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August is coming to a close and, at least in our area, all the kids are back in school. Are summers shorter than they used to be, or does time just fly that much faster when you’re an adult? I still have stacks of summer sewing projects that I wanted to do, but it’s time to move on to fall. We’ve stitched up some darling drawstring backpacks, perfect for light loads for school, sleepover kits or a hands-free carryall for grown-ups.

Sew Can She  is always coming up with great patterns and tutorials, and we spotted this one, available for free for download. It’s also easy to modify to suit your needs. We decided to make ours a bit bigger and use grommets instead of fabric tabs for the securing of the straps. The pattern includes fabric straps, but you can just as easily use rope-like cording, like we did, ribbon, or any other strap-link material.

There is also an option to add a ruffle accent at the top to add a bit of flare. The ruffle is added by cutting the fabric at 6″ instead of 3″ at the top. Then sewing a stitch an inch away from the seam allowing the trim to attach to the main fabric.

Adding grommets are much easier than you may think. You can purchase a grommet kit at most craft stores or online. They come with easy to follow instructions and the only additional tool you will need is a hammer. We really enjoyed how the grommets and cord finished these backpacks. They are also super adjustable for all sizes and fits.

This backpacks were made using Cottage Garden Organic Poplin and Simple Life Organic Poplin, but you could easily use canvas for a studier finish. Overall, these backpacks only need about an yard and a quarter of fabric and take no time at all to sew up. Don’t forget to tag @monalunadesign and hashtag #monaluna on Instagram so we can see how you put yours together. Happy Sewing!

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With all the excitement over the arrival of Wanderlust and Bloom, I haven’t properly celebrated the arrival of some highly requested reprints. Our ever popular Pink Delicious print from the Juicy Collection is now back in stock, as well as Swim from Under the Sea, and Swoop from Anya.

Pink Delicious by Monaluna

It used to be that we almost never reprinted designs, because it seemed to make more sense to introduce new designs. More and more, though, we’re getting consistent requests to reprint, and we always try to accommodate, so if there’s a print you want to see back in stock, let us know!
Swim Organic Fabric by Monaluna

For now, I’m glad to have these lovelies back on the shelves.

Swoop 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.

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.

We’re highlighting our playful and spring-like Under the Sea collection this week (and having a SALE!), so we got some of our dear friends together for a photoshoot last weekend. Can I just say how grateful I am for such generous (and photogenic) friends? We just let the kids run in an open space near our house, and they were instantly adorable.

 

Under the Sea Organic Fabric by Monaluna

If you're ready to get started on your spring sewing hop on over to our site and check out our Under the Sea Sale!

I know it doesn’t feel like spring everywhere yet, but it’s coming! Spring has definitely sprung here, and Saturday was a perfect day for running around in some fresh organic cotton digs. In this photo, we’re showing our Ella Dress on the littlest, our Boy’s Skater Shirt, the fabulous Goodship Dress by One Girl Circus, and our Super Simple Skirt in Under the Sea. I also tried out Olive Ann’s Geo Dress Pattern, shown below, which was fun and easy to sew, and is a great way to show a few different prints that go well together (like our Octopus Party, Kelp Forest and Scallop!)

 

Under the Sea Organic Fabric by Monaluna

I know I’ve mentioned my favorite tree before – this beautiful old Live Oak in the open space where I hike in the mornings – and it was the gorgeous backdrop to many of these photos. It’s branches are thick and worn, bowing down to rest on the ground before swooping back up again, which, of course, makes it ideal for climbing.

Whale Trail Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Under the Sea Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Go Fish Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Our Go Fish print works perfectly with our On the Go Dress pattern, shown above. We’re also working on a new sewing pattern, the saucy two-tiered ruche skirt shown below in Octopus Party and Scallop. It’s great for showing off coordinating prints, and looks good with boots or spring sandals. What do you think?

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Under the Sea Organic Fabric by Monaluna

If you’re ready to get started on your spring sewing hop on over to our site and check out our Under the Sea Sale!

Under the Sea Organic Fabric by Monaluna

 

It seems like FOREVER that I’ve been waiting for these collections! You too? Well, the new knits are here, in all their soft, stretchy glory! Our Marrakech and Meadow Knit collections are both printed on 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton interlock knit, and weigh in at 220-230 g/m, so they’re especially plush, and remarkably easy to sew. I sewed up a few samples for our Quilt Market booth (but actually, ahem, for me), and I’ve been loving the weight and quality. Look for some new knit tutorial on the blog soon!

 

Marrakech organic cotton knits by Monaluna

 

The palette and patterns of Marrakech lend themselves to both boys’ and girls’ clothing, and we used some of our favorites to sew up our Skater Shirt pattern, as well as a cool reversible pullover, all very boy-appropriate. They’re perfect for girls and women, too, though, and there are a few florals, too, for extra femininity. And how perfect are these prints for baby clothes? Pair them with our Little Bee Babysuit pattern for perfect infant wear or gifts.

 

Marrakech Organic Knits by Monaluna

Marrakech Organic Knits by Monaluna

Marrakech Organic Knits by Monaluna

Marrakech Organic Knits by Monaluna

 

The Meadow Knits feature some of the most popular prints from our Meadow Poplin collection. They have a warm, jewel-toned palette, lots of woodland animals and simple, Scandinavian-inspired patterns.

 

Meadow Organic Knits by Monaluna

 

I made Anabelle a reversible pullover with Folk Flowers and Vine, and she’s loving it! We also made several dresses using the Solstice Dress pattern, and they came out so cute. The weather was gorgeous the day we took these photos, so we didn’t need layers, but the dress is also adorable over a long sleeved tee-shirt for cooler weather. Next up: some pretty maxi skirts for me!

 

Meadow Organic Cotton Knits by Monaluna

Meadow Organic Cotton Knits by Monaluna

Meadow Organic Knit Fabric by Monaluna

And just like that, it’s November. Ever since I started this business, September and October have been a blur as we gear up for Quilt Market, and finally return, exhausted and inspired, just in time (usually) for Halloween. This year was no different, and when I look back on all that was created in the last two months, it’s pretty amazing! Shayla and Kristy at Sassafras Lane Designs whipped up their Wyncoop Court quilt and an adorable Daily Duffle using our new Westwood and Westwood Canvas. Vanessa at Punkin Patterns stitched up a Diamond Affair quilt in Westwood, and Karen at One Girl Circus and our local Jeanne Verrinder sewed some adorable apparel samples. Meanwhile, Amy and I stitched up the rest, organized our photo shoot, put together the catalog, and got everything sent off to Houston. Whew!

 

It all came together really nicely in the end, and we had a great show. It’s always so nice to see our regular customers and meet new ones, and get a chance to talk about this industry after hours.  Every Market I’m reminded of how much I like the people I get to work with – and along side – in this business. That’s a lucky and beautiful thing. Here are a few photos of the booth and the new fabrics in action. They’ll be here in just a couple weeks!

 

Monaluna Fall Quilt Market Booth

Monaluna Fall Quilt Market Booth - Westwood

Diamond Affair Quilt in Westwood by Monaluna

Westwood Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Meadow Knits by Monaluna

Marrakech Organic Knits by Monaluna

Monaluna Fall Quilt Market Booth 2014

Euclid Avenue in Haven Organic Fabric

 

I’ve been loving the Euclid Avenue quilt that Kristy and Shayla from Sassafras Lane Designs made for our Quilt Market booth in May, so I thought I’d give it it’s own post today. It was a huge hit at the show, and I think it really works well with the subtle, fresh palette of Haven. These two are such sweet and talented designers, and I love the style and spirit of their company. You can buy the quilt pattern here, and the fabric is available here.

Euclid Avenue in haven

 

I love the irregular linear quilting they used – it’s subtle, but gives the quilt a really nice texture and structure.

Euclid Avenue in Haven closeup

 

Here’s the quilt, paired with some pillows that also made an appearance at Quilt Market, sewn by Jeanne Verrinder, a local sewist.:

Euclid Avenue and Pillows in Haven

 

And on display in our Quilt Market booth in May. Thanks, Shayla and Kristy, for your beautiful work!

Haven at Quilt Market

I’ve been asked a few times recently where I get inspiration for my designs and collections. I usually say “everywhere” or “nature”, both of which are true, but this time I found inspiration in a bottle of beer. I thought I’d share a specific example and tell you the story behind the development of our upcoming collection for fall, Westwood. As you will see, the design process is long and winding, and it rarely ends up where I think it will, but I guess that’s all part of the fun.

 

Inspiration struck last summer when Dave and I were visiting family in Minneapolis. We were picking up some white wine for dinner, when what should my eyes behold but the most beautiful bottle of beer I had ever seen. Yes, a bottle of beer. It was from Odell Brewing Company, and it was adorned with a gorgeous wood-cut style owl. Plus, it came in a cute little mini-pack of four. Cute little packages get me every time.

 

 

Of course I had to buy it. Even though Dave hates Pilsner. Most of the beer was consumed during our trip, but I made it home with one bottle intact. When we got home and were unpacking, Anabelle managed to get ahold of the bottle and lovingly shred off the label, but luckily I had saved the little carrier. It went into my inspiration file, but the image stayed in my head and took root. I don’t know who the artist is (I did look on the website for some credit, but didn’t see any), but I love the intricate but imperfect, rustic quality of the design. Love it. And I love the subtle palette, and, well, it’s a really cool owl.

 

When I started pulling together my inspiration for fall, I remembered this little guy, and pulled him out of the file. Up on the inspiration board he went, and was soon surrounded by examples of wood-cut and block printing, and sketches of unicorns and foxes and folkloric animals. I was trying to capture the hand-carved feel of the artwork, and the folkloric, mythic feel of the character. I wasn’t successful. But, as often happens, failing at that left me with a bunch of interesting stuff, which then became step two of the process. I’ll tell you more about that next week!

I took a few minutes to wander through the garden and collect some flowers this morning in celebration of Earth Day. Things have been moving fast around here lately, and can get pretty hectic, but I’m always amazed how much better I feel after a little break outside, whether it’s a check-in with the plants (cranberry bean seedlings popped up this morning!), lunch in the yard or a hike in the hills. I hope you all get a chance to get outside and enjoy the environment today!  To honor the day, we’re offering 10% off all Monaluna orders through the weekend.