Category: Step by step tutorial

DIY How to make an 8 Crayon bag tutorial

I have a bag mania going on and I like it. Combine that with a need to give a demo at my guild on pockets and envelopes at my guild this month and you have this post. Read and learn how to make an 8 crayon bag. Here is a glimpse of the finished project.... Read more »

How to make a name tag usable anywhere

My modern quilters guild has challenges throughout the year but no rules. So you can make them or not, for that month or later. We had a challenge in January of ‘put a letter on it’ or a name tag. I made a sign but decided I wanted to do the second part as well.... Read more »

Use your flannel scraps to make reusable paper towels

I try to find ways to add less to landfills and I’ve seen some ways lately of using fabric for spills and cleaning. “Oh, rags?” You say. Ha, yes but a tad fancier. I am urging you to use your flannel scraps to make reusable paper towels. (They’re actually not paper at all, they’re fabric.... Read more »
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Handmade Coasters are a perfect gift and fun to sew

I have a house warming and a birthday party coming up for which I would like to bring a small gift. Plus, my guild is having a coaster exchange for our December holiday meeting. With the incentive of the guild, I decided that handmade coasters are a perfect gift.   I pulled out some mini... Read more »

DIY Fast and easy upcycled bottle gift bag

To create this gift bag, first check that the sleeves are wide enough for your bottle. (They probably are.) Then cut off the sleeve of an old shirt.
My yoga teacher is leaving us to pursue a new career. We loved her and wanted to give her some wine as a good bye gift. I volunteered to create the bag. I happen to collect old shirts of my husband. Whether they are stained, worn or don’t fit right I keep them to make... Read more »

DIY Literary table runner for the book club win - a step by step tutorial

Isn't this a great table runner? Want to know how to make one? Let's do it step by step.
I love reading books and I love sewing. Obviously, I am not alone as Heather Givans of Crimson Tate designed a fabric line called literary and it’s all about books and reading. I bought a bundle of fat quarters and some yardage. Then I wished I could make quilts, clothes and more quilts out of... Read more »
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Add a modern perk to your bed by making easy solid pillows

I have been sewing all summer long for our bedroom. But here is the last post about sewing with green fabric, not forever, but for a while. I finished our new quilt and I didn’t want to put our old pillows on it. I decided to change things up and I will share with you how... Read more »

How to create a deconstructed table runner

Remember my post on how to deconstruct a Kansas Star block? No? Go read it now then, I shall wait. Memory refreshed? Great! Now you are thinking, “What do we do with these 7 blocks?” And today, I have the answer for you! I am going to explain how to create a deconstructed table runner.... Read more »

How to create a mediocre Barbie skirt

My granddaughter fervently wanted to win the Barbie Easter basket at our recent Breakfast with the Bunny extravaganza at the local high school. We bought boatloads of tickets, way more than the basket was worth. And she won! Hip hip hooray! Total happiness, right? Initially, yes but then she discovered that the Barbie was a... Read more »
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DIY How to make a unique tablet cover tutorial

My youngest daughter asked me to create something for her new HP Surface Pro. I ended up with quite a bit of time to make it so I documented every step. I am finally finished and want to show you how to make a unique tablet cover. You can be creative and make a fancy... Read more »
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