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Mini Charm Baby Bib {free tutorial}

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April Rosenthal

Hello friends! As part of the #minicharmpackchallenge over on Instagram, I designed a baby bib pattern.

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalSo simple, you’re going to want to make about a billion of them,

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April Rosenthaland give a few to each new baby you meet.

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalIt’s a fun quick project,

and a great excuse to buy those ridiculously adorable mini charm packs.

(Not that we need an reason though, amIright?)

Basically, it goes down like this:

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalLay out 16 mini charm squares, in rows of 4.

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalStitch those rows together, press seams in alternating directions by row. (AKA, 1st and 3rd rows press to the left, 2nd and 4th? Press to the right.)

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalStitch rows together. Press seams to one side.MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalLay patchwork on top of a microfiber or terry washcloth. (I got a pack of 8 at my local grocery store for under $5) Only, center it on the washcloth…I just put mine like this so you could see both parts.

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalUse a small bowl or large cup to mark rounded edges,

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April Rosenthaland a neck hole.

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalSet bowl aside.

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalCut on lines.

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalGet 1 yard bias tape.

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April Rosenthal(Bias tape can be purchased in packages, or made. I made this by cutting bias binding at 1 1/2″ and then pressing both edges to the center, and pressing in half.)

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalPlace bias tape along neck edge. you can pin in place, or use a glue stick. Stitch down, making sure you catch the edge on the backside. For this reason, I chose to use a decorative stitch, it’s a little wider. Trim bias tape at the edge of the bib.

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalPlace (pin or glue stick) bias tape along the remaining raw edge of the bib, leaving an equal amount of “tie” on each side. You can either fold the end edge under, or tie a knot in each side, an inch or so from the end. :)

MiniCharm Baby Bib by April RosenthalStitch down.


Literally, you could make 3 or 4 of these in an hour, and only use 2 mini charm packs and a few washcloths!

Perfect last minute baby gift.



PS Want more Mini Charm projects? Check out the other ladies on this fun challenge!

Sept. 14 – Jennie (
Sept. 15 – Lisa (
Sept. 16 – Sarah (
Sept. 17 – April (
Sept. 18 – Nina (
Sept. 19 – Konda (
Sept. 20 – Mary (
Sept. 21 – Kylie ( Charm Challenge

Goody Goody Binding Kit

gg4I made this adorable pouch in a few hours one night two weeks ago. Literally, it came together super fast, the instructions are nice and clear, and hey, it turned out adorable, so that’s a plus. gg7I used Meadowbloom to make it, and I love that I got to use a big enough piece of the text print, that I can actually read the text!gg6Miss Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique fame designed this little pattern, and lucky for all of us, it’s a FREE tutorial on her blog. She did a little collaboration with the Fat Quarter Shop, and filmed a video or two of some techniques in case you’re, for example, afraid of zippers. :) Also, check out #goodygoodybindingkit and #goodygoodysewalong on Instagram to see along or see other people’s kits. There are some darling ones out there!
gg3Let me be clear: this was SUPER EASY. As in, I’ll be making these for basically everyone for Christmas. If you’re my mom, mother-in-law, sisters, craft night ladies, or other sew-y type friends….pretend you didn’t read that.
gg1You should make this, because it’s fun, it’s cute, and gosh darn it, you need to sew for yourself sometimes.
gg8Plus, it has a pocket for treats.gg2Another thing: how nice is it to have all the supplies for binding in one place, that ISN’T a ziploc bag? (<—Guilty.)
gg5Tutorial is here. Head on over. :)



Best. Day. EVER! Free Appliqué Pattern


As promised in my Moda LOVE post, here’s the fun appliqué pattern I used on the back of my quilt! The pattern is formatted for fuseable web appliqué, and measures a whopping 13” x 32”. It’s pretty big, but I thought it was fun for the back of my quilt. Of course, if you want to take on some tiny appliqué, you could always reduce it by 50% and make a really fun pillow for your couch! (If you do that, send me pictures, I want to see.) If you’re new to appliqué, check out my tutorial here. It will help, I promise. :)

Click here to download the free pattern.

And remember! The Moda LOVE blog tour is still going strong, with a giveaway at every stop! Be sure to follow along and enter. I’ll announce my winner(S) on the 13th.

Happy Wednesday!






Hey there! Thanks for coming by for my day on the Moda Love blog tour! I’m excited to be here and show you my version of the Moda Love Layer Cake Quilt. I kinda LOVE it!


If you’ve never been here before, let me introduce myself really quickly. My name is April Rosenthal, and I am one of the newest designers for Moda (still can’t believe it.) My first line, Best. Day. EVER! is coming out so, so SOON! In fact, I’ve heard rumors that precuts have shipped and should be landing on doorsteps any minute now.


I am a pattern designer for my company, Prairie Grass Patterns, which I started 5 years ago when I had 18 month old twins. Obviously, I was crazy from sleep deprivation to start a business when I did, but it’s been such an incredible ride!

Like I just mentioned, I’m a mama to twins, a boy and a girl, who are 6 years old now. They are literally my world.


I’m so excited to be able to design for Moda (Best. Company. EVER!) and work with all the amazing people there. I love color, and fabric, and quilting, and creating with my hands. So, of course, I feel like my job is the absolute perfect thing for me.

Now, let’s talk about LOVE. :) I’ve been asked to answer a few questions, so here goes!


What  is the best part of your design process?

My very favorite part of designing, whether it’s a quilt pattern, or a fabric line is when the whole thing just clicks. There is always excitement at the beginning with choosing colors, and having new ideas, but when the whole thing comes together just perfectly, it’s amazing.

I love the color……

Orange. Orange. Orange. I’m obsessed.

I would love to spend a day with……

My grandparents. They both passed away years and years ago, and I miss them like crazy. If we’re talking about love, they’re the first people I think about. I wish they could meet and love my children.

Finally, I LOVE my quilts! Especially this Moda LOVE Layer Cake quilt. First off, it’s super simple to make. Second, all it takes is a Layer Cake and a background fabric! I chose to use several of my white background prints to make this, but you could use just a single background too. Third, the pattern is FREE. (Click here to download it.) Can’t beat that. I can’t wait to see your versions! Be sure to post pictures on Facebook and Instagram and use the hashtag #modablogtour so we can all see!


I had a good time personalizing the back of my Moda LOVE quilt too! (I will post the free appliqué pattern this week.) I actually used the back of this quilt as my tablecloth at market…it helped me to remember to be cheerful even when I had to film videos. :)

Since the people over at Moda are so nice, I’d LOVE (alright, I’m getting cheesy now…) to give away some precuts! Just comment on this post telling me what color you LOVE and why. I’ll announce the winners on September 13th.


Be sure and stop by the other Moda designers’ blogs, to see their Moda LOVE quilts, and for more chances to win!

Thank you so much for coming by and come back soon!



PS Pssst! 20% off all PDF patterns in the shop through Sunday night with code MODALOVE.



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