Fast & Easy Key Fobs


I've got some super cute key fobs to share with you today! I made all of these in about 2 hours a few nights ago and listed them in my shop for sale. I didn't use a pattern or any particular tutorial for these but they're extremely easy so I figure I'll just write down a few instructions incase you're interested!

Keep reading to see how I made these and check out more pictures!


Supplies:

(makes one key fob)
  • (1) - 4" x 8.5" exterior fabric
  • (1) - 4" x 8.5" woven interfacing
  • (1) - 0.75" x 8.5" soft & stable or batting
  • (1) - 1" metal key fob hardware set
  • Pliers for clamping hardware

Tutorial:

  1. Iron your woven interfacing onto the back of your exterior fabric.
  2. Fold fabric in half length wise and press. Open up and fold long raw edges inward (toward the fold you just pressed) and press again.
  3. Fold in half with raw edges tucked inside and press. Your key fob should now measure 1" x 8.5" with no raw edges visible.
  4. Tuck your soft & stable (or batting) piece inside of your folded key fob piece. Clip or pin the open edge shut. Stitch ⅛" away from both long edges, then ¼" from each edge, and again directly down the center. I suggest a 3.5 or 4.0 stitch length.
  5. Fold quilted key fob in half length wise matching raw edges, baste at the bottom to secure.
  6. Clamp metal key fob hardware to your quilted fabric piece covering the raw ends.
You're done!


These are really fast and very easy to make. Plus it's a great way to use scraps and make inexpensive gifts people will love!

I kept a couple for myself, sent the other to teachers for Christmas gifts, and sold the rest in my shop (there are 3 left I believe - go grab one!).  If you make one of these using my instructions feel free to tag me on Instagram (@amistabaker). I'd love to see your creations!




Boxy Clear Pouch: Pattern Review



If you're looking for an easy Christmas gift this holiday season that will still impress your friends and family, you should definitely checkout the Boxy Clear Pouch by Aneela Hoey.

I have made this pattern before as a pattern tester for Aneela, but yesterday I whipped up two of these in the small size in a couple hours as Christmas gifts for my two daughters, then finished hand binding them this morning. I absolutely love the way they turned out! 
First I'd like to show you the gifts, then I'll show off the version I tested and get onto the review!


A combination of Cotton & Steel, Sarah Jane, and Dear Stella fabrics were used on both of these pouches. The pink firefly one is for my youngest daughter, Lily, and the other is for my oldest daughter Zoey. Each of them shows off their different personalities and favorite colors. I think they're really going to enjoy them!





Now on to the pouch I made while pattern testing and a review of the pattern :)...

I used all Cotton & Steel fabrics on this version and a cute piece of twill ruler tape for the pull tab. As you can see these pouches (this is the small version) hold quite a bit! I've got 2 large Aurifil thread spools and 10 Moda mini charms in this one with room to spare! I eventually removed the thread spools and put them back on my rack then continued filling this pouch with my Mini Charm collection. It held 18 with ease!!


Boxy Clear Pouch Pattern Review:

 As always, Aneela's patterns are easy to follow and understand. She has great illustrations to help you get a picture of the steps required to complete the pouch and just like the Zip-Up Tray Pouch and Double Zip Box Pouch that I pattern tested for her, her creations are always unique and different from other patterns!

Contrary to the fact this pattern and others of hers may seem a bit difficult, they're really not. An intermediate sewist could easily complete them and a beginner could do so too! Don't be afraid of zippers and vinyl... this pattern is quite easy to complete!

If you'd like to purchase it, click here.


The only "difficult" part of this pattern is the hand binding, which really isn't too tough as long as you can do a nice ladder or "invisible" stitch and have the right tools to use. If you're new to hand stitching, checkout some YouTube videos to learn a few stitches. It's easy to catch on to, I promise!

I prefer a #10 Milliners needle and 40 wt. thread for strength (especially since my kids will be using these). It took me almost exactly one hour to hand bind two pouches, but thats because I'm a bit slow and like to take my time to make it look as neat as possible.


Have you made this pattern?

What do you think of it? I have yet to try the large size, because the small is so generous in size already but I would definitely consider making a large one for toiletries while traveling or to hold sewing supplies.

I think this would be extra cute in a short version too... one for binding clips and such! Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope you love these pouches!

Smitten: Large Hexagon Two


As of yesterday I have officially finished all five of the Large Hexagon Two blocks for my EPP Smitten quilt (pattern by Lucy Carson Kingwell). I thought I would share all five blocks here as I had previously done with Large Hexagon One.

I am increasingly happy with the way these blocks are turning out using Sugar Pie and Little Miss Sunshine fabrics by LellaBoutique. They are bright, happy, and scrappy in just the right way! I can't wait to see the entire quilt when it's finished, which I am assuming may take me a few more months as I only work on this when I have opportunities to sit down and do some slow stitching. 

Alright, on to the blocks... below are all five finished Large Hexagon Two blocks. Check them out and let me know what you think!! :)








Thanks so much for reading, I hope you love the blocks and if you're thinking of doing this quilt also you can check out the rest of my posts about it by clicking here. I will update again when the next set of blocks is finished :)

Stitched Sewing Organizers Sew A Long: Drawstring Pouch



Welcome to the Stitched Sewing Organizers Sew-A-Long! I'm Amista, and I'm happy to be participating in this awesome sew a long with everyone celebrating Aneela Hoey's latest book: Stitched Sewing Organizers. I hope you'll join us - there are tons of awesome prizes!! You don't want to miss out!

You can find more about the sew a long and our host by visiting her blog, Tuppence Ha'penny Quilts.


A little about me...

I'm a 30 year old quilter and sewing enthusiast from Ohio, U.S. I'm married with three children (ages 9, 5, and 2) and we have one dog and two guinea pigs! I am a self-taught sewist and my first machine was an old Kenmore. My husband bought it for $50 off of his sister, who had owned it for Home-Ec in High School, lol. The machine had no frills and no bells or whistles but it did the job.

Nine years later I know so much more and have so many more skills, it's hard to believe how far I've come. I would have to say sewing is definitely my therapy! You can follow along with my sewing adventures @amistabaker on Instagram :)

Okay, enough about me! On to the sew along... Before I talk about the pattern, I'd first like to give a huge Thank You to Aneela Hoey for sending me these adorable Cherry Christmas fabrics to use. I am grateful and I loved creating with these fabrics!



Drawstring Pouch

My particular project for this sew a long is the uber cute Drawstring Pouch found on page 69 of the book. If you're creating along with us, you'll also need the pattern template from the back of the book, a couple fat quarters of fabric, and basic sewing supplies.



I chose to make an EPP panel using fussy cuts from the Cherry Christmas fabric line. I placed it on the center of a exterior pouch piece and stitched it down with my machine. I think it adds a super cute Christmasy feel to this pouch, don't you??

One of my favorite things about this pattern is the ease in which it is all constructed. Sometimes drawstring bags can be a bit tricky for beginners but the instructions Aneela has written in her book are great at explaining things clearly. I don't think you'll have any trouble at all whipping up one of these cute bags!



I really love the drawstring channel at the top of the bag. I unintentionally fussy cut this as well, and I was pleasantly surprised to find a cute little line of hanging clothes at the top of my bag, lol. Total coincidence.

The only issue I had was those tiny little hexagon drawstring tabs! Maybe its just me but working with such tiny fussy little things was a bit of a challenge. Either way, I got it done and they were worth it! They finished off the bag and make it super cute. I hope you make one of your own!



The Prizes


Yes, I mentioned prizes at the top of this post, and there are lots to win if you sew a long with us and share your creations on Instagram using the hashtags #stitchedsewingorganizerssal #stitchedsewingorganizers #aneelahoey as well as tagging @modafabrics, @simplysolids and @makemodernmagazine

If you'd like to win this week, just make a Drawstring Pouch from the book and share with us on Instagram. Checkout the awesome things below you could win!!


If the selected winner is a U.S. participant you will win..

$35 Moda Voucher and 6 month Make Modern Subscription (U.S. only) 





If the selected winner is a International participant you will win..

£25 Simply Solids voucher


Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you love the Drawstring Pouch I made! I can't wait to see your makes for the Sew A Long!