We’re always looking for quilted projects to keep our quilting skills fresh without having to make a full size quilt every time. If you’re looking for a fun quilting project, or if you’re starting out and would like to start small-scale, this tutorial from the blog, I Heart Linen, for a quilted checkerboard set is a great place to start. We love this for gift giving because it wraps up small and doesn’t require a lot of materials.
This project is a great mini-quilt project: it has a lot of piecing involved, but at a very small scale so it won’t take you all day! It also has a binding which is great practice for a larger scale project, and guides you through attaching the binding and finishing by hand using a slipstitch.
Our favorite part of this project just might be the pouch, a super cute option for toting this around, great for keeping it all neat but also handy for travel. The pieces are made using fabric-covered buttons, which you can do by hand or with one of those nifty button-covering contraptions that you can find at any major fabric retailer and many smaller fabric shops.
If you’re looking for an excuse to practice your zipper insertion skills, the pouch has a zipper that is sewn in flush, a really easy way to insert the zipper because the ends are hidden in the seams! Pick out a few solids and a great patterned “statement” fabric, and get to work — we know you’ll love this project!
Find the full tutorial from I Heart Linen here!
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