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

Pellon Decorative Pillow Insert

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

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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

 

Love & Stitches

Amid the flurry of Valentine’s Day preparations, we wanted to take a moment to share a little love with YOU. That’s right, you’ve been busy baking, buying flowers, making valentines for the kiddos, writing love notes, sewing gifts and being generally awesome and we’ve been busy thinking up fabulous ways to appreciate it all. We came up with Love & Stitches — a free project by the incredibly talented Rachael Gander of imagine gnats AND a giveaway including drool-worth goodies from Pellon, Aurifil & the imagine gnats fabric shop.

Hop on over to Rachael’s blog to grab the step-by-step for how to make the sweet Valentine pictured below. It’s super simple and cute to boot. We love that the design also pays homage to National Embroidery Month! *sigh* We {heart} Rachael.

xoxo-embroidered-valentine-horizThe goodies:

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Did we say drool-worthy? Win this and you’ll be set for any and all embroidery projects you might have on your to-do list. To enter, simply follow this link and work some Rafflecopter magic. Best of luck to all you love-birds and hugs from us for a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Giveaway is open until 11:59pm EST on Friday, February 13th. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Saturday, February 14. Open to all of our International friends!

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Psssst — here’s my card :) I didn’t have any cardstock, so I used a little Peltex®, some background fabric, and a bit of quilting instead. Loving the way it turned out!! Happy Valentine’s Day!! (Erin)

The Wonderful World of Fiber Fill!

In case you missed last week’s post, we’re working on a 4-part series on great new projects to make using some key sale items at your local Meijer Stores. Last week, it was all about pillows. This week we’re looking at fun stuffed projects that require using a bit of  fiber fill rather than a fixed size Pillow Form.

From pin cushions to floor poufs, nursery mobiles to baby dolls, the project uses for fiber fill are endless. It is incredibly versatile and really supports a tremendous amount of creativity. There are so many fun projects out there, but we’d also love to see what you might come with on your own!

The FiberFill: Pellon® Perfect Loft® Cluster Fiber Fill, Forever Loft Natural Latex Fill, & Basic Fill.

Head on over to your local Meijer to grab a few at 25% off — the sales lasts for one more week, until February 12!

We’re inspired by:

[Clockwise from top left: Valentine Necklaces in Liberty of London by Purl Bee, Polar Bear Floor Pillow by Beatnik Kids, Stitched Caravan Pincushion Project by Carolyn Letten for Crafts Beautiful, Custom Stuffies by Maker Maker,The Josephine Doll by While She Naps, Mini Pincushion by Minki’s Work Table]

Pellon Projects we LOVE: 

[Clockwise from left: 1 Sheep 2 Sheep Wall Hanging by Jackie White, Counting Bags by Pellon, Hot Air Balloon Mobile by Pellon, Pin Me Pincushion by Madame Samm, Summer Taffy Bolster Pillow by Susie Layman]

In case you need just a bit more inspiration, check out our ‘Sewing: Stuffed!‘ Pinterest board. Something is bound to catch your eye! Pinterest-Stuffed

Head on down to Meijer, grab some fiberfill** and update your home today! We can’t wait to see what you make!

** Assortment may vary by store.

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Spruce up your Home Décor with Meijer!

In case you missed last week’s post, we’re working on a 4-part series on great new projects to make using some key sale items at your local Meijer Stores. Last week, it was all about quilting. This week — it’s time to spruce up your home décor!

The easiest and fastest way to create a new look for any room in your house is to add a few new throw pillows. Whether they rest on your bed, on the the love seat in the living or even against the back of a dining room chair, they are terrific to add a little extra flair. There are so many great pillow projects out there, no matter what your experience. All you need it your favorite fabric, some basic sewing tools and one of Pellon®‘s fabulous Pillow Inserts.

Head on over to your local Meijer to grab a few at 25% off — the sales lasts through February 12!

The Pillows: Pellon® 16″ x 16″ Decorative Pillow  & 16″ x 16″ Allergy Free Pillow.

We’re inspired by:

[Clockwise from top left: Aztec Hearts Pillow by My Sister’s Suitcase, Bushel and a Peck Pillow by The Idea Room, Floral Love Pillow by Miss Lovie, Baby It’s Cold Outside Envelope Closure Pillow by SewBon, Star Flower Pillow by Tacha Bruecher for Moda Bakeshop, Confetti Pillow by Modern Handcraft, Bohemian Tassel Pillow by The Sewing Rabbit]

Pellon Projects we LOVE: 

[Clockwise from left: Bubble Pillow by Emily Lang, Cathedral Window Pillow by Kim Niedzwiecki, Pixel Pillow by Emily Lang, Raccoons in Love by Rachael Gander]

In case you need just a bit more inspiration, check out our ‘Sewing: Pillows‘ Pinterest board. Something is bound to catch your eye!

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Head on down to Meijer, grab some pillows** and update your home today! We can’t wait to see what you make!

** Assortment may vary by store.

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Create & Craft TV — Let’s Make Something!

10896346_1517660558507878_632263558661026113_oOur good friends over at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores are a part of something brand new and pretty amazing — a 24/7 network dedicated entirely to the art of crafting!! That’s right, it’s the channel we’ve all been dreaming of;).

Already big in the UK, Create & Craft TV is now taking the U.S. by storm with daily programming, including “Let’s Make Something with Jo-Ann.” The shows offer great deals on products along with product and project demos and fun, engaging conversation about cool projects, trends and techniques. Want to learn how to make a pillow bed? There’s a show for that (check the schedule — it’s on today at 3pmEST!) Want to learn some Quilt As You Go tricks? Tune-in on Saturday (1/31) for an hour full of inspiration!

How is Pellon® involved, you might wonder? Simple… No craft is complete without a bit of Magic in the Middle! Our products have been featured in a handful of Create & Craft TV  episodes, with more to come. You might learn how to make a nap mat (Pellon® Twin-Pack Bed Pillows) or get tips on how to create a new sleepy haven for your favorite 4-legged friend (Pellon® Pet Bed Inserts) — Whatever the case, we love the creativity and want to make sure you know when and where to watch.

Create & Craft TV
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Did we mention you can grab most of the supplies used in each episode directly on the Create & Craft website? Each episode features a detailed listing that includes a product list, making it extra-easy to recreate your favorite projects. Check out the range of Pellon® products available on the site right here.

We’ll keep you posted on upcoming episodes featuring Pellon® products. Until then, happy crafting!!

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[images, logos, and other info courtesy of Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores AND Create & Craft TV]

Mabel Vintage Handbag

The lovely Alicia Wietholter of Swoon Patterns has done it again! Just 2 weeks after her first Pellon Projects pattern release, she’s got a brand new pattern with a style befitting of a real Throwback Thursday. ;) (#tbt) The Mabel Vintage Handbag would look just as natural in an old Ingrid Bergman or Audrey Hepburn movie as it would dangling from the arm of a modern fashionista.

We are in love with the samples sewn by Alicia’s dedicated pattern testers — a true testament to how fabric selection can change the overall feeling of a project. What patterns would you use to make this bag your own?

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Mabel is an adorable little handbag inspired by vintage box purses of the 40′s. This bag is roomy enough to carry your everyday essentials while still looking sleek and retro-stylish. It’s also the perfect size for a lunch bag with Pellon® Insul-fleece™ basted or quilted to the lining pieces, or as a cosmetics bag by using laminated or nylon fabric as the lining. [Featured bag sewn by Laurette Chandler.]

Materials List
1/2 yd 44″ wide quilting weight fabric for exterior
1/2 yd 44″ wide quilting weight fabric for lining
2 yds Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1 yard Pellon® 70 Peltex® Ultra-Firm Sew-In Stabilizer
1 Magnetic snap or turn lock
Coordinating thread
Erasable marking pen
Fabric glue

Tools List
Sewing machine & related supplies
Rotary cutter & related supplies

Mabel Vintage Handbag -- by Alicia Wietholter for Pellon Projects

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, tag us (@pellonprojects) on Instagram OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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About Alicia:
aliciawietholter-swoonI’m a graphic designer by trade and fell in love with sewing many years ago. I think it was a natural path for me to mesh the two and start drafting my own sewing patterns. There’s nothing I like sewing together more than bags, so that’s mostly what I do! I am not much for frills, ruffles, or an obvious “homemade” look (much to the dismay of my 7 year old), so my patterns create bags that are simple, clean and easily modified by the advanced bag-maker.

Find Alicia online:
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Quilting Inspiration with Meijer

If you’re like us, you’ve already got a list of ‘must-makes’ for 2015. There are so many fantastic projects out there, so many incredible designers from which to draw inspiration, it’s sometime hard to know where to start. Maybe you got your very first sewing machine for Christmas or maybe you’re a seasoned expert, looking for new ways to challenge your creative spirit… either way, all you need to get started in this new year is your favorite fabric, some basic sewing/quilting tools, and a bit of Magic in the Middle ;).

Lucky for everyone, Meijer kicked off a 25% off sale last week on some excellent Pellon® products to get you going — 4 weeks only!!

Where to go first?
The Batting: Pellon® Nature’s Touch® 80/20 Natural Blend Batting & Quilter’s Touch 100% Polyester Batting.

We’re inspired by:

[clockwise from top left: Floating Prisms Quilt by Robert Kaufman, Fancy Fox by Elizabeth Hartman, Ombre Vibes Quilt by Amy Friend for Sizzix, The Arrow Tail Quilt by Sing All You Want, Chevron Quilt by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Color Continuum — no. 3 emiliychromatic by Carolina Patchworks, Windowpane Wholecloth Baby Quilt by Purl Bee.]

Pellon Projects we LOVE: 

[clockwise from top left: Ebb and Flow Quilt by Karin Jordan, Blast Quilt by Rachael Gander, Just Tri It! Quilt by Lauren Dahl, Quilt As You Go Log Cabin by Jera Brandvig]

In case you need just a bit more inspiration — something to really scream at you as if to say QUILT ME!! — check out our ‘Quilts We Love‘ Pinterest board. We try to swoon at least once a day!

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So, head on down to Meijer, grab some batting and get quilting!! We can’t wait to see what you make!

** Assortment may vary by store.

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Rebekah Meier & Fabric Elements

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The CHA Mega Show Marketplace opens today! Attendees won’t want to miss the Fabric Editions booth (#2013), which will be busy with make-it take-its and full of info about the launch of Fabric Elements, a brand new partnership with renowned mixed media artist, Rebekah Meier!

We are SO excited about this one… mainly because we love Fabric Editions, think Rebekah is simply amazing, and there are a handful of Pellon® products included!

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Rebekah based the product line upon her Fabric Art Collage books and techniques. The products are incredibly versatile and were designed to fit the creative needs of both the novice and the experienced crafter, mixed media enthusiast, collage maker (both fabric and paper combined), scrapbooker, art quilter and fiber artist.

Substrates

The product line is made up of 32 items, though retailers can pick and choose the product story that suits their consumer. In the line are 9 fabric substrates (including Peltex®/Lutradur®!), 12 cotton fat quarters, 6 embellishment items including three stencils, tissue paper, and lace trims, and 3 self-contained kits (one includes EZ-Steam® II and one includes 806 Stitch-N-Tear®!). Additionally, the product line will launch with an exclusive technique book by Rebekah Meier showing her latest mixed-media projects and step by step instructions using these fabrics.

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The line was nominated to the CHA’s Hot Products for 2015 in the Fabric/Craft category. Winners will be announced at the CHA Foundation Gala on Sunday, January 11, so we’ll keep you posted!

CHA attendees: Stop by the Fabric Editions booth (#2013) for a chance to play with the Fabric Elements line under Rebekah’s expert instruction. The Make-it Take-its will cover the design and construction of Fabric Tags, using Pellon® 72F Peltex® II Ultra-Firm 2-Sided Fusible as a base.

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On Monday, Rebekah will lead a Workshop for Mixed Media Banners. Students will use products from the Fabric Elements line in addition to our new and improved Pellon® EZ-Steam® II Sheets!

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Make-It Take-It Sessions — Fabric Editions booth #2013
Saturday: 11:30am & 3:30pm
Sunday: 11:30am & 3:30pm
Monday: 3:30pm

Mixed Media Flags Workshop — Classroom #W1501
Monday: 11:30 (sign up here)

If you’re not at CHA, have no fear! You’ll have access to all of these fabulous new products soon! As always, find your favorite Pellon® products at your favorite local quilt shop or craft & hobby store.

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About Rebekah Meier: Rebekah Meier is a mixed media artist, teacher, author and designer. She has a special interest in fabric and paper, combining both to create collage and fiber art. Rebekah has a freeform and relaxed design philosophy, believing that when creating art, there are no mistakes, just happy accidents. She likes to incorporate many textures into her artwork which is represented in her best-selling books, Fabric Art Collage and More Fabric Art Collage.

Find Rebekah online:
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About Fabric Editions, Inc.: Fabric Editions, Inc., established in 1986, is an innovative leader of pre-cut fabrics in the sewing and crafting markets. Known throughout the world for fashion-forward textile designs in yardage and pre-cut fabric collections.

Find Fabric Editions online:
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[All info & images courtesy of Fabric Editions & Rebekah Meier]

Introducing Alicia Wietholter & the Laney Hobo Bag!

We’re kicking off 2015 with a brand new addition to our project designer team and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Please welcome the incredibly talented Alicia Wietholter of Swoon Patterns!![insert welcome applause here] Alicia is known for her easy-to-follow patterns that produce classic, wearable, and super stylish handbags. She is a graphic designer by trade and started sewing about 10 years ago when her mom randomly gave her a sewing machine. She took off running and really never looked back!

alicia-swoonAlicia learned to sew clothing and bags using commercial paper patterns, which are traditionally populated with diagrams rather than photos. Though she sometimes found it frustrating, she felt it was the best way to learn and chose to carry that feature over into her own patterns, with a beautifully designed update, of course! The resulting patterns are incredibly comprehensive, excellent for beginners just getting their footing, but also perfect for a more experienced sewist who might use the pattern as a base for more extensive personalization.

I’ve been a fan of Alicia and Swoon Patterns for a while now and know I’m not alone. (I’ve even fielded a handful of emails over my years at Pellon® from a few of her fans telling me that she should be a project designer!) I stumbled across her post on which Pellon® interfacings she uses a few months ago (the link now lives on our media page) and in a lovely twist of fate got an email from Alicia about a week later, inquiring about how we might collaborate. I’m so thrilled that it all came together and am pleased to present Alicia’s first FREE pattern for Pellon® — The Laney Hobo Bag!!

laney-patternimageMaterials List
1 yard Exterior fabric (44″ quilting weight)
1 yard Lining fabric (44″ quilting weight)
3 yards Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
Coordinating thread
Pellon® tip: If you’re planning to make multiples, try transferring the pattern pieces onto 810 Tru-Grid™ or 830 Easy-Pattern®.

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

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[sewn & photographed by holly jakob]

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, tag us (@pellonprojects) on Instagram OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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[sewn & photographed by holly jakob]

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About Alicia:
I’m a graphic designer by trade and fell in love with sewing many years ago. I think it was a natural path for me to mesh the two and start drafting my own sewing patterns. There’s nothing I like sewing together more than bags, so that’s mostly what I do! I am not much for frills, ruffles, or an obvious “homemade” look (much to the dismay of my 7 year old), so my patterns create bags that are simple, clean and easily modified by the advanced bag-maker.

Find Alicia online:
WebsiteBlogFacebookPinterestInstagramFlickr