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1 – I received this question from a customer regarding this pattern and have included my answer in case it helps anyone else
” I purchased one of your storage pod patterns at the handmade fair. I’ve started but as I’ve never quilted before I’ve hit a question! I’ve cut out all of pieces and I’m at the stage where I need to quilt to secure, should this be a continuous sew (turning at the end to start a new line) or should I run the stitch off each time? If continuous should I only go as far as the seam allowance as I don’t want to sew into the extra length? “
“It doesn’t need to be a continuous line. You can start and stop as many times as you need to. It won’t make any difference to the overall look. However you might find turning at the end and starting a new line actually takes a little less time and thread as it saves you stopping and starting. Its up to you which you find easier. I tend to do a continuous line where possible myself. As for sewing into the seam allowance, its actually better to do all your stopping and starting or turning within the seam allowance as that way it is all hidden when you sew the bag together. It also secures the seam allowance together which make sewing together a little easier too. So in short sew right to the every edge and start right at the very edge!”
2 – Blank pages on PDF Version (versions downloaded before 10th Mar 2016)
I have received a couple of e mails asking why there are extra blank pages on the PDF version of this pattern. This is done so that if you would like to print the pattern double sided you can do so without the templates being printed back to back. Because the templates have to be cut out it would be annoying to have one printed on the other side of the other.
3 – Adding the base
I have had some requests from people to provide some pictures of this part
Turn the pod, lining side out. Take the quilted base and pin it to the bottom of the pod so outer fabrics are facing. See pic 1. The base of the pod is a slight oval shape so be sure to line it up so the flatter sides sit at the front and back of the pod. The base will sit slightly inside the pod with the edges of the wadding and outer fabric folded up to line up with the edges of the pod sides. The lining of the base will extend beyond the wadding as, again, this will be used to cover the seam.
Stitch in place all round.
Fold the excess lining over the seam as you did with the pod sides, this time stitch it in place by hand. See pic 2
4 – Sewing Darts
Fold RS together, through the centre of the marked lines. See pic 1
Starting at the wide end of the dart, sew following the marked line. Sew all the way to the point and off the end of the fabric. See pic 2
1 – On some copies of the printed versions of this pattern figure 2 does not match up to the instructions. This was a mistake I made when I reprinted the pattern and used the wrong picture for figure 2. Please follow the measurements given in the written instructions and not the 2″ printed on figure 2. This is the correct figure 2 that should be printed in the pattern ( and is correctly printed in previous versions)
2 – Which side does the binding go? I have had a couple of people say there were confused as to which side the bottom binding goes. It goes on the inside of the basket. Although personally I think the outside would work ok too!