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!!

Valentine Treat Sacks
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
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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 — 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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