One Yard Wonders Sew Along – Week 25 Finished Projects

Welcome to Week 25 of the One Yard Wonders Sew Along!

Week 25 – Project 56
“Good Hat Day” Hat
– designed by Rebecca Jo Malmstrom page 153

Jacqui selected Moda Cross Weave Blue Tan.

Materials Needed:

Pattern on sheet #1

1/2 yard heavyweight fusible interfacing

Jacqui’s Tips and Thoughts

  • To make the circle for the top, Jacqui resorted to math.  Out came the calculator and compass. She took the circumference of her head and divided that by 3.14 (Pi). Divided that number by 2. This gave her the length she needed to set the compass. For Jacqui it was 23 divided by 3.14 divided by 2 equals 3.66. She set her compass length just past 3 ½ inches (the radius) and proceeded to make a circle.
  • Jacqui chose Moda Cross Weave Blue Tan because she felt it would go with most everything, as blog reader MarciaW pointed out.
  • Moda Cross Weave looks the same on both sides so the hat would not be reversible. The Pink Chalk team came up with a few ideas for embellishments.  Fabric flower brooches sounded like fun! Kathy found a tutorial at the Gone To Earth Blog ( and the rest of the team helped pick fabric. We love the look of this origami style flower. The button centers were made using our new Pink Chalk Covered Button Kit.

  • For the hat brim, Jacqui chose to use Pellon PelTex, an extra firm stabilizer instead of heavyweight interfacing. She trimmed off the seam allowances before fusing it.
  • When she sewed the top circle, Jacqui divided the circle and the hat strips into 4 equal parts. She placed her pins in those 4 markings and added more pins in between as needed to help evenly sew the circle.
  • Jacqui opted to leave the top stitching off of the bottom of the hat but added it to the top.
  • Because this hat is assembled with strips of fabric, She visualizes mixing and matching different prints.

Jacqui’s closing thoughts: “I love hats! Not only was this one super easy to make, it fits perfectly. This pattern can fit anyone, even the kids, as it’s based on your own measurements.”

Week 25 – Project 57
Flouncy Bag – designed by Nina Perkins page 156

Diana chose three fabrics Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi Clippings Passion, Loulouthi Hugs and Kisses Wine, Loulouthi Stockings Fox Trot

Materials Needed:

2 D-Rings

2 yards of 3″ ribbon cut into two 18″ pieces and one 36″ piece

1 package of ready made piping with flange

Publisher’s Corrections:

Page 156 – Measure, Mark, and Cut

Lining: 11” tall x 12” wide (cut 2)
Top band: 3 1/2” tall x 11” (cut 4)

Page 158 – 5. Make the Lining

With right sides together and raw edges aligned, stitch one top band piece to one lining piece along the 11” edge. Repeat for the remaining top band and lining pieces.

Diana’s Tips and Thoughts

  • The Pink Chalk Team has been waiting and anticipating the bag section with much enthusiasm. We all love to make and carry a fun bag.
  • When making a bag, take time to think about its end use. Decide ahead of time if pockets are needed. Measure a favorite bag to make sure the size will work for your needs.
  • One yard of fabric will make this bag as pictured in the book. Layout your fabric exactly as pictured. The design uses every inch of fabric with no room for error. Diana used 3/4 yard for the exterior and 3/4 yard for the interior and top band.
  • Structure is important in any bag construction. Think about the weight of fabric you’re using. With that in mind, Diana added fusible interfacing to the lining, top band and straps. The interfacing will give the bag shape with out taking away from the gathered look.
  • Diana made the flouncy bag 3 inches wider than the pattern. An easy adjustment to make. Just add 3 inches to each Top band and Lining piece. With this adjustment the bottom worked well at 4″ x 12″. The exterior measurement was left the same since there is plenty of room in gathers.

  • See page 20 for directions on gathering the exterior
  • In assembling the exterior Diana found it easier to attach the 2 top band pieces together as directed but don’t join into a circle.  Attach the gathered exterior and stitch up the side. Then attach the bottom. Take your time and use lots of pins on the bottom.
  • In assembling the interior. Leave an opening of 6 inches on one side. This allows for turning the bag right side out later.
  • Finishing the bag – Use the directions on page 168, #6 Stitch the Lining to the Exterior. Making a bag sandwich is the easiest way to finish a bag.

The best part is adding embellishments. Ribbon, buttons, flowers, beads… Go wild! Be creative and have fun!

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45 Responses to One Yard Wonders Sew Along – Week 25 Finished Projects
  1. Viktoria
    June 24, 2011 | 5:11 am

    Thanks for sharing the origami flower tutorial! I’ve been making infant hats this will be a fun alternative! :)

  2. Rhonda
    June 24, 2011 | 5:12 am

    I love this bag. Any idea when this book will be back in stock?

    • kathy
      June 24, 2011 | 7:33 am

      Hi Rhonda,

      I’ve made the decision to discontinue carrying books in the shop. The reality of pricing on Amazon is too overwhelming.

      There was a book I was looking at last month on my distributor’s website. I clicked over to Amazon to see what it was selling for there. The price on Amazon was actually LOWER than what I could purchase the book for at wholesale!

      Combined with shipping, yada, yada, yada, it’s just not an area that makes sense for me from a business stand point. I loved having books available but I’ve gotta face the facts.

  3. SewLindaAnn
    June 24, 2011 | 5:47 am

    Thanks for the tips and info. on the patterns. I especially love the hat. I’m going to gather all the posts from your work through this book in one place so I can refer back.

  4. Tong
    June 24, 2011 | 5:47 am

    Love the hat, and really really love the bag!! The fabric choices are so perfect!

  5. Kris
    June 24, 2011 | 5:48 am

    I love that hat and the bag came out beautifully!

  6. Erin
    June 24, 2011 | 5:55 am

    I was skeptical of the crossweave when I first saw it, but everything that I’ve seen made with it has been lovely. I love the rich color of the hat! Excellent choice.

  7. tracy_a
    June 24, 2011 | 6:01 am

    Great projects! I love the flower that you added to the hat – thanks for sharing!

  8. Hannah
    June 24, 2011 | 6:02 am

    That bag looks so great in those fabrics! It’s probably my favorite project you’ve posted so far.

  9. Suze
    June 24, 2011 | 6:19 am

    Love that origami flower! And what a great looking bag! Thanks for sharing the detail pics on this. The trims really “make” it-the bit of piping and the buttons. Looks like such a fun project!

  10. Jane
    June 24, 2011 | 7:16 am

    Must admit, my favorite thing this week was the fabric flower. I gotta make some!

  11. Jennifer
    June 24, 2011 | 8:35 am

    adorable bag! I’m a sucker for a pleated/gathered purse :-)

  12. elsa
    June 24, 2011 | 8:54 am

    both projects turned out great! love the flower on the hat!

  13. Collette
    June 24, 2011 | 9:06 am

    Could she possibly look more adorable in that hat? I think not.

  14. Ellen Ban
    June 24, 2011 | 9:23 am

    I think this is my favorite week so far because I really love how both these turned out! Jacqui looks great in her new hat. That flower is a great addition.

  15. Doris
    June 24, 2011 | 9:28 am

    That is one stinkin’ cute hat!

  16. ~Michelle~
    June 24, 2011 | 9:55 am

    Ooh, I <3 both of these this week!

  17. Melissa
    June 24, 2011 | 10:22 am

    That hat is WAY cuter on than just sitting there. I couldn’t picture it well enough from the photo in the book, but it looks great! The purse turned out nicely too with those fabrics. Thank you, ladies!

  18. Alli
    June 24, 2011 | 11:12 am

    Your hat looks wonderful on you! I love the flower brooch — thanks for linking to the tutorial for that, too. :)

  19. Melanie
    June 24, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    Both projects turned out so well. I so enjoy reading about the experience with each pattern and about the changes made. Thanks for the never ending inspiration!

  20. Brenda
    June 24, 2011 | 12:49 pm

    One of my daughters and I saw this bag made up in a quilt shop and they had added some lace one the strap and she, daughter, fell in love with it. I have the book, I think she will borrow to make one for herself.

  21. Krystina
    June 24, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    Both of these are so cute! Nice work, ladies! I seriously want that bag!

  22. Becky
    June 24, 2011 | 3:46 pm

    Both projects are too cute. I especially like the flower on the hat.

  23. Krista - Poppyprint
    June 24, 2011 | 4:30 pm

    I am totally making that hat!!!

  24. Jess
    June 24, 2011 | 5:04 pm

    I love this version of the hat so much more than the one in the book. And the bag? SWOON! This one is also way nicer than the one in the book, IMHO. 😉

    And thank you thank you for showing it on a human model for scale purposes!!!!

  25. Linda V
    June 24, 2011 | 6:15 pm

    Love the cute bag! Adorable fabric!!

  26. Kathy
    June 24, 2011 | 6:37 pm

    The hat is just darling! Just the right mix of function and sass. And the bag is also attractive. Great job, you guys!!! I absolutley love the embellishments, too. Both projects are great for summer use.

  27. Debbie St.Germain
    June 24, 2011 | 7:56 pm

    I love that fabric for the hat and the floral prints really look gorgeous on the bag. I have been look at fabrics differently, like wouldn’t a certain print look great in a bag.


  28. Kylie C
    June 24, 2011 | 10:21 pm

    LOVE. LOVE, LOVE the hat!!! I wear caps/hats A LOT! to all the sporting events i traipse around to. Think, i’m gonna have to get me one of those!

  29. Colette
    June 25, 2011 | 6:02 am

    The hat and bag both turned out super super cute!

  30. Lindsay
    June 25, 2011 | 10:33 am

    Love the bag, great fabric and it turned out well.

  31. DianeH
    June 25, 2011 | 2:05 pm

    Love all these projects. Off to find the flower tut – need one to clip on a dress topper for a wedding! Thanks

  32. Kris Bolick
    June 25, 2011 | 6:27 pm

    Have you tried the new flower makers from Clover, they are so much fun and makes them go very fast!

  33. Ramona
    June 25, 2011 | 6:52 pm

    That hat will look adorable on my daughter. She can pull off a hat. However I want to make the bag, so cute. I think a vintage brooch would look fantastic on the hat too!

  34. Beth T.
    June 26, 2011 | 12:30 am

    She resorted to math? I love it! And, seriously, your instructions for the bag are typically excellent–the cautions are so clear and reasonable. That’s why I keep coming back to your tutorials. Thank you.

  35. Margie
    June 26, 2011 | 2:12 pm

    Love the bag and the hat. The flower is so cute.

  36. MarciaW
    June 26, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    I was unsure about the cap at first — it turned our adorable. The flower makes that cap and takes it from plain to fancy. The bag is awesome. Thanks for the reveal.

  37. Shannon
    June 28, 2011 | 7:44 am

    I just knew the bag would turn out awsome! Thanks, as always for the hints and tips: invaluable!

  38. Amber
    June 28, 2011 | 1:46 pm

    For the flouncy bag, did you use the ribbon for the strap? I am not totally sure about it in the directions. It was confusing to me. Also, here are some corrections for the book.

  39. Joyce Martin
    June 28, 2011 | 10:56 pm

    I really like the hat and the fact that it can be made to fit.

    I wonder if the gray outer top the model is wearing is a pattern. I like the way it drapes.

  40. Eva
    June 29, 2011 | 11:30 am

    Gorgeous projects and fabric choices! I love the flower pins and the hat! :-)

  41. Eva
    June 29, 2011 | 11:31 am

    The hat is really cute! I love the flowers and the bag is so pretty with these fabrics!

  42. erica k
    July 5, 2011 | 9:11 pm

    Love them both! That flower is a perfect touch!

  43. starjumper
    August 9, 2011 | 9:03 am

    I’m trying to make this hat, and after you said it was so easy I’m feeling kind of dumb.

    a) Why is it so tall? I feel like a train engineer! I’m going to take out a section of the height and make it shorter because I don’t feel like it’s wearable as it is. Maybe the circumference of my head is just too small compared to the height of the hat! How big is your head?

    b) I really didn’t like the idea of putting the wrong side of the fabric on display so I tried to put it all right-side forward.

    c) When putting together the bands, for the exterior it says to sew right sides together (ok) and then to put the wrong sides together to join the two ends (what?), and then for the interior it says to sew the wrong sides together (whatever) and then put the right sides together to join the two ends. Won’t you just end up with raw seams that way?

    d) When attaching the brim, it just says “attach”, when in reality I think you need to sew a seam all the way around? Am I right?

    e) How the heck do you put the top on? the nearest I can figure is to fold under the top raw edge of the exterior, stack it on top of the top circle and the interior and then blindly sew them all together in one go, but the instructions just say “sew together”.

    But you’re very right, the fit of the band is INCREDIBLE!

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