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!

How to Make Ribbon Key Fobs, Handmade Keychains

Handmade keychains, or key fobs as we call them in the sewing world, are fun to make and they are great to have in your vendor booth at craft shows. Since I have a few in-person shows coming up I thought I would make some more to add to my stock.

Ribbon Key Fobs made by Daydreams of Quilts.

To make a ribbon key fob you need the following:

  • 13″ cotton webbing
  • 13″ grosgrain ribbon
  • key fob hardware
  • E-6000 glue
  • a lighter to melt the ribbon ends
  • needle nose pliers
  • scrap of fabric to protect hardware

Note: melt the ribbon ends first and do not light the flame when using E-6000 glue or while the glue is drying

How to:

Melt the ribbon ends to prevent fraying by passing the ribbon ends through the blue part of the flame on a lighter.

Clip the ribbon to the webbing and topstitch down each side.

Spread some E-6000 glue inside the key fob hardware. Fold the webbing in half and put the ends into the glue.

Close the hardware with your fingers and then squeeze it tight with the pliers. Use the fabric scrap to protect the hardware from scratches. Let the glue set and dry and you’re done!

I made a six-minute YouTube video to show you how to make these.

These keychains make great little gifts, stocking stuffers or lower priced items in your craft show booth. Happy crafting!

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.

Scrappy String X Block Tutorial

I found this great tutorial through Pinterest and was thrilled because this is such a great way to use scraps. The written instructions in this blog post are great! I also made a video tutorial for my YouTube channel for everyone to have a visual guide as well.

Easy scrap busting project video tutorial on the Daydreams of Quilts YouTube channel.

I have way too many scraps as you’ll see in the video so I have a few scrap busting projects planned and in progress.

Coming up:

A new quilt pattern is coming out very soon so watch for a post about that.

A new YouTube scrap busting tutorial video is coming out later this week. Subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss it.

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! 🙂

Easy DIY Pennant Flag String

Here is a fun free video tutorial for how to make an easy Pennant Flag String for reusable eco-friendly birthday party or holiday decor. I made a YouTube video to show you how to make it and you can have this project finished in under an hour.

An easy DIY Pennant Flag String tutorial by Daydreams of Quilts.

For this project you will need one yard of fabric for the flags (or four 8 1/2″ strips) and a half yard of fabric for the string. I used a Creative Grids equilateral triangle ruler. You can find one like it at Troll Brothers Quilt Designs here.

Watch my 10 minute tutorial video on YouTube.

Happy sewing!

A Rainbow Bunting Flag String in the prairie winds and my dog. 🙂

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.