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Dressing for Fall- Creating the Perfect Wardrobe

 Hello Fabric Friends, 

What's your favorite season? Mine has always been Fall! Growing up in Minnesota I couldn't wait for the hot summers to be over and the cool crisp breeze to come, which meant it was time to break out the boots and leggings. It also meant creating outfits with layering pieces like scarfs and cardigans. There is nothing better than a perfectly balanced layered look!

Below I share great sewing patterns to add to your to sew list for Fall.  Adding these great pieces to your closet will have you perfectly prepared for what the Fall Season has in store!

 

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  1. Scarves 

Let’s start with the ultimate topper to any outfit in fall, scarves!! Not only do they look cute they also serve as a great layering piece to keep you nice and warm. We love making our scarves in AGF Rayon to make nice lightweight scarves that won’t add to much bulk to our outfits. If you are looking for your scarf to be extra warm and cozy try AGF knit.

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  1. Button Up Blouse by Burda Style

This oversized button up with extended shoulders looks so cute tied in a knot or tucked in for a more polished look. Pair this blouse with your favorite jeans and roll up the cuffs for a casual look. This blouse acts as a great layering piece, I love wearing oversized button ups over basic dress or in place of a cardigan.

We made our Button Up with the “Gitan Paradis Pearl” from the Indie Boheme Collection.

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  1. Lourdes Cropped Jacket by Named

Layering the perfect outfit can take a bit of playing around but with the Cropped Jacket by Named layering becomes super easy for any fashionista to master.  The inverted pleat at the back makes this jacket effortless to wear and the boat neck with rounded corners is perfect for showcasing the décolletage.

 Another great feature this jacket has is the ¾” sleeve with dolphin hem which makes it perfect for adding stacks of bracelets or a timepiece and some bangles.

We made our Jacket in “Scarlet Brick” Solid Textured Denim from the AGF Denim Studio.

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  1. Wenona Shirt by Named

Here is another great version of a button up shirt with more details you can choose add. It has two great options to choose from, a loose-fitting button-up shirt or a knee-length shirt dress. The front pleat detail is super structured yet playful and the three-piece sleeve with the middle piece that continues up until the collar is perfect for using two different fabrics. We used our AGF Linen mixed with “Adobe Clay” Solid sooth denim! They make such a dreamy combo! 

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  1. Locked Tote by AGF Studio

Ok! A look is never finished without a bag! The Locked Tote is perfect for being prepared for the days that never seem to end. We all led busy stressful lives and not having enough handbag space shouldn’t be one of them! This spacious tote has a cute front flap pocket that is perfect for keeping all the most used items throughout your day! This bag is extremely functional yet will bring together any outfit you decide to put on! We made our tote with prints from Artisan Fabrics mixed with AGF Denim and faux leather.

 

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  1. Knit Tunics and Leggings by Simplicity

Creating a staple wardrobe would never be complete if we didn’t talk about super soft leggings made with AGF Knit and of course an asymmetrical long tunic to pair it with.This ensemble makes you look nicely put together but also feel comfortable and confident throughout your day. The tunic is made with “Tin Tint” AGF solid knit which is a nice light neutral grey. The leggings are made with the “Become One Antique” knit print! Spice up your leggings by using a fun geometric print!

 

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Have fun layering this fall season and I hope you add some of these outfits to your wardrobe. Make it your own and style it to your liking. To get great tips on how to simplify your wardrobe check out this great blog post by Bonnie Christine!  

Looking for fabrics to sew up some of these great patterns? Here is a great blog post where Steph talks all about her favorite fall fabrics.

Til Next Time,

Meli


Modern Fabrics for Everyday Outfits

Hi There, 

What are some of your favorite sewing patterns? I know I am always on the lookout for sewing patterns that are first somewhat easy and quick to sew up and second they have to be comfortable! And just because it’s comfortable don’t mean it can’t be cute!  

Picking the right prints for your garment is the fun part! I am really digging Dana Willard’s new collection! Blush fabrics has super fun geometric fabrics mixed with modern floral fabrics. My favorite print in the collection is the print called Cat Nap, perfect for all the cat lovers out there!

Lastly, I need to pick the right fabric substrates. My go to fabrics for sewing apparel for me and my family are AGF knit fabric and rayon fabric. AGF cotton fabrics are also great because they have enough drape for clothing yet they have a bit more structure that works great for so many great clothing patterns like dresses and lightweight jackets!

 

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Here are a few of my favorite sewing patterns that can all be found in the Blush Lookbook.

1.Kitty Dress by Maven Patterns

 With bust darts to frame your figure and a peter pan collar for a sweet modern look the Kitty Dress is a great basic dress to have in your wardrobe. It also includes the option for 3/4-length or short sleeves. This dress is easy to wear and what I love the most is you can add different style of collars or no collar at all which makes this dress super versatile.

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2.Vintage Joan Dress by Burda Style

We made our Vintage Joan Dress with our Floret Sun Kissed rayon fabric. This dress can easily be worn casually to the grocery store or an afternoon in the park but can also be transformed to go out to a nice dinner or a special occasion all while being super comfy and looking great! The feel and drape of AGF Rayon is amazing and you can really live in it and not be afraid to get it dirty or use and abuse it on your daily endeavors. I really love how the armholes are constructed to taper towards the neck, which helps accentuate the shoulders. 

 

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 3. Sugar Pop Top by Sew Caroline 

The Sugar Pop Top is perfect for the those of you who live in jeans. Throw on a Sugar Pop Top and a pair of your favorite jeans and you will be ready to face the day! Just like the Kitty Dress you have the fun collar action which who can change up to your liking. This top has two great sleeve options, cap sleeves for the everyday look or flutter sleeves to make your top a bit more dressy!

 

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4. Anywhere Skirt by Dana Willard

I love dresses but skirts are a great alternative for the person who loves their jeans and tops. Try switching up your everyday wardrobe with a simple skirt and a basic t shirt or blouse!

Isn't Dana adorable in this outfit? :) 

 

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5. Audrey Pants by Burda Style

We made our Audrey Pant with the Retro Petals Power knit print! My favorite things about these pants are of course the super deep pockets and the beautiful tapered hem. We paired our pants with a solid knit fabric basic tee. Tuck it in for a more polished look!  

 

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 I hope you all end up sewing up some of these sewing patterns and incorporating them into your wardrobes! I look forward to hearing about some of your sewing faves! 

Check out this great inspirational video featuring Blush Fabrics

 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli 


Let’s continue having fun with green and red fabrics - holiday sewing patterns

Hello awesome makers!

We are so happy by all the positive feedback we got about our Holiday Colorfun! I am glad that you love the colors combination and today it’s time to inspire you with some projects that can be sewn with the featured christmas fabrics. Red is a captivating color that keeps us warm on cold winter days and green is an color of hope. When you combine those together you can create an amazing Christmas mood. So let’s sew!

  1. Asymetrical blouse

Isn’t this pine tree fabric print just perfect for this year’s Christmas eve? What I especially like about the pattern is the asymmetric hem that is a bit longer in the back than in the front. :)

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  1. Reversible Baby Shoes

These shoes will make a great holiday gift for your little one. Since there is no exposed seams in the pattern, they are fully reversible. Use emerald green fabric for the outside and another Christmas fabric print for the outside of the shoes. You will be able to choose the side depending on the color of your baby's outfit.

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  1. Straight and  Steady Table Runner

How about sewing this table runner for your Christmas table? You can make it with traditional Christmas colors: red and green fabrics but I think that this navy blue print with gold stars( Midnight Roof) from the Wild and Free collection by Maureen Cracknell matches the holiday atmosphere perfectly as well!

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  1. Hobo Bag

You will make any girl happy by making her a beautiful bag this holiday season. I especially like the fussy cut details on the front of the bag. They add a special touch to it. :) 

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5.View Ridge Top

You can never have enough floral tops in your closet! I love this red floral fabric print from our organic fabric collection “Hello Ollie”. The gathered front detail adds an extra feminine touch to this top.

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Take a look once again at the prints featured in our Holiday Edition of Colorfun. Did you know that you can buy all the ColorFun fabric bundles in Fat Quater shop? Wouldn’t that just be perfect Christmas gift for a crafty person in your life? Or maybe just wrap it and put it under Christmas tree for yourself. ;)

Happy Holiday sewing!

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"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


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.


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

:)

 


Nocturnal Beauty Comes to Life with Nightfall Fabrics

Hey Everyone!

No matter what part of the world you live in, we can all agree that there is something peaceful about gazing at the night sky while the stars twinkle at us. But most people don’t realize that there’s much more to the night than stars.  As the sun goes down to make way for the moon’s smile, nocturnal critters appear to start their day.  

The hoot of owls fill the air as the hymn from crickets crescendo in the distance. Fire flies dance in the darkness and small creatures jump from the trees and rejoice in the delicate moonlight, until another day comes by. This nocturnal beauty is brought to life in Maureen Cracknell’s newest collection, Nightfall.

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Maureen plays homage to the creatures and wonders of the late hours in this striking collection! She shows off prints filled with moons, owls, and cute night critters while showing off her bohemian style.

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I personally think, that the concept of this collection is beautiful because many times we overlook all the natural wonders that occur at night. Plus, it simply feels mystical! When I look at some of these prints I can imagine myself as a gypsy roaming through the forest…but I digress XD

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I encourage you to take a look at the lovely look book we’ve prepared for you! It’s filled with beautiful garments, stylish home décor ideas, and of course tons of quilts!

Speaking of quilts…Don’t forget to download the “Foxfire” FREE QUILT PATTERN that’s available in the look book. 

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Are you wondering what blenders match with this collection? We’ve got you covered! Here’s a curated selection of some AGF Elements that match Nightfall.

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Now to the best part…A GIVEAWAY! Enter for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the full collection!

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To Enter:

Simply fill the form below. /By entering the giveaway you are automatically signed up to our newsletter. Once you click "Enter Giveaway" button you'll receive subscription confirmation on your email/

Winner will be chosen using random.org. Giveaway ends Tuesday, September 6th at 3:00pm EST. Good luck!


Hope you sew tons of pretty things with Nightfall by Maureen Cracknell.

 

Till Next Time,

Stephanie

 

 

P.S. We just had to make a video to go with this lovely collection. Check it out and tell us what you think.

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CONGRATULATIONS Debbie Gill, you've won the Night Fall fabric bundle! Check your email.


DIY Pregnancy Pillow Tutorial

Hello, AGF Aficionados!

I’m here to share with you how I made my new favorite thing ever: this super comfy DIY Pregnancy Pillow!  Now that I’m clocking in at 7 months pregnant it’s become tougher to get a comfortable night’s sleep and even the simple act of actually tossing and turning is a bit of a challenge.  I decided to trade up my shifting multitude of pillows for an actual pregnancy pillow, but the price… yikes!  Thank goodness for our sewing machines!  This is a great DIY project for expectant mamas & for the crafty people in their lives that want to gift them something to make them feel pampered. 

I researched existing styles of pregnancy pillows and decided on this giant version that envelops you from both sides because I used to be a back sleeper and the middle curve in the back supports your back and helps keep you in the position that you should be in even if you have a tendency to turn to your back while sleeping.  The middle curve in the front supports your belly and the bottom part gives your legs and hips support.  I found a great tutorial at Homemade Toast, and used their instructions as a starting point but made a couple modifications for my version which I will outline below.  The biggest change I made is converting the top part into an attached pillow case so I could slip my favorite pillow in there and continue to use it.  My fiber fill stuffing skills just don't compare to my favorite down pillow.  I also made a knit pillow case for the pillow and to account for the stretch in knit I simplified the pattern a bit. 

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Making the Pregnancy Pillow

Materials:

  • 3 ½ yards Pure Elements Cotton Fabric (PE-464)
  • Fiber Fill (two 32-ounce packages & One 12 oz. package)
  • Queen sized pillow (Standard sized pillows will also fit, with a little extra room on the sides. King sized pillows are wider than 30” so you would need to cut the pillow “legs” and pillow case cover separately and sew together at the end.) 
  • Two zippers 22” long (shorter is fine, just remember to change the length of strips)

Preparing the Pattern:

  1. Print the PDF Pattern for the center cut-out and tape together. Choose the size appropriate to your height.  For our version go ahead and re-draw the top corner square before cutting out your size.  Square off by drawing a line perpendicular to the fold, from the top point of the pattern, then draw a line that lines up to the outermost edge of the corner curve.  Your lines should meet at a right angle and add a little to the corner.  

Fabric Cutting Directions:

  1. Front piece: 62” x 30” (tall: 66” x 30”)
  2. Back piece: 56” x 30”  (tall: 60” x 30”)
  3. Two 3” x 5” strips
  4. Cut 3” strips until you have approximately 134” in total length of strips (more if using shorter zippers)
  5. Four 2” x 25” strips (or the length of your zippers)
  6. Round edges and cut the center piece out on the front and back pieces according to the diagram (steps A, B & C).

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Construction (seam allowances are ½”):

  1. Finish the top edges of the front and back pillow pieces, by folding over ½” twice and top-stitching. Mark the sewing line with a fabric marker ½” above the top of the center cut-out. (Diagram step D)
  2. Take the two 22” zippers & the four 2” wide strips and encase your zippers with a strip on either side of the zippers. Press the fabric and top-stitch (optional). 
  3. Take a 5” strip and pin to the top end of the zipper, right sides together. Sew across the fabric and the top edge of the zipper so that the metal stopper is in the seam allowance (making sure that the zipper pull is not in the seam allowance).  Repeat for other zipper.  Trim away excess to ½”. 
  4. Sew together 3” strips so that you have two pieces approximately 67” long. Pin a strip to the end of the zipper, right sides together, with zipper zipped.  Sew across the fabric and zipper so that the metal stopper is in the seam allowance.  Trim away any excess to ½”.  Repeat for other zipper. 
  5. Trim zipper portion so that it is 3” wide, matching the rest of the strips.
  6. Pin the strips to the sides of the pillow front, right sides together, zipper sides first, starting ½” inside of the marked sewing line and continuing until the inner corner, ending at the sewing line. Sew together.  (Diagram step E)  When sewing the strip to the inner corners of the pillow, 6 inches from the end start tapering to the center of strip, matching the center point to the stopping point.  (see picture)
  7. Repeat step 9 with the pillow back, tapering at inner corners and pivoting at the corner and sewing pillow front and back together across the top of the center cut-out, and continuing to sew the strip on the other side. (Leave zippers open.)
  8. Fold the top front over the back top and pin. Measure to make sure there is 20” between the fold and the marked sewing line. Pull out the strip ends to the side to not catch them in your sewing, sew the sides together, matching seam lines and overlapping the stitching by ½”.  (Diagram step F)
  9. Turn the pillow right-side out. Make sure the strip ends are pushed inside and sew across the marked sewing line, making sure to catch the ends of the strips in the stitch so there’s nowhere for stuffing to escape. Sew across the line again to reinforce the seam.  (Diagram step G)
  10. Stuff each pillow leg with fiber fill to your desired firmness. I used one 32-oz package plus a little extra to fill each leg.
  11. Insert your pillow into the pillowcase top of the pregnancy pillow. Now you’re ready to make the pillow cover, this is the easy part!

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Making the Pillow Cover

Materials:

  • 1 ⅞ yards Art Gallery Fabrics Knit (60” wide knit). I used K-7040 from April Rhodes’ Bound collection for my pillow cover. 

Cutting & Preparing the Pattern:

  • Cut out the front and back pieces in the same manner as for the pillow. Cut very carefully, up to the selvedge- we are using every bit of fabric width.  
  • No strips are necessary due to the stretch in our knit fabric! Yay! 

Construction (seam allowances are ¼”):

  1. Finish the top edges of the front and back pillow pieces, by serging the ends, then folding over ½” and top-stitching with a stretch stitch. Fold the top front over the top of the back piece to make the envelope opening.
  2. Match the sides of the front and back pieces and serge all around the entire pillow. Starting at the top left corner and ending at the top right corner.  Be careful not to let any of the selvedge show. 
  3. Flip right side out and slip over your pillow! Voila!  These pillow covers are so easy to make I’m sure you’ll want to make a couple more just for fun!  

Disclaimer:  AGF cannot be held accountable for any sleepy husbands that are pushed off the bed while pillow is in use. 

Tip for Use:  When it’s time to get up I find it’s easiest to slide under the pillow and out of the bed rather than trying to wrestle my huggable pillow giant. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Until next time,

Christine  :)


Sewing DO's and DON'Ts - Ola Makes a Clutch: Part 1

Sewing-dos-and-dontsHello AGF friends!

Do you remember last quilt market ? Who doesn't right? It was so much fun and there was tons of excitement around the new AGF collections. I spent most of my time in the AGF Studio booth where we presented gorgeous clutches among other cute projects sewn with AGF denim and a variety of collections. I have to admit, I could sit there all day long and admire the clutches. They were simply delightful! Meli - one of our product designers noticed how amazed I was and she kindly offered me a sewing lesson, so I could make one of the clutches I had been swooning about! Thank you Meli!

From that time I couldn't stop thinking about it! Recently Meli and I finally found some time to make my dream come true!

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I am going to share with you the process of sewing my very first clutch and all the sewing DO'S and DON'TS I have learned throughout the process.

 So here's how the story goes:

  1. Choosing the fabric

As you can read in one of my blog posts : "Fabric Prints inspired by birds",  I exceptionally like birds in fashion. I associate them with freedom and I feel like wearing prints with birds makes me feel like I'm flying through the day. ;) That's why my choice for the main print of the clutch was going to be no other than Aves Chatter Dim from Winged by Bonnie Christine. Meli liked the choice and she asked me to choose the fabric for lining.

Digging through the piles of AGF prints, I was looking for fabric that will just make me happy whenever I open the clutch. And there it was! Striped pink fabric known as Streakly Business Blush from Pat's Bravo Collection, Essentials II.

I was happily ran back to Meli to show her my choice but she was not enthused by my choice. This completely surprised me because in my head: 

  1. This print is simple and pretty.
  2. Only I was going to see the inside of the clutch so why did it need to match the outside? ;p

She explained to me why I should consider a different print for the lining, and these were her tips:

  • "Even if you don't see the lining because it's inside the bag, DO keep it cohesive with any element (color, design, texture, etc.) from the the outside of the bag."
  • "DON'T use busy prints for the outside and inside of your clutch because it will clash with the look of your project."

I was in awe when Meli told me this because I always underestimated the process of choosing fabrics. I reconsidered my choice and realized she was right. If I want to achieve beautiful aesthetics like professionally made clutches, I have to really find a good match for the lining!

So she helped me to choose the rest of my fabrics, and here are my choices:

 

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from left to right:

a)Linen fabric -for front pocket (DEN-L-4000 Soft Sand from the Denim Studio by AGF)

b)Lightweight dark denim - for the handle (DEN-S-2001 Indigo Shadow from the Denim Studio by AGF)

c)Light brown solid fabric - for the lining (PE-440 Macchiatto from Pure Elements by AGF)

d)Textured dark denim - for the front pocket (DEN-T-3000 Bluebottle Field)

c)Birds fabric - for the front of the clutch (WNG-2026 Aves Chatter Dim)

 

2. Choosing the pattern

I really like the adjustments that Meli did to the Jessy clutch pattern from the Hello Ollie Lookbook. I love the front pocket with snaps and I knew that it was something that I wanted to go for! So I decided to make the exact same clutch.  

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 3. Cutting the fabric

After I had chosen my fabrics and pattern, it was time to cut all the fabric pieces and prepare all supplies for the project.

Besides the pieces of fabric I needed:

  • 9" zipper
  • snaps for the front pocket
  • clasp for bag handle
  • zipper foot
  • blind stitch foot

All the dimensions (besides the front pocket) are in the clutch pattern. I marked the dimensions of the pocket on the picture below. 

Here is what I have learned when cutting my fabric and preparing supplies:

  • DON'T ever leave the rotary cutter blade exposed when you are done cutting the fabric.
  • DO iron your fabrics before cutting. 
  • DO measure your pieces very precisely before cutting because your projects depends on it.
  • DO align your rotary cutter to the ruler and press firmly to the mat to make sure that you cut the fabric correctly.

 

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Uff I've survived through all the prepping. Now its time to start sewing! Wish me luck!

I hope you're curious to see how the final result will look! I can't wait to show you my first clutch! Let me know in the comments if you have any DO's and DON'Ts of your own that I should follow. 

Stay tuned for the next part of my sewing DO'S and DON'TS :)

 

All the best

Ola


5 Bag Patterns for Back to School

Hi everyone!

Summer may not be over yet, but a special time of year has begun. Can you guess what it is? It’s that time of the year most kids dread and crafty mommies love because they get to make time for sewing. It’s Back to School season! For some, school has already started but for those of you who still have some time, we bet you’re hurrying up to make everything perfect! Don’t worry, AGF is here to help!

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A backpack is one of the most important school supplies any kid can have. So, we’ve put together a list of our 5 favorite bag patterns that are great for back to school. Check them out!

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1. The Milla Bag

First, let’s start with one of my favorite backpack patterns designed by the girls here at the AGF HQ. Makers, I’m happy to introduce to you the Milla Bag! This spacious bag was first featured in the Millie Fleur fabrics by Bari J. look book as a messenger bag. The pattern is so versatile that it was then slightly modified to have backpack straps (picture above) for the Pastel Thrift fabrics by AGF studio look book. I simply love its vintage inspired design and the unique look the front straps give this backpack.

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2. The Reflected Bag

If you have a daughter that’s a fashionista, this Reflected Bag designed by Pat Bravo is perfect to arrive the first day of school in style! We decided to make this bag with Artisan fabrics by Pat Bravo since it’s a feminine yet artistic collection. If you would like to experiment with different fabrics, I can totally imagine this bag being made with Nightfall Fabrics by Maureen Cracknell.

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3. Pack the Back 

Another great pattern designed by the girls here in the AGF HQ is the “Pack the Back” pattern. This adorable backpack is great for any of you that have kids in elementary school. This backpack is spacious, cute, and simple to make! I’m sure you’re little one will love it as soon as they see it. For the version you see above, we decided to use Amy Sinibaldi’s sweet and youthful collection, Playground.

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4. The Study Haul Bag

For those of you who prefer making something more classic, you’re going to love the Study Haul messenger bag designed by Sharon Holland! This bag is sturdy, stylish, and will look great throughout the school year. To make it extra durable, we decided to make it with “Outburst” canvas fabric from Sharon’s Sketchbook collection.

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5. The Slouchy Backpack

Last but not least, we have the Slouchy Backpack pattern designed by our designer Bonnie Christine. As you can see we loved this pattern so much, that we had to make it every color of our textured denim fabric. This pattern is unique because it has a relaxed look yet is spacious enough for tons of books, snacks, and anything else your kids may need. My favorite one is the blue one made with the “Bluebottle Field” denim.


I hope you enjoyed our selection of bag patterns for back to school. Feel free to download all the patterns and make one of each! Let me know in the comments what your favorite bag is and what collection you would use to make it.

 

Happy Sewing!

Stephanie