Friday, March 18, 2016

Quilted Recipe Binder Cover - Vintage Kitchen Blog Tour

Today I am super excited to share a new little project that I have been "cooking up".  It is a Quilted Recipe Binder Cover and oh how I just love it!!!  It's just perfect for keeping all of those recipes your print on line or tear out of a magazine neat and tidy.  

This project was inspired by JoliJou's new Vintage Kitchen line for Riley Blake Designs.   A few weeks ago I was asked by the wonderful Andrea Miller, the wonderful German designer behind JoliJou, if I would like to participate in a blog tour for her fabric line called Vintage Kitchen.  I have always wanted to do something with all of my recipes that were previously stuffed in a folder to make them more organized and I just knew these fun whimsical designs would be perfect for the job. 

So a little bit of sketching, and some fun playing with fabric, and before you knew it, I had a cute yet practical Quilted Recipe Binder Cover, just perfect for storing all of those loose recipes ;)

I love that all of the prints in Vintage Kitchen are nice and tiny, just perfect for cutting them up in this fun patchwork without worrying about loosing the design.  And of course, you know I love a bit of applique in all my projects ;)

Just add some sheet protectors to the binder and start storing recipes, it's that easy ;)    And if you happen to spill on it, you can always remove the cover, wash it, and then put it back on your binder.  Yippee!!! Cute and Practical, the perfect mix ;)

If you happen to have the same storage problem for your recipes and want to make up your own Quilted Recipe Binder Cover, I have written up a   that you can download right here ;) 

And I took a few photo's of  the actual "putting together" process of the project to make a little mini tutorial to go along with the pattern, just in case you get stuck in any of the spots.  So, here are some helpful little tidbits to help you in your  Quilted Recipe Binder Cover making :)


To Start . . . The pattern calls for 2 Charm Packs, which normally have 40 Charm in them, but since I am using this fun Vintage Kitchen Line, which has 21 prints in it, you will actually want to use a Layer Cake ;)   So then just chop up your layer cake according to the Free Pattern and piece together the patchwork into the Recipe Binder Cover top.  (The instructions are super easy to follow here so I didn't take pictures of all the piecing so well just jump right to the actual "making" of the binder cover.)  

With the Recipe Binder Cover top pieced grab your batting and you are ready to make a partial quilt sandwich.  (Your sandwich does not have a backing)  Baste your partial quilt sandwich and then quilt it as you desire, but don't quilt in the Applique Strip as you will be adding applique there.  If you are new to basting and quilting, you can see my video tutorial here that will help you through the basics of these :)

When you are done your quilting, trim your Recipe Binder Cover to measure 12 1/2" x 38".  The trimming gives everyone a little wiggle room with the quilting :)

Once trimmed, you are ready to add your applique. There are applique templates at the end of the Free Pattern.  If you are new to applique, you can see my Basics of Applique Video Tutorial right here.   Lay your quilted cover out and from the right hand side, measure in 17 1/2".  This is where you want to begin placing your applique, and place all your letters within a 9" space.  This will ensure that your applique is centered when you fold in the "pockets".

Then be sure to secure stitch around each of your appliques, taking care to stitch around the little openings in the R, e's, and p.  I like to use a blanket stitch to secure stitch but you can also do a straight raw edge stitch, or a zig-zag stitch.  Whichever you prefer.

And your almost there.   Place the lining onto the Quilted Recipe Binder Cover top with right sides together.  Stitch all the way around the entire cover, but leave a 5" - 6" space in the bottom center open to allow you to turn the cover right side out.  Be sure and backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitching to secure it in place.

Turn your cover right side out.  I like to use a BBQ Skewer to help poke out my corners so they are nice and flat.   Then, fold under the raw edge of the opening a 1/4" and press it flat.

Finally, fold  the left hand and right hand sides inwards 7 1/4" onto the lining to create the "pockets".  Pin the folded sides in place as well as pinning the pressed raw edge opening close.  Stitch 1/8" around the entire folded to cover to make the pockets ad close the opening.  This can get a little tricky around the corners as there is a lot of bulk, so go nice and slow, and I like to use the hand crank on my machine for the last stitch in each corner before turning.

And all that is left is to put your binder into the cover.  I find the easiest way to do this is to turn the binder basically backwards, and slide the binder front and back into the pockets.

And just like that, you have the most adorable Quilted Recipe Binder Cover!!!

I hope you enjoy this Free Pattern and helpful hints tutorial :)   If you make your own Quilted Recipe Binder Cover I would love to see it!!!  You can add to social media with #happyquiltingwithmc, send me a picture at, or add it to my Flickr Group.   I hope you just love making your own as much as I loved making this one!!!  They are fast to make and would make wonderful gifts!!!  In fact, I might be making a new one soon, as this one has had a request from a loved one ;)  

And I want to say a huge thank you to Andrea Miller for having me as part of this wonderful Vintage Kitchen Blog tour!!!  

For lots more Vintage Kitchen Eye Candy, be sure to pop on over to all of the stops along the tour ;)  There are lots of amazing Vintage Kitchen projects to see!!!

Thanks for stopping in today and I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Linking up this finish to Amanda's and Sarah's and Quilt Story ;)

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  1. Super cute! Thank you for the pattern and tutorial.

  2. That is so cute!! Love the fabrics and your appliqu├ęd letters!

  3. love this. I'm going to have to make a couple for me and maybe one for my mom as a present!

  4. Thanks so much for the pattern. I love it!

  5. Very fun and practical! I love this fabric line and it needs to be in my stash!

  6. I love this fabric line and love what you did with it Melissa! Right away the "Recipe" applique grabbed me too, as your lettering always does. Very cool and creative!

  7. This is a great design for a wonderful gift. How thoughtful!

  8. This is a great design for a wonderful gift. How thoughtful!

  9. I have fallen in LOVE with this line! Nice papers are stuffed into the kitchen desk so have to reprint them each time ...grrr

  10. Really cute prints for this project! I need to make some for my binders. I use photo albums for recipes, you can mount the cut out recipes without glue and the plastic overlay protects the recipe from spatters.

  11. This is so helpful. I just received a beautiful digital photo album from our son and daughter in law wedding but hard cover and binding is plain. Now I can adjust the size and find a cute fabric to make a cover for it. I can't wait to get started.


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