Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Liberty Hexagon Heart Pillow Tutorial

This year I personally invited some of my favorite, creative and inspiring quilters to share their creativity and knowledge here. I’m so excited to see what they create and share! This adorable heart pillow by Amanda (in the gorgeous Liberty Lawns, no less! The post Liberty Hexagon Heart Pillow Tutorial appeared first on Diary of a Quilter - a quilt blog.

Tutorial: Fingerless gloves made from socks

Anna from Journey into Creativity shows an easy way to make some cute fingerless gloves. Start with socks!! It takes just a few easy steps to turn them into some fingerless gloves to keep your hands warm on a cold… Read more ...

Tutorial and pattern: Knit jogger pants for an 18″ doll

Jess from Gracious Threads shares a free sewing pattern at Fleece Fun for making knit joggers for an 18″ doll. You can make them from scraps of knit fabric. If you don’t have knit scraps, look through your closet (or… Read more ...

Tutorial: Beautiful lace overlay clutch purse

This lace clutch is a beautiful finishing touch for a dressy outfit or a night out on the town. It’s also a good project to make use of smaller cuts of lace. Sew4Home has a tutorial showing how you can… Read more ...

Tutorial: DIY corded bag handles

Making bags is all about the details. Petro from Creative Homemaking shows how you can create corded handles to give your bag a more polished look. They look like they would be hard to make, but they’re actually quite easy. … Read more ...

Tutorial: Felted wool fingerless gloves

Susan from Oh My! Creative shares a tutorial for making these felted wool fingerless gloves. The felted wool is super warm, and the little heart appliques make them perfect for Valentine’s Day! They’re made will all straight seams so they’re… Read more ...

Tutorial and pattern: Stacked French hair bows, no sewing required

These stacked French hair bows are the perfect finishing touch for girl’s outfits! Kimberly from Sweet Red Poppy shows how you can make your own. They’re quick to make and don’t require any sewing. You can make them from leather,… Read more ...

Tips for sewing on stretch velvet

Like many of the 90s fashion trends, stretch velvet is back and it’s back BIG. T-shirts, dresses, anything is trendy when made from the magic fabric. The soft lush texture of the fabric can present some challenges when you sew. … Read more ...

Tutorial: How to repair a hole in a stuffed animal

Oh, the heartbreak when a child’s favorite doll or stuffed animal gets a hole or a tear! All that love just takes a toll on the doll’s fabric body! Kristen at Create Kids Couture shows how you can use simple… Read more ...

Tutorial: Easy pacifier clips from scrap fabric

Ruth from Viva Veltoro shows how you can make a DIY pacifier clip. One end of the clip attaches to a pacifier, and the other to baby’s clothes so the pacy won’t hit the ground when it inevitably falls out… Read more ...

Farmhouse Red Ornaments Quilt

Hello, my name is Christine and I am your average crafter over at catinthegrass where I dabble in all sorts of fun stuff, but really show my obsession for all things quilting! At my house, Christmas lasts almost all year long! I love Christmastime; from the decorations to the songs to the celebrations and of course the gifts! So even though the new year has just started, in my book it’s never too soon to be thinking of Christmas gifts. I designed this pattern as a challenge to myself to use only one Charm Pack, a gift I received from my local quiltshop…and that one charm pack plus some background fabric became my favorite quilt of 2017! So here I am making it again, but this time in the gorgeous Farmhouse Red fabrics by Minick & Simpson. This quilt/project finishes at 68″ x 75″. 1 Charm Pack* {Farmhouse Red by Minick & Simpson} 3 yards background fabric {Bella Solid in Snow} 1/3 yard Ornament Cap fabric {14853-12} 1 yard Borders #1 and #3 fabric {14857-11} 1 1/8 yard Border #2 fab..

X’s and O’s Quilt

Hi! My name is Susan Vaughan from The Felted Pear. I am excited to share with you today a tutorial for my X’s and O’s quilt! By using one charm pack and a little over a yard of background fabric, you will be able to create a festive wall hanging or table topper that looks great not only in the happy colors of April Rosenthal’s Mama’s Cottage, but soft and romantic in your favorite floral fabrics. The idea for this quilt originated from a charm pack and pad of the Cupcake Mix Recipe Cards #1. I love working with the recipes because they use precut fabrics so they require little cutting prep work, they are fast, accurate and most importantly they eliminate the need for squaring up Half Square Triangle units! After all your units are made the fun comes. You can literally spend hours arranging the units coming up with different patterns and blocks. While playing around with blocks on my design wall, I noticed that these two blocks looked just like X’s and O’s and I knew I had to put them..

Getting organized for a new year

Happy New Year! We’ve went on a quick family trip and got back Tuesday night. I’m finally getting Christmas cleaned-up. The post Getting organized for a new year appeared first on Diary of a Quilter - a quilt blog.

Tips for organizing your sewing supplies

I’m using the New Year as an opportunity to get my sewing space cleaned and organized back to where I can easily find what I need, and have table space to work on. That’s no small task! Heather from The… Read more ...

Tutorial: DIY knotted fabric headband

Cat from Mary Martha Mama shows how you can make a knotted fabric headband. The knot detail gives it a cute vintage-y feel. It’s an easy project to sew (good for beginners!) and doesn’t take much fabric. Click below for… Read more ...

7 cute and thrifty ways to organize your sewing supplies

My sewing space is often a mess, but it’s really really a mess after the holidays. January is always a good time for me to get things back in order and ready for some serious sewing again. Organization supplies are… Read more ...

Tutorial and pattern: Little girl’s ruffle dress

Abby from Sew Much Ado created this beautiful ruffle dress for her daughter’s Christmas dress, and she’s offering the pattern for free on her blog. It’s a loose fit A-line dress with long ruffles on the sleeves and hem. The… Read more ...

Learn to Braid a Japanese Cord for Unique Sewing Accents

Learn this Japanese technique for braiding a 16-strand custom cord.

Video: Learn Kumihimo, a Japanese Braiding Technique

This easy-to-learn braid gives a custom touch to any sewing project.

It’s 2018. And I didn’t meet my 2017 goals. And its...

A favorite outfit in 2017, including my Moderne coat. In this picture I am 'stepping into the future' 😆 My relationship with blogging waxes and wanes. Sometimes, I get on a jag and get really excited about blogging. I've always been fond of writing and I spent many of my younger years heavily invested in LiveJournal (anybody else?!) so it makes sense that blogging as an extension of that form of writing would appeal to me. But other times, I can't muster up any blog enthusiasm. One thing that does get me pretty excited about blogging is its archival quality. It tracks my perspectives and ideas chronologically. This makes it a perfect vehicle for year end reflections and check ins! I've never been one for new years resolutions, mostly due to the fact that my goals and desires morph and transform constantly, though I've tried to be more focused in recent years. I'm often quite surprised to see what I've accomplished when I go back to read these pl..