I love using scraps!
There’s something so satisfying about making use of every little bit of fabric left over from a yard.
I especially don’t want to waste any of the scraps from my Sweet Caroline fabric collection (a collaboration with QT Fabrics - shipping to quilt stores now!).
So I decided to make pretty lanyards with some 2 1/2’’ strips and tiny squares.
These are sewn in the same way as my Pretty Lanyard Tutorial with two exceptions:
I used one 2 1/2’’ strip instead of sewing two strips together
I skipped the fusible fleece so they aren't puffy
I love these new lanyards so much… I put a little pair of scissors at the end of one, and my keys on another. Now I just need a fun quilting event to attend and I can use the last pretty lanyard for my badge!
Also… this week I started a new thing: Studio Chats!
Just a quick video ‘hello’ to you!
I’m hoping that this will be a fun way to keep in touch and let you know what’s going on in my studio. I’ll post the new Studio Chats at the top right corner of my website.
What do you think?
So, what have you been sewing up this week? Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.
Get dreamy, designer inspired pillowcases that will look amazing in your bedroom! This DIY sewing tutorial takes just a yard and a half of fabric per pillowcase and works great with cotton, linen, satin, or another light to medium weight fabric.
I have a 6 year old and a 10 year old (who I think qualifies as a 'tween' - she acts 17 sometimes) and they both love to wear headbands. A couple years ago I wrote a series of tutorials for making headbands with FOE (fold over elastic) and ribbon, but this time I wanted to use fabric.
It’s never too early or too late to sew for Christmas - that’s my motto all year long! Here are my 12 favorite Christmas sewing projects…
I must admit that I have made some pretty silly, downright dumb projects before. But sometimes my projects turn out so amazing that I am simply in awe. This is one of those projects. I LOVE this handy pouch!
Did you know that animal shelters often use small quilts or blankets (called cage comforters) in the animals' cages to provide a soft bed and a sense of security? It's a great way to use up leftover pieces of fabric and batting and make something to help our furry friends at the shelters. It's kinda funny how I learned about this project...
You had 3 fun ideas to choose from… a clever drop in tote bag organizer, a modern fanny pack/sling bag/hip pouch (or whatever they call them these days!), or a comfy bed for your favorite pet.
Can you guess which project won the vote?
I decided to sew myself a new little card wallet using all the same steps that I share in my free Designer Zipper Bags Video Course.
I also decided to use my serger machine for quilting and embellishing the sides of the pouch and for finishing the seams. A serger isn’t necessary for this project, but I had fun using it.
The Huddle Quilt is a fast and easy pattern that’s perfect for large prints because it makes them the focal point. Plus there is plenty of negative space to let the eye enjoy your favorite fabrics even more.