If you’re looking for bold color and design, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything more dramatic than the fabrics by Kaffe Fassett. His latest collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics is Artisan, and it more than lives up to his colorful reputation. Artisan is an eclectic mixture that borrows from the traditional stripes of hand-woven Indian textiles as well as the mod splashes of abstract art we associate with sixties-era fashion. Kaffe is a master at blending and understands that opposites can indeed attract. He’s combined an explosion of pattern into a cohesive collection that includes painterly prints, ikat, batik, and more. We’ve used it for a bohemian throw with a patchwork front that is bound and backed in super soft sherpa-style fleece.
There's nothing like a thick, snuggly blanket to make everything better. And, there's nothing easier than our blanket tutorial. A handsome binding in alternating fabrics is set against a field of soft, double-sided fleece. We personalized our project with a name embroidered in one corner. Even if you're brand new to sewing, you can create this blanket in just a couple hours. As we move into the holiday season, it makes our list of the best fast and easy gift ideas. We show the blanket above along with one of our popular Neck Pillows.
Ahhhhh, the sleepover. If there was ever an misnomer, this would be it, since the amount of sleeping that usually happens at such an event is minimal at best. The whole idea is to pile everyone together into one room and laugh until the wee hours. Our sleepover sack is a perfect choice for however much dozing gets done. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to select cozy flannel in two bright prints along with a coordinating cotton. Make a matching pillowcase to complete the sleepover set. We also added a cute, wraparound harness so the bag can be rolled and secured with a built-in handle to carry it to its destination.
On the "Quilting Easy-ness Scale," the rag quilt ranks right at the top. It's sewn with the seams exposed, and the whole idea is to create a softly rumpled, very cuddly, wrap-me-up-now result. If you have someone heading off to school, this is a wonderful blanket to send along to remind them of the warm hugs waiting back at home. Since the ragging gives this quilt an inherent rustic look, we wanted a fabric that echoed that handmade feel. We found it in the Handcrafted collection by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. Very different from most traditional quilting cottons, it's created entirely by hand. The process is a new interpretation of the ancient wax resist, fabric dying art form of batik. We felt the result had the look of hand silk-screened fabrics: looser, more free-form and with deeply saturated pigments. It was absolutely spot-on for a colorful rag quilt.
A plush baby blanket with a lush satin ruffle – it just doesn’t get any cozier than this! We combined two adorable Cuddle minky prints from Shannon Fabrics: Dream Big in Banana from their Sweet Melody Designs collection with Alotta Dots in Graphite. Around the edge is a deep ruffle in a Silky Satin Solid, also by Shannon Fabrics. It’s an absolutely beautiful blend of soft and smooth textures. In fact, I’m a little tempted to request my own softee security blanket; there’s not a time limit on those, right?
We searched online to see if anyone had ever done a sleep study comparing the prettiness of your pillowcases to the vividness of your dreams. Amazingly, not a one! If you decide to go ahead with this important research, we get a cut of your Genius Grant. Until then, we’re firmly convinced there is a connection, and suggest you to make a new set of our romantic pillowcases for every bedroom to encourage blissful dreams all around. We used cuts from the brand new Sugar Bloom collection from Verna Mosquera for FreeSprit Fabrics, which will hit stores and online sites this September.
Welcome to Moda Moms Week! To celebrate Mother’s Day coming up on May 8th, we have brand new projects your favorite mama is going to love. We chose four of the latest Moda collections that arrive(d) in-store and online at your favorite fabric retailer this month and next. The loveliness starts today with our Bloomin’ Throw, which we created to feature Bespoke Blooms by Brenda Riddle Designs. It arrives in May. The half square triangle design is echoed in the throw’s unique angled corners. And the fabric’s delicate colors and motifs are perfectly positioned from the center out to simulate a flower opening up to the sun.
In our rush-around worlds, what is one the thing we want most? A nap! With work and home committments, sleep often falls by the wayside. Make those precious few hours of shut-eye as beautiful as possible with our lovely pleated pillowcase pair. Originally, we planned to make two identical cases, but then thought, "Why not mix it up a little?" Why not indeed - it certainly makes things more fun and lets you put your fave out in front. Arrange the cases for how you feel: an elegant damask day or a frivolous polka dot day... or both. Most days are both!
The ultimate softness of luxury plush fabric originally hit the scene as the ideal choice for bundling up babies. Which means no Cuddle blanket series would be complete without a baby blanket! We doubled the cozy quotient of ours by mixing the Cuddle with an extra soft flannel. You'll love this blanket's easy binding. It's formed by wrapping the larger flannel backing square around to the front and over the Cuddle square to create a wide, continuous border. We also show you a clever way to stitch the rick rack in place for a perfect reveal along each edge and into the corners. Our thanks to Fabric Depot and Shannon Fabrics for helping us bring this week's Cuddle series to you with three blankets, a full tutorial that contains all the best tips for working with plush fabric, and a Great Giveaway.
The bigger they are, the colder they get. That may not be exactly how the saying goes, but it explains how we feel about skimpy blankets. When you're feeling a chill, you want soft, snuggly warmth from your shoulders right down to your toes. Our Soft Elegance blanket is two thick layers of Cuddle: a rich Embossed Ribbon Cuddle on top with a thick Sherpa Cuddle on the back. We took full advantage of the wide width of the Cuddle plush fabric, making our blanket a tall and toasty 59" x 68". A huge thanks to our friends at Fabric Depot and Shannon Fabrics for providing the fabric for this project and our entire week of super softness: three blankets, a full tutorial with all the best tips for working with plush fabric, and a Great Giveaway.