Friday, August 12, 2016

Summer Sleepover Set - A Tutorial!!!

I am so super excited to share with you this new Tutorial today!!!   When I was asked by the lovely folks at Quilting Treasures if I wanted to play with some of their new fabrics, my children just about flipped!!!!  Let's just say they are pretty big fans of  The Secret Life of Pets Fabric as well as the Minion Fabric so I knew right away that my tutorial needed to be something for them.  And what could be cuter than a Summer Sleepover Set of Quilt, Pillow, and Bag!!!


Aren't those sets just so much fun!!!!!   Yes, I think we are going to be having a few quick sleepovers before school starts so the kids can try these out :)

  

So . . . Let's get to how we make them!!!!

I will be showing the Tutorial using The Secret Life of Pets Fabric paired with some Sorbet Basics.   But no worries if you are a Bob, Kevin and Stuart Fan, I will share the fabrics for the Minion version at the end of the tutorial ;)


THE QUILT

We will start with the Quilt.  For the Quilt you will need:
1 Panel - This measures 24" x 42"
1 1/3 Yards of Backing Fabric
2/3 Yard of Side Border Fbric
3/8 Yard of Binding Fabric
1/3 Yard of Border  Fabric
   I aligned the tags below with the fabrics so you can see exactly which fabrics I used for what :)

From your Side Border fabric cut (4) 6 1/2" x 21" rectangles.  From this fabric, you want to cut them horizontally or long-wise, this way the cats won't be facing side wards along the quilt ;)  So just cut your folded fabric 21" wide, and then cut the 6 1/2" strips across ;)


Then from your Binding Fabric cut (5) 2 1/2" x WOF Strips.  I like to trim the selvages from them at this time so they are ready to be put in a binding strip.  Go ahead sent set them aside ;)
And finally, from your Border Fabric cut (4) 2 1/2" x WOF Strips.  You can trim these selvages now or later when you attach them to the quilt ;)


And now, all that is left is to trim your Panel ;)  Along the two sides of your Panel, trim the excess fabric right along the edge of the white border, where it meets the "cutting" section.


Then to create the same border along the top and bottom of the panel, trim 1/2" over from the edge of the white and purple, so that you have the same size border ;)


And now the cutting is done and it is time to start sewing ;)   Grab your Side Border rectangles and place 2 with right sides together end to end and stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge to make a 6 1/2" x 42" strip.  Then repeat to make a second strip.


Press the seams in one direction.  Now place them along the sides of your panel.  This is going to help "square up" that skinny panel so we have a big enough quilt ;)


Place the Side borders along the sides of the panel with right sides together aligning the edges.  Pin if you like.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge of either border and then trim off the excess fabric.


Press the seam allowances outwards towards the side border.  And now you can add your skinny border.  Place your 4 Border 2 1/2" x WOF strips along the 4 sides of your quilt.


Place your two side skinny borders onto your pieced panel with right sides together aligning raw edges.   Pin if you like.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along either side and then trim the excess fabric hanging over.


Press the seam allowances outwards towards the skinny border.  And now it is just repeat on the top and bottom.


Place the top and bottom skinny border onto the pieced panel with right sides together and aligning raw edges.  Pin if you like.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the top and bottom and then trim the excess fabric.

Now just Press the seam allowances outwards towards the skinny borders.  And your quilt top is done!!!!

So now all that is left to do is Baste It, Quilt It, and Bind It!!!  Which is a whole lot in one little sentence.  If you are new to quilting, you can see my Finishing Your Quilt Series of video tutorials that will walk you through Basting, Quilting, and Binding step by step ;)


And just like that, you have an adorable 38" x 42" quilt perfect for a little summer sleepover!!!


THE PILLOW

And now, Let's move onto the Pillowcase.  For the Pillowcase you will need:
3/4 Yard of Main Pillow Fabric
1/3 Yard of Cuff Fabric
   Again, the tags show you exactly which fabrics I used for what :)

         From your Main Pillow Fabric cut a 26 1/2" x 41" rectangle.  (so 20 1/2" up on your mat with the fold aligned along the 0 horizontal line and then 26 1/2" wide ;)
           From your Cuff Fabric, cut a 11" x 41" rectangle.   (So 20 1/2" up on your mat and 11" wide ;)

Fold your Main Pillow Rectangle in half along the original fold line but with right sides together now.  This creates a 20 1/2" x 26 1/2" rectangle.  Align and Pin the 2 raw edges.  Sew a 1/2" seam along the two pinned edges.


 Now go ahead and finish those two sewn edges.   You can do this with a Serger if you have one, or use a tight Zig-Zag stitch on your domestic machine along the two sewn edges.  This will keep the edges on the inside of your pillowcase from fraying in the wash.


Now turn your pillowcase right side out and gently roll the seams outwards and press them flat.   Be sure that none of the seam is left tucked in the case.  Then go ahead and set this aside for the moment.


And now, we can move onto the cuff of the pillowcase.  Grab the 11" x 41" Cuff Rectangle and place it with right sides together.  Stitch a 1/2" seam along the short side of the fabric.


Press the seam open.  I know not everyone likes pressing seams open, but this helps to avoid bulk.


Now flip the cuff right sides out and fold it in half and press.   It helps if you match the two sides of the Original Fold and the Seam and pin them in place.  This just makes it easier to get the cuff aligned in the next step.


Now, grab your pillowcase again and slide your cuff onto the opening of the pillowcase with the raw edges of the cuff aligning with the raw edges of the pillow opening.  Align the raw edges along the sides first where the folds are and the seams.   Pin those in place first.  Then align the rest of the edges of the cuff and pillowcase and pin them in place.


Now sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edge all the way around the pillowcase opening.  Backstitch a few stitches at the beginning and end of your stitching.


And once again, Finish the edge with a Serger or with a tight Zig-Zag stitch to keep the raw edge from fraying.


Now, press the seam allowance down towards the main part of the pillow case.  I found the easiest way to do this was to drape the pillow around the small end of my ironing board.


Finally, Do a topstitch 1/4" from the edge of the cuff and main part of the pillow case.  This will secure down the seam you just finished and keep it in place and just gives it a nice finish.


And all that is left is to stuff a pillow inside the Pillowcase and then maybe take a nice nap ;)


THE CINCH BAG

But don't drift off quite yet, because we have to make the Cinch Bag!!  For the Bag you will need:
3/8 Yard of Main Bag Fabric
3/8 Yard of Lining Fabric
1/6 Yard of Cuff & Tabs Fabric
   And once again, the tags show you exactly which fabrics I used for what :)



From each of the Main Bag Fabric and the Lining Fabric cut a 13" x 30" rectangle.   (so 15" up on your mat with the fold aligned along the 0 horizontal line and then 13" wide ;)
From the Cuff and Tab Fabric Cut a 5" x WOF Strip and then subcut it into (1) 5" x 25" strip for the Cuff and (1) 5" x 17" Strip for the Tabs


We will start with the Cuff and Tabs  Strips.  Fold them each in half and then set aside the longer strip that we will be using for the cuff.   (Well get back to that later ;)


Open the 5" x 17" strip and then fold the two sides back to the center fold line and press.


Now fold the two halves together to make your strip.  Stitch a seam 1/8" along both sides of the strip to secure the open end together and to make nice top-stitching.


Now from the Strip, cut (2) 3" long tabs.  The rest of the strip you won't need (but it could make a really cute key-fob to match your set ;)


Now, place your Bag fabric rectangle with right sides up opening it at the fold.  Fold your Tabs in half and pin them in place with raw edges aligned 1" up from the fold line of your bag.


Now place the bottom half of your Main Fabric back up onto the top half with right sides together aligning raw edges and pin it in place along the two sides.  Stitch a 1/2" seam along the pinned sides.  Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and ending of each seam.  I also back-stitched over the tabs to help secure them in place and so they will hold up with use.


Now, turn your bag right side out and roll the seam out so that there is no part of the bag left inside.  Press the seams flat.  Now set this aside so we can move onto the lining.


 Place your Lining rectangle with right sides together Aligning the raw edges along the sides and pin them in place.  The fold should be along the bottom of your rectangle.  Stitch 1/2" seam along the two pinned sides, again, backstitching along the beginning and ending of your seam.


Now, keeping the lining with right sides together, slip the Lining into the Bag, aligning the Seams and folds on the sides and the Raw Edges along the top of the bag.  And once again, you can set this aside for the moment while we work on the cuff of the Cinch Bag.


And this Cuff is a lot like the Pillow Cuff with just a few changes.  So, Grab that folded 5: x 25" strip of Cuff fabric we set aside earlier.  Open the fold and fold it in half the other way (long way) with right sides together aligning the raw edges.  Sew a 1/2" seam along the short edge.


Once again, Press this seam open.


Now, Flip your tube right side out and then Center the seam you just pressed in the middle of the tube.  Press the two sides once the seam is center.  These will match up with the two sides of your bag and be where you will add your button holes.


So now, let's mark those mentioned button holes.  Directly along either fold line you just made, Mark a button home 1 1/4" up from the bottom of the cuff and make the marking 1" long.  Remember to mark this along both fold lines, one on each side of the cuff.


Now, using your machines directions, stitch a Button Hole over the marking.


And now, we can add the cuff onto the bag.   Once again, fold your cuff in half longwise with wrong sides together and make sure the button holes are on the inside of the cuff tube.  Slide the cuff onto the Bag and Lining that you set aside with the raw edges of the cuff aligning with the raw edges of the Bag and Lining.  Be sure that you can't see those button holes once you slide your cuff on as they should be on the inside.


Now align the seams along the sides of the bag first, matching the folds of the Cuff with the Fold or Seam of the Bag/Lining and pin them in place.  Then continue to align the raw edges of the Cuff and  Bag/Lining and pin all of the layers together.


Now stitch a 1/2" seam along the pinned edge all the way around your bag opening.  Backstich at the beginning end end of your seam.


And you guessed it, Finish the raw edge around the bag opening with either a serger or a very tight Zig-Zag stitch to avoid fraying.


And now, just like the pillow, press the seam allowance down towards the main part of the bag using the end of your iron to  drape around the opening of the bag.

Finally, Do a topstitch 1/4" from the edge of the cuff and main part of the bag.  This will secure down the seam you just finished and keep it in place and just gives it a nice finish.


And all that is left is to make the Cinch Bag Cinchy ;)   To do this you will need some Parachute Cord.  I found this at JoAnn's and they have it in all different colors.


Start by cutting your Parachute Cord in half to make 2 cords.   Put a safety pin through the not cut end (ie manufacture sealed end) of one of your cords.


Holding on to the safety pin, feed the cord through a button hole on the cuff, around the entire cuff, and back out the same button hole.


Now Pull on the short end to even out the two ends of the cord and then feed them through the tab at the bottom of your bag.


Now, using the second cord, repeat the above two steps only on the other side of the bag and going through the other button hole.  They to keep the cords from crossing inside the cuff.  I found it helpful to just push the previous cord all the way to the top of the cuff and then feed this one through the bottom.


Now just simply tie the ends in a knot.  I left a generous amount of hang as shown below.  Clip the excess cording and then use a lighter to melt the edges together so they don't fray.


And all that is left is to toss a change of clothes, a toothbrush, and hair brush in and then Cinch up your Cinch Bag so you are all set to go  ;)



And there you have it!!!!   One Secret Life of Pets  Summer Sleepover Set that comes together in no time and really is so much fun to put together!!!!


And like I mentioned at the beginning, There is also a  Minion Fan version!!!! It is all the same process (except one step listed below) and I have listed all of the Fabric's I used for each part of the project following this picture :)   Have fun!!!


For the Quilt . . . .


And you will notice there are not Side Border Fabric's in the above fabrics.  That is because the Minion Panel is larger, so you can just skip that step ;)  And when you go to trim the Minion Panel, simply trim right along the edge of the Navy Border.


For the Pillowcase . . .  

And for the Cinch Bag . . .  


And there you have One Minion Summer Sleepover Set that is just as cute as the first set.


So ya, you might find you need more than one Summer Sleepover Set as well.  I think I need to make 3 more so that every little one in my house has a set and a huge smile!!!!  Whether they like The Secret Life of Pets (Cats or Dogs) or Minions, it all just ends up with total cuteness!!!!


I hope you have enjoyed these tutorials and if you make your own Summer Sleepover Set I would love it see it!!!  You can email me a picture at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com or add it to my flickr group here or post it to social media with the hashtag #happyquiltingwithmc ;)  I can't wait to see your Summer Sleepover Sets!!!!


Thank you so much for stopping in today to share this tutorial.
I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

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7 comments:

  1. So cute! I think I'll just have to make a set ... too bad that my daughter isn't old enough for sleepovers yet. But there is always my niece to sew for ;-)

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  2. Very thorough tutorial. Thank you!

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  3. Sew very cute! Isn't it great to be the most popular mom on the block? :-)

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  4. Simply adorable, Melissa! Thank you for such detailed instructions. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. So dang cute and so are those kids helping to show them off!

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  6. That is so fun! Thanks for tutorial!!

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  7. This is so awesome. I am going to print the pattern out today and write down the amount of fabrics I need and next month buy enough fabric to make my cousins 4 young kids each a set for Christmas. Even if they only use it in their living room while watching TV. They live in Pennsylvania and it gets cold there.

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Melissa