Happy Friday!  First, I’d like to tell you about this great book I received.  It is Simple Gifts to Stich: 30 Elegant and Easy Projects by Jocelyn Worrall.  If you love to make and give fabric gifts, you’ll appreciate this book.  If you are just learning to sew there are some great projects and tips for you.  Take, for example, the tri-pocket tote on the cover.  An easy project, with clear instructions and great results!

My sewing machine has been around the block a few times, but I still found a lot of new information.  There is a good glossary with techniques I’d never heard of (trapunto) and descriptions of different types of fabric (moire, shantung, broadcloth, etc.) 

I love some of these projects!  I’ve always wanted to try my hand at shirring, so I think I’ll be making this beautiful pillow.

And  how about this cute poncho?!  It is so simple and fun, I’m sure my five-year old would love to help with this project.

So, that’s just three of the 30 wonderful projects in this book.  You should check it out. 

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Now, before I get to FFF, an announcement.  As part of our Bag Month Extravaganza, we asked a special someone for a little help.  You know how all the those Amy Butler bag patterns have different interfacing requirements?  Canvas, Timtex, sew-in, iron-on, and on and on.  It can get a little confusing.  In the spirit of “it never hurts to ask”, we asked Amy Butler herself if she could write some interfacing tips for our readers.  Being the incredibly nice person that she is, Amy agreed, and she and her colleagues, Kim and Dianne, have put together a Guide To Interfacing.  Are you excited?  Check back Wednesday, 7/25. 

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Ok, now the free fabric.  We’ll give away 1 yard of fabric ($9.10 or less) to five people.  We’d like to know what you’d like to see on the blog in the coming months.  Any tutorials you want us to put together?  Information?  What about theme months?  We’ve done skirts and bags, so what would you like to see next? 

Finally, I hope you didn’t miss Robyn’s terrific pattern review and Autum’s amazing tutorials (1 and 2) from earlier this week.  Don’t forget Monday is the last day to submit your bag into the contest.