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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Win a New Pattern! Floral Stitch Mitts

If you liked the Fruit Stitch Mitts we showed you on last week, you will love these Floral Stitch Mitts!

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This pattern contains two vintage inspired floral designs, and two sizes of mitt. The embroidery on the designs is simple enough for beginners, using Straight Stitch, French Knots, Back Stitch, and comes with stitch diagrams.

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The star shaped pattern is the larger size. We stitched these mitts on Crossroads Denim, which is a great weight both for embroidery and for heavier duty items like kitchenware.

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The mitts are made with Insul-bright to protect your hands. The outer fabrics are quilted around the design to the Insul-bright and lining. We used invisible thread so that the quilting remained unobtrusive. Bias tape is used for the binding and loop. You can make your own, but we used 1/2 inch double fold generic bias tape.

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As fun as it is to use different colors of embroidery floss, we wanted to see how the designs looked in one color. We love this gold design on the green! Another option for embroidery would be to use your machine to embroider the designs.

To win a copy of the Floral Stitch Mitts pattern, leave a comment below telling us if you prefer hand or machine embroidery. The contest ends at 12:00 pm on Friday, July 18th for US contestants only. Good Luck!

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Fabric Friday! Sarah Watson’s Arcadia for Cloud9 Fabrics

Have you seen Sarah Watson’s Arcadia fabric line for Cloud9 Fabrics? It is lovely. It makes me think of summer, the outdoors and little girls dresses. Although not officially a dress, I thought Arcadia would be a perfect match for our Pint-Size Pinafore pattern. This sweet apron can be worn over leggings and a t-shirt, or sewn up the back for a classic dress.

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First I paired Arcadia’s Flutterflies print in Coral with Michael Miller’s Cotton Couture Sun solid. I love how it turned out!

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My favorite print from the line is Mushroom March in Coral, which I paired with Michael Miller’s Cotton Couture in Shell. So cute! Did I mention the best part of this fabric line? It’s organic! So no flutterflies or mushrooms were harmed in it’s creation.
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Win a New Pattern! Fruit Stitch Mitts

One thing we tried to focus on when designing this year’s patterns line was functionality. We wanted you to be able to really use your finished project – but we also made everything cute enough that it can be given as a gift. The Fruit Stitch Mitts are a great example of this. Functionality + Cuteness!

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These mitts were inspired by vintage embroidery patterns that are often found made in tea towels and dish cloths at antique shows. We love the special quality that embroidery gives a project, but tried to modernize the look for today’s customer.

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Although you can’t see it in the image, these aren’t pot holders, they are oven mitts. The hand slides in at the bottom of the fruit. Each side of the mitt is contains Insul-bright batting to protect your hands. The inside is fully lined.

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To win a free copy of the Fruit Stitch Mitts pattern simple leave a comment below on your favorite kitchen tool. The contest will end at 12:00 on Friday, July 11th for US contestants only. Good Luck!

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Micro-Safe Hot Holders Winner

Congratulations to Casey S. for being the winner of our Micro-Safe Hot Holders pattern. Casey, check your email for a message from us. Thanks to all who entered, reading about all your favorite soups made us all so hungry! And wishing for cooler, soup weather. The giveaways will continue all summer long, so stay tuned!

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Fabric Friday! Carolyn Gavin’s Petite Fleur

Happy Fourth of July everyone! I hope you are knee-deep in corn, hot dogs and pool parties. But what happens when the party is over and it is too hot to go outside (until September)? Then you must sew, and I have a couple of projects for you.

We loved Carolyn Gavin’s Petite Fleur Organic fabric for Windham Fabrics. It is super cheery with fun but sophisticated colors. What to make with it? Well, I wanted to do something where I could combine the prints, so bags were the answer.

In honor of the Fourth, why not make our Grommet Go-Around bag using the Floral Impressions and Petite Buds prints. This bag is super easy to make – it only has 3 pattern pieces! The grommets add a little extra umph to what would otherwise be a simple style.

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I also loved her print Swallow Garden, and wanted a bag that had a large enough surface to really highlight it. I found that in the Trapezoid Tote. I added the Petites Fleurs print for the side panels and the Petite Buds for the handles. I like to use darker fabric on the handles if possible – they show less dirt that way! The gussets on the Trapezoid Tote make it perfect for shopping or travel – this bag can hold a lot.

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Win a new pattern! Micro-Safe Hot Holders

One of our goals was to design patterns with purpose – useable items for home that would also be great gifts. Our Micro-Safe Hot Holders fulfill that purpose perfectly!

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You know how hot your bowl gets when you heat up soup or pasta for more than one minute? Then you burn your fingers grabbing the dish out of the door and carrying it to your counter or plate? No more! When you use these bowls you can safely take out your dishes without fear of burned fingers.

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The bowls come in three different sizes – ramekin, cereal bowl and casserole sized. Here is the most important thing about these bowls: every item you use to make them must be 100% cotton! The thread, fabric, bias tape and batting – if it isn’t 100% cotton you can end up with a fiery mess. No one wants that.

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Another safety tip: never put in the cotton bowls on their own and microwave. Without the humidity of food heating up, the fabric will burn. (I’m not entirely sure why you would just microwave the cotton bowls on their own, but now you know not to.)

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Because the micro-safe bowls are made with 100% cotton batting, they aren’t super firm. We thought you might want to create a fabric bowl that is just decoration, so we included directions for making a stiffer bowl in the large size. For this size you will use Timtex instead of batting. Just remember, this version doesn’t go in the microwave!

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So, want to save your burned hands and win a copy of the Micro-Safe Hot Holders for yourself? This contest is now closed.

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Stitched Top Tote Winner!

Congratulations to Cynthia W. who is the winner of our Stitched Top Tote pattern. Cynthia, check your email for a message from us. Thanks to all who commented and entered the contest. Don’t forget, we are giving away patterns all this summer!

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