Join me today as I show how to make a vinyl zipper bag. The large vinyl window on the front is perfect for seeing what project you have inside. The edges are all self binding, so no separate binding is needed. Grab your fabrics, a zipper, some interfacing, and the PDF and you are ready to make your own vinyl project bag!
So, what sets this vinyl project bag apart? It’s the self binding edges. This means the back fabric wraps around to the front for a nice bound edge instead of needing to use a separate bias binding. I’ve also added a fusible fleece between the back layers. This offers extra structure and the opportunity to sew some quilting lines.
I say cross stitch bag because that’s what I use my bags for, but feel free to use the bags for any use you have.
Click HERE to watch the step by step sewing tutorial!
I’m so excited to finally be able to share the first pattern in my new Crop of Characters cross stitch series! I have been working on this series the past few months and the first pattern was released today.
Each design in the series features a character or animal and the crop they are growing. At this point I have four designs planned, one for each season, but I may add to the series in the future.
Three years ago I started my Sampler Sew Along series. Throughout the series I shared tutorials for 12 different historical quilt blocks and today I’m going to talk about finishing the sampler quilt. You can find the playlist with each tutorial HERE.
If you’re unfamiliar with sampler quilts, they became popular in the 1840s when block style quilts were still fairly new. Typical quilts repeat one or two blocks over and over to create an overall design, but sampler quilts are a combination of several different quilt blocks with no real correlation to them. The quilts were often a way to practice or experiment with different types of blocks. Other times friends or quilting guild members would make blocks separately and combine them later to make a quilt.
But back to this quilt, or rather the 12 quilt blocks. The blocks measure 12.5 inches square as is and will be 12 inches square when sewn into the finished quilt. You can sew the blocks directly together and have a finished quilt top measuring 36 X 48 inches. Then add a backing and batting, sew some quilting, trim and bind and you have a beautiful sampler style baby quilt.
Or you can add other elements to make your quilt larger. My quilt includes sashing, cornerstones, and borders so it measures 50 X 64 inches – a good lap quilt or throw quilt size.
You can finish your quilt however you want, but if you want to make yours similar to mine I will have the measurements of each piece listed below as well as the notes my mom wrote down while she was finishing the quilt. Yep, you read that right, I asked my mom to help me after I had sewn the individual blocks. She’s better at finishing quilts than I am and had more time to work on it. Huge thanks to my Mom!
In my video HERE I go over what cornerstones, sashing, and borders are along with LOTS of other details about this quilt. You will need to know what each of those terms mean for any of the information below to make sense.
The cornerstones were cut from six different fabrics to a size of 2.5 x 2.5 inches. They will measure 2 inches square in the finished quilt. The sashing is 2.5 inches wide cut and finishes 2 inches wide in the finished quilt. The sashing was cut 2.5 inch wide by the width of the bolt of fabric then cut down into 12.5 inch lengths. It took three width of fabric strips to create the seventeen sashing pieces in my quilt.
With the blocks laid out in their final layout, one sashing piece was sewn to bottom of nine of the blocks (each block in the top three rows). Then a cornerstone was sewn to six of the remaining sashing pieces. Those units were then sewn to the right side of the blocks (excluding the three blocks on the far right of the quilt). The last two sashing pieces were sewn between the blocks in the bottom row. After all the sashing and cornerstones were attached the larger block units were pieced together.
Then the borders were added on to the outer edges. The skinny, multicolored border was cut to 1.5 inches by the width of fabric and finishes 1 inch wide. I believe it took 5 strips to make up the border. One strip for each short end and one and a half strips (pieced together) for each long side. And finally, the white border cut to 4.5 inches, finishing 4 inches wide. I’m not sure how many strips that one took – it’s not in mom’s notes.
After the entire quilt top is together it needs a backing, batting, quilting and binding. I talk more about this in the video HERE. The batting in my quilt is a warm and bright polyester batting that can have up to 10 inches between quilting lines. My mom quilted it using a stitch in the ditch method. This is where quilting lines are sewn following the piecing lines of the quilt blocks. My quilt will be displayed on my quilt ladder and not used or washed often so it doesn’t need a lot of dense quilting. Feel free to quilt yours however you like!
And finally, trim up all the edges and add a binding. I have a step by step binding tutorial HERE. Then step back and admire your beautiful quilt!
I LOVE how my quilt turned out and can’t wait to see everyone else’s finished quilts! Please share pics of your blocks and quilts with #SamperSewAlong and don’t forget to tag me. Until next time, Happy Sewing!
It’s time for me to FINALLY share some of the projects I’ve been working on behind the scenes! I’ve had several cross stitching projects in the works, but had to wait until my etsy store relaunch to really talk about them. Now that I have launched my etsy store with my first cross stitch PDF pattern I can start to share some of the other things that will be coming in the future.
You can see all the fun things I’ve been working on in my video HERE! Make sure to watch all the way to the end *wink*
I know I’ve been sharing a lot of cross stitch content recently and not much sewing, BUT I have sewing videos coming up next that I know you will enjoy! Until next time, Happy Sewing!
After getting back into cross stitch at Christmas, I quickly realized I LOVE designing my own patterns! I started with a rainbow purrmaid (cat mermaid) inspired by a book I read to my kids. Than the creativity floodgates burst wide open! I have now designed several other pieces (including a replica of my parents’ home) and LOVE stitching my own creations!
I’m obviously designing things I think are cute and I really enjoy, but I know I’m not the only one who will love them! So I have decided to relaunch my long neglected etsy shop. I haven’t sold on etsy in the past 4 years, but just yesterday I relaunched it with a new name! It is called Stitched With Whitney and my first cross stitch pattern is available for sale!
The Rainbow Purrmaid PDF includes full color stitching charts with pastel and primary color options and two different text layouts. Why did I include so many variations?? Because I couldn’t decide which I liked the most and if I can’t decide then I know other people will like having multiple options as well!
I have already designed and stitched several other patterns and can’t wait to start sharing them soon! I also started a Facebook group – Stitched With Whitney where you can keep up to date on my shop and see sneak peeks before anyone else! There are lots of other cute animal designs coming…
This past weekend I got to go up to my parents’ house and spend time with my mom. We talked cross stitching, filmed a new flosstube video, and even got to go to a local needlework shop WITHOUT the kids! We had a lot of fun and spent two hours wandering around looking at all the cross stitch pieces on display and the patterns for sale. The store was a lot larger than I expected, and we could have stayed much longer, but our hungry stomachs won.
This week I’m sharing the Flosstube video Mom and I filmed together. We showed some of Mom’s previous finishes, current projects, and designs she is planning to stitch soon.
This video is ALL about Mom’s projects, in my next flosstube video I’ll sharing my recent stitching.
While I was at my parents’ house I also picked up my finished Sampler Sew Along quilt! My mom was amazing and took my finished blocks and sewed them together into a quilt top, quilted it, and bound it. It turned out so amazing! I’ll be sharing photos and all the details for finishing the quilt soon.
After almost 12 years on youTube I have accumulated many, many handmade and DIY items. So, what do I do with all those DIYs?? I actually use a lot of them!
Three years ago I shared a video all about the DIYs we use daily. You can watch it HERE. But now that my kids are older some of the things on that list have changed.
To sit down and think of all the handmade items we use daily is actually a little harder than it sounds. We are so used to using most things that we don’t even notice them anymore. I came up with 10 or 11 DIYs we use every day at our house. Click HERE to watch!
All the tutorials and links I mentioned are in the video description box on youTube. Click the video embed or linked on this page to take you to youTube to find the links.
Obviously there are many more DIYs we use regularly, but not every day, so they weren’t included in this video. You can get an idea of those items in my DIYs we use weekly video from a few years ago.
Last month I shared my very first Flosstube video! I wasn’t sure what you all would think about it since it’s a bit different than anything I’ve shared before, but you all are so amazing! I received so many lovely comments from people about my stitching and about the stitching they have been doing! So thank you to everyone who watched my Flosstube video and commented; it meant a lot to me.
The project I’m most proud of is The Fletcher Home – an original design I made and stitched up for my mom.
It’s definitely my favorite cross stitch so far! The idea come to mind a month ago and with my dad’s help I collected several photos of my parents’ home. I used the photos as reference and even measured them to get an idea of the scale. Then began to design the house one square at a time. It took a bit of work to get some of the angles to look right, but I’m in love with how it turned out! You can read more about the entire project HERE.
I hope you enjoy seeing my stitching! I would love to see them! Feel free to tag me in your project pics on Instagram!
I recently got back into cross stitching and jumped right into multiple projects at once. I found it helpful to have a few cross stitch project bags to keep my projects and supplies sorted and organized.
Each project bag is large enough to hold a pattern, fabric, floss, and scissors. They have a nice long zipper and a large vinyl window. This way I don’t even have to open the bag to know what project’s inside and the pattern can even be read through the vinyl if needed.
That bag finished about 8 x 9 inches, so too small for this purpose, but the idea is the same.
To make my larger cross stitch project bags I played around with the measurements and made a few different sizes. The one I like the most finishes 12.5 x 14 inches. This is a fat quarter friendly project!
Vinyl (info below on vinyl gauge) – 11 x 15 inches
Back and Inside Fabric – 12.5 x 14 inches
Piece that attaches to the vinyl top edge – 2.25 x 15 inches
Top Edge – 2 x 15 inches
Zipper – at least 14 inches
One package of bias tape
Then I sew the bag the same way as shown in the original tutorial – attaching the vinyl to the smaller fabric and zipper, then trimming that unit down to the same size as the back and inside fabric.
*I have been asked what gauge vinyl I use for sewing. In the past I bought a remnant of vinyl and the gauge wasn’t marked, so I didn’t know. But I recently picked up another remnant piece and it said 12 gauge. I think it is slightly thicker than what I had before and it sewed really nicely, so I definitely recommend that thickness for this purpose.
If you somehow made it this far, but aren’t actually into cross stitching, there are actually lots of other things you can use this bag for. They are perfect for organizing game cards and pieces because they hold a lot, but can store flat. How else would you use one of these large project bags??
Even though I just recently returned to cross stitching I decided to tackle creating my own cross stitch designs. I love the process of starting with a blank page and filing in one box at a time to slowly create a beautiful image!
I have been looking at many cross stitched houses and want to design a few of my own. I got the idea to design one that looks like my Mom and Dad’s house! I wanted it to be a surprise for my Mom, but I soon realized I needed to enlist my Dad’s help. He snapped a few pics of their house and sent them to me. With those pics, and several more I dug up, I set about designing a replica of the house.
Along the way I ran into a few struggles, mostly involving getting the roofline, sidewalk, and shrubs right. I had to make a few creative changes so the overall design looks right.
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After charting everything I needed to decide on a fabric to use. I ended up going with tea/coffee dyed Aida. I wanted the fabric to have some sort of color, but not actually be colorful.
I started stitching at the corner of the house, starting with the stonework. There is stonework around the corners and lower edge of the house. We all know stones are made of many different shades and colors. It’s not even that each stone is a different color, but there are multiple colors within each stone. I wanted to find a way to show that in my stitching. In the end I did a lot of color mixing. Instead of stitching with two threads of the same color, I used two different color threads. I stitched in various places within the stonework area then switched to two different colors of thread. By the end I had a really unique look
I did a similar process with the hydrangea bushes. I wanted them to really stand out and look like flowers so I mixed several shades of blue, purple, and white. To make them have more dimension (since they are in front of the house) I stitched an X and a half for each. The X that every cross stitch square is filled with, then one extra time over top.
I couldn’t figure out a good way to show the larger base at the top and bottom of the pillars. In the end I did three rows of top stitching on each.
I charted the house to have the sidewalk out front, but decided to leave it off the finished design.
After cross stitching the house I needed to quickly figure out the finishing. My mom was coming to visit and I wanted it to be done before she arrived! I ended up selecting a whitewashed wood piece and a wooden home sign from the craft section at Wal-Mart.
I grabbed a few scraps of fabric from my stash (one that looks like denim and one dark red dot similar to the door color). I happened to have these rare earth magnets on hand and a random bit of metal in my toolbox. I didn’t want to glue the fabric directly onto the wood in case it didn’t bond well enough, so instead I glued the magnet to the wood and the metal to the cross stitched piece.
The piece still looked a little unfinished, so I pulled my Accuquilt Go Cutting Machine out and cut several flower pieces out of felt. I put them together and they were the perfect embellishment and exactly the finishing touch I needed.