Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kona Club Challenge - Boxy Pouch by Jennifer

 We're so happy to have Jennifer from A Quarter Inch from the Edge take the Kona Club Challenge this month. Jenn is a member of the Kona Club and love's solids. Jennifer used the colors we sent out in June 2013 for  Kona Club and made this great Boxy Pouch. We hope you enjoy this tutorial and make one of your own. We are giving away the fat quarters that Jennifer used in this tutorial so be sure to leave a comment on this post to win!

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Hi! I’m Jenn from A Quarter Inch from the Edge. I’ve been quilting for fourteen years and blogging about it for two! My blog, which began as a New Year’s Resolution, combines my love of writing, taking photos, and of course, quilting.  I live in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and am a member of the newly formed Maritime Modern Quilt Guild. When I’m not quilting, I’m a Middle School French teacher and a life-long Girl Guide. I love Kona solids to the point of distraction and am so pleased to have been given the opportunity to write a tutorial for the Kona Club Challenge. I’ve been a member of Sew Sisters’ monthly Kona Club since January 2013 and love tearing into that squishy envelope every month to see what treasures await.



Boxy Pouch

Here's my tutorial for a fun little boxy pouch suitable for make-up, the kiddo's toys, or whatever you want to stuff in there! 


You will Need:


Cutting:

1) Choose one fat quarter to be your bag's interior. I opted for Kona Eggplant. Using your batting as a template, cut your interior. You can use the remainder as part of the exterior of the bag.



2) Cut three 2 inch strips from your other fat quarters. You'll have lots left for other projects -maybe even more boxy totes!



3) Cut two rectangles 1½by 2½ for zipper caps.

Instructions:

4) Using your batting as a mini design wall, map out your strip pattern. Lay strips vertically, cutting, mixing and matching until you have a pleasing design. Keep in mind that the last few strips on each end will be closest to the zipper and that the top and bottom of your strips will be the bag ends where some fabric will be lost to the creation of your boxy ends.



Overlap the ends of your pieces to accommodate for seam allowances.



When you run out of room on your "design wall", make a few more strip sets. You'll need these to accommodate for the seam allowances when you join the strips together.



5) Sew your strips together using a ¼ inch seam allowance. I like to piece each vertical section, press it, and then put it back on the batting so my original plan doesn't get re-arranged! When using a variety of light and dark fabrics for this project, I've experimented with pressing seams open. It's your call! 


 6) Now sew your vertical strip sets together. I left the pressing to the very end on this step.

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7) Using spray adhesive (or the basting technique of your choice), layer your pieced bag exterior, batting, and bag interior as you would for a quilt sandwich.



8) Quilt your sandwich! This can be a great chance to practice your free motion quilting or try out some straight line patterns that you've you've seen around. On small projects, why not take a risk and do something new? I used my trusty Frixion pen to mark random lines.


And I quilted it in a contrasting thread. It makes the quilting pop and will add interest to the interior of the bag.


9) Once quilted, square up and trim to a 12 by 18 inch rectangle. Zigzag stitch around the edges of your sandwich to finish what will be visible seams inside your bag.


10) Now for the zipper! I opted to match mine, but a contrasting one can look great too!



Fold your two zipper caps in half, then bring the raw edges in toward the fold. Press.


Trim away a small amount of the excess on the pull end of your zipper. I like to trim off the metal stopper since I invariably hit it with my needle!


Slide the zipper cap over the zipper and top stitch close to the edge. Take care when stitching near the actual zipper - I've broken a lot of needles on zippers!


Before adding the other cap, you might want to line up your zipper with your bag to check the length. Trim excess before adding the second zipper cap.


11) Lay your zipper face down on the short side of the rectangle. Using your zipper foot, stitch it in place. I move the zipper head as I stitch to keep it out of the way! No need for another broken needle!



12)  Fold the seam allowance back toward the back. Switching back to your usual foot, top stitch near the edge of the bag to zip seam.
 

 13)  Back to the zipper foot to sew the second side of your zipper.
 

14) Topstitching the other side of the zipper is trickier since you now have a tube to work around. I usually sew as far down as I can, tie off my thread, and then switch to the other end and sew down to meet my stitching.


15) Turn your tube inside out and squish it down with the zipper centered on the short end. Pin in place. Don't forget to leave your zipper partially open so that you can turn your bag right side later!


16) Stitch the end closed using a ¼ inch seam. Once you've done your seam, finish it with a zigzag as it will be visible on the inside of your bag. Do the same on the other end.


17) Now to box the ends of that bag! Squish down the corner of the bag, centering the seam on the corner. Pin in place. Mark a line 2 inches down from the corner.


 18) Stitch on the line.


 19) Snip off the corner!


 20) Zigzag stitch to finish what will be a visible seam in the bag interior.


 21) Turn that sucker right side out and there you have it - a boxy tote! 


Inspiration links: Experimental Talk - Cute quilted zipper tote Fresh Lemons Quilts - iPad case (zipper caps)

Giveaway!

You could win 4 fat quarters of the Kona Cotton Solids Jenn used to make her Boxy Pouch!
Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.



If you are no-reply/Wordpress blogger please leave your email id in the post.
We will leave the giveaway open till Thursday, August 28th, 2014.
Winner will be announced Friday, August 29th.
Good luck everybody and enjoy making your very own Boxy Pouch!

Click here for more details on Kona Club. 

63 comments:

Lisa Marie said...

Very cute! I think it would be a great way to use treasured small scraps by piecing them into a pouch. Thanks for sharing!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Ahhhhh first to comment, love the tote, and tutorial was very clear. Thank you!

Vicki in MN said...

I really have enjoyed working with solids in the past year. Great little pouch tutorial, thank you!

Adrienne said...

Great tutorial!

Briarose said...

what a great tutorial, I'm going to make one for my grandson. Thanks! He'll love it. Claire

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial by Jennifer and the chance to win some beautiful fabric.

Gill said...

Great tutorial - I love the colours!!

Michele T said...

This is such a great way to use up scrap fabrics!!! The tutorial is very clear and excellent step-by-step instructions!! Love this colour palette too! Thanks for sharing a great project!!

JacqAdams said...

Lovely bag and nice colours. I will have to try this.

sherry said...

yum what great fall colours those are.

Quilting Tangent said...

Great colors and tutorial. Can you check if I'm a no-reply blogger and let me know? Thanks 24Tangent@gmail.com

Diane H said...

Fabulous tutorial, thanks!

Audrey said...

A great tutorial for a fun pouch. Though I love the colours you used, I can envision a scrap version that would be or so fun too. Thanks for sharing and offering a giveaway.

Nicole said...

This looks great - I've been needing to make a pouch anyway. Thanks!

Sunnybec said...

Thank you for the tutorial, love making pouches.

Nancy said...

Love a boxy pouch and the lovely colours. Looks like the strip method could be done as a Quilt as you go once the strips are pieced.
nridder@hurontel.on.ca

Sheryl said...

Now I want to make on as a pencil case for everyone I know who is in school

Carmen N said...

That picture (with the colors,berries) is making me hungry! Thank you for the tutorial!

Colleen said...

Thanks for the tutorial - I'm going to have to try this!

Rosa said...

The tutorial is easy to follow and the pouch is just beautiful and love your fabric combo.The cake looks yummy.

Anja said...

Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

Allison C said...

Love these colors. Thanks for the tutorial!

Kathy said...

what a great project - love the colors you used

MoeWest said...

Thanks for the tutorial. This is a good project for my Christmas gift stash.

Wendy said...

great tutorial, boxy pouches are so useful

Kathy Davis said...

I think I could do this one, except for that last zipper part. I am afraid of zippers. :)
Thanks, Kathy
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Peaches1003 said...

Cute pouch and lovely colours, although now I am dying for a bowl of berries and cream!

Jeanette said...

I love those berry colours! That pouch is adorable. It'd be a great makeup bag!

Mokki said...

Those colours are delicious! Thanks for the tutorial.

Cindy Pilkington said...


I love the eggplant color and the tutorial. Thanks for the chance to win!

delaineelliott said...

What a sweet tote, and I love the colors! Thanks!

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Vicki H said...

I have been wanting to make a boxy bag. Thanks for the tute.

Weatherbee ;) said...

Very cute! Your tute makes it look so easy! :)

Maureen Williamson said...

Awesome tutorial...thanks so much!! I love these colours & wonder if the dessert comes with them, LOL! Thanks for a chance at the give-away.
Maureen
mgw070 at rogers dot com

Kathryn LJ said...

Wow, I think I could do that! Nice clear directions.

Sarah said...

The colors you chose are SO beautiful. :) sarah@forrussia.org

Erin McSweeney said...

what a great tutorial thanks for the giveaway

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Lee said...

Thank you for the tutorial!!

Ioleen Kimmel said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Very clean instructions. Colours are wonderful.

Thanks for the chance to win.

ioleen.kimmel@gmail.com

Bethany said...

Thank you thank you thank you for the fabulous tutorial. It is not often when I come across a tutorial that is so in-depth!

OhioLori said...

Yes! Thank you for the Tutorial!! Love this Pouch!!

Julia D said...

Love these solids! Thanks for the tutorial, Jenn :) Thank you to Sew Sisters for the giveaway :)

Cheryl said...

I love this boxy/zipper pouch. Pinning it in my sewing dreams to get to one day!

allison pogany said...

Perfect colors for fall! Great tutorial.
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Jen Barnard said...

Your pouch looks great, I really like the kona ash you added.
jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

dungeonquilter said...

Love the tutorial. Can't wait to give it a try.

Chris R said...

I love this idea!! Thanks for sharing!

bee said...

great colors! this looks like a fun pouch to make - will definitely add it to my to-make list.

juliehallfeldhaus said...

Cute bag thanks for the chance to win!!

Quilting Momma said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I love the bag! I can see lots of uses for one, two or more of these! I was afraid to do something like the boxy pouches, but I think I can tackle it now! Thanks!

Ella and Nesta said...

Thank you for the tutorial! I follow Jenn's blog and admire her work!

Janie said...

My sister needs one of those bags, cute! Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway.

Arianna M. said...

I love the colour palette, and the finished pouch looks great!

Christal/Ottawa said...

Awesome tutorial. I loved it and will be doing it this weekend :) can't wait to see if it's as easy as you make it seem.. :)

Sue H said...

Going to make one of these tomorrow - great tutorial and I love those colors!!

Linda said...

I was lucky enough to win one of Jenn's boxy pouches a while back and I would love to win the Kona's and try my hand at making one too. Thanks for the chance.

Jeanette said...

Very cute Jenn, and a well written tutorial with lots of great photos!

Kelly Wilson said...

Thanks for the thorough tutorial. Notwendy gmail

Unknown said...

Beautiful colours and great tutorial! Thanks!

Barb F said...

Love pouches! Great tutorial Jenn.

Mr. Briggs said...

Thanks for the straight forward tutorial. It makes a great looking little bag. My favorite part is the color palette, I've been using a lot of purple and magenta recently.

GranChris said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I think I can make this.Love these colors!

Jess Burns said...

Whatever berry food you have in the last picture looks delicious!

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