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October 2013

Repurposed Denim: An Upgrade with Voile



This is Lauv again! As the seasons change, and the amount of brands and increasingly "I need this" products become available, it is easy to accumulate a large number of garments in our closet. In some cases we only wear those garments once. Here is when sustainabily and resoucefullness come into the photo, and where you have an opportunity to challenge the creative in you.

For this week we created a tutorial with an option on how to repurpose a denim item that was thrown to the back of the closet, upgrading it of course, with the softest of our fabrics: voile. You can upgrade a pair of jeans, a pair of shorts, or even a denim skirt.

In this case we took a pair of shorts and turned them into a maxi skirt. We grabbed a print that complemented the tone of our shorts: Branch Silhouette. The procedure is quite simple. You can then use the denim scraps to create a tote to carry your groceries from the market, or you can even include them in a quilt!



Here is what you will need:

  1. A pair of denim shorts or denim pants.
  2. 1 ½” yards of voile.


The width of the fabric should be your hips measurement plus half of that hip measurement. For example 36” (hip measurement) + 18 (half hip measurement). The length of the fabric should be your desire length plus 5”.


Sew the long sides of the fabric together (face-to-face) make some gathers on the top of the skirt so it can be perfectly attached to the shorts.


The shorts should be washed and dried. Cut the legs off and start pinning the voile to the shorts (right side to right side) to make sure you have enough gathers to fit all around the shorts. When you are done pinning it, stich it all around. Hem the skirt and you are done!





This skirt easily translates from day to night. Add a structured jacket and a modern clutch to welcome the evening:


At AGF we like to express ourselves through our garments, and it is a belief that fashion plays an important role in the portayal of our personality. Let's show that consciousness is part of it.

Rock 'n Sew,


Modern. Simple. Geometric. Minimalista is Official.



It’s been a few short days since we began shipping Manimalista and its reception has been mind blowing! Stores and customers have been showing it off throughout the web, projects have been made and bloggers have given it quite a lot of love. 




Geometry is back with a bang. The designs come in four tonal stories that lend flexibility when thinking about your next quilting or sewing project. The patterns range from innovative textures to graphic florals. Check out this playful triangular pillow! It was so fun to make, the prints were made for projects like these--with style that's out of the box and elevated.






We went a little garment and accessory crazy with the prints because we kept finding versatility for every design. This one dress in particular turned out to be a showstopper. The quality and sophistication of this optical print works spectacularly well for quilts and garments alike.





Modern and dynamic, our in-house design team sought out to create something that would cater to the simplistic state of mind in all of us.






As always, our creative team couldn't help themselves in wanting to bring this collection life, so we're happy to share the video we put together. We know how fun it is to see fabric in "action" and that's exactly what the theme of the video is:








This quilt, which turned out to be quite a favorite on Instagram, is available as a free quilt pattern online.





To find the nearest store where you can purchase the Minimalista collection, check out our list of retailers here.


The Christina Clutch Tutorial


Hello :)!

I hope eveyone had a great Columbus Day Weekend. The importance of this holiday trascends ethnicity. The arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas shaped more than our continent and our customs, it changed the world. Although the Columbus Day debate continues, at AGF we want to celebrate our race and this legacy with a tutorial using a collection of the same name: Legacy by Angela Walters.

Legacy is about conserving values and items that remind us of where (through our predecessors) we have been. Things that represent positive moments in our lives. The Christina Clutch is a classic item that can go from generation to generation carrying the message of how sewing and crafting with our hands is rooted within us.

Here is what you will need:


  1. (2) 11½” x 7” Rectangles of Stitched Heritage Glow (Legacy collection)
  2. (2) 11½” x 7” Rectangles of Ancestree Foliage (Legacy collection)
  3. (2) 11½” x 7” Rectangles of heavy-weight fusible interfacing.
  4. (2) 12½” x 7” Rectangles of Familiar Roots Willow (Legacy collection)
  5. (1) 2” x 5” Rectangle of Familiar Roots Willow (Legacy collection)
  6. (1) 14” zipper


Take piece 5 and fold the long edges towards the center until they meet each other and press. Sew each side as close to the edge as possible. Now fold it in half with the rough edges exposed. Sew ½” away from the open side all the way down. Cut the excess fabric and flip it inside out. You should end up with a little tube.


Now take pieces 4 and lay them on top of each other (right sides facing) and sew down the long edges to attach them together. Flip it inside out and press it so it looks neat. Scrunch down one end and put it inside of the smaller tube to make the bow.



Add the interfacing to pieces 2. Then fold one long edge down ½” and press (do this for both edges). Repeat folding for pieces 1.



Lay the bow on top of piece 1 and pin each side. Carefully sew down both sides as close as possible to the edges of piece 1. Trim the excess fabric.



It’s time to put in the zipper. Make sure to sew as close to the edge near the zipper teeth as possible. Add in the zipper by first laying it with the slider facing down and on the left. Attach it to the folded part of piece 2 as shown below (we are starting with the interior).



After the lining is attached to the zipper, we now need to attach it to the exterior of the clutch (side with the bow). Lay the exterior piece with the folded edge right along the zipper with the zipper slider facing up this time. Sew along the edge.    



Now that the zipper is attached, open it a few inches and pin pieces 1 together (right sides facing each other). Keep piece 2 off to the side. Sew all the way around the three sides. Pin together pieces 2 and sew just the long edge.


Now flip the entire piece through the zipper opening and take out the lining (piece 3). Fold the remaining open edges inside ¼” and press. Sew all the way down along the edges. Put the lining back into the bag, press it carefully and you’re done!



Even though for some cultures October 12th, 1492 represented tragedy, I hope that today we can look back and learn how the preservation of different cultures and craftsmanship makes all humans better as a whole.

Rock 'n Sew,




Trend Alert: Hypnotic Haze

Hey AGF fans! Long time no see. It's Jeanee here and I'm back with some inspiration for you!

Pantone Color of the Year, emerald, has transformed into a teal and peacock green mix. Sophisticated geometric repeats in hypnotic 70s patterns in fresh and varying scales a perfect for quilt block inspiration. This hypnotic haze meets fashion in Marc Jacobs' marriage of curves and angles in tonal turquoise hues at Fashion Week 2013.


Here at AGF we’re already ahead of the trend with Urban Mod and Angels Walter’s Legacy and Textures fabric collections.


Simple, bold geometric patterns with interlocking shapes offers a timeless nostalgia in any sewing project.

Be Inspired!
~ Jeanee

"Playing the Scales" Quilt Tutorial by Melissa Corry

Happy Friday everybody!

This end-of-week quilt tutorial is brought to you by the lovely Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting. We decided another collaboration with Melissa was long overdue so we reached out to her with none other than our beautiful Bijoux collection (designed by Bari J) and gave her artistic freedom to come up with a tutorial for you all. 


Follow along Melissa's super detailed instructions on her post


Happy quilting and an even happier weekend from the AGF team!

Today's Inspiration: Mosaic Pillow

Hello everyone! As most of you know Houston Quilt Market is right around the corner. Here at the AGF HQ preparations are in full bloom: we are bulding, painting, crafting, but most importantly SEWING! Of couse as we sew we have lots of scraps left. If you know me, you are aware that I love sustainabily and repurposing things.

For today's inspiration we created two pillows made from scraps that were left from our projects. Hopefully this will inspire you to create your own treasure made from scraps. These pillows were made with 3" squares of random fabrics, and will certainly add an eclectic touch to any space. They could also be a great gift for bohemians souls.

We wish you a productive and inspired start to your weekend!

Rock 'n Sew,


The Mystic Maxi Skirt


Hello! I hope everyone has had an amazing week and start to the month. Autumn also officially started about one week ago, but we can still feel traces of the very hot summer that 2013 brought us (especially here in Miami). To welcome my favourite season but give a farewell good-bye to Summer* I created (with the help of Kelly) a transitional skirt tutorial: The Mystic Maxi Skirt.

*For our friends in the Southern hemisphere this can work from cold to hot as well :)

What I love about the transition of these seasons is that it is still warm but you can feel the breeze, and it becomes the perfect weather to layer with soft and light fabrics. Our voile fabrics are perfect for this, the hand is so soft and the drape is so beautiful that I had to use one of them for this tutorial, especially since we incorporated pleats to add character and a touch of uniqueness.

This skirt is a transitional piece because depending on the styling it can work perfectly for both Summer and Autumn. During the hotter time, wear it with a cami and sandals. As the temperature drops, add a jacket, a scarf and booties, and warm everyone around you with this happy floral.



Here is what you will need:

  • 2 yards of our Mystic Blanc Voile
  • ½” wide Elastic

The measurements we're using are equivalent to a small size, which is Lorena's (our model) size. To get started, let’s cut a rectangle. To get the width, measure around the hip and add 3½” (we are using a 45” measurement for this skirt). For the length, measure from the waist to your desired length and add 4” (ours is 55”). Now measure your hip again and cut a strip of elastic that can stretch to that measurement plus a little bit more for extra comfort (we used a 25" strip).

To start we are going to close the skirt by sewing along the long edges together.


Now, fold the top of the fabric ½” in and iron it. Fold it again ½” press and sew all the way around to create a waistband (don’t forget to leave an opening to insert your elastic). With a safety pin, thread the elastic in through the opening and sew both ends of the elastic together to finish the waist. Remember to stitch the opening of the waist band after you are done with the elastic. Do a top stitch on top of the elastic through the fabric so that it stays put and does not twist as you move. Hem the bottom of the skirt.



Now we will start to create the pleats in the front of the skirt (make them as even as you can). These pleats are going to be 6” wide horizontal pleats. Starting from the top, measure 11” down and make a mark using an air erasable marker, then measure from that mark 6” down and matching those two marks you will make your first pleat, pin it.

Then measure and mark 3” down and below that mark measure and mark 6” down to
create the second pleat. Continue measuring 3” and 6” down to create the other pleats. You can make as many as you want. We ended up with four pleats. Pin and press each pleat in place. Sew the pleats horizontally 6” and you are done.


Now wear this stylish skirt and celebrate all seasons!


Rock 'n Sew,



Art Gallery Fabric's Super Duper Instagram Fabric Giveaway!

Ok, so maybe we've gone a little mad around these parts; what with our running wildly in preparation for quilt market, working around the clock for timely arrival of upcoming collections, sewing, designing, painting.. heck--even decoupaging. A stitch or two have come undone, and we're giving away fabric on a scale larger than ever before. Bundles and bundles of it!

This giveaway is a little different in that it takes place solely on Instagram. If you don't follow us there yet, now's the time because we want to reward you for it!


Here's the deal: 




So to break it down just a wee bit more: simply follow us at @artgalleryfabrics, grab the photo above, instagram it, and tag it with #agfbundlegiveaway. 

Alternatively, you can head over to our instagram page, get a screen capture of the photo with your phone and share it on your instagram. Either way you choose to do it is fine by us!


The logistics:

- Once a week we'll choose two winners at random from our instagram followers (ongoing and new).

- Each winner will receive an assorted fat quarter bundle of fabrics!

- Keep your eyes peeled for the mention of your handle (username) because we'll announce it first through instagram.

- Giveaway runs through Oct. 31st

- Spreading the word is encouraged!

So let's get started! We want to see this photo spread wildly through the month of October. We get tons more nice people to interact with on our instagram page, and you get a chance to receive fabric without spending a penny!

If you have any questions at all about entering, please leave them in the comments below. Thanks everyone!

Dinner for Tule: A Table Napkin Tutorial




Hey everybody!

We’ve got a tutorial for you today courtesy of our very own Leah Duncan! We love these simple napkins she’s done for us because they don’t take up massive chunks of your time, and they’re a great alternative to using disposable napkins.

Let’s get started with Leah...

Hi Guys! If you're like me, just having the time to sit down and sew is a battle. I'm always looking for quick and easy sewing projects and napkins are a go-to favorite. They're cute and spruce up my table even if it's just myself and my husband sitting down for lunch. You'll be able to complete this set of 4 reversible striped napkins in 1-2 hours tops.

Let’s begin with the fabrics types and amounts you’ll need:


- two 17" x 17" squares of Flora's Oasis Rosa
- two 17" x17" squares of Native Fringe Solar
- one 17" x 40" rectangle of Folklore Sunray
- one 17" x 40" rectangle of Sand Dunes Golden
- coordinating thread


- cut (16) 2.5" x 17" strips of Folklore Sunray
- cut (16) 2.5" x 17" strips of Sand Dunes Golden


Let’s begin!

1. Sew together each piece of Folklore Sunray and Sand Dunes Golden using 1/4 inch seam allowance. Press seams to Sand Dunes Golden. You want to press to the darker fabric.

2. Sew together your new pieces of Folklore Sunray and Sand Dunes golden using 1/4 in seam allowance. Press seams to Sand Dunes Golden.



3. Repeat by sewing these pieces together. Press seams. You'll have 4 finished 17" squares with 4 strips of each fabric.



4. Place one piece of your 17" x 17" backing fabric (in this case Flora's Oasis Rosa or Native Fringe Solar) upside down. Place one of your striped pieces on top with print side facing up. Fold over your backing fabric about a half an inch and press down. Fold the same side again about a half an inch, press, and pin.

5. Do the same for the remaining sides.

6. Sew each side using your sewing machine and be sure to tuck in any raw edges.



7. Repeat for the rest of your napkins!



Easy as pie and you'll be saving a few trees in the process with your cloth napkins! Display either side of the napkin depending on your table setting or the occasion.








Alternatively, you may find this tutorial over at Leah's blog, freshly chopped.

Thanks to Leah for the beautiful setting and photos.

AGF Welcomes Frances Newcombe


“Fabric design is a different form of story telling. With each choice the designer makes, they are telling a unique story. In turn, the quilter will rearrange those fabrics to tell their own story.” - Frances Newcombe


(AGF welcomes their next licensed designer, Frances Newcombe! on vimeoyoutube)



More about Frances...

I have loved fabrics and sewing for as long as I can remember. When I was 6 years old, I snuck into my mom's closet with a pair of scissors and cut up one of her shimmering evening gowns to make doll dresses. When I was in the 9th grade I took up a sewing class and was hooked for life. 

I grew up in Los Angeles in the shadow of the film industry. My father has been a film composer for over 50 years. In many ways, sewing was an escape to a simpler life from the high-pressure world of show business.

After I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration, I returned home and began working in Broadcast Design for television. For over twenty years I have created on-air graphics, promos, and main titles for the Discovery Channel, TLC, E! Entertainment, Buena Vista Television, as well as all the major networks, CBS, ABC and NBC where I currently work.

After getting married, my husband and I moved to the foothills area above Los Angeles. It was there I discovered a wonderful local quilt shop. This rekindled my passion for sewing and quilting and I began collecting all kinds of fabrics.

quilting blocks from Frances' blog

For me, fabric design is the synthesis of every aspect of my life: sewing, painting, graphic design, collage and ultimately story-telling.  Fabric design is simply another form of story telling. A good story causes us to escape our world for a moment – only to bring us back to it with a greater understanding of it, and hopefully helps us to live love and appreciate it more.



About Safari Moon..


This fabric collection touches the adventurer in all of us. The feeling of exploring the African plains has been captured with sunsets, animal and plant life motifs. Safari Moon shines among other fabric collections through its incredibly rich colors and exotic designs. Take your quilts, garments and accessories up one level of lushness with Frances Newcombe's new set of fabrics.


Join Art Gallery Fabrics & Frances Newcombe during a Twitter chat today--first from 1-3PM EST (get in on the conversation using hashtag #talknt) and at 9-11PM EST (use hashtag #talknt2). Frances will be answering your questions and telling you a bit more about her new role as fabric designer for AGF! Additional details here

Moreover, participants of the Twitter chat will be entered to win a FQ bundle of Safari Moon before it becomes available to the general public in mid-December. How amazing is that!? We look forward to having you there!


Find Frances throughout the web:
& view her official page at the AGF website.