Summer Love // Agave Clutch

We have a guest on the Dear Stella blog today – Heidi of Fabric Mutt! She’s sharing an adorable bag she made using our Summer Love collection, which is just beginning to ship to stores now. Keep your eyes out for this collection at your favorite local quilt shop or online!

My name is Heidi Staples, and normally you’ll find me sharing my everyday sewing adventures at my blog Fabric Mutt. My friends at Dear Stella were kind enough to send me some of their gorgeous new Summer Love collection this month, and what a breath of fresh air it is! These fabrics look like watercolors on a painter’s canvas – absolutely lovely and so perfect for spring sewing. I knew instantly that I wanted to use them to make a new Agave Clutch for myself.

I used the rose buds print for the outside of the clutch, a beautiful cathedral windows print to line the main body, and the rainbow stripe to line the lower half. Leather ties for zipper pulls are the perfect finishing touch.

This clutch is going to be just right for upcoming Easter Sunday festivities, and I can’t wait to use it. If you’d like to make an Agave Clutch of your own, you’ll find my free tutorial here. Thanks so much to Dear Stella for letting me play with their beautiful fabrics and share the results with you here on the blog today. Happy sewing!

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Free Pattern // The Essential Spring Basket

Though it doesn’t quite feel like it yet, it’s officially springtime! We’re itching for brighter colors, new sewing projects, and we’re ready to get organized. Luckily we have a fun *free* pattern to help with all of these!

The Essential Spring Basket, designed by Snapdragon Studios for Dear Stella, features some of the pastel colors from Wee Gallery’s Dress Me for the Playground collection and our Net print in Smoke (in stores now). The finished size is about 9″ x 5″ x 4 1/4″. This basket has a wonderful texture, since each fabric strip is sewn to create a flap that layers on top of the previous row. We love the way the bunnies are popping out of each stripe!

The Essential Spring Basket can work anywhere in your home, from your desk top to a table centerpiece, though we’re particularly excited to use these in our sewing space. You can also stitch one up as a housewarming gift or make a festive Easter basket for the kids!

Visit the Project page or download the free pattern directly here.

We can’t wait to see your version!

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Sneak Peek at… The Cat’s Meow

Something cute is on the way! We are so excited for these frisky felines that are coming out to play later this season. The sketchy, hand-drawn feel makes for a lighthearted pattern that goes with a multitude of our popular Net colors.

Stay tuned for the full collection, including some other furry friends, and some fun project ideas!

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Introducing Hilltop by Wee Gallery

Wee Gallery’s at it again! This time they’re taking us on an exciting adventure into the woods – complete with friendly deer, inquisitive owls, and clever foxes. Meet their latest collection, Hilltop!

This folksy palette is perfect for boys and girls alike. We love the combination of navy, baltic, steel and punch – plus pops of mint, white and gold to brighten it all up.


And we’ve added three new colors in our popular Hearts print! Punch, Steel, and Baltic.

Hilltop will be hitting stores by the end of March. We can’t wait to show you the projects we’ve dreamed up! What will you make?!

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Show Us Your Stella!

It’s time for another round of Show Us Your Stella! Here are some of our favorite Dear Stella projects that have been an inspiration to us. We love to scroll through the #dearstella hashtag on our various social media sites, which is how we found all of these amazing creations!

(You can use our hashtag – #dearstella – on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. We also have a Flickr group that you can check out here.)

Row 1: Arcadia Avenue quilt block, via @sarahhuechteman; Wee Gallery Cats dress via @tangledthreadsbyjen
Row 2: Seaworthy Metallic outfit, via @thegreenelephantco; Mika quilt, via @patchdagley
Row 3: Mercer quilt, via @cyclingjanes; London Calling Sew Together Bag via @simplegirlsimplelife
Row 4: Dress Me playmat, via @sydandstitch; Mika quilt, via @quilterscupboardiowa
Row 5: Sunday Morning quilt, via @quiltbasketny; Seaworthy baby outfit, via @sariditty
Row 6: Mercer quilt, via @mctwayland; French Lessons wrap skirt, via @pinsandneedlesny

Thanks so much for sharing your projects with us! We absolutely love seeing what you make – it is so inspiring.

Have a great weekend. Happy creating, and keep on sharing!

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