Quilted Mini Zipper Bag In the Hoop

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Never fear zippers again! Create this fast-and-easy quilted mini zippered bag in the embroidery hoop using a FREE download from Five Star Fonts Embroidery. Fill the case with cash for a cute stocking stuffer, small candies, sweetener packs, USB drives, ear buds, etc. With added hardware, it makes a super cute key chain, too.


  • 100% cotton fabric, 5”x5”: multi dot (front and back), three; green/white dot (lining)
  • The Warm Co. Warm & Natural 100% Cotton Batting, 2-1/2”x5”, two
  • Sulky Tear-Easy Lightweight Tearaway Stabilizer
  • Grosgrain ribbon, red or coordinating color, 5/8”x2” (optional)
  • Polyester or nylon zipper with plastic teeth, 7” (or longer), red or coordinating color
  • Coordinating embroidery thread
  • Swivel clip, 3/4”


  • Embroidery Machine
  • Five Star Fonts Embroidery FREE Mini Zipper Bag In the Hoop Design (FREE download)
  • Needle and thread (optional)
  • Adhesives: Therm O Web Heat N Bond Ultrabond, Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

sharp scissors, cellophane tape, iron and pressing surface, bamboo skewer



Hoop tearaway stabilizer and run color 1, which stitches outline of the design along with center section for zipper placement. Remove hoop from machine when color 1 finishes.


Place closed zipper RIGHT SIDE UP in center of embroidery hoop using center section as placement guide. (Note: Do not use a zipper with metal teeth. Zipper is cut off during this project so longer zipper can be used.) Zipper will fit perfectly inside placement stitches. IMPORTANT – Be sure zipper tab is at top of hoop and zipper stop is at bottom. Center zipper length in the hoop so zipper tab and zipper stop are both well outside outline of design. Tape zipper at top, center, and bottom as shown with flower pins.


Place hoop on machine and run color 2, which tacks zipper to stabilizer. Remove hoop when color 2 finishes and remove tape from center of zipper. Be careful when removing tape so zipper tack down stitches are not disturbed.


Fold two front 5”x5” multi dot fabric pieces in half with WRONG sides together so they measure 2-1/2”x5”. Press to form crease. Lightly spray one side of each 2-1/2”x5” cotton batting piece and place inside each folded fabric piece, butting the edge of batting up to the crease of the fabric. Smooth with fingers to adhere batting to fabric to create fabric/batting sandwiches.


Place fabric batting sandwiches in the hoop so creased edges are lined up at zipper teeth and centered over design. Tape in place at top and bottom (outside design area); place tape in center as shown by pins.


Place hoop on machine and run color 3, which stitches the front fabrics to the zipper. Run color 4, which quilts the front with a wave quilting stitch. Remove hoop when color 4 finishes.


IMPORTANT – Remove any tape at top of hoop, covering zipper. Grasp zipper pull and gently unzip zipper until zipper tab is in center of design as shown.


If key chain hardware is not being added, skip to Step 9 now. To add optional ribbon loop and swivel clip, slip clip through ribbon; fold ribbon with WRONG sides together. Place raw edges of ribbon at TOP of design, centered over zipper. Raw edges of ribbon should extend 1/2” OUTSIDE top stitch line of design as shown. Tape both ribbon and clip in place so it doesn’t slip. (Note: A split ring or D-ring may be used in place of the slip clip if desired.)


Still working on front of hoop, place 5”x5” back fabric in the hoop RIGHT SIDE DOWN so it is centered and covers design outline. Place hoop on machine and run color 5 which stitches the back fabric in place. Remove hoop when color 5 finishes.


Turn hoop over so you are looking at back of hoop. Place 5”x5” lining fabric on back of hoop RIGHT SIDE DOWN so it covers design. Tape at all four corners to secure.


Turn hoop to front and place hoop on machine; run final color 6 which stitches all around the design, leaving an opening for turning. Remove hoop from machine and unhoop design. Carefully pull away all stabilizer from around design. Turn hoop over so lining fabric is on top and unsewn section is visible, which is the turn opening. Scissors in photo point to unsewn area.


Using sharp scissors, trim all around design following stitch line, leaving about 1/4” allowance outside seam line. Take care when cutting through zipper. At unsewn area (turn opening), cut fabric “out” about 1/2” as shown with scissor points.


Turn design inside out through the opening. To turn inside out, reach inside turn opening, grasp unquilted side (lining fabric), and gently pull. Design should easily pull through opening. Once turned inside out, use poking tool (such as a bamboo skewer) to nicely round corners. Scissors point to the turn opening.


Turn design over so zipper is on top. Gently remove all stabilizer from design. Flip open fabric extensions at turn area and trim batting close to stitching to alleviate bulk at turn opening area. (Note: There should be four fabric extensions.) Flip front and back extensions out of way and trim away only the two extensions in between front and back. Trim close to stitching as shown, taking care not to cut into front or back fabric extensions.


To finish turn area, use the following method for a no-sew finish. Turn design over so lining side is on top. Cut small piece of Heat N Bond Ultra slightly smaller than fabric extension; iron onto extension as shown in photo. Allow to cool, then peel off Heat N Bond paper strip. Slip two fabric extensions inside turn opening so they are even with outline of design. Press the turn area to adhere Heat N Bond. Press around all seams of case to ensure design lays flat and has a nice smooth look. (Note: Another method of finishing the turn area is to whipstitch area closed with needle and thread.)


Turn design over so zipper side is visible. Reach inside open section of zipper, grab zipper pull, and unzip case all the way as shown.


Flip design right side out through zipper opening as shown. Poke out corners again if necessary. Remove tape from hardware. Press entire bag (see tip).


  • Pressing is one of the most important steps in the outcome of your in the hoop projects. Don’t skip pressing! Be careful when pressing zipper area – the teeth will melt!

by Five Star Fonts Embroidery (www.fivestarfonts.com)

Riley Blake and Accuquilt Giveaway Winner!

September is National Sewing Month! To help celebrate, we’re here to announce the winner of the Accuquilt GO! Tumbler 3-1/2″ die and a Riley Blake Medium Dot on Cream Fat Quarter Bundle valued at $60 offered on Jennifer Davey’s blog post on September 6th. For more details about Riley Blake, Accuquilt, and the wonderful pillbox pincushion Jennifer created, read her post here!

The winner of the Riley Blake and Accuquilt giveaway prize, as selected by Random.org, is Diana, who said she’s hoping to teach her granddaughters how to sew. Congratulations, Diana! We’re sure these fun fabrics will help. We will contact you for your mailing address.

Happy Sewing!

Dawn @ Crafts ‘n things (www.craftsnthings.com)

Necktie Flower Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Recycle Dad’s old ties into this fun flower pillow to add a memory-filled conversation piece to your home décor. Flea market or vintage ties work great too!


  • Printed fabric, 3/8 yd.
  • Neckties, eight
  • Cording, 1-1/2 yds.
  • Fiberfill stuffing


  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Dritz Aluminum 1-1/2” Cover Button Kit

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler



For pillow front and back, cut two 11-1/2” squares from printed fabric.


Using 1/4” seam allowance, machine-sew around squares, leaving 3” opening for turning. Trim seam allowance; turn pillow right side out. Stuff; slipstitch opening closed.


Cut eight 3-1/2” lengths from end of each tie. Arrange “petals” in center of pillow, forming flower. Adhere petals to pillow, gathering cut petal edges as needed.


Follow manufacturer’s instructions to cover button with printed fabric. Adhere button to flower center.


Sew cording around pillow.

by Rebekah Meier

Gardener’s Apron & Kneeling Pad

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Make gardening even more fun with this coordinating gardener’s apron and kneeling pad. The kneeling pad will protect and cushion your knees as you garden the day away in this stylish, yet functional, apron.


  • Fabrics: large floral print, 1 yd.; stripe, 1/3 yd.
  • Ribbon, 7/8”, 2-1/4 yd.


  • Foam, 2” thick, 8”x16”
  • Sewing machine and matching thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, iron and pressing surface



1. Cut 24”x31” rectangle from floral fabric. Fold in half lengthwise. Use pencil to mark 6” from fold at top edge, 8” from top, and 14” from top along selvage edge. Use pencil to draw a line from 6” mark down, 8” then curve line to meet with 14” mark on selvage edge. Use scissors to cut along line, creating one-piece apron shape.

2. Fold side and bottom edges in 1-1/2”; press. Open up and fold edges into crease and press again. Use straight stitch to top stitch along entire edge of apron. Fold top edge in 2”, press. Open up and fold raw edge into crease and press. Use straight stitch to top stitch along entire top edge of apron. Cut and sew 22” ribbon length to top two edges for neck loop, and two 28” lengths at sides for apron ties.

3. Cut 8-1/2” square from striped fabric. Fold in all edges 1/2”; press. Use pencil to mark bottom two corners 2” from bottom edge and 2” in from each side. Use pencil to draw line between marks and press along line to create clipped corners. Use straight stitch to top stitch along entire shape of pocket. Use straight stitch to sew pocket to apron, leaving top edge open.

Kneeling Pad

1. Use sharp scissors to cut 8”x16” rectangle from foam. Cut 11”x19” rectangle from floral and stripe fabrics. Using 1/2” seam allowance, sew right sides together and sew around all sides, leaving a 4” opening along top edge.

2. Use pencil to mark 1-1/2” in from each edge at all four corners for two marks at each corner. Open up corners and place seams together, matching edge markings. Straight stitch between marks for a pleated corner. Repeat for three remaining corners. Turn case right side out and insert foam. Hand sew opening closed.

by Keri Lee Sereika

Ribbon-Embroidered Jewelry Bag

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Personalized with the bride’s initial, this beautiful ribbon-embroidered jewelry organizer is a gift that every bride is sure to love.


  • White fabrics: moiré, 1⁄4 yard; satin, 1⁄2 yard; medium-weight fleece, 1⁄4 yard
  • Silk embroidery ribbon, 4mm wide: pale grass green, 3⁄4 yard; periwinkle, 1 yard; light pink, 1 yard
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss: Light Pink, Avocado Green
  • White satin ribbon: 5⁄8” wide, 3⁄4 yard; 3⁄8” wide double-sided, 1⁄2 yard
  • White satin twisted bias cord, 3⁄16” diameter, 1-1⁄2 yards
  • Lavender/pink multicolored seed beads
  • Hook-and-loop tape, 1⁄8” wide, 2⁄3 yard


  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • Chenille needle, #22
  • Air-soluble marker

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, straight pins


Embroidering the Bag

1. Cut a 9”x13” rectangle from moiré fabric. Slightly round edges of one 9” end (will become front “flap”).

2. Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) To make initial pattern, draw 1-1⁄4” to 1-1⁄2” tall initial on paper. Use air-soluble marker to transfer initial and floral motifs to rounded end of fabric, centering initial between motifs.

3. Click HERE to print the Ribbon Embroidery Tutorial to use as a reference. Thread needle. Insert ribbon end through eye of needle, pulling through 3” length. Pierce 3” length with needle, about 1⁄2” from end. (See Fig. 1) Pull back on opposite end until it locks securely around eye of needle.

Figure 1

4. To secure ribbon, insert needle through fabric, leaving a 1⁄2” length at back. When taking first few stitches, catch the length with needle at back.

5. When finished stitching design, tie a slip knot to secure ribbon at back. (Note: Do not drag ribbon from one design to next. Fasten off and begin next design with new ribbon.)

6. For initial, use Light Pink floss and chain stitch to embroider letter, working from bottom to top. For stems, use Avocado Green and stem stitch. For buds, use periwinkle silk ribbon and lazy daisy stitch.

7. For spider web rose, use Light Pink floss for base and light pink silk ribbon for rose. For leaves, use pale grass green silk ribbon and lazy daisy stitch. Attach beads with white thread, sewing through each bead twice.

Sewing the Jewelry Bag

1. For lining, cut one 9”x13” rectangle from satin fabric and one from fleece. Set aside.

2. For pockets, cut three 8”x9” rectangles from satin fabric and three 3-1⁄2”x8” rectangles from fleece. Fold each satin pocket in half to measure 4”x9”; mark center. Open and place fleece rectangle on center line, just inside 1⁄2” seam allowance. Fold satin again; pin along folded edge.

3. Cut three 8” lengths from hook-and-loop tape. Center and sew “soft” half of each tape strip along back folded edge of one pocket. Cut a 9” length from 5⁄8”-wide ribbon; sew to pocket front over hook-and-loop tape stitching, sewing close to ribbon edges. Set pockets aside.

4. For lining, mark 9”x13” satin rectangle at 4”, 4-3⁄4”, 8-1⁄8”, and 9” points along 13” edges, measuring from straight edge up toward rounded edge. Sew remaining hook-and-loop tape halves to lining just below 4”, 8-1⁄8”, and just above 9” marks.

5. Place one pocket at top edge (opening downward) and one at bottom edge, matching hook-and-loop tape; pin to secure. Mark 1⁄2” from bottom of remaining pocket. With hook-and-loop tape facing up, align pocket marking with 4-3⁄4” marking on lining. Sew bottom seam of pocket, stitching twice for added reinforcement. Fold pocket up, aligning with hook-and-loop tape. Baste or stitch around edges of lining/pockets for stability.

6. Baste fleece rectangle to wrong side of embroidered front. Cut two 9” lengths from 3⁄8” wide ribbon. Pin one length to center front. Set aside remaining length.

7. Pin straight edge of bias cord around front of bag; sew in place. Place front/fleece and lining together with right sides together; pin to secure. Sew together just inside cording seam line; leave bottom open for turning. Clip corners and trim seams; turn right side out. Slipstitch opening closed.

8. Fold bag into thirds and mark center point of front; unfold. Center remaining ribbon length 4” from bottom edge of front on right side; pin to secure. Fold again to check ribbon placement. Sew in place through all layers of fabric. Fold bag and tie ribbon to close.

by Linda Wyszynski and Annette Calhoun

Tweed Pants Purse

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Do you have an old pair of tweed pants that no longer fit? Don’t leave them in the closet! Instead, transform them into a fun and fashionable pants purse that’s quick and easy to sew.


  • Brown tweed pants
  • Lining fabric, 1/2 yd. for women’s size 8 (purchase additional fabric for larger size)
  • Assorted flat buttons
  • Brown ribbon: grosgrain, 1-1/2”; satin, 7/8”


  • Medium-weight interfacing
  • Sewing machine and coordinating thread
  • Needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, straight pins, iron and pressing surface


(Note: Sew all seams with right sides together, using 1/4” seam allowance, pinning and pressing as needed.)

1. Cut around pants the length from top of pants to crotch seam. (Note: Sample project was cut 10-1/2” from top of pants.) Stitching under zipper is rounded. Tear out stitching under zipper and sew a straight seam.

2. Fold lining fabric in half with right side facing in. Place cut pants shape with zipper at center front, on top of lining. Draw around edge of pants on lining with pencil. Remove pants from lining. Add 1/4” to top and side edges of drawn pants shape on lining. Cut out pants shape from folded fabric to make lining front and back. Cut two more pants shapes from interfacing. Baste interfacing shapes to wrong sides of lining shapes.

3. Turn pants inside out. With right sides facing, sew pants across bottom. Flatten one corner of pants to create a triangular point, aligning side seam with bottom corner seam. Mark a 5” line perpendicular to seam, 2-1/2” from point with pencil. Stitch along line. (See Figure 1) Trim triangle at corner, 1/4” from stitching. Repeat for remaining corner. Turn pants right side out.

Figure 1

4. Sew lining shapes together along the side and bottom edges, and finish corners in same way as pants. Do not turn lining right side out.

5. Cut two 2-1/2”x16” handles from pants fabric and interfacing. Baste interfacing to wrong side of fabric handles. Sew buttons in a line to center front of handles, beginning and ending 1-1/4” from ends. Sew buttons in a line to belt loops.

6. Fold and press one long edge of each handle over 3/4”. Fold and press opposite long edge of each handle over 1/4” to wrong side, then fold 1/2” more. Hand sew handles along 1/4” folded edge, using whipstitch. Securely sew assembled handles symmetrically to inside top front and back of bag, 1” from ends at placement of belt loops in front.

7. Fold and press top edge of lining over 1/2” to wrong side. With wrong sides of lining facing out, place lining in pants. Hand sew folded edge of lining to top edge of pants, using whipstitch.

8. Thread ribbons through belt loops on purse and tie bow in front. Sew center of bow to purse.

by Mary Ayres

Simple-To-Sew Party Purse

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


While this party purse is a perfect going-out companion, it’s also a great space saver for everyday use. Why not make one to take along to your next local craft show?


  • Fabrics of choice, 45” wide: outside, 1⁄6 yd.; coordinating lining, 1⁄3 yd.
  • Binding or ribbon in coordinating color, 46″ length
  • Hook-and-loop tape, 5” length
  • Cording, coordinating color, 1⁄16”-1⁄4” diameter, 54″ length


  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, straight pins





(Note: Use 1⁄4” seam allowance unless otherwise indicated.)

1. For inside lining, cut 5-1⁄2”x17” rectangle from lining fabric. Separate hook-and-loop tape; center and sew one side of tape to right side of fabric, 1⁄2” from one short end.

2. For back pockets on top half of purse, cut 5-1⁄2”x10-1⁄2” rectangle from lining fabric. For top hem, fold one end under 1⁄4”; press. Repeat. Sew hem in place. Repeat for bottom hem, but fold fabric over instead of under. (See Fig. 1.) Fold fabric so back of fabric measures 7-1⁄4” and front of fabric measures 2-1⁄4”; press fold. Sew a very narrow hem along folded edge. (See Fig. 2.) Pin side edges of back pockets to side edges of inside lining so top back pocket is 2” from top of inside lining.

3. For top pockets on top half of purse, cut 5-1⁄2”x9-3⁄4” rectangle from outside fabric or lining fabric. In same way as back pocket, fold and sew hems; fold fabric so that back of fabric measures 5” and front of fabric measures 3-3⁄4”. Press fold. (See Fig. 3.) Sew across pocket, 1” from folded edge. Pin side edges of top pockets to side edges of inside lining so top of pocket is 2-3⁄4” from top of inside lining.

4. Sew sides of back and top pockets to sides of inside lining.

5. For bottom pockets on bottom half of purse, cut 5-1⁄2”x10-1⁄2” rectangle from lining fabric. In same way as back and top pockets, fold and sew hems; fold fabric so back of fabric measures 6-1⁄4” and front of fabric measures 3-1⁄4”. Press fold. Pin side edges of bottom pockets to side edges of inside lining so fold of pocket aligns with bottom edge of inside lining. Sew sides and bottom of pockets to inside lining.

6. For outside of purse, cut 5-1⁄2”x17” rectangle from fabric.

7. Place outside fabric right side up on work surface. Center and sew second side of hook-and-loop tape to outside fabric, 1⁄2” from one short end.

8. For strap, pin ends of cording to each side of inside lining, 2” from top. With wrong sides facing, sew inside lining to outside fabric, catching strap in stitching.

9. Beginning and ending at center bottom of purse, sew binding or ribbon along all edges of purse, folding corners in to meet on an angle. (See Fig. 4.) Fold purse.

by Mary Webster