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Spiral Neck Pocket

Introducing Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts Book and Pattern by RaNae Merrill www.ranaemerrillquilts.com Book published by Krause Publications / F&W Media (www.krause.com / www.fwpubs.com)

This little neck pocket is a quick and fun project to introduce you to spirals. It can carry all your essentials cell phone, pen and paper, cash, glasses, business cards. If you use them, hang reading glasses from the bottom loop. In a workshop, wear it around your neck or tie it around your waist to keep your tools handy. Hang a name tag or show ID from the bottom loop. At home or on the road, use it as a pocket to carry tools for hand work. Hang it on a door or dresser knob to keep small objects nearby, or just as a decoration!

Materials Fabrics: use solid, texture or non-directional small prints. Measurements do not include extra fabric. Background Fabric (Dark): 18 x 11 piece. (1 yd makes 6 bags) Spiral Fabric (Light): 3 x 18 strip (1/4 yd makes 6 bags) 1 EQ Printables Foundation Sheet (8-1/2 x 11) Several sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 white paper 5/8 Ribbon 1-1/2 to 2 yards (per bag) 3 of 1/4-wide gold braid (optional) Two 5 x 1/2 strips of fusible web (optional) Fabric glue (optional)

Tools Basic sewing tools & sewing machine Rotary cutter, ruler & mat Masking or Painters tape Highlighter pen Add-a-Quarter tool Thread for sewing Fusible web or fabric glue (optional) Fusible Velcro (optional, for closing pockets) Embellishments as desired (see page 5 for ideas) (C) 2008 RaNae Merrill All rights reserved. For personal use only. Not for sale, or to make products for sale.

Foundation Template for Spiral Neck Pocket


Trim here before adding Piece I. For hem, fold fabric over edge.

I G2 E6 F6 D1 B2 Center C1 A2 F5 D6 B1 C6 A1 B6 A6 C5 E4 H D5 E5 F4 G3

E1

C2

A3

D2 F1

B3 A4 C3 E2 B4 D3 F2 A5 C4

B5 D4 F3 E3 G4

G1

Copy centers please note: permission granted by the author to copy this page only, for purposes of making the bag Prepare the Foundation If youre an experienced paper piecer, youre probably used to having the lines on the back of the foundation, and the design on the front, which turns out mirror image of the design on the back. Using a translucent foundation, you can see the lines from both sides, so put the fabric on the front and sew from the back. The design turns out the same direction you drew it! A digital version of this template is at http://spiromaniacs.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/neck-pocket1.pdf. IMPORTANT - When printing from a PDF file: In the Print box, look for Page Scaling. In the dropdown menu to the right, select NONE so the template prints full-size. Printed or copied template should measure 5-3/4 square. Copy or print this template onto a sheet of white paper. Measure the template to ensure that it printed 5-3/4 square. Now copy or print the template onto non-woven translucent material such EQ Printables Foundation Sheets (www.electricquilt.com). Check measurements again. (C) 2008 RaNae Merrill All rights reserved. For personal use only. Not for sale or to make items for sale. 2

Rotary Cutting Instructions (See cutting & assembly charts, next two pages.) Dark fabric (Background & Spiral) Cut from left to right, in this order: 1. Cut 5-3/4 strip, then cut into I, J, K, L. 2. Cut two 1 strips, then cut down into three each of A, B, C, D, E and one M. Pin fabrics to chart so they dont fly away. 3. Cut 1-3/4 strip, then cut into four Gs. Trim the remaining piece down to 1-1/4 wide and cut one H. 4. Cut 1-1/4 strip, then cut three Fs and one H. Light fabric (Spiral & Center) Cut in this order: 1. Cut center of spiral from white paper template, then use Add-aQuarter tool to cut fabric with seam allowance on each side. 2. Cut three Fs across strip. 3. Cut remaining strip lengthwise into three 1 strips, then cut into three each of A, B, C, D and E. Pin fabrics to chart. Dark Fabric
G: 3 x 1-3/4

Light Fabric
Center
F: 2-3/4 x 1-1/4
F: 2-3/4 x 1-1/4

G: 3 x 1-3/4

I: 5-3/4 x 7 1 strip for A, B, C, D, E & M 1 strip for A, B, C, D, E & M

F: 2-3/4 x 1-1/4 F: 2-3/4 x 1-1/4

G: 3 x 1-3/4

F: 2-3/4 x 1-1/4

1 strips for A, B, C, D & E

G: 3 x 1-3/4

H: 6 x 1-1/4

K: 5-3/4 x 3-3/4 L: 5-3/4 x 1-3/4

Sew the Spiral (See Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts pages 93-95) Sew in alphabetical order. Spiral Fabric (light color) Background Fabric (dark color)

ODD #s -- Sew first. Open into position & press, then sew even-numbered pieces

EVEN #s Sew second. Open into position in press. Do a Next Step Trim (SASQ pg. 93) before sewing next ring.

Center: Cut 1 A: 1 x 1-1/2 Cut 3

See cutting instructions above.

Tip: Look under the seam allowance to find the proper placement of the fabric pieces.

A: 1 x 1-1/2 Cut 3

B: 1 x 1-3/4 Cut 3

Tip: Circle to the left as you add the second ring.

B: 1 x 1-3/4 Cut 3

C: 1 x 2 Cut 3

C: 1 x 2 Cut 3

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H: 6 x 1-1/4

F: 2-3/4 x 1-1/4

J: 5-3/4 x 5-1/2

D: 1 x 2-1/4 Cut 3

D: 1 x 2-1/4 Cut 3

E: 1 x 2-1/2 Cut 3

E: 1 x 2-1/2 Cut 3

F: 1-1/4x 2-3/4 Cut 3

F: 1-1/4 x 2-3/4 Cut 3

Fabric surrounding spiral and back of bag -- Background Color only

G: 1-3/4 x 3 Cut 4

Sew to corners of spiral block Sew odd-numbered pieces first. Open into place and press back, then sew even-numbered pieces. Do a Next Step Trim after attaching all Piece Gs.

H: 1-1/4x 5-3/4+ Cut 2

(+ means it can be a lttle longer, then trimmed after sewing)

Sew to sides of spiral block, following side seam lines on foundation. Trim all four sides of block on the solid outside line.

I: 1-3/4 x 5-3/4+ Cut 1

Sew a single 1/4 hem along one long edge. Place raw edge 1/4 below top edge of block. Sew to top edge, following top seam line on foundation. DO NOT REMOVE FOUNDATION (C) 2008 RaNae Merrill All rights reserved. For personal use only. Not for sale or to make items for sale. 4

Back, Pockets, Loop & Ribbon Cut J: Main back K: 1st pocket 5-3/4 wide x 7 high 5-3/4 wide x 5-1/2 high Assembly Instructions Turn and sew a single 1/4 hem on one 5-3/4 edge. Turn and sew a double hem on one 5-3/4 edge Lay main back face up. Lay 1st pocket on top of it face up with hemmed edge at top. Align raw edges at sides and bottom edge. Mark a line 1-3/4 from the left side. Sew pieces together along this line, backstitching at top edge of 1st pocket. Turn and sew a double hem on one 5-3/4 edge. Lay main back + 1st pocket assembly face up. Lay 2nd pocket on top, face up with hemmed edge at top. Align sides and bottom edge. Mark a line at center of 2nd pocket. Fold back main back along previous seam line. Sew 1st pocket and 2nd pocket together along marked center line (do not catch main back in seam), backstitching at top edge of 2nd pocket. Unfold main back. Press both long edges to center, then fold along center and zigzag edges together. Position at center of bottom, with loop toward top and raw edges in seam allowance. Stitch in place inside seam allowance. Position center of ribbon at center of main back, face up, with bottom edge above top of 1st pocket. (Note: if using wider ribbon, place it lower, so top of ribbon remains 7/8 above top of 1st pocket.) Sew along top, stopping 3/8 from sides (to avoid side seam allowance), diagonally at sides, then across bottom, as shown. (This is so ribbon will either hang around neck or tie around waist.) Fold ribbon away from side seams and tuck inside 1st pocket. Pin to hold. Ribbon Stitching Template - cut out and use to mark stitching lines at sides of ribbon.

L: 2nd pocket

5-3/4 wide x 3-3/4 high

M: Loop at bottom 5/8 Ribbon

1 wide x 3 long or 3 gold braid 2 yards

Main Back
Center of Back & Ribbon
3/8

Single hem

Stitch Ribbon in this shape


1/4

3/8

Easy ways to Add Bling! to your thing Use fancy brocade ribbon Use shiny fabric for the spiral - silk, satin, lame or lacquered Use gold braid for the bottom loop Add crystals, beads, buttons, etc.

Double hem

1-3/4

1st Pocket

Double hem

2-7/8

2nd Pocket Loop

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Join Front & Back, Hem & Turn Place back assembly face to face with spiral, matching side and bottom edges. (The top edge of the back will be longer than the top edge of the front -- the extra length is so the hem reaches below the ribbon.) Stitch around sides and bottom with a seam allowance. Triple-stitch around corners and over ends of loop. Trim bottom corners diagonally just outside seam line. Hem: (Four ways-take your pick) Fold the hem: front should fold over cut edge of foundation and back should fold 1/8 above ribbon. Hem around ribbon 1. Fuse. Turn bag right side out. Use narrow on back strips of fusible web inside hem. Iron according to manufacturers suggestions. 2. Glue. Turn bag right side out. Place a thin line of fabric glue along inside of hem. Use hair clips to hold in place until set. 3. Machine Stitch. (See diagram at right.) Before turning right side out, free ribbon from pocket and pull up into hanging position. Fold the hem down. Stitch into place like this: begin at side of front, and stitch in the ditch along the bottom of Piece I. When you reach the side seam, continue straight until just before the ribbon. Turn and stitch just outside the folded and bottom edges of the ribbon, then turn and continue stitching in the ditch across the front. 4. Hand-stitch. Before turning right side out, whip-stitch hem into place. If you havent already, turn the bag right side out. Add fusible Velcro for closures, if desired. Add bling! Tie the ribbon to the length for hanging around your neck, or tie around your waist. Front of bag Side seam

You are welcome to use this pattern to make neck pockets for yourself and for gifts. The pattern may not be sold or used to make items for sale without written permission from RaNae Merrill. www.ranaemerrillquilts.com NOTES:

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Front of bag Side seam