Hey, sewing buddies – let’s go on a Virtual Quilting Retreat together! We can dream, right?!  It’ll be you, me and several thousand other quilters who are reading this post. We’ll have a great time together, but first we’re going to sew a set of Quilting Carryalls so we can pack up plenty of supplies… read more →

The tranquil color and organic design of Soft Repose fabrics lend a refined style to this simple to sew clutch. Skill Level: Intermediate Crafting Time: 2 hours Finished Size: Unfolded: 14”x 14” [35.5 cm x 35.5cm] Folded: 14” wide x 10” [35.5 cm x 25.5 cm] SUPPLIES Fabric Requirements Fabrics from Soft Repose by Shell.. read more →

16 Jun 2017
June 16, 2017

Summer Sewing School

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Holding a Summer Sewing School is the perfect way for your kids, grands or nieces and nephews to learn the art of sew. I have a few tips and five marvelous tutorials that will help you pass on the value of handsewn to your littles! Before You Start . . . Hints for Teaching Kids to.. read more →

14 Jun 2017
June 14, 2017

Pretty Baby Carry-all

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  Make this Pretty Baby Carry-all to corral all the goodies that little one needs!  Keep them together so you can grab it and go, when the time comes to leave.  Pin weaving is used for the handle and top band, and simple patchwork using FreeSpirit  Pandas fabric collection by David Walker make this pretty.. read more →

Graduation time is amazing. Full of promise, plans, and. . . . just a wee bit of panic, too. The DIY Essential Kits I found for you today are designed to send some of the security of home with your favorite grad. They’re perfect for traveling, practical and don’t take up much room. And, while.. read more →

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 →

Father’s Day is coming and there’s nothing better than handmade to let Dad know how much he’s loved. You’ll find gifts to sew for every kind of Dad below! A Tie for the Dressed Up Dad and His Boys Even though it’s the traditional, not-always-welcome, Dad Day gift, a handmade tie isn’t just one of.. read more →

07 Jun 2017
June 7, 2017

Man-size Work Apron

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Dad will love the roomy pockets on this large sized work apron. Hardware from Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements and prints from Correspondence by Tim Holtz give it a masculine appeal.   Designed by Melissa Peda Finished sized:  32″ wide x 34″ long SUPPLIES: Fabric by Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Collection for Coats: (A)Correspondence-Letter                        PWTH048.8NEUT       .. 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 →

New Mommies need help! And, we can use our sewing super powers to stitch up a stylish, comfortable New Mommy Helper or two! Read on – you’re going to love the projects I’ve found for new Moms (and Dads) today! Infinity Nursing Scarf Infinity Scarves continue to be a popular, fashionable trend, so incorporating one.. read more →

The subtle raindrop design of Shell Rummel Soft Repose fabric is imitated with free-motion stitching using Coats Cotton thread in the grey triangle of this pillow. The soft palette will accent any décor.   Skill level: beginner Crafting time: ½ day Finished size: 12” x 16” (30.5cm x 41cm) Supplies: Coats Dual Duty XP all.. read more →

18 May 2017
May 18, 2017

Three Pretty Bins

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Use these pretty bins to organize a home office,bath or bedroom. The color and design of the Soft Repose by Shell Rummel creates a calming effect in any room. Skill Level: Confident Beginner Crafting Time: An evening* Finished Size: Small: 4” w x 4” h (10.2cm h x 10.2cm) Medium: 6” w x 6”h (15.3cm.. read more →

We welcome Shell Rummel as a fabric designer for Coats. Designer Shell Rummel has been a successful and established presence in the fine art, wedding and stationery markets for nearly 20 years.  Watercolors are the preferred medium for this award-winning artist, and the unpredictability of painting with water often results in surprising variations and subtle.. read more →

Okay, let’s be honest. There’s no such thing as “too many” baby shoes, right?! So, let’s make our own and warm those darling little tootsies with delightful, handmade adorableness. You’ll find five designs below as well as general tips at the end. I must warn you, though – Handmade Baby Shoes are addictive! Basic Mary.. read more →

This mini wall hanging reminds you to follow your heart. Combine fabrics from Tim Holtz Dapper collection to form appliqués then add accents with hand and/or machine stitching using Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements threads. Skill Level: Beginner Crafting Time: Evening Finished Size: 8” x 9” (20.32cm x 22.86cm) Supplies • Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Coats® Cotton.. read more →

11 May 2017
May 11, 2017

Tri-fold Organizer

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Make any project portable with this organizer. Just stash thread, scissors and any other supplies in the handy pockets inside. Use Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements threads, Zippers, and his Dapper fabric collection for Coats® to add vintage charm. DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS read more →

11 May 2017
May 11, 2017

Fold-over Dapper Bag

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A cross between a purse and messenger bag, this cross-body purse will quickly become your go-to bag. Eclectic Elements antique brass hardware adds vintage style. The bag features Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements threads and Hardware, and Tim Holtz Dapper fabric collection for Coats®. Skill Level: Beginner Crafting Time: Evening Finished Size: 16” x 12” (40.5cm x.. read more →

11 May 2017
May 11, 2017

Dapper Book Marks

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    Skill level: beginner Crafting time: Evening   Love to read “real” books? These vintage inspired bookmarks will hold your place. Patchwork and applique combine to create nostalgic reminder of where you left off. Tim Holtz Eclectic Element cotton and craft threads embellish fabrics from Tim’s Dapper collection for Coats. Fabric requirements from Tim.. read more →

Create this adorable Dapper Dress Mini Wall Hanging designed by Jennalee Anderson. Loose thread ends and raw edges add an eclectic quality to this dress cut out using Tim Holtz Dapper fabric collection and Eclectic Elements Coats Cotton threads. Skill Level: Beginner Crafting Time: Evening Finished Project Sizes: 6 ½” x 6” (16.5cm x 15cm)(height.. read more →

Help a new family or maybe yourself with practical baby gear you can easily sew! These wonderful handmade helpers will be welcomed by any new mom or dad. And they’ll especially love the care you took to make it just for them and their new darling! Baby Sleeping Bag When my bigs were littles, our.. read more →

We have created a collection of pretty nursery projects for the new arrival. Individually, they make perfect gifts or make all of them to coordinate the nursery. We used fabrics from the delightful collection FreeSpirit Pandas by David Walker and incorporated fun techniques like pin weaving and tying a quilt by hand or machine.  .. read more →

How fun to decorate baby’s room with this cute framed letter!  The pin weaving creates a colorful background to place the baby’s initial on.  The fabric covered mat adds whimsy with Davis Walker Pandas Daisy Fabric! We have included all of the instructions for pin weaving in the free pattern download.   skill Level- Beginner.. read more →

04 May 2017
May 4, 2017

Pretty Baby Carry-All

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  Make this Pretty Baby Carry-all to corral all the goodies that little one needs!  Keep them together so you can grab it and go, when the time comes to leave.  Pin weaving is used for the handle and top band, and simple patchwork using David Walkers Panda Garden Party fabrics make this pretty as.. read more →

03 May 2017
May 3, 2017

Panda Baby Quilt

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  Create this cute baby quilt quickly and easily from David Walkers Pandas collection fabrics!  You do not need to be an experienced quilter to make this quilt–no corners to match, quick to cut, sew and quilt!  Tying it “by machine” or by hand, makes it go quickly! Skill level: beginner Crafting time: 1 day.. 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 →

Pretty things in the kitchen make every day cooking SO much more pleasant. And, since it’s close to Mother’s Day, a Sew Pretty Kitchen would be just the right gift for Mom! “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”  William Morris Pretty Little Potholder.. read more →

Mother’s Day is coming and a Hand Sewn Tea Party is a delicious way to honor Mom! Home baked treats and sweet little tea sandwiches are lovely, but you can sew all the frills and adornments to make this a delightfully personalized event, too. As you plan your sewing, think about the colors and prints.. read more →

Beyond a comfy spot for sewing, every sewist needs a great, functional ironing station, too. So in the midst of all the Spring dusting, decluttering, sorting and scrubbing, let’s take a break and plan to Spring Clean your ironing spot! Recover your Ironing Board First things first. Unless your ironing board has been recovered in.. read more →

05 Apr 2017
April 5, 2017

Coats Denim Thread

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Coats Denim thread has a heather appearance that blends in with denim fabric making it a great choice for seams and topstitching. It also blends well when mending or repairing jeans. Use a size 11 or 14 machine needle or a 7 or 8 for hand sewing. Features: Goldenrod Snap Trap Spool Extra strong, polyester.. read more →

Sew a fun potholder decked out with some new kitchen goodies and a recipe for your favorite treat!  The hearts are outline quilted with Coats Bold Hand Quilting thread to accent the tone on tone hot rose colored cottons from FreeSpirit Fabrics. We’ve included a coordinating printable recipe card.     Featuring:  Coats Bold Hand.. read more →

Create a reusable shopping bag to tote your goodies in style!  The attached swivel latch will keep your keys and store rewards tag handy!  Then embellish it with raw edge applique, using a vintage image from the Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Correspondence collection, “Typo”!  We added initials from the print, to personalize it.   Featuring: Tim.. 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 →

Aw, the joys of a lovely, new Easter Dress! Growing up my dresses were usually Mom Made and I loved continuing the tradition for my daughter.  I have four pretty designs for you to choose from today – each one sweet, beginner-friendly and adorable! The Knot Dress Jess of the Sewing Rabbit blog designs beautiful.. read more →

29 Mar 2017
March 29, 2017

For the Love of Pets

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The Puyallup WA Sewing & Stitchery Expo is fondly known as the biggest sewing party in North America. As a Pacific Northwest resident, I have the privilege of attending and usually teaching each year.  The special events at the show are always incredibly fun, too. This year, I had a really paw-riffic time making a.. read more →

It’s Bunny Season and I’ve found a bevy of wonderful, fluffy, itty-bitty bunnies for you to sew! Whether you’re getting ready to celebrate Easter and thinking about filling baskets or just looking for some adorable Spring décor, you’re going to love the tutorials I found for you. Let’s hop to it! Baby Bunnies Helen from.. read more →

16 Mar 2017
March 16, 2017

The Legacy of Quilting

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March is National Quilting Month in the USA and on Saturday, March 18th, quilters everywhere will also celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day. The legacy of quilting has had an amazing, heartfelt, hands-on impact in our nation and the history is rich. Come with me on a little journey! Quilting Connects Us to the Past We often.. read more →

Those who sew and quilt are the most generous people I’ve known. There’s something about hands-on making  that expands our hearts and inspires us to reach out to others. Our Sewing Superpowers can enrich lives around the world through charitable sewing! Little Dresses for Africa My fabulously generous friend Barbara, has been making Little Dresses.. read more →

03 Mar 2017
March 3, 2017

Lunch to Go Bag

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  Create this easy, Zakka style inspired lunch bag to go! The piecing is easy breezy with no corners to match up!  Big stitch quilting highlights the patchwork. Finished size: 9” (23cm) x 8”(21cm)x 4” (11cm) Supplies: Coats Dual Duty XP All-purpose sewing thread Coats Bold Hand Quilting Thread Fabric required: 1/2 yard (.30m) Linen (Fabric.. 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 →

21 Feb 2017
February 21, 2017

Zipper Bound Journal

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  Make your own journal with steampunk styling to record your journeys – fantastic or terrestrial.  Eclectic Elements zippers and hardware blend with the collaged fabric print for perfect retro appeal. Finished Size: 9″ x 5 3/4″(23cm x 14.7cm) Fabric Requirements from Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz,  Correspondence Collection: Correspondence-Royal Mail        .. read more →

20 Feb 2017
February 20, 2017

Correspondence Dopp Bag

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The boxy styling of this zippered dopp bag makes it a perfect travel companion. The bag combines thread, zippers and hardware and with Correspondence fabric from Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements for style and practicality.     Finished sized:  9″ wide x 4″ high x 4″ deep SUPPLIES: Cotton thread, Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements collection for Coats.. 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

Valentine Heart Sachet

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Designed by Linda Griepentrog Whether you use it as a decoration or hang it in your closet, this heart sachet is a beautiful gift for yourself or someone else.   Fill it with potporri for a fragrant sachet.  To use as a pincushion, fill with  ground walnut shells. They’re available at some quilt stores, as well as.. 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 →

There’s something about a New Year that inspires cleaning up and tossing out. It’s also the perfect time to think about new ways of corralling our stuff and creative DIY Organization projects! Easy Zippered Pouch Tessa of The Sewing Chick blog developed this wonderful pouch to solve the problem of corners that don’t come out right.. read more →

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing so cozy as a hooded sweatshirt.  Whether its for you or someone else,  a warm, winter hoodie becomes even more inviting when it’s handmade by you! Make an Argyle Applique Hoodie Let’s start with a sharp looking Argyle Applique Hoodie designed as an upcycle by Melissa of Melly Sews… read more →

Head to Toe Handmade Warmth is delightfully practical and lots of fun to sew. You’re going to love the ideas I have for you today and you’ll enjoy making several of each for your favorite kids! Ear Flap Hat Delia’s Ear Flap Hat is Handmade Warmth that is just too, too cute! Great for boys.. read more →

19 Jan 2017
January 19, 2017

Sew a No-calorie Donut

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  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 →

18 Jan 2017
January 18, 2017

Upcycled Warm Winter Hats

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It’s frosty outside and the best way to stay warm is to keep a comfy hat on your head. With a few upcycled sweaters and our talents of needle and thread, we can make our own Warm Winter Hats wardrobe! Hints for Sewing With Sweater Knits & a Simple Cozy Hat Elsie from A Beautiful.. 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 →

05 Jan 2017
January 5, 2017

Mug & Snack Mats

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Make these fun, mug & snack mats to warm up a cold winter afternoon! A mug of hot chocolate and a warm cookie, and you will forget all about the snow falling outside!  Our’s are embellished with hand stitching, using Coats Cotton Covered® Bold Hand Quilting Thread, but you could just as easily use machine decorative.. 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 →

Stuffed animals are a traditional, welcome gift and they’re fun to sew. But, why just sew the same old thing? These five little charmers each have a distinctive twist and I’m including tips and tricks for successful stuffies at the end, too. Come see what I found! Elephant Coin Purse This little pachyderm is as practical as.. read more →

‘Tis the season when Christmas Fabric goes on sale and we start dreaming of what we can make – for next year.  Starting our Christmas makes a year ahead is an idea full of wonder and wisdom, but it’s nice to have new ideas. Come with me! Retro Ruffled, Applique Towels Bev from the Flamingo.. read more →

It may be too late to stitch up a handmade gift, but you can sew a Gift Card Holder and it will take you hardly any time at all. It’s the perfect way to add a touch of handmade goodness when you’re short on time. Scroll through these six quick ideas, choose one and get.. read more →

So, here’s the thing. You still want to make gifts, Christmas is coming and it has to be quick – with a capital Q! Don’t panic, these five quick and practical gifts to sew will meet the desires of just about anyone on your list! Wool Camera Wrap Matt from the Design Sponge blog needed.. read more →

The halls are decked and the holiday is close, but the kids are a bit restless and need a little care. So, pull out your supplies or shop for a few, invite the neighbors and hold a jolly ornament making party for the kids. Even if you don’t have time until after Christmas, as long.. read more →

If the precious girls in your life are always in need of 18” doll clothes, you know how expensive they can be! Handmade clothes for her 18” best friend make a wonderful Christmas gift and you can save loads of money by sewing up a dozen or so. I’ve got a quick review of free.. read more →

Hey. Rudolph! One of the most beloved symbols of the season should have a place in everyone’s home. And, this year, Rudolph can be homemade – times four! Rudolph the Fabric Deer Head Rudolph can light up any holiday occasion as he looks on from the wall and enjoys the party. This handmade Rudolph is adorable,.. read more →

Create these fun eclectic embellished towels featuring Tim Holtz Correspondence fabrics and handstitched detail using Eclectic Elements by Coats Craft Thread.  Each towel is easy to do in an evening, using purchased “blank” towels. Fabrics from Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements for Coats Correspondence collection: Correspondence Tailored 8BLUE         1/4 yard (10.16cm) Correspondence Jet Setter 8REDX        1/8.. 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 →

Never lose another button! Whether the button is on a garment you purchased or sewed yourself, it will stay on when you sew it with Coats Secura. It’s the end of lost buttons on shirts, trousers, children’s clothing, coats and jackets and more. Coats Secura is an innovative, heat activated polyester button thread that is.. 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 →

As you’re planning for the holidays have you thought about how to dress the cook? Dressing should include more than just the turkey or roast beast you know. If you’re the cook, you may wonder what you’ll wear as you’re dashing around a warm and steamy kitchen.So, let’s make two new aprons. One for the.. read more →

We makers love adding a handmade touch to everything we plan and that includes the Holiday table! You may not have time for runners and placemats this year, but Bread Basket Covers are simple and quick to make. Chicken and Turkey Basket Covers Let’s start with two covers that are squawkingly adorable! Marni of the Haberdashery Fun blog has.. read more →

21 Nov 2016
November 21, 2016

Turkey Day Decor and More

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So . . . . why DIY Turkey Day Decor when the stores and catalogs are over the top full of gorgeous holiday décor? Satisfaction, budget-friendliness, self-expression and just plain fun keep Do It Yourself at the top of the list of things we’re grateful for. And, the holidays are an excellent time to use.. read more →

The cool, wet days of Fall create the perfect time to get cozy and quilty! Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet designed delightful Leaf and Turkey Blocks that are just right for the season. They’re charming, fun to make and lend themselves well to wall hangings, table runners, placemats, pillows and, of course, quilts… read more →

17 Nov 2016
November 17, 2016

Acorn and Leaf Table Decor

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The falling leaves drift by my window . . . . . The colors are fading and the drifting has slowed, but you can creatively extend the glory of the season with Acorn and Leaf Table Decor. They’ll be gorgeous now and perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday! You’ll love the charming Fall themed runner and.. read more →

15 Nov 2016
November 15, 2016

Make a Family Memory Quilt

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The family that quilts together, makes memories together. . . especially if they create a Family Memory Quilt. And, Thanksgiving is an excellent time to begin. I’ve found beautiful designs to inspire you and collected ideas to get you started below. Read on and enjoy deciding what will be the best fit for your tribe!.. 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 →

It’s time to put it all together!  To finish our Quilt Along, Designer Cheryl Adam has instructions for adding the sashing and borders to the beautiful galaxy of paper pieced stars. It’s the LAST BLOCK in our Quilt Along and it is a beauty! Here’s Block 5: From designer Cheryl Adam: Our last block is.. read more →

27 Oct 2016
October 27, 2016

Woof Worthy Dog Costumes

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If your special fur-child doesn’t have a costume yet, you may find just the right one here. Even if the cuddly heart of the family won’t be trick or treating this year, scroll through this post anyway. You’ll enjoy the smiles and grins and get some four-paw ideas for the next canine costuming occasion! Dandelion Dog Originally designed.. read more →

The countdown is on, Halloween is frightfully close and you need a quick kids costume now. Like really NOW! I feel your panic! So, today we’ve got four cute and quick kids costumes for you to make from four clever Moms I found out in blogland. Keep calm and read on! Friar Tuck and Robin.. read more →

DIY Fashion

  Hi everybody! I’m super excited for fall but here in California we’ve been in a heat wave of 100 degrees and above. Crazy huh, in the beginning of October? I created this matching set with a sweet off-shoulder-top and high waisted shorts for the last of warm weather.     The fabric is the.. read more →

If you think you’re about to go Batty getting ready for Halloween, I think these charming Handmade Bats will help! A favorite motif for the season, bats are perfect for pillows, wall décor and playful softie toys. While you may not have a belfry tower to fill , I think you’ll enjoy these bat-i-ful projects!.. read more →

22 Oct 2016
October 22, 2016

No-Cal Candy Corn to Sew

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Oh, Candy Corn, how we love you! Your sweet sugary goodness is so perfect for skirts, totes and treat bags. What??? While that’s not how we usually think of everyone’s favorite Halloween treat, you can sew super-cute Candy Corn projects to enjoy for the season. I’ve got lots of quick and tasty tri-color goodness for.. read more →

The easiest costume around consists of a simple, yet safe mask. So, if you’re already in costume panic mode, we can help you out today with lots of options for quick, super-clever Simple Masks to Make that your kids will love.  Let’s go! Star Wars Masks Originally designed to satisfy her daughter’s desire for a.. read more →

It’s the LAST BLOCK in our Quilt Along and it is a beauty! Here’s Block 5: From designer Cheryl Adam: Our last block is the biggest and brightest star with many planets circling it, much like our own sun.  This may be the center of our new galaxy when our star dies.  Although it has.. read more →

Halloween pillows are such a fabulous way to quickly perk up your décor and add festivity to your home for seasons and holidays. ‘Tis the spooky season and DIY Halloween Pillows will make any bedroom or living room satisfyingly boo-ti-ful! Not-So-Scary Vintage-Ween Pillow Covers Designed for vintage-look friendly fun, the Halloween Pillows designed by Claire.. read more →

Your adorable meter is about to go over the top! I’ve found found four options for a super-super cute Baby Onesie Costume you can make and you’re going to love all of them. Most of these are quick enough to make in short sessions while baby naps. Grab a warm beverage, settle in and choose.. read more →

10 Oct 2016
October 10, 2016

Handmade Handbags

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There’s something truly enchanting about a new Fall Handbag. And, making it yourself elevates the enchantment to a whole new level! I’ve found three Handmade Handbags you’re going to love for this Fall. Settle in, read a little and decide which one you’ll want to make first!   The Ethel Tote Alicia of Swoon Sewing Patterns.. 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 →

Block 4 in our Milky Way Paper Piecing Quilt Along is a beauty with long points reaching out through the heavens. Cheryl describes Block 4 this way: This star throws long beams of light out into the universe as it travels through the not so dark night sky.  Don’t let the skinny pieces scare you. .. read more →

My own journey to a Happy Cutting Table took place this past year. After a job change that added a lot more sewing time to my life, I spent several months re-working my sewing studio room. One of my constant past frustrations was the table that served as both sewing table and cutting table. I.. read more →

Scarves are elegantly versatile accessories and the perfect accent as we transition to Fall weather. Quick, easy and fashionable, you’re going to have a marvelous time sewing lots of DIY Scarves! Lawn, voile, silk, chiffon, double gauze and light-weight rayons are perfect for transitional scarves. Heading into cooler weather, think about flannel, lightweight wools, faux.. read more →

So. . . .  it turns out Improv isn’t just for quilting and comedy anymore! Those of us who stitch can jump on the Improv train and enjoy the creative ride, too. And, if you’re a Tim Holtz fan, you’re going to love this fabulous Stitches and Lace Improv Pillow created by a Paula Cheney, a very.. read more →

I’ve always thought that clothing should be fun and accessories should push the fun from enjoyable to fabulous.  So, I’m always looking for accessories that add instant style and joy to a standard office outfit or a t-shirt and jeans. In the last few years, wearing a Cuff Bracelet has been my favorite thing for Fall.. read more →

Hard to believe, but Fall is nipping around the corner and it will soon be time to bundle up a bit. The first thing I notice when the air begins to chill is that my ears are cold and Earwarmer Headbands are perfect for that little problem. They’re quick to make, take little fabric and.. read more →

26 Sep 2016
September 26, 2016

Reinvent Your Sweater

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As we transition from Summer to Fall, I sort through my closet to see what still works and what needs to go out. Often, it’s my sweaters that are a problem. They’re either too tight, too boring or too out of style. If you find the same thing in your closet, you’re going to love.. read more →

Block 3 in our Milky Way Quilt along has a new color palette and is more challenging. Here’s what Cheryl has to say about it: This is the most complicated looking block so it must be the big important star in the sky.  Although there are lots of pieces, it will go together easily as.. read more →

Kimono style jackets, coats and cardigans have been hot on the runway for several years and for good reason. Unlike many of the fashions we see, think we can make and never do, you can actually sew a Self Drafted Kimono you’ll totally love! A simple, traditional design, a Self Drafted Kimono is a simple.. read more →

We are so delighted to be working with Angela Lan! This young fashion designer will be blogging monthly on our blog using our Coats & Clark threads & zippers and FreeSpirit fabrics in her educational series for young readers! She brings a youthful approach to sewing education with her trendy fashion sense and her easy.. read more →

Happy National Sewing Month! This year’s theme is Sew For The Experience Of It and I know firsthand for a great sewing experience, you need great sewing supplies. Sometimes great supplies seem expensive, but the cost of bargain supplies is often sewing frustration. So, let’s make choices that have our creative hearts smiling and singing. Because it.. read more →

13 Sep 2016
September 13, 2016

Correspondence Air Mail Tote

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Tim’s latest fabric collection, Correspondence is inspired by the classic styling of vintage postage.Tim Holtz has now created a timeless palette of thread, zippers and antique finished hardware extending your creative possibilities. Download Air Mail Tote Instructions here. read more →

09 Sep 2016
September 9, 2016

Sewing on Sequin Trim

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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 →

Tim Holtz has created a timeless palette of thread, zippers and antique finished hardware extending the creative possibilities when combined with his Eclectic Elements fabric collections for Coats. Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements by Coats consists of Cotton thread, Craft thread ™, Zippers and Hardware. Eclectic Elements Craft Thread ™ is a unique heavy 6 wt cotton.. read more →

09 Sep 2016
September 9, 2016

School Days Comfort to Sew

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School quiet time comfort is essential for your kids, whether they’re off to school or you’re schooling them at home.  You’ll really enjoy stitching them a Sit Upon, Nap Mat or Back of Chair Organizer – and they’ll love it, too.  School Days Comfort is all about making education a handmade success! Many Kindergartens and Pre-Schools require.. read more →

How did your first block turn out? Be sure to post and tag #Coatsquiltalong so we can see your progress!  Drumroll, please! Here is Block 2. Cheryl Adam, designer of the Milky Way quilt, describes her inspiration for Block 2 this way: This star is spinning through the universe trying to avoid collision with another space.. 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 →

07 Sep 2016
September 7, 2016

Team Spirit Zippered Poncho

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Cheer on your favorite team and keep warm at fall football games in this cozy Zippered Fleece Poncho. A Coats Team Spirit Zipper coordinates with team or school colors. Lori Harder designed this poncho for us using one large rectangle of fabric, then adding style with a collar and zipper.  Pick a Team Spirit Zipper.. read more →

06 Sep 2016
September 6, 2016

Messenger Bag Upcycle

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Hey there, super-sewist – today’s the day to shop the thrift store or raid the back of the closet. Using a well-worn pair of Cargo Pants, we’re going to make magic with a Messenger Bag Upcycle from the Noodlehead blog! Your Messenger Bag Upcycle will need lining fabric, bias tape and thread along with the.. read more →

Oh, school supplies, how we love you! But, we’re bored when you all look the same. So, we’re going to sew Back to School Pencil Keepers and create handmade, uniquely perfect pencil chic. Get ready to zip it up – you’re going to love the three excellent pouches I found! Each of these pouches captures.. read more →

When my daughter moved into a dorm, lack of a private bathroom and laundry were two of her biggest adjustments. I’ve found two clever solutions to help you ease that transition today. We’re going to create a little handmade, full of love DIY for the College Bound! The Laundry Bag designed by Alicia for the Sew 4.. read more →

Dear College-Bound, Non-Sewing Friend, When you registered for your classes, did you choose Mending 101 as an elective? Probably not. Although it should be, I’ve never seen it listed in a course catalog! Sewing Life Skills, however, are a requirement for a successful school year. So, Auntie Annette is here to go over the basics that.. read more →

We are thrilled and honored to be a participant in the One Million Pillowcase Challenge Sew-a-Thon Blog Hop! Coats and FreeSpirit have sponsored this fabulous charitable challenge for many years and the Sew-a-Thon Blog Hop is all about inspiration and helping others – it’s perfect for you! Learn more about the Blog Hop and Sew-a-Thon,.. read more →

Join us for our Milky Way Wall Hanging Quilt Along featuring paper-piecing! Are you ready? Here is the first block!                               Cheryl Adam, designer of the Milky Way quilt, describes her inspiration for Block 1 this way: “I imagine this star.. read more →

Well, here it is . . . a Stadium Blanket, Cushion and Tote Combo that will make back to school an easy touchdown this year. The ingenious tote holds the blanket, then turns into a cushion while you’re at the game. Whether you’re prepping for local Fall sports or sending off a college bound son or daughter,.. read more →

“Oh, no! I forgot to plug my phone in!” “Has anybody seen my phone cord?” “Mom, I dropped my phone and the screen shattered . . .again!”  Sound familiar? Back to school time often means a new phone, especially for the kids who are heading off to University or High School. And, I don’t know about.. read more →

You don’t have to have a green thumb to “grow” Handsewn Food! Your sewing machine and bits of felt and fabric are all you need to create delicious joy for your little ones. Let’s get cooking! First, we need a kitchen! Debbie Williams, a contributor to the eHow blog, wrote a well-illustrated tutorial for a Chair.. read more →

Join us for our Milky Way Wall Hanging Quilt Along featuring paper-piecing. This colorful quilt was designed by Cheryl A. Adam. We asked Cheryl what was her inspiration for the design and why she selected paper piecing to create it. “I love to be in the country, away from all the city lights, and gaze.. read more →

Monsters are pretty hot stuff with kids, big and little, these days. There are the huge, friendly monsters in popular animated movies.  And the little, crazy pocket size monsters many of us are chasing all over this summer. That means Little Monster projects like grinning monster bibs, tooth monster pillows and crayon gobbling craft tote pockets.. read more →

I love to organize but, there’s a problem with putting everything in pretty boxes and closing the lid – I can’t tell what’s in there anymore! If you can relate you’ll love the Clear Summer Organizers I have for you today. And since we’re talking about sewing Clear Vinyl, something you may not have sewn.. read more →

Don’t you just love a Summer Road Trip? There’s something magical about loading the family in the car and taking off down the road! Ineveitably, though, you start to hear little voices shattering the magic.  “Are we there yet?” “Mom, I’m bored!” “Dad! Olivia’s touching me!”  But, you, talented, skilled sewist, can keep the magic.. read more →

26 Jul 2016
July 26, 2016

Camp Stools for Kids

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When you’re a child the world seems so big and sometimes you wonder where you fit. I have sweet memories of my childhood camp stool as does Elizabeth of the Simple Simon blog. So, I was pleased to find her tutorial for easy-to-make Summer Camp Stools that are not too big, not too small, but just.. read more →

Summer days mean sleep overs and camp outs and I found the perfect Handmade Sleeping Bag tutorials for your littles and their playtime buddies! Adult size bags are just too big and uncomfortable, but those of us who sew can easily solve that problem with a little stitching time and super-cute fabric. Over on The.. read more →

It’s summer and that means bumps and scrapes are inevitable as the kids spend more time running and playing outside. This charming little Boo Hoo Owl will soften the blow, help to calm their tears and become one of Mom and Dad’s best summer friends. Designed by Jenna of the Craft. Sew. Design. blog, Boo Hoo.. read more →

Oh. My. Goodness. I am totally in love with the Balloon Animal Pillows I found on the Little Inspiration blog! Seriously, I want them for my couch or maybe my bed. Like a whole litter of Balloon Puppy Pillows. I suppose they’re really for children, but . . . There are several things I noticed.. read more →

I know we’ve all seen cute tag blankets at baby showers the past few years. They’re usually brightly colored squares with festive ribbon and trim loops spaced around the edge. And, if you’re a sewist like me, you’ve thought “Hmmm . . . I bet I could make that.” Well, yes you can – and.. read more →

15 Jul 2016
July 15, 2016

Monster Truck Floor Pillow

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It’s Monster Truck mania! Your kids will love lounging on this attractive machine appliquéd floor pillow.  Dual Duty XP all-purpose is the perfect thread for this applique using a blanket stitch. Designed by Lori Harder. Skill level: Intermediate Finished Project Size:  38” x 28” x 7” Supplies: Coats Dual Duty  XP® All Purpose Thread –.. 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 →

School’s out, it’s summer and before long you’ll be hearing “It’s HOT – can we go to the beach?” You can be cleverly so on top of it this year, because today we’re going to stitch up a couple of Quick Summer Carry-Alls. You can keep them packed and ready to head out the door as soon.. read more →

Kid-Style Beach Wear is super essential for protection from the sun’s summer rays. Isn’t it great that we can make our own? The adorable Beach Towel Poncho I found on the Blue Closet blog is just charming! Plan a creative outing and take the kids to pick out their own poncho beach towels. They’ll love watching the.. read more →

Get ready to sew because today’s project is a Big Enough Beach Blanket that will make your beach comfort dreams come true! My kids are grown, but I remember those days when we’d spread out a blanket for the family at the beach or a park and wonder why we even tried. Either all our.. read more →

Charming and delightful, all the vintage style campers we see on the road today seem to call out loudly – “Let’s Go!” Even if you don’t own one,  you’ll love creating Retro Camper Art. You can surround yourself with that wonderful “out on the road” vibe even if you’re actually at home! Fabulous Bev from.. read more →

28 Jun 2016
June 28, 2016

Penny the Fish Softie

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Well, apparently ADORABLE is now spelled F I S H, because this Penny the Fish Softie is just about the most adorable little plushie I’ve seen swimming in the ocean of stuffed toy designs out there in the “Land of Blog”. Abby of the While She Naps blog and podcast is famous for her amazing way.. read more →

This post is dedicated to those of you who are convinced you cannot sew clothing. Before we start, raise your right hand and repeat after me: “I can and I will!” Because . . . for DIY Easy Beach Style, all you need is a willing hand and a sewing machine. You can do this!.. read more →

21 Jun 2016
June 21, 2016

Handmade Picnic Gear

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Today’s fabulousness is brought to you by a desire to use fewer baggies. Grab a P, B & J for a snack and take a look at the reusable, fun to make, super cute Handmade Picnic Gear I found! Most of my baggies are used for sandwiches and I’ve wondered what else is “packed” in with.. read more →

Decorative coastal themed throw pillows are the perfect accent for any beach house, sofa, or bed in any room.  Reflect your personal style and wonders of the sea with these appliquéd designs. Pillows designed by Karen Schaphorst   Sand Dollar Pillow Finished Size 18” x 18” (46cm x 46cm) Supplies Coats & Clark Dual Duty XP.. read more →

15 Jun 2016
June 15, 2016

Conch Shell Quilt

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You can almost hear the ocean when you gaze at the conch shell applique on a sea of blue hexagons. Free-motion stitching adds detail to the shell. Piece together the background for this quilt with hexagons then add the applique creating a simple but dramatic design. Designer: Rebecca Kemp Brent Finished Size: 27 3/4″ x.. read more →

14 Jun 2016
June 14, 2016

DIY Sea Shell Coasters

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  Create a coastal theme for your table with these attractive Sea Shell Coasters. The coasters are made by wrapping a clothesline with fabric strips and coiling the line into place. You may have made baskets using this technique.  Coats Jeans Topstitching thread holds the covered coiled clothesline in place and adds a pop of.. read more →

14 Jun 2016
June 14, 2016

Sand Sifter Beach Bag

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Love the beach but hate the sand that seems to collect in everything? Leave the sand behind with the Sand Sifter Beach Bag! Screening is used for the body of the bag to allow the sand to fall through. The front panel has generous pockets for sunscreen and other items. An attached zipper pouch keeps.. read more →

Okay, seriously, what’s summer without a new pair of sunglasses?! Whether they’re sunnies or shades at your house the really, really cool ones are pricey and you need to protect them. I was shocked when I looked at Sunglass Cases recently. Cases were either tremendously basic and unattractive, super-simple and just not worth it or.. read more →

09 Jun 2016
June 9, 2016

Nautical Baby Quilt

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Ahoy, sewing mateys! Summer is the season for sailboats, beaches and all things nautical, so this darling Nautical Baby Quilt is just perfect for this time of year. Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl designed this sea-worthy quilt for a friend who had chosen a nautical theme for her nursery and she did a fabulous job!.. 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 →

I love banners don’t you? It seems like all you have to do is put up a banner and suddenly it’s a party. They’re just so festive and, it turns out, pretty quick to make. I explored the world of Quick Party Banners recently and found several wonderful tutorials with a variety of DIY banners.. read more →

Is your sewing group or guild planning a special get-together this Summer? Even if you don’t belong to a formal group, this is a great time of year to gather your friends for a Summer Sewing Soiree! Have you ever sewn outside? It’s a blast and this could be a deck or patio party. Your.. read more →

Open up your “All Things Girly” file ‘cause we’re going to talk Tu-Tus! There’s just something magical about all that fluff, isn’t there? So, I’ve rounded up a whole downy stack of Tu-Tu Tutorials for you and your little women to enjoy.  Grab 10 yards or so of tulle and get ready! A few years ago.. read more →

I am passionate about passing the love of sewing and making to younger generations, so I really, really love the idea of a Child’s Sewing and Craft Party! There are SEW many crafty party ideas and fabulous pictures out in cyber land right now.  I chose a few to get you started with planning –.. read more →

With Memorial Day coming up, Flag Day on June 14th and the 4th of July not far behind, a Simple Patriotic Table Runner seems like just the right project for this week. Originally designed for the 4th of July, this quick, quilted table topper will be the perfect thing for a handmade holiday. If you’re.. read more →

There’s something about handmade that makes a wedding fabulously memorable. So, for this deeply personal, all important, amazing occasion, Simple Handmade Wedding Favors are perfect! Jessie of Sweet Jessie has wonderful ideas and I love the wedding and party favor tutorials she shared on the Sew Mama Sew blog. There are three options – Fabric.. read more →

One of my favorite wedding blogs, Green Wedding Shoes, posted pictures from an incredible handmade Sew in Love Wedding a few years ago. Since June is the most popular month for weddings in the USA, the season is upon us, and I wanted to share it with you. I have a few comments, but the pictures.. read more →

by Elizabeth Hill A few thoughts about sewing …             Teaching sewing to young people is a wonderful opportunity to help young minds be creative, develop confidence, learn practical life skills and just have productive fun.  When I see the light bulb of understanding go on inside a pupil’s mind I am thrilled. All.. read more →

Let’s hold a Love of Quilting Party! The encouragement and inspiration we gain through a community of like-minded sewists is a huge part of what keeps us quilting, isn’t it? Even if you follow quilting blogs or participate in quilting on social media, nothing compares to warm, smiling faces and in-person quilting support! March is.. read more →

Around my town, the Farmer’s Markets open in May. I love, love, love buying fresh, seasonal produce, chatting with the farmers and supporting local farming. Often my Saturday morning trip to the Market is combined with other weekend errands and my fresh produce isn’t quite as fresh by the time I get it home. So,.. 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 →

Hey, it’s Me Made May! Are you participating? If so, let me know in the comments. And if you’re wondering what the “needle” I’m talking about, read on! I first heard about Me Made May a couple of years ago from my favorite blogger/podcaster, Isabelle of Fluffy Fibers. She talked about wearing something she had made.. 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 →

Spring! Flowers! Gardening! It’s such a thrill to be outside digging in the dirt again . . . but last year’s Garden Gloves look pretty bad. So, I was delighted when a friend pointed out this Gorgeous Gardening Gloves DIY on the Prima blog. It’s always great when you can take something simple and pre-made.. read more →

27 Apr 2016
April 27, 2016

Zippered Cosmetic Case

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  Add a little pizzazz to a zippered bag with contrasting zipper and topstitching. Two simple notions- thread and zipper – add style to a basic design. Coordinating a solid and print fabric adds to the look. The extended tabs on the zipper lets the bag open wide for easy access to what’s inside. Designed.. read more →

Gardening can be tough on your knees, but as makers we can quickly stitch up a little attractive protection – a Garden Kneeling Pad! This is a fun, easy project that you’ll really enjoy putting together. Plan to make a stack of pads so you’ll have enough for the whole season. Let’s start with fabric.. read more →

Oh, goodness – this Reusable Strawberry Pouch Tote is just the cutest thing I’ve seen this year. Just look at it – the whole fabulous tote folds up and stores itself in a strawberry. So, so cute – you’re going to love it, too! ‘Tis the season! For Reusable Totes that is. As the weather warms,.. read more →

Some of the most fun I’ve had lately involves old clothes. No, I don’t mean washing them – that’s definitely NOT fun. I’m in upcycle mode right now! So, with Summer coming soon and April being Earth Day month, I was thrilled to find this adorable Floral Cardigan Upcycle to share with you. Sachiko from.. read more →

There are so many valuable aspects to Upcycled Fashion. It’s planet-friendly, good for your budget and a fabulous creative challenge. We don’t all have the gift of transformation that allows us to envision pieces of our wardrobe magically remade into something new, though. Have you found yourself interested in re-fashioning, but unsure of what to do with.. read more →

I know you’ve seen these amazingly gorgeous pillows in all the home décor magazines and upscale décor stores. And . . . I know they usually have amazingly high prices. So . . . I know you’re going love learning how to make Dimensional Flower Pillows all by yourself! Spring means the flowers are beginning.. read more →

Ah, Spring! The birds are singing, flowers start to bloom and the whole world celebrates the return of warmth and sunshine. This adorable Garden Flag will add a festive, unique touch to your budding entryway and it’s perfect for those of us who must sew and make! Kelly of the Peek-a-Boo Pages blog created this.. 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 →

So, can we talk? It’s just us here.  Have you wanted to try Free Motion Quilting, but freeze up every time you think about it? Well, quilting buddy, just between you and me, it’s time. Time to take a risk in the privacy of your own home, do a little preparation (more chocolate?) and try.. read more →

No blossoms in your garden? No problem! Create fabric flowers! Easy to make tulips announce that spring has sprung and the flowers are in bloom. This is a great way to use leftover prints from your fabric stash. Designed by: Lori Harder Crafting Time: Evening   Supplies: Coats Dual Duty XP All Purpose Thread –.. read more →

02 Apr 2016
April 2, 2016

Pick-a-Pocket Apron

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Our Pick-a-Pocket apron was designed by a member of our Graphics team at Coats & Clark, Tracy Bynum. His motivation to learn to sew is an interesting story so we asked him to share. How I got started sewing: I few years back, Beth (my wife) came home with an ever so slightly, used sewing.. read more →

02 Apr 2016
April 2, 2016

Garden Bucket Tote

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It doesn’t take a green thumb to make a handy, multi-pocketed garden bucket tote! This insert fits inside a 5 gallon bucket.  Keep all of your gardening tools and supplies close at hand as you move from place to place. Designed By:  Joy McKeon Crafting Time: An evening Skill level: Intermediate Finished Project Size: Custom.. read more →

01 Apr 2016
April 1, 2016

April “Spools”

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There’s more to thread spools than simply holding thread for our sewing adventures. These colorful carriers can become the base for some clever little flower bouquets. Add some cute clips to the stems and you have perfect memo reminder, photo holder or a great way to check up on your daily to-do list. There are.. read more →

31 Mar 2016
March 31, 2016

Fabric Flower Pots

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Fabric Flower Pot Covers are easy to make and freshen up a room with lively fabrics. These planters have a clear vinyl bottom liner and a removable vinyl sleeve to protect surfaces Designed by: Lori Harder Skill level: Beginner/Easy Crafting time: An Evening Finished Project Size: Designed to fit a 4”, 6” and 8” flower.. read more →

Half Square Triangles, affectionately known as HSTs are one of the most versatile and commonly used components of quilting blocks. I’ve never counted, but I’m sure there are literally thousands of basic and complex designs that are based on this simple little unit. But when it comes to matching points, there’s nothing that can make.. read more →

Are you involved in Charitable Quilting? Quilts have a unique ability to impart encouragement, warmth, love and hope and quilters have the biggest, warmest hearts around!   If you’d like to use your skills to benefit others, but aren’t sure what to do, I have some inspiration for you! Quilts of Valor Foundation Begun by Catherine.. read more →

28 Mar 2016
March 28, 2016

Hexie Home Accents

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When quilting is your passion, shouldn’t your home reflect what’s dear to your creative heart? Hexagon – Hexie for short- Home Accents are a wonderful way to express your artful enthusiasm and what better place than the kitchen and dining area of your home? The center of your home’s hospitality will be so much more.. read more →

“Stitch with a quarter inch seam.” Sounds simple doesn’t it? So, why are we often sobbing at the sewing machine while piecing our blocks? Seasoned quilters know if seam allowances are off, block pieces will not match-up no matter what you do. That seemingly simple quarter inch seam allowance is incredibly important. Often we don’t.. read more →

Dear Wonderful & Amazing Quilter, March is the month we celebrate you! Your brave, creative spirit. Your passion for the art of quilting and piecing. Your dedication to fine fabrics and modern block designs. The innovation and passion you show as you delight in making each quilt your very own. But today I’d like to invite.. read more →

Oh, you’re going to love this adorable Scrappy Organizer Book from the Where the Orchids Grow blog! No matter how many little pouches and organizers I own, I often find that I don’t have just the right one for a particular need. As we makers know, the best solution for getting what you want is.. read more →

Valentine’s Day was last month, but I’m a lover of hearts and still enchanted with projects that feature them! I love having handmade gifts in the closet that I can use for last minute occasions, hostess gifts or “just because”. These darling Reverse Appliqué Heart Coasters from Allie at Miss Luvie fit that need perfectly!.. read more →

Did you know you can make applique patterns with your word processor? If you have an embroidery machine – especially a newer model with a big hoop – it’s a cinch to appliqué words onto your projects. But if you prefer to appliqué with hand-guided stitches – or by hand – read on for a.. read more →

A couple of years ago, I found an Etsy site with Button Monograms that were absolutely stunning. I’ve thought about them so many times and while I wouldn’t and couldn’t compete with the works of art the designer creates, I was thrilled to find a DIY version on the Changing My Marbles blog. These are.. read more →

So . . . apparently Scrappy Pincushions are addictive. At least I can’t seem to get enough of them! If you share the same addiction, you’ll love the Five Little Scrappy Pincushions I found for you. They’re perfect to corral all your pins, awesome for gifts and totally fun to make. Follow me for the tour!.. read more →

In her book, Vintage Notions, Amy Barickman, owner of Indygo Junction, shared a small piece of history of her muse Mary Brooks Picken, and the school she founded, The Women’s Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences. Mary Brooks Picken is special to us at Coats & Clark, because she was the author of some of.. read more →

Monograms in one way or another seem to always be in style. Machine embroidery has created loads of monogramming possibilities for makers, but what if you don’t have that function on your machine? I’m here to inspire you to use fabrics and make Simple, Fun Applique Monograms on your regular sewing machine instead! Cindy of the.. read more →

04 Mar 2016
March 4, 2016

Heart Pom-Pom Pillows

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Pillows! Do we ever have enough? They’re enjoyable to make and a marvelous way to update your décor without spending a lot of money. I’m totally smitten with the Heart Pom-Pom Pillows I found on the Tater Tots and Jello blog. They combine three things that I dearly love – hearts, burlap and pom-poms! Jen made her.. read more →

01 Mar 2016
March 1, 2016

Selvage Surprises

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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 →

29 Feb 2016
February 29, 2016

Sewcial Sewing Retreat

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Sewing is fun! That’s no surprise to anyone reading this, but do you know what is more fun? Sewing with your friends. Okay, that’s not a surprise either, but we all know sewing isn’t an activity that allows us to do that very easily. It sounds like a great idea until you are lugging your.. read more →

24 Feb 2016
February 24, 2016

Two Baskets for Easter

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We have two fun basket projects for Easter. A cute little bunny and a versatile woven basket. Putting all your eggs in one basket is quite fun when there’s a cute bunny face on the front of it. This fabric basket is ideal for anyone’s Easter holiday goodies and makes a cheerful decoration for the.. read more →

23 Feb 2016
February 23, 2016

Sewing & Stitchery Expo

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The Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA is the oldest and largest consumer sewing show in the US and probably the world AND it is this weekend. A few weeks ago, blogger Annette Millard gave you some tips to help you get the most out of the show. Watch for Annette’s posts from the.. read more →

This weekend at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup Washington, Coats & Clark will be sponsoring Quilter’s Night Out.  We are particularly excited that Mary Fons will be the speaker for the evening. Her topic, “You call THAT a quilt” promises to be entertaining and educational. Here is a message from Mary. We are.. read more →

18 Feb 2016
February 18, 2016

Mini Heart Pouch

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Mini Heart Pouches – an adorable project to make as a sweet gift for adults, kids or you! Think about all those little things you’re always losing in the depths of your handbag – earbuds, change, lip gloss, nail clippers – wouldn’t a cute Mini Heart Pouch improve your daily life? Your Mini Heart Pouch will.. read more →

So often, it takes just a word or two, a small act of kindness or a warm smile to make a difference in someone’s day. These adorable Cozy Hand warmers from Rae Ann Kelly’s blog craftily combine all these ways to show your love on Valentine’s Day or any time of year. They’re fun, easy.. read more →

11 Feb 2016
February 11, 2016

Shabby Heart Pieced Pillow

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February is a great month for all things “heart” and this charming Shabby Heart Pieced Pillow is such a sweet, easy project! Dive into your fabric stash and pull out everything red, white and pink, then head to the sewing store to pick up anything else you need. If you don’t have much red, white.. read more →

09 Feb 2016
February 9, 2016

Love Letters to Sew

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Do you love letters? Sew them! Words and quotes can be sewn to personalize, organize or accessorize. Embroidery and applique are two techniques that can be used to create letters in your sewing projects.     Express yourself with colorful crazy quilt appliqués. Create a grouping for your wall with fabric covered canvases. Decorative stitches.. read more →

We love letters that help us keep our stuff organized. For our sewing studio at Coats & Clark we asked expert Rebecca Brent to create embroidered labels. We asked her to use  the “Make It Coats” theme and she came up with Sew It, Cut It, Press It, Quilt It, etc.  She wanted to embroider.. read more →