Sidewalk Showcase Part 1

Rae Hoekstra is holding a Sidewalk Showcase, and we just can’t get enough of these adorable prints! Take a look at some of the projects that the participants have been posting. Visit their blogs for more information on the projects!

Natalie at HungryHippie Sews made these cozy Bug’s Life PJs!

Flashback Skinny Tee (Made By Rae)

To prepare for the arrival of her sister’s twins, Caitlin at Fancy Tiger Crafts made some adorable rompers! How exciting!

Modern Baby Set (Green Bee Patterns)

Just in time for Spring! Teri at Fa Sew La whipped up a comfortable and cute Heather Dress.

Heather Dress (Sew Over It)

More baby things! Anna at Noodlehead made this baby gift set. We could all use a plush blanket like this one!

Modern Baby Set (Green Bee Patterns)

Check out this awesome hoodie that Meg at Mama Libearated made for her son!

Rowan Tee (Titchy Threads)

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.

Meet Our Newest Designer | Jessica Nielsen

7.jn-jessicanielsenJessica Nielsen is an illustrator and surface pattern designer who loves to make bold and bright coloured designs. Most patterns are inspired by shapes and colours in nature (an endless source of inspiration) which she then translates into her signature graphic style with strong shapes.

Moodboards and hand-drawn sketches are the basis of her pattern designs. Usually she uses her sketches / experiments as inspiration for digital drawings / designs, sometimes she scans the original sketches and enhances them on the computer.

Her patterns have been licensed for wrapping papers, pillow covers, tents, cards and gift tags. Visit Jessica’s website for more of her lovely work.

We love Jessica’s clean, crisp Scandinavian style and think it will be a perfect compliment to the early summer season. We’ll debut her collection, Waterland, at Quilt Market in May!

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Jessica’s studio in the centre of Rotterdam which she shares with friends

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Sketch made last summer and the basis of the new ‘avens’ pattern

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experiment with stamps, also using the negative (cut out) shape, inspiration for the ‘reflection’ pattern

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Wrap(a)round is a regular post dedicated to surface pattern design, every now and then she shares a pattern on her website which you can download and print

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Dishcloth for the famous Dutch department store HEMA

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Gift tags, part of Jessica’s own collection of paper products. These will ‘launch’ Feb ’15

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One of Jessica’s sources of inspiration, plants! Even better when it’s in the form of such a beautiful book

Look Book | Quilt Market Booth Tour October 2014


Be inspired! Take a tour of our October ’14 Quilt Market booth.