Color and Tag Along Blanket


Hello! Megan here from Downtown Housewife! Check out my sweet little “Color and Tag Along Blanket” made up of Lil’ Rascals fabric! It’s the perfect size to fit in a diaper bag, purse or your wee one’s tiny hands. The colored appliqué is a great way to get those wee hands involved in some crafting! Ready made kits will be available at “Sew Sweet Quilt Shop”… just drop them an e-mail or phone call!

1 charm pack
1/4 yard for border
1/4 yard for binding
1/4 yard white or cream solid fabric for appliqué
Portable luminaire for tracing
Washable fabric pen
Sewable heat bond (approx. 11” x 20”)
Lightweight fusible interfacing (4” x 8”)
Fabric crayons
Rotary cutter and mat (or scissors and ruler)
Coordinating thread
Backing: 34” x 34”
Batting: 34” x 34”


First cut three pieces of your solid white or cream fabric to fit the design you will be tracing.

Begin by printing and then tracing the 3 downloadable templates. If you prefer other templates they are easy to make! Simply scan the fabric and enlarge the desired image to the desired size.

To trace the appliqué picture onto the fabric you will need a light box. If you do not have one you can use a lighted window or projector.

To use a light box you place the paper on the box with the fabric over it and trace the design with a washable fabric pen.
Once the designs are traced, attach the fabric to the heat bond. This will make the fabric more stable and make coloring much easier!

Make sure to test your fabric crayons on a scrap piece of fabric to ensure you are using the right colors.

After you use the crayons, you will place fabric or paper over the colored picture and run the iron across it to set them. This can change the color dramatically; therefore testing colors is highly advised.


For the border you will need:
2 (4” x 28”)
2 (4” x 34”)
For the binding:
4 (2” x width of fabric)

For the blanket handle:
4” x 8” scrap piece of fabric
4” x 8” piece of light weight fusible interfacing


The majority of this little blanket is simply charm squares. You will sew 6 rows containing 6 charm squares each. After the 6 rows are made up, simply sew them together to complete the middle.

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Next, attach the border. Begin by sewing the 2 (4” x 28”) pieces. One on each side of the center piece. On the remaining top and bottom place the 2 (4” x 34”) pieces.

Once the border is on you can place your applique pieces where you like and iron them in place.

Now that the appliqué pieces are stable you can stitch around them. I prefer a very small, tight zig zag stitch with a coordinating thread but feel free to experiment! Use a fun decorative stitch on your machine or do a little hand stitching!

Now that your quilt is pieced, colored and appliquéd you can quilt it as you wish and follow up with the binding.

Take the 4” x 8” fabric piece and fusible interfacing and iron together. Attach the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.

Next, fold in half lengthwise with right sides together. Sew sides together and turn right sides out. This will form a tube. Iron flat.





Finished size: 34” x 34”

Yeah! You are done! Enjoy your new blanket whether it’s for your own wee one or a gift for someone else!

Megan Frock
{Downtown Housewife}

Dog Harness Tutorial

Hello Everyone, I am Seema Mohan SK. This is my 1st tutorial with Moda Bake Shop and I am totally excited about it! I hope you will enjoy this tutorial. Please do stop by my blog Hooks, Needles and Brushes to say “Hi”. I am also on twitter as @sskcraftshop and FB….see you soon.

1 piece of printed Fat Quarter

1 piece of solid color Fat Quarter

1″ Curved Side Release Buckle

1″ D Ring (Steel or Nickel Plated)

1″ Heavy Duty Plastic Adjuster

Interfacing (small piece)

1″ wide Webbing

Step 1: Measure your dog around the neck for the collar, neck down to chest and also make note of the measurement where you will need to cut the curve below the arm .

Please remember the measurements will vary with your dog’s size and weight. The above template measurement is just an idea for you to create your own template The measurement provided is based on my dog Rusky who is a medium sized Pomeranian, weighing 10.5 pounds.

Step 2: Prepare the template. Cut 2 chest pieces from printed fat quarter and 1 piece from interfacing (optional). Press the interfacing on wrong side of 1 of the chest piece of harness.

Step 3: Cut long piece of fabric for collar by measuring your dog’s neck around. Fold the fabric on both sides and place webbing (optional) inside and sew it on all sides.

Step 4: Cut 3 more pieces of long fabric strips using solid color fat quarter. I used the following measurements: 5″, 11″ and 22″ in length and 3″ wide, however, it may differ a little for every dog. Fold the fabric in half and then fold 1/4″ inch as you did in collar above, then place webbing (optional) inside it and sew as you would sew the collar.

Step 5: Place the ends of the collar strip between the right sides of the chest piece as shown above and pin it. Sew from top till bottom, however, leave 1/4 inch at the end and do the same on the other side.

Step 6: Pull the collar and chest piece right side out from the bottom opening. This is how it will look after you turn the right side out.

Step 7: Fold the fabric inner side and sew from top as shown above.

Step 8: Place the D ring in the medium sized solid color band. Fold it over the collar and sew 2-3 times.

Step 9: Sew the other part of the strip by forming a loop.

Step 10: Attach the small strip to the bottom part of the chest piece and insert the male part of the buckle as shown in picture above.

Fold and stitch 2-3 times to make it sturdy as shown above.

Step 11: Attach the bigger strip to the other end of the harness chest piece. Slide the adjuster and female part of the buckle.

Now insert the unstitched part of the strip in the adjuster as shown above.

Stitch the part that you just passed through the adjuster. Stitch 2-3 times to make it sturdy

This is how it will look once stitched. Trim any excess thread at this point. Pass the female part of the buckle through the loop made just below the D ring.

Click!!!!! Your Harness is Ready and now all you need to do is….

take your furry friend out on a walk….. Enjoy!!!

Makes 1 Harness.

Seema Mohan SK