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Featured Blog Posts – November 2010 Archive (24)

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

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 Part 2

I had a very productive day.…


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

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


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

Playful Partridge Ornament Pattern & Tutorial

Four partridges

"Four Partridges"

Here is a… Continue

Added by Susan on November 12, 2010 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Productive days!

As I sit here on the couch watching college football, digesting turkey and talking to y'all.......I reflect!

I hit the floor running at 6:30 am. I could have slept in today because of the holiday, but no.........I got my usual wake up call from the kitchen with my 14 year old rummaging around the pantry looking for breakfast. Suprising, I wasn't even upset about this unstoppable hunt for food. I was excited about what was on my own…


Added by Angee Barbe on November 11, 2010 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Apron & Napkins

Here is the apron I just finished, along with some Fall napkins I whipped up.

The blue accent fabric on the apron is called Falling Coffee Beans, I think. It is just small coffee beans sprinkled on the blue background. The pattern is the Vintage Style Apron from It is unique because of the way the ties attach to the apron…


Added by Gloria Allender on November 11, 2010 at 1:29pm — 5 Comments

Holiday Gifts

It's time to take a trip down memory lane........come on now, bear with me. It may be a little sad, but it's worth it.

First off, this is a dedication to my loving mom and what she taught me. I wish I had only known sooner the impact she and her crafting adventures had on me and expressed that to her. Unfortunately, I did not get the chance because she went to be with our Lord last November. She is missed!

Now, let's travel. I remember my mom was huge into…


Added by Angee Barbe on November 10, 2010 at 9:24pm — 14 Comments

Make a Fabric Poppy for Veterans Day

Here's a quick tutorial on how to make a fabric poppy pin for Veteran's Day by Cheryl of

Fiber Arts & Quilting blog.

You will need:

- needle and thread black buttons or beads

- scraps of red fabric 10 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide

- a pin back with holes to sew through


Added by Susan on November 10, 2010 at 6:19pm — No Comments

Dishtowel Makeover Tutorials

Dishtowel makeovers. When I saw these tutorials that

Maya @ Sew Chic & Unique shared, I wanted to share them with you too. My dishtowels are looking kinda... well, they are really blah! I am sew going to do this today! What was I thinking when I picked up those *white* kitchen towels at the kitchen accessory store anyway...

well, I did get a smoking deal. I'll spruce them up with …


Added by Susan on November 10, 2010 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

The Finish Line

Why is it so hard to stop in the middle of a project?

Maybe it's the fear of not finishing it. Maybe it's the anticipation of seeing it complete. Or, maybe it's because we just love to sew that much!

I prefer to think it's because I love to sew that much. However, I'm plagued by this 'finish line' phenomenon with other activities, painting, organizing, cooking, etc.

Is it really a bad thing? I mean, lots of tasks…


Added by Angee Barbe on November 9, 2010 at 6:26pm — 6 Comments

Super Easy Removable Pillow Cover Tutorial by Sparkle Power

Candace at Sparkle Power posted this easy removable pillow cover tutorial. These covers make washing a breeze. I agree with Candace, it's nice to simply be able to slip the cover off and replace it with another when you're ready for a new look. If you have kids, grandkids, pets, the ability to wash the covers is appealing. You could even make them out of holiday fabric and change them with each of the holidays throughout the year.… Continue

Added by Susan on November 9, 2010 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

More Fabric....................40%, is a good deal or not?

Call me crazy.....okay, probably most people do.....but I just can't seem to pass up a 40% coupon at Joann's! IT IS, truely, crazy......because the discount only applies to non-sale items and most items in that store are on Sale. The items that aren't on sale are usually the ones that are way out of my budget anyway...........and yet........I can't help myself.

I'm beginning to wonder if I should start FBA (Fabric Buyers Anonymous). We could all meet at the discount fabric…


Added by Angee Barbe on November 8, 2010 at 3:59pm — 4 Comments

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