Paint the Modern Rainbow with Rae Ritchie’s Chroma Basic

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Chroma Basic by Rae Ritchie is a beautiful range of blenders that paints a modern rainbow. Look for it at your local quilt shop!

Mix and match new colorations of our favorite blenders. We’ve offered a wide range of colors to match back to Rae’s previous fabric collections, as well as some new tones that coordinate with nearly any Dear Stella project.

Check out the below quilt inspiration featuring Chroma Basic—click on the captions for more info.

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Hexactly by Hunter’s Design Studio

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Hootsville Row by Sassafras Lane Designs

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Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs

Continue for additional quilt projects that feature Chroma.

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Any Which Way by Cindi McCracken

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Crossed Stars by Cindi McCracken

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Beyond Labadee by Raija Salomaa

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These adorable dolls also feature Chroma Basic + scraps of some of our favorite new collections. The Sewing Smiles Doll was designed by Deborah Fisher for Bo Twal. Find more project information here, and learn more about this charity program here.

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As a thank you for reading our newsletter and blog, we’re giving three lucky readers a fat quarter bundle of Chroma Basic by Rae Ritchie—either a stack of lights, a stack of dark/jewel tones, or a stack of greys.

Enter the giveaway below!

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Thanks for reading!

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Stellasaurus // Mommy & Me Outfits

Kristen of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine made these adorable projects using Stellasaurus! Be sure to ask your local quilt shop for this awesome dinosaur collection!

She’s stopping by the Dear Stella blog to tell you about these dino-mite fabrics!


Hello my fellow Stellasaurus fans! When this line came out I was so thrilled! Not many novelty lines fit me and my son but this one is perfect. He loves dinosaurs and I love the way the designs are created for this line. The right balance of kids fun and science museum feel.

For my first set of projects I decided to whip up a little mommy and me outfit for my one year old. (I’ve got to take advantage of this for as long as I can with him allowing me to dress him as my matching twin!)

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I used the Wiksten Tankdress for my outfit and love how it turned out. This pattern has quickly become a go-to for its versatility and quick sew. The print I used is Dinomania in Moonlight.

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For Carter’s outfit I used the Oliver and S Sketchbook pattern. The shorts are such a fun sew and fit him so well, and the button up is so cute on little dudes! I used a 6-12 mo sizing for him because he is one long and lean bud. The shirt is sewn out of Jurassic in Moonlight and the shorts/accent for top is Net in Smoke.

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Quilting cotton is truly such a wonderful substrate and works so well in garments. I used to fear it but have grown so fond of it. Don’t be afraid to jump right in with one of Dear Stella’s precious prints for clothes!!! They really are a match made in heaven.

Happy Sewing!

Kristen of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine


Thanks so much, Kristen! We hope you all enjoy Stellasaurus as much she does!

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Summer Essential: Flamingo Lounge Shorts Tutorial by The Boho Bobbin

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We’re jazzin’ up your summer wardrobe with help from Anna of The Boho Bobbin! Anna shares how she whips up a pair of these super cute & comfortable Lounge Shorts using Dear Stella Knits.

The best part is: you don’t need a printed pattern! Just grab your favorite pair of relaxed-fit shorts, and follow Anna’s instructions for drafting and customizing your own pattern. Check out the tutorial here on her blog!

Who else loves the pom poms?!

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Uses Flamingoes (Bay) from Dear Stella Knits.

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…and after!

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What will you make with Dear Stella knits? Tag us @dearstellafab and #dearstella.

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Baby Accessories Tutorial // Part 2

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We’re back with another *adorable* baby accessory for the 2-part tutorial series!

Last week we shared a baby headband tutorial by Danica Willig Designs. Today we have baby bunny and bear hats, also by Danica Willig Designs. If you thought the baby headband was cute, wait ’til you make one of these!

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Pictured above: bear hat (left), bunny hat (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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Toddler and Baby Bunny and Bear Hat Tutorial

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

¼ yd of knit fabrics (fabrics photographed: Dollop and Triangle Dot)
Coordinating Thread
Ruler
Marking Marker or Pen
Sewing Pins

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Print out pattern pieces for desired size and ear shape. Turn off “page scaling” or “fit to page” in your print dialogue box to make sure the templates print at actual size.

Options include baby and toddler hat sizes and two different ear sizes to make either a bunny hat or a bear hat. To make either a bunny hat or a bear hat, be sure to cut the pattern pieces so the straight edge of the hat pattern is perpendicular to the selvage, so it has more stretch.

2. Cut out two hat pieces and 4 ear pieces.

FOR BABY HAT: cut a 17½” wide x 4″ tall rectangle.
FOR TODDLER HAT: cut a 19½” wide x 5″ tall rectangle.

3. On the wrong side of the fabric, transfer all darts and placement marks on hat and ear pieces.

SEWING INSTRUCTIONS:

NOTE: sew all seams at ¼” unless stated otherwise.

1. SEW DART: Sew darts on on hat pieces.

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2. SEW EAR PLEATS: Fold ears right sides together, match pleat marks and stitch over mark. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of the mark. This will create a tucked pleat on each ear piece.

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3. SEW EARS: Place two ear pieces right sides together and stitch around the curved edge. Repeat with the other two ear pieces. Turn ears right side out, gently using the point of your scissors.

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4. SEW EARS TO HAT: Place the raw edge of the ear pieces on the placement marks on one hat piece. Then place the second hat piece on top, right sides together, and pin in place. Stitch around the curved edge of the hat across the sandwiched ear pieces.

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5. CREATE CUFF: Take the long rectangle and fold widthwise, right sides together. Sew edges together to create a loop. Fold the loop in half, wrong sides together, to create a cuff. Press in place.

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6. SEW CUFF TO HAT: Leaving the hat wrong sides out, place cuff around the outside edge of hat. Pin in place and stitch.

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7. TACK CUFF IN PLACE: Turn hat right side out and turn up cuff. Stitch cuff in place on the side seams of the hat.

All done!

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Collections used: Knits & Wee Gallery Knits.

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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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