Dotty Pouches TUTORIAL


My sweet friend Chrissy of Sew Lux Fabric sent me these new Mochi Dots. They’re made by Moda and are a linen/cotton blend. They’re delicious!


She told me to make something awesome, so here’s a (hopefully awesome) tutorial for you!

Supplies: You’ll need three colors for the outside of each pouch and two each for the lining. These are fat quarters and I mixed and matched. I used nine different colors for my set. Sew Lux is selling the Mochi dots as individual fat quarters, so pick your palette! You’ll also need a nylon zipper for each one. I really like Atkinson zippers. These are 14″ zippers that we will cut to size.


You will also need 1 yard of fusible fleece and 1 yard of 1/4″ cording.


Note: If you’re working from scraps, refer to the cutting directions in the next step for precise measurements.

Cutting: Cut one 2 x 12″ piece of each of the accent fabrics for each pouch.


Cut two 6 x 9″ pieces of Color A for each pouch.


And two 8 1/2 x 9″ pieces of Color B for each pouch.


Cut two 14 x 8 1/2″ pieces for the lining for each pouch. I used the leftover half of my fat quarter after cutting Color A & Color B. (Only four pictured, but cut six.)


Cut six 14 x 9 1/2″ pieces of fusible fleece and three 12″ pieces of cording.

TO MAKE ALL THREE POUCHES, you will have to repeat all the steps for each pouch. I recommend making all three at the same time.

1. Making the Piping: Fold a 2″ accent fabric around a piece of cording. Sew a seam approximately 1/8″ from the cording using your zipper foot. The cording will be loosely contained in the accent fabric.


Trim the piping to 5/8″.


2. Making the Color Blocks: Sew together Color A & Color B using a 1/4″ seam along the 9″ edge. Press the seam open.


Place the color block piece on a piece of fusible fleece. Fuse the middle. Do not fuse the edges. Because of the thickness of fusible fleece, you need to press from the fabric side. The fusible fleece pieces are slightly oversized.


Trim the fusible fleece to be flush with the fabric.


Press the edges of the fusible fleece to fuse. These few extra steps are to ensure a clean edge with your fabric and fusible fleece.


3. Adding the Accent Piping: Cut a 3″ band off the top of ONE Color Block piece. (Pardon the color change! I took pictures of different pouches.)


Lay the piping along the edge of the larger piece. Using your zipper foot, sew just inside the previous seam.

NOTE: The piping is only 12″, so center it along the larger piece. You’ll trim later and it will work out.


Lay the smaller piece RIGHT SIDES together with the larger piece and with the piping in the middle. Make sure to align the color blocks. Pin.


Sew approximately 1″, with 1/2″ on either side of the color block seam.


Make sure the color blocks align.


Sew as close to the cording as you can using your zipper foot. Your seam should be just inside your previous seam.


Press your seam allowance towards the small piece.


Topstitch along the top of the piping. Make sure the seam allowance is pointed up and you are sewing through it as you topstitch.

NOTE: I used a #10 foot on my Bernina and moved the needle over two spots.


Trim 1/2″ off the OTHER color block piece (the one without the piping). This should make them both measure 14 x 8 1/2″.


4. Cutting Angles: Lay two pieces of lining and two color block pieces right sides together on top of each other.


Lay the pieces on your cutting mat. Cut from 1 1/2″ in at the top to the bottom corner.



This is what you should have.


If you want to add zipper covers, check out this tutorial!

5. Attaching the Zipper: Lay the zipper facedown along the top edge of a Color Block piece. Sew a scant 1/4″ seam attaching the zipper.


Lay the lining along the edge of the zipper. The lining and the Color Block piece are right sides together with the zipper in the middle. Sew a liberal 1/4″ seam.


Fold back both pieces. Press. Topstitch along the edge of the fabric.


Now you will repeat these steps with the other Color Block piece and lining. Place your Color Block pieces right sides together. Make sure to align the seams.


Pin. Sew a scant 1/4″ seam just 1″ long, 1/2″ on either side of the pins.


Make sure the color blocks align.


Once you’re happy with the alignment, sew scant 1/4″ seam all the way across attaching the zipper. Lay the longing piece along the edge of the zipper; it will be right sides together with the other lining piece.


Press. Top stitch along the edge of the fabric.


This is what you should have.


6. Forming the Pouch: UNZIP THE ZIPPER HALFWAY! Fold the two outside Color Block pieces right sides together. Align the seam between the two colors.


SIDENOTE: I would normally sew up the sides of a pouch first. I just did this one differently because of the color blocks.

Sew a 1/2″ seam along the bottom edge. (You can also do the trick of sewing just 1″ around where the seams align and making sure you like the line up.)


DID YOU UNZIP THE ZIPPER HALFWAY?! Don’t forget! Sew from just above the zipper to the bottom on each side of the pouch with a 1/2″ seam. Sew back and forth across the zipper a few times.


Sew 1/2″ seams down the both sides of the lining. Along the bottom, sew in approximately 2 1/2″ from each corner leaving an open section. It should look like this.


Fold in the corners. Align the seams. You should be able to feel them align. Make sure to press the bottom seam allowance in the same direction. Draw a line 1 1/2″ from the corner.


Stitch along the line. Repeat for all four corners, two on the outside and two in the lining. This is what you should have.


Trim the zipper. Cut a bit of a dip. Do NOT cut the seam. Cut both sides.


Turn the bag right side out. Use a chopstick or similar blunt point to push out corners. Don’t use scissors or a seam ripper. Tempting, I know. This is what you should have.


Fold in the opening on the lining and top stitch it closed.


You’re done!! Three magical pouches!


Happy pouch making!

xo LC


I Love Teaching!

I’ve had so many great classes over the past few weeks! I started off with a private class with Jo and Shanna!! They’re so much fun:) We laughed through the Lazy Sunday. And I showed them how to chain piece; this is a life changing moment to any quilter!


I love their blocks! Jo is using Comma and Shanna is using a Riley Blake layer cake.


Next up was a trip to Linderellas! As always, a day with Linda & Carl in their beautiful shop was great fun! We are making the Stars in Your Eyes pattern from Quilting from Little Things by Sarah Fielke.


It was a great bunch of ladies! Marge really followed the edge of her diamonds and made a pocket. Everyone needs a good laugh when they’re learning Y-seams!


Here is Michelle’s beautiful star! She’s using Simply Color by V & Co. She added solids so that each star is one dominant color.


Marge & Julie, a awesome mother/daughter duo, are using bright Kaffe! They’re adding in some solids and batiks. Bright and fun!


Lynn and Jennifer also did a great job! Lynn is using Scrumptious by Bonnie & Camille. And Jennifer is using Chantilly. Photobomb by Jessica.


Jessica is making hers with her stash. It’s going to be gorgeous!! The perfect pattern for patriotic stars.


Then I was off to Papanana’s for a paper piecing class!


We had a good time! We used the Lone Starburst pattern which is free on Craftsy from Six White Horses.


We talked about lots of different useful tools for paper piecing. My favorites are add-a-quarter and Aurifil thread!


I somehow didn’t take pictures of everyone and their projects! This is Kellee’s that she put on Instagram! Sorry I didn’t get to show your projects Tammy, Connie & Kendra.


Then I headed to Sewingly Yours for a make up class. Baleka & Gayle have been friends for years and they’re delightful! We missed Denise though!! All this bad weather really has make up classes all over the place.


They’re both using Scrumptious by Bonnie & Camille. They’re doing great!!


Back to Papanana’s for another Lazy Sunday class! First up, lots of cutting! Another great group!


And ironing!


Tiana is using some Riley Blake prints! Love her fabric!!


Julie is using batiks! She’s a newer quilter and doing a great job!


And Jill is making something special for her Mom! I always love having Jill in class.


And finally! Today was session one of Scrappy Stars at Sew Original. This is the pattern by Sarah Fielke. Shirley is making a quilt for her grandson. She’s using Sphere by Zen Chic, which I love!! I had to resist the layer cake…for now!


Gail is a repeat offender and rejoining this class to finish up her quilt! It’s beautiful!! She is doing all matching stars.


And Denise!! She went incognito for her picture. She’s using Denyse Schmidt Florence. I’ve never met a Denyse Schmidt print that I didn’t love!! Her star is awesome!


I’m making mine with Chicopee! More Denyse Schmidt love!!


This week is also packed with classes; I’ll be back with more!

xo LC

Crafty Traveler: All Sewn Up GIVEAWAY

20140217-002413.jpgToday I’m joining in the fun of the Crafty Traveler series hosted by Jennifer of Ellison Lane. There are so many great travel handmade projects out there and we are reviewing and giving tips to help y’all pick your next project! When I think travel handmade, I think SEWING! I rarely even leave my house, much less take a trip, without packing a sewing project. And I usually carry my sewing kit made with my All Sewn Up Pattern!


Today, I’m going to bring you some of my favorite tips for making the sewing kit! While these all reference the All Sewn Up pattern, you’ll be able to apply the tips to lots of projects! One thing I do when I’m working with interfacing is cut the project pieces about 1/2″-1″ larger.


Then I trim the pieces to the correct size. This means that I have clean edges where the fabric and interfacing are perfectly fused. It takes a little more time, but it’s worth it!


Cutting vinyl isn’t fun. There, I said it. I make it slightly more fun by putting washi tape along the cut lines. I just put tape roughly along where I’m going to cut. If I’m cutting a 4 1/2″ piece, then I put the center of the tape roughly 4 1/2″ apart.


Then I cut through the tape. The tape is SO MUCH easier to see than the edge of the vinyl. Remove the tape once you’ve cut. The tape also helps the vinyl not slide.


The sewing kit has a piece of batting for for putting needles and pins in. I like to cut the edge with a wavy rotary blade. It adds a little fun to the look. Pinking shears would also be a great option. I used fusible fleece instead of batting. This way, you can press it in place instead of pinning. So much easier!! I still top stitched to secure it.


When you make the pockets for the kit, I suggest positioning the seam about 1/2″ from the bottom. This keeps the seam the thinnest and easiest to sew through when you’re attaching it to the interior.


And when you sew the pockets together, you can just barely position the top pocket (the smaller pocket) down a smidge from the larger pocket. This prevents the back pocket (the larger pocket) from peeking out. This photo is from the back. I also recommend pulling the threads to the back and knotting them off.


Sometimes when you’re top stitching the zipper accent piece, you don’t quite catch the full back piece. (Obviously, this has never happened to me, but I hear it happens;) Since this seam is attaching the pieces, it’s important to catch both sides fully. Removing top stitching from fabric with interfacing is not fun and usually has mixed results. So, I recommend just sewing an additional seam. It will look great! And involves no unsewing!! Win. Win.


When you’re top stitching the pocket, it’s easiest to sew off the tuck instead of into it. It’s easier to walk down a mountain than up it, so this makes sense. You’ll get cleaner stitches too!


Clover Wonderclips are your best friend for this project. And really any bag! It’s impossible to use pins for this sort of thing. And you’ll stab yourself much less with Wonderclips! Invest in the bigger box, you’ll use them!


A few more of my favorite tools…I like to construct with Mettler 50 wt. It is 3 ply and great for construction of bags! And I top stitch with Sulky 12 wt. I love how it looks and it stitches cleanly. I use a Teflon foot for sewing with vinyl. And jeans needles! They have a large eye so that you can thread thicker top stitching thread and they don’t break. They’re basically a top stitching needle with a coating that prevents breakage. (If you want to read more about Needles & Threads, read this.)


Do you love the ADORABLE fabric I used for this project?! It’s called Sewing Box and available here. Thanks to Sew Lux for sending me these fat quarters for this project!! The pattern only requires three fat quarters, but I wanted more variety! I used five different fabrics. I can already tell that I’m going to need more of this fabric!


Here’s the front! How cute is the zipper print?! And it’s printed on the bias! Bonus! I love bias printed fabric for binding.


Sew Lux fabric has also put together kits of all the notions needed for this project. They’re available here! And if you need the pattern, it’s available on Etsy (printed) and Etsy (PDF), as well as on Craftsy (PDF). And here’s a coupon code for Etsy: 20OFFBLOG. And I’ve lowered the price on Craftsy to reflect the discount. Prices good through March 6.

And speaking of March 6, you’ll want to check back for the link to the link up party for The Crafty Traveler series! There are tons of great prizes!! You can make ANY travel handmade item to enter!

CT prizesWant to win a kit now?! Sew Lux has generously donated a kit to one of my readers! This prize is only open to US residents. But don’t worry, if you’re international, you can still enter. Just write INTERNATIONAL on each of your entries. I’ll giveaway a May Chappell PDF pattern of your choosing to an International winner.
As always, there are lots of ways to enter!
1. Leave a comment about what you’re currently working on!
2. Follow my blog with Bloglovin or RSS feed.
3. Follow me on Facebook.
4. Follow me on twitter.
5. Follow me on Instagram.
6. Follow me on Pinterest.
7. Subscribe to my blog via email.
8. Post, tweet or blog about the giveaway for extra entries. (One for each time you do it!)
There are lots of ways to get an entry; you can do just one or all of them. Please post a separate comment for each entry! Entries open through 5 pm on February 24. Mack the Chihuahua will select a winner; he tends to use the random number generator.

Good luck! Make sure you check out the full Crafty Traveler series! There are so many great projects to see. Here are all the links! Travel handmade!!

2/3: Patchwork Posse & Fabric Mutt
2/6: Random Thoughts Do or Di
2/10: Golden Willow Quilts
2/13: Between Quilts & The Sewing Chick
2/17: May Chappell & Modern Handcraft
2/20: Bryan House Quilts & Love By Hand
2/24: Petit Lyons Sew Many Possibilities
2/27: Owen’s Olivia
3/3: Old Red Barn Co.  & Go Go Kim

xo LC

Lazy Sunday Backing TUTORIAL

There are lots of Lazy Sundays popping up with the a QAL going on. A couple folks have asked about my pieced backs. I always do a similar pieced back for each Lazy Sunday that I make. Here are a few…the Acacia.

DSC_0034The High Street.


And the original Scrumptious/Marmalade!

DSC_0292I always try to place my fabric the most economical way. For the Lazy Sunday, I like to buy 1 7/8 yard of one fabric and 1/2 yard of an accent fabric. The accent fabric cannot be directional; I tend to choose a blender type fabric. How cute is the selvage on these Valentine prints?!

20140220-072310.jpgFirst, you will unfold the larger piece and fold it end to end lining up one selvage. Fold it in half lengthwise twice.

20140220-072339.jpgThen you will cut off the selvage. I save my selvages so I tend to cut off about 1 1/2″. It is important that you cut a straight line and that it runs perfectly parallel to the selvage.

20140220-072356.jpgSet that piece aside. Now take your accent piece and fold it foldline to selvage.

20140220-072419.jpgCut off the selvage. I cut just above the fold. DO NOT cut the fold.

20140220-072436.jpgNow cut the accent piece into two pieces that are 8 1/2″ wide. They measure approximately 8 1/2″ x 40″.

20140220-072456.jpgPiece these end to end right sides together.

20140220-072518.jpgSew a 1/4″ seam.

20140220-072552.jpgYou will now have a piece that is approximately 8 1/2″ x 80″.

20140220-072614.jpgNow place this right sides together along the clean edge that you cut on your main fabric. Sew a 1/4″ seam along the edge.

20140220-072637.jpgSquare up the back. And you’ll have this!

20140220-072655.jpgThis makes a great back design for lots of throws! Since throws are usually barely wider than the fabric, it’s nice to just add an accent strip and have a fun back.

Now I need to go quilt my Valentine Lazy Sunday! I’m either a little late or WAY early:)

xo LC














All Cut Up

I’m always on the lookout for fun presents for sewing friends! Just before Christmas, I discovered Needlegoods on Etsy thanks to my friend Susannah Kate.


And y’all, they’re awesome! They cut well and they’re so cute!! I bought these for a dear friend that loves stars.


And these for my friend who loves red!


And I bought these! Love the oxidized black.


And these pretty ones for Gail. They’re so elegant.


All of those were presents! Obviously I had to get a pair for myself…I chose this pair. I was afraid of the gold, but I just really liked them. They’re so pretty!! And easier to find on my table because the gold stands out. I love them!


They’re fabulous! And Monique, who owns the shop has great customer service! I asked questions and she was quick to answer. I also had an exchange (because I misread something on the site) and she was very helpful. I love great little companies! I messaged her to tell her how much I loved her scissors and she politely offered y’all a 10% discount if you need a pair. And you do, trust me! The code is MAYSBLOG.
xo LC

Beautiful Colors

Last week I wrapped up my Elements of Color class at Sewingly Yours! It was a really fun group and they did a wonderful job pulling together a wheel of color. Janine chose these beauties! She did a great job of choosing like-style prints.


And Janet’s version! She did a great job of narrowing down her choices. It’s awesome:)


And Cheryl’s! She selected batiks. I’m not always a batik lover, but this will be an amazing wall hanging! Plus she cracked me up with her jazz hands pose when I went to take a picture. This was such a fun bunch of ladies!


And Denise! She’s almost done thanks to the TMQG sew in. And it’s pretty great! She chose all graphic prints. Gorgeous!


Color classes are my favorite! They all really did a wonderful job choosing pure colors for their projects! Great job!!
xo LC

Don’t Forget Your Shirts!

Have you seen all the cute shirts cropping up on Instagram, Facebook and Flickr?!




They’re all so cute!! And I’m starting to receive them:) Here are all the details. It’s not too late to sign up. Remember, signing up just means I will email you my address for mailing. You need to mail by February 15! Here’s a cute one from Debbie!!


Go make some shirts!!
xo LC