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Holiday Decorating 101- Decorate like a Pro

Hey there sewing friends, 

Who loves decorating their homes for the holidays? I don't tend to decorate for every holiday but I do decorate for my favorites like Halloween, Christmas, and Easter! Buying decorations at the store can get a bit expensive and storing all of them can be a pain. Add special handmade pieces to you holiday decor by choosing from the section below of free sewing patterns


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1. Bright Star Ornament

Pick a festive print with a coordinating solid fabric and have fun with this easy folding and sewing technique  that creates this cheerful star ornament! Make  sets of three to gift to your friends this holiday season.  They look cute hung from the tree or placed randomly around your home to liven up any room! 

 

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2.Let it Snow Holiday Pillow

Looking for a show stopper pillow to place on your sofa this Christmas? The Let it Snow Pillow might be the perfect pattern to sew up! Flying geese trees in varying lengths, topped with hand stitched stars! The lovely "Vanilla Mist" yarn dye fabric creates the perfect wintry wonderland for the background in this pillow! 

 

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3. Mini Stocking

 

 Ever try to quilt as you go? This adorable mini stocking teaches you this fun technique, add a few decorative stitches and pop a few candies inside to make a perfect gift to brighten someones day. 

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4. Fabric Christmas Tree

 Wanna take a break from sewing? Try making a fabric Christmas tree by following this fun folding and pinning method. I love how professional all the folded clean edges look. Add your tree to the center of your table to make the most darling centerpiece!

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 5. Holiday Calendar

 Counting the days til Christmas? I know I am!! Do it by making the Holiday calendar and filling the tiny pockets with  yummy treats to make the days leading up to Christmas just a little bit more sweeter. 

 

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6. Divided Organizer Caddy

 Staying organized is key during the busy holiday months! I love these divided organizing caddies to store delicate Christmas ornaments and to keep all my holiday trims in order. 

 

 It's time to grab some winter fabrics of your choosing and sew something special for the holidays!  These fun holiday sewing tutorials has got me thinking up so many new  projects I want to create! Let the Christmas Sew - A-thon begin! 

 

Happy Holidays, 

Meli

 

 

 

 


Holidays are the Perfect time to Sew for Charity

This past weekend on one of my sewing facebook groups a woman posted the question: “Wondering what to make for the holidays this year. Previously I’ve made [XYZ] and it was greeted with a lackluster reception, I don’t think my family appreciates my handmade gifts. What should I make them this year?” I’ve read post after post along the same lines and personally experienced the same disheartening reaction when gifting handmade. It’s for this reason that I now only make handmade items for a very small, select group of individuals that I know really appreciate and love the things I’ve sewn for them, about five lucky ducks. The rest, I just save time and buy them something I think they will love. No hard feelings, everyone is happy and I didn’t waste creative energy, supplies and time. An added bonus is that by limiting the amount of people I make gifts for I’m able to really devote my time to each gift and embellish with special little details.

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Sticking to my hardline, slightly Grinch-y, “no handmade gifts for most” policy can be hard though. Sometimes, I just want the pleasure of making tons of beautiful gifts! I remembered that in the past AGF hosted a charity sewing booth at Quilt Market and a quilt drive for the hurricane victims in Texas.  Then, I had an epiphany- now is the perfect time to sew for charity. This is the time of year when those in need most appreciate the gesture of a handmade gift made with love. Despite how busy I am I’ve been working on projects to donate. What better way to use up the quilt scraps and finally tackle those half finished abandoned projects? Knit remnants too big to throw away, but too small for most projects are the perfect size for preemie sleep gowns and hats! Scraps that would have been tossed in the garbage can become stuffing for a pet bed! Since I’m starting a little late, I know I may not finish my ambitious goals in time for the official gift giving holidays, however my donations will still be appreciated in January or February.  In fact, I plan to continue my charitable scrap & stash busting throughout the year.

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With the hustle and bustle of everyday life and holiday preparations we can be so busy preparing for the holiday that we don’t feel the holiday spirit. Slowing down and making gifts for charity (and lucky family and friends) allows us to really relish the spirit of the season. So, AGF Sewists, turn on the holiday music, grab a mug of hot cocoa and sew! Who’s with me?

 

Here’s a list to check out:

Donate quilts and blankets to:

www.quiltsofcompassion.com

www.projectlinus.org

ww.quiltsforkids.org

ww.americanheroquilts.com

www.blankets4canada.ca

Baby Items for Hospital:

www.carewear.org

Hospital Pillow Cases for Children:

https://www.cookchildrens.org/giving/volunteers/Pages/stitch-a-wish-volunteers.aspx

Pet Beds for Shelter Animals:

www.buddysblankets.com

www.snuggleproject.org

General Humanitarian Sewing

ww.hats4thehomeless.org

ww.pinkslipperproject.org

ww.daysforgirls.org

Check with local churches and sewing or quilting guilds for any local charities you may be able to sew for, contact local women's, homeless and pet shelters and see if they have need of anything.  Another important note, make sure to read up on the organization’s guidelines and requirements before starting a project, some have very specific sizes and material guidelines. 

Any experienced charity sewists out there?  Let us know which is your favorite charity to give to and any tips or advice you may have!

Happy Sewing!

Christine


"Quilt As You Go" Mini Stocking Tutorial

Hello fabulous makers!

As you all know we are only a few days from Christmas day! Isn’t this crazy…time flies! If you’re like me, you’re probably putting all the finishing touches on all your gifts. One thing that drives me crazy about the holidays is that I put so much effort into wrapping gifts nicely, but in the end you just rip everything up. Plus, throwing away all the ripped paper isn’t eco-friendly (I at least try to recycle).

In order to find an alternative to wrapping some of my gifts, I’ve decided to make mini stockings I can give to my friends with small gifts like gift cards, candies, etc. I thought this would be a cute way of presenting my gifts to them while giving them something handmade. And... since we're in South Florida I decided to give my stocking a tropical flair with the vivid fabrics from Here Comes the Fun by Sew Caroline. :)

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For those of you looking for a cute way of giving presents, I’ve prepared a tutorial on how to make the mini stocking. It’s a fun project where you can use scraps and if you’re a beginner sewist (like me) you can learn the “quilt as you go” technique. Check it out!

DOWNLOAD stocking template here. 

I hope you all enjoyed this holiday tutorial!

Happy sewing!

-Stephanie


Let’s continue having fun with green and red fabrics - holiday sewing patterns

Hello awesome makers!

We are so happy by all the positive feedback we got about our Holiday Colorfun! I am glad that you love the colors combination and today it’s time to inspire you with some projects that can be sewn with the featured christmas fabrics. Red is a captivating color that keeps us warm on cold winter days and green is an color of hope. When you combine those together you can create an amazing Christmas mood. So let’s sew!

  1. Asymetrical blouse

Isn’t this pine tree fabric print just perfect for this year’s Christmas eve? What I especially like about the pattern is the asymmetric hem that is a bit longer in the back than in the front. :)

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  1. Reversible Baby Shoes

These shoes will make a great holiday gift for your little one. Since there is no exposed seams in the pattern, they are fully reversible. Use emerald green fabric for the outside and another Christmas fabric print for the outside of the shoes. You will be able to choose the side depending on the color of your baby's outfit.

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  1. Straight and  Steady Table Runner

How about sewing this table runner for your Christmas table? You can make it with traditional Christmas colors: red and green fabrics but I think that this navy blue print with gold stars( Midnight Roof) from the Wild and Free collection by Maureen Cracknell matches the holiday atmosphere perfectly as well!

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  1. Hobo Bag

You will make any girl happy by making her a beautiful bag this holiday season. I especially like the fussy cut details on the front of the bag. They add a special touch to it. :) 

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5.View Ridge Top

You can never have enough floral tops in your closet! I love this red floral fabric print from our organic fabric collection “Hello Ollie”. The gathered front detail adds an extra feminine touch to this top.

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Take a look once again at the prints featured in our Holiday Edition of Colorfun. Did you know that you can buy all the ColorFun fabric bundles in Fat Quater shop? Wouldn’t that just be perfect Christmas gift for a crafty person in your life? Or maybe just wrap it and put it under Christmas tree for yourself. ;)

Happy Holiday sewing!

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Add a Crafty Touch to Your Presents with AGF Gift tags

Howdy howdy everyone!

Christmas is next week and we are getting everything ready! What about you?

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As you all know, gifts are a way to show people you care about them and that you are thankful for everything they do for us. As makers we like things to look good and pretty. Especially those gifts we give to our loved ones on special occasions! I decided to create little gift tags so you can add more color to your Christmas presents. What I like about these tags is that they will take your gifts to another level, plus you can say they are handmade! I hope you enjoy and use them :)

 

click here to download the gift tags!

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I hope you guys enjoyed,

Caro

 


Wreath Tutorial featuring Here Comes the Fun by Sew Caroline

Hey there awesome makers!

Today is a busy day here at the office but I'm so in love with Sew Caroline's new collection, Here Comes the Fun that I had to make something with it. Since the holidays are coming soon, I wanted to make something related to them. So, I thought of a cool wreath. I decided to use Here Comes the Fun because of its colors and prints. Here in South Florida we have what we call a "warm-winter" because temperatures around the 60's and 70's are the coldest we can get. Basically, we are able to go to the beach and do other activities outside because the weather is very tropical! My holidays are colorful and full of sunshine and I'm very thankful for it. :) 

Now, let's get started!

Supplies you will need:

  • Steel Wire

  • Florist Wire

  • Tape

  • Fabric scraps ( measurements may vary. It depends on how big you want the wreath to be) I used scraps of 1.5'' x 7 '' approximately.


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1) I used the steel wire to create the shape of the wreath. What I did was very easy, since it comes in a oval shape I just cut it. I'm not going to give you exact measurements because that's up to you. You can make it small, medium or big.  I used the tape to stick the to edges together.  For the second oval shape repeat the same steps, the only difference is that this shape you have to make is smaller so it fit's inside the big oval. Now, to tie both circles together you will use the florist wire. Leave a 2'' space in between the circles.


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2) After having the shape of your wreath it's time to cut some fabric! I used fabric scraps which was awesome because sometimes we don't know what to do with them. 

I cut them approximately (1.5'' x 7'') each of them. Cut as much as you need to fill your wreath.


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3) Tie with a knot each piece of fabric just like you see in the picture. Repeat the same step until you fill both circles!


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4) This is how it will look once you complete the bigger circle. Now, let's keep working on the smaller one!


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Isn't this beautiful?! This is the easiest project I've ever done and it's perfect to hang it on my door. I'm thinking about making these to give them as Christmas gifts!

I hope you all enjoyed,

Caro.



 


Let the Sewing Month Festivities Begin!

Hey there!

Isn’t it crazy how time flies? It seems like yesterday we were celebrating the New Year and in a blink of an eye, it’s already September. Here at the AGF HQ were quite fond of this month because it’s dedicated to the craft of sewing! For those of you who don’t know, September is National Sewing Month here in the US.

In 1982, President Ronald Regan declared September as the official month for sewing to recognize the importance of the craft in people’s homes. We must admit, your families are super lucky to have you in their lives. It’s not often that you find someone that is creative who can make a beautiful quilt, mend and sew garments, and most importantly make handmade gifts! To celebrate our favorite hobby, passion, and the fact that sewing makes us feel more alive, we have prepared a few activities for you!

In addition to releasing our newest collections, Lagom by AGF Studio and Heartland by Pat Bravo; our AGF Sewcialite Mister Domestic will be hosting 2 sew alongs! YAY!

Here’s what’s coming your way:

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  1. The Milla Bag Sew Along | Starting September 6th

Do you remember our recent post 5 Bag Patterns for Back to School? Due to popular request and an awesome response from all of you, we’re excited to teach you how to make one of the bags that were featured in the post! You’ll be able to download our free pattern to the Milla Bag and Mister Domestic will teach you step-by-step how to construct the bag on his blog. How cool is that?

But the fun with the fabric master doesn’t end there…

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  1. Mister Domestic’s Mystery Sew Along | Starting September 19th

Yes, you read right…a mystery sew along! Mister Domestic is going to teach you how to make a special project he has been working on! Stay tuned to see what it will be. ;)

Wait there’s more…

Get ready to be inspired with amazing children’s garments and quilts! Karly from Paisley Roots will be hosting a Back-to-School Blog Tour featuring Heartland fabrics by Pat Bravo (starting September 12th) and Sari from Sariditty Handmade will be hosting the second edition of The Denim Studio Blog Tour (starting September 26th).

To make things even more fun, we’re going to have a giveaway opened for the whole month of September! Two winners will have the chance to win this lovely curated bundle of our fabrics.Sewing month giveaway

To enter the giveaway:

Fill the form below. Once you have entered your information will disappear and you’ll receive and email to confirm your entry.

Winner will be chosen Friday, September 30 at 3:00pm EST. Good luck!

I hope you’re excited about all the Sewing Month festivities we have prepared for you! Stay tuned and let us know how you will be celebrating the art of sewing this month.

 

Happy Sewing!

Stephanie

 

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Grecian Getaway: An Expert Sewer's Voile Point-of-View

You may have first heard of Katarina Roccella in our Nördika release post. She's responsible for this collection's amazing video. Katarina has just returned from a refreshing family trip to Skopelos, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. This island can only be described as visual paradise, and it's easy to see how much her latest projects were inspired by it.

We've caught up with Katarina to talk about her experience and latest use of two gorgeous fabrics from our Voile collection. Keep reading to hear about her trip, project inspirations and even recommendations of use for Voile.

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So far, what sewing projects have you created using Voile?

I made the summer caftan with a matching shabby flower and the summer tiered twirl dress for my daughter.


What is your favorite thing about Voile? Do the prints inspire a specific feeling, or image for you?
 
When the fabrics arrived, aside from the gorgeous designs, I fell in love with the exceptional quality--an amazing, buttery feel.

The whole collection is really stunning and it was tough choosing only a few prints to sew with. But since I knew I would be taking my creations with me to Greece, I chose the blue prints (I'm obsessed with photographing my creations and imagining the best locations to showcase the designs and prints). The traditional Greek combination of blue & white was perfect for the prints I chose.

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What uses or projects do you recommend are best suited for this fabric collection? 

Voile's fabrics are excellent for garment sewing, specifically for summer projects. I would use them for accessories (bandanas, scarves, headbands and different crafty flowers: think small and big pompoms for weddings and other embellishing crafts) and clothing (especially tunics, blouses, skirts and dresses), but would like to try them for quilts too. I saw some amazing quilts on the web made with Voile fabrics.

 

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Do you have anything else planned to make with Voile?

While being on the beaches in Greece, I regretted not having made one of those large Gypsy-type headbands for my girls. I'd also love to make some more garment pieces and patchwork cushions, too. And definitely a small quilt.


Can you recommend needles and thread combinations (or even techniques) to use with the fabric?

Sewing with Voile is really easy especially if you have right type of needles and thread. Regarding needles, I'd recommend size 9 sharp needle or any other small size needle appropriate for lighter weight fabrics. For the thread, use some fine thread--it shouldn’t be heavier than 50 weight thread, and I read some great reviews about Aurifil Mako 50wt quilting cotton for use with Voile fabrics.

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Voile fabrics have a characteristic beauty that is sheer and crisp, not unlike the scenery around Skopelos. Between them, the prints and texture of the fabric also have a balance of weighlessness and a drape that layers beautifully.

 



Katarina has posted the Summer Kaftan Dress tutorial on her blog, and is currently finishing up the Tiered Dress tutorial. You can stay up-to-date on her tutorials by following her on Twitter. You can also check out our Free Sewing Projects page for this, as well as many other sewing projects.

We're grateful for her continued engagement with our fabrics and our aestethic point of view! I had a fun time looking through her beautiful stream of photos on her flickr, and was especially intrigued by her linoleum cuts and prints so I've chosen a couple as the closing statement to what I hope was a visually uplifting post.

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(All photos courtesy of Katarina)

 

Sew on,

Lorena

 


Happy St. Patrick's Day

So I woke up this morning and poured myself a bowl of lucky charms and pondered what I would do for St. Patrick's day tomorrow. This is Mia’s 1st real St. Patty’s and I want to make it really fun. As a child growing up I went to catholic school and the nuns would always make a whole event out of St. Patrick’s Day. That morning all the kids would come into the classroom and see it all decorated in green with tiny green foot steps revealing a path of mischief. The fish tank would have green water (I don't remember any fish in it tho, so I think they were safe) and the leprechaun trap would have been set off but with no leprechaun inside. We really wanted that pot of gold!

So with all those fun memories I finished my bowl of Lucky Charms (which I bought in honor of this holiday) I got my little one out of bed and got her dressed for some quality time with grandma. Of course I send her off with her own bowl of cereal and marshmallow goodness.

Now to start the decoration process before it is time for work. I hang up my garland that is St. Patrick's inspired and put up the rest of my small accent pieces that add green to the house (green books, vases, place-mats, towels.)

Slowly the place transforms into an homage to the leprechauns.

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Here’s a look at some of the elements I added to my décor. They are easy to make and use basic items found around your house.

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The garland adds green to the room and represents the St. Patrick’s day theme without your traditional shamrock.  I also had some books covered in fabric and put those on my coffee table for easy reading.

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Adding a green vase and changing all the towels to green are my finishing touches.  Easy peasy!

Oh and last night I made a St. Patrick’s day cake for the girls at work. Mia ate half the icing and stayed up til midnight (wonder why.)

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She ended up with a green mouth from all the icing she stole. She had a lot of fun helping me and even had “cake watch” duty. She insisted on watching the cake cook and let me know every 5 minutes that it was done.

After the cake cooled down we stacked the different layers and iced the outside. I topped it off with a nice shamrock (or at least my take on what it looks like, soo not an artist)

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I baked the cake in layers and made each one in different shades of green... Can you see it?? (I had seen a really cool one on Pinterest and tried to make one like that but that cake puts this one to shame... oh well tastes just as good on the way down!)

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Yum yum! I do have to say it was delish! and we all have green tongues to prove it (no pic needed, trust me..lol)

Well ladies and gents I hope you all have a great St. Patrick's Day tomorrow and most importantly I hope you catch some leprechauns so you can get that "pot of gold" they are rumored to have ;)

Happy St. Patty's Day!

<3 Anais

 

 


Mended Hearts Kit

In honor of Valentine's Day we wanted to share a simple project that makes a great gift for that special sewer or quilter in your life.

This kit is great for sisters, mothers, daughters.... well you get the point. Show someone you care with a "Mended Hearts" mending kit

This kit is extremely easy to make. Below is what you will need:

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 What goes in the kit.....

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And the final product will look like...

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 GIVEAWAY

Since you are the best fans EVER we are going to giveaway 4 kits individually themed.

Themes are:

1. Romantic

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2. Funky

 

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3.  Traditional

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4. Modern

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 Kit will include a tape measure, buttons, ripper, safety pins, thimble, scissors, pack of needles, pack of pins, 1 spool of coordinating thread and a small bundle of fabrics matching the theme of the kit..... Wow that's a lotta stuff!

 

To enter the GIVEAWAY you must:

1. Like us on Facebook

2. Must comment on this blog and let us know which kit you would like to win.

 

Giveaway closes Friday, Febuary 10th. Good Luck :)

 

Love,

Pat Bravo & AGF Team

xoxox