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Karen's Blog (170)

Updates to Upcycled Silk Ribbon Embroidered Wool Bag - Foolproof Crazy Patchwork Projects

The trouble with being a sewer is sometimes you just can't leave things alone.  Here is the absolutely fabulous "…

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Added by Karen on March 31, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Spring Hyacinth Cushion - Embroidery, Patchwork, + Applique Techniques

Last year for MIL's birthday I wanted to made her something, and decided on a cushion cover.  I bought the Summer Gypsy Cushion pattern from bustleandsew.com as it looked pretty and fun.…

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Added by Karen on March 17, 2016 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Hand Embroidered Denim Bag - Brian Haggard Style

I decided I needed another shopping bag, so  I opened up a donated pair of jeans and using my little but strong canvas bag as a pattern,cut the pieces…

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Added by Karen on March 10, 2016 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

Appliqued Aprons for the Boys + Sewing with Plaid Fabrics

My great nephews have grown out of their fire engine aprons, so I need to replace them with larger ones, reflecting their new interests!  …

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Added by Karen on February 16, 2016 at 2:30am — No Comments

Foolproof Crazy Quilt Project - Upcycled Wool Bag (Part Three) FINISHED!

Well I finished all the embroidery!  It's not exactly the same as…

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Added by Karen on February 6, 2016 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Foolproof Crazy Quilt Project - Upcycled Wool Bag (Part Two)

At the end of part-one, I said I was ready to add stabilizer to the finished bag panel.  I…

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Added by Karen on January 18, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Foolproof Crazy Quilt Project - Upcycled Wool Bag (Part 1)

I got a lovely surprise for Christmas, a copy of this e-book called "…

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Added by Karen on January 11, 2016 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Hand Embroidered "Summer Meadow"

I recently treated myself to a local workshop to create my own version of this lovely hand embroidered panel.  …

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Added by Karen on January 11, 2016 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

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

Making a ''Mal" costume (from Disney's "Descendants")

My great niece is going to a Halloween Party and wanted to dress up as one of the characters from the new Disney movie "Descendants" which tells the story of the children of the best known Fairy Tale characters. …

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Added by Karen on October 30, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Crochet Panel to Beautiful Momento Cushion

A friend of mine lost her mother recently.  She had kept this small piece of her crochet work and asked me to use it to make a cushion.  As it was white I chose black …

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Added by Karen on October 10, 2015 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Sewing with Real Suede - Boho Leather Fringe Bag

 

While browsing my favourite Bag Maker Blogs I came across this free tutorial by Samantha Hussey (At home with Mrs H) for SewMamaSew.  It's called the…

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Added by Karen on October 2, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Sewing with Real Suede - Dragon Bag

A friend of ours gave me this stack of suede scraps left over from his hobby.  They are all different colours - blue, red, green, mauve, turquoise - and come in various sizes.  It smells great and is very supple.  I had been wondering what I could use them for, and came up with the idea of a…

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Added by Karen on September 14, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Re-sizing a bag pattern (Stow-It-All by ChrisWDesigns)

My sister said she wanted a Stow-It-All (by ChrisWDesigns) exactly the same as this …

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Added by Karen on August 25, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

'Hares' Embroidery and Applique Tote bag

Hare in Daisies by…

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Added by Karen on July 30, 2015 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Sewing with Faux Suede - 'City Slicker Advanced' (ChrisWDesigns)

When I made my City Slicker (Advanced)  I noticed in the instructions this picture of one Christine had made in faux suede.  I…

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Added by Karen on July 22, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

"Let's Celebrate with Cake" Hand Embroidery and Applique

I was in the mood for some more embroidery, so I sorted through my pattern collection and came across this one for a fabric picture by Bustle & Sew.  As I have a friend who bakes cakes for the local tea rooms and special occasions, this one struck a chord!…

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Added by Karen on June 14, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Sewing With Silk - a Simple Pillowcase + Free Tutorial

My cousin Amanda …

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Added by Karen on June 8, 2015 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

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