Category Archives: stitchery

Summer Sewing: Island Hopping Table Runner

I’m not going to lie, I was a little intimidated when deciding whether or not to sew this table runner in our new Island Hopping collection! Considering my sewing experience lies squarely within the realm of clothing and alterations, plus a ...

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Wringer Washer Little Quilt

Stephanie Dunphy (Loft Creations) is one of my favorite people and designers. She is just a fabulous human being and I count her among the amazing women I know. Over the years she has become a part of our Connecting Threads family. I love her aesthetic and vintage vibe. My other passion lately has been 30’s reproduction fabric quilts. ...

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Zipper Day Project: Macaron Coin Purse

Happy Zipper Day, Everyone! In honor of Zipper Day, I wanted to find a project that would make use of some excess zippers I have collected over the years (they are a handy notion, but sometimes you can have far too many). Evidence of my zipper hoarding. When ...

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Button Sampler Mini Quilt

I recently reviewed a wonderful book called 120 Original Embroidery Designs by Yoko Saito for the CT website.  I am an admirer of Yoko Saito’s prolific work, especially her skillful use of Japanese taupe fabrics, and own several of her books. I was especially drawn to this one because of the way she combines creative fabric selection, patchwork, ...

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Tiny Bubbles Dress in Mammoth Flannels

Hi, I'm Holly! I work at Connecting Threads' sister company Knit Picks. Thought I mostly knit these days, I've been sewing since I was 6. My grandmother was a garment worker and there was nothing I loved more than to sit at the sewing machine with her and sew my own clothes. I now have two young daughters (ages 1 and 2-busy times!), and I love sewing clothing for them even more than for myself. So when Connecting Threads started carrying gorgeous Mammoth Flannels, I knew I wanted to make my older daughter, Penny, an Oliver & S Bubble Dress. I just got finished sewing it. What do you think? Made in Striped Tweed Flannel (color: Flame, item number: 7683), I think it turned out so soft and cozy.

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Valentine Table Topper Idea

Do you need another project to whip up quickly? No? Well, me neither –  but I do love this little table topper! It is called Pretty in Pink by Patrick Lose; I found the pattern in his new book Year Around Quilting with Patrick Lose. I don’t know if I will have time to work on the table topper ...

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Sewing Ninja Boxers

There were many firsts in this project – first clothing sewn, first elastic, first pair of boxers for my son… When Year of the Ninja came out I immediately knew I had to make something for my son. He is in Taekwondo and I knew he would love the fabric. I first thought pajama pants ...

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Sewing for Keeps

I don’t like resolutions. They feel like shouting into the wind because they often are, at least for me. I do love goals, however. I love lists and I definitely love plotting out future actions. I’m the type of person who actually likes filling out forms, I almost can’t resist them… much ...

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Mini Pumpkins Topper

I am not a huge Halloween fan. I’m not against it, but I just want to decorate for Fall and be done with it.  I do LOOOOOVE pumpkins however, so when I saw Mini Pumpkins Table Treat by Lynne Hagmeier’s design from Kansas Trouble’s, I jumped at the chance to make it. It is only 17 inches and the pumpkins are fusible applique so it is small enough to make ...

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Christmas Candy Ornaments

  I know, I know… it is not even Halloween yet – but it is not too early to start making Christmas decorations! I decided to get an early start with the cute Christmas Candy Ornaments pattern by Cotton Way. The instructions say to layer the top fabric RS up, then batting and a layer of muslin on the bottom. I substituted Solid White for the muslin with ...

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