Toby The PJ Turtle with Cuddle Pocket

Say hello to Toby the Cuddle Turtle! Toby is soft and snuggly and perfect for a pillow pal. And….even better, he has a secret pocket on his bottom shell for holding PJs. Our pals at Sew4Home designed Toby and have a step-by-step tutorial for making him. 

Toby the Cuddle PJ Turtle

Toby is made using fabrics from our Cuddle Classics collection. His top and legs are made from Swiss Dot Jade/Snow. Toby’s bottom shell and secret PJ pocket are made from Chevron Cuddle Jade/Snow.

Some of our favorite notions were used to make Toby:

Please note that Toby has eyes made of buttons. If you are making him for a young child, please consider appliquéd fabric circles.

To see the tutorial, click here: Toby The PJ Turtle.

Toby the Cuddle PJ Turtle

What PJs would you put in Toby’s pocket?

Cuddle Hugs,

Ellen

Nested Owls Cute Cuddle Throw

We have another Free pattern for you, ‘Cute and Cuddly Throw’, featuring our Nested Owls by ADORNit Cuddle™ collection. This playful collection, along with the free pattern, appears in the June 2014 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.

APQ June 2014 Nested Owls Cuddle Quilt

Designer Elizabeth Beese used the Nested Owls collection by ADORNIt and the Kozy Cuddle collection,  in the color option for From the Ground Up. The quilt was inspired by Linda Jenkins and Becky Goldsmith of Piece O’Cake Designs (pieceocake.com).

The Coral colorway in Nested Owls was featured:

Solids from Kozy Cuddle were also used:

Get the free pattern here: Cute and Cuddly Throw.

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Images used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting ® magazine. © 2014 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.  The issue is on sale from now through the end of May.

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Cuddle Hugs,

Ellen

Cuddle Soft Easter Eggs

Sew4Home has the cutest Easter Eggs project using Cuddle™!

Sew4Home Cuddle Soft Eggs

These adorable Cuddle Soft Easter Eggs are made with Cuddle and embellished with ribbons, rick rack, mini-poms, and felt flower accents.

The following fabrics were used from our Cuddle Classics™ Collection:

Pretty Paisley in Hot Pink/Jade
Damask in Fuchsia/Snow
Chevron in Jade/Snow
Mod Dot in Hot Pink/Jade
Swiss Dot in Jade/Snow

Embossed Chevron in Fuchsia from our Kozy Cuddle™ Collection was also used.

See the tutorial here: Cuddle Soft Easter Eggs.

Sew4Home Cuddle Soft Easter Eggs

All of the eggs were stuffed with some of our favorite fill: Poly-Fil® 100% Premium Polyester FiberFill by Fairfield World.

Do you think Bunny would approve?

Cuddle Hugs,

Ellen

 

Cuddle Squares Baby Blanket

Hello Everyone! It’s Remona from The Stitching Scientist. I am delighted to show you how to create this super soft, Cuddle™ baby blanket for that special little person in your life.

Cuddle Squares Baby Blanket

I haven’t sewn much with Cuddle™ fabrics since I started my sewing journey. Now that I am getting acquainted with Cuddle fabric, I have to say, I am officially hooked! I can’t imagine not having my quilts and blankets made with these soft textured fabrics.

This blanket features the stunning fabrics from Shannon Fabrics Fresh Picked Fabulous 5 Cuddle Kit. The kit includes Crazy for Daisies Cuddle by ADORNit. Whether you are new to sewing or a pro, Cuddle kits are an awesome way to get a pre-selected and pre-cut group of coordinated fabrics, ready for you to assemble into your masterpiece. This kit contains 6 strips of different Cuddle fabrics;  5 for a blanket and one for binding. I ended up not using binding so I used up all of my 6 strips for the blanket. The finished blanket measures 50″ x 60″ and calls for 2 Cuddle kits with lots of extra fabric, which I plan on using for a few more projects and tutorials! 

Cuddle Squares Baby Blanket

The blanket featured in this tutorial is made up of a group of 6 rectangles, not squares. I just thought the finished product looked more like squares than rectangles, hence the name Cuddle™ Squares. The pattern calls for 5 strips of fabric. If you follow the pattern, you will have one strip left over. You can either use the extra strip for your binding or create an extra layer like I did for mine. If you want yours to be like mine, simply shorten the dimensions of your 5th rectangle and add a smaller one in the center. Either way, it will be gorgeous when completed!

The backing for this blanket uses 1.5 yards of Cuddle Fleece Baby Pink. It is really soft and thick so I didn’t find it necessary to add batting to the center of the blanket. I also decided to finish my blanket using a top stitch instead of binding. I think the top stitch really let the designs of the outer Cuddle fabric stand out. I just thought it was too pretty to cover up. If you want yours to have binding, you can use the extra strip included in the Cuddle kit.

Cuddle Squares Baby Blanket back

My favorite part of the Fresh Picked Fabulous 5 Cuddle Kit is the blend and variety of the different Cuddle fabrics. Combined, the blanket feels luxuriously soft.

Cuddle Squares Baby Blanket

Your Supplies:

2 Fresh Picked Fabulous 5 Cuddle Kits

1.5 yards of Cuddle Fleece Baby Pink

Instructions

You can download the pattern, dimensions and full instructions here CUDDLE SQUARES BABY BLANKET. The pattern calls for 4 layers of 4 rectangles and one separate center rectangle. You can chose to work outwards by sewing the center rectangle first and/or inwards by sewing the outer large rectangle first.
In finishing the blanket, you can use binding, or top stitch as I did mine. Either way, it will look stunning. You can also add batting to the blanket in between the top and the back. I personally think the blanket with the fleece backing is sufficient and doesn’t need the batting, but it’s a personal preference.

Thank you for visiting us for this tutorial and happy sewing! Stop on over to my blog to see my other tutorials! And, I will be back here soon with more Cuddle tutorials! Please leave a comment and let me know what Cuddle tutorial you would like me do next!

Cuddle Squares Baby Blanket

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Cuddle Land of Sweets Doll Quilt Pattern

Hi there! We are so pleased to share this “Land of Sweets Doll Quilt” pattern by Michelle Freedman. Michelle made this quilt for a challenge we did with the Portland Modern Quilt Guild and Northwest Quilters to support the Oregon Ballet Theater’s performances of The Nutcracker.

Land of Sweets by Michelle Freedman

For the challenge, we provided Cuddle 3 from Kozy Cuddle™ solids. The Cuddle 3 colors, RedTealIvoryParis Pink and Dark Lime, were selected from a palette we created using the OBT ‘Welcome to the Land of Sweets’ artwork.

Land of Sweets Doll Quilt designed by Michelle Freedman

finished size: 16 ½” x 20”

For this quilt, Michelle used some of the Cuddle challenge fabrics in Cuddle 3: Paris Pink and Teal.

Fabric and Yardage:

Fabric A        Pink Cuddle ½ yard

Fabric B        Teal Cuddle ¼ yard

Fabric C        White ground cotton print ¼ yard

Fabric D        Turquoise cotton print 1/8 yard

Binding          Fabric B

Backing         Fabric A

 

Cutting:

Fabric A        Cut 5 squares 4 ½” x 4 ½”

Fabric B        Cut 4 squares 6 ½” x 6 ½”

Fabric C        Cut 20 squares 2” x 2”

  • Cut 16 squares 2 ½” x 2 ½”
  • Cut 4 strips 2 ½” x 4 ½”

Fabric D        Cut 2 strips 21/2” x 16 ½”

Binding          Cut 80” (or two WOF strips) 2 1/2” wide

Backing         Cut one piece 21” x 24”

Land of Sweets by Michelle Freedman detail

Make your Doll Quilt!

Fabric A Unit: make 5

1. Place one 2 ” Fabric C square on the top left corner of one 4 ½” Fabric A square, right sides together. Stitch across the diagonal of the smaller square from the upper right corner to the lower left corner. (Fig 1.) Flip open the triangle and press seam allowances away from the center. (Fig. 2). Trim away the excess fabric 1/4” away from your stitching.

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Repeat step one on the remaining three sides of your Fabric A square. (Fig. 3-4).

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2. Make a total of 4 fabric A units.

3. Sew one Fabric A unit to one 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” Fabric C strip. Press seam allowances away from the Fabric A unit. Repeat on three of the remaining four Fabric A units. *The center Fabric A unit will not have the strip attached. (See Fig. 7)

Fabric B Unit: make 4

4. Place one 2 1/2” Fabric C square on the top left corner of one 6 ½” Fabric B square, right sides together. Stitch across the diagonal of the smaller square from the upper right corner to the lower left corner. Flip open the triangle and press seam allowances away from the center. Trim away the excess fabric 1/4” away from your stitching.

5. Repeat step 1 on the remaining three sides of your Fabric B square (Fig. 6).

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6. Repeat step 4-5 on the remaining three fabric B units.

Assemble the Top: *Follow Figure 7 to assemble the top of your doll quilt.

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7. Top Row: Stitch together two Fabric B units to one Fabric A unit.

8. Center Row: Stitch together three Fabric A units.

9. Bottom Row: Stitch together two Fabric B units to one Fabric A unit.

10. Stitch one 2 1/2” x 16 1/2” Fabric D strip to the top edge of your assembled units. Press seam allowances toward the strip. Repeat on the bottom edge (Fig. 8).

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Finish your Quilt

11. Layer the quilt top, batting and backing to make your quilt sandwich. Baste the layers together.

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12. Quilt as desired.

13. Square up the quilt top and trip the excess batting and backing.

14. Prepare a double fold, straight grain binding. Bind your quilt and add a label.

 

To read the other posts about this challenge, click here and here.

We’d like to thank Michelle for donating her precious time and talent to this project.

Have you ever made a doll quilt? We’d love to see yours!

Cuddle Hugs,

Ellen

Cuddle Doll Quilt Challenge

Hi everyone! We are finally sharing images of the sweet doll quilts made for a challenge we did with the Portland Modern Quilt Guild (PMQG) and Northwest Quilters. We teamed up to help support the arts in Oregon, specifically the Oregon Ballet Theater’s (OBT) performances of The Nutcracker.

A bit more about the challenge: each guild member was given a fat quarter of Kozy Cuddle to incorporate into a doll quilt of their own design. We provided Cuddle 3 colors: RedTealIvoryParis Pink and Dark Lime, which were selected from a palette created using the OBT ‘Welcome to the Land of Sweets’ artwork. The finished doll quilts were sold during the Oregon Ballet Theater’s (OBT) performances of The Nutcracker in December 2013.

Here are some of the quilts that were made:

PMQG Cuddle Doll Quilt Challenge

PMQG Doll Quilt 

PMQG Cuddle Doll Quilt Challenge

PMQG Doll Quilt

 

PMQG Cuddle Doll Quilt Challenge
PMQG Doll Quilt

 

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PMQG Doll Quilt Quilting Detail

 

PMQG Cuddle Doll Quilt Challenge

PMQG Cuddle Doll Quilt Quilting Detail

PMQG Doll Quilt Quilting Detail

 

PMQG Cuddle Doll Quilt Challenge

PMQG Doll Quilt

 

PMQG Cuddle Doll Quilt Challenge

PMQG Doll Quilt

PMQG Cuddle Doll Quilt Challenge Quilting Detail

PMQG Doll Quilt Quilting Detail

PMQG Cuddle Doll Quilt Challenge

PMQG Doll Quilt

PMQG Cuddle Doll Quilt Challenge Quilting Detail

PMQG Doll Quilt Quilting Detail

PMQG Cuddle Doll Quilt Challenge

PMQG Doll Quilt

PMQG Cuddle Doll Quilt Challenge

PMQG Doll Quilt

PMQG Cuddle Doll Quilt Challenge Quilting Detail

PMQG Doll Quilt Quilting Detail

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PMQG Doll Quilt

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PMQG Doll Quilt Quilting Detail

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PMQG Cuddle Doll Quilt Challenge

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PMQG Cuddle Doll Quilt Challenge

PMQG Doll Quilt

Read more about the inspiration behind this exciting challenge here:

We want to thank all of the quilt guild members again, especially Michelle, for donating their time, talent and creativity to this project.

And, there’s more—we will be sharing a free doll quilt pattern made for the challenge, designed by Michelle Freedman, the past president of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild (PMQG). Stay tuned…

Which is your favorite quilt? Please leave a comment!

Cuddle Hugs,

Ellen

Cuddle Body Pillow Pillowcase

Hello, hello, fellow Cuddle enthusiasts! This is Sarah from Bombshell Bling. My mother-in-law once said to me that no child’s life was complete until they had a minky pillow. I must say, I agree, which is why I decided to make my son a minky body pillow pillowcase using the best brand of minky around: Shannon Fabrics Cuddle Fabric! I seriously love this brand. They are one of my favorite companies to work with, which is why they made my list of Favorite Things of 2013. So so soft, and it washes SO well. This texture junkie is completely obsessed.

Cuddle Body Pillow Pillowcase Tutorial

I made this pillowcase as part of my son’s Dr. Seuss Bedroom, so I chose to use the Squiggle Celebration from Celebrate Seuss!, but the beauty of this tutorial is that it can be done with any Cuddle Fabric that you choose! Let me walk through how I made this for you. It is one of the simplest things I have ever sewn.

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Start by measuring your pillow. My body pillow (and I believe the standard size of body pillow) was 48″ long x 19″ wide. I wanted to do a minimal amount of cutting and sewing, so I cut the fabric wide enough to wrap over the pillow so that there was only one side seam. I also allowed extra length so that I could fold the fabric under like a true pillowcase. In short, I cut one large piece of Cuddle that measured 53″ x 30″.

Dr Seuss Cuddle Blanket

Next you will fold one end over about three inches, creating the open end of the pillow case. I pinned it down and sewed two straight lines to tightly secure the edge, as shown below.

Dr Seuss Cuddle Blanket

Now fold the fabric so that the right sides are together and sew around the two closed sides, the bottom of the pillowcase and up the side of the pillowcase.

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Turn the pillowcase right side out and you are finished! You will want to sleep on it forever. Trust me.

I LOVE these Dr. Seuss pillows!!! What a perfect way to add fun touches to a kid's bedroom!

I would love for you to pop over to Bombshell Bling to check out my other sewing tutorials and the rest of the tutorial series that accompanies my son’s Dr. Seuss bedroom.

* I received this fabric free of charge from Shannon Fabrics. All opinions and designs are 100% my own.

Have a lovely day!

Body Pillow Pillowcase Tutorial

Sadie Faux Fur Throw and Pillow Kit Giveaway

Hi friends- We’re having a giveaway with the folks at AllFreeSewing and we wanted you to be some of the first to know! You can enter to win a Sadie Faux Fur Throw Kit and Pillow Kit! Click here to enter: Fabulous Faux Fur Pillow and Throw Kits Giveaway.

Shannon Sadie Kits

The pillow kit makes the most luscious home dec throw pillow- with a touch of wild!

Shannon Sadie PillowThe throw kit makes a soft, elegant, and luxurious two -sided throw.

Shannon Fabrics snow leopard throw

Both kits come complete with the front and backing. The pretty front is Siberian Leopard Beige

Shannon Fabrics SIBERIAN LEOPARD biege

The solid back is Chinchilla Cuddle Cappuccino

Shannon Fabrics CHINCHLLA cappuccino

Shannon Fabrics Sadie

You can view these kits on our website: Sadie Faux Fur Pillow Cuddle Kit and Sadie Faux Fur Throw Cuddle Kit

Shannon Fabrics Sadie

And, for more fun, take a walk on the wild side and read the detailed reviews:

Be sure to check the AllFreeSewing blog soon for some tips on making these kits.

Shannon Fabrics Sadie

Good luck with the giveaway! Hurry- The deadline to enter is March 31, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time.

Cuddle Hugs,

Ellen

Cuddle Scarf Tutorial & Giveaway at Sew News!

Our friends at Sew News are sharing a tutorial on their blog for a luxurious Cuddle™ Infinity Scarf. The tutorial shows how to make the scarf in both a long and short version. Here is the elegant long version:

Cuddle Fabrics Infinity Scarf Tutorial & Giveaway!

Here is the fun and snuggly short version:

Sew News Cuddle Scarf

They’re also having a giveaway for a Cuddle Scarf kit!  Two Lucky winners will each win a Twisty Twirly Soft Cuddle Zebra Cuddle Kit.  You can use the fabric in the kit to make the infinity scarf featured in the tutorial. The kit features our scrumptious Soft Cuddle Zebra and contains everything you need to make a scarf, including a free pattern. The quick easy pattern is by MckayManor Musers. Read more about the kit here.

You can make so many beautiful scarves from the kit: long, short, infinity, etc.

Here is the pretty twisty scarf version that is featured in the pattern:

Cuddle Twisty Scarf Zebra

Click here for the easy tutorial and to enter the great Giveaway. Good Luck!

Cuddle Hugs,

Ellen

Cuddle Bouquet Peasant Dress and Ruffle Pants

Hello- My Cuddle Corner readers. I am back with a great spring wardrobe idea for your little girl! I call it the Cuddle™ Bouquet Peasant Dress and Ruffle Pants. Sometimes the weather may not be very warm during early spring but color and comfort can come together for this great outfit.
Cuddle Bouquet Dress

I had so much fun designing this pattern for my daughter and I hope you are able to use it for a special little girl in your life.  I am offering it as a FREE Download! Here in the south we love our ruffle pants and peasant style dresses/tops.

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And don’t miss out on the giveaway at the bottom of this post!
I used Cuddle™ fabrics to create an outfit for my daughter and I’m happy to share the free pattern and tutorial with you.

 

The fabric you will want is:

Daisy Bouquet Coral from the Nested Owls Cuddle collection by Adornit.

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You will also want some Cuddle Dimple™ Teal. 

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Cuddle Bouquet Dress 

Many Peasant dresses and tops will use shirring for the sleeves but in the tutorial I will show you how to add 1/4″ elastic to the sleeve for quick and easy gathering.

My daughter is complimented everywhere we go when she wears this outfit!
And you can tell she loves to strut her stuff!
We live in Tennessee and there are days that the sunlight is very deceiving!  In fact, the day I’m writing this post we had gorgeous blue skies and sunlight but it was only 24° outside!
Cuddle Bouquet Dress

Are you ready for an awesome giveaway?  One lucky reader will be sent a Fresh Picked Fabulous 5 Cuddle Kit. The kit features Crazy for Daisies Cuddle by Adornit.

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Cuddle Bouquet Dress
Cuddle Bouquet Dress and Ruffle Pants

 

I hope you enjoy this Free pattern and visit my website at www.sewingmamaraeanna.com for more patterns and clothing ideas for kids!
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