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Quilted Wallet: Tutorial Review

I am always hunting for new things to do with fat quarters. They are such cheap, fun sources of fabric, and most projects related to them are quick enough to do an evening. A quick, inexpensive sewing project? Sign me up! The Quilted Wallet with 3 fat quarters, from That Darn Kat, turned out to be… not that so much.

TUTORIAL: Quilted Wallet

SOURCE: That Darn Kat




DSCN0053When sewing the quilted top together, I pressed open the seams. I remained pretty faithful to the tutorial, the biggest change was probably how much pressing I did.

DSCN0047I think one of the reasons I found this tutorial so challenging is because I don’t have a very reliable ruler. Marking straight lines has always been one of my sewing Achilles’ heel. My pieces didn’t fit together correctly, so there was a lot of adjustments and pressing required.

In this picture, you can see my markings for the lower credit card slot pockets. Luckily, I managed to make these mostly straight.

DSCN0052The hardest part of the tutorial was figuring out pressing the pocket into shape. After an entire evening of trial and error, I finally understood the pocket needed to be pressed into a kind of accordion shape, with the lines acting as dividers. I then accidentally top-stitched the wrong pocket, so after seam-ripping and re-pressing, I stuck a pin into the top of the each credit card “slot” to keep it straight.


All and all, I’m actually pleased with how this tutorial turned out. I look forward to experimenting with more fat quarter patterns.


  • Invest in a nice, see-through ruler and a rotary cutter. 

-Thwarted Needles

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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Fabric Mouse pad: Tutorial Review

In addition to trying out my own sewing Quests, I frequently flit around the Internet trying to find fun, smaller projects I can do in my spare time when I need a break from more time-consuming endeavors.

This week I tried out the Fabric Scrap Mouse Pad Tutorial from How Joyful. Overall, I really recommend it.

TUTORIAL: Fabric Scrap Mouse Pad

SOURCE: How Joyful



  • I coated my fabric 3 or 4 times with the Mod Podge
  • I used a fat quarter, instead of fabric scraps. (A fat quarter can be of any fabric type, but is cut differently from bolt fabric: usually 18″ x 22″. When ordering custom fabric, I like to buy a fat quarter first, as these are very cheap and allow you to test out the color, pattern size, and fabric quality before committing to a full yard.)


  • I’m finding more and more that fat quarter fabric is a little thinner than I’d like, so I think in the future I will try using actual quilting-weighted cotton fabric.
  • The mouse pad was a little thin for me, so if possible I’d like to insert a thinner layer of upholstery foam in between the fabric and the shelf liner.

Viola! A custom-made mouse pad!

-Thwarted Needles

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Posted by on January 16, 2013 in Uncategorized


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