Thursday, February 5, 2015

Free PDF Pattern | Log Slice Pouf | by Swoodson Says

We're thrilled to welcome back Stephanie of Swoodson Says.  Today Stephanie is sharing her log slice pouf tutorial with us, using our Circa 52 collection by Monaluna.  Isn't this project just so darling?  These little tree stumps wood look great in a child's reading corner, or even slid underneath your coffee table for extra toddler seating.  Have a look, and enjoy!


Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again. I am so excited to share this log slice pouf project with you, it is the perfect complement to the prints in the Circa 52 collection.



I love trees, faux bois, and woodland themes for decorating - this collection ticks all those boxes! You could use them for pretend play, as stepping stones, as mini poufs, or skip the heavier filling and fusible fleece and use them as throw pillows. My son is two and he took one look at them, grabbed a book, and plopped down without any prompting, so it has the toddler seal of approval!



I made two poufs, one with a squirrel applique and one with hand-stitched "tree rings". The squirrel applique template is included in the pattern but I just free-handed the tree rings. You can use a removable marking pen or chalk to sketch your lines out first if you'd prefer! Ready to make some for yourself?

Supplies (for both poufs):
  • Squirrel applique template & circle pattern file
  • 1/4 yard of Birch Organics Mod Basics in Solid Orange
  • 1 yard of Birch Organics Mod Basics in Shroom
  • 1/4 yard of Birch Organics Circa 52 in Tree Stripes Shroom
  • 1/4 yard of Birch Organics Mod Basics in Woodland Friends
  • 1/4 yard of Wonder Under of other paper-backed fusible transfer paper (for squirrel applique)
  • 1.5 yards of fusible fleece
  • Embroidery needle & floss (DMC 740/orange & DMC 644/brown used here)
  • 1 32 oz bag of Poly-Fil stuffing & fabric scraps to add weight
  • Sewing machine, coordinating thread, scissors, iron
Steps (for making both poufs): [1/4 seam allowance used throughout]



1. Cut your circles. Fold your fabric in half, and then in half again, aligning the 'fold' lines with each fold and only cut along the curved edge. When you unfold, you should be left with a perfect circle! Cut 4 of your solid fabric and 4 of fusible fleece. 2. I recommend adhering the fusible fleece to all 4 circles before embellishing; it is a little tougher to get your needle through but the added heft will prevent any warping or puckering. Put the glue side down on the wrong side of the fabric and press.



3. Prepare your applique: Trace the squirrel on to the smooth side of the transfer paper and roughly cut around it. Press with an iron, with the bumpy side down on the wrong side of the fabric. Once it has cooled, trim exactly around the tracing, peel the paper off, position adhesive side down on the circle's right side, and press again to adhere. Hand or machine stitch around the edges. If you anticipate needing to wash it frequently, I'd recommend a tight zig zag to prevent fraying. On your other circle, hand-stitch the tree rings.



4. Cut your fabric rectangles, 7" X 42.5" and 6"X 42.5". Cut one of each size from the fusible fleece, trimming 1/8 inch roughly off each edge so there isn't any overhang. Adhere your fusible fleece rectangles to your main fabric rectangles; put the glue side down on the wrong side of the fabric and press. Fold, right sides in, and sew the short ends together. Press the seam open.



5. Place your top/embellished circle right sides together (make sure that print will be facing up when the top is up!) with your new edge circle and sew, making sure to keep fabric fed evenly. If you are not confident sewing in the round as you go, you can use pins or clips to mark each quarter of the circles and make sure they stay matched up as you sew. Finger press this seam open as best you can.

6. Repeat the same steps with the bottom circle, leaving a 4" opening for turning right side out and making sure to back-stitch and secure at the beginning and end of the opening. Turn right side out carefully, trying not to strain the opening. 7. Stuff! I use a blend of Poly-fil and fabric scraps, trying to keep the Poly-fil around the sides and bottom to keep it smooth and stuffing fabric scraps in the middle and then adding a layer of Poly-fil on the top again. This gives it more weight and makes it less pillow-like, while keeping scraps out of the trash.



8. Use a ladder stitch to close the opening. Fluff and enjoy!



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Thank you Stephanie for sharing your lovely project with us!


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Circa 52 Blog Hop Round Up | And Giveaway Winner Announced!

So we are so very excited to have finished the Circa 52 Blog Hop feeling very inspired and super pumped up for the arrival of Circa 52!  We've seen lots of great projects using both the knit fabrics and the poplins.  If you missed some of the stops on the blog hop, below is our comprehensive round-up.

First up was Caroline from Sew Can She with her Free PJ Bottoms and Shorts Pattern!


Secondly, we had the pleasure of welcoming Heidi from the Fabric Mutt.  Heidi made this fabulously rainbow striped floor pillow using Circa 52 poplins and the Birch range of organic solid poplins!


On the third day of the hop, we were excited to see Anneliese from Aesthetic Nest share her beautifully sewn garment!


Day four of the hop, we welcomed our great friend Melissa from Lunden Designs.  Melissa whipped up her classic quilt pattern, By Sea Or By Land, using Circa 52 tree stripes and a couple prints from our Mod Basics line.  We love those new pink tree stripes!


On day five of the hop, we were excited to introduce so many people to Brindille & Twig!  A fabulous PDF pattern company with modern patterns for children.  Isn't this pattern just the cutest in our Woodland Party print?


And last but not least, Marte from Compagnie M, created a beautiful sweater from the Tree Stripes Shroom print!


And don't forget that the giveaway has just ended and we're thrilled to announce the winner in the widget below!  Thanks to all who entered the contest!

Circa 52 Blog Hop Giveaway!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Announcing the Circa 52 Blog Hop! {Plus an awesome giveaway!}

Hello everyone!  Today is a great day.  Today I'm overjoyed to announce a Blog Hop with some very dear friends of ours.  We sent out yardage from the Circa 52 collection by Monaluna to six talented and inspiring bloggers, to see what they would do with Circa 52.  We hope you'll join us on a six day tour of their projects,!  There will be lots of goodies to share like free downloads, free tutorials, and beautiful photos to inspire your own Circa 52 projects!


All seven Circa 52 prints!  Each design comes in both poplin and knit! {yay!}

Here are the stops we're making on this tour:

Monday 1/26: Caroline from Sew Can She
Tuesday 1/27: Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Wednesday 1/28: Anneliese from Aesthetic Nest
Thursday 1/29: Melissa from Lunden Designs
Friday 1/30: Melissa from Brindille & Twig
Monday 2/2: Marte from Companie M.

You can read a bit about each of these amazing ladies below.  And don't forget to enter our giveaway at the end of the post.



SewCanShe is the daily website for sewists. Inspiring you every day with something beautiful to sew. Free sewing patterns and tutorials.  Caroline is just the sweetest person, and our inbox inspires us daily with her beautiful tutorials!




Heidi is the kindest person, we had the opportunity to meet at Road to California last year.  Heidi is a wife, mother of three, and addicted to fabric... Head over to the Fabric Mutt Blog to join Heidi on her "sewing misadventures"!  You'll find tons of unique patchwork and bag projects! 


Anneliese from Aesthetic Nest  has a beautiful blog with tons of beautiful and inspiring projects.  Aesthetic nest documents Anneliese's wide range of creative outlets from sewing projects, to crochet, and even party throwing projects.  Have a look!



Where do we start...  We've known Melissa for about 5 years, and she was such an instrumental part to the start of Birch Fabrics.  Melissa is one of the funnest and sweetest people we know and we are just so thrilled to have her be part of this tour.  Check out her line of quilting patterns on her website here



We're big fans of the fabulous children's patterns over at Brindille & Twig.  One goal of Melissa's is to create easy-to-follow patterns for discerning mothers (or grandmothers) who want to dress their little ones in distinct, fashion-forward styles — without ever needing to compromise quality and comfort.  We'd say she hit a home run!




Last but not least, we're proud to have Marte of Compagnie M.  Compagnie M is the name of Marte's beautiful website where she creates beautiful children's {and now venturing into women's} clothing patterns.  We love her style and are very excited for the release of her paper patterns coming very very soon!

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Now to enter the giveaway, simply use as many, or as little of the entry points as you want.  Each action guarantees you one entry point into the big virtual pot. :)  The winner will receive 1 yard of each print from Circa 52!  The winner can choose between poplin or knit fabrics!

Circa 52 Blog Hop Giveaway!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Free PDF Pattern | Retro Overnight Bag | by The Crafty Kitty

We are super proud of this new and very adorable overnight bag {free PDF pattern} by Stephanie of The Crafty Kitty featuring the newest Birch Organic line, Serengeti by Jay-Cyn Designs! Sleepovers and weekenders will be a breeze! Well hey, there might be some safari animals lurking close by and your little explorer will have the perfect bag to stow everything needed for a journey through vast wilderness of Africa - even if that might be just in the back yard!



This retro overnight bag is inspired by vintage bowling ball bags and features bright and colorful modern prints from the Serengeti range.



It is quilted and features (optional) contrast piping and a double zip opening and 2 pockets. Plenty of room for all the overnight essentials including your child's favorite stuffed toy.



Supplies

  • 1/2 yard each of: giraffe family sun, quill stripe multi, the herd teal, pebble stripe multi 
  • Wadding/batting 
  • Heavy duty interfacing
  • 2 x 22" zippers*
  • 1 x 16" zipper* 
  • Retro Overnight Bag PDF Pattern
*zippers are slightly longer than needed. line up and cut excess zipper off after sewing in place.

Optional:
  • 120" piping 
  • Small piece of velcro or 2 snaps 
Instructions are also available to download in pdf format

Preparation

  • Cut out all pattern pieces and make piping if using home made. 
  • Cut base piece from heavy duty interfacing and baste to wrong side of interior base. 
  • Cut all interior pieces (not interior pocket) and 1 strap from wadding/batting also and baste to wrong side of interior pieces plus 1 strap piece. 


Instructions 

Seams are 1/2" unless otherwise stated.

Interior 

Step 1
Sew along top edge of interior pocket right sides facing (RSF).



Step 2
Press wrong sides facing (WSF) and sew a line of top stitching 1/4" from top edge.



Step 3
Insert elastic securing with a line of stitching either end 1/4" from edge.


Step 4
Baste pocket at sides and base to one of the interior main panel.


Step 5
Sew base to two main interior panels, start and stop 1/2" from top of base, and set aside.



Exterior of Bag 

Step 1
Sew the pocket (side and base) (RSF) leaving 1/4" seam allowance from top and press the front of the pocket seam allowance to wrong side.



Step 2
Swap to using a zipper foot for your sewing machine. Place the top edge of the zipper lined up with the top of the pocket with the right side of the zipper facing up. Place the longer raw edge of the upper front right side facing the zipper and lined up against the top edge of the pocket. Sew in place.



Step 3
Turn over and line up the front of the pocket with the zipper and the lower front and sew the bottom edge of the zipper.



Step 4
Baste the pocket along the sides and base 1/4" from edge.


If you are using piping then baste around the main panels 3/8" from the edge.



If you are planning on using a velcro closure then sew it in place now 1/2" from the top of one end of the base piece.

Step 5
Sew base to main exterior panels.


Strap 

Step 1
Sew the two strap pieces along the long edges RSF.


Step 2
Turn the strap right side out and top stitch close to edge.



Flap 

Step 1
Pin the zipper left hand side RSF the right side of the flap and the second zipper right side RSF the left side of the flap. Place both zippers' stops 1" from the short edge of the flap and stitch the ends in place.



Step 2
Pin the zippers in place between the interior and exterior flap pieces (RSF) and sew all the way around the flap leaving the bottom edge open. Turn right side out.



Sew velcro to interior or add snaps on the top edge. 

Assembling bag 

Step 1
Turn exterior of bag inside out. Sew other side of flap zippers in place on the exterior. start at the top of 1 zipper, sew along the short edge of the flap, joining it to the bag exterior and sew up the other zipper finishing at the top.


Step 2
Turn exterior right side out. Put exterior of bag inside interior (RSF) Sew all the way around the edge leaving a gap for turning along the edge where the zippers end. Turn bag right side out and put interior inside. Close the opening with a blind or whipstitch.



Step 4
Sew straps in place.


Add snaps to main bag if using.




Thanks so much for reading along! Happy sewing lovelies! xo


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Giveaway - New Birch Organic Solid Knits!!!

We are so excited to have just received samples of our newest collection Birch Organic Solid Knits.  They are even softer and dreamier than we could have hoped.  As we opened the boxes containing our first bolts of sample yardage, we all stood in awe admiring all nineteen colors, that are just perfectly yummy for apparel sewing.  They look fabulous sitting on our shelf here at the Birch Fabrics headquarters we must say.  Isn't arranged color just one of the most joyful sights? {sigh}

We wanted to celebrate these beautiful colors by offering a giveaway!  The winner receives 3 yards of their favorite color Birch organic solid knit!  Use the widget below to enter the giveaway.

Birch Organic Solid Knits!