Wrap Those Prezzies in Fabric

It’s that time of year but then again to deck the halls and whatnot. Good news is that present giving is a year round job! Enjoy this quick and easy tutorial on how to sew your own fabric wrapping paper errrrrr fabric wrapping fabric. LOLLZZZ. Reusable again and again! Obviously, you can make these wraps in any size you’d like. I say start with this general size that will easily wrap 20 yards of fabric. (I wrapped Anna Maria Horner’s Made My Day 1-yard bundle in that bottom wrap.)

Step 1: Choose your fabric

I chose Dylan Mierzwinski or you might know her as Dylan M. She’s a Windham Fabrics designer and this is her latest collection called Fancy. The florals and gems seem perfect for gift giving. Her drawings feel like the type of wallpaper I’d like to have in my home.

Step 2: Cut your fabric

Cut (1) 29″ x 38″

Cut (1) 2″ x 40″

Cut (1) 2″ x 20″

Step 3: Hem that big rectangle

Begin by folding a short edge 1/2″ inch, wrong sides together. Hit it with the iron and then move along to long edge. Repeat on all four sides. To reduce bulk, at this stage I clipped the corners at 450 so that I could miter the corners more easily. You don’t have to get fancy. This is a low stress project. I use oodles of steam when hemming. It just makes it go wayyyyyy faster. Next, fold again 1/2″ making an aggressive press all the way around.

Sew around the the entire folded edge, making sure to pin as you go, pay a little attention the corners. Maybe try to make it neat.

Step 4: Time to make the ties

The illustration below will help understand how to make double fold tape.

  1. Start by folding the raw edges to the center of the fabric and press the Dickens out of it. Don’t hold back on that steam.
  2. Next fold the tie in half and hit it with the iron again. The first ties I made I didn’t use a bias tape maker or the old fashioned needle attached to your ironing board method (I’ve made my fair share of plastic bag holders). But if you’re gonna make a lot of these, I would recommend investing in a bias tape maker/folder. It’s relatively inexpensive and you don’t have to cut your fabric on the bias to use it. I used it when I started my third wrap and was super glad that I did.
  3. After all of your ironing is complete, sew along the open edge.

Once sewn, you’ll need to cut the shorter tie in half, creating (2) ties measuring 1/2″ x 10″. It’s easier to work with a long tie than it is to work with short ones when ironing and sewing. I tried to save my fingers from melting under the iron by cutting it in half after ironing / sewing is done.

Step 5: Attach the short ties to the short sides

Let’s find the center of the short side. I did this by folding my fabric in half and finger pressing where the middle was. I carefully seam ripped a little bigger than 1/2″ of my hem at that spot and inserted the raw edge of my tie. Repeat on the other short edge.

Be sure to PIN it in place and then hit it with the sewing machine, securing the tie under the hem. Here’s a real photograph to make this process a lil’ easier. Be sure to backstitch on both sides.

Now it’s time to flip out! And by flip out I mean flip the ties out and sew them down again. Check out the illustrations. Be sure to super secure the tie by backstitching at the beginning and end.

Step 6: Attach the long tie to the center

This whole time we’ve been looking at the back of our project. Now it’s time to flip it over to the right side, the super pretty side. You’ll first need to find the center of your fabric. I did this by folding in half both on the short edge and the long edge.

Once you’ve found the center, it’s time to pin the center of the long tie to the center of the hemmed fabric. It’s gonna look a little like this.

Sew 5″ of the tie to the center of the fabric. Again, backstitch. Don’t sew the entire tie top to bottom; only sew a 5″ rectangle in the center of your tie and fabric. Leaving the tie unattached will allow you to wrap various sizes of objects more easily. Here’s a look at how I pinned the tie to the center and marked with pins where I was to begin and end my sewing. Notice the ruler and that I’ve marked only 5″ of the middle and will sew on both sides of the tie.

Step 7: Trim all those loose threads

When I first learned to quilt, my teacher said to me “The difference between an amateur and a professional are the number of loose threads.” So here you have it! Pretty wraps for present giving and you’re professional.

Here are a list of supplies and links to Crimson Tate’s website where I source my goods.

FABRIC – Dylan M. (you need a yard) Any fabric will work, including Echino cotton linens, lawn, etc.

Iron – I used the Oliso Pro. I love love love that iron!

Magic Pins – easy to grip and don’t melt under your iron.

Aurifil Thread – sometimes you might want to match the fabric, sometimes you might see it as an opportunity to do something with higher contrast. I recommend 40wt thread since it’s gonna be seen and it’ll be super pretty.

1″ Bias Tape Maker – again, remember you don’t have to cut bias fabric to use this.

Quilter’s Ruler

Cutting Mat

Happy Holidays, friends!

🙂 HEATHER

Next on the agenda, let’s chat about Small Business Saturday.

Have you ever been to Crimson Tate on Small Business Saturday?!  So much is happening on the street that it’s best I tell you about it in bullet point format.  That’s serious you guys.   I rarely employ the bullet point system unless it’s critical.  Here goes!

  • The first 10 people through the door will receive an amazing swag bag from Crimson Tate with all kinds of Crimson Tate goodies.   Those bags will also be stuffed with goods and giveaways from over 20 participating stores such as our best friends at Silver in the CityDecorateHomespun, Leviathan Bakehouse, and more!!

…but wait…there’s more…

  • Every hour (on the hour-ish) we’ll be giving away one of TEN amazing Crimson Tate swag bags filled with some of our favorite patterns, fabrics, books, notions and love. For every $25 you spend, you’ll receive a ticket that will go into the drawing.  No need to be present to win. That means, if you’re shopping from home, you’ll have a chance to win!!! We’ll ship you your prize. WHAT?!

…but wait…there’s more…

It’s one of the best days of the year around here.  We are so honored and elated by all of the support and friendship displayed on this day.  We are GIVING AWAY SEVERAL GRAND PRIZES AT THE END!!!! Like this pretty lady! It’s Modern Handcraft’s Asterisks quilt fashioned with Windham Fabrics artisan shot cottons. Can you even imagine?! I just got light headed from all of the excitement.

  • All of the tickets collected throughout the day will be added to the gigantic barrel of holiday happiness and one super lucky winner will be taking home this quilt kit! This kit is going to be one of MULTIPLE grand prizes at the end of the day. Check out other versions of this quilt here.

…but wait…there’s more…

Tula Pink’s Daydreamer collection, new on the scene is another grand prize!!!! Love it and need it now? Can’t wait for the drawing to see if you win? Find it here.

…but wait…there’s more…

31-day Countdown to Fun is the grand grand prize!!! One lucky winner is gonna be gifted this awesome box. Love this buddy?! We have a few you can purchase RIGHT NOW! It’s almost time to start opening these lil’ buddies. Find them here.

…but wait…there’s more…

This year we’re bringing back an oldie but a goodie, we are including a philanthropic opportunity to support our buddies at Indiana Comfort Quilts.  Crimson Tate will give you multiple opportunities to win stuff.  Win-win-win, right?!

Help support the efforts of IU Health Comfort Quilts.

I’d like to invite you to support the efforts of local IU Health Comfort Care Quilt group, spearheaded by Crimson Tate customer and friend, trauma surgeon Dr. Ashely Meagher.  The group creates quilts for trauma patients who are at the end of their treatment and are receiving only palliative care.  What this means is that their conditions are terminal and nothing more can be done.  This is where Ashley’s love and compassion for her patients, and her passion for quilting kicks in.  She has created a network of quilters who make quilts for these patients to use in their final days.  What a beautiful, tangible way to express care and love for local families who are faced with sobering realities.  Those quilts will be passed on to the families of the patients.   Ashley from the beginning has made a conscience effort to create a partnership with Crimson Tate for which I am incredibly grateful and hope that you, too. She has made a commitment to procure and source as much as she can from local, independently owned fabric stores.

How can you help?! Can you create a small lap quilt for her cause?

There are a number of ways you can help:

1) Make a quilt – ~40″ x 50-60″  which will fit on a hospital bed.  Please, no religious, holiday, or children’s themes

2) Make a quilt top – these will be used during  quilting parties to make “sandwich and tie quilts”

3) Donate fabric, batting, thread, notionsIf you’ve got the time, you’ve got some stash, I’d love to invite you to create a Comfort Quilt for the patients of the trauma unit at IU Health.

Quilts approximately 40″ x 50-60″ are needed!

Don’t have time to quilt?! Wanna give supplies needed? For every batting you purchase specifically for Comfort Care Quilts, Crimson Tate will match your purchase. You purchase one batting we donate one batting. You purchase 12 battings for Comfort Care Quilts, Crimson Tate will donate 12 battings yielding 24 battings for their important cause.

This is a big old hug to Indiana Comfort Quilting group who is making quilts for IU Health Trauma for local patients who are in palliative care.  Sweet bippy.  You are a goodie.  Thank you for donating batting to the group!  Crimson Tate is honored to help support our local friends doing good deeds.

For every package of batting that you purchase for Indiana Comfort Quilts, Crimson Tate will match your donation.  You buy one, we buy one.  And added to the fun, you will be entered into a fun lil’ drawing we are doing at Crimson Tate at the end of the day on Small Business Saturday.  We’re gonna give you five tickets to be entered into the pool of two grand prizes.

Bless your lil’ heart and thank you for using your talents and resources for good.  We love you!!

Please note this product will be given to the Indiana Comfort Quilting group and nothing will be sent via mail to you.  You will only receive good wishes and big big thank yous and all kinds of love from us to you.  Let us know if you have questions. Purchase your donation batting here. We’re gonna give you 5 tickets automatically for being so awesome.

All of us here at Crimson Tate thank you for donating to their project.  Imagine being able to use your talents and know-how to provide compassion and care to someone who is at the end of their life.  Amazing.  What an amazing gift.

…but wait…there’s more…

The Crew of Crimson Tate is excited to see you! What you need to know before you head down:

  1. Crimson Tate will swing open the doors at 9:00 AM. 15-ish customers will be allowed in the store at a time.
  2. Masks on this day are mandatory. Our staff will encounter more people than the average bear, so we ask that you come donning your best holiday apparel including a MASK that fits securely over your mouth and nose.
  3. We are happy to take phone orders if you’d like to call us. Of course, online shopping at crimsontate.com is superbly easy.
  4. Shopping online there’s a place to send well wishes, and we like that, too. So please don’t hesitate to send your stories along.
  5. We’ll be LIVE on Facebook every hour on the hour-ish. Join us there to experience the big barrel of fun.
  6. We close at 5:00 PM and will host the grand prize drawings after the store closes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dear Crimson Tate,

I live in the far far reaches of the world and won’t be able to make it to Crimson Tate on Small Business Saturday.  Is there anyway I can participate by purchasing items online to be entered to win?  How’s that gonna work?  Sincerely, Lover from the Far Reaches

Dear Precious Lil’ Lover from Yonder Town,

Don’t fear!  We’ve got you.  On Small Business Saturday we’re going to enter you into the hourly drawings!  That’s right.  For every $25 you spend we’ll generate tickets for you and add you to the drawing.  Wooooot!  And starting now until end of day on Saturday (6:00 PM EST) we’ll add you to the larger drawing, too.  So go for it!!

Dear Tate de Crimson,

I’m an international customer.  Am I eligible to win the bundles or hourly tote bag giveaways?  I’m tres excited to know.  Sincerely, La International Customer

Dear International Friend,

Yessss!!! Part of the reason we switched our online game was so that we could offer international shipping!!! We hope you’ll be our customer, too!  We’d love to enter you into the hourly drawings.  As far as the bundles go, we’re going to offer it to you, too. Get in there and buy some stuff.  Best of luck!

Dear Crimson Tate,

I am a mega mega fan!  How many times can I shop at your store and be eligible to win? I’m so excited to play and I’m super competitive.  Sincerely, I NEED TO WIN

Dear Needy,

Seriously! Let’s do this.  Get on crimsontate.com – you can shop everyday multiple times a day.  All of your purchases will be eligible for our many giveaways!  And thank you for being a mega fan.  We’re so honored.

Dear Crimson Tate,

I’ve been considering becoming a VIP.  If I become a VIP, can I get tickets for that?  Also, I was thinking about buying myself a gift certificate and then I want to use that gift certificate to buy my VIP membership.  Will I get tickets for the purchase of the gift certificate and then also when I use the gift certificate to get my awesome VIP tote bag and pin as a charter member?  Sincerely, Double Dipper

Dear Dipper,

You are so cute.  Here’s the deal, D.  Every gift card purchase made on Small Business Saturday will be awarded tickets!  Yayayyyyy.  However, if you redeem that gift card during this time period, you won’t get double tickets.  That just makes more admin work for us and we’re not so into that.  If you’ve got a gift card you bought yourself before the game begins, it will be eligible for tickets.  We’ll give you tickets for all your purchases, just not doublely.  Bless your little heart.

Dear Crimson Tate,

Girl! I’m VIP.  Are there any VIP perks for me?!  And do I still accrue points during this time period? You know I love you and I love being at Crimson Tate.  Lemme know, ok? Sincerely, VIP Charter Member

Dear VIP,

YES! You still get points! Just by your beautiful nature of already pledging your love of Ms. Alizarin Crimson Tate (you know that her first name is really Alizarin, right?) as a VIP member, we’re going to enter you into the large drawing.  We threw an artisanal handwritten ticket into the barrel of possibilities with your name on it.  Bam.  You’re important to us.  Don’t you forget it. We love you.  Being VIP is awesome!

Dear Crimson Tate,

I want to contribute to IU Health Comfort Quilts how do I do that?! Sincerely, The Giver

Dear Giver,

Awwwww.  Thank you.  Definitely feel free to mail us your finished quilt.  We will pass it along to the folks at Comfort Quilts.  If you aren’t able to create a quilt, we will have more opportunities to help.  Don’t fret.  We can put your kindness to work and we thank you for being willing.

12 Days of Holidays :: In the Year 2020

12 Days of Holidays @ Crimson Tate all codes/specials valid until Dec 24, 2020 @ 1:00 PM EST
Day One :: FreeSpirit Solids

FreeSpirit solids are a dream!

I’m setting us all up for a slam dunk on Day One!  FreeSpirit Solids are boss.  In a heafty range that coordinate beautifully with FreeSpirit designer fabrics such as Tula Pink, Kaffe Fasset, and Anna Maria Horner, these solids have been our go-to for YEARS!  For the first time ever, we are offering the current color card showcasing 80 beautiful swatches of fabric in all the vibrant colors FreeSpirit offers.  Included in the card are the signature Tula Pink solids as well as FreeSpirit Essential solids so you can make decisions concerning your next project at home! Thanks for entertaining me and for being entertained.  I wanna kick off the first day with a coupon of fun.  Take 15% off FreeSpirit Solids with the code TOOTLES in honor of Gertrude’s 15th birthday.  I’m giggling as I write.  That is the silliest thing but yet again, I love it.

Day Two:: Furoshiki

Bag Making Made Easy

I already know you’re going to love this.  You’re going to love making and gifting this.  So, as a part of the 12 Days of Holidays at Crimson Tate, when you purchase three bag handles and the pattern booklet, you’ll recevie 10% off the Miayko bag supplies.Please note!  The pattern booklet is written with centimeters as the measurments.  So if that is gonna make you mad, I advise not purchasing it!  It was helpful me me to look at the images but it, too is very simple.  It helped me understand how to work.  And I googled how big 110 CM is.  Does anyone know without googling it?!  It’s 43″.  So, a 1-1/4 yard is an efficient measurement to make these bags.Please also note, the discount code FUROSHIKI will reduce the price of Miyako bag supplies only. 

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Day Three
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Day Four
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***Please note, free charm pack offer has expired***

Crimson Tate VIP TO GO! {Announcements, announcements, announcements}

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We are super excited to announce Crimson Tate’s online VIP TO GO program!  Many of you have been anxiously awaiting this moment and finally, it’s here!

How does Crimson Tate VIP TO GO work?

With your $35 membership to our annual VIP club, you’ll receive the following perks.  First and foremost, with your first purchase, we will reward you with the coveted Crimson Tate tote bag, sure to create feelings of joy in your neighborhood.  I mean, you need to let the world know you’re important to us.  Let that big old purple bag SHINE!

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You will also receive 2018’s enamel pin, exclusive to VIP members.

We will send you extras in your online orders from time to time.  From a cute inspirational pencil to exclusive stickers, or extra fabric JUST BECAUSE!

What to expect?

Each month, you’ll receive a coupon for www.crimsontate.com that is exclusive to CT VIP members.  It may be links to secret products on our website, it may be the opportunity to be the FIRST to purchase a particular fabric or pattern.  Some coupons will include discounts for specific products or genres of products.  For example, one month may include a coupon code for 25% off all bundles.  (insider information: 25% off bundles is a real coupon coming at you when you sign up).

But guys, it’s already JULY.  Should I really sign-up now?

With the inaugural membership, you’ll receive six coupons that can be used through the end of September, at your leisure.  So the next time you need a bundle, you can dig that coupon out of your email and use it at crimsontate.com.  You’ll receive at least one coupon monthly from July – December.  Membership expires December 31, 2018.

What if you run out of the product that is named as a special?

That would be such a bummer!  We will make every effort to recreate the product that is on sale, but realistically speaking, most coupons that are for quantity limited products will be while supplies last.  You are VIP so we’ll come up with a way to make it up to you but you may want to move fast if your heart is all a flutter for a specifically special deal.

Cool!  My guild is going to split a VIP TO GO membership so that we can all share the perks.  Is that ok?

Please do not share with your buddies or family or sewing guilds, groups, or ANYONE.  We are a small operation and this is the most time efficient way we can offer specials to our favorite online customers (YOU!).  If a code is used by someone who has not purchased a Crimson Tate TO GO membership, their order will be terminated.  Booooo.  We don’t want to be jerks about this, but it isn’t within our ability to offer these deals internet wide.  They are special and only for you!  So when using the coupon code, it should reflect the VIP purchaser email address, street address, and name.  It cannot be shipped elsewhere.  Thanks for sticking to this.  We want this to be fun not legalistic.

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Hold the phone!  I’m already a VIP.  Do I get to play this VIP TO GO game?

Friend!  You betcha!  Here’s the deal, however, VIP TO GO coupons can only be used online at crimsontate.com.  We cannot accept the coupons over the phone or in the store.  You can shop at crimsontate.com and choose in-store pick up; that is perfectly acceptable.  And to all of the ONLINE VIP members, you can also take advantage of in-store only deals when you travel to Crimson Tate and shop in the store.  Yayyyyy.  Fun fun fun.

Row by Row 2018 {Cottage Home Rondo} – Crimson Tate’s Row!

Yaayyyyy!!! Row by Row season is upon us!  It’s time to get to rowing, kids.  Let me introduce you to Crimson Tate’s 2018 row, Cottage Home Rondo.

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I’m so lucky to be surrounded by musical talent here at Crimson Tate.  David, right-handed right hand man, is graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  Our own Amy Wallarab, Crimson Tate’s cat whisperer, IS TOO!!! She actually has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from the University of Memphis and a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from IU Jacobs School of Music.  Ohhhhhh the talent that surrounds me!!  So when I found out that this year’s theme is MUSIC, I was like YESSSSSS!!!

Our row, Cottage Home Rondo, is inspired by a little jazz ditty Amy wrote.

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Transition and blend of color corresponds with the measures of this music. The pattern of the half square triangles are translated from the jazz composition, representing the sequences of the music visually. We’re getting geeky about the quilty musicality of this one! It’s a delightfully abstract row that involves our beautiful Liberty of London fabrics as well as an exclusive fabric of Amy’s musical composition.  How fantastic!!  We use FreeSpirit solids around here, too, in case you’re wondering.

img_0409Want a color copy of our pattern and kit?  Get on in here!  We’re located Downtown Indianapolis along the Cultural Trail on Mass Ave.  The Row By Row Experience starts June 21!  Want to reserve your kit online before you make the trek in? Head to our website and pre-order your goods.  We’ll have them waiting for you at the register.

Don’t think you’ll make it to Indiana anytime soon but are smitten?  Pre-order your Row by Row kit NOW!  We’ll ship your kit on November 1, 2018.  Ta-dahhhh!  Please kindly place a separate order for items that are available now.  We will need to keep pre-orders separate from inventory currently available.  Thanks for that!

We can’t wait to see you this summer whether it be online or in-store.  Loads of fun and inspiration are happening around here.  Big thank you to Amy Wallarab who took her creative energies to write a special piece of music JUST FOR THIS occasion.  #talented #inawe #majorlythankful

 

#AurifilErUp – It’s a Color Explosion in Here

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What an awesome time we had at QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena, California.  The weather was mild, the food was incredible (big ups to Sushi Enya), I discovered boba tea (so delicious) but the quilts were the best of all. AMAZING.  We were overloaded in inspiration and friendship and are so proud and lucky to be a part of the operation.

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We brought a little bit of QuiltCon home with us and want to share it with you in Downtown Indianapolis and on the interwebs.  This is like being a full time Crimson Tate VIP.  Let the games begin!! Here’s how to Design Your Own Aurifil Thread Box!! Choose 12 Aurifil 50 weight 1422 yard spools and we’ll give you $54 off your purchase. What!?! Yes. And you’ll receive our exclusive and awesome Aurifil box to house your beautifully curated selections.

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But wait, there’s more. For a limited time, orders will receive the cutest drawstring bags we gave away at QuiltCon in Pasadena.s3Xp2+c3RFuPlnxycgsxHA

How do you play? Head to crimsontate.com -> notions -> Aurifil Thread and load your cart with 12 Aurifil spools that fit snuggly into the designer box. Use code #AURIFILERUP at checkout and get a big fatty discount. Don’t forget the hashtag! It’s part of the code. Get out those swatches and let’s coordinate some thread.  We can fit a fair amount of things in that parcel, so don’t forget to check out all the new bundles, Liberty of London pre-cuts, clearance items, and other awesome goods found at crimsontate.com.  There’s a lot of happiness happening right now in that one little spot.

Coming into the store?  Bring this coupon for funzies!

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Small Business Saturday @ Crimson Tate is for Sewing Maniacs!

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Have you ever been to Crimson Tate on Small Business Saturday?!  So much is happening on the street that it’s best I tell you about it in bullet point format.  That’s serious you guys.   I rarely employ the bullet point system unless it’s critical.  Here goes!

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  • Every hour (on the hour) we’ll be giving away NINE amazing Crimson Tate swag bags filled with some of our favorite patterns, fabrics, books, notions and love. For every $25 you spend, you’ll receive a ticket that will go into the drawing.  No need to be present to win.

…but wait…there’s more…

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It’s one of the best days of the year around here.  We are so honored and elated by all of the support and friendship displayed on this day.  And to announce the addition of our newest love EverSewn sewing machines we are GIVING AWAY AN EVERSEWN SEWING MACHINE!!! (I just got light headed from EXCITEMENT!)

  • All of the tickets collected throughout the day will be added to the gigantic barrel of holiday happiness and one super lucky winner will be taking home one of these great machines.  They’re perfect for travel or a secondary machine.  We’ve sewn with them all and can highly recommend them.  Come take one for a spin!!

…but wait…there’s more…

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We are so excited about ALL OF IT that we want to start the party early.  For every $25 you spend starting November 17, we’re gonna add you to the big barrel of possibility to win an EverSewn sewing machine!  That’s right, y’all.  We’re gonna start giving out tickets starting at Midnight Shopper!  Crimson Tate will be open until midnight on November 17!!! Get in here and let the party begin!

Frequently Asked Questions

Dear Crimson Tate,

I live in the far far reaches of the world and won’t be able to make it to Crimson Tate on Small Business Saturday.  Is there anyway I can participate by purchasing items online to be entered to win?  How’s that gonna work?  Sincerely, Lover from the Far Reaches

Dear Precious Lil’ Lover from Yonder Town,

Don’t fear!  We’ve got you.  On Small Business Saturday we’re going to enter you into the hourly drawings!  That’s right.  For every $25 you spend we’ll generate tickets for you and add you to the drawing.  Wooooot!  And starting now until end of day on Saturday (6:00 PM EST) we’ll add you to the larger drawing, too.  So go for it!!

Dear Tate de Crimson,

I’m an international customer.  Am I eligible to win the sewing machine or hourly tote bag giveaways?  I’m tres excited to know.  Sincerely, La International Customer

Dear International Friend,

Yessss!!! Part of the reason we switched our online game was so that we could offer international shipping!!! We hope you’ll be our customer, too!  We’d love to enter you into the hourly drawings.  As far as the sewing machine goes, we’re going to offer you a gift certificate for the store. We don’t want you to have to worry about finding a voltage converter.  That sounds horrible.  Best of luck!

Dear Crimson Tate,

I am a mega mega fan!  How many times can I shop at your store and be eligible to win? I’m so excited to play and I’m super competitive.  Sincerely, I NEED TO WIN

Dear Needy,

Seriously! Get in here.  Get on crimsontate.com – you can shop everyday multiple times a day.  All of your purchases will be eligible for our many giveaways!  And thank you for being a mega fan.  We’re so honored.

Dear Crimson Tate,

I’ve been considering becoming a VIP.  If I become a VIP, can I get tickets for that?  Also, I was thinking about buying myself a gift certificate and then I want to use that gift certificate to buy my VIP membership.  Will I get tickets for the purchase of the gift certificate and then also when I use the gift certificate to get my awesome VIP tote bag and pin as a charter member?  Sincerely, Double Dipper

Dear Dipper,

You are so cute.  Here’s the deal, D.  Every gift card purchase made now through Small Business Saturday will be awarded tickets!  Yayayyyyy.  However, if you redeem that gift card during this time period, you won’t get double tickets.  That just makes more admin work for us and we’re not so into that.  If you’ve got a gift card you bought yourself before the game begins, it will be eligible for tickets.  And about that VIP, DO IT!!! There are only a few charter member VIP spots still available.  We’ll give you tickets for that purchase, too.  Bless your little heart.

Dear Crimson Tate,

Girl! I’m already VIP.  Are there any VIP perks for me?!  And do I still accrue points during this time period? You know I love you and I love being at Crimson Tate.  Lemme know, ok? Sincerely, VIP Charter Member

Dear VIP,

YES! You still get points! Just by your beautiful nature of already pledging your love of Ms. Alizarin Crimson Tate (you know that her first name is really Alizarin, right?) as a VIP member, we’re going to enter you into the EverSewn sewing machine drawing.  We threw an artisanal handwritten ticket into the barrel of possibilities with your name on it.  Bam.  You’re important to us.  Don’t you forget it. We love you.  Being VIP is awesome!

Givans VS. Givens & My Latest Quilt Finish + –FABRIC GIVEAWAY–

You know me.  I’m Heather Givans, spelled with an A. I’m not here to confuse anyone or create a big old kerfuffle but I wanted to draw your attention to Tina Givens, spelled with an E.  Givans with an A (me) and Givens with an E (Tina).  We are both fabric designers.  We are both pattern writers.  But Tina with an E just recently completed her latest collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics called Piecemeal.  Vibrant, citrusy, and chock-full of stunning color, the 24 piece collection is fun and I LOVE IT!!! So when I had the opportunity to work with her latest fabric collection, I jumped at the chance.  Just so you know, my next collection of fabric isn’t announced until January.  So for now, let’s focus in on Tina with an E’s fabric and my newest quilt creation.

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Bracelet Making Quilt 83″ x 83″

Tina with an E describes her colleciton as being inspired “…by change in my family life, and how we can piecemeal the happy parts of our lives back together. Crazy life.”

When a design is created with hope in mind, I can’t help be drawn in.  I paired 15 Piecemeal fabrics with my chosen 16 coordinating FreeSpirit solids and bam.  This is what happened.

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Inspired by friendship bracelet making, because you know that I’m a former camp counselor, adventure trip leader, and outdoor educator, right?  Yes, me.  Heather Givans with an A! My camp name was Heliotrope.  No kid ever knew what what a heliotrope was, but I chose it because it seemed to suit me more than names like Hay or Honey.  We chose our camp names based on the first letter of our first names.  I spent countless hours of my life at camp with a safety pin fastened to my knee knotting and knotting lengths of embroidery floss to make the perfect summer camp accessories.  Don’t worry.  I’ve got a lot of stories to tell about this time in my life later.

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This scrappy quilt design has been rattling around in my head since my friend Lindsay taught a string quilt class at Crimson Tate nearly five years ago.  Combining the improvisation and scrappiness of string quilt block making with a little touch of organization, the Bracelet Making Quilt came to life.

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Big thank you to Dan Clayton of Quilting by the Stitch for his expert quilting!

This quilt began by foundation piecing strips to a page of our newly delivered telephone book.  It looked like a hot mess, as seen here.  I created four messes that looked relatively the same and squared those blocks to a common measurement.

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I didn’t worry if pieces were the same size, or if they were cut and sewn straight.  I just sewed.  Larger blocks started to form as I made four relatively “same” sequenced blocks, which became the centers.

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Eight more blocks, sewn in reverse order, surround the original four to make the greater, larger block.  I added half a square of solid so that the plus sign shape could emerge by contrasting against the background.   Take a look at how it morphed and formed.

 

Up on the design wall it went and pow.  The quilt layout was made.  If you’re interested in a tutorial on how to put this together, I’d encourage you to join our eNewsletter.  I’ll send out an alert when it’s ready.  You might also get some news on what’s happening at Crimson Tate along the way, too.  (Be cautioned, we don’t send many emails!  I promise not to flood your inbox and I most definitely won’t share your email address with anyone else.)

Utilizing my leftover scraps, I made something fun on the back along with some double gauze.  SO. STINKING. SOFT.

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I love remembering and dreaming about my days as a camp counselor hiking, swimming, canoeing, basket weaving (for real), and bracelet making.  I love that this quilt serves as a marker for an important time in my life.

Want to win some Piecemeal of your own?  Wanna win a coordinating bundle of FreeSpirit Solids? We’ve got six one yard pieces provided by the kind folks at FreeSpirit to give away and Crimson Tate is giving away the solids bundle!!  You’ve got three ways to win!! Do all three, get three chances!!  Winner will be drawn Monday, November 27, 2017.

  1. Leave a comment here and tell me about your experience level in friendship bracelet making.  Novice, intermediate, expert?  I’d love to know about your favorite flosses, patterns, and colors to create.  If you’re a stranger to friendship bracelets, tell me about your most important friendship and how you signify it. (I mean, if it’s not in the form of friendship bracelets, what form does it come in? Matching hats, friendship tattoos, etc.???)
  2. Share this blog post on your facebook page (as a public post) and tag Crimson Tate :: Modern Quilter and FreeSpirit Fabrics in the post!  We’ll only be able to see it if you make the post public.  If you’re so inclined, be sure to give us a LIKE, too.
  3. Take this game to Instagram!  Post the photo below and tag @crimsontate @sewtinagivens @freespiritfabric #BraceletMakingQuilt and tell me who you think spells their name correctly.  Is it Tina Givens or is it Heather Givans?  Total pretend bonus for choosing me. 😉  Of course, we’d love it if you’d follow Crimson Tate there, too, if it’s in your heart.

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Wanna know what fabrics I used to make this quilt?  Here’s a list and even a kit to get you started in making your own Bracelet Making Quilt!!

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Coordinating FreeSpirit Solids:

Almond Pink CSFSESS.ALMPK
Amazon CSFSESS.AMAZO
Apricot CSFSESS.APRIC
Asparagus CSFSESS.ASPAR
Brass CSFSESS.BRASS
Cranberry CSFSESS.CRANB
Dogwood CSFSESS.DOGWD
Fuchsia CSFSESS.FUCHS
Honey CSFSESS.HONEY
Lavender CSFSESS.LAVEN
Mango CSFSESS.MANGO
Olive CSFSESS.OLIVE
Pomegranate CSFSESS.POMEG
Solar CSFSESS.SOLAR
Sunset CSFSESS.SNSET
Wisteria CSFSESS.WISTE

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Tina Givens with an E’s Piecemeal Fabrics:

Leafy Path (Aqua) PWTG194.AQUAX
Leafy Path (Orange) PWTG194.ORANG
Leafy Path (Smoke) PWTG194.SMOKE
Morning Walk (Orange) PWTG192.ORANG
Morning Walk (Purple) PWTG192.PURPL
Raisin Feast (Pink) PWTG190.PINKX
Screen Door (Aqua) PWTG196.AQUAX
Shade Tree (Kiwi) PWTG193.KIWIX
Shade Tree (Papaya) PWTG193.PAPAY
Spotty (Aqua) PWTG195.AQUAX
Spotty (Papaya) PWTG195.PAPAY
Spotty (Purple) PWTG195.PURPL
Troy Gardens (Purple) PWTG189.PURPL
Weed No More (Purple) PWTG191.PURPL
Weed No More (Smoke) PWTG191.SMOKE

*Footnote Quilt Made from Soul Mate by Amy Butler – and Two Other Projects to Try!

IMG_9094I’d love to introduce you to Soul Mate – Amy Butler’s latest collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics.  In fact, I’ve got three inspired projects for you to consider.  Brace yourself for total breathtaking beauty!  And thanks for indulging me and letting me introduce you to a few of my Soul Mates, too.

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That Amy Butler.  She’s a ray of sunshine.  A precious lil’ lover.  A bright shiny light.  All the things super vivid and lovely and glittery; that pretty much sums up Ms. Butler.  I love that cat dearly so when I was asked to make something with her newest collection Soul Mate, I couldn’t say no.

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Introducing the first project, the *Footnote quilt pattern was calling my name with all 24 pieces of Soul Mate and 24 coordinating FreeSpirit solids, I knew this quilt was destined to be a stunner and eventually to live on my bed!!

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Here’s my dad giving his seal of approval during the design process.  He also came to the rescue by bringing me my mom’s sewing machine when mine crashed during the process.

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I’m so grateful for Quilting by the Stitch who was able to quilt this duder beautifully!   I really like simple, irregular quilting.  These lines work like magic.

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Bright colors totally found in nature, this collection is incredibly love infused and filled with wonder.

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Want more inspiration?  Here’s another beautiful Soul Mate inspiration. Carnival Pinwheels by Susan Guzman. IMG_4224

Carnival Pinwheels Quilt – FREE on FreeSpirit’s website.  Download the pattern here!

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Try your hand at tote making with the Carnival Pinwheels Tote by Amy Butler and Susan GuzmanThis tote is a mini version of the Carnival quilt, and is a supplemental pattern to Amy’s Spice Market Tote, which I have made multiple times!!

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Carnival Pinwheels Tote – FREE on FreeSpirit’s website –  Download the pattern here!

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Love is love is love.  And I love love love this collection of fabric.  I love the way it looks in the *Footnote quilt.  I just super love that Amy Butler.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t introduce you my dearest Soul Mate, Ms. Jamie MacDougall.
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And here are a slug more of my favorite people in the entire world.  My own personal collection of soul mates, soul friends, soul sisters and brothers, my super star seeds.

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GIVEAWAY HAS FINISHED!  THANKS FOR FOLLOWING ALONG!!

Want to win a gorgeous bundle of Soul Mate by Amy Butler of your very own?  The generous people at FreeSpirit are giving one away!  Find me on Instagram @CrimsonTate and post a comment there focused on who are your Soul Mates? I always love a good story or reasons why.  Winner will be randomly drawn on Monday, July 24.  Don’t delay!  Comments left here on my blog are a BONUS just for funzies. I’d love to hear what you think, though.  xoxoxo.

Find me on Instagram @CrimsonTate and be sure to check out @AmyButlerDesign@FreeSpiritFabric , too, for loads of inspiration.

 

 

 

 

Sewing for a Cause :: Kangaroo Cuddlers for Riley NICU – Year Three!

We’re revisiting a project we’ve participated in for the past few years that spreads good-giving. We know you’ll love this one. We’ve partnered with one of our lovely customers and friend who is involved in Kangaroo Cuddlers which is a program that encourages skin to skin contact of mother and baby.  Read what the project coordinator has to say:

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Kangaroo Care is hard to accomplish when your little one is in constant care in the NICU. A team of doctors devised a great program that provides opportunity for moms to wear a little kangaroo inside their clothing and when they aren’t able to be with their baby, the little kangaroo stays with the child. It reminds the mothers that this skin to skin contact is very important in early childhood as well as provides comfort and security for the baby as the swatch contains the mother’s calming smell.

 

How sweet is this? You want to help us sew these dudes? Let’s talk deets.

Who: You, silly! Our wonderful sewy community.

What: The Riley NICU Kangaroo-a-thon! The initial goal is to collect 300 Kangaroo Cuddlers.

When: Please complete and deliver your finished cuddlers by Monday April 24, 2017

Where: Drop them off or mail to Crimson Tate – 845 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204

How: Download this simple Kangaroo Cuddler pattern and make as many ‘Roos as you please, and please don’t forget to closely follow the guidelines because a parent has to wear this under their clothes and a baby has to snuggle with it. Keep it as simple as possible!

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Making it Even More Fun: Crimson Tate would like to extend an offering of thanks by giving you a coupon to use.

You’ll receive .5% coupon* off for every cuddler you make up to 60!  A 30% off coupon for your entire purchase awaits!! Use it on Liberty of London, a TJ Lane Thimble, Oliso Iron, an entire bolt of fabric!  It’s up to you how you use it.  We’ll gift you 30% off your entire purchase as a big ol’ thanks.  Making 40 ‘roos will elicit a 20% off coupon.  Just like that.

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The person who donates the most Kangaroo Cuddlers will receive a $25 gift certificate* to the store.  Let’s say you make 150 cuddlers and that is the most any ONE person makes.  You’ll receive a $25 gift card and a 30% off coupon. Giving never felt so good!!! So don’t stop at 60 – make as many as your heart can hold.  If you’re not local, you can always send us these lil’ dudes in the mail and we’ll send you a coupon code to use on our website.  You’ll also be eligible for the gift card!!!

*winning gift card and discount can be used on Crimson Tate’s entire inventory excluding classes, other gift cards, pre-orders, and 50% off clearance.

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Making it EVEN MORE MORE MORE FUN:  Those big-hearted folks at Windham Fabrics donated the softest and most cuddly fleece to be used in this project!  Thank you to that gang and their generosity.  Come into the store and pick up FREE FLEECE to use for this project.

Hop to! What an awesome use of our skills that other people might not have, so think of what a difference this simple gesture can make. How many Kangaroos can we sew, gang?! Let’s find out!

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Instagram photo Courtesy of @lishdorset

Cuddlers need to be at Crimson Tate no later than Monday April 24, 2017.  We close at 5:00 PM on that day.  Please include your name, phone number, email, and address so that we may properly thank you and send your coupon!!! If you’re rocking Instagram or Twitter, give us that, too!!!

Out of towners are encouraged to play!  We’d love to receive cuddlers from all over the world!!!

If you’re on Instagram, please tag @crimsontate #kangaroocuddler #ctsewingforacause #crimsontate

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FAQ:

Hey, Heather!  Do I have to use fleece?  Can’t I just use a bunch of scraps that I’ve got lying around?  I just upholstered my couch in burlap.  Wouldn’t these be so cute in burlap? 

Dear Scrap Hoarder,

While we always want to encourage the use of fabric refuse, I want you to imagine the parent that receives this cuddler to wear under their clothing.  We want it to be as soft and beautiful as possible.  While using your old upholstery fabric might seem like a good idea, we’d like to stick to fleece.  Keep it simple, sister (and brother).

Hey, Heather!  I live far far away, like close to Mars, and have never been to your store except through the earthen world wide web.  I’d love to participate but I’m wondering if that’s ok?  Will you accept cuddlers from billions of miles away?

Dear Great Beyond,

Heck yes!  We get so tickled and excited when we receive mail from the great beyond.  If you live 100 miles away or in another galaxy, we’ll gladly take your cuddlers and give them to a family who can use them.

Hey, Heather!  I really want to win.  Can I turn in two, three, even four batches of cuddlers?  I mean.  I can’t be stopped.  My goal is 12,000 cuddlers this year.  I’m crazy competitive.

Dear Elite Cuddler Sewer,

Of course. Bring them to us in waves! It would help us greatly if you count those cuddlers and give us a running total each time you bring them to us, but we’ll start the clock and keep stats for you.  We’re totally into helping you train for the Olympic Kangaroo Games.

Hey, Heather!  I need to go get my car fixed, perm my hair, travel to Bolivia for a microfiche conference, build a house, do my taxes, rescue my forty-second miniature sloth, and complete a Rubix Cube before I can begin sewing these cuddlers for you.  What if I don’t make the deadline?  What happens?

Dear Over Committed List Maker,

You can always send and give us Kangaroo Cuddlers to be passed along to Riley Children’s Hospital NICU anytime.   You can do this year round and in fact, some customers do! Riley always needs them for new parents.  In order to receive the coupon and be eligible for the gift certificate, however, you’ll need to make the deadline of April 24.  Sounds like you’ve got a couple of minutes you can work on some cuddlers before then!  Good Luck!

Hey, Heather!  I, like you, love mail!  I want to mail these little duders to you.  What address should I put on this box?

Dear Precious Postal Fan,

Please send them to:

Crimson Tate

ATTN: Kangaroo Lover

845 Massachusetts Ave Suite A

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Please don’t forget to include your name, email address, mailing address, instagram handle, and your official count!

Thank you everyone for your generosity.  The awesome folks at Riley Hospital and those little babies thank you, too.