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Our Cottage Garden  organic fabric collection has arrived and is now shipping! 9 playful prints featuring charming garden creatures, pansies, mushrooms and spots are printed on our premium, 100% organic cotton fabric.

A Cottage Garden Daydream:

 

Here at Monaluna, we’re envisioning a sweet girl exploring an English garden. As she wanders through the green grass, she sees strawberries, pink pansies and animals of all kinds. Hedgehogs! Squirrels! Deer! Foxes! And rabbits! Oh how delightful – she was amongst all her garden friends. They laughed and played without a care.

 

Little red mushrooms with pinprick white spots scattered the yard, just as cute as can be. Ladybugs dotted the sky and grass below. Her red and white polka dot dress blew in the warm breeze. She picked a plump, red strawberry from the field and its sweet taste filled her heart with joy and springtime giggles. As she laid back in the plush grass, the setting sun shone upon her smiling face. The moon and the stars sparkled the sky as the evening blanked her in a navy blue dreamland.

 

 

Cottage Garden honors the garden dweller in all of us: it is a playful collection featuring garden flowers, tiny mushrooms, strawberry fields and charming English garden critters. As always, printed on premium, 100% organic cotton fabric. After a long-awaited arrival, these delightful prints are now available!

 

Mother’s Day is May 14th and it is on the way! It’s one special day to appreciate all the wonderful moms out there, so celebrate your Mom and Mother Earth with thoughtful, eco-friendly gifts that are handmade, or better yet, made by you! Here at Monaluna, we’ve collected some of the greatest handmade, natural, and eco-minded gifts, and we’ve created the perfect Mother’s Day Gift Guide to help you find that special something.

Here are some Spring Favorites for Mother’s Day to help you find the perfect gift!

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  1. Gold Acorn long-length necklace, this cute thing opens too!
  2. Gardener’s Scrub, filled with all sorts of beneficial, natural ingredients for soft, nourished skin!
  3. Baby Bow Scissors, I mean, come-on! So cute and sleek.
  4. Merchant&Mills Workbook, we’re obsessed with the patterns in this workbook. What a fun gift, that keeps giving!
  5. Airplant Necklace, incase your Mom needs her own tiny plant!
  6. Lunar Phase Earrings, Does your Mom love the moon? Circles? Half-circles? These earrings are just perfection.
  7. Handcrafted Monaluna Infinity Scarf, because she’ll think they’re perfect too, just like we do!
  8. Etta+Billie Bar Soap, So luxurious! Natural handcrafted soaps, to help your Mom feel the love.

 

 

Hand selected, Handmade Jewelry

A “go-to” favorite! Jewelry is always a great gift idea for Mom and at Monaluna we’ve got plenty of trendy options she will love. We feature designers such as Larissa Loden and JohannaN. Jewelry is handmade and crafted with an eco-friendly flare. These pieces perfectly bedazzle any eco-conscious Mom!

Sew Mom an Infinity Scarf

Here are all the materials and methods to make your Mom her very own infinity scarf, in her favorite organic cotton prints of course! Click for the Tutorial: Infinity Scarf for step-by-step directions to how to create your own infinity scarf, and you can browse through all of our fabrics to pick out the perfect prints. The pattern works especially well with our cotton lawns and knits, but will work with poplins as well.

 

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Monaluna Handmade Double Gauze Infinity Scarf

Infinity scarves, handcrafted using our beloved fabrics. Theses double-gauze, scarves are colorful and delicate. Easy for any Mom to throw on to add a bit of warmth and color to any day. We guarantee your Mom will love how soft these scarves are!

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Get Mom a QuiltyBox Subscription

QuiltyBox is a monthly subscription service delivering new fabrics, patterns, sewing notions and more. Its a great way to continue to give inspiration and fresh ideas to your Mom! Monaluna was featured in the April 2017 box. If you are interested check out the Monaluna teams up with QuiltyBox, which has all the details.

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All Natural Pampering

What Mom doesn’t love a great skin care product!? Le Connor and Etta + Billie are both great producers of handmade, all natural, eco-conscious, no animal testing, and small batch production. These beauty gifts will leave Mom feeling and smelling amazing, with their natural ingredients and essential oils.

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Haven’t decided yet!? Well, come on in to Monaluna and we’d be happy to help. We have lots of great ideas and would love to help you find the perfect little treasure for your Mom. We’ve kept Mother Earth in mind to make Mother’s Day gift giving easy. Mother’s Day is May 14th, plenty of time to pick a pattern, pick out her favorite designs and make her something homemade. Otherwise, Monaluna has done the hard work for you and stocked our shelves with plenty of different gifting options. Get your Mom something special, hand selected, natural, eco-friendly, organic and Monaluna approved!

 

 

At Quilt Market last fall, I got to meet Patrick and Christine from Quilty Box, and learn about their awesome quilt subscription box company. I loved the fact that they scout out cool new fabric designers, artists and bloggers to work with, and thought the concept of delivering new fabrics, tools and patterns to quilter’s doorsteps each month was pretty brilliant. What a great way to introduce quilters to new designers, and challenge them with fresh patterns! In January, I got an email from Patrick inviting me to curate the April Quilty Box, and that set off a flurry of activity at the Monaluna headquarters. I hadn’t realized quite how BIG they were, and how many bundles would be required (a LOT of bundles!). I decided to include our Simple Life collection, and set about dreaming up a quilt pattern that would harmonize with the fabrics and work for a spring quilt. The result was the Simple Life Tulip Quilt, a graphic, springy floral, and a fun way of working with half square triangles. The pattern is included in the April Quilty Box.

 

Simple Life Tulip Quilt

 

Along with the quilt pattern and a Simple Life fat quarter bundle, this months’ box also includes coordinating So Fine sewing thread, a 3-oz. Flatter spray, and a little Monaluna enamel charm, featuring our Simple Life bears. It’s a pretty fun little bundle! You can buy the April Quilty Box here. 

 

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Each month, Sandi over at Crafty Planner interviews the Quilty Box contributor, and I had a really nice chat with her, which went live yesterday. We talked about my creative journey and how I started Monaluna, how I balance life and business, the origin of the Llama Love print, and lots of other things. You can hear the full interview on her blog here.

 

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Simple Life Organic Canvas by Monaluna

 

I’ve been hearing from customers lately who love the look and feel of our organic cotton canvas, but they’re not quite sure what projects to use it for. We have ideas for you! If the word “canvas” brings to mind heavy, stiff fabric used mainly for tents and oil paintings, we’d love to introduce you to a whole new world of canvas.

 

Ours is a lightweight but sturdy oxford-weave cotton, with just enough structure to make it ideal for tote bags and purses, hats, pillows, table linens, and apparel like skirts, jumpers and coats. It can even be used in place of denim. The possibilities are endless!

 

Simple Life Canvas by Monaluna

 

All of our canvases are GOTS-certified, which means they conform to strict environment and also social standards. (Read about the standard here!) You can see our new Simple Life canvases here, or for playful and bright, fruit-themed canvases, check out our Juicy Canvas here!

Have you guys heard of The Story of Stuff? I remember watching their first short film almost 10 years ago now, and being totally blown away by how clearly and concisely they presented some of the more complicated issues of our consumer culture. (If you want to see that film – and I highly recommend it! – it’s here).

 

I just got an email this morning with a link to their new film, and they’ve done it again! This one deals with the problems with synthetic fibers, and the “microfibers” that are released every time our synthetic clothing is washed. In just under 3 minutes, they reminded me that we can’t just rely on plastic recycling, or even reusing, to protect the environment. We really have to reduce our use of plastics altogether.

 

It’s also a good reminder that organic, biodegradable cotton is a good option!

 

 

 

 

Simple Life Blog Tour

This week, Phat QuartersHandmade Boy and a bunch of talented bloggers have teamed up on a blog tour featuring our Simple Life collection! Each day, they’re showing off amazing handmade sewing projects made from our Simple Life organic fabrics that range from apparel, to quilts and even novelty items like a slingshot target.

In a special twist, they’re all focused on boy projects, which is great because I feel that boys can get overlooked when it comes to home sewing. It’s truly inspiring to see all the creative ways these bloggers have used the fabrics. To see the first days’ projects, check out Wild + Wanderful and Phat Quarters, and today’s project over at Handmade Boy.  Follow along to see the darling projects by Sprouting Jube Jube, Paisley Roots and others, and enter to win the GIVEAWAY!

 

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Simple Life Slingshot

Herringbone Hoodie

 

 

Organic Fabric Patchwork Heart

 

Do you want to make a special (but simple!) Valentine for your loved ones, and do some scrap busting at the same time? This is the perfect project! Here’s what you’ll need:

 

-Blank greeting card (plus a little extra heavy paper) or heavyweight cardstock or bristol (watercolor paper is great, or something with a little texture)

-scraps of pink and red-toned fabric (or, why not make a green Valentine?)

-sewing machine or hand stitching supplies (especially contrast thread)

-glue or glue stick is helpful

 

Step 1: Prepare your card to the desired size and measure to find the middle of the front of the card. Draw your heart lightly with pencil, and then cut with an Exacto knife (or free-form cut if you’re feeling bold).

 

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Step 2: Cut your scraps into long strips and sew together piece-by-piece, with right sides facing. The length of the strips will depend on how many cards you’re doing. If just doing one, you only need the strips to be long enough to cover your heart, plus about 1/2 inch. If you’re planning to do multiple cards keep the strips long and then cut into sections once they’re pieced. Press your piecing flat.

 

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Step 3: Arrange your fabrics as you would like them on the inside of the card, with the finished side facing through the heart cutout. Make sure you have at least 1/4″ of fabric all the way around the edges of the heart. If you have glue handy, apply a couple dots to hold the fabric in place.

Step 4: cut an extra piece of paper about 1/4″ larger (on all sides) than your square of pieced fabric. Place this over the raw side of the piecing on the inside of the card, and dot glue at the corners to hold in place.

Step 5: starting at the bottom, stitch around your heart about 1/8″ from the edge of the cutout. Do not backstitch at the beginning and end, and keep the thread tails long. When you have finished stitching, open up the card, and using a pin, pull the thread tails to the inside of the card. Tie in a knot and clip close to the knot.

 

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Are you guys familiar with Janine Vangool’s gorgeous Uppercase Magazine? Billed as a magazine “for the creative and curious” each issue takes on an aspect of the creative world, like color, pattern, or calligraphy. Janine is masterful at putting together stunning spreads and interesting, in-depth coverage of such a wide range of subjects. I have loved this magazine for a few years now, and I have saved all the issues, going back to them from time to time to read articles I missed, or just get inspired. I got to meet Janine at Quilt Market last fall, and did a little Q and A with her for her current issue, the Surface Pattern Design Guide. I opened a newsletter from her yesterday, to find that she’d included our interview on her blog. I’m so excited to be included in her publication! Check out the full article here.

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After what seems like a very long wait, our Simple Life Poplins, Canvas and Cotton Lawns have finally arrived! Inspired by the crisp, clean lines of Scandinavian design, these ranges incorporate woodland animals, graphic florals and geometrics, all in a palette of blues, red and warm white.

 

I spent the year after high school living in Denmark, just south of Copenhagen, and this collection sprung from memories of my kitchen there – steaming Bodum mugs and red coffee carafes, strawberry cake with whipped cream, lingonberry jam, cut flowers and wildlife passing by the big windows that looked onto the beach. Such a beautiful place.

 

Simple Life Organic Fabric by Monaluna

 

The prints come on 3 different base cloths – our versatile poplin, featherweight cotton lawn and sturdy canvas – so you can pick just the right weight for your project. We’ve already used them to make up garments, quilts, pillows, clutch bags, backpacks, table linens, oh – and some cute Christmas ornaments!  What would you make with these fabrics?

Scrappy Monaluna Fabric Ornaments

 

Want a fun, Christmas-y project this weekend? Need handmade gifts for loved ones? Have some scrap fabric to use? Here’s a solution: make scrappy fabric ornaments!

 

This week, 6-year-old Anabelle got clear instructions from the elf in her advent calendar to make some new ornaments for our tree. (Yes, the elf leaves her notes in the advent calendar. The hoops we create for ourselves at Christmas time really are amazing…) Luckily, I just happened to have some fabric scraps around, and a little extra time. (Fabric scraps are plentiful around here, but time less-so). Together we designed and stitched up these simple, soft ornaments. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial:

 

Step 1: take scrap fabric and cut in strips of varying width, but between 1/2″ and 2 inches, and about 1- 1 1/2 inches longer than you want the largest point of your ornament to be (ours were about 6 inches). They don’t need to be straight or even – a little wonkiness can be extra cute.

 

Step 2: sew the strips together along the long edges to create a square or rectangle of scrap fabric. Trim if necessary. Press seams open or flat.

 

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Step 3: find a coordinating backing fabric of about the same size, and match it to your scrappy square (or rectangle, depending on desired ornament shape) with right sides facing. Pin fabrics together.

Scrappy Monaluna Fabric Ornaments

Step 4: Cutting freehand or using a pre-sketched template, cut out your desired ornament shapes. We did a modern tree, heart and star, but you could try simple circles, candy canes, snowmen, little houses… anything you like, as long as it’s not too complicated to turn

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Step 5: Stitch close to the edge of your shape (about 1/4 inch) almost all the way around, leaving a 1-2 inch turning hole. Clip corners and curves to get sharp points and a clean edge.

 

Step 6: Turn the ornament right-sides-out, using a chopstick or other softly-pointed tool to get the corners and edges.

 

Step 7: Stuff with polyfill or cotton balls and stitch up the turning hole.

 

Step 8: Using an embroidery needle and yarn or twine, stitch a hanging loop to the top of your ornaments. Alternately, use ribbon or rickrack (as we did here) and secure with a couple of loops of thread. Hang on the tree and enjoy!

Scrappy Monaluna Fabric Ornaments