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January 2017

Desert Bloom Clutch Tutorial

Hey there makers!

I hope you’re having a wonderful day today! I must admit, a girl can never have enough bags, clutches, pouches… you name it! I feel like we always need something cute to store our notions, makeup, and anything else. When I saw this clutch in the Sage by Bari J. look book I instantly wanted it for my collection. The patchwork design mixed with denim is so stylish.

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Since many makers that saw the look book fell in love with this project, one of our amazing product designers shared a tutorial on how to make it. I hope you like it!

 

Cutting Instructions:

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Putting it all together:

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1. Cut the pieces of the Prickly Pear Ruby, Cactus Flora Berry and Primrose Field Light print. Place the fabrics right sides together and sew the pieces with a 1/4" seam allowance. Press the seams for a clean look.

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2. Fold diagonally and cut across. You should have two triangles of fabric. 

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3. Take the 4" x 4" square of the Baja Weave Currant print and place it face to face with the 2” x 2” Prickly Pear Indigo piece. Sew diagonally across your 2” x 2” piece to attach it to the 4” x 4.”

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4. Cut diagonally across your 4” x 4” piece and sew the remaining half square piece of Prickly Pear Indigo onto upper left corner.

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5. Sew the half square containing the three different fabrics to the half square with the Baja Weave Currant print. The final piece should resemble the image in the diagram above.

Diagram 66. Applique your 2” x 10” strip into your 5” x 10” denim piece and hand stitch. Sew both squares onto the lower corners of front denim piece.

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7. Attach the zipper and top-stitch both pieces and sew edges ¼” facing right sides together, then proceed to slip bag inside out.

 And voila! You're cute Desert Bloom clutch is complete!

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I hope you all will have fun making this stylish clutch! Let me know in the comments what other projects you've made with Sage by Bari J.

 

Happy sewing!

-Stephanie


A Wonderful Weekend with Bonnie Christine on Instagram

Hey there makers!

The weekend is finally here and I’m excited to tell you all about a fun event we’re hosting on the AGF instagram account. This weekend our designer Bonnie Christine will be taking over our instagram! Yay! Stay tuned to see all the things she loves, her inspirations, and simply how she spends her weekend.

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Feel free to get to know her! Ask her any questions you may have about her new collection Wonderful Things Fabrics, her design process, and much more. Make sure to follow us at @artgalleryfabrics to see all the updates she will be posting.

 

We hope you have a wonderful weekend with Bonnie Christine!

 

Til next time! 

-Stephanie


#AGFMakersSpotlight - a new hashtag for all your creations made with AGF! Get featured and win a fabric bundle!

Hello all makers around the world!

Today I have some exciting news to share with you. Since we keep finding  so many awesome creations on Instagram made with AGF fabrics we decided to give them some extra attention. We're happy to introduce a new contest for all of you that sew with AGF fabrics and wish to share the pictures of your projects!

So here is how it works:

  • Make an awesome sewing or quilting project made entirely with AGF. (It can be anything. A dress, quilt, bag, etc.) 
  • Take a crisp and clear picture of your project
  • Post it on Instagram using hashtag #AGFMakersSpotlight
  • Follow @artgalleryfabrics on Instagram
  • Check if you have won! (The winner will be announced last day of each month!)

 

 

If you're worried that your picture will not be good enough, there's nothing to be afraid of! So you can get an idea of what we're looking for here are a few tips and an example of how lighting affects your project. :)

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Hashtags: #AGFMakersSpotlight #ArtGalleryFabrics

 ...And here is our experience with natural light vs. indoor lighting. Make's a difference doesn't it?

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So what is the prize for the best project each month?

Every month we are going curate for you a bundle of 20 AGF prints from different collections. For February we have curated a cute bundle of reds, blues, mints, pinks and yellows! Isn't it yummy? The fun doesn't stop there! The winner's project will also be featured on the AGF Instagram feed and here on the AGF blog! 

We can't wait to see all the awesome projects you are going to make!

With lots of love!

Ola

 

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Uplifting & Delightful: Wonderful Things by Bonnie Christine

Hello wonderful makers!

I hope you’re having a splendid day! We’re reaching the ending of January and I hope everyone is still excited about accomplishing big goals for 2017. This year, one of my resolutions is to be more positive and find different resources to be inspired by.  There have been many things that have inspired me over the past weeks, but the most impactful has been Bonnie Christine’s new collection Wonderful Things.

This uplifting collection is all about positive affirmations and happy colors that will make you feel confident during your sewing journey. You’ll be able to play with two contrasting colorways filled with delicate watercolor florals, subtle geometrics, and a print filled with inspiring quotes!

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One of my favorite prints is the Aquarelle Study Tint (bright pink watercolor floral). This beautiful floral comes in knit fabric and it’s stunning in garments. I’m completely in love with this maxi dress that we made!

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If I’ve teased you enough with some of the cute projects made with this collection. I encourage you to flip through the Wonderful Things look book and indulge in pretty quilts, comfy garments, and tons of inspiration.

 

Want to get started on a project right away? Download the “Thruths” FREE QUILT PATTERN. ;)

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To get a little experimental, we’ve prepared a list of blenders that coordinate nicely, just for you.

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Lastly, enter the giveaway for a chance to win this wonderful bundle!

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To enter, simply fill the form below. Giveaway ends February 2nd  at 3:00pm. Good luck!

I hope the positive vibes from this collection have inspired you to sew beautiful things. Feel free to share any projects you make with the hashtags #ArtGalleryFabrics and #WonderfulThingsFabrics on social media.

 

Until next time,

Stephanie   

 

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CONGRATULATIONS Kate Woodward you've won the Wonderful Things Giveaway! Check your email:)


DIY TUTORIAL: No sew blanket

As makers we all have a big stack of fabric scraps and sometimes we don't know what to do with them! Here at AGF we have bags in which we put the fabric that's left from each project. For example: 1 bag is for knits, 1 bag is for canvas fabric and the other one is for quilting cotton. Since these days we were working on Wonderful Things fabrics by Bonnie Christine we had tons of scraps of this collection. So I looked up online and and saw some cool things you can do with fabric scraps. In fact, I think you can do LOTS of things with fabric scraps, from monogram pouches to mini quilts!

Since here at AGF we are always super busy working on the new collections and the projects that come with each of them, all the sewing machines are always busy. So it figured it would be cool and kid friendly to have a "No-sew project" for all of you!

I decided to make a scrappy blanket with knit fabric. I personally love the look of this because it looks like a quilt even though it's not and I must admit it's so cozy! I took it home the same day i finished it and cuddled with it while I watched TV.

I made this quick video to explain how you can make this fun no sew blanket. I hope you like it!

 

Let me know in the comments what other projects you would like to see as part of our Sew Crafty video series. :)

I hope you all enjoyed!

-Carolina

 


Wonky Pinwheel Quilt Block Video Tutorial

Hello Makers,


Turn your sewing machines on and follow along with me and make a Wonky Pinwheel block featuring Sage Fabrics. This block is great for using left over scraps from
previous projects and the scrappy look adds to the beauty of this block. The rich bold colors of Sage fabrics turned out to be a perfect choice for this block! 

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Click on the video below to give this super fun block a try!  

Subscribe to our youtube channel to watch more awesome sewing tutorials! If your looking for more quilt block fun take a look some of the quilt blocks we have made so far!

Also comment below and  let me know what quilt blocks or sewing tips and tricks you would love to have a video tutorial for! 

  

#1- Fussy Cut Block featuring Hello Ollie fabric

#2- Dutchman’s Puzzle Block featuring Observer fabric

#3- Economy Block featuring Nightfall fabric

#4- Antique Tile Block featuring Lagom fabric

#5- Jack in the Box Block featuring Heartland fabric

#6-Churn Dash Block featuring Here Comes the Fun 

#7-Moroccan Block featuring Blithe fabric

#8- Ohio Star Block featuring Garden Dreamer fabric

 

We would love to see your creations! Feel free to share on Social Media using hashtag #AGFquiltblockcollection. Stay tuned for the next addition to our quilt block collection featuring Wonderful Things by Bonnie Christine

Enjoy,

Melissa  

 


5 sewing patterns that look great in Navy Blue - AGF color of January

Hello creative friends!

How do you like the color of January? I always loved Navy blue because it’s so classy and I can wear it instead of black as a base color. I am excited to share with you couple of projects made with some of the the navy fabrics featured in the navy blue ColorFUN blog post. So let’s get started…

  1. Isla’s Infinity tunic

This white and navy fabric print from Arizona collection by April Rhodes is extremely versatile. Don’t you think it goes perfectly with those peachy leggings? Also it’s made with AGF knits so it’s the softest in the world. ;)What I especially love about this pattern is an adorable heart shaped cutout in the back. Check out the pattern page to see it.

(Thank you Eleri from Sew & Tell project for submitting this cool tunic:) )

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2.7391 Misses' Laced or Split-Neck Top

This loose-fitting shirt looks great in this navy blue dragonfly fabric print from Nightfall by Maureen Cracknell. I especially love the neck band. You can make it more loose for more casual look or tighter for a more professional look.

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3.Essential Tank

This tank is an absolute must have item in your closet! The pattern has lots of options! You can make a tunic, above knee dress or a maxi dress!  The pattern is pretty simple so to make and it will look even more flattering if you choose gorgeous fabric print like this navy blue floral knit fabric from Sketchbook collection by Sharon Holland:)

The dress was also submitted by Eleri from Sew & Tell Project. Thank you!

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  1. Misses' Racerback Tent Dresses

Here is something for all of those who love to feel girly and comfy at the same time! The high-low hem makes this dress so unique and the navy blue floral fabric from Playground collection by Amy Sinibaldi adds a cute girly touch.

(Thank you Caitlin Polden for submitting this cool tunic dress:) )

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5. Craftsy Dress Sewing Pattern 4282

Last but not least we want to feature this cute dress pattern. The navy blue fabric print from Tapestry collection by Sharon Holland looks like it was embroidered with little flowers. I am loving it:)

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Take a look once again at the prints featured in our January Colorfun edition. Did you know that you can get all the ColorFun bundles at Fat Quater Shop? What colors in your opinion should we add to the collection? I hope that you love this navy blue Colorfun bundle. :) Stay tuned for the next one! ( I know what that’s going to be already and can't wait to share it with you! )

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Happy navy sewing :)


Ola


Boxy Travel Pouch Tutorial

Hello Everyone,

How is your week going? The weekend is almost here and I don't know about you but it seems to be the only time I can set some time for me to sew. Recently I been playing around with Garden Dreamer fabric and our Crosshatch Denim and made this great Boxy Travel Pouch! I love that it's the perfect size to fit everything I need. I want to make a few for myself in different fabrics and a few as gifts. It makes life easier when you have great homemade gifts made a head of time so you aren't running around like a crazy person when someones birthday pops up. I have been known to do this and then get so stressed out and end up buying a gift for them instead. One of my new year resolutions is to make more gifts then I buy.

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Click here to get the full tutorial of the Boxy Travel Pouch!    

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Enjoy,

Melissa


Join the Sewing Hunt!

Hey Everyone!

I hope you’re having an awesome day! Today, I’m super excited to tell you about a fun activity we’re going to be part of. Our friends at Up Craft Club are hosting a huge online scavenger hunt for two weeks filled with prizes! You’re probably wondering, “how does this work”?Join the Hunt main_2First, you’ll have to register for the hunt on the Up Craft Club website. Once you’re registered, the dashboard will show you all the sponsors participating along with hints where you can find the sewing hunt logo on the websites. Since we’re one of the sponsors, you’ll be able to explore the AGF website. Once you find the logo you’ll be entered for a chance to win these beautiful bundles!

Blithe and Garden Dreamer Bundle
Blithe by Katarina Roccella and Garden Dreamer by Maureen Cracknell

But the prizes don’t stop there! You can even win a SEWING MACHINE! The hunt will start on January 23rd, so get ready. To learn more about this fun online scavenger hunt, visit the Up Craft Club website.



Happy Hunting!

 

Stephanie

 


Quilt sizes graphic!

Hello my dearest makers!

I'm back with another useful info graphic as I promised! I'm glad some of you found the Yardage fabric graphic very helpful! Today, I will show you the most popular quilt sizes. Sometimes there's moments we can't visualize how some quilt sizes look compared to others, so this chart will help you decide how big you want to sew your quilt. This chart is perfect to have it in your sewing room for your upcoming projects! If you guys have any other ideas for more informational charts you would like to collect, let me know in the comments! 

Here it is! 

 

Quilt sizes

I hope you all find this helpful!

 

Lots of love,

 

Carolina