •  Fold the two smaller pieces in half to create two “pockets” and press on the fold.  When folded they should measure 9″ x 8″ and 9″ x 6″.
  • Fold the 9″ x 6″ pocket piece in half along the width and press to give you a center line.
  • Separate your velcro pieces and place the “rough” side centered at the top on the small pocket (facing up!).  Stitch approximately 1/4″ from the fold making sure to catch the top of the velcro along the way.
  • Once you have sewn along the top of the pocket, you will now need to stitch down the rest of the velcro.  Start at the top right (unstitched) corner and once you reach the other corner, leave your needle down and turn your pocket 90 degrees to stitch along the bottom of the velcro, repeating the same process at the next corner to get back to the top.  You will need to make sure you backstitch at the beginning and end of this process!
  • Now that the velcro is sewn onto the small pocket it is time to layer and stitch both pocket pieces.  Place the small pocket piece on top of the large pocket piece and start stitching in the center/top of the small one (make sure to backstitch) and go all the way to the bottom of the pockets.
  • To create more “pockets” you can stitch additional lines onto the smaller pocket piece.  I stitched one additional line to create two small and one medium sized pocket.
  • Once all of your pocket lines are stitched it is time to layer all of the pieces to sew together.  Layer in this order (1) Start with the batting on bottom (2) interior 9″ x 17″ piece facing up (3) completed pocket pieces facing up and (4) exterior 9″ x 17″ piece facing down.
  • Once all of your pieces are layered, pin in a few spots to keep them from slipping while you sew them together.
  • Using 1/2″ seam allowance start at the top of the flap about 2-3 inches from one corner and stitch all the way around back to the top of the flap – leaving an opening big enough for you to insert your hand for pulling the fabric out.  Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end!
  • Before you turn it inside out you will need to clip the corners as shown below.  Be careful not to cut over any stitches.
  • Now it is time to turn!  Reach your hand inside (between the front and back fabric pieces and pull it through.
  • Once it is turned out, it will look like this with the top of the flap still open.  Use a stiletto or other pointy item like a pencil tip to help poke the fabric out in the corners.
  • Now we need to close up the top and sew on the other half of your velcro.
  • Begin by tucking in the fabric and batting to line up with your seam.
  • Pin it closed with your velcro piece centered at the top of the flap.
  • We’re almost there!  It’s time to stitch the edge of the flap.
  • Start at the top of the pocket pieces and (using a backstich at the beginning) stitch going up the side of the flap about 1/8" to 1/4″ from the edge.  Once you reach the first corner follow the same process as above, leaving your needle down and turning 90 degrees, to continue stitching along the top of the flap and over the top of the velcro.


  • You will do the same thing at the next corner and then stop stitching when you reach the top of the pockets on the other side…finishing with some backstitches!
  •  One last thing to do is finish sewing down the velcro on the flap (using the same method as above).
Now you have a perfect sized travel sewing kit to hold all of the little essentials you need when going out to sew with friends.

Thanks Amanda! 
Head over to Amanda's blog to find out how you can win a fat quarter bundle of the Made with Love fabric collection.

Check out our other quick and easy holiday gift tutorials!
Day 1: Baby blocks using Safari Playground
Day 3: Berry basket of coasters using Origins
Day 4: Mitered napkin set using Boy Meets Girl 
Day 5: Bow banner using Zoey
Day 6: Handy golf bag using On the Green

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  1. Thanks for posting this great tutorial!

  2. I joined to follow you via email. I like your tutorial!

  3. I joined to follow Bendrix on beautiful quilts and ideas there! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love the fabric and thanks for the great tutorial :)

  5. I love it. I can actually do this myself with the help of your creative design and well written tutorial. Thank you for being a part of this fun Blog Hop and the chance to win fabric.

    Sandi Timmons

  6. Gorgeous and thanks for the tutorial!

    I follow your blog by email and Bernatex on facebook.

  7. And what a wonderfully written tute! Thanks so much! Am saving it and will hopefully make some for next Christmas!

  8. Thanks so much for the great tutorial. It looks wonderful.

  9. What a great Idea. It amazes me what people come up with.