Inspiration

The Wondrous World of Blithe by Katarina Roccella

Hello fabulous makers!

Isn’t it crazy how we’re only a few days away from the first day of winter? Unlike us in South Florida, many of you are already experiencing colder weather. One thing that’s great about the cool temperatures is that you feel more encouraged to stay indoors and sew! This is the perfect time to work on all your UFO’s, start new cozy quilts, and sew all kinds of winter garments.

One collection that’s ideal for winter is Blithe by Katarina Roccella. This beautiful collection is filled with frosty trees, confident deer, and subdued colors that will have you sewing in a winter wonderland. We must admit that this season, we’ll be experiencing winter vicariously through this collection.

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One thing I truly love about Blithe is that it was inspired by a beautiful quote from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”  Katarina beautifully translates this quote visually through her use of grays, deep plum, and cool shades of blue.

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We prepared a wondrous look book for you to feast your eyes on mesmerizing quilts, comfy garments, and classy home décor. Check it out!

 

Oh, And this "Windowscape" FREE QUILT PATTERN is waiting for you to sew it! Doesn't it look cozy?

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Have some fun mixing and matching fabrics with this color guide. Choose your favorite coordinating blenders and start sewing!

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Now for the best part… If you want a magical bundle of Blithe fabrics by Katarina Roccella, make sure to enter our giveaway!

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To enter simply fill the form below! Giveaway ends Monday, December 19th at 3:00pm. Good luck!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to sew with Blithe. I can’t wait to see all the beautiful projects you’ll make!

Till next time,

Stephanie

*****GIVEAWAY CLOSED*****

CONGRATULATIONS Brooke Osborne, you've won the Blithe Giveaway! Check your email:)

 

P.S. Check out this video for some fun moments from the Blithe photoshoot. Enjoy!


Wreath Tutorial featuring Here Comes the Fun by Sew Caroline

Hey there awesome makers!

Today is a busy day here at the office but I'm so in love with Sew Caroline's new collection, Here Comes the Fun that I had to make something with it. Since the holidays are coming soon, I wanted to make something related to them. So, I thought of a cool wreath. I decided to use Here Comes the Fun because of its colors and prints. Here in South Florida we have what we call a "warm-winter" because temperatures around the 60's and 70's are the coldest we can get. Basically, we are able to go to the beach and do other activities outside because the weather is very tropical! My holidays are colorful and full of sunshine and I'm very thankful for it. :) 

Now, let's get started!

Supplies you will need:

  • Steel Wire

  • Florist Wire

  • Tape

  • Fabric scraps ( measurements may vary. It depends on how big you want the wreath to be) I used scraps of 1.5'' x 7 '' approximately.


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1) I used the steel wire to create the shape of the wreath. What I did was very easy, since it comes in a oval shape I just cut it. I'm not going to give you exact measurements because that's up to you. You can make it small, medium or big.  I used the tape to stick the to edges together.  For the second oval shape repeat the same steps, the only difference is that this shape you have to make is smaller so it fit's inside the big oval. Now, to tie both circles together you will use the florist wire. Leave a 2'' space in between the circles.


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2) After having the shape of your wreath it's time to cut some fabric! I used fabric scraps which was awesome because sometimes we don't know what to do with them. 

I cut them approximately (1.5'' x 7'') each of them. Cut as much as you need to fill your wreath.


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3) Tie with a knot each piece of fabric just like you see in the picture. Repeat the same step until you fill both circles!


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4) This is how it will look once you complete the bigger circle. Now, let's keep working on the smaller one!


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Isn't this beautiful?! This is the easiest project I've ever done and it's perfect to hang it on my door. I'm thinking about making these to give them as Christmas gifts!

I hope you all enjoyed,

Caro.



 


"Get the Look" from Simple Life Pattern Company

Hello fabulous makers!

Can you believe we’re only a few weeks away from the holidays? As you all know, it’s time to do a little stretch, explore your fabrics stash, and start sewing handmade gifts! I know it seems overwhelming but don’t worry, we have something that will make your life a bit easier.

If you’re thinking of sewing a bunch of holiday outfits for your kids or you would like to give your friends a set of patterns, Simple Life Pattern Company has paired up with us to offer exclusive “Get the Look” kits that feature AGF! Yes, you read right! Now, you can sew all the Simple Life Patterns you love with your favorite AGF collections! Some of the popular collections included are Playground by Amy Sinibaldi, Lavish by Katarina Roccella, DARE by Pat Bravo and many more.

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If you visit the new “Get the Look Kits” section on the SLPco website, you’ll find 6 pages filled with cute dress patterns, shorts, tops, and a myriad of baby patterns ranging from sizes NB- 12. What’s great about these kits is that more will be added with every collection we release! Therefore, you'll always be able to sew new patterns with the newest AGF collections.

To take a closer look at some of the adorable outfits you can make for your little ones, check out the “Get the Look” lookbooks we’ve prepared for you.

 

Girls' Looks:

 

Baby Looks:

 

What did you think? I’m sure your little one will look like a fashionista with these outfits. ;) To purchase any of the “Get the Look Kits” visit the Simple Life Pattern Company website.

 

Feel free to tell us what your favorite Simple Life Pattern is.

 

Happy Sewing!

-Stephanie


Sew Cheerfully with Here Comes the Fun by Sew Caroline

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Hey fabulous makers!

The other day I had a thought… trends come and go but colors are always cool. There’s something so interesting about mixing and matching bright colors to create modern sewing masterpieces. Colors can change the mood of any project and if you choose vibrant hues, all your projects will instantly exude joy.

One collection that screams happiness is Here Comes the Fun by Sew Caroline. This collection is filled with happy lyrics, bold brush strokes inspired by street art, and whimsy florals that will simply make you smile when you sew with these prints. I personally have a special connection with this fun collection because it reminds me of the Arts District in Miami called Wynwood. The bright colors in this collection and especially the “Improv Strokes” print remind me of the beautiful murals that line the streets of that neighborhood.

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Skirt featuring "Improv Stroke Citrus" print

I can already envision modern color block quilts and tons of children’s clothes with this youthful collection. Caroline has shown off her bubbly personality in her designs once more!

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Brighten your day by browsing through the look book and get inspired by cute garments, colorful quilts, and much more!

 

Bring a fun accent to your little one’s room with this “Happy Song” FREE QUILT PATTERN.   

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And if you’re wondering what blenders coordinate with this vibrant collection, here’s a nice selection of our specially curated AGF Elements. ;)

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But the real fun doesn’t start until you enter the GIVEAWAY! Win a bundle of Here Comes the Fun!

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To enter fill the form below. ;)

Giveaway ends Tuesday, November 29th at 3:00pm. Winner will be announced on this post.

 

I hope you’re excited to start creating beautiful projects with this collection. Stay tuned for more exciting things from AGF!

 

Till next time,

Stephanie

 

 

*****GIVEAWAY CLOSED*****

CONGRATULATIONS Dorie Eaquivel, you've won the Here Comes the Fun Giveaway! Check your email:)

 
P.S. If you're wondering how fun it was to make this look book, check out this video. :)


The Denim Studio by AGF has grown!

Hello fabulous makers!

I hope you’re having a great week. We recently returned from Quilt Market in Houston and we are extremely inspired to start releasing all the upcoming collections for this season. While being at market I had the opportunity to speak to tons of business owners and makers. One thing I found in common with all of them was their adoration for the Denim Studio. This was great to hear because this substrate allows makers to think outside the box when they sew.

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For this reason, we have added tons of new denim prints and a variety of textures for you to have fun with! Check them out!

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If you haven’t sewn with our denim yet, I highly recommend it because it’s so versatile. At first thought most people just think of jeans when they hear the word denim. But in reality you can make anything with this substrate! Check out the lookbook we’ve prepared for you featuring projects with our new denims. You’ll fall in love with all the garments, quilts, and home décor!

 

To view a few close ups of these yummy fabrics, get inspired with this little video. I'm completely in love with the floral pants and the unique texture of the crosshatch denim! ;)

And of course, to start sewing with all the wonderful new denims, enter the giveaway! Have a chance to win a mixed bundle of the new additions to the Denim Studio.

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To enter simply fill the form below. Giveaway ends Thursday, November 10th at 3:00pm. :)

 

Feel free to tell us why you love the Denim Studio!

 

Till next time,

Stephanie  

 

*****GIVEAWAY CLOSED*****

CONGRATULATIONS Michelle Lehman , you've won the AGF denim fabric bundle! Check your email:)

 

Denim Studio 2.0 Blog Tour Re-Cap

Hey everyone!

Did you get a chance to see all the amazing projects in the Denim Studio 2.0 Blog Tour? If you didn’t, you’re in for a treat because today we’re showcasing all the amazing makers on this tour! If you’ve been following what we’ve done in the past with the Denim Studio, you probably know that when we first launched denim as a new substrate our friend the Tattooed Quilter hosted the first installment of the Denim Studio Blog Tour. Since then we have added some new additions to this collection such as new denim prints, Outland Yarn Dyes, Crosshatch Textured Denim, and Streaked Blend Denim.

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When the very sweet Sarah from Sariditty Handmade (who also was part of the first tour) told us she wanted to host the second version of Denim Studio Blog Tour, we were extremely excited. We couldn’t wait to see what amazing projects were going to be made with our new denims. But enough of me talking…Without further ado, I present to you the projects from the Denim Studio 2.0 Blog Tour.


 

Christopher – The Tattooed Quilter

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First up, on the tour was Christopher a.k.a. The Tattooed Quilter and master of mini quilts. For this stylish mini he was inspired by Amy Sinibaldi’s #asdesignchallenge. He used a few of our new denim prints and our Outland Yarn Dyes in white, Rose Feather, Deep Ocean, and Endless Paradise. This yummy combination of colors is definitely worth taking a closer look at. Visit his blog to read all about his mini. ;)

Nicole – Lillyella

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Isn’t this floor pillow fabulous? Nicole completely nailed a beautiful juxtaposition between edgy denim and feminine details. I would love to have this floor pillow in my house! For this project she used our “Clouded Horizon” Crosshatched Textured Denim with the “Paradis Sweet” print from Joie De Vivre fabrics by Bari J.  Read her blog to get some tips about making this pattern.

Sarah – Sariditty Handmade

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Sarah colored our world with her amazing quilt made with AGF Denim and Elements! For the white background she used our “Vanilla Mist” Outland Yarn Dye and throughout the colorful blocks you can find bits of our Solid Smooth Denim and the other colors of the yarn dyes. I encourage you to check out her blog post where she explains all the details about her design.

Jennifer – Ginger Peach Studio

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I absolutely LOVE this fashionable shirt Jenn from Ginger Peach Studio made with a combination of our Solid Smooth Denims! From the embroidered details to the positive vibes she evokes with the phrase “voir le bon” meaning “see the good” in French; this shirt is better than any ready-made garment out there. Check out Jenn’s Instagram to take a closer look at all of details.

Matthew – Mister Domestic

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Last but not least our AGF Sewcialite, Mister Domestic was the last participant on the awesome blog tour. As you already know, Matthew is a weaving fiend and he used these masterful skills to create a woven denim quilt. Isn’t it insanely wonderful? He weaved together Solid Smooth Denim and added accents of the Outland Yarn Dyes to give it little pops of color. Visit Matthews blog read about his crazy quilt weaving process.


 

I hope you love all the projects in the Denim Studio 2.0 Blog Tour! As always, stay creative and thanks for inspiring!

All the best,

Stephanie

 

P.S. If you never got to see our Denim Studio video, here it is so you can check it out! It's filled with inspiration!


Sleep Mask - DIY Tutorial!

Hey hey makers!

How are you doing today? I hope you are all feeling great because I'm feeling happy and excited! Today, I will teach you how to make a sleep mask. I found this project very useful and fun because every girl needs her beauty sleep! The best thing about this projects is that it's not hard to make. Since I'm a beginner, I always try to look for cool and useful projects that are not that complicated. I think this one was a success! 

Well, let's begin with this fun adventure!

 

Supplies:

  • 2 pieces of cotton fabric (12'' x 6.5'') each

  • 1 1/2" x 34'' strip of fabric

  • 10" Elastic band

  • Batting (12'' x 6.5'')

  • Glue gun

  • Scissors

  • Sewing machine

  • Sewing needle 

  • Rik rak trim (you can use any trim for decoration)

  • Safety pins

  • Template (click here to download)


 

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1. Print the template, cut it and then pin it to both pieces of fabric you'll be using.  


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2. Proceed to cut the fabric around the shape that you have pinned. It will look like this.


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3.Pin the fabric to the batting and cut out along the edges of the fabric (follow the same shape).

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After cutting it should look like this!


 

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4.  Pin your 1 1/2" x 34" strip all the way across and sew the right sides together on the edge.  This will be the strap of your mask.

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5. Once you have sewed the edge of the strip turn it inside out. Pin a safety pin to a elastic band and insert it . Pin a safety pin to a elastic band and insert it into one of the ends of the fabric tube. Start moving the elastic through the tube, letting the fabric bunch along it. Keep doing it until you get to the other end of the tube. I suggest pinning the other end so the elastic doesn't move. 

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6.Sew the elastic to the fabric at both ends of the tube. By doing this you will ensure that the elastic stays spread across.

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7. Now, it's time to start sewing your mask! Place right sides of your mask together with the batting on the back of one of the fabrics. Also, make sure to place the elastic tube in the middle of the fabrics (like a sandwich). Then, pin the edges together. Sew a straight stitch all around the edges of the mask. Make sure to leave a 2.5" open hole to be able to flip the fabrics.


 

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8. This is how it should look after you sew the mask. 


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9. After, sewing all around the edges, you will flip the mask right side out. Then, you will sew the open hole by using a needle and thread with an invisible hand stitch. 


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10. Make sure to iron your mask when you finish. This will give it a smooth and nice look.



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And VOILA! This is how the sleep mask will look! I added some decoration to it so it will look fun and cute. You can do the same. Just cut two 3'' rik rak trim ( or any other decorative trim) and hot glue them in the middle of the mask and they will look like sleepy eyes. :) Oh! In case you guys loved the fabric, I used Hello Ollie Fabrics by Bonnie Christine.

 

I hope you all enjoyed!

Caro.


5 Stylish Home Decor Projects for Fall

Hey Everyone!

How are you all doing? Here at the HQ we’ve been revealing our upcoming fall 2016 collections and it has been tons of fun. As we release new fabrics and the seasons change, one of my favorite things to do during my free time is to decorate my house in festive themes to match the season. There’s always something so nice about giving your living room a face lift with a few cute pillows, a nice rug, and a cozy quilt.

One of my favorite seasons to decorate for is fall. I simply love all the warm colors, the fun shapes you can play with, and most importantly you can show off your creations with your friends and family during Thanksgiving. To get your home ready for this season, I’ve prepared a selection of some of my favorite AGF projects made with collections that are excellent for fall.

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Make sure to click on all the names to download the patterns! :)

 

  1. Starfold Pillow

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Like I mentioned before, pillows are one of the easiest way of updating your home décor. I especially love this Starfold Pillow made with Artisan Fabrics by Pat Bravo because the unique folded details give it a luxurious look, like the pillows they sell in Pier 1 Imports or Anthropologie. Oh, and that burnt orange combined with hunter green just screams FALL!    

  1. Denim Coasters

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We already know that denim is a versatile substrate, but just imagine incorporating it into your home décor! These denim coasters are a great subtle detail to have around the house and they’re so functional. With tons of guests coming to visit you for the upcoming holidays, these coasters will protect your coffee tables in style!

  1. Instinct Paths Quilt

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If you plan on decorating the whole house, might as well decorate your room too! And what a better way of doing that, than with a quilt? The warm rich colors of this Instinct Paths Quilt made with Fleet and Flourish Fabrics by Maureen Cracknell will help you bring in the fall with some boho flair.

  1. Gava Rug

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Another home accessory that I love is a funky rug. They can be nice welcoming pieces right by your door or something soft to put your feet on when you get out of bed. I must admit, I have a crush on this Gava Rug made with Artisan fabrics by Pat Bravo. The strips of mixed prints are sure to add a nice autumnal touch to your home.

  1. Reveal Table Runner

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You can’t complete your fall decorating without a beautiful table runner for your dining table. This Reveal Table Runner made with Observer fabrics by April Rhodes will add a modern twist to your decorating with its subtle textural elements and muted colors.


 

I hope you’re inspired to decorate for fall! Feel free to let me know what was your favorite project and how do you like to decorate for the season.

 

Until next time,

Stephanie


10 quilt blocks we love!

Hello Hello!

Have you ever wondered what are some of our go-to quilt blocks?

Well, here at AGF HQ we like every single quilt block but, as everyone else we have our favorite ones! I made a little graphic to show you which ones are our favorite ones and I will show you some pictures of quilt's we have made in the past with some of these quilt blocks!  

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The reason why we love these 10 quilt blocks is because you can arrange them differently and they will always look good. Another good thing is that some of them are easy to make for beginners! Depending on the fabric you use, you can give your quilts that "traditional" or "modern" touch. Also, these quilt blocks are very popular because they have been around since day one.

What I found very interesting about the quilt blocks is that when I first started working in this industry I didn’t imagine quilts involved math in the making process. For me it just looked like something super complicated and almost impossible to make. Then, I realized how something so complicated can be simple! ( Wait, I’m not saying quilting is easy) but at first it just looked impossible to me. Oh! And in case you didn’t know, the names given to the quilt blocks are deeply rooted in the history of America. For example: religion, historical events, environment, everyday objects and the influences upon quilter lives.

Now, let me show you  quilts we have made with some of these blocks!

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FREE quilt pattern "Llano Street" Featuring Morning Walk fabrics

Here you can see the Flying Geese quilt block. We love using a fresh combination of colors we used to create this beautiful quilt! Click here to download pattern.  


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FREE quilt pattern "Abundance" Featuring Curiosities Fabrics

Here, you can see the nine patch block. This block is fun to use when mixing and matching differnt prints. Click here to download the pattern


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FREE quilt pattern. Featuring Cherie Fabrics

In this quilt you can see the log cabin block. Don't the subtle colors make this quilt look calming? Click here to download pattern


Oh well, if it was for me I would show you 1000 pictures of different quilts! They are all beautiful! Before I forget, I would like to invite you to check out our website because we have TONS of free quilt patterns! You can find quilt patterns for every taste and every level.

I hope you all enjoyed!

 

Lots of love,

Caro 

 

 

Just in case you want to know where I found this cool info!

Source:

Quilt Blocks. (n.d.). Retrieved October 17, 2016, from http://www.quilting-in-america.com/quilt-blocks.html

 


Let's continue having fun with Grey fabric prints

Hello, beautiful crafters!

We hope that you love our selection of fabrics for October Color Fun! Today we want to share with you some projects made with a couple of featured grey fabric prints. We hope to inspire you even more with this cool, muted and elegant color! Pay attention to the colors that were combined with grey in these projects. As you remember from our previous Color Fun blog post, we explained how to mix match grey with other fabric prints. Take a look at the subtle addition of bright yellows, greens, or pastels in those projects. What a great way to add a little pop of color without taking away the beauty of grey itself! 

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1.“Humingbird” Tunic

What girl doesn’t love owls, right? I know my niece is crazy about them and she would jump to the stars if I made her this knit “Humingbird” Tunic with this grey owls fabric print. The Heartland line, designed by Pat Bravo includes more grey fabric prints that perfectly match yellow and pink prints. Stay tuned for the release of the look book for tons of sewing ideas!

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  1.  Gathered skirt with attached shorts

Maybe, you can't tell from the picture but this skirt has actually attached shorts underneath! Your girl will twirl all day long while she wears this skirt without worrying that her undies are uncovered! We wanted to feature another grey owls fabric print because it looks perfect for this project and because girls just love owls and...twirling!

 

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3.Quilt featuring Lagom collection

Do you notice those dark grey half square triangles in this quilt? How do you like the selection of other fabric prints? Don’t the pastely pinks and blues match the dark grey fabric perfectly? If you haven’t yet, you must check out the whole Lagom collection and discover more grey and pastel modern fabric prints.

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4.Emma Dress

What I especially like about this dress is the little collar made with contrasting vivid yellow fabric. Also, there is something about this lettered grey fabric print that makes it so modern and classy! Oh.. and the pattern offers three sleeve lengths! Isn't that cool?

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 5.Canvas & Vinyl Tote Bag

This tote sewn with grey canvas fabric is sturdy and so trendy! I  love the combination of canvas and vinyl! Since grey goes with so many outfits, I think this tote should definitely be on your sewing list this season!;)

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Take a closer look once again at our selection of grey fabric prints. I hope that you entered our Color Fun giveaway! If not there is still a chance to win this pretty bundle. Just click here and fill out the form located at the end of the post. Good Luck!

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Wishing you a very smooth and creative fall sewing!

Ola

:)