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Fast Fridays: No-Sew Ribbon Chokers

Friday, 18 November 2016 1:00

Every few decades, the choker returns to make us all hold our heads a littler higher! These simple ribbon necklaces are a striking accent that can be dressed up or down. In fact, the choker is trending right now as the statement accessory of the season, according to high-profile style watchers from Elle to Vogue to MarieClaire and all across the Pinterest universe. In honor of our popular Fast Fridays series, we show you how to make no-sew chokers, using beautiful ribbon and some standard jewelry findings. 

Round Lined Basket with Cuff

Thursday, 17 November 2016 1:00

All I want is a place for my stuff. Actually, I also want world peace and maybe to win the lottery, but for now... I'm good with a place for my stuff. These soft, round baskets are designed to hold all kinds of stuff and look great doing it. Put one on a countertop to hold kitchen utensils or bath necessities. Make a bunch and line them up for a row of instant organization. We added a tab on the front with twill tape and an O-ring, which looks nice and adds interesting texture, but is also functional as a pull tab. You can fill up a shelf all the way to the top with a batch of baskets, then access each with its tab and ring, sliding one out just like using a drawer pull.

Laminated Make-Up/Toiletries Case with Wraparound Zipper

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 1:00

We’ve designed traveling cases for make-up and toiletries before, but never with a full zipper that allows the top to open up completely, giving you easy access to all your necessities. When we spotted the new Team Spirit Zippers from Coats, we saw our opportunity. At 26”, with separating plastic teeth, and in a dozen team color combinations, they were long enough, water-resistant enough, and bold enough to fit the bill. Open wide, fill to the brim, zip it up, and go! 

Learn How to Insert a Flat Circle Into a Tube

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 1:00

This is not one of those square-peg-in-a-round-hole situations. But, if the idea of sewing a two-dimensional item (a flat circle) into a three-dimensional item (a tube) sounds like something from another dimension altogether, read on. We've broken it down into a simple step-by-step process and even show you two different methods. 

Quick & Easy Oilcloth Aprons in Two Sizes: Fabric Depot

Monday, 14 November 2016 1:00

If you want a truly hardworking apron, it’s hard to beat oilcloth. It’s durable, easy to clean (great when kids are involved), and the bold designs and bright colors are fun for any occasion  – many with a retro feel. We chose our cuts from the amazing selection of oilcloth at Fabric Depot to create easy bound aprons in sizes for both kids and adults. Our thanks to Fabric Depot for underwriting the patterns, making the downloads free to you! 

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How to Successfully Print and Assemble PDF Patterns

Friday, 11 November 2016 1:00

Technology can be a wonderful thing. The ability to have immediate access to a sewing pattern is one of those wonderful things... unless you run into trouble with printing. We've answered countless emails from users who have fairly simple issues – an old version of Adobe Reader, or failure to properly set their Page Scaling. We can't solve every issue, but this guide summarizes how to print our PDF patterns, as well as how to assemble patterns that require more than one page.

Mother-Daughter Party Aprons in Cotton & Tulle

Thursday, 10 November 2016 1:00

Holiday get togethers and family celebrations are the perfect excuse to "get your girlie on!" These happy half aprons in two sizes are made in pretty quilting weight cottons with trendy metallic accents. But the secret to their perfect-partyness are the layers of colorful tulle under each skirt. We have one size for big girls and one for their little helpers. The construction is the same, but we show you how easy it is to re-size and offer pocket pattern downloads for each size. Measurements for our aprons are shown below in the Fabric and Other Supplies Section. 

Gingham Fruit Machine Applique Kitchen Towels: Aurifil 80wt Thread

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 1:00

It’s day three of our Aurifil 80wt designer series, and our final project highlights how wonderfully this thread performs for machine appliqué. There are lots of options for appliqué, which is essentially just adhering a feature fabric to a background or base fabric. But with machine appliqué, you need a quality thread that can both outline accurately as well as fill without obliterating the accent fabric. Aurifil 80wt performed fantastically in the outline stage, creating smooth even stitches. We then added overlapping lines of embroidery to simulate gingham. The resulting stitch work is so delicate and precise, you almost have to do a double-take to realize it’s stitching and not real gingham fabric! 

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Autumn Leaves Machine Cross Stitch Placemats & Napkins: Aurifil 80wt Thread

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 1:00

Cross Stitch is one of the oldest styles of embroidery. According to several historians, it dates back as far as the Tang dynasty in China (618-906 AD). It is traditionally done by hand with hundreds to thousands of tiny cross-hatches forming each finished design. In many ways, it’s really a precursor to today’s pixelated digital designs. To create cross stitch by machine, you need a thread with a matte finish to replicate the traditional antique look, and it must be super fine in order to form the multitude of tiny crosses. Aurifil 80wt thread succeeds beautifully on all levels, easily out-performing silk and producing a softer more realistically heirloom finish. We stitched our designs on a set of luxurious linen placemats and napkins. 

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Lion Head Machine Embroidered Mini Tote: Aurifil 80wt Thread

Monday, 07 November 2016 1:00

There is fine, and then there is Aurifil fine! Aurifil’s newest thread collection is their 80wt super fine, 100% cotton wonder. We were thrilled to be selected as one of the first to experiment with this lovely new thread, putting it through its paces outside of the world of quilting. We developed three custom embroidery designs – each presented in a unique project. Thanks to Aurifil’s sponsorship, all the designs are free for you to download in the six major machine embroidery formats. We kick-off our Aurifil 80wt series with today’s Lion Head Mini Tote, featuring a detailed machine embroidery design in the style of the popular adult coloring book illustrations. 

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