Pattern Help

Below you will find any pattern corrections or extra advice for any of my patterns. If you don’t find the answer you are looking for here ask the question through the ‘contact us’ section of the website and I will get back to you as soon as I can.


Mini Patchwork Projects Book

1 – The measurements for the ‘natty notebook cover’ contain a mis-print.  The lengths given for both ‘centre strap’ and the ‘outer straps and handle’ are too short. The correct measurements should read:

Fabric 3 for the centre strap 2 1/2″ x 17″

Fabric 4 for the outer straps and handle 2 1/2″ x 42″

Quilted Hamper

1 – Sew – in magnets…. I have received some questions regarding the sizing of the magnets. The pattern states to use 3cm. This is the measurement of the whole magnet including the plastic casing. Some listings selling magnets list them according the size of the magnet only. If you are struggling to find the right size and have to order by magnet size, choose 1.5cm as this should give you the right size. To solve the confusion I will be adding these to my shop within the next week so you can be sure to get the correct size.

Honeycomb Basket

1 – Missing template… The last print run I did of this pattern unfortunately had a template missing from some of the patterns. This is the ‘central compartment base lining template’. If you do not have this one message me through the contact form or and I will send it to you.

2- Problems ordering… There have been some problems ordering this on my website for some reason. I have recently relisted it as a new item which will hopefully correct the problem.

Storage Pods

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.

figure 11

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

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4 – Sewing Darts

Fold RS together, through the centre of the marked lines. See pic 1

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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


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Project Baskets

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)

figure 2

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!



73 Responses to “Pattern Help”

By Karen parsons - 12 September 2015 Reply

Yes please,I would have a go

By Maureen Hallsworth - 16 November 2015 Reply

I recently bought a pattern for project baskets. I have completed the basket up to the point where it tells you to turn the top down 1″ to the outside. I think I have a page missing because there are no more instructions on how to continue. The next page I have is “Attaching the handles”. Can you please tell me how to proceed. Thankyou.

By Beth Studley - 28 April 2016 Reply

Hi there. It won’t make a difference to the overall dimensions as they are proportional to each other. So just go ahead and make it. it will just be a little smaller

By Hana Ansari - 29 March 2016 Reply

Hello! I just purchased a pattern of yours from Craftsy. (Storage Pods) I believe that if you made a video, it will be much easier to learn how to use the pattern, as it is kind of complicated to me. Also, I was wondering: Can I use the per quilted fabric to make the process much quicker and easier? Once again, please consider making a video tutorial for Storage Pods. Thank you so much, and have a wonderful day!

By Beth Studley - 29 March 2016 Reply

I may well consider videos in the future. I have recently done one for stitch craft create. You could use re quilted fabric to speed up the process if you wish.

By Paula S - 3 April 2016 Reply

Bought Project Baskets pattern yesterday…states half a metre of each fabric then states strips 40 in x 7 in… Should these be read as metric or imperial or are they actually mixed and the half metres split and joined to make the 40 in length?

By Beth Studley - 11 April 2016 Reply

Hi there. The half a metre is the measurement cut from the bolt not half a metre square. You sometimes see this written as WOF (width of fabric) The standard width of fabric would be 42″ – 44″ so you should not need to join them to make the 40″ strips. The mix of imperial and metric is strange isn’t it!? My boyfriend hates it! But when you go to a shop you buy in metric but pattern instructions tend to be written in imperial. Its a funny old world!

By Lynne - 10 April 2016 Reply

Hi Beth. I purchased the pod pattern and I am so glad you have provided extra instructions with pictures on your website. It has answered some of the questions I had.

By Pamela Sherman - 13 April 2016 Reply

Hi Beth,
Love the pattern for the storage backets. I made my first one. One half of basket stands up nicely, the other side kinda sinks down. What happened? Also I think I found a few errors. For the lining – shouldn’t the length be one inch longer for folding the seam over? Also the spacing of the darts – why 1 1/2 inch and then every three – makes basket lopsidded in appearance because then there is a seam too close to the 1 1/2 inch dart.

By Beth Studley - 28 April 2016 Reply

Hi Pamela
The lopsided thing happened to me with one of my samples. Id is down to how evenly the bottom has been attached. It may be that you gathered a bit more fabric on one side than the other. Yes the lining should be 1″ longer but the patterns does say this. As for the spacing. The first one is at 1 1/2 as when the basket is joined it will be next to the seam and then there is another 1 1/2 the other side making 3″ in total. If is started at 3£ there would be a gap of 6″ in total…

By Ruth Phelps - 14 April 2016 Reply

I just printed the Storage Pod pattern and found the printed templates to be too small to make the finished size of 11″x 6″. I selected ” actual size” for printing and the pattern was only approx 10″x 5″. Thanks for the help.

By Beth Studley - 28 April 2016 Reply

Hi there. I have had a couple of people say this. When I print it, it comes out fine. I will have a look into this. It may be something else causing it.

By Susie - 17 May 2016 Reply

I think much of the mystery and frustration with pattern size might be addressed with dimensions placed alongside the patterns in metric and imperial measurements.

By Beth Studley - 19 May 2016 Reply

Thanks Susie. I think that is a good idea for future patterns!

By Plain Jane - 14 April 2016 Reply

Hi Beth
The instructions for adding the hanging loop say ‘Take the prepared rectangle’
There is no pattern/size/instructions for cutting out the rectangle! Please help!

By Beth Studley - 28 April 2016 Reply

Hi Jane. The rectangle should be 2″ x 5 1/2″ of the lining fabric. Thanks for pointing this out. I will update the PDF

By Dee - 3 May 2016 Reply

On Page 1 of the PDF instruction sheet, the last line of the paragraph titled “Printing” says “The finished height of the main template should be ‘- ” #(” and on Page 2 in Step 1 the second to last sentence says GY Y ‘Z}{ i fY’&” Cut round the remaining 3 sides and leave the folded edge intact. What should those gibberish sections actually say?

By Beth Studley - 6 May 2016 Reply

Hi there. I have had a few people asking me this. My apologies for the gibberish. I think this is a problem with the font I used. I don’t know why but it converted some of my text into this! The gibberish should simply read ‘see figure 2’ !! The finished height is 9 3/4″.

By Lynn - 13 May 2016 Reply

Hello, My Storage Pod Main template pattern printed out 9″ x 4-1/4″. I did print it out “actual size”, but something is wrong because the pattern is smaller than your 11″ x 6″. So I’ll need to enlarge it. Should the tallest part of the pattern measure 11 inches? I’m so anxious to start! PLEASE help. 🙂

By Beth Studley - 13 May 2016 Reply

Hi there Lynn. I don’t know what happens with templates but they so often print different sizes for different people!! It won’t matter a great deal if yours are coming up a bit smaller. There are no measured parts to match up to so if the templates are smaller the overall size will just be a bit smaller. You can scale them up a bit of you like but the pattern will work just fine whatever the template size. Beth x

By Mary F Gallagher - 9 February 2017 Reply

I’d like to see marks for center front and center back on the base template

By Mandy - 23 February 2017 Reply

Hi, I made my first storage pod today. I think it would be really useful if you could create a video of you maki g one for us Vistula learners. Although most of it made sense, and I’m quite a competent sewer at times I got a bit lost. I got the pattern through the post and the same as one of the ladies above, the finished size was 10 x 6 .

By Mandy - 23 February 2017 Reply

Oops sorry predictive text takes over! Sorry was meant to say visual. Being medical my predictive text tends to divert to medical terms 🙂

By elizabeth ringler - 6 March 2017 Reply

just a note to say i bought your pattern and made myself several pods thank you fot my well written pattern and for sharing your gifts keep up the good work i wull be watchng for yoyr new designs

By Beth Studley - 24 March 2017 Reply

Thanks Elizabeth. I am glad you enjoyed the pattern x

By patty eastman - 22 March 2017 Reply

i amhaving trouble understanding why I would need 40″ of material for such a small basket. I just purchased pattern and hope it is up to date. I read some comments from last year saying there were errors. Also in US we don’t use meters so instructions on replies were confusing. Is there a video to help out? Such a cute project.

By Beth Studley - 24 March 2017 Reply

Hi there. 40″ sound a lot but its a bit of an optical illusion! Once it is wrapped round in a ring it looks a lot smaller.

By MaryAnn - 24 March 2017 Reply

I love your patterns. I just finished a project basket. Do you have any tips for making the basket a bit smaller?

By Beth Studley - 24 March 2017 Reply

I haven’t actually tried to make a smaller one but I guess you would just reduce the template for the base. Then ensure that the size of the sides is reduced by the same percentage.

By MaryAnn - 25 March 2017 Reply

Thanks Beth, I’ll try it! Or should I just use the Hanging Baskets pattern? The project basket is such a nice shape.

By Beth Studley - 27 March 2017 Reply

The hanging baskets does contain 2 sizes but the construction is slightly different. I would try and scale it yourself x

By Smita - 18 April 2017 Reply

Hi, I bought the PDF pattern of the storage pod yeasterday, but I am struggling to print it the correct size , please can you help, I did set it the actual size. Is there any other way other than enlarging the pattern on a large photocopier?

By Beth Studley - 5 May 2017 Reply

It should print ok if its set to actual size. How off is it? If its only a few millimetres it will be ok to proceed as the templates will all still work in relation to one another. Beth x

By Lorraine Retallic - 10 May 2017 Reply

I bought one of your storage pod patterns at the weekend and may I just say what a pleasure it is to be able to refer to you problem page it is so helpful thank you. Lorraine

By BERNADETTE T PETERS - 5 August 2017 Reply

Hi Beth. I decided to make your honeycomb Basket as a challenge ( we were given 4 pieces of fabric and an option to add one plain fabric). in my local patchwork group). After making 5 different samples( because of the restricted spec of the challenge
I finally sorted out a way to do it. I have quilted for many years but sadly found the instructions very unclear.
Q In the final stage. I am sewing the six baskets to the top of the central compartment horizontally . so each basket is joined to the centre. and also at the top of the individual baskets, .. Each basket is ( secured in 2 different places.. BUT do I join vertical seams joining each basket together top to bottom????
Are you going to the Festival Of Quilts???? Bernadette

By Beth Studley - 29 January 2018 Reply

Hi there. No need to join vertically. Just around the tops where the pods meet the central compartment and part of the way to join the pods together also. I have seen some samples with the pods joined all the way down and it looks very tight and makes the basket smaller.

By Herma - 13 August 2017 Reply

Dear Beth, are your drawn patterns with or without seamallowance?
Thanks! Herma

By Beth Studley - 29 January 2018 Reply

With seam allowance added

By Vicki George - 26 November 2017 Reply

I just wanted to add that if you are using a fat quarter to make the lining to cut the binding before cutting the base as I cut the base and then did not have enough fabric to cut the lining on the fold. I cut two pieces though and joined them, so no real dramas 🙂

By Beth Studley - 29 January 2018 Reply

Thanks for the tip! Nothing more annoying than not quite having enough!

By Alison - 19 December 2017 Reply

I recently bought the gondola basket pattern. The last step is a bit troublesome. Step 9 says ‘carefully the 2 seams where the panels join the moan body …….’ could you let me know what this means ? Thanks

By Beth Studley - 29 January 2018 Reply

Hi there. The missing word is press or iron. It is simply a step to tell you to iron the whole basket into shape to finish of the project. I hope this helps

By Marian Piehler - 21 January 2018 Reply

Am trying to purchase *Pretty Little Fabric Pods” pattern but have been unsuccessful. Is the pattern still available? Can you help.

By Beth Studley - 29 January 2018 Reply

Hi there. I have the ‘storage pods’ or the ‘bubble pods’. Both are available in the shop.

By Rosie - 28 January 2018 Reply

Hi Beth I’ve made a few of your storage pods and they’ve turned out pretty good. The pattern printed out a bit smaller but I just enlarged it. I used cotton wadding which is quite thin so before making anymore I just wanted to check with you what wadding you use. I’m not sure whether to go with 2oz or 4oz poly wadding. Many thanks for your lovely pattern, it’s really inspired me to design some of my own patterns.

By Beth Studley - 29 January 2018 Reply

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I had a baby on 19th so am only just getting back to responding to emails. I always use cotton wadding or there is a cotton soya mix I like. I tend to avoid poly. Lightweight is fine for the storage pods and it could be a bit tricky using anything too thick.

By Sherry - 7 February 2018 Reply

I purchased the pod pattern – made 2 – bottoms do not match up – Both are lopsided & smaller than stated – very frustrated!!!

By Ruth Hunt - 15 March 2018 Reply

Hi, Bought a storage pod pattern today at the NEC (nice to have met you)so just sat down with a cuppa and read the instructions…great…like having someone sittng next to me explaining! ..I looked on here to make sure I had understood the base “fitting bit”, and wonder upon wonders I had! I shall be sewing it tomorrow! Thankyou!

By Terri Wrightson - 18 May 2018 Reply

How much larger is the storage pod base lining compared to the main/wadding size?

By Beth Studley - 19 May 2018 Reply

Hi there. It is 1″ bigger all round…

By Nancy - 19 May 2018 Reply

Hi, Beth. I’ve just purchased the project baskets pattern and when I print the templates at actual size they are too big to fit on one 8.5×11 inch page. What size should I print them at if not the actual size? what size should the base lining template and main base templates be (in inches please) and how far apart are they supposed to be? Thank you for your help! I’m anxious to get started and make some.

By Beth Studley - 19 May 2018 Reply

Hi there. I am not sure what problem you are having printing but the outer base is 9 5/8″ across and the lining is 1″ bigger all round. Hopefully this will allow you to make one that fits. Beth x.

By Nancy - 21 May 2018 Reply

Thank you so much!

By Katie - 18 June 2018 Reply

Hi I am making a storage pod and loving it so far but have got really stuck at step 5 joining the sides. Do I place the two sides right sides (outer fabric) together? That seems to make more sense than the pattern instructions which say place 2 sides together outer fabric facing. I don’t seem to be able to make that work. Maybe I’ve made a mistake somewhere.

By Beth Studley - 5 July 2018 Reply

Hi there Katie. I know it sounds backwards but isn’t, as the finished seam will be on the back of the pod. its will be more visible on the inside than the outside…

By Wanda Nesloney - 18 June 2018 Reply

Hi Beth, I made this project baskets pattern last night and the circumference looks much smaller that your pictures. the bottom isn’t as wide or poofy if you know what I’m trying to say. I printed on actual size and taped the two pieces just touching not overlapping. So I’m wondering what went wrong?? Any ideas would be appreciated

By Beth Studley - 5 July 2018 Reply

Without seeing it, it is hard to say, Does it not fit the basket?

By Annette de Boer - 4 July 2018 Reply

Hi Beth, I am in The process of making one of your storage pods now. I have found that the bottom binding where you are supposed to hand stitch around is a huge struggle for me. It’s almost like trying to put 6 inches of fabric into 4 inches of circle. The bottom binding looks extremely bumpy and ugly at this point – thinking that I may have to figure out how to do a binding all on my own which will make it look smooth and finished . Do you have any suggestions here?

By Beth Studley - 5 July 2018 Reply

Hi Annette. You are not the first person to find this bit tricky. Its not supposed to be really neat as it will sit on the inside of the finished pod so don’t worry too much. Something you could try is trim the excess back to the wadding and then make a separate binding strip to cover the seam…

By Claudia - 8 July 2018 Reply

HI, Beth.
Do your patterns include the seamallowence or do I have to ad it?

By Beth Studley - 11 July 2018 Reply

They include it so no need to add

By Linda Cherko - 8 August 2018 Reply

I haven’t made this, but I will definitely enlarge it. It is too small for what I have in mind.

By Donna Mc - 19 August 2018 Reply

Beth, I started following your designs with the Moda challenge in 2012. Love your stuff. Will you ever be allowed to release a pattern for the 3 section pin cushion?

By Lesley elvins - 20 August 2018 Reply

I bought at the NEC last week your Honeycomb Basket instructions but seem to be missing the template for the pocket base, can I adapt the base template or will you send me the pocket base

By Beth Studley - 31 December 2018 Reply

I have sent them to you email.

By lizzie - 6 October 2018 Reply

I am making your hanging baskets.
I have made the large one, and then the instructions say make the small basket in the same way. However, having cut all the pieces out before i started sewing, i have discovered that the width of the fabrics for the outer and the lining are the same width, ie 7 3/4 inches, whereas the large basked had the lining being wider. which is correct? and should i make my lining larger, or the outer smaller?

thank you

By Beth Studley - 31 December 2018 Reply

Hi there
This is because the larger basket need that bit of extra play in the fabric due to its size. The smaller one didnt need it

By Louise - 17 November 2018 Reply

Hi Beth, re the storage pods. What are the dimensions of the hanging loop? I can’t see a pattern piece and there is no mention of it until the end of the project instructions when it says to take the prepared piece etc…

By Beth Studley - 31 December 2018 Reply

Hi there
2″ x 5 1/2″

By Gail - 12 December 2018 Reply

For the notebook cover, I am confused as to why the lining is 1” larger than the outer shell. The instructions say to centre one on the other after quilting the outer piece, but doesn’t say how we are to match the edges if the lining is bigger all around.

By Beth Studley - 31 December 2018 Reply

Hi there

You cut the lining bigger as it is trimmed down after sewing it to the outer

By Fiona - 27 December 2018 Reply

Hi Beth, i am making the pods but finding it really tricky to sew on the base as where the darts are folded over this is 9 layers. Any tips for stopping my machine skipping stitches would be welcome? I have a new needle, have cotton thread – rethreaded, cleand out my machine, reduced the foot pressure but still its skipping☹️ Thanks

By Beth Studley - 31 December 2018 Reply

Hi there

It may be that you are using slighty thicker wadding, and this is making it harder to sew…
I often find cleaning my machine of all fluff helps too.
Are you using a walking foot?
You could try pressing the darts flatter first. Or sewing them down flat before adding the base.
If this is still not working, You could hand sew…
Or if its only skipping a stitch or 2 dont worry too much as the seam will be covered with the binding anyway.

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