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My Pattern Tester Bag for ChrisWDesigns "Ellen's Esplanade"

I was moaning about the dreary weather when I got an e-mail that brightened my day. Christine asked me to be a tester for her latest Easy Street Pattern "Ellen's Esplanade". It can be sewn from quilt weight cottons or combined with…

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Added by Karen on February 16, 2017 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

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.…

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Added by Karen on April 10, 2014 at 3:00pm — 19 Comments

A Fashionable Stitch + Trouser Sewing and Alterations

Image from Pants for Real People

Sunni of "A Fashionable Stitch" hosted a trouser Sew-Along.  Armed with…

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Added by Susan on January 8, 2017 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

....and the back of the Angler's Memory Cushion!

The finished cushion, but then I thought maybe I should make more of my idea of using the back to leave a message....…

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Added by Karen on September 20, 2016 at 5:52pm — 2 Comments

Sewing Envelope Scatter Cushions

hoveton hall estate…

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Added by Karen on January 12, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Christmas Present for a Teenager - The Urban Bucket Bag (Little Moo Designs)

I liked the look of this bag as soon as I saw the one Bobbin Girl girl made on her Instagram page, and bought the epattern.  When my niece wanted…

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Added by Karen on December 2, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Recycled Denim Genevieve Bag - PDF Pattern by Chris W Designs

I was asked by Shona to make her a bag using recycled denim with an appliqued butterfly on the flap for decoration.  I was given a sketch with dimensions and having looked at several patterns we decided to try the …

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Added by Karen on November 16, 2016 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

CHRISTMAS APRONS and Free Pattern Download

Accuquilt

They have a Christmas event up at the…

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Added by Karen on November 24, 2015 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Quick Gift Idea - Sew a Personalized Gadget Guard

I stitched an Evelyn Tablet Bag (sewing pattern by I Think Sew) for my iPad when I first got it, as I took…

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Added by Karen on November 8, 2016 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

The Revamped Emma Bag Sewing Project and PDF Pattern from Chris W Designs

The original "Emma" and the new revamped…

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Added by Karen on October 23, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

5 Ways Learning To Sew Improves Your Fashion I.Q. - By Candace Bryan

Lately, I've been learning how to sew, and it's somehow both easier and harder than I thought it would be. I am not, as it turns out, Maria von Trapp, and although I haven't come too far in my studies, I've already wasted a lot of thread making dumb-ass mistakes.…

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Added by Susan on October 15, 2013 at 10:41am — 1 Comment

Sewing for Men - The Angler's Memory Cushion

I have another commission for a memory cushion, but this time it's for her 'other half'. He enjoys fishing so she gave me this photo of him with his catch to use.  I had to edit out the carrier bag, tilt and crop it before trying it out…

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Added by Karen on September 18, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Ain't Yo Momma's Jean Skirt - Beautiful Ombre Denim Twirl Skirt

A couple of weeks ago, I was introduced to the free PDF patterns on the Lekala Sewing Patterns website. Upon perusal, I came across this gem of a…
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Added by Angela L on October 15, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Alterations and Cardigans

A few years ago a friend of mine asked me to do some alterations for her.  She teaches ballet to students at our local university, and they bought her a hooded sweatshirt and a black tshirt with ballet decals. She appreciated the thought, but not the style!  She wanted to know if I could alter them so the hoodie opened down the front, and do something with the t-shirt.  You can read the post I did …

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Added by Karen on June 28, 2016 at 2:12am — No Comments

The Evelyn Tablet Bag Sewing Project

I wanted a new bag, something I could carry my iPad Air in, as it didn't really fit inside my current bag.  So I went browsing the indie sites  and I chose this pattern, the…

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Added by Karen on July 20, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

How to Make Wrist Pin Cushions



Once I finished , I decided that the kids in my sewing classes needed pin cushions. After scouring the internet for fun ideas that I could sew in bulk, I eventually realized that it was best to keep it simple - a wrist pin cushion seemed the most practical. Circles are my preferred shape, so I found a roll of…

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Added by Angela L on February 16, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Abby's Alley Striped Beach Bag Sewing Project

An Easy Street sewing pattern from ChrisWDesigns

I'm a great fan of Chris W Designs, I have learnt a lot from making her bags. Her instructions are…

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Added by Karen on August 25, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

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