Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Tutorial and pattern: Batwing sweater top

Mayra from So Sew Easy shares a free pattern for making this batwing sweater top. It has the perfect mix of slouch and fit, loose through the top and fitting snug around the waist and the wrists. It can be… Read more ...

Tutorial: Clear vinyl zip pouches

These clear vinyl zip pouches are a happy way to store your little stuff, whether it’s cosmetics or craft supplies or other small items. HungryHippie Sews shares a tutorial showing how to make them. The colored clearn vinyl adds such… Read more ...

Tutorial: Chair or bench cushion slipcover

This bench started off as a dated and worn thrift store find, but look how beautiful it is now! A coat of paint and a cover for the cushion do wonders to update the style. Cami from Tidbits shows how… Read more ...

Tutorial and pattern: Girls leggings with a yoga waistband

I don’t know how people dressed their girls for winter before leggings. They’re perfect for all the layering you need to do to keep warm in the winter, especially kids who like to play outside. Jamie from Scattered Thoughts of… Read more ...

Tutorial: Sundance squash blossom quilt

Melissa from Polka Dot Chair shares a tutorial for making her striking Sundance squash blossom quilt. The large pieces make this quilt quick to sew. The design is also nice for showing off solids! Click below for her tutorial: Sundance … Read more ...

Video tutorial: Quick casserole carrier

Beth from The Renegade Seamstress has taken her popular casserole carrier tutorial and created a 1-minute video showing how it’s put together. The insulated carrier wraps around a rectangular baking dish and has loops at the top where you can… Read more ...

Tutorial and pattern: Adorable corgi dog softie

Quigley the Corgi is the cutest little dog softie! How can you not love him when he’s got those sweet ears and of course the heart in his hands? Jenny from Fluffmonger has a free pattern and tutorial to share… Read more ...

Keep the Rabbit out of this

When Luis was born, Joe’s mum Carol lost her mind in the most charming way, and showed pictures of that kid to every single person who lived on earth. We called it the Nana-cam, and she whipped out snaps of her darling boy at every possible opportunity. On the bus, in restaurants, in the queue at the bank, attending an exercise class… no person and no situation was a grandson free zone. I remember thinking it was lovely that she was so proud and so delighted, but also heaving a sigh of relief that I would never be swept up like that. I am not that sort of person, I thought, smiling as she whipped out her phone again. Yeah. Well… wasn’t I cute, because this morning as I started getting this post together I reflected for a moment that maybe you guys wouldn’t want an Elliot post two in a row. I thought maybe I should write about something else, like maybe cables or how to count rows, and that maybe I should get a grip on myself when it came to the grandson thing and then honest to goodness I swear to the lot of you, I realized that I could not imagine that even one of you did not want to see pictures of him in his new sweater, and as I thought that – I had another thought simultaneously, and it was “Oh no I am the Nana-cam”. So I guess I am, and look! Elliot has a new sweater! This is Flax Light, knit in the fabulous new sweater striping yarn from Gauge Dye Works. It’s a thing now. They made some, it sold out, but they’re making more, because it’s pretty much the coolest ever. It is definitely cooler than Elliot’s rabbit, which is not living up to expectations. (I am unclear on how the rabbit is disappointing him, but I think we can all agree that his position is clear.) I’m loving this little sweater, and Megan and Alex are too – it’s soft, thin, wearable as clothes rather than a layer, and looks great on him. If I can get that yarn in another colourway, I’ll make him another one. Something’s got to make up for the rabbit.

Heart & Soul Fabric Panel by Deena Rutter

I’ve been working on a project with Deena Rutter’s Heart and Soul fabric collection (for Riley Blake Designs) for a few months now and I’m finally ready to share the big finish. In addition to a 10″ x 10″ stack of pre-cut squares, I also incorporated a few Riley Blake Confetti Cotton solids (Riley Coral, Persimmon, Autumn, Rain Forest, Coastal Blue, and Charcoal) and the new Kisses basic in Vintage White. In addition to the prints and solids, I was so excited to incorporate pieces from this darling coordinating panel. The post Heart & Soul Fabric Panel by Deena Rutter appeared first on Diary of a Quilter - a quilt blog.

Garden Plots Quilt

Hello, fellow bakers! I’m Alison from Little Bunny Quilts back today sharing a brand new quilt featuring Voyage by Kate Spain! Lately, I’ve really enjoyed making and using big blocks to make quilts and this quilt uses only sixteen 18″ blocks to make a very generous throw sized quilt! With no triangles to piece, this quilt would be easy to piece for a confident beginner with a mastery of the 1/4″ seam. Let’s put new blades in our rotary cutters and new needles in our machines and get to work! This quilt finishes at 76″ square. One Jelly Roll of Voyage by Kate Spain 4.5 yards teal trellis print for backing + piecing 1/3 yard blue trellis print for piecing 1 yard pink trellis print for piecing and binding One Jelly Roll Bella White -or- 3 yards Bella White Note: All of the background piecing can be cut from a jelly roll -or- yardage — it’s your choice! From your background, cut 32 rectangles 18.5″ by 2.5″ and 224 2.5″ squares. Also cut 8 WOF strips 2.5″ long — these will be used as th..

Video: Mark Double-Ended Darts Accurately for Fine Sewing

Accurate fabric marking is a key step in fitting and sewing clothes.

Tutorial: Reverse applique patchwork heart pillow

This Liberty patchwork heart pillow is LOVE. Amanda from A Crafty Fox shares a tutorial at Diary of a Quilter showing how to create the patchwork reverse applique pillow. Her tutorial just shows how to make the front of the… Read more ...

Tutorial: 3 ways to rip out a seam

Nobody likes ripping seams, but sooner or later you’re gonna make a mistake in your sewing and you’ll find yourself needing to remove the stitches. Most of us reach for our seam ripper, but there are other options for ripping… Read more ...

Tutorial: Gym clothes laundry bag

Like many people, Cat from Mary Martha Mama is using the New Year to motivate her to be healthier. One of things she is doing is going to the gym. She doesn’t like carrying home the dirty gym clothes in… Read more ...

Tutorial: Knotted crinkle teething toy for baby

Laura from A Beautiful Mess show show you can make a crinkly teething toy for baby. It’s made from fabric knotted around a wooden ring. Plastic between the layers makes them crinkle when baby plays with the fabric. They’re easy… Read more ...

Confetti Cabins Quilt

Hi quilters! This is Kristina from Center Street Quilts and I’m delighted to be sharing my Confetti Cabins quilt tutorial with you today. When I saw Vanessa Christenson’s new Ombre Confetti Metallic line, I fell in love and knew it would be the perfect fabric to re-imagine a favorite traditional block–the log cabin! My quilting preferences are a mix of traditional and modern and I particularly enjoy using classic blocks combined with fun, new elements. Confetti Cabins does just that by merging the beloved log cabin quilt block with sparkly fabric and an unconventional block setting. I hope you’ll enjoy following along with this tutorial and please let me know if you make your own Confetti Cabins quilt! This quilt finishes at 70″ x 98″. 2 Jelly Rolls (Ombre Confetti Metallic by V and Co.) 4.25 yards background fabric (Bella Solid 9900 200) 6 yards backing fabric (pieced with a vertical seam) 2/3 yards binding fabric Before you begin: Read through the entire tutorial Width of Fabric ..

How to tackle a repetitive sewing project and keep it fun

Pam from Threading My Way just completed a sizable sewing project – 30 library bags to give to children in need. The bags themselves were pretty simple, but the volume was quite significant. It can be hard on big projects… Read more ...

Team

I’m ready to talk about the hats. A few weeks before Christmas, I noticed that the Tiny Lumberjack hat that I’d knit for Elliot was too small. (He’s really a rather petit little fellow, but growing like a weed.) Meg had it on him with the brim folded down and well… it triggered some grandmother knitting. I decided he should have a new, bigger one for Christmas. Easy enough. I mucked around with the pattern, changed it to worsted weight, and made it big enough to last him a good long time. One evening while I was knitting it, Joe looked over and complimented the hat and said he’d really like one just like it. Then Pato said the same thing, and then I started thinking about how much Sam loves it when people have matching clothes, and an idea was born. It was a crazy idea – I see that now. I decided I would pound out eight of those hats, one for everyone* knit in time for Christmas. This idea, as mad as it was, had a lot going for it. a) this is a very cute hat. b) who doesn’t need a hat, also they are faster to knit than socks. c) Sam loves matching things so much that I imagined that when she figured out we all had matching hats, she would probably go bananas. I started. I bought the yarn (then I bought more yarn, seeing immediately that I didn’t have enough**) and then I just kept knitting them. At every occasion I pulled out a grey cabled hat with a red and white striped brim, and nobody said anything. Nobody in the family caught on that there were multiples of this hat… and as the hats waxed and waned across my instagram feed, progress gained, lost, then gained again… not a single person left a comment that said anything like “Wing of moth, how long is it going to take you to knit that hat” or “Did you have to rip back? Were you not almost done that beast?” or “Is this all you knit now?” (Which would have at least been accurate. It was all I knit. Me. That hat. Morning. Night. By the fire. By the tree. On buses. On airplanes. Everywhere. That hat. All the time. By Christmas morning I had (almost) all the hats knit. I wrapped them all up, with a label that read “For Joe (and Sam)” “For Meg (and Sam)” “For Alex (and Sam)” and I handed them all out at once. Sam was enchanted and excited…. It was as awesome as I thought it might be, and everyone was so happy, so delighted to be like each other – it got me thinking about teams and uniforms and that maybe Sam is onto something with the matching stuff – maybe it’s comforting to know who’s on your side at a glance. This was confirmed for me the other night, at our regular dinner with Elliot (and it’s nice to see Meg and Alex too) when Joe wore his hat, and then Ken arrived wearing his, and Elliot looked up at the two of them and you could just see his little mind processing the fact that they had the same hat on, his eyes flicking from pom pom to pom pom. Ken noticed him looking and leaned in. “That’s right” he said. “It’s the same hat….” “It’s how you can spot your people.” *I look pretty phallic in most hats, and this one is no exception. I skipped the one for me. **Wrong again. I have heaps of leftovers. Yarn insecurity is a terrible thing.

Tutorial: Heart earbud zip pouch

With a teenager in the house, earbuds are a hot commodity for our family. It seems we are always looking for a pair that have gotten lost. Alicia from Sew What Alicia shares a tutorial at Polka Dot Chair showing… Read more ...

2018 Make Nine Plans and Wardrobe Goals

Hello everyone! Blogging again in less than a week? It can't be! I blame it on the sub zero - ok fine, sub 30 - temperatures in my barn that manage to defy the strength of my puny pellet stove. (Later today I'm meeting with some heating contractors, wish me luck!) Part of it may be that I'm quite excited to share my sewing goals for 2018. My personal, mostly non-blueprints projects to help round out my own personal wardrobe. I've written really, really extensively about my wardrobe on this blog. It's an ever evolving process but I feel like I'm finally catching up to it. Either I'm speeding up or it's slowing down. I think that's part of moving into the adult realm. Here's what I confirmed about my style in 2017.I say confirmed, because many of these are things I already knew but have now crystallized in my brain, big time. 1. My style tends to shift and my love for garments waxes and wanes. This is my biggest challenge as somebody who ..