Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial

9.17.2019

Any day that I get to make a zipper pouch is a great day, so I'm very excited to share this fun project using some very handy tools! This post is sponsored by Clover, who provided the tools featured in this tutorial, and also contains affiliate links.

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial
This is a fantastic project for orphan quilt blocks or improvisational patchwork. I love using metal zippers on these pouches since they have larger holes on the pulls—perfect for adding tassels!

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial

To make these pouches I used Clover's large Tassel Maker and the Ultimate Quilt 'n Stitch Presser Foot, which lets you quilt lines from 3/8" to 3" apart.

 Retro Mama | Clover Tassel Maker

 Retro Mama | Clover Ultimate Quilt 'n Stitch Presser Foot

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial
This presser foot made the quilting go so quickly! It was designed for low shank machines (see this post for information about the foot, and see this post to help determine if you have a low or high shank) so be sure to check to make sure that it will fit your machine.

The tassel maker, in addition to coming in super cute colors, is very easy to use; it only takes a couple of minutes to make each tassel!

Let's make some pouches!


Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial

Finished pouch measures 8" x 5-1/2"

Materials

(2) Patchwork panels a little larger than 9" x 6"
(2) Quilting cotton lining pieces* 9" x 5-3/4"
(2) Batting rectangles, slightly larger than the patchwork panels (I used needle punched cotton batting)
Thread
(1) 8" metal zipper with donut pull (like these; measure the actual zipper part only, do not include the fabric on the ends)
(1) Skein DMC Pearl Cotton embroidery thread; or one skein of each color that you will use

*Note: the lining is intentionally shorter than the outer panels so it will nest more neatly in the pouch!

Tools

Sewing machine and standard sewing/quilting supplies
Zipper foot
Erasable fabric pen
Ultimate Quilt 'n Stitch Presser Foot
Water soluble fabric glue pen
Large Tassel Maker

Pouch Instructions

1. Center a patchwork panel on top of the batting, right side up, and press. Mark a 45 degree line with a fabric pen. Sew on the first line, then continue quilting lines 5/8" apart to cover the panel. Mark a 45 degree line in the opposite direction and continue quilting lines 5/8" apart. Repeat for the other panel. Trim the panels to 9" W x 6" H.

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial
2. Press back the ends of the zipper as shown and sew in place, very close to the edge.

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial
3. Place the front of the pouch right side up. Center the zipper on top of the panel, zipper pull facing down and closing to the left side. Line up the top edges and use fabric glue to affix the top edge of the zipper to the panel. Press with a warm iron until the glue is dry.

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial
4. Place a lining piece on top of the zipper, right side down. Align the top and side edges with the panel and clip in place.

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial
5. Using a zipper foot, sew across the top edge with a 1/4" seam allowance. Then fold the exterior panel and lining away from the zipper and press.

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial
6. Place the second patchwork panel right side up. Place the first panel on top, right sides together and zipper at the top. Align the sides of the panels and use fabric glue to affix the zipper as you did in step 3. Place the other lining piece right side down and clip everything together along the top edge. Sew along this edge with a 1/4" seam allowance, then press the lining and panel away from the zipper.

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial
7. Topstitch both sides of the zipper. Sew through both the outer panel and lining fabrics. Keep the lining smooth by gently pulling it away from the zipper while you sew.

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial
8. Open the zipper 2/3 of the way. Fold the pouch in half, outer sides together, lining facing outward. Match the top of the panels next to the zipper so the fabric is even and tack together next to the edge. Repeat on other side of the zipper.

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial
9.Match the exterior pieces right sides together and the lining pieces right sides together, and pin. IMPORTANT: Place the zipper on the lining side!

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial
10. Triple stitch (also known as a stretch stitch) around the pouch with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a 3-1/2” section on one side of the lining open. I used the zipper foot when sewing next to the zipper, and a regular foot for the rest of the way around the pouch. Make sure there is some space between the seam and the closed end of the zipper so it will turn neatly. Clip the corners of the lining and the pouch exterior.

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial
11. Turn the pouch right side out through the opening and use a chopstick or turning tool to gently push the corners out. Press the lining opening edges inward, then sew the lining closed.

12. Put the lining back into the pouch and press.

Tassel Instructions

Before wrapping the tassel, cut the following three pieces:

(1) 10" length of twine for hanger (I used homemade twine)

(1) 10" length of matching pearl cotton thread for tying the center of the tassel

(1) 20" length of contrasting pearl cotton thread for wrapping the tassel head

1. Secure one end of the pearl cotton under the notch on the side of the large tassel maker (I used the smallest setting), then wrap the thread around the center of the bars 35 times (a little less than half the skein). Secure the end of the thread under the notch on the other side and trim.

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial
2. Fold the hanger twine in half and the ends into a secure knot about 1-1/2" from the bend, Then trim the ends fairly short. Insert the knot all the way through the center of the wrapped thread, with the knot slightly more than 1/2 of the way down from the top bar.

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial
3. Tie a tight and secure knot around the center of the wrapped thread with the 10" piece of matching thread, ABOVE the knot in your hanger, placing the knot on the underside, next to the hanger knot.

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial
4. Trim the wrapped thread along the top and bottom of the tassel maker with sharp shears. Allow the strands to drape around the hanger.

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial
5. Make a loop with your 20" length of contrasting thread, then tightly wrap the head of the tassel (I wrapped it about 8-9 times), insert the end through the loop, and pull both ends until the loop disappears under the wrapping and feels firmly in place. Trim the ends of the wrapped thread.

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial
6. Trim the ends of the tassel with sharp shears so the strands are even.

7. Place the tassel hanger through the hole in the zipper pull, then thread the tassel through the loop.

 Retro Mama | Quilted Tassel Pouch Tutorial
I hope you have fun stitching up your own quilted tassel pouches, please let me know if you have any questions below!

Happy Stitching,
Kim

Pins and Needles Book Sew Along: Weeks 1 and 2

7.23.2019

We are stitching up my new Pins and Needles Book pattern together this month, and it's been so fun seeing all the different styles and details that everyone is using! If you want to join in, all you need is to share photos of your completed needle books on Instagram with the hashtag #pinsandneedlesSAL and you'll be entered to win, now through August 4.

Read on to see what I’ve been sewing and to see our SAL winners for weeks 1 and 2!


I used 3/4" sided hexagons for this EPP needle book, and with 22 hexagons, it was just right for a weekend project!


The front slip pocket fits a little notebook so I can keep notes when designing patterns. I'm constantly losing little slips of paper with my scrawled out measurements, so this should *fingers crossed* help keep me organized! I added a hexagon and ribbon to one of the felt pages and I love those sweet ladybugs on the zipper pocket!


I also posted this video, which shows how to measure and join bias binding to perfectly fit your needle book (or any small project!):



And now for the winners of Weeks 1 and 2...

Elnora @elnorac and Lori @lorimillerdesigns chose the winners and also provided fabulous prizes for Week 1!

Week 1 Winners (photo credits to Lindsay and Stef)

Stef @stef_andthefabricpieces


This amazing Liberty needle book is delightful—from the circle appliques to the French knots, I love every little thing about it. Stef's work is impeccable!

Lindsay @linzentart


How sweet is this adorable starry pouch? I love the darling details and that touch of linen on the back! Lindsay's makes are always so whimsical!


Stephanie @sissybellesews and Zoe @zoemayson chose the winners and awarded prizes for Week 2. Thanks so much, my friends!

Week 2 Winners (photo credits to Sally and Brigitte)

Sally @sally_rosson

 Retro Mama | Pins and Needles Book sewn by Sally @sally_rosson
I love this sweet pair of needle books that Sally stitched up--the cute fabrics she chose look so great together! Gorgeous work, Sally!

Brigitte @brigitteschoelinck


This cheery floral needle book that Brigitte made in floral prints is so lovely, what a great use for precious Liberty scraps!

There have been so many amazing needle books so far and more to come! I can't wait to see them! Thanks to all who are participating and to those following along, too!

Happy Stitching,
Kim

Pins and Needles SAL: My favorite sewing tools and notions

6.24.2019

As we gear up for the Pins and Needles sew along, I wanted to share some of my favorite tools and notions with you. I use these tools for many of my small patchwork and quilted projects—they are helpful to have on hand for lots of stitching situations! This is not a sponsored post; I purchased each of these items for my own use. Links below marked with an asterisk are affiliate links.


Sewing Tools

My favorite things for sewing bias binding:

 Retro Mama | Favorite sewing tools
*Clover Wonder Clips - I rarely need to use straight pins because of these little clips. They are fantastic for binding, zippers, thick fabrics, and for preventing pin holes. I keep them ready to use by storing them in a cute vintage teacup!

 Retro Mama | Favorite sewing tools
*That Purple Thang – I love this little tool! It’s super handy for adjusting fabric under your presser foot (and keeping your fingers out of harm’s way) and as a point turner or stuffing tool. The square end is 1/4” wide and there is a 1/2” slot which is great for putting elastic or ribbon through casings. I use it especially for sewing the binding around curved edges.

 Retro Mama | Favorite sewing tools
*Sewline Glue Pen - This water-soluble glue is perfect for English paper piecing and also for getting a really clean finish on zippers and binding. After adhering fabric with the glue, press with an iron until dry and it stays put until you pull it apart. This glue pen is refillable and cute to boot!

 Retro Mama | Favorite sewing tools
*Disappearing Fabric Pen - I’ve tried several brands of marking pens but this one is my favorite. The tip is soft enough that it doesn’t dent the fabric, but you can still get a pretty thin line with it. The ink typically disappears between a couple of hours to a few days, or you can speed it up with water. But if it disappears too fast—just press the fabric with a hot iron and the marks reappear like magic! Store these pens with the tip down to help keep them from drying out.


Notions

Two of my most frequently asked questions are about zippers and tags, so I’m going to let you know what you need and where to find them!

Zippers

 Retro Mama | Favorite sewing notions
For the Pins and Needles Book project I recommend nylon zippers because we’ll need to cut them to size. YKK brand is terrific; they are reliably smooth and come in a ton of great colors.

If you do need to buy zippers, my favorite online source is Zipit on Etsy. For the medium needle book you’ll want a 6” zipper, and for the small needle book a 5” zipper, but you can cut nylon zippers down from any size so feel free to use whatever you have on hand! Zipit also has a great selection of metal zippers, which are great for my Quilted Notions Pouch pattern.

Tags

One of my favorite kind of embellishments is to tuck a little folded ribbon underneath binding. I love making tags with cotton ribbon, twill, jacquard, or my own custom labels!

 Retro Mama | Favorite sewing ntions
Try searching for French twill ribbon on Etsy for this pretty double striped cotton ribbon.

 Retro Mama | Favorite sewing notions
I also love these cute cotton twill measuring tape ribbons. Both versions are made by Creative Impressions, and you can also find them by the yard or roll on Etsy.

 Retro Mama | Favorite sewing notions
Jacquard ribbon is a wonderful option for super colorful, detailed tags. Some of my favorites are from Renaissance Ribbons.

 Retro Mama | Favorite sewing notions
My own logo tags were made by ClothingLabels4U. I found this company very easy to work with, the quality is great, and they have low minimum orders!


I hope you found these ideas helpful! If there is anything else you're searching for, let me know in the comments and I'll try to help out!

Happy Stitching,
Kim

Pins and Needles Sew Along

6.18.2019

Hi friends! Thank you so much for your incredible response to my new needle book sewing pattern, I'm thrilled that so many of you want to stitch it up! The pattern has lots of different options and new skills to practice, so I thought it would be helpful—and fun—to have a sew along! The SAL will run from July 8 through August 4. There will be weekly prizes, and at the end I'll have a wrap-up and announce a grand prize.

 Retro Mama | Pins and Needles Sew Along

First, you'll want to grab a copy of the Pins and Needles Book sewing pattern, which is 20% off from now through the end of the sew along!

In addition to regular quilting supplies, you'll also need a nylon zipper (or two) and closure hardware, which are some of the goodies that I'll cover in a post very soon!

I've got some fantastic makers lined up to host each week with their own needle books and prizes:

Week 1 – July 8-14

Elnora @elnorac
Lori @lorimillerdesigns

Week 2 – July 15-21

Stephanie @sissybellesews
Zoe @zoemayson

Week 3 – July 22-28

Helen @henhousehandmade
Laurraine @patchworkpottery

Week 4 – July 29-August 4

Sarah @princess_ina_pouch
Mary @sunnydaysupply



A few gorgeous Pins and Needles Books stitched up by friends...

 Retro Mama | Pins and Needles book sewn by Minki @zeriano
needle book and photo by Minki @zeriano

 Retro Mama | Pins and Needles Book sewn by Minki @zeriano
needle book and photo by Minki @zeriano

 Retro Mama | Pins and Needles Book sewn by Minki @zeriano
needle book and photo by Minki @zeriano

 Retro Mama | Pins and Needles Book sewn by Deidra @quiltyobsession
needle book and photo by Deidra @quiltyobsession

 Retro Mama | Pins and Needles Book sewn by Deidra @quiltyobsession
needle book and photo by Deidra @quiltyobsession

 Retro Mama | Pins and Needles Book sewn by Deidra @quiltyobsession
needle book and photo by Deidra @quiltyobsession

 Retro Mama | Pins and Needles Book sewn by Deidra @quiltyobsession
needle book and photo by Deidra @quiltyobsession

 Retro Mama | Pins and Needles Book sewn by Polina @polina.lisitsyna
needle book and photo by Polina @polina.lisitsyna

 Retro Mama | Pins and Needles Book sewn by @polina.lisitsyna
needle book and photo by Polina @polina.lisitsyna

 Retro Mama | Pins and Needles Book sewn by @polina.lisitsyna
needle book and photo by Polina @polina.lisitsyna


Joining the sew along is simple! Here's what you need to do:

1) Follow me @retro_mama on Instagram, as well as each of the amazing ladies listed above. Then follow the hashtag #pinsandneedlesSAL to see all the projects, WIPs, and giveaways!

2) Post your photos on Instagram with the hashtags #pinsandneedlesSAL and #retromamapattern to participate and be eligible for prizes. You are very welcome to post WIPs but only completed projects will be eligible to win. Be sure that your account is public during the SAL so we can see your projects! You may enter more than once if you make more than one Pins and Needles Book.

I'll be blogging each week with tips, inspiration, and more info about the giveaways. I can't wait to see the beautiful needle books that you’ll be stitching up!

So grab the pattern, prepare to dive into your scrap bin, and the SAL will be here before you know it!

Happy Stitching,
Kim