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Power up with a Healthy Banana + Nut Butter Smoothie

Banana Nut Butter Power Smoothie

Sneaking healthy proteins and veggies into your diet can be a challenge, but this delicious smoothie recipe fits the bill, and it tastes delicious, too. Not only is it filling, but this power smoothie provides great energy for your day when you have it for breakfast or lunch, or as a dessert substitute. Made with banana, nut butter, carrots and yogurt, this smoothie is rich in protein, calcium, fruits and veggies! I love this power smoothie as a dessert substitute!

Banana, Nut Butter Power Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 banana
  • 2 Tablespoons nut butter (I used almond)
  • 4 baby carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix It Up

Toss the yogurt, milk, banana, nut butter, carrots, and cinnamon in the blender. Blend all ingredients together until mixed, and serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top for a garnish. You may use your favorite dairy-free milk or yogurt as a substitute, or change out the almond butter for peanut or any other nut butter.

Banana Nut Butter Power Smoothie

In case you wondered, I got these ultra-fun drinking glasses from Uncommon Goods, a shop with loads of great housewarming gifts. This store carries tons of unique gifts made from recycled and/or upcycled materials, and they support artists by selling loads of handmade goods, most created in the USA. You can see the Pop Top Six Pack set of drinking glasses here.

Housewarming Gifts at Uncommon Goods

If you are looking for an easy and fun housewarming gift, check out the artisan jelly and jams set here. With mouth-watering flavors like strawberry chipotle and carrot cake, these jams pair perfectly with a few kitchen utensils, a mixing bowl and pretty tea towel to make a classy anytime gift!

Disclaimer: I received free products in exchange for this post, but all opinions are my own.

 

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos with Peach Pineapple Salsa

Have you ever had fresh Georgia peaches? They taste like nothing else! Last month, I shared a recipe for Crock Pot peach cobbler, inspired by my love of peaches grown in the south. I’ve recently tried some savory dishes with peaches, and wanted to share my new favorite summertime dinner recipe: Crock Pot chicken tacos with peach pineapple salsa! If you are looking for an appetizer, the fresh salsa is great on its own.

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos with Peach Pineapple Salsa| Craft Buds

 

If you love easy Crock Pot chicken recipes, you’ll love this dinner that’s easy to throw together. Trust me! I’m a very low-maintenance cook, and just happen to have a great farmer’s market nearby. If you don’t have fresh peaches and pineapples in stock, pick up a jar of peach or pineapple flavored salsa and make your own variation.

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos with Cilantro

To make the Crock Pot chicken:

– 2 to 3 fresh or frozen chicken breasts

– 1-2 cups of salsa (any kind)

Place the chicken in the slow cooker and cover with salsa. Cook on high 3-4 hours or low 7-8 hours. The longer you cook, the more it will shred, or you can easily chop it once it’s fully cooked. Set aside

Peach Pineapple Salsa

To make the peach pineapple salsa:

– 2-3 fresh peaches, diced

– 1/2 fresh pineapple, diced

– 1/4 red onion, diced

– 1/2 Cucumber, diced

– 1/4 cup lime juice

– handful of fresh cilantro, chopped

Combine ingredients and mix well. Serve with Crock Pot chicken tacos or eat with tortilla chips.

To make the cilantro rice:

– 2 cups uncooked rice

– 1/4 cup lime juice

– handful of fresh cilantro, chopped

– pinch of salt

 

Prepare rice according to package. Add several squirts of lime juice, salt and cilantro. Serve as the first layer of chicken soft tacos.

Crockpot Chicken Tacos with Peach Pineapple Salsa | Craft Buds

To assemble the tacos, layer small flour tortillas with the prepared cilantro rice, Crock Pot chicken, and peach pineapple salsa. If desired, add shredded cheddar cheese, a squirt of lime juice and more fresh cilantro. This is a great dish to serve buffet style and let your family assemble their own plate! I hope you enjoy this recipe, and that it helps to shake up your dinnertime routine.

Do you have a favorite Crock Pot chicken recipe?

 

Pattern Release: Holly Jolly Stocking

I’m excited to announce the release of my newest PDF sewing pattern, the Holly Jolly Stocking!

Looking for a Christmas stocking pattern that’s fat-quarter friendly and easy for beginners? This step-by-step Christmas stocking sewing pattern will guide you through making a simple lined holiday stocking with a cuff and hanging loop. If you choose to quilt the main stocking to batting, you can get a nice weight and texture. Otherwise, feel free to skip this step for a more simple stocking that’s quick to sew!

I used Tinsel Fabric (Cotton + Steel) to make these festive new stockings for my family.

Learn how to sew a stocking (or two! or five!) for your holiday mantel with my new Holly Jolly Stocking pattern!

Holly Jolly Stocking Pattern by LindsaySews.com | Craft Buds

Materials (for each stocking):

Note: To make a stocking with a matching front and back, you’ll need 1/2 yard of that print (you’ll have some fabric left over). To have two different prints on front and back, you may substitute 2 different fat quarters. – 1/2 yard stocking exterior fabric (or 2 fat quarters for different prints on front and back) and loop – 1/2 yard lining fabric – 1 fat quarter (18” x 22”) for cuff Quilted version: – 13” x 18” batting or large scraps Non-quilted version: –  Recommended: 13” x 18” lightweight stabilizer for stocking front and back Holly Jolly Stocking Pattern: Quilted Christmas Stocking Tutorial

Use a different print on each side of the stocking so you can show off even more of your favorite fabrics!

My pattern testers made some really creative versions of the Holly Jolly Stocking! Here’s what they had to say:

Holly Jolly Stockings by KatieD

Katie D. made a lovely pair of quilted Christmas stockings…Just flip them on the mantel for a totally different and fun look! She says, “Stockings have been on my To-Do list for years! I made two quilted stockings and used low-volume prints on the front and red or green backs with contrasting cuffs. The instructions were very clear and the final size is great.” Holly Jolly Stockings by Modern Magnolia

Hannah of Modern Magnolia Studio sewed up these adorable stockings in holiday and wintery fabrics. Aren’t they just lovely? “I LOVE this pattern!” she said. “My mom is already requesting I upgrade all her stockings now, and I plan to make more stockings closer to the holidays.” Holly Jolly Stockings by Clover and Violet

Clara of Clover and Violet made these adorable quilted Holly Jolly Stockings in Pam Kitty Morning fabric! If you don’t want to use holiday fabrics, take this inspiration for a fun twist on tradition. “It’s super cute and fun to make! I think it is a great pattern,” Clara says. Holly Jolly Stocking by Kaela

Kaela made this awesome gingham stocking with a wide plaid cuff. I love the slight twist on traditional Christmas colors. “The pattern was so easy to read and follow along!,” she says. “Thank you so much! I’m so excited to make my family of 5 stockings!”

Holly Jolly Stocking by JodyR

Isn’t this Christmas stocking by Jody adorable? This is a view of the front and back, showing the slightly different red prints that beautifully blend with the dark minty green cuff. Jody says, “I was pleasantly surprised to see how large the stocking is was when putting the pattern together. We love stocking gifts so a bigger stocking is great! I am so excited to make 3 more for our house and then 12 more for my mom’s house because she liked it, too.”

Want to get the Holly Jolly Stocking pattern and get an early start on your Christmas sewing? It’s available now in my Craftsy pattern shop!

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How to Print and Use PDF Sewing Patterns

How to Print + Use PDF Sewing Patterns | Craft Buds

Sometimes, it’s the little sewing tips and tricks that really help to get us motivated to finish that next project! Today, I’m sharing with you a little tutorial on how I like to print and use PDF sewing patterns.

Unlike a paper sewing patterns, PDF patterns must be printed on your home computer and printer in order to use them. If you are not used to this, it may take a little trial and error to get started. I hope to save you a few steps by showing you the way I like to do it!

Print PDF Patterns Tutorial

Step 1: Download the PDF pattern. I’m using my Holly Jolly Stocking pattern as an example. Open the pattern file on your computer. Since it’s a PDF file, your computer will select a program to use to open it (such as Adobe Acrobat, pictured above).

Select “Print” then look around the pop-up menu until you find an option that says print “actual size” or something similar. You want to make sure you don’t shrink the pattern to fit on the paper. The screenshot above shows how I ticked the button that says “Actual Size.” Now I can select print!

Important: Many PDF patterns have a 1″ test square on the pattern (shown below on the upper left corner). Measure this box on the printout with a ruler to confirm it has printed the correct size.

How to Print and Use a PDF Pattern | Craft Buds

Step 2: Take your printed pages and look for the natural place where they overlap. Some people like to cut off the overlap, but I prefer to simply fold it back. In this stocking pattern, you can see how I fold along a thick line on the right side of sheet 1. Then I can place it on top of the corresponding line on sheet 2, and line up the stars (a mark intended to help place the pattern).

Not all PDF sewing patterns will have a distinguishing mark like this, but you can usually line them up from the point the pattern starts on one sheet and ends on another.

How to Print and Use a PDF Pattern | Craft Buds

Step 3: Continue to fold under the edges of the pattern, and tape the papers together in the order they belong. On the bottom row, you’ll fold under two edges of the paper. Don’t worry about the order border for now. I like to use washi tape, taping a few times inside the pattern, because it is quick, easy, and surprisingly durable!

How to Print and Use a PDF Pattern | Craft Buds

Step 4: Cut out the sewing pattern along the border. Place the pattern on your fabric, and trace directly around it with a rotary cutter and mat, or scissors. If using scissors, you’ll want to pin the pattern in place on the fabric.

Wasn’t that simple? I hope you enjoyed this easy tutorial on how to print and use a PDF sewing pattern. Read my handy tutorial on how to transfer a paper sewing pattern with freezer paper here!

And if you’d like to check out my Holly Jolly Stocking pattern for yourself, you can get it here.

Back-to-School Teacher Gift: Candy Caramel Apples

With summer coming to an end, kid-friendly recipes and activities help make going back to school more fun. These fall-inspired candy caramel apples are tasty, fun and easy to prepare—even with younger kids. Wrap a couple up in cellophane sheets with some ribbon for the perfect gift for teachers on the first day of school!

Caramel Apples Recipe: Back to School Gift: Craft Buds

What you’ll need:

– 6 small apples
– 1 bag soft caramels
– 2 tbsp. water
– 1 c. chopped nuts
– 1 bag M&Ms (or your favorite candy)
– 1 c. chocolate chips
– 6 wooden sticks
– 2 Hefty Foam Bowls
– 1 baking sheet
– Waxed Paper

The great part about this recipe is that you can easily change up the toppings. I’ve made this treat several times before with different candy combinations, including mini chocolate chips, sprinkles and coconut shavings. For this batch, we kept it simpler for the teachers with chocolate drizzle and nut-covered apples. (We topped the leftover apples with M&Ms for my family to enjoy!)

Preparation:

1. Wash apples and remove stems. Insert wooden sticks (wooden skewers, chopsticks, etc.) into the stem end. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Place apples on baking sheet and put in fridge.
2. Separate nuts, M&Ms and candy into separate foam bowls. Set aside.
3. Unwrap caramels and drop in microwave-safe bowl with water. Place in microwave for 2 minutes or until melted, stirring halfway.
4. Dip apples in caramel, letting the excess drip off. Chill in fridge for 5-10 minutes.
5. While you wait, microwave chocolate chips for 1-2 minutes or until melted.
6. Dunk the caramel-covered apples in desired topping and place back on baking sheet.
7. Use a spoon to drizzle melted chocolate on caramel apples.
8. Refrigerate until the caramel is set.

Guest post by Hefty. Photo: Joshua Resnick

Looking for more teacher gift ideas? Check out these Teacher Appreciation Pencil Pouches, cute Printables for Scissors as a gift, and the In Good Hands Printable!

Citrus and Mint Baby Quilt + Free Pattern

 

Citrus & Mint: Quick & Easy Baby Quilt + Free Pattern | Craft Buds

Do you love quick baby quilts? One of our most popular posts of all time on Craft Buds is my Quick Triangles Baby Quilt, and I was inspired by that project to design another free baby quilt pattern that’s great for beginners as well as experienced quilters looking for a weekend project!

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

The colors of this quilt were inspired by a design seeds color palette my friends picked for their little girl’s nursery. I really loved the citrus and mint colors paired with a soft cream, but you can make this quilt in a variety of colors and it would look beautiful! If you have trouble picking a color palette for your quilt, try choosing two or three colors that work well together and pairing it with a neutral like white or grey. (One of my favorite go-to color combos is yellow, aqua and grey.)

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

The block we’ll be sewing is called a half snowball quilt block. A full snowball quilt block uses the same technique, but with all four corners getting the triangle. This half snowball tutorial will show you how to make this block, which you can use in all kinds of projects! I hope you enjoy this free quilt pattern.

Finished quilt 36 1/2″  x 42 1/2″

Materials:

– 9 to 12 fat eighths (each makes 3 blocks), fat quarters (each makes 6 blocks) or large scraps of colored fabric in three color groups (like yellow, orange, and mint green)

– 1/2 yard of cream or white fabric for the small diamonds

– 1/3 yard of binding fabric

– Crib size batting

– 1 1/2 yards backing fabric

Cutting:

– Cut 42 squares of colored fabric 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″

– Cut 84 squares of cream fabric 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

– Cut 4 strips 2 1/2″ x 44″ (width of fabric) for binding

 

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

Directions:

1. Fold each 2 1/2″ square in half diagonally to make a crease, and press with your fingernail. With the right sides of fabric together, place a cream square on two opposite corners of a larger square as pictured. The crease should not touch the corners of the large square.

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

2. Stitch along the creased lines.

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

3. Use a rotary cutter and ruler to trim off the outside corners 1/4″ outside of your stitch line.

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

4. Press the seams toward the center of the colored block.

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

5. Tip: You can use chain stitching to speed up the process! Add one corner square to each of the colored squares without cutting your thread. Trim, press, and repeat with the opposite corner of each block.

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

6. Arrange the blocks in 6 columns and 7 rows until you get a color placement you like. I use my portable design board to make this process easier! Tip: Once you get your final arrangement, take a picture with your phone. Nothing fancy! Here’s mine that I took with my feet in the bottom. :) You’ll want to refer to this while sewing, so the blocks don’t get mixed up.

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7. Join the blocks in each row with a 1/4″ seam, making sure the cream triangle seams are aligned.

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8. Press the vertical seams of each row in an alternating fashion to make nested seams. To do this, take row one and press all the vertical seams to the right. In row two, press to the left… row three, press to the right… and so on. This will reduce bulk when joining together the rows, allowing the blocks to fit together snugly! I typically press all my seams open, but this type of quilt block, I really think it works better to use the nesting technique.

Once you join the rows, press the long seams between each row OPEN (as pictured above) to avoid too much bulk in the centers.

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

9. Baste the quilt top, batting and backing and quilt as desired. I chose a wide meandering free-motion quilting pattern, stitching through the diamonds and other seams to reinforce them.

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

This is a really quick and easy baby quilt pattern that you can whip up over the weekend! Break it up over 4 days if you’d like so you can spend time cutting squares, sewing the blocks, joining the blocks and rows, and quilting the top!

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

I quilted my project on the Baby Lock Tiara II with Madeira Thread and Quilter’s Dream batting. This was my first time using this brand of batting, and I’d have to say I’m in love! The quilt held up great and did not wrinkle during my photo shoot, and it has a really nice weight to it that I think will withstand many years of baby and toddler love!

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

I took these photos at our local agricultural park (the same place I photographed my recent Tennessee quilt), and I was giddy that the horses were out. Of course, I was little nervous they would take too much interest in the quilt! Aside from choosing the fabrics, I really think my favorite part of quilting is taking the perfect photo of the finished product, and it helps to have really cute models.

I really hope you give this easy baby quilt pattern a try! If you make something from any of our sewing and quilting tutorials, we’d love for you to leave a comment. Happy quilting!

Berry Peach Cobbler in the Slow Cooker

We know that the Crock-Pot is an essential appliance for many home cooks looking to make soups, roasts, dips, and appetizers. But have you ever tried making desserts in the slow cooker? I’m excited to share my first ever recipe on Craft Buds (see Mary’s great recipe posts here!), and of course it would have to be a dessert!

Crockpot Recipe: Easy Berry Peach Cobbler Recipe in the Slow Cooker
 

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 3 1/2 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 50 minutes

Fits well in a 6-quart oval slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Peach Berry Crisp Recipe

This won’t be the last time I whip up this easy Berry Peach Apple Crisp in the slow cooker! I love this recipe because it’s adaptable to whatever fruits are in season (or whatever you happen to have in your kitchen). Swap the peaches out entirely in place of apples, or sub in some strawberries for blueberries! Fresh or frozen fruit works great with this recipe, but I’ll give amount for fresh fruit.

Crockpot Recipe for Peach Berry Crisp

The easy dessert recipe serves about 6 to 8. Don’t worry about “slicing” it or trying to make it look pretty. The more syrupy the bottom layer, the better it tastes!

Crockpot Peach Berry Cobbler Recipe

 

Ingredients:

Bottom Layer:

1 cup fresh blueberries *
8 peaches or apples *
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 cup white sugar

* Note: May substitute fresh or frozen strawberries, cranberries, blackberries, for blueberries. I used 5 fresh peaches and 3 apples, but you can sub any fresh fruits you’d like, or about 16 oz. of frozen fruit.

Crumble Topping:

1 stick melted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup oats (old fashioned)
3/4 cup flour

Directions:

1. Sliced and core the peaches/apples. Rinse the berries. Toss them in the bottom of your slow cooker!

2. Stir in the cinnamon and white sugar, tossing it with your fruit.

3. In a separate bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, oats and flour for the crumble topping. Crumble the mixture evenly over top of your fruit.

4. Cover the slow cooker and cook the peach berry crisp on high for 3 1/2 hours. If you don’t have that long, you could get away with as little as 2 hours, but I like the way the fruit melds together with the longer cook time.

5. Serving suggestion: We love it warm with a scoop of whipped topping or vanilla bean ice cream!

Berry Peach Crisp in the Slow Cooker

 

Have you ever tried a Crock-Pot dessert recipe?

Monetize Your Craft Blog with Affiliate Ads

Make Money Blogging with Affiliate Ads

One of the biggest questions I hear from craft bloggers is, “How do I monetize my blog?” For those who want to make money blogging, selling ad space through an ad network like Google Ads or BlogHer is one of the more popular ways to earn income via your blog. Ad networks like Google pay a set amount based on pageviews (the number of visitors to your blog) and click-throughs (the reader clicks a banner). Of course, you can also work out deals where you sell sidebar advertising (on a monthly or yearly basis) to relevant sites, but joining an ad network is a relatively low maintenance way to start earning passive income on your blog.

And then, there are affiliate ads. When you join an affiliate ad network like ShareASale or Commission Junction, you are eligible to earn a percentage of the sales that generated through your blog. For instance, if someone clicks on an affiliate ad link on your blog and spends $100 on fabric, you might earn $10 (on a 10% affiliate agreement).

NOTE: Always remember to post a disclosure when displaying affiliate ads or links (see the bottom of this post for an example), or you could end up in trouble with the FTC.

Top Affiliate Ads for Craft Bloggers

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Craftsy

A number of bloggers have found the Craftsy affiliate program to be very generous in payouts. Craftsy recently revamped their affiliate program, and they no longer award $2 per new Craftsy registration (even if that person doesn’t make a purchase). Their current program rewards sales (not just leads), and you can still earn big!

  • 75% commission on first-time course purchases from new customers (30-day cookie / 7 days from click)
  • 15% commission on existing customer course purchases (7-days from click)
  • 10% commission on supplies purchases (30-days from click for new customers, 7-days for existing)
  • $15 for referring a friend who is accepted into the affiliate progra

If you see the word “cookie,” this means you have that many days from the time someone new to Craftsy clicks through your affiliate ad to Craftsy to buy a class or product, and you’ll get paid.

 

Join the Craftsy affiliate program here!

 

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C&T Publishing

One key to a successful affiliate relationship is to promote products that you love and believe in. As a C&T Publishing author, I’ve just joined the new affiliate program to promote the publisher’s books and sewing products. Not only can I earn 15% income from blog readers that buy my book, but I can earn the same commission when a reader makes any purchase at C&T. They also have great sales and free e-books for affiliate bloggers to review. Win-win!

  • 15% commission on all sales with a generous 120-day cookie
  • Access to review copies and new product releases to feature on your blog

 

Join the C&T Affiliate program here!

 

Some other favorites:

ModCloth

  • Commission rate 7%
  • Cookie: 45 days
  • Average Sale: $106
  • Product datafeed with thousands of products updated daily
  • $10 affiliate referrals: Invite your website-owning and blogging friends to join ModCloth’s affiliate program and earn $10 for each friend who’s approved

  • Monthly newsletter with updates on promotion, contests, and sales opportunities

 

 

Join the ModCloth Affiliate program here!

 

Cricut

• Earn 12% base commission and 15% on orders $100+
• 45-day cookie
• $10 affiliate referrals: Invite your website-owning and blogging friends to join Cricut’s affiliate program and earn $10 for each friend who’s approved.

 

Join the Cricut Affiliate program here!

 

Shutterfly Affiliate Program

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  • Commission levels starting at 10% for content based websites*
  • Average order size up to $200+
  • Cross-brand tracking cookie across all websites
  • Timely updates to keep you informed about current promotions and brand-specific offers

 

Join the Shuttterfly affiliate program here.

The Land of Nod, design for kids and people that used to be kids

The Land of Nod

  • 7% Affiliate Commission for Content sites and 3% Affiliate Commission for Loyalty sites (Transaction category will be selected by merchant after careful review of website)
  • 30-Day Cookie
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  • $170 Average Order with sales up to $3000
  • Ongoing and Holiday Promotions for your site

Join The Land of Nod affiliate program here.

Zulily Affiliate sign-up

Zulily

  • Amazing deals from high-quality brands at up to 70% off
  • Commission rates up to 10%
  • Cookie days – 7 day duration
  • Average Order Value – $50
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  • Past sale featured brands include: TOMS, Melissa & Doug, Jelly The Pug, American Girl, Vera Bradley, Disney, Cole Haan, Gymboree, Serena & Lily, Jessica Simpson, Steve Madden, Honest Company, Little Giraffe, Ergo Baby, Graco, Adidas, Lucy, Cuisinart, Le Creuset and dozens more.

Join the Zulily affiliate program here.

 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate ads and Craft Buds will be compensated if you sign-up to be an affiliate or make a purchase through any of these links.

We hope you do sign up and please let us know if you have any more questions about monetizing your craft blog! If you have experience with affiliate ads, what are your favorite brands to promote?

Make a Baby Onesie Quilt

Onesie Quilt

Recently, I was inspired to make a quilt from my son’s onesies! This is pretty surprising because A) I generally don’t like onesie quilts and B) I’m not wild about the process of making T-shirt quilts.

Onesie Quilt

Although I LOVED the idea of having a keepsake from his first year (let’s face it… I was having a hard time saying “goodbye to all those cute clothes), I just didn’t love the look of most examples I’d seen.

Until I stumbled upon this onesie quilt sewn by Kacia at Coconut Robot!

If you are new to quilting with knit fabrics, her tutorial is excellent. I made a few modifications to make the process quicker for me, which I’ll tell you about below, in this quick and dirty onesie quilt tutorial.

Make a Onesie Quilt

Materials:

– 28 to 42 onesies (sizes ranging from newborn to 12 months). Plan on more if you want a variety, and fewer if you want a more cohesive looking quilt with some repeats

– 3 yards of Pellon SF101 ShapeFlex

– Binding and backing fabric

– 1 1/3 yard backing fabric and batting (should measure at least 40″ x 46″)

– 3/8 yard binding fabric

– Highly recommended: OLFA 6 1/2″ square ruler

Onesie Quilt

Finished Quilt Size: 36 1/2 ” x 42 1/2″

Quilt Assembly:

Onesie Quilt

1. Cut a 6 1/2″ square of ShapeFlex with your square ruler. Since the ShapeFlex comes in a 20″-wide roll, you should be able to cut three squares per row.

Onesie Quilt

2. Use an iron to fuse the rough side of the ShapeFlex to the wrong side of your onesie, centering it on the design if needed. Unless the onesie snaps open like this one, you’ll need to snip your onesie open, usually cutting down one long side seam and sleeve.

Onesie Quilt

3. Once the ShapeFlex is fused to the onesie, use your ruler again to trim around the square. Adding some type of fusible interfacing to the back is very important for getting crisp, clean squares that will not stretch out of shape. You’ll notice that some of my stripes warped, which is due to squeezing too many squares out of a single onesie. However, I didn’t mind this because I REALLY wanted to repeat the majority of my prints for consistency and design.

Generally, you’ll be able to center the cutout and repeat with the front and back of the onesie to get two usable squares from each one. I was able to do this with sizes from newborn to 12 months! In a few cases, I had to include a bit of bulky shoulder seam, but only enough that it would be easily hidden in the seams of the quilt.

4. I used a total of 28 onesies (or baby items) for a quilt with 42 squares. I tried to get at least 2 usable squares out of each onesie (front and back). For the grey with yellow stripes, a 9-month jumper with shorts, I was able to get 3 out of one outfit! I also made creative use of a burp cloth (barely used) and velcro swaddle when I realized I needed a few more light-colored squares.

For some of the appliqued onesies, I needed to cut out the onesie and reapply it to another square. For instance, if a zipper or seam line would be in the way. Be creative!

5. Once you have your squares fused and cut, have fun arranging them. I went with a checkerboard layout (light and dark squares) and faced all of my stripes the same direction. I used a few plain, white blocks to break up the design.

6. Sew your blocks together in each row using a scant 1/4″ seam. Press the seams open and join together the rows. I joined the blocks in each row and then used my “tiny stitches method” to join the rows together and get perfect points! You can also pin, if you wish.

Onesie Quilt

7. Baste your quilt and quilt as desired. I used a free-motion quilting stipple pattern, creatively avoiding the appliques. I made my own 2 1/2″ width quilt binding from solid navy fabric. This was my third try, and it was the winner!

Onesie Quilt

A homemade onesie quilt would make a great gift for a toddler mom . . . don’t you think?

Onesie Quilt

I think Elliot likes it!

Onesie Quilt

Have you ever made a onesie quilt or T-shirt quilt? I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and it that inspires you to try something new!

 

Up & Coming Designer: Colette Moscrop

This post was written by Amy of www.13spools.com as part of our “Up & Coming Designer Program”, where we introduce you to some awesome, small-time fabric designers we’ve found! Read the program announcement here.

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Can you describe what your process looks like and what materials you use in your work?

My hand-printed textiles are designed and screen-printed in small runs in my home studio. My original hand drawn illustrations are translated from my sketch book to screen using a number of methods including traditional hand-cut stenciling. I print using water based inks in rich, bright colours that I mix myself to achieve perfect vibrant shades. It is this combination of colour blends and their juxtaposition in single or over-printed patterns, that creates the depth and space that is distinctive to my finished printed design. The base cloths I use are all natural fabrics – cotton, linen and linen/cotton blends, the textural characteristics of these enhance the quality of the finished piece. The environmental benefits of using 100% natural and sustainable fabrics is an essential consideration in my work.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

With a sketch book and camera close to hand, my inspiration can come from anywhere; crumbling architecture, the colours of nature, the ring left by a coffee cup…. I am drawn to pattern and colour and love to explore and interpret what I find. I don’t always know where the journey will take me, fluid, organic, geometric or abstract – I play around with pattern, scale and layout. I like uncomplicated, simple patterns that may start out as somewhat irregular in my initial rough sketches, but they will then surprise me when they come together perfectly in repeat and I arrive at a design that I love.

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I’ve been developing my own style over the last few years and I’m producing a selection of clean, modern designs that retain my original hand-drawn elements.

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How did you get into fabric design & printing?

My love affair with the creative process has been with me since I was a little girl. I spent many hours fascinated, watching my Mum make clothing for my brother and I. From an early age, I was at my happiest cutting, stitching and playing with fabric.

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I studied Fashion, Textiles and Jewellery at Art College; my first job was an exciting position making couture fashion accessories for a small designer company. My love of screen-printing came about after I attended a workshop by Lu Summers, arranged by the London Modern Quilt Guild. I was completely hooked by the process and started experimenting at home. I’ve received lots of advice and guidance from my brother, who is a long established screen printer (though not on textiles), which enabled me to improve my technique.

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My work is a reflection of my love of design, the screen printing process and my passion for creating handcrafted textiles. I can think of no better compliment than a panel of my fabric being chosen to be lovingly incorporated into another’s creation.

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If you loved these photos of Colette’s work, I encourage you to check her out – and buy her fabrics!! Here’s a fantastic list of places where you can find her:

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And don’t forget that you can look forward to, and follow, my (Amy’s) projects showcasing our up & coming designers’ fabrics in tutorials, pillows, quilts, and more at www.13spools.com!

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