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  • Knitting and Crochet,  Projects

    Crochet: Amigurumi Cupcake Kitten

    I dusted off my crochet hooks for this adorable project: an Amigurumi Cupcake Kitten!  I followed the tutorial available at Stuff Susie Made. As some background, a few years ago I bought a set of crochet hooks.  I made a somewhat crooked test swatch and set crochet aside.  Last September, my friend Lea reinvigorated me to try to pick them up again, and she got me to start a granny square: I’m making progress in my crochet adventures! After pulling out a lot of work, I’m back on the right track. #crochet #crochetproblems A photo posted by @pangepange on Sep 22, 2015 at 7:11pm PDT However, crochet doesn’t come easily to…

  • Projects,  Reviews,  Sewing

    New Serger and Two New Project Reveals

    I’ve steered away from making a lot of clothing in the past because I didn’t have a serger to make those clean finished edges that you see on ready-to-wear clothing.  However, I think that’s going to change with the most recent addition to my sewing machine collection! My main reason for not owning a serger was the cost.  While thrifting recently with my husband, he spotted the serger thread guide peeking out above all the items from an aisle away; you’ve got to love having a tall husband!  We rushed over and there she was, the White Super Lock 534 serger, sitting there waiting for me with a decent price tag…

  • Home Decor,  News,  Projects

    Ultrasound Pregnancy Announcement and Gender Reveal

    What is the best way to announce to your friends and family that you’re having a baby?  I had a really hard time with the big reveal.  I’m an introverted type when it comes to telling people news about myself in person, so I decided that after telling close family about my pregnancy in person, I would use Facebook to do the announcing at 12 weeks to tell everyone else the good news. Pregnancy Announcement Photography For my reveal, I kept it simple.  I printed out a copy of my 11 week dating digital ultrasound photo on plain computer paper, increasing the contrast prior to printing to make the whites brighter and the blacks darker.  I…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Girls’ Sewing Day – projects for a little girl and her doll

    Sometimes the most fulfilling projects are the simple ones that make a little girl smile.  The complexity of the output is not important. This post is coming a few weeks late, but I had a great time with my friend and her step daughter the other weekend. We had a girls’ day full of sewing and snacks. My friend’s step daughter Serena had a momentous occasion coming up, losing her first baby tooth.  A big deal for a little girl!  For the occasion, I helped her pick out fabrics to use to make her own special tooth fairy pillow.  The pillow was made to her own specifications – she wanted to have not one but two…

  • Knitting and Crochet,  Projects

    A Beginner’s Foray Into Knitting: Knitted Cat Dish Cloth

    I’ve known how to knit for years, but I only ever learned a basic knit stitch.  I’ve made lots of scarves, but they were always just simple rectangles with stitch after stitch of knits.  In other words, I never learned how to purl, and thus never learned how to read a pattern.  I was a permanent beginner. The only way to make progress is to bite the bullet and try.  I decided to put a manageable knitting project on my list of crafty projects to complete before I’m 30, a dish cloth with a raised design made out of simple purl and knit stitches.  This project is small so not super…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Little Rounded Quilted Purse

    I’m in love with this sweet little quilted purse made from scraps of fabrics I had saved from a previous quilt.  You may recognize these colours from my Monkey Wrench quilt, featuring vibrant blues, oranges, and greens with a splash of white. The only parts of this project that weren’t scraps were the white and green polka dot bias binding and lining fabric and the zipper itself.  Reusing scraps that were meant for the garbage made this a very inexpensive project! I started this project by pulling out coordinating pieces of fabric scraps from one of my three scrap bins.  I cut them down into various strips, all 2.5″ wide, but with varying lengths.  I…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Simple Gathered Elastic Waist Skirt with Rolled Hem

    For the past few years, I have been focusing on sewing quilts and home goodies rather than fashion items.  I often found that my hem finishes didn’t look professional enough for my tastes. Things might be changing: I tested out one of the sewing attachments that came with my Singer 66 vintage machine, a rolled hem foot.  I was shocked by how easily this foot created the dainty rolled hem pictured below: The rolled hem foot feeds and rolls the edge of the fabric into the foot automatically.  It seriously feels like magic and the rolled hem is very small and tidy. I had 2 meters of this floral polyester fabric…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Fleece Slice of Cake Pincushion

    I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so this pincushion project is a great way to bring some sweetness to my craft room without the empty calories. I made this little slice of cake pincushion out of some leftover bits of fleece and trim I had on hand.  A little pink strawberry tops it off! To make the pieces, I started by cutting out the rounded wedge shape for the top of the cake.  I hand sewed a little lace to act like piped icing.  I wanted my cake slice to have an icing layer in the middle of the cake, so I used three rectangles for each side…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Half Square Triangle Mini Quilt Made with Spoonflower Swatches

    This mini quilt was designed with my cats in mind.  I have a water fountain style drinking bowl that tends to get little splashes of water on the floor, so having a mat around it would protect the floor. And why have a regular mat when you can have a quilted one, am I right? In addition to serving my cats, I also wanted to use up some of my Spoonflower swatches.  I sell fabric designs on Spoonflower (shameless plug, feel free to check out my designs), and when you proof your designs, you end up with an 8×8″ swatch of each design.  This mini quilt is the combination of several collections worth…

  • Home Decor,  Projects,  Sewing

    That’s My Spot DIY Sharpie Sheldon Cooper Pillow

    When I saw the drop cloth Sharpie pillow by The Happy Housie (check out her project), I knew I wanted to make my own pillow with a Sharpie design.  One of my favourite sitcoms that I watch regularly is The Big Bang Theory, and I thought that Sheldon’s often-spoken phrase “that’s my spot” would be a hilarious throw cushion design to have on my couch. Placed on the spot where I sit, naturally. Creating this pillow was extremely fast and easy.  I created a large version of the phrase and printed it out on 8.5×11″ paper.  The font is “Sorry Not Sorry” by Kimberly Geswein.  I taped the print out on my front window then taped my pillow best…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Free Motion Quilted Reindeer Pinwheel Quilt

    I recently shared my first full motion quilting project, a mini table top quilt that I made to test out my limited FMQ skills.  I jumped into a larger project, this pinwheel reindeer quilt for Christmas 2015. This project took a little longer than expected, so instead of finishing it for Christmas 2015, I finished it for January 5, 2016.  Oops.  Better late than never! The quilt itself is very simple.  I used two fabrics, a tan reindeer print with a green solid background paired with the same reindeer print in reverse.   Since both fabrics are busy prints and the prints do not contrast each other, the pinwheels are not instantly…

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    Projects,  Sewing

    Free Motion Quilting Sampler – Winter Mini Quilt

    I’m hoping this mini quilt is the first of many free motion quilting projects that I’ll be sharing on Craftcore.  This is brand new territory, so there’s plenty of improvements to be made. I’ve wanted to try free motion quilting for a while, but my sewing machines didn’t have an easy way to lower the feed dogs to stop the fabric from being pulled.  When I picked up a retro White sewing machine with easy-to-drop feed dogs, I decided it was time to order a darning foot to take the plunge. First, let’s start with some ugly attempts.  Figure 1: this deer covered in a stitchy mess. To practice, I…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Quilted Coasters for Christmas

    I absolutely love making fabric coasters with quilting cotton and quilt batting.  They make great gifts, and it’s fun to use little bits of your favourite prints in a small satisfying project.  I’m sharing a few sets of coasters I sewed for coworkers for Christmas last year.  I didn’t share them at the time I made them because I didn’t want them to be seen before the recipients received them. You can learn how to make your own quilted coasters (so easy!) from my Quilted Coaster Tutorial – Read Now!  Because they are so small, you don’t necessarily need to quilt them, but you should at least top stitch around the outside to help them…

  • Projects,  Quilts,  Sewing

    Monkey Wrench Quilt Reveal

    It feels great to finally have this quilt out of my work in progress pile. I’ve been working on this project on and off for the past year and a half.  This is my largest quilt I’ve made so far, measuring in at 80″x80″. I rarely make quilts from traditional block patterns, preferring to stick with a more modern feel with rectangles and simpler designs. However, I really had a desire to get out of my comfort zone and move forward with a more traditional block. I used really fun, happy prints to keep the block lighthearted. I followed the block pattern from Patchwork Square for Monkey Wrench. I combined 52 monkey wrench blocks…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Quick! I need a Halloween costume!

    I love costumes.  In my younger years,  I did cosplay at anime conventions and at event meet-ups. For the past few years,  my priorities have shifted and I haven’t been focusing on sewing costumes.  This year,  Halloween really crept up on me and I didn’t have a block of time to make a costume. I was scrambling to finish my pumpkin quilt. At work,  we could wear costumes on Friday for Halloween so I decided to pull together something. I have this fantastic appliquéd anchor skirt my sister made for me years ago that happened to coordinate well with a striped blazer I often wear to work anyway. Time to…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    A Special Prize – Quilted Swag Bag Reveal

      Special delivery!  Mail days are great, when the mail doesn’t involve bills.  A package arrived on my doorstep today that contained quilter happiness. If you’ve been following my fidget quilt series, you probably thought I was done talking about them.  Nope, this is the 6th and final post in the series!  As I mentioned before, my team was eliminated from the contest after the first round, but I wanted to finish the project.  They had a side contest for the Biggest Loser; essentially anyone who had been eliminated could continue submitting and we’d compete for the side prize. I’m excited to say I won by a hair, 0.2%!  I didn’t…

  • Food,  Projects,  Recipes

    Adventures in Cake Pops

    I previously posted about my misadventures in cake pop making; my previous attempt at making cake order tramadol online pharmacy pops were a failure, and was not a great start for my 30 before 30 series.  Oh boy. My friend Danielle came to my rescue so I can officially check this tricky cake pop task off the to do list. (Thanks Danielle!) This time, the results were much better!  Take a look at this tray of cute cake pops.  We used a variety of coatings (milk chocolate, white chocolate, and Greek yogurt) and sprinkles for variety. Cake pop success! Here are some things I learned in the process: My original cake pops were way too big.  The bigger…