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. 

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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).