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Saturday, 20 January


Fat Quarter Projects: 100+ FREE & Fun Sewing Patterns So Sew Easy

fat quarter projectsDo you have a few spare fat quarters in your fabric stash? Fat quarters are a very popular way to buy fabric.  Fat quarters are precut pieces of fabric approximately 19 1/2 X 22 (50cm X 56cm) but these sizes can vary. Fat quarters come from splitting one yard or Continue reading


Polar Bear ikat bag

I could've sworn I'd posted about this polar bear earlier, but I couldn't find any sign of it in my archives so I must not have. 

This polar bear was for Jenna's best friend at school. 

He's just the simplest possible variation on the base Menagerie pattern: two bear ears, a tiny tail and made entirely in white fur. 


DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 411 Funky Junk Interiors

Welcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 411 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific A big hello and a happy junk weekend to you! Im a little jealous of all your fabulous creations. Ive had a busy self-care kinda week Ive already blogged under 4 Brave Things HERE filled with appointments and even an []

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The 1780s cap from the American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking The Dreamstress

Its always a good feeling to finish the year and a sewing project at the same time.  This time I finished the 1780s cap from the American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking just as 2017 closed.


I was sitting on my couch sewing on the bow and watching bonnet movies as the year ticked over, because thats how I party!

1780s American Duchess cap review

As far as I know, Im the first person to have made the 1780s cap, which means I had the dubious distinction of discovering the typo where it says to cut one piece instead of two for the both the ruffles.

1780s American Duchess cap review

I should have figured out the typo on my own.  Two makes so much sense!  But I was pattern testing for Scroop Patterns at the same time.  The cap was my down time from pattern testing, but my brain was 100% in pattern testing mode.  That means I turn off independent thought and logic and follow what a pattern says exactly.  And I really wanted to do the patterns as AD gave them, rather than muddying the waters with what I know about 18th c sewing.

So I got complet...


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 []


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...

Friday, 19 January


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:



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...


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...


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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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...


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


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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