Happy Little Things, Block 4

Hello Everyone! Wow! Can you believe that this is the last block of the Happy Little Things BOM by Jacquelynne Steves? Next month you’ll get the finishing instructions and that will be it for this year. Make sure you check out Jacquelynne’s blog post for all the details on the block. Don’t forget to read to the bottom of this post for your chance to win this month’s awesome giveaway.

If you’ve following me each month, you know I’ve been making alternate projects with each month’s embroidery design and Jacquelynne’s Bitty Bloom embroidery designs.

This month, I used the Block 4 Flower design and the Dragonfly design that is exclusive to The Art of Home Club members in a small zippered pouch. There are so many free tutorials for this style pouch that I decided to use one that was already published. I used the No-Stress Tabbed Zipper Pouch Tutorial from Sew Mama Sew. Two other good tutorials to use are from Sherri at A Quilting Life, which is a little smaller bag and Erical Arndt, which doesn’t use the zipper tabs. Any of these tutorials would be good to use with a few changes for your embroidery or applique pieces.

Seeing all these dragonflies this summer on our trip to Virginia inspired me to use the two designs together.

I did make a few slight changes to the bag.

To start with, I made the bag taller. Also, since this was a one piece front originally, I had to determine the sizes for my pieced front. I also used fusible fleece on the front and back and featherweight interfacing on the lining pieces. I like my bags to have a little support in them.

My cutting measurements for the bag are:

  • Top band (yellow): 11 1/4″ x 2″
  • Embroidery band: 11 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ (center the embroidery or applique)
  • Bottom Band: 11 1/4″ x 3 1/2″
  • Back: 11 1/4″ x 9″
  • Lining: (2) 11 1/4″ x 9″
  • Fusible Fleece: (2) 11 1/4″ x 9″
  • Featherweight Interfacing: (2) 11 1/4″ x 9″
  • Handle: 7″ x 2″ (used from the leftover strip I cut for the top band and tabs)

I also added the small handle. To make the handle, fold the 7″ x 2″ rectangle wrong sides together and press. Press in 1/4″ on each raw edge. Sew along the pressed edge and folded edge. When sewing the bag to together, place the handle between the front and back pieces with the folded edge on the inside and the raw edges lined up slightly over the seam line.

I used the same fabrics from Corey Yoder, Sunnyside Up, that I used for the Needlebook and Pin Cushion.

I used the dragonfly charm from Jacquelynne’s bug charm package attached with a ribbon as a zipper pull, too. I’m really happy with this bag and it’s the perfect size to carry a small embroidery or applique project in.

I also made the last Bitty Blooms mounted piece for winter that I’m calling Winterberries.

You can purchase the designs for all the Bitty Blooms in Jacquelynne’s shop. I used the same finishing technique that I used for the other three. You can find my tutorial here. Instead of using a bow this time, I cut a small piece of winter berries from a pick that I got at Michael’s last year. I made a covered button and attached both with a glue gun.

After Thanksgiving, I’ll start to display Christmas and winter things. The nice thing about Winterberries is that it can stay out all winter with my cardinals.

Now for the Giveaway!

This month’s giveaway is sponsored by Designs by Sarah J and Just Another Button Company. Sarah is offering her book “Morse Code Quilts” as the prize. This book shows you how to create secret messages in your quilts using Morse Code. What a fun idea! You’ll also receive a package of cute pins from Just Another Button Company. I love their pins!

To enter to win, leave me a comment below and tell me if you use project bags to carry your hand work in?

Giveaway rules:

  • Giveaway is open to all US and international readers.
  • One prize per person per giveaway.
  • The Giveaway will end by the end of day on Sunday, November 10.

Please be sure that I can contact you immediately with your email, or be sure to include your email in your comment. If I choose your name but cannot contact you immediately, I will choose another winner. 

If I do not receive a response from you by Wednesday, November 13 by 8:00 AM Eastern Time, I will need to choose another winner.

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You can also post photos in the Sew Quilty Friends FB group  https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewQuiltyFriends.JacquelynneSteves/.

Be sure to visit all the bloggers to see their version of Happy Little Things and to increase your chance of winning.

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47 Responses to Happy Little Things, Block 4

  1. Just a beautiful bag! I use a bag that someone made for me and I love it!
    i want to learn how to do the zippers… it seems scary!


  2. Jessica Hansen says:

    I’m behind in my sewing along. I haven’t even gotten last month’s progress done yet, eek!


  3. Pamela Jean Richards says:

    WOW – – how beautiful – Love the dragon fly!!


  4. Terri Hauge says:

    I just love your little bag! Yes, I usually have project bags to keep me organized especially when I’m taking my project on the road.


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  6. Daniela Martisovitsova says:

    That pouch is very nicely done. Love it.


  7. Amy Dean says:

    I have a nice patriotic bag that my son’s girlfriend gave me. It is perfect for taking my hand sewing projects with me when I have my monthly hospital visit.


  8. Ann Schafer says:

    Love seeing everyones spin on this project


  9. I do use handmade bags to carry my handwork items in. Thank you,


  10. Mary Milnarich says:

    I love your projects with the winter berries. Cute idea for a small wall hanging. I use clear bags with a zipper for my projects. The bags are from blankets, drapes and store bought bedding and are good for my projects as I can see at a glance what project it is.


  11. spierssusan says:

    Your bag is just too cute! I have many bags to carry my projects in! I am always looking for one, it helps to make my projects run in a timely manner! Thank you, Susan


  12. daneesey says:

    I like that you’re using the designs and creating functional pieces — so clever!!! 🙂


  13. Sandra Bogoniewski says:

    I don’t make a lot of bags, mostly because I have a number of lovely bags from various overseas missions. I have wanted, though, to make some small zippered bags for Christmas gifts. This looks like a great pattern.



    The project with the winterberries is very cute. Cardinals are my favorite also.


  15. Laura M says:

    I use project bags. Just make keeping things together so easy.


  16. kattails says:

    I will confess I don’t use project bags for my various projects ( I use extra-large zippy bags) but I did make a zipped pouch similar to yours—it’s my make up bag. I really like your bag and hope to make one. The dragonfly is adorable “charm”-ing zipper pull really sets it off. Thanks for another chance to win.


  17. Maureen Latta says:

    I have all sorts of pouches. Zippy pouches with a clear laminate window are handy so I can see what project is on each one. Also little pouches hold my phone charges. One can never have enough


  18. Susan says:

    I don’t have any bags specifically for hand projects. I do like your bag though.


  19. Kathryn Hanton says:

    Nifty little bag & beautiful embroidery


  20. Sally Dixon says:

    I have been wanting some project bags for awhile. i use store bags mostly. i saw someone that made a bag from a hand towel with sheep on it from Ireland and i have the same towel. i plan to make one, a drawstring bag.


  21. Christi says:

    I do use bags lots of them.


  22. Gretchen says:

    I use plastic ziplock bags to carry my projects in. I need to make some project bags but just never get it done! Your zipper bag is lovely!


  23. Bette McLennan says:

    Yes, I made a bag & carry all my smaller quilting essentials in it. Now would be lost w/o it!


  24. Paula says:

    What a cute bag! I love the fabric choices. I use the open wide zippered bag pattern by Noodlehead to make bags to carry my projects all of the time. I also love to make coordinating tote bag and pouch sets and I use fabrics chosen for the recipient. So far they’ve been a big hit.


  25. Shannon Hagerty says:

    Cute little bag!


  26. Jocelyn says:

    Love your little bag. And yes I do use bags to carry projects. Thanks for the giveaway!


  27. Sarah says:

    Such a pretty little project!


  28. Liz Horgan says:

    I love how you incorporated this month’s block into a bag–such great ideas!!
    I sometimes use bags for small projects, but I tend to give them away!


  29. Mary Lou P. says:

    Love this project. Thank you for contributing to Happy Little Things! I have several project bags for the various projects I have going on at any one time.


  30. Nancy Lewis says:

    I love making project bags. They are so practical and make great gifts.


  31. Rebecca Dillaha says:

    I use hand made bags all the time and this gives me many ideas to create even more.


  32. Val says:

    I dread the idea of sewing a zipper.


  33. Jenny Young says:

    I usually use baskets but this is adorable.


  34. Lydia Sheffield says:

    Oh goodness I LOVE that bag. I’m inspired to use up some of my small pieces of fabric since I still have some fusible fleece from my other projects.


  35. Carol Remmick says:

    I have a floral tote bag with all my stuff in and that goes with me ever where I go


  36. I like how you used the block . Yes, I use project bags. It makes it so much easier.


  37. Brenda West says:

    I do keep my projects in project bags. Actually have a few going on so just love keeping them all together and tidy in bags. Thanks.


  38. Jackie Walker says:

    Love your bag!


  39. knittingdancer says:

    Love your bag. I use my project bags to hold my knitting projects all the time.


  40. Stephanie Zelonis Hironimus says:

    I make my own bags to carry any handwork projects… your zipper pouch is adorable and I am addicted to Erica Arndt’s videos!!


  41. April Lopez says:

    I love using bags for my projects. I like to keep one in my car because I have a lot of waiting time and I need something to work on.


  42. nancy seitz says:

    I like to see the project so I use plastic cases from Joanns. I use bags as wrapping for gifts.


  43. Carol says:

    I have a few bags that I carry my projects round in.


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  45. Lorel says:

    I like how you used your block pattern. This is the first time I am seeing your project bags. I have used something similar in the past.


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