Month: October 2015

Handmade Holidays 2015

It’s almost time for our 9th Annual Handmade Holidays series. Look for daily round-ups full of tutorials, recipes, printables and giveaways. We will help you prepare for a happy handmade holiday season!

#handmadeholidays Grab the image and help us spread the word. The fun starts November 1… (Kristin’s talented daughter created this illustration for us!)

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Thanksgiving Album Blocks

Owner, pattern designer and author Natalie Barnes from beyond the reef is back with Thanksgiving Album Blocks. You have plenty of time to prepare the blocks for your Thanksgiving visitors this year! Natalie is also giving away pattern sets and copies of her book, A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin.

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5 Tips to Accurate, Consistent Seam Allowances

Stephanie Palmer, the Late Night Quilter, created the The Quilter’s Planner 2016. Learn all about it, plus Stephanie’s 5 Tips for Achieving an Accurate, Consistent Seam Allowance. She shows us her favorite tools, discusses important considerations for your sewing machine and Stephanie even has a video showing her favorite seam gauge/seam guide combination in action!

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Sewing Merit Badge Challenge: Make a Quilt!

Are you teaching a friend to sew this month? Are you learning to sew? The challenge for this week is to make a quilt (or a mug rug or a mini quilt.) Show us your photo for another chance to win a Pfaff sewing machine or a fabric shop gift certificate.

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Introducing Mary Abreu

Mary Abreu from Confessions of a Craft Addict has been crafting most of her life. She is the author of two books: Little Girls, Big Style (November 2010) and Modern Style for Girls (October 2015), both from Stash Books. Learn all about Mary, plus don’t miss the links to her informative series on costuming…

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Buying a Sewing Machine: School of Sewing Excerpt

Chances are, if you’re learning to sew, you’re going to want a functional (and fantastic!) sewing machine to match your new skills. Shea Henderson and Lucky Spool Media have a handy How to Buy a Sewing Machine PDF excerpt for you from School of Sewing: Learn It, Teach It, Sew Together. Learn about must-have features, where to buy your machine, why that $80 big-box store machine might not be the best idea, plus find info about test-driving various models and more…

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Moose Fusible Appliqué Free Pattern

Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World shows you how to make the free Moose Fusible Appliqué from her Woodland Critters Quilt. The quilt is from her new Fusible Applique Made Easy Craftsy class! Get your free pattern and tutorial for the moose, then use our link for 50% off Wendi’s Craftsy class…

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Flamenco Quilt Pattern

Geta Grama from the Romanian Quilt Studio shop and blog recently showed us How to Make a Drawstring Bag. This tutorial shows off some of Geta’s intricate quilting skills. Learn to make her 15″ x 15″ mini-quilt (or turn it into a fabulous pillow!)…

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10 Beginner Bag Tutorials

Are you learning to sew or participating in our Teach a Friend to Sew series? You could win a Pfaff Passport 3.0 sewing machine or a fabric shop gift certificate!. Find links to every post in the series here, plus 10 Beginner Bag Tutorials. You can do this!

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