Last-Minute Gift Tutorial: Embroidered Hoop Ornament

Embroidered-Hoop-OrnamentMerry Christmas and welcome! This is our final last-minute gift idea, and these truly can be made at the last minute {I made one yesterday and gifted it before the glue had fully dried!}.

You’ll need:

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-1First, fuse interfacing to the back of your 5″ square, if desired. Then embroider whatever you’d like! If you’re new to embroidery, check our our Embroidery 101 page for stitch tutorials and other information.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-2Here’s what the back of mine looked like when I finished. Now, let’s cover those stitches!

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-3Cut a 3″ square of the backing fabric, fusible fleece, and wonder under. I found it worked best if the fusible fleece was a tiny bit smaller than the fabric and the wonder under.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-4Place the Wonder Under paper side down, next, layer the fusible fleece with the fusible (dotted) side up, and finally, place the fabric on top, right side up. Fuse all three together and let cool.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-7Take the embroidery out of the hoop, do not press it, we will use the hoop mark as a guide for placing our backing.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-5Use the inside embroidery hoop to draw a circle on the fabric. Make sure you draw around the outside of the hoop.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-6Cut along the drawn line. Then tear away the paper backing of the wonder under.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-8Fuse the backing circle to the wrong side of the embroidery piece, using the hoop mark as a guide.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-9Place the embroidery back in the hoop. To get the hoop nice and snug, I used some needle nose pliers to turn the clasp a couple extra times.

Trim the extra fabric to about 1 1/2″ larger than the hoop. I carefully folded some of the fabric around the hoop and creased it with my fingernail as a cutting guide.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-10Put a bead of glue around the inside of the hoop and stick the fabric down as you go around. The great thing about the Tacky Glue is that it holds the fabric in place after a few seconds of pressing.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-11Continue around the whole hoop and you’re done! I think the back is almost as cute as the front!

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-12Add a string for hanging and a cute ribbon and you have a great ornament for gifting or for your tree!

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-13And here are 3 of the 4 I made {I didn’t take a photo of the last one because I ran out of time!}. I hope they’ll be loved! And, one of our ornament recipients was a guy, so I grabbed some cinnamon sticks that I happened to have {lucky!} and made this cute star, you can find the tutorial for it here.

Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with  your families and we’ll be back with some fun new things soon! As always, thank you for your kind comments, we so appreciate your taking the time to visit! Blessings to you and yours! xo

Last-Minute Gift Tutorial: Patchwork Tote

Today I am sharing a small tote that can be made quickly, easily and last-minute.


It measures 8 3/4″ tall by 8 1/4″ wide,   has two handles with binding and is fully lined.  I made my little tote with Riley Blake Christmas Basics. I love the colors of it and the cute little snowmen too!! The lining is also a Riley Blake dot, one of my favorites, they are included in a lot of low volume bundles!! Cute!!

Now for the supply list:

I used 8 different fat quarters for a variety of prints. From the fat quarters you will need:

16- 2.5″ x 5″ squares (body)

8- 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares (body)

2- 11″ x 2 1/2″ pieces (handles)

1- 24″ x 2 1/4″ piece (binding)

For the lining:

1- 21 1/4″ x 10″ (You may also lay your patchwork piece on your fabric and cut your lining exactly the same size, because with seam allowances it will be the same.)


1- 20 3/4″ x 10″ (body)

2- 11″ x 2 1/2″ (handles)


1- 21 1/4″ x 10″


Cut your squares from the fat quarters, sew them in this pattern using a 1/4″ seam allowance. (Begin by sewing them in horizontal rows and then into one piece). You will make two of these, a front and a back. I ironed the seam allowances to the darker fabric in each row and then pressed the seam allowances open after the rows were joined together.


Fuse interfacing to the wong side of the front and back piece.


Sew the two panels together. Press seam open.


Layer the long panel with the flannel  and quilt 1/4″ from each horizontal seam line. Trim anything that is uneven on the sides but leave approximately 1/4″ of flannel above both the top and bottom.


Fold patchwork piece in half and sew along both sides using 1/4″ seam allowance.


Press seams open and sew along each side at the bottom, to create corners. I sewed right below the last stitching line that I quilted from the front.


Trim the corners 1/4″ below the sewn line.


The outside will look like this when you turn it.


Sew the lining piece the same way as you sewed the outside patchwork piece, make the corners the same and this time do not trim away excess at corners, tuck them under the lining at the bottom. Place the lining inside the outer patchwork body.


Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the two handle pieces. Fold the binding strip in half lengthwise and press.


Fold the pieces right sides together and sew 1/4″ along the long edge. Press seams’ open.


Turn the handles right side out, I use a safety-pin for turning. Press the handles flat with the seam allowance in the middle of the back. Top stitch 1/4″ along each long edge.


Place the handles seam side out 1 1/2″ from the center seam on the front. Do this on both sides, stitch them in place.


Place folded binding on outside along the top edge with the raw edge facing the top of the bag leaving two tails at the beginning and the end that are not sewn for joining later. Sew with a 1/4″ seam.  Join the binding in the same way you would for a quilt. You may trim off excess flannel at the top to about 1/8″ inch. Turn the binding to the inside and either stitch by hand or machine. I usually do this by hand because I like that process!! On the outside of the bag sew a seam just above the binding for each handle to secure the handles, this will also keep them from flopping over! You will be able to see that in the photo below.


Now you are all finished with your patchwork tote and are ready for filling it up with goodies. I found that a pattern and a small stack of fabric fits nicely inside. I also think it would be fun to fill with some fun treats for a child in a long car ride. Snacks and toys would fit perfectly. Or under the tree with a special gift would be nice. What ever you decide, I hope you enjoy your little tote.

Have a great weekend. I am sure it is going to be a busy one for most of us. I have lots of things to finish up before Christmas!!

Last-Minute Gift Tutorial: Patchwork French Seam Drawstring Bag


I made these pouches this summer, with another project in mind, but things change, so I thought I’d share them with  you here! The bag on the left is made with Into the Woods by Lella Boutique for Moda. I met Vanessa at Quilt Market and she gave me a mini charm pack of her fabric {this was the only fabric I brought home from Quilt Market, since I missed sample spree!}

I know there are quite a few drawstring bag tutorials and patterns out there, but I like to think this one is unique because it uses patchwork but no lining fabric. Perfect for mini charms or to use as gift wrapping!

You’ll need:

  • 40 – 2 1/2″ squares
  • 1/4 yard woven interfacing – such as Pellon Shape-Flex SF 101
  • From coordinating solid cut:
    • 2 – 8 1/2″ x 2″ rectangles (bag top)
    • 2 – 7 3/4″ x 2″ rectangles (drawstring openings)
    • 2 – 21″ x 2″ strips (drawstrings)


Sew together 20 – 2 1/2″ squares into a 4 squares by 5 squares panel. Repeat to make a second panel.


Press the seams in one direction for one row and then the opposite direction for the next row, so that they nest together.


After sewing the rows together, press the middle seams open. This will create a nice, flat bag front.


Cut two 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangles of interfacing and fuse to the wrong side of the patchwork piece. Alternately, fuse or sew a piece of fabric to the wrong sides to finish the seams.


Quilt if desired. I quilted 1/8″ along each seam.


Use the two 2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangles. Sew one rectangle to the top of the patchwork panel, right sides together.


Press a 1/4″ seam allowance at the top of the solid piece. Then fold it over the wrong side of the patchwork.


Stitch the solid piece in place through the patchwork panel. Repeat for second panel.


Fold the short edges of the two 2″ x 7 3/4″ rectangles and stitch in place. then fold the long edges 3/8″ toward the wrong side and press.


Sew the drawstring sleeves to the rights side of the patchwork panels, just below the solid piece. Then, place the panels wrong sides together and sew along the sides and bottom, back stitching at start and finish. Clip bottom corners near, but not into, the stitching.


Turn the bag wrong side out, then stitch around sides and bottom, pivoting the machine at the corners and back stitching at the beginning and end.


Fold the drawstring strips lengthwise in the center. Then unfold and fold the long edges toward the center, as for bias tape. Refold the center and stitch along long open edge.


Use a large safety pin to feed the drawstring through the both sleeves. Then stitch the short edges together. Repeat with second drawstring.


And there you have a fun, finished patchwork drawstring bag! Enjoy!

Last-Minute Gift Tutorial: Vinyl First Aid Pouch

vinyl-first-aid-pouchHere’s another fun, last-minute gift idea for you! I always carry bandages, hand wipes, some scissors, and a couple other things in my purse. They’re usually floating around with a bunch of stuff and I can never find them when I actually need them! So, I made up this little pouch to keep them all together and thought I’d share this tutorial with you!

vinyl-first-aid-pouch-1You’ll need:

  • 5″ x 5″ square of vinyl {I used 8 guage}
  • 2″ x 5″ rectangle of fabric with a salvege edge
  • 3″ x 5″ rectangle of fabric
  • 6″ zipper
  • 30″ – 1/2″ bias tape

Tips for sewing with vinyl:

  • Set your machine to a longer stitch length when working with vinyl to avoid perforating the vinyl.
  • Use a Teflon foot on your swing machine, or put a piece of tape on the bottom of your regular presser foot
  • Put a piece of tape on your sewing machine under teh presser foot to allow the vinyl to slide along more easily

vinyl-first-aid-pouch-2Sandwich the vinyl between one 5″ length of bias tape, stitch in place.

vinyl-first-aid-pouch-3Wrong sides together, fold and press 1/4″ along one 5″ edge of the 3″ x 5″ fabric rectangle. Opposite the bias tape, sew the folded edge of 3″ x 5″ fabric rectangle to the vinyl, right side down. Unfold the fabric so that the right side is up and stitch again along the folded edge, through the vinyl, finishing the edge.

vinyl-first-aid-pouch-4Sew the bias tape edge to the bottom of the zipper. Then sew the selvage edge of the 2″ x 3″ fabric rectangle to the top of the zipper {if not using a selvage piece, fold the edge 1/4″ and attach in the same manner as the other fabric rectangle}.

vinyl-first-aid-pouch-5Trim the edges and zipper to 5″. Fold in half with the vinyl at the bottom. Round corners if desired {for an easier finish, leave corners square}.

vinyl-first-aid-pouch-6Fold 1/4″ of one edge of the bias tape toward the wrong side to finish the edge. Beginning at one folded edge of the vinyl, sandwich the bias tape over the raw edge of the vinyl and around the top, gently shaping at the corners. Trim the bias tape to 1/4″ longer than the pouch and fold the other raw edge toward the wrong side. Stitch bias tape in place.

vinyl-first-aid-pouch-7And, fill your pouch with all those little things you need to carry with you! This would make a great stocking stuffer or teacher gift! Enjoy!

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!!