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ScrapBusters: Heart-Themed Gift Bags in Burlap & Cotton Our Valentines Day ideas continue today with the first in a series of three great gift bag options. We know you love fast and easy projects, but we also know that doesn't mean you want to skimp on cute or stylish. We have you covered with these sweet little sacks. First off, they're a ScrapBusters project, which means you're likely to already have everything on hand you need. If not, the amount of fabric and notions required is small – or buy in bulk and set up a gift bag assembly line for all your Valentines. In addition, the finished bags are as cute as the proverbial button with a rustic style that works for young and old... and in between. We combined burlap and cotton with pretty ribbons. From oodles of candies and treats to a special spa collection, these bags hold a little or a lot, and they look great doing it. Check out our tutorial on Working with Specialty Fabrics for tips about sewing with burlap. These bags finish at approximately 6" wide x 7" tall. Create the bag Binding Tags:

The Ruby Slip - Free Pattern and Sewalong! The free pattern for the Ruby Slip is now available - yay! I have uploaded it to Google Docs and Scribd, so you can decide which is more convenient for you. Don't forget to download the instructions too, where you'll find the sizing and yields, cutting and sewing instructions. Google Docs: Scribd: I designed the pattern sheet with the pieces overlapping "Burdastyle style". I also forgot completely about the strap on the pattern sheet so I've given you a rectangular measurement to cut to - you might want to be aware of that if you want to whizz ahead and cut it out this weekend without reading the instructions! Here's the sew-along button - you can copy and paste it to the sidebar of your blog, and then link it to my new Sew-Along page (tab at the top) where I will assemble all the sew-along posts in one place for your convenience. Cheers Sherry

How to Sew a Zipper Into a Purse or Handbag In your sewing adventures, have you ever wondered how to sew a zipper into a purse? It looks a bit tricky, but in reality, sewing an exposed zipper in a purse is quite easy. Whether applied to an inside pocket or as an outside pocket application, when properly done they serve a useful and practical purpose for any handbag. As is the case with most zipper applications, careful preparation before the first stitch is sewn facilitates the insertion and helps to produce a professional looking zipper. Step 1: The process begins with preparing the zipper opening. In this example, a typical 7-inch polyester zipper is used. Fuse the interfacing strip to the wrong side of the pocket fabric. Step 2: Now that the zipper opening is well stabilized, it’s time to mark the opening. Draw a line, lengthwise, through the center of the fused interfacing. Next, draw two lines, one ¼ inch above and another ¼ inch below the center line. Step 3: Step 4: Step 5: Step 6:

Quilted Mini Valentine Tote - The Sewing Loft We are in luck today!! Molly from Craft Idea’s Weekly is back again and sharing this super cute quilted mini Valentine’s tote bag. This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button This pattern will help you create a simple little mini tote with a pretty quilted top. Supplies: Fabric – Choose at least two different complimentary fabrics for your bag and at least 3 different fabrics for your quilt top pieces. free Quilted Mini Valentine Tote Template Tools: Basic Sewing Tools and Notions (pins, thread, scissors, etc.) Instructions: Download and print the free mini valentine tote template.Cut Your Fabric Pieces: You can fold your fabrics in half , pin your template to the front, then cut so you get four pieces.Cut Your Padding: Use the same template you just used for the fabric to cut two pieces of quilt batting. Pin and Sew Bias Tape To The Edges: Pin 1/2 inch bias tape to all of the open edges, folding it over the top so the tape binds the edges together. You are done!

Overview of how to adjust the 1034D serger | TheCraftEGal I have had a lot of people request more info on how to adjust their sergers for different types of fabric. I hope this video helps you become more comfortable with your serger and be able to sew more variety of items with it! Like this: Like Loading... Filed under Sewing Tagged as cone, fabric, how to, JoAnns, knit', knits, serger, sergers, Sew, sewing, spool, thread, tutorial, woven It's here! The 2014 'It's a New Year Sewalong' — Sew Can She | Free Daily Sewing Tutorials Log cabin blocks are simply fabulous. They are practically as old as quilting itself! Okay, not really. But from what I read from, the log cabin design has been spotted as far back as Ancient Egyptian art! It became very popular as a quilt block during the American Civil War era. Log cabin blocks are easy to sew, easy to press (yay), and can take on a million different personalities depending on fabric and sequence choices. I've chosen probably the most common configuration called 'light and dark.' If I put the light strips on opposite sides (instead of next to eachother), I'd end up with the 'courthouse steps' configuration. In order to participate in our sewalong, all you need to do is make one (or more) mini-log cabin blocks (using the dimensions provided) and then use your log cabin(s) to make something. Feel free to go slow and do each weekly 'assignment' as I post it, or move ahead if you are familiar with log cabin blocks.

Mini Dog Sweater || Free PDF Pattern Today's free pattern is something a little different, it's for our furry friends. You see my sister and brother in law have a sweet little Chihuahua named Gia. The poor little thing is cold all the time, and in winter it's worse. It's quick and easy to make and easy for a dog to wear. The free pattern can be found HERE It's designed for a very small (3 lb. dog) so it should fit most miniature sized dogs, or could be easily enlarged to fit a larger dog. I used some scraps of a double knit, and a sherpa for the lining. I also used felt for the name appliqué, and two small buttons, as well as a yarn pom-pom I made following this tutorial I wanted to personalize the sweater so I cut out her name in felt and then stitched it on to the main piece in the center. Then I added the pom pom up at the top of the curve. Then with right sides together fold the piece in half matching up the curve at the top. Then turn it right side out and you have a little hooded top.

Microwavable Rice Heating Pads We love the simple clean lines of these microwavable neck and lap/back heating pads. After just a couple minutes in the microwave, you'll get up to an hour of safe, warm heat without the dangers inherent in electric heating pads: burns, fires and electrical shock. Electric heating pad cautions actually read: Never use in a situation where you could fall asleep. Before you begin, measure the interior of your microwave oven just to be sure the lap/back pad will fit when folded in half (about 8" x 12"). We show you dimensions and supplies for both a neck pad (22" x 8" flat) and a slightly larger lap/back pad (16" x 12" flat). To give your heating pads as a gift, fold them up and tie them with a piece of natural twill tape. Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome HD3000) This project is a great for fabric scraps. Ticking is available almost everywhere fabric is sold. Neck Pad Lap/Back Pad Neck Pad Since microwaves vary in how quickly they heat, start with 1 minute and see how it feels.