Sew & Stitch Blog Tour :: Patchwork Collage Wall Art


It’s our day for the Sew & Stitch Embroidery Blog Tour, celebrating Alyssa Thomas’s brand new book release. The lovely and talented designer behind Penguin & Fish has put together a gorgeous book full of fun embroidery projects. She’s here today with a special tutorial to keep you stitching! For our take on the book, including a sample project, check out yesterday’s post:).

Take it away, Alyssa!

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Do you have a bunch of fun fabric scraps that you’ve been saving for a “someday” project? Well, we’ve got a great idea for you! Using fabric scraps, Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under® Fusible Web, and embroidery floss, you can create beautiful Patchwork Collage Wall Art. We used the same technique for the “Bird-in-Ferns” Patchwork Tote in our new book Sew & Stitch Embroidery.


Patchwork Collage Wall Art using Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®

— muslin or white scrap fabric at least 10’’ x 10’’
— fabric scraps in various colors and patterns
Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under® Fusible Web
— 8” embroidery hoop (used for embroidering and in the final wall art)
— embroidery floss in the colors of your choice

— water soluble marking pen, or regular old pencil
— rotary fabric cutter
— scissors
— quilting ruler or other straight edge
— self-healing cutting mat
— iron and ironing board
— embroidery needle
— hot glue gun and glue


1. Trace the inside circle of the embroidery hoop onto the center of your muslin square. This will be the area where you design your patchwork collage. Set aside.

2. Cut the Wonder-Under® into pieces that are about ¼” smaller around all the edges than each of the fabric scraps. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse one side to the wrong side of the fabric scraps, centering the adhesive on the scrap. (Iron carefully, as getting the fusible adhesive on the iron could damage it.)

3. Remove the remaining paper backing from the Wonder-Under® pieces attached to the fabric scraps. Trim the fabric edges so they are flush to the edges of the Wonder-Under®. Slice through the fabric pieces at different angles to create various shapes.


4. Lay the muslin with the circle onto the ironing board or other ironable surface. Place the fabric scraps (fabric side up) onto the muslin on top of the drawn circle. Lay out the pieces as desired, making sure to overlap the edges of the circle by at least 1/2’’. Have fun playing with different layouts! When you have a patchwork collage that you like, follow the Wonder-Under® instructions to fuse the fabric collage to the muslin.


5. Using the embroidery floss and needle, embellish the patchwork collage with decorative stitches, stitching through all the layers of fabric. We stitched along every collaged fabric edge with decorative stitches, including feather stitch, herringbone stitch, running stitch, and cross stitch.






6. Place the finished patchwork collage snugly in the embroidery hoop. Trim the edges about ½” from the edge of the embroidery hoop. Using a hot glue gun, glue the edge to the inside of the hoop.



7. Hang your fabulous Patchwork Collage Wall Art, and enjoy!

13_finished_hint-of-bag[Pictured with Bird-In-Ferns Patchwork Tote from Sew & Stitch Embroidery (pg. 106), by Alyssa Thomas.]

Don’t forget to follow along with the rest of the blog tour! We’re excited to see new tutorials, new takes on projects from the book, and much more!

Penguin & Fish Blog Tour:
Tuesday, Oct. 8 – Mr. X Stitch
Wednesday, Oct. 9 – Pellon
Thursday, Oct. 10 – While She Naps
Friday, Oct. 11 – The Last Piece
Saturday, Oct. 12 – Feeling Stitchy
Monday, Oct. 14 – Wild Olive
Tuesday, Oct. 15 – Bad Ass Quilters Society
Wednesday, Oct. 16 – Spoonflower
Thursday, Oct. 17 – Sew Mama Sew
Friday, Oct. 18 – Skunkboy
Saturday, Oct. 19 – Meet Me at Mikes
Monday, Oct. 21 – Quilt Dad
Tuesday, Oct. 22 – Follow the White Bunny
Wednesday, Oct. 23 – Sarah Jane Studios

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About the Author: (from Penguin & Fish)

authorPhoto_AlyssaThomas_72dpi_500x500Alyssa Thomas is an illustrator, designer, and artist. As a child, Alyssa would make everything from beaded bracelets to large papier maché masks and then barter with her brothers at the “trading post” outside her bedroom door. Alyssa earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2002. She has worked as a product designer for the children’s apparel and stationary industries and illustrated the children’s picture book, No Monster Here. Alyssa started Penguin & Fish in 2004 as a hobby to create lovely and quirky hand embroidery patterns, embroidery kits, sewing patterns, and artful plush. Today, Penguin & Fish’s products can be found in quilting, sewing, gift and children’s stores worldwide.

Find Alyssa Online:
Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Etsy | Flickr | Google+ | Youtube

Dear Dad :: Classy Cozy


We’re loving the project in today’s guest post;). What dad doesn’t need a cozy to keep his Summer beverage cool? Project Designer Giselle LaFrance developed this handy Classy Cozy to keep your beer, seltzer, or soda safe and cool all Summer long. Use Dad’s favorite colors or try an applique of his favorite sports team. It’s a guaranteed win!

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The Classy Cozy
Class up your bevvies! Summer is here and we gotta keep those cold drinks cold. This simple project could easily be done in under an hour, and is completely customizable! You can embellish the outsides with appliqué or embroidery, and finish the edges with a hand stitch, zig zag, or leave as is.A great take away gift for a summer gathering and perfect for Fathers Day!

Supplies Needed:
— Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece (optional: Use Pellon® 975 Insul-Fleece™ for extra insulation!)
— Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®
— 1/4 yard of fabric (inner & outer)
— 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper (optional: Use Pellon® 830 Easy-Pattern™)
— Ruler
— Pins
— Scissors
— Iron
— Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
— Beverage of your choice!


Sample used fabrics from:
Sabine Reinhart for Blend Fabrics Magic Garden Collection
Ana Davis for Blend Fabrics Spring Promise Collection

Let’s Get Started!

1. Find the center of your piece of paper by folding in half horizontally. Open and fold again vertically. Open.


2. Place can in center of paper and trace around the bottom. Fold your paper in half so that you can see the circle on the outside.

3. Using your ruler draw a straight line across the top of the circle.


4. Draw a line 1-1/2″ in from the edge of the paper on both long sides. Open paper up and cut out template so that it matches the image shown. This is your cozy pattern!

Putting it all together:

5. Using your pattern as a guide, cut out pieces of the Fusible Fleece and lining fabric.


6. Place the rough side of the Fusible Fleece against the wrong side of the lining fabric and fuse, following manufacturer’s instructions. Set aside.


7. Cut a rectangle of outer fabric & Wonder-Under® roughly the same size as your pattern.


8. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse outer fabric to Wonder-Under®. Let cool and then remove the paper-backing.


9. Place the Wonder-Under® side of the lining piece against the Fusible Fleece side of the outer piece matching borders and fuse, following manufacturer’s instructions.


10. Cut outer borders to match those of the lining.

11. Get creative! Finish the edges with a blanket stitch, a zig-zag or leave as is. Embellish the outside with appliqué or embroidery.

12. Fold the cozy up with outside rectangles together (circle will appear folded in half at the bottom). Sew down each side using a 1/2″ seam allowance.


13. Open up the sides and hand stitch down all four inner edges, making sure not to go through to the outside.


14. Put a beer in it! Or a cold beverage of your choice:).


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Thanks so much to Giselle for sharing this great project idea!!

About Giselle:
Giselle hails from the great state of Maine where she works from her beautiful studio in the heart of Portland’s Arts district. Her passion is creating industrial fashion and accessories melded with elements of fantasy.

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Dear Dad :: Gridded Tee


Today’s project comes in the way of a guest post from fab Pellon® Project Designer, Lindsay Conner. Lindsay oversees the magic at Lindsay Sews, co-founded popular blog Craft Buds, and also works with Craft Foxes.

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Need a quick, handmade gift idea for the man in your life this Father’s Day? This freestyle reverse applique T-shirt is a unique way to upcycle a T-shirt! Using Pellon® 820 Quilter’s Grid™ as your base, you can sew accurate squares and rectangles in any pattern you’d like. Try Tetris blocks or a Space Invaders look for a geek chic tee.

You’ll Need:

– One pre-loved T-shirt, with or without writing
– Large scrap of jersey fabric for reverse applique (or cut from another T-shirt)
Pellon® 820 Quilter’s Grid™ just smaller than your T-shirt front (optional: You could also use Pellon® 810 Tru-Grid™ in conjunction with pins or spray baste)

1. Cut a rectangle of jersey fabric that is about 2″ to 3″ smaller than your T-shirt front on all sides.

2. Cut a piece of Pellon® 820 Quilter’s Grid™ that is the same size as your jersey fabric. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the jersey with an iron.

3. Turn your T-shirt wrong side out. Pin the jersey square to the T-shirt so the interfacing is facing you. Make sure you are pinning to the side you wish to reverse applique. Tip: You can spray baste or baste with safety pins if you’d like to prevent the jersey from shifting.

4. With the T-shirt still turned wrong side out, stitch over the grid design in any pattern you’d like. Trace around sections to create squares or rectangles, smoothing out the jersey fabric as you go so as not to introduce any wrinkles.

5. When you have stitched a section, turn the shirt right side out. Pinch the T-shirt fabric inside the rectangle, making sure not to grab the jersey fabric behind it. Snip a hole into the center of the top fabric only with your scissors. Widen the hole by cutting a line lengthwise down the section.

6. Cut away the T-shirt close to the edge of your stitch line, going all around the perimeter.

7. Continue stitching along the grid lines as desired, cutting out sections of the T-shirt to reveal the jersey beneath.

8. To add another design element, you can take some of your T-shirt scraps and raw-edge applique them to the front of your shirt.

Upcycle a T-shirt for dad, your kids or yourself with this easy reverse applique technique!


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Thanks so much to Lindsay for sharing this great project idea!!

About Lindsay:
Lindsay Conner loves to design quilts and handmade clothing and accessories.  She lives in Indiana with her husband and two loveable cats, and her work has been published in Stitch (coming soon-winter 2012!), One-Yard Wonders and several spots online. When she’s not sewing, Lindsay enjoys spending time with good friends, traveling and blogging. You can follow her craft ventures at Lindsay Sews and Craft Buds.

Find Lindsay online:
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Retread Your Threads: Melly Sews


Today, we are lucky to have a guest post from the talented Melissa Mora of Melly Sews. Melissa has been working with our Stick-N-Washaway™ and came up with a great way to use it to update an old button up. It’s really an excellent lesson in how to add a new feature to something old to make it new again. Love it!! Thanks so much to Melissa for this fabulous tutorial:).

Lace Pocket Shirt Tutorial

This lace pocket shirt tutorial is an easy refashion. I had a chambray shirt with an old company logo on it. The fit was great. The company, on the other hand, wasn’t a great fit. So I removed the pocket with the logo on it. But, that left some uneven fading on the shirt, so you could clearly see where the pocket had been.

Prep: remove pocket

I really liked the idea of adding a lace pocket to my shirt, but lace can be finicky to work with. It’s shifty and can be hard to hem. Then it came to me – Pellon® Stick-N-Washaway™ would be the perfect stabilizer, allowing me to work with the lace, but then washing out so that the pretty detail could be seen. Win!

So, I measured my pocket area, and added 1/4″ (6mm) to each side for a seam allowance.

Step 1: Cut lace

I cut a piece of Stick-N-Washaway™ to the same size, peeled off the backing and applied it to the wrong side of my lace.

Step 2: Apply Stick 'n Washaway

Now that my lace was acting like regular fabric, it was easy to baste my edges to the wrong side of the fabric and hem the top edge of the pocket. I did the top and bottom, then the sides.

Step 3: pin edges 1/4" to wrong side

Step 4: Baste edges

Now all that was left to do was to pin the stabilized lace pocket onto my shirt and topstitch it into place.

Step 5: Topstitch pocket in place

Then I threw the whole thing in the wash. The Stick-N-Washaway™ magically disappeared, leaving only the pretty lace detail to see.

Lace Pocket Shirt

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Retread your Threads: Woven T-Shirt Cuff Bracelet


Today’s post is bittersweet… It’s sweet because we LOVE these guest posts from Jenelle and adore what she creates with reclaimed materials + Pellon® products. It’s bitter because it’s our last week of the Retread Your Threads series and we’re a little sad to see it go! We hope you enjoy this last project from Jenelle and encourage you to visit her at TrashN2Tees for more projects & inspiration.

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Spring has finally sprung, and I’ve been trying to find some quick and easy ways to inject a splash of funk & color to my wardrobe. Today’s project, the woven t-shirt cuff bracelet, will do just that. It can be modified in a few different ways so I encourage you to experiment with it and have fun. Be sure to share your upcycled designs with us using hashtag #retreadyourthreads we’ll be featuring your projects right here later this week!

Materials Needed: 
Tshirt scrap
Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®
Rotary Cutter & Ruler
Thread & Needle (or Sewing Machine)
Optional: Button or snaps for closure

It’s been a pleasure to join Pellon® for Earth Month and I’m grateful for the opportunity to not only educate you about textile and clothing waste but also inspire you to find creative ways to reuse, re-purpose, and recreate with clothing through the Retread Your Threads series. I believe that all waste has value and would love for you to join me in my movement to change the way we consume and create. Find out how by visiting me at and  Have you learned something new, been inspired to upcycle something old, or have a juicy question? Leave a comment below and let’s continue this conversation.

Previous Posts:
Cornhole DIY by Pellon®
Denim Cylinder Sleeve by TrashN2Tees
Triangle Tee by Pellon®
T-Shirt Trays by TrashN2Tees
T-Shirt Pendants by TrashN2Tees
Reclaimed Scraps with Pellon® by The Sewing Loft


Thanks so much Jenelle! We’ve adored having you as a guest poster this month! Can’t wait to see all of the new projects you come up with throughout the year

About Jenelle: (in her words)
Hi! I’m Jenelle. Though these days I am most frequently referred to as Mommy, I used to hold such titles as President, Waitress, College Student, Mud Bog Racer, and I even donned a big furry cat suit in high school as Suzy Stateliner- the school mascot! Between crushing cars with Monster Jam trucks, judging silly dance contests, and those other less fun household chores… I rescue clothing and textiles from our landfills. I’ve been called a recycling and repurposing revolutionary. I am here to not only encourage and inspire you to consume less and recycle more but to transform discarded materials into wearable, practical, fun, personalized and stylish works of art. When we find creative ways to repurpose what we no longer need we can inject color, texture, personality, and wonder into our lives and communities. You can find out more about my commitment by visiting

Find Jenelle online: Website :: Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram :: Pinterest :: Etsy

Retread Your Threads: The Sewing Loft


We absolutely adore seeing all of these fabulous ways in which to reuse old clothes, fabric scraps and more! Continuing with our Retread your Threads series, we’re excited to introduce you to Heather Valentine of The Sewing Loft. She’s been known to reuse a thing or two and has done a wonderful job with pulling together a variety of tutorials for you to check out. Don’t forget to check out her blog. It’s an excellent source for sewing tutorials, reviews, patterns and is truly just a fun online destination! Take it away, Heather!

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Hello Pellon® Readers, Heather here from The Sewing Loft.

When Erin asked me to share some of my creative process related to reclaiming, I was all in. Truth be told, I am a scrapper at heart. I feel like I am always savoring the very last bit of amazingness when it comes to fabrics. And I do mean EVERY last bit! That’s with no discrimination regarding age, style or fabric blend. If the fabric speaks to me, I save everything, especially vintage!

Reclaimed Scraps with Pellon®

Reclaimed fabric scraps into yardage using Pellon®

To keep my smaller scraps in line, I store them in a metal basket until they start to get unruly. For me, that’s when the magic happens. One of my favorite things to do is create scrap fabric yardage from leftover bits. My “fabric blend” of choice is reclaimed men’s buttoned down shirts mixed with brightly colored printed cottons. The mixture can create the most amazing patterns.

The possibilities are limitless. To give you more inspiration and fun ideas to reclaim your creativity through fabric and Pellon®, I have created a quick rounded up with a sampling of a few favorites.

Reclaim Scraps with Pellon®[Projects, clockwise from top left: Elbow Patches, Peacock Pillow, Travel Sewing Kit, Gold Glitter Polka Dot Sweater, T-Shirt Pendant Necklace, Gift Card Holders, Patched Pocket Panel, Hand Sewn Travel Checkers]

They range from simple board games to hand-made accessories. These are easy to make and eye-catching projects that combine both new and reclaimed materials.

For more ideas to reclaim your creativity through scrap fabric and Pellon® can be found on the Retread Your Threads Pinterest board. And by all means, don’t stop there! If you have a fun way to reclaim your scraps we want to hear from you! Please share your ideas, tips and tricks with us in the comment section below or join the conversation on Twitter using #retreadyourthreads hashtags.

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Thanks so much Heather! We’ll have more tutorials coming soon, rolling into our final week of Earth Month, so stay tuned!

About Heather:
Heather is an outgoing, creative dreamer that loves to stitch!  After 20 plus years designing for others in the apparel industry, she decided to jump ship and follow her own creative voice.

She blogs at The Sewing Loft and creates tutorial style patterns.  She likes to think of the blog as more of a community, a place to share ideas, tips and techniques used during the creative process.

Find Heather online:
BlogFacebookTwitterPinterestEtsy — Instagram — Flickr

Retread Your Threads: T-Shirt Necklace Pendant


Welcome to week 3 of our Retread Your Threads Series. Today is extra special because it’s Earth Day! We’re so thrilled to have a brand new tutorial from Jenelle at TrashN2Tees. Have fun with this one — we’re loving it!


Hug a tree, plant an organic garden, have a picnic, or cut up discarded t-shirts — however you’re planning on spending Earth Day (today!) have fun & make it count!

We all know about the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle but the statistics are staggering when it comes to the amount of clothing/textile waste we toss into our landfills. According to the EPA,13 million tons of textiles are thrown away each year (in the US alone) and while our recycling rates continue to rise, only a meager 15 percent of textile waste is recovered for reuse and recycling, wasting nearly 11 million tons each year! Even the most worn out items can be collected and processed into new materials, whether it’s cleaning rags, carpet padding or rubberized playgrounds. What do you do when your clothing gets worn out?

I’m committed to changing the way we consume and create and I’m honored to be here on the Pellon® Blog all month long for the Retread Your Threads series. Through TrashN2Tees I’ve been able to not only raise awareness about clothing recycling, offer options for collection and processing, and teach creative workshops that transform unwanted items into wearable and practical works of art — to date I’ve been able to divert more than 20 tons of clothing from our landfills. Join me today & let’s create change together with these sweet upcycled t-shirt pendant necklaces. (Pssst! Mothers Day is coming up too!)

 Materials Needed:
Tshirt or Fabric Scraps
71F Pellon® Peltex® I Ultra Firm
Pellon® Clear-Fuse® 800
Needle and Thread
Jewelry Findings (Chains, bails, jump rings)
E600 Adhesive or Hot Glue Gun

1. Cut t-shirt material (2 layers) and Pellon® Clear-Fuse® to the same size. Fold your Pellon® Peltex® in half and cut desired pendant shape. This will give you two exact shapes. My pendants are approximately 2 inches. I tested out different shapes including tear drops, rectangles, hearts, and circles.

2. Press Clear-Fuse® following directions. Tip: Let cool & be sure to remove clear plastic film before proceeding to Step 3.

3. Stack both Peltex® shapes on top of each other and place onto fabric. Tip: If you don’t have Peltex® on hand you could substitute with cereal box cardboard or the like.

4. Cover with second layer of t-shirt and press.

5. Use needle and thread to hand stitch around shape.


6. Cut out pendant shape.

7. Finish pendant either a jump ring or gluing a bail to back. Tip: I love the jump ring because it offers a little more versatility and you could use 2 different colors for a reversible pendant. 

All of our Retread Your Thread tutorials offer you a creative way to curb waste and pollution, and inject a sense of color and wondering into our communities. Doesn’t it feel good knowing that you’re creating change? Be sure to tag your creations using #retreadyourthreads and share with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram– we’ll be featuring all of your upcycled designs here next week.

Previous Posts:
Cornhole DIY by Pellon®
Denim Cylinder Sleeve by TrashN2Tees
Triangle Tee by Pellon®
T-Shirt Trays by TrashN2Tees

If you would like to learn more about TrashN2Tees Clothing Recycling,  join the movement to change the way we consume and create, shop my designs, or are looking for more upcycling inspiration- please visit me at


Thanks so much Jenelle! What a sweet and perfect gift for Mother’s Day! We’re pretty sure everyone needs a custom t-shirt necklace;).

About Jenelle: (in her words)
Hi! I’m Jenelle. Though these days I am most frequently referred to as Mommy, I used to hold such titles as President, Waitress, College Student, Mud Bog Racer, and I even donned a big furry cat suit in high school as Suzy Stateliner- the school mascot! Between crushing cars with Monster Jam trucks, judging silly dance contests, and those other less fun household chores… I rescue clothing and textiles from our landfills. I’ve been called a recycling and repurposing revolutionary. I am here to not only encourage and inspire you to consume less and recycle more but to transform discarded materials into wearable, practical, fun, personalized and stylish works of art. When we find creative ways to repurpose what we no longer need we can inject color, texture, personality, and wonder into our lives and communities. You can find out more about my commitment by visiting

Find Jenelle online: Website :: Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram :: Pinterest :: Etsy

Home Décor w/Alison Glass, Part 2


This week marks the second post for designer Alison Glass. If you missed the first post, simply click here. Take it away Alison!

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Designer: Alison Glass
Product Review: Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece — Using 987F as a backing for quilt weight fabric in an upholstery application.
Purpose:  Research adding bulk and stability to quilt weight cotton to make it an appropriate weight for use in upholstery projects.
Project:  Recovering a vintage arm chair in quilting weight cotton fabric backed with fusible fleece.

The chair will get a new coat of paint to go with the new fabric!


Fabrics Used:
Mural in Night from the Lucky Penny collection by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics.


Applying the fusible interfacing to the fabric
The 987F Fusible Fleece was very easy to work with and apply to the cotton fabric. I followed the directions for a “light bond” and had no problem with the two adhering to one another. The two fabrics seem to have similar stretch and move well together.


Attaching the fabric/interfacing to the chair
I have to say, I was a bit skeptical that this would work, but it did, and so well! The fleece moved and stretched with the quilting cotton beautifully, it really seems that the two are like one substantial fabric. In addition, the little bit of added padding the fusible fleece gives really helps to smooth out the surface of the fabric, but without a lot of bulk. Frankly, it was easier to work with and in the end looks nicer than some upholstery fabrics I have used in the past. I am really looking forward to seeing how this will wear over time, but I feel confident that the fleece has given the quilting cotton the little extra it needs to continue to look beautiful and function well over time. The thing I am most excited about is the doors this opens up for using some amazing quilt weight fabrics for these type of projects.



Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece is useful for a lot of projects, and this is yet another. I am thrilled to have found a product to add to all of the gorgeous quilt weight cotton fabric out there in the world that allows it to function well in upholstery projects. I think I might need more vintage chairs now!




A HUGE thank you to Alison for sharing her findings with us! We’re really excited about getting started on a new home decor project:).

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About Alison:
Alison Glass is a surface and space designer living in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Aspiring to create a career for herself, Alison started a design business in 2007 focusing on space remodels and custom home decor pieces. Her love of color and shape and the combination of the two eventually lead to making the decision to step back from the local design business and work toward her goal of creating artwork for surfaces. She is thrilled for the opportunity to design fabric for Andover.

Alison is inspired by the multitude of details in the world, both natural and those made by artisans, particularly in urban architecture. She is passionate about the ideas of making choices that are consistent with who a person is, being increasingly comfortable with ambiguity, and continuing to move forward and live in the new. She loves to talk about these ideas, as well as art, design, architecture, color, kids, okay, pretty much anything, with anyone who cares to talk! She is incredibly grateful to her husband and kids, for who they are, and for their enthusiasm and support of her work, as well as the amazing varied and interesting friends she is meeting along the way who are a constant source of inspiration and new possibilities.

Find Alison Online:
Website :: Blog :: Facebook :: Instagram :: Pinterest :: Twitter :: Flickr

Retread Your Threads: T-Shirt Trays


Happy Monday and welcome to week dos of Retread Your Threads, I’m Jenelle from TrashN2Tees and we’re celebrating Earth Month with this great series sharing creative ways to repurpose clothing and textiles using a variety of Pellon® products. Be sure to check out last week’s project which had you playing with denim, sharp scissors, and fire! Today’s tutorial is super simple and a great way to reuse t-shirts and
also to re-organize. A quick fact to share: If everyone in the US repurposed just 1 t-shirt we would recover 210 billion gallons of water and keep 1 million pounds of CO2 from our atmosphere! (Just in case you needed some added motivation!) So grab your tees and a pair of scissors and let’s get started!!

Materials Needed: 
Scissors or Rotary Cutter 
(2) t-shirts 
Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
Pellon® 72F Peltex® 2-Sided Fusible

Sewing Machine
Walking Foot (optional)

This project is completely customizable. Depending on your needs and the materials you have on hand, your tray size may vary. 

For a small trinket/toy tray I used: 2 pieces of 8″x8″ t-shirt material, 1 8″x8″ piece Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece, and 1 5″x5″ piece Pellon® 72F Peltex®.

For the larger tshirt tray I used: 2 12″x12″ pieces of t-shirt material, 1 12″x12″ piece Pellon® 987F  Fusible Fleece, and 1 8.5″x8.5″ piece Pellon® 72F Peltex®.

1. Cut your materials to size 

 2. Fuse the fleece to underside of main pattern. Fuse Peltex® to center of underside bottom pattern.

3. Pin & sew along all four edges using preferred seam allowance (I used 1/4″) and be sure to leave a 4″ opening for turning.

*I opted to utilize my walking foot attachment for this project, however it’s not necessary. A walking foot attachment has a feed dog that moves the upper fabric while the lower feed dog moves the lower fabric. This keeps the fabrics together when many layers are stitched, important when quilting and equally when sewing with jersey knit material (tshirts) to keep from puckering. 

4. Snip and flip. After trimming corners, turn your project right side out. Then press, tucking in raw edge (pin that) and also fusing the Peltex®. 

5. Topstitch around the edges, this will also finish the closing you used for turning.

6. Pinch corner and sew. Repeat x4. If you use the Peltex®, you’ll be able to feel it and pinch there- if you opted not to use Peltex® it’s approximately 1″ to 1.5″ in from the corner. You could also hand stitch this with embroidery floss.

And there you have it, a finished t-shirt tray. In my opinion, the perfect catch all for  those playmobile and legos I step on find around the house. They’re also great for organizing a craft drawer, sock drawer, coloring books/magazines, and if you happen to be a crafterprenuer too, it’s  an excellent way to display products at an upcoming show. 
Share your finished upcycled projects with us by tagging @PellonProjects and @TrashN2Tees on Instagram and Twitter with hashtag #RetreadYourThreads. I hope you’ll join me back here next Monday for more, but until then find Retread Your Thread Project inspiration on Pinterest.


Thanks so much Jenelle! We are loving these T-Shirt trays!! For all of your crafters who are following along, Earth Day is April 22. How will you give back?

About Jenelle: (in her words)
Hi! I’m Jenelle. Though these days I am most frequently referred to as Mommy, I used to hold such titles as President, Waitress, College Student, Mud Bog Racer, and I even donned a big furry cat suit in high school as Suzy Stateliner- the school mascot! Between crushing cars with Monster Jam trucks, judging silly dance contests, and those other less fun household chores… I rescue clothing and textiles from our landfills. I’ve been called a recycling and repurposing revolutionary. I am here to not only encourage and inspire you to consume less and recycle more but to transform discarded materials into wearable, practical, fun, personalized and stylish works of art. When we find creative ways to repurpose what we no longer need we can inject color, texture, personality, and wonder into our lives and communities. You can find out more about my commitment by visiting

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Retread Your Threads: Triangle Tee


In the spirit of Earth month, we’re hoping to post a handful of fun, quick & easy tutorials for how to use something old + a little bit of Pellon® to make something brand new! You’ll see new posts from designer Jenelle Montilone of TrashN2Tees every Monday and we’ll pepper in a few more throughout the week;). Have fun and happy re-purposing!!


The Triangle Tee

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 T-Shirt (I used a Men’s size L tee so that I could size down)
  • Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®
  • Fabric Scraps (I used three different patterns)
  • Sewing Machine & Related Supplies


— Start by turning your tee inside out. Try it on and, using pins, make marks where you’ll need to alter the sleeves, the sides and the bottom.

— Lay the t-shirt out on a flat surface. Using the pins as a guide, draw lines along the sleeves and down the sides of the tee. I like to pin the shirt in place along the lines to prevent shifting. Cut a band off the bottom of the tee about 1” below the mark. This will be hemmed later.

— Sew along the lines, backstitching at the start and finish to secure the stitches.

— Cut off the excess material about a ¼” outside the stitched line.

— Pin the neckline together, making sure to line up the shoulder seams. Draw a line for your neckline. I did a ‘V’, but you could also do a scoop neck, a boat neck, or a wider crew. Cut about 1” outside the line (toward the original neckline). This will be hemmed later.


— Fold up the bottom of the tee by ½” and press. Fold up another ½” and pin. Sew in place to create your bottom hem. I like to use a zig-zag stitch here as it allows the material to stretch.

— Follow the same process with the neckline, but stitch in place using a straight stitch for a clean finish.


— Turn your tee right side out and admire!


— Cut 1 4” x 6” rectangle from each of your fabrics. Cut 3 4” x 6” rectangles of the Wonder-Under®.

— Place the Wonder-Under® rough side up on your ironing board and lay your fabric on top, right side up. Cover with a cloth and press firmly with a dry iron for about 8-10 seconds. Do this for each fabric.



— Cut out a triangle shape from a piece of cardstock (or simply draw your own design). Trace the triangle shape onto the paper back of the Wonder-Under® (on the back side of the fabric). Trace as many as you’d like.

— Carefully cut all triangles out on the drawn lines.


— Remove the paper-back from the Wonder-Under®. I find that scoring the paper lightly with a pin sometimes helps to get the process started. Think of it as removing the paper off the back of a sticker.

— Arrange the triangles however you’d like with the Wonder-Under® against the front of the t-shirt.

— Cover the triangles with a cloth, spray the cloth with water from your iron to dampen, and firmly press in place for about 8-10 seconds. Repeat this process until all triangles are fused to the t-shirt.


— Put your new t-shirt on and flaunt it around town!!


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See you on Monday for a brand new tutorial from Jenelle!