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January 2011 Blog Posts (49)

Free Pieced Hearts Table Runner {Tutorial}


Free Pieced Hearts are easy. Here's a little tutorial by "Pleasant Home" to help you along.




Added by Susan on January 16, 2011 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Sew a Yoga Mat Bag {Tutorial}

Andie Johnson loves yoga. She finds it soothing and energizing at the same time - something she finds she needs quite a bit.  And now, she has a good reason to go to class more often - to show off her lovely handmade yoga mat bag!  
what you need to make a yoga bag:
  • 1/2 yard…

Added by Susan on January 15, 2011 at 4:00am — 3 Comments

Apartment Search Forever

Okay, it might not be forever but it does feel never ending.  I need a one bedroom with a sunroom.  But sunrooms only come on the second floor.  I can't live on the second floor.  I wish I could.  I used to live on the 3rd floor and loved it.  It was good excerise.  So that leaves me looking for a 1 bedroom with a den or a small two bedroom. 


They are too expensive.  So I looked and looked this afternoon and I am exhausted.  Most I won't qualify for because of the price and…


Added by Jana on January 14, 2011 at 7:31pm — No Comments

Slip Cover Totes

I call these slip cover totes because the process feels like a slipcover. I have made many of these for myself and as girlfriend gifts.  This is the first one I made.



Added by Michele P on January 14, 2011 at 8:39am — 2 Comments

NEWS: Mother, daughters bond while sewing clothes for dolls




Emily and Jen Burker flipped through the pages from their fashion look book for dolls, pointing out one-of-a-kind designs and exclusive dresses made for family and friends.

 Every outfit has a name and a back story. They paused and giggled at the picture of "The Shepherdess,"…


Added by Susan on January 14, 2011 at 6:05am — 1 Comment

NEWS: Handmade clothing is having its fashion moment

Tracy Nesdoly

Special to the Star

You might not think that chunky sweater Grandma gave you for Christmas is on the cutting edge of fashion, but you’d be wrong.  The handmade, mistakes and all, is having a major moment...


No less an arbiter of style and trend than Phoebe Philo, Céline’s creative director, made news with her spring 2011…


Added by Susan on January 13, 2011 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Personalised kids’ patchwork cushion

Hi everyone,

Here's another project done with the kids to share with you... personalised patchwork cushions.



It's been very easy to make and my kids adore stitching so it kept their fingers busy towards the end of the holidays.

What's really lovely about these cushions is that the kids used their imaginations to create the…


Added by Julie Rose on January 13, 2011 at 6:48am — No Comments

Sew Funky Snow Gaiters {Tutorial}


With all of the snow so many of us have received over the past few weeks I thought a tutorial on gaiters would be helpful. From Wikipedia: "Gaiters are garments worn over the shoe and lower pant leg, and used primarily as personal protective equipment; similar garments used primarily for display are spats. Originally, gaiters were made of leather. Today, gaiters for walking are commonly made of…


Added by Susan on January 13, 2011 at 6:14am — 3 Comments

How to Sew Bias Tape Around Corners

Maggie of Smashed Peas and Carrots developed a great tutorial teaching how to attach bias tape to corners. She uses lots of photos to demonstrate her technique while binding a mug rug.

You can…


Added by Susan on January 12, 2011 at 7:02am — No Comments

When to follow up?

Here's the situation.   A guy interviews for a job and that interviewer liked him.  So he sent the guy to speak with another gentleman in the company.  The second gentleman liked him too.  So the second gentlaman sent him to interview with a company partner.  The partner seemed to like him and explained that the three gentlemen would get together to discuss the opportunities.

 Now that same afternoon, he was excited and called the first guy he interviewed with to say thank you and ask…


Added by Jana on January 11, 2011 at 6:50pm — 1 Comment

Portable Quilt Wall

So I have…


Added by Shannon on January 11, 2011 at 7:14am — No Comments


I took an old McCalls pattern that I had and made some adjustments. I shortened the length and created a round bottom. I then cut the top part of the apron at an angle on the fold. I now have a new pattern I can use from an oldie but goodie. I also created it to be reversable.



Added by Shannon on January 11, 2011 at 7:07am — 1 Comment

Turn a Shower Curtain Into a Waterproof Zippered Pouch


When I saw the title, I wondered how big this "pouch" would be?  As I read with interest further, I realized that the pouch can actually be as big as a diaper bag.  This pouch is perfect for carrying wet or dirty clothes such as swimwear or that little waddler “accident.”  I'll admit I never really considered a shower curtain as sewable fabric before... but…


Added by Susan on January 10, 2011 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

Add a "Maternity Band" to jeans {Tutorial}

I really wish I had been able to do this with my jeans when I was pregnant.  Alas I was not even willing to get close to a sewing machine at that time - and so, I suffered with a copper button jabbing into my stomach for most of my pregnancy.  However, Jessica of "Running With Scissors" was a lot smarter than I was and she figured out a way to alter her regular jeans and turn them into some really comfy maternity jeans with some 2" elastic, and some…


Added by Susan on January 10, 2011 at 5:44pm — No Comments

PilloCase Dress

Thank You....this is the easiest pattern I've seen I know i will have to get busy on some dresses.

Added by Kathleen on January 10, 2011 at 1:27pm — 1 Comment

Let it Snow?

I con't decide if I want it to snow or not.  I'm in Texas and we don't have that much snow so it's nice to see sometimes.  But it makes driving a nightmare and I don't like that.  I don't have to go anywhere so I am blessed but others do and I wish others didn't have to deal with the negative impact of driving in snow and ice.  I like to crochet when it's snowing so I enjoy it. 

I am getting a lot of projects completed because…


Added by Jana on January 10, 2011 at 11:27am — No Comments

Children's Colouring Books for Applique Ideas

I expect you're thinking "Children's colouring books" what ever is she rabbiting on about!! 

I have been borrowing a lot of books from the library to increase my knowledge on everything about quilting, patchwork and sewing for freeeee!!  and one of the tips I picked up was use the pictures from children's colouring books to use as patterns for applique ideas. 

Great if you're doing a child related item and want to get inspiration and the drawings in the books are simplified so…


Added by Judith Mercer on January 8, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Pillowcase Dress Tutorial

Welcome to my Pillowcase Dress Tutorial


This will be one of the easiest dresses you ever make.


A pillowcase dress can be made from any size pillowcase.  There are three different sizes shown here:  Full (standard), Queen and…


Added by Angee Barbe on January 7, 2011 at 8:21pm — 23 Comments

Pants for Real People!

Today I finally picked up my skirt and pant patterns custom fitted for me by Sarah…

Added by Blondell on January 7, 2011 at 6:47pm — No Comments

I'd rather drink water than exercise

I just read that 12 oz of cold water will burn 13.13 calories.  Now that may not sound like a lot but it adds up.  I'm trying to lose weight again.  So, if I drink 12 glasses of water a day I will burn 157.  That's about the same as I would burn walking 30 minutes a day.  I don't walk fast because my balance isn't all that great.


Knowing that cold water burns calories is a good way to talk myself into drinking it when…


Added by Jana on January 7, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

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