Market Project Spotlight

It’s hard to believe that the last day of International Quilt Market is already upon us. There is always such anticipation leading up to the big event and then it always seems to go way too fast! We’ve been having a great time and will post a recap of some of our favorite parts later this week. Today, we wanted to throw a spotlight on a few of the projects currently on display in our booth. Sure, if you’ve at market, and you’ve been to our booth, you’ve seen these beauties already. But, if you’re following along from home, isn’t it nice to get a little recap — give the designers a little shout-out? We think so too:).

divideandconquerDivide & Conquer Quilt
by Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy

Uses 100% Bleached Cotton Batting

 

 

 

 

 

coffeesleevesCoffee Sleeves 
by Bree Wernimont of My Crafty Crap

Butterflies: SF101 Shape-Flex® & Flex-Foam™ 1-Sided Fusible (fused to the lining)

Pink & yellow triangles: SF101 Shape-Flex®, Insul-Film™, & Natural Cotton Batting

Grey polka dots: SF101 Shape-Flex® & Natural Cotton Batting

 

 

Pellon1LRHappy Home Floor Pillow
by Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline

Uses Flex-Foam Sew-In & Basic Loft Fiber Fill

 

 

 

Mug Rug 2Coasters
by Nancy Spaulding of Baby Rozen Design

Uses Flex-Foam 2-Sided Fusible

 

 

 

JackieWhite-PillowThrow Pillow 
by Jackie White of Jackie’s Art Quilts

Uses Bamboo Blend Batting & Decorative 16×16 Pillow Insert

 

 

 

 

Thank you SO much to all of the talented designers who sent us projects to put out on display. You all make us look good!!

Samarra Khaja is Sew Adorkable

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Welcome Sew Adorkable Blog Hop Book Tour readers!! We are so thrilled to be a part of this fab tour and I (Erin at Pellon) am personally super excited about this book! Sew Adorkable is the quirky brainchild of artist/designer/author/maker Samarra Khaja, who just happens to also be a Pellon Project Designer.

Samarra never fails to charm with her style and her wit and this book is a prime example. She has created an irresistible line-up of completely fabulous projects. From the TRAWRzers! (check Lindsay’s rendition here) to the Teacher Tool Belt, the Typewriter Tissue Box Cover to the Odd Socks Quilt, this one has a little something that will speak to the inner geek in all of us.

To get a bit more background and learn about Samarra’s thought process behind bringing this one to life, we went straight to the source.

THE INTERVIEW
Pellon: Samarra! Welcome:). Any chance you’d like to tell our readers a little more about yourself and how you came into this whole fabulous world of sewing? 
Samarra: I went to the Talented & Gifted Magnet High School, a geek-tastic college prep school, solidifying my position in life as a card-carrying nerd and goofball. I’ve also been a lifelong creative person and maker of things. My fine arts degree in printmaking, drawing and photography (along with a minor in Medieval Studies, cuz nerd’s gonna nerd) morphed into working as a graphic designer for many years and that subsequently evolved into including surface and textile design and voila, here we are with my new sewing book!

P: You had me at Adorkable;). Seriously though… how did you come to the book title and how does it represent you and your crafty persona?
S: Hahaha, how does it not represent me, is more like it! My publisher’s Creative Director, Gailen, used the term ‘adorkable’ first to describe my point of view (maybe even me, hahaha) and the universal theme behind my projects and the word stuck all the way to the end! YAY!

Prehistoric Portrait Painting by Samarra Khaja, Sew Adorkable

Prehistoric Portrait Painting by Samarra Khaja, Sew Adorkable

P: Each project in the book features a quirky mash-up of finished project photography and your awesome illustrations. How did that all come to be? Did you always know that the Octopus was destined to wear the Teacher Tool Belt and that the hedgehog would peek out of the shower, or did the illustrations take inspiration from the final project images? 
S: My idea to overlay photography with my illustrations was a solid concept from the beginning. The specifics didn’t come about until I saw the final photographs and played around with them. I had a two-part goal for the final look: to keep the images open and universally welcoming to a wide range of folks (by not depicting any specific people/models in them) and to also add an additional layer of other-worldliness to the book to help push people into feeling as creatively inspired as possible.

P: I’m sure there will be a handful of readers who feel the same way that I do… these projects seem almost like they were made just for me. I mean The Bee’s Knees Patch and TRAWRzers!? Did the projects or the titles come first? I’d love to hear a little more about your process.
S: I’m fairly concept driven with all my work, so the projects typically come first in a seed of an idea and then shortly thereafter the punny landslide begins and I start sorting through all the possible clever layering I can crowbar into a single idea. It’s really fun when it all falls into place!

Braille Alphabet Quilt by Samarra Khaja, Sew Adorkable

Braille Alphabet Quilt by Samarra Khaja, Sew Adorkable

P: I adore the layout of the book — each project gives the same layout: Fun Facts, What You’ll Need, Go Time!, All Together Now, Almost Done! & Ta-Dah! It sets readers up for a perfect sense of satisfaction with each project. Did you stumble upon this snazzy sequence for one project and decide it should be followed for all, or did you have the idea before even getting started?
S: After taking a first pass at a few of the projects, I recognized the rhythm I wanted and because I’m a freak for consistency, made it the standard structure for the whole book.

P: What was your favorite part about putting this book together? 
S: Hands down, drawing over the photos. Deciding what characters got to live on each page was incredibly enjoyable and I had fun picking a wide range of creatures, real and otherwise and housing them all together in one happy place.

Toothy, the Tooth Fairy by Samarra Khaja, Sew Adorkable

Toothy, the Tooth Fairy by Samarra Khaja, Sew Adorkable

P: What would you like our readers to know about how this book will change their lives?
S: I’m not an especially frilly girly-girl and am always looking for clever things that make a statement beyond just being pretty. With that in mind, this book fills a need I see in the sewing market, specifically catering to people like me, who want projects that are quirky, offbeat, humorous and downright fun and dorky. With added ridiculous humor and a lighthearted approach, my aim is to also disarm any hesitant people who may feel like crafting outsiders and let them know they’re welcome to join in and make, make, make!

P: Other than being a super fabulous designer, maker and author, you’re also a graphic designer, fabric designer and illustrator. First of all — WOW, you’re kind of awesome! Second, how do you feel they are all connected? Are you drawn to one particular area over another? 
S: It’s that whole concept-driven mindset I mentioned before; I love puzzle-solving like it’s nobody’s business, making things I haven’t seen before and putting a whole new spin and twist on things. So under that umbrella, and regardless of specific medium, I’m always trying to create the unexpected from the expected. I think that’s what connects everything I do. I love any chance to share my creative perspective on things, so if it’s through my illustration, fabric designs, or craft concepts, I’m as happy as a lark. And humor, if it can be done with humor, all the better!

Candy Dots by Samarra Khaja, Sew Adorkable

Candy Dots by Samarra Khaja, Sew Adorkable

THE VIDEO

THE BOOK
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Looking to grab a copy of your own? Head on over to C&T Publishing to snag your hard copy or your ebook.

THE GIVEAWAY
Just because we love giveaways so much, we’re doing another one!! One lucky winner will win:

1 pkg of Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under
1 throw-sized pkg of Pellon® Nature’s Touch® 100% Natural Cotton Batting
1 yard of Pellon® FF78F1 Flex-Foam™ 1-Sided Fusible 
AND 1 copy of Sew Adorkable by Samarra Khaja!

To enter-to-win, simply leave a comment below telling us which fabulous project pictured is the first must-make project on our list. 1 bonus entry (please leave a separate comment) for a fun, adorkable, sewing story that you’d like to share!! 🙂 (2 total entries per person!!)

One book per winner. Open to US & Canada residents only. US residents will receive a hard copy of the book. Canada residents will receive a promo code to purchase the ebook version free of charge. Giveaway is open until 11:59pm on Monday, October 26 (the last day of the blog tour!). Good luck:)

THE SCHEDULE
We’re still in the beginning stages of this fabulous tour! Make sure to click through to check out already published posts and keep an eye out for all the fabulous posts coming up! So much Adorkable goodness;).

09/14/15: C&T/Stash Books
09/16/15: Generation Q Magazine
09/18/15: Sew Timeless
09/21/15: The Fire Science Blog
09/23/15: Art School DropOut
09/25/15: Craft Buds
09/28/15: Pellon
09/30/15: Crafty Planner
10/02/15: Modern Handcraft
10/05/15: Imagine Gnats
10/07/15: May Chappell
10/09/15: Nancy Zieman
10/12/15: Dritz
10/14/15: Spoonflower
10/16/15: Sew Sweetness
10/19/15: Aurifil
10/21/15: Accuquilt
10/23/15: Schmancy Toys
10/26/15: Samarra Khaja

Thanks so much for stopping by to hang with us today!! Enjoy the rest of the tour!

Flex-Foam™ 2-Sided Fusible Tote

Our final guest post on the Fusible Flex-Foam blog tour comes from Pellon Project Designer Anjeanette Klinder. She was so excited about the product and could only think about how perfect it would be for a tote. She was particularly interested in using the Flex-Foam 2-Sided Fusible and she was right… it’s perfect!

Tote by Anjeanette Klinder

Anjeanette fused the Flex-Foam 2-Sided to both the exterior and the interior fabrics, did a bit of quilting to take advantage of the foam’s loft, and finished it all off with binding to cover the seams. We think it’s absolutely stunning! Head on over to her blog to read more about her process.

Tote by Anjeanette Klinder

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Don’t forget to check in with all of the fabulous designers who were involved with our Fusible Flex-Foam Blog Tour. We’ve loved hearing all about their experiences, getting sneak peeks at new projects and getting a handful of fabulous new FREE projects to try on our own.

Come back here tomorrow for a full recap, a list of where to buy, and a few other ideas for how to use all varieties of our fabulous new Flex-Foam!

Fusible Flex-Foam Blog Tour:
9/8 – Pellon
9/8 – Swoon Sewing Patterns
9/9 – Mommy’s Nap Time
9/10 – Cut to Pieces
9/11 – My Crafty Crap
9/12– Sew Caroline
9/13 – Pellon
9/14 – Baby Rozen Design
9/15 – Sew Sweetness
9/16 – Love to Color My World
9/17 – Anjeanette Klinder
9/18 – Pellon

The Ultimate Art Organizer

Today, we get to hang out with Sara of Sew Sweetness! If you’ve been following along with us for a while, you know that Sara has been Pellon Project Designer for over 4 years. She was actually one of the first and we simply adore working with her. You also know that she is pretty amazing at putting together some fabulous bag patterns. We just had to send her some samples of the new Fusible Flex-Foam to let her try it out, get her opinion and see what she could make with it. We are never, ever, disappointed when working with Sara;).

Introducing the Ultimate Art Organizer:

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This one is currently with Sara’s testers and will be available as a pattern soon. She used the Flex-Foam 1-Sided Fusible Interfacing on the exterior pieces and has some great things to say about her experience. Click on over to her blog to read all about it!

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Don’t forget to follow along with all of our fabulous designers all week for impressions on our new Fusible Flex-Foam products, new projects, reviews and more!

Fusible Flex-Foam Blog Tour:
9/8 – Pellon
9/8 – Swoon Sewing Patterns
9/9 – Mommy’s Nap Time
9/10 – Cut to Pieces
9/11 – My Crafty Crap
9/12– Sew Caroline
9/13 – Pellon
9/14 – Baby Rozen Design
9/15 – Sew Sweetness
9/16 – Love to Color My World
9/17 – Anjeanette Klinder
9/18 – Pellon

 

The Jackson Nap Mat

Have you been following along with the Fusible Flex-Foam™ Blog Tour? We’ve been having so much fun this week and have absolutely adored the new patterns and projects that have come from our fabulous line-up of bloggers. There are so many great uses for the Fusible Flex-Foam — we just know that this tour is only the tip of the iceberg. We’re truly looking forward to seeing what you all make!

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Today, we’re showcasing a project of our own — a little preview actually, since the full project will be available on Tuesday on The Stitch (Hancock Fabrics’ Blog) — The Jackson Nap Mat. This one is a great ‘back-to-school’ project, though it’s really intended for kiddos who are daycare/preschool age. My daughter is 23 months old and just started a new daycare this week. She still takes one long nap in the middle of the afternoon and has been out of the pack-n-play and on her very own nap mat for a few months now. She loves it and gets excited that she has a place that is all her own to snuggle and snooze.

The Jackson Nap Mat - by Pellon Projects

Our second is on the way in November, a baby boy, and though it’s a little premature, I couldn’t help but craft this nap mat for him. The Flex-Foam™ provides just the right amount of cushion, the flannel fabrics create the cozy, the handy elastic closures make it super portable and the name appliqué makes it personal and unique. I’m a little bit in love with this one!

The Jackson Nap Mat - by Pellon Projects

The Jackson Nap Mat
Supplies & Tools
— 2 yards fabric for Exterior, Handle & Pillow Pocket (Sample uses Concord House Snuggle Jack Mod Square)
— 2 yards fabric for Interior & Pillow (Sample uses Concord House Jack Coil Flannel Fabric)
— 1 yard flannel for Blanket (Sample uses Concord House Jack Polka Dot Flannel Fabric)
— Scraps for appliqué (optional)
— 1 yard of foldover elastic
— ½ yard Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
— 2 yards Pellon® FF77 Flex-Foam™ or FF78F1 Flex-Foam™ 1-Sided Fusible
— 1 pkg Pellon® PLOFT16 Perfect Loft™ Fiber Fill
— 1 Sheet Pellon® EZ25S EZ-Steam® II for appliqué (optional)
— Rotary cutter, sewing machine & related supplies
— Iron & ironing board

Don’t forget to check back in on The Stitch on Tuesday, September 15 for the full tutorial. You can grab your Flex-Foam 1-Sided Fusible on Monday in Hancock Fabric Stores or online at http://www.hancockfabrics.com.

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A quick Blog Tour recap in case you might have missed something this week;). (Click on the image to head to the blog post)

Ethel, A Swoon Sewing Pattern by Alicia Miller -- Uses FF78F1 Flex Foam 1-Sided Fusible

Ethel, A Swoon Sewing Pattern by Alicia Miller — Uses FF78F1 Flex Foam 1-Sided Fusible

Zipper Pull using Flex-Foam 2-Sided Fusible by Emily Lang of Mommy's Nap Time

Zipper Pull using Flex-Foam 2-Sided Fusible by Emily Lang of Mommy’s Nap Time

The Hour Basket by Angela Pingel - Uses Flex-Foam 1-Sided Fusible

The One-Hour Basket by Angela Pingel – Uses Flex-Foam 1-Sided Fusible

Quilted Flex-Foam by Bree Wernimont - Uses Flex-Foam 1-Sided Fusible

Quilted Flex-Foam by Bree Wernimont – Uses Flex-Foam 1-Sided Fusible

Happy Home Floor Pillow by Caroline Hulse - Uses Flex-Foam Sew-In (we couldn't resist!)

Happy Home Floor Pillow by Caroline Hulse – Uses Flex-Foam Sew-In (we couldn’t resist!)

Don’t forget to follow along with all of our fabulous designers all next week and next for impressions on our new Fusible Flex-Foam products, new projects, reviews and more!

Fusible Flex-Foam Blog Tour:
9/8 – Pellon
9/8 – Swoon Sewing Patterns
9/9 – Mommy’s Nap Time
9/10 – Cut to Pieces
9/11 – My Crafty Crap
9/13 – Pellon
9/14 – Baby Rozen Design
9/15 – Sew Sweetness
9/16 – Love to Color My World
9/17 – Anjeanette Klinder
9/18 – Pellon

**make sure to check our launch post (first link on the tour!) for information on product availability, in-store dates, and a SUPER FABULOUS GIVEAWAY!!

Happy Home Floor Pillow

We’re feeling a little giddy this morning. Why, you might ask? Today, we not only get to share a truly awesome new project, but we also get to introduce a brand new Project Designer for Pellon. Please join us in a very warm welcome for the lovely and talented Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline. Caroline writes and creates for an amazing blog but it doesn’t stop there. She is also a licensed fabric designer for Art Gallery Fabrics (her latest line, Happy Home, is featured in the project below) AND a women’s sewing pattern designer. We are particularly fond of the Out and About Dress, but honestly, we’d be happy with any one of her designs;). As she prepares for a new family addition (Congratulations!!), she’s also been adding some fun DIY tutorials for baby like these adorable baby bloomers. Watch out, you could probably lose your whole Saturday browsing around her site!

Caroline just finished up a fabulous new project using our Flex-Foam Sew-In and we honestly can’t wait to make a few for ourselves!

Happy Home Floor Pillow by Caroline Hulse for Pellon Projects

The Happy Home Floor Pillow is an excellent way to brighten your home décor. Use favorite fabrics and match colors to your style to create the perfect piece. This one lives in the nursery and uses Caroline’s Happy Home fabric line for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Happy Home Floor Pillow
Materials Needed
— 1/4 yard cuts of 5 coordinating fabrics
— 1-1/3 yards of a coordinating fabric (40-44″ wide) for top and bottom
— OR two 2/3 yard cuts of two different fabrics
— 1-3/4 yards Pellon® FF77 Flex-Foam, 60″ width
— One 5lb box of Pellon® Basic Fiber Fill

Tools Needed
— Sewing machine and related supplies
— Iron and ironing surface

Happy Home Floor Pillow by Caroline Hulse 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!

Happy Home Floor Pillow by Caroline Hulse for Pellon Projects

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Caroline Hulse is a creative lifestyle blogger, women’s sewing pattern designer, and fabric designer licensed with Art Gallery Fabrics. She resides in Fort Worth, TX with her husband, their pup, and a baby on the way! On her site you can find sewing tips, tutorials, sewing patterns, and all kinds of modern sewing inspiration. Follow her on Instagram (@SewCaroline) for daily inspiration.

Find Caroline online:
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Introducing Fabric Elements

FE Now Available

Happy Tuesday sewing and quilting enthusiasts! We’ve got another fun introduction to inspire your week with a bit of creative exploration. Fabric Editions is proud to release Fabric Elements by Rebekah Meier, available in Jo-Ann stores beginning today, September 1st!

We’re particularly excited about the inclusion of a few Pellon® products in some of the Fabric Elements packages. Check out the Peltex/Lutradur combo, the Mini Paper Quilt Kit, and the batting package.

We were lucky enough to chat with designer Rebekah Meier to learn a little more about Fabric Elements, how it all came to be and what you can expect with the various packaged items in the line.

Pellon: Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us today!  
Rebekah: I am so happy to be here talking about mixed media and fabric art.

Pellon: Can you tell us a bit more about the Fabric Elements line and how it all came to be?
Rebekah: Sure!  
I have written five  books, two of them on mixed media and fabric art, Fabric Art Collage and More Fabric Art Collage.  In the books I give techniques for using traditional sewing and quilting supplies such as Peltex, batting, and other substrates in combination with traditional craft staples such as inks, dyes, and paint.  Once created the possibilities are endless as to how you can use them. Everything from art quilts to jewelry! The Fabric Elements line is based on these pieces and techniques. I started developing it last Spring, so in total, it took about 15 months!

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Pellon: What was your goal with creating the line?  
Rebekah: To bring the products I use to the marketplace already packaged to take the burden of time they would need hunting down yardage and such at the store.  The Fabric Elements product line is designed and pre-packaged so the customer has everything in one place ready to go!

Pellon: What was the process of putting it all together like — did you create a variety of your own samples and go from there?
Rebekah: Oh yes!  It was fun experimenting with honing the techniques and pairing them with each substrate. I like creating samples the most, so it was pure fun for me. 

Pellon: How did the samples that you created help to craft the various packages?
Rebekah: I picked my favorite materials and substrates, and went from there.  I wanted versatility in the substrates and techniques.  

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Pellon: How did you determine which products you wanted to include?
Rebekah: The fabrics, tissue papers, and stencils are designed by me.  Beyond that, it was hard picking my favorites, but I went with the products I use the most. Peltex® is an all time favorite. I love that it is thin, but also has strength, and it can be painted.  It is great for book covers, ATC’s (artist trading cards) and art quilts, just to name a few.  EZ Steam® II is also wonderful in that it is an adhesive for fabrics, paper, and excellent for my Fragile Fusion Technique.  No glue needed, just fuse them.  

Pellon: Do you have a favorite piece in the line?
Rebekah: 
I think it would be the fabric and tissue paper I designed for the program. The tissue comes in a pack with solid colors and printed design.  I am also a signature stencil designer with The Crafter’s Workshop.  I used a couple of my favorite stencil designs translated into tissue paper.

Pellon: What are your favorite projects that you’ve created using these products?
Rebekah: Pillows, journals, tags, wallets, and art quilts!

Pellon: Fabric Elements won an award back in January at the CHA conference – Congratulations!!   How has that adjusted expectations for the release?  
Rebekah: Thank you!   It has created a buzz and curiosity about the program.  People are very interested in adding new techniques and substrates to their artwork.  It was also incredibly rewarding to win the award.  Fabric Editions and I worked very hard to bring the Fabric Elements program to market.  So winning the award made us all feel great!  Being a CHA member opens up many avenues and ways to get the word out about a new product or product line.  The feedback has all been very positive.  The best is feedback is that the program is new, fresh, and adds another dimension to mixed media.  I designed the program for fabric lovers (quilter’s and sewing) interested in trying a new way to use supplies they are familiar with, and for crafter’s wishing to use fabric in their journals, scrapbook pages, and mixed media projects.

HUGE thanks to Rebekah for taking the time to chat with us:). We love learning a little more about the process behind these releases. It makes working with such fabulous products even more special!

About Fabric Elements:
Fabric Elements is a pre-cut line of fabrics designed by Rebekah Meier for mixed media collages It won the “Hot New Product” award at this year’s Craft and Hobby Mega (CHA) Show in the fabric & needlecraft category.  Fabric Elements is made up of 32 products, and includes 9 fabric substrates, 4 banners, flags and tags, 12 fat quarters, 6 embellishments including three stencils, tissue paper, and lace trims, and 3 kits. Additionally, the product line will include an exclusive step-by-step instruction book called “Techniques in Mixed Media” which showcases 12 collage techniques developed by artist, Rebekah Meier.

“Fabric Elements™ is a culmination of my experiments, favorite materials, and techniques.   It is a collection of my stencil and fabric designs with pre-packaged fiber goods — such as batting, felt, gauze, Lutradur®, and many others.  The collection is designed to work together with my techniques and instructions, creating endless mixed media and fiber art and projects. I love to take the ordinary — like quilt batting and interfacing — and combine them with paint and inks to elevate them into something extraordinary,” says the designer.

A Creative Challenge has been issued to members of the mixed media community through several well-known bloggers. The challenge involves taking elements from the program and creating collage works that can be  submitted via social media (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) using the hashtag #FabricElements. The Grand prize includes of 1 of each of all the Fabric Elements products PLUS a Sizzix “fabi” cutter with three die-cuts. The challenge runs from September 1 to September 24, 2015.

Fabric Elements products can be found in Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores beginning September 1, 2015 in the quilt shop section for a limited time.

More images for a bit of extra inspiration:

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About Rebekah:
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Rebekah Meier is an award winning self taught mixed media artist, teacher, author, and product designer in both the craft and quilt industries.  She has a special interest in fabric and paper, combining both to create mixed media, collage and fiber art, which is evident in her award winning program Fabric Elements, and Stencil line with The Crafter’s Workshop.   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, 40+ Mixed Media Techniques, and More Fabric Art Collage.  You can follow her at www.rebekahmeier.com.

Find Rebekah online:
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Find Fabric Editions online:
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All images courtesy of Fabric Editions & Rebekah Meier. 

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;).

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

 

 

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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