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Would you like to give foundation paper piecing a try? But you have no idea where to start? Then I have something for you! This blog post contains a free paper piecing pattern and a video tutorial where I will make this block with you. This is you chance to join the paper piecing fun. Whoop whoop!

 

Sugaridoo Sampler

This strawberry pattern is one of 38 paper piecing blocks from the Sugaridoo Sampler. I’m sharing it with you, so we can both work on the same pattern. That will make it easier for you to follow along with the tutorial.

 

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Strawberry Pattern

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Yayy! Great, so you have a pattern. Go ahead and print it. Make sure your printer is set to 100% or true scale. This pattern will make you a 10 x 12.5 cm block.

 

What do you need for paper piecing

  • Cutting mat
  • Add-a-quarter ruler (or any other ruler is fine too)
  • Paper piecing paper
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Fabrics (Small scraps work perfect for paper piecing)
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors

 

Let’s get started

So, are you ready? Go ahead and click on the YouTube video below to start your paper piecing adventure!

Did you like making this pattern? It’s one from my first paper piecing book, called the Sugaridoo Sampler. You can read all about it over here! It’s available as a eBook in English and a hard copy book in Dutch.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them! Just leave a message in the comment below, or in the comments below the YouTube video.

Happy quilting!
Irene

Last weekend I was looking for a quick gift to make for a one year old boy. I wanted to give something personal, but didn’t had time to make it from scratch. So applique it would be :) I found a lovely zip hoodie at the HEMA. Perfect to add some applique letters. All you need for this is a fun fabric and some vliesofix. I believe it’s called bondaweb in English?

Print out a letter of choice. I used two sizes, one smaller one for the front and a larger one for the back. Then you can trace it on to the vlisofix/bondaweb. Just make sure to trace the mirrored version of the letter!

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After tracing you can cut roughly around the letters and press them on to the wrong side of the fabric. Try not to put your iron on the sticky side of the vlisofix, that will get messy ;) _Applique3

Now you can cut the letters over the lines you drew on the vliesofix. Then take of the paper layer of the vliesofix and place the letter wherever you would like to secure it. Give it a good press and you’re ready for stitching. I used a blanket stitch around the letters.
_AppliqueEasy peasy, a fast sewing project and a lovely gift :)

Love,
Irene

A few months ago I joint the fun of a Instagram quilt swap for the second time. The theme of this swap was rainbow mini quilts. And rainbows just so happen to be my favorite. My slowly growing fabric stash mostly exists of happy rainbow colors, so I knew this was a swap for me. Kate Basti hosted the swap, everything was so perfectly organized! (If you happen to read this Kate, again thank you so much!)

I would love to show you the progress of the quilt I made for Becky and the super awesome quilt I received from Tina. All in Instagram photos of course, since it was a Insta swap.

Lets start with my  choice of fabric, this is actually the second pull. I had a hard time making my final decision before I started cutting. But it turned out to be a nice pull don’t you think?

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And then the design of the mini quilt. I had these paper pieced pencils in my mind for a while now. Since Becky is a teacher I thought it would be perfect to draw out a pattern for the pencils for this mini quilt.

Pencil pattern

Then cutting started, that went very organized. I ended up with 16 colorful packages of fabric with their patterns, ready to sew.

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And sewing I did :) It worked like a breeze cause everything was already cut. So I just had to sit behind the machine and piece everything together.First pencils

Started sewing

After having pieced everything together and sandwiched the quilt it was time to do some quilting. I went for straight line quilting on this one, with help of the Minions in the background.

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A little close up of the quilting.

Quilted detail

After piecing a scrappy grey binding and sewing it on by hand it was finished! I’m still super excited with how it turned out to be. Planning to make another one just for myself because it was quite hard to part with it ;)

Finished Pencil quilt

After I send my package, I received a big envelope. Yay!! There was my own mini rainbow quilt.

Received Quilt

And this was what was inside, a gorgeous quilt with so much extras! A lovely card from Tina, with super cute fabrics, a ruler and mini ribbon. I love the mini chalkboards. The quilting was so beautifully done and the piecing was just perfect. Really love the fabrics she used with the happy rainbow colors. It is so special when someone designs and  makes something specially for you. Thank you so so much Tina!

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I had a blast with this swap. It was super fun to follow everybody and to see what is being made. I haven’t signed up for a next swap yet, but I’m sure this wasn’t my last.

Love,
Irene

Linked up to: TGIFF, Fabric frenzi friday

You know what? I have never made a bag! That was about to change when I received my fabric from the stitch swap we hosted with our crafty bloggers Facebook group. I really love the fabric I received! Thank you so much for sending it to me from the other side of the world! What else could I make of it than a nice bag? :) Since it’s my first bag I wanted to keep it simple, so I made a tote bag, no zippers, no buttons, easy peasy. (Oh nd I made a cute little tiny version.)

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So this is the fabric I received. I added some gray fabric for the lining and bottom of the bag. Besides fabric, you would only need some batting or interfacing. I used vlieseline/vilene to stiffen the grey fabric and a cotton batting to give the bag a bit more body.

Lets start cutting some fabric!
(All measures are with 0.75cm (1/4”) seam allowance)

  • twice: 25 x 30 cm (10” x  12”) Travel fabric
  • twice: 12 x 60 cm (5” x 24”) Travel fabric
  • Small piece for a pocket in Travel fabric
  • 15 x 30 cm (6” x 12”) Grey fabric
  • 62 x 30 cm (25″ x 12”) Grey fabric
  • 65 x 32 cm (25.5″ x 12.5”) vliseline/viline
  • 65 x 32 cm (25.5″ x 12.5”) batting

Now we start sewing..
Sew the small grey piece in between the two travel fabric pieces of 25 x 30 cm. This will give you a piece of 62 x 30 cm in total. Now add the batting to the back of this and quilt it through. I used only straight lines, horizontal over the travel fabric and vertical over the gray fabric. But you could just stitch this however you like.

Bag tutorial quilted

When you want to add a pocket to the inside of the bag, this is your moment. Just take a small piece of fabric (I think I use something like 15 x 20 cm.) Fold and press the edges and sew over the top fold.

Bag tutorial pocket

First add the vlieseline/viline to the grey fabric. The short side of the grey fabric will be the top of the bag.

Than you can pin the pocket on the grey fabric and sew around the sides and the bottom of the pocket. I created two extra compartments for pencils by sewing over the pocket.

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After you sewed in a pocket you fold the grey fabric in half, right sides in and sew along the sides. Do the same for the outer piece of the bag.

Bag tutorial inside out

Now we will square the bottom of the inner and outer bag. Take a corner and fold it flat. Mark the corner on about 4 cm (1.5″) from the tip of the triangle and stitch over this line. Repeat this for all of the corners of the inner and outer bag.

Bag tutorial corners

This will give you the nice pointy corners at the bottom of the bag.

Bag tutorial

For the handles we will use the 60 cm strips of the travel fabric. Fold and press this piece in half. Fold open and then fold and press the edges to the center line. Fold it in half and you will have a 3 cm wide handle. (Does this make sense? Just fold it like you would when making bias tape!) Do this for both handles.

Sew along the sides of the folded strips.

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Turn the outer bag right side out and sew the handles to the top with a small seam allowance.

Bag tutorial handle

Now place the outer bag (right side out) in the inner bag (right side in). Match up the seams and pin it in place.  Stitch around the edge with a normal seam allowance.

Bag tutorial assembly

This is what we have now. Rip the seam of the inner bag at one of the sides to be able to turn everything right side out.

Bag tutorial assembly

Now close the hole we just made and place the inner bag inside the outer bag. You can stitch around the top to keep everything in place.

Bag tutorial assemby

And there it is, my first bag! So proud of it! What do you think? The size is just perfect to take a good book or crochet cotton and needle to the beach ;) I also made a mini version, cute isn’t it?

Bag tutorial

Have a wonderful day,
Irene

You can read all of the others posts on the Stitch swap here:

Monday July 21st
Stephanie — Swoodson Says
Jamie — Salutations Louisville
Ashley — Sewing Sober
Kathy — Handmade Dress Haven

Tuesday July 22nd
Tasha — Friends Stitched Together
Janelle — Emmaline Bags
Kim — Sew & Tell with Mama Eggo
April– Open Sky Creations

Wednesday July 23rd
Amy– Friends Stitched Together
Danica — The Sewing Sparrow
Bethany — Two Novembers
Jessica — The Berry Bunch

Thursday July 24th
Chrissy — Muse of the Morning
Fenna — Fabulous Home Sewn
Melissa — Rebel and Malice
Irene — Sugaridoo

Friday July 25th
Jess — Gracious Threads
Emily — Tangible Pursuits
Roxanne — Pensebrox
Megan — Upcycling? Refashion That Idea.

 

From our facebook group of crafty bloggers we organized a mystery challenge. Everybody comes up with a theme for an other blogger to work with. For me, Tasha from Stitched Together gave me the theme: Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory. What a great theme! :D I just love it!

So many ideas came to my mind. I wanted to do a sewing projcet, and this is how it turned out. A chocolate half apron! You can wear the apron on both sides, so you can use 2 lovely fabrics on it! Would you like to make your own? Keep on reading!

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You will need

  • Fabric 1: two fat quarters
  • Fabric 2: two fat quarters
  • Fabric 3: one fat quarter

A fat quarter is a piece of fabric of about 50 x 55 cm (18″ x 22″)

Let’s get started!

We will begin by cutting all the fabric. All measures include a 0.75 cm (1/4″) seam allowance.

  • Round off the corners of a fat quarter of fabric 1 and fabric 2, this will create the shape of the apron. We will take 55 cm (22″) as the width of the apron. You can keep the length 50 cm (18″) or make it 45 cm for a shorter apron. Make shure both farbics have the same shape ;) I use a piece of paper as a template.

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  • Cut fabric 3 in four strips of 11.5 x 50 cm (4.5″ x 18″) and two strips of 5 x 15 cm (2″ x 6″)
  • Cut a fq of fabric 1 in four strips of 6.5 x 50 cm (2.5″ x 18″), a piece of 15 x 18.5 cm (6″ x 7 1/4″) and a piece of 15 x 15 cm (6″ x 6″)
  • Cut a fq of fabric 2 in four strips of 6.5 x 50 cm (2.5″ x 18″), a piece of 15 x 18.5 cm (6″ x 7 1/4″) and a piece of 15 x 15 cm (6″ x 6″)

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Pockets

Sew for the pockets the small strip of fabric 3 to the square of fabric 1 together. (When you have a label, you can add it here!)

Place this new rectangle on the other rectangle of fabric 1, right sides together. Cut the bottom edges round and sew the pieces together. Leave a opening at the bottom to turn in right sides out.

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Repeat this for fabric 2. Turn them right sides out and press the pockets. Fold the seam in at the opening.

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Pin the pocket in fabric 1 to the apron in fabric 2 and the pocket in fabric 2 to fabric 1. Sew close to the edge of the pocket to secure it to the apron. Please leave the top of the pocket open ;)

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Ruffles around the apron

Join the strips of fabric 1 to form one long strip of about 2 m (75″). Do the same for the strips of fabric 2. Place the strips right sides together and sew them together at on side. Press open.

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Fold (and press) the strip with the wrong sides together. Now you have a pretty strip with fabric 1 at one side and fabric 2 at the other.

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Then it’s time to make some ruffles! It was my first time ruffling anything, but I think it went pretty well. I put some extra strong yarn on my machine. (After braking the bobbin threat a few times I also used extra strong threat there.) Then you just sew with the largest stitch size on you machine along the whole strip. I sewed about 1.5 cm (2/3″) from the open side.

Now you can just simply pull the top or bobbin threat and your strip will start ruffling. Just ruffle it until it fits around the rounded shape of the apron. After ruffling I sewed over the strip one more time to secure the ruffles.

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Waistband

Join the strips of fabric 3 together to form a long strip of about 2 m (75″). Fold it, right sides together. Now mark with some pins a opening in the middle of the width of the apron. The area in between the pins we will not sew together yet.

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The ends of the waistband, outside the pins, you can sew together.

The turn it right side out. This might be a little struggle, but with the help of a pencil you will manage. Press the waistband, and also fold and press the seams of the opening in the middle. That way we can easily sew it over the apron in the end.

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Let’s put the half apron together!

Put the part of the apron with fabric 2, right side up, in fornt of you. Now pin the ruffles on top of it. The ruffles will also go with fabric 2 up, with the finished side inwards and the frayed side outwards. Then place the part of the apron with fabric 1, right side down on top. Pin this neatly together. Of course you could also do this in one go if your a better pinner than me ;)

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Now sew over the rounded side of the apron. You can leave the top open. And thennn turn it right side out quickly! Look how pretty your ruffles are placed between the two fabrics! :D

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The only thing left to do it attach the waistband. Place the opening over the top of the apron and pin it in place.

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Sew along the edge of the waistband to attach it to the apron.

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And there you are! A super cute half apron that is wearable at two sides. That wasn’t so hard was it? I would love to wear this to visit the Oompa Loompas once ;)

Chocolate half arpon

I loved the mystery challenge, and I couldn’t have though of a better theme myself. Thank you Tasha!

Love Irene

Please click over and check out everyone else’s themes and projects! I am really excited to see what everyone else made.

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Becca at Becca Duval Photography & Lisa at Stubbornly Crafty

Meriel at Create 3.5 & Amy at Friends Stitched Together

Kelly at Kelly J Designs

Carmen at Mar Abierto (Out To Sea)

Shawnta at Shawnta Sews & Jessica at Make Me Crafty

Tasha at Friends Stitched Together & Irene at Sugaridoo

Fenna at FABulous Home Sewn & Stephanie at Swoodson Says

Last week I visited the ‘Stoffenspektakel’ in Rijswijk (Holland). A big fair with a lot of all kinds of fabrics. We where mostly looking for fabrics because I recently fell in love with quilting!

The idea to make a quilt came about mainly because I have received a ‘new’ sewing machine. I did have a very cheap sewing machine somewhere, but it’s just not working properly. Now I got a beauty of a machine from my parents neighbor and I love it!

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It’s a very old (and heavy) machine, but it works perfectly! It is a Lewenstein Astra-matic super. And look what a beautifull red cover it came with! So that’s the reason behind my fabric hunt, and I think I did a good job ;)

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For a sweet pink baby quilt.

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For a blue quilt, would be lovely as a present for a baby boy.

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And some happy colors to sew stuffed animals!

 

Just looking at the fabrics makes me very happy :) doesn’t it make you happy? So that’s the start of my fabric collection.

Have a lovely weekend!

Love Irene