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How to Make a Quilted Weekend Tote Bag / Sewing Tutorial

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.

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.

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:

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

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!

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

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!

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.


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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Erica’s Fabric Notions Bowl / Tutorial

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?

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

Happy Sewing!

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How to Make Quilt Binding // Tutorial

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!

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! 

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QAYG Quilt As You Go Easy Pot Holder Tutorial

Happy Thursday friends! Today I have a super fun and quick sewing project for you. These quilt as you go pot holders make cute gifts and they’re so easy to make!

Pot Holder Supply List:

I used a lovely print called Holliberry by Corey Yoder for Moda fabrics. I love the traditional feel of this line. It is kind of muted tones, but festive at the same time.

Let’s get started! Watch my QAYG Pot Holder Tutorial here!

And that’s it friends, in just a few minutes you can make this adorable, unique pot holder.

They’re perfect for gifts, and I think kids can have a lot of fun making these as well! You can make a few in your favorite colors, add them to a cooking-themed gift basket and you’re good to go!

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Erica’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Hello friends! It’s time for my annual Holiday Gift Guide! Today I’ll be sharing my top picks for this year and doing a TON of giveaways too!

Watch my 2020 Holiday Gift Guide video here! Also, make sure to follow me on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook because I’ll be running giveaways daily until I run out!


Supplies and Notions

Erica’s Quilt Patterns

Subsciption Boxes

Make sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook to be eligible to enter the GIVEAWAYS, I’ll be posting them daily until I run out of prizes!

Thanks for joining me for this year’s holiday gift guide, I hope you enjoyed it and best of luck in the giveaways!

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Peppermint Pines Quilt Pattern

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And with my new beginner-friendly Christmas quilt pattern, Peppermint Pines, you can make your home even more festive!

Peppermint Pines finishes at 74″ x 86″ but it is so easy to add another row of blocks to make it even larger if you want to!

This quilt is so fast and easy it is great for beginners! It is traditionally pieced and comes together so fast. I think it took me three afternoons to make this whole thing, but I was binge watching Hallmark Christmas and listening Michael Buble so it could have been longer and I just didn’t notice! Because let’s face it, that man’s voice is hypnotic! I always tell my daughter you can’t help but be happy when Michael Buble is singing Christmas carols, am I right? But I digress…

With the craziness of 2020, I wanted go for a more cozy and traditional holiday vibe. And I think this quilt pattern is perfect!

Right now I have it hanging on my wall in our dining room as holiday decor, but honestly I’d love to take it down and cuddle with it by the fire too! Maybe add in a little hot cocoa and a good book? Sounds good to me!

I used a lovely print called Holliberry by Corey Yoder for Moda fabrics. I love the traditional feel of this line. It is kind of muted tones, but festive at the same time.

I was originally going to use it to make my Vintage Christmas quilt, pictured above, but decided to save it for Peppermint Pines and I’m so glad I did!

I chose a nice subtle floral print from the line for the backing and then paired it with this lovely dark grey binding which really pops.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my binding tip! If not, I wanted to show it here too. I always press my binding, then roll it up like shown below. Next, I place it on my thread holder on top of my Juki TL2000 Qi. Then I can pull it off as I go and it doesn’t get tangled on the floor or attacked by Jax (our curious kitty), while I’m sewing!

I also did my standard meander free motion quilt pattern on this quilt. It’s one of my go-to patterns and I just love meandering around my quilt as I go. I find it relaxing and really like to go slow and enjoy the process.

I am so happy with how this quilt turned out. I think it is simple and classic, and I hope you all love it as much as I do!

Ready to get started sewing? You can get my Peppermint Pines quilt pattern here!

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Faux Fur Trimmed Pillow Sewing Tutorial

Hi friends and happy Tutorial Thursday! Since the holiday season is approaching I thought I would do a fun tutorial for these cute faux fur pom pom trimmed pillows! They’re very easy and fast to sew and they make great gifts! And of course I love that you can customize them for your home.

I chose this fun pom-pom trim, but you can use any trim you like using this same technique. My pillow finishes at 20″ x 20″ but you can customize it to fit any size you need and you can even make custom sized and shaped pillows as well. To make a custom shape just use pillow stuffing instead of an insert.

Watch my Pom Pom Trimmed Pillow Tutorial here!

You Will Need:

And that’s it, easy peasy! Now you can go make a bunch to decorate your home and have plenty left over for gifts too!

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial, if you have a project you’d like to see a tutorial for leave a comment below!

Happy Sewing!