Hello there, everyone! Jen is posting today (for the first time in a loooooong time)!
Welcome to the Dreamy Bouquet Fabric Collection Release Blog Hop and Giveaway! Today, we are celebrating the release of our first-ever fabric collection, and we can't wait for you to see it all! Let's check out the brand NEW Dreamy Bouquet Fabric Collection!
As a paper crafter AND sewist, this collection is near and dear to my heart. What could be better than having Altenew images and motifs (from some of our most popular stamp sets) on stunning fabric?! Check it out:
Here's some info about the fabric:
Did you know that our customers' favorite hobby after paper crafting is sewing? We love fabric crafts, too, so we designed this mini collection just perfect for people who love Altenew designs and want to play with fabric!
The bundle contains 5 pieces of 18″” x 22″” fabric (fat quarter – a common size for quilters) featuring Altenew motifs. The fabric is quilting cotton making it a versatile choice for crafting, quilting, and more!
- 5 pieces of 18″ x 22″ fabric in 5 designs
- Hazy Pathway, which features bright watercolor ovals
- Ethereal Sky, a lovely light blue with watercolor dots
- Enchanted Foliage, featuring images from our Leaf Clusters Stamp Set
- Pink & Whimsy, with images from our Floral Shadow Stamp Set
- Dreaming in Watercolor, featuring images from our Watercolor Wonders and Watercolor Extravaganza stamp sets
- 100% Pakistan Cotton
- Machine Wash Gentle Cold
- Do Not Bleach
- Tumble Dry Low
- Warm Iron
New to fabric and need some ideas?
– Add a swatch of fabric as a textured background on your cards.
– Add decoupage medium to one side of the fabric – once it dries, you can treat it like paper! It cuts, scores, folds, and die cuts beautifully.
– Look up no-sew tutorials online. You will be amazed at what you can do with fabric and adhesive!
– Ready to try sewing? This fabric would make beautiful tote bags, pouches, scrunchies, face masks, small garments, and more!
– Follow our blog – we will be posting tutorials and inspiration from our amazing team!
Dreamy Bouquet Fabric Project Inspiration
I had a hard time figuring out what to feature here – I made MANY projects with this fabric because I couldn't stop! However, I ultimately decided to share a photo tutorial on how to create a simple sewed fabric envelope.
Don't know how to sew? Don't worry! I have a class over at Altenew Academy where I show how to make an incredible NO-SEW fabric envelope with a coordinating stamped card!
Now, onto my tutorial! I actually used the same fabric, the Enchanted Foliage design, as in the class. I hope that will help you compare the two envelope styles, sew and no-sew! (To see a couple of my projects featuring the other fabric designs, keep scrolling!)
- Fold up the bottom edge of your fabric approx 5″. Place a 4.25″x5″ piece of cardstock onto your fabric to act as a template. There is really no need to measure anything – I just want to make sure that the envelope ends up larger than the card itself, and that I have room for my seam allowance. Cut a triangular shape out of the top, extending beyond the folded area. I used the corner of a large ruler to keep the triangular flap centered. (yes, I took these photos around Halloween, hence the nail polish!)
- Unfold the shape you cut from the first fabric, and cut another from a different piece of fabric. One will be your outer envelope, and the other will be the lining.
- This step is optional but iron on a bit of fusable interfacing onto the outer piece. This will give it some stability so that the recipient can use the envelope as a pouch to store little trinkets later on.
- With the right sides of the fabric facing one another, sew around the outer edge. Make sure to leave an opening a couple of inches wide so you can turn it out.
- Clip the corners to avoid bulk.
- Turn the envelope right side out. I use a large knitting needle to help me get crisp corners.
- Iron the envelope flat, folding up the bottom edge…
- …and folding down the top flap. You can use steam here to really get it pressed well.
- Choose your closure! To make things really easy, you can add some velcro. However, I went for these fun little KAM snaps I got on Amazon.
- Use the awl included to poke a hole in the flap.
- Install the snap.
- Repeat these steps on the part of the fabric that is folded up, making sure to line up the other piece of the snap with the one on the flap. ONLY pierce through the top layer of fabric, and NOT the lining. This way, the snap backing will be concealed inside the two layers of fabric and won't rub up against your card.
- Use the opening you left in step 4 to pop in the snap and use the tool to install it as you did in step 11.
- Edge-stitch the two sides of the envelope closed.
- Hand-sew the opening closed using a concealed stitch. NOTE: I realized after the fact that if I left my opening in one of the side edges, I could sew that part closed while edge-stitching the sides. I will be sure to do this next time to avoid having to hand-sew!
I just love that the envelope doubles as a gift! I almost don't want to give this one away, since I think it would be awesome to use when traveling to store small items.
A reversible fabric mask…
…and this adorable top! Please note: I used two fat quarters for the top. I ended up with quite a bit of leftover fabric, but it wouldn't have been possible for me to make with only one fat quarter. However, you can definitely make baby and toddler clothes with only one fat quarter piece! I think my next project will be a coordinating headband!
$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 02/23/2022 for a chance to win.
Many of the designers and guests sewed with their fabric, but many of them used other no-sew techniques to easily incorporate it into their paper-crafted projects! You don't need to sew to be able to add this amazing fabric bundle to your collection. Think of it as a way to add additional texture to your projects in a new and innovative way!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Do you love sewing? Do you love incorporating fabric into your paper crafts? What do you think of our first fabric collection, Dreamy Bouquet? Comment below! Enjoy the hop!