We're back with another fun project we've sewn up with our new Norwegian Wood line! This time we chose the Hexagon Situpon pattern from Bonnie Christine. The patchwork design is a great way to show off some of your favorite prints from this woodland collection.
Here's a close up the pouf itself, as well as a better look at those Hoos in the Forest! Those wise guys are virtually hidden amid the forest flora and fauna. You can also see the quilting lines that follow the shape of the triangle wedges.
The outer fabric offered a great way to showcase the beautiful Night Owl design, with a forest of trees circling around the pouf. It also provides a sophisticated tonal contrast to the full color prints on top. For the bottom, we used Essex in Pewter, one of Robert Kaufman's lovely Linen Cotton Blends. With the snow (still!) mounting outside, I've been perfectly happy to kick back and put my feet up in this cozy spot, as has little Penny.
And of course with a comfy pouf like this one, it's only a matter of time....before this hexagon indeed gets sit-upon, sew to speak. Like any freshly sewn item, Penny thinks this one was made just for her. With a face like that, would you have the heart to shoo her off? I didn't think so...
Not only is the pouf a pet magnet, the kids have enjoyed kicking back with their feet up, reading a good book by the fire. If you whip up one of these poufs we'd love to see a photo in the comments below. Happy Sewing!
Thank you everyone for such a warm welcome to Norwegian Woods! We've been overwhelmed with lovely messages (and orders!) of support for our newest in house collection. And If you haven't yet explored our Nordic timberland, we hope you'll wander down the forest path over here! Of course, what's a walk in the woods without a great poncho?! We promised some handmade items featuring our newest collection and we're ready to make good on our word. First up, is a Popover Poncho! We've been eager to try the brand new pattern from April Rhodes, and we were very happy with how easily it came together.
My daughter Annie continues to reap the benefits of our inspired sewing projects, for this poncho goes to her! It was tough to narrow down the outer fabric choice, but we finally decided on Social Butterfly in Pebble. As the founding member of her school playground science club, Annie is especially keen on anything having to do with nature and the outdoors, and so she adores the Norwegian Woods collection. These butterfly "specimens," as she calls them, remind her of drawings you might sketch in a journal. Some of her own are not too far off in fact! And with her pink and purple days behind her, she's quite drawn to the more subdued earthy palette. Between you and me, I suspect it's also a subtle declaration to the world that she's a big girl now. She also adores the single pocket in the front - even more so when I told her it's also known as a kangaroo pocket - queue jumping around the house. Glad to see my girl's not so big just yet :)
She also loves the cozy fabric lining her poncho. We carry that gorgeous Sherpa from Michael Miller in our shop. We also used it for these Fair Isle Hats and Etched Slippers. The sherpa will give your poncho extra plushness for colder weather. For a slightly lighter weight, you could also line yours with some Minky which would be extra soft to the touch!
This popover poncho is is sure to go for many nature walks, particularly once the forest floor isn't covered with snow! If you're new to sewing clothing a poncho is a great place to start. It's a wearable piece but very open and flowing so you don't have to worry as much about fit. Even though the Popover is sized for adults, we used the smallest size for Annie and it'll do just fine. She likes that it mostly covers her hands, but you could also shorten the length a little for a child of 8-10.
The generous cowl neck is great for the chilly weather. We picked up that soft braided cording at JoAnns, but there's lots of other ways to finish the top. Head over here to see more Popover Ponchos from your fellow sewers!
We're hoping these little butterflies will prove to be the harbingers of a much anticipated spring! Catch up with us next time for more Norwegian Woods sewing inspiration!
We were pleased as punch when the folks at Sew 4 Home selected our Marsala collection for their newest feature over on their crafty blog, and we've been eagerly waiting to see what they would whip up! The wait is over, and today they've unveiled a perfectly polished backpack.
They've selected high and low volume fabrics, giving the piece both harmony and contrast in equal measure.
Fashion meets function in their original design, for not only does it showcase Pantone's hand-picked color of the year, the pack also features some great details that give it a finished look.
Whether you're running errands about town, or jetting in between classes and appointments, the monochromatic pack is a very wearable color that will compliment virtually any wardrobe.
With a generous 2" depth and adjustable straps, you can tote around all of your daily needs while still remaining unburdened and hands free!
Thank you Sew 4 Home for such a lovely feature! Be sure to check out their wonderfully thorough step by step tutorial for this Modern Backpack!
And visit our shop for more Marsala fabrics in celebration of the color of the year!
If you give the pack a try, we hope you'll share your photos in the comments below!