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Mug Rug Sewing Tutorial

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Ah, I can already smell the cinnamon spice in the air! It’s time to snuggle up in your favorite quilt and grab a hot cup of tea, and enjoy a nice Netflix holiday movie! This is my favorite time of year to sew (who isn’t, right?) to sew several small projects in order to make plenty for myself and my loved ones. I’ve noticed that mug rugs are all over the internet and I can totally see why because it checks all the boxes of what I’m looking forward to sewing! 

If you have never heard of a mug rug before, it’s a quilted mat that combines a coaster and a placemat to hold your drinks and a snack. The perfect 2-in-1 project that I knew I had to make a unique tutorial for all of you to recreate. 

Let’s get started:


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I used some nice warm tones for the fall season and used collections like Sharon Holland’s Kismet, our Sparkler Fusion, and Luna & Laurel collection, with a mix of blender fabrics such as our Floral Elements and Pure Solids

You will need Fat Eighths for all fabrics.

 

Four (4) 2’’ squares from fabric A.

Two (2) 2’’ squares from fabric B.

Three (3) 2’’ squares from fabric C.

Three (3) 2’’ squares from fabric D.

Three (3) 2’’ squares from fabric E.

One (1) 7’’ x 8’’ rectangle from fabric F.

One (1) 11 1/2’’ x 8’’ rectangle from fabric F.

One (1) coffee template from fabric G. 

 

Join fabrics A, B, C, D, and E squares following the diagrams below.

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Take one (1) 7’’ x 8’’ rectangle from fabric F and the assembled piece and join them.

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Take a batting piece and quilt as desired.

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Take the Coffee Template and place it on top of fabric F. Place it about 1’’ from the left side and about 1 ½’’ from the bottom.

Place steam-a-seam on the coffee template and iron it so it sticks on the mug rug.

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Topstitch all around to secure it.

To create the smoke on top of the coffee, use the free motion quilting or hand stitch if you prefer.

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Take the backing fabric and place it right sides together. 


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Sew all four sides leaving about 3’’-4’’ of opening to flip the piece inside out.

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Clip your corners, flip your piece inside out, press your piece and close the opening. 

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And you are done! Enjoy cutting up some squares, appliqueing, and quilting this sweet project! Let me know if you recreate your own version of this by tagging us on social media using the hashtag #artgalleryfabrics, we would love to see it! Also, in the comments below let me know your go-to holiday movie that you'll be enjoying this mug rug on. 

Until next time, 

Happy sewing! 

-Jannelle 

 

 


Flannel Scarf with Fringe Tutorial

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Ever‌ ‌since‌ ‌we‌ ‌received‌ ‌our‌ ‌Flannel‌ ‌fabric‌ ‌here‌ ‌at‌ ‌AGF,‌ ‌I’ve‌ ‌been‌ ‌fascinated‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌material‌ ‌and‌ ‌brainstorming‌ ‌all‌ ‌sorts‌ ‌of‌ ‌projects‌ ‌that‌ ‌can‌ ‌be‌ ‌created‌ ‌with‌ ‌it!‌ ‌ ‌

I’ve‌ ‌been‌ ‌wanting‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌a‌ ‌long‌ ‌scarf‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌while‌ ‌and‌ ‌what‌ ‌a‌ ‌better‌ ‌way‌ ‌to‌ ‌use‌ ‌our‌ ‌new‌ ‌Flannel‌ ‌substrate‌ ‌since‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌extra‌ ‌soft‌ ‌and‌ ‌cozy.‌ ‌ ‌

In‌ ‌this‌ ‌tutorial,‌ ‌I’m‌ ‌going‌ ‌to‌ ‌show‌ ‌you‌ ‌how‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌a‌ ‌flannel‌ ‌scarf‌ ‌with‌ ‌fringes.‌ ‌It‌ ‌was‌ ‌fun‌ ‌experimenting‌ ‌with‌ ‌this‌ ‌fringe‌ ‌as‌ ‌I‌ ‌pulled‌ ‌each‌ ‌thread‌ ‌one‌ ‌at‌ ‌a‌ ‌time,‌ ‌but‌ ‌just‌ ‌take‌ ‌your‌ ‌time‌ ‌and‌ ‌enjoy‌ ‌the‌ ‌process!‌ ‌ ‌

To‌ ‌make‌ ‌this‌ ‌scarf‌ ‌you‌ ‌will‌ ‌need‌ ‌2‌ ‌yards‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌Width‌ ‌of‌ ‌Fabric‌ ‌(WOF)‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌“Wondering‌ ‌with‌ ‌Bear”‌ ‌Flannel‌ ‌print.‌ ‌ ‌

Before‌ ‌you‌ ‌start‌ ‌this‌ ‌project,‌ ‌make‌ ‌sure‌ ‌to‌ ‌take‌ ‌note‌ ‌that‌ ‌you‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌creating‌ ‌the‌ ‌fringes‌ ‌perpendicular ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌selvage,‌ ‌since‌ ‌that’s‌ ‌where‌ ‌it‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌easier‌ ‌to‌ unravel ‌the‌ ‌fabric ‌and‌ ‌overall‌ ‌be‌ ‌a‌ ‌better‌ ‌look‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌fringe.‌ ‌ ‌

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Fold‌ ‌your‌ ‌fabric‌ ‌right‌ ‌sides‌ ‌facing‌ ‌together.‌ ‌Lay‌ ‌your‌ ‌piece‌ ‌flat‌ ‌making‌ ‌sure‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌folded‌ ‌evenly.‌ ‌ ‌ IMG_4587 BLOG

Pin‌ ‌your‌ ‌edges‌ ‌and‌ ‌sew‌ ‌ inside ‌the‌ ‌selvage. 

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Mark‌ ‌a‌ 1’’ ‌line‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌top‌ ‌in‌ ‌and‌ ‌bottom‌ ‌in‌ ‌edge ‌‌with‌ ‌an‌ ‌erasable‌ ‌pen.‌ ‌ ‌

 

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Edgestitch‌ ‌your‌ ‌sides‌ ‌and‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌marked‌ ‌lines.‌ ‌

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Stitch‌ ‌again‌ ‌on‌ ‌top‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌marked‌ ‌lines‌ ‌to‌ ‌create‌ ‌a‌ ‌stronger‌ ‌stitch‌ ‌before‌ ‌you‌ ‌start‌ ‌pulling‌ ‌the‌ ‌threads.‌ ‌IMG_4808 BLOG
Take‌ ‌a‌ ‌seam‌ ‌ripper‌ ‌and‌ ‌start‌ ‌separating‌ ‌and‌ ‌pulling‌ ‌thread‌ ‌by‌ ‌thread‌ ‌until‌ ‌you‌ ‌create‌ ‌your‌ ‌fringe.‌ ‌ ‌

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Continue‌ ‌pulling‌ ‌thread‌ ‌one‌ ‌at‌ ‌a‌ ‌time,‌ ‌until‌ ‌you‌ ‌have‌ ‌created‌ ‌1’’‌ ‌of‌ ‌fringe.‌ ‌ ‌IMG_4855 BLOG
Repeat‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌other‌ ‌edge‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌scarf.‌ ‌ ‌

Take‌ ‌an‌ ‌old‌ ‌brush‌ ‌in‌ ‌order‌ ‌to‌ ‌brush‌ ‌and‌ ‌clean‌ ‌any‌ ‌leftover‌ ‌thread‌ ‌and‌ ‌tada!‌ ‌You’ve‌ ‌got‌ ‌yourself‌ ‌a‌ ‌beautiful‌ ‌flannel‌ ‌scarf.‌ ‌ ‌

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And you're done! If you make this beauty for the winter, make sure to tag us on social media using the hashtag #AGFFlannel, so we can share the love!

Until next time,

Happy sewing!
-Jannelle 


HST Zanthia Pillow

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Welcome back, fabric friends! 

Today we are featuring one of my favorite and easiest way to create a patchwork pillow, I like to call this one "Zanthia" and if you know about basic half-square triangles, then you'll especially love making this pillow. Once you create the HSTs, all it takes is some cutting and rearranging to complete this look! 

Have fun with your fabric choices too, as for this tutorial I kept it simple by using AGF Pure Solids, but play around with some movement by including some prints. 

Let's get started!

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:

Fabric A PE-421 1 yd

Fabric B PE-436 1/2 yd

Fabric C PE-456 1/2 yd

Fabric D PE-457 1/2 yd

Fabric E PE-482 1/2 yd

 

EXTRA MATERIALS:

  • Batting
  • Cotton Rope-90” for piping
  • Backing:
  • Two (2) 24” squares
  • Pillow fill

 

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS:

Three (3) 2” x WOF strips from fabric A.

Two (2) 22” x 15 3/4” rectangles from fabric A.

Two (2) 12 7/8” squares from fabric B.

Two (2) 12 7/8” squares from fabric C.

Two (2) 12 7/8” squares from fabric D.

Two (2) 12 7/8” squares from fabric E.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

To complete this pillow you’ll need to make two different blocks, for each block you’ll need two different HST combinations.

Begin with block #1.

For the first HST combination, take one (1) 12 7/8” square from fabric C and one (1) 12 7/8” square from fabric E.

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Place one on top of the other, right sides of the fabric together, align.

Use a fabric marker and your ruler to trace a diagonal line from the top left corner to the right bottom corner.

Sew 1/4” away from each side of the previous traced line.

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Use your rotary cutter to cut on top of the drawn line.

Press open, you should end up with two (2) CE HST’s.

Set aside.

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Repeat the previous steps this time with one (1) 12 7/8” square from fabric D and one (1) 12 7/8” square from fabric E.

You should end up with two (2) DE HST’s.

Diagram-4Sub-cut the HST’s into six (6) 2” strips as shown in the diagram below.

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Sew the strips together alternating the colors following the diagram below for strip placement.

Make a total of two (2) block #1.

Press and set aside.

Diagram-6Move on with block #2.

Take one (1) 12 7/8” square from fabric B and one (1) 12 7/8” square from fabric D.

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Place one on top of the other, right sides of the fabric together, align.

Use a fabric marker and your ruler to trace a diagonal line from the top right corner to the left bottom corner.

Sew 1/4” away from each side of the previous traced line.

Diagram-8Use your rotary cutter to cut on top of the drawn line.

Press open, you should end up with two (2) DB HST’s.

Set aside.

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Repeat the previous steps this time with one (1) 12 7/8” square from fabric C and one (1) 12 7/8” square from fabric B.

You should end up with two (2) CB HST’s.

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Sub-cut the HST’s into six (6) 2” strips as shown in the diagram below.

Diagram-11Sew the strips together alternating the colors following the diagram below for strip placement.

Make a total of two (2) block #2.

Press and set aside.

Bring one (1) block #1 and one (1) block #2.

Sew them together and repeat the same steps one more time to end up with two rows.

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Quilt as desired.

I suggest and echo quilting with contrasting thread but feel free to get creative!

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Take both 22” x 15 3/4” rectangles from fabric A.

Fold one 15 3/4” edge 1/2” towards the wrong side of the fabric of each rectangle.

Fold the same edge ó” again and edgestitch the fold in place to have a clean edge.

Take the quilted pillow top and lay it at the right side up.

Take one rectangle from fabric A and align it wrong side up to the right side of the pillow top.

Take the other rectangle from fabric A and align it wrong side up to the left side of the pillow top.

Pin the three pieces in place and sew around the edges at 1/4”.

Clip the corners and flip the piece to the right side of the fabric.

Fill the pillow.

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and you're finished! I hope you enjoyed what I did with the quilting, I felt like I had to do something unique for this project. It'll be a cool idea too if you quilted on the red and orange pieces. 

If you found this tutorial helpful or have any questions, please let me know in the comments below! As always, if you end up making this project, tag us on social media using the hashtag #artgalleryfabrics, I would love to see your creations.

Until next time,

Happy sewing!

-Jannelle

 

 

 

 

 


Binding for Beginners - Easy Way to Finish Your Quilt Projects

Hello Makers, 

Hope you are finished making your handmade makes and have them beautifully wrapped under the tree! I can't believe Christmas is only three days away! Hope you all have a relaxing and safe holidays! But before you start celebrating I have a Quilting Tips video for you showing you a simple binding method that will have you finishing your quilting projects like a pro! There are so many different ways to bind a quilt and choosing the one that works for you may take some time. In this video I will show you the most successful method I have found that has given me the best results with the least amount of stress and fuss. Enjoy the video below! 

If any of you are like me and have a stack of unfinished projects at the binding stage, NOW is the time to start checking them off your projects list. With binding, practice makes perfect and practicing on smaller projects like potholders or table runners are perfect projects to build your confidence to get you ready for binding larger quilting projects. 

Happy Sewing, 

Melissa 


Two Ways to Join Quilt As You Go Blocks- Quilting Tips and Techniques

Hello Sewing Friends, 

 I am welcoming December with open arms and a big smile on my face! I have always loved counting down the days til Christmas with each passing day my excitement grows in anticipation for spending time with family, eating holiday treats and creating memories that will last a life time. Today I have a fun quilting tips video about how to attach your quilt as you go blocks in two different ways using the stitch in the ditch method and the binding strip method! 

If you missed out on my last quilting tips video all about the basics of Quilting As You Go make sure to check this video out for a great scrap busting tutorial! Use the  blocks you create in todays video and sew them up to create a table runner or full size quilt! 

I decided to get into the holiday spirit and whip up some AGF Holiday inspired free block patterns! Choose from two great patterns or sew them both, the Winter Wonderland Block is a gorgeous tree pattern and the Bauble Block is the cutest ornament block perfect for showcasing large scale fabrics!  

Enjoy the video tutorial below! 

Happy Sewing, 

Melissa


How to Quilt As You Go - Time Saving Scrap Buster Technique

Hello Makers,

I am so excited about our brand new Youtube Series called Quilting Tips! In this playlist my mission is to cover all the basics every beginner quilter should know to jump start them on their quilting journey and to have them making finished quilts in no time!

Today’s new video is about Quilting As You Go!  Grab a piece of batting and pull out your scrap bin because not only is this process a great scrap buster but it saves you the extra steps of having to quilt your project after you have pieced it together. Quilting as you go you is essentially piecing your fabrics as well as attaching it to the batting so you are doing the piecing and quilting all in one step! After learning this fun technique you will never throw out another scrap a fabric again. It's so much fun making your project as small or as big as you want and watching it grow. You can turn your finished piece into so many fun projects like coasters, tote bags, placemats, pillows and so much more!

To follow along with me to make your own quilt as you go project watch the video below!

 

Make sure to head over to our Youtube Channel to discover more quilting tips, tutorials and fun fabric videos!

Happy Sewing,

Melissa