My Caribbean Carnivale Bright Quilt Top

All the bright and crazy colors of the Caribbean combined in a single easy quilt for beginners. Don't like it bright? You can make this from any 6 inch strips.

I love living here in the Caribbean.  The sunshine, the relaxed lifestyle, no income taxes and of course the color. Bright color everywhere.  From the ocean and beaches, to the homes, the beach bars, the tourist attractions, (the tourists themselves!) and the wonderful bright and colorful nature of our islands. So when I saw this pack of fabric, it HAD to be mine.  Everything about it just screams Caribbean and I had to make a new quilt top.  If you’ve been following along with my previous quilt top attempts, you’ll know that I’m very much still a beginner and enjoy the simple patterns with the quick results, and of course the very bright colors and contrasts.  This pack came with a free pattern as a quilt ‘kit’ on Craftsy and it was a quick and fun sew. Materials The whole … Continue reading

Christmas Baking – December Mug Rug of the Month

OOh this is so 'sweet'. A Christmas baking gingerbread mug rug pattern. I love how the details and icing are created.

There is still time to throw together some quick and easy gifts, and this is a perfect gift to give along with a matching mug and some snacks, or even alone. What a perfect teacher, pastor, or hostess gift. With my December mug rug pattern of the month, I though it would be fun to use lots of embellishments to give it more of a 3-dimensional look and make the gingerbread boy look a little more real. Sometimes the embellishments you add can really bring your project to life! For more holiday mug rug patterns, as well as everyday patterns, stop by my Craftsy Shop or Etsy Shop. I hope you are following along on our mug rug of the month tutorials! Materials for the Christmas Baking Mug Rug What you will need for one mug rug: Small scraps of fabric for appliqués 1/8 yard of light … Continue reading

Scrappy Christmas Table Mats

Scrappy Christmas Table Mat tutorial. That tree is made up of all the tiniest pieces - how its done is genius!

Dare I confess to having never made a table mat in my life? First time for everything!! Especially if it involves using fabric scraps:) It’s surprisingly easy – have a go:) For one mat you will need: Base fabric Batting Scraps of fabric in greens, shimmery see through fabric, and a base fabric Fabric for binding To make: Lets start with the basic mat – cut out two pieces of fabric and batting measuring 18 by 14 inches Lay fabric right side down, next your batting and then your fabric right side up. Pin the layers together. Stitch through the layers with a quilting foot or walking foot (you may like to set your machine to a slightly longer stitch). Use the edge of the foot to guide your next line of stitching. Trim the matt to 16 by 13 inches. To make … Continue reading

How to Make An Appliqué

Applique 101. Easy to follow step by step in lots of details about all aspects of how to make an applique decoration.

Appliqués are shapes or letters with an adhesive on the backside so that they can be applied, using an iron, to everything from clothing, (think adorable initials on Children’s coats, for example) to pillows, to tablecloths. Making your own appliqués is a great, simple, project to do with children and is an easy, and affordable, way to create custom pillows, and decorations for any holiday. To make appliqués you’ll need fabric (I highly recommend 100% wool felt, and cotton flannel), paper scissors, fabric scissors, embroidery scissors, a marking pen, pins, paper and a fusible web like Pellon “Wonder-Under”. If you want to create text, you can either draw your letters or print them out. You will have to be cutting these out, so a large, block, text is going to work much better than a narrow, scroll text. Additionally, if … Continue reading

Darth Vader Apron pattern

OMG, my guy is going to LOVE this Darth Vader apron. Unisex pattern, for gals too or scale down for the kids. Check out the R2D2 one on this site too.

Come to the dark side! Did you see my R2D2 inspired apron earlier this month? If you didn’t see the appeal – then you probably won’t go for this one. But if you loved R2D2 – then fight the Rebel Alliance and join the dark side with Darth Vader. I hear the dark side has cookies. I hate to hear a man whine, so when he saw me with my R2D2 apron, he was all complaints that I hadn’t made anything for him.  His wish is granted with this unisex Darth Vader inspired apron.  Now we can fight good versus evil in the kitchen instead of just fighting about who does the washing up tonight. I told him to look menacing for the photos, but he just couldn’t stop grinning so I suppose that’s a good thing.  He really loves … Continue reading

Christmas stockings patterns, simple and super!

The best free patterns for all sorts, shapes and sizes of Christmas Stockings

I thought Christmas stockings were simple red felt things to hang over the fire. Turns out I was wrong. As usual I was astounded by the creative ways you have been jazzing up your stockings. You really have to scroll through these pictures, just to appreciate the sheer genius, and find some inspiration to brighten up your fireside! There is a stocking here for everyone. Some are simple and fast to make, easy to put together with children, and some designs, such as the white poinsettia stocking are so stunning, and might take a bit longer to put together. Have a bit of fun with your stockings, using the elf design, for a bit of a change! I also really like those little stockings that make great little gift parcels. If you’re still not convinced and don’t have a penny … Continue reading

Stitch ‘n Swap – a Review

Book review for Stitch and Swap. Book filled with small sewing projects in all sorts of topics for things that you can make as gifts or to sew and swap with others. Details on how to run a sewing swap also included.

This week I had the chance to peruse a review copy of this fun book Stitch ‘n Swap!  The book is full of practical tips for organizing a swap, everything from choosing a theme and putting together a group to setting guidelines and dealing with dropouts. Sew, Give, and Receive. These are the basic tenets of the hottest sewing community activity – The Swap! In this how-to book, the GenQ team gives you ideas for organizing and running your own virtual or in-person swap. To help get you started, the team recruited some crafty friends to share 25 inspiring projects. All the projects can be easily adapted to your taste, style, and skill level. Whether you’re looking to have fun, learn new things, or exchange some fabulous gifts with friends, Stitch ’n Swap is your go-to resource. Stitch ‘n Swap also has 25 projects with complete … Continue reading

Color Block Pillow – With A Twist!

How to make this stunning reversible color block pillow with knife pleat panel and cording. Videos help you every step of the way.

Hi everyone!  It’s Jann again from Newton Custom Interiors.  As some of you know, I LOVE pillows!  I love how they can quickly and easily change the look of a room.   Today I’m going to share my tutorial for how to make a color block pillow with a twist. This pillow is made with two or more fabrics, and is a great way to use those small scraps of fabric that you can’t bear to part with! The twist is the knife-pleated middle section on the front.  I love how the pleating adds a lot of detail and dimension to the pillow. The back side is plain – no pleating.  A nice reversible option! This pillow also has cording around the outer edges.  (Which is completely optional!) You can make any variation of this type of pillow that you … Continue reading

Easy snowflake coasters to sew

Quick and easy snowflake coasters to sew in either fabric or no-sew in felt too. Fun kids activity or ideal hostess gifts too.

We can’t deny it, the holiday season is soon upon us. I’m not planning to sew a lot of Christmassy or winter themed items this year. It’s just not that wintery here in Cayman! That doesn’t mean I don’t want to dot around a few subtle Christmas items around the place, and with all the extra entertaining and visitors that happens at this time of year, I needed some coasters for all those cups of tea. These are really quick and easy to make, and make ideal hostess gifts too. Make half a dozen and wrap them with a festive ribbon and they make a nice little ‘thank you’ to hand over to the hostess if you are invited round for drinks or dinner. Materials you will need: White felt Fusible web such as Heat N Bond Ultrahold Pen & … Continue reading

November Mug Rug Tutorial – Autumn Harvest

Sew this Autumn Harvest mug rug pattern. Nice for Thanksgiving tables too.

When I think of November, I think of harvest time, pumpkins, gourds, squash, and other vegetables surrounded by leaves and acorns. When I designed the November mug rug, I had all these images floating around in my head. For this harvest mug rug, I chose to use a straight stitch with black thread. I felt this would give the best look since some of the pieces are so small. I was afraid that a satin stitch, zigzag stitch, or buttonhole stitch would be to much and overwhelm the small pieces. I’m so pleased with the way it turned out, I’ll be using this method more often! I hope you will follow us along here on our Mug Rug of the Month Tutorials. Lets get started! What you will need for one Autumn Harvest mug rug: Small scraps of fabric for appliqués 1/8 to 1/4 yard … Continue reading

Tech and tablet cases – the best free patterns

iPod iPad iPhone case tutorials. All the best free patterns for storing, carrying and protecting your tech and tablets.

So can you believe that on the 10th of November it’s 14 years since the first iPod was sold! Whether you have one or not, they have certainly changed the face of technology and what with iPods, iPhones, iPads and all the other variations of tablets and smart technology it’s been a busy 14 years, and I think they need some appreciation. If you do have an ‘i’ something… one thing’s for sure… you’ll want to look after it, and so in celebration of their arrival I’ve brought you over 30 things you can sew for your ipod/iphone/tablet/kindle. Many of them can be adjusted to fit all devices so there’s something for everyone.  The best patterns can be found below for cases, covers and wallets for all of your e-gadgets. If tech is not your thing, this article is still … Continue reading