Tag: patchwork

Convertible Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

Episode 11: The Reveal

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

I am SO EXCITED to show you how this beautiful bag comes together. In this episode we are crafting the d-ring flap closure which will complete our Collaborative Patchwork Backpack.

For this portion of the project you will need two pieces of quilt weight cotton which measure 12″ x 10″, one piece of quilt weight cotton which measures 12″ x 6″ and another piece which measures 8″ x 6″, plus two 1.5″ d-rings and one cut of quilt batting which measures 12″ x 10″.

I am so grateful for this time we got to spend together collaborating on the design of this bag and want you to know I am so thrilled with how it turned out and am certainly going to cherish it! Thank you so much for your contributions and a special thank you to our friend Jo, on the other side of the world, who has been sewing right along with me! (Jo your bag is gorgeous and I am certain your sister is going to be over the moon with her birthday gift!)

I will be back soon with a fresh series centered around home decor and slipcovers which I hope you will also enjoy.

Until we meet again…

The creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

 

Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

Episode 10: Strap Happy

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to craft the removable, adjustable, convertible straps for our collaborative patchwork backpack.

For this portion of the project you will need a half yard of cotton fabric and a quarter yard of quilt batting. Plus six 1.5″ o-rings, two 1.5″ tri-glides and four 1.5″ swivel fobs.

In the next episode we will be crafting and attaching our flap closure. Please comment below if you would like the flap to have a snap closure, tie closure, d-ring closure or a snap/hook closure.

Until we meet again…

The creative genius in me, salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

Episode 9: It’s what’s on the inside that counts!

Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire
Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

In this episode we are completing the interior of our patchwork backpack with the addition of a three way divided slip pocket. For this portion of the project you will need two 18″ x 18″ squares of quilt weight cotton fabric and three 7″ x 18″ rectangles of quilt weight cotton fabric.

In the next episode, which I will record on Monday we will be fashioning our removable, convertible and adjustable backpack straps.

Until we meet again…

The creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

Drawstring Backpack Closure by Sewspire

Episode 6: It’s a cinch!

Drawstring Backpack Closure by Sewspire
Drawstring Backpack Closure by Sewspire

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

In today’s episode we are truing up our front and side panels by adding a drawstring gusset to the top of the trifold panel so that it will be the same height as the rear panel with the zipper pocket.

To do this, you will need two pieces of cotton fabric which measure 9″ x 16.5″

In tomorrow’s video we will be crafting and installing the drawstring pull and assembling the exterior.

Until we meet again…the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

 

Collaborative Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

Episode 5: On the sunny side

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

In this episode we are creating elasticized side pockets and attaching the side panels to our front panel.

For this portion of the project you will need to create two more quilted panels from the 4″ squares. Each panel is two squares wide and five squares high, for a total of ten squares per panel. Your finished panels should measure approximately 7.0″-7.5″ x 17″-18″ . The elasticized pockets will be fashioned from two pieces of quilt weight cotton fabric which measure 12″ wide by 20″ tall. I used a 7″ piece of 1/4″ elastic for each pocket.

In the next episode, which I will record tomorrow, we will true up the 3 way panel we created in this episode by adding a top drawstring gusset.

I am thrilled with how this bag is coming together and hope you are enjoying the project! Please follow Sewspire on Instagram and Facebook for additional project updates.

Until next time, the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

Patchwork Backpack Design by Sewspire.com

Episode 2: Pick Your Pockets

Patchwork Backpack Design by Sewspire.com
Patchwork Backpack Design by Sewspire.com

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today we will begin piecing together our patchwork backpack. To begin, I have cut out 70 four inch squares from assorted cotton quilting fabrics. The front and rear panels are each crafted from 25 squares or five rows of five. Our focus in this video is to create the front and rear panels. In addition, we are also voting on the exterior pocket type and placement. Would you like to see

1. two side load pockets for water bottles
2. a full length front pocket with snap closure
3. a two way divided front pocket
4. a hidden rear zipper pocket
5. a combination of all of these pockets

Simply comment to contribute to the design and I will incorporate the most requested pockets into our collaborative design.

Until tomorrow, please know, the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

 

How to sew a pretty ironing board cover by Andrea @Sewspire

How to sew a pretty ironing board cover

Welcome to Sewspire! This week in our secret and wee bit selfish sewing circle we are designing and sewing a custom ironing board cover with patchwork detailing. This particular cover will fit a standard ironing board which measures approximately 52″ x 14″ and comes together in less than an hour! I have outlined the construction process completely in the following 30 minute video tutorial and have included a summary of the pattern measurements below so that you have a quick reference guide for future use.

For this project you will be using 5 coordinating fabrics, plus an accenting trim fabric to create a one of a kind ironing board cover.

You will be using fabric remnants for the front of the ironing board cover and a half yard of cotton fabric for the trim. In addition, you will also need a 52″ x 13″ piece of quilt batting and 120″ of quarter inch ribbed elastic.

To begin, cut one of each in the following pattern pieces using the original measurement dimensions listed below and then taper the original piece so that it will fit the tapered measurements by folding each piece in half and using the X and Y axis points indicated in the taper points. (This will make perfect sense after you watch the video!)

In addition, you will also need 147″ of 3″ wide trim. Simply cut four 42″ x 3″ strips of fabric  from a half yard of cotton fabric and sew those together to attain the 147″ of trim.

Original Measurements

6″ x 2.5″

7.25″ x 2.5″

9″ x 3″

10″ x 2.5″

14″ x 13.5″

14″ x 33″

Tapered Measurements

6″ x 5″ x 2.5″

7.25″ x 6″ x 2.5″

9″ x 7″ x 3″

10″ x 8.5″ x 2.5″

14″ x 10″ x 13.5″

14″ x 33″

Taper Points

2.5″, 3″

3″, 2.75″

3.5″, 3″

4.25″, 2.5″

5″, 4.5″

None

How to sew a pretty ironing board cover