Trish Preston from Two Peas In A Pod has put together a tutorial for making handy-dandy ring pincushions in several sizes. They are so cute and clever you won’t want to stop at just making one!
Loose change and thing- a-ma-bobs can now be rounded up in this sweet and practical coin purse. Shaped like a heart, it utilizes the technique of reverse applique to give it a unique embellishment with contrasting fabrics. This project is a perfect afternoon craft that makes a great gift.
I loved Sweetwater’s House Pocket pattern, but I wasn’t sure how to use the little houses. Then I realized they would be just perfect for an advent calendar! The pockets are just big enough to hold two little treats. The houses were a hit with the kiddos and they look forward to it every year!
This year I got married to my wonderful husband Dan. Our fairytale wedding was in a castle close to my parent’s home in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. For wedding favors, my thoughts were to combine something handmade (on a BERNINA) with something my guests would cherish forever that would be useful at the same time.
Don’t you love this basket? Look closely; can you tell what it’s made of? Barb Lake, BERNINA at Fancyworks, Marissa, IL, recycled packing paper and stitched up a sturdy basket to use for displays. She told me, “I just couldn’t send all that good paper into the recycling bin!”
Warm, toasty, cozy, and looking cool. Taking just a few steps to make, the design possibilities are endless. Play with fabric, leather, felt, etc. and embellish with embroidery, glitz, or anything you like. This is a great project for using up remnants, too. Once you make a pair, you won’t want to just stop there. After all, when those little piggies come back from market, they like to slip into something comfortable.
I met Louise Danese Landry at one of the VIP events I attended in August, and noticed the lovely handbag she was carrying. Then I found out she’d not only stitched it, but printed the fabric for it as well! Here’s her story of making her “designer” handbag.
Kellie Rushing, one of our Resource Trainers, sent me photos of the cord keepers she made for her phone, computer, and iPad. She recycles toilet paper rolls and covers them with vinyl-coated cotton. This super-easy project would make a nice gift for just about anyone – just change the fabric colors and embroidered alphabet.