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Entries in Art Gallery fabric (12)

Pattern review: Zippy Bag 

This bag was such fun to make. The name of the pattern does refer to the zippers and not necessarily the time it takes to make. I spent one evening cutting out the pieces and another putting it all together. I love this Liberty of London print. This bag called for scraps of small sizes. I was able to use a liberty fat eighth for all three scrap pieces on the pockets and had enough left over to incorporate into the gusset piece of the bag pattern.

This is a Jen Giddens pattern, she tends to go heavy on the interfacing, practically every piece in this pattern is interfaced. She calls for a craft fuse interfacing in the pattern which tends to be more rigid. I used Stacy shape flex in black because frankly that is the only interfacing I like working with. Stacy shape flex is actually fabric and not synthetic giving it a nice hand and is easy to use, also great for apparel.  

Because I used Liberty I opted to keep the pattern choice to a minimum only using one fabric for the inside and two for the outside. You can mix and match the outer and inner zipper pocket fabric pieces and get really scrappy if you like. The other fabric used in this example are essex linen blend in indigo (outer fabric). The interior fabric is an art gallery print that is available in a half dozen other colors here at the shop.  

The instructions were great. I had no problems or questions, the diagrams and sewing steps were easy to follow. This is an intermediate pattern, a great skill builder for sewing zippers! 

I am happy to have a purse that is more finished and not so much of a giant bag. The size is perfect for the basics (9”wide by about 12” tall). The long strap is comfortable to wear across the body leaving my hands free and the purse secure. 

This purse will be on display at the shop. Stop by and check it out.

Happy Sewing! 

By April


Just in: Mo Bedell, Malka Dubrawsky, Art Gallery and more

by Gina, photos from Heather

This week we have welcomed pieces from Portland local, Mo Bedell’s latest group “Hothouse Flowers” for Andover.

And bright new designs from Malka Dubrawsky:

Art Gallery’s Bonnie Christine is sure to please with her latest group, “Sweet as Honey.”

And some great new goodies from the folks at Michael Miller, including the retro inspired, “Jug or Not.”

Just yesterday we were busy making room for a shipment of shot cottons.  You know the ones, so lovely and soft, beautiful colors, yard dyed and woven….opening boxes of webbing and fold over elastic, and moving more trims into the sale section.  Come see what’s new!



Just In: Nani Iro, Dear Stella, Art Gallery, Charlie Harper and more

by Gina, photos by Heather

More Nani Iro prints arrived recently, shown here with some other Japanese beauties.

Rich, sophisticated pink and mauve in gorgeous floral and geometrics from Dear Stella.

Fun, novelty prints from Michael Miller and Moda.

Great new simple “blenders” and sweet florals with that oh-so-silky hand that Art Gallery always delivers.

And, the very lovely, very modern Charlie Harper prints from Birch Fabrics, organic cotton for your fabulous winter crafting!  We also received a couple of prints on their canvas, perfect for bags and such.

Are you trying to think of something to give the crafter in your life, or what to ask for for yourself? Stay tuned for some great ideas!  We’ll be posting some really special gift ideas, and we’re always happy to customize collections to be just what you want.