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DIY Workout Leggings with the Cricut Explore Air 2 So in the spirit of that, today I'm going to share 5 things I love about the Cricut Explore Air 2, along with a fun DIY workout leggings tutorial that you can make with the Explore Air 2 and SportFlex Iron-On! Let's get right to it… The Explore Air 2 was my first Cricut machine, after I had been using a different brand of cutting machine.

Leopard Indigo Dress A roaring success - that's what my Tilly and the Buttons Indigo Dress is. Before I delve into the pattern details, can we take a minute to admire the fabric? Any animal print lover will agree that finding the 'right' colour and scale print is the holy grail of sewing.

Vintage Bustier A few years ago I made a skirt and bustier set and loved it so much that I decided I needed another. I used a different skirt silhouette, but when I had plenty of leftovers from said skirt, I decided that I would make a second version of Simplicity 1426.

Autumn Mix and Match Capsule Wardrobe Inspiration - Guthrie & Ghani You need denim with a bit of stretch in them as that is what the pattern has been designed for, so I've paired them with our Robert Kaufman Laredo stretch denim in a deep dark indigo colourway. We also a a few notions kits available, which contain all the hardware along with the pattern that you need.

Named Clothing Reeta Shirt: DIY Sandwashed Tencel Blouse Autumn dressing: in this part of the world it means coping with wind, rain, sun, fog and fluctuating temperatures. And that is just in one day, lol. Moving from indoors to outside, and the vagaries of central heating means, for me, dressing in light layers that keep me comfortable, and preferably natural fibres.

Fall paper pattern sale starts today But before they arrive, we need to make some space for them! Through Saturday, you'll save 25% on all paper patterns from Oliver + S and Liesl + Co. The sale ends at midnight on Saturday. Use coupon code FALLPAPER at checkout for your discount to be applied.

Adding Leather Accents to Existing Patterns Now that you know the basics for sewing leather with your BERNINA machine, and maybe have even tried your first leather project, I wanted to show you some ways to add leather accents to existing patterns such as bags!

Quilting UnPlugged: Soft and Cozy Rag Quilt Keep in mind that the flannel and fleece will show on the front of the quilt. The seam allowances make a nice fluffy border around each block - so make sure the colors coordinate. My fleece and flannel are all ivory color.

Behind the Seams of Re:Fashion, Season 2: BUY TWO!!! And Giveaway One! Most weekends, when other teenagers were grabbing their friends and heading to the mall, I grabbed my Nan for a girl's day. Mom would drive us up, drop us off, and we'd spend hours arm in arm, checking out every store, getting a slice of pizza and cake for lunch, meeting at the pickup point in time for dinner.

How to shorten a metal zipper Here's how you can shorten a zipper. You might find this handy for a project like the Exposed Zippers on Welt Pockets or maybe for a Zipper Fly.

How to Finish Necklines Three Different Ways Different garments call for different neckline finishes! This blog post will walk you through three different methods for finishing necklines: Facing, binding, and ribbing. Facing necklines are one of the most common types of necklines.

Montreal Maker Series: Meet Trudy Crane! To celebrate the launch of our Sienna Maker Jacket, we wanted to try something a little different this time around. We are very lucky to live in one of the most creative cities in Canada; Montreal is literally bursting with makers of all kinds.

Curvy Costume Sewing: Robin from Stranger Things As soon as I binge-watched Season 3 of Stranger Things, I knew that I wanted to dress up as the character Robin in the dorky-cute "Scoops Ahoy" ice cream parlor uniform that she wore all season.

U-Pick Sewing Project Success - my Fabric and Vinyl Tote My U-Pick Sewing Project is a triumph!

A Summer Dress - Lisa Dress from Tessuti Patterns I cut 4 inches off the length - it would be have far too long at the drafted length. For reference, I am 5 foot 4 or about 164cm tall. I didn't make any other modifications, however I would like to make this again and I would pinch out at least 1/2 inch in the bodice as the bust darts are crazy low.

October Sewing Zine Vlog I've uploaded a new vlog about what I've been up to lately, including my Georgie Dress, Observatory Shawl and faux fur Tamarack Jacket. View it below or via my YouTube channel:. Things mentioned:. Opian, Pilatus Swimsuit. Closet Case Patterns, Pietra Pants.

Sew Reporter - 20 October We've updated our pattern review system this week to make it much easier to use. You can now edit old reviews, add multiple images and clickable links. All of the pattern reviews are now displayed altogether right under the pattern, so you can see at one glance what the pattern looks like on other sewists.

Stay Put Kitchen Towels - they don't slip off! Sew up some pretty kitchen towels that won’t slip off the bar! They have a pretty tie that holds them on, plus a cute ruffle on one end. These DIY embellished towels were sewn from inexpensive bar towels, plus 1/4 yard of fabric each.

A Holly blouse hack // Fibre Mood issue 6 I sometimes feel like I'm Fibre Mood's biggest fan - I keep going back to their patterns over and over and I'm always finding new ones to fall in love with! If you don't know who they are yet, they're a Belgian sewing magazine that comes out quarterly.

DIY Tulle and Ribbon Wrap-Around Skirt Having a serger makes this project super fast and easy, but if you don't have a serger you can gather the tulle other ways. No worries. The next step is to gather the tulle along the folded edge. If you don't have a serger, I suggest zig zagging over a long piece of string.

Top indie sewing patterns style inspiration We get asked a lot about what are the most popular indie patterns so we thought we would put together all the maker inspiration for your favourite sewing patterns on the site. For the keen makers, I'm sure a lot of these won't be a surprise but there were a few in there we hadn't guessed!

Show Off Saturday… I'm making a Quilted Christmas Tree I’ve been working on another fun Christmas project and it’s making me so happy. It’s a quilted Christmas Tree wall hanging!

Turkey Trot Quilt Block - Blocks 2 Quilt This technique makes the simple construction appear intricate. This block is perfect for showcasing a wide array of colored scraps but I will warn you, the 6″ finished block requires 3/4″ wide-cut pieces. This week you can add the Turkey Trot quilt block pattern to your library for free after that it will be available for sale in the shop.

Under Wraps - Mummy Pillow Slipcover It's easy to sew, not scary, and can be easily removed and stored away for next year's house transformation. Ready to make your own? Here's how! *Embroidery can be replaced with your own felt eye creations and appliqued onto the pillow instead. From black fabric:.

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