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February 18, 2019
Embroidered Pouch from Becca's Crazy Projects

I have a few machine embroidery designs from Disorderly Threads. Occasionally, they announce a discount on new designs through their Disorderly Threads Facebook page. The Octopus design was one I couldn't resist.
This design is an in-the-hoop machine embroidery design. These are great for people that want to do machine embroidery and sew small projects but aren't so great at the sewing part. All the steps, including adding the lining is done completely on the embroidery machine. My bag-making skills are fine, but it is nice to use the embroidery machine to work on something while I'm ...

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February 12, 2019
The Zipper from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Next time I knit something that requires a zipper, you can bet I’ll find the zipper before I start knitting. This picture shows the true colors a bit better but not exactly right. I still think because there is some very light pink mixed in with the yarn, the lighter pink will work. I ordered...

The post The Zipper appeared first on Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

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January 30, 2019
Nail Polish Bottle Zipper Bag Tutorial from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

You know how they put displays in the checkout line so that things will jump into your cart? The Dollar Tree had glittery red vinyl pencil cases and as soon as I picked one up I knew I wanted to cut it apart and sew something with it. It came home with me. 


It took half the drive home for me to figure out that I was going to make a zipper bag shaped like a nail polish bottle, and another couple of days to figure out that I'd need a second red glittery pouch and a black one ...

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December 12, 2018
Travel Knitting Kit from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I travel, I usually take along a simple kitting project to keep my hands busy during flights or long drives. This means I may need a few knitting tools. I want to share my kit so you can see what I have and carry regularly. I've never had a problem flying with this kit in my carry-on bag. I only fly domestically in the United States, so your mileage may vary. 

I always have a project bag dedicated to my travel project. It helps me keep the yarn, needles and kit separate from the other things in my ...

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December 9, 2018
Textured Zipper Pouch Video Tutorial from Crafty Gemini

Day 2 of my 12 Days of Last Minute DIY Gifts is here!! Learn how to make a zipper pouch with a fun crinkled texture!

Play around with your sewing machine’s decorative stitches and thread color for a unique look! I use a product called Stitch & Steam to create the textured panels and I love it so much we have it in our online shop! You can grab an 18″ x 62″ pack right here. 

Enjoy the FREE step by step video tutorial!

 

The post Textured Zipper Pouch Video Tutorial appeared first on Crafty Gemini.

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December 7, 2018
Fun Facts from Bear Patch Quilting

One more milestone was recently accomplished in the closing of Bear Patch -- we had our final employee Christmas party!  I know, it's bittersweet, but I think it was possibly the most fun party we have had!  It was a potluck at the store after business hours.  Normally, we go out to eat, but since we had just had a fabulous dinner at our retirement party for Debbie and Laurel, we opted to just stay at the store and share our own specialities.  Wow!  Good food, too much to even fit on our cutting table buffet line!  Desserts had to ...

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November 21, 2018
Let's Bee Social #250 from Sew Fresh Quilts

Zipper Quilt by SewFreshQuilts


Welcome to the Let's Bee Social! I am having SEW much fun!

What do you think of this new cute and simple design for the Zipper Quilt?


The renditions of this Zipper Quilt design
 are shown using "Hopscotch by Jamie Fingal for RJR Fabrics" fabric swatches 

The Floral version above features fabrics from AngieMakes's shop on Spoonflower

AND....

The Giraffe version below features fabrics from CharlotteWinter's shop on Spoonflower





The Little Man version features fabrics from HudsonDesignCompany's shop on Spoonflower








How long do you think it took for me to dive into ...

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November 7, 2018
MQG Pouch Swap from Becca's Crazy Projects

The DC Modern Quilt Guild and the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild are doing a bag swap at the next Baltimore MQG meeting.

As one would expect, partner assignments went out weeks ago and I just got around to constructing my swap bag. The recommended pattern was the Open Wide Pouch by Noodlehead. It's a free pattern with a great tutorial. I dug around in my stash for the appropriate colors. At least I hope they are the appropriate colors.
Then I fiddled with Electric Quilt 8 until I had design I liked. The block finishes at 12" by 12 ...

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October 25, 2018
Tech Pouch Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello my creative friends!

Handmade gifts are special because they represent all the thinking, effort, and time that you dedicated to let someone you love know how much you care. We want to give them something that they will love and use.  In this tutorial we will be making a phone pouch using quilted fabrics and binding. This is a fun and creative project to meet our gifting needs. You can also make this into a laptop or tablet pouch. Simply change the measurements of your pieces and you will get the same result. What a better choice than the ...

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October 22, 2018
Open Wide Pouches from Becca's Crazy Projects

The Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial designed by Anna of Noodlehead is my favorite pouch pattern. It is so easy for me to change the basic measurements to fit the fabric and zippers I have on-hand.

I decided it was time to use this fun trick-or-treat fabric to make something. The Open Wide Zippered Pouch was perfect. This is made using the medium size bag with a minor modificaton to make the perfect knitting project bag. Instead of cutting the fabric panels only 9" tall I cut them to 12" by 12". That way I get a deeper bag. I ...

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October 8, 2018
Like a Monster from Becca's Crazy Projects

I saw a cute monster themed tote while we were in Miami. That gave me the idea to make up one of my own.

This is the first stitch out of a design I made using a couple images from Games-icon.net. The colors are questionable because I was trying to figure out a thing or two about my embroidery machine. I used a woven cotton for this test because I wanted to check the stitch-out and the size. Knowing a design measures x number of inches by y number of inches doesn't help when you're trying to ...

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July 27, 2018
Big Damn Heroes from Becca's Crazy Projects

I bought some great Browncoat fabric from Spoonflower about a year ago. It has been waiting, patiently, to become a new bag. The pieces have even been cut for what seems like ages.
I fussy-cut the panels but still had to decide which one I was going to chop for the back zipper pocket.
I ended up cutting this piece for the back. I think it still looks great!
I fussy-cut the zipper tab for the zipper end. Not too shabby.
Big Damn Heroes on the front. My Teflon foot and I had a difference of opinion on the stitch ...

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July 20, 2018
Dead Inside from Becca's Crazy Projects

A couple years ago I was at a local yarn & fiber party and watched a fellow knitter go bonkers over a knitting bag made with The Walking Dead fabric. At the time, I hadn't seen but a couple episodes of the first season, so I shrugged it off. Later, while doing some online shopping, I found the same fabric and added a yard of it to my virtual shopping cart. I finally got around to watching several seasons of The Walking Dead and using some of that fabric.

I paired the print with with some black marine vinyl I ...

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July 16, 2018
In The Hoop: Roberta Cross Body from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on several in the hoop projects over the last couple weeks. I'm intrigued by the steps and how to incorporate them into an embroidery design. Basically, I'm learning the whys of stitch order and how that relates to bag construction.

I picked up a the Roberta Crossbody Zipper Bag from Designs by Little Bee. The design includes three sizes: 5" x 7", 6" x 10", and 8" x 12". This one is the 8" by 12" bag, which means it is big enough to hold an iPad Mini. The directions are very clear and ...

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June 13, 2018
In The Hoop Embroidery from Becca's Crazy Projects

If you're like me an buy zippers by the dozen, you are left wondering what to make with all those zippers. (If you don't know where to buy zippers by the dozen, I highly recommend checking out ZipIt Zippers on Etsy. Great selection and excellent service.)

I've been fascinated with in-the-hoop (ITH) embroidery projects since I bought my embroidery machine. I found myself over at the Embroidery Library looking at these darling little coin purses.
This is the Slice of Life Zipper Pouch Watermelon. They also have a Lemon and an Apple. The design was relatively quick ...

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June 4, 2018
How to install a zipper in a pillow // Video Tutorial from Modern Handcraft

Hi friends, Over the summer I will be working on turning some of my more popular tutorials along with some requested tutorials into videos. Today I am sharing my newest video – How to install a zipper into a pillow – using my favorite method. This method takes a tiny bit more time and requires two sewing machine feet – […]

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May 24, 2018
Delicate Elephant from Becca's Crazy Projects

Sometimes I get a crazy idea. This time, it was to use some denim I have had for a couple years, a fun embroidery design from Urban Threads, and my own cross-body bag pattern, to make a fun bag.

I picked the colors based on the coordinating print I wanted to use for the lining and strap. The design is the Elephant from the Delicate Ones set from Urban Threads. This four-color design makes a big impact. The denim is a very pale blue; a color better captured in the next photo.
I should time myself making one of these ...

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April 18, 2018
Beauty and the Beast from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on a bag pattern off and on for years.

It uses minimal hardware. The cutting is straightforward. (This means there are no pattern pieces, all the cutting is done with a rotary cutter and ruler.)
Construction is not complicated and easily accomplished in an orderly fashion. The bottom is covered in vinyl to protect those bottom corners. 
It has a zippered pocket on the back of the bag to hold you wallet for quick access. 
It has a top zipper that opens all the way. Inside it has three pockets to help you stay organized. Each ...

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April 2, 2018
Geeky Bag from Becca's Crazy Projects

While writing this post, I realized I made my last handbag in July 2016. It was time for a new one.

I've had this computer/electronics themed fabric hanging around for a while. I had intended on making a couple geeky knitting project bags, but decided a new purse would be way better. I grabbed my (somewhat questionable) notes on the last bag I made and got busy.
This is my own pattern, designed around the features I like in a bag and more than a few tricks I've learn along the way. I prefer a cross-body bag ...

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December 19, 2017
2 of our Favorite Things from Bear Patch Quilting

It's time for another anniversary moment, and it's a two-fer!

It's not too hard to guess what I'm talking about when you see this picture! 

Honestly, I'm pretty sure that if Bear Patch had lived in a previous life, it would have been a ribbon store.  That's the kind of prettiness that is just under the surface when Debbie is choosing goods for the store!  She could easily slip over the edge and buy racks and racks of ribbons and trims!  I've been there.  I've seen the lust in her eyes when ...

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