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easter craft week day 3: fabric eggs

March 31, 2009 - Filed under Easter, Fabric, Holidays, How-to, Patterns, Sewing

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What better way to use up all your fabric scraps than by making your own basket of fabric eggs. Download the pattern and follow the step-by-step instructions over at Retro-Mama, and you’ll have yourself a carton full in no time.

Fabric Egg Instructions

Tomorrow: Knitted Eggs

Posted by: kelly

easter craft week day 2: finger puppets

March 30, 2009 - Filed under Easter, Holidays, How-to, Kniting, Patterns

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Purl Bee has some very detailed instructions on making these cute little Easter finger puppets. Perfect handmade entertainment for any little ones in your life.

Finger Puppet Instructions

Tomorrow: Fabric Eggs

Posted by: kelly

easter craft week day 1: bunny egg cozy

March 29, 2009 - Filed under Easter, Holidays, How-to, Kniting, Patterns

With Easter only 2 weeks away, I thought I’d dedicate this week to Easter Crafts. Each day this week I’ll feature a cute little craft you can do yourself. Whether you like to knit, sew or get your hands dirty dyeing eggs, there will be something for everyone, so be sure to check back and hopefully you’ll find something to create for your Easter basket.

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Kicking off Easter Craft Week, are these adorable little Bunny Egg Cozies. OK, so I’m not exactly sure what you need a Egg Cozy for, but come on… how cute are these?

Bunny Egg Cozy Instructions

Tomorrow: Easter Finger Puppets

Posted by: kelly

cute spring handbags

March 28, 2009 - Filed under Patterns, Sewing

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Now that your sewing machine is in tip-top form, thanks to the spring cleaning tutorial, why not make yourself a super cute spring handbag. Head on over to the Etsy Bag Maker’s Pool on Flickr for some inspiration, or if you prefer to use a pattern, here are some links to some of my favs:

1. The Ruthie Clutch – By Anna Maria Horner
2. Marlo Bloom Handbag – By Heather Bailey
3. Buttercup Bag *free pattern* – By Rae

Posted by: kelly

spring cleaning…… your sewing machine

March 25, 2009 - Filed under How-to

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’tis the season when everyone has spring cleaning on their minds… ok so not everyone, but I’m sure a few of you do. And so because of that, I wanted to let you all know about this great how-to on cleaning your sewing machine.

It’s not as scary as it sounds… and I’m sure most of you are probably over-due… so head on over to Craft Nectar, to get a jump start on your spring cleaning!

>> How to clean your sewing machine

Posted by: kelly

A Spring Fling with Etsy – Vancouver

March 18, 2009 - Filed under Sale

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Ok so I’m not in Vancouver anymore, but I still like to keep up with what’s going on. For those of you who are in Van, be sure to check out the Spring Fling Craft Show this weekend, where you can check out some of your favorite Vancouver etsy sellers in person. Everything from paper goods to vintage clothing, jewelry to soft plushies, illustrations, handbags, and tons of other great finds. Plus I’m told there will also be baked goods…. mmm, cupcakes!

A Spring Fling with Etsy
Saturday March 21st
Cambrian Welsh Hall
215 East 17th Ave (at Main)
11am – 5pm
$2 at the door

Posted by: kelly

the crafts dept.

March 15, 2009 - Filed under Inspiration

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Ever wondered where all the great ideas and crafts on Martha Stewart come from? Well you’re in luck, the folks from the Crafts Department of Martha Stewart Living, have started up a brand new blog. The crafts dept is a behind the scenes look at the crafts they create for the show as well as the things they craft on their own.

www.thecraftsdept.com

Posted by: kelly

Jay McCarroll fabrics on Sale

March 12, 2009 - Filed under Fabric

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Bee Squared Fabrics is having a sale on all Jay McCarroll (Project Runway) fabrics. Garden Friends & Woodland Wonderland are Jay’s first collection and you can get 20% off by entering “20offJay” during checkout.

Offer good until March 31st.

Visit Bee Squared to check out the fun fabrics.

Posted by: kelly

fat quarter handbag tutorial

March 9, 2009 - Filed under Acccessories, Fabric, How-to, Sewing

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There’s a fantastic tutorial over at sew mama sew for a handbag made from a fat quarter. So simple and easy you can make one to match every outfit.

For those of you who aren’t quilters or don’t know what a ‘Fat Quarter’ is here’s the basics.

Most quilt-weight cotton is 44″ doubled over on a bolt. A yard is 36″, which means that a regular quarter-yard ends up being one long skinny piece measuring 9″x44″.

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For a fat quarter, you typically cut half a yard from the bolt and then cut along the fold leaving you with two pieces measuring 18″x22″. Or one full yard cut into quarters.

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Basically a fat quarter offers you more flexibility, especially when dealing with large prints. Many shops sell pre-cut fat quarters with coordinating solids making them super easy to work with. If you haven’t previously worked with fat quarters, once you do you’ll start seeing the endless possibilities for them.

Posted by: kelly

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