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January 2010 Blog Posts (47)

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

quest plus

I did it! I just came home from Alex with my new Baby Lock Quest Plus! I sewed on it almost all afternoon! No glitches. I can hardly wait to start a project tomorrow am. G'nite all Joan

Added by Joan Nisbet on January 15, 2010 at 11:00pm — No 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


I just wanted to share my New Year's Resolution with everyone- Craftercize!!! Combining Craft with Excercise. Try this move: The Sewer's Lunge:The Sewers Lunge

Your legs will love you when you finish stitching those pants, while lunging into shape.

Find more moves at my blog… Continue

Added by Tanna Peters on January 14, 2010 at 6:30pm — No 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


This is my new selvage wall hanging. It doesn't get much easier than sewing strips to a foundation piece!! There are so many memories in those crazy selvages!! It measures 40" X 40" and has 64 Four inch blocks. Start saving those selvages girls...this is too much fun!

Added by Lynne Demeter on January 12, 2010 at 12:30am — 2 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

Yo-Yo Quilt

Loved your Yo-Yo quilt! How long did it take start to finish?
I made a purse covered in yo-yo's last year, entered it in some creative arts exhibits, and received lots of comments about it. The yo-yo's stirred interest in my FCE club (Family Community Education) .
from TJ in Tennessee

Added by TJ Holland on January 10, 2010 at 6:25pm — No Comments

yo yo quilt

Gorgeous; absolutely beautiful for sure! Great work and congratulations are due for completing it . It certainly is inspiring and makes me want to finish some of my ufo's even though I haven't started one of these yet. I have always wanted to and will some day. Keep it up!

Added by maureen on January 10, 2010 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Vinly bathroom window curtain

I recently tried to make a window curtain from shower curtain. I have done this before with no problem. This time the vinyl would not slide under the pressure foot properly. Any suggestions on what I was doing wrong.

Added by Patsy Brown on January 10, 2010 at 8:23am — No Comments

Looking Ahead to Feb. 14th...Thoughts? Ideas? Patterns? Tutorials?

The holidays are gone. Kids are back in school. The South is in a DeepFreeze! My thoughts are turning to February and Valentine's Day. What are you making? What are your traditions? Does anyone still handmake Valentine's with their school-age children? I'm looking for sewing/craft ideas for Valentine's presents for my kids and spouse. Nothing too involved or fancy. Just something sweet and simple. You know, something useful to go along with the required chocolate heart. :o) Would you post any… Continue

Added by Larri on January 10, 2010 at 8:18am — No Comments

Several of our local quilt shops offer die cut machines for the use of their customers, so you can get the best of both worlds - accurately cut pieces and the fabrics of your choice.

Several of our local quilt shops offer die cut machines for the use of their customers, so you can get the best of both worlds - accurately cut pieces and the fabrics of your choice. Continue

Added by Lori Robertson on January 9, 2010 at 3:06pm — No 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

mp3 Cover Tutorial

Well, it took me many more days than I anticipated; however, the mp3 Cover Tutorial is complete! Check it out on my Seams Inspired blog. Here's the link:

Added by Larri on January 6, 2010 at 6:27pm — No Comments

How to Sew a Draft Stopper

How to make a draught excluder

Sew a simple draft stopper to keep the cold weather at bay! Line the bottom of your doorways and windows to reduce heat loss. Use old curtains, heavy sheets, tablecloths, an old pair of jeans, or whatever you can tear apart. It takes a matter of minutes to make a plain draft stopper, and if you use interesting fabric it doesn't have to look boring. Or you can turn it into a ECOutletsnake, like the fab vintage ones above. What you need:

- A… Continue

Added by Susan on January 6, 2010 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

machine shoping

need help in deciding which machine to buy Berina activa the low end 599 is it worth the price, or babylock craftter the price i think is 399. these are both on the low end of the scale.... I like to do more crafter things, drapes, pillows. embellishing things.

Added by lisa on January 5, 2010 at 3:52pm — No Comments

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