Friday, August 10, 2018

Travel Pouches with Vintage Adventure Fabric

Friday, August 10, 2018
*Fabric for these pouches was provided by Riley Blake Designs, but the project and opinions are all mine.
I have been doing a little bit of traveling this summer and while I have plenty of zipper pouches on hand, I found myself wishing I had a set that all coordinated together. And then I realized that I had the perfect opportunity with my post on the Vintage Adventure Fabric blog tour!! What better use for this adventure themed fabric??
Bev from Flamingo Toes had knocked it out of the park with her debut line with Riley Blake. The colors, darling themes and fun prints make this a line that is both versatile and vibrant. I am sure there will be more projects out of this fabric coming soon!
I started off with the middle size pouch- which is my makeup pouch tutorial you can find over on Polkadot Chair. Then I made a bigger version, which also has a laminated inside and vinyl coated bottom, and a smaller fully cotton version.
I love that they all nestle inside each other, which makes them super handy for storing when I'm not out on the road.
 I love that they will hold almost anything I could want for my trips. And they MATCH!! I'm so happy about that it's ridiculous! ;)

I can't wait to put these to good use, now I just need to decide where to take them first!
Do you have your Vintage Adventure fabric yet? What are you planning on making with yours?


Friday, June 8, 2018

Composition Notebook Planner Cover

Friday, June 8, 2018
fabric composition notebook covers
*This project is part of the Hello Lovely blog tour. The fabrics were provided by Riley Blake Designs. the pattern and opinions are all mine
If you were to take a peek in my craft room you might realize that I love notebooks, especially composition notebooks. They are inexpensive and readily available and I love the size of them. I use them all the time to keep track of projects I'm working on, notes from podcasts, books and talks I listen to, and as my bullet journal where I track to do lists, goals and basically my whole life. It's no wonder that I have designed multiple variations of fabric notebook covers (like my Ruffle Notebook Cover) what with my plethora of notebooks on hand, but this is my favorite one yet! I just love the display of all the pretty fabrics, the pen/pencil holder on the front and the zipper pocket on the back. It's useful, lovely and organized- all in one fun project.

My girls have claimed the samples from this post for their own summer notebooks, to draw, journal and play with- another great use for this project!!

 You will need 4-5 fat quarters for variety, but 3 will give you plenty of fabric. I am using Hello Lovely fabric, designed for Riley Blake Designs by Amanda Herring.
*Note: This project first appeared on the blog Polkadot Chair as a Christmas Planner notebook cover. I have changed the pattern just a bit to eliminate the pocket on the front flap- if you'd like to add that pocket, please check out the tutorial there.
If you would like to purchase a PDF downloadable file of this pattern, you can do so in my Craftsy shop for $2.

In addition to fabric you will need:
  • composition notebook
  • felt or batting, or lightweight fusible interfacing
  • elastic for closure
  • 9" zipper (or longer)
  • embellishments as desired

 For the outside of the cover
  • 2 1/2" X 10 1/2" (pink floral)
  • 7 1/2" X 10 1/2" (pink floral)
  • 4 1/2"X 10 1/2" main print (red flowers on white background)
  • (2)- 2" X 10 1/2" accent for pen pocket (blue medallion)- press one in half
  • 1 1/2" X 10 1/2" accent  (pink floral)
  • (2)- 6" X 10 1/2"- lining of zipper pocket (not shown)
  • (2)- 1" X 2" for ends of zipper
  • **If you don't want to do the zipper pocket, you can just cut 1- 9 3/4" X 10 1/2" piece instead
 Inside of Planner Cover
  • 16" X 10 1/2" lining piece
  • (2) 5" X 10 1/2" for sleeves (press in half to create 2- 2 1/2" X 10 1/2" pieces)

Start with the back zipper pocket.

 Add the 1" X 2" fabric pieces to either end of your zipper. Make sure the zipper measures just under 9". I like to add the fabric tabs just inside the metal zipper tabs so I don't have to worry about the needle hitting them, but you can do whatever you prefer. Press the fabric away from the zipper. You can top stitch these down if you like, but it's not necessary.
  • Place the zipper face down on the left side of the 7 1/2" X 10 1/2" back pocket piece
  • Place one of the lining pieces face down on top, make sure all the edges are lined up
  • Sew using 1/4" seam allowance
  •  Press both sides away from the zipper
  • Top stitch along the zipper
  •  Take second lining piece and place it right side up
  • Line up zipper- right side up- with the left side of the lining piece
  • Place the 2 1/2" X 10 1/2" piece of back fabric right side down, lining up the left side
  • Sew along side using 1/4" seam allowance
  •  Press ONLY the 2 1/2" piece away from the zipper
  • Turn the pocket over and sew 1/4" in from the bottom of the shorter lining piece to create the bottom of the pocket
  • Trim off the extra lining fabric
*In the following pictures I demonstrate a quilt as you go method for assembling the front of the cover. Additionally, you can just sew the pieces of the front together, pressing the seams to one side and then fusing a 10 3/4" X 16 1/4"  piece of lightweight interfacing to the completed front.
  • Cut  piece of batting to 11" X 16 1/2" 
  • Line up the back pocket piece with the left side of the batting piece
  • Top stitch down the left side of the zipper
  •  Fold over the top piece of the back pocket
  • Line up the fold with the stitch line of the pocket lining, finger press
  • Unfold and top stitch along the press line to hold the pocket in place
  • Starting with the accent piece, place it right side down and line it up with the right side of the pocket piece, stitch using 1/4" seam allowance
  • Press the piece away from the stitch line and top stitch both sides of the stitch line to quilt as you go.
  • Repeat with the pen pocket (fold one piece in half and place it down first, then line the second piece on top of that) and final accent piece.
  • Trim the front cover to be 10 1/2" X 16"
  • If you want to add any embellishments, do so now. I used wool blend felt and templates from Amanda's Friendship Quilt to make mine. *You could also add pom pom trim, ric rac or any other embellishments you like.
 If you're adding elastic to keep the notebook closed line it up 1 1/4" from the left side of the front cover. Pin in place
  • Place sleeves on cover
  • Make sure to line up the raw edges so the folds are toward the center

  • Place the 16" X 10 1/2" lining piece right side down on top of the cover, line up edges and pin in place
  • Sew around the entire cover leaving 3-4" open on the bottom for turning (1/4" s.a.)
  • Clip corners and turn right side out
  • Press carefully- making sure to push out corners and edges.
  • Top stitch opening on bottom

The zipper pocket on the back is perfect for holding pens or colored pencils.

These notebook covers are addicting, so consider yourself warned! If you make one- (or 3) I would love for you to send me pictures or tag me on Instagram or Facebook @AmeroonieDesigns!

Have a happy day!

Monday, April 23, 2018

DIY Doll Bed plans

Monday, April 23, 2018
I have 4 daughters, and while one of them is too old for dolls now, the other three love playing with them! I have wanted to make them a doll bed for a long time, and since I was designing doll blankets for my guest post for The Polka Dot Chair, I decided to go ahead and finally do it.
Originally I wanted to make the farmhouse style bed by Ana White, but it was more complicated than I had time for. Luckily, she has a ton of doll bed plans and I came across this one, which is much simpler to build.
I followed the basic construction of the bed, but I wanted it to be a bit larger in size, and I was using some scraps and larger boards for the headboard and foot board, so I'll share the modified measurements here:
The headboard is a 1" X 8" board and the foot board is a 1" X 6" board. If you are going to buy lumber for this project, I would make them the same. The rest of the bed is made using 1" X 2" boards.
1- 1" X 8" @ 14"
2- 1" X 2" @ 11 1/2"

Foot Board:
1- 1" X 6" @ 14"
2- 1" X 2" @ 10"

Cross boards:
2- 1" X 2" @ 20"
2- 1" X 2" @ 20 3/4"

Measure up 4" on the 2- 1X2 pieces for the headboard and mark. Line up the wide board with the mark and make sure it's 3/8" in from the edge of the 1X2 (this will center the board). Screw into place. *it's much easier to pre-drill your holes first, it will help avoid splitting the wood. Also, it's a good idea to use a small amount of wood glue when placing the pieces together to add stability to the bed.
Repeat for the foot board.

Take the cross boards and line one long board and 1 short board perpendicular to each other. There should be 3/8" difference on each side of the short board. Glue/screw together.
Line up cross boards with the bottom of the head and foot board, screw in from the headboard/ foot board side.
Your bed frame is basically done! To finish, you can fill the screw holes with wood putty and paint/ stain the bed if desired. I also cut a base for the mattress out of some thin backing board I had on hand, but if you don't have that, I would suggest just using a piece of foam core and cutting it to 13 3/4" X 20 7/8". I used a piece of 1" foam to make the mattress, which I glued to the base and covered both with fabric.
These beds are really fast to put together and so much fun. I see lots of them in my future for gifts and for the other two girls, so they don't always have to fight over this one.
If you're looking for patterns for blankets for your beautiful new bed, here are a few suggestions:
The ruffle accent quilt in this post can be found on The Polka Dot Chair.

Scalloped edge patchwork doll blanket

If you make either the bed, or one of the blankets, I'd love to see! Tag me on Instagram or Facebook @AmeroonieDesigns!
Have fun and happy creating!
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