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Saturday, 20 January

00:38

New Patchwork Classes for 2018 Emporia Fabric & Crafts

Yesterday we had a fantastic patchwork class with Mandy Munroe using the fantastic Sew and Slash technique; just look how pleased these ladies are with their new quilt tops! They all had a brilliant day and are now raring to go on more of Mandys fabulous workshops, so this week we thought wed showcase all []

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sewing: hudson pant comparison imagine gnats

This post is written by Teresa of Dandelion Drift.

This has been such a fun week seeing everyones projects sewn in two different fabrics! I love this sewing community and how helpful everyone is, and posts like these are incredibly valuable to me! I live in a small town where it is much easier to buy fabric online rather than drive an hour to the city to find a fabric store.

Seeing how different fabrics drape and wear with different patterns helps me with my online fabric shopping! I am thrilled I get to finish this week of comparisons off with such a great pattern, the Hudson Pant comparison by True Bias!

My two fabrics are the rayon/lycra french terry in charcoal and the black marle sweatshirt fleece. Let me start by listing the similarities in the fabrics: theres only a few.

They both weigh about the same; 11 oz. / yd for the french terry and 11.2 oz / yd for the sweatshirt fleece. They both are 60 inches wideand thats where the similarities end!

Lets go into detail about the french terry Hudson Pants first. This rayon/lycra french terry is incredibly soft. It has one side with the soft loops, and the other side is smooth. It has 40% four way stretch and drapes beautifully. The drape of the fabric made me nervous, initially.

I was worried that it wouldnt be sturdy enough for a pair of pants, but it turns out, it works just fine for pants (I think thats because it has 100% recovery)! I would say that because of the drape of the fabric, these will be pajama pants. They are the most comfortable pajama pants I own, and I am thrilled to add them to my pajama drawer!

I initially sewed the pattern entirely as written, but then noticed that the...

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Friday, 19 January

21:31

Fabric Marking Tools Simple Simon and Company

Fabric Marking Toolsthere are a lot of them on the marketand it can be confusing trying to decide which one to use!

Use the following guide to help you select the perfect marking tool for your next sewing or quilting project.

#1.  Tracing Wheel:

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21:03

Crocheted Hearts Wall Hanging From The Archives creative jewish mom

How about making a crocheted hearts wall hanging to remind someone that you love them? I made this crocheted hearts and leaves wall hanging using a real branch, to hang in my daughter's room four yeas ago, and while it...

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Dogs ikat bag



Dogs today.

The dog was one of the original animals Kate sketched when we first conceptualized Menagerie

At the time, I couldn't pin down a generic dog form because unlike, say, cats or horses, dog breeds are so varied that no single set of dog features could ever truly characterize Dogdom. Apart from the noses and panting tongues, I mean. Dogs come in such a wide range of sizes, for one. For another, some dogs have pointy-cat ears and some have floppy Snoopy ears and some are lean and equine-esque while others are furry and lupine or shaggy and stocky like rams and yet others are elongated, short-legged, whip-tailed teenies. So many varieties and cross-varieties and so many vastly diverse shapes and colors.

So I put this off in favor of other animals whic...

09:09

Downgrading the ol bike to Funky Junk Interiors

As the regular readers of this blog will already know, this is kind of a big week in my imperfect little world. I was scheduled for the pulling of a failed tooth and an upcoming surgery I talked about in THIS post. So while Ive been fussing and worrying and preparing and trying to forget []

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09:06

Crocheted Cherry Blossom Heart Is Super Sweet! creative jewish mom

It is now the Jewish month of Shevat, so dear friends it is certainly time to start thinking about crafts for Tu B'Shevat, the holiday which celebrates the new year for the trees. Yes, really, trees have a new year's...

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Coin Purse Free Pattern, Tutorial & Video a perfect beginner project So Sew Easy

coin purse patternThis coin purse pattern and tutorial are a follow-up to the Leather and Fabric Handbag tutorial we posted recently.  While you certainly don't need to make this coin purse pattern from leather you can use vinyl or almost any fabric it makes a good first project for those who have Continue reading

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sewing: phinney ridge comparison imagine gnats

This post is written by Brooke of Olivers Fancy.

Hi everyone! Hope you are enjoying the french terry vs. sweatshirt fleece comparison posts this week! Im here with a cardigan post for you today: the phinney ridge comparison to be precise.

I used the Phinney Ridge pattern from Straight Stitch Designs. I made the basic form of the cardigan for my first go-round, and then I added some fun elbow patches for the second one.

First off, the french terry. I used this bamboo stretch french terry in ivory from the shop. This is a great basic french terry fabric. It is definitely a medium weight fabric, so it doesnt have a lot of drape to it, but its got a nice cozy feel.

Next the sweatshirt fleece. I used this slub knit in black which is sadly no longer in stock. But heres some other sweatshirt fleece option that would be fairly similar. This fabric seems to have a little more drape than the french terry. Which surprised me since its fleece, but I am not complaining!

I just L...

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Thursday, 18 January

07:25

Elephant ikat bag


Happy new year, friends!

Once again, an entire year has passed, at the end of which I had the vague sense of having made some stuff, the actual names and details of which sadly escape me. Does that happen to you, too? The Blogger part of me feel obliged to participate in the year-end-round-up trend - you know, the Look What I Made (but have no recollection of) In Only Twelve Months! posts. The Real Person part of me, however, just wants to move on, especially since it's already halfway through January and I'm embarrassed about having slacked off and the honest truth is I just want buy some fabric and sew shorts so I can channel summer. 

But I do so enjoy looking back at old projects. And - believe it or not - I did take photos in 2017, even if most of them sat in my camera forever and then languished in my photoediting program without ever seeing the light of day. 

Until now!

So in lieu of a comprehensive 2017 ikatbag roundup, I thought I'd do a series of little Menagerie...

05:27

Crocheted Sunburst Granny Square Wrist Warmers Free Pattern creative jewish mom

Chunky crocheted wrist warmers are so fun to whip up and make a great winter accessory that will take you into early spring as well. And once you get the idea behind the construction of these crocheted sunburst granny square...

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Repurposed Wooden Boxes Idea Little Treasures



 
 
For Christmas I bought some stars and Santas that were packed in these small and cute plywood boxes. The minute I saw them I knew they were up to a change.
 
What I did. I chose beautiful fabric and a decorative velvet ribbon.
 

I measured the little squares and cut the fabric accordingly.

 
 
Glued the bottoms with white glue and applied the fabric pieces.
 
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Wednesday, 17 January

22:04

Saving What We Love (An Art of Homemaking Post) Simple Simon and Company

We live in a world that is becoming increasingly confrontational.  I feel like everywhere I turn someone is ready to fight.road rage, internet trolls, wars and controversy in the press and on the newseveryone everywhere seems to be shouting from their vantage point that they are RIGHTand competition is intense. And I have to admitthere []

The post Saving What We Love (An Art of Homemaking Post) appeared first on Simple Simon and Company.

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