Thursday, July 23, 2015

ByAnnie's Summer Sew Along - Stash and Dash

free sewing tutorial

Please note that this Sew Along launched on July 24. All instructions are live now. This pattern was a limited-time, free pattern. It became a for-purchase pattern on October 1, 2015. It is still a great deal, especially considering all the in-depth tutorials that are on this sew along. 

Welcome to ByAnnie's Summer Sew Along featuring our new pattern, the Stash and Dash fold-over organizer.

This handy little wrap features three inner pockets made from mesh for easy visibility of contents. Each pocket has a zippered closure so everything inside is safe and secure. A clear vinyl slip pocket on back and an expandable strap closure finish off the bag.

free sewing tutorial

Over the course of the next three weeks, we will walk step by step through the pattern with daily blog posts detailing each step. We hope that you'll learn a few good tricks and techniques along the way.

Here are some of the subjects we will cover:

  • Tools and supplies that make this project easier
  • Tips for rotary cutting
  • Quilting with ByAnnie's Soft and Stable
  • Making straps and installing hardware
  • Sewing with mesh and vinyl
  • Making three zippers out of one
  • Adding extra pulls to leftover zipper tape to make another zipper
  • Installing zippers in mesh pockets
  • Binding with both cross-grain and bias binding
  • Rounding corners
  • Making bias binding
  • Making zipper pulls
Begin by purchasing the pattern. As recommended for all of our patterns, we suggest that you read through all the instructions before you begin so that you are familiar with the process.

Click here for a paper version.

Click here for a PDF version.

After getting the pattern, join us each day as we work our way through step by step through the instructions for this fun project.

In addition, this is our 2nd Annual Summer Challenge. Please enter your bag photos for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to You can find out more here

Want to know what's coming next? 

Here's the schedule for the Summer Sew Along:

Friday, July 24 2015
1. Gather the Necessary Supplies

Saturday, July 25, 2015

2. Recommended Tools for This Project

Sunday, July 26, 2015

3. Cutting Instructions

Monday, July 27, 2015

4. Quilt the Fabric and Soft and Stable

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

5. Trim the Quilted Fabric and Seal the Edges

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

6. Make the Strap Closure

Thursday, July 30, 2015

7. Prepare the Zippers

Friday, July 31, 2015

8. Bind the Inner Mesh Pockets

Saturday, August 1, 2015

9. Attach the Mesh Pockets to the Zippers

Sunday, August 2, 2015

10. Bind the Top of Each Zipper

Monday, August 3, 2015

11. Make the Back Vinyl Pocket

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

12. Make Placement Lines and Attach the Strap Closure and Slider

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

13. Attach the Back Vinyl Pocket

Thursday, August 6, 2015

14. Attach the Inner Zippered Mesh Pockets

Friday, August 7, 2015

15. Round the Corners of the Organizer

Saturday, August 8, 2015

16. Make the Bias Binding

Sunday, August 9, 2015

17. Bind the Edges, Part 1: Attach the Binding

Monday, August 10, 2015

18. Bind the Edges, Part 2: Join the Ends

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

19. Binding, Part 3: Finish the Binding

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

20. Make and Attach a Zipper Pull

Thursday, August 13, 2015

21. The Finished Project and Ideas for Using It

Next up:

1. Gather the Necessary Supplies


  1. How nice of you to share a free pattern and tutorial.

    1. Thank you! I hope that you enjoy working along with us on the Summer Sew Along. Happy stitching!


    2. The pattern was a limited time free pattern from July 24 - October 1, 2015. It is now a for-purchase pattern at $9.95. It is still a great price, especially considering the step by step tutorials on the blog. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and on the blog to be kept up to date on when future freebies are released.

  2. Thanks for the pattern I have your craftsy class and love it. Have to finish some UFOs before I make something.

    1. Oh, boy, can I relate to that! Just remember that the pattern is only available as a free download until October 1. It's easily a weekend project (or less) so hope you have time to squeeze it in sometime soon.

  3. This is such a great idea and so useful. Think it might also be a good present. We'll see after I actually make a whole one. Sure do appreciate the pattern and wonderful directions.

  4. Hello, I've come from Sherri's A Quilting Life. Thank you for the pattern!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!

  5. Best and easiest to follow instructions ever. Love the pictures. Thanks!!

    1. Thank you so much! You're welcome, enjoy!

  6. Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern! I have several of your patterns and love your style!

    1. Thanks so much Regina! Enjoy!

  7. Shared this on UK Quilters United (facebook) I bet there are going to be a lot of these made by our members, thank you!!

    1. Oh that's lovely! Thanks so much! We hope you enjoy.

  8. Loving your site. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks for your kind words and for joining us!

  9. This tutorial is a nice compliment to the pattern and instructions. I love all of the added notes and suggestions, and have learned so much by them! Thank you!

    1. Thank you Jenni! Thanks for joining us and we're glad that you learned something. That is so rewarding <3.

  10. Replies
    1. Thanks Sue! Can't wait to see what you come up with :)

  11. Thank you for sharing this pattern and a freebie too! Looking forward to making it - Christmas presents come to mind.

    1. Thanks for joining along. I agree! It is a great bag for Christmas presents.

  12. I have a questio on your measurements so the 1st number shown is on the straight grain right??

    1. Hi Evelyn,
      I'd love to answer your question, but I'm not sure I understand your question as there are no cutting instructions on this page. What part of cutting are you referring to, and what medium are we cutting?

  13. Thanks for the post and i like your collectin of bag you must try Tods mumbai

  14. Are you doing a summer 2016 sew along? I missed last year's.


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