SLICED Audition Tutorial: Lonely Teardrops No More

Lonely Teardrops No More!
By: Rebecca Roach

I live in Austin, TX, and there are the cutest food trailers all around town!  Their colors and shapes inspired me to create this little sewing box and bring a little bit of my adopted hometown into my sewing room.

1 Charm Pack for decorations
2-3 Coordinating Fat Quarters
½ yard Heavyweight Stabilizer
Scrap Pieces of Batting
1 Package of 1 Inch Wide Decorative Elastic
1 Package of Quarter Inch Wide Double Fold Bias Tape in Coordinating Color (or make your own!)
D-Ring Buckles
Iron-On Adornments & Various Trims
Freezer Paper
Permanent Pen
Water-Soluble Glue Stick
12 wt Cotton Thread & a Sturdy Needle
Standard Quilting Supplies- Rotary Cutter, Ruler, & Mat, Iron, Sewing Machine, Thread, Scissors, etc.

Prep Work... Print all of the templates and cut them out. You can trace them onto Freezer paper for ease of use.  TIP-Print them out from the start onto letter-sized Freezer Paper sheets to avoid tracing!

The Trailer Roof
     1. Cut out a 4 inch wide x 15.5 inch long strip from both Fat Quarters, as well as the Heavyweight Stabilizer.

2. Stack them all together with the right sides of the fabric facing out & stay stitch all along the edges.  TIP- Make sure to keep your stitch line less than a quarter inch from the edge, so you can hide it later on.  Finish the 4 inch wide ends by sewing on Bias Tape.

3. Measure up 4 inches from one end of this strip & place the bottom edge of the freezer paper template for the Box Opening.  Make sure that it is level & centered.

      4. Iron down the template to keep it from shifting & trace along its edges with a permanent pen. Then remove the template and cut out the opening by following the marked line.

5. Cover this raw edge of the Box Opening by sewing Bias Tape all along the perimeter.  To finish the end of the seam, overlap the end of the tape about a half inch over the beginning.  Fold the raw edge under about a quarter inch and sew down for a clean finish.  Back stitch to secure.

6. Cut out a 2.5 inch long strip & a 3.5 inch long strip of the Elastic. Finish the cut edges, if you’d like, with Bias Tape.

7. On back side the 2.5 inch long Elastic, measure up 1.5 inches from one end and mark a line across with a permanent pen.

8. Place the Elastic through the flat part of both D-Ring buckles and align the end with the marked line to create a loop.  Pin together and sew a quarter inch from the edge to secure the D-Ring buckles into this loop.

 9. Take the 3.5 inch long Elastic and place one end 2.25 inches up from the top edge of the Box Opening and .75 inch from the left side of the strip.  Pin and then secure into place by sewing a .5 inch wide rectangle shape with an X through the middle. Repeat on the right side to secure the D-Ring Elastic.

10. Cut four 3 inch long pieces of the Elastic.

      11. Stack two of the Elastic pieces and secure them together by sewing a line .125 inch from each of the short edges.  Repeat on the other two Elastic Pieces.

     12. On the interior side of Trailer Roof pattern piece, measure up 1 inch from one end and .25 inches from the left side & use a permanent pen to mark a 1 inch wide placement line.  Repeat on the right side, as well as the left and right sides of the opposite end of the Trailer Roof. 

      13. Align the edge of one of the Stacked Elastic pieces with the first left placement line you marked and secure into place by sewing a rectangle shape with an X through the middle.  Repeat on the right side.

      14. Bend the Trailer Roof over so that you can align the opposite edge of the Stacked Elastic with the marked placement lines.  Pin to hold into place.  Repeat on the right side.  Secure it into place by sewing a rectangle shape with an X through the middle.  TIP- It can be tricky to wrestle this piece into your sewing machine! If you’re having trouble, try flipping it and sewing on the other side- This is the bottom of the trailer, so no one will see if your sewing is messy!  

 The Trailer Sides
 15. Cut out a 2.5 inch wide x 12 inch long strip from both Fat Quarters & sew them together along the long edges.  Press the seam open.

     16. Cut out a 4.5 inch wide x 12 inch long strip from one of the Fat Quarters.  This will be the interior fabric.

     17. Place the freezer paper template for Trailer Side A onto left side of the fabric & Trailer Side B onto the right side.  Iron into place and cut around the freezer paper to make two pattern pieces.  Repeat this step for the plain strip of fabric and for the Heavyweight Stabilizer by reusing the freezer paper templates.  TIP- Also try cutting out these two pattern pieces in batting if you choose to quilt the sides of the trailer.  By placing it between the fabric and the Heavyweight Stabilizer, it will add extra texture and dimension to your project!

     18. Layer together the exterior fabric, batting (if using!), Heavyweight Stabilizer, and interior fabric then stay stitch all around the edges.  Repeat for the other side.

19. THIS IS OPTIONAL- Quilt the side pieces as desired!

20. Position the freezer paper templates for the various trailer parts onto charm squares, iron into place, and cut out your pattern pieces.  TIP- Carefully cut out the pieces to preserve the Trailer Side so you can iron the body of the trailer back onto the fabric to create a placement guide!

      21. Cover the back of each piece with the Water-Soluble Glue Stick and place onto the sides of the trailer, according to the placement guides from the Trailer Side A&B templates.  Press with a hot iron to set the glue.

     22. Carefully remove all of the Freezer Paper and stitch around each part with your favorite edge finishing stitch.

      23. It’s time to personalize your project by adding all of the trims and iron-on elements you want! Go crazy!

Final Construction

   24. Starting at the wheel opening, align one of the Trailer Sides with the end of the Trailer Roof & pin it in place.

     25. With a Sturdy Needle and 12wt Thread, begin to whipstitch the Trailer Side to the Trailer roof by using the stay stitch line as a guide.  Be sure to thoroughly secure both ends.  Repeat for the other side.

  26. Use Bias Tape to cover the whip stitches and secure into place by hand stitching the same way you would finish a quilt binding.

     27. Finally, load two spools of thread inside the elastics to make the wheels.

 One cute trailer!

Rebecca Roach


Tina said...

This is just sooo cute!!!!

mean sarah jean said...

thanks for the tutorial. i love your sewing box!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Wow! The patience to make this AND then the patience to do a tutorial is amazing! You are very talented.

Elsa said...

Oh my goodness! I saw this somewhere and now there's a tutorial! I'm so excited! Thank you for sharing your talent Rebecca!

menmike1974 said...

I absolutely love this. My husband and I own a camper business. Gotta have one of these for my office.

Kigwit said...

so adorable!

Merry said...

Really an amazing idea!

TracyMB @ Crow's Feet Chic said...

SO happy to see the tutorial! Saw this sweet little trailer and was hoping at tutorial would come one day! :D Thanks so much!

Heidi @ Buttons and Butterflies said...

So cute! I know some traveling quilt friends that would LOVE this!

quilter000 said...

can't find the printer version will keep trying get an error messge I LOVE IT! How creative of you!

Angela said...

great job on the tutorial!!

Emily said...

Hey Cupcake!!! best food trailer ever :) from one fellow austinite to another...showed this to my husband when it was first posted and we both died laughing because it reminded us of the food trailers on congress. great inspiration!

projectsgalor said...

This is so cute - THANK YOU for sharing. I too am having trouble with the print, keep getting an error.

Cindy said...

So so cute! I want one!

Connie said...

This is absolutely one of the most adorable tutorials ever. You are so creative Rebecca. Thanks for the tutorial.

bookette said...

so incredibly cute!
where is the link to the templates?
and when will they fix the "printer friendly" link?
I so seriously have to make this one!

Craft Couture by T.C. said...

thanks for a wonderful tutorial. I had a love at first sighth with this sewing trailer from the moment I saw it. :)

Okatava said...

Thanks a lot!!!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

So, so cute!!!

Debbie Doughty said...

This is SO cute and I would love to make one, but I can't find the template :(

mellly said...

Very cute. I'm having the same trouble as others with the Printer Friendly Version - will have to pin this to Pinterest and hope to remember to come back!

Karin said...

OMG - this sooo cute! Thanks for the tut.

AJ said...

Too cute! Thanks for sharing! Keep getting a broken link error for printing. Hopefully that will be fixed soon....

Jen said...

Really want to download this tutorial. The templates are missing and the download link is broken as many have mentioned.

It's very cute, I love it. I hope I can get a chance to make one too.

helengail said...

Oh my goodness! Squeeeel!!! Just need to learn how to sew now!

Lynne Green said...

click on the printer friendly icon now, the whole tutorial with the templates is now working

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Kim K. said...

Is there a template for the side of the trailer?

nettie said...

Oh, my heck! This is the most darling sewing basket I have ever seen. I will be making one of these for my sewing room for sure. I have always dreamed of restoring a vintage sliver Airstream trailer. Maybe one day?
Thanks so much for such an imaginative project.

Jeanne Gwin said...

Where am I overlooking the templates? Help, I have to have one of these they are so cute!!!

tyme2sew said...

This is just the cutest thing I have seen in a long time. I have a travel trailer and I am going to make it for that and one for me too in my sewing studio. I love this. Glenna

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

thank you so much, this tutorial is so very well done!
Liebe Grüße
Bente - Germany

usagypsy said...

I just LOVE this! I RV and collect anything that is related to vintage trailer. This is so cute and I can't wait to get started on one! I've been hoarding some "traveling" fabric that will be perfect for this! Thank you so much for sharing!

Pink Jeep Gal said...

This is so cute! I really want to make one but can't find a printer friendly button. Can someone please point me in the right direction. I am part of a small group of people who own and camp in vintage trailers much like these. They will be so jealous of my newest trailer, as soon as I can get the pattern and make one. By the way, can I also use the pattern to make a quilted runner of vintage trialers? I can see a runner on the table of my trailer with three or so of these quilted on to it, sitting next to this, waiting for me to do some hand quilting while camping. It sounds like a perfect summer day, doesn't it?

Caroline said...

When I saw your audition piece on Flickr I was really hoping you would move on so I could get this tutorial! YEA!!!! I love this and can't wait to make my own. :)

socialsue said...

Really cute! I have a RV and I can't wait to sew one up for the RV. We go camping during the summer and I cross-stitch evenings. Thank you for the tutorial!


The Craft-Arty Kid said...

This is adorable!! You did an amazing job

Debbie said...

Oh, I'm giggling with excitement!!!!! I can't believe I just left a comment on the Bake Shop and now I found this tut!! Thanks, you are a very talented lady!

Deidra said...
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notqnot said...

Thank you for a great tutorial! Here is my version:

tcapps96 said...

You have a wonderful talent! Genius! The cutest thing ever!

von Hand zu Hand said...

that's a little piece of art.
i'm totally in love with this!!

I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!

doro K.

Viking Quilter said...

I can't seem to locate the templates. this is such a cute pattern, I really want to make one.

cothomas said...

How funny, That is just too Cute! Very tallented

DianeR said...

Love this project but not impressed with the way they have responded to requests to correct the print and template problem. I would like to send others here. This problem has been since March and now it is May. Can someone respond or correct? Another project had the same problem. Otherwise nice site.

vintagemodernquilts | Lisa said...

Hi DianeR and others looking for the "Printer Friendly Version" - you can find it at the end of the post. The templates are included in the PDF. If you are not seeing that, your browser may have cached an older version of this post. Try refreshing and see if that helps.

Lisa Calle, Moda Bake Shop Editor

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