Wednesday Wishspiration- Rag Quilt

Hey Everybody! This weeks wishspiration is a rag quilt! I have seen a lot of these made exclusively with flannel, but I have a lot of cotton scraps I want to use. I found this wonderful quilt using jelly rolls on Pinterest.

Fabric Scraps, Tutorial, Quilting for Beginners, Rag Quilt, Jelly Roll

The tutorial and quilt can be found here-

I love her idea and the colors she chose!

I plan on making my own rag quilt for a baby- smaller and easier! As soon as I get my machine back, I will probably start cutting pieces soon!


Easy Peasy Upcycled Burp Clothes- Tutorial

Can you sew two rectangles, and 9 straight lines? Then you can complete this project. I was rushing to make these before the recipient arrived for brunch, and totally blanked on getting the completed pictures. I made a couple, but only took photographs of a one. I got the idea for the backing of this from Made By Rae. You can find her post here:

Step 1- Choose fabric (basic calico or quilting cotton) and backing (Pick out an old t-shirt, this one was a child’s medium t-shirt, but any size above that would also work) Flannel can also work, as it is absorbent. I do not like to use fleece and everything just sort of sits on it, and doesn’t get soaked in.

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Step 2-Cut out your fabrics- My calico was just the right size already- 10×18. Anywhere from 10-15 for the width and 15-20 for the length.Once you have the calico cut out, line it up on your shirt- keep in mind you only need one layer of the shirt, so you can cut it in half if you want. Then cut out the shape of your calico.


Make sure when you line it up, you don’t include the edging, cut that off once you have cut the rest of it out.


Step 3- Now you should have two pieces that look like this!


Step 4- PIN, pin all around.

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Leave an opening to turn it right side out (like my markers?)


Step 5-Stitch except for the turn hole, I used about a 1/4 seam allowance. Trim off any excess of either cotton or backing.


Step 6- Turn, Press, and topstitch, and you have the perfect new fun burp cloth!

Please feel free to comment or ask any questions you may have!


Tutorial: DIY Dorm Laundry Bag

AHHH! My first tutorial- with pictures! (admittedly terrible pictures taken with my phone. I have been working off a small chest in out living room- which doesn’t have the best light, and our camera is states away right now!)

Its graduation season, and a lot of my close friends are graduating. I wanted to do something special for each one. Something personal but usable! And low on my basically non-existent budget. In searching pinterest for #DIY grad gifts, I came across a collage, and one of the pictures was an odd tube-like bag for laundry. I was unable to find the website it was from, so I continued looking at bags on pinterest.

I took my inspiration from these two tutorials->

So here is the hanging dorm laundry bag! My idea behind this was to have it take up as little space as possible, but will be able to hold a lot of clothes- so as clean clothes get taken out of the closet, they get put back in the bag- same amount of space, and the empty bag only takes as much space as a t-shirt

Step 1- pick your fabric! (one of my favorite parts!) I would say you need about a yard in total (I didn’t actually measure it… shhh) I used about 3/4 yd  of the light purple fabric, and about 1/4 yd of the dark purple.


(the color contrast gives this bag a structural look and keeps it from getting too childish looking)


Step 2- attach both fabrics using a 1/4 inch seam allowance- straight stitch the two pieces together


Step 3- trim excess-> as you can see, my light color was larger than the dark, either rotary cut or cut in a straight line or cut at an angle till it evens out


Step 4- Make tube, right sides together, straight stitch down the sides, starting at one end.


Step 5- Make bag –> aka stitch the bottom. For this step, use a 5/8th inch seam allowance. Stitch across, and then INTO the seam allowance, double stitch 1/8th of an inch in. Use pinking sheers on the edge, or serge if you have the option.


Step 6- This is where I messed up originally, I used bias tape, which I didn’t totally think about.

(I gathered the top of mine first, because I was using a scrap of bias tape, I would NOT recommend doing this! Use enough to go all the way around)


a) Fold under each side of the bias tape, (no picture) simply open the tape, fold up the ends, and continue on. ( I always use double fold)

b) As you sew, make sure the raw edge of the bag in under the bias tape, when you get to the ends, do not sew the ends together/ underneath each other.


Step 7- Using a safety pin, thread a ribbon or soft rope through the bias tape. (you want to thread it on the outside of the bag edge on the inside of the bias tape)


Step 8- Add a letter or other applique. I simply cut out a letter and zigzagged it onto the contrasting bottom. It adds a great personal touch. I added mine to the “middle” of the bag, but in others I’ve made, they have been on the sides.


Step 9- Add buttonhole! Put the buttonhole on the top, on the back side (not with the applique), in the estimated middle. This should NOT be where the drawstring comes out! It should be about the size of a dress shirt button hole.


Step 10- Hang on the hanger and gift!