Ho-Ho-Ho Tree Skirt Adds Christmas Fun

Looking for a project that is challenging and unique? Use all your skills with this whimsical Santa Tree Skirt created by AllFreeSewing.com and provided by McCalls Quilting. This quilted, appliquéd piece has a finished size of 40 x 40 inches. Materials needed are fabric, batting, fusible webbing, buttons and thread. For the free downloadable pdf pattern and detailed instructions visit http://www.mccallsquilting.com/patterns/details.html?idx=7209

HTC-Retail offers Fusible Fleece for projects that require batting, such as quilts, placemats, wall hangings, vests, and jackets, a brand new material that is superior to traditional products. Fusible Fleece is 3.2 ounces and is denser than batting but offers better loft, dimension, and is more durable.

It can be washed, dry-cleaned and run through the dryer without damage. Also offered by HTC-Retail, Pattern Ease is a nonwoven tracing material that has a wide range of uses for sewing, embroidery, and craft projects and made from 80% polyester/20% cellulose. Find these products at http://www.htc-retail.com/index.php

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Shopping Cart Caddy Is A Must Have

Grocery shopping is a chore and when you add in couponing and budgeting, it becomes a trying task. It’s not unusual for a shopper to have a grocery list, coupon clutch, calculator, grocery ad, purse, and water bottle all crammed into the top part of the cart. While shopping, select coupons are pulled so they will be handy during checkout. These often get shoved in the top of the basket and a few fall through the holes and get lost.

Not any longer. This shopping cart caddy is functional and attractive. All your organizational needs are met in one handy accessory. Becca from Blue Cricket Design shows how to make a cart caddy with a step-by-step tutorial. The necessary materials are basic: fabric, interfacing and biased tape. Find this pattern and instructions at http://www.bluecricketdesign.net/2009/08/cart-caddytutorial.html.

HTC-Retail offers Pattern Ease; a nonwoven tracing material that has a wide range of uses for sewing, embroidery, and craft projects. This white material is made from 80% polyester/20% cellulose and is stronger and more opaque than standard paper products.

You can trace on this material in pencil, pen, or chalk to design or duplicate a pattern that is then used to cut out the appropriate material. It also can be used as a light interfacing for sewing projects or as a stabilizer for light embroidery projects. Find this product at http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid31.html.

Organization Made Easy with Fabric Storage Boxes

Ashley from Make It or Love It brings these functional sturdy boxes to life with heavy-duty canvas decorator fabric, interfacing and thread. What makes these so great, are the ability to fashion them in any color scheme, pattern, holiday trend or size. Stacking boxes would be great for a laundry room or sewing niche. This durable design is perfect for car storage, all your sports gear toting moms, or veggie co-op pickup on Saturday morning. You can easily replace fabric lining with vinyl or odor mesh textiles. Find this idea at http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2011/09/fabric-storage-boxes-per-your-request.html#more-4543.

HTC-Retail has Crafter’s Choice fusible, non-woven backing for firm support in fabric crafts. Available at http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid14.html

Monogrammed Converses Are Fashion Trendy

Simple easy embroidery on a pair of Converse shoes makes them a new hot fashion trend. This free idea and pattern are from Reen Wilcoxson of Embroidery Garden. Creatively inspired by Reen, these would make a perfect Christmas gift this season for the teen in your life. For this super cute project visit http://www.embroiderygarden.com/store/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=787

Appliquéd Men’s Boxers Make A Perfect Christmas Gift

This is a great find for those who love boxers! Personalize a pair of sleep boxers or everyday loungers by creating your favorite appliqué pattern and applying to a favorite pair of “comfies.” Provided by Kayte Terry for Craftstylish via AllFreeSewing.com, this idea is adaptable to all unisex loungewear. Women, children, and teens will enjoy their own personalized appliquéd gifts that you made especially for them. Find this pattern and instructions at http://www.craftstylish.com/item/27640/how-to-make-appliqued-undies-for-your-sweetie/page/all.

Cloud Cover has a unique multidirectional stretch. It bonds at a moderate temperature with your fabric but will in no way adversely affect the bulk or drapability of your garment. It also is used on silks and satins in order to arrest any unraveling or shredding while sewing.

Fuse Cloud Cover Stitch over the back of a finished design to cover scratchy stitches on the backside of embroidery designs. It is soft and sheer – ideal for baby garments, golf shirts, or T-shirts. You’ll find this product on HTC-Retail’s website at http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?Cloud_Cover_Stitch-pid58.html.

Embroidery Designs Offers Free Forums and More

Here is a free forum for embroidery enthusiasts. Brought to you by EmbroideryDesigns.com, this forum offers a broad base of topics for the person looking for solutions, new tips, or ideas. The topics include, news & updates, embroidery techniques, commercial embroidery machines, digitizing, embroidery software, home embroidery machines, marketing & sales, and general miscellaneous.

Reading a forum is a great way to share or gain insight into difficult or challenging projects. Also on this site is a link for free embroidery designs and a place to share your designs and finished projects. This is a great resource for your hobby or business in the industry. Check it out at http://freeembroiderystuff.embroiderydesigns.com/Forums/Forum.aspx

Fill This Candy Corn Appliqué Treat Bag Full of Goodies

With Halloween just around the corner, this clever treat bag can be whipped up in no time. FaveCrafts.com offers this sewing project from CluckCluckSew.com blogspot. Choose a heavyweight fabric for the outer part of the bag. This allows the bag to keep its shape and provides sturdiness. A cute, bright-colored Halloween print makes a nice accent for the handles and lining. Here, the designer used simple felt applied with fusible interfacing and finished off the appliqué with embroidery thread. Find this project at http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2009/10/easy-treattote-bag-tutorial.html.

Try HTC-Retail’s Trans-Web for this project. This versatile product comes on a clear, heat-resistant plastic liner that allows for accurate tracing because you can write directly on the plastic. Trace the shape you want for your appliqué, lay it over the fabric, and cut both layers. Available at http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid39.html.