Countdown to a New You – Give More!

Today we continue our Countdown to a New You series! Let’s talk about something that’s on a lot of our hearts for 2017–to give back to our community more! As makers, our giving means so much. Because not only do we give items, we give a piece of ourselves when we create gifts for others, and for causes that are near to us.

The Crossback Reversible Apron is an ideal pattern for Soup Kitchen volunteers–and what better way to say that you support and care about their work than to gift your local Soup Kitchen with handmade aprons! This apron is easy to make, reversible for twice the life, which is so helpful for something that is going to get used a lot, can be made in a range of sizes, and is easy to take on and off. Since it doesn’t tie, it’s very comfortable, which is a plus for people who are moving and working as quickly as they can.

So many foster children come to new homes with not very many clothes. Bibs are needed for protecting their clothing through meals or drooling for little ones who are cutting teeth.

Our Tiny Tots Bib pattern would be ideal for foster parents. Or try donating to your local child care center (trust me, they can always use more bibs)!

No Kill Animal Shelters are always in need of toys and supplies. How about putting together some Pieced Pet Pillows and dropping them off with some toys?

Patriotic Pillows would also be a great option. This handmade donation could be part of a 2017 commitment to upcycle and recycle more as well, since options for recycling denim are included in both of these patterns.

And, if your list for giving in 2017 includes donating needed items to a local domestic violence shelter, how about adding Composition Covers to the list of items? The perfect size for inexpensive composition notebooks, you can include one of those as well, with some pens or pencils and give someone a ready made journal to aid in their recovery. Beautiful handmade gifts that give the recipient a sense of self worth and being loved can be life-changing in the best possible way.

What’s on your list of “make to give” for 2017? We’d love to hear about it! If you’re making one of our patterns to give, please share and tag us! We are @indygo_junction on Instagram and we love to see your work!

Ideas from Indygo Junction for sewing patterns perfect to make and donate to different non-profit organizations.

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Indygo Essentials – Swing Jacket

The first post in our Indygo Essentials series focuses on the Essentials – Swing Jacket. This versatile & simple jacket is just right for anytime of year.

The Swing Jacket comes in two lengths – a mid-hip or lower hip length.

Shown here in Amy Barickman’s Crossroads Denim by James Thompson and Michael Miller Fabric’s Pixelism.

This jacket is perfect for those with a serger as a quick garment project. Show off your favorite variegated threads on the patch pocket.

This jacket can also be created with traditional seams and an inseam pockets like this one in FreeSpirit fabric by Parson Gray, the Empire Collection.

This jacket, like everything in the Essentials collection, is simple to make and easy to wear. Check it out!

Get an overview of the entire Indygo Essentials pattern line in our video!

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Countdown to a New You – Sew Clothing!

Today our New Year’s celebration continues the Countdown to a New You with some pattern ideas for anyone with a resolution to try their hand at sew clothing for themselves this year! We love women’s clothing patterns at Indygo Junction and we have a great selection of them that would be perfect for beginners.

We are crazy about the 5 Way Wrap! It’s five fashionable looks in one quick and easy design. All you need is a two-sided fabric that you love – fleece, flannel, batiks, wool or linen.

It comes with options for finishing the edges in a few different ways, and you also get a free flower pin pattern with your purchase, for securing it with a little extra pizzazz.

The Easy Top and Tunic is a classic, comfortable design, with bust darts and top stitching around the curved top and hem. It’s part of our new Indygo Essentials line of patterns, designed to be dressier kind of casual – elegant and classic garments, made to dress up or down, and be comfortable either way.  It’s designed to be easy to sew and flattering for all body types. All of our Indygo Essentials patterns come in sizes XS-3XL, and the Easy Top and Tunic has three lengths for you to choose from!

This is one of those go-to shirt patterns everyone should have in their pattern collection and will turn to again and again.

The Artisan Pants are another Pattern from our Indygo Essentials line of patterns. This wide-leg pant pattern is a sophisticated staple wardrobe item, designed to be comfortable with a hidden elastic waist and four pleated darts.

This pattern comes with instructions for lighter fabrics, as well as what you need to know to make them in Denim.

The Gathered Back Top and Tunic is another wardrobe staple. With three-quarter length sleeves, and fabric options that include cotton, but also voile and rayon. It’s created to drape beautifully, and look and feel great.

All of these patterns are great options for making your own capsule wardrobe, if that’s a New Year’s goal of yours like it is for so many of us moving towards more simplicity in our life. For those of us who feel the opposite, and love to have a closet bursting with thrilling choices and colors and different styles for every day, these are all patterns that you could make in different dark or light neutrals, and then mix them up and make them in a few colorful floral or checkered or striped prints too!

You can see all of Indygo Junction’s clothing patterns here.

Have you made any of our clothing patterns? Tag us on Instagram @indygo_junction! Your projects make us happy and we love to share your work too!

And, click here to visit our previous Countdown to a New You – Get Organized! post.

Some great women's clothing sewing patterns from Indygo Junction, perfect for beginners and experts alike!

 

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Countdown to a New You – Get Organized!

There’s something so thrilling about a New Year! In Amy’s book Vintage Notions, on the subject of a New Year, an article from Gustave Weinss in 1920 states it perfectly. “A new start enables us to go on our way encouraged, reinvigorated and determined to dare and do.”

How wonderful it is to have an annual opportunity to review what’s working in our lives and what isn’t; making small changes with the goal of more joy and order in the year ahead. If organization is on your list for this year, we have some fun inspiration to help you tackle that resolution in style!

The Clearly Cute Beauty Cases come in two sizes–standard and travel. They’re the best of both worlds–being able to see what you’re searching for in your bag, and also featuring a favorite fabric across the top!

These would also be ideal for keeping your English Paper Piecing projects like our Fabriflair kits ready to go and easily accessible too.

This pattern includes a heat insulated hair curling/flat iron storage with a spot for a hairbrush and the cord as well. This is one of those patterns you’re going to make for yourself, and then everyone who sees it is going to want one too! Here’s a quick video featuring this must-have item.

The Banded Baskets are the perfect go-to pattern for all your storage needs, especially when they’re going to be in visible areas of your home or office and need to be beautiful.

They come in three sizes, and are nesting when not in use.

(Amy did a fun reboot tutorial with the Banded Baskets and Missouri Star Quilt Company’s envelope block in Amy’s Stitcher’s Garden fabric! You can find that tutorial here.)

The Store in Style is a fashionable hanging storage solution and features Velcro tab storage and vinyl pockets, which makes it ideal for small items-jewelry or sewing notions. It comes in two sizes, a shirt length and a dress length too, so you can add more or less pockets depending on your storage needs! It’s one of our Crossroads Denim patterns, and would be a beautiful way to display your favorite color!

The Sort your Stuff Organizer is a great option for those piles that end up on coffee and end tables in your family room, sewing room or any other room where you gather and rest. With multiple sized pockets, tablets, remotes, magazines & hand stitching will fit, and are easily customized to your own storage needs.

And, our Everyday Tray is the best pattern for taking a fabric you love, and incorporating it into those highly visible places throughout your house, where organization trouble spots tend to pop up.

That pile of different threads where you embroider? All those presser feet that get scattered next to your sewing machine? A pile of buttons that you’re contemplating for a few different projects? Everyone’s keys, wallets, and sunglasses scattered on the entryway table?

Your collection of cute bottle openers and corkscrews that end up all over the bar? Essential oil bottles spread all around your diffuser? Earrings and lip gloss on the bedside table? Silverware and napkins on the counter for dinner parties? All the remotes tucked into the couch cushions?

You can see where this is going! An Everyday Tray (Or an Everyday Tray for everyone, personalized with their favorite fabric, colors or novelty themes!) equals organizational bliss.

What are your goals and resolutions for the New Year? Is organization on your list? You can see all of our Home Organization patterns here. If you make any of them, tag us on Instagram @indygo_junction so we can see!

Get Organized beautifully with Indygo Junction's great round up of home organization patterns!

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Introducing Indygo Essentials

Indygo Essentials logos 4 finalIn response to the recent resurgence of interest in garment sewing, Indygo Junction has  designed a new boutique garment brand, Indygo Essentials.

This collection is a dressier kind of casual that embraces minimalism to create elegant, classic garments. Essentials are simple by design, both in their silhouettes as well as their construction. The patterns combine uncomplicated sewing with professional details for a successful and satisfying sewing experience. Expanded sizing from XS–3XL on all styles provides a more inclusion wardrobe for all women.

We will be featuring each of the six current patterns in a blog post series so you can get to know each design better. Combined as a collection, Indygo Essentials makes a chic & comfortable capsule wardrobe. Don’t miss the discount code featured in each post!

Check this quick video for an overview of this new apparel brand from Indygo Junction & stay tuned for the next post in this series which will featured the Indygo Essentials – Swing Jacket.

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