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!!

Lined Serving Tray


The word on the street is that Flex-Foam™ is the ‘belle of the ball’! We’ve been having so much fun with this product. It’s sturdy yet pliable and so easy to sew! There are so many things to make with Flex-Foam — from handbags to pet mats, lunch bags to changing pads, nap mats to baskets… the sky is really the limit. What would you make?

Available varieties & put-ups:
Flex-Foam Sew-in
20″ x 10yd board (FF77), 60″ x 10yd roll (FF77R10), 20″ x 60″ package (FF776020P)

Flex-Foam 1-Sided Fusible
20″ x 10yd board (FF78F1), 60″ x 10yd roll (FF78F1R), 20″ x 60″ package (FF78F16020P)

Flex-Foam 2-Sided Fusible
20″ x 10yd board (FF79F2), 60″ x 10yd roll (FF79F2R), 20″ x 60″ package (FF79F26020P)

We’ve got another quickie project for you today — a little something to spice up that plain old serving tray you’ve been holding on to. Use our Flex-Foam 2-Sided Fusible and Vinyl Fuse to give it some pizzazz… some personality!


lined serving tray

— 2 coordinating fat quarters for top and bottom
— ¼ yard coordinating fabric for binding (or pre-packaged binding)
— 1 yard Pellon® FF79F2 Flex-Foam™ 2-Sided Fusible Interfacing
— 1 pkg  Pellon® 100R Vinyl-Fuse™
— Rotary cutter, sewing machine & related supplies
— Iron & ironing surface

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application of all interfacing. All seams ¼” unless otherwise indicated. RS = Right Side; WS = Wrong Side.


Step 1 – Measure the interior of the serving tray. Add a ½” to each measurement.

Step 2 – Use measurement to cut one piece each of top and bottom fabrics and Flex-Foam 2-Sided Fusible and two pieces of Vinyl-Fuse.

Step 3 – Place one fabric rectangle RS down on an ironing surface followed by the Flex-Foam 2-Sided Fusible. Place remaining fabric rectangle RS up on top. Fuse.



Step 4 – Remove paper backing from one piece of Vinyl-Fuse. Carefully place it on the RS of top fabric. Smooth to remove any bubbles or wrinkles. Fuse, taking extra care not to touch the iron to the Vinyl-Fuse.




Step 5 – Repeat with the remaining piece of Vinyl-Fuse on opposite side.


Step 6 – Bind insert.



Step 7 – Place inside serving tray.


Happy Sewing!


pssssssst. Don’t forget about our Missing Market Giveaway! It runs through 3pmCST on Monday, October 26. Click here for more info.


Pellon® Batting for All!

Our big news for Market? Pellon Nature’s Touch® & Quilter’s Touch® Batting will now be available to all domestic distributors! It’s the same great Legacy by Pellon Batting you’re used to, but now under the Pellon name. Products will be available to ship on October 28! What does this mean for you? Quite simply, it means that you’ll now be able to grab Pellon batting at your local quilt shop, through your preferred distributor, or at your go-to online fabric shop. Pretty cool, right? 


We’ll be updating our website just after market with all of the details, but for now, here is a quick list of the varieties available:

  • Nature’s Touch 100% Natural Cotton, w/Scrim
  • Nature’s Touch 100% Natural Cotton, no Scrim
  • Wrap-N-Zap
  • Nature’s Touch 100% Bleached Cotton, w/Scrim
  • Nature’s Touch Eco-Cotton Reprocessed 70/30, w/Scrim
  • Nature’s Touch Natural Blend 80/20, w/Scrim
  • Nature’s Touch Natural Blend 80/20, no Scrim
  • Nature’s Touch 60/40 Polyester Blend, w/Scrim
  • Nature’s Touch 50/50 Bamboo/Cotton Blend, w/Scrim
  • Quilter’s Touch 100% Polyester-Thermal Bonded Fine Denier Siliconized Blend
  • Quilter’s Touch 100% Polyester-Thermal Bonded: Low, Medium, & High Loft
  • Nature’s Touch Wool – Thermal bonded & Super Washed

To get you in the mood for creating, we’ve got a very simple, but super cute little Holiday Table Runner Tutorial. This one is so easy that it could be quilted up on Christmas morning and ready by dinner. Not that we’re suggesting you do that, but still! 😉 Enjoy!

HolidayTableRunner4 copy

Holiday Table Runner

— 1/4 yard each of six different coordinating holiday fabrics
— 1/2 yard fabric for backing
— 1/4 yard fabric for binding
— One Throw-Sized package Pellon® N-60 Nature’s Touch® 100% All Natural Cotton Batting
— Thread
— Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
— Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies

This project uses ¼” seams throughout unless otherwise indicated.

Step 1 – Cutting instructions:
Cut 14” long strips of varying widths from all six coordinating fabrics. The number of strips depends on desired finished table runner length.

Cut one rectangle of batting that is 14” x (desired table runner length + 2”)

Cut one rectangle of backing fabric that is 14” x (desired table runner length + 2”)

Step 2 – Press all fabrics to remove any creases.


Step 3 – Arrange strips as desired.


Step 4 – Place batting rectangle on a work surface. Place first strip of fabric at one end so that it extends beyond the batting on both sides. Quilt as desired.

Step 5 – Place a second strip of fabric on top with right sides together so that interior raw edges align. Sew, fold over so that second strip is right side up and press. Topstitch and quilt as desired.


Step 6 – Repeat Step 5 until all strips are quilted to the batting rectangle.



Step 7 – Place the quilted rectangle on a work surface, right side down. Square up edges.



Step 8 – Place quilted rectangle wrong sides together with backing fabric and cut backing fabric to size. Pin.



Step 9 – To secure backing to table runner top, stich-in-the-ditch along every third fabric strip. Remove pins.


Step 9 – To create binding, cut 3” x WOF (width of fabric) strips from binding fabric. Place ends of two strips so that right sides are together and strips are perpendicular to each other. Pin. Draw a line in the overlapped square from the lower left hand corner to the upper right hand corner as shown below. Sew along the drawn line. Trim seam allowance to ¼”, fold so that strip is continuous and press seam open. Repeat process to create binding that is at least 10” longer than the perimeter of the table runner.



Step 10 – Bind quilt to finish.





HolidayTableRunner2 copy

Happy Quilting!


pssssssst. Don’t forget about our Missing Market Giveaway! It runs through 3pmCST on Monday, October 26. Click here for more info.

Packaged Flex-Foam™!!

We’ve almost been having too much fun with Flex-Foam™. Is that possible? From the release of the sew-in earlier this year to the release of the Fusibles (both 1-Sided and 2-Sided) last month, to the addition of 60″ rolls… and now? Packaged Flex-Foam!! That’s right, we’ve now got a little something for everyone. Need a full 60″ roll for a plethora of projects? We’ve got that. Need a quick 20″ x 60″ package for a few weekend crafts? No problem.


Flex-Foam Sew-in
20″ x 10yd board (FF77), 60″ x 10yd roll (FF77R10), 20″ x 60″ package (FF776020P)

Flex-Foam 1-Sided Fusible
20″ x 10yd board (FF78F1), 60″ x 10yd roll (FF78F1R), 20″ x 60″ package (FF78F16020P)

Flex-Foam 2-Sided Fusible
20″ x 10yd board (FF79F2), 60″ x 10yd roll (FF79F2R), 20″ x 60″ package (FF79F26020P)


If you’re at International Quilt Market this weekend in Houston, TX, make sure to stop by our booth to get a closer look. We’ll have some samples on hand and are there to answer any questions you might have.

Oh — and just in case you needed a little extra inspiration, we’ve got a perfect weekend project all ready to go! The Succulent Wall Planter is quick, easy and a super cute way to put some of those mini-succulents on display. Scroll down for the full tutorial and drop us a line if you have any questions!


Succulent Wall PlanterS

SUPPLIES & TOOLS (makes three planters)
— Six 4-1/2” x 4” fabric rectangles for exterior
— Six 4-1/2” x 4” rectangle for interior
— Two 2” x 2-1/2” rectangle for hanging sleeve.
— Six 4” x 3-1/2” rectangle Pellon® FF78F1 Flex-Foam™ 1-Sided Fusible Interfacing
— Six 4-1/2” x 4” rectangles Pellon® 100 Vinyl-Fuse™
— Two 2” x 2-1/2” rectangle Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
— 1 pkg Pellon® EZ2-40T EZ-Steam® II Tape (Optional)
— One stick or dowel
— Twine or Ribbon
— Rotary cutter, sewing machine & related supplies
— Iron & ironing surface

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application of all interfacing. All seams ¼” unless otherwise indicated. RS = Right Side; WS = Wrong Side.


Step 1 – Center one Flex-Foam 1-Sided Fusible rectangle on the WS of one exterior fabric rectangle and fuse. Repeat for remaining exterior fabric rectangle.


Step 2 – Remove the paper backing from one Vinyl-Fuse rectangle and carefully finger press the sticky side to the RS of the interior fabric rectangle. Fuse. Repeat for remaining interior fabric rectangle.




Step 3 – Place the Shape-Flex rectangle against the WS of the 2” x 2-1/2” fabric rectangle and fuse.

Step 4 – Place exterior rectangles RS together and pin. Place interior rectangles RS together and pin. Trace and cut a 1” notch in the lower left and right hand corners of both the exterior and interior units.




Step 5 – Sew along the sides and bottom of the units, locking stitches at each end, leaving one long end open.

Step 6 – Open the notched corners on each unit, pinch in to align raw edges and match seams. Pin and sew.



Step 7 – Turn exterior RS out, push out corners and straighten. Fold top edge in by ¼” and press.


Step 8 – Fold top edge of interior down to the outside by ¼” and finger press.


Step 9 – Place interior inside exterior and match top folded edges. Set aside.

Step 10 – Fold the long sides of the 2” x 2-1/2” rectangle in by ¼” and press to create a 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” rectangle. Topstitch along the folded edges.


Step 11 – Fold in half to create a 1-1/4” x 1-1/2” piece. Press fold.


Step 12 – Insert raw edges in between top long side of the exterior and interior pieces so that only ¾” is exposed. Pin.


Step 13 – Topstitch around entire top. Straighten and press. (Alternate method: Handstitch to finish or use EZ-Steam II Tape to secure pieces.)



Step 14 – Repeat full process to create remaining planters.

Step 15 – Insert stick or dowel through the hanging sleeves and arrange as desired.

Step 16 – Tie twine or ribbon to both ends of the stick or dowel to finish.


Happy Sewing!


pssssssst. Don’t forget about our Missing Market Giveaway! It runs through 3pmCST on Monday, October 26. Click here for more info.

Pellon® in Houston!

Woo hoo!! It’s Quilt Market time!! The doors opened on the trade floor at 9:30am this morning and we’ve been reeling ever since. Two times a year, we get to come here to one of the industry’s biggest events… where we get to meet with distributors, retailers, other manufacturers, designers, educators and authors. We get to gush about all of the wonderful new things that have developed. New fabric lines, handy gadgets, innovative patterns, and new product launches — it can be pretty exciting. This time, our booth is jam-packed with greatness and we’re just as excited as always! For those of you not attending this weekend, we thought it only fair to give a little sneak peek into what’s happening, the products to watch out for and the projects that give them life.

Our booth — chock full of goodness!



[Pictured at right, Divide & Conquer Quilt by Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy, Quilt Local by Heather Jones, Machine Quilting with Style by Christa Watson, Sew Adorkable by Samarra Khaja & The Recycled T-Shirt by Jenelle Monotilone!]


[Coffee Sleeves by Bree Wernimont of My Crafty Crap, Coasters by Nancy Spaulding of Baby Rozen Design, Throw Pillow by Jackie White of Jackie’s Art Quilts.]


[Happy Home Floor Pillow by Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline]


[Vacant only during set-up, of course!!]

The NItty Gritty


Pellon® interfacings have been around for over 50 years. They are the industry go-to and have become so well-known that many people use ‘Pellon’ to refer to interfacing in general, just as we may sometimes call a tissue a ‘Kleenex’. Over the years, our product line has expanded and we now offer a wide range of interfacings and stabilizers in the areas of Apparel, Crafts & Home Décor, Quilting, Fusible Webs & Adhesives and Embroidery. If you have a sewing project planned, we’ve got what you need to get that desired professional finish! Just look at the Mabel Vintage Handbag by Alicia Wietholter of Swoon Sewing Patterns. She used Peltex® to create that fantastic structure. The bag sample shown was sewn by Laurette Chandler.


Whether you’re looking for a basic polyester fill, a latex fill or the softest, most luxurious fill you’ve ever worked with… we’ve got you covered;). Seriously – Perfect Loft® is a personal favorite. It was once described as feeling like a pile of sleeping kittens… no joke! The Reading Corner Pouf project above was created by us for Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores using our Basic Fill. It is a quick project that will add a little personality to a child’s room or even a classroom.


Our packaged interfacings make everything more convenient. In a rush and need some SF101 to finish up a project? No problem! Run to your local Fabric & Craft store, hit the packaged notions aisle, grab what you need and head to the check-out. No more waiting in the cutting line! The Reversible Placements by Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios (pictured above) are a quick and easy project that can be made with a package of 987F!



If you’re in Houston, we’d love to see you! Swing on by Booth #1248, check everything out in person, ask us anything! We are here for you!

The ‘I’m Missing Market Giveaway’ — Houston!!


Market starts today and thousands of industry creatives will descend upon the George R. Brown Convention Center for Houston International Quilt Market. But the rest of us? We’re at work, at home, running errands… scrolling longingly through the endless Instagram posts showcasing carefully constructed booths, brand new fabric collections, hot new products and more. Don’t get too green with envy! We’ve teamed up with Aurifil, Robert Kaufman, & EZ-Quilting to bring you a fab giveaway that will help chase away those ‘Missing Market’ blues!

 The prize includes:

To enter-to-win, simply click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page or click on the image above. Entries will be accepted from now through 3pm Central time on Opctober 26th! Good luck, have fun, and happy creating!!

Here We Come Houston!!


Countdown to Houston: 2 days!! We’re all packed and ready to go and are realizing how much we LOVE Market! We simply cannot wait to see what’s in store for us this time around — new tools, stunning new fabric lines, meetings with friends, old and new. It’s like a giant and glorious reunion for our industry;). As for what we’ve got in store — a few new products, some cozy displays, some new tutorials and of course, the Missing Market giveaway! We’ll be doing our best to bring the excitement of Market to all of you following along at home. We’ll have details on everything soon, so follow along with us this week and weekend for the scoop. It’ll be a blast!

First things first… let’s go over some basic info:

Fall International Quilt Market, 2015 — Houston, TX

October 23
Schoolhouses, Room 352C
Pellon® has partnered with Brewer to offer two fabulous Schoolhouse sessions catered to crafting for your pet and featuring some new and trusted Pellon® products and Benartex Fabrics. Both sessions led by Pellon’s own Darlene Christopherson.

Crafting for Your Pet with Pellon: Cozy Kennel Mat, 4:05pm – 4:35pm
Create a Kennel Mat/Pad for your pet using Pellon Flex-Foam, Insul-Fleece and more! Excellent for keeping your pet cozy in his crate or keeping unwanted pet hair off of furniture. Lecture/Demo. Samples provided!

Crafting for Your Pet with Pellon: Multipurpose Pet Basket/Bowl, 4:40pm – 5:10pm
Create a multipurpose basket/bowl for your pet using Flex-Foam, Décor-Bond, Lamifix and more! Great to store toys or use as an on-the-go water bowl.
Lecture/Demo. Samples Provided!

Sample Spree
7-9pm (NEW TIME)

October 24
8 – 9:30am
Pellon®’s new Flex-Foam™ in a Sara Lawson Bag
Learn all about Flex-Foam and how Sara of Sew Sweetness uses it within her Ansel Camera Bag. Class comes with a full kit including all necessary interfacing, bag pattern & hardware. See demonstrations and chat with Sara about her bag-making process.

October 24-26
Trade Show, Pellon Booth 1248

Handy Links: OverviewFloor Plan, Class Catalogue, Exhibitor List, Schedule

Will you be in attendance? We hope you’ll stop by to say hello!!


We miss you Minneapolis!

A friend of ours recently mentioned the ‘Market Hangover’ and we think that’s pretty spot on. If you were in attendance, you know how full-on the weekend is. Constant meetings, miles of walking, hours of networking and tons of excitement about new products. It’s exhilarating, exciting and truly a fantastic experience! We had such a blast this time around. We loved meeting new designers, chatting with our customers and seeing all of the gorgeous booths boasting new fabric collections, trendy gadgets and expertly sewn and quilted pieces.

Were you following along throughout the weekend? Did you get to check out some of the photos? We’re including a little recap for you below, just in case;). I don’t know about you, but we might be scrolling back through the #quiltmarket stream on Instagram today — just can’t get enough!!

We have such a great team and couldn’t be more grateful for all that they did to make our booth in Minneapolis a success. They had fun, took care of business and got to meet loads of designers and customers. Lucky bunch! Among the designers pictured below: Christa Watson, Krista Hennebury, Rachel Clark, Kim Niedzwiecki, Linda Arye of Quilts for Kids, and Vanessa Lynch — special guest appearances by Wonder Woman and Batman (thanks Camelot!!).

Booths at Market:
Oh the beauty, the inspiration — there is nothing like a walk through the aisles of Market to get the creative juices flowing. Cloud9, Bari J, April Rhodes, Atkinson Designs, Pink Sand Beach Designs, Penguin & Fish, Alison Glass, Timeless Treasures, Around the Bobbin, Like Sew Websites, C&T Publishing… just a few of the spots we got to visit!

The extras — all sorts of loveliness:
From project tutorials right here on the Pellon® blog, to fabulous pins spotted on Instagram (woo hoo The Quilted Fish!) to an amazing Star Wars bag full of SF101 (gorgeous Melissa – @stillgonnashine!)

Thanks so much for following along with us. We’ll have more new projects and fun ideas for you soon and we’ll start the Houston Market countdown now!

We love Flex-Foam™!!

We already introduced Flex-Foam™ once, but we’re just so darn excited, we had to do it again;). It is currently on display in our booth at Quilt Market in Minneapolis and it’s getting loads of attention. If you haven’t heard yet, here is a bit of background about this brand new Pellon® product:


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.

Flex-Foam™ is currently available at your local Jo-Ann stores as well as on (in fact, a 10-yard board is on sale for $49.99 NOW!) You can also find it on and it will soon be available at your preferred distributor and other Craft & Hobby stores!

We’ve already seen some gorgeous examples of Flex-Foam in a variety of handbags, two of which are on display right now in our booth in Minneapolis.

Donna-AnnDaley Evelyn-CrystalChadwick

L: Donna by Ann Daley – R: Evelyn by Crystal Chadwick
*both patterns by Swoon Sewing Pattern

This one recently popped up on Instagram as well — the Ex Libris Rockstar bag by Kristy Sachs of Rock Baby Scissors. Pattern by Sew Sweetness, fabric by Alison Glass. We are in LOVE!!!

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Though the Flex-Foam™ is fabulous for handbags, it is also fantastic for a variety of other projects. We just used it for a super simple iPad case. The foam padding is the perfect protectant to keep your device safe. Easy-peasy tutorial is below!


Supplies & Tools
Two 8-3/4″ x 11″ rectangles each of Pellon® FF77 Flex-Foam™, Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®, Exterior Fabric & Lining Fabric
One 6″ x 11″ rectangle each of White Fabric and Exterior Fabric
One 2″ x 11″ strip of Exterior Fabric for binding
Fabric Scraps for appliqué
One sheet Pellon® EZ25S EZ-Steam® II
One 11″ or longer zipper in coordinating color
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 – Gather supplies and cut fabrics.


Step 2 – Fold 2″ x 11″ strip in half lengthwise and press. Open and fold raw edges in to meet the fold. Press. Re-fold on center crease and press. Pin on either end to secure and set aside.

Step 3 – Determine desired appliqué. Rough cut around design. Cut a coordinating piece of EZ-Steam® II. Remove white backing of EZ-Steam® II and finger press to wrong side of appliqué. Cut out appliqué, remove gridded backing of EZ-Steam® II and finger press to right side of white back ground fabric. Cover with a damp press cloth and fuse.

Step 4 – Place 6″ x 11″ rectangles wrong sides together. Insert top 11″ end inside the binding strip created in Step 2. Pin.


Step 5 – Topstitch binding to secure.


Step 6 – Place Shape-Flex® rectangles against wrong sides of lining rectangles and fuse. Place Flex-Foam™ rectangles against wrong sides of exterior rectangles and baste around all sides with an 1/8″ seam allowance.


Step 7 – Place 6″ x 10″ appliqué unit with binding on right side of one exterior rectangle, matching raw edges. Baste in place.

Step 8 – Cut zipper to 10″ in length, making sure that zipper pull is within the 10″ length. secure cut end with a few stitches.

Step 9 – Place one exterior rectangle with right side up. Place zipper right side down on top of exterior rectangle, with zipper pull toward the left side, matching raw edges. Place one lining rectangle on top with right side down, matching raw edges. Pin.


Step 10 – Using a zipper foot, sew all layers together. Fold exterior and lining over, exposing zipper. Press and topstitch.


Step 11 – Repeat Steps 9 & 10 using the remaining exterior and lining rectangles.


Step 12 – Unzip the zipper about 1/2 – 3/4 of the way. Place exterior and lining rectangles right sides together and pin. Sew around full exterior, leaving a 3″ gap in the bottom edge of the lining. Clip corners and trim seams as needed.

Step 13 – Turn case right side out through opening. Carefully push out corners. Sew gap closed and push lining down into exterior.


Step 14 – Straighten case and insert iPad!



We’d love to hear what you think of the Flex-Foam™! Have fun and happy sewing!!



Muslin Gift Bag

One of our brand new products being showcased at Market is our Muslin. This staple fabric is a must-have for every sewing room, whether you’re making apparel ‘Muslins’ prior to cutting into your favorite fabric, or working on a brand new craft project. Pellon® Muslin is a cool, comfortable, and naturally smooth fabric. Made with 100% high Quality Cotton, it is practical and versatile for a variety of projects. It can also be decorated or printed to add a textured look. It is available in three different varieties:

  • Basic Muslin is 64×56 Thread Count using a 30 Thread
  • Choice Muslin is 60×60 Thread Count using a 30 Thread
  • Deluxe Muslin is 80×80 Thread Count using a 20 Thread


There are SO many things that you can do with Muslin, but to get you started, we thought we’d share a super simple, but super handy project… The Muslin Gift Bag. This one is SO incredibly easy, you could make a stack of them in under an hour. We chose to personalize ours with a bit of appliqué, but really, the type of decoration is up to you! Use your imagination;).


Supplies & Tools
Four 8″ x 10″ rectangles of Pellon® Muslin (any weight is fine!)
One Sheet of EZ-Steam® II
Scraps of a feature fabric for appliqué
Four 1/2″ wide fabric strips for closure
Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies
Iron & Ironing Surface
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies


Step 1 – Print out letters and shapes for appliqué. Trace onto the gridded side of the EZ-Steam® II. (If using letters, make sure to trace in reverse.)


Step 2 – Rough cut around shapes, remove white backing and finger press sticky side against wrong side of appliqué fabric.


Step 3 – Carefully cut each shape out, remove gridded backing and finger press into desired locations on one side of one 8″ x 10″ Muslin rectangle. Fuse.


Step 3 – Stack two 8″ x 10″ Muslin rectangles to create a more substantial bag. Fold one short edge in by 1/4″ inch and press. Fold in again by 1″ and press. Pin. Topstitch close to the fold. Repeat with remaining two Muslin rectangles.


Step 4 – Place the sets of Muslin rectangles right sides together, matching the folds that were created in Step 3. Trace a curved pattern on both bottom corners if so desired. Sew around the three raw edge sides, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end to secure.


Step 5 – Be sure not to stitch the open ends of the closure pockets.

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Step 6 – Cut four 1/2″ strips of coordinating fabric. Stack two, place a pin on one end, and thread through one closure pocket. Repeat with remaining two strips and opposite closure pocket.

Step 7 – Tie both interior and exterior strips together on each end. Grab the knotted interior strips on one side and the knotted exterior strips on the other and pull to cinch bag closed.


Easy Peasy!!


Happy Sewing!