Wednesday, October 13, 2021

10 HALLOWEEN PROJECT IDEAS!

 

      Deciding What to Make This Halloween?     

          Here Are 10 Fun Ideas Using Michael Miller Fabrics         

1. Make a Witch Hat:




Whoof Whoof!  The best witch costume goes to this pup! This festive witch hat was made with the magical "When the Stars Align" collection by Alicia Dujets! 

View full collection HERE



2. Make a DIY Mask costume



You can make a quick and easy mask with our "Making it fun Mask Panel" 

Trick or treating is not canceled this year! Be safe and have fun wearing a mask with this quirky mask panel, 24 designs in total From elephants to a vampire with fangs, we got you covered! 

Watch Rob’s tutorial on how to make the elephant costume:

https://youtu.be/cl650pdfjoI


3. Quilt with our Cotton Couture Solids and other Basics

This lovely Boo pattern is by Charisma Horton made with Cotton Couture. Boo quilt pattern is available HERE 

Add some texture and fun to any project with our other basics like Black & white and Garden Pindot or even our glow in the dark Fairy Frost!   

View all Cotton Couture Solids HERE

View all basic collections HERE 


4. Quilt with Panel Blocks

 


No tricks just treats! The Howl-O-Ween Quilt by Heidi Pridemore is a Free pattern! Download it HERE


View more from Heidi on her social media!

Instagram: @whimsicalworkshop

Website: thewhimsicalworkshop.com


5. Sew up a Trick or Treat Bag



 

These are sure to fit all your candy! Halloween themed bags are made by Tara Sinclair with our Hocus Pocus collection. View collection HERE and she used The John Duffel Bag Pattern which is available HERE and the Unagi Asymmetrical Clutch pattern by Sincerely Jen patterns which is available HERE 

View more from Tara on her social media!

Instagram: @uhohcreations 

Website: www.uhohcreations.com


6. Make 2 Costumes out of 1 Pattern


The Francesca dress pattern by Suze Vinton is the perfect design for any costume! From a fall princess to a scary witch, just switch up the fairy frost colors and add some accessories to make your dream look. Pattern is available HERE 

View all Fairy Frost colors HERE

 

View more from Suze Vinton and CKC Patterns on social media

Instagram: @beralusvintondesign @ckcpatterns  

Website: ckcpatterns.com

Modeled by: @maddiesfashionista


7. Make 3-D Paper-Mâché Pumpkins 


Don't worry about rotting pumpkins this year! Make them out of fabric instead. Watch Rob Appell show his mad crafting skills with this enjoyable pumpkin project using our Coco basic HERE

View the full Coco collection HERE


8. Make the Bats and Cats Quilt 


Bats and black cats! What’s not to love. The Bats and Cats Quilt by Marsha Evans Moore is available as a Free pattern!  Instructions are available for download HERE

View our Hocus Pocus collection HERE to see more Stray Cat Strut panel colors and cat coordinates.


9. Make the "Wicked Fun" Quilt and Table Runner 

 

 

The "Wicked Fun" Quilt and table runner by Heidi Pridemore is available HERE

It is made with the lovely and spooky Halloween on Broome Street collection by Jacqueline Paton! View the full collection HERE


10. Get Inspired by These Amazing Makers

 



Spooktacular projects made by Sarah Anne Smith with the Howl-O-Ween collection!

Instagram: @sarahannsmithq

Website: http://www.sarahannsmith.com/index.php


Polka Party Quilt Pattern quilt by Charisma Horton made with the Hocus Pocus collection. Pattern is available HERE

Instagram: @charismahorton

Website: charismascorner.com




To place a wholesale order, please contact your sales rep or visit us at michaelmillerfabrics.com! 

  


HAPPY HALLOWEEN &

HAPPY SEWING! 





Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Apply to be a 2022 Brand Ambassador

 ATTENTION QUILTING INDUSTRY DESIGNERS & BLOGGERS

Want to gain exposure while sewing with the best fabric?
APPLY TO BECOME A 2022 "MAKING IT FUN" BRAND AMBASSADOR!

Michael Miller Fabrics provides bold design, inspires creativity and offers exceptional customer service, all while “Making it Fun!”. Now is your opportunity to join the team as a Brand Ambassador!
What it means to be a Brand Ambassador:

1.    Share your love for Michael Miller Fabrics

2.    Broaden your skill set and explore new techniques in group challenges.

3.    Create buzz around new product launches by featuring Michael Miller fabrics on your blogs and social media platforms.

4.    Include our promo badge on your website and social media.

5.    Tagging @michaelmillerfabrics on posts and using the hashtags #michaelmillerfabrics and #makingitfun.

6.    Provide feedback to our marketing team.

Perks of being a Brand Ambassador:

1.    Free fabric and goodies.

2.    Promotion of you and your brand by sharing your content on our social media channels.

3.    Opportunities for you to be featured on our blog and marketing channels.

4.    Sharing our promo badge and other graphics and images for your posts.

5.    Opportunities for your patterns/projects to be included in our catalogs and marketing materials.

6.    Connections to magazine publications for your projects using Michael Miller fabric.

What we looking for: 
This is the perfect opportunity for those actively building a brand in the quilting industry. We are looking for enthusiastic designers and bloggers to promote our brand and fabric through social media, online or in-person events and social media channels. Our Brand Ambassadors must have active social media outlets, be experienced quilters and engaged in the quilting community

What is required:
Fabric collections will vary and you create your own projects. We will provide all fabric required for program-related projects, plus other goodies. We will promote two campaigns per quarter (8 per year). Ambassadors will make projects and post about them. You may offer free patterns or patterns that you sell commercially. We are looking for posts from the opening reveal of what’s in the box to the final project. Facebook live, Instagram Live, videos and product demos are encouraged.
Ambassadors may be asked to provide projects for our sales reps, Quilt Market and magazine outlets. Ambassadors are expected to actively participate in a private, ambassadors-only, Facebook group and respond to emails. MEETING DEADLINES IS A MUST!
This ambassadorship runs January 1, 2022-December 31, 2022.
If you have questions, please email: shari@michaelmillerfabrics.com.
How to apply:
Click link below and fill out the application. Applicants will be assessed by the marketing team at Michael Miller Fabrics based on your blog content, posting regularity, social media content and photography. Thank you in advance for your application!

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS OCTOBER 15, 2021.



Monday, July 26, 2021

HAPPY CHRISTMAS IN JULY!

HAPPY CHRISTMAS IN JULY!

A Special Partnered Blog Post with Debby Kratovil

Join Debby Kratovil from Debby Kratovil Quilts as she experiments with Minky for the very first time to make pillowcases, a blanky and book pillow.


Debby has over 35 years of experience in quilting, published 3 quilting books, designed and made over 200 quilts and patterns plus 17 years of experience as a teacher!  However, she has never sewn with minky and we put her up for the challenge! She also took on the task to work with Fairy Frost cotton and Christmas themed Minky together to create pillowcases and doll blankets. Let’s see how she did and learn a few tips she discovered along the way.

 








Materials used: 
Michael Miller Fabrics: Gnome To Fa La and Beary Soft Minky, Fairy Frost and Gingham Play Cotton! 
  
-Sewing Machine
-Size 90/14 sewing machine needles
- 6” x 24” ruler 
-Vacuum
-Access to a washing machine 
-Pins





How to make these three pillowcases with Fairy Frost and Christmas Gnome To Fa La Minky: 


 
For best results, use a walking foot. If you don’t have one stitch slowly to avoid “drag” on the top layer as you sew. 

Step 1: Wash Fairy Frost separately from Minky. It may shrink and Minky will not. 
Step 2: Cut the Minky pillowcase body at 27" x 42". Minky is 54" wide so you can cut your design to be horizontal or vertical on the pillowcase. 


Step 3: Cut the hem (light blue Fairy Frost) to 9" x 42" and cut the contrasting flange (dark blue Fairy Frost) to measure 3" x 42".
Step 4: Fold 3” x 42” flange fabric in half, wrong sides together. Layer pieces as shown:
  • 9" hem - open and right side up.
  • Minky - right side up (42" wide side aligns with the hem fabric)
  • Folded flange fabric, on top of the Minky. Pin well.
Step 5: Roll the main fabric and enclose in the 9” hem piece, as shown in photo. Pin will along the wide, raw edges.

Step 6: Use a ½” seam to stitch through all layers along the 42” side.
 

Step 7: Once stitched, pull the main part of the pillowcase out through the unstitched end. 

Step 8: Create a French Seam: Fold the stitched fabric in half WRONG sides together, aligning the hem pieces to each other and pin well.  

Step 9: Using a ¼” seam, stitch along the side and bottom edges. This raw edge will be encased in another seam on the inside. 
 


Step 10: Turn the pillowcase so RIGHT sides are together. Use a ½” seam to stitch along the bottom and side edges to encase the previous seam. Optional: serge or zig zag the bottom for extra reinforcement.
  

How to make 15” x 15” pillowcases with book pockets using Beary Soft:

The single layer pocket is made with the minky and Gingham Play to bind the raw edges at the top. 

Step 1: Cut into Beary soft. Beary soft is thicker than printed minky and fluffier than our minky prints therefore it will have more fuzz. Use the vacuum cleaner attachment and the ruler to keep the fabric from being sucked into the attachment. Edges should be clean and no more fuzz.
   
Step 2: Debby made this pillow project to fit her pillow form. Make sure to adjust the sizing to your liking or pillow form. The gingham play should be about half the height of the pillow front.

  
     
Step 3: (optional) It is possible to use a zipper to close things up but it is based on your preference
Step 4: (alternative to step 3) Sew the 3 sides, slip the pillow form inside and hand stitch it closed.
                     

How to make blankets using Beary Soft and printed Minky:


Step 1: Cut 1 piece of Beary Soft and 1 of Gnome to Fa La Minky separately to be the same size to your desired length and sew them together. 

Step 2: turn right side out and Machine stitch it closed. Finished! 
On behalf of Michael Miller Fabrics, thank you Debby for these great Minky tips!! 

Recommendations and discoveries during Debby’s Minky journey:  
  1. It FLUFFS when cut! While Michael Miller’s low-pile printed Minky doesn’t shed like other, fluffier fabrics, it does leave fluff on your cutting mat.
Tip: In order to minimize the fluff/fuzz, Vacuum Cleaner attachment to the rescue. Use a       
ruler (6” x 24”) ruler to hold the edge of fabric down and then do a gentle swipe with the       
vacuum. 

                    
A walking foot is a MUST! This fabric has a stretch in one direction and you want to keep those layers together without distortion. 

See more Christmas projects and tutorials: 

 










  













Free Christmas quilt pattern downloads: 
 




























View our social media and brand ambassador pages to see more Christmas in July projects for inspiration!
HAPPY SEWING!