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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
We are introducing to you our sister company Mod Diva where you can find some exquisite personal and home accessories made out of the highest quality textiles. 
 
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Sunday, October 28, 2012
This quilt tutorial was created by Aoife H. who just started quilting this year.  Make sure to check out her blog to get the detailed instructions on how she crafted this beautiful quilt. 
 
 
Using pre-cut quilt squares is of great advantage to both beginners and experts as it saves a lot of cutting time. 
 
 
Furthermore, purchasing pre-cut fabric squares offers you usually a variety of designs, most of them from the same collection or color coordinated.  That saves money as you do not have to purchase all thd designs by the yard. 
 
 
Aoife used different fabric collections for this first quilt of hers and look how wonderful all the various colors and prints go together. 
 
 
Let's give it up for Aoife for having the courage to make this quilt! 
 
 
Job well done, Aoife. 

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
 
We partnered up with Diane from In My Own Style to bring you this Fabric Covered Box Tutorial.  Make sure to check out Diane's Blog as she brings some fantastic tutorials that you will absolutely love. 
 
With the holiday season approaching, it's time to think of some DIY gift tutorials that are super fun and budget friendly.  These fabric covered boxes are a gift within themselves but of course, you can fill them will all kinds of goodies. That's like receiving a gift within a gift.  The boxes are reusable for the recipient and eco-friendly.  Who would not love that? 
 
Fabric used for the featured turquoise colored boxes are from Annette Tatum.  This Collection is the Mod Collection by Annette Tatum. 
 
 
Supplies Needed for this tutorial:
Fabric
Boxes (shoe box style with separate lid and bottom)
Spray Glue
Scissor
Ruler
Pencil
Optional: white glue and paint brush
 
 

 
1. Measure the bottom and the sides of your box.  Add 1 inch to each side and cut your fabric accordingly. 
 
2. Spray the bottom of your box with spray glue.  Once glue is tacky, place it on top of your pre-cut fabric (left side of the fabric up).  Align your ruler along one side of the box so it extends beyond the edge (see picture 2).  Draw a line long the edge of the ruler and cut along the line.  You will have a flap that will be the exact width of the box. 
 
3. Repeat drawing and cutting for the other 3 corners (pictures 3 & 4)
 
4.  Spray glue on the 2 long sides of the box. Once glue is tacky, bring the fabric sides up and wrap excess around the short side of the box.  Use your scissor to cut a straight line from the edge of the fabric to the box corner.  Tuck and adhere excess fabric to the inside of the box (pictures 5 & 6).
 

 
Once the two long sides are done, bring the fabric flap on the sides up and adhere. 
 

 
Note: If the fabric on the edge of the flap is fraying, you can use some white glue along the edge of the fabric edge.  White glue will dry clear and will prevent your fabric from fraying. 
 
Voila, you are done!  Happy Crafting!
 

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Sunday, October 14, 2012
 
Japanese fabric designer Etsuko Furuya is known for his blissful works of arts that uses vibrant colors and animated graphics for it to look stunning and indeed exceptional.  This Savannah Purple fabric print is a beautiful example and representation of her design style. 
 

{1. Purple Pillow by Mod Diva 2. Diaper Bag by Gertrude & the Ivy}

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Our friend Modest Maven has supplied another stunning and easy to follow sewing tutorial.  Once you read her tutorial, you will be excited to take out your sewing machine.  With this tutorial on hand, you will be ready to go.
 

Ya'll are in for a real treat... sure there are lots of online tutorials for kids pants, but here you can print a fabulously FREE pattern for sizes 2T-5T. This is such a versatile pattern. Add ruffles or don't. Crop the legs to capri length or leave them nice and long. Use fun prints, or make them solid. You can even keep it simple, and use it for boys pants!

Here's a classy example of capri length, using black linen fabric and a little embellishing with the same linen:


For this tutorial, I decided to use some fun coordinating fabrics from the Wildwood Collection by Erin McMorris.
 

Please note, I do not mind if you use this pattern for personal use, or even to sew and sell your own handmade toddler pants. However, please do not sell the actual pattern for profit... it is for everyone to enjoy free of charge.  

When printing the pdf pattern, make sure that the "page scaling" is set to "none". Measure the 1" scale box on your printout to ensure it measures exactly 1". Cut out and tape the three pattern pieces together per instruction.

Materials:
2/3 yard fabric for main pants
1/4 yard fabric for ruffles
1" non-roll elastic (measured and cut according to toddler's waist) (approximately 19" for 2T, 20" for 3T, 21" for 4T, 22" for 5T)

Step 1: Cut your pattern pieces. For the main piece, you will fold selvage ends together, then fold a second time. Line your pattern on the double fold. The pattern does not include the ruffle piece. For the ruffles, cut two rectangles, measuring 4" x 42". Here are your pieces:

Step 2: Gather your ruffles by setting your sewing machine to a long baste stitch. Some sewing machines will gather well by increasing your upper tension to the highest setting. If not, then use a regular basting stitch and manually adjust your gathers by pulling on the thread ends and cinching along the length. 




Tip: Press ruffles with a hot iron, so the gathers lay flat. This will help when piecing ruffles to the pant leg.

Step 3: Sew your ruffles to the hem of pants. Open the leg pieces and pin gathers right-side together with pant hems.  If your ruffle is longer than the hem, that's okay, just cut excess ruffle, so it is the same width of pant leg. If the ruffle is too short, adjust ruffle to length of pant leg. Sew using a 3/8" seam allowance.



Step 4: Press ruffle seam up and top stitch along top.


Step 5: Sew the pant crotch. Open both pieces and lay right-sides together. Sew down each crotch side. Unless you are using a serger, I recommend double stitching the crotch seams to reinforce. 


Step 6: Sew the pant legs. Lay the pants so the un-sewn edges of the legs are on the inseam. Pin, being sure to line up the ruffles, and stitch to make leg casings. 


Step 7: Sew the waistband. Fold and press the waistband 1/4" down all around. Then fold another 1 1/4" and press again. Since the front and back are the same, choose one of the crotch seams and sew waistband casing all around, leaving a 2" opening.






Step 8:  Insert the pre-measured elastic by using a safety pin. Be sure that the elastic does not twist. Overlap elastic ends 1 inch and sew a square to secure ends together. Slip a fabric tag in the opening, then finish stitching the waistband casing closed.

 

Step 9:  Hem the pant legs. Finish the pants by sewing a 1/4" hem on the ruffle hem.

 
 Happy sewing!

 

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

The mixing of yellow and green colors is really in now.  I think primarily for nurseries and children’s rooms.  People don’t do the gender specific blue and pink anymore but seem to mix more gender neutral colors such as green and yellow.

Small prints are really popular nowadays.  Small polka dots, stripes and small geometric prints are really in! It’s also popular to mix different small prints like these Heather Bailey Fabrics.

For the color trend inspiration we used the following fabrics:

Heather Bailey Fabric - Mod Beads Yellow from Bijoux Collection
Heather Bailey Fabric - Welcome Road Lemongrass from Nicey Jane Collection
Heather Bailey Fabric - Hop Dot Olive from Nicey Jane Collection

 


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