Last Minute Gift Tutorial: Patchwork Tea Mat with Inside Pocket

Good Morning!

This is a gift idea we had and wanted to share it here with you. We thought it would make a fun and cute (last-minute) gift for someone or for yourself. It would slip easily into your purse or pocket. So if you are a tea drinker or know one that you would like to make a quick and cute gift for, try making one or maybe several of these. They are also a fun way for using up some of those scraps we all have!!


There are a few options for making one.  We have used either a patchwork outside using simple 2 1/2″ squares or just a whole piece of fabric.


We have added a binding for finishing and ties to keep it closed so the contents will stay safely inside. (The tea packet and sugar will slip right in.)


These are the pieces you will need to create your tea mat:

The two top sections are the outside and consist of 8- 2 1/2″ squares sewn into one section.

The bottom left are the two sections that make up the inside with the 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece sewn onto the end for the underneath of the pocket.

The far right section is the top pocket piece that is sewn on the top.


Here is the inside with the  2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece sewn on the end, for the underneath of the pocket. This is the time to layer the outside with the inside and quilt as you like. We chose batting but you could also use just interfacing or flannel.

If you want to use a whole piece of fabric cut 2 -8 1/2″ by 4 1/2″ pieces of fabric. Layer the outside piece with batting and then the inside piece for an easier finish, then quilt any way you like.


This shows the folded pocket piece sewn on the top on the right end.  Stitch around the whole patchwork piece to hold everything in place. (This is a picture that does not show quilting but yours would be quilted before sewing the pocket piece on top.)


Cut two strips of fabric for ties that are 1 1/4″  x 8″ , fold in half and then folded again to enclose edges and do the same along one short edge. Stitch along the long edge to finish.


Center the ties on both short sides, they will be sewn under the binding. Cut one 2 1/2″ strip for binding and fold in half, give it a good press. Stitch around the whole mat using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Sew the corners just as you would for adding binding to a quilt. Connect the binding in the way you like.


Turn the binding to the inside and stitch by hand or machine. (I used lots of clips to hold it where I wanted it!!)


Outside with binding and ties!! Stitch a couple rows of stitching down the middle back so it will be easier to fold.


Now you are finished, enjoy or give as a gift.

Sorry if my tutorial skills are lacking, it’s been so long since I have written one, surely they are rusty! :)

Have fun!!

Wee Wander Quilt {Top}

I was working on this quilt trying to get it finished before someone turned 1 year old, but did not finish!! I had fun with this cute line of fabric. It is Wee Wander by Sarah Jane. It is a really sweet palette of colors. The bees and the jars are my favorite, my brothers’ and I would collect bees and butterflies and put them in jars when we played outside in our yard growing up. Such fond memories!!


I think the little girl in the top center is such a cute little accident, well not completely. I saw that she was in there and was turned sideways so I turned her around and I am glad that I did.


I made sure to take a picture of the whole quilt top before it was completed. It is the Trip Around the World pattern by Bonnie of Quiltville. Although it is not scrappy, I do love it. I also cut my squares 4 inches rather than the usual 2.5 inches. I think because of the print size it should  show a little more than if it were a smaller print.  And it also made for a quicker project. There are 12 blocks that make up this top. I did not use some of the larger scale prints because I did not want to lose the beautiful picture. I am sure they will be made into something else, (possibly a pillowcase). But now that I am looking at it, I am thinking about trading the top right block with the bottom right block to even the colors out a little more. Hmm!!


I love this grey dot that I am going to use for the backing. I hope to have it finished soon but with the holidays so close, I am not really going to try to finish before Christmas.

Now to get into full swing of Christmas sewing. I bought some cute new fabric and I am excited to get sewing with that. I would love to hear what you are sewing or making right now, Christmas related or not!!

Have a great week and I LOVE this time of the year!!

Winged by Bonnie Christine Blog Tour {Ava Purse}


Today is our day for the Winged blog tour  featuring Winged by Bonnie Christine of going home to roost. Thank you Bonnie for including us in such an inspirational blog hop, we have really enjoyed it.

We are so glad you have stopped by to see what we made with the lovely Winged fabric {and you can see the lookbook here, it’s lovely!}! We love the butterflies and soft colors, especially as fall is transitioning to winter, it’s a great reminder that spring is on the other side.Ava-purse-Bonnie-Christine-WingedSince we are all about quilty bags and purses we thought it would be appropriate to make this charming little bag: the Ava purse {pattern coming soon!}. Bonnie generously sent us 4 fat quarters and we were able to make this little purse with a few of our favorite features, including patchwork, quilting, binding, a zipper closure and a pocket in the lining.


I love the ruffling in that sweet vintage inspired green print, who doesn’t love a few ruffles?!


I quilted it with some wavy lines to give it an subtle design, without overpowering the pretty prints.


And then you can see the brighter peach peeking out as the inside lining!

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting us if  for the first time or as a regular reader, we are glad you came! Now you can enjoy the rest of the blog hop. If you’re just discovering the blog hop here, make sure to go see the pretty tote Teresa of Dandelion Drift posted yesterday. Then, stay tuned for Monday’s stop with Tara at Rad and Happy blog.

Have a happy weekend!

A Smallish Project Coming Up

Here is some fabric that I am using for a new project.  Kind of thinking of a purse.


It is Winged by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics. We are going to be part of a blog hop highlighting this fabric. We chose 4 fat quarters from this color way in the line, it’s called Northern Migration!!


I love the vintagey look of it. It is really very soft and pretty. So here goes, wish me luck that it turns into something cute.

Have a great weekend and Happy Halloween!!


Modern Stitching Bee Blocks

I have been making a little progress on my blocks for the Modern Stitching Bee. I was thinking these blocks were going to be difficult, but they are just fun!


It is fun going through scraps and putting them together in a fun way! I love seeing all the mixes of fabrics in each of these blocks.


I have been sewing many other things lately, but I am glad to be making bee blocks again.


These are all for now. I have a couple of more blocks for this bee and then several more for the Sew Sweet Bee.