Dear Stella <3 Valentine’s Day

We love Valentine’s Day here at Dear Stella HQ. A whole day dedicated to celebrating love? Sounds like the perfect day to us!

With one week until Valentine’s Day, we’ve been busy crafting up a storm. So we wanted to show you our projects… Stella-style.

First up are these super easy heart sweatshirts!

We used a roll of wax paper to draw our big heart design, cut it out, and then ironed it to the wrong side of our fabric. Before cutting the fabric, we drew a 1/2″ seam allowance around the shape, with a pencil, and then cut it out on that line. Next, we folded down and pressed the seam allowance. Leave the wax paper ironed on – this makes it easier to iron the seam allowance down, all the way around the heart. After you’ve ironed down the seam allowance, you can remove the wax paper.

Use a basting stitch to sew around the edge of the heart with a 1/4″ seam allowance, clipping notches into the folded down seam allowance of the two curves. Press. Center the heart on your sweatshirt (you can also use a sweater, t-shirt, or whatever else you have handy) and stitch it down close to the edge. Remove the basting stitches and you’re all set! The hearts we made are about 10″ high and 10.5″ wide.

Clare’s heart uses Stella-283 Red from Tigerlily.

Jessica’s heart uses Stella-S276 from Spring Street.

Next up is this adorable heart pillow using Stella-M37 Red! Who doesn’t love a little Confetti Sparkle?

This tutorial by Anna of Noodlehead and this tutorial by Ashley of Little Miss Momma are similar to how we made our pillow.

Finally, we made some of these little Valentine’s cards to mail to friends! All we did was cut out little hearts from various pink and red Dear Stella fabric, and then stitched them to cardstock! So easy, and so cute.

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From all of us at Dear Stella, YOU guys are our fave! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Savannah // Grocery Tote & Lunch Bag

If you’re suffering from the winter blues, we suggest getting your hands on our new Savannah collection. In stores now, this combination of patterns and colors is sure to brighten up your day (no matter the weather).

We made a couple projects from the book One-Yard Wonders, by Rebecca Yaker & Patricia Hoskins, using some prints from Savannah.

The Grocery Tote (pattern designed by Jessie Senese) is a quick, easy pattern ideal for your trips to the grocery store. And stitched up in the Honeycomb pattern from Savannah? Let’s just say it makes us want to go grocery shopping now!

We also made this adorable Quilted Lunch Bag (pattern designed by Mary Richmond). You can’t go wrong with combining the Floral Stitch with the Ticking Stripe in Green, and cut on the bias too! Love.

Ask for Savannah at your favorite local quilt shop, or look for it online!

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Sneak Peek at Oh Happy Day!

A palette of electric brights and vivid, dynamic patterns make for a strikingly colorful contrast in our forthcoming collection, Oh Happy Day!

For now, we can only share this sneak preview. But you won’t want to miss out on seeing the full collection, so be sure to subscribe to our blog to stay updated!

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Introducing… London Calling!

Way back in November, we shared a small taste of what was coming up for Jack and Lulu. We are ecstatic to announce that it’s finally time to show you the full collection – London Calling!

Union Jacks, double-decker buses, and a spot of tea – oh, the life of a Londoner. Jack and Lulu perfectly capture the essence of London in their signature colors and with these adorable designs!

London Calling will begin shipping to retail stores later this February. Check with your local quilt shop or find it online to purchase some for yourself. We’ll be sharing some projects with this collection soon, so be sure to subscribe to our blog to stay updated!

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Sneak Peek at Wild by Wee Gallery

Last week we introduced our newest licensed designer, Wee Gallery. We are over the moon with excitement, and so glad to have them on board with us.

To celebrate that it’s Friday (and also since it’s too hard to keep it a secret…) we wanted to share a little preview of what’s to come from Wee Gallery in their first collection with us – Wild.

Take a look at this adorable print, “Dress Me,” and coordinating tiny hearts! Wee Gallery animals are made of high contrast repeating patterns so that babies can enjoy them from day one. Seriously, our ideas for this adorable print are endless.

These cute animals are blank slates so your little ones’ imaginations can take over. We’re envisioning an easy play mat to bring to play dates, with a set of washable markers in tow. Or, place your favorite section in an embroidery hoop and stitch some cute outfits for an adorable wall decoration! You could even teach your children how to sew basic stitches using this fabric – how much more fun would that be?!

We had some fun at the office with this pattern to give you an idea of what these Wee Gallery animals look like dressed up. Too cute!

We’ll be back soon with more from Wee Gallery. Make sure to subscribe to our blog to stay updated!

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