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November 2010 Blog Posts (44)

Stitching an Apron - My suggestions for easier stitching on Simplicity 3752

Apron Stitching - Arghhh to Simplicity Directions!

This week I took time to stitch up an apron for Dear Daughter - to go with her decor of her first little home with #1 Grandson and wonderful new hubby! Thought it would come in handy as she does Christmas cooking in her first home's little…


Added by Londa Rohlfing on November 29, 2010 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

Make Unique One-Of-A-Kind Christmas Sweater Stockings

Sweaters with unusual pockets, embroidered plackets, beaded yokes, collars, or buttons make excellent and unique stockings, and making a stocking from a patterned sweater creates the illusion that you knit them yourself. Shhhhh don't tell them any different....…


Added by Susan on November 29, 2010 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Simple Sweater Hat Tutorial - Upcycling Project

Nancy, of Nancy's Couture makes making winter hats a snap using sweaters. It's so easy - it's not even funny... check out this tutorial and whip out some of those old sweaters you won't wear to make some new hats!…


Added by Susan on November 25, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments

Burp Cloths Tutorial by A Chelsea Morning

I am expecting a new niece or nephew on both sides of our family this spring. That's baby x 2! So this tutorial caught my eye. I am definitely going to try this, I love the idea of using the prefolded diapers as they are so nice and absorbent. Barb of "A Chelsea Morning" developed this tutorial and she did a really nice job of taking us through…


Added by Susan on November 23, 2010 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Winter Snow Blossom Fleece Hat Sewing Tutorial by Rae

This fantastic tutorial by Rae Hoekstra demonstrates how to make a custom-sized fleece hat for any size head (adult, baby, or child). The tutorial shows you how to make the hat with flowers. Rae recommends…


Added by Susan on November 22, 2010 at 4:00am — 3 Comments

Organic Fabrics – What are They and Why Should We Use Them?

Organic Fabrics – What are They and Why Should We Use Them?

By Nikki MacCallum, NikkiDesigns

We are all familiar with the term “organic” when it comes to food. But do you know what it means for a fabric to be organic? And why should we care?

In the first part of this series I would like to talk about one of the world’s largest crops that we are all familiar with, cotton. We have long been told of cotton’s many benefits and we assume because it’s natural, it…


Added by Nicolette MacCallum on November 21, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Marathon Weekend Sewing - Abrupt Ending

Bad news: My Marathon Sewing Weekend came to an abrupt halt about 10 minutes ago with a phone call from The Love announcing he was on his way home, ETA 1 hour. Huh?

Good news: The reason he's coming home is that he is the bigger winner at poker and everyone else is out of money. Woo-hoo! Seriously, they play for quarters so we are not talking high stakes poker here. But still. . . The Love sees himself as the worst poker player in the group so we tend to get really excited if he gets… Continue

Added by Gloria Allender on November 21, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments


I am a scrapbooker that is slowly incorporating a lot of sewing projects into my week's now. I needed to come up with a sewing table but not loose my scrapbook table I use when my friends come over. So Hubby came up with a table top made from 3/4" thick solid white plastic sheet measured 30 x 60 that I can place over my white folding table and place it in the spare bedroom on the bed when I need it for any scrapping I do with my friends. He also…


Added by Shannon on November 20, 2010 at 10:40pm — 3 Comments

Marathon Weekend Sewing Part 2

I had a very productive day.…


Added by Gloria Allender on November 20, 2010 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Marathon Weekend Sewing Part 1

The Love is out camping with his buddies this weekend and I am so psyched about being able to sew & create all weekend. Here is what I accomplished last night.…


Added by Gloria Allender on November 20, 2010 at 8:17am — 13 Comments

Sewing Areas

Upon browsing my inbox and Miss Creative's blog spot this afternoon, I got inspired. It got me to thinking....yeah, dangerous, we all know that by now! :)


Let's have a little FUN shall we!


Miss C is the luckiest seamstress I know. She's getting a brand new and improved sewing room (area)! How awesome is that!? That's when I thought......wouldn't it be interesting if we could glance into one anothers…


Added by Angee Barbe on November 19, 2010 at 4:00pm — 19 Comments

Extending my sewing room (hooray)...

But it needs decorating, my brother started stripping the old wallpaper so that the walls can be nicely plastered. I am very grateful for his help but he seems to want to do it in his own time and I get frustrated because I want it done like 'now'. I have now decided to have a go at it myself because the room that I sew in at the moment feels suffocating.




Added by Miss Creative on November 19, 2010 at 1:30pm — 14 Comments

Pattern Perfect Sewing


Added by Susan on November 19, 2010 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Tutorial - Patching Ripped Jeans

Kris @ "Resweater" wrote up this tutorial and dedicated it to everyone with little boys. She recently got a new sewing machine, a Baby Lock BL9, and was trying out some of the cool features on it. Kris used a piece of felted cashmere to patch her little boys jeans.

Visit Kris' blog to find out how easily she did…

Added by Susan on November 18, 2010 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

Frosted Flowers Cardigan Upcycle Project

Want one of these? You will need a cardigan and an old t-shirt.


Download this flower cut-out pattern…


Added by Susan on November 17, 2010 at 3:00am — 3 Comments


Added by Shannon on November 16, 2010 at 6:29pm — 4 Comments

Diaper Bag

Added by Shannon on November 16, 2010 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments


At the recent Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Kansas City MO I saw some really cute fabric pumpkins in a booth called Sew Cherished. The owner of Sew Cherished, Dawn, hand dyes wool and sells it along with other needlework and quilting items. I walked away without purchasing anything, but those pumpkins just planted themselves in my head and would not go away. As you… Continue

Added by Gloria Allender on November 16, 2010 at 3:51pm — 1 Comment

Sweet Confection Pillow Tutorial by Susan @ Living with Punks

This really is a simple pillow to make. It's just rows of pom-pom fringe sewn on with a zig-zag stitch. The back is an easy envelope closure. Susan @ Living with Punks developed this tutorial and shares it with everyone here. I really like her style!…


Added by Susan on November 16, 2010 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Clothes I have made.

This cowl neck poncho I made last week & it took 2 and a half hours. I made a pattern of my own and this is the result. Also I doubled the Jersey fabric to make it heavier and warmer.

Added by Miss Creative on November 15, 2010 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

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