21 July 2015

Goody Goody {the Sew-Along}

 
Today is an exciting day because it's the official kickoff of the Goody Goody Sew-Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop. Here's how to participate:
1- Check out the Goody Goody binding tutorial found on my blog here. I didn't invent the idea but was inspired by my friend Amy and her amazing Travel Sewing Kit. I've included additions like the fun zipper compartment (see above) to store binding clips.
As a fun bonus, here is a little video I filmed with Fat Quarter Shop in June! It talks a little about the Goody Goody binding kit assembly, but mainly shows just how easy it is to make the zipper compartment! If you've never sewn with a zipper, this is a great beginner project for you.
2- A bunch of my friends are sewing along too! It's so fun to see all the different fabric choices and customization going on--be sure to check them out on their blogs and instagram to get more ideas:
Kimberly of Fat Quarter Shop / IG @fatquartershop
Lori of Bee in My Bonnet / IG @beelori
April of Prairie Grass Patterns / IG @amrosenthal
Amy of Amy's Creative Side / IG @amyscreativeside 
Sherri of A Quilting Life / IG @aquiltinglife
Natalia of Piece N Quilt / IG @nataliabonner
Kailtin of Knot and Thread / IG @knotandthread
Jenn of Quilted Thimble / IG @jennthurston
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane / IG @downgrapevinelane
Sherri of This & That Patterns / IG @sherfalls
Heather & Megan of Quilt Story / IG @quiltstory and @quiltstorymeg 
3- We want to see what you will make! Share your version on Instagram and check out what everyone else is making under the hashtags #goodygoodysewalong and #goodygoodybindingkit 
 

06 July 2015

Goody Goody Binding Kit


It is common knowledge that a quilter is in need a lovely binding kit.
I bind more than a few quilts every year, so a portable binding kit is essential for me. Whether I'm out on the road or at home, no matter the size of the quilt, I use my binding kit for every single project.

I recently made this one using my new Gooseberry fabric (ships in October) and have gotten a lot of compliments and requests to share some of the construction details so I'm posting the tutorial here today.
I didn't invent the idea--I was inspired by my friend Amy and her fabulous Travel Sewing Kit. It includes additions like this zipper compartment to store binding clips. I am not a fan of sewing with zippers but this was EASY. If you've never sewn with a zipper, this is a great project for you.

Before we get started, let's take a look at some of the other features of this binding kit. 
In the center section of the kit, there is a thread holder for your favorite Aurifil thread spools, a wool felt rectangle for needles, and a sweet strawberry pocket for a small pair of scissors.

You'll also find a nice spacious pocket for anything else you might want to tuck in there for binding time. Here are a couple of my "essentials" (and the reason I call it my Goody Goody binding kit):

Let's get started.