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Wanderer Fabrics: Ancient Lands Pillow Tutorial

Hello fabric lovers,

Today I am working with Wanderer fabrics designed by April Rhodes! This line is very easy to work with and the prints inspire me to take the time to wander and enjoy the little things in life. Today I created a pillow called Ancient Lands and I am excited to share this fun and easy tutorial with you all. For more fun projects and tutorials make sure to check out the lookbook by clicking here!

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 Here is what you will need to get started!  

Fabric Requirements 

Fabric A- WAN-23306 - 1/6 yd.
Fabric B- WAN-13304 - 1/8 yd.
Fabric C- PE-422 - 5/8 yd.
Fabric D- PE-432 - 1/8 yd.
Fabric E- PE- 457 - 1/8 yd.

Cutting Directions 

Two (2) - 2 1/2” x 18 1/2” strips from Fabric A
Two (2) - 2 1/2” x 19 1/2” strips from Fabric A
Two (2) - 3 1/2” x 6 1/2” strips from Fabric B
Two (2) - 4“ x 4” squares from Fabric B
Four (4) - 4“ x 4” squares from Fabric C
Four (4) - 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” squares from Fabric D
Four (4) - 3 1/2” x 6 1/2” strips from Fabric D
Two (2) - 4“ x 4” squares from Fabric E
One (1) - 3 1/2” x 18 1/2” strip from Fabric E

 

Pillow Construction

To create two half square triangle with Fabric B and Fabric C. Take a 4” x 4” square from both fabrics. (Diagram 1.1) Place on top with right sides together! Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other with a pencil or water soluble pen. Sew on each side of the line you drew at 1 /4”. Cut on your diagonal line. Press seams open (Diagram 1.2)
Square off half square triangles to equal 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (Diagram 1.3) You will need a total of 4 half square triangles from Fabric B and C, and four half square triangles from Fabric C and E. Repeat this process to create the rest of your HST’s.

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Take one 3 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric B and sew two HST’s from Fabric B and C
to each end following Diagram 2.1.

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Take the piece you made in Diagram 2.1 and sew two 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” squares from Fabric D on each side following Diagram 2.2. Repeat steps from Diagram 2.1 and 2.3 to create a total of two pieces that look like Diagram 2.2.

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Now take two HST’s from Fabric C and E and two 3 1/2” x 6 1/2” strips from Fabric D. Sew together following Diagram 3. Repeat steps from Diagram 3 again to create two pieces that look like Diagram 3.

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Take one of the pieces you created in Diagram 3 and in Diagram 2.2 and arrange and sew the pieces following Diagram 4. Repeat this step with the other two pieces you created from Diagram 3 and Diagram 2.2.

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Take the two pieces your created in Diagram 4 and sew a 3 1/2” x 18 1/2” strip from Fabric E following Diagram 5.

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To sew the border around your pillow take two 2 1/2” x 18 1/2” strips from Fabric A
to the top and bottom of your piece. Next sew two 2 1/2” x 19 1/2” strips from Fabric A to the sides of your piece. Follow Diagram 6.

Ancient-Lands-Diagram-6Your pillow top is now complete. Use your pillow top as a template to cut out your backing of your pillow. I used Fabric C for my backing. Sew pillow top and backing right sides together and leave a 4 inch opening to turn right sides of pillow through. To make your pillow look nice and smooth create a muslin pillow case to fit into your pillow and stuff the poly-fill into the muslin case. Once your pillow is filled hand stitch your pillow closed.

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Hope you had fun making the Ancient Lands pillow using Wanderer fabrics! Pillows are a fun and easy way to change up a room without having to do much redecorating. Stay tuned for more fun projects.

Still Next Time,

Melissa Boike  

 

 

 


A Wanderer-lust adventure + Giveaway

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Hello fabric lovers,

We are thrilled to present Wanderer, the newest collection of April Rhodes.
Like Tolkien once said “Not all those who wander are lost” and that’s exactly what April wanted with this collection, she wants to call all adventurous at heart to explore their surroundings, neighborhood and even the world. Wanderer is April’s own expression through a panorama of adventures dotted by symbols from her heritage, destinations, dreams and used colors that are very characteristic of her style like fiery orange, dusky blues, and sandstone. Win a fat quarter bundle from this collection. (Details below)

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This time we were able to do the photo-shoot in horse ranch, and the true STAR was Romeo, the horse. Flip thru the lookbook to find all the projects and tutorials we made for your enjoyment. 

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Feel free to share this"NomadicTapestry" pattern with all your quilting friends. 

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And here is a little cheat sheet to help you blend this awesome collection.

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GIVEAWAY ALERT !!!!

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Elizabeth J" on your Maker Bundle!  

You can enter the give away by simply: 

  • Browse the Wanderer lookbook
  • Leave us a comment with the the project you would like to make.

Giveaways ends April 1st at 4 pm EST. and the winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs

 


Wander Fabrics: Step Lively Table Runner Tutorial

Hello Everyone! 

What have you all been sewing up lately? I have been working with the Wanderer fabric collection designed by April Rhodes. If you haven't checked out the look book yet click here to get inspired on what you can make with this collection. Today I created a table runner called Step Lively which was created using strips at various lengths and half square triangles. 

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Here is what you need to get started.

Fabric Requirements  

Fabric A- WAN-23302 - 1/4 yd.
Fabric B- WAN-13305 - 1/6 yd.
Fabric C- WAN-23303 - 1/6 yd
Fabric D- WAN-23301- 1/6 yd.
Fabric E- PE-408 - 1/8 yd.
Fabric F- PE-442- 1/8 yd.
Fabric G- PE-440- 1/6 yd.
Binding- WAN-1330- 1/6 yd.
Backing- WAN-23305- 2/3 yds.

Finished Table Runner Size: 18" x 36"

 

Cutting Directions 

Six (6) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strips from Fabric A
Five (5) 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strips from Fabric A
Two (2) 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strips from Fabric A
Four (4) 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” squares from Fabric A
Twelve(12) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strips from Fabric B
Twelve(12) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strips from Fabric C
Twelve(12) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strips from Fabric D
Nine (9) 3” x 3” squares from Fabric E
Nine (9) 3” x 3” squares from Fabric F
Six (6) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2“ strips from Fabric G
Five (5) 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” squares from Fabric G
Four (4) 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strips from Fabric G
One (1) 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric G

 

Table Runner Construction

To create two half square triangles with Fabric E and Fabric F. Take a 3” x 3” square from both fabrics. (Diagram 1.1) Place on top with right sides together! Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other with a pencil or water soluble pen. Sew on each side of the line you drew at 1 /4”. Cut on your diagonal line. Press seams open (Diagram 1.2) Square off half square triangles to equal 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” (Diagram 1.3) You will need a total of 18 half square triangles from Fabric E and F. Repeat this process to create the rest of your HST’s.

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Sew the following rows together:
Row 1: Sew a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B
to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric G.
Row 2: Sew a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a
2 1/2” x 2 1/2” square from Fabric G
Row 3: Sew a 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B
Row 4: Sew a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” square from Fabric G.
Row 5: Sew a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D
to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric G.
Row 6: Sew a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” square from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D
to a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric G.
Row 7: Sew a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric G.
Row 8: Sew a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” square from Fabric G
Row 9: Sew a 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C.

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Sew the following rows together:
Row 10: Sew a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” strip from Fabric G.
Row 11: Sew a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” square from Fabric G
Row 12: Sew a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a 2 /2“ x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric G
Row 13: Sew a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a 2 1/2“ x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric G
a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” square from Fabric G.
Row 14: Sew a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric G.
Row 15: Sew a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” square from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric G.
Row 16: Sew a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C
to a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” strip from Fabric G.
Row 17: Sew a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” square from Fabric G.
Row 18: Sew a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric G.

Once your rows are complete sew row 1- 18 together to get your finished table runner top.  

Step-Lively-Diagram-3Quilt Assembly 

Sew right sides together. 

Place BACKING FABRIC on a large surface wrong side up. Stretch it with masking tape against that surface.Place BATTING on top of backing fabric.Place TOP on top of the batting with right side facing up. Smooth away wrinkles using your hands.Pin all layers together and baste with basting thread, using long stitches. You can also use safety pins to join the layers. Machine or hand quilt starting at the center and working towards the corners. Remember that quilting motives are a matter of personal preference. Have fun choosing yours! After you finished, trim excess of any fabric or batting, squaring the quilt to proceed to bind it.

Binding 

Sew right sides together. 

Cut enough strips 1½" wide by the width of Fabric WAN-13330 to make a final strip 118" long. Start sewing the binding strip in the middle of one of the sides of the quilt, placing the strip right side down and leaving an approximated 5" tail. Sew with ¼" seam allowance (using straight stitch), aligning the strip’s raw edge with the quilt top’s raw edge.Stop stitching ¼" before the edge of the quilt (DIAGRAM B 1). Clip the threads. Remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot. Fold the strip in a motion of 45° and upward, pressing with your fingers (DIAGRAM B2). Hold this fold with your finger, bring the strip down in line with the next edge, making a horizontal fold that aligns with the top edge of the quilt (DIAGRAM B3). Start sewing at ¼" of the border, stitching all the layers. Do the same in the four corners of the quilt. Stop stitching before you reach the last 5 or 6 inches. Cut the threads and remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot.Lay the loose ends of the binding flat along the quilt edge, folding the ends back on themselves where they meet. Press them together to form a crease. Using this crease as the stitching line, sew the two open ends of the binding with right sides together (you can help yourself marking with a pencil if the crease is difficult to see). Trim seam to ¼" and press open. Complete the sewing. Turn binding to back of the quilt, turn raw edge inside and stitch by hand using blind stitch.

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Can't wait to see what you all make with the Wanderer Fabric Collection!  

Happy Sewing,

Melissa 

 

 

 

 


Maker Fabrics: Backstitched Table Runner Tutorial

Hello Everyone!

How is your 2015 going? Mine is packed full of sewing and designing! I couldn't be happier doing what I love! I know a lot of you share the same passion I do and I am so thankful to be apart of Art Gallery Fabrics and being able to bring you fun sewing projects. Today I am working with Maker Fabrics designed by AGF Studio. I love this fabric collection because all the prints have to do with my favorite things to do; sewing and creating! I created a table runner called Backstitched! The table runner is reversible, so you get two designs in one! Click here to check out the lookbook for more projects made with Maker Fabrics!

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Here is what you need to get started! 

Fabric Requirements

Fabric A - MKR-3884 - 1/6 yd.
Fabric B- MKR-3890- 1/6 yd.
Fabric C- MKR-2888- 1/6 yd.
Fabric D- MKR- 3887- 1/6 yd.
Fabric E- MKR-2882- 1/6 yd.
Fabric F- MKR-2890- 1/6 yd.
Fabric G-MKR-2883- 1/6 yd.
Fabric H-MKR-2880- 1/6 yd.
Fabric I- MKR-3882- 1/6 yd.
Fabric J- MKR-2885- 1/3 yd.
Fabric K- PE-433 - 3/8 yd.
Fabric L- PE-410 - 1 yd.

Binding- MKR-2885- Fabric J- Included

Cutting Requirements 

Two (2) 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strips from Fabric A -G
Two (2) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strips A -G
One (1) 5 1/4 x 5 1/4” square from Fabric A-G
Forty (40) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” square from Fabric K
Five (5) 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” squares from Fabric L
Two (2) 5 1/2” x 12 1/2” strips from Fabric L
Four (4) 4 1/2” x 12 1/2” strips from Fabric L
Four (4) 4 1/2“ x 23 1/2” x strips from Fabric L

Block Construction

Take a 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” square from Fabric H and four (4) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” squares
from Fabric K. These are the pieces you will need to create four flying geese units. Draw diagonal lines using a pencil or a water soluble pen on the wrong side of the fabric on each 2 7/8”x 2 7/8” square from Fabric K.

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Place two (2) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” squares at each corner of your 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” square from Fabric H. Make sure right sides are together and the diagonal lines match up to make a straight line. (Diagram 2.1) Sew 1/4” from the diagonal line on each side of the line. Cut piece on the diagonal line you marked. You will now have two pieces that look like Diagram 2.3.

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Press seams toward Fabric K. (Diagram 3.1) Now place a 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” rectangle from Fabric K at the lower corner of your piece. Follow Diagram 3.2. Sew on each side of the diagonal line you marked at 1/4”. Cut piece on diagonal line. You will now have two piece that look like Diagram 3.3. Repeat steps in Diagram 3.1-3.3 for other piece created in Diagram 2.3

 

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You will now have four flying geese using the no waste method! Sew two flying geese together following Diagram 4.2! Repeat this step with remaining fabric pieces you will need one of your two blocks you made in Diagram 4.2 for the front of your table runner and other for the back of your table runner.

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Sew two 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strips from Fabric H to your block you made in Diagram 4.2.Press them and then sew two 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strips from Fabric H to the other two sides of your piece. You will get a finished block that looks like Diagram 5.2. Repeat this same process to create the rest of your blocks with the remaining fabric. Follow table runner illustration as a guide.

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To create the back of your table runner collect all the left over blocks you made in Diagram 4.2. Follow the back table runner as a guide in order to place your blocks correctly. Create two side strips with your four 4 1/2” x 23 1/2” strips. Sew to each side of your table runner. Trim off excess. When squaring off and quilting your quilt make sure top and bottom table runner line up so the back table runner is evenly in the middle of the front table runner!

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Quilt Assembly 

Sew right sides together. 

Place BACKING FABRIC on a large surface wrong side up. Stretch it with masking tape against that surface.Place BATTING on top of backing fabric.Place TOP on top of the batting with right side facing up. Smooth away wrinkles using your hands.Pin all layers together and baste with basting thread, using long stitches. You can also use safety pins to join the layers. Machine or hand quilt starting at the center and working towards the corners. Remember that quilting motives are a matter of personal preference. Have fun choosing yours! After you finished, trim excess of any fabric or batting, squaring the quilt to proceed to bind it.

Binding 

Sew right sides together. 

Cut enough strips 1½" wide by the width of Fabric MKR-3885 to make a final strip 124" long. Start sewing the binding strip in the middle of one of the sides of the quilt, placing the strip right side down and leaving an approximated 5" tail. Sew with ¼" seam allowance (using straight stitch), aligning the strip’s raw edge with the quilt top’s raw edge.Stop stitching ¼" before the edge of the quilt (DIAGRAM B 1). Clip the threads. Remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot. Fold the strip in a motion of 45° and upward, pressing with your fingers (DIAGRAM B2). Hold this fold with your finger, bring the strip down in line with the next edge, making a horizontal fold that aligns with the top edge of the quilt (DIAGRAM B3). Start sewing at ¼" of the border, stitching all the layers. Do the same in the four corners of the quilt. Stop stitching before you reach the last 5 or 6 inches. Cut the threads and remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot.Lay the loose ends of the binding flat along the quilt edge, folding the ends back on themselves where they meet. Press them together to form a crease. Using this crease as the stitching line, sew the two open ends of the binding with right sides together (you can help yourself marking with a pencil if the crease is difficult to see). Trim seam to ¼" and press open. Complete the sewing. Turn binding to back of the quilt, turn raw edge inside and stitch by hand using blind stitch.

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Hope you enjoy making this table runner with Marker fabrics! Keep creating and sewing to fuel the Maker in you!

Til Next Time,

Melissa  

 


Welcome Caroline Hulse as a licensed Art Gallery Fabrics designer.

Hello fabric lovers,

As our birthday year continues, we have some very exciting news for you all! We are honored to welcome Caroline Hulse as a licensed Art Gallery Fabrics designer. You were all so Gleeful about her collection, we decided to expand her creative design aesthetics.

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As you might know “sewing” was the last thing in Caroline’s mind. She attended A&M in search of a business degree, but was quickly disinterest of the corporate world, instead she found love and her new passion in sewing. She taught herself to sew, by watching YouTube videos, reading blogs and going through scraps of fabrics; it was then, Caroline the PATTERN DESIGNER was born. She loves designing and sewing her own garments and each piece she makes, tells a story of “a young woman pursuing her dreams”. She is bold, feminine, carefree and a romantic, and defines her style as “an ever-evolving mix of classic feminine romance and modern trends”, which reflects clearly on her Gleeful collection.

Caroline is the perfect example of “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Like Walt Disney once said. Learn more about Caroline in this interview and when she was first introduced as a Limited Edition designer.

Again, welcome HOME Caroline :)

Until next time,

Gabs


Maker Fabrics: Make and Mend Sewing Kit Tutorial

Hello fabric lovers,

In need of a fun way to carry around and organize all your sewing supplies? Well I got a perfect tutorial to make a sewing kit that will do just that! The Make and Mend sewing kit features Maker Fabrics designed by AGF Studio! The lookbook is out so make sure to flip through the pages for more projects and tutorials by clicking here.

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 Here is what you need to get started! 

Fabric Requirements 

Fabric A - MKR-3891 1/6 yd.
Fabric B - MKR-2890 1/3 yd.
Fabric C - MKR-2882 1/3 yd.
Fabric D - MKR- 3883 1/3 yd.
Fabric E - PE- 421 1/6 yd.
Fabric F - PE-430 Scraps

 

Other Materials you will need: 

9” All Purpose Zipper
Two 27” long ties (I used two black shoe laces)
Fusible - I used Quilting Interfacing Fleece 987F

 

Cutting Requirements 

All pieces have 1/4" seam allowance

Three (3) 5 1/2” x 10 1/2” rectangle from Fabric A
Two (2) 3 1/2” x 10 1/2” strip from Fabric A
Two (2) 3” x 3” square from Fabric B, C, D
Two (2) 5 1/2’ x 10 1/2” rectangles from Fabric E
Two (2) 2 5/8” x 10 1/2” strip from Fabric E
Two (2) 1 1/2” x 10 1/2” strip from Fabric F
Two (2) 1 1/4” x 1 1/4” square from Fabric F

 

Sewing Kit Assembly 

Sew three 5 1/2” x 10 1/2” rectangles from Fabric A following Diagram 1. Use piece you just sewed up as a template to cut a piece of fusible and fuse to wrong side of fabric. Set piece aside.

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Iron a 3 1/2” x 10 1/2” piece of fusible to a 3 1/2” x 10 1/2” strip from Fabric A. Sew that piece to the other 3 1/2” x 10 1/2” strip from Fabric A following Diagram 2.

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Press seam and lay on top of a 5 1/2” x 10 1/2” rectangle from Fabric E. Stitch straight lines at varies widths through the entire piece. (Diagram 3)

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Take two (2) 3” x 3” squares from Fabric B, iron a piece a fusible on each square. Sew squares right sides together leaving a small unsewn portion,clip corners on the seam allowance to help make your corners more pointy. Now flip piece through, use a pencil or your scissors to poke the corners until its nice and pointy.Turn under unsewn portion and hand sew or sew with machine as close to the edge as possible. Repeat this step with the remaining 3” x 3” squares from Fabric C and D. Evenly space and place each square in the middle of a 5 1/2” x 10 1/2” rectangle from Fabric E. Pin them down and stitch a box in the center to secure it to the 5 1/2” x 10 1/2” rectangle from Fabric E. Sew at 1/4” seam allowance around the inside of the squares. (Diagram 4)

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Now take your 1 1/2” x 10 1/2” strip from Fabric F and fold each long end of the strip in at 1/4” . Press fold and then fold in half and press again. Repeat with the other 1 1/2” x 10 1/2” strip from Fabric F. You created a binding that is going to bind the raw edges of two 2 5/8“ x 10 1/2” strips from Fabric E. (Diagram 5)

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Sew two 1 1/4” x 1 1/4” squares to each end of your zipper. (Diagram 6)

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Place one piece you made in Diagram 5 on top of your zipper, topstitch your zipper down and repeat the same process for the other side. (Diagram 7)

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Place a 5 1/2” x 10 1/2” rectangle from Fabric E in the back of the piece you made in Diagram 7. Pin pieces together. (Diagram 8)

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Sew all three pieces you made in Diagram 3,4, and 8 together following Diagram 9. Sew right sides together. 

9Place piece you made in Diagram 1 right sides together to the piece you completed in Diagram 9. Sandwich ties on each end of your sewing kit between the front and inside of your sewing kit. Sew all the way around both pieces at 1/4” seam allowance. Leave a small unsewn portion to flip right sides of sewing kit through. Turn under unsewn portion and hand sew closed or machine stitch as close to the edge as possible.

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I love the functionality of this sewing kit, it holds your pins, safety pins, needles, seam ripper, pencils, measuring tape and the list goes on! What will you store in your kit? It looks great hanging on the wall, on your sewing table or you can fold it up and take it on the go! Can't wait to see what everyone puts in there kit! 

Happy Sewing,

Melissa 

 

 


MAKERs are going to make + Giveaway!!!

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Hello fabric lovers and makers of the world,

We are happy to present MAKER by AGF Studio, a collection that celebrates YOU, your passion for making, creating, and giving life to your wildest ideas while making pretty things for your family, friends, home and creative space. We wanted to materialize the spontaneity and playful details related to the craft of sewing through fun prints that portray the love of being a Maker. Stick around a little longer for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle from this collection. (details below) 

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We always have fun when shooting a new collection but this one was extra special for us! Take a glimpse at all the beautiful projects we created with this collection (we have attached the links to most of the projects so if you'd like to make them they're there for you).

Click the image bellow to see the lookbok

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When designing the quilt for the collection we always try to make one that will represent the essence of said collection. With Maker, we somehow wanted to include the mistakes that we come across with some of the projects we create. "Make Mistakes" is a reminder that a little error along the way of making is also a lesson for a future project. Feel free to share "Make Mistakes" with all your MAKER friends.

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If you are anything like me, you need help figuring out which blenders would match your project, so here is a selection of some of our Elements that will blend perfectly with this collection.  Allblenders

Annddd the moment you all have been waiting for (insert drum roll here)!!! 

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Regina" on your Maker Bundle!  

 

Here is how to enter the giveaway: browse through the Maker lookbook then comment with the project you'd most like to make.

  • Giveaway ends March 19th at 4 pm EST.
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs

 


Begem Street Style Clutch: Featuring Etno Fabric Collection

Hello Fashionistas,

Need a perfect way to jazz up your wardrobe? I got a perfect solution! Accessories are your best friend and there is no better way to complete an outfit than with a clutch! Today I made a clutch called Begem featuring Etno Fabric Collection designed by Pat Bravo. This little clutch will carry your things in style and is perfect for all your adventures day into night. To check out the lookbook for more fun projects using Etno click here! This clutch was also featured in the Utopia lookbook, so I am excited to bring you the pattern instructions!

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This is the one I made with Utopia + Pure Elements:

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For pattern templates click here

Here are the fabrics you will need: 

Utopia Version
Fabric A- UT-24503 - 1/8 yd.
Fabric B- PE-439 - 1/4 yd.
Fabric C - PE- 416 - 1/4 yd.

Etno Version
Fabric A- ETN-40047 - 1/8 yd.
Fabric B- PE-418 - 1/4 yd.
Fabric C- PE-438 - 1/4 yd.

Cutting Directions

All pieces have 1/4" seam allowance added. Sew right side together. 

Cut out template 1,4,6, and from Fabric A
Cut out template 3 and 5 from Fabric B
Cut out template 2 and 7 from Fabric C
Two (2) 6 1/2” x 9 1/2“ from Fabric B (Exterior)
Three (3) 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” from Fabric C (Lining)
One (1) 1 1/2” x 14” strip from Fabric C (Strap)

Two (2) 6” x 9” Fusible
One (1) 6 1/2 “x 9 1/2” Batting
Small Snap closure

 

Clutch Construction

Sew template 1 to template 2 following Diagram 1. 

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Sew template 3, 4, and 5 together following Diagram 2.

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Sew template 6, 7 , and 8 together following Diagram 3. 

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Sew the pieces you made in Diagram 1, Diagram 2, and Diagram 3 together following Diagram 4. 

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Square your piece and you will now have a piece that looks like Diagram 5. Take this piece and pin batting to the back. Get creative and quilt as desired. When your done quilting your front flap.Take a 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” lining piece and sew front flap and lining piece right sides together sewing the sides and bottom of your flap. Turn flap right side out and press.

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Fuse 6” x 9 “ fusible pieces to the center of two 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” lining pieces from Fabric C. Sew both lining pieces right side together. Sew two short sides and one long side of the fabric, leaving one long side unsewn. Take your 1 1/2“ x 14” strip from Fabric C fold in half lengthwise. Sew at 1/4“ seam allowance. Attach a safety pin to pull strap through. Sandwich both end of straps between exterior pieces, about 3/4" from the top. Sew exterior pieces leaving one long side of the fabric unsewn. (Diagram 6)

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Flip both lining and exterior of the clutch with right sides out. Turn under raw edges on both pieces at 1/4” and press. Tuck the lining into the exterior of your clutch. Sandwich the flap between the lining and the exterior, pin pieces together and top stitch all the way around the clutch as close to the edge as possible. (Diagram 7)

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Hand sew a snap in the center back of your flap about a 1/2" up from the bottom. Now sew the other part of your snap to the front of your clutch. Make sure both snaps line up when flap is closed!

 

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The Begem Clutch is perfect for gift giving or making for yourself in different colors to match all your outfits! Have fun making the Begem Clutch and stay tuned for more exciting project!

Happy Sewing,

Melissa