Quick DIY Gift – Coaster Ride Coasters

 

Around the Bobbin’s Coaster Ride Coasters are a fun and novel way to make coasters that are color-coordinated with your décor! They’re cute for your home and they make a nice housewarming gift, too.

You can make your own designer silicone coaster set that protects surfaces against hot, cold and wet beverages. The set of four silicone coasters comes with instructions for completing the coasters with fabrics of your choice and a coaster holder for the set.

Designer Silicone Coasters

Coaster set by Lisa Amundson on Instagram.

 

To make four Coasters and a Coaster Holder you’ll need:

Basic supplies:

Fabric clips
Walking foot (optional)
Rotary cutter, mat and ruler with 45 degree angle marking
Fabric marking pen
Spray starch
Heavy duty sewing machine needles (such as Schmetz Microtex 90/14 or denim needles)
Thread

supplies for Coaster Ride

 

The Coaster Ride Coasters kit has the full pattern with detailed instructions. We’ve also provided some pictures of the process…

coaster sandwich and binding
Using the template provided, make a fabric-stabilizer-fabric sandwich. Place it on the bottom side of a silicone coaster. Mark 4 quarter marks on the coaster bottom and fabric sandwich. Line up your quartered off bias binding with these four points and attach with binder clips.

 

Sew the binding to the fabric sandwich and silicone coaster with a scant ¼” seam. Turn the coaster over and finish attaching the binding. Here, you can see basic steps in coaster construction.

Repeat for each of the other three coasters. Then follow the instructions in the pattern to make the Coaster Holder.

Next time you’re looking for that perfect matching set of coasters for your home or a DIY gift to whip up in an afternoon, check out the Coast Ride Coasters from Around the Bobbin!

Here are a few pictures of the Coaster Ride Coasters from Instagram.

Coaster set by Lisa Amundson of Around the Bobbin.

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Trim the Tree with our Pinwheel Pincushion Ornaments

To get everyone in the Christmas spirit we have come out with the Pinwheel Pincushion Ornament! This adorable Christmas ornament is based on Pinwheel Pincushion YouTube video we made with the girls of Just Another Button Company. Check out the original video here

We also have a YouTube video that gives you some pro tips on attaching buttons to projects! Check it out ..

What you need to make an ornament:

Okay, let’s get started!

Pick four light print mini charm squares and four dark mini charm squares for the front of the ornament. Fold the dark print mini charms to form a pinwheel shape. Pin on the coordinating light print mini charm square to create a pinwheel unit. Using a 1/4” seam, sew the four pinwheel units together to create the front of the ornament. Press.
Using a 1/4” seam, sew four mini charm squares together to create the back of the ornament. Press.
Cut 6” length of ribbon for the ornament loop. Fold in half and pin to the top of the ornament front.
With right sides facing, layer the ornament front and ornament back. Sew 1/4” away from the edge, leaving a small opening at the bottom of the ornament. Clip the corners.
Turn the ornament right sides out and fill with stuffing. Hand stitch the opening closed.
Attach the button to the front of the ornament.

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Fun New Project Alert – Gadget Cushion!

There is nothing better than finding a cute, new sewing project! It’s even better when it’s fun and easy! The Gadget Cushion by Quiltsmart fits the bill. With the holiday gift giving season coming up, the Gadget Cushion would be a great handmade gift for anyone on your list.

To make a Gadget Cushion you need:

Quiltsmart has a great video tutorial to help make your first Gadget Cushion.

We’ve also provided some pictures of the process …

Cut the instructions from the interfacing panel, and cut the fabric a little larger than the panel. With the fabric wrong side up and the interfacing panel rough side down, iron them together.
Cut the fabric/interfacing into two rectangles along the lines marked on the interfacing.
To create the tool tabs, fold the strip in half along the long edge. Then fold it in again to hide the raw edges. With coordinating thread, sew along the edges.
Cut the tool tab strip into four sections.
Fold the tool tabs sections in half. Matching raw edges, clip them to the spots marked on the interfacing.
Sew on the stitch lines provided.
Sew on the three guide lines provided.
Fold the gadget cushion in half, as marked. Sew along line A, edge to dot. Then sew along line B, from dot to edge. Backstitch at beginning and end.
Re-fold the gadget cushion, so the center line meets seam A. Sew along line C, dot to edge. Backstitch at the beginning and end.
Turn the gadget cushion right sides out. Press flat, if needed. Sew along the guide lines, to form the gadget rest.
Using a funnel, fill the openings with the stuffing or poly-pellets.
Glue the openings shut, and use clips to hold it shut while it dries.

Here’s a few pictures of the Gadget Cushion at work, just because we couldn’t get enough … we made two!

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Sew Illustrated: Trinket Case Tutorial


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!
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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!
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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.

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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”.

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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).

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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9. Repeat step 9 on the other side of the zipper with the other ends of the gusset exterior and lining pieces.

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Be sure to carefully top stitch without sewing through any of the other pieces by accident.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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14. Finishing the lining on your case is a personal decision, so choose whichever option you prefer.

  1. 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).
  2. 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!


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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!

Show Us Your Pets and Projects!

Cats, and puppies, and quilts — oh my! 

Do you have a furry friend who loves to lend a helping hand on your latest quilt design? Or maybe one who prefers to cuddle up with the finished product? Fat Quarter Shop wants to see!

Now through October 14, post a photo on Facebook or Instagram showcasing your pet and your latest creation! If you don’t have a pet, feel free to borrow a pet from a friend or family member, include a stuffed animal, or include a photo of the pet that you wish you had! Be sure to hashtag #fqspets, and let us know a little bit about your pet and the project that you’re sharing.

Three winners from Facebook photo submissions and three winners from Instagram will be selected and will receive a $50 gift card to Fat Quarter Shop!

Be Our Valentine: Projects for Your Loved Ones

Love is in the air and we’ve gathered our ten favorite Valentine’s Day projects for you and your loved one! So who’s ready to get sewing?

1. Fold’n Stitch Wreath Sewing Pattern by Poorhouse Quilt Designs
A wreath is great for any occasion, especially Valentine’s day! We gave our wreath a little twist by adding Makin’ It Cute Heart’s Delight Template by Me and My Sister Designs in the center. 


2. Sweet Pea Pods by Lazy Girl Designs
These sweet little things are great for storing your Alphabitties, Binding Clips, or your secret candy stash! 

3. Crushing on You Quilt Kit by Fat Quarter Shop
Show your love with our exclusive Crushing on You Quilt Kit featuring First Crush by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics. 

4. I Heart You Mini Quilt Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew
A little bit of love is all we need on Valentine’s! 


5. Color My Heart Block by Fat Quarter Shop
A couple of years ago, we created this pattern in honor of National Quilting and Sewing Month, but it translate perfectly for this day of love! 

6. Gathered Heart Pillow by V and Co.
This Gathered Heart Pillow will comfort you during these cold winter months and brighten your room as well!


7. Fabric Covered Notebook with Applique by So Sew Easy
Remind your sweetie how much you love them with this adorable fabric covered notebook project! 


8. Huggable TableTop Pattern by Fat Quarter Shop
Our Huggable Tabletop pattern is great for seasonal decorating. Here is a link to the pattern. You can fussycut your favorite prints and use them as your center blocks! 


9. Bursting Heart Pillow by Blue Susan Makes
We are bursting with love with this pillow!


10. Heart Backpack by Sew Much Ado
We wear our hearts on our sleeves, why not on our backs? This adorable Heart Backpack is a must-have for Valentines! 


Last but not least, all of our Valentine’s fabrics are on SALE this week only!

FQS Staff Gets Quilty!

Happy Saturday everyone! We are so excited to show you what we’ve been sewing this month in our “FQS Staff Gets Quilty” Series. There’s so much inspiration to show you, so let’s get started! 

Kimberly is a well-known quilting machine in the FQS headquarters. While running Fat Quarter Shop and It’s Sew Emma, she managed to squeeze in a few projects up her quilting sleeve, starting with her 1930’s Farmer’s Wife Sew Along blocks. 


She’s also getting ready for the 2016 Crossroads Quilt Along (starting February 15th). We still quilt kits and backing sets available using the Strawberry Fields Revisited collection by Fig Tree Quilts. 

Kimberly is also testing out patterns for the Antler Quilt Design Tablerunner club. Don’t forget to sign up since spots are limited! 


Have you heard of Pat Sloan’s My Secret Garden Free Mystery Block of the Month? If not, you should definitely sew along with her! Here is Kimberly’s first block using Calico Days collection by Lori Holt. 


Moda Fabrics invited FQS to participate in the Moda Row Along and Kimberly could not resist sewing up a cute tablerunner from the book. 


Last but not least, Kimberly finished her Moda Sampler Block Shuffle quilt and she gave it her own twist by modifying the setting.


Codi always has two or ten projects she’s working on. Like her 2016 Crossroads Quilt Along House blocks. Don’t forget to check back on the blog February 15th for the first block pattern. 

For her Pat Sloan’s My Secret Garden Free Mystery Block of the Month, she is using Pat’s upcoming collection Hometown Girl (plus we will have quilt kits available soon). 

How cute is Codi’s Moda Row Along tablerunner?


She also sewed up Aurifil 2016 January Designer of the Month mini quilt project using the Little Miss Sunshine collection by Lella Boutique.

When Sarah is not busy writing It’s Sew Emma books, you can find her sewing small projects. She’s almost finished with her Moda Sampler Block Shuffle blocks!


Her Moda Row Along reminds us of tropical beach homes! 


Sarah also finished our upcoming Shortcut Quilt called Layer Cake Lattice (launching in April 2016). 

Nova always has projects in her “quilty list,” starting with Pat Sloan’s My Secret Garden Free Mystery Block of the Month block. She decided to use 1930’s feedsack inspired prints from the Bread ‘N Butter collection by American Jane. 


Nova loves the traditional look of her Moda Row Along. She used the Larkspur collection by 3 Sisters to create an autumn inspired row. 


Deborah loves hand stitching so it’s not surprise that she chose to sew the Winter Friends row for her Moda Row Along project. 


We’ve also been loving her Moda Sampler Block Shuffle blocks in the Aria collection by Kate Spain.

Deborah’s Pat Sloan’s My Secret Garden Free Mystery Block of the Month block is so bright and colorful in the Flow collection by Zen Chic. 


Cheryl has been quilting for years and always love to see what she’s working on. Check out her Moda Sampler Block Shuffle blocks in the Hyde Park collection. Aren’t they gorgeous? 

We would love to see what you’ve been working on this month. Share your creations with us using #fqsfun on Instagram and Twitter and you might just be featured on our social media. Have a quilty day!

FQS Takes on a BOM Month 10

Hi everyone! We’re back for another FQS Takes on a BOM recap! We’re finally back from Houston Quilt Festival and Quilt Market and still trying to catch up on all of our projects. So let’s get sewing, and check out what we’ve been working on.

Kimberly has been loving your Snapshots blocks on instagram and facebook. Last month, we released on of our favorite blocks, Gone Surfin’


If you love Snapshots, then we know you’ll love our upcoming 2016 charity quilt along quilt, called Crossroads. We are taking reservations on quilt kits and backing sets today, so don’t forget to sign up!

Right before Quilt Festival, Kimberly finished her Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt using Lori Holt’s Modern Minis collection. If you’re ready to finish your quilt, we created a finishing kit just for you!

Kimberly also started on her Moda Sampler Block Shuffle Blocks. Want to join in on the fun? Visit our blog page for more information. 
Last but not least, Kimberly managed to whip up this adorable pillow using the Fab Five Ruler by Abbey Lane Quilts. Look out for the blog post soon!
Codi is getting ready to sew up all of her Pat Sloan’s Vacation Time Mystery Block of the Month. Here is a look at all of her blocks. 
Kat cannot wait to finish up her Legend of Zelda Quilt Along. Check out some of these amazing characters! 


Sweet Scandi Sew Along

We are excited to be a a part of the Sweet Scandi Sew Along and cannot wait to see how much Sherri Falls raises for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Shhhh… I will be bidding on the finished quilt.

I am happy to share some tips on making the Alternate/Side blocks.

First, I always press, steam and starch my fabrics before I start sewing.

I tried the new half-square triangle paper by Primitive Gatherings. Set your stitch length to 1.8, and sewing your half-square triangles will be a snap. Before I cut my triangle paper apart, I press over the paper (without steam) and your paper will rip off easier.

Aren’t my half square triangles cute? And my trash? Haha!

Make 20 Alternate/Side corner units

Make 6 half blocks and 2 full blocks.

Sherri, thank you for asking me to sew for the Sweet Scandi Sew Along. Everyone, watch for the quilt auction in the next couple of weeks that benefits the Susan G. Komen foundation. We can bid against each other.

Until next time. . . .

Designer Tidbits: Melly & Me

Cuddle up at home with a quilt made with Sweet Home! Sweet Home by Melly & Me for Riley Blake Designs celebrates the comfort and love that you can’t get anywhere but home. Melanie of Melly & Me is here to show off her new collection, so keep reading for a closer look!

Q: Tell us a little about the Sweet Home collection. What were you inspired by?
A:When I sat down to design my new fabric collection there was only one theme I kept feeling entirely inspired by – my sweet home! Home is my haven, it is where I create, where I get inspired, where I love and where I am loved. It is family, it’s where the heart is. It is my favourite place in the world!!

Q: What is your design process when beginning a new collection?
A:I generally sit down with no distraction, a ton of coffee and a completely blank canvas. Of course my canvas is a digital one on Illustrator, but I tend to just sit down and start digitally doodling. I always have a theme or multiple themes in mind and just blank out a week in my schedule to do nothing but doodle. When the first inspired image comes, along with that excited nervous tummy, the rest always flows so easily from there!

Q: What design trends are you currently exploring?
A:I don’t think it can be considered a design trend as such, but at the moment I am feeling like I want to start exploring some bolder colors and also want to start playing around with more designs that are perfect for little boys!

Q:What projects do you hope to see made with Sweet Home?
A:Oh goodness, Sweet Home is perfect for so many different projects! I have enjoyed using it in softies, bags and in a quilt. What I am really looking forward to is seeing some sweet clothing made from it. I can really see the cutest girls summer dresses from this fabric line!

Q:How do you describe your style?
A:I would describe my style as cutsie, fresh, fun and playful!

Q:What is the biggest sewing faux pas that has happened to you?
A:Ok, so I have this terrible habit of never sewing the turning gaps in bag linings closed. I get to the point of the bag being complete visually (minus this step) and ready for photography and I just want to move on. It feels finished and I simply always forget (or am too lazy!!!) to sew it closed. So I think my biggest Faux Pas would have to be when I was teaching a bag class and was demonstrating the lining. As I was in front of the group trying to act all professional, I decided to show the lining and explain how it was done only to reveal my terrible secret habit! Serious embarrassment!