Angela Pingel’s Fabric Backed Bookcase

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

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

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

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

Materials & Tools Needed

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

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

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

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

Find Angela online:

Introducing… Flex-Foam™!!

Have you ever been SO excited to share something new that you can hardly contain yourself? We’ve been waiting and waiting to share this news and it’s a wonder we haven’t burst with excitement! Please allow us to introduce (drum roll please) Flex-Foam™!


Flex-Foam™ is a lightweight sew-in stabilizer consisting of a layer of foam sandwiched between two layers of soft fabric. It can be used in place of or in addition to other stabilizers, is an absolute breeze to sew through and will add a soft shape and body to any project.

It is excellent for use in crafts, accessories, and home décor projects. We particularly love it for

  • handbags
  • camera cases
  • lunch totes
  • eyeglass cases
  • diaper bags
  • & storage baskets

but have a feeling that you’ll come up with your own fabulous uses for this great new product. Let your imagination run wild!

For now, Flex-Foam™ is available in Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores only, but we’re working on a full product release. We’ll keep you posted!!

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 2.01.16 PMIn honor of the product launch, we created a handy little foldover lunch tote. The easy how-to is available via and should be on display as a FREE project sheet in Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores starting this week. Spring is almost here, which is an excellent time for a little lunch tote refresh. Make them for your kids, your friends or for yourself. The tote features a PUL lining (so easy to clean!) and easy instructions to personalize the tote so you’ll always know which one is yours!


Supplies & Tools:
— Two 13″x15″rectangles Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
— Two 13″x15″rectangles Pellon® FF-77 Flex-Foam™
— One 2″ x 6″ strip & one 2″ x 12″ strip Pellon® 809 Décor-Bond®
— One Sheet Pellon® EZ-Steam® II
— One 13″ x 15″ rectangle exterior Fabric A*
— One 13″ x 15″ rectangle exterior Fabric B*
— One 4″ x 6″ rectangle & one 4″ x 12″ rectangle of Fabric C* for closure & handle
— One 3″ x 4″ rectangle solid-color Fabric D
— Fabric scraps for monogram appliqué
— Two 13″ x 15″ rectangles PUL fabric for interior
— One 2″ piece Velcro® hook-&-loop fastener
— Printed monogram letters
— Sewing machine
— Basic sewing supplies
— Pinking shears
— Iron & pressing surface

* Sample uses the following: Fabric A – Scattered Leaves Indigo by Cloud 9 for Jo-Ann, Fabric B –Scattered Leaves Twig by Cloud 9 for Jo-Ann, Fabric C – Asters Indigo by Cloud 9 for Jo-Ann.


Create + Craft TV — Project Inspiration!

Have you been watching the Jo-Ann hour on Create + Craft TV? “Let’s Make Something with Jo-Ann” airs every day at 3pmEST, and the shows are full of crafty inspiration, project features and new product introductions. Host Jeanine Elle keep it current and does a wonderful job featuring project ideas that are hot right now.

A great example? Pillow beds!! Monday’s episode, which is now available to stream online, featured designer Debbie Shore who walked viewers through an easy Pillow Bed project using some super cool Star Wars fabric and our Twin Pack Bedding Pillows. Pillow Beds are a quick and easy project that you can make for your kiddos at home — they are perfect for reading corners, Saturday morning cartoon viewings, or even sleepovers!;)

[Clockwise from Upper Left: Kammy’s Korner, Sarah Jane Sews, Pink When (also available via Jo-Ann), It’s Always Autumn]

To learn more about our Twin Pack Pillows, click here — to purchase them via Create + Craft, click here.


Yesterday’s episode was all about the GO! Fabric Cutter from Accuquilt, which we just adore as a time saver for our quilt projects. ‘Dan the Fabric Man’ from Jo-Ann was the featured presenter and he did a great job of showing how easy the GO! is to use:).

[All Accuquilt Patterns — Clockwise from Upper Left: Hearts Around Pillow, Hummingbird Quilt, School’s Out Quilt, GO! Value Die Sampler Quilt]

Whether you’re quilting up a front for a throw pillow (don’t forget your pillow forms) or working on a full quilt project, our 80/20 Natural Blend Batting is an excellent choice. With all of the properties of a 100% Natural Cotton Batting plus the added stability that the Polyester blend brings, this batting is built to last.

[All Accuquilt Patterns — Left: Storm at Sea Quilt, Top Right: Starstruck Throw, Bottom Right: French Window Pillow]


A quick recap —

Monday’s Show featuring Pillow Beds is available here
Featured Product:
Twin Pack Pillows

Tuesday’s Show featuring the GO! Fabric Cutter is available here
Featured products:
80/20 Grab-N-Go Roll
Twin-Pack 16×16 Decorative Pillow Form
Twin-Pack 18×18 Decorative Pillow Form

Happy Shopping AND 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:


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!


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.


Mabel Vintage Handbag

The lovely Alicia Wietholter of Swoon Patterns has done it again! Just 2 weeks after her first Pellon Projects pattern release, she’s got a brand new pattern with a style befitting of a real Throwback Thursday. ;) (#tbt) The Mabel Vintage Handbag would look just as natural in an old Ingrid Bergman or Audrey Hepburn movie as it would dangling from the arm of a modern fashionista.

We are in love with the samples sewn by Alicia’s dedicated pattern testers — a true testament to how fabric selection can change the overall feeling of a project. What patterns would you use to make this bag your own?

Mabel Vintage Handbag -- Alicia Wietholter for Pellon ProjectsMabel Vintage Handbag
Mabel is an adorable little handbag inspired by vintage box purses of the 40′s. This bag is roomy enough to carry your everyday essentials while still looking sleek and retro-stylish. It’s also the perfect size for a lunch bag with Pellon® Insul-fleece™ basted or quilted to the lining pieces, or as a cosmetics bag by using laminated or nylon fabric as the lining. [Featured bag sewn by Laurette Chandler.]

Materials List
1/2 yd 44″ wide quilting weight fabric for exterior
1/2 yd 44″ wide quilting weight fabric for lining
2 yds Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1 yard Pellon® 70 Peltex® Ultra-Firm Sew-In Stabilizer
1 Magnetic snap or turn lock
Coordinating thread
Erasable marking pen
Fabric glue

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

Mabel Vintage Handbag -- by Alicia Wietholter for Pellon Projects

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

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About Alicia:
aliciawietholter-swoonI’m a graphic designer by trade and fell in love with sewing many years ago. I think it was a natural path for me to mesh the two and start drafting my own sewing patterns. There’s nothing I like sewing together more than bags, so that’s mostly what I do! I am not much for frills, ruffles, or an obvious “homemade” look (much to the dismay of my 7 year old), so my patterns create bags that are simple, clean and easily modified by the advanced bag-maker.

Find Alicia online:
WebsiteBlogFacebookPinterestInstagram — Flickr


Quilting Inspiration with Meijer

If you’re like us, you’ve already got a list of ‘must-makes’ for 2015. There are so many fantastic projects out there, so many incredible designers from which to draw inspiration, it’s sometime hard to know where to start. Maybe you got your very first sewing machine for Christmas or maybe you’re a seasoned expert, looking for new ways to challenge your creative spirit… either way, all you need to get started in this new year is your favorite fabric, some basic sewing/quilting tools, and a bit of Magic in the Middle ;).

Lucky for everyone, Meijer kicked off a 25% off sale last week on some excellent Pellon® products to get you going — 4 weeks only!!

Where to go first?
The Batting: Pellon® Nature’s Touch® 80/20 Natural Blend Batting & Quilter’s Touch 100% Polyester Batting.

We’re inspired by:

[clockwise from top left: Floating Prisms Quilt by Robert Kaufman, Fancy Fox by Elizabeth Hartman, Ombre Vibes Quilt by Amy Friend for Sizzix, The Arrow Tail Quilt by Sing All You Want, Chevron Quilt by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Color Continuum — no. 3 emiliychromatic by Carolina Patchworks, Windowpane Wholecloth Baby Quilt by Purl Bee.]

Pellon Projects we LOVE: 

[clockwise from top left: Ebb and Flow Quilt by Karin Jordan, Blast Quilt by Rachael Gander, Just Tri It! Quilt by Lauren Dahl, Quilt As You Go Log Cabin by Jera Brandvig]

In case you need just a bit more inspiration — something to really scream at you as if to say QUILT ME!! — check out our ‘Quilts We Love‘ Pinterest board. We try to swoon at least once a day!


So, head on down to Meijer, grab some batting and get quilting!! We can’t wait to see what you make!

** Assortment may vary by store.



Introducing Alicia Wietholter & the Laney Hobo Bag!

We’re kicking off 2015 with a brand new addition to our project designer team and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Please welcome the incredibly talented Alicia Wietholter of Swoon Patterns!![insert welcome applause here] Alicia is known for her easy-to-follow patterns that produce classic, wearable, and super stylish handbags. She is a graphic designer by trade and started sewing about 10 years ago when her mom randomly gave her a sewing machine. She took off running and really never looked back!

alicia-swoonAlicia learned to sew clothing and bags using commercial paper patterns, which are traditionally populated with diagrams rather than photos. Though she sometimes found it frustrating, she felt it was the best way to learn and chose to carry that feature over into her own patterns, with a beautifully designed update, of course! The resulting patterns are incredibly comprehensive, excellent for beginners just getting their footing, but also perfect for a more experienced sewist who might use the pattern as a base for more extensive personalization.

I’ve been a fan of Alicia and Swoon Patterns for a while now and know I’m not alone. (I’ve even fielded a handful of emails over my years at Pellon® from a few of her fans telling me that she should be a project designer!) I stumbled across her post on which Pellon® interfacings she uses a few months ago (the link now lives on our media page) and in a lovely twist of fate got an email from Alicia about a week later, inquiring about how we might collaborate. I’m so thrilled that it all came together and am pleased to present Alicia’s first FREE pattern for Pellon® — The Laney Hobo Bag!!

laney-patternimageMaterials List
1 yard Exterior fabric (44″ quilting weight)
1 yard Lining fabric (44″ quilting weight)
3 yards Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
Coordinating thread
Pellon® tip: If you’re planning to make multiples, try transferring the pattern pieces onto 810 Tru-Grid™ or 830 Easy-Pattern®.

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

[sewn & photographed by holly jakob]

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

[sewn & photographed by holly jakob]

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About Alicia:
I’m a graphic designer by trade and fell in love with sewing many years ago. I think it was a natural path for me to mesh the two and start drafting my own sewing patterns. There’s nothing I like sewing together more than bags, so that’s mostly what I do! I am not much for frills, ruffles, or an obvious “homemade” look (much to the dismay of my 7 year old), so my patterns create bags that are simple, clean and easily modified by the advanced bag-maker.

Find Alicia online:

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.


Happy Stitching!





Houston Quilt Market 2014 — Insul-Film™


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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


Step 6 — Quilt as desired.


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


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

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

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


Step 11 — Place mitts right sides together and pin.

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


Step 13 — Turn mitt right side out and press.



Free pdf downloads:
CampBlanket Insul-Film