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Scrappy Sewing Pod

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Now here's a project you can make in an afternoon. Scrappy Sewing Pod could be made for many different uses. With a bit of imagination, you could dig in your stash and come up with everything you need to make several. What a cute project to make on a rainy summer afternoon when you don't want to start a large project. If you think about it, making these could be a good way to start your personalized holiday gifts.

Two easy variations use the same construction methods in these scrappy sewing pods.

Design by Jodi G. Warner

Supplies

  • 2 pieces batting 12" x 12"
  • All-purpose thread to match fabrics
  • Quilting thread
  • 2 (14") zippers
  • Pattern Diagrams
  • Basic sewing tools and supplies
Fabric
Measurements based on 42" usable fabric width.
#Strips & Pieces Cut
Assorted bright-colored scraps 3 4 1/4" x 2 1/4" X
  3 4 1/4" x 3 1/4" Y
  3 4 1/4" x 7 3/4" Z
  1 1 1/2" x 11" Q
  1 4 1/2" x 11" R
  3 4" x 4" S
  4 1 1/2" x 11" T
  2 1 1/2" x 7" U
  4 1 1/2" x 8" binding
Backing 2 12" x 12"

Project Specifications

Skill Level: Beginner

Pod Size: 8" x 3" x 3"

Completing Sewing

Pod A

Step 1. Join one each X, Z and Y along the 4 1/4" edges as shown in Figure 1; press seams in one direction. Repeat to make three X-Z-Y units.

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Step 2. Join the X-Z-Y units to complete the sewing pod body as shown in Figure 2; press seams open.

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Step 3. Layer the sewing pod body with batting and lining and machine-quilt as desired; trim to 11 1/2" x 11".

Step 4. Stitch 1/8" from edge all around to secure.

Step 5. Position one edge of zipper tape with edge of body piece approximately 3/16" from zipper teeth; topstitch in place as shown in Figure 3.

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Step 6. Mark edges of body piece on opposite ends of zipper; open the zipper. Position and topstitch remaining edge of zipper tape in place between marks on the opposite edge of the sewing pod body and close zipper as shown in Figure 4.

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Step 7. Fold under 3/8" on both long edges of each T band to form a 3/4" finished strip; press.

Step 8. Topstitch a T band in place 1/8" from zipper teeth on each side of the zipper, covering the stitching for zipper as shown in Figure 5.

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Step 9. Repeat stitching on the opposite side of T to complete zipper cover, again referring to Figure 5.

Step 10. Move zipper slide midway into body; align open edges of the zipper and baste across both ends. Cut off excess zipper ends as shown in Figure 6.

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Step 11. Fold long raw edges of U loop strip to the center, and then fold again so folded edges align as shown in Figure 7; stitch close to both edges to hold.

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Step 12. Cut one U loop strip into two 3 1/2" pieces.

Step 13. Place raw ends over ends of zipper as shown in Figure 8; baste across ends to secure.

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Step 14. Turn inside out; align edges on one end of bag and form a pleat with edges even with zipper edges as shown in Figure 9; stitch across folded edge, securing stitches at the beginning and end of seam and over the trimmed zipper end. Repeat on remaining end of bag.

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Step 15. Fold the 1 1/2" x 8" binding strip in half wrong sides together along length to prepare a double-fold strip. Enclose the stitched ends with the strip and stitch in place as shown in Figure 10; turn right side out to finish.

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Completing Sewing

Pod B

Step 1. Join the long and short O pieces with P and PR to make the O-P side of the bag top as shown in Figure 11; press seams in one direction.

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Step 2. Join three S squares to complete the S side of the bag top; press seams in one direction.

Step 3. Join the S and O-P sides with Q and R strips to complete the Sewing Pod B top as shown in Figure 12; press seams toward R.

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Step 4. Complete the sewing pod referring to Steps 3Ė15 of Completing Sewing Pod A to complete Sewing Pod B.

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