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:
  • 60" 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!




Monday, January 5, 2015

Free PDF Pattern | Arrow Pillow | by Swoodson Says

Hi there everyone!  Today we're excited to welcome Stephanie from Swoodson Says to the Birch Blog with a fantastic new tutorial!  In celebration of the release of Serengeti by Jay-Cyn Designs, comes this new and totally hip arrow pillow tutorial.  We can see this nestled in your modern nursery, or even displayed on a shelf!


Hi! I'm Stephanie and I blog at Swoodson Says; I'm excited to be working with Birch Fabrics and the new Serengeti line; the vibrant colors are right up my alley. Ever since The Hunger Games movies came out, it seems like arrows are everywhere. I love the modern silhouette so I thought it would work well as a graphic pillow; I use it on our living room couch but it would also be adorable in a nursery or a dorm room!

Supplies
  • 1 yard of woven fabric
  • 5 yards of piping (two store-bought packages)
  • 1 12 oz. bag of fiberfill
  • Coordinating thread
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • The printable pattern
Use a 1/4" seam allowance throughout! Prep fabric and cut the mirrored pair of arrows and one long strip 3" wide X 85 inches long. If you have a print that requires matching, cut the arrow pieces first and then the side strips. Depending which direction you laid your fabric, shrinkage, etc. you may need to piece three or two pieces together but you need to end up in a long strip that is 3” wide X 85 in long.

Steps

1. Pick a spot in the middle of the arrow’s body and start pinning or clipping the piping to the arrow with the fabric facing right side up and the piping raw edges lining up with the arrow’s raw edges. 2. When you get to corners, make small snips in the piping (being careful not to cut through the stitching) and gently bend it around. 3. Continue around the arrow and leave an inch of overlap before trimming. 4. Use a seam ripper and pull out a few stitches on one end of the piping, tug on the cord inside and trim it.

 

5/6. Fold that raw edge inwards a tiny bit and then lay it over top the other end, enveloping it so the cord has no empty spot and no raw edges are showing. 7. Sew all the way around, as close to the piping cord as possible - I used an invisible zipper foot. Making the tight corners/points secure will be easier if you slow down your stitching speed and use a shorter stitch length. Repeat steps to sew piping around the second arrow. 8. Pin or clip the long strip around the entire arrow, right sides together (RST).

 

9. Sew all the way around and as close to the piping cord as possible, keeping the outer edges aligned. Clip excess fabric in corners. Leave a couple inches to align the strips' short edges together. (Leaving the excess instead of sewing the strip together first made it easier for me to get around the corners when I was testing this out). 10. Sew the short ends of the two strips, with RST and trim any excess in the strip. 11. Pin or clip the raw edge of the strip around the second arrow piece, all fabric RST with the piping inside. Double check that all arrow points are lining up between the two body pieces! Sew, leaving a 2-3 inch opening for turning it right side out. 12. Gently turn right side out and stuff firmly with poly-fill. Ladder-stitch closed. Admire!

 



Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us Stephanie!  We know we've got some arrow pillows in our sewing forecast. Cheers!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays from Birch Fabrics! | Plus a Sneak Peek!


Hello Friends!  We wanted to take a moment to wish you a very Happy Holiday!  We hope your holiday is filled with all the good things in life; love, joy, family, and of course great food!

And in case you were wondering, pictured above are the very first pieces of our organic solid knits!  They are so incredibly soft, you won't be disappointed.  See all offered colors here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Our Organic Fleece Is Back!

Hi there folks!  We are proud to announce that we've gotten our Organic Solid Fleece back in stock!  Now shipping to a fabric shop near you!


Birch's organic solid fleece is the stuff dreams are made of.  Woven from 100% organic cotton, and available in eight mod colors.  You'll love the feel, the weight, and the comfort.


Our fleece has a lovely one-way stretch giving it a nice drape for all sorts of projects!


Check out this tutorial from The Crafty Kitty!  It's the perfect time of year to whip up some organic fleece welly liners (or rain boot liners as we call them in the states).  So incredibly cute!