HST Block of the Month: Your Quilts!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Happy Thursday! There have been so many finished quilts and quilt tops from our Half-Square Triangle Block of the Month popping up in the In Color Order Flickr Group! It makes me so excited to see them! I love everyone's take on the blocks! I wanted to share them here with you all. If you click on the photo it will take you over to Flickr. Make sure to check out the quilter's Flickr account by clicking their name too!

You can find all of the block tutorials and information on the BOM page here, which can be found through the Tutorials tab now! There is also a PDF Pattern available if you'd like everything in one place! :)

etchings quilt in the snow - pattern from in color order's half square triangle block of the month
mybricole

Modern Christmas HST
Federlily

HST BOM
ddSaab56

Completed In Color Order HST BOM quilt
Toohey Sews

HST quilt Along
Sew It Pretty

busy, busy!
SarahZ 85

HST In Color Order Quilt top
amira_ameruddin

quilt
melarafam

ICO BoM 20120004
frostpatterns

HST BOM Quilt top
Celtic Thistle

Untitled
Earlybird1976

If for any reason you do not want your quilt featured here, please email me and I'll remove it, no worries!

Thank you for quilting along with me!

Giveaway Winner

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The winner of the Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe e-book giveaway is #244, Fran!

Thank you to everyone who entered! :)

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial

Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing a fun tutorial for a Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB!

This was originally published as a guest tutorial on the Art Gallery Fabrics Blog.

I love keeping a roomy zipper pouch in my purse to keep some make-up, lip balm, medicine, a nail file or two, and a bit of emergency candy.  This pouch is the perfect size for all those little things that end up at the bottom of your bag!

It features half-square triangles, which are covered in the tutorial, so never fear if you haven't made them before!

While we're at it, how about a new key FOB? We'll make two different versions, one plain and one patchwork. Makes it easier to find your keys, plus they're just pretty!  (FOB hardware is from here and turquoise twill tape is from JoAnns.)

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch
If you'd rather make a plain pouch and skip the half-square triangle piecing, you'll need just 2 fat quarter (one for the exterior and one for the interior). Cut all your pieces 6.5"x8.5" and skip ahead to step 14!


Sewing Level: Intermediate

Materials:
- 8 print fat quarters
- 8” (or larger) zipper
- 1/3 yard lightweight fusible interfacing
- 1/4 yard fusible fleece
- Coordinating thread

Finished Size:
Zipper Pouch - 5.5”x7.5”

Cutting:
From all 8 fat quarters:
- Cut (1) 3”x9” strip
- Subcut strip into (3) 3” squares

From 1 fat quarter (lining):
- Cut (1) 6.5”x18” strip
- Subcut strip into (2) 6.5”x8.5” pieces

From 1 fat quarter (zipper end tabs):
- Cut (2) 1.5”x2.5” pieces

From lightweight interfacing:
- Cut (1) 6.5”x17” strip
- Subcut strip into (2) 6.5”x8.5” pieces

From fusible fleece:
- Cut (1) 6”x16 strip
- Subcut into (2) 6”x8” pieces

Pouch Construction:
Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
*Use a 1/4” seam allowance unless otherwise noted* 

1. Take any two of your 3” squares, and place them right sides together.


Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
2. Line up a ruler along the diagonal, from one corner to another.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
3. Carefully trace a line with a pencil.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
 4. Sew along one side of the pencil line, backstitch. Turn your square and sew down the other side of the pencil line.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
5. Using scissors or a rotary blade, cut down the pencil line, splitting the squares in half.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
6. Press your seams open to reduce bulk.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
7. Line up a ruler with the HST seam. Trim as little as necessary on both sides.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
8. Turn HST and trim the other two sides, this time line up your half-square triangle with 2.5”, trimming the excess.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
9. Repeat with the remaining squares to create a total of 24 half-squares triangles.  Trim them all to 2.5”.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
10. Grab 12 of your half-square triangle units and arrange them into 3 rows of 4 squares each.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
11. Stitch blocks in each row together.  Press seams in one direction, alternating with each row.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
12. Sew rows together, pinning where the seams meet. Press seams open.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
13. Repeat with remaining half-square triangles to create another exterior panel.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
14. Fuse lightweight interfacing to the wrong sides of both panels.  Center fusible fleece on top of the interfacing, fuse in place.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
15. Create the end tabs for the zipper by taking the 1.5”x2.5” piece and folding the long sides in 1/4” and pressing flat.


Fold down both short ends 1/4” and press.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
Fold in half, matching short edges and press.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
16. Cut off the end of your zipper, trimming off the metal end.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
17. Nestle your trimmed zipper end in the folded tab. Pin in place.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
18. Using a small seam allowance, top stitch the zipper end tab in place.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
19. Measure your zipper starting from the end tab and mark a line at 7.75”.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
20. Open the zipper past that line and then cut on the line.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
21. Pin the zipper closed, and nestle the zipper end in the folded tab.  Pin in place and sew the same way as the first tab.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
(Note: Zipper with tabs is meant to be shorter than your lining and exterior! It should measure 7.75” long with the tabs)

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
22. Place a lining piece right sides up on your sewing table. Place zipper right sides up, centered along the top edge, with the zipper pull to the right.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
23. Place an exterior panel right sides down on top of your lining and zipper.  Line up edges and pin in place.

Tip: I like to do a quick line of stitching using an 1/8” seam to baste when installing zippers. It helps reduce chances of layers shifting while sewing.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
24. Using a zipper foot sew along the top edge with a 1/4” seam allowance.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
When you get close to the zipper pull, stop stitching and lower your needle.  Lift up your foot, removing pins that are in the way, and carefully open your zipper until it’s past the presser foot.

Reposition the exterior panel and repin.  Continue stitching to the end, backstitch.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
25. Open your pieces so that the wrong sides are together.  Press flat.

26. Place remaining exterior panel right sides up on your sewing table.  Center it along the top edge of your lining.  Place remaining lining piece right sides down on top of your zipper.  Line up edges and pin in place. Repeat steps 24-25 for second side of zipper.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
27. Open your pieces so that the wrong sides are together.  Press flat.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
28. Top stitch along the top edge of both sides of the zipper.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
29. Place the exterior panels right sides together and lining pieces right sides together.  Fold the zipper end tabs toward the exterior. **Open the zipper!** Pin.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
30. Sew around all four edges using a 1/4” seam allowance (and a walking foot), leaving a 4” opening at the bottom of the lining.  You may need to stitch over the zipper area a few times to secure it.

Because the zipper (with the tabs) is .75” smaller than the pouch pieces, you’ll sew right next to the tabs, but not through them.  This makes the pouch ends nice and neat.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
31. Turn the bag right sides out through the zipper opening.  Pull the lining out of the bag.  Turn open edges under 1/4”.

Pin and sew the opening closed with a small seam allowance.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
32. Stuff lining into pouch and press well.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
Tip: You can create a quick pull for your zipper using a small strip of fabric, or ribbon. I cut mine 1/2”x3”.  Simply thread it into the zipper pull and tie in a knot.

Voila, your pouch is done!


Key FOBs
Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
Now it's time to make some Key FOBs! You can choose to make either a patchwork or a solid version! You'll have plenty of fabric leftover from the pouch to make both if you'd like!

Sewing Level: Beginner Friendly

Materials:
- 8 different print fabric scraps
- 1/2 yard of 3/4” twill tape
- Scraps of lightweight fusible interfacing
- (1) 1.25” metal key FOB hardware
- Coordinating thread

Finished Size:
Key FOBs - 1.25”x4.75”

Cutting:
Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
For Patchwork FOB:

From all 8 print scraps:
- Cut (1) 1.5”x3” piece

For Solid FOB:
From 1 print scrap:
- Cut (1) 3”x8.5” piece

For both FOBs:
From lightweight interfacing:
- Cut (1) 3”x8.5” pieces

From twill tape:
- Cut (1) 8.5” piece

Key FOB Construction:
Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
*Use a 1/4” seam allowance unless otherwise noted* 

1. For Patchwork FOB: Sew (8) 1.5”x3” strips together along the long edges using a 1/4” seam allowance.  Press seams open.  Strip should measure 3”x8.5”.

2. Fuse lightweight interfacing to the backside of the strip.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
3. Fold strips in half lengthwise, placing *wrong sides* together. Pin.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
4. Stitch a 1/4” on the long side of each strip. Press, making a crease along the folded edge.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
5. Open up the seam and line it up with the crease you just made, pressing the seam open and the piece flat.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
6. Place a 8.5” piece of twill tape on top of each strip, covering the center seam.  Pin in place.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
7. Top stitch along both sides of the twill tape, securing it in place. Trim any excess on the edges.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
8. Fold piece in half, lining up raw ends, press.  You may choose to have the twill on the outside or inside.  Stitch ends together with a small seam allowance, making sure to backstitch.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
9. Place raw edge of a folded strip into the hardware.

10. Making sure to keep things in place, cover hardware with a washcloth and use a pair of pliers to close the hardware. You may need to check it and repeat to make sure it’s completely close.

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB Tutorial - In Color Order
Voila! Enjoy your Key FOB!

Happy Sewing!

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