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My friend Wendy was hosting the Disney Mug Rug Swap on Instagram and I just couldn't resist joining in. Easy peasy: Buy a mug, make a mug rug, include one extra. My partner listed a variety of Disney interests and I dialed in on Finding Dory, especially after I found this adorable mug.

I immediately visualized an improv pieced ocean for Dory (and friends?) and eventually decided on purchasing a little bit of yardage of Finding Dory fabric by Camelot from Fat Quarter Shop. I started by shopping my stash for an ocean fabric pull.

Then I went for it with my first improv curved piecing. It all went together pretty well. The batik (second from top in the finished piece) was a little tricky, since it doesn't have as much stretch to it. I simply overlapped the fabrics I was piecing and freehand rotary cut a curve through both at the same time, then I eased them together with a 1/4" seam allowance as I machine pieced them together.

Generally I press my seams open when piecing, but this is one of those times that pressing open didn't make sense. I pressed to the blue on my first seam, so I just continued pressing up on all my seams. Here's the finished piece, front and back, before I trimmed it down.

At this point it was more placemat sized than mug rug sized, so I had to trim it down. I decided on vertical so I could arrange my characters in a way that they mug wouldn't cover them up. I trimmed down to just over 8" x 11".

My next step was to add the characters. I used fusible web to attach Dory, Nemo and Hank, then stitched around the edge of each.

Then I went to town quilting. I used my walking foot and quilted smooth curves to complement my piecing using a variety of blue threads (all 50 wt. Aurifil).

I was able to find a piece of remnant binding (from Finally) that was large enough to avoid a scrappy binding and worked with my color palette. I think this quilt would have been lovely with a faced binding, but I just didn't have the time to learn a new skill at this stage of the process. :-)

I opted to back the quilt with the licensed fabric, but I placed it in the horizontal direction. I liked the repeat better that way, and this gives Lisa options for a vertical or horizontal mug rug.

For my extra, I opted to make a large Open Wide Zippered Pouch (free tutorial by Noodlehead). (Shown in first picture.)


Lisa and I happened to be assigned each other for the swap. Here's the super generous package she sent me. She chose a nifty mug that has an electric mug warmer to go with it and made me a bag and a keychain. Plus she decorated the tote box and sent a Mickey Mouse raglan t-shirt pattern plus a bunch of other little goodies. So sweet of her!


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Welcome to those of you who are here to share a finish with TGIFF or to check out what everyone else has been up to. I'm excited to be hosting Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday! On Tuesday I showed you my first little Open Wide Zippered Pouches. I think I could easily become addicted. (There will certainly be some made as gifts soon.) Such a nice fast project! Participating in the Open Wide Pouch Swap on Instagram was a lot of fun. I've really enjoyed watching people share their creative ideas. I'm looking forward to the arrival of my package.

I knew that I wanted to piece the outer panels for the pouch I was sending to my partner. And, how can a person go wrong with Alison Glass fabric? So I used the her Mercury prints and designed a rainbow panel for the outside. I have to say, I'm kind of in love with it and it was really hard to send away. Perhaps I will make myself something similar.


The pattern from Noodlehead has three sizes and includes measurements for a pouch with one fabric on the exterior or a pouch with a contrast bottom (two exterior fabrics). I started with this option but knew I wanted more "work room" for the piecing in my upper section, so I made my contrast bottom pieces smaller (5.5" tall) to accommodate this change. This left me 6.5" by 14" (unfinished) for my upper section.

I don't have process pictures/diagrams, but here are my measurements for the upper portion of my pouch (for one side).

The upper (attached to the zipper) text piece is 14" wide by 2" tall.

The lower (attached to the black print *with a 1/2" seam allowance*) text piece is 14" wide by 2.25" tall.

The pieces for the rainbow panel in the middle are 3.25" tall. The text pieces are .75" wide; the 5 colored panels in the center are 1.75" wide; the blue and pink end pieces are 3.5" wide. When I pieced them I pressed the seams to the colored pieces with a 1/4" seam allowance. I trimmed this strip to 14" once it was pieced. Then I attached it to the upper and lower text pieces with a 1/4" seam allowance. From here I continued with the directions on the Noodlehead tutorial.


I also had scraps from the awesome rainbow fabric large enough to make a small sized pouch... well almost. I pieced in a black and white strip of fabric to stretch my scraps to be large enough. I used the same black and white print for the lining. I thought I was making this to give away. Now I'm not so sure. ;-)



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Years ago I made my bridesmaids little zipper pouches. That was the first and last time I made anything with zippers. It took me signing up for the Open Wide Pouch Swap on instagram (#openwidepouchswap) to finally try it again. Before I put together the pouch for the swap (which I'll show you on Friday when I'm hosting TGIFF) I decided to put together a practice pouch. I used the leftover fabric from making my son his mushroom pants. In the end my practice pouch turned into two pouches, since I couldn't decide which interfacing to use. ;-)

I used the Open Wide Zippered Pouch Tutorial from Noodlehead. The tutorial is great. Easy to follow directions with lots of detail and great photos. And measurements for three sizes! The pattern recommends Pellon 101SF interfacing, but some discussion on IG included the suggestion to use fusible fleece (Pellon 987F), particularly by people who wanted their outer fabric to be quilted (which I planned to, but ended up not doing). So I made one of each and I'm happy with either option in this size, though if I wanted to quilt the outer panels, then the fleece option would be my pick. These first two are the small size and I kept them simple, just using a single fabric for the outer panels. I look forward to showing you my fancier, pieced, large pouch on Friday.

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