Month: February 2015

Wool Felt for Softies + Plush Toys: Tips + Tricks

Annette from Oliver Rabbit designs soft sculpture/art toys and plush and sells original plush toy PDF sewing patterns. We asked her to tell us a little about sewing softies and plus with pure wool to help kick off our 6 Weeks of LOVE for Softies. Annette covers everything from the advantages of using pure wool felt for making softies and plush toys, to tips for how to cut, stitch and clean the fabric.

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Softie Du Jour: Jen Gubicza

Every day throughout our 6 Weeks of LOVE for Softies we’ll share a favorite softie. These talented plush and doll artists design and sew beautiful, whimsical, cute or quirky softies, and inspire us with their creativity. First up is Jen Gubicza of Zooguu Handmade Plush Toys!

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6 Weeks of LOVE for Softies

Welcome to 6 Weeks of Love for Softies! For the next month and a half we’ll be focusing on the art of making soft toys and cloth dolls. Join us for daily inspiration, free patterns, tutorials and tips from some of the best softies experts in the business. Enter our Spectacular Softies Contest (with spectacular prizes!), and contribute to our soft toy drive to benefit foster children. It’s going to be an informative and joyful six weeks!

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QuiltCon attendees are hopping on planes across the country today and we’re celebrating with a special Free Fabric WEDNESDAY! (We’ll keep giveaways open through Sunday.) Last QuiltCon social media was full of #quiltnon wistfulness… Lots of people wished they could be at QuiltCon but couldn’t make it. If that’s you this year, we have a little bonus gift; many of our generous sponsors have special #quiltnon coupons for discounts on fabric and more, good through February 22 at midnight PDT (unless otherwise noted). Whether you’re at QuiltCon or home, there’s lots of sewing fun to go around…

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Modern Marsala

Adrianne from On the Windy Side is co-hosting the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Marsala. We asked Adrianne to share some of her favorite, current Marsala fabrics to inspire you to integrate this Color of the Year into your sewing…

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How to Print PDF Patterns at a Copy Shop

Beth Byrge from 110 Creations loves to sew clothing for herself and her daughter. She is the author of the book, 110 Creations: A Sewist’s Notebook and 110 Creations for Kids, a handy guide for all garment sewists to help plan and track their beautiful creations. Beth showed us her 10 Tips to Build a Better T-Shirt last year, and she’s back with How to Print PDF Patterns at a Copy Shop. You will love this! Print easily and efficiently, and know what to do before you even set foot in the shop. Let us know if you try this…

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Autumn Chain Block

Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts and The Bee Hive monthly block series shows you how to make the Autumn Chain Block. Multiple Autumn Chains bring out the diamonds, stars and pluses in this block, another option perfect for your next quilting bee…

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Day Out Purse Free Pattern + Tutorial

Virginia Lindsay, owner and designer of Gingercake Patterns, has a free tutorial for you similar to the patterns included in her book, Sewing to Sell. Learn how to make a simple cross body Day Out Purse and you might just have your start at the next local craft fair or your new online shop! Virginia includes lots of examples for customizing the look of this bag too…

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