Personalize a bottle of bubbly or wine by enclosing it in a special gift bag. This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and lots of holiday decorations and gift ideas!
Fabric: Sphere collection by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics
2—8×15″ rectangles white burlap
7×8″ rectangle blue-and-white print
7×8″ rectangle fusible webbing
Blue-and-white gingham ribbon
Finished wine bag: 7x12x3″
**Sew this project with 1/2″ seams. (Note: Unprinted burlap is the same on both sides.)
Assemble Wine Bag:
1. Following manufacturer’s instructions; press a fusible web rectangle to wrong side (back) of blue-and-white print rectangle; let cool. Peel off paper.
2. Cut fused rectangle in half to make two 3-1/2×8″ print rectangles.
3. Fuse a print rectangle to one burlap rectangle about 5″ from a short edge.
4. With right sides together, join fused rectangles along side and bottom edges.
5. To shape flat bottom for bag, at one corner match bottom seam line to side seam line, creating a flattened triangle.
6. Measuring 1-1/2″ from point of triangle, draw a line across triangle. Sew on the drawn line. Repeat with remaining bottom corner to make the bag body.
7. Turn bag body right side out.
8. Create fringe at the top edge by pulling threads from each seam until the fringe is about 1/2″ long.
9. Add bottle of bubbly. Tie bag top with ribbon.
Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!
This month, we’re showcasing an amazing group of women who are starting their own division with RJR Fabrics. Called Cotton+Steel, the new company of designers includes Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight, and Sarah Watts. Each have their own style and bring a different design process to the table. Watch a video of their story and meet all the designers here. They’re set to introduce their first fabric collections in Spring.
Not updated too regularly anymore (hey, she was busy starting Cotton+Steel!), it’s still fun to go through her past posts! Melody has such a unique design style and cute photography. The fabric designer and author of Rudy Star Wrapping blogs about her products, what she’s working on, and some behind-the-scenes info.
Rashida, from the blog i heart linen, has a great mix of posts–everything from tutorials and patterns to what products and fabrics she’s loving now. If you’ve ever seen her fabric line with Cloud 9 Fabrics, you’ll know that she’s deeply influenced by her time spent in Japan growing up. We can’t wait to see what she’ll do next!
Alexia comes from an art and fashion background. She’s runs a sewing school and also a pattern company called Green Bee Designs and Patterns. You can find patterns for fashion items, such as clothes and bags, as well as quilts on this blog. Look for free tutorials (like the one pictured above!) and little peeks at her classes, fabrics, and sewing events she’s going to.
Kim is a self-labeled fabric collector with a particular interest in midcentury prints. Her blog True Up showcases different fabric lines from around the world and tells about the design and a little of the history. She also has a great bank of designer and store interviews. She takes a different look at the fabric industry and makes for a refreshing read!
Sarah is a book illustrator, fabric designer, and licensing artist. Her work ranges from whimsical designs to dark scenes, but all with a beautiful hand drawn look. Her blog showcases sketches, designs she’s working on, and stories of her travels.
I’ve always been a fan of Tula Pink! And after reading the profile we published about her in American Patchwork & Quilting October 2013 (buy the issue here), I was both inspired and curious of her design process. Her new book City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks seemed to be the perfect introduction to her design process, but also a way for me to expand my own skills and creativity.
The book features blocks inspired by traditional work sewn together in a sampler quilt. The blocks, numbered 1–100, are organized into section by the simple shape they use to make up a more intricate design, such as rectangles or triangles. Tula also shows sketches of her quilt block designs, so you can see her use of color and prints in each block. As a beginning quilter, I’m so excited to use this book as a way to experiment with different shapes, as well as see how color and fabric can combine to form something beautiful.
I have an ulterior motive for starting Tula’s 100 block quilt, too. I’ve developed quite the fabric stash over the years and it’s starting to get out of hand. My taste in fabrics has changed, and I want to start a new stash with more recent fabrics. This 100 block challenge gives me the opportunity to clean house. Since there are so many blocks, I can use scraps of fabric I’ve been saving for too long. Even if it’s a fabric I’m not completely in love with, I can still say that it’s only one fabric from the hundreds I plan to use in my quilt. Plus, it’s so easy to just remake a block if it doesn’t turn out the way I expect.
Since Tula already did the work of choosing colors for each block, I’m sticking to her choices. I love the look of rainbows and look forward to showcasing a spectrum of colors and prints in my final quilt. I’ve dug through my stash and pulled out all my reds and pinks. I’ll be starting with those blocks. Here are my first three. Although these are three very different colors of reds, I plan on finding colors to bridge the gaps between them to form a nice flow of reds.
Block numbers 23, 56, 94:
Follow our blog to watch my progress! And follow us on Instagram at @allpeoplequilt to see (almost) daily pics of the blocks I’m making.
Buy Tula’s book here and play along with us!
Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!
Woodland creatures are the cutest! And if you own the Fall/Winter issue of Make It Yourself, you’ll have a little taste of the fabric and projects we’ve been enamored with this season. (Buy the latest issue here.) Woodland creatures can look everything from whimsical to elegant to graphic. Just look at the variety of fabrics below! From owls to foxes, these forest friends are popping up in patterns, designs, and projects. See how to add this hot trend to your quilting!
Woodland creature fabric for your shopping list:
- Owl Be Seeing You collection from Timeless Treasures (top left)
- Scamper collection from Birch Fabrics (top right)
- Norwegian Woods Too collection from Michael Miller Fabrics (middle left)
- Flirty Birdies Flannel collection by Michele Scott of The Pieceful Quilter for Northcott (middle right)
- Indian Summer collection by Sarah Watson for Art Gallery Fabrics (bottom left)
- The Birds & The Bees collection by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics (bottom right)
- Stitched Whimsy: Playful Projects in Felt & Fabric by Heidi Boyd
- Sew a Backyard Adventure by Susan Maw and Sally Bell
And now that you have the inspiration, browse our collection of free quilt patterns that feature animals! See them here.
Once a month, we highlight our favorite free quilt and sewing patterns around the web!
Cider Row from Pat Sloan
Pat is on a mission to use her scraps! And this quilt is definitely the perfect pattern for that. Made of rows of 25-patch blocks, she pieces 2-1/2″ squares together and adds some creative cuts and rotations to get the interesting finished look. Sashing units and a white print background give some breathing room to the beautiful combination of prints and colors and really lets them shine!
Hexi Pouch by Lindsay Welkes from The Cottage Mama for Riley Blake Designs
We love hexagons and this little pouch not only is hexagon-shaped but also uses hexie fabric! The button embellishments add a whimsical touch. The best part? You can make it from three fat quarters, so it’s perfect for using those collections you just had to buy.
Playing the Scales from Happy Quilting
Melissa from Happy Quilting used Bijoux collection by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics to create a quilt that perfectly balances light and dark colors. She sewed 2-1/2″ wide strips together in rows of alternating prints to create jagged chevron look. Since this quilt uses chain piecing, you can get it down in no time!
Scrap Buster Fall Pillow from Cluck Cluck Sew
Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew used fall-motif scraps and colors in a cute pillow that will last the season. Adding fusible to each leaf shapes makes it easy to keep them in place while you sew. This pattern is perfect for cooler weather when you’re cuddled up inside watching a movie!