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Featured Blog Posts – January 2010 Archive (24)

Valentine Project at ASG Neighborhood Mtg

Today I finished up the Valentine shaped potholder presented at a recent meeting. I believe that the presenter got it from the web and her presentation was not very well done; maybe she was new at it...I am new to the group so I am not judging. I am saying that I was glad that I was one of the last to get the two pattern pieces for cutting because they left much to be desired. She did not have a finished sample showing the binding process but said cut bias 1 1/2". I was surprised and very glad… Continue

Added by Patricia W. Tingley on January 31, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Love this site

Can I just say that I love this site. What a wonderful way to connect our sewing community and give each other inspiration through sharing our pictures. Thank you to whoever is taking your time to run this site.

Added by Suzie Lambert on January 30, 2010 at 8:07pm — 2 Comments

Sew a Weighted Blanket

Craft Nectar created this weighted blanket for her young child due to its' calming properties, and shares this excellent tutorial demonstrating how it is done. Weighted blankets are sometimes used as a therapy for autism, ADD, and other sensory conditions. Please note that you should consult your doctor to find out if this kind of blanket would be beneficial and to determine the amount of weight that is appropriate for you or your child.… Continue

Added by Susan on January 30, 2010 at 8:04am — 8 Comments

Pucker Up & Applique!

When appliqueing, I think the idea is to do it

without puckering up, but I'm learning, so I puckered. This venture was attempt number two. You may have never heard of a

Challah cover, but it's what both Jewish & Messianic believers (me being the latter of the two) use to cover two yummy loaves of bread for the Shabbat, or "sabbath". I wanted to try my hand at making our own for our Shabbat… Continue

Added by Birdie on January 28, 2010 at 3:00pm — 25 Comments

"Talking" patterns and book to empower your creativity

My hope - prayer - goal is that my "Talking" patterns will really, really give sewers just the tools and encouragement they need to sew creatively - whether it be on a "Creative Sweatshirt Jacket" as I do - or ANY garment they make!

Just this week, I finalized and released the following pattern booklets AND my starter book.

Watch a demo video - just be patient a minute for the audio to… Continue

Added by Londa Rohlfing on January 27, 2010 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Fabric Roses Valentine's Wreath Tutorial

Romantic and Pretty, isn't it! Do you want to make one of these beauties for your front door? I think you should! Here is what you need: 1 foam heart 1 1/2 yard white party tafetta or satin (you could also… Continue

Added by Susan on January 27, 2010 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Two beginnings make and end!

The shoes are finished and I learned a lot still! Also, gave them a "home". The shoe bags are made of an "Ugly or Unwanted" fabric from a Brown Bag Drawing at an ASG Meeting. For the window in each I cut clear pieces of plastic from vest packages etc. I used double facd tape to hold them in place against the fabric opening and then zigzag stitched some of my Grandmother's baby rickrack to hold all layers in place. A bit of baby oil on cotton kept the sticky of the tape off the needle. The shoe… Continue

Added by Patricia W. Tingley on January 23, 2010 at 9:25am — No Comments

Name that Sewing Term!

Sorta like a game show, only without the TV cameras, annoying hosts, pretty people...or prizes.

OK here's the term:


Now you guess what it is.

No Googling!

I just found this term today. Call me sheltered, but I was clueless. I was online, reading along, came across it & I thought -- "what on earth?" How do you even pronounce "armscyes"? My suspicion: a man came up with the term... *wink*

OK so you guys… Continue

Added by Birdie on January 21, 2010 at 3:00pm — 26 Comments

Valentine Pennie Pockets Sewing Tutorial

Valentine Pennie Pockets Tutorial

Four little nosegay Pennie Pockets of Valentine happiness.

Fill with treats and love... hang on a front door handle..

what you need:

  • 6 slices of a…

Added by Susan on January 21, 2010 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

How to Sew Mittens

Photograph: Frank Baron

More snow flurries are on the way, so Perri Lewis has devised a simple craft project to keep your hands warm

What you need:

Old jumper or sweater, (at least 50% wool)

Pillow case




Added by Susan on January 20, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Sew a Kids Valentine Chair Backer - Tutorial

These fun bags hang on the back of the kids' chair on Valentine's Day at breakfast or at school, filled with goodies! This tutorial, by Amy of "Our Scoop" is *very* well written. If you make one of these please post a photo! what you need: • 1/2 yard of… Continue

Added by Susan on January 19, 2010 at 7:50am — 3 Comments

Sew a Bed Warmer - Tutorial

There are several fabrics that you can make awesome bed warmers with, such as cotton chenille, cotton flannel or plain cotton fabric. I prefer chenille or flannel as you want it to be cozy and soft. The fabric should be made from a natural fiber because the synthetic fabric can sweat when the bed warmer is heated. You can make a bed warmer filled with feed corn, rice or buckwheat. Feed corn is recommended, because it is very inexpensive and it apparently stays… Continue

Added by Susan on January 18, 2010 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

Marvelous Modas

Saturday, January 16, 2010 MARVELOUS MODAS I think any of us who quilt like at least some of the fabrics offered by MODA. So, imagine having 480 - 2 1/2" squares from the Moda Bakeshop Sampler to play with. I recently purchased the Sampler and have only used 81 in this wallhanging. I used the brighter colors for this with a dark and light green border (the picture doesn't do the color justice!). Now, that leaves 399 squares to play with in another… Continue

Added by Lynne Demeter on January 16, 2010 at 12:15pm — 14 Comments

Crazy Patch Valentine Wall Hanging Pattern

Try this fun, crazypatch wall hanging for a little bit of love. Add it to your Valentine’s Day decorations and enjoy making it, too. What you need: 1/4 yard

cotton fabric for the outer border 1/8 yard

cotton for inner border 3/8 yard

cotton fabric for… Continue

Added by Susan on January 15, 2010 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

How to sew set-in sleeves, the easy way!

This is an excellent photo tutorial by Alexis aka "SmarmyClothes" of Alexis is a self-taught seamstress and crafter... pretty much everything she learned was by reading tutorials and how-tos, or good, old fashioned trial-and-error. Alexis demonstrates a perfectly legitimate way of attaching a sleeve, and it is easier. This will method only work if you haven't already sewn up your side seams.…


Added by Susan on January 12, 2010 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Make a Child's Decorative Mannequin

If you design, or sew kids clothing, and need to see how they might look, this is a great solution. This pretty mannequin is made of a torch stand, dowelling, muslin, and towelling, with a little bit of… Continue

Added by Susan on January 12, 2010 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Valentine Heart Wreath Sewing Project

Valentines Day is just around the corner. Try this wreath for a nice touch. what you need: 14" grapevine wreath OR trace around a dinner plate on cardboard. ( Trace again inside this circle about 1" from outer edge. ) Various red and pink

fabrics for hearts. Various red and pink …


Added by Susan on January 11, 2010 at 4:00am — 7 Comments


I have actually finished this long desired Yo-Yo quilt. I have always admired the vintage yo-yo quilts I've seen over the years and always wanted to have one of my own. I was able to complete this quilt with the help of many blogging freinds who kindly sent me scraps to add to the overall peach, pink and yellow color scheme. I thank you all very much. Another great factor in completing this is the Clover Yo-Yo maker, it sped things up considerably,… Continue

Added by Lynne Demeter on January 8, 2010 at 6:30am — 59 Comments

I Spy Softie Book Tutorial

If you have some fun novelty fabrics for pre-school kids, and don't know what to do with it all, this project is perfect for you. For this size book, you want to make sure your …


Added by Susan on January 8, 2010 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Sew Ballet Slippers

Here's an easy way to make some really cute slippers! Shabby Raggy Roses wrote this tutorial and I am so glad they did as I was on my way into the city today for new slippers. There is a 'Slipper base' template & 'Slipper top' template to download and print. If your foot is larger, add the extra length of your measured foot to the tails of the slipper top and to the sole to make a perfect fit.… Continue

Added by Susan on January 7, 2010 at 6:21am — 10 Comments

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