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 →

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 →

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


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 →

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 →

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 →

09 Feb 2016
February 9, 2016

Love Letters to Sew


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 →

  Presents are not just under the tree. These pretty packages are appliqued using Dual Duty XP all purpose thread and prints from the FreeSpirit Winter Miarcle collection by Marjolein Bastin. FS0446MB Winter Miracle Pretty Packages Place mat and Napkin   read more →

Sometimes really great appliqué and patchwork projects are hard to find, so this time we did the dirty work for you. These eight tutorials come from eight different sewing superstars, featuring some craftables for the kids and some for you!                             Charise.. 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 →

  Reminiscent of Egyptian design, these leaves are appliqued to a machine-embroidered stem.  Select one of the decorative stitches on your machine for the veins in the leaves.  Need a refresher on how to applique? Read our post, Applique, more than Satin Stitching? Click here for the Block instructions for EgyptianTempleLeaves-Block_2 Ginkgo Leaf Block 1 This.. read more →

We love being creative with our children, rather than always expending our creative energies on making something for them — why not make something with them? We’ve picked six fun projects from one of our favorite inspiration sites, Kollabora, for you to share with a little one that range from personal style to decor. Ready.. read more →

It’s back-to-school time, a perfect opportunity to create a handmade tote for your child’s school materials! We love sewing for school, as it makes us feel like school is just a little extra special when they have a cool accessory. Check out this adorable backpack tote bag from Jojo & Eloise, appliqued with super cute.. read more →