Scrappy Journal Cover

By Judith on February 18, 2021
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A good friend of mine had a birthday recently, and now that she has received her gift I can show you it here!

My friend is a spiritual person who journals, so I made her a colourful A5 journal cover, using mostly Anna Maria Horner and Art Gallery scraps!

I had seen this pretty cover on Pinterest and it inspired me to make a scrappier version.

I included a nifty pen holder and button/loop closure, as well as an A5 notebook which can be replaced when full!

The cover & flaps are echo quilted onto sew-in interfacing, which gives it texture & durability without bulk.

The construction of this notebook is similar to my Hexie Notebook Cover pattern, with an altered patchwork design on the cover and flaps!

I’ve already had several requests for a pattern for my Scrappy Journal Cover, so I will definitely add it to the list of ‘Patterns to Write’ and hopefully get to it sooner rather than later!

I’m pleased to report that my friend loves her ‘blast of colour’ journal – a book that will brighten up any dull day!

Happy sewing!


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Denim Messenger Bag

By Judith on January 1, 2021
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To enter my 10 year blogiversary giveaway click here.

Happy New Year everyone!!

I love new year, so much more than Christmas. It’s a turning of the page, a new start, fresh hope, renewed motivations and goal setting!

Bringing in this new year definitely feels a lot different from previous years, but positivity and hopefulness are generated from gratitude and thankfulness. I hope like me you can find many things to be thankful for as we start a new year together.

A good friend of my daughter’s very kindly invested her time and expertise in my stunted photography skills a few months back.

So when I heard she was in need of a laptop bag for Uni ……….

I based this new bag on a previous laptop bag I made, just reducing the measurements a little to accommodate a smaller laptop (everything is getting smaller!!) and leaving off the front pockets.

Denim is strong and durable so I’m hoping this bag will stand the test of time (just like the previous one has done!).

Of course I couldn’t resist adding in the characterful features of the denim and a little Italian wool for strokability!!

This is my first time using a buckle clip. I think this chunky one suits the robust-ness and proportions of the bag.

And just in case you thought the bag was getting too masculine, check out the lining, in the recipient’s favourite colour!!

This fabric is ‘Joie De Clair Woodland’ by Art Gallery Fabrics (and is available here).

I’ve included a slip pocket for the laptop, which is secured with a velcro tab. And I repurposed some pockets from a denim skirt to make a double pocketed section on the other side. Lots of storage for notebooks, pens, phone and leads!

I’m delighted to say my daughter’s friend loves her new bag! Yay!

This bag was my last finish of 2020, a year in which I didn’t complete a single quilt!! But it seems it was a mostly bag kind of year!

I hope you have a creative start to 2021!


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Blogiversary Giveaway!

By Judith on December 29, 2020
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I’m 10 years old!! Yay!

I started blogging on 20th December 2010, encouraged by of one of my best friends @sewmesarah who had just started her blog a few days previous!

What a lot has happened since then, and oh my, how the time has flown by!

To celebrate, I’m hosting a giveaway!

I recently made a Mixed Textile Clutch as a secret santa gift, and enjoyed the process so much I just had to make another!

Similar to the last clutch, this one includes Italian & British wool, Irish Linen, Liberty cotton, sumptuous Jersey suiting, repurposed denim and vintage sheet lining!

I really enjoyed the slow hand stitching of the boro patches before, and included this same technique in this pouch.

The reused duffle coat button and leather buckle piece are sensitive to the re-loved ethos of this entire pouch.

I love everything about this pouch, and I hope you do too!

I’m also giving away a half yard bundle of selected Art Gallery fabrics and 4 spools of Aurifil 12wt wool threads, perfect for hand embroidery or boro stitching!

So if you fancy getting your hands on these goodies, here are 3 ways you can enter:

  1. leave a comment here telling me something you would like to make in 2021
  2. follow @justjudebelfast on Instagram & leave a comment there
  3. like and leave a comment on the giveaway post on our Facebook page

International entries welcome! 

You have until Tuesday 5th January to enter.  The winner will be announced across all social media accounts on 5th.

Good luck everyone!


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Just Jude & Friends: Lola Pouches

By Judith on July 5, 2020
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Our Just Jude designer collaboration is well underway! (You can read all about this new initiative here.)



For our first week we have been making Svetlana’s Lola Pouch (there are 2 sizes to choose from).


Lola Pouches (sml)


I had the privilege of pattern testing the Lola Pouch for Svetlana so I’m familiar with this gorgeous pattern and have enjoyed making several more pouches since.


Lola Pouches (sml)


I decided to make 3 small Lola pouches as gifts for 3 sewing friends.

This time I teamed up some medium grain cork with sumptuous ‘Roads to Flowerhouse’ by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics. I just love the rich colours in this print.


Lola Pouches (sml)


Svetlana is a fellow stripey binding fan, so the Michael Miller narrow black and white stripe was the perfect choice here.


Lola Pouches (sml)


When I first made the Lola pouch, I feel in love with Svetlana’s cool technique for recessing the zipper underneath the binding, with the option of tucking in or leaving out the zipper tab!  Genuis!


Lola Pouches (sml)


I couldn’t resist finishing these cuties with a little leather detail.


Lola Pouches (sml)


So all that’s left to do is fill up these little pouches with sewing treats and get them posted off!


(All materials used in these pouches are available in our shop.)

(You can find Svetlana’s Lola Pouch here.)


And if you are following along with our collaboration on Instagram, you can check out the other Lola Pouches (& future collaborative projects) by searching #justjudecollaborates


Happy sewing!


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AGF Giveaway Winner!

By Judith on January 5, 2020
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A huge thank you to everyone who entered my Art Gallery Fabrics giveaway to celebrate my 9 year blogiversary.



It was so lovely reading about all the favourite projects you have made this year!  What a creative bunch you are!


Over 760 of you entered across Facebook, Instagram and here!  But there can only be one winner, and the lucky winner is ……


@rhonaleduc (selected by Random Number Generator)


Congrats to Rhona!


Sorry to everyone else who commented here and on FB and IG.  I wish you winning success next time!


Happy sewing!



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Infinity Scarf Tutorial

By Judith on September 28, 2018
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My 5 minute demo in class this month was how to make these super easy infinity scarfs.




You can use anything between 1 and 4 pieces of fabric for your scarf.


Infinity Scarfs


The sumptuous softness of Art Gallery fabrics  or Liberty Lawns work particularly well, but you can also use quilting cotton, or for a more cosy scarf, try brushed cotton or snuggly fleece.


Would you like to know how to make them? My tutorial shows you how to make a scarf from 4 fabrics.


Infinity scarf tutorial


You will need:

Scarf made from 1 fabric: 1 x (20″ x 60″) or

Scarf made from 2 fabrics: 2 x (10.5″ x 60″) or

Scarf made from 3 fabrics: 2 x (10.5″ x 30″) & 1 x (10.5″ x 60″) or

Scarf made from 4 fabrics: 4 x (10.5″ x 30″)

3 metres mini pom pom trim (optional)

Adjustable zipper foot


Use 1/4″ seam allowance


1  Sew 2 panels right sides together  along the short edges. Press the seam open.  Repeat for the other 2 panels.



2 On the right side of one of the pairs, pin and machine tack 2 x 60″ lengths of mini pom pom trim down both long sides. The pom poms should be facing away from the outer edges.  I used my zipper foot for this part so I could sew past the pom poms.



3 Place both paired panels right sides together and sew down both long sides.  Again, I used my zipper foot here.



4 Turn the scarf right side out.


5  Iron under the raw edges of one short end by 1/4″.



6  Take the other short end and twist the scarf once before tucking it into the ironed under short end.



7 Even out the short ends, pin and sew them together, 1/8″ from the folded edge. You are only sewing through the 2 short ends here.



And there you have it!  A beautifully soft infinity scarf.


Infinity Scarfs


You can of course lengthen and widen the measurements here to suit your needs or style!


Have fun making these versatile and practical scarves. But be warned!


EVERYONE will want one!!!


Happy sewing!


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Hippy Blush Quilt

By Judith on February 28, 2018
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Hello there, well most of the nation is in white-out this week, with our worst snow fall in many years.


My little green patch of home however, is still ………. green, but it might not stay that way for long, with more snow in the forecast!


Definitely the weather for snuggling under cosy quilts!


Hippy Blush Quilt (Popular Patchwork March18)
72″ x 72″



This is Hippy Blush!


I had a lot of fun designing this one!  The editor of Popular Patchwork wanted me to work with one of Art Gallery’s recent collections, Blush by Dana Willard.


Hippy Blush Quilt (Popular Patchwork March18)


These bold, retro prints needed an equally bold, retro design.  So I got in touch with my inner hippy (she’s still waiting to ‘come out’!) and went with big statement circles and curves.


Hippy Blush Quilt (Popular Patchwork March18)


By now you will know I love ‘curvy’ quilts, and especially the versatility of the humble drunkard’s path!


And of course, the larger the curves, the easier they are to piece!


Hippy Blush Quilt (Popular Patchwork March18)


I will be teaching curved piecing after Easter in my classes, so stayed tuned for a project update on that.


Hippy Blush Quilt (Popular Patchwork March18)


In the meantime, you can check out the full Hippy Blush pattern in the March issue of Popular Patchwork, out now!


Happy sewing!



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