75% OFF at Craftsy

Craftsy Sale!

Did you know the Craftsy's Summer Supplies Clearance is happening NOW? Shop and enjoy up to 75% off yarn, fabric and project kits before they sell out. Take advantage of some of the biggest savings of the year! Hurry, offer expires Monday, July 28 at Midnight (MTN Time). Shop the Craftsy's Summer Supplies Clearance now to save! … [Read more...]

DIY Pillow Case Tutorial

DIY Pillow Case Tutorial

I’m going to share a fun and quick DIY Pillow Case Tutorial using my favorite tool, the Circular Rotary Cutting tool.  This puppy is so handy to have if you cut a lot of circles!!  It cuts perfect circles and can handle multiple layers easily!  No more sitting there with your scissors trying to cut the perfect circle shape!! We’re going to make a creative applique of colorful flowers and will utilize the free motion stitch on the sewing machine!! Ready? You'll need: Circular Rotary Cutting Tool Rotary Cutting Tool Long ruler Various fabric scraps for circles and leaves Sewing machine Free Motion machine foot Colorful thread (or white) Fabric rectangles for main pillow case (38" … [Read more...]

Memory Quilt

Make a Memory Quilt

I was so honored to be asked to create this memory quilt of a former colleague's friend who lost her Grandpa. She sent the box of Grandpa's shirts for me to use and I could've sworn I was opening a box of my very own Grampa's shirts.  The western button/snap up plaid shirts that I'm sure you've seen.  Bestill my beating heart. I looked and looked at them making sure I got the perfect inspiration so I didn't mess this up. What did I do? I cut them in 12.5" squares. BUT, the BEST part about some of those squares ... I made sure to get the left side of the fronts of the shirts. I wanted to have the pocket that layed over his heart all over the quilt. Memory quilts are so emotional … [Read more...]

DIY Snowman Decoration

easy diy snowman tutorial

It’s really a project that will be all you!  Your color choices, the shapes you cut your strips in to, how you arrange them; it will be YOUR own funky creation!  I’m simply here to guide you along. You’ll need: Background fabric {appox 12″ x 18-20″} Backing fabric {approx 14″ x 20-22″} Scrap fabrics {white and black} Sewing Machine Iron Fabric Glue Stick Interfacing Free Motion foot Circular Rotary Cutter {sold at Joann or online} To assemble: First you want a mostly solid rectangle piece of fabric.  I say mostly solid as you may want a fabric with some dimension with a non-contrast color such as the turquoise on turquoise sky or white on white fabric I’m using … [Read more...]

Easy Christmas Applique Towels

Easy DIY Christmas sewing decoration tutorial

In keeping with the Christmas crafting, here's an easy Christmas Applique Towel tutorial for you to make for gifts or for your own home. Christmas up your guest bath with these pretties! You'll need: Hand towel and/or washcloth Fabric scraps RicRac or Fun Yarn Wonder Under or Heatbond Sewing machine Scissors Iron Non stick Pressing cloth {teflon or Applique pressing sheet} ***** First, you'll want to choose some fun fabric scraps from your stash. Place them on top of the Wonder Under with right side up.  Iron to adhere. NOTE:  If your piece is smaller than the wonder under, you may want to use a {teflon} ironing sheet to protect your iron.  Once the iron hits the wonder … [Read more...]

I’m a CoverGirl + Sew News Magazine Giveaway

Taradara is a CoverGirl!

Hey all!!! This has been such a great week!!!!  Life is pretty good, but it was certainly made GREAT when I received these in the mail. My design made the cover!!! {want one?  read on....} I'm sew excited to announce that the new winter edition of the Sew News Magazine is on the newsstands!!! So life is certainly great, but then it got even more AMAZING when I walked in to JoAnn's and saw it on the actual stand as a FEATURED TITLE!!! Then it opens up, the article goes on for pages ... and then ... the last page has an advertisement. An ad for Daily Craft TV.  The applique tutorial that I did is advertised! Would you like to win one?  You can just by entering below... a … [Read more...]

Taradara is on the Cover (of Sew News!!)

Taradara on the cover of Sew News magazine with 3 of a kind Christmas stockings

How exciting is this???!!!  My 3 of a Kind Christmas stocking design is on the cover of Sew News!! Sew exciting!! I keep thinking in my crazy little head, "I'm on the cover of the Rolling Stone!!!" LOL! What a surprise and a true honor to be right there!!!! I can imagine now what's like for new artists to hear their song on the radio for the very first time!  {this isn't quite near as exciting but it's pretty close for a small town girl like me!} Go to Sew News.com and you can see all the creative articles in this edition set to be on newsstands this week. Here's a full picture of the lovelies.... Be sure to go to my Holiday Bake, Craft, Sew-Along Giveaway post where we're giving … [Read more...]

Daily Craft TV

Taradara is on Daily Craft TV teaching about sewing applique techniques!!

IT'S HERE!!!!! It's online ready for viewing!!! What is it? Remember a few months ago, I shared that I went to the studio to tape a few instructional sewing shows? Well, I JUST found one of them up and available on Daily Craft TV!!!! WOOT!!!!!! WOW!!!! It's actually the first time I've seen myself ... doing an instructional video ... I look scared at the beginning ... haha!!!! But then we start talking about sewing and I'm fine again. This one is teaching about applique.  With Daily Craft TV, there'll be another one that teaches you how to make a makeup bag.  Oh, I cannot wait to see how they all turn out. I also filmed 2 more instructional sewing videos with another company. So, … [Read more...]

Over at The Sewing Loft

The Sewing Loft has an amazing Sewing Series in honor of National Sewing Month

Hey friends! I'm so pleased to be sharing a sewing tutorial in honor of National Sewing Month over at The Sewing Loft.  For those visiting from The Sewing Loft, welcome!!! My friend, Heather, has a whole month long series introducing new tools and/or tutorials that her sewing and creative friends are sharing.  I'm learning a lot already! Please go check out the line up of crazy talent she has in store for you! You can also learn how to make this fun pillowcase and use a tool that might be new to you! {it may look like an owl to you ... it does to me.  However, I thought it was cute as it ties in with Heather's new Owl backpack pattern that was recently released by Simplicity} xo … [Read more...]

The Sewing Loft’s first Simplicity Pattern!

The Sewing Loft Simplicity Giveaway

Being a fiber artist and handmade business owner, I love seeing other talented seamstresses excel and do well. My friend, Heather of The Sewing Loft, has JUST released her FIRST sewing pattern with Simplicity!  Can you believe that?!  How amazing is this? I am so proud of her!! She is a wealth of information and her blog has a LOT of sewing advice for all sewing levels. It's a fun backpack pattern! She also has an Etsy shop where she sells pdf patterns for all sorts of FUN projects!  I really encourage you to take a look at what she has! I'm looking forward to making one of these cute backpacks for a special little girl, or a couple of very special little girls in my life.  I also … [Read more...]