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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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Just Tri It!!

There is something particularly striking about a quilt made up of bold solids. Designer Lauren Dahl of Selvage Designs and Pattern Workshop drew inspiration from Art Gallery’s Pure Elements line, partnering blue, green, purple, pink, gray and white for a stunning result! Just Tri It! features a super simple method for creating half square triangle blocks — so easy, in fact, that you might just finish this one up before Easter!

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Thinking about sewing a quilt? Just Tri It! This quilt is fabulously modern, colorful, and most importantly, quick and easy to sew. Use this method for quickly cutting half square triangles in batches, and you will have a gorgeous quilt in no time. This method creates bias edges which may result in some stretch with the blocks. To alleviate this issue, try backing the 10” fabric squares with Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®. Legacy™ by Pellon® White Cotton Batting is the perfect match for showing off the bright pops of white in this fun, geometric design. Sample used Pure Elements by Art Gallery in Snow, Ash, Lemonade, Verve Violet, Mirage Blue, Noir and Coral Reef. Finished quilt size is 65½“ x 89½”.

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Materials List
– 1 yd each of six different colors of Cotton fabric
— 5½ yds for Backing and binding
— 10 yds Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex® (OPTIONAL)
— One twin size Legacy™ by Pellon® White Cotton Batting
— Thread

Tools List
– Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supplies
— Basting pins

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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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LaurenDahlLauren Dahl loves to sew, quilt, knit and blog. She lives with her husband, Scott, and her two children, Harper and Ezra, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the owner of Pattern Workshop which offers online courses to aspiring PDF sewing pattern designers, and she sells her own pattern designs via Selvage Designs.

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Monogrammed Nautical Pillows

It’s always fun to personalize a project and monogramming has become a common practice. But monogramming with Nautical letters? Now that is something new! We’re loving the bold colors and playful print used for this pair of pillows! Designer Samarra Khaja used her own Nautical Motifs from Timeless Treasures as inspiration has put together a super simple tutorial for the pillows so we can all make a pair of our own. Want to make a pair with your own initials? Do a google search for Nautical letters and use our EZ-Steam® II to help make it happen! This marks Samarra’s very first project as a designer for Pellon® and we’re so very thrilled to have her on board!!

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This is a fun, graphic way of personalizing pillowcases in clever and modern-looking nautical alphabetic code! In this project, an ‘R’ pillowcase is created. Photo above shows the ‘R’ and ‘K’ letters. For other letters of the alphabet, search online and construct them in the same manner as the methods in this project. Have fun! Sample used Timeless Treasures ‘Nautical Motifs’, Samarra C2412 – Blue, Dream C1807 – Red, Royal, and Sun fabrics. Finished size of pillowcase is 22” x 32½”.

Materials List
– 1 yd Timeless Treasures ‘Nautical Motifs’ Samarra C2412 -Blue
— ¼ yd Timeless Treasures Dream C1807-Red
— ½ yd Timeless Treasures Dream C1807-Sun
— ½ yd Pellon® EZ212 EZ Steam® II
— 1 set of Pellon® TWP2028 Hypo-Allergenic Twin Pack Bed Pillows (optional)
— 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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SamarraKhajaHISamarra Khaja makes happy, beautiful things, inspired by her love of travel, local markets, food and culture, and her young sons. She’s a lifelong illustrator, designer, artist and all-round maker of things. Her textiles remix traditional fabrics with contemporary design with a cheerful irreverence. They’re bright, bold, and best of all, playful. You can find her textile designs exclusively through Timeless Treasures.

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Reversible Fabric Storage Bin

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Sometimes I feel like I can’t have enough storage bins in my house. I want to make 10 for every room so that everything has a place. Currently, the only room that actually has any, however, is my daughter’s nursery. We’ve got one for diapers, one for all the necessary creams and powders, one for toys and one for the random things like thermometers and extra binkys. I’m honestly not sure what I would do without those little bins. Now that Marni has created a fab little tutorial, making these bins easy-peasy, I have a feeling that the ‘every room in the house’ thing may just become a reality.

If you know Marni from Haberdashery Fun, you know that she is always creating and that her tutorials are fun and super easy to follow. Grab the step-by-step for the Reversible Fabric Storage Bins and get yourself organized! Happy sewing;).

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Reversible Fabric Storage Bin
Need a storage and organization project? Make reversible fabric storage bins to hold all your worldly possessions. They are a great way to showcase or hold products in any room. The bins also make a great hostess gift or shower/house warming present. Sample used Shades of Black by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda Fabrics.

Materials List
— 1/2 yard Main fabric
— 1/2 yard Lining fabric
— 1 yard Pellon® 809 Décor-Bond®
— Thread

Tools List
— Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supplies
— Disappearing ink pen
— Iron and ironing board

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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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MarniWeaverWith a passion for sewing and design, Marni Weaver showcases her talent through each post on Haberdashery Fun. By creating tutorials with step-by-step illustrations, Marni uses her background in fashion and design and her 15 years of sewing to teach blog readers how to make something out of nothing.

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In Love with Modern Quilt Perspectives

Modern Quilt Perspectives by Thomas Knauer

I did a little happy dance around my house on the day that Modern Quilt Perspectives by Thomas Knauer showed up in my mailbox. I, like many, had been waiting for this release for quite a while, having had little sneak peeks of quilts and hints at the content.

I first met Thomas at Spring Quilt Market 2012 in Kansas City. It was my very first Quilt Market and I’d been working in the industry for less than 6 months. I think we were introduced by a mutual friend, but I distinctly remember him coming by the booth to chat. An initial inquiry about different types of batting turned into a discussion about my history in the music industry, pop culture, and plans for a theoretical NorthEast quilt market at which we’d share a booth, play music, and sit in rocking chairs.  Crazy? Perhaps. Fabulous? Of course;). I knew right away that I’d found a friend. He was one of the people who made me feel at home in this new business and one of the first to introduce me to this amazing world of creativity.

Thomas wrote to me about a month later with a request for batting for his upcoming book, seemingly still just a concept, albeit a very well thought out one. The initial pitch spoke to me — his aim was to create something that wasn’t just about pattern and perspective, but about the meaning and the beauty behind the process of creating a quilt. While I knew that his book would be different, that it would be a stand out in the sea of quilting books, I never quite realized how much I would truly love it.

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Modern Quilt Perspectives reads like your new favorite book… Thomas has clearly put his heart and soul into his representation of modern quilting, offering thoughtful and practical instruction alongside social commentary and personal exploration. Each quilt featured comes with a story, a background, an inspiration. The quilts are made to make us think and to appreciate. They are meant to inspire and to enhance our lives.

Ampersand from Modern Quilt Perspectives by Thomas Knauer
[Ampersand by Thomas Knauer from Modern Quilt Perspectives]

With that in mind, one of my favorite quilts in the book is Ampersand. In Thomas’s words, “it is a storytelling quilt, a sort of choose your own adventure.” The quilt features a giant ‘&’, made of of individual squares, each with a different pattern or image. Thomas uses it as a source of inspiration for new stories with his daughter. Pick an image, start a story, keeping adding to the story with ‘and’ plus another image. There are endless possibilities and I can’t help but daydream about a quilt like this for my own daughter.

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[Reunion from Modern Quilt Perspectives]

Another favorite is Reunion. The pattern is given for 4 separate mini quilts, but the concept allows for many more. The idea is to create a series of small quilts that, when collected and combined, make up one large quilt much like individuals coming together to create one whole family.

In Defense of Handmade from Modern Quilt Perspectives by Thomas Knauer
[In Defense of Handmade from Modern Quilt Perspectives]

One of the first ‘sneak peeks’ I had of the book was with In Defense of Handmade. At first, I only got a partial glimpse of the quilt, but I could tell that Thomas was ecstatic. The concept, the execution, and the stunning quilting (by the incomparable Lisa Sipes) all contributed to one giant masterpiece. The quilt is an enlarged replica of a UPC code for a mass-produced, factory-made quilt that was marketed as hand-crafted. For Thomas’s thoughts, well… you’ll just need to grab a copy of the book;).

Though not listed in the book’s contents, the final quilt of the book could just be my absolute favorite. It is a tribute to Thomas’s relationship with his daughter and gives us a look at what it means to be an amazing father. The book starts with a dedication to her and ends with a quilt inspired by her. It is beyond sweet, really, and makes me love the book even more.

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[IMNH from Modern Quilt Perspectives]

So, Thomas — I’m cheering for you! This book will be a favorite for years to come. I feel honored to know you, am endlessly inspired by you, and am always looking forward to what you’ll do next. We at Pellon® are honored to have been even a small part of the process — the ‘magic in the middle';).

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The Modern Perspectives Book Tour
March 14: Thomas Knauer
March 15: Lisa Sipes
March 16: Robert Kaufman
March 17: Victoria Findlay Wolfe
March 18: Katy Jones
March 19: Bill Volkening
March 20: Kelly Biscopink
March 21: Audrie Bidwell
March 22: Mary Rachel Kolb
March 23: Rachael Gander
March 24: Sew, Mama, Sew
March 25: Cloth Paper Scissors
March 26: Cheryl Arkinson
March 27: Quilting Daily
March 28: Fat Quarterly
March 29: Pellon/Erin Sampson
March 30: Sew Modern
March 31: Rachel May

April 1: Quilty
April 2: Amy Smart
April 3: Quilter’s Connection
April 4: Teresa Coates
April 5: Generation Q
April 6: Cloth Paper Scissors
April 7: Sara Lawson
April 8: Kim Niedzwiecki
April 9: Rashida Coleman Hale
April 10: Thomas Knauer

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Want your very own copy? Let us know what inspires you to create, or tell us the story behind your favorite quilt in the comments below. We’ll accept entries through next Friday, April 4 and will announce the winner on Saturday, April 5.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Congratulations to Katelyn @ Sing While Crafting!! She was #29 out of a total 59 entries. Thanks to all for playing along, and if you’re aching for your very own copy of Modern Quilt Perspectives, you can grab one right here.

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pssssst — just for fun:)

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[Clockwise from top: Thomas Knauer, Me, Lisa Sipes, Sara Lawson, Amelia Pinson at Houston Quilt Market 2012]

 

Patchwork Sketchbook Cover

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You are an incredibly creative person. You know it, we know it and all of your friends and family know it. You’ve always got a new idea developing for that next project, so why shouldn’t you have a gorgeous little spot to sketch it out? This Patchwork Sketchbook Cover is just what every sewist and quilter needs to capture new designs and daily inspirations. Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios developed the pattern to fit over a standard Unruled Composition Book, which means it would also fit over a Ruled Composition Book (for the writer in your life), or one with dots (great for quilters!!).

This project makes a great gift and would look fabulous with a wide array of colors. Try out a series of solids or coordinating prints. Make one for a crafty friend, or simply keep it for yourself;). Check out Karin’s post on her blog today and see below for more info and project link. Happy sewing!

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Patchwork Sketchbook Cover
Mini charm squares are a great way to have an entire fabric line in one small project. This patchwork sketchbook cover is also a terrific project for favorite fabric scraps.

Materials List
— 54 mini charm squares or 2-½” squares for cover
— 1/2 yard Lining fabric
— 1/2 yard Flap fabric
— 1/2 yard Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
— 1/2 yard Pellon® 809 Décor-Bond® (soft cover book only)
— One 14” length Ribbon
— One Sketch book or composition book
— Clover® Wonder Clips
— Dritz® Fray Check™

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

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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karinjordanKarin Jordan blogs at Leigh Laurel Studios. She grew up under her architect father’s drafting table, making mini models out of the cardboard scraps that fell to the floor. At age ten she purchased her first sewing machine from a neighbor who taught her sewing basics. A former magazine editor and antique American folk art gallery director, she now loves being a blogging, stay-at-home-mom. She regularly draws upon her degree in art history for inspiration for her sewing, embroidery, craft patterns and activities with kids. Karin’s husband is remarkably patient while she does her best to balance being a full-time assistant to two children under four with her creative endeavors. Her goal? Do something creative every day.

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Sew South

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The Sew South Modern Sewing Retreat starts today in Charlotte, NC! If you’re not familiar, the Southern weekend retreat was founded and is produced by Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane. It is a boutique, modern sewing retreat where attendees will sew, create, learn, and connect with other passionate sewists. Its small size (50 attendees + teachers) is designed to help make connections and become inspired on a personal level. [text taken from sewsouth.com]

It is in its second year and we are a proud 2-year sponsor! We won’t be there to say hello in person, but if you’ll be in attendance, you’ll have little Pellon® sightings all weekend… from the handy samples in your gift bags to the interfacing & batting in your classes!

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Just because we’re SO excited, we’re hosting an additional giveaways for all attendees. The giveaway will run via Instagram and details can be seen via our account today. If you’re not already following us, you may have missed the announcement, so take a peek below, make sure to follow us, and then submit a photo before midnight on Monday! We want to see what you’re making!!

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Hope you all have a blast!!

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For those not able to attend, don’t worry! We’ll be hosting another giveaway here on the blog soon:).

Custom Design Wall

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We’re REALLY excited about today’s featured project! Why? Simply because it will help to facilitate the design and layout of all of our future projects;). This handy Design Wall by Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios is just what we all need to keep our daily inspirations flowing! The wall features two 4′ wide x 7′ tall panels that can be arranged together or separately, depending on the size of your space. They are portable and offer the perfect blank slate thanks to our White Cotton Batting. So, if you’re looking to spruce up your sewing room and give your designs the stage that they deserve, read on!

Materials List
— 1 king size Legacy™ by Pellon® White Cotton Batting
(Optional: Substitute with 4 yards Legacy™ by Pellon® White Cotton Batting w/scrim)
— 2 packages Cellofoam™ Poly Panel® EPS insulation
— Two 4’ x 8’ panels, either 1” or 1-½” thick of Insulfoam® R-Tech® insulation board
— PPG Liquid Nails®
— Duct tape
— Clear packing tape

Tools List
— Caulking gun
— Sharp utility knife

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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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karinjordanKarin Jordan blogs at Leigh Laurel Studios. She grew up under her architect father’s drafting table, making mini models out of the cardboard scraps that fell to the floor. At age ten she purchased her first sewing machine from a neighbor who taught her sewing basics. A former magazine editor and antique American folk art gallery director, she now loves being a blogging, stay-at-home-mom. She regularly draws upon her degree in art history for inspiration for her sewing, embroidery, craft patterns and activities with kids. Karin’s husband is remarkably patient while she does her best to balance being a full-time assistant to two children under four with her creative endeavors. Her goal? Do something creative every day.

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Cloud 9 + imagine gnats + Jo-Ann

We love a good collaboration, especially when it pulls a handful of our favorites together! When we had the opportunity to work with Cloud9 Fabrics, Rachael from imagine gnats AND Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, we jumped at the chance. Cloud9 just recently launched a new line of fabrics at Jo-Ann stores nationwide. It’s called Backyard Garden and it is all kinds of lovely! Take a peek:

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[you can browse and buy the collection online here]

The clever folks at Cloud9 thought it would be fun to come up with a project to help launch the line in stores and reached out to us to see about a collaboration. We reached out to Rachael Gander, of imagine gnats, and a week or so later, this stunning bag was born.

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[photo courtesy of Rachael Gander, imagine gnats]

Rachael used our SF101 Shape-Flex® & 930 Sew-in Midweight in conjunction with Cloud 9’s Vinca Blue, Vinca Grey, Bed of Roses Blue and Birdsong Blue. The pattern is available both as a pdf download via Cloud9’s Make it Sew and online at Joann.com. This bag is perfect for rolling into Spring and honestly makes us smile a little every time we look at it. And the smile gets bigger with a whole collection of bags;). Check out some super cute photos of Rachael’s daughter with a bunch of bags over on her blog.

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[photo courtesy of Rachael Gander, imagine gnats]

As you likely know, Rachael is a Pellon® Project Designer and has contributed a wide array of free projects to our site. We’d encourage you to check out her profile and browse her projects. My personal favorite? The Racoons in Love Throw Pillow… because, well, Racoons!! And don’t stop there! Make sure to head on over to imagine gnats to read all about what she is up to lately (Perfect Pattern Parcel!!) and browse her shop.

As always, if you make one of these snazzy little totes, we’d love to see it! Be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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RachaelGanderProfileAbout Rachael:
Meet 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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Sunny Crib Quilt

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This Winter has been a particularly brutal one and for once, it’s not just in the NorthEast! States up and down the Eastern seaboard, not to mention areas in the MidWest and even Texas are getting socked with ice and snow. The weather seems to be a constant topic of discussion with the general consensus being that no one can wait for Spring.

With that in mind, we thought it the perfect time to share a burst of color, something to help us look forward to sunnier, and warmer, days. The Sunny Crib Quilt was designed by Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios as a quick sew project and a perfect way to use up some of those colorful Fat Quarters you’ve been saving up. One look at this little beauty is sure to brighten up your day, no matter how much snow falls this week;). Happy Quilting!

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This is a great project for a beginning quilter with knowledge of basic quilt-making skills. A crib size quilt is lovely for a throw. Finished size is 40” x 56”.

Materials Needed
— 1 fat quarter each of 8 different cotton fabrics
— 2 yards Backing fabric
— 1/2 yard Binding fabric
— 1 yard Sashing fabric
— 1 crib-sized pkg Legacy™ by Pellon® 100% Natural Cotton Batting
— 50 weight Cotton thread

Tools Needed
— 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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karinjordanKarin Jordan blogs at Leigh Laurel Studios. She grew up under her architect father’s drafting table, making mini models out of the cardboard scraps that fell to the floor. At age ten she purchased her first sewing machine from a neighbor who taught her sewing basics. A former magazine editor and antique American folk art gallery director, she now loves being a blogging, stay-at-home-mom. She regularly draws upon her degree in art history for inspiration for her sewing, embroidery, craft patterns and activities with kids. Karin’s husband is remarkably patient while she does her best to balance being a full-time assistant to two children under four with her creative endeavors. Her goal? Do something creative every day.

Find Karin online:
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‘Quilt as you Go’ Log Cabin

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Looking for a super cute, quick-to-assemble quilt to gift to your loved one this Valentine’s Day? This little beauty, designed by Jera Brandvig of Quilting in the Rain, is the perfect pattern for you! This handy Quilt as You Go method uses simple straight and squiggle quilting, making it possible to stitch up in an afternoon. Finished size is 33″ x 36″, perfect to gift as a wall hanging or a baby quilt for the little cutie in your life. Spread the love;).

‘Quilt as you Go’ Log Cabin
This Log Cabin variation is one form of ‘Quilt as you Go’ where a quilt is pieced directly onto one big piece of batting. It’s a different and creative way to quilt, and it comes together really fast. Watch for Jera’s book coming out September 2014 which explains everything you need to know about her modernized technique so you can get really creative with it!

Materials List
— 1/2 yard each of six different cotton fabrics
— 1 yard backing fabric
— 34″ x 37″ rectangle Legacy™ by Pellon® 100% White Cotton Batting w/scrim

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

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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JerabrandvigJera is a quilter from Seattle that strives to think outside of the box and loves bending the rules. Less rules leaves more room for creativity – and it’s more fun! Watch for her modern quilting book to be released in 2014 and check out what she’s stitchin’ at www.QuiltingintheRain.com – let your creativity rain!

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Valentine Treat Sacks

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Valentine’s Day is just days away and we’re making a few last minute plans to share the love with friends and family. Whether you’re looking to gift sweet treats, a few charm packs, or some of your favorite interfacing (wink wink), these treat sacks from Deborah Vollbracht of Creative Folk Quilting are the perfect method of delivery. Deborah has put together a fantastic, easy-to-follow pattern that will make whipping up a handful of these an afternoon possibility. So grab your favorite fabrics, assemble your Pellon® products, and start deciding which friend gets what print;). Spread the love!!

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They say good things come in threes, and these three Valentine Treat Sacks are exactly for that – good things! These easy-to-make, stylish treat sacks can be filled with Valentine’s candies, fat quarters, cookies or any number of delights.

Materials List
— 1/4 yard each of three different cotton fabrics for sack bodies
— One 4″ square each of three different cotton fabrics for heart applique
— Three 4″ squares of Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
— 1-¼ yard Pellon® 911FF Fusible Featherweight
— 1 pkg Pellon® EZ2-40T EZ-Steam® II 1/4“ tape
— Three yards 3/8” grosgrain ribbon

Tools List
— Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supplies
— Large safety pin or bodkin
— Mini iron (optional)
— 1” x 6” clear ruler (optional)
— Water soluble marker

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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deborahvollbrachtDeborah is an ordinary, everyday, in love with textiles quilter who loves non-traditional design. Lately her journey gravitates toward simple shapes and quickly completed projects—a sort of “side trip” on the quilting highway.  As they say, it’s not the destination, but the pleasure of the (fabric) journey in traveling there.

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Save BIG at Meijer!

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Did you know that select Meijer locations carry a variety of Pellon® products? That’s right, your favorite MidWest destination for all of your day-to-day needs carries not only craft products, but also your interfacing faves like Shape-Flex® and Craft Fuse™. Have a Meijer nearby? You’ll want to pop in to your local store over the weekend to take advantage of the sale and grab 30% off all Pellon® products. It’s a great time to stock on up supplies for your next few months of sewing. Need some batting for that new QAL you just joined? Meijer has it. How about some Vinyl Fuse™ to stitch up the Laundry Ninja by Karin Jordan? They’ve got that too. Hoping to snag some Fusible Fleece to make that fabulous Jewelry Travel Case by Lisa Ruble? Look no further.

Looking for some new project ideas? Check out a few of our current faves and grab your supplies at Meijer. Happy Sewing!

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The Laundry Ninja by Karin Jordan
Uses Pellon® 100 Vinyl Fuse™

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Jewelry Travel Case by Lisa Ruble
Uses Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece

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Simple Tea Bath by Vanessa Lynch
Uses Pellon® Cheesecloth

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Pin Me Pincushion by Madame Samm
Uses Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece and Perfect Loft™ Cluster Fiber Fill

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Best Bib on the Block by Kim Niedzwiecki
Uses Pellon® Nature’s Touch® 100% Natural Cotton Batting

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Cosmetics Case by Lindsey Rhodes
Uses Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece and Pellon® 100 Vinyl Fuse™

NOTE: This sale is available in stores only and at select Meijer locations. Pellon® products are not available for sale Meijer.com.

A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Yule Log Cake Placecard

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Our final project for our Handmade Holiday series is here! The Holiday season is traditionally a time to celebrate with family & friends. Many gather for big meals, parties and more. Why not bring your holiday table a touch of class this season with personalized placecards? Alexandra Henry of Alexa’s World has put together a super simple tutorial making it easy to make a few sets tonight for your celebrations over the next few days. Happy Holidays!!

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Yule Log Cake Placecard
Add a touch of elegance to your holiday table with these fusible applique placecards. Use Vinyl-Fuse™ to create a slip-in pocket for the name cards.

Materials List
— Fat eighth of fabric for placecard background
— 1/3 yard fabric for bottom border and backing
— Scraps of cotton fabric for the applique
— 1/8 yard Pellon® 100 Vinyl-Fuse™
— 1/3 yard Pellon® 71F Peltex® I Ultra-Firm 1-Sided Fusible
— 2 sheets Pellon® EZ25S Lite EZ Steam® II
— Thread to match applique
— Dark brown thread
— White Thread
— Three 5mm hot x crystals

Tools List
— Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supplies
— Wonder Clips (optional)

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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BioPhotoAlexandraHenry-edit1Alexandra Henry is an award winning needle artist. She has been an avid quilter and needle artist since childhood. Her first quilt, made when she was 5 years old, was a crazy quilt. She also paints watercolors, portraits and pen and ink drawings. Alexandra designed needlework, including pulled thread and hardangar designs for many years before she started producing her own quilt patterns and books. She incorporates needlework in many of her quilt designs. Alexandra uses many Pellon® products, including fusible interfacing for clothing, Wonder-Web® and Wonder-Under® for applique, tear-away and fusible stabilizers for machine embroidery and Legacy™ by Pellon® Batting for quilts. She loves the quality, ease of use, and flexibility of Pellon® products.

Alexandra started teaching needlework and quilting while in her twenties and has taught classes all over the country. She is currently teaching at the local quilt shop in her community.

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