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12 Gifts to sew this Christmas

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12 Gifts to sew this Christmas

Although part of me doesn't want to acknowledge it: Christmas is fast approaching... Where has the year gone? I have been researching ideas for things I can sew for family and friends.  So I thought I would share 12 gift suggestions that are pretty cool. Some are even so easy to make, it would make a great beginner project for the kids! Enjoy! 1. The Genoa Tote The stunning Genoa Tote is fully-lined, features a zipped pouch and a clip for keys. This tote was designed with denim in mind, so why not use a fun print to line it on...

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How to sew with laminated fabrics

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

How to sew with laminated fabrics

I am often asked for tips on sewing with our laminated cotton. So here is an article I wrote for One Thimble magazine a few months ago (May 2016 issue):    Have you ever come across laminated cotton and wondered what you could do with it, or if it would be hard to sew? Sewing with this type of material can be daunting for some, but fear not, with the following tips and tricks, sewing with laminated fabrics is easy, even if you are new to sewing. And there are lots fun projects that you can use laminated cotton for....

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How to sew an insulated lunch bag

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How to sew an insulated lunch bag

Today I am sharing a simple tutorial on how to sew an insulated lunch bag.  I designed this bag as I wanted something that would be easily adjustable to the contents. I often find that the kids lunch bags are either too big or too small depending on what I decide to pack for them that day. So this bag is adjustable in size, in a very simple way: just roll over the top until everything is nice and snug, then wrap the elastic band around it to keep everything in place. The elastic is stitched to the base of...

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How to add bias binding to a laminated cotton tablecloth

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How to add bias binding to a laminated cotton tablecloth

I love having a nice tablecloth on the table, but with small children in the house, I want something I can just wipe down after each meal, as I don't love washing and ironing that much. ;)  Unfortunately, a lot of the laminated tablecloths around have pretty tacky prints, it almost gives them a bad rep, unfairly so! I must admit the Mexican oilcloth tablecloths are pretty cool, but they are shiny and can be sticky, while I wanted something mat and drapey. I was so excited when Soft Cactus announced they were going to laminate some of their fabrics. This...

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How to make a simple pouch in any size.

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

How to make a simple pouch in any size.

I have been making quite a few of these super simple flat pouches in different sizes, for slim rectangular objects like cameras, smart phones, portable GPSs etc. In the process, I have developed a very simple formula to easily determine the right pouch size for a nice snug fit. These only take about 30 minutes and make great gifts. There is also an ideal project for beginners as they are so easy to make. If you do have to make a choice on which size to try, a larger pouch (e.g. iPad) is a little bit easier than the smaller...

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