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Featured Blog Posts – February 2011 Archive (17)

EZ Puppet Theatre for Door Way

Recently, I got to escape to play and create with #1 Grandson! DD had torn out a page from a magazine on a 'hang in the door' puppet theater, so that was our project. Here we are having a great time sewing it...which he LOVED being artsy-craftsy as he is. The machine is one I gave my daughter at the end of my shop days - a Brother - which is a GREAT machine. I got it 'out of the closet' and gave it a good run - since it never sees the light of day otherwise...

Maybe SOME… Continue

Added by Londa Rohlfing on February 25, 2011 at 9:31am — 1 Comment

Master Your Craft With This Massive Sewing Machine

Brother Entrepreneur Pro PR-1000


This ain’t your grandma’s sewing machine — unless nana owns a ten-needle, $14,000 embroidery robot that blasts through complex designs like a thread-loaded AK-47.

Brother’s Entrepreneur Pro PR-1000, which follows in the footsteps of the impressive six-needle PR-650, is a serious machine at a serious price. But with the…


Added by Susan on February 25, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

Sew Some Button Fly Pants for Boys



Trula of "Trula Kids" offers a fabulous photo tutorial showing how to make a stylish button fly.

Get the tutorial.



Added by Susan on February 24, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

Sew a Box Pleat Couture Skirt {Tutorial by Aesthetic Nest}



Anneliese of "Aesthetic Nest" shares her tutorial for making a classy box pleat skirt for little girls. This knee length skirt has box pleats, angled pockets, a high waistband, and flower embellishment. The tutorial is available free of charge until February 28,…


Added by Susan on February 23, 2011 at 2:30am — 3 Comments



I designed this wallet to match my Livie Love Bug Purse I created earlier this week. I also took the time to create the instructions and patterns to share with all my fellow sewers. Be sure to grab the instructions and pattern below. The instructions are full of…

Added by Shannon on February 17, 2011 at 9:00pm — 17 Comments

Sew a Button Jar Quilted Wall Hanging




Midnight Creations whipped up this fun and funky tutorial using oranges and aquas. This project reminded me of our Button Art Showcase.  …


Added by Susan on February 17, 2011 at 3:00am — 5 Comments

Stitch Up Some Bias Tape Embellished Cushion Covers

Using bias tape decoratively is not all together new but I did love the boldness demonstrated here within the embellishment style that Farah from "Craft A World" employed.  Farah made these luxurious pillows with silky smooth maroon fabric and…


Added by Susan on February 16, 2011 at 6:48am — 5 Comments

Old School

Remember the old school of quilt making and you just use of what you had on hand or just do of what you know.  I am doing some raw applique and I am just doing it like they use to it . Now I like the fancy new quilting tools, but times are hard and I think about the old days of quilt making, but I am calling it old school of quilting making. I don't have new pencils out that you mark with on fabrics. I just use of what I have a simple pencil that I use and it works just fine. I do it on the…


Added by Jennifer Howell on February 13, 2011 at 11:20pm — No Comments

Cot Quilt question

For the past week I have  been trying to find a Cot quilt, the particular one  has a picture at the top  with a stuffed letter T which is part of an alphabet , which can be used to make a cot  Mobile. The main thing is  that at the bottom is a quilt for a Baby Cot, the picture and instructions show  small squares which are sewn together in strips and they are then sewn together and a border added. All Instructions are there and there is no Embroidery on it. There is a also a picture of the…


Added by Betty Higginbottom on February 13, 2011 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Petal Sleeve Tutorial

An easy as simple way to dress up sleeves!

by Project Run & Play

The curved edges of the cuff are piped in a contrasting fabric and overlap…


Added by Susan on February 11, 2011 at 6:07am — 2 Comments

Learn to Hem Jeans like a Professional {Tutorial}

Tiny Tidbits developed a tutorial for hemming jeans the way professional would. Hope you find this helpful!


What you'll need:

  • sewing machine
  • dark thread to match the…

Added by Susan on February 8, 2011 at 6:03am — 9 Comments

Reversible Fabric Basket Tutorial by "Notes From a Very Red Kitchen"

A nice quick project that renders a very useful reversible basket for just about any room in your home!


You will need:

  • 1 piece of outside fabric cut to 11" x 11"
  • 1 piece of inside fabric cut to 11" x 11"
  • 1…

Added by Susan on February 7, 2011 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

ReSewing a Lambswool Angora Blend Sweater

Another sweet thrift shop find!  Another sweater that was very small, and possibly already felted, found it's way into my hands a few weeks ago.  It's quite thick.  I loved the floral design and the off-white color.  I'm going to play with it today,and possibly make another purse. 


I'd love to make one of these:



Added by Susan on February 3, 2011 at 8:05am — 3 Comments

Ruffled Checkbook Cover Tutorial

Perfect for a beginner or maybe even a quick diy gift this checkbook cover tutorial is offered by Alisa of "The Sweet Life".  She not only shows you how to make the cover, but she also shows you how to ruffle your fabric too.  


You will need two pieces of fabric that measure 7” x 13” and a strip of fabric that is approximately 1.5”  x 12” for…


Added by Susan on February 3, 2011 at 3:30am — 7 Comments

How to Make a 1950's Vintage Style Apron - Video Tutorial

For all of you "apronistas" here is a two part video series offering a tutorial on how to make a 1950's style apron!


Part One: 



Part Two: …


Added by Susan on February 2, 2011 at 2:30am — 4 Comments

About the Selvage Edge

The selvage (US English) or selvedge (British English) is the term for the self-finished edges of fabric. The selvages keep the fabric from unraveling or fraying. The selvages are a result of how the fabric is created. In woven fabric, selvages are the edges that run parallel to the warp (the longitudinal threads that run the entire length of the fabric), and are created by the weft thread looping back at the end of each row. In knitted fabrics, selvages are the unfinished yet structurally…


Added by Susan on February 1, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

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