Turn a Men’s Shirt Into A Skirt


Megan Nielsen shows how to take an old or vintage men’s button-up shirt and turn it into a lovely skirt. All the steps are provided for this easy project.

For more information visit: http://blog.megannielsen.com/2010/06/diy-fridays-how-to-make-a-skirt-from-a-mens-button-shirt/

Video Demonstrates How To Make Pocket Pencil Holder


Sybrand le Roux teaches how to make an embroidered pencil pocket. The video shows step by step how to create the project entirely inside the hoop.

HTC Retail’s RinseAway Water-Soluble Stabilizer #3170-7, http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid33.html would be an ideal choice for this project. It is a tearaway stabilizer that is also water soluble for the ultimate in embroidery support.

 For more information, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC9KpN0YEJs&feature=youtu.be

McCall’s Quilting Offers Emerald Isle Tour In July


Experience the trip of a lifetime at “Treasures of the Emerald Isle” tour scheduled for July 3 – 13, 2016. Led by Beth Hayes of McCall’s Quilting Magazine and Jim West of Craftours, this trip will visit historic sites, family shops, and crafts factories. There is the option to extend the tour into Scotland, and airfare from New York is included.

For more information, visit http://www.sewmanyplaces.com/trips/?page=ireland_mccalls_0716

Blog Shows How To Make Heart Hot Pads.


The “Made by Me and Shared With You” blog offered a project to make “Whole Lotta Heart Hot Pads” in time for Valentine’s Day.  This tutorial provides a full list of materials and step by step instructions to complete this project.

Fusible Fleece is a versatile material that offers several advantages over traditional batting and would be ideal for this type of project. It offers better loft and be more durable. It is made of 3.2-ounce 100% polyester material and is denser than batting. It can be washed, dry-cleaned and run through the dryer without damage.

For more information on Fusible Fleece, go to http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid22.html . For more information on the project visit: http://leafytreetopspot.blogspot.com/2012/02/whole-lotta-heart-hot-pad-tutorial.html

Amazon Offers Farmer’s Wife Sample Book With 111 Quilt Blocks


Amazon.com offers the book “The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired,” by Laurie Aaron Hird. It contains a compendium of letters from readers of the magazine “The Farmers Wife” along with 111 quilt blocks. It also has complete instructions for making a sampler quilt in any traditional size: lap, twin, queen or king size.

For more information visit: http://www.amazon.com/Farmers-Wife-Sampler-Quilt-Inspired/dp/0896898288/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418699698&sr=1-2


Craftsy Offers Class On The Basics Of Interfacing.


The Craftsy website is offering the class called “Underneath It All: Guide to Interfacings, Linings and Facings.” This class, led by Linda Lee, will explain choosing and applying interfacing.

 For more information visit: http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/06/using-interfacing/


Hand And Lock Announces $26,000 Grand Prize For Hand Embroidery 2015 Competition


Hand and Lock have announced a grand prize of $26,000 for the winner of its Embroidery 2015 contest. The competition is designed to promote the use of hand embroidery within the fashion and costume industries and improve embroidery techniques while keeping age-old traditions moving forward.

The contest is open to full- or part-time students. An open category is available for embroiderers of all backgrounds and countries. Contest entries may be submitted through March 31, 2015.

For more information visit: http://www.handembroidery.com/the-prize/how-to-enter/

Sew Fun Cruises Presents Round Bobbin Sewing Cruise In May


Sew Fun Cruises is hosting the Round Bobbin Sewing Cruise, scheduled from May 10 – 17, 2015.  This cruise features classes led by Connie Crawford, Londa Rohlfing, Veronica Cox and Sam Fung. It departs from Galveston, Texas and sails to the island of Cozumel; Belize City, Belize; and Roatan in the Honduras Bay islands.

For more information, go to: http://sewingcruises.com/index.html

Cloud Cover Stitch Prevents Design Unraveling


Cover up those itchy, scratchy feeling stitches with new Cloud Cover Stitch, a brand new product offered by Cotswold Industries that is specifically designed to be used on the backside of embroidered designs.

Cloud Cover Stitch is a lightweight fusible material that is designed to be used in conjunction with a stabilizer when embroidering.

It’s ideal for use on a wide range of delicate fabrics such as silk, satin, lame, and chamois to give the fabric more body while not altering its appearance or drape. It also prevents unraveling and shredding so your embroidered design holds up better to everyday wear and tear.

 Use Cloud Cover Stitch for baby clothes, golf shirts, or any type of women’s fashion wear. It has a unique multidirectional stretch, and it bonds at a moderate temperature so you do not have to worry about scorching or burning of delicate fabrics.

 Cloud Cover Stitch is offered in white and black in 20-inch x 25 yard rolls.

HTC Retail Division is a full line supplier of materials for stabilizing embroidery, interlinings for sewing, and a variety of craft materials. It sells through a national network of home sewing and embroidery dealers.

 For more information or find the dealer nearest you, visit www.htc-retail.com or call (678) 514 0400; (800) 275-4275; fax: (678) 510 0349: e-mail: info@htc-retail.com.

Linda Lum DeBono Teaches How To Quilt A Pillow

quilt pillow

Linda Lum DeBono has posted a video at QNNtv.com showing how to make a quilted pillow.  The owl design used is a fusible project using a stabilizer, and Linda demonstrates “windowing” to reduce bulk.

 HTC Retail’s Tearaway Stabilizer #3190-7, http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid35.html would be an ideal choice for this project. It is a premium-grade 1.5-ounce stabilizer that is multidirectionally stable for the ultimate in embroidery support.

For more information visit: http://www.qnntv.com/videos/2392-applying-windowing-to-reduce-bulk/