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How to Make a Fabric Storage Basket

Inside: How to Make a Fabric Storage Basket Fabric storage baskets are a great way to organize your scraps and stash. They are also a great way to use up some of your scraps. This tutorial will show you how to make a fabric storage basket using a patchwork quilting technique. However, you can also make them out of a single piece of fabric and eliminate the optional quilting.  I ... Read More about How to Make a Fabric Storage Basket

DIY Christmas Banner Tutorial

Inside: DIY Christmas Banner Tutorial This simple Christmas banner makes a nice addition to your holiday decor and can be customized a ton of different ways. It's ideal for anyone learning about applique and the design works on a pillow, or it would make a nice Advent table topper. Just imagine the possibilities. Materials Here's what you'll need: Applique Templates ... Read More about DIY Christmas Banner Tutorial

Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas It's that time of the year for everything Christmas. And that means making a few handmade gifts because DIY means so much more.  Be inspired by these DIY Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas that fit any budget or skill level. And these projects aren't overly time consuming either. They are fast and easy. I've rounded up a few of my favorite projects from my ... Read More about Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

Which Cricut is Right for You?

Inside: Which Cricut is Right for You? In this post I hope to answer this for you. I get a lot of questions about Cricut products and I'm hoping to give you clear, concise information so you can decide if one of these awesome crafting tools is for you. Which Cricut is Right for You? What is a Cricut? How does it work? Is it worth the money? What can I do with it? These are just a ... Read More about Which Cricut is Right for You?

How to Make a Snowflake Christmas Pillow

How to Make a Snowflake Christmas Pillow Decorating for the holidays can be magical. Christmas trees and twinkly lights make everything so special. However, many home furnishings don’t go well with holiday decorations. There is a way to make your everyday furnishings blend with all of the festive decorations in less than an hour. And it will make your furnishings have that holiday feel that ... Read More about How to Make a Snowflake Christmas Pillow

Simple Tote Bag Tutorial

Inside: Simple Tote Bag Tutorial One of the first projects most new sewists tackle is a Tote Bag. It's the perfect project for beginners and in this tutorial you will learn the basic steps for creating your own tote bag. This quick and easy tutorial will show you how to make a designer-look tote bag that doesn't require any special skills. If you can sew a straight stitch on your sewing ... Read More about Simple Tote Bag Tutorial

All About Sewing Machine Needles

Inside: All About Sewing Machine Needles Did you know that using the right needle for a sewing project can make a huge difference on your project's outcome? The correct needle will glide through a project making beautiful, even stitches. On the flip side, using the wrong needle (or a worn/damaged needle) on a project can create a whole host of problems like skipped or uneven stitches, and ... Read More about All About Sewing Machine Needles

Autumn Star Mini Quilt Tutorial

Inside: Autumn Star Mini Quilt Tutorial Are you ready to sew something fun for the Fall? The Autumn Star Mini Quilt is the perfect project to get you ready for the seasonal change. This project is the perfect size for a table topper or would make a nice wall hanging. You're going to love the simplicity of this project because it's just squares and half square ... Read More about Autumn Star Mini Quilt Tutorial

Quilted Cactus Pillow Tutorial

Inside: Quilted Cactus Pillow Tutorial One of the best ways to brighten a room is with pillows. And, if you want to add a bit of quilting to the room without committing to an entire quilt, then a quilted pillow is the perfect project. A quilted pillow is also a great way to try out a new technique. And that's what this Quilted Cactus Pillow Tutorial is all about. It uses ... Read More about Quilted Cactus Pillow Tutorial

Strip Piecing Basics

Inside: Strip Piecing Basics One of my favorite quilting techniques is Strip Piecing. This simple and efficient technique uses fabric strips that are sewn together to form strip sets. These strip sets are then cut into smaller units and can be used to create a variety of quilt blocks. Because this method is so productive it saves time, money, and fabric. If you have a roll of 2.5" ... Read More about Strip Piecing Basics

All About Sewing Machine Stitches

Inside: All About Sewing Machine Stitches If you're new to sewing you may be wondering about all of the different stitches on a sewing machine. First, let me assure you that as a beginner all you really need are two basic stitches and a buttonhole stitch. Different sewing machine brands will vary in the number of stitches available on their different model machines. It's natural to think ... Read More about All About Sewing Machine Stitches

Patriotic Mini Quilt

Inside: Patriotic Mini Quilt It's no secret, I love quilted table toppers (and table runners). They are ideal for adding some simple holiday decor and can be whipped up in an afternoon or two. And that's the idea behind this quilted Patriotic Table Topper. It combines a Sawtooth Star quilt block with Log Cabin-like construction. But, I have to warn you...This project is easier than ... Read More about Patriotic Mini Quilt

How to Use a Sewing Machine

How to Use a Sewing Machine You decide you want to learn how to sew. Maybe you've purchased an inexpensive machine. Perhaps you've borrowed one from a friend. Now what? Either way, before you take your first stitch, you will want to know how to set up a sewing machine. This step-by-step tutorial will take you through the steps you'll need in order to get started on your sewing ... Read More about How to Use a Sewing Machine

LOVE Mini Quilt

Inside: LOVE Mini Quilt I am a huge fan of quilts with lettering and sayings on them because you're able to express a thought or say something clever on a quilt. And, they're also quick and easy to make. So that's a double win! How to Make a LOVE Mini Quilt For this tutorial I used my Cricut Maker to cut out the letters and the sewing machine design. For those of you who don’t have ... Read More about LOVE Mini Quilt

How to Make a Boxy Pin Cushion

Inside: How to Make a Boxy Pin Cushion Don't you just love an adorable pin cushion? They can be so fun to sew and make great scrap busters. And, when personalized, are a lovely gift. For this tutorial I'm showing how to use a small appliqué from one of my design sets. This makes your project fast and easy.This boxy pin cushion is very versatile. You could fussy cut a piece of fabric to ... Read More about How to Make a Boxy Pin Cushion

All About the Cricut Joy

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine. You may remember, a few months ago I got a Cricut Maker which I love and use all the time - especially for cutting out appliqué designs. And I've experimented with a few of its unique features like cutting basswood and infusible ink. All in all, it's a remarkable machine and something I wish each and every ... Read More about All About the Cricut Joy