Home Quilting How to make quick gift from a quilt block.

My name is Fiona and I am delighted to be guest posting here today.  I am going to show you how to sew a very basic quilt block, then turn it into a quick, last-minute gift. The coin and key tidy is perfect for travellers, as it folds down flat for storage, but also great for anyone you know who can never find their keys when they are leaving the house.

So, to make the basic quilt block you will need

1 square of fabric – 4.5″ x 4.5″ (I used a scrap of this fabric)
2 pieces of fabric – 2.5″ x 4.5″
2 pieces of fabric – 2.5″ x 8.5″ (I cut up the leg of an old pair of denims for these pieces!)

Making your block

Stitch the 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles to the top and bottom of the 4.5″ square. Use a 0.25″ seam and press the seams open or to the darker material, whichever you prefer. It doesn’t matter which way you press the seams for this block as long as you are consistent.

Once you have attached the rectangles to the top and bottom of the square, stitch the 2.5″ x 8.5″ rectangles to the left and right sides of your extended square. Again, using a 0.25″ seam and pressing the seams open or to the darker side as you did with the first two seams.

You now have your basic quilt block.

Making the travel coin/key tidy

To turn your block into a coin/key tidy you will need

Iron-on interfacing – 5″ x 5″
1 piece of wadding – 10″ x 10″ (you could substitute a piece of fleece if you don’t have any wadding)
1 piece of backing fabric  - 10″ x 10″ ( I used a scrap of this fabric)
1 fabric binding strip – 2.25″ x 42″  (you can add strips together to get the length you need)

Baste your interfacing to the centre of your quilt block. Layer up your backing fabric, wadding and quilt block and baste or pin all of the layers together. You will need to quilt straight lines 1″ from each side of the pieced square, the length of each side. These lines will cross in each corner creating a ready-made guide for your press studs/fasteners later on. The remainder of the quilting of the tray is entirely up to you, make sure though that you quilt the interfaced square as this will create the flat bottom for the tray. I quilted square lines spiralling to the centre.

Trim the excess wadding and backing fabric, and square up your block if you need to.

Binding the quilted block

Mark a line on at 45degrees on the end of your fabric strips and sew your 2.25″ strips together at right-angles to each other if you need to join strips together to make one continuous strip for binding. Stitch along the diagonal line and trim the excess fabric then press to make the strip.

Fold the strip in half length ways and press along the fold.

I prefer to attach my binding to the front of the square by machine using a 1/4″ seam and mitring the corners then folding over to attach by hand to the back, but you may prefer to machine stitch the binding completely. In which case, you will attach the binding by machine to the back of the quilted square and then fold over and attach to the front by stitching along the seam line (called stitching in the ditch) through all layers.

Adding the press studs

To make the quilted square into a tray that will fold flat for travel, you will need to add 4 press fasteners/studs, 1 to each corner.

Using the quilted lines you sewed earlier mark the halfway point on both sides of the corner. This is where you will fasten the studs. Each stud is comprised of 4 parts, two rings with hooks and 1 male and 1 female fastener.

You will attach a hook ring on the exterior of the tray and 1 male fastener on the inner tray at the first mark and another hook ring and 1 female fastener on the opposite mark on the corner. The fasteners come supplied with a tool for fixing them to the fabric, which needs a hammer to exert the pressure needed to lock the hooks in the male and female fasteners. Alternatively, you can use eyelet/stud pliers.

Whichever method you are using you will place the hook ring in the lower arm and the male fastener with the back facing you in the upper arm.

Place the quilted tray between the two arms of the pliers or tool at the mark you made earlier and squeeze tightly together or hammer to lock the fastener in the tray.

Repeat at the mark on the other side of the corner with the female fastener in the upper arm. Do this at each corner of the tray making sure that you use a male and female fastener at each!

When you have attached each of the press fasteners, press them together and voila! You have a travel coin/key tidy!

If you like this and would like to see more of my projects you will find me posting on my travels, stitching  and life in general at Celtic Thistle Stitches

I hope you have fun making these tidies, thanks for reading.

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