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How to Sew a Fabric Trinket Tray

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Happy Tutorial Thursday Friends! Today I’m showing you how to make this insanely easy and fun fabric bowl. Honestly this couldn’t be much easier, and they only take about 10 minutes to make! They are perfect for gifts, and of course organizing smaller notions!

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And keep in mind you can make this project any size you like. Just make sure your outside and lining fabric are the same size, then make your fusible fleece 1/2″ smaller. So for example in the video both my outside and lining fabric are 7″ square. That means my fusible fleece needs to be 6-1/2″ square. Stick with that formula and you can customize the size of these to fit your unique storage needs.

That cute baby bowl in the photo above was made using 5″ square outside/lining fabric and 4-1/2″ fusible fleece.

Supplies for this project are simple:

Watch the Easy Fabric Notions Bowl 2 Video tutorial here:

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And that’s it friends! This cute bowl couldn’t be any easier! They’re perfect for using up some of your fabric scraps and would make a fun gift idea too! I hope you’ve enjoyed this project, make sure to share your makes on social media and tag me @ericaarndt #ericaarndt #ericaseasyfabricbowl

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How to Make a Quilted Weekend Tote Bag / Sewing Tutorial

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Happy Tutorial Thursday! I’ve had so many requests for a oversized tote bag and of course I thought it would be fun to make a Quilty one! So that’s what we’ll be doing today.

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This bag isn’t super difficult, but it does have some rounded edges, so if this is your very first bag project, you might want to try my Easy Drawstring Bag tutorial, my super popular Drawstring Squishy Bag, or my Patchwork Tote bag first! But really it’s not too difficult, so if you’re up for something new I hope you’ll join in the fun!

This bag finishes at 8″ x 12″ x 18″ and is the perfect overnight bag!

It also features a cute ribbon closure, and an inside pocket to store some extra goodies. And of course we added some fun decorative ribbon, cross-hatch quilting, and colorful binding to give it a little extra pop of color.

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So, if you’re looking for a great weekend tote, this one is perfect! Grab some fun fabric, the PDF Pattern, and let’s get started sewing shall we?

Get the PDF Pattern for Erica’s Quilty Weekend Tote Bag here!

Watch Erica’s Quilty Weekend Tote Bag tutorial here:

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Supplies for this project:

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In the video I’m showing you how to make the blue bag with a plain side pocket. But the PDF Pattern also includes a template for this cute Dresden plate side pocket as shown on the red bag! But really you can have fun with the side pocket and put whatever you want on it!

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Juki TL2000Qi Sewing Machine Review

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Hi friends and happy Tutorial Thursday! Today I’m reviewing the Juki TL2000 Qi Sewing Machine. I’m also showing you how to thread, clean, and maintain the machine and a few little features I’ve discovered along the way!

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I’ve gotten so many questions about my Juki TL2000 Qi Sewing Machine, and what I think about it. So today I’m taking an in-depth look at this machine! I’ll show you all of it’s features, and show you how to thread it, wind the bobbin, clean it, and discuss whether or not it’s been worth the money!

Watch the Juki TL2000 Qi Sewing Machine Review here:

Supplies mentioned in this video:

So those are my thoughts on the Juki TL2000 Qi Sewing Machine. Overall I’ve been very happy with this machine! It’s been a great workhorse for me and has required very little maintenance.

Actually I have been cleaning and oiling it regularly since I purchased it, and…gasp…haven’t ever taken it in to be professionally serviced! That’s not to say that you shouldn’t get your machine serviced, but they always say it will be out for a few weeks and I just haven’t been able to let it go for that long. So I’ve been bad and just been cleaning it myself. But I also haven’t had any issues with it so…?

If you have any additional questions I didn’t cover in the video, please make sure to leave them in the comments below!

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Easy Scissor Case / How to Attach Snap Fasteners

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Happy Tutorial Thursday! Today I’m showing you how to make three adorable scissor cases from one template. Along with that I will show you how easy it is to attach a snap fastener and really step up your sewing game!

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These are super easy to make and fun to customize too. And of course you can add any fun decor like buttons, binding, elastic etc.

The first case features a snap closure which I will show you how to install. The second has a fun elastic/button closure perfect for larger scissors, and the third case features two pockets which I like to use for a scissor and a pen or seam ripper.

Watch my Easy Scissor Case video tutorial here:

Download the Easy Scissor Case Template here.

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Supplies:

Make one or all three and have fun customizing the colors and styles! I hope you enjoy this project, if you make one of my easy scissor cases make sure to share it on social media, tag @ericaarndt on Instagram and use #easyscissorcase so I can see what you make!

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How to Prevent and Fix Fabric Bleed

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Hello friends! Today we’re discussing the sad topic of fabric bleed. It’s happened to the best of us and I’m sharing my tips on how to prevent it and how to fix it if it happens to you!

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Watch my video on how I fixed my Winterberry quilt and restored it back to white!

Let’s start off by talking about how we can prevent this travesty from happening.

Prevention Tips:

Tip #1: Pre-wash your fabrics. If you have a questionable fabric on hand (reds, browns, navy’s I’m talking to you) you may want to pre-wash it. This will release any residual dye that might otherwise be absorbed into your finished quilt, and possibly save you a lot of heartache in the end. Keep in mind that pre-washing will also cause your fabric to shrink a bit, so you’ll also want to pre-wash the other fabrics you’re planning to use in your project, I just wouldn’t pre-wash them together if you get my drift.

Now I have to confess that I NEVER pre-wash my fabric for quilting because I prefer how it feels straight off of the bolt. It’s nice and smooth and I just feel like it’s easier to get crisp accurate cuts. I guess I just like living on the edge. So I mean, you do you.

Tip #2: Purchase quality materials. While I normally purchase quilting fabric, I decided to save a few bucks on my Winterberry quilt. I needed some solid fabric and so I purchased a fairly inexpensive solid red from a big box store, which shall remain unnamed. I saved about $10-$15. I do NOT recommend this, I would gladly have paid a few more dollars so that my quilt remained beautiful and white. Instead I ended up crying over my bathtub one night as I watched the hot pink water swirl all around my beloved quilt.

So take it from me, buy decent quality fabrics. I’ve never had a quilt bleed like this before, and I always do high contrast quilts typically with a white background. So, learn from my mistakes and save yourself and your quilt.

Tip #3: Wash your quilts in cool water and always include a color catcher if they are high contrast like mine. This method has worked for me for years and I’ve literally never had a quilt bleed before! But then again, I always purchase better quality quilting fabric, except this time….sigh…, and obviously the bleed that came out of this lower quality fabric was just too much for my poor little color catcher to handle.

Now let’s talk about how to fix fabric that has bled.

I’m in the “no quilt left behind” camp. So when I pulled my red and white Winterberry quilt out of the wash and saw all of the horrific hot pink splotches all over my white fabric, I did what any normal person would do and I cried. After that I got mad. And after that I got determined. And let’s just say I wasn’t about to give up on her! I immediately did some research and found a method that I think worked quite well.

I recommend doing this process in your bath tub. You’re going to need a LOT of water, and your washing machine just can’t handle that. So forgo your spa time and give up your tub, your quilt needs it more than you do!

  • Step 1: Fill a bathtub with HOT water. Normally I avoid hot water on my quilts, however in this case we actually WANT the fabric dye to release from the quilt.
  • Step 2: Dissolve about 1 cup of Dawn Dish Soap. I prefer ultra pure, but I was out, so I just used the regular kind.
  • Step 3: Completely submerge your quilt and swish it around. A LOT.
  • Step 4: Let your quilt soak for 10-12 hours, or overnight.
  • Step 5: Rinse and repeat steps 1-4 until the water runs clear. Mine took about 5 soak cycles.
  • Step 6: Use Synthrapol if the dawn isn’t doing the trick!
  • Step 7: Wash in cool water on gentle cycle and tumble dry low.

Unfortunately I was so distraught that I didn’t take a picture of my quilt at the start of this process. But just imagine a bunch of horrible hot pink splotches all over my lovely white. Here’s a picture of my quilt after the first soak, as you can see the white fabric is very pink, but the first soak did get rid of the hot pink splotches, so that gave me hope.

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I mean just look at all of the dye that came out in during the first soak. I can’t even believe it!

I mean seriously.

That water is so pink, I just can’t even.

But with each soak it got lighter and lighter and so did my white background fabric. Interestingly enough, the white faux fur I used on the backing didn’t take the dye at all. It stayed super white throughout this process.

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Just keep at it, remember all of that hard work you put into your quilt. Don’t let all of that go to waste, get in there and do your part to save her! After all she deserves to shine!

And here is my quilt after about five soaking cycles. I kept at it until my water ran clear and then did a couple more for good measure. I also did two rinses that were just plain water to help get some of the soap out before putting it back into my machine.

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Here’s an up close picture, you can see the pink splotches are mostly gone, and the background fabric is back to a nice creamy white.

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And that’s it friends! Just a little bit of time, about three days, and some hard work swishing and swirling my quilt in the bathtub, and thankfully that pesky pink was gone! I was so happy to see that the dawn really did the trick. My quilt does have a very slight pink tint to the white if you look very close, but it is 1000 times better than when I started!

And I’m so happy that all of that hard work I put into my quilt wasn’t wasted on cheap fabric. Now, I know I’ve really harped on the “cheap” fabric bit, but I do want to say that I have heard of higher quality fabrics bleeding as well. I’ve never had that happen with my fabrics, but I still think that a little prevention will go a long way to keeping your quilts happy and the right color. And by right color, I mean white. Because that’s pretty much what I use for all of my backgrounds, and I want my whites to stay that way.

So those are my tips for preventing and fixing fabric bleed. I hope they’ve helped you out, and remember, don’t give up on your quilt! Just a little bit of love can salvage even the pinkest of bleeds!

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Erica’s Fabric Notions Bowl / Tutorial

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Happy Tutorial Thursday! Today I’m showing you how to make these adorable fabric notions bowls to brighten up your sewing space! All of the information is included in the video tutorial, and as always, I do have a PDF pattern for  Erica’s Fabric Notions Bowl here for those of you who prefer written instructions!

Ready to get started?

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Check out Erica’s Fabric Notions Bowl tutorial here:

You will need:

Get Erica’s Fabric Notions Bowl PDF pattern here!

For this project I used some of my Poppie Cotton fabric stash, these beautiful prints are from their Cherished Moments collection. Check with your local quilt shop or online for this fun fabric. I love shopping small businesses on Etsy for my fabric too!

This adorable little fabric notions bowl finishes at approximately 4-1/2″ in diameter and 2-1/4″ tall.

They’re perfect for storing your smaller notions like wonder clips, thread, labels, buttons and more!

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By the way! We have a fun NEW Merch Shop! We do get some proceeds from your purchases there, we hope you like the items, and thank you so much for helping support my blog in this way! 

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Easy Quilty Pin Cushion Tutorial!

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Hello and happy Tutorial Thursday! Today I’ll show you how to make these adorable Quilty pin cushions to brighten your sewing space! We will be making the start one in this video tutorial, but I do have a PDF pattern for Erica’s Easy Quilty Pin Cushions here, and the pattern includes all three cute patterns!

Watch Erica’s Easy Quilty Pin Cushion tutorial here:

Get Erica’s Easy Quilty Pin Cushions PDF Pattern here!

For this project I used a beautiful new line from Poppie Cotton called GooseCreek Garden. I love the soft pinks and florals in this line, and I think it made my pin cushions extra cute, don’t you?

These pin cushions finish at about 4.5″ x 4.5″ before stuffing and I just think they’re the perfect size!

As I mentioned, I show you how to create the mini-star pin cushion in the video, and I also wrote up a Mini Pin Cushion PDF Pattern which includes instructions for the star, patchwork, and mini-strawberry as well!

These are perfect stash busters as well, the supplies are super simple:

And I’m not sure what it is, but I just think anything mini is so cute and fun!

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And here’s a little humor to end our post, filming with Jax is… shall we say, challenging! He always likes to wait until I have everything set up just right before stepping in. As I was getting my camera ready, he made himself comfy on my set and proceeded to eat my wonder clips just as was trying to take photos of the finished pin cushions!

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By the way! We have a fun NEW Merch Shop! We do get some proceeds from your purchases there, we hope you like the items, and thank you so much for helping support my blog in this way!

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Happy Sewing!

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How to Square a Quilt

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Hello friends, and happy Tutorial Thursday! Today I’m showing you how to square up a quilt. Squaring a quilt is super easy, but also super important! So you want to make sure to get it right.

What happens if you don’t square up your quilt? Check out the video below and I’ll show you!

Watch How to Square a Quilt video here:

And that’s it friends! As you can see squaring up a quilt is a very important step in the quilting process, and so you want to make sure to do a good job. But it’s also super easy, so just take a few minutes to make sure you do a good job, and then you can really showcase all of your lovely hard work!

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Sweet Hearts Quilt Pattern

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Love, Sweet Love, it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of!

I don’t know about you guys, but I think this world could love a little bit of extra TLC right bout now! And one thing that definitely makes me feel better is quilting! So if you have some scraps laying around, and a little free time, I hope you’ll join me in sewing my new Sweet Hearts Quilt Pattern!

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I’m committed to sewing my stash in 2021, so I decided it was time to whip up an adorable scrappy heart quilt! So I grabbed a handful of pinks and reds from my Poppie Cotton stash and started sewing!

I love how the scrappy hearts turned out, and I really like the pop of color from the reds as well. I didn’t pay too close of attention to what went where, other than to try and spread out the reds. And honestly I don’t think you can really go wrong where pink is concerned, so just have fun with it!

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These sweet prints are from the Farmgirls Unite line by Poppie Cotton along with a few pinks from their older lines as well. It’s a perfect pattern for those scraps you have laying around, or even a jelly roll!

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It’s super beginner friendly and easy, so even if you’re a new quilter you can definitely do this one. I actually put it together in a matter of two days. Partly because I wanted to get it released quickly so you could all enjoy it as well, and partly because I just had so much fun sewing it!

For an added pop, I used a variety of blacks from my Poppie Cotton scraps. I just cut several strips from a couple of lines and put them together and I think they turned out great!

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This quilt finishes at 57″ x 57″ and is the PERFECT size to go in my sewing room! Of course you can add or remove any of the blocks to make yours larger or smaller to fit your space as well. I think I may do some more this size so I can swap out my filming background!

It also hangs on my stair railing perfectly too, so now I just have to decide where to keep it!

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Click here to get the Sweet Hearts Quilt PDF pattern today!

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And let me know if this is something you’d like to see in print pattern too and I’ll get them ordered!

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How to Make Quilt Binding // Tutorial

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Hi friends! Today I’m showing you how to make your very own quilt binding! You can purchase pre-made binding in the store, but honestly making your own is super easy, and you can choose your own fabric which makes all of your sewing projects super cute!

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Watch Erica’s How to Make Quilt Binding video tutorial here!

Making quilt binding is so easy, here’s what you’ll need:

And that’s it! As you can see making your own binding is very easy and doesn’t take long!

And now that you can make your own, you can customize your sewing projects and make them extra special!

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and happy sewing!