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 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 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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- A Quilting Life
- Podunk Pretties
- The Crafty Quilter
- Flamingo Toes
- Allie-Oops Sweet Happy Life
- Happy Quilting Melissa
- The Quilting Nook (Me)
- Kathy’s Quilts
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