Fabric Friday! Joel Dewberry’s Birch Farm

I fell in love with Joel Dewberry’s Birch Farm fabric line when I saw it at market and have been trying to think of the perfect project for it ever since. It turns out, The Dresden Pouf and Pillow are a great canvas to display the lovely prints.

The pouf and pillow are fun to make because they go together in no time. I normally stuff them with fiberfill, but I recently made one that I used bean bag beans in. The beans create a solid surface so the pouf can actually be used as a chair. I recently saw a pouf stuffed with raw cotton, which had a really nice weight. What stuffing do you prefer?

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Bell Sleeve Blouse

We have hit that point in the summer where it is impossible to dress for all the weather. By that I mean the blazing heat outside and the freezing cold air conditioning inside. It’s all about walking that balance between wearing something light but covered. If you know what I mean.

Lucky for you, we have a solution! Have you tried our Bell Sleeve Blouse pattern? This breezy top can be made shirt or tunic length and when made out of a light cotton or rayon, is perfect for those hot/cold/hot days of summer.

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We created this blouse with rayon from Amy Butler’s Alchemy line. Rayon is a perfect fabric for this pattern because it has an excellent drape. I think it looks especially good in the sleeves. Do you work with rayon often?

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What do you wear to get through the hot summer? Do you like a pullover top, or do you prefer a button down?

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Dimensional Denim Blog Tour

Big announcement folks – next Monday we will be jumping on the train for the Dimensional Denim blog tour! We’ll be kicking off the tour here on Monday, August 4th, and the tour will run through August 15th. Along the way we will visit blog friends who will share with us their projects, ideas and reviews of Dimensional Denim. We can’t wait to see what they have to say! Be sure to mark your calendars and join us on the 4th as we kick off the tour.

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Winners!

Congratulations to Charlotte S. for winning the Sort Your Stuff Organizer pattern. And congrats to Kim O. Jennifer K. Joan, Jenniffer H, and Sidney B for winning tickets to The Sewing Party! Please see your emails for a message from us. Thanks to everyone who entered!

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Win a New Pattern! Quilted Cook and Carry

The Quilted Cook & Carry is one of those no-brainer patterns – you have to have it! This versatile casserole carrier is easy to make and can be used to tote square, circular, rectangular and probably even trianguler casseroles and dishes.

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The pattern comes with two options: a pieced version, which you see on the cover of the pattern, and a solid version.

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The pieced version is comprised of four small blocks on the front, as well as four blocks on the inside.

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So, how does it work? Well, your outside and lining are quilted over layers of batting and Insulbright, which will keep your food warm. The edges are then finished with bias tape. Then a strap is added diagonally from one corner to another. In the opposite corners, tabs with D-rings are attached.

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Then, you simply look the handle through on D-ring…

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And then the other. Pull up the handle…

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And you are ready to go! When you get to your destination you can use the opened carrier as a small tablecloth to protect your surface. When not in use, the carrier folds flat for storage.

This is what we think of as stylish and smart design. Either pieced or solid, the carrier is pretty to look at, and it’s easy construction and functionality make it a smart project. Make one for yourself and all your friends. Then schedule a picnic and go!

Would you like to win a copy of the Quilted Cook and Carry? Simply leave a comment telling us your favorite potluck recipe and you’ll be entered. The contest will run through 12:00 pm on Friday, August 1st, for US residents only. Good luck!

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Fabric Friday! Dear Stella Flirt

Dear Stella’s new line Flirt is a lovely little floral line. The patterns themselves are classic flowers – I love the tiny rosebuds – but the grey background and rich lipstick pinks give the prints a modern and sophisticated look.

As we are in the midst of the heat of the summer, I thought it was only appropriate to create a girly, reversible sunhat using the Flirt line. This hat style is available in both adult (Reversible Sun Hat) and children’s sizes (Simple Sunbonnet).

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The fun thing about this pattern is that you can mix prints. With this example I used just two.  The rosebud print creates a nice base for the main body while the larger print gives interest to the brim. On the other side I would reverse the prints. However you could use more than two fabrics – really you could mix up to four. Oh, the possibilities!

 

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The Sewing Party + Ticket Giveaway

What are your plans for November 8th? Well, if you have that day open, mark it off the calendar – you should go to The Sewing Party!

TheSewingParty_InstagramThe Sewing Party is the first ever online-all-day DIY event. For just $40 you can register to take advantage of more than 30 online classes that will be available on the day of the event and for an additional 90 days. There is truly something for everyone – classes include home décor, fashion sewing, quilting and upcycling, crafting, costume design, techniques for turning your craft into an entrepreneurial venture, and more!

If you register for The Sewing Party before July 31st you will receive a free Sewing Party t-shirt! Simply enter LETSPARTY in the promo code box at checkout that you will be contacted about sizes. We all love freebies!

Space is limited and likely to fill up fast! “The Sewing Party” participants can attend classes; chat with participants from across the country; interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching; and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products in our marketplace. See more about the event in the video below!


Are you dying to go to The Sewing Party? Well we are sending 5 lucky winners free tickets! See how to enter to win below…

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Win a new pattern! Sort Your Stuff Organizer

Normally the area around my bed and sofa is a cluster of stuff. Remotes, cell phones, books, magazines, ipad, embroidery hoop, etc. Everything that you need to have easily accessible that tends to pile up. It turns out a lot of people have this problem, so we designed the Sort Your Stuff Organizer!

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This pattern creates an organizer that can be used either on your bed or over the arm of your chair. It has 6 pockets that vary in size, giving you a place for everything from eyeglasses to magazines.

There are two versions of the pattern; one that uses two layers of fabric quilted over a thin batting. We used our Crossroads Denim for our cover sample, but you can also use cotton. The batting and the quilting are needed to keep the fabric from stretching and give it strength to hold heavier items.

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The second version is made out of recycled denim. Because denim is so strong there is no need for two layers and quilting on this version, however choose denim that does not have any stretch in it, otherwise you may want to layer and quilt. You can also experiment with different colors of denim to create a layered look. In the sample we made we used two different pair of jeans and mixed and matched the outside and inside of the jeans to create a multi-colored look.

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The edges of the organizer and the pockets are all finished with 1/2″ double fold bias tape. We used the kind you can find at the store, but you can always make your own.

Ready to get organized? Enter to win a copy of the Sort Your Stuff Organizer by leaving a comment below telling us where you need this most. The contest will run through 12:00 pm Friday, July 25th for US contestants only. Good Luck!

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Floral Stitch Mitts Winner!

Congratulations to Julie A. who won the Floral Stitch Mitts pattern! Julie, keep an eye out in your email for a message from us. Thanks to everyone who participated, remember we are giving away patterns all summer!

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Fabric Friday: Cotton & Steel

One of the most anticipated fabric releases for the last year has been the new Cotton & Steel collections. This new company features 6 talented fabric designers; Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight and Sarah Watts.

This fabric has some fun larger scale prints, so, you really want a large surface so you can enjoy the design. That is where a good bag pattern comes in! We paired the In-Style Suitcase Bag with Sarah Watts’ August collection. For the main body we used a print that features a lion lounging in a bed of flowers. For the straps a colored-splattered cream added a nice contrast.

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For the Ideal Duffle bag we mixed three prints, a floral and plaid from Alexia Abegg’s Hatbox collection and a navy and white dot from the Cotton & Steel basics line. For the quilted body we used the floral and paired it with contrasting plaid straps. The plaid also adds a design element on the side pockets. To ground the colors, the navy works perfectly on the outside pocket and zipper facing. Too cute!

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