We miss you Minneapolis!

A friend of ours recently mentioned the ‘Market Hangover’ and we think that’s pretty spot on. If you were in attendance, you know how full-on the weekend is. Constant meetings, miles of walking, hours of networking and tons of excitement about new products. It’s exhilarating, exciting and truly a fantastic experience! We had such a blast this time around. We loved meeting new designers, chatting with our customers and seeing all of the gorgeous booths boasting new fabric collections, trendy gadgets and expertly sewn and quilted pieces.

Were you following along throughout the weekend? Did you get to check out some of the photos? We’re including a little recap for you below, just in case;). I don’t know about you, but we might be scrolling back through the #quiltmarket stream on Instagram today — just can’t get enough!!

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We have such a great team and couldn’t be more grateful for all that they did to make our booth in Minneapolis a success. They had fun, took care of business and got to meet loads of designers and customers. Lucky bunch! Among the designers pictured below: Christa Watson, Krista Hennebury, Rachel Clark, Kim Niedzwiecki, Linda Arye of Quilts for Kids, and Vanessa Lynch — special guest appearances by Wonder Woman and Batman (thanks Camelot!!).

Booths at Market:
Oh the beauty, the inspiration — there is nothing like a walk through the aisles of Market to get the creative juices flowing. Cloud9, Bari J, April Rhodes, Atkinson Designs, Pink Sand Beach Designs, Penguin & Fish, Alison Glass, Timeless Treasures, Around the Bobbin, Like Sew Websites, C&T Publishing… just a few of the spots we got to visit!

The extras — all sorts of loveliness:
From project tutorials right here on the Pellon® blog, to fabulous pins spotted on Instagram (woo hoo The Quilted Fish!) to an amazing Star Wars bag full of SF101 (gorgeous Melissa – @stillgonnashine!)

Thanks so much for following along with us. We’ll have more new projects and fun ideas for you soon and we’ll start the Houston Market countdown now!

We love Flex-Foam™!!

We already introduced Flex-Foam™ once, but we’re just so darn excited, we had to do it again;). It is currently on display in our booth at Quilt Market in Minneapolis and it’s getting loads of attention. If you haven’t heard yet, here is a bit of background about this brand new Pellon® product:

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Flex-Foam™ is a lightweight sew-in stabilizer consisting of a layer of foam sandwiched between two layers of soft fabric. It can be used in place of or in addition to other stabilizers, is an absolute breeze to sew through and will add a soft shape and body to any project.

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It is excellent for use in crafts, accessories, and home décor projects. We particularly love it for

  • handbags
  • camera cases
  • lunch totes
  • eyeglass cases
  • diaper bags
  • & storage baskets

but have a feeling that you’ll come up with your own fabulous uses for this great new product.

Flex-Foam™ is currently available at your local Jo-Ann stores as well as on joann.com. (in fact, a 10-yard board is on sale for $49.99 NOW!) You can also find it on amazon.com and it will soon be available at your preferred distributor and other Craft & Hobby stores!

We’ve already seen some gorgeous examples of Flex-Foam in a variety of handbags, two of which are on display right now in our booth in Minneapolis.

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L: Donna by Ann Daley – R: Evelyn by Crystal Chadwick
*both patterns by Swoon Sewing Pattern

This one recently popped up on Instagram as well — the Ex Libris Rockstar bag by Kristy Sachs of Rock Baby Scissors. Pattern by Sew Sweetness, fabric by Alison Glass. We are in LOVE!!!

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Though the Flex-Foam™ is fabulous for handbags, it is also fantastic for a variety of other projects. We just used it for a super simple iPad case. The foam padding is the perfect protectant to keep your device safe. Easy-peasy tutorial is below!

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Supplies & Tools
Two 8-3/4″ x 11″ rectangles each of Pellon® FF77 Flex-Foam™, Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®, Exterior Fabric & Lining Fabric
One 6″ x 11″ rectangle each of White Fabric and Exterior Fabric
One 2″ x 11″ strip of Exterior Fabric for binding
Fabric Scraps for appliqué
One sheet Pellon® EZ25S EZ-Steam® II
One 11″ or longer zipper in coordinating color
Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies
Iron & Ironing Surface
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies

** 1/4″ seam allowance unless otherwise noted. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application of all interfacing & fusible web.

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Step 1 – Gather supplies and cut fabrics.

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Step 2 – Fold 2″ x 11″ strip in half lengthwise and press. Open and fold raw edges in to meet the fold. Press. Re-fold on center crease and press. Pin on either end to secure and set aside.

Step 3 – Determine desired appliqué. Rough cut around design. Cut a coordinating piece of EZ-Steam® II. Remove white backing of EZ-Steam® II and finger press to wrong side of appliqué. Cut out appliqué, remove gridded backing of EZ-Steam® II and finger press to right side of white back ground fabric. Cover with a damp press cloth and fuse.

Step 4 – Place 6″ x 11″ rectangles wrong sides together. Insert top 11″ end inside the binding strip created in Step 2. Pin.

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Step 5 – Topstitch binding to secure.

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Step 6 – Place Shape-Flex® rectangles against wrong sides of lining rectangles and fuse. Place Flex-Foam™ rectangles against wrong sides of exterior rectangles and baste around all sides with an 1/8″ seam allowance.

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Step 7 – Place 6″ x 10″ appliqué unit with binding on right side of one exterior rectangle, matching raw edges. Baste in place.

Step 8 – Cut zipper to 10″ in length, making sure that zipper pull is within the 10″ length. secure cut end with a few stitches.

Step 9 – Place one exterior rectangle with right side up. Place zipper right side down on top of exterior rectangle, with zipper pull toward the left side, matching raw edges. Place one lining rectangle on top with right side down, matching raw edges. Pin.

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Step 10 – Using a zipper foot, sew all layers together. Fold exterior and lining over, exposing zipper. Press and topstitch.

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Step 11 – Repeat Steps 9 & 10 using the remaining exterior and lining rectangles.

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Step 12 – Unzip the zipper about 1/2 – 3/4 of the way. Place exterior and lining rectangles right sides together and pin. Sew around full exterior, leaving a 3″ gap in the bottom edge of the lining. Clip corners and trim seams as needed.

Step 13 – Turn case right side out through opening. Carefully push out corners. Sew gap closed and push lining down into exterior.

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Step 14 – Straighten case and insert iPad!

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We’d love to hear what you think of the Flex-Foam™! Have fun and happy sewing!!

 

 

Muslin Gift Bag

One of our brand new products being showcased at Market is our Muslin. This staple fabric is a must-have for every sewing room, whether you’re making apparel ‘Muslins’ prior to cutting into your favorite fabric, or working on a brand new craft project. Pellon® Muslin is a cool, comfortable, and naturally smooth fabric. Made with 100% high Quality Cotton, it is practical and versatile for a variety of projects. It can also be decorated or printed to add a textured look. It is available in three different varieties:

  • Basic Muslin is 64×56 Thread Count using a 30 Thread
  • Choice Muslin is 60×60 Thread Count using a 30 Thread
  • Deluxe Muslin is 80×80 Thread Count using a 20 Thread

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There are SO many things that you can do with Muslin, but to get you started, we thought we’d share a super simple, but super handy project… The Muslin Gift Bag. This one is SO incredibly easy, you could make a stack of them in under an hour. We chose to personalize ours with a bit of appliqué, but really, the type of decoration is up to you! Use your imagination;).

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Supplies & Tools
Four 8″ x 10″ rectangles of Pellon® Muslin (any weight is fine!)
One Sheet of EZ-Steam® II
Scraps of a feature fabric for appliqué
Four 1/2″ wide fabric strips for closure
Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies
Iron & Ironing Surface
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies

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Step 1 – Print out letters and shapes for appliqué. Trace onto the gridded side of the EZ-Steam® II. (If using letters, make sure to trace in reverse.)

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Step 2 – Rough cut around shapes, remove white backing and finger press sticky side against wrong side of appliqué fabric.

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Step 3 – Carefully cut each shape out, remove gridded backing and finger press into desired locations on one side of one 8″ x 10″ Muslin rectangle. Fuse.

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Step 3 – Stack two 8″ x 10″ Muslin rectangles to create a more substantial bag. Fold one short edge in by 1/4″ inch and press. Fold in again by 1″ and press. Pin. Topstitch close to the fold. Repeat with remaining two Muslin rectangles.

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Step 4 – Place the sets of Muslin rectangles right sides together, matching the folds that were created in Step 3. Trace a curved pattern on both bottom corners if so desired. Sew around the three raw edge sides, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end to secure.

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Step 5 – Be sure not to stitch the open ends of the closure pockets.

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Step 6 – Cut four 1/2″ strips of coordinating fabric. Stack two, place a pin on one end, and thread through one closure pocket. Repeat with remaining two strips and opposite closure pocket.

Step 7 – Tie both interior and exterior strips together on each end. Grab the knotted interior strips on one side and the knotted exterior strips on the other and pull to cinch bag closed.

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Easy Peasy!!

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Happy Sewing!

 

Pellon® goes to Minneapolis

That’s right, it’s Quilt Market time!! Two times a year, we get to head to one of the industry’s biggest events… where companies, designers, educators and authors gather to share and talk about all of the wonderful new things that have developed. New fabric lines, handy gadgets, innovative patterns, and new product launches — it can be pretty exciting. Pellon® has a smaller booth than normal in Minneapolis, but it is jam-packed with greatness and we’re just as excited as always! For those of you not attending this weekend, we thought it only fair to give a little sneak peek into what’s happening, the products to watch out for and the projects that give them life.

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Our booth — chock full of goodness!

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Legacy by Pellon® Batting is one of our staples. We are known for our quality and wide variety of fibers. Quilters nationwide prefer Legacy by Pellon®. Learn more on our website and visit your local quilt shop to grab some of your own! Looking for a little inspiration to get you started? Our website has a wide range of quilt projects that are completely free to download, like the Sunny Crib Quilt by Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios, pictured above.

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Pellon® interfacings have been around for over 50 years. They are the industry go-to and have become so well-known that many people use ‘Pellon’ to refer to interfacing in general, just as we may sometimes call a tissue a ‘Kleenex’. Over the years, our product line has expanded and we now offer a wide range of interfacings and stabilizers in the areas of Apparel, Crafts & Home Décor, Quilting, Fusible Webs & Adhesives and Embroidery. If you have a sewing project planned, we’ve got what you need to get that desired professional finish! Just look at the Mabel Vintage Handbag by Alicia Wietholter of Swoon Sewing Patterns. She used Peltex® to create that fantastic structure. The bag sample shown was sewn by Laurette Chandler.

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Whether you’re looking for a basic polyester fill, a latex fill or the softest, most luxurious fill you’ve ever worked with… we’ve got you covered;). Seriously – Perfect Loft® is a personal favorite. It was once described as feeling like a pile of sleeping kittens… no joke! The Reading Corner Pouf project above was created by us for Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores using our Basic Fill. It is a quick project that will add a little personality to a child’s room or even a classroom.

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Our packaged interfacings make everything more convenient. In a rush and need some SF101 to finish up a project? No problem! Run to your local Fabric & Craft store, hit the packaged notions aisle, grab what you need and head to the check-out. No more waiting in the cutting line! The Reversible Placements by Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios (pictured above) are a quick and easy project that can be made with a package of 987F!

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We’ve been working on expanding our offerings and have added Fabric Magic® and Cheesecloth in the past few years. New for Market is our Muslin! Stay tuned for more on Muslin this afternoon;).

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Last, but not least… it’s the Belle of the Ball: Flex-Foam™. It’s been out for 2 months, is just starting to gain wider distribution and is, by far, one of the most talked about new release stabilizers we’ve had. It seems everyone is looking for yardage and it’s no wonder… this product is, quite possibly, the perfect stabilizer for a wide variety of handbags. Flex-Foam™ is a lightweight sew-in stabilizer consisting of a layer of foam sandwiched between two layers of soft fabric.

The big Market news? We’ll have a fusible version of this fab product coming soon! Seriously, once you start using this, you’ll never want to use anything else!!

Grab some handbag inspiration over at Swoon Sewing Patterns. The bag pictured above is the Evelyn, expertly sewn using by Melissa Magruder. (Oh — and there really is Flex-Foam™ in there!!)

Need a little extra inspiration? These two bags are currently on display in our booth:

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L: Donna by Ann Daley – R: Evelyn by Crystal Chadwick
*both patterns by Swoon Sewing Patterns

If you’re in Minneapolis, we’d love to see you! Swing on by the booth, check everything out in person, ask us anything! We are here for you!

The ‘I’m Missing Market Giveaway’ — Minneapolis!!

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Market starts today and thousands of industry creatives will descend upon the Minneapolis Convention Center for Spring Quilt Market. But the rest of us? We’re at work, at home, running errands… scrolling longingly through the endless Instagram posts showcasing carefully constructed booths, brand new fabric collections, hot new products and more. Don’t get too green with envy! We’ve teamed up with Aurifil & Moda Fabrics to bring you a fab giveaway that will help chase away those ‘Missing Market’ blues!

 The prize includes:

To enter-to-win, simply click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page or click on the image below. Entries will be accepted from now through 5pm Central time on May 17th! Good luck, have fun, and happy creating!!

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Meet us in Minneapolis!!

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Somehow, Quilt Market sneaks up on us every time. It’s here, our bags are packed and we’re on our way! We’re super excited about what we’ve got in store for you this time — a few brand new products, some fun new tutorials and a big ol’ giveaway, which we’ll announce tomorrow. We hope you’ll follow along with us throughout the weekend. It’s going to be a fun one!

First things first… let’s go over some basic info;).

Spring Quilt Market, 2015 — Minneapolis, MN
May 14: Schoolhouses! (Already completed) & Sample Spree 8-10pm in Ballroom AB
May 15-17: Trade Show, Pellon Booth 1237

Handy Links: Show Info, Complete Class CatalogueFull Exhibitor List, Floor Plan
Fun Apps: Quilt Market App, Tint (keep up with Twitter & Instagram all in one place!)

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Will you be in attendance? We hope you’ll stop by to say hello!!

 

Introducing… Flex-Foam™!!

Have you ever been SO excited to share something new that you can hardly contain yourself? We’ve been waiting and waiting to share this news and it’s a wonder we haven’t burst with excitement! Please allow us to introduce (drum roll please) Flex-Foam™!

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Flex-Foam™ is a lightweight sew-in stabilizer consisting of a layer of foam sandwiched between two layers of soft fabric. It can be used in place of or in addition to other stabilizers, is an absolute breeze to sew through and will add a soft shape and body to any project.

It is excellent for use in crafts, accessories, and home décor projects. We particularly love it for

  • handbags
  • camera cases
  • lunch totes
  • eyeglass cases
  • diaper bags
  • & storage baskets

but have a feeling that you’ll come up with your own fabulous uses for this great new product. Let your imagination run wild!

For now, Flex-Foam™ is available in Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores only, but we’re working on a full product release. We’ll keep you posted!!

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 2.01.16 PMIn honor of the product launch, we created a handy little foldover lunch tote. The easy how-to is available via Joann.com and should be on display as a FREE project sheet in Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores starting this week. Spring is almost here, which is an excellent time for a little lunch tote refresh. Make them for your kids, your friends or for yourself. The tote features a PUL lining (so easy to clean!) and easy instructions to personalize the tote so you’ll always know which one is yours!

 

Supplies & Tools:
— Two 13″x15″rectangles Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
— Two 13″x15″rectangles Pellon® FF-77 Flex-Foam™
— One 2″ x 6″ strip & one 2″ x 12″ strip Pellon® 809 Décor-Bond®
— One Sheet Pellon® EZ-Steam® II
— One 13″ x 15″ rectangle exterior Fabric A*
— One 13″ x 15″ rectangle exterior Fabric B*
— One 4″ x 6″ rectangle & one 4″ x 12″ rectangle of Fabric C* for closure & handle
— One 3″ x 4″ rectangle solid-color Fabric D
— Fabric scraps for monogram appliqué
— Two 13″ x 15″ rectangles PUL fabric for interior
— One 2″ piece Velcro® hook-&-loop fastener
— Printed monogram letters
— Sewing machine
— Basic sewing supplies
— Pinking shears
— Iron & pressing surface

* Sample uses the following: Fabric A – Scattered Leaves Indigo by Cloud 9 for Jo-Ann, Fabric B –Scattered Leaves Twig by Cloud 9 for Jo-Ann, Fabric C – Asters Indigo by Cloud 9 for Jo-Ann.

 

Create + Craft TV — Project Inspiration!

Have you been watching the Jo-Ann hour on Create + Craft TV? “Let’s Make Something with Jo-Ann” airs every day at 3pmEST, and the shows are full of crafty inspiration, project features and new product introductions. Host Jeanine Elle keep it current and does a wonderful job featuring project ideas that are hot right now.

A great example? Pillow beds!! Monday’s episode, which is now available to stream online, featured designer Debbie Shore who walked viewers through an easy Pillow Bed project using some super cool Star Wars fabric and our Twin Pack Bedding Pillows. Pillow Beds are a quick and easy project that you can make for your kiddos at home — they are perfect for reading corners, Saturday morning cartoon viewings, or even sleepovers!;)

[Clockwise from Upper Left: Kammy’s Korner, Sarah Jane Sews, Pink When (also available via Jo-Ann), It’s Always Autumn]

To learn more about our Twin Pack Pillows, click here — to purchase them via Create + Craft, click here.

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Yesterday’s episode was all about the GO! Fabric Cutter from Accuquilt, which we just adore as a time saver for our quilt projects. ‘Dan the Fabric Man’ from Jo-Ann was the featured presenter and he did a great job of showing how easy the GO! is to use:).

[All Accuquilt Patterns — Clockwise from Upper Left: Hearts Around Pillow, Hummingbird Quilt, School’s Out Quilt, GO! Value Die Sampler Quilt]

Whether you’re quilting up a front for a throw pillow (don’t forget your pillow forms) or working on a full quilt project, our 80/20 Natural Blend Batting is an excellent choice. With all of the properties of a 100% Natural Cotton Batting plus the added stability that the Polyester blend brings, this batting is built to last.

[All Accuquilt Patterns — Left: Storm at Sea Quilt, Top Right: Starstruck Throw, Bottom Right: French Window Pillow]

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A quick recap —

Monday’s Show featuring Pillow Beds is available here
Featured Product:
Twin Pack Pillows

Tuesday’s Show featuring the GO! Fabric Cutter is available here
Featured products:
80/20 Grab-N-Go Roll
Twin-Pack 16×16 Decorative Pillow Form
Twin-Pack 18×18 Decorative Pillow Form

Happy Shopping AND Happy Sewing!

Nancy Zieman’s 2015 Pillow Sewing Challenge

We are thrilled and honored to have partnered with the amazing Nancy Zieman team for another fabulous sewing challenge! The 2015 Pillow Sewing Challenge kicked off on February 3. With roughly 80 entires so far, the challenge is going strong and there are still 2 weeks left to enter!!

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Throw pillows seem to be the go-to project these days. They are quick and easy, but can make a huge impact on the overall look and feel of a room. They can easily be swapped out for various holidays or seasons and can often be completed in a few hours or less!

Four pillow projects from the Pellon Project Library are being featured as inspiration projects throughout the duration of the challenge. We’ll admit, they are a few of our favorites!!

[clockwise from top left: Cathedral Window Pillow by Kim Niedzwiecki, Pixel Pillow by Kati Spencer, Raccoons in Love Throw Pillow by Rachael Gander, Seeing Double Fabric Magic Pocket Pillows by Alexandra Henry]

To join in on the challenge, head on over to Nancy’s blog and add up to 4 pillow images to the linky party OR email your photo to info@ziemanproductions.com. Entries are due by March 3.

Don’t forget to share your entries and your progress using the hashtag: #NZPillowChallenge. We love checking in what you’re all creating!

Important Dates:

  • Upload or email your photo(s) by March 3, 2015, to
  • Online voting begins March 7, 2015.
  • Voting closes on March 14, 2015.
  • Winners will be announced March 17, 2015.

And… the fab prizes!! These will be awarded to the top 5 contenders:

First Place: A Bundle of Products from Pellon, $115 value!

Pellon Prize Pack for Nancy Zieman's 2015 Pillow Challenge

Second Place: Madeira Aerofil 18 count thread pack, $60 value from Madeira.  Plus a Pellon Pillow Insert!

Madeira Aerofil 18-count Thread Pack

Third Place: The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Book & DVD from Nancy’s Notions, value of $34.98 Plus a Pellon Pillow Insert!

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Book and DVD by Nancy Zieman

Fourth Place: Fabric Bundle from Riley Blake Designs, a $25 value. Plus a Pellon Pillow Insert!

Riley Blake Designs Fat Quarter Pack as seen on Nancy Zieman's Blog

Fifth Place: Hobo Tote Template from Clover, $19.95 value. Plus a Pellon Pillow Insert!

Nancy Zieman's Hobo Tote Bag Template Collection by CloverEach Pillow Sewing Challenge prize winner (above) will receive a Pellon® HomeGoods Decorative Pillow Insert, 16″ x 16″. Value $10.99

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Learn more on Nancy’s Blog and good luck!!

Follow along with Nancy online:

BlogFacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram — Flickr

 

Valentine Doodle Pads

This is my daughter’s very first Valentine’s Day in a school-like setting. She is 16 months old and I’m lucky that her daycare only holds 6 kids. Keeping in mind the small class size and the fact that most of the kiddos are between the ages of 1 & 3, I wanted to create something personalized for all of her little buddies — something cute, fun, entertaining… and sugar-free;). Introducing the Valentine Doodle Pad!

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This little notebook is based off of a Make-It Take-It project that we created for Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores in September of 2014. The Travel Crayon Holder was a no-sew project, large enough to hold 3 crayons and a mini paper pad, small enough to fit in a back pocket. The Valentine Doodle Pad has been size adjusted to fit 6 crayons and a larger pad. It’s a quick sew, which is especially handy if you’re creating more pads for a larger class size!

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Valentine Doodle Pad
Materials List
One 7″ x 10″ rectangle of interior fabric
One 8″ x 10″ rectangle of exterior fabric
Coordinating fabric scraps for appliqué
One 7″ x 10″ rectangle of Pellon® 71F Peltex® I Ultra Firm 1-Sided Fusible
One sheet  of Pellon® EZ-Steam® II 
23″ length of coordinating decorative elastic
Thread

Tools List
Sewing machine & related supplies
Rotary cutter & related supplies
Binding clips
Appliqué Scissors (I use these from Fiskars)

INSTRUCTIONS
Step 1 – Gather your supplies.

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Step 2 – Place the fusible side of the Peltex® I rectangle against the wrong side of the interior fabric and fuse following manufacturer’s instructions.

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Step 3 – Cut 13″, 6″ and 4″ lengths of elastic.

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Step 4 – Fold the Peltex® I rectangle in half lengthwise (so that the unit is 5″ x 7″) and finger press the fold to mark sides. Open the rectangle.

Step 5 – Position the 4″ length of elastic about 1″ in from the raw edge on the top right side of the rectangle. Pin in place. Center the 6″ length of elastic on the vertical of the left side. Mark the center with one pin. Place pins every 3/4″ on either side so that there are six 3/4″ sections.

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Step 6 – Stitch the elastic down on each pinned mark to create the crayon and pad holders. Backstitch at the beginning and end of each to secure. Trim threads.

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Step 7 – Cut one 7″ x 10″ rectangle of EZ-Steam® II. Remove the non-gridded paper backing and finger press the sticky side to the Peltex® I. Remove the gridded backing, center onto the wrong side of the exterior fabric rectangle and finger press in place. Fuse following manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 8 – Cut notches at a slight outward angle at each corner.

Step 9 – Fold the raw edge of one side in to meet the top of the Peltex® I unit and press. Fold in over the Peltex® I unit and secure with clips (or pins — whichever you prefer!) Repeat for all four sides. Topstitch around all four sides with a zig zag stitch. Trim threads.

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Step 10 – Fold unit in half and press to create cover. Set aside.

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Step 11 – To personalize the doodle pad with a child’s first name initial, print out desired letter in a bold font. Trace letter in reverse onto the gridded paper backing of the EZ-Steam® II (I mistakenly traced onto the non-gridded backing — either will work!) Remove opposite backing and finger press sticky side to the wrong side of the appliqué fabric.

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Step 12 – Cut letter out along drawn lines. Remove remaining backing and finger press sticky side to the right side of the doodle pad cover. Fuse following manufacturer’s instructions.

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Step 13 – Center the 13″ length of elastic on the doodle pad cover exterior as shown below. Stitch in place along the center fold, backstitching at the beginning and end to secure.

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Step 14 – Tie ends in a knot to create the doodle pad closure as shown below.

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Happy sewing and here’s hoping that your kiddos enjoy this one! I sent the whole set to daycare yesterday and they were a big hit!! Happy Valentine’s Day!

xo — Erin at Pellon