It’s not often that I work on a project that is 100% for me. But earlier this month, I started on a project that I will use daily. . . a quilted laptop sleeve! My iPad has been needing some protection, and making a zippered holder for it has been on my mind for at least a year.

I wanted a bright, modern feel to the laptop sleeve, so I turned to a rainbow of Confetti Cotton solids from Riley Blake and used my new Geometric Hexagon FPP pattern to piece together a colorful hexagon for the front. My favorite Riley Blake Swiss Dots were perfect for the background and 1/8″ black and white Stripes as the binding finished everything off really well!

As I was planning everything out, I decided to keep track of all of my measurements and share them with you in a tutorial. I know from first-hand experience that getting started with zippers can be a bit intimidating, so I’m hoping the step-by-step instructions and full color photographs will help you see just how easy this project is!

The tablet sleeve tutorial is made to fit an iPad (measuring about 7″ x 10″), but I realize that tablets come in many different sizes, so read to the end for some additional instructions to adjust the tablet sleeve to fit your specific tablet! Changing the dimensions will require a little bit of math on your part, but it will be worth it for a fitted tablet sleeve!

And of course the tablet sleeve can be used for a variety of other purposes: book sleeve, first aid kit, English Paper Piecing project pouch, etc. I’d love to see your creativity, so if you use my tutorial, please tag me in any photos your share on social media. 🙂

Let’s get started with the tutorial!

Fabric Requirements:

1 FQ for the outer fabric (I pieced my Geo Hexie FPP block into Swiss Dot fabric)
1 FQ for the lining (light aqua in this tutorial)
1 FQ for the binding (black and white stripes in this tutorial)
20″ x 20″ piece of Soft and Stable or batting
16″ or longer zipper

For a 7″ x 10″ iPad, cut a main panel piece (outside fabric), Soft and Stable (or batting), and a lining piece all measuring 14″ x 18″. Baste the three layers together using safety pins or Odif 505 basting spray.

After quilting, trim the panel to 12″ x 16″. Quilting (especially dense quilting) can shrink the panel, so it’s always a good idea to cut your original pieces a little large then trim to size after quilting. Before trimming, remember to center the panel if you have a focus fabric or quilt block incorporated into the panel.

From the binding Fat Quarter, cut (4) 2 1/2″ x 21″ strips. Iron the strips in half length-wise, wrong sides together to form strips 1 1/4″ x 21″.

Sew one binding strip onto the lining side of one of the smaller 12″ panel sides using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

 

Turn the binding over the edge and around to the front of the quilted panel. Top stitch into place. Trim off any excess binding that hangs off the end (if you don’t trim it off in this step, we’ll get it trimmed off later with the zipper–you can see below that my binding is a little long on one side and that’s ok!).

Repeat with another binding piece on the opposite 12″ panel side.

Place the zipper underneath one of the zipper bindings, both facing right side up. Sew the binding and zipper together, stitching right on the edge of the binding and leaving about 1/4″ between the zipper binding and the zipper teeth. Don’t trim off any excess zipper length yet.

Note: In these photos, I used a #5 handbag zipper. They are a little wider than standard zippers and, accordingly, are a bit easier to sew into pouches and bags. If you are using a standard zipper, it will be the same procedure, just make sure that as you are sewing, you are catching the zipper tape underneath the binding.

Fold the quilted panel up into a tube and repeat with the other side of the zipper and binding.

Tip: It might get a little tight maneuvering the fabric out of the way of the sewing machine needle. Having a little extra length of zipper on one side of quilted panel can help by spreading the zipper opening up a bit more. Alternatively, I’ll often remove the zipper pull when I’m sewing in a tight spot like this. After both of the zipper tape sides are sewn on, the zipper teeth can be reinserted into the zipper pull. It sometimes takes a couple tries to make sure both sides of the zipper binding line up correctly, but can save frustration with keeping the rest of the panel out of the way while sewing the zipper.

Close the zipper pull halfway (so it doesn’t get trimmed off!) and trim off any excess zipper or binding hanging past the edge of the quilted panel.

Fold the quilted tube in half and adjust the tube so the zipper binding is at the very top of the tube, right below the fold.

Sew down both sides of the panel with a scant 1/4″ seam to close up the tube ends.

Place the binding strip onto the back side of the panel and line up the raw edges with the raw edges of one of the sides of the quilted panel (that you just sewed in the previous step). Overhang the top end of the binding strip by 1″ then trim the other end of the binding strip so it, too, overhangs by 1″. Sew to the quilted panel using a 1/4″ seam.

Flip the binding to the front side of the quilted panel and hold in place with pins or Wonder Clips.

Flip the ends of the binding strips under the binding strip so all of the raw edges are concealed.

Top stitch along the edge of the binding strip to secure in place. Repeat with remaining side.

Now your tablet sleeve is complete! Slip your tablet into your quilted sleeve and be confident that your tablet is nicely protected.

Changing the Size of your Tablet Sleeve

Now for changing up the size to fit your specific tablet! This will require a little bit of math on your part–but it should result in an appropriately sized tablet sleeve.

Measure your tablet and label the smaller dimension as TW (tablet width) and the larger dimension as TH (tablet height). Cut your outer panel piece, Soft and Stable (or batting), and lining all to be:

TW times 2 + 4″     by        TH + 4″

For example, if your tablet measures 8″ x 12″, cut your piece of fabric to be 8*2+4  by 12+4 (which is 20″ x 16″).

Continue on with the tutorial by basting and quilting your piece of fabric. After quilting, center and trim your quilted piece to TW times 2 + 2″ by TH + 2″ (so 2″ smaller in width and height than what you originally cut the pieces). Quilting often causes the panel to shrink a little, so make sure to remeasure the panel and cut off what is needed to make it the correct size. It’s very likely that you’ll have less than 2″ to cut off in each direction!

In the example above of an 8″ x 12″ tablet, after quilting the panel piece would be trimmed to 8*2 + 2 by 12 + 2 (which is 18″ x 14″).

For the binding strips, cut (4) 2 1/2″ x 21″ strips (if your tablet sleeve is quite small, you might be able to cut (3) 2 1/2″ x 21″ strips instead).

For the zipper, you’ll want a zipper that is at least 4″-6″ longer than your tablet height (the longer measurement of your tablet). The longer the zipper the easier it is to sew everything together, so leave as much extra length as you have, then you can trim it to the right length after sewing the zipper on.

 

Any questions? If there are steps that you have questions on, please let me know and I’ll go back and try to add in extra information to make everything clear.

Thanks for following along, and please share photos of your laptop sleeves with me! I’d love to see your version!

Happy sewing!

As I get more and more comfortable with zippers and bag making, it’s been fun to experiment and make my own designs. This gorgeous floral from the upcoming Heartsong fabric line from Riley Blake was just begging to be made into a pouch, so I combined it with a zippered pouch pattern I’ve been working on for a fun finish.

I’ve made this pouch design several times before (the top pouch below is my original design), but decided to take it up a notch by adding in a diagonal strip of vinyl across the body (the bottom pouch below). I love the peek-a-boo effect it gives! The view into the pouch not only lets you see the contents, but also admire the interior.

I like to use lighter fabric for the lining so it’s easier to see the treasures inside and this fun Heartsong polka dot print was the perfect choice! For the binding, I used a Riley Blake 1/8″ black and white stripe for a bold contrast.

Another of my favorite prints from Heartsong is the mustard yellow seagull design. I had to squeeze those cute birds in somehow, so I did my best at fussy cutting the handles to each include a bird or two. They are so fun that I might need to make another pouch that can feature them more prominently, right?!?

Heartsong will be shipping to quilt shops this month, so keep your eyes out for it arriving at your favorite fabric store! You can check out all of the other darling prints from the line below while we’re all waiting to catch it in person.

Happy sewing!

It must be the season of the Irish Chain Quilts because this is quilt number two that I’ve finished in as many months (plus I have one more Irish Chain in the works)! There’s just something classic and timeless about an Irish Chain design, right?

The Irish Chain quilt design has been around for over 200 years! Crazy, right? While I love the classic two color Irish Chain quilts, I wanted to go a little more modern this time around. I used Riley Blake Designs new Hush Hush fabric line to create a great low volume, scrappy background. I paired the gorgeous subtle prints with one of my fabric bold Confetti Cotton solid colors, Curry.

The result is a fun, scrappy take on the classic Irish Chain design!

For the quilting, I chose a design called Russian Flame. I wanted something with curves and movement and love how the dense machine quilting adds another modern element to the classic quilt design.

I loved making this fun quilt and am just so pleased with how it turned out. I now have it listed in my Etsy shop, so if you’ve been looking for a handmade quilt, you can check it out HERE.

 Two color quilts have always been a favorite of mine. They are timeless and classic and really let the pattern shine. This summer, I decided to try a two color quilt with a pattern I’ve never made before: a Double Irish Chain.

Amber from Gigi’s Thimble has a wonderful (and free!) pattern for a Double Irish Chain quilt, so I started by downloading her pattern. The pattern includes instructions for both twin and queen sized quilts and uses strip piecing for fast assembly.

I chose to use Confetti Cottons in Songbird and Riley White for a soft, calm color scheme then quilted it with a Centered Baptist Fans design.

The Double Irish Chain design mixed with the soothing blue and white fabric really gives this quilt an heirloom feel. You can find the free pattern download from Gigi’s Thimble HERE and the Etsy shop Simply Love Fabrics carries both Confetti Cottons Songbird and Riley White (plus ALL the other Confetti Cottons colors). So you can choose your favorite combination of colors for your very own Double Irish Chain.

Happy sewing!

 

 

 

We’re down to a little more than a week before The Sock Quilt Sew Along starts and I wanted to share a fun freebie–a printable coloring page plus schedule! Print out the schedule to follow along with each week’s tasks and color in the socks as you complete the blocks. Because who isn’t motivated by a color-as-you-go schedule?!?

Click on the link below to download your copy of the schedule and coloring page.

The Sock Quilt Schedule and Coloring Page

As you complete your sock blocks, you can also use the full page coloring sheet to plan out where you want each block to go. Or just bring it along to your next doctor appointment as a way to pass the time. 😉

Remember to sign up for the sew along (click here to sign up for free). I’ll be sending out weekly emails with the week’s assignment along with some tips and tricks to help you along.

In the meantime, keep gathering your fabric for the sew along. I’m excited to start cutting on May 17th!

Kristina

I’m so very excited to introduce my new pattern: The Sock Quilt!

The Sock Quilt is a throw size, beginner friendly quilt pattern that finishes at 66″ x 82″. There are three different sock blocks in the quilt–the Classic Sock, the Striped Sock, and the Toe + Heel Patch Sock. The variety of blocks plus the fun fabric options makes the quilt extra enjoyable to sew. There’s no time to get bored, since every single block is unique!

The Sock Quilt is perfect for all those great prints you have in your stash that you haven’t known what to do with (hello, fried eggs fabric!). In my sock quilt, I have lots of animal socks (my personal favorite), Halloween and Christmas socks (we all love holiday socks, right?), and a bunch of super quirky socks (octopus and mushroom socks for the win!). Really, anything goes for The Sock Quilt. Plus, the stripes and toe + heel patch pieces are great for digging in your scrap bins! With the large variety of prints, The Sock Quilt ends up being a super fun I-Spy Quilt that little (and big) eyes will want to search over and over.

You can find The Sock Quilt as a digital download in my Etsy shop HERE. The pattern is all traditionally pieced (no paper piecing or templates) and has color illustrations to walk you through every step of the process.

And if you want to get going right away on making your own sock quilt, please join me in The Sock Quilt Sew Along! I’ll be hosting the sew along on Instagram and I’d love for you to make a quilt alongside me!

 

We’ll start The Sock Quilt Sew Along on Monday, May 17th, and will be working our way through cutting the fabric, sewing the blocks, and assembling the quilt top before we finish toward the end of June. Right now, you’ll just need to grab your pattern HERE, sign up for the sew along HERE (completely free), and start choosing some fabrics for your socks! Plus, when you post your progress photos to Instagram , you’ll be entered to win some awesome weekly prizes!

I hope you’ll join me!

Kristina

Some of you may already know that my family moved to Alaska last summer. It’s been a fun and crazy adventure and we are loving our time living in such a unique location. So, it will be no surprise that when I saw that Riley Blake was releasing a new Destinations line for Alaska, I knew our family needed an Alaska quilt!

The Destinations panels are all 36″ x 42″, and even though this one is called “Alaska Wildlife Pillow Panel,” I thought the smaller graphics would also make a great quilt! I gathered my favorite coordinating Riley Blake Confetti Cotton solids and with some simple sashing and a flying geese border, the quilt top was finished!

For reference, the Confetti Cotton colors I used are: Bleached Denim (light blue sashing/border), Autumn, Cheddar, Chive , Riley Teal, and Mediterranean.

The quilt was begging for a fun backing, so I brought the flying geese to the back of the quilt, too! It’s a simple way to add a little bit of excitement to the backing while tying it into the design on the front. I also free hand quilted the Alaska quilt with a wood grain texture to add an extra outdoorsy factor.

The Destinations line is perfect to remember a favorite city, vacation or other location that has special memories for you or a loved one. You can find the Alaska Destinations panels (and many other Destinations lines) in quilt shops now!

 

 

I was honored when Jessica Dayon asked me to participate in the blog tour for her book Season to Taste. I’ve been friends with Jessica for a couple years and she is not only an amazing quilt designer, but a generous and beautiful individual. Her book, Season to Taste, includes twelve different patterns, three for each season of the year. Some of the patterns are specific to the season they represent, but many of them can be customized to a different season depending on what fabric is used.

As I looked through the book, there were several quilts that quickly became a favorite, but one quilt really jumped out to me as a “must-make” pattern. Steadfast was included in the Summer portion of the book, and I fell in love with the bold stripes outlined with a border of stars. The red and white center portion goes together in no time at all and the miniature stars around the outside are perfect for chain-sewing while watching your favorite movie (Netflix marathon, anyone?).

 

For the red and white/low volume prints in my Steadfast quilt, I chose the new Moda fabric line Roselyn by Minick & Simpson. The blues in the star blocks are two different shades of Moda Grunge fabric along with a chambray that I had in my stash. After much internal debate, I settled on using lighter, washed-out blues and love the faded look it gives–like a well-loved flag.

I spent portions of the Christmas holiday break sewing everything together and kept thinking how even though the design was meant to be Patriotic, the red and white stripes also reminded me of candy canes! If the stars were changed to green instead of blue, this would be a perfect Christmas quilt, right?!? Maybe my Patriotic Steadfast quilt will get a Christmas Steadfast quilt cousin. 🙂

Season to Taste is available now (check with your favorite quilt shop or click HERE to find it on Amazon) and Jessica is even hosting a free quilt along for one of the designs from the book! Check out her blog (HERE) or instagram account (HERE) to learn about the quilt along and to see detailed photos of the other great patterns from Season to Taste.

When I recently saw the gorgeous prints of the new Bloom and Grow line by Simple Simon and Co. from Riley Blake, I knew those pretty designs needed to be turned into a fun bag as soon as possible! I wanted a bag pattern that would showcase the large florals and the By Annie Zip It Up case pattern definitely fit the bill. Plus, the By Annie patterns are so well constructed that I knew I’d end up with a high quality piece that played well with the different Bloom and Grow prints.

The main floral print in navy was a perfect choice for the outside of the case, and after falling in love with the tiny white floral print, I knew it had to be used on the inside of the case. I adjusted the pattern slightly to include two vinyl pockets on the inside (the pattern calls for one vinyl and one mesh pocket) and loved choosing zipper colors to match the Bloom and Grow fabric.

The Zip It Up pattern has two size options and to fully feature the large floral print, I made the larger size. I love that the large size can easily fit a notebook inside the pockets (I’m always wanting paper to write down ideas or notes) and the case would be a great gift for a sewer, quilter, or creative child.

I was only able to feature three prints from the Bloom and Grow line in my Zip It Up case, but wanted to include a photo of the whole line because I just loved the saturated burgundy color, too! You can find Bloom and Grow in quilt shops now, and the Zip It Up pattern is available on the By Annie website or Amazon.

Happy sewing!