Sewing the Boxy Tool Pouch

I enjoy all my patterns that I have purchased from Sotak Patterns on Etsy. One of my most recent purchases is the Boxy Tool Pouch pattern.

The way the seams are finished inside the pouch ads structure to the pouch and helps it hold its shape.

Plaid Flannel Boxy Tool Pouch made by Daydreams of Quilts.

I have made a pattern walk through video for this bag on YouTube if you want a bit of help or want to check out how it’s made before purchasing. It’s a fun bag to sew and doesn’t need a lot of fabric!

Anita with the Boxy Tool Pouch she made on YouTube.

I have these bags listed in my Etsy shop and on my website ahead of Father’s Day if you are in need of a gift for Dad!

Sewing a Patchwork Finch Bucket Bag YouTube Tutorial

The finch bucket knitting bag pattern by Stitch Mischief is one of my favourites to sew. This week I made the patchwork version for the first time using some charm packs from Ruby Star Society.

Patchwork Finch Bucket Knitting Bag made by Daydreams of Quilts.

You can find the Finch Bucket Bag pattern here on the Stitch Mischief website.

Check out my pattern walk through tutorial video on YouTube.

Pattern walk through YouTube video by Daydreams of Quilts.https://youtu.be/RYaab077z0M

These bags are available on our website here while they last. (I’ll always be making more!)

Free DIY Fabric Lanyard Sewing Tutorial

This week I decided to add fabric ID badge and key ring lanyards to the stock in my shop. I also made a tutorial video to show others how to make these too!

To make a lanyard you will need:

  • A three inch by width of fabric strip of cotton fabric
  • Two 2.5 inch x width of fabric (20”) strips of Shapeflex 101 interfacing
  • A lobster swivel clasp
  • A split ring key ring
  • A rivet set (optional) and setting tools
  • Coordinating polyester thread
Watch the tutorial video on the Daydreams of Quilts YouTube channel .

The tutorial video is about 10 minutes long and you can watch it on the Daydreams of Quilts YouTube channel .

Enjoy making this easy to sew DIY project. Lanyards are available in my shop while supplies last.

Floral Lanyard for ID badge and keys by Daydreams of Quilts made with Rifle Paper Co fabric.

A Free Love Letter Postcard Quilt Block for Valentine’s Day

Hello quilting friends! I have designed this fun Love Letter Postcard quilt block today. You can use it for Valentine’s day or anytime of the year. It features a cute fussy cut postage stamp. Mine has a frog prince for the postage stamp.

This quilt block can be 8 x 12 inches finished or 12 x 12 inches finished if you add a top and bottom border.

Note: my sample block has borders made from the background fabric but I suggest using a different fabric so the postcard shape shows up. I think I will take my borders off and either make this into a mug rug or switching up my border fabric.

Love Letter Postcard Quilt Block by Daydreams of Quilts

Download the free quilt block pattern here.

I have created a companion sewing tutorial video on YouTube so make sure to check that out too!

YouTube Sewing Tutorial

Thank you for visiting today and happy quilting. Tag me on your blocks on social media so I can see them! 🙂 I am @daydreamsofquilts

Making the Roosting Hen Pot Holder

I had some fun yesterday making the Roosting Hen Pot Holder which was the other project from the Annie’s Kit Clubs fat quarter bundle that I wrote about in this post.

Note: This post contains affiliate links.

Roosting Hen Pot Holder project from Annie’s Kit Clubs.

This cute little project was quick to make and it’s perfect for lifting hot pot lids off of pots on the stove. I made a quick video of myself making it.

Annie’s Kit Clubs Fat Quarter Club is a monthly subscription where you receive 6 fat quarters of quality quilter’s cottons every month. The fabrics in this project are Farm Fresh by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics.

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How to Sew an Essential Oil Pouch or Nail Polish Pouch

I have been creating several beautiful new essential oil pouches/nail polish pouches for my Etsy shop.

Essential oil pouches in the Daydreams of Quilts Etsy shop.

Since I was sewing them I decided to create a YouTube tutorial video . These bags are made with a pattern by Carla’s Creations. You can purchase the pattern here.

I really enjoy picking fabrics and cork accents to go together for this pattern. Here is another group of bags I made below.

Watercolour floral essential oil pouches in the Daydreams of Quilts Etsy shop.

I hope you enjoy making these if you choose to do so and that my video tutorial is helpful to you. Pouches are available in my Etsy shop while supplies last.

How To Make Reusable Fabric Drawstring Gift Bags

These reusable fabric drawstring gift bags are a popular item in my Etsy shop in the run-up to Christmas.

Reusable fabric gift bags made by Daydreams of Quilts using Polar Magic by Figo Fabrics.

I first learned how to make these bags on Jeni Baker’s Blog. I developed my own way of making them though because I needed a simpler faster way to make them.

Over the weekend I created a tutorial video to show you how I make these bags. You may wonder why I would share how I make one of my best sellers in my shop but the way I see it is; the more people using reusable gift wrap, the better. Plus, I cannot supply everyone and there’s room for all of us in the market.

These bags are an environmentally friendly gift wrap option that uses fabric efficiently and can be reused again and again. You can make larger sizes but this size is the most efficient use of fabric.

You can cut 2 main bag fabrics from one fat quarter and you can cut accent bands for four bags from a second fat quarter. You will need a third fat quarter from the lining or a 12.5″ x width of fabric piece will make linings for two bags. (Cut carefully, there is very little waste.)

For one bag cut the following:

  • cut two 9.5″ tall by 10.5″ wide main bag pieces
  • cut two 4.5″ tall by 10.5″ wide accent band pieces
  • cut two 12.5″ tall by 10.5″ wide lining pieces
  • cut a 1.5″ square out of each bottom corner
  • also cut two 32″ long pieces of grosgrain ribbon

Happy sewing and gift wrapping! 🙂

Teacher Aprons Are My Latest Pandemic Sewing

Teacher apron made with kinder fabrics

A few weeks ago a friend of mine who is a teacher contacted me to ask me if I would consider sewing teacher aprons. I had no idea but these are much needed during the pandemic. Teachers have a lot of extra things to carry and manage throughout the day such as hand sanitizer, which they need to squirt on the elementary school kids’ hands, masks and all the other usual things like white board pens, phone, keys and so on.

Teachers are wanting aprons to help manage all these things, stay organized and keep their hands free. Maybe you know a teacher who would like one for Christmas.

My friend wanted her aprons made from this free tutorial on the Crafty Staci blog and so that is what I used. These also make fantastic vendor aprons for when we can do craft shows again.

Teacher Apron sewn by Daydreams of Quilts in Coral Heather Ross Kinder Fabrics.

I created a YouTube video tutorial on how to sew these as it can be a bit tricky following along on a blog post sometimes. I made the Library Books themed one below on the video. The pattern and written instructions are on the Crafty Staci blog.

Teacher apron sewn by Daydreams of Quilts with office supplies and books. Fabrics by Cotton + Steel and Crimson Tate.
Teacher aprons sewn by Daydreams of Quilts using Heather Ross Kinder Fabrics.

I have a teacher aprons section in my Etsy shop where you can find these aprons available to purchase. I received some teacher themed fabrics I ordered on Spoonflower with math, science and general teaching motifs so more aprons will be coming soon.

Teacher aprons in Cotton + Steel, Heather Ross and Crimson Tate fabrics.

I so appreciate my friend coming to me with this idea as I would have never thought of it! She loves her math themed aprons so it was a win/win for both of us. 🙂

Canada Day Bench Pillow

I made this Canada Day Bench Pillow to celebrate Canada Day this year because Canada Day events are cancelled and it’s safer to stay home to celebrate.

O Canada Bench Pillow made by Daydreams of Quilts using a Kimberbell pattern.

I made the pillow using a Kimberbell pattern. This pattern came out a few years ago but Studio 39 Fabrics has some available here.

The pattern uses a variety of techniques so I created a sew along video series on my YouTube channel.

Free Video Series on YouTube

There are several techniques used to create this pillow so I created a sew along video series of five videos. I have gathered them all together for you in this playlist.

3D pinwheels are a fun playful element. I added snaps to mine so they can be removed for washing.

I varied from the pattern for the back of my pillow by creating a zipper back closure.

Zipper back closure for the pillow back. I show how to do this in video five.

I hope you get a chance to make this pillow if you celebrate Canada Day! Stay home and stay safe this year! 🙂

O Canada bench pillow made by Daydreams of Quilts. Pattern by Kimberbell.

Make an Easy Quilt – The Cogs and Wheels Free Quilt Tutorial by Daydreams of Quilts

Hello! Welcome to Daydreams of Quilts! Today I would like to share with you a free tutorial to make the quilt I am calling “The Cogs and Wheels” quilt. Find out how to get a free PDF download of this tutorial at the bottom of this post. Okay, let’s get started!
Cogs and Wheels Quilt by Daydreams of Quilts

Pattern Notes: This quilt tutorial makes a 68 x 68 inch quilt. All seams are ¼”. Press as directed.

Supplies:
4 charm packs or 104 x 4 ½” squares + 48 light 4 ½” squares
2 yards of background fabric (coral red in the sample quilt)
1 yard of border fabric
1/2 yard of binding fabric
4 yards of backing fabric
2 yards of 96” wide batting
Cutting:
Trim all charms to 4 ½”.  Separate 48 light charms from the charm packs (trim to 4 ½”) and draw a diagonal line across the back.
Cut 12 – 12 ½” squares from coral background fabric.
Cut 13 – 4 ½” squares from coral background fabric.
Cut 8 – 4 ½” by width of fabric strips from border fabric.
Cut 7 – 2 ½” by width of fabric strips from binding fabric.
Sewing the Blocks:
Sew four light 4 ½” squares to the four corners of a 12 ½” background square. Sew on the drawn line, trim a ¼” from the line and press towards the corner.
Tip: Save the off cuts to make a matching half-square-triangle pillow cover later on!
Make 12
Sew 13 nine patch blocks. Choose 8 – 4 ½” squares and one background square. Layout the nine patch with the background square in the centre. Sew the squares into three rows of three. Press seams in opposite directions. Sew the three rows together and press seams from top to bottom.
Make 13

Lay out the quilt top following the quilt layout diagram. Make 5 rows of 5 blocks. Press seams in opposite directions the same as we did in the nine patch blocks. Sew the 5 rows together and press from top to bottom. Sew the border strips into four sets of two pieced end to end. Attach the borders to the side of the quilt. Trim excess fabric from the ends and then attach borders to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press towards the borders.


Quilt Layout Diagram

When the quilt top is finished make your backing by cutting the 4 yards in half to have two 2 yard pieces. Trim selvages off and piece the two pieces together with a long vertical seam. Press well.
Make a quilt sandwich by layering the quilt top on top face up, batting in the middle and backing on the bottom face down. Pin or spray baste the quilt. Quilt as desired. Trim the edges.
Sew the 7 binding strips end-to-end with biased seams. Trim ¼” from the seam and press. Fold the long binding strip in half lengthwise and press. Attach the binding to the front of the quilt with ¼” seam, fold to the back and hand sew to finish.

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I free mtion quilted this quilt with circles on strings to mimic the pattern in the background fabric. I also quilted the feathers in the border.