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Susan's Blog – January 2010 Archive (17)

Sew a Weighted Blanket

Craft Nectar created this weighted blanket for her young child due to its' calming properties, and shares this excellent tutorial demonstrating how it is done. Weighted blankets are sometimes used as a therapy for autism, ADD, and other sensory conditions. Please note that you should consult your doctor to find out if this kind of blanket would be beneficial and to determine the amount of weight that is appropriate for you or your child.… Continue

Added by Susan on January 30, 2010 at 8:04am — 8 Comments

Fabric Roses Valentine's Wreath Tutorial

Romantic and Pretty, isn't it! Do you want to make one of these beauties for your front door? I think you should! Here is what you need: 1 foam heart 1 1/2 yard white party tafetta or satin (you could also… Continue

Added by Susan on January 27, 2010 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Valentine Pennie Pockets Sewing Tutorial

Valentine Pennie Pockets Tutorial

Four little nosegay Pennie Pockets of Valentine happiness.

Fill with treats and love... hang on a front door handle..

what you need:

  • 6 slices of a…

Added by Susan on January 21, 2010 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

How to Sew Mittens

Photograph: Frank Baron

More snow flurries are on the way, so Perri Lewis has devised a simple craft project to keep your hands warm

What you need:

Old jumper or sweater, (at least 50% wool)

Pillow case




Added by Susan on January 20, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Sew a Kids Valentine Chair Backer - Tutorial

These fun bags hang on the back of the kids' chair on Valentine's Day at breakfast or at school, filled with goodies! This tutorial, by Amy of "Our Scoop" is *very* well written. If you make one of these please post a photo! what you need: • 1/2 yard of… Continue

Added by Susan on January 19, 2010 at 7:50am — 3 Comments

Sew a Bed Warmer - Tutorial

There are several fabrics that you can make awesome bed warmers with, such as cotton chenille, cotton flannel or plain cotton fabric. I prefer chenille or flannel as you want it to be cozy and soft. The fabric should be made from a natural fiber because the synthetic fabric can sweat when the bed warmer is heated. You can make a bed warmer filled with feed corn, rice or buckwheat. Feed corn is recommended, because it is very inexpensive and it apparently stays… Continue

Added by Susan on January 18, 2010 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

Crazy Patch Valentine Wall Hanging Pattern

Try this fun, crazypatch wall hanging for a little bit of love. Add it to your Valentine’s Day decorations and enjoy making it, too. What you need: 1/4 yard

cotton fabric for the outer border 1/8 yard

cotton for inner border 3/8 yard

cotton fabric for… Continue

Added by Susan on January 15, 2010 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

How to sew set-in sleeves, the easy way!

This is an excellent photo tutorial by Alexis aka "SmarmyClothes" of Alexis is a self-taught seamstress and crafter... pretty much everything she learned was by reading tutorials and how-tos, or good, old fashioned trial-and-error. Alexis demonstrates a perfectly legitimate way of attaching a sleeve, and it is easier. This will method only work if you haven't already sewn up your side seams.…


Added by Susan on January 12, 2010 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Make a Child's Decorative Mannequin

If you design, or sew kids clothing, and need to see how they might look, this is a great solution. This pretty mannequin is made of a torch stand, dowelling, muslin, and towelling, with a little bit of… Continue

Added by Susan on January 12, 2010 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Valentine Heart Wreath Sewing Project

Valentines Day is just around the corner. Try this wreath for a nice touch. what you need: 14" grapevine wreath OR trace around a dinner plate on cardboard. ( Trace again inside this circle about 1" from outer edge. ) Various red and pink

fabrics for hearts. Various red and pink …


Added by Susan on January 11, 2010 at 4:00am — 7 Comments

I Spy Softie Book Tutorial

If you have some fun novelty fabrics for pre-school kids, and don't know what to do with it all, this project is perfect for you. For this size book, you want to make sure your …


Added by Susan on January 8, 2010 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Sew Ballet Slippers

Here's an easy way to make some really cute slippers! Shabby Raggy Roses wrote this tutorial and I am so glad they did as I was on my way into the city today for new slippers. There is a 'Slipper base' template & 'Slipper top' template to download and print. If your foot is larger, add the extra length of your measured foot to the tails of the slipper top and to the sole to make a perfect fit.… Continue

Added by Susan on January 7, 2010 at 6:21am — 10 Comments

How to Sew a Draft Stopper

How to make a draught excluder

Sew a simple draft stopper to keep the cold weather at bay! Line the bottom of your doorways and windows to reduce heat loss. Use old curtains, heavy sheets, tablecloths, an old pair of jeans, or whatever you can tear apart. It takes a matter of minutes to make a plain draft stopper, and if you use interesting fabric it doesn't have to look boring. Or you can turn it into a ECOutletsnake, like the fab vintage ones above. What you need:

- A… Continue

Added by Susan on January 6, 2010 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

Sew a Snow Ruffle Pillow

This step by step tutorial will give you the basics on how to create your "snow" ruffle. There is some hand sewing involved. Beautiful "waves" of "snow drifts" (ruffles) adorn these pillows to give a romantic wintery look!

Please visit V & Co for the tutorial!…


Added by Susan on January 5, 2010 at 1:00am — 24 Comments

Through Ups and Downs of Illness, Creativity Endures

I thought this was a story worth sharing:

Janet Dennard can still hear the hum of her sewing machine. Late at night, the memory of it lulls her back to sleep. Ms. Dennard, 56, who loves to sew and crochet and has battled bipolar disorder for the better part of her life, does not miss the low points. But she does miss the high ones. When she channeled her elevated moods into her work, she produced scarves and hats by the armful.

“With manic-depressive illness, you’re really… Continue

Added by Susan on January 4, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Sew a Wrist Pincushion

You can make these easily from fabric scraps, some filling, and velcro. The…


Added by Susan on January 4, 2010 at 6:03am — 9 Comments

Quilting - New Trends With 100% Die Cut Quilt and Fabric Kits

A developing market niche in the quilting world is 100% die cut quilt kits. Although precut kits have been sold for a number of years, die cut kits take the cutting a step further. Precut kits provide the quilter larger pieces of

fabric which need to be cut into smaller quilt pieces. 100% die cut kits provide all pieces, borders, and binding cut and ready to sew.… Continue

Added by Susan on January 1, 2010 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

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