“How to Make a Jelly Roll Quilt: 9 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns” free eBook

What is the worst thing about quilting?

C’mon, everyone has that one step in the process that they just hate. And if you’re like us here at FaveQuilts, it’s pretty straightforward: cutting. It’s such a tedious process that requires so much focus; unlike piecing, which you can do in a rhythm while listening to music and getting into the zone, cutting requires careful attention to detail—both because you want your squares or strips or triangles to be the right size and because you don’t want to lose a finger.

Well, there’s a solution: pre-cuts. Jelly rolls, charm packs, fat quarters … pre-cut fabrics either completely avoid or greatly reduce the amount of time you need to spend snipping and slicing on your cutting mat. Since we love pre-cuts so much, we decided to make a whole book out of them! In How to Make a Jelly Roll Quilt: 9 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns, you will find some of our favorite jelly roll quilt tutorials from the site. These patterns range in size, shape, and purpose, but trust us, you’ll love them all equally.

Let’s take a peek at what’s inside…

Rail Fence Picnic Quilt

Summer Quilt Patterns

Some quilts are made for snuggling, and some quilts are made for celebrating! Jelly roll quilt patterns like the Rail Fence Picnic Quilt are perfect for picnics, roadtrips, and family reunions. Everybody loves being outside in the summer, but for those of us who are in charge of doing the family laundry, there’s a lot to be said for a protective barrier between our butts and the grass.

Keep your pants stain-free and your food ant-protected with one of these gorgeous summer quilts!

Baby Quilt Tutorials

Striped Chevrons Baby Quilt TutorialBaby quilt patterns are consistently among the most popular tutorials that we offer on FaveQuilts, and it’s not hard to see why. Learning how to make a baby quilt in the span of one or two days makes for a serious increase in quilt production—and guarantees that not only will you never show up to a baby shower empty-handed, but your gift will always put all the others to shame.

The easy baby quilts that we chose for this book were picked especially because of how easy and fast they are. Patterns like the Striped Chevrons Baby Quilt are guaranteed to be fun and stress-free.

Four Hour Lasagna QuiltQuick and Easy Quilt Patterns

Of course, you can only make so many baby quilts before you start to go a little crazy, so add some variety to your To Do list with one of our easy-breezy lap and throw quilt patterns. These are easily the most versatile of quilt patterns, since you can use them for just about anything. They’re big enough to keep you warm and comfortable on the couch in winter, but small enough to be packed up and taken along on a long trip or vacation. (Not to mention their excellence for building blanket forts.)

Still, even bigger projects like throw quilts shouldn’t take you forever, which is why we’ve included awesome patterns like the Four Hour Lasagna Quilt, which you can make in time for dinner.

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If, somehow, all this wasn’t enough to convince you, well, we have one more trick up our sleeve. Check out some of the gorgeous quilts in store with our sneak peak video:

 

How to Make a Jelly Roll Quilt: 9 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns

So what are you waiting for? Download your free copy of How to Make a Jelly Roll Quilt: 9 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns today, and get quilting!

What’s your favorite style of pre-cut?

Win Sew Red and a Jimmy Beans Wool Fabric Bouquet!

No sewing pattern is complete without fabric, and fabric without a sewing pattern can be tricky to work with as well. We at AllFreeSewing are excited to announce a brand new giveaway of both fabric and sewing patterns! Enter to win a copy of Sew Red and a Jimmy Beans Fat Quarter Fabric Bouquet. This fabulous giveaway is valued at over $100, and it includes a pattern book with over 30 patterns plus a bouquet of seven fat quarters!

Enter to win one copy of Sew Red and a Jimmy Beans Wool Fabric Bouquet!

Sew Red and Jimmy Beans Wool Fabric Bouquet Giveaway

Sew Red

Sew Red: Sewing & Quilting for Women’s Heart Health, by Laura Zander, is a compilation of rosy-red sewing patterns designed by Zander and a group of craft celebrities. Laura Zander’s campaign, Stitch Red, is aimed at making women more aware of heart disease and ways they can lower their risk. Along with thoroughly explaining each of 30 beautiful patterns step-by-step, each project’s designer shares encouragement and tips for women on how to take control of their heart health. Read more about Sew Red here.

Get inspired to make some gorgeous red patterns with some of these free ideas already on AllFreeSewing:

Chenille Heart Pillow

Jimmy Beans Wool Fabric Bouquet

This gorgeous bouquet from Rowan’s Kaffe Classics is perfect to start sewing any pattern you’d like from Sew Red. This bouquet includes seven fat quarters in different patterns and all in shades of red. Because of their coordinating color palette, the different fabrics can be mixed and matched as desired for a lovely look. As a special bonus embellishment, one yard of grosgrain ribbon is tied around the vase to be added to your next project.

Jimmy Beans Wool Fabric Bouquet

 

Enter to win one copy of Sew Red and a Jimmy Beans Wool Fabric Bouquet! This contest runs from 2/10/14 – 3/10/14. You may enter once per day, and be sure to see how you can earn bonus entries! The contest entry form can be found here.

 

 

What would you make with a fabric bouquet?

 

 

 

 

Win a Quilting Swag Bag from Quilt Market!

Team FaveQuilts just got back from quite the adventure.  We flew in from Houston, Texas, perused hundreds of Quilts at the annual Quilt Market show, and brought home a bag full of goodies.  Now, there are plenty of blog posts about the show in the works, but in the meantime, we have an exciting announcement. (Keep reading!)

Aside from meeting with tons of wonderful bloggers and fabric companies, one of the best parts about Quilt Market is seeing firsthand all the new fabric collections and new quilting gadgets.  Of course, another plus is collecting tons of free fabrics, books and free quilt patterns!  That’s where you guys come in.  One lucky winner will get to take home this incredible Quilting Swag Bag!  Are you excited, yet?

Enter to Win: Quilting Swag Bag

Quilting Swag Bag

What you’ll win:

  • A signed copy of First Steps to Free-Motion Quliting by Christina Cameli
  • A signed copy of Modern Bee: 13 Quilts to Make With Friends by Lindsay Conner
  • Fabric bundle from Dear Stella
  • Fabric bundle from Art Gallery Fabrics
  • Ten quilt patterns from Quilt Woman
  • Eight quilt patterns from Shabby Fabrics
  • Six cell phone cases for iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy III
  • An assortment of quilting-related stickers and temporary tattoos

Want to win this amazing collection of quilting swag?

Leave a comment below and answer our question to be entered to win. You have until November 12, 2013 to enter, so get your comment posted today to ensure that you’re in the running to win this exclusive one-of-a-kind SWAG bag from Quilt Market!

 

Giveaway Rules:

  • Contest open to US and Canada residents 18+
  • One comment/entry per person per blog post.
  • Contest closes November 12, 2013 at 11:59p CST.
  • Leave a comment on this blog post answering the question below to be entered to win.
  • Winners will be posted on FaveCraftsBlog.com and notified by email.

 

Leave a comment by answering this question and you’ll be registered to win our Quilting Swag Bag Giveaway:

What’s on your quilting wishlist for the holidays?

 

FaveQuilts Giveaway: All Hands on Deck Fabric Bundle from Dear Stella Design

Quilters are all ready to dive into summer with new quilt patterns to make for their home, outdoors, and just about everywhere else! One thing that can be tricky when it comes to seasonal quilting can be fabric choices. You wouldn’t want to be using icy colors or pastels during the summer. It’s time for bold prints and fun designs that the whole family can enjoy. That’s why the editors at FaveQuilts are so excited to share the news about our latest giveaway with you! For all the fun and excitement of a trip to sea without the price of a ticket, you can set sail on all kinds of quilting adventures using the patterns included in the All Hands on Deck fabric collection from Dear Stella Design.

All Hands on Deck Fabric Bundle from Dear Stella Design

What makes this collection of fabrics such a pleasure for quilters is that while it maintains a consistently fun, nautical theme, there are different ways in which the themes used are presented. The designs from Jack and Lulu are playful, eye-catching, and even a little traditional. Patterns of crabs, lobsters, whales, and fishermen can easily be part of a new bed quilt for a sea-loving child, or maybe even a quirky set of kitchen patterns for someone special who loves to cook.

If you prefer more subtle patterns, don’t worry! The collection also features patterns with consistent patterns using anchors, boats, and more. It’s exciting to discover all of the ways in which the designers bring together familiar nautical themes to suit a number of styles and age groups.

Don’t let your summer be dry and boring. Every quilt you make will be like its own little trip to sea with the clever fabric from the All Hands on Deck fabric collection. Those ready to set sail with their patterns will be excited to hear about our brand new giveaway on FaveQuilts.  Enter by June 25th for your chance to win your very own All Hands on Deck fabric bundle from Dear Stella Design!

FaveQuilts Giveaway: Madhuri Fabric Bundle from Riley Blake Designs

With summer on its way, you may be looking for ways to introduce the season into your quilting. One of the easiest ways would be with your fabric. There’s so many options to choose from; you can simply use colorful prints, something tropical, or maybe something inspired by your favorite summer spot. At FaveQuilts, we’ve been looking to the east lately because of the recent release of the gorgeous new fabric bundle from Riley Blake Designs, the Madhuri collection! Everything you could hope for when it comes to summery fabrics is included here.

Madhuri Fabric Collection

This one image alone is just the beginning when it comes to what’s included in the Madhuri Fabric bundle. The collection has a little bit of everything to suit all sorts of tastes when it comes to fabric. There are standard solid fabrics that will be easy to blend in with any kind of quilt pattern, while there are also designs like “Bindi” and “Elephant” which use common eastern symbols as the inspiration for a consistent, very attention-grabbing series of patterns. The Madhuri collection was designed by The Quilted Fish, which means not only will the colors be vibrant and full of energy, but the patterns will be intricately geometric and balanced throughout the fabric.

Aside from the patterns listed above, the Madhuri collection easily stands out for its brilliant use of floral prints, as seen above in the “Madhuri Main” pattern. Just imagine how much more beautiful a bed quilt or a throw for your front room will look during the summer if you use such an energetic pattern. It’s very much like a work of art, and that quality will easily translate into any of the quilt patterns you choose to make with these fabrics.

It won’t be much longer until June, and we want to give you a head start on making something extraordinary, which is why we’re pleased to announce the Madhuri Fabric bundle giveaway that we’re hosting on FaveQuilts. Submit your entry by May 28th for your chance to win your very own fabric bundle.

FaveQuilts Giveaway: Welcome Baby Flannel from Windham Fabrics

May’s the last month of spring, which gives you a whole other month to work on your baby quilts. If you’re stuck looking for a fabric that you think would warm, cuddly, and adorable, but also suitable for a variety of tastes, you’ll want to find out more about the Welcome Baby Flannel from Windham Fabrics. You’ll be ready to make all things baby once you see how bright and versatile the selection in this collection is. It’ll be hard to stop working once you get inspired by these super cute designs!

Welcome Baby Flannel

What makes this fabric a must-have for any quilter is not only the patterns themselves, but the quality of the fabric. Find the perfect blend of softness and warmth with flannel material that will not only result in some snuggly new baby quilts, but also durable diaper bags, bibs, or whatever else you plan to make to help out an expecting mother. The options definitely aren’t limited and you won’t have to worry about your material wearing quickly or falling apart.

The Welcome Baby Flannel bundle provides patterns that will allow you to design patterns using a number of styles. There are certain patterns like the one above that have little animals, while others have simpler looks like polka dots or hearts. Because these themes aren’t gender-specific and are all included in more than one pastel color, you can make a baby quilt pattern without having to worry about your pattern looking too specific.

Finding just the right fabrics to make a beautiful new baby quilt doesn’t have to be difficult if you’ve got the Welcome Baby Flannel bundle from Windham Fabrics! This collection without a doubt will be one of May’s best, which is why the editors of FaveQuilts are offering a new giveaway. Enter by May 14th for your chance to win your very own bundle of fabrics.

Scrap Happy: More than 15 Kids’ Scrap Fabric Projects and Yarn Scrap Projects

Crafts that are good for the environment are also good for your wallet. For tons of kids’ recycled craft ideas check out 20+ Crafts for Kids to Make from Recycled Items or our free kids’ recycled crafts eBook.

Another great way to craft in a thrifty fashion is by using scraps: fabric scraps, paper scraps, yarn scraps; really any scraps you have lying around. Instead of throwing away these scraps, craft with them. Just because they’re scraps to begin with, doesn’t mean that they’ll look like scraps when the project is complete.

Kids’ Scrap Fabric Projects for Decorating

letter-scrap-craft

The fun with fabric scraps is that you can have a ton of different patterns and colors and still create a cohesive design. The mix of designs makes for a funky and fun decoration in a little kid’s room. It’s so awesome for the little ones to see their artwork displayed. It reminds them that they are worthy and that you are proud of what they’ve done. I love the Letter Scrap Craft because even toddlers can make it, which means that at two, your little one can have a hand in designing his room.

Darling Vintage Knotted GarlandOthers:

Shabby Chic Window Covering

Letter Scrap Craft

Darling Vintage Knotted Garland

 

Useful Kids’ Scrap Fabric Projects

frugal-and-fancy-fabric-storage-solutions

Who would’ve thought that not only can fabric scraps make fun decorative crafts, but that they can also make for useful projects? You know now! Use your scraps to fancy up some toilet paper rolls in order to clean up your craft area. Little kids work much better in a clean and organized space, so this is perfect for their arts and crafts area. They will love cleaning up when it involves the Fabric Storage Solution that they made.

Fabric Scrap Key Chains

Others:

Reusable Snack Bags

Fabric Band-Aids

Fabric Scrap Key Chains

 

Wearable Kids’ Scrap Fabric ProjectsEasy Patchwork Scarf

Even tiny clothes can be expensive, so help cut costs by making your own wearables from fabric scraps. Dress up your neck, feet, wrists, and more when you make these adorable and easy scrap fabric projects. These crafts are perfect for elementary-aged kids up to teenagers. They’ll love sporting accessories like the Easy Patchwork Scarf that they made inexpensively and on their own.

Brand New Bangles

Others:

Brand New Bangles

Fabric Scrap Flip Flops

Funky Braided Scarf

Hand-Crocheted Knit Bracelet

 

Kids’ Scrap Fabric Projects to Keep Busy

Fabric Scrap Dog ToyFor those times when you just need a moment to yourself, gather your fabric scraps, lay them in front of your kiddo, and give them one of these fun crafts to do. Make the doggies’ day by presenting them with a Fabric Scrap Dog Toy. Otherwise, there are games to play, gardens to plant, and dolls to dress. Get scrap happy!

Fabric Scrap Flower Garden

Others:

Fabric Scrap Flower Garden

Fabric Scrap Paper Doll Kit

Fabric Scrap Memory Game

Fabric Friends

 

Animal Yarn Pom Poms

BONUS! Use your yarn scraps:

 

 Do you save your fabric scraps or throw them away?

Link Love: Pretty Pinwheels

Nothing screams spring like pretty pinwheels. To me, they indicate warm weather and cool breezes – pretty sweet if you ask me. You can make pinwheels that stand alone and decorate your lawn or you can use them to decorate a wreath or garland. Step outside the box and use unexpected materials like Post-It Notes and vintage book pages to create your own versions of these delightful spring crafts. When you’re finished you’ll be ready to embrace the glorious aspects of spring and summer.

There are so many fun pinwheel craft ideas and you don’t have to be an expert to create them. Use metal wire and beads to create your own Pinwheel Jewelry Plant Stake. This is a great way to get rid of odds and ends while still creating something substantial that you can display all season long. If you’re hosting an outdoor gathering or party in the next few months, you’ll want to decorate your space to fit the mood. Make a bunch of Polka Dot Paradise Pinwheels and add them to your front lawn or backyard – they add a pretty touch to a sparse space. This project is super easy, so you can ask the kids to help. If you just want to add a cool, crafty touch to your space, make a bunch of paper pinwheels and glue them to a wreath form. A Pretty Paper Pinwheel Wreath looks good all year long and never goes out of style.

Spring has sprung, so it’s time to celebrate. Capture the fun and excitement of the season with a few pretty pinwheel crafts. Big or small, your creation is sure to put you in a good mood. Grab your favorite supplies (fabric, paper, or something else entirely) and unleash your creativity!

  1. Fabric Pinwheel Flower by Little Livingstone
  2. Little Golden Books Pinwheels by Tried and True
  3. Spring Pinwheel Wreath from The Cards We Drew
  4. Vintage Book Page Pinwheel Banner from Ella Claire
  5. Post-it Pinwheels from Smart School House
  6. Pinwheel Bouquet & Boutonniere from My Own Labels
  7. Pinwheel & Pearl Cupcake Topper from Poofy Cheeks
  8. Prairie Points Pinwheel from Sewn Up by TeresaDownUnder
  9. Oversized Pinwheels from Design Editor

 

Pinwheel PillowsPinwheels are so much fun to make! Here are some more projects for you to try today.

  1. Pretty Paper Pinwheel Wreath
  2. Pinwheel Hair Clip
  3. Polka Dot Paradise Pinwheels
  4. Pinwheel Jewelry Plant Stake
  5. Sparkly Pinwheel Centerpiece
  6. Pinwheel Pillows

20 DIY Prom Ideas You’ll Love

Prom is almost here, and you know what that means. It’s time to show off those legs, arms, and fancy dresses for the whole school to see. When we are young we think this day will live in infamy, but later on the pictures are almost comical. I remember my senior prom and how excited I was to wear my evening dress.

Looking back, I could have saved a whole lot of money if I had taken the time to make some DIY prom accessories. Jewelry, a bag, shoes, and a dress come out to a pretty spendy tab! Luckily, there are tons of homemade options for those of us that love to get creative and stand out from the crowd.

I scoured the annals of time to find 20 of the best DIY prom ideas to keep your wallet happy and your style flawless. I hope you love them as much as I do.

5 Dazzling DIY Dresses to Make their Jaws Drop

1) This easy video tutorial shows you how to make a prom dress in under 8 minutes. It’s a great option for visual learners that like to follow along with step-by-step instructions.

 

2) The girl who made this pop tab dress was featured on the local news with her prom date!

3) She also made a Dorito bag prom dress the following year entirely out of empty chip bags.

Dorito Prom Dress

4) A long dress is modest and chic. Check out this quick and easy DIY Maxi Dress.

5) For that princess personality, a video teaches you how to make a ravishing homemade dress using your own two hands.

 

5 Soulful Shoe Projects for the Centerpiece of your Outfit

1) Jazz up your old wedges with some thumbtacks. You can make your own design or just cover them with metal if you’re going for the rocker look.

2) Lady Gaga is getting married soon. This DIY shoes project is inspired by her wild diva days.
Lady Gaga Inspired Shoes

3) This red and white duct tape dress is a great example of turning drab into fab. Just fold the tape or line the inside so it doesn’t stick to your body.

4) Houndstooth shoes have a classy, vintage look, but they’re really hard to find. Make your own and add a tassel for the cherry on top.

5) For some kicks, get in touch with your inner punk and make these DIY spiked heels.

5 Handmade Jewels to Decorate Your Body

1) Instead of throwing out your candy wrappers, use them to make this cool homemade creation. Not sure how to make a bracelet ? Follow this tutorial.

DIY Wrapper Bracelet

2) Pop tabs can be recycled, but they can also be up-cycled. Find some ribbon and make a funky bracelet.

3) This Yves St. Laurent-inspired ring tutorial is the shiniest  piece around for barely any money.

4) This simple chainmaille project gives you an awesome body chain to adorn your body with chains, emphasizing your freedom to wear whatever you please.

5) Everyone will be wondering about your origins when you wear handmade DNA earrings. You can just tell them that craftiness runs in the blood.

5 Beautiful Bags to Complete the Ensemble

1) This DIY envelope bag came quicker than the post because it came from your creativity.

Celine Trio Bag

2) When used the right way, neckties give a classy vintage look to homemade purses.

3) This Faux Suede and Snakeskin Purse is the coolest DIY purse. The best part about it is that there’s no snake-slaying involved.

4) A Celine-Inspired Trio Bag is simple to make, and it can hold three times as many items.

5) An old cereal box and a faded shirt are all you need to make a boxy purse with a sturdy interior.

What do you think about the Dorito prom dress: tacky or fantastic ?

FaveQuilts Giveaway: Lunden Designs Sewing Patterns

Lunden Designs Sewing Patterns make quilting so much easier! Not only does each pattern include a helpful set of instructions, but also provides all of the templates needed for a particular project, as well as tips and alternative measurements. If you find yourself particularly inspired by a certain pattern (and you most definitely will), you won’t have to worry about any calculations and measurements; it’s already included! You could be on your way to redesigning an entire room once you see how fitting these patterns are for almost anything.

Lunden Designs Sewing PatternsDesigner Melissa Lunden has created a series of patterns that each bring their own individual style of quilting to life. You can see the time and effort that was taken when considering how these patterns best suited the fabrics that are used in her tutorials, which in turn will make the process much easier for you. Let your imagination run free like the elephants on the “Elephant March” pattern or give your bedroom a new twinkle with the stars in “Star System” (shown above). Not only will these patterns brighten up a room, but they’ll challenge you to get creative with quilting patterns you may already be familiar with.

Your next quilting project will be a breeze if you have one of the Lunden Designs Sewing Patterns at your disposal. Here at FaveQuilts, we recognize just how important good tutorials are, which is why we’re giving away not just one, but eight original patterns. From now until April 2nd, you can enter for your chance to win these versatile patterns on our site. A colorful and bright new theme just in time for April will be yours in no time.