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Back To School Essentials - Sewing Projects

Hi Makers, 

Can you believe it's almost September? This year is flying! If you have kiddies, I'm sure by now you're settling back into the new routine of school starting back up...meeting all the teachers, preppin' lunches, and making sure your kiddo is all set with the list of supplies he or she may need. The first day of school was always exciting, I remember I always had a brand new outfit, haircut, have all my supplies ready to go, and would show up super early to find the first seat in the classroom, so I could wait and see who was in my classroom for the year. 

In case you are still trying to cross off some last-minute items, we put a list together of "Top 5 Back-to-School Essentials" you can sew for the new school season! 

1. Backpack

Dew & Moss Alexandra Bordallo 4Can't start a school year without one these! Designed by Alexandra Bordallo using her "Dew & Moss" fabrics, this backpack is super modern and stylish! It's a backpack and tote bag all in one! For the pattern, click here

2. Binder Pouch Bloomsbury_BookCover+Binder_6Featuring Bari J's "Bloomsbury" fabrics, I love this project because it just keeps everything extra organized in a binder..right next to notes, a calendar, etc. You can even make it more personalized by having your kids pick out the fabrics or adding their initials. For the binder pouch tutorial, click here

3. Emissary Arranger 

TheOpenRoad_Organizer_1I can easily see this hung in a classroom or at home by a kiddie's desk to store their homework and other important documents. Made with Bonnie Christine's "Open Road" fabrics, this project can also be given to older kiddies that are heading to dorm rooms this fall too. For the pattern, click here. 

4. Crayon Caddy 

Sisu_ArtFolio_2This caddy is a great addition to keeping art supplies organized, especially since it can be used on-the-go from school to home as well! It's also super easy to make, especially for beginner sewers! Made with our "Sisu" fabrics that were inspired by kids' play, you can find the tutorial here

5. Lunchbox 

IMG_7332Make not only your kids' lunch filled with healthy foods but make their lunch box too! Another great project that you can personalize with your little ones' initials, this luncbox featuring Maureen Cracknell's "Sunkissed" fabrics is super cute and durable to use! For the tutorial, head here

Hope this was helpful, feel free to share any back-to-school projects you create with our fabrics on social media, just tag us using our hashtag #artgalleryfabrics!

Until next time, keep creating! 

- Sophia 

 


"Max the Cat " Zipper Key Chain Pouch Tutorial

Even though it still very much feels like the dead of summer here in South Florida the kids are heading back to school! Even as an adult I love walking through the aisles of school supplies and reminisce about my Mom bringing me and my sibling's school shopping every year.  I love how my Mom would write our full names on all of our school supplies so we wouldn't lose them or get them confused with someone else's supplies.  Another fond memory I have about back to school is in every one of my Mom's handmade bag lunches she would always write us a little inspirational note to get us through the day! :)

With all this in mind, I knew  I had to create a fun back to school project to send your kids off with something homemade and from the heart that will set them apart from all the other kids.  Which is how " Max the Cat" Zipper Key Chain Pouch Tutorial came to be. In honor of my childhood cat Max, I choose the " Red Desert" Decostitch blender to create the cutest orange tabby cat! To get the full tutorial head over to the We All Sew blog

 

Cat-Key-Chain-Graphic

 

Hope you all have a great new school year ahead! 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli


How to Sew a "Triangles" Quilt Block Tutorial

I wish Summer never had to end, lucky I live in Florida so technically it feels like Summer all year round. Lately, I have been sewing with Katarina Roccella’s new fabrics called Floralish. Which I think are perfect summertime prints with delectable fruits and fantastic floral designs.  The Rayon print offered in this collection is called "Poppy Memories” has just made it to my top three favorite rayon prints from AGF! Check out my dress in the video below. I also sewed up the “Triangles” quilt block where I made half-square triangles using the four at a time method and flying geese using the no-waste method. 

How-to-Sew-a-Triangle-Block

 

What’s your favorite way to make HST’s and flying geese? I am so delighted with my finished block, I am drooling over the yummy saturated colors and fussy cut watermelon center! 


Enjoy the video tutorial below! To see more projects sewn up in Floralish Fabrics make sure to take a look at the Floralish Fabric LookBook!

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli