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Dresden Pillow Tutorial


Today I am sharing a tutorial for a Dresden-inspired circle pillow “poof” using Bari J.’s gorgeous new Bijoux collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. This tutorial will create a 16″ cushion.

The fabric requirements for this project are:
  • 10 fat quarters (I chose that many because I wanted the variety of prints, but you could use as few or as many as you want.)
  • one regular 1/4 of a yard for the pillow side (I used Essential Ovals Elements Mustard)
  • two 6″ squares of solid (I used Pure Elements Honey)
  • pillow stuffing
  • one Dresden wedge ruler

I used the EZ quilt Dresden wedge ruler by Simplicity (an 18 degree wedge) – it’s widely available in the notions department of chain sewing stores, as well as independent quilt shops.  This ruler is available at large chain sewing outlets, as well as lots of independent quilt shops. I’ve used this ruler on projects before including a traditional Dresden block as well as my Peppermint Pinwheels quilt tutorial. This wedge is an 18 degree wedge and requires 20 wedges to complete the circle. (There are other wedge rulers at different widths that will use a different number of wedges to create the circle.)

If you are using 10 different prints, cut a 7″ x 9 1/2″ rectangle of each print. Use the Dresden Wedge ruler to cut 4 wedges 7″ long from each print.  You will need a total of 40 wedges for this project.

Layout wedges to get the color and design placement you want. Match-up wedges into pairs, right sides together, and sew one edge using a scant 1/4″ seam. Press seam to one side.

After sewing pairs together, sew four of the sets into groups of four, and then into two groups of 10 wedges. Sew the final two halves together to create the Dresden circle. Repeat the process to create a coordinating back.

To create the center circle, trace and cut out a 4″ template. (Cereal box weight cardboard is perfect.) Then cut out a 6″ circle of fabric (it doesn’t have to be a perfect circle).  Run a large basting stitch around the edge of the circle, place the template in the center and gather your fabric around the circle. Press the edges well with the template still in place.  Remove the template and press again. Starch will help you get a nice crisp circle.  Then fold the fabric circle into fourths and lightly press to create lines above.
Use pressed lines as guides to find the center of the larger pieced circle by lining up pressed lines with the lines of the pieced wedges. There should be 5 wedges between each quadrant of the center circle. Pin circle and sew in place using coordinating thread. Remove pins and press.Repeat with second side.
Cut and sew a 3 1/2″ x 52 1/2″ strip for pillow side. Sew strip ends together to create a continuous circle. Fold in half and lightly press to mark 4 equal quadrants on the strip. Using the pressed lines as guides, pin marked quadrants on the strip in place every 5 wedges to keep strip equally distributed. Then carefully pin strip equally all the way around the sides. Sew in place using a 1/4″ seam.
Repeat the process, pinning the back side to the strip and sew edges, leaving a 5″ opening to stuff the pillow. Turn pillow right-sides out and stuff with batting. Hand-stitch opening to finish pillow.
And there you go! A beautiful pillow, showcasing lots of pretty fabric, and so much simpler than it looks. I’d love to see what you make using this tutorial. Be sure to add it to the AGF Flicker group!

And finally, some out-takes from the pillow photo-shoot last week before I left. My trusty assistant wanted to show-off his Vanna White skills. They may be goofballs, but they’re MY goofballs and I’m so happy to be home with them.

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79 Comments

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    Bev
    May 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Look at that adorable little boy! Thanks for the tutorial! That little boy face just makes the Grammy in me smile and want to give him a cookie!<br /><br />Cheery wave from<br />Bev

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    Samantha
    May 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Love this fabric! Love your pillow and your little boy is so darling too! I follow AGF on FB and their blog.

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    Catrin Lewis
    May 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I&#39;ve slowly fallen in love with this fabric and your pillow just shows it off beautifully! I follow AGF on facebook and follow their blog

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    Mom C
    May 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    A pillow would be such a forgiving dresden pattern. So smart and I love Bijoux. I follow by email. Thanks.

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    Paula @ Sewy Stuff
    May 21, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing the tutorial. You make it look so easy!

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    Laurel09
    May 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Pretty pillow – you really do make it look easy. Easy enough that I&#39;m thinking I might just try it! I follow both your and AGF&#39;s blogs via google reader (for now)… I am transitioning to a new reader platform with The Old Reader.

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    Julie
    May 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for the tutee- very clear instructions. The more I see Bijoux, the more I love the colors!

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    Mom2RyandSis
    May 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Great pillow! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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    Lisa
    May 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Beautiful Pillow, I love that fabric!!

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    Maegan @chezcasa
    May 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I love this fabric! I&#39;m searching out every project I can that uses it because I think it&#39;s so lovely! <br /><br />(I follow AGF on Pinterest and subscribe to their blog… and yours!) 🙂

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    B Greene
    May 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Love this pillow – I really need to get over my Dresden-dread and make something like this project. Thanks for the giveaway chance – I follow AGF in allways possible. Love your blog, too!

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    Susan Owenby
    May 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    very cool! Great use of the dresden. I&#39;m working on a quilt with dresdens for the first time ever and so far, so good. Not nearly as scary as I thought. 🙂

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    allierae
    May 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this new line. I think the butterfly prints are my favorite. Great pillow tutorial too – I may just have to make one!

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    Debbie Weishaar
    May 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial to a very lovely pillow. I like the dresden plate look in the pillow and the Bijoux fabric line really makes it pop out. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    memmens
    May 21, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Lovely pillow and great tutorial – thanks for sharing. I&#39;ve no idea who Vanna White is but your boy looks very cute!<br />I&#39;m an AGF follower – thanks

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    Melissa Corry
    May 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    So fun!!! You can always keep it at my house 🙂 And make sure you don&#39;t go abusing the raspberry and mustard, tee hee hee 🙂

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    Karen
    May 21, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I have a dresden sitting in a drawer somewhere, i know what to do with it now! Thanks for the tute – although finding a cushion insert could be a challenge! :o)

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    Katy Cameron
    May 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Hee hee, loving the Vanna White skillz :oD The cushion is so fun too, I think I need more round ones in my life!

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    Linda
    May 21, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    SUCH A NEAT COLLECTION!<br />HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU+AGF ON BLOG LOVIN&#39;+GFC+FB TOO!<br /><br />msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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    CitricSugar
    May 21, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Great tutorial, Amy!

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    Tammy
    May 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I bought this tool a while back to make a dresden block . But haven;t done it yet. This pillow is amazeing. Lov ethe fabrics. They are gorgeous. Thank you for the tutorial on it.

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    Sinta Renee
    May 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I love the Dresden ruler and these projects Amy. It&#39;s a pillow that just needs to be hugged!

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    fenna
    May 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    fun project–I may have to get myself a dresden ruler!

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    spolgarquilts
    May 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    This fabric collection is beautiful!

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    Elaine
    May 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Following All! Love what you do! And, love this fabric! Thanks for the giveaway!<br /><br />satterfieldfamily at sbcglobal dot net

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    giddy99
    May 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Lovely pillow and thanks for the tutorial! The &quot;model&quot; is a keeper, too. 🙂

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    Gina
    May 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Gorgeous pillow ! Gotta make myself one of these soon . Cute model too !

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      Gina
      May 21, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Forgot to say I follow AGF on Pinterest and subscribe to their blog ! Thanks .

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    Karrie Smith
    May 21, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks for the awesome tutorial and the chance to win 🙂

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    Heather B
    May 21, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I need to get me a Dresden ruler pronto! I follow you AGF and FQG! Thanks for the chance to win!<br />mrs(dot)hbraun(at)gmail(dot)com

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    ritainalaska
    May 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    that gorgeous bijoux collection make a great pouff pillow! thanx for the great tute over at agf! i follow their blog and fb page.

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    Deborah
    May 21, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    This is brilliant – thanks for a fantastic tutorial 🙂 I follow AGF on FB (Deborah Gunthorpe) and subscribe to their blog.

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    Sarah
    May 21, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Pretty! I follow on Bloglovin.

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    Darcy
    May 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I have been obsessing over this fabric and this pillow perfectly showcases it! I was wondering what you used as stuffing. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Amy
    May 21, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    My favorite from that fabric line is the one you show while cutting the wedges. Thanks for the chance to win a whole set!

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    Solange
    May 21, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    What a beautiful line of fabric. It&#39;s gorgeous just all Art Gallery fabrics!<br />Thank you for entering me in the contest.

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    Becky S.
    May 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Super cute pillow!!! Thanks for the great tutorial. I subscribe to the AGF blog and follow them on Twitter.<br />Thanks for the chance to win. Your pillow model is adorable too!

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    Cara
    May 21, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    This fabric line is fantastic! I love the pillow tutorial. I am a beginner and it was easy enough for me to follow along! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Sandra
    May 21, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Those fabrics are gorgeous. I am a follower of AGF&#39;s blog via email.<br /><br />syvisser@gmail(dot)com

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    Melissa
    May 21, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    What a gorgeous pillow! Thanks for the great tutorial and the chance to win the fabric to make my own.

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    Addibrae
    May 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I love that pillow. I follow AGF on FB.

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    vicki
    May 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Love the pillow! I follow AGF on FB and email. Thanks for the giveaway and tutorial. vickise at gmail dot com

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    Cindi
    May 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Beautiful pillow! I follow AGF on FB.

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    Happy Cottage Quilter
    May 21, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Great pillow! I follow AGF.

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    Elena
    May 21, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Love that fabric. I follow AGF on pinterest.

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    Elena
    May 21, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Love that fabric. I follow AGF on pinterest.

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    Pinspot
    May 21, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    What a smart way to use a dresden! Would be a perfect pillow for my little girl. I follow AGF on FB, Pinterest, and the blog

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    Tracy
    May 21, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    This is a great idea! I follow AGF on Pinterest. Stunning fabric!

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    diane
    May 21, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I am crushing hard on these fabrics. I follow AGF on their blog, IG and facebook. Hi AMY!!!

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    factotum-of-arts.com
    May 21, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Love the cushion. The fabric is one of my favorites :-). I am a subscriber via email of the AGF blog.

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    Michala
    May 21, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    What a brilliant tutorial! I follow Art Gallery Fabrics&#39;s blog and like them<br />On Facebook too.

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    Rachelle
    May 22, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Love that cushion. I follow AGF on their blog, pinterest and FB

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    dpaulson512
    May 22, 2013 at 2:22 am

    LOVE it!!!

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    Siobhán
    May 22, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Your goofball is adorable! 😉 I love your pillow–I need to invest in a dresden ruler! I follow AGF just about everywhere.

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    Sarah_L_N
    May 22, 2013 at 3:59 am

    I&#39;ve never made a dresden before, that ruler looks great! Love how your pillow turned out 🙂 I follow agf on Facebook and subscribe to their blog.

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    Lynn Dix
    May 22, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Great tutorial… and what a super way to use the small fabric collections that we all have – not enough for a quilt but too pretty to break up and use in a scrappy way. I follow AGF on pintrest and the blog. Thanks!

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    Allison C
    May 22, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Great tutorial and awesome cushion! Thanks!

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    knittingispurple
    May 22, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Cool pillow &amp; great fabric choice! I follow on fb &amp; pinterest

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    Fran
    May 22, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Love the pillow &amp; the Bijoux fabrics are so beautiful! Thanks for the great tutorial &amp; for the chance to win (I follow AGF on Twitter).

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    Marcia W.
    May 22, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Thanks for the chance to win some Bijoux fabric — I&#39;ve wanted to make a pouf-y pillow plus have a Dresden on my list for some time. I follow AGF on Pinterest, Liked on FB, and subscribe to their blog. I also follow your blog. alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    barb
    May 22, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Your pillow is incredible!! I follow agf via email babscorbitt@gmail.com

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    Cheryl
    May 22, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I like your pillow! I&#39;ve sewn 2 of these pillows in the past and they were so fun and quick to make. I follow Art Gallery Fabrics on Pinterest and Facebook because I just love their fabric collections.

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    Jess
    May 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    What a great pillow!

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    supersara20
    May 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Love this pillow. I think I may need to make one. I follow the Art Gallery blog.

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    Emily
    May 22, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Lovely cushion! I follow you and Art Gallery on Bloglovin. Thanks!

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    auntreeniequilts
    May 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    love the pillow and didn&#39;t even realize you were having a giveaway:) Although would love to win some fabric. Follow you on Bloglovin and will like you on Facebook. thanks!

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    Lisa in Port Hope
    May 22, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Woo hoo I have that ruler! Thanks for the tutorial, this is gorgeous. I follow AGF on Fb and subscribe to their blog and yours.

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    Phyllis
    May 22, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I like the pillow! I follow AGF on facebook!

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    Patti
    May 22, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I love the pillow! I follow on pinterst

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    Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts
    May 22, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    I&#39;m yet to give my EZ Dresden ruler a whirl, I really should soon!<br /><br />I follow AGF everywhere.<br /><br />Thanks!

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    JaneB
    May 22, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    I hopped over here from the Art Gallery Fabrics blog. I follow AGF on twitter and Bloglovin. And Facebook! <br />This pillow is so cute. I really should give it a try. I have a slightly different Dresden ruler but I&#39;m sure I could figure it out. Bijoux is so beautiful. I live the colors.

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    Jodi
    May 23, 2013 at 3:20 am

    I hopped over from Art Gallery Fabrics blog from my Bloglovin&#39; and I also like them on Facebook. I also follow you on Bloglovin&#39; so much loving and following to do &amp; I love it all. Great pattern – thanks for sharing 🙂

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    MellieWo
    May 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I love round pillows and feel there should be more of them in the world 😉 I like how your colors work together. I already follow AGF on FB. Thanks!

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    Marcia W.
    May 23, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    My comments are not posting to your blog or to AGF&#39;s. Here goes another attempt.<br />We follow AGF on Pinterest, liked AGF on FB, and subscribe to AGF&#39;s blog. I follow your blog, and also Pat Bravo&#39;s personal blog.<br />Your pattern is great – I&#39;ve wanted to make a dresden plate and a pouf-y pillow for some time, and here you have a tutorial that does both. Thanks for the chance

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    Montseta - Montsecosecose
    May 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Great tutorial, love Bijoux and your pillow! I already follow AGF in quite a few sites.<br />Terrific giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

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    traceyjay
    May 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    it&#39;s very pretty Amy! great tutorial too!<br />It was so nice to meet you this weekend. And I&#39;m an Art Gallery follower. 🙂

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    Katarina
    May 24, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I follow them on Facebook. And love your pillow!

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    Swedish Scrapper
    June 5, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks for the lovely tute! I just finished making an AGF pouf and I&#39;m feeling pretty good about it 😀 fun to sew up and fun to use the ez dresden ruler too. <br />

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