Summer Taffy Bolster Pillows

Every so often a project comes along that just perfectly represents the season. The Summer Taffy Bolster Pillows by Susie Layman are the perfect Summer pillows. They really do look like the sweet flavored taffy that you get down on the shore AND they are a quick sew, leaving more time for Summer fun. Try brightly colored fabrics in combination with white for a light, breezy finish, or change it up entirely and work with darker colors in preparation for Fall.

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Summer Taffy Bolster Pillows are easy to sew on your machine and one can easily be made in a day. They look great when grouped with pillows of other shapes and sizes and are perfect for a girl’s room or perched on your favorite chairs. Instructions are provided for both ruffled and pleated ends. Finished size – 16” x 4”.

Materials List
— 1 fat quarter Fabric A
— 1 fat eighth Fabric B
— 1/4 yard straight cut Fabric C*
— 1/4 yard straight cut Fabric D*
— 1/2 yard Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
— 1 bag Pellon® Perfect Loft® Cluster Fiber Fill
— Thread
*Fabric C can be used for both the inside and outside of the rue or pleat at the end of the pillow. If so, eliminate fabric D and replace with ⁄ yard of fabric C.

Tools List
— Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supplies

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For a free downloadable pdf of this pattern, visit the project page here. We’d love to see what you make, so be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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SusieLaymanSusie writes the blog  threads on my socks  and is currently designing embroidery patterns. She has written several patterns and loves the textile community. Her background in Graphic Arts has paved her way to the passion she’s found in fabrics & threads.

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Home Sweet Home Pillow

Home. It’s a place of comfort and joy, forever welcoming, always cherished. Madame Samm understands the importance of home and has created a set of four pillows to honor it. Uniquely placed ruffles allow the pillows to snuggle up close to each other, lining up perfectly along the back of a day bed or a couch.

What colors will you choose?

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Home Sweet Home Pillows
Materials List (makes 4)
— 1 yard Pillow front fabric
— 1-1/4 yards Pillow back fabric
— 1 yard Ruffle fabric
— 4 Pellon® 16” x 16″ Pillow Forms 
— 1 yard Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
— Fabric paint or fabric markers
— #12 Perle Cotton for embroidery
— Thread
(Alternate: Check out our Decorative Pillow Insert, Allergy-Free Pillow Insert, & Down Alternative Pillow Insert.)

Tools List
— Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supplies

NOTE: Pellon® Pillow Forms are available online at both Joann.com & Walmart.com. Happy Shopping!

For a free downloadable pdf of this pattern, visit the project page here. We’d love to see what you make, so be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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madamesammSamm is a author and an inspiration to many. After decades in Big Pharma, she retired and, with her family, built a bungalow on a beautiful escarpment surrounded by wine country. She shares her life with an amazing man, a ragdoll and a Maine Coon! Samm manages SewWEQuilt.com and it is the reason why she sews/quilts. She is truly HAPPY and thinks that retirement suits her to a T (Totally!)

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Create Behind the Seams WINNERS!

We’d first like to say a big THANK YOU to all who entered the Create Behind the Seams Mini-Challenge! It has been so much fun to see your creations and you should know that you all are incredibly inspiring:). Thanks also to Fiskars and the Fiskateers! We think you guys are awesome!

Without further pause, let’s get right to our randomly selected winners!

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FIRST PRIZE — @sonwar5
Full set of Amplify Fabric Shears (3 pairs)
Rotary cutter12″ x 18″ cutting mat & acrylic ruler.
1 Queen-Sized Package Pellon® Nature’s Touch® Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1 pkg Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
1 pkg Pellon® EZ25S EZ-Steam® II
1 pkg Pellon® Perfect Loft® Cluster Fiber Fill
1 pkg Pellon® 70 Peltex® Sew-In
1 pkg 542S® Pellon® Stick-N-Washaway™

SECOND PRIZE — @icouldbefake
Full set of Amplify Fabric Shears (3 pairs)
1 Twin-Sized Package Pellon® Nature’s Touch® Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1 pkg Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
1 pkg Pellon® 100R Vinyl Fuse™
1 pkg Pellon® 808 Craft-Fuse®

THIRD PRIZE — @trashn2tees
Rotary Cutter and Titanium Rotary Blades (2 pack)
1 Crib-Sized Package Pellon® Nature’s Touch® Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® EZ25S EZ-Steam® II
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®

Please email us with your shipping address so that we can send your fabulous prizes along!

And… a quick peek at all of the entries:

CBTS-EntrantsSearch #createbehindtheseams on Instagram for a closer look!

Happy sewing!!

 

Clutch Purse

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We’re so pleased to be joined today by Emma, the incredibly creative, super talented leader of the Fiskateers! We’re loving the clutch she’s created and hope you all do too. Happy sewing!

IMG_2605Hello Pellon® fans, my name is Emma and I write the Fiskateer blog, which is a blog dedicated to creative pursuits and artistic endeavors of all kinds. It’s my pleasure to join you here today and to share a tutorial for this simple but adorable clutch purse.

What you’ll need :

- 1/4 yard of two different fabrics. (I used a grey cotton canvas as the main body of my purse, and a cotton print for the flap and lining designed by Nadia Hassan and available through Spoonflower).
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– Rotary cutter, ruler, cutting mat, scissors
– Sewing machine, pins, thread, iron etc

1. Start by cutting two pieces of fabric for the main body of the purse, measuring 12″ x 7″, and trim according to the dimensions in the photo below.

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2. Round off the bottom corners along the 12″ edge. I simply used a (not very technical) jar lid to mark my curves and trimmed the fabric with shears. Be resourceful!

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3. Your fabric should look like the photo below. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to create the purse lining in a contrasting print.

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4. Now to make the flap. Cut two pieces of fabric measuring 10″ x 5″ and trim to the dimensions in the photo below. (I started making my flap completely in the grey canvas, but changed my mind and used my cotton print for the outside of the flap. I think the contrast between the flap and the body of the purse looks really nice, but it’s up to you to make your purse your own!)

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5. Apply Pellon®’s 809 Craft Fuse® to the two flap pieces as well as the purse body outer pieces. This will give your purse strength and body and frankly, it will look and feel much more professionally finished.

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6. Construct the purse flap by pinning the two flap pieces with right sides facing leaving the 10″ edge open, and sewing with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Clip the curves with scissors and turn the flap to the right side. Press with a hot iron and topstitch around the perimeter of the flap, again leaving the 10″ edge open.

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7. Pin the flap to the top edge of one of the purse body pieces, with right sides facing, and sew. The flap will be about 1/2″ shorter than the body on both sides.

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8. Place the second purse body piece on top of the piece with the flap sewn on, with right sides facing and sandwiching the flap between the layers. Sew the two purse body pieces together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Do not sew along the top opening edge. Clip the curved corners.

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9. Sew the two lining pieces together with right sides facing. Do not sew along the top opening edge, and leave a 3″ turning hole in the bottom.

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10. Turn the outer body of the bag to the right side and keep the lining inside out. Place the outer purse inside the lining so that right sides are facing. Match up the side seams and keep the flap folded back against the back of the purse. Pin the top openings of the outer purse and the lining together and sew around the entire perimeter with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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11. Trim the seam allowance along the top edge to about 1/4″ to reduce bulk and then pull the entire outer purse and flap through the hole you left in the lining. Handstitch or machine stitch the hole closed.

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12. To finish, add a button and buttonhole or magnetic snap to allow the flap to close.

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Thanks so much Emma!!

A little more about the Fiskateers:
Back in 2005, before the word “Fiskateer” became synonymous with crafting enthusiasm, Fiskars was looking for a way to connect and communicate with some pretty important people—the very crafters who used their products on a daily basis. With the help of Brains on Fire, Fiskars launched a four-city casting call for the loudest, proudest paper crafters across the country. Through road-trip conversations, scrapbooking website observations, and talks with industry insiders, Fiskars realized the need for a new type of crafting community. A community that was uplifting and encouraging, where members could feel safe to share about themselves, shine a spotlight on their handiwork, and talk openly about the tools they used to create it. (learn more here)

Find them online:
Fiskars Website & Instagram — Fiskateers WebsiteFacebook & Pinterest

 

Travel Memory Game

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Are you ready for Summer? We sure are! The temps have finally risen and we’re making our warm weather to do lists. Beach? Check. Picnic by the lake? Check. Camping? Check Check. If you’re making all of these glorious sunshine-filled plans with kids, you know you’ll need a wealth of on-the-go activities to keep them entertained! So may we present, the super-simple, make-it-in-under-an-hour Travel Memory Game!

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Materials List
— One 9″ x 12″ rectangle of bright fabric
— One 9″ x 12″ rectangle of neutral fabric
— Scraps of bright fabrics for appliqué
— One 9″ x 12″ rectangle of Pellon® 72F Peltex® II
OR One 9″ x 12″ rectangle of Pellon® 71F Peltex® I + 1 sheet of EZ-Steam® II)
— 1 sheet EZ-Steam® II
— Coordinating Thread
— Six different images for appliqué
— Ribbon or Elastic

Tools Needed
— Fiskars Titanium Softgrip® Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter
   OR Amplify Razor Edge™ Fabric Shears 8″
– Cutting Mat & Acrylic Ruler
– Fiskars RazorEdge™ Softgrip® Fabric Shears
– Fiskars Detail Scissors (No. 4)
– Iron & Ironing Surface

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1. Assemble the 9″ x 12″ rectangles. If using the Peltex® II, sandwich it between the two fabric rectangles with right sides facing out. Fuse following manufacturer’s instructions.

[If using the Peltex® I + EZ-Steam®, place the fusible side of the Peltex® I against the wrong side of one fabric rectangle. Fuse following manufacturer's instructions. Remove one paper-backing of the EZ-Steam® II and finger press the sticky side to the wrong side of the other fabric rectangle. Remove the second paper backing and finger press the second sticky side to the Peltex®. Fuse following manufacturer's instructions.]

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2. Cut twelve 3″ x 3″ squares. You can either measure out and mark the squares using a disappearing marker (as shown in the first image below), or use the measurements on the ruler as a guide (as shown in the second image below) in conjunction with your rotary cutter. Alternately, you can use the Amplify Razor Edge™ Fabric Shears 8″, which are specially designed to work well with thick materials, like the Peltex®. Set squares aside.

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3. Format desired images for appliqué, making sure that they are each no larger than 3″ square. Print. Trace each image twice onto the paper (matte) side of one sheet of EZ-Steam® II.

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4. Rough cut around each image to separate.

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5. Using a pin, lightly score the waxy (shiny) backing of the EZ-Steam® II. ‘Crack’ the back along the scored line and peel the backing away like a sticker back.

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6. Finger press the exposed sticky side to the wrong side of your appliqué fabric.

[Alternate method: You could also wait to separate the images until after the waxy back has been removed and entire sheet has been finger pressed to the back of your appliqué fabric. Either method works and it all depends on whether you're using the same fabric for all appliqués or many different fabrics.]

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7. Using your Fiskars RazorEdge™ Softgrip® Fabric Shears, carefully cut out each shape.

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8. Remove the paper (matte) backing of the EZ-Steam® II and finger press shape onto neutral side of one 3″ x 3″ square.

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9. Repeat for all shapes.

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10. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse each appliqué shape to the 3″ x 3″ squares.

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11. Using a zig zag or satin stitch, stitch around all four raw edges of each square. Use your Fiskars Detail Scissors (No. 4) to snip the threads. (I LOVE these for detail work!)

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12. Assemble all 12 squares and secure using a ribbon or fun elastic. Pop the game in your beach bag and you’re ready to go!

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Don’t forget, the Create Behind the Seams Mini Challenge is on! Submit your projects between now and June 30 on Instagram with the following tags #createbehindtheseams, @pellonprojects, and @fiskar_hq to enter to win some fabulous prizes. Click here for more information.

Happy creating!!

 

 

Create Behind the Seams || A Mini Challenge

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Woo hoo!! It’s almost Summer! We’re so excited that we just had to partner up with the fabulous Fiskateers to present a mini challenge. Our inspiration can be best conveyed with a quick Q&A.

Q: Name two things often used in the creation of all of your favorite projects that aren’t actually seen with the finished product?

A: Pellon® (interfacing, batting, fiber fill, pillow inserts, fusible webs…) & Fiskars®  (scissors, rotary cutters, mats, rulers)!!

Seriously? Where would our projects be without the two? Limp and unfinished, that’s where;). So, to celebrate everything found Behind the Seams we thought a mini challenge might be in order.

Create Behind the Seams || A Mini Challenge**
June 16 – June 30

  • Create something for Summer using at least 1 product from both Pellon® & Fiskars®
  • Share your creation on Instagram with the following tags: #createbehindtheseams @pellonprojects & @fiskars_hq
  • Tell us what you used! (ie: SF101, EZ-Steam®, Amplify Shears, Rotary Cutter, etc…)
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners selected at random and announced on July 1

FIRST PRIZE
Full set of Amplify Fabric Shears (3 pairs)
Rotary cutter, 12″ x 18″ cutting mat & acrylic ruler.
1 Queen-Sized Package Pellon® Nature’s Touch® Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1 pkg Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
1 pkg Pellon® EZ25S EZ-Steam® II
1 pkg Pellon® Perfect Loft® Cluster Fiber Fill
1 pkg Pellon® 70 Peltex® Sew-In
1 pkg 542S® Pellon® Stick-N-Washaway™

SECOND PRIZE
Full set of Amplify Fabric Shears (3 pairs)
1 Twin-Sized Package Pellon® Nature’s Touch® Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1 pkg Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
1 pkg Pellon® 100R Vinyl Fuse™
1 pkg Pellon® 808 Craft-Fuse®

THIRD PRIZE
Rotary Cutter and Titanium Rotary Blades (2 pack)
1 Crib-Sized Package Pellon® Nature’s Touch® Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® EZ25S EZ-Steam® II
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®

** Challenge open to residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec)

And if the prizes weren’t enough to get you started, both Emma from the Fiskateers and I (Erin from Pellon®) will be posting some simple project tutorials using both Fiskars® and Pellon® products over the next few days. Make sure to check back here often, subscribe to the Pellon blog, and check out Fiskateers!

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A little more about the Fiskateers:
Back in 2005, before the word “Fiskateer” became synonymous with crafting enthusiasm, Fiskars was looking for a way to connect and communicate with some pretty important people—the very crafters who used their products on a daily basis. With the help of Brains on Fire, Fiskars launched a four-city casting call for the loudest, proudest paper crafters across the country. Through road-trip conversations, scrapbooking website observations, and talks with industry insiders, Fiskars realized the need for a new type of crafting community. A community that was uplifting and encouraging, where members could feel safe to share about themselves, shine a spotlight on their handiwork, and talk openly about the tools they used to create it. (learn more here)

Find them online:
Fiskars Website & Instagram — Fiskateers Website, Facebook & Pinterest

Create Behind the Seams!!! Ready, Set……… GO!!

Blast Quilt

BlastQuiltBlogTitleCurrent temperatures may have tricked us into believing that Winter is still here, but gingerly blossoming flowers, greening grass, and brand new brightly colored fabrics tell us that it is, indeed, Spring! Enchanted, a new line by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud9 Fabrics, incorporates bright reds, blues and yellows, making us yearn for days full of sunshine and warmth. Luckily, we’ve got the dynamic Rachael Gander of imagine gnats to weave the colorful patterns into a stunning quilt, perfect for picnics, playtime, and perhaps even a trip to the beach! The Blast Quilt pattern partners half and quarter square triangle blocks with solid blocks. The resulting finish is almost SouthWest in style. The pattern is super easy-to-follow, making it an great project for beginner and advanced quilters alike.

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Blast Quilt
“Blast: to make or open by or as if by explosion”. Blast Quilt is a take on the traditional Ohio Star quilt block. Use simple squares, half square triangles and quarter square triangles to create this dynamic quilt. It is perfect for showing off large scale prints. Sample used Enchanted by Cloud 9 Fabrics in Raven Moon, Zig Zag Feathers Turquoise, Tear Drop Bead Shadow, Arrows, Tear Drop Bead Sunshine, Zig Zag Feathers Coral and Seed Bead Chevron. Sample was quilted by Shelly Pagliai of Prairie Moon Quilts. Quilt measures 48” x 48”. This pattern is also available as a free cross-stitch pattern at imaginegnats.com.

Materials List
— ¾ yd Fabric A – Raven Moon
— ¾ yd Fabric B – Zig Zag Feathers Turquoise
— ¼ yd Fabric C – Tear Drop Bead Shadow
— ¼ yd Fabric D – Arrows
— ¼ yd Fabric E – Tear Drop Bead Sunshine
— ¼ yd Fabric F – Zig Zag Feathers Coral
— ¼ yd Fabric G – Seed Bead Chevron
— 1¼ yds Fabric H – Black Solid
— 2½ yds Backing
— 1 throw size (60” x 60”) Legacy™ By Pellon® Natural Blend Batting
— Thread

Tools List
— Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supplies

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For a free downloadable pdf of this pattern, visit the project page here. We’d love to see what you make, so be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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RachaelGanderProfileMeet Rachael, the all-around crafty lady behind popular blog, imagine gnats. Rachael has an incredible (and perhaps at times, compulsive) desire to express herself, something which has taken many forms over the years including sewing, knitting, graphic design, and painting.

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