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2021 Sew With Me – Sawtooth Star – Block 1

Happy Thursday friends! Today is so exciting because I am launching my 2021 Sew With Me Sew-a-long! Join me as I teach you how to make some of the most fun and classic quilt blocks!

Throughout this series, I hope to teach you some new skills, tips, and tricks, and at the end of the series, we will have a fun selection of blocks to sew together into a sampler quilt!

We will be starting off with a super easy quilt block, the Sawtooth Star block. This is a fun and classic quilt block that has had many different names throughout the years. It was originally called the Sawtooth Star block back in 1884 when it was published in the Farm & Fireside magazine. Since then it has also been referred to as the Variable Star, North Star, and Evening Star.

Regardless of what it is called, this classic quilt block is so much fun to make! And today I will be showing you a new technique called the “four at a time” flying geese technique. Of course, you can make the star points in a variety of ways, but the four-at-a-time method will make this block so easy!

Ready to get started?

Dive into your scrap bins and come sew with me!

->>Download the Sawtooth Start PDF Pattern here!

Watch my 2021 Sew With Me – Sawtooth Star – Block 1 video tutorial here!

Supplies Used in this video:

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2021 Sew With Me – Sawtooth Star – Block 1

Happy Thursday friends! Today is so exciting because I am launching my 2021 Sew With Me Sew-a-long! Join me as I teach you how to make some of the most fun and classic quilt blocks!

Throughout this series, I hope to teach you some new skills, tips, and tricks, and at the end of the series, we will have a fun selection of blocks to sew together into a sampler quilt!

We will be starting off with a super easy quilt block, the Sawtooth Star block. This is a fun and classic quilt block that has had many different names throughout the years. It was originally called the Sawtooth Star block back in 1884 when it was published in the Farm & Fireside magazine. Since then it has also been referred to as the Variable Star, North Star, and Evening Star.

Regardless of what it is called, this classic quilt block is so much fun to make! And today I will be showing you a new technique called the “four at a time” flying geese technique. Of course, you can make the star points in a variety of ways, but the four-at-a-time method will make this block so easy!

Ready to get started?

Dive into your scrap bins and come sew with me!

->>Download the Sawtooth Start PDF Pattern here!

Watch my 2021 Sew With Me – Sawtooth Star – Block 1 video tutorial here!

Supplies Used in this video:

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The Ultimate Sewing & Quilting Project Planner

The Ultimate Quilting & Sewing Project Planner is an 8×10 PDF download including 54 full-color planning pages! Since it’s a PDF, it is also customizable so you can print more or less of the planning pages, making this planner totally customizable and unique to fit your needs!

I have added specific tracking information just for quilters and sewers, along with a sketch area to create your own designs! I also have a ton of handy fabric charts right at your fingertips as well as a dream quilting section where you can keep track of some of your favorite projects.

The Ultimate Cross Stitch Project Planner is an 8×10 PDF download including:

  • 54 full-color planning pages
  • Helpful Fabric Information Pages
  • Quilting and Sewing Planning Pages
  • Dream Quilting/Sewing Project Pages 
  • Notes Pages

I also included helpful information for standard pre-cut sizes, helpful cutting tips, standard quit sizes, binding and backing calculators, and yardage information. I’ve also included a dream quilting section where you can list projects you want to keep on your radar for the future.

And of course, the project planning pages are there to help you keep track of project information, supplies, and a sketch area where you can make up your own project, or keep track of changes, fabrics, and more!

Feel free to print as many extra copies of these pages as needed to fit your crafting goals!

Once done printing, you will want to spiral bind your planner. I just took mine to a local office supply store and had them spiral bind it with a clear vinyl cover on the front to help with durability. If you don’t want to spiral bind, you can always use a three-hole punch and add your pages to a 3-ring binder! That way you can easily add pages as you create!

And what would a planner be with out a little encouragement and inspiration along the way? Each section features a fun little quote to help encourage and brighten your day!

And of course I added lots of note taking pages in the back where you can keep track of additional information, inspiration and ideas.

Download this fun and colorful quilting and sewing project planner to keep track of all your sewing projects today!

Get the Ultimate Quilting and Sewing Project Planner and start organizing your crafty creations now!

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Craft To-Go Case // TUTORIAL

Happy Tutorial Thursday friends! Today I’m showing you how to make this adorable Craft To-Go Case which is perfect for taking just about any craft with you on the go!

Do you prefer written patterns? 

Get the Craft To Go Case PDF here!

The PDF pattern includes step-by-step written instructions along with graphic illustrations to help make this cute pattern a breeze!

This project finishes at 11″ h x 9″ x 2″ deep, so it’s the perfect size for crafts on the go!

But really this fun little case would be perfect for any type of stitching craft, travel, and even school supplies! I plan to use mine for my English Paper Piecing. That way I can bring my sewing projects with me when I’m driving kids around.

Ready to get started? Watch Erica’s Craft To-Go Case tutorial here

Fabric 

I’ve been working on sewing through my stash this year, so for the video, I chose some fun fabric that I’ve had around for a while for this project. I decided to pull out some of my Tilda fabrics. This line is called Circus Rose and it has the best colors, florals, and has a modern vintage vibe to it.

I also used this adorable scalloped zipper, which gives the front pouch a little something extra.

For stability, I used a Bosal Double-Sided Fusible Foam which worked perfectly! It really gave my bag a nice structure. I also added some patchwork quilting to the front pocket which I think adds to the cuteness but also helps to stabilize the bag even further.

What would you use this fun bag for? Leave me a comment below!

For my second bag, I used some of my Pam Kitty Morning fabric. It’s such a fun colorful line and I used a cheater print for the front. It looks like I put together a patchwork section as I showed you in the video, but it’s actually a panel that is printed to look like patchwork. So all I had to do was add some quilting lines and it looks like I did a lot of work, but it was super easy!

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Weekend Retro Train Case // Sewing Tutorial!

Happy Tutorial Thursday friends! Today I’m showing you how to make this adorable Retro Train Case, which just so happens to match my Weekend Zipper Tote bag perfectly!

Do you prefer written patterns? 

Get the Quilty Weekend Retro Train Case PDF Pattern here!

The PDF pattern includes step-by-step written instructions along with graphic illustrations to help make this cute pattern a breeze!

This project finishes at 8″ h x 9″ x 4.5″ deep, so it’s the perfect size for a weekend away or even a fun craft case! I added a cute little top handle to make carrying your tote around super easy too.  Of course, it matches my Quilty Weekend Zipper Tote perfectly, and together they make the cutest little travel set, don’t you think?

But really this fun little case would be perfect for makeup, travel, and even crafts! I plan to use mine for my English Paper Piecing. That way I can bring my sewing projects with me when I’m driving kids around.

Ready to get started? Watch Erica’s Easy Retro Train Case tutorial here:

Fabric

I’ve been working on sewing through my stash this year, so I chose some fun fabric that I’ve had around for a while for this project. The top floral print is one from Lakehouse Dry Goods and is one of my all-time favorite prints! I also accented it with a few Pam Kitty Morning fabrics for the inside and top strap, and a fun aqua gingham print from Lori Holt basics line.

I made my own top strap using a fun Pam Kitty Morning print, but you could easily use some white cotton webbing for the straps as well!

For stability, I used a Bosal Double-Sided Fusible Foam which worked perfectly! It really gave my bag a nice structure. I also added some fun quilting to the pieces which I think add to the cuteness, but also help to stabilize the bag even further.

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Quilty Weekend Zipper Tote // Tutorial!

Happy Tutorial Thursday! In the last tutorial we made the Quilty Weekend Tote bag with a tie closure, and I promised you we would do one with a zipper as well. So today’s the day! We’re going to work on the Quilty Weekend Zipper Tote bag today and it turned out so cute, I can’t wait to share it with you!

Watch the Quilty Weekend Zipper Tote Bag Video Tutorial here:

Do you prefer written patterns?

Get the Quilty Weekend Zipper Tote Bag PDF Pattern here!

The PDF pattern includes step by step written instructions along with graphic illustrations to help make this cute pattern a breeze!

This bag finishes at 12″ h x 18″ l x 8″ deep, so it’s the perfect size for a weekend away or even a fun sewing retreat! I also added a pocket to the front, back, and both sides which gives it even more storage space. Plus I think the pockets make it extra cute too, don’t you? And of course, I added a small pocket inside as well.

I also put on regular shoulder straps, but thought it would be fun to add an adjustable cross body strap too. I will show you how to do all of that in the video so don’t worry, it’s super easy!

Fabric & Hardware

I’ve been working on sewing through my stash this year, so I chose some fun fabric that I’ve had around for a while for this project. The top floral print is one from Lakehouse Dry Goods and is one of my all time favorite prints! I also accented it with a few Pam Kitty Morning fabrics for the pockets, and a fun aqua gingham print from Lori Holt basics line.

I chose this light pink zipper because I think it complimented the fabrics without being too much, and then some white cotton webbing for the straps. Of course you can make your own fabric straps as well, but I just like the look of the webbing, and let’s not ignore the fact that it is less work as well!

The cute gold hardware for this bag is from Sallie Tomato. They have a ton of fun patterns, zippers, project kits, and bag hardware. I grabbed a gold bag hardware kit and a rose gold kit and zipper too!

Just to be a little different I folded down the side pockets by 1″. It is totally optional, but I think it gives the sides a little something “extra”. Plus it helps show off that fun gold hardware too!

Finally also used a Moda Fabrics ribbon for my accent ribbon. I love that they come on the Moda fabric bundles, and instead of tossing them, I always keep them for smaller projects just like this tote!

Get the Quilty Weekend Zipper Tote PDF Pattern here!

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Jelly Roll Jamboree Pillow Pattern / TUTORIAL

Happy Tutorial Thursday! Last week we made an adorable and VERY EASY Jelly Roll Jamboree Quilt Pattern. And I hope you hung on to all of your scraps, because this week we’re going to use them to make a super cute coordinating Jelly Roll Pillow project! 

As is in the name, this quilt is perfect for a jelly roll, but you can always use your 2.5″ strip scraps as well!

The Jelly Roll Jamboree Pillow finishes at 20″ x 20″ but as always, you can add/subtract blocks to make it any size you like! And all you need is four left over Jelly Roll Jamboree Quilt blocks, or four jelly roll strips (2-1/2″ x 42″), some white fabric for the sashing, backing, batting, and binding and you’re all set!

Ready to get started? Watch the Jelly Roll Jamboree Bonus Pillow Pattern Video here:

Do you prefer written patterns? Get the Jelly Roll Jamboree PDF Quilt + Bonus Pillow pattern here!

The PDF pattern includes easy to follow step-by-step written instructions along with detailed graphic illustrations to make sewing this project a breeze!

Here are some of my favorite sewing supplies:

This pattern is super easy, beginner friendly, and turns out so cute! It’s perfect for snuggling on the couch or even decorating your bedroom!

I used my hoarded Scrumptious Jelly Roll by Bonnie and Camille for Moda for this project, along with some of the yardage I had saved as well.

If you missed last week’s tutorial, check out the Jelly Roll Jamboree Quilt tutorial here!

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Jelly Roll Jamboree Quilt Pattern

Happy Tutorial Thursday! Today I’m showing you how to make this adorable and VERY EASY Jelly Roll Jamboree Quilt Pattern! And hang on to all of your scraps because next week we’re going to use them to make a coordinating pillow project!

As is in the name, this quilt is perfect for a jelly roll, but you can always use your 2.5″ strip scraps as well!

The Jelly Roll Jamboree Quilt finishes at 76″ x 76″ but as always, you can add/subtract blocks to make it any size you like! And all you need is 1 Jelly Roll, white fabric for the sashing, two different border fabrics, backing, batting, and binding and you’re all set!

Ready to get started? Watch the Jelly Roll Jamboree Quilt Pattern Video here:

Do you prefer written patterns? Get the Jelly Roll Jamboree PDF quilt pattern here!

The PDF pattern includes easy to follow step-by-step written instructions along with detailed graphic illustrations to make sewing this project a breeze! Plus it includes the BONUS Jelly Roll Pillow pattern too! Yay!

Here are some of my favorite sewing supplies:

This pattern is super easy, beginner friendly, and turns out so cute! It’s perfect for snuggling on the couch or even decorating your bedroom!

I used my hoarded Scrumptious Jelly Roll by Bonnie and Camille for Moda for this project, along with some of the yardage I had saved as well.

For the binding I used my pink paisley print from the Scrumptious line, and I used my Sewing Machine to bind the quilt, but of course you can hand bind your quilt if you prefer to do that. I’m usually excited to finish so I always machine bind!

Check out more videos on how to finish your quilt below!

Stay tuned next week, and I’ll show you how to take those left over Jelly Roll Jamboree blocks and make a cute pillow!

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How to Sew a Fabric Trinket Tray

Happy Tutorial Thursday Friends! Today I’m showing you how to make this insanely easy and fun fabric bowl. Honestly this couldn’t be much easier, and they only take about 10 minutes to make! They are perfect for gifts, and of course organizing smaller notions!

And keep in mind you can make this project any size you like. Just make sure your outside and lining fabric are the same size, then make your fusible fleece 1/2″ smaller. So for example in the video both my outside and lining fabric are 7″ square. That means my fusible fleece needs to be 6-1/2″ square. Stick with that formula and you can customize the size of these to fit your unique storage needs.

That cute baby bowl in the photo above was made using 5″ square outside/lining fabric and 4-1/2″ fusible fleece.

Supplies for this project are simple:

Watch the Easy Fabric Notions Bowl 2 Video tutorial here:

And that’s it friends! This cute bowl couldn’t be any easier! They’re perfect for using up some of your fabric scraps and would make a fun gift idea too! I hope you’ve enjoyed this project, make sure to share your makes on social media and tag me @ericaarndt #ericaarndt #ericaseasyfabricbowl

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How to Make a Quilted Weekend Tote Bag / Sewing Tutorial

Happy Tutorial Thursday! I’ve had so many requests for a oversized tote bag and of course I thought it would be fun to make a Quilty one! So that’s what we’ll be doing today.

This bag isn’t super difficult, but it does have some rounded edges, so if this is your very first bag project, you might want to try my Easy Drawstring Bag tutorial, my super popular Drawstring Squishy Bag, or my Patchwork Tote bag first! But really it’s not too difficult, so if you’re up for something new I hope you’ll join in the fun!

This bag finishes at 8″ x 12″ x 18″ and is the perfect overnight bag!

It also features a cute ribbon closure, and an inside pocket to store some extra goodies. And of course we added some fun decorative ribbon, cross-hatch quilting, and colorful binding to give it a little extra pop of color.

So, if you’re looking for a great weekend tote, this one is perfect! Grab some fun fabric, the PDF Pattern, and let’s get started sewing shall we?

Get the PDF Pattern for Erica’s Quilty Weekend Tote Bag here!

Watch Erica’s Quilty Weekend Tote Bag tutorial here:

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Supplies for this project:

In the video I’m showing you how to make the blue bag with a plain side pocket. But the PDF Pattern also includes a template for this cute Dresden plate side pocket as shown on the red bag! But really you can have fun with the side pocket and put whatever you want on it!