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Cut Sew Create Kits to Inspire the Next Generation

Let me introduce myself: I'm Carolyn Vagts, editor of Quilter's World magazine and writer of this update. That's my day job, and at night, I'm an addicted quilter. I tend to eat, breathe and sometimes sleep with my quilting. I have a beautiful studio with my work space right in it. How convenient, since I work at and with quilting. As editor, I am very hands-on with every issue. I'm also very hands-on with this update. I love to share my experiences with other quilters in hopes it will inspire them to explore the endless possibilities available to them.

With each update I select a book or pattern to accompany it. It's usually something that I feel goes along with the content of my update, and once again, I've found a great book that will fit into my plans. Jiffy Quick Quilts has several great projects that a young adult could successfully make after a bit of instruction. One of my greatest wishes is that we quilters will somehow inspire the next generation to keep this wonderful craft alive.

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While at Spring Quilt Market this year, I was really impressed with products that could easily be used to stir up interest in sewing and quilting in our next generation of quilters. I found some of the nicest patterns and supplies that I'm sure will entice young people to sew and then perhaps to move on to quilting. My favorite products were in the Moda & United Notions booth. I found the cutest projects in the form of Cut Sew Create premade kits. I thought these kits would appeal to my granddaughters, and therefore, I felt they would also appeal to your younger family members. Actually, any age would enjoy making these awesome projects (as I found out for myself) and they are all perfect for the current trends. If you worry about the hands-on art of sewing and quilting being lost in the future to technology, you might want to check out some of these lovely kits at your local quilt shops. I think they would definitely entice young people to try sewing and help keep this special craft alive. I do worry about quilting dying out with the younger generation.

I asked Moda to send me a few of these kits so I could share them with you. If you haven't seen them in your local quilt shop yet and you're interested in them, please do ask. Most shops will do special orders.

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Several Cut Sew Create kits by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda & United Notions, and Rainbow Zipper Pouch, the kit I selected to make.

It was a hard decision, but I decided on a cute little zippered pouch. I was amazed at how detailed the instructions were but still simple. There were no mind-boggling terms or long, drawn-out instructions. They were sweet, simple and to the point. The first thing I did was check to see what else I would need to complete the pouch. I just needed a zipper and a bit of fusible interfacing.

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Panel pressed. Now I'm ready to follow the assembly instructions.

With all the supplies collected and the panel pressed, I cut out all the pieces on the dotted lines.

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Panel ready to cut out per the instructions.

I pressed in a 1/4-inch seam allowance on each side of the handle strip and then folded it in half per the instructions. Then I stitched along one long side.

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Handle pressed with 1/4-inch seam allowances and then readied to stitch.

I fused interfacing to the wrong side of the pouch's front and back.

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Pouch halves cut out and fusible interfacing added to the wrong sides.

The next step in the instructions is to install the zipper. For many new sewers this can sound scary, but these instructions were great. It only took a few minutes to finish the zipper and move on. I think most young people could easily follow these instructions.

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The zipper sewn into place and ready to trim off the excess.

Once the zipper was in place and trimmed to size as per the instructions, I pinned the handle into place, placed the pouch front and back right sides together, matching the raw edges, and then stitched around the entire curved raw edges. I trimmed the seam and turned the pouch right side out to press.

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Ready to stitch around the outer raw edges of the pouch to complete it.

This was a great project for any age. I enjoyed making it, and I think it will make a really cute gift for a young person.

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The finished pouch.

Moda & United Notions also sent me this awesome kit, Sewline Starter Set, with lots of great product in it. It's the perfect kit to gift a new sewer or quilter. It contains everything that is needed to mark, glue or cut when quilting. It also includes detailed instructions about each product and how to use it. This kit is perfect for new or seasoned quilters. I know I can't wait to try out a few of the products in it that I'm not familiar with.

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Sewline Starter Set and the products included in the kit.

All in all, I absolutely LOVE the Cut Sew Create kits and the Sewline Starter Set. I can't wait to have my granddaughters over for a sew day. I'm hoping this will inspire them to start sewing!

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