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Two quick handmade gifts to sew – video tutorial

Two handmade gifts to sew - video tutorial

These tutorials are for a notebook cover that measures 9″ x 15″ and a fabric bookmark.

Check out how they’re made.

Notebook cover tutorial for printing

Materials

Fabric

Lining: 1 rectangle 16″ x 10″

Pockets: 4 rectangles 10″ x 5″

Cover: 1 rectangle 16″ x 10″. Mine is made of 3 pieces patched together with the following measurements:

  • 1 rectangle 16″ x 6 1/4″
  • 1 rectangle 16″ x 3 1/2″
  • 1 strip 16″ x 1 1/4″

Fusible interfacing (iron on one side)

  • Lining and cover: 2 rectangle 15″‘ x 10″
  • Pockets: 4 rectangles 10″ x 5″
  • 1 elastic ban (optional)
  • 1 fabric covered button (optional)

Stitch all three rectangles together to make the cover.

Iron with the hems open.

Cut all your other pieces.

Stitch your pockets to make 2 squares. Iron with the hems open.

Fold the cover in two along the long side and make a marking in the middle. Stitch the elastic band where the marking is with the elastic band placed facing inside the fabric (see picture).

Iron the interface to the inside of the fabrics. Getting the interfacing to stick to the fabric when the cover is turned inside out is tricky.

Iron the pocket in half, wrong sides together and pin to the sides of the lining as per the above picture.

Place the cover on top, right sides together, as per the picture.

Pin in place and stitch all around leaving a 4 inch gap to turn the cover inside out.

The corners need to be trimmed after stitching to reduce the bulk after turning inside out.

After turning the cover inside out you end up with a neat cover. The turning is quite tricky because the fusible interface tends to come loose. Pinning it in place temporarily may work.

Try to fit the notebook in the cover now. This may give you an indication of how closely you need to stitch around the cover.

Top stitch around very close to the edge, about 1mm or 2mm depending on how tight you want the cover to fit.

The corners are almost inevitably round unless you have removed much of the fabric on the inside hem.

The book cover is finished.

Place the notebook inside.

Voila!

I used a fabric covered button because I think it looks smart but you could use a plain button. Also, instead of an elastic band you could use a ribbon, in which case it would need to be stitch to both sides of the cover.

Other notebooks

Disappearing nine patch – turnabout patchwork – video tutorial

This is a different kind of disappearing nine patch you probably haven’t seen before.

It’s from my book Turnabout patchwork (get it on Amazon or from the publisher Martingale. Check out at the end of the video other disappearing nine patch quilts and all the other quilts in my book.

Warning: If you’re not fond of bias seams you won’t like this block.

How to make an disappearing nine patch block

Fabric collection

The Nerida Hansen fabrics on the video are 100% GOTS certified organic cotton printed with low impact dyes. A joy to work with. Plus look at the great modern prints in the collection.

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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Disappearing 9 patch - Turnabout patchwork video tutorial

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Chevron quilt block – video tutorial

This is a very simple block and a versatile one. It works just as well with coordinated fabrics or scrappy.

How to make an easy chevron quilt block

Fabric collection

The Nerida Hansen fabrics on the video are 100% GOTS certified organic cotton printed with low impact dyes. A joy to work with.

How to use this block?

You can make my Midnight diamonds quilt.

Midnight diamonds quilt pattern

Midnight diamonds quilt pattern is a digital download.

Quilt size: 41″ x 53″.

Block finished size: 12″ x 12″.

Fat quarter friendly.

Skill level: beginner.

Quilt technique: traditional piecing – no templates.

The pattern contains:

– fabric needs
– batting and backing and binding needs
– block assembly instructions
– quilt assembly instructions
– alternative quilt colours
– quilt colouring page

The star block tutorial is demonstrated on video. An internet connection is required.

Download

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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Share your work!

If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there
Chevron quilt block video tutorial

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Broken wheel quilt block – video tutorial

Broken wheel is a 9-patch block with 4 square in a square units and 4 rail fence units placed around a central square.

It’s quite a simple block to make even for a beginner. This quilt would look great as a scrappy quilt.

How to make an Broken wheel quilt block

Fabric collection

These Haerae Design Studio fabrics are 100% GOTS certified organic cotton printed with low impact dyes. The artwork is just beautiful.

Template download

If you prefer to make the square in a square with foundation piecing here’s the template:

For freezer paper foundation piecing trace the template on a piece of freezer paper

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

Do you wish to receive my tutorials in your inbox?

Share your work!

If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
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Broken wheel quilt block video tutorial

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Three quilt blocks with fabric strips video tutorial

I like playing with fabric strips. There are so many ideas out there to try out. Check out these three:

 

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

Do you wish to receive my tutorials in your inbox?

Share your work!

If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there
3 modern blocks with fabric strips video tutorial

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