Sew What | Oh What Fun! Pillow

From the moment I saw the thumbnail images of Amy Friend’s incredible pillow project, I knew we were in for a real treat! I am always so amazed by fabric projects and this one is no exception. Here’s how Amy pulled it off:


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Amy: Hi everyone! Today I am here with another fun sewing project using the Aspen Frost collection. I am sharing a brief “how-to” for this single ornament, 18″ pillow cover that coordinates with an upcoming quilt pattern I designed for BasicGrey called Oh What Fun!


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As you can see, the quilt features a top full of ornaments, each unique in their pattern and fabric combinations.  The Oh What Fun! quilt pattern will be available in June along with the Aspen Frost collection.


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To create this pillow, you will want to create one ornament of your choice following the Twin Size option in the pattern.  Once you have done that, you simply add borders of the background fabric to make your block the size of your desired pillow cover.  In this case, I made mine measure 18 1/2″ square.


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Next, back with batting and muslin and quilt as desired.  I quilted with an all over loop design that reminds me of falling snowflakes. Finish up your pillow in your favorite method. I usually prefer an invisible zipper closure but today I decided to use an envelope backing with binding for a touch of color around the outer edge.


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! I look forward to seeing lots of Oh What Fun! quilt tops and pillows pop up on line this summer once the fabric and pattern are available in shops.




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Sew What : Aspen Frost Pajamas

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Christmas may be long gone but spring isn’t quite here either so snowmen are fair game!  I created this sweet set of pjs for my three year old using the new Aspen Frost fabric line.

A size 3/4T pair of pajama bottoms requires 1 1/2 yards of the main fabric and 1/4 yard of the fabric used for the ruffle.  I show you how you can drafting your own pattern for pajama bottoms from your favorite pair.  I also show how you can add the cute little ruffles, just because slippers look so darn cute peeking out from under them!

I added a coordinating snowman appliqué to a plain t-shirt to complete the set.  I used scraps of Aspen Frost and the Sizzix Let It Snow die set by BasicGrey to create the appliqué.

I hope this project inspires you to pull out your sewing machine and stitch up a set!  My little one was thrilled to run up to bed in these new “jammas” as she calls them.

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Sew What : Lovebug

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This Love Bug softie is made using BG’s Kissing Booth fabrics.  It’s just a simple, sweet softie to make your littlest Valentine smile.
Begin by printing your pattern pieces from the PDF files :
Print at actual size, or 100%. Choose a brown print for the upper body, another for the bottom of the body, and for the face.  Choose a red print for the heart shaped wings.
Additional supplies needed:
  • Two BasicGrey Essential buttons for eyes
  • Scraps of Kissing Booth for appliqued hearts
  • Steam A Steam Lite
  • embroidery floss
  • batting scraps
Print pattern pieces.
Begin with the love bug body top.  Apply fusible webbing to the back of two fussy cut hearts from the Kissing Booth line.  Iron in place (shown on pattern piece).  Raw edge
appliqué.  Using embroidery floss, stitch the antennae.  Next, with right sides together, sew the curved seam on the top of the love bug body.  Clip seams.

Next, pick up your two red hearts.  With right sides together, and two pieces of quilt batting
sandwiched in as well, stitch around the heart shaped wings with a 1/4″ seam leaving an opening for turning. Clip seams and turn.  Handstitch opening closed.  Quilt as desired.

Center the wings over the curved seam.  The base of the heart should be 3/4″ from the center bottom. Stitch wings in place with a single seam through the center of the heart.
Add a layer of quilt batting to bottom body piece if desired and quilt.  Next, with right sides together, attach the body top to the body bottom, leaving an opening for turning where the head will be.  Stuff very well and hand-stitch opening closed.

Next, take a dinner plate and trace it to create a circle for your love bug head.  Iron edges under 1/4″.  Take loose running stitches around the perimeter by hand.

Pull thread to cinch head closed. Stuff well.  Attach two button eyes and embroider a mouth.  Attach to body with hand-stitches.
Go on and gift your love bug!
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Sew What : Blitzen Fabric Wreath

Today, I thought we’d make a fabric wreath for the holidays!  It’s something a little bit different and it will use up all of your Blitzen scraps if you have been sewing along with me. If you missed my previous Blitzen tutorials, there is the Patchwork Christmas Stocking, Blitzen Table Topper and Christmas Cog Quilt.
For this project, I started out with a 16″ Styrofoam wreath.  I wrapped it with strips of one of the primarily white patterned fabrics.  The strips were hand cut with pinking shears about 1-1 1/2″ high by the width of the fabric.  It took approximately 12 strips but this will vary depending on your overlap.
Then I took 6″ squares of Pellon Peltex 72 F Double-Sided Fusible and used my iron to adhere green Blitzen prints to both sides.  Because they were quite thick I sent them through my Sizzix BigShot one at a time using the BasicGrey Holly Bigz Die.  I cut about 45 leaves.  I then stitched down the center on my sewing machine for the vein. I chain stitched and clipped them apart at the end.

I grouped like sized leaves into groups of three and secured them with BasicGrey buttons for red holly berries. I glued the bunches onto the wreath with a hot glue gun. I added some additional small leaves here and there for filler (without the berries).

The bow is a 5″ strip of one of the red Blitzen prints, cut the width of the fabric. I left the selvage on because it has cute little snowmen.

Happy Holidays!

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