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How to Use a Gathering Bodkin

I use a safety pin to insert elastic into a seam.  Then I found out about bodkins.  Joann's had a sale and notions were 60% off, so I decided to try it.  

Here is a …


Added by Carol Jensen on July 22, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Stow-It-All Bag Sewing Pattern from Chris W Designs - My New Tote!

I find I need help to stay on top of my 'to do' list these days.  I get so annoyed with myself when I go out with a list and mail and find them still in my bag when I get home!  So I decided what I really needed was a…


Added by Karen on July 3, 2014 at 3:30pm — 11 Comments

Changing Pockets

A few years ago I made a load of aprons for a stall at a Craft Fair.  It wasn't well attended and I have been selling the aprons off in our gift shop ever since.  Back in 2012 I changed the design I had on one from an elephant to a cockerel as it hadn't sold.  It has gone to a new owner now, and there…


Added by Karen on June 28, 2014 at 5:50pm — 1 Comment

Londa's Hints for Shirring with Elastic Thread

Londa’s Hints for Shirring with Elastic Thread


Added by Londa Rohlfing on June 20, 2014 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Deco Pillows

Made these pillows for a customer recently.  He is doing a spare room in a vintage decor, and he provided the fabric/materials.

These are 14" stuffed pillows with a thin linen vintage cowboy print for the front, and chocolaty brown vinyl for the back and a 3" skinny brown suede fringe for the trim.  

He texted me after he got them home and "placed" them and said he thought they looked great.  So, I'm happy.  :)…


Added by Ags on June 10, 2014 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Saddle bag pattern for folding bike by Tutorial Girl

Saddle bag pattern for folding bike

New pattern for city cycling. …


Added by Lidija Miklavcic on June 6, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

How I made my patchwork sewing bag

Mummy's Handsewn Patchwork Handbag

In my last post I showed you my Embroidery Workbag, and Suzy asked if I had made it.  I replied I had, and here is how.

My mother collected fabric scraps for years, planning to make a quilt one day.   They included bits from dressmaking by my sister and I as well as recycled garments and bought…


Added by Karen on May 30, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Embroidering words

While I am waiting for my Solvy to carry on with…


Added by Karen on May 24, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Enjoying a Craftsy Course

I have acquired several Craftsy courses.  Several seemed like a good idea at the time, but for various reasons I have not completed them.  However on the last Bank Holiday Sale, I succumbed and bought another one!  …


Added by Karen on May 17, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

The Quattro (Studio Kat Designs) - at last!

A couple of years ago I bought two patterns from Studio Kat Designs - the Quattro and the Lollapalooza - and shipped them over from the States.…


Added by Karen on May 10, 2014 at 4:30pm — 10 Comments

Ballerina Shoe pattern 36-42 size with three versions of sewing with VIDEO

Hi, this is my ballerina shoe pattern and I also made a video for it:…


Added by Lidija Miklavcic on May 6, 2014 at 1:30am — 4 Comments

Recycled Denim Waistcoat - and hand embroidery!

As I have finished 5 of my 6 PhD targets I thought I could afford the time to make something else!

I wanted…


Added by Karen on April 26, 2014 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments

A new look for my Wheelie (shopping bag on wheels)

I know, shopping trolleys were just for old ladies when I was young, but when it snowed really badly I left the truck at home and walked to the shops for our groceries.  I bought this trolley then and it carried loads of stuff and spared my bad shoulder, and of course it's 'green' and eco-friendly, but oh so dull and…


Added by Karen on April 14, 2014 at 8:43am — 3 Comments

Sewing Machine Feet Storage

I have gradually amassed quite a collection of different feet for my Janome.  To start off with they all fitted in this little wooden box.…


Added by Karen on April 10, 2014 at 3:00pm — 13 Comments

new sewing machine

I tried my friends Bernina and it was love at first site, I got one for my birthday a few years ago, then i got the serger so EZ. good luck with whatever you choose and happy creativity!!!

Added by Dendy L. Seaton on April 2, 2014 at 10:01pm — No Comments

Make a Sewing Machine Needle Organizer - free tutorial

I recently designed myself an organiser to store packets of new needles, and partially used ones, in a way that easily showed what they were (as I always forget).  This is my third version, so I think it’s finally ready to share! …


Added by Karen on April 2, 2014 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Looking for a new all-purpose sewing machine! Advice?

I was thinking of Pfaff Creative Sensation or Creative Performance - then heard about Brother Dreamweaver.  With my office machines (printers etc) brother has been awesome about help.  I have not been able to find many reviews, yet the machine seems to be state of the art.  Let me know your favorites - thanks! …

Inside Vogue Patterns: Tracy Reese V1397


Added by judy hessellund on April 2, 2014 at 10:00am — 23 Comments

Sewing, Placing and Adjusting Darts

Darts are folds…


Added by Susan on April 1, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

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