Project Design Team Wednesday ~ Pine Cone Pants

14 Jan 2015

Pine Cone Pants | Sew Like My Mom

  Hi Riley Blake readers! I'm Melissa and I blog over at Sew Like My Mom. I'm so excited to be kicking off the Wednesday tutorials for 2015! I thought we should start the year with a bang, so today I'm sharing a FREE multi-size pattern for pants!  The Pine Cone Pants are a basic, relaxed pant pattern with an elastic waistband and awesome back pockets! My kids spend their days running, playing, and climbing and pants are often too big in the waist or don't allow full range of motion of their legs for adequate climbing ... more

Milk, Sugar & Flower ~ We just love this line!

13 Jan 2015

Penny Rose Fabrics Milk Sugar & Flower Romper

    You might have seen Penny Rose Fabrics' latest line Milk, Sugar & Flower. If not, you really need to check it out! These 30's prints are PERFECT for sewing for your littles or making charm quilts. Or what about a sweet dresden pillow? Or how about a wall hanging? The possibilities are endless! We invite you to visit the Penny Rose Fabrics blog to meet Elea Lutz, the charming designer, and to see some projects using this darling fabric! Click HERE to read all about it ~ more

Happy New Year!

01 Jan 2015 more

Paper Doll Ornament & Gift Tag

19 Dec 2014

The Penny Rose Paper Dolls Bakery collection by Sibling Arts Studio is on its way into stores right now, which makes it the perfect time to bring you a fresh & easy tutorial featuring these sweet prints. For Small 4" Dolls, You Will Need: 1- Approx. 10" square piece of C4353 Paper Dolls Background - any color 1 - Same size piece of coordinating print for backing. I used C4355 Red Paper Dolls Dots 1 - Approx. 10" piece Peltex 2-Sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer Ribbon, Yarn, or String - 6-10" per ornament. For the 8" Dolls, You Will Need: 1 Square Cut-Out of Doll ... more

Project Design Team Wednesday~ Ruffled Mantle Cover

17 Dec 2014

Ruffled Mantle Cover for

I was looking at my fireplace mantle the other day and thinking it needed something crafty before I decorated it for Christmas. The wheels in my sewing brain got spinning and I began to think about all the tutorials for Christmas tree skirts I'd seen. One thought led to another and I came up with this RUFFLED MANTLE COVER. This project is a quick and easy one. It literally took me an hour to make. Not bad, right? I used a painters drop cloth for the base of this project. It's thick and inexpensive which makes it a ... more

Project Design Team Wednesday ~ Make a Back-Tie Pillowcase Dress

10 Dec 2014

Back-Tie Pillowcase Dress | Sew Like My Mom

Hi Riley Blake Readers! I'm Melissa from Sew Like My Mom and I'm here to share a simple twist on an all time favorite style. I love Pillowcase Dresses. They're such a wonderful project for everyone--from beginners to the most advanced seamstresses. They can be worn in all seasons, they're a fast sew, they grow with the child, they take a relatively small amount of fabric to make, and there are nearly endless ways to personalize them. What's not to love? Well for kids like my Chloe, it's the ties. She hates the ties ... more

Button Necklace Winners ~

08 Dec 2014

    CONGRATULATIONS to our Button Necklace winners ~  We'd like to thank Shannon, daughter of RBD designer Sue Daley for providing these beautiful necklaces. They're lovingly handmade in Australia (some using Riley Blake Designs buttons!) and are one of a kind. Please visit her at Watch your email ladies :)  Thank you all so much for entering! more

Project Design Team Wednesday ~ Patchwork Pillow

02 Dec 2014

Bow Tie Pillow Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of

  Hi there Riley Blake Designs Blog readers, it's Melissa Mortenson of here to share with you a sewing tutorial for this cute bow tie patchwork pillow. I'm very very excited that this pillow is made from the new Riley Blake Designs Derby Style fabric line coming in January. I'm excited because I designed the line! It's inspired by my home state of Kentucky and I hope that you like it! To see more about my inspiration for the fabric line and more photos of finished projects just visit this post on my blog. I ... more

RBD Post Quilt Market Blog Tour: Sibling Arts Studio + GIVEAWAY!

01 Dec 2014

Today is the last stop on our Post Quilt Market Blog Tour and we couldn't be more excited to introduce to you Sherri of Sibling Arts Studio, designer of the beloved Paper Dolls collections. Paper Dolls Bakery, their debut collection for Penny Rose Fabrics, is expected to arrive in stores this month. We can't wait! Also, be sure to enter our giveaway at the end of this post!Previous Post: Elea LutzHello to all of you who played with Paper Dolls as children, creative paper doll designers that we've met; or maybe you are relatively new to ... more

RBD Post Quilt Market Blog Tour: Elea Lutz

29 Nov 2014

 We are thrilled to introduce you to one of our talented Penny Rose Designers, Elea Lutz. Elea is a paper designer making her 1st debut in fabric and we couldn't be happier to have her on board! Stop by her blog to meet Elea and discover the inspiration behind her artwork.Her first collection is "Milk, Sugar & Flower", a 1930's inspired collection featuring irresistible little animals and floral prints. Click here to visit her website.Previous Stop: Scott JarrardNext Stop: Sibling Arts StudioThe advance sample yardage has arrived just in time for a sneak peak!This free quilt ... more

RBD Post Quilt Market Blog Tour: Scott Jarrard

28 Nov 2014

Today we are super excited to introduce you to Scott Jarrard, designer of Year of the Ninja. This collection is geared toward little boys, however, you will also find a few pieces that have a definite classy, grown-up aesthetic. Be sure to stop by Scott's blog for more about him and Year of the Ninja!Previous Stop: Melly & MeNext Stop: Elea LutzAs you can see, this collection can be lovely on little girls. The dramatic red dragons are a striking statement piece.We are starting to see lots of fun projects popping up on the web, such as this ... more

Project Design Team Wednesday ~ Using Large Prints in Children's Wear

26 Nov 2014

Hello! I'm liZ (one of the two Elizabeth's from over at Simple Simon and Company) and I am happy to be  here at Riley Blake Designs today.   Recently we have been admiring the large prints that Riley Blake has been coming out with like their amazing line of quatrefoils!  (In traditional their colors and in the shimmer!)  

Because these fabrics are so terrific we want to the prints themselves to shine in our designs.  So today we would like to talk a little bit about how use large prints. At Simple Simon and Company we love to make ... more
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