It’s been such a fun two weeks! We have loved seeing all of your projects, meeting all of you and your friends, and reading all of your amazing personal stories! We love the quilting community so much and we love that all of you are a part of it!
…and now the moment you’ve all been waiting for! We wish that we could give a Bernina to all of you, but the results are in, and our randomly picked winner is….
Congratulations! We can’t wait to see all of the cute things you cook up on your new machine!
We’re diving into some new waters this week and teaming up with Heidi from Fabric Mutt to bring you this 15-step tutorial for this adorable trinket case!
There are so many reasons to love this zipper case. Looking for a way to show off treasured scraps or a mini charm pack of your favorite collection? Want a cute pouch to hold your makeup or art supplies or latest sewing project? Need a last minute gift for a friend? Then look no further — this case is exactly what you need!
A boxy case like this one takes a little more time than a typical zipper pouch, but the results are well worth it. Follow the directions below carefully, and you’ll have a case of your own in just a few hours. Get ready to store your treasures in style!
Trinket Case Tutorial
Finished Size: 6” tall x 8” wide x 2 3/4” deep
All seams 1/4” unless otherwise stated.
RST = RIght Sides Together
WST = Wrong Sides Together
- Press toward the dark fabric or press your seams open, whichever you prefer, unless otherwise stated.
1. Arrange your 24 patchwork squares (A) into two 3 x 4 grids containing 12 squares each. Sew the squares together to make 2 patchwork panels, each measuring 6 1/2 x 8 1/2”.
2. Fuse the wrong side of the lining side panels (D) to the coordinating pieces of fusible interfacing (J) according to the manufacturer’s instructions (not shown in photo above). Do the same with the zipper panel lining pieces (E & K) and the gusset lining pieces (F & L). Use adhesive basting spray to fuse the zipper panel batting pieces (H) to the wrong sides of the linen exterior zipper panel pieces (B). Do the same with the exterior gusset pieces (C & I).
3. Use adhesive basting spray to fuse the exterior side panel interfacing batting rectangles (G) to the wrong sides of the patchwork panels (A). Then fuse the side panel lining pieces (D) to the other side of the batting. Quilt as desired. (Note: I chose to quilt my exterior panels along the seams first before fusing the exterior panels to the lining panels, after which I quilted my diagonal lines. This gives me a bit of variety in the quilting between the outside and inside of the case.)
4. Stack in this order from bottom to top: one zipper lining panel (E – right side up), zipper (right side up), and linen zipper exterior panel (B – right side down). You can place the panels anywhere along the zipper as long as it is between the metal ends. (The zipper will extend beyond the length of the panels, but you’ll trim those edges off later.) Line them up along one long end of each piece (see photo) and stitch 1/4” from the edge. Use a zipper foot if you like, though I just use my 1/4” foot for this.
5. Fold back the linen and lining from the zipper so that the wrong sides are together and press. Top stitch one seam 1/4” along the zipper.
6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 with the pieces for the other side of the zipper panel. Trim the zipper ends that go past the panel on either side, making sure that the zipper pull stays in the center. Trim the width of the zipper panel down to 3 3/4” wide, making sure that the zipper stays in the center. Zig zag stitch down the long sides of the zipper panel (this will keep the raw edges of the exterior and lining pieces together while you work) and use a fabric pen or pencil to make a small mark at the center point on each of those long sides.
7. Fold the leather rectangles in half so that the short ends meet. Stitch 1/8” from the raw ends to hold them together. Center the stitched ends of one leather loop on one short side of the zipper panel (see photo) and baste in place. Repeat with the other leather loop on the other short side of the zipper panel.
8. Stack from bottom to top: gusset lining (F – right side up), zipper panel (B – exterior side up), and gusset exterior (C – right side down) along a short side and stitch the pieces together.
Flip the gusset pieces so that the wrong sides are facing each other and top stitch 1/4” from the end of the zipper (see photo).
9. Repeat step 9 on the other side of the zipper with the other ends of the gusset exterior and lining pieces.
Be sure to carefully top stitch without sewing through any of the other pieces by accident.
10. If you’re not already using one, switch to a thread that matches the color of your lining fabric. Match up the dot you made to mark the halfway point on a long side of your zipper panel with the middle seam on the top edge of a side patchwork panel (RST). Sew all along that top edge, stopping 1/4” before the corner at each end of the side panel and backstitching at each end.
11. Use binding clips to fold the zipper panel/gusset piece around the sides of the side patchwork panel. Mitre the gusset at the corners just as you would the binding around a quilt. Match up the side seams between the gusset and zipper panel with the seam between the top and middle squares on the patchwork panel. Sew along the side edges, again stopping 1/4” before the corners at each end of the panel and backstitching at the end of each side.
12. Use binding clips to hold the side patchwork panel to the bottom edge of the gusset, making sure that the gusset is smooth along the bottom edge and that any excess fabric gathers are at the corners. (Tip: if you’re having trouble with the exterior and lining gusset pieces staying together, just sew them together along the edge with a zig zag stitch.) Sew the bottom edges together backstitching at each end (it’s okay if you don’t stop 1/4” before the corners on this side). Unzip the zipper all the way.
13. Repeat steps 11-13 on the other side of the zipper panel/gusset with the other side patchwork panel. Matching up the center mark on the zipper panel and the side seams will help your case to align correctly, but still check as you go to make sure that you’re getting the right boxy shape. This side is a little more difficult to do since the case gets in the way a bit, but if you go slowly and carefully, you can do it!
14. Finishing the lining on your case is a personal decision, so choose whichever option you prefer.
The easiest way to finish off your lining seams is to simply sew a zig zag stitch at least twice around both sides of the case, sealing in your raw edges. It’s quick, gives your bag great stability, and (as long as you’re using matching thread) can look surprisingly neat. Just be sure to trim any loose threads on your seams before you start and use a short stitch length (my stitches are spaced out at .5 on my machine).
- If you have more time and want an even cleaner finish, you can instead bind your lining seams with double fold bias tape — either store bought or handmade using extra lining fabric (see the chart for cutting instructions). Bind the seams on each side of the case lining just as you would the edge of a quilt. I still recommend doing a zig zag stitch around each seam before binding — it makes things a lot easier!
15. Turn your case right side out. To emphasize the boxy look of your case, carefully press all of the edges of the exterior. If you like, take a piece of leather lace and thread it through the hole in the zipper pull. Hold the ends together, knot them, and trim them at an angle. Fill your case with goodies and enjoy!
The Fat Quarter Shop team couldn’t wait to get their hands on these directions and get their own trinket cases started! The end results were some beautiful trinket cases with eye-catching detail!
We can’t wait to see your photos of your trinket cases! Be sure to tag us on Instagram @fatquartershop and @fabricmutt with the hashtag #trinketcase.
Like what you see? There’s more to come from our Sew Illustrated series, so stay tuned! Happy sewing!
Our fabulous friend, Lori Holt, has done it again! She has designed a fun, fresh, farm-themed pattern – Farm Fresh – and it’s available now at fatquartershop.com! This new pattern coordinates with the Farm Girl Vintage Book and the Farm Girl series – including Lori’s recently-released Happy Farm Girl Pattern!
Farm Fresh Can Be CUSTOMIZED!
Farm Fresh is a darling quilt pattern that allows you to choose nine of your favorite blocks from the Farm Girl Vintage Book sampler, sew them in the 6″ block size, and then incorporate them into the design of this new quilt. Sew fun!
The quilt finishes at 74 1/2″ x 74 1/2″, and will be a lovely addition to your home – whether you use it to cozy up under, or whether you grace a wall of your home with it! Ready to start sewing? Great! This pattern is downloadable, so you can start working on this beauty today!
More Great Lori Holt News: Scrappy Project Planner & Accessories!
We shared all the fabulous details, along with dozens of photos from our recent photo shoot, in a blog post that you can find HERE. Don’t miss out on this adorable and terrific tool, y’all.
We are celebrating our LOVE for our fabulous customers this Valentine’s Day! Join us as we give away a bundle a day on the Fat Quarter Shop Facebook Page and countdown to Valentine’s Day. The first giveaway will be posted today at 9AM CST, head to the Fat Quarter Shop Facebook Page to enter!
Today we are giving away a Lovey Dovey Fat Quarter Bundle by Doodlebug Design. Comment on the Countdown to Valentine’s Day photo to enter!
Giveaway will be posted each morning at 9:00 AM and the winner will be announced on the Fat Quarter Shop Facebook Page the following morning. One entry per person, please!
I want to welcome you to the Wishes Quilt Along! We are so excited to begin this year long quilting project with you. I love traditional samplers, and with our Wishes quilt I found 12 of my favorite blocks and super-sized them to 14”. This month, we are introducing our first block, Flying Kite!
Are you ready to get started?
Get extra help with our tutorial video. The Flying Kite block has been around for ages, and it looks tricky, but stick with us and we’ll breeze through it in this video, bias edges and all.
After piecing the Flying Kite block, please click over to the Wishes Quilt Along Donation Page to join us in supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We encourage you to donate to our campaign with every pattern you download. Every little bit helps, and we want you to help us reach our goal and grant as many wishes as possible!
Don’t forget to share! Post photos to the Wishes Quilt Along Flickr Group! Feel free to give tips and tricks for piecing the block, and be sure to show off your fabric choices!
If you want to make a quilt just like ours, we have kits & backing sets available using the Wishes collection by Sweetwater. You can download our Fabric Requirement PDF and use fabrics of your choice. Get creative with the Wishes quilt, we want it to be one that you cherish for years to come!
Be sure to tell all of your friends about the Wishes Quilt Along! We hope to spend the year sewing this beautiful sampler quilt with quilters around the world, and making a big impact on the Make-A-Wish Foundation! Check back next month on February 1st, when we will will introduce the Double Windmill block!
Ho, ho, ho – it’s the most wonderful time of the year! You guessed it, we are beginning our Countdown to Christmas Daily Deals! Every day until Christmas we will have a daily special. You must check the website daily to see what that day’s special items are. Join us for a truly special holiday season!
Today’s Daily Deal is 30% OFF all Books and Magazines!
Visit us tomorrow to see our next Daily Deal!
It’s that time of year again! Our colossal Cyber Monday Sale this year is 25% off all precuts! Those delicious precut packs are just waiting to be sewn up into fabulous holiday gifts.
Charm packs, jelly rolls, layer cakes, dessert rolls – literally every precut will be reduced for this special sale. Hurry, sale ends Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 at midnight CST!
Have you heard? We introduced our very own Aurifil Thread Box! Today we are going to tell you a bit more about The Binding Box, Fat Quarter Shop’s exclusive thread collection! This box contains 12 brilliant colors that match perfectly with the common colors of binding. Use this box and you will never see your stitches again!
Kimberly chose these Aurifil Thread colors herself, paying close attention to the colors she commonly uses in binding. This thread is a dream to sew with. If you have not tried sewing with Aurifil, now is your chance! It is just as smooth and silky as everyone says. We wanted to show you some of the colors in the box with coordinating bindings. Keep reading to see how we matched the colors!
The Aurifil Coral Red looks brilliant with this solid red binding. We would love to give you more information about this stunning quilt, but you will just have to keep checking our YouTube channel to find out when the pattern releases! (hint, hint)
The Aurifil Spring Green is so dimensional, it blends right into the Grunge Basics Pear binding used on our Moon & Stars Quilt Kit. We adore these beautiful grungey tones.
Who doesn’t love a pale blue? Aurifil’s Light Blue blends perfectly with the Wallflowers fabric collection by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew. This is our very own Primrose and Poppies quilt!
The gorgeous Charcoal Thread will mix well with a variety of grey tones. The Ritzy Bitsy Baby Quilt and Charcoal Thread look so stunning together, don’t you think?
The Aurifil Navy Thread is a great companion to a classic navy dot binding, like in our Walk in the Park Quilt Kit. The blues are rich and navy is always in style.
Soft pink is the essence of shabby chic. Use Aurifil Baby Pink for your pink bindings for a classic, shabby chic look. Just take the Liberty Stars quilt by Kimberly Jolly featuring Love & Liberty by Robyn Pandolph. A match made in pink heaven.
With six more colors, The Binding Box is a beautiful, luxurious, saturated rainbow of color for the last touch on your quilt. The possibilities are endless. What color binding will you sew on next?
Happy Monday quilters! And happy Labor Day! Cozy up with a cup of cocoa (or coffee, if you prefer) and let’s get started on our final Deck-ade the Halls block. Today we are whipping up some Cozy Cocoa Cups! Ready to jump right in?
These cute cups are perfect for the holidays. Who doesn’t love battling the cold with a cup of something warm? It is even better when that something warm is also something sweet! That is where the Cozy Cocoa Cups come in. Hunker down and enjoy the holidays with the final block in the Deck-ade the Halls quilt!
Start your day by downloading the FREE PDF pattern and get started on the Cozy Cocoa Cup blocks. Our instructional video will be ready next week, so just sit tight and Kimberly will walk you through the construction process! Until then, you can get your video fix with the new videos on our YouTube channel!
If you want to join in the Deck-ade the Halls fun, be sure to download the fabric requirements and choose fabric from your stash or pick up one of the Aspen Frost kits. You can find all of the available free PDF Patterns and instructional video here. Now get sewing!
We hope you have enjoyed sewing the Deck-ade the Halls quilt with us! Be sure to add your block photos to Flickr! All we have left to sew is the finishing, so check back in two weeks to learn how all of these cute blocks get assembled!