Christmas Ornaments Knitting Pattern Sets

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Tweet I like to add some new Christmas ornaments to our collection each year. I had been doing that for years. But then of course with these international moves, it does not make sense to hang on to Christmas ornaments, other than those that are keepsakes. So, the reality is that I have very few […]

20 Awesome Free Sewing Patterns for the Holidays

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Tweet You know me, I am ‘Researcher Extra-ordinaire’ when to comes to finding eco-friendly and / or low-cost| free resources online for our creative projects.  If you want to do a bit of sewing for the holidays, here are 20 very popular and really awesome free sewing patterns for the holidays, none of which I […]

Chevron Throw Knitting Pattern Free

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Tweet This Fall/Winter chevron throw looks so good, you could wear it as part of our winter wardrobe. It’s the ultimate oversized wrap! The long fringe and unusual mix of yarns, make it look like a Free People’s outfit for their Fall catalog, doesn’t it?! This ginger model looks magnificent with this wrap over her […]

Houndstooth Quilt Pattern, Free Video Tutorial

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Tweet Today is class #29 in our ongoing series of quilting workshops for beginners. We are now doing quilting projects and today’s project is to make a houndstooth lap quilt.   The last two workshops we experimented with doing smaller quilting projects for the kitchen, such as Fall leaf potholders, coasters and table runners. Today’s project […]

Rare Kelly Handbag: $24.000; but a Paper Model is Free.

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Tweet I just read at CNN that someone is about to pay $24,000 for a ‘rare’ blue Hermes Kelly Handbag. Hermes ~ a brand that makes beautiful objects of fine art and distinction. I bought a pair of earrings in that shop once and gave it to the shop assistant who so clearly was more […]

Sleep Socks Free Knitting Pattern

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Tweet I am sharing a family heirloom with you today: an easy peasy knitting pattern to make your own sleep socks or house slippers. These knitted slippers have been in my family for ages, and I think all my nephews and nieces now have a pair or two. Uncles and aunts too. No More Cold […]

Red Poppy Crochet Pattern

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Tweet Today’s free red Poppy crochet pattern is a tribute to our forgotten heroes. Because I cherish my freedom and freedom for all people. I love living fear-free. That’ s why I designed this Poppy flower crochet pattern, to share and to hopefully raise some funds for those families who lost their hero in the […]

Free Sewing Patterns for Kids Fall – Winter

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Tweet Emily linked this up at our linky party: ’20+ Free Sewing Patterns for Kids- Winter’.  I  quickly realize that it deserved a special post, rather than to be mixed in with all the other party features and be overlooked. As this is a go-to overview of free patterns for kids clothing for winter. Brilliant.  […]

Hexagon Quilt Pattern for Trivets, Coasters and Potholders

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Tweet Today we are discussing the hexagon quilt pattern and are making some fun quilted projects with this shape. This is #27 class in our series of free classes on how to make a quilt. After 26 free step-by-step illustrated quilting foundation classes, we are now delving into the world of actually making fun quilted […]

Triangle Shawl Knitting Pattern with Tassels and Cross

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Tweet Oh wheeh! Just finished designing and knitting an over-sized triangle shawl, and I’m absolutely thrilled about it. The base shawl as already great, but it now features a statement-sized cross and beaded tassels. It’s huge – so it’s trendy; it’s black – so it matches everything; and it’s a wool blend – so it’s […]

8 Pointed Star Block :: Beginners Quilt Workshop

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Tweet : Today’s pattern is for a pretty 8 pointed star block to complete our sample quilt : Hi all! Sorry to say, but our beloved quilt instructor has a back injury. I don’t dare asking her to come teach us quilting as she should really rest and recover instead. Not sure if/when she’ll be […]

Flying Geese Block Pattern :: Free Quilting Workshop for Beginners (#25)

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Tweet 6 block so far in our quilt sampler. It’s starting to look gorgeous. (Free block patterns at end of article) Janeen van Niekerk will teach us how to make a flying geese block ~ #7 ~ today. It has a real modern feel to it. As Janeen will point out, with some minor modification […]

Free Domino Quilt Block Pattern + Workshop (#24)

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Tweet Hi guys. I realize that upon completion of this week’s Domino quilt block pattern we will have reached the 2/3 completion point of our 9-block Fall quilt sampler. Whoohooo. How’s it going for you? Today’s quilt block design is called a Domino. Lovely and colorful, it’s fairly easy and quick to sew.   Does […]

Beautiful Blocks for Halloween Quilts

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Tweet Here is an exclusive by quilt designer Janeen van Niekerk that will just thrill you and yours. Look at these amazingly cute and beautiful paper piecing blocks to make Fall or Halloween quilts. It’s the ultimate in Halloween crafts! What is particularly nice about this set of Halloween quilt blocks, is that they say […]

Whirlpool Block Pattern (Sampler Quilt Workshop #23)

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Tweet :: Whirlpool Block Pattern (Sampler Quilt Workshop #23):: Our (and your) collection free patterns and workshops for beautiful quilt blocks is growing. Each block gives you an opportunity to learn new quilting techniques and to develop some insight as to which style of block patterns suit your taste. This is 5th block in the […]

Free Hat Knitting Pattern

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Tweet Welcome to today’s linky party! It’s been a busy week for us. We posted great free tutorials & patterns (See right bar). How about you? I can’t wait to see your great new creations and DIYs. But first … Our Linky Part Feature This whirling little girl’s Fall hat is a stunner! It’s made […]

Which Yarn, what Hook or which Needle?

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Tweet A yarn weight table to figure out which crochet hooks and knitting needles you’ll need and so to work out how much yarn you’ll need…? Who of my readers would not want such yarn table??!! Well, dear readers, here it is: CRAFT YARN COUNCIL STANDARD CHARTS How to use this crochet – knitting – […]

Free Hourglass Quilt Block Pattern + Workshop

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Tweet You know, when I did my graduation thesis, one of my professors once said that if you want to become EXCELLENT at something, you have to do the same thing over and over again. Continue to want the same thing…   This inspirational quote comes to mind when I look at the work of […]

Greek Square Quilt Block Pattern (Workshop #21)

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Tweet Today’s free quilting workshop by Janeen van Niekerk is about our third block in our sampler quilt. This is called the Greek Square* quilt block pattern. I’m intrigued by that name. Does it look like a Greek square? I’m not sure. What I do know is that it is a really old quilt block […]

Chunky Infinity Scarf Pattern

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Tweet I finally designed a chunky infinity scarf pattern. I’m so happy as I think it turned out fabulous! The knitting pattern could not be easier! I was inspired by all the chunky infinity scarves I saw in London during London Fashion week. Did you see the grey infinity scarf in my article on Trends […]

How to Make a Log Cabin Quilt Block

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Tweet Today’s ‘How to Make a Log Cabin Quilt Block’ is Quilting Workshop #20 for beginners. Today, we will learn how to make the second block in our sampler quilt. This free online quilting workshop is taught by quilting instructor Janeen van Niekerk, who is an expert designer of classic and paper piece quilts. Learn […]

Striped Frame Block Quilting Workshop

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Tweet Last week I introduced this marvelous free quilting workshop to learn how to make a 9-block sampler quilt pattern in rustic Fall colors. Today we are starting with making our first sample block. I told you that Janeen was going to share a couple of quilting magic tricks, as well as quilting tips to […]

DIY Ice Bucket Challenge T-shirt + LINKY PARTY

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Tweet :: DIY Ice Bucket Challenge T-shirt :: LINKY PARTY :: Becky from MyPaperCraze.com designed these so-cute ‘I survived’ the ice bucket challenge T-shirts for her sons. Such brave kids! Besides giving us a tutorial on how to make to design your own t-shirts like this, she also shares how to take this trendy opportunity, […]

Free Sampler Quilt Workshop

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Tweet I am so excited that Janeen van Niekerk is back from her summer break. I can now introduce her new, free quilting workshop that’s just marvelous! I had asked her to design a quilting project for Fall. And she created this gorgeous modern 9-block sampler quilt pattern in rustic Fall colors*. And so here […]

Bina Wrap Pattern Extra: How to Roll Edges

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Tweet :: This free video sewing tutorial on ‘How to Hand-roll Fabric Edges’ is a Bina Wrap Pattern Supplement. Following the video is our FALL FASHION LINKY PARTY :: One of my darling readers wrote …. She suggested to add this free video tutorial by Hermes.com to our free sewing pattern for Bina Wrap cardigans […]

Nautical Decorative Pillows – Sewing Pattern

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Tweet   Today I thought to share with you the very first project I have made with my new sewing machine, that I bought a few weeks ago at Amazon. I bought this one: and I can not no be happier with it.   I highly recommend it, and I think I should write a post […]

Quilted Organizing Baskets :: Free Sewing Pattern

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Tweet Get organized for good with these lovely quilted organizing baskets for every room and season. Size matters when it comes to baskets.   Reduce clutter throughout the house.  These handy cloth baskets let you organize scraps in your craft room, or the cutlery in your living room.   The free quilting course for beginners at  […]

Toddler Summer Dress Tutorial: Darling Tunic w Ruffle Straps

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Tweet Here’s a Toddler Summer Dress Tutorial. It’s a great, free sewing pattern + instructions to make a darling girl toddler summer tunic dress with ruffled straps and an elastic back. It’s presented here as a short tunic, but I would lengthen it to make it into a full dress that you could wear with/without […]

HST Block Wall Hanging or Pillow Cover

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Tweet Hi all! It’s your free quilting course again today. Quilt Instructor Janeen van Niekerk created this gorgeous HST block for us, incorporating the quilting techniques she taught us in the last two quilting workshops.  She wrote to me that it’s intended as a wall hanging, but oh, me the decorator, immediately, instinctively called it […]

How to Sew Half Square Triangles for Quilts – part 2

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