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February 2016

The Denim Studio/Velocity Hand Bag

Hello Fabric Lovers,

Have you been keeping up with your to sew list for 2016? Well I think I might have another "must add" to your project list! It's called the Velocity bag which you might have all seen featured in the AvantGarde Fabric Project Catalog.

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 I first made this bag with our new textured denims for International Quilt Market in Houston last October! It was constructed a little different when I made it with AvantGarde fabrics. In the Velocity Bag PDF pattern there are three pattern pieces that make up the bag, in the textured denim bag there were four pattern pieces. I wanted to show case all the amazing solid textured denims in this bag to show how beautifully they look together. We offer four solid textured denims that are perfect weight for handbags as well has other projects that call for sturdier fabrics such as jackets, upholstery, rugs, and many home decor accessories but the possibilities are endless.   


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 To make the denim Velocity bag version all you need to do is take pattern 3 and tape it following Diagram 1 and add 1/2" seam allowance as indicated. (Diagram 1)


Now you have four pattern pieces to use all of the solid texture denims. This bag is so chic and stylish but best of all is roomy enough to fit everything you will need for the day! Click here to get the Velocity Bag Pattern! Also make sure to check out the Fabric Project Catalog for more fun projects using The Denim Studio Collection!   

Happy Sewing,


Introducing Sew Sally



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 Every other Friday, join us here on the AGF Blog to follow Sew Sally through one of her many crafting "episodes". 





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Join us again on

March 4th

for another Sew Sally Episode!

Until then, keep calm and sew on ;)


The Denim Studio/Shades Table Runner Tutorial

Hello Everyone,

What have you all been sewing lately? I am busy designing and sewing with The Denim Studio Fabric Collection. I am working with the smooth denim and linen! I am so in love with the texture and colors of these fabrics! I decided to make a table runner that consists of four 12" blocks with different fabrics which is featuring our new Solid Denims in four of our lovely shades. In the Shades table runner I wanted to show you that you can easily mix and match our new smooth denims with all of our cotton fabric collections! This table runner was such a joy to make! You will have so much fun pairing your favorite smooth denims back with your favorite AGF collections! Once you start sewing with our denims you are not going to want to stop. Our Denim Studio fabrics are a bit wider then our traditional cottons which are 43”-55”. Are denims range from 55” to 59” wide. You may have some left over fabric after making the Shades table runner and  I suggest to make some coasters or napkins to go with this lovely table runner!



Here is what you need to get started:


Finished Table runner 12"x 48"  

Fabric Requirements
Fabric A-DEN-S-2004- 1/8 yd.
Fabric B-DEN- S-2000- 1/8 yd.
Fabric C-DEN-S-2002- 1/8 yd.
Fabric D-DEN-S-2003-1/8 yd.
Fabric E-DAR-54308-1 FQ.
Fabric F- AVG-28902-1 FQ.
Fabric G-HME-70403-1 FQ.
Fabric H-HME-70402 -1 FQ.
Fabric I-BOU-7040-1 FQ.
Fabric J-BOU-7050-1 FQ.
Fabric K- FLO-9128-1 FQ.
Fabric L-FLO-8121-1 FQ.
Fabric M-DEN-L-4000- 1/4yd.

Binding-DEN-L-400 (Fabric M) Included
130” long- Approx 2 strips- 1 1/2” x WOF

Backing - ART-43104- 7/8 yd

Cutting Directions
Each piece has 1/4” seam allowance added.
Four (4) 1 1/2” x 4 1/2“ strips from Fabric A,B,C, and D
Two (2) 4 7/8” x 6 7/8“ rectangles from Fabric A, B, C, D, E,G,I, and K
One (1) 4 1/2” squares from Fabric F,H,J, and L
Eight (8) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strips from Fabric M


Step 1:

Take two 4 7/8” x 6 7/8” rectangles from Fabric A and E. Place Fabric A rectangles right side together to a Fabric E rectangle. For one set of rectangles cut from the right bottom corner to the left top corner and for the other set of rectangles cut from the bottom left corner to the top right corner. Sew triangles to form four half rectangle triangles. Next sew four half rectangle triangles following Diagram 1.  


Step 2:

Next it’s time to sew the center part of the block. Take two 1 1/2” x 4 1/2” strips from Fabric A and sew them to each side of a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric M. Repeat this step again to create two of these pieces. Now take these two pieces and sew them to each side of a 4 1/2” square from Fabric F. (Diagram 2)


Step 3:

Next sew both pieces made in Diagram 1 to each side of the piece made in Diagram 2. (Diagram 3) Make three more blocks following this process using the rest of the fabric pieces. Follow table runner illustration as guide.



Table Runner Quilting Assembly 

  • Place BACKING FABRIC on a large surface wrong side up. Stretch it with masking tape against that surface. Place batting on top of backing fabric. Place quilt top on top of the batting with right side facing up. Smooth away wrinkles using your hands. Pin all layers together and baste with basting thread, using long stitches. You can also use safety pins to join the layers.
  • Machine or hand quilt starting at the center and working towards the corners. Remember that quilting motifs are a matter of personal preference. Have fun choosing yours! After you finish, trim excess of any fabric batting, squaring the quilt to proceed to bind it.


  • Cut enough strips 1 ½” wide by the width of Fabric M to make a final strip of 130” long. Start sewing the binding strip in the middle of one of the sides of the quilt, placing the strip right side down and leaving an approximate 5” tail. Sew with ¼” seam allowance (using straight stitch), aligning the strip’s raw edge with the quilt top’s raw edge.
  • Stop stitching ¼” before the edge of the quilt (Diagram B1). Clip the threads. Remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot. Fold the strip in a motion of 45 degrees and upward, pressing with your fingers. (Diagram B2) Hold this fold with your finger; bring the strip down in line with the next edge, making a horizontal fold that aligns with the top edge of the quilt (Diagram B3). Start sewing at ½” of the border, stitching all the layers. Do the same in the four corners of the quilt.
  • Stop stitching before you reach the last 5 or 6 inches. Cut the threads and remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot. Lay the loose ends of the binding flat along the quilt edge, folding the ends back on themselves where they meet. Press them together to form a crease. Using this crease as the stitching line, sew the two open ends of the binding with right sides together (you can help yourself by marking with a pencil if the crease is difficult to see).Trim seam to ¼” and press open. Complete the sewing. Turn binding to back of the quilt, turn raw edge inside and stitch by hand using blind stitch.


Hope you all enjoyed the Shades table runner tutorial! Our new smooth denims are a dream to sew with and mixing them with our regular quilting cottons will add a perfect softness and texture to all of your projects! Make sure to check out The Denim Studio Fabric Project Catalog, where you can find more great projects designed with Denim Studio fabrics!



Say Hello to The Denim Studio by AGF


Hey everyone!

We hope you all are having a great Wednesday! We are on cloud nine with the official release of The Denim Studio! We announced our newest substrates back in October for Quilt Market and there has been a BUZZ 'til this day. With our newest substrate, we aim to bring you endless possibilities! We have been working very hard to reinvent the quintessential American fabric, and we're excited to bring you an awesome array of 25 denim SKUs. Here's a little denim video to get your inspiration going! 

Lets talk about our Denim Prints. For the first time ever, we are bringing PRINTED DENIM to the sewing industry. These lightweight fabrics consist of beautiful floral, geometric, and texturized designs printed on classic denim blue backgrounds. My favorite denim print is "Painterly Wash" because it reminds me of an impressionist painting. 


We also have a selection of Solid Textured Denim in four rich colors. This medium weight denim is great for projects that need a bit more structure or to add a pop of color. Take a look at this bag made with all of the Textured Denims, isn't it to die for? All of the AGF girls want to take this bag home...


Then there's our oh so soft, Solid Smooth Denim! Its light weight, luxurious feel makes it a dream to sew with and is great for garments. 

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Last but not least, we have our Premium Linen Blend and Lovey Dobby. The linen-cotton blend in a natural color and dobby are ideal for boundless combinations. Dobby is great for garments due to its drape and softness, while the linen is great for contrast. Look at how well both go together!


AGF denim even works well in quilts! Thinking of making a few quilts with denim?  Find these FREE patterns available in the lookbook.

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It's time to feed your AGF Denim craze with this inspirational lookbook we have created for you, remember some projects have links to patterns + instructions. (Feel free to share them with all your friends) Enjoy! 


We are sure you are already thinking of specific projects with a few (if not all) of the prints!! This is our pride and joy, being able to bring you modern, unique, and trendy designs every time. If you have a favorite collection be sure to ask your independent quilt and fabric shop about it, and remember you can always download our app to have AGF at your finger tips.

For this giveaway, we'll be choosing 3 WINNERS and you'll have the option of choosing 3 yards of ANY denim you want! Choices will be granted based on availability and mixing and matching will be allowed. 



CONGRATULATIONS to Aileen Moretti, Mary Lou C., and Lesley on winning some AGF Denim! 
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You can enter the giveaway by simply: 

Giveaways ends Feb 25th at 3pm EST and the winner will be chosen using and announced on this very post. 


Happy Sewing,


Time to use some of your scraps (Video Tutorial)

Happy Friday! 

We are happy to bring you another Bernina project, this time is "Fabric Bin Video Tutorial" 

In this tutorial you will learn how to program letters, numbers, and to create boxed corners on a Bernina 380 sewing machine. You will also be able to choose the size of your bin depending \on what you plan on storing. This project is full of fun techniques and it features our teal, turquoise, and carbon Squared Element prints mixed with matching pure elements for the lining.

With out further ado, click here, to view the tutorial and have fun creating these fabric bins!

Till next time, 



Hi, don't be shy!

    D r u m  r o l l  p l e a s e!

Yes, I’m calling for my own drum roll ;) My name is Elaina, but friends and family call me Nay (long story). Introductions always seem a little too safe for my liking. I’m going to start off by saying that I’m the girl that tells it like it is, because sugar can be poisonous. I come from a very large family, and have learned early on in life that to get what or where you want you have to chase it, until you can't run anymore...and then take a deep breathe and chase some more! With that being said, I’m a very passionate person…I give everything, my everything.

    Being a part of the AGF family is more than exciting for me, it’s life changing! I have always been interested in art, design and creativity. AGF has tied all of that into the perfect little bundle. My love for sewing actually came out of necessity. Growing up I was always extremely tall and thin, and I could never find pants that were as small, or as long, as I was (tough life, I know). I took control of that situation by altering pants to fit me the way I wanted them to. My first few attempts at altering clothes were amusing, to say the least. Eventually… I got the hang of it. I wish I could say that those early attempts of sewing blossomed into a love for fashion design, but not so much.  If anything, I’m kind of mad at fashion for not catering to the struggles of a lanky girl. Those types of experiences taught me to solve problems, not sulk in them. 

    As a new contributor to the AGF blog, I'll be sharing some pretty cool stories and insights on the fabric world and beyond. I am the mother of a very adventurous two year old boy, so you can imagine I'll have to share some motherly advice and tips I have learned during these last two years as well. Art and design pretty much flow through my veins. I plan on tying my many passions into the fabric and sewing world to bring a more personal touch to your daily reading routine. More than anything else, I aim to inspire you. 

    I remember my first portfolio class in high school, we had to paint a portrait of a person. I was so scared because I had never even attempted to paint anyone, ever. Well, let’s just say my first portrait was a little flat, and a lot of ugly...but I finished it. Today, I've painted more portraits than I can keep track of. Art has taught me that nobody is born “good” at anything. With enough practice, and a lot of passion, we can all master anything. Whether you've just started your first quilting project, or just can't find the energy to finish sewing your latest masterpiece, remember that somewhere out there somebody is looking up to you for inspiration. So, until we meet again...get 'er done!