Saturday, November 06, 2010

Needlepoint/Sewing Clutch Free Tutorial by Colleen MacKinnon of Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles

As far as I'm concerned you can never have enough clutches for carrying around all your various craft supplies and projects. Well, if you're like me you'll be happy to know that Colleen MacKinnon of Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles has a wonderful tutorial on her Penny Rugs and More blog showing you how to make a needlepoint/sewing clutch.  Enjoy!



Copyright © 2008 - Written By Colleen Mackinnon of Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles.

Here's what Colleen had to say about her tutorial: We escaped to the lake for a couple days and I found some time to stitch! Here's the needlepoint clutch tutorial. I left a few things behind in my studio; but I worked it out for you.

Please respect Colleen's TERMS OF USE:  **All my patterns and tutorials are copyright protected**. Please respect my designs and images, make no copies from my blog or my website without my permission. My tutorials and patterns are not be sold or produced without my permission. Please don’t email or transmit them in any way. You may pass on and save my links. If you make something from my intellectual product and show it on a blog or website, please link back to my posts as your source. Thanks so much. Colleen MacKinnon

Colleen's bio - Having been active in craft shows, events and sales through local craft stores during the 1980’s and 1990’s, organizing and running my own show for several years during the “turn of the century”; I now like to share what I’ve learned. Lately that’s been penny rugs.

I enjoy working with and collecting wool, new, used and vintage. Penny rugs are a great way to recycle and reuse any fabric. I have searched and researched penny rugs for many years and started a blog in 2007. Blogging is my way of sharing what I learn, getting it down in print so that I can pass it on and networking with others.

I have some great tutorials and patterns.

Please enjoy them, learn from them.

Remember, today’s handmade treasures are tomorrow’s treasured keepsakes.

Copyright © 2007-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Colleen Mackinnon of Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles.

Please visit her Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles website @ http://sites.google.com/site/ragamuffincollectibles/, her Ragamuffin2006 Etsy Shoppe @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/ragamuffin2006, and her Penny Rugs and More blog at http://www.pennyrugsandmore.blogspot.com/.

Knitted Cloche Hat Free Pattern From Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs

If you love to knit or crochet then you'll be happy to know that Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs has a pattern on her Indigo Blue blog showing you how to make a Cloche hat. Enjoy.



Copyright © 2010 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue blog.

Here's what Andrea had to say about her pattern:  ....well it is for me! Our little knitting group at school have always said that they would like to make a knitted hat. Eventually we managed to narrow it done to a sort of cloche shape that may or may not have a flower or some kind of embellishment on it.  So, my colleague and I set to work looking for one and of course we would need to test it out first.


Please respect Andrea's TERMS OF USE:  I am more than happy to share my tutorials with you. You can use them to make projects for yourself, friends or family. Please do not use my tutorials to mass-produce items for sale. If you post your work online, please credit me (Andrea Millington) with the design and link to my Indigo Blue blog.  :-)

Copyright © 2010 - All Rights Reserved - Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs. Andrea is a textiles teacher with a passion for making things.

Please visit her Indigo Blue Designs Etsy Shoppe @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/indigo1/, her Indigo Blue blog @ http://www.indigo-blue-designs.blogspot.com/, and her Indigo Blue Designs Folksy Shop at http://www.folksy.com/shops/indigobluedesigns.

Hummingbird Applique Free Tutorial by Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits

Looking for a cute embellishment for a little girl's dress. If you are then you'll be happy to know that  Jessica Levitt has a wonderful tutorial on her Juicy Bits blog showing you how add a hummingbird applique.



Copyright © 2008 - Written By Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits.

Here's what Jessica had to say about her tutorial:   Well, I embellished this little number for Aurora some time ago, with plans for a tutorial before Valentine's day. Now I'm just squeezing in some simple instructions (no pictures....sorry!) just in time. It's VERY easy, I promise, so if you need a little something for your sweetie to wear on heart day, you should be able to do it in an evening.

Please respect Jessica's TERMS OF USE:  My tutorials and e-patterns are the copyright of Jessica Levitt and are for personal use only.

Copyright © 2008-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits.  Jessica is a mom, sewer, crafter and designer.

Please visit her Juicy Bits blog @ http://www.juicy-bits.typepad.com/.

Birthday Crown Free Tutorial and E-Pattern by Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits

Are you looking for a crown for a little boy or girl's birthday party? If you are then you'll be happy to know that  Jessica Levitt has a wonderful tutorial and e-pattern on her Juicy Bits blog showing you how to make felt crown. Have fun at the birthday party.



Copyright © 2008 - Written By Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits.

Here's what Jessica had to say about her tutorial and e-pattern:   My little princess is 4 going on 24...No she doesn't wear makeup or get pushed to grow up too fast, but sometimes I can't get over how wise she seems. So when she gets excited about something young, sweet, and wholesome, I'm all for it.

As most of you know, I made a cute wool felt crown for Theo's birthday and Aurora loved it. So, of course, I had to make another more girly version.


Please respect Jessica's TERMS OF USE:  My tutorials and e-patterns are the copyright of Jessica Levitt and are for personal use only.

Copyright © 2008-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits.  Jessica is a mom, sewer, crafter and designer.

Please visit her Juicy Bits blog @ http://www.juicy-bits.typepad.com/.

Chunky Knitted Bag Free Tutorial From Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs

Do you love to knit, but don't always have the time to do so?  Well, if you're looking for a quick and easy knitted bag to make then you'll be happy to know that Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs has a wonderful tutorial on her Indigo Blue blog showing you how to make a chunky knitted bag.  I may just have to make one of these for myself..



Copyright © 2008- All Rights Reserved - Written By Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue blog.

Here's what Andrea had to say about her tutorial:   This tutorial is not intended to be revolutionary in any way and many more experienced knitters may not be impressed. However, as a person who has a bit of a problem following patterns and finds knitting takes too long sometimes, I did find this project refreshing. I saw a pattern that I liked, used the same size needles and wool size, changed the overall stitch used and worked out the rows etc to work to a given size. Therefore it will be easy to change this for your own needs- bigger/smaller/thicker/thinner etc.


Please respect Andrea's TERMS OF USE:  I am more than happy to share my tutorials with you. You can use them to make projects for yourself, friends or family. Please do not use my tutorials to mass-produce items for sale. If you post your work online, please credit me (Andrea Millington) with the design and link to my Indigo Blue blog.  :-)

Copyright © 2008-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs. Andrea is a textiles teacher with a passion for making things.

Please visit her Indigo Blue Designs Etsy Shoppe @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/indigo1/, her Indigo Blue blog @ http://www.indigo-blue-designs.blogspot.com/, and her Indigo Blue Designs Folksy Shop at http://www.folksy.com/shops/indigobluedesigns.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Poinsettia Brooch Free Tutorial by Colleen MacKinnon of Rag-A-Muffin Collectibles

I just love poinsettia's and love decorating packages with poinsettia's during the holiday season. There's just something about the bright red colors.  Well, I was happy to find that Colleen MacKinnon of Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles had a wonderful tutorial on her Penny Rugs and More blog showing you how to make a Poinsettia brooch.

I am definitely going to make one, or two, maybe even three.  They're just so bright and cheery. They're going to look lovely on my coats.  Wouldn't you agree?



Copyright © 2009 - Written By Colleen Mackinnon of Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles.

Here's what Colleen had to say about her tutorial: Okay I missed the part when the calendar changed to December! Holy cow am I going to be busy this weekend. Time for thoughts of decorating and getting things ready for the season. Let me gift you with my method of making a poinsettia brooch, which could also be an ornament or a very nice accent on a gift package.

Please respect Colleen's TERMS OF USE:  **All my patterns and tutorials are copyright protected**. Please respect my designs and images, make no copies from my blog or my website without my permission. My tutorials and patterns are not be sold or produced without my permission. Please don’t email or transmit them in any way. You may pass on and save my links. If you make something from my intellectual product and show it on a blog or website, please link back to my posts as your source. Thanks so much. Colleen MacKinnon

Colleen's bio - Having been active in craft shows, events and sales through local craft stores during the 1980’s and 1990’s, organizing and running my own show for several years during the “turn of the century”; I now like to share what I’ve learned. Lately that’s been penny rugs.

I enjoy working with and collecting wool, new, used and vintage. Penny rugs are a great way to recycle and reuse any fabric. I have searched and researched penny rugs for many years and started a blog in 2007. Blogging is my way of sharing what I learn, getting it down in print so that I can pass it on and networking with others.

I have some great tutorials and patterns.

Please enjoy them, learn from them.

Remember, today’s handmade treasures are tomorrow’s treasured keepsakes.

Copyright © 2007-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Colleen Mackinnon of Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles.

Please visit her Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles website @ http://sites.google.com/site/ragamuffincollectibles/, her Ragamuffin2006 Etsy Shoppe @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/ragamuffin2006, and her Penny Rugs and More blog at http://www.pennyrugsandmore.blogspot.com/.

Eye Candy For Your Walls Free Tutorial by Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits

I just love finding creative ways to decorate your home. If you like bright and cheery decorations for your walls then you'll be happy to know that  Jessica Levitt has a wonderful tutorial on her Juicy Bits blog showing you how to make fabric wall dots. Enjoy!



Copyright © 2008 - Written By Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits.

Here's what Jessica had to say about her tutorial and e-pattern:   I'll start right in with my very first tutorial. I recently made these super-easy and very inexpensive fabric wall dots. I feel a little silly posting directions as they really are EASY, but I know someone out there will enjoy them.

Please respect Jessica's TERMS OF USE:  My tutorials and e-patterns are the copyright of Jessica Levitt and are for personal use only.

Copyright © 2008-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits.  Jessica is a mom, sewer, crafter and designer.

Please visit her Juicy Bits blog @ http://www.juicy-bits.typepad.com/.

Dollhouse Wallpaper, Grocery Printables, Gift Bags and Boxes, Toys and Games, and Magazine Free E-Printables From Jennifer Brooks of Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables

Are you looking for dollhouse wallpaper and miniature grocery printables, gift bags and boxes, toys and games, and magazines to decorate your dollhouse?  If you are then you'll be happy to know that Jennifer Brooks has hundreds of free printables on her  "Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables" website and her "Let's Build A Dollhouse" website for you to use.



Copyright © 2008-2010 - Jennifer Brooks "Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables".

Here's what Jennifer had to say about her printables:   There are more than 200 miniature wallpapers to choose from. The wallpapers are in subsections by era and type to make it easy to find what you need. There are also a few historical tid-bits about the history of wallpaper that you may find interesting.



Copyright © 2008-2010 - Jennifer Brooks "Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables".

Here's what Jennifer had to say about her printables:   There are lots of printies of grocery boxes, cereal, laundry detergent etc. These printables are from different decades and I have done my best to include a good variety.



Copyright © 2008-2010 - Jennifer Brooks "Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables".

Here's what Jennifer had to say about her tutorial:   No need to explain what is on these pages. I like having lots of clutter in my dollhouse, it makes it looked lived in. A few magazines and newspapers can help to create that look. Of course, my real house has no clutter at all, and is always spotless and tidy. I wish :-)



Copyright © 2008-2010 - Jennifer Brooks "Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables".

Here's what Jennifer had to say about her tutorial:   Lot's of miniature gift bags and boxes for Christmas, Baby, Wedding and Birthday. There are three different sizes of gift bags and four sizes of boxes.



Copyright © 2008-2010 - Jennifer Brooks "Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables".

Here's what Jennifer had to say about her tutorial:   There are miniature vintage boxed toys and games going back to the 1800's, as well as more modern games and toys.
Being 'vintage' myself, I tend to concentrate on the older toys.


Please respect Jennifer's TERMS OF USE: Non-commercial use only. The tutorials and printables are provided for personal, non-commercial use. You agree not to use the images on our Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables website or Let's Build A Dollhouse website for any commercial purpose, sale, resale, or compilation. You are free to use the printables for your non-commercial projects only.

No redistribution. While you may use our content for your personal, non-commercial projects, you agree not to redistribute any content on our Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables website or Let's Build A Dollhouse website as a compilation, etc. Which means you may NOT redistribute the tutorials or printables in any form, or use the tutorials or printables to create your web site.

Copyright © 2003-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Jennifer Brooks "Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables".

Please visit her Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables website @ http://www.jennifersprintables.com// and her Let's Build A Dollhouse website @ http://www.letsbuildadollhouse.com/.

Laptop Cover Free Tutorial From Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs

Looking for a way to keep the dust and scratches off your laptop.  Well, if you are then you'll be happy to know that Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs has a wonderful tutorial on her Indigo Blue blog showing you how to make a delightful laptop cover.



Copyright © 2008- All Rights Reserved - Written By Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue blog.

Here's what Andrea had to say about her tutorial:  I bought a dinky new laptop and despite its cost it did not come with a bag, sleeve or any way of covering it to reduce scratches etc. So I came up with this idea, it may not be very revolutionary but it could easily be adapted to other products and I am going to make another version for my Nintendo DS at some point.


Please respect Andrea's TERMS OF USE:  I am more than happy to share my tutorials with you. You can use them to make projects for yourself, friends or family. Please do not use my tutorials to mass-produce items for sale. If you post your work online, please credit me (Andrea Millington) with the design and link to my Indigo Blue blog.  :-)

Copyright © 2008-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs. Andrea is a textiles teacher with a passion for making things.

Please visit her Indigo Blue Designs Etsy Shoppe @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/indigo1/, her Indigo Blue blog @ http://www.indigo-blue-designs.blogspot.com/, and her Indigo Blue Designs Folksy Shop at http://www.folksy.com/shops/indigobluedesigns.

Scrappy Summer Belt Free Tutorial by Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits

Do you like making and wearing belts? If you do then you'll be happy to know that  Jessica Levitt has two wonderful tutorials on her Juicy Bits blog showing you how to make a cloth belt.



Copyright © 2008 - Written By Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits.

Here's what Jessica had to say about her tutorials:   Hi all. I'm back with another tutorial. Honestly don't get too used to this cause there's no way I can keep these coming on a regular basis. Just way too time consuming... BUT, for now I have a fun way to use up some of those scraps...

Please respect Jessica's TERMS OF USE:  My tutorials and e-patterns are the copyright of Jessica Levitt and are for personal use only.

Copyright © 2008-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits.  Jessica is a mom, sewer, crafter and designer.

Please visit her Juicy Bits blog @ http://www.juicy-bits.typepad.com/.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Penny Purse Free Tutorial by Colleen MacKinnon of Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles

Several years ago I fell in love with wool felt and penny rugs and love creating all sorts of items using wool and wool felt.  Well, if you love wool felt and penny rug creations then you'll be happy to know that Colleen MacKinnon of Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles has a wonderful tutorial on her Penny Rugs and More blog showing you how to make a penny purse.  I already have my fabric picked out for mine.  Enjoy!



Copyright © 2008 - Written By Colleen Mackinnon of Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles.

Here's what Colleen had to say about her tutorial: As promised, my penny purse tutorial. It would be my pleasure that you could make these from your wooly scraps, for your friends and family. Please, no mass productions without my approval. And, it would be so kind if you would pass on my blog as the site where you learned to make these adorable little purses. I'd love to see pictures of your completed penny purse. Send me your comments too!

Recycle your reclaimed wool and reclaimed zippers. (This is an excellent project for all that reclaimed wool with difficult to remove interfacing)


Please respect Colleen's TERMS OF USE:  **All my patterns and tutorials are copyright protected**. Please respect my designs and images, make no copies from my blog or my website without my permission. My tutorials and patterns are not be sold or produced without my permission. Please don’t email or transmit them in any way. You may pass on and save my links. If you make something from my intellectual product and show it on a blog or website, please link back to my posts as your source. Thanks so much. Colleen MacKinnon

Colleen's bio - Having been active in craft shows, events and sales through local craft stores during the 1980’s and 1990’s, organizing and running my own show for several years during the “turn of the century”; I now like to share what I’ve learned. Lately that’s been penny rugs.

I enjoy working with and collecting wool, new, used and vintage. Penny rugs are a great way to recycle and reuse any fabric. I have searched and researched penny rugs for many years and started a blog in 2007. Blogging is my way of sharing what I learn, getting it down in print so that I can pass it on and networking with others.

I have some great tutorials and patterns.

Please enjoy them, learn from them.

Remember, today’s handmade treasures are tomorrow’s treasured keepsakes.

Copyright © 2007-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Colleen Mackinnon of Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles.

Please visit her Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles website @ http://sites.google.com/site/ragamuffincollectibles/, her Ragamuffin2006 Etsy Shoppe @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/ragamuffin2006, and her Penny Rugs and More blog at http://www.pennyrugsandmore.blogspot.com/.

Baby Blanket Gift Set - Part 1 and 2 Free Tutorials by Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits

Are you looking for an adorable baby shower gift? If you are then you'll be happy to know that  Jessica Levitt has two wonderful tutorials on her Juicy Bits blog showing you how to make a baby blanket, bib, burp cloths, and onsie.



Copyright © 2009 - Written By Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits.



Copyright © 2009 - Written By Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits.

Here's what Jessica had to say about her tutorials:   I've decided to do this tutorial in two parts, because I have a feeling I'm going to get pretty wordy and I don't want it to be "the post that never ends." So this first part is how to make the blanket and part 2 is how to make the bib, burp cloths, and onsie.

I think this makes a really great baby shower gift. It's personal and homemade, but still elegant and doesn't take as long as a whole baby quilt.

There are, of course, a million different ways this could be done...I'll give you my reasoning as I go along and you can decide for yourself if you agree.


Please respect Jessica's TERMS OF USE:  My tutorials and e-patterns are the copyright of Jessica Levitt and are for personal use only.

Copyright © 2009-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits.  Jessica is a mom, sewer, crafter and designer.

Please visit her Juicy Bits blog @ http://www.juicy-bits.typepad.com/.

Orphaned Blocks Part 1-6 Tutorial by Sylvia of Pieces From My Scrapbag

If you LOVE to quilt and LOVE to see pictures of astonishing quilts then you should visit Sylvia's  Pieces From My Scrapbag blog.  You see, Sylvia is a master at quilting who has been quilting all sorts of items for over 30 years. So, if you love learning from a master you'll want to pay Sylvia's blog a visit.

Plus, if you've been looking to make a quilt out of orphan squares you'll be happy to know that Sylvia has a 6-part tutorial on her Pieces From My Scrapbag blog showing you how to make one. Have fun with your orphan block quilts.






If you'd like to see more pictures of Sylvia's astonishing orphan block quilt creations please CLICK HERE.

Copyright © 2008-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Sylvia of Pieces From My Scrapbag blog.

Sylvia is an experienced quilter who has been quilting for over 30 years.

Please visit Sylvia's Pieces From My Scrapbag blog at http://www.finnleah.blogspot.com/ .

Let's Build a Dollhouse Sofa, Let's Make Some No-Sew Doll House Curtains, and How to Build a Dollhouse Trestle Table and Benches Free Tutorials From Jennifer Brooks of Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables

If you've ever wondered how to make miniature dollhouse sofa's and chairs, curtains, and a trestle table and chairs then you'll be happy to know that Jennifer Brooks "Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables" website and her "Let's Build A Dollhouse" website has tutorials on her websites showing you how.



Copyright © 2008-2010 - Written By Jennifer Brooks "Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables".

Here's what Jennifer had to say about her tutorial:   The instructions here are for a very basic simple sofa, with photographs illustrating the steps you need to take to make a dollhouse sofa from cardboard and fabric. You can use the method described below to make any style of sofa, chair or loveseat.



Copyright © 2008-2010 - Written By Jennifer Brooks "Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables".

Here's what Jennifer had to say about her tutorial:   When you are just starting out with a dollhouse, it is hard to buy or make everything you need right away.

A good solution for very inexpensive and easy to make window curtains is to create them from paper. They are very easy to make, and look quite effective in a dollhouse.




Copyright © 2008-2010 - Written By Jennifer Brooks "Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables".

Here's what Jennifer had to say about her tutorial:   A trestle table is a timeless piece of furniture. It looks correct in a Medieval castle setting, an American colonial house or a contemporary dollhouse. A trestle table was one of the first pieces of furniture I made for my dollhouse. I had little access to dollhouse shops back in the 1980's BI [Before Internet] , hence I made a lot of my own furniture. I didn't think I could make decent chairs so a trestle table with benches was a good alternative. A trestle table is much more simple to construct than a table with four legs.

Please respect Jennifer's TERMS OF USE: Non-commercial use only. The tutorials and printables are provided for personal, non-commercial use. You agree not to use the images on our Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables website or Let's Build A Dollhouse website for any commercial purpose, sale, resale, or compilation. You are free to use the printables for your non-commercial projects only.

No redistribution. While you may use our content for your personal, non-commercial projects, you agree not to redistribute any content on our Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables website or Let's Build A Dollhouse website as a compilation, etc. Which means you may NOT redistribute the tutorials or printables in any form, or use the tutorials or printables to create your web site.

Copyright © 2003-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Jennifer Brooks "Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables".

Please visit her Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables website @ http://www.jennifersprintables.com// and her Let's Build A Dollhouse website @ http://www.letsbuildadollhouse.com/.

PomPom Maker Free Tutorial From Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs

I just love pompoms and have loved making them for over 50 years now.  Well, if you love pompoms but don't know how to make then you'll be happy to know that Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs has a wonderful tutorial on her Indigo Blue blog showing you how to make a pompom using a plastic pompom maker. Have fun with your pompoms.



Copyright © 2008- All Rights Reserved - Written By Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue blog.

Here's what Andrea had to say about her tutorial:  Making Pom Pom's may not be your dream skill but they can look good on many items and they are fun to make. Many of us will remember cut out two cardboard circles and wrapping wool around for what seemed like forever! I found this Pom Pom maker and what I really liked about it was that it is quick, you can get very evenly made pompom but also large balls of wool can be used rather than having to wind some wool off first. There are several makes out there, but if you have put off buying one then maybe this post will help. This is what I used to make the tiny pompoms on my little charity bottle hats. I used the white template shown in the photo.


Please respect Andrea's TERMS OF USE:  I am more than happy to share my tutorials with you. You can use them to make projects for yourself, friends or family. Please do not use my tutorials to mass-produce items for sale. If you post your work online, please credit me (Andrea Millington) with the design and link to my Indigo Blue blog.  :-)

Copyright © 2008-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs. Andrea is a textiles teacher with a passion for making things.

Please visit her Indigo Blue Designs Etsy Shoppe @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/indigo1/, her Indigo Blue blog @ http://www.indigo-blue-designs.blogspot.com/, and her Indigo Blue Designs Folksy Shop at http://www.folksy.com/shops/indigobluedesigns.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Cutting Circles, The First Stitch, Threads To Dye For, How-To Stitch A Penny Rug 3-Stack, and The Makings Of A Penny Rug Free Tutorials by Colleen MacKinnon of Rag-A-Muffin Collectibles

Several years ago during a shopping trip to Sturbridge with my Mom I fell in love with wool felt and penny rugs and even wrote a post about it on my Linda's Blog entitled I Just Love This "Pumpkin Patch" Penny Rug.

Well, since then I have been searching all over the internet for penny rug kits, patterns and tutorials.  During my search I found not only an amazing website and blog, but an expert on penny rugs.   She is Colleen MacKinnon of Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles and she is a penny rug expert who has some of the most wonderful tutorials and patterns on her Penny Rugs and More blog. Her blog is all about her traditional penny rugs and contains wonderful posts about her penny rugs and wool felt creations as well as several free tutorials on making penny rugs.

Since I always like to learn from the best and hope you do too I thought I would share some of her wonderful tutorials.  But, before you can create penny rugs you need to learn a few basics and Colleen has some wonderful tutorials to teach you the basics.

Here they are:




Copyright © 2008 - Written By Colleen Mackinnon of Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles.

Here's what Colleen had to say about her tutorial: They're back! I've made some more cutting templates! Check out my etsy shop or, my Paypal Widget Storefront on the side bar of this blog. Here I will teach you how to cut wool pennies for your next penny rug project. Remember, you can use any circular object for a template. i.e., pennies or coins (that's why they are called penny rugs), buttons, bottle caps...anything round and of the desired size.




Copyright © 2009 - Written By Colleen Mackinnon of Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles.

Here's what Colleen had to say about her tutorial: Here's how I do that first stitch. This is a two stack. I'm attaching the backing penny. I always wrap the needle just once. The wrap allows that first stitch to stand at attention. No slanty beginnings here.



Copyright © 2008 - Written By Colleen Mackinnon of Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles.

Here's what Colleen had to say about her tutorial: Threads. What thread to use? What thread is the best? Does it matter? What is the look I want? What colour would be best? All good questions.



Copyright © 2007 - Written By Colleen Mackinnon of Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles.

Here's what Colleen had to say about her tutorial: Order a pre-cut kit, including thread and needles, and make a penny rug; Penny Rug Kits  or order my Epattern from my Etsy shop and learn how to put your stacks together.



Copyright © 2009 - Written By Colleen Mackinnon of Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles.

Here's what Colleen had to say about her tutorial:   First things first,

Gather your wool, cut your scraps into circles. Check my tutorial about how to cut circles for a penny rug. For this rug, 3", 2" and 1" circles. No rules! Make them 3.25 and 2.75 and .75 if you want! What do you have in the wool stash?

Please respect Colleen's TERMS OF USE:  **All my patterns and tutorials are copyright protected**. Please respect my designs and images, make no copies from my blog or my website without my permission. My tutorials and patterns are not be sold or produced without my permission. Please don’t email or transmit them in any way. You may pass on and save my links. If you make something from my intellectual product and show it on a blog or website, please link back to my posts as your source. Thanks so much. Colleen MacKinnon

Colleen's bio - Having been active in craft shows, events and sales through local craft stores during the 1980’s and 1990’s, organizing and running my own show for several years during the “turn of the century”; I now like to share what I’ve learned. Lately that’s been penny rugs.

I enjoy working with and collecting wool, new, used and vintage. Penny rugs are a great way to recycle and reuse any fabric. I have searched and researched penny rugs for many years and started a blog in 2007. Blogging is my way of sharing what I learn, getting it down in print so that I can pass it on and networking with others.

I have some great tutorials and patterns.

Please enjoy them, learn from them.

Remember, today’s handmade treasures are tomorrow’s treasured keepsakes.

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A Burp Cloth Tutorial From Sylvia of Pieces From My Scrapbag Blog

Thanks so much to Sylvia of Pieces From My Scrapbag blog for allowing us to publish her whole tutorial on our blog.  If you want to know how to make a burp cloth here's how:



Just what a sewer and a quilter loves...possibilities! A selection of burp cloths. The finished size is 9.5"-10" wide, length 18 or 19". There are very few directions and no rules..*VBS* I make them from flannel, and it certainly doesn't have to be the HIGH end kind. I've been making these for about 6 years now, and find they make a nice baby shower gift. Or for the grandchild of a friend..*VBS* I usually make a dozen.


You need a fat quarter of soft flannel for each. I usually buy baby and kid flannel by the yard. You get 6 cloths from 1.5 yds. For the demo I used a left over half yard piece. Straighten your edges and then split the half yard on the fold line. You now have a piece that is about 20" wide by 18-19" long.


Fold right sides together and stitch around 3 sides if you are using a folded piece like this. If not, and you've mis-matched the two sides, which is neat for using up 9 & 10" left overs, then you would sew all 4 sides, leaving about a 3" opening somewhere so you can turn it right side out. Turn right side out and give it a shake.


Pick out the corners (you know what that means, right?) and then press the rectangle so it's smooth. Tuck in the little part where you've turned it. Top stitch around the 4 sides..LESS than the 1/4" seam or you won't catch the opening. No reason to close that by hand when the top stitch will do it for you. I make my stitching about 1/8" from the edge. You could use decorative stitching if you have that on your machine. Hearts or vines would look neat. Back to the ironing board, and fold in half across the 9" way.


Press really well so there is a crease. Then stitch from side to side across that 9". What that seam does is gives something that will rest well on your shoulder while you are burping baby. I've left a thread so you an see the stitching line across the blue ducks. It should enlarge if you need it to.

I do a batch of these at a time, it's easier to cut several rather than just one or two. I chain press them, and chain sew them, etc, etc, etc. OK..that's it for burp cloths!

Copyright © 2007-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Sylvia of Pieces From My Scrapbag blog.  Sylvia is an experienced quilter who has been quilting for over 30 years. Please visit Sylvia's Pieces From My Scrapbag blog at http://www.finnleah.blogspot.com/ .

Felt Owl Ornaments Free E-Pattern by Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits

I just love wool felt.  Especially when it's used to make adorable ornaments.  Well, if you like making wool felt ornaments like I do then you'll be happy to know that  Jessica Levitt has an adorable owl e-pattern on her Juicy Bits blog.  They're a hoot!



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Here's what Jessica had to say about her e-pattern:   ...... Anyway, these are the little owl ornaments I made. And it’s a simple tutorial, just for you!

Please respect Jessica's TERMS OF USE:  My tutorials and e-patterns are the copyright of Jessica Levitt and are for personal use only.

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Let's Build A Dollhouse Free Tutorial by Jennifer Brooks of Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables

Have you ever dreamed of making a wooden dollhouse totally decorated with furniture, wallpaper, rugs. etc?   I know I have and I would LOVE to make a large Victorian wooden dollhouse some day. Well, when I do I'm going to pay a visit to Jennifer Brooks "Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables" website and her "Let's Build A Dollhouse" website. They are filled to the brim with free articles, how-to's, patterns, and more. Basically, everything you need for making and furnishing your dollhouse.

If you want to build a dollhouse then you'll be happy to know that Jennifer has a step-by-step tutorial on her "Let's Build A Dollhouse" website.



Copyright © 2008 - Written By Jennifer Brooks "Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables".

Here's what Jennifer had to say about her tutorial:   Before we start building, and don't we all want to run before we can walk, it is probably best to scroll through the menu to get a brief description of what is on each page. Then go to each page and read through the directions in order to get an understanding of the steps one has to take to build a dollhouse.

You really only need a few tools and a lot of enthusiasm. It's not rocket science.


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No redistribution. While you may use our content for your personal, non-commercial projects, you agree not to redistribute any content on our Jennifer's Free Dollhouse Printables website or Let's Build A Dollhouse website as a compilation, etc. Which means you may NOT redistribute the tutorials or printables in any form, or use the tutorials or printables to create your web site.

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Re-fashioned Girls Jeans Free Tutorial From Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs

Kids grow up so fast nowadays - don't they?  Sometimes it seems liked they grow an inch a day!  That means the jeans you just bought or are their favorites to wear are too short.  What to do?  Well, re-fashion them.  To help you re-fashion them Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs has a wonderful tutorial on her Indigo Blue blog showing you how to recycle girls jeans. 



Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue blog.

Here's what Andrea had to say about her tutorial:  Sophie is six and a half years old and already has long legs for her age. So she grows out of her jeans before they have hardly been worn. Girls jeans are so nice with lots of embroidery, beads sequin etc I wish that they made them this nice for us 'big girls'. Sophie hates to get rid of them because of all this sparkly loveliness so we alter them.


Please respect Andrea's TERMS OF USE:  I am more than happy to share my tutorials with you. You can use them to make projects for yourself, friends or family. Please do not use my tutorials to mass-produce items for sale. If you post your work online, please credit me (Andrea Millington) with the design and link to my Indigo Blue blog.  :-)

Copyright © 2008-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs. Andrea is a textiles teacher with a passion for making things.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

A Tutorial On Crocheted Rugs Parts 1-7 From Sylvia of Pieces From My Scrapbag Blog


I've always wanted to try a crocheted rug, just have never had the time. Well, if you'd like to try making a crocheted rug you'll be happy to know that Sylvia of Pieces From My Scrapbag blog has a 7-part tutorial on her Pieces From My Scrapbag blog showing you how to make one. Have fun crocheting your rug. I can hardly wait to start mine.








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Copyright © 2006-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Sylvia of Pieces From My Scrapbag blog.

Sylvia is an experienced quilter who has been quilting for over 30 years.

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Recycled Organiser Bag and Recycled Organiser Wallet Free Tutorial From Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs

Do you like to recycle and re-purpose things?  And, are you always looking for interesting ways to do so?  Well, if you are then you'll be happy to know that Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs has a wonderful tutorial on her Indigo Blue blog showing you how to make a recycled organiser bag and recycled organiser wallet from a plastic multi-pocket organizer.  Now that's recycling and re-purposing!



Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue blog.

Here's what Andrea had to say about her tutorial:  Barb at I Wanna New Bag has set up a new challenge that some of you may be interested in taking part in. Every month or so she sets a challenge with a theme for recycling items into other products. The theme for this month is to use something a bit out of the ordinary. Not sure what that might be? Well take a look at my entry, YES! I have actually got organised ahead of schedule this time....



Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue blog.

Here's what Andrea had to say about her tutorial:   For months I have been trying to meet the challenges set by I Wanna New Bag and failed miserably!  Yesterday I decided to throw caution to the wind and do this....  Take one rather unwanted plastic multi-pocket organiser and cut it with a pair of scissors to make a bag and a wallet. I did not actually measure it, but I went with wherever the pockets started or finished.


Please respect Andrea's TERMS OF USE:  I am more than happy to share my tutorials with you. You can use them to make projects for yourself, friends or family. Please do not use my tutorials to mass-produce items for sale. If you post your work online, please credit me (Andrea Millington) with the design and link to my Indigo Blue blog.  :-)

Copyright © 2008-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs. Andrea is a textiles teacher with a passion for making things.

Please visit her Indigo Blue Designs Etsy Shoppe @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/indigo1/, her Indigo Blue blog @ http://www.indigo-blue-designs.blogspot.com/, and her Indigo Blue Designs Folksy Shop at http://www.folksy.com/shops/indigobluedesigns.