Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go. It's the season for traveling and spending time with friends and family. Sometimes that means a lot of people trying to find a place to sleep in a small space. If you're running out of room, the kids in the bunch will love today's project in our Deck The Halls with Fabric.com series. This cozy sleepover bag and matching pillowcase are made in pretty holiday flannels and soft cotton. Remember, just because something is big in size doesn't mean it's big in complexity! Our step-by-step instructions and photos take you through the project with ease. Flannel is great to work with, and we used zipper-by-the-yard for the long side opening. You can stitch it flat, attaching the zipper pull later! We also added a cute, wraparound harness so the bag can be rolled and held securely with a built-in handle to carry it to the next holiday adventure.
Here's a little secret about a duvet. People who don't sew are really impressed when you tell them you've just finished making duvet for your comforter (immediately after you explain what a duvet is). When this happens... simply smile, accept the ohhhs and ahhhs, but do not go on to explain that a duvet is really just a giant bag. There's nothing wrong with being impressive! Besides, we've amped up the awe-inspiring potential by creating a unique patchwork design with big, beautiful blocks of solid color in a Mondrian style of random intersecting rectangles. This clean, modern look is also referred to as Color Block, which is very much on-trend with the latest in home décor. We used a selection of calming colors from Michael Miller's Cotton Couture collection. With 118 colors of Cotton Couture solids to choose from, including 28 new tones that came out this Spring, you're sure to find the perfect combination for your bedroom.
Today's project has already won the Sew4Home Most Beautiful Quilt Award and we're betting it may also be a Most Popular Quilt winner. The different and unique motifs in the Eclectic Elements collection are a quilter's dream. You can isolate and piece together all these interesting little bits into a wonderful quilting collage. All the great shapes are also an inspirational bonanza for the final quilting. Seamstress, Michele Mishler really went to town on our sample, outlining the clock faces and butterflies, and doing some great free-motion stippling in the solid areas. This is not a basic quilt. If you have little or no quilting experience, you might want to browse through our Project Index first and start with some easier quilts. You could also review our five-part series on quilting basics that begins here with Tools, Notions and Other Stuff You Need to Start. But if you're already into quilting, this is a design you're going to want to put on your list along with the Eclectic Elements fabric.
When there's a brand new little one in the family, the holidays are all about baby. We have you covered with this week's Fabric.com Christmas in July preparations. Our adorable baby quilt with its matching appliquéd bib will make Baby's First Christmas extra special. The quilt is made of traditional nine-patch blocks, but we stretched four of the nine squares into rectangles. The resulting design mimics the look of a little wrapped present. You make nine present blocks to create the perfect baby quilt gift. The matching bib uses a couple of larger motifs from the quilt's fabric as appliqués and super soft and absorbant chenille on the back.
Kittens sleep curled in a ball, horses sleep standing up, sea otters float on the surface of the water while they sleep. There are a lot of ways to catch a few ZZs. For humans, I think we'd all agree, the best way to doze is to sink down into a crisp, clean, beautiful pillowcase. We love making pillowcases at Sew4Home. They're fast and easy, and they're a great way to add some delightful color and design to your bed linens. We used two coordinated prints from the Nature's Palette collection for each of our pillowcases.
A bed topper brings a blast of color to your bed linens. It's designed to go across the foot of your bed like a narrow quilt. We felt it would be the perfect canvas to highlight some of the designs from the pre-printed panel available in Marjolein's Nature's Palette collection. Pre-printed panels are becoming a more and more common part of fabric collections. Marjolein's style is perfect for them, because the individual panels become like miniature paintings. Traditionally, you may have seen these panels used to create cheater quilts. But the newest trend is to produce a panel with ready-to-cut pieces, which can be assembled into a simple project. Nature's Palette has two quick and easy pillow designs. However, always ones to color outside the lines, we chose instead to use half of the panel designs as part of today's Bed Topper project, saving the second half for a matching lumbar pillow coming up tomorrow.
Cheating! Didn't Mom always say, "Cheaters never prosper?!" This is one kind of cheating she would totally approve of, possibly giving you a cookie for figuring it out. A cheater quilt is one in which the quilt top is pre-printed with a patchwork design, allowing you to skip the piecing and instead, simply layer front, batting and back, bind and add your quilting stitches. It's super fast and easy, and you have to get up close and personal before you realize the design is printed rather than pieced. We decided to cheat even more by assembling our layers with a piped edge rather than traditional quilt binding. Mom knew she raised some rebels.
It's the final day of Father's Day inspiration sponsored by Fabric.com. We round out the week with a soothing, wrap-him-up blanket. This time of year, a regular blanket can be a bit too heavy. But a Dad's still gotta do what a Dad's gotta do: he's gotta nap. So why not whip up a summer-weight blanket in an incredibly soft sweatshirt knit? Our blanket is designed to match yesterday's Jumbo Lounge Pillow with the same bold horizontal strips and the same cute personalized fabric tag. This fast and easy project takes just a couple hours... Dad will be dozin' before you know it.
The biggest sewing category around the world is quilting. If you've been thinking about jumping on the bandwagon, we recently finished a five-part Quilting Basics Series and have included links to all the parts below. It's a great way to get started. Today during Janome Week, to show off the quilting features of Janome's sewing and quilting machines, we've chosen the Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP to create a beautiful bed runner: a decorative throw for the foot of your bed. It's lovely to look at, but can also be used to help protect a fancier full-size quilt or bedspread. You can sit on a bed runner or even stretch out and place your feet on it. Ours finishes at approximately 92" x 34" and is sized for a king or queen mattress. Our sample is shown on a king; there would simply be more drape down either side on a queen. We've done basic nine-patch blocks with each inner block made up of four pieced triangles. The clever mixing of the colors creates a three-dimensional effect within each of the inner blocks as well as in the finished nine-patch itself. Stitching in the ditch was used to quilt the center, while the inner and outer borders are done with stippling.
What does every mother want for Mother's Day? A nap. In the rush-around-worlds of most moms, sleep often falls by the wayside. Make those precious few hours of shut-eye as beautiful as possible with our amazing pleated pillowcase pair, the second great idea in our Mother's Day week with Fabric.com. Originally, we planned to make two identical cases, but then Alicia said, "Why not mix it up a little?" Why not indeed - it certainly makes things more fun and lets Mom put her fave out in front, depending on how she feels: an elegant damask day or a frivolous polka dot day... or both. Most days are both!