Farmgirl Sewing!



Hello Friends!

I realized I haven’t shared a sewing project here in a while and I have one that I’m super excited to share today!

The new fabric line I am sharing today is called… wait for it…

Farmgirls Unite  

And oh my word, it is such darling fabric.  It has everything Farmgirl that you could ever want:  bandanna print, florals, gingham check, farm animals, rain boots, garden gloves, and strawberries!  And all the perfect colors.


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I looked at the bundle for a few weeks until inspiration struck and I knew exactly what to make.  I love making binder covers and I knew this fabric would be such fun on a binder.  And it absolutely is!




I had two friends with birthdays so I made one for each of them.  These binder covers are pieced and quilted in the “quilt as you go” method which is super fun and quick.


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The fabric is designed by Poppie Cotton and one thing I really love about all their fabric collections is that the selvedge is really fun!  They usually have cute quotes and sayings.    So I took advantage of that and used the selvedge on the inside of the binders.




I mean, seriously… how perfect is that description of a Farmgirl:  “You are kind and good, you have grit and grace, you are my hero”.  It just makes me so happy.


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I also made the cutest little elastic pencil case that attach to the binder.  I used the pattern by Lisa Cox.  You can find that pattern here.  It is simple and so fast to make.

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The pencil cases attach to the front of the binder simply by sliding the elastic over the front cover.  And they add such a fun surprise!


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I know some of you are going to be asking about the pattern that I used to make the binder covers. It is my own pattern and I kind of tweak it everytime I make one and honestly they just get better and better!  I’ve written a pattern and tutorial but I’ve improved on it enough that I think it needs to be re-written!  What do you think?  Something you’d be interested in for a future blog post?


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I absolutely loved how these binders came out in this sweet fabric.  And it reminded me how thankful I am to be a Farmgirl and have Farmgirl friends to gift them to!  There is nothing like a home sewn gift in my opinion!

I hope all of you are enjoying a perfect summer!  My daughter and I have been swamped in our flower farm (both in flowers AND in rain!) and it’s been a wonderful season for us so farm.

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Until our gravel roads cross again… so long.





Leave a comment 36 Comments

  1. Cyndie Gray says:

    Those are the cutest binders!! I would love a tutorial to make one. That fabric is really cute, even if I am not a “farm girl” :)

  2. Jeanne Ballestero says:

    Hello Dori. I started following you when a professing friend in Florida (Karen Byrd) bought me the subscription to Farm Girl magazine. We had been chatting about quilting and she said “you have to follow Dori”. So, I’m not a quilter but I love growing flowers, have two daughters, love the simple life and although I’m not a quilter, I do love to try simple projects. I would love a tutorial of the binder cover. That is something I can see in my house and something I think I could handle. Have a wonderful summer. I hope those zinnias and sunflowers are coming along wonderfully and maybe one day I’ll stop by and buy some.

  3. Elisabeth Perkins says:

    So cute!!! Love the fabric and your patterns!!

  4. Lori says:

    I love the cover and the case! I would definitely be interested in a tutorial. Also, where did you find the fabric in the states? They are delightful!

  5. Joan Piercy says:

    Dori, I would love the pattern for your binder! They are so eye catching in that fabric! Thanks for sharing these ideas. I have to have some of that fabric…lol.

  6. Kris Thompson says:

    Absolutely love your projects and the fabrics!
    And, the wedding pictures from the last blog were wonderful!

  7. Jacqueline says:

    Oh, they are just so lovely!!!!
    Great job and thanks much for sharing.

  8. CandyC says:

    Cute, cute, cute!! ❤

  9. Bonnie says:

    The binder covers and pencil holders are awesome. I sure wish I had your talent. Yes, my summer has been wonderful. So glad your flower business is growing.

  10. What pretty fabric and such clever projects…thanks for sharing! And what perfect timing…I just wrote a post about how I found a wonderful, FREE 1956 sewing machine (by the side of the road no less!) When I get her ready to go, I’ll definitely be whipping up something fun with this fabric, thanks again!

  11. Donna Kozak says:

    Love all the fabrics and the wonderful things you have made with them! Your lucky friends will love them also.

  12. Margaret King says:

    Dori, I love your blogs. This one really made me happy. Even though I’m not a quilter, your Farmgirl projects made me smile over and over. The fabrics are beautiful and you do such a wonderful job creating with them. Happy sewing and I look forward to viewing your next post.

  13. Wanda Aldridge says:

    I am new to quilting and would love a tutorial or the pattern for covering the binders. That fabric is fabulous!! Thank you! Wanda Sue FS#3677

  14. Where can I get the fabric? It is awesome!

  15. Cindy says:

    Your FARMGIRLS UNITE is so fun!! Beautiful and inspiring.

  16. Sanne Harder says:

    Those are lovely and if you have the time to update the pattern and instructions for the binder cover, I am all in. Thank you for the link for the fabric – I love the idea of cute sayings on the selvedge!

  17. Maureen says:

    What a fun and cheerful project, and yes, I would love the pattern, such a clever idea!

  18. Melissa says:

    I would love to see an updated tutorial. I have thought of making my own binder cover pattern but have not invested the time in the trial & error phase. Oh.. And this fabric is just perfect

  19. Theresa Fisher says:

    Yes please Dori rewrite your binder cover pattern so we can either purchase or use it. Thank you – you always have such fun stuff to share!!!

  20. Gail says:

    You come up with the Most darling projects!!!
    YES do what you do & get that pattern out there. It is a unique & personal gift idea!! Something that a graduate would love or a new bride or mom.
    God Bless You! You encourage many!
    Thank You
    Matthew 6:33

  21. Karen Kudla says:

    I love this! Yes, please share your pattern so we can purchase it! I will be making these for gifts as well. They are adorable, and the fabric…perfect! Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

  22. Linda Pavey says:

    Cleaver, cleaver, cute!!! You are so cleaver to use such cute fabrics! Thanks for sharing how you used the colorful Farm Girls Unite fabrics.

    And Yes! Please share your binder covers pattern. I actually have never thought about making those but now “want to”!

  23. Gail Larson says:

    Sooo cute, clever, unique and special! Love the fabric and how you used it. Your friends are truely blessed to have a friend like you.

  24. Jean Pici says:

    Your binder covers are fabulous. Definitely make and post a pattern PLEASE. I have “sew” many ideas for making them. Thank you. Thank you.
    Farmgirl in Idaho, jean

  25. Lotus says:

    Hello Dori.
    I love, love, love these binder covers!!!
    I would love the pattern and was hoping
    that they would be in this article.
    The fabric is also sweet!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  26. Terry Steinmetz says:

    Love your sewing projects! I can’t wait until fall when I can get back to sewing projects….I keep a running list of projects I want to make to share with others…always fun! Now you gave me some more ideas…thanks for sharing!!! Until next time.

  27. Ann says:

    Yes, please post a tutorial! I just saw this fabric line on my Fort Worth fabric email and immediately ordered the farmgirls unite panel. Your notebook covers and pencil cases are charming.

  28. Rhonda Cavaliere says:

    So cute. Love this fabric line. So well suited for Farmgirls. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Marilyn says:

    The fabric is lovely. Enjoy.

  30. Grace Brown says:

    Whoot Whoot, I just learned that one of our local quilt shops,, “The Quilting Bee” in Spokane Valley, WA.. just started caring this sweet fabric… (by Poppy)

  31. Anita Johnson says:

    I do enjoy each of your articles. They inspire me to try my hand at your projects. Thanks

  32. Swan says:

    Yes! I would be so interested in an updated binder cover tutorial. I sewed one with handles long ago for my eldest daughter. It worked but needed some improvements. My ideal cover would incorporate a zipper, so if it were dropped, things wouldn’t fly everywhere. :)

  33. Love your work you always make such beautiful pieces.
    Enjoy your post

  34. Kathy Altieri Bucher says:

    Hi Dori. Im in the market for a new seeing machine Im checking out the one pictured in the Stitching with Dori -making an ironing board cover. What brand is this one pictured. And do you like it. Please email me. Thank you so very much . Sincerely Kathy

  35. Marie E Listopad says:

    I would like to see a pattern. I know I could figure it out myself but I tend to be lazy. I will probably make one for the Recycled Denim Swap. I will cut the front and back pieces from ripped denim and patch the holes with sashiko or standard embroidered patches.

  36. Deborah Davis says:

    Hi Dori, I loved what you made.Its so nice to see that people do love crafts.It looks easy to do..I am going to try this. I will let you know..

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