• Sewing,  Tutorials

    Use an Existing Bib to Sew a New Bib Sewing Tutorial

    My son just turned four months old and he is definitely starting the teething stage.  With teething, bibs definitely save a lot of laundry with all that gooey baby drool dripping everywhere.  I’m slowly increasing my bib stash by sewing up my own bibs using existing bibs as a pattern.  This sewing tutorial will teach you how to make a pattern from an existing baby bib to sew a new one.  Two trim options are outlined: contrasting bias binding or self-facing. All you need for this tutorial is an existing bib that you love, some fabric, and some kind of fastener (snaps, velcro, etc). Before You Start the Bib, Decide the…

  • Fashion,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Sew a Colour Block Tank Dress

    At seven months pregnant, my belly is getting larger and my wardrobe is getting smaller.  Time to sew some new clothes! I picked up a few scraps of two different solid knit fabrics (one grey, one blue) from the thrift store on the cheap – not enough to make a full dress, but enough to make a shirt and a skirt.   I prefer dresses to separates, so I decided to combine these two textiles together into a simple colour blocked tank dress that’s easy to wear.  This tutorial will teach you how to make a stretchy tank dress with an empire waist, using a tank top as a template…

  • Knitting,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Sewn Knitting Needle Roll Up Case Tutorial

    I’m getting really excited about knitting.  I mentioned in my previous post about cat themed knitted dish cloths that I purchased a set of bamboo knitting needles in various sizes so that I would be good to go for a variety of knitting projects in my future knitting life.  I ended up buying an inexpensive set from AliExpress with 18 different sizes.  How could I store all of these knitting needles so that I wouldn’t lose them, and also in a way that I could add more knitting needles to my collection with ease?  Behold: the knitting needle case! This project is very quick to sew up and holds at…

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    Diagonal Slice Diamond Block Baby Quilt in Grey and Mint

    Last year, I traveled to the fashion district in downtown Toronto with my mom to check out the various fabric shops.  We didn’t go with a specific project in mind, instead, just enjoying the experience of touching all the different fabrics.  I picked up two quilting cottons on my trip that I fell in love with, knowing I would come up with an idea for them later. I discovered two other fabrics in my stash that coordinated well, two prints that I had ordered from Connecting Threads a few years back.  I wanted to make a quilt that had big blocks so that the fabric prints could shine.  I decided to make the…

  • Quilting,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Mirrored Heart Valentine’s Day Table Runner

    This table runner is a great gift for a loved one for Valentine’s Day – or even yourself – for some festive February decor.  I participated in a Valentine’s Day swap on an online quilt group and designed this pattern from scratch. This tutorial combines two basic techniques: the half square triangle and quick corners. Let’s get started! About the Table Runner Tutorial You’ll need five fabrics for the design.  One red background fabric and four pink focal fabrics. The finished table runner will be 11″ x 317/8″. Materials: Backing Fabric: bare minimum 33″ x 12″ Batting: bare minimum 33″ x 12″ Red Background: Cut 4 squares @ 45/8″ each Cut 1 rectangle @ 7″…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Sew a Lined Coin Purse

    A few weeks ago, I purchased a metal purse clasp on a whim.  I had never made a coin purse in this style before (I’m more of a zipper pouch gal), but I figured why not dive in and see how it would go.  The construction is similar to making a lined zipper pouch with the added benefit of no zipper to install (yay!), but the added headache of handsewing the finicky frame (boo!). Let’s dive right in! Supplies You’ll Need lining fabric exterior fabric batting, fleece, interfacing, or some other fabric to add shape to your purse sewing machine, thread, pins, etc hand sewing needle strong thread in a coordinating…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    Bowling Themed Applique Mini Quilt with Printable Templates

    I recently participated in a quilting swap online where each participant made a mug rug for another participant’s husband.  Each woman provided a brief description of her husband’s interests, then we made a mug rug (mini placemat) that we thought he would like.  These mug rug projects are a great way to practice your skills in a mini quilt format. 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. I was so happy with who I was matched up with because her husband was interested in bowling.  I’m a league bowler with…

  • 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…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Make a Quilted Pumpkin Wallhanging

    Two days before Halloween, I was scrambling to finish up a festive Halloween wall hanging. I’m thankful to have finished it in time to hang up for Halloween.t Now it’s one day before Halloween, and I’m scrambling to finish up this tutorial. You might not have time to whip this up before Halloween 2015, but please pin or bookmark this tutorial for next year It all started with a sketch.  I originally wanted to make a larger quilt as pictured to the right in my sketch.  It had a centre medallion with bats on each corner with an ombre style border.  I cut out all the fabrics but I wasn’t loving…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Sew an Organizer for Your Planner

    I carry around a day planner in my purse that includes a handy slot for a single pen.   However, one pen just isn’t enough!  I wanted to have with me a few writing utensils (pens of different colours, a marker, a pencil crayon for shading, etc), but I didn’t want these rolling around loose in my purse.  I tend to lose items like these so I wanted a way to keep them right inside my planner. This tutorial is for 5.5×8.5″ planners, but you can easily use the same concepts to make one for any size planner or binder by adjusting the measurements to your taste. Let’s get started!  I made…

  • Reviews,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    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…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    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…

  • Projects,  Quilts,  Sewing

    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…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    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…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    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…

  • Printables,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    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…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    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…