R2D2 style apron pattern – sew your own droid!

Squeal! A chance to show my geeky side and my love of Sci-Fi with this free apron pattern. Running to the fabric shop right now!

So there are probably two scenarios.  Either you have seen this and are squealing and jumping around with glee, or you just don’t get it and think I’ve lost my senses at last. Probably the latter. It’s not exactly my usual style. For those of you excited and already running to your stash for the right fabrics – May the Force Be With You. The rest of you need a Jedi mind-trick – these ARE the droids you are looking for! Or I guarantee that someone you know wants one of these, you just might not know about their secret Star Wars obsession. Did you notice I’m a secret Sci-Fan fan?  Yup, ever since I was a little girl.  The original Star Wars film came out in 1977, when I was 8 years old so I basically grew up with … Continue reading

Potholders with pockets – QAYG fun for fall

Ideal for beginners. Full video tutorial on how to make a quilt as you go scrappy pot holder with binding. Anyone can do it!

Every now and again an older project needs a facelift.  (Don’t we all!) My kitchen accessories are no exception.  I’ve made plenty of potholders in the past, but I’m a messy cook and they get dirty, then stained, maybe even a little burned on the stove and of course washed over and over again. Time to make some new ones! This time, pocket potholders. I wanted these new ones to have some new features: Bigger so they cover my wrists and full spread out hand A pocket in the back for my hand so they are easier to use Large enough to use on the table or counter tops to put hot plates or pans on Scrap-happy so they can use up smaller pieces of fabrics Easy to make with no-fuss binding 🙂 Quilt-as-you-go piecing (QAYG) Materials needed for  9 … Continue reading

How To Make A Baby Quilt

Hi everyone!  It’s Jann from Newton Custom Interiors again.  I love sewing for my  grandchildren, and I especially love sewing something for them when they’re newborns.  Today, I’m going to share with you how to make a baby quilt.  This is what I made for my newest grandson when he was born, and I love how it turned out. How To Make A Baby Quilt The finished size of the baby quilt is 33″ wide x 38″ long Materials needed: 1/2 – 3/4 yards of 4 coordinating fabrics 1 1/4 yards of fabric or lining for the back side 1 1/4 yards of Warm & Natural Disappearing ink marking pen Thread to match binding fabric Thread to match quilt fabrics Instructions: Pre-wash all of the fabrics and the Warm & Natural (following package instructions).  Cut out your back piece of … Continue reading

How to make clear vinyl zipper bags

How to make clear vinyl zipper bags. I use mine to keep fabric, thread, pattern and zipper together for planned projects, but these are good for lots of things. Think first aid kit!

Did you see the earlier article about the clear project and storage bags I made with the snap tops?  These have been very handy for sorting and storing my small sewing supplies.  I can quickly see what is in all of the bags without having to open them. Hubby even had me make him a couple for his work bag, so that he can keep stuff organised in this great big backpack he lugs around at work.  It really helps him that they are vinyl because he works as a scuba diving instructor and often puts damp stuff into his bag and the vinyl pouches keeps the damp off whatever else he is carrying, paperwork, money, phone etc. But I needed more bags, bigger bags and ones with a totally closed top so I gave it a try with a zipper … Continue reading

October’s Halloween Mug Rug – Hiding in the Pumpkin Patch

Mug rugs have become so popular lately! For the past couple years they are by far my biggest pattern sellers. This is probably for many reasons. They are super easy to make, they can be made using your favorite techniques (hand or machine), they make great gifts, and they can be decorative as well as functional. Most of all, they are so much fun! I hope you will follow us along here on our Mug Rug of the Month Tutorial. Lets get started!

How To Make A Pillow Out Of A Shirt

Easy way to make a pillow out of a shirt - already has a button closure ready to use for the back!

Hi everyone!  It’s Jann from Newton Custom Interiors again.  Today, I’m going to share another cute pillow idea.  I’ll be showing you how to make a pillow out of a shirt – with some special added details! Everyone knows how expensive fabric can be.  That’s what is so great about this type of pillow.  You can use a shirt that you already have, or you can go to Goodwill, like I did, and find some great shirts to make your pillows.  The added bonus is that the buttons and buttons holes on the front of the shirt make your closure.  No need to hand-sew or insert a zipper to close your pillow! I loved finding this bright pink men’s shirt at my local Goodwill.  I think I paid $3.00 for it.  It was an XL, so there was a lot … Continue reading

Bargello Style Halloween Table Runner

Bargello style quilted Halloween Table Runner. Great idea to try out bargello patterns.

Just in case you missed this, last year I took part in a Halloween sewing blog tour over at GYCT and made this Bargello style reversible table runner.  Well, that was a year ago and no doubt there’s a lot of new readers here now so here it is in full again. You know how one thing on Pinterest leads to another sometimes.  Well I stumbled across this board on Bargello Quilts and was fascinated.  One link lead to another and before you know it husband was home and no dinner was ready.  Although I’m by no means a quilter, I wanted to just give this a very basic try so when my Halloween Jelly Roll arrived, I knew what it was destined to become. Making the Bargello Halloween Table Runner You will need: Moda Eerie Jelly Roll or 2.5 inch … Continue reading

Mug rug madness – free mug rug patterns

The BEST free mug rugs patterns. More than 40 free patterns for mug rugs, including seasonal and shaped ones.

I am suffering from a severe case of mug rug madness. I can’t help it. Being English I love tea, and drink at least 10 cups a day. I also like a biscuit to go with it, like a digestive or something English like that. Imagine my amazement when I discovered mug rugs. A beautiful mat I could make, (often in under 30 minutes), that would provide a snug home for my tea and my biscuit! Mug rug madness is sweeping the nation, and it’s no wonder. Make your own washable coasters, to suit your taste and your home. Quick projects are great to do with bored teenagers, especially over the summer holidays and best of all, you’ll never see a cup stain or a crumb on your side table again! There are a couple of other reason why mug … Continue reading

Sewing for the Halloween Table-10 great projects

Great ideas here for Halloween table decor, all ones I've never seen before.

Are you just crazy about Fall and Halloween?  Of course you are!  Then you’ll want to start your sewing right now and create some of these amazing home decor ideas for Halloween displays. Use some of these Halloween decor ideas for your mantle display, entry table, dinner table, place settings and for party decor.  Go all out this year and buy a nice big bundle of Halloween fabrics and create a matching set.  You’ll be able to bring these projects out year after year.  Let’s face it, Halloween isn’t going out of style, or changing it’s colors any time soon. Halloween placemats from So Sew Easy Made from scraps left over from other projects, or in this case a Halloween Jelly Roll, these reversible placemats have a scrappy quilt as you go front panel and a spooky silhouette on the … Continue reading

Organising your stash, how to keep it neat

More ideas for how to fold and store your fabric stash so you can enjoy looking at it even more :-)

I did an article a little while back now about the new smart and tidy way I was storing my modest fabric stash.  I shared it in the group and got so many new ideas to try that I wanted to do a follow up with some extra bits and pieces.  Especially about securing the end of the fabric once it was on it’s new mini bolt. I don’t know about you, but for me, a lot of the pleasure from sewing actually comes from just looking at fabric, dreaming about fabric, stroking fabric, and browsing through fabrics online, even if I don’t buy many of them.  So having my fabric neatly displayed gives me a lot of satisfaction, makes me enjoy sewing even more, and also saves me time because I can find and match what I need faster. … Continue reading

How To Make A Flanged Pillow

Hi everyone!  I’m Jann from Newton Custom Interiors.  I LOVE to make pillows, and today I’m excited to share with you how to make a flanged pillow.  This is a great pillow!   The flange adds some interest to this type of pillow, and I love adding cording around the outside edge.  You can make a small version of this pillow to put on a sofa or chair, or you can make a larger version for a bed. Before I get started with the tutorial, I want to mention a pet peeve of mine about flanged pillows.  I know you’ve all seen this.  The flanged pillow with the floppy corners, which is the big problem with most store-bought flanged shams. I like to beef up my flanged pillows, so that the corners don’t droop or flop.  Below are some pillows I … Continue reading