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June 2017

Join April Rhodes for a Weekend Takeover!

Hello, fab makers! 

As you all saw, this week was super exciting because we released April Rhodes’ two new collections: Arizona After and Heritage fabrics! April has us swooning again with her signature style filled with earthy colors and southwestern flair. We definitely had tons of fun making all the inspirational products and quilts for the lookbook.

Take a quick glimpse of some of the things we made in this video:

To make things even more exciting, we’ve invited April to takeover our Instagram this weekend! She’ll be sharing all the things she loves, the inspiration behind her collections, and so much more. Trust me, she is so much fun! During Quilt Market we had the opportunity to hang out and somehow we went down a 10 story slide...yes 10 stories!


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So, stay tuned from Friday evening, June 30th to Sunday, July 2nd to see all the things April has prepared for you. ;)

 

Til next time,

Stephanie

 


Let's Talk Baby Shower Gifts: Teething Necklace Tutorial

Hello AGF Lovers!

Have you been watching all the fun little projects that we've come up with for our new video series, Sew Crafty?  They're the perfect thing for when you don't have time to quilt, but just want to make a small fabric project as a change of pace.  Many of them are also great scrap-busters! 

Last post I wrote I showed you how to sew a nursing pillow cover as a gift, but today's gift idea could realistically be made in less time than it takes to watch your favorite TV show! It is actually a variation of the necklace that we featured in this Sew Crafty Video Tutorial

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Most of the baby shower gifts a new mom to be receives will be for the newborn to 3 month stage.  You are well prepared with clothes and toys for the first few months, but then the baby shower supplies start to dwindle. When my little guy started teething (seemingly overnight!) I was thankfully prepared due to the foresight of someone that had gifted me teethers.

I quickly learned that a chewing baby was a happier baby so I made my own teething necklaces as well so I always had something on hand to soothe baby's little gums.  Why not stand out from the crowd, look a couple months to the future and gift a teething basket featuring some cute teething necklaces? 

Check out the quick Sew Crafty video below and follow my modifications for this simple teething necklace.

Modifications Made From the Video:

  • I used a 3" x Width of Fabric strip in Cotton.  (Make sure fabric has been washed since baby will be placing in his mouth.  I did once in regular detergent and once in baby safe detergent.)
  • I sewed the seam with TWO of reinforced stitching (the triple straight stitch).
  • I looped the fabric around a 2.5" wooden ring I bought on Etsy.
  • I added 5 wooden beads to either side as in the video.
  • I sewed the ends closed together, tucking one end into the other and turning the raw edges in by 1/4"
  • Ta-da! Finished already!

Search your stash for some great necklace-worthy AGF prints.  Here are couple of my favorites chosen from our beautiful Fusions collections:

Recommended Fabric Choices

 

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This guy can't get enough, haha!

Edited to Add: A quick note on safety- I recommend always checking the fabric and stitches for any wear and tear before giving to baby and only letting baby play with this necklace while you're wearing it or under parental supervision.  I feel confident letting my baby chew on this necklace during our outings as it's not one of his heavily used teething toys, but you know your baby best and if you feel it's safest to omit the wooden beads the necklace would still be cute with just the wooden ring and knots.  Another great option would be to use two layers of fabrics when making the fabric loop so that you can feel extra confident while baby gnaws away like no tomorrow. 

Well, that's all for today but I'll be back with more projects from Babyland. 

Until then, Happy Sewing!

-Christine


Memories & Southwestern Spirit: Arizona After & Heritage by April Rhodes

Hey there, fab makers!

I hope your summer is going well. This is such a great season because the days are longer, you can do all kinds of outdoor activities and you can take adventurous family trips! One place I’ve always wanted to explore in the summer is the southwest region of the U.S. There’s something about the golden sunsets and vast deserts of this region that peak my curiosity.

Until I plan my trip, I’ll vicariously visit the southwest with the beautiful prints in April Rhodes’ new collection: Arizona After. This collection revisit many of the signature designs in April’s first limited edition collection, Arizona fabrics while expanding the range with new colors and prints. Each print is enhanced with April’s earthy style and warm colors that are completely mesmerizing.

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To complement this range, April is also releasing a second collection called Heritage. This collection consists of only rayon and knit fabrics for all kinds of garment sewing! But what excites me about this collection the most is the beautiful story behind it. Heritage is about April’s biggest inspirations, her father and grandmother. Each print brings to life family mementos that create a story on fabrics.

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Check out this interview with April to hear the lovely story.

Well, now that you’re completely immersed in April’s world I invite you to explore the Arizona After and Heritage lookbook. Get inspired with beautiful garments, bold quilts, and tons of home decor accessories.

 

What did you think? You can add this modern quilt to your collection by downloading the “Hinterland” free quilt pattern.

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Combine your favorite prints from this collection with a few blenders! Check out the coordinating colors that we chose for you. :)

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And...last but not least, make sure to enter the giveaway!

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Fill the form below for a chance to win a bundle of Arizona After. Giveaway ends July 5th at 3:00pm EST. Good luck!

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I hope you enjoyed exploring April’s new collections. Stay tuned for the next release!

Happy sewing!

Stephanie

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Congratulations, Bethany Mochal! You've won the bundle of Arizona After fabrics. Check your email.   

 


A guide to sewing with knit fabric - Tips and trick you need to know when sewing with AGF knits

Hello Dear Makers!

Do you remember our series of blog post where we explain in detail each AGF substrate? We are sure you mastered already sewing with voile and canvas , so now it's time to learn all tips and tricks to succeed with knit fabric! We created a little cheat sheet for you that you can bookmark and go back to it whenever you want. The good news is you don't need a serger to sew with AGF knits! Just follow the tips below and you will fall in love with this substrate! 

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I hope these tips will be useful for you. Let us know in comments if you have ever sewn with AGF knits, and if yes, how was your experience. :)

Happy Sewing!

Ola


A New Way to Win Fabrics: Show a bundle of AGF

Hello, fabulous makers!

Today, I’m going to keep it short and sweet but exciting! I’m happy to announce a new Instagram contest you’ll love. As fabric enthusiasts we know that you probably have a stash of fabrics you haven’t looked at in a while. This is why we want you to dig through your stash and create a bundle of your AGF prints to win a new bundle from us! You'll get to rediscover all the beauties in your stash while getting new fabrics. Hence, show us a bundle to win a bundle!

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Here’s how to enter:

  • Create a fun bundle of at least 6 AGF prints (bundles made with only AGF will be considered for the contest. Old and new fabric collections are welcomed.)

  • Take a picture of the bundle. The fabrics can be stacked, in a circle, folded in a basket or any way you like. Have fun and don’t be afraid to get creative! Remember to take the picture in good lighting! ;)

  • Post the picture of your bundle with the hashtags #ShowAndGetAGF and #ArtGalleryFabrics

Need a little inspiration? Check out our "Bundles of Joy" Pinterest board filled with pictures of fabric bundles. Every week we’ll be choosing the winning bundle and we’ll showcase it as the bundle of the week on our Instagram. The winners will get to choose a fat quarter bundle from one of our recently released collections. We hope you’re as excited as we are about this contest!

Now, show us your bundle!

-Stephanie


Fabric Earrings tutorial - How to make earrings using English Paper Piecing Method

Hi crafty friends!

Aren't you excited about the new AGF Lookbook coming out? April Rhodes is stealing our hearts again with her magical southwestern inspired prints in Arizona After. We couldn't resist making a sew crafty video for this collection! If you have been following the projects in our Lookbooks you might have noticed that we recently started adding cute fabric jewelry like this Mini Hexie necklace, these fabric earrings or this jewelry set.

Today we want to share with you a video tutorial showing you how to make fabric earrings using an English Paper Piecing method. Follow along and add a new craft to your creative menu. :)

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Do you like these boho earrings? We think they are going to add extra stylish touch to your outfit. Watch the tutorial and let us know in comments if you are going to try it out.;) 

Download fabric earrings pattern.

 

Happy Sewing!

Ola

 

 


6 Projects You Can Make with Baby Blue Fabrics

Hello fab makers!

I hope you’re having a great day! As you might know the color of June is baby blue. We just can’t get enough of this soft and delicate color. It’s such a fresh shade that can be a nice alternative to white and it’s definitely gender neutral. Whether you sew garments or home decor with baby blue fabrics, you can be assured that your project will be timeless.

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To give you a few ideas of what you can make with the baby blue prints from our ColorFun selection, we’ve chosen six projects that you can sew. Check them out!

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1. Out and About Dress

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For those of you who love sewing garments, this dress is a quick make! The fresh baby blue knit with accents of pink from Wonderland Fabrics by Katarina Roccella is simply enchanting. If you want to make this Out and About Dress check out our designer Sew Caroline's website.

2. Align Bed Runner

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If you’re looking to add a quilty touch to your bedroom without having to sew a whole quilt, a bed runner is a great solution. We combined black and white fabrics with the dotted baby blue fabric from Lagom for a geometric look. (click on name for pattern)

3. Gossamer Pillow

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The fastest way of updating your home decor is by changing the pillows in your house. What do you this of this subtle print from Gossamer fabrics by Sharon Holland? This fresh print can be used for a nursery or living room.

4. Quilt Block by @aylagracepatchwork

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In addition to making great accessories with baby blue fabrics, remember that it’s great for quilting too! We love how Kelly-Anne combined this simple blue print with bold florals. Both from Skopelos fabrics by Katarina Roccella. Check out her instagram page for more cute projects.

5. Hot Air Balloon Dress by Alexis Wright

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Summer is here! Why not make the little girls in your family sweet summer dresses? This hot air balloon print from Inblue Fabrics by Katarina Roccella will make your little one feel like she’s floating. Check out all the beautiful children's garments Alexis sews, on her Instagram.

6. EPP Block by Lesley Storts

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Last but not least, baby blue can add such a delicate touch to your EPP projects. We’re adoring how Lesley fussy cut this tiny floral print from Charleston Fabrics by Amy Sinibaldi. Visit her instagram page for more cute projects.

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I hope you loved all the project ideas that can be made with baby blue fabrics. To purchase this range of ColorFun prints, visit Fat Quarter Shop's website.  Let me know in the comments how do you coordinate baby blue fabrics in your projects.

Till next time!

-Stephanie


Become a Flying Geese Expert - How to Make a Double T Block

Hello Makers,

Obsessed with making flying geese? I know I am, which is why I decided to make the Double T Block featuring Indie Boheme fabrics. In this video we use the no waste method which gives you four at a time flying geese! The simplicity of this block and the fussy cut center makes this block super fun to make!  

 

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Make sure to download the Double T Block PDF and enjoy the video below!  

 

 

In the comments box below let me know which block tutorials you would like to see next! To check out more fun AGF Quilt Block Collection tutorials head to our youtube channel

Happy Sewing, 

Melissa 


Let's Talk Baby Shower Gifts: Nursing Pillow Cover Tutorial

Hello AGF Aficionados!

It’s been a while since I’ve written, but I’m excited to be back and ready to share some fun projects and helpful sewing tips! Now that I’m a member of the mommy club a whole new world of adorable sewing has opened up before me and I have a couple tutorials for projects in the works that you’ll want to sew for yourself or for someone you know (maybe for a little someone you know). Along the way, I’ll be highlighting construction methods that will help you with all your sewing across the board, non-baby sewing included!

Some of you may have seen a sneak peek of my Little One rockin' some AGF duds in the Wonderful Things Lookbook way back in January. Time has flown by and he is now almost crawling- he’s gone from a little squish to a bouncy baby boy so fast!

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Now, a question that people always ask me is “what should I sew as a present for the baby?” Here are two really easy projects that I have gotten tons of use out of and that would make great gifts for the expectant parent. The first is a nursing pillow cover.

These pillows are the best for all sorts of reasons, but one thing that isn’t that great is the variety (or lack thereof) in prints for pillow covers. I’ve been able to make a couple covers for my pillow and I love them! They brighten my living room and are the envy of other moms (or so I like to imagine). It’s also something that will be used constantly from the newborn stage through to the sitting stage.

Instructions on how to draft your Pillow Cover Pattern:

1. Place either the pillow or the pillow cover on a piece of paper and trace. Fold the paper in half and “true” the pattern, ie, blend the lines together smoothly so that both halves are the same. Add your desired seam allowance to all edges, except the fold line. Since the finished edges on my serger measure at 3/8” I added about 3/8” around the shape. Cut out your pattern piece. This is your front piece.

2. Now, trace the front piece and draw a line where you will sew in the zipper. Cut apart the back pieces, then trace them onto paper adding extra seam allowance at the straight edges for the zipper (I added 1/2”) and cut out.

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3. Pin your pattern pieces to fabric and cut one of each.

4. Cut two strips of interfacing (1" x Width of Pillow) to stabilize your knit edges at the back zipper opening.  Fuse the interfacing to the wrong sides of the fabric at the edges so it’s easy to sew the zipper to the knit fabric. (You can even use non-knit interfacing since by sewing to a zipper you are essentially removing the stretch anyway.)

5. Cut two zipper tabs 1 1/₂” x 4” and fuse interfacing to them as well.  Pin the short ends of the tabs to the ends of a 22” zipper, right sides together, and sew.  Trim tabs to match the width of the zipper.   If you are using a shorter zipper make the tabs longer so that they reach beyond the edge of the pillow sides.  

6. Pin the zipper to the Back Top, right sides together, and sew a straight stitch as close to the edge as you can (using a zipper foot).  Open, press and top-stitch.  Repeat the process to sew the zipper to the Back Bottom.  Here is a tutorial that shows the zipper application I used.  Trim the zipper tabs as needed so they are flush with the edges of the pillow body.

7. Now, pin the front and back right sides together, making sure the zipper is partially open.  Sew together using either a serger or the zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine.  Flip your creation right side out and stuff with a pillow!

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Be sure to browse all the amazing knits AGF has to offer!  There's sure to be something for everybody.  Here are just a few recommendations: 

Recommended Fabric Choices

Well, that's all for today but I'll be back with more projects from babyland. 

Until then, Happy Sewing!

 

-Christine

 


Explore the Free Spirited World of Indie Boheme by Pat Bravo

Hello, beautiful sewists!

Lately I’ve been thinking about how sewing is a craft that you can always experiment with. With so many designers, fabric collections, and beautiful free quilt patterns available you can never get bored! The style that has been catching my eye is the boho trend. There’s something so carefree about this style and it’s so stylish in a funky way (plus I feel connected to it because my mom calls me the “bohemian” of the family”).

One collection that portrays boho style beautifully is Pat Bravo’s new collection Indie Boheme fabrics. This collection is the continuation of her successful first Indie Collection. Indie Boheme combines Pat’s love for faraway influences, eye-catching colors, and bold designs to create a free spirited range of prints.

Every time I look at this collection, I simply dream of flowy tunics and maxi dresses!

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But boho style isn’t just for garments! You can add a creative touch to your home with boho decor with it. Think patchwork pillows, unique quilts, and much more. I invite you to flip through the Indie Boheme lookbook to find inspirations for all kinds of boho inspired projects.

 

Add a new quilt pattern to your collection by downloading the “Wildflowers” free quilt pattern.

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If you would like to contrast the bold prints with a few blenders, here are a few we’ve curated for you. Aren’t they divine?

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Now, for the best part! You can join Pat’s love for “la vie de boheme” by adding a bundle of this collection to your stash!

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To enter the giveaway simply fill the form below. Giveaway ends Thursday, June 22nd at 3:00pm EST. Good luck!

I hope you’re in love with Indie Boheme by Pat Bravo as much as we are!

Till next time,

Stephanie

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Congrats, Sandy Belt for winning the Indie Boheme Fabrics giveaway! Please check your email.