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Fussy Cut, Appliqué, Repeat- Indie Style Sewing Patterns

Hello Makers, 

Have you seen the Indie Folk fabrics lookbook yet?  Words can't explain how amazing the appliqué projects are! So I knew I had to create a blog post all about different ways you can incorporate the art of appliqué into your sewing and diy projects. I am totally  in love with the bold, rich colors in Pat Bravo's new collection Indie Folk fabrics, which I think will go perfect paired with any sewing project this time of year! Take a look below at some of the great ways to add applique to garments and home decor projects for a indie style and boho flair.  

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Modern Quilting with Reverie Fusions- Sew Up Something New

Hello Quilty Friends,

What is your go to quilting style? There are many different ways to create a quilt: patchwork, applique, paper piecing, English paper piecing, art quilts and the list goes on. Which ever style you prefer it usually falls into two different categories Modern or Traditional.  Depending on what fabric collections we  are working with, the theme we are aiming for, and how we are feeling that day all depends on how our quilt designs come to life! Today I would like to share this fresh modern quilt design we made with Reverie Fusions fabric

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We mixed the dreamy blooms and soft geometric prints from Reverie Fabrics with solid smooth denims from the AGF Denim Studio and our snow Pure Element which added amazing texture and complexity to this quilt. The quilt is made entirely out of strip pieced blocks and put together in such a way to create this kaleidoscope looking design that keeps your eyes moving with excitement! I love how the happy colors pop from the background fabric and the cool shades of denim fabric makes for a refreshing, crisp feel. 

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You can find the pattern for this quilt in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue of Modern Patchwork. Pick up a copy today and get started on some great projects to make as gifts for the holiday season ahead! 

To share our love for modern fabrics and quilting we are giving away a fat quarter bundle of Reverie fabrics along with a copy the Nov/Dec issue of Modern Patchwork

To enter the giveaway fill out the form below! Good Luck and Happy Sewing. :)

The Giveaway is from November 13- November 20! 

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Congrats Kathy Luehrs you are the winner! Make sure to check your email! :) 

 

Ready for Thanksgiving? - Sewing Patterns you will love

Hey Everyone, 

November is here and it's time to start thinking about your holiday gatherings with family and friends! November is one of my favorite months because of the yummy food, the warm cozy colors that fill our home and the smells of cinnamon and pumpkin candles in the air all while being surround by family and friends. I put together some great sewing patterns that will come in handy during the Thanksgiving season!



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Handmade Toys for Kids - Sewing Plushie

Hey There, 

What was your favorite toy when you where little? For me it was a little pink and white stuffed penguin that rattled when you shock it.  My mom made it for me  and gave it to me the day I was born. I carried that penguin around EVERYWHERE...I couldn't sleep, eat, or function unless I new exactly where it was. Not sure how me and my pal the penguin parted ways but we were inseparable for quite a long time. 

Stuffed animals or plushies are not only cute but are a great comforting gift to make for little kids. Below I share some of my favorite plushies patterns for sewists of all levels. 

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Dressing for Fall- Creating the Perfect Wardrobe

 Hello Fabric Friends, 

What's your favorite season? Mine has always been Fall! Growing up in Minnesota I couldn't wait for the hot summers to be over and the cool crisp breeze to come, which meant it was time to break out the boots and leggings. It also meant creating outfits with layering pieces like scarfs and cardigans. There is nothing better than a perfectly balanced layered look!

Below I share great sewing patterns to add to your to sew list for Fall.  Adding these great pieces to your closet will have you perfectly prepared for what the Fall Season has in store!

 

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  1. Scarves 

Let’s start with the ultimate topper to any outfit in fall, scarves!! Not only do they look cute they also serve as a great layering piece to keep you nice and warm. We love making our scarves in AGF Rayon to make nice lightweight scarves that won’t add to much bulk to our outfits. If you are looking for your scarf to be extra warm and cozy try AGF knit.

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  1. Button Up Blouse by Burda Style

This oversized button up with extended shoulders looks so cute tied in a knot or tucked in for a more polished look. Pair this blouse with your favorite jeans and roll up the cuffs for a casual look. This blouse acts as a great layering piece, I love wearing oversized button ups over basic dress or in place of a cardigan.

We made our Button Up with the “Gitan Paradis Pearl” from the Indie Boheme Collection.

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  1. Lourdes Cropped Jacket by Named

Layering the perfect outfit can take a bit of playing around but with the Cropped Jacket by Named layering becomes super easy for any fashionista to master.  The inverted pleat at the back makes this jacket effortless to wear and the boat neck with rounded corners is perfect for showcasing the décolletage.

 Another great feature this jacket has is the ¾” sleeve with dolphin hem which makes it perfect for adding stacks of bracelets or a timepiece and some bangles.

We made our Jacket in “Scarlet Brick” Solid Textured Denim from the AGF Denim Studio.

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  1. Wenona Shirt by Named

Here is another great version of a button up shirt with more details you can choose add. It has two great options to choose from, a loose-fitting button-up shirt or a knee-length shirt dress. The front pleat detail is super structured yet playful and the three-piece sleeve with the middle piece that continues up until the collar is perfect for using two different fabrics. We used our AGF Linen mixed with “Adobe Clay” Solid sooth denim! They make such a dreamy combo! 

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  1. Locked Tote by AGF Studio

Ok! A look is never finished without a bag! The Locked Tote is perfect for being prepared for the days that never seem to end. We all led busy stressful lives and not having enough handbag space shouldn’t be one of them! This spacious tote has a cute front flap pocket that is perfect for keeping all the most used items throughout your day! This bag is extremely functional yet will bring together any outfit you decide to put on! We made our tote with prints from Artisan Fabrics mixed with AGF Denim and faux leather.

 

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  1. Knit Tunics and Leggings by Simplicity

Creating a staple wardrobe would never be complete if we didn’t talk about super soft leggings made with AGF Knit and of course an asymmetrical long tunic to pair it with.This ensemble makes you look nicely put together but also feel comfortable and confident throughout your day. The tunic is made with “Tin Tint” AGF solid knit which is a nice light neutral grey. The leggings are made with the “Become One Antique” knit print! Spice up your leggings by using a fun geometric print!

 

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Have fun layering this fall season and I hope you add some of these outfits to your wardrobe. Make it your own and style it to your liking. To get great tips on how to simplify your wardrobe check out this great blog post by Bonnie Christine!  

Looking for fabrics to sew up some of these great patterns? Here is a great blog post where Steph talks all about her favorite fall fabrics.

Til Next Time,

Meli


Modern Fabrics for Everyday Outfits

Hi There, 

What are some of your favorite sewing patterns? I know I am always on the lookout for sewing patterns that are first somewhat easy and quick to sew up and second they have to be comfortable! And just because it’s comfortable don’t mean it can’t be cute!  

Picking the right prints for your garment is the fun part! I am really digging Dana Willard’s new collection! Blush fabrics has super fun geometric fabrics mixed with modern floral fabrics. My favorite print in the collection is the print called Cat Nap, perfect for all the cat lovers out there!

Lastly, I need to pick the right fabric substrates. My go to fabrics for sewing apparel for me and my family are AGF knit fabric and rayon fabric. AGF cotton fabrics are also great because they have enough drape for clothing yet they have a bit more structure that works great for so many great clothing patterns like dresses and lightweight jackets!

 

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Here are a few of my favorite sewing patterns that can all be found in the Blush Lookbook.

1.Kitty Dress by Maven Patterns

 With bust darts to frame your figure and a peter pan collar for a sweet modern look the Kitty Dress is a great basic dress to have in your wardrobe. It also includes the option for 3/4-length or short sleeves. This dress is easy to wear and what I love the most is you can add different style of collars or no collar at all which makes this dress super versatile.

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2.Vintage Joan Dress by Burda Style

We made our Vintage Joan Dress with our Floret Sun Kissed rayon fabric. This dress can easily be worn casually to the grocery store or an afternoon in the park but can also be transformed to go out to a nice dinner or a special occasion all while being super comfy and looking great! The feel and drape of AGF Rayon is amazing and you can really live in it and not be afraid to get it dirty or use and abuse it on your daily endeavors. I really love how the armholes are constructed to taper towards the neck, which helps accentuate the shoulders. 

 

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 3. Sugar Pop Top by Sew Caroline 

The Sugar Pop Top is perfect for the those of you who live in jeans. Throw on a Sugar Pop Top and a pair of your favorite jeans and you will be ready to face the day! Just like the Kitty Dress you have the fun collar action which who can change up to your liking. This top has two great sleeve options, cap sleeves for the everyday look or flutter sleeves to make your top a bit more dressy!

 

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4. Anywhere Skirt by Dana Willard

I love dresses but skirts are a great alternative for the person who loves their jeans and tops. Try switching up your everyday wardrobe with a simple skirt and a basic t shirt or blouse!

Isn't Dana adorable in this outfit? :) 

 

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5. Audrey Pants by Burda Style

We made our Audrey Pant with the Retro Petals Power knit print! My favorite things about these pants are of course the super deep pockets and the beautiful tapered hem. We paired our pants with a solid knit fabric basic tee. Tuck it in for a more polished look!  

 

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 I hope you all end up sewing up some of these sewing patterns and incorporating them into your wardrobes! I look forward to hearing about some of your sewing faves! 

Check out this great inspirational video featuring Blush Fabrics

 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli 


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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"Get the Look" from Simple Life Pattern Company

Hello fabulous makers!

Can you believe we’re only a few weeks away from the holidays? As you all know, it’s time to do a little stretch, explore your fabrics stash, and start sewing handmade gifts! I know it seems overwhelming but don’t worry, we have something that will make your life a bit easier.

If you’re thinking of sewing a bunch of holiday outfits for your kids or you would like to give your friends a set of patterns, Simple Life Pattern Company has paired up with us to offer exclusive “Get the Look” kits that feature AGF! Yes, you read right! Now, you can sew all the Simple Life Patterns you love with your favorite AGF collections! Some of the popular collections included are Playground by Amy Sinibaldi, Lavish by Katarina Roccella, DARE by Pat Bravo and many more.

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If you visit the new “Get the Look Kits” section on the SLPco website, you’ll find 6 pages filled with cute dress patterns, shorts, tops, and a myriad of baby patterns ranging from sizes NB- 12. What’s great about these kits is that more will be added with every collection we release! Therefore, you'll always be able to sew new patterns with the newest AGF collections.

To take a closer look at some of the adorable outfits you can make for your little ones, check out the “Get the Look” lookbooks we’ve prepared for you.

 

Girls' Looks:

 

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What did you think? I’m sure your little one will look like a fashionista with these outfits. ;) To purchase any of the “Get the Look Kits” visit the Simple Life Pattern Company website.

 

Feel free to tell us what your favorite Simple Life Pattern is.

 

Happy Sewing!

-Stephanie


Sleep Mask - DIY Tutorial!

Hey hey makers!

How are you doing today? I hope you are all feeling great because I'm feeling happy and excited! Today, I will teach you how to make a sleep mask. I found this project very useful and fun because every girl needs her beauty sleep! The best thing about this projects is that it's not hard to make. Since I'm a beginner, I always try to look for cool and useful projects that are not that complicated. I think this one was a success! 

Well, let's begin with this fun adventure!

 

Supplies:

  • 2 pieces of cotton fabric (12'' x 6.5'') each

  • 1 1/2" x 34'' strip of fabric

  • 10" Elastic band

  • Batting (12'' x 6.5'')

  • Glue gun

  • Scissors

  • Sewing machine

  • Sewing needle 

  • Rik rak trim (you can use any trim for decoration)

  • Safety pins

  • Template (click here to download)


 

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1. Print the template, cut it and then pin it to both pieces of fabric you'll be using.  


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2. Proceed to cut the fabric around the shape that you have pinned. It will look like this.


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3.Pin the fabric to the batting and cut out along the edges of the fabric (follow the same shape).

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After cutting it should look like this!


 

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4.  Pin your 1 1/2" x 34" strip all the way across and sew the right sides together on the edge.  This will be the strap of your mask.

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5. Once you have sewed the edge of the strip turn it inside out. Pin a safety pin to a elastic band and insert it . Pin a safety pin to a elastic band and insert it into one of the ends of the fabric tube. Start moving the elastic through the tube, letting the fabric bunch along it. Keep doing it until you get to the other end of the tube. I suggest pinning the other end so the elastic doesn't move. 

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6.Sew the elastic to the fabric at both ends of the tube. By doing this you will ensure that the elastic stays spread across.

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7. Now, it's time to start sewing your mask! Place right sides of your mask together with the batting on the back of one of the fabrics. Also, make sure to place the elastic tube in the middle of the fabrics (like a sandwich). Then, pin the edges together. Sew a straight stitch all around the edges of the mask. Make sure to leave a 2.5" open hole to be able to flip the fabrics.


 

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8. This is how it should look after you sew the mask. 


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9. After, sewing all around the edges, you will flip the mask right side out. Then, you will sew the open hole by using a needle and thread with an invisible hand stitch. 


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10. Make sure to iron your mask when you finish. This will give it a smooth and nice look.



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And VOILA! This is how the sleep mask will look! I added some decoration to it so it will look fun and cute. You can do the same. Just cut two 3'' rik rak trim ( or any other decorative trim) and hot glue them in the middle of the mask and they will look like sleepy eyes. :) Oh! In case you guys loved the fabric, I used Hello Ollie Fabrics by Bonnie Christine.

 

I hope you all enjoyed!

Caro.


Let's continue having fun with Grey fabric prints

Hello, beautiful crafters!

We hope that you love our selection of fabrics for October Color Fun! Today we want to share with you some projects made with a couple of featured grey fabric prints. We hope to inspire you even more with this cool, muted and elegant color! Pay attention to the colors that were combined with grey in these projects. As you remember from our previous Color Fun blog post, we explained how to mix match grey with other fabric prints. Take a look at the subtle addition of bright yellows, greens, or pastels in those projects. What a great way to add a little pop of color without taking away the beauty of grey itself! 

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1.“Humingbird” Tunic

What girl doesn’t love owls, right? I know my niece is crazy about them and she would jump to the stars if I made her this knit “Humingbird” Tunic with this grey owls fabric print. The Heartland line, designed by Pat Bravo includes more grey fabric prints that perfectly match yellow and pink prints. Stay tuned for the release of the look book for tons of sewing ideas!

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  1.  Gathered skirt with attached shorts

Maybe, you can't tell from the picture but this skirt has actually attached shorts underneath! Your girl will twirl all day long while she wears this skirt without worrying that her undies are uncovered! We wanted to feature another grey owls fabric print because it looks perfect for this project and because girls just love owls and...twirling!

 

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3.Quilt featuring Lagom collection

Do you notice those dark grey half square triangles in this quilt? How do you like the selection of other fabric prints? Don’t the pastely pinks and blues match the dark grey fabric perfectly? If you haven’t yet, you must check out the whole Lagom collection and discover more grey and pastel modern fabric prints.

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4.Emma Dress

What I especially like about this dress is the little collar made with contrasting vivid yellow fabric. Also, there is something about this lettered grey fabric print that makes it so modern and classy! Oh.. and the pattern offers three sleeve lengths! Isn't that cool?

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 5.Canvas & Vinyl Tote Bag

This tote sewn with grey canvas fabric is sturdy and so trendy! I  love the combination of canvas and vinyl! Since grey goes with so many outfits, I think this tote should definitely be on your sewing list this season!;)

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Take a closer look once again at our selection of grey fabric prints. I hope that you entered our Color Fun giveaway! If not there is still a chance to win this pretty bundle. Just click here and fill out the form located at the end of the post. Good Luck!

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Wishing you a very smooth and creative fall sewing!

Ola

:)