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    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…

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    Misadventures in Cake Pops

    Cake pops are irresistible; they deliver a perfectly sized bite of cake in an adorable sphere shape.  Foods on a stick also have a certain charm to them.  To celebrate my birthday earlier this month, I set out to make my own batch of cake pops.  This was my first project to try in my 30 Before 30 project (my project is apparently off to a rocky start!). First, let’s take a look at some adorable cake pops.  Brace yourself: mine look nothing like these fantastic looking ones from Love from the Oven. Yum, that looks great doesn’t it? My adventures in cake pop making turned into a bit of a misadventure,…

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    Vintage Singer Buttonholer Tool Demonstration

    When I purchased my second-hand Singer 66, it came with a very handy buttonholer attachment.  I tried it out for the first time while working on a fidget quilt block that needed four buttonholes, and wow, is this attachment ever neat! I’m thankful that the previous owner saved her instructions.  She even the saved original receipt of purchase for $9.95 in 1954, printed in a Canadian Singer Sewing Machine Company location.  I used an inflation calculator from Bank of Canada and discovered that an item that cost $9.95 CAD in 1954 would cost an equivalent of $89.20 CAD in 2015. The attachment comes in a sturdy green plastic case and…

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    How to Make a 3D Pinwheel Quilt Block

    This 3D pinwheel looks really complicated, but it’s actually easier and faster to make than a traditional flat pinwheel.  I made this pinwheel for a fabric manipulation element of a fidget quilt block. All you need is four squares of your background fabric and four squares of your pinwheel fabric. What size should my squares be? For a 10″ block (10.5″ unfinished), your starting squares should be 5.5″. For an 8″ block (8.5″ unfinished), your starting squares should be 4.5″. For different size blocks, you’ll need a different size of starting squares.  If you have Excel or another spreadsheet program, you can use download this calculator tool I made to help you…

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    How to Make a Laminated Comic Strip Bookmark without a Laminator

    A bookmark is a great way to preserve a piece of ephemera in a way that you get to see often, whether it’s a love note, a movie ticket, or in my case, a comic strip. Every lunch hour, I read the comics in the daily newspaper.  Most days, they inspire a few smiles, but once in a while, a comic will tickle me so much that I have to clip it out to share with a friend.  Usually they just end up getting crumpled in my purse, never to be seen again.  One of my favourite movies is The Big Lebowski (as seen in my Budget-Friendly “Framed” Poster Prints tutorial), and…

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    Fidget Quilt Week 1 Block

    I’m participating in a fidget quilt contest on a Facebook group, and I had a blast making my first block.  Fidget quilts, in case you’re not aware, are quilts that are used to help calm patients with diseases such as Autism or Alzheimer’s.  These quilts are tactile and interactive.  I typically only sew with fabrics, not with embellishments, so this was a move outside of my sewing comfort zone. For this quilt, I’m making the blocks 11″ finished, so 11.5″ raw.  Our assignment was to create a block that included a zippered component with something connected to play with inside, plus one additional interactive element. This is my first block. There are two main…

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    How to Piece Pyramids from Jelly Roll Strips

    I’ve had a set of brown and pink jelly roll fabric strips in my stash that I purchased last year without a specific plan in mind.   I decided to use them to create a quilt with pyramid shapes. If you don’t know what a jelly roll is, it’s a package of precut strips that measure 2.5″ by the width of fabric, usually around 42″ to 44″.  If you don’t have a precut roll of strips, you can simply cut the strips yourself from any quilting fabric. I used a 7″ pyramid quilting ruler which is simply an acrylic equilateral triangle ruler.  All three sides are the same length with 60…

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    How to Make Tabbed Dividers for Your Planner

    If you saw my previous blog post featuring planner printables, you might have noticed that my planner contains custom dividers.  I made these myself using scrapbook paper in order to feature the exact colour scheme I wanted.  You can easily make these dividers in just a few minutes each. One piece of 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper will yield two dividers for a 5.5″ x 8.5″ planner.  The tabs will stick out 0.5″ from the edge of the 5.5″ paper and will measure 1″ wide. Supplies: scrapbook paper 12″ x 12″ paper cutter scissors hole punch Take a sheet of scrapbook paper and use your paper cutter to cut a line 8.5″ away from…

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    Free Planner Printables with special inserts for bloggers

    When life gets hectic, it’s time to make a plan to keep everything organized. I’ve been looking at planners for a few weeks, trying to find one that suits my needs, but the prices were out of my price range. I don’t have room in my budget for a $50 planner that doesn’t even have the exact inserts that I am looking for. Personally, I would like a calendar along side a weekly planner and to-do lists, plus specific tracking tools for blogging. I found a used 6 ring planner that holds 5.5″ x 8.5″ sheets to make this happen, took out all the existing sheets and started from scratch. …

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    How to Make a Tall & Skinny Pinwheel Tote Bag

    Once upon a time I was a newbie quilter who made her first ever set of pinwheels out of adorable black and red fabric. The pinwheels were adorable in theory, but the mismatched points were glaringly unsightly. Enter the humble button, which saved my first attempts from being seam ripped or ignored and gave them new life.   There, that’s much better! I made these pinwheels as a test, then set them aside.  I eventually came across them again and decided to repurpose them into a small tote bag to use while travelling on the train.  I wanted to be able to put my lunch at the base of the bag…

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    Free Quilt Pattern – Diamond Lattice Eight Point Star Quilt

    Instead of using set-in diamonds, this crib-sized quilt pattern uses half-square triangles to make piecing quick and easy.  This size is great for baby quilt. Finished Size: 38″ x 48.5″. Fabric Requirements: Dark Print: 1/2 yard Medium Print: 1/2 yard Light Print: 1/2 yard White Solid: 1 1/8 yard Binding Fabric:  1/3 yard Batting: 39” x 50” Backing: 1 1/2 yard Download now! This is the first full quilt pattern I’ve shared in a printable PDF format on Craftcore.  I would really love your feedback on this to know if this is something buying tramadol hcl online you’d like to see more of, or if you prefer the web-based tutorial format I’ve used in the past.  Feel free…

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    How to Make a Quilt Label Tag

    Have you ever wanted to create a quilt label?  This tutorial describes a technique to create a DIY tag label for your quilt.  I recently participated in a mug rug swap online on a Facebook quilt group.  It was a lot of fun!  Mug rugs are bigger than a coaster but smaller than a placemat.  I made mine in a square shape, measuring in at approximately 11″ square finished.  Most of the prints that I used are modern with a vintage vibe, but the dark brown print came from an elderly woman’s yard sale for some authentic vintage style. I’ve been holding off on sharing this mug rug on Craftcore until my swap partner received…

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    Mulberry Zucchini Bread Recipe

    This Mulberry Zucchini Bread recipe is a great way to use up your zucchini and mulberry harvest. This is my first year having zucchini in my garden, and it’s shocking how many zucchini the two plants I have growing in my backyard garden have produced. I can’t eat it fast enough! My front yard has a mulberry tree, and I have the same problem. Mulberries too are growing faster than I can consume them. If you don’t have mulberries on hand, you could swap them out for another berry of your choice.  Blueberries would be delicious too! This recipe will yield two loaves of mulberry zucchini bread.  One loaf is…

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    Christmas Star Table Runner (with printable pattern)

    It’s almost Christmas in July!  Today I’m sharing this quick table runner I made last Christmas.  You’ll have plenty of time to whip one up as a gift before the season hits. This project was inspired by this sweet mitten, ice skate, and Christmas wreathe print.  I love Christmas, but I’m not very into the traditional red and green colour combination.  I love this print because the green is toned down to a pale hue.  I also found this adorable white-on-green snowflake print online that matched perfectly. The finished measurement is 12.5″ x 36.5″.  You can make this longer by creating additional blocks; adjust the materials accordingly. Supplies Focal fabric: 4…

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    How to Make a Gift Box

    This tutorial will show you how to make a quick gift box out of two sheets of scrapbook paper.  The thicker the cardstock, the sturdier it will be.   The finished box measures 3″ x 3.25″ x 6″. Supplies: Two sheets of patterned cardstock, preferably of the same print. Scissors Ruler Pencil Double-sided tape Embellishments if desired Printout of Craftcore 12×12 Gift Box Template Pieces PDF Special note before you print the PDF.   You must print at 100% scale; do not shrink to fit!  Test to make sure your print came out at the right size by measuring the 1 inch print guide included on the sheet.  If it’s smaller than…

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    How to Make Mini Fabric Bolts for your Craft Room

    I recently shared my craft room reveal, but I didn’t go into much detail regarding my fabric storage solution. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a little commission at no extra cost to you if you make a purchase. I’m currently using a pair of inexpensive particle board bookcases I purchased online.  My original plan was to simply fold my fabrics and stack them in the shelves, but I knew this would get messy in the long term as I pulled out fabrics to use.  I wanted a way to showcase my fabrics in such a way…

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    Quilting Basics: Chain Piecing for Quick Quilting

    When I learned about chain piecing, my quilting life changed for the better. I had already made several quilts without chain piecing when my mother asked if I was using this method. I had no idea this was a thing! I tried it out, and now I chain piece basically anything that requires the same repetitive sewing over and over. What are the advantages of chain piecing? It’s quick because you don’t have to start and stop your machine as much. You waste less thread since you don’t have a long thread tail at the start and stop of each of your blocks. Additionally, you can leave your pieces joined…