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.

 

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

 

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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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:
WebsiteBlogFacebookPinterestInstagram — Flickr

 

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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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

Reversible Placemats

Christmas is less than a week away and we’re on a sewing streak to finish up gifts for all the people on our list! Are you doing a handmade holiday this year? What are you making? Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios has whipped up an incredibly easy Reversible Placemat tutorial. It’s a terrific project to showcase some of your favorite prints, or perhaps even pull out one of your precious panels. These little mats will get a ton of use and are sure to be a treasured handmade gift.

And now, we’ve gotta run! We have placemats to make!! ;)

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It’s a treat to be able to use favorite fabrics for placemats. This is a simple pattern that doesn’t require any hand sewing. It’s a great proejct for a beginning sewist; a set of these can be made in an afternoon. They can easily be made larger or smaller. Finished size is 14″ x 19″. Note: Placemats pictured are a scaled down version: 12″ x 17″.

Materials List
— 1/2 yard fabric for top
— 1/2 yard fabric for bottom
— 1/2 yard Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece

Tools List
— Sewing machine & related supplies
— 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 OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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karinjordanKarin Jordan blogs at Leigh Laurel Studios. She grew up under her architect father’s drafting table, making mini models out of the cardboard scraps that fell to the floor. At age ten she purchased her first sewing machine from a neighbor who taught her sewing basics. A former magazine editor and antique American folk art gallery director, she now loves being a blogging, stay-at-home-mom. She regularly draws upon her degree in art history for inspiration for her sewing, embroidery, craft patterns and activities with kids. Karin’s husband is remarkably patient while she does her best to balance being a full-time assistant to two children under four with her creative endeavors. Her goal? Do something creative every day.

Find Karin online:
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Boo!!

Did we scare you?;) That’s right, Halloween is just TWO days away!! If you’re looking for a little last minute project to take your spooky factor to the next level, we’ve got you covered! Jera Brandvig of Quilting in the Rain put together a fabulous little ‘Boo!’ Pillow that would be an excellent addition to your porch/deck/entryway Halloween décor. See below for details and happy sewing!

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Use Pellon® EZ-Steam® II to quickly appliqué ‘BOO!’ on a pillow. Pillow is 16” x 12” finished. A binding tutorial is available here on Jera’s website.

Materials List
One fat quarter Burlap
3/8 yd Backing Fabric
1/8 yd Binding Fabric
Fabric scraps for applique
One sheet Pellon® EZ25S EZ-Steam® II 
One Pellon® 12” x 16“ Pillow insert 

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

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For a free downloadable pdf of this pattern, visit the project page here. We’d love to see what you make, so be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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JerabrandvigJera is a quilter from Seattle that strives to think outside of the box and loves bending the rules. Less rules leaves more room for creativity – and it’s more fun! Watch for her modern quilting book to be released in 2014 and check out what she’s stitchin’ at www.QuiltingintheRain.com – let your creativity rain!

Find Jera online:
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Houston Quilt Market 2014 — Insul-Film™

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One of the things that we love most about Quilt Market is having the opportunity to introduce new products to the marketplace. This time around, we’re happy to introduce Insul-Film™!!

Insul-Film™ is a thin sheeting that provides insulation for hot and cold barrier projects. It is lightweight and flexible making it perfect for a variety of projects that need temperature control without the bulk of an insulative fleece. It is excellent for use in wine totes, ice pouches, window coverings, marathon blankets, jackets, and gloves. It is made of 100% Metalized Polypropylene and is completely sewing machine safe.

In honor of the introduction, we thought it fitting to share a quick-and-easy project that shows a perfect use for Insul-Film™… an Oven Mitt! Sure, you could use Insul-Fleece™, but for this particular project, we want to add a layer of batting on either side of the insulative layer. Using Insul-Fleece™ could be a bit too bulky, making Insul-Film™ the natural alternative.

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Supplies & Tools
1 Fat Quarter each of 2 different patterned fabrics
1/4 yard Pellon® 940 Insul-Film™
1/2 yard Pellon® Nature’s Touch 100% Natural Cotton Batting
Paper for pattern tracing
Pencil
Scissors
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies

Step 1 — Place your hand or another oven mitt onto a blank piece of paper. Roughly trace  to create the mitt shape, making sure to leave lots of extra space. Make adjustments as needed. (We used craft paper, but would recommend using Pellon® 830 Easy-Pattern® if you plan to make multiple mitts.)

Step 2 — Cut mitt shape out, adding 1/2″ for seam allowance.

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Step 3 — Assemble remaining materials. Cut two rectangles each from exterior fabric, lining fabric and Insul-Film™ and four rectangles from the batting. Rectangles should be larger than mitt template.

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Step 5 — To create a fabric ‘sandwich’, place one exterior and one lining rectangle wrong sides together with two batting rectangles and one Insul-Film™ rectangle in between. The Insul-Film™ should be in the center.

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Step 6 — Quilt as desired.

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Step 7 — Trace the mitt template onto the lining side of one unit. Flip the template over and trace onto the lining side of the second unit. Cut both out. See above image for an example of how the edges sandwich looks once cut.

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Step 8 — To create binding, cut two rectangles that are 2″ wide x (length of straight edge of mitt).

Step 9 — Place one rectangle right sides together with the lining of one mitt, so that raw edges are aligned. Stitch with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Fold binding down and press seam.

Step 10 — Fold raw edge of binding rectangle in by 1/2″. Pull folded edge around to the front  and pin. Zig Zag stitch to finish. Trim ends to match edges of each mitt.

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Step 11 — Place mitts right sides together and pin.

Step 12 — Sew around the entire mitt shape, leaving the bound edge open. Clip curves as needed and zig zag stitch the raw edges to finish.

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Step 13 — Turn mitt right side out and press.

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Free pdf downloads:
CampBlanket Insul-Film

Houston Quilt Market 2014 — Sara Lawson

Another peek at a market booth that we LOVE!

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Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness has been a project designer for Pellon for over 3 years. She was really one of the first to work with us and has contributed over 10 patterns to our project library, including some of her signature handbags. Over the last 3 years, Sara has grown by leaps and bounds. She now has her own line of patterns, released Big City Bags last year, and collaborated with Art Gallery Fabrics on her first fabric collection, Jungle Ave. We are incredibly excited for Sara and can’t help but grin from ear to ear with every new success that she has.

This is her second time with a booth at Quilt Market and we think it’s absolutely lovely! If you’re in Houston, make sure to pop by and say hello — she is at booth #1766.

Here are a few of Sara’s projects for Pellon: (click on the image to head to the project page)

FrouFrou LindsayTote PixieHexi RedPoppy UrbanJungle

 

Houston Quilt Market 2014 — Freebies!!

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If you were to visit our booth at Houston Quilt Market this weekend, you’d find a wide array of project and product info sheets, FREE for the taking! For those of you following along at home, we’re offering pdf downloads:). See below for more and click on the images to view the downloadable pdf.

Projects:
CountingBags SnoozeDogBEd CampBlanket
GiftBagTotes HotAirBalloonMobile ILovePellonStocking
PocketfulofSpring PotatoZapper ReversibleFabricStorageBin
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Products:

EZSteamInfosheet Buckram Cambric
ForeverLoft Insul-Film KnitNStable
Legacy6040 PetBedInsert TackNFuse
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Happy Quilting, Sewing & Crafting!! Let us know if you have any questions!!