Embrace Double Gauze Girls’ Bow Dress

My name is Denise and I love designing sewing patterns! Especially for little girls’ dresses. You can find me at DIY-Crush, an online marketplace for sewing and craft patterns, and Whimsy Couture Sewing patterns, a website especially for baby and kids sewing patterns. I’m so excited to be here again! I want to share a sweet dress I just finished sewing in Embrace double gauze, made from my own girls’ dress pattern. I’ll also be sharing some helpful tips for sewing with Embrace double gauze.

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The dress features a bow in back and pretty ruffle details.

I made the dress in Solid Embrace Amethyst and Solid Embrace Teal

Embrace Double Gauze Amethyst

 

 

 

 

 

Embrace Double Gauze Teal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the dress from the back:

Embrace-double-gauze-dress by DIY-Crush

To see more about the dress and for tips on sewing with Embrace double gauze, click here: Facts & Tips For Sewing With Double Gauze Fabric

Here’s a link to the dress pattern that I used: Whimsy Couture Bow Twirl Dress Pattern. You could make this dress in so many different combinations of Embrace!

I hope you like this pattern! I’d love to hear your comments on what you think of the dress.

You can visit me at DIY-Crush and Whimsy Couture Sewing patterns for more tips and also for more patterns.

Bye for now,
Denise

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Cuddle DIY Doll Clothing Garment Bag

Polly here from the Pieces by Polly blog with a free pattern for making your own hanging garment bag for your 18″ doll using Cuddle Fabric from Shannon Fabrics.  This is part of a series of DIY Doll tutorials in partnership with Pieces by Polly, Shannon Fabrics, and Fairfield World and you’ll want to check them out as well as check back for future projects.

Cuddle Easy Garment Bag for doll outfits

Besides being so adorable and super soft, they’re also really quick to make.

Time: About 1/2 an hour

Skill: Beginner

Materials:

  • 1/2  yard Cuddle Fabric.  We chose Embossed Star Cuddle® Fuchsia and Embossed Heart Cuddle® Lilac.  The Cuddle 3, Cuddle prints, and Embossed Cuddle with the shorter pile definitely work better for these than the longer piled Cuddle.
  • 14″ Coordinating Zipper
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat or Fabric scissors
  • Printed Pattern
Instructions:
Lay out your pattern pieces.  You will need one back piece and two front pieces.  Note that the front pieces are slightly larger than half of the back piece.
Pin the front pieces together at the center.  Stitch closed with a basting stitch (usually the longest stitch on your machine.)  DO NOT backstitch at the ends.  You want a long stitch because we’ll be removing all these stitches in a bit.

 

Open your front pieces up FACE DOWN and spread open the seam.  With the zipper centered, pin the zipper in place.
Stitch along both sides of the zipper about 1/4 inch from the zipper.  A zipper foot is helpful if you have one, but not necessary.
Use a seam ripper or small scissors to remove your basting stitches and open up your zipper.  Leave your zipper mostly open.

Pin your front and back pieces together.  You always want to use plenty of pins when sewing with Cuddle fabrics.

Sew around your garment back with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Do NOT sew the flat part at the top of the garment bag.  Clip the lower corners.

 

Turn your garment bag right side out.  Fold the raw edges at the top of the bag under 1/2 an inch and sew securely down to hem.  (No need to double fold the hem, since Cuddle fabrics don’t fray.

 

And you’re all ready to use it!

For the doll garment bag PDF pattern, click on this link:

 

Cuddle Easy DIY Garment Bag for doll outfits
Cuddle DIY 18" Doll luggage and accessories sewing tutorial
Cuddle DIY 18" Doll reversible doll lsleeping bag sewing tutorial
 
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Everything You Wanted To Know About Sewing with Cuddle

Sew4Home, with a little help from Fabric Depot, has gathered some excellent tips and tutorials on sewing with Cuddle®.

Sewing with Cuddle Plush Fabric

The tips cover everything you need to know about Cuddle and more!

Sewing with Cuddle Fabric

You’ll learn:

  • What is Cuddle and why it is different!
  • The many types of Cuddle–
  • Solids
  • Prints
  • Embossed
  • Double Sided
  • Washing and cutting
  • Machine set-up and stitching
  • Combining Cuddle with other fabric types
  • Pressing (or not)

Here are a few pretty examples of our Embossed and Textured Cuddle:

Sewing with Cuddle plush fabric

And, here are some examples of the wide variety and huge selection of Cuddle- in solids and of course prints!

Cuddle prints

We even have double sided Cuddle in solids, prints, and in many different textures like our new Cloud Spa Cuddle.

Sewing with Cuddle plush fabric

And, if you have pets, they’ll love Cuddle too (even if they don’t sew)! #catsonCuddle

Sewing with Cuddle Fabric

So, head on over to Sew4Home and view the tips and links to the tutorials here: Sewing with Plush Fabric

Please comment below and let us know what you’d like to see next on our blog so we can Make Your World a Softer Place™.

Hugs,

Ellen

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Cuddle Suede Hobo Bag

My name is Denise and I’ve been designing sewing patterns for as long as I can remember. You can find me at DIY-Crush, an online marketplace for sewing and craft patterns, and Whimsy Couture Sewing patterns, a website especially for baby and kids sewing patterns. I’m so excited to be here again! Thank you Shannon Fabrics for having me today!

I want to share a free hobo bag pattern made from this wonderful faux suede fabric.

Hobo Bag Faux Suede Slouchy Hobo Bag Pattern

I also wrote up a tutorial with step by step images so you can follow along.

Cuddle Suede Hobo bag

Shannon Fabrics sent me some of their Cuddle Suede Gold.  I just love the gold color! Cuddle Suede comes in many colors so you can make one in your own favorite color.

Cuddle Suede Gold

If you need a large bag for the town but still want it to look modern and chic, then this faux suede hobo bag is for you!

Cuddle Suede Hobo Bag

It is easy to sew and doesn’t weigh much at all. It folds together nicely when not in use. It could double as a (large) purse if you wanted! Just add some purse organizers to make it functional and add volume.

The design of this bag features the frayed selvages of the faux suede which has pretty neat characteristics. It adds to the Boho inspired design of the hobo bag which often comes with fringe or tassels.

If you do not prefer the rugged look, you can omit having the selvages on the outside by placing the main bag fabric with right sides together instead of wrong sides. Then you can position the seam on the back.

Before you start, you might want to check out these tips from Shannon Fabrics about Cuddle Suede. You can download the tips here: Cuddle Suede Tips.

8 Tips for sewing faux suede DIY Crush

Take a look at how to make this slouchy hobo bag!

You need the following:

List of materials:

  • Cut the following pieces of faux suede fabric:

Main piece: 11” x 60-61” (cut across from selvage to selvage)

Top band: 6.5” x 19.5”

Strap: 3” x 40”

  • Sewing machine
  • Serger optional
  • Heavy duty needle (for denims etc.)
  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Iron

Preparing your faux suede fabric:

-Prewash it according to the manufacturer instructions. Most can be washed in cold water with little detergent and no fabric softener.

-Dry in dryer on low heat with NO dryer sheet as they will leave stains on the fabric.

-Press your faux suede on low heat (best setting for me was right before cotton with little steam). Using a pressing cloth is very highly recommended.

Stitch length: 3-3.5

Seam allowance: stated in the tutorial

Print the template on 100% and check the 1 inch print scale. Cut out 2 pages and tape both half circles together on the “tape” line to make an oval shaped template.

Cuddle Suede Hobo Bag bottom template

For the bag’s main area, cut one piece of faux suede on the fold, completely across the fabric’s width. From selvage to selvage. The selvage actually will create the front “design”. If you do not prefer this frayed look you can sew the main area of the bag differently (more about this in step 3.)

Follow this picture tutorial:

Cuddle Suede Hobo Bag Part 1

  1. Fold your fabric with wrong sides together and pin the template to it. Either directly cut around the template or use a pencil or washable fabric marker to trace around it first. I traced mine.
  2. Remove pins and remove template, then pin both oval pieces together and sew all the way around using a straight stitch.
  3. At this point you can decide whether or not you like frayed selvage look on the main area of the bag or not. If you don’t, fold the fabric with RIGHT sides together and sew the edges together with a seam allowance of 1”. If you do like the frayed front seam, fold your fabric with WRONG sides together and sew along the dashes with a 1” seam allowance.
  4. To sew the bottom (oval piece) to the main piece, mark the center of the oval piece, and place it onto the bottom edge of the bag’s main piece while the main piece’s right side is facing up.
  5. Start pinning the oval piece to the main piece, only along the straight edge of the oval.
  6. Repeat step no. 5 with the opposite side of the oval and the main area. Leave the sides open.
  7. Mark the center of the short oval side and the main area and pin both together with one pin.

The excess fabric on either side of the oval will now be folded in to create a fold or box pleat. Pull the fabric straight as shown here:

Cuddle Suede Hobo Bag close up step outThen (step 8 ) form the extra fabric to match the curve. Both folds will be pinned to the oval to create an even look. Once the entire area is pinned, sew all layers together. Practice extra cautions and sew very slowly over the multi layers, your machine might need a little help with the dial to push the needle through. Overcast/zig zag stitch or serge the seams.

9. Unfold the bag so the seam is facing up and the oval bottom side facing down.

10. Then measure the top edge to ensure it measures exactly 18.5” in circumference. This is important for the top band to fit.

11. Then repeat steps 7 through 9.

12. Take the top band and fold it over sideways with right sides together. Pin and sew the short edges with a ½” seam allowance.

13. Unfold it and fold in the top and bottom edge ½” and press.

14. Fold band in half with wrong sides together and press.

15. Ensure that both folds completely meet.

Second part of the tutorial:

Cuddle Suede Hobo Bag Part 2

16. Have your bag ready and turn it inside out.

17. Lay it upside down in front of you and with your lip edge ruler make tiny marks 2.5” away from the edge.

18. Place the top band with right side down, aligning the bottom fold along the marked line on the bag.

19. sorry, mixed up images. This one shows the marked line at 2.5” from the edge all the way around.

20. Place your band (fold) right at the marked line.

21. Unfold the fold and pin to bag.

22. Sew band to bag right along the crease of the band.

23. Fold band all the way over the bag.

24. Turn the bag with right sides out.

25. Fold down the top band.

26. Take the strap fabric piece and fold in the sides and top and bottom edge ½” and press in place.

27. Fold strap in half with wrong sides together and press again. Ensure that the folds are meeting all the way through. Sew along the long edges only. Backstitch the beginning and end.

28. Pin the strap ends to the top band of the bag and leave ¼” space before you hit the seam of the top band. Pin in place and sew the straps on with a rectangle and a cross shape.

29. Close up of sewn on straps.

30. Your bag is done! Now go shop for some fabric! ;)

Cuddle Suede Hobo Bag

I hope you like this pattern and will make many hobo bags for yourself and for your friends! I’d love to hear your comments on what you think of the bag!

You can visit me at DIY-Crush and Whimsy Couture Sewing patterns for more free patterns.

Bye for now,
Denise

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Embrace Double Gauze Ruffled Scarves

Bring on spring with these beautiful breezy Embrace double gauze ruffled scarves.

Embrace Double Gauze Scarves

These pretty scarves are made with our Embrace double gauze which is 100% cotton. Embrace double gauze is pre-washed so it’s extra soft and just gets softer each time you wash it!

Embrace Double Gauze Scarves

Sew4Home worked with Fabric Depot to create a step-by-step sewing tutorial that’s easy and fast.

The scarves feature lovely ruffled edges on the bottom for a bit of whimsy and flounce.

They finish at a nice 70 inches long, so there are multiple ways you can wear them…

Embrace Double Gauze Scarves

You can wear these alone…. or paired and twisted together. Choose a solid and a print, two solids or two mix and match prints!

Embrace Double Gauze Scarves

Here is the scarf worn beautiful on its own. We think it makes a lovely statement piece.

Embrace Double Gauze Scarves

For these scarves, Sew4Home chose a pretty double gauze arrow print and a contrasting solid:

Embrace Archer Teal double gauze

Embrace Archer Teal by Premier Prints

Embrace double gauze Banana

Solid Embrace Banana

Here you can see the unique double gauze weave close up:

Embrace Double Gauze Scarves

You can make these scarves in so many different options! Sew4Home also selected additional fabric pairings such as these:

Solid Embrace Coral with Premier Dandelion Embrace Coral

Solid Embrace Cobalt with A+ Embrace Teal

Solid Embrace Teal with Mariposa Embrace Multi

Embrace Double Gauze Scarves

Are you ready for spring? We sure are!

Embrace Double Gauze Scarves

Download the tutorial here: Embrace Double Gauze Ruffled Scarves

Happy spring! What’s on your list of spring sewing projects?

Making The World A Softer Place™

-Ellen

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Cuddle Travel Neck Pillow

Vanessa of Crafty Gemini Creates loves to sew, quilt and craft. These days since she’s often traveling to teach classes, she designed this Cuddle travel neck pillow to keep her comfy.

Cuddle Travel Neck Pillow

Vanessa created a tutorial for Missouri Star Quilt Company to show how to make the pillow. The tutorial includes a free downloadable template and a step by step how-to video.

She actually ended up making two different pillows. These pillows are great for airplane travel or long car rides too.

Cuddle Travel Neck Pillow pinnable

Both pillows have Cuddle prints on the front and Cuddle solids on the back. One features a fun airplane print (how appropriate, right?) and one is made with a houndscheck print.

Vanessa chose the following Cuddle fabrics for the fronts:

Houndscheck Cuddle Midnight Teal

Houndscheck Cuddle Midnight/Teal a Robert Kaufman Cuddle Basics Collection

Aviator Cuddle Teal

Aviator Cuddle Teal designed by Prints and Pattern, from Boy Toys, a Robert Kaufman Cuddle collection

She chose these Cuddle 3® solids for the backs:

Cuddle 3 Apple Green

Solid Cuddle 3® Apple Green (back of Houndscheck)

Cuddle 3 Teal

Solid Cuddle 3®Teal (back of Aviator)

Vanessa stuffed the pillows with POLY-FILL® polyester fiberfill from Fairfield World (we love this stuff!).

Cuddle Travel Neck Pillow

Even the Marketing Director at Missouri Star Quilt Co. loves his travel pillow!

Cuddle Travel Neck Pillow

Follow this link for more information about the pillow and to watch the video: Make Your Own Travel Neck Pillow

Do you like to travel? Comment below and tell us where you will be traveling next. If you’re not sure where you should go next, Missouri Star Quilt Company is hosting a 3-day Spring Fling Retreat in May, featuring our very own Mary Gay Leahy and it’s all about Shannon Cuddle and Embrace!

spring fling retreat

They still have a few spots available, so hurry and register you and a friend HERE.

Making Your World A Softer Place™

Ellen

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Cuddle + Flannel Baby Blanket with Easy Binding

Babies enjoy interesting textures and they are fond of all things soft and plush. Sew4Home designed a delightful baby blanket with Cuddle that’s lovely for a new baby gift, baby shower or for any baby on any occasion.

Cuddle and Flannel Baby Blanket

Sew4Home worked with Fabric Depot to create a step-by-step tutorial for a Cuddle and Flannel Baby Blanket.

Cuddle and Flannel Baby Blanket

The adorable blanket features self-binding mitered corners. An embossed Cuddle was used for the front. Sew4Home chose Cuddle Dimple® in Taupe.

Cuddle Dimple Taupe

A cotton flannel was used for the back and self-binding. And, a pretty serpentine rick rack trim in white adds more texture and embellishment.

Cuddle and Flannel Baby Blanket

Cotton batting was also used to make this blanket extra plush – Sew4Home chose Warm & Plush, a low loft batting from The Warm ® Company.

Cuddle and Flannel Baby Blanket

How cute is this? Wouldn’t it be a great baby gift? 

Cuddle and Flannel Baby Blanket

For tips on mixing Cuddle with cotton, download our tip sheet Combining Cotton and Cuddle.

The blanket tutorial features step-by-step instructions with lots of images along the way. You can download the tutorial here: Cuddle + Flannel Baby Blanket with Easy Binding

We hope you liked this project. We’ll be sharing more tutorials from Sew4Home and Fabric Depot. Please comment below and let us know what you think. We love hearing from you.

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Cozy Cuddle Dog Bed

We love Rob Appell of Man Sewing.  He has so much enthusiasm and energy for everything he makes. And, he’s passionate about working with Cuddle!

Cozy Cuddle Dog Bed

Rob created this easy sewing tutorial for a Cuddle dog bed on behalf of Missouri Star Quilt Company. Rob’s dog Winston is the lucky recipient of the bed.

Cozy Cuddle Dog Bed

Rob chose the following Cuddle fabrics for the bed: a whimsical dog theme print from Cuddle Kids, a Shannon Studio Cuddle collection, and a geometric zig zag from our Cuddle Classics collection:

Ruff Ruff Scarlet Cuddle

 

 

 

 

 

Ruff-Ruff Cuddle Scarlet

Zig Zag Cuddle Red/Black/Snow

 

 

 

 

 

Zig Zag Cuddle Red/Black/Snow

To stuff the bed, Rob used some POLY-FIL® by Fairfield World (one of our favorite polyester fiberfills).

Rob also made another Cuddle dog bed for Winston. He used neutrals in camel and grey.

This is a photo of Winston on his bed. Isn’t he sweet?

Cozy Cuddle Dog Bed Camel and Ash

This bed is made with solid and embossed Cuddle fabrics, Cuddle 3® and Embossed Chevron Cuddle®:

Solid Cuddle 3 Camel

 

 

 

 

 

Solid Cuddle 3® Camel

Embossed Chevron Cuddle Charcoal

 

 

 

 

 

Embossed Chevron Cuddle Charcoal

Here is a link to watch the video: Make a Cozy Dog Bed with Shannon Cuddle Fabric

Please comment below and let us know if your pets have beds, too.

Hugs with Cuddle,
Ellen

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Soft Elegance Cuddle Blanket

Cuddle Soft Elegance Blanket

Today we’re sharing this luscious and super plush Soft Elegance Sherpa + Cuddle Big Blanket.

Cuddle Soft Elegance Blanket

When you want to cover up with something soft, warm and comforting, this Soft Elegance blanket will do the trick. It is made with two thick layers of Cuddle: a rich Embossed Ribbon Cuddle® on top with a thick Sherpa Cuddle® on the back.

Cuddle Soft Elegance Big Blanket

This big blanket is perfect for a throw over a sofa.

Cuddle Soft Elegance Blanket

And, we all know that cats love Cuddle!

cat on Cuddle Blanket

To make this blanket extra plush, you’ll need a flannel interlining. You will also need a cotton print for binding.

Cuddle Soft Elegance Blanket

Sew4Home selected these sumptuous Cuddle fabrics from Fabric Depot.

Embossed Ribbon Cuddle Black

Embossed Ribbon Cuddle® Black is used on the front.

Sherpa Cuddle Ivory

Sherpa Cuddle® Ivory is on the back.

The binding is a cotton print for added interest.

Cuddle Soft Elegance Blanket

Beautiful, don’t you think?

You can download the tutorial here: Soft Elegance Sherpa + Cuddle Big Blanket.

We’ll be sharing more tutorials from Sew4Home and Fabric Depot so be sure to watch for them. Please comment below and let us know what types of tutorials you’d like to see next.

Hugs with Cuddle,
Ellen

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Reversible Cuddle Cowl

Vanessa of Crafty Gemini Creates makes everything so easy! She made this quick and easy tutorial for a Reversible Fleece Cowl Neck Warmer for Missouri Star Quilt Company. We love this idea because it’s a perfect transitional piece from season to season.

Reversible Cuddle Cowl

Vanessa created two different cowls and we adore them both!

Cuddle Cowls side by side

She used these pretty Cuddle fabrics:

S oft Cuddle Cheetah Tan/Brown

 

 

 

 

 

Cheetah Soft Cuddle Tan/Brown

Chevron Cuddle Charcoal/ Snow

 

 

 

 

 

Chevron Cuddle Charcoal/Snow

Embossed Diamond Cuddle Black

 

 

 

 

 

Embossed Diamond Cuddle® Black

Cuddle Dimple Ash

 

 

 

 

 

Cuddle Dimple® Ash

Here’s another shot of the cowl in the Cheetah print:

Reversible Cuddle Cowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on this link to watch the step-by-step video tutorial: Reversible Fleece Cowl Neck Warmer

Reversible Cuddle Cowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment below and let us know what you think. What fabrics would you choose to make your own cowl?

Hugs with Cuddle,
Ellen

PS You can find Cuddle fabrics at Missouri Star Quilt Co, your local quilt shop or fabric store or at many online retailers as well.

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Trudy’s Faux Flange Cuddle Blanket

Cuddle-Blanket-Trudy's Faux Flange BLanket

Happy #TutorialTuesday! Today we’re sharing Trudy’s Faux Flange Cuddle Blanket.

Cuddle-Blanket-Trudy

Design inspiration credit for this lovely blanket goes to Fabric Depot company president, Trudy Parry Shurts, who made a similar blanket for one of her grandchildren. It was such a hit that she shared the technique with Sew4Home and they developed it into an easy, step-by-step tutorial you can size up or down.

Cuddle-Blanket-Trudy

The blanket border is created with an easy seamed faux flange, giving it a unique look.

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A houndscheck Cuddle print is featured on the front and a Crushed Soft Cuddle is used on the back. The blanket is interlined with flannel for a soft and supple look.

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This is the print on the front: Houndscheck Cuddle Coral/Navy, a Robert Kaufman Cuddle print

Cuddle houndscheck coralnavy

This is what was used on the back Crushed Soft Cuddle Beige  

Soft Cuddle Crushed Beige

 Doesn’t this blanket look soft? 

Cuddle-Blanket-Trudy

You can download the tutorial here: Trudy’s Faux Flange Cuddle Blanket.

We’ll be sharing more tutorials from Sew4Home and Fabric Depot so be sure to watch for more. Please comment below and let us know what you’d like to see next so we can Make Your World a Softer Place.

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Swaddle Blanket Kit Giveaway

Hello! We are excited about partnering with Martha Pullen Company for 2016 Teacher Licensing events. So, we thought we’d start the year off with a Swaddle Blanket Kit giveaway hosted on Martha Pullen’s blog.

SwaddleBlanketKitGiveaway

You can enter to win this adorable Patty Cakes Swaddle Gift Set Kit. It’s so sweet we named it Sugar Cookie. This precious kit includes all of the fabrics you need to sew a self-binding baby blanket, swaddle blanket and lovey. It also includes the Free Pattern. The kit contains Fun Dot Embrace Blue Double Gauze 100% cotton and Cuddle Dimple Topaz.

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Cuddle Dimple Topaz

To enter for a chance to win and for more details, visit The Martha Pullen blog.

And, as a thank you for visiting My Cuddle Corner, comment below for an extra chance to win! Comment with the hashtag #Swaddle.

Be sure to comment by midnight EST on Feb 10, 2016. Winners will be chosen randomly and announced here. Two lucky winners will be chosen.

Good Luck!

Hugs with Cuddle,
Ellen

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PPS You can find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com.

Or use our NEW Store Locator to find shops near you! To find a list of online retailers that carry Shannon Fabrics, click here.

Remember, the Shannon Fabrics website has a wealth of information that we think you’ll love: free patterns, tips and tricks, PDF tutorials and video tutorials too!

To stay up-to-date on what is happening, Join the Shannon Fabrics mailing list and Subscribe to the Shannon Fabrics blog, My Cuddle Corner. In addition, follow us on social media! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, connect with us on TwitterYouTubeGoogle +Instagram, Flickr, and Tumblr.

Cuddle Cakes Great Giveaway: We’re a Soft Touch

Hey everyone- We have an exciting Cuddle giveaway for you! There will be 3 lucky winners! We’ve partnered with Fabric Depot and Sew4Home for this great Cuddle Cakes Giveaway.

Cuddle Cake Great Giveaway with Shannon Fabrics, Sew4Home and Fabric Depot

Win ONE of THREE Cuddle Cakes – each bundle includes Twenty 10 x 10 Cuddle Squares, two of each. You could win Cuddle Cakes Black & WhiteCuddle Cakes Little Dottie, or Cuddle Cakes Midnight Zoologie.

The Cuddle Cakes Black & White features a coordinated group of Solid Cuddle, Embossed Cuddle and Cuddle prints.

Cuddle Cakes Black and White - Cuddle Cake Great Giveaway with Shannon Fabrics, Sew4Home and Fabric Depot

Cuddle Cakes Little Dottie is a lovely group of Solid Cuddle, Embossed Cuddle and Cuddle prints– it features ladybugs, flowers, trellis, houndstooth, embossed houndstooth, ABC’s, Swiss Dot, Mod Dot and solids. Colors include Black, Charcoal, Scarlet, Snow White.

Cuddle Cakes Little Dottie Cuddle Cake Great Giveaway with Shannon Fabrics, Sew4Home and Fabric Depot

Cuddle Cakes Midnight Zoologie is from Urban Zoologie, by Ann Kelle, a Robert Kaufman Cuddle Collection- it features adorable hippos, dinosaurs, giraffes, monkeys, dots, stripes…in colors such as Midnight, Kiwi, Cactus, and Cappuccino.

Cuddle Cakes Midnight Zoologie

We’re doing this giveaway with our friends over at Sew4Home and Fabric Depot.

Cuddle Cake Great Giveaway with Shannon Fabrics, Sew4Home and Fabric Depot

In addition to the Cuddle Cakes Great Giveaway, you’ll also want to check out this week’s Cuddle tutorials at Sew4Home. They’ve done three different Cuddle blanket projects and a helpful Sewing with Cuddle how-to article.

For details and to enter to win one of THREE Cuddle Cakes in the Cuddle Cakes Great Giveaway: We’re a Soft Touch, click here.

Giveaway closes at midnight PT February 19, 2016.

NOTE: This Giveaway is open to our US visitors as well as our International visitors. 

We would like to know which Cuddle Cake pack is your favorite: Black and White, Little Dottie or Midnight Zoologie. Let us know in the comments below.

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Cuddle Valentine Hearts Quilt & Giveaway

Just a few more weeks until Valentine’s Day and we have the sweetest Cuddle quilt pattern to warm your heart. Plus, there’s a giveaway too!

Valentine Hearts Cuddle Quilt

We’re doing a Giveaway for a Cuddle Charms precuts pack in Pretty in Pink. Just comment below for a chance to win!

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Valentine Hearts was designed by Pat Wodskow. It finishes approximately 60” x 72” and features many different pretty colors and plush textures of Kozy Cuddle Solids. The three interlocking heart shape appliques are made with more Kozy Cuddle solids and Zebra Cuddle Black/Snow White from Animal Cuddle prints.

Valentine Hearts is a FREE pattern download. Download Valentine Hearts here.

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For tips on how to applique with Cuddle, we have two different downloadable tip sheets: How to Applique with Cuddle and Applique the Cuddle Way.

If you’d like to get the Valentine Hearts Cuddle quilt kit, it’s available for a limited time only, exclusively at CuddleSoftkits. You can even ask about a finished quilt!

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GIVEAWAY!

Cuddle Charms Pretty in Pink

If you’d like to enter the giveaway to win a Cuddle Charms pack in Pretty in Pink, please leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day. Giveaway ends 1/14 at midnight EST and we will choose one random winner. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Cuddle Patchwork Body Pillow

Hi- I’m Polly from Pieces by Polly and I’m happy to be sharing this easy Cuddle body pillow on My Cuddle Corner.

When my son’s 3rd grade teacher asked me to update her classroom reading corner, I knew I wanted to incorporate some Cuddle. Every pillow needs a good pillow cover, and if it’s going to be used around kids, the pillow cover needs to come off and be washable, so this pillow cover has a zipper.

 

 

The teacher uses a toddler bed as a kind of sofa for the kids and it had a lumpy, faded, worn out body pillow as the backing cushion, so we decided it needed an upgrade.


The teacher is a huge Seattle Seahawks fan, so we wanted to incorporate Seahawks colors into the project. I used a combination of 10″ squares from some Cuddle Cakes in Sterling Silver and Dark De Lux. Plus I cut some 10″ squares from some Dark Lime Cuddle 3­® I had in my stash. In total there’s Cuddle 3® in Navy, Dark Lime, Ash, Charcoal, and Silver in this pillow cover. Shannon Fabrics has lots of Cuddle Cakes packs to choose from if you want a different color combination.

 

What you’ll need to complete this project: (Amounts may vary depending on the size pillow you’re covering.)

  • 5 lb. Box of Poly-Fil® Premium Fiber Fill
  • 24 – 10″ Cuddle Cake Squares from Shannon Fabrics. (1 Cuddle Cake is enough for a slightly shorter pillow or 2 Cuddle Cakes will give you plenty with extra left over.)
  • Old body pillow to recover (or new one)
  • 18″ zipper
  • Coordinating thread
  • 1 2/3 yard fabric (ONLY if you’re making a body pillow from scratch.)

Head over to the Pieces by Polly blog for complete instructions.


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It’s been nice visiting with you!

Bye for now,

Polly

Cuddle Crib Skirt Tutorial

We have a quick and easy sewing tutorial for you featuring Cuddle Precuts. You can use Cuddle Cakes to make an adorable Cuddle crib skirt. What a great idea to add some style to a nursery!

This step-by-step crib skirt tutorial was created by Jess of Gracious Threads and appeared on Fleece Fun.

Cuddle Crib Skirt Tutorial Gracious Threads on Fleece Fun

To make the Cuddle crib skirt, Jess used a Cuddle Cakes pack and some yardage.

She used one pack of Cuddle Cakes in Bashful Boy.

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This pack contains coordinated Cuddle fabrics in an easy-to-use, convenient layer cake. It includes 20- 10″ squares of Cuddle, 2 of each style. Bashful Boy features classic prints in baby blue, silver, charcoal, and white.

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For the platform piece, Jess used 1.5 yards of woven cotton fabric. You could also use Cuddle yardage in solids or prints- you’d just need to modify the instructions a bit, as Cuddle is a knit.

Of course, you could create your own Cuddle crib skirt using any of our Cuddle Cakes. We have solids, prints, and so many textures. There are packs with themes for girls, boys, and gender neutral too. To see all of our Cuddle Cakes, follow this link.

Isn’t this a great way to add some style to a nursery?

Download the Cuddle Fleece Crib Skirt Tutorial here. Happy Sewing!

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

You can find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com.

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Easy DIY Faux Fur Throw

What’s better than getting cozy and warm with a faux fur throw on a cold day?

Easy DIY Faux Fur Throw with Shannon Fabrics by Sewbon

We’ve got a quick and easy DIY Faux Fur Throw sewing tutorial from Erin of Sewbon. It can even be done in less than an hour! What a great gift idea, right? …or you may end up keeping it for yourself…

Easy DIY Faux Fur Throw with Shannon Fabrics by Sewbon

Sewbon designed this gorgeous throw with our faux fur on one side and a simple lining on the back. All you need is faux fur, lining, a walking foot if you have one, general sewing supplies and some of those amazing Wonder Clips (we like the ones from Clover).

Easy DIY Faux Fur Throw with Shannon Fabrics by Sewbon

Sewbon used Fancy Mink fur Beige from the Embossed Faux Fur collection. The lining is from her own stash.

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Here’s a closeup of the throw. Isn’t it luxurious?

Easy DIY Faux Fur Throw with Shannon Fabrics by Sewbon

The finished throw size is about 47 inches x 60 inches.

In her tutorial, Erin included 5 Tips on working with faux fur. For more tips on working with fur, visit the Tips & Tricks page on the Shannon Fabrics website here. You can reference and download these tip sheets: Faux Fur Tips and 10 Tips for Sewing with Fake Fur.

Easy DIY Faux Fur Throw with Shannon Fabrics by Sewbon
Download the tutorial here: Faux Fur Throw Blanket Sewing Tutorial. We’ll be sharing more tutorials from Sewbon so be sure to watch for them….Comment below and let us know if you’ve ever sewn with faux fur.

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

You can find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com.

You can also use our NEW Store Locator to find shops near you! To use it, click here: Store Locator.

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On the Go Bags Blog Tour

Welcome to our stop on the blog tour for On the Go Bags—15 Handmade Purses, Totes & Organizers by Lindsay Conner and Janelle MacKay (Stash Books). The book is available this month at CTPub.com and January 7th on Amazon! Add it to your holiday wishlist now, and comment below for your chance to win a copy!

Photo: C&T Publishing

Photo: C&T Publishing

When you think of sewing bags, you might not automatically think of sewing with Cuddle fabric. But, the clever designers in this book have thought of a project we are really excited about. It’s a Cuddle and laminated cotton Park Blanket– that folds up into a tote–! …So you can take it with you when you’re on the go!

Cuddle Park Blanket from On the Go Bags

On the front and Velcro flap of this self-binding Cuddle blanket is Robert Kaufman Urban Zoologie laminated cotton by Ann Kelle. It’s easy to take your picnic with you when you sew this mess-free blanket! This pattern, and 14 other unique organizers for everyday life, are included in this new sewing book On the Go Bags.

Cuddle Park Blanket from On the Go Bags

The color used in this example is Chevron Jade Embossed Cuddle. You could make this project in so many color combinations, and still have fun choosing! The blanket has a layer of quilt batting in the middle to make it extra cushy.

Cuddle Park Blanket On the Go bags blog tour

 

On the Go Bags Blog Tour

Tuesday, Dec 1: Shannon Fabrics / Sew Sweetness
Wednesday, Dec 2: Clover & Violet / Ann Kelle
Thursday, Dec 3: Radiant Home Studio / Melly Sews
Friday, Dec 4: Sew Caroline / Mia’s Creations
Saturday, Dec 5: ikat bag / imagine gnats
Monday, Dec 7: sewVery / The Girl Inspired
Tuesday, Dec 8: Stash Books / Fabric Mutt
Wednesday, Dec 9: Pellon
Thursday, Dec 10: Simple Simon and Co / Mrs. H
Friday, Dec 11: Emmaline Bags / Lindsay Sews
Monday, Dec 13: Sew, Mama, Sew

On the Go Bags (Dec. 2015, Stash Books)

Giveaway!

Would you like to win a copy of On the Go Bags? Leave a comment on this post telling us what style of bag is most useful in your everyday life and why. Giveaway ends 12/15 at midnight EST, and we’ll choose one random winner. U.S. winner will receive a hard copy, and winner outside the U.S. will receive an e-Book.

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

You can find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com.

You can also use our NEW Store Locator to find shops near you! To use it, click here: Store Locator.

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Giving Thanks – Cuddle Applique Pillows

Giving Thanks - Cuddle Applique Pillows Sewing Tutorial

There are so many things to be thankful for. Especially now at this time of year, we step back and reflect on everything we are grateful for– like good health, loving family, wonderful kind-hearted friends, food to eat, clothes to wear, a warm bed to sleep in, and shelter…and there’s so much more of course.

We think you’ll like this tutorial on a pretty pair of Cuddle applique pillows, embellished with the words “Give” and “Thanks” – and how fun as a pair! Perfect for some pretty Thanksgiving holiday décor, but appropriate too for all year ‘round.

Polly of Pieces By Polly designed the pillows and created the tutorial.

The pillows feature Cuddle 3® and Embossed Ribbon Cuddle® from the Kozy Cuddle Collection – for the front, Cuddle Cake Squares in Hot Chocolate – for the back, and applique of Rose Cuddle® in Snow White.

For the fronts – Polly used Embossed Ribbon Cuddle® Brown and Cuddle 3® Brown, from Kozy Cuddle:

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For the backs — she used Cuddle Cakes Hot Chocolate- look at all of the luscious textures:

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And, for the applique embellishment, Rose Cuddle® Snow White:

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To stuff the pillows, Polly used Home Elegance® Pillows 20″ x 20″ but you can also use 50+ oz. Poly-Fil® Premium Fiber Fill. Polly also used Smooth Fusible Fleece Interfacing by Fairfield World…plus some additional supplies…

Here’s the view of the pillow backs. Aren’t they pretty?

Giving Thanks - Cuddle Applique Pillows Sewing Tutorial

You can download the tutorial and tips here: “Give Thanks” – Thanksgiving Cuddle Pillows.

Giving Thanks - Cuddle Applique Pillows Sewing Tutorial

So, what are you most grateful for? Please let us know in the comments below.

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

You can find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com.

You can also use our NEW Store Locator to find shops near you! To use it, click here: Store Locator.

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Love to Love Cuddle – Lovebug Quilt Kit & Giveaway

Who loves Cuddle? We’re announcing another Cuddle quilt kit giveaway- and there will be Two Winners! We’ve partnered with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company and we decided to both give away a Fabulous 5 Cuddle Kit Lovebug.

As an Added Bonus, the winners will both win $30.00 in Quilter’s Cash eligible for use at Missouri Quilt Co!

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How about those toesies?

This fun and fabulous Cuddle kit features Lady Bug. Colors used are Scarlet, Charcoal, Black, and Snow. Choose from a variety of options using the five 10″ strips included in the kit. Binding included.  Suggested Backing Fabric is (1 1/2 yards): Scarlet, Charcoal, or Black Cuddle 3, Cuddle Dimple or any of our Embossed Cuddle. The finished quilt measures at about 38″ x 58″

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This quilt is easy to make! You will follow the sewing directions in the Sew and Flip method.

And, even better- you can follow along and watch Jenny’s tutorial! We know you love Jenny and her videos, so we’re sharing Jenny’s Cuddle quilt video tutorial. It’s all about sewing Cuddle strip quilts and how easy and fun they are! Here is a link to the video: Shannon Cuddle Kit Fab 5 Quilts.

Jenny has also provided a useful Cuddle Tips & Tricks sheet “Tips & Tricks for Cuddle Fabric.” Download it here.

To learn more about the Cuddle kits, precuts, patterns and projects available at Missouri Star Quilt Co, click on this link.

And, now for the giveaway! The giveaway starts today and will end one week from today. There will be 2 winners- one from this blog post and one from the post on Missouri Star’s blog! We will announce the winners on November 19. The giveaway is open to the contiguous United States only. Enter below:

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Comment below for an EXTRA chance to win! Let us know why you want to win this quilt kit. Comment with the hashtag #CuddleLove and you will get a bonus entry in the giveaway!

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

PS You can find Cuddle fabrics at Missouri Star Quilt Co or your local quilt shop or fabric store.

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Quilt Market Houston 2015 Part 1

We are back from International Quilt Market in Houston. We had a wonderful time! It’s always great to reconnect with everyone, as well as meet new friends too! We had 3 Take & Teach classes, 7 Schoolhouses and ongoing demos in our booth. Whew! We showed our newest release of Embrace double gauze, new colors of Cuddle 3®, new Cloud Spa Cuddle, new Embrace Bamboo, and so much more…Stay tuned for more details… In the meantime, here are a few photos for you to enjoy.

Houston Market 2015 Shannon Fabrics Booth

Coral/Navy Nursery

Hippo and Floppy Bunny patterns by Carol’s Zoo, Giraffe by Simplicity Patterns; Elephant plush pattern on chair by Gayle Camargo; bird quilt on wall by Nancy Halverson from Table Please Part Two book; fabric collection highlighted: Mockingbird Cuddle Coral/Navy by Premier Prints

…and thanks to Bernina for the demo machine

Houston Market 2015 Shannon Fabrics Booth

We now have almost 100 colors of Cuddle 3®!

Houston Market 2015 Shannon Fabrics Booth

Our #Trending booth with new kits and precuts!

Polar Bear pattern in Faux Fur, pattern by Carol’s Zoo; Mitch the Monkey on floor by Funky Friends Factory, enlarged with permission.

Houston Market 2015 Shannon Fabrics Booth

Silver/Aqua/Navy Nursery

left to right: Embrace double gauze bassinet skirt; Mobile in Cuddle and Embrace; designed by Gayle Camargo; Cuddle rug; Elephant pattern by Funky Friends Factory – enlarged with permission

back wall: Floppy Bunny on shelf by Simplicity patterns, Baby layette by Simplicity patterns- Baby layette pattern 1330 Babies’ Separates, Booties & Blanket by Simplicity Patterns– in Cuddle and Embrace double gauze; Elephant pattern by Gayle Camargo in Cuddle with applique

on crib: Embrace and Cuddle; crib skirt in Embrace double gauze; Frog and Elephant stuffed animals done in Cuddle- patterns by Carol’s Zoo; pillow forms by Fairfield World; strip quilt in white and aqua with Elephant applique in Cuddle Suede

 

Some of our new Embrace double gauze- we have 34 new prints and 9 new solids!

And…we also have new Embrace Bamboo- coming soon!

Houston Market 2015 Shannon Fabrics Booth

Our Booth #1032

Hope you enjoyed this quick peek. Let us know what you think! W’ell be sharing more soon…

Hugs with Cuddle,
Ellen

PS  You can find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com.

You can also use our NEW Store Locator to find shops near you! To use it, click here: Store Locator.

To stay up-to-date on what is happening, Join the Shannon Fabrics mailing list and Subscribe to the Shannon Fabrics blog, My Cuddle Corner. In addition, follow us on social media! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, connect with us on TwitterYouTubeGoogle +Instagram, Flickr, and more…

 

Cuddle Design-a-Monster Softy Toy

Cuddle Design-a-Monster Softy Toy

Cuddle Design-a-Monster Softy Toy

Hi – I’m Angel from Fleece Fun. I promised I’d be back on Shannon Fabrics My Cuddle Corner to share my tutorial and pattern for …. this “Design a Monster” Softie.  These cute monsters are just a few examples of the hundreds of different variations you can make of these adorable little creatures.

 

Plus I’m sharing my secret to making the “crinkle” parts of the softie – and you’re not going to believe how easy it is, and odds are you have some of this material already in your house!

 

 

Cuddle Design-a-Monster Softy Toy

Cuddle Design-a-Monster Softy Toy

 

Designing the monster is simple just select a body, the eyes, the horns, the mouth and teeth.  Mix and match to get different variations!

Cuddle Design-a-Monster Softy Toy

Cuddle Design-a-Monster Softy Toy

 

I used Cuddle Cakes Very Vibrant Dimple for the body and eyes.  I also used some scrap white and black fleece to add a little contrast.

Aren’t they yummy?  To quote Where the Wild Things Are: “We’ll eat you up, we love you so!”

Here’s the video to walk you through it step by step:

 

I know there are several little ones that would love to get one of these as a gift for the holidays.  When it comes to handmade gifts it’s never to early to start!

We’d love to know which monster you like best! Please comment below and let us know! :)

Cuddle design a monster softy toy

To get the pattern just visit Fleece Fun here.

For more tips on sewing with Cuddle, click here.

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You can find all of the fabrics needed to make this at my shop, online at Fleece Fun Fabric Shop! Or find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores.

Happy Sewing!

Angel

 

Cuddle Design-a-Monster Softy Toy

Cuddle Design-a-Monster Softy Toy

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Very Violeta Cuddle Quilt

Hi- I’m Polly from Pieces by Polly and I’m happy to be sharing this easy Cuddle quilt on My Cuddle Corner. Several months ago Shannon Fabrics provided several bloggers with some Sterling Silver Cuddle Cakes and Cuddle yardage and let our creativity run wild.  This is the quilt I came up with.

Very Violeta Cuddle Quilt

Very Violeta Cuddle Quilt

Using Shannon Fabrics precuts, you could easily finish this quilt in a day, and it’s super soft and luxurious.
Very Violeta Cuddle Quilt

Very Violeta Cuddle Quilt

Materials:
Sterling Silver 10″ Cuddle Cake from Shannon Fabrics.
2/3 Yard Madrid Cuddle in Violeta from Shannon Fabrics.
2/3 Yard Barcelona Cuddle in Violeta from Shannon Fabrics.
1/3 Yard Granada Cuddle in Violeta from Shannon Fabrics.
2 1/8 Yard Cuddle 3 in Charcoal from Shannon Fabrics for backing.
1/3 Yard Cuddle 3 in Ash from Shannon Fabrics for binding
Very Violeta Cuddle Quilt tutorial

Very Violeta Cuddle Quilt tutorial

And if you’re more of an aqua or yellow person than purple, Shannon Fabrics has these same prints in MarinaCarbon, and Limon colorways.
Mar Bella Cuddle

Mar Bella Cuddle

Other Supplies:
Rotary Cutter, Mat, and Quilting Ruler
Thread
Sewing Machine
Basting Spray ( I like 505 by ODIF) (Optional)
Size:
Finished Quilt is approximately 55″ x 72″ inches.
Very Violeta Cuddle Quilt

Very Violeta Cuddle Quilt

 

Very Violeta Cuddle Quilt

Very Violeta Cuddle Quilt

Quilt using your favorite quilting pattern.  This quilt would look gorgeous with free motion quilting, but I chose to do X’s through all the squares, and I love how it looks on the back.  You can do the quilting on your how machine.  Just be sure to use a walking foot.
Very Violeta Cuddle Quilt

Very Violeta Cuddle Quilt


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Want to know where you can find these fabrics? You can find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com.
You can also use the NEW Shannon Fabrics Store Locator to find shops near you! To use it, click here: Store Locator.
To stay up-to-date on what is happening at Shannon Fabrics, Join their mailing list and Subscribe to their blog, My Cuddle Corner. In addition, follow them on social media! Like them on Facebook, follow them on Pinterest, connect with them on TwitterYouTubeGoogle +Instagram, Flickr, and more…

It’s been nice visiting with you! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!

Bye for now,

Polly

 

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Cuddle Luxe Quilt Kit Giveaway

We’re announcing another great Cuddle quilt kit giveaway- and there will be Two Winners! We’ve partnered with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company and we decided to both give away a Dolce Luxe Crazy 8 Cuddle Quilt Kit. As an Added Bonus, the winners will both win $30.00 in Quilter’s Cash eligible for use at Missouri Quilt Co!

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Isn’t the quilt beautiful? Sorry, dog not included ;)

Dolce Luxe Cuddle Quilt Kit

This Crazy 8 Cuddle Kit Dolce Luxe includes 7 pre-cut 10″ strips, 1 pre-cut 13″ strip, binding and Free pattern. It comes in a rich color combination of Cocoa, Ivory, and Black. Fabrics featured are from the Dolce Vita Cuddle Collection by Premier Prints. To customize the quilt, you can choose from a variety of options using the strips. After you cut each strip into assorted sizes, you will follow the sewing directions in the Sew and Flip method. Approximate Size: 58″ x 64″

Can’t you just imagine snuggling up with this super plush quilt?

Dolce Luxe Cuddle Quilt

And, because we know you love Jenny and her videos, we’re sharing Jenny’s Cuddle quilt video tutorial. It’s all about sewing Cuddle strip quilts and how easy and fun they are! Here is a link to the video: Shannon Cuddle Kit Fab 5 Quilts

Jenny has also provided a useful Cuddle Tips & Tricks sheet “Tips & Tricks for Cuddle Fabric.” Download it here.

To learn more about the Cuddle kits, precuts, patterns and projects available at Missouri Star Quilt Co, click on this link.

And, now for the giveaway! The giveaway starts today and will end one week from today. There will be 2 winners! We will announce the winners on September 28. The giveaway is open to the contiguous United States only. Enter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Comment below for an EXTRA chance to win! Let us know why you want to win this quilt kit. Comment with the hashtag #CuddleLuxe and you will get a bonus entry in the giveaway!

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

PS You can find Cuddle fabrics at Missouri Star Quilt Co or your local quilt shop or fabric store.

To stay up-to-date on what’s happening, Join our mailing list and Subscribe to My Cuddle Corner, our blog. And, follow us on social media! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, connect with us on Twitter, YouTube, Google +, Instagram, Flickr, and more…

Sew a Ruched Pillow Cover in Cuddle

Hi again. Angel here from Fleece Fun. I promised I’d be back on Shannon Fabrics My Cuddle Corner to share my tutorial and pattern for a ruched pillow cover. Ruching is simply a way of gathering the fabric on both sides. The ruching adds a beautiful three-dimensional texture and look to the pillow. You can make these pretty pillows for your bedroom, living room, family room and more. Recover your old pillows for a new look… or make brand new ones!

Sew a Cuddle Ruched Pillow Cover

I’ll show you how to make the pillow cover with an envelope-style back- it’s such an easy closure- even a beginner can do it. No need to worry about a zipper closure. And, you can easily remove the covers to wash them.

I used Cuddle prints for two of the pillows and Cuddle Suede for one of them. Here are the Cuddle fabrics that I used to make the pillows.

Swiss Dot Cuddle Baby Blue

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Cuddle Suede Baby Blue

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Lattice Cuddle Baby Blue

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Aren’t they yummy? Here’s a side view.

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And, here’s another view of the Cuddle Suede pillow.

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For more tips on sewing with Cuddle, click here. And, for tips on working with Cuddle Suede, click here.

I made a few of these pretty pillows to coordinate with my Cuddle Duvet Cover. I love the way the entire ensemble looks! For the Cuddle Duvet Cover tutorial, click on this link.

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Are you ready? Watch the Ruched Cuddle Pillow video tutorial. And, for the Ruched Pillow tutorial and pattern, please visit my site.

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You can find all of the fabrics needed to make this at my shop, online at Fleece Fun Fabric Shop! Or find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores.

Happy Sewing!

Angel

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Self-Binding Baby Blanket Kit Giveaway

Hi everyone! We wanted to let you know about a great Cuddle kit giveaway our friends at Martha Pullen are hosting for us.

Cuddle Baby Blanket Kit Giveaway

You can enter to win this adorable Self-Binding Baby Blanket Kit and a Free Pattern! You get Cuddle fabric and Embrace double gauze- enough to make this sweet Self-Binding Baby Blanket and Lovey.

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To enter for a chance to win and for more details, visit The Martha Pullen blog.

And, as a thank you for visiting My Cuddle Corner, comment below for an extra chance to win! Comment with the hashtag #CuddleExtra. Good Luck!

Hugs with Cuddle,
Ellen

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Cuddle Duvet Cover

Hi there. It’s me, Angel from Fleece Fun, and I’m back on Shannon Fabrics blog, My Cuddle Corner, with another video tutorial. This time, I’m going to show you how to make a Cuddle Duvet Cover. I made it for my own queen size bed and I’m in love with it. Yes, something for me.

And… Here’s the exciting part–I used Extra Wide Solid Cuddle 3®! Yes, Cuddle comes in EXTRA wide!

Learn to make a Cuddle Duvet Cover

The Extra Wide Cuddle is made with Cuddle 3® and it’s about 90 inches wide. It comes in 20 amazingly beautiful colors. Especially Great for backings! (…and, here’s a secret- it will be available soon in Extra Wide Cuddle Dimple®!)

Learn how to make a Cuddle Duvet Cover

Here it is on my queen size bed.

Learn how to make a Cuddle Duvet Cover

So, these are the Cuddle fabrics that I selected to make the duvet cover:

Extra Wide Solid Cuddle Baby Blue for the back

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Cuddle Cakes precuts in Baby Blue Moon for the front

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Isn’t it just so pretty and dreamy?

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Here’s the video tutorial for you! Enjoy!

And, there’s more— I made some sumptuous decorative throw pillows to coordinate with the Cuddle duvet cover. I’ll be sharing a tutorial soon here on My Cuddle Corner on how to make them! Are you ready to make something for yourself too?

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You can find all of the fabrics needed to make this at my shop, online at Fleece Fun Fabric Shop! Or find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores.

Happy Sewing!

Angel

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Faux Quilt Binding with Cuddle

Sometimes traditional quilt binding can be tricky or take more time than you’d like, especially if binding by hand.  So, we thought we’d share this tutorial on faux quilt binding. It provides the look of traditional binding, but with half the work. Cheryl of Sew Can Do blog created the tutorial for us.

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Here are the gorgeous results. Cheryl used our Fabulous 5 Leo the Lion Cuddle Throw Kit to make this sample.

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She used our Fabulous 5 The Derby Cuddle Throw Kit to make this one.

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Both throws feature a variety of Kozy Cuddle Solids, prints from Cuddle Classics, and Robert Kaufman Cuddle.

Download the tutorial and tips here: Faux Binding for Quilts & Cuddle Quilting Tips. Give it a try and let us know the results!

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Cuddle Self-Binding Baby Blanket with Applique

We can’t seem to get enough of self-binding baby blanket tutorials! What a great technique- self-binding is not only an adorable look, but saves time too. There are no extra pieces or steps for binding. Here’s a great Cuddle self-binding baby blanket tutorial we’re sharing from Ashley of the Make It & Love it blog. It even has an adorable applique made with Cuddle Dimple!

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Ashley designed this darling blanket with two different Cuddle fabrics, one yard of each. The finished baby blanket is about 30 inches x 40 inches.

She added a custom applique for extra fun and personalization. For tips on how to applique with Cuddle, visit the Tips & Tricks page on the Shannon Fabrics website. You can reference and download these tip sheets for applique: Applique the Cuddle Way and How to Applique with Cuddle.

Ashley chose the following Cuddle Fabrics:

Mini Stripe Cuddle Turquoise/Snow from the Cuddle Classics Collection – for the front of the blanket

Cuddle Dimple® Silver from the Kozy Cuddle Collection –  for the backing/ self-binding and the applique

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Cuddle Dimple® Silver

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Didn’t it turn out cute?

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You can download the tutorial here: Self-Binding Minky Baby Blanket…(with applique). Comment below if you like self-binding baby blankets too!

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Go Wild with Animal Print Cuddle Pillows

 

Hi- I’m Polly from Pieces by Polly and I’m back on My Cuddle Corner, the blog from Shannon Fabrics. I just love animal prints for summer projects, so I thought I’d share these fun pillows I made for a tutorial on the Fairfield World site a little while back, featuring some fun Cuddle Animal Prints from Shannon Fabrics.  (Big thank you to Fairfield for sending me the pillow inserts and Shannon Fabrics for sending me the Cuddle fabric, so these could find a home in our school’s special ed classroom.)

My kids had a really hard time seeing these go, because they just LOVE the snuggly softness of the Cuddle fabrics.

If you want to make your own, this is what you’ll need for one pillow:

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Cuddle – So Soft and Plush

We thought it would be fun to tell you a bit more about Cuddle, Shannon Fabrics, and our company history. But, our friends at SCHMETZ needles have already done a great job for us! They created this special issue, #20, of SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW, their digital magazine that goes to shops. Per Rhonda Pierce, Marketing Director, Euro-notions & SCHMETZneedles.com, and avid Cuddle fan, their newsletter has a mission, “to inspire others to sew while blending in SCHMETZ needle education.”  This special issue is intended to introduce shops and their customers to Cuddle. SCHMETZ is super excited about our product and we feel the same way about theirs!

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You might find some great inspiration and tips in the issue! Here’s a link to a handy tip sheet on their site all about the types and uses of different needles. Download it here: SCHMETZ Needle Guide

Did we tell you how much we love needles from SCHMETZ? Their Stretch Size 90/14 are our faves!

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Here’s more about these needles:

Stretch Size: 65/9, 75/11, 90/14, Twin Color Code: Yellow Feature: Medium ball point, special eye and scarf. Fabric Use: Elastic materials and highly elastic knitwear. The medium ball point, specially designed eye and scarf prevent skipped stitches.

We made this sweet quilt from our Fabulous 5 Cuddle Kit Chickadee, …. of course, we used a SCHMETZ Stretch 90/14 machine needle.

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To view the issue, click on this link: Cuddle – So Soft and Plush. If you are a shop owner, feel free to send Inspired To Sew to your own customers!

Which is your favorite needle from SCHMETZ? And, what inspires you to sew?

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Embrace Double Gauze Shawl Tutorial

There are ‘sew’ many projects you can make with our new Embrace double gauze. Baby blankets and swaddle blankets are popular, of course…but have you thought about garments, scarves, wraps, and accessories, too? Sew4Home made this gorgeous shawl with Embrace double gauze. They embellished it in colored pom poms. Isn’t it fun?

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They used our Solid Embrace Silver. Embrace double gauze is 100% cotton and comes 52/54″ wide. It’s also pre-washed for extra softness.

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Click here to download the tutorial, Double Gauze Shawl with Pom Accents. And, Sew4Home also has a helpful tutorial with tips and tricks on sewing with sheer fabrics. You can find it here.

I can’t wait to make one! How about you?

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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The Wand Skirt with Cuddle Suede

I’m excited to be a guest here at Shannon Fabrics today. I’m Polly and my home on the Internet is at Pieces by Polly. I love any kind of sewing and quilting, and I was so excited that Shannon Fabrics let me try out some for their wonderfully soft cuddle suede to make this fun Harry Potter inspired skirt.

Our family has been die-hard Harry Potter fans for years, with my 10-year-old daughter being the most enthusiastic. I made her a Hermione Skirt a couple years ago, but since she’s growing taller by leaps and bounds it was time for a new one.

Besides needing to be a dark grey skirt reminiscent of the Hogwarts uniforms, I always think it’s fun to add some fun twist to it. And since I was using a circle skirt design, I wanted it to be a bit like a poodle skirt…only Harry Potter style. So instead of a poodle, we’ve got a magic wand and instead of the leash wrapping around the skirt, we’ve got a sparkly magic spell.

Being a circle skirt, it is amazing for twirling in…and what girl doesn’t love to twirl? One of the best things about using Cuddle Suede for this is that it comes 60 inches wide. That means that I could make a skirt for an older child from one width of fabric.

 

 

I’m sharing this skirt as part of the Happy Harry Potter Celebration that’s put on my Marissa at Raegun Ramblings every year, so besides today’s project, you’ll want to check out all of the fun Harry Potter Themed DIY goodness.

 

 

Materials:To find shops that carry Cuddle Suede from Shannon Fabrics, check out the Shannon Fabrics Store Locator.
  • 1 1/2 – 2 yards Cuddle Suede in Charcoal depending on size of skirt. Refer to instructions below.
  • 1/8 yard or scraps of Cuddle Suede in Black
  • 3 – 4 yards 1/8″ Gold Braid from Decorative Trimmings
  • 1 Package paper-backed fusible web, such as Heat’n Bond Lite.
  • 3″ Black Elastic – Enough to go around recipient’s waist PLUS 1 inch.
  • Black Thread
  • Gold (Metallic or regular…I used regular) thread
  • Lots of pins
  • Black Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors or Rotary Mat and Cutter
  • Serger (optional – You can totally do this with just a sewing machine.)
  • Large scrap paper or newsprint for making your circle pattern.
  • 1 Printed copy of the wand template

 

Instructions:
Several years ago Dana from MADE put together a wonderful tutorial on how to make a basic circle, and rather than duplicate her efforts, I’m going to send you here to Dana’s Circle Skirt Tutorial for the basic skirt.
Since the Cuddle Suede is 60 wide for most skirts for anyone up to an older child or smallish adult, you’ll be able to cut it from one width of fabric. Keeping the original from when the fabric came off the bolt, you’ll fold it in half across the length of the fabric and line the center of part of your pattern up with the double folded corner.
One you’ve got your basic skirt done, now comes the fun part…decorating it with the wand and magic spell.
You’re going to start by tracing your wand design onto the papery side of your paper-backed fusible web and cut it out. You can use the wand template provided or have fun drawing your own.
Iron onto the BACK of your back Cuddle Suede. Be careful with your iron setting. Cuddle Suede is 100% Polyester, so you do NOT want it on the highest setting.
Cut the wand out.
Peel off the paper backing from your wand
Arrange onto your skirt.
Iron the wand onto the skirt. Be CAREFUL with the iron setting. DO NOT iron the tip of the wand. We want that to be LOOSE so we can tuck the end of our gold trim under it.
Pin your gold trim to your skirt with LOTS of pins. Have fun making several large swoops and swirls on your skirt. Tight curves don’t work well, but largish loops work well if you take your time and use lots of pin.
I made one gold line swirl once and then go up to the waist. Then I made a second gold line branching off of it. If you make branches, just tuck the raw edge under the other piece of trim.
At least one length of trim should swirl and loop all the way around the skirt and end in the waistline.
Using a straight stitch, carefully sew along the edges of the trim. I sewed along the right side of the trim and then went back and sewed down the right side. I wanted to make sure that the trim doesn’t curl up on itself in the wash.
Once your trim is sewed down, we’re ready to sew around our wand. Tuck the end of the gold trim under the wand tip.
Then I used a tight zigzag stitch (sometimes called a satin stitch) with the stitch length almost set to zero. The idea is that as you do the zigzag stitching, it encases the raw edges of the want and you’re left with a neat line of stitching.
Instead of back-stitching, leave your thread tails long. Then pull them through the back and tie a knot on the back.
Because Cuddle Suede does tend to fray a bit, I was left with a few fly-aways after I’d finished my stitching around the wand. Just use a small pair of scissors to trim them neatly away.
And from there you’ll be ready for some fun of your own.
 And finally, be sure to enter the Happy Harry Potter Giveaway. There are lots of fun ways to enter.
Prizes include:

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Soft As A Cloud Cuddle Quilt

Have you ever wanted to sleep on a cloud or wonder what it would feel like? Carolina of Always Expect Moore thinks Cuddle is so soft—it reminds her of clouds. She created a tutorial for a quilt she’s fondly named “Clouds are for Cuddles” and we’re sharing it here.

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Carolina used Cuddle Precuts and some Cuddle yardage too. She also added batting from Fairfield to give the quilt some extra dimension and loft.

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Carolina completed a few different quilting techniques. She used free motion quilting, stitch-in-the-ditch, and straight-line quilting—all done on her domestic sewing machine. We think she has some gorgeous results.

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Carolina created this quilt with Cuddle yardage and Cuddle precuts; in shades of silver, grey, carbon, and a bit of white:

Cuddle Cakes Sterling Silver

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Barcelona Cuddle Carbon from Mar Bella, A Shannon Studio Cuddle Collection

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Granada Cuddle Carbon from Mar Bella, A Shannon Studio Cuddle Collection

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This super soft Cuddle quilt was created for the The Sterling Silver Soirée Cuddle Cake Challenge with Fairfield World and their Master Makers. The Challenge features Sterling Silver Cuddle Precuts, Mar Bella Cuddle, and product from Fairfield World.

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You can find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com.

You can also use our NEW Store Locator to find shops near you! To use it, click here: Store Locator.

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Download the tutorial: Clouds are for Cuddles Quilt and enjoy!

Stay tuned as we share more projects. We’d love to hear which projects you like best!

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

Cuddle Mini Christmas Tree Tutorial

Some say it’s Christmas in July! So, we thought we’d share a holiday head start project. We’ve got a creative DIY by Morena from Morena’s Corner. Morena made a tutorial for a mini Christmas Tree with Cuddle Fabric. We think it’s a great holiday project. With a bit of imagination, you could use this DIY idea for other shapes and holidays. And, you could use other Cuddle fabrics too- just think of the possibilities!

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Morena created the Cuddle Christmas Tree with Cuddle fabrics, a few notions from Fairfield World (including one of our favorite fiber fills, POLY-FIL®), and some basic items found around the house.

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Morena used two complimentary colors of Rose Cuddle, which features a luxurious and beautiful texture with rosette rose embossing.

Rose Cuddle® Midnight Blue

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Rose Cuddle® Baby Blue

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Download the tutorial here: Cuddle Fabric Christmas Tree DIY. Are you inspired to start sewing for the Holidays?

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Cuddle Mud Room Makeover

Does your mud room need a makeover? Or can you just use some DIY ideas for around your home? Morena from Morena’s Corner designed a Cuddle Mud Room Makeover. It includes ideas for recovering a bench cushion, redoing a magnet board, and making your own wall art.

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Some Before and After shots:

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Morena created the Cuddle Mud Room Makeover for the Sterling Silver Soiree Cuddle Cake Challenge with Fairfield. The Sterling Silver Soirée features Sterling Silver Cuddle Precuts, Mar Bella Cuddle, and product from Fairfield World.

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Here are some of the Cuddle DIY projects Morena created:

Cuddle Cork Board / Magnet Board

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Cuddle Wall Art:

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Cuddle Bench Cushion:

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Morena used these Cuddle fabrics:

Cuddle Cakes Sterling Silver

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Ibiza Cuddle Limon from Mar Bella, a Shannon Studio Cuddle Collection

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For the Cuddle Mud Room Makeover, click here. Stay tuned as we share more projects from the Sterling Silver Soiree. We’d love to hear your comments on which projects you like best. Does this inspire you to do your own mud room makeover or DIY project?

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

You can find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com.

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Cuddle Monster Tail Kid’s Travel Pillow

Planning a trip with kids? We’ve got you covered with the best idea to keep them comfy and happy—a free pattern for a Cuddle travel pillow, The Monster Tail Kid’s Travel Pillow. It’s by Vanessa from Tried and True.

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This Cuddle pillow was created for The Sterling Silver Soirée Cuddle Cake Challenge with Fairfield World and their Master Makers. The Sterling Silver Soirée features Sterling Silver Cuddle Precuts, Mar Bella Cuddle, and product from Fairfield World.

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Here is the pillow close up. We are loving the spikes!

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Vanessa used these Cuddle fabrics:

Cuddle Charms Sterling Silver

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Barcelona Cuddle Carbon from Mar Bella, a Shannon Studio Cuddle Collection.

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A happy sleeping child loves his Cuddle Monster Tail pillow!

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For the Cuddle Pillow tutorial and Free Pattern click here: Tried and True Monster Tail Kid’s Travel Pillow

Stay tuned as we post and share more details and projects. We’d love to hear your comments on which projects you like best.

Hugs with Cuddle,
Ellen

You can find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com. You can also use our NEW Store Locator to find shops near you! To use it, click here: Store Locator.

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Sterling Silver Soiree Cuddle Cake Challenge

We’ve teamed up again with Fairfield World and their talented team of Master Makers for our second Cuddle Cake Challenge. This time we’re having a Sterling Silver Soiree and you’re invited!

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The Sterling Silver Soirée features Sterling Silver Cuddle Precuts.  Sterling Silver Cuddle Cakes, Sterling Silver Cuddle Charms, plus a yard or two of Mar Bella Cuddle Fabric were delivered to the Master Makers. They were asked to create something with the silver, along with the color of their choice or pattern from the Mar Bella Cuddle collection, as well as a product from the Fairfield World product line.

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Cuddle Cakes Sterling Silver

Cuddle Charms Sterling Silver

Mar Bella Prints Cuddle

Mar Bella Solids Cuddle

 

Check out these blog posts to see what the Master Makers created for the challenge:

Always Expect Moore Clouds are for Cuddles Quilt

Morena’s Corner Mud Room Makeover

Pieces by Polly Violeta Cuddle Quilt-in-a-Day

Tried and True Monster Tail Kid’s Travel PiIlow

365 Days of Crafts Sterling Silver and Aqua Pillow (from Bedroom Makeover on a Budget)

Stay tuned as we post and share more details and projects. We’d love to hear your comments on which projects you like best.

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

You can find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com. You can also use our NEW Store Locator to find shops near you! To use it, click here: Store Locator.

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Pocket-Pillow Cuddle Quilt Tutorial

You’re going to love this Pocket-Pillow Cuddle Quilt Tutorial which features our Adorable Animals Cuddle Cakes!

Polly, who blogs at Pieces by Polly, made this Cuddle quilt for her school’s special ed class.

Polly used Cuddle Cakes Adorable Animals precuts (two packs) for the front, Cuddle 3® in Chocolate for the binding and Baby Leopard Cuddle in Camel/Brown for the back. For extra interest, Polly added a few Animal print square blocks to the back.

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This Cuddle quilt also makes a great tea party blanket :)
And since this Cuddle quilt was made with the special ed class in mind, besides the bamboo blend batting that Polly used on the inside, she also used a layer of Shield Interlining as a moisture block.  (A couple of the kids who will be using this have occasional accidents and this will help protect the furniture in their classroom.)
The Shield is also perfect for a blanket you plan to use for picnics.  Use for indoor picnics to protect your carpet or for outdoor picnics to make sure damp grass doesn’t soak through and make damp bottoms.
The kids had a fun time trying out it’s extra comfy softness before Polly delivered it.

 

And one of the best parts is that it can fold up into a pillow when not in use!
Or, you can tuck an 18″ pillow insert  into the pocket to have a soft pillow while you’re curled up in the blanket.
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You can find the full tutorial and instructions on the Fairfield World Website here.

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

You can find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com.

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I Scream You Scream for Cuddle Ice Cream

I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream! I love ice cream! My favorite flavor is chocolate…but almost any flavor will do. LOL!

Here’s an adorable Ice Cream Dish Pin Cushion, made with Cuddle Fabric and best of all- it has zero calories!

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This sweet Cuddle pincushion is made with 10” squares from our colorful Cuddle Cakes precuts in Very Vibrant Solid. The Cuddle Cakes feature 20 pieces, two cuts of each fabric; all Cuddle 3® from our Kozy Cuddle collection.

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This adorable Cuddle pin cushion was designed by Morena, from Morena’s Corner blog. The project was originally created for the Great Cuddle Cake Challenge that we did with Fairfield. Ten designers were challenged to create a project combining our Very Vibrant Solid Cuddle Cakes with product from Fairfield.

For the zero-calorie tutorial, follow this link: Ice Cream Dish Pin Cushion Made with Cuddle Fabric

Comment below and tell us your favorite ice cream flavor.

Be sure to keep up with the rest of the tutorials from the Great Cuddle Cake Challenge. We’ll be sharing them here on My Cuddle Corner.

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Cuddle Throw and Pillowcase Sewing Tutorial and Giveaway

We have two new sewing tutorials for you… and a chance to win a complete Cuddle Quilt Kit!

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The tutorials are quick and fun and show you how to make an easy Cuddle throw and an even easier Cuddle pillowcase.

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The quilt kit we are giving away is our Bella Vita kit- and we are also giving away the backing too- so you can win a complete Cuddle kit! Our friends at howtosew.com and allpeoplequilt have collaborated with us for this project.

The beautiful quilt kit features fabrics from our Dolce Vita Cuddle collection by Premier Prints. To view the entire collection, click on this link: Dolce Vita Cuddle by Premier Prints

This is what the finished quilt looks like: Cuddle Quilt Kit: Sensational Strips Kit Bella Vita

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For the tutorials, visit the howtosew.com website and go to their blog. Follow these links:

Cuddle Soft and Cozy Throw

Cuddle Snuggle-Up Pillowcase

Then, for more information, browse some quick tips from the folks at howtosew.com: How to Sew with Plush Fabric

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To enter the Soft and Sensational Sweepstakes Cuddle Quilt Kit giveaway, click here: Soft and Sensational Sweepstakes. Good Luck!

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Over The Rainbow Cuddle Quilt Tutorial

Today we have a new Cuddle quilt tutorial we wanted to share. We’re calling this project the “Over The Rainbow Cuddle Quilt.” It’s by the talented Angela of Handmade in the Heartland.

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Angela of Handmade in the Heartland blog was inspired to make this quilt for her young children. She says they LOVE soft fabric. Angela also wanted a throw size blanket that could cover her children when they slept, but was also small enough for them to carry around the house.

This pretty rainbow quilt is made with 10” squares from our colorful Cuddle Cakes precuts in Very Vibrant Solid. The Cuddle Cakes feature 20 pieces, two cuts of each fabric; all Cuddle 3® from our Kozy Cuddle collection. Angela also used some of our Cuddle 3® in Dark Lime for the backing and binding.

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The project was originally created for the Great Cuddle Cake Challenge that we did with Fairfield. Ten designers were challenged to create a project combining our Very Vibrant Solid Cuddle Cakes with product from Fairfield.

For the Over The Rainbow Cuddle Quilt Tutorial, click here. Happy Quilting! And, did you know this is only the 4th quilt Angela has made? Didn’t she do an awesome job?

Be sure to keep up with the rest of the tutorials from the Great Cuddle Cake Challenge. We’ll be sharing them here.

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Cuddle Mug Hug

You’ve probably heard of a mug rug, but what about a mug hug? We have a new sewing tutorial by Keri of Pink Lemonade for a cute mug hug made with Cuddle.

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The mug hug was created out of a very important need (wink). Keri’s daughter, Lily Kate, didn’t want to burn her little fingers when she held her mug and drank hot cocoa. So mom Keri created the mug hug.

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This adorable DIY project is quick, easy, and fun to make. It is made with two- 10” squares from our colorful Cuddle Cakes precuts in Very Vibrant Solid. The Cuddle Cakes feature 20 pieces, two cuts of each fabric; all Cuddle 3® from our Kozy Cuddle collection. The applique heart on Lilly Kate’s mug is made using the Purple square and the yellow background is made using the Canary square. Keri used a die and die cutting machine to cut the heart. Cuddle precuts are great for die cutting machines!

The Cuddle Mug Hug was designed by Keri of Pink Lemonade blog. The project was originally created for the Great Cuddle Cake Challenge that we did with Fairfield. Ten designers were challenged to create a project combining our Very Vibrant Solid Cuddle Cakes with product from Fairfield.

Click here for the Cuddle Mug Hug tutorial. We hope you try this project. Please comment below and let us know what you think.

Be sure to keep up with the rest of the tutorials from the Great Cuddle Cake Challenge. We’ll be sharing them here.

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Cuddle Backpack Buddies – Sewing for Beginners

Hello friends. It’s me, Angel, again with another video. I’m going to show you how to make a Cuddle Backpack.   crawstring back pack tutorial_040615_0193For this tutorial I’m taking my time to walk you through this project.  It’s geared for someone who hasn’t worked with Cuddle before.  Working with Cuddle can be a bit intimidating at first- but the end results are worth the effort!crawstring back pack tutorial_040615_0196

In this tutorial I’m using a Cuddle Cakes Precuts Pack – Zoologie in Fuchsia. This Cuddle Cakes pack features Cuddle from Urban Zoologie by Ann Kelle, a Robert Kaufman Cuddle Collection. I love how you can mix and match the fabrics for some pleasing results.  The great part about this tutorial is that from 1 kit you can make up to 3 little backpacks!crawstring back pack tutorial_040615_0232

I’ve broken the tutorial down into 3 parts for easy viewing.  Enjoy!



 

You can find Cuddle fabrics at my shop, online at Fleece Fun Fabric Shop. Or find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online, too.crawstring back pack tutorial_040615_0214

Thanks for watching!

Angel

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Puzzle Cuddle Quilt

Since April is Autism Awareness Month, we wanted to share this comforting and unique Puzzle Quilt. Its softness, textures, and cushy thickness can help comfort those with Autism. The puzzle piece symbol in the quilt reflects the mystery and complexity of Autism, while the uniqueness of each piece in a puzzle also reflects the uniqueness and diversity of those affected by Autism.

 

This quilt is a free pattern, created with Fairfield World and Pieces by Polly. This special quilt is made with Cuddle 3® from our Kozy Cuddle collection and features Cuddle Cakes precut packs.

 

Besides the bright colors and puzzle theme, with two layers of Cuddle fabric (quilt top and backing) and a layer of batting in between, this quilt is denser and heavier than most quilts this size.  The extra pressure that a denser blanket provides can help calm some individuals with Autism.

 

Polly from Pieces by Polly designed this free quilt pattern for us using two Cuddle Cakes in Very Vibrant. This puzzle quilt is all just a bunch of squares, with the “knobbies”, as Polly calls them, appliqued on.

 

Pieces by Polly made this quilt as part of The Great Cuddle Cake Challenge we hosted with Fairfield.

 

This project took on special meaning for Polly when she made it as a grief quilt to comfort a friend’s child when her father passed away, but it can work equally well for an individual or family affected by Autism.

 

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

 

 

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You can find the full tutorial, instructions, and pattern template on the Pieces by Polly blog here.

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Lovebug Cuddle Quilt Tutorial by Missouri Star

We’re excited to share this amazing Cuddle video tutorial from Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company.  It’s all about sewing Cuddle strip quilts and seeing how easy and fun they are to make!

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Here is a link to the video: Shannon Cuddle Kit Fab 5 Quilts

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Jenny has also provided a useful Cuddle Tips & Tricks sheet. Download it here.

To learn more about the Cuddle kits, precuts, patterns and projects available at Missouri Star Quilt Co, click on this link.

But wait, there’s more—we’re doing a Giveaway for this adorable Cuddle Lovebug kit! The giveaway starts today, April 10, and will end one week from today. There will be 2 winners! The giveaway is open to the contiguous United States only. Enter below:

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Don’t you love Jenny? Comment below and let us know if you’d like more tutorials from Jenny. Comment with the hashtag #CuddleLovebug and you will get a bonus entry in the giveaway!

Hugs with Cuddle,
Ellen

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Sew and Quilt With Cuddle Fabric Online Class

We wanted to let you know about a NEW online class full of easy tips and techniques for Cuddle! “Sew & Quilt With Cuddle Fabric” is taught by Cuddle Expert, Mary Gay Leahy, and available at Annie’s.

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You will get inside tips on working with Cuddle, while making beautiful projects such as: Infinity Scarves, Kid’s Cowl, Hugs & Snuggles Baby Quilt and Pockets Full of Love Bag.

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You’ll also learn special techniques for sewing with Kozy Cuddle, Luxe Cuddle, Cuddle Cakes Precuts, Cuddle Suede, and more.

You can purchase the class here: Sew & Quilt With Cuddle Fabric. We would love to see what you make!

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Polka Dot Double Cuddle Quilt

You’ve heard the expression “Double the Fun.” So, why not “Double the Cuddle?” Here’s an imaginative tutorial for a cute quilt made with plush Cuddle –on not only one, but both sides, so it’s double the softness.

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The Polka Dot Double Cuddle Quilt is soft and plush and extra fun with its circle appliques and colorful print backing- perfect for a baby or child. The front features solid Cuddle 3®, with appliqued circles of various sizes (aka polka dots). The backing adds more color and interest with a whimsical children’s print.

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The bright and happy front is made with Cuddle 3® in Dark Lime from the Kozy Cuddle Collection.

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The applique circles are created from colorful Cuddle Cakes in a combination of Very Vibrant Solid and Very Vibrant Dimple.

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The cheerful print backing is Cuddle Kids Go Fish Snow from Cuddle Kids, a Shannon Studio Cuddle Collection. This print includes fun-loving whales, friendly fish, sweet sharks, tiny turtles, cute crabs and more.

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The binding is made with cotton. And, yes, you can combine Cuddle with cotton! For a tip sheet on combining these two fabrics, click here.

The Polka Dot Double Cuddle Quilt was designed by Carolina Moore, from Always Expect Moore blog. The quilt was originally created for the Great Cuddle Cake Challenge we did with Fairfield. Ten designers were challenged to create a project combining our Very Vibrant Solid Cuddle Cakes with product from Fairfield.

Click here for the Polka Dot Double Cuddle Quilt tutorial. Let us know what you think. Are you going to try this quilt?

Be sure to keep up with the rest of the tutorials from the Great Cuddle Cake Challenge. We’ll be sharing them here on My Cuddle Corner.

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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How to Bind Cuddle Blankets with Fold-over Elastic

Hey friends! Are you looking for a unique way to finish edges on Cuddle blankets? We know many of you finish your blanket edges with binding that is made of Cuddle or satin– but have you ever thought about fold-over elastic? Well…we thought it would be fun to share a tutorial on finishing edges with fold-over elastic. It’s by our friends at Dritz.

The tutorial shows three methods of using Cuddle with Fold-over Elastic FOE from Dritz. Like traditional pre-made binding, Fold-over elastic has a center indentation where it is designed to be folded in half. It comes in solids and prints and in various widths.

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The following fabrics were used for the samples:

Mod Dot Cuddle Paris Pink/Snow from the Cuddle Classics Collection

Hippo Cuddle Fuchsia from Urban Zoologie by Ann Kelle, a Robert Kaufman Cuddle Collection

Cuddle 3® Fuchsia from the Kozy Cuddle Collection

View the tutorial here: How to Finish Edges with Fold-Over Elastic. We hope you like it! Let us know what you make. We’d love to see your projects.

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Cuddle Twins Pillows Pattern and Tutorial

Hello friends! We have the cutest pattern & tutorial made from Cuddle Cakes– Cuddle Twins Pillows.

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These fun and funky pillows can be used for decorative pillows, for play toys, or for softies. The pattern features twins, one boy and one girl. It’s by Lorine Mason, designer and author, from It’s Sew Lorine and Mason Creations. Here is the boy:

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And, here is the girl (don’t you love her bows?):

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The pattern was originally designed for the Great Cuddle Cake Challenge we did with the folks at Fairfield. Ten designers were challenged to make a project using fabrics from our Very Vibrant Solid Cuddle Cakes precuts, combined with products from Fairfield. We think Lorine did an awesome job! Don’t you?

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Click here for the easy step-by-step tutorial, with diagrams and instructions. If you contact Lorine by commenting on her tutorial post, she will also send you a Free PDF pattern for the arms and legs.

Let us know what you think. Which one will you make? Or, will you make the pair?

Be sure to stay tuned for the rest of the tutorials from the Great Cuddle Cake Challenge. We’ll be sharing them here on My Cuddle Corner.

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Cuddle Foot Warmer and Spa Wrap

Hi everyone! This is Angel from Fleece Fun. I’m back with another fun video tutorial.

heat pack on shouldersThis time, I have a tutorial that is sure to make you comfy and cozy!   I was initially going to make a foot warmer with Cuddle, but then I realized that a spa shoulder wrap is also a great idea to keep you warm but also comfy! Don’t we all sit hunched over at our sewing machines or computers all day long and get a stiff neck and sore back and shoulders? Well…now you can keep your feet toasty and your shoulders stress free!

Heat pack on feetI made these both using Cuddle from Kozy Cuddle and also Dolce Vita Cuddle by Premier Prints. These are the fabrics I used:

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Dolce Vita Capri Teal

Dolce Vita Oceano Teal Snow

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Click on the link below to watch the video.  (Here’s a secret I didn’t share in the video: You can briefly microwave Cuddle fabric and it will be fine.  I just suggested not to, so it would stay looking and feeling brand new. If it heats a little, it will be fine, but only for a few seconds. All microwaves vary so be sure to test yours first and use your own best judgment.)


Wouldn’t these be great to have for yourself? Or, you can also make up a bunch and give them as gifts. Your recipients will thank you!

You can find Cuddle fabrics at my shop, online at Fleece Fun Fabric Shop! Or find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores.

Bye for now,

Angel

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6 Weeks of Softies & Spectacular Softy Plush Giveaway

Who can remember their favorite softy? Mine was a small white kitten covered in the softest, silkiest faux fur -with a tiny pale pink nose and shiny green plastic eyes. Oh, how I treasured her! Today I still love anything soft and plush. And… I’m lucky- I get to touch something soft and lovely every day in my work for Shannon Fabrics. Since we are known for soft and plush, Sew Mama Sew suggested we team up with them and some of the top softy makers to sponsor the Spectacular Softies Contest.

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The contest is part of a series, 6 Weeks of Love for Softies, which will include tutorials, free patterns, and lots of tips from some of the very best plush, stuffed animal, and cloth doll makers in the business!

The contributors are:

Abby Glassenberg of Abby Glassenberg Designs
Jodie Carleton of Ric Rac
Kerry Goulder of Kid Giddy
Kim Kruzich of Retro Mama
Mariska Vos-Bolman of DIY Fluffies
Pauline McArthur of Funky Friends Factory
Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World
Mimi Kirchner of Mimi Kirchner
Erin Weiss of Boolah Baguette
Carley Biblin of Making It Up As I Sew Along
Annette Huval of Oliver Rabbit
Helen of Bustle & Sew
Hillary Lang of Wee Wonderfuls
Christina of Bamboletta
LiEr of Ikat Bag
Sarah of Dolls & Daydreams
Betz White of Betz White

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The Spectacular Softies Contest has 4 categories to enter:

  • This Is My First Soft Toy or Cloth Doll
  • I Designed it Myself! (didn’t use a pattern)
  • Check Out These Details!
  • Overall Awesome

Each participant can enter their project into two of the categories. The winner of each category will receive a package with fabric, gift certificates, thread, patterns, POLY-FIL, and books. In addition to the 4 category prizes, the judges will select one Grand Prize Winner from among all the entries to win a Pfaff Creative 3.0 sewing and embroidery machine valued at $3,999! The contest runs February 23- April 5. Throughout the 6 weeks, there will be a few giveaways on the Sew Mama Sew blog and Facebook page from some of these sponsors.

Sponsors of these prizes are from:

  • Robert Kaufman Fabrics
  • Shannon Fabrics
  • Fairfield Processing
  • Coats & Clark
  • Free Spirit Fabric
  • Lark Books
  • Fabric Depot
  • Kid Giddy
  • Shiny Happy World
  • Retro Mama
  • Ric Rac
  • Funky Friends Factory
  • Abby Glassenberg Design
  • DIY Fluffies

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And, we’re also having a giveaway here on My Cuddle Corner, the Spectacular Softy Plush Giveaway. There will be 2 more prizes so you can make a softy! We are giving away a precuts pack of Cuddle Cakes Petty Pastels.

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There will be 2 winners. The winners will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter and will be notified by email. The giveaway ends one week from today and is open to the US 48 contiguous states.

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You can enter to win here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Comment below for an extra chance to win. Tell us what was your first softie? Use the hashtag #FirstSoftie

Finally, as part of 6 Weeks of Love for Softies, Sew Mama Sew is having a Soft Toy & Doll Drive. They will be collecting soft toys, stuffed animals, and cloth dolls to benefit foster children. The National Foster Parent Association has a convention in June, at which they will distribute the toys to children in attendance, as well as foster parents to take home to the children in their care. Additionally, they will be helping to promote Dolly Donations, an ongoing doll drive sponsored by Sarah of Dolls & Daydreams. The dolls collected in this drive benefit The Uthando Project, an organization that distributes dolls to children in KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, an area deeply affected by the impact of HIV/AIDS. Visit sewmamasew.com for all the details.

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Hugs with Cuddle,
Ellen

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Valentine Hearts Cuddle Quilt

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and we have the sweetest Cuddle quilt to melt your heart! We named it appropriately, Valentine Hearts, because of the three heart shape appliques.

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Valentine Hearts was designed and created by Pat Wodskow. It finishes approximately 60” x 72” and features many different pretty colors and plush textures of Kozy Cuddle Solids. The accent heart fabrics are made with more Kozy Cuddle solids and Cuddle Zebra Black/White from Animal Cuddle prints.

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Valentine Hearts is a FREE pattern download. Download Valentine Hearts here.

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For tips on how to applique with Cuddle, we have two different downloadable tip sheets: How to Applique with Cuddle and Applique the Cuddle Way.

If you’d like to get the Valentine Hearts Cuddle quilt kit, it’s available for a limited time only, at CuddleSoftkits. You can even ask about a finished quilt!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

PS For more kits and finished quilts go to CuddleSoftKits.com. You can also find our fabrics at local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online too.

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Cuddle Pinwheel Pillowcase Tutorial & Giveaway

Hi everyone! It’s me Angel from Fleece Fun. It’s been a dreary January for me. No sun, no snow, just gray.  I have a tutorial that is sure to brighten up a winter day!  This tutorial is based on a quilt block that is easy to put together.  I used Shannon Fabrics “Very Vibrant” Cuddle Charms to make this pillowcase.  You can’t help but smile when you look at it.

pinwheel quilt block tutorialpinteerest book markAnother thing that brightens my day is knowing that I’ll be bringing you awesome video tutorials throughout the year.  Be sure to subscribe to Shannon Fabrics YouTube Channel so you don’t miss any of them.

This post is about the first video tutorial: “Perfect Pinwheels”

I’m providing ideas on how to use Cuddle Charms with yardage. We are also having a giveaway! The giveaway includes a great prize package- a creative combination of Cuddle fabrics. There will be 2 winners.

You can win:

Three packs of Cuddle Charm precuts. We chose Cuddle Charms in Very Vibrant Cuddle Dimple®. The pack includes 20- 5″ squares of Cuddle Dimple®, 2 of each style in an array of coordinated vibrant bright colors.

In addition, you can win 1 yard of Azure Cuddle Dimple®

The giveaway will close on February 11, 2015. The winners will be chosen randomly and will be notified by email. This giveaway is open to the US 48 contiguous states.

PS. You can find all of the fabrics needed to make this at my shop, online at Fleece Fun Fabric Shop! Or find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores.

Very best,

Angel

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Great Cuddle Cake Challenge and Giveaway

Happy New Year, everyone! It’s our 20th anniversary! And, you get the presents…all year long…

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It’s also the 75th anniversary for our friends at Fairfield. So, we thought it would be great to kick off the New Year with a joint giveaway!  We’ve teamed up with Fairfield and their talented team of Master Makers for the “Great Cuddle Cake Challenge!” The Master Makers are providing creative inspiration on how to use Cuddle Cakes with Fairfield products. Stay tuned as we post and share projects from now through the end of the month. And on Feb. 5th 2015 , we will announce the giveaway winner! The giveaway includes a great prize package- a creative combination of Cuddle fabrics and Fairfield products.
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Check out each of the projects created by the Fairfield Master Makers using our Cuddle Cakes.  There will be new projects added to the linky shown below from now until January 31st.  So, make sure you check back to see what they created.

You can win a layer cake of Cuddle Cakes precuts. We chose Cuddle Cakes in Very Vibrant solids. The pack includes 20- 10″ squares of Cuddle 3®, 2 of each style in an array of coordinated vibrant fun colors.

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In addition, from Fairfield, you can win either a 20 oz. bag of Crafter’s Choice Fiberfill or Poly-Fil® Traditional Quilt Batting.

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GREAT CUDDLE CAKE CHALLENGE will start on January 26, 2015 and end January 31, 2015.  The giveaway will close on February 5, 2015.  The winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter and will be notified by email.  This giveaway is open to the US 48 contiguous states.

Enter the Great Cuddle Cake Challenge giveaway! Comment below for an extra chance to win. Tell us why you like this precuts pack. Use the hashtag #GreatCake

Hugs with Cuddle,
Ellen

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Tiger Eye Quilt & Giveaway

It’s the most wonderful time of year to create a warm and comfy quilt. So, we decided to make one that would keep you cozy and toasty in the winter months ahead. We created a quilt using ‘Tiger Eye’, a beautiful geometric pattern by Jenny Parks of Jenny Kae Quilts. Tiger Eye features our new Cuddle Cakes, made of soft and plush Cuddle. And, to introduce this new pattern, we’re having a GIVEAWAY! We’ve teamed up with Jenny Kae Quilts and Aurifil for a fantastic prize package. You can win everything you need to make this quilt: a bundle of Cuddle, a free Tiger Eye quilt pattern, and an Aurifil collection!

Tiger Eye Quilt

Since Tiger Eye is expressly made for precuts, Jenny decided to make the quilt with Cuddle Cakes precuts in Sterling Silver and Ultra Violet. She used her favorite thread, 50wt Aurifil, for piecing and quilting. She also used Warm & Natural batting from The Warm Company, but notes that batting is optional. Jenny machine quilted Tiger Eye for the finishing touch. This lovely quilt finishes 36″ x 45.”

Aurifil Kit

 

Tiger Eye Cuddle Quilt Flat

This giveaway includes:

2 packs of Cuddle Cakes Precuts, 10” Squares, Sterling Silver

1 pack of Cuddle Charms Precuts, 5” Squares, Sterling Silver

1 pack of Cuddle Cakes Precuts, 10” Squares, Ultra Violet

1 ¼ yard of 60” wide Vine Cuddle in Plata (backing)

1/3 yard of 60” wide Cuddle 3 in Ash (binding)

Free Tiger Eye quilt pattern

A large spool collection of 50wt Aurifil thread

 

You can enter this giveaway through Rafflecopter, with many options for a chance to win this amazing prize pack- including everything you need for this quilt!  The giveaway will close one week from today and the winners will be announced by January 9.  Two winners will be chosen randomly and will be notified by email.  This giveaway is open internationally.

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Good Luck!

 

Hugs,

Ellen

 

Charmed To Meet You Scarf & Giveaway

We have a new video tutorial! Make a Charmed To Meet You Scarf. This easy tutorial by Fleece Fun has just a few steps and you’re done. A perfect holiday gift. But wait, there’s more! We’re having a giveaway for a Cuddle Charm pack so you can make a scarf! See below for details.

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Doesn’t it look soft and warm?

It’s quick, easy and fun to make! Make it with one pack of Cuddle Charms precuts in Maddening Monochromatic. Or, make a few scarves and use a variety of Cuddle Charms.

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Maddening Monochromatic features a yummy selection of prints, textures and embossed Cuddle fabrics.

Maddening Monochromatic

Watch the scarf video here.

To enter for a chance to win a Maddening Monochromatic Cuddle Charm pack, comment below with why you like the scarf and use the hashtag #CharmScarf. There will be 3 winners! Winners will be announced one week from today.

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Warm Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

Free Pattern & Cuddle Cakes Giveaway

Thanks for visiting our blog to enter our giveaway! We are giving away 3 Girly Girl Cuddle Cakes precut packs!

Girly Girl Cuddle Cakes

These are featured in our Free Patchwork Puzzle pattern.

Patchwork Puzzle

Comment below with the hashtag #Patchwork to enter for a chance to win. There will be two winners! Winners will be notified by email one week from today. Best of Luck!

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Make a Cuddle Blanket with Missouri Star Quilt Co.

We have two new video tutorials from our good friend Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Co.! One shows how to make a Cuddle baby blanket using our kit, Cuddle Kit Ziggy Born Buddies Pink.  The other is all about binding with Cuddle. We know you are going to love them!

This is the Cuddle blanket Jenny shows you how to make– from start to finish!

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Check out the videos on our YouTube channel on the “Quilts and Quilting” playlist.

Watch the Cuddle baby blanket kit tutorial: Make a Baby Quilt: Easy Quilting with Shannon Cuddle Kits!”

Jenny

 

Watch the binding tutorial: “How to Bind a Quilt with Cuddle”

Jenny binding video

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We hope Jenny makes more videos for us. Please comment below with the hashtag #JennyLovesCuddle. We’ll see how many comments we get, and maybe Jenny will make more Cuddle videos!  We think that would be great!

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Thanks, Jenny!

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

My Cuddle Corner Quilt Contest

We are giving away two finished Cuddle quilts! Which quilt would you rather win? A (Pink) or B (Blue)? Please let us know A or B in the comments section below!

Quilt Collage

Cuddle Quilt A (Pink) finishes 62″ x 71″

Pink

 

Cuddle Quilt B (Blue) finishes 59″ x 67″

B (Blue)

 

Enter here:

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Be sure to comment below with #ILoveCuddle and let us know which quilt you would rather win A (Pink) or B (Blue). Winners will be chosen one week from today and notified via email.

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Good luck!

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

Tuscan Cuddle

Would you like another Free quilt pattern that is perfect for precuts? We have one that we know you’ll love! It’s called Tuscan Cuddle and it’s especially designed for our new Cuddle precuts.Tuscan Cuddle

This pretty quilt features our Graceful Girl Cuddle Cakes precuts pack (10” squares) and our Graceful Girl Cuddle Charms precuts pack (5” squares).Graceful Girl

More fabrics from Kozy Cuddle collection are incorporated: Cuddle 3®, Cuddle Dimple®, Rose Cuddle® and Paisley Cuddle®.  The quilt finishes 41” x 53”. It was inspired by the pattern, Tuscan Sun, especially created for 10 inch square precuts, by Villa Rosa Designs.

To make this sweet quilt, we recommend the following notions:

Download Tuscan Cuddle!

You can find our fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com.

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Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

24-Hour Sew-A-Thon + Cuddle Giveaway

As a sponsor of the One Million Pillowcase Challenge, we’re delighted to participate in the 24-Hour Sew-A-Thon via All People Quilt. The One Million Pillowcase Challenge has a goal of donating 1,000,000 pillowcases to charity! To help reach this goal, APQ is having a 24-hour Sew-a-thon in September at their headquarters in Des Moines, IA and over 50 quilt shops and other events are happening around the country (even one in Canada)!

Sewathon

Click here for more information about the One Million Pillowcase Challenge and here to download the Free patterns.

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If you’d like to make a pillowcase with Cuddle, you can find Shannon Fabrics at local quilt shops and fabric stores, and also at online retailers.

 

To help the challenge reach its goal, we’re having a giveaway! We will give away a bundle of Cuddle fabrics so you can make your own pillowcases!

 

Comment below with the hashtag #APQSewathonCuddle and you will be entered to win. There will be two winners. Winners will be notified via email one week from today.

 

Won’t you help by making some pillowcases? Comment below with the hashtag #APQSewathon and let us know where you will donate yours!

 

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

 

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Wee One Cuddle Kit Holiday Giveaway!

Thanks for stopping by to enter our giveaway! We are giving away a Wee One quilt kit- perfect for the holidays!

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This precious quilt finishes approximately 28″ x 28.” It’s easy and fun to make, and, you can make it in just a few hours with the Sew and Flip Method! Wee Ones kits include 7 pre-cut 5″ strips, Free pattern, backing, and binding.

The Wee One kit contains all of the fabrics needed. The kit features fabrics from the Born to be Wild by My Lazy Daisy Cuddle collection in the Pink colorway: Ringlet Cuddle PinkChevie Cuddle PinkBuddies Cuddle PinkRose Cuddle® in Baby Pink from the Kozy Cuddle Collection is incorporated for strips. Rose Cuddle® Mocha is used for binding. Backing is Cuddle Dimple® Blush.

Comment below with the hashtag #WeeOneGift to enter for a chance to win. There will be two winners! Winners will be notified by email one week from today. Good Luck!

Enjoy and Happy Holiday Sewing!

Holiday Hugs,

Ellen

Wild Fun

We are pleased to release another Free quilt pattern, Wild Fun! This loveable quilt features Born to be Wild Cuddle by My Lazy Daisy, Kozy Cuddle Solids, and Cuddle Classics. Wild Fun finishes approximately 48” x 56.”

The pattern uses strip pieces and the easy Sew and Flip Method. Scraps are appliqued on to the strips for fun and whimsy! For tips on Cuddle applique, click here.

Wild Fun

To make this quilt, we recommend the following notions:

 

The Wild Fun quilt features:

Born to be Wild Cuddle by My Lazy Daisy

Kozy Cuddle® Solids

Cuddle Classics

 

Download Wild Fun!

For all of our free patterns, click here.

 

You can find Cuddle fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com.

Wouldn’t this be a fun quilt to make? What do you think?

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Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

Fraction Remix Quilt

Hi! My name is Beth A.K.A. Bettina from Bettina Danger! I am a math educator and quilter living in Austin, Texas. As September marks “Back to School” month for many parents, teachers and students, I’m thrilled to share some mathematical inspiration for your next Cuddle quilt!

 

I call this the Fraction Remix Quilt because it is a “remix” of my original fraction quilt. If the top strip represents one whole, the other strips in the quilt represent halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, and sevenths. Can you see the fractional parts?

Prior to this project, my only experience using Cuddle fabric in a quilt was on the backside as a backing fabric. I never thought about piecing it together for a quilt top. I’m so glad I took the chance because I love the results.

 

I started with these beautiful Cuddle kits:

The Cuddle Quarter Kit Kozy Party

The Fresh Picked Fabulous 5 Cuddle Kits

 

All the different textures of the solid fabrics in these kits are incredible.

The only challenge was figuring out exactly how to sew this beautiful, soft fabric together with accuracy. I feel much more confident about this process now, so I want to share some tips that helped me.

 

1. PINS! Use LOTS of PINS!

Cuddle fabric is so incredibly soft, but it is also likes to shift and move around differently than quilting cotton. For piecing the top together, I pinned approximately every half inch.

 

2. USE a WALKING FOOT!

When piecing the Cuddle fabric, a walking foot is my preference. The fabric feeds evenly and there was very little shifting and slipping.

 

3. A HAND VACUUM is YOUR FRIEND!

Seriously, trust me on this one. When cutting the Cuddle fabric, lots of fibers will get all over your cutting mat. I tried using a lint roller and although it worked, my hand vacuum was way more efficient in sucking up every little piece of fiber. I use the Black and Decker Pilot Vac because it has washable filters to easily clean out the lint AND it is small and lightweight!

For the quilting, I chose to do a free-motion design on the back with red and blue 40WT Aurifil Thread. When pin basting your quilt, I recommend using LOTS of curved safety pins and spacing them 4 inches apart. From past mistakes with Cuddle fabric, I’d rather be safe and pin more than try to cut corners and pin less. You’ll thank yourself for taking the time when you are quilting.

Other materials:

Backing Fabric: Kona Black by Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Binding Fabric: Squared Elements by AGF Studio in black

Batting: Warm and Natural Cotton Batting

I hope you find these tips helpful and will give Cuddle fabric a try for your next quilt top!

Patchwork Puzzle Precuts Pattern

We are thrilled to release our first Free quilt pattern for Precuts, Patchwork Puzzle!

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This lovely quilt features our new Cuddle Cakes precut 10” squares in Girly Girl.

Girly Girl Cuddle Cakes

A bit of yardage from Cuddle Classics and Kozy Cuddle is incorporated too. The quilt finishes 56” x 71”. It was designed by Christine Stainbrook of Project House 360 and pattern tested and pieced by Jennifer Parks of JennyKae Quilts.

To make this quilt, you will need:

We also recommend the following notions:

Download Patchwork Puzzle!

You can find our fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com.

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Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

Sewing for Baby: Make a Baseball Buddy Soft Toy

Baseball Buddy Toy Tutorial

Hello! I’m Lindsay from Lindsay Sews and Craft Buds, and I’m here today to share a little project I whipped up for my son, now 7 months. Early in life, Elliot fell in love with his stuffed bear with a little soft blanket attached. When nothing else would make him laugh or smile, Mr. Bear could! Well, he loved it so much that I decided to make him a backup toy using the SCORE! Collection from Shannon Fabrics. Since my husband is a baseball fan, I figure Elliot will someday inherit this love of sports. Baseball Buddy Soft Toy Tutorial 2

This Baseball Buddy soft toy is an easy, quick project to sew for babies. Plus, it can be customized however you like! Here’s a tutorial for you to make your own Baseball Buddy:

Materials:

– 16″ square Baseball Cuddle in Black

– 16″ square Mini Chevron Cuddle Red/Snow

– 12″ square Ribbon Cuddle® Snow White

– Fabric Scraps for the face (I used bits from old T-shirts)

– 32″ of thin (1/8″- or 1/4″-wide) red ribbon for baseball detail

– Fiberfill stuffing (a few handfuls) Poly-Fil® 100% Premium Polyester FiberFill 

 

Directions: Baseball Buddy Tutorial

From white fabric, cut 2 circles the size of a small (salad) plate for Front and Back of baseball head. Cut tiny circles of white for eyes and nose and zig-zag stitch to right side of baseball head Front. From black and grey fabric, cut other details for face and stitch.

Cut four 8″ lengths of red ribbon and place on right side of baseball head Front and Back as pictured. Baseball Buddy 2 Use a couching stitch (pictured) or zig zag stitch to enclose the whole ribbon and secure to the fabric. Baseball Buddy 3 Stitch the circles together, right sides facing. Leave a 3″ gap for turning where the baseball’s “chin” would be. Turn right side out.

Topstitch 1/4″ from outer edge around the perimeter (except for the 3″ opening).

Fill baseball head with fiber fill stuffing.Baseball Buddy 5

With right sides facing, pin 16″ squares of black baseball and red mini chevron fabric. Make sure the grain/stretch and nap are running in the same direction. Stitch 1/4″ from the perimeter, leaving a 3″ opening along one corner. Flip right side out through opening. Press.

Baseball Buddy 6

Topstitch blanket 1/4″ from perimeter. It’s okay to leave the raw edges of the opening loose until the next step. Take the open corner of the blanket and poke inside the opening of the baseball head.

Pin in place, folding the raw edges under. Hand stitch the opening closed all around the blanket.

Baseball Buddy Soft Baby Toy Tutorial

And, that’s it! As you can see, Elliot loves his Baseball Buddy, and he loves everything I make for him from Cuddle Fabric because it’s so soft! When time allows, I plan to use the rest of this fabric to make some adult-size throw blankets . . . perfect for an outdoor ball game or picnic.

One Million Pillowcase Challenge Blog Hop 2014

As a sponsor of the One Million Pillowcase Challenge, we’re excited to participle in the annual Blog Hop via All People Quilt. The One Million Pillowcase Challenge has a goal of donating 1,000,000 pillowcases to charity! To help reach this goal, APQ is having a 24-hour Sew-a-thon in September at their headquarters in Des Moines, IA.

Sewathon

And, shops and groups across the country are doing their own Sew-a-thons! To find a shop in your area, click here.

Sewathon

We recently made this pillowcase for the challenge. We used the Free pattern: Pillowcase Pattern #21 – Pillowcase with Rickrack Band.  Fabrics include Sock Monkey Play Time Baby Blue from Sock Monkeys, Swiss Dot Red/Snow from Cuddle Classics and Cuddle 3 Black from the Kozy Cuddle Collection.

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Click here for more information about the One Million Pillowcase Challenge and here to download the Free patterns.

If you’d like to make a pillowcase with Cuddle, find Shannon Fabrics at local quilt shops and fabric stores, and also at online retailers.

We will be donating our pillowcase to a local charity for children in Los Angeles. Won’t you help by making some pillowcases? Comment below with the hashtag #APQSewathon and let us know where you will donate yours!

Here is the list of other blogs participating in this blog hop. Visit their blogs for more fun!

 

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Supporting The ALS Community

Shannon Fabrics is proud to support the ALS community in fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Our CEO, Arvin Pairavi, accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge while also making a generous contribution to ALS. Arvin Challenges Ethan Tyler from Lyft and Debra R. and Mario U. from Shannon Fabrics. See the video here: ALS Challenge

We also support this community via the Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS at Quilter’s Dream Batting. The Hopes and Dreams challenge raises awareness of ALS-Lou Gehrig’s Disease, provides quilts to ALS patients, and raises funds for research for treatment and a cure. We recently donated two finished quilts made from our Cuddle Kits: Ziggy Crown and The Derby.

Ziggy Crown

Derby

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We are proud to support and be involved with this important cause.

Very Best,

Ellen

Nap and Nod Book And Cuddle Giveaway!

Adorable Alert!  Need some easy baby quilt patterns? We are so pleased with this new book, “Nap and Nod, 12 Adorable Baby Quilts” written by Myra Harder of Robinson Pattern Company, published by Martingale. The sweet quilts in the book feature combinations of cotton and Cuddle.

Nap and Nod

And, we’ve teamed up with Myra to offer a Giveaway! There will be two winners! Each winner will get a Cuddle Kit and a copy of the book! The kit we are giving away is a Wee Ones Sweet Dreams Cuddle kit. It comes complete with 7 pre-cut 5″ strips, backing, binding and a Free pattern. Approximate finished size: 29″ x 29″. We are giving away one kit in pink Wee One Sweet Dreams Girl and one in blue Wee One Sweet Dreams Boy.

 Wee One Sweet Dreams Girl

Wee One Swwet Dreams Boy

Comment here first for your chance to win; answer our question in the comments and use the hasthtag #napandnod. (We’ll choose two random winners one week from today and let winners know they’ve won by email.)  Then click here to see the cute quilts in Nap and Nod, and to enter for an Extra chance to win.

If you would like to make more projects with Cuddle, you can find Shannon Fabrics at local quilt shops and fabric stores, and also at online retailers.

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Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

PS Answer this question in the comments: How many baby quilts have you made? Remember to use the hashtag #napandnod

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