Rainbow Twist Quilt, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Issue 68

I cannot tell you how excited I am to finally be able to share the Rainbow Twist quilt that I made for Love Patchwork & Quilting back in July!

Rainbow Twist Quilt, Love Patchwork & Quilting Issue 68, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Its the biggest quilt I’ve ever made at 85″ square, and I had such fun choosing all the Kona colours to create an ombre effect – I used 27 in total!

Rainbow Twist Quilt, Love Patchwork & Quilting Issue 68, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Rainbow Twist is based on a Drunkards Path block (I used my Drunkards Wheel template set, or you can use any 4.5″ set). As the pieces are so big, despite the size of the finished quilt, it does go together quickly. The trickiest bit is making sure that you keep all the colours in the right order! One of the things that I found helpful was to write the colour on a piece of masking tape and stick it to the top piece of each relevant pile (do check your own fabric before doing this to make sure it doesn’t mark – painters tape/washi tape would probably do the same thing!).

Rainbow Twist Quilt, Love Patchwork & Quilting Issue 68, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Quilting wise, I had decided early on that I wanted to do 1″ lines in the background. It seemed a good idea, and I love the finished result…….BUT!!! Do you remember that heatwave we had? When it was so ridiculously hot that us Brits struggled to do anything? Yep, that’s when I was buried under this beast of a quilt!!!!! I may have questioned my sanity – and uttered a few unseemly words! – during the quilting process, but I am so glad I persevered! It is quilted entirely with Aurifil 50wt threads – I used the mid-tone of each colour and they blend in beautifully.

Rainbow Twist Quilt, Love Patchwork & Quilting Issue 68, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

I went for a face (or invisible) binding to finish the quilt. If you’ve never done one before, I can highly recommend Silly BooDilly’s tutorial. I also curved the edges on two corners to mimic the twist of the quilt, I am looking to add a tutorial to the blog for this over the next few days as it was such a fun technique to try and I’d love to share with you how I did this!

Back soon,

S x

Today’s sky::: grey and miserable and raining. Again!

Zippy Pouch Along – finishing the Zippy Pouch!

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Hello! Are you ready for the finishing touches on your (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch?! The final step is adding the binding and, if you wish, a zipper pull.

I prefer a narrow binding of 2″ but if you like a thicker binding please alter to your own measurements. When attached the binding, it is important to remember that we are using a width of fabric strip around corners, so we need to ease the fabric in to get a nice smooth binding. I have found that the best way to do this, is by pinning the binding on from the front. Normally, I will pin in the centre of the curve first (where we marked for joining the front/zip band together) and then either side for the rest of the curve. 

Zippy Pouch Along - finishing the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

To sew the binding in position, I sew from the zip band side. This means that as I work my way around the corner I can stop, lift the presser foot and rearrange the fabric as I go to stop any bunching. When it comes to sewing across the bottom of the pouch, make sure to push the zip band/pouch down flat. Due to all the layers in the centre of the zip band, it is worth going slowly to achieve good stitching and save your machine needle!

Zippy Pouch Along - finishing the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
Zippy Pouch Along - finishing the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Fold the binding up and over towards the zip band. If you have added pockets, you may find it helps to trim some of the bulk out from the seams before wrapping the binding over. I slip stitch the binding in place, as I would for a quilt. 

Zippy Pouch Along - finishing the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

And Ta-Dah! You’re all done! If you would like, you can check out my Mini Macaron Zip Pull Tutorial or check out this tutorial for the fabric tassel that I added to this Not So Little Zippy Pouch. I’m even been looking at a few enamel pins which I think I’ll be adding to my Christmas wish list to put on the front, the bat is my favourite so far!!!! (click pics to find the makers!).

Enamel Pin ideas for quilters by fabricandflowers

I hope you’ve enjoyed this sew along and I can’t wait to see all your finished pouches. I have adjusted the timings slightly – all pictures posted by Midnight on the 4th December GMT using the hashtag #zippypouchalong will be eligible for the lovely prize from Rose Garden Patchwork, with the winner being announced on 5th December.

You can pick up a copy of the pattern here, and don’t forget to follow @fabricandflowers and @rosegardenpatchwork and use the hashtag #zippypouchalong so that I can see all the fabulous pouches that you’re making!

S x

Today’s sky::: overcast, grey and raining. Boo!

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Zippy Pouch Along – Joining the Pouch Together

Hello there and welcome back to the second part in the sew-along! By now, you should have all the different pieces of the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch (pattern available here) interfaced, quilted and pockets all made. Now, we’re going to join the zip band to the pocket/lining before sewing the two layers together.

Zippy Pouch Along - joining the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch together, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Adding the Pocket Sides to the Zip Pocket

When I attach the pocket side, I always like to start stitching at the bottom, working up towards the top.

I stitch until the needle runs off the end of the fabric, and then stitch forwards/backwards a couple of times. As the zip sits lower than the pocket side, it means that the zip is fitted very securely, the ends are completely hidden and everything is neat and tidy.

Joining the Zip Band to the Lining and Pockets

Sewing the pocket side to the zip band from the bottom of the piece will give better results. As the pocket side piece is angled, the first side sits nice and flat but the second piece will be a little bit bouncy! Pin in place – again starting at the bottom – before sewing to help keep everything in position!

Zippy Pouch Along - joining the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch together, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Sewing the bag together

This is probably the trickiest bit of the pattern to visualise – how do we bring it all together?! I did some videos on Instagram, some of which I have added below – click right to see – and will hopefully make it all seem a lot clearer!

If you would like to see all the video’s, then please check out the highlights ‘Zippy Pouch’ on my Instagram profile page @fabricandflowers.

Sewing the sides in positions

After basting the sides/pockets in place, we need to shape the corners. I trim around the template with a rotary cutter. Starting on one side, join the pouch together by matching corner mark with the corresponding mark on the zip band. Pinning from the front of the pouch will help to ensure that the fabric isn’t bunching up. Once the corners are in place, pin the rest of the seam in place.

When sewing together, I sew from the zip band side, to make sure that none of the fabric bunches on this side either! Take it slowly sewing around the corner, stopping to lift the presser foot and rearrange the fabric if needed, helps to give a smooth finish to the corner.

Zippy Pouch Along - joining the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch together, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

And that’s it for today! Come back next time when I’ll share my tips for adding and stitching the binding!

Zippy Pouch Along timings

You can pick up a copy of the pattern here, and don’t forget to follow @fabricandflowers and @rosegardenpatchwork and use the hashtag #zippypouchalong so that I can see all the fabulous pouches that you’re making!

Let me know if you have any questions – have a great weekend sewing!

S x

Today’s sky::: grey and cold. Brrrrrr!

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Zippy Pouch Along – constructing the zip band, lining and pocket sides

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Hello there! Shall we get started with the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch?! You may find it helpful – if you haven’t done so already – to print out the Cutting Instructions (page 4/5) and the Measurement Guide (page 18/19) relevant to the pouch size you are making. Although not necessary, you may find it helps to keep a track of the pattern if you are working off a screen.

Zippy Pouch Along - preparing the pieces and zipper tips by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

I’m making a Not So Little Zippy pouch and have made a patchwork front panel with some lovely scraps I had lying around. I ironed my favourite interfacing to the back – I find it sticks well and adds a nice weight/stability to the fabric without making it feel stiff and horrible –  as I have run out of fusible wadding before layering with some wadding to quilt. Depending on the quilting that you do, it may be beneficial to baste around the finished edges of the panel to secure everything in place.

Constructing the Zip Band

If you’ve not used zips much before, I have personally found that adding tabs to the end of the zip seem to make them a lot easier to work with as it seems to stabilise them! The tutorial here details how to add the zip tabs. Some other tips that may help with inserting the zipper (or any zip actually!);

Zippy Pouch Along - preparing the pieces and zipper tips by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
  • Pin the fabric/tabs in position with the pins at right angles to the seam that you are going to be sewing. 
  • For the tabs, if you can position the pins close to the zip, when you place the fabric under the machine you can add a couple of stitches to secure everything in place before taking the pins out.
  • Measure both sides of the zip for accuracy when marking.
  • When sewing the zip to the band pieces, begin sewing each side from the same end. This will mean that if there is any fabric creep, it will end up at the same end meaning you only need to trim one side, helping with accuracy.
Zippy Pouch Along - preparing the pieces and zipper tips by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

The Pocket Sides

When making the pocket sides, the only thing to really watch is when trimming around the excess fabric around the tab: you need to snip right up into the corner, but not through the stitching. Then, when turning to the right side, press from the top edge towards the bottom tab. Even then, the sides of the tab can still be a little bouncy! I have found that using scissors/seam ripper to gently hold the side out will help create a straight edge. 

Zippy Pouch Along - preparing the pieces and zipper tips by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Bag lining & Internal Zip Pocket

Using some of the zipper tips from above, sew the pockets and pouch lining together. If your zip is slightly longer than even better as it means you can keep the zip pull up and out the way and you won’t need to move it at all whilst sewing the zip in!!!

To close the bottom of the pocket (Step 20), ensure that you fold at the zip and if necessary use pins to keep the top lining edges straight. Smooth the fabric down from the zip, measure and mark the line that you will be sewing.  Once you have completed this step, the bottom of the pocket will be closed. When you have shaped the side of the pocket you can baste the edges together – which can be beneficial if you are not adding the pocket sides on straight away.

Adding Slip Pockets

In an attempt to be ultra organised (ha!) I’m adding two slip pockets to this version. For one of them, I thought it would be handy to create a divide with a pocket big enough to keep pens/scissors so that they don’t disappear to the very bottom of the bag. 

Zippy Pouch Along - preparing the pieces and zipper tips by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

To do this, I made a slip pocket following the pattern up to Step 3, before attaching it to the lining. I measured 3″ in from one side and using a hera marker drew a line. Starting at the bottom of the pocket, I stitched up to the top of the pocket, adding a stitched triangle to help reinforce the seam.

And there we go! That is all of our pouch elements prepped and ready to be put together – come back for our next post where we will add the pocket sides and join the layers together!!!

Zippy Pouch Along - preparing the pieces and zipper tips by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Zippy Pouch Along Timings;

You can pick up a copy of the pattern here, and don’t forget to follow @fabricandflowers and @rosegardenpatchwork and use the hashtag #zippypouchalong so that I can see all the fabulous pouches that you’re making!

Sx

Today’s sky::: mostly grey and quite chilly!

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New Pattern – The Little Zippy Pouch

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Hellooooo! Well, that was a slightly longer than intended break! We had an early half term and since then I’ve been working away on my next pattern and I’m so excited to finally share it with you today!

If you’ve followed me for any time, you may remember that I designed the Little Zippy Pouch a few years back for Quilt Now, and then went on to tweak it slightly by showing you how to add zipper tabs. It’s been one of my most used pouches as it’s the perfect size to carry just enough hand-sewing around with me.

Over the years, people have asked if I would look to release the pattern and, after lots of testing and thinking about tweaks, I set too!

The Little Zippy Pouch pattern is now available and has been completely re-written. It includes more step-by-step pictures, how to add zipper tabs, an optional slip-pocket and also a bigger size (the Not So Little Zippy Pouch!) – two pouches in one pattern!

  • The Little Zippy Pouch                 8”    wide x 5” high x 3” deep
  • The Not So Little Zippy Pouch     9.5” wide x 7” high x 4” deep
New PDF Sewing Pattern - the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch. A great project bag, make-up or toiletries bag. Pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

It would make a great project bag for sewing, knitting or crochet. For one of my samples, I added a little lobster clip – ideal for keeping stitch markers to hand! And if waterproof fabrics were used, it could make a great make-up/toiletries bag in either size!

The pattern calls for fusible wadding for the outer panel – this is both for ease and also structure. However, if  you don’t have any to hand (I ran out from making all the samples!) I found that you can achieve exactly the same effect by ironing interfacing to the wrong side of the bag panel, and then layer it with wadding and quilt as normal.

PDF Sewing Pattern - the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch. A great project bag, make-up or toiletries bag. Pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

There are lots of options for playing with colour on these pouches – you can use a piece of feature fabric, applique or patchwork for the outside and then co-ordinating/fun fabric combinations on the inside for the lining and pockets. A great stash buster.

PDF Sewing Pattern - the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch. A great project bag, make-up or toiletries bag. Pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

You will need a couple of zips for this project – I can highly recommend this shop as they do a great range of colours in lots of different sizes (they used to send a colour code card through with your order) – the shipping is a bit pricey if you’re in the UK but I went half with a friend a few years back, bought a huge bundle of zips in lots of different colours and they’re only just starting to run out, so it worked out good value in the end!!!

New PDF Sewing Pattern - the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch. A great project bag, make-up or toiletries bag. Pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

I really hope you enjoy making this – you can get the pattern here and if you would like some extra hints and tips then do check out the Zippy Pouch Along posts.

Speak soon, 

S x

Today’s sky::: raining and grey. And did I mention the rain?! Horrible weather!

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