Crafty Goose!

Surfing through the blogs today, I stopped on one of my favorites Goosie Girls.
Renee is talented, sweet, and a genuinely good person.
You can’t help but love her!
Well, today she had one of her adorable creations to show,
and the pattern to share with us all!
It is the Embroidered Pin Case

It folds out, and has all of these fun compartments to keep your sewing gear in!
Head over to her blog, and check out her cute stuff!

I also stumbled across this pattern too at Allpeoplequilt!
Festive, fun, and easy!

I won’t be around tomorrow. I’ll be working on setting up my Studio with my new Babylock,
and making a place for my girl Dress Form (should be here this weekend!!)
I’m getting geared up for patterning new designs for
Izzy and Ivy !!

Not much……….

I found a few really great tutorials to share today.
There is a lovely blog called Whimsey Love. She has a tutorial for celery painting…and i love the music on her blog too!
Schlosser designs has a pattern for fabric pumpkins, a fun craft for the fall season.
I really loved this laptop cover by indigo blue.
I need to go buy some celery. I don’t keep it in the house since I had an allergic reaction to it a few years ago. My face swelled up so that I looked like I’d lost a boxing match.
Celery can be dangerous!

The Keisha Bag Tutorial

***The Keisha Bag Tutorial***
Large Purse, Grocery Tote, Book Bag
(It was late when I put this together. Let me know if I’ve made any mistakes, or if you have questions!)

This pattern is a Copyright of Jana Nielson , Lola…again!!! 2008. It is intended for personal, non-commercial use. You may not make and sell items using this pattern. Thanks!

For this project you will need:

*1 yard Main fabric
*1 yard Accent Fabric
*fusible interfacing of your choice. (I used Craft Fuse by Pelon)
*A strong Sewing Machine Needle ie. Jeans/Denim Needle.

From Main Fabric Cut:
-Outside body-2@ 14″x 15″
-Sides-2 @ 5″x 15″
-Bag bottom-1@ 5″x 14″
-Back pocket- 2@ 10″x 14″
-Handles- 2@ 6″x 22″
-tabs- 2 @ 2″x 5″
-inside pocket-1 @ 6.5″x 10″

From Accent fabric cut:
-Lining body-2 @ 14″x 15″
-Lining Sides- 2@ 5″x 15″
-Lining bottom-1 @ 5″x 14″
-Handle accent- 2@ 2.5″x 22″
-Back pocket accent- 1@ 3″x 14″
-Front ties- 2@ 6″x 22″

From Fusible interfacing cut:
-Purse body- 4 @ 14″ x 15″
-Purse side- 4 @ 5″ x 15″
-Purse Bottom- 2 @ 5″x 14″

Before you begin sewing:
-Cut out all pieces. Mark them by writing (in pencil) on the wrong side of fabric.
-Fuse interfacing to purse and lining pieces.
-Take a deep breath.

We’ll start with the back pocket. You’ll need 2 back pocket pieces, and pocket accent piece.
Sandwich edge of accent piece between pocket pieces.

Stitch across top with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Press sandwich open. Then fold along the seam and press under.





Now set this piece aside. We are going to work on the parts that make up the front of the bag,
beginning with the Tabs (like belt loops).

Fold tabs in half and press a crease into them. Open them back up and fold the
raw edges into the center. Press again.
Top stitch down both sides, and across finished end.


Measuring , to make sure they are level, is always a good idea!

Now it is time to put on the Tabs. Measure 4″ from edge of purse front.
Fold ends of tabs under 1/2″ and press. Pin them on each side at the same measurements.
Make a couple of stitching lines across the tops and bottoms of tabs.

Tie a cute little bow on the front.
Attach side/back piece to the front, folding seams and top stitching down each side.
This next step may seem a little tricky, but somehow it just magically works right.
We’re going to put the bottom in the bag!

Take your bottom piece and center one end along one side/bottom of bag.
Mark where the seams are with pins.
Sew from seam to seam with 3/4″ seam allowance.
Stop when you get to the second pin, leave your needle down.
Lift your presser foot and pivot your purse bottom piece around……….
…until it is even with one of the long edges of purse body. Continue to sew until you reach the next seam. Leave the needle down and pivot purse bottom again. Keep going until you have done all 4 sides!!!
Clip the corners close to the seam line. Turn right side out and press.
Now we are going to make the straps/ purse handles.
Take the fabric for the handles and do the same thing to them that you did to the Tabs….you know, that fold-open-fold raw edges-press-fold again. Make sure you top stitch down both sides.
The accent for the handles is done a little differently.
Fold in half, press, open and fold raw edges into the center line, press again.
That is it!!
Top stitch accent to handles by sewing down each side
Instead of Flod-ing your pocket, Fold it in half. Sew around the 3 raw edges
leaving an opening for turning inside out. Clip corners close to seam, turn and press.
Place pocket on one of the body lining pieces. Put it where you want it
but measure to make sure it is level.
This is a really long tutorial…….I’ll shorten it by about 12 pictures by telling you to sew the lining together with a 3/4″ seam allowance. You don’t need to top stitch the seams this time. Set the bottom in just like before.
We’re almost there!!!!
Put purse inside the lining.
Turn right side out. Tuck lining inside the purse, and press around the top edge.
I rolled about 1/8″ of the lining to the front for a decorative edge.
Stitch around top edge.
You’re DONE!!!

Copyright 2008 by Jana Nielson. Feel free to make this for personal use. Do not reproduce pattern, or bag for commercial use. Thanks!!

Same Tute…More uses!!

I have a few more uses for the Paci pocket pattern……If you leave out the vinyl;

Cell phone / ipod cozy– face it with fusible fleece to make it more cozy. You could also add a little handle, if you wanted…I won’t force you to.

Camera case– You might have to alter the measurements a little, and definitely use the fusible fleece for interfacing!

Glasses case– make the case a few inches longer…pad it with the fleece (again with the fusible fleece)

I just thought of this one…..Tampon cozy/Pad pocket!!! This would be a quick and easy way to hide them in your purse or backpack!

Pacifier Pocket/ Pouch

I had a couple of babies that LOVED their paci! We had to have several on hand at all times. I remember frantically digging through the diaper bag looking for the elusive Binky, finally finding one stuck to the bottom of the bag, covered in crumbs and gunk! I wish I’d had one of these back then!!
This is a little Pacifier pocket that will hold several pacifiers. It is lined with vinyl (fused) fabric! This is a simple project that only took a few minutes to whip up!
My lables were designed and made by MommyMadeIt on etsy! Cute and great prices too!
This pattern is a Copyright of Jana Nielson , Lola…again!!! 2008. It is intended for personal, non-commercial use. You may not make and sell items using this pattern. Thanks!
Step 1- Make a paper pattern. One piece is 4″ x 6″. The other is 7″ x 4 “, taper the top of this one however you would like.
Step 2– From outside fabric, lining fabric, and iron on vinyl cut 1 of each pattern piece.

Step 3- remove vinyl from backing and place on the right side of your fabric.

Step 4– place the paper, that you just peeled off the vinyl, shiny side down on top of the vinyl. Press with Iron set on Wool setting. It only takes a few seconds to fuse.

Step 5– allow it to cool, and peel the paper off. Repeat with other lining piece.

Step 6– Sew a 1″ piece of Velcro about 1/2″ down from the top of long piece. Sew lining together.

Step 7– Cut a one inch square out of each corner.

Step 8– Fold so side seam matches up with bottom seam and stitch across at 1/4″.

Step 9- Sew the outside together the same way that you did the lining. Sew the other half of the Velcro on the front, about 1/2″ down from the edge.

Step 10– Put lining inside of outer bag- wrong sides together.

Step 11– Fold the top edges in 1/4″- 1/2″, pin in place, then carefully stitch around the edge.

Your Paci bag is finished!! Embellish it with whatever you want, or leave it plain!

Binder Cover Tutorial

Binder Cover Tutorial
Seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise noted.
Measurements of your binder may vary…..adjust measurements of pattern accordingly!

The binder I used was a 1 inch Economy Binder
that measured 11.5 inches tall x 22.5 inches (open )

Interface every piece, except lining and accent pieces, with a Fusible Craft Interfacing.
Mark the pieces, with thier name, as you cut them. I use masking tape on the wrong side of the fabric. This helps to make it less confusing.

This pattern is a Copyright of Jana Nielson , Lola…again!!! 2008. It is intended for personal, non-commercial use. You may not make and sell items using this pattern. Thanks!!

You need 4 different fabrics

Fabric 1 (berry looking)-main fabric for body of cover

Fabric 2(flowers)-contrast piece used for pencil pocket, and on outside

Fabric 3(dark brown)- accent used in small quantity

Random lining fabric

Cut everything out and fuse interfacing before you start.

Fabric 1Outside of Cover cut 1 @ 13 x 24, Inside Flaps cut 2 @ 10 x 13, Right Flap pocket cut 1 @ 5 x 13, inside of Snap Flap cut 1 @ 5 x 5.

Fabric 2Pencil Pocket cut 1 @ 5×10, Contrast on Right Flap pocket cut 1 @ 3 x 13, Outside of Snap Flap cut 1 @ 5 x 5, Contrast on Outside cover cut 1 @ 10 x 15.

Fabric 3 accent for Right Flap pocket cut 1 @ 2 x 13, Pencil pocket accent 1 @ 2 x 10, accent for Snap Flap 1 @ 2 x 5, Accent for contrast on outside cover 2 @ 2.5 x 15 and 2 @ 2 x 13.

Random Lining fabricInside flaps lining cut 2 @ 10 x 13, Right flap lining cut 1@ 7 x 13, pencil pocket lining cut 1 @ 5 x 10, inside center facing cut 2 @ 2 x 8.

Step 1– layer Pencil pocket piece, Pencil pocket accent, and Pencil pocket lining with right sides together. Stitch edge with accent.

Step 2– Open, fold lining under, and press seam flat. Fold accent piece under 1/2″ and press. Lay it on pocket front and top stitch down.

Step 3– Place pencil pocket on the bottom of one of the inside flap pieces and pin in place. Measure over 1.5″ and draw a line (I just used pencil). From that line measure over 1 and 1/4″ and mark a line. Repeat 2 more times.

Step 4– Stitch down lines to form 4 pencil slots. The rest of the pocket can be left for a calculator, or whatever!

Step 5– Layer inside flap lining with Pencil Pocket flap piece- right sides together. Stitch down the right side. Open, fold under, and press. Edge stitch sewn edge down.

Step 6– Now we’re going to work on the right flap pocket. Stitch flap pocket pieces (of fab 1 and fab 2) along long edge, at 1/2″. Open and press flat.

Step 7-Take Right flap accent piece and place it along contrast on right flap edge. Sandwich it with the lining RST. Stitch along this edge. Open seam, fold it under, and press.

Step 8– Press raw edge of accent piece under 1/2″. Fold it onto pocket and top stitch it down. You can also add stitching along center-ish seam. Pin into place along edge of Inside Flap piece.

Step 9– Sandwich this piece with inside flap lining. Stitch edge opposite pocket at 1/2″. Open, fold under, and press.

Step 10– top stitch down this edge.

Step 11– Now both of the inside flaps are completed!!! Now it is on to the Outside contrast piece. Pin the longer accent pieces along long edges of contrast piece. Stitch, then press open. Top stitch along seamed edge.

Step 12– Pin short contrast pieces along short edges. Stitch, open, and press. Top stitch along these seams also. Fold raw edges, of short sides, under 1/2 ” and press. Center completed contrast piece onto outside piece and pin in place. Top stitch folded accent pieces onto the Outside cover piece.

Step 13– The Snap Flap. Measure down 1″ from edge of Inside Snap Flap piece. Center Magnetic snap washer, and mark with pencil. Cut slits on pencil marks.

Step 14– Stick top of Snap through front of fabric.

Step 15– On back of snap I like to put a piece of thick interfacing (cut slits, and poke it through). Place washer on prongs.

Step 16– Fold prongs over to secure snap.

Step 17– Not pictured. Place accent piece along top of Outside Snap Flap. Stitch along top edge at 1/2″. Press accent piece (raw edge) under 1/2″ and top stitch it down . Now put inside and outside right sides together. Stitch around edges , leaving a 3 ” opening at bottom.

Step 18– Clip all 4 corners (not just the top two like I did here). Turn right side out. Press opening to the inside.

Step 19– Center Snap flap onto one of the short ends of Outside Cover. Place it about 1 and 1/2 inches from raw edge. Stitch along edge .

Step 20– Flip snap flap back, and pin it out of the way!

Step 21– The ultimate sandwich….the end is near!!! Lay the Outside cover face up. Place Flap pocket piece (face down with raw edge on outside edge) on the end with the snap flap. Place pencil pocket flap ( face down with raw edge on outside edge). Pin in place. Take inside center facings and pin along center top and bottom. Stitch around entire sandwich at a scant 1/2″.

Step 22– Turn it right side out and press all seams!!! Now you have to figure out where to put the other piece of your snap. Fold cover in half, matching short ends. Fold snap flap over and mark where the center of snap hits opposite side of cover. Put washer over mark, mark and cut the slits (only through the outside layer of fabric…not through inside flap). Poke posts of bottom of snap through the holes, place washer on the back and fold posts over.

You’re DONE!!!! Stuff your binder into the cover. The fit is usually a little tight, but stuff it in anyway!!!

Now fill your binder full of goodies and enjoy!