Fall is slowly creeping our way and this is the time I start thinking about the gift giving season! During the Fall and Winter months I spend a lot more time in the kitchen baking yummy treats and preparing dinners for family and friends. Which is why I decided to create a quick and easy potholder tutorial which will come in super handy for all the cooking and baking we do during the holiday season. These potholders makes for a super thoughtful gift for someone moving into a new place or who enjoys cooking and baking.
I made this potholder from scraps left over from a quilt! (no scraps left behind) I love a good scrap busting project! I made my potholders with Le Vintage Chic fabrics! The floral fabric and geometric fabric in this collection are so timeless and elegant. I made my potholders for my sister! This fabric collection just screams her name!
Watch the video below to make quick and easy potholders for you or to give away as gifts!
Today I’d like to share a step-by-step tutorial on how I made the Woodlands Fawn Pillow! Perhaps you saw her gazing up at you in the new Fusions look book? I was so happy to be able to design for the Woodlands Fusion collection and I found myself inspired by the color palette- rich, deep, dark and yet bold and vibrant. I knew right away I wanted to make a sister pillow to my Boho Flower girl and started sketching my version of a Woodlands Fawn Sprite.
Print and tape together your pattern pieces. I suggest printing out two copies of the sketch, keeping one for reference while sewing the pillow and cutting the other one apart into pattern templates (or you can trace onto pattern paper). You’ll want to cut templates for the face & shoulders (one piece, chin is defined by stitching), hair, eyes, mouth, antlers and moon. Separate templates are provided for antlers and moon.
Step 2: Background and Moon
Cut the background 19" square and back with batting. Trace Moon Circle Template onto double-sided fusible web, peel and stick to fabric, then cut out and adhere to the background piece following fusible’s instructions and using the sketch for placement. Sew around the moon’s edge with a blanket stitch.
Step 3: Hair & Face Placement
Trace your hair template onto the fusible web as before and stick to fabric, cutting as one piece with an opening up top at the bangs for the forehead to tuck into. Make little cut outs around the edges to soften the look and give the effect of hair blowing in the breeze. Stick the hair to the pillow (using sketch as placement guide), but only fuse the bottom part leaving the top un-fused.
Fuse face fabric to fusible fleece, pin face and shoulder template to it and cut out. Use a light table (flashlight under a glass table, tape to window on sunny day) to trace face details onto fabric with a Frixion pen. You can’t trace before fusing even though it would be easier because the marks will disappear with the heat. If you don’t have a light table and can’t DIY, then consider using another fabric safe marking pen.
Place your face/shoulders piece onto the pillow and pin the bottom, then tuck under the hair up top and finish fusing the hair. Be very careful not to iron your face! It will remove all your sketches! After fusing the hair, go ahead and scratch at the edges to fray it a bit to add to the wind-blown look.
Step 4: Flower Blouse & Necklace
Roughly cut out flowers from the fabric and stick to the fusible web, then carefully cut around the flowers. Arrange the flowers across the bottom of the pillow until you are happy with the arrangement, then peel and fuse down the flowers. Again, be careful not to accidentally erase your face and chin!
Step 5: Antlers & Flower Crown
Fuse the antler fabric to the fusible fleece, then pin antler templates to it and cut them out. Place them on the pillow using guide and adhere them by sparingly dotting the center of the the antler fabric with fabric glue. Edges will be stitched down later, put just enough to prevent them from shifting.
Roughly cut out flowers for the flower crown and stick to the fusible web, then carefully cut around the flowers. Arrange the flowers across the top of the head, over the antlers, until you are happy with the arrangement, then peel and fuse down the flowers. (Don't erase your face!)
Step 6: Eyes & Lips
Cut out your pupils and lips and stick with double-sided fusible as previously done. This time only use the tip of your iron when fusing to prevent erasing everything. For the lips, cut apart template into top lip and bottom lip and use the dark and light parts of a red flower for the top and bottom lips, respectively.
Step 7: Draw Extra Flowers on face
I added extra flowers and leaf decorations about the eyes at this point. The great thing about the Frixion pens is that you can freehand sketch and if you don’t like it, just press away and it disappears like magic and you can try again. You can see from the picture here that I ended up changing a little what I decided to do around the eyes from what I had originally drawn.
Step 8: Free-Motion Quilting
Since the edges of the face and antlers are raised due to the fusible fleece, before free-motion quilting apply a blanket stitch, zig-zag stitch or satin stitch around the edges to secure them. A satin stitch has the benefit of covering any white fuzz that might show from the fusible fleece. I attached the face & antlers with a zig-zag thread and then colored in with free-motion quilting until I was satisfied with the result. Use a dark contrasting color for the thread, I used a dark green.
Finally, we get to free-motion quilt and here’s where all the fun and magic happens! It really brings our Woodland Fawn sprite to life so take your time and remember that the look of a single line might look sad and wobbly by itself, but when it’s gone over back and forth a couple times it can look like an artist’s sketch. If you’re not comfortable with free-motion quilting practice on a scrap fabric face first. Outline the flowers once or twice, but for the face go back and forth as many times as you need to to get a good dark outline on the eyes, brows, nose and mouth. After you've filled in the face press the pillow top to erase the Frixion pen marks and then decide if you want to go back and add more definition. After erasing my marks I wasn't happy with the amount of white fabric showing and went back and added more stitching to the eyes and nose.
Define the hair tresses by drawing in some extra waves with free-motion quilting. At this point I chose to use a lighter color thread (matching the green moon) and use decorative stitching to draw some accent hair strands as well. You can also see that when free-motion stitching around the antlers I added some scribbles as shading to the undersides to give them a more 3D look.
Step 9: Square off and Finish!
Trim your quilt to 18.5” square and sew an envelope back on it (or your preferred back). I chose the Buck fabric for my back. To make an envelope back cut a 18.5” x 14” rectangle and a 18.5” x 9” rectangle. Press under a quarter inch, and then again another half inch on the overlapping 18.5” long edges. Edge stitch and press. With right sides together line up the raw edges of the rectangles to the sides of the pillow top, overlapping the finished edges in the center to create the envelope back. Sew and serge/ overcast stitch around the edge of the pillow at a quarter inch seam allowance. Turn your pillow inside out, using a chopstick or point turner to pop out the corners.
Remember to enjoy your free-motion quilting, put some nice music on and let the the stitching carry you away. Don’t worry too much about any little imperfections, remember, done is best and perfect doesn’t exist. There are tons of little things I notice on my pillow that might bother me if I let them (and I actually went back into Photoshop and fixed them on the template sketch for your benefit, haha), but I’m proud of the finished product and don’t let them bother me. In the end, it’s those little things that make our handmade products the more special. I hope that you decide to give this pillow a try! (And if you do make sure to tag us on social media so we can see your version!)
Until next time!
P.S. For more inspiration made with our other Fusions collections check out this short video.
School is back in full swing and I hope you are all ready for a great new school year. To help with the transition from summer to class room fun we created a fun back to school tutorial. The Open Wide Pencil Bag makes a perfect gift for anybody going back to school or who has a lot of crafty supplies to store and tote around with them. We made our pencil bag with Joyful Fusions fabric by AGF and added fun applique elements and decorative stitches. This fun fabric mixed with Bernina's fun stitches is a match made in heaven!
I love the pencil slot feature on the inside of the bag to keep all your pencils organized for easy access. Make your own Open Wide Pencil Bag today by visiting the weallsew blog for the full tutorial!
It's the start of a brand new school year so let's make this the best year yet! Today I want to share 5 sewing patterns that will make going back to school not so bad!
Whether you or a loved one is heading back to school we are all in need for back to school essentials. I hope these sewing patterns will be helpful for the year to come!
1. Back to School Binder Cover
First on the list is the Back to School Binder Cover. No more boring three ring binders, with this binder cover you have a place for everything with a convenient front zipper pocket and a place to store your pens and pencils for easy access. The pattern even has a option to add handles so you carry your notes in style. We made our binder cover with Playground fabrics by Amy Sinibali adding touches of the AGF Denim Studio.
When I was in middle school my second best part of the day was lunch time. First was of course recess! I never had a cool lunch bag like others in my class, my Mom always sent me to school with a brown paper bag lunch. If I could go back in time I would definitely make myself the Summer Swirl Lunch Bag. Made with Fiesta fun fabric by Dana Willard these lunch bags are the ideal way to do lunch!
4. Virginia Leggings
When I was in school the hardest thing to figure out wasn't math or biology class it was getting dressed every morning with something that was trendy and fashion forward but was also comfortable to wear. Where was AGF knit when I was going to school?! Try making a pair of these adorable Patchy Heart Leggings designed by Megan Nielsen. Everyone in your class will be asking you where you got them. We made our legging with the bright yellow blender print print from Reverie fabrics. We added cute heart patches at the knees using our solid turquoise knit.
What is your favorite back to school memory? I have a lot of great memories but my favorite was when I was a senior in high school and my sister was a freshman. I felt so proud being able to drive us to school and being able to show her around on her first day! Being a big sister is the best! Comment below and share your favorite back to school moments.
What have you been working on lately? I know summer time can mean more fun out in the sun and less time hanging out with your sewing machine which is why I love to wake up early and get some sewing done before I start my day. A nice cup of coffee and some easy to listen to music in the background as I sew something new, it gives my day a jump start! How do you all fit a little extra sewing into your day?
Have fun watching the video below to make a Morning Star block of your very own! To find the free pattern sheet make sure to watch the video on our youtube channel, the link is in the description box below the video!
We would love to see your beautiful quilt blocks so please share them using the #agfquiltblockcollection!
What quilt block would you like to see next? Let me know in the comments below!
How is everyone enjoying their summer? It gets so hot in South Florida that I tend to be spending my weekends indoors at the movies, shopping, and sewing! There are two things I love most about sewing. First is COLOR, and second is making quick, fun, rewarding projects. If your anything like me you are going to love that we decided to celebrate our love for color by using the ColorFUN color of the month to create a mini of the month.
The Sunset Rays Mini was made with fabrics from the Tangerine ColorFUN bundle. I also mixed and matched it with some yummy orangey pure elements, white, and our super dreamy linen for some added texture. I loved using these fun fabric choices to make my mini come to life!
Enjoy the tutorial and welcome to All Things Mini!
Fabric G -PE-457
Fabric H- PE-433
Finished Size 17" x 17"
Cutting Directions Four (4) 1 1/2" x 17 1/2" strips from Fabric A
One (1) 2" x WOF strips from Fabric B,C,F,G,and H
Two (2) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" strips from Fabric D Two (2) 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" strips from Fabric D
Four (4) 1 1/2” x 17 1/2” strips from Fabric E
One (1) 2 1/2" square from Fabric H One (1) 3 1/2" square from Fabric H Two (2) 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" strips from Fabric H Two (2) 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" strips from Fabric H
Backing - 20" x 20" square Binding- 1 1/2" x 78" long strip
How to Make the Template
Draw a 10 1/2" square on card stock paper and cut in half on the diagonal. To make more of a permanent template trace your triangle onto a clear plastic template sheet made by Dritz Quilting. I love making templates for all my quilting projects. (it makes life a little easier)
Step 1: Making your Triangle Strip Units
Sew your 2" x WOF strips from Fabric B,C, F,G, and H together and press seams to one direction. Take your triangle template and cut out two triangles facing the same direction.
Step 2: Assembling Other Triangles
Next sew a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"strip from Fabric D to each side of a 3 1/2" square from Fabric H. Press as you go. Now sew a 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" strip from Fabric D to the top and bottom. To finish off your block sew a 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" strip from Fabric H to the top and bottom and then sew a 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" strip to the sides of your piece!
Now take your triangle template and line the diagonal side of your template diagonally on your block and cut two triangles!
Step 3: Finishing Touches
Last step is to sew the strips in the center of our mini! Sew a 1 1/2" x 17 1/2" strip from Fabric A and E together to create four of these units. Sew your 2 1/2" square from Fabric H in between two of these units. Following the mini quilt illustration sew your strip units to your triangles and then sew your center strip to both sides of your mini quilt!
Square off your piece t0 17" x 17". Now it's time to quilt your mini masterpiece! I did some improv straight line quilting creating triangles within my mini. I decided to add some hand sewn stitches with some thinker embroidery thread. I like to try new things every time I quilt something. It's my time to get creative with my quilting and enjoy the process.
I binded my mini with the great orange textured denim from the Denim Studio which frames my mini marvelously! This is the start to my Mini ColorFUN Collection. I can't wait to create more mini's inspired by the ColorFUN color of the month! Stay tuned to my colorful mini quilt adventure! :)
Ready to take your quilting projects to a whole new level? For the next addition to the AGF Quilt Block Collection we will be making the Crossed Canoes Block featuring Le Vintage Chic fabrics. Paper piecing can be so much fun but a little nerve racking if you have never done it before but don't worry by the end of this video you will have accomplished the basics in paper piecing and will be way on your way to becoming a expert.
Le Vintage Chic fabrics was such a beautiful choice for this block with modern fabrics mixed with a vintage flair. I love the softness of the colors which give my block a dreamy look.
Click on the video below to find the free sewing pattern and follow along with me to make the Crossed Canoes Block.
Baby quilts are the best of all worlds, aren’t they? You can choose to make yours a simple basic design that will show off a gorgeous print, or you can showcase intricate piecing that you might not have the time to do with a full size quilt. Why not make a spin on the usual baby and make a quilty baby play mat instead? It’s important for babies to do tummy time everyday and a textured quilt is the perfect place to do it!
Baby play mats are the perfect place to get creative and incorporate embellishments and techniques that will provide fascinating sensory input for baby while they try to perfect their roll. I pack up my baby’s quilty play mat with us when we visit family so that my baby has a familiar safe zone to roll around on. Read below to see how I sewed my own DIY Play Mat!
Sketching Out your Design
You don’t have to be an artist to sketch out your ideas, take out your sketchbook and get creative! Here you can see my (very rough!) sketch where I outline the day/night theme. I decided I would have the sun and moon in the center, with the sun’s rays shining through the trees on one side and mountains on the other. I ended up changing my design quite a bit, but it was still very helpful to have a sketch to refer to during the process. It’s at this point that I curated my little stack of fabrics to use for the play mat and defined a color story. I also pre-washed all my fabrics first so I wouldn’t have to wash the whole mat later and it would be baby-safe as soon as I finished.
Drafting the Pattern
I went the more common round play mat shape for mine and drafted a pattern to have a main circle with a 20.25” radius and a trim that was 4” so that the finished mat measured 47” across. I was able to draft both pattern pieces from one piece of poster board. (I prefer to make my patterns on poster board I buy at the dollar store so that they don’t flop around, but brown craft paper rolls work great too.) My main pattern piece is a quarter circle. Measure out 20.25” from the lower left corner along both sides. Now, making sure that the ruler is aligned with the corner point make marks along the curve every couple inches and blend the marks together.
Another method to drawing the curve would be to make your own DIY compass by measuring out some twine (I find yarn stretches too much), tying one end to a pencil and the other to a pin at the corner so that the twine measures 20.25” and drawing the curve. For the trim pattern piece draw a curve at 24.25.” Don’t worry that the bottom end is cut off if you’re using poster board, we only need part of this curve. Take your quilt ruler and measure out a 30 degree angle line from the left side and mark the line on the trim piece only. Cut the main pattern piece out. Add 1/4” seam allowance to the drawn line and cut out (seam allowance is already included elsewhere). Mark pattern pieces as shown, making sure to mark which edges should be placed on the fold.
Cutting the Back
You can cut your center piece from one piece of fabric by taking 1 ¼ yards and folding it into quarters. Align your pattern piece on the folded corner and cut out your circle.
I chose to improvisationally piece together scrap fabrics for the back so that half of the circle looked like a night sky and the other half looked like a daytime sky. After I pieced a big enough piece I folded it into quarters and used the pattern piece to cut out my circle.
When piecing using scrap fabrics it is helpful to cut the edges straight with a ruler first and then sew at ¼” seam allowance. If you’re a free spirit and would prefer to sew the fabrics first randomly and then trim, that is fine, but mark your sewing line with a ruler so that your seams will be straight. You may feel like you’re sewing straight, but if there is even a slight curve it will make the fabric pucker and it won’t lay flat (don’t ask me how I know, I’m not admitting anything!)
I chose to applique my mountains, trees and sun/moon instead of piecing them because it gave me more leeway to change my design while in the process. First, I cut out pattern pieces for the sun/moon center from more poster board and cut them out. Then, I gathered all my mountain fabrics and started cutting out triangles free hand, and arranging them on the blanket until I got a configuration I liked. I pressed the edges under on the sides and sewed them to the quilt top using an edge stitch. I just made sure the bottom edges were low enough to be covered by the sun/moon. I cut out my sun’s rays without measuring as well and arranged them on the quilt top, marked their places with a disappearing Frixion pen and pressed, folded and stitched them down.
The trunks of my trees were made using a 1” bias tape maker (Cut 2” strips of fabric, and the sides fold in ½”). I highly recommend a bias tape maker if you don’t already have one! To make my treetops I cut out circles and ovals free hand from my selected tree fabrics and stitched them right side down to the bumpy side of some lightweight fusible interfacing leaving a 1” section on the treetops unstitched.
Then I cut out the treetops about 1/8” from the stitching and flipped them right side out. I used a chopstick to help turn the edges. Next was the fun part-- designing my forest! I had fun arranging the treetops and bias tape trunks until I was happy with the arrangement, then I pinned down the treetops and cut the bias tape trunks to size, tucking the ends into the 1” opening on the treetops and folding in the fabric in 1/4” and pinning down the trunks. Then I pressed the treetops, fusing them to the quilt top. I blanket-stitched around the trees.
Finally, I had some fun with using a trapunto technique on the treetops. I ~carefully~ pinched apart the fabrics so that I could cut a little slit in the back fabric of the treetops. Then I stuffed batting and some DIY crinkle material (washed chips bags, cereal bags, candy wrappers, etc.) into the trees. Since I was still going to add batting and quilt around the trees it wasn’t necessary to hand stitch the opening closed. The dimensional trees are one of my favorite parts of the play mat and a great opportunity for sensory play for baby!
Finishing the Top
I cut down my poster board pattern pieces by 1/8” and used them as pressing guides for the sun/moon pieces. First I pressed under the inner side of the moon and blanket stitched it to the sun. Then I pressed under the outer edges of the sun/moon around the pressing guide. Finally, I pinned on the sun/moon to the center and blanket stitched it down.
For the outer band pieces I went ahead and gathered all my little leftover scraps and made wonky pieced fabrics to cut the pattern pieces from. I cut and sewed together the six pieces into one long piece and pinned it to the edge of mat top. I started sewing about 3 inches from the start of the edge and stopped sewing about 3 inches from the end of the strip, then joined the ends and finished sewing the band onto the top.
Quilt Sandwich Time!
I pressed, stretched out the fabric over a backing and batting the same as for any quilt and pinned together with safety pins. I chose to do a cloud free motion quilting motif all over the quilt top, I also made sure to stitch around the treetops to emphasize the dimensional effect. When finished cut and trim around the circle to prepare for binding.
Applying the Binding & Ribbon Loops
Binding is applied the same as for any quilt- it’s one step where a circle is actually easier since there is no mitered corner to worry about. You’ll need about 160” but before applying binding you will want to add some ribbon loops to the edges of the play mat. Choose some nice coordinating ribbon, or add some shiny satin “tags” at this point as well. You can hook toys to the mat on there later and babies just love tags for some reason. Baste the raw edges of the ribbon loops to the edge of the mat. If you place them on the front of the mat, they will point in, if you place them on the back of the mat they will flip out after binding. I placed the loops both ways. After tacking down loops, bind as usual for a quilt and you’re done!
I hope you enjoyed the walk-through of how I made my play mat and that it inspires you to go ahead and design your own play mat! I think puffy colorful shapes or letters instead of trees would be adorable, really there’s so much you could do and in completely customized fabrics that match your nursery décor! What’s not to love?
How is everyone's summer going? I been spending alot of time at the beach and hiking during the weekends. But since Florida is extremely hot during the summer months sometimes I spend my weekends inside sewing with the cool A/C. If your looking for a fun project that you can make a few at a time but still have time to go have fun in the sun I would suggest to give these cute Lace Drawstring Goodie Bags a try! Wedding season is upon us (June, August, September and October) and I know they can be expensive. There are so many neat DIY projects that you can make for your own wedding or for someone you know getting married!
Soulful fabrics by Maureen Cracknell is so romantic and dreamy that I thought if you pair it with some lace and it would be a perfect wedding favor bag to give away at weddings! Of course you can make these bags for any occasion by changing up the fabrics and trim to fit your theme. If you are looking for bohemian fabric or rustic fabricsSoulful fabrics would be a good collection to take a look at!
Watch the video below and make a few Lace Drawstring Bags of your own! They are also great to store jewelry in and to keep small accessories safe.
What other things would you put in these bags? I would love to hear your thoughts!
I hope your summer has been great so far. For me it's a very special summer in my life because my little girl is coming to this world in August. I am so excited and I am trying to prepare the best way I can for her first months. Since I am planning on breastfeeding I realized that making a nursing cover with one of the soft AGF knits would be a great idea! Especially that making it required just one seam! You know that I am fan of easy sewing projects, but this one? Oh well..It amazed me that you can have such a cool, comfy cover in minutes without any advanced sewing skills. Just keep in mind the tips to sewing with knits we published on our blog and you will be just fine! :)
If you are not a new mommy you can successfully wear it as a regular poncho. You can make it in any color you like. Just take a look at the variety of solid knit fabrics we offer. Are you ready to sew? Let's watch the quick tutorial and let us know in comments if you liked it.:)
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P.S. If you like the pants from the picture too, those are the ones that we showcased in Indie Boheme Lookbook;)