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Category Archives: Creative Sewing

Thinking Outside the Paper Piecing Lines

Thinking Outside the Paper Piecing Lines Pattern

A while ago, I embraced paper piecing as a way to use up all the threads of my most precious fabric scraps. Before long, hexagons joined forces to create flowers to applique onto projects. Pentagons banded together to create soft balls, perfect for kids to play with, or joined together to create fabric snow people. […]

Quick, Cool & Colourful Small Batch Ice Dyeing

Quick, Cool & Colourful Small Batch Ice Dyeing Pattern - Fall 2016

I took a dye class through my local school board and was hooked. Playing with various techniques at home, I discovered that dyeing yardage in an apartment is a challenge, that fat quarters are more suitable to my circumstances and style of working and that Shibori and ice dyeing are my favourite techniques. As much […]

Victorian Christmas Lace Tea Cozy & Tea Towel Set

Victorian Christmas Lace Tea Cozy & Tea Towel Set Pattern - Festive 2011

Christmas is my favorite time of year with all the stores decked out in their finest bling and glitter, trees all lit up and carols being sung. What’s not to like about the season? In my family, we always made a special gift or two when we were young and I have kept up that […]

Gift Card Pockets

Gift Card Pockets Pattern - Festive 2011

These little Gift Card Pockets emerged from bits and pieces of my craft stash. I wanted to create some keepsake-quality gift card presentations that I didn’t have to buy along with the card. The pockets are also cost-effective because they use up little bits and pieces. Everyone has different things in their scrap bins, so […]

Embellished for the Holidays

Embellished for the Holidays Pattern - Festive 2011

If you are thinking of creating a new jacket for the holidays there are many opportunities to add embellished pieces to it including a large or small collar and pocket flaps. The embellished jacket is especially perfect for office functions during the holidays.The jacket used for this project was already made, taken apart and creatively […]

Greetings! For an autumn cushion wrap and Maple Leaf coasters

Autumn Cushion Wrap Pattern - Fall 2016

Here’s a project that you can make quickly to prepare for your autumn events, get-togethers and Thanksgiving decor. Using the Brother ScanNCut, it won’t take long. Add your own personal touch by adding more machine embroidery or free motion work to the shapes and greetings. Read more in our Fall 2016 issue. Download the PDF […]

My Little Acorn Napkin Ring

My Little Acorn Napkin Ring Pattern - Fall 2016

It involves following a design row by row and discovering how the pleats react to the stitches and the way the colours of the floss make the design work. It’s like a puzzle being revealed right before your eyes stitch by stitch. Sometimes it takes only a wee bit of stitching and the right use […]