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December 2010 Blog Posts (26)

2010 Round Up of Your Fave How Tos and Sewing from the LT Experience

This post originally appeared on my Blog: The LT Experience on December 30th, 2010.



I thought some of you awesome sewists would love to have a round up of your favourite tutorials and sewing projects from Tawny Bee this year.


Top 10 of your favourite LT Experience blog posts from the past year:

(Actually it's only from the last half of the year since I set Google Analytics up in June)



Added by Tawny B. on December 30, 2010 at 1:24pm — 1 Comment


$9.99 a jelly roll. OH MY WORD BARGAIN. I of course had to refrain myself from buying all that they had. I had to remind myself to be nice and leave some for other quilters. So now I will be making some jelly roll quilts and projects in the new year. YEAH GO…

Added by Shannon on December 29, 2010 at 10:03pm — 7 Comments


Hi Everyone I have been busy finishing my husbands Christmas gifts of course his are last to be done as everyone elses has to be mailed by the end of November.  I hope everyone has finished their projects and is ready to enjoy the season

Added by Heather Hughes on December 21, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

What next?

Having finished my Irish Themed Quilt, I am in a state of disbelief lol !  I was chatting to some ladies at a line dancing group and I have got two more orders for bed throws!!  Can you imagine it!!  One wants peachy brown autumn tones and the design is completely up to me (yipee!!) and the other wants one for their parent's wedding anniversary, 70 years!!  Yes, its platinum apparantly, so my imagination is going mad lol!


How's your projects going, please share!!

Added by Judith Mercer on December 19, 2010 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Tutu Tutorial


Hi, everyone here is a tutorial for a tutu I made for my three year old daughter to attend ballet class., It's easy quick and a very forgiving project.


You will need:

  • 1 m of white tulle
  • 1 m of pink tulle
  • 1,25 m of pink biais
  • 1,50 m of white ribbon that is a least o.5 mm width less than your…

Added by Chicnjoy on December 17, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments


This blog is dedicated to all the dolls I have and to all the doll lovers alike. My doll is wearing some of the clothes I have made for her and in time I will add other dolls and their clothes. This is one of a few past time hobbies for me and I like to see  little girls faces light up when they play and enquire…


Added by Miss Creative on December 17, 2010 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

Sewing a Way of Life?

I am new to this social website. I must say I have found it to be quite positive. In my profile I mention some of my history, but I would like to share with you (like minded artists) my dream. I used to think my only dream was to start my business, but I have come to the point in my decision that it is more than just a business. Some may have a business as a mere moneymaker, and others to use their…


Added by Carolina G's Sew Exceptional on December 12, 2010 at 11:06am — 12 Comments

Irish Themed Quilt

Hi, Just thought I'd mention a bit about the Irish Themed Quilt I have just finished. It was made for a friend to give her father for Christmas (so no pressure for time there then!!)

I got some beautiful brilliant white and some lovely emerald green fabrics from the Chilworth Quilt Festival as well as the perfect shade of black/brown fat quarter for the guinness glass.

Shamrock shaped buttons, assorted green squares, football…


Added by Judith Mercer on December 11, 2010 at 5:45pm — 3 Comments

Holiday Sewing

Almost done with the holiday sewing, then I need to get to some of the more traditional Christmas activities.

Decorating the tree, sending out cards, cleaning the house, shopping, hair, oh my goodness, where does the time go.

Honestly, I can't hardly think about anything outside of my sewing room. I'm already thinking about what I'm going to sew after Christmas. I'm thinking a raincoat for my dog Otis to keep him dry on our walks, and a doggy bed.

Happy sewing…


Added by Pam on December 11, 2010 at 2:10pm — 2 Comments

Sew, What's New

What a great site please join.

Added by ga447 on December 11, 2010 at 10:23am — No Comments

Bias Tape Tutorial

Don't be afraid of the big bad Bias! I used to be and then found a great way to make it easily. I want to share it with you.

Bias tape takes a good bit of fabric, but it's still less expensive than buying the pre-packaged kind. In my estimate and experience, you can make approximately 5-6 yards of bias tape form 1 yard of fabric.

Okay, let's begin.

Step #1

Lay your fabric on a flat surface. Open the fabric…


Added by Angee Barbe on December 10, 2010 at 1:57pm — 24 Comments

sewing with velvet or velveteen

Hi Everyone

I have a question about sewing with velvet. What is the trick to sewing it, I tried making a small toiletry bag

but when sewing the seams either the top piece of fabric or the bottom piece would shift so that at the end of the seam there would be an overhang of fabric. There must be a trick to sewing it?

Added by Sharon Stearns on December 9, 2010 at 10:47pm — 3 Comments

Case for the TAG Reading System

This is a bag I made for keeping the books, cord, Pen and everything for the Leapster TAG reading system that we're giving our grandson (5 years old) for Christmas.

Gee - can you tell they live in the Indianapolis area?…


Added by Londa Rohlfing on December 8, 2010 at 10:21pm — 2 Comments

sewing tips

i have several sewing tips. one tip is to use masking tape as a guide on the sewing machine if you are a beginner sewer. make own patterns and templates from wrapping paper. make copies of patterns and templates. make stencils from cardstock. store patterns and templates in zip top bags. store stencils in zip top bags. store purchased patterns in shoe boxes. store safety pins in a flip top container. store pins in a flip top container. store bottons in a dairy creamer container.

Added by Kivia Brown on December 8, 2010 at 5:08pm — 4 Comments

It's nearly Christmas

It's nearly Christmas so the TV adverts would have us beleive, but honestly its a good 17 days away, thats ages!!

Us sewers know how much work we can get done in that amount of time, so I am doing my very best to go to work, keep house, cook meals, work over 30 hours a week, sew a quilt and oh yes, sleep occasionally!

I am under pressure to finish this irish quilt, I have a deadline, Christmas Eve, and I am a good way through it. I have bought the fleece backing now, so I… Continue

Added by Judith Mercer on December 8, 2010 at 3:02pm — 2 Comments

Help me decide.......... My hubby and I ballroom dance (social, not DWTS!) and New Year's Eve is always a fun time for which I always make a new gown (and since I owned a fabric shop in town for 1…

Help me decide..........

My hubby and I ballroom dance (social, not DWTS!) and New Year's Eve is always a fun time for which I always make a new gown (and since I owned a fabric shop in town for 13 years - many 'watch' for what I make each year it seems). I found a wonderful velour panne type velvet knit in a ruby red with embossed starbursts while I was in Atlanta this summer for the American…


Added by Londa Rohlfing on December 7, 2010 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

Christmas Apron

Kitchen Aprons are coming back in style with some pretty incredible designs and creative styles. I thought I would try my hand at one today for a neighbor and I must say I do like the way it came out. The original pattern I used was found at…


Added by Shannon on December 7, 2010 at 6:17pm — 3 Comments

Escape to the Sewing Studio

I had a very stressful week last week both professionally & personally and, unfortunately, it carried over into Monday. So when I left work last night I asked The Love how he felt about having pizza from the local Italian restaurant for dinner. "Mmmm, yum," he said. Then I made him an offer. He could sit in his easy chair all evening and watch TV uninterrupted, if I could "escape" to my sewing studio. Now, seriously, how could he refuse an offer like… Continue

Added by Gloria Allender on December 7, 2010 at 4:11pm — 7 Comments

French Seams Tutorial

Some of you may have heard of "French Seams" but didn't really know what they were or how they differed from regular seams. We've talked about french seams on SWN before.

Kathleen of Grosgrain Fabulous tells us not to be intimidated just because they're called 'french'. They are actually quite simple. Learn how to do a french seam with Kathleen's great video…

Added by Susan on December 7, 2010 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Poinsetta Decorative Pillow Tutorial

Christie from "A Lemon Squeezy Home" developed this tutorial based on a Pottery Barn pillow for a fraction of the cost. She picked up a couple of fabric poinsettia's at Wal-Mart for a buck a piece, and a package or two of bells, and… Continue

Added by Susan on December 6, 2010 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

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