Bite Sized Sewing: How to Make a (Faux) Patchwork Quilt

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Hello everyone! I’m An from the blog StraightGrain, and today I would like to share a little tutorial for a (faux) patchwork quilt. I really like patchwork quilts, but as you probably know, patchwork quilting is very time consuming. And time is not something most moms have in excess, right? So when I saw the “patchwork cheater fabrics” produced by one of my favorite brands – Birch! – I immediately knew what I would use it for.

The yard of Camp Sur I bought at CedarHouseFabrics had been in my stash waiting to be turned into a fake quilt for months when Sara contacted me for this series. Her offer to join the series gave me that necessary push I needed to finally get started on my project.

I have made (simple) quilts before, and always finished them off with bias binding, which takes quite a bit of time. In order for the project to be finished within the hour (strict instructions by Sara!), I opted for corded piping instead.

I used fleece as batting, as I didn’t work with a classic ‘quilt sandwich’. The quilting is done without the backing fabric (which is only added later), and regular batting wouldn’t run through the machine as smoothly as fleece. If you prefer to use classic batting, you can always add a layer of thin fabric just to make it run smoothly.

– 1 piece of cheater patchwork fabric (Birch has beautiful cheaters in almost every collection)
– 1 piece of fleece or another type of batting (of about the same size)
– 1 piece of backing fabric (of about the same size)
– corded piping (length = circumferene of quilt)
– thread, pins, scissors, etcetera

I made a quilt with 1 yard of fabric. It can be finished in 1 hour. Ready? Steady? Sew!

0:00 Let’s start with cutting the cheater fabric. If you would like the quilt to have only complete patches, cut your fabric in such a way that you have a 1/4″ (7 mm) seam allowance all the way around. Round off the 4 corners with the help of a bowl or glass.


0:05 Pin the cheater fabric onto the batting, right side up. Next, stitch horizontal and vertical lines across the entire surface of the quilt. I stitched at foot width at both sides of each printed line, but you can also stitch right on top of each printed line, of course.


0:45 Cut off any excess batting. Next, stitch the piping onto the edge of the right side of the cheater fabric. Use your zipper foot (or a special foot for cording, should you have that). Clip the corners (you can also clip the corners after the next step, but then you’ll have to cut through (too?) many layers).


0:50 Pin the right side of the backing fabric onto the right side of the cheater fabric. Next, turn the
entire piece upside down, so that the batting is now on top, and stitch around the edge, right into the stitch line you ran in the previous step. Leave a turning hole at the bottom of the quilt. Cut off any excess backing fabric.


0:55 Turn the piece right side out, and close the turning hole. No need to do this by hand, by the way; if you pull the piping aside a bit, you can run a stitch line which is as good as invisible..


1:00 Your cheater quilt is done! Time to do a little test: show your quilt to one of your housemates or friends. When my mom saw my quilt, the first thing she said was “Wow, all those little scraps of fabric you stitched together!”.
He he :-)

Thank you, dear Sara, for having me here today!

An from StraightGrain blogs mostly about the clothes she creates for 3-year old daughter Norah, and started her electronic sewing patterns label earlier this year. Her third pattern, the Hanami top and dress, will be available in the second half of August.

Bite Sized Sewing: How to Sew an A Line Skirt

How to Make an A Line Skirt

Hello, I’m Justine from The Sew Country Chick blog, where I write about sewing, crafts and DIY projects from my old Southern California farmhouse. I’m happy to be sharing a super easy sewing tutorial for you all here today at Craft Snob!

This tutorial packs a two for the price of one punch. You will learn how to make a very easy A line knit skirt pattern and how to sew it at the same time.

This simple pattern is great for beginners and can be made for a child or even yourself (because it’s based on individual measurements).


  • Paper for your pattern
  • A ruler
  • Washable marking pen
  • Scotch tape
  • 3/4 inch wide elastic long enough to fit around waist measurement.
  • 1/4 to 3/4 yard knit fabric


Measure the subject’s waist and divide that measurement by a quarter. Then, measure how long you want the skirt.
You’ll be making a quarter pattern, so lie the pattern on the fold of your fabric when you cut out each skirt piece.

Pattern Making Instructions:

  • 1. Fold a piece of paper in half and cut on the fold. This will be the center of your pattern.
  • 2. Draw your quarter waist measurement across the top of your paper with your ruler. Add 3/8 inch to it to include the seam allowance.
  • 3. Square down from the edge of waist line and draw the measurement length you want for your skirt, adding 2 3/8 inches to allow for the waistband casing and hem.
  • 4. Draw another line across the bottom of page for the hem.


  • 5.To create an A line shape, slash up the center of your skirt and spread open. This is called the slash & spread method of pattern making. The wider you open it, the wider your A line will be.


  • 6. Take some scrap paper and patch the spread out pattern with scotch tape.
  • 7. Use a pencil to draw a smooth hem and waistline, blending out any rough edges.
  • 8. Cut out your quarter pattern.

Sewing Instructions:

  • 1. Cut out two pieces for skirt with your pattern piece laying the pattern on the fold of your fabric.


  • 2. Sew up the sides of the skirt , using either a zig zag stitch or your serger.


  • 3. Mark with a washable marking pen, 2 inches down from top of waist.


  • 4. Turn down the waist to the marked line and sew it down with a zig zag stitch, leaving a 1 inch opening for inserting elastic.
  • 5. Cut a piece of elastic the same length as your full waist circumference. Insert it into the casing with a safety pin. Overlap the elsatic 1/2 inch and stitch it closed with your machine.
  • 6. Sew waist gap closed.
  • 7. Turn up hem 3/8 inch and sew it down with your zig zag stitch.


Justine blogs at Sew Country Chick where she offers other pattern making and sewing tutorials for you to browse through. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Looks Like a Pretty Clutch

Looks Like a Pretty Clutch

For all the pretty sewers out there… You will find my sunglasses case pattern on Sew, Mama, Sew.

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When it’s sunny I take my glasses on the run, because squinty wrinkles are no fun. Tossing them in my purse while indoors, results in a few scratches or more. So let’s make a case… to protect our glasses that protect our face. (or eyes but that doesn’t rhyme).

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Oh, my favorite thing about the sunglasses case (other than the pinkness and floral pattern) is that it opens on both ends (velcro closures). Heck yeah! Head on over there for the details and pattern download.

Fat Quarter Projects: Reversible Sunshade

Fat Quarter Projects: Reversible Sunshade

If you missed my Reversible Sunshade a few weeks ago on UCreate then now is your chance to get in on some summer sun relief!

Reversible Sunshade

It’s been hot and sunny here in Colorado, so my sunshades have been in use quite a bit by my kids. If you or your kids are looking for a little relief from the sun while driving around then you will love this tutorial!



  • Two fat quarters
  • Elastic
  • Scissors
  • 4 – One inch diameter suction cups with attached hooks (I found mine in the kitchen department of a store)
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Sewing machine


Step 1: Iron and cut both fat quarters to 17 inch x 17 inch.  Depending on the size of your car window you may want to make your sun shade larger or smaller.

Step 2: Place the fat quarters right side together and line up all corners. Pin in place and snip the corners.


Step 3: Cut 4 pieces of 3 inch long elastic. Fold each piece in half and insert one in each corner with the tails sticking out as shown. Pin elastic in place.

Step 4: Sew on every side along the edge with a half inch allowance, leaving a 2 inch opening along one side.

Step 5: Turn the shade right side out through the 2 inch opening. This is what your corners should look like now.

Step 6: Iron flat and sew along the edge with a one-quarter allowance to close the 2 inch opening and create a polished, professional finish.


Step 7: Place the suction cups on the inside of your car window and hook the elastic on all four hooks.

Look out summer sun, we’ve got shade!

The Real Deal: This fat quarter sunshade cost less than $6 to make.

***Nervous about sewing or too impatient to sew? Check out We Sew Crooked, a course that will help you iron out all your wrinkles.***


Book Decor: Pretty Bookmarks and Journal Wraps

Book Decor: Pretty Bookmarks and Journal Wraps

Cindy with Skip to my Lou is hosting a month of sewing ideas for a handmade holiday season. Pop on over there to see what inspires you.

I joined in on the fun with these pretty, cute bookmarks and journal wraps.

Do you have a book worm or writer you can gift to this holiday season? Decorative bookmarks and journal wraps make a great homemade gift idea. Plus, kids will be excited to dress up their books and journals, making reading and writing all the more fun!


  • Ribbon or bias tape
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • ¼” Elastic
  • Book or journal

Ribbon Option:

Create a rolled ruffle about 2 inches longer than the book or journal. Need help making a rolled ruffle? Learn how to make one here.

Fold under each end of the ribbon.

Cut a piece of elastic to fit the book or journal. I used 6 inches here. Insert the elastic at each end on the underside of the rolled ribbon. Sew the elastic in place (a couple lines straight across the elastic, better seen in the bias tape option).

Insert the decorative bookmark in your favorite book or wrap it around your journal.

Bias Tape Option:

Cut a piece of bias tape the length of a book or journal. Unfold one end of the bias tape, fold the end inward, and fold the bias tape back. Cut a piece of elastic. I used 6 inches. Insert the elastic into the end of the bias tape and sew the elastic in place with a couple of lines.

You can use them as bookmarks or book decorations.

Double up on one book for more personality and fun!

Or wrap the strap all the way around a journal to keep it closed.

Looking for more unique DIY gift options? You can find several accessory ideas here.

Go and be pretty – Sara


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