Archive for June, 2011

June 17th, 2011

Betty says what?

by Julie Hirt

Remember this?   I was able to turn it into a large runner, 4 place mats and STILL have enough leftover to use on something else.   Maybe another scrappy dishtowel? Except not so scrappy.  The remnant is about 6″ x the length as the runner.  I’m just surprised all of this came from one little honey bun of fabric.  Woot woot.



The runner is backed in chocolate and all pieces have a layer of warm & natural sandwiched between the front and back.  I’m really glad I went with chocolate for the place mats – I’m not stressing out about food getting on them.  Which would be dumb anyway because that’s what they’re for.

June 17th, 2011

Bubble Pop Dress

by Julie Hirt

I made a little bubble skirt dress for my niece, Madison.
Pretty straight forward pattern: Simplicity 2432 View B Size 3.

Had a few cuss words fly out of my mouth when I was working on the back zipper. Mainly because I’m still not that comfortable with them. Luckily it looks right and, most important, it zips. Fabric is just basic cotton from Joann’s and was a very last minute buy.  The patterns were on sale for $2 so I thought I’d give it a try.

Now I just hope it fits!


June 12th, 2011

Large Canvas Tote

by Julie Hirt

I’m on a roll this weekend!  Found this tutorial from Craft Buds and really wanted to make one. I had some leftover canvas from the chair I re-covered and enough leftover linen from a top to make a tote!

The tutorial was easy to follow and I ended up adding a pocket (with another cute little pocket on top of it) and an interior zipper.   My measurements were different, I had enough fabric to add a few inches to the width, so mine is larger on the horizontal.

Since the interior fabric was linen, I added 3 inches of the canvas to the top of the liner so it would be a little sturdier.  Linen tends to stretch and I didn’t want it all wonky at the top.   Plus, I like how it looks.   All I had to do was sew a few inches of canvas to the top of my linen pieces before measuring and cutting the interior.

I was thisclose to adding an exterior pocket or zipper but now I’m kind of glad I kept it simple on the outside.  My favorite part of this was using up leftover fabric that I had no idea what to do with.  Especially the linen since it was kind of pricey to begin with.

Sewing up the sides and bottom was a little tricky – had to make sure I grabbed the lining with the exterior fabric as it’s sewn.  The overall effect is a sturdy little constructed tote.  We’re heading to Mexico in less than two weeks (YAY) and I think bag this will come along for the ride.


See the zipper on the opposite side of the pockets?  I couldn’t place it in the linen because it would eventually rip out, so I stuck it in the canvas part.  I was nervous because I had ZERO extra canvas if I messed this up and I’m not very familiar with zipper construction.  It’s a 14″ zipper so I love the length and how deep I could make it.  The pocket itself is nestled between the exterior and interior fabrics and lined in white cotton.

The linen pocket. I love it for some reason. I added some canvas to the top and it’s double thick.  I’m hoping this will make it stronger and less likely to stretch out all over the place.   I don’t know what the baby pocket can be used for but I like how it looks!

June 9th, 2011

Reversible Pool Tote

by Julie Hirt

We’ve going to the pool a lot and I wanted to make a bag that I could throw a few towels and bottles of lotion into.    I ended up combining some tutorials I saw online and made this reversible tote.  It’s perfect for rolling up 2 towels, sunscreen and a book.

I added slip pockets, a zipper and a few fobs to clip keys or whatever onto.   It actually looks ok with the pocket area on the inside or outside.

Since I was too impatient to wait for a decor weight fabric (which is what I think most traditional totes are made of), I decided to use 4 fat quarters I had purchased from Sew Lux. Once I knew I would be using regular fabric, that’s when I decided to make it reversible.  Then I wouldn’t have to worry about interfacing and it would be lined in fun fabric.

Besides the 4 fat quarters I used a scrap of white material and a zipper I had.  I didn’t use any interfacing and it turned into a nice light-weight bag.

This is actually the first bag I’ve attempted to make – now that I have more knowledge of how they are put together I’m not so scared!






I made mine mix-matchy but this would look great to keep the same color panels on the outside, and the matching panels on the reverse as well.




See.  I don’t even think it looks that bad with the pockets/zipper on the outside.  Next time I may try heavier weight fabric and make the slip pockets on the outside all the way down to the bottom seam. Maybe.


The fabric is from the Sugar Pop collection by Liz Scott for Moda:

  • Mod Flowers Cream Aqua
  • Mod Trees Chartreuse
  • Summer Flowers Chartreuse Aqua
  • Andrea Floral Chartreuse




  1. Cut the fabric squares roughly 18×18 leaving about a 4″ piece the width of the fabric.
  2. Put the four 4″ pieces aside for straps
  3. I cut my 18×18″ panels in half and sewed them back together.  You could also leave them whole.
  4. Sew the liner together on 3 sides (right side facing)
  5. Sew the exterior together on 3 sides (right side facing)
  6. Box your corners
  7. If you want – Add your pockets/zippers to the lining at this time
  8. Place your exterior inside your interior – RIGHT SIDES FACING (so it’s inside out)
  9. Pin in your straps  between the two layers a few inches from the seams (just shove the extra down in there so you don’t sew over them)
  11. Sew 1/2″ allowance all the way around leaving a 4″ opening for turning
  12. Turn, iron or pin the hole, and top stitch 1/4″ all the way around


  1. Take 2 of your 4″ pieces and sew together so you have a long strap.
  2. Fold in half lengthwise and iron all the way down
  3. Open and fold in the sides and iron all the way down -then fold together.
  4. Should be about 1″ wide.  Topstitch 1/8″ all the way down both sides
  5. Mine are about 30″ long – the extra’s I cut I added the little keyfob tabs


June 3rd, 2011

Hello Betty

by Julie Hirt

This is my current work in progress – I had to take a break from the quilt I started.  It’s a bit tedious and making me crazy.    This fabric is Hello Betty by Chloe’s Closet for Moda, it has a retro 50’s vibe and I love it.   There are forty-four 1.5″ strips. I’ve hung onto it for a while – honey bun patterns aren’t as common as jelly rolls, charms, etc.

I decided just to sew them all together. I realized the size was perfect for a baby quilt,  I love the stripey one inch look but I want this fabric for myself!     So I’m going to make a table runner and place mats. There may even be enough leftover to make another scrappy dish towel.

After you sew all the stripes together it’s a little larger than a yard of fabric – since I took out the 6 solids I ended up with 38″ x 42″ piece of fabric.




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