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January 2010 Blog Posts (47)

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

Project Upcycle for Heart and Stroke 2010

Many of my readers know that I was born with a heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot. When I was 3 years old, I had open heart surgery and went into complete heart block. I need a pacemaker now to keep my heart beating. Thanks to the support of my parents, family and friends and the work of the wonderful doctors in Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg, I am happy and healthy today at 33. And yes, I have 2 children! I have no doubt in my mind that the… Continue

Added by Tawny B. on January 31, 2010 at 8:07pm — 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

Birdie's embroidery problem

Birdie, You definitely need to look into the stabilizer issue. Good stabilizer and tight in the hoop. My sewing group recently did some embroidery on some fine linen and would have had the same problem. We put a "floating" stabilizer of tear-away under the hoop and design and it did not pucker. Part of the problem is that the needle pushes the fabric down and there is nothing under it to keep it from going into the needle h***....causing the puckering.

Added by Jo Sexton on January 29, 2010 at 2:02pm — No Comments

new toolbar

I downloaded the new toolbar, and I have It's say it's related to all sewing and to me thats the greatest!!! A tool bar for just sewing!!!!!
Thank you Susan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Added by christine on January 29, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Saving Videos and Favorites

Is there a way to save my favorite videos so I won't have to look for them under SWN? When I try to save, it takes me to my computer's favorites.

Added by Patricia Burt on January 28, 2010 at 5:09pm — 1 Comment

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

miniature clothespins as Pins

I use dollar store clamps that are for holding picnic table cloths in place or even the chips bag clips to secure quilt tops to 2 tables pushed together when planning backs and liners for the quilt. I usually work alone & don't have the advantage of people helping me anchor everything. I've also found neat clamps in the hardware section for this step in quilting. I think they were intended for something electrical, not sure. They have an extra joint right at the head & are cool!

Added by Rosetta Nerem on January 26, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

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

Short course on covering shoes and photos

Slow learner...didn't get to comment on the last 3 photos before I hit something and "zip" they were posted.

If, like, Larrie, you are interested in this kind of project. Please choose a shoe that is comfortable and still in good shape. Also, make sure that you can "open up" between the sole & heel enough to ease in 1/4 minimum -- 3/8" better of the new fabric into place. Do not, I repeat, do not try to pry the heel any looser than that! The way heels are put on now, you risk… Continue

Added by Patricia W. Tingley on January 22, 2010 at 9:46am — 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

Sewing Socks from Sweaters- Tutorial

These cozy bootlining socks sew up in about 15 mins. Literally! Come check out the tutorial at my blog here.

Added by Tanna Peters on January 19, 2010 at 6:10pm — No Comments

Prom dress

Hi- Im looking for a pattern for a dress with a sheer overskirt with numerous gathered up bits all over the skirt( like what you see to gather up the train) I don't know what its called? Lorri

Added by Lorri Craig on January 19, 2010 at 2:15pm — 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


I saw some embroidered flip flops so I am sitting down to my Embird and designing custom fit pair for guess who ME. Got the sole part done now for the tough part the top. Will keep you posted. Plan to use contact cemented yoga mat soles for the bottom. Sandy

Added by Sandy Fuller on January 18, 2010 at 4:52pm — 2 Comments

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