Upcycled Apron Giveaway!

For this project you will need to raid your husband’s (father’s, brother’s or son’s) closet for the material – you don’t need new fabric, just some old shirts! Take that discarded button up out of the boardroom and into the kitchen as an Upcycled Apron.


This pattern includes two unique apron styles. One is an over-the-head smock style, which features a front tie and two large pockets. The neck, pocket and armhole edges can be finished with a contrasting bias tape for a fun pop of color.


The back of the apron features a fun button closure which makes use of the tab of one cuff!


The second apron style is can be made for both a man and a woman. This apron shows off the button placket of the shirt. With an adjustable neck tie, the apron will fit most sizes. Two large “kangaroo” pockets will help you keep cooking supplies handy.


I love that the neck ties are attached with rings!


This apron looks as good on him as it will on her!


Want to make your own Upcycled Apron? Comment below telling us how often you make recycled projects and you will be entered to win! Don’t want to wait to win? Get 20% off your purchase using the code: BG16

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5 Favorite Tools for Hand Embroidery

Amy and I visited Quilt Market in Houston last month where she debuted her new Crossroads Thread packs with Sulky, as well as our seasonal Crossroads Denim 1/2 yard pre-cut packs. We love both of these products for embroidery and kept an eye out for all the other great embroidery tools at market to work with.  Here are our five favorites – give them a try and let us know what you think!


Our Crossroads Thread is 12-weight thread which is which is perfect for both machine and hand stitching. One strand of the 12 weight thread is the equivalent of two strands of classic embroidery floss. We normally use two strands of the Crossroads thread when we hand stitch.

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Recently we have been in love with Tulip embroidery needles. The needles are made in Hiroshima Japan and make stitching a breeze. They are very strong, but also flexible and very sharp.


Of course, you can’t embroider without a hoop. For small projects we use Clover’s plastic embroidery hoop. I love how they keep your fabric taut as you are stitching, The 7″ is my go-to hoop. For larger projects, I stick with wooden hoops, which come in all different sizes.


A product that we have been using a lot lately with our projects is Sulky’s Sticky Fabric – Solvy. This embroidery stabilizer adheres to your backing fabric with adhesive and simply washes away when you are finished stitching. I use the 8.5″ x 11″ sheets. I can print out my embroidery design on them and adhere them to my backing. Once I’m finished stitching my design, I just wash it away.


Our preferred backing fabric is our own Crossroads Denim. “But surely denim is too heavy” you say – we beg to differ! In fact, the denim, while light enough to easily stitch through, also has enough weight to keep the backing fabric from bunching when using tight, dense stitching. It also comes in 19 colors, so you can find a color to suit any project! Want to learn more about stitching on Crossroads? Check out this Embroidery Basics video series from Crafty Gemini.

Note! Coming soon to a quilt store near you – Crossroads Pre-Cut Packs! We have four seasonal colored packs which each have five different 1/2 yard cuts. That is so much fun fabric to play with!

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New! Bias Binding Video & Giveaway

We are excited to share with you our new technique video on sewing an easy and professional bias neckline facing!

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At Indygo Junction, we love garment sewing – but it can be tricky to sew a perfect neckline facing. This technique, which is featured in our Gathered Back Top & Tunic pattern, is a simple but very effective way to create a smooth, professional finish.



Join IJ team member Betsy Blodgett as she walks you through the bias facing steps, from shaping the bias with an iron to the final stitching.

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This technique can be used with many different garments styles. We even recently hacked our own pattern and used this technique to create a sleeveless top!


This technique is also great to use if you are sewing with finer garment fabrics, such as double gauze, silk, voile, rayon or lawn as shown below.


We love sharing techniques with you to help you become a better, more professional sewer! Please let us know what techniques or skills would you like to see future Indygo Junction videos on? Leave your answer in the comments and ENTER TO WIN the Gathered Back Top & Tunic, fabric to make your own and our top 10 garment patterns!

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Show Your Spirit Gnomes Pattern Hack & Giveaway!

The holiday season is here! It’s time to start decorating for the most festive time of the year and planning your “make” list. This year we have the perfect pattern for you – the Show Your Spirit Gnomes.

This pattern is great for many reasons but here are our favorite three:

  1. You can make them with upcycled materials
  2. Everyone loves a gnome – these are perfect as a gift
  3. You can easily transform the gnome into Santa – instructions are below!


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Denim Week – A Play on Pockets

In honor of the release of our new video, Recycle Denim Jeans, we are sharing tips for working with denim all week long. Our biggest advice about working with recycled denim is to NEVER throw away the back pockets. You can use them for so many things – they are fun and functional.

On this version of the Grab & Go Tote we patch-worked different colors of denim together for this purse and then added a (carefully) cut off pocket to the back of the bag, creating a simple perfect pocket.

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