Trick-or-Treat Quilt-Along

I know what you’re thinking… “Isn’t is a little early for Halloween? The kids are just back in school and I’m still making teacher gifts.” I know, I know;). But sometimes it’s fun to think ahead, particularly when that thinking ahead involves creating a brand new lap quilt, mantle runner or wall hanging, block by block, that will complete your Halloween décor just in time for the spookiest of nights. Designer Alexandra Henry has put together a super scary quilt-along featuring witches, ghosts, owls, pumpkins, brooms and more! The Trick-or-Treat Quilt-Along has 13 possible blocks to choose from, with at least two new blocks going up every week. You’ll have a chance to practice your piecing, machine and hand applique skills.

So, let’s get started! Grab the overview right here for the fabric run-down (woo hoo Moda!!) and take a sneak peek at one possible layout right here:

Candy Bag Block
Block 1 of 13 – 9″ finished square
Click here to view the project page and download the instructional pdf.

Ghost Block
Block 2 of 13 – 9″ finished square
Click here to view the project page and download the instructional pdf.

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Questions about the pattern, or looking for a little advice? Email us at any time!! Designer Alexandra Henry is happy to help:). Happy Sewing!!


Plenty of Pockets

It’s that time of year again… The evening air feels a little cooler and the sun sets a wee bit earlier. Yes, the end of August is upon us, bringing with it the last days of Summer and, for many, the start of a new school year. Whether or not your kids are eagerly awaiting that first day back (or first day ever), we’re betting that all of them got a little twinge of excitement at the prospect of brand new school stuff. I remember what school shopping meant to me as a kid. Every year felt like an exciting reinvention, with promise of a pair of adorable little silver jellies, a jean jacket, sassy pink stretchy pants, a My Little Pony Trapper Keeper, and of course a brand spanking new book bag in which to carry of all my gear. Though the varieties may have changed since the mid 80s, the desire is the same. Kids always like new stuff;).

Enter all of you crafty moms & dads and this super-awesome little tutorial, courtesy of Cheryl Bush over at Sew Can Do. The Plenty of Pockets Duffel has backpack straps, pockets galore for super secret organization (or a place to stow a lucky pencil), and a handy top drawstring to keep the goods inside no matter how fast your little one tears around the playground.

Cheryl gives a great step-by-step that would certainly help even a beginner to create this bag. Looking to make an exact replica? Cheryl used a variety of styles from Timeless Treasures:
Stripe Daisy
Tossed Hedgehogs Fun
Woodland Picnic Fun
Soho Solids Red

Plenty of Pockets Duffel

Materials List
5/8 yard Fabric A
3/4 yard Fabric B
3/4 yard Fabric C
3/4 yard Fabric D
1-3/4 yard Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
3 yards Pellon® 810 Tru-Grid™ (optional)
Four 1-1/2″ Metal D-Rings
One 1/8″ Double Cord Stop
One Extra Long Shoelace OR 38″-40″ of 1/8″ Cording

Tools List
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies
Safety Pin

To download a free pdf copy of the full instructions, please visit our website. And if you make your own, make sure to post a photo on our Facebook page! Happy Thursday!!

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Need more options? Check out Cheryl’s Fuzzy Hedgehog Tote, featured in the Fall 2012 Issue of Stitch Magazine! The tote is a handy little adaption of the fuzzy hedgehog pillow, pictured below.

A super-cute and incredibly unique little bag, this one will be the envy of all of the other kids on the playground. The step-by-step tutorial is available in the print or online versions of the magazine. You can grab the pattern pieces here. Now go on! Send your kids off in style;).

* Most photos courtesy of Cheryl Bush — Some photos courtesy of Stitch Magazine.

The Artisan Apron

I have a friend back in New York who once set out on a mission to make aprons a fashion accessory. I was always impressed with her determination and she did have an impressive collection of aprons! I’m pretty sure that if I could make the Artisan Apron by Rachael Gander, complete with the gorgeous Art Gallery and Bella by Moda fabrics, I would jump right on that apron train;). It’s out-and-out culinary fashion and would make any gal feel cute and stylish while making dinner or heading out to meet friends! So go on… I dare you to make one, throw it on over a pair of leggings and head out into the world!!

Looking to make an exact replica? Here is the fabric list:
Apron Front – Ruby Artisan from Rhapsodia
Pockets – Floralism Fresh Grass from Modernology
Ties – Chocolate Cherry from Oval Elements
Band – Red Frida’s Dream from Rhapsodia
Lining – Bella Solids, White White
Pocket Lining – Bella Solids, Horizon Blue

Artisan Apron

Materials List
1/2 yard Apron Body Fabric
1/2 yard Apron Lining Fabric
1/4 yard Pocket Fabric
1/4 yard Pocket Lining Fabric
1/4 yard Waistband Fabric
1/4 yard Tie Fabric
2/3 yard Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®

Tools List
Rotary Cutting Tools & Related Supplies
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies

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To download a free pdf copy of the full instructions, please visit our website. And if you make your own, make sure to post a photo on our Facebook page! Happy Thursday!!

* All photos were pulled from the Artisan Apron tutorial and are courtesy of Rachael Gander/Imagine Gnats.

Interfacings & T-Shirt Quilts

What Product Do You Recommend for a T-Shirt Quilt?

This is a question that has come across our desk more than a few times. T-shirt quilts seem to be rising in popularity and with good reason. They are an excellent way to preserve memories, while finding new uses for old and well-loved tees. We fully understand that creating a t-shirt quilt can often be a delicate process. The t-shirts are precious and you want to make sure that it’s done right the first time! We shot the question out to our interfacing expert to grab the best info for you.

Like many other questions, this one does not have only one answer.


Looking to make your very own T-Shirt quilt, but not quite sure where to start? Check out our handy tutorial, courtesy of Nancy Wygle, right here on our website.

[quilt by Nancy Wygle]

Need a little extra inspiration? Why not start here:

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Happy Quilting!

Our August Winner & a FAB Deal!

We Love It Wednesday was such a HUGE success that we thought it deserved it’s very own follow-up post;). First, we’d like to send a hearty congrats to our BIG winner, Jackie!!

As usual, we used to select our winner. Jackie was #44 out of 84 entries!!

Second, we’ve got to give you all a shout-out for some awesome project ideas. We saw everything from using cheesecloth in making soup to dying it and sewing it together to create a unique quilt. A handful of you are even planning to make your own cheese. (WOW!!) We’re consistently impressed with your creativity and resourcefulness. Please keep us posted and consider sharing images with us on Facebook of what you create.

Last, but not least… The Perfect Loft™ Cluster Fiber was a big hit and so many of you have plans for throw pillows, holiday gifts, travel pillows and even a few dolls! With that in mind, we’re happy to report that the Cluster Fiber is now available at your local Joann Fabric & Craft Stores AND as of yesterday, it is ON SALE for $6.99 down from $10.99. You can check out the deal via this week’s sales flyer.


First on our list for cluster fiber projects? Pincushions!! They are quick and easy, can be little mini works of art and make great gifts. We’ve got a little eye-candy to get you started;).

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That’s all for now!! Happy Monday!

Makeup Brush Roll

This week’s feature is a fantastic compliment to the Panty Pack. It’s all about that travel savvy gal. Getting ready for market? No problem. Working on a weekend getaway with the gals? We’ve got you covered. Today, it’s all about a quick and easy Makeup Brush Roll to keep your precious beauties safe and free from harm while on the road;). New project designer, Jessica Skibicki knows just how to lay it all out in a way that is perfect for beginners and up.

Don’t those colors just make you a little giddy? They’re the type of colors that instantly brighten a day;). Who wouldn’t want a savvy little case like that to tote around?

Makeup Brush Roll

Materials List
1/2 yard exterior fabric
1/2 yard fabric for lining, pocket, and closure strings
1/2 yard (or 1 pkg) Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
1/2 yard (or 1pkg) Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®

Tools List
Sewing machine & related supplies
Rotary cutting tools & related supplies
Fabric Marker

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To download a free pdf copy of the full instructions, please visit our website. And if you make your own, make sure to post a photo on our Facebook page! Happy Thursday!!

* All photos were pulled from the Makeup Brush Roll tutorial and are courtesy of Jessica Lynn Skibicki

We Love It Wednesday!!

Since August’s giveaway is extra special, we’ve turned it into WE LOVE IT WEDNESDAY!! This month, we’re featuring a few new Pellon® products that we just adore and we’re thinking you might too;). We’re happy to introduce our very own cluster fill, a top-quality cheesecloth, a supple 300 thread count fabric AND a can’t-live-without-it batting tape. Sure, a few of these have been around for a month or two, but they’re still new and exciting to us!

Your prize pack contains:
— 1 bag of Perfect Loft™ Cluster Fill (Now available at Jo-ann Fabric & Craft Stores!!)
— 2 yards of 300 thread count fabric (Now available at Jo-ann Fabric & Craft Stores!!)
— 1 3-yard package of Pellon® Cheesecloth
— 1 10-yard box of Easy-Knit® Tape

Total Retail Value = $45

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To enter-to-win, tell us what you’d like to make with any one of these 4 products. Please let us know in the comments! [Make sure we have a way to get in touch with you in case you’re our winner!] For added entries, you can do any of the following:

1. like us on Facebook
2. follow the blog (click the follow button in the right-hand sidebar)
3. follow our boards on Pinterest
4. follow us on Twitter
5. follow Jo-ann Stores on Pinterest
6. like Jo-ann Fabric and Craft Stores on Facebook

Just make sure to post a comment telling us what you did for each entry.

We’ll accept entries up through midnight on Sunday, August 12th. Winner will be announced on Monday, August 13th.

Thanks and good luck!


** please note that due to shipping restrictions, this contest is only open to participants in the US & Canada.

Which Side Is Fusible?

This is actually a Wednesday tip, masquerading as a Tuesday tip;). But, aren’t tips great any day of the week? As always, this wisdom is courtesy of our interfacing expert — you know, the one who knows everything that there is to know about interfacing? Yep. She’s awesome. Have a question for her? Ask it! Just click here.

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Have you ever wondered which side of the interfacing is the fusible side? We get it… you’re somewhat new to interfacing (I was, too!!) and it’s confusing. Rather than play the guessing game and risk fusing your interfacing to your ironing board in place of the fabric, take a peek at our helpful hints.

1 — Generally speaking, the fusible side is usually the rough or shiny side of the interfacing.

2 — Most Pellon® fusibles have an adhesive dot on them. While a little difficult to see on the white products, you can normally feel them. Run your fingers over both sides of the interfacing. The side that feels a little rough, or raised, is the fusible side.
ex: 987F Fusible Fleece has a pronounced fusible side. The image on the left is the non-fusible side. The image on the right shows the fusible side. Note the little ‘dots’ that are clearly visible!

3 — There are a few products — ES114 Easy-Shaper® & 80 Craft-Fuse® — that have a spray adhesive rather than an adhesive dot. In these cases, the fusible side will appear shiny, rather than feeling rough or bumpy. If in doubt, cut a small piece of the interfacing and fuse it in between two layers of fabric or even a paper towel. This will help to confirm which side is fusible.

4 — A notable exception is the new Fuse-N-Tear™ Embroidery Backing. For this product, the fusible side is the smooth side.

5 —If, after reading everything above, you still have doubts, email us for a helping hand!

Happy Wednesday!!