Here’s a quick project that kids love. They get to play in water and use their hands without needing much fine motor skills. And they end up with colorful little felted beads they can use for just about anything. My daughter pretends they’re money, food, you name it. Or you can use a sharp needle [...]
Sew a ribbon onto a triangle and voila! You have an adorable hair accessory. This is a great use of fabric scraps or vintage handkerchiefs. There’s a fabric scrap version and vintage handkerchief version. The fabric scrap version takes a bit longer, but has the advantage of matching an adorable skirt you’ve made. Both version are pretty darn quick and east. Let’s get sewing!
It’s baby shower season. I know this because we’re booked for birthday parties every week from now until July. Sure it’s simple to find a baby shower gift in a big box store but I promise a new mom to be will love a homemade present more. Pre-made baby blankets tend to be thin and [...]
Who’s ready to learn something new? Well good. Grab your yarn and needles and let’s get knitting. We’ve got 3 basic lessons for you and 3 next step lessons. Lesson 1: Cast On. Click here to watch. Lesson 2: The Knit Stitch Click here to watch. Lesson 3: The Purl Stitch Click here to [...]
Felt is one of my favorite fabrics to work with. It doesn’t fray, so you can cut without the need to finish the edges. It feels wonderful to the touch and comes in many pretty colors. I highly recommend getting real wool felt. Polyester or a wool blend will work, but you lose a bit of the magic. We happen to have a limited quantity of 100% wool felt in stock, in case it’s hard to come by in your area.
You can make your very own impressive mini soft cover book. All you need is some paper, half an hour of your time, and opposable thumbs. This type of bookbinding requires no glue, no special tools, and no unusual skills. Honest.
These little books are great for carrying in your pocket or bag for jotting down addresses, phone numbers, or thoughts that you don’t want to escape. They make great little journals. And who wouldn’t want to receive a gift of a handmade book? Give it a try.
Friends, start your sewing machines. And your irons.
Are you ready? Let’s go. Today’s lesson is placemats, napkins and table runners, same technique for each just the size is different. I am making 18′ x 13′ placemats in these pictures.