In From The Cold Mini Project and Gift Bag

In From The Cold Mini Project and Gift Bag
Hi Y’all,
 I’m Tammy V and have the pleasure of working at Moda fabric in customer service.  
 When I got a hold of this cute wintery line of fabric my mind couldn’t shut off.  While making the quilt to test the pattern for the free quilt project sheet, I kept thinking how cute it would be to make these cups  smaller.  So I did.   
Over the next couple of days I will be sharing the instructions to 
make my “mini-moda” In From The Cold projects.
Spending most of my life in Indiana and dealing with the cold winters, my first winter spent in Texas has definitely been “in from the cold” and I love it.   I hope you enjoy making these projects that will warm  your heart this winter.
 All projects can be made from one fat quarter bundle and extra fabric for the 3B’s;  background , binding, and backings.
TABLE RUNNER-Day 2’s project
Make 5 of your favorite cups in the half size.  

To begin, please print the  link to the mini cup’s cutting infomation. The directions are fairly self explanatory however you can use the full size pattern from the website for construction.

The first project will be a gift bag.

In from the Cold – mini projects made from half sizing the project sheet

1)  Ruffled topped Gift bag     
Fabric:  fat quarter bundle of “In from the Cold” by Kate Spain
 (This bundle will do several projects )
For the gift bag I used one fat quarter of:
 White (frame), mint cookie print (outside), mint leaf print (inside) and red stripe (ruffle)
Supplies:  950F Pellon shirt tailor fusible white interfacing – for stability
Below are my rough directions on how I made this with my leftovers from the project sheet plus fabric for the bag itself. Detailed directions can be printed using this link.
1.   Create one mini block of your choice – size will be about 5.5”x7.5”
     See project sheet for directions/ conversion chart for cutting instructions.
2.  From the white fabric cut a couple of 1.5” strips and sew onto the bottom,
top and right side of the block.

     Using your rotary cutter and ruler, clean up the edges to make a rectangle – mine
measured 6.5”x 9.5”
     If you want your bag to be shorter don’t add the border,  I felt it needed to be framed.
3. From the mint fabric for the outside of the bag cut one 10”x20” and a couple of 2.5” strips.
    Frame the mini block with the 2.5” strips and then add on the 10”x20” piece to the bottom.
   Trim up the sides to fit the 10” of the bag.
4.  From the mint fabric for the inside of the bag cut one 10”x20” and two 10” by what is left, I had 8” left.
                              Sew together  as shown to make a larger piece for the gift bag.
   10” x  8”           10” x 20”          10” x 8”

Cut the fusible interfacing  the size of the outside and inside of the bag.
Fuse as directed on the package, this will make the bag no so whimpy.
5.   Square up both sides of the inside and outside of the bag to match and sew the side seams of each.
           Box the corners by measuring about 2.25” up from the tip, mark and sew, see below. 

          Mark and don’t sew one of the inside boxed corners, you will turn through this opening.
6. For the ruffle cut two 4.5” strips from the red stripe fabric, sew the two together along the 4.5” end,  press in half so you have a 2.25” strip.  Ruffle or gather as you like then attach to the top of the outside bag piece.

Ruffle foot is great if you have one.  I just left a bit of the ruffle and started to sew around, then tucked in the end.
7.  Sew inside and outside together around the top, put the right sides together.  

Pull the bag right side out through the open corner and then top stitch it close.

Ta-Da your bag is ready to fill with a coffee mug, cookies, or that special liqueur.
From the fat quarter bundle there is a cute panel with gift tags to make to add to your bag.
Detailed directions can be printed using this link. 
Tomorrow we have a cute tablerunner for you, stay tuned.
By Tammy Vonderschmitt, Team Leader Customer Service at Moda Fabrics.  2013

"Charm"ing Coasters with Craf-Tex

With Valentine’s day around the corner I decided to make a cute little set of coasters to brighten up my coffee table! After I made my first set and posted a photo on Facebook… little did I know that all of my friends would want a set as well!
Since they turned out as darling as they did, I thought you may enjoy having a little tutorial
so you can make them for your friends (and yourself!) as well.

They really do make a sweet Valentine’s gift!

I decided to make mine double sided and here is how they turned out…

These guys are super easy to make, thanks to CRAF-TEX Precut Coasters. CRAFT-TEX is a heavyweight double-sided fusible stabilizer. What does that mean, you may be asking?
It means that you can take the precut coaster and simply iron fabric on to both sides and you have yourself a coaster! But I decided to spice mine up a bit more than that. 🙂

Below you will find my supply list and step-by-step instructions.
You can find the supplies for this project at your  local quilt shop.


  1. Fabric…Moda Charm Packs– Charm Packs are ideal for this because they are the perfect size! 5″x5″
  2. Bosal CRAF-TEX Coaster Pack– each pack has 6 – 4″x4″ coasters in it.
  3. Fusible – I prefer Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 but any fusible will work. I used the Lite Steam-a-Seam2 sheets. (they are packed with 5 sheets)
  4. Fabric Scissors–   My preferred scissors still remain the Elan scissors. You will want a large pair to cut out the large shapes and a small pair to cut the tiny pieces- like inside the letters and intricate shapes. It is so important to use fabric scissors or your fabric will fray on the edges leaving it looking frazzled.    
  5. Ironing Board. I really enjoy my Steady Betty pressing mat because it is so small and I can sit it right by my sewing machine and move it anywhere I need… and it is also great for taking to classes. 
  6. Iron
  7. Applique Pressing Sheet–  My pressing sheet is from Fons & Porter (The pressing sheet is a heat resistant sheet that will protect your fabric, iron and ironing board from the fusible and distributes heat better than putting your iron directly on the fabric.) 
  8. Ball Point Pens– to draw/trace designs onto Steam-a-Seam. 
  9. Design/Templates Choose a word or design you would like to use on your coasters. I am including a Free PDF of the alphabet I used here. Otherwise you can just type out your letters in a Word Document and print them off.  
Choose your background fabrics as well as the fabric for your letters or designs. 
I chose Kate Spain’s, Honey, Honey charm pack for the background 
and a white Bella Solid for my letters. 
Also- Decide if you want your coasters to be double sided and if so, 
chose the fabric for the back side as well. 

•TRACE or DRAW your letters or design on the STICKY side of the SteamASeam. (peal back corner to see which side is sticky) 
NOTE: Your design must be traced or drawn backwards (mirror image) onto the SteamASeam so when you transfer to the WRONG side of the fabric and eventually cut it out it will come out the correct direction. To achieve this you can draw it with a sharpie on a separate paper and then flip that paper over and lay under the SteamASeam to trace backwards. 
•CUT design out of STEAM-A-SEAM leaving about 1/4″ – 1/2″ around the design. 
•PEAL the smooth side of the SteamASeam away and then lay your Applique Pressing Sheet over the fabric and letter and then press the Sticky Side of the design onto the WRONG side of your fabric and press for ~10 seconds to get the stickum to adhere to the fabric.
•TEST by using your finger nail to pull back a corner of the SteamASeam to see if the stickum has transfered from the Paper to the Fabric. If not, press a bit more but not too long. 

•CUT the DESIGN out exactly on the line you drew. 
•PEAL back the SteamASeam paper from the fabric leaving the stickum on the WRONG side of your fabric.

•POSITION your letter/design where you like on your fabric. 
•PRESS- Once you have it exactly where you like, press that baby down! 
•Stitch around your design. I used the zig zag stitch. A blanket stitch would look cute as well. 🙂 

I decided to make my coasters double sided. 
The top side to say “Stitch” and the bottom side to say “LOVE” with two hearts on either side. 
So I stitched the letter on the top piece of fabric, then stitch the letter on the bottom piece 
and then I was ready to make my coaster!

•Grab 1 of your CRAF-TEX Coaster Stabilizers and your top and bottom fabrics. 

Then sandwich your fabrics around your CRAF-TEX Coaster. Since your charm squares are 5″x5″ and your coaster is 4″x 4″, you will have some fabric around the edges of the coaster. I just centered my coaster in the middle of the fabrics so the letters would be centered on the coaster once trimmed.
Your letters/designs should show on the outside and you will no longer see the CRAF-TEX. 

•Cover your fabric sandwich with the Applique Pressing Sheet and press down the top fabric for about 30 seconds. 
Then flip your fabric sandwich over and press the opposite side for 30 seconds as well. 

•Using your ruler & rotary cutter, trim the excess 1/2″ off of each side. (you can just use scissors if you don’t have a rotary cutter/mat)
•ALMOST DONE!!! Your final step is to stitch around the edges of the coaster to finish it. Again I used the zig zag stitch. A satin stitch or button hold stitch would also look great. 
And… VOILA! 

And as an early Valentine’s gift I am giving away a 
Coaster Kit to one lucky winner! 🙂  

Just leave a comment telling me who you would make these coasters for and why they deserve them. 
WINNER will be announced Monday. 


Gadget Girl, Sarah, here! 🙂 
To be honest, I have never been very excited about the idea of Placemats. Maybe because the ones I grew up were plastic and my arms stuck to them when I ate! Yuck. 
Needless to say, I have never had ANY desire to make one…or even own one for that matter. 
UNTIL I saw these ADORABLE Placemats from Eazy Peazy Patterns! 
Aren’t they so fun!? 
So now that we agree on how much we LOVE these Eazy Peazy Designs I am going to share their Eazy Peazy secret to making them… 
It is a little thing called CRAF-TEX. 
Craf-tex is a Heavyweight, Non-woven Craft Stabilizer. 
 This double-sided Fusible Interfacing comes in a variety of pre-cut shapes & sizes.
So basically, you can just iron your fabric on to both sides of the CRAF-TEX and Voila! You are done. Well, unless you want to be an overachiever and quilt it or put a binding on it. 🙂  
Eazy Peazy used the pre-cut Placemat Craft Packs to make each of their Placemats and they have the full instructions in each of their patterns. 
 CRAF-TEX Placemats are available in Rectangle, Round & Oval. 
Stop back by on January 18th for 

On the 12th Day of Christmas

Well, we have reached the FINAL day of our 12 Moda Days of Christmas! 
We hope you have gotten some stocking stuffing inspiration and had a little fun along the way. 
Enjoy our final day & don’t forget to go by your Favorite Local Quit Shop 
to pick up some of your favorite things for your friends stockings. 
We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas & hope Santa is good to you all!  
What’s not to love about the AccuQuilt Cutting Machines?
They just make cutting so simple and effortless. Who wants to spend their valuable time cutting those intricate designs when the Go! Cutter can do it for you in a fraction of the time and with perfect precision. 
We love these easy FREE Christmas projects from Accuquilt…  
(click each image for the free downloadable pattern) 
Like this Santa Pillow Case.
here are its coordinating dies… 
And this adorable Snow Man Family wall hanging… 
and its coordinating dies…

We used our Go! Baby to make these adorable Christmas Gift Ornaments… 
But aside from the Holidays they have tons of wonderful dies for your everyday projects! 
We really like this Free Mix & Match Quilt Block Pattern Idea which shows you how to combine quilt blocks to create pieced blocks like those shown or come up with your own!  
How fun is this Braided Beauty Quilt?
So as you can see, the possibilities are endless with the AccuQuilt Go! Cutters. 
The AccuQuilt Go! & Go! Baby make for the ULTIMATE in Quilty Christmas Gifts!

On the 11th Day of Christmas

This mat is so cheery & bright that we thought it would make a great gift for your friends this Christmas! 
This mat is as functional as it is cute. 
Some of Its Features Include… 
*Double sided
*Self healing 
*Grid lines on the front 
*Solid on the back

It is available in 2 sizes: 
18″ x 24″  &  24″ x 36″

We love this mat dearly and hope it brightens up your sewing room as much as it has ours!