I am so excited to be one of the Moda Bake Shop’s latest designers! I’m John and I blog at http://www.quiltdad.com/. This is my first project for the Bake Shop, but hopefully not my last!
- 1 Moda Honey Bun — I used Deb Strain’s “Fresh” (note: you will need 36 honey bun strips, so be sure your honey bun has at least that many)
- 1.25 yards of a backing fabric
- 0.5 yards of a binding fabric
Separate your honey bun strips into four sets of 9 strips apiece. Because they followed the colors of the rainbow, the fabrics I selected separated nicely into red/orange/yellow strips, and blue/green strips. You might also group the strips by lights and darks, by colorways, or by tone. They key is to look for similar tones within each strip set, but contrast between them.
Sew your strip sets together. Press seams (I press mine to one side). You should have four strip sets of 9 strips apiece, and the strip set should measure approximately 9.5″ wide.
From each strip set, cut four blocks measuring 9.5″. Square up your blocks to 9.5″ square each. You should have 16 total blocks. Separate them out into two piles, each containing 8 blocks. Here is where you will separate the blocks by contrasting colors, tones, colorways, etc.
Line up all of the blocks so that the strips are running horizontally, from right to left. From the first pile of 8 blocks, cut each along the 45 degree diagonal line from the block’s bottom left corner to the top right corner.
From the second pile of 8 blocks, and this is important, cut each on the diagonal from the top left to the bottom right of the block. Don’t cut all 16 blocks the same way — 8 have to be cut on one diagonal, and the other 8 have to be cut the opposite way.
See the picture for a visual explanation:
When you swap half of one block with half of the other, the strips from each should line up to form a 90 degree angle, like so:
And now you know why I named this the “Turning Corners” table runner!
Sew the blocks back together. Each new block should contain half from your first pile, and half from your second pile. Be sure to line up seams so that the strips match up when they “turn the corner” — pin them if that is your preferred method.
Square up your blocks again. They should square up to about 9″. If yours are a little smaller or a little larger, that’s OK … as long as you square them all up to be the same size.
Now for the fun part. Audition different layouts for your blocks. The contrast you created will let you create stripes …
Sew all of your blocks together. For the full table runner, lay them out 2 blocks wide by 8 blocks long. To make two shorter table runners, lay each out in a 2 x 4 block format. For a square table topper, lay the blocks out in a 4 x 4 grid.
Baste, quilt, and bind as desired. I free-motion quilted mine with a meandering stipple pattern.
A beautiful new addition to your decor, or a perfect hostess or holiday gift!
I hope you enjoy this tutorial. If you make one, I’d love to see it! And be sure to add it to the MBS Flickr pool.
1 Eva Charm Pack
1/4″ wide ribbon
Buttons of various sizes
1 piece of foam core (buy it at your local craft store)
1 package of cork tile squares
I designed my memo board to fit in a 12×16 frame that I already had (I spray painted it to match the fabric). This is the layout that I came up with to fit best in the frame. It seems like you will have extra squares, but you need to have enough give to wrap around the back of the cork and secure to the back of the frame.
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– 1 ‘Scrap Bag’ from Moda
– 1/2 yd. coordinating fabric for the border
– 1/2 yd. coordinating fabric for the Binding
– 1 2/3 yd. fabric for the back
(required yardage for the border/binding/back may vary depending on contents of your Scrap Bag)
-Open your scrap bag and dump out the contents.
-They’re ususally rolled together nice and neat, but I fluff mine up so I can get a good idea of the fabric contents.
-Take each strip and fold in half lengthwise.
-Line up the selvage side.
-It doesn’t matter what the width is, they will all vary.
You just want a nice, even strip.
-Do this for all the strips.
-Choose two strips that you want to start with.
-Lay the strips next to eachother, right sides up, selvages to the right.
-I would recommend using pins to ensure a straight connection.
(I didn’t use pins and my quilt top got a little lopsided.)
-Take this measurement from the center of the quilt.
-The length of my quilt was 41″, so I cut (2) 4 1/2″ strips to the length of 41″.
Step 1- You will need one of those cheap 1″ binders. This one is a nasty shade of blue that refused to take a good photograph! When opened flat, it will measure about 12″ x 22″
Step 6- Choose one of these inside flap pieces to be on the left flap. (The flap that is inside the front cover.) We are going to make a pocket out of the last Layer Cake piece by folding it in half, and pressing it on the fold. Place the raw edges along the bottom.
Step 8- Top stitch down these folded edges at 1/8″ and 1/4″. I sewed a pencil/scissors section into the pocket. You can sew as many sections as you need.
Step 9– Lay the outside piece on top of your muslin, and cut it to size.
Step 10- Make a sandwich. Lay the Outside face up, with the flap pieces face down and seams towards the center.
1/4″ seam allowance.
Leave a 3″ opening, at the spine fabric, for turning right side out.
Step 13– Put the cover on your ugly….uninspiring binder.
You will have to bend your binder backwards to get it on both sides.
Mine is already full!
1 Mill House Inn Honey Bun by Fig Tree Quilts
1/3 yard of Coordinating fabric (bottom of bag, handles)
1/4 yard of Coordinating fabric (tie on front, loop closure)
1/2 yard of broadcloth or coordinating fabric for lining of bag
1 button (inch or larger) for button loop closure
1/2 yard of Warm & Natural or other similar batting
Pick out 14 of your favorite honey bun strips, cut them so they are 15-16″ long. You can use the rest of of the strips for another project or bag.
Step 2 – Cut two 7″ pieces. These will be for the top of the bag.
Step 3 – Cut two 15 x 7″ pieces out of your 1/3 yard of coordinating fabric. Make sure when you cut these that there is enough fabric to make the handles which will require 2 – 21 x 4″ pieces of fabric. Sew the two 15 x 7″ coordinating fabrics onto the bottom of the two pieced pieces of fabric. Make sure that the end strip of 1st piece and beginning strip of 2nd piece are different so that when the bag is sew together there aren’t two of the same strips by each other.
Step 4 – Cut two batting pieces a little bigger than the pieced pieces you just finished. Lay pieced fabric on top of batting and quilt. If you don’t know how or don’t want to free hand quilt with your machine, you could just sew in between each stripe and at the bottom. Do this with both pieced pieces.
Step 5 – Trim extra batting off of both pieces. Place right sides together making sure the strips of fabric are together and the bottoms are together and sew around the sides and bottom using a 1/4″ seam allowance, turn fabric right side out.
Step 6- Making the tie around the middle of bag. Cut a 3″ x 37″ piece of fabric from your 1/4 yard of coordinating fabric. Fold in half width wise with right sides together and press. Cut both ends off at a 45 degree angle, or whatever looks good to you. Sew up the ends and down the side of tie (leaving an opening to turn). Now turn so right sides are out and press. stitch up small opening on side.
Step 7 – Pin tie onto the bag. Do this by folding tie in half length wise to find the middle and mark, also mark the middle of the back of the bag where the strips of fabric meet the bottom fabric. Now fold the fabric in half length wise, this just helps with making sure it’s centered on the bag when you pin it. Starting at the back of the bag where you marked, and the mark on the middle of the tie start pining tie onto bag by lining up the fold of the tie to the seam where the strips of fabric and bottom of bag come together and pin all the way around. Stop pinning when you get to the front middle two strips. This is where you’ll tie a knot. I feel like I just made that way more complicated then it needed to be, hopefully it makes some sense.
Now sew tie onto bag using about a 1/8″ seam allowance and sewing down the top and bottom of tie fabric. Remember to stop when you get to the front two middle strips of fabric.
It should look like this……………
Step 9 – Inside or lining of tote bag. Cut two 14 x 15″ pieces of broadcloth or coordinating fabric. Place right sides together and sew around the sides and bottom leaving about a 4 inch opening on one of the sides.
Step 10 – Handles. Cut two 21 x 4 inch pieces of fabric out of the 1/3 yard of coordinating fabric. Fold piece of fabric in half width wise and press. Unfold and fold outer edges into the middle crease. Now fold entire piece of fabric in half width wise and sew closed using about 1/8″ seam allowance.
Step 11 – Loop Closure. Cut a 4 x 61/2″ piece of fabric out of your coordinating 1/4 yard piece. Fold, iron and sew just like you did the handles. Now fold the sewn piece of fabric in half length wise and press. Fold both sides down at a 45 degree angle using the middle crease as your guide.
Turn piece around and sew down the bottom of the triangle of fabric using a 1/8″ seam allowance.
Pull the outside of bag through the opening that you left on the side of your lining fabric. Stitch closed the 4″ opening left on the side for turning. Tuck lining of bag inside and press.
Now stitch around the top using a 1/8″ seam allowance.
Sew the button onto the front and you are done!!!
One Very Cute Tote Bag, perfect size to hold your crafts, a few diapers or even use as a purse.