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Fabric sales, deals and coupons

Live list of coupons, deals and fabric sales, quilting and sewing shops.

If you are anything like me, you love a good sale.  Every self-respecting sewer needs a fabric stash.  You never know when you might see the perfect fabric, but don’t have a project for it yet.  But what about if you come across the perfect project and don’t have the perfect fabric in your stash to make it right now – disaster! It’s that time of year where the shops and shoppers go crazy, Black Friday is coming up with all the fabric sales we hope to take advantage of, but at this time of year with the Christmas holidays coming up too, we don’t always have the money to spare for expanding our stash. These coupons are always up to date So I put together this quick list of fabric, sewing, quilting and crafting stores and their current offers, … Continue reading

My Disco Party skirt – 30 minute skirt pattern

Sew this skirt and still be ready to go out in 30 minutes. Dance the night away in the quickest skirt ever.

Hubby came bundling in like a whirlwind like he usually does after work, dropping things everywhere.  As he crashed about and made his way to the shower he shouted out “How soon can you be ready to go out?” Er, what?  Where?  And who with?  Turns out the team at work had decided on an impromptu party night and were going into town to the monthly 80′s night for drinks and retro dancing.  And the bus was coming in an hour! Darn – you know the feeling of instant panic – I don’t have ANYTHING to wear!  At least not for an unplanned 80′s disco dancing night.  I fluttered through my wardrobe.  No, nothing would do. The 30 minute skirt pattern came to the rescue.  Could I really make something and still be ready to go out in an hour?  My … Continue reading

Easy Thanksgiving Apron pattern

An easy Thanksgiving apron, with a built in towel for wiping your hands. Would be pretty in a gingham!

Hi, I’m Ula from Lulu & Celeste. I like to share the projects, mainly sewing related, that I make for and with my two little girls over on my blog. When I’m not blogging or sewing I’m usually chasing the littles around the yard. Today I’m sharing a tutorial for a Thanksgiving apron. I like to make aprons because you can use some pretty fun fabrics and can easily change up the looks of them depending on the embellishments you use. This one is nice and easy and perfect for beginners. Fabric requirements: based on 42” wide fabric. See cut chart for exact measurements. There will be some fabric leftover. Fabric A (waistband/sash): 3/4 yard Fabric B (skirt): ¾ yard Fabric C (overskirt): one fat quarter Materials required: Fabric (see requirements above) Lightweight fusible interfacing Thread, needles, pin Washable marker, optional … Continue reading

Sewing lesson vouchers to print

Printable sewing lesson vouchers. Give someone the gift of your time and experience. Fun idea for the holidays.

There’s no escaping it now, once Halloween is out of the way, the holidays are coming.  The shops are already bursting with cards, wrapping paper, gifts, excessive fatty and calorie heavy foods and kids all around the world are getting ready to burst with excitement.  Me too! I’ve already got my Christmas present, but I’m not allowed to open it or use it yet.  But I’ll be introducing you to my new baby in January. Here’s a sneak peak –>my Christmas present.  I’m also signed up for a class so I can learn how to use it – so I should really find the time to watch that first before I open the box, try things haphazardly and mess up all the settings! Give someone you know a sewing lesson voucher Perhaps you are giving someone you know some sewing … Continue reading

Applique Snowman table runner project

Love the bright colors in this snowman table runner. Would also make a great mini quilt or wall hanging.

So I’ve been playing around with applique again this week.  Pre-laser-cut fusible applique to be exact!  Oh sounds dangerous.  I must be showing my age, but every time I hear the word LASER I think of this! Laser-cut fusible applique is not quite as exciting, but still fun. I took the Fun with Fusible Applique Class from Craftsy earlier this year and one of the projects was the Snowmen pattern.  The panel is actually taken from a very popular quilt kit that the instructor offers in her own store, but the class materials also includes the templates and pattern for you to be able to make this Snowman Table Runner, panel or wall hanging yourself using your own fabrics. This is such a gorgeous pattern that I think it’s worth taking the class just to get a chance to sew this … Continue reading

Lace from my stash giveaway + vouchers

Lace giveaway

As more and more people move to using mobile devices to browse the site and download files, I’m gradually trying to go back through some of my earlier patterns and give them an update.  Recently, I just changed the Cheeky Panties pattern.  It was originally hand drawn and in a ZIP file but now its digital and available as a PDF so it can be downloaded and printed more easily. I printed out the new pattern to test and check it and thought, hmm, about time I updated my underwear drawer.  That got me going back through my stash to make some more.  I can’t believe quite how much of the stretch lace I had.  Originally when I developed the pattern I was intending to sew some for sale in my Etsy shop but then one project led to another … Continue reading

Penguin Pot Holder

This penguin pot holder is so cute! Can make this a boy or girl potholder. Christmas fabrics are good for this too.

While it might seem like an obvious comparison, as I was designing this little guy, I realized potholders are much like puppets. I feel rather silly having never thought of that before now. To make your own penguin pot holder, you will need: The Pattern - download from Craftsy HERE 1/4 yard of cotton batting 1/4 yard of black cotton fabric 1/4 yard of white cotton fabric felt (white, black, yellow, and red) matching thread How to sew a Penguin Pot Holder   Cut two of the main body pieces from the black fabric, two from the white fabric, and four from the batting. (I did NOT include a seam allowance in the pattern. You will need to include a seam allowance when cutting out the body piece) Cut the white belly patch from the white fabric (do not include a seam … Continue reading

The Wear Everywhere Skirt – free pattern

The perfect skirt to fill a gap in my wardrobe. Something I can wear everywhere and every day. Love the pleat in front to give plenty of room without too much flare.

Everyone needs a wardrobe of good basic skirts. Ones you can wear every day or for lots of different occasions.  This Wear Everywhere Skirt fits the bill perfectly.  A classic straight skirt with a single inverted pleat center front, makes this skirt easy to wear, ideal for the office, working, shopping, the school run – in fact, anywhere and everywhere.  Once you’ve got a great fit on this skirt, mark up your pattern because it’s a quick and easy sew you’ll want to make again and again. We’ve talked before about sewing ‘real clothes for real women‘- sewing the sort of clothes you wear everyday, rather than too many fancy-smancy dresses and jackets that you rarely wear.  You’ll get plenty of wear from this every-day skirt. I’ve made mine in a plain fabric so you can see the pleat detail … Continue reading

The Ultimate Wallet sewing pattern

The Ultimate wallet sewing pattern. Space for 28 cards, coins, notes, receipts, list etc. Looks like a fun pattern.

  I think you’ll all love this pattern. The original Super Simple Wallet has always been popular, but what if you have more cards?  Need more space?  Want to carry all your bills, coins, cards and receipts in the one wallet?  Then the ULTIMATE Wallet sewing pattern is for you. You can even fit in your cell phone. Features: Enough space for 28 cards, even more if you double them up Large coin purse with zipper Full width space for notes and bills Space for receipts and papers behind the card slots Slide a phone inside too?  Or your shopping list, notepad and pen? Full written and photo tutorial AND a video tutorial too Finished size - approx. 6.75 inches, by 4.75 inches by 1 inch. Rating – This pattern has been rated by the pattern testing team as Intermediate. See … Continue reading

My wrap dress pattern is in the final

Pattern-voting

Craftsy are having a Pattern Designer Award, and asked their readers to nominate their favorite patterns for sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet etc  I’m delighted that so many of you nominated my Wrap Dress pattern that it made it through to the finals in the sewing category. There are 4 finalists, two are paid patterns and two are free patterns.  If you have a moment, would you be able to vote for the Wrap Dress in the sewing category – you’d make my day! All you need to do to vote is check the box next to the Wrap Dress pattern and add your email address in case you win the voters prize of a free Craftsy class.  There’s no prize for the winning designers – just publicity and a badge for the website.  Oh, and lots of feel good. Click … Continue reading

Ombre faux pleated pillow – Sewing Texture

Faux pleated pillow. Looks difficult, but this is actually easy to do. Looks good in solids too.

Did you read the review I wrote of the Sewing Texture class last month? So far, I’ve just completed the one project although the class gave me lots of ideas and tips which I have filed away into the inspiration section of my brain for future use! Today I’m sharing with you my “Cayman Colors Ombre Faux Pleated Pillow”. When I first saw this project I was actually a little bit intimidated.  Accurate and straight sewing has never been overly important to me, I admit.  I’m a speed-sewist.  The challenge of getting all those pleats the same size and distance – was I up to it?  I thought not, but then based on the lessons in the class, and a little planning, it was no where near as hard as it looks. Materials used: 10 strips from the Benartex Bali … Continue reading