Monday, June 30, 2014

Just Desserts Pint-Sized Ice Cream Case Tutorial

Download the Just Desserts Pint-Sized Ice Cream Case pattern at our website. Then follow along with our step-by-step tutorial. Happy stitching!

Cutting Instructions

From main fabric cut:

  • body of case — 7” x 12¾”
  • base of case — two 5” x 5”

From coordinating fabric cut:

  • sides of lid — 4½” x 14¾”
  • top of lid — two 5” x 5”

(Optional) From clear, heavy-weight vinyl cut:

  • pocket for label — 1½” x 3¾”

From ByAnnie's Soft and Stable cut:

  • stabilizer/insulation for body of case — 7” x 11¾”
  • stabilizer/insulation for base of case — two 5” x 5”
  • stabilizer/insulation for sides of lid — 4½” x 13¾”
  • stabilizer/insulation for top of lid — two 5" x 5"

Assemble the Case

NOTE: Use accurate ¼” seams unless directed otherwise.

A. Make the body of the case.

1. Center the 7” x 11¾” piece of Soft and Stable on top of the 7” x 12¾” piece of main fabric, allowing ½” of fabric to extend on each side of the Soft and Stable. TIP: Wonder Clips work well to hold layers together.

2. Join fabric and Soft and Stable along both long edges, stitching ⅛” from the edge.

I prefer to stitch from the Soft and Stable side, stitching along the very edge of the Soft and Stable. TIP: A stiletto helps hold things in place as you stitch.


It will look like this when you are finished stitching.

3. Optional: Add a clear vinyl pocket for a label on the outside of the case.

On the main fabric side, mark a 12¾” horizontal line 1” up from the bottom and vertical lines 4½” in from each side.

Align the clear vinyl pocket between the vertical lines with its bottom along the marked horizontal line.

Stitch in place around side and bottom edges, stitching ⅛” from edge. Do not stitch along top edge of pocket. TIP: Use a Teflon foot to make sewing on vinyl easier.

The label is attached.

4. With right sides together, bring the short (7”) ends of the piece together, making a 7” x 6⅜” piece.With raw edges aligned, stitch together with a ⅝” seam, stitching just through the Soft and Stable and backstitching at each end.

Press seam open.

5. With right sides out and Soft and Stable on inside, bring the long raw edges together, making a piece about 3½” tall x 11½” around. Clip or pin raw edges together to hold.

Stitch layers together, stitching about ⅛” from the edge. TIP: To make this easy, remove the bed of the machine and stitch using the open-arm.

Finish raw edges by stitching all around piece with a serger or overlock stitch. If you attached a label in step 3, be sure it is on the inside of the loop. Set aside.

B. Make and attach the base.

1. Center and trace a 4” circle onto the right side of the one of the 5” x 5” pieces of main fabric, using Template A from the downloaded pattern.

2. Aligning all raw edges, layer the 5” x 5” pieces of main fabric and Soft and Stable in this order:

  • Main fabric, face down
  • Two pieces of Soft and Stable
  • Main fabric with traced circle, face up

3. Stitch ⅛” inside the marked line of the circle, stitching through all layers. See TIP in downloaded pattern if your machine doesn't like sewing through all the layers.

4. For easier cutting, stitch another line of stitching about ⅛” outside the marked line.

5. Cut out the circle, cutting along the marked line.

6. Finish the raw edges with a serger or overlock stitch, being careful to keep fabric flat against Soft and Stable on top and bottom.

7. With right sides together, pin or clip the raw edges of the body of the ice cream case to the base. TIP: LOVE those Wonder Clips!

Stitch together, stitching with the base against the bed of the machine.

8. Turn right side out, pushing out all edges. Set aside.

C. Make the lid of the ice cream case.

1. Center the 4½” x 14¾” piece of coordinating fabric on top of the 4½” x 13¾” piece of Soft and Stable, leaving ½” of fabric extending on each side of the Soft and Stable.

2. Stitch ⅛” from the edge along the long top and bottom edges to join the fabric to the Soft and Stable.

3. With right sides together, bring the short (4½”) ends of the piece together, making a 4½” x 7⅜” piece. With raw edges aligned, stitch together with a ⅝” seam, stitching ⅛” from edge of the Soft and Stable.

Press seam open.

4. With right sides out and Soft and Stable on inside, bring the long raw edges together, making a loop, about 2¼” tall x 13½” around. Clip or pin raw edges together to hold.

Stitch together, stitching about ⅛” from the edge.

Set aside.

5. As directed in Step B above, but using Template B to make a 4½” circle, make and attach the circular top of the lid to the side of the lid using the 5” x 5” pieces of coordinating fabric and Soft and Stable.

D. Insert a pint of your favorite flavor into the case and enjoy. TIP: Soft and Stable is machine-washable and dryable, so just toss it in the laundry when needed.

E. Visit our website to learn about our ByAnnie's Summer Challenge. Then join our event and share an image of your Just Desserts so we can enjoy, too!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Just Desserts Ice Cream Case

Who doesn't love ice cream? And, admit it, who doesn't like to eat Ben & Jerry's straight from the container? 

So, when more than one person has the same favorite flavor, how do you establish "ownership"? 

And how do you keep from getting cold hands or drips all over your clothes?

Enter the Just Desserts Ice Cream Case.

In honor of National Ice Cream Month (July), we are offering a fun free pattern for Just Desserts, a great little ice cream case.

Here's why you'll want this:

1. The Just Desserts case will keep your ice cream cold, but your hands will stay warm.
2. Made with a double layer of Soft and Stable, the case gives great insulation and helps prevent freezer burn.
3. Using a different fabric for each case helps identify whose ice cream is whose!
4. An optional label holder makes identification of contents or ownership even easier.

Download a PDF pattern here. It includes full-size templates for the base and lid along with printer-friendly directions. For those of you who are visual learners, check out our blog tutorial with pictures for the various steps.

Once you've made your own Just Desserts case, please enter our Summer Giveaway. 

Here's how to enter:
Option for those without Facebook:
It would be no fun to leave out those who don’t have Facebook. Please email us a picture of your Just Desserts creation and tell us your favorite flavor of ice cream. We will then post the info to our page on your behalf.
What's in it for you:
  • Warm hands, cold ice cream!
  • A chance to work with Soft and Stable!
  • A 20% discount coupon if you post a photo of your Just Desserts case!*
  • A chance to win a special grand prize** — a $50 gift certificate from!
*Coupons for 20% off your next order will be sent on July 22 to anyone who has posted a picture before the July 21 deadline.
**From the posted pictures, we will randomly pick one grand prize winner who will also win a $50 gift certificate from

Monday, May 19, 2014

Dolly Day's Quilt with Soft and Stable

Joann E recently made a Dolly Day's quilt  and used Soft and Stable to back the clothes and the doll's body. 

She writes: "The clothes and all were edited from the “Dolly Days” and “Dolly’s Play Date” by Brandywine Design.  The Soft and Stable was absolutely perfect for project!  I put the flannel bathrobe and slippers on the dolly to keep her warm on her way to see my granddaughter. "

What a unique use of Soft and Stable. It looks wonderful. I bet Joann's granddaughter was thrilled to see what grandma made her. 


Friday, January 31, 2014

Sandy P's Travel Duffle Bags

Here is a picture sent to us from Sandy P.

She says:
"Just wanted to share with you a photo of a couple of duffle bags that were done this past weekend. My friend, Pat Harris, and I were at our annual quilting retreat and instead of a quilt, we did your duffle bag. We enjoyed working together on this and your pattern and instructions were easy to follow. We did go on-line to view zipper installation, once we got it - away we went. A lot of compliments were given to us. In fact, Pat started working on another duffle bag for her daughter.
Thanks for great patterns and of course the Soft and Stable which is awesome for such bags."

Beautiful bags! What a fun project for a quilt retreat. Thanks for sharing.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Congratulations to Brenda Barr for winning the iCases pattern and finishing kit for the small iCase. Brenda, please contact me with your address and we'll get it in the mail to you along with a beautiful HOT RED zipper! Great choice. Thanks to all who responded. Happy stitching! Classes at Quilt St. George start tomorrow! I'm loading the car with all my stuff for classes, my trunk show, and Meet the Teachers. Can someone tell me how I can get about 1,000 more hours in a day??

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