08 Jun 2017
June 8, 2017

Patriotic Pillow

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Add a pop of the ol’ red, white and blue to your summer decorating with this fun ruffly patriotic pillow. The star buttons offer a little extra spirit.   Designed by Linda Turner Griepentrog Skill Level: Easy Crafting Time: Evening Finished Size of Project: 12” x 16” (30.48cm x 40.64cm) Supplies Fabric used: FreeSpirit Designer.. read more →

Good things come in small packages and this tiny purse is ideal for holding the essentials a bride needs for her special day.   By Linda Turner Griepentrog Skill level: intermediate Finished Size of the Project: 5” (12.70cm) wide (at top) x 6” (15.24cm) Supplies: Coats Dual Duty XP All-purpose thread Coats Machine Embroidery thread ¼.. read more →

An envelope-back pillow is about as easy as it gets for adding pops of color to any room.Whether you just want to make a seasonal decorating change, or you’re starting from scratch for home accessories, this envelope-back is a fast way to make a pillow cover. First, decide on the pillow size and purchase an.. read more →

05 Apr 2017
April 5, 2017

Denim Bracelet Trio

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Denim accessories couldn’t be hotter, whether you choose a bleached option, indigo print or solid navy these denim bracelets rock.  Topstitched with Coats Jeans thread, they are simple to make- so make one or two or three! Skill level: Beginner Featuring: Dual Duty XP All-purpose, Coats Denim, Coats Topstitching and Coats Jeans threads Crafting time:.. read more →

Whether you’re having tea on your garden patio or huddled around a cozy fireplace, this cute cozy helps keep your brew warm for cup after cup. Choose a spring-like print from the Kaffe Fassett Collective for FreeSpirit fabrics. Finished Size of Project: Fits a 4-cup teapot (adjust for other sizes) Supplies Coats Dual Duty XP.. read more →

These easy little felt boxes have so many uses. They are a fun way to store (or gift) jewelry, or simply a place to put your change at night. They’re also perfect for individual table favors when filled with candy or other small treats. Though the felt boxes can actually be any size, to cut them.. read more →

If you’re looking for a place to store a little gold at the end of the rainbow, this fabric bowl is ideal. Made with swatches o’ green, the zipper piping trim helps it hold its shape. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by filling the bowl with candy coins. Finished Size of Project: Custom (featured bowl is.. read more →

    Adding a little green to your space in honor of St. Patrick is easy with this verdant shamrock door hanger. The bead accents and zip-top hanger add a bit o’ fun. Finished Size of Project: Approximately 27“ (68.58cm), including hanger Supplies Coats Dual Duty Button & Craft, Color 6770 Forest Green Coats Dual.. read more →

Having a cold or allergy is no fun, and keeping tissues handy is a welcome relief to those with annoying sniffles. This clever tissue holder fits a personal size tissue pack and the swivel latch hook keeps it handy in your purse, backpack or on your keyring. Finished Size of Project: 3 ½” x 5.. read more →

Whether you’re wearing a custom fabric belt or a ready-made leather one, it’s always a good idea to have some belt loops to hold your accessory in place. You can make them either by hand or by machine—it’s simple as pie. To make belt loops by hand, use a heavy thread such as Coats Dual.. read more →

02 Feb 2017
February 2, 2017

Valentine Mug Hug Rug

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Designed by Linda Griepentrog Perfect as a Valentine present, or just as an “I love you” gift, this handy mug rug has a clever rickrack holder to tuck in a special card or note, or even your daily “to-do” list. And, as a bonus, it’s totally reversible. Finished Size of Project: 9” x 10” (22.86cm.. read more →

Designed by Linda Griepentrog Send your child’s Valentine “Chair Mail”. Children  appreciate getting their own mail. This tie-on envelope is perfect for Valentines, birthday cards or little notes of encouragement. Details are accented with Coats  Bold Hand Quilting Thread. The finished envelope is 9” x 13” (22.86cm x 33.02cm) but you can also adjust it to the.. read more →

01 Feb 2017
February 1, 2017

Love-ly Letters

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Yes, you can make a beautiful fabric envelope and send it through the mail. The wonders of fusible technology make it possible and easy! While the post office agrees that you can actually mail it, they don’t guarantee it will stay clean, and depending on your fabric choice hand canceling may be involved adding a.. read more →

If you avoid garments that require buttonholes because you think they’re scary, fear no more. Making an in-seam buttonhole is easy peasy, and a great way to showcase a special button, like on a jacket front. As its name suggests, it’s simply an opening in the seam to accommodate a button closure. Some patterns come.. read more →

19 Jan 2017
January 19, 2017

Sew a No-calorie Donut


  Designed by Linda Turner Griepentrog If your resolution is to cut back on sugary snacks, these no-calorie donuts  can serve as a fun reminder of your new quest. Just stack them up on a small plate and watch co-workers do a double-take. Finished Size of Project: 4” (10.16cm) diameter Supplies Coats Dual Duty XP.. read more →

05 Jan 2017
January 5, 2017

Cozy Boot Liners

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Fuzzy warm fleece is ideal for boot liners. Rubber rain boots are always fun for walking and jumping in mud puddles, but sometimes a little extra warmth is good.This is a quick and easy project to sew up for everyone in the family- kids and grown-ups. Supplies Coats Dual Duty XP All-purpose thread, to match.. read more →

Scraping ice from your car’s windshield is sometimes a necessary evil, but the experience can be improved with this toasty hand warmer ice scraper. Just slip your palm inside and scrape away in comfort. Here is what you will need for this project: Supplies Coats Dual Duty XP All-purpose thread to match ½ yd (45.72cm)  fleece.. read more →

Scarves are a great accessory and anytime you can get two looks in one, it’s twice the fun. This reversible fringed scarf will do double duty in your wardrobe.  The secret to its great looking fringe is selecting a woven plaid rather than a printed one. With a woven plaid the color is the same front and.. read more →

Many cool weather fabrics have nap—like fleece, melton, furs, corduroy, Minkie-like fabrics and velvets. Napped fabrics usually have a pile surface and rubbing the fabric one way offers a smooth hand and brushing it the opposite way raises the pile—think of it like petting a cat. Napped fabrics tend to be bulky, creating some sewing.. read more →

08 Dec 2016
December 8, 2016

Button Basics

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Sewing on buttons is a simple task, but one that many people avoid—after all, it’s really no fun—or is it? Position the button at the marked location under the buttonhole it’s going to work with. A glue stick or tape can be used to hold the button in position for sewing, or if it’s a.. read more →

Holiday bath time becomes a puppet show with these seasonal terry mitts. Slip a bar of soap inside for some rub-a-dub cleaning along with the fun. Finished Size of Project: Snowmen/Reindeer: 6 1/2″ x 9″ (16.51cm x 22.86cm); Tree: 8 1/2″ x 10″ (21.59cm x 25.40cm) Supplies Note: Mitts can be made from hand towels.. read more →

07 Dec 2016
December 7, 2016

HO HO HO Santa Pillow

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Everyone loves Santa and this pillow makes a perfect addition to a sofa, or even a child’s bed to add some holiday spirit. Finished Size: 18″ (45.72cm) square Supplies Coats Dual Duty XP All-purpose threads, color 100 white, 900 black,  1210 pink, 1840 hot pink Coats polyester zipper, 16″ (40.64cm) 30 pink 5/8 yd (57.15cm).. read more →

These fun hair clips are great accents for kids or grownup hairdos. They are fast & easy gifts and could do dual duty as an ornament or gift decoration. Finished Sizes: 4″-5″ (10.16cm-12.70cm) Supplies Dual Duty XP All-purpose threads, coordinating colors 3 alligator hair clips, 1 3/4″ (4.45cm) Craft glue Hand sewing needle Holly: 3″.. read more →

04 Nov 2016
November 4, 2016

3 Ways to Gather Fabric

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Gathering one part of a garment, such as a skirt to match a dress bodice, to fit another can be a challenge. Sometimes it’s accomplished with pleats, other times with gathers—those soft fabric ripples of ease that have no puckers, just gentle folds. Gathers can also be used on sleeves to help them fit into.. read more →

Sewing on leather, whether real or faux, can present some challenges, but with these tips, you can achieve professional looking results. *For seaming, choose Coats Dual Duty XP All-purpose thread. For topstitching, use XP Heavy thread or Coats Jeans Topstitching thread for stand-out stitching. A larger needle may be needed for topstitching with heavier threads than.. read more →

09 Sep 2016
September 9, 2016

Sewing on Sequin Trim


Sequin trims come in a variety of configurations—from a single line to wider bands. Most wider bands are best attached by hand, but single strands can easily be attached by machine. Whether you’re creating an edging of a single line of sequin trim, or you’re planning multiple rows to form a more blingy border, Coats.. read more →

08 Sep 2016
September 8, 2016

Stitch up a Fabric Cuff

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What’s more fun than ordinary jewelry? Fabric cuffs that utilize some fun threads and cool stitches on your machine. These cuffs can take on many different looks, from whimsical to sophisticated, depending on the execution and add-ons. Make one using only thread for the embellishment, or go all out with metallic iron-ons or colorful buttons. There.. read more →

07 Sep 2016
September 7, 2016

Lace Trimmed Jean Jacket

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Adding lace and buttons to a jeans jacket dresses it up totally! We have added a double flounce which stitches up in no time to add a totally different look to this western-inspired icon. Though the featured jacket is shown in blue denim and white lace, any color combo is fair game for this fashion.. read more →

15 Jul 2016
July 15, 2016

Car Seat Organizer

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Looking for a place to keep the kids’ “stuff” and keep the car neat? This pocketed organizer is the answer, with customizable pockets and loop, it’s ideal for corralling books, crayons, water bottles, snacks, tablet, wipes and other things to keep youngsters happy.  Whether your car has child or grown-up passengers, this organizer while keep.. read more →

  Keeping kids busy on the go is easy with this handy crayon wrap—just fill it, roll it, and tuck into your tote bag along with a sketchpad or coloring book. Skill level: Beginner Crafting time: Evening Finished Size: 6″ x 18″ (15.24cm x 45.72cm) Supplies Coats Dual Duty XP® All-purpose thread to match 1/4.. read more →

This handy see-through zippered case keeps first-aid supplies readily available for any boo-boos that may occur while traveling.  A cute “medical print” is ideal, or change it up and use the case for make-up or sewing supplies in an appropriate fabric. Skill level: Confident Beginner Finished Size: 8″ x 12″ (20.32cm x 30.48cm) Supplies Coats.. read more →

There’s no better tool to create a professional looking narrow rolled hem than your serger. Whether you sew it on a fine silk scarf or lingerie, table napkins or an heirloom sewing project, this tiny edge finish is not only secure but elegant. It’s also perfect for ruffles and shirt tails—any place where you need.. read more →

When is a seam really not a traditional seam? When it  sewn edge to edge.  This is called an abutted seam. The edges are abutted and the adjacent pieces are sewn together. Abutted seams are flatter than a traditional seam with underside seam allowances, and they’re often used in lingerie or when working with any number of.. read more →

This cute mortarboard bag is ideal for presenting a check or a gift card to the graduate to celebrate his or her accomplishment. It zips closed and has a ring for keys or to attach to a larger purse or bag. It is quick and easy to sew. Designed by Linda Griepentrog   Supplies 1/4.. read more →

  There are lots of ways to hem a garment, and sewing a blind hem on the sewing machine is both fast and easy. The goal of hemming by machine is to have the stitches that hold the hem in place be invisible (or almost) from the fabric right side. If your machine has a.. read more →

There’s nothing prettier than a delicate undulating lettuce edge, whether on lingerie or rib knit. The waves can be created on stretch knit fabrics, or the bias edge of a woven fabric, and vary in shape and size depending on the character of the base material and the stitch used to finish the edge. Things.. read more →

01 Mar 2016
March 1, 2016

Selvage Surprises


Selvage Surprises! Selvages are those colorful finished edges you find on woven fabrics—a curiosity to some, and a source of inspiration to others. As sewers, we often hate to waste any little bit of fabric, and saved selvages can become the beginning of some fun projects. Just what is the selvage? It’s information for the.. read more →

12 Jan 2016
January 12, 2016

Fabric Covered Hangers

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Hang it Up with Fabric Covered Hangers. Why use boring clothes hangers when you can create something fun to add pizzazz to your closet? Those mundane wire or plastic hangers can be easily transformed with colorful fabrics to add a spark to your early-morning clothing selection process. To make a fabric covered  hanger: Trace around.. read more →

Sew on buttons fast using your sewing machine. Whether a button has one…or two…or four holes your machine makes short work of button sewing! Sewing machines can do lots of things, but perhaps you haven’t exhausted all the possibilities yet. Attaching buttons by machine is not only fast, but secure as well. Any flat button.. read more →

It’s not totally about the food on Thanksgiving Day—there’s also the table décor to consider so you’re guests are wowed as sit down to the holiday feast. Without a lot of effort, you can add some pizzazz to the table setting with some fun napkin ring ideas. So, gather up your fabric scraps, some threads.. read more →

28 Sep 2015
September 28, 2015

Exposed Zipper Tutorial

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Now you see it…. Some zippers are not meant to be seen—they’re dutifully hidden under plackets that lap or meet at the center sewn purposely to keep them under wraps. But, today’s Fashion Zippers are made to be seen!  Coats Fashion zippers are available in colorful tapes in fun print motifs and solids in bright.. read more →

Babies and toddlers always need bibs to help keep them neat and tidy while they eat, drool and learn to drink. Baby bibs are a great place to try out new threads, new techniques and some of those illusive decorative stitches that come with your sewing machine. Think practical when choosing bib fabrics—something dark to.. read more →

It’s fun to make kid’s clothes, but just a little discouraging to have them outgrow things before their time. So plan ahead and build room to grow in the garment to deal with those unexpected spurts so your handcrafted clothes will still be usable. It’s a well known fact that kids shoot upward before they.. read more →

  Holiday buttons make up this clever tree embellishment, complete from topper to trunk. They’re simply tied on and threads left as part of the tree’s trimming. Finished Size of Project: 14 1/2″ square Supplies 1/2 yd white cotton twill 6 red buttons, 1 1/4″ 6 green buttons, 1 1/4″ Assorted 3/8″-1/2″ buttons One 1.. read more →

    Whether it comes with your machine, or you purchase it as an accessory, this little foot creates lots of stitching fun! The multi-hole foot, or multi-cord foot has either holes in the surface or channels under it that allow you to feed multiple strands of specialty threads, small cords, yarns, metallics, ribbons, etc… read more →

Whether you’re sewing up something special for prom, a wedding or other special occasion, or just planning ahead for your summer wardrobe, chances are good that there’s a least one sheer fabric involved in the adventure. These fabrics are often slippery to both cut and sew, and of course every inner detail shows through, so.. read more →

Sewing for the outdoors means that not only the fabrics, but the construction as well has to contend with the elements Mother Nature bestows upon them. There’s wind, rain, cool nights and perhaps the most contentious, intense sunlight during the day. Sunlight, more specifically ultraviolet rays, can wreak havoc with both fabrics and threads holding.. read more →

08 Apr 2015
April 8, 2015

Tissue Caddy


Storing extra rolls of toilet tissue can be a problem, particularly in a small guest bath with limited storage. And what if, heaven forbid, the tissue runs out when someone is in need? This clever tissue caddy is the solution to that dilemma, as it holds an easily accessible extra roll in style. Finished Size.. read more →

07 Apr 2015
April 7, 2015

Hand Sewing Tips


Much as some people like to sew everything on the sewing machine, there are times when sewing by hand may be a better option. A project with hand sewing is also portable—you can take it with you when you travel or to local events with “waiting time” like at a doctor’s office, sports game, etc… read more →

Fabric Napkins—two ways! Dinner is a great time to showcase some fun fabric napkins—they’re so easy, even a beginner can make them. Whether you make them on a conventional machine or on a serger, they’re a quick table accent sure to please. And, they make a great housewarming gift. Napkins can be any size from.. read more →

Let it go… Free-motion stitching takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s very freeing not to depend on the machine’s feed dogs and presser foot to keep the fabric moving. With free-motion work, you’re in charge of the direction (any) and the speed at which the fabric moves (any). Akin to drawing with.. read more →

02 Feb 2015
February 2, 2015

10 Charity Sewing Tips


Sewers are blessed with many skills and those skills can be shared in many ways to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Here are 10 tips for organizing a charity sewing project: Consider working on charity projects with a group of sewing friends. Whether you’re an organized group like the American Sewing Guild, or simply.. read more →

12 Jan 2015
January 12, 2015

Sew Organized


Whether you subscribe to the adage that creativity requires clutter or not, it’s better to work in an organized space than one that resembles the city dump. Follow these helpful hints of organizing your sewing room—you’ll have more fun and be more creative.   Plan for easy access. It’s much more motivating to sew if.. read more →

10 Dec 2014
December 10, 2014

Sewing Metallic Threads

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Shine on! Nothing adds a little shine to a project like metallic thread, whether you use it as an accent or as the primary embellishment. It’s great for decorative stitching, topstitching, serging, and even quilting, both on a regular machine and a longarm machine. Metallic thread is actually not made from metal, but from nylon,.. read more →

Sewing with a twist—yarn, that is! No, there isn’t a machine sewing needle with a giant eye that lets us sew with yarn (yet), but there are several ways you can incorporate yarn into your work. Couching: Stitch over beautiful yarns and let their twisted strands show through the stitching. Most machine brands offer a.. read more →

Sewing machines can do lots of things, but perhaps you haven’t exhausted all the possibilities yet. Attaching buttons by machine is not only fast, but secure as well. Any flat button with holes will work for this process. To prepare the machine, lower or otherwise inactivate the feed dogs–those teeth under the presser foot that.. read more →

Stitching on the outside can be scary, as everyone sees it, but never fear… Topstitching is simply stitching on the outside of a project, usually just in from the edge. It is not only decorative, but it helps create a flat, crisp edge. It can also be done on one or both sides of a.. read more →

Whether you’re using a cotton or polyester all purpose thread, a machine or hand quilting thread, or a polyester embroidery thread, you’re sure to be inspired by the variegated color offerings. Surprises are in store! Multi-color threads change color as they come off the spool with random variegation. The length of a single color can.. read more →

How fun is it to use sewing notions in unexpected places? When we think of piping, we normally think of a small fabric covered cord along the edge of a garment portion or perhaps a slightly larger twisted cord running around the edge of a home décor pillow. In both instances, the exposed portion of.. read more →

You know your machine can sew all kinds of stitches, but did you know it can also do the twist? Twisted threads have many uses—from jewelry to belts to edge trim, piping and tassels. Currently popular friendship bracelets use twisted threads as well, sometimes extending the ends into fringe. Twisted threads and cords are also.. read more →

Not all zippers are hidden—some show off their stuff with stylish stitching Take advantage of those decorative machine stitches to embellish your colorful exposed zipper tapes. It’s easy and certainly fun. There are two ways to embellish zippers—one is to stitch right on the zipper tape, and the second is to use a decorative stitch.. read more →

Helpful Hints for Machine Embroidery Read the instruction manual several times and know what your machine can (and can’t) do. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. The dog motif you download might be a lovely brown, but if you want it lime green instead, it’s OK—you can personalize designs however you want. Most.. read more →

Appliqué can be done with most stitches in your sewing machine—straight, zigzag, blindhem, blanket stitch and most decorative stitches. This versatile embellishing technique takes on a different persona depending of which stitch you choose. Even with the same stitch, changing the thread can give the piece a totally different look—think about using Coats Rayon Embroidery.. read more →

Whether you’re making multiples of the same thing for charity (like pillowcases, bags, etc.) or creating hundreds of blocks for a quilt, chain piecing is both fast and efficient. This assembly-line sewing technique is used in factories, but it can be equally at home in your sewing room. How does it work? Stack up the.. read more →