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Celebrating Andes Culture with Andina Fabrics

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I don't even know where to begin on this blog post because my excitement for today's collection release is more than what I can express in words! As someone who is from Peru, this collection means a lot more to me as it has a lot of prints that represent who I am and where I come from. As soon as I saw “Andina” in the works and why, my heart skipped a beat. Andina was inspired by the Andes culture, which takes a few elements from several countries on the western side of South America like their colorful land of textiles, prolific art forms, and iconic landmarks.

Andina Fabrics Hashtag BLOG*Available in 16 quilting cotton prints

This collection is filled with the prettiest and most saturated colors I have ever seen! I mean look at that red and that yellow... SWOON. One of the most amazing qualities of this collection is the attention to detail, the closer you get to a print, the more there is to admire and love. All these elements take me to a special time in my life where I lived and enjoyed many trips visiting Peru. It made me nostalgic and I wanted to share a quick photo that I found while looking through some old albums!

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This is me and my dad in Peru in 2006. I cherish this picture a lot because it’s the only picture I have that shows the home I lived in for several years (that bright yellow on the left). 

Andina group copy*Bolts pictured: Golden Huaca, Florid Animalia, Flowering Molas, Nazca Lines, and Urubamba Flora.

What made this collection even more special is that it was designed by one of our In-house designers of Colombian nationality and inspired by our own AGF family, and the people pictured above are just a few that this collection is dedicated to. Meet Yonier, Marcela, Kathy, Margarita, and Jannelle (that’s me on the top of the stairs) who have been a part of the AGF family for years now, representing the beautiful countries of Colombia and Peru. We all got to choose a print that we loved most for our fabric masks, and of course, I had to pick “Golden Huaca” as it reminded me of my home in Peru. 

I also wanted to share a special message from Art Gallery Fabrics:

At Art Gallery Fabrics, our commitment to diversity and inclusion is deeply rooted in our collective values as a company and a community of talented creators. It is important to us to celebrate, respect, honor, and appreciate different cultures and communities.

By creating, making, sewing, crafting & quilting, we’re leaving our mark and expressing ourselves and every single one of us integrates a piece of our life experiences, our time, our love, to tell a story as one.

As a company owned by a couple that belongs to a “minority group”, Art Gallery Fabrics has always valued and will continue to value people equally. 

We are so proud of the diversity in our team, composed of wonderful human beings of different races, genders, nationalities, sexual orientations, physical abilities, thinking styles, and backgrounds that bring richness to our work environment.

 

The love for this collection just keeps on growing, and it’s because, on top of offering quilting cotton, Andina also comes with a couple of substrate options! With two eye-catching rayons, the moment you lay your hands on these fabrics, you’ll want to create dresses, skirts, and everything in between. But if you are feeling on the more cozy side, enjoy sewing with the one knit print available that’s super soft and stretchy. 

Andina Fabrics BLOG*Featuring rayon prints: Awaska Russet & Nazca Lines Carmine 

Andina knit BLOG*Featuring knit print in Awaska Ecru

If you’re looking to accentuate these beautiful colors, check out these matching AGF Elements (blenders):

Andina Fabrics Elements BLOG*Featuring Floral Elements in Esmeralda, Pure Solids in Tigerlily & Turmeric, and our Denim in Cool Foliage and Adobe Clay.

More matching AGF Elements not pictured:

PURE Solids: Raspberry Rose, London Red, Candied Cherry, Raw Gold, Turmeric, Tile Blue, Warm Wave, and Caviar. 

Floral Elements: Coral & Tropical Green.

Denim: Wicked Sky

 

Discover more sewing inspiration in our Andina Fabric Lookbook, linked below!

 

In our “Let’s Talk Fabric” YouTube segment, we want to give you an insight into all the latest AGF collections, and Andina is a special one you don’t want to miss. In this video, you’ll find behind-the-scenes footage, scrummy patchwork projects, and tons of sewing inspiration to fully grasp the magic of using these fabrics together. Click play, and enjoy looking through the world of Andina through a high definition lens! 

 

Enjoy fussy cutting your favorite elements and playing around with the direction of the prints in our “Inca” free quilt pattern!

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Get your hands on this collection and a chance to win a Fat Quarter bundle of Andina by CLICKING HERE! The giveaway will only last for a week, so spread the word to all your fabric friends. The winner will be emailed and announced right here on the blog!

THE WINNER IS VICTORIA GUARDADO! PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL TO REDEEM YOUR PRIZE! 


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Thank you for allowing me to share my story and give you a little bit of insight into who the person behind writing all these blogs is from! I hope this collection brought you joy as much as it did to me, and let me know in the comments below if you’re a quilter from this region.

Whether you are from the Andes region or someone that can just appreciate these beautiful prints, I can’t wait to see what kind of projects you create with these fabrics. Please tag your makes on social media with the hashtag #AGFAndina, so I can show some love. I already have my bundle waiting for me, and I plan on creating the free quilt pattern to gift to my grandmother (she’s Peruvian too) whose birthday is coming up! 

 

Until next time,

Happy Sewing!

 

-Jannelle 


Tranquil Oasis: Velvet Collection by Amy Sinibaldi

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Does anyone have a specific area in their home that brings them bliss? For me, it’s my backyard where every time I need to relax or make important decisions, it’s the first place I go to. And over time, I’ve curated it to be my own little sanctuary, where I started my garden a couple of months ago and so, I placed a chair right in the center surrounded by some solar powered string lights and it’s the special part of my home that I can call mine. I bring this up because when I read Amy Sinibaldi’s special interview for this collection, she talks about her favorite room in her home. She further explains that there is a quiet room that is always empty with a couch and velvet cushions where she can feel happy and experience the luxury of being home. From this special room, her collection Velvet was born! 

Velvet is all about the comfort of being surrounded by loved ones, and one's most beloved art, books, and souvenirs. Ranging from rich to gentle hues, this feel-good color palette tunes in with the opulent prints of this collection

Velvet Fabric bundle 1 BLOG*Available in 12 quilting cotton prints

Look at these dreamy prints, it just makes me want to pet them. I enjoy the levels of brightness in this collection, there are a lot of subtle prints that feel cozy and are more on the earthy color side, but on the other hand, we have pops of yellow and orange that would be great to add to the mix for your patchwork projects. 

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I realized from the last collection that a mood board was necessary for me to put together as it just brought these fabrics to life! It gave me a better idea of how I can apply these fabrics to my own home, and for what occasion I would bring them out to sew with. I feel like you can apply a fabric collection to any style of your home! For example, I enjoy a “boho” style, and if you include a lot of nature’s texture like wood & plants like this style is known for and put it with this collection (like the picture on the top right of the mood board), you can adjust it to your personal style. It all depends on what you enjoy, and from there you take these fabrics and apply them to your surroundings. 

Velvet Fabric bundle 17 BLOG*Featuring prints: Olivia Celeste, Jasmine Mellow, and Hillside gust.

I wanted to show you a close-up of these fabrics too because that’s part of the magic! Find Amy's signature ditsy Florals, like the print “Olivia Dulcet” and “Olivia Celeste” that'll make you want to fussy cut every individual design for all sorts of projects. 

Velvet Fabric bundle 8 BLOG*Featuring rayon prints: Firefly Nightfall & Jasmine Afresh

Velvet comes in 12 quilting cotton prints and two additional super soft rayon substrates. A darker blue and green print that's great for dresses on a night out and a soft pink floral that's perfect for your apparel sewing just in time for the spring. 

If you’re looking to accentuate these beautiful colors, check out these matching Pure Solids:

Velvet Fabric bundle 30 elements copy*Featuring Pure Solids in Aurus, Dried Moss, Quartz Pink, and Tigerlilly 

 

More matching AGF Elements not pictured:

PURE Solids: Sweet Macadamia, Blossomed, Terracotta Tile, Icy Mint, Ocean Fog, Zambia Stone, and Ocean Fog. 

Floral Elements: Tropical green & Hay.

Nature Elements: Moss

 

Discover more sewing inspiration in our Velvet Fabric Lookbook, linked below!

 

Let’s talk fabric! Is our YouTube segment that gives you an inside look into the latest AGF collections, and in this video we will show you what Amy Sinibaldi’s, Velvet, is all about. Find Amy's signature ditsy florals and a better feel of Velvet’s true color palette through a high definition lens! Explore all the projects you can also create that perfectly showcases these prints, from reversible pouches, sweet handbags, quilted pillows, and more. Just click play, relax, and prepare to be inspired.

Check out our “Chandelier” free quilt pattern, where you'll get to see the full-color gradient, all while having fun practicing sewing some curves!

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If you have this collection and you want to share your creations, make sure to tag us on social media and use the hashtag #AGFVelvet, so we can share the love! I hope you get the chance to play with these fabrics in your favorite place at home and enjoy the happiness it brings. Please let me know where you find bliss in your home and your favorite print of the Velvet collection in the comments below! 

Until next time,

Happy Sewing!

-Jannelle

 

 


Quilting Tips: Fussy Cutting 101

 

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Hello, Makers! 

Coming back this week with another tutorial, if you missed what we spoke about last time, make sure to check out my Reverse Applique Flower Patch tutorial! As many of you may or may not know, my quilting journey started pretty recently as I dove headfirst into this industry and fell in love with fabrics! As I progressed my skills in the quilting world, my research was always intense as I was craving to learn more about it every week. One of my favorite things I learned about was Fussy Cutting! Which is a technique of choosing a bit of a print to highlight when you cut around it and place your patchwork project. 

When I first learned about it, the concept seemed so easy! Just cut out your design on the fabric, right? It wasn't until I finally brought the fabrics to the cutting board that I realized there is more to it than meets the eye. 

Using Maureen Cracknell's "Autumn Vibes" fabric collection in the print "Foxes in Fall" and Bonnie Christine "Lambkin" fabric collection in the print "Little Entomologist" was the perfect example for me to demonstrate this technique.

Also, please note that if you plan to do a lot of fussy cutting, it may require to use of more fabric since you are only cutting out one design at a time. 

In order to have your desired piece of print on your block, you first need to measure the size of the square you need to cut. 

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For example, on the print "Foxes in Fall", the fox print measures about 3¼’’ x 2½’’, so if you want to fussy cut this print, I would suggest measuring with a ruler and cutting it at 4½’’ x 4½’’ square. This way, when you sew your project at a ¼’’ seam allowance, you’ll still have your fox print intact. 

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You can also use the fussy cut technique with any EPP projects. For example, to cut Bonnie Christine’s print in "Little Entomologist" you can fussy cut the insects with hexies templates. 

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The fun thing about this print is that you can play around with the insect’s direction when constructing your project.  Make sure to center your hexie template and cut ¼’’ bigger than the template so you can have enough fabric to fold over with working your EPP project.

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When they say "Measure twice, cut once" they couldn't be any more accurate for this technique, and it's the quote you have to live by when fussing cutting! Practice always makes perfect, so I gathered some of my favorite free sewing patterns from AGF's website where you can take this skill and apply it to other projects. 

Blog Picture 5Have fun cutting your favorite elements in our "Luna & Laurel" fabrics to create these coasters! 

Here some bonus patterns like this cradle arranger where you can fussy cut our Pine Lullaby Rediscovered PANEL print or enjoy some English Paper Piecing to create our Buttercup Necklace! 

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I hope you enjoyed my brief breakdown, and if you have any other tips for this technique, please share them in the comments below! As a beginner, I am always shocked by the tips I find every day, so If you have anything to share, I'd love to read it. 

Until next time,

Happy sewing!

- Jannelle 


Reverse Applique Flower Patch

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Hi, Makers!

As of lately, I've been getting urges to work on some handmade items that are filled with details! I don't know about you, but sometimes I don't want to create something large, but focus on a project that I can dedicate time to pack as much texture and details as possible. This brings to today's tutorial that I'm really excited to share, these Reverse Applique Flowers that just hit the mark for me creatively. Reverse Applique is the process of stitching fabric on top of each other, cutting the layer above to reveal the fabric underneath. Have fun sewing with the pretty and bright PURE Solids fabric, lots of stitching, cutting with small scissors, and most importantly the creative freedom to add whatever you want to it! 

Let's get started!

Fabric requirements:

You can use either fat eighths or scraps of fabrics for this project, customize your flower to your liking or just follow our suggestions to have the same results as in this tutorial.

If you decide to follow our suggestions you’ll need six (6) different fabrics for each flower (DOWNLOAD FLOWER TEMPLATE HERE):

  • Three (3) different hues of the same color for the petal.
  • One (1) color for the stigma.
  • One (1) color for the leaves.
  • One (1) contrasting color or black for the stroke.

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EXTRA MATERIALS

  • Different colors of thread go together with your fabric choices.
  • Small scissors.
  • Steam-A-Seam.
  • Tweezers.
  • Hand needle.
  • Fabric marker.

 

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • One (1) Template circle from each fabric.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Feel free to draw your own pattern or use ours.
  • Take the six circles needed for the blue flower, each circle will be one layer of the flower.
  • Start placing and aligning the circles together in the order ABFCDE.

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  • Topstitch all the way around the circle as close to the edge as possible to keep all the fabrics together, no further than ¼” from the edge.

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  • Place the template flower on the top of the layers of circles, align it to its best position and then sew on both sides of the darker green as shown in the diagram below.

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  • Cut the sewn template and carefully remove the paper after.

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  • Now, it’s time to start carefully cutting the layers of fabric using small scissors to reveal your flower.
  • Every time you are cutting a layer of fabric you want to make sure that you are cutting just that layer and that you are not grabbing any other layers underneath, I used my tweezers and hand needle to make sure I wasn’t grabbing any layers I wasn't supposed to.
  • Start cutting fabric A inside the stigma, leaves, and petals, to reveal fabric B underneath.
  • Since fabric B is the one we are using for the leaves, you don't want to go further with it.

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  • Move on with the stigma and petals.
  • Again, make sure that you are cutting just the next layer.
  • Use your small scissors to cut fabric B inside the stigma and petals, to reveal fabric F underneath.
  • Since fabric F is the one we are using for the leaves, you don't want to go further with it.

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  • Move on with the petals.
  • Use your small scissors to cut fabric F inside the petals, to reveal fabric C underneath.

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  • To create some highlights to your flower, use your fabric marker to free-hand draw where you’ll like to expose the color underneath to create some highlights.
  • Stitch on top of the drawn line with a blue contrasting thread.

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  • Use your small scissors to cut fabric C inside the petals, to reveal fabric D underneath.

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  • Draw one more time inside the petals the last layer (fabric E)
  • Stitch on top of the drawn line with a blue contrasting thread.

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  • This time you’ll need to cut two layers of fabrics (C&D) one by one to reveal fabric E.
  • Use your small scissors to cut fabric C inside the petals, to reveal fabric D underneath.
  • Then cut fabric D to reveal fabric E underneath.

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  • If you'd like, you can just leave the flower as it is now, or if you feel like taking an extra step add details like beads and sequins, or also you can draw details with your sewing machine or hand stitching.

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  • To finish your patch, trim the excess fabric around the flower patch and leave the raw edges exposed.
  • Voila! Your patch is ready to be pasted on any fabric surface that you’d like (backpack, jeans, jacket, tote, pillow, etc..)
  • You can hand stich or machine stitch it.

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The options with this technique can be applied to any template you create! Have fun with it and play around with the different colors, and applying it to any patchwork project! 

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Since quilted coats have been trending on Instagram, I got the idea to add them to my coat. I thought it would be perfect since my coat neutral and these flowers would really pop! But I also can see these applied to your quilts, table runners, and quilted pillows as well, especially since spring is around the corner.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you make this project, please tag us on social media under the hashtag #artgalleryfabrics, the AGF team and I would love to see it. 

Until next time,

Happy sewing!

-Jannelle

 

 

 

 


Cozy Living with Soften The Volume Fabrics

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Happy Friday, makers! 

The weekend is almost here and if you haven’t already, this is a friendly reminder to take a moment and breathe. Life can get a little crazy sometimes, and I believe it’s really important to find time for yourself and have some quality time with your sewing machine. Today, I’m excited to show you something new on the table, that brings me right into my happy place- low volume fabrics. If you’re not sure what that is, let me explain… they are usually white, cream, neutral fabrics that have subtle designs. You may have seen some before, but you’ve never seen Soften The Volume fabrics, a collection giving low volume prints a whole new twist with warm and cozy caramel tones! 

Soften the Volume Fabrics (23) BLOG*Available in 10 quilting cotton prints

Modern prints meet sophisticated neutrals, where every individual print has a unique pattern! These fabrics are extremely versatile and beginner-friendly because it takes out all the thinking from deciding on what prints you should pick, as they all work together. 


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Immediately when I saw this collection, it provoked a feeling that is easier to put in pictures than into words. Above, I made a mood board and tried to grasp some pictures that made me feel as cozy, and warm as the fabrics did. As a fabric lover, I’m sure you encountered some lovely fabric bundles on Instagram and instantly thought, “This quilt pattern would be perfect for this bundle!” or “These fabrics would be a beautiful addition to my home!” and for me, I thought of both when I saw this collection, haha! There is nothing in the world that makes your house feel like home like handmade items. I want to surround myself with calming neutral colors, soft textures from all kinds of patchwork projects that I can make with this collection. Also, if you are like me, I need to visually see how a project will turn out to start, so I hope you find this mood board helpful, to allow you to visualize what these fabrics can look like in your home. 

Soften the Volume Fabrics (14)*Featuring prints: Sashiko Mending, Petal Trellis, and Brushed Fibers.

I wanted to show you a close-up of these fabrics too because that’s part of the magic! Together, the prints blend seamlessly, making your projects come together, but once you step a little closer, you’ll see all the beautiful details. Enjoy these fabrics with other bright collections too because they serve as great blenders which allow your other prints to stand out! 

If you’re looking to add more texture or you have a couple of AGF Elements (blenders) in your stash that you’d like to incorporate, check out these picks: 

IMG_2195 BLOG*Featuring AGF Denim in Nectarine sunrise and adobe clay, Floral Elements in Khaki, or the Decostich Element in Cafe Latte.  

More matching Elements not pictured:

PURE Solids: Creme da la Creme, Sandstone, Vanilla Custard, Toasty Walnut, Gentle Feather, and Mink.

Decostitch Elements: Cloud

Floral Elements: Winter Wheat & Sand

Nature Elements: Natural 

Discover more sewing inspiration in our Soften The Volume Fabric Lookbook, linked below!

Experience our latest collection, Soften The Volume, as if the fabrics were right in front of you in our YouTube segment “Let’s Talk Fabric”! Featuring close-ups of every print like if you had the fabrics in your hands, on your sewing table, taking in all the beautiful details of this collection. Find tons of projects that you can create in this video from comfy eye-masks, sweet home-decor, and more. Just click play, relax, and prepare to be inspired! 

Enjoy creating our “Woven Rattan” free quilt pattern below that will transport your favorite cozy room in your home while reading a book by a freshly lit candle!

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Get your hands on this essential collection and enter for a chance to win a Fat Quarter bundle of  Soften The Volume by CLICKING HERE! It’s so simple to enter, all you need is an email that you can fill in. The giveaway ends on Friday, March 12, and the winner will be emailed and announced right here on the blog. 

Please reply within 7 days to claim your prize (check your email on March 12!) If we don’t receive a reply, we will have to choose another winner as we’d like to be fair with all participants, and pass the opportunity to another contestant. Thank you! 

THE WINNER IS LISA PARK! PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL TO REDEEM YOUR PRIZE! 

If you have this collection and you want to share your creations, make sure to tag us on social media and use the hashtag #AGFSoftenTheVolume, so we can share the love! I hope you get the chance to take a breather and enjoy your sewing session. Thank you for coming along on this journey with me, and let me know what you’re looking forward to sewing with this collection in the comments below. 

 

Until next time,

Happy Sewing!

-Jannelle 

 

 


The Prettiest and Strongest Seam: The Flat Felled Seam

Hello my fellow makers!

Today we will talk about the Flat Felled Seam, a seam that lays flat on the right and wrong sides of your project. It is famously known for its strength and beauty. You can find it in your daily life on the sides of your jeans, in men’s shirts, and even in outdoor gear like camping tents. Also, you can find it in a more sacred place like the Pojagi patchwork, a Korean artform that uses improvisational piecing joined by hand sewn flat felled seams. Pojagi pieces are used to wrap special presents, protect sacred writings, and even carry important possessions on a journey. Depending on the size it could be used as a table cloth or a curtain. Wrapping a gift in a Pojagi piece communicates respect towards the object and good will towards the recipient.

I decided to make a 24” x 24” machine sewn Pojagi inspired piece using Pure Solids, Floral Elements, Deco Stitch Elements, and Rayon. I love that it looks like stained glass in front of my window, and how it changes colors depending on how the light hits it as the sun moves during the day. The funniest part is that subconsciously I chose the colors that perfectly match Kobi, my furry assistant.

 


Pojagi Inspired Piece & Kobi

 

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Lets begin:

  • Lay your pieces flat on the table:

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  • Align them wrong sides together and stitch at ⅝” from the edge:

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  • Trim one seam allowance (fabric B) to ¼” from the stitched line:

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  • Open your fabric and press the seam allowances towards fabric A:

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  • Fold and press the seam allowance from fabric A (⅝”) towards the stitch line covering the seam allowance from fabric B:

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  • Press the seam allowances towards fabric B:

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  • Edge-stitch the seam allowance in place:

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  • The wrong side of your seam should look like this:

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Here I am sharing with you one last picture but this time is not with my furry assistant, but with the boss of the house who seems to approve and like my project ;) Once again my piece also matches my daughter's PJs. It seems we have a color trend in this house, now that I think about it my husband has red hair, but he wouldn't pose for my post lol.

 

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Get on the Flat Felled Seam making bandwagon! Whether it is making cool jeans or exploring your Pojagi improvisational abilities. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and please share your thoughts with me!

 

Laucara