Now in Stores | Underwater by Elizabeth Olwen

Market Tote pattern by Noodlehead and Bermuda Shorts Butterick 6061

Underwater is inspired by a love of the ocean and the world that exists under its surface.

This is a tightly balanced range of cool pink, blue and citron – with a nice patternly mix of what we’ve come to love from Elizabeth. They mix well with a number of our Cirrus Solids and We Are All Stars, too!

Underwater is sure to be a spring and summer favorite and as winter hails upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, working on a project with this pretty bunch will get you readied for the warmer days.

Poolside Tote pattern by Noodlehead

Fish Pouches – Free pattern and Tutorial!

Emery Dress pattern by Christine Haynes

Sea Glass Quilt – Download this free project! Visit the COLLECTION PAGE for details.

Charlie Dress pattern by Olive Ann Designs

Waves Quilt based on Lily’s Quilts “Out on the Ocean”

Starfish Pillows pattern by Sew4Home

Make it Sew | Drawstring Fish Bag

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Sweetly paired with Underwater by Elizabeth Olwen, these little drawstring bags are really handy for holding smaller things, gift bags or even as a little purse for the littles. Here’s how to make your own.

Print out the PDF pattern pieces here.

Outer body:

Tail – cut 2 (solid)
Body – cut 2 (print)
Head – cut 2 (solid)
Batting for tail – cut 1
Lining – cut 2 (contrast solid)
2 buttons for eyes
2 18” drawstrings (1yd total)

Directions:

Use 1/4” seam allowance unless otherwise noted.

Outer body

  1. Sew tail to body, and body to head to make two full outer sides of the bag. Press all seams towards tail.
  2. Sew button to head in area located in diagram.
  3. Topstitch along the lower edge of the body/head seam.screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-1-49-48-pm
  4. With right sides together and laying the tail/batting on top of tail and sew along outer edge, sides and tail, keeping the “mouth” of fish open. Snip corners of tail and curves, turn inside out and press.screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-1-54-48-pm
  5. Topstitch at the tail/body seam. through all thicknesses (sealing off the tail).
  6. For tail details, stitch along the lines, or create your own stitched design.screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-2-08-31-pm
  7. At mouth, turn edge 1/2” inside and press.

Lining

  1. Sew sides and bottom, except for the area between the 2 marked points. Press seams open.screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-1-41-31-pm
  2. Turn right side out in order to topstitch around the holes as shown – this keeps the seam allowance tacked down. Then turn it back to wrong side out.screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-1-43-44-pm
  3. Fold on the line noted on pattern toward wrong (currently the outside) side and press.screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-1-46-49-pm

Assembly

  1. Slip the lining into the outer shell. Line up the opening of the holes on the sides so they meet the folded edge of the outer head. The “lips” should be exposed about 1/2”
  2. Pin around and ease any excess of the outer body to the lining.
  3. Topstitch at the top edge of the outer body.screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-1-50-18-pm
  4. Take one of the drawstrings and enter/exit for the right and tie a knot. Take the other and enter/exit from the left and knot. Pull both drawstrings to close.

Limited Edition | Ribbon Box Quilt Kits

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Grey Abbey was our first collaboration with Elizabeth Olwen who has gone on to produce some our most beautiful and popular fabrics. The Ribbon Box quilt is also our most downloaded Make It Sew project. Furthermore, we get more requests for this quilt kit than for any other we’ve developed (and it’s worth noting that we do not even sell kits). So, it made sense that we bundle up some kits while we can.

But hurry, this is a limited edition kit (38 to be exact!) and once they’re gone, they’re gone – sadly, a number of these fabrics are no longer in stock.

To order, follow this link. The cost is $74.95 + shipping. International orders welcome. The kit includes a hardcopy of the pattern, the prints for the topper and the binding, but it does not include the white and backing.

Ribbon Box Quilt

Ribbon Box Quilt Closeup

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Fresh Start | New Releases for 2016

It’s a great time to sew for spring – here’s two different but equally inspiring collections to get your creative juices flowing.

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Park Life by Elizabeth Olwen
Love Bird Swans project in Sew Magazine

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Spring Walk by Little Cube
Ambling Quilt by Michelle Engel Bencsko and made by Linda Spiridon

Preview | Park Life by Elizabeth Olwen

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For Elizabeth, the park is a lovely little escape from city life — a green oasis, where the air is fresher and the concerns of life fade away a little. Park Life is inspired by time spent in London, wandering through lush parks, admiring immaculate gardens, strolling past vast ponds where royal swans swim, having high tea on days that pass slowly, and soaking in the rich landscapes that are part of her heritage and are one of her greatest inspirations. Elizabeth is safe in the knowledge there will always be a bit of her heart devoted to it.

Shipping early next year.

Press | From UK With Love

Lots of great features in recent UK magazines. Here’s some of the highlights!

Love Sewing - Cloud9 Issue 16-1

Let’s Have A Party! by Avril Loreti. Love Sewing, Issue 16

LPQ - C9 Issue 24

Water Land by Jessica Nielsen. Love Patchwork & Quilting, Issue 24

Simply Sewing - C9 Issue 6

Rain Walk by Anna Graham. Simply Sewing, Issue 6

Pretty Patches - Cloud9 Issue 15 September 2015-1

Garden Secrets by Sarah Watson. Pretty Patches Issue 15 (Sept ’15)

Quilt Now - C9 Issue 13

Morning Song by Elizabeth Olwen. Quilt Now Issue 13

Sew Magazine - Cloud9 Issue 75 Sept 2015-1

Water Land by Jessica Nielsen. Park Life by Elizabeth Olwen. Sew Magazine Issue 75 (Sept ’15)

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Moody Blues by Geninne. Love Patchwork & Quilting Issue 23

Sew Magazine - Cloud9 Issue 75 Sept 2015-2

Sweet Autumn Day by Little Cube. Sew Magazine, Issue 75 (Sept ’15)

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First Light by Eloise Renouf. Sew Magazine, Issue 75 (Sept ’15)

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Let’s Have a Party! by Avril Loreti. Sew Magazine Issue 74.