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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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DIY Design Wall Tutorial

Happy Thursday friends! For today’s tutorial, I’m showing you how to make this DIY Design Wall! It is super easy and I love being able to display my in-progress projects!

For those of you who are new to design walls, they are just a way to layout your quilt blocks as you work. You can re-arrange them, add blocks as you go, and get all of your blocks organized before you assemble your project. Plus it is decor in itself, so your otherwise blank wall looks pretty while you work!

Ready to get started? Watch my DIY Design Wall Video Tutorial here:

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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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How to make a Crochet Doily / Tutorial

Welcome to Tutorial Thursday! Today I’m showing you how to make this adorable little CROCHET DOILY! It’s super easy and beginner-friendly too.

All you need is some fun yarn, a coordinating crochet hook, some small scissors, a yarn needle, and you’re good to go!

Ready to get started? Watch my video tutorial on How to make a Crochet Doily here!

Abbreviations:

  • SC – single crochet
  • DC – double crochet
  • Sl St – slip stitch

Step-by-Step Pattern:

  • Create a slip knot and put the loop on your hook.
  • Ch 4 then Sl St into the first loop in your chain to join
  • Ch 3
  • 12 DC into the center of your circle
  • Sl St into the top loop of the chain to join
  • Ch 3 *SC into each stitch, Ch 3* Repeat from * all around
  • Sl St to join and tie off
  • Weave in your ends using a yarn needle and you’re all done!

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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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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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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!

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Easy Scissor Case / How to Attach Snap Fasteners

Happy Tutorial Thursday! Today I’m showing you how to make three adorable scissor cases from one template. Along with that I will show you how easy it is to attach a snap fastener and really step up your sewing game!

These are super easy to make and fun to customize too. And of course you can add any fun decor like buttons, binding, elastic etc.

The first case features a snap closure which I will show you how to install. The second has a fun elastic/button closure perfect for larger scissors, and the third case features two pockets which I like to use for a scissor and a pen or seam ripper.

Watch my Easy Scissor Case video tutorial here:

Download the Easy Scissor Case Template here.

Supplies:

Make one or all three and have fun customizing the colors and styles! I hope you enjoy this project, if you make one of my easy scissor cases make sure to share it on social media, tag @ericaarndt on Instagram and use #easyscissorcase so I can see what you make!