¡Hola! I’m Helena of Handmade by Helena and a member of the Blank Slate Sewing Team. Today I will be sharing my experience making the Quilted Jewelry Case (aff link).
When I saw this quilt-as-you-go pattern, I knew I had to try it because it would make a fantastic gift for my mother. I also liked that it would give me the opportunity to work on my quilting abilities (or lack-there-of). I have been an admirer of quilting for a while but I’ve been too scared to try it out, so if you are in the same boat this is a great starter project.
Something else that I loved? This is a video class. You will have Melissa guiding you step-by-step and as a bonus, the class also includes a tutorial on how to make a lot of your own bias tape. Having a lot of bias tape will come in handy if you want to make a few of these cases as gifts.
This project was a great opportunity to use fabric scraps and it allowed me the freedom to mix fabrics I wouldn’t have mixed together otherwise. That’s the fun of quilting right?
Once the quilting part was done, it was time to start working on the interior and tackling vinyl. I thought sewing the vinyl was going to be tricky but it turned out to be easy and I was really happy with the result.
Make sure you give yourself ample time to finish the project, it’s not hard but it does take a lot of attention to details…especially if it’s your first time tackling bias tape and mitered corners. My corners did not come out perfect, but after ripping the seams three times, I reached a compromise with myself and decided that “done is better than perfect” – plus Christmas is right around the corner.
The process of sewing the bias tape to this jewelry case came with blood (I cut myself with my rotary cutter), sweat and tears but it made the result ever more fulfilling. I’m sure my mom will appreciate it and treasure it as she knows there was hard work behind it.
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