Elizabeth and liZ blog at Simple Simon and Company, where they share lots of excellent tutorials (check out the drop down list on the top bar!) and create inspired clothing, quilts and more for their kids. They’re also the duo behind the fabulous Project Run & Play (just look at some of their own pieces!).

Learn more about Elizabeth and liZ at Simple Simon and Company, and check out some of the tutorials they’ve done for us over the years like the Sweet Little Capelet and these useful All About Basting tips. Enjoy their tutorial today for turning stray quilt blocks into pockets!

Hi everyone! I am Elizabeth, one half of the duo of sisters’ in law, who blog at Simple Simon and Company. We are two girls with the same name who both have three kids, LOVE to sew, and are occasionally being saved by local law enforcement (we get ourselves into some crazy situations).

Both liZ and I love to sew clothing and apparel and in the last couple of years I have gotten into quilting. And one thing that I have found with quilting is that after making a few quilts that I have lots of orphan quilt blocks! So, I have been trying to find fun projects that incorporate some of those lovely quilting blocks.

Here is what you will need to complete the skirt pocket:

  • Skirt fabric
  • Elastic for your skirt
  • Quilt block (mine is trimmed to 7 1/2 by 7/12 but any size would be cute!)
  • Lightweight interfacing
  • Matching pocket lining fabric
  • Pinwheel block

This quilt block is originally from a pinwheel quilt that I made for my daughter’s room.

She helped me and it was a good project that took us about two months last winter. We made it as part of her “tween” room update and I still love the colors she chose. The skirt pocket is reminiscent of her quilt and she loves it too!

Here is what you will need to do…

Put your piece of trimmed interfacing on the wrong side of your quilt block. All pocket pieces are 7 1/2 by 7 1/2. (Iron on if you have fusible interfacing.)

Place your lining pocket piece on top of the quilt block. Your pocket sandwich should be bottom layer– lightweight interfacing, second layer– quilt block (face up) and third your lining piece (face down).

Stitch around your pocket using 1/4 inch seams, leaving a 2 inch opening to turn your pocket.

Clip your corners and trim around pocket.

Using your pocket turner (or blunt scissor point), push your corners out.

Topstitch your pocket down to your skirt, making sure to reinforce the top seams where there is the most tension.

If you need a simple elastic skirt tutorial, you can head here to see how we make our simple skirts!

What else have you done with orphan quilt blocks? I would really LOVE some more ideas!

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