• 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…

  • Printables,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    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…

  • Home Decor,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    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…

  • Quilting,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    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…

  • Printables,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Quilting Basics: HST and QST Printable Cutting Guide

    Two building blocks of quilt patterns are the HST unit and the QST unit: the half square triangle and the quarter square triangle.  Once you have this skill in your arsenal, the world of quilting opens wide! The method I will show you in this tutorial will create two units at once rather than one at a time.  The process goes a lot faster with minimal extra steps, plus there’s less risk of the triangles getting stretched out due to bias cutting. 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…

  • Sewing

    Cylinder Pencil Case Tutorial

    One of my favourite things about school as a kid was getting to pack up all my pencils and school supplies into a pretty new pencil case at the beginning of the year.  Even as an adult, there is nothing like new supplies, ah!  This tutorial will teach you how to make soft, cylinder pencil case.  The tube shape is really fun, and the soft sides means that you can squish the case into tightly packed bags when travelling with your art supplies. I designed this fabric myself and sell it on Spoonflower.  I made this from two full Spoonflower swatches plus a part of a third.  You can see and purchase the fabric collection…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    DIY Running Gear: Water Bottle Holder

    In 2014, I took up running as a hobby and exercise source.  My lifestyle is pretty sedentary, with a desk job 9-5 and crafting and reading most evenings.  I moved from being unable to run for more than 30 seconds to running a half-marathon within a year.  I’ll just put it out there – I have fallen in love with running! You would imagine that a hobby like running would be pretty inexpensive since it’s just you and the pavement for the most part, but the incremental costs can really add up.  Race entrance fees, decent running shoes, moisture-wicking clothing, energy gels, hydration packs.  I’ve purchased a bunch of different styles of hydration…

  • Sewing

    Repositionable Quilt Planning: Save an Abandoned Sewing Project

    I’ve been working on one particular quilt for just over a year ago now – a brightly coloured 80″x80″ quilt with “Monkey Wrench” quilt pattern blocks in bright blue, orange, green and pink.  I keep getting distracted from this project by other projects, so I’ve finally decided that I just need to force myself through the rest of the blocks to finish this once and for all.  No more distractions! #quilting I’ve made dozens of blocks in the same pattern for the quilt I’m working on, but I think this is my favourite colour combination yet! A photo posted by @pangepange on May 10, 2015 at 1:17pm PDT This is…

  • Home Decor,  Quilting,  Sewing

    How to Make a Chevron Quilt from Start to Finish

    If you have never quilted, this tutorial to create a small chevron tabletop quilt will be perfect for you. This project is small but will give you the skills you need to make a basic quilt with half square triangle (HST) blocks. You’ll learn how to do the following: cut out your fabrics assemble half square triangle (HST) unit blocks two at a time assemble the HST units into a chevron pattern assemble your quilt sandwich: quilt top, batting, and backing quilt the sandwich square up your quilt create binding from strips of fabric attach the binding to the quilt with mitred corners and hidden ends It looks like a…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Make a Tiny Zipper Pouch

    While building up my Spoonflower shop, I’ve amassed a collection of 8″ square swatches to test my fabric designs. I also have a pretty big collection of tiny 5″ zippers that I ordered online in bulk back in the day when I was slightly addicted to making zipper pouches. This tutorial will show you how to make a lined zipper pouch using two Spoonflower swatches and a 5″ zipper. If you don’t have Spoonflower swatches, you’ll need two pieces of coordinating fabric measuring 8″x5.5″. I actually don’t own a zipper foot (I sadly lost it while moving years ago and haven’t had a chance to replace it), so my zippers…

  • Quilting,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Designing a Quilt Using Microsoft Word

    I designed a yoga quilt for my best friend using Microsoft Word for planning. Usually I just doodle a design idea on a napkin, estimate yardage, and go for it, but in this case, wanted to visualize the sashing and figure out how much of each fabric I would need to purchase exactly. This method of quilt planning will work for quilts with simple square blocks. Open Microsoft Word.  I’m using Microsoft Word 2007, so keep in mind the menus might be slightly different if you are using a different version.  Insert a table with the number columns and rows you would like to to have in your quilt.  Insert…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    Oversized Punctuation as Applique Design

    Punctuation serves an invaluable duty, creating clarity in our sentences. The simple comma is all that separates the heartwarming sentence, “Let’s eat, grandma!” from the macabre, “Let’s eat grandma.” In this quilt project, I used the over-sized punctuation mark as an applique design element. Take a look: I made this quilt in February 2010, and it is still my go-to comfy quilt even after making several after this one. (It’s been through the wash quite a bit, so it has that lovely soft quality now.) To make the comma shapes, I went into Photoshop and created an oversized comma to print out. I traced them onto a product called Steam-a-Seam…

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    Quilted Coaster Tutorial

    I love to make these simple quilted coasters using scraps of fabric. They are a great way to use up leftover quilting cotton and batting after making a quilt (with the added benefit of the quilt draped across the couch matching the coasters on the coffee table). The supplies are minimal for this project: Supplies Fabric, two 5″ squares per coaster Batting, one 5″ square per coaster Thread Sewing machine Iron Cut out your batting into 5″x5″ squares; cut out one per coaster. Cut out your fabric into 5″x5″ squares, cutting two per coaster. (If you’d prefer to make the back and front different, go for it!) Layer the fabrics…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    Quick and Easy 8-Piece Christmas Tree Skirt

    Last year, I only threw some excess fabric I had around the base of my Christmas tree as a makeshift tree skirt, but this year, I wanted to be a little more deliberate. This tutorial will show you how to make a round tree skirt using curved triangular pieces. My supply list is a little vague because measurements and fabric amounts will depend on the size you make. Once you make the paper template following my directions, you will be able to figure out how much material you’ll need. Supplies large scrap paper (newsprint will do) a pen a stick of some kind (could be a pen, a paintbrush, a…

  • Quilting,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Calculate How Much Fabric You Need for a Simple Quilt

    When I used to work at a fabric store, the most common question I received was this: “I’m making X, so how much do I need?” If you’re not following a pattern, you can get overwhelmed with the fabric measurements and either over buy or shortchange yourself. Either way, it’s unhappy for your bank account and your sanity. This article will guide you through the process of calculating how much fabric you will require for a quilt made with easy square blocks. How big is your quilt going to be? Crib size? Lap quilt? Table topper? California King? There are no rules when it comes to how large you want…

  • Fashion,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Colour Block Yoke Skirt Made From Leggings

    Recently I bought a few pairs of adjustable-length leggings. After cutting off the legs to my desired length, I didn’t want to just throw the knit fabric into the garbage. I also had about half a meter of this fun, super-bright yellow knit fabric that wasn’t enough to make a full skirt. Put them together and what have you got? This colour-blocked knit skirt! I picked out this Simplicity 2608 pattern. I could just fit the pieces for View D, the gathered pencil skirt, on my small piece of fabric: As a 5’1″ shorty, I shortened the length so that it would hit just above my knees. Creating a Yoke…