back to school blog hop

hello Friday!

back to school
hello and welcome!
if you are new here…I hope you will swing back through from time to time….

back to school blog hop
I am super excited to be sharing my project using Hand Picked fabrics
as you can see…I actually have two projects…
the computer sleeve project will actually be featured in my newsletter this month…so make sure you are signed up!

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so…you might remember my post where I shared about Hand Picked…
I made some fun herringbone pieces from my strip units…
I sewed two of them together…added some of the blue lined piece to each end…
I also cut a piece of the amazing cork I received…this stuff is divine!!

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after sewing the unit to one side of the cork, I did some top-stitching…
I find this helps the cork to lay flat as I don’t find that it irons real well…

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here you can see I added some of the fun fruit pieces to each side of the unit, so that when the pouch is all sewn together, there will be some fun prints on each side…

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so here I have ironed some lightweight interfacing the backside of my lining, which is another piece from this line
I have decided to not trim up this piece until after I sew the zipper in…

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one cool trick I will share with you…
use double sided tape to keep your zipper in place…works like a charm!

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here you can see my zipper is half sewn in…

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now I am ready to trim my sides…
turn right sides together and sew each end…
**make sure to have one end partial zipped before trimming…
**make sure to leave an opening in your lining to turn your project…

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it is looking good!

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and done!!
click here to see more photos…

so now the fun….
hand picked fabric
Windham is generously giving away a bundle of this divine fabric to one of you!!!
leave me a comment to enter….
the giveaway will be open until September 22nd…
I will announce the winner on September 25th….

since this is a finish…I am linking up with Amanda , Myra and Sarah

Happy Sewing!

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81 Responses to back to school blog hop

  1. Darlene Slocum September 15, 2017 at 8:01 am #

    Looks like a fun project to make.

  2. Patti A. September 15, 2017 at 8:13 am #

    I keep thinking I have to try the cork fabric. I have always wondered how it irons, thanks for the heads up. Love the fruit in the bundle.

  3. Betsy September 15, 2017 at 8:48 am #

    I love the cork look and how creative of you to use leftover blocks

  4. Sandy Allen September 15, 2017 at 8:54 am #

    Love how the pouch turned out. You have me convinced now that I need to try the cork.

  5. Kay September 15, 2017 at 9:15 am #

    This is sweet, I do love the fruit but I am still coming round to the idea of cork, perhaps I need to see some in person and feel it first. x

  6. Marie Eddins September 15, 2017 at 9:16 am #

    The cork is quite a novel idea. I need to feel that! Bundle looks adorable. Thanks for the chance.

  7. Janie September 15, 2017 at 9:23 am #

    Very sweet. Thank you for sharing the steps.

  8. Michele T September 15, 2017 at 9:56 am #

    Great zipper bag!!! I love the herringbone detail

  9. Janna September 15, 2017 at 10:02 am #

    Awesome as aways!

  10. Angela J Short September 15, 2017 at 10:08 am #

    Very cool! I like your project alot!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  11. Linda September 15, 2017 at 10:27 am #

    cute bags! thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  12. SarahZ September 15, 2017 at 10:33 am #

    What a cute zipper pouch! I love how all the different elements come together! And you are right, those fabrics are adorable! Thanks for the chance to win a wonderful bundle of them!!!

  13. Patty September 15, 2017 at 10:34 am #

    Fun project and great scrap buster…I am picking up some of the cork though as it makes the fabrics pop!

  14. Gill September 15, 2017 at 10:58 am #

    Great project Brooke.
    I’ve never used cork before!

  15. Laura September 15, 2017 at 11:09 am #

    Love your cork project. This new “fabric” looks so elegant on projects. Loved all of your closeup photos.

  16. Rita Long September 15, 2017 at 11:17 am #

    Nice bright colors make it so cheerful.

  17. Lee September 15, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

    Fabulous projects! I need to try some of the cork. Such a sweet line of fabric!

  18. Dee September 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm #

    Great project….love the mix of fabrics!

  19. Krista Wells September 15, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

    Love the computer sleeve. I’ve never worked with cork before but would love to try it! Thanks for the chance to win the beautiful bundle.

  20. Beth T. September 15, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

    So there is that cork! It looks great–the fabric you used with it really bring out the “bright” in it. I haven’t sewn with cork and would have been a bit hesitant, but it seems as if everyone who tries it is really enthusiastic about it.

  21. Darlene H September 15, 2017 at 1:12 pm #

    The cork is unusual. Pretty fabric bundle.

  22. LINDA September 15, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

    Hi,such a neat idea! Thanks for sharing!

  23. rl2b2017 September 15, 2017 at 1:54 pm #

    What a fun computer sleeve! I love it, especially the fabrics you chose – I’ve never worked with cork. ~smile~ Roseanne

  24. Catherine September 15, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

    Beautiful little pouch. Love all the colours of cork that are available

  25. Allison in Alabama September 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

    I love the cork accent – it is just such a cute pouch!

  26. Quilting Tangent September 15, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    Good tip about using double sided tape to keep your zipper in place.

  27. Vicki in MN September 15, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

    Great project and great fabrics!

  28. annalutzbrown September 15, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

    Very cool tytyty ..looks like a fun idea…

  29. Deb E / Oregon September 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm #

    Love the cork zipper pouch! Would never have thought cork could be used this way — love that new ideas pop up everyday. Thanks for the giveaway — the colors of the fabrics are gorgeous!! Deb E / Oregon

  30. Barbara Kaup September 15, 2017 at 5:16 pm #

    Cute pouch–and the fabrics are great.

  31. dondim September 15, 2017 at 7:40 pm #

    Your pouch is so great! Thanks for the chance.

  32. Joan J September 15, 2017 at 7:42 pm #

    Great project. Would love to win fabric.

  33. quilterpt September 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm #

    Very creative…where did you get your cork? I too was gifted some cork that a friend brought back from Portugal and wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. Great inspiration!! Thanks for sharing.

  34. Sarah J September 15, 2017 at 8:23 pm #

    I love the cork! I keep seeing it online, but couldn’t quite imagine what it would be like. Thankfully I just got to put hands on it at a local (-ish) shop… now I totally understand why I’m seeing it everywhere, it’s amazing!

  35. Kathy E. September 15, 2017 at 8:38 pm #

    The cork fabric is so cool! It coordinates so well with the bright colors of this bundle. Everyone needs a new pouch for back-to-school for so many items that seem to get lost and roll around on their own. Great tips for keeping that zipper in place!

  36. Carol September 15, 2017 at 9:34 pm #

    Cute giveaway! I am visiting from crazy mom’s link up. Thanks for sharing your pouches.

  37. Sandie Cornish September 15, 2017 at 10:25 pm #

    Awesome fabrics! Love the herringbone detail! x

  38. Vicki H September 15, 2017 at 10:35 pm #

    Cute pouch. Do you use a larger needle when sewing with the cork?

  39. Sandy K September 15, 2017 at 10:38 pm #

    Fun fabrics. Like many others, I’ve never sewn with cork either.

  40. Chris September 15, 2017 at 11:34 pm #

    I love the fabric, so cute.

  41. Ellee September 16, 2017 at 12:27 am #

    How clever. Never thought to work with cork that way.

  42. Nicole Sender September 16, 2017 at 12:55 am #

    Really cute pouch! Like the cork fabric. Lovely Windham bundle.

  43. Delaine September 16, 2017 at 5:11 am #

    I love the look of this pouch using the cork. Thanks!

  44. Jayne P September 16, 2017 at 5:29 am #

    I like the idea of using cork. Thanks for sharing your project

  45. lewisnancy54 September 16, 2017 at 6:40 am #

    I love your project. I have not sewn with cork fabric, but I think I am going to have to get some and give it a try.

  46. Kathleen Kingsbury September 16, 2017 at 8:43 am #

    Cute projects. Cork fabric is interesting; it’s amazing it didn’t crack at all.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  47. Dorothy September 16, 2017 at 9:24 am #

    Love your projects! I’m thinking I need to make the little zippy. Never used or heard of using cork fabric

  48. Leslie Wittenberg September 16, 2017 at 9:49 am #

    I love the cork fabric!

  49. Cecilia September 16, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

    I love the look of your pouches and will have to get some of the cork as well. Thanks for sharing your projects and for the giveaway.

  50. Lisa Marie September 16, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

    The cork is very interesting and the Hand Picked fabrics are fabulous! I enjoyed seeing your projects!

  51. Ginny September 16, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

    cute project!!

  52. Ilana September 17, 2017 at 9:01 am #

    Cute little pouch. I’m amazed at the use of cork. Thanks.


  53. tayahdesigns September 17, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    LOVE your pouch & those fabrics

  54. yanicka September 17, 2017 at 10:44 am #

    Those apple and pear fabrics are so cute!!!!

  55. Regina September 17, 2017 at 11:46 am #

    The fabrics are really cute for a very nice useful project.

  56. Kathie L September 17, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    I need to find some of that cork fabric. It makes a difference.

  57. Cheryl September 17, 2017 at 2:41 pm #

    A fun fabric combination. Your use of cork is fun, too.

  58. Brandy Baxter September 17, 2017 at 3:36 pm #

    I am new to quilting and sewing. This looks like fun.

  59. Jody Kruse September 17, 2017 at 7:45 pm #

    Great projects- the fabric is so cute and the cork looks very cool.

  60. Judy Forkner September 18, 2017 at 12:19 am #

    Love that pouch!

  61. Monica Richardson September 18, 2017 at 6:58 am #

    I had some cork in my hands this weekend. I should have brought some. This would have been a great project for me.

  62. Anita Jackson September 18, 2017 at 7:43 am #

    Adorable Pouch! And the fabrics are such a fun choice!

  63. Nicki Slater September 18, 2017 at 9:45 am #

    Love that cork fabric. Great pouch!

  64. Karen Addleman September 18, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

    Love your project. I have been wanting to try the cork fabric.

  65. Shirley Elliott September 18, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

    I love your project! So creative. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

  66. Kathy Lambert September 18, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

    Love working with cork. Great giveaway, fabulous looking bundle.

  67. Kelly Tadlock September 18, 2017 at 11:22 pm #

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  68. spierssusan September 19, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

    I love these fabric colors- your little pouch is too cute! Thank you for sharing!

  69. Judy September 19, 2017 at 6:31 pm #

    You have a great project. thanks for the chance to win some cute fabrics!

  70. Pamela R September 20, 2017 at 12:02 am #

    Very clever with the cork! thanks

  71. Tina September 20, 2017 at 7:38 am #

    Wow! I’m impressed with the cork. I would love to try sewing with it. Thanks so much for sharing.

  72. chrisknits September 20, 2017 at 10:41 am #

    What pretty fabric!

  73. Marilyn Snow September 20, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

    Such a cute little zippered bag!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  74. Teri September 22, 2017 at 11:02 am #

    Cute projects!

  75. rhona45 September 22, 2017 at 11:18 am #

    I am going to have to buy some of the cork fabric, I see many people using it, looks great in the zipper pouch, thanks for the chance to win!

  76. Lesley September 22, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

    I will have to try that tape for zippers!

  77. Treadlestitches September 22, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

    Wow, amazing projects! I need to get sewing.

  78. Mary D September 22, 2017 at 9:20 pm #

    I had a goo gob (100’s) of zippers in many colors, sizes and styles left over from my clothing design days that I wasn’t using so I sold them all. Every last one of them. Now I see all of these really fun zip bags to make which means I need to buy some zippers. I got a mental block going on about buying zippers now. LOL

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