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Sewing with AGF Canvas!

Let's talk AGF canvas! Okay first off, have you ever sewn with our canvas?! 

I remember the first time I touched our canvas, I was instantly surprised by the softness and lightness of it. It didn't feel like your typical rough and heavy material that often comes to mind when you think of this substrate! 

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Our canvas fabric comes in a wide selection of colors and designs, and is ideal for upholstery, home decor, garments and much more! Did you know AGF canvas fabric is sturdy enough for structured projects yet soft enough for apparel?! From classic florals to modern geometrics, and typography prints, there are tons of different prints to choose so you can create a wide range of unique projects. Unlike most competitors, our canvas is lightweight and unexpectedly soft! With a cotton blend that adds some wrinkle resistance to the fabric, our canvas is a great option for outer garments like blazers, jackets or even a pair of cute overalls. Its also OEKO-TEX certified, so it's free from harmful chemicals! 

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Here are some quick tips about sewing with our canvas (just in case you need a refresher)!

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Because we want you to feel MORE COMFORTABLE and CONFIDENT with sewing using this substrate, we put together a "Canvas Fabric Lookbook" for you that has TONS of inspiring ideas! :) 

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To enter, please click here. Giveaway ends Tuesday, July, 2nd, 2019. Good luck! 

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Beginner's Journey: First Time Sewing with Canvas

Hello again, makers!

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Today I’m excited to have started a new chapter in my sewing journey, and it was to use another substrate I wasn’t familiar with. I really wanted to learn more about our canvas substrate, so what better to make a project with it? First thing, I thought of sewing was a tote because I wouldn’t be afraid of cutting a lot of pieces, and it could also be simple enough for any beginner to make! I started this project on the first day of summer so I was inspired by the summery canvas print “Mexican Morning Dress” by Dana Willard to make the perfect tote for a beach day, or a trip to the farmer’s market.

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I have to admit, I was a little intimidated on working with this canvas because I really did not want to mess up such a beauty of a print! I also wanted to use as much of it as I could without being wasteful. But to my surprise, working with this fabric was (dare I say) even easier than working with cotton! It was so soft but it has a sturdiness that made it easy to cut and sew on.

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Oh, snap! Check me out, sewing away!  With my sewing wizard, “Meli” by my side, she guided me through the entire process. A fun thing about this tote bag is that it’s totally customizable. I wanted to make it rectangular shaped, so it could be long enough to fit a rolled-up towel or some fresh baguettes! I cut out 16’’ by 21’’ rectangles and repeated that cut on the inner lining which I decided to use a cotton print by Dana called “Windmill Magenta” from her Blush collection.

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Here are some close-ups while I was sewing that I thought would be nice to take note of. I sewed with a ½’’ seam allowance all around and made 2 ½‘’ boxed corners. I measured my straps and made sure to sew it on the bag several times, so it could be extra sturdy.

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Before you knew it, I was done! My first tote ever and the first time sewing with some yummy, Art Gallery Fabrics canvas. I learned a lot of new skills while making this, like making the straps, boxed corners, and some topstitching action. But to go into more details:

  1. Make sure your pieces are even when cutting the rectangles because if not when you start sewing everything together, things will get wonky really fast.
  2. Once you cut the perfect rectangle, use that piece as your template.
  3. Using a thicker needle, normally used for denim helped a lot when sewing the thick parts of the straps together.
  4. When you’re sewing the lining to the bag, make sure you leave a big enough hole, so when you flip it inside out- the whole bag can fit through.
  5. Match your seams when sewing the boxed corners, you’ll be able to feel it with your fingers.

 

Lastly, don’t be afraid of sewing something new! I was timid going at this in the beginning, thinking it would be more difficult sewing with the substrate but it turned out to be the exact opposite. I am super excited to start using my tote, especially knowing that’ll last me forever and it's ready to do some heavy duty work. If you have any tips with this canvas or another project you would like to see me tackle with this substrate, let me know in the comments below!  

 

Till next time,

Jannelle

 

 

 


How to Sew a " Prized Possession" Quilt Block Tutorial featuring Bloomsbury Fabrics by Bari J.

What’s your style? Are you a more is more kinda person or do you prefer modern, simple designs? Or maybe somewhere in between? I think my style falls somewhere in-between. I like simple designs mixed with gorgeous busy prints like the prints found in Bari J’s new fabric collection called Bloomsbury!

Are you a fan of Barj’s signature painterly florals? I seriously can’t get enough! Her prints come to life brushstroke after brushstroke to give us the most stunning fabrics to sew with! Today I want to share the next block I made for the #AGFQuiltBlockCollection called the “Prized Possession” block! With a mix of AGF PURE SOLIDS and yummy floral prints, this block is a jaw dropper! I love how feminine, elegant and sophisticated Bari’s prints make you feel!

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To sew up this block I used the eight at a time and four at a time method to make my Half Square Triangles and I also used the corner square triangle method to create the other units in this block. All in all, it was a pretty quick make and it’s fussy cut center brings it to another level. I can’t wait to play around more with the “Day Chatter” print because these birds are just way too gorgeous!

To make the “ Prized Possession” block make sure to watch the video below!

 



Happy Sewing,

Meli


London Calling with Bari J.'s Bloomsbury

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For our latest collection, we're transporting back in time to the early 1900s in London, England. In the west end of the city, lies a district called "Bloomsbury" that was (and still is) a fashionable residential area where various intellectual and cultural events took place. During the turn of the century, a group of artists and writers gathered in this district and called themselves "The Bloomsbury Group." English writer Virginia Woolf was one of the most notable members of this group. The other members included Leonard Woolf, Vanessa Bell, E.M. Forster, Lytton Strachey, Roger Fry, Clive Bell, John Maynard Keynes, Duncan Grant and Desmond McCarthy. They were famous for being one of the first literary groups that supported women in the arts as well as many other social issues. 

Our designer Bari J. has a great affinity for this unique time in history as well as the city of London, so she decided that with her latest collection "BLOOMSBURY" to draw her inspiration from this exact time and place! Imagining a world that would surround luminaries like Virginia Woolf, Bari brings to life an English garden that would be nestled within the Bloomsbury district that's filled with gorgeous, painterly blooms, songbirds, and lush foliage.


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With 15 quilting cotton prints, these are such pretty fabrics to create luxe-filled quilts, throw pillows, rugs, gorgeous maxi dresses for outdoor weddings, and even fun accessories like make-up bags and market totes. 

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Besides our quilting cotton, Bloomsbury also comes in several different substrates, so you have tons of options to pick from! For this collection, there's four knits that come in several different floral prints, color, and scale!

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It also comes in a gorgeous rayon that's filled with jewel tones and pretty florals for dresses, skirts, kimonos, hair scarves or even cute, button-up blouses. 
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Here's the canvas option that's not only great to use for home decor but you can also use in garments or accessory-making too! 


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..and last but not least, "Bloomsbury" comes in a cotton panel that can be used as quilt borders, backings, tablecloths, skirts or dresses!

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For more ideas of what to sew with this collection, check out our "Bloomsbury Fabric Lookbook!

 

Download Quilt Pattern

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-Bloomsbury Giveaway-

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