QUILT BLOCK ROLL-UP (As shown at our Members Demo Night)
Mailing tube UPS or Post Office (at least 20 inches long or longer)
About 1 ½ yards of fabric which will include main and lining in the same pattern. If you are making the lining different from the main fabric, you will need about ¾ yard for each.
1 yard of grosgrain ribbon for tie around
(2) 3 ½ inch squares of light batting
(2) 4 ½ inch squares of one fabric of your choice for the ends of the tube(optional)
Flexion or marking pencil
Hot glue gun
STEP 1: Cut the outside fabric and lining the same size and 1 inch longer than the size of the tube. If you bought a 20" tube, cut your fabric 21" wide by as long as you want the roll-up. I cut mine across the width of the fabric so I know that I am going to get about a 40" inch roll before gluing.
STEP 2: Pin both pieces together, right sides together on the inside, to make sure they line up evenly. Use a bowl or something rounded to mark around the bottom two corners of the fabric. Mark the curve edges with a Flexion and cut around the two corners to round them. Unpin the straight edge.
STEP 3: Fold your grosgrain ribbon in half and insert it through the middle of the unpinned straight edge, up through the roll on the inside, and exit at the folded edge bottom so you can see it. Pin the ribbon in place to hold it
STEP 4: ( DO NOT SEW ACROSS THE SHORT STRAIGHT SIDE) Using a ½" seam, start at the edge that is not rounded (back tack) and go down one long side, around one curved corner, across the bottom of the roll and make sure you catch the edge of the ribbon and back tack across the ribbon, around the other curved corner and up the other straight side. Back tack at the end. You sewed the long side, the short curved side and the other long side.
STEP 5: Turn the piece inside out and press (your ribbon should be on the outside of the bag now).
STEP 6: Top-stitch around the piece with a ¼" seam starting at the long side, around the curved bottom, up the other long side. Press again. Make sure the top unstitched edge is straight and matched. Pin and sew across the unstitched edge with a ¼" seam. There is no need to turn the edges under. All 4 sides should now be top-stitched. Just put this to the side and get the UPS roll intself if you are covering the corners of the tube.
STEP 7: This step is if you want to cover the rounded edges of your tube. If not, skip this step. Take (1) 3 ½" square piece of batting and one 4 ½" square of your lining fabric to be placed on the cardboard tube end. Center the one piece of batting in the middle of one of the 4 ½" squares of fabric and center over one end of the tube. Use the rubber band to hold these two pieces in place. Pull out any wrinkles above the rubber band. Lift up the fabric square and use your scissors to round off the batting pieces by cutting the points of the batting off. Hot glue each corner of the fabric to the tube and use very little hot glue. Now glue the fabric between the corners. Repeat for the other side.
STEP 8: Get your roll unit. Lay the finished fabric piece on the table and put a line of glue across the ¼" stitches on the flat short side. (this is the edge that is NOT rounded). Lay the tube on the line of glue making sure that the fabric roll extends from one side to the other. Hold in place until sealed.
STEP 9: Turn the roll forward until the ¼" shows. Glue another line of the hot glue (be more generous with the glue) across the ¼ inch line which is stuck to the roll. Continue to turn the roll till this new line of glue meet the roll fabric. Hold it in place until the hot glue is sealed to the roll. If the fabric is not fully sealed, lift a little and add glue where needed. Hold again. THAT'S IT...ENJOY YOUR BAG.