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Minikins iSpy hack for a three ring binder

As soon as I saw the Minikins iSpy by Sew Sweetness, I knew that I wanted to make one for my three ring binder. I used some Vintage Stars from Fox Field and Chainmail from Elizabeth (both lines by Tula Pink) that match perfectly! Kona cotton is my typical go to for solids so that is what I used for the back and binder attachment piece. This hack works with the large size iSpy.


The only additional materials needed are a piece of fabric that is 10.75″ wide by 3″ tall, a piece of fusible woven interfacing (such as SF101 or Wovenfuse)  that is 10″ wide and 2.5 inches tall and three grommets. I had purchased a multi pack of the grommets that came with the tool needed to install them. The packs can be found in the notions aisle at your local Joann’s, Hobby Lobby or Walmart.


You’ll have two pieces for each grommet and this is what the installation tool looks like.

First you want to apply the interfacing to your fabric piece for the part that will contain the grommets. This will help stabilize the fabric where the grommets will be installed. Fold the interfaced fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together and sew the two short ends. Turn right side out and push the corners out with your tool of choice. I use a chopstick from the Chinese restaurant. Set this aside and begin assembly of the iSpy pouch following the pattern directions.


Interfacing is attached and short ends sewn together.

When you get to step 7, place your binder attachment piece between the completed front panel and exterior panel, centered along the bottom with raw edges matching. You could baste in place but I just placed it and then used wonderclips to hold everything together while I sewed around the outside.


I had already marked my grommet holes on this piece. Here is the front panel right sides together with the exterior back panel with the binder attachment piece sandwiched between. Match raw edges.

Finish sewing the bag per the pattern directions then grab your binder. You can use a premade binder pouch or just use the rings in your binder to mark your grommet placement. Once you have the centers marked, place the grommets on top of your binder attachement piece and draw the circles to get your cut lines. I fold the fabric in half to get the cut started and then cut the circles out. I put a little fray check around the edges of the circles as well after cutting out. Install the grommets following the directions on the package and then sit back and admire your gorgeous new pouch in your three ring binder.


Isn’t this soooo much prettier than the pic below?


Old, boring zip pouch. I like my vintage stars and chainmail one better.


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Snazzy Slouch

For this bag tour, I chose the Snazzy Slouch. I had a couple of reasons for wanting to sew this one up. The first is that I love the idea of the interior zipper pocket divider. The second is that it is the perfect pattern for showcasing a favorite fabric on the exterior pockets.

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My first love is quilts. I love picking out the fabrics, piecing them, quilting them and the way they feel. While flipping through one of my many quilting magazines, I came across this string pieced log cabin quilt as you go block. The pattern in the magazine was for a throw size quilt and made 6.5″ square blocks. It’s easy enough to alter the size by just adding more strips around the exterior. To make the exterior pockets, I made four 8.5″ square blocks and sewed two together.

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I love how the quilted blocks look on the Snazzy Slouch. I used Kona solids for the exterior fabric and solid sections of the quilt blocks. If you don’t have cotton quilt batting, you could always make the quilt blocks for this bag using fusible fleece. I didn’t press the quilt block as I was making it, I just finger pressed the seams and then gave it a good press once the block was complete.

ss 2 ss 8ss 3ss 5ss 6ss 7  Are you done drooling yet? If so, I have a special treat for you! Two people will be able to win a copy of the Snazzy Slouch pattern! All you have to do is comment with the fabric line and designer used on the lining and quilt blocks. That’s simple enough, right? Correct answers won’t be published until the winners are drawn/announced on 11/21.

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