Indygo Essentials – Easy Top & Tunic

The next pattern we will discuss in our Indygo Essentials series is our very popular Easy Top & Tunic. This pattern has been one of the top sellers of 2016!

This comfortable top comes in sizes XS – 3X like all of our Essentials patterns and in three lengths – a mid-waist length, upper thigh and longer tunic length.

I love how it makes up in a knit! This short version was created in Anna Maria Horner’s Cracking Code print from FreeSpirit.

The medium length is shown here in rayon batiks by Anthology fabrics. I just love the drape of the rayons!

And how about this beautiful woven fabric from Textile Creations.

This versatile silhouette works in just about any type of fabric. Large print, small print, rayon, woven, cottons – it’s easy to make it your own! Here are four different prints from Amy’s new Vintage Made Modern – Kyoto collection from RJR showing how a variety of coordinates – large, small, dot or floral – all work for this same garment.

This variety really makes this top a must-have for your wardrobe. Perfect to wear alone or layered for more arm coverage, the Easy Top & Tunic is an ideal garment to stitch for beginners or experienced sewists!

 

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Countdown to a New You – Try Something New!

Today completes our January Countdown to a New You series! For a lot of us, the New Year means a commitment to learn something new. We can all agree that trying new things is a hallmark of being a maker, constantly challenging ourselves to learn something new and expanding our skills.

Have you tried English Paper Piecing yet? Our Fabriflair™ kits are the perfect introduction if you haven’t – they’re smaller than that grandmother’s garden quilt you’ve always hoped to make, but they still pack a big punch in that wow-factor category that we all strive for. And, if you’re already a seasoned Paper-Piecing expert, these are dimensional and that is definitely new in the paper-piecing category!

The Radiant Star is one of our most popular patterns right now. It’s a great way for fabric lovers to display every print in their favorite lines of fabric, and you can use pre-cuts to accomplish that, too! You can read more about how it came to be on Indygo Junction founder Amy Barickman’s blog. The Brio Sphere can be made into a functional bowl, or a dimensional art piece-perfect for displaying on shelves. We love both of these Fabriflair kits displayed above in Amy’s new Vintage Made Modern: Kyoto line of fabric from RJR Fabrics!

(Do you have spaces that are on your list for organizing and beautifying this year? See our recent Countdown to A New You post for organization pattern ideas, and we love this post from Bari J. Designs on shelf styling too!)

And the Navette Needlecase, which gives us textile lovers a way to have our hands on favorite vintage textiles or our favorite prints every time we create with needle and thread. If you make them in textiles with history-dad’s ties or grandma’s vintage table linens, they’re an incredibly meaningful gift, perfect for a stitching friend or family member.

Our Fabriflair™ collection rounds out with the Trilliant Ornament kit which comes with three in every kit–one for you, one to gift, one to exchange. Perfect for celebrating life’s moments.

These all come as downloadable PDF patterns, so if you’ve got mat board and scissors, you can be making one as quickly as you can buy one. Or you can order a ready-to-sew kit, and focus your attention on pulling fabric for your fun new project!

How about Embroidery?

If embroidery is on your list of things to learn in 2017, you’re in the right place! We have a great selection of embroidery resources to help you with this goal. Whether you are new to embroidery, or an experienced pro, Amy recently released a Crossroads Embroidery Video series with Sew Mama Sew teaching the basics of embroidery and several stitches, and sharing a free downloadable embroidery pattern with each one. The first video in the series is shown above, and you can also watch the whole Crossroads Embroidery Series here, and don’t forget to subscribe to our channel to be the first to see our videos!

Land that I Love celebrates each state with two options–a simple state outline, and whatever details make home special to you–birds, flowers, schools, state resources. Or a more detailed state outline that features those flowers and birds beautifully intertwined with the outline. You can pick and choose from all the options to make each project uniquely yours.

Folk Art Motifs is our new embroidery resource book that has over 400 designs to hand embroider. It comes with patterns for two different styles of quilts perfect for telling your story with needle and thread. You can read more about Folk Art Motifs here.

For a lot of us, the goal for this year is to recycle more textiles in our work. This has always been something that makers are passionate about, and Indygo Junction’s recycling pattern selection is the perfect place to get started. We’ve all spotted that beautiful tie before, and wished we could have the fabric for our very own, right? Our Tie-to-Go Purse is a great way to step into textile recycling and have an incredible one of a kind purse when you’re done!

We have a great selection of patterns for reusing ties, denim and menswear! Watch our denim video to be inspired, and then shop all of our recycling patterns here!

Is learning to applique on your list for this year? Alphabet Applique is a great way to start! This book is a quilt pattern that was originally released in 1930… but it is so much more than that. It’s also a beautiful piece of American history featuring a continuing story from the syndicated Nancy Page newspaper column, written by home economist Florence La Ganke. A heartwarming picture of years gone by and a pattern that creates an heirloom!

What’s on your list to try this year? We’d love to hear about it! And, if you make one of our patterns, tag us @indygo_junction on social media! We love to see!

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New Book – Folk Art Motifs

If you love hand embroidery, look no further for a library of designs to tell your story! Folk Art Motifs featuring over 400 line art motifs designed for hand embroidery including animals, plants & flowers, everyday household items, abstract designs and much more.

We’ve included the basics of hand embroidery as well as stitch diagrams to make this book ideal for beginners or experts! Over  14 decorative accent borders also included.

The motifs are simple stitcheries and are perfect for quilts, dish towels and pillows.  Two patchwork quilt designs are included in the book. They are based on early 1900’s styles – one on-point featuring decorative borders and colorful embroidery & the other in a classic red and cream redwork style are also provided!

Here are a few peeks at the original quilts (hop on over to Amy’s blog to see more of the original quilts & the history behind the book)!

Here are a few of our favorite dish towels created in the redwork style:

This book is a must-have to any needlework enthusiast! Use the vast library of artwork to tell your favorite story in thread! For tips & tutorials on hand embroidery, be sure to view our Crossroads Embroidery Series (PS – there are free patterns for each tutorial too!).

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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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