Scrumptious Maker's Tote


Hello all! I hope you're having a wonderful Summer. We have been super busy with vacations, back to school prepping, 4H, etc. so I haven't been blogging as much as I would like to. I do keep up with Instagram daily though, so if you'd like to see my posts before they hit the blog, head over to IG and follow me @amistabaker :)

Today I want to share with you a Maker's Tote (pattern by Noodlehead) that I made from some beautiful Scrumptious fabric by Bonnie and Camille which were gifted to me by a dear friend.



I used Mochi Dot Linen in Putty for the exterior main fabric, along with a gorgeous (if I do say so myself ;)) hex panel done in Scrumptious fabric. Each hex is 1" and I needed nearly 50 for the entire panel. It took me a couple days to sew it together but it was well worth the effort!

The interior pockets are made from a Hello Darling print and the lining + gussets from a Lotta Jansdotter print from her Follies line. I don't know why, but I absolutely LOVE that print. I even have it in orange :)


I plan to use this Maker's Tote to store my Smitten EPP quilt while I work on it over the next several months. It will house completed and in-progress blocks as well as necessary EPP supplies.

I'd also like to make some matching accessories to go with it soon... maybe a pincushion or a zipper pouch?

Anyway, I hope you love this Maker's Tote! Thanks for reading :)

Luisa Crossbody Bag


I am so excited to share with you today the beautiful Luisa Crossbody bag that I tested for S.O.T.A.K Handmade..

The Luisa bag features a hidden front zipper pocket, two back slip pockets, and one interior zipper pocket as well as a recessed zipper and cross body adjustable shoulder strap. Read below for more photos and details on the fabrics I used!



What I used...

I used a beautiful Sevenberry Petite Garden 2017 floral print that has hints of aqua, lime, and yellow. To compliment this print I chose to use Aquamarine Essex Died Linen and antique brass bag hardware.

Instead of using SF101 as a stabilizer, I chose single-sided fusible fleece instead for extra durability. If I made another I would likely use Soft & Stable at least on the bottom panel.



Pattern Review

The bag construction process is easy for an experienced bag maker. Nothing about the construction was new or too hard. The zipper installations are simple and to the point.

My only real suggestion would be to add about 10 inches to the cross body strap if you're a taller person or someone with a large chest (just saying). I am 5'7" and had to extend the strap as far as it would go for it to reach hip level on me.

The size of this bag is somewhere in between small and medium. Its not tiny but it isn't large either, and because it's only 2-3" in width it makes it a good every day bag for the essentials. I also really love the recessed zipper top. Those are my favorite kinds of bags!!


Overall I really enjoyed making this bag. Please go to S.O.T.A.K Handmade blog and checkout her Etsy pattern shop to see this pattern and more!

A big thanks to Svetlana for allowing me to test the pattern. I love it! :)


Pincushion Pouch Pattern


I have another awesome pattern to share with you today!

I've been working diligently on this Pincushion Pouch, after doing several trail runs and doing some testing with the help of my friend Ramona, ) finally have the finished pattern ready!

(links for purchase at the end of the post)


The Pincushion Pouch features a removable weighted pincushion, a thread spool holder, and a roomy zipper pouch. It's perfect for at home or on-the-go (even airplanes!) because it has the ability to rest on the edge of tables or on the arms of chairs thanks to the weighted pincushion!

The zipper pouch keeps everything nice and safe while the thread holder makes measuring out lengths of thread a breeze, as small Aurifil spools will spin on the holder :)


If you're interested in this advanced-beginner pattern, links for purchase are below :)

Purchase here:

This pattern requires skills in bias binding, zipper installing (very easy), and a bit of hand stitching.



Traveler's Pincushion PDF Pattern



Hello again! I have a brand new pincushion pattern releasing today!

The Traveler's Pincushion is perfect for portable on-the-go sewing! Its not too big, not too small (finishing at approx. 1" high x 2.5" wide x 5.5" long) and can hold all the necessities! 

(Links for purchase below)



It features a felt needle landing, a pocket, and an elastic thread holder! You can easily fit a small spool of thread, a small pair of snips, small epp papers, 3-4 binding clips, multiple needles, and lots of pins on this pincushion! It also conveniently fits inside a Sew Together Bag, Bionic Gear Bag, etc. 

This is a beginner level pattern complete with photos and detailed instructions.

Where to purchase:


I love how quickly this comes together, and because of all the extra added elements it would be great as a swap gift! You could easily make these while using minimal supplies but still give someone an awesome and useful gift!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you love the new pattern :)

Double Zip Box Pouch, Pattern Review



Happy Monday! Today I have a brand new, just released, pattern to show you from Aneela Hoey called the Double Zip Box Pouch.

I have been fortunate enough to once again test a pattern for Aneela, and last week I whipped up this awesome pouch. I has two roomy large zippered areas housed in a boxed style pouch with a cute little carrying handle right on top!




This pattern is very easy to follow and although it may look a little tricky, I assure you its simple enough to complete that an advanced beginner could do it with no problem!

I chose some essex linen and a couple prints from Amy Sinibaldi's new fabric lines, Charleston and Les Petits (the two lines go beautifully together). My favorite is the "The Row" print with those cute little rows of houses and this adorable compass design (shown below).


I added a little bit of hand stitching on the front which I absolutely fell in love with as soon as I was finished!

This bag is currently housing my girls heatless "magic curlers" LOL. The two big compartments were perfect for separating the curler sizes (short and long) and it will be perfect to take with us when traveling. 

You should totally buy this pattern! I can think of so many things this bag would be useful for.

Tutorial: Rainbow Row Pillow Cover


I finished cutting pieces for my new hexie project today from this gorgeous Tula Pink Spirit Animal fabric bundle fresh from Quilt Market! When I was finished, all I really had left were some small strips from each fat quarter.

I trimmed them all uniformly then used 64 of those strips to make a super cute Rainbow Row Pillow Cover, and if you're interested in a quick tutorial just click here to download :)



The pillow finishes at 16" square and has an easy construction method even a beginner could follow. 

Thanks for stopping by! Please use #rainbowrowpillowcover hashtag for sharing on social media!


Sewing Date Traveler, a Deluxe Pincushion and a new Sew Together Bag!

This week I finished so many new projects! I'm not sure what got into me but I was totally motivated to make an entire set specifically for an upcoming large EPP project I have planned.

I made a Sewing Date Traveler, a Deluxe Pincushion and a new Sew Together Bag! That is the most finishes I've done in a 4 day period in a very long time, especially consider one was rather large and another required multiple zipper and some tricky construction.


Sewing Date Traveler

First up, let's talk about this awesome Sewing Date Traveler! The pattern is free from Robert Kaufman's website and although I was rather intimidated by it at first I soon realized there wasn't much to be scared of. I had done all the steps of this tote on other projects before.

The only difficult part, in my opinion, was the lining. I found it a bit hard to maneuver the zipper pouch that is sandwiched in-between the two lining piecing when attaching the lining to the bag exterior. However, that may be because I used fusible foam for the zipper divider - I wanted it to be sturdy and to hold up on it's own.




Here is what I had in my tote:
  • a fat quarter bundle
  • a Deluxe Pincushion
  • a full size Sew Together Bag full of notions and supplies
  • a little tub with 20+ small thread spools in it
  • 3 small packs of paper piecing templates (100 pcs each)
  • 300 large 2.5" hexie templates (5" in diameter) 
PLUS there was still two empty front exterior pockets with nothing in them!


Deluxe Pincushion

This is one of my favorite pincushion patterns. You can find it in the Sew Organized for the Busy Girl book by Heidi Staples. Its a rather large pincushion also, but thats because the pocket in the front is meant to hold small scissors, clips, etc. So its actually pretty good size for toting around the basics and being a pincushion also. 




I used some super cute Heather Ross strawberries from the Briar Rose fabric line along with chartreuse and hot pink Mochi Dot Linen from Moda. The tiny wooden strawberry button came with a fabric order from Janum fabrics. I have been waiting to use it for a long time!

Sew Together Bag


The last of my projects was this Sew Together Bag, (my 4th time making one) which I really just made to replace my current binding kit. I found myself adding more and more EPP and/or binding notions to my kit and I had outgrown my previous one, so a new STB was the perfect solution - PLUS it fits like a dream inside the Sewing Date Traveler!

I used another Heather Ross print, this time a linen, for the outside of the bag, a Cloud9 solid for the binding, Mochi Dot Linen for the side panels, and Moda Grunge in Raspberry for the inside.

I did something a little different for the top this time though. I stitched the binding for the zipper to the actual exterior of the bag. This helps the zipper lie flat and makes the bag easier to open and close. 

Now I can start my new EPP project!

Im going to be doing a large quilt in 2.5" hexies. These newly finished projects will tote around everything I need for the quilt and make it easy to keep it separate from everything else as I plan for this to be a long term WIP.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you've enjoyed these makes as much as I have! :) And to my US friends, have an awesome Memorial Day weekend!!

Travel Outbound Bag


A couple days ago I finished this super rad Travel Outbound bag and shared on Instagram, so I thought id show some more photos here in a blog post along with my thoughts on the pattern and finished product.

First, this awesome pattern is written by Quarter Inch Mark, and you can purchase it here. It features two large zipper compartments connected by a gusset that provide a roomy 3" wide opening in between for more storage!


The Pattern

This is a well written and easy to understand pattern. The construction process is easy and the only thing one might find "difficult" is sewing on the gusset that connects the two pouches, then adding the bias binding (not everyone's forte) because its a somewhat narrow area.

The zipper pouches are super straight forward, so for anyone a little shy of zippers you could totally do this! Great photos of the steps are included.


I used a mix of Tula Pink Slow & Steady, Kate Spain Canyon, Cotton & Steel XOXO basics, and some Mochi Dot linen to make my pouch. Zippers are from ZipIt! as always :)


What fits inside?

This pouch is 10.5" long x 3" wide x 6.5" tall.

I made this specifically to use for vacation to Myrtle Beach this year. I plan to take my Urban Decay Naked makeup palettes, some brushes, foundation, sponges, etc. with me. It easily fits all those items but could also be used for EPP supplies, planners, notebooks, markers / pens, and more.


I REALLY love this bag. I cant wait to use it on vacation and I may even make myself another for some EPP work ;)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day :)

Quilted Tablet / Laptop Case Pattern


 

The Details

The Quilted Tablet Case is simple enough for a beginner but also enjoyable for an expert sewist who could whip this up in no time, just like my Quilted Mini Case! I have included full color photo instructions on the pouch making process as well as the easiest zipper installation ever and a printable PDF template used to cut your pouch corners.



The backside features a double slip pocket, perfect for a mini iPad, charging cable, pocket notebook, pens, and more! The inside can hold ANY laptop or tablet that is 13" or smaller.

I fit a Macbook Pro 13", and two iPads in the inside of mine, plus a mini iPad in the back pocket!


Where to purchase...

You can purchase the PDF pattern here:



 This pattern is copyrighted by Hilltop Custom Designs, but you may make and sell your creations on small business scale (Etsy, Personal Websites, Instagram, Facebook, Craft Shows, etc).

Bonnie & Camille Log Cabin Quilt



To my surprise... I realized I have never blogged about my beautiful Bonnie & Camille Log Cabin Quilt. I did share on Instagram, but never on my blog so I thought i'd take the time today to show you some photos and talk about this amazing quilt!



187 Quilters from 6 Countries

This quilt was made possible by 187 lovely women from all over the world (including myself), 6 countries to be exact, who joined in on the  Instagram block swap hosted by @heartfullyhandmade. 

Each of us who joined the swap made 12 - 20" log cabin blocks, quartered them and saved a few blocks for ourself. The rest went to the swap host who mixed up every block and sent them back to us to make a quilt.

The fabric

Every single block (and the entire quilt, including binding and backing) are made from Bonnie & Camille or Moda Fabrics. Each of the more recent lines go beautifully together as they're all from the same general color palette.

This is an extra scrappy quilt, and I LOVE that!


The Quilting

I have sent almost every one of my quilts to River House Quilting in Montana, U.S. The owner, Shannon Parrott, always does an absolutely fantastic job on my babies. Not to mention, she typically has them shipped and back at my doorstep in Ohio within 7 days. She is FAST!

This time, I chose an E2E longarm pattern called "Marmalade" which I thought was so fitting considering Bonnie & Camille have a Marmalade fabric line, some of which is included in these blocks!


I am really happy with how this quilt turned out, and it is definitely my all-time favorite!  Plus, participating in the swap and having these blocks from so many quilters across the world was an amazing experience. I love that this quilt has blocks from places I may never get to visit.




Have you ever participated in a block swap?

I hope you love this quilt as much as I do! It has been a very pleasant experience and I cant wait to try another block swap in the future!

Quilted Mini Tablet Case Pattern


I am so happy to share with you a new pattern I'm releasing today, the Quilted Mini Tablet Case!

This case is perfect for a Mini iPad (or similar sized tablet) and can even accommodate your tablet with a keyboard case on it! It is constructed with Soft & Stable, which makes it sturdy and gives padded protection for your tablet.

Keep reading for more photos and links to purchase :)


The Details

The Quilted Mini Tablet Case is simple enough for a beginner but also enjoyable for an expert sewist who could whip this up in no time! I have included full color photo instructions on the pouch making process as well as instructions on how to create the log cabin block I made for the front panel and a printable PDF template used to cut out your pouch pieces for precision.

The backside features a double slip pocket, perfect for a charging cable, pocket notebook, pens, and more! The inside snugly holds your iPad so it isn't sliding around and the Soft and Stable provides protection.

Where to purchase...

You can purchase the PDF pattern here:

 This pattern is copyrighted by Hilltop Custom Designs, but you may make and sell your creations on small business scale (Etsy, Personal Websites, Instagram, Facebook, Craft Shows, etc).



I am currently working on writing up a pattern for a full-size version of this that would fit an iPad Pro or regular iPad, so keep watching for that!

Sew Much Fun Blog Hop - Save Our Scraps!

Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Amista Baker, and if you're new here and visiting from the Sew Much Fun Blog Hop hosted by Jen @ Faith and Fabric, I've got some great scrap busters for you that are my go-to projects for living as waste-free as possible when it comes to fabric.

Below you'll find instructions and ideas for using up all those tiny scraps you never thought you'd have a use for!

Scrappy Gift Tags

This is my #1 favorite way to use up block trimmings. I know some can be a bit too thin and really theres not much you can do with those, but if you've got close to 1/4" (or bigger) strips left from trimming quilt blocks, squaring up fabrics, etc. then you can definitely make some of these gorgeous tags!

Instructions: Simply gather your trimmings and some paper tags. Trim the fabrics with a pinking rotary blade (optional) then add a few scraps onto the tags near the top and sew with a 1.0 - 2.0 stitch length. Trim the top flush (all one length) and trim the bottoms of each strip to various lengths as shown. If you need a step-by-step tutorial with some free printable tag shapes then just click here :)

Leaders and Enders Jar

If you chain piece, leaders and enders are likely something you use often. I keep any fabric trimmings that are too short for Scrappy Tags in a cute little mason jar and save them for use in chain piecing. This one is a bit of a no-brainer: Just grab a jar and throw the little fabric bits in whenever you have some that are suitable.

I like to finish the jar off by adding a 5" charm ontop of the lid disc to make it extra cute :)


One Inch Hexies

Another one of my favorite's is to use any 2.5" or 3" leftover squares to make one inch EPP hexagons. Sometimes I don't always know what project i'll use them for, but I eventually do use them. I like to store the fabric cuts in my Mini Sew Together Bag and bring it out whenever I want to do some hand stitching. It's a nice slow and steady project :)

If you're not into EPP, you could also save squares for small patchwork!

What about the EXTRA tiny stuff?

After using the methods above each time I sew, what I'm left with are typically teeny tiny little trimming piles that really cant be used for anything and most people throw them out, right?

WRONG - save them in a bag and use them to stuff pincushions! ;)


What is your favorite way to use scraps? 

If you can find a way to save and use your scraps, eventually you'll be down to waste-free sewing! I hope you found these helpful and thank you so much for visiting the Sew Much Fun Blog Hop!