Elfin Sleeping Bag and Pillow


Hi everyone, it’s Chris Warnick from www.frecklemama.com again with a simple project that is perfect for the holiday season, gifts for the grandkids, or a even a beginner project for teaching the kids to sew.

Do you have a small elfin creature who comes to visit you in the night?  Maybe just during the winter months?  Well then he or she is probably getting chilly right about now.  Have a heart and make the poor fella a sleeping bag with a comfy pillow.  It is a quick and easy project that can also be used to make placemats!  Let’s get started.

52 Moda Candy Mini-Charm Squares for the sleeping bag and pillow exterior – I used In From The Cold by Kate Spain (Note: I actually used scraps so I have more repetition than a Candy pack will provide.)

1 piece of backing fabric for the sleeping bag interior 12 1/2″ x 16 1/2″  (Note: my interior piece is pieced from two fabrics.)
1 piece of batting 12 1/2″ x 16 1/2″
Small handful of polyfil or some cotton balls for stuffing the pillow


Ric-rac, piping, ruffles, ribbon, buttons or any other trims desired to make your sleep sack “fancy”

To make the sleeping bag exterior, select 48 mini-charm squares and sew together into pairs.
Once in pairs, layout the mini-charms to create two panels, each 4 squares across and 6 squares down.  (Set aside the remaining two pairs for the pillow.)  These panels will be the front and back of your sleeping bag.

Sew the pairs together to form the two panels.

Sew the two panels together to make one big panel.  This is the sleeping bag exterior.

Next grab your batting and backing/interior piece.  Each should have the same measurements of your exterior panel (12.5″ x 16.5″ in my case).  Below is my exterior panel on top of my backing to check that they are the same size.

Place batting down first, then the exterior piece right-side up next, followed by the backing right-side down.  See photo below for clarification.  Basically, you are placing exterior and interior pieces right-sides together (RST) and then placing that pair on top of your batting.


Now sew around the entire rectangle leaving a 3″ gap for turning. I like using a “green for go” and “red for stop” pin to remind me to leave the gap:

Clip the corners to reduce bulk.  Flip the whole thing through the gap and poke out the corners with a chopstick or knitting needle.

Press into a pretty rectangle, paying special attention to making your gap nicely pressed.

Top stitch close to the edge around the entire rectangle.  This will automatically close the gap.

If you just want a great table mat, placemat, or very large mug rug, stop here!  Enjoy your finished item!  If you are making the sleeping bag, you’re almost done.

Quilt a stich line straight down the middle.  If this panel is an open book, you are quilting down the spine.  This helps stabilize the batting to keep it from bunching.  You can also quilt the entire panel if desired.

Now, close your “book” by folding the piece in half.  Begin sewing the two sides together about two squares down from the top.  Sew carefully since there are many layers.  Sew down to the corner and around to close the bottom.  Notice that I pinned the corner to keep it from shifting:
To tack the flap open, use a hand sewing stitch in the corner.  Be sure to sew just through one layer rather than sewing the bag closed in that spot.

Someone has his eye on this already.  It’s a little wide for him, but his plush friends might enjoy the extra elbow room. 


If your elfin friend wants a snugger bag, adapt the pattern to result in an exterior that is 3 squares across rather than 4.  That would look like this:

But wait, no one wants to rest their weary head on a cutting mat, do they?  Let’s make a pillow to go with the sleeping bag.  Grab the two pairs of squares left over from your original panel layout. 


Place these pairs right sides together and sew around the entire rectangle leaving a 1″ gap for turning.  Clip the corners and turn right-side out.  Stuff the pillow with polyfil by using very small bits to prevent lumps.

Pinch the gap closed and fit under the presserfoot.  Topstitch around pillow edges, naturally closing the gap.  You may need to shift the stuffing around to help get the edges of the pillow under the foot.

AHHHH, much better!  Sleep tight little elfin friend.
One doll-sized sleeping bag and pillow.  Hopefully your elfin friends won’t be caught sleeping on the job!
Have a wonderful holiday season, and be sure to share your Moda Bake Shop projects on the Flickr page!  If you have any questions or are looking for a quilt pattern for your human-sized friends, please come visit me at www.frecklemama.com.
Happy sewing!
Chris Warnick
Frecklemama

Christmas Spools Quilt

It’s not even Halloween yet but that didn’t stop me from getting a jumpstart on Christmas sewing! This quilt is an easy project that will get you ready for the holidays in a hurry.


1 charm pack of In From The Cold by Kate Spain (spool centers)
1.5 yards Bella Solids in Paper Bag (spool tops and bottoms)
1.5 yards Bella Solids in Bleached White (surrounding spools)
1.5 yards Bella Solids in Bleached White (sashing and borders)
1/8 yard In From The Cold – Mint (center squares)
4 yards (backing)
1/2 yard In From The Cold – Marshmallow (binding)

 
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cutting instructions

for the top and bottom of spools

cut 21 2 ½” x wof strips

subcut each strip into 4 – 2½” x 9″ strips

you need 84


for the sides of spools

cut 11 – 2½” x wof strips

subcut each strip into 8 – 2 ½” x 5″ strips

you will need 84


for the corners of spools

cut 11 – 2½” x wof strips

subcut each strip into 16 – 2 ½” squares

you will need 168


for the corner stones

cut 2 – 2″ x wof

subcut both strips into 40 – 2″ squares

you will need 30


for sashing

cut 18 – 2″ x wof strips

subcut each strip into 4 – 2″ x 9″ strips

you will need 71


for binding

cut 7 – 2 ½” x wof



for backing
cut 2 –  72″ x wof pieces

**for border

cut 7 – 2″ x wof strips

measure the perimeter of the quilt top

firstsubcut 2 strips to that length (should be 59″)

sew top and bottom borders on

nextmeasure the sides and subcut 2 strips to that

length (should be 72″)



piecing instructions

for each spool block you will need : 
1 charm square
2 – 2½” x 9″ strips
2 – 2½ x 5″ strips 

4 – 2½” squares

1.  Draw a diagonal line on each of the 168 – 2½” squares

 

2.  With right sides together, pin 2½ ” squares to corners of the spool top and bottom strips, as pictured.

 
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4.  Sew 2½” x 5″ strips on opposite side of each charm square, press  toward charm square.
5.  Pin spool top and bottom to center.
6.  Carefully sew top and bottom to the center, press toward center.

block should measure 9″ x 9″


Repeat as instructed for each block.  **To use less thread and time, I chain stitched all the center portions of the block, then the spool portions.

lay blocks out as you like
7.  Sew 35 – 2″ sashing to the right side of each block minus the far right row.  Press seams towards sashing.
8.  For horizontal sashing, sew 30 – 2″ corner stones to 2″ sashing strips. 
9.  Sew strips into rows consisting of 5 corner stone/sashing strips.
You will then sew the remaining 6 – 2″ sashing strips to the end of each row.
10.  Press corner stones out.  Pin each sashing strip to the bottom of the first 6 spool rows, sew together. 
11.  Pin rows together, sew.  Press seams towards sashing.  
12.  Sew sashing to the top and bottom, press out.  Sew sashing to sides, press out.

13.  Quilt, bind, and enjoy!  
Beautifully long arm quilted by Kathy Olkowski.

The Moda Bake Shop has a fabulous binding tutorial here.


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62″ x 72″ adorable Christmas spools quilt

Trish Poolson
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Into the Woods Quilt

My name is Kymberly from Peas in a Pod Creations. I’m so excited to be making my debut on Moda today. I have a secret confession…I love winter. I think one of my favorite months is January when the chaos of the holidays has passed, the ground is blanketed in snow and the world is filled with a quite peace. As I was working on this quilt my husband suggested I make the inner section of the split rail block with my lights so that it looks like snowflakes. Suddenly this quilt contained everything I love about the season. I can’t wait to curl up with it and a good book on a snowy night this winter.

1 Jelly roll (For this quilt I used fabric from Kate Spain’s line In from the Cold)
1 yd green fabric (Juniper with white berries)
1 ½ yd blue fabric (Mint with snowflakes)
½ yd grey (Icicle)
4 yd backing (Mint with hot cocoa)

½ yd binding (Hearth with cookies)


Tree Blocks: 
make 32

Cut (5) 7” strips from green.  Cut strips into triangles with 9” base and point at 4.5”. (I lined my ruler up on 0 to 4.5” and then 4.5” to 9” and cut triangles as shown.)
Cut (8) 5” strips from blue. Cut each strip into 7.25” rectangles.  Keeping rectangles in pairs with wrong sides together cut rectangles in half diagonally. 

Sew blue triangle to side of green triangle. Press and repeat on other side of tree. (Your trees will look much better if you take time to press at this step.)
*Without going into complicated geometry and templates this was the best way I found to make these trees. Your edges will be a bit wonky, but this is okay. When the block is finished it gets squared up and will look great.

To create trunk cut left over blue into 2.5” x 4” strips. Cut grey into 1.5”x 2.5” pieces. Sew blue rectangles to each side of grey piece. Sew to bottom of tree and square up block to 8.5”.

Snowflake Blocks:
make 31

Divide jelly roll strips into lights and darks. (With In From the Cold I used the reds and greens as my darks and the whites, greys, and blues as my lights. I chose to remove the fabrics I used in the tree block.) Cut each jelly roll into two 18” strips.
Strip piece the lights and darks. Press towards the dark and cut into (4) 4.5” pieces. 

 Turn top piece so that the light and dark edge matches up with the light edge of bottom piece. I found it worked best to have the light edge on bottom so that the feed dogs didn’t have to worry about a seam and fed pieces through as shown. Press.
*Consistency is very important here. Make sure you lineup all of your blocks in the same way and feed them through in the same direction.

Sew with light sides facing seam and press.
Assembling the Top:
Arrange Tree and Split Rail Blocks into 9 rows of 7 blocks.
Baste, Quilt, and Bind as desired. 

One 72″x56″ quilt.

Hop over to my blog to see how I used the leftovers from the jellyroll to create a cute pieced back and a label for the quilt.

Kymberly Pease
{Peas in a Pod Creations}