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Felt Gift Bag: A New One Minute Video and a Giveaway

When it comes to holiday get togethers, there’s nothing quite like showing up at your gathering with a nice bottle of wine. Bring your gift-giving game up a notch when you present your vino in this felt gift bag featuring … Continue reading

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Felt Gift Bag: A New One Minute Video and a Giveaway

When it comes to holiday get togethers, there’s nothing quite like showing up at your gathering with a nice bottle of wine. Bring your gift-giving game up a notch when you present your vino in this felt gift bag featuring … Continue reading

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How to prepare curved edge shapes for applique – with turned edges!

If you have an applique pattern that needs circle, ovals or petals, I have a favourite way of turning those edges under for turned edge applique. Then you’re ready to sew by machine or by hand – you choose. Here I show you how it’s done – with tin foil / aluminum foil! Guest appearance […]

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Let’s Play Spot The Mistake

Who can tell me what’s wrong with this shawl? Look closer… And closer… I don’t think the straight edge of a shawl is meant to suddenly curve round. The problem lies in the row where those neat little parallelograms suddenly … Continue reading

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Let’s Play Spot The Mistake

Who can tell me what’s wrong with this shawl? Look closer… And closer… I don’t think the straight edge of a shawl is meant to suddenly curve round. The problem lies in the row where those neat little parallelograms suddenly … Continue reading

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I Sew For Fun

To all of us, Nancy Zieman was an industry icon but to her granddaughters, she was Grandma. Nancy loved hanging out with all of her granddaughters. Sometimes she would sew with Avery and Luella (the older granddaughters) but often they would bake. Play…

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A new pen wouldn’t hurt either

For years and years, I’ve run a very tight Christmas ship.  Very tight. Spreadsheet kinda tight, and it’s really worked for me. It’s prevented a hysterical sort of feeling in my tummy and made it possible for me to get … Continue reading

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Do Ya like Dawgs?

There’s sewing for yourself, which is the best: there’s sewing for others, which is nice: then there’s sewing for dogs! Now, I’m not a dog-person; I like the things well enough but having never owned one, I suppose I don’t … Continue reading

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Just stuff that laundry behind the piano

When I was a young mother, and the girls were all little, I was part of a mothers group. I was a La Leche League Leader back then and a Wednesday morning playgroup sprang out of that. We’d all get … Continue reading

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Lisa Comfort Magazine – The One Where Lisa Takes Over The World!

Recently, an author said to me, ‘Why should I let a publisher sell my books and give me a few pence a copy, when I can publish, market and sell books myself for £1 a copy?’ She has a point. Has … Continue reading

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Pattern Hack : Squiffy Crossbody Bag by Mrs H in directional fabric

This is a really gentle hack, but essential if you have prints that are one direction- that is there’s nothing upside down or on it’s side, fabrics that you definitely have to use a certain way up. Here’s my video tutorial, but if you prefer photos and text, just scroll a little further down. When […]

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Pattern Hack : Squiffy Crossbody Bag by Mrs H in directional fabric

This is a really gentle hack, but essential if you have prints that are one direction- that is there’s nothing upside down or on it’s side, fabrics that you definitely have to use a certain way up. Here’s my video tutorial, but if you prefer photos and text, just scroll a little further down. When […]

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Pattern Hack : Squiffy Crossbody Bag by Mrs H in directional fabric

This is a really gentle hack, but essential if you have prints that are one direction- that is there’s nothing upside down or on it’s side, fabrics that you definitely have to use a certain way up. Here’s my video tutorial, but if you prefer photos and text, just scroll a little further down. When […]

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PennyDog Vlog #22: Craft fair display and pricing

A little lecture on pricing your goods, three new bags (I show you two a little closer) plus a look at what my stand at the craft fair on Saturday will look like!

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PennyDog Vlog #22: Craft fair display and pricing

A little lecture on pricing your goods, three new bags (I show you two a little closer) plus a look at what my stand at the craft fair on Saturday will look like!

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PennyDog Vlog #22: Craft fair display and pricing

A little lecture on pricing your goods, three new bags (I show you two a little closer) plus a look at what my stand at the craft fair on Saturday will look like!

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PennyDog Vlog #22: Craft fair display and pricing

A little lecture on pricing your goods, three new bags (I show you two a little closer) plus a look at what my stand at the craft fair on Saturday will look like!

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That Time I was “Lost” in Europe

Spoiler: I wasn’t lost.  I knew where I was.  But no one else did.   I’m typing today from a cute little dorm room, in Albertville, France, tucked right into the French Alps.  How in the world did I get here?  That’s a whole story itself. It all started with a paradigm shift in my […]

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Sewing Secrets Are The Best Secrets

Have you seen the news about The Phantom Thread? Ooh, I can’t wait to see this film! I might enjoy watching it as much as I loved reading The Pink Suit. I do love to see sewing in my other … Continue reading

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Sewing Secrets Are The Best Secrets

Have you seen the news about The Phantom Thread? Ooh, I can’t wait to see this film! I might enjoy watching it as much as I loved reading The Pink Suit. I do love to see sewing in my other … Continue reading

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How to Hand Knit a “Giganto” Blanket: New One (and a half) Minute Video

 Who doesn’t like snuggling up with a cozy blanket, a good book and a steaming cup of cocoa when the weather gets cold outside? Make this on-trend, giganto knit blanket using only your hands. Yep, that’s right, no needles required for this … Continue reading

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Tame Those Furry Fibers!

Cold weather calls for cozy fabrics like Minky, faux fur and lofty knits.  As wonderful as they are to wear, they present challenges when it time to add embroidery to them.  First, their fibers creep over embroidery camouflaging the beautiful stitches. Second, since they’re lofty and bulky, they’re hard to hold in a hoop. Inspiration’s […] Read more…

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Two Gift Ideas for the Seamstress (Or the Wannabe Seamstress) in Your Life

If you’ve already purchased The Refashion Handbook and would like another gift idea for those seamstresses or seamsters in your life, you can get my class Learn to Upcycle & Refashion Sweaters from Annie’s Crafts. You can purchase it as … Continue reading

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Made by Rae Cleo Skirt

I made this skirt for another class I’m teaching at The Cloth Pocket. I’ve been looking for a good new skirt pattern lately because I prefer wearing skirts/dresses to pants/shorts in the summer. This is the Made by Rae Cleo… Continue Reading

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I Had To Google Parallelogram

Look at that beautiful snaking curl of shawl! My Bernina is serviced and ready to pick up! But how have I occupied myself whilst we’ve been apart? I’ve been knitting. My Heaven And Space shawl definitely wins the award for … Continue reading

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I’m just that much of a help

A few months ago when I was in Vancouver at Knit Social – I staggered up to the Gauge Dye works booth and gave Catherine all my money. You know. As one does.  As I did so, I remarked that … Continue reading

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New One Minute Video: Sweater to Mittens = “Smittens”

You need to be careful what you wear around me. Be very, very careful. Each sweater I lay my eyes on these days becomes a potential mitten fantasy to me. While you think I’m listening to you talk about your … Continue reading

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All gray

 All gray on a sunny, almost-winter day. I know it’s not yet December (close enough!) but I already feel behind in my Christmas shopping for family and friends. We’ve been big fan of giving experiences over the last few years, but I always love wrapping something tangible… Here are some of my favorite gift pairings: A night […]

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Free Sewing Pattern – Universal pram Liner

Free Sewing Pattern – Universal pram Liner

PATTERN DETAILS Mini Monkeez Universal Pram liner PDF PATTERN – Instant Download The universal liner with style! LINER FEATURES: Side wings for added comfort and superior fit Bias Binding edging for Professional Finish* Large Buttonhole design strap holes to suit 5 point harness Large Strap covers Unique Curved shape for added style. *you may use […]

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Pattern Hack : Adding a flap to secure cards on the Boon Wallet

I apologise for only making a video tutorial on this, I have another hack or two up my sleeve, and I promise to do a photo and text version of the tutorial only. You will need the Boon Wallet by XOXO Lauren to make this, I’m just going to show you how I added a […]

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