Zipper Pouches

It has been a while since I posted. Another viral cold and cough kept me down for a few days. I still managed to start another quilt. I have finished piecing the 20 blocks. Now all I need to do is add the sashing and border. This time, I think I am going to piece the backing. I will post more about this quilt when it is completed and gifted. This quilt was made from scraps and a few purchased fat quarters.

During my down time, I found myself looking at different ways to make pouches. I found this great tutorial by Jen, of Shabby Fabrics. It is a tutorial on making a boxed zippered pouch. There are quilte a few boxed pouch tutorials on Youtube, but I chose to try out the tutorial by Jen.  Jen’s directions are perfect. She makes it look so easy…in fact, it turned out to be easy.

8″ X 10″ Outer fabric, lining fabric, heavy iron-on fusible


I had enough of the two fabrics to make another pouch. This time, I followed the tutorial of Alanda Craft, since I have used her pattern before. The measurements were adjusted to fit the fabric that I had. I also found a gray scrap to make the top-front portion of the zippered pouch.


These makes a nice set.

Slice Rug

Yesterday, I found this great tutorial on how to make a slice rug. Jennifer, of Shabby Fabrics, gives great instructions and tips. Jennifer provides a free download of the pattern. It is a 10 page download that was easy to tape together. I reinforced the pattern with lots of tape in order to be able to reuse the pattern. This download helps with the measurement and placement of each strip. I then traced the slice rug pattern onto freezer paper. This way, I did not have to cut up my pattern when it came time to cut the curve of the rug.
Since the rug only calls for 29 strips, I did not want to buy a full jelly roll. I bought minimum yardage of five different fabrics. I chose a coffee theme, since this rug will be placed in front of a coffee bar. The few leftover  strips will be used to make a small fabric coiled bowl or mat.
The batting I used is Bosal Jelly-Roll batting. I find it easier and quicker to use the pre-cut batting.  I cut the fabric strips last night. Jennifer suggest that the strips be sewn in clusters, so I made the strips as I worked on the clusters.
Twenty-nine strips measuring 2.5″ X 40″. The strips were then cut according to the lengths on the pattern.
I took a photo of the placement of the strips.
Then, I used clips to place the batting into the fabric strips. I followed the suggestion to leave the selvage. I numbered each strip on that selvage.
I hung the pattern above my table in order to facilitate the placement of the strips. After I finished the strip clusters, I laid the pattern on the table. Then I placed the strip clusters on top of the pattern in order to get the accurate placement of the strips before stitching together.
I made a freezer paper pattern to place on top of the sewn strips. I traced the curve with a pen, and then cut.
I had set aside two strips to make the binding. I used clips to hold the binding in place.

I thought that this slice rug would be easier than the oval area rug I made yesterday. In a way it is easier, since it is not one long continuous strip, and it is easier to handle.
The challenge was sewing straight strips. I followed the suggestion to steam and spritz with Best Press each section after  I had sewn them together.
I appreciate the generosity of the designer providing a free download and a great tutorial. There are many great ideas, patterns, and tutorials on Shabby Fabrics . You might want to take a look.