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Thank you all so much for your sweet comments! I wish I could send out bundles to everyone who commented, but we’d be cutting fat quarters for days. I wrote down everyone’s name on a tab of paper and had Anabelle draw, and she chose (drumroll, please)…

 

Trisch Price! I’ll email you for your info. :)

 

But, wait – There’s one more chance to win a Monaluna organic fabric bundle! FaveQuilts is now giving away an Anya fat quarter bundle on their website. Hop on over to enter by May 8th to win 12 fat quarters from our Anya Collection. Good luck to everyone!

 

Since we’ve been on the subject of springy fabrics, I’ll leave you with a little peek at our new Bloom collection, coming in June. It’s not on the website yet, but I’ll send out an update with links once it’s up. I hope you like it!

 

Bloom Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Happy Earth Day, everybody! While we here at Monaluna like to think that every day is Earth Day, we thought we’d honor the occasion by giving away a bundle of our organic, earth-friendly fabric. Just leave a comment in our comments section to enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the springy organic fabrics pictured here!

organic cotton fat quarters

 

And just to brighten your Friday, I’d like to introduce you to the newest members of the Monaluna family, Buttercup, Elsie and Louise!

Baby Chick Triptych

They arrived a couple of weeks ago, and have already grown lots, filling my days with the sound of chirping and peeping. They’re cute but noisy companions.

There are not just one but TWO great Anya giveaways happening in the blogosphere now. Hop over to the SewCanShe blog by April 18th and enter to win a bundle of of fat quarters – one each of the 12 prints from the collection. She’s got a bunch of ways to enter, so try them all for better chances!While you’re there, check out all of Caroline’s great sewing tutorials and projects. SO many good ones.

anya organic fabric

Next, check out the great giveaway on AllFreeSewing.com. The did a really nice review of the collection that you can read here. You have until April 24th for that one, and you get extra entries for sharing on social media. Good luck!

anya organic fabric

 

Welcome to Part 2 of our Anya Knit Tutorial series: The Infinity Scarf! We’ve been sewing up cozy infinity scarves for the shop using our new Anya organic cotton knits, and they’ve been really popular. They’re the perfect weight to add a bit of warmth and a stylish print to any outfit. Here’s Mindy with the simple instructions!

Hi All!

Infinity scarves are a fun and easy project, and make a great gift or addition to your wardrobe. We love these scarves in our Anya Organic Knits as a spring accessory! You can play around with the dimensions to make your scarf wider or narrower, shorter or longer. Our Anya Knits are 58” wide, so you’ll have enough fabric to make two scarves!

 

You will need:

  • 1 ½ yds of knit fabric A

  • 1 ½ yds of knit fabric B

  • sewing machine/serger and coordinating thread

  • hand sewing needle

  • pins

  • scissors/rotary cutter

 

Step by step guide:

-Cut a rectangle measuring 14” x 54” (with the long side on the length grain) out of both fabric A and fabric B*.

Anya Organic Infinity Scarf

-Place right sides together and sew along the long edges with a ½” seam allowance, using a zig zag stitch or serger.

 

-Holding the scarf upright and vertical with wrong side out, reach inside the tube and pull the lower short edge up through the tube so that the right sides are facing and the raw edges are even. Pin right sides together, matching fabric A to fabric A and fabric B to fabric B.

Anya Organic Infinity Scarf

-Sew around the tube with a ½” seam allowance, leaving about a 4” gap.

Anya Organic Infinity Scarf

-Turn the scarf right side out through the 4″ gap. Press, and hand stitch the opening closed.

anya organic knit infinity scarf

Let us know if you make an infinity scarf and how it turned out!

–Mindy

*Note: If you prefer to use only one fabric you can cut one larger rectangle, measuring 27” x 54”, then fold lengthwise right sides together and sew the long edge.

It started with a handful of requests about a year ago, just as we were selling through our last few yards of Little Mermaid and Scallop organic fabric from our Under the Sea Collection. Several customers wanted to buy the prints, but couldn’t find them on the website, and they were sold out of most of the online stores. We don’t usually reprint our collections, so once they’re sold out, they’re gone. This time, though, the handful grew and grew until we realized that we MUST reprint the beloved prints. And finally, at long last, LITTLE MERMAID AND SCALLOP ARE BACK IN STOCK!!

Little Mermaid and Scallop organic fabric by Monaluna

 

Another favorite print, Poem from our Haiku collection, also flew out of stock, and so we have reprinted that one as well. It’s perfect for spring, with it’s romantic watercolor hand and spots of gold stamping.

Poem by Monaluna

Hop over to our website now to stock up on these favorites for spring!

Simple Knit Maxi Skirt Tutorial

Now that our new Anya Knits are in, we’ve been using them to sew up all kinds of cute projects in the studio. One of our favorites is this simple maxi skirt, which can be made in about an hour using right around 1 yard of our new, wider knits. It’s super comfy, and a perfect weight for spring. Here’s the tutorial for you by Mindy Lechman!

 

You will need:

  • 60”-wide knit fabric to measure (see step 2)

  • 1 ½” elastic (enough to fit waist, see step 1)

  • Sewing machine or serger and matching thread

  • measuring tape

  • chalk or fabric marker

  • ruler

Step by step guide:

  1. To determine the size of the top edge of your pattern, measure your waist at the point you like your waistband to fall. Write that number down, add 2” (seam allowance) and divide by 2 to get the length of your waistline on your pattern. Subtract ½” from your waist measurement to determine how much elastic is needed.

 

waist measurement = ________ + 2” = __________ ÷ 2 = __________ pattern measurement

waist measurement = ________ – ½” = ___________ amount of elastic needed

 

  1. To determine the length, measure from that point on your waist to the desired length. I wanted mine about 2” from the floor. Add 1” and write that number down. This measurement is the amount of fabric you will need. Mine came to 36”, so I will need 1 yard of 60”-wide knit fabric.

length measurement = __________ + 1” = _____________

 

  1. Wash and dry your fabric, then cut to the length determined in step 2.

  2. Lay your fabric out, folded in half, selvage to selvage. Measure or fold in half again to find the center and mark with a pin. Using your chalk/marker, mark your waist pattern measurement, centered over the pin. For example, my waist calculation is 16” (30” + 2” = 32” ÷2 = 16”), so I marked 8” to the left and right of the pin.knit maxi diagram

  3. Using a yardstick and chalk/marker, connect your waist marks to the edges of the fabric.

  4. knit maxi tutorial step 5

    Leaving the fabric folded on the selvedge, cut out. knit maxi tutorial step 6You will end up with both the front and back sides of the skirt ready to sew.knit maxi tutorial step 6a

  5. Place right sides together, then sew the side seams using a ½” seam allowance. knit maxi tutorial step 7

  6. Overlap the elastic by ½” and zig zag over both raw edges to make a continuous band. lay the band flat and mark midpoints – these marks will line up with the side seams.knit maxi tutorial step 8

  7. Place the elastic along the right side of the waist of the skirt, pinning midpoints to side seams,  and stitch to attach. Use a longer stitch length and stretch the elastic slightly and evenly as you go. If you are using a standard machine rather than a serger, use a zigzag stitch here. knit maxi tutorial step 9

  8. Turn the elastic to the inside. Tack the elastic down at the side seams to hold in place.knit maxi tutorial step 10

  9. Try on your skirt and hem if desired. You may want to leave the bottom edge raw or hem it up for a more finished look.

  10. Optional: Add patch pockets!

 

Let us know if you try this and how it turned out!

Anya Organic Knits by Monaluna

 

Our new Anya Organic Knits have arrived and are now shipping! We’re so excited about this new knit fabric quality – it’s 58″-wide, 200 gram organic cotton interlock, and super soft and cozy! You can view the whole collection here. The prints work well for kids and adult apparel, and we’ve been stitching up some great simple sewing outfits at the shop. We’ll have free tutorials for you here very soon!

green landscape

 

I know that January is technically the first month of the year, but I always find myself thinking of it as more of a pause. January is a chance to catch your breath from the craziness that was the holidays, pick up the confetti and start thinking ahead to the new year. Make a few resolutions, give them a trial run, and revise. By the first of February, I usually find myself finally feeling ready to plunge into the blue yonder that is the New Year. So, happy 2016, everybody!

 

The dust is still settling over here from a 2015 full of change. We found our new studio space, spent all spring and summer (and most of the fall, too) spiffing it up, moved in, hired new employees, and finally opened up the shop at the end of September. Although I wanted to be able to do all of that without missing a beat, I found myself stepping back a bit, writing less, spending less time on social media, and even skipping a couple of trade shows. I had to recognize that I couldn’t make so many changes without slowing the pace a little.

 

Now it’s February and I finally feel ready to step it up a bit. Our newest collection, the Anya Knits, just arrived yesterday and we have a bunch of fun tutorials lined up to share here on the blog over the coming months. I’m just finishing up our next collection, and there’s another in the wings, so I’ll be sharing some sneak peeks soon! And we’ve added a new trade show to our circuit this year and will be at the L.A. Textile Show – booth #2012 if any of you will be there. I’m enjoying the energy I stored up over my January pause, and I’m excited to share our new projects with you!

 

Our new Anya collection arrived this week, and we’ve got it all stocked up and ready to ship! As always, both collections are 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton. The prints are woodland-inspired with a distinct mid-century Scandinavian vibe, and the palette is sophisticated with grays and dusty pinks, moody teal and citron yellow.

Anya Poplins by Monaluna

We always get a little fabric air-shipped ahead so that we can sew up samples, and we’ve had a great time creating with this collection. The poplins are lovely for garments and quilts (quilt images coming soon!), while the barkcloth has been perfect for coats and pillows, coasters and napkins, totes, bags and hats. Here are a few images from our photoshoot last week:

Anya by Monaluna

Anya Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Anya Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Anya Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Anya Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Anya Organic Barkcloth by Monaluna

Anya Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Anya Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Anya Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Hop on over to the website to stock up on Anya!

We have a brand new fabric coming in this month: organic Barkcloth! This fabric style was popular for upholstery and home furnishings in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, and we thought it would be a perfect fit with our new Anya collection, which has a distinct mid-century Scandinavian feel.

Anya Organic Barkcloth by Monaluna

Anya Organic Barkcloth by Monaluna

While the textured fabric is perfect for upholstery and pillows, it’s also great for bags and purses, hats, table linens and any garments that call for a heavier, more structured fabric.

Anya Organic Bark Cloth Pillows

Anya Organic Barkcloth by Monaluna

We just got the sample fabric in last week, and we’re loving to sew with it! Stay tuned for more fun Barkcloth inspiration coming soon.

Anya Barkcloth Pillows by Monaluna

Mod Blooms Barkcloth by Monaluna

Monaluna Barkcloth by Monaluna

Organic Barkcloth by Monaluna