$35 Custom Fabric Giveaway with My Fabric Designs!


Earlier today I posted a tutorial for my Easy Tote using a half yard of my custom designed fabric from My Fabric Designs. While my other post focused more on the tote bag tutorial, I wanted to give more of my impressions of My Fabric Designs in this post.I chose to design my own fabrics.


Before I got started designing, I ordered the Color Matrix, Color Guide, and Swatch Book so I could see and feel the different fabrics and see the how each color prints. Those tools were all well produced and helpful to have.

MFD Tools


I found the whole website easy to use and navigate. For my designs I began by creating a repeating pattern that I transferred to a wood block. I carved the pattern, printed it, then scanned that image into Adobe Illustrator. I used Illustrator to digitized the pattern and change the colors. Then I created a jpg file for each of the 2 fabric designs.



Once I had my two jpgs ready to go I uploaded them to the My Fabric Designs website. These two patterns use the same woodcut shows above but I chose different repeat options when I set up the pattern in the My Fabric Designs website so they look much different. You can also adjust the scale of your design within My Fabric Designs.The preview feature was great and it showed exactly what a swatch or several yards of fabric would look like. There are 26 fabric types to choose from cotton, jersey knit, crepe de chine, canvas, french terry and more!



Once I had my designs ready to go, I hit order and waited for my fabric to arrive. The fabric itself feels beautiful and came out exactly as I had hoped. The color and scale were both just as I had previewed. In my final fabrics the colors look saturated and the image is crisp and clear. Because I started with a bit of a distressed design it was hard to tell if the fabric faded with washing at all, so I’ll have to test that again with a darker fabric in the future. Below you can see both of my fabrics after washing along with a small preview of what it looked like on screen before ordering.

Here’s the taupe fabric with the “mirror” repeat option:


And the orange fabric with the “default” repeat option:



Now you have the chance to win some fabric for yourself! Just comment below with your favorite fabric color and I’ll use random.org to pick a winner for a $35 credit to My Fabric Designs. Contest closes Saturday, April 16th at 11:59pm, EST.

Giveaway closed. Congrats to the winner, #90, Joy M!

I was provided with this fabric for free from My Fabric Designs, but as always, all opinions are honest and are my own.


Easy Tote Tutorial with Custom Fabric


Supplies + Giveaway Info

One of my favorite gifts to sew is tote bags. It’s an easy project that doesn’t require much time or supplies! To get started all you’ll need is:

  1. Half yard of fabric
  2. 1 1/2 yards of 1″ polyester webbing

I’m using a custom fabric I designed with My Fabric Designs. I’m using their premium cotton because I plan on just carrying a folder and notebook in my tote. For a sturdier bag use canvas. To learn more about My Fabric Designs and for a chance to win a $35 credit, visit this post! You could create a custom design or even design fabric with your logo or photo to make a personalized tote bag.


To begin, cut your fabric to an 18″ wide by 42″ long rectangle. Fold it in half lengthwise. Make yourself a paper template 3 1/4″ wide by 2 3/4″ tall (the bright green paper in the photo below). Place the 3 1/4″ side on the bottom corner along the fold. Cut out both corners.


When you open your rectangle it will look like this.


Now fold it in half, right sides together and sew both side seams with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Finish the edges with pinking shears. (You can also use an overcast stitch, a zigzag stitch near the edge, or use a serger.)


Now pull up on one of the bottom corners so the side matches up with the bottom.


Pin the bottom and side edges together in both corners.


Sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance, then add a second row of stitching right next to the first. Trim away the excess with pinking shears making sure not to cut the side seam.


Fold the top of the bag under toward the inside by 1 1/4″ and iron flat. Fold under 1 1/4″ again and iron.


Cut the 1 1/2 yards of polyester webbing in half so you have two 27″ straps. Use a lighter to melt the edges so they don’t fray. Line up the straps on the inside of the bag 5″ away from each side seam. Line up the bottom of the strap with the bottom of the fold you created in the step above and pin in place.


Flip the bag right side out. Sew all around the top 1/8″ away from the edge and again 1″ away from the edge.


To make the straps stronger, sew an X around the end of each strap. You can click the photo below to make it larger to see how I sewed the X.


And that’s all! I used this same method to teach a group of women who had various levels of sewing experience at my home and we were all able to successfully finish a tote in an evening. It makes for a fun and functional beginner project. Don’t forget to check out the giveaway for My Fabric Designs to get your own fabric!

The fabric was designed by me and provided by My Fabric Designs. As always, all opinions are honest and are my own.

Join the Sew Along for ‘On the Go Bags’

On the Go Bags Sew Along

Hello Craft Buds! This is Lindsay Conner and Janelle MacKay, co-authors of the book On the Go Bags. We wanted to personally invite you to a fun event happening this spring, which you can take part in from your very own sewing room.

Janelle and I will each be teaching the key steps of two popular patterns from our book, the “Airport Sling” (perfect for taking with you on summer travels) and the “Sporty Strap Pack” (featured on the book’s cover). We’ll start with cutting out interfacing and preparing the pattern pieces, and then will help you with any key steps along the way, like installing hardware and assembling the bags. If you have questions, you can ask them in our interactive Facebook group!

April 15 to May 1: Airport Sling
May 1 to June 15: Sporty Strap Pack

After we’ve gone through the assembly for each bag, it’s your turn to sew along and add your own spin on the pattern for your chance to win one of several giveaways during the event!

Join our On the Go Bags Facebook group for more info.

There’s no need to sign up for the sew along, as details will be posted for you in the group. You can sew along for the whole event, just make one of the bags, or simply follow along for lots of inspiration and tips! We hope you will join us.

Personalized Self-Binding Baby Blanket


Today I’m excited to partner with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to bring you this blanket! This easy blanket uses two rectangles to form the a blanket complete with binding and mitered corners.

The front fabric is a personalized fabric from Jo-Ann printed with baby’s name scattered throughout the design. It’s a fairly new product and so fun to put together! They have over 300 designs to choose from on their website. I chose Bunny Rabbits and Carrot Print. There are 5 fabric options to choose from. I chose the poplin fabric in 100% polyester (all 5 options are polyester or polyester blends). It felt a bit stiff when it first arrived but softened after washing. I didn’t notice any fading after two washes and it looked exactly as pictured on the preview screen! Below you can see a screen shot on the left from when I ordered the fabric, and the actual fabric on the right. If you click the photo for a larger view you can see the name printed throughout the fabric.


The fabric ranges from $19.99 to $22.99 per yard and I think it’s well worth it for a personalized keepsake like this! The fabric is extra wide at 56″ and you use less than a yard on this project.



  • 24″ x 30″ Personalized Fabric for the front panel, available at Jo-Ann here
  • 36″ x 42″ Minky for the backing/binding. I used Soft and Comfy Dot in sun orange, also from Jo-Ann.

All seam allowances are 1/2″ and the final blanket will be 29″ x 35″.


To get started you’ll need to place a pin 6″ away from each corner in each direction. I’ve marked the pins with orange arrows below.


With right sides together, move your front panel of fabric down to the edge of the back fabric. It should fit exactly between the pins from the step above. Pin along the edge.



Before starting to sew, mark the corner of the front fabric 1/2″ in from each direction in all 4 corners. This is where you will start and stop sewing on all 4 sides. Sew between the corner marks along the bottom where you just pinned. The minky will want to stretch a bit so use lots of pins.



Next you’ll pull the other short edge of the front panel between the two pins on the other short edge of the back and sew it between your corner marks. When you pin the fabrics together it will create a fold on the side you sewed previously (shown in the top of this photo).



Center the front panel so you have an even folded border on the two sides you’ve already sewn. Then, bring your pin from one of the long minky edges over to the corner dot you made earlier and pin the two fabrics together in that exact spot. Do this for all 4 corners. Sew along both long edges but make sure to leave an 8″ opening in the middle of one of the sides so you’ll be able to turn it right side out later.



After the step above you’ll have an open flap in each corner as shown below.



Here’s where it gets a little tricky. Pinch the center of the front panel and pull it away from the backing. Flatten out both the front panel and the back so the side seams are matched up in the corner as seen the the left photo below. Use a ruler and line it up along the edge of the center panel. Use a fabric pen to draw a straight line across the backing fabric then sew along that line. Do this one at a time for each of the 4 corners. Before cutting, I like to turn the blanket right side out to make sure the corners all look good. If they do, turn the blanket back to wrong side out, trim off the corner and leave a 1/2″ seam allowance.



Turn the blanket right side out and your blanket will now look like the photo below. You can see the opening in the top of the photo.



Fold both edges of the opening inward by 1/2″ and pin flat. Then pin around the edge of the front panel with the seam allowance folded toward the outside of the blanket. Sew around the entire rectangle with a zig zag stitch. This will help the blanket lay flat and it will close up the open edge from earlier.



And you’re finished! This becomes a really quick project once you get used to making it. Lastly, find a sweet baby to enjoy a new blankie!


This post was sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. As always, all opinions honest and are my own.

Easy No-Sew Fleece Blanket

No Sew Fleece Blanket Craft Buds

Hello everyone! I’m Janelle from Sew Much Craftiness guest posting at Craft Buds. Today I’m going to show you how you can make a throw blanket, or a baby blanket, in a blink of an eye! It’s so simple, and if you have no sewing machine, you have no problem! This is a no-sew tutorial. Ready? Let’s get started!

No Sew Fleece Throw Craft Buds

No Sew-Fleece Blanket Materials:

  • Scissors
  • Fabric – I chose two different fabrics for this project so each side of the blanket would be different. But you can certainly choose one fabric, you will just need two pieces. Both of my fabrics are 42 inches, and I had 1.5 yards cut of each. I chose flannel fabric so that the blanket would be cozy and warm without being too bulky.

Blanket 1

Before working on your blanket, make sure you have pre-treated your fabric(s). I’m using one fabric that’s what with yellow stripes, and one with a fun shark print. Wash and dry according to the instructions for your fabric (most bolts will have a sticker that gives instructions on how to care for your finished project), and then iron if you choose to do so.

Blanket 2

Lay one of your fabrics face down on a clean surface or floor. Then lay the other fabric face up on top of the other one. That means wrong sides of the fabric together. Match up the corners and edges.

Blanket 3
Sometimes the pieces of fabric you have won’t be the exact same size, so trim up the fabric if you need to. You want both pieces to match.

Blanket 4

Now here’s where the fun begins! Starting at one corner, begin to snip through both pieces of fabric so that you have two independent ribbon-like sections. I made these sections about 2.5 inches long, and 3/4 of an inch wide. Tie these together in a double knot. That is how you will make your blanket. Continue to do this on all 4 sides of the blanket.

Blanket 5

And there you go! That’s all there is to it. Now you have a gorgeous new blanket you can show off to your friends. Enjoy!

About the Author

Janelle Curtis is a lover of arts and crafts and all things that take a bit of creativity. She runs a craft site with her own creations at SewMuchCraftiness.com.

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