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Quilt Fabric Tote Bag Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of LoveQuilting.com’s 4 part series on bag making basics.  If you missed Part 1, Size, Bottom Reinforcement and Boxing the Corners, click here.

Part 2 is about the pockets on our tote.  As with most things in quilting and sewing, there is more than one way to achieve a finished product.  Our instructions below are for a patch pocket made with 2 fabrics.  The inside fabric will continue to the outside to create an accent band at the top of the pocket.  Our bag includes a pocket on the outside of the bag as well as the inside of the bag.  You can never have too many pockets!

We will review placement of the pockets in Part 4 – Assembling the Bag.

PART 2 – POCKETS

Our finished pocket size will be 5-1/4″ H x 7-1/4″ W, which is large enough to hold a cel phone similar to an iphone 6 Plus, but can certainly be used for any special items.  You will need 2 contrasting fabrics and a small piece of fusible fleece.  The fusible fleece provides some body to the pocket so that it doesn’t flop when you put something in it.

Our fabrics for this tote are from the Dance of the Dragonfly collection by Benartex Fabrics.

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Identify the fabric that will be the accent band, (this will also be the inside of the pocket), and which fabric will be the main pocket.

Cut Main Pocket 5″ x 8″

Cut Pocket Lining/Accent Band 7″ x 8″

Cut Fusible Fleece 5-1/2″ x 8″.

We made 2 pockets for our tote, one inside and one outside, both with the same fabrics.

With right sides together and using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the inside fabric to the main fabric. Press the seam towards the darker of the fabrics.

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Press the pocket in half lengthwise with wrong sides together.  Open the pocket and place fusible fleece right at the pressed line on the main fabric side of the pocket.  Following the instructions with your fusible fleece, press the fusible fleece into place.

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Fold the pocket right sides together and stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance down each side of the pocket.

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Turn right side out and carefully poke the corners so they are crisp corners.  Press.  Top stitch the top edge of the pocket 1/4” from the top.  Repeat for as many pockets as you desire for your bag.  Set the pockets aside until we are ready to attach them to the bag outside and lining.

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Quilt Fabric Tote Bag Part 1

Welcome to LoveQuilting.com’s 4 part series on bag making basics.  These bag making basics apply to open ended tote bags and include a lining, handles and pockets.  With bag making basics, you will be able to create your own custom bag with no pattern.

Bags make a great gift, or they can be used as a re-useable gift bag.   They’re also perfect for carrying projects, purchases and anything else you need to transport from one location to another.

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Our sample bag is made from the luscious fabrics of Dance of the Dragonfly by Benartex Fabrics.  We especially love the gold metallic highlights!

Our 4 part series will be as follows:

  1. Bag Body – Size, Bottom Reinforcement and  Boxing the Corners
  2. Pockets
  3. Handles
  4. Assembling the bag

PART 1 – SIZE, BOTTOM REINFORCEMENT AND BOXING THE CORNERS

The finished size of your bag can be whatever you desire.  You can also determine the shape of your bag – square or rectangle.  In order to calculate what size to cut your bag and lining pieces, you will have to determine your desired depth.

If you follow along our 4 part series, you will have a 10″ W x 14″ H x 8″ D tote.

BOTTOM REINFORCEMENT

With the recent passage of a bill that prohibits plastic bags at our grocery stores, we decided to design this tote for grocery shopping.  We did add some pockets, because you never know when you’ll need a pocket!

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WHAT IS BOXING THE CORNERS?

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Boxing the bottom corners of your bag will give your bag depth.  If you choose not to box the corners, your bag will be flat, which may be desirable for some uses.

If you do not want to box your corners, then cut your bag body and lining pieces the desired finished size plus 1/2 inch for seam allowances.

BOXING THE CORNERS

Boxing the corners of your bag creates depth in your bag by cutting squares from the bottom corners.  The amount of width you achieve is directly related to the size of the squares you cut.

To box the corners, you will cut the same size square from the front and back.  Since we want our finished bag to have 8″ of depth, we are going to cut a 4″ square from the front and back of both our main outer fabric and our lining fabric.

Since we are creating this “depth” to our bag, we need to add that dimension to the original cutting size. It is important to note that the amount you cut from the bottom corner will reduce the length and width of your bag.  Read on for example!

EXAMPLE

LoveQuilting.com Finished Bag Size = 10″ W x 14″ H x 8″ D

We will cut our main outer fabric (front and back) and our lining pieces (front and back),  18-1/2″ W x 18-1/2″ H.  We added 1/2″ for seam allowances +  4″ for the height because of the amount we will be cutting from the corners to create the depth; and we added 8″ to the width due to the 4″ we will be cutting from each side.

Also, cut 2 pieces 18-1/2″ x 18-1/2″ of one side fusible Decor Bond to add slight rigidity to the bag.

The bottom reinforcement is a coordinating fabric.  Cut 2 pieces 6″ x 18-1/2″.

Mark 6-1/2” up from bottom of both pieces of Main Fabric.  Place one raw edge of a 6” x 18-1/2″ piece of coordinating fabric right side down on the drawn line.  Stitch in place 1/4″ from the raw edge.

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Press towards the bottom of the bag and top stitch 2 lines of stitching.  Repeat for other piece of main fabric.

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If necessary, trim the bag bottom so both pieces of fabric are the same length and even.  Do this for both the front and back pieces.

Following the instructions for the Decor Bond or your fusible stabilizer, fuse to both the front and back of the bag sections.

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Next week we will create pockets.  No bag is complete without pockets to keep items from falling to the bottom and becoming lost.

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Cyber Monday Sale and New Quilt Fabrics In Stock

Look what’s new this week at LoveQuilting.com!  We have this absolutely dreamy collection by Studio E Fabrics, Seaside Dreams.  The panel, in aqua and light blue tones, portrays an underwater scene bordered top and bottom with shells and sand dollars.

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In addition to the exquisite panel, the collection includes a stripe with shells and fish, an all over shell fabric as well as all over swimming fish fabric and a tonal coordinate.

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Put together a quick and easy underwater quilted wall hanging and personalize with embellishments such as real sea shells or sea glass glued to the quilt.

If you prefer a smaller project, use the collection coordinates for table decor, totes, pillows or apparel.

NEW RETRO FABRICS ARE IN STOCK

This timeless classic from Hoffman Fabrics has been brought back into production for a limited time.  Get this popular multi colored Bali Chop Sunflower Batik in all your favorite brights.

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We also have a wide range of this Sunflower Batik design in subtle tonal shades, autumn shades and more.  Click here to see them all.

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DANCE OF THE DRAGONFLY

This luxurious collection by Kanvas Studio for Benartex Fabrics features dragonflies flitting among the waterlillies or flying in a night sky filled with stars as well as other fabulous coordinates.  Main prints and coordinates are highlighted with fine gold metallic accents.

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HAVE YOU BEEN FOLLOWING OUR GARDEN FLAG BLOG SERIES?

We have been busy creating holiday and seasonal garden flags that are quick, simple and make a great gift for that friend or family member that has everything.  Our latest flag, Santa Is Coming, is available as a FREE downloadable tutorial.

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WHAT’S ON SALE THIS WEEK?

Shop from home this Cyber Monday, and take advantage of our fabulous selection of sale fabrics.  This week’s selections include fabrics at $4.99 per yard, $5.25 per yard and $6.49 per yard.  You don’t have to hassle waiting in line or finding a parking spot.  Shop in your jammies for these high quality quilt cottons.  All our fabrics include NO calories so you don’t have to worry about over indulging!!!

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Quilt Fabric Lavender Sachet

Lavender, from the Latin word lavare, means “to wash”.

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Aromatherapy benefits from lavender are plentiful, with no side effects.  Lavender aroma invokes calmness from anxiety, aids sleeplessness brought on by insomnia, as well as calming an upset stomach.

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With the holiday season quickly approaching and the stresses that go along with shopping, decorating, attending parties and increased crowds, a lavender sachet may be just the thing you need.  These sachets can be placed in a drawer to keep clothes smelling fresh and clean, or placed on a table to breathe in as you pass by.

We’ve made 2 different versions in the tutorials below.  Both are quick and simple.  If you make a few and store them in a plastic bag, they are a great gift to give when something small yet thoughtful is needed, such as a hostess gift or stocking stuffer.

Click here for lavender flower buds.

Sachet #1 – Pinked Edges

For this sachet, we added a simple embroidery design.  You can add a simple embroidery by hand or machine, add an applique or just use a fun print fabric for an even quicker project.

Loralie Designs Scrollie White Green – Cut two 6” squares of fabric.

Place the WRONG SIDES TOGETHER and pink all 4 sides.

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At your sewing machine, using a mark on your throat plate or by placing a piece of painter’s tape, sew 5/8” from the edge on 3 sides.

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Fill the sachet with 1 cup lavender buds.  The lavender buds are quite fragrant, but if you prefer a stronger scent, add several drops of lavender essential oil.

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Sew the last side as you push the lavender buds away from needle.  Enjoy your sachet!

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Sachet #2 – No Raw Seams

Hoffman Pareau Lavender – Cut two 6-1/2”’ squares

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Place fabric squares right sides together and sew all 4 sides leaving a 2” opening on one side.  Clip the corners and turn right sides out, gently poking the corners.  Press so that the opening is folded inward, ready to be sewn closed later.

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Fill the sachet with 1 cup lavender buds.  The lavender buds are quite fragrant, but if you prefer a stronger scent, add several drops of lavender essential oil.

Top stitch around all 4 sides 1/8” from the edge, being sure to catch the opening and making sure to push the flower buds out of the way as your presser foot goes around the sachet.

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Novelty Quilt Fabrics on Sale

What are novelty quilt fabrics?  In our shop, a novelty quilt fabric is a fabric that is not only fun to look at and use in projects, but also a fabric that portrays a hobby, a character or a theme.  This week all novelty prints are available at sale prices.  These top quality 100% cotton quilt fabrics are perfect for apparel, décor, quilts or accessories.

If you think novelty prints are just for kids, let us show you  our selection of novelty prints which is sure to include something for all kids from 0 to 99!  From cute little animals to the vineyards of Italy, this is a great time to plan a project with these fun prints.

Winter Wonderland Foxes in Stone     Winter Wonderland Polar Bears in Blue

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Kids love a special pillowcase made with fabric featuring their favorite characters. Click here for FREE downloadable instructions to make a pillowcase with french seams.

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A LoveQuilting.com exclusive Small Zippered Bag or Drawstring Pouch is just the thing for them to keep their special treasures safe and organized.

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Rumble by Windham Fabrics features medium scale animals such as lions, giraffes, elephants, etc.  Check out our LoveQuilting.com exclusive quilt made with the Rumble collection.

Rumble Animal     Rumble Lions and Giraffes

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With a new Star Wars movie in the making and ready to be released shortly, this fabric won’t last.

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For your space explorers, we have the delightful crew of Star Trek the Next Generation.

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Cool Cat and Dear Doggie Delight by Loralie Designs will bring a smile to any animal lover!

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Majestic whales and playful dolphins would love to be the center piece of your project.

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Don’t forget Dory and her friends! These enchanting characters are sure to bring joy to your little ones!

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If you have been anxious to try digital prints, now is a great time to get your digital print projects started with our novelty digital prints on sale.  Land that I Love featuring Lady Liberty in the fore front with the NY skyline and a puffy clouded sky surrounding her.

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Pristine Wilderness by Hoffman Fabrics, this wildlife eye candy is beautiful in it’s clarity and will turn your project into a masterpiece.

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Click here for all our sale fabrics.  For project ideas, click here for our patterns for quilts, bags, decor and more, many of them are available as FREE downloads!

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Garden Flag Santa is Coming

We love to decorate outside our house as well as inside our house for Christmas.  As we continue with our LoveQuilting.com exclusive Garden Flag series, this next one is super simple as well as festive.

Santa is Coming Christmas Garden Flag by LoveQuilting.com

Finished size 12” W x 14” L + Hanging Loops

Cut:

Spin Red – 8-1/2” x 12-1/2 – 1 EA; 4-1/2” x 12-1/2” – 1 EA and 6” x 7” – 3 EA for hanging loops

Quilter’s Basic Solid Black – 2-1/2” x 12-1/2” – 1 EA

Brilliant Blender Gold Gold – 4” x 6”

Back (we used Spin Red):  12-1/2” x 14-1/2”

Lite Steam A Seam II – 4” x 6”

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ALL SEAMS ARE 1/4”, unless noted otherwise.

Make the Hanging Loops

Fold one Red fabric in half lengthwise and sew with 1/4″ seam along the 7” side.  Turn right side out and press.  Repeat for remaining 2 pieces of Red fabric.  Set aside.

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Flag Front

Sew 8-1/2” x 12-1/2” red fabric to 2-1/2” x 12-1/2” black fabric.  On the 4-1/2” x 12-1/2” red fabric, make a mark 1-1/2” from the top on each side.  Mark the center on the bottom of this piece of fabric at 6-1/4”.  With your ruler and rotary cutter, cut from the mark at 1-1/2” to the center mark at 6-1/2”.  Repeat for the other side.

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Sew this prepared red piece to the bottom of the red and black piece prepared above.

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Prepare Applique Template

Remove paper backing from one side of Lite Steam A Seam II and fuse to wrong side of Brilliant Blender Gold Gold.  Draw a line 1” from each edge of the 4” x 6” rectangle.  Cut on this line to remove the center of the belt buckle.

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Find the center of the belt by folding in half and pressing.  Fold the belt buckle in half and press the center.  Remove the paper backing and line up press marks.  When satisfied with the location, fuse into place following the fusing instructions.

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Stitch around the raw edges with blanket stitch, zig zag stitch, straight stitch or whatever stitch you desire.

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Attach Hanging Loops

Fold loops in half and line up raw edges with raw edge of top of flag front.  Place first loop 1″ from the left edge, the center of the second loop at the center of the flag (find the centers of both by folding in half and finger pressing), and the third loop 1″ from the right edge.  Check to make sure the space between loops is equal or adjust as needed.

Stitch loops into place with 1/4″ seam.

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Do you Wish to Add a Label?

If you wish to add a label as we did to the side seam, place the label approximately 8-1/2″ from the bottom with raw edge of label lined up with raw edge of flag front side.  Stitch into place with 1/4″ seam.

Prepare Back

 Make a mark 2-1/2” from the bottom on both sides of the backing fabric.  Make a mark at the center of the bottom by measuring 6-1/4” from one side.  With your ruler and rotary cutter, cut from the 11-1/2” mark to the 6-1/4” mark at the bottom.  Repeat for the other side.  Your flag back should line up with your flag front.

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Construct Flag

Place flag back over flag front right sides together and stitch all the way around, except for a 2” opening at one side for turning.  Turn right side out and press.  Top stitch around flag 1/8” from edge and again 1/4” from edge.

Hang your garden flag and enjoy while you await Santa’s arrival!

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Click here for a FREE downloadable version of this tutorial.

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Garden Flag Thanksgiving Turkey made with Quilt Fabric

Coming to our table very soon – a turkey feast!  This week we have embellished our walkway with a Thanksgiving Turkey Garden Flag.  Our Thanksgiving Turkey isn’t basted, it is fusible applique with all batiks.

Thanksgiving Turkey Garden Flag by LoveQuilting.com

Finished size 12” W x 14” L + Hanging Loops

Cut:

Bali Chops Batik Squash 12-1/2” x 14-1/2 – 2 EA for front background and back

Bali Chops Batik Chocolate for Turkey Body – 5” x 8” – 1 EA

Assorted Watercolor Batiks for Turkey Feathers – 8-1/2” x 3” per feather – cut 5 feathers

6” x 7” – 3 EA for loops – Use same fabrics as feathers, turkey body or background

Black, Red and Orange Watercolor Batik Scraps for Turkey face

Lite Steam A Seam II – 18” x 24”

ALL SEAMS ARE 1/4”, unless noted otherwise.

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Make the Hanging Loops

Fold one hanging loop fabric in half lengthwise and sew with 1/4″ seam along the 7” side.  Turn right side out and press.  Repeat for remaining 2 pieces of hanging loop fabric.  Set aside.

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Turkey Applique

Print the applique template (click here for full size applique template) and trace the turkey and turkey parts to the side with the paper grid pattern of the Lite Steam A Seam II.  Fuse (following fusing instructions) to wrong side of tan/brown fabric for the turkey body and feet, black fabric for the eyes, orange fabric for the beak, red fabric for the waddle and assorted fabrics for feathers, then cut out the shapes.

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Remove paper from turkey body, turkey feet and feathers and place as desired.  The Lite Steam A Seam II has a tacky back which allows for re-placement to satisfaction.  Once you are pleased with your turkey, press into place following the pressing instructions that accompany the Lite Steam A Seam II.

Remove the remaining paper backing to place the turkey eyes, beak and waddle into position.  Once everything looks good, press into place following the pressing instructions that accompany the Lite Steam A Seam II.

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Stitch around the raw edges with blanket stitch, zig zag stitch, straight stitch or whatever stitch you desire.

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Attach Hanging Loops

Fold loops in half and line up raw edges with raw edge of top of flag front.  Place first loop 1″ from the left edge, the center of the second loop at the center of the flag (find the centers of both by folding in half and finger pressing), and the third loop 1″ from the right edge.  Check to make sure the space between loops is equal or adjust as needed.

Stitch loops into place with 1/4″ seam.

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Do you Wish to Add a Label?

If you wish to add a label as we did to the side seam, place the label 6-1/2″ from the bottom with raw edge of label lined up with raw edge of flag front side.  Stitch into place with 1/4″ seam.

Construct Flag

Place flag back over flag front right sides together and stitch all the way around, except for a 2” opening at the bottom for turning.  Turn right side out and press.  Top stitch around flag 1/8” from edge and again 1/4” from edge.

Hang your garden flag and enjoy!

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Click here to get your full size applique templates for your Thanksgiving Turkey Garden Flag.

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Holiday Quilt Fabrics on Sale

Our everyday prices are some of the lowest on the internet and now we have placed all our holiday fabrics in the What’s on Sale?! category.  Our sale fabrics include Autumn themed fabrics for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

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These fabrics are perfect for table decor – think table runners, placemats, napkins and potholders.  They are also a great choice for a hostess gift for the chef of your feast, such as an apron or a bottle bag to present a bottle of wine.

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We love the metallic highlights on these autumn fabrics as well as the rich palette of color.

We also love the way our Watercolor Batiks blend beautifully with the elegant autumn fabrics.

Watercolors Citrine     Watercolors Herb

Watercolors Nightshade     Watercolors Yam

Have you started planning your handmade Christmas gifts and you’re waiting for a sale?  We have all our Christmas fabric and Christmas blenders on sale at prices that we know you are going to love!

Christmas is not just for green and red any longer!  We have holiday fabrics in aqua, gray and more.

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Winter Wonderland Polar Bears in Blue     Winter Wonderland Polar Bears in Pink

We have new fabrics, re-stocks of our most popular fabrics and close-outs.

Woodsy Winter by Hoffman Fabrics has been one of our most popular holiday fabrics.  It is back in stock and is going fast!

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Where’s Rudolph by Benartex Fabrics, an endearing character in a timeless fabric collection is ready to be shipped to you at the unbelievably low price of $5 per panel!

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Pear Tree Greetings by Hoffman Fabrics for the more traditional projects.  This collection features silver metallic highlights that add just the right amount of holiday sparkle to any project.

Pear Tree Greetings Storm Silver  Pear Tree Greetings Scarlet Silver

Do you need a new Christmas Tree Skirt?  We have this FREE downloadable pattern for an adorable Christmas Tree Skirt by Riley Blake Designs.  Use your favorite Christmas fabrics, cut wedges with the template provided, sew them together to make a circle, add some fun ball trim to the edge and place under your tree to await Santa’s arrival.  This pattern is beginner friendly.

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Be sure to check out our full collection of FREE downloadable patterns for some fresh new ideas.  Click here to see them all.

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Garden Flag made from Autumn Quilt Fabric

The Halloween decor has been put away and we’re not quite ready for the Thanksgiving decor.  This week we needed a “seasonal” garden flag.  Our third garden flag in our series of 12 months of garden flags is perfect for your autumn garden or walkway.  We fell in love with the Autumn Splendor collection by Benartex Fabrics with it’s metallic gold highlights on the vibrant reds, oranges, golds and yellows.

Autumn Garden Flag by LoveQuilting.com

Finished size 12” W x 14” L + Hanging Loops

Cut:

Autumn Splendor Floral Bounty Cream 9-1/2” x 11-1/2” – 1 EA

Autumn Splendor Gold Garland Red – 3-1/2 x 11-1/2 – 2 EA; 3-1/2 x 12-1/2 – 2 EA and 6” x 7” – 3 EA

Autumn Splendor Autumn Garland Black 12-1/2” x 14-1/2” – 1 EA

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ALL SEAMS ARE 1/4”, unless noted otherwise.

Make the Hanging Loops

Fold one Autumn Splendor Gold Garland Red 6” x 7” fabric in half lengthwise and sew with 1/4″ seam along the 7” side.  Turn right side out and press.  Repeat for remaining 6” x 7” pieces of Autumn Splendor Gold Garland.  Set aside.

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Making The Flag Front

For our flag, we chose to have the Floral Bounty Cream framed by the Gold Garland Red, but not just any frame, our frame has wavy edges and here’s how we did it.

Lay one Garland Red 11-1/2” strip on your cutting mat face up.  Place the Floral Bounty on top of that strip overlapping approximately 1”, also face up.  With your rotary cutter, start free motion cutting a gentle curve through both fabrics.

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Turn the Garland Red piece so it is Right Sides Together with the Floral Bounty piece.  We use lots of pins when sewing curves together.  Also be careful not to stretch as these edges are a bit stretchy.  Sew following the curve 1/4″ from the edge, removing the pins as you go.  You may find it handy to have a stylus near by to help guide the fabric.  Using a hot iron, press towards the Garland Red.

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Repeat these steps for the opposite side.

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For the top . . .

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And for the bottom . . .

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Measure your completed garden flag front and trim to 12-1/2″ x 14-1/2″.

Attach Hanging Loops

Fold loops in half and line up raw edges with raw edge of top of flag front.  Place first loop 1″ from the left edge, the center of the second loop at the center of the flag (find the centers of both by folding in half and finger pressing), and the third loop 1″ from the right edge.  Check to make sure the space between loops is equal or adjust as needed.

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Stitch loops into place with 1/4″ seam.

Do you Wish to Add a Label?

If you wish to add a label as we did to the side seam, place the label 6-1/2″ from the bottom with raw edge of label lined up with raw edge of flag front side.  Stitch into place with 1/4″ seam.

Construct Flag

Place flag back over flag front, right sides together and stitch all the way around, except for a 2” opening at the bottom for turning.  Turn right side out, and press.  Top stitch around flag 1/8” from edge and again 1/4” from edge.

Hang your garden flag and enjoy!

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This one is even reversible!

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Autumn Love Table Runner

My husband and I just returned from a leaf peeping trip to coastal Maine.  The scenery was amazing!  How could I not love autumn?  This week, we are introducing our Autumn Love Table Runner featuring fabrics from the Maple Lane collection by Hoffman Fabrics as well as some of their timeless Brilliant Blenders.  Both collections have gold metallic highlights which add elegance to our table.

Main Focal Fabric – Maple Lane Pumpkins Cream Gold – 10-1/2” x 10-1/2” – 1 EA (You may need a larger piece if you are going to fussy cut the design)

6 coordinating fabrics from light to dark – 2-1/2” x 10-1/2” – 4 of EA fabric

1 accent fabric – 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” – 12 EA

Back/Binding – 1 yard (see preparation instructions below)

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All seams are 1/4”.

Sew 1 accent 2-1/2” square to 2 of each coordinating 2-1/2” x 10-1/2“ strip.  Press towards the strip. You will have a total of 12 coordinating strips with an accent square attached that measure 2-1/2” x 12-1/2” and 12 coordinating strips that measure 2-1/2” x 10-1/2”.

Lay your coordinating fabric strips out to your desired liking.  Take your main focal fabric and sew the first strip, with no accent piece attached, to one side.  Press toward the strip.  Add one of the strip/accent squares to the adjacent side.  Press toward the strip.

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Take the remaining strip (without accent square) and sew it to one of the remaining 2 sides of the focal print lining up the remaining raw edge.  Press towards strip.  Attach the final strip with accent square to last raw edge of focal print.  Press towards strip.

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Continue the above steps until all strips have been attached.  **You will always attach the strip with no accent square lined up with the previous accent square** – follow the pictures below.  Your edges will be uneven as you go, but we will square them up when you are done sewing all strips.

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Keep adding strips in the same order until all strips have been attached.

Now it’s time to square up the edges.  I used my 8-1/2” x 24” ruler to do this.  Line up the 7-1/4” mark with the center of all the accent squares.  Your table runner should measure approximately 14-1/2” W x 49” L.

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Prepare the Back/Binding

Cut the 1 yard of back/binding fabric in half lengthwise so you have 2 pieces that measure approximately 21” x 36”.  Sew these 2 pieces together so that you have one piece that measures approximately 21” x 72”.  Center your table runner on the backing and quilt as desired.

Trim table runner and cut remaining backing fabric into 2-1/2” strips.  Piece together lengthwise until you have approximately 150” of binding.  Bind using your preferred technique, then enjoy your Autumn Love Table Runner!

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