Hello friends! I’m excited to introduce you to the Holland Duffle! It’s an up-sized version of my best-selling Holland Pouch pattern that has the same ease of construction (no bias binding or curved seams!) and includes outer pockets and long handles for toting around.

The Holland Duffle finishes at 15″ long, 9″ deep, and 9″ tall, has clear, easy to understand directions and full color, step-by-step graphics to help you along the way. You can find the Holland Duffle pattern in my shop HERE.

If you’re as excited as me about this new pattern, please come sew along with me in the Holland Duffle Sew Along! We’ll be starting Monday, March 20th and will have small assignments every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until March 31st when we finish our duffles.

You can sign up for the Holland Duffle Sew Along by clicking on the link below:


Holland Duffle Sew Along Sign Ups


In the meantime, let’s gather our supplies and get ready! I can’t wait to sew along with you!



Hello friends! Last year, I designed and made this fun Irish Chain quilt with a scrappy, low volume background. I originally offered the pattern to my newsletter subscribers, but am now including it here for everyone to download! Yay!

This Scrappy Irish Chain quilt was made using nineteen fat quarters from the Hush Hush low volume line from Riley Blake along with with yardage of a favorite Confetti Cotton solid of mine: Curry.

The combination brings a modern twist to the traditional Irish Chain quilt pattern and I hope you will enjoy making this pattern as much as I did!


You can download the Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by clicking below:

Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt Pattern

Happy sewing!


Today, I’m sharing a tutorial for a crocheted edge flannel baby blanket. My grandma taught me how to crochet around flannel baby blankets when I was a teenager. Since then, I’ve made dozens of these sweet baby blankets and they’ve become a favorite present for family and friends expecting a bundle of joy.

My grandma always took her flannel yardage to a friend with a specialized hemstitch machine to prepare the fabric to be crocheted. Her friend did a beautiful job, but since I didn’t have access to someone with a hemstitch machine, I started to look into doing the hemstitching portion myself.

I found that a Hemstitch Needle, or sometimes called a Wingtip Needle, was just what I was looking for to be able to do the hemstitching on my own domestic machine. A Hemstitch Needle has flat, sharp, blades on the sides to create a larger opening in the fabric. If you combine the Hemstitch Needle with a decorative stitch that goes in and out of a hole multiple times, it creates a reinforced hole large enough for a crochet hook to go through.


It turned out to be the perfect solution to making my own crocheted edge baby blankets and I’d love to share the process with you!

Supplies Needed:

* 1 1/4 yard of two flannel fabrics (in this tutorial, I’m using Bears on Bikes from the Riley Blake Designer Flannel Collection
* Hemstitch Needle for your sewing machine (found HERE).
* Crochet Thread (I’m using Lori Holt Chunky Thread found HERE).
* Crochet Hook (the size needed will depend on how big your hemstitching holes are and what thread you choose. For my blanket here, I used a size 3 crochet hook).

To prep the flannel baby blanket for the hemstitching, layer the front and the back flannel fabric, right sides out, then cut to a square (I prefer to use 1 1/4 yard cuts of flannel and then make my blanket about 42″ x 42″ square, but a smaller size square–or even rectangle–will work just fine, too). After basting the two layers of flannel together with safety pins, sew a large square (about 20″ x 20″) in the center of the flannel to keep the layers from shifting as the blanket gets used and washed.

Using a circle template or a round object (about 6-8″ diameter works great), round the corners by marking then trimming the corners. The blanket is now ready for hemstitching.

To get the hemstitching stitches how you want, I suggest getting a scrap piece of flannel and testing different decorative stitches on your machine to determine what stitch and stitch length to use. You want the needle to go in and out of the center hole several times to create a nice, reinforced hole that a crochet hook can fit in. There are likely multiple decorative stitches on your machine that will work, so no need to worry if you choose a stitch that doesn’t look like mine below.

After hemstitching around the entire outside edge, trim the excess fabric to about 1/8″ away from the hemstitched line. Be very careful to not cut into any of the thread from the hemstitching.

The flannel blanket is then ready to be crocheted! For this fun Bears on Bikes Designer Flannel from Riley Blake flannel, I chose a coordinating Lori Holt Chunky Thread in Sweet Mint. The Chunky Thread is thicker than a perle cotton that might normally be used for crocheting around a baby blanket, but it has a really nice weight and I love the look of the thicker thread on the crocheted border.

For the first round of crochet, I like to do a single crochet all the way around. Depending on the stitch length of your hemstitching and the weight of your thread, you can crochet in every hole, every other hole, or do multiple single crochet stitches in the same hole. For my flannel blanket here, I did a single crochet in every hole. Since I was using a thicker thread, I could have also crocheted in every other hole and it would have worked great.

After the first round, I usually like to do a decorative crochet stitch to add a little extra interest. For this Bears on Bike blanket, I chose a sweet little scallop. The crochet stitches for the scallop are:

1 single crochet, skip one, 4 double crochet, skip one, repeat until end.

There you have it! Pretty simple and it makes for a super sweet handmade baby gift!


Happy stitching!



Today I’m sharing some tips and tricks for basting and quilting the Holland Pouch quilted panel. You can find The Holland Pouch pattern HERE then follow along with the steps below for additional information on making the quilted panel.

Block 8th


Block 10th


Block 12th


Block 14th


Block 16th

If you’re looking for easy machine quilting designs, I have a short video on instagram with several simple ideas. You can watch the video by clicking HERE.

I’m excited to see your Holland Pouches! As you share photos of your pouch, please tag me on Instagram and use the hashtag #thehollandpouch so I can find your photos! And, as always, if you have any questions, please ask them below! 


Happy Sewing!


Links to products in this post:

Odif 505 Spray (Click HERE)

Hera Marker (Click HERE)

Have you tried sewing curved seams yet? I feel like it’s one of those things that people dread until they try it, then they decide “Hey, that wasn’t so bad after all!” I have long been a fan of curved piecing and love to spread the awareness of how misunderstood sewing curves can be. So after I thoroughly enjoyed sewing this fun Scrappy Circles quilt, I decided to turn it into a free tutorial!

If you haven’t tried curved seams yet, this is the perfect time to grab some scrap fabric and give it a go! After looking through the step-by-step photos in the tutorial below, you’ll see that they really aren’t anything to be scared about. And with this Scrappy Circles design, each quarter circle finishes at 7″ x 7″, which is a great size to start with!

Just a few details before we get to the tutorial:

For my quilt, I used an AccuQuilt Die Cutting machine with the GO! Drunkard’s Path 7″ Die. It makes cutting a breeze, but it’s certainly not the only way to cut out the curved pieces. For those that don’t have access to an AccuQuilt machine, I also have a printable template that you can print out and use. Yay!

The fabric in my Scrappy Circles quilt is Lori Holt’s Bee Plaids line from Riley Blake Designs. The retro color scheme and various plaid designs worked perfectly with the Scrappy Circle quilt. And since the quilt top is meant to be truly scrappy, there’s not a lot of planning that needs to go into it–just grab the fabric pieces and start sewing!

Let’s get to the tutorial and start sewing!

Drunkard’s Path Scrappy Circle Quilt Tutorial

Finished Quarter Circle Block Size: 7″ x 7″
Finished Full Circle Block Size: 14″ x 14″
Finished Quilt Size: 56″ x 70″

Fabric Requirements:
(20) 1/4 yard cuts
Binding: 5/8 yard
Batting: 64″ x 78″
Backing: 3 3/4 yard

If not using the AccuQuilt GO! Drunkard’s Path 7″ Die, download 7″ Finished Drunkard’s Path Scrappy Circle Template below:

Scrappy Circle 7in Block Template

Note: When using the printable template above, make sure your printer is set to print at “Actual Size” or “100%” (not “Fit to Page” or “Scale”). There is a 1 inch line on the pattern page that can be used as a reference to make sure the templates have printed out at the right size. Cut out the template pieces on the solid line (which includes the seam allowance). You can create sturdier template pieces by transferring the paper pieces to template plastic or a thick piece of cardboard.

Cutting Instructions:

1. Using either the GO! Drunkard’s Path 7″ Die or the Template provided above, cut out (4) A units (inner circle) and (4) B units (outer curve) from each of the (20) 1/4 yard cuts. This should yield a total of (80) A units and (80) B units. Note: since the pattern pieces are symmetrical, you don’t need to worry about whether the right or wrong side of the fabric is up when you cut (yay!).

2. From the binding fabric, cut (7) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips.

Assemble the Blocks:
1. Lay out one fabric A unit and one fabric B unit. If using the printable templates, fold each unit in half along the curve and finger press to mark the half-way point along the curve. If using the AccuQuilt shapes, the darts along the curves mark the half-way point for you.


2. Flip the B unit onto the A unit (right sides together) and place a pin through the center points of both fabric pieces.

3. Work your way to the outer edges of the curve by placing pins through both pieces of fabric. The inner circle piece should lay flat while the outer circle piece will start to ruffle. Make sure the outer circle piece is laying as flat as possible at the seam line–ruffling further out is just fine.

4. Slowly sew a scant 1/4″ seam along the curved edge. Remove pins as you go and make sure that the outer circle background fabric is laying flat along the seam (you don’t want it to end up with a pucker in the seam).

5. Press the seam toward the inner A unit. The quarter circle unit should measure 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″.

6. Repeat the same curved seam process with the remaining A units and B units to yield a total of (80) quarter circle units.

Assemble the Quilt Top:

1. Layout the blocks in ten rows, each with eight blocks (8 x 10 grid) as shown below.

2. Assemble the rows, pressing in alternate directions. Sew the rows together, pressing all seams down.

3. Baste, quilt, and bind the quilt top as desired.


There you have it, a perfectly scrappy, circle quilt! Thanks for following along and if you’ve been on the fence about sewing curved seams, I hope this will give you the confidence to try. If you make your own Scrappy Circle quilt, please tag me on social media so I can see. 🙂

Happy sewing!



Meet The Holland Pouch! I created The Holland Pouch pattern because I wanted a go-to quilted pouch pattern that was simple and fast: something that a even beginner could feel confident making. My requirements were: no bias binding, finished edges inside, and only straight line sewing (no curved seams). The Holland Pouch pattern meets all of those requirements and I’m so excited to share it with you!



The Holland Pouch pattern has three size options, each of which only uses three fat quarters of fabric. The pattern includes full color, step-by-step graphics walking you through every step of creating your pouch, plus extra instructions for using directional fabric (we don’t want any upside down prints now, do we?).



Since I want the Holland Pouch to be doable by sewers and quilters of all skill levels, I’ve included a little extra information on the supply requirements below. Please let me know in the comments if you have any other questions about the supply list. I want to don’t want any questions unanswered!


Supply Requirements with Links to Products (below)


I love the feel of Soft & Stable as the stabilizer/middle layer of my pouches and bags. It’s a foam stabilizer, so it provides great structure and dimension. Soft & Stable is layered in between the top/main and lining fabric, then can be basted and quilted as if it were batting.

Batting is a great alternative to Soft & Stable, and The Holland Pouch pattern is perfect for using up batting scraps you probably have laying around! To get a little extra structure to the finished pouch, I’ve found that adding two layers of batting works really well. The two types of batting I purchase most frequently are Warm & Natural and Hobbs Heirloom.

Fusible interfacing comes in handy when you want some extra weight and strength to a fabric, but you don’t want or need any extra bulk. My favorite brand is Pellon SF101, which you can find on Amazon or at your local craft store (I purchased a 10 yard bolt from JoAnn Crafts and it has lasted for years!).

For pouch and bag patterns, I have really loved using the larger #4.5 size handbag zippers. The zipper tape is a bit wider, which gives you more room to work with, and the zipper pulls are bigger and easier to grasp. I have purchased many, many colors of By Annie Zippers and also love the YKK Long Pull #4.5 size zippers available from Zipit on Etsy. Both of these companies sell the #4.5 size zippers as either a set size (18″, 24″, 30″, etc.) or as “zippers by the yard.” When I first started making bags, I was unsure of even how to use zippers by the yard, but now I’m hooked! When you purchase a zipper by the yard, you’ll get a long coil of zipper tape with a handful of zipper pulls. Then you can cut off the amount of tape you’ll use and manually add on a zipper pull for that length of zipper. I feel like I’m using my supplies more efficiently that way because I can cut off the exact length that I need.

If you have standard size zippers on hand, you can absolutely use those instead! I’ve made a few Holland pouches with regular zippers and not only do they work great, but they are also more readily available at your local craft stores. Zipit on Etsy also has a large selection of standard size zippers in a wonderful array of colors (and great prices, too!).



You can find The Holland Pouch pattern in my Etsy shop by clicking the link on the button below.


I’d love to see your own Holland Pouches! Please tag me on social media with your photos (@centerstreetquilts on instagram) and use the hashtag #thehollandpouch so others can easily find your Holland Pouch, too.

Happy sewing!

Have you checked out my free Christmas Tree Table Runner tutorial yet? A couple weeks ago I had an idea for a fun multi-directional Christmas Tree block and knew it would be perfect for a table runner since there are right-side-up trees when looking at it from either side. After all, we want to enjoy our table runners from both sides of the table, right?!?

I had so much fun making the first table runner that I quickly whipped up another one–this time in basics from Riley Blake Designs. I chose my favorite red, green, and low volume prints, and while none of the fabrics are specific to Christmas, they work fabulously together for a festive table runner. That’s what I love about using basics: they are so versatile!

Within the Riley Blake Basics options, I used many different prints from the Kisses, Swiss Dots, Pin Dot, Textures, Bee Cross Stitch, Shabby, and Stripes collections. From the start, I knew I wanted the 1/4″ Red and White Stripe print as a border (I actually used it on both of the table runners I made!). It’s graphic, bold, and definitely reminds me of candy canes. Perfect for a Christmas table runner!

For the quilting, I used a digital pantograph called Midnight Sparkle and just love how it goes so well with the fabric and block design.

As I was making this table runner, I couldn’t help but remember why I LOVE sewing table runners: they are so quick and fulfilling! You can complete the entire project in a weekend (or day if you don’t have interruptions). 😉

You can find the free tutorial HERE and make a Christmas Tree Table Runner of your own!

Happy sewing!


The only thing I love more than a Christmas sewing project is a fast Christmas sewing project! Table runners and pillow covers have long been favorites of mine because they are quick to make and fun to change out with the seasons.

Today, I’m sharing a fast and easy Christmas Tree Table Runner tutorial! These cute trees are the perfect block for a table runner since there are right side up trees when looking at it from either side (a crucial element for a table runner pattern, in my opinion). 😉

The trees are all made from 2 1/2″ strips, so the pattern is a great stash buster, too. I made each of my trees from a single print, but the trees would look great with scrappy prints in the same color, too! I’ve even included a downloadable PDF Coloring Page at the end of the post to easily test out color combinations before cutting fabric.

Enough talk–let’s get right to the tutorial:

Christmas Tree Table Runner Tutorial

Finished Block Size: 10″ x 8″
Finished Table Runner Size: 64″ x 12″

All seams are 1/4″
Width of fabric is abbreviated as WOF and is assumed to be 42″
A PDF Coloring Page is available as a download at the end of this tutorial

Materials Needed:

  • Christmas Trees: (12) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips (one for each tree)
  • Border: 1/3 yard
  • Backing: 1 yard
  • Batting: 18″ x 70″ piece
  • Binding: 1/3 yard


Cutting Instructions:

  • Choose (6) of the 2 1/2″ strips to be the main trees and (6) to be the upside down trees. It helps to lay out the strips in the order you’d like them in the table runner. Starting with the first strip, every other one will be a main tree. The remaining strips will be the upside down trees. The last strip will be a partial upside down tree with half at the beginning of the table runner and half at the very end of the table runner. The photo below shows how the main and upside down trees will be assembled into blocks with the upside down trees spanning two adjacent blocks.

  • Cut each of the (6) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips for the main trees into:
    • (1) 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″
    • (1) 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
    • (1) 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
    • (1) 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  • Cut each of the (6) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips for the upside down trees into:
    • (2) 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
    • (2) 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
    • (2) 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
    • (2) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
  • Cut the border fabric into:
    • (4) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips. Cut (2) 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ pieces for the left and right borders.
  • Cut the binding fabric into:
    • (4) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips.
  • Cut the backing fabric into:
    • (2) 18″ x WOF strips.


Assembly Instructions:

1. Lay out the pieces for the first main tree, along with the pieces for the adjacent upside down trees as show below. The main tree pieces will go from shortest to longest (2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece on the top) and the upside down trees will go from longest to shortest (2 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece on the top).

2. From the top row, flip the upside down tree segment from the right side of the block on top of the main tree piece, right sides together, with the right edges lined up. Draw a line on the wrong side of the upside down piece as shown below (the line goes from the top corner of the upside down piece down to the bottom corner of main tree piece).

3. Sew directly on the drawn line, trim off the excess corner 1/4″ away from the seam, and press away from the main tree fabric.

4. Repeat with the remaining main tree and upside down tree pieces from the right side of the block.

5. Repeating the process for the upside down tree on the left side of the block, first flip the upside down tree piece on top of the main tree unit, lining up the left edges.

6. Sew a line on the diagonal, trim off the excess corner, and press away from the main tree fabric.

7. Repeat with the remaining upside down tree pieces on the left side of the block.

8. Sew the four tree pieces together and press the seams down. The completed block should measure 10 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.

9. Repeat the process for the remaining six blocks, pressing the final block seams in an alternating order (first block press seams down, second block press up, etc.). Remember to keep your cut pieces in order as you assemble the blocks so the fabric for the upside down trees transitions from block to block.

10. Sew the blocks together into one long row. Press seams open.

11. Gather the border strips. Sew the 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ border strips onto the left and right sides. Press seams toward the border.

12. Gather the remaining 2 1/2″ border strips. Sew one long strip and cut into (2) 2 1/2″ x 64 1/2″ border strips.

13. Sew the long border strips to the top and bottom of the table runner, press toward the border strips.

14. Layer the table runner with the batting and backing. Baste the layers and quilt as desired. Trim the batting and backing to line up with the table runner top.

15. Sew the binding strips end to end and press in half the long way with wrong sides together. Sew binding onto the front side of the table runner, fold binding over the raw edge of the table runner to the back and stitch into place by hand.

Your finished Christmas Tree Table Runner should measure 64″ x 12″.

It really is surprising just how fast these little trees sew up! Before you know it, you’ll have one made for your home. Plus maybe a few more as gifts. 😉

As promised, you can download and print out the Christmas Tree Table Runner Coloring Page below. It’s the perfect chance to test out different color options and get the order of your trees just right before committing to the design.

Christmas Tree Table Runner Coloring Page

If you make your own table runner from this tutorial, please tag me in your social media posts! I always love to see your creations!

Happy sewing and Merry Christmas!

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!