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Fat Quarter Project | Earbud Pouch

Since digging out my sewing machine and finding my local quilt store, I’ve become a bit obsessed lately with pinning projects that can be made with “fat quarters” (for non-quilters, quarter yards of fabric that are cut in a rectangle so they are about 18″ x 22″ in size). These projects are a great way to justify collecting all those pretty fabrics! My “Fun with Fabric” board is growing rapidly!

The first fat quarter project that I decided to try is something that I desperately needed: a zip pouch for carrying my earbuds. This earbud pouch tutorial is from a website called Dog Under My Desk, and the project is beautifully illustrated with photos and well-written instructions. The tutorial also includes a printable pattern file. All of this made the project really easy to complete!

Headphone Case with HeadphonesThe pouch has a very sturdy design, with a lining and a zip closure, and a loop for attaching it to a keyring for portability.

Headphone Case OpenedThere are no exposed seams in the design to wear or fray over time. To give the pouch some bulk and protect the ear buds, the case is lined with interfacing. I used Sew-In Warm Fleece by The Warm Company. It’s made in the USA of 100% polyester. Even though it is polyester, it feels like cotton in the hand, and has a body and density like felt. It cuts beautifully and it was easy to pin the pattern pieces to and cut precisely.

Warm Company FleeceA few last thoughts about this project…it is wonderful to always know where my headphones are now because I know they are with my keys in the pouch. I never find myself out and about wanting them because if I have my keys, I have them as well. I did have a moment of rude awakening the other day when I was out shopping, though. It was pouring down rain – one of our typical Florida afternoon storms that happen almost daily this time of year – and I was running through the parking lot to my car through water that was two inches or more deep in places because it was raining so hard it overwhelmed the storm drains. As I glanced down at my keys in my hand, I had a moment of panic when I realized – if I drop my keys in this flood my headphones are dead! So I will have to be a bit more careful than I am used to with my keys now that my headphones are attached to them.

Supplies – Fabric (unknown fat quarters), The Warm Company Sew-In Warm Fleece, Coats Dual Duty XP Thread, Coats All Purpose Zipper (7″ Black).

Review | The X-Zone Cross-Stitch iPhone Case Kit by Coats & Clark

A new cool cross-stitch iPhone case kit that allows me to personalize my iPhone case is the latest trend in iPhone related crafting products.

iPhone Cross Stitch Case Case by Coats & Clark

Coats & Clark offers a fabulous one that lets me decide how I want my case to look.

First, lets review what comes in the box:

  • A silicone iPhone case (fits iPhone 4 and 4s)
  • An assortment of embroidery thread in six colors
  • An embroidery needle
  • An instruction and pattern book. Continue Reading →

Coats & Clark, Tim Holtz Announce Line of Quilt Fabric

Fans of Tim Holtz who also take part in sewing and quilting activities will have something to celebrate soon as Tim announced today a new partnership with Coats & Clark that will have him designing that company’s debut fabric line.

Coats & Clark is well-known to sewers and quilters for their thread and sewing notions, and lovers of knit & crochet for their Red Heart yarn and their Susan Bates brand needles & hooks. But fabric will be a new endeavor for Coats.

The new line, called Eclectic Elements, will feature 24 SKUs of fabric designs that will be familiar to Tim Holtz fans from his paper lines. Some of the designs are being produced in two different color tones, taupe and neutral (seen below). The 100% cotton fabric is 44″ wide and will be available on 15 yard bolts. For quilters, the fabric will be available in fat quarters, design rolls, 5” and 10” charm packs and fat eighths, while it is being marketed for papercrafters in 6″ and 12″ fabric crafting packs. Continue Reading →