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Scraps…we’ve all got them and we’re always looking for ideas on how to use them up, and create something neat at the same time.

Today I’m sharing some inspiration: three easy-to-sew and functional projects that you can make from your fabric stash.

1. Kindle Case Tutorial by Jennifer at Ellison Lane

This project is perfect for a combination of small and larger scraps, and you can pick a favorite print to showcase in the pieced square on the front. Make one for yourself, or sew up one as a gift (hey, father’s day is around the corner, and with some modern and/or manly prints, you can be ready to go!).

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2. Needlebook Tutorial by Jennifer  at Ellison Lane

This project is so cute that even friends who can’t thread a needle will want one! Plus, it’s functional–who couldn’t use a needlebook for sewing emergencies or buttons that pop off? Tiny pieces means an opportunity to use up those smaller scraps. The inside of the needlebook has two pockets–so much fun to decide which fabrics to put where!

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3. Lego Storage Bag by Leigh at Freshly Pieced.

Ideal for larger scrap pieces and/or strips leftover from other projects–kids will love it! This storage bag opens up to become a playmat, and then the drawstring closure makes for easy cleanup.

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What is your favorite scrap project? What do you want to make with your scraps?

Show and Tell Monday

It’s so gratifying to see what customers with their fabric purchases! Today we’ve got a chevron theme going on–first, pillows with a clever recycling tip and then a laundry room makeover!

Jenny from Happy Baby Crochet used this fabric to freshen up some old and ugly couches (hey, those are her words…we’re just quoting!). You can see her post and her recycling tip for yarn scraps here.

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Photo courtesy of Happy Baby Crochet

Beth Nichole from Enjoy the Little Things used a home decor-weight multicolor chevron print to brighten up her laundry room with a curtain that hides some functional shelving. You can see her post and makeover here.

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Photo courtesy of Enjoy the Little Things

Thanks, ladies, for sharing your projects!

p.s. To the rest of our readers–I’d love to see what you’re making with fabric from Sew Fine Fabrics! Post a photo on our Facebook page or send one to: sewfinefabricblog (at) gmail.com

Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Twice a year, the quilting and sewing industry comes together for Quilt Market, a huge trade show where companies introduce new fabric lines, tools, patterns, and more, and lucky attendees (quilt shop owners and others working in the industry) get to ogle aisle after aisle of gorgeous quilts, clever bags, and inspiration overload, including a quilt gallery. But if you don’t work in the industry, you’re probably not in Portland, Oregon, right now. Rather, you’re at home reading this post on your computer.

Five years ago, Amy over at Amy’s Creative Side came up with an idea for everyone at home: a Blogger’s Quilt Festival. Twice a year, coinciding with Quilt Market, Amy holds what is basically an online quilt show on her blog, called the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. Bloggers can submit a quilt by entering a link, and anyone and everyone can browse through their own personal quilt show. Pretty cool!  The show has grown each time; it now boasts 15 different categories, and there are prizes galore.

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Guess who else you’ll find at the Festival? Sew Fine Fabric! The shop is sponsoring the Baby Quilt category with a gift certificate for the winner, and we also have a gift certificate for general participation. We are thrilled to be part of this great event!

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If you have a blog and a quilt to enter, head on over and share your talents! Otherwise, grab a cup of coffee or a glass of lemonade, sit back, and enjoy a quilt show on your computer screen: Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2013! The show runs May 17-24 (entries) and then voting runs through the 31st.

Instant Makeover Tip: Pillow Covers!

Pillows are a lot like snuggly babies, adorably wrinkled puppies, or fine wine and chocolate…what’s not to love?!?

If you’ve read this blog at all, you’ll know that I’m a fan of pillow covers–such an easy and inexpensive way to freshen up a room. Jackie over at Teal & Lime just completed twelve (12!) new pillow covers for a game room at her house, and finished them in an hour. Impressive.

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Photo courtesy of Teal & Lime

(Recognize any of those fabrics? If you love them too, you can find them here.)

She’s even sharing a video tutorial for her quick and easy pillow method with her readers and mine. You can find it here!

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Photo courtesy of Teal & Lime

Thanks for sharing, Jackie!

What room in your house would you make pillows for?  Would you use Jackie’s color scheme, or is your preferred palette slightly different?

Show and Tell Friday!

I often say that what I love best about this job (besides all the fabric!) is seeing how customers combine fabric selections in projects. Today is no exception!

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Which came first, the bear or the quilt?
Mavyn is behind the Boulder Bear Works etsy shop, where she makes adorable teddy bears and fun, modern baby/children’s quilts. A while back, she’d found the Urban Pods pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful—”I loved the clean lines and unique modern feel,” she says—and then started searching for ”just the right combination of yellow and grey fabrics” to give the quilt a sophisticated yet fun look.

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After making her Dylan bear out of Premier Prints’ gray and white chevron print and finishing him off with a cheery yellow bow, Mavyn expanded her foray into coordinating gray and yellow prints to create the quilt.

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”The fabrics give [the quilt] the sophisticated yet fun look I wanted: clean and graphic. I was already working with the grey and white chevron fabric from Premier Prints collection for my Dylan bear. The Suzani and Gotha gray and white prints in this same line are perfect for the clean, graphic look I wanted. For the yellow, I finally settled on the beautiful 100% organic cotton Mod Basics line in sun from Birch fabrics. I love how the adorable elephants in the Ellie Fam fabric peak out from the more graphic prints of the rest of the fabrics, allowing this quilt to be equally at home in a sophisticated nursery or as lap quilt anywhere in the house.”

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Thanks so much for sharing your quilt and bear with us, Mavyn!

The fabrics Mavyn used in her Urban Pod quilt:

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Birch Mod Basics Organic – Ellie Fam in Sun

Birch Mod Basics Organic – Dottie in Sun

Birch Mod Basics Organic – Abacus in Sun

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Premier Prints – Suzani in Storm

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Premier Prints – Gotha in Storm

White 100% Cotton Kona

Grey 100% Cotton Kona

Raaga: The Fabric Siren

You know those fabrics–the ones that call your name, with soft yet demanding whispers, “Buy me! You know you want some!” Jennifer from Monaluna is releasing her newest fabric collection, Raaga, and it might have you hearing little voices. You can say you saw these beauties here first–we’ve got a sneak peek to share with you!

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Is that enough to whet your appetite? To let the fabric sirens warm up their vocal cords?

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Raaga is a delicious mix of reds, oranges and pinks–those colors that shouldn’t go together but do–cooled off with teal and light, white backgrounds. Peacocks! Elephants! Prints large and small.

Watch for Raaga in the shop this summer.

Jennifer will also be releasing a few new patterns: The Tea Blossom Tunic

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and Loungers pajama pants. Can you say fun? The hardest part is deciding which print to use!

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Thanks so much to Jennifer for giving our blog friends a sneak peek of her latest batch of creativity. Can’t wait until it’s in the shop! If you’d like to be notified when the fabric arrives, leave a comment below and we’ll be sure you’re the first to know!

Drowning in Scraps

Hi. My name is Jodi and I have a fabric problem. I’m ok with that. I accept it. My lovely husband even accepts it, thank goodness! However, I’m ashamed to admit, I also have… a scrap problem. Hoarding scraps is not quite as charming as collecting fabric by the bolt! But hey, I might NEED them for something one day…right? Well I happen to own a fabric store so I have A LOT of scraps! Big ones, little ones and everything in between. You can only imagine! So many that it’s time to share the wealth!

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I’m declaring May SCRAP MONTH!!

There will be new scrap bags, bundles and end of bolts added to the shop DAILY! There will be a scrap bag a day featured on Facebook and LOTS of scrappy tutorials and craft ideas on the blog!

If you have any great scrappy projects, let me know!

Happy May!