modern yardage fabric | a tutorial + a diy + giveaway! (CLOSED)


I was recently sent some fabric from Modern Yardage and wanted to share with you a few projects I made using these pretty prints. You also get a chance to win some for yourself! More on that in a bit. I was able to choose which prints I wanted to use and picked 3 from designer Liz Ablashi's collection. My favorite thing about Modern Yardage fabric. . . almost all prints come in multiple scale options - small, medium, and large. How awesome is that? I think that creates so many opportunities for combining fabrics that you might not otherwise have. I ended up picking the following prints:


Modern Yardage fabrics are a little bit different in that they are printed to order. So, the three fat quarters I chose were all printed on a 58" wide piece of fabric. They use they extra space for extras like a message from the designer, craft projects, coupons, and more. I love all three prints I received but the triangles below might be my favorite!


The first project I made using my Modern Yardage prints was a new organizer wallet. This is a free tutorial I posted a few years ago and thought it was a perfect time to revisit it! It's a fairly quick project, takes minimal amounts of fabric, and makes a great gift for just about anyone. The wallet features a memo pad pocket, 2 card pockets, and another larger pocket which can hold anything from notes + coupons to an iPhone. The wallet is held securely closed with an elastic band. I added a diy leather label I made using a set of metal letter stamps and a hammer. 

Find the tutorial here!


I received 3 fat quarters from Modern Yardage and even after making the wallet, I had enough fabric left over for another project. I've been in the process of making over my sewing room and decided I wanted to add a little color to my desk. I figured I'd try my hand at making my own mouse pad using fabric. This is a really easy / no sew project and you may find yourself with a stack of mouse pads when it's all said and done! A few notes. . .using a white or light colored fabric means the the cork background may show through a bit. Also, I chose to use a piece of foam backing to minimize sliding - without it the mouse pad will slide around on your desk a bit. I used a neutral color to blend in with cork but you could also use a fun, bright color for a bit of contrast. If you purchase a 12" x 18" piece piece of foam and cork, you'll be able to make 2 mouse pads. 


Materials needed: 

template 
- fabric
sheet of cork ( 1/8" thick) *
sheet of foam (2mm thick)
- fusible web

*if you buy cork in a roll, you'll want to unroll it and flatten it with a heavy object before using

Tools needed:

-scissors
-rotary cutter | mat | ruler (use an old blade or one that you don't plan to use for fabrics)
-iron
-large heavy book
-pencil
-foam brush
-freezer paper or other non-stick material to protect working surface

Print out the template you can download here. Place the template on top of the sheet of cork and using a rotary cutter + straight edge, cut around the sides of the template leaving the corners intact. Using your pencil, trace the rounded corners of the template and then carefully cut them using scissors. 


Cut a piece of fabric and fusible web slightly larger than your template. Following package directions, fuse the web to your fabric. Let cool then peel off the backing. Next center fabric over the piece of cork and fuse together using your iron paying extra attention to the edges. Once cooled, place the mouse pad face down onto your cutting mat and trim off the sides using your rotary cutter using the cork as your guide. Remember to use scissors to round the edges. 


Cut a piece of foam slightly larger than your template and set aside. Using a foam brush, spread a thin layer of glue onto the back side of the mouse pad making sure the edges are well covered. Place the glue side down onto the piece of foam, cover with a piece freezer paper, and place a heavy book on top. Clean up any excess glue that may have squeezed out. Let sit for several hours to dry. Once dry, check the edges of the foam to make sure they adhered well to the cork. Use your rotary cutter and scissors to trim away the excess foam.


All done! 



How about some awesome fabric to make your own organizer wallet or mouse pad? Leave a comment below sharing your favorite prints from Modern Yardage! One lucky person will win 12 fat quarters of their choice from Modern Yardage.
  • one entry per person (total of 4 entries possible with bonus options below)
  • open to US RESIDENTS only
  • winner will be drawn randomly
  • entries will close Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 10 pm cst
  • for a bonus entry, "like" Modern Yardage on Facebook and leave a separate comment below
  • for a bonus entry, follow Modern Yardage on Instagram and leave a separate comment below
  • for a bonus entry, follow Modern Yardage on Pinterest and leave a separate comment below
Good luck!

122 comments:

  1. My favorite print is Geo in Rose. I would order a bunch of orchid and orange colored fat quarters - those are colors sorely lacking in my stash!

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  2. I like Bold Basics and Zoo by Liz Ablashi. Thanks for the giveaway. I really love your wallet, especially the triangles you used on the outside.

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  3. I, too, love the crosshatch in mint, but I also like Paragon in peach. Love the way your organizer turned out!

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  4. I like Modern Yardage on Facebook!

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  5. I follow Modern Yardage on Pinterest!

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  6. I (also) follow Modern Yardage on Instagram. Thanks again!

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  7. love your organizer. Thanks for the chance to win this amazing fabric.

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  8. OMG - I like everything I see there. I'm totally in love with SnOwls by Cindy Lindgren though. thank you for introducing them to me!

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  9. I really love the adrift collection, they have such beautiful colors!

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  10. I like Modern Yardage on Facebook.

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  11. I follow modern yardage on instagram.

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  12. I also follow modern yardage on pinterest. :)

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  13. I'm now following them on Pinterest too. What can I say, i'm a social media junkie!

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  14. Modern Yardage has so many fun fabrics. I am loving Cirque de Millefiori, but then again Willow Wisp and Autumn Equinox is pretty dern cute, too! ;-) OK. OK. I love it all!! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  15. I love Willowball in gray from Willow Wisp in Mulberry collection. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  16. I like Modern Yardage on Facebook. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  17. I follow Modern Yardage on Pinterest. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  18. Love that organizer. I might need one.

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  19. I follow Modern Yardage on Instagram! Thanks!

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  20. I am loving that you can shop by theme! Triangles are my thing right now, so I'm loving the whole section, but specifically Cool Jazz and Triangulum.

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  21. I will make that organizer wallet for sure. I really need it. Thanks for giveaway!

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  22. I liked Modern Yardage on Facebook

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  23. I love the garden party in golden sun. Great organizer. I was just thinking of making something like this, thanks for posting the tutorial.

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  24. I think the animal tracks print is fabulous, it is so great that I love all the colorways :)

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  25. i love the autumn equinox collection, and the garden party one. happy camper and oma are fun too!

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  26. i like Modern yardage on facebook

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  27. i follow Modern yardage on pinterest

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  28. i follow Modern yardage on instagram.

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  29. I like the Mochi line in deep blue by Gabriela Larios! So pretty!

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  30. I love the Neighborhoods in multi. Lots of fabulous fabrics there!

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  31. I followed Modern Yardage on Facebook

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  32. also followed them on Pinterest

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  33. and followed on Instagram too

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  34. I've liked you on FB for a loooong time!

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  35. Follow you, happily, on Pinterest

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  36. Sweet tut and great giveaway! Fingers crossed.

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  37. the hex code calendar, or any of the ibis prints! (how do i choose one?!) thanks for the giveaway!!

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  38. i like modern yardage on facebook!

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  39. I am a fan of Modern Yardage on fb.

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  40. I love Modern Yardages choices, but I haven't ever actually had any of their fabric! Thanks for the giveaway, Vanessa! I love your projects that you made. ��

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  41. Oops! I forgot to tell my fave prints! I love the Bold Basics and the Willow Wisp designs! And I follow them on Pinterest now too. ��

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  42. I love all of Allison Bielkes prints

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  43. I love the new verdant line, also love Cindy's craftsman-inspired fabrics, and love the geo prints too. Hard to choose just one!

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  44. I love the Wildwood collection by Liz Ablashi!

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  45. I follow Modern Yardage on Instagram.

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  46. I follow Modern Yardage on Pinterest.

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  47. I "liked" Modern Yardage on Facebook.

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  48. Loving the elephant parade!!! Still trying to navigate my way into the quilting world and finding this blog unbelievably helpful!!

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  49. I went through the first 36 pages, and I'm drawn to flowers (clover field in gray and night), stick bursts in coral, Daiszess, Pastoral in coral and mint, lilac Gatos, Estrella, Floral Pow, Leaves in mint, Dots and stripes in mint, prarie in dusk. There is a lot of great prints!!

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  50. I follow on Pinterest-karrie smith

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  51. Amelia Harper In Cherry is my fav!

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  52. I follow on FB Joanne Medeiros-Gentile

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  53. I follow on pinterest Joanne

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  54. My favorite is Pinery in New Star, but there are a lot of designs in their "Trees" section that are a close second place.

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  55. I follow Modern Yardage on Pinterest.

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  56. I follow on instagram mrsunclefuzzy/Joanne

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  57. Berry Branch, Timber, Float and Willowwisp are some of the beauties I saw. So many great choices!

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  58. I love this fabric: Code of Elegance in Multi Reverse

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  59. I am now following ModernYardage on facebook :)

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  60. I adore Lambzies In Turquoise!
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  61. I LIKE Modern Yardage on Facebook.
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  62. I follow Modern Yardage on Instagram.
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  63. I follow Modern Yardage on Pinterest.
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  64. Oh wow, great fabrics! Too many to choose just one, however, I did just place an order for some of the ones you had chosen. Great little wallet can't wait to make one. Thanks for the tutorial

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  65. I am crushing on Coffee Break by Allison Beilke, love it! Thanks for the tutorials and a chance to win some fabric!
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  66. I follow Modern Yardage on Facebook!
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  67. I follow Modern Yardage on Pinterest!
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  68. Slice of Summer in Citrus, Bursting Bloom, and Weave are just a couple of my favorites. So many beautiful prints to choose from.

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  69. One of my favorite patterns is Visual energy because I like the different sizes and shapes and colors that clash but they go so well together at the same time. However, it would depend on what kind of project I were doing for myself if I HAD to chose just one favorite. I think that the pattern and colors of Stars and Starbursts match my personality so if I had to chose just one it would be this one.

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  70. I love the Marcia Copland stick bursts. That organizer wallet is cool. I made something similar years ago, but it's on it's last legs now :) time for an update!

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  71. I love golden party and so many others...

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  72. I love the Prairie Collection and "Weave" from Bold Basics.

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  73. I love these patterns! Thanks for chance at giveaway!

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  74. LOVE Canopy in Pink, Chaise Lounge Chevron in Citron/Aqua Pools/Berry Blast, Seed Pods in Festive White....I could go on and on....so many great options!!!!

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  75. I think the Steppe prints are cool. And I want to like Isosceles, but the math teacher in my can't because they are actually equilateral ;) The Hex-Code Calendar is also pretty neat. :)

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  76. I love the weave in peach. I can think of about a hundred projects I'd love to make using Modern Yardage fabrics!

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  77. I also follow modern yardage on Pinterest.

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  78. I'm following modernyardage on facebook

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  79. I'm following modern yardage on Instagram

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  80. I love the snow owls!! very cool!

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  81. I wasnt familiar with modern yardage before. So excited to now be "following".

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  82. It's hard to choose, but I really like both the Snow Owls and Willow Wisp.

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  83. So many to choose from! Love Leighton, Mochi, Willow Wisp and Bold Basics.

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  84. I like Modern Yardage on Facebook.

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  85. I follow Modern Yardage on Pinterest.

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  86. I'm following Modern Yardage on Pinterest

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  87. .....And I follow Modern Yardage on Instagram :)

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  88. I love the crosshatch in mint. So cute!

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  89. I love the dots in pink fabric.

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  90. I follow Modern Yardage on Instagram.

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  91. I follow modern yardage on Pinterest.

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  92. I like Modern Yardage on Facebook.

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