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Still wondering how to use fat quarters? Today, we’ve got Rachel from The Ordinary Lovely and Claire from Claireabellemakes showing us some more ingenious creations which are super easy to make (and don’t forget to read last week’s blog post for more fat quarters ideas!). See below to see exactly what Rachel and Claire have made…
Rachel’s Sandwich Bags
I’m a mere two projects into my sewing career, with an apron and a child’s crown under my belt, wonky seams and all. But boy, have I caught the handmade bug! I even have a whole Pinterest board of potential projects to keep me busy over the winter months.
When the Laura Ashley Duck Egg Fat Quarters arrived at my door with their beautiful blues, they had me dreaming of spring days and picnics in the park. I thought they would be perfect for making my packed lunch that little bit prettier so I set about transforming them in to sandwich bags (much easier on the eye than plastic containers).
Here’s the ‘how to’:
1. Place two fat quarters together, right sides facing each other.
2. Sew both the side edges and the top edge with an approximate 5mm seam allowance (as you look at the fat quarter, the top and bottom are the longer lengths, and the sides, the shorter lengths).
3. Turn the fabric right side out and press the seams flat.
4. Fold the fabric in half, side touching side, and with the fabric you’ve chosen for the outside of your sandwich bag, facing inwards.
6. Sew the sides together, and also the bottom of the sandwich bag, with a 1cm seam allowance. At this point, the bag-like shape should emerge, almost like a potato sack.
7. To get a flat bottom on the bag so that it stands up and you can place your sandwiches inside, pinch the vertical centre lines of both the front and back of the fabric and pull them apart. The seam should then be at the front (or at the back as on this photo) and a triangle point, at the bottom.
8. Measure where the width of the point is 10cm across, draw a line, and then cut the fabric.
9. If you then open up the fabric, you’ll see the box-like bottom. You just need to sew the cut edges.
10. Turn the bag the right side out, pop on a press stud (I like mine placed two small rolls of the fabric down) and you’re done!
It’s perfect for popping in your handbag or pretty enough to grab and take out on its own.
Claire’s Midori Style Notebook
Hi everyone, I’m Claire and I usually blog over at Claireabellemakes. You might remember my pet bed DIY back in October which I loved making! I’m really excited to be working with the new fat quarter bundles from Laura Ashley as they are so pretty. Today I want to share with you a simple stationery project to make a midori style travellers notebook. This tutorial will show you how to make the cover using fabric and card (and a few other supplies) for a midori style or ‘fauxdori’ as it is known in stationery circles. The cover allows for notebooks to be added inside and replaced once full using a simple elastic.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fat Quarters in Cranberry
- Fabric Scissors
- Darning Needle
- Elastic cord
- Notebook (moleskin works well)
- Bone Folder (optional)
Begin by cutting a piece of fabric, card and bondaweb that are slightly bigger than your notebook. I left a border of around 1cm. This can be adjusted to any size notebook.
Next you will need to adhere the bondaweb to the fabric. With the rough side down facing the wrong side of the fabric, dry iron (no steam) for around 5 seconds across the entire piece. Once it is fixed to the fabric, you will be able to peel off the top layer of bondaweb revealing a sticky surface.
Smooth the card piece onto this sticky surface being careful to smooth any air bubbles. Moisten the fabric side with a slightly damp cloth and dry iron across the entire fabric holding for 5-10 seconds in each place. Now your fabric and card should be one piece!
Use a bone folder or the side of your scissors to score the folded fabric piece in half. Using a pencil, mark on the inside fold where the notebook ends at the top and bottom. You can also use a ruler here to check your outside edges and trim to your preferred size.
Using the picture as a guide, mark further holes as shown and punch with your awl. Take a length of elastic and fold in half. With the needle, feed the folded end through your centre hole from the inside out. Close the cover and check it is the right length to go around the centre.
Open up the cover so you are now looking at the card side with two ends of elastic coming through. It is best to tie a knot here (I forgot though!) so that your outside elastic keeps the correct length. Using the darning needle, take one of the ends and feed it from the inside out in the first hole up from the centre. Then feed that same length of elastic from the outside in coming through the top hole. Repeat for the bottom length of elastic with the bottom holes.
Lay your notebook over the card side and line up the spine with the centre line. Take the two ends of elastic and tie in the middle of the notebook pages to secure in place. Snip the ends and you are done!
Your notebook can be removed and replaced using the elastic. You can easily make your notebook even more useful by adding multiple elastics to carry more than one notebook inside. It can be made more robust by strengthening the fabric with interfacing and adding eyelets at the elastic holes. I’m going to be making more of these and I think I’ll add some appliqué details to the fabric too.
Let me know if you try the project, I’d love to see which fabrics you choose!
A big thank you to Rachel and Claire – we absolutely love these ideas on how to use fat quarters! Are you inspired to make one of these crafts? Let us know below or send through pictures on Twitter @LauraAshleyUK – we’d love to see your creations!