Christmas Stocking Pattern – Free Beginner Sewing Pattern

First, you need to download the paper pattern and print it in color (preferably) on your home printer on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Follow the directions on the pattern pieces to cut out and tape your patterns together. Be sure your printer is set to “actual size” so the pattern prints to actual size and

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Zipper Pouch Instructions – Free Tutorial

A basic zipper pouch teaches you all sorts of skills like top stitching, zipper insertion, squared off corners and turning a bag. It makes a quick gift for anyone…just adjust your fabrics to match the recipient’s personality. For this pattern, we will use a basic sheet of copy paper as the pattern. MATERIALS 1/2″ yard

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Triangle Self Challenge at Quilt Camp

I was playing around in Illustrator a couple weeks ago. Often I play with designs that never go anywhere. As an artist and designer, for me, that can be unsettling. I was raised with a strong “work ethic.” Never watch someone else working without helping. Make all the moments count. Do the work. Putting so

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Sew Your Own Apron for Beginners

I developed this easy beginner apron pattern for my Zero to Sewing students. The pattern is designed to easily adjust to any size and uses only straight stitching. WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Plain white copy paper A ruler Tape Paper scissors Fabric scissors One yard of your primary fabric One yard of a contrast fabric (or

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Quilt Camp 2019 – Lutheridge Camp and Conference Center

Let me tell you about this awesome group of ladies! We arrived at Lutheridge Quilt Camp on Thursday afternoon and began setting up machines and projects. Folks arrived from New Mexico, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Some knew each other but most did not. The room was divided into three areas.

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Basic Tote Bag Tutorial – DIY

I just released a new Candy Corn Pouch of the Month Pattern, and when I was making the sample, I couldn’t resist turning it into a Trick-or-Treat tote bag instead of a zipper pouch. The pattern you can purchase here is still for a zipper pouch, because it goes with the pouch of the month

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Little Vintage Pin Cushions – DIY

I love them! I love them! I want to keep them all!!!!! I made these little cutie patooties and I love them so much. They are a great scrap buster. I visited my local antique mall in Little Mountain, SC and found all the cups. My goal was to pay less than $3 for each.

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The Wilder Gown Pattern – Top – Friday Pattern Company

(Scroll down for links and a “Hitting the High Points” section…) This was such a fun pattern to make. It is a dress and/or top pattern from Friday Pattern Company. Wearing it makes me feel a bit like a baby doll. Now, I must say, you can get totally scandelist with this top. I am

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The Cielo Top – Closet Case Patterns

(Scroll down to the “hitting the high notes” section for a quick read…)  I had a serious blast making my first Cielo Pattern from Closet Case Patterns. I had just listened to the Love to Sew Podcast about couture sewing so I decided on French Seams. Closet Case does an excellent job describing French Seams

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