Your weekend treat: Quilty Box!

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 10.31.24 AMHappy Friday! As a reward for making it through the week, we here at Pellon® wanted to give you a little something special as you head into your weekend. This week, we were lucky enough to sit down for a virtual interview with Patrick Claytor, the owner of the up-and-coming Quilty Box!

We love to be on top of industry trends, and we immediately fell in love with the idea of Quilty Box. Seriously, who wouldn’t want a box filled with the latest and greatest craft and hobby products, all delivered to your front door?

 Yes, it’s true. With Quilty Box, every month feels just like Christmas! We wanted to give you all the secrets, details, and sign up information so you can experience how amazing Quilty Box is too! If you’re already a subscriber, you received a sample of our 100% Natural Cotton Batting in your August box. If you sign up now, you might see a few of your favorite Pellon products in the near future!

Pellon: Can you tell us a little more about Quilty Box and how it works?
Patrick: Quilty Box is a monthly subscription box full of quilting awesomeness. Each month we have a guest designer or blogger curate a surprise box of 4-5 products. We pack the boxes and ship them all out on the 11th of the month. Every subscriber receives the same products for that month. Our subscribers are introduced to new products, new techniques, and new designers. We encourage our subscribers to try every product in the box and share their creations on social media to inspire others.

Pellon: What inspired you to start this business and how did it all come together?
Patrick: I grew up in a quilting household. I learned to drive by running my mom around quilt shop hops. My mother is always working on a quilt and her creations fill my house. Every milestone in my life has been marked by a quilt: from my high school and college graduations, to my wife’s graduation, to our wedding. I know how much time and passion go into creating a quilt and I enjoy helping quilters expand their skills and their stash.

Monthly subscription boxes are a great way to discover new products. I’ve subscribed to a few different boxes and was looking for a gift for my mother for Christmas. Unfortunately there were no active quilting subscription boxes, so I contacted the previous owner of Quilty Box and it has been a rollercoaster since. I thought this would be a great opportunity for my family and a great way to help quilters. Since June, we have helped hundreds of quilters Get Quilty. We’ve shipped boxes to all 50 states, Guam, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Sweden, Japan, and the Netherlands. We are excited to continue to grow and to continue to help more quilters Get Quilty.

Quilty Boxes - Ready for Shipment

Quilty Boxes – Ready for Shipment

Pellon: What’s your favorite thing about Quilty Box?
Patrick: My favorite thing about Quilty Box is talking with all the great subscribers. It excites me when they tell me that “receiving Quilty Box is like waiting for Christmas.” And, it warms my heart to see what they create using the products they’ve received. We have a great group of people who like to post their projects on Instagram.

Pellon: What is some of the best feedback that you’ve heard from your subscribers?
Patrick: Our subscribers are great! They have been continuously giving us feedback on how we can improve. They’ve given me theme ideas for future boxes, they’ve clued me into great products, and they helped us improve our process. In the end, we do this for the subscribers, so their feedback is critical to our success.

Pellon: Is there anything exciting on the horizon for Quilty Box and your subscribers? What can we expect to see in the future?
Patrick: We have been planning many exciting things for Quilty Box. We should have a new website in a few months. We’re looking at improving how gifting works. And we are planning different styles of subscriptions. So, whether you are a traditional quilter or a modern quilter, you’d only receive products in line with those styles. And lastly, my wife and I are going to Quilt Market in Houston this October so we can meet many great suppliers and manufacturers to build relationships that will benefit our subscribers.

Quilty Box - Preparing Boxes for Shipping

Quilty Box – Preparing Boxes for Shipping

Pellon: We love that you work with Quilts for Kids, an organization near and dear to us here at Pellon. Can you tell us a little about your involvement with them?
Patrick: I decided to help Quilts for Kids because I know the impact of a quilt. A quilt is a very unique and personal item. It is made with time and care and love. It warms the heart and the soul and becomes a keepsake to the kids who receive one.

We donate 5% of the profits of multi-month subscriptions to Quilts for Kids. So far our only involvement has only been monetary donations. I have had a few conversations with Linda on how we can help in a more meaningful way and we both have many ideas. The best way for now though is to sell more multi-month subscriptions and encourage our subscribers to make a quilt and send it to Quilts for Kids.


Quilty Box – August Box Contents

Here’s all the vital information you’ll need to know to start receiving your very own Quilty Box!

Types of Subscriptions Available: We have a month-to-month subscription and 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month prepaid subscriptions. All of our subscriptions are auto-renewing but subscribers can cancel their renewal anytime or skip a renewal. We offer gift subscriptions of 1, 3, 6, and 12 months which are not auto-renewing. 

Schedule: We ship on the 11th of each month. If a customer subscribes on or before the 10th, they will receive that month’s box. We ship 2-day USPS shipping so the boxes show up on doorsteps around the 15th. Our renewals occur on the 21st of the month.

Types of products included: Fabrics, patterns, tools, notions, and gifts. The best way to get a feel for types of products we feature is to look for our subscriber’s photos on Instagram using the hashtag #QuiltyBox. For fabrics we’ve included Clementine by Heather Bailey, Flourish batik by Wilmington Prints, and Picnic by Melody Miller from Cotton + Steel. We’ve had patterns from X-Blocks and GE Designs as well as Sweet Tweets by Erin Cox from Martingale Publishing. Threads from Sulky and Wonderfil have been in Quilty Box. We’ve had some great tools as well like the BasiX template and the seam guides from Guidelines4Quilters. Lastly, who could forget the great sample of 100% Natural Cotton Batting from Pellon! (Hooray!)


Quilty Box – Pellon Batting Love!

Open to International subscribers?: Yes and we are excited to ship anywhere in the world. Shipping to Canada is an extra $10/box and anywhere else is $20/box. We are working hard to bring down our shipping costs for our international subscribers.

Find Quilty Box Online:
Website — Facebook — Instagram — Pinterest — Twitter 


We want to see what you make with the items in your Quilty Box this month! Tag us @pellonprojects on Instagram and show us how you use all of these great products and our 100% Natural Cotton Batting to ‘Get Quilty’!

Star Insulated Snack Bag


Everyone loves a great zippy pouch, right? How about a zippy pouch that doubles as an insulated snack bag to keep snacks, juice and other munchies nice and cool? How about a zippy pouch that is personalized so you’ll always know whose is whose? The Star Insulated Snack Bag by Jennie of Clover + Violet covers all the bases and we’re a little smitten. Jennie adapted a simple zip pouch to include a layer of our Insul-Film™ to keep her kids’ snacks fresh and crisp throughout the day. We love the little star with the embroidered initial in the center. Not much for embroidery? You could try appliqué instead, or perhaps a fussy cut of a favorite pattern. There are endless options!

The pattern for this new Summer essential is up on our site today and you can grab everything you need right here.


Star Insulated Snack Bag
When you need to bring a little something, but don’t need an entire lunch bad, this snack bag is perfect to grab and go. It is insulated and quilted, so it’s nice and sturdy, but doesn’t have the bulk of a regular lunch bag. The snack bag measure 7″ tall and 9″ wide and has a zipper top to keep things secure. 

Materials List:
— One 2-1/2″ fabric square for star center
— 1 fat eighth (star points and bag accents)
— 1 fat quarter (or 10″ x WOF if using a directional fabric)
— 1/2 yard cotton flannel
— 1/4 yard Pellon® 940 Insul-Film™
— 2-1/2″ square Pellon® 931TD Fusible Midweight (optional)
— 8″ purse zipper
— Embroidery thread (optional)

Tools List:
— Sewing machine & related supplies
— Iron & ironing surface
— Rotary cutter & 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, tag us (@pellonprojects) on Instagram OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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About Jennie:

jenniepickettJennie is one half of the mother-daughter team of Clover & Violet. She works with her mom, sewing, quilting, and designing patterns (mostly for patchwork bags, but also for embroidery).  It is a dream-come-true kind of job, doing what she loves, working with her dearest friend, and having her fabric habit paid for! Jennie is also mom to two busy toddlers who love to help her sew, play with her fabric scraps, and roll around on unfinished quilts (they’ve also both already developed a healthy love of fabric too!).  Even if it is a little hectic at times, it is the perfect daily adventure!

Find Jennie online:
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Quilts for Kids & Pellon


A few weeks ago, our Pellon team had the opportunity to once again partner up with Quilts for Kids founder, Linda Arye, to deliver an array of beautiful quilts to the Children’s Medical Center of the Tampa General Hospital. The hospital is just a short drive from our main office in Clearwater, FL and is one of the largest hospitals in our area.

We loaded over 100 quilts, all handmade with love and kindness by the many volunteers of Quilts for Kids, into our cars and headed over to the hospital. Hand delivering these quilts to the children was incredibly important to us. We knew that getting to see exactly how these labors of love brought a brightness to the children’s faces would be priceless.


Working closely with Kelly Perez, the Child Life Specialist at TGH, we were guided into the Children’s Pediatric Ward pushing a cart full of bright, colorful quilts. Most of the children had families, friends, and loved ones with them in their rooms, there for support and love through difficult times.

It was amazingly rewarding, seeing the smiles and glows of delight on the children’s faces as we tried our hardest to choose a quilt that they’d like, based on a favorite color, animal, or hobby. We’d hold up a few different options for the older kids, letting them choose which quilt was their favorite. Some of the younger children had their parents’ carefully trained eyes choose for them.

The staff at TGH are welcoming, friendly and caring, and the children’s care center tries hard to be a home away from home, but there is a still sad undertone as the children and their families work through various states of recovery from injury or illness. Bringing a moment of joy to these kids and helping to provide them with a small comfort amidst a scary time in their lives was humbling and so worthwhile.

That experience and the real emotions that gifting the quilts brought out in the children is what Quilts For Kids is all about. It is what keeps our team motivated and driven to do better and do more by supplying this wonderful organization with the materials needed to comfort and provide happiness through the gifts of quilts.


We are looking forward to a continued partnership with Quilts for Kids and are counting down the days to our next hospital visit! Thank you to Linda and her team for providing such amazing gifts for these kids!


More about Quilts for Kids

Mission Statement: Transforming fabrics into patchwork quilts that comfort children with life-threatening illnesses and children of abuse.


A Letter from the Founder Linda Arye:
It seems like only yesterday that I discovered a wealth of discontinued fabric samples being thrown away. In those days it never occurred to me that we’d be an international organization today. I was only looking to save some fabric samples from a landfill. I was assured by all my friends and family that this was a dumb idea and no one would make quilts for some stranger’s child…and do it for free! Well, 13 years later you have managed to prove these naysayers wrong, for you have given from your heart and helped to turn tears into smiles for the tens of thousands of children that you never even knew existed. (in 2013 we are working our way to donating 30,000 quilts again.)

When most fabric mills moved offshore in 2007, those wonderful 18 wheelers loaded with donated fabric were not coming our way any longer, and we were forced to find funding to purchase fabric.  The fabric companies that had always supported us gave us reduced prices when they could and sent us discontinued samples to enable us to continue comforting children in need. Even the heavyweight fabrics have become quilts that are sent overseas to orphaned children in developing countries who use them as beds. We are proud to continue our work with Lutheran World Relief.

Grab-N-Go Pouch Tutorial

We are having a full-fledged love affair with Flex-Foam™. We use it in structured handbags, totes, pouches, tablet cases, small accessories, and so much more. This stuff is so fabulous to work with and so versatile, the uses are really just endless! We know you’ve all been having a blast as well and we’ve LOVED seeing all of your creations on Instagram, you talented crew, you;).


Today, we’re excited to announce that Flex-Foam™ is reaching wider distribution and is now available in Hancock Fabric Stores as well as on their website! Woo hoo!

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We’d suggest a weekend trip to your local store to grab a few yards. We’ve even got a fun little tutorial to help you get started! This one is super fast, super easy and incredibly handy. It’d make a great shower favor, teacher gift, or just something to let a friend know that you think she’s pretty cool;). Use a combo of your favorite fabrics, add some appliqué, show off your creativity… and don’t forget to show us what you make! We are inspired by YOU every day and that is the best kind of inspiration.


The Grab-N-Go Pouch is a simple little catch-all for all the essentials. It’ll fit your phone + some money, a few credit cards, some chapstick and any other small accessories needed. There’s even an external key ring to keep everything all in one place. I’ll be using this one all Summer. It’s so easy to fill up and pop into my daughter’s diaper bag and it will save me from having to lug around two bags everywhere we go. This would also be a great pouch for pool or beach trips. Make it with a laminated cotton or add our 100 Vinyl-Fuse™ to your favorite quilting cotton for extra protection. Seriously, this is one customizable little zippy!

Supplies & Tools
One 5″ x 8″ rectangle each of Exterior & Lining Fabric, SF101 Shape-Flex® & FF77 Flex-Foam™
Two 3″ x 8″ rectangles each of Exterior & Lining Fabric, SF101 Shape-Flex® & FF77 Flex-Foam™
One 2-1/2″ x 3″ rectangle each of Exterior Fabric & SF101 Shape-Flex® for key ring tab
Fabric Scraps for zipper tabs
One key ring
One 7″ of larger zipper (I used a 9″ and trimmed it down)
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.

Step 1 – Assemble supplies.


Step 2 – Place Shape-Flex® rectangles against wrong side of coordinating lining and key ring tab rectangles and fuse.


Step 3 – Place Flex-Foam™ rectangles against wrong wide of exterior fabric rectangles. Baste around all edges to secure or quilt as desired.



Step 4 – Trim zipper to 7″. To create zipper zabs, cut a small rectangle of exterior or coordinating fabric (sample used a scrap with a width of 2-1/2″). Fold in half lengthwise and press. Open and fold raw edges in to meet center fold. Press. Re-fold on center crease. Insert zipper ends into the fold and pin.


Step 5 – Topstitch to secure and trim edges to match raw edges of zipper tape.


Step 6 – Place exterior 3″ x 8″ rectangle right side up. Center the zipper on top, matching raw edges so that zipper pull is on the left and facing the right side of the exterior fabric. Place the lining 3″ x 8″ rectangle right sides together with the exterior rectangle. Pin and sew using a zipper foot.


Step 7 – Fold exterior and lining rectangles away from the zipper and press. Topstitch along folded edge to finish and secure. (Hopefully you’ll do a better job with your zipper than I did, but even wonky zippers are still fully pouch functional!)


Step 8 – Repeat Steps 6 & 7 using the remaining 3″ x 8″ rectangles. When placing the zipper unit, be sure that the exterior rectangles are right sides together and the lining rectangles are right sides together.


Step 9 – Place the exterior and lining 5″ x 8″ rectangles wrong sides together and pin.  Place the 5″ x 8″ unit right sides together with the zipper unit and pin. Make sure that zipper is at least halfway open. (I opened mine up all the way for easy turning later.) Square up all raw edges.


Step 10 – To create the key ring tab, fold the 2-1/2″ x 3″ rectangle in half lengthwise and press. Open and fold the raw edges in to meet the center crease. Press. Re-fold on the center crease and pin. Topstitch both folded edges.


Step 11 – Fold tab in half and place in between the front and back units in desired location. Make sure that folded edge is facing in and raw edges are out.


Step 12 – Sew around all four sides. Finish with a zig zag stitch, or trim with pinking shears to prevent fraying.

Step 13 – Turn pouch right side out through the open zipper and carefully push out all four corners. Press pouch for a nice clean finish.


Step 14 – Insert essentials and prepare for your next adventure!


See? SO easy!! We hope that you’ll have fun with this one. Don’t forget — you can now grab all the Flex-Foam™ that you need both in-stores and online at Hancock Fabrics! Did we mention that they sell by-the-yard online?? HUGE bonus!!

Happy sewing!



Angela Pingel’s Fabric Backed Bookcase

These days, I’ll find myself stopping in the doorway of my office, staring in, thinking ‘I want to change everything!’. I’m sure many of you have had the same experience. It happens after time, particularly with the rooms in which you spend most of your days. It would be amazing if we could all just start completely fresh, but that isn’t always possible. So… what’s the next best thing? Making simple and easy changes to your key pieces that will drastically change the look and feel of the room. It’s a quick and affordable option and allows the opportunity to fully customize. Choose your colors, your favorite fabrics, preferred designs — it’s the best! That’s why we love today’s feature project so much.

Angela Pingel reached out to us not long after we launched EZ-Steam® II. She had a great idea for backing a bookcase in fabric and thought it would be the perfect product for the job. Turns out she was right! Take a peek at her custom bookcase below and make sure to click through for the simple how-to. The only question now is what fabric will you choose to feature in your space?

Fabric Backed Bookcase :: Designed by Angela Pingel for Pellon Projects

Fabric Backed Bookcase
This project allows you to transform any ordinary bookcase into a complete custom piece using just one product, EZ-Steam® II, and your favorite fabric. Let your imagination guide you and create a one of a kind piece for the perfect spot in your home. 

Materials & Tools Needed

  • Fabric as needed to cover the back of chosen furniture piece
  • Matching amount of EZ-Steam® II
  • Iron
  • Scissors/Rotary Cutter

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!

Fabric Backed Bookcase :: Designed by Angela Pingel for Pellon Projects

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AngelaPingelwebAbout Angela:
Angela Pingel is a self-taught quilter who has been sewing for over 20 years.  Angela has recently published her first book, A Quilter’s Mixology, and filmed a DVD on the subject of curved piecing.  She can be found in the 1500 series of Quilting Arts, airing on PBS, and has been published in numerous compilation books and magazines. She manages her blog, Cut To Pieces, in her free time between sewing and raising her sweet little girl with her husband.

Find Angela online:

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!!

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:


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.

Flex-Foam™ is currently available at your local Jo-Ann stores as well as on (in fact, a 10-yard board is on sale for $49.99 NOW!) You can also find it on 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!


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.


Step 1 – Gather supplies and cut fabrics.


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.


Step 5 – Topstitch binding to secure.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


Step 14 – Straighten case and insert iPad!



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


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;).


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


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.)


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Easy Peasy!!


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.


Our booth — chock full of goodness!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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;).


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:

Donna-AnnDaley Evelyn-CrystalChadwick

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!!


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!!