Sew a Quilted Sketchbook & Pencil Wrap!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun sewing project for you using the quilt as you go (AKA fun and done) technique. We will make a sturdy cover to hold a sketchbook, pencils and other supplies.


This is a fairly quick project to make and wonderful for beginners. Watch the step by step video to see how it’s done!

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  • 6 fat quarters of fabric in coordinating colors
  • Sewing machine threaded with coordinating color thread
  • Batting or felt for inner layer
  • Chalk
  • 1/4″ sewing elastic
  • Button
  • Needle and thread for hand sewing
  • Rotary cutter and quilting rulers/mat

Measurements to fit a 6″x9″ sketchbook (adjust to make other sizes)
Batting/felt: 10″x14″
1/4″ Elastic: 18″ long
Fabric: I stacked 5 of the fat quarters and cut a 3 1/2″ x 18″ strips. I cut the stack to 10 1/4″ for the body and I made the pocket from the remaining 7 3/4″ long strips.
Backing fabric 14″x18″ (this is the 6th fat quarter you didn’t cut)


1. Center the batting/felt on the backing fabric and sew down the strips using the quilt as you go method shown in the video.

2. Sew the shorter strips together to make a larger piece of fabric for the pocket.

3. Trim the excess backing fabric to an even 1″ all the way around and fold-over twice to overlap the striped side of the fabric neatly and press to make a nice looking binding. *Trim excess fabric from the corners to avoid bulk.

4. Press seams flat on the pocket fabric, fold it in half long-ways and stitch closed on the long side and one short side. Turn right-side out and tuck raw ends in.

5. Stitch down binding as neatly as you can.

6. Sew pocket on the backing side of the quilted project.

7. Mark a straight line on backing fabric where you want the elastic to run and sew on the elastic every 1″ or so. Leave a loop at the end for closing.

8. Hand sew a button on the striped side of the fabric where the elastic starts.

9. Divide the pocket if desired by sewing. Measure to make sure the sketchbook will fit.


I hope you found this project inspiring. I have several people mention that they would love to make something like this but did not have a sewing machine. While you can hand-stitch the project I think an easier method for hand sewists would be to find a fabric place mat and fold up one edge to from the pocket and hand stitch on the elastic. It would save you some seams and still be sturdy! Will you make this project? Let me know in the comments below! Til next time happy crafting!


Sew With Me! DIY Quilted Bag & Giveaway!

Hi Friends! I had this idea floating around in my head since I heard about a method of quilting called “quilt as you go” or Fun and Done”, Fun and done sounds like my speed, doesn’t it? Well my mom (who is a way better quilter/seamstress than me) explained the basic technique. I wanted to try it on a small project so I designed this cute reversible bag:


I made the bag to fit my EasyLunchboxes, I love these bento style boxes for packing lunches for myself and my family, often I portion leftovers from supper right in them along with fruit and snacks so I have a bunch of premade lunches the next day for anyone who needs them. I made my bag big enough to hold 4 because I like to take my kids to the beach, park or pool for the day and it is the perfect size. You can see how I made these in this video:

Like I said in the video you can make your bag to fit whatever container you like. Here is my diagram to figure out how much fabric you will need.


For this project you will need:

  • 1/2 to 3/4 yard of fabric for the inside of the bag (I used a polished cotton)
  • Fabric scraps cut into 10″ long strips
  • Batting (or you can use light colored fleece)
  • Basting spray or sewing pins
  • Sewing machine and thread (plus basic sewing supplies)
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Scissors
  • Iron and ironing board

Tips for making your bag:

  1. Choose washable fabrics, I went with a polished cotton for the inside so I could spot clean it as needed but the bag can also be tossed in the wash if it gets really dirty.
  2. Be aggressive when sewing down into the corners or you will need to go in later and hand stitch them up. I showed you the first corner where I was too shy getting in there, the other ones stitched up fine but you have to be brave and get right in there!
  3. Because I designed this bag while I made it there were things I would do differently next time, one being I would sew the sides all the way to the end (top) of the bag so that when I folded down the top to bind the top of the bag it would have been more even and I would not have needed the trim I added at the end.
  4. Press. Press. Press. It’s a drag but pressing the fabric down after you add a new strip really helps and saves aggravation when you sew.
  5. Hey, I’m a beginner, if you have a better way by all means do it your way (and tell us about it in the comments below!)

Do you want your very own set of 4 lunch boxes and cooler bag? Well, of course you can buy them directly from EasyLunchboxes they even offer free and reduced shipping through their Amazon store (they are the #1 best-selling lunchbox on Amazon BTW) for US and Canadian residents OR you can win them! To win you need to have a peek here in their shop, then come back here and leave a comment telling me something you like about their products. My favorite thing is that I can wash them in the dishwasher, I can’t stand a sink full of hand washable plastic containers. These truly are my favorites and I use them every day. I bet if you try them you will like them too! I will pick a winner at random on March 17th 2015. This giveaway is open to US residents only.Good luck in the giveaway, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

I Treated Myself! {New quilting fabric!}

Hi friends! I had so much fun making those 2 small quilts for my girls that I thought I would pick up some fabric to make a quilt for myself. It was hard to select the first few prints but then I thought “If you like it, get it!” I was pretty much on a roll after that! And to top it off most of the fabrics were on sale! I paid between .39 cents and $1.25 a quarter yard. I was in fabric heaven. Of course this is going to create a kink in my fabric storage solution, I’ll have to revamp that a bit, or add-on another crate, or sew it up quick! Have a look at what I bought. Don’t worry, I am not putting all of this on one quilt. What should I use first?

What I got and what I paid:

  • 4 zippers at .25 cents each
  • 4 10-yard-rolls of 1 1/2″ wide patterned grosgrain ribbon for $1.49 a roll (reg yardage price is $8.90 a roll!)
  • 2 yards of precut batting for $3
  • 2 yard cut of watercolor print for $4
  • 1/2 yard of solid brown for $1.75
  • 1/2 yard floral remnant for .80 cents
  • 27 1/4 yards of cotton prints ranging in price from 39 cents to $1.25 each

Alright quilters, did I do good? My total for the whole shebang was $37 and that included tax. Being a beginner I know I will make mistakes and I will be nervous to cut into pricey material so this way I can play and not hoard…although looking back at the prices of some of these I was thinking “Why didn’t I get more?” I hope you had a crafty weekend! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

My first 2 Quilts!

Hi friends! I took a few days off last week (I’m not sure if you could tell since what I do for work is what I do for fun LOL!) and decided to try a new hobby. The day after Christmas is my favorite day. We don’t have to go anywhere and the kids are busy with all their new goodies, my hubby has the day off and we all just chill out at home after a busy Christmas and Christmas eve. I dragged my “good” sewing machine down to my studio and set to work on my first quilt:


I took the DIY Quilt Along course from (they are have a 50% off every class through January 4th BTW!) and it was so much easier than I thought it would be. I loved that you jump right in and sew and you learn about the tools you need and techniques as you go because I learn by doing, not watching. I did not have all the tools the instructor had but I was still able to make a quilt, I honestly did not think I had it in me:

I enjoyed the first quilt so much that I set to work on another one too! I decided to make a crazy quilt (much more my style) with the scraps. Also both of my girls wanted one so it was perfect!


I happened to have a beautiful batik fabric that I picked up in Boston a year and a half ago in my stash. I used it as a backing, I had just enough excess that I simply pressed the leftover to the front and bound it with that. It came out much better then the binding on the first quilt but to be fair I did not do it exactly as the instructor told me to…I also learn very well from mistakes LOL!


I also experimented with free motion quilting with my regular machine. I put the freed dogs down and lifted the pressure foot and sewed random loops and swirls over some portions of the quilt. I was a bit afraid that I might damage my machine so that was all I did. Then I asked the folks on the Frugal Crafter Community how I should do it and they said I could take the pressure foot off and lower it so the top tension would engage but it was OK the way I did it too. I figured it was better to make a mistake on a small beginner quilt that one I spent weeks on.


If you are interested in learning to quilt and have some basic machine sewing experience I encourage you to check out the DIY Quilt Along course from they also have thousands of other classes to help you with your new years resolutions and they are 50% off now though January 4th! This post is a partnership with I was compensated for my time to take the course but my thoughts and opinions are my own. Happy crafting!


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