Friday, April 1, 2011

First Friday Freebie #18 with Tutorial

Due to the renovations that were happening at our house last month, there was no FFF because I couldn’t get into my studio.  So, for this month’s First Friday Freebie, as an added bonus, I’m including a step-by-step tutorial of how to make my…

Colonial Sampler Sewing Caddy ©


Finished size folded in half is 12 1/2” x 10”

Inside view #1…


Finished size when open is 12 1/2” x 20”

Inside view #2…


So lets begin! 

Please read through all the directions first before starting.


Approximately1/2 yard of each of two coordinating fabrics, one for the outside top and back and the other for the inside lining and binding.

Two pieces of batting approximately 14” x 12”.

1 skein of Black DMC floss #310.

A piece of wool or felt approximately 8” x 3”.

Two, 6” pieces of thin black ribbon.


From the fabric that you’ve chosen to use for the outside top and back, cut one piece at 20” x 17”. This is the piece that you will use to complete the stitched design.  Set the rest aside. 

Using either a light box or  a window during daylight hours, lightly transfer the design with a black Pigma pen.  Complete the stitching using 2 strands of black DMC floss #310.  All stitching is done using the backstitch except for the broken lines which were completed in the running stitch.


After completing the stitching and using the outside stitched lines of the design as your guide, trim to 1 1/2” around the perimeter.  The piece should now measure approximately 12 1/2” x 10”.


Cut one other piece of the outside fabric and two pieces of the inside lining fabric at 12 1/2” x 10”.


Cut two pieces of batting at 12 1/2” x 10”.


To form the inside pockets, cut two pieces of the outside fabric at 7” x 12 1/2” and iron in half lengthwise.  If you wish your pockets to be deeper, then increase the 7” to either 10” or 12” and iron in half lengthwise as shown below.  Set aside.


Using a quilt basting spray…or whatever method that suits you…attach the  outside stitched front to one piece of batting and the outside back to the second piece of batting.  Hand or machine quilt as desired.

Note: Quilt using only the top stitched piece and the outside back piece and the individual pieces of  batting.  Do not include the inside lining fabric.  In other words, there will only be two layers when you quilt each of the outside top and back. 


I elected to hand quilt mine within the perimeter of each of the boxes and around the outside perimeter of the design on the front panel and a 1” spaced diagonal on the back panel. 

Note: This next photo showing the quilting is out of sequence but I’ve inserted it here so you can see how I hand quilted mine.


Pin the pockets to what will become the center fold of both pieces of the inside or lining fabric.  The cut edge is toward the center.


Then pin two small size zip lock baggies on top of the pockets approximately 1” in from the outside edges.  Note that the baggies are not sitting directly on top of each other but are staggered. 


Repeat for the other side as well.


Sew through all layers using a 1/4” seam allowance.


Sew another line 1/4” in from the first seam.


Using a rotary cutter, trim to just inside the first 1/4” stitching line.  This will ensure a clean, straight line, just in case the plastic bags shifted during the sewing.  Repeat for the other side.


With right sides facing, sew both sides together  using a 1/2” seam allowance.


After quilting and with right sides facing, sew the outside front and back together with a 1/2” seam allowance.  Iron the seam open. 

Inside view…


Outside view…


With wrong sides together, line up both the inside and outside layers and sew through all the layers down the inside center line .  


View of the outside spine after sewing down the center line…


Using a scrap piece of wool or felt, cut a 8” x 3” rectangle.  This will become the needle and pin keep.


Iron in half lengthwise.


Sew to the inside top layer only along the folded center seam line.  Do NOT sew through all layers.  Off set it to one side  approximately 1” down from the top edge and 1 1/2” in from the outside edge.


Using the fabric that you chose for the inside lining, bind the caddy as you would finish and bind a quilt.  I cut my binding strips at 2 1/4” wide.


Find the center point of the top and bottom and while you are attaching the binding, insert the ribbon.


Repeat on the other side.  These will be the ties to fasten the caddy closed.


And voila…your very own

Colonial Sampler Sewing Caddy ©.


Now comes the really fun part when you fill the baggies with some of your favorite sewing needfuls.


And don’t forget to add a few pins to the woolen pinkeep.


And there you have it!  Easy-peasy and oh so handy!


To download the PDF file which includes the colored photos and line drawing, please click HERE.

I hope you have as much fun making this as I did.



Martine said...

Thanks for sharing. It looks lovely.

Kathie said...

thank you!!!! this is so beautiful.
I have been enjoying watching your new house turn into a home, thanks for sharing this adventure with us.

Siobhan said...

Thank you!! And thank you, too, for the step by step tutorial with pictures. I would love to be able to do something like this and now with the visual help (I am the poster child for visual learners!), I think I could do it. Thanks!

Betweens said...

Kaaren thanks for spending so much time uploading pics and writing these directions it is beautiful!
Glad you are settling into your gorgeous home looks like it is a happy place and that it was the right move for you.

Jenny's Craft Place said...

Thank you Kaaren for such a lovely idea. I can picture it as a multi-purpose sewing caddy, or designated for a particular project for easy finding :) Happy crafting, Jenny

Dianne in the country said...

Thanks Kaaren. Its a lovely FFF and worth waiting for. I think I might make one or two for friends. Your house is looking just great. Looking forward to seeing more of your new rug.
Have a great day.

Sandy said...

Thank you again, Kaaren. Your directions and pictures are so easy to follow.

Dawnfire said...

Thank you very much Kaaren. I know I'm going to enjoy making this...I think this will be a great Christmas gift for a few of my friends.


Ariane said...

This is gorgeous!!! I love it!!!

Marie said...

Kaaren - a marvelous FFF (and tutorial). Thank you for your generousity - you are a caring soul.

Hugs - Marie

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Thanks Kaaren!
I don't know if it will be easy peasy, but maybe I'll give it a try.
Thanks for sharing, it is beautiful!
Prim Blessings!

Darlene said...

Thank you, Kaaren - it's fabulous.

Celia said...

Gracias Kaaren es precioso, muy lindo

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful tutorial, but i am lazy, so maybe I will try it with all wool and pockets, lol. I love the design and great gift idea for friends.


Barbara said...

Thanks Kaaren for the stitching book.....I know what my next stitching project will be ♥

KaHolly said...

Kaaren, this is just wonderful. Thank you so much. I can't wait to get back to my own sewing space and finish my raggedy quilt and get started on this project. It's right up my alley! ~karen

Grammee Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

What a clever way to add storage to your sewing caddy!! You never cease to amaze me with your ideas and creativity!

We got 6" last night but it is already getting bright and it is melting. I hope it heads out to sea and misses you!! HUGS!!

Val said...

Thanks for going to all the trouble of posting a tutorial. I love the idea with the zip lock bags inside the caddie.

Stephanie said...

Tons prettier than the caddies I made years ago using zip loc bags and a place mat and ribbon. They were cute but not nearly as lovely as yours. You're always so very generous with your time and talent. I know the time involved in writing a tutorial and all the photos.

Candace said...

Wow - with all that you have going right now, where did you find the time for such a wonderful project, Kaaren?! Thank you so much for a beautifully laid out tutorial and great Sewing Caddy!

Janet said...

That's really neat, I can see lots of uses for this project, including for gifts. The stitchery is great, I love it. Thanks for sharing.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh my gosh Kaaren!!! I love it so much! Thank you for taking the time to show us!!! I know how busy you are with your beautiful new home.

Allie said...

Kaaren - this is lovely - thank you SO much! I think I need about fifteen of these, lol!

susiloci said...

Es superbonito y el tutorial está fantásticamente explicado. Gracias

SueB said...

Thank you so much for sharing all of your talent. Love this.
Your house is coming right along and it is beautiful. What views you also have.

Elyte said...

Attractive and very practical, thanks Kaaren.

Stina said...

It is wonderful Kaaren!!!...:0)
Hope you have had a fun time playing around in your new sewing place!!!
No sewing here..but I bought an older cupboard with glass doors and ... Pheeeew I had to reorganize the whole room... Just because it was pretty... Lol

Yvonne said...

Kaaren, thanks you for sharing. Greetings Yvonne

LibbiesHome said...

I don't know how you do it, Kaaren! Another beautiful FFF and a great tutorial to do with it!
And your house is looking so beautiful! I haven't been on bloggerr much lately, so I took a minute to look at some of your previous posts. Amazing transformations taking place!
You are amazing!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

This is really cute and useful at the same time. I just made a little something extra to send Carrie in the last giveaway I had. What is that saying "Good minds think a like". (not sure of the saying) You'll have to see the picture after she gets the package in the mail. Thanks for sharing.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Another lovely design, Kaaren, and thank you for the tute. :-)
I am stitching the blocks for your Huswif at the moment, in a steely grey thread. Love it!

suz said...

Wonderful tutorial Kaaren - thank you!

Mary said...


How generous of you. It is really nice. Thank you so much. You are so creative.


Jane said...

Thanks Kaaren....I love samplers! Now to figure out what to put instead of the "quote" and make it more Canadian! LOL

Jytte R said...

Thank you for the pattern for the sewing caddy.
I like it made in one colour thread.

ara said...

Muchas gracias!!!!!!!!!

Vickie Adkins said...

Where do I get the pattern. Sorry to be so dumb.

Vickie Adkins said...

I would love to do your project but I don't know where to get the pattern. Sorry to be so dumb.