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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Makin' It Cute, by Me and My Sisters Designs

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Today SewCalGal is participating in a blogging event with the Fat Quarter Shop (FQS) and other bloggers, to share insights on new templates from Me and My Sisters Designs.  SewCalGal sees endless possibilities of fun and creativity with these new templates, but I'm also thinking these templates are absolutely excellent for pre-teens/teens and others that are interested in sewing and various crafts.  The possibilities of what you can create with these templates are endless.  I can see these as great stocking stuffers for future quilters, as well as great tools for quilters that want to create a variety of fun, fast and easy applique' projects and more.  And, I'm excited to see what my fellow bloggers have created with these templates and I want to encourage you to visit the Jolly Jabber blog today for more info on these templates, as well as links to all of the blogs that have been creating with these templates.

The Fat Quarter Shop has partnered with Me and My Sisters Designs on some super fun and versatile templates that are perfect for embellishment on quilts, bags, apparel, as well as scrapbooking projects and more.  There are currently three different design packs available at FQS:

Petal Pack 

Butterfly Bliss

Heart's Delight

Each template package is reasonably priced and comes with a variety of designs and sizes. And these templates are super easy to use on Charm Squares or scraps, making them perfect for beginner crafters and quilters. 

I used some scrap fabrics, many already were fused with adhesive stabilizers from prior projects. I also used a water soluable fabric marker, and a fabric glue stick while using these templates to make simple sewing projects, but the possibilities of what you can create with them are endless.

I found it very easy to use these templates to mark my fabrics and I think the shapes would be very easy for pre-teens/teens to cut these shapes too!

When I saw these templates I was instantly impressed with the design versatility of each pack, as well as the price/value.  I also see these templates as an excellent tool for inspiring future generations of crafters and quilters, as well as tools that can help people of all ages learn to quilt and craft.  As such, I had fun playing with these templates focusing on ways that might inspire new sewing and crafting enthusiasts.  Some project ideas that FQS suggested include:

-          Kids backpacks
-          Mobile for cribs
-          Luggage tags
-          Stencils on walls
-          Ornaments

-          Magnets

I also see many uses with paper and metal crafting, but I'm personally partial to using them for creating greeting cards.  After all, who wouldn't want to receive a handmade greeting card with hearts, butterflies, or flowers.

I also thought about the movement for recycling projects, as well as the benefits of having recycled shopping bags.

I had fun with these easy to use templates making these simple projects, which I think would be easy for teaching pre-teens/teens and others basic sewing skills.  I am curious what you would want to create with these templates and if you have one that is your favorite?

I hope you'll visit all of the blogs participating in this hop today, to get more ideas on using these templates:

Jane of Quilt Jane
Melisa of Happy Quilting
Pam of Pam Kitty Morning
Sherri of A Quilting Life
Stephanie of Quarter Incher
Francine of Callaloo Soup Designs
Laurie of Minick and Simpson
Tammy of Moda Fabrics
And, of course, the Jolly Jabber  and Me and My Sister Designs  have shared some super inspirational projects and you'll find an amazing giveaway at the Jolly Jabber.

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Barb said...

Oh...looks like you had fun. I always love coming to your blog because you have such useful, fun, very informative topics. Thanks!!

OhioLori said...

These Templates are sooo cool! Love your ideas for using them too! Know I NEEEEED to get some! :)