Great DIY Gift Idea + Giveaway Valued at $900

Today I’m over at Skip to My Lou as part of the Bake Craft Sew & Decorate series. I am sharing a Santa Gnome Tutorial, these are quick to whip up for holiday gift giving. In fact, you won’t want to miss all the handmade gift ideas! I have joined over 100 bloggers to share some amazing homemade gift ideas…….. Plus I get to be part of an amazing sewing giveaway too. See Below… This is one is sew AMAZING! She is a gem and her name is Rachel. One lucky winner will receive this beautiful… Baby Lock Sewing Machine ($799 Value) and $100 Worth of Fabric from Riley Blake Designs. Ready to take your sewing to the next level? The Baby Lock Rachel is the star of any sewing class, and … [Read more...]

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...]

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 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...]

Over at The Sewing Loft

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...]