I saw this fabric at Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe and had to find something to make out of it – after surfing the Internet for a while, I discovered Bunny Hill patterns. Jackpot! I bought a jelly roll of this fabric line in blues and browns – Lily & Will, by Moda Fabrics – and a little extra yardage in the solid blue and brown (very cool feel to these solids, kind of like a waffle texture). This gave me enough to make the Jelly Bag and I used the leftovers to design my own baby quilt. A great gift set . . . if only I knew someone who was having a baby soon!
To make the quilt top, I cut the remaining jelly roll fabrics into 5” lengths, then sewing them together in pairs, then into blocks of four, and then sewed those larger blocks all together. I didn’t worry too much about which direction they were running – some pairs are perpendicular to each other, and some are parallel, I liked it either way. I had enough of the brown “waffle” left to create a border, then used the blue “waffle” as the backing. The quilting was quick and easy – just freehand squiggles. My binding consisted of three different leftover jelly roll fabrics. The finished quilt is about 36” square.
I’ve made a lot of bags and this is a really good pattern – heavyweight interfacing in the sides and a piece of foam board in the bottom give it substance, as does lightweight interfacing in the handles. The sewing techniques are simple, and the jelly roll fabrics (a jelly roll is just a collection of fabrics, all cut to the width of the fabric – 42” – and 2 1/2” wide) gave me a chance to use a lot of different patterns and colors. I made the buttons with the Dritz buttonmaking kit – very quick and easy, and I love how they look! I’m going to have to try making matching fabric buttons for more projects in the future.
There’s enough fabric in the jelly rolls to make two bags – I bought 1/2 yard of the solid “waffle” brown for the lining, but you could even piece together enough from the jelly roll so that you had multi-fabric interior and exterior. I like the details on the bag – the two interior pockets, how the fabric buttons are used to sew together pleats on the sides, and how the handles are stitched to the bag but the ends are left free and come to a point, to show off the different fabrics used. You could make dozens of bags and they’d each be totally unique! I suppose it would be a good idea to Scotchgard the fabric before using the bag, though . . .
The Lily & Will fabric also comes in pink/brown and green/brown – if I have time, I’d like to make similar gift sets in those colors, too. Check out all of the Bunny Hill patterns – there are some great project ideas!