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At Sew Worthy Mama, I make patterns designed with motherhood in mind, and my newest pattern is my best yet. Pockets Full of Blessings is now available! The pattern is the perfect recipe for a new family tradition – it includes a quilted table runner with pockets, printable gratitude journaling cards, and a keepsake pouch pattern, too! Read more about the pattern and how to use it to create new family traditions this year, here.
Let’s talk about a few notions that I find helpful with this pattern. None are strictly necessary, but all will help you sew more accurately, efficiently, or both!
Creative Grids Ultimate Flying Geese Tool
The Creative Grids Ultimate Flying Geese Tool (Amazon or Fat Quarter Shop) is so handy to have around! Many patterns use a basic flying geese block. Pockets Full of Blessings has a few geese, and I was happy when Creative Grids allowed me to try this tool out. Note: The tool shows finished sizes, so just double check you are using the correct guide before you trim.
Personally, I like to use a layer of light flannel in place of batting for my table runners. It maintains a thick, soft “quilt” feeling, but it doesn’t shrink or crinkle as much. I love a good crinkle on a quilt, but not as much for a table runner. That may be just me! Feel free to use batting. But, if you think you might like your runner to lay a bit more flat and keep a lower profile, consider trying flannel instead.
One of my pattern testers, Emily Maxwell, added some Chenille-It accents to her table runner (seen above). She used a bit decoratively on top, and she also used it for binding. It gave it such a soft and cozy look!
Check out all the pattern testers’ makes here.
Tools for the Printable Cards
I wrote a whole post about how to print and cut perfect gratitude journaling cards at home. Here are the cliff notes: print on cardstock, cut on the straight lines with the Fiskars paper trimmer, and punch the corners with this corner punch. And grab an add-on set of quote cards for your runner, here.
- More Than Just a Table Runner | Pockets Full of Blessings
- Check out my post on the Riley Blake Blog all about making Pockets Full of Blessings using their Bee Cross Stitch line of fabrics!
- Pattern Testers | Pockets Full of Blessings
- Gratitude Journaling Cards: How to Print Your Cards Perfectly at Home – Including Quick and Easy Rounded Corners
- How to Quilt a Pie | The perfect pie to match your Pockets Full of Blessings table runner for your Thanksgiving table
- Advent Cards and Pockets: A Christmas Table Runner Tradition -- Ideas for how to use your Advent cards to count down to Christmas