DIY Decorative Throw Pillows Sewing Tutorial

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Free Ruffle Pillow Sewing Pattern :: This is for a different sort of ruffle pillow: a zigzag ruffled pillow.  Unique and, as far as ruffles go, not too frilly. You know what I mean with that, don’t you? A lot of ruffled stuff is way to frilly to my taste. Anyhow, girly as I am […]

Creating a Finished Quilt Block (Beginners Workshop #5)

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Free Online Quilting Course for Beginners ~ Class #5 : Tips for Beginners on Creating a Finished Block By Janeen van Niekerk.       Quilting Workshop Class 5 – Introduction In this free online quilting workshop for beginners, we dove right in! In class #1, we learned about fussy cutting. If you wished, you […]

Perfect Tote Bag Sewing Pattern

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:: Free sewing pattern for a perfect tote bag :: Many years ago for Mothers Day, I featured a free sewing pattern for what I considered to be the perfect tote bag. See picture on the right. Much to my dismay, that blog vanished/changed and the tote bag pattern is no where to be found!!! […]

How to Read a Quilt Pattern (Beginners Workshop #4)

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Free Online Quilting Course for Beginners ~ Class #4 : Tips for Beginners on How-to Read a Quilt Pattern By Janeen van Niekerk. Quilting Workshop Class 4 – Introduction We have come a long way in a short time. We got our feet wet right away in class #1, learning about fussy cutting. If you […]

Ikea Poang Chair Slipcover Pattern

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:: Ikea Furniture Makeover ::  If you are the lucky owner of an Ikea Poang chair than today’s article is for you: it’s a free sewing pattern for an Ikea Poang chair slipcover.   At only $69, the Ikea Poang chair has to be one of Ikea’s most popular chairs. This chair has been around […]

Quilting Fabric Howto :: Beginners Workshop #3

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Free Online Quilting Course for Beginners ~ Class #3 : Tips for Beginners on Choosing Fabrics for Quilts By Janeen van Niekerk.     How to Choose Quilting Fabric When you are just starting out with quilting, the selection of fabrics can sometimes be very overwhelming.  The objective of today’s quilting class is to take […]

Tools :: Free Beginners Quilting Course, Class 2

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Free Online Quilting Course for Beginner Quilters ~ with practical quilting tips you can do at home. By Janeen van Niekerk.   Beginners Quilting Workshops :: Class #2 Fundamentals :: Quilting Supplies & Quilting Tools   Last week we took a look at "fussy cutting" (How to Make a Quilt: Free Quilting Beginners Class) because […]

Party 98

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Whoohoo! Wednesday. Linky Party time. Thank you so much for your contributions last week. Loved every one of them. By faaaaavvvoorite link-up is this one… by SillyPearl.   Featured Linky Party Contributions This Week’s Featured Blogger Years ago now, we featured Silly Pearl- Steph’s other cool applique pillow with a teach-your-kids-useful-stuff theme. It was a […]

5 Paper Piecing Quilt Patterns, Animals and Flowers

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:: Paper Piecing Quilt Patterns Animals and Flowers :: It was hard. Hard to pick just a handful favorite quilt blocks from the huge collection of art quilter Janeen van Niekerk’s paper piecing quilt patterns of animals, flowers, lovely woodland trees and more paper piecing goodliness. Saw that opportunity last week on the blog??!: you […]

How to Make a Quilt: Free Quilting Beginners Course, Class 1

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:: How to Make a Quilt for Beginner Quilters – Lesson 1: What is Fussy Cutting? :: This free quilt-making tutorial is the first of a series of free online quilting classes, that will teach the in’s and out’s of making a quilt. This series & techniques of  tips for beginner quilters will be given […]

Time for a Party :: Come Link Up!

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Tomorrow marks the first day of Spring and we’ve groomed the closets, making space for the new: a series of quilting for beginners.  Remember our featured blogger at last week’s linky party who make the unique quilted postcard pattern? Exactly. Janeen van Niekerk, who turns out is a published international quilter with  many years of […]

St Patrick s Day Crafts: Shamrock Crochet Pattern

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Celebrate your St Patrick’s Day with some crafts using this free Shamrock Crochet Pattern. It’s Saint Patrick’s Day. I’m excited. It’s already a fun day. I’m planning to have friends over and we’ll have a little Irish shamrock party! I thought to make something fun & frivolous for everyone, like my personal St. Patrick’s Day […]

Party 96

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It’s Wednesday!!! Time for a Party!!! The Featured Party Submission is … A Postcard Quilt. This miniature quilt by Janeen at her blog ‘Quilt art designs’ is mind-blowing. Look at this stunningly detailed postcard quilt!   I so absolutely love it.  It reminds me of Canada. Look at all that miniature detail. It is a real […]

Free Knitting Pattern :: Decorative Toy Balls

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Instant love for this 3-colored balls. Looks so sophisticated. But is so easy. Talk about a versatility: Make these hand-knit balls in raffia, hemp, or natural cotton as home décor.  Make them in baby yarn for easy, nearly-free baby gifts, or Use up scraps as a cool crafts for kids. I would think they would […]

Felt Bows!! Free Pattern & Tutorial

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Felt is one of the oldest fabrics known to man. So, for old time sake then, a Felt Crafts Tutorial today: how to make hair bows out of felt. Here is a simple felt bow making tutorial. Once you made your own felt bow, you can use it to embellish just about anything. I have […]

DIY Garden Canopy

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The verdict is out: I  NEED to make my own canopy for the backyard. Don’t get me wrong, I love it here in the UK but it is still a tat early for sitting outside in the garden for any stretch of time. It’s not so much that it is too cold or that the […]

Romantic Easter Egg Bag Sewing Pattern

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  It is the hand embroidery that sets this bag sewing pattern apart. The small size of this Easter basket- bag is perfect to hold the eggs for Easter. Of course,  the chocolate eggs on your outdoor Easter coffee or brunch table in the garden will look glorious and luxurious in to as well.   […]

Chevron Baby Blanket for Car Seat :: Free Crochet Pattern

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:: free crochet pattern for baby blanket to use in car seat or stroller. Just the right size for both of these. :: The textured chevron ribs of this easy-to-make crochet baby blanket are created by working in the back loops of each row.  That’s the trick! And it’s a significant trick as babies like […]

Slouchy Hat Knitting Pattern with Happy Hearts

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I did it: made my first slouchy hat knitting pattern. With lovely red hearts! And a Pompom. To keep me smiling in the rain. And… to wear today, at Valentines Day. One thing about the UK: it rains a lot!!! And, as it has been also very windy here, I am swapping my umbrella for […]

Beatnik Sweater Knitting Pattern

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Love the features of this winter fisherman’s sweater which comes with a free knitting pattern: the intricate cables, the boat neck, the cropped sleeves, and … the crazy photo shoot! The pictures of the original Beatnik sweater made me laugh. Thanks, Chris! I love sweater reviews that make me want to go crazy and have […]

30 Valentines Day Crafts & Cards

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Valentines Day is just around the corner. In a day or two!! To help you make some creative Valentine gifts, here is an overview of our beautiful and fun Valentines. Find: craft tutorials for Valentine gifts; free downloadable templates for wrapping and cards; handmade Valentine card instructions; sweet recipes; gift ideas; and more lovely Valentine […]

Free Easy Crochet Infinity Scarf Pattern for Beginners

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What an easy crochet infinity scarf pattern! I can not think of a simpler one, in fact. And doesn’t she look great in it!? photo credit | pattern :  Deliacreates.com   Yarn for Your Easy Crochet Infinity Scarf Pattern Depending on your actual yarn choice and hook size, you could make this easy infinity scarf […]

Coolest Crochet Slippers Patterns for Boys: Sneakers

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  Here’s a photo tutorial for just the coolest crochet slippers that look like low baseball sneakers. Love these slippers for boys and men. Finally something to crochet for them that they will love. Perfect last minute gift idea if you are a fast crocheter and the rest for Christmas is already done… OK. None […]

Top Creative Gifts

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1200+ free craft tutorials I guess is enough to find any kind of handmade gift to make. However, if you want to complement that handmade gift with a store-bought goodie, here’s a bit of help on picking the right gift for that one last person on your list.    Bestselling Christmas Gifts Top Gifts for […]

Best Homemade Advent Calendars

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Beautiful Advent Calendars, to Make & To Buy. My friend was cleaning her closets the other day, and asked if I was interested in her old house-shaped letter-box. It looked … a bit dated, odd-shaped and bland. It was plain wood, and … I did not know what to do with it. Mentally, I was […]

Lovely Cabled Baby Blanket :: Free Knitting Pattern

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This is a blanket that you just want to snuggle with. What a perfect baby blanket … for babies … and for me…  (I suppose we could up-size it, couldn’t we?!)  Anyhow, working with this super soft wool in perfect pastel colors is of course THE thing to do this Fall. Comfy!!  Give yourself a […]

Make Your own Table Cloth

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… with this Happy Circus Hot Air Balloon Fabric! I just received it in another free craft supplies package by Wholeport. Unlike other times when it arrives, I vowed myself to make something with it RIGHT AWAY, whatever the package contained. And I did. As soon as I opened the package and saw the nice, […]

Laundry Room Makeover w Easy DIY Wall Stencils

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How to use Stencils for Home Decor Fabulousness I have a bit of ‘green car’ syndrome… I mean, when you just bought a green car, all you spot thereafter are … other green cars. Like so with these awesome small laundry room design ideas. Did you see that article on it recently? Incredible, the design […]

22 Beautiful Scarf Patterns

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Make yourself some scarves with these beautiful Scarf Patterns! Today I thought to bring you some of the fabulous crochet patterns that have been posted on my Pinterest community board for the most beautiful crochet patterns. infinity scarf crochet pattern w herringbone weave stitch design. Infinity Scarf Pattern – silk with cotton crochet flower detail. […]

Butterfly Crafts for Kids :: Free Crochet Pattern

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This delightfully happy crochet butterfly crafts just caught my eye and I thought to share the free crochet pattern for it with you. I think I want ten of these and hang them up as Butterfly Wall Decor. Striking and whimsical. Can you see it? Or maybe attach these on a handbag? This crochet butterfly […]