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  • Writer's pictureKris Poor

Getting the Atelier Organized

It was so much fun working with Atelier designed by Sarah Campbell for Michael Miller Fabrics, and aren't they gorgeous fabrics? The colors and patterns are so vibrant! Check it out – it is shipping to shops now!

What is an atelier? It's French for a workshop or studio, especially one used by a designer. There - I bet you have an atelier, too!

Since it’s January, ORGANIZATION has been my #1 priority! I have worked on my desk area, my stash and now it’s time to start corralling the tools on my sewing surface!

And dear reader, stick with me because we have a giveaway at the end!

Enter the Fold and Go Mat and Basket Pop Ups! Just what I need to organize my tools and workspace near my sewing machine!

By the way- these patterns might not look familiar – they aren’t Poorhouse Quilt Designs’ patterns! These patterns are from Fat Quarter Gypsy (Basket Popups) and Swirly Girls Designs (Fold and Go). The designer behind both of these companies is Joanne Hillestad. She puts the fun in functional and one of my good friends! Click on the links above if you would like to purchase either of the patterns. Please note – if you want to make a basket popup, you will need to purchase the springs separately. They are also on her site.

First up, here is the fold and go mat – it’s a traveling design board– I made the small one for quilt retreats and to keep my projects organized at my sewing machine. This is a 16” square mat – one side is flannel, one side is fun. The pattern also includes a larger one that you can hang – both are perfect for taking to class!

Now let’s take a look at the Basket Popups! These would be perfect for Easter Baskets! Imagine your little one using this at Easter and beyond for toys and crafty storage!

I made my baskets slightly different than the pattern and here’s how: I made short handle strips (about 3” for the small and about 6” for the large. All I did was fold over strips twice (started with 4” wide for large and 2” wide for small). A little topstitching and I had my handles.

Then follow the pattern (skipping the long ndles) and add your short handles to the inside right after you baste the top edges together!

These patterns fun and functional – hey! Let’s do a giveaway! Comment below before 1/23/2020, and I will pick one winner to receive both patterns and a spring to go with it! Only participants from USA will be eligible.

We have a winner - commenting is closed on this post - thanks for participating!

Hope you liked these projects! Sew much fun to make!

Keep on stitching!


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