Lil Zipper Bag

Moda Honey Bun: Soiree By Lila Tueller
Batting scrap at least 10 X 10 inches
Lining fabric 10 X 10 inches
9.5 inch square rotary ruler
9 inch zipper
Sewing machine with walking foot (very helpful)

Choose 9 strips from your honey bun. Cross cut each strip 9 1/2 inches. Your strips will be 1 1/2 inches X 9 1/2 inches.Arrange them and sew the 9 1/2 inch sides together. Square up the ‘new’ fabric piece as shown. Layer the lining wrong side up (I used muslin), batting and the stripped fabric right side up. Using a walking foot to quilt in the ditch of each strip, then zig zag the entire edge.

Square up the bag which to approximately 9 1/4 inches X 8 1/2 inches after quilting. Yes it does shrink up a bit. Next lay the zipper wrong side up to the right side of one long edge of the quilted piece.

Stitch close to the zipper thread. Yes I used my walking foot instead of a zipper foot…use what you are comfortable with. I also used an ‘invisible’ zipper but any style of zipper will do.

Once you have sewn the zipper, then flip the zipper back and tuck the seam allowance under. Top stitch an 1/8 inch from the fold.
It should look like this:

Repeat the same steps for the other side of the zipper, resulting in a tube. Turn the tube inside out and match up and pin the sides.

Once the sides are sewn, pinch open the bottom corner and form a triangle. It measures about an inch from the point. Sew across the triangle, zig zag and trim or serger.

Turn out your corners.

Trim any excess from the zipper ends or hand stitch in place if desired.

One lovely lil zipper Bag that is 8 1/2 X 3 1/4 X 2 inches, plus many other fun projects. I am currently planning several…all from one honey bun!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thanks, Vickie E

Quilted Hot Pads

2 Fat Quarters

1 – Cut two 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ fabric squares (1 from each fat quarter).

2 – Cut two 9″ x 9″ batting squares. Stack batting squares together and treat as one piece.

3 – Draw an X on top batting square. Place batting on wrong side of one fabric square centering with 1/4″ around all edges.

4 – Stitch X on drawn line to quilt hot pad.

5 – Place quilted square on contrasting 9 1/2″ square with right sides together. Pin all layers together.

6 – Stitch a 1/4″ seam around edge of hot pad leaving a 3″ opening. Trim corners. Turn to right side through opening.

7 – Press.

8 – Hand stitch opening closed.

9 – Top stitch around hot pad 1/4″ from edge.

2 hot pads

If you enjoyed making these, you might want to check out our Baking Day Hot Pad pattern at for more.
Happy Stitching!

Cotton Way

Welcome Home Banner

This is a show-and-tell on how to make a “Welcome Home” banner.

11 light 10″ squares (we used a Flag Day Farm Layer Cake)
11 dark 10″ squares
45 degree ruler (we used the Kaliedo-Ruler)
4 yards of 2 1/4″ binding or 8 yards of twill tape (we used Prairie Paisley twill tape)
12″ square of Wonder-Under or another fusible web
1 yard of lightweight fusible interfacing

First cut your pennants. Cut 11 dark and light pennants using the 45 degree ruler
Using the full 10″ height of the layer cake – cut out your pennants.

Using the ruler again, cut out 11 pennants out of the lightweight fusible interfacing and iron this onto the backside of the 11 dark pennants.

Next, using the letter templates, trace the letters onto the Wonder-Under. Take care to trace the letter “L” backwards.
Cut out the letters, leaving space around the lines, and fuse onto the back side of the dark fabric scraps (from cutting the pennants).

Arrange your letters on the pennants and fuse into place. We centered the letters and spaced them 2″ from the top of the pennant.

Stitch the letters into place. Leigh Ann used a machine buttonhole stitch.Next, sew the pennants together – fronts to the dark backs. Leigh Ann says to make one stitch at the tip of the pennant – parallel to the top and bottom.

Trim the pennant points as shown.

Turn the pennants inside out and press.

Making the banner: You can either use binding strips or 2 layers of twill tape. We used two 4 yard pieces of Prairie Paisley twill tape.
Start pinning the pennants onto one 4 yard piece of the tape, leaving 2 feet of tape on each end. Leave an empty space between the two words. Layer the second piece of twill tape on top and pin in place.

Top stitch around the edge of the twill tape, encasing the pennants inside.

You can use binding, as shown. Iron down the center, then iron in the edges 1/4″. Use the center pressed line to line-up the pennants.

Hang your banner for a Welcome Home party for soldiers, college students, and newborns!

Laurie Simpson & Leigh Ann Prange

Sultry Jelly Roll Project Sheet

This quilt was made using the Sultry Collection from Basic Grey available in stores Feb 2009.

Braid: One Jelly Roll™ (40–2½”x WOF strips)
Inner border & Braid: (30170 13) ⅞ yard
Final border & Braid: (30160 17) 1¾ yards
Binding: (30167 15) ⅝ yard
Backing: 4 yards– pieced across
Completely optional but I use Best Press to press everything.It produces a nice pressed project without a starchy build up. I would drink this stuff if it wouldn’t kill me. Ask for it at your shop and give it a try. Lots of Flavors.

Sewline marking pencils.

From 7 of the Jelly Roll™ strips, cut a 2 1/2″ square. This will be your starter piece for each row. Then cut the remainder of these strips into 7″ x 2 1/2″ sections. Cut the other 33 Jelly Roll™ strips into 6 – 7″ sections. We also cut a few extra strips from the border fabrics to have enough strips to make this length. For a complete printable pattern, go the moda website, under Fun Stuff is the Sultry Project Sheet. If you are like me, you probably do not need another ruler, but I used the Fons & Porter ruler that is 8″ x 14″. It comes in so handy. I was able to cut the 7″ strips by turning the ruler on its long side and making a cut at 7″ and 14″ all the way down the strip.
Let me do some preaching here: Before you start to sew this. Stop and change the needle on your machine. How long has it been? Well that is too long.

Okay, now begin, Sew a 7″ strip to one side of the 2 1/2″square much like you would a log cabin. Press.Add another strip to the other side of the square as shown below.Continue adding strips to each side working away from the square. This is it! Kind of mindless from here on out. Just pick up any strip and sew. It is meant to be very scrappy. The length of this section will determine how long your quilt is before borders. Follow the project sheet qty for their recommended lengths.Once the rows are the desired length, you will need to straighten the top edge. I line my 45 degree lines on my ruler along the strip seams to make sure I have a parallel cut across the top. (my pics are pretty yellow so you can’t see the yellow lines on the ruler, but they are there)This is one thing I did different from the project sheet. The project sheet gives instructions to trim the rows before sewing. This area is all bias edges, Yikes! which is code word for “Will Stretch.” Optional technique shown here: Lay 2 of the rows right side together lining up the side edges. Using a straight edge draw a sewing line down the length of the row. Pin the rows together in a few places and sew taking care not to pull or stretch the rows. Trim off the “tags” or excess.
Ta Da! Easy! If for some reason your rows end up being slightly different lengths, don’t trim yet.

Continue sewing your rows together always lining up from the top and matching the sides. Once the top is complete you can straighten the bottom edge. Add borders.

Jump up and Down! You are done!

This is a wonderful quilt to make for a baby quilt also. Sew 5 strips into rows about 45″ long.
Add desired borders. Enjoy!

The project sheet quilt yield a quilt that finishes 65″ x 70″. Ask for the Sultry Collection at your favorite independent quilt or specialty store.

Reversible Pocket Calendar Cover

Little inexpensive clear vinyl covered pocket calendars can go from ho-humm functional – to oh-so-cute in a matter of minutes. The pocket calendars with the clear removable covers can be found in almost any store that sells office supplies, and can occasionally be found at “dollar stores”.

  • 2 slices of a Moda Layer Cake (2 – 10″ x 10″ squares). Snippets by American Jane featured.
  • 1 pocket calendar with clear vinyl removable cover
  • Iron-on Adhesive for fabric (example, Heat n Bond Lite)

1. Select two Layer Cakes (2 – 10″ x 10″ squares), and remove vinyl cover from calendar.

2. Cut a piece of iron-on adhesive larger then your calendar. A good half inch extra on all four sides is plenty.

3. Iron on the adhesive (according to manufacture’s instructions) – bumpy side down, paper side up – to the WRONG side of your fabric. Leave yourself a 1/4” clearance near the edge of your fabric and the adhesive so you don’t fuse your project to your ironing board.

4. Remove the adhesive’s paper after ironing.

5. Place second fabric, WRONG side down – so adhesive is sandwiched between your fabrics. Iron to fuse the pieces together.

6. Place your calendar over your fused fabric unit, at least a 1/2″ in from the side and bottom. This will insure your sandwiched unit will be fused on all four sides (this will help prevent fraying). Mark the four corners of the calendar with a pencil as a cutting guide.

7. Trim unit using your pencil marks as your guide. TIP: It is better to cut larger, and then trim as needed to fit unit inside your clear vinyl cover.

8. Slide fused unit in cover. You may need to do a little trimming to get it to fit accurately and neatly.

9. Insert calendar and you’re done! Done of course, unless you can’t decide which side of the fused unit to use. Alternating the sides of the fused unit takes only seconds to change.

One package of Moda Layer Cakes will yield 20 reversible calendar covers. Make 20 to give to your friends, family, co-workers and the appointmently challenged … or keep them for yourself to alternate with your mood, fashion/desk accessories or season.
You can take your personalized cover a step further – and embellish your cover with fused/ironed on applique pieces. Your iron is your oyster. Something like that.

Happy Days! And months. And year…

Gypsy Scarf

Hello MODA friends-

Even here in California we are still deep in scarf weather so I thought I would share with you the favorite project around our house lately. These particular ones are made from our latest fabric collection, Gypsy Rose which is available in stores right now. You can see the whole collection here. But any style of group could be used for both boys and girls, adults and kids!

These little scarves can be whipped up in under an hour and make wonderful projects to make with your own kids or as easy, personal presents. If you like the idea, check here for our Scarfletts pattern in more varieties & styles. Or come by for a visit here to see what we are up to lately…

Happy Sewing,


1 Gypsy Rose Jelly Roll™ by Fig Tree & Co.
1/8 to 3/8 yd. [depending on which size you are making] of fleece, velour, cotton velveteen, minky or any other soft fabric
piecing thread

Decorative button or brooch to tie off the scarf.


Take (5) Jelly Roll strips and cut them in half lengthwise to make (10) 1 1/4″ wide x 45″ strips. You will only need (5) of these skinny strips.

If you are making multiple scarves then perhaps you might want to cut up more strips to give yourself a variety of color combinations. That way each scarf can be different and unique!

Sew 5 of the strips together. Press to the same side after you add each strip. Trim off the uneven edges on each end.

Use 2-4 more Jelly Roll strips and cut them crosswise into 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ sections. You will need 4 of these pieces total. I used 4 different fabrics for variety but you can definitely use just 2 if you are saving strips for another project.

Sew 2 of those pieces to each end of your scarf. Press in one direction.

Cut a piece for the backing the same size as the scarf front. It should measure 4 1/4″ wide by the length of your scarf. Place the 2 pieces together, right sides together, and sew them together all the way around. Leave a 6″ opening on one of the long sides. Finish the edges by zigzagging or serging the seam allowance all the way around to prevent fraying later when you are washing your scarf.

Turn the scarf right sides out through the 6″ opening you left open on the side.

When you have turned the entire scarf, turn the edges of the opening down and trim the opening shut to finish the scarf. Press the scarf and topstitch 1/2″ all the way around or all the way down 2 of the strips just to stabilize it a tiny bit. No need to quilt more than that because you want the scarf to be soft and pliable around your neck and not stiff.

This is what the finished child scarf will look like.


For the mom version, follow the same general directions except the following:
Cut (5) Jelly Roll strips into 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ sections crosswise. You will need a total of 30 pieces for the length shown here below.

[NOTE: I used 10 different jelly roll strips so that I would have the variety of fabrics that I wanted and only cut 3 from each fabric. You can use any amount of fabrics but 5 is the minimum you will need to get enough pieces.]

Keep sewing on pieces until the length of the scarf fits the person who will be wearing it. Some people like their scarves short and some long so the length is really your preference here.

This one used (30) sections and is approximately 60″ long.

Cut (2) 5 1/4″ x the width of your backing fabric. Sew them together to create one long piece and trim it down to the size you need to match your scarf front.

Follow the same instructions as for the child scarf.

Here are some fun directions for a unique way to wear your scarf that is apparently traditional in Korea and has become very popular in Japan [or so say my Japanese quilting friends]… Fold the scarf in half as shown above and place it around your neck like shown below- loop on one side and ends on the other side.

Take the ends and pull them through the looped side.

Pull all the way through and arrange around your neck as you like.

Hope these keep you warm!
1 Jelly Roll will make 14 child sized scarves
1 Jelly Roll will make 8 adult sized scarves

Candy Wrappers

Candy Wrapper 1:

Charm Pack Squares… 1 square for each candy bar. Featured here is Love is in the Air by Deb Strain.
Candy Bars… however many you crave.
(I like to use Hershey’s Dark Chocolate and Hershey’s Chocolate w/Almonds Bars.)
Double sided sticky tape
Coordinating Ribbon
Candy Wrapper 2:

Layer Cake squares… 1 square for each favor. Featured here is Love is in the Air by Deb Strain.
Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares… 3 chocolates for each favor
OR any other kind of candy/chocolate you wish to use.
Coordinating Ribbon

Gift Tags – you can print up some cute little gift tags and punch a hole in them to tie with the ribbon.

Gather all your ingredients.


Step One:
Place a Charm Square wrong side up and lay a candy bar across the center.
Place a piece of double sided sticky tape about the size of the charm square on the back side of the candy bar.

Step Two:
Fold one side of the fabric up so it sticks to the tape.

Step Three:
Place a second piece of double sided sticky tape so that it overlaps the candy bar wrapper and the fabric.

Step Four:
Fold the other side of the fabric up so that it sticks to the tape.

Step Five:
Cut approx. 15″ of ribbon and tie around the candy bar.


Step One:
Place 3 Ghirardelli chocolate squares stacked up in the center of a Layer Cake Square.
OR whatever kind of candy you wish to use.

Step Two:
Match the four points of the fabric to the center with one hand. With the other hand gather all the fabric together just above the candy to tie it off.

Step Three:
Cut a piece of ribbon approx. 15″ long and tie around the fabric wrapper creating a cute little favor.

You can make as many of these candy favors you crave… as long as you don’t eat all the chocolate first.
Great TIP about charm packs and layer cakes… all the edges are pinked so you do have to do anything to them.
Great for any holidays – birthdays, christmas, weddings, easter, etc.