Some of you may be looking at the Outback Value Quilt at Quilt Market in Houston right now. If you are, will you hug it for me? I love this quilt so much, due in no small part to the amazing fabrics that it is made with. It is made with Outback Wife, a beautiful new line of fabrics created by Cathi of Gertrude Made for Ella Blue Fabrics.
These upcycled pin cushions are the perfect touch to make for yourself, or as a gift to a friend who sews. Try sticking in some pre-threaded needles, all ready to go for everyday mending. Or maybe some pretty glass head pins. They are made from scrap fabric and those little sake cups and tiny little ceramic cups and vessels I see often at the thrift store. There is usually just one of them, and I thought this was a fun way to use them.
(photo by Armstrong Pitts Studio)
One of the most popular, most remembered DIY crafts from my first book is the Zombie Barbies for Halloween, in the Fall Chapter of the book. In each of the 4 seasonal chapters, I wanted to create a variety of projects, from fun to more long-lasting. I felt it was also important to have projects that could be done in an afternoon, as well as some that might take a little longer (creating some nice quiet hand sewing moments in our otherwise busy lives).READ MORE
This is a fun wreath to make with the kids and decorate the house for Halloween. Find black and dark gray (or your favorite Halloween color) t-shirts at the thrift store, or perhaps upcycle some from your closet. Note: I cut all the strips I needed from two men’s shirts. Cut them into strips measuring roughly 1-2″ wide x 3-5″ long. Bend a wire coat hanger into a circle and just start tying strips onto the wire. Keep the strips close together and vary the shades a little for a more interesting look.READ MORE
These DIY Halloween Trick or Treat bags are made from thrift store t-shirts and are surprisingly sturdy (meaning- they hold a lot of candy). They require a little reverse appliqué, and by using the bright yellow t-shirt I found, the effect of the eyes is very bright against the other colors.
It is no secret I love free motion embroidery and do it almost every day! There are just so many possibilities with it. It does take a little practice, but my advice is to keep at it, keep trying it, and you will get the hang of it much faster than you might think.