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All Things Mini- Sunset Rays Mini Quilt Tutorial

Hi There, 

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! 

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Enjoy the tutorial and welcome to All Things Mini! 

Fabrics Used: 

Fabric A-GRD-79908 

Fabric B-FAN-4071

Fabric C-CUR-19138

Fabric D-SE-615

Fabric E-DEN-L-4000

Fabric F-PE-444

Fabric G -PE-457

Fabric H- PE-433

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Backing- HBR-4434-6

 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) 

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 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.

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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!

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Now take your triangle template and line the diagonal side of your template diagonally on your block and cut two triangles!

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 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!

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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.  


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 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! :) 

Enjoy, 

Meli 


Paper Piecing Tips- How to Make a Crossed Canoes Block

Hello Makers, 

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. 

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Click on the video below to find the free sewing pattern and follow along with me to make the Crossed Canoes Block.

Make sure to share your creations on social media using the hashtag #agfquiltblockcollection !

 

Happy Sewing

Melissa


Baby Play Mat Tutorial

DIY Baby Play Mat

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!)

Applique

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.

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Trapunto Trees!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

Here are the fabrics I used:

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Have a great, fabric-filled day!

~Christine

 


Sew Crafty: DIY Lace Drawstring Goodie Bags

 Hello fabric friends,

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 fabrics Soulful fabrics would be a good collection to take a look at! 

 

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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! 

There are so many great Sew Crafty projects on our Youtube Channel if you are looking for fun quick things to make! 

Until next time stay cool, 

Melissa 


How to sew knit nursing cover - Sew Crafty tutorial. Learn how to make breastfeeding cover with knit fabric in minutes!

Hello makers!

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! :)

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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.:)

I hope you liked this Sew Crafty video. Remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don't miss any AGF news, tutorials and fun videos we publish every week.;)

P.S. If you like the pants from the picture too, those are the ones that we showcased in Indie Boheme Lookbook;) 

 

Happy Sewing!

Alex


Quilting for Beginners- How to Make a Granny Square Block

Hello Everyone, 

Ever feel like no matter how much you try to manage your time you never have enough time to get everything you want accomplished? Most often times we end up not doing things that are important to us because we are busy cleaning, working or taking care of everyone else but ourselves. If your trying to squeeze in a little bit of sewing to your everyday routine I would suggest sewing up a block from the AGF Quilt Block Collection! Most of these blocks are beginner friendly blocks that don't take that long to make. So far the quilt block collection has 19 quilt block videos that you can follow along and make one, two or all of them to create your very own sampler quilt! 

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The next addition to the collection is called the Granny Square Block! I like this block because all it consists of are 3 1/2" square sewn together and cut in such a way where it reveals this beautiful patchy x design! Enjoy the video below and make sure to download a copy of the pattern instructions

 

 

For those of you following along we would love to see your quilt block creations. Make sure to share your blocks on social media using the hashtag #agfquiltblockcollection

Happy Sewing, 

Melissa 


Must Make Summer Project - Relax Anywhere Mat Tutorial

Hello Wonderful Makers, 

Summer is here! I can't believe June is over! We are getting into the hot summer days where all you want to do is be at the lake and kick back and relax! I created a must make summer project that I promise you will get a lot of use out of this summer! It's called the Relax Anywhere Mat! Head over to the weallsew blog to find the full tutorial!

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I used the amazing blue fabrics from the In Blue fabric collection. The modern fabrics and colors add a refreshing feel to keep you cool in the summer months ahead! This project is a quick make that wont keep you indoors for to long! Make one for everyone in your family to enjoy! 

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What is everyone up to this summer? Share your summer adventures below! 

Enjoy, 

Melissa


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!

Pillow cover tutorial

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: 

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

Until then, Happy Sewing!

 

-Christine

 


Quilting Tips - How to make a Garden Walk Block

Hello Makers, 

Time for a quilt block tutorial! I love the days we release a new fabric collection because I get so excited to share with you tips and tricks to help you in your quilting journey by showing fun and easy quilt blocks to add to your quilting resume! Today we will be making the Garden Walk Block featuring Charleston and Les Petits Fabric. In this video we learn to make four patch and triangle point blocks. This block is a pretty quick sew and the contrast of the red and blue fabrics makes this block pop, which I absolutely love.  

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Follow along with us by watching the video below! Also to download the PDF pattern with all the written instructions click here! 

 

For more fun sewing videos click here!

 

In the comments box below let me know what block tutorials you would like to see next! 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Melissa