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Quilt Fabric Hand Warmers

In December, my husband and I took a trip to the Northeast.  Having spent more than 20 years in southern California, the approach of winter right around the corner, was a bit of a shock to my system!  Even though I had all the appropriate accoutrements such as layers of clothing, hat, scarf, mittens and boots, the temperature along with the wind chill factor was colder than I am used to.

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At the time, I was grateful it wasn’t January, when the temps could be 20 degrees colder.  There were times I thought my fingers would break off.  While I had my mittened hands embedded in my pockets, I thought it would be nice to have hand warmers.

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When we got back home, I quickly whipped up these hand warmers that I sent to family and friends.  These hand warmers are small enough to fit inside mittens or pockets and are filled lightly with rice.  They are briefly heated in the microwave and retain their heat for a short time.  Total length of time they hold their heat will depend on how much rice you put in and how long you heat them in the microwave.  To avoid possible burns, microwave for 15 seconds or less, then add 5 second time intervals if needed.  * * Never leave microwaves unattended when in use.  * *

Sending warm thoughts, we used a fun tropical print in the “warm” color palette, that reminds us of fun in the sun, Pareau Red by Hoffman Fabrics.

For each hand warmer cut 2 squares 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, then pink all 4 edges of both squares.

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Place fabric wrong sides together and stitch 1/4″ from the edge on 3 sides, leaving one side open.

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Fill 1/2 to 3/4 full with rice (brown or white rice – your option, be sure to use non-instant rice, or small beans work well also).

Carefully push the rice away from the opening to avoid the needle from hitting it and sew the open side closed.

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Warm them in the microwave and place them in mittens or pockets for outdoor activities.  Re-heat as necessary for continued warmth.

I made them in pairs so there is one for each hand or pocket.  Stack them and tie with a bow for a nice presentation.

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* *  Please note these are not washable as they contain uncooked rice.  * *

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Placentia, CA

 

 

Lotsa Dots Quilt Fabric!

We’re going dotty with lotsa dots!  Large dots, small dots, bright dots, soft dots, neatly aligned dots, random dots, multi colored dots and funky dots.  We’re going absolutely dotty!  Would you love a fun dotty purse or a stylish new tote?

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Dots are very important in everyday life.  The dot at the end of a sentence indicates the end of a thought.  The dot in a website address, such as LoveQuilting.com, is necessary to get you to the correct web page.  If we left out the dot on our “i’s”, our words would look funny.  So if you have a project that needs a pick me up and you’re not sure what exactly will do, how about trying some dots?

From Loralie Designs, we have Dinky Dots and Doggie Dots (I love saying “dinky dots”).  You can’t go wrong with these dots, perfect for those fun whimsical projects.

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Having trouble picking a dotted color?  Rainbows of dots go with everything!

Rainbow Dot Black     Rainblow Dot White Bright

Windham Fabrics Basics provides us with neatly aligned dots for a more traditional appeal.  But don’t let the traditional look fool you, we have some of the brightest colored polka dots available!

Bright Dots Blue     Bright Dots Orange

If you’re not thrilled with symmetrical polka dots, check out our Hoffman Bali Chops Dots.  These hand dyed batiks feature tiny tonal dots randomly sprinkled on a mottled background.  These batiks can be used as a solid blender or provide slight texture to your project.

Bali Chop Dot Orchid     Dots Frost

Have an embroidery machine?  Dots make a great background for embroideries.  No embroidery machine?  Try an applique on a dot background and make some new pillows for  a quick home décor update.

Traditional quilters and modern quilters alike, love dots!

Best of all, all our dots are on sale this week!  Great time to stock up on dots for quilt backs, backgrounds and to enhance your stash!  All orders over $75 are eligible for FREE shipping.  Start shopping now!

With the holiday rush behind us, this is a great time to treat your sewing machine to a full cleaning.  Remember to clean out the dust bunnies, oil where necessary and treat yourself to a new needle.

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Placentia, CA

 

Storm at Sea Quilt

One of my favorite quilt blocks is Storm at Sea.  I love the movement created and the illusion of curves with all straight piecing.  I also love that by alternating placement of colors or light and dark shades, you can create designs that pop.  Below are a few examples of a Storm at Sea quilt designed on EQ.  All of these are made with just the Storm at Sea block and variations in placement of colors and shades.

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This post is about a Storm at Sea quilt that I made as a wedding gift for my cousin and his charming bride.  This Storm At Sea quilt, Our Hearts Will Go On,  features 2 hearts, perfect for newlyweds!

I found out that their favorite colors are blue and green, so I used that as a starting point.  This layout needed 4 blues, 4 greens, background fabric and then something to pop for the hearts.  Since my cousin loves sailing, Offshore Sailboat by Riley Blake Designs was the perfect choice for the hearts.

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The remainder of the fabrics are a combination of screen prints, batiks and hand dyed solids.

There are many techniques for creating a Storm at Sea block.  My choice for this block is Wendy Matheson’s A New Light on Storm at Sea Quilts, book and templates.  The instructions are very easy to follow.  The patches are slightly oversized which requires trimming.  The trimming step helps to keep the points sharp and the blocks square.

Even though the block instructions include some bias edges with triangular pieces of fabric, by placing the bias edge on the bottom, we had no trouble with stretching or wonky blocks.

We quilted this Storm at Sea quilt with an all over quilt design that represented waves and bubbles of churning water.  We love the movement of this quilt design and it provides the perfect density with wool batting between the layers.

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The wedding was December 11th in Virginia.  The decorations were spectacular.  The bride and groom looked fabulous!  We saw lots of friends and family and had a wonderful time.  We presented the quilt in private and they LOVED it!

The happy couple!

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2016 Showcase of Fabric Quilts for Charity

Last month we made our yearly delivery of quilts to Bayonne Medical Center, Bayonne, NJ for distribution to kids that would be spending the holidays in a hospital.  These quilts range in size from baby size to teenager size.  The shop samples we make for the free patterns we offer are included with these donations as well as other quilts made by friends of LoveQuilting.com.

While we feel no one of any age should ever have to battle a disease and have a prolonged stay in a hospital, our hearts ache a little more for the children that cannot be home with their families at this joyous time of the year.  It is for these children that we make and donate quilts to offer them a quilt filled with love that they can hold and snuggle.

This blog post is dedicated to those wonderful volunteers and the young patients who cannot spend this holiday time with their families.

This year’s tally of quilts we sent was 12.  We are confident they will be loved and appreciated.

With the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season behind us, we would like to share with our loyal readers, a showcase of some of our favorites, with a brief description.

Clownfish Love is a modern quilt design featuring brightly colored clownfish.  This is a beginner friendly design and you can read the FREE tutorial here.

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Big Block Jungle Quilt pictured below has become one of our favorites because we love the colorful happy jungle animals and the wonderful coordinates.  The large 18″ blocks, help make this quilt go together easily and quickly.  You can see the Rumble Fabric collection by Windham Fabrics here.

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Our Dear Doggie Delight quilt shows these cute pups so anxiously waiting to snuggle with their humans.  With the large panel center and half square triangles, this quilt goes together quickly and easily.  Click here to read all about it.

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Frozen Winter Wonderland Love features ice princesses and other critters such as foxes, penguins, polar bears and more.  This quilt is made with squares and rectangles.

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Art Class Love is bright and cheery with crayons, paints and other art supplies.  We love the colorfulness of this quilt and we’re sure that your favorite color is in there somewhere!

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These next few quilts were made by friends of LoveQuilting.com as they cleared out some of their stash and with no pattern to follow, they just put fabrics together until they completed a quilt top.  So much creativity!

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All of the quilts above have been quilted on our Gammill longarm with Statler Stitcher with an allover design as we anticipate these quilts to be washed frequently.

We hope you have enjoyed our selection of quilts for kids for 2016 that we’ve showcased above.  We hope this post has inspired or encouraged you to make a quilt for your favorite charity.  If you have a quilt you would like to add to our donation for 2017, please leave me a comment and I will get in touch with you with more information.

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Placentia, CA

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Quilt Fabric Blow Out Sale EXTENDED!

Our huge, end of year, quilt fabric blow out sale has been extended through January 1, 2017!

We haven’t put a few fabrics on sale, we haven’t even put many fabrics on sale – ALL FABRICS ARE ON SALE!  You pick your favorites, put them in your cart, use coupon code TWENTY at our secure checkout and receive 20% off your entire purchase of our already reduced fabric prices.

This deal can’t be beat and it’s been extended so you have more time to get the fabrics you love!

What a great way to start the new year, with a new project or stock up on some backing fabric to finish up your existing projects.

We have a great selection of batiks, beach/nautical prints, digital fabrics, blenders/solids and so much more!

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quilt patterns for beginners spin

These fabrics are hot, hot, hot!  And they’re going fast, fast, fast!  We’re clearing our shelves to make room for new collections arriving soon.

Want FREE shipping too?  Orders of $75 or more receive FREE shipping!

All orders are filled within 24 hours of receipt and shipped Priority Mail so you don’t have to wait.  We accept all major credit cards as well as PayPal.

Start shopping now!

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Need some project inspiration, check out our extensive collection of FREE patterns.  Free patterns are provided by our wonderful fabric manufacturer’s as well as many that are LoveQuilting.com exclusive.  Click here to browse all our free patterns.  We rate all our patterns as easy/beginner friendly to confident beginner to intermediate.

For your shopping convenience, all our fabrics are available as continuous yardage, three-quarter yards, half yards or quarter yards.  Prefer fat quarters?  Send me an email with your request and we will accommodate your special order.  nancy@lovequilting.com

Be sure to check out our Accessories category for fusibles, clips, pencils and many other miscellaneous sewing room needs.

Sale ends 11:59 PM January 1st, 2017.

Happy New Year to our wonderful customers, we look forward to continuing to serve you through the upcoming year!

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Garden Flag Celebrate the New Year!

The Christmas shopping is in the past, the presents have been received and opened.  The cookies have been eaten.  It’s time to get back to your sewing room and whip up a quick outdoor garden flag to ring in the new year!

This week’s garden flag features fabrics from the Celebrate collection by Benartex Fabrics.  We love the festive balloons, confetti and streamers all highlighted with gold metallic accents.

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Garden Flag Celebrate by LoveQuilting.com

 

Finished size 12” W x 14” L + Hanging Loops

Cut:

Celebrate by Benartex Balloons – 12-1/2” x 10-1/2” – 1 EA for front; 12-1/2” x 14-1/2” – 1 EA for back

Celebrate by Benartex Star Confetti – 12-1/2” x 4-1/2” – 1 EA for front

Celebrate by Benartex Streamers Black Gold – 6” x 7” – 3 EA for loops; scraps for letters

Lite Steam A Seam II – 4” x 12”

ALL SEAMS ARE 1/4”, unless noted otherwise.

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Make the Hanging Loops

Fold one Streamers Black Gold 6” x 7” piece in half lengthwise and sew with 1/4″ seam along the 7” side.  Turn right side out and press.  Repeat for the remaining 2 pieces of Streamers Black Gold and set aside.

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Prepare the Front

Sew 12-1/2” x 10-1/2” Balloons fabric to 12-1/2” x 4-1/2” Star Confetti

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Print the applique template with the letters Celebrate (click here for full size applique templates) and trace to the side with the paper grid pattern of the Lite Steam A Seam II.  Fuse (following fusing instructions) to wrong side of Streamers Black Gold fabric and cut out the letters.

Remove the paper backing from the letters and arrange to your liking on the Star Confetti fabric. The Lite Steam A Seam II has a tacky back which allows for you to re-position until it is to your satisfaction.

Once everything looks good, press into place following the pressing instructions that accompany the Lite Steam A Seam II.

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Stitch around the raw edges with blanket stitch, zig zag stitch, straight stitch or whatever stitch you desire.

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 Attach Hanging Loops

Fold loops in half and line up raw edges with raw edge of top of flag front.  Place first loop 1″ from the left edge, the center of the second loop at the center of the flag (find the centers of both by folding in half and finger pressing), and the third loop 1″ from the right edge.  Check to make sure the space between loops is equal or adjust as needed.

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Stitch loops into place with 1/4″ seam.

Do you Wish to Add a Label?

If you wish to add a label as we did to the side seam, place the label 6-1/2″ from the bottom with raw edge of label lined up with raw edge of flag front side.  Stitch into place with 1/4″ seam.

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Construct Flag

Place flag back over flag front right sides together and stitch all the way around, except for a 2” opening at the bottom for turning.  Turn right side out and press.  Top stitch around flag 1/8” from edge and again 1/4” from edge.

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Hang your garden flag and enjoy!

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Click here to download a printable version of this tutorial including full size applique templates.

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YEAR END QUILT FABRIC BLOW OUT SALE

It’s going to be colossal!  It’s going to be stupendous!  SUPER YEAR END SAVINGS on all the quilt fabrics you LOVE!  At LoveQuilting.com, we are participating in the Fab Shop’s Year End Blow Out Sale and this year we are blowing it ALL out!  ALL fabric, new, old and everything in between, patterns and accessories are on SALE for 20% OFF our everyday LOW prices.

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The Year End Blow Out Sale, is taking place from December 21st through December 31st.  As a special treat to our loyal customers, we are giving you a head start on the savings.  START SAVING TODAY!

Simply use coupon code TWENTY at checkout and receive 20% off your entire cart contents.  Fill your cart with $75 or more of merchandise and receive FREE shipping!

Don’t miss out on your favorite fabrics!  This is a great time to get the fabrics you need for your next project and stock up on quilt backings!

WANT TO TRY DIGITAL FABRICS, BUT YOU’RE WAITING FOR A SALE?

Check out some of our newest digitals, sold at the lowest prices around and now you can save an additional 20%.

Pristine Wilderness by Hoffman Fabrics.

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Land That I Love by Hoffman Fabrics.

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An all time customer favorite, Hoffman Watercolors Palette, a 35″ cut of fabric that includes every one of the luscious Hoffman Watercolor Batiks!

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Get the newest collection by Benartex, gently highlighted with gold metallic accents, Dance of the Dragonfly.  We have your favorite main prints and many luscious coordinates.

waterlily     dancing-dragonflies

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Check out the modern geometrics, bubbles, confetti and more in several colorways of the Cachet collection by Benartex.

cachet pink     cachet blue

Art Gallery Elements collections, Floral, Nature, Squared and Oval, sure to add texture and sheen to any project.

floral elements     nature

squared     oval

GET YOUR BEACH BODY READY FOR SUMMER!

Or at least your beach inspired projects with our Beach/Nautical collection of fabrics.

Seaside Dreams by Studio E features a panel and coordinates for a quick project.

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The Hidden Cove collection by Windham Fabrics, a vintage inspired nautical panel and coordinates is perfect for quilts, table decor, totes or apparel.

Hidden Cove Collage

Who can resist Loralie’s beach ladies in the Lazy Beach collection.

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Treat yourself this holiday season and start shopping for your favorite fabrics right now, by clicking here.

Be sure to use coupon code TWENTY at checkout to receive your discount!

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Placentia, CA

 

Quilt Fabric Tote Bag Part 4

This is the final week of LoveQuilting.com’s 4 part series on bag making basics.  Follow along this week and watch the magic happen as your tote bag comes to life!  This 4 part series has been bag making basics for a lined tote bag with pockets, handles and no raw seams.  If you missed Part 1, Size, Bottom Reinforcement and Boxing the Corners, click here.  If you missed Part 2, Pockets, click here.  For Part 3, Handles, click here.

Our bag is made with fabrics from the Dance of the Dragonfly collection by Benartex Fabrics.

PART 4 – ASSEMBLING THE BAG

From Part 1, you should have a bag front and back and a bag lining front and back.

ADDING THE POCKETS

For a pocket on the outside of the bag, find the center widthwise then measure 8” from the top of the bag and draw a line.

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Find the center of the pocket and line it up with the center of the bag.  Place the raw edge of the pocket at the line face down with the top of the pocket closest to the bottom of the tote.  Stitch at the raw edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Press the pocket up towards the top of the bag and pin in place.  Top stitch each side of the pocket in place with a 1/4” seam allowance.

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Repeat this process for a pocket on the lining, except measure and draw a line 9″ from the top for placement of the inside pocket.

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PLACING THE HANDLES

Find the center of your bag front and mark it.  Make a mark 2-1/2” to the left and 2-1/2” to the right of the center mark.  Place your handles at these left and right marks and clip into place.  Repeat this same process for placing the handles on the bag back.  Stitch into place.

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CREATE THE BAG

Place bag front and back right sides together and stitch down one side, across bottom and up the other side.  Set aside.

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Place lining front and back right sides together and stitch down one side, across the bottom except for a 4” section to be used for turning later, then up the other side.

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Mark a 4” square on the bottom corner of the main body of the bag and the bag lining.  Cut on the lines.  Open the corner up and line up raw edges and sew with a 1/4” seam.  Do this for all 4 corners.

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Turn your lining right side out and place inside the bag so they are right sides together.  Lining up side seams, pin the raw edges together and sew around bag top with 1/4″ seam.

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Pull the lining out of the bag and reach through the 4” opening left at the lining bottom.  Gently pull the bag through the opening.

Press the 4” opening and whip stitch or zig zag stitch the opening closed.

Tuck lining inside bag and press around top.  Top stitch around top of bag 1/4″ from edge.

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Fill and enjoy your bag!!!

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Placentia, CA

 

Quilt Fabric Tote Bag Part 3

This week we bring you  Part 3 of LoveQuilting.com’s 4 part series on bag making basics.  If you missed Part 1, Size, Bottom Reinforcement and Boxing the Corners, click here.  If you missed Part 2, Pockets, click here.

Part 3 focuses on making the handles.  Handles come in many sizes and designs.  Our instructions below will be reviewing just one possibility for handles.  The length of the handles is also a personal preference.  If you wish to carry your tote on your shoulder, you will want longer handles.  For carrying your tote in your hand, you may want your handles shorter to avoid dragging your bag on the ground.

We will review placement of the handles in Part 4 – Assembling the Bag.

PART 3 – HANDLES

For these handles you will need 2 contrasting fabrics and 2 pieces of medium weight fusible stabilizer (we used Decor Bond fusible stailizer).  The fusible stabilizer creates some rigidity in the handles which keeps them from folding in your hand when carrying.

We used fabrics from Dance of the Dragonfly by Benartex Fabrics.  Our handle fabric choices are the same as our pocket fabrics, but feel free to use main tote fabric and lining fabric or other coordinating fabric to your project.

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Identify which fabric that will be the outside of your handles and which fabric will be the underside of your handles.

From the outside fabric, cut two pieces 2” x 20″.  From the underside fabric, cut two pieces 3” x 20″.  From the Decor Bond fusible stabilizer, cut pieces to match your handle sizes; you should have 4 pieces of fusible stabilizer in total.

Following the instructions with your fusible stabilizer, fuse these strips to your handle strips.

At your iron, press one of the handle strips in half lengthwise and create a crease line.  Open up handle and press each raw edge to the crease line.  Repeat this for all 4 handle pieces.

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Lay a 2” (outside) handle piece on top of a 3” (underside) handle piece so the raw edges are facing each other and the center crease lines match up.  We use Clover Clips to hold the 2 handle pieces together since this is too stiff and thick for pins.

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Topstitch 1/4″ down each side of the 2” outside piece to keep these handle pieces together.

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Set the handles aside and check back next week when we assemble and complete our bag!

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Quilt Fabric Tote Bag Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of LoveQuilting.com’s 4 part series on bag making basics.  If you missed Part 1, Size, Bottom Reinforcement and Boxing the Corners, click here.

Part 2 is about the pockets on our tote.  As with most things in quilting and sewing, there is more than one way to achieve a finished product.  Our instructions below are for a patch pocket made with 2 fabrics.  The inside fabric will continue to the outside to create an accent band at the top of the pocket.  Our bag includes a pocket on the outside of the bag as well as the inside of the bag.  You can never have too many pockets!

We will review placement of the pockets in Part 4 – Assembling the Bag.

PART 2 – POCKETS

Our finished pocket size will be 5-1/4″ H x 7-1/4″ W, which is large enough to hold a cel phone similar to an iphone 6 Plus, but can certainly be used for any special items.  You will need 2 contrasting fabrics and a small piece of fusible fleece.  The fusible fleece provides some body to the pocket so that it doesn’t flop when you put something in it.

Our fabrics for this tote are from the Dance of the Dragonfly collection by Benartex Fabrics.

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Identify the fabric that will be the accent band, (this will also be the inside of the pocket), and which fabric will be the main pocket.

Cut Main Pocket 5″ x 8″

Cut Pocket Lining/Accent Band 7″ x 8″

Cut Fusible Fleece 5-1/2″ x 8″.

We made 2 pockets for our tote, one inside and one outside, both with the same fabrics.

With right sides together and using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the inside fabric to the main fabric. Press the seam towards the darker of the fabrics.

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Press the pocket in half lengthwise with wrong sides together.  Open the pocket and place fusible fleece right at the pressed line on the main fabric side of the pocket.  Following the instructions with your fusible fleece, press the fusible fleece into place.

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Fold the pocket right sides together and stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance down each side of the pocket.

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Turn right side out and carefully poke the corners so they are crisp corners.  Press.  Top stitch the top edge of the pocket 1/4” from the top.  Repeat for as many pockets as you desire for your bag.  Set the pockets aside until we are ready to attach them to the bag outside and lining.

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