Review & Giveaway: The Essential Sewing Reference ToolI’ve got a new book review posted in our Giveaways  section.  Go there to read my review of The Essential Sewing Toolkit by Carla Hegeman Crim  (The Scientific Seamstress) and to enter the giveaway to win a copy.

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tunictitleSachiko from Tea Rose home shares a tutorial at Riley Blake Designs showing how to yourself a pretty new top for spring.  It’s her faux button down tunic, a loose fitting sleeveless tunic.  The buttons down the front are decorative …

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Free pattern: Hospital scrubs for an American Girl dollAG Doll Fan shares a couple of free patterns on her blog, Arts and Crafts for your American  Girl Doll, for making a set of hospital scrubs for an 18″ doll.  Use a solid blue broadcloth to make them look …

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Disclosure: Post and giveaway sponsored by Pennington Vertical Gardens, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.

If you haven’t entered my giveaway for a $50 American Express gift card, go to my giveaway post

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Post and giveaway sponsored by Pennington Vertical Gardens, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.

Garden_Full ShotI’m posting over in our Giveaways section with a review of the Pennington Vertical Garden and a giveaway for a …

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sftk_coverLast week I posted a review & giveaway of Gooseberry Patch’s Stitching for the Kitchen. 

The winner of the giveaway is commenter #35, Cathy Hansen, who says her favorite handmade kitchen accessories are table toppers.  Congratulations, Cathy!

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keepsaketitle_smallI was so excited when I found out that Michaels was going to be carrying fabrics.  They’re called Crafty Cuts, precut fabric pieces in a variety of colors and fabric types (cotton, canvas, burlap, faux fur, felt, tulle, and crushed …

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I’ve already written in previous posts (here and here) about my general impressions of the Bernina 780, as well as the low-down on two stand-out  features: the Dual Feed and Bernina Stitch Regulator.  Now I’m going to talk …

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Yesterday I told you about the temporary addition to my sewing room – the Bernina 780.  I described some of the more basic features and my general impressions of the machine.  Today I want to talk about two …

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Teresa from Crafting In My Closet created this retro back-t0-school jumper dress for her daughter.  It’s a button front jumpber with a drop waist and a pleated skirt.  She calls it her Penny Jumper, and the design is inspired by a …

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Have you ever wondered whether Fray Check really works?  Shannon from Shannon Sorenson Designs did, and so she created a little experiment.  She put some ruffled cotton fabric through the wash, some treated with Fray Check and others pinked, ripped, or …

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Heidi from Elegance & Elephants shows how to make a pair of capri pants with pockets for little girls.  The pockets are gathered at the top with elastic, creating a cute bubble effect.  Get the tutorial.

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Sew4Home shows how to make a color blocked bolster pillow.  The dimensions they give are for one that will fit a queen sized bed.  You could adjust the length to fit a larger or smaller bed.  Go to their tutorial

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Stash Happy: Applique by Claire Shaffer is the latest in the Stash Happy series from Lark Crafts.  Within this book are 25 projects where applique makes the design. 

The smaller pieces of fabric typically used in applique will send you …

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Abby from Things for Boys shares a tutorial for making this polar bear wash mitt.  Awww…  Isn’t he the cutest?   Get the tutorial.

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