Quick DIY Gift – Coaster Ride Coasters

 

Around the Bobbin’s Coaster Ride Coasters are a fun and novel way to make coasters that are color-coordinated with your décor! They’re cute for your home and they make a nice housewarming gift, too.

You can make your own designer silicone coaster set that protects surfaces against hot, cold and wet beverages. The set of four silicone coasters comes with instructions for completing the coasters with fabrics of your choice and a coaster holder for the set.

Designer Silicone Coasters

Coaster set by Lisa Amundson on Instagram.

 

To make four Coasters and a Coaster Holder you’ll need:

Basic supplies:

Fabric clips
Walking foot (optional)
Rotary cutter, mat and ruler with 45 degree angle marking
Fabric marking pen
Spray starch
Heavy duty sewing machine needles (such as Schmetz Microtex 90/14 or denim needles)
Thread

supplies for Coaster Ride

 

The Coaster Ride Coasters kit has the full pattern with detailed instructions. We’ve also provided some pictures of the process…

coaster sandwich and binding
Using the template provided, make a fabric-stabilizer-fabric sandwich. Place it on the bottom side of a silicone coaster. Mark 4 quarter marks on the coaster bottom and fabric sandwich. Line up your quartered off bias binding with these four points and attach with binder clips.

 

Sew the binding to the fabric sandwich and silicone coaster with a scant ¼” seam. Turn the coaster over and finish attaching the binding. Here, you can see basic steps in coaster construction.

Repeat for each of the other three coasters. Then follow the instructions in the pattern to make the Coaster Holder.

Next time you’re looking for that perfect matching set of coasters for your home or a DIY gift to whip up in an afternoon, check out the Coast Ride Coasters from Around the Bobbin!

Here are a few pictures of the Coaster Ride Coasters from Instagram.

Coaster set by Lisa Amundson of Around the Bobbin.

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Fun New Project Alert – Gadget Cushion!

There is nothing better than finding a cute, new sewing project! It’s even better when it’s fun and easy! The Gadget Cushion by Quiltsmart fits the bill. With the holiday gift giving season coming up, the Gadget Cushion would be a great handmade gift for anyone on your list.

To make a Gadget Cushion you need:

Quiltsmart has a great video tutorial to help make your first Gadget Cushion.

We’ve also provided some pictures of the process …

Cut the instructions from the interfacing panel, and cut the fabric a little larger than the panel. With the fabric wrong side up and the interfacing panel rough side down, iron them together.
Cut the fabric/interfacing into two rectangles along the lines marked on the interfacing.
To create the tool tabs, fold the strip in half along the long edge. Then fold it in again to hide the raw edges. With coordinating thread, sew along the edges.
Cut the tool tab strip into four sections.
Fold the tool tabs sections in half. Matching raw edges, clip them to the spots marked on the interfacing.
Sew on the stitch lines provided.
Sew on the three guide lines provided.
Fold the gadget cushion in half, as marked. Sew along line A, edge to dot. Then sew along line B, from dot to edge. Backstitch at beginning and end.
Re-fold the gadget cushion, so the center line meets seam A. Sew along line C, dot to edge. Backstitch at the beginning and end.
Turn the gadget cushion right sides out. Press flat, if needed. Sew along the guide lines, to form the gadget rest.
Using a funnel, fill the openings with the stuffing or poly-pellets.
Glue the openings shut, and use clips to hold it shut while it dries.

Here’s a few pictures of the Gadget Cushion at work, just because we couldn’t get enough … we made two!

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Sew Illustrated: Gift Tag Tutorial


It’s time for round three of our Sew Illustrated series featuring Heidi from Fabric Mutt! With the holidays creeping around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect time to bring you a personalized, easy-to-make, (last minute) gift! Today, Heidi will be showing you how to make these adorable holiday gift tags!
These little bits of colorful patchwork are the quickest way to add handmade joy to any occasion. You can use leftover scraps, feature tiny prints, and even work in some of your favorite trims or embroidery to add a personal touch.

If you’re feeling especially festive, string a batch of these tags together on a line of baker’s twine or ribbon to make a sweet garland for your tree, mantle, or even table decoration!
Festive Gift Tag Tutorial
Finished Size: 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ (not including loop)

Directions

1. Sew pieces A & B together along a 2 3/4″ side as shown in the photo above. Use adhesive basting spray to fuse the wrong side of the tag front panel to batting piece D. Quilt or embroider as desired.

2. Fold twill tape piece E in half, WST, with short ends meeting. Stitch the ends together 1/8″ from the edge.  Center the stitched ends on the top edge of the tag front panel and baste in place.

3. Place piece D on top of the tag front panel, RST, and stitch all the way around the rectangle, leaving a 2″ opening on one of the long sides.  Be sure to backstitch when you start and stop. Trim down the excess seams at the corners.

4. Carefully turn the tag right side out, gently pushing out the corners with a turning tool. Tuck the raw edges inside the opening, press the tag, and then topstitch all the way around the rectangle 1/8″ from the edge.  Thread ribbon or string through the loop and attach the tag to a gift for someone special!

We have so many people on our nice list this year and we couldn’t wait to make custom gift tags for each one of them!

We even used some for decoration on our tree and our sewing-inspired Christmas wreath!

We used some of our favorite buttons for sweet embellishment! We also thought it would be fun to use some of these festive ribbons from KimberBell Designs!

We can’t wait to see your gift tags for all of your friends and family! Be sure to tag us on Instagram @fatquartershop and @fabricmutt and use the hashtag #festivegifttag. Happy wrapping!

Jelly Roll Slice: Free Quilt Pattern with Fat Quarter Shop

Hi everyone! We have a special treat for you today on the Jolly Jabber! We’ve been jelly roll jammin’ not once but twice these couple of years and today we’re inviting you sew another fast and fun jelly roll quilt called Jelly Roll Slice
All you need to make not one but two quilts is one Moda Jelly Roll! Watch Kimberly’s tutorial and download our FREE pattern to learn how you can make our Jelly Roll Slice Quilt. 

For Kimberly’s quilt, she chose to use the Vintage Picnic collection by Bonnie & Camille. We love how this collection can create two contrasting colorways. If you love her version, we have quilt kits and backing sets available at the shop today!

Our quilty staff decided to make a couple of other versions of Jelly Roll Slice as well. This one is using the Bread ‘N Butter collection by American Jane. 

We love this version in the Strawberry Fields Revisited collection by Fig Tree Quilts.  

Want some more inspiration? Visit some of our favorite bloggers to see their Jelly Roll Slice quilts. Don’t forget to leave some love in their comments sections as well! 

Cristy of Love You Sew

Thank you so much for joining us for another shortcut quilt. Let us know which precut you would like us to feature in our next Shortcut Quilt series in the comment section. Happy quilting! 

Fat Quarter Shop’s Top 10 Videos of 2015: Delectable Mountains Quilt

Happy Friday fellow quilters! Welcome back to our Top 10 Videos of 2015 series on the Jolly Jabber. For ten days, we will be celebrating ten of our most popular videos of 2015.

There “ain’t mountain high enough” to keep us from loving our fifth Top 10 Video, Delectable Mountains. This quilt dates back to the colonial times but we’ve given it a fresh new look. 

Our complete Delectable Mountains PDF quilt pattern is available for purchase at our shop but if you want to learn how to make the quilt block, Kimberly will show you how in our video tutorial. 

For more Delectable Mountains creations, visit some of our favorite blogs today.

We would love for you to share your #delectablemountains or any other #FQSTop10 quilts for 2015 on Instagram. Oh and did we mention for every #FQSTop10 post you do, you will be entered for a chance to win a Fat Quarter Shop $100 Gift Certificate! This fun contest ends January 31, 2016 and the winner will be announced on Instagram February 1, 2016. Good luck and happy quilting everyone! 

Fat Quarter Shop’s Top 10 Videos of 2015: Single Wedding Ring Quilt

Happy Tuesday everyone! We are so excited to bring you our Top 10 Videos of 2015 series on the Jolly Jabber. For ten days, we will be celebrating ten of our most popular videos of 2015.

Our second Top 10 video is such a classic with it’s elegant design and traditional elements. The Single Wedding Ring quilt is the simplified version of the Double Wedding Ring Quilt. 
If you’re ready to get sewing, watch Kimberly’s tutorial on how to piece the Single Wedding Ring Block and download our FREE Block pattern. We also have the complete PDF pattern for purchase at our shop. This pattern includes crib, lap, twin & queen sizes.  

It would not be a celebration without inviting some of your favorite bloggers to sew along. Hop on over to see their Single Wedding Ring creations. 

We would love for you to share your #singleweddingringquilt or any other #FQSTop10 quilts for 2015 on Instagram. Oh and did we mention for every #FQSTop10 post you do, you will be entered for a chance to win a Fat Quarter Shop $100 Gift Certificate! This fun contest ends January 31, 2016 and the winner will be announced on Instagram February 1, 2016. Good luck and happy quilting everyone! 

AGF Stitched with Kimberly: Locket Quilt


Hello everyone! 2015 is coming to an end and we managed to squeeze in our last AGF Stitched with Kimberly quilt pattern of the year called Locket
The Locket quilt features the Paperie collection by Amy Sinibaldi. We love that the light feminine colors of this collection adds softness the geometric quilt pattern.


Ready to sew your Locket quilt? Download our FREE Locket Quilt Pattern and watch Kimberly’s video tutorial on how to piece your blocks. 


If you love our version of Locket, we have quilt kits and backing sets available at our shop as well!

And we’ve also invited a few of our favorite bloggers to sew their own versions of the Locket quilt using beautiful Art Gallery Fabrics. So hop on over to their love and leave some give them some quilty love! 

Natalia of Piece N Quilt
Caroline of Sew Caroline
Heather and Megan of Quilt Story
Melissa of Happy Quilting
Angie of GnomeAngel
Jane of Quilt Jane
Jemima of Tied with a Ribbon
Christina of Sometimes Crafter


SURPRISE! One lucky FQS fan will win an Art Gallery Fat Quarter Bundle of their choice. For a chance to win, all you need to do is enter through our Rafflecopter below! Don’t forget to share you #AGFStitched creations with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Thank you so much everyone and happy quilting. 

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How to Bias Bind a Quilt with Fat Quarter Shop


Hey guys! It’s Kimberly again with brand new tutorial for you! Bias binding is a technique that’s been requested over and over, and it took me a while to find a method I liked. It’s perfect for quilts with curves or any angles other than your run-of-the-mill square corners.

Today, I will be demonstrating this technique using the Fragmental Sunflower Fractal Panel by Angela Walters for Robert Kaufman. Watch my video tutorial to see how you can tackle bias binding. 

If you love the Honeycomb table runner in the video, we have kits available at our shop. 

Thank you so much for joining me today! Have any tips on how to do bias binding? Share them in the comments section of the blog. We would love to know! 

2015 DIY Holiday with Fat Quarter Shop


Merry, merry, merry… almost Christmas everyone! We’re culminating all of our favorite DIY Holiday projects for those last minute gifts you need to whip up. Let’s get started!  

For the person who decks the halls AND the walls AND the doors AND the floors…

Creating our Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt pattern for the Christmas decorator will definitely melt their hearts. Kimberly will show you how fun it is to make this Christmas must – have in our video tutorial.


For the crafty gals and guys….


Add some cuteness to your Christmas decor with our Smitten for Mittens Makin’ It Cute templates by Me and My Sister Designs. Hop on over to their blog to see some crafty ideas with what you can do with these templates.


For the coffee drinker, tea-fanatic, and hot chocolate fan…


If you’re looking to make gift in a pinch, our Coffee Koozie tutorial is cute and functional – a perfect combo! Watch Kimberly’s video tutorial to see how you can whip up your own using your favorite mini charm packs.  


For kids with culinary chops…


This reversible kids apron and chef hat is absolutely adorable! Little Christopher is sporting the apron made with the Vintage Market collection by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Designs. 

We’ve also made a matching mini version for Annabelle!


For loved ones far away…


What’s better than to say “Happy Holidays” than with a handmade greeting card. We loved this Santa Express panel by Doodlebug Designs so much that we decided to fussy cut our favorite prints to make our fabric greeting card. To learn how to make your own, watch Me and My Sister’s video tutorial

Great Granny Twist with Lori Holt

Don’t you love transforming old projects into something fresh and new? Today we’re looking at Lori Holt‘s Great Granny Squared Book in a whole new way! 
In honor of Great Granny Squared‘s one year anniversary, we decided to put a new twist on Lori’s Mama Blocks by turning it  into an applique circle block. 
Kimberly sporting Lori’s One Stitch at a Time t-shirt
Original Mama Block quilt with our appliqued Mama Block Tablerunner.
We love how these appliqued Mama Blocks look like vintage buttons! 

If you want to know how you can sew our Great Granny Circled project, grab a copy of Great Granny Squared and watch Kimberly’s video tutorial!

We’ve also invited Lori’s quilty friends to sew along this week. Hop on over to their blogs each day to see their “twist” on Lori’s Great Granny Squared blocks!

Monday, December 14, 2015
Fat Quarter Shop (Hey, that’s us!)
Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Melissa of Oh How Sweet

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Jennie of Clover & Violet
Erin of Why Not Sew
Sherri Falls of This & That Patterns
Rachel of P.S. I Quilt

Friday, December 18, 2015
Daisy of Ants to Sugar
Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs


If you love these “twists” but still think the Great Granny classic is the bees knees, check our our Attic Treasures Quilt Kit featuring the Toy Chest collection by Penny Rose Fabrics.  

SURPRISE! We are giving away 5 copies of Great Granny Squared on the blog. To enter our fun giveaway, let us know what “twist” you would give the Great Granny Squared blocks on the comment section of our blog. We will pick 5 random winners on December 21, 2015! Good luck everyone!