Category Archives: Handmade Holiday

‘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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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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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Jewelry Travel Case

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The bad news? We missed a few posts over the weekend. The good news? That means we have not one… not two… but THREE new projects for you today! There is still time to throw together a few fabulous handmade gifts before the holiday. Two days goes a long way for holiday prep;). So gather your supplies and get ready for the final three projects for this year’s A Handmade Holiday.

First up is Lisa Ruble‘s Travel Jewelry Case. The designer behind Color My World constructed this gorgeous, jewel-toned piece using our Fusible Fleece. It’s the perfect case to carry your brilliant baubles and keep them tangle free. This is a great gift for any of your jet-setting gal pals!

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Jewelry Travel Case
Keep larger necklaces from tangling and everything else (bracelets, earrings, rings) secure in this flat, padded case. It is perfect for packing your favorites when you travel. The entire case zips shut so nothing gets lost. Two layers of Fusible Fleece keep even delicate pieces protected. Sample used Kanvas Palazzo collection, a division of Benartex.

Materials List
— 1 fat quarter for outside fabric
— 1 fat quarter lining fabric
— 1/2 yard fabric for straps, binding, pocket
— 1/2 yard Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
— One 26” Separating zipper
— One 11“ Zipper
— Thread
— 3/4” wide Velcro® strips

Tools List
— Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supples
— Iron and ironing board

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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Lisa Ruble headshotLisa Ruble blogs under the name Ellie Q over at Color My World. She frequently gives up sleep to sew and/or bribe her toddlers with watching cartoons when an idea hits, and she has a ridiculously large fabric stash. Her style is more modern than not, though She’s dabbled a bit in just about everything.

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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Holiday Bunting

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There’s nothing like a great bunting or garland to add a little oomph to your home décor. It’s a great way to infuse some color, or highlight a fabric line that you just adore. Kara Sanders of Me and Elna has put together a super simple bunting tutorial using fabrics from Kate Spain‘s In From the Cold. I want one for my mantle! It would look fabulous as a backdrop to the family stockings and is just cute enough to earn a mantle spot for the whole Winter season! Change up the fabrics and you’ve got a fun decoration for the dining room, or maybe a child’s room. Happy sewing!

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Holiday Bunting
Materials List
— 1/2 yard Fabric A – Seasonal Christmas Hot Cocoa White – Moda 27152 11 for 4 flags
— 1/3 yard Fabric B – Seasonal Christmas Snowfall White – Moda 27156 11 for 3 flags
— 1/3 yard Fabric C – Seasonal Christmas Ribbons White – Moda 27158 12 for ties
— 2/3 yard Pellon® 808 Craft-Fuse®
— Thread

Tools List
— Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter with both at and pinking blades, 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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KaraSandersKara grew up in a household full of creativity, music and laughter. Though she was the resident needle threader for her mother throughout her childhood, Kara didn’t begin to sew until 2008 when she went to a quilt festival and picked up Pat Sloan’s “I Can’t Believe I’m Sewing!”  Since then, she has been hooked! Kara loves designing and making handmade gifts for her family and friends and finds much encouragement and support from others in the online sewing community.

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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — The Laundry Ninja

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I adore the name of today’s project;). It makes me feel like I’m about to get a ninja to do my laundry. Wouldn’t that be an amazing gift??! Still, this project is oh-so-handy when you’re on the go. It’s a great laundry sack for anyone really, but extra perfect for people with kids. Afternoon trip to the pool? Stuff those wet suits right into the Laundry Ninja until you get home. Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios has created a super easy tutorial making it possible to whip up a handful of these before the holidays!

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The Laundry Ninja
This little water-resistant laundry bag is perfect to take on trips! Finished size is 10” x 12”. It can be easily enlarged if desired.

Materials List
– 1/2 yard Bag fabric
— 1 package Pellon® 100 Vinyl-Fuse™
— 1 yard String or rope
— Safety pin
— Thread

Tools List
– Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supplies
Clover Wonder Clips

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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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Christmas HST Zip Pouch

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Zippy pouches have to be one of the most versatile gifts around. They can be made in all shapes and sizes and are perfect for everyone on your list! They can hold makeup or money, small treasures or a single gift. A zippy pouch can double as a small clutch and I’ll admit that my step-dad actually requested one to hold all of his device chargers and cords. They are quick sew projects, so if you’re looking for a last minute gift that could easily be constructed over this weekend, look no further! Emily Lang of Mommy’s Nap Time has put together an easy-to-follow tutorial for this Christmas Half Square Triangle Zip Pouch. Afraid of working with zippers? She makes it easy! Never worked with HSTs before? She gives some great tips! So what are you waiting for? Someone on your list needs a little zip pouch;).

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Christmas HST Zip Pouch
This pouch is perfect for a sister, friend or child. It is just the right size to carry make-up, pencils, medicine, or a child’s special treasures. At 5-1/2” x 8”, you can tuck this pouch into a purse or schoolbag to carry your things in style.

Materials List
— 1/4 yard Outer fabric
— 1/4 yard Lining fabric
— Scraps of several fabrics for Half Square Triangles
— One 7-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangle Pellon® 820 Quilter’s Grid™
— 1/4 yard Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece

Tools List
— Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supplies
— Water soluble marking pen

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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emilylangEmily is a wife, mother, and part-time bookseller. She started quilting as a way to create something that would stay done while her daughter napped as an infant, and while she is now past the napping age quilting is here to stay.Most of Emily’s sewing happens in the late hours of the night (early morning)when she has the house to herself. In quilting, she has found community and away of expressing herself. She has a love affair with shrinking complex quilt blocks down to teeny tiny sizes and can’t get enough of the bold saturated colors found in modern fabrics. To learn more about Emily, check out her website, Mommy’s Nap Time.

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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Mini Jewelry Roll

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It’s like this… You’re headed out for a weekend away, but everything needs to fit in one little tote. Maybe you’re flying and need carry-on only, or maybe you and a handful of friends are all piling into your car. You want to make sure that you’re well accessorized all weekend, but you can’t spare the room for a big ol’ jewelry case. Enter the Mini Jewelry Roll by Marni Weaver of Haberdashery Fun! This little cutie will fit your rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets and rolls up into a nice little compact piece that can be stuffed in your tote pocket, or stashed in your handbag. It’s also great if you have after-work plans and need to re-accessorize to bring your outfit from day to evening;). This one is a quick sew and would make a perfect gift for that on-the-go friend!

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Mini Jewelry Roll
Materials List
– 1 fat quarter or 1/4 yard outer fabric
— 1 fat quarter or 1/4 yard lining fabric
— 1/4 yard contrast fabric for binding and strap
— 1/4 yard clear vinyl
— 1/4 yard Pellon® TP971F Fusible Thermolam® Plus
— 1 package 1/4” double fold bias tape
— Thread
— Three 7” zippers
— 5 cotton balls (optional )

Tools List
– Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supplies
— Disappearing ink pen

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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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Mistletoe Mug Rug

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No holiday home is complete without a bit of mistletoe. Whether it’s hanging in the doorway for your holiday party, or adorning this snazzy little mug rug, it’s presence is one of the true festive signs of the season! Alexandra Henry of Alexa’s World created this little piece along with her granddaughter, Charlene. It’s a quick sew, easy to complete in an afternoon!

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Mistletoe Mug Rug
Make this mug rug to give to a special loved one. The mug rug can be used for protecting table surfaces from hot cups. Another good use is to hang it on the wall over a doorway so when people walk through you can sneak a kiss! Who said mistletoe had to be a living plant! Sewn by Alexandra Henry and Charlene Allison.

Materials List
One 8-1/2” square background fabric
Scraps of cotton fabric for the applique bow and leaves
Two 2-1/2” x 8-1/2” rectangles of fabric for the side borders
One 8-1/2” x 10-1/2” rectangle for backing
Two 2-1/2” strips width of fabric for binding
One 8-1/2” x 10-1/2” rectangle of Pellon® TP971F Fusible Thermolam® Plus
1 sheet of Pellon® EZ2L5S Lite EZ Steam™ II
Thread
Dark green and dark brown Tsukineko® Fabrico® fabric markers
5-7 White pearls/beads approximately 1/4” wide

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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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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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Quilted Leather

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Today’s first project is an excellent tutorial on how to use our Fashion Fuse™ to help stabilize leather so that it can be quilted. Heather “Feather” Paulsen of Feather’s Flights made herself a killer jacket using her technique and we’re all wishing we could whip one up for ourselves — maybe before New Year’s?;)

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One of the season’s big trends is quilted leather! Use Fashion Fuse™ to add shape to clothing or add a quilted detail to any project.

Materials Needed
– Leather, faux leather, or vinyl
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— Sewing Pattern that includes leather (Heather used a leather jacket)
— Sewing machine & related supplies
— Iron and ironing board

Cut out the leather using the pattern pieces. Cut out the Fashion Fuse™ for the pieces that the pattern recommends.

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Place the leather right side down. Place the fusible side of the Fashion Fuse™ against the wrong side of the leather.

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Fuse following manufacturer’s instructions. TIP: You can tell when the interfacing has fused when the dots are more visible on the non-fusible side of the Fashion Fuse™. In the image below, you’ll notice that the dots are not clearly visible on the left un-fused side.

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The Fashion Fuse™ won’t retain as strong a bond with a Vinyl material, but it will hold long enough for you to baste the materials together.

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The Fashion Fuse™ also fuses well to other fabrics. Heather had much success using it with a Fleece for an area of the jacket lining.

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Sew lines of stitching onto the leather or vinyl pieces to give it a quilted look. The Fashion Fuse™ gives strength to the leather or vinyl and makes it more durable without changing the hand of the material.

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Assemble the rest of the project and admire your work!

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What leather project are you excited about making this holiday season?

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heatherpaulsenHeather got interested in sewing in high school, but says she didn’t know what she was doing. She studied clothing construction in college while working at a tailor shop, and she combines the two different perspectives while she sews. Heather loves sewing for her son, her husband, and herself.

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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Snooze Dog Bed

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Today’s Handmade Holiday post is a Special Edition, featuring a project that was specially made for Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores to launch Pellon®’s line of Pet Bed Inserts. Who else could we possibly have asked to create such a special dog bed but Erin Erickson of Dog Under My Desk ;). Erin is known for her easy-to-follow patterns and her well written blog featuring tips & tutorials, as well as for her two adorable yorkies.

Erin wanted to create a bed that featured a bit of appliqué (great opportunity to sneak in some EZ-Steam™ II) and also converted our insert into a boxed-corner bed. We love the fabric that she used and her appliqué would put any pup into a sleepy state (heck, it puts us into a sleepy state!)

The project is available as a tear sheet at select Jo-Ann stores, anywhere that our Pet Bed Inserts can be found. Just look for this:

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Erin’s pup Sammy is front and center on this one, so of course Sammy had to make a store visit… both to see her face in ‘lights’ and greet her adoring fans. From what we can tell, she fully approves of the Pet Beds and looks amazingly cute doing so;).

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Want to make your very own Snooze Dog Bed, but can’t find the how-to in stores? You’re in luck — we’ve got the tutorial for you right here.

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Snooze Dog Bed
Materials List
— 2 yards Main fabric – 40” wide quilting cotton
— 2 yards Lining fabric – 40“ wide muslin
— 1/4 yard or 1 fat quarter Contrast fabric for applique
— One Pellon® Pet Bed Insert, Large (27” x 36“)
— One crib size Pellon® Nature’s Touch® 100% Cotton Batting
— One package Pellon® EZ25S EZ-Steam™ II
— One 24” or longer nylon zipper
— Thread

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

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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Want to learn more about these fabulous Pet Bed Inserts? Head on over to our website for more… They are available in Small (20″ x 30″) and Medium-Large (27″ x 36″).

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[Pssssst. That handsome devil pictured on the Large package is my pup Sawyer! Love that guy!! Also, you can find the project instructions for the Traveling Pet Bed pictured on the front of the Small package right here on Jo-Ann’s site. Happy sewing!!}

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ErinEricksonWhen Erin started writing PDF sewing patterns, the name Dog Under My Desk just seemed appropriate. Her Yorkies really do sleep under her desk all day (and night) while she designs, endlessly prototypes, and photographs her bag patterns.

She’s a geek, which translates well into the sewing world. She likes the technical side of sewing – accurate seams, math, figuring out construction, taking thousands of pictures while creating PDF patterns and tutorials. All of those pictures and obsessively detailed
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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Simple Tea Bath

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Let’s be honest, as wonderful as the Holiday season is, it can also be stressful. We get it! Endless hours of holiday shopping, creating, wrapping and decorating. It can be draining! Today’s project is perfect for the Holiday weary. What better way to wind down and relax after a long day than to draw a nice hot, aromatic bath! Vanessa Lynch of Punkin Patterns shows us how to use Pellon® Cheesecloth to create a Simple Tea Bath. We’re feeling more relaxed already!! ;)

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Simple Tea Bath
Materials List
– Small scraps of fabric 3/8” x 7-1/2” strips
– 1 yard Pellon® Cheesecloth
– Dried flowers or herbs

Tools List
– Rotary cutter and related supplies (optional)
– Scissors

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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vanessalynchVanessa is the crafty and design savvy voice behind popular blog Punkin Patterns. She was taught to sew and embroider by her mother at an early age and learned how to knit and crochet from her grandmother. Crafting truly is her family legacy! A chemistry whiz with a Ph.D and an impressive career history, Vanessa is now a stay-at-home mom to two wonderful children. Her home is a gallery of the projects that the family has created and she wouldn’t have it any other way!

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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Felt Ornaments

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There’s something particularly magical about a well-decorated Christmas tree. No matter the size or style, it instantly becomes the centerpiece of the room with it’s twinkling lights and assorted decorations. Growing up, our family Christmas tree was like a walk down memory lane. Each and every ornament that came out of storage told a story. Now that I’m older and have a family of my own, I’m slowly working on growing our own ornament collection. We have one from our dog’s first Christmas and now one for our daughter’s first Christmas. On the more random side, we’ve got a sock monkey and a mermaid;). We also have ones made at a friend’s ornament making party last year. This year, I’m planning to make some new ones, to fill out the tree a bit more and to add a few new stories. These Felt Ornaments by Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios seem like a great place to start! (added bonus? You can use them as a present topper!)

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Felt Ornaments
Materials Needed
– Two 6” pieces Wool Felt for each ornament
— 1/4 yard Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®
— Contrasting thread
— Chalk pencil or disappearing ink marker

Tools Needed
— Sewing machine and related supplies
— Iron and damp pressing cloth

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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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Holiday Coasters

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Today’s holiday project would make a wonderful hostess gift for one of the many holiday gatherings you’ve got planned. The Holiday Coasters by Alexandra Henry of Alexa’s World are quick to assemble and take only a small amount of fabric. Applique them with the provided gingerbread man, or create your own tree or snowman to add some variety. The coasters utilize our Vinyl-Fuse™ on the bottom size to prevent moisture from seeping through the coaster.

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Holiday Coasters
Make a set of these delightful gingerbread men for every person on your list! Easy and fast to make, they are sure to please.

Materials List
— Fat quarter of fabric for background and backing
— Fat eighth of Cotton fabric for the applique
— 1/8 yard Pellon® 100 Vinyl-Fuse™
— 1/8 yard Pellon® 71F Peltex® I Ultra-Firm 1-Sided Fusible
— 1/8 yard Pellon® EZ2L12 Lite EZ Steam™ II
— Thread
— Contrasting thread
— Hot fix decorations

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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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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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Appliquéd Keychains

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Today’s project is so cute, quick and easy, you’ll want to make one for everyone on your holiday list. Appliquéd keychains can be personalized with the recipient’s initials, a favorite animal, a heart or any other shape. They can be rectangular (as the directions share), square, or any other shape you’d like. All you need is a little bit of Peltex® I, a little bit of EZ-Steam™ II and a little bit of creativity;).

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Appliquéd Keychains

Materials & Tools List
(makes the rectangular keychain)

– Two 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” rectangles of fabric
— One 2” x 2” coordinating fabric square
— Two 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” rectangles of Pellon® 71F Peltex®
— One pkg Pellon® EZ-Steam™ II
— Coordinating fabric scraps for appliqué
— One key ring
— Thread
— Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
— Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies

DIRECTIONS
1. Print out or draw desired appliqué shape. Must be no larger than 1” x 1-1/2” in size.
2. Trace shape in reverse onto the paper side of the EZ-Steam™ II.  Repeat so that two shapes are represented. Roughly cut around each shape to separate. Remove the waxy side.
3. Place one piece of the EZ-Steam™ II on the wrong side of 2 coordinating fabric scraps with the paper side facing up. Finger press into place and cut out shapes.
4. Remove the paper backing and position each shape onto the right side of the 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” fabric rectangles. Finger press into place.
5. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse EZ-Steam™ II to fabric. Finish around the edges of the appliqués with a zip-zag or straight stitch if desired.
6. Place the fusible side of the Peltex® I against the wrong side of the fabric squares and fuse following manufacturer’s instructions.
7. Fold the 2” x 2” fabric square in half and press. Open square, fold edges in to meet the center fold and press. Refold at the center and press again. Topstitch along open edge and fold in half to create key ring loop.
8. Place the two appliquéd rectangles wrong sides together.
9. Place raw edge ends of key ring loop in between the two rectangles and topstitch to secure.
10. Finish around all four sides of the rectangle with a zig-zag or satin stitch.
11. Insert key ring through the key ring loop.

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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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — PIN Me Pincushion

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Looking for a fun holiday gift for your favorite crafty friend? We’re loving this fabulous pin cushion from Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt. As you can see, it’s not just a pin cushion, it’s a statement piece! This little beauty will add a bit of flair to any sewing room!

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PIN Me Pincushion
You can never have too many pincushions. Use this easy-to-make pattern offered by Madame Samm and explore the use of Fun Fur® Yarn.

Materials List
— 1/4 yard Cotton fabric
— 1/8 yard Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
— Small amount Pellon® Perfect Loft™ Cluster Fiber Fill
— Aurifil™ thread
— Presencia® thread #8
— 1 package Piecemakers 3-1/2” doll needles
— One 6” strip Fun Fur® yarn
— 1/4 cup Rice

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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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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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Jack in the Box Mug Rug

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Who doesn’t remember turning the crank on their Jack in the Box waiting for it to ‘pop up’? I used to crank it and tense with anticipation, knowing that I’d jump no matter how much I expected the ‘surprise’. Alexandra Henry of Alexa’s World has created a super cute tutorial for a Jack in the Box Mug Rug, a great gift for a loved one that is sure to elicit a smile.

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Jack in the Box Mug Rug

Materials List
— One 8-1/2” square Block background
— Scraps of various Cotton  fabrics for the applique (see photo for colors)
— One 2-1/2” x 8-1/2“ rectangle of fabric for Sashing
— One 8-1/2” x 10-1/2“ rectangle of fabric for Backing
— Two 2-1/2” strips of fabric for Binding
— One 8-1/2” x 10-1/2” rectangle Pellon® TP971F Fusible Thermolam® Plus
— 1/4 yard Pellon® 807 Wonder-Web®
— Parchment Paper
— Thread
— Hot fix crystals or beads
— Embroidery floss to match the applique

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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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.

Find Alexandra online:
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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Simple, Sturdy Tote Bag

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What’s the one thing that can be catered to suit pretty much anyone on your holiday list? A good tote bag! That’s right — need something for your sister? Create a tote in her favorite colors with a coordinating zippy pouch. Something for your niece? Grab a special print and create a custom appliqué that will make her the talk of her 9th grade class. I know what you’re thinking — what about the men? Well, depending on the men in your life, this still works. My husband brings a bag with his lunch to work every day. I know he’s appreciate a sturdy, manly tote in a trendy camo print. Can you you guess what I’ll be making this holiday season? ;)

Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter has created an easy-to-follow, quick to assemble Simple, Sturdy Tote pattern. Honestly, if you’re motivated, I think you could even make a few in a day!

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Simple, Sturdy Tote Bag
This tote bag is a simple project, easy to complete quickly, and the perfect size. It is large enough to haul lots of stuff, but comfortable enough to carry around town. Doable in an afternoon, this bag is perfect for making multiples as gifts!

Materials List
3/8 yard Exterior bag fabric
1/4 yard Exterior bag accent fabric
1 yard fabric for Lining and Handles
1/4 yard Pocket fabric
7/8 yard Pellon® 71F Peltex® Ultra-Firm
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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AmySmartAmy learned to sew and quilt from her mom at a young age. As a mother now, she continues to find happiness in those creative outlets and shares her creations on her blog Diary of a Quilter. She lives in Utah with her patient husband and four busy kids.

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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Patchwork Doll Quilt

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Are you gifting a baby doll to one of your wee ones this holiday season? If so, this Patchwork Doll Quilt by Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios would make an excellent companion. You could even adjust the pattern to make a throw-sized version so that your little darling has one to match! This project comes together quickly and is excellent for all levels, beginners on up! What fabrics would you use?

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Patchwork Doll Quilt
This is a great project for a beginning quilter with basic quilt-making skills. Finished size is 16” x 24”. The quilt is just perfect for tucking in a favorite doll at bedtime. Grab the full project here.

Materials List
– 1 Fat Quarter Each of 5 Coordinating Cotton fabrics
— 1 Fat Quarter for Binding
— 1/2 yard for Backing
— 1 Crib-Sized Package of Pellon® Nature’s Touch® Natural Cotton Batting
— Cotton Quilting Thread 50 wt
— Cotton Thread
— Embroidery Thread in Complimentary Color

HINT: You can grab your batting online at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft store at your local quilt shop!

Tools List
– Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
— Rotary Cutter & 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.

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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Mustache Dog Bed

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If you’re a pet lover, your dog or cat is a not really a pet, but a member of the family. In our house, our pup gets his own stocking with a handful of exciting pup toys and treats to keep him occupied throughout the holidays. We spoil him quite a bit, but he was our first baby and it’s hard to resist his adorable puppy eyes. I know that many of you feel the same about your own fur babies, so this next project is for you! Erin Erickson, the skilled designer behind popular blog Dog Under My Desk, has created an easy dog bed tutorial that will keep your pup happy the whole year round. The added bonus? It features a mustache appliqué;).

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Mustache Dog Bed
Make this cute envelope style dog bed for the pet in your life. This easy to make dog bed has a machine appliquéd mustache. The appliqué can be skipped if you prefer a plain bed.

Materials List
– 1-1/4 yards for small or 1-3/4” for medium of Main fabric – 58/60” wide fleece or minky
— 1/4 yard or 1 fat quarter Contrast fabric for applique
Pellon® 20“ x 30” Small or 27” x 36” Medium Pet Bed Inserts
— 1/2 yard Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®
— 1/2 yard Pellon® 841 Stick-N-Tear™
— Ballpoint or Universal Needle
— Thread

Tools List
– Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supplies
— Marking tools

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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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[an alternate version with different fabrics and no appliqué — just as cute and the pups still love it!!}

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ErinEricksonWhen Erin started writing PDF sewing patterns, the name Dog Under My Desk just seemed appropriate. Her Yorkies really do sleep under her desk all day (and night) while she designs, endlessly prototypes, and photographs her bag patterns.

She’s a geek, which translates well into the sewing world. She likes the technical side of sewing – accurate seams, math, figuring out construction, taking thousands of pictures while creating PDF patterns and tutorials. All of those pictures and obsessively detailed
instructions help to make your project a success, whether you are still learning how to sew or have years of experience. And she promises, zippers are not scary!

If you’re looking for more great project ideas, head on over to Erin’s shop to grab one of her fab patterns! You can also check out her free tutorials — she’s got a slew of fun projects for your pup!

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