Baby Accessories Tutorial // Part 1

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We’re sharing some uber-cute baby accessories in a 2-part tutorial series!

Today we’re covering these darling little baby headbands by Danica Willig Designs. (Coming later this week… Baby bunny and bear hats. Stay tuned!) Pictured above: bow headband at far left, knot headband at far right. This tutorial will cover how to make both versions.

If it’s your first time working with knits on a sewing machine, Danica recommends using a ballpoint needle (“jersey” or “stretch” needles are comparable) and setting your machine to a narrow zigzag stitch or reinforced straight stitch (2½-3 mm length). Test on a piece of scrap fabric and lower your bobbin tension if adjustments are needed. Our friend Cheryl at SewCanDo also has some great tips here!

Continue for Danica’s instructions.

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SUPPLIES NEEDED:
¼ yd of knit fabrics (fabrics photographed: Fox Trot, Secret Garden, Blooming Bouquet, Fresh Dew)
Coordinating Thread
Ruler
Marking Marker or Pen
Safety Pin
Measuring Tape

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS:

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NOTE: Be sure to cut the headband pieces on the crosswise grain, which has more stretch.

1. Measure your toddler/baby’s head circumference. Subtract 1½” from this measurement; this will be your length. The width of the headband will measure 3″. Cut headband piece at the calculated length x 3″.

2. Cut 3″ square.

3. Prepare the bow or knot for your headband.
FOR BOW: Cut 5½” x 8″ rectangle.
FOR KNOT: Cut two 3½” x 5½” rectangles, then cut off the 4 corners of each rectangle.

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Fold headband piece in half lengthwise, right sides together. Sew a ¼” seam. Using a safety pin, turn headband piece right side out.

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2. Take the 3″ square and fold in half, right sides together. Sew a ¼” seam. Using a safety pin, turn right side out. This will the tube that is centered above the knot or bow.

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FOR BOW: Fold 5½” x 8″ rectangle in half length wise, right sides together. Sew a ¼” seam. Using a safety pin, turn bow piece right side out. Fold both short ends towards center overlapping by a ¼” (not pictured). Stitch in place.

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FOR KNOT: Sew knot pieces together with ¼” seam allowance around outer edge, leaving small opening at the bottom center. Turn knot piece right side out. Stitch opening closed.

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3. Take headband piece and overlap the raw edges by ¼”. Stitch in place.

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4. Place the knot (left) or bow (right) over the overlapped area on the headband. Scrunch and stitch in place.

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5. Take the 3″ tube and wrap it around the headband piece. Stitch the edges of the tube together at ¼”.

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6. Flip the 3″ loop so the seam allowance is facing inward. Pull the loop over the knot/bow and center.

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All done!

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Collections used: Knits, Fresh Dew Knits.

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Knits // Lark Tee from Jessie Stern Sews

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Knit is our newest substrate and we’re loving all the projects our friends are making with it!!! Today we’re featuring the Lark Tee (by Grainline Studio) made by Jessie of Jessie Stern Sews.

We’re covering the highlights and photos right here. Read the full blog post on Jessie Stern Sews.

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“[Dear Stella knit] is a great match for this pattern, and it’s so fun seeing this Scallop Dot print in a new substrate. The color is spot on, too.”

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Jessie used Scallop Dot in Fossil (WSTELLA-KRR512-Fossil) from our Knit collection.

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“I sized up so it would be a bit looser, and I’m feelin’ this fit. Instead of hemming the sleeves, I rolled them up and tacked them into place.”

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We’re diggin’ the personal touches on this Lark Tee, and we love how the Scallop Dot print gives a fresh feel to this wardrobe staple.

Jessie has made other garments using our knits; see them here!

All the Dear Stella knits here, here, and here.

Happy creating! ❋

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Introducing // Blue Moon

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The classic white-and-blue palette of your dreams is here! Introducing: Blue Moon.

We’re so excited to share these adorable designs! This collection is receiving an abundance of love from our quilt shop friends. Visit your local shop to get your fix of Blue Moon—hitting stores April 2017.

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Blue Moon transports you to a meadow of grazing woodland critters just as the stars and moon start to wink in the sky. This new collection sings a lullaby of hushed blues and white, telling a story of floating leaves and light breezes from dusk to dark.

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Woodland Critters reminds us of illustrations out of a favorite childhood storybook. So adorable.

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Awesome quilts ahead.

Alligator Alley by Sassafras Lane Designs (new pattern launching this spring!):

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Blast by Denniele Bohannon:

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Fabric Stash by Kelli Fannin:

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So I mustache you a question… What do you see yourself making with Blue Moon?

Comment below, or better yet, share it with us on social media! Tag @dearstellafab and #dearstella.

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Folkwood Rabbit Pillow: Free Paper Pieced Pattern

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Get ready for Easter with this festive free pattern by Danica Willig Designs using fabric from Folkwood by Rae Ritchie! This 21″ square pillow is a perfect project to brush up on your paper piecing skills.

Folkwood by Rae Ritchie was inspired by American folk art. Rae’s new collection reminds us there is always a little magic in the forest. Shipping to stores now.

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Easter’s only three weeks away, so let’s get started!


Folkwood Rabbit Pillow

SUPPLIES NEEEDED:

1/4 yard Fabric A, STELLA-SRR512-Porcelain (Scallop Dot)
3/4 yard Fabric B, STELLA-SRR752-Pink (Woodland Texture)
1/2 yard Fabric C, STELLA-SRR749-Pink (Folkwood Rabbits)
Scissors
Coordinating thread
Quilting ruler
Pins
Rotary cutter (optional)
Rotary mat (optional)
Iron

PRINT PATTERN:

Print Pattern Pieces A-H. Be sure to print the templates at actual size and use the 2″ test square to ensure accuracy. Cut out templates with paper scissors, leaving about 1/8″ of space all the way around each template piece.

Section 6H is divided across two sheets of paper. To complete the template for this section, match up the pieces using the black line as a guide, and tape to connect.

CUT BORDER AND PILLOW BACK:

Cut 2 – 6” wide x 21” tall rectangles out of fabric B
Cut 2 – 21” wide x 15” tall rectangles out of fabric C

PAPER PIECE RABBIT:

Use standard paper piecing technique to assemble blocks A-H (Note the grey blocks should use fabric A and the white blocks fabric B). The 1/4” seam allowances are marked with grey dashed line. When units are complete, trim excess fabric and paper away using the outermost dash line on each unit as a guide.

(New to paper piecing? There are lots of great online resources for this precision piecing technique, including this helpful instructional video from our friends at Quilty! We also love this tutorial from Fons & Porter, and this written guide from patchpieces.com.)

ASSEMBLE RABBIT PIECES:

For the steps below, match seam allowances and pin in place (be sure to match the edges of the rabbit). Stitch in place at 1/4”. Then remove paper from just seam allowance and press seam open.

Sew B to G
Sew F to D
Sew FD to E
Sew A to GB
Sew BG to H
Sew DFE to C
Sew A to C

Once the full rabbit panel is assembled, remove all paper.

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ADD SIDE BORDERS:

Sew the 6” x 21” rectangles to the right and left edge of the rabbit panel to create a 21” square. Quilt if desired.

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FINISH EDGES OF PILLOW ENVELOPE BACK:

Take the two 21” x 15” rectangles and press the top long edge of one rectangle under by 1/2″. Fold again 1/2″ and press. Repeat with the bottom long edge of the other rectangle. On both pieces, topstitch the fold down 3/8” (or close to the edge) to enclose the raw edge, finishing the hems.

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SEW PILLOW ENVELOPE BACK TO PILLOW FRONT:

Place pillow front right-side up, then place the first rectangle right side down, matching unfinished edge with the top edge of pillow front. Pin in place. Lay the second rectangle right-side down on top, matching unfinished edge with the bottom of the pillow front. Pin in place.

Stitch at 1/2” all the way around the pillow edges. Trim corners and turn right sides out.

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All finished! Show us your finished pillows online with #folkwoodrabbitpillow and @danicawilligdesigns @dearstellafab.

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Introducing // Stellasaurus

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We are so (!) excited (!) to share an awesome new collection with you.

Dinosaurs may be extinct, but Stellasaurus is just hitting stores this month. This collection paints the Mesozoic era in an sweet & sophisticated color palette ranging from pinks to blues.

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Stellasaurus is packed with fossils and dinos in blue, green, fuchsia and neutrals. A perfect blend of high and low volume. Roar!

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Check out this fun quilt that you can make with Stellasaurus!

Flip Flop by Jessica VanDenburgh, Sew Many Creations.

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Now that Stellasaurus is roaming the Earth, what will you choose to make?! Tag us @dearstellafab & #dearstella.

We shared a sneak-peek of this post on Instagram yesterday—follow us to stay in the know for new releases just like this!

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