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

 

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.

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Nancy Zieman — Easy Gifts to Sew in Two Evenings or Less!

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We’re loving our ongoing partnership with Nancy Zieman. She’s pretty remarkable! You’ve likely already read all about the Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge, but have you heard about this weekend’s webcast?

This Saturday, November 22, Nancy will present a live webcast dedicated to handmade gifts for the upcoming holiday season. The webcast will teach viewers how to serge a scarf in an hour, how to use the Dresden Quilt Template to create several decorating ideashow to use specialty fabrics like clear vinyl, chalkboard fabric, quilted iron-quick, and more to create handy projects for the home, how to create gifts for kids using time-saving notions AND how to apply her time-saving tips to sewing and quilting projects. Really… it’s going to be pretty awesome!

The webcast itself is typically $29.95, but Nancy and her amazing team are offering a special deal to all of you. Register today and pay only $19.95. Simply follow this link and complete your registration:

http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/nancy-zieman-live-webcast-p1

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Live Webcast — Easy Gifts to Sew in Two Evenings or Less
Details: Join Nancy for a live, interactive webcast on November 22, 2014 — featuring Easy Gifts to Sew in Two Evenings or Less! Watch from the comfort of your own home and interact with Nancy via email. Participants will receive a project sheet PDF and will qualify for prize drawing giveaways.

Reserve your spot today!!!

Looking for some additional inspiration? Here are a few Handmade Gift Ideas from Pellon®:
(Click on the image or follow the links to head to the project pages!)

Handmade Gift Ideas:
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[L to R: HST Triangle Zip Pouch by Emily Lang, Cosmetics Case by Lindsey Rhodes]

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[L to R: Gift Bag Totes by Vanessa Lynch, iPad Cozy by Kelley Gilbert]

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[L to R: Mini Jewelry Roll by Marni Weaver, Key Fob Wristlet by Karin Jordan]

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[Simple, Sturdy Tote by Amy Smart]

For more handmade gift ideas, please visit the Pellon® Project Library!

Turkey Turkey!

It was almost a year ago that we posted the cutest little Quilted Holiday Bread Basket Cover from Pellon Project Designer, Marni Weaver of the fabulous site, Haberdashery Fun. Seriously, how cute is this??

breadbasketThis year, we teamed up with Marni & Timeless Treasures to bring you a snazzy little rework of this easy-peasy tutorial. Introducing… the Turkey!

Thankgiving Turkey Main finalWe absolutely adore this little guy and can’t imagine anything more perfect for your Thanksgiving table! Want to stitch one up that looks just like this one? Head on over to Haberdashery Fun for the full tutorial and check out the Holiday fabrics over at Timeless Treasures. Marni used Endpaper in Gold for the Turkey body and Spring Basics in Cardinal, Pumpkin, and Sunflower for the accents.

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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!

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‘Quilt as you Go’ Log Cabin

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Looking for a super cute, quick-to-assemble quilt to gift to your loved one this Valentine’s Day? This little beauty, designed by Jera Brandvig of Quilting in the Rain, is the perfect pattern for you! This handy Quilt as You Go method uses simple straight and squiggle quilting, making it possible to stitch up in an afternoon. Finished size is 33″ x 36″, perfect to gift as a wall hanging or a baby quilt for the little cutie in your life. Spread the love;).

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This Log Cabin variation is one form of ‘Quilt as you Go’ where a quilt is pieced directly onto one big piece of batting. It’s a different and creative way to quilt, and it comes together really fast. Watch for Jera’s book coming out September 2014 which explains everything you need to know about her modernized technique so you can get really creative with it!

Materials List
— 1/2 yard each of six different cotton fabrics
— 1 yard backing fabric
— 34″ x 37″ rectangle Legacy™ by Pellon® 100% White Cotton Batting w/scrim

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

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Valentine Treat Sacks

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Valentine’s Day is just days away and we’re making a few last minute plans to share the love with friends and family. Whether you’re looking to gift sweet treats, a few charm packs, or some of your favorite interfacing (wink wink), these treat sacks from Deborah Vollbracht of Creative Folk Quilting are the perfect method of delivery. Deborah has put together a fantastic, easy-to-follow pattern that will make whipping up a handful of these an afternoon possibility. So grab your favorite fabrics, assemble your Pellon® products, and start deciding which friend gets what print;). Spread the love!!

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They say good things come in threes, and these three Valentine Treat Sacks are exactly for that – good things! These easy-to-make, stylish treat sacks can be filled with Valentine’s candies, fat quarters, cookies or any number of delights.

Materials List
— 1/4 yard each of three different cotton fabrics for sack bodies
— One 4″ square each of three different cotton fabrics for heart applique
— Three 4″ squares of Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
— 1-¼ yard Pellon® 911FF Fusible Featherweight
— 1 pkg Pellon® EZ2-40T EZ-Steam® II 1/4“ tape
— Three yards 3/8” grosgrain ribbon

Tools List
— Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supplies
— Large safety pin or bodkin
— Mini iron (optional)
— 1” x 6” clear ruler (optional)
— Water soluble marker

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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deborahvollbrachtDeborah is an ordinary, everyday, in love with textiles quilter who loves non-traditional design. Lately her journey gravitates toward simple shapes and quickly completed projects—a sort of “side trip” on the quilting highway.  As they say, it’s not the destination, but the pleasure of the (fabric) journey in traveling there.

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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Yule Log Cake Placecard

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Our final project for our Handmade Holiday series is here! The Holiday season is traditionally a time to celebrate with family & friends. Many gather for big meals, parties and more. Why not bring your holiday table a touch of class this season with personalized placecards? Alexandra Henry of Alexa’s World has put together a super simple tutorial making it easy to make a few sets tonight for your celebrations over the next few days. Happy Holidays!!

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Yule Log Cake Placecard
Add a touch of elegance to your holiday table with these fusible applique placecards. Use Vinyl-Fuse™ to create a slip-in pocket for the name cards.

Materials List
— Fat eighth of fabric for placecard background
— 1/3 yard fabric for bottom border and backing
— Scraps of cotton fabric for the applique
— 1/8 yard Pellon® 100 Vinyl-Fuse™
— 1/3 yard Pellon® 71F Peltex® I Ultra-Firm 1-Sided Fusible
— 2 sheets Pellon® EZ25S Lite EZ Steam® II
— Thread to match applique
— Dark brown thread
— White Thread
— Three 5mm hot x crystals

Tools List
— Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supplies
— Wonder Clips (optional)

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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BioPhotoAlexandraHenry-edit1Alexandra Henry is an award winning needle artist. She has been an avid quilter and needle artist since childhood. Her first quilt, made when she was 5 years old, was a crazy quilt. She also paints watercolors, portraits and pen and ink drawings. Alexandra designed needlework, including pulled thread and hardangar designs for many years before she started producing her own quilt patterns and books. She incorporates needlework in many of her quilt designs. Alexandra uses many Pellon® products, including fusible interfacing for clothing, Wonder-Web® and Wonder-Under® for applique, tear-away and fusible stabilizers for machine embroidery and Legacy™ by Pellon® Batting for quilts. She loves the quality, ease of use, and flexibility of Pellon® products.

Alexandra started teaching needlework and quilting while in her twenties and has taught classes all over the country. She is currently teaching at the local quilt shop in her community.

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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Jewelry Travel Case

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The bad news? We missed a few posts over the weekend. The good news? That means we have not one… not two… but THREE new projects for you today! There is still time to throw together a few fabulous handmade gifts before the holiday. Two days goes a long way for holiday prep;). So gather your supplies and get ready for the final three projects for this year’s A Handmade Holiday.

First up is Lisa Ruble‘s Travel Jewelry Case. The designer behind Color My World constructed this gorgeous, jewel-toned piece using our Fusible Fleece. It’s the perfect case to carry your brilliant baubles and keep them tangle free. This is a great gift for any of your jet-setting gal pals!

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Jewelry Travel Case
Keep larger necklaces from tangling and everything else (bracelets, earrings, rings) secure in this flat, padded case. It is perfect for packing your favorites when you travel. The entire case zips shut so nothing gets lost. Two layers of Fusible Fleece keep even delicate pieces protected. Sample used Kanvas Palazzo collection, a division of Benartex.

Materials List
— 1 fat quarter for outside fabric
— 1 fat quarter lining fabric
— 1/2 yard fabric for straps, binding, pocket
— 1/2 yard Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
— One 26” Separating zipper
— One 11“ Zipper
— Thread
— 3/4” wide Velcro® strips

Tools List
— Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supples
— Iron and ironing board

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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Lisa Ruble headshotLisa Ruble blogs under the name Ellie Q over at Color My World. She frequently gives up sleep to sew and/or bribe her toddlers with watching cartoons when an idea hits, and she has a ridiculously large fabric stash. Her style is more modern than not, though She’s dabbled a bit in just about everything.

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A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Holiday Bunting

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There’s nothing like a great bunting or garland to add a little oomph to your home décor. It’s a great way to infuse some color, or highlight a fabric line that you just adore. Kara Sanders of Me and Elna has put together a super simple bunting tutorial using fabrics from Kate Spain‘s In From the Cold. I want one for my mantle! It would look fabulous as a backdrop to the family stockings and is just cute enough to earn a mantle spot for the whole Winter season! Change up the fabrics and you’ve got a fun decoration for the dining room, or maybe a child’s room. Happy sewing!

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Holiday Bunting
Materials List
— 1/2 yard Fabric A – Seasonal Christmas Hot Cocoa White – Moda 27152 11 for 4 flags
— 1/3 yard Fabric B – Seasonal Christmas Snowfall White – Moda 27156 11 for 3 flags
— 1/3 yard Fabric C – Seasonal Christmas Ribbons White – Moda 27158 12 for ties
— 2/3 yard Pellon® 808 Craft-Fuse®
— Thread

Tools List
— Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter with both at and pinking blades, and 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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KaraSandersKara grew up in a household full of creativity, music and laughter. Though she was the resident needle threader for her mother throughout her childhood, Kara didn’t begin to sew until 2008 when she went to a quilt festival and picked up Pat Sloan’s “I Can’t Believe I’m Sewing!”  Since then, she has been hooked! Kara loves designing and making handmade gifts for her family and friends and finds much encouragement and support from others in the online sewing community.

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