DIY Garlands & Bunting

December 8, 2009 - Filed under Christmas, Fabric, Felt, How-to

Festive garlands and cheerful bunting, for your mantel, your railing, your tree or your window. Here are some simple tutorials, that can add a lot of impact to your holiday decor.


1. Miniature Fabric Flower Garland – This one was originally created for a wedding, but you could easily swap the fabric for something a little more Christmasy.

2. Felt Dot Garland – Simple felt dots sewn together create this super simple garland.

3. Felt Garland – This one takes a lot of felt but doesn’t need much skill.

4. No Sew Felt & Fabric Garland – Skip the sewing and use iron-on adhesive.

5. Blanket Stitched Garland – A cozy blanket stitch gives this garland an ultra-handmade look.

6. Snowflake Bunting – This cute bunting is for sale on etsy, but here are a couple tutorials if you want to make your own. one. two.

7. Paper Snowflakes – Another Etsy find for those of you too busy to craft this Christmas.

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Fabric Checker Board

September 30, 2009 - Filed under Children, Fabric, How-to, Sewing

Fall is quickly approaching, and bringing with it thoughts of spending cold and rainy days by curled up in front of a roaring fire, playing games with friends and family. If that’s what comes to your mind as well, when you think of fall then this adorable fabric checker board is just what you need.

Fabric Checker Board

I heart linen has a great tutorial which was also just published in the fall issue of Sew News.

Full tutorial here

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quilted potholder tutorial

May 7, 2009 - Filed under Fabric, How-to, Sewing


Interested in quilting, but not sure where to start? Why not try this super simple tutorial from Craftzine for a quilted potholder. It’ll give you a taste of quilting without having to commit to making an entire quilt.

And if you’re looking for some kitchen inspired fabric be sure to check out the great Lizzy Dish collection.


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print your own fabric

May 3, 2009 - Filed under Fabric


Got any illustrations, designs or doodles you’re not sure what to do with? Why not turn them into your very own custom made fabric? Currently in beta, will take your design and print it on quality, quilting-weight, 100% cotton fabric.

You do need to be somewhat computer-literate, but if you need help preparing your graphics files, there’s a comprehensive FAQ, and a video tutorial explaining things in detail.

It is a little pricey at $18/yard, but it’s not outrageous, and hey it’s custom, plus there is no minimum order so you can order as much or as little as you like.

Be sure to check their blog each week and vote for the fabric-of-the-week. The winner gets 5 free yards of their fabric printed.

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organic cotton prints from daisy janie

April 11, 2009 - Filed under Fabric

The other day I mentioned the Happily Handmade Giveaway. One of my favorite things about this event is discovering new and talented designers and crafters. While not all of the sponsors are new to me, it’s always great to re-discover a few favs. One of which is Daisy Janie.


I stumbled across Daisy Janie last year and instantly fell in love with her fresh, and colorful patterns, so you can imagine how excited I was to hear that she’s recently released a new collection for 2009. Urbana is based on original, hand-drawn sketches and graphic design. There are 5 prints, each available in three colorways, all printed on 100% organic cotton sateen. Just in time for spring… think of the crafting possibilities.

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easter craft week day 7: lambkin plushy

April 4, 2009 - Filed under Fabric, Holidays, How-to, Patterns, Sewing


Pattern Bee has a a free printable pattern for this cute little lamb plushy. He can be made in whatever fabric inspires you, and there’s even instructions on how to make a felt version.

Check out the Flickr Pool for more inspiration.

Lambkin Pattern

I hope you enjoyed this week’s round up of adorable Easter crafts. Now go and get busy creating, you’ve only got a week left!

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easter craft week day 3: fabric eggs

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


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

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Jay McCarroll fabrics on Sale

March 12, 2009 - Filed under Fabric


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.

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fat quarter handbag tutorial

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


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″.


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.


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.

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fabric flowers

March 7, 2009 - Filed under Fabric, How-to


Spring is just around the corner and I’m trying to get you inspired. If you thought yesterday’s paper flowers were easy, why not step it up a notch and try some fabric ones. Pick your favorite fabrics in coordinating colors and make yourself a bouquet.

Check out this easy tutorial courtesy of Laurie Cinotto.

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