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January 2020 Slice & Stitch

By Sarah Gozzo


Welcome to the first Slice & Stitch Challenge of the year! We’ve teamed up with Aurifil again to bring you 6 more challenges for 2020! One OLFA Ambassador and one Aurifil Artisan will receive the same products and create a project or tips / tutorial for you! Additionally Michael Miller Fabrics is supplying solids from their Cotton Couture line.

This month Sarah Gozzo, aka PrincessInAPouch and Eliane with Patchwork & Poodles were both given:


Hello!! I’m Sarah Gozzo of Princess in a Pouch and I’m thrilled to share my project for the first Slice’n’Stitch challenge of 2020! If you follow me on Instagram, you already know how much I love OLFA and Aurifil. This year, we also teamed up with Michael Miller Fabrics!


The challenge this month was ‘organization’ so I immediately thought of nesting baskets. The OLFA tool provided (OLFA’s Ergo rotary cutter with Specialty blades) was brand new to me. I had no idea it even existed! The moment I saw it I knew the decorative blades were destined to cut cork! Cork has a great raw edge, perfect for the wave, scallop or pinking blades. I wanted these baskets to really show off that attractive cork edge.

The cotton solids from Michael Miller Fabrics reminded me of Valentine’s Day. I chose to do a little peek-a-boo heart window to showcase the beautifully saturated colors of coral, paprika and brick. Making the inner fabric basket a bit taller than the outer cork provided a perfect backdrop for showing off the cork’s fancy edge.


As always, Aurifil threads in 50weight and 12weight are my go-to essentials for every project. Aurifil’s color builder kit in Pompeii Reds coordinates flawlessly with the Michael Miller solids and really pops on the cork. For this project, I used 50 weight for piecing and top stitching. I then used 12 weight to hand stitch the finishing touches. I could not live without my Aurifil!

I designed the Princess Nesting Baskets to be a quick and easy project showcasing how fun OLFA’s ergo rotary cutter with specialty blades is to use! The blades are super simple to change out and the decorative edges are totally satisfying. I hope you enjoy making this project as much as I did! Happy Making! ~Sarah G.

FREE Pattern located here https://payhip.com/PrincessInAPouch


Sarah on social https://linktr.ee/princess_ina_pouch

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/princess_ina_pouch/?hl=en

Also see OLFA’s Specialty Blade Video here.



Be sure to head over to the Aurifil site to check out Eliane’s project HERE