Here is another idea to use those beautiful Round Robin blocks you have stored away. Don't know what
you are going to do with them? Why not make something you can use frequently so you can enjoy the
beauty of the stitching done for you. The block I used for this project was my very first CQ Round
Robin. It was a wonderful experience and I thank the lovely ladies for such a beautiful finished
- 1 CQ block, preferably square (I used 9" block)
- coordinating fabric for outside of roll
- coordinating fabric for inside of roll
- thin batting,
- decorative trim (optional)
- decorative button or other closure (optional)
- small piece of ribbon or elastic (optional)
||Step 1. This roll is made from a finished 9" block. Look at your block and determine where the fold
for the flap should be. The flap should be 1/3 of the block, i.e., for mine, the flap was 3",
the body of the roll is 6" x 9" wide. To the left of the line in the picture is the body back,
to the right will be the flap front.
||Step 2: Get out the calculator! The roll has a total of 6 pockets. The pockets are folded up when
the roll is closed. Calculate the length of fabric to cut to add to the roll front and for the
inside lining and pockets as follows
(NOTE: the width of the fabric will be the width of the finished block plus 1" for seam allowance)
Body addition: 2 x body measurement + 1" seam allowance. Since we determined in step 1 the body of
my roll is 6", I cut this piece 13"
Lining: Flap measurement + 3 x body measurement + 1" seam allowance. For my roll, I cut this piece
22". Cut three pieces of lining fabric roll width and length + 1" all around for hem and seam
allowance. For my roll, these pieces were cut 7" x 10".
Sew the body addition to the block at the non-flap end. Press seam towards additional piece.
Mark Lining as follows for pocket placement:
1 body length + 1/2" from bottom, 2 body lengths + 1/2" from bottom, 3 body lengths +1/2" from bottom.
For my roll, these marks were 6 1/2" from bottom, 12 1/2" from bottom, and 18 1/2" from bottom.
These marks will be where you sew on the pockets and also the fold lines for your roll. As you can
see in the picture, I pressed on these marks.
||Step 3: Hem top edge of the pocket pieces. Press seam allowance to wrong side on bottom edge of
Pocket pieces. Place top of pockets on markings, matching side edges. The Bottom pocket will match
the lining bottom edge. Sew in place along bottom pocket edges. Once all the pockets are in place,
stitch down the center of the lining.
||Step 4: Pin or baste side of lining to keep pockets in place. Turn over. Place piece of batting
the size of the lining less seam allowances over lining. Pin through all layers. Stitch from right
side down center over previous stitching.
||Step 5: Place lining and block and extension right sides together. Pin Stitch around outside
leaving a 3" opening on bottom.
||Step 6: Turn through opening, Keep batting flat. Lightly press
edges. Add trim around block being careful not to catch pocket top on
lining side. (Trim is optional).
||Step 7: Fold up roll on fold lines. Fold over flap.
||Step 8: Add ribbon or elastic loop to center of flap and mark roll for button placement. Unroll and
sew on button. Note: Ribbon ties can also be used for a closure.