This week's fast and easy gift is also a great scrap project. Using just two 15" squares of fabric and a bit of binding you can make a napkin holder or a box to hold all sorts of things.

Last week we even made a mini version to hold candy.

This one used an 8" square.


2 16" squares of coordinating fabrics

1 16" square of batting

About 68 inches of binding strips.**

The usual sewing supplies.

** a word about binding: You can chose to bind in the traditional quilt method of cutting 2.5" strips, folding them in half, stitching them to the front and folding around to the back where you stitch them in place by hand.

It is less bulky to use a seamstress method with a 2" strip that you've run through the bias maker. The bias maker folds the two outer edges to the center. Here's a great tutorial if you need help:


You want your quilted square to finish at 15" so cut it slightly larger at 16". Cut 1 top, 1 batting and 1 bottom piece.

Sandwich the three on top of each other and quilt together.

Use a washable/invisible marking pen to draw guide lines. The Halloween box was done using 1/2" spaced diagonal lines.

To do this, mark one line corner to corner and stitch along the line. We used our walking foot and moved the needle so that each subsequent line could be guided by the edge of the presser foot, giving us equally spaced lines.

After your square is quilted, trim to a 15" square. Bind the edges. We machine stitched ours in place with a zigzag stitch which helps to catch the edges.

Fold your square in half, carefully lining up the edges. Follow the diagram below to measure and mark your stitching lines.

After you sew those two lines, refold the square in the other direction so you can sew the other two corners. See the chalk lines in the picture below.

After sewing all four corners, your piece should look like this:

All that's left is a good press. Fold the corners toward the center so you can crease the base of the box on all four sides. Then press the points down the sides. I used steam, it really helps to set the crease and make your box stand up very crisply.

A while ago we had some decor weight buffalo plaid yardage quilted to this Tula Pink tree trunk fabric. We had a bit left over from our project, enough to cut a 16" square. This one might be a good catch-all in the front hall for mail or keys.


If you'd like to make a different size square you just need to do a tiny bit of math.

We folded a 15" square in half and got a rectangle 15" by 7.5". We measured 3" in from the folded corner going in both directions. That 3" represents about 40% of the short side (7.5" side.)

So if you want to make a 12" square, you'd fold it to get a 12" by 6" rectangle. To figure the measurement you need at the corners: Multiple the short side times .40 or in this case, 6 x .40=2.4 Round this number up to 2.5" for easy measuring.


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Happy Sewing,


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It's the most wonderful time of the making season! What perfectly perfect presents you can make with Dani Mogstad's newest holiday collection Merry and Bright , brought to us by Riley Blake Designs.

Dani's paired delightful vintage images with fresh, modern colors that will work beautifully in today's decor. We chose to make one of our favorite placemat patterns that's super easy, quick to make and a great gift.

We've been making this pattern for years, usually using a rollie pollie of 2.5" strips in a scrappy style with a subtle background fabric. This time we did the opposite. We chose the main print from Merry and Bright, which has large, directional elements in the design. Then we chose two of the smallest prints, charming snowflakes, for our 2.5" squares. Take a look at this collection and you'll know how difficult it was to choose just three prints!

We backed them with this gorgeous ornament print which makes the mats reversible. They are bound with Riley Blake Designs Basics in Alpine Shade. We thought it made a beautiful frame for the prints.


To make the four placemats shown you will need the following:

14" C8390 Merry Main Light Green

10" C8395 Snowflakes Cream

5" C8395 Snowflakes Pink

30" C8391 Ornaments Pink (backing)

15" C200 RBD Alpine Shade (binding)


Why the weird amounts in inches rather than yards? If you'd like to make multiple sets of mats it is far easier to calculate how much you'll need. In fact, if you buy a Rolie Polie of Merry and Bright you could make seven sets of four mats! You'd mix and match the prints in a scrappy style. Then you could just figure how much you'd need of the background, backing and binding. Clearly, we have big plans for you!


The main print is directional, so the 2.5" x 6.5" pieces should be cut directionally, which is why they are listed separately. If your print is not directional, just cut 16 pieces 2.5" x 6.5".

From Main print cut:

4- 6.5" x 6.5"

8- 2.5" x 6.5"

8- 6.5" x 2.5"

16- 2.5" x 2.5" squares

From Snowflakes Cream cut:

4- 2.5" x WOF strips, sub-cut into 64 2.5" x 2.5" squares.

From Snowflakes Pink cut:

2- 2.5" x WOF strips, sub-cut into 32 2.5" x 2.5" squares.

From Ornaments Pinks cut:

4- 15" x 15" squares

From Batting cut:

4- 15" x 15" squares

From Binding fabric cut:

6- 2.25" x WOF strips (or whatever width you like to cut your binding)

If you are using multiple prints, here's the basic layout:


Begin by sewing all of the pink snowflake squares to a white snowflake square. Press all seams toward the pink square. You'll have eight white/pink sets with eight white squares leftover.

Following the diagram above, sew three white/pink sets together with one more white square to create Row B. Do the same to create Row D.

Sew Row A and Row E, paying close attention to directional prints if you are using them. Press the seams in these rows toward the background fabrics.

To make Row C, sew a white square to the two remaining white/pink sets. Press seams toward pink squares. Sew these sets to the main center square. Sew a 2.5" x 6.5" Background fabric to each side. Press seams toward the background fabrics.

Sew the rows together, nesting seams.


Layer a complete top and a square of batting on top of a pressed backing square. The batting and backing are larger than the top to make quilting easier. Quilt as you wish then trim the mat to 14.5" inches square.

Bind as you normally do.


If you are more a rectangle than a square person, look how easy it is to convert this pattern:

Just cut the center sections four inches bigger and add 2 - 2.5" squares to Rows B and D.

Next up on the blog: how to make more fast, easy gifts! Use scraps or fat quarters to make this charming candy dish or a larger napkin box out of just two squares of fabric, a bit of batting and some binding.

We may be in the midst of a heat wave but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!

Ready, set, sew!


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Updated: May 11

If you follow our Instagram you know it is absolutely impossible for us to pass an estate sale without stopping. We collect a variety of vintage items, too many really but we always pick up vintage sewing notions. Finding an old cookie tin filled with buttons, spools, and ric rac makes us squeal with delight, like children finding presents from Santa on Christmas morning.

So what do we do with all of these notions?

We save the oldest, rarest bits for our own creative projects and sewing room decor. But often, I include pieces in Junk Journal Kits. Sewing Themed kits are one of our most popular items. People repurpose old patterns, hem tape, lace, buttons, and such and use them as decorative elements on journals, mixed media art, assemblage projects, and more.

Here are some of our Sewing Themed JJ Kits

And who doesn't love buttons?

We store colorful buttons in old jars and vintage candy dishes. They add a pop of color to any space. We group these by color and sell them in our vintage shop too!

Look at our vintage trim bundles!

These sets are perfect for making tassels and embellishing journals. Below is tassel I made for my own journal. I tied lace, ribbon, and hem tape together, slipped them onto a ring, and added a few charms.

Have you visited our Pinterest yet?

Check out our Sew Fabulous and Journaling Board for tutorials and project inspiration.

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for Junk Journal Kits, Vintage Notions, and Vintage Patterns.

Stay inspired,


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