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5 bag patterns you will love made with Canvas fabric!

As a woman, you can never have enough bags. There's always going to be a prettier bag than the one that you have. Am I right? Well, I would like to help you solve that little problem! I gathered 6 bag patterns for you to make at home. Isn't that GREAT? Haha, well... for me it is, because I LOOOVE handmade handbags especially when there's tons of pretty fabrics to choose from. My favorite thing about making my own bag is that I can add my personal touch to give that "unique" feel to it. 

These 5 bag pattern I found, where all made with AGF Canvas fabric which in my opinion is great to make bags, clutches, backpacks, home decor, upholstery and even clothing! If you haven't tried our Canvas fabric yet, I encourage you to do it. Why? Because you will really feel the difference when sewing with this 100% premium cotton substrate :) and because it's soft yet at the same time sturdy enough to make all the projects I mentioned before. 

Let's take a look at these cute bags!

6 bag patterns you will love

What did you think? Feel free to download the patterns to these bag and do a little selfish sewing.

1- Easy tote bag tutorial - you can find the pattern here.

    Featuring: Garden Dreamer fabrics by Maureen Cracknell

    Print: Moment in time dim (canvas)

2- 1192 Cali Foldover Bakcpack - you can find the pattern here

    Featuring: Here Comes the Fun fabrics by Caroline Hulse (sew caroline)

    Print: Block Stencils Pop (canvas)

3- Timber Mosaic Bag - you can find the pattern here

     Featuring: Fleet and Flourish fabrics by Maureen Cracknell

     Print: Roadside Guides Opal (canvas)

4- Study Haul  - you can fin the pattern here

    Featuring: Sketchbook fabrics by Sharon Holland

    Print: Ink Outburst (canvas)

5- Pool Side Tote-  you can find the pattern here 

    Featuring: Boardwalk Delight fabrics by Dana Willard

    Print: Soda Straws

Well my crafty friends, I hope you all enjoyed this post! If you make some projects with Canvas fabric don't hesitate to share them on social media by using the hashtag #ArtGalleryFabrics and #AGFMakerSpotlight for a chance to be featured on our instagram and blog! 


Talk to you soon,



Quilting for Beginners: Disappearing Four Patch Block Tutorial

Hello sewing friends, 

Have you checked out the new Capsules lookbook yet? If you haven't you are in for a real treat! Capsules fabric collection consist of four bite size fabric collections that are so much fun! For this collection I thought making a Disappearing Four Patch block would be perfect! It was so much fun mixing the prints with solids from our pure elements and our yarn dyed fabrics


This block is a pretty quick sew and the steps are so easy! So if you are new to quilting this is a great block to try out! Click on the video below to follow along or click here for the written instructions! 




Looking for more quilt block video tutorials? Click here to explore! 

Comment below and let me know what quilt block tutorials you would like to see next! 

Stay tuned for the next addition to our quilt block collection featuring Fusions by AGF!

Happy Sewing,



The Capsules look book is out!

Hello, hello fabric friends!

Today, is a very special day because it’s the big release of our Capsules bite-sized collections! Each collection that’s part of Capsules contains ten prints arranged in unique themes that are ideal for modern sewing projects. Our vision for these bite-sized collections was to bring together the newest and timeless textile trends that would work well in a variety of projects.

Our Capsules Collections Consist of:

Mad Plaid | The reinvention of classic plaid patterns with an AGF twist that will give any project a trendy look.

Mad Plaid collage template

Lower the Volume | This range is a fresh take on neutrals consisting of light gray, off-white, and ivory enhanced by subtle designs.

Lower the Volume collage

Letters | This bite-size collection is an expressive take on language and romance through unique typography and loving phrases.

Letters collage

Take Shape | Modernist sewing just got better with Take Shape. This rage consists of bold geometrics against a minimal color palette.

Take Shape Collage

Ok, so now that you got a glimpse of all of the Capsules you have to check out the look book! Flip through these amazing pages and let the inspiration flow…


Inspired to make a few quilts? Well, make sure to download the four FREE QUILT PATTERNS that match each of the collections.

Capsules Product Inspiration Quilts 1

(from left to right)

Last but not least, enter the giveaway for a chance to win all of the Capsules collections. Yay! Simply fill out the form below. The giveaway ends March 27th at 3:00pm. Good luck!

Giveaway capsules

I hope you’re feeling inspired to create all kind of projects with Capsules!


Happy sewing!




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Congratulations Jane Hawthorne you have won a fat quarter bundles of our Capsule collections. Check your email! :)

National Quilting Day 2017

Hey there, quilty friends!

Did you know that March 18th is National Quilting Day? Yes, you read that right! This is an important day for all of us quilting enthusiasts! In 1991, the National Quilt Association declared this special day to inspire people to take on this beautiful craft and to encourage makers to share their love for quilting with everyone. Every year this day takes place on the third Saturday of March and this year it's March 18th.


So, in the spirit of all things quilting, here are a few fun facts about quilts!


  • The word "quilt" comes from the Latin word culcita which means a stuffed sack, but it was adapted to the English language from the French word cuilte.

  • During American Colonial times, quilts were know to be predominantly wholecloth quilts. Later on, pieced and applique quilts began to appear between the 1170-1800 period.


During the late 20th Century, art quilts began to gain popularity for their aesthetic and artistic qualities rather than for functionality. These quilts were hung on walls rather than used on beds.


For more fun facts, check out this awesome blog post my friend Caro made (psst, you can pin the graphic). I hope you’re excited to celebrate National Quilting Day! Grab your friends and start a new quilt from one of our free patterns, work on your UFO’s, and make sure to visit your local quilt shop to see how they’re celebrating. 😉

Happy Quilting!



"Quilting." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 12 Mar. 2017. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

6 Sewing Projects Made with Black & White Fabrics

Hello, fabric lovers! 

Today, let’s talk a little about black and white. For as long as I can remember I have loved this classic color combination. These colors are great for backgrounds, accents, or simply anything. With the release of our Capsules and collections such as Lagom, black and white fabrics have been in our sewing room waiting to be turned into lovely projects. We even had to devote the Month of March to black and white fabrics as part of our ColorFun series to show off our obsession.

ColorFun collage black and white

But the fun doesn’t end there! Check out all the cool projects you can make with the modern black and white prints we chose for this month.


Now let’s see some project ideas!

1. Quilt featuring Letters Fabrics (Capsules)

Quilt backing


To me, the backing of a quilt is just as important as the beautiful piecing that goes into the front. Having fun prints as backing is a nice surprise that complements all the work that was put into the quilt. This is why I love this XO black and white fabric for any backing. 

2. Nora Doctor Bag featuring Pastel Thrift Fabrics

Black and white handbag

Is there anything more elegant than a black and white handbag? Especially, when you make it to fit your style! Check out the pattern to this fabulous bag made with typewriter text fabric by clicking on the name.

3. Baby Onesie featuring Boardwalk Delight Fabrics

Baby_eat it all

OK, this baby in this onesie made with the “Eat it All” fabric print is too cute! Don’t you just want to smother him in smooches? If you have a baby or know someone with one on the way, this adorable ensemble is quick make for any day. 

4. Axel Skirt featuring Lagom Fabric

Lagom skirt

If you consider yourself a fashionista, this trendy skirt is a great project to add to your wardrobe! The jagged black striped fabric will add a timeless touch to the design of this skirt. Plus, it’s casual enough to wear with a t-shirt.

5. Throw Pillow Featuring Hello Bear Fabrics

Buck canvas pillow

We just had to include one of the most loved AGF prints to our black and white fabric showcase; the Buck Forest Night print! The simple deer silhouettes are great for any project and this specific print even comes in canvas. So, if you’re looking to make a sturdy yet funky project, this print is calling your name.

6. Misses’ Peplum Top featuring Maker Fabrics

  Peplum top square

Last but not least, I simply had to feature a classic peplum top with the pins and needles fabric. This stylish top is perfect for warm spring weather and the cute fabric is a great conversation starter for any maker. (✿◠‿◠)


I hope you’re excited to start sewing with black and white fabrics! Stay tuned for the next edition of AGF ColorFUN!


Till next time,




Different uses for canvas fabric - Mister Domestic's tips about AGF substrate - AGF Let's Talk Fabric

Hello all makers!

Let’s talk about canvas! This sturdy yet soft AGF substrate is perfect for the kind of sewing project that requires more durable and sturdy fabric. Have you ever tried to renovate your furniture by changing the upholstery fabric? It’s so much fun and we encourage you to do so! Among our wide selection of designs you will surely find prints that match your home decor. AGF Canvas is also perfect for garments and fashion accessories because it's great for projects that need more structure while feeling soft against you skin. How about sewing jackets, dresses, pants, bags or backpacks with this versatile fabric?

If you need some tips on how to sew with canvas, check out the video below where our AGF sewcialite, Mister Domestic shares his experience on sewing with this substrate. Get inspired with the projects you can make and get ready to think outside the box when sewing with canvas!



We hope you enjoyed  the video and you start falling in love with this substrate. Here is some more tips on how to sew with canvas on your home sewing machine:

  • Use a longer stitch length than for quilting cotton (a good length will be between 2.0-2.2). The stitch will look nice and will also make it easier to sew through multiple layers.
  • Use a thicker needle ( the best thickness would be 100/16 or 110/18 Jeans needle). If the needle is too thin it may break.
  • The thread we recommend to use for canvas is 28 WT Aurifil thread, which is strong and works perfectly on home sewing machines.
  • When pinning two layers of canvas together, use sturdier pins or use fabric clips instead.


Stay tuned for our series of blog posts where we will be sharing patterns that you can use to make projects with canvas fabric.

I hope you will have an awesome time discovering possibilities of AGF Canvas.

Happy sewing (with canvas;))!