Binding Clip Bag Tutorial


I seriously love binding clips and use them all the time. I didn’t love the plastic box they came in. The box opened awkwardly, and I was constantly spilling the clips all over the floor.  I finally had it one day and decided to come up with a better container option.

This little container is way cuter, and the medium thick interfacing allows it to stand nice and stiff.  The round shape helps it roll with the wild, hands flying, circus that sewing can sometimes be – without any spilling! Kind of like an adorable weeble-wobble (remember those?)


I’m sharing a very basic tutorial today, meaning you’re  going to have to draw your pattern pieces, and use your creativity!

1. Make your pattern shapes. 


You’ll need a hexagon with sides measuring      1 3/8 “.  And your side piece measuring 4 3/4″ tall, and ends measuring 1 7/8″ wide. To accomplish this side shape- cut a piece of scrap paper 5″ x 4 3/4″ – fold in half, open and draw    1 7/8″ lines in the center on the 4 3/4” ends  then draw a curved line meeting at your lines. Fold in half and cut out your shape.



2. Cut your fabrics. 


You’ll need 6 outer fabric pieces, 6 lining fabric pieces, and 6 fusible interfacing (medium thickness) pieces.   1 each of outer, lining, and interfacing of the hexagon shape.

3. Iron your fusible interfacing to the outer fabric pieces. 


4. Sewing pieces together. 

We need to leave the ends of the side panels unsewn 1/4″ on one end to give us a seam allowance to sew in the hexagon piece to make a bottom. If using directional fabric make sure to leave the bottom open 1/4″.

Mark the 1/4″ seam allowances 1/4″ from the bottom with an erasable marker (I used frixon heat erasable marker.) Then begin to sew panels together, stopping and back stitching at your marks.


Continue sewing panels until they are all joined, and you have a ball shape.


Repeat with the lining pieces.

5. Adding the hexagon bottom. 

There are two ways to go about attaching your hexagon to the bottom.  1. If you’re an awesome seamstress you can pin and sew with your machine using 1/4″ seam.  I tried this and it was hard for me!   2. This method worked best for me – draw your quarter inch seam lines all around your hexagon, pin in place, and hand sew on the line.



6. Finishing

Place the lining inside the outer bag, wrong sides together. Hand baste around the top, using a 1/8″ seam, stop when you have basted three panels, but don’t cut the thread.


You are going to draw a half moon shape using an erasable marker. I just eyed this until I liked how it looked.  Then cut away the fabric on the line, and continue basting the rest of the way around.



Add your binding, and any embellishments you like, fill with cute things, and enjoy!



Farmhouse Tables

fall tableI’ve been enjoying my farmhouse table my Dad made me for many years. It’s held up to 2 kids, many homework sessions, countless meals, craft sessions, nail paintings, holidays, and good times.

Dad asked me if I would post a pic of his tables here just in case anyone in the Michigan area would like a farmhouse table of their own. He is retired now and loves being in his workshop. He has two tables ready, they can be stained any color. They measure 32″ x 72″ (or 3 by 6 feet.) If you are interested let me know!


New Tote and some head scratchers


I cut into my Maker fabric this weekend to make this really fun bag.  The pattern is the 241 Tote by Noodlehead.  You can buy it here.

Usually I’m pretty good at figuring out how to make stuff without a pattern, but I kept staring at all the awesome pictures of this bag on the net and thinking, “how in the world does that go together?” It was driving me crazy trying to figure it out in my head, so I finally just bought it. I am glad I did! What a nice pattern. I’m sure I’ll make many more.


I changed it up a little by piecing the main bag panel and I added grommets and a leather handle with swivel clips.  I scored a really nice bag of leather scraps at the craft store for 7 bucks (and I had a 40 percent off coupon which made it even cheaper!)  So now I have lots and lots of leather for purse straps. Cool!

side story:  while I was hammering in the grommets I kept thinking, don’t hammer your thumb Melissa!! don’t hammer your thumb!!! I totally hammered my thumb.  It was all swollen and throbbing like a Fred Flintstone cartoon.

Speaking of head scratchers,  a few other things have had me thinking hmmmm? lately too.

One is this pillow. m_T2YoJAg9dORJ-LbrkDjGgI love it. I keep seeing it in Home decorating pictures. It’s totally an album block right? We can make a quilty one! But for some reason my brain took forever to figure it out because all the album blocks I’ve ever made are just one row of “steps.”  Then I thought maybe you make in like an Irish chain? no  Maybe like a trip around the world? no  You have to make the album block but instead of making the block you make the whole thing at once laying out all the pieces and sewing long rows.  Right? Or is there an easier way? Maybe I’ve confused you as much as myself. LOL!!!!! =)

Two is my house.

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We’re having it scraped and painted the 3rd week of May. You would think it would be fun to pick out new house colors….but it’s a nightmare. We have to live with it for 10 years, what if it’s ugly??? Part of the reason is we have to keep the trim dark and the body light or it would cost 30 % more. We both hate the red, but can’t figure out a good color scheme. We’re spending a small fortune on sample pots to try out and none of them have worked. I thought we nailed it this weekend with a light gray body, dark gray outer trim and a darker, browner red inner trim.  And here is the crazy man I live with….it reminded him of Ohio State colors and he wont have people saying that to him.   Who would see a house and think of sports? UGGG, men. Any suggestions? (about the house, not the man. hehehe)

Hope you have a great week!


p.s. I’ve been using Instagram a lot lately. I’d love it if you want to add me and I’ll add you back!  I’m: lussier1971

Sewing Room Adventures

Woo HOO it’s finally spring, glorious, spring! (or something almost like it.) Enough of a beginning of spring for us to go out and clean up the flower beds this past weekend, and cook out some steaks on the grill.

I’ve been sewing little projects every day waiting for it to be nice enough to go outside.

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A new spring/summer purse with bamboo handles and matching wallet.

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The wallet took 2 tries, as I was making up the pattern as I went along.  The first one was rather floppy, so I used timtex on the second go around.

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I’m in LOVE with the fabric which was purchased at JoAnn’s (I Know!!) I loved it so much a bought yardage to make curtains for our next camper. It reminds me of retro barkcloth.

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A little embroidery project that turned into a block that might turn into a pillow?

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Trajectory mini quilt that also might turn into a pillow. You can find the paper piecing template for free here.

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A Jack Russell Terrier mini quilt in honor of our Sony-the-wonderdog. She’s going to be 17 this year!! I found the block in an old book of mine.  If anyone needs to know, I’m sure I can dig it out and get the title for you.

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The frayed edge jacket by Favorite Things. I’ve had this pattern around for years.  I finally decided now’s the time to make this little bugger.  I started out with this prototype that I’m giving to Mom for Mother’s Day, primarily because I had a hunch I would want mine smaller/more fitted, not because I thought the first one would suck! LOL   I have to finish the lining and adjust the sleeve length on hers (picture is without lining, you’ll see lining on the collar and if you roll up the sleeves when done.) then I’m going to start on mine with some awesome new Cotton and Steel fabric that arrived in the mail recently.

Here are the fat quarters I’m making my jacket out of:

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So yummy!

Speaking of fabric arriving in the mail. I’ve had a hard time staying off the computer and pushing the buy button!

Here are some fun things that have showed up recently:

Maker by Art Gallery Fabrics:

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Some super fun Pam Kitty Garden:

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Adorable Milk, Sugar & Flower by Elea Lutz:

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I better get back up to the sewing room!

Have a wonderful day,


Low Volume Table Runner Kit

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Remember this little table runner I made after the holidays? Well I finally remembered to organize the leftover low volume scraps into 2 little kits.

The table runner measures 15 1/2 x 43 inches.  It’s perfect to place under a spring vignette for your table!

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Just lay the strips out evenly into 3 rows and sew them up. I quilted wavy lines.

The kits are 12.50 and that includes shipping.

You will need backing, binding, and batting.


Have a great day! Spring is almost here =)