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

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

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

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

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!!)

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.... The colors and designs add an eclectic flair to Christmas decor.  Gone are the days … [Read more...]

Holiday Bake, Craft, Sew-Along (HUGE giveaway!)

I am over at Skip to my Lou guest posting today for the Holiday Bake Craft Sew Along. I've sewn and teach you how to sew this funky Christmas Tree decoration Dust your sewing machine off and create with me!  This is a super killer easy project that won't take you long at all AND you'll have FUN creating it! I get to treat you to a SEW Amazing giveaway as part of our crafty series. This is one AMAZING giveaway! We are giving away a fabulous Prize Package worth more than $1000! One lucky winner will receive... $600 JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores This will get your sewing room stocked and ready to create! Can you imagine? Singer Professional Serger This singer … [Read more...]