UFO to GO!
Made with Riley Blake Designs' Cotton Laminate fabric and "Sew Together" notions
What's a UFO? "Un-Finished Object"... or maybe an "Un-Fulfilled Opportunity"?
I think you are going to love making this quick portable design wall!
Use this project to lay out quilt blocks or store supplies for any work in progress. Fabric sticks to the fleece lining and stays put when rolled up in the laminate cover. It's the perfect size for a tableside workspace next to your sewing machine, or grab and go to a class or retreat!
1/2 yard Riley Blake Designs' Cotton Laminate fabric
1/2 yard Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece
1/4 yard coordinating fabric for binding
1 yard 1/2" ribbon
2 cute 1" buttons
2 covered hair elastics
See some great tips for working with laminate fabric HERE <<
CUT Laminate fabric into a rectangle, 15" x 30"
CUT Pellon fusible fleece 15" x 30"
Step 1) Place fabric, wrong side up on ironing board. Place fleece, fusible side down over fabric, then follow manufacturer's directions and PRESS to adhere fleece to fabric, careful not to press on the laminated side of the fabric.
With the iron at "Wool/Steam" setting, press down firmly for 10 seconds. Using steam really seems to do the trick. Repeat, overlapping iron until entire area is fused. You could also use a damp press cloth. Trim edges if necessary.
Step 2) Binding. Machine-Bind your UFO-to-GO as you would any quilt.
CUT three 2" x width of fabric binding strips. Join short ends together using diagonal seams to make a binding. Fold binding in half lengthwise and press.
With fleece side up, align raw edges of binding with project edge and stitch, using 1/4" seam allowance.
Miter the corners and finish with a diagonal seam for a continuous binding. Need a refresher? See my "Cutting Corners" TUTORIAL or RBD VIDEO tutorial of my favorite machine-binding technique.
Step 3) Add notions. After stitching the binding to the fleece side, turn it over, laminate side up. On one short end of the UFO-to-GO, center and BASTE 1 yard of ribbon, folded about in half, right sides together if using a printed ribbon. The upper ribbon is about 6" longer than the lower ribbon.
Measure about 8-1/2" from corners on the long sides and mark with a pin where your elastic hair bands will be positioned. Make a 1" loop and baste into place as pictured (this shows placement with a finished binding).
Step 4) Finish binding. Bring the folded edge of binding to the laminated side and pin in place, if desired. I like to pin the miters in the corners as well.
Finish up by machine-stitching on the laminate side. I used an edge-stitch, but a decorative stitch would also work. Don't spend too much time worrying about placement on the fleece side. The stitches disappear into the fleece.
Step 5) Buttons. Next, measure down 2-1/2" from the top corners and machine-stitch the buttons in place using a zig-zag stitch. Refer to diagram above. Stitch through the binding for reinforcement
Now your UFO to GO is ready to go! Lay out quilt blocks or load it with supplies.
(Filled with supplies to make a Sewing Kit ensemble; "Snippets" from my sewing room)
Roll it up!
Secure ends by bringing elastic bands over the buttons. Wrap the ribbons around and tie a cute bow.
Make it more compact by folding the UFO in half and trading sides with the elastics.
See how this handy little unit can be made as a DELUXE version (holds ten or more large quilt blocks!) in the recent RBD VIDEO <<
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial - I've made several of these and find that they're perfect for storing UFO projects and supplies. They also make great gifts for sewing friends! I'll be teaching this as a Make & Take class at Fabric Fest.
This and other little "Snippets" from my sewing room can be found at my BLOG.
I'd love you to stop by for a visit!