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Here’;s a quick and useful little project from Sue Bleiweiss, fiber artist, author,?and new BERNINA Ambassador. Be sure to check out her website and blog and take a peek at her?“;coloring book fabric collage”; technique.

I created this iPhone pouch so that I wouldn’t have to carry my iPhone in my hand or my pockets when I’m out for my daily walk. Clip it to your hand bag and you’ll have easy access to your phone while you’re out running errands – you can tuck your “to do” list in one of the outside pockets of the pouch.

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The measurements given are to make a pouch to fit an iPhone 5S in a hard case measuring 5″ x 2-1/2″; adjust the measurements if your phone is larger than that.


All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise indicated.

Step 1) Quilt the main pouch piece.

Fuse the fabric for the outside of the pouch to one side of the quilt batting. I like to fuse my fabric to the batting because it keeps it from shifting while I’m quilting it.

Set up your machine for free-motion quilting and quilt the surface using your choice of quilting stitch. I used a random meandering pattern to quilt mine.

Trim the quilted piece to measure 4-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ and set it aside while you prepare the pocket.

Free motion quilting tips:

Step 2) Construct the snap clip tab.

Fold the 3″ x 5″ snap clip tab fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together, and press with a hot iron.

Open the fabric. With the wrong side upchristmas gifts for dad, fold each long raw edge into the center crease; press.

Then fold the piece in half again along the original crease to enclose all the raw edges.?

Press the pocket well and then stitch 1/4″ away from each long edge.

Trim the tab to measure 2″ long.

Slip the tab through the snap clip ring and then position it along the right side of the pouch, aligning the raw edges, and 3/4″ down from the top edge. Stitch about 1/8″ from the edge; you want to keep your stitched line inside the 1/4″-wide seam allowance so it will be hidden later.

Step 3) Add the button closure.

Position a button to the front of the pouch, centering it between the long edges and keeping the top of the button at least 1/2″ from the top short edge of the pouch. Stitch in place.

Pin a 3″ piece of elastic to the other short edge of the pouch, centering it between the long edges. Stitch to secure, keeping your stitches inside the 1/4″-wide seam allowance.

Step 4) Make the pocket.

To give the pocket more stability, I doubled the fabric.

Fuse a layer of Mistyfuse to the wrong side of the fabric and then let it cool.

Once it’s cooled, fold the fabric in half, wrong sides together, to create a piece 4-1/2″ x 11″ rectangle. Press it with a hot iron to fuse it together.?

Fold down the short edges 1/2″ and press with a hot iron. Fold down another 1/2″ to enclose the raw edge; press the folds well.

Stitch the folds in place using a 1/4″-wide seam allowance.

With the pouch right side up, place the pocket on top, also right side up, centering the pocket between the two short edges. Sew the pocket in place, keeping your stitches inside the 1/4″-wide seam allowance.?

Fold the pouch right sides together. Sew along the two long edges using a 1/4″-wide seam allowance.?

Turn the pouch right side out and set it aside while you make the lining.

Step 5) Construct the lining.

With right sides together, sew the two lining pieces along the left, right, and bottom edges, leaving a 3″ opening along the bottom edge for turning.

Step 6) Complete the iPhone case.

With right sides together, slip the pouch into the lining, aligning the top raw edges.?

Sew the pouch to the lining along the top edge using a 1/4″-wide seam allowance.?

Pull the pouch through the opening you left in the bottom edge of the lining.?

Sew the opening closed and then tuck the lining into the pouch.?

Give the pouch a good press and slip your phone inside. Secure the phone in place by slipping the elastic over the button. Clip the pouch to your belt or purse and you’re done!

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Who went to the Babies R US Happy Places event this past Sunday??If you happened to attend the event at a store in the Los Angeles area, you may have seen me pushing a cart packed full of goodies with my SIL, daughter, and niece, all in tow. Stevee just moved to Los Angeles with my 4 and 3 year old niece and nephew, Jojo and Johnny. To say she had a bit of sticker shock at rental home prices would be an understatement. Luckily for her, Jojo and Johnny are the two siblings who adore each other most in the world, meaning: They can happily share a room. Our inspiration board is pictured above, featuring Babies R Us dressers, storage bins , wooden toys, and more.