Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Christmas in July with Moda: 3 Projects for the Holidays!!!

Can you believe July is already almost over?? I swear, this year keeps moving faster and faster all the time! But I can't say I'm not already looking forward to the most wonderful time of the year with all of the amazing Christmas  Collections that have come out this year, especially from our friends at Moda!! They actually teamed up with Sew4Home to bring you 3 adorable Christmas projects using some of their favorite Moda holiday lines!!

First up is this SUPER CUTE Patchwork Pom Pom Table Runner in Joy by Kate Spain!! There is just something about having a little bit of holiday festivitiy everywhere you turn that makes Christmas so magical and this table runner is sure to bring some extra holiday cheer to your table! Simply designed and made extra special with that Pom Pom Fringe, this patchwork runner allows the prints in Joy to really stand out! You can get the full instructions and fabric requirements here! This project calls for a Joy Layer Cake which we still have in stock!!

Get Christmas "in the bag" early this year, but whipping up a few dozen of these quick, easy and very cute Drawstring Gift Bags in Dear Mr. Claus by Cosmo Cricket!! The prints in this collection are reminiscient of vintage paper and postcards so its a perfect fit for a wrapping alternative! Plus they can be re-used for years to come, so you can help eliminate a little waste this Christmas!! And don't just stop there! Use whatever prints you like to make all sorts of useful bags for any occassion!!
Full instructions and images along with material list here! And don't forget to grab a Dear Mr Claus Layer Cake for the project! 

And how about creating some brand new English Cottage Stockings to hang by your chimney with care in Blitzen by BasicGrey!! These simple socks will look dashing in several different coordinating prints! Use a coohesive embellishment like the bow on the 3 above to really tie them all together!! Get the full project details here!!

Blitzen Quilt Kit       Dear Mr. Clause Quilt Kit

And if you really love these beautiful Christmas Collections, we have two beautiful Quilt Kits in that would fit right in with these projects! The Blitzen Quilt Kit is very modern and totally striking! I love that the color scheme plus design don't necessarily scream Chrismtas! But that Dear Mr. Claus Kit is too cute for words with all of its vintage looking gift boxes! Either one would be a wonderful addition to your holiday decor! You can shop all of our Christmas Fabrics here to get even more inspiration for holiday themed projects!

As always, happy sewing! And start planning those handmade gifts and holiday decor now!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

FREE PATTERN from Amy Butler!!

Just LOOK at this beautiful new quilt that Amy Butler designed for her latest collection, Cameo!!! It's called the Cameo Ornament Quilt and she was lovely enough to offer up this beautiful design as a FREE PATTERN available for download RIGHT HERE! This gorgeous creation is the perfect way to show off some of the bold prints in the new line and would make a fabulous Christmas gift for any lady! The other fabulous feature of this quilt is it only uses 5 fabrics and it's great for beginners! So download the pattern and get started on this little beauty for yourself or a friend!

And go to Amy's Site to check out more GORGEOUS Inspiration images from her most recent photoshoot! They are all simply to die for!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fabric Feature: Cameo by Amy Butler!

Cameo Josephine’s Bouquet Ink Cameo Forget Me Not Olive Cameo Angelica Clover
Cameo Folly Butter Cameo Harriet’s Kitchen Sugar Cameo Hopscotch Olive
Cameo Spring’s Beauty Scarlet Cameo Pressed Flowers Carmine Cameo Tea Rose Silver

I have a confession to make, when I got the email that said "Cameo is in the shop!"...I kind of squeeled out loud and jumped up and down. Yes, I am that nuts about Amy Butler. Beyond being a dear friend of the Cabbage Rose for years, Amy's work has always been on the cutting edge in the fabric design world and Cameo is by no means an exception! With these new designs, Amy marries her signature bold and beautiful pattern style with a more art nouveau graphic element that really is taking this collection over the top for me!

I just see these prints taking over my entire life! I want dresses, maxis and Paper Bag skirts, maybe a new bag and DEFINTIELY some gorgeous new home decor accessories!

Gum Drop Pillow Class

Next Thursday, Caroline will be teaching one of my FAVORITE Amy patterns in her Gum Drop Pillow Class at the Cabbage Rose! So send the kids to their friends house that day and come learn to create something new and beautiful for your home! Plus, you can totally use your student discount to take 10% OFF any Cameo prints or anything else you need to purchase on the day of your class!! Now you REALLY have no reason not to sign up!!

Diane Kimono Dress Class

And how amazing would the Diane Kimono Dress by Serendipity Studio be in Cameo?? Too amazing for words! Sally's 3-part Diane Kimono Dress Class starts in August and by September, you could have this beautie hanging in your closet, perfectly fit for you and totally one of kind!

Amy Butler’s Spice Market Tote Class

Later this month, Kim Marsh will be teaching Amy Butler's Spice Market Tote Class so if you've been needing the perfect tote bag for this Summer, we've got you covered! It's big and designed beautifully! And its a great style for showing off those gorgeous large scale prints in Cameo!!

And don't forget to go through Amy's Patterns or all of our Fashion & Tote Patterns for even more great styles and designs to choose from!

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Transform something old, into something new!


I just love seeing something old and worn transformed with a little imagination (and luck!) into something new and beautiful! Ann Wood is a darling textile artist, dreamer and all around creative soul who does just that for a living. She collects vintage textiles from garments and quilts from all over the world and uses the bits and pieces left between the tears and holes to create whimsical fabric owls, birds, sail boats and spiders! Her work is truly too dreamy for words.

When I saw this beautiful old quilt that she posted on her blog, I just had to see what she would do with it! I have always seen pretty vintage quilt tops at garage sales, flea markets and estate sales but never considered taking one home...I may rethink that next time.

How sweet is this little owl fella? And those fabric sails are too cute. I love the idea of hanging several of those little sail boats above a crib or in a young one's bedroom! Ann even has a tutorial for creating a paper mache version of her lovely sail boats, complete with fabric sail so you could totally do it yourself! Lots of us have old quilt tops that family members worked on that have maybe been sitting around collecting dust for years! Why not give your family heritage a new life by transforming it into something completely different?

Create a pillow with some of the larger areas of unscathed fabric and hand-sew patches from some of the smaller swatches for interest. You could use a strip of fabric to embellish a pair of denim cutoffs for fun Summer shorts. Try whipping up a quick fabric flower or yo-yo (or several) to pin to your favorite blazer or cardigan. And how about fussy cutting an intricate quilt block for texture or pattern for an applique project? I really am getting tickled just daydreaming about this, there really are endless ways you can breath new life into a family heirloom that might not currently be enjoyed on a daily basis! What are things good for if they are not enjoyed, right?

Have you ever reworked a damaged quilt? What did you create? We'd love to hear your ideas!

Happy Creating!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Fabric Feature: Bohemian Festival by Lila Tueller!!

Bohemian Festival Damask Pink Bohemian Festival Stripe Blue Bohemian Festival Floral Green
Bohemian Festival Main Blue Bohemian Festival Medallion Pink Bohemian Festival Sprout Blue

We just got in this totally gorgeous new collection from Lila Tueller called Bohemian Festival and my mind is buzzing with ideas! This collection completely embodies the fun and funky, carefree spirit of Summer days and will bring a little extra pop to whatever you dress in these fun prints! Little girls will love to romp around and play in simple jumpers or sundresses made with one or a bunch of these pretties! Or create several different skirts for her for a simple Summer wardrobe that she'll never tire of! Pair with bright colored t-shirts and she's ready for play dates, musuem trips, or even church on Sunday! If you want to get super cool, you could even use a little soft applique on a tshirt in a contrasting print to her skirt for an outfit as cute as your little one! 


Check out this sweet and super pretty Bohemian Skirt! That print is just WOW and I am just loving the little bit of applique, it gives this already lovely skirt a little extra something! And since its a FREE tutorial, you really will save some cash by working this versatile skirt in several different prints into your daughter or granddaughter's wardrobe!!

The folks at Riley Blake have done some super sweet Pincushion tutorials featuring this pretty collection! These fast projects are a fun way to bring a little bit of a new collection into your life! Plus, who couldn't use another adorable pincushion?? I assert that no one has too many! They also make sweet gifts for your sewing pals! I love the little embellishment idea on this Flower Shop Pincushion! You can get the full tutorial here!

And just how cheeky is the Bohemian Blowfish Pincushion??? I just love the look of this fat little fishy and who wouldnt want such a bright and beautiful friend hanging out with them on their sewing table? To me, it's all about the little things that can make you smile and I'm pretty sure if this little guy was staring at me the next time my sewing machine and I start fighting, I would just have to "blow" off all my frustrations and smile! :)

I'm really loving this idea that Lila shared on her blog using just some small pieces from her new collection and a lot of imagination!! She gives full instructions for this design plus her soft applique method here! This is one of those skills that you will really be able to do your own thing with! If you love the idea but not the designs, start experiementing with your own!!

Here's another FREE PROJECT brought to you by Lila herself, these handy little Trash Stackers are a super easy-to-make trash bags perfect for keeping your car, sewing room or wherever tidy as can be! You can download the pattern right here!!

So grab yourself a few of your favorite Bohemian Festival prints (or why not just get half yards of the whole collection?) and start creating something funky and FESTIVE!!! And be sure to read through Lila's blog, so much color and inspiration in her online space!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

New Patterns from V & Co!

Last week we got in several AMAZING new patterns from V & Co. by Vanessa Christenson and I think its safe to say, we're all a little obsessed with these awesome designs around here!!
Soooo...allow me introduce you!!


First up is this AMAZINGLY simple yet totally modern and chic quilt pattern called Houndstooth!!
This quilt is perfect for the modern chic momma and her baby! Choose two contrasting colors of solids, think cream and pink, yellow and gray, orange and aqua, or traditional black and white for a striking design sure to liven up any space!! With such a classic design you will be able to use this pattern for everything from baby gifts to graduation presents and beyond for years and years to come!!


The Abby Bag

Next up is the ever-so-cute and versatile Abby Bag!! This adorably shaped bag is large enough to carry everything you need to get through your day out but not too big to have on you all day long! Plus, this little beauty is REVERSIBLE!!! Two bags with one pattern, you can't get smarter than that! And it that wasn't enough, the sweet decorative bow doubles as a lightweight Summer scarf!! Talk about a pattern that really goes the distance!

The Abby Bag

Abby Bag Class

Caroline was crushing on this sweet and simple design so much that she is teaching a class on this bag on Tuesday, July 31st!!! So if you would love to learn how to make yourself this adorable purse, sign up for her class today!! And don't forget! You get 10% OFF all of your purchases for the Class with your student discount!!

The Beach Bag

Last but definitely not least is the beautiful Beach Bag! I just love the nautical look of a simple neutral stripe on this perfectly sized tote for taking all of your swimming essentials to the beach, the lake or the community pool! I especially love the extra oopmh that fabric rosette adds to the look!

The Beach Bag

I hope you love these new Patterns as much as we do and that they've inspired you to create something new and beautiful for your life, home or a loved one!! Remember you can get all the fabric requirements by clicking on the pattern name, so you can grab all the fabric you need to get started on your new project right away!!!

Happy Creating!!