Monday, December 6, 2010

Shut Up and Sew: Clutch Changing Pad and Fabric Giveaway!

I saw these adorable changing pad covers over on Toad's Treasures, and was immediately hooked on them. I don't know about you, but the changing pad in my diaper bag doesn't get washed as often as it probably should, so I was really drawn to the ease of just tossing these into the wash with everything else. Plus, we are past the diaper bag stage with my son, I just usually grab a diaper, wipes and a drink to stash in my purse when we're out, but this idea was SO much better. Also, did I mention that they are stinking adorable?!

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Tackling this project also gives me the opportunity to try out a few "sewing things" that I haven't tried before.

-Sewing with minky fabric.

-Sewing with flannel fabric.

-Sewing on velcro.

I started off by browsing the fabric selection over at Poppyseed Fabrics. Have you been there? Kim has the most GORGEOUS selection of fabrics to choose from. Actually, good luck choosing between them all because it won't be easy! But Kim is super helpful, answered several of my questions about the durability and opacity of a few fabrics, and even helped me find complimentary patterns to go with my favorite fabrics. I couldn't have been more pleased! Read on for information about an incredible giveaway from her fun shop!!

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But first, ready to check out the project?

I used this tutorial from Toad's Treasures. She gives fabulous step-by-step instructions and a pattern that you can download and print. In the tutorial she describes the project as "very easy" so I thought I'd give it a shot. It turns out, it wasn't actually that difficult after all!

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She gives patterns for both infant and a toddler-sized changing pads, so I decided to try one of each. This also gave me the opportunity to make a girl and boy version, in addition to trying out some different types of materials.

Attempt #1: Infant-Sized Boy Diaper Clutch

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I used 2 different types of fabric for this clutch: A soft animal-patterned flannel for the inside, and a cute 100% cotton print for the outside.

On sewing with flannel:

I had never sewn with flannel before, and I have to say it was a breeze! The thicker material was soft but sturdy, and I didn't feel like my machine was ripping it up as it ran through. It washed nicely, the colors stayed bright and the design still looked crisp around the edges.

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On Sewing Velcro: Straight Stitch

I used my late grandmother's beautiful old sewing machine for this clutch, and since it doesn't have the option of doing a zig zag stitch, I sewed the velcro strips on with a straight stitch. I went around the edges twice for extra reinforcement and had no problems with it.

Overall, it was an easy project.

Attempt #2: Toddler-Sized Girl Diaper Clutch

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I decided to mix things up a little bit on this one since it was my second attempt, and used 3 types of fabric for this clutch: A soft minky fabric for the inside, and 2 different 100% cotton prints, 1 for the outside and 1 for the inside pocket. (Crazy, I know.) I just love mixing up coordinating fabric, it's such a cute touch and a fun way to personalize your project!! This didn't add any extra work either, just an extra bit of fabric.

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On Sewing with Minky:

Minky is stretchy and a bit delicate so it requires some extra care. Also, it melts easily, so don't iron it!

Before you start your sewing, make sure to use lots of pins when you are pinning your fabric together! I pinned the fabric down about every 1" - 1 1/2" because I was paranoid about the fabric shifting around. This prep took a little longer but was worth it in the end.

Also, because I sewed the minky to a non-stretch cotton material, I made sure to feed it in the sewing machine with the minky side down. That way the feed dogs guided the fabric through without tugging at the minky.

Also, sigh, I don't want to admit this, but my machine slipped all over the place when I was trying to sew my final decorative border on this clutch. I spent 40 minutes trying to sew a 40" strip of fabric. After many many many attempts, (I was just so close, I didn't want to give up!) I went to bed, thinking that my patience was probably a contributing factor. I went at it again the next morning, and in 20 minutes had only successfully sewn about 8 inches. It turns out that the problem wasn't my temper, but my machine settings.

After researching sewing with minky online, I discovered that apparently minky is a difficult fabric to work, and you need to have a pretty good knowledge of your machine, and it's settings for tension, stitch length and width to pull it off. When I was sewing with the soft side of the minky down I was fine, but with it up I just couldn't pull it off.

Here is the place for you seasoned sewers to speak up! What are your best minky sewing tips? Any ideal machine settings that you always use for this fabric that you are willing to share?! Please!! :)

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On Sewing Velcro: Zig Zag Stitch

I sewed on my own machine this time, and since the tutorial called for the velcro to be stitched on with a zig zag stitch, I went for it. This didn't work so well for me. I lined it up so that my left stitch went into the velcro strip and the right stitch went into the fabric, and this seemed to just shift the strip around a lot, despite the fact that it was pinned down. Maybe I should have done the whole stitch on the velcro and that would have made a difference, but next time I'm sticking with the straight stitch.

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If I was going to do this project again, even for someone with a baby on the way, I would forgo the infant sized changing pad and just do the toddler size. It's not so much bigger that it would completely swallow a newborn, and with as quickly as babies grow, I want it to last as long as possible. (Or perhaps this is just saying something about how much effort it takes for me to make a handmade gift!)

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The other great thing about this project is that I ordered a half a yard of each of the fabrics for this project, and had just enough little scraps leftover to use to make little matching gifts, which I will be sharing with you next week. Okay, okay I'll tell you. It was the perfect amount of fabric for...appliques!!

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In the past 3 months I have appliqued over a dozen little onesies and t-shirts. I have learned a lot along the way, (dos and don'ts) and will be sharing my best tips, so be sure to stop by!!

Now, are you ready for the giveaway? You'll go nuts over this!

Kim from Poppyseed Fabrics is going to give one lucky Lemon Tree Creations reader a Fat Quarter bundle of Patty Young's newest collection line "Sanctuary."

You can choose between the warm palette line (14 fabrics),

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or the cool palette line (13 fabrics).

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This fabric is called designer cotton shirting, is a little softer than regular cotton and it's great for quilts, clothes and bedding.

Want some?! Yes?! You'll have 4 chances to win.

1. Seasoned sewers, lend us some of your knowledge on sewing with minky! It's tricky stuff, but we are determined to beat it, not let it beat us!

2. Head on over to Poppy Seed Fabrics Blog and follow her. You'll be glad you did. Leave us a comment to let us know you did.

3. Check out Poppy Seed Fabrics' Etsy shop, find your favorite fabric or bundle, and come back to let us know that you did.

4. Post about this giveaway on your blog, facebook or twitter. Leave us a comment with a link.

Poppy Seed Fabric is also offering Lemon Tree Creations readers 10% off of their purchase with the code lemontreecreations10. The discount is good for this week only, so if you need some great fabric for one of your holiday gifts, head on over now!

I'll be linking this project around to some great parties, so check them out and I'll see you next week!!

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175 comments:

Violeta December 6, 2010 at 6:19 AM  

I follow Poppy Seed Fabrics Blog

Violeta December 6, 2010 at 6:22 AM  

I like the bird cages in white

Jenna December 6, 2010 at 7:57 AM  

I follow the poppy seed fabrics blog!

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Jenna December 6, 2010 at 8:04 AM  

Oh I love so much of the fabric bundles, but my 3 favorites are- Gray and Sunny, Pink and Gray, and Retro Umbrellas!


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Jenna December 6, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/jennaer/statuses/11783470602780672

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CountryBelle December 6, 2010 at 8:24 AM  

I made a couple of baby blankets using minky... other than losing a lot of fluff when trimming it went pretty easy. (I must of fluked because I am no expert) I saw a queen size quilt made with minky on the back. Loved it, maybe someday??

Rebecca@This Present Life December 6, 2010 at 8:26 AM  

I always sew with the minky side down and that seems to do the trick. I also use a wider stitch because it doesn't seem to pull/stretch as much.

CountryBelle December 6, 2010 at 8:26 AM  

I really like the WIllow Fat Quarter bunch. Very pretty!

Rebecca@This Present Life December 6, 2010 at 8:28 AM  

After looking at all of the beautiful fabrics on Poppy Seed's Etsy shop it is too hard to pick one favorite. So I will say anything by Alexander Henry...or Michael Miller...or Riley Blake...this is too hard!

Alyssa December 6, 2010 at 8:28 AM  

I haven't specifically sewn with minky, but if it's stretchy, I'd guess it's much like sewing with knit. My machine has a "stretch" stitch that I use for knit - the button looks like a long lightning bolt. It allows for the material to stretch slightly after sewing without pulling out any stitches. If you are sewing a stretchy fabric to one that is not stretchy, I've found it easier to but the stretchy fabric on the bottom - it doesn't seem to stretch & wrinkle as much when sewing.

Alyssa December 6, 2010 at 8:30 AM  

I still say that telling someone to pick a "favorite" fabric is evil - I want them all! That said, I've been dying to get the Anna Maria Horner voile for a while, so I'm going to go with the AMH voile bundle as my favorite.

Alyssa December 6, 2010 at 8:33 AM  

I'm following poppy seed fabrics blog!

robin December 6, 2010 at 8:37 AM  

I'm a Poppy Seed Fabrics Blog follower already. :o)

robin December 6, 2010 at 8:39 AM  

I found the All Star 2 bundle - love those fabrics!

robin December 6, 2010 at 8:40 AM  

I tweeted about your giveaway @birdie00000 Thanks so much for the giveaway chance! :o)

emerzim December 6, 2010 at 9:05 AM  

I like the metro market summer colors!

TBonesMom December 6, 2010 at 10:04 AM  

I follow Poppyseed Fabrics.

TBonesMom December 6, 2010 at 10:05 AM  

Pretty much all her stuff is adorable, but I really like the Metro Market collection. :)

Thanks for the chance to win LTC!

Jessica December 6, 2010 at 10:28 AM  

I follow Poppyseed Fabrics!

Jessica December 6, 2010 at 10:29 AM  

I love all her fabrics on ETSY...especially the zoo animal collection...ADORABLE!

Danae December 6, 2010 at 10:29 AM  

I'm a Poppy Seed Follower!

Meadows Market December 6, 2010 at 10:30 AM  

I absolutely love the Double Border Daisy in Stone & the Patty Young Blossom in Black-they would both go great in the quilt I plan to make for my daughter (my first quilt project EVER). Thanks for the giveaway!

Danae December 6, 2010 at 10:32 AM  

I might get weak and order the Tina Givens Opal Owl bundle - so fun!

Jessica December 6, 2010 at 10:36 AM  

http://jessankney.blogspot.com/2010/12/more-fabric.html

Parrotts December 6, 2010 at 10:45 AM  

I've been wanting to use this tute for quite some time! Glad I got to read your review first.

Love those bundles too...if I have to pick a favorite, I'll go with Black & White Oh Goody :)

Thanks,
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Parrotts December 6, 2010 at 10:46 AM  

I follow Poppy Seeds blog...Thanks again

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Kelsey Peterson December 6, 2010 at 11:01 AM  

I love the Metro Market fabric. Gorgeous!



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Kelsey Peterson December 6, 2010 at 11:03 AM  

I follow Poppy Seed Fabrics blog!
fun ideas!

Becca December 6, 2010 at 11:35 AM  

I'm a newbie at sewing so a big THANK YOU for all the advise :)

Becca December 6, 2010 at 11:36 AM  

I follow poppy seed fabric!

Becca December 6, 2010 at 11:36 AM  

love, the Tina Givens, Opal Owl RED AND CHOCOLATE BUNDLE.

Angela December 6, 2010 at 12:19 PM  

I sew with minky all the time:) It is one of my favorite fabrics because it is soo cuddy. To keep it from stretching and shifting you can use A LOT of pins or spray it with starch, let it dry and then sew!

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Angela December 6, 2010 at 12:22 PM  

I follow her blog :)

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Angela December 6, 2010 at 12:28 PM  

I love the holly bundle she has in her store...so cute!

BizzyMom December 6, 2010 at 12:28 PM  

Liking the Riley Blake bloom and grow Birds in blue! :)

BizzyMom December 6, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

I follow the poppy seed blog...........

aimee December 6, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

I am not a seasoned sewer, but I just finished a project with minky. I find that I just need to go super slow (all the pins I use helps me with this).

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aimee December 6, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

I follow the Poppy seed blog now! Thanks!

Ethan, Brandy and Ryleigh December 6, 2010 at 12:46 PM  

I now follow Poppy Seed Fabrics Blog

aimee December 6, 2010 at 12:48 PM  

I love the new urban circus giraffe. I am glad you posted this. After Christmas I am planning on making one of these with some onesies and a burp cloth.

Ethan, Brandy and Ryleigh December 6, 2010 at 12:48 PM  

the METRO MARKET fabric bundle is my favorite!

Julie Kay December 6, 2010 at 1:04 PM  

I'm a follower of her blog now. She has some wonderful ideas!

Julie Kay December 6, 2010 at 1:05 PM  

I spent FOREVER looking over her fabric choices at her etsy shop, there are so many very cool options. I couldn't narrow it down to one, SORRY!

Sourkraut December 6, 2010 at 2:15 PM  

My favorite bundle for sale is Tina Givens' Opal Owl. Too cute!

Lindsey December 6, 2010 at 2:20 PM  

Well, I'm not exactly a seasoned sewer, but I have sewn with Minky before (LOVE the material!) and my advice would be to pin, pin, pin the heck outta everything you're sewing before beginning. :) It moves around a lot but is worth working with!

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Lindsey December 6, 2010 at 2:21 PM  

Following the Poppy Seed Fabrics Blog!

Lindsey December 6, 2010 at 2:22 PM  

Love love LOVE the pink Urban Circus fabric! http://www.etsy.com/listing/61607256/new-laurie-wisbrun-urban-circus

(I'm having a boy, though... lol)

Lindsey December 6, 2010 at 2:23 PM  

Tweet tweet! http://twitter.com/#!/kindred_spirit/statuses/11878360598712320

the Marvelous Mrs. M December 6, 2010 at 2:35 PM  

I'm following Poppy Seed Fabrics!

the Marvelous Mrs. M December 6, 2010 at 2:36 PM  

My favorite is the black and white goody bundle- but I really love them all!

Chandra December 6, 2010 at 3:44 PM  

I like the Gray and Sunny bundle. Those fabrics would look great in our newly painted basement! :)
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tammyig December 6, 2010 at 4:02 PM  

My fav is the blue mini snowmen. So tiny and so cute!

Amanda Mays December 6, 2010 at 4:18 PM  

I like the urban owls set in the etsy site!

JuneBug December 6, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

I posted it to Facebook!

JuneBug December 6, 2010 at 4:31 PM  

I usually sew Minky with a sturdier fabric, like flannel (example: a pillow cover, minky one side, flannel the other). alternatively, just let it flow... don't hold the fabric down at all while sewing, and let the machine grab it up and move it along. I also have used only zigzag stitch on it while sewing with only minky.

JuneBug December 6, 2010 at 4:32 PM  

Poppy seed fabrics blog follower!

JuneBug December 6, 2010 at 4:34 PM  

I love the Metro Market summer colors. Gotta love bundles! Takes away the time of choosing coordinating fabrics!

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Craft Edition December 6, 2010 at 5:40 PM  

I have no ideas for minky help - - sorry!

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Craft Edition December 6, 2010 at 5:40 PM  

I follow Poppy Seed Fabrics - mandybeez at gmail

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Craft Edition December 6, 2010 at 5:41 PM  

my new favorite is that bundle you're featuring, in COOL

Ruth December 6, 2010 at 5:41 PM  

What an awesome giveaway! I'm a follower of the Poppy Seed Fabrics blog!

Ruth December 6, 2010 at 5:42 PM  

I LOVE!!!! the new Dr. Seuss fat quarter bundle! Wow!

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Ruth December 6, 2010 at 5:43 PM  

Blogged about giveaway here: http://iheartmesomefreestuff.blogspot.com/2010/12/fabric-giveaway-ends.html

Anonymous December 6, 2010 at 5:47 PM  

I'm a new blog follower. Cute blog, adorable fabrics!

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Anonymous December 6, 2010 at 5:49 PM  

Loved her Rainy Days and Mondays collection!
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Anonymous December 6, 2010 at 5:50 PM  

With minky I use lots of pins, very sharp ones, so if you have old pins, replace them. It makes a world of difference!

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Allison December 6, 2010 at 5:59 PM  

I follow Poppy Seed Fabric blog

Allison December 6, 2010 at 6:00 PM  

And I love:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/62197859/anna-maria-horner-fabric-little-folks

Harmony December 6, 2010 at 6:16 PM  

I follow Poppy Seed's blog! (That's how I found you! - And those are very cute changing pads you made! GREAT job!!)

aliimberi December 6, 2010 at 6:22 PM  

I follow Poppy Seed'd blog!

aliimberi December 6, 2010 at 6:23 PM  

Those sanctuary fabrics are amazing!

Harmony December 6, 2010 at 6:25 PM  

It's ridiculously hard to choose just one fabric listing Poppy Seed has! However, if I HAD to...I'd go with .HOLLY bundle with Coords, 1/2 yd each fabric 6 total OR I would go with .Anna Maria Horner, Voile, Little Folks, Sugar Cookie, Half Yard Set, 8 Total
I love those both so much!!

Harmony December 6, 2010 at 6:28 PM  

To sew with minky, or any other soft stretchy fabric, use lots of sharp pins that go paralell with the fabric, weaving them in and out - not perpendicular to the fabric pinned once. Not sure if that made sense. If not I can email you a picture of what I'm talking about! Also, take it slow! And use scraps to make sure the settings on YOUR machine are right for the fabric. Every machine is a little different. With mine I have to set it at a 2-3.5 for stitch length, but not change anything else, for my "normal" sewing.
I hope that helped!

Harmony December 6, 2010 at 6:33 PM  
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Harmony December 6, 2010 at 6:38 PM  

I posted about the giveaway (and your blog, and Poppy Seed fabrics) here: http://unleashingcreativitywithin.blogspot.com/2010/12/giveaways.html

Iris @ Treasuring the Journey December 6, 2010 at 6:53 PM  

I am now a follower of the Poppy Seed Fabrics blog... :-)

Iris @ Treasuring the Journey December 6, 2010 at 6:54 PM  

Hard as it is to pick one favorite, my top pick is All Star 2 by My Minds Eye for Riley Blake Designs - my baby boy will be here in March and these colors in the fabric would look lovely in his room. Thanks for the opportunity!

Jenna December 6, 2010 at 7:06 PM  

I am a follower :)

Jenna December 6, 2010 at 7:15 PM  

I blogged about this giveaway!

http://simplyjenna.blogspot.com/2010/12/i-want-to-win.html

Yummy Mommy Mia and Daddy Al December 6, 2010 at 7:16 PM  

Oh, this is perfect --I'm learning to sew and have a baby girl on the way. The warm pallete or the opal owls in red would be lovely!

Anonymous December 6, 2010 at 10:00 PM  

I am a beginner too, so I don't have any tips for sewing on minky. I do have some in my stash and I had no idea it was hard to work with, thanks for the heads up!

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Heidi December 6, 2010 at 10:53 PM  

Follow Poppy Seeds fabric blog.
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Heidi December 6, 2010 at 10:53 PM  

Favorite fabric from Poppy Seeds fabric is Amy Butler Wall Flower in Cherry.
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Abby December 6, 2010 at 11:10 PM  

I am a follower of the Poppy Seed Fabrics blog.

Abby December 6, 2010 at 11:11 PM  

I love the "mini ironwork with green coordinating" fat quarter bundle! A great combination!

Tzip December 7, 2010 at 3:08 AM  

I love Minky but I really don't love sewing with it. I always sew minky side down, go really slowly and keep my vacuum with a small attachment handy to clean up the dust - from the fabric and in the machine.

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Tzip December 7, 2010 at 3:08 AM  

I'm a Poppy Seed blog follower

Tzip December 7, 2010 at 3:09 AM  

My favorite fabric from her shop is the Sophies Garden bundle in blue and green. Gorgeous!!

Pavei Photos December 7, 2010 at 4:36 AM  

I follow poppy seeds blog!

Pavei Photos December 7, 2010 at 4:37 AM  

She has soooo many beautiful fabrics in her shop i can't choose! But this new Sancutary line in the WARM colors is quite beautiful!

Peach Rainbow December 7, 2010 at 5:42 AM  

I follow poppy seed fabrics!

Peach Rainbow December 7, 2010 at 5:45 AM  

I love the Anna Marie Horners, LITTLE FOLKS VOILE, MOONLIGHT FQ BUNDLE!
Thanks for the chance :)

Eva Scott December 7, 2010 at 6:16 AM  

I follow Poppy Seed!

Eva Scott December 7, 2010 at 6:17 AM  

I've been wanting some Chevron so I'd choose the Discountinued Paula Prass, CHEVRON zig zag stripe BLACK

rickimoo December 7, 2010 at 7:13 AM  

You need to use the walking foot when sewing with the minky. Not my favorite to sew with. But sew sew soft!

rickimoo December 7, 2010 at 7:16 AM  

Hard choice to make! Pink and green bundle would be cute for baby gifts I think.

MN Mom December 7, 2010 at 8:46 AM  

I am following her now!

MN Mom December 7, 2010 at 8:49 AM  

I love the All Star 2 FQ bundle in GREEN!

BizzyMom December 7, 2010 at 9:09 AM  

I've made a few baby blankets with the chocolate minky on side and satin on the other. Tricky!.. but I found that if they minky is on the bottom it sews fairly smooth. :)

Lee December 7, 2010 at 9:19 AM  

I follow poppyseed fabrics
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Lee December 7, 2010 at 9:20 AM  

in poppyseed etsy shop I love the opal owls!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/61737478/new-tina-givens-opal-owl-red-and

Lee December 7, 2010 at 9:22 AM  

When sewing with minky I always use the needle with a ball end (for knit fabrics) and use the stretch stitch on my machine.
Hope this helps!

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LT December 7, 2010 at 9:32 AM  

I'm following the Poppy Seed blog. It's a hard choice between the two color palettes, but the warm one slightly outweighs the cool palette.

LT December 7, 2010 at 9:35 AM  

I'm such a sucker for paisley, so I love the All Star 2 Paisley bundle in the Poppy Seed shop. As for the Sanctuary line, it's a hard choice between the two color palettes, but the warm one slightly outweighs the cool palette.

LT December 7, 2010 at 9:37 AM  

It's been a while since I've sewn with minky fabric, but the only trick I really remember is the one you've already discovered - sewing minky side down.

As for the Sanctuary line, it's a hard choice between the two color palettes, but the warm one slightly outweighs the cool palette.

km December 7, 2010 at 10:00 AM  

1. I've only made 3 blankets and matching pillows with minky. All I can say is LOTS OF PINS! I pinned the pieces like crazy to keep it together while sewing.
2. I follow PoppySeedFabrics
3. I'm lusting over Joel Dewberry Deer Valley ARCHITECTURAL BARNWOOD

Lyndee December 7, 2010 at 10:42 AM  

such cute stuff!! I really like the metro market with the birds on it :)

Estee December 7, 2010 at 11:15 AM  

I follow Poppy seed's blog.

Estee December 7, 2010 at 11:16 AM  

I like the Riley Blake, All Star 2 BULLSEYE STAR BLUE.

deserae December 7, 2010 at 11:26 AM  

I follow the Poppy Seed blog

deserae December 7, 2010 at 11:26 AM  

I think the best advice is to use a lot of pins! It is tricky fabric for sure!

deserae December 7, 2010 at 11:27 AM  

I love the Urban Circus bundle in Earth. :)

Tania Grim December 7, 2010 at 12:21 PM  

I follow poppy seed fabrics

Tania Grim December 7, 2010 at 12:24 PM  

I really like Amy butlers Lotus collection :)

Birdie December 7, 2010 at 12:46 PM  

I'm following the Poppy Seed Blog!

Birdie December 7, 2010 at 12:46 PM  

I LOVE the tina Givens Opal Owl bundlem that is just TOO perfect not to buy!

Jansie December 7, 2010 at 1:28 PM  

Wow, super duper give away!!! I am now a follower of the Poppy Seed blog! :)

Jansie December 7, 2010 at 1:30 PM  

My advise on sewing with Minky is to use a Walking Foot on your machine. I hate using a walking foot cause it's such a pain to install on my machine! ;) But, it really does make a difference.

Our Busy Little Bunch December 7, 2010 at 1:32 PM  

I've made a handful of small quilts with minky backing. My advice is to pin, pin, pin! It shifts around way more than cotton. I've done free-motion quilting with it and pillow-case style, and both times the pinning makes the difference.

THANKS fot the chance at Patty's new fabrics ~ I'm in LOVE with the cool palette :)
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Our Busy Little Bunch December 7, 2010 at 1:32 PM  

I'm a long time follower of her blog :)
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Our Busy Little Bunch December 7, 2010 at 1:32 PM  

So many great choices in her shop ~ I especially like the urban circus bundle :)
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Jansie December 7, 2010 at 1:34 PM  

I am in love with the Black & White Oh Goody 1/2 yard bundle. Marking that as a favorite for sure.

Avery's Mama December 7, 2010 at 2:30 PM  

I am a follower of Poppy Seed Fabric!

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Avery's Mama December 7, 2010 at 2:31 PM  

I LOVE the metro market summer collection!

Avery's Mama December 7, 2010 at 2:34 PM  

As far a minky goes, it's a bit tricky. I use a walking foot for extra control. If the piece is a small or medium size, I've heard people say they use a stabilizer of some sort on the back.

Staci J December 7, 2010 at 2:44 PM  

For minky, I use a adhesive spray that washes out when you're all through... it helps it stick and not shift as much!
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Staci J December 7, 2010 at 2:44 PM  

I love Kim's blog, I'm a follower!
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Staci J December 7, 2010 at 2:45 PM  

i love the urban circus bundle over in her etsy shop...
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Staci J December 7, 2010 at 2:46 PM  

tweeted!
http://twitter.com/acers14/status/12246505876365312

Tanya December 7, 2010 at 3:40 PM  

Love the urban owls bundle.
I've never sewn with minky but had frustrations with velcro :)

rebekah December 7, 2010 at 5:10 PM  

I wish I had a magic fix for minky. I've used washable glue sticks, but it still moves.

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rebekah December 7, 2010 at 5:12 PM  

I follow Poppy Seeds Fabric.

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rebekah December 7, 2010 at 5:14 PM  

Alexander Henry's Starling in White is one of my all-time favorite fabrics.

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rebekah December 7, 2010 at 5:14 PM  

I posted on FB.

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Pam December 7, 2010 at 9:12 PM  

I follow Poppy Seed fabric's blog.

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Lisa December 8, 2010 at 7:18 AM  

Super cute! What a great shower gift!

InĂªs December 8, 2010 at 9:12 AM  

I follow Poppy Seed Fabrics Blog

What a great gift :)

Kirie December 8, 2010 at 11:34 AM  

I'm a new follower of Poppy Seed Fabrics blog :)
Thanks for the giveaway!

Kirie December 8, 2010 at 11:39 AM  

I really like 'Alexander Henry WILLOW SHROOM' fabric from PoppySeeds ETSy shop :)

Kirie December 8, 2010 at 11:44 AM  

I just posted teh info about the giveaway at my blog's sidebar:
http://shape-moth.blogspot.com/

Nancy December 8, 2010 at 11:59 AM  

I LOVE Amy Butler's full moon polka dots! Thanks for sharing this great giveaway with us.

Stacey December 8, 2010 at 12:46 PM  

I have been in love with the sanctuary line in blue since it came out....

Stacey December 8, 2010 at 12:46 PM  

I just followed as well.

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Monique December 8, 2010 at 1:16 PM  

I am a follower of the poppy seed blog

Monique December 8, 2010 at 1:18 PM  

I like the carnival bloom, cuteness

Tiffany December 8, 2010 at 1:20 PM  

I follow poppyseed's blog! Glad to be a new follower of yours too, great ideas and products shown here.

Tiffany December 8, 2010 at 1:21 PM  

I love the opal owl set of fabric at Poppyseed Fabrics' etsy store! Would love to make it part of my stash... soon!

Jocelyn December 8, 2010 at 2:19 PM  

Darn! I have no knowledge about sewing minky. I didn't know it would be so tricky. So I guess I have nothing to offer on that one.

Jocelyn December 8, 2010 at 2:19 PM  

I follow Poppy Seed Fabrics blog.

Jocelyn December 8, 2010 at 2:22 PM  

My favorite fabric would just be impossible to figure out, but I really like the Erin McMorris wildwood forest in green. I also love the Alexander Henry Starling.

Amy December 8, 2010 at 3:17 PM  

Minky...lets see....I've worked with it before, my biggest piece of advise would be to not stress about it stretching a little. Just go with it and it will turn out beautiful! But it does stretch.

Amy December 8, 2010 at 3:18 PM  

I follow her blog!

My email is amy.chinagal@gmail.com (I did the comment above as well)

Amy December 8, 2010 at 3:19 PM  

I love the Amy Butler fabric...but there are so many choices!

email is amy.chinagal@gmail.com

Amy December 8, 2010 at 3:21 PM  

Tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/LexiLynneDesign

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Joan J December 8, 2010 at 8:52 PM  

However much you're pinning your minky, use three times that many pins! It does some serious moving when you're trying to sew accurately, and pinning every 1/2 to 1 inch is the only way to go. Also, pay attention to grain of fabric and work with your grain going in the same direction. Can't help you with machine settings because every machine is different. Just cut off a sample piece and try different settings until you find what works for your machine.

Joan J December 8, 2010 at 8:53 PM  

I'm following Poppy Seed's blog. (JoanOH)

Joan J December 8, 2010 at 8:54 PM  

So many gorgeous fabrics and great colors on Poppy Seed's Etsy site! I think my favorite is All Star 2 by My Minds Eye for Riley Blake Designs. Beautiful!

Mare December 8, 2010 at 9:59 PM  

I follow Poppy Seeds blog.
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Jen December 8, 2010 at 11:33 PM  

Follower of Poppy Seed Fabrics Blog

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Jen December 8, 2010 at 11:41 PM  

Posted on Twitter at:
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Jen December 8, 2010 at 11:51 PM  

I love the antiquity collection! I'm a beginner when it comes to sewing but I have learned quite a bit from these blogs! I'm really excited about it.

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Craftstress Kira December 9, 2010 at 2:38 AM  

Unfortunately, I don't have any good advice for Minky...I just push it through on my machine and hope for the best :)

Craftstress Kira December 9, 2010 at 2:38 AM  

Unfortunately, I don't have any good advice for Minky...I just push it through on my machine and hope for the best :)

Craftstress Kira December 9, 2010 at 2:39 AM  

I am following your blog!

Craftstress Kira December 9, 2010 at 2:39 AM  

I really like the Sophies Garden with BLUE AND GREEN Coords bundle

Lynne December 9, 2010 at 8:32 AM  

I love the Cat in the Hat fabric! So cute! Thank for the giveaway!

james and bess December 9, 2010 at 9:35 AM  

i don't have any advice for minky - but i'm really learning from the other comments!

bess :)

james and bess December 9, 2010 at 9:37 AM  

i love the all star fabric!! and the metro market! :)

bess

gilchrist December 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM  

I follow the Poppy Seed blog.

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gilchrist December 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM  

I love the Boy's RETRO in LAGOO.

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Terri. December 10, 2010 at 1:19 AM  

I follow Poppy seed fabrics blog
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Terri. December 10, 2010 at 1:20 AM  

I like the Bloom and Grow bundle
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Trish December 10, 2010 at 9:24 AM  

One helpful hint with minky is if you are making a blanket use fusible batting. Be careful with heat and minky but I have been soooo impressed with a light fusible batting fused to the minky. It works great!

Kelli December 11, 2010 at 7:05 AM  

I've sewn with minkee a few times and my advice would be to be confident, always sew with the minkee down when possible, pin ALOT (and I hate to pin ever) and go slow. It's not hard that hard to work with if you show the Minkee who's boss and take your time. I've quilted on it and been fine when I just prepared well with pins and took my time!

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