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Rosie Cross-body Bag in Faux Fur Fabric!

After making a couple of Glenda Convertible Clutches, I'm ready to try another pattern by Swoon.  In case you haven't come across them, Swoon Patterns;…

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Added by Karen on December 8, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Pattern Review McCalls M6988 Version C: Exposed Zipper Dress

Color Block and Exposed Zipper

I've become a fan of color blocking and exposed zippers. This is my first…
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Added by Renata on November 24, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

New Pattern Review BurdaStyle 7065

I hope you all had a wonderful week and I know you'll have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Lets take a look at this week's project. They all consist of the color black. It would seem that black and purple are my "go to" color. Below are the fabrics used for this project, along…

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Added by Renata on November 24, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Monofilament hints

OK - Here's a valuable lesson if you have a machine that 'cuts the thread' with a push of the button, as mine (BROTHER Quattro) will. When using monofilament thread, do NOT use the cutter. Instead, raise the presser foot (however that is done), pull work out and cut the thread leaving a plenty long tail coming from the needle. What happens when using the auto cutter is that since monofilament thread is so 'slick', if just slips out when cut to a…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on November 22, 2014 at 9:42am — No Comments

Gave the First Glenda Bag a Makeover!

I showed my mother-in-law my first…

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Added by Karen on November 15, 2014 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Made it to Round 2 - Pattern Review Surprise Sewing Bee Contest

Hooray I Made It

How exciting!! Right,  I was 1 of 56 chosen to move onto Round 2 of this contest. Not a bad deal when you consider 140 sewers were in Round 1. It also show how tough the judging is, which means Round 2 is not going to be…

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Added by Renata on November 15, 2014 at 12:25am — No Comments

I've Made Another Glenda Bag! - by Swoon Patterns

Well I liked playing with my first Glenda so much I got straight back in the sewing room…

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Added by Karen on November 13, 2014 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Preemie Christmas Quilts

Added by RHONDA LEE MORRISON on November 13, 2014 at 7:15am — No Comments

Easier to See Quilting Ruler - Tip

I am making a couple of 20"x 20" Christmas themed quilts and donating them to babies born premature and also a denim rag quilt for my son. In the process of doing this, as I was using my ruler, I couldn't see the numbers on it, the light was too dim and I need new glasses. So I kept putting the ruler up to the light which after the second time was a little frustrating so I…

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Added by RHONDA LEE MORRISON on November 13, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

My First Glenda Handbag - Pattern by Swoon Patterns

I've been busy looking at fabric and bag patterns recently, and have some new ones to try!  A friend of mine has wanted me to make her a bag with animal print and denim for some time and I found Velboa fabric in …

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Added by Karen on November 10, 2014 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Holiday Embroidered Fabric Gift Labels - DIY

The stocking advent panel includes six gift labels, and we decided to use them to for the advent calendars and stockings.  I'm adding all the details as you could skip the printed label and just make your own, cutting…

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Added by Karen on November 2, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Pattern Review Burda 6911

Hanging on to Summer?

Yes I said it, one last summer day in Wisconsin. It's not often to enjoy an amazing day like last Saturday! I took the opportunity to cut one last summer tee. I've already used this pattern a few weeks ago to create a dress, but that's for a another post.…

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Added by Renata on October 29, 2014 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Making a Vintage Style Christmas Stocking

As mentioned in my post Making the "Stocking Advent" Calendar I was given this 30 year old stocking to copy for my friends' grandchildren.  So this is how I did it, and the instructions I drafted for myself.…

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Added by Karen on October 25, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Making the "Stocking Advent" Calendar (by Makower U.K.)

Makower Fabric Christmas Advent Calendars - Mini Stockings Bunting Panel…

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Added by Karen on October 18, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Back to "Sherbet" Bag

Sherbet Shoulder Bag by…

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Added by Karen on October 13, 2014 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

The Spottier Stow It All Bag With a Hidden Extra Feature!

I have just made yet another Stow it All Bag (…

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Added by Karen on September 29, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

BurdaStyle Dress 5/2014 114B Pattern Review

BurdaStyle Mini-Dress Pattern Review May 2014 Issue:

I've been hard at it running up a storm but…
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Added by Renata on September 28, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

A "Stow It All" Bag for a Good Cause!

MY LATEST…

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Added by Karen on September 24, 2014 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Practice Makes Perfect - The Essential Wristlet

I am not scared of zippers any more, and after making some fun pencil cases for other people, I decided it was time to make myself some zipped pouches for my growing collection of chargers and cables.…

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Added by Karen on September 14, 2014 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Burda 6910 Dress C - Pattern Review

Splatters & Waves Dress…

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Added by Renata on September 14, 2014 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

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