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November 2011 Blog Posts (20)

Life Takes on an Additional Direction

Right now I am experiencing an incredible sense of irony. At school, art class was right up there with PE (physical education) at the top of my ‘dreaded/oh do I have too’ list. I was much more the maths, physics and chemistry girl who loved to go to history class. And if anyone were to ask my children what Mum thinks of computers, they would tell you – she hates them. This is where IRONY starts screaming loudly. I am now launching both a website and a design and ‘ready to purchase’ sewing…


Added by Karen Pior on November 18, 2011 at 4:56am — No Comments

HELP! Please

I really, really need to find a Mccalls pattern #8876 size 12 or 14 from 1984.  Anyone have it for sale?

Added by Sue Barnum on November 17, 2011 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Bento Box Instructions & Pattern by Lark Crafts




Added by Susan on November 17, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Spotlight on Recycled Wool Owl Skirt by ReSweater


Our professional sweater upcycler ReSweater posted a photo (above) of a skirt she recently made out of felted sweaters.  Complete with an…


Added by Susan on November 17, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Mocha Vintage Apron Couture

 I made this beautiful apron set for a dear friend. This is going to look…

Added by Shannon on November 14, 2011 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Vintage Apron Couture

This Apron set was created for two little sisters as Christmas gifts. I…

Added by Shannon on November 14, 2011 at 10:04pm — No Comments

Quick to whip up coffee table covers

I made these very simple coffee table covers, after realizing my little tables that are about 15 years old look horrid, too horrid to be naked for my jewelry party!  I had ordered some really cool quilt 1/2 yard panels from after Christmas last year (super cheap), and had picked up some beaded fringe from the Dollar Store (YES, the Dollar Store!) as well...just…


Added by Rose Shoafstall Young on November 14, 2011 at 11:26am — No Comments

Claire skirt tutorial


This skirt was inspired by Princess dresses that were all over the place on Halloween. I wanted to make a skirt that has scallops like on a princess dress but is still easy to make. The Claire skirt fits the bill I think. 

Click here for the…


Added by camomma on November 10, 2011 at 10:26am — No Comments

Enter the SWN Thanksgiving Table Runner Challenge


Simply create and enter a unique table runner for your holiday table with a place card that mentions (to authenticate your runner) for your chance to win a pair of Silvermark Multi-Purpose Kitchen Shears.


Your entry…


Added by Susan on November 9, 2011 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Snowblossom Headband Tutorial and giveaway!

I recently made this headband for my cute little model. This was very easy to make with some Tulle scraps, Foldover Elastic and satin ribbon. I love how cute it looks on her and that it will work with both casual and formal clothes.

Click here to get the complete…


Added by camomma on November 8, 2011 at 11:13am — No Comments

Girls Top

I stitched this girls top recently for my niece.



Used Georgette and Lizzy Bizzy fabrics for this. Sleeves are puffy short one. And added an elastic band on the waist.





Added by chandak.shalini on November 8, 2011 at 12:31am — No Comments

Gathered Ribbon Carnation hairband Tutorial

Start with a 15" length of…

Added by Shannon on November 7, 2011 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Ribbon Storage

Once again "JACKPOT" at "MARDENS" I found many …

Added by Shannon on November 7, 2011 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Nordic Prince Tshirt Tutorial

Since my little monkey needed some full sleeved tops for the fall-winter season, I was slicing and dicing some designs in my head and I kept on coming back to the sleeve part again and again. Why does it have to be such a long process, there has to be a better way of doing it. Finally I thought of this design and decided to give it a try.

I like how it turned out, it fits…


Added by camomma on November 6, 2011 at 6:55pm — No Comments

Refashion Tutorial - Ruffled Shoulder Business



Added by Ruby Murray on November 6, 2011 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

"Wandering Pleats" Curtains

For a Bedroom? I'd love to see a tutorial on how to make these.…

Added by Susan on November 4, 2011 at 11:10am — No Comments

Tutorial My little butterfly Jumper dress for infants

Here's the infant butterfly romper that I recently made.

I like that this romper doesn't require any complicated pattern, so it can be easily scaled to the size of any child. The shoulder straps and the elastic at the back ensures that it will grow with the children.…


Added by camomma on November 3, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Tutorial: Two-color Pieced Pants For Toddlers


Here's tutorial for making two color pieced pants for toddlers. These will work great with a multicolored dress or top. You could also use the same technique to add a couple of inches to an existing pair of pants, which fit well at the waist but have become an inch or two, too short with a growth spurt.


I have paired these pants with a…


Added by camomma on November 1, 2011 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Kids Tshirt refashion for fall/winter



At the end of summer, I was left with a pile of perfectly fine, well fitting almost new Tshirts of my daughter. These Tshirts would work perfectly except that they were all half-sleeved. "They would be too short by next summer...if only they had sleeves..." I found myself thinking. And then I realized, adding sleeves won't be that hard, after all I…


Added by camomma on November 1, 2011 at 7:00pm — 9 Comments

Lehanga for Diwali


I stitched this ghaghra (Lehanga) for my niece. I used an old net saree, a brocade material (for lining) and a cotton lining.



Used remaining material from saree for dupatta. Top(Choli) is not yet ready, so used a blouse for top. I plan to have a long top (till waist) and hang dupatta from side.Top will be a combination of lining…


Added by chandak.shalini on November 1, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

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