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27Sep

Make your own Stretchy Bootcovers

With Halloween just over a month away, we thought we would share some easy costume how-to ideas. This stretchy bootcover tutorial we made went along with a superhero video series we created about 2 years ago. It has been a fairly popular video so we thought we would repost it!

(Apologies for the poor sound quality, we made this video when we were just getting started!)

27Sep

How to Make a No Sew Tutu

With Halloween just over a month away, we thought we would share some easy costume how-to ideas. This no sew tutu we made went along with a superhero video series we created about 2 years ago.

(Apologies for the poor sound quality, we made this video when we were just getting started!)

Supplies

27Sep

Quick & Easy Superhero Cape

With Halloween just over a month away, we thought we would share some easy costume how-to ideas. This superhero cape video we made has been really popular so we thought we would share it again. 

(Apologies for the poor sound quality, we made this video when we were just getting started!)

Materials

27Sep

Visiting Hermes at Work: A Maker's Perfect Day Off!

The Hermès at Work exhibit was an amazing opportunity to interact with the craftspeople that create Hermès’ world-renowned luxury goods.  Lucky to have a Friday off, I headed downtown to Jack Poole Plaza to check it out, and I’m so glad I did.  As a sewer, quilter, and knitter, I have at least a rudimentary understanding of what goes into a hand-crafted product, but this exhibit opened my eyes to a whole new level of workmanship, quality, patience and pride in a job well done.

23Sep

4 Tips to Save Money on Your Quilt Project

The cost of making a quilt can add up quickly. Here are some tips on how to save money on your next quilting project

1) Piece your Batting

20Sep

How to Build a Quilt Top in 2 Days!

 I was tasked to make the “Warm Wishes Gift Tag” Quilt to display in our stores.  It features amazingly beautiful fabrics from the “Warm Wishes” collection from Hoffman International Fabrics which incorporates cardinals, poinsettias, pinecones and, of course, gift tags!  The project is available in two colourways; silver and gold.  I couldn’t resist the silver!

Here is a link to the FREE PATTERN:

15Sep

Window Coverings: A Blinds and Shades Comparison

When people think of window coverings they often think about valances and curtains but there are also a variety of blind and shade options that can be functional and add energy efficiency to your home. 

In this video, Myles talks about the features of roller shades, real wood and faux wood horizontal blinds, duette shades and roman shades. 

08Sep

A Maker's Australian Vacation Pt. 2

Today on the blog, Myles shares about an exciting trip to a historical quilt exhibit. 

06Sep

Back to School Apple Cupcakes

Today is the first day of school for many students in B.C. I thought it would be fun to share a recipe that could be used to celebrate back to school.

01Sep

Fall Sewing Inspiration

There's been lots of new fabrics coming into the store the last few weeks. 

We thought it would to be nice to show off some of the garments that the staff have been creating with these fabrics. 

The top shown in our title picture (above) is made with McCalls 7441 and a polyester/spandex blend fabric called 'Polaris.' This top has a lovely back drape detail that we love!

 

30Aug

A Maker's Australian Vacation

I recently returned from a three week trip to Australia.  The trip brought me to many exciting locales including Sydney Harbour, The Blue Mountains, The Great Ocean Road outside of Melbourne, and Rottnest Island off of the coast of Perth (to visit the lovely Quokkas pictured above) to name a few.  While in Melbourne I found myself with a little time on my own and couldn’t resist visiting a local fabric store and yarn shop.