Fussy. Cut. We love to have our way with fabric, manipulating it to best showcase motifs and colors. Clever fussy cutting allows you to tell a story with your project. And when you’re working with fabric as amazingly detailed as De La Luna by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics, the options are endless. We’ve created a trio of patchwork pillows that bring the Halloween spirit of this collection to life. Full cutting and piecing instructions are given below for our square, rectangle, and hexagonal set. We worked with fat quarters, but you could also easily start with regular yardage cuts.
A little wicked glamour and a wicked little spider come together to make a spellbinding Halloween mask. It's what the most beguiling witches are wearing this season; combining spider web construction with a practical soft fleece backing. Your jeweled spider continues to weave its web while you bewitch those who dare to cross your path.
We believe zombies actually enjoy being pincushions! It’s a nice way for them to relax; being the walking dead is kind of hard work. However, our zombie pair is friendly and not dangerous at all as they hold pins for you at your sewing or cutting table. You can tell by their tattered pink hearts that they aren’t out to do any harm! We worked with some plain cotton scraps from our stash, choosing the excellent Halloween colors of Mummy Wrap White for Zombie Odilia and Ghoulish Gravestone Gray for Zombie Cornelius. With just a few bits of floss, felt, and button accents, you can give your zombies their own unique personalities.
One of my favorite characters in the Warner Bros.® series of cartoons was Witch Hazel, who debuted in the 1954 short, "Bewitched Bunny." Disney® had previously created a Witch Hazel, and she was kind of cool too, but not nearly as sarcastic or quite as much the fashion victim as the Hazel created by Warner Bros. animator, Chuck Jones. A major part of his Hazel's signature style included a wonderfully crumpled black hat. We think she would approve of our classic Dead Roses Halloween Witch Hat with its scrunched top, wilting flowers, and stowaway spider. Hauntingly hideous haute couture and one of our most popular Halloween projects ever! We love to bring it back every year.
We first became aware of Jane Sassaman from her gorgeous ribbons for Renaissance Ribbons. They were like tiny versions of her amazing art quilts, which are appliquéd fabric collages. Since we were already fans, were thrilled to get some early samples of Jane's latest fabric collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Now we could go big with her unique colors and intricate motifs. In order to cover the largest space, we designed a reversible apron with a flattering crossover bib. Front and back – both in beautiful designs from Nouveau, giving you two unique personalties for your cooking and baking escapades.
Sometimes a project has a distinct front and back. Other times, you want it to be pretty from all sides. This set of elegant pillows features wraparound cording for a unique, all-around-gorgeous result. We selected two coordinated home décor prints within a single colorway to create a trio of pillows in three distinct shapes: hexagon, round, and square. Read on to find the patterns and instructions to make one or all three.
A "pouf" is a marshmallow-like ottoman. They've been the rage in decorating for a few years now, bringing unexpected color, shape, texture, and fun into a room. We have a full-size, extra cushy square pouf project you can try for your own trendy decorating statement, but in the meantime, we miniaturized one as a clever pincushion. Ours uses Layer Cake squares as an easy way to gather a wonderful mixture of perfectly coordinating color and pattern, but the pieces needed are quite tiny – so bring out your scrap bag and dive in for all your favorites!
When you focus on one thing, you get pretty darn good at it. One summer during childhood, my pal, Marilyn and I spent every day going around in circles. We were laser-focused on one thing: learning to ride a bike with no hands (ahhhh… life before smart phones, right?). Our dedication paid off and within a couple weeks, we rode away with arms held high, balanced and beaming. It’s the same with the new Janome Memory Craft 550E. It’s a stand-alone, embroidery-only machine that is very, very good at its one main focus: gorgeous embroidery.
Asymmetrical means having two sides or halves that are not the same. I like to think that – really – most of the world is asymmetrical. Even Mother Nature knows matchy-matchy and even-steven can be too boring. Throwing in an interesting angle or a unique texture can take your project to the next level. The design of this bag started with an idea for the cool asymmetrical fold-over closure. From there, we worked with the wide selection of Dritz® Hardware to pull it altogether, adding swivel hooks and D-rings along with a fully adjustable shoulder strap. You’ll also love the clever full-width zippered pocket across the back of the bag.
September is National Sewing Month, so we are celebrating all the things that make sewing great. A lot of those "things" are the fantastic notions and tools that make our project construction fast, easy, and fun. But there are so many… everywhere… all over my work space. Time for a bit of tidying up with our Multi-Pocket Table Top Sewing Caddy. Our sample caddy is not only filled with incredible Dritz® notions, tools, and more; you’ll see within our instructions below how we used many of them.