Martingale Offers Sewing Pottery By Machine Book

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Martingale is offering a book written by Barbara Warholic called “Sewing Pottery By Machine.” It starts with the simple technique of wrapping fabric strips around cording to make coiled pots.  Then you can take your skills to the next level and make traditional pottery shapes: vases, urns, jugs, and more.  Seven projects are provided to help you put your fabric stash to good use and make something different.

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All People Quilt Shows How To Make A Snack Mat For Santa

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Amy Sinibaldi at All People Quilt has provided a project showing how to make a snack mat for Santa’s visit on Christmas night. With a full list of materials and a downloadable file of pattern pieces, this project, which uses fusible webbing, will give you a convenient place to leave Santa’s snack.

HTC Retail’s Stitch Witchery, 3000-28, is an ideal choice for this application. It is a fusible web material designed permanently bond two layers of fabric without sewing.

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Activity Village Offers Christmas Elf Hat Project For Children


Activity Village website has provided a sewing craft project for children – a Christmas elf hat. This quick and easy project has full instructions with pictures. Most of the project can be made with sewing glue for younger children.

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Future Girl Offers Sigmund the Octopus As Free Download

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Download a free pattern to create this darling felt octopus at the blog of Future Girl. Alice regularly posts free patterns and tutorials at her website:

End Interfacing Confusion

Interfacing Confusion has a great blog all about interfacing:  when to use it, what kind to use, and how to apply it. It’s a handy reference for any time you’re tackling a new project and are not sure which product is best. Go to

HTC Retail also has an Interfacing Usage Chart on its website to help customers choose the best type of interfacing for a current project:

Untangle Your Mess With The Bird’s Nest Tool Kit

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Every sewer has experienced the tangled thread nightmare known as the bird’s nest.  When this situation occurs, regular scissors are too short and thick to properly dislodge thread from the machine. The Bird’s Nest Tool kit is designed to quickly and efficiently overcome this situation.  Design Magazine’s website offers the Bird’s Nest tool set for a discounted price for a limited time.  Order at:

Deck Your Halls With Felt Holiday Banner

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This cute holiday banner will spruce up any space this Christmas season and is oh-so easy to make.  Go take a look at the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess blog,

Instead of messy fabric glue, use HTC Retail’s Stitch Witchery (S3000-28) to adhere your letters.

Creative Machine Embroidery Offers Free Projects and Patterns


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Don’t miss the November/December 2013 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine.  There are more than 11 free festive holiday projects, including ornaments, oven mitts, firewood totes, and many more.

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Learn How To Create Placemats From Holiday Ribbon

Nov. 11

Create beautiful holiday placemats by weaving together two or more types of holiday ribbon. Offered by, this 6-minute tutorial walks the viewer through how to make a placemat using 2-inch wide ribbon, but any width ribbon can be used.

To make this project, you will need fusible interfacing. HTC Retail’s Stitch Witchery,, is ideal for this type of project. It fuses any type of fabrics, trims, or appliqués to wood, cardboard, paper, metal, and other porous materials that will not be washed or dry-cleaned.

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Get Started On Holiday Projects With Christmas Cheer Embroidery Collection

Nov. 4

Embellish quilts, linens, holiday decorations, and more with these fun Christmas designs. The collection includes three embroidery designs, the holiday ornaments, tree, and gift. It’s available in machine formats EXP, HUS, JEF, PCS, PEC, PES, SEW, and VIP. Go to